Fantasy Football News & Views
Broncos | Peyton Manning not worried about physical (Fri Jan 30, 01:55 PM) [jump to this story]
Redskins | Robert Griffin 'I wasn't healthy and it sucked' (Thu Jan 29, 08:21 PM) [jump to this story]
Buccaneers | Sights set on QB Marcus Mariota? (Thu Jan 29, 08:19 PM) [jump to this story]
Eagles | Nick Foles 'I plan on being in Philly' (Thu Jan 29, 08:17 PM) [jump to this story]
Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald contract should get done (Thu Jan 29, 05:52 PM) [jump to this story]
Browns | Josh Gordon contract affected Sun Jan 25, 09:06 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon will be under contract through the 2016 season, and he will only be a restricted free agent after that year due to his looming suspension for another failed substance test.
|Footballguys view: That's all nice and well, but the Browns could choose to cut Gordon loose after yet another suspension. The kid is talented, but these off-field problems might be too much for the Browns to stick with.|
Josh Gordon player page
Bears | Jay Cutler happy with coaching addition Sun Jan 25, 09:06 PM
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler reportedly once touted new quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to be the quarterbacks coach in 2012. The two had a 'strong, personal relationship.'
|Footballguys view: The addition of Loggains suggests the Bears are giving Cutler all that he needs to succeed in 2015. It might be a last hurrah for the talented but underachieving quarterback. If Cutler struggles this season under new head coach John Fox, we could see the Bears going in a different direction at QB for 2016. Currently, there's over $19 million in dead money on Cutler's contract. However, after this year that number falls to just $3 million. It's shaping up to be a make-or-break year for Cutler.|
Jay Cutler player page
Browns | Josh Gordon fails drug test Sun Jan 25, 03:59 PM
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has reportedly failed another drug test and will be subject to a one-year banishment, according to multiple league sources.
|Footballguys view: Oh man, here we go again. Gordon is a fantastic talent, but his inability to stay clean has marred his NFL career. We wouldn't be surprised to see the Browns cut Gordon.|
Josh Gordon player page
Dolphins | Miami want to re-sign Charles Clay Sun Jan 25, 10:34 AM
Miami Dolphins impending free-agent TE Charles Clay is a player that the Dolphins would like to re-sign and are expected to offer him a contract in the next few weeks.
|Footballguys view: It's a wise move for the Dolphins. Clay is a versatile player who can be a dangerous asset on the field. Last year, Clay had 58 catches for 605 yards and three touchdowns in 14 games. The Dolphins also have an emerging talent in Dion Sims, so don't expect them to break the bank to keep Clay. He'll have to sign a team-friendly deal to stick around in 2015.|
Charles Clay player page
Jaguars | Blake Bortles to work out with receivers Sun Jan 25, 09:58 AM
Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles said he plans to have a passing camp in Southern California in February with his wide receivers, tight ends and running backs in order to work on their chemistry.
|Footballguys view: We like the motivation of this young quarterback. Bortles did not improve much as a rookie, but he gained valuable experience as a 14-game starter. Working with his receivers should help them have better chemistry on the field this next season.|
Blake Bortles player page
NFL | Marcus Mariota may not throw at Combine Sun Jan 25, 08:05 AM
University of Oregon QB Marcus Mariota (shoulder) may opt out of throwing at the NFL Combine after spraining the acromioclavicular joint in his right shoulder during the National Championship Game.
|Footballguys view: Not throwing at the Combine--and not showing up to the Senior Bowl (he was eligible to play)--could hurt Mariota's draft stock a bit. That being said, it's not going to crush his value completely. We believe Mariota will still be an option for the first overall pick, and he may not fall farther than sixth (New York Jets).|
Rams | Begin contract talks with Kenny Britt Sun Jan 25, 07:19 AM
St. Louis Rams WR Kenny Britt and his agents have started contract talks with the team. Britt, who has been in St. Louis just one season, indicated he wanted to remain with the club past 2014.
|Footballguys view: It's a good move for both sides. Britt still has fantastic talent, he just needs to stay healthy in order to play up to his potential. The Rams don't have great depth at the position, and they could really use a wideout like Britt in 2015. Now, they just need a quarterback to go along with him.|
Kenny Britt player page
Rams | Keeping eye on Shane Carden Sun Jan 25, 07:13 AM
East Carolina QB Shane Harden is being looked at by the St. Louis Rams in the lead-up to the 2015 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: Harden was at the 2015 Reese's Senior Bowl, but he failed to impress. Our very own Cecil Lammey and Matt Waldman report that Harden struggled with accuracy and decision making during the week of practice. Harden is likely to be a fourth- or fifth-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft. His upside is that of a career backup. The Rams need to aim quite a bit higher.|
Ravens | Met with Sammie Coates Sun Jan 25, 07:10 AM
Auburn WR Sammie Coates met with Baltimore Ravens team officials during Senior Bowl week in Mobile, Ala.
|Footballguys view: Coates was very impressive during the week of practice at the Senior Bowl. He's incredibly fast, and on film was a great deep threat at Auburn. However, at the Senior Bowl Coates showed the ability to run crisp routes and gain separation against different types of coverage. He could be a late first- or early second-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.|
Patriots | Tom Brady improved out of pocket Sat Jan 24, 10:48 PM
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 12 of his 24 pass attempts on scramble plays outside of the pocket this year for 198 yards and two scores. Last year, he was 0-of-4 on similar plays.
|Footballguys view: With the Patriots strong ground game, it's wise to move Brady around from time to time. New England has benefited from the play-action passing their rushing attack sets up.|
Tom Brady player page
Jets | Rex Hogan hired Sat Jan 24, 07:26 PM
Chicago Bears national scout Rex Hogan was hired by the New York Jets Saturday, Jan. 24, as the director of college scouting.Link to story
Saints | Sign Delvin Breaux Sat Jan 24, 02:39 PM
Free-agent CB Delvin Breaux (CFL) has reached an agreement with the New Orleans Saints Saturday, Jan. 24. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
|Footballguys view: A good signing for the Saints here. Breaux was the CFL's best corner last year, and he pretty much shut down the Montreal Alouttes star WR Duron Carter (three catches, 25 yards) when the two faced each other in the semifinals of the playoffs. Measuring in at 6'1" 196 pounds, Breaux could earn playing time for his hometown team right off the bat in 2015.|
Packers | John Kuhn to test market Sat Jan 24, 12:34 PM
Green Bay Packers impending free-agent FB John Kuhn said he would be open to re-signing with the Packers but wants to test the free-agent market before signing with a team.
|Footballguys view: There's just not much of a market for fullbacks. We have a feeling Packers fans will still be hollering "Kuhn!" in 2015.|
John Kuhn player page
Seahawks | Byron Maxwell expected to be FA priority Sat Jan 24, 11:57 AM
Seattle Seahawks impending free-agent CB Byron Maxwell is expected to be one of the players the team wants to re-sign this offseason, according to general manager John Schneider.
|Footballguys view: The Seahawks want to keep their secondary together if at all possible. Opposing quarterbacks have targeted Maxwell often as they tend to stay away from Richard Sherman's side of the field. He'll be one of the best free agent corners on the market if he's able to explore his options. Seattle is already paying Sherman $40 million guaranteed and an annual average salary of $14 million. It may prove to be difficult to find enough money for Maxwell.|
Jets | Pepper Johnson hired Sat Jan 24, 11:36 AM
Former Buffalo Bills defensive line coach Pepper Johnson has been hired by the New York Jets as their new defensive line coach.Link to story
Dolphins | Mike Wallace wants to return to Miami Fri Jan 23, 09:31 PM
Miami Dolphins WR Mike Wallace said he wants to return to the team next season, but he added that he would welcome testing the free agent market if the team chooses to release him.
|Footballguys view: Wallace has made quite a bit of money with the Dolphins, but he's been a bit of an odd fit. After two years, he's still not on the same page with QB Ryan Tannehill on deep passes. He has a $12.1 million cap number in 2015, but there's still $6.6 million left in dead money on his contract.|
Mike Wallace player page
Bears | Bears hire Glenn Pires Fri Jan 23, 09:21 PM
Former Atlanta Falcons linebackers coach Glenn Pires has been hired by the Chicago Bears to fill the same position Friday, Jan. 23.Link to story
Bears | Dowell Loggains hired Fri Jan 23, 09:04 PM
Former Cleveland Browns quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains has been hired by the Chicago Bears to fill the same position Friday, Jan. 23.
|Footballguys view: Loggains gets a chance to work with Jay Cutler. Even though Cutler is wild mechanically, he'll be a breath of fresh air compared to Johnny Manziel. The biggest challenge for the Bears is getting quality play out of Cutler. We'll see if Loggains can help the veteran quarterback.|
Seahawks | Earl Thomas expected to play Fri Jan 23, 08:58 PM
Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) will play in the Super Bowl, head coach Pete Carroll said Friday, Jan. 23.Link to story
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Seahawks | Marshawn Lynch probable for Super Bowl Fri Jan 23, 07:54 PM
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (non-injury) practiced in full Friday, Jan. 23, and is probable for the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots.Marshawn Lynch player page
Seahawks | Friday injury report for the Super Bowl Fri Jan 23, 07:54 PM
Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) is listed as questionable for the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots. DE Michael Bennett (non-injury), OT Justin Britt (knee), LS Clint Gresham (neck), CB Richard Sherman (elbow) and OG J.R. Sweezy (ankle) are probable. Sweezy did not practice Friday, Jan. 23. Thomas was limited, while the others practiced in full.Link to story
Michael Bennett player page
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Richard Sherman player page
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Cowboys | DeMarco Murray getting support from QB Fri Jan 23, 06:29 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray is getting support from QB Tony Romo to stay with the team long term. Romo said he is consistently talking to owner Jerry Jones about bringing him back in 2015.
|Footballguys view: The Cowboys have to bring Murray back, right? We can't imagine him signing with another team after the season he had with Dallas in 2014. He's the engine to the offense, and it would be incredibly difficult to replace him. Murray is set to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but we feel the Cowboys will find a way to bring him back.|
Tony Romo player page
DeMarco Murray player page
Patriots | Brandon LaFell listed as questionable Fri Jan 23, 05:57 PM
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder, toe) was limited in practice for the third straight day Friday, Jan. 23, and is questionable for the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks.
|Footballguys view: Let's wait to see what LaFell looks like next week before we get too upset about his practice status.|
Brandon LaFell player page
Patriots | Tom Brady probable for Super Bowl Fri Jan 23, 05:54 PM
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle) practiced in full for the third straight day Friday, Jan. 23, and is probable for the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks.
|Footballguys view: He's good to go, and we're excited to see what New England has planned for a tough matchup against the Seahawks.|
Tom Brady player page
Patriots | Friday injury report for the Super Bowl Fri Jan 23, 05:54 PM
New England Patriots CB Brandon Browner (knee), LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), DT Chris D. Jones (elbow), DT Sealver Siliga (foot) and C Bryan Stork (knee) are questionable for the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks after each player was limited in practice Friday, Jan. 23.Link to story
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Donta Hightower player page
Cowboys | Tony Romo wants Dez Bryant to return Fri Jan 23, 05:48 PM
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is getting support from QB Tony Romo to stay with the team long term. Romo said he is consistently talking to owner Jerry Jones about bringing him back in 2015.
|Footballguys view: The Cowboys could place the franchise tag on Bryant this offseason. The tag comes with a one-year fully guaranteed salary of around $12.7 million. They would prevent any other team from negotiating with him, and this would allow them a longer time (July 15th deadline) to sign him to a long-term deal.|
Tony Romo player page
Dez Bryant player page
Broncos | Bill Kollar added to coaching staff Fri Jan 23, 05:43 PM
Updating a previous item, Former Houston Texans defensive line coach Bill Kollar has agreed to terms to become the Denver Broncos' defensive line coach Friday, Jan. 23.
|Footballguys view: Kollar was a six-year DL coach with the Texans, coaching stars like J.J. Watt. We're still waiting to see who Denver pegs as their next defensive coordinator, but Wade Phillips has been mentioned as a possibility for the Broncos.|
Jaguars | Geno Hayes unlikely to return Fri Jan 23, 05:34 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars impending free-agent LB Geno Hayes is not expected to re-sign with the Jaguars this offseason.Link to story
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Bengals | Sam Montgomery signed to Futures deal Fri Jan 23, 05:16 PM
Cincinnati Bengals DE Sam Montgomery was signed to a Reserve/Future contract Friday, Jan. 23.Sam Montgomery player page
Colts | Fili Moala may not return Fri Jan 23, 04:41 PM
Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent DE Fili Moala is not expected to re-sign with the team this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Moala tore his ACL and missed the entire 2014 season. He won't find a ton of suitors on the open market, but some team is likely to take a chance on the veteran defensive end.|
Fili Moala player page
Colts | Cory Redding could retire Fri Jan 23, 04:39 PM
Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent DE Cory Redding is not sure if he will retire this offseason or continue his playing career.
|Footballguys view: A leader on the defensive line, Redding has a long relationship with head coach Chuck Pagano. He had a $3.5 million salary in 2014, but he'd likely have to take a pay cut to stick around in 2015.|
Cory Redding player page
Colts | A.Q. Shipley not expected back Fri Jan 23, 04:35 PM
Indianapolis Colts impending restricted free-agent C A.Q. Shipley is not expected to re-sign with the Colts this offseason.Link to story
Colts | Matt Hasselbeck unsure about future Fri Jan 23, 04:20 PM
Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent QB Matt Hasselbeck is not sure if he will retire this offseason or continue his playing career.
|Footballguys view: Hasselbeck has been vacillating on whether or not he's going to continue playing for some time. He's set to hit free agency this year, but the Colts could easily re-sign him to continue as the backup quarterback behind Andrew Luck.|
Matt Hasselbeck player page
Ravens | Dennis Pitta status update expected soon Fri Jan 23, 04:19 PM
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta (hip) met with some specialists last week, but the team is not expected to have an update on his status for a few weeks, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
|Footballguys view: This second hip injury is career-threatening, but the Ravens are optimistic that Pitta will be able to play in 2015. Harbaugh said he has talked with the team's trainer about the situation but does not want to discuss it at this point.|
Dennis Pitta player page
Steelers | Brad Wing signs extension Fri Jan 23, 04:14 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers P Brad Wing signed an undisclosed one-year contract extension Friday, Jan. 23.Link to story
Dolphins | Branden Albert making progress Fri Jan 23, 03:58 PM
Miami Dolphins OT Branden Albert (knee) is making good progress in his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a torn medial collateral ligament, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Having a healthy Albert on the field is a great boost for the Dolphins. This is good news, but expect the team to ease him back in when he's ready to practice. The team and their doctors are encouraged about how quick Albert has made progress in his rehab.|
Jets | Sign Sean Hooey Fri Jan 23, 02:29 PM
The New York Jets signed OT Sean Hooey (Rams) to a Reserve/Futures deal Firday, Jan. 23.Link to story
Cowboys | Sign two to future contracts Fri Jan 23, 02:10 PM
The Dallas Cowboys signed DE Lavar Edwards and S Keelan Johnson to Reserve/Future contracts Friday, Jan. 23.Link to story
Lavar Edwards player page
Browns | Browns owner not sold on Johnny Manziel Fri Jan 23, 01:09 PM
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel had a big proponent last year in owner Jimmy Haslam, but Haslam now thinks the team needs a quarterback in order to get their team turned in the right direction. 'We've got to get a quarterback and got to get it fixed,' Haslam said. 'What I would say to our fans is, we're going to continue to work really hard to find that quarterback who can make us a championship team.'
|Footballguys view: Manziel made no impact as a rookie, and his future in the NFL is very much in doubt right now. He needs to show better play if and when he gets on the field. Plus, Manziel needs to show better commitment and maturity off the field. Haslam isn't ruling out Manziel being the starting quarterback in 2015, but he's leaving it open for other options, including QBs Brian Hoyer or Connor Shaw.|
Brian Hoyer player page
Johnny Manziel player page
Patriots | Bryan Stork practicing with brace Fri Jan 23, 12:11 PM
New England Patriots C Bryan Stork (knee) is practicing with a brace on his lower right leg Friday, Jan. 23.Link to story
Patriots | Jerod Mayo rehab on schedule Fri Jan 23, 11:19 AM
New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo (knee) said he is on schedule in his rehab from a torn patella tendon. Mayo did not comment on if he will be ready for the start of the offseason schedule. "I think I'm right on schedule," Mayo said. "I'm doing everything. The training staff with the Patriots, they're a great staff, and I'm in there every day. They tell me I'm doing well. They're telling me I'm on time."Link to story
Jerod Mayo player page
Saints | Jimmy Graham might avoid surgery Fri Jan 23, 10:25 AM
New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham (shoulder) said he'll rehabilitate his shoulder injury after the Pro Bowl, but he hasn't made a final decision on surgery. 'It's something we talked about and is something that's still being debated,' Graham said. 'This is kind of a trial to see where I'm at. I've had three weeks off and I've finally had some time to heal. It feels great, and I'm going to continue to do my rehab and get back to 100%.'
|Footballguys view: We'll have to see how Graham continues to recover before any decision is made about surgery. By the time training camp rolls around, Graham should be good to go.|
Jimmy Graham player page
Bears | Frank Smith hired Fri Jan 23, 03:47 AM
Frank Smith, an offensive assistant for five seasons with the New Orleans Saints, has been hired as the new tight ends coach for the Chicago Bears.Link to story
Jets | Brian Heimerdinger joins team Fri Jan 23, 03:43 AM
Brian Heimerdinger, a scout with the St. Louis Rams, will join the New York Jets in an unspecified front-office role.Link to story
Saints | Will work out Delvin Breaux Fri Jan 23, 03:39 AM
Free-agent CB Delvin Breaux (CFL) will work out for the New Orleans Saints on Friday, Jan. 23. CFL players are not eligible to sign NFL deals until Feb. 10.
|Footballguys view: Breaux is the best corner in the CFL, and he's going to be highly coveted by NFL teams. In a game against Duron Carter, Breaux held him to three catches for 25 yards. Carter has first-round talent at 6'4" 205 pounds, and Breaux frustrated him all game long. Breaux has a good size/speed combination. At 6'1" 196 pounds, Breaux can be physical at the line of scrimmage with opposing wide receivers.|
Browns | Interview two draft prospects Fri Jan 23, 03:13 AM
Hobart OL Ali Marpet and Delaware TE Nick Boyle were interviewed by the Cleveland Browns at the Senior Bowl. The Browns are interested in addressing their performance up front.Link to story
Chiefs | Phillip Dorsett interviews Fri Jan 23, 03:01 AM
Miami WR Phillip Dorsett interviewed with the Kansas City Chiefs during Senior Bowl week in Mobile, Ala.
|Footballguys view: The Chiefs need all the help they can get at wide receiver. Our very own Cecil Lammey and Matt Waldman liked what they saw from Dorsett at the Senior Bowl practices this week. Dorsett is quick off the line of scrimmage and elusive after the catch.|
Redskins | Raheem Morris' job not safe Fri Jan 23, 02:21 AM
Washington Redskins defensive backs coach Raheem Morris may not be entirely safe in his job. Speculation is the Redskins may end up changing secondary coaches.Link to story
49ers | Tony Sparano good news for Vernon Davis? Thu Jan 22, 10:09 PM
San Francisco 49ers tight ends coach Tony Sparano tutored Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten in his first two years in the NFL, and ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez believes TE Vernon Davis could benefit from having Sparano as a position coach.
|Footballguys view: Davis needs to bounce back in a big way in 2015. His 26 catches were the lowest total since his rookie season of 2006 (20), and his 245 yards receiving were a career low. Basically, anything can help here.|
Vernon Davis player page
Cowboys | DeMarco Murray more than a rusher Thu Jan 22, 09:22 PM
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray was in pass protection on 52 more plays than any other running back on the roster in 2014.
|Footballguys view: Murray is set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2015. He's a do-everything back who can dominate on Sundays. We'll see if the Cowboys can secure him with a new long-term contract in 2015.|
DeMarco Murray player page