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Lions pickup D.J. Chark on one-year deal
Only played in three games last season due to a broken ankle
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 15 2022, 8:07 am

Detroit Lions
Former Jaguars’ WR D.J. Chark intends to sign a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: With Jaguars signing Christian Kirk, Zay Jones and tight end Evan Engram they are overhauling their receiving corps. There are also rumors that Laviska Shenault is on the trading block. For Detroit, Chark will join the re-signed Josh Reynolds and Amon-Ra St. Brown in the receiver room. Chark only played in three games last season due to a broken ankle.
Steelers give two-year deal to QB Mitchell Trubisky
Will get a chance to start
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2022, 1:01 pm

Buffalo Bills
Mitchell Trubisky is getting a second chance to start in the NFL. The former Bears first-round pick agreed to sign a two-year deal with the Steelers on Monday, per NFL Network, on the first day that teams were negotiate with player agents. It cannot be made official until the start of the league year Wednesday. But when it happens, Trubisky will get an opportunity he wasn’t afforded last year - to prove he can start. (Chicago Sun Times)

FFToday's Take: Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins (RFA) are currently on the roster so we can currently pencil in Trubisky as the starter heading into off-season workouts. He's getting this opportunity due to the lack of depth at the position across the league. Should he be the starter Week 1, he'll have low-end QB2 fantasy value.
James Conner sticking in Arizona, three-year deal
$13.5M fully guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2022, 12:12 pm

Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals are giving RB James Conner 3-year, $21 million deal that could grow to a maximum of $25.5 million and includes $13.5M fully guaranteed, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: James Conner surprised fantasy owners in 2021 by scoring 18 touchdowns for the Cardinals on his way to being the RB9 in PPR leagues. With Chase Edmonds heading to Miami, the 27 year-old Conner should be the lead back in the Arizona offense in 2022.
Chase Edmonds heading to Miami
Two-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2022, 12:11 pm

Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins and RB Chase Edmonds reached agreement on a two-year, $12.6 million deal that includes $6.1 million guaranteed, per his agent @DrewJRosenhaus. The former Cardinals’ running back is headed to Miami. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Dolphins were using a RBBC last season that included Myles Gaskin, Salvon Ahmed, Phillip Lindsay, Duke Johnson and Malcolm Brown. Lindsay and Brown are both unrestricted free agents. It's safe to assume Edmonds will be part of a committee but hopefully it's just a committee of two, allowing for some weekly flex appeal.
Tom Brady not cool with retirement, returns to Tampa Bay
These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2022, 7:13 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands. That time will come. But it’s not now. I love my teammates, and I love my supportive family. They make it all possible. I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. Unfinished business LFG (Tom Brady on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: I'm sure we'll hear more about the reasoning but for now, Tom Brady is set to come back to the Bucs for the 2022 season. The timing allows for other Bucs free agents like Leonard Fournette and Rob Gronkowski the option of knowing they'll have a competent quarterback next season. Mike Evans and Chris Godwin (ACL) will continue to reap the benefits in the fantasy production department.
Michael Gallup gets extension, $27 million guaranteed
Late-season ACL injury may hamper 2022 season
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2022, 7:09 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys and WR Michael Gallup have agreed to a five-year, $62.5 million extension with $27 million in guarantees, source said. (Michael Gehlken on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Cowboys have decided to let Amari Cooper go to Cleveland and give Gallup an extension. Remember, Gallup is coming of a late-season ACL tear and is questionable for Week 1. When he's able to step on the field, he'll be the Dak Prescott's second option behind CeeDee Lamb.
Amari Cooper headed to Cleveland
Cowboys get 2022 fifth-round pick
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2022, 2:00 pm

Cleveland Browns
Dallas Cowboys agree to trade wide receiver Amari Cooper to Cleveland Browns, sources say. The Dallas Cowboys agreed to trade wide receiver Amari Cooper and a sixth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for a 2022 fifth-round pick and a sixth-round pick, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Saturday. The deal is pending a physical and should be finalized by the middle of next week. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: We've been hearing over the last few weeks that Cooper's time in Dallas may be coming to end and it looks like it will be made official next week. The Browns failed to make Odell Beckham Jr. a thing over the last three years and will now try their luck with Cooper. With Baker Mayfield still at quarterback, it's difficult to get excited about Cooper's fantasy prospects. Jarvis Landry has permission to seek a trade.
Colts trade Carson Wentz to Commanders
Colts get 2nd round, 3rd round pick in 2022, 3rd in 2023
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2022, 2:23 pm

Indianapolis Colts
Colts are trading QB Carson Wentz to Washington for a package of packs that is thought to include two third-round picks, sources tell ESPN. Washington is paying the full $28 million due to Carson Wentz this year, which includes a $5 million roster bonus due next week. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Colts are getting a 2nd round and 3rd round pick in 2022, along with a 3rd round pick in 2023. The Commanders will get Wentz and a 2022 second round pick. Wentz lasted one season in Indianapolis and had a brutal game to close out the regular season, a loss to the Jaguars which kept the Colts out of the playoffs. Wentz is a marginal fantasy asset, best as a QB2 in redraft leagues.
Bucs place franchise tag on WR Chris Godwin
Both sides working on long-term deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2022, 3:07 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs and WR Chris Godwin did not reach a long-term deal today and he now will be tagged, officially, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The two sides are working on a long-term deal but haven't reached an agreement yet. If Godwin were to remain on the franchise tag, he would earn $19.2 million in 2022. Godwin tore his ACL in mid-December so he'll be on a tight timeline in order to make it back for the start of the 2022 season. The question is, who will be playing quarterback for the Bucs?
Russell Wilson headed to Denver in blockbuster deal
Drew Lock, Noah Fant, Shelby Harris, two first-round picks to SEA
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2022, 2:17 pm

Denver Broncos
Blockbuster: After weeks of negotiations, in one of the largest trades in NFL history, the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos have agreed to terms for a deal involving Super-Bowl winning QB Russell Wilson, sources tell ESPN. Trade is pending a physical and Wilson’s approval. Trade package: Seattle gets QB Drew Lock, TE Noah Fant, DL Shelby Harris, two first-round picks, two second-round picks and a fifth-round pick. Denver gets Russell Wilson and a fourth-round pick. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This is a monster deal for both teams but leaves the Seahawks without a proven quarterback. The Broncos have been QB shopping for the better part of two years and finally get a proven NFL QB in Wilson. Despite losing an athletic tight end in Fant, Wilson will have Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton on the outside. Albert Okwuegbunam is likely to become a fantasy darling among touts.
Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers agree on new deal
4-year, $200M deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2022, 11:26 am

Green Bay Packers
The #Packers and MVP QB Aaron Rodgers have agreed to terms on a 4-year, $200M deal that makes him the highest paid player in NFL history, sources say. He gets a whopping $153M guaranteed and his cap number goes down. A monstrous commitment by GB for years to come. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Rodgers will be staying put in Green Bay likely for the remainder of his career as he will be 42 years old when this contract is complete. This deal signals that Davante Adams will be retained, likely through a franchise tag, keeping Rodgers' security blanked in tact. Rodgers was the QB11 in 2021 with a 4115-37-4 line. With Rodgers off the market, it has been reported that the Broncos will be looking at Russell Wilson in a possible trade.
Cowboys place franchise tag on TE Dalton Schultz
Coming off his best season
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2022, 10:01 am

Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys are franchise tagging TE Dalton Schultz, source said, keeping another playmaker in the fold. Coming off his best season, Schultz now is locked in for 2022 with a long-term deal the hope in the future. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Cowboys have until July 15th to work out a long-term deal or else Schultz will make $10.9 million in 2022. Schultz was a nice surprise at the position in 2021 finishing as the TE5 in PPR leagues with a 78-808-8 line. With a recent hip surgery for Blake Jarwin, Schultz should be the Dallas tight end to target for fantasy owners in 2022.
Dolphins place franchise tag on TE Mike Gesicki
$10.93M if he doesn't sign a long-term deal before July 15th
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2022, 9:00 am

Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins have placed the franchise tag on TE Mike Gesicki, source says. TE franchise tag is $10.93M. Gesicki played more snaps out of the slot than any other TE in 2021 as he set career highs in yards/catches. He considers himself a big slot WR & rarely does much in-line blocking. He’ll go down as TE franchise tag # though unless he files & wins a grievance. (Cameron Wolfe on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Despite catching 20 more passes, accumulating 73 more yards and running most of routes off the line of scrimmage, Gesicki actually didn't match his fantasy output from 2020 due largely to four fewer touchdowns. His 73 receptions were a career high. Gesicki should be a low TE1 option in 2022, especially in PPR leagues.
Calvin Ridley suspended for betting on games
Will miss the 2022 season
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2022, 3:40 pm

Atlanta Falcons
The NFL is suspending #Falcons WR Calvin Ridley indefinitely for at least the 2022 season for gambling on NFL games after he left the team last season. Ridley was away from the team facility when he made the bets during a five-day period last November. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Ridley missed games 12 for personal reasons last season and will now miss all of 2022. This coming off a fantastic season in 2020 where he finished with a 90-1374-9 line, checking in as fantasy's No.4 receiver. Ridley is eligible for reinstatement on February 15th, 2023. The Falcons have a massive hole to fill in their receiving corps.
Browns place franchise tag on TE David Njoku
Both sides working on long-term deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2022, 12:05 pm

Cleveland Browns
Source: The #Browns tagged TE David Njoku. The first one. The #Browns and David Njoku’s agent Malki Kawa have been in long-term negotiations on an extension. The hope is the tag is a place holder for an eventual deal. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The tag will guarantee Njoku roughly $11 million in 2022 if the sides can't come to terms on a long-term deal. Njoku is still just 25 years old but hasn't come close to his ceiling. His 36-475-4 line last season ranked him 23rd among tight ends in fantasy points per game. Austin Hooper is in the middle of his four-year $42 million deal signed in March of 2020.
Cole Beasley allowed to seek trade
Team would welcome him back if he can't find a trade partner
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 4 2022, 1:19 pm

Buffalo Bills
From NFL Now on @nflnetwork: The #Bills have granted permission for WR Cole Beasley to seek a trade, though GM Brandon Beane told me late yesterday the team would welcome him back and “no door has been closed.” (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: In Buffalo, Beasley is likely to be fourth in the pecking order next season behind Stefon Diggs, Gabriel Davis and TE Dawson Knox. The soon-to-be 33 year-old matched his reception total in 2020 (82) but saw his yardage total dip to 693 with only 1 TD in 2021. He'll be off the fantasy radar for the foreseeable future.
Cowboys likely to release Amari Cooper
Cooper is due $20 million fully guaranteed on March 20th
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 4 2022, 10:38 am

Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys are “likely” to release WR Amari Cooper by the start of the new league year, per league sources. Cooper is due $20 million in fully guaranteed money on the fifth day of the new league year, March 20. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Cooper was wildly inconsistent during his 2021 campaign which saw him miss a couple games due to Covid-19. His 865 yards broke a string of the three consecutive seasons over 1000 receiving yards. Cooper will turn 28 this June and should have plenty of suitors if he becomes a free agent. CeeDee Lamb is set to become the true No.1 receiver in Dallas.
Injury Blake Jarwin had hip surgery in February
Dalton Schultz set to be a free agent
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 3 2022, 2:15 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Multiple sources say the Cowboys have serious concerns about TE Blake Jarwin. He underwent a particular hip surgery that’s only been done on hockey and basketball players. Sources also indicate the team is confident in Blake Jarwin’s ability to rehab from surgery. His injury along with Dalton Schultz’s free agency has the Cowboys thin at the TE position. (Calvin Watkins on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Jarwin's rehab could linger into the 2022 season and with Dalton Schultz set to be a free agent, the Cowboys have some depth issues at the tight end position. It's likely Dallas will look to retain Schultz in free agency, and if they do, he will be the option to target for fantasy owners.
NFL suspends Covid-19 protocols
Encouraging trends
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 3 2022, 1:00 pm

NFL and NFLPA “have agreed to suspend all aspects of the joint COVID-19 Protocols, effective immediately” per this memo sent out today. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The NFL is citing recent trends that show the spread of Covid-19 is declining. The players association is also on board. Testing will continue to occur when players present with symptoms and any player or individual who tests positive must isolate for five days after the positive test. If this policy holds through next season, it should make managing your fantasy team much easier in 2022.
Giants release Devontae Booker
$2.1M in cap savings while leaving $1M in dead money
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 2 2022, 1:10 pm

New York Giants
The Giants are cutting RB Devontae Booker, per source. The move creates $2.1M in cap savings while leaving $1M in dead money. Booker had 593 rushing yards last season, which tied with Saquon Barkley for the team lead. (Dan Duggan on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Booker had some useful fantasy weeks filling in for the injured Barkley which included 40 receptions on the season. At age 30, he'll look to catch on elsewhere this off-season likely in a similar role. The Giants also released backup tight end Kyle Rudolph.
Panthers bring back TE Ian Thomas, three-year deal
Blocking tight end stays in Carolina
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 25 2022, 9:33 am

Carolina Panthers
Panthers bringing back TE Ian Thomas on a three-year deal. While Thomas hasn't become a Greg Olsen-type receiver, he's easily the team's best blocking TE. It's a three-year deal for Ian Thomas worth $16.95 million, with $8 million guaranteed, per source. (Joe Person on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: After four years in the league, Thomas' best fantasy season continues to be his rookie year when he posted a 36-333-2 line - a ho-hum effort for fantasy tight end. Carolina didn't feature the position in the passing game last season and if they do in the future, the production is likely to come from Tommy Tremble.
Injury Sprained knee for Joe Burrow
Won't require surgery
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 15 2022, 3:00 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
#Bengals QB Joe Burrow suffered a knee injury in the Super Bowl that won't require surgery, sources say, based on initial tests. He’ll have to rehab, but the sprain shouldn’t drastically alter his offseason. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Burrow was down on the ground after getting bent awkwardly on a tackle. He finished the game but it was obvious some damage had been done. It sounds like he avoided a significant injury but the Bengals will surely take a cautious approach to his workload this off-season.
Injury ACL injury for Odell Beckham Jr.
Second ACL injury for Beckham
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 14 2022, 3:00 pm

Los Angeles Rams
#Rams WR Odell Beckham Jr. is believed to have torn his ACL in last night’s Super Bowl win, source said. That means a long road of recovery for the free agent, who has a challenge to be ready for 2022. Beckham had 2 catches for 52 yards, 1 TD and 1 moonwalk before the injury. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Beckham went down late in the first half of the Super Bowl with a non-contact injury to the same knee he injured in 2020. This will be the second ACL injury in two years which is certainly going to hurt his free agent value this off-season. Beckham has said publicly that he would like to return to the Rams, even at a pay cut.
Injury Rams activate Darrell Henderson, Tyler Higbee Out
Sprained MCL for Higbee
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 11 2022, 4:02 pm

Los Angeles Rams
The #Rams officially activated RB Darrell Henderson and NT Sebastian Joseph-Day from Injured Reserve... but placed TE Tyler Higbee and OT Joseph Noteboom on IR. Both are out for Sunday. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Higbee was a long shot to play in Super Bowl LVI after injuring his knee during the Conference Championship game. Kendall Blanton is expecting to fill in after catching 5 passes for 57 yards on five targets against the 49ers. He's got some DFS appeal. How much Henderson plays is somewhat of a mystery. It's likely he'll be third in the pecking order behind Cam Akers and Sony Michel making him a dart-throw on this Showdown slate.
Injury Robert Woods could be cleared by minicamp
Recovering from November ACL tear
By: Doug Orth | Feb 10 2022, 10:30 pm

Los Angeles Rams
Robert Woods tore his ACL in November during practice one day after the Rams agreed to terms with WR Odell Beckham Jr. and Woods jogged for the first time Wednesday since getting hurt. It felt good, and he’s on track to be cleared by minicamp in the spring. Woods anticipates a full recovery by the spring, but he emphasized the need for patience before he feels like he’s more than medically cleared and actually ready to play football again. (PFN - Aaron Wilson)

FFToday's Take: Beckham's impending free agency figures to play a large role in how important Woods will be for fantasy purposes in 2022, although he will almost certainly remain a fantasy starter either way. If OBJ leaves, Woods should be a low-end WR2 at worst. If Beckham returns, Woods would likely be a high-end WR3 at best.
New Orleans to promote Dennis Allen
Set to replace Sean Payton as head coach
By: Doug Orth | Feb 7 2022, 11:50 pm

New Orleans
The New Orleans Saints have informed DC Dennis Allen that they are hiring him as their next head coach, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Monday. Allen, 49, will replace his longtime boss, Sean Payton, who stepped away two weeks ago. This will be Allen's second stint as a head coach after he went 8-28 as coach of the Raiders from 2012 to 2014. The Saints also interviewed former NFL head coaches Brian Flores and Doug Pederson, Detroit Lions DC Aaron Glenn, Kansas City Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy and their own special teams coordinator, Darren Rizzi, for the job. (ESPN - Mike Triplett)

FFToday's Take: The Saints will certainly miss Payton's play-calling acumen, but Allen gives the team its best shot of continuing the culture that the longtime coach built in the Big Easy. Allen's defense has become the strength of the team in recent years, and it seems likely that will be the case again in 2022. OC Pete Carmichael has long served as Payton's right-hand man on offense and should be able to get the Saints back on track as soon as they can find a capable quarterback.
Kirk Cousins likely to remain in Minnesota
Expected new HC high on veteran QB
By: Doug Orth | Feb 7 2022, 11:30 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Soon-to-be Vikings HC Kevin O'Connell conveyed a firm belief in Kirk Cousins during the interview process, I'm told. He's high on him. The front office must decide on Cousins' future due to his $45M cap hit, but many coaches interviewing for job liked Cousins, O'Connell included. (ESPN - Jeremy Fowler)

FFToday's Take: Cousins is entering the final season of the three-year extension he signed in 2020. With a $35 million base salary and $45 million dead cap hit, the Vikings are likely stuck with him whether they want to be or not. Cousins actually played some of the best football of his career at times in 2021, but a relatively weak finish to the season gave his critics enough ammunition to continue labeling him a quarterback unable to win the big game. Regardless, he should be considered a top 15 option at his position entering next season.
Texans expected to hire Lovie Smith as head coach
Former Buccaneers and Bears head coach
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 7 2022, 2:38 pm

Houston Texans
Texans are expected to hire former Buccaneers and Bears head coach Lovie Smith as their own head coach, sources tell me and @fieldyates. Smith was the Texans’ associate head coach last season; all he now needs to do is drop the associate from his title. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Smith hasn't had much luck as a head coach in the league and spent four years at the University of Illinois before returning to the NFL in 2021 as the defensive coordinator and associate head coach for Houston. This is an uninspiring hire for a team that seems to be lacking a direction.
Alvin Kamara arrested on battery charge
Charge of battery resulting in substantial bodily harm
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 6 2022, 10:00 pm

New Orleans
New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara was arrested on a battery charge on Sunday in Las Vegas after being accused of injuring someone at a nightclub on the eve of the Pro Bowl, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. The police said detectives determined the victim was battered by Kamara. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Not a good look for the Saints star running back. The investigation is ongoing and very few details are available. We should know more in the coming days.
Jaguars hire Doug Pederson as head coach
Pederson spent last season out of football
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 3 2022, 10:35 am

Jacksonville Jaguars
Doug Pederson and the #Jaguars have now agreed in principle, source said. He’s their new coach. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Pederson spent last season out of football after getting let go by the Eagles after the 2020 season. He went 42-37-1 in five years with Philadelphia. Jacksonville has gone through a host of head coach interviews over the last couple weeks including Darrell Bevell, Byron Leftwich, Nathaniel Hackett and others. Jacksonville has been a perennial doormat and Pederson has his work cut out for him get the franchise turned around with Trevor Lawrence at the helm on the field.
Injury Tyler Higbee dealing with MCL sprain
Status for Super Bowl uncertain
By: Doug Orth | Jan 31 2022, 10:00 pm

Los Angeles Rams
Tyler Higbee sprained his MCL, per McVay. Team will try to get him back for SB but will be day to day process. (The Athletic - Jourdan Rodrigue)

FFToday's Take: Much as is the case with C.J. Uzomah, who also suffered an MCL sprain on Sunday, Higbee figures to be a longshot to be completely healthy in two weeks. Kendall Blanton came up big in Higbee's absence in the NFC Championship and would likely be a decent bet for at least five targets in the Super Bowl if Higbee is unable to make it back in time. Blanton would be the preferred option over Drew Sample if neither starting tight end is cleared to play in the Super Bowl.
Injury MCL sprain for C.J. Uzomah, could play in Super Bowl
MRI encouraging
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 31 2022, 1:05 pm

Cincinnati Bengals
#Bengals coach Zac Taylor says the MRI was “encouraging.” Just an MCL sprain. He’s got a chance. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: C.J. Uzomah has very emotional as he left the AFC Championship game on a cart. It seems unlikely that he'll be able to recover in time to play in Super Bowl LVI but it's certainly a possibility. Drew Sample is the next man up.
Tom Brady calls it a career
22 seasons and 7 Super Bowl rings
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 29 2022, 2:29 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Brady is retiring from football after 22 extraordinary seasons, multiple sources tell @JeffDarlington and me. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: 22 seasons and 7 Super Bowl rings. Not a bad little career for TB12 who is 44 years-old, coming off a season where he led the league in passing yards (5316) and passing TDs (43). Serious hints about Brady's retirement starting surfacing over the last week or so and it seems clear that the Bucs are in for a significant overhaul of their roster with Chris Godwin (ACL) set to become a free agent.
Giants hire Brian Daboll as their new head coach
Former Bills' Offensive Coordinator
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 28 2022, 6:28 pm

New York Giants
The Giants are hiring Brian Daboll as their head coach. So it’s an all-new Buffalo duo with Joe Schoen. (Jordan Raanan on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Daboll has been the Bills offensive coordinator for the last four years. Former Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen has been hired as the GM for the Giants. They will attempt to turnaround an offense that's sputtered the last two seasons with Daniel Jones at quarterback.
Big Ben calls it a career
QB opts to retire following 18-year career
By: Doug Orth | Jan 27 2022, 8:40 pm

Pittburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger officially announced his retirement via social media Thursday, Jan. 27. (Ben Roethlisberger on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Roethlisberger steps away from the game as arguably the best quarterback in the storied history of the Steelers. He also figures to get a Hall of Fame call sometime in 2027 when he is first eligible to be inducted. Big Ben's play had fallen off considerably in recent years, but there's little doubt he was still a better option than Mason Rudolph or Dwayne Haskins. The Steelers may be stuck deciding between those two in 2022 if they strike out in free agency because their first draft pick in April isn't until No. 20.
Bears hire former Colts' DC Matt Eberflus as Head Coach
Chicago has missed the playoffs in 9 of the last 11 years
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 27 2022, 10:51 am

Chicgao Bears
Former Colts’ defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus is being hired as the head coach of the Chicago Bears, per sources. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Eberflus has spent the last four seasons as the Colts DC. The Bears recently hired former Chiefs executive Ryan Poles to be their GM so it's a new era in Chicago as they move forward with Justin Fields at quarterback. Chicago has missed the playoffs in 9 of the last 11 years.
Broncos hire Nathaniel Hackett as Head Coach
Green Bay OC heading to Denver
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 27 2022, 6:52 am

Denver Broncos
The #Broncos are finalizing a deal with #Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett to make him their new head coach, per sources. Contract talks heated up Wednesday night. The #Jaguars planned to interview Hackett again today. Instead, Denver lands its top choice. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Hackett was expected to get a head coaching job this season after spending the last three years as the Packers' offensive coordinator. The speculation will begin immediately regarding Aaron Rodgers and potentially Davante Adams heading to Denver to join their former OC.
Sean Payton is stepping away from coaching
Not necessarily retiring, but taking a break
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 25 2022, 2:00 pm

New Orleans
I can confirm via source that Sean Payton is stepping away from coaching. Press conference expected this afternoon. Payton is not necessarily permanently retiring but deciding to take a break after 16 years as Saints coach. No word yet on immediate plans, though sources have told ESPN TV networks are interested. Payton under contract through 2024 so another team would have to trade for him. (Mike Triplett on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Sounds like Payton needs a break. It won't surprising to see him take a year off, show up on TV during Sunday's, then get back into coaching the Saints (or somewhere else) for the 2023 season. New Orleans has plenty of issues on offense, including Michael Thomas' ongoing health issues and a question mark at the quarterback position.
Tom Brady mulling retirement?
QB cites family time as a major factor in his playing future
By: Doug Orth | Jan 24 2022, 9:25 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tom Brady on his Let’s Go podcast about his wife and family and football. “It pains her to see me get hit out there. And she deserves what she needs from me as a husband and my kids deserve what they need from me as a dad. (Tampa Bay Times - Rick Stroud)

FFToday's Take: It is hard to imagine Brady hanging up his cleats following a season in which he led the league in passing yards (5,316) and passing TDs (43), but he has also played in the league about half of his life at this point. He has certainly earned the right to move onto the next stage of his life. Retirement seems unlikely right now, but the 44-year-old appears as if he is going to take his time to decide.
Injury Bucs activate Leonard Fournette, waive Le'Veon Bell
Fournette expected to play
By: Mike Krueger | Jan 22 2022, 3:50 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs are waiving Le’Veon Bell today to make room for Leonard Fournette being activated off injured reserve. (Greg Auman on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: We've assumed this transaction was coming and here it is. Fournette is expected to play against the Rams on Sunday after missing the last month with a hamstring injury. With Ronald Jones out, expect Giovani Bernard to backup Fournette with a sprinkle of Ke'Shawn Vaughn mixed in.