Fantasy Football News & Views
Eagles | Eagles eyeing Marcus Mariota? (Fri Feb 27, 11:52 PM) [jump to this story]
Browns | Josh McCown signs with Cleveland (Fri Feb 27, 06:29 PM) [jump to this story]
Falcons | Steven Jackson to be cut (Thu Feb 26, 07:23 PM) [jump to this story]
NFL | League to appeal Adrian Peterson ruling (Thu Feb 26, 03:31 PM) [jump to this story]
Cowboys | Dallas afraid to pay Dez Bryant (Thu Feb 26, 08:53 AM) [jump to this story]
Cardinals | Carson Palmer might restructure (Thu Feb 26, 12:57 AM) [jump to this story]
Dolphins | Miami shopping Mike Wallace (Wed Feb 25, 09:59 PM) [jump to this story]
Ravens | Baltimore won't overpay for Torrey Smith Tue Feb 24, 04:18 PM
Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent WR Torrey Smith might command too much money on the open market for the Ravens to re-sign him, and general manager Ozzie Newsome said the team won't break the bank to keep him around.
|Footballguys view: We just can't imagine teams lined up around the block ready to pay Smith a ton of money. It just makes a lot of sense if Smith sticks around with the Ravens in 2015.|
Torrey Smith player page
NFL | Jameis Winston a risk first overall? Tue Feb 24, 04:09 PM
Florida State QB Jameis Winston impressed scouts at the NFL scouting combine over the weekend, but NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock is unsure if he is worth the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft. 'I don't know yet,' Mayock said. 'I take (Winston) No. 1 from a talent perspective. I'm all over it from a talent perspective, but I would have to do more homework off the field because, right now, he scares me. He was the face of Florida State football, and he continued to make bad decisions off the field.' Winston's pro day is March 31.
|Footballguys view: Shocking...err, not so much. Winston is most certainly a risk because of the off-field issues that plagued him at Florida State. We like what he shows on film, but teams are going to have to figure out if he's worth the headache. At this time, the Buccaneers might have locked in on Winston as the top pick.|
Seahawks | Earl Thomas gets surgery Tue Feb 24, 03:29 PM
Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) underwent surgery Tuesday, Feb. 24, to repair a separated shoulder and torn labrum, according to a source. Thomas has a six to eight month recovery period and is still expected to be ready for the start of the 2015 season.Link to story
Earl Thomas player page
Giants | Mathias Kiwanuka released Tue Feb 24, 03:26 PM
New York Giants DE Mathias Kiwanuka has been released Tuesday, Feb. 24.Link to story
Mathias Kiwanuka player page
Patriots | NE interested in Percy Harvin if cut Tue Feb 24, 03:07 PM
New York Jets WR Percy Harvin will draw interest from the New England Patriots if he is released by the Jets this offseason. Harvin is unlikely to return to the Jets unless he takes less than the $10.5 million he's owed next season.
|Footballguys view: Bill Belichick loves him some Florida players. Harvin was a star in college for Belichick's buddy, former Gators coach Urban Meyer. New England will be one of several teams interested in Harvin if he is let go. The Patriots tried trading for Harvin before he was traded to the Jets last year.|
Percy Harvin player page
Bills | Sam Bradford not pursued by Bills Tue Feb 24, 02:43 PM
St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford is not being pursued by the Buffalo Bills, according to a source.Link to story
Sam Bradford player page
Falcons | Nick Williams signs Tue Feb 24, 02:40 PM
Free-agent WR Nick Williams (Steelers) signed with the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, Feb. 24. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.Link to story
Ravens | Terrence Brooks will go on PUP list Tue Feb 24, 02:27 PM
Baltimore Ravens CB Terrence Brooks (knee) will begin the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list with torn knee ligaments.Link to story
Panthers | DeAngelo Williams not upset with release Tue Feb 24, 12:08 PM
Free-agent RB DeAngelo Williams (Panthers) said he was not upset when the Carolina Panthers told him last week that he'd be released. Williams told Charlotte's WBTV that DE Greg Hardy was the only member of the organization to attend his mother's funeral in Arkansas last May. The Panthers are saying that Williams has not officially been released. The team can save $2 million under the salary cap by designating him a post-June 1 cut. Williams said owner Jerry Richardson's failure to reach out to Williams after his mother's death was 'extremely disappointing.'
|Footballguys view: Williams had to see this coming. He's not the same player he used to be and has struggled to be effective or stay healthy for years. Some team could show interest in veteran depth at the running back position now that Williams is on the open market.|
DeAngelo Williams player page
Ravens | Haloti Ngata receives offer Tue Feb 24, 11:30 AM
Baltimore Ravens DT Haloti Ngata received a 'very good offer' from the Baltimore Ravens, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Ravens want to lessen Ngata's cap hit this year, so some form of extension would make sense. He's one of the best at his position, and his presence in the middle helps free up the playmakers behind him on defense. He's got a $16 million cap hit this year with $7.5 million in dead money.|
Haloti Ngata player page
Seahawks | Earl Thomas to have surgery Tue Feb 24, 10:51 AM
Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) will undergo surgery to repair the torn labrum in his shoulder Tuesday, Feb. 24. Rehab time is six to eight months.
|Footballguys view: This timetable puts Thomas in danger of missing the start of the regular season. He'll most certainly be limited (if not on the PUP) during training camp.|
Earl Thomas player page
Jaguars | Julius Thomas drawing interest in JAX Tue Feb 24, 10:01 AM
Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas is drawing interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars if he reaches free agency.
|Footballguys view: We could see that connection. Thomas is unlikely to return to the Broncos, and he could be a real weapon for QB Blake Bortles in Jacksonville. His presence in the red zone and mismatches he creates in the middle would benefit the young QB.|
Julius Thomas player page
Chiefs | Met with Rodney Hudson's agent Tue Feb 24, 07:27 AM
Free-agent C Rodney Hudson (Chiefs) was the subject of discussion between the Kansas City Chiefs and Hudson's representatives, who met at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Talks will continue between the two sides.Link to story
Panthers | Byron Bell not returning Tue Feb 24, 07:17 AM
Free-agent OT Byron Bell (Panthers) will not return to the Carolina Panthers in 2015 and has elected free agency, per a team source.Link to story
Lions | Jarryd Hayne deal not official yet Tue Feb 24, 07:08 AM
Free-agent RB Jarryd Hayne (Australian rugby) may not have a deal in place yet with the Detroit Lions after all. The Lions were interested in Hayne as a potential running back, most likely with a Futures contract.
|Footballguys view: This rugby star walked away from the game last October so he could focus on making it in the NFL. At 220 pounds, he certainly has the size to be an NFL running back. As a rugby player, there's no doubt he has the toughness needed to play in the league.|
Chiefs | Interest in Benardrick McKinney Tue Feb 24, 06:46 AM
Mississippi State LB Benardrick McKinney is drawing interest from the Kansas City Chiefs, who may like him as insurance in case free-agent LB Justin Houston (Chiefs) walks away.Link to story
Justin Houston player page
Ravens | Likely bringing back Jeromy Miles Tue Feb 24, 02:30 AM
Free-agent SS Jeromy Miles (Ravens) is likely headed back to the Baltimore Ravens, according to team sources. Miles is a big contributor to special teams as well as a prized safety.Link to story
Jeromy Miles player page
Lions | George Johnson's free agent status questioned Tue Feb 24, 02:17 AM
Free-agent DE George Johnson (Lions) may or may not be an unrestricted free agent. A player must accumulate four accrued seasons to earn unrestricted free agency, and players must spend six weeks on a 53-man roster to earn an accrued year. Johnson did this in 2011, 2012 and 2014, but in 2013 he was paid for six weeks but was on the Minnesota Vikings' roster for only five.Link to story
George Johnson player page
Packers | Randall Cobb delivered on promise Tue Feb 24, 12:04 AM
Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb said prior to the start of the 2014 season that he would prove that he deserved a contract extension, and he finished the season with career highs in catches, receiving yards and touchdowns.Link to story
Randall Cobb player page
NFL | Jameis Winston a lock for top pick? Mon Feb 23, 11:52 PM
Florida State University QB Jameis Winston impressed coaches and talent evaluators with his arm and his intelligence at the NFL Scouting Combine. 'The kid is great on the board, and he can sling the hell out the ball,' said one general manager who has drafted a quarterback first overall. 'I don't see how they cannot take him.'Link to story
Broncos | Denver likely to lose Terrance Knighton? Mon Feb 23, 10:08 PM
Denver Broncos impending free-agent DT Terrance Knighton is unlikely to be back with the team in 2015, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post. Klis believes the only chance Denver has of re-signing Knighton is if the market for his services is unexpectedly weak.Link to story
Terrance Knighton player page
NFL | Melvin Gordon in rare company at combine Mon Feb 23, 09:58 PM
University of Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon ranked second among running backs at the NFL Scouting Combine with a 20-yard shuttle time of 4.07 seconds, and his 60-yard shuttle time of 11.00 seconds was the best by a running back in the past decade.Link to story
Bills | Have contract talks with Larry Dean Mon Feb 23, 08:50 PM
Buffalo Bills impending free-agent LB Larry Dean has had preliminary contract talks with the Bills, but no deal is imminent at this point, according to a source.Link to story
Larry Dean player page
Bills | No talks with Erik Pears Mon Feb 23, 08:46 PM
Buffalo Bills impending free-agent OT Erik Pears has not had any contract talks with the Bills at this point, according to a source.Link to story
Bills | Jarius Wynn could return Mon Feb 23, 08:38 PM
Buffalo Bills impending free-agent DE Jarius Wynn is a player the Bills are interested in re-signing this offseason, according to a source.Link to story
Jarius Wynn player page
Dolphins | Interested in re-signing Jared Odrick Mon Feb 23, 08:37 PM
Miami Dolphins impending free-agent DT Jared Odrick could re-sign with the Dolphins if the Dolphins are comfortable with the asking price.Link to story
Jared Odrick player page
Broncos | Julius Thomas likely leaving Denver? Mon Feb 23, 06:20 PM
Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas is unlikely to be re-signed by the team, as his market value will likely exceed what the Broncos are willing to pay. The Broncos tried to sign Thomas to a five-year, $40 million extension last summer, but he wasn't comfortable with the guaranteed money and structuring.
|Footballguys view: We're not surprised. Julius Thomas is going to be out of their price range, plus as a non-blocker he's an odd fit in the Gary Kubiak system. Teams who could have interest in Julius Thomas include the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots.|
Julius Thomas player page
Broncos | Candidates to be re-signed Mon Feb 23, 06:20 PM
Denver Broncos impending free-agent LB Nate Irving, C Will Montgomery and TEs Virgil Green and Jacob Tamme are priorities to be re-signed this offseason. However, Irving figures to test the free-agent market with LBs Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall set as inside linebackers.
|Footballguys view: Green is an underrated receiver who could take on a much larger role if Julius Thomas moves on in free agency. Tamme could return because he's a good special teams player and very close to QB Peyton Manning. Irving is a decent player--primarily as a two-down thumper--but he could draw some interest on the open market.|
Jacob Tamme player page
Nate Irving player page
Virgil Green player page
Broncos | Several players not expected to return Mon Feb 23, 06:15 PM
Denver Broncos impending free-agent DT Terrance Knighton, OG Orlando Franklin and FS Rahim Moore are not expected to return to the team next season.
|Footballguys view: Knighton could move on to the Oakland Raiders where he'd be reunited with Jack Del Rio for a third time in his career. Franklin probably will get some looks at tackle again, and Moore might be a bit too pricey for the Broncos to keep around.|
Terrance Knighton player page
Rahim Moore player page
Vikings | Adrian Peterson's father denies report Mon Feb 23, 06:07 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's father denied a report that Peterson no longer wants to play for Minnesota. Peterson's father said Peterson is still open to a return to the Vikings. Peterson himself said earlier this month that he feels uneasy about returning to Minnesota because he felt there were some people in the organization who wanted him off the field last season. It was also previously reported that Peterson's agent and members of the Vikings' front office had a heated exchange during the NFL Scouting Combine this week.
|Footballguys view: We're at the "he said, she said" point with Peterson. He's still suspended and can't ask for reinstatement until after April 15th. We should (might...maybe...please!?!) have a better idea about his situation at that time.|
Adrian Peterson player page
Cowboys | Morris Claiborne's could go to PUP list Mon Feb 23, 05:47 PM
Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (knee) is on his way back from a torn patellar tendon and could begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
|Footballguys view: The Cowboys are not going to rush him. If he needs some extra time to heal at the beginning of the season, then Dallas will shelve him for at least six weeks on the PUP list. On the training camp PUP list he could return at any time.|
Morris Claiborne player page
Panthers | Cam Newton deal won't be rushed Mon Feb 23, 05:32 PM
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton's expected new long-term contract may get done later rather than sooner. The topic of Newton's new deal was not even discussed when Newton's representatives and the Panthers met during the NFL scouting combine.
|Footballguys view: We're likely to see Newton wait until Andrew Luck (Colts) and Russell Wilson (Seahawks) set the new market. If a new deal is not done this year, Carolina could franchise tag him in 2016.|
Cam Newton player page
Cardinals | Ted Ginn Jr. released Mon Feb 23, 04:51 PM
Arizona Cardinals WR Ted Ginn Jr. was released Monday, Feb. 23.
|Footballguys view: This move saves the Cardinals $2.5 million, but they do have to eat $1.5 million in dead money remaining on his contract. Ginn could find a home with a team that is in need of veteran WR depth and an upgrade at kick/punt returner.|
Ted Ginn player page
NFL | Jameis Winston historically rated Mon Feb 23, 04:44 PM
Florida State QB Jameis Winston will be the second-highest rated quarterback prospect in the last 10 years (Andrew Luck being first) by ESPN draft guru Todd McShay.
|Footballguys view: Let's not get crazy here. Winston reminds us of Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) on film, but he still has to play up to that potential as a pro. This is far from a historic QB class, and Winston is a good prospect....not a historically good prospect like Luck was when he came out of Stanford.|
Buccaneers | Da'Quan Bowers unlikely to stay Mon Feb 23, 04:28 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent DE Da'Quan Bowers has been a bust since being drafted in 2011, and he was in danger of being cut last summer. The current regime in Tampa has nothing invested in his future.
|Footballguys view: Bowers just can't stay healthy. It's a problem that has plagued him ever since he came into the league.|
DaQuan Bowers player page
Buccaneers | Mason Foster not in team's plans? Mon Feb 23, 04:27 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent LB Mason Foster is not expected to be re-signed by the team, because his questionable coverage skills aren't a good fit for head coach Lovie Smith's Cover 2 scheme on defense.
|Footballguys view: It might be time for Foster to move on. Foster seems to be a much better fit with the Atlanta Falcons.|
Mason Foster player page
Panthers | DeAngelo Williams not released Mon Feb 23, 04:18 PM
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams has not been released and is not expected to be released Monday, Feb. 23. It was previously reported that Williams had been released.
|Footballguys view: Not yet is what the headline should read. Williams time in Carolina is likely done, and this is good news for Jonathan Stewart. We'll see if the Panthers officially announce any move with Williams in the near future. Williams is not the same player he used to be, but he could find a home with a team interested in adding veteran depth at the running back position.|
DeAngelo Williams player page
Colts | Ricky Jean-Francois released Mon Feb 23, 03:36 PM
Indianapolis Colts DT Ricky Jean-Francois was cut Monday, Feb. 23.Link to story
Ricky Jean-Francois player page
Panthers | DeAngelo Williams could be gone Mon Feb 23, 03:12 PM
Carolina Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams may be on his way out of Carolina. Williams, who turns 32 in two months, played in just six games last season while Jonathan Stewart found new life. Cutting Williams would also save the Panthers $2 million in salary cap space.Link to story
DeAngelo Williams player page
Raiders | Giorgio Tavecchio signs Mon Feb 23, 03:03 PM
The Oakland Raiders signed PK Giorgio Tavecchio to an undisclosed contract Monday, Feb. 23.Link to story
Vikings | Adrian Peterson's situation worsens Mon Feb 23, 02:47 PM
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's situation with the team worsened during the NFL scouting combine as his agent and members of Minnesota's front office had a heated verbal altercation, according to sources. Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, reportedly said that Peterson would never play for the Vikings again.
|Footballguys view: Ugh, here we go. This situation looks uglier by the second. At this time, it looks like Peterson's time with the Vikings is done. We'll see if the Vikings trade him away in the near future. He's still suspended indefinitely, and Peterson can't be reinstated before April 15th.|
Adrian Peterson player page
NFL | Byron Jones posts outstanding broad jump Mon Feb 23, 02:18 PM
Connecticut CB Byron Jones recorded a 12-foot-3 broad jump at the NFL Scouting Combine, which is believed to be the combine record. Jones also recorded a 44 1/2-inch vertical jump.Link to story
Dolphins | Charles Clay likely to receive big salary Mon Feb 23, 01:39 PM
Miami Dolphins impending free-agent TE Charles Clay is expected to receive at least $6 million per season in his next contract, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: That sounds about right. The franchise tag number for tight ends is around $7.4 million. Clay is not quite at that level, but he does deserve a deal that pays him around $6 million annually. The Dolphins want to keep him around, but we'll see if they're willing to pay that price.|
Charles Clay player page
NFL | Marcus Mariota solid at combine Mon Feb 23, 01:25 PM
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota showed an easy throwing motion during the NFL Scouting Combine and also showed good deep-ball accuracy. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds and recorded a 36-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-1 broad jump.
|Footballguys view: Mariota should be able to develop into a good starter at the pro level. He's going to have to get used to throwing into tighter coverage, working from under snap and actually calling plays. At Oregon, he used a signal-based offense, threw to wide open guys and was always in the shotgun.|
Giants | NY committed to Rueben Randle? Mon Feb 23, 01:17 PM
New York Giants WR Rueben Randle appears to have the commitment from the team heading into next season after being benched twice in 2014. However, general manager Jerry Reese left open the possibility that the team could draft another receiver this year. 'I think Rueben gets banged on a lot. Sometimes he should get banged on, but I think he gets banged on sometimes a little too much,' Reese said. 'I think he is a good, young player and all he needs are some chances. With Odell and Victor, I think he will get plenty of chances.'
|Footballguys view: Randle is--and has always been--inconsistent as a receiver. The Giants are set up top with two star receivers in Cruz and Beckham. Preston Parker, Corey Washington or Marcus Harris could be backup plans if Randle doesn't pan out.|
Preston Parker player page
Rueben Randle player page
Vikings | Brian Peters signs Mon Feb 23, 01:11 PM
Free-agent LB Brian Peters (Canadian League) signed an undisclosed deal with the Minnesota Vikings Monday, Feb. 23.
|Footballguys view: Peters is an average prospect who is likely to be a camp body for the Vikings. Perhaps he could impress the Vikings enough to stick around as a special teams player.|
NFL | Jameis Winston throws well at combine Mon Feb 23, 01:10 PM
Florida State QB Jameis Winston showed an easy throwing motion during the NFL Scouting Combine and also showed good deep-ball accuracy. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.97 seconds and 4.99 seconds and recorded a 28 1/2-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot-7 broad jump.
|Footballguys view: There are few questions about Winston on the football field. He's a big quarterback who can sluff off defenders while keeping plays alive with his feet. He has a strong arm, and Winston is not afraid to throw into coverage to challenge a defense.|
Cardinals | Bruce Arians, Steve Keim sign extensions Mon Feb 23, 01:09 PM
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and general manager Steve Keim have signed contract extensions that will run through the 2018 season.
|Footballguys view: Congratulations to the David Dodds look alike! We love coach Arians, and his offense is one of the most exciting in the game....when they can find good QB play. Carson Palmer returns to the lineup this year, and he'll help the entire offense look better.|
Falcons | Justin Forsett interests Atlanta Mon Feb 23, 11:28 AM
Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent RB Justin Forsett is of high interest to the Atlanta Falcons if he reaches free agency.
|Footballguys view: Forsett is going to get some interest on the open market after his 1,000-yard season with the Ravens last year. The Falcons added Kyle Shanahan as their offensive coordinator this year. Forsett and Shanahan spent time together in Houston when they were both with the Texans.|
Justin Forsett player page
Giants | Jason Pierre-Paul could see franchise tag Mon Feb 23, 08:51 AM
New York Giants impending free-agent DE Jason Pierre-Paul will be franchise tagged if the two sides can't agree to an extension by March 2, according to a team source.
|Footballguys view: The Giants have to decide whether or not they want to invest long term in Pierre-Paul. He's a talented pass-rusher, but problems with staying healthy have plagued him during his career.|
Jason Pierre-Paul player page