|Bucs shopping DeSean Jackson|
Would prefer to play in Philadelphia
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2019, 7:00 am
|According to ESPN, the Bucs are actively seeking to trade DeSean Jackson, whose preferred destination is the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jackson, 32, is in the final season of a three-year, $33.5-million contract with the Bucs and has $10-million owed for 2019, but none of it is guaranteed. (Tampa Bay Times)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson doesn't see himself as a good fit with Jameis Winston and wants out of Tampa. Four of his five TDs last season came with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. It will be difficult for the Bucs to trade his $10 million contract as any interested team will likely just wait until he is released before instigating serious talks.
|Antonio Brown will wear silver and black|
Steelers get 3rd and 5th round pick
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2019, 11:30 pm
|The Antonio Brown saga is finally nearing a close. Sources say the #Steelers are dealing AB to the #Raiders in exchange for a third round pick and a fifth round pick in this 2019 draft. Brown will also get a reworked contract that makes him the NFL’s highest paid WR. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Raiders appeared to be the favorite all along in the AB sweepstakes and in the end they get their man. Derek Carr now has a legitimate No.1 WR after Oakland shipped Amari Cooper to Dallas last season. Brown will still be a sought after fantasy asset, but his days as the top wide receiver taken in fantasy drafts are likely over.
|Chiefs sign Carlos Hyde|
One-year, $2.8 million deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2019, 3:00 pm
|Newly signed Carlos Hyde may fill the RB2 spot occupied at the end of last season by Spencer Ware, who is headed to free agency. But Hyde could eventually claim a significant amount of playing time from Damien Williams, who for now at least is the Chiefs’ main featured back. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Chiefs like bigger backs so this move makes sense as they look to fill the void of Kareem Hunt. Damien Williams and Hyde should be expected to get the bulk of running back touches in Kansas City if they can stay healthy. It's also not out of the question for KC to draft a running in the middle rounds this April.
|Dolphins land TE Dwayne Allen|
Two-year, $7 million deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2019, 1:00 pm
|The Dolphins made their first significant addition of the offseason on Saturday, signing tight end Dwayne Allen to a two-year, $7 million deal, according to multiple sources.
Allen, who visited the Dolphins on Friday, joins Mike Gesicki, Durham Smythe and Nick O’Leary as tight ends under contract.
FFToday's Take: More of a blocking tight end, Allen should be part of the team's starting unit with Gesicki filling the role of a pass catcher. Allen was left out of the passing attack in New England and will be used more in the passing game in Miami, but not enough to be considered a dependable fantasy TE2.
|Miami releases Danny Amendola|
Led the team in catches and yards in 2018
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2019, 3:45 pm
|The Dolphins, embarking on a youth movement and rebuilding program, parted ways with their most experienced wide receiver on Friday, cutting Danny Amendola after just one season with the team.
Amendola, 33, led Miami in catches (59) and yards (575) this past season but the Dolphins want to get younger at the position and have said they’re willing to sustain short-term pain this season with an eye toward bolstering their team longterm.
FFToday's Take: The Dolphins will save $6 million against the cap with this move. Miami is also expected to release DeVante Parker by next Wednesday which would free up another $9 million. Miami is pressing the reset button on their personnel as they look to rebuild their roster through the draft. Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant, Kenny Stills, Brice Butler, Leonte Carroo and Isaiah Ford are the current receivers under contract in Miami.
|Jaguars release RB Carlos Hyde|
Jacksonville clearing cap space for QB Nick Foles
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2019, 12:15 pm
|Five days before the start of free agency, the Jaguars began clearing salary cap space on Friday.
Released were defensive tackle Malik Jackson and running back Carlos Hyde, with other cuts expected.
The roster moves give front office chief Tom Coughlin more spending flexibility once free agency begins Wednesday, chiefly to sign free agent quarterback Nick Foles. (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: The Jags gave up a 5th-round pick in 2019 for Carlos Hyde when Leonard Fournette injured his hamstring last season. Hyde went on to carry the ball 58 times for 189 yards and 0 TDs. Hyde is still young enough (will turn 28 on September 21st) to garner interest from RB needy teams but will likely be part of a committee.
|No deal: AB not heading to Buffalo|
Brown wouldn't report to Bills if traded
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2019, 6:42 am
|Steelers and Bills had "positive" trade talks last night, but deal fell apart because Antonio Brown nixed going to Buffalo, per source. (Gerry Dulac on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Albert Breer reports that there are now "very few options left" for the Brown and the Steelers. It's not surprising AB didn't want to go to Buffalo and it's also clear that he at least has some say in the process. The search for an AB landing spot continues...
|Antonio Brown headed for fantasy purgatory?|
Steelers and Bills working out trade for Brown
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2019, 11:00 pm
|Sources: The #Steelers are closing in on a deal to send star WR Antonio Brown to the Buffalo #Bills. There it is. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: If this deal goes through, Brown's fantasy stock will take a hit working the inaccurate Josh Allen who completed 52.8 percent of his passes last season never throwing for more than 245 yards in a game. You have to wonder if Brown will pull the retirement card if he's disgruntled with the landing spot.
|Broncos agree to trade Case Keenum to Redskins|
Denver gets 6th-round pick in 2020, Washington gets 7th rounder
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2019, 5:00 pm
|The Denver Broncos have agreed to trade quarterback Case Keenum to the Washington Redskins, sources confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Thursday.
In exchange, the Broncos will get a sixth-round pick in the 2020 draft from the Redskins. Washington will also get a 2020 seventh-rounder from Denver. The 31-year-old Keenum, who was currently slated to count $21 million against the Broncos' salary cap for the 2019 season, has reworked his contract and will be on a one-year deal with the Redskins, sources told Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Redskins are one of the few teams looking for quarterback help in 2019 with Alex Smith still on the mend from a broken leg. This helps the Broncos get rid of a player that would've counted far more against their salary cap had they just released him. Denver is expected to complete a trade for Joe Flacco once the league year begins on March 13th. Both Flacco and Keenum will be undesirable fantasy options.
|Nick Foles headed to Jacksonville?|
Market for Foles outside of Jacksonville has not developed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 3 2019, 1:00 pm
|The only Eagles quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl is bound for Jacksonville when NFL free agency opens March 13, according to NFL sources with knowledge of the situation. A market for Nick Foles outside of Jacksonville has not developed, and though nothing is certain until it is official, the Jaguars absolutely expect to sign Foles, sources said. (Philadelphia Inquirer)|
FFToday's Take: Foles to Jacksonville has been the steady rumor this off-season and it makes sense considering the Jags new OC is John DeFilippo, who was Foles’ quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia. Miami, Washington and the New York Giants have quarterback needs but those teams seem to be headed in a different direction at the position. The legal tampering period for free agents begins noon eastern on March 11th.
| Travis Kelce has cleanup procedure on ankle|
Expected to be ready for training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 2 2019, 11:00 am
|#Chiefs All-Pro TE Travis Kelce recently underwent ankle surgery, sources tell me and @RapSheet. One source described it as a “cleanup.” Kelce will miss some, if not all, of the team’s spring program but is expected back for the start of training camp. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Kelce has largely avoided the injury bug during his first five seasons in the league, missing only Week 17 in 2017 when the Chiefs rested their starters in a meaningless game against the Broncos. Unless we hear of a setback, Kelce will remain one of the top tight ends in fantasy football. He's scored the most PPR points at the position in each of the last three years.
|Alex Collins arrested after car crash|
Charges not yet announced
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 1 2019, 10:00 am
|Baltimore Ravens running back Alex Collins was arrested Friday morning after a car crash about a mile away from the team facility. Collins' car crashed into a tree in Owings Mills around 6:48 a.m., according to police. The charges against Collins are expected to be announced Friday afternoon. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Collins is a restricted free agent and isn't lock to return to Baltimore after dealing with injuries in 2018 and losing his place in the running back rotation to Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon. Javorius Allen and Ty Montgomery are unrestricted free agents.
|Jason Witten ends retirement, back with Cowboys|
“The fire to compete and play this game is just burning too strong”
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2019, 12:45 pm
|Although he retired from the NFL last May, the future Hall of Famer is coming back to the Cowboys for what will be his 16th pro season. Jason Witten will return to the field and officially sign a contract with the Cowboys, who retained his rights when he was placed on the NFL’s Reserve/Retired list. “The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong,” Witten said in a statement. (DallasCowboys.com)|
FFToday's Take: Witten's time in the Monday Night booth comes to and end. The Cowboys struggled to get production from the tight end position with Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz. While Witten certainly has a name factor his last season in the league landed him as the TE9 with a 63-560-5 line. Given the state of the position, he'll be on the TE2 radar in fantasy.
|Lamar Miller expected to be lead RB in 2019|
GM Brian Gaine confirms Miller will start
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2019, 11:30 am
|The Texans plan to have veteran Pro Bowl running back Lamar Miller remain their lead back in 2019.
"Yes," general manager Brian Gaine said at the NFL scouting combine when asked if Miller is going to be the starter. Miller is entering the final year of a four-year, $26 million contract and is due a $5.5 million nonguaranteed base salary. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: There has been speculation that the Texans might be interested in Le'Veon Bell, but the team isn't fueling those rumors. Miller battled rib and ankle injuries last season on his way to a low-end RB2 fantasy finish with 211 carries, 973 yards, 5 TDs; 25 catches, 163 rec yds, and 1 TD. We should see more of D'Onta Foreman after he spent most of last season recovering from his torn Achilles.
|Veach on Damien Williams: It's his job to lose|
Chiefs GM talks up running back
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2019, 11:00 am
|Chiefs GM Brett Veach: The starting RB job is Damien Williams’ job to lose (Brooke Pryor on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Chiefs gave Williams a two-year contract extension in late December so all signs point to him being a big part of the Chiefs running game in 2019. It won't be a shock if another RB is added to the mix this offseason but Williams is definitely part of their plans.
|Gus Edwards will have competition|
Harbaugh: Gus is right now our No.1 running back
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 27 2019, 4:00 pm
|John Harbaugh on Gus Edwards: "Gus is right now our No. 1 running back going in, and I expect him to build on that. We're going to put some competition in there for him, too. We'll see how he responds to it." (Jamison Hensley on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Edwards is an exclusive rights free agent meaning he'll most likely be with the team in 2019 and appears to be penciled in as the starter at the moment. The Ravens will likely continue their run-first ways with Lamar Jackson at quarterback but Edwards needs to improve in the passing game if he wants to be a true workhorse back. He'll carry RB3/Flex value heading into redraft leagues this summer.
| Jack Doyle recovering from hip surgery|
Goal is to be ready for training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 27 2019, 2:30 pm
|Jack Doyle had hip surgery. Doing fine. Shooting for training camp (Mike Chappell on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Doyle was bothered by a hip injury much of last season playing in only six games allowing Eric Ebron to become a fantasy force at a weak position. With hip injuries being concerning, Doyle's fantasy stock will be depressed in 2019.
|49ers use franchise tag on K Robbie Gould|
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 26 2019, 11:00 am
|Kicker Robbie Gould, one of the first free agents signed by the San Francisco 49ers when coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch took over in 2017, will be around for at least one more season after he received the team's franchise tag on Tuesday.
He is the first player to receive the franchise designation this offseason. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Gould is 37 years old but doesn't show any signs of slowing down. He's kicked 30+ field goals three out of the last four years finishing as the K8 and K3 the last two seasons. Gould received the non-exclusive tag meaning he can seek other offers but the 49ers have the option to match.
|Ravens release WR Michael Crabtree|
Had just 13 receptions in final seven games
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 25 2019, 2:00 pm
|Ravens informed veteran WR Michael Crabtree that he is being released today, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens offense turned run-heavy when Lamar Jackson took over at quarterback making all their receivers an afterthought in fantasy. Crabtree had just 13 receptions in the final seven games during the regular season. Crabtree will turn 32 in mid-September.
|Steelers won't use tag on Le'Veon Bell|
RB will be an unrestricted free agent
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 20 2019, 1:00 pm
|Le'Veon Bell will be a free agent.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will not place a franchise or transition tag on the All-Pro running back, general manager Kevin Colbert told local reporters on Wednesday.
"Le'Veon is still a great player," Colbert said. "We can't afford to use any other type of tags. Le'Veon will be an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: There were some rumblings earlier in the off-season that the Steelers might use the transition tag on Bell but that was an unlikely scenario. The Steelers will receive a 2020 compensatory pick that could be worth as high as a third-round selection. For now, James Conner and Jaylen Samuels sit atop the Steelers running back depth chart.
|Bucs sign RB Andre Ellington|
Sat out 2018 season
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 19 2019, 5:00 pm
|The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed running back Andre Ellington, who previously played most of five seasons under Bruce Arians with the Arizona Cardinals. (Buccaneers.com)|
FFToday's Take: Both Ellington and Bucs head coach Bruce Arians were out of the league last season. Ellington had his best fantasy season in 2015 racking up 46 catches, 395 yards and 2 TDs out of the backfield. The Bucs running back group should seem some changes with Jacquizz Rodgers is an unrestricted free agent and Peyton Barber a restricted free agent. Still, Ellington will be on the fringe of fantasy value if he makes the team.
|Cardinals sign TE Charles Clay|
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 19 2019, 11:40 am
|Former Bills’ tight end Charles Clay is signing a one-year deal worth up to $3.25 million that includes a $350,000 signing bonus with the Arizona Cardinals, per source. Clay was heading into the last year of a 5-year $38 million deal signed in 2015. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Clay was released by the Bills last Friday and joins Jermaine Gresham as the only two tight ends under contract with Ricky Seals-Jones an exclusive-rights free agent and likely to return. New head coach Kliff Kingsbury hasn't been known to favor the tight end in his offense but we'll get a better idea of his scheme during minicamp and training camp.
|Jaguars decline option on Austin Seferian-Jenkins|
Tight end becomes a free agent
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 18 2019, 4:30 pm
|Jaguars announced they are not picking up the option for TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, which was for $4m.
Contract language was: option had to be exercised on or before 22nd day prior to 1st day of 2019 league year, which was today.
He'll be a free agent on 3/13. (Adam Caplan on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: ASJ was part of the 2018 dumpster fire at the tight end position accumulating 11 catches for 90 yards and 1 TD in five games before missing the rest of the season with a core muscle injury. James O'Shaughnessy and Blake Bell are also free agents, meaning Jacksonville will be addressing the position via free agency or the draft.
|Cowboys decline option on WR Terrance Williams|
Becomes unrestricted free agent
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 18 2019, 3:00 pm
|Source: Cowboys decline option on Terrance Williams' contract, making him unrestricted free agent. (Jon Machota on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Williams fell down the depth chart last season and eventually landed on IR in early October with a foot injury. He was also suspended three games for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. The Cowboys will save $2.25 million against the cap with this move.
|Offield concerns for Benglas RB Mark Walton|
Battery, misdemeanor marijuana possession
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 18 2019, 1:00 pm
|Mark Walton, the former University of Miami star football player and current Cincinnati Bengal, was arrested on a battery charge over the weekend. Turns out, it was his second arrest this year in South Florida. Court records show that Walton, 21, was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession on Jan. 16 in North Miami-Dade, a case that had gone previously unreported. (Miami Herald)|
FFToday's Take: These incidents could cost Walton some playing time in 2019. The battery charge stems from an argument and scuffle with a woman in which Walton snatched a cell phone out of her hand. Walton served as the Bengals third running back last season behind Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard, rushing for 34 yards on 14 attempts.
|Bills release TE Charles Clay|
A healthy scratch the final two weeks of 2018
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 15 2019, 10:00 pm
|With the Friday release of Charles Clay, the Bills will have more flexibility to decide how to handle the position going forward. If Cook is out of the Bills’ price range, there are expected to be plenty of cheaper options. Baltimore’s Maxx Williams is a former second-round draft pick who never reached his potential with the Ravens, but is still young (24) and might need a fresh start. Then there’s the Cincinnati trio of Tyler Eifert, Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah - all of whom are scheduled for unrestricted free agency in March. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: Clay is coming of his worst fantasy season in the NFL (21-184-0) as the Bills schemed the tight end position out of the off-season when Josh Allen took over at quarterback. Clay missed a few games due to a hamstring injury and has battled knee issues throughout his career. He'll try and catch on as backup in 2019 while the Bills move forward with a cheaper free agent or rookie.
|Ravens set to trade Joe Flacco to Broncos|
Deal can't be completed until March 13th
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 13 2019, 11:00 am
|The Baltimore Ravens have an agreement in principle to trade former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos, league sources told ESPN on Wednesday.
The trade cannot be officially processed until the new NFL league year begins March 13. When the deal is completed, it likely will be for a mid-round pick, sources told ESPN. When the deal is completed, the Ravens will save $10.5 million in cap space. However, they will carry $16 million in dead money on their 2019 cap. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: John Elway has recently made comments that the Broncos will be looking to improve their quarterback situation in 2019. Whether Flacco is an improvement over Case Keenum remains to be seen. Keenum has one year remaining on his deal in Denver, including $7 million guaranteed. The Broncos have the 10th pick in the upcoming draft. This move also locks in Lamar Jackson as the starting QB in Baltimore.
|Antonio Brown says it's time to move on|
Steelers star wideout thanks SteelerNation for 9 years
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 12 2019, 12:32 pm
|Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years...time to move on and forward.......... #NewDemands (Antonio Brown on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Antonio Brown has certainly lived up to the stereotype of a diva wide receiver. He missed team meetings and practices in the final week of the season leading up to his de-activation in Week 17. He's reportedly requested a trade and the Steelers seem willing to accommodate but have to navigate some serious cap and money issues in order to ship Brown to a new destination.
|Texans cut Demayrius Thomas|
Recovering from Achilles injury
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 12 2019, 11:00 am
|The Texans are cutting veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.
Thomas is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.
He has been rehabilitating from his injury in Houston.
Thomas is due a $14 million nonguaranteed base salary that will be off of the Texans' books. (Houston Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Thomas (31) wants to play in 2019 but given he tore his Achilles in Week 16, he's unlikely to make any kind of fantasy impact next season. The Texans will move forward with DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller (ACL) and Keke Coutee as their top three receivers.
|Browns sign Kareem Hunt to one-year deal|
RB remains on commissioner's exempt list
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 11 2019, 2:00 pm
|A man of second chances, the Browns general manager has signed former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt to a one-year deal despite the fact he was captured on video kicking and shoving a woman at a downtown Cleveland hotel in February. Dorsey, who drafted Hunt in the third round of the 2017 draft out of Toledo when Dorsey was GM of the Chiefs, signed him to a one-year deal worth about $1 million, depending on how many games he's suspended for in 2019. He's due to be a restricted free agent after the season. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Hunt remains on the commissioner's exempt list for now and will be facing some kind of suspension from the league. Hunt is also under league investigation for two other incidents. This move puts a wet blanket on the fantasy value of running back Nick Chubb who became a RB1 in Cleveland during the back half of 2018 and finished as the RB15 overall. However, the value of Hunt and Chubb will depend largely on the length of Hunt's suspension.
|Steelers to use transition tag on Le'Veon Bell?|
Move is unlikely but could facilitate trade
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 7 2019, 11:00 am
|The Steelers might still place the transition tag on running back Le’Veon Bell, but it is likely with the intention of trading him and not because they want him for another season, according to sources. But sources indicate coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert do not want to go through a third consecutive year of dealing with Bell’s disruptive situation and have no desire to sign him to a long-term deal or place the transition tag on him with the intention of keeping him for one more season. Ideally, the Steelers would find a team interested in Bell, place the transition tag on him, sign him and trade him to that interested team the same day. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: The Steelers are exploring all options in an effort to get the most in return for Bell but this scenario seems unlikely given the cold nature of the relationship between Bell and the team. Bell would have to cooperate with the Steelers and would run the risk of getting stuck on a one-year deal with his new team.
|Nick Foles buys his freedom for $2 million|
Eagles could franchise the backup QB for $25 million
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 5 2019, 8:00 pm
|Sources: #Eagles QB Nick Foles is, in fact, buying back his freedom for $2M, voiding the new and final year of his contract. Now, he’s a free agent... unless Philly hits him with the roughly $25M franchise tag. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Eagles picked up the $20 million option on Nick Foles earlier in the day but that was just a formality as Foles was able to opt out of the deal for $2 million. The Eagles could use the franchise tag on the backup QB in hopes of trading him but the likelihood of that happening is slim. Given the leagues' thirst for quarterbacks, Foles should land a starting gig with another team in 2019.
| Greg Olsen plans to play in 2019|
Rwo years left on contract
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 5 2019, 4:00 pm
|Panthers tight end Greg Olsen, who has two years left on his contract, has no plan to walk away from football after missing half of his last 32 regular-season games with a foot injury. If anything, he’s more committed to getting back to his Pro Bowl level of play. “My plan right now, I’m in every day doing my foot rehab, trying to get this thing finally back to where I was used to,’’ Olsen said on Tuesday at Bank of America Stadium. “It seems like it’s been a long time since it was. Yeah, that’s what I’m preparing for and that all starts with getting my foot right." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Olsen has been bothered by foot ailments the last two seasons playing in only 16 games over that span. Even if he's cleared for 2019, he'll be hard to trust as a TE1 given his age (33) and recent injury history. Ian Thomas did an adequate job filling in for Olsen the final five weeks of 2018.
|Dolphins announce Brian Flores as head coach|
Dolphins in rebuild mode
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 4 2019, 2:45 pm
|New England Patriots defensive play-caller Brian Flores will lead the Miami Dolphins into a new era as their head coach, the team announced Monday. He will replace Adam Gase, who was fired on Dec. 31. The New York Jets hired Gase as head coach 12 days later.
Flores takes over a team that seems headed for somewhat of a rebuild as owner Stephen Ross alluded to after firing Gase. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This deal has been in the works for some time but couldn't be announced until the Patriots run in the playoffs was complete. Flores has been the de-facto defensive coordinator for New England this season. The Dolphins will be in rebuild mode and are expected to move on from quarterback Ryan Tannehill and don't project to make any big moves in free agency.
| No workhorse role for Gurley in Super Bowl LIII|
Rams want C.J. Anderson back in 2019
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 3 2019, 9:00 am
|Based on a variety of factors, including his knee and his conditioning, Todd Gurley and former free-agent pickup C.J. Anderson are expected to split carries. That was the case in the NFC title game win over the Saints, and it should be the case on Sunday. According to Rams running backs coach Skip Peete, they essentially told Gurley this two Sundays ago. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Gurley could lead the Rams in rushing and be the better fantasy back but it won't be because he's getting all the carries. The Rams insist that Gurley is 100 percent healthy but it's hard to buy that line of thinking. He's had plenty of time to get his conditioning to a level to play the majority of snaps. IF the Rams are simply going to transition to a two-man committee, this will but a damper on Gurley's fantasy value in 2019.
|Kellen Moore tabbed as new Cowboys OC|
QB coach in 2018
By: Doug Orth | Jan 31 2019, 3:05 pm
|The #Cowboys named Kellen Moore as their new offensive coordinator and named Jon Kitna as their quarterbacks coach. Moore replaces Scott Linehan and is expected to call the plays. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This announcement isn't a surprise given the fact team owner Jerry Jones said the team wasn't looking at any outside candidates, but that doesn't mean it isn't surprising a 29-year-old with one year of coaching experience as a position coach will be calling the shots for "America's Team." Moore and Kitna are well-respected for their football minds, but the Cowboys really only have HC Jason Garrett to turn to for help on the staff if Moore struggles early.
|Jets won't go all-out to land Le'Veon Bell|
Former Steelers RB sat out 2018
By: Doug Orth | Jan 31 2019, 3:00 pm
|Le’Veon Bell would be the weapon that Sam Darnold desperately needs, but it’d be foolish to believe that he’s a slam dunk to land in green-and-white. The Jets will not break the bank in free agency for the dynamic playmaker, according to sources.
That doesn’t mean they won’t make a fair and competitive offer. It simply means that they aren’t handing over a blank check for his services. (New York Daily News)|
FFToday's Take: The Daily News' Manish Mehta mentions the Jets, Buccaneers, Eagles, Raiders and perhaps the Dolphins as potential fits for Bell. The reality is that Bell, who reportedly turned down a five-year, $70 million last summer that included $33 million in guarantees, will be lucky to come anywhere close to those marks in free agency after a year away from the game. Bell should resume workhorse status wherever he lands, but he may be a low-end RB1 outside of the Steelers' fantasy-friendly offense.
|Jimmy Graham expected to stick with GB in 2019|
Due a $5M roster bonus on 3/15
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 29 2019, 2:00 pm
|A non-Super Bowl tidbit: When the #Packers prepare for the offseason, they do so with the belief that TE Jimmy Graham will be back for 2019, source said. He’s due a $5M roster bonus on 3/15, and the expectation now is they pay it and he returns. Another season with Aaron Rodgers. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Graham finished as the TE12 in PPR leagues with a 55-636-2 line in a weak year for the position but was largely a TE2 value on a weekly basis. He was held to three or fewer catches in ten games but did manage to play all 16 games for the third straight season. At age 32, Graham is going to be a high end TE2 value in 2019 drafts if only for his association with Aaron Rodgers.
| A.J. Green to shed walking boot in about a week|
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 29 2019, 1:00 pm
|The Cincinnati Bengals star wideout said the boot, required after surgery following a season-ending toe injury, will be gone in about a week.
"Next step is I put on a shoe and I start bending it back more and moving it more," Green said. "The biggest thing is it's the offseason and we have time. We don't have to rush anything. The biggest thing is getting range of motion back." (Cincinnati Enquirer)|
FFToday's Take: A.J. Green originally injured his toe in Week 8 then tried to return in Week 13 but only played a quarter before heading to the sidelines. His post-surgery recovery time was estimated to be 3-4 months which should give him plenty of time to be ready for training camp at the end of July.
|Brown hasn't closed the door on returning to PIT|
Steelers exploring trade options
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 27 2019, 2:00 pm
|More on Antonio Brown: The #Steelers are exploring trade options, but Brown hasn’t closed the door on returning. He’s maintained a steady dialogue with some in the organization he’s close with to express that sentiment. Still, he should draw significant interest on the market. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There's been rumblings that Brown is interested in playing for the 49ers which isn't a surprise given they have the third most available cap space of any team heading into 2019, plus San Francisco has a need at the position. Brown's status will be an on-going saga during the NFL off-season.