Fantasy Football News & Views
Dolphins | Julius Thomas expendable due to blocking woes (Sun Feb 26, 02:45 PM) [jump to this story]
Raiders | Latavius Murray expected to leave Oakland (Sun Feb 26, 02:43 PM) [jump to this story]
Broncos | Denver to discuss Tony Romo is released (Sun Feb 26, 01:40 PM) [jump to this story]
Dolphins | Julius Thomas expendable due to blocking woes Sun Feb 26, 02:45 PM
Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas wore out his welcome with the Jacksonville Jaguars in part due to his limitations as a blocker, according to a source, which called Thomas' blocking 'non-existent'.
|Footballguys view: That sounds about right. Thomas hasn't developed as a blocker, and at this point of his pro career he never will. The Dolphins didn't trade for him to blast open holes as a blocker. Instead, the Dolphins want Thomas because of his receiving ability and threat to score in the red zone.|
Julius Thomas player page
Raiders | Latavius Murray expected to leave Oakland Sun Feb 26, 02:43 PM
Impending free-agent RB Latavius Murray is unlikely to return to the Oakland Raiders when he officially hits the open market next month.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders should add a big back in the 2017 NFL draft. They already have Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington to work as receiving backs or change-of-pace backs. They'll have to find a lead ball-carrier, and one who is likely larger than Richard and Washington.|
Latavius Murray player page
Broncos | Denver to discuss Tony Romo is released Sun Feb 26, 01:40 PM
The Denver Broncos are expected to 'at least discuss' Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo if he is released, according to 9News Denver's Mike Klis.
|Footballguys view: Romo's best landing spots are either in Denver or Houston....or maybe Kansas City. The Cowboys want someone to trade for Romo, but they are unlikely to get any offers. Instead, they'll negotiation his release making him free to sign anywhere.|
Tony Romo player page
Bengals | Extension not 'crucial' for Marvin Lewis Sun Feb 26, 01:19 PM
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, who is entering the final year of his contract, does not view getting an extension done this offseason as as 'critical or crucial,' according to Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson.
|Footballguys view: Could this finally be the end for Lewis in Cincinnati? Perhaps. The team hasn't won a playoff game in 14 years under the guidance of Lewis. If key players can stay healthy, the Bengals should be in the mix to make a playoff appearance in 2017.|
Jets | Door open for Geno Smith to return? Sun Feb 26, 01:05 PM
Impending free-agent QB Geno Smith may be a candidate to serve as the veteran, low-cost bridge quarterback for the New York Jets in 2017, according to ESPN.com's Rich Cimini.
|Footballguys view: The market isn't going to be white-hot for Smith's services this offseason. He could stay with the team to be the lead guy while a rookie is groomed to take over. The Jets may want to go after Tyrod Taylor first and foremost, but guys like Smith or Mike Glennon could be options as brige-QBs going forward.|
Geno Smith player page
Raiders | Latavius Murray could still return to OAK Sun Feb 26, 11:48 AM
Although the Oakland Raiders are expected to let RB Latavius Murray reach free agency, the door will remain open for a possible return to the organization after he tests the market, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: It's a strong RB class in the 2017 NFL draft, so perhaps the Raiders would want to keep Murray around. His all-purpose skill set is going to generate quite a bit of interest. He may be out of the Raiders price range quickly.|
Latavius Murray player page
Lions | DeAndre Levy could have contract restructured Sun Feb 26, 11:38 AM
The Detroit Lions may consider asking LB DeAndre Levy to restructure his contract which would pay him the same amount of money that he would make under his current deal if he remains healthy.
|Footballguys view: Limited to six games over the last two seasons, Levy may never be the player he was before 2015. It makes sense the Lions would want to restructure his deal based on his recent injury history.|
DeAndre Levy player page
Packers | JC Tretter could be too expensive for GB Sun Feb 26, 10:51 AM
The Green Bay Packers are interested in bringing back impending free-agent OT JC Tretter but the team might not be able to afford him. If another club offers him a starting job, Green Bay is unlikely to match the offer.Link to story
NFL | Kendell Beckwith won't work out Sun Feb 26, 10:13 AM
LSU LB Kendell Beckwith (knee) will not work out at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine because he is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
|Footballguys view: Beckwith is a powerful middle linebacker with the versatility to work in both a 3-4 or 4-3 defense. His coverage ability is already in question based on film study, and this knee injury could further cloud his potential when asked to cover backs out of the backfield.|
NFL | Ryan Ramczyk won't work out Sun Feb 26, 09:52 AM
Wisconsin OT Ryan Ramczyk (hip) will not work out at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine because he is recovering from postseason surgery on a torn labrum in his right hip.
|Footballguys view: Ramczyk is likely the top offensive tackle in the 2017 NFL draft. This hip problem is likely to keep him out of Wisconsin's pro day too. Ramczyk is athletic and his game is all about balance and body control. He lacks experience at a high level, and Ramczyk is not a wide player so his kick step doesn't make up a lot of ground.|
Ravens | Matt Elam arrested Sun Feb 26, 09:37 AM
Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent FS Matt Elam was arrested Sunday, Feb. 26, in Miami, on multiple drug charges. He was charged with three felonies: marijuana possession of more than 20 grams, possession of marijuana with the intent to sell and possession of a controlled substance. Elam was also charged with one count of reckless driving. He remains in custody with bail set at $15,500 and it is uncertain when his first appearance in court will be.Link to story
Matt Elam player page
NFL | Jarrad Davis won't work out Sun Feb 26, 09:37 AM
Florida LB Jarrad Davis (ankle) will not participate in drills at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine due to an ankle injury which also caused him to miss four games during the 2016 season. However, Davis will attend the combine to meet with interested teams and will do a full workout on Florida's pro day.
|Footballguys view: Davis is one of the more versatile players in the 2017 NFL draft. He's got the athleticism to cover in space or even spy athletic quarterbacks. Davis has a nose for the ball and arrives at the play with natural violence.|
Packers | Lucas Patrick could start in 2017 Sun Feb 26, 09:28 AM
Green Bay Packers OG Lucas Patrick is a candidate to start on the interior of the team's offensive line next season if OG T.J. Lang and OTs Don Barclay and JC Tretter depart via free agency.Link to story
Jets | David Harris expected to remain with team Sun Feb 26, 09:17 AM
New York Jets LB David Harris appears to be in 'no immediate danger' of being released, as the leader of the team's defense, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini.Link to story
David Harris player page
Lions | Golden Tate overcame slow start Sun Feb 26, 12:22 AM
Detroit Lions WR Golden Tate averaged 3.4 catches, 6.1 targets and 26.8 yards per game over the first five games of 2016, but he posted per-game averages of 6.7 catches, 9.5 targets and 85.7 yards over the final 11 games.Link to story
Golden Tate player page
Broncos | Demaryius Thomas remains consistent Sun Feb 26, 12:04 AM
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas ranked in the top 15 in the NFL in both receptions and receiving yards in 2016, and he has caught at least 90 passes and topped 1,000 yards in each of the last five years.Link to story
Demaryius Thomas player page
Seahawks | Steady growth for Doug Baldwin Sat Feb 25, 11:26 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin finished the 2016 season with 94 catches on 126 targets for 1,128 yards, all career highs, and it was the fourth consecutive season he has improved in all three categories.Link to story
Doug Baldwin player page
NFL | Joshua Malone has No. 2 WR potential Sat Feb 25, 11:02 PM
Tennessee WR Joshua Malone has No. 2 receiver potential because of his 'size to play big in the red zone' and 'big-play ability,' according to an AFC college scouting director.Link to story
NFL | Scout high on Malachi Dupre Sat Feb 25, 10:50 PM
LSU WR Malachi Dupre is a potential No. 2 receiver in the NFL, according to an AFC college scouting director.Link to story
NFL | Dalvin Cook a complete back Sat Feb 25, 10:45 PM
Florida State RB Dalvin Cook is a 'more complete' and 'more skilled' running back than LSU RB Leonard Fournette, according to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com.
|Footballguys view: Cook is the best all-purpose back in this draft class. He's not Ezekiel Elliott (Cowboys), but he's the closest thing we have in this draft.|
NFL | Leonard Fournette in rare company Sat Feb 25, 10:37 PM
LSU RB Leonard Fournette has 'elite size and speed,' according to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com, and Zierlein compared Fournette to Bo Jackson, Herschel Walker and Eric Dickerson.
|Footballguys view: So long as Fournette checks out medically at the combine (ankle problems), we may see him as the first back taken off the board. Fournette is powerful when he builds a head of steam. He's fast in a straight line, but he is not going to break ankles in the open field.|
NFL | Red flags for Mitch Trubisky? Sat Feb 25, 10:29 PM
North Carolina QB Mitch Trubisky's quiet demeanor has some scouts questioning his leadership abilities.
|Footballguys view: Trubisky has plenty of question marks, but that may not prevent him from being a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft. With limited starting experience, Trubisky has mechanical issues that need to be cleared up if he's going to play up to his potential as a pro. You could see Trubisky go off the board with the 3rd-overall pick (Chicago Bears).|
Eagles | Carson Wentz works out with WR prospects Sat Feb 25, 10:17 PM
Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz worked out with California WR Chad Hansen and Eastern Washington WR Cooper Kupp.Link to story
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Broncos | Trevor Siemian optimistic Sat Feb 25, 09:45 PM
Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian (shoulder) is out of his sling and is optimistic he will be ready for OTAs, but an exam next month will help determine an exact timetable for his return.
|Footballguys view: Siemian's recovering from a major shoulder injury, and it may take 4-6 months to recover. That puts his availability for OTAs in question. It's an open competition for the Broncos this year between Siemian and 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch. If Siemian is set back by this injury, it could give Lynch a head start in the competition.|
Trevor Siemian player page
Jets | Jay Cutler a longshot for NYJ? Sat Feb 25, 09:37 PM
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler isn't likely to end up with the New York Jets, according to beat writer Rich Cimini.
|Footballguys view: The Jeremy Bates and Brandon Marshall connections make Cutler an interesting option for the Jets. Their future quarterback is unknown, but Cutler may not be the lock that some think he is for their 2017 season.|
Jay Cutler player page
Redskins | Washington to pursue Calais Campbell Sat Feb 25, 09:29 PM
Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent DT Calais Campbell will likely be pursued by the Washington Redskins, according to beat writer John Keim.
|Footballguys view: Campbell is going to generate a lot of interest on the open market. The Cardinals may not be able to afford to keep him around. Washington is unlikely to bring DE Chris Baker back, so they'd have a need on the defensive line.|
Calais Campbell player page
NFL | Josh McCown to consider several factors Sat Feb 25, 06:22 PM
Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Browns) said he wants to join a team that he feels like has a chance to win if he is going to be a backup in 2017. He also indicated that location will be a factor because wants to see his children play football.
|Footballguys view: McCown isn't going to win with the Browns. However, he could stay with the team due to location and fit. McCown could serve as a bridge quarterback as the Browns groom a rookie or young player to take his place. They may add Jimmy Garoppolo via trade, and if they do then perhaps McCown would move on from Cleveland.|
Josh McCown player page
Broncos | Chris Strausser to join Broncos staff Sat Feb 25, 05:56 PM
University of Washington offensive line coach Chris Strausser will join the Denver Broncos as their new assistant offensive line coach, according to a source.Link to story
Jaguars | Roy Miller could stay with Jags Sat Feb 25, 05:44 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin said DT Roy Miller could still have a spot on the roster even though the team re-signed DT Abry Jones earlier this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Miller is known as team leader and beloved by his teammates. We think they keep him around even with a $3.9 million cap number (with only 200,000 in dead money).|
Roy Miller player page
Texans | Teammate high on Nick Martin Sat Feb 25, 05:28 PM
Houston Texans OT Duane Brown said he believes C Nick Martin will be a great player in the NFL. I think Nick's going to be a great player,' Brown said. 'He showed some great flashes as a young player. That position is very instrumental to our success. The game isn't too big for him. He showed a lot of promise, so I'm looking forward to getting him back.'Link to story
Jets | Erin Henderson's option not picked up Sat Feb 25, 05:04 PM
The New York Jets will not pick up the LB Erin Henderson's option this offseason, which will save them $2.6 million in salary cap space. He will become a free agent Thursday, March 9.Link to story
Erin Henderson player page
Steelers | Daniel McCullers looking to drop weight Sat Feb 25, 05:03 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers DT Daniel McCullers said he would like to lose 15 to 20 pounds this offseason because he believes it would improve his quickness and explosion off the line.Link to story
Bills | Zach Brown could be used at weakside LB Sat Feb 25, 04:31 PM
Buffalo Bills impending free-agent LB Zach Brown could be an option at weakside linebacker if he decides to re-sign with the Bills this offseason.Link to story
Zach Brown player page
Bills | Cyrus Kouandjio could be a starter Sat Feb 25, 04:31 PM
Buffalo Bills OT Cyrus Kouandjio could be a starting option at right tackle next season if the team does not re-sign impending free-agent OT Jordan Mills. Kouandjio could also be used at left tackle if the team decided to move OT Cordy Glenn to the right side.Link to story
Jets | David Harris may be asked to rework deal Sat Feb 25, 04:23 PM
New York Jets LB David Harris could be asked to restructure his contract this offseason. The Jets would save $6.5 million in salary cap space if Harris is released.
|Footballguys view: The Jets need all the salary cap help they can get, so Harris won't be the only player asked to restructure. At this time, they rank towards the bottom in the league in salary cap space with only $16 million available to work with.|
David Harris player page
Cardinals | Darren Fells may not get tender Sat Feb 25, 03:15 PM
Arizona Cardinals restricted free-agent TE Darren Fells may not receive a tender offer this offseason, but the team could try to sign him at a lower price if he is non-tendered.
|Footballguys view: The Cardinals don't really use the tight end position in Bruce Arians' offense. Over the course of the 2016 season, Fells only had 14 catches for 154 yards and one touchdown.|
Darren Fells player page
NFL | Nick Mangold not retiring Sat Feb 25, 03:05 PM
Free-agent C Nick Mangold (Jets) is not retiring after his release by the New York Jets and is expected to receive interest from teams.Link to story
Giants | NYG may look at Russell Okung Sat Feb 25, 03:05 PM
Free-agent OT Russell Okung (Broncos) could receive interest from the New York Giants this offseason.
|Footballguys view: The Giants pursued Okung last offseason but he decided to sign with the Denver Broncos.|
Jets | Nick Mangold released Sat Feb 25, 02:44 PM
New York Jets C Nick Mangold was released Saturday, Feb. 25.
|Footballguys view: The Jets have been clearing out salary cap space with three players released on their offensive line. Mangold had an injury-riddled 2016, and he made it through only eight games. Despite that fact and having turned 33-years old, Mangold should have more than a few teams interested in his services.|
Eagles | Jamaal Charles an option for Eagles? Sat Feb 25, 02:42 PM
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles could be an option for the Philadelphia Eagles if he is released by the Chiefs, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Tim McManus.
|Footballguys view: The move would make sense for both sides. The Eagles will be looking to add at running back this offseason and Charles has worked with head coach Doug Pederson when Pederson was the offensive coordinator of the Chiefs.|
Jamaal Charles player page
49ers | Jimmie Ward could change positions Sat Feb 25, 02:27 PM
San Francisco 49ers CB Jimmie Ward could move from cornerback to safety next season.Link to story
Jimmie Ward player page
49ers | Earl Mitchell expected to help run defense Sat Feb 25, 02:23 PM
San Francisco 49ers DT Earl Mitchell is expected to be used as a run-stuffing defensive tackle for the 49ers. The 49ers defense finished last in the NFL in rushing yards allowed by allowing a franchise-record 2,654 rushing yards during the season.
|Footballguys view: Mitchell is a big-bodied run-stuffer who can work as a two-down player when healthy. His time with the Dolphins was seen as a disappointment, especially last season, but the 49ers must believe he can be an impact player for them in 2017 and beyond.|
Earl Mitchell player page
49ers | Glenn Dorsey may not be back with 49ers Sat Feb 25, 02:22 PM
The San Francisco 49ers have not shown a lot of interest in re-signing impending free-agent DT Glenn Dorsey since he has missed some time over the last few seasons because of injuries.Link to story
Glenn Dorsey player page
Redskins | Junior Galette back on one-year deal Sat Feb 25, 11:42 AM
The Washington Redskins have agreed to terms with LB Junior Galette on a one-year deal worth $800,000. He will make a base salary of $775,000 and will receive a $25,000 workout bonus.
|Footballguys view: Galette hasn't played since 2014 due to back-to-back Achilles' injuries. Washington gets a low-cost option here with Galette, and he should be able to outperform his contract if healthy in 2016.|
Junior Galette player page
Packers | Green Bay hires Matt Malaspina Sat Feb 25, 10:56 AM
The Green Bay Packers have hired Matt Malaspina as a college scout. He had spent the last four seasons as the San Francisco 49ers' director of college scouting.Link to story
Broncos | Chris Kragthorpe hired Sat Feb 25, 10:45 AM
The Denver Broncos have hired Chris Kragthorpe as an offensive quality control coach. He was an offensive assistant for Louisiana State in 2016, after previously serving as a graduate assistant at Georgia and LSU.Link to story
Redskins | DeAngelo Hall could be released Sat Feb 25, 10:35 AM
The Washington Redskins could part ways with FS DeAngelo Hall, who has missed 31 games over the last three seasons and is slated to make $4.25 million in 2017, according to CSNMidAtlantic.com's Rich Tandler.
|Footballguys view: It's just simple math. Hall has missed a ton of games, and he is set to make too much money. There is also a chance that Hall could return at a lower salary.|
DeAngelo Hall player page
Bills | Robert Woods still open to returning Sat Feb 25, 10:22 AM
Buffalo Bills impending free-agent WR Robert Woods remains open to re-signing with the Bills, although he wants the club's quarterback situation to be resolved before he makes a final decision.
|Footballguys view: Woods has a good connection with Tyrod Taylor, but at this time it's unknown if Taylor will return in 2017. Taylor has been medically cleared after groin surgery earlier this year, so the Bills would be able to release him rather than pay $27.5 million guaranteed over the next two seasons. Woods may find himself playing elsewhere in 2017.|
Robert Woods player page
NFL | Chad Kelly may still attend combine Sat Feb 25, 12:32 AM
Mississippi QB Chad Kelly is focused on preparing for his pro day workout on April 2 but could still travel to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine despite not having an invite, according to his agent.
|Footballguys view: He was invited, then uninvited to the 2017 Scouting Combine in what is an unusual story. Per new NFL guidelines; draft-eligible prospects will not be permitted to participate in any aspect of the Combine if a background check reveals a conviction of a felony or misdemeanor involving violence or use of a weapon, domestic violence, sexual offense and/or sexual assault. Kelly pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on what was deemed a non-criminal charge in January 2015 following an altercation nine months earlier outside a bar in Buffalo.|
Vikings | Adrian Peterson confused by doubters Sat Feb 25, 12:07 AM
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he perplexed by those who question whether or not he can bounce back in 2017.
|Footballguys view: Peterson has the ultimate confidence in his ability, so it's no shock that he would be surprised by those who doubt him. We've learned to never doubt Peterson as he's come back from injuries/setbacks before. However, Father Time never loses and age could be finally catching up with the veteran running back.|
Adrian Peterson player page