Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 28, 2012 @ 01:03:26 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Eli Manning | New York Giants | Fantasy
The St. Louis Rams are seeking similar compensation for their No. 2 overall pick this year to what the San Diego Chargers got for the rights to QB Eli Manning with the top pick in the 2004 draft, according to sources. The Chargers selected Manning and then traded him to the New York Giants for two first-round picks, a third-round selection and a fifth-round pick.

QB | Ryan Tannehill | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Seattle Seahawks have interest in Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill and Arizona State QB Brock Osweiler and could take one during the 2012 NFL Draft if they do not add a quarterback during free agency.

QB | Drew Stanton | Free Agent | Free Agents
Detroit Lions impending free-agent QB Drew Stanton will test the free-agent market this offseason before deciding whether to re-sign with the Lions.


Running Back

RB | Peyton Hillis | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cleveland Browns are unlikely to place the franchise tag on impending free-agent RB Peyton Hillis after they signed LB D'Qwell Jackson to a contract extension. However, the team is still open to re-signing him. PK Phil Dawson is a heavy favorite for the tag for the second straight year.

RB | Cedric Benson | Free Agent | Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is not opposed to going with a platoon at running back in 2012, with RB Cedric Benson logging at least 270 carries in the last three seasons. Benson will become a free agent next month, and the team also has RBs Bernard Scott, Brian Leonard and Cedric Peerman. Cincinnati is likely to select a running back in the draft this year, too.

RB | Brandon Jacobs | New York Giants | Fantasy
The New York Giants want to re-sign RB Brandon Jacobs, but he must take a big pay cut in order to do so. General manager Jerry Reese said a decision will be needed "soon." Jacobs is due to make $4.4 million in 2012, and he'll receive a $500,000 roster bonus next month.

RB | Trent Richardson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The New York Jets could consider taking University of Alabama RB Trent Richardson if he is available when they pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

RB | Ray Rice | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Todd France, agent for Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent RB Ray Rice, said he expects the Ravens to place the franchise tag on Rice. France said he will continue to have discussions with the team about a long-term contract.


Wide Receiver

WR | Mario Manningham | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
New York Giants impending free-agent WR Mario Manningham said the odds of him staying with the team are "50-50," and he doesn't know where the rumors came from of him signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "That is just (rumor)," Manningham said when asked about Tampa Bay. "I haven't said anything like that or I haven't heard anything like that until the other day." Manningham has indicated that he would like to receive the ball more, and it's been tough with WRs Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz ahead of him.

WR | Rueben Randle | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The St. Louis Rams met with Louisiana State WR Rueben Randle at the NFL Scouting Combine.


Tight End

TE | Randy McMichael | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent TE Randy McMichael this offseason.


Place Kicker

PK | Phil Dawson | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Cleveland Browns are unlikely to place the franchise tag on impending free-agent RB Peyton Hillis after they signed LB D'Qwell Jackson to a contract extension. However, the team is still open to re-signing him. PK Phil Dawson is a heavy favorite for the tag for the second straight year.


Guard

OG | Kris Dielman | San Diego Chargers | Injury
Updating a previous item, doctors have told San Diego Chargers OG Kris Dielman (concussion) that the quality of his life will be much better if he decides to retire after sustaining a concussion in October that led to a seizure. A decision has not been made, but Dielman is leaning toward retiring.

OG | Jeremy Zuttah | Free Agent | Free Agents
Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik met with the agent for impending free-agent OG Jeremy Zuttah at the NFL Scouting Combine.


Defensive Line

DL | Nick Perry | NFL Draft Prospect |
Pittsburgh DL Brandon Lindsey posted the best broad jump out of defensive lineman at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine with a jump of 9-foot-4. Those that followed included Illinois DL Whitney Mercilus (9-foot-10), Boise State DL Shea McClellin (9-foot-10), Troy DL Jonathan Massaquoi (10 feet), Syracuse DL Chandler Jones (10 feet), Clemson DL Andre Branch (10 feet), Miami DL Olivier Vernon (10-foot-2), West Virginia DL Bruce Irvin (10-foot-3), Rice DL Scott Solomon (10-foot-4) and Southern California DL Nick Perry (10-foot-4).

DL | Paul Soliai | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to have interest in Miami Dolphins impending free-agent DT Paul Soliai if he becomes available in free agency.

DL | Darrion Scott | Washington Redskins | Transaction, Free Agents
The Washington Redskins have signed DL Darrion Scott to a new contract. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Scott was scheduled to an unrestricted free-agent this offseason.


Defensive End

DE | Whitney Mercilus | NFL Draft Prospect |
Pittsburgh DL Brandon Lindsey posted the best broad jump out of defensive lineman at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine with a jump of 9-foot-4. Those that followed included Illinois DL Whitney Mercilus (9-foot-10), Boise State DL Shea McClellin (9-foot-10), Troy DL Jonathan Massaquoi (10 feet), Syracuse DL Chandler Jones (10 feet), Clemson DL Andre Branch (10 feet), Miami DL Olivier Vernon (10-foot-2), West Virginia DL Bruce Irvin (10-foot-3), Rice DL Scott Solomon (10-foot-4) and Southern California DL Nick Perry (10-foot-4).


Linebacker

LB | Luke Kuechly | NFL Draft Prospect |
Texas LB Keenan Robinson posted the best broad jump out of linebackers at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine with a jump of 10 feet. Those that followed included Texas Christian LB Ricky Carder (10-foot-1), San Diego State LB Miles Burris (10-foot-1), Florida State LB Nigel Bradham (10-foot-1), Oklahoma LB Travis Lewis (10-foot-2), Boston College LB Luke Kuechly (10-foot-2), Temple LB Tahir Whitehead (10-foot-4), Nevada LB James-Michael Johnson (10-foot-4), Arkansas State LB DeMario Davis (10-foot-4) and California LB Marvin Kendricks (10-foot-7).

LB | LeRoy Hill | Free Agent | Free Agents
Seattle Seahawks impending free-agent LB LeRoy Hill was arrested Saturday, Feb. 25, and has been charged with marijuana possession. Hill could be facing a four-game suspension next season if he is considered a repeat offender.

LB | Tank Carder | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Texas Christian LB Tank Carder officially ran the 40-yard dash in 4.69 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

LB | Dont'a Hightower | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Alabama LB Dont'a Hightower officially ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

LB | Lavonte David | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Nebraska LB Lavonte David officially ran the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

LB | Zach Brown | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
North Carolina LB Zach Brown officially ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

LB | Vontaze Burfict | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Updating a previous report, Arizona State LB Vontaze Burfict officially ran the 40-yard dash in 5.01 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.


Cornerback

CB | Mike Jenkins | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
The Dallas Cowboys thought CB Mike Jenkins (shoulder) played well in 2011, but he is coming off shoulder surgery. Jenkins is entering the final year of his contract with the Cowboys and the team plans to bolster their secondary during the offseason through the free-agent market. How the Cowboys view Jenkins moving forward will be interesting to watch play out.

CB | Orlando Scandrick | Dallas Cowboys | Depth Chart Tidbit
Dallas Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick struggled in 2011 and the team views him better suited to be a third corner than a starter. The Cowboys plan to upgrade their secondary during the offseason.

CB | Cortland Finnegan | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys plan to look to the free-agent market to help solve their troubles in the secondary and plan to target veteran CBs Brandon Carr (Chiefs) and Cortland Finnegan (Titans) when the market opens. The Cowboys are not able to speak with the agents for the players until free agency begins, but the team has some interest in them with hopes of bettering their defense.

CB | Terence Newman | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys CB Terence Newman may be released, which would save the team around $6 million against the salary cap. Newman is coming off of a disappointing 2011 season.

CB | Terrell Thomas | New York Giants | Draft, Free Agents
The New York Giants likely will be interested in re-sign either impending free-agent CB Terrell Thomas or impending free-agent CB Aaron Ross this offseason and it appears they prefer to bring back Thomas. The Giants spoke with the representatives for both players during the combine about their future with the team. The team has been speaking with Thomas' representatives for a while and has expressed their interest in re-signing him.

CB | Ras-I Dowling | New England Patriots | Injury
New England Patriots CB Ras-I Dowling (hip) underwent surgery this offseason to clean up his hip injury. He was originally going to allow his hip to heal without surgery but the surgery gives him a better chance to avoid re-injuring his hip. He is on schedule in his recovery from the surgery.

CB | Eric Wright | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Detroit Lions met with the agent for impending free-agent CB Eric Wright at the NFL Scouting Combine Saturday, Feb. 25, but no proposals were made during that meeting.

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