Fantasy Football News & Views
Eagles | Derek Barnett impressing teammates Sat May 27, 09:14 PM
Philadelphia Eagles DE Derek Barnett is 'definitely going to help' the defense, according to DE Brandon Graham, and OT Lane Johnson said Barnett can 'bend the edge really well.'Link to story
Brandon Graham player page
Jaguars | Dante Fowler expects more success in 2017 Sat May 27, 08:19 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars DE Dante Fowler is optimistic two years removed from his ACL surgery that he's ready to take a big step forward in 2017.Link to story
Dante Fowler Jr player page
Cardinals | Robert Nkemdiche making strong impression Sat May 27, 11:18 AM
Arizona Cardinals DL Robert Nkemdiche has 'changed ... for the good', according to teammate and veteran DE Frostee Rucker. Nkemdiche began showing up at the team's facility to work out shortly after the end of last season and he is among the defensive linemen getting in extra technique and conditioning work after the coaches head inside following that day's OTA.
|Footballguys view: Nkemdiche has a ton of natural talent, but last year as a rookie he only made it through five games and had his work ethic called into question by head coach Bruce Arians. With DE Calais Campbell (Jaguars) leaving in free agency, the Cardinals defense need Nkemdiche to start playing up to his potential.|
Robert Nkemdiche player page
Dolphins | Charles Harris contract update Fri May 26, 07:29 PM
Updating a previous report, Miami Dolphins first-round draft choice DE Charles Harris' four-year contract is worth $10.522 million. The deal includes a $6.026 million signing bonus.Link to story
Jets | Sheldon Richardson shopped to three teams Fri May 26, 06:41 PM
New York Jets DE Sheldon Richardson was been shopped to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts this offseason, but the Jets did not find any takers.
|Footballguys view: The Jets have been shopping him around for some time. There's a 50/50 chance he'll be dealt before the start of the regular season, but any team interested is going to have to pay his 2017 salary of almost $8.1 million. Richardson is in the final year of his contract and could be in for a big payday if he impresses this year. He had 8.0 sacks in 2014, but Richardson has only compiled 6.5 sacks over the last two years combined.|
Sheldon Richardson player page
Vikings | Ifeadi Odenigbo inks deal Thu May 25, 05:55 PM
Minnesota Vikings DE Ifeadi Odenigbo signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, May 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Giants | Devin Taylor signing with Giants Wed May 24, 07:28 PM
Free-agent DE Devin Taylor (Lions) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the New York Giants Wednesday, May 24, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Devin Taylor player page
Dolphins | Charles Harris signs contract Wed May 24, 05:28 PM
Miami Dolphins first-round draft choice DE Charles Harris signed his four-year contract Wednesday, May 24. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: A first-round pick out of Missouri, Harris has the build and skill set of a pass rushing phenom. He's got great athleticism and footwork off the edge, but the rookie should not be asked to stuff the run.|
Cowboys | Taco Charlton works with starter Wed May 24, 03:18 PM
Dallas Cowboys DE Taco Charlton worked with the first-team defense at right defensive end during organized team activities Wednesday, May 24.
|Footballguys view: Not a surprise here. Charlton was selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft with the idea that he could make an immediate impact as a pass rusher. At 6'6" 277 pounds, Charlton has the length and the strength to be a handful on the edge.|
Browns | Myles Garrett sitting out workouts Wed May 24, 02:33 PM
Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett (undisclosed) is not participating in organized team activities this week because of a minor undisclosed injury but expects to be a full participant next week.
|Footballguys view: Garrett was the top pick in the 2017 NFL draft, and he reminds many in the scouting community of Julius Peppers. He can make an immediate impact for the Browns in 2017.|
Steelers | Stephon Tuitt not practicing at OTAs Wed May 24, 01:06 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt (hand) underwent offseason hand surgery and is not practicing in OTAs, but the injury is not likely to affect him in the regular-season, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
|Footballguys view: No hurries, no worries here. Tuitt is likely to be ready for the start of training camp. An ascending talent, Tuitt is entering the last year of his rookie contract. A second-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Steelers might want to lock up Tuitt with an extension before he hits the open market.|
Stephon Tuitt player page
Jets | Two rookies sign with Jets Tue May 23, 07:03 PM
New York Jets S Marcus Maye and LB Dylan Donahue signed their four-year rookie contracts Tuesday, May 23. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Maye is going to be a big part of the rebuilt defensive backfield for the Jets. A second-round pick out of Florida in the 2017 NFL draft, Maye will team with first-round pick Jamal Adams (LSU) to give the Jets another playmaker in the secondary.|
Texans | J.J. Watt not limited Tue May 23, 05:07 PM
Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (back) said he has no restrictions and that he feels 'very, very good.'
|Footballguys view: Getting Watt back is huge for the Texans defense. Watt was a full participant with the first-team defense in organized team activities Tuesday, May 23.|
J.J. Watt player page
Rams | Aaron Donald not at practice Mon May 22, 06:09 PM
Los Angeles Rams DT Aaron Donald is not participating in organized team activities but is having serious contract extension talks with the Rams, according to general manager Les Snead. It appears Donald is skipping practice so he can avoid injuries.Link to story
Aaron Donald player page
Eagles | Vinny Curry had MCL injury Mon May 22, 09:36 AM
Philadelphia Eagles DE Vinny Curry (knee) said he played last season through an injury to his medial collateral ligament.Link to story
Vinny Curry player page
Giants | Devin Taylor visiting Giants Mon May 22, 09:35 AM
Free-agent DE Devin Taylor (Lions) is visiting the New York Giants Monday, May 22.Link to story
Devin Taylor player page
Colts | Tarell Basham signs rookie deal with Indy Fri May 19, 04:10 PM
Indianapolis Colts third-round pick DE Tarell Basham signed his four-year rookie contract Friday, May 19. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.
|Footballguys view: Basham has the size (6'4" 269 pounds) and heart that scouts love. He's a player who gives full effort on the field on every snap, and the nuances of his game are developing in the right direction. Basham has the length, burst and strong hands to be disruptive as a pass rusher. He does lack a ton of moves when getting after the quarterback, but that can be taught at the pro level. The rookie from Ohio has starter's upside if he continues to develop.|
Browns | Myles Garrett financials Fri May 19, 01:54 PM
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett's four-year rookie contract is worth $30.4 million and is fully guaranteed. The deal also reportedly includes a $20.25 million signing bonus.Link to story
Browns | Cleveland wraps up Myles Garrett deal Fri May 19, 12:20 PM
Cleveland Browns first-round pick DE Myles Garrett signed his four-year rookie contract Friday, May 19. Financial terms of the deal were undisclosed.
|Footballguys view: The number one overall pick from Texas A&M reminds many in the scouting community of Julius Peppers because of his size/strength combination. Under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, Garrett should be able to wreak havoc off the edge as a rookie.|
Patriots | New England waives one, signs two Thu May 18, 05:42 PM
New England Patriots OG Chris Barker was waived Thursday, May 18, while undrafted free-agent TE Sam Cotton (Nebraska) and rookie DE Deatrich Wise Jr. were signed to undisclosed deals.
|Footballguys view: Cotton is a player we'll watch, but only in the deepest of deep dynasty leagues. He's all potential after only collecting 17 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns during four seasons with the Cornhuskers. He's got a dash of A.J. Derby (Broncos) to his game.|
Buccaneers | Jacquies Smith officially signs tender Thu May 18, 01:40 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free-agent DE Jacquies Smith officially signed his tender Thursday, May 18. Smith had previously drawn interest from the San Francisco 49ers, which is why he had not yet signed the tender.Link to story
Jacquies Smith player page
Buccaneers | Jacquies Smith should be ready for season Wed May 17, 04:27 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Jacquies Smith (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017 season. Smith suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 1 last season.
|Footballguys view: The Bucs are hopeful that Smith can regain his form as a pass-rusher and work back onto the field as an important rotational player. Smith had 6.5 sacks in 2014 and 7.0 in 2015. Due to make almost $2 million this year, Smith will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018.|
Jacquies Smith player page
Buccaneers | Jacquies Smith signs tender Wed May 17, 04:24 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free-agent DE Jacquies Smith signed his one-year tender offer Wednesday, May 17, and is scheduled to make around $1.8 million.Link to story
Jacquies Smith player page
Vikings | Will Sutton signed by Vikings Wed May 17, 09:48 AM
Free-agent DT Will Sutton (Bears) signed with the Minnesota Vikings on an undisclosed deal Wednesday, May 17. DL Toby Johnson was waived.
|Footballguys view: A third-round pick in 2014 by the Bears, Sutton has spent his entire career in Chicago. He didn't fit Vic Fangio's 3-4 defense with the Bears, but he's back in a 4-3 front with the Vikings. Sutton will compete for a spot on the 53-man roster and is no lock to make the team.|
Will Sutton player page
Cowboys | Dallas waives three players, signs two Tue May 16, 04:08 PM
Dallas Cowboys C Michael Coe, LB Jeremiah George and OT Levon Myers were waived Tuesday, May 16. In addition, undrafted free-agent DE Darnell Leslie (Monmouth) and free-agent TE M.J. McFarland (Jets) were signed.Link to story
Eagles | Derek Barnett will work on both sides Sun May 14, 08:58 PM
Philadelphia Eagles DE Derek Barnett will work at both defensive end spots to see which side he is most comfortable on, according to head coach Doug Pederson.
|Footballguys view: Barnett has great technique, so it's not surprising he can work on either side of the defensive line. He was one of the most productive players coming out in this year's draft, and Barnett could make an immediate impact as a pass rusher for the Eagles as a rookie.|
Saints | New Orleans eyeing open competition at DE Sun May 14, 02:32 PM
New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan has one defensive end spot locked up, but the team expects an 'open competition' between Alex Okafor, Obum Gwacham, Hau'oli Kikaha and third-round pick Trey Hendrickson for the defensive end spot opposite him.
|Footballguys view: The Saints need to find a new starter opposite Jordan after not renewing the contract of Paul Kruger. Okafor has the experience advantage and has an 8.0 sack season (2014) on his resume (when he was with the Cardinals). Hendrickson, the rookie from FAU, is known as a hustle player who just won't quit. He can get the quarterback with bend, burst and a burning desire to make a play. Hendrickson may be best suited as a rotational player, but the upside is there for him to be an effective starter.|
Cameron Jordan player page
Alex Okafor player page
Hauoli Kikaha player page
Texans | J.J. Watt feels 'fantastic' Sun May 14, 11:23 AM
Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (back) told the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson he feels 'fantastic' after undergoing a pair of microdiscectomy surgeries last season to repair the same herniated disk in his back.
|Footballguys view: Great news for Watt and the Texans here. Watt missed most of last year (appeared in only three games) due to this back problem, and the multiple surgeries to repair the damage. He'll be limited during OTAs and minicamp, but it sounds like he should be good to go for the start of training camp.|
J.J. Watt player page
Buccaneers | Big year coming for Noah Spence? Sat May 13, 10:18 PM
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Noah Spence said he has put on more muscle but weighs about 10 pounds less than last season, and DT Gerald McCoy said Spence is ready for a 'breakout year' while DE Robert Ayers said Spence could be a '15-plus sack guy' this season.
|Footballguys view: Spence has amazing upside as a pro, and we could see him as a double-digit sack guy for multiple years in the NFL. He fell to the second round of the 2016 NFL draft due to character concerns from back in his days at Ohio State. Spence transferred to Eastern Kentucky and has stayed on the right path since then.|
Robert Ayers player page
Gerald McCoy player page
Jets | Muhammad Wilkerson ready for 2017 Sat May 13, 09:54 PM
New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson said he has a chip on his shoulder heading into the 2017 season and wants to prove his struggles last year had nothing to do with the contract extension he signed.
|Footballguys view: Wilkerson's struggles in 2016 (just 4.5 sacks) were likely due to him playing hurt...at least that's what Jets coach Todd Bowles believes was the case. If he can get back to his 2015 form (12 sacks), Wilkerson easily has Pro Bowl potential and can be one of the most impactful players on the Jets defense.|
Muhammad Wilkerson player page
Browns | Myles Garrett worked with Bruce Smith Sat May 13, 09:20 PM
Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett watched film with retired DE Bruce Smith, and Garrett said Smith told him that he needed to be faster off the ball. 'Most people wouldn't say that, but he's one of the greatest if not the greatest pass-rusher,' Garrett said. 'If he thinks so and I want to be at his level one day, I got to take his advice and run with it.'
|Footballguys view: Garrett has the potential to be an immediate impact player for the Browns. He's strong on the edge, has a super quick spin move to the inside and Garrett has good closing burst to the quarterback. In addition to being a fine pass rusher, Garrett is capable of setting the edge against the run. Working with the former Bills great...and all-time sack leader...will only help Garrett play up to that amazing potential.|
Bruce Smith player page
Titans | Bobby Richardson trying out Sat May 13, 02:15 PM
Free-agent DE Bobby Richardson (Broncos) is participating in the Tennessee Titans rookie minicamp this weekend on a tryout basis.Link to story
Bobby Richardson player page
Broncos | DeMarcus Walker financial details Sat May 13, 10:34 AM
Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos DT DeMarcus Walker's four-year rookie contract is worth upwards of $5.8 million, with a signing bonus of $1.8 million.Link to story
Cowboys | Dallas wanted Charles Harris Fri May 12, 09:17 PM
The Dallas Cowboys explored a trade with the Baltimore Ravens during the 2017 NFL Draft with the goal of moving from the 28th pick in the first round to the 16th pick in order to select Miami Dolphins DE Charles Harris, according to multiple sources.Link to story
Redskins | Jonathan Allen contract update Fri May 12, 05:06 PM
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins DE Jonathan Allen signed a four-year deal worth $11.6 million, according to a source. The deal includes a $6.6 million contract.Link to story
Lions | Detroit signs all eight draft picks Fri May 12, 02:20 PM
Detroit Lions first-round LB Jarrad Davis, second-round CB Teez Tabor, third-round WR Kenny Golladay, fourth-round TE Michael Roberts, fourth-round LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin, fifth-round CB Jamal Agnew, sixth-round QB Brad Kaaya and seventh-round DE Pat O'Connor signed their four-year rookie deals Friday, May 12. Financial terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Golladay is big, swift and able to haul in deep passes. He'll be worked into a larger role with the Lions offense, but may be limited as a rookie. Roberts is a "Y" tight end who can block and was known in college at Toledo as a TD hog. Kaaya is a developmental quarterback who will compete with Jake Rudock for the primary backup job behind Matthew Stafford.|
Broncos | Denver inks DeMarcus Walker Fri May 12, 01:53 PM
Denver Broncos second-round DT Demarcus Walker signed his four-year rookie contract Friday, May 12. While the total value of the contract was undisclosed, his reported signing bonus is north of $1.8 million.
|Footballguys view: Walker is a proven pass rusher from the inside of the defensive line. He's known as a snap-jumper, and he's a guy who doesn't want to come off the field. That wore him down at times in college at Florida State, but it shouldn't be a problem with the Broncos as he'll work as a rotational player.|
Redskins | Washington signs Jonathan Allen Thu May 11, 09:54 PM
Washington Redskins DE Jonathan Allen signed his rookie contract Thursday, May 11.Link to story
Cowboys | Cowboys lock up Taco Charlton Thu May 11, 08:03 PM
Dallas Cowboys first-round DE Taco Charlton agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the team Thursday, May 11.
|Footballguys view: Charlton should give the Cowboys a boost at pass rusher in 2017. He's got the length and burst to get after the quarterback, and his size/athleticism combination makes him difficult to block.|
Bears | Eddie Royal released, three waived Thu May 11, 04:27 PM
Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal was released Thursday, May 11. Additionally, C Cornelius Edison, FB Paul Lasike and DL Will Sutton were waived.
|Footballguys view: Royal has rarely had a consistent impact in recent years and is more often fantasy fool's gold for players in Daily and Season-Long formats.|
Eddie Royal player page
Will Sutton player page
Steelers | No serious talks between PIT, Stephon Tuitt Wed May 10, 04:35 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers DE Stephon Tuitt has not had serious contract extension talks with the Steelers at this point, but the talks likely will intensify closer to training camp.
|Footballguys view: Extending Tuitt sometime this year seemed to be the plan when the offseason began for the Steelers. Nothing has materialized yet, but we expect the two sides to get things going in a month or so. Tuitt has 10.5 sacks over the last two years, and he can be counted on as a run stuffer inside.|
Stephon Tuitt player page
Eagles | Brandon Graham holding out? Wed May 10, 03:43 PM
Philadelphia Eagles DE Brandon Graham is no longer attending offseason workouts and is expected to skip organized team activities and possibly the mandatory June minicamp unless the team renegotiates his contract, according to sources.
|Footballguys view: Graham is likely looking for a pay raise. Based on his play, Graham should be making more than he's currently slated to earn in 2017 ($6.5 million). He's coming off a career high 59 tackle season, and Graham has at least 5.5 sacks in four of the last five years.|
Brandon Graham player page
Jaguars | Dawuane Smoot to be part of rotation Wed May 10, 02:59 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars DE Dawuane Smoot is expected to part of a rotation at defensive end during passing downs. Smoot likely will be used as left and right defensive end.Link to story
Eagles | Derek Barnett should see opportunities Tue May 9, 11:19 AM
Philadelphia Eagles DE Derek Barnett should see opportunities to rush the passer in at least a rotation at one of the defensive end spots.
|Footballguys view: Barnett is one of the most productive players in this draft class. He broke Reggie White's all-time sack record in college at Tennessee, and Barnett is going to be asked to rush the passer as a rookie in 2017. Barnett is technically sound and has a non-stop motor. He could make an impact for the Eagles, even as a rotational player this year.|
Ravens | Baltimore waives two players Mon May 8, 06:35 PM
Baltimore Ravens QB Zach Terrell and DE Omarius Bryant were waived Monday, May 8.
Bengals | John Ross, Carl Lawson sign rookie deals Sun May 7, 01:46 PM
Cincinnati Bengals first-round WR John Ross and third-round DE Carl Lawson signed their four-year rookie contracts Sunday, May 7.
|Footballguys view: Ross reminds us of WR DeSean Jackson (Buccaneers) due to his speed and ability to basically teleport down the field. The speedster from Washington is currently recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, but he should be ready to go sometime around training camp. Ross gives the team much-needed speed opposite A.J. Green.|
Panthers | Carolina signs three players Sun May 7, 09:40 AM
The Carolina Panthers signed free-agent LBs Alex Bazzie (Colts) and Kyle Kragen (Broncos) and DT Gabriel Mass Saturday, May 6.Link to story
Bengals | Carl Lawson working at multiple positons Sat May 6, 04:11 PM
Cincinnati Bengals DE Carl Lawson is lining up at defensive end and linebacker during practice Saturday, May 6.Link to story
Dolphins | Terrence Fede not moving inside Sat May 6, 03:24 PM
Miami Dolphins DE Terrence Fede will not be moved to defensive tackle and will remain as a defensive end, according to defensive coordinator Matt Burke.Link to story
Terrence Fede player page
Panthers | Daeshon Hall contract update Fri May 5, 06:22 PM
Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers DE Daeshon Hall signed a four-year deal worth $3.261 million. The deal includes a $861,752 signing bonus.Link to story