Fantasy Football News & Views
Panthers | Cam Newton still in walking boot (Sat Apr 19, 09:23 AM) [jump to this story]
Browns | Blake Bortles to visit (Fri Apr 18, 01:27 PM) [jump to this story]
Jaguars | Schedule second visit with Teddy Bridgewater (Fri Apr 18, 01:20 PM) [jump to this story]
49ers | Contract talks with Colin Kaepernick stop for now (Thu Apr 17, 11:42 PM) [jump to this story]
Bengals | No extension talks with A.J. Green (Thu Apr 17, 11:16 PM) [jump to this story]
Jets | Chris Johnson open to sharing carries (Thu Apr 17, 08:46 PM) [jump to this story]
Browns | Teddy Bridgewater visiting Mon Apr 21, 03:27 PM
The Cleveland Browns are meeting with Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater Monday, April 21.
|Footballguys view: The Browns are more likely to draft Bridgewater at 26 than 4, as his stock has fallen on hard times after a lackluster pro day and interviews. He could be one of the steals of the draft if he falls that far.|
Bengals | A.J. Green puts on some weight Mon Apr 21, 03:23 PM
Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said he has added around six pounds this offseason, because he wants to be more physical as a way to beat coverage at the line of scrimmage. He said most of the weight was added to his upper body.Link to story
A.J. Green player page
Bills | Kyle Fuller visiting Mon Apr 21, 03:17 PM
The Buffalo Bills are meeting with Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller Monday, April 21.
|Footballguys view: Fuller is an impressive, aggressive corner prospect, who can also play some hybrid safety-linebacker role when asked. #9 might seem on the high end of his draft range, but he is likely one of the top 2 or 3 corners on many team's boards.|
Bengals | Exercise A.J. Green's option Mon Apr 21, 03:13 PM
The Cincinnati Bengals have exercised the fifth-year option in WR A.J. Green's contract.
|Footballguys view: Green is an elite receiver and one of the easiest calls of the 2011 draft class for a fifth-year extension.|
A.J. Green player page
Cardinals | Pick up Patrick Peterson's option Mon Apr 21, 03:09 PM
The Arizona Cardinals have exercised the fifth-year option in CB Patrick Peterson's contract.
|Footballguys view: A no brainer decision, Peterson is developing into one of the premier corners in the NFL, and he'll be a bargain compared to what he would get on the open market.|
Patrick Peterson player page
Rams | James Laurinaitis had offseason surgery Mon Apr 21, 03:04 PM
St. Louis Rams LB James Laurinaitis (ankle) said he underwent ankle surgery after the 2013 season but that he has recovered from the surgery.Link to story
James Laurinaitis player page
Rams | Dominique Easley visiting Mon Apr 21, 03:03 PM
The St. Louis Rams are meeting with Florida DT Dominique Easley Monday, April 21.Link to story
Browns | Dominique Easley visits Mon Apr 21, 02:55 PM
The Cleveland Browns met with Florida DT Dominique Easley Sunday, April 20.Link to story
Steelers | Like two WR prospects Mon Apr 21, 02:53 PM
The Pittsburgh Steelers have interest in Louisiana State WR Odell Beckham and Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks. Both could be available when the team selects in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft if they want to take a wide receiver.
|Footballguys view: Beckham is unlikely to fall out of the top 20 and could join the Steelers passing game, which has been without a big wide receiver since Plaxico Burress left and Limas Sweed busted as a second-round pick. Beckham would give them three speedy, shifty wideouts, along with Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton - a college teammate of Cooks.|
Cardinals | Interested in two QBs Mon Apr 21, 02:51 PM
The Arizona Cardinals are showing interest in Fresno State QB Derek Carr and Alabama QB A.J. McCarron leading up to the 2014 NFL draft.
|Footballguys view: Carr makes sense for Arizona and other sources have matched him to Bruce Arians' team, but McCarron has a very poor deep ball and would be a terrible fit.|
Lions | Eric Ebron expects team to select him Mon Apr 21, 02:49 PM
North Carolina TE Eric Ebron told a team he recently met with that he believes he will be selected by the Detroit Lions in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: The Lions just threw eight million guaranteed dollars at Brandon Pettigrew, but Ebron would give them a downfield threat and mismatch for defenses to add to a passing game that also brought Golden Tate on board this offseason. It's a not a perfect fantasy destination for Ebron, but it'll do.|
Texans | GM likes Khalil Mack over Jadeveon Clowney? Mon Apr 21, 02:44 PM
It is believed Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith likes Buffalo LB Khalil Mack more than he likes South Caroliina DE Jadeveon Clowney, according to a source close to Smith.
|Footballguys view: This is probably being floated to cast as wide a net as possible for suitors for the #1 overall pick. Mack very well could go in the top 5, or even top 3, but he is an unlikely #1 overall pick.|
Jets | Made offer to Sidney Rice Mon Apr 21, 02:41 PM
Seattle Seahawks WR Sidney Rice said the New York Jets offered him more money this offseason, but he decided to re-sign with the Seahawks.Link to story
Sidney Rice player page
Jets | No promises to Chris Johnson Mon Apr 21, 02:38 PM
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan said the team did not promise RB Chris Johnson a certain amount of carries when he signed with the Jets. Ryan said there are no set roles for any of the running backs at this point.
|Footballguys view: Johnson and Chris Ivory will share the backfield, but the Jets love to run the ball, and Johnson should get the passing down work and work as a receiver out of the backfield that is crucial to PPR league value. He's worth a pick as an RB3/Flex with RB2 upside.|
Chris Johnson player page
Jets | Geno Smith expects to be starter Mon Apr 21, 02:33 PM
New York Jets QB Geno Smith said he believes he will be the starting quarterback this upcoming season even though the team added QB Michael Vick this offseason. He said he believes his play will improve with another year in the offense. Smith believes he will be able to learn from Vick because Vick has experience.
|Footballguys view: Smith played well at the end of the season, and he has continuity and chemistry with returning skill players like Jeff Cumberland and Jeremy Kerley. This will be a true competition in camp, and if Smith wins, it will mean that he has progressed well during the offseason. Vick had his best seasons under Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg when both were in Philadelphia, so the veteran is not coming in cold to a brand new offense for him.|
Michael Vick player page
Geno Smith player page
Broncos | Contract updates for three ERFAs Mon Apr 21, 02:29 PM
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos CB Tony Carter will make $730,000 after signing his exclusive rights tender offer. SS Duke Ihenacho will make $570,000 while LB Brandon M. Marshall will make $495,000.Link to story
Tony Carter player page
Brandon Marshall player page
Broncos | Mitch Unrien contract update Mon Apr 21, 02:26 PM
Updating a previous report, the Denver Broncos re-signed DT Mitch Unrein to a one-year deal worth $1.431 million.Link to story
Mitch Unrein player page
Saints | Exercise Cameron Jordan's option Mon Apr 21, 02:24 PM
The New Orleans Saints have exercised the fifth-year option in DE Cameron Jordan's contract. Jordan will be scheduled to make $6.969 million in 2015.
|Footballguys view: A bargain for one of the key players in the resurgence of the Saints defense under Rob Ryan. If it weren't for JJ Watt, Jordan would be talked about a lot more as a budding star at 3-4 DE.|
Cameron Jordan player page
Texans | Meeting with Jadeveon Clowney Mon Apr 21, 02:24 PM
The Houston Texans are meeting with South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney Monday, April 21.
|Footballguys view: The first option for the Texans at this point is probably a trade down, but if they stay at #1, Clowney should be the favorite to be the first player off of the board.|
Texans | Johnny Manziel visiting Mon Apr 21, 02:22 PM
The Houston Texans are meeting with Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel Monday, April 21.
|Footballguys view: The Texans are covering all of their bases in looking at players to consider with both the #1 pick, and a pick slightly later in the top 10 if they trade down. Manziel would have a geographical connection and he has some of the qualities that new head coach Bill O'Brien covets, but he is still a longshot for #1 overall.|
Buccaneers | Not expected to pick up Adrian Clayborn's option Mon Apr 21, 02:15 PM
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are not expected to exercise the fifth-year option in DE Adrian Clayborn's contract. The team does not plan on trading Clayborn at any point this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Clayborn looked like a star in the making during his rookie year, but a torn ACL derailed his development. He might be better served as a rotational player, or even someone who kicks inside at times like his former teammate and current Seattle Seahawk, Michael Bennett.|
Adrian Clayborn player page
Lions | Will meet with Justin Gilbert Mon Apr 21, 02:15 PM
The Detroit Lions are scheduled to meet with Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert later this week.
|Footballguys view: Some mocks put Gilbert in that #10 spot, but TE Eric Ebron is being mentioned more as a possibility every day, and the Lions still like 2013 second-round pick Dwayne Slay. Gilbert has the best tools in the cornerback class, but he isn't always the most aggressive playing the receiver or the ball in the air.|
Lions | Marcus Martin visiting Mon Apr 21, 02:13 PM
The Detroit Lions are meeting with Southern California C Marcus Martin Monday, April 21.Link to story
49ers | NaVorro Bowman to start camp on PUP list Mon Apr 21, 02:02 PM
The San Francisco 49ers plan to place LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) on the Physically Unable to Perform list when training camp begins, because he is not expected to be cleared to play before the start of the regular season. Bowman will be working with the trainers during offseason workouts.Link to story
Navorro Bowman player page
49ers | LaMichael James not at workouts Mon Apr 21, 02:02 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James is training in Texas by himself and did not report for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 21.
|Footballguys view: Miami and Philadelphia have been mentioned as possible trade partners. The 49ers would be lucky to recoup the sixth-round pick they spent to acquire Blaine Gabbert, as James has done little to nothing during his two years in the league.|
LaMichael James player page
Chiefs | Eric Fisher has surgery Mon Apr 21, 02:00 PM
Kansas City Chiefs OT Eric Fisher (shoulder, hernia) underwent shoulder surgery and had a procedure to fix a sports hernia. He's currently rehabbing in Kansas City.Link to story
Chargers | Ben Gardner visiting Mon Apr 21, 01:27 PM
Stanford DE/LB Ben Gardner is visiting with the San Diego Chargers Monday, April 21.Link to story
Titans | Met with Jeremy Hill Mon Apr 21, 01:25 PM
The Tennessee Titans have visited with Louisiana State RB Jeremy Hill.
|Footballguys view: Hill is similar to current Titans starter Shonn Greene, but he arguably runs with more power and burst. Hill would probably go ahead of Greene in redraft leagues if he lands in redraft leagues.|
Bengals | Jeremy Hill visiting Mon Apr 21, 01:24 PM
The Cincinnati Bengals are visiting with Louisiana State RB Jeremy Hill Monday, April 21.
|Footballguys view: New Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson loves the power running game, and the team can certainly upgrade from Benjarvus Green-Ellis as a "thunder" complement to Giovani Bernard in the mid-rounds of the draft. Hill would also fit the team's higher tolerance than some organizations on character risks.|
Broncos | Four sign tender offers Mon Apr 21, 01:12 PM
The Denver Broncos signed DT Mitch Unrein to his restricted free-agent tender Monday, April 21. CB Tony Carter, SS Duke Ihenacho and LB Brandon M. Marshall all signed their exclusive rights tenders.Link to story
Tony Carter player page
Mitch Unrein player page
Brandon Marshall player page
Colts | Work out Jon Halapio Mon Apr 21, 01:00 PM
The Indianapolis Colts worked out Florida OG Jon Halapio. He played his senior year with a torn pectoral muscle but is recovered now.Link to story
Browns | Work out Jon Halapio Mon Apr 21, 12:59 PM
The Cleveland Browns worked out Florida OG Jon Halapio. He played his senior year with a torn pectoral muscle but is recovered now.Link to story
Buccaneers | Work out Jon Halapio Mon Apr 21, 12:59 PM
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers worked out Florida OG Jon Halapio. He played his senior year with a torn pectoral muscle but is recovered now.Link to story
Ravens | Rolando McClain retiring Mon Apr 21, 12:56 PM
Baltimore Ravens LB Rolando McClain is retiring from the NFL again Monday, April 21. 'I gotta follow my heart. It ain't football. If football made me complete I would play. But whenever I think of it my heart pulls me away from whatever reason. ... This means I'm done,' McClain texted ESPN.Link to story
Rolando McClain player page
Bengals | Andy Dalton expects extension Mon Apr 21, 12:39 PM
Cincinnati Bengals QB Andy Dalton is expecting the team to approach him with a long-term contract extension before his rookie deal expires next March. Dalton is scheduled to make roughly $1.7 million this year as he finishes up his four-year, $5.2 million deal. 'It's a quarterback-driven league, so quarterbacks get rewarded a lot of money,' Dalton said. 'For a lot of these quarterbacks, if you're the quarterback of the team, you're the face of the franchise. So these teams obviously believe in their guy and they're going to pay him that way.'
|Footballguys view: The market may pay Dalton 15+ million a season in such a quarterback starved league, and the Bengals are notoriously frugal, so we're not expecting a deal to get done before the season.|
Andy Dalton player page
Cowboys | Tony Romo ready for voluntary workouts Mon Apr 21, 12:35 PM
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) will take part in the team's voluntary offseason program beginning Monday, April 21, according to a source. Players are allowed to lift weights, run sprints and conduct football activities without coach supervision. The team will have organized team activities starting May 28 until June 12. Romo is expected to be available for most of the activities.
|Footballguys view: This is a good sign that Romo should be treated as the low QB1 he has been in recent years going into fantasy drafts this summer.|
Tony Romo player page
Steelers | Two visiting Mon Apr 21, 10:51 AM
The Pittsburgh Steelers are visiting UCLA LB Anthony Barr and Wisconsin DT Beau Allen Monday, April 21.
|Footballguys view: Barr was discussed as a top 10 pick earlier in the draft process, but the RB-turned-edge rusher has been cooling as of late and he could be there for the Steelers at #15. If they take Barr, that would be two consecutive years the Steelers have taken an OLB in the middle of the first round.|
Giants | Josh Freeman official Mon Apr 21, 10:51 AM
New York Giants QB Josh Freeman officially signed his contract when he reported for voluntary workouts Monday, April 21.Link to story
Josh Freeman player page
Jets | More on Chris Johnson Mon Apr 21, 10:35 AM
Updating previous reports, New York Jets RB Chris Johnson's contract is worth $8 million with $3 million guaranteed. He has a $2.75 million salary-cap figure and a $1 million non-guaranteed base salary. In 2015, he has a $5.5 million salary-cap figure with a non-guaranteed $3.5 million base salary with up to a $1 million escalator clause.
|Footballguys view: In other words, unless Johnson improves from his level of play in recent years, he might not be a Jet next year.|
Chris Johnson player page
Eagles | Evan Mathis at workouts Mon Apr 21, 09:27 AM
Philadelphia Eagles OG Evan Mathis will be at voluntary workouts Monday, April 21.Link to story
Rams | To meet with Greg Robinson again Mon Apr 21, 02:37 AM
The St. Louis Rams will meet with Auburn OL Greg Robinson at the school's campus in Alabama. This marks the second meeting between the team and Robinson in less than a month.
|Footballguys view: The Rams will be trying to trade down from the #2 pick, but if they can't find a taker who is willing to pay their price, Robinson is a good bet to be their pick. Even though Jeff Fisher has never taken an offensive lineman in the first round, Robinson's freakish athletic ability and dominance as a run blocker makes him a perfect fit.|
Eagles | Odell Beckham to visit Mon Apr 21, 02:22 AM
LSU WR Odell Beckham plans to visit the Philadelphia Eagles sometime in the coming week.
|Footballguys view: The Eagles could use a playmaker like Beckham. He's dangerous in the open field, and Beckham is not afraid to run routes over the middle. He would be a perfect replacement for DeSean Jackson (Washington) in the Chip Kelly offense.|
Seahawks | Deone Bucannon to visit Sun Apr 20, 11:58 PM
The Seattle Seahawks are scheduled to meet with Washington State S Deone Bucannon Monday, April 21.Link to story
Browns | Probably will pick up Phil Taylor's option Sun Apr 20, 11:26 PM
The Cleveland Browns have not said if they will exercise the fifth-year option in DT Phil Taylor's contract but probably will before the May 3 deadline.Link to story
Phil Taylor player page
Eagles | Evan Mathis not expected to be at workouts Sun Apr 20, 11:24 PM
Philadelphia Eagles OG Evan Mathis is not expected to report for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 21.Link to story
Jets | Mike Evans to visit Sun Apr 20, 11:24 PM
The New York Jets are scheduled to meet with Texas A&M WR Mike Evans Monday, April 21.
|Footballguys view: Even though they added Eric Decker in free agency, the Jets need a true number one wide receiver. Evans could be that guy. He reminds some in the scouting community of Jimmy Graham because of his size, wingspan and ability to win at the point of the catch.|
NFL | Jeff Budzien receiving interest Sun Apr 20, 09:23 PM
Northwestern PK Jeff Budzien has received interest from the Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots, New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Link to story
Bears | Jeff Budzien worked out Sun Apr 20, 09:23 PM
The Chicago Bears worked out Northwestern PK Jeff Budzien Friday, April 18.Link to story
NFL | Trevor Reilly meet with two teams Sun Apr 20, 09:17 PM
Utah LB Trevor Reilly has met with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers this offseason.Link to story
49ers | Marcus Lattimore not expected to be restricted Sun Apr 20, 08:59 PM
San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) is not expected to be restricted in any way when offseason workouts begin.
|Footballguys view: We're not shocked by this news. Lattimore missed all of his rookie season in 2013 as he recovered from the second knee injury that prematurely ended his final season at South Carolina. He should look good early in camp, and he could certainly push for playing time in 2014.|
Marcus Lattimore player page