Fantasy Football News & Views
Jets | Marcus Gilchrist should be ready for camp Sun May 24, 09:42 AM
New York Jets FS Marcus Gilchrist (shoulder) is not expected to participate in any of the offseason workouts because of his shoulder injury but should be ready for the start of training camp.
|Footballguys view: The Jets grabbed Gilchrist in free agency with a four-year, $22 million deal with $8.5 million guaranteed. He'll be the team's centerfielder in 2015, and they'll ask him to roam the secondary looking to make plays on the ball. The shoulder scope is a minor surgery, and Gilchrist should be near 100 percent healthy when training camp rolls around.|
Marcus Gilchrist player page
Dolphins | Louis Delmas almost full go Thu May 21, 07:49 PM
Miami Dolphins FS Louis Delmas (knee) is nearly 100% just 6 1/2 months after surgery on his torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to general manager Dennis Hickey.Link to story
Louis Delmas player page
Bills | Ronald Darby signs Tue May 19, 05:26 PM
Buffalo Bills rookie CB Ronald Darby signed a four-year deal worth $4.6 million Tuesday, May 19, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: The Bills didn't have a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, but they promptly scooped up Darby in the second round. He's a speedy cover corner with the hip transition to play off the line of scrimmage. Darby has good click-and-close ability when the play unfolds in front of him. The rookie has starter's upside, but this season he'll compete to be the nickel corner behind Leodis McKelvin and Stephon Gilmore.|
Falcons | William Moore hopes to be cleared soon Mon May 18, 10:39 PM
Atlanta Falcons SS William Moore (shoulder) said he hopes to receive clearance to practice in a few weeks. He said he is still rehabbing his surgically repaired shoulder but his body feels good.
|Footballguys view: Moore is expected to be one of the starting safeties in 2015 if he is healthy. Getting Moore back would boost the Falcons secondary. They'll also benefit from a better group of pass-rushers up front.|
William Moore player page
Chiefs | Marcus Peters signed Fri May 15, 06:22 PM
Kansas City Chiefs CB Marcus Peters signed a four-year deal with the team Friday, May 15. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Peters had a falling out with coaches at Washington, but most stories about him pre-draft said he is a good teammate. Andy Reid has plenty of experience with different personalities and should help Peters fit in as a rookie. He's a massive upgrade to the Chiefs cornerback position long term.|
Jets | Marcus Gilchrist had offseason scope Thu May 14, 06:12 PM
New York Jets SS Marcus Gilchrist (shoulder) had a scope performed following the 2014 season. Gilchrist wouldn't confirm what the purpose of the scope was Thursday, May 14, but he said something 'needed to be fixed.' Gilchrist has been limited so far in camp.
|Footballguys view: We'll see if he's still hampered when training camp comes along. The only other strong safety on the roster is Jaiquawn Jarrett, so getting Gilchrist back is a priority.|
Marcus Gilchrist player page
Ravens | Kyle Arrington may be a target Wed May 13, 01:05 PM
Free-agent CB Kyle Arrington (Patriots) is receiving interest from the Baltimore Ravens.
|Footballguys view: Arrington could return to the Patriots at a smaller salary, but there will be other teams out there (like Baltimore) willing to take a chance on the veteran. The need at corner is there for the Ravens...and not just as a slot corner behind Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. Webb is coming off a disappointing 2014, and Smith is recovering from Lisfranc surgery. If he's added, there's a chance Arrington could end up playing significant snaps for the Ravens in 2015.|
Kyle Arrington player page
Lions | Glover Quin restructures Wed May 13, 09:06 AM
Detroit Lions S Glover Quin restructured his contract Wednesday, May 13, to create $2.17 million of salary cap space. His $4 million base salary was slashed to $745,000 for 2015.
|Footballguys view: Quin has emerged as one of the top safeties in the league during his two seasons with the Lions. He's got 10 interceptions over that period and is a valuable asset for their defense. This move gives the Lions some much-needed breathing room on the salary cap. They are paying out more than $17 million in dead money this season and have a total cap number over $151 million according to OverTheCap.com.|
Glover Quin player page
Buccaneers | D.J. Swearinger claimed Tue May 12, 05:13 PM
Free-agent SS D.J. Swearinger was officially claimed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday, May 12.
|Footballguys view: The Buccaneers sit at the top of the waiver wire priority list, and they've been looking to upgrade their secondary all offseason. Swearinger struggles in coverage and he sometimes takes bad angles as a run-defender, but he's a strong intimidator who can play close to the line of scrimmage. He'll compete with Bradley McDougald for the starting strong safety position.|
D.J. Swearinger player page
Panthers | D.J. Swearinger on radar Mon May 11, 10:29 PM
The Carolina Panthers are interested in SS D.J. Swearinger, waived by the Houston Texans Monday, May 11. Many teams would have to pass on him for the Panthers to get a claim off waivers.
|Footballguys view: We're not sure Swearinger is going to get picked up via waivers. He's struggled covering and in run support. The Panthers are looking for secondary help, but Swearinger isn't the best answer.|
D.J. Swearinger player page
Texans | D.J. Swearinger leaves Texans Mon May 11, 11:52 AM
Houston Texans SS D.J. Swearinger announced on Instagram that he and the team parted ways Monday, May 11.
|Footballguys view: Things change pretty quickly around here. Swearinger was a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft but he couldn't make a positive impression with the Texans. Swearinger failed to make plays against the run or the pass, and that's why no team was willing to trade for him. Now that he's on the open market, there might be a few teams interested in giving Swearinger a look.|
D.J. Swearinger player page
Patriots | Kyle Arrington released Mon May 11, 10:26 AM
New England Patriots CB Kyle Arrington was released Monday, May 11, according to a source. The team left the door open for him to return.
|Footballguys view: The turnover in the secondary continues for the Patriots. They will now be without their top three cornerbacks from last year - Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and Arrington. We could see Logan Ryan as the slot corner behind starters Malcolm Butler and Bradley Fletcher, although Arrington could return at a lower salary.|
Kyle Arrington player page
Falcons | Jalen Collins signs first deal Sun May 10, 02:25 AM
Atlanta Falcons CB Jalen Collins, the team's second-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, signed his rookie contract Saturday, May 9. Financial terms were not made available.
|Footballguys view: Collins could have easily been a first-round pick in the draft. The Falcons crushed the draft in nearly every round, and Collins could develop into a fine starter for this team eventually.|
Falcons | Jalen Collins will be ready for camp Fri May 8, 04:40 PM
Atlanta Falcons CB Jalen Collins (foot) did not participate in practice Friday, May 8, for precautionary reasons but will be ready for training camp, according to head coach Dan Quinn.
|Footballguys view: It's a good move for the Falcons to take it easy here. Collins can be eased into offseason installment with an eye on full participation at the start of training camp.|
Packers | Damarious Randall misses practice Fri May 8, 03:54 PM
Green Bay Packers CB Damarious Randall (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, May 8, because of a minor ankle injury.
|Footballguys view: Randall was a bit of a surprising pick for the Packers near the end of the first round. He was a safety in college, but Randall will play cornerback for the Packers. Randall will get back out there once the ankle is better.|
Falcons | Jalen Collins sitting out Fri May 8, 02:05 PM
Atlanta Falcons CB Jalen Collins (foot) is not participating in drills Friday, May 8, since he underwent foot surgery earlier in the offseason. He expected to participate once the rookie minicamp began.
|Footballguys view: The Falcons had arguably the greatest draft of any team in the NFL. There's no need to rush Collins back here. The Falcons should just ease him into action with a goal of having him near full strength by Week 1.|
Texans | Kevin Johnson signs rookie deal Fri May 8, 08:35 AM
Houston Texans CB Kevin Johnson signed his four-year, $10.049 million deal with a $5.5 million signing bonus Friday, May 8.
|Footballguys view: Johnson is incredibly gifted athletically, and he can mirror wide receivers all over the field. He has the vision to understand the route as it unfolds, and he has the recovery speed to turn and burst in order to catch a receiver on a deep route. He could step in and contribute right away for the Texans.|
Vikings | Trae Waynes signed Thu May 7, 02:54 PM
Minnesota Vikings first-round draft choice CB Trae Waynes signed his four-year deal with the team Thursday, May 7, according to sources. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Waynes should be a great addition to an increasingly tough defense. He'll help shore up an already stout secondary (seventh against the pass per NFL.com) and make this a very dangerous group to face. We like pairing him up with Xavier Rhodes to give the team an athletic cornerback duo.|
Cardinals | Alfonzo Dennard claimed Thu May 7, 03:06 AM
New England Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard was picked up off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday, May 6.
|Footballguys view: Dennard has battled injuries over the course of his pro career, hampering his development. He has shown some moments, especially in press coverage, so the Cardinals could find a larger than expected role for him. Of course, he needs to stay healthy in order to start playing up to his potential.|
NFL | Ed Reed to announce retirement Wed May 6, 08:43 PM
Free-agent SS Ed Reed will officially announce his retirement from the National Football LEague in a press conference Thursday, May 7.Link to story
Ed Reed player page
Patriots | Alfonzo Dennard to be released Tue May 5, 09:24 AM
New England Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard will be released Tuesday, May 5.
|Footballguys view: A seventh-round pick in 2012, Dennard only started four games last season. He was inactive for nine games in 2014, and Dennard finished the season on Injured Reserve. The Patriots have now lost a combined 29 starts at cornerback this offseason with Darrelle Revis (16) and Brandon Browner (9) leaving via free agency and with Dennard (4) being released.|
Vikings | Two options picked up Mon May 4, 11:24 AM
Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil and FS Harrison Smith had their fifth-year options for 2016 exercised Monday, May 4.
|Footballguys view: Kalil will continue to give the Vikings a strong presence on the offensive line with the extra year added to his deal. Smith has developed into a quality player for the Vikings and it's no surprise they didn't want him to hit free agency.|
Harrison Smith player page
Rams | Undrafted free agents land with Rams Mon May 4, 09:41 AM
Texas Tech WR Bradley Marquez, New Mexico Highlands WR Tyler Slavin, Texas RB Malcolm Brown, Texas State RB Terrence Franks, Iowa DT Louis Trinca-Pasat, Northwestern State CB Imoan Claiborne, Liberty FS Jacob Hagen signed undrafted free-agent deals with the St. Louis Rams Sunday, May 3.Link to story
Falcons | Jalen Collins selected 42nd overall Fri May 1, 08:07 PM
Louisiana State CB Jalen Collins was selected 42nd overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft Friday, May 1.
|Footballguys view: A nice fit for the Atlanta secondary who is a big corner who can match up with the big NFC South receivers.|
Falcons | Five players waived Fri May 1, 06:09 PM
Atlanta Falcons FS Brandan Bishop, OT Reid Fragel, CB Jordan Mabin, LB Jacques Smith and RB Ronnie Wingo were waived Friday, May 1.
|Footballguys view: The Falcons are just clearing roster space for incoming rookies and undrafted free agent rookie. None of these players were really likely to make the final roster.|
Cowboys | Morris Claiborne's status for camp uncertain Fri May 1, 03:38 PM
Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (knees) is making good progress in his recovery from offseason surgery, but his status for the start of training camp is uncertain at this time, according to executive vice president Stephen Jones. Jones said Claiborne is still a part of this team but is not sure if the team will pick up his fifth-year option.
|Footballguys view: The Dallas Cowboys just drafted his replacement, so he'd best get cracking on the rehab. Byron Jones will help the secondary immediately while Claiborne has struggled much of his career thus far.|
Morris Claiborne player page
Eagles | Philly made big push for Marcus Mariota Fri May 1, 12:51 AM
The Philadelphia Eagles offered the Tennessee Titans two first-round picks, one third-round pick, DT Fletcher Cox, CB Brandon Boykin, LB Mychal Kendricks and QB Sam Bradford in exchange for the 2nd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Chip Kelly tried as hard as he could, but it's difficult to move up from the 20th spot to 2nd overall. We'll see how Mariota works out with the Titans as he seems to be a bit of an odd fit. In Philadelphia, we would have been much more excited about Mariota's pro prospects.|
Sam Bradford player page
Fletcher Cox player page
Brandon Boykin player page
Mychal Kendricks player page
Packers | Damarious Randall selected 30th overall Thu Apr 30, 11:19 PM
Arizona State S Damarious Randall was selected 30th overall by the Green Bay Packers in the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday, April 30.
|Footballguys view: Randall has the mindset of an in-the-box strong safety, and he is a tough player who isn't afraid to mix it up as a run-defender. He has the body of a small free safety or corner which allows him to shine in coverage. Randall will get out of position biting on pump fakes, so he'll need to improve his discipline as a pro.|
Cowboys | Byron Jones selected 27th overall Thu Apr 30, 11:00 PM
Connecticut CB Byron Jones was selected 27th overall by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday, April 30.
|Footballguys view: Jones is a big, physical corner who can mix things up at the line of scrimmage. He's an instinctive player with a nose for the ball and a knack for breaking up incoming passes.|
Chiefs | Marcus Peters selected 18th overall Thu Apr 30, 10:06 PM
Washington CB Marcus Peters was selected 18th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday, April 30.
|Footballguys view: The Chiefs are continuing to build a decent defense. They still lack a wide receiver besides Jeremy Maclin, but there are plenty of those in the second round.|
Texans | Kevin Johnson selected 16th overall Thu Apr 30, 09:55 PM
Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson was selected 16th overall by the Houston Texans in the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday, April 30.
|Footballguys view: The Texans continue to build an 'anti-Andrew Luck' defense and it's a good one. Johnson is a great cover corner and makes this tough defense even tougher. Now they just need offense.|
Vikings | Trae Waynes selected 11th overall Thu Apr 30, 09:20 PM
Michigan State CB Trae Waynes was selected 11th overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday, April 30.
|Footballguys view: This is becoming a great defense. Waynes is a long, tough corner who can lock down receivers. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is coming for the NFC North.|
Eagles | Making big offer for No. 1 or No. 2 Thu Apr 30, 08:06 PM
The Philadelphia Eagles are willing to trade two first-round picks, a third-round pick, DT Fletcher Cox, CB Brandon Boykin, LB Mychal Kendricks and possibly other things in order to acquire the first or second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: It wasn't enough. It seems insane that the Titans didn't pull the trigger on that trade, but they took Marcus Mariota. He's a great prospect so you can't blame him but that's a lot of talent left on the table.|
Fletcher Cox player page
Brandon Boykin player page
Mychal Kendricks player page
Dolphins | Chris Dunkley could fill need Wed Apr 29, 11:21 PM
The Miami Dolphins held a private pre-draft workout with University of South Florida CB Chris Dunkley, and they have worked out several skilled returners. Dunkley averaged 24 yards per kickoff and 8.5 yards per punt at USF.
|Footballguys view: Dunkley was a wide receiver until last year. He switched to corner in 2014, started 10 games for the Bulls and led the team with five pass breakups. Watch for him in the late rounds of the draft.|
NFL | Devin Smith comparable to DeSean Jackson? Wed Apr 29, 08:17 PM
Former Ohio State WR Devin Smith has drawn some comparisons to Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson ahead of the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday, April 30. "Smith might not be quite as fast as [DeSean] Jackson, but he's very fast," says Lance Zierlein of NFL.com. 'He has the ability to track the ball deep and consistently take the top off a defense is very reminiscent of Jackson."Link to story
Steelers | Robert Golden signs tender Wed Apr 29, 05:20 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent CB Robert Golden signed his tender Wednesday, April 29.
Buccaneers | Jocquel Skinner waived Wed Apr 29, 05:12 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Jocquel Skinner was placed on no-recall waivers Wednesday, April 29.
Jets | To be fined in Darrelle Revis tampering case Tue Apr 28, 12:39 PM
The New York Jets will be fined $100,000 for the tampering case involving CB Darrelle Revis.
|Footballguys view: There's no draft pick being taken away from the Jets. At the end of the day, this is a small penalty for a team that was willing to get Revis at any cost.|
Darrelle Revis player page
Broncos | Tony Carter signs tender Mon Apr 27, 04:34 PM
Denver Broncos CB Tony Carter signed his restricted free-agent tender Monday, April 27. The tender is worth $1.542 million.
|Footballguys view: Carter is a reserve cornerback for the team who will only see the field in sub-package situations. He likes to take chances, can make big plays...but he can also get burned.|
Tony Carter player page
Bills | Jonte Green released Mon Apr 27, 04:22 PM
Buffalo Bills CB Jonte Green was released Monday, April 27.
|Footballguys view: Green was a sixth-round pick by the Lions in 2012. Earlier this year, the Bills signed Green to a reserve/futures contract. Getting released at this point in the season is not a good sign for Green's stock.|
NFL | P.J. Williams' DUI case dismissed Mon Apr 27, 01:27 PM
Florida State CB P.J. Williams' driving under the influence case has been dismissed, according to his lawyer.
|Footballguys view: This dismissed DUI didn't hurt his draft stock as much as his poor 40-yard dash (4.57) at the scouting combine. Williams can play press-man or press-bail coverage, and he's a physical corner who does not back down from a challenge. He's likely to be an early to mid second-round pick.|
NFL | Jalen Collins had surgery Mon Apr 27, 12:45 PM
Louisiana State CB Jalen Collins (foot) recently had surgery to fix an incomplete Jones fracture in his foot, which kept him from taking part in his school's pro day in March.
|Footballguys view: In recent weeks, we've seen Collins' draft stock take a tumble..and this injury is a big reason why. His surgery was expected to keep him out only for roughly three weeks. Collins might be a second-round pick, but some team could take him higher based on his potential.|
NFL | Jalen Collins failed drug tests in college Sat Apr 25, 09:24 AM
Louisiana State CB Jalen Collins failed multiple drug tests while in college, according to sources from four different NFL teams.
|Footballguys view: Collins already had questions about his draft stock after he had surgery last month to repair an incomplete Jones fracture in his right foot. He's one of the best cornerbacks in this draft, but these questions around his game could force him to be a late first-round pick.|
Eagles | Three UConn players work out Sat Apr 25, 02:39 AM
Connecticut CB Byron Jones, WR Geremy Davis and DT B.J. McBryde all worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, April 24.
|Footballguys view: Jones is the player to watch here, and he could certainly be an option for the Eagles with the 20th-overall pick in the first round. He has great size for the position, measuring in at 6'1" 200 pounds. Jones is instinctive and has the ability to break up passes consistently. He's not an elite athlete, leading some to think that a switch to free safety might be in his future. Either way, Jones can make plays and will likely be a top-40 pick in the 2015 NFL draft.|
Jets | Jaiquawn Jarrett signs tender Fri Apr 24, 04:41 PM
New York Jets restricted free-agent SS Jaiquawn Jarrett signed his tender offer Friday, April 24. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Jarrett was decent in pass coverage but a liability against the run. Depending on how Calvin Pryor does in his second season, as well as how the Jets' rebooted secondary looks, he may only be depth.|
Jaiquawn Jarrett player page
Ravens | Kevin Johnson visits Fri Apr 24, 02:23 AM
Wake Forest CB Kevin Johnson visited the Baltimore Ravens and worked out for the team, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Johnson could be a first- or second-round pick in the draft. He lacks ideal weight for the position, but he more than makes up for that with instincts, speed and quickness.|
Redskins | Tray Walker visits Thu Apr 23, 02:34 AM
Texas Southern CB Tray Walker visited the Washington Redskins on Wednesday, April 22.
|Footballguys view: Walker has great size at 6'2" 180 pounds. He can press wide receivers on the line of scrimmage, but he does struggle to turn his hips in coverage on downfield routes. He's a late-round pick with the ability to move to free safety.|
Texans | Stevie Brown visits Wed Apr 22, 12:45 PM
Free-agent FS Stevie Brown (Giants) met with the Houston Texans Tuesday, April 21, according to a source.Link to story
Stevie Brown player page
Ravens | Two Ravens have surgery Wed Apr 22, 11:43 AM
Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (foot) and OT Ricky Wagner (foot) had surgeries to correct Lisfranc sprains this offseason, according to a source.Link to story
Jimmy Smith player page
Steelers | Three draft prospects visit Wed Apr 22, 02:51 AM
North Dakota DE Kyle Emanuel, Utah CB Eric Rowe and Ohio State CB Doran Grant all visited the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, April 21.
|Footballguys view: Rowe is one of the more talented defensive backs in this class and the Steelers are sorely in need of help there. He's a big, physical corner who might not be the best suited to mirror quicker or faster receivers in man coverage.|