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Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 17:00
QB will re-sign with Vikings
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)
FF Today'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.
Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 16:00
Shakeup in running back corps
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)
FF Today'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.
Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 08:30
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)
FF Today'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.
Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 05:00
Saints expected to cut wide receiver today
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)
FF Today'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.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 03/04/2014 - 12:00
Save over $3 million against the cap
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)
FF Today'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.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 12:00
Two-year deal, $12 million
"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)
FF Today'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.
Fantasy Football Today - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 08:30
Annual physical reveals no issue with neck
Peyton Manning has been fully cleared following physical. No neck issue. He's officially ready for 2014. (Mike Klis via Twitter)
FF Today'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.
Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 15:00
Long-term deal unable to be reached
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)
FF Today'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.
Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 14:00
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)
FF Today'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.
Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 13:30
Made 33-of-36 field goals in 2013
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)
FF Today'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.
Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 13:00
Free agent WR staying in Philadelphia
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)
FF Today'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.
Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 09:30
$32 million, according to league source
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. (Baltimore Sun)
FF Today'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.
Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 04:00
Free agent QB prefers to stick with the Bears
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)
FF Today'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.
Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 06:00
Five years, $25 million
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)
FF Today'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.