Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on July 27, 2011 @ 11:23:26 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Matt Ryan | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the team's primary focus right now is solidifying their offensive line because it is crucial the team protects QB Matt Ryan.

QB | Nathan Enderle | Chicago Bears | Transaction
The Chicago Bears have signed fifth-round draft choice QB Nathan Enderle and sixth-round draft choice LB J.T. Thomas. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

QB | Kellen Clemens | Washington Redskins | Transaction, Free Agents
The Washington Redskins have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free-agent QB Kellen Clemens (Jets). Financial terms were not disclosed.

QB | Matt Hasselbeck | Tennessee Titans | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Tennessee Titans did not want to throw rookie QB Jake Locker, their first-round draft choice, into the fire right away, so the addition of QB Matt Hasselbeck helps the team in their transition to Locker long term. Hasselbeck was the player the Titans targeted all along, and he'll be able to work alongside Locker to groom him for the future. Locker is going to need time to develop, and the Titans are very aware of that. For the time being, Hasselbeck gives the team peace of mind at the position. He is likely to be their starter throughout 2011, while Locker sits back, watches and learns. In 2012, there may be a competition between the two quarterbacks.

QB | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Indianapolis Colts need to re-sign franchise free-agent QB Peyton Manning to a long-term deal that will be salary-cap friendly. The franchise cost of Manning this year would be $23.1 million against the salary cap, which may be too much to handle.

QB | Marc Bulger | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Baltimore Ravens would like to re-sign free-agent QB Marc Bulger, but they need to find a way to fit him under their salary cap. Bulger reportedly was in conversations with the Arizona Cardinals Tuesday, July 26, but it is not clear what his level of interest is in them.

QB | Matthew Stafford | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford (shoulder) said he wants to hit the ground running when training camp opens. He said the biggest thing for him this year is just staying on the field all season. "I think I can stay out there," he said. "I don't have to make any predictions. My play will do the talking for me."

QB | Kyle Orton | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
The Denver Broncos remain open to trading QB Kyle Orton. The Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins remain the favorite potential landing places for him. His agents have permission to rework his deal with a potential trading partner, which may be necessary because he has just one year remaining on his contract. Talks are expected to continue Wednesday, July 27.

QB | Charlie Whitehurst | Seattle Seahawks | Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks QBs Charlie Whitehurst and newly acquired Tarvaris Jackson are expected to be given the first shot at battling for the team's starting quarterback duties. Jackson has experience in the offense, as he played in the same while with the Minnesota Vikings. They may not be the long-term answer to the quarterback position, as Seattle could revisit their quarterback position after the offseason. Free-agent QB Matt Leinart (Texans) may also be part of the equation in 2011.

QB | Bruce Gradkowski | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Cincinnati Bengals are looking for a veteran quarterback, and it is believed they have interest in unrestricted free-agent QB Bruce Gradkowski. He has ties to Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden from their time together with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

QB | Tyler Thigpen | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills QB Tyler Thigpen will be reunited with Bills head coach Chan Gailey, who served as Thigpen's offensive coordinator in Kansas City in 2008. Thigpen will be given a chance to compete for the team's starting quarterback job with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick.

QB | Donovan McNabb | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, the Minnesota Vikings will send a sixth-round draft choice in 2012 and possibly a sixth-round draft choice in 2013 (depending upon performance incentives) to the Washington Redskins for QB Donovan McNabb. McNabb still has to agree to a reduced contract before a trade can be completed.

QB | Jimmy Clausen | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
Carolina Panthers second-year QB Jimmy Clausen dropped about seven pounds during the offseason and weighed in about 215 pounds when he reported to the team. Clausen said he feels in good shape and is ready to go when training camp begins.

QB | Andy Dalton | Cincinnati Bengals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Bengals are in the market for a veteran quarterback, but they may opt to hand over the starting quarterback duties to rookie QB Andy Dalton, a second-round draft choice. "We think he is promising for our future. It won't be altogether easy for him all the time, but we're going to put him in there and if he can do it we're going to go with him," team owner Mike Brown said.

QB | Alex Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction, Fantasy
The San Francisco 49ers have reached an agreement to re-sign QB Alex Smith to a one-year deal worth around $5 million.

QB | Matt Flynn | Green Bay Packers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Green Bay Packers backup QB Matt Flynn is entering the final year of his contract with the team, but the Packers have little interest in trading him. "I'm not letting him go," head coach Mike McCarthy said, noting he feels a team needs two quarterbacks if you want to win in the NFL. Flynn is expected to serve as the team's No. 2 behind Aaron Rodgers again this season, while unproven Graham Harrell, for now, returns as the team's No. 3.

QB | Kevin Kolb | Philadelphia Eagles | Free Agents, Fantasy
With the Seattle Seahawks bringing in QB Tarvaris Jackson, they are no longer interested in pursuing Philadelphia Eagles QB Kevin Kolb. The Seahawks are also expected to sign unrestricted free-agent QB Matt Leinart (Texans).

QB | Derek Anderson | Arizona Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Arizona Cardinals will release QB Derek Anderson.

QB | Michael Vick | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick and the team have until Sept. 20 to work out a long-term deal based off rules around the use of the franchise tag. Vick signed his franchise tender earlier this year, but has expressed desire in being with Philadelphia beyond the 2011 season. He noted he is not overly concerned about getting a long-term deal done before the deadline. Vick said his focus is going to be on football and being the best football player he can be.


Running Back

RB | Joseph Addai | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Indianapolis Colts want to re-sign free-agent RB Joseph Addai.

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew said he does not expect to have a lighter workload this season and pointed to the fact that he is only 26 years old.

RB | Ahmad Bradshaw | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New York Giants have made a contract offer to free-agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw (Giants).

RB | Cedric Benson | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Bengals reached out to RB Cedric Benson, one of their own unrestricted free agents, Tuesday, July 26. The team appears to still be interested in re-signing Benson despite his arrest 10 days ago. They may also want to sign another back as insurance in case the league feels Benson needs to be disciplined.

RB | Brandon Jackson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Cincinnati Bengals are showing interest in free-agent RB Brandon Jackson (Packers). The Green Bay Packers are interested in Jackson returning.

RB | Marion Barber III | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction
The Miami Dolphins have interest in RB Marion Barber III, who's expected to be released by the Dallas Cowboys.

RB | Noel Devine | Philadelphia Eagles | Transaction
The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms with undrafted rookie free-agent RB Noel Devine (West Virginia).

RB | Tiki Barber | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Steelers do not have any interest in signing unrestricted free-agent RB Tiki Barber (Giants), who has come out of retirement.

RB | Ray Rice | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice said the team will have to install a few new things during training camp, but he doesn't believe they will be set back much by the lockout because they are not putting a totally new offense or defensive scheme into place.


Wide Receiver

WR | Randy Moss | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Jets are interested in unrestricted free-agent WR Randy Moss (Titans). There appears to be mutual interest between the two sides, and the two have already been in contact with each other.

WR | Braylon Edwards | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Jets may not be able to re-sign free-agent WR Braylon Edwards now that they have re-signed WR Santonio Holmes, so they are expected to line up other options as potential targets.

WR | Brad Smith | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Miami Dolphins checked in with free-agent WR Brad Smith's (Jets) agent Tuesday, July 26, but it too early to determine if there is any serious interest.

WR | Malcom Floyd | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Baltimore Ravens may consider pursuing free-agent WR Malcom Floyd (Chargers). Floyd played under offensive coordinator Cam Cameron when both were with the San Diego Chargers.

WR | Santonio Holmes | New York Jets | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the New York Jets have re-signed WR Santonio Holmes to a five-year deal worth $50 million with $24 million in guaranteed money.

WR | Donte' Stallworth | Washington Redskins | Transaction, Free Agents
The Washington Redskins have agreed to terms with unrestricted free-agent WR Donte' Stallworth (Ravens) on a one-year deal. Financial terms were not immediately available.

WR | Jacoby Jones | Houston Texans | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Houston Texans have agreed to a new three-year deal with free-agent WR Jacoby Jones. Jones will receive $10.5 million, with $3 million in guaranteed money.

WR | Chad Ochocinco | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said he expects WR Chad Ochocinco to report to training camp. There has been a lot of offseason speculation the Bengals would unload Ochocinco and the $6 million remaining on his contract. Ochocinco has had a war on Twitter against the team, but Lewis said he does not believe their relationship has changed and Ochocinco knows that Lewis has respect for what he has done on the field.

WR | Sidney Rice | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings are in a battle to try to sign free-agent WR Sidney Rice (Vikings).

WR | Dez Bryant | Dallas Cowboys | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
With the Dallas Cowboys releasing WR Roy Williams, second-year WR Dez Bryant is now expected to step in as a starting receiver. The Cowboys are rather thin at the position behind Bryant and Miles Austin, so they may look to the free-agent market to add more depth.

WR | Anthony Armstrong | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins WR Anthony Armstrong hopes to improve entering the 2011 season. He had 44 receptions for 871 yards and three touchdowns in 11 starts last season. Armstrong is taking the Redskins' interest in other wide receivers personally. "It's one of those things that if you bring somebody else in at my position, it means I wasn't doing my job effectively," he said. He was one of the first players to report to the team facilities when doors opened Tuesday, July 26.

WR | Derrick Williams | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit
Detroit Lions WR Derrick Williams is expected to enter training camp as the team's No. 4 receiver with the pending release of WR Bryant Johnson.

WR | Bryant Johnson | Detroit Lions | Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit
The Detroit Lions will release WR Bryant Johnson Thursday, July 28, to create room under the salary cap. He was set to make $3.2 million in base salary this season, which is too much for a player projected to be the team's fourth receiver.

WR | Devin Aromashodu | Minnesota Vikings | Transaction, Fantasy
The Minnesota Vikings reached an agreement on a one-year deal with free-agent WR Devin Aromashodu (Bears) Tuesday, July 26. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

WR | Santana Moss | Washington Redskins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Washington Redskins re-signed WR Santana Moss to a three-year deal worth $15 million Tuesday, July 26. He will rake in a $5 million signing bonus and $6 million in guarantees.

WR | Brandon Marshall | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall, who had a rocky offseason, reported to the team facilities early Tuesday, July 26, to begin working out.

WR | Mark Dell | Denver Broncos | Transaction, Free Agents
The Denver Broncos have signed undrafted rookie free-agent WR Mark Dell (Michigan State).

WR | Deon Butler | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Deon Butler (leg) has been able to run and cut as he makes his recovery from a significant leg injury last season. Butler's status entering training camp is a question. He said he is able to run shorter routes at game speed, but said he hasn't been able to do the same for longer routes so far. He feels it may be another month before he is at game speed.

WR | Vincent Jackson | San Diego Chargers | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson will sign his franchise tag tender Friday, July 29.

WR | DeSean Jackson | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick said he doesn't know if WR DeSean Jackson will report to the team on time for the start of training camp. Jackson is entering the final year of his rookie contract and has a base salary around $560,000 this season. Vick said he spoke with Jackson Monday, July 25, and Jackson has some things to think about as well as decisions to make.


Tight End

TE | Zach Miller | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
With the Arizona Cardinals adding TE Jeff King, it appears it will take them out of the running for free-agent TEs Zach Miller (Raiders) or soon-to-be-released Todd Heap (Ravens).

TE | Marcedes Lewis | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis, while under contract as the team's franchise player, may not report to training camp because he wants a long-term deal.

TE | Randy McMichael | San Diego Chargers | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The San Diego Chargers have reached an agreement on a one-year deal to re-sign free-agent TE Randy McMichael. The contract is worth the league's veteran minimum.


Place Kicker

PK | Adam Vinatieri | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Indianapolis Colts want to re-sign free-agent PK Adam Vinatieri.

PK | Mason Crosby | Green Bay Packers | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Green Bay Packers have agreed to terms on a new five-year deal with unrestricted free-agent PK Mason Crosby. Financial terms have not been disclosed.

PK | Dave Rayner | Detroit Lions | Transaction, Free Agents
The Detroit Lions have reached a one-year agreement to re-sign free-agent PK Dave Rayner. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Tyson Clabo | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OT Tyson Clabo (Falcons) is receiving interest from the Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks.

OT | Charlie Johnson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Indianapolis Colts want to re-sign free-agent OT Charlie Johnson.

OT | Rashad Butler | Houston Texans | Transaction, Free Agents
Houston Texans have re-signed free-agent OT Rashad Butler to a two-year, $3.8 million deal.

OT | Jared Gaither | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Oakland Raiders are in negotiations with free-agents OT Jared Gaither (Ravens) and DB Dashon Goldson (49ers).

OT | Doug Free | Dallas Cowboys | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Dallas Cowboys have reached an agreement with unrestricted free-agent OT Doug Free to re-sign with the club. The contract is worth $32 million and includes $17 million in guaranteed money.

OT | Jeromey Clary | San Diego Chargers | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers have reached a four-year deal with ORT Jeromey Clary, one of their own free agents. The deal is worth $20 million and Clary will make more than $8.5 million in 2011. His return keeps the Chargers' offensive line intact from a year ago.

OT | Damien Woody | Retired | Transaction
Free-agent OT Damien Woody (Jets) has decided to retire.

OT | Marc Colombo | Dallas Cowboys | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
The Dallas Cowboys have informed OT Marc Colombo of his impending release. The move will save the team about $2.4 million in salary cap space.


Guard

OG | Rodney Hudson | Kansas City Chiefs | Depth Chart Tidbit
With the re-signing of C Casey Wiegmann by the Kansas City Chiefs, the Chiefs will now be able to slowly work rookie C Rodney Hudson, a second-round draft choice, into the mix. He will have the ability to learn in a backup role behind Wiegmann. Hudson is also capable of playing guard, so the Chiefs may try him at one of those spots this season.

OG | Robert Gallery | Seattle Seahawks | Free Agents
The Cincinnati Bengals reportedly talked with unrestricted free-agent OG Robert Gallery (Raiders) Tuesday, July 26.

OG | Marshal Yanda | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction
The Baltimore Ravens agreed to re-sign OG Marshal Yanda to a five-year deal worth $32 million Tuesday, July 26.

OG | Logan Mankins | New England Patriots | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New England Patriots OG Logan Mankins is expected to sign his franchise tender and report to training camp on time.

OG | Leonard Davis | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
The Dallas Cowboys have informed OG Leonard Davis that he will be released later this week.


Defensive Line

DL | Cullen Jenkins | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Denver Broncos are seeking a starting defensive tackle who can be an impact player. Unrestricted free-agent DT Cullen Jenkins (Packers) is at the top of their free-agent board and remains available. Jenkins, who had seven sacks in 11 games last season, carries some risk, as he has suffered significant injuries in two of the past three seasons.

DL | Aubrayo Franklin | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers are not expected to re-sign free-agent DT Aubrayo Franklin and LB Manny Lawson.

DL | Ron Edwards | Carolina Panthers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with unrestricted free-agent DT Ron Edwards (Chiefs) on a three-year, $8.25 million deal.

DL | Brandon Mebane | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Seattle Seahawks had in-depth conversations with free-agent DT Brandon Mebane, one of their own free agents, Tuesday, July 26.

DL | Jonathan Fanene | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Cincinnati Bengals talked to free-agent CB Johnathan Joseph, one of their own free agents, about returning Tuesday, July 26. They also talked to OLB Brandon Johnson and DL Jonathan Fanene, who are both also their own free agents, Tuesday.

DL | Marcus Thomas | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Denver Broncos are trying to re-sign free-agent DT Marcus Thomas. The two sides have had trouble getting in the same area on financial terms so far, as Thomas played in a different system with the team previously and will have a new role in their 4-3 scheme.

DL | Barry Cofield | Washington Redskins | Free Agents
The Washington Redskins have reached a six-year deal with free-agent DT Barry Cofield (Giants). Financial terms were not available.

DL | Elvis Dumervil | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil has put on 14 pounds, weighing in at 258 entering training camp. He had to bulk up because he is making the transition from outside linebacker in the team's previous 3-4 scheme to defensive end in their 4-3 alignment.

DL | Damione Lewis | Houston Texans | Transaction, Free Agents
DL Damione Lewis has agreed to a one-year deal worth the league's veteran minimum to re-sign with the Houston Texans.

DL | Charles Johnson | Carolina Panthers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms to re-sign unrestricted free-agent DE Charles Johnson on a six-year, $76 million deal that includes $32 million in guarantees. Johnson will reportedly land a $30 million signing bonus.


Defensive End

DE | Adrian Clayborn | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction, Draft
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reached a four-year deal with rookie DE Adrian Clayborn, a first-round draft choice.

The deal includes a club option for a fifth season. Clayborn is the first of this year's NFL Draft choices to agree to a deal.


Linebacker

LB | Jonas Mouton | San Diego Chargers | Transaction
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to terms on a four-year deal with second-round draft choice LB Jonas Mouton. Financial terms were not disclosed.

LB | Manny Lawson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers are not expected to re-sign free-agent DT Aubrayo Franklin and LB Manny Lawson.

LB | Jason Trusnik | Free Agent | Free Agents
It is believed the Miami Dolphins have reached a two-year deal with unrestricted free-agent LB Jason Trusnik (Browns). Financial terms of the deal are not yet available.

LB | Stephen Nicholas | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction, Free Agents
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms to re-sign free-agent LB Stephen Nicholas on a five-year deal. Financial terms were not available.

LB | Nick Roach | Free Agent | Free Agents
Unrestricted free-agent LB Nick Roach (Bears) had breakfast with members of the Chicago Bears' coaching staff Tuesday, July 26. However, it is not clear if he will re-sign with the team.

LB | Paul Posluszny | Jacksonville Jaguars | Transaction
The Jacksonville Jaguars agreed with free-agent LB Paul Posluszny (Bills) on a six-year deal Tuesday, July 26. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

LB | Takeo Spikes | San Diego Chargers | Transaction
The San Diego Chargers have agreed to terms on a three-year deal with Takeo Spikes, who played inside linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers the last three years in the 3-4 scheme under current Chargers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky.

LB | Larry Grant | Free Agent | Free Agents
The St. Louis Rams plan to rescind their tender offer to restricted free-agent LB Larry Grant, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent and move onto another team. He started eight games at weakside linebacker last season.

LB | Jarvis Moss | Oakland Raiders | Transaction
The Oakland Raiders re-signed LB Jarvis Moss to a one-year deal Tuesday, July 26, worth $1.25 million.

LB | Gerald Hayes | Arizona Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Arizona Cardinals will release LB Gerald Hayes.

LB | Joey Porter | Arizona Cardinals | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Arizona Cardinals could release LB Joey Porter depending on what happens during the free-agent market.


Cornerback

CB | Johnathan Joseph | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Cincinnati Bengals talked to free-agent CB Johnathan Joseph, one of their own free agents, about returning Tuesday, July 26. They also talked to OLB Brandon Johnson and DL Jonathan Fanene, who are both also their own free agents, Tuesday.


Strong Safety

SS | Melvin Bullitt | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Indianapolis Colts want to re-sign free-agent S Melvin Bullitt.

SS | Quintin Mikell | St. Louis Rams | Depth Chart Tidbit
St. Louis Rams new S Quintin Mikell is expected to start at one of the team's two safety positions in 2011. Mikell led the Philadelphia Eagles in tackles (88) last season and posted a career high in pass breakups (15). He also added three interceptions, matching his career high.

SS | James Butler | St. Louis Rams | Depth Chart Tidbit
The addition of S Quintin Mikell by the St. Louis Rams could make S James Butler a salary cap casualty. Butler counts nearly $3.3 million against the salary cap and is now one of five safeties on roster.

SS | Kevin Payne | Carolina Panthers | Transaction
The Carolina Panthers and SS Kevin Payne (Rams) have agreed to terms on a one-year contract.


Free Safety

FS | Dashon Goldson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Oakland Raiders are in negotiations with free-agents OT Jared Gaither (Ravens) and DB Dashon Goldson (49ers).

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