Fantasy Football News & Views
NFL | Bill Parcells impressed with Teddy Bridgewater Mon Mar 10, 04:32 PM
Former NFL head coach Bill Parcells said he was very impressed with Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater after sitting down with the prospect. 'He's a really good kid,' Parcells said. 'I was highly impressed with him as a person. I enjoyed talking to him. As a person, I think he's first class. He asked me a lot of questions.' Former NFL FS Abraham Elam is currently mentoring incoming rookies and asked his former coach, Parcells, to meet with Bridgewater.
|Footballguys view: Bridgewater is the top quarterback of both Cecil Lammey and Matt Waldman this year. The reason is simple; he's accurate on short and intermediate throws. Bridgewater had the ability to change plays at the line of scrimmage, and he processes information quickly. He reminds both Lammey and Waldman of Matt Ryan (Falcons) because of his accuracy, toughness and leadership.|
NFL | Jermichael Finley expected to make visits Mon Mar 10, 04:27 PM
Free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (Packers) is expected to visit teams this week even though he has not received medical clearance to play yet.
|Footballguys view: Finley's neck injury could prevent the market from going crazy for his services. Any team interested in him could look to sign him to a one-year "prove it" deal.|
Jermichael Finley player page
NFL | Darren McFadden receiving interest Mon Mar 10, 03:11 PM
Free-agent RB Darren McFadden (Raiders) has received significant interest from teams this offseason.
|Footballguys view: McFadden's talent has never been a question mark. He's incredibly gifted, but he has an injury history that reads like Infinite Jest. McFadden has never played a full 16 game season, and that will be reflected in any contract he signs this offseason.|
Darren McFadden player page
NFL | Rolando McClain looking to make comeback Mon Mar 10, 02:34 PM
Retired LB Rolando McClain is in a better place mentally and has been telling people he plans to play football next season. McClain has been working out on a regular basis. The Baltimore Ravens currently own his rights, but they may not be willing to give him another chance.
|Footballguys view: We'll see if McClain will get another sniff in the NFL. He was out of football in 2013 as he tried to get his life back together. The former top-10 pick may generate some interest on a tryout basis for the league minimum.|
Rolando McClain player page
NFL | Rashard Mendenhall tired of NFL life Mon Mar 10, 12:51 PM
Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent RB Rashard Mendenhall said he was tired of living a 'private life in the public eye' as his reason for considering retirement at the age of 26 years old. 'I just kind of wanted to disappear,' Mendenhall wrote. 'The fact that I was done playing would've been clear once some time had passed and I hadn't signed back with the Cardinals or any other team. Maybe people would've thought I couldn't get another job. Either way, I was OK with the idea of fading to black, and my legacy becoming, 'Whatever happened to that dude Rashard Mendenhall? He was pretty good for a few years, then he just vanished.''
|Footballguys view: Some players don't love the game enough to sacrifice everything necessary to play at the highest level. Mendenhall could have latched on with some team to collect a paycheck, but instead he wants to live his life on his terms. We applaud his clarity on the situation. We've seen this before with backs like Robert Smith (Vikings) years ago.|
Rashard Mendenhall player page
NFL | Aaron Lynch runs the 40 Mon Mar 10, 11:16 AM
South Florida DE/LB Aaron Lynch recorded a time of 4.66 seconds in the 40-yard dash at his Pro Day Monday, March 10.Link to story
NFL | Larry Foote looking to play Mon Mar 10, 10:53 AM
Free-agent LB Larry Foote (Steelers) said he has no immediate plans to retire and wants to sign with a contender.Link to story
Larry Foote player page
NFL | Market hot for Nolan Carroll Mon Mar 10, 10:37 AM
There are 10 teams interested in free-agent CB Nolan Carroll (Dolphins).Link to story
Nolan Carroll player page
NFL | Jairus Byrd sets price tag Mon Mar 10, 09:56 AM
Free-agent S Jairus Byrd (Bills) is seeking $9 million per season.
|Footballguys view: That would tie Byrd with Dashon Goldson (Buccaneers) as the fourth-highest paid safety in the NFL. The Chiefs Eric Berry is the highest paid safety, and he has an $11.6 million cap number in 2014.|
Jairus Byrd player page
NFL | Chris Williams receiving interest Sun Mar 9, 10:40 PM
Free-agent OG Chris Williams (Rams) has received interest from some teams this weekend.Link to story
NFL | T.J. Ward receiving a lot of interest Sun Mar 9, 08:42 PM
Free-agent FS T.J. Ward (Browns) has heard from around 12 interested teams this weekend.Link to story
T.J. Ward player page
NFL | Tyson Clabo expects to receive interest Sun Mar 9, 07:51 PM
Free-agent OT Tyson Clabo (Dolphins) is expected to receive interest from teams when he becomes available Tuesday, March 11.Link to story
NFL | Shelley Smith receiving interest Sun Mar 9, 02:00 PM
Free-agent OG Shelley Smith (Rams) has been contacted by four teams this weekend.Link to story
NFL | Alterraun Verner expected to sign quickly Sun Mar 9, 01:31 PM
Free-agent CB Alterraun Verner (Titans) is expected to sign shortly after free agency begins Tuesday, March 11.
|Footballguys view: There's usually two or three waves to free agency. We'll see Verner go off the board almost immediately as he's one of the best free agent corners on the open market.|
Alterraun Verner player page
NFL | Anthony Spencer receiving interest Sun Mar 9, 12:29 PM
Free-agent DE Anthony Spencer has received interest from nearly seven teams during free agency.Link to story
Anthony Spencer player page
NFL | Multiple suitors for Henry Melton Sat Mar 8, 11:47 PM
Chicago Bears impending free-agent DT Henry Melton has multiple suitors, according to a source.Link to story
Henry Melton player page
NFL | Teams told Rashard Mendenhall is retiring Sat Mar 8, 11:47 PM
Teams are being told the free-agent RB Rashard Mendenhall (Cardinals) is retiring, according to sources. He hinted at the possibility in a Feb. 25 column.
|Footballguys view: Mendenhall's not the same player he used to be. He certainly didn't look like his pre-2012 knee injury self last year for the Cardinals. Free agent running backs are going to find a soft market this year.|
Rashard Mendenhall player page
NFL | Hakeem Nicks receptive to one-year deal Sat Mar 8, 08:45 PM
New York Giants impending free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks is willing to weigh a one-year contract to prove his past two seasons were aberrations, league sources said Saturday, March 8. Nicks is also hopeful of finding a team with a proven quarterback.
|Footballguys view: Good news for Nicks as that's all he may get. He's a quality player when healthy, but staying healthy has been a real problem for him over the last two years. A team like the Broncos could be interested in Nicks if they lose Eric Decker in free agency.|
Hakeem Nicks player page
NFL | Hakeem Nicks open to signing one-year deal Sat Mar 8, 08:12 PM
Free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks (Giants) is open to signing a one-year deal to prove that he is healthy, which would allow him to cash in during next offseason's free agency period, according to multiple league sources.Link to story
Hakeem Nicks player page
NFL | Doctors clear Hakeem Nicks Sat Mar 8, 04:28 PM
Doctors sent out letters clearing free-agent WR Hakeem Nicks (Giants) for the 2014 season. Nicks had a screw inserted into his foot in 2012 and surgery to repair his posterior cruciate ligament in 2013.Link to story
Hakeem Nicks player page
NFL | Some favor Khalil Mack over Jadeveon Clowney Sat Mar 8, 01:27 PM
Some evaluators around the NFL have more confidence in Buffalo LB Khalil Mack than South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney because of Mack's skills, consistency and versatility.
|Footballguys view: Clowney is an elite athlete, but there are concerns about his work ethic and motivation after a disappointing 2013 season. He had 13 sacks in 2012, but only 3.0 sacks last year. Mack can play multiple positions, and there are zero questions about his motor.|
NFL | Jon Beason can't start negotiations until Tuesday Sat Mar 8, 12:48 PM
Free-agent LB Jon Beason (Giants) will not be able to talk with teams until Tuesday, March 11, because he is representing himself. Teams are not permitted to talk with players during the few days they are allowed to negotiate with players without signing them.
|Footballguys view: Beason will have to wait in order for his chance to sign. We should see a flurry of activity as soon as the free-agency door is open.|
Jon Beason player page
NFL | Ben Tate ready to become an elite running back Sat Mar 8, 08:15 AM
Houston Texans impending free agent RB Ben Tate said he is ready to become an elite running back for his next team. 'I think I can bring you an elite running back,' Tate said. 'I've learned a lot being behind Arian. Definitely, when I'm healthy I think I'm an elite running back in this league, and I feel like I can show my abilities and my numbers and my play will speak for itself, and guys will be able to see that I am a guy who is a top-five running back in this league, which I believe once I get out there and get to show that on a consistent basis.
|Footballguys view: Tate is arguably the hottest running back on the open market this offseason. He's looking to break out of the shadow of Arian Foster, and Tate wants to prove that he can be a quality starter. The frontrunner for his services might be the Cleveland Browns. Fantasy owners will need to follow wherever he goes, as Tate could perform like a RB2 with RB1 upside in 2014.|
Ben Tate player page
NFL | Jimmie Ward to participate in Pro Day Thu Mar 6, 11:49 PM
Northern Illinois SS Jimmie Ward (foot) will participate in his Pro Day Friday, March 7, then will undergo surgery to repair a small fracture in his foot. He is expected to be fully cleared by late spring. Ward was not allowed to participate during the NFL Scouting Combine because of the injury, even though he did not have any pain.
|Footballguys view: Ward is seen as the best strong safety in this class by some in the scouting community. He's currently graded as a second-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He can scrape-and-flow to get to the ball-carrier, while avoiding blockers at the second level. Ward is known as a big-hitter, but he does whiff on a few tackles because he'll drop his head and leave his feet before impact. He also has trouble in coverage on deep routes.|
NFL | Derek Carr, David Carr on same team? Thu Mar 6, 09:07 PM
Fresno State QB Derek Carr said some teams have talked with him about the possibility of drafting him and signing his brother, free-agent QB David Carr (Giants), as a mentor.
|Footballguys view: A two-Carr garage if you will. Derek is his own man, even though his game is somewhat similar to David's. We'll see if Carr can be a first-round pick like his older brother.|
David Carr player page
NFL | James Andrews says no issues with Cyrus Kouandjio's knee Thu Mar 6, 08:36 PM
Dr. James Andrews is sending a medical update to every NFL team that states Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio (knee) never had a failed surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament during college. Andrews said Kouandjio's performance at the NFL Scouting Combine had nothing to do with his knee. An earlier report stated Kouandjio failed several physicals at the combine.Link to story
NFL | Aaron Hernandez to be charged for fight Thu Mar 6, 08:17 PM
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said his office has filed a complaint to charge free-agent TE Aaron Hernandez (Patriots) with assault and battery for his involvement in a jail altercation in February. Hodgson said the other inmate involved in the altercation will not be charged with a crime.Link to story
Aaron Hernandez player page
NFL | Darren Sharper opens up about sex scandal Thu Mar 6, 07:59 PM
Former NFL S Darren Sharper told witnesses that he and another man had sex with two women without their permission in New Orleans last September, according to a report by a New Orleans police detective. The report says the two women were under the influence of an unknown substance. Sharper has been in a Los Angeles jail since last week after turning himself in because of an arrest warrant that was issued in Louisiana.Link to story
Darren Sharper player page
NFL | Tajh Boyd shines at pro day Thu Mar 6, 02:43 PM
Clemson QB Tajh Boyd looked great during his school's pro day Thursday, March 6, while throwing to Clemson WRs Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant. However, neither Boyd nor Watkins ran or worked out.
|Footballguys view: It'd be more of a surprise if he bombed at Pro Day. This is why teams want quarterbacks to throw at the Combine in unfamiliar situations rather than comfortable ones.|
NFL | Ray Agnew participates in pro day Thu Mar 6, 11:52 AM
Southern Illinois FB Ray Agnew III measured 5-foot-9, 247 pounds at his pro day and ran a 4.71-second 40-yard dash. He also had a 9-foot, 10-inch broad jump, a 4.24-second short shuttle, a 7.13-second cone drill and a 30-inch vertical.
|Footballguys view: Fullbacks aren't exactly hot items in the draft and Agnew isn't one of the top guys in the class. Still it only takes one and his ability to block and overall strength matter a lot more than his speed.|
NFL | Javontee Herndon participates in pro day Thu Mar 6, 11:49 AM
Arkansas WR Javontee Herndon measured 6-foot-4, 207 pounds at his pro day and ran a 4.40-second 40-yard dash. He also posted 23 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press, had a 9-foot, 10-inch broad jump and a 34-inch vertical jump.
|Footballguys view: Tall and fast, Herndon is trying to make some noise to catch on as a very late round pick or an undrafted free agent. He had minimal production this past season so it's an uphill battle.|
NFL | Champ Bailey could change positions Wed Mar 5, 11:11 PM
Free-agent CB Champ Bailey (Broncos) might consider a switch to safety if he opts to continue his career elsewhere after being released by the Denver Broncos. 'I'm a corner at heart. If a situation made sense to play safety, then I would consider it,' Bailey said Wednesday, March 5.
|Footballguys view: Bailey is not the same player he used to be. However, he spent most of the 2013 season dealing with a Lisfranc injury. He's better than what he showed on the field this season. Moving him to safety makes a lot of sense.|
Champ Bailey player page
NFL | Jason Verrett to have surgery Wed Mar 5, 10:35 PM
Texas Christian CB Jason Verrett (shoulder) will undergo surgery to repair his injured labrum. The date of the procedure is not yet known.Link to story
NFL | Lawrence Tynes determination coming soon Wed Mar 5, 04:19 PM
The NFL is expected to decide as soon as Monday, March 10, on the status of Tampa Bay Buccaneers PK Lawrence Tynes (toe). It is expected that Tynes will either be classified as a free agent or that the Buccaneers still hold his rights for a year.Link to story
Lawrence Tynes player page
NFL | Jason Avant wants to continue playing Wed Mar 5, 03:03 PM
Free-agent WR Jason Avant (Eagles) said he believes he could still play in the NFL and hopes to sign with a team before the start of free agency.
|Footballguys view: We can't imagine the market will be white hot for his services. There may be some team willing to give Avant a spot as veteran depth.|
Jason Avant player page
NFL | Doctor says Cyrus Kouandjio should be fine in short-term Wed Mar 5, 02:32 PM
Dr. Lyle Cain, team doctor for the University of Alabama, said Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio (knee) should be able to play without any problem in the short-term, even though some teams failed Kouandjio during his physical because of an arthritic knee. Kouandjio suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament during his freshman year. He also had some minor articular cartilage wear in the knee.Link to story
NFL | Isaiah Crowell has talked with several teams Wed Mar 5, 01:00 PM
Alabama State RB Isaiah Crowell said he has talked with the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders this offseason.
|Footballguys view: Crowell is arguably the most naturally talented runner in this draft class. He began his college career at Georgia and was a standout player as a freshman. Weapons charges (later dropped) caused him to get bounced from the program. He transferred to Alabama State and has stayed out of trouble for two years. Crowell represents a great value pick on (likely) the third day of the draft.|
NFL | Khalil Mack runs the 40 Tue Mar 4, 10:40 AM
Buffalo University LB Khalil Mack ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds at his Pro Day Tuesday, March 4.
|Footballguys view: Mack is looking like a near lock to go top 10, with the Jags, Raiders, and Falcons all represented at his pro day today.|
NFL | Blake Bortles compared to Andrew Luck Mon Mar 3, 12:59 PM
Central Florida QB Blake Bortles is often being compared to Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck by NFL personnel people as the NFL Draft approaches. Bortles measured 6-foot-5 1/2, 232 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine, and Luck measured 6-foot-4, 234 pounds.
|Footballguys view: We're not down with this comparison. Luck was a once-in-a-generation prospect like John Elway (1983) or Peyton Manning (1998). Bortles is closer to a rough version of Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers).|
NFL | Austin Seferian-Jenkins undergoes surgery Fri Feb 28, 07:29 PM
Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (foot) underwent surgery Friday, Feb. 28, to stabilize the stress fracture in his left foot and is expected to be sidelined for around eight weeks.
|Footballguys view: We'll see how much this negatively impacts his draft stock. He likely will not be able to participate in the school's Pro Day, but there is a chance he could have a workout before the draft if he heals quicker than expected.|
NFL | Erin Henderson to make first court appearance Fri Feb 28, 04:33 PM
Free-agent LB Erin Henderson (Vikings) is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday, March 1, to face five charges stemming from his arrest earlier this year.Link to story
Erin Henderson player page
NFL | Adam Muema heading home Fri Feb 28, 02:31 PM
San Diego State RB Adam Muema, who left the NFL Scouting Combine due to religious reasons, is heading back home Friday, Feb. 28, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. He will have a chance to work out in front of teams at his pro day next month. Muema is ranked as ESPN's Scouts Inc. as the 24th-best running back in the draft.Link to story
NFL | Darren Sharper surrenders Fri Feb 28, 11:49 AM
Former NFL FS Darren Sharper surrendered himself to police Friday, Feb. 28, in connection with the alleged rapes of two women in New Orleans last year. Erik Nunez, an acquaintance of Sharper, is also facing two charges of aggravated rape in the incident. If convicted, he could face more than 30 years in state prison in California. If convicted of aggravated rape in Louisiana, Sharper and Nunez would face life imprisonment.Link to story
Darren Sharper player page
NFL | David Carr to attempt comeback Fri Feb 28, 09:25 AM
Free-agent QB David Carr (Giants) will work with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan in an attempt to return to the NFL.Link to story
David Carr player page
NFL | Derek Carr to work with former OC Fri Feb 28, 09:24 AM
Fresno State QB Derek Carr will work with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan in advance of his pro day. He has also worked with Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford.
|Footballguys view: Carr is a possibility as high as the Bucs' natural 7th pick, but if they like him, they should trade down in the first, a la Buffalo's bid for EJ Manuel last year.|
NFL | D'Qwell Jackson to meet with three other teams Thu Feb 27, 11:43 PM
Free-agent LB D'Qwell Jackson (Browns) is scheduled to meet with three other teams in addition to his meetings with the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos.
|Footballguys view: Jackson won't stay on the market for long. The Browns decision to cut him was a bit puzzling because they have a lot of cap room.|
DQwell Jackson player page
NFL | Three QBs invited to draft Thu Feb 27, 07:34 PM
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, Central Florida QB Blake Bortles and Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel have been invited to attend the 2014 NFL Draft.
|Footballguys view: All three should be off the board in the first five picks. At this point, it's anyone's guess as to who the top quarterback will be.|
NFL | Several teams interested in D'Qwell Jackson Thu Feb 27, 04:51 PM
Free-agent LB D'Qwell Jackson (Browns) already has visits scheduled with the Tennessee Titans and Denver Broncos, and several other teams are also interested.
|Footballguys view: There will be a solid amount of interest for Jackson who is coming off a so-so season but still has plenty left in the tank.|
DQwell Jackson player page
NFL | Michael Sam could go undrafted Thu Feb 27, 02:59 PM
NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah thinks Missouri DE Michael Sam could go undrafted this year after underwhelming at the NFL Scouting Combine. 'The number everybody keeps talking about is the 25 1/2-inch vertical. That is way down there. That is not good for an offensive lineman. That shows you a lack of explosiveness, which is going to scare a lot of people off,' Jeremiah said. Sam lacks the size to be an every-down defensive end in any scheme, and he likely figures to be a third-down specialist in passing situations.
|Footballguys view: We can only assume Jeremiah meant "defensive lineman" but either way, the lack of explosion was a concern already. Sam faces some question on the field, including "where do we fit him?" since he lacks the size for a defensive end in most schemes an lacks the explosion for an outside linebacker. As Jeremiah says in the piece, he has a Pro Day coming up, so he can improve on his vertical then.|
NFL | Richie Incognito vandalizes own car Thu Feb 27, 01:29 PM
Free-agent OL Richie Incognito (Dolphins) smashed his own car in a fit of rage Wednesday, Feb. 26.
|Footballguys view: There's really not much to say here. This story pretty much speaks for itself.|