Fantasy Football News & Views
Seahawks | Sidney Rice returning (Wed Apr 16, 07:55 PM) [jump to this story]
Jets | Sign Chris Johnson (Wed Apr 16, 03:29 PM) [jump to this story]
Broncos | Montee Ball receives endorsement (Wed Apr 16, 10:24 AM) [jump to this story]
Jets | Chris Johnson's visit goes well, but no deal (Tue Apr 15, 07:45 PM) [jump to this story]
Patriots | Rob Gronkowski meets with doctor (Fri Apr 11, 08:38 PM) [jump to this story]
Vikings | Lamin Barrow visits Wed Apr 16, 11:47 PM
Louisiana State LB Lamin Barrow visited with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, April 16, according to a league source.
|Footballguys view: Barrow was a tackling machine at LSU. He should be able to start as a weakside linebacker at the pro level. Barrow knows how to quickly diagnose plays, and he's known as a sound tackler. He also has the athleticism to cover.|
Vikings | Will host Devonta Freeman Wed Apr 16, 11:47 PM
Florida State RB Devonta Freeman will with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, April 17, according to a league source.Link to story
Vikings | Luke Bowanko ready to visit Wed Apr 16, 11:35 PM
University of Virginia C Luke Bowanko will visit with the Minnesota Vikings Thursday, April 17.Link to story
Vikings | Josh Samuda undergoes successful surgery Wed Apr 16, 11:34 PM
According to a source close to the situation, Minnesota Vikings OG Josh Samuda (ankle, leg) had successful surgery Wednesday, April 16, after suffering multiple injuries during organized team activities (OTAs) Tuesday, April 15. Samuda suffered a broken fibula, dislocated ankle and damage to the deltoid ligament.Link to story
Redskins | Dezmen Southward visits Wed Apr 16, 11:33 PM
University of Wisconsin SS Dezmen Southward visited with the Washington Redskins this week, according to a league source.Link to story
Patriots | Worked out Dezmen Southward Wed Apr 16, 11:33 PM
The New England Patriots have conducted a private workout with University of Wisconsin SS Dezmen Southward.Link to story
Packers | Luke Bowanko visits Wed Apr 16, 11:32 PM
University of Virginia C Luke Bowanko visited with the Green Bay Packers Sunday, April 13, and Monday, April 14.Link to story
Jaguars | Mike Brown signs Wed Apr 16, 11:30 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Mike Brown signed his exclusive-rights free agent deal Wednesday, April 16.Link to story
49ers | Terrance West to visit Monday Wed Apr 16, 11:27 PM
Towson RB Terrance West will visit the San Francisco 49ers' facilities Monday, April 21.
|Footballguys view: West is a big back who can run in the 4.5s. The 49ers already have a stacked group of backs, so adding West to the mix would be a curious move. Some think the small-school power back will be a top-100 pick.|
49ers | Shopping LaMichael James Wed Apr 16, 11:27 PM
According to a league source, the San Francisco 49ers have been shopping RB LaMichael James. He finds himself behind RBs Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and perhaps Marcus Lattimore on the depth chart at running back this season.
|Footballguys view: Good luck. The free-agency market for backs is terrible, so trading for a part-time back isn't going to harvest much in return. James could be a decent change-of-pace back, but he's buried on the depth chart in San Francisco. They have a great group of backs from top to bottom. We even like Jewel Hampton in super deep dynasty leagues.|
Frank Gore player page
Kendall Hunter player page
LaMichael James player page
Marcus Lattimore player page
Jets | Chris Johnson financials Wed Apr 16, 09:45 PM
Updating a previous report, the deal for New York Jets RB Chris Johnson includes $3 million in guaranteed money in the form of a signing bonus, and $1 million in salary. The team also holds an option for the 2015 season.Link to story
Chris Johnson player page
Seahawks | Sidney Rice returning Wed Apr 16, 07:55 PM
The Seattle Seahawks are re-signing WR Sidney Rice to an undisclosed one-year deal Wednesday, April 16, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: The Seahawks lost Golden Tate in free agency earlier this year, and they needed help at the position. Rice needs to stay healthy in order to play up to his potential. That's been a problem for him during his time in Seattle. He knows the system and this is his best fit.|
Sidney Rice player page
NFL | No limitations for Aaron Murray Wed Apr 16, 07:10 PM
Georgia QB Aaron Murray (knee) said he didn't have any limitations with his surgically repaired knee during his pro day Wednesday, April 16, despite wearing a brace on his left knee. His workout Wednesday included 54 passes to several receivers. 'We did a lot of throws on the run, left and right, to demonstrate my ability to cut off my leg and show everyone that I'm healthy,' he said. 'That way these teams don't have to worry about if they draft me that I'm going to have to sit out or anything like that.'
|Footballguys view: Good news for Murray here. He's a mid- to late-round quarterback with some upside. Murray is 6' tall and has drawn comparisons to Drew Brees or Russell Wilson because of his accuracy within the pocket. He's not as athletic as those two, and his accuracy suffers when throwing off platform.|
Chiefs | Dwayne Bowe's marijuana charges dropped Wed Apr 16, 06:58 PM
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe pleaded guilty Wednesday, April 16, after being arrested last November for marijuana possession.
|Footballguys view: He pleaded guilty to lesser charges of littering and defective equipment, and in return, the marijuana charge was dismissed. He agred to pay $610 in fines and court costs. Bowe should avoid suspension by the league, but they're likely to put him in the substance-abuse program.|
Dwayne Bowe player page
Cowboys | Chris Whaley visits Wed Apr 16, 06:40 PM
The Dallas Cowboys had a visit with University of Texas DT Chris Whaley Tuesday, April 15, and Wednesday, April 16.Link to story
Jets | Sidney Rice visiting Wed Apr 16, 06:30 PM
The New York Jets are visiting with free-agent WR Sidney Rice (Seahawks) Wednesday, April 16.Link to story
Sidney Rice player page
Falcons | Will meet with Jake Matthews Wed Apr 16, 04:57 PM
The Atlanta Falcons are scheduled to meet with Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews at some point next week.
|Footballguys view: Matthews would be an outstanding addition for the Falcons in the first round. He's an athletic tackle who can keep defenders away from the quarterback. Matthews can also move defenders out of his way as a run-blocker.|
Falcons | Terrence West to visit Wed Apr 16, 04:49 PM
The Atlanta Falcons are scheduled to meet with Towson RB Terrence West Wednesday, April 23. The team also reportedly conducted a private workout with West.
|Footballguys view: West is a power back who can run in the 4.5s. He lacks vision, but West keeps his legs moving after contact and has a nose for the red zone. The Falcons are looking for a young running back behind Steven Jackson to groom into an eventual starter.|
Texans | David Quessenberry could be OG option Wed Apr 16, 04:48 PM
The Houston Texans could consider using OT David Quessenberry at left guard this upcoming season.Link to story
Texans | Wade Smith unlikely to return Wed Apr 16, 04:47 PM
The Houston Texans are not expected to re-sign free-agent OG Wade Smith this offseason.Link to story
Jets | Financial terms for Chris Johnson Wed Apr 16, 04:39 PM
Updating a previous report, the New York Jets signed RB Chris Johnson to a two-year deal worth $8 million, with another $1 million in incentives available.
|Footballguys view: So much for not overpaying him.|
Chris Johnson player page
Texans | May look to take RB in middle rounds Wed Apr 16, 04:36 PM
The Houston Texans may consider selecting a running back during the middle rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft that could become RB Arian Foster's backup in the future.
|Footballguys view: With Ben Tate moving on in free agency to the Browns, the Texans need a backup behind Foster. The draft is full of running backs with different styles. During the middle rounds there will still be quality players left at the position.|
Arian Foster player page
Broncos | Will work out two prospects Wed Apr 16, 04:29 PM
The Denver Broncos are scheduled to work out Miami QB Stephen Morris and Mississippi WR Donte Moncrief before the 2014 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Moncrief is a big-bodied wide receiver who can adjust to poorly thrown passes. He is not a burner, but he does track the ball well over his shoulder. Moncrief is a value pick for some team out there after a statistically disappointing 2013.|
Raiders | Hope to trade Terrelle Pryor Wed Apr 16, 04:24 PM
The Oakland Raiders hope to trade QB Terrelle Pryor before the start of the offseason program Monday, April 21.
|Footballguys view: Good luck with that. Pryor is big, athletic and has a strong arm. Accuracy and decision-making skills are still a huge problem. If they can't trade him, then the Raiders should release Pryor.|
Terrelle Pryor player page
Ravens | Eric Ebron still an option Wed Apr 16, 04:21 PM
The Baltimore Ravens could still consider selecting North Carolina TE Eric Ebron during the 2014 NFL Draft even though they added TE Owen Daniels this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Any team should be interested in Ebron. He's a talented move tight end who creates mismatches every time he's on the field. Ebron can attack the deep middle seam of the defense to stretch opponents thin. He's a weapon, our favorite tight end this year, and a top-15 first-round pick.|
Patriots | Visit with Jimmy Garoppolo Wed Apr 16, 04:20 PM
The New England Patriots visited with Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo earlier this week.
|Footballguys view: We're cooler than most on Garoppolo. He's got a quick release, but his offense (against poor competition) was incredibly simple. At Eastern Illinois he was asked to basically catch the snap and throw immediately to a predetermined target. If the Patriots added him it would be interesting to say the least. Wherever he goes, Garoppolo needs to sit and learn.|
NFL | Marcus Smith receiving interest Wed Apr 16, 04:06 PM
Louisville DE Marcus Smith said he has met with the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts this offseason. He is also scheduled to meet with the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, April 21.
|Footballguys view: The converted quarterback became an outstanding pass-rusher in 2013. He has the flexibility to bend around the edge, and the closing burst to get to the quarterback in a hurry. The upside with Smith is huge, and he'll make for a nice third-round pick.|
Packers | Clay Matthews unlikely to do much during workouts Wed Apr 16, 04:06 PM
Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews (thumb) said he likely will be limited during offseason workouts because of his surgically repaired thumb.
|Footballguys view: The team doesn't need Matthews to re-aggravate the injury by doing too much. They will limit him up to and including training camp if necessary.|
Clay Matthews player page
Cowboys | No contract offer for Davin Joseph Wed Apr 16, 04:05 PM
Updating a previous report, no contract offer was made by the Dallas Cowboys to free-agent OG Davin Joseph (Buccaneers) during his recent free-agent visit.Link to story
Bengals | Sign T.J. Conley Wed Apr 16, 03:53 PM
The Cincinnati Bengals signed P T.J. Conley (Browns) Wednesday, April 16. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Cowboys | Three prospects visiting Wed Apr 16, 03:48 PM
The Dallas Cowboys are meeting with Oregon WR Josh Huff, Oregon State DE Scott Crichton and West Virginia DE Will Clarke Wednesday, April 16.
|Footballguys view: Huff is a multi-purpose weapon who can line up all over the field. We like him as a late-round player with developmental upside because of his athleticism and run-after-the-catch ability.|
Jets | Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory to be tandem Wed Apr 16, 03:48 PM
The New York Jets will use RBs Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory as a tandem this upcoming season and have them split carries. RB Bilal Powell will be the team's No. 3 running back.
|Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. We should see Mike Goodson released by the Jets in the near future.|
Chris Johnson player page
Chris Ivory player page
Bilal Powell player page
Cowboys | Davin Joseph visits Wed Apr 16, 03:41 PM
The Dallas Cowboys met with free-agent OG Davin Joseph (Buccaneers) earlier this week.Link to story
Jets | Sign Chris Johnson Wed Apr 16, 03:29 PM
The New York Jets signed RB Chris Johnson (Titans) to a two-year deal Wednesday, April 16. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: This is the move that makes the most sense for both parties. Johnson will split time in the backfield with Chris Ivory. The Jets get a speedy playmaker who can excel running with an athletic quarterback in the backfield with him.|
Chris Johnson player page
Chris Ivory player page
Bilal Powell player page
49ers | Dan Skuta not expected to need surgery Wed Apr 16, 03:26 PM
San Francisco 49ers LB Dan Skuta (foot) is not expected to need surgery on the foot injury that bothered him during the 2013 season. Skuta met with a foot specialist earlier this offseason and was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis.Link to story
Dan Skuta player page
49ers | Brandon Lloyd contract details Wed Apr 16, 03:18 PM
Updating a previous report, the San Francisco 49ers signed WR Brandon Lloyd to a one-year deal worth $1.005 million. The deal does not include any guaranteed money.Link to story
Brandon Lloyd player page
Jets | Keeping tabs on Michael Sam Wed Apr 16, 03:18 PM
The New York Jets are keeping tabs on Missouri DE Michael Sam. The team has spoken to him several times in recent weeks.Link to story
Dolphins | Will meet with Aaron Murray Wed Apr 16, 03:12 PM
The Miami Dolphins are scheduled to meet with Georgia QB Aaron Murray Wednesday, April 16.
|Footballguys view: Murray would be an interesting fit with Joe Philbin. He has some Matt Flynn (Packers) to his game; smart, able to hit underneath routes accurately. Murray has higher upside than Flynn if he stays healthy and plays up to his potential.|
Chiefs | Meet with Aaron Murray Wed Apr 16, 03:11 PM
The Kansas City Chiefs met with Georgia QB Aaron Murray Tuesday, April 15.
|Footballguys view: Murray would be a fine developmental quarterback for the Chiefs behind Alex Smith. They need a young player to groom at the position with the hopes of one day being a future starter. Kansas City has not won a game with a quarterback they drafted since 1987 (Todd Blackledge).|
Falcons | Terrance West to visit Wed Apr 16, 03:05 PM
The Atlanta Falcons are scheduled to visit with Townson RB Terrance West Wednesday, April 23.
|Footballguys view: West is a power back who can run in the 4.5s. He lacks vision, but keeps his legs grinding after contact and has a nose for the end zone. Some think West will be a top-100 pick in the 2014 NFL draft.|
Rams | Watch Aaron Murray pro day Wed Apr 16, 02:54 PM
St. Louis Rams director of player personnel Taylor Morton was present at Georgia QB Aaron Murray's pro day Wednesday, April 16.
|Footballguys view: The Rams could use a developmental quarterback like Murray on the roster. He's tough, competitive, accurate and known as a leader. His arm isn't a rocket, but he can make every throw required in the NFL.|
Jaguars | General manager and coach watch Aaron Murray Wed Apr 16, 02:48 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley watched Georgia QB Aaron Murray participate in his pro day Wednesday, April 16.
|Footballguys view: If the Jaguars add a quarterback early in the draft, then they could still add a guy like Murray on the third day. Murray suffered an ACL injury that will likely keep him from contributing in 2014. However, when healthy this kid has the toughness and accuracy to be a borderline starter. Think of him in the same way you do Kirk Cousins (Washington).|
Texans | Moving Ricardo Matthews to NT Wed Apr 16, 02:41 PM
The Houston Texans will be moving DE Ricardo Matthews to nose tackle in their 3-4 defensive alignment. Matthews played defensive end during his last four seasons.Link to story
Vikings | Still not extension talks with Kyle Rudolph Wed Apr 16, 02:37 PM
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph said the team still have not approached him about a possible contract extension. He said he would like to stay with the team but it will be their decision.
|Footballguys view: We'll see if the two sides can come together on an agreement before Rudolph hits free agency next year. He's an important part of the offense and a good red-zone threat.|
Kyle Rudolph player page
Lions | Host Jadeveon Clowney Wed Apr 16, 02:28 PM
Updating a previous report, the Detroit Lions hosted South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney for a visit Wednesday, April 16.
|Footballguys view: Clowney with Ndamukong Suh on the Lions would be fun. However, they'd have to move up from 10th overall to secure his services.|
Cowboys | Visiting with Zack Martin Wed Apr 16, 02:19 PM
The Dallas Cowboys are visiting with Notre Dame OT Zack Martin Wednesday, April 16.Link to story
Browns | A.J. McCarron to visit Wed Apr 16, 02:17 PM
The Cleveland Browns are scheduled to meet with Alabama QB A.J. McCarron at some point next week. The team worked out McCarron Wednesday, April 16.
|Footballguys view: McCarron would be an option for the team if they passed on quarterback in the first round. We'll see if any team is willing to take McCarron early in the second round. We'd grade him more as a final day pick because (in our eyes) he's a backup-caliber quarterback.|
Lions | Meet with two prospects Wed Apr 16, 02:12 PM
The Detroit Lions met with Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Boston College PK Nate Freese Tuesday, April 15.
|Footballguys view: Seferian-Jenkins would be a nice fit for them on the second day of the draft. The big man knows how to use his frame to box out defenders in the red zone. He's also athletic enough to attack the deep middle seam of the defense.|
Lions | RB playing time expected to stay same Wed Apr 16, 02:08 PM
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said RBs Reggie Bush and Joique Bell likely will receive similar workloads this upcoming season than they did during the 2013 season.
|Footballguys view: Fantasy owners take note here. Bush played 54 percent of the offensive snaps in 2013 while Bell participated in 49 percent of the snaps. That number could be skewed if Bush battles injuries (again) in 2014.|
Reggie Bush player page
Joique Bell player page
Ravens | D.J. Bryant re-signed Wed Apr 16, 01:53 PM
The Baltimore Ravens have re-signed exclusive rights free-agent LB D.J. Bryant. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story