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Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 05:00
Free agent TE
As free agency nears, Jermichael Finley and his agent remain hopeful the tight end will be cleared to play football again relatively soon. Joseph Maroon, the neurosurgeon who performed surgery on the Green Bay Packers tight end's bruised spine, informed them that there's a "99.9%" chance the fusion will fully heal. At that point, agent Blake Baratz said this week, Maroon would clear Finley for "full football activity." (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
FF Today's Take: Dr. Maroon believes sometime in the next 4-8 weeks Finley's neck should fully heal. Finley will be one of the top tight ends available on the free agent market although some teams may shy away given the seriousness of his injury. The Packers aren't expected to re-sign him. free agency begins March 11th.
Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 02/13/2014 - 04:52
49ers wide receiver is a free agent
As for other FAs, I'm told 49ers want WR Anquan Boldin back and the feeling is mutual. I'd expect something to get done to keep him. (Ian Rapaport via Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Boldin is set to be a free agent come March 11th but staying in San Fransisco would make sense for both parties. Boldin is coming off his best season since 2009 finishing 2013 with 85 catches, 1179 yards and 7 TDs and ranked 15th among wide receivers with 161 FPts. He is 33 years old.
Fantasy Football Today - Wed, 02/12/2014 - 04:00
5-15 record with the Browns
Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden reportedly wants out of Cleveland. NFL Network's Michael Silver reported on NFL Total Access Tuesday that two sources told him Weeden wants out "given the turmoil within the coaching staff and the lack of support from the most recent front office, he's looking for a fresh start, a clean slate, a place where he can show that he has the talent to be a productive player in this league." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
FF Today's Take: Weedend has 5-15 record with the Browns and with all the shakeup in the front office it's no wonder he wants a new beginning. The Browns are moving forward with Brian Hoyer and will likely take a quarterback in this year's draft. Weeden is likely to get cut at some point during the off-season.
Fantasy Football Today - Sat, 02/08/2014 - 06:00
Vikings QB becomes a free agent
Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel officially opted out of the final year of his two-year contract today, Pro Football Talk reported, citing a league source. By exploring the free agent market, Cassel stands to get a long term contract for more money. The Vikings could still re-sign him when free agency begins March. 8. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
FF Today's Take: Cassel signed a two-year deal prior to last season and not surprisingly, become the teams starter after Christian Ponder's inadequate play. The Vikings may re-sign Cassel as a veteran but they will likely add a young QB before the preseason begins. The Vikes have the No.8 pick in this year's draft.
Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 02/07/2014 - 04:00
Chargers wideout had 2nd ACL surgery
Danario Alexander devoted months to knee rehab, working to return from an August injury as soon as possible. It won't happen as soon as first hoped. The Chargers wide receiver recently underwent additional surgery to repair the right knee injury that ended his 2013 season, sources said. (San Diego Union Tribune)
FF Today's Take: The follow up procedure done in January makes Alexander questionable for training camp. He's scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March. Alexander has now had two operations on his right knee and five operations on his left. It's safe to say that his career in the NFL is on shaky ground.
Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 02/06/2014 - 17:00
Might be open to a return for the stretch run
In the interview, Tony Gonzalez also suggests at one point that he'd be open to a possible return next season, if the Falcons are 9-2 in November. (Pro Football Talk)
FF Today's Take: Gonzalez's retirement talk at the end of the 2012 season was laughable. This past season, we all took him more seriously but it appears he still isn't quite done with his work on the field. It's still a long shot that would suit up in 2014 but the fact that he's leaving the door cracked means he's not fully committed to retirement.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 13:30
Teams needs resources to resign key defensive players
How can Seahawks sign Golden Tate & Michael Bennett with Thomas & Sherman extensions? Likely to cut Sidney Rice, ask Zach Miller to cut pay. (Ian Rapoport via Twitter)
FF Today's Take: The Seahawks have a number of players to resign and releasing Rice and asking Miller to reduce his $7 million salary cap number would be a step in the right direction. The Seahawks would save roughly $7.3 against the cap but cutting Rice.
Fantasy Football Today - Tue, 02/04/2014 - 12:00
Reduces cap hit in 2014
Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald tweeted on Tuesday afternoon that he had signed a restructured contract, and two NFL sources said the new deal lowers his 2014 salary cap number by nearly $10 million. Fitzgerald was scheduled to make $12.75 million in salary in 2014. Additional cap space was created by converting most of that to a guaranteed bonus, which will be prorated over the remaining five years of the contract. (AZ Central)
FF Today's Take: This move helps clear cap space for the Cardinals next season but the bigger story is Fitz's cap number for 2015 which grows to over $23 million.
Fantasy Football Today - Sun, 02/02/2014 - 06:00
QB has told Redskins management he wants to start
With the Washington Redskins making it clear that Robert Griffin III is their starting quarterback, backup Kirk Cousins is open to being traded, league sources told ESPN. Cousins believes he is ready to start and already has had discussions with the Redskins' hierarchy, which declared Griffin as their starter last month. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: It's no surprise Cousins wants the opportunity to start but the Redskins should be happy with having Cousins in a backup role as insurance for RGIII. the Browns would be a logical landing spot for the QB given that former Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan has just landed in Cleveland.
Fantasy Football Today - Sat, 02/01/2014 - 17:00
Former OC of Redskins headed to Cleveland
The Cleveland Browns will hire Kyle Shanahan as their new offensive coordinator, sources confirmed to ESPN. Shanahan had been the offensive coordinator for the last four seasons under his father, Mike Shanahan, with the Washington Redskins. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: The Shanahan offensive philosophy features a strong "X" receiver and tight end. Andre Johnson / Owen Daniels in Houston and Pierre Garcon / Jordan Reed were beneficiaries of the Shanahan offense. This is good news for the fantasy prospects of Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron. The big question in Cleveland will be what rookie QB competes with Brian Hoyer for the starting job in 2014.
Fantasy Football Today - Fri, 01/31/2014 - 10:30
Owner not shy about draft intentions
Jaguars owner Shad Khan told the Times-Union's Ryan O'Halloran that the quarterback position could be addressed multiple times in May's draft, possibly with the third-overall pick. "Everybody knows we're going to draft a quarterback, maybe two," Khan said. (Florida Times Union)
FF Today's Take: The Jaguars have eight picks in the first five rounds of the draft so they are positioned to take multiple quarterbacks if they desire. Chad Henne is likely to be retained as a veteran backup with Blaine Gabbert being the odd man out and no better than the third QB.
Fantasy Football Today - Thu, 01/30/2014 - 12:50
WR "still having fun"
Wes Welker has no plans of stopping any time soon. Even though he's 32 years old, Welker believes he still has some seasons left in his tank. While ending his career with a Super Bowl win would be ideal, he said he's enjoying the game too much to quit, regardless of what happens in Sunday's game. "Of course it would be a good way to end it, but I am still having fun," Welker told reporters covering the Super Bowl. "I am still enjoying the game. I feel good, and as long as I am out there having fun, I will continue to play." (National Football Post)
FF Today's Take: Ever since John Elway made it popular to ride off into the sunset about 15 years ago, there has been a strong push for 30-somethings that might be nearing the end to do the same. Put Welker in the same crowd as Peyton Manning, who said he would only retire this offseason if his annual physical revealed a degenerative condition in his neck following his multiple neck surgeries nearly two years ago.