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|Martavis Bryant facing season-long suspension -- Sat Mar 12 2:30 pm --|
Appeal has been filed
|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 DKPittsburghSports.com this morning and a third this afternoon. Bryant and his agent, Tom Santanello, have filed an appeal. (dkpittsburghsports.com)|
FF Today'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.
|Steelers sign TE Ladarius Green -- Wed Mar 9 10:20 pm --|
Four-year, $20 million deal
|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)|
FF Today'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.
|Antonio Gates to finish career in San Diego -- Wed Mar 9 11:35 am --|
Two-year extension with 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)|
FF Today'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.
|Gates wants to stay in San Diego -- Tue Feb 2 7:00 am --|
Chargers TEs set to be free agents
|Antonio Gates spent all 13 years of his NFL career in San Diego. It would be a major upset if there isn't a 14th.
The Chargers want Gates back. He wants to retire a Charger, and all indications are he isn't ready for retirement yet.
"This is the type of team I would love to finish my career with. To make a long story short, I'd love to finish my career here. I know one thing: we're going to fight despite whatever we're going through. We'll see how it goes." (San Diego Union-Tribune)|
FF Today's Take: Gates and Ladarius Green will be unrestricted free agents if they are not re-signed by March 9. Gates was suspended the first four games of 2015 and posted his lowest output since 2003. If's he's back with the Chargers he'll be on the low-end TE1 radar in fantasy drafts this Summer.