Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 9, 2012 @ 09:42:28 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Peyton Manning | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Seattle Seahawks are interested in free-agent QB Peyton Manning (Colts) and plan to pursue him. Seattle head coach Pete Carroll and the team would be willing to change their offensive style to fit Manning.

QB | Kevin Kolb | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
If the Arizona Cardinals pay QB Kevin Kolb the $7 million roster bonus he is due in late March, he would count about $10.5 million against the salary cap in 2012 from the $7 million roster bonus, $2 million signing bonus, $1 million base salary and $500,000 workout bonus. Should the Cardinals not pay the roster bonus and let Kolb go, he would still count against the cap as dead money this year. If the Cardinals used one of their two exceptions on him, the team would take a $2 million cap hit in 2012 and a $6 million in 2013. If they didn't use an exception, he would count $8 million against the cap in 2012.

QB | Alex Smith | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh continues to stand firmly behind QB Alex Smith, who remains unsigned, as the team's starting quarterback. "We're all in lockstep as an organization that Alex Smith is our guy. It's well documented," Harbaugh said. While plenty of speculation tries to tie the 49ers to free-agent QB Peyton Manning (Colts), the 49ers have not done anything to inspire the speculation to continue. Earlier this week, team general manager Trent Baalke said the team's front office has not had any internal discussions regarding pursuing Manning.

QB | Carson Palmer | Oakland Raiders | Transaction, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders QB Carson Palmer restructured his contract to help the Raiders get below the salary cap. Palmer was due a $12.5 million salary in 2012. While it is not clear what his restructure did, it's likely that he took a paycut in base salary with a roster bonus and/or a possible extension to help ease his hit on the cap this season.

QB | Ryan Fitzpatrick | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has yet to go through a full offseason as the team's starting quarterback in head coach Chan Gailey's offense. Fitzpatrick and the Buffalo offense are expected to benefit from having offseason OTAs and minicamps to work together offensively.

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 | Michael Vick | Philadelphia Eagles | Free Agents
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid said the team will not be pursuing free-agent QB Peyton Manning (Colts), as they are happy with QB Michael Vick as their starter. "We're obviously happy with Michael (Vick)," Reid said. "You could ask that question of probably everybody in the National Football League except the Giants, right? ... That's not something we're - we're happy with Michael."


Running Back

RB | Jason Snelling | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons RB Jason Snelling, as an update to an earlier report, received a three-year, $4 million contract.

RB | LaDainian Tomlinson | Free Agent | Free Agents
New York Jets impending free-agent RB LaDainian Tomlinson said he wants to play next season and can help a team be successful.

RB | Ahmad Bradshaw | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) underwent a procedure to help the healing of a stress fracture in his foot. The procedure was not a surgery and was believed to be an injection.

RB | Antone Smith | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction, Free Agents
Atlanta Falcons exclusive rights free-agent RB Antone Smith and Michael Palmer have signed their tender offers. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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.


Wide Receiver

WR | Randy Moss | Retired | Free Agents
The New York Jets are not interested in signing free-agent WR Randy Moss (Titans) this offseason.

WR | Brandon Lloyd | Free Agent | Free Agents
St. Louis Rams impending free-agent WR Brandon Lloyd said he is very interested in joining the New England Patriots this offseason because he admires the organization and they have a chance to win the Super Bowl every season.

WR | Roy Williams | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Chicago Bears have not spoken with impending free-agent WR Roy Williams or his representatives this offseason about a new contract.

WR | Vincent Jackson | Free Agent | Free Agents
Tennessee Titans impending free-agent CB Cortland Finnegan has been in contact with San Diego Chargers impending free-agent WR Vincent Jackson about the possibility of playing for the same team next season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears could be options if they want to join the same team.

WR | Joe Adams | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Arkansas WR Joe Adams ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds and 4.47 seconds at his Pro Day Tuesday, March 6. He also measured a 38-inch vertical jump during the workout.

WR | Greg Childs | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Arkansas WR Greg Childs ran the 40-yard dash in 4.40 seconds and 4.39 seconds at his Pro Day Tuesday, March 6. He measured a 40 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-7 broad jump.

WR | Brett Swain | San Francisco 49ers | Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers are not expected to tender an offer to restricted free-agent WR Brett Swain this offseason but may be interested in re-signing him at a cheaper price.

WR | Joshua Morgan | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to pursue San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent WR Joshua Morgan this offseason because he has worked with Jaguars wide receivers coach Jerry Sullivan while both were in San Francisco.

WR | Sam Kirkland | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Kent State WR Sam Kirkland measured 5-foot-10, 195 pounds at his Pro Day Monday, March 7. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds. He measured a 45-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-10 broad jump and did 21 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press.


Tight End

TE | Scott Chandler | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills TE Scott Chandler, who just received a two-year contract extension, is happy to remain with the Bills and have some security. "This is definitely where I wanted to be. I think it's the best place for me and I think it's a great fit for the Bills, too. I think I bring some things to the table. At the same time this is definitely the ideal place and offense for me with the teammates and coaching staff," Chandler said. He had 38 receptions for 389 yards and six touchdowns last season for the Bills, all career highs. His 38 receptions were the most by a Buffalo tight end since Jay Riemersma had 53 in 2001.

TE | Michael Palmer | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction, Free Agents
Atlanta Falcons exclusive rights free-agent RB Antone Smith and Michael Palmer have signed their tender offers. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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.


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.


Guard

OG | Carl Nicks | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Kansas City Chiefs could show interest in New Orleans Saints impending free-agent OG Carl Nicks this offseason.

OG | Eric Steinbach | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns general manager Tom Heckert said the team has not decided what to do with OG Eric Steinbach (back) this offseason. Steinbach is scheduled to make $6 million in 2012 and is coming off back surgery.


Offensive Line

OL | Jake Kirkpatrick | Indianapolis Colts | Transaction, Free Agents
The Indianapolis Colts have signed free-agent QB Trevor Vittatoe (Bears) and OL Jake Kirkpatrick (Colts). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


Defensive Line

DL | Luis A. Castillo | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers would like to re-sign free-agent DL Luis A. Castillo, who was released last week in a cost-cutting move. San Diego would like him to return at a cheaper price. The Chargers, however, may not be able to bring him back, as several other teams are showing interest.

DL | Dwight Freeney | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
The Indianapolis Colts are receiving calls from other teams interested in trading for DE Dwight Freeney.

DL | John Abraham | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Atlanta Falcons remain in contract negotiations with free-agent DE John Abraham. The negotiations are currently in a holding pattern.

DL | Paul Soliai | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Denver Broncos could consider pursuing Miami Dolphins impending free-agent DT Paul Soliai this offseason.

DL | Anthony Adams | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Chicago Bears may consider re-signing free-agent DT Anthony Adams if they are not able to bring back impending free-agent DT Amobi Okoye this offseason.

DL | Amobi Okoye | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Chicago Bears likely will try to re-sign impending free-agent DT Amobi Okoye this offseason if his asking price is not too expensive.


Linebacker

LB | Lofa Tatupu | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent LB Lofa Tatupu (Seahawks) worked out for the Atlanta Falcons Friday, March 9.

LB | Curtis Lofton | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Atlanta Falcons have yet to reach a new deal with free-agent LB Curtis Lofton and the negotiations were termed "amicable" thus far.

LB | Demorrio Williams | San Diego Chargers | Depth Chart Tidbit
San Diego Chargers LB Demorrio Williams is expected to play on special teams and contribute as a coverage linebacker for the team.

LB | Kamerion Wimbley | Oakland Raiders | Free Agents
Oakland Raiders OLB Kamerion Wimbley's status with the team still has to be determined. He is due $6.5 million in guaranteed money in 2012 and his total financial hit is $11 million. There remains a chance the team could outright cut him, which would put him on the free-agent market.

LB | Mario Williams | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Atlanta Falcons could show interest in Houston Texans impending free-agent LB Mario Williams this offseason if they are not able to re-sign impending free-agent DE John Abraham.

LB | Jerry Franklin | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Arkansas LB Jerry Franklin measured 6-foot-1, 242 pounds at his Pro Day Tuesday, March 6. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.70 seconds and 4.68 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.98 seconds. He measured a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-3 broad jump.

LB | Blake Costanzo | Free Agent | Free Agents
David Canter, agent for San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent LB Blake Costanzo, said he has spoken with the 49ers but the two sides have not started contract negotiations.

LB | Russell Allen | Jacksonville Jaguars | Free Agents
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been talking with the agent for restricted free-agent LB Russell Allen about a new contract but likely will tender him contract if an agreement is not reached.


Cornerback

CB | Rashean Mathis | Jacksonville Jaguars | Injury
Jacksonville Jaguars CB Rashean Mathis (knee) expects to be ready for the start of training camp. He has not suffered any setbacks in his recovery from a knee injury.

CB | Aaron Ross | New York Giants | Free Agents
The New Orleans Saints could show interest in New York Giants impending free-agent CB Aaron Ross if they are not able to re-sign impending free-agent CB Tracy Porter.

CB | Lee Chambers | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Miami CB Lee Chambers measured 5-foot-11, 188 pounds at his Pro Day Thursday, March 8. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds and measured a 40 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-6 broad jump. He also completed 10 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press.

CB | Tim Jennings | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Chicago Bears have not spoken with impending free-agent CB Tim Jennings or his representatives this offseason about a new contract.

CB | Josh Bellamy | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Tennessee Titans have conducted a private workout with University of Louisville CB Josh Bellamy.

CB | Cortland Finnegan | Free Agent | Free Agents
Tennessee Titans impending free-agent CB Cortland Finnegan has been in contact with San Diego Chargers impending free-agent WR Vincent Jackson about the possibility of playing for the same team next season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears could be options if they want to join the same team.

CB | Josh Pleasant | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Kent State CB Josh Pleasant measured 5-foot-9, 186 pounds at his Pro Day Monday, March 7. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds. He measured a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-5 broad jump.

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.


Safety

S | Brian Peters | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Northwestern S Brian Peters measured 6-foot-3, 215 pounds at his Pro Day Thursday, March 8. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.60 seconds and 4.65, the short shuttle in 4.22 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.69 seconds. He measured a 32-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-3 broad jump and completed 14 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press.

S | JoJo Nicolas | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Miami S JoJo Nicolas measured 6-foot-1, 200 pounds at his Pro Day Thursday, March 8. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds and measured a 37 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-11 broad jump. He also completed 14 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press.


Strong Safety

SS | Brian Dawkins | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit
Safety was considered one of the weakest positions at season's end for the Denver Broncos and they plan to address it during the free-agent market. With S Brian Dawkins (neck) contemplating retirement at 38 years of age, the Broncos need to address the position. The team has youngsters Rahim Moore, Quinton Carter and Rafael Bush, and Moore will get a chance to win a starting job during the offseason. However, he needs to improve his tackling and the Broncos want someone to lead the defense from the safety position. Free-agent Brandon Meriweather (Bears) would be a potential target.

SS | Rafael Bush | Denver Broncos | Injury, Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit
Safety was considered one of the weakest positions at season's end for the Denver Broncos and they plan to address it during the free-agent market. With S Brian Dawkins (neck) contemplating retirement at 38 years of age, the Broncos need to address the position. The team has youngsters Rahim Moore, Quinton Carter and Rafael Bush, and Moore will get a chance to win a starting job during the offseason. However, he needs to improve his tackling and the Broncos want someone to lead the defense from the safety position. Free-agent Brandon Meriweather (Bears) would be a potential target.

SS | Quinton Carter | Denver Broncos | Injury, Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit
Safety was considered one of the weakest positions at season's end for the Denver Broncos and they plan to address it during the free-agent market. With S Brian Dawkins (neck) contemplating retirement at 38 years of age, the Broncos need to address the position. The team has youngsters Rahim Moore, Quinton Carter and Rafael Bush, and Moore will get a chance to win a starting job during the offseason. However, he needs to improve his tackling and the Broncos want someone to lead the defense from the safety position. Free-agent Brandon Meriweather (Bears) would be a potential target.

SS | Dwight Lowery | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Jacksonville Jaguars have been talking with the representatives of impending free-agent SS Dwight Lowery but are not close to a new contract at this point.


Free Safety

FS | Brandon Meriweather | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit
Safety was considered one of the weakest positions at season's end for the Denver Broncos and they plan to address it during the free-agent market. With S Brian Dawkins (neck) contemplating retirement at 38 years of age, the Broncos need to address the position. The team has youngsters Rahim Moore, Quinton Carter and Rafael Bush, and Moore will get a chance to win a starting job during the offseason. However, he needs to improve his tackling and the Broncos want someone to lead the defense from the safety position. Free-agent Brandon Meriweather (Bears) would be a potential target.

FS | Rahim Moore | Denver Broncos | Injury, Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit
Safety was considered one of the weakest positions at season's end for the Denver Broncos and they plan to address it during the free-agent market. With S Brian Dawkins (neck) contemplating retirement at 38 years of age, the Broncos need to address the position. The team has youngsters Rahim Moore, Quinton Carter and Rafael Bush, and Moore will get a chance to win a starting job during the offseason. However, he needs to improve his tackling and the Broncos want someone to lead the defense from the safety position. Free-agent Brandon Meriweather (Bears) would be a potential target.

FS | Aaron Henry | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Wisconsin FS Aaron Henry ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds and 4.57 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.89 seconds at his Pro Day Wednesday, March 7. He measured a 39 1/2-inch vertical jump and completed 16 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press.

FS | Neiko Thorpe | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Auburn FS Neiko Thorpe measured 6-foot-1 1/4, 198 pounds at his Pro Day Tuesday, March 6. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds and 4.44 seconds, the short shuttle in 4.28 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.19 seconds. He measured a 38-inch vertical jump and an 11-foot-5 broad jump.

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