Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 15, 2012 @ 09:53:57 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | David Garrard | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents
Free-agent QB David Garrard (back) expects to be fully healed from his back surgery in mid-March to early April and fully intends to play next season. His agent said Garrard is open to joining any team and is willing to come in as the backup.

QB | Ryan Tannehill | NFL Draft Prospect | Injury, Draft
Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill (foot) has shed the walking boot he had been wearing after surgery to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal last month. "Dr. Anderson basically put a screw in there," Tannehill said Tuesday, Feb. 14. "It's locked down and I shouldn't have any problems going forward." Tannehill will head to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine next week, and will go through medical testing and meeting with teams, although he won't participate in on-field drills. He said he will save on-field drills for his pro-day workout in late March when he expects to be back at 100 percent health.

QB | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said he would be "excited" if QB Peyton Manning (neck) stayed with the team for the rest of his career. "I want him to be able to make the choice. We would love to have him back here if he can get healthy and we can look at doing a contract that reflects the uncertainty of the ... healing process with the regeneration of the nerve," Irsay said. Irsay expects to meet with Manning within the next week.

QB | Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
The Baltimore Ravens plan to start negotiations on a long-term contract extension with QB Joe Flacco when the Scouting Combine begins next week in Indianapolis. Flacco can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2012 season.


Running Back

RB | Arian Foster | Houston Texans | Free Agents
If the Houston Texans hope to retain impending free-agent LB Mario Williams, they will have to hope Williams will settle for a hometown discount. The Texans are salary cap-strapped, and they also want to re-sign restricted free-agent RB Arian Foster to an extension.

RB | Peyton Hillis | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Cleveland Browns remain uncertain exactly how to handle impending free-agent RB Peyton Hillis. Some in the organization want to try and keep him, while others want to part ways and draft Alabama RB Trent Richardson.

RB | Trent Richardson | NFL Draft Prospect | Free Agents
The Cleveland Browns remain uncertain exactly how to handle impending free-agent RB Peyton Hillis. Some in the organization want to try and keep him, while others want to part ways and draft Alabama RB Trent Richardson.

RB | BenJarvus Green-Ellis | Free Agent | Free Agents
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis would be a good fit for the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs will likely be looking for a running back to pair with RB Jamaal Charles (knee), who is coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Impending free-agent RB Thomas Jones likely won't be brought back and while RB Jackie Battle likely could have a future in Kansas City, an upgrade may be needed.

RB | Rashard Mendenhall | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Steelers are not expected to release RB Rashard Mendenhall (knee), and doing so would not save them much in the way of salary cap space. Mendenhall is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in Week 17.

RB | Jahvid Best | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best (concussion) has been working out this offseason but still is not cleared to return to football.

RB | Matt Forte | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Chicago Bears could place the franchise tag on impending free-agent RB Matt Forte as early as Monday, Feb. 20, if the two sides don't agree on an extension soon. The franchise tag can be applied to players from Feb. 20 through March 5. The tag for running backs will drop from $9.6 million in 2011 to $7.7 million in 2012.

RB | Mikel Leshoure | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure (knee) is expected to be back to 100 percent health this fall in time for the 2012 season. He is in the final stages of his rehab from the injury; Leshoure is doing resistance training and light running.


Wide Receiver

WR | Marques Colston | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Washington Redskins could show interest in Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent WR Dwayne Bowe and New Orleans Saints impending free-agent WR Marques Colston if they are available this offseason.

WR | Dwayne Bowe | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Washington Redskins could show interest in Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent WR Dwayne Bowe and New Orleans Saints impending free-agent WR Marques Colston if they are available this offseason.

WR | Terrell Owens | IFL | Free Agents
Free-agent WR Terrell Owens (Bengals) said he lost close to $80 million over the span of his 15-year NFL career. Owens wants players to be more aware of where their financial earnings are going. "It's partially my fault because I didn't manage and I wasn't (as) on top of my financial people as I should have (been)," Owens said. "Again, who's to say how much I lost? Have I lost money? Yeah. Was it $80 million? I doubt it. But at the same time, I feel like this is a situation for me to go out and speak and let a lot of guys know that are coming into the National Football League, or any league for that matter ... When you have financial advisers that you're dealing with and that are on their team that are supposed to be taking care of their finances."

WR | Early Doucet | Free Agent | Free Agents
Arizona Cardinals WR Early Doucet, an impending free agent, is expected to hit the market without the team attempting to re-sign him.

WR | Jerricho Cotchery | Free Agent | Free Agents
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent WR Jerricho Cotchery is not expected to re-sign with the team, as he sits fourth on the team's depth chart. Cotchery is expected to sign with a team where he has a chance to compete for a starting job.

WR | Mike Wallace | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agents, Fantasy
As it stands right now, the Pittsburgh Steelers are roughly $10 million over the salary cap, so it would be surprising if the team used the franchise tag on restricted free-agent WR Mike Wallace.

WR | Vincent Jackson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers are expected to let impending free-agent WR Vincent Jackson to hit the market next month, as there is a plethora of alternatives who are expected to become available. Both the team and Jackson said a return is possible.

WR | Calvin Johnson | Detroit Lions | Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson's contract expires after the 2012 season. The team might try to sign him to an extension to free up some much-needed salary cap space before the new season. Team president Tom Lewand said Johnson is obviously among a core group of players the team wants to keep intact.

WR | Randy Moss | Retired | Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys have no interest in retired/free-agent WR Randy Moss (Titans), according to a source.


Tight End

TE | Heath Miller | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley mentioned TE Heath Miller as a player who will be more involved in the passing game going forward.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Jeff Backus | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents
Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand said impending free-agent OT Jeff Backus (biceps) is doing well in his rehab from a biceps injury and is expected to be ready for training camp.

OT | Max Starks | Free Agent | Free Agents
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent OT Max Starks is not expected to be back with the team in 2012.

OT | Jared Gaither | San Diego Chargers | Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers are expected to make an effort to re-sign free-agent OT Jared Gaither, who started five games at left tackle for the team after being picked up from the Kansas City Chiefs.

OT | D'Anthony Batiste | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Arizona Cardinals might let OGs D'Anthony Batiste and Rex Hadnot battle for the right guard job heading into 2012. The team might also try to sign a reasonably priced free agent, or draft another option.

OT | Levi J. Brown | Arizona Cardinals | Transaction, Free Agents
The salary cap figure for Arizona Cardinals OT Levi J. Brown is due to increase from $9.4 million to $16.9 million in 2012, the final year of his rookie contract. Though he showed improvement in the second half of the 2011 season, the team might be inclined to let him go and gamble that they can find a suitable replacement. The team might have to draft a replacement, as there aren't many optioned available in this year's free-agent class. If the team brings him back, they might try to re-sign him at a reasonable number, although it's uncertain if Brown would be open to that and if he is willing to return to the team.


Defensive Line

DL | Paul Soliai | Free Agent | Free Agents
The agent for Miami Dolphins impending free-agent DL Paul Soliai said Tuesday, Feb. 14, that his client is unlikely to return to the team. "The future looks fantastic for (Soliai)," his agent said in a radio interview. "Whether that future ends up being here, that's obviously not up to me. It's never been up to me. And I've never felt like the Dolphins made a very fair push to try to get a multi-year deal done. And I wouldn't anticipate them doing so now with the rumors that they're going to be moving to a 4-3/3-4 hybrid (defense)."

DL | Cliff Avril | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy
Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand said he doesn't anticipate the team making aggressive free-agent moves this offseason. The team is still trying to work out deals with DL Cliff Avril, OT Jeff Backus (biceps), LB Stephen Tulloch, CB Eric Wright and WR Calvin Johnson. Backus is reportedly recovering well from biceps surgery and is expected to be ready for training camp.


Linebacker

LB | Lofa Tatupu | Free Agent | Free Agents
Updating a previous report, the New Orleans Saints met with free-agent LB Lofa Tatupu (Seahawks) Tuesday, Feb. 14, but it is not known if they offered him a contract during the visit.

LB | Mario Williams | Free Agent | Free Agents
If the Houston Texans hope to retain impending free-agent LB Mario Williams, they will have to hope Williams will settle for a hometown discount. The Texans are salary cap-strapped, and they also want to re-sign restricted free-agent RB Arian Foster to an extension.

LB | Stephen Tulloch | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy
Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand said he doesn't anticipate the team making aggressive free-agent moves this offseason. The team is still trying to work out deals with DL Cliff Avril, OT Jeff Backus (biceps), LB Stephen Tulloch, CB Eric Wright and WR Calvin Johnson. Backus is reportedly recovering well from biceps surgery and is expected to be ready for training camp.


Cornerback

CB | Stanford Routt | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent CB Stanford Routt (Raiders) will visit the Cincinnati Bengals Friday, Feb. 17.

CB | Eric Wright | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents, Fantasy
Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand said he doesn't anticipate the team making aggressive free-agent moves this offseason. The team is still trying to work out deals with DL Cliff Avril, OT Jeff Backus (biceps), LB Stephen Tulloch, CB Eric Wright and WR Calvin Johnson. Backus is reportedly recovering well from biceps surgery and is expected to be ready for training camp.


Free Safety

FS | Nate Allen | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles FS Nate Allen (hamstring) is expected to assume his starting role heading into 2012.

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