Fantasy Football News & Views
Dolphins | Cameron Wake receives extension (Sat Feb 18, 02:55 PM) [jump to this story]
NFL | Chad Hansen a top WR prospect (Sat Feb 18, 12:40 AM) [jump to this story]
NFL | Kareem Hunt gaining supporters (Sat Feb 18, 12:31 AM) [jump to this story]
49ers | Kyle Shanahan eyes long-term QB answer (Sat Feb 18, 12:08 AM) [jump to this story]
Broncos | Mike McCoy confident he can improve DEN QBs Thu Feb 16, 02:03 PM
Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy believes he can adjust his system to get the most out of either QB Trevor Siemian or QB Paxton Lynch. McCoy previously held the same position with the Broncos before becoming the San Diego Chargers' head coach, and he was known for his ability to create offenses tailored to his personnel.
|Footballguys view: Everything old is new again. Can McCoy succeed in vaulting either quarterback to the next level? McCoy made Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow look good, then pivoted to cushion Peyton Manning's landing in Denver. After that he made Philip Rivers play extremely well for several years in San Diego. If anyone can get the most out of Siemian/Lynch, we think it's McCoy.|
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Raiders | Subtle changes coming for Oakland offense Thu Feb 16, 01:55 PM
Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing said he will not make changes just for the sake of making them after replacing Bill Musgrave. 'Oh, it will be very subtle,' Downing said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Feb. 15. 'We're going to keep the same system terminology. There's no reason to change any of that stuff. All we're doing right now is finding the ways that we can all individually do our jobs better, prepare our positions better, and how we can just quarter-turn a couple things to make the offense as efficient as possible.'
|Footballguys view: Don't fix what isn't broken. This was a very successful offense last season before Derek Carr went down, so it makes all the sense in the world for Downing to avoid rocking the boat.|
Raiders | Derek Carr will have say in game planning Thu Feb 16, 01:46 PM
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr will have a voice in the game planning, according to new offensive coordinator Todd Downing, who was promoted from quarterbacks coach after former offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's contract expired. 'There's been a lot made about his command at the line of scrimmage. There's certainly going to be opportunities for Derek to do that,' Downing said. '... Where I see him needing a little bit more command is just being able to share his thoughts of game plans. Being a student of the game, as he already is, but vocalize what he likes and doesn't like. I think my relationship with him is something that's going to give him the opportunity to voice his opinions. I look forward to him really taking charge of expressing his thoughts on the offense.'
|Footballguys view: At this point in his development, we're not surprised. He knows as well as anyone what he can and can't do, and the team might as well take advantage of that. On top of it, this is encouraging because it is the sort of thing we hear about the better quarterbacks in the NFL. Carr may not be among the best yet, but we think this is another sign he is on his way.|
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Buccaneers | Doug Martin still in Bucs' plans? Thu Feb 16, 01:23 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin was expected to be released or traded before the 2017 NFL season, but the front office may be willing to keep Martin around and 'play the situation out,' according to Roy Cummings, of FloridaFootballInsiders.com. Martin is suspended the first three games of 2017 and will not cost the team any money if he is indeed released.
|Footballguys view: The Bucs will play this close to the vest in case they can trade him. Even if they want to cut him, they won't say it. That said, cutting him or trading him are real possibilities and so expect them to show interest in some free agents this offseason, and draft prospects this April. We think Martin could have a lot of value elsewhere, but being out for three weeks will reduce any fantasy value considerably.|
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NFL | Chad Kelly will not attend combine Thu Feb 16, 01:20 PM
Mississippi QB Chad Kelly (knee) was initially invited to attend the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine, but the offer was rescinded by the league. It remains unclear as to why the invitation was pulled.
|Footballguys view: The question isn't why he wasn't invited - he plead guilty to a violent crime (Kelly pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct two years ago as part of a case in which he was initially accused of punching two people, threatening to shoot up a bar with an AK-47 and resisting arrest) and as Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith recently wrote, the NFL implemented a new rule this year that players who have been convicted of violent crimes won't be permitted. Despite this, teams will kick the tires on him because of his arm strength, but could pass more because of his size than his off-field issues.|
Cowboys | Tony Romo anticipating his release Thu Feb 16, 11:50 AM
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo is expecting to be released this offseason. He believes he can be a starter in the league for two or three more years.
|Footballguys view: There are several teams who will probably kick the tires on him, especially given the lack of talent on the market. Romo's best fit would be for a team on the cusp of contending though, and most of the teams in need of a quarterback need far more than that. If he lands in one of those situations, his production could be awfully shaky. Add in his propensity towards injury and his fantasy value is likely to be low.|
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Dolphins | Branden Albert to be released Thu Feb 16, 11:39 AM
Miami Dolphins OT Branden Albert will be released Thursday, Feb. 16.
|Footballguys view: Not a surprise and it looks like the market will see a lot of declining tackles this offseason. This likely means Laremy Tunsil will kick over to left tackle, which should result in the Dolphins hitting the market for a guard, and perhaps addressing that position in the draft as well.|
Seahawks | C.J. Prosise will be ready for OTAs Thu Feb 16, 11:31 AM
Seattle Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (shoulder) is expected to be ready for organized team activities and minicamp. He's slated to be the third-down back and a change-of-pace option on early downs.
|Footballguys view: The Seahawks had to adjust on the fly a lot this season, as their backfield was beset by injuries and under-performing running backs. It will take two backs to replace the production of Marshawn Lynch, as we saw last year, which will make neither back the fantasy producer Lynch was. His ability to catch a ball will make Prosise a bit more valuable in PPR leagues though.|
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Lions | Jake Rudock to be backup Thu Feb 16, 10:09 AM
Detroit Lions QB Jake Rudock will be the No. 2 quarterback in 2017.Link to story
Lions | Dan Orlovsky won't return to Lions Thu Feb 16, 10:08 AM
Detroit Lions impending free-agent QB Dan Orlovsky will not return to the Lions in 2017.Link to story
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Patriots | Tom Brady extension possible Thu Feb 16, 09:27 AM
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has expressed mutual interest in a new contract with the team, according to source. Talks are in preliminary stages. Brady is signed through 2019. He will earn $1 million in 2017, but he has a $14 million salary cap number.
|Footballguys view: Brady wants to keep playing and the Patriots are much better with him than without him. It makes sense, especially when we factor in reducing that cap number. This could also be a sign that they are serious about moving Jimmy Garoppolo.|
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Browns | Terrelle Pryor wants to re-sign in Cleveland Thu Feb 16, 01:10 AM
Cleveland Browns impending free-agent WR Terrelle Pryor has instructed his agents, Drew and Jason Rosenhaus, of his desire to remain in Cleveland. The agents will travel to Cleveland this week to conduct 'strong discussions' about a new contract. Pryor stated his desire to continue the rebuilding process in Cleveland under head coach Hue Jackson.
|Footballguys view: Really, it's where he likely would have the most value. Pryor had some very good moments this season and could continue to improve, especially with Corey Coleman attracting more and more attention. Of course, who is throwing the ball will impact both, and we're not clear what the Browns are going to do at that position.|
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Steelers | Landry Jones highly regarded in Pittsburgh Thu Feb 16, 12:53 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent QB Landry Jones is viewed among the top backups in the NFL by the Steelers' decision-makers, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Gerry Dulac. Jones is viewed as being better than '80 percent of the other backups' by the Steelers.
|Footballguys view: This is a bit surprising, as nothing Jones has done really impresses us. It could be he knows the system well, or it could be something leaked by his agents. We're not in love with him, and his presence under center limited Antonio Brown and the receivers a bit as well.|
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Colts | Jack Doyle could land big deal Wed Feb 15, 11:52 PM
Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent TE Jack Doyle could receive a contract in the neighborhood of $5 million to $7 million annually, according to Jim Ayello, of The Indianapolis Star. He would be due $9.84 million in 2017 should the Colts chose to tag him, which appears unlikely.Link to story
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Redskins | Kenny Stills an option for Redskins? Wed Feb 15, 11:13 PM
Miami Dolphins impending free-agent WR Kenny Stills is a possible replacement for Washington Redskins impending free-agent WR DeSean Jackson, according to The Washington Post's Mark Bullock.Link to story
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Redskins | Kenny Britt a target for Washington? Wed Feb 15, 10:57 PM
Los Angeles Rams impending free-agent WR Kenny Britt is a possible replacement for Washington Redskins impending free-agent WR Pierre Garcon, according to The Washington Post's Mark Bullock.Link to story
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Patriots | Jimmy Garoppolo draws praise Wed Feb 15, 10:51 PM
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo was compared to Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre by Patriots WR Julian Edelman during a Tuesday, Feb. 14, appearance on NFL Network. 'The guy is a stud. He went out and played in the regular season and played very well. He has that kind of gunslinger-like confidence, that Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers kind of confidence,' Edelman said. Garoppolo is entering the final year of his rookie deal.Jimmy Garoppolo player page
Jaguars | Kelvin Beachum's option not picked up Wed Feb 15, 07:05 PM
The Jacksonville Jaguars will not pick up OT Kelvin Beachum's option, which will make him an unrestricted free agent this offseason, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Coming off ACL surgery, Beachum made it 15 games with the Jaguars this year. He disappointed with his play and dealt with concussion problems early in the season. There's a chance that Beachum could return to the Jaguars on a more affordable deal.|
Jets | NYJ looking to re-sign Ben Ijalana Wed Feb 15, 06:58 PM
New York Jets impending free-agent OT Ben Ijalana is a player the Jets will try to re-sign this offseason.Link to story
Jaguars | No talks between Jags, Prince Amukamara Wed Feb 15, 06:49 PM
The Jacksonville Jaguars have not talked with the representatives for impending free-agent CB Prince Amukamara at this point, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Jaguars had to be pleased with Amukamara's performance in 2016 as he played on a one-year, $5 million deal. Early speculation has the veteran corner earning around $8 to $9 million annually with a new deal. With over $59 million in cap space, the Jaguars should be able to keep Amukamara around if they want.|
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Broncos | Matt Paradis undergoes another surgery Wed Feb 15, 06:49 PM
Denver Broncos C Matt Paradis (hip) underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left hip Tuesday, Feb. 14. He underwent right hip surgery in January and hopes to be ready for the start of training camp.
|Footballguys view: The Broncos need to upgrade their offensive line, but not inside at center. Paradis showed incredible toughness playing through hip problems for most of 2016. If at full strength, Paradis should be able to dominate inside for a team that should get back to power concepts on the ground with Mike McCoy as offensive coordinator.|
Jets | Ryan Clady's option declined Wed Feb 15, 06:44 PM
New York Jets OT Ryan Clady's 2017 option was declined Wednesday, Feb. 15, which makes Clady an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Over the last two years, Clady has only played in nine games. Clady will have to settle for a short-term "prove it" deal now that he's on the open market. The move saves the Jets $10 million in cap space....something that was needed since they were $8 million over the cap before the move.|
Texans | A.J. Bouye unlikely to receive tag Wed Feb 15, 05:26 PM
Houston Texans impending free-agent CB A.J. Bouye likely will not receive the franchise tag this offseason because of the team's salary cap situation. The Texans are expected to have around $25 million in salary cap space available, but Bouye would be scheduled to receive a little more than $14 million in 2017 if he received the franchise tag.
|Footballguys view: The Texans would like to keep Bouye around, but they'll have to work out a long-term deal with him. Bouye is one of the best free agents at any position set to hit the open market. He could land a deal that makes him a top-10 paid cornerback in the league with an annual average salary around $12 million or more.|
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Bills | Lorenzo Alexander looking for lucrative deal Wed Feb 15, 04:53 PM
Buffalo Bills impending free-agent LB Lorenzo Alexander will receive between $5 million and $10 million per season on a short-term deal this offseason, according to his agent.
|Footballguys view: Alexander had a career-best 12.5 sacks in 2016, and he's hitting the open market on a high note. New head coach Sean McDermott is switching to a 4-3 defense, but Alexander feels he's a fit for any scheme.|
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Broncos | Denver interested in re-signing Kayvon Webster Wed Feb 15, 04:49 PM
The Denver Broncos have reached out to impending free-agent CB Kayvon Webster about the possibility of a new contract, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Webster has been a good reserve cornerback for the team, but he's been outstanding on special teams. He may want to stay with Denver, but Webster isn't going to get a larger role on defense in the Mile High City. Webster could move on to a team where he'll get more of a chance at playing time.|
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NFL | K'Waun Williams receiving more interest Wed Feb 15, 04:41 PM
Free-agent CB K'Waun Williams (Bears) has visits lined up with the Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings, according to a source.Link to story
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Colts | Clayton Geathers may see time at LB Wed Feb 15, 04:40 PM
Indianapolis Colts S Clayton Geathers could see time at linebacker during offseason workouts to see if he can make a permanent move to the position.Link to story
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Steelers | Trey Williams joins Steelers Wed Feb 15, 04:08 PM
Free-agent RB Trey Williams (Colts) signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Tuesday, Feb. 14. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
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Steelers | Pittsburgh re-signs Steven Johnson Wed Feb 15, 03:58 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent LB Steven Johnson signed a one-year deal with the Steelers Wednesday, Feb. 15. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Dolphins | Branden Albert could be on bubble Wed Feb 15, 03:57 PM
Miami Dolphins OT Branden Albert could be a candidate to be released this offseason since the Dolphins have OT Laremy Tunsil that can take over as the left tackle and would save $7.2 million in salary cap space if they cut Albert.
|Footballguys view: The Dolphins are going to have around $30 million in cap space this offseason. They don't need to free up that room by letting Albert go, but if Tunsil is ready they might go for a younger option at left tackle.|
Jaguars | Arrelious Benn stays with Jags Wed Feb 15, 03:45 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars impending free-agent WR Arrelious Benn signed a one-year deal with the Jaguars Wednesday, Feb. 15, according to a source. The deal includes an option for 2018. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
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Jaguars | Chad Henne reworks deal Wed Feb 15, 02:50 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Chad Henne has agreed to sign a restructured contract and will remain with the Jaguars, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: The Jaguars are hoping to get more out of starting QB Blake Bortles this year. They'll continue with Henne as a valuable veteran backup.|
Chad Henne player page
Browns | Cleveland unlikely to pursue Mike Glennon Wed Feb 15, 02:43 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent QB Mike Glennon probably will not be a target for the Cleveland Browns this offseason, in the opinion of ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi.
|Footballguys view: Glennon has been waiting for the chance to be a starter in the NFL. He was a third-round pick in 2013 and played in 13 games that year, putting up over 2,600 yards passing with 19 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. The Browns may not be interested, but we're certain plenty of other teams will be.|
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Bengals | More on Bene Benwikere's deal Wed Feb 15, 02:43 PM
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals CB Bene Benwikere signed a one-year contract with the Bengals, according to his agent. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
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Titans | Karl Klug may not be ready for camp Wed Feb 15, 02:25 PM
Tennessee Titans impending free-agent DE Karl Klug (Achilles') is making progress in his recovery from Achilles' tendon surgery, but he may not be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Mike Mularkey.Link to story
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Jaguars | Abry Jones contract update Wed Feb 15, 02:19 PM
Updating a previous report, Jacksonville Jaguars DT Abry Jones' four-year contract is worth $16 million with $6.5 million in guaranteed money, according to a source.Link to story
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Titans | Marcus Mariota likely out until camp Wed Feb 15, 02:12 PM
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Mularkey said the team will be very cautious with QB Marcus Mariota (leg) and probably will keep him out until the start of training camp.
|Footballguys view: That's the wise move for the Titans. Mariota's recovery is on schedule, but there's no need to rush him back during the offseason. They may even ease him back in at the start of training camp. However, Mariota should be ready to rock by Week 1 of the regular season.|
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Chiefs | Nick Foles' option unlikely to be exercised Wed Feb 15, 02:11 PM
Kansas City Chiefs QB Nick Foles' 2017 option likely will not be picked up by the Chiefs, which will make him an unrestricted free agent.
|Footballguys view: The option was worth around $6.4 million according to reports, but the Chiefs are in desperate need of cap space. They have less than $1 million in cap space at this time, and they want to find a way to get new contracts for Eric Berry and Dontari Poe this offseason. Foles looked good in limited playing time with the Chiefs last year, and he's likely to get a chance to compete for a starting job (somewhere) in 2017.|
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Bears | Eric Kush re-signs with Chicago Wed Feb 15, 02:07 PM
Chicago Bears impending free-agent C Eric Kush signed a new two-year deal with the Bears Wednesday, Feb. 15. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Jaguars | Abry Jones re-ups with Jaguars Wed Feb 15, 11:34 AM
Updating a previous report, Jacksonville Jaguars impending free-agent DT Abry Jones re-signed with the Jaguars Wednesday, Feb. 15, on a four-year deal. Financial terms weren't disclosed.Link to story
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Vikings | Captain Munnerlyn likely to walk Wed Feb 15, 11:15 AM
Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent CB Captain Munnerlyn is unlikely to return to the Vikings.Link to story
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Vikings | Xavier Rhodes talks coming Wed Feb 15, 11:13 AM
Minnesota Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes will discuss a contract extension with the team this offseason. Rhodes is entering the final year of his rookie contract.Link to story
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Dolphins | Josh Grizzard hired by Dolphins Wed Feb 15, 10:54 AM
Former Duke assistant quarterbacks coach/quality control Josh Grizzard was hired by the Miami Dolphins Wednesday, Feb. 15, as offensive quality control coach.Link to story
Bears | James Willis interviewing with Bears Wed Feb 15, 10:35 AM
Former New Orleans Saints defensive assistant/linebackers James Willis is interviewing for the assistant defensive line coach position with the Chicago Bears this week.Link to story
Rams | Todd Gurley got impatient Wed Feb 15, 09:25 AM
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley became impatient and went away from the play call when holes didn't open up early, according to running backs coach Skip Peete. 'He started changing what he was trying to do,' Peete said. 'The most important thing, like we talked about, is you have to have total confidence in the scheme of the play.' Peete also said Gurley needs to improve his pass blocking.
|Footballguys view: The Rams need to do what they can to get Gurley back on track. He could be the best running back in the league, if the team is able to get the best out of his game. Gurley can be incredibly fantasy relevant, but his disappointing 2016 will cause his draft stock to fall.|
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Giants | Will Tye tendered Wed Feb 15, 08:35 AM
Updating a previous report, New York Giants exclusive rights free-agent TE Will Tye signed a one-year, $615,000 contract late last week, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: ERFAs have two choices once tendered. They can choose to play for the team that tendered them, or they can stop playing football. This tender basically locks up Tye with the Giants for 2017.|
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Giants | Two Giants won't be tendered Wed Feb 15, 08:33 AM
New York Giants exclusive rights free-agent FB Nikita Whitlock and WR Ben Edwards will not be tendered contracts.Link to story
49ers | Colin Kaepernick open to returning to SF Wed Feb 15, 01:00 AM
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is open to returning to the team in 2017, according to 'those close to him.' The 29-year-old is due to earn nearly $15 million in base salary, but he can also opt out of the deal and enter free agency, which begins on March 9. San Francisco also has the option of releasing him with little ramifications to their salary cap.
|Footballguys view: New head coach Kyle Shanahan doesn't have a system that would work well with Kaepernick's skill set. We just don't see them keeping Kaepernick around in 2017, and the direction they go in at quarterback is a huge unknown. However, with six-year deals for both Shanahan and new GM John Lynch, the 49ers don't have to rush into any decision.|
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Browns | CLE QBs coach likes Tyrod Taylor 'a lot' Wed Feb 15, 12:37 AM
Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is liked 'a lot' by new Cleveland Browns quarterbacks coach David Lee, who spent the past two years coaching Taylor in Buffalo. In addition, Lee would 'welcome continuing to work with him.'
|Footballguys view: The Browns and the Jets seem to be the two teams most interested in Taylor and he's not yet on the open market. The Bills have a contract option on March 11th, and that will determine Taylor's future with the team. If released, Taylor should have no problem getting a new starting job.|
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Steelers | Ladarius Green likely to stay put? Tue Feb 14, 11:38 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green is likely to remain on the roster, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, who believes there is 'no reason for them not to bring him back.' He added: 'His health will determine what happens from there.'
|Footballguys view: Green flashed ever so briefly in his first season with the Steelers. He was bothered by various injuries and couldn't do much outside of five games. If healthy, Green can be a dangerous weapon for the Steelers high-powered passing attack.|
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