Fantasy Football For Breakfast – Sunday, March 18

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Jets Haven’t Yet Announced Bridgewater

When the rumor mill was grinding along, it was reported that Teddy Bridgewater was headed to the Jets. While they have announced other free agent signings like Trumaine Johnson, there’s been radio silence on Bridgewater and he’s not listed on the team’s official roster. Hmmmm?  (PFT)

Ryan Grant meets with Raiders

Oakland already signed Jordy Nelson. Ryan Grant did pass his physical with the Colts so it seems like he will eventually sign somewhere when a team wants to take a chance with him. He’d be the No. 3 WR in Oakland behind Amari Cooper & Nelson.  (Ian Rapaport via Twitter)

Marshawn Lynch expected to stay with Raiders

Oakland will keep Marshawn Lynch on the roster and so they’ll pay out his $1 million roster bonus. Does this guarantee he’ll be on the team during the regular season? Not necessarily. But Lynch would be splitting carries with the recently-signed Doug Martin and the incumbent young duo of DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. Oh, and don’t forget second-year back Elijah Hood.  (Ian Rapaport via Twitter)

Ravens in talks with Mike Wallace

Baltimore has already brought in John Brown & Michael Crabtree so Mike Wallace would likely be the No. 3 WR. Barring an injury or two ahead of him on the depth chart, Wallace wouldn’t qualify as much more than a Fantasy afterthought. (ESPN)

Danny Woodhead retires

After 10 seasons in the NFL, the diminutive pass-catching phenom RB says it’s his time to move on. Now 33 years old, Danny Woodhead finishes with 2,238 rushing yards on 517 carries and 15 TDs as well as 2,698 receiving yards on 300 receptions and 17 more TDs. (Danny Woodhead via Twitter)

More updates coming throughout the morning…

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Tuesday, March 13

Bears will sign WR Allen Robinson

Adam Schefter reports that the Chicago Bears will sign free agent WR Allen Robinson. This is a huge boost to the Bears’ receiving corps and makes you wonder how the Jaguars WR depth chart will play out. Are the top three Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns and then Dede Westbrook? For Chicago, this clears up who is taking the WR1 spot. Cameron Meredith WR2? WR3 is a crapshoot. Final thought: I don’t think playing with the Bears has much of a negative effect on Robinson’s production. Is there passing game really that much worse than Jacksonville? I don’t believe so.(Adam Schefter via Twitter)

Sammy Watkins to the Chiefs

Patrick Mahomes has a new WR1. Not a bad offense on paper: Mahomes, Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and now Sammy Watkins. The former Rams WR signed a three-year, $48 million contract. Watkins hasn’t quite lived up to the hype but he’s also battled injuries and poor QB play for basically his whole career. Will be interesting to see what unfolds for him this year because he could be in-line for a big jump in production. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

Case Keenum headed to Denver

You can remove the Broncos from the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes. Case Keenum will play for the Broncos in 2018 and this doesn’t feel like the right move to me. Denver’s defense isn’t getting any younger or better. Their offense is now marginally improved. Does anybody feel confident saying the Broncos are a lock for the playoffs? I would feel that way if they had Cousins. This move invokes a big yawn from me. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)

Drew Brees re-signs with Saints

Not a big shock but the deal is finally done: Two-year, $50 million. Drew Brees still has at least two years left in him and with the talented class they brought in last year, they’re still on track to compete among the game’s best. (Jane Slater via Twitter)

Ravens release Danny Woodhead

When you can’t stay healthy, what other choice does Baltimore have? He is 33 years old and only played a handful of games over the last two seasons. Might be the end for Danny Woodhead. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

Jags sign OG Andrew Norwell

Following where free agent guards end up isn’t usually high on the priority list for Fantasy owners but look at the context. Jacksonville is letting Allen Robinson sign elsewhere and they ponied up BIG-TIME money for Norwell: a five-year, $66.5 million contract. This team knows where its bread is buttered and if I’m Leonard Fournette, I’m sending the owner and GM some March Madness tickets or a gold chain as a big thank you. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)

Monday, March 12

Bills the team to beat for Sam Bradford

The teams are lining up for who gets who after Cousins. We’ll see how things shake out as they jostle for position. If we knew for a fact that Sam Bradford was going to play in all 16 games: that’d be great. But for me, the risk is just too high that after a month into the season, you have to go to Plan B. (Tom Pelissero via Twitter)

Two teams willing to max-out Kirk Cousins

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says “at least two teams” are all-in on Kirk Cousins and willing to give him a three-year, fully guaranteed contract. The teams we keep hearing over and over again (Jets, Broncos, Vikings, Cardinals) are the likely contenders. Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

Cardinals release Adrian Peterson

The Cards will be OK without AD. They’ve got this guy, maybe you’ve heard of him: David Johnson. After a disappointing 2017 season, Adrian Peterson may finally be washed up. It hurts to say that! He had a few good moments, a couple good games, but Father Time seems to have finally caught up to this generational talent. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)

DeMarco Murray + Jonathan Stewart meeting with Lions

On Thursday, DeMarco Murray was released by the Titans. This meet-up with Detroit is his first with any team. The Lions’ inability to piece together a consistent run game has limited their offensive prowess. It’s not like Marvin Jones and Golden Tate were world-beaters. Revamping this team is just a one-piece-at-a-time process. Murray is still worth a RB3/flex play if he can carve out a role. Also, former Carolina RB Jonathan Stewart will sit down with Detroit. Like Murray, J-Stew needs a limited workload to optimize his talent. (Adam Schefter via Twitter | 2)

Sunday, March 11

Mike Gillislee could get another chance with Pats

Since Dion Lewis & Rex Burkhead are believed to be on their way out of New England via free agency, The Boston Globe reports Mike Gillislee will get another season to establish himself as their between-the-tackles runner on early downs. My message to Fantasy owners is good luck predicting how Bill Belichick splits the playing time and touches every week. (Boston Globe)

Panthers want to add veteran QB

Rumors are all over the place lately. The Boston Globe reports that Carolina is “heavily interested” in bringing in a veteran QB to upgrade their current backup Derek Anderson. There’s plenty of second-tier options available whether it be Blaine Gabbert, Matt Moore, Geno Smith, Mike Glennon or Josh McCown. (Boston Globe)

Joe Thomas retirement decision looming

Drafted third overall in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft, Joe Thomas has been with the Browns his whole career. He’s the only player in NFL history to play the first 10,000 snaps of his entire career. Last year, he revealed he was dealing with problems with early stage memory loss but said it did not affect his play. Questions have been swirling if he’ll continue on for another season. “My decision will be based purely on my health, but I’m excited by the moves John [Dorsey] made,” Thomas said. (ESPN)

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Richard Sherman inks three-year deal with 49ers

The Seahawks cut him loose and poof, just like that, the 49ers signed him. Richard Sherman is still overcoming a serious injury (torn Achilles) so this three-year deal likely contains some incentives for Sherman if he’s healthy and playing well and some outs for San Francisco if he’s unable to play much. Either way, the 49ers see themselves as competitive now. You don’t pay up for a nearly 30-year-old big-time CB if you think you’re still a year or two away. San Francisco will continue to want to make waves leading up to the season, just watch. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)

Teddy Bridgewater could command $15 million annually in short-term deal

The Boston Globe projects that free agent QB Teddy Bridgewater could see anywhere from $12 to $15 million per year on a one- or two-year deal as the league’s available quarterback carousel plays out. (Boston Globe)

Case Keenum can “likely be had” for $16 to $18 million annually

In case the Broncos don’t get their man Kirk Cousins, Case Keenum is a likely Plan B. The Boston Globe reports Keenum’s hypothetical deal with Denver could be worth anywhere between $16 and $18 million per year. (Boston Globe)

A.J. McCarron still an option for Cleveland?

After acquiring Tyrod Taylor via trade, the landing spot for A.J. McCarron is no longer as clear. McCarron was believed to reunite with Hue Jackson after their many years together in Cincinnati. The Taylor trade throws a wrench in those plans, at least for now. (Boston Globe)

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Paul Richardson thinks his days in Seattle are numbered

When discussing his future on social media, Paul Richardson said, “one thing I do know is I had a ball in Seattle!” If you read between the lines, those sound like parting words. Richardson, along with Jimmy Graham, are two teammates that may be on their way out of Seattle due to expanding contract demands. Between P-Rich & Graham, the Seahawks can save a total of $30 million towards the cap and better invest in some younger players & prospects. (Paul Richardson via Twitter)

Giants cut Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Not a big move for most Fantasy leagues but the Giants’ pass defense last year was atrocious and ranked second-to-last. They already have been having disciplinary issues with their other high-profile CB Eli Apple. He is also been rumored as a possible trade candidate. Now they cut Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. This release does save the team $6.5 million. It’s worth remembering because you’ll want to consider the matchup if your WR is facing the Giants. They’ll need a serious overhaul at the position if they end up trading Apple. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)

Saturday, March 10

DeShone Kizer headed to the Frozen Tundra of Green Bay

Cleveland will receive CB Damarious Randall and swap picks in the 4th & 5th round with the Green Bay Packers in exchange for DeShone Kizer. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

Tyrod Taylor traded to the Browns

Cleveland traded their third round pick (No. 65) to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for Tyrod Taylor. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

Jarvis Landry traded to the Browns

The Browns sent their 2018 fourth-round pick & 2019 seventh rounder to Miami for Jarvis Landry. (Mary Kay Cabot via Twitter)

Wednesday, March 7

Emmanuel Sanders joins Von Miller in Kirk Cousins recruitment

The Broncos’ recruitment of Kirk Cousins is reaching a fever pitch. Emmanuel Sanders on Tuesday tweeted out “The Cousins to Demaryius Thomas and myself combination would be dangerous!!!” Von Miller & C.J. Anderson have publicly commented on their desire to see Cousins join them in the Mile High City. (PFT)

Pats a long shot to retain FA RB

Dion Lewis is scheduled to be a free agent once the new year begins in the NFL (March 14) New England already have Mike Gillislee, Brandon Bolden and James White under contract. Rex Burkhead is also scheduled to be a FA once the new year begins. Retaining Lewis as something like a RB3 seems unnecessary given the sizable payday he is seeking. The Pats prefer their backs in the $1 to $2 million range. It is speculated that Lewis is seeking a three-year deal worth $18 million. (Mike Giardi via Twitter)

Lions listening to Eric Ebron trade offers

Considering he was the No. 10 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Eric Ebron has never lived up to the hype. He’s been good at times but certainly not in the elite class of the position for Fantasy owners. So it only makes sense for the Lions to consider their options as 2018 is his contract year. However, his $8.25 million owed for 2018 does not lock in until the first day of the new season (March 14). So if there was a time to move him, it’s sometime in the next week. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)

Jordan Matthews given “bad diagnoses” from Philly docs

In December, Jordan Matthews opted for surgeries to repair his injured knee and ankle after visiting with Buffalo doctors. Matthews felt he was given bad advice from the Eagles doctors and was at risk for further injuries if not for the Bills medical staff’s guidance. Matthews is a free agent in 2018 and the Bills are not believed to be interested in signing him back. (Mike Rodak via Twitter)

More updates coming throughout the morning…

Tuesday, March 6

Redskins want Allen Robinson + No franchise tag

If the Jaguars allow WR Allen Robinson to test the free agency market, the Redskins are expected to pursue him hard. Washington wants to bolster their duo of Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson with a true No. 1 WR. Crowder in the slot and Doctson as the No. 2 WR seems like the most ideal scenario. Also, the Jaguars will not use the franchise tag on Robinson. (NBC Sports Washington + Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

Chris Ivory signs with Buffalo Bills

Playing behind LeSean McCoy is a good fit for Chris Ivory. He runs with tenacity and is at his best when he’s limited to maybe a dozen carries per game. Ivory and Buffalo agreed to a two-year, $5.5 million contract. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

Le’Veon Bell won’t go to training camp

Just like he did prior to the 2017 season, Le’Veon Bell is expected to skip training camp for this upcoming season. Bell and Pittsburgh are attempting to find middle ground for a big-time contract. The former Michigan St. runner wants a minimum of $14.5 million per year. For context, Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman is the league’s top paid RB with $8.25 million per year headed to his back pocket. Bell’s high perceived sense of self-worth stems from his belief he is more than just a RB and wants a salary more in line with WRs, as opposed to RBs. (ESPN)

No franchise tag for Sammy Watkins

Sammy Watkins isn’t worth the money involved if given the franchise tag and if a team wants to spend that kind of money on him via free agency, that’s their mistake. Even with all the good things the Rams were doing on offense last year, Watkins ended up with fewer than 600 receiving yards. Eight TDs scored, but still, not enough productivity given all the hype that usually surrounds Watkins. (Jason La Canfora via Twitter)

Moncrief to the Ravens a possibility

Donte Moncrief and the Baltimore Ravens would be a “match that’s worth watching” according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The perennial offseason darling never quite lives up to the sleeper hype and an injured Andrew Luck hasn’t helped his growth over the last couple seasons. Baltimore needs upside on the cheap and it’s unlikely any team is eager to overpay for Moncrief’s underachieving performances. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

Cowboys & DeMarcus Lawrence agree to 1-year, $17 million contract

It wasn’t that long ago that Dallas used the franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence. He promptly signed the deal and there’s still about four months that Dallas could potentially make a deal for a longer-term contract with Lawrence. The former Boise St. pass-rusher is coming off his best season after finishing with 58 total tackles, 15 sacks and 4 forced fumbles.  (

Eagles seeking first-rounder for Nick Foles

Fly Eagles Fly. May as well shoot for the moon, right? Philly may believe Nick Foles to be the best backup in the game and maybe this high price tag is the best move. If nobody is willing to deal, they can keep him and perhaps he is at his best with this coaching staff rather than being the cornerstone piece with a new franchise who would be unable to recreate the magic of his 2017 postseason.  (

Jerick McKinnon unlikely to return to Vikings

When the Vikings committed to Dalvin Cook last year, before his injury, that more or less spelled the end of Jerick McKinnon‘s shot at a roster spot in Minnesota. He is a solid two-way player as a runner and receiver out of the backfield, but he never seemed to put it all together. (ESPN)

Monday, March 5

Eagles confident Wentz will be ready Week 1

In mid-December, Carson Wentz went under the knife to repair his torn ACL. The surgery was a success and Wentz is on track for a healthy return once the season begins. I guess we’ll see how ready he is when training camp opens up in July. (MMQB)

Gronkowski mulling over retirement?

SI’s Peter King is reporting Patriots stud TE Rob Gronkowski has yet to make a decision on retirement. The Gronkster turns 29 this spring. In his last two seasons, he’s missed 10 games total and you’ll regularly find him on the weekly injury report. Although his career numbers aren’t up there with guys like Tony Gonzalez and Shannon Sharpe, Gronk would certainly go down as one of the best to ever do it his position whenever he does decide to hang up his cleats once and for all. (MMQB)

Browns HC prefers vet QB signing over spending draft pick

Hue Jackson, the Cleveland Browns head coach, prefers signing a QB like A.J. McCarron rather than using an early draft pick on a QB. A report a couple days ago suggested the same thing, hinting that Jackson didn’t want a rookie starting in Week 1. Basically, he doesn’t mind grooming a rookie QB, but forcing a rookie to start throws them into the fire too quickly. But what about DeShone Kizer? Is that over already? Who knows with Cleveland? (MMQB)

Dolphins are “looking hard” at quarterbacks

Sports Illustrated’s Peter King is reporting he’s heard from multiple people that the Miami Dolphins are seeking a QB in the first round with their No. 11 overall pick. Former Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield is at or near the top of their list. (MMQB)

Franchise tag coming for Le’Veon Bell

Under the tag, Le’Veon Bell will earn around somewhere around $14.5 million. The Steelers now have until July 16 to come to a long-term extension agreement. Considering how lofty Bell’s demands are, this doesn’t feel likely. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

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At least five teams asking about Jarvis Landry

Add the Bears and Ravens to the official list of teams asking about trading for Jarvis Landry. It’s just a matter of when a trade will go down and considering all the teams vying for him, the Dolphins will likely land a good haul for him. Landry is going to be a PPR machine wherever he ends up. (Jeremy Fowler via Twitter)

Saquon Barkley still a possibility at No. 1 overall

The Browns are considering former Penn St. RB Saquon Barkley with the No. 1 overall pick according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Barkley killed it at the combine and has shown elite athleticism to go along with his mega college production. On paper, Barkley is one of the most heralded RB prospects since Adrian Peterson. As reported by SI’s Peter King, Barkley was given a perfect draft grade from one team, which is apparently only the fifth perfect grade given out by the team in the last 20 years. Saints coach Sean Payton said, “He’s the best running back prospect I’ve seen in 25 years.” (Ian Rapoport via Twitter + MMQB)

Sunday, March 4

Jarvis Landry agrees to sign franchise tender

Miami slapped Jarvis Landry with the franchise tag and he has agreed to sign the tender. The context of this is just that Landry couldn’t have been traded away until he signed the tender. So this moves the whole trading process forward a step. A trade is imminent, we just don’t know where yet. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)

Jordan Howard trade to Miami rumors

According to John Mullin of NBC Sports Chicago, there are reports floating around that the Bears would like to trade Jordan Howard for Jarvis Landry. The trade would be Chicago’s No. 8 pick this year and Howard to Miami in exchange for Landry, the No. 11 pick and a third-rounder. Apparently new Bears head coach Matt Nagy doesn’t feel Howard is the right fit in his offense. Nagy worked alongside Andy Reid in Kansas City and Philadelphia. (NBC Sports Chicago)

Aaron Rodgers waiting for Kirk Cousins deal before new deal

Can’t say I blame him one bit. The Kirk Cousins signing is going to be huge and Aaron Rodgers obviously deserves more than Cousins.  Rodgers turned 34 a few months ago and he’s got one big contract left in him for sure. (Charles Robinson via Twitter)

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Dolphins really like LSU RB Derrius Guice

If you’re not familiar with that name, it’s OK, you will be soon. Derrius Guice is widely-considered one of the top rookie backs in this year’s upcoming NFL Draft. He’s a thick runner between the tackles and has pretty good speed considering he tips the scales at 225 lbs (4.49 40-yard dash at the Combine). He and Leonard Fournette were quite the duo down at LSU for a couple seasons. (Armando Salguero via Twitter)

Mike Mayock says Josh Allen “put on a show” at Combine

The NFL Draft is still over a month away but it’s never too early to start building up the hype. Former Wyoming QB Josh Allen is getting a lot of press thanks to his cannon arm strength. NFL Network guru Mike Mayock went on say the following about Allen, “I thought Josh Allen put on a show, and I knew he would. I’ve done a bunch of his tape and saw him live at the Senior Bowl. He’s got as live an arm as anybody I’ve seen since JaMarcus Russell. I heard people thought that was a negative because of JaMacus’s career. But to qualify that, all I’m talking about is arm talent. I’m not talking about the ability to play in the NFL. His arm talent is the best I’ve seen since Russell.” That’s high praise considering Russell could sling it over 80 yards back in the day. (Paul Domowitch)

Four teams still vying for Kirk Cousins, Jets think Vikes land him

The short list according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter has been whittled down to the Vikings, Broncos, Jets and Cardinals. Pretty incredible the Vikings could choose between Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater and they still may end up with Kirk Cousins. The former Michigan St. signal-caller has indicated he’d like to play for a contender. This makes the Vikings and Broncos the likely favorites. Adding Cousins would be a big boost for either of those offenses. SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano reported the Jets are convinced Cousins will go to Minnesota because they are the best interested team. (Adam Schefter via Twitter + SNY’s Ralph Vacciano)

A few teams like Teddy Bridgewater as the starting QB

ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted out that “at least a handful of teams” are eyeballing Teddy Bridgewater. The former Louisville passer hasn’t played significant snaps since 2015. He will probably be a Plan B for those teams that miss out on the Cousins sweepstakes. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)

Friday, March 2

Ravens would like to overhaul WR corps

Jeremy Maclin, Mike Wallace, Michael Campanaro, Breshad Perriman… “Good enough” appears to have been the Ravens mantra when forming this group. GM Ozzie Newsome told the press that his team would be resetting the position. I think this is ultimately treating the symptoms and not the disease. The problem is Joe Flacco. The permanently mediocre QB passed for 3,141 yards, 18 TDs and 13 INTs last year, more or less the worst season of his career. To make matters worse, Flacco commands a $24.75 million cap hit in 2018, making him the fourth-most expensive QB this year. That’s over 14 percent of their salary cap. Good luck Baltimore. (Jeff Zrebiec via Twitter)

Pats interested in C.J. Anderson if released

New England is known for taking on second-hand running backs after they fall out of favor with their original team. That means if C.J. Anderson is released, New England will have him on their radar. A change of scenery may be for the best although, good luck determining how the touches will be split between the Pats backfield. (NESN)

Broncos ready to go all-in for Kirk Cousins

What a boost this would be for Denver’s offense. Easy to forget that this team was still very competitive at times despite having a JV offense for the entire year. Kirk Cousins instantly boosts the value of everyone around him here: Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and here’s an early deep sleeper for you: TE Jake Butt! (Yahoo Sports)

Multiple teams pursuing Dion Lewis

There are reportedly six or seven teams expected to take a long look at impending free agent RB Dion Lewis. When healthy, he’s been a great second option who can catch the ball well and show some explosion and tenacity to push for extra yards. Some of the possible destinations mentioned are the Jets, Texans, Colts, Raiders & 49ers. I like him in PPR but I don’t consider him much more than a RB3/Flex type player. (PFT)

Jarvis Landry given green light to seek trade, Bears interested

The Jarvis Landry story is going to go on and on and on this offseason until he finally moves. Even though he’s basically being discarded by the Dolphins, that’s really only because they overpaid him if only slightly (Landry is scheduled to be the second-highest paid WR in 2018). He’s a great WR and big part of the reason why Ryan Tannehill is even considered anything more than an average QB. The Bears have emerged as a possible interested party but wow, what a change of scenery. From Miami to Chicago. This would be a big move for the depth chart. Cameron Meredith was considered a big-time sleeper last year. Then Chicago just needs one guy to emerge between Kendall Wright, Kevin White, Markus Wheaton, Dontrelle Inman and about 25 other mid-tier guys. Landry would still be a Top 15 WR in PPR formats in Chicago and really, just about anywhere. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter + Miami Herald)

Ravens interested in Torrey Smith if released

Torrey Smith didn’t exactly have a bounce-back season in 2017. He did win a Super Bowl with the Eagles but he only managed 36 catches for 430 yards and two TDs. While he makes for a decent No. 2 WR, he barely has a pulse if you ask the average Fantasy owner. Maybe if your team has 50 roster spots, you can give him a late-round flier. (Jason La Canfora via Twitter)

Marshawn Lynch status with team “in flux”

Will the Raiders bring Marshawn Lynch back? The problem mostly seems to stem from how much money he is owed in 2018. In this second year of his deal, he’s owed a base salary of $4 million, about $1.7 million for a roster bonus paid on May 3rd, plus as much as $500K for games played & a $150K workout bonus. The tricky thing is, if the Raiders release Lynch, there’s no dead money and they’d save about $6 million in cap space. They’re probably reasonably happy with DeAndre Washington, Jalen Richard and Elijah Hood and their combined salaries equal less than $2 million. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Michael Crabtree could be released

The Raiders have given themselves a lot of cap flexibility here. Michael Crabtree can be cut or traded before or after June 1 and the Raiders take on no dead money and save nearly $7.7 million towards the cap. Crabtree’s numbers fell off a cliff last season as the entire Oakland offense struggled to meet the Fantasy community’s expectations. The former Texas Tech star is now 31 years old, coming off a poor season and the Raiders have all the contract leverage. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Davante Adams says no lingering after-effects from two concussions

Since the start of the 2016 season, Davante Adams has sustained three concussions. When I think of three concussions in such a short period of time, I’m reminded of former Colts WR Austin Collie. For those that don’t remember, Collie was a promising slot receiver back in 2009 to 2013 who had his career cut short after dealing with multiple high-profile concussions in the span of about two years. The Packers & Adams seem to be playing this pretty nonchalantly, but what happens if he is concussed again? I like Adams as much as the next guy but Fantasy owners need to be prepared because the next one might be a career-ender. (ESPN)

Danny Amendola testing the free agent market

The consummate pro, Danny Amendola has taken pay cuts in the past to stay with the Patriots. Championships and his bromance with Tom Brady will have that effect. But Amendola is perhaps wisely at least testing the market to possibly drive up the contract he’s seeking from New England. Amendola is 32 years old though and not everyone can be like Brady and play forever. Amendola had one of his better seasons last year (61-659-2) but he’s rarely been much more than a waiver wire add candidate for Fantasy owners. (Boston Herald)

Browns HC doesn’t want to start a rookie QB in Week 1

HC Hue Jackson probably shouldn’t be showing his cards like this, but what he is trying to say is that he wants to sign a veteran signal-caller which will allow the team to groom up the skills of a rookie QB. (Because this worked so well for the Chicago Bears & Mike Glennon, right?) One option mentioned was Cincinnati Bengals QB A.J. McCarron, but there are a ton of vets on the trading block including Case Keenum, Nick Foles or Tyrod Taylor. (Akron Beacon Journal)

Browns want Josh Gordon “for a long time”

A full offseason under Josh Gordon‘s belt will do him a lot of good. The Browns will tender Gordon a one-year deal, this allows him to be an RFA in 2019 and UFA in 2020. Gordon wasn’t nearly as prolific in five games played in the 2017 season, but Fantasy owners need to remember that if a guy can do it once, he can certainly do it again. If you can secure Gordon with one of your last few picks, he’s certainly worth the risk/reward. (Akron Beacon Journal)

Chargers HC wouldn’t be surprised if Rivers plays into his 40s

At 36 years old, Philip Rivers just keeps on playing well. He’s passed for over 4200 yards and at least 28 TDs in each of the previous five seasons. The former 2004 first round draft pick has a nice core group around him. A 9-7 finish last year left them just short of a playoff berth. Many are speculating that Los Angeles will look to draft his long-term replacement in this year’s draft. (SiriusXM NFL Radio)

Bears HC compares Tarik Cohen to Tyreek Hill

It’s an apt comparison considering their size. Also head coach Matt Nagy was the offensive coordinator for the Kansas Chiefs the last two seasons. Tarik Cohen started off 2017 red hot but it all fell apart rather quickly. To take the next step, the Bears need to find clever ways to get him the ball in open space and more importantly, get the rest of offense contributing consistently to take attention off of Cohen. Imagine how tough this offense would be to defend with Jordan Howard in the backfield and Cohen going in motion to line up wide against a big linebacker. (ESPN Chicago)

C.J. Anderson would be surprised to play in Denver next year

Me too! The Broncos would constantly float out rumors about Devontae Booker starting last year or Jamaal Charles possibly receiving more playing time or how they’ll split carries yet it was Anderson who saw a career-high 245 carries. If Anderson is cut or traded at any time this offseason, the Broncos save $4.5 million towards the cap and take on no dead money. In order to clear out cap space for a potential Kirk Cousins signing, guys like Anderson will have to fall by the wayside. (9 News Denver)

Thursday, March 1

Vikings HC describes Sam Bradford’s knee as “degenerative”

Sam Bradford played in two games last year and it’s hard to forget what Case Keenum did with the job during the postseason. But when asked about Bradford’s chances to contribute meaningfully in 2018, Vikes head coach Mike Zimmer used the word “degenerative” to characterize Bradford’s knee. Yikes. With Teddy Bridgewater also in the mix to possibly return to the team, Bradford’s days with in Minnesota are likely numbered. He is set to become an unrestricted free agent in a couple weeks. (Tom Pelissaro via Twitter)

Vikings HC Zimmer: Dalvin Cook “pretty close” to return by OTAs

If you extrapolate Dalvin Cook‘s four games last year into aaaa full season, he could have gone for 1,416 rush yards, 44 receptions, 360 receiving yards and 8 TDs. That’s 269.4 Fantasy points (PPR), and that would have been good enough for seventh-best at his position last season. Hopefully his injury last year is the exception and not the rule moving forward. (Tom Pelissaro via Twitter)

Dolphins HC Gase: Ryan Tannehill “our starting quarterback”

The Jay Cutler experiment didn’t go anywhere. Ryan Tannehill hasn’t played since December 2016. There are rumors abound that Miami may draft a QB with their No. 11 pick. But the problem isn’t Tannehill. He’s been an above-average QB for most of his career. Miami needs to shore up their defense and their run game. If Jacksonville is going to retain Blake Bortles, Miami should absolutely retain Tannehill! (ESPN)

GM has no doubt Andrew Luck will play in 2018

Remember Andrew Luck? It’s been awhile. Colts GM Chris Ballard assured the press corps Luck would be ready. “Do I have any doubt that he’s going to be ready? No, I don’t.” (ESPN)

Odell Beckham Jr. wants to $20 million per season

Odell Beckham Jr. is entering the final year of his contract. So the Giants have probably opened up some type of contract negotiations to secure him long-term. According to the NFL Network, Beckham is seeking $20 mill per year. To put this in perspective, the highest-paid WR, Antonio Brown, will be earning  just under $17 million this year. (NFL Network via Twitter)

Broncos want to retain both Sanders & Thomas

After a down year for both receivers, the rumor mill has been churning out potential scenarios where Denver trades either one of these guys leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Both have two years left on their deals, but wouldn’t this be selling low? Neither guy is breaking the bank. Demaryius Thomas is the 14th-best paid WR, Emmanuel Sanders is 18th-best. That’s about in line with their production so any improvement from the QB position is a huge value booster.  (Mike Klis via Twitter)

Colts will not re-sign Frank Gore

Indy wants to get younger according to GM Chris Ballard. Frank Gore turns 35 in a couple months and 2017 draft pickup Marlon Mack showed some flashes of promise. Gore will be a free agent. Fun fact: Gore ranks FIFTH ALL-TIME in rushing yards. Crazy. (Fox 59 Indy)

Matt Forte retires

A consistent and productive career comes to a close. Matt Forte ranks 28th all-time in yards from scrimmage (14,468) and 23rd all-time in touches (2,910). The wear and tear of all those touches was certainly evident last season. Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire are now the top two backs for the Jets. (Matt Forte via Twitter)

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Panthers cut Jonathan Stewart

Seems as though Jonathan Stewart has been with the Panthers forever, but not any longer. The former Oregon back was a mid-first rounder back in 2008. There still may a little tread on these tires, enough for him to function as a backup. Stewart has never really been able to function as a high volume producer and a smaller role would be his best fit elsewhere. (Jourdan Rodrigue via Twitter)

Bears release Mike Glennon

Who didn’t see this coming? Even when Chicago first signed him, they should’ve already known. Mike Glennon is a reasonably talented backup QB, but asking for more was a mistake. Unfortunately for the Bears, they gave him starter money a year ago. His release clears out $11.5 million in cap space. (ESPN)

Allen Robinson won’t reach free agency

Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone doesn’t think stud WR Allen Robinson will actually reach free agency and the team will finalize a deal soon. Robinson will need to bounce-back from his ACL surgery last year. Many believe he will be franchise-tagged which would lock him in around $16 million this year. (Jacksonville Sports Radio)

Monday, February 26

Odell Beckham Jr. wants to sit out preseason

2018 is the final year of Beckham’s contract and when someone on Twitter mentioned Beckham should play zero snaps, Beckham replied “0”. It’s impossible to extrapolate with certainty that he won’t play at all during the preseason from a single-character tweet. But he is still recovering from an ankle injury and there’s really no reason to push him in the preseason. With the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, many are hoping Beckham will be playing alongside Penn St. RB Saquon Barkley. (Odell Beckham via Twitter)

Cardinals not interested in mounting bidding war for Kirk Cousins

Carson Palmer retired quietly at the beginning of the year to little fanfare. It was one heck of a career though for the former No. 1 pick of the 2003 NFL Draft. However, the Cardinals don’t have much left in the cupboard so perhaps they’ll pursue a QB in the draft. Kirk Cousins is the red-hot commodity in the free agent market and will likely command a hefty sum in the end. Arizona tapping out this early says more about their cap situation than their possible interest in Cousins. Nearly 40 percent of their 2018 cap is split between four players: Larry Fitzgerald, Chandler Jones, Patrick Peterson & Tyrann Mathieu. Committing another sizable chunk of payroll to Cousins would inevitably hamstring the franchise without more than a few contract restructures. (Mike Jurecki via Twitter)

Could the Panthers draft Greg Olsen’s eventual heir

Olsen hadn’t missed a game since the first two games of his rookie season until only playing in seven games in 2017. A broken foot and further aggravating that surgically-repaired injury later in the season made it the whole season a wash. ESPN’s David Newton speculates that this would be the opportune time to address the position via draft. There’s next to nothing behind Olsen on the depth chart and considering he will be 33 next season, it’s not unreasonable to think all that wear and tear finally caught up to the former Miami Hurricanes star. (ESPN)

Tyler Eifert cleared for OTAs

Remember Eifert? Well, we just haven’t seen him in awhile. A back injury landed him on injured reserve after a couple games last season and all these months later, doctors have cleared him for OTAs when those come back around. Here’s the thing: 2017 was the last year of Eifert’s contract with the Bengals so when the NFL’s official calendar year flips on March 14 at 4 PM eastern, Eifert will be a free agent. So where he will practice is more uncertain than when. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)

Blake Bortles ends up with three-year, $54 million from Jags

The rumors just a few days ago said Blake was on his way out. No so fast, my friend! Jacksonville cut a big check but the $18 mill he’s receiving per year puts right in the middle of the pack among starting QBs in terms of average annual salary. All in all, it’s good deal considering Bortles did technically lead the Jags to the AFC Championship game last year. They probably would’ve had to pay Kirk Cousins at least 1.5X that amount. (Adam Schefter via Twitter)

Buffalo Bills wanted to acquire Martavis Bryant via trade last season

The Bills made a play for Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant just before the trade deadline last season. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported the Bills offered a fourth-round pick but that level of compensation didn’t move the needle for Pittsburgh. As mentioned in a previous #FF4Breakfast post, Bryant is in the final year of his rookie contract and only costs Pittsburgh roughly $705K in 2018. With such a low salary, is there really a pressing need to make a deal? There’s also no promise that Bryant re-signs with the team that acquires him via trade. So we’ll just have to see how this plays out in the coming weeks and months. (ESPN)

Lamar Miller could be on the chopping block

The Texans really like D’Onta Foreman and he’s expected to push for the starting job. With that in mind, Lamar Miller is owed $14 million over the next two seasons. ESPN is reporting that this could mean Houston moves on from Miller and by cutting him after June, they’d save $5.75 million towards the cap. (ESPN)

Danny Woodhead a potential cap casualty

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that since Baltimore is tight on cap space, Woodhead is a likely candidate to be cut from the roster simply for cap savings. Alex Collins and Kenneth Dixon would likely be the one-two punches for this offense in 2018, leaving Woodhead without much playing time. Cutting him would save the Ravens $1.8 million against the cap. (Baltimore Sun)

Jordan Howard guarantees the Bears will make playoffs

While appearing on the NFL Network earlier this morning, Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard called his shot: the postseason. Is this realistic? Not really. It’s certainly bold though. Competitors should feel this way. It’s not like he should go up there and guarantee an 8-8 season. The Bears looked pretty good, in small doses, with Mitch Trubisky under center but the NFC North has become a really tough division. This is basically the textbook definition of “easier said than done”. (NFL Network)

Kenny Vaccaro unlikely to return to Saints

After finishing the 2017 season on injured reserve, Vaccaro continues to battle with groin and wrist injuries. The Saints let Vaccaro’s contract expire and he will be a free agent on March 14. The Dallas Cowboys have expressed interest. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Saturday, February 24

Chiefs sending CB Marcus Peters to Rams, KC also wanted Robert Quinn

If you don’t play in IDP leagues, this is still a big move. Peters is one of the best corners in the league and offenses gameplan away from him. After three seasons in the league, he already has 19 INTs. That’s a huge number in today’s NFL. DC Wade Phillips is definitely going to have fun drawing up schemes to take away half the field with this guy. Kansas City was looking to acquire LB Robert Quinn in return but it looks as though the Rams held their ground and will only be giving up draft picks for Peters. Details won’t be known until the trade is official on March 14. (Adam Schefter / ESPN)

Jaguars “exploring their quarterback options”

Shocker. Unfortunately for Blake, the Jags could dump him and take no cap hit as long as he’s out the door by March 14. At that point, his $19 million salary locks in. But committing to a new QB and/or committing to an early draft pick to a QB in mid-March is asking a lot out of a front office. (PFT)

Again, Dolphins are going to trade Jarvis Landry

In case you hadn’t already heard, it seems every day there is a story about how the Dolphins are going to move Landry somewhere. Where? We don’t know. But this time the Miami Herald said it would be a “stunner” if the Dolphins didn’t trade Landry. The list of suitors is basically any team with a pulse. But another team to pique my interest on this list was the 49ers. Garoppolo accomplished a lot with very little and Landry could be his own personal PPR machine. (Miami Herald)

No contract talks yet between Cowboys & Dez Bryant

Dallas wants Dez to take a  pay cut. He’s owed $25 million over the next two seasons combined. Therein lies the problem. Dez really let me down last year. He made $13 mill last year and that’s not gonna cut it when he only posts 69 receptions, 838 yards and six TDs. So my thinking before last season was that Dez just needed more time to gel with Dak Prescott, and maybe he still does? But in three seasons between 2012 and 2014, Dez had at least 1,200 receiving yards and a dozen TDs every year. Then he got hurt and he basically hasn’t been the same. The TD numbers (14 over the last two seasons) are still decent because of his size and strength but the speed seems to be lacking and then some. Dez will eventually turn 30 later this year and I doubt the Cowboys want to entangle themselves with a multi-year contract on an already past his prime WR. Problem is, they really don’t have anybody waiting in the wings to make the leap into Fantasy Football relevancy. This could get ugly. (PFT)

Dolphins need to restructure Ndamukong Suh’s contract

Suh has a whopping $26.1 million cap hit for 2018. Maybe that six-year, $114 million contract signed before the 2015 season wasn’t such a great idea? Cutting him isn’t an option as it would leave $22 million in dead cap space. So keeping him on the team is a given, it’s just a matter of how to move the money around to give the Dolphins cap space in the immediate future. Once they restructure Suh and trade Landry, they’ll be able to breathe much easier under the cap. (PFT)

Chris Ivory cut by Jags

I hinted at this yesterday when rambling on a tangent and bam there it is. The Jags were on the hook for about $7 million with Ivory and cutting him loose clears up almost $4 million. Who would have thought signing Ivory to a five-year contract before the 2016 season would be a bad idea?! (ESPN)

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