|Bears, Dolphins discussing Howard, Landry swap?|
Teams would swap first-round picks
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 3 2018, 3:30 pm
|Whispers are that the Bears and Miami Dolphins have had conversations about the Dolphins sending wide receiver Jarvis Landry and a third-round pick to the Bears in exchange for Jordan Howard and a swap of the Dolphins pick at No. 11 overall for the Bears’ at No. 8. (NBC Chicago)|
FFToday's Take: New head coach of the Bears, Matt Nagy may prefer a better pass-receiving lead-back than Howard who's averaged 26 receptions the last two seasons and has been plagued by drops. Also, it's no secret the Dolphins are allowing Landry to pursue trade options so the deal isn't out of the realm of possibility. No league deals can be official until the league year kicks off on March 14th.
|Aaron Jones pleads no contest to marijuana charge|
Could face discipline from league
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 1 2018, 12:10 pm
|Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones on Wednesday pleaded no contest to one of three charges filed against him after he was pulled over for speeding and admitted to having smoked marijuana. Brown County Judge Marc Hammer accepted Jones' plea to a traffic citation for driving with a controlled substance in his system and found him guilty. Under a plea agreement, Hammer dismissed tickets for speeding and operating without a license. (Packersnews.com)|
FFToday's Take: The traffic incident occurred October 1st, 2017 and while two of the charges were dropped, Jones could still face discipline from the league. Jones did the majority of his fantasy work last season from Weeks 4-7 before injuring his MCL on November 12th. Jones, Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery are all in the mix for running back opportunities in 2018.
|Matt Forte calls it a career|
Bears/Jets RB calls it quits after 10 years
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2018, 2:00 pm
|For the past 10 years, I’ve been blessed to play professionally a game that I’ve loved since I was 6 years old. But, after much prayer and reflection, I’ve decided to retire from the NFL. (Matt Forte on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Matt Forte struggled on the field and with injury the last couple seasons but did score 8 touchdowns in 2016 allowing him to finish as a low-end fantasy RB2. The Jets will move forward with Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire at running back for the time being although adding someone to the mix in free agency or the draft isn't out of the question.
|Panthers release RB Jonathan Stewart|
Spent 10 seasons with Carolina
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2018, 11:13 am
|Source: Running back Jonathan Stewart has been cut by the Carolina Panthers. (Jourdan Rodrigue)|
FFToday's Take: Stewart has played his entire career up to now with Carolina, joining the team in 2008. He's averaged less than 4 yards per carry the last two seasons and will turn 31 in March. Carolina will certainly look for a complementary piece to pair with Christian McCaffrey who split the workload with Stewart last season.
|Bears expected to release QB Mike Glennon|
Started 4 games in 2017
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2018, 10:00 am
|In the least surprising news of the Bears’ offseason, general manager Ryan Pace revealed Wednesday morning that the team will be releasing quarterback Mike Glennon on the first day of the NFL’s new league year in March. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Glennon signed a 3-year deal ($18.5 million guaranteed) last season but was quickly replaced by rookie Mitchell Trubisky after four games. He'll likely resurface as a backup during free agency which kicks off on March 14th.
|Bridgewater expected to be free agent|
Vikings not expected to franchise Bridgewater or Keenum
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 27 2018, 9:00 am
|With the March looming and some murkiness around #Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater’s contract, he is expected to be a free agent, sources say. Minnesota is not planning to assert that his contract tolls and Bridgewater is proceeding as if he’s a free agent. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: While nothing is official it appears Bridgewater will be declared a UFA but as it sounds like the team is not going to contest the designation. The Vikings are not expected to put the franchise tag on Bridgewater or Case Keenum, making their pursuit of Kirk Cousins a top priority.
|Chris Ivory visited Bills on Monday|
RB released by Jacksonville
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 27 2018, 8:00 am
|Back in the AFC East? Free agent RB Chris Ivory spent all day yesterday visiting with the #Bills, source says. Released days ago by the #Jaguars, the former #Jets star has considerable interest and will take a few visits. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Sounds like the Ivory's agent is in the ear of Rapoport trying to pump up his client. The Bills need a running back to help LeSean McCoy so the interest by Buffalo seems reasonable. Ivory isn't likely to find a starting job in the league but could be a valuable part of a committee.
|Tyler Eifert cleared for OTAs|
Injury-prone TE looking for a team
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 26 2018, 9:00 am
|NFL teams have begun to be notified that Bengals’ free-agent-to-be TE Tyler Eifert, who underwent micro-disc surgery last season, was cleared last week by Dr. Robert Watkins to participate in OTAs this spring and play in 2018, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Eifert has played in only 10 games the last two seasons and missed most of 2017 with a back injury. He's been productive when on the field including a 13-TD effort in 2015 but his injury history will limit his fantasy appeal regardless of which team he ends up with. Possible landing spots include the Bengals, Falcons, Texans, Packers and Jaguars to name a few.
|Bortles signs contract extension with JAX|
$26.5 million guaranteed, $54 million over three years
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 24 2018, 9:00 pm
|The Jaguars answered their biggest off-season question Saturday night when they signed quarterback Blake Bortles to a contract extension through the 2020 season. Bortles was due a guaranteed $19 million this year had the Jaguars picked up his option by March 14. Per CBS Sports, Bortles’ deal includes $26.5 million guaranteed and worth $54 million over three years. (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: Bortles had an uneven 2017, starting the year off slow but did manage some solid performances from Week 13 on and was able to get his completion percentage to 60 percent for the first time in his career. He finished 13th in overall fantasy points among QBs but was more of mid-range QB2 in F/Pts per game. This moves takes Jacksonville out of the conversation for Kirk Cousins.
|Jaguars release RB Chris Ivory|
$3.6 million saved against the salary cap
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 23 2018, 11:50 am
|The Jaguars are done with Chris Ivory.
The team on Friday released the veteran running back after two up-and-down seasons in Jacksonville, saving the team $3.6 million in salary-cap room, per OverTheCap.com. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: While Ivory worked as the backup running back behind Leonard Fournette, he fell out of favor toward the end of last season as T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant became preferred options. Ivory saw 17 carries in Week 15 but registered just one carry the remaining of the regular season and through the playoffs. Ivory will turn 30 on March 22nd.
|Colts, Vinatieri agree on one-year deal|
23rd NFL season for veteran kicker
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 22 2018, 11:45 am
|The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to a one-year contract with kicker Adam Vinatieri, who is returning for his 23rd NFL season, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Vinatieri has been kicking for the Colts since 2006. At 45 years old, Vinatieri is 58 points behind Morten Anderson on the all-time scoring list. Vinatieri is off the fantasy radar until the Colts can rectify their offensive struggles and/or welcome the return of Andrew Luck.
|Alshon Jeffery has surgery on torn rotator cuff|
Played with injury during 2017 season
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 21 2018, 12:30 pm
|#Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery had successful surgery this morning on a torn rotator cuff, sources say. He suffered it in training camp and played through it, somehow, on the way to a Super Bowl. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jeffery reportedly suffered the injury during training camp last season and while he was limited in camp with a "shoulder" injury it wasn't thought to be as severe a torn rotator cuff. Jeffery re-signed with the Eagles this past December a deal that will keep him an Eagles through the 2021 season.
|Dolphins place franchise tag on Jarvis Landry|
Non-exclusive franchise tag
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 20 2018, 8:00 pm
|The Dolphins have placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on receiver Jarvis Landry, a move that would pay the receiver about $16 million next season if the sides do not agree on a long-term contract.
The Dolphins will continue to work with Landry on a multiyear deal but also have the right to rescind the tag if they choose.
FFToday's Take: The non-exclusive tag means Miami could get two first round picks if another team signs him to a long-term contract. The free agent WR market is very thin with Landry being one of the top options. Landry has averaged 105 per season over the last three years but working out of the slot, his yards per catch (10.4) is one of the lowest in the league.
|Buccaneers release Doug Martin|
Tampa save $6.75 million on salary cap
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 20 2018, 12:05 pm
|After six up and mostly down seasons, Doug Martin's run with the Bucs is over.
The two-time Pro Bowl running back was released by Tampa Bay Tuesday, a move that was expected after he failed to rush for less than 500 yards in four of the past five seasons.
The decision will save the Bucs $6.75 million that Martin was scheduled to earn in 2018. Because of the structure of his contract, the team will absorb no dead money on their salary cap. (Tampa Bay Times)|
FFToday's Take: The move was somewhat expected considering the savings and the zero dead money against the cap. Martin had a stellar 1402 rushing yards and 7 total touchdowns in 2015 but has only played in 19 games the last two seasons averaging 2.9 yards per carry. Peyton Barber is the leader in the clubhouse for the most work out of the backfield but don't be shocked if the Bucs address the running back position in the draft or free agency.
|Jets ready to make a play for Cousins|
New York reportedly $70 million under salary cap
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 19 2018, 11:00 am
|The game plan: It's simple: Get Kirk Cousins. The Jets want him badly, and sources say they're willing to pay whatever it takes -- unless the Washington Redskins decide to tag him for a third time (unlikely). Money aside, the Jets hope to convince him he'll have a chance to win in New York. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: With Josh McCown a free agent the Jets are in the market for a quarterback and are willing to make a run at Cousins. The Jets are reportedly $70 million under the cap giving them plenty of room to overpay for the Redskins QB. The Broncos and Vikings are also potential suitors giving Cousins significant leverage in negotiations.
|Browns to pursue Terrelle Pryor?|
Free agent wideout could return to Cleveland
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 18 2018, 7:00 am
|I do believe the Browns will pursue Terrelle Pryor, and I think he would want to come back to Cleveland. I don't think he ever he really wanted to leave in the first place. Pryor will be a free agent in March, and will be on the Browns' radar. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Browns beat reporter Mary Kay Kabot believes Cleveland will take a run at the free agent wideout who busted out with the Redskins last season. Pryor dealt with an ankle injury that eventually required surgery in November. He reportedly is open to coming back to Cleveland so a reunion is likely.
|AJ McCarron wins grievance, set be a free agent|
Arbitrator paves way for McCarron to be unrestricted free agent
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 15 2018, 5:00 pm
|An independent arbitrator ruled that the 27-year-old AJ McCarron won his grievance against the Bengals regarding their decision to place him on the non-football injury (NFI) list at the start of 2014.
He will now become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins at 4 p.m. ET on March 14. (Cincinnati Enquirer)|
FFToday's Take: The Benqals thought McCarron injured his shoulder outside of football and away from the team in 2014 and as a result did not accrue a season toward free agency. McCarron thought the NFI listing was bogus. The arbitrator's agreement and decision paves the way for McCarron to be an interesting acquisition for quarterback needy teams like Arizona, Cleveland, Minnesota, Denver and the New York Jets.
|Larry Fitzgerald will play in 2018|
Cardinals star WR will return for his 15th NFL season
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 15 2018, 9:30 am
|Receiver Larry Fitzgerald announced told Cardinals coach Steve Wilks that he will play in 2018, according to a team spokesman. Fitzgerald didn’t provide the rationale behind his thinking, but clearly he wasn’t scared off by the prospect of playing for a new head coach, Steve Wilks, in a different offense. (Arizona Republic)|
FFToday's Take: Fitzgerald will return for his 15th season despite losing quarterback Carson Palmer and head coach Bruce Arians from last year's team. He's posted 100 catches in each of the last three seasons finishing as a top ten wide receiver in PPR leagues. The Cardinals are currently searching for a quarterback.
|Will the Broncos move on from C.J. Anderson?|
Two years left on his contract, zero dead money cap hit
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 14 2018, 7:00 am
|The team also seems intent on getting Devontae Booker into the No. 1 role. Coach Vance Joseph, somewhat surprisingly to many with the team and in the league, fired assistant head coach/running backs coach Eric Studesville after the 5-11 finish, a move Anderson was particularly critical of on social media. Add it all up and Anderson appears to be headed elsewhere. If that's the case, the Dolphins will have interest given the Broncos matched Miami's deal two years ago to keep Anderson. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Jeff Legwold who covers the Broncos for ESPN is of the opinion that the Broncos may move on from Anderson and roll with Booker as their lead back. Booker averaged 3.8 yards per carry last season but only managed 79 rushing attempts behind C.J. Anderson (245). If the Broncos go young at the position, DeAngelo Henderson could see an increased workload in 2018.
|Colts to hire Frank Reich as head coach|
Eagles OC headed to Indianapolis
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 11 2018, 3:00 pm
|Frank Reich will be the Colts’ new coach. Five-year deal with the team has been agreed to and about to be finalized, source says. @espn reported earlier he was the fave. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Colts were left at the alter by Patriots' OC Josh McDaniels and had to re-open their coaching search. Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier and New Orleans Saints assistant head coach/tight ends coach Dan Campbell were also interviewed for the vacancy.
|49ers, Garoppolo agree on blockbuster deal|
Five-year deal, guarantee unknown
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 8 2018, 1:30 pm
|The 49ers and QB Jimmy Garoppolo have agreed to a five-year, $137.5 million contract, source says. The biggest deal in NFL history on a average-per-year basis. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: We're still waiting for the contract details and the guaranteed money but it sounds like Garoppolo will be the highest paid NFL player on a per year basis. It will be quite a chunk of change for player with so little starting experience. He started five games with San Francisco last year, completing 67 percent of his passes, averaging 308.4 yards and 1.2 touchdowns.
|McDaniels bails on Colts, returns to Pats as OC|
Colts back to square one in coaching search
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 6 2018, 8:00 pm
|"After agreeing to contract terms to become the Indianapolis Colts' new head coach, New England Patriots assistant coach Josh McDaniels this evening informed us that he would not be joining our team," the team said in a statement. "Although we are surprised and disappointed, we will resume our head-coaching search immediately and find the right fit to lead our team and organization on and off the field." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Whoa. Reports suggest Patriots owner Robert Kraft sweetened the deal for McDaniels and ultimately convinced him stay on as the offensive coordinator. Speculation about Bill Belichick's future is running wild but it appears Belichick will continue serve as the Patriots HC for the near future. The Colts are now back to square one in their coaching search with most of the viable options already at a destination.
|Colts make it official, hire Josh McDaniels as HC|
Matt Eberflus expected serve as DC
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 6 2018, 11:00 am
|The Colts had to wait for more than five weeks, but they finally named New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as their new head coach -- landing the man they plan to pair with quarterback Andrew Luck for years to come. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Chuck Pagano was fired on New Year's Eve after six seasons as the Colts head coach. McDaniels brings five Super Bowl rings from New England and will poach Cowboys' Linebacker coach with Matt Eberflus, who is expected to serve as defensive coordinator. The Colts hired GM Chris Ballard just over a year ago.
|Deshaun Watson to participate in OTAs?|
Texans QB resumes running after torn ACL
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 5 2018, 2:00 pm
|In the latest batch of progress in his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson posted a video of himself running for the first time since injuring his knee.
Watson has said he's ahead of schedule in his recovery from an injury sustained in practice.
The Texans and Watson are hopeful that he will be able to participate in organized team activities on at least a limited basis. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Watson injured his knee roughly three months ago (November 2nd). We often hear a player is "ahead of schedule" in rehab but the biggest takeaway is there have been not setbacks to date. Given his monstrous output during Weeks 3 through 8 last season, Watson will come with a high ADP and likely be overvalued in redraft leagues.
|Lions make it official, announce Patricia as HC|
Patriots D-coordinator assumes head coaching duties in Detroit
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 5 2018, 1:00 pm
|For weeks, Matt Patricia had been expected to be named the head coach of the Detroit Lions once the New England Patriots' season ended. Now, after a 41-33 Patriots loss against Philadelphia in Super Bowl LII, it's happened.
The Lions officially announced Patricia as the 27th head coach in franchise history Monday, less than a day after he finished his final game as the Patriots' defensive coordinator. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Patricia has been the D-coordinator in New England since 2012 and his spent his entire coaching career with the Pats. Patricia also spent time on the offensive side of the ball, working as an offensive assistant and assistant offensive line coach. The Lions haven't won the NFC North since 1993.
|Ozzie Newsome to step down as GM next year|
Assistant GM Eric DeCosta will take over after 2018 season
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 2 2018, 1:00 pm
|Bisciotti said Newsome will step down as GM next year and DeCosta will take over. (Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ravens will go through some high-level restructuring after the 2018 season. According to owner Steve Bisciotti, Newsome will stay on staff as a consultant. DeCosta has been the assistant GM since 2012. The Ravens have missed the playoffs in four out of the last five years.
|Aaron Rodgers not worried about collarbone|
By: Doug Orth | Feb 1 2018, 7:25 pm
|Packers QB Aaron Rodgers on ESPN Radio's Golic & Wingo talking about his collarbone: "Everything's fine. I swung a golf club yesterday in Scottsdale." Rodgers played in the PGA Tour's Waste Management Pro-Am. (ESPN - Rob Demovsky)|
FFToday's Take: This hardly comes as a surprise since Rodgers was allowed to return to the field in Week 15 and did not suffer a setback - at least not one the team announced publicly - before being placed back on IR a couple of days later. It should be a non-issue for any owner hoping to draft the 34-year-old this spring or summer.
|Deshaun Watson expected to throw at OTAs|
Rehab from torn ACL reportedly going "very well"
By: Doug Orth | Feb 1 2018, 7:15 pm
|QB Deshaun Watson is expected to be on-field, going through 7-on-7 work during OTAs, I’m told. His ACL rehab is going very well. (NFL.com - Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: It appears owners won't have to worry about Watson being ready in time for training camp. While Houston has work to do on the offensive line in order to make sure it can protect last year's first-round pick, Watson looked every bit like a long-term fantasy QB1 before his injury once he adapted to the pro game. He seems like a lock to be one of the first five quarterbacks to be taken off the board in fantasy drafts this offseason.
|Gronkowski clears concussion protocol|
"Ready to roll"
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 1 2018, 4:00 pm
|New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been cleared from the concussion protocol, he confirmed on Thursday.
"I'm cleared, ready to roll," he said, adding that he has no limitations. "It feels good." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Now it's official. We've expected Gronk to be cleared at some point after suffering a concussion during the AFC Championship game a week and a half ago. He should be a key part of the Patriots gameplan in Super Bowl LII.
|Arizona expected to release Adrian Peterson|
Cardinals likely to save $2.5 million against the cap
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 31 2018, 2:00 pm
|After acquiring him from the New Orleans Saints in October, the Arizona Cardinals will be moving on from running back Adrian Peterson, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Mike Jurecki.
Peterson’s salary cap hit for the 2018 season would be $3.5 million, $2 million in base salary and the rest in the form of bonuses. (Arizona Sports)|
FFToday's Take: Peterson started out the 2017 season in New Orleans but was never a good fit for the Saints offense. After his trade the Cardinals, Peterson found his way on IR after a Week 12 neck injury. At 32 years old (33 in March) Peterson will likely have to accept being a part of a committee backfield in 2018.
|Alex Smith headed to Washington|
Redskins agree on 4-year extension with Smith
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 30 2018, 9:00 pm
|The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins, league sources confirmed to ESPN's Field Yates.
Smith and the Redskins reached an agreement on a four-year contract extension, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal cannot be completed until the new league year begins March 14. It is expected to be for a second-round pick and possibly more, according to a source. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Our first big transaction of the 2018 season has been leaked. The deal can't be made official until the league year begins on March 14th. The Redskins have been employing Kirk Cousins on the franchise tag the last two years. Smith had his best season as a pro last year, throwing for 4042 yards, 26 TDs and 5 INTs. Patrick Mahomes will take over the starting quarterback job in Kansas City.
|Darren Sproles likely to return in 2018|
Suffered torn ACL in Week 3
By: Doug Orth | Jan 29 2018, 11:55 pm
|RB Darren Sproles, on IR, tells me he’s leaning toward returning to play, rather than retire. Says he doesn’t want to go out with an injury. “I want to go out on my terms.” (NFL.com - Ian Rapoport)|
FFToday's Take: Sproles is an impending free agent, so there's no certainty he'll return to Philadelphia even if he does come back in 2018. Despite turning 35 this summer, Sproles should be able to find work as a change-of-pace/third-down option without much of a problem. The bigger question is whether or not will Sproles will regain his trademark explosiveness.
|Blake Bortles undergoes wrist surgery|
Dealt with injury since December of 2016
By: Doug Orth | Jan 29 2018, 11:50 pm
|Blake Bortles underwent right wrist surgery Friday for a condition that kept him on the injury report all season, sources told ESPN. Bortles dealt with the issue since December 2016. The Jaguars elected to avoid surgery last offseason, but knew it was needed now. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: As a first-round pick entering his fifth season, the surgery leaves Bortles in even more limbo, as his fifth-year club option is only guaranteed for injury. Bortles' place on the roster was already tenuous given the likelihood of quarterbacks such as Kirk Cousins and Alex Smith expected to be available at the start of the new league year. At the moment, it's looking like Bortles may not be on the Jacksonville roster when the middle of March rolls around.
|Allen Robinson hopes to be ready "relatively soon"|
Impending free agent wants to return to Jacksonville
By: Doug Orth | Jan 29 2018, 9:50 pm
|Allen Robinson’s rookie contract expires in March and he’s eagerly awaiting an offer from the Jaguars. He knows, however, that he has little leverage since he missed the 2017 season. He may get a one-year, prove-it offer or the team could offer him a two- or three-year contract.
“I don’t really know what is going to happen. I know there’s a lot of different scenarios. Right now, my main focus is ... for me to get back at 100 percent. That’s the main focus right now. Again, I know I’ll be back at 100 percent and relatively soon," Robinson said. (ESPN - Michael DiRocco)|
FFToday's Take: Robinson's negotiating power took a hit first when he was lost of on the third play of the season with a torn left ACL and again when the Jags proceeded to go 10-6 en route to an AFC South title. However, Jacksonville knows he is a difference-maker, so look for something to get done with Jacksonville. Assuming he is in good shape come training camp, owners should target him as a WR2 again in fantasy drafts.
|Colts to hire Josh McDaniels after Super Bowl|
Pats expected to lose DC Matt Patricia to Detroit
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 28 2018, 7:30 am
|After Friday’s meeting, the Colts intend to hire Patriots’ OC Josh McDaniels as their HC after Super Bowl LII, per sources.
Patriots expected to lose OC to Colts, DC Matt Patricia to Lions, while respected special teams coordinator Joe Judge on expiring contract. Changes. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This has been the prevailing thought for a couple weeks now and while nothing can be made official until after the Super Bowl, it's safe to assume the Colts have found their new head coach. The big story in Indianapolis is the health of Andrew Luck. His shoulder injury dates back to 2015 and he's yet to fully recover after surgery over a year ago. McDaniels and GM Chris Ballard have work to do.
|Rob Gronkowski returns to practice|
Expected to clear concussion protocol this week
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 27 2018, 3:00 pm
|Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is present at the start of practice today, as is DE Deatrich Wise Jr. (Mike Reiss on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gronk returned to practice on Saturday after sitting out earlier in the week. While he has to officially clear the concussion protocol, he is expected to do so in time to play in Super Bowl LII.
|Rams hoping to hold onto Sammy Watkins|
Rookie-year contract expiring
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 25 2018, 6:40 pm
|As for Sammy Watkins, the Rams were aware that his rookie contract was expiring at the end of the 2017 season. A franchise or transition tag to retain Watkins is an option if a long-term deal can’t be reached.
"We’ve chatted with his agent and told him we were coming back in early February and really discuss the intricacies of our plan," GM Les Snead said. "I know this - going from 32nd to first in offense Sammy was a big part of it down the stretch. A goal of ours is to keep that (wide receiver) group together because a lot of our weapons are 25 and under." (Sporting News - Alex Marvez)|
FFToday's Take: While Watkins was a bust in fantasy by all accounts after producing a 39-593-8 line in 2017, he became a bigger factor in the offense late in the season (four touchdowns over his last five games) and stayed healthy all season - he sat out as a precaution in Week 17 - for the first time since his rookie year in 2014. Although Robert Woods has seemingly taken over the lead role, Watkins could be poised to bounce back with a full offseason in LA. He has WR3 upside in 2018.
|Gronk expected to play in Super Bowl|
Remains in concussion protocol
By: Doug Orth | Jan 25 2018, 6:25 pm
|Patriots in great moods today in the locker room....overall feel is Rob Gronkowski (concussion) will be in the lineup for the Super Bowl. (ESPN - Dianna Russini)|
FFToday's Take: While it is impossible to say for certain whether or not Gronk will be ready in 1 1/2 weeks, most athletes without an extensive history of concussions can usually clear the league's protocol in around a week. For right now, the odds are very strong he will play and be a critical part of the game plan.
|Joe Philbin to return to Green Bay as OC|
Former Packers assistant rounds out new coaching staff
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 24 2018, 6:00 pm
|GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A familiar face on offense and a fresh voice on defense headline the changes to Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy's revamped staff in the wake of the team's first losing season since 2008.
Joe Philbin, a Packers assistant from 2003 until 2012, was hired Wednesday as offensive coordinator, a job he held for his final five seasons before being named the Miami Dolphins' head coach in January 2012.
FFToday's Take: It has been awhile since Green Bay had a losing season so it was not a huge surprise to see HC Mike McCarthy make some changes. The overhaul of the staff will lead to a new playbook under Philbin as the team tries to improve upon an offense that finished the 2017 regular season ranked 26th in total yards per game.
|Jay Ajayi practices fully Wednesday|
Eagles release initial injury report ahead of SB
By: Jake Gordon | Jan 24 2018, 5:40 pm
|The Philadelphia Eagles released an initial injury report as they started practice in preparation for Super Bowl. This injury repot as an estimation by the Eagles public relations staff. Full Participant in Practice: RB Jay Ajayi (ankle) - Ajayi is fine, just listed as a precaution.
FFToday's Take: It doesn't look like Jay Ajayi's ankle will be an issue after the Eagles running back took part in practice Wednesday. He had missed practice time last week prior to rumbling for 99 total yards in the Eagles' NFC Championship win last Sunday. Barring an unforeseen setback, Philadelphia will continue to employ an effective one-two punch on the ground consisting of Ajayi and LeGarette Blount.