|Broncos expected to sign Case Keenum|
Shorter term deal, reportedly $18-$20 million per year
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2018, 7:00 am
|The Broncos have gone in all-in on Case Keenum, who is expected to sign with the Broncos when free agency officially opens Wednesday afternoon. With the Broncos heavily evaluating Cousins and Teddy Bridgewater before deciding Keenum would be their pick. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Broncos along with the Vikings, Jets, Bills and Cardinals are a few of the QB needy teams, so this "signing" (which can't take place until Wednesday) removes one team from the Kirk Cousins pursuit. Keenum was solid on the field for the Vikings (3547-22-7) but was more of a mid-range QB2 for fantasy purposes. He'll move into a similar situation in Denver with two above average wideouts. The Broncos have the No.5 pick in the upcoming draft.
|Bucs and Brate agree on new 6-year deal|
$15 million in guarantees
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2018, 1:30 pm
|On Monday, Cameron Brate agreed to a 6-year, 40.8-million contract with $15-million in guarantees, thereby avoiding testing the market as a restricted free agent. (Tampa Bay Times)|
FFToday's Take: Brate has scored 14 TDs the last two seasons while missing only one game and finished as a low-end TE1 last season in PPR leagues. The Bucs have a dual threat at the tight position with O.J. Howard heading into his second season. As a result, Brate should come at a decent discount in the late rounds of fantasy drafts.
|Broncos will listen to offers for C.J. Anderson|
Not expected to release RB at this time
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2018, 11:41 am
|Broncos will listen to trade offers for RB C.J. Anderson but do not expect them to release him at this time. #9sports (Mike Klis on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There has been some speculation that the Broncos could release Anderson who posted his first 1000-yard season in 2017. That move would free up $4.5 million. The Broncos feel comfortable moving forward with Devontae Booker as a big part of their running back group and even though Anderson has had some fine moments, ultimately his value is easily replaceable in today's NFL.
|Dolphins to part ways with Ndamukong Suh|
Suh has a $26.1 million cap number for 2018
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2018, 10:30 am
|The Miami Dolphins are planning to release defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in a move that could be completed Monday, league sources told ESPN's Jeff Darlington. If Suh is designated as a post-June 1 cut, the team would save $17 million against the 2018 salary cap. Releasing Suh now would save the Dolphins just $3.9 million against the cap. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Suh had 15.5 sacks in three years for the Dolphins and at 31 years old, there's some question as to how effective he can be moving forward. However, he's still a dominant force and should have many suitors in free agency.
|Cardinals expected to release Adrian Peterson|
Could be brought back
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2018, 7:00 am
|Cardinals expected to release RB Adrian Peterson today, per source. Peterson has a $750,000 bonus due on the third day of league year, Friday, so Arizona saves money. But Peterson still could return to Arizona later, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Peterson is due a roster bonus on Friday so this is a cost-cutting move by the team. It's possible Peterson could be brought back as a backup to David Johnson as he's unlikely to find any kind of starting role in the league. Peterson will turn 33 years on March 21st.
|Browns trading 2 picks for Jarvis Landry|
John Dorsey wheeling and dealing
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2018, 5:45 pm
|The Cleveland Browns are trading two draft picks to the Miami Dolphins for wide receiver Jarvis Landry, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Browns are also working on a new contract for Landry, and a deal is expected to get done, according to a source. Exact terms of the draft picks the Browns will give up are not yet known, but a league source said one is in 2018 and one in 2019, and none are higher than the third round.
The trade can become official on Wednesday at 4 p.m. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Browns have a plethora of draft picks thanks to recently ousted front office personnel and new GM John Dorsey is in the mood to wheel and deal. The compensation is said to be a fourth-round pick in 2018 and a seventh-round pick in 2019. Landry will give the Browns as possession style receiver to go along with Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman. At best, this is a lateral move for Landry's fantasy value as the veteran receiver will be learning a new system and the Browns are likely to be breaking in a new quarterback.
|Browns give up 3rd round pick for Tyrod Taylor|
Send DeShone Kizer to Green Bay
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2018, 5:00 pm
|The Cleveland Browns found their young veteran quarterback Friday when they agreed to a trade with the Buffalo Bills for Tyrod Taylor, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Browns will give up a third-round pick for Taylor, No. 65 overall, according to the source. In another trade, the Browns sent quarterback DeShone Kizer to Green Bay for cornerback Damarious Randall, and the teams also will swap picks in the fourth and fifth rounds, a source told ESPN. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Browns are making significant moves to their offense, overhauling the QB position and acquiring WR Jarvis Landry from the Dolphins. It appears the Browns will kick off the 2018 season with Taylor at quarterback even if they select a QB in this year's draft. The Browns currently have 5 picks in the first two rounds of this year's draft. For the time being, Buffalo is left with Nathan Peterman at QB.
|Mike Evans, TB agree on contract extension|
$55 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2018, 3:00 pm
|Buccaneers’ WR Mike Evans agreed to a 5-year, $82.5 million extension that includes $55 million guaranteed, per sources. Evans now under contract through 2023 season. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Evans is coming off his worst fantasy as a pro (71-1001-5) but is considered a fixture in the Bucs offense. His a top option in the passing game for Jameis Winston and should come at relative discount in fantasy drafts given his "down" year in 2018. Evans has posted four-straight 1000-yard seasons since joining the league in 2014.
|Torrey Smith headed to Carolina|
Eagles receive CB Daryl Worley
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2018, 2:00 pm
|Panthers trading CB Daryl Worley to Eagles in exchange for WR Torrey Smith, sources tell ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Yet another trade made public before trades can be made official on March 14th. The Eagles save about $4 million in cap space as Smith was set to count $5 million against the cap in 2018. Smith wasn't a primary option in the Eagles offense last season, catching only 32 passes for 364 yards and 2 TDs in 15 games. His departure will likely give Mack Hollins (22 targets last season) an opportunity to get more involved in the offense in 2018. Smith's fantasy value should increase in Carolina as Devin Funchess currently sits as the top option on the outside.
|Seahawks release Richard Sherman |
Star DB coming off Achilles injury
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2018, 1:01 pm
|The Seattle Seahawks have informed star cornerback Richard Sherman -- one of the most iconic players in franchise history -- that they will release him Friday, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Doing so now gives Sherman -- who is acting as his own agent -- a head start on finding his next team. Because he was released, he can sign anywhere without having to wait until the start of free agency on March 14. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Seahawks wouldn't mind bringing Sherman back at a lower cost. He was scheduled to count $13.2 million against the 2018 salary cap, but his move saves Seattle $11 million in cap space. Sherman suffered an Achilles injury last November and at age 30, the move has some merit for a team revamping it's defensive personnel and readjusting their cap situation.
|Titans saying goodbye to DeMarco Murray|
Titans will not take on any dead money by releasing him
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2018, 5:10 pm
|The Tennessee Titans have told running back DeMarco Murray that he will be released, the team announced Thursday.
Murray, 30, has been the Titans' lead back the past two seasons, including in 2016, when he was the AFC's leading rusher with 1,287 yards. Murray's contract was set to pay him $6.5 million in 2018 and $6.75 million in 2019, but the Titans will not take on any dead money by releasing him. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Another reminder why total and yearly average dollars during the life of a contract mean very little in today's NFL. It's all about the guaranteed $. This move was expected this off-season as Derrick Henry proved to be the more efficient runner in Tennessee last season. While Murray had better receiving chops, Henry will likely get the opportunity to be a three-down back in 2018, making him a popular, early-round RB pick in fantasy drafts.
|Marquise Goodwin agrees to 3-year extension|
$10 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2018, 2:05 pm
|Breaking: #WR Marquise Goodwin and the 49ers have agreed to a 3yr extension worth $20.3M & 10M guaranteed, per source.
(Josina Anderson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Goodwin posted double-digit fantasy points for five straight games beginning Week 10 last season and became the primary receiver in the 49ers offense when Pierre Garcon went down with a neck injury. Garcon and Goodwin should be the top two targets for Jimmy Garoppolo in 2018.
|Patriots release TE Martellus Bennett|
Team saves $6.2 million against the cap
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2018, 3:38 pm
|More Bennett brothers news today: the Patriots are releasing TE Martellus Bennett, per league source. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bennett was due a $2 million roster bonus on March 14th and the Pats can save $6.2 million against the cap by releasing the veteran tight end. Bennett was a fantasy afterthought in 2017, playing in only 9 games for the Packers and Patriots thanks to a shoulder injury.
|Allen Robinson avoids franchise tag|
Jags have exclusive negotiating rights with Robinson until March 12th
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 6 2018, 11:49 am
|The Jacksonville Jaguars have told receiver Allen Robinson that they will not use the franchise or transition tag on him, the team said Tuesday, the final day for NFL teams to use the tags. It's still possible for the Jaguars and Robinson to come to an agreement on a long-term deal, but Robinson would become an unrestricted free agent if that's not done by March 14. The Jaguars have exclusive negotiating rights with Robinson until March 12. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Robinson is getting closer and closer to becoming an unrestricted free agent. Rumors of interest from the Redskins are surfacing and there should be plenty of suitors despite Robinson suffering an ACL tear in Week 1 of 2017. Robinson is just 24 years old.
|Bills, Chris Ivory agree on two-year deal|
Base value of $5.5 million
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 6 2018, 11:26 am
|Running back Chris Ivory has agreed to terms with the Buffalo Bills on a two-year deal, the team announced Tuesday. The deal has a base value of $5.5 million and a maximum value of $6 million, a source confirmed to ESPN. Ivory, who turns 30 on March 22, will be guaranteed $3.25 million. NFL Network first reported his compensation. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Ivory will slide into the No.2 running back role behind LeSean Mccoy who's only missed 5 games in the last five years. Both Mike Tolbert and Travaris Cadet backed up McCoy last year but are free agents. Ivory will have some late-round flier appeal in re-draft and best-ball leagues.
|Steelers expected to franchise Le'Veon Bell|
Barring a last-minute long-term deal by Tuesday evening
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 5 2018, 5:30 pm
|The Pittsburgh Steelers have informed Le'Veon Bell that they will apply the franchise tag to him for the second consecutive year in the absence of an unlikely deal by Tuesday's deadline, Bell told ESPN. The Steelers have increased last year's long-term contract offer but Bell's floor is now $14.5 million per year, based on the projected tag number for a running back. "I just have to decide if I'm going to play when the time comes," Bell said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: "Earlier I said I felt we would get one done, and this year we are a lot closer than last year. In good spirit, I feel we can get something done. But unless something drastic changes, it won't be [this week]." Bell has hinted that he might retire if he can't come to an agreement with the Steelers. While that seems far fetched, he's likely to sit out training camp again if the two can't reach a long-term deal by mid-July.
|Jimmy Graham, Seahawks expected to part ways|
New Orleans reunion?
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 5 2018, 1:00 pm
|Jimmy Graham and the #Seahawks are expected to part ways in free agency, and Graham will draw interest from a bunch of teams - including the #Saints, sources say. Reunion coming? (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There have been multiple reports this off-season that Graham is likely out in Seattle, countered by a quote from head coach Pete Carrol that he'd "love" to re-sign the redzone tight end. Graham led all tights in touchdowns (10) last season, finishing 4th in FPts scored and 5th in FPts/G at the position. Potential fits include New Orleans, Baltimore, Houston, Green Bay, Jacksonville and Atlanta.
|Giants want Orleans Darkwa back|
...if the price is right
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 5 2018, 10:00 am
|Orleans Darkwa’s breakout season should pay off. He may have the greatest chance of their notable free agents to return. The Giants want him back, according to a source. It just depends on the price. It’s even possible a Darkwa deal could get done before the start of free agency on March 14. If it doesn’t work out with the Giants, don’t be surprised to see him land with the Oakland Raiders. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Shane Vereen and Darkwa are both free agents and Wayne Gallman just finished his rookie season. Paul Perkins is heading into his third season but it's unclear how new head coach Pat Shurmur views the underperformer, making him a candidate for release. The Giants also have the No.2 pick in the upcoming draft which could be used on Saquon Barkley if available.
|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.