Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 8, 2012 @ 10:42:40 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Peyton Manning | Free Agent | Free Agents
Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert said the team likely will not be interested in signing free-agent QB Peyton Manning (Colts).

QB | Robert Griffin III | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid acknowledged that he spent time with Baylor QB Robert Griffin III; however, the Eagles are not considering moving up in a trade with the St. Louis Rams for the No. 2 overall spot in the NFL Draft to select Griffin.

QB | Blaine Gabbert | Jacksonville Jaguars | Free Agents
The Jacksonville Jaguars will reportedly not be among the teams pursuing free-agent QB Peyton Manning (Colts). The Jaguars are committed to building for the long-term future and believe QB Blaine Gabbert is the man to lead that building program.

QB | Tim Tebow | Denver Broncos | Free Agents
The Denver Broncos will sign a veteran free-agent quarterback in the offseason to provide competition for QB Tim Tebow, a quarterback that could potentially earn the starting job.

QB | Brandon Weeden | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert said there are four college quarterback prospects the team could select in the NFL Draft. "There are four quarterbacks we feel comfortable saying will be really good," Heckert said. He wouldn't elaborate beyond Stanford QB Andrew Luck and Baylor QB Robert Griffin III, but he spoke glowingly of Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden.

QB | Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys are not one of the 12 teams with interest in free-agent QB Peyton Manning (Colts). According to a high-ranking team source, the Cowboys remain committed to QB Tony Romo and will not pursue, contact or demonstrate any interest in Manning.

QB | Matt Flynn | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Miami Dolphins have yet to express remote interest in Green Bay Packers impending free-agent QB Matt Flynn. According to a team source, that's because owner Stephen Ross has told general manager Jeff Ireland to put the full-court press on trying to sign free-agent QB Peyton Manning (Colts).

QB | Mark Sanchez | New York Jets | Free Agents
New York Jets impending free-agent RB LaDainian Tomlinson said if the team were to sign free-agent QB Peyton Manning (Colts), QB Mark Sanchez would ask to play elsewhere. "I think he would probably go in and maybe ask to be released," Tomlinson said. "Because here is Mark Sanchez's gripe: 'I took you guys to two straight AFC Championship Games; yeah I didn't get it done last year, but my first and second year I took you to two AFC Championship Games. How can you turn around and just bring in another quarterback right now?' Rightfully so, he would be a little mad. That's all a part of it. But at the same time, if he could grow up a little bit and try to learn from somebody like Peyton Manning, then maybe in a couple of years two or three years if they did decide to go with Peyton Manning, he could learn from that and then also be the quarterback again."

QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
The New Orleans Saints offered QB Drew Brees more than $18.5 million per season, and the quarterback turned them down. The team also offered Brees a $30 million signing bonus. The deal Brees rejected would have given him the second-highest amount of guaranteed money in NFL history in the first three years of his deal. Brees countered by demanding $23 million per season. The deal from the team is reportedly still on the table, but the club had no choice but to use the franchise tag on him, which reportedly made Brees unhappy.

QB | Christian Ponder | Minnesota Vikings | Free Agents
The agency that represents free-agent QB Peyton Manning (Colts), CAA, could ultimately influence where Manning signs. CAA will naturally be inclined to steer Manning away from teams where another CAA client currently serves as the starting quarterback. As a result, the San Francisco 49ers (QB Alex Smith), Denver Broncos (QB Tim Tebow), Buffalo Bills (QB Ryan Fitzpatrick), Jacksonville Jaguars (QB Blaine Gabbert), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (QB Josh Freeman), Dallas Cowboys (QB Tony Romo) and Minnesota Vikings (QB Christian Ponder) are not likely destinations for Manning.

QB | Ryan Tannehill | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft, Free Agents
The Washington Redskins will aggressively pursue free-agent QB Peyton Manning (Colts) this offseason. If the team is able to sign Manning, they would still considering taking Baylor QB Robert Griffin III or Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.


Running Back

RB | Peyton Hillis | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert said the team is still interested in re-signing impending free-agent RB Peyton Hillis but likely would not do so until after the start of free agency.

RB | Trent Richardson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Despite being one of the elite prospects in the 2012 NFL Draft, Alabama RB Trent Richardson may not be among the top 10 selections. As NFL teams continue to decide that running backs are interchangeable, there's a belief in some circles that no running back, no matter how great a prospect, is worth a top-10 pick.

RB | LaDainian Tomlinson | Free Agent | Free Agents
New York Jets impending free-agent RB LaDainian Tomlinson said if the team were to sign free-agent QB Peyton Manning (Colts), QB Mark Sanchez would ask to play elsewhere. "I think he would probably go in and maybe ask to be released," Tomlinson said. "Because here is Mark Sanchez's gripe: 'I took you guys to two straight AFC Championship Games; yeah I didn't get it done last year, but my first and second year I took you to two AFC Championship Games. How can you turn around and just bring in another quarterback right now?' Rightfully so, he would be a little mad. That's all a part of it. But at the same time, if he could grow up a little bit and try to learn from somebody like Peyton Manning, then maybe in a couple of years two or three years if they did decide to go with Peyton Manning, he could learn from that and then also be the quarterback again."

RB | Rashaad Slowley | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Southern Connecticut RB Rashaad Slowley has a scheduled visit with the New York Giants, according to sources with the team.

RB | Arian Foster | Houston Texans | Transaction
Houston Texans RB Arian Foster received a $12.5 million signing bonus when he agreed to his five-year, $43.5 million contract earlier this week, according to a league source. His base salary is for $5 million in 2012, and $5.25 million in 2013, with both years guaranteed for skill, injury and salary cap. The contract includes a roster bonus of $406,250 in 2012, with $31,250 for every game that he's active. There are roster bonuses of $500,000 apiece in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 with the same stipulation regarding him being paid $31,250 for every game he's active. His base salaries are $5.75 million in 2014, $6 million in 2015 and $6.5 million in 2016, the final year of his deal.

RB | Marshawn Lynch | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch will receive base salaries of $4 million in 2012, and $7 million for 2013 that are fully guaranteed for skill, injury and salary cap. The four-year, $31 million contract also includes a $6 million signing bonus. The annual salary cap figures are $5.5 million, $8.5 million, $7 million and $9 million over the next four years. "We are excited to keep Marshawn as an important part of what we are building," general manager John Schneider said. "This is what we were hoping for when we acquired him from Buffalo."

RB | LeGarrette Blount | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Free Agents
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have tendered a contract to exclusive rights free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount. The tender is a one-year offer worth $540,000.

RB | Derrick Coleman | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
UCLA RB Derrick Coleman ran the 40-yard dash in 4.48 seconds and 4.56 seconds at his Pro Day Tuesday, March 6. He also ran the short shuttle in 4.50 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.37 seconds. He measured a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-5 broad jump.


Fullback

FB | Chris Pressley | Cincinnati Bengals | Transaction, Free Agents
The Cincinnati Bengals agreed to a two-year extension with restricted free-agent FB Chris Pressley Wednesday, March 7, according to his agent. "Chris is one of the best people in the National Football League, and everything that he gets is well deserved. It's people like Chris that remind me that everything I do is worth it," agent Blake Baratz said. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Wide Receiver

WR | Ruvell Martin | Buffalo Bills | Transaction
Updating a previous report, the Buffalo Bills re-signed WR Ruvell Martin to a one-year contract Wednesday, March 7, according to a league source. Financial terms of the deal are undisclosed.

WR | Preston Parker | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Free Agents
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have tendered a contract to exclusive rights free-agent WR Preston Parker. The tender is a one-year offer worth $540,000.

WR | DeSean Jackson | Philadelphia Eagles | Free Agents, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said he has spoken with franchise free-agent WR DeSean Jackson and expects him to sign the franchise tender offer.

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks said he will not need surgery on any of the injuries he dealt with this season and will allow them to heal during the offseason.

WR | A.J. Jenkins | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Illinois WR A.J. Jenkins ran the short shuttle in 4.06 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.73 seconds at his Pro Day Tuesday, March 6. Allen stood on everything else he did at the NFL Scouting Combine. He did look good running routes and catching the ball during position drills.

WR | Stephen Hill | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The San Francisco 49ers met with Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill at the NFL Scouting Combine.

WR | Justin Blackmon | NFL Draft Prospect | Injury, Draft
Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon (hamstring) plans to participate in every drill during his Pro Day Friday, March 9. He is also planning to run the 40-yard dash which he skipped at the NFL Scouting Combine because of a hamstring injury.

WR | Vincent Jackson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers will show interest in San Diego Chargers impending free-agent WR Vincent Jackson and Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent WR Mike Wallace but will not overpay for either player.

WR | Mike Wallace | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers will show interest in San Diego Chargers impending free-agent WR Vincent Jackson and Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent WR Mike Wallace but will not overpay for either player.


Tight End

TE | Jake Ballard | New York Giants | Transaction, Free Agents
New York Giants exclusive rights free-agent TE Jake Ballard and CB Bruce Johnson have signed their tender offers. Both will receive a one-year deal worth $540,000.

TE | Scott Chandler | Buffalo Bills | Transaction
The Buffalo Bills have re-signed TE Scott Chandler to a two-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Place Kicker

PK | Phil Dawson | Cleveland Browns | Free Agents
Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert said the team is interested in signing franchise free-agent PK Phil Dawson but he has not spoken with Dawson since placing the franchise tag on him.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Tony Pashos | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns OT Tony Pashos (ankle) underwent surgery Tuesday, March 6, to repair his injured ankle.

OT | Kareem McKenzie | New York Giants | Free Agents
The New York Giants recently told impending free-agent OT Kareem McKenzie to "go shopping" for another team, according to a source in the organization. The team will not bring him back for another season.

OT | Demar Dotson | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Free Agents
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed the first right of refusal tender on restricted free-agent OG Demar Dotson. The tender is a one-year offer worth around $1.26 million.

OT | Geoffrey Schwartz | Carolina Panthers | Free Agents
The Carolina Panthers are not expected to tender an offer to restricted free-agent OL Geoffrey Schwartz, which would make him an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

OT | Jeff Allen | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Illinois OL Jeff Allen ran the short shuttle in 4.78 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.57 seconds at his Pro Day Tuesday, March 6. Allen stood on everything else he did at the NFL Scouting Combine.


Guard

OG | Chris Kemoeatu | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OG Chris Kemoeatu's agent said he is talking with three teams about a possible contract.


Offensive Line

OL | Brian De La Puente | New Orleans Saints | Transaction, Free Agents
New Orleans Saints C Brian De La Puente has agreed to his exclusive rights free-agent contract, according to a league source. De La Puente is expected to start again in 2012.

OL | Chris Anzevino | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Kent State OL Chris Anzevino ran the 40-yard dash in 5.30 seconds at his Pro Day Wednesday, March 7. He measured a 31 1/2-inch vertical jump, an 8-foot-5 broad jump and completed 36 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press.


Defensive Line

DL | Michael Bennett | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Free Agents
Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free-agent DE Michael Bennett said he has received the first-round tender from the team.

DL | Vaughn Meatoga | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Hawaii DT Vaughn Meatoga measured a 31-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-2 broad jump at his Pro Day Monday, March 5. He was worked out by the defensive line coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals and Kansas City Chiefs during the Pro Day.

DL | Aaron Smith | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent DE Aaron Smith (Steelers) is expected to retire this offseason.


Defensive Tackle

DT | DaJohn Harris | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Southern California DT DaJohn Harris did not take part in workouts during the NFL Scouting Combine because medicals revealed that he had a hole in his heart, and doctors told him not to work out until he could undergo further testing. However, Harris said that after being examined by a cardiologist, he was told that his condition, patent foramen ovale, will not prevent him from playing in the NFL. He said his cardiologist has e-mailed all 32 NFL teams to say that it's safe for him to play.

DT | Ish Kitchen | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Kent State Ish Kitchen measured 6-foot-1, 334 pounds at his Pro Day Wednesday, March 7. He measured a 31-inch vertical jump and an 8-foot-7 broad jump.


Defensive End

DE | Kroy Biermann | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction, Free Agents
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with impending free-agent DE Kroy Biermann on a three-year contract extension. Financial terms were not disclosed.

DE | Whitney Mercilus | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus measured 6-foot-3 7/8, 258 pounds at his Pro Day Tuesday, March 6. He ran the short shuttle in 4.38 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.03 seconds. He show during the workout that he could play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive alignment because he did well in space and was able to cover receivers.


Linebacker

LB | Ryan Davis | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Bethune-Cookman LB Ryan Davis and S Michael X. Williams have been added to the University of Miami's Pro Day workout scheduled for Thursday, March 8. Davis was the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year, while Williams was an all-conference safety who was named to six All-American teams.

LB | Louis Nzegwu | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Wisconsin LB Louis Nzegwu ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds Wednesday, March 7, at the University of Wisconsin Pro Day workout, according to an NFL scout in attendance. Nzegwu also turned in a 41 1/2-inch vertical leap, a 10-foot-8 broad jump, a 4.21 short shuttle, a 6.78 three-cone drill and a 11.48 in the 60-yard shuttle.

LB | Stephen Tulloch | Free Agent | Free Agents
Detroit Lions LB Justin Durant said he hopes impending free-agent LB Stephen Tulloch re-signs this offseason because he believes the Lions would have one of the best linebacker corps in the NFL if Tulloch stayed. Durant said he has been in contact with Tulloch since the season ended but has not pressed him about his future.

LB | Mario Williams | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers are expected to pursue Houston Texans impending free-agent LB Mario Williams this offseason and have an undisclosed amount of money that they are willing to spend on him.


Defensive Back

DB | Asa Jackson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Cal Poly DB Asa Jackson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds and 4.46 seconds at his Pro Day Monday, March 5. He measured a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump and looked good during positional drills.

DB | Tavon Wilson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Illinois DB Tavon Wilson measured 5-foot-11, 205 pounds at his Pro Day Tuesday, March 6. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds and 4.55 seconds, the short shuttle in 4.16 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.04 seconds. He measured a 32-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-4 broad jump and completed 17 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press.


Cornerback

CB | Bruce Johnson | New York Giants | Transaction, Free Agents
New York Giants exclusive rights free-agent TE Jake Ballard and CB Bruce Johnson have signed their tender offers. Both will receive a one-year deal worth $540,000.

CB | Rashean Mathis | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury, Free Agents
The Jacksonville Jaguars have reached a one-year, $5 million with incentives deal with free-agent CB Rashean Mathis (knee). Mathis, 32, is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in November.

CB | Marcus Trufant | Free Agent | Transaction
Updating a previous report, the Seattle Seahawks have released CB Marcus Trufant.


Safety

S | Michael X. Williams | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Bethune-Cookman LB Ryan Davis and S Michael X. Williams have been added to the University of Miami's Pro Day workout scheduled for Thursday, March 8. Davis was the MEAC Defensive Player of the Year, while Williams was an all-conference safety who was named to six All-American teams.

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