Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 21, 2012 @ 10:54:02 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Tim Tebow | New York Jets | Transaction
The Denver Broncos have traded QB Tim Tebow to the New York Jets for a fourth-round draft choice.

QB | Peyton Manning | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (neck) still has a ways to go before he is back at 100 percent health. "I have some strength that I have to get back," Manning told reporters Tuesday, March 20. In a little more than a year, Manning has undergone four neck surgeries. "I have a lot of work to do. I'm not where I need to be," he said.

Three separate doctors from three separate medical teams have all told Manning that he will completely recover. During the short term, Manning has said his most important coaches in Denver will be the team's training coaches, including strength-and-conditioning coach Luke Richesson and trainer Steve "Greek" Antonopulos. Antonopulos plans to consult with the Colts' trainers, compare notes and determine the best way to treat Manning's nerve and strength issues moving forward.

QB | Matt Cassel | Kansas City Chiefs | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli said he is very comfortable with the team's quarterback tandem of Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn. "I think we have a very good and very competitive quarterback situation. I really do. And it is what it is. You know what I mean? That's the situation we have. And I'm very comfortable with it," Pioli said.

The Chiefs talked about creating better quarterback competition during the start of the offseason, but they just signed Quinn to the mix. They let QB Kyle Orton depart as a free-agent on a three-year, $10.5 million deal that Pioli described as "very, very generous" and they were not in the Peyton Manning derby despite owner Clark Hunt saying to the world the team wanted Manning on board.

QB | Robert Griffin III | NFL Draft Prospect | Fantasy
Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, general manager Bruce Allen, head coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, among others, are in attendance at Baylor QB Robert Griffin III's Pro Day Wednesday, March 21.

QB | Caleb Hanie | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Denver Broncos will host free-agent QB Caleb Hanie (Bears) Wednesday, March 21. The Broncos are in need of quarterback depth due to the reports they are looking to trade QB Tim Tebow.

QB | Nick Foles | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Arizona QB Nick Foles participated in his school's Pro Day Monday, March 19, and he received awful reviews from some scouts. The weather was rather inclement, as noted by one scout. "He was average," one talent evaluator said. "Don't get me wrong, he wasn't bad and the weather didn't help but he didn't drive the ball like you'd a quarterback of his size to and he has only average accuracy once you get past 15 yards, so I can't imagine that anyone is raising his grade on what they saw Monday." Another scout was even more critical. "(Foles) was terrible. He couldn't throw a spiral. Obviously, the weather conditions played a part in that but in reality, it only accentuated that he couldn't throw a spiral."

QB | Alex Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers and free-agent QB Alex Smith (49ers) agreed to terms on a new contract Tuesday, March 20. It is believed Smith will make around $8 million per season, according to published reports.


Running Back

RB | Michael Bush | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The potential of free-agent RB Michael Bush returning to the Oakland Raiders seems more and more plausible. He has said he enjoys playing for the Raiders on more than one occasion, but he wanted to test the open market to see if he could be a lead back somewhere.

The market for veteran free-agent running backs has been lukewarm; Bush met with the Chicago Bears and Cincinnati Bengals while the Seattle Seahawks and New York Jets reportedly have interest in him, too. There is a chance Bush could return to Oakland if he cannot land a starting job with another team.

RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden (foot) has recovered from last season's foot injury that cost him most of the season.

RB | Ahmad Bradshaw | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) said his foot is healthy after receiving a stem cell injection in the foot. He believes he will be handle a majority of the carries this season and hopes he can produce like he did in 2012 when he rushed for 1,235 yards on 276 carries.

RB | Jackie Battle | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers hosted free-agent RB Jackie Battle (Chiefs) Tuesday, March 20. He met with team personnel and toured the team's facilities. He is a candidate to join the mix as a backup behind starting tailback Ryan Mathews.

RB | Kevin Smith | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Detroit Lions are in negotiations with free-agent RB Kevin Smith about a return to the Lions. Smith started four games for the Lions last season; on the year he rushed 72 times for 356 yards and four touchdowns. He also had 22 receptions for 179 yards and three touchdowns.

RB | BenJarvus Green-Ellis | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Jets are interested in signing free-agent RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Patriots), although they have yet to meet with him. He has visited with the Cincinnati Bengals and may return to play for the New England Patriots.

RB | LaDainian Tomlinson | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said the team is not considering bringing free-agent RB LaDainian Tomlinson (Jets) back into the fold. The team also isn't interested in free-agent WR Kassim Osgood. "No. We have moved on years ago," Smith said. "We wish him the very best in his search for the team he feels is the best fit for him. We are looking at four backs right now but we may slow down that search a little bit. I know (Jets coach) Rex Ryan has said some great things about L.T. the last couple years. I would think he would bring him back."


Fullback

FB | Jacob Hester | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers have offers extended to free-agents FB Jacob Hester, NT Antonio Garay and DE Luis A. Castillo about returning to the team in 2012. All three are unrestricted free agents and can continue to test the market as they choose.

FB | Spencer Larsen | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New England Patriots met with free-agent FB Spencer Larsen (Broncos) earlier this week.

FB | Will Johnson | Pittsburgh Steelers | Transaction
The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed FB Will Johnson and TE Wes Lyons to future contracts. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

FB | Jerome Felton | Minnesota Vikings | Transaction, Free Agents
The Minnesota Vikings signed free-agent FB Jerome Felton (Colts) Tuesday, March 20.


Wide Receiver

WR | Ted Ginn Jr. | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Minnesota Vikings met with free-agent WR Ted Ginn Jr. (49ers) Tuesday, March 20.

WR | Kendall Wright | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Baylor WR Kendall Wright ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds at his Pro Day Wednesday, March 21.

WR | Lee Evans | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Jacksonville Jaguars are scheduled to meet with free-agent WR Lee Evans (Ravens) Wednesday, March 21.

WR | Donnie Avery | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New York Jets remain interested in free-agent WR Donnie Avery (Titans), according to a source. Avery visited Monday, March 19.

WR | Jerricho Cotchery | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said Tuesday, March 20, that the team has no plans to sign free-agent WR Jerricho Cotchery (Steelers). "Nothing on the horizon," Tannenbaum said.

WR | Early Doucet | Arizona Cardinals | Transaction, Free Agents
The Arizona Cardinals agreed to terms with free-agent WR Early Doucet (Cardinals) on a two-year contract Tuesday, March 20.

WR | David Douglas | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Arizona WR David Douglas posted 40-yard dash times in the 4.40-4.46 seconds range Monday, March 19, at his school's Pro Day. Douglas also surprised scouts with crisp route running and soft hands despite inclement weather.

WR | Juron Criner | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Arizona WR Juron Criner received positive reviews from talent evaluators at his school's Pro Day Monday, March 19. Criner posted a 39-inch vertical leap, which was actually one inch better than his score at the NFL Scouting Combine. Inclement weather forced the athletes to run inside on a carpet, and he was timed at 4.52 seconds in the 40-yard dash, according to one scouts' watch. Criner was also very impressive in positional drills.

WR | Kassim Osgood | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said the team is not considering bringing free-agent RB LaDainian Tomlinson (Jets) back into the fold. The team also isn't interested in free-agent WR Kassim Osgood. "No. We have moved on years ago," Smith said. "We wish him the very best in his search for the team he feels is the best fit for him. We are looking at four backs right now but we may slow down that search a little bit. I know (Jets coach) Rex Ryan has said some great things about L.T. the last couple years. I would think he would bring him back."


Tight End

TE | Rob Gronkowski | New England Patriots | Injury
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle) remains in a walking boot after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle. "I'm just chilling. Just in a walking boot, getting better every day. Every week getting better and can't wait until I'm 100 percent healthy so I can get out there and do what we have to do in the offseason," Gronkowski said.

TE | Jacob Tamme | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent TE Jacob Tamme (Colts) visited with the Seattle Seahawks Tuesday, March 20, but left without a contract.

TE | Ladarius Green | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Louisiana-Lafayette TE Ladarius Green improved his vertical leap to 35 inches at his school's Pro Day Tuesday, March 20, after posting a 34-inch result at the NFL Scouting Combine. He also improved his bench press by one rep, benching 225 pounds 17 times. Green also caught more than 30 passes without a drop.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Geoffrey Schwartz | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers have begun contract talks with free-agent OL Geoffrey Schwartz (Panthers) after he met with the team Tuesday, March 20.


Guard

OG | Cooper Carlisle | Oakland Raiders | Transaction, Free Agents
The Oakland Raiders re-signed free-agent OG Cooper Carlisle (Raiders) to a one-year deal Tuesday, March 20, worth up to $1 million, $275,000 of his $925,000 base is fully guaranteed.


Defensive Line

DL | Trevor Laws | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent DL Trevor Laws (Eagles) visited the New England Patriots Saturday, March 17, according to a league source.

DL | Antonio Garay | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers have offers extended to free-agents FB Jacob Hester, NT Antonio Garay and DE Luis A. Castillo about returning to the team in 2012. All three are unrestricted free agents and can continue to test the market as they choose.

DL | Luis A. Castillo | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers have offers extended to free-agents FB Jacob Hester, NT Antonio Garay and DE Luis A. Castillo about returning to the team in 2012. All three are unrestricted free agents and can continue to test the market as they choose.

DL | Mark Anderson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Buffalo Bills are hosting free-agent DE Mark Anderson (Patriots) Wednesday, March 21.

DL | Brodrick Bunkley | Free Agent | Free Agents
Updating a previous report, free-agent DL Brodrick Bunkley (Broncos) visited the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, March 20.

DL | Ryan Baker | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Miami Dolphins re-signed free-agent DL Ryan Baker (Dolphins) Tuesday, March 20.


Defensive End

DE | Quinton Coples | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan traveled to Chapel Hill, N.C. to attend the University of North Carolina's Pro Day. The main reason was to watch DL Quinton Coples, who is projected as a Top 10 pick in the NFL Draft.


Linebacker

LB | Manny Lawson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Green Bay Packers are showing interest in free-agent LB Manny Lawson (Bengals) and have been in contract talks with him.

LB | Stephen Tulloch | Detroit Lions | Depth Chart Tidbit
With the Detroit Lions re-signing LB Stephen Tulloch, the team will return 21 of 22 offensive and defensive starters for the 2012 NFL season. The only starter they lost was CB Eric Wright, who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

LB | Jonathan Goff | New York Giants | Free Agents
The Cleveland Browns met with free-agent LB Jonathan Goff (Giants) earlier this week.

LB | Ashlee Palmer | Detroit Lions | Transaction, Free Agents
The Detroit Lions have re-signed free-agent LB Ashlee Palmer. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Palmer was originally a restricted free agent, but the Lions did not offer him a tender.

LB | Curtis Lofton | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers remain interested in free-agent LB Curtis Lofton (Falcons), but they want him at their price.

LB | Joe Mays | Denver Broncos | Transaction
The contract for Denver Broncos LB Joe Mays is for three years and $12 million. The deal includes $4.5 million in guaranteed money through a fully guaranteed $3.5 million base salary in 2012, a $500,000 signing bonus and $500,000 of his base salary in 2013 being fully guaranteed, according to a league source with knowledge of the deal.

LB | DeMeco Ryans | Philadelphia Eagles | Transaction
The Houston Texans agreed to trade LB DeMeco Ryans and a third-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles Tuesday, March 20. The Texans will receive a third-round pick and a fourth-round pick in return. The deal is contigent upon Ryans passing a physical.

LB | Jamaal Westerman | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Miami Dolphins signed free-agent LB Jamaal Westerman (Jets) Tuesday, March 20. Westerman spent the past three seasons with the New York Jets. He has played 36 NFL games, making three starts.

LB | Brian Urlacher | Chicago Bears | Injury
Chicago Bears LB Brian Urlacher (knee) said his left knee isn't 100 percent healed after injuring himself in the team's season finale last year. "There's some things I still can't do right now. When it's time for me to be healthy ... I haven't pushed it. I've done what I've been told to do," Urlacher said. "I've kind of stayed off of it for the most part. There's no reason for me to rush it right now. It was a pretty good injury, so I'm just trying to relax a little bit longer. Then when it's time to get going I'll be ready to go." He's not worried about missing offseason workouts, though.

LB | Kamerion Wimbley | Tennessee Titans | Transaction
The Tennessee Titans agreed to a five-year, $35 million deal with free-agent LB Kamerion Wimbley (Raiders) Tuesday, March 20. Wimbley will be guaranteed $13.5 million.


Cornerback

CB | Marcus Gilchrist | San Diego Chargers | Draft, Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit
The San Diego Chargers are looking for a veteran cornerback to serve as their nickel back. If they don't find one in the free-agent market, they could use CB Marcus Gilchrist in that role in 2012.

CB | Dre Kirkpatrick | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick is scheduled to visit 10 NFL teams, according to a league source. Kirkpatrick will reportedly meet with the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans, as well as two other unnamed teams.

CB | Trevin Wade | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft, Free Agents
Arizona CB Trevin Wade did not participate in any of the timed drills Monday, March 19, at his school's Pro Day. Only a handful of scouts wanted until the end of workouts to watch Wade in the positional drills. He is projected as a last round NFL Draft pick, or possible undrafted free agent.

CB | Tracy Porter | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent CB Tracy Porter (Saints) will visit with the Denver Broncos Wednesday, March 21, according to a source.

CB | Jarrett Bush | Green Bay Packers | Transaction
The Green Bay Packers re-signed CB Jarrett Bush to a three-year deal Tuesday, March 20. He made visits to the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets before re-signing. Financial terms were not disclosed.


Strong Safety

SS | Jim Leonhard | Free Agent | Free Agents
New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum said Tuesday, March 20, that it is possible the team could re-sign free-agent SS Jim Leonhard (Jets). Tannenbaum said the team "haven't shut the door" on Leonhard.


Free Safety

FS | LaRon Landry | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets S LaRon Landry (Achilles') is not 100 percent, and he'll be limited throughout offseason workouts. He has been working out and running sprints and he'll follow the team's rehab plan moving forward. "I'll be ready when it's time to be ready," Landry said. He calls his injury more of a "bone-type issue" below his Achilles' tendon. Landry underwent stem-cell treatment on his Achilles' after the season ended.


Offensive Coordinator

OC | Kyle Shanahan | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder, general manager Bruce Allen, head coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, among others, are in attendance at Baylor QB Robert Griffin III's Pro Day Wednesday, March 21.

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