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  Saints | Marques Colston retiring?    Sat Feb 13, 09:39 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston declined to speak to the media on the last day of access, and beat writer Katherine Terrell believes he will retire rather than play for another team in 2016.

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  Bears | Jeremy Langford not an every-down back?    Sat Feb 13, 08:50 PM

Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford is a more physical runner than impending free-agent RB Matt Forte, according to the team's former scouting director Greg Gabriel, but Gabriel said Langford will likely never be the receiver that Forte is.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson the last of his kind?    Sat Feb 13, 08:20 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was the only player to have more than 300 carries last year, and retired RB Emmitt Smith believes that if Peterson doesn't break the all-time rushing record, no one will.

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  Browns | Josh Gordon has a chance to play?    Sat Feb 13, 07:51 PM

Updating an ongoing story, Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has a chance to return in 2016 as ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi said that he thinks Gordon will play at some point next season

Footballguys view: Gordon has made several statements this offseason that he's ready to return and will do what he needs to do in order to stay off the suspended list. No matter who the QB is in Cleveland, Gordon can be a top-10 fantasy receiver if healthy, not suspended and on the field.

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  Cowboys | Dallas to draft running back?    Sat Feb 13, 02:12 PM

Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott has already said he'd like to play for the Dallas Cowboys, and it would be very surprising if the Cowboys didn't draft a running back in the first three rounds, according to Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News. Machota said Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon might be an option in the second round as Dixon was on head coach Jason Garrett's Senior Bowl squad.

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  Packers | Aaron Rodgers feeling great    Sat Feb 13, 01:53 PM

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) said his knee feels great less than a month after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Rodgers added that the surgery was for a clean-up of an old injury.

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  Bears | No big offers for Matt Forte?    Fri Feb 12, 09:52 PM

Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte will be lucky to command more than $4 million per year, according to league sources.

Footballguys view: If he was able to get $4 million annually, that would put Forte in the bottom half of the top-10 for annual average salaries at the RB position. Given he's had the largest workload in the league since 2008, we feel teams are going to be a bit cool on adding the 30-year old back. That should keep his price tag somewhat reasonable.

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  Raiders | Latavius Murray to have company?    Fri Feb 12, 09:45 PM

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray could have company in the backfield in 2016. ESPN's Adam Caplan believes the Raiders will be looking to add running back depth in the offseason.

Footballguys view: The Raiders have more cap space (around $76 million) than any other team in the NFL. We could see them going to the free agent market to add someone like Ronnie Hillman. The Raiders could also consider selecting a running back in the 2016 NFL draft.

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  Saints | C.J. Spiller sticking in New Orleans?    Fri Feb 12, 09:32 PM

New Orleans Saints RB C.J. Spiller will likely remain on the roster, at least into training camp, according to ESPN.com's Mike Triplett. Spiller will count more against the cap if he is cut before June 1.

Footballguys view: Spiller is set to count $4.5 million against the cap in 2016, and there's $3.75 million in dead money left on his contract. He failed to do much with the Saints last year, and there's a chance the team would move on from him. If he stays with the team, Spiller would once again be a change-of-pace back behind Mark Ingram.

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  Cowboys | Jerry Jones loves Robert Griffin III    Fri Feb 12, 09:09 PM

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III has been praised by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones multiple times in recent years, and Cowboys beat writer Brandon George believes Dallas could be a potential landing spot for Griffin if he is released by the Redskins.

Footballguys view: The fit is good for both sides. If Dallas picks up RG3, they'll have the best backup behind Tony Romo they've ever had. Griffin gets the fresh start that he needs, and there's a good chance with Romo's injury history that Griffin could see some time on the field in 2016. We expect this move to happen.

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  Steelers | Shaun Suisham not cleared yet    Fri Feb 12, 08:40 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers PK Shaun Suisham (knee) has not been cleared to kick at this point since he is still recovering from the torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn meniscus he suffered during the preseason. Suisham said he believes he has a good chance to be the kicker next season if he is healthy.

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  Saints | Marques Colston may be too expensive    Fri Feb 12, 08:01 PM

New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston may be asked to take another pay cut this offseason in order to stay with the team. He is scheduled to make $3.2 million in 2016 and have a $5.9 million salary cap figure.

Footballguys view: We can't imagine Colston playing for another team, but the veteran might have to lower his price tag in order to stay with the Saints. He's not the same player he used to be, but having a seasoned veteran like him on the depth chart would be an asset for the Saints...at the right price.

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  Browns | Matt Forte unlikely to join Browns    Fri Feb 12, 07:39 PM

Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte will not be an option for the Cleveland Browns during free agency, in the opinion on ESPNCleveland.com's Tony Grossi.

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  Broncos | Brock Osweiler may not rush into talks    Fri Feb 12, 06:54 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent QB Brock Osweiler's representatives likely will not have serious contract talks with the Broncos until more is known about QB Peyton Manning's future with the team.

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  Redskins | Robert Griffin passes physical    Fri Feb 12, 04:19 PM

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III passed his exit physical this offseason, which paves the way for the team to release him.

Footballguys view: Griffin's time in Washington is coming to an end in the near future. We think he winds up in Dallas where a fresh start could really help. If the Cowboys add him, Griffin would back up Tony Romo. Griffin could be their next QB in line, and he certainly gives them better depth behind Romo then they've had before.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa works out four kickers    Fri Feb 12, 03:54 PM

Free-agent PKs Josh Scobee (Steelers), Nate Freese (Lions), Mike Meyer (Titans) and undrafted free-agent Cameron Starke (James Madison) worked out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, Feb. 12.

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  Saints | Matt Forte a long shot for Saints    Fri Feb 12, 03:35 PM

Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte probably will not be pursued by the New Orleans Saints this offseason unless he is willing to accept a hometown discount.

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  Jaguars | Jacksonville may look at Matt Forte    Fri Feb 12, 03:28 PM

Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte could receive some interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars if he is willing to accept a shared role at running back. The team has plenty of money to spend this offseason but may not be willing to pay Forte a high salary if he will only be a part-time player.

Footballguys view: Forte is so good that he doesn't need to be in a timeshare. We doubt he'd accept a place like Jacksonville where he would have to split touches with T.J. Yeldon.

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  Jets | Matt Forte could be an option for Jets    Fri Feb 12, 03:22 PM

Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte could receive interest from the New York Jets as a third-down back but probably would not have a chance to start.

Footballguys view: Earlier reports suggest the Jets would not be interested due to Forte's likely high salary.

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  Redskins | Washington may pursue Matt Forte    Fri Feb 12, 03:15 PM

Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte could be pursued by the Washington Redskins this offseason since he can be a threat as a runner and a receiver, but his age and asking price could be sticking points for the team.

Footballguys view: We'll see Alfred Morris somewhere else in 2016, so Washington could be interested in adding a back like Forte.

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  Seahawks | Seattle unlikely to pursue Matt Forte    Fri Feb 12, 03:10 PM

Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte likely will not be an option for the Seattle Seahawks this offseason because of their salary cap situation and needs at other positions.

Footballguys view: Forte is going to likely be the most expensive back on the free agent market. The Seahawks are fine going with Thomas Rawls as their starter in 2016. In fact, Rawls is so good he could be a top-15 fantasy RB.

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  Cowboys | Matt Forte may be too old for Dallas    Fri Feb 12, 03:09 PM

Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte could receive interest from the Dallas Cowboys if the price is right, but they may want to look for a younger option at the position since Forte is 30 years old.

Footballguys view: The Cowboys offensive line is a great asset for any back. Forte would be a great fit for any team, and the Cowboys are no different...but it sounds like they won't consider him due to his age and mileage.

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  Broncos | Denver a long shot for Matt Forte    Fri Feb 12, 02:50 PM

Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte fits the scheme for the Denver Broncos, but they're unlikely to be able to offer him as big of an offer that he could receive elsewhere.

Footballguys view: In a Gary Kubiak system, there's no need to pay a premium price for a running back. We should see them add a running back in the draft late to compete for a spot behind presumed starter C.J. Anderson.

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  Dolphins | Matt Forte could fit in Miami    Fri Feb 12, 02:48 PM

Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte could be an option for the Miami Dolphins, in the opinion of ESPN.com's James Walker.

Footballguys view: Easy math here. Forte was coached by Dolphins head coach Adam Gase when he was the offensive coordinator in Chicago, and Dolphins RB Lamar Miller is a free agent.

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  Patriots | Matt Forte could fit in New England    Fri Feb 12, 02:46 PM

Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte would be a system fit for the New England Patriots, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Field Yates.

Footballguys view: Forte is going to be a good fit for any team. The Patriots are seeking help in the backfield, and Forte is the type of player who doesn't need to come off the field. His price tag might put him out of reach for some teams, so we'll have to see if the Patriots want in on the bidding.

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  Giants | Josh Brown could receive tag    Fri Feb 12, 02:41 PM

New York Giants impending free-agent PK Josh Brown is a candidate for the franchise tag. He's coming off the best three-year stretch for a kicker in Giants history.

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  49ers | Phil Dawson could be tagged    Fri Feb 12, 02:38 PM

San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent PK Phil Dawson is a candidate for the franchise tag this offseason.

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  Packers | Franchise tag for Mason Crosby?    Fri Feb 12, 02:36 PM

Green Bay Packers impending free-agent PK Mason Crosby is a candidate to receive the franchise tag. Crosby has had three straight solid seasons after a disappointing 2012.

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  Rams | Greg Zuerlein a candidate for tag    Fri Feb 12, 02:28 PM

Los Angeles Rams impending free-agent PK Greg Zuerlein is a candidate to receive the franchise tag. He has one of the biggest legs in the NFL.

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  Buccaneers | Tampa can afford Doug Martin    Fri Feb 12, 02:12 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent RB Doug Martin would cost the Bucs around $11.5 million if they give him the franchise tag, and that is a figure that Tampa can afford with plenty of salary cap space available this year.

Footballguys view: According to SpotRac.com, the Bucs are set to have $59.8 million in cap space this season. That's plenty of money to place the franchise tag on Martin. He had a bounce-back season in 2015 after two down years dealing with injuries and inconsistent production. Reports indicate the Bucs would like to keep him around, but a team like the Titans could make a run at him.

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  Broncos | Brock Osweiler hoping to stay    Fri Feb 12, 12:55 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent QB Brock Osweiler is hoping that he can remain with Denver if QB Peyton Manning decides to retire in the offseason. 'Every single guy on this team embraced me, and that is something I think they all know how thankful I am for that, but this is the best team in the world and we have a very special group in our locker room,' Osweiler said. If LB Von Miller receives the franchise tag, signing Osweiler to a new deal may be necessary.

Footballguys view: We have a feeling the Broncos will keep Osweiler around. Peyton Manning is expected to retire--or at the very least move on from Denver. They would not have made the Super Bowl without Osweiler leading the team to key victories over the second half of the season. They could give him a "thank you" three-year, $30-35 million deal...and oh yeah, they'll give him the reins of the offense.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater better indoors?    Fri Feb 12, 12:28 PM

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman thinks QB Teddy Bridgewater will be aided by the move to an indoor stadium in 2016. In five career games indoors, Bridgewater is 2-3 with a 70.6% completion rate, 8.1 yards per pass, 258 yards passing per game, four touchdowns and three interceptions. 'I think it's just in general, quarterbacks playing indoors (play better),' Spielman said. 'If you look at Teddy's stats and how he performed when we were indoors, in Detroit or even out in Arizona, some of those ideal conditions, we feel he can take another step forward. But he still has to play outdoors.'

Footballguys view: Isn't every QB better indoors? We don't think Bridgewater has a problem playing in the elements, it's just a situation where the numbers will decline. Bridgewater is a fine talent, and he should continue to get better as time goes on.

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  Bills | LeSean McCoy decision next week    Fri Feb 12, 12:17 PM

Updating an ongoing story, Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy could face charges next week, and he was definitely involved in the nightclub incident Sunday, Feb. 7, according to Philadelphia police captain Frank Banford. An arrest warrant could be issued before Wednesday, Feb. 17, according to a source. McCoy's attorney, Larry Krasner, said that McCoy will turn himself in if he's charged.

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  Bears | Matt Forte has been a workhorse    Fri Feb 12, 12:13 PM

Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte has played 594 more snaps than any other running back in the NFL since he entered the league in 2008.

Footballguys view: Forte's large workload is the sign of a back who can be a bellcow and stay on the field all three downs. However, the amount of touches he's had since 2008 could be held against him on the free agent market. Even with a busy history, Forte should still be one of the hottest backs in free agency.

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  Packers | Matt Forte a fit in Green Bay?    Fri Feb 12, 11:36 AM

Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte would be an ideal fit for the Green Bay Packers, in the opinion of the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs. Packers RB James Starks will be a free agent, and RB Eddie Lacy had a down year in 2015.

Footballguys view: Cue the Forte fit articles! Let's make this easy; Forte would be a good fit for any team out there because he can shine as a runner or receiver out of the backfield. The Packers could add Forte and place him as the top runner in their stable of backs. Starks wants a larger role, but he'll have a difficult time finding that on the open market. Lacy has had a hard time finding a treadmill and needs to trim up in order to play up to his high potential.

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  Bears | Jeremy Langford in line to start    Fri Feb 12, 10:54 AM

Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford figures to start in 2016 after the team informed RB Matt Forte Friday, Feb. 12, they have no intentions to re-sign him.

Footballguys view: Langford should have already been coveted in dynasty leagues as this move to starter was seen a mile away. With Langford moving one up on the depth chart, so should Kadeem Carey. Keep that in mind if you play in a dynasty league.

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  Bears | Matt Forte headed elsewhere    Fri Feb 12, 10:28 AM

Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte has been informed by the Bears that they will not attempt to re-sign him this offseason.

Footballguys view: No surprise here. The Bears will move on with Jeremy Langford as their likely starter. Forte is a fine all-purpose back who can take on a large workload. There should be more than a few teams interested in his services.

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  Cardinals | Carson Palmer receives guarantees    Fri Feb 12, 09:25 AM

Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer's $7.15 million base salary and $6.35 million roster bonus are fully guaranteed Friday, Feb. 12.

Footballguys view: The Cardinals can make it back to the postseason so long as Palmer stays healthy. He threw a career-high 35 touchdowns this year and also had a career-high 4,671 passing yards in 2015.

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  49ers | Anquan Boldin's deal voids    Fri Feb 12, 09:15 AM

San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin's 2016-18 contract years voided Friday, Feb. 12, which means he'll be an unrestricted free agent March 9.

Footballguys view: Is a move back to the Ravens in the works? It could be. After back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the 49ers, Boldin only played in 14 games this past season and had only 789 receiving yards. Poor quarterback play and injuries were part of the decline. If healthy, Boldin could still be a nice asset in the passing game. We expect more than a few teams interested in his services.

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  Panthers | Two Panthers set free    Fri Feb 12, 08:59 AM

Carolina Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery and SS Roman Harper's contracts voided Thursday, Feb. 11, and it's unclear if either will continue playing. Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman added three voidable years on the contracts for Harper and Cotchery when he signed them two years ago to spread out their bonus money and lessen the salary cap hit.

Footballguys view: The Panthers will carry a combined $2.25 million in dead money for Harper and Cotchery on the 2016 books. We could see both veterans land somewhere else, but don't expect the market to be white-hot for their services.

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  Buccaneers | Doug Martin to hit the market?    Fri Feb 12, 12:08 AM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin isn't close to agreeing on a contract extension, and Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay times believes Martin will test the free agent market.

Footballguys view: There have been reports about the Titans being interested in Martin if he is available. Martin had a resurgent season in 2015, and if he's healthy Martin could once again finish as a top-10 fantasy RB.

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  NFL | Derrick Henry compared to former bust    Thu Feb 11, 09:49 PM

Alabama RB Derrick Henry was compared to retired RB Curtis Enis by former NFL personnel man Bryan Broaddus, who said Henry's game tape shows a big back that can't create his own running lanes.

Footballguys view: It's always tricky scouting Alabama running backs. It looks like T.J. Yeldon is going to be a good one, but Eddie Lacy has had problems (although he's flashed) and Trent Richardson was a complete bust. Henry is a large back, but he lacks creativity to create his own space. Even though he's a big runner, Henry has build-up power in order to run over people.

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  Chargers | Melvin Gordon to catch more passes?    Thu Feb 11, 09:35 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon's pass-catching ability impressed offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt this past season.

Footballguys view: Gordon can make big plays in space, and that's why he can stand out as a receiver. He's a fast back who had a disappointing rookie season. We're not writing off Gordon, and with the right system he could flourish for the Chargers.

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  Browns | Cleveland interested in Brock Osweiler?    Thu Feb 11, 09:21 PM

Denver Broncos impending free-agent QB Brock Osweiler could be pursued by the Cleveland Browns. Denver Broncos general manager John Elway believes the Browns are Denver's top competition for Osweiler.

Footballguys view: The Browns are likely done with Johnny Manziel, so they are going to be in the market for another passer. Osweiler might get a "thank you" deal from Denver as the team couldn't have made it to the Super Bowl without the young QB leading them to key victories in the second half of the season. We think he'll get a contract in the neighborhood of three-years and $30-35 million.

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  Jaguars | Coach wants Marcedes Lewis back    Thu Feb 11, 08:10 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said he hopes the team will be able to re-sign impending free-agent TE Marcedes Lewis this offseason.

Footballguys view: Lewis is a great blocker and seriously underrated as a receiver. With starter Julius Thomas having a lengthy injury history (he's never played a full 16-game season), it would be wise for the Jaguars to lock down a good reserve tight end who can also work in two TE sets.

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  Colts | Dwayne Allen should be gone    Thu Feb 11, 07:47 PM

Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent TE Dwayne Allen is expected to sign with a different team this offseason. Allen was targeted just 29 times in 2015 and would still have to compete with TE Coby Fleener if he stayed in Indianapolis.

Footballguys view: Neither Colts tight and was all that spectacular, and Allen was the lesser of the two. Will a change of scenery help? We are not sold, but it's worth keeping an eye on.

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  Bills | Charges coming for LeSean McCoy     Thu Feb 11, 07:41 PM

Updating previous reports, Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy will be facing charges for an alleged nightclub assault he was involved in Sunday, Feb. 7. McCoy is part of an ongoing investigation and the district attorney's office wanted to be thorough before it determined possible charges. McCoy's lawyer said the running back would turn himself in if he is charged.

Footballguys view: This looks pretty bad for Rex Ryan's top running back. McCoy has had a rough last 365 days - being ejected from Philadelphia, being hurt during the season (his first in Buffalo) and now this. We don't know for sure what the future holds up, but it seems very likely that one thing it holds will be an NFL suspension.

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  Colts | Coby Fleener to return?    Thu Feb 11, 07:27 PM

Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent Coby Fleener is expected to be retained by the Colts this offseason. Fleener should be the favorite to be re-signed ahead of fellow impending free-agent TE Dwayne Allen, in the opinion of Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star.

Footballguys view: Fleener is at best a decent NFL tight end, but has very little value in fantasy. We don't expect that to change much. But in order to have any chance, quarterback Andrew luck must have a bounce back 2016.

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  Browns | Cleveland likely to draft quarterback?    Thu Feb 11, 06:28 PM

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown is the starting quarterback for the Browns as of now. QB Johnny Manziel will be on his way out next month, too, which causes Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer to believe the Browns will take a quarterback with their No. 2 overall pick, namely California QB Jared Goff or North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz.

Footballguys view: Given the Browns track record with first round quarterbacks, one would imagine whatever choice they make is likely to be the wrong one. All kidding aside it, they need a long-term answer and any of the top three quarterbacks should be good. Of course, they also need help on offense of line, wide receiver, and all over the defense. Theoretically there's no wrong way for them to go.

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  Seahawks | Sign two Thursday    Thu Feb 11, 05:30 PM

The Seattle Seahawks signed free-agent WR Jeff Fuller (Dolphins) and RB Cameron Marshall (Dolphins) to undisclosed deals Thursday, Feb. 11.

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