Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 2, 2012 @ 10:15:54 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Drew Brees | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New Orleans Saints unofficially have until March 5 to reach a long-term deal with unrestricted free-agent QB Drew Brees. Continuing an ongoing storyline, March 5 is the deadline for teams to use their franchise tag on a player, so if Brees doesn't have a new deal in place by then the team will be forced to tag him, which gives him a guaranteed one-year deal worth nearly $14.4 million. However, that situation is not ideal for either party because Brees wants the security of a long-term deal and the Saints may need to use their franchise tag on another free agent, possibly G Carl Nicks.

During the negotiations, Brees has insisted a new deal will be done before March 5. Whether or not the gap can be bridged in three days has yet to be seen, as indications are the Saints and Brees' agent, Tom Condon, are not on the same page in how the deal should be structured. Condon could make a strong case that Brees should and deserves to be the highest-paid player in NFL history. He is also the person that worked a $90 million, five-year deal last year for Peyton Manning with the Indianapolis Colts, which averaged more than $23 million a year in the first three years. Brees' camp could be targeting that much, or more, in a new deal. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis and Condon won't comment on whether they are optimistic a deal can be put in place soon.

QB | Graham Harrell | Green Bay Packers | Draft
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said he hopes QB Graham Harrell can be the primary backup quarterback next season. "I'm hopeful he can," McCarthy said. "I think he's got instincts and toughness. I want to take him to the quarterback school. I like his makeup." McCarthy also indicated the team could look to take a quarterback in the 2012 NFL Draft.


Running Back

RB | Ray Rice | Free Agent | Free Agents
Updating a previous report, the Baltimore Ravens plan on placing the franchise tag on impending free-agent RB Ray Rice Friday, March 2,


Wide Receiver

WR | Marques Colston | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New Orleans Saints could lose impending free-agent WR Marques Colston and OG Carl Nicks this offseason if they place the franchise tag on impending free-agent QB Drew Brees. The team could sign either Colston or Nicks if they are able to reach a long-term agreement with Brees.

WR | Domenik Hixon | New York Giants | Injury, Free Agents
New York Giants impending free-agent WR Domenik Hixon (knee) said he is scheduled to undergo a physical for the Giants Friday, March 2, and hopes to sign a contract after meeting with general manager Jerry Reese.

WR | DeSean Jackson | Philadelphia Eagles | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Eagles are interested in signing impending free-agent WR DeSean Jackson to a long-term deal and are not looking to trade him.

WR | Jerricho Cotchery | Free Agent | Free Agents
Jack Scharf, agent for Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent WR Jerricho Cotchery, said he had productive contract talks with the Steelers at the NFL Scouting Combine about Cotchery's future.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Matthew Mulligan | New York Jets | Free Agents
The New York Jets are not planning to tender a contract to restricted free-agent TE Matthew Mulligan this offseason.

OT | Brandon Keith | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Arizona Cardinals are believed to be interested in re-signing impending free-agent OT Brandon Keith but only at the price they are comfortable with paying. The team would likely let him go if another team offered more money. If he does return to the team, he will not be guaranteed a starting job and would have to compete for the job.

OT | Garry Williams | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers OL Garry Williams (ankle) said he has been working on strengthen his left ankle during rehab and has been told that his left ankle could become stronger than his right ankle after it is healed.

OT | Geoffrey Schwartz | Carolina Panthers | Injury
Carolina Panthers OL Geoffrey Schwartz (hip) said he believes his hip surgery will allow him to have a better range of motion and the ability to get lower in his stance and have more explosion. He said he would like to play guard next season but is willing to play tackle if needed.

OT | Frank Omiyale | Free Agent | Transaction
The Chicago Bears have released OL Frank Omiyale.


Guard

OG | Carl Nicks | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New Orleans Saints could lose impending free-agent WR Marques Colston and OG Carl Nicks this offseason if they place the franchise tag on impending free-agent QB Drew Brees. The team could sign either Colston or Nicks if they are able to reach a long-term agreement with Brees.

OG | Chris Kemoeatu | Free Agent | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Steelers have released OG Chris Kemoeatu.

OG | Jake Scott | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Tennessee Titans have not had any contract talks with impending free-agent OG Jake Scott this offseason and he is expected to hit the free-agent market.


Offensive Line

OL | Kevin Zeitler | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Wisconsin OG Kevin Zeitler believes he'll wind up being a first-round selection in the NFL Draft.


Defensive Line

DL | Jason Jones | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Tennessee Titans have talked with impending free-agent DL Jason Jones' agent about a new deal but the two sides are not close an agreement. He is expected to hit the free-agent market.

DL | Dave Ball | Free Agent | Free Agents
Tennessee Titans impending free-agent DE Dave Ball said he expects to hit the free-agent market this offseason but is open to re-signing with the Titans.

DL | Jarret Johnson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New York Jets are expected to show interest in Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent LB Jarret Johnson this offseason but he is seen as more of a luxury than a necessity.


Defensive End

DE | Kroy Biermann | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Atlanta Falcons are close to re-signing impending free-agent DE Kroy Biermann and are expected to reach an agreement in the next 36 hours. The final sticking point is the Falcons would like to sign Biermann to a four-year deal but Biermann is only looking for a three-year deal. The contract is expected to be in the $10 million to $12 million range.


Linebacker

LB | James Farrior | Free Agent | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Steelers have released LB James Farrior.

LB | Barrett Ruud | Free Agent | Free Agents
Tennessee Titans impending free-agent LB Barrett Ruud said he is not considering retirement this offseason even though he struggled with injuries during the season.

LB | Shawne Merriman | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles') said he is feeling good in his rehab from his Achilles' tendon injury. He is meeting with the team's medical and training staff to see how his injury is progressing.


Cornerback

CB | Justin Tryon | New York Giants | Free Agents
The New York Giants have had contract negotiations with impending free-agent CB Justin Tryon about a new contract.

CB | Domonique Foxworth | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens CB Domonique Foxworth (knee) is scheduled to undergo a physical for the team in the near future. If he shows progress from his knee injury, the team may try to restructure his contract instead of releasing him. He is scheduled to make $7 million next season.

CB | Cortland Finnegan | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Tennessee Titans are not talking with impending free-agent CB Cortland Finnegan and FS Michael Griffin about long-term contracts at this point.


Strong Safety

SS | Tyvon Branch | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
Updating a previous report, the Oakland Raiders have placed the franchise tag on impending free-agent SS Tyvon Branch.

SS | Winston Guy | NFL Draft Prospect | Injury, Draft
University of Kentucky SS Winston Guy (groin) will not participate in his Pro Day March 7 because he aggravated a groin injury during the NFL Scouting Combine. He is expected to be able to run by the third week of March.


Free Safety

FS | T.J. Ward | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns FS T.J. Ward said he is completely recovered from the foot injury he suffered during the season.

FS | Michael Griffin | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Tennessee Titans are not talking with impending free-agent CB Cortland Finnegan and FS Michael Griffin about long-term contracts at this point.

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