|Zimmer pleased with WR Patterson's offseason -- Mon May 18 4:00 pm --|
HC praised third-year wideout's shape and attention to detail
|“(Cordarrelle Patterson) is doing a good job in this offseason. He has been in better shape coming in, and he is doing a better job of running routes, of competing each and every down. I look forward to him coming on and I’m a big fan of his. We’re just trying to get him to realize all the little intricacies you have to do offensively in the NFL in order to be a great player.” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Coming off a highly-disappointing season in 2014, Patterson has been generating a lot of early buzz. He'll need to continue drawing similar praise from HC Mike Zimmer and OC Norv Turner in order to have any shot at earning back a starting job since Charles Johnson and Mike Wallace appear entrenched at the moment. Barring a lights-out training camp or an injury to Johnson or Wallace, Patterson appears destined to be a third receiver in Minnesota in 2015.
|Dolphins sign WR Greg Jennings -- Wed Apr 22 6:10 pm --|
|NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Greg Jennings will sign a two-year, $8 million deal with the Dolphins, according to a source informed of the deal. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: The Dolphins have overhauled their receiving corps, getting rid of Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson while bringing in Kenny Stills, TE Jordan Cameron and now Jennings. Jennings is familiar with head coach Joe Philbin from their time in Green Bay and should serve as the No.3 receiver in the Dolphins offense behind Landry and Stills. He's in the WR4-5 range for redraft leagues.
|Tannenbaum comments on Wallace, Stills -- Mon Mar 23 1:45 pm --|
Dolphins management feels comfortable with Landry, Stills
|"Mike Wallace contributed the last few years," Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said. "We felt once we had Kenny Stills, it was a good opportunity for [Wallace] in Minnesota. It gives him a chance to get a fresh start and for us with Kenny Stills in our offense and where we project him with Jarvis Landry we just thought it was the right fit to do that now. "He's (Stills) played in the league. He's had a fair amount of production. His production is what it is -- it's been good. It hasn't been prolific by any stretch but we felt for what we're asking that position to do there was explosiveness. And the routes he runs well were responsibilities we felt were pretty close to what we're going to do with our offense." (Miami Herald)|
FF Today's Take: The Dolphins saw an opportunity to get a younger, cheaper version of Wallace and took it. Given the comments, it's safe to assume that Landry, Stills and tight end Jordan Cameron will be the top targets for Tannehill in 2015.
|Vikings release Greg Jennings -- Sat Mar 14 1:45 pm --|
Changes in the wide receiver corps
|Less than 24 hours after the Vikings traded for Mike Wallace, the team released Greg Jennings.
The Vikings signed Jennings to a five-year, $45 million contract two years ago. By releasing Jennings, the Vikings will free up at least $5 million in cap space. If they designate him as a post-June 1 cut, they can save $9 million in space but dead money will carry into 2016. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Jennings lofty salary wasn't matching his production and he became expendable once the team traded for Mike Wallace. The Vikings will head into 2015 with Wallace and Charles Johnson as their top two wide receivers.
|Mike Wallace heading to Minnesota in trade -- Fri Mar 13 8:00 pm --|
Miami gets undisclosed draft pick
|EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings on Friday announced they have traded for Mike Wallace, acquiring the receiver from the Dolphins for undisclosed compensation. (Vikings.com)|
FF Today's Take: The Dolphins' recent acquisition of Kenny Stills paved the way for the team to send Wallace to Minnesota. The speedy wideout will turn 29 in August and still has plenty of talent to help a scrambler like Teddy Bridgewater in his first full season as a starter. Wallace immediately becomes the most appealing fantasy receiver in Minnesota but his inconsistency caps his value to that of a WR 2/3 in most formats.
|Saints purge continues, Kenny Stills traded to MIA -- Fri Mar 13 12:53 pm --|
Dolpins and Saints revamping receiving corps
|The Saints are apparently willing to trade everyone. A league source tells PFT that the Saints are dealing wide receiver Kenny Stills to the Dolphins, in exchange for linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and a third-round pick. (ProFootballTalk)|
FF Today's Take: Interesting move considering Stills is a relatively cheap player, scheduled to earn $585K this year and $675K next year. With this move, the Saints have now lost their top two receivers from last season (Jimmy Graham and Stills). It's been reported that Miami has shopped Mike Wallace but they've yet to find a trade partner for the veteran wideout.
|Ravens not optimistic they can keep Torrey Smith -- Tue Feb 24 6:00 pm --|
Deep threat likely to move on in free agency
|The Ravens expressed pessimism about retaining their best deep threat (Torrey Smith) two weeks before the start of free agency. It almost sounded as if the Ravens have conceded Smith will sign elsewhere. "The difference between what we can pay Torrey and what he gets on the open market ... Mike Wallace got $10 million [actually, $11 million signing bonus from the Miami Dolphins] and I don't think anybody thinks that was a good deal," Bisciotti said Tuesday at the "State of the Ravens'" press conference. "There's always a team that has lots of money that wants to bring in playmakers. Those guys are going to get those deals. I think we're going to have to take it on the chin and move on." (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: It's a telling quote from Ravens' owner Steve Bisciotti. The Ravens are up against the cap and likely can't match what Smith will get on the open market. You might be surprised to know that Smith is coming off a career high in fantasy points scored (standard scoring leagues) even though he only registered 49 catches and 767 yards. He saved his season by scoring 11 TDs.