|Mendenhall leaving the NFL|
RB telling people he plans to retire
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2014, 6:00 pm
|Former Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall was tired of living a "private life in the public eye" as an NFL player, which included being called racial slurs online, he wrote in his most recent blog for Huffington Post in which he explained why he retired at 26 years old. "I just kind of wanted to disappear," Mendenhall said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Mendenhall is an unrestricted free agent and never fully got on track in Arizona last season rushing for 687 yards, 8 TDs and a 3.2 average. He suffered a torn ACL in 2011 and battled a toe injury in 2013. The Cardinals are expected to increase the workload of Andre Ellington in 2014.
|Cassel back in Minnesota|
QB will re-sign with Vikings
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2014, 8:00 pm
|One month after opting out of his previous contract, Matt Cassel is coming back for two years and $10 million. The signing was confirmed by two NFL sources. The contract Cassel opted out of was a two-year deal he signed in 2013 that was worth $3.7 million per season. His new contract is worth $10 million over two years, according to cbssports.com. (Minneaplis Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: The deal can't be completed until free agency begins on Tuesday but Cassel will be wearing purple in 2014. The Vikes are also likely to be looking for QB help in the upcoming draft but not necessarily in the first round. Christian Ponder is likely headed for a backup role.
|Sproles released by Saints|
Shakeup in running back corps
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2014, 7:00 pm
|The team released veteran receiver Lance Moore in the latest move to get under the salary cap. Running back Darren Sproles is apparently gone too. Shortly after reports surfaced that the team would cut him, he wrote a goodbye to fans via Twitter on Friday night.
"Thank you New Orleans for your support over the past 3 years! I will always be forever grateful. WhoDat," Sproles wrote. (Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: The Sproles move hasn't been made official yet but it is expected to happen soon. Moore and Sproles were being shopped in the last couple days but both will hit the free agent market on March 11th. The moves help the Saints get under the $133 million salary cap. With reports of Pierre Thomas on the trade block as well, Khiry Robinson should be a name fantasy owners get used to.
|Jaguars re-sign QB Chad Henne|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2014, 11:30 am
|The Jacksonville Jaguars and quarterback Chad Henne have agreed on a two-year contract, the team announced Friday.
The deal comes four days before the beginning of free agency and one day before Henne could have begun negotiations with other teams. Henne started 13 games and threw for 3,421 yards and 13 touchdowns with 14 interceptions in 2013. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Blaine Gabbert has had a difficult time remaining healthy giving Chad Henne an opportunity to play the last two years. Speculation is the Jaguars could use their No.3 draft pick on a quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel) but you can pencil in Henne as the projected starter for now.
|Lance Moore leaving the Saints|
Saints expected to cut wide receiver today
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2014, 8:00 am
|New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore's tenure with the Saints has apparently come to an end, one day after reports surfaced he was on the trading block.
"Thank you New Orleans for an amazing nine years. Who Dat Nation, the best on earth!!!," Moore tweeted early Friday morning. (Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: Moore's release isn't official but is expected by the end of the day. Releasing Moore would save the team around $2.5 million. He'll hit the free agent market but isn't likely to make a big splash. Moore finished 79th among fantasy wideouts in 2013 (4.4 FPts/G) with 37 catches, 457 yards and 2 TDs.
|Eagles release Jason Avant|
Save over $3 million against the cap
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 4 2014, 3:00 pm
|The Philadelphia Eagles have released veteran wide receiver Jason Avant. Avant, 30, has spent his entire eight-year career with Philadelphia and developed into a reliable receiver for the Eagles. The 6-foot Avant had 38 catches for 447 yards and two touchdowns last season. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Eagles have re-signed Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin this off-season and this move saves over $3 million against the cap in 2014. Avant will look to sign with a team that needs a veteran leader in the receiving corps. His fantasy value is hovering in WR5 territory at best.
|49ers re-sign Anquan Boldin|
Two-year deal, $12 million
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 3 2014, 3:00 pm
|"49er fans, I wanted to be the first to tell you that I'm returning to San Francisco," Anquan Boldin wrote on Q81.com. "Looking forward to joining my teammates, coaching staff and fans to bring back another championship to the Bay Area. Let's go after our Quest For Six." Instead of going into free agency for the first time in his 11-year career, Boldin reportedly agreed on a two-year deal that pays $6 million annually, or the same amount he earned last season in his 49ers debut. (San Jose Mercury News)|
FFToday's Take: Boldin is set to make $9 million guaranteed. This is a good move for the 49ers as their main receiving weapons (Boldin, Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis) are all returning for Colin Kaepernick. From a fantasy standpoint, Boldin's 2013 numbers (85 rec, 1179 yds, 7 TDs) aren't likely to be repeated provided Crabtree can remain healthy. He'll be a low-end WR3 in redraft leagues.
| Peyton Manning cleared for 2014|
Annual physical reveals no issue with neck
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 3 2014, 11:30 am
|Peyton Manning has been fully cleared following physical. No neck issue. He's officially ready for 2014. (Mike Klis via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Per his contract, Manning takes a yearly neck examination. Now that doctors have cleared him for 2014, his $20 million salary becomes guaranteed. Manning will be one of the top QBs taken in fantasy drafts this summer.
|Saints place franchise tag on Graham|
Long-term deal unable to be reached
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2014, 6:00 pm
|The New Orleans Saints placed the franchise tag on tight end Jimmy Graham on Friday, a team spokesman told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. The move was an expected one, as the two sides have been unable to work out a long-term deal despite months of talks. Graham and his agent are expected to file a grievance through the NFL Players Association, contending Graham should be paid as a wide receiver, not as a tight end. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)|
FFToday's Take: The two sides couldn't come to a long-term agreement so Graham has been given the non-exclusive franchise tag meaning, Graham can negotiate with other teams, but the Saints will have the right to match. If they don't match, the Saints would receive two first-round picks as compensation.
|Rice officially released by Seahawks|
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2014, 5:00 pm
|The Seahawks today made official long-anticipated, and already well-reported, moves to release receiver Sidney Rice and defensive end Red Bryant. Rice was due to make $17.5 million over the next two years, and a salary cap hit of $9.7 million for the 2014 season (with 2.4 million in dead money, meaning an additional cap savings with this move of $7.3 million). (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: This move was a expected and a no-brainer given Rice's contract situation, production on the field and expected cap savings. Rice suffered an ACL injury in late October and will need to prove his health on a one-year deal in 2014.
|Jets tag Kicker Nick Folk|
Made 33-of-36 field goals in 2013
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2014, 4:30 pm
|We have placed the franchise tag on placekicker Nick Folk. Folk in 2013 enjoyed arguably his best season in seven seasons as a pro and four seasons with the Jets. He remains among the NFL's most accurate fourth-quarter kickers of the past 25 seasons. (NewYorkJets.com)|
FFToday's Take: Folk started the season making 23 straight field goals without a miss and is now 80% for his career. He made 33-of-36 field goals in 2013 and will make a fine selection in the last round of your fantasy draft in 2014.
|Eagles re-sign Maclin, 1-year deal|
Free agent WR staying in Philadelphia
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2014, 4:00 pm
|The Philadelphia Eagles today announced they have agreed to terms with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on a one-year contract.
"Jeremy is an ideal player for our scheme with his combination of size, speed, strength and route-running ability, in addition to his dynamic playmaking talent," said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. "We're happy to see him rehabbing well and to get him under contract for the 2014 season." (PhiladelphiaEagles.com)|
FFToday's Take: Maclin missed all of 2013 after tearing his ACL in training camp but is expected to be ready for training camp. He will battle Riley Cooper for targets and the starting receiver spot opposite DeSean Jackson. Both Maclin and Cooper will have a negative effect on each other's fantasy value unless one of them gains the upper hand in Chip Keely's offense. Low-end WR3 value for each as the off-season continues.
|Ravens, Pitta agree on 5-year deal|
$32 million, according to league source
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2014, 12:30 pm
|The Ravens have reached an agreement on a five-year deal with tight end Dennis Pitta, the team confirmed.
The contract is worth $32 million, according to league sources. Pitta and the Ravens got the deal done before Monday's deadline to use the franchise tag.
FFToday's Take: Pitta played the final four games of 2013 after dislocating hip in late July. He'll be a low-end TE1 with moderate injury risk heading into 2014.
|McCown wants to stay in Chicago|
Free agent QB prefers to stick with the Bears
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2014, 7:00 am
|Josh McCown's overwhelming desire is to remain a Bear and he would like a multiyear deal that will give him and his family some stability. Now it's up to Emery and McCown's agent, Mike McCartney, to make the numbers work for both sides. (Chicago Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: McCown would easily find another job elsewhere as a backup but his chance of succeeding as a starter in a place like Jacksonville or Minnesota isn't worth the risk. The Bears are comfortable with him a backup behind Jay Cutler so look for a deal to get done.
|Eagles re-sign WR Riley Cooper|
Five years, $25 million
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 27 2014, 9:00 am
|A day after locking up left tackle Jason Peters, the Eagles signed two more of their own players when they reached a new deal with free agent wide receiver Riley Cooper and extended the contract of center Jason Kelce on Thursday.
Cooper’s deal is for five years and is reportedly worth $25 million. Guarantees are not known at this time. (The Intelligencer)|
FFToday's Take: It's been reported that Cooper will receive $10 million guaranteed. Cooper was a deep ball threat last season, averaging 17.8 yards per catch and finished as the No.24 fantasy wideout. He currently sits as the Eagles No.2 wideout but contract negotiations are ongoing with Jeremy Maclin.
|Steve Smith uncertain of 2014 role|
Panthers evaluating receiver position
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 26 2014, 1:00 pm
|While Steve Smith’s career in Carolina is still unclear, it is clear the team is trying to figure out how big of a role, if any, the most tenured Panther will play for the team in 2014. "We’ve got free agency that’s coming up that we’ve got to look at as well. There’s a lot of things that are really going to be there that are really going to make some things tough for us. How big a role he has for us is to be determined. We’ve got a lot of things to decide." (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: Smith is on the downside of his career and the Panthers are in need of wide receiver talent. Smith is likely to remain on the team in 2014 due to his contract situation but expect a free agent to be added and possibly another taken in the upcoming draft. He'll be a low-end WR3/WR4 in re-draft leagues.
|Lighter workload for Charles in 2014|
Knile Davis to see more action
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 26 2014, 9:00 am
|Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid answered some questions from reporters Thursday at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. One of the topics was the possibility of reducing the workload on running back Jamaal Charles. Reid indicated the Chiefs intended to do that by playing Knile Davis more than they did last season, when he was a rookie. In the regular season the Chiefs gave the ball to Davis 81 times between pass receptions and handoffs. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Charles totaled 329 touches in fifteen games last season and led all fantasy running backs with 312.1 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues. Reid's talk of involving Knile Davis (leg) more in the offense makes sense but Charles will continue to be the go-to-guy in this offense and will be one of top players taken in re-draft leagues this summer.
|Panthers restructure Stewart's contract|
Panthers RB sticking with team
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 25 2014, 8:00 am
|The Panthers restructured the contracts of three veterans - center Ryan Kalil, running back Jonathan Stewart and linebacker Thomas Davis - in moves that created about $7.25 million in cap space. The Panthers are approximately $29 million under the projected cap of $132 million. Stewart, who has missed more than half of the past two seasons with injuries, had his base salary reduced from $1.5 million to $785,000, according to the NFLPA salary figures. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: The Panthers should be heavily involved in free agency and are likely making room to re-sign defensive end Greg Hardy. Stewart is not a candidate for release given the huge cap hit the Panthers would take as a result (-$13.6M net loss in dead money).
|TE Fred Davis in more trouble|
Arrested for DUI a day after being suspended
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 20 2014, 9:00 pm
|Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis was arrested Thursday afternoon in Fairfax County and charged with driving under the influence, a Fairfax County Police Department spokesperson confirmed. The arrest comes just a day after Davis was suspended indefinitely Wednesday by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: It's been a bad week for Davis who is set to become a free agent next month. Davis was suspended 4 games in 2011 after failing a drug test. He'll need to get his life straightened out before even thinking about making an impact on the field.
|Lynch pleads guilty to reckless driving|
Avoids trial for DUI charge
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 20 2014, 6:00 pm
|Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch will plead guilty Friday to reckless driving instead of going to trial on a DUI charge stemming from an arrest in Oakland in 2012. Lynch will have to pay a $1,080 fine, attend six driver-safety classes in California and will also receive two years’ probation. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch blew a .08 at the scene and it remains to be seen what if any punishment will be handed out by the league. Lynch was suspended 3 games back in 2009 due to a gun charge.
| Richardson has shoulder surgery|
Minor procedure shouldn't affect off-season workouts
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 20 2014, 3:00 pm
|Colts RB Trent Richardson underwent shoulder surgery following the season, per source. Told it was “just a scope.” Shouldn’t hurt offseason. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Richardson lost his starting job to Donald Brown late in the season and as a result will have to battle in the preseason to gain it back. The Colts gave up their first round pick in this year's draft for the former Browns' RB.
|Fred Davis suspended indefinitely|
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 19 2014, 4:00 pm
|Fred Davis continues to be his own worst enemy.
The Washington Redskins tight end has been suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The suspension begins immediately. This marks the second time Davis has been hit with a drug-related suspension. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Davis was suspended four games in 2011 meaning this is his third strike in the substance abuse program. He's a free agent heading into 2014 but he'll be lucky to get a contract given the off-field concerns. He's off the fantasy radar until further notice.
|2nd round pick for Cousins?|
Redskins open to trading backup QB
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 19 2014, 12:50 pm
|The Washington Redskins want a second-round pick in the NFL draft if they are going to trade backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, according to a person familiar with the team’s planning. It also is not known if Redskins officials will remain adamant about wanting to receive a second-round choice for Cousins or if the team ultimately might be willing to part with him for a lesser compensation package. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Cousins was a fourth-round pick in 2012 and new coach Jay Gruden has stated that Robert Griffin III is the starting quarterback. Cousins has stated that he would be open to a trade and the chance to start with another team. Ideally, the Redskins should keep Cousins for another season given RGIII's ups and downs and injury history, however given the number of QB-needy teams, a trade could easily be made for the 2nd-round compensation the Redskins are asking for.
| Cowboys win coin flip, will pick 16th|
Ravens will pick 17th in upcoming draft
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 19 2014, 9:00 am
|The Dallas Cowboys won a coin flip with the Baltimore Ravens, giving them the No. 16 overall pick in the NFL draft in May.
The Ravens will have the No. 17 pick. The coin flip occurred Wednesday morning at the NFL draft combine in Indianapolis. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The draft order is now set. This is the highest pick the Ravens have had since 2008 (#18 - Joe Flacco).
|Tony Gonzalez headed to CBS set|
Former TE will replace Shannon Sharpe and Dan Marino
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 18 2014, 1:00 pm
|The retiring Tony Gonzalez, who left open the possibility of playing again in a recent ESPN The Magazine story, closed the door on such talk by joining CBS Sports as an NFL analyst, the network announced Tuesday. The future Hall of Fame tight end will be part of CBS' pregame show, "The NFL Today," and will contribute across multiple CBS platforms including "Inside the NFL" on Showtime and CBS Sports' Sunday pregame show, "That Other Pregame Show." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Gonzalez will be replacing Shannon Sharpe and Dan Marino on the "NFL Today" Sunday pregame show. Gonzalez left the door cracked for a potential return in 2014 but it appears his focus will be media driven for now.
|Roddy White arrested, failure to appear|
Didn't show in court on a traffic charge
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 18 2014, 9:15 am
|Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was arrested in Gwinnett County early Tuesday on a failure to appear warrant, jail records show. White allegedly failed to appear in court on a traffic charge. The Gwinnett sheriff’s website shows an outstanding warrant for White on a charge of “non-transparent material on windows.” (Atlanta Journal Constitution)|
FFToday's Take: Too much tint on the windows and not showing up to court landed White in the slammer. This is obviously a minor incident and it shouldn't affect White's playing time in 2014.
|Newton wants long-term deal|
...but won't hold out for new contract
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 17 2014, 5:30 pm
|"Hopefully I will be able to get that long-term deal because Charlotte is a place that I can call home.” Cam Newton is among the top priorities for the team this offseason, along with defensive end Greg Hardy, followed by the team’s other 20 unrestricted free agents. Newton is set to earn nearly $3.4 million in 2014 with a cap hit of just more than $7 million. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: Newton's rookie deal was a four-year, $22 million contract in 2011. While a contract extension this off-season would be optimal for both parties, Newton has stated that he won't hold out of training camp for a new deal.
|Ravens and Pitta far apart|
Team has until March 3rd to use franchise tag
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 17 2014, 5:00 pm
|The Ravens are in active talks with tight end Dennis Pitta, but remain “far apart” on numbers, according to sources. Unless that financial gap is bridged during a two-week window to use the franchise tag that began Monday and ends with an NFL deadline of March 3, a source predicted that the Ravens will designate Pitta as their franchise player.
FFToday's Take: If franchised, Pitta could argue that he should be tagged as WR and not a TE which would increase his tag compensation some $5 million. One way or another, Pitta will likely be playing for the Ravens in 2014 and will be a focal part of the offense with low-end TE1 fantasy appeal.
|Lions release Nate Burleson|
Set to count more than $7.5 million against the cap
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 13 2014, 8:00 pm
|The Lions released Nate Burleson and veteran safety Louis Delmas on Thursday in cost-saving moves that freed up $11.5 million in much-needed cap space. He was set to count more than $7.5 million against the cap because of previous contract restructures, and at 32 was coming off two injury-riddled seasons. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Burleson missed seven games last season with a broken arm but still finished second on the team in receptions by a wide receiver with 39. Dallas and Tampa Bay are rumored to be interested in Burleson's services.
| Finley expected to be cleared|
Free agent TE
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 13 2014, 8:00 am
|As free agency nears, Jermichael Finley and his agent remain hopeful the tight end will be cleared to play football again relatively soon. Joseph Maroon, the neurosurgeon who performed surgery on the Green Bay Packers tight end’s bruised spine, informed them that there’s a "99.9%" chance the fusion will fully heal. At that point, agent Blake Baratz said this week, Maroon would clear Finley for "full football activity."
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: Dr. Maroon believes sometime in the next 4-8 weeks Finley's neck should fully heal. Finley will be one of the top tight ends available on the free agent market although some teams may shy away given the seriousness of his injury. The Packers aren't expected to re-sign him. free agency begins March 11th.
|Boldin back in San Francisco?|
49ers wide receiver is a free agent
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 13 2014, 7:52 am
|As for other FAs, I’m told 49ers want WR Anquan Boldin back and the feeling is mutual. I’d expect something to get done to keep him. (Ian Rapaport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Boldin is set to be a free agent come March 11th but staying in San Fransisco would make sense for both parties. Boldin is coming off his best season since 2009 finishing 2013 with 85 catches, 1179 yards and 7 TDs and ranked 15th among wide receivers with 161 FPts. He is 33 years old.
|Weeden wants out of Cleveland|
5-15 record with the Browns
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 12 2014, 7:00 am
|Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden reportedly wants out of Cleveland.
NFL Network's Michael Silver reported on NFL Total Access Tuesday that two sources told him Weeden wants out "given the turmoil within the coaching staff and the lack of support from the most recent front office, he’s looking for a fresh start, a clean slate, a place where he can show that he has the talent to be a productive player in this league.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Weedend has 5-15 record with the Browns and with all the shakeup in the front office it's no wonder he wants a new beginning. The Browns are moving forward with Brian Hoyer and will likely take a quarterback in this year's draft. Weeden is likely to get cut at some point during the off-season.
|Cassel opts out of contract|
Vikings QB becomes a free agent
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 8 2014, 9:00 am
|Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel officially opted out of the final year of his two-year contract today, Pro Football Talk reported, citing a league source. By exploring the free agent market, Cassel stands to get a long term contract for more money. The Vikings could still re-sign him when free agency begins March. 8. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Cassel signed a two-year deal prior to last season and not surprisingly, become the teams starter after Christian Ponder's inadequate play. The Vikings may re-sign Cassel as a veteran but they will likely add a young QB before the preseason begins. The Vikes have the No.8 pick in this year's draft.
| Alexander has another knee surgery|
Chargers wideout had 2nd ACL surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 7 2014, 7:00 am
|Danario Alexander devoted months to knee rehab, working to return from an August injury as soon as possible.
It won't happen as soon as first hoped.
The Chargers wide receiver recently underwent additional surgery to repair the right knee injury that ended his 2013 season, sources said. (San Diego Union Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: The follow up procedure done in January makes Alexander questionable for training camp. He's scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March. Alexander has now had two operations on his right knee and five operations on his left. It's safe to say that his career in the NFL is on shaky ground.
|Gonzalez ready to call it quits?|
Might be open to a return for the stretch run
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 6 2014, 8:00 pm
|In the interview, Tony Gonzalez also suggests at one point that he’d be open to a possible return next season, if the Falcons are 9-2 in November. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: Gonzalez's retirement talk at the end of the 2012 season was laughable. This past season, we all took him more seriously but it appears he still isn't quite done with his work on the field. It's still a long shot that would suit up in 2014 but the fact that he's leaving the door cracked means he's not fully committed to retirement.
|Seahawks likely to cut Sidney Rice|
Teams needs resources to resign key defensive players
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 4 2014, 4:30 pm
|How can Seahawks sign Golden Tate & Michael Bennett with Thomas & Sherman extensions? Likely to cut Sidney Rice, ask Zach Miller to cut pay. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Seahawks have a number of players to resign and releasing Rice and asking Miller to reduce his $7 million salary cap number would be a step in the right direction. The Seahawks would save roughly $7.3 against the cap but cutting Rice.
|Fitzgerald restructures contract|
Reduces cap hit in 2014
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 4 2014, 3:00 pm
|Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that he had signed a restructured contract, and two NFL sources said the new deal lowers his 2014 salary cap number by nearly $10 million. Fitzgerald was scheduled to make $12.75 million in salary in 2014. Additional cap space was created by converting most of that to a guaranteed bonus, which will be prorated over the remaining five years of the contract. (AZ Central)|
FFToday's Take: This move helps clear cap space for the Cardinals next season but the bigger story is Fitz's cap number for 2015 which grows to over $23 million.
|Kirk Cousins open to trade|
QB has told Redskins management he wants to start
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 2 2014, 9:00 am
|With the Washington Redskins making it clear that Robert Griffin III is their starting quarterback, backup Kirk Cousins is open to being traded, league sources told ESPN. Cousins believes he is ready to start and already has had discussions with the Redskins' hierarchy, which declared Griffin as their starter last month. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: It's no surprise Cousins wants the opportunity to start but the Redskins should be happy with having Cousins in a backup role as insurance for RGIII. the Browns would be a logical landing spot for the QB given that former Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan has just landed in Cleveland.
|Browns to hire Kyle Shanahan as OC|
Former OC of Redskins headed to Cleveland
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 1 2014, 8:00 pm
|The Cleveland Browns will hire Kyle Shanahan as their new offensive coordinator, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Shanahan had been the offensive coordinator for the last four seasons under his father, Mike Shanahan, with the Washington Redskins. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Shanahan offensive philosophy features a strong "X" receiver and tight end. Andre Johnson / Owen Daniels in Houston and Pierre Garcon / Jordan Reed were beneficiaries of the Shanahan offense. This is good news for the fantasy prospects of Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron. The big question in Cleveland will be what rookie QB competes with Brian Hoyer for the starting job in 2014.
| Jaguars eyeing QB in 2014 draft|
Owner not shy about draft intentions
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 31 2014, 1:30 pm
|Jaguars owner Shad Khan told the Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran that the quarterback position could be addressed multiple times in May's draft, possibly with the third-overall pick. "Everybody knows we're going to draft a quarterback, maybe two," Khan said.
(Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: The Jaguars have eight picks in the first five rounds of the draft so they are positioned to take multiple quarterbacks if they desire. Chad Henne is likely to be retained as a veteran backup with Blaine Gabbert being the odd man out and no better than the third QB.