Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on July 25, 2011 @ 05:42:22 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Donovan McNabb | Washington Redskins | Free Agents
The Tennessee Titans are believed to be looking at free-agent QB Matt Hasselbeck (Seahawks) as their top target once free agency begins. The Titans are believed to be considering Washington Redskins QB Donovan McNabb as a secondary option in case they are not able to sign Hasselbeck.

QB | Matt Hasselbeck | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Tennessee Titans are believed to be looking at free-agent QB Matt Hasselbeck (Seahawks) as their top target once free agency begins. The Titans are believed to be considering Washington Redskins QB Donovan McNabb as a secondary option in case they are not able to sign Hasselbeck.

QB | Tarvaris Jackson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Buffalo Bills likely will not show interest in free-agent QB Tarvaris Jackson (Vikings) because he would be a better fit for a team that plays a West Coast offense.

QB | Kevin Kolb | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
The Arizona Cardinals rate Philadelphia Eagles backup QB Kevin Kolb as the best quarterback available this offseason. However, obtaining him could be very expensive, possibly costing the Cardinals CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a draft choice or two. The Cardinals would then also want to sign Kolb to a long-term contract.

The Cardinals would also like approval of Kolb by star WR Larry Fitzgerald, as they want to make Fitz happy. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt talked with Fitzgerald about the quarterback position before the NFL lockout. The team wants Fitzgerald's opinion, although Fitzgerald does not have veto power in the process.

QB | Alex Smith | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers unrestricted free-agent QB Alex Smith will likely be among the first free agents to be re-signed when the NFL lockout comes to an end.

While not under contract, Smith acted as the team's starting quarterback and team leader during the offseason. He worked with other players and tried to install new head coach Jim Harbaugh's offensive system. Smith and Harbaugh are expected to meet shortly after the lockout comes to an end to discuss the offseason player-led practices.

"I'm sure that will take place. I'm sure we'll talk about how things went and how I felt about things - what I installed," Smith said.

QB | Vince Young | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
The Tennessee Titans are likely to cut ties with QB Vince Young in a hurry when the new league year begins. Young is due a $4.25 million roster bonus. Under the old CBA, the Titans would have had to pay the roster bonus by the 10th day of the 2011 league year. Howard Balzer, of the Sports Xchange, has reported the proposed deal the NFLPA is reviewing states all offseason option and roster bonuses will have a due date of the second day of the new league year, giving the Titans just one day to cut or trade Young. Because other NFL teams anticipate Young's release by the Titans, trading him may be very difficult.


Running Back

RB | Jerome Harrison | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Eagles would like to bring back free-agent RB Jerome Harrison, but it's likely he'll try and land elsewhere for a much larger role than he'd have with the Eagles.

RB | Michael Bush | Oakland Raiders | Free Agents
Oakland Raiders impending free-agent RB Michael Bush's agent said he is under the impression that Bush will be a restricted free agent because he did not play in his first season.

RB | Matt Forte | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte said he would like a contract extension but does not want to hold out during training camp and become a distraction. Forte said he would like the extension to last five years.

RB | Knowshon Moreno | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
The Denver Broncos are not ready to give up on RB Knowshon Moreno at this point and are hoping that head coach John Fox will help him reach his potential.

RB | Jason Snelling | Free Agent | Free Agents
The St. Louis Rams could pursue free-agent RB Jason Snelling (Falcons) once free agency begins to be a third-down back behind RB Steven Jackson.

RB | Maurice Morris | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Detroit Lions rookie RB Mikel Leshoure is expected to compete during training camp with veteran RB Maurice Morris for the team's No. 2 running back spot behind starting RB Jahvid Best. Leshoure's power between-the-tackles style makes him best suited as a 4-minute back when the Lions are trying to kill the clock.

RB | Mikel Leshoure | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Detroit Lions rookie RB Mikel Leshoure is expected to compete during training camp with veteran RB Maurice Morris for the team's No. 2 running back spot behind starting RB Jahvid Best. Leshoure's power between-the-tackles style makes him best suited as a 4-minute back when the Lions are trying to kill the clock.


Wide Receiver

WR | Terrell Owens | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents
Free-agent WR Terrell Owens (Bengals) probably won't sign with a team until late in the preseason, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said Monday, July 25. Owens tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the spring, but he is on schedule with his rehab, according to Rosenhaus. Rosenhaus previously said Owens could be ready physically by the start of training camp.

WR | Randy Moss | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent WR Randy Moss (Titans) may not receive much interest once free agency begins because some believe that he is limited in which routes he is able to run at 34 years old.

WR | Sidney Rice | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Minnesota Vikings are concerned that they could lose free-agent WR Sidney Rice because he is expected to be an unrestricted free agent and will be testing the market.

WR | Braylon Edwards | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent WR Braylon Edwards (Jets) could receive a one-game suspension once the lockout is lifted for pleading guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated.

WR | Plaxico Burress | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Houston Texans likely will not look to sign free-agent WR Plaxico Burress (Giants) once the lockout is lifted.

WR | Jerricho Cotchery | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery (back) has received medical clearance to fully participate in workouts. Cotchery worked out with QB Mark Sanchez last week and was able to run and cut at full speed during a workout.

WR | Titus Young | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Detroit Lions rookie WR Titus Young is expected to be the team's No. 3 receiver behind starting wideouts Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson.

WR | Vincent Jackson | San Diego Chargers | Free Agents, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers franchise free-agent WR Vincent Jackson is willing to release his claim against the NFL without compensation. He was previously looking for $10 million or the lifting of this year's franchise tag.


Place Kicker

PK | David Akers | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent-to-be PK David Akers (Eagles) is expected to move on, as the team cannot use the franchise tag and transition tag in the same year now due to the new collective bargaining agreement about to take place.


Guard

OG | Max Jean-Gilles | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Philadelphia Eagles have an outside chance of bringing back free-agent OG Max Jean-Gilles, but if the teams likes its rookies, they're unlikely to re-sign him.

OG | David Baas | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers would like to re-sign free-agents C David Baas, S Dashon Goldson, DE Ray McDonald and ILB Takeo Spikes when the NFL lockout comes to an end.


Defensive Line

DL | Ray Edwards | Free Agent | Free Agents
Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent DE Ray Edwards is expected to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles.

DL | Bobby McCray | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Philadelphia Eagles are not expected to re-sign free-agents FS Antoine Harris, DL Bobby McCray or CB Dimitri Patterson.

DL | Colin Cole | Seattle Seahawks | Injury
Seattle Seahawks DL Colin Cole (ankle) could start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list because he recently underwent ankle surgery.

DL | Charles Johnson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Atlanta Falcons are expected to show an interest in free-agent-to-be Carolina Panthers DL Charles Johnson. Johnson grew up in Georgia, and played his college football in Athens.

DL | Kedric Golston | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Washington Redskins may not consider re-signing free-agent DL Kedric Golston once the lockout is over if he is an unrestricted free agent. The team did tender him an offer prior to the lockout in case he was designated as a restricted free agent.

DL | Ray McDonald | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers would like to re-sign free-agents C David Baas, S Dashon Goldson, DE Ray McDonald and ILB Takeo Spikes when the NFL lockout comes to an end.


Defensive Tackle

DT | Nick Fairley | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit
Detroit Lions rookie DT Nick Fairley is expected to be in a prominent backup role for the Lions in his first season. Fairley is expected to be part of the team's rotation at defensive tackle, which includes starters Ndamukong Suh and Corey Williams, as well as rotational players like Sammie Hill and Andre Fluellen.


Linebacker

LB | Ernie Sims | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Philadelphia Eagles are unlikely to re-sign free-agent LB Omar Gaither despite his tremendous work ethic and great play on special teams. The same holds true for smallish LB Ernie Sims, who is also unlikely to be back.

LB | Omar Gaither | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Philadelphia Eagles are unlikely to re-sign free-agent LB Omar Gaither despite his tremendous work ethic and great play on special teams. The same holds true for smallish LB Ernie Sims, who is also unlikely to be back.

LB | Stewart Bradley | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Philadelphia Eagles have an interest in bringing back free-agent LB Stewart Bradley. If the team doesn't re-sign Bradley, the club might keep free-agent LB Akeem Jordan.

LB | H.B. Blades | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Washington Redskins likely would not use free-agent LB H.B. Blades (Redskins) as a starter if they decided to re-sign him once the lockout is lifted.

LB | Scott Shanle | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent LB Scott Shanle (Saints) said he would like to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints once the lockout is over but he is not sure how interested the Saints are in him. Shanle said he did not participate in player-organized workouts during the lockout because he is a free agent and did not want to risk injury.

LB | Aldon Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Depth Chart Tidbit
San Francisco 49ers rookie OLB Aldon Smith, the team's first-round draft choice, is eager to make a switch from a defensive end in college to an outside linebacker in the NFL. Smith, who has already moved to the Bay area, has been a regular participant in the team's player-led workouts.

LB | Takeo Spikes | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers would like to re-sign free-agents C David Baas, S Dashon Goldson, DE Ray McDonald and ILB Takeo Spikes when the NFL lockout comes to an end.


Cornerback

CB | Ellis Hobbs | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents
Free-agent CB Ellis Hobbs (Eagles) (neck) has not officially announced his retirement, but he is not expected to play again. The Eagles certainly won't be re-signing the cornerback and kick return specialist.

CB | Dimitri Patterson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Philadelphia Eagles are not expected to re-sign free-agents FS Antoine Harris, DL Bobby McCray or CB Dimitri Patterson.

CB | Phillip Buchanon | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent CB Phillip Buchanon (Redskins) has indicated that he would like to re-sign with the Washington Redskins once the lockout is lifted.

CB | Nnamdi Asomugha | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Oakland Raiders likely would be interested in re-signing free-agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha if his asking price fits into their salary cap.

CB | Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
The Arizona Cardinals rate Philadelphia Eagles backup QB Kevin Kolb as the best quarterback available this offseason. However, obtaining him could be very expensive, possibly costing the Cardinals CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a draft choice or two. The Cardinals would then also want to sign Kolb to a long-term contract.

The Cardinals would also like approval of Kolb by star WR Larry Fitzgerald, as they want to make Fitz happy. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt talked with Fitzgerald about the quarterback position before the NFL lockout. The team wants Fitzgerald's opinion, although Fitzgerald does not have veto power in the process.


Strong Safety

SS | Quintin Mikell | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Philadelphia Eagles do not seem interested in bringing back free-agent SS Quintin Mikell. He might end up signing with the Carolina Panthers due to his relationship with defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.

SS | Jarrad Page | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent SS Jarrad Page (Patriots) could receive interest from several teams if he makes it to free agency.


Free Safety

FS | Antoine Harris | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Philadelphia Eagles are not expected to re-sign free-agents FS Antoine Harris, DL Bobby McCray or CB Dimitri Patterson.

FS | Dashon Goldson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers would like to re-sign free-agents C David Baas, S Dashon Goldson, DE Ray McDonald and ILB Takeo Spikes when the NFL lockout comes to an end.

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