Fantasy Football News & Views
NFL | Eight players clear waivers Wed Jul 30, 02:03 AM
LB Darrin Kitchens (Bills), OT Chris Faulk (Browns), PK Jake Rogers (Browns), OT Aslam Sterling (Broncos), RB Chris Rainey (Colts), WR Gerald Ford (Dolphins), OT DeMarcus Love (Giants) and RB Brendan Bigelow (Buccaneers) all cleared waivers Tuesday, July 29. Each player is free to sign with any team.Chris Rainey player page
NFL | Four clear waivers Tue Jul 29, 02:08 AM
OG James Dunbar (Bears), OT Anthony Dima (Texans), OT Jack Breckner (Colts) and LB Brandon Jenkins (Redskins) all cleared waivers Monday, July 28, and are free to sign with any team.
NFL | Several clear waivers Mon Jul 28, 06:17 PM
DE Jamil Merrell (Bears), OT Curtis Feigt (Bengals) and DeWayne Cherrington (Seahawks) all cleared waivers Monday, July 28, and are free to sign with any team. DB De'Quan Menzie (Panthers) also cleared waivers but has opted to retire from the NFL.
NFL | De'Quan Menzie retires Sun Jul 27, 06:26 PM
Free-agent CB De'Quan Menzie (Panthers) has retired.Link to story
NFL | Travelle Wharton to retire Sun Jul 27, 03:49 PM
Free-agent OL Travelle Wharton (Panthers) will officially announce his retirement from the NFL Tuesday, July 29.Link to story
NFL | Darius Johnson arrested in May Sun Jul 27, 12:56 AM
Free-agent WR Darius Johnson (Falcons) was arrested in May by the Atlanta Police Department for driving under the influence, expired or no driver's license on person, failure to have license on person and failure to obey signs or control devices.Link to story
Darius Johnson player page
NFL | Eric Winston waiting for right opportunity Fri Jul 25, 11:20 PM
Free-agent OT Eric Winston (Cardinals) said he has been contacted by several teams this offseason but is waiting for the right situation to come up. He said he does not need to be guaranteed a starting job but wants to compete for a starting job.Link to story
NFL | Six players clear waivers Fri Jul 25, 05:09 PM
P T.J. Conley (Bengals), RB Jourdan Brooks (Browns), WR Kenny Shaw (Browns), LB DeRon Furr (Chiefs), LB Kion Wilson (Steelers) and TE Chase Dixon (Seahawks) all cleared waivers Friday, July 25, and are free to sign with any team.Kion Wilson player page
NFL | Kevin Burnett update Fri Jul 25, 05:06 PM
Updating a previous report, the Oakland Raiders released LB Kevin Burnett (ankle) with a failed physical designation Friday, July 25.
|Footballguys view: Burnett missed a lot of the offseason and underwhelmed last season after signing a big contract. When he gets healthy, we expect him to catch on somewhere as a run-stopper.|
NFL | Will Hill loses appeal Fri Jul 25, 10:26 AM
Free-agent FS Will Hill (Giants) lost his appeal for his six-game suspension for violating the substance-abuse policy. Hill signed with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League in the offseason.
|Footballguys view: Hill had a great season but the suspension is his third since he was drafted. He needs to get his head on straight if he is going to reach his potential.|
NFL | Mike Shanahan interested in coaching again Fri Jul 25, 10:07 AM
Former head coach Mike Shanahan is interested in coaching again for a contending team with the right ownership.Link to story
NFL | More on Titus Young's legal woes Fri Jul 25, 01:31 AM
Updating an ongoing story, former NFL WR Titus Young (Lions) was in a Compton, Calif. courtroom Wednesday, July 23, for a preliminary hearing on five counts of battery, including one felony charge. He is due to return to court Aug. 22 and will remain in Los Angeles County police custody on a $105,000 bail.Link to story
Titus Young player page
NFL | Nine players go unclaimed Thu Jul 24, 06:20 PM
WR Kelsey Pope (Cardinals), CB Royce Adams (Browns), OG Jarrod Pughsley (Cowboys), LB Shaun Lewis (Packers), RB Beau Blankenship (Jaguars), DE Spencer Nealy (Vikings), WR Tyler McDonald (Patriots), DB Lowell Rose (Jets) and LB Jonas Mouton (Chargers) all cleared waivers Thursday, July 24, and are free to sign with any team.Jonas Mouton player page
Royce Adams player page
NFL | Kyle Orton wants to play in 2014 Wed Jul 23, 06:31 PM
Free-agent QB Kyle Orton (Cowboys) does not want to retire and wants to play in 2014, according to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
|Footballguys view: Um, okay. We thought the whole reason why the team released him earlier this year was because he wasn't showing up in the offseason and wanted to quit football. Orton should be able to find a job as a clipboard holder somewhere.|
Kyle Orton player page
NFL | Running backs compensation note Wed Jul 23, 05:26 PM
Only Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will make more money than Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles, among their positional peers, following Charles' two-year extension.Link to story
Adrian Peterson player page
Jamaal Charles player page
NFL | Police and courts: Titus Young legal update Tue Jul 22, 09:47 PM
Updating a previous story, free-agent WR Titus Young (Lions) was charged with felony battery with serious bodily injury from an alleged July 8 incident inside a Los Angeles-area hospital. The charges stemmed from Young reportedly punching his then-attorney Brian Hurwitz, 34, several times in the face, rendering him unconscious. The police report obtained by the Free Press stated Hurwitz complained of jaw and forehead pain, as well as suffering what he believed to have been a broken nose. According to the report, Young reacted to Hurwitz informing him that he wouldn't be released from the medical facility. The former NFL wide receiver had to be subdued with tranquilizers administered by hospital employees. In total, Young now faces 16 criminal charges in two Southern California counties.Link to story
Titus Young player page
NFL | Tim Tebow still working out Tue Jul 22, 12:39 PM
Free-agent QB Tim Tebow (Patriots) is still working out, hoping for another shot at signing with an NFL team. 'I feel great,' Tebow said. 'I feel the strongest, healthiest, throwing the best I ever have. I'm just really excited about the improvement.'
|Footballguys view: Oh Timmy. We would be shocked if a team took a chance on Tebow--even as a camp arm. Adding him would be a distraction that most teams don't want. He's a fine runner, but his struggles with accuracy are unlikely to be fixed. Tebow's a great guy, but his playing days in the NFL are likely over.|
Tim Tebow player page
NFL | Darius Lipford draws interest Mon Jul 21, 03:27 PM
Undrafted free-agent LB Darius Lipford (North Carolina) has three other potential suitors who are interested in working out the linebacker. The San Francisco 49ers worked out Lipford last week.Link to story
NFL | Phillip Hunt to work out soon Mon Jul 21, 03:05 PM
Former Philadelphia Eagles DE Phillip Hunt (knee) has recovered from anterior cruciate ligament surgery and should begin workouts with teams in the near future.
|Footballguys view: Teams will want to see if Hunt is healthy before signing him. If healthy, Hunt could work as a part-time pass-rusher. He might have to wait until after Week 1 to find a new team. After Week 1, veterans salaries are not guaranteed for the rest of the year.|
Phillip Hunt player page
NFL | Adam Carriker cleared Fri Jul 18, 08:03 PM
Free-agent DT Adam Carriker (quadriceps) has recovered from his quadriceps injury and has been cleared to practice.
|Footballguys view: It's been a long time since Carriker has played in the NFL. He's missed 30 consecutive games, but could find some team interested in a veteran pass-rusher for the right price. Carriker might have to wait until after Week 1 of the regular season. At that point, veteran salaries are not guaranteed for the year.|
Adam Carriker player page
NFL | Jermichael Finley to meet with doctor Thu Jul 17, 02:07 PM
Free-agent TE Jermichael Finley (neck) is scheduled to meet with doctors Thursday, July 17, to review MRI's and discuss the next step in the process. There is nothing imminent between Finley and the Green Bay Packers.
|Footballguys view: Finley is trying to prove that he's healthy after a serious neck injury that cut his 2013 season short. If doctors give him the "thumbs up" we should at least a small handful of teams interested in the veteran tight end.|
Jermichael Finley player page
NFL | Mike Holmgren not ruling out return Thu Jul 17, 01:24 PM
Retired head coach Mike Holmgren is not ruling out a return to coaching, depending on the situation. He said he would have to talk to his wife if a team had interest in him.
|Footballguys view: Guys like Holmgren and Mike Shanahan never get coaching out of their blood. We could certainly see one or both back in the NFL in the near future.|
NFL | Cedric Ogbuehi given incentive to return to college Thu Jul 17, 10:18 AM
Texas A&M OT Cedric Ogbuehi could have been a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but the school paid for an insurance policy for him if he were to suffer a career-ending injury. This is legal under NCAA rules.Link to story
NFL | Titus Young pleads not guilty Tue Jul 15, 05:42 PM
Free-agent WR Titus Young (Lions) pleaded not guilty to one felony count and four misdemeanor counts in court Monday, July 14. His next court appearance will take place Thursday, July 24 as a preliminary hearing. Young was arrested Wednesday, July 9 and charged with one count of battery with serious bodily injury, one felony count and four counts of battery on school, park or hospital property.Link to story
Titus Young player page
NFL | Titus Young arrested on felony charge Mon Jul 14, 08:56 PM
Free-agent WR Titus Young (Lions) was arrested Wednesday, July 9, on the felony charge of battery with serious bodily injury and is in custody in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, according to an L.A. district attorney's office spokesperson and the L.A. sheriff's department's website.
|Footballguys view: His life has been out of control ever since he came out of Boise State. Young's NFL career is most certainly over, but we're hoping he can get his priorities straightened out before things get worse.|
Titus Young player page
NFL | Aaron Hernandez case update Mon Jul 14, 05:50 PM
Free-agent TE Aaron Hernandez's (Patriots) lawyers' request to suppress surveillance taken from the former player's home in Massachusetts has been denied. The judge hearing the case, E. Susan Garsh, said there was no doubt the surveillance video was related to the criminal activity under investigation.Link to story
Aaron Hernandez player page
NFL | Jameis Winston sets lofty goal Mon Jul 14, 05:25 PM
Florida State QB Jameis Winston wants to be viewed as another Peyton Manning in 10 to 15 years. Winston said he wants to emulate how Manning carries himself and how detail-oriented he is. The NFL prospect was a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy over the weekend.
|Footballguys view: It's a good goal to set for Winston. He's more athletic than Manning, but Winston has work to do as a passer. He says that he wants to graduate college before turning pro, but we believe Winston will declare for the 2015 NFL draft when he's eligible to do so.|
NFL | LaVon Brazill unclaimed Mon Jul 14, 05:08 PM
Free-agent WR LaVon Brazill (Colts) was unclaimed off waivers Monday, July 14. Brazill was released by the Indianapolis Colts after being suspended at least one year for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
|Footballguys view: Zero surprise here. Brazill is facing a year-long suspension at least. We hope he can get his life back on track. When/if he's reinstated by the league we can't imagine teams falling all over themselves to sign him.|
LaVon Brazill player page
NFL | Jim Leonhard expects to sign during preseason Mon Jul 14, 02:34 PM
Free-agent SS Jim Leonhard (Bills) said he expects to sign with a team at some point during the preseason.Link to story
Jim Leonhard player page
NFL | Darius Lipford to meet with teams Mon Jul 14, 02:26 PM
Undrafted free-agent LB Darius Lipford (North Carolina) is scheduled to meet with some teams this week.Link to story
NFL | Jim Leonhard has talked with teams Sat Jul 12, 10:28 AM
Free-agent SS Jim Leonhard (Bills) has talked with team's, including the Green Bay Packers. 'It would mean a lot, but we've had a lot of conversations with teams, Green Bay being one of them,' said Leonhard. 'They're a great organization, I'd love to play for them but it hasn't worked out up to now. You never know what can happen in the future, but we'll see. They're a great organization and it's always fun to see the fans and have a lot of family that follows them closely.'Link to story
Jim Leonhard player page
NFL | Marcus Mariota still unsure if he'll declare next year Fri Jul 11, 04:56 PM
Oregon Ducks QB Marcus Mariota is still undecided on if he'll leave college for the NFL following next season. 'The opportunity to leave is there, but at the same time, college is fun and I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet.'
|Footballguys view: Mariota will be among the top quarterbacks--if not the top passer--in 2015. We like the way he uses his athleticism to offset defenses. Once concerned with his scrambling ability, Mariota has the capability of going through progressions and making stick throws down the field. He'll be a top prospect along with Brett Hundley (UCLA) and Jameis Winston (Florida State) if they declare.|
NFL | Jameis Winston committed to earning degree Fri Jul 11, 02:28 PM
Florida State University QB Jameis Winston feels strongly about completing his education, which would likely require another two years in school. 'It's very important to me. I was always raised as a student first and an athlete second,' Winston said. 'I think that's the main purpose in college. Some athletes lose that perspective. It's about being a student-athlete, and not just getting that easy money and going to the league. Even if kids leave early, I would want them to come back and get that degree.'
|Footballguys view: Winston will be eligible to declare for the NFL draft in 2015. It's great to get your college degree, but the risk of injury is too high for a player that would likely be the first pick overall. Winston could always go back and get his degree when his playing days in the NFL are done. We think he declares after the season is over for FSU.|
NFL | Matt Birk earns new position Fri Jul 11, 02:21 AM
The NFL will name former Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens C Matt Birk as its director of football development. Birk will work with players, coaches, and front office execs.
|Footballguys view: Birk was a graduate of Harvard University with a degree in economics, so having him work in the league's front office is nothing but a great idea. He spent the 2013 season working as an NFL-NFLPA appeals officer. His experience will help both current players and college hopefuls.|
NFL | Four draft picks still unsigned Thu Jul 10, 04:15 PM
Cleveland Browns first-round draft choice CB Justin Gilbert, Tennessee Titans first-round draft choice OT Taylor Lewan, Jacksonville Jaguars second-round draft choice WR Marqise Lee and Miami Dolphins third-round draft choice OT Billy Turner are the only draft picks unsigned at this point.
|Footballguys view: It's getting a little late but it happens every year--even with the slotted deals for rookies we have now. We expect to see these deals get done early in camp if not before. Gilbert and Lee are the fantasy players to watch and the longer they are out, the less they are likely to contribute early in the season. As it stands, Lee is no more than a WR6 and Gilbert is a deep bench stash in redraft, though a great bet in long-term dynasty leagues as he will see a lot of targets with Joe Haden across from him.|
Marqise Lee player page
NFL | Darius Lipford works out for teams Wed Jul 9, 12:33 PM
North Carolina LB Darius Lipford held a workout in front of representatives from 12 teams Monday, July 7. He measured 6-foot-2, 256 pounds at the workout.Link to story
NFL | Four players available in supplemental draft Wed Jul 9, 12:08 PM
New Mexico WR Chase Clayton, North Carolina LB Darius Lipford, Virginia-Lynchburg DT Lakendrick Ross and Southern Methodist RB Traylon Shead will be available in the NFL supplemental draft Thursday, July 9.
|Footballguys view: None of the players are projected to be drafted. Any of them would be lucky to make a team in September.|
NFL | Nine teams watched Traylon Shead workout Wed Jul 9, 02:43 AM
Southern Methodist RB Traylon Shead had nine teams watching his workout prior to the NFL supplemental draft. Representatives from the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears were in attendance.Link to story
NFL | Lakendrick Ross holds workout Tue Jul 8, 11:49 PM
Virginia-Lynchburg DT Lakendrick Ross held a workout for teams Monday, July 7, in anticipation of NFL Supplemental Draft. The Philadelphia Eagles, Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears all attended the workout, according to ProFootballTalk,com.Link to story
NFL | Aaron Hernandez update Mon Jul 7, 03:33 PM
Free-agent TE Aaron Hernandez (Patriots) will be able to transfer to a jail in a different county for easier access to his lawyers in Boston, as ruled by a judge.Link to story
Aaron Hernandez player page
NFL | Will Witherspoon has talked with two teams Fri Jul 4, 02:23 AM
Free-agent LB Will Witherspoon (Rams) has had contract discussions with both the St. Louis Rams and Atlanta Falcons in recent days, but it is not known where Witherspoon will end up or how long it will take him to decide.Link to story
Will Witherspoon player page
NFL | Jabari Greer not ready to return Thu Jul 3, 05:14 PM
Free-agent CB Jabari Greer (knee) is progressing really well, but does not expect to be able to work out of any teams in time for training camp. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament and total posterior lateral compartment during a game Sunday, November 17, last season. However, his medial collateral ligament and meniscus remained perfectly healthy. Greer is not actively pursuing any opportunities to return to the NFL right now, and he will not attempt a comeback until he is 100 percent healthy. Currently, he can do everything in his rehab, but not at full speed.Link to story
Jabari Greer player page
NFL | Lakendrick Ross to enter supplemental draft Thu Jul 3, 02:46 PM
Virginia-Lynchbrug DT Lakendrick Ross is planning to enter the NFL Supplemental Draft. Ross has fielded more than 20 calls from interested NFL teams.Link to story
NFL | Ryan Pickett expects to sign by training camp Thu Jul 3, 01:43 PM
Free-agent DE Ryan Pickett (Packers) said he expects to sign with a team by the start of training camp. Pickett would like to join a contender.
|Footballguys view: Pickett was pretty awful for the Packers last season so to paraphrase one Judge Smails, he may get nothing and like it. If he ends up anywhere we think he'll be back with his old team for a minimal deal.|
Ryan Pickett player page
NFL | Felix Jones expects to get chance to play Wed Jul 2, 10:46 PM
Free-agent RB Felix Jones (Steelers) said he believes he will receive the chance to play for some team this upcoming season. Jones has been working out this offseason in case he does get a call.Link to story
Felix Jones player page
NFL | Marcus Thompson not claimed Wed Jul 2, 04:56 PM
Former Miami Dolphins LB Marcus Thompson was not claimed on waivers and became a free agent Wednesday, July 2.Link to story
NFL | Vonta Leach hopes to latch on in camp Tue Jul 1, 10:10 AM
Free-agent FB Vonta Leach (Ravens) hopes to sign with a team during training camp.Link to story
Vonta Leach player page
NFL | Kevin Kolb arrested Mon Jun 30, 09:06 PM
Free-agent QB Kevin Kolb (Bills) was arrested Saturday, June 28, for boating while intoxicated in Texas, according to a report by 956sports.com.
|Footballguys view: First, we're glad nobody was hurt. Second, we wonder if Cedric Benson was along for the ride with him. This arrest won't help the chances of Kolb latching on with a new team in training camp. After recurring concussion issues, Kolb's playing days may be done.|
Kevin Kolb player page
NFL | Traylon Shead expected to enter supplemental draft Mon Jun 30, 03:18 PM
It appears Southern Methodist RB Traylon Shead will enter the 2014 NFL supplemental draft.
|Footballguys view: We can't imagine NFL teams falling all over themselves for a running back with injury concerns. Originally a Texas recruit, Shead rushed for 197 yards and three touchdowns (in four games) for SMU in 2013. Those numbers aren't going to draw much attention. Shead is a big back, measuring in at 6'2" 225 pounds but he has a good initial burst. He can brush off smaller defenders and has a little bit of wiggle in the box. However, Shead is not a burner and lacks creativity as a runner in the open field. He may not get picked in the Supplemental Draft, but perhaps some team would take a chance on him as a tryout player in training camp.|
NFL | Steve Gregory waiting for call Sun Jun 29, 08:07 PM
Free-agent SS Steve Gregory (Patriots) has been training this offseason while he waits to sign with a team. Gregory may need to wait for an injury to occur during training camp before he signs with a team.Link to story
Steve Gregory player page