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Bears sign TE Josh Hill to offer sheet
Saints have 5 days to match
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 22 2016, 4:30 pm

Chicgao Bears
Bears have signed Saints TE Josh Hill to an offer sheet as a restricted free agent. New Orleans has 5 days to match. (Brad Biggs on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: It's reportedly a three-year deal for the Saints tight end that never lived up to his early pre-season hype in 2015. Since Hill was an undrafted free agent, the Saints will get no draft pick compensation if they choose not to match the offer sheet. The Bears recently resigned Zach Miller as their starting tight end. Hill will be a player to keep an eye on as pre-season practices begin this Summer.
Cowboys sign Alfred Morris
Two-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 22 2016, 10:30 am

Dallas Cowboys
Former Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris will sign a two-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys, his agent confirmed to ESPN. The deal is for two years, worth up to $5.5 million, including $2 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Morris rocketed into the league with a monstrous rookie season in 2012 (1613 yds, 13 TDs) but his production has slipped every year since. His 763 yards and 1 TD last season ranked him 45th among fantasy running backs as he struggled to fit into Jay Gruden's offense. The Cowboys should provide an upgrade to Morris' fantasy stock and he'll compete with Darren McFadden for snaps.
Case Keenum will start for Rams
Foles to be high-priced backup
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 21 2016, 10:39 am

St. Louis Rams
G.M. Les Snead, appearing Monday on NFL Network, said that Case Keenum will be the starting quarterback “at the beginning of the season.” It also creates a potentially awkward situation in the quarterback room, where Keenum will make roughly $3 million in 2016 and backup Nick Foles will make more than $12 million. (ProFootballTalk)

FFToday's Take: Interesting comment from the Rams GM but it's still early in the off-season and much can happen before early September. Foles and perhaps a quarterback drafted in the first round (15th pick) could also be the Week 1 starter. In any case, the starting quarterback for the Rams can be avoided by fantasy owners.
Browns showing interest in RGIII
Former Redskins QB visits Browns Friday and Saturday
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 21 2016, 9:27 am

Cleveland Browns
The Browns remain interested in quarterback Robert Griffin III after meeting with him Friday and Saturday, a source told "We are going through our process,'' Jackson said. "We're going to be very diligent in what we are doing -- trying to make sure that we put the right quarterbacks on our football team and in that quarterback room. And that's one of my biggest responsibilities and also one of our organization's biggest responsibilities." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

FFToday's Take: The Browns have lost key players this off-season and are shaping up to be the worst team in the league in 2016. Trading for Colin Kaepernick appears to be a secondary option at this point as its rumored the 49ers want a 2nd round pick in return. The Browns desperately need a quarterback upgrade over Josh McCown and Austin Davis.
Green Bay re-signs James Starks
Two-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 18 2016, 10:08 am

Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers and running back James Starks have agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth $6 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Caplan. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Starks is back filling the No.2 role in Green Bay's backfield and while Eddie Lacy certainly had his difficulties in 2015, he's still penciled in as the starter. Starks played in all 16 games last season and was an adequate fill-in while lacy battled injury and conditioning issues.
Chris Johnson sticking with Cardinals
One-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 17 2016, 4:24 pm

Arizona Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals agreed to terms on a one-year deal with running back Chris Johnson on Thursday, keeping their Johnson & Johnson backfield intact for another season. Johnson had recently visited the Miami Dolphins but left without a contract. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The veteran Johnson enjoyed a nice season with the Cardinals before fracturing his leg in Week 12. His lack of involvement in the passing game put a damper on his fantasy value and now he'll play second fiddle to the more versatile David Johnson. Chris will be a handcuff to David in 2016.
Martellus Bennett headed to New England
Bears to receive draft pick compensation
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2016, 7:12 pm

Chicgao Bears
Wheeling and dealing continues: Bears are trading TE Martellus Bennett to Patriots for draft-pick compensation, league sources tell ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Bennett was on the trading block last year but a deal never materialized. The Patriots have made two tight ends fantasy viable in the past so it's not out of the question that Bennett could be option No.3 in the passing game behind Rob Gronkowski and WR Julian Edelman. He'll have TE2 value in redraft leagues with huge upside as injury insurance for Gronkowski. Bennett's departure vaults Bears tight end Zach Miller into low-TE1 value.
Broncos retain C.J. Anderson, match Miami offer
Four-year, $18 million contract
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 15 2016, 4:07 pm

Miami Dolphins
Broncos have informed RB C.J. Anderson they are matching Miami's offer sheet, per source. He stays in Denver. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Dolphins offered Anderson a four-year, $18 million contract but the Broncos have matched the offer meaning Anderson will stay in Denver. Ronnie Hillman remains a free agent so its unclear if the Broncos want to use Anderson a workhorse type back or as part of a committee. For now, Anderson should be viewed as the No.1 option in the Denver backfield.
Ravens sign WR Mike Wallace, two-year deal
$11.5 million
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 15 2016, 2:20 pm

Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens have agreed to a contract with free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace, a source confirmed to ESPN. A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the deal is for two years and is worth $11.5 million. The Ravens are expected to announce the signing Tuesday during a news conference. The deal was reached after Wallace had spent the day visiting the Ravens' facility. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: After finishing as a top-20 fantasy receiver in 2014 with Miami, Wallace fell flat in Minnesota with Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback finishing 75th among fantasy receiver. Moving to the Ravens offense that will take more deep shots should allow Wallace to regain some fantasy relevance in 2016.
Bears re-sign TE Zach Miller, two-year deal
Martellus Bennett entering final year of contract
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2016, 8:00 pm

Chicgao Bears
the 31-year-old tight end Zach Miller re-signed with the Bears, finalizing a two-year deal that will keep him in Chicago. Miller enjoyed a career year with the Chicago Bears in 2015, recording 34 catches, 439 yards and five touchdowns. (Chicago Tribune)

FFToday's Take: Martellus Bennett remains on the team but trade speculation has surrounded him ever since last season. If he leaves, Miller could have low-TE1 value. He posted 18 catches while averaging 70 yards over the last three weeks of 2015.
Bryant accepts one-year ban, drops appeal
Agent: "This is the biggest cry for help I've ever seen"
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2016, 2:30 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is accepting a one-year suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy for multiple new violations following a previous suspension from the league, according to league sources. Bryant had originally planned to appeal the suspension, but instead will start serving the suspension, which will span an entire calendar year under NFL rules governing suspended players. (National Football Post)

FFToday's Take: Bryant was suspended four games last season and reportedly missed multiple tests. According to one of Bryant's agents, the Steelers wide receiver is suffering from depression. Bryant's No.2 receiving role will likely be filled by Markus Wheaton with Darrius Heyward-Bey and Sammie Coates also in the mix. Wheaton will have the highest fantasy value of the three receivers.
Martavis Bryant facing season-long suspension
Appeal has been filed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2016, 2:30 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
Martavis Bryant, the Steelers’ talented but troubled wide receiver, is facing a full-season NFL suspension in 2016 for again violating the league’s substance abuse policy, two sources confirmed to this morning and a third this afternoon. Bryant and his agent, Tom Santanello, have filed an appeal. (

FFToday's Take: This would be a significant loss for the Steelers offense. Bryant was suspended four games last season for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. The dynamic playmaker is an important part to the Steelers offense. Newly acquired tight end Ladarius Green and wide receiver Markus Wheaton would likely fill the fantasy void if Bryant was to miss any time.
Broncos acquire QB Mark Sanchez from Eagles
7th-round pick in 2016
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2016, 2:25 pm

Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos have acquired quarterback Mark Sanchez from the Philadelphia Eagles for a conditional draft pick, the teams announced. The draft pick headed to Philadelphia is a seventh-round pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and multiple reports. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: After losing Peyton Manning to retirement and Brock Osweiler to the Texans, the Broncos are in scramble mode at the quarterback position. Expect Sanchez to compete for the starting job with another acquisition. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick are likely candidates.
Browns release Johnny Manziel
22nd pick in 2014 NFL Draft
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2016, 11:30 am

Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns on Friday waived quarterback Johnny Manziel. Manziel, whom the Browns selected with the 22nd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, appeared in 14 games with eight starts over two seasons. (Cleveland Browns)

FFToday's Take: Manziel's off-field issues are well known and his release was expected. It's unlikely any team is going to take a chance on Manziel until he gets his personal life cleaned up. Josh McCown, Austin Davis and Connor Shaw are the current QBs on the Browns roster.
WR Chris Hogan to sign offer sheet with Pats
Bills would have five days to match
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2016, 9:30 am

New England Patriots
Barring a late snag, Bills RFA WR Chris Hogan will sign a 3-year, $12M, heavily-guaranteed deal to join #Patriots. BUF has 5 days to match (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Since Hogan is a restricted free agent, the Bills would have five days to match the offer but other reports suggest it may be tough for the Bills to do so. Hogan's been a third receiver in Buffalo the last two seasons and hasn't shown any eye-popping numbers (36-450-2 in 2015). He'll compete for targets with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Keshawn Martin.
Lamar Miller hoping for heavier workload
Miller iexpected to have larger role as a centerpiece
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 10 2016, 10:00 pm

Houston Texans
Lamar Miller had grown weary of being underutilized in the Dolphins' offense. Miller, 24, averaged 12 carries and three catches per game for a total of 15 touches per game last season and 14 carries, two catches and 16 touches per game two years ago. "I've been following Houston for a while now. I know in this offense, they get their running backs involved. I just wanted to be a part of that." Miller is expected to have a larger role as a centerpiece of a reshaped offense led by new quarterback Brock Osweiler and Pro-Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. (Houston Chronicle)

FFToday's Take: Miller's biggest game last season came against the Texans when he rolled up 175 rushing yards, 61 receiving yards and 2 TDs. With Arian Foster out of Houston and Bill O'Brien's propensity to run the ball (13th & 2nd in run-pass ratio last two seasons), Miller should be in the RB1 discussion in redraft leagues.
Drew Brees gets new weapon at tight end
Coby Fleener agrees to five-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 11:30 pm

New Orleans
Coby Fleener agreed to a five-year deal worth a reported maximum of $36 million with the Saints on Wednesday. This will be the Saints' 2016 splash. (

FFToday's Take: With Ben Watson heading the Ravens and wide receiver Marcus Colston in retirement, the Saints were in need of a weapon on offense. The Colts decided to bring back Dwayne Allen leaving Fleener the ability to peruse other options. Fleener turns 28 in September and should provide a reliable target for Drew Brees. Fleener's fantasy stock is on the rise. Watson finished 7th among fantasy tight ends in 2015.
Steelers sign TE Ladarius Green
Four-year, $20 million deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 10:20 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers have located their Heath Miller replacement. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer reported Wednesday night that former Chargers tight end Ladarius Green has signed a four-year, $20 million deal with the Steelers, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

FFToday's Take: The Steelers have an opening at tight end now that fan favorite Heath Miller has retired. Green is above average receiver and gives the Steelers an embarrassment of offensive weapons for QB Ben Roethlisberger to choose from. While it may appear that Green's fantasy stock is on the upswing, he'll likely be overvalued on draft day given he'll be the fourth option on offense behind the Steelers running back (Bell or Williams), Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant.
Victor Cruz accepts pay cut, sticks with NYG
$1.3 million base which could escalate to $5.5 million
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 10:15 pm

New York Giants
The New York Giants are bringing back receiver Victor Cruz for 2016, but for much less money than he was scheduled to make originally. A source confirmed Wednesday night that Cruz had agreed to a reduced salary for 2016, an outcome that has been inevitable for some time because Cruz hasn't played since tearing his right patellar tendon in Week 6 of the 2014 season. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Giants made it known they would release Cruz if he didn't accept a pay cut. As a result, Cruz now has a base salary of is $1.3 million which could escalate to $5.5 million if incentives are met. Cruz needs to establish in off-season workouts that he can be a reliable option in this offense. His durability is a serious question mark for fantasy owners.
Lamar Miller latest Texans acquisition
four-year deal, $14 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 4:25 pm

Miami Dolphins
The Houston Texans will look a lot different in 2016, primarily in the backfield. Joining quarterback Brock Osweiler in Houston will be running back Lamar Miller, per a league source. Miller will sign a four-year deal, worth $26 million. Of that amount, $14 million is fully guaranteed at signing. (ProFootballTalk)

FFToday's Take: Miller has averaged 4.8 yards per carry over the last two years but logged over 20 carries just once in 2015. Miller should see an uptick in usage in Houston and fantasy owners will be slobbering over his services. Expect his ADP to flirt with RB1 territory.
Jets replace Ivory with Matt Forte
30 year-old RB lands in New York
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 4:10 pm

New York Jets
Running back Matt Forte has agreed to a contract with the New York Jets, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Forte will replace Chris Ivory, who has agreed to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Forte missed three games last season with a knee injury but was still productive at 30 years of age. It remains to be seen if Bilal Powell will be re-signed, but Forte is projected to be the lead back in any committee situation. He'll be on the RB2 radar in redraft leagues this Summer.
Brock Osweiler headed to Houston
Broncos in dire need of quarterback
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 3:05 pm

Denver Broncos
I'm told QB Brock Osweiler has agreed to a deal in principle with the Houston Texans. (Rand Getlin on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The moves seems like a win for wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins as Osweiler has shown the ability to throw the deep ball however it remains to be seen just how good of quarterback Osweiler can be. He's played in 19 games in four years with mixed results but does have one of the best young weapons in the game at his disposal. Another outside or tight end weapon to go along with a stud running back (Lamar Miller?) would help setup Osweiler for success.
Doug Martin staying in Tampa Bay
Five-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 2:32 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and running back Doug Martin have reached agreement on a five-year deal worth over $35 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Martin was linked to a number of running back needy teams prior to the start of free agency but he returns to the Bucs and will be locked into his early-down role in Dirk Koetter's offense. Martin finished second in the league in rushing yards (1402) behind Adrian Peterson (1485) and was a top five fantasy running back in 2015 despite the presence of third-down back Charles Sims.
Antonio Gates to finish career in San Diego
Two-year extension with Chargers
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 11:35 am

San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates wanted to finish his career as a Charger. It seems now he will. The tight end and potential future Hall of Famer agreed to terms Wednesday on a two-year extension, a source said. This move was long expected but significant nonetheless, helping to assure a 14th season for the franchise career leader in career receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

FFToday's Take: The 36-year-old tight end is back with San Diego which and should resume his role as TE1 when healthy. Gates missed five games in 2015 and still finished 11th among fantasy tight ends with 630 yards and 5 TDs. With Ladarius Green likely on his way out, expect the Chargers to sign a backup tight end.
Marvin Jones replacing Megatron in Detroit
Chose Lions over Patriots and Bengals
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 10:55 am

Detroit Lions
The Lions are going to sign Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini. The deal can't be made official until 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, when the new league year begins. The agreement between Jones and the Lions comes less than 24 hours after Calvin Johnson announced he was retiring from the NFL (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Good timing for Jones who is a top prospect in a week free agent class of wide receivers. He will move right into the starting lineup opposite Golden Tate and should have a WR3 floor in the Lions offense that had the highest pass-run ratio (64%-36%) last season.
Chargers expected to land WR Travis Benjamin
Coming off best season as a pro
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2016, 6:20 am

San Diego Chargers
I’m told WR Travis Benjamin plans to sign with the Chargers when the market officially opens tomorrow. San Diego gets a dangerous weapon. (Rand Getlin on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: A good move for the Chargers who need a speedster opposite Keenan Allen now that Malcom Floyd has retired. Benjamin will have WR2 value in a better than average passing game. Benjamin is coming off his best season as a pro with 68 catches, 966 yards and 5 TDs finishing 28th among fantasy wide receivers.
Chris Ivory expected to sign with Jaguars
Jaguars on spending spree
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2016, 8:56 pm

New York Jets
Former Jets' RB Chris Ivory is expected to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars when new league year begins, per league source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Jaguars are making a splash early in free agency. Reports in the legal tampering period suggest that DE Malik Jackson (DEN) and now Ivory will be headed to Jacksonville. The Jaguars will now sport a running back group of Ivory, T.J. Yeldon and Denard Robinson. Fantasy owners can expect some sort of timeshare with this group and the fantasy values of both Ivory and Yeldon have taken a hit.
Vikings release WR Mike Wallace
No dead money absorbed in the deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2016, 3:45 pm

Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings never considered keeping Mike Wallace under a contract situation that called for them to pay him $11.5 million in 2016. So moments ago, they made it official by waiving Wallace. There is no dead money absorbed in the deal, meaning the Vikings just chopped off $11.5 million against their cap. And all it cost them was a receiver who caught only 39 passes for 473 yards and two touchdowns. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

FFToday's Take: This move was expected, considering Wallace's lack of involvement in the offense and the fact the team could release him without any cap ramifications. Wallace should have some appeal on the free agent market as the wide receiver class is very weak.
Ravens reach agreement with TE Ben Watson
Deal can't be finalized until Wednesday afternoon
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2016, 3:25 pm

Baltimore Ravens
With Crockett Gillmore having both shoulders operated on this offseason and Nick Boyle suspended for the first 10 games of 2016, Ravens coach John Harbaugh has talked about the importance of adding another tight end. It appears that the Ravens have done just that. According to an industry source, the Ravens have an agreement in principle with veteran tight end Ben Watson, a 12-year veteran who is coming off the best season of his career. Watson caught 74 passes for 825 yards and six touchdowns while starting 16 games for the New Orleans Saints last year. (Baltimore Sun)

FFToday's Take: This two-day window of "legal tampering" doesn't allow for agreements to be reached "in principle" but it appears Watson is leaving New Orleans for Baltimore. Watson had career resurgence with Drew Brees last season, finishing as fantasy's 7th-best tight end. It's hard to imagine Watson duplicating those efforts in Baltimore. He'll be a on the TE2 radar in redraft leagues.
Calvin Johnson retires
Lions need help at wide receiver position
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2016, 11:00 am

Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, who for the past nine seasons established himself as one of the greatest wide receivers in National Football League history, today announced his retirement from the NFL effective immediately. (

FFToday's Take: Megatron hinted at his intentions shortly after the season ended and now the decision is official. Johnson will leave as one of the best receivers ever to play in the NFL. Ho topped the 1000-yard receiving mark in seven out of his nine seasons averaging 9 receiving TDs per year. His loss leaves the Lions with Golden Tate as the only viable outside threat in the offense. Expect the Lions to address the position in free agency and/or the draft.
Saints working on deal for RB Tim Hightower
Saints backfield one to watch in free agency
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2016, 9:51 am

New Orleans
Last year's cool comeback story isn't over. Saints working to bring back RB Tim Hightower, source said. Started 3 games after 4 years out (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Hightower is 29 years-old but was out of the league from 2012-2014. The Saints trusted him as a workhorse last season while filling in for the injured Mark Ingram, giving him 29 and 31 touches in two games down the stretch. It sounds like Khiry Robinson will be the odd man out in the Saints backfield.
Colts re-sign TE Dwayne Allen
$16 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2016, 8:00 pm

Indianapolis Colts
Per a league source, the Colts and tight end Dwayne Allen have worked out a four-year, $29.4 million deal. He’ll get $12 million in year one, $17 million total through two years, and $22 million through three years. The includes $16 million guaranteed; it’s unclear how much is fully guaranteed at signing. (ProFootballTalk)

FFToday's Take: Both tight ends for the Colts are free agents and most expected the team to sign Coby Fleener but instead it's Allen that gets the deal. With Allen getting a substantial chunk of change, its unclear if the team will pursue Fleener as well. Allen has missed 23 games over the last three years with various injuries and was an afterthought\\t in the Colts passing game last season. His fantasy value hinges on Fleener's landing spot.
DeMarco Murray headed to Tennessee
Trade expected to be complete Wednesday
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2016, 6:00 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
Tennessee finalizing deal for Eagles RB DeMarco Murray, league sources tell ESPN. Trade expected to be complete for new league year Weds (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: To say the Eagles are cleaning the Chip Kelly house might be an understatement. In addition to Murray, it appears LB Kiko Alonso and CB Byron Maxwell will be sent to Miami once transactions are allowed to made Wednesday afternoon. All three players were acquisitions made by Chip Kelly last season. Murray will give the Titans a legitimate veteran running back after trying their luck with Bishop Sankey and David Cobb the last two seasons. Murray is 28 years old and while he took a step back in 2015, he may actually find himself in a better situation if Tennessee can succeed in improving it's offensive line.
Murray, Mathews available for trade
Eagles shopping their running backs
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2016, 1:47 pm

Philadelphia Eagles
Eagles have made it known that it's not just DeMarco Murray who is available, but also Ryan Mathews, as well, for the right price. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Getting a deal done for Murray would be difficult given his contract situation. Murray is guaranteed to make $7 million this season and most franchises prefer to go young and cheap at the position. Mathews is the better candidate of the two to be traded.
Redskins release Robert Griffin III
Active for one game in 2015
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2016, 11:30 am

Washington Redskins
The Washington Redskins have released Robert Griffin III, the 2012 NFL offensive rookie of the year and one-time face of the franchise, the quarterback confirmed via an Instagram post. Griffin had lost the starting job in August and served as Washington's No. 3 quarterback all season. He was active for one game. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: The Redskins were hoping they could find a trade partner for RGIII but with no one calling, the release was inevitable. They traded up in the 2012 draft to get Griffin and have now released him 4 years later. He should have plenty of interest in league scrambling for quarterbacks and despite his uneven play past his rookie season, his upside is still attractive to many personnel types across the league.
NYG to release Cruz if he doesn't accept pay cut
Negotiations under way
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2016, 10:35 am

New York Giants
Giants have informed WR Victor Cruz they will release him unless he agrees to pay cut. Negotiations under way, per source (Ed Werder on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The oft-injured wide receiver is set to count almost $10 million against the cap which is too much for a player with a significant injury history and risk. With Rueben Randle set to hit the open market, the Giants are in need of wide receiver help so a deal could still be worked out.
Peyton Manning calling it a career
18 seasons and two Super Bowl victories
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 6 2016, 10:26 am

Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning's Super Bowl 50 victory over the Carolina Panthers was indeed his last rodeo. The five-time NFL MVP is retiring, the Denver Broncos announced Sunday. The team will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. ET Monday for Manning to discuss his stepping away from the game after 18 seasons and two Super Bowl victories. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: A lock for the Hall of Fame, Manning will go down as one of the great quarterbacks in NFL history. He's the all-time leader in passing touchdowns (539) and passing yards (71,940). On the business side, Manning's retirement clears $19 million in cap room and makes free agent Brock Osweiler the likely starting quarterback in Denver for 2016, assuming they can sign him.
Colts will release Andre Johnson
Colts to save $5 million against the cap
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 4 2016, 9:01 am

Indianapolis Colts
Colts have told WR Andre Johnson that they are releasing him, per source. One more high-profile unemployed veteran. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The 34 year-old receiver didn't make much of an impact for the Colts in 2015, registering 41 catches for 503 yards and four touchdowns. His release will save the Colts $5 million against the cap. Johnson reportedly wants to play in 2016 but his fantasy relevancy will likely be slim wherever he lands.
Texans release Arian Foster
Torn Achilles in October
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 3 2016, 10:00 am

Houston Texans
Arian Foster has been told the Houston Texans are releasing him, a source close to Foster told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Foster has spent seven seasons in Houston, rushing for 6,472 yards and 54 touchdowns, both franchise career highs. The 29-year-old Foster was due a $6.5 million base salary with a salary-cap number of almost $9 million for the 2016 season. By releasing him, the Texans would save around $6.6 million, according to ESPN Stats & Information. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: This move was expected. One of the best fantasy running backs when healthy, Foster only played in four games last season thanks to a groin injury in camp then a torn Achilles in October. Foster won't have trouble finding a new team but it's difficult to envision him being a true workhorse at this point in his career.
Pats release Brandon LaFell, Scott Chandler
Cap savings of $4.6 million
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 2 2016, 5:20 pm

New England Patriots
The Patriots have released wide receiver Brandon LaFell and tight end Scott Chandler. LaFell had one season left on his three-year deal. The team will carry $1 million in dead money for him. The team also takes a $1 million cap hit on Chandler. The cap savings between the two will be $4.6 million. (

FFToday's Take: LaFell played in 11 games last season, never scored a touchdown and never really made a fantasy impact outside of his 5-catch 102-yard performance in Week 9. The Patriots are left with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Keshawn Martin as their top three wide receivers.