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 | Broncos plan to meet with Victor Cruz Tue Feb 14, 11:17 PM
The Denver Broncos are 'working' to meet with free-agent WR Victor Cruz (Giants).
|Footballguys view: The team needs a third asset in the passing game behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Cruz is not the same player he used to be, but the team might consider him a possibility for the right price.|
Victor Cruz player page
Cardinals | John Brown now very healthy, says owner Tue Feb 14, 11:04 PM
Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (illness) is now 'very healthy,' according to team president and owner Michael Bidwill, who also said that it 'looks like they found the issue' regarding the sickle cell problem the receiver was dealing with this past season. Bidwill added: 'We'll get (Brown) back the way we had him.'
|Footballguys view: Brown appeared in 15 games, but he was limited in many of those contests. Coming off a disappointing season, Brown could bounce back as the no.2 asset in the passing game for the Cardinals in 2017.|
John Brown player page
Cardinals | Chandler Jones to be tagged if no deal Tue Feb 14, 10:44 PM
Arizona Cardinals LB Chandler Jones will receive the franchise tag if both sides can't agree to terms on a multi-year contract, according to team president and owner Michael Bidwill, who said, 'He's a great pass rusher, but if we can't agree to terms that work for us, we're just going to franchise him, and his people know that.'
|Footballguys view: The tag for a linebacker guarantees a one-year salary of $14.1 million this year. If tagged, Jones and the Cardinals would have until July 15th to work out a new long-term contract.|
Chandler Jones player page
Redskins | No progress with Kirk Cousins Tue Feb 14, 06:56 PM
Washington Redskins impending free-agent QB Kirk Cousins and the Redskins have not yet come close to an agreement on a long-term contract, according to sources. Thus, placing the franchise tag on Cousins for a second consecutive year is a real possibility.
|Footballguys view: This is a situation to keep an eye on with free agency set to open in a few weeks. If Cousins is tagged, he would earn $23.94 million compared to the $19.95 million he earned last season. The goal of both sides, however, is to hammer out a long-term deal.|
Kirk Cousins player page
Giants | Two Giants should be tendered Tue Feb 14, 06:37 PM
New York Giants exclusive rights free agents TE Will Tye and FB Nikita Whitlock are expected to be tendered, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.com.Link to story
Will Tye player page
Giants | New York re-signs Matt LaCosse Tue Feb 14, 06:33 PM
New York Giants exclusive rights free agents TE Matt LaCosse and DT Robert Thomas were re-signed Tuesday, Feb. 14. LaCosse's contract is worth $465,000, while Thomas's contract will give him $540,000.Link to story
Matt LaCosse player page
Falcons | Bush Hamdan hired by Atlanta Tue Feb 14, 06:22 PM
Former University of Washington wide receivers coach Bush Hamdan was hired by the Atlanta Falcons as the new quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator Tuesday, Feb. 14.Link to story
Falcons | Taylor Gabriel wants to stay in Atlanta Tue Feb 14, 05:48 PM
Atlanta Falcons restricted free-agent WR Taylor Gabriel said he wants to be a Falcon 'forever.' The Falcons also want their deep-threat receiver to stay. If the Falcons really want him back, they'll be able to place a high tender on Gabriel, forcing other prospective teams to have to surrender a first- or second-round pick in order to sign him. General manager Thomas Dimitroff said last week that a priority heading into free agency will be to re-sign Atlanta's free agents. The Falcons are expected to place a second-round tender worth around $2.8 million. A first-round tender would be worth around $4 million.
|Footballguys view: Gabriel flourished under OC Kyle Shanahan in 2016. A castoff from the Browns, Gabriel's potential was untapped until the new 49ers head coach found a spot for him with the Falcons. With whatever tender they decide on, we feel the Falcons will find a way to keep Gabriel around for 2017.|
Taylor Gabriel player page
Patriots | Glenn Gronkowski back with Patriots Tue Feb 14, 05:29 PM
New England Patriots FB Glenn Gronkowski re-signed to a Reserve/Future deal Tuesday, Feb. 14.Link to story
Seahawks | Chad Morton promoted Tue Feb 14, 05:17 PM
Seattle Seahawks assistant coach Chad Morton was promoted to running backs coach Monday, Feb. 13, according to a source. Morton had been serving as assistant running backs coach/assistant special teams coach.Link to story
Bengals | Bene Benwikere joins Bengals Tue Feb 14, 04:45 PM
Free-agent CB Bene Benwikere (Packers) is signing with the Cincinnati Bengals Tuesday, Feb. 14, according to a source. Details of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Bene Benwikere player page
Ravens | Baltimore makes coaching changes Tue Feb 14, 04:18 PM
Baltimore Ravens assistant coaches Mike Macdonald and Juney Barnett were promoted to defensive backs coach and strength and conditioning coach, respectively, Tuesday, Feb. 14, according to head coach John Harbaugh.Link to story
Jaguars | Abry Jones close to re-signing Tue Feb 14, 03:58 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars impending free-agent DT Abry Jones is close to signing a new contract, according to a source.Link to story
Abry Jones player page
Steelers | Le'Veon Bell's injury being investigated Tue Feb 14, 03:17 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (groin) and the Steelers are being investigated by the NFL over injury report protocol regarding Bell's groin injury. The injury was not listed on injury reports in the weeks before the AFC Championship. Bell left that game because of the groin injury.
|Footballguys view: The Steelers injury reports have been a little wonky, and of course the NFL is going to look into this situation. Pittsburgh has said that Bell's injury did not impact his practice participation as Bell missed practice due to a personal matter, not an injury. These investigations may lead to fines, suspensions or lost draft picks.|
LeVeon Bell player page
Steelers | Sammie Coates had hernia surgery Tue Feb 14, 03:09 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates (hernia) recently underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia, according to a source. On another note, it was confirmed that Coates did not have surgery on his fingers, contrary to a previous report.
|Footballguys view: These were the reports we were referencing earlier. Coates is only recovering from one surgery. However, that doesn't mean his outlook for 2017 is any better. With the return of Martavis Bryant (suspension), it pushes Coates further down the depth chart. His play is not reliable anyway as drops are still a major problem for the young wideout.|
Sammie Coates player page
Bears | Brian Hoyer could stay as mentor Tue Feb 14, 02:51 PM
Chicago Bears impending free-agent QB Brian Hoyer is a logical choice to be re-signed if the Bears draft a rookie quarterback, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jeff Dickerson. Hoyer is open to mentoring younger players and also still has some fuel left in the tank after throwing over 1,400 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions in six games last year.
|Footballguys view: If (when?) the Bears move on from Jay Cutler, keeping Hoyer around as a mentor would be a wise idea. The team is currently expected to select a quarterback with the 3rd-overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft. Mitch Trubisky (North Carolina) may be the player they target to lead their franchise into the future. Having Hoyer as a mentor would help as Trubisky is a talented but mechanically raw player who needs more development.|
Brian Hoyer player page
Bears | Logan Paulsen on his way out? Tue Feb 14, 02:43 PM
Chicago Bears impending free-agent TE Logan Paulsen may not be re-signed, according to ESPN.com's Jeff Dickerson. Paulsen did play in all 16 games last season, but 'the Bears probably want more production from that spot, or fewer penalties,' in the words of Dickerson.Link to story
Logan Paulsen player page
Bears | Ted Larsen may not return Tue Feb 14, 02:37 PM
Chicago Bears impending free-agent OG Ted Larsen may need to play somewhere else in 2017 if he wants a starting gig, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jeff Dickerson. OGs Kyle Long, Josh Sitton and Cody Whitehair, among others, may keep Larsen from cracking into the starting offensive line.Link to story
Bears | Alshon Jeffery will cost pretty penny Tue Feb 14, 02:31 PM
Chicago Bears impending free-agent WR Alshon Jeffery could be given the franchise tag for a second straight year. That tag would cost the Bears $17.5 million. That being said, both sides prefer a long-term deal, according to ESPN.com's Jeff Dickerson.
|Footballguys view: We're not sure that Jeffery is going to be with the Bears in 2017. They could use the franchise tag on him again -- but that wouldn't sit well with the veteran receiver. If he hits the open market, Jeffery will likely (and quickly) be out of the Bears price range.|
Alshon Jeffery player page
Seahawks | Seattle given warning Tue Feb 14, 02:08 PM
Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman (knee) and the Seahawks were given a warning by the NFL for violating the league's injury-reporting policy regarding Sherman's knee ailment, according to a source. There will be no further discipline.Link to story
Richard Sherman player page
Seahawks | Cliff Avril has surgery Tue Feb 14, 12:39 PM
Seattle Seahawks DE Cliff Avril (groin) had groin surgery Tuesday, Feb. 14. His status for the start of the 2017 season shouldn't be in question.Link to story
Cliff Avril player page
Steelers | Anthony Chickillo signs pact with PIT Tue Feb 14, 11:55 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers exclusive rights free-agent LB Anthony Chickillo signed his one-year contract Tuesday, Feb. 14, with the Steelers, according to a source.Link to story
Jets | Odds are Darrelle Revis is cut Tue Feb 14, 09:29 AM
New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis has about a 75 percent chance of being cut this offseason, in the opinion of The Star-Ledger's Darryl Slater.Link to story
Darrelle Revis player page
Jets | Marcus Gilchrist likely to be cut Tue Feb 14, 09:27 AM
New York Jets FS Marcus Gilchrist has about an 80 percent chance of being cut this offseason, in the opinion of The Star-Ledger's Darryl Slater.Link to story
Marcus Gilchrist player page
Jets | Nick Mangold release more likely Tue Feb 14, 09:25 AM
New York Jets C Nick Mangold has about a 60 percent chance of being cut this offseason, in the opinion of The Star-Ledger's Darryl Slater.Link to story
Jets | Good chance Brandon Marshall is cut Tue Feb 14, 09:22 AM
New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall has about a 60 percent chance of being cut this offseason, in the opinion of The Star-Ledger's Darryl Slater.
|Footballguys view: Marshall has a cap number of $7.5 million in 2017, but there's no dead money remaining on his contract. They could free up all of that money if they release the veteran receiver. At this time, the Jets are $7.9 million over the cap. They'll have to make some moves to free up enough space just to sign their rookie class.|
Brandon Marshall player page
Steelers | Sammie Coates has another surgery Tue Feb 14, 08:21 AM
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates (groin, fingers) posted on social media that he had surgery to repair a groin injury.
|Footballguys view: Reports are coming out now that reveal Coates is recovering from only groin surgery. Whatever the case may be, this is another incident with the Steelers injury report that is unclear. Coates has problems with drops and concentration, and that's why he's disappointed on the field. He's under contract through the 2018 season.|
Sammie Coates player page
Dolphins | Dolphins hire Andre Carter for staff Tue Feb 14, 12:31 AM
The Miami Dolphins hired former NFL DL Andre Carter as assistant defensive line coach Monday, Feb. 13.Link to story
Andre Carter player page
Raiders | Aldon Smith in domestic violence incident Tue Feb 14, 12:15 AM
Oakland Raiders LB Aldon Smith is currently being investigated by San Francisco police regarding a domestic violence incident. An incident report was filed on Saturday, Feb. 11, and both Smith and the woman who filed the complaint are cooperating with the investigation. No arrests have been made or charges filed.
|Footballguys view: Smith has yet to be reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, even though he's been cleared to do so since late last year. This incident is still under investigation, and Smith is cooperating with authorities. Even if nothing comes from this, it's not a good sign for Smith.|
Aldon Smith player page
Patriots | Dont'a Hightower a candidate to be tagged Tue Feb 14, 12:05 AM
New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower is 'the prime candidate to receive the franchise tag' if the team decides to use it, according to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com
|Footballguys view: The Patriots have plenty of cap space to sign Hightower to a long-term deal. They could use the franchise tag as leverage to give themselves more time to work out a multi-year contract.|
Donta Hightower player page
49ers | 49ers expected to switch to 4-3 defense Mon Feb 13, 11:58 PM
The San Francisco 49ers are expected to switch to a 4-3 defense under new defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.Link to story
NFL | Victor Cruz probably done, says scout Mon Feb 13, 11:50 PM
Free-agent WR Victor Cruz (Giants) is 'probably done,' according to one NFL scout.
|Footballguys view: Cruz may get signed by some team in need of veteran depth, but he's likely to be signing a "prove it" deal no matter where he lands. Once Cruz finds a new team, there's no guarantee he'll make the 53-man roster. Evaluators may think he's "probably done" and they're probably right.|
Victor Cruz player page
49ers | San Francisco adds two to coaching staff Mon Feb 13, 11:24 PM
The San Francisco 49ers announced the signing of two new members of their coaching staff Monday, Feb. 13, adding Taylor Embree as an offensive quality control coach and Mike McDaniel as a run game specialist.Link to story
Raiders | Lee Smith will be ready for workouts Mon Feb 13, 08:20 PM
Oakland Raiders TE Lee Smith (ankle) will be ready for the offseason workouts after missing most of the season because of a broken ankle.
|Footballguys view: Smith is a big-bodied blocker, but he offers little as a receiver. The Raiders have a high-powered offense, but they've been putting up points without a consistent presence at tight end. In this fantastic tight end class, we should see them select one in the 2017 NFL draft.|
Lee Smith player page
49ers | Tom Rathman will not return Mon Feb 13, 07:39 PM
San Francisco 49ers assistant coach Tom Rathman will not return to the team for the 2017 season, according to a source.Link to story
Colts | Zachariah Kerr expected to get tender Mon Feb 13, 07:28 PM
Indianapolis Colts restricted free-agent DT Zachariah Kerr is expected to receive a tender offer this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Signed out of Delaware as an undrafted free agent in 2014, Kerr is a run stuffer in the middle of the line. He appeared in 12 games this year for the Colts, posting 11 tackles and 2.5 sacks.|
Zach Kerr player page
Colts | Arthur Jones could be cut Mon Feb 13, 07:15 PM
Indianapolis Colts DE Arthur Jones could be released this offseason because he is scheduled to make $6.25 million in 2017 and has struggled with injuries over the last few years.
|Footballguys view: Jones was placed on Injured Reserve in December of 2016 due to a groin injury. In 15 games, Jones had 15 tackles and 15 assists in 2016. During his two seasons with the Colts, Jones has appeared in just 17 games due to injury and suspension. Even with back-to-back disappointing seasons, Jones should have a couple of teams interested in him on the open market.|
Arthur Jones player page
Chargers | Jason Verrett's option should be exercised Mon Feb 13, 06:59 PM
Los Angeles Chargers CB Jason Verrett likely will have his fifth-year option exercised this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Verrett has yet to play a full 16-game season since the team selected him in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. He appeared in four games last year, and his season was cut short due to a knee injury that required surgery (left ACL). When healthy, Verrett has the ability to shut down some of the best receivers in the game.|
Jason Verrett player page
Patriots | Martellus Bennett may not re-sign Mon Feb 13, 06:39 PM
The New England Patriots are interested in re-signing impending free-agent TE Martellus Bennett but may not be willing to get into a bidding war for him if other teams are interested, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.
|Footballguys view: The Patriots have $61 million in cap space this offseason, the fifth-most in the NFL. They've got the money to keep Bennett, but the team does not make a habit of overpaying for talent. It's a fantastic draft class at tight end, so they could let Bennett go and try to add a player at the position in the draft.|
Martellus Bennett player page
Browns | Cleveland to talk with Terrelle Pryor Mon Feb 13, 06:34 PM
The Cleveland Browns are scheduled to talk with the agent for impending free-agent WR Terrelle Pryor this week.
|Footballguys view: All signs point to Cleveland finding a way to keep Pryor around. With the most cap space in the league ($106 million), the Browns shouldn't have any problem affording a fair contract for Pryor. He wants to remain in Cleveland, and the team could put the franchise tag on him if they don't get a long-term deal worked out.|
Terrelle Pryor player page
Giants | NYG will look to re-sign Jason Pierre-Paul Mon Feb 13, 06:31 PM
The New York Giants are expected to try to re-sign impending free-agent DE Jason Pierre-Paul before the start of free agency.
|Footballguys view: Pierre-Paul has stated that he's not going to play on another "prove it" deal like he did in 2016. He's still capable of being a high quality player, and the Giants should work diligently to keep him. At this time, they have just a little over $31 million to sign free agents with this offseason.|
Jason Pierre-Paul player page
Jets | Ryan Clady may be cut this week Mon Feb 13, 06:30 PM
New York Jets OT Ryan Clady could be released by Wednesday, Feb. 15, because he is scheduled to receive a $1 million roster bonus this week.
|Footballguys view: In his first season with the Jets, Clady made it through only nine games before a rotator cuff injury ended his year. Clady could remain on the roster if he agrees to restructure his contract.|
Ravens | Baltimore made offer to Ricky Wagner Mon Feb 13, 06:06 PM
Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent OT Ricky Wagner received a contract offer from the Ravens, but he declined the offer. Wagner is one of the free agents the Ravens would like to re-sign.
|Footballguys view: Wagner had a bounce back season in 2016 after a poor performance in 2015. He's expected to get a deal in range of what Mitchell Schwartz (five-year, $33 million) got from the Chiefs last offseason.|
Steelers | Pittsburgh talking with Lawrence Timmons Mon Feb 13, 06:05 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent LB Lawrence Timmons started contract talks with the Steelers Monday, Feb. 13.
|Footballguys view: Turning 31-years old this offseason, Timmons could stay with the Steelers if he accepts a home-town discount.|
Lawrence Timmons player page
Chiefs | Kansas City makes changes to coaching staff Mon Feb 13, 06:02 PM
Kansas City Chiefs co-offensive coordinator Brad Childress has been named the team's assistant head coach. Co-offensive coordinator Matt Nagy will take over as the offensive coordinator.Link to story
Cardinals | Arizona wants long-term quarterback Mon Feb 13, 04:53 PM
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer is returning for a 14th NFL season, but general manager Steve Keim admits that he wants to find a quarterback for the Cardinals long-term future. 'You're not a GM for long if you don't find [a quarterback],' Keim said. 'I have to do a better job with my staff and the coaching staff, we have to identify the right guy and put this organization in position to have success for years to come.
|Footballguys view: Keim is right, and the Cardinals need to find a quarterback of the future ASAP. Palmer doesn't have much time left, and his effectiveness as a starter has been waning in recent years. This isn't a great class for quarterbacks, but the Cardinals may select a player at the position in the 2017 NFL draft.|
Carson Palmer player page
Raiders | Latavius Murray may not return Mon Feb 13, 04:35 PM
Oakland Raiders impending free-agent RB Latavius Murray is not expected to be re-signed, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders have two change-of-pace backs on the roster in DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard, so we're expecting them to pick up a power back in the 2017 NFL draft. Murray has a good all-around skill set, and there should be a few teams interested in his services.|
Latavius Murray player page
Giants | Larry Donnell won't be re-signed Mon Feb 13, 04:22 PM
New York Giants impending free-agent TE Larry Donnell will not be re-signed and will enter the free-agent market.
|Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. The team had already moved on from Donnell, and he lost his starting job to Will Tye in 2016. He'll find a lukewarm market for his services.|
Larry Donnell player page
49ers | San Francisco hires Robert Saleh Mon Feb 13, 03:55 PM
Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebackers coach Robert Saleh is joining the San Francisco 49ers as their new defensive coordinator, according to a source.Link to story
49ers | NaVorro Bowman rehabbing well Mon Feb 13, 03:41 PM
San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (Achilles') said his rehabilitation from a torn Achilles' tendon has been easier to deal with than his rehab for a torn anterior cruciate ligament last year.
|Footballguys view: Bowman added that there is no timetable yet for when he'll be cleared to fully participate in football activities.|
Navorro Bowman player page