Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 11, 2013 @ 09:53:17 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Michael Vick | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Although the Philadelphia Eagles and QB Michael Vick have agreed to terms of a restructured contract, it still only allows Vick a chance to compete for a roster spot under new head coach Chip Kelly. The Eagles can still release him before the 2013 season starts.

QB | Joe Flacco | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Baltimore Ravens may hesitate to place the exclusive franchise tag on impending free-agent QB Joe Flacco. The Ravens were $5 million over the league's $121 million salary cap at the close of business Friday, Feb. 8, and that figure doesn't include a dime for Flacco. Placing the exclusive tag would mean committing a $20 million guaranteed salary to Flacco in 2013, with another $24 million due in 2014 if Baltimore had to exercise a tag again next year. The team has also said it is not looking to restructure many deals and overspend in order to maintain the current nucleus.

QB | Matt Barkley | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Southern California QB Matt Barkley knows the NFL Scouting Combine will be critical for him as he tries to prove his critics wrong. Barkley was once considered a candidate for the first overall pick in the NFL Draft; however, his stock dropped during his senior season. "This is probably the biggest test of my life coming up," Barkley said. "This is like the SAT times thousands. I hear the whole couple days is a grind. But I am looking forward to that challenge. I am excited about it."

QB | Matt Moore | Free Agent | Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit
The Carolina Panthers might look to free-agent QB Matt Moore (Dolphins) for their backup job behind QB Cam Newton in 2013. Moore is reportedly well liked in Charlotte after previously playing three years for the Panthers. Impending free-agent QB Derek Anderson (Panthers) is not expected back, hinting he might reunite with Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski.

QB | Drew Stanton | Indianapolis Colts | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians might pursue Indianapolis Colts QB Drew Stanton. He was impressed how Stanton performed in the preseason, and practiced during the regular season. Stanton might have multiple suitors, but Arians might have a leg up because of his familiarity. In addition, the Cardinals might get Stanton his best opportunity to become a starter.


Running Back

RB | Lamar Miller | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
The Miami Dolphins believe RB Lamar Miller showed just a glimpse of his big-play potential this past season, and the team expects him to be an every-down back in 2013. "Lamar really showed some great signs of really some explosive play opportunity," general manager Jeff Ireland said. "He kind of shoots out of the cannon when he hits the hole. He's got very good hands. I thought he did a very good job in his pass protection, which keeps him on the field all three downs."

RB | Michael Turner | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
The Atlanta Falcons look to be in the market for a running back this offseason, according to sources. The team will likely cut ties with RB Michael Turner and look for a younger runner. Turner is also due a raise in 2013 after hitting escalators in his contract this past season. His cap figure will be $8.9 million.

RB | Lance Dunbar | Dallas Cowboys | Draft, Fantasy
The Dallas Cowboys will likely not select a running back in the NFL Draft. Instead, the team will likely rely on RBs Lance Dunbar and Phillip Tanner to back up starting RB DeMarco Murray.

RB | Montario Hardesty | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
The new coaching staff is spending a lot of time evaluating RB Montario Hardesty, who had 271 rushing yards and a 4.2 yards per carry average on 65 rushes in 2012. Hardesty has one year remaining on his contract at $630,000, so he would be cheap to cut or keep for depth.

RB | DeAngelo Williams | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
The Carolina Panthers could consider releasing RB DeAngelo Williams in June because it would allow them to split his $9.6 million salary cap hit over the next two seasons.

RB | BenJarvus Green-Ellis | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (hamstring) is still recovering from the hamstring injury he suffered in Week 17.

RB | Brandon Jackson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Cleveland Browns are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent RB Brandon Jackson this offseason.

RB | Reggie Bush | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins impending free-agent RB Reggie Bush could be given a limited role in the offense next season if he re-signs with the team because they are expecting big things from RB Lamar Miller in 2013.


Fullback

FB | E. Alex Smith | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Impending free-agent TEs E. Alex Smith (Browns) and Benjamin Watson (Browns) are unlikely to be brought back by the Cleveland Browns in 2013.


Wide Receiver

WR | DeSean Jackson | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Since recording nine touchdowns in the 2009 season, Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson's scoring has decreased in each of the last three seasons, from six to four to two this past season. Injuries, a contract dispute and questionable playcalling can be used as reasons for the decline.

WR | Dwayne Bowe | Free Agent | Free Agents
Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent WR Dwayne Bowe will surely receive a lot of interest if he hits the open market; however, one league scout said he has reservations. "I am scared to death of Dwayne Bowe. Like him a lot, but not sure what we'd be buying if we signed him. Too much baggage," the scout said.

WR | Brandon Marshall | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Outside of Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall, the rest of the team's passing game went by the wayside in 2012. Marshall accounted for 1,508 of the team's 3,298 passing yards (45.7 percent). The Bears ranked 28th in passing yards and 23rd in passer rating in 2012.

WR | Greg Little | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
The Cleveland Browns could look to sign a veteran wide receiver in the offseason who can add speed to the outside, and a result be able to relegate WR Greg Little to the slot.

WR | Stevie Johnson | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix said the team would ideally like to add a big wide receiver to line up outside allowing the offensive staff to move WR Stevie Johnson inside to the slot where Nix believes Johnson could be an even greater asset to the passing game.

WR | Brandon Lloyd | New England Patriots | Free Agents, Fantasy
If the New England Patriots decide to part ways with WR Brandon Lloyd, who is due a $3 million option, they could decide to pursue the best 'X' receiver on the free-agent market to threaten defenses down the left sideline.

WR | Wes Welker | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
There is growing speculation that New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Wes Welker and WR Brandon Lloyd may not return in 2013. With TEs Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez on the roster, the offense would only have to change slightly without Welker. Hernandez would serve as the slot receiver, with Gronkowski working the middle of the field, in such a scenario. The Patriots may also not want to pay Lloyd a $3 million option he is due.

WR | Miles Austin | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Miles Austin is expected to return to the team in 2013. Despite battling many injuries, Austin remains a valuable weapon in the team's passing game.

WR | Armanti Edwards | Carolina Panthers | Transaction, Fantasy
Carolina Panthers WR Armanti Edwards has a salary cap figure of just $753,000 for 2013, but until his 69-yard punt return in Week 17 against the New Orleans Saints, he hadn't done much in his first three years in the league. He is a candidate to be cut during the offseason.

WR | Travis Benjamin | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin is expected to serve as the team's punt return man in 2013.

WR | Greg Jennings | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has told friends he expects to spend a lot of money in free agency. The team might have incentive now, too, as the Dolphins take their stadium upgrade financing plan to a vote of Miami-Dade County voters, likely in late March or April. The team might make a splash by adding a free-agent like WRs Greg Jennings (Packers) or Mike Wallace (Steelers).

WR | Mike Wallace | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has told friends he expects to spend a lot of money in free agency. The team might have incentive now, too, as the Dolphins take their stadium upgrade financing plan to a vote of Miami-Dade County voters, likely in late March or April. The team might make a splash by adding a free-agent like WRs Greg Jennings (Packers) or Mike Wallace (Steelers).

WR | Brian Hartline | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Miami Dolphins and impending free-agent WR Brian Hartline has made no significant progress in contract talks.

WR | Robert Meachem | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Robert Meachem had just 14 receptions, and he was targeted only 32 times in 2012, but he is guaranteed $5 million in 2013.

WR | Percy Harvin | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
The Minnesota Vikings are expected to look to trade WR Percy Harvin because he had a tirade directed toward head coach Leslie Frazier during the season. Teammates were disappointed in Harvin's actions and the organization has moved toward less tolerance for that behavior. Harvin apparently had a similar incident when Brad Childress was head coach.

WR | Joshua Cribbs | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Cleveland Browns are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent WRs Mohamed Massaquoi or Joshua Cribbs this offseason.

WR | Mohamed Massaquoi | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Cleveland Browns are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent WRs Mohamed Massaquoi or Joshua Cribbs this offseason.

WR | Kenny Britt | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR Randy Moss said he believes Tennessee Titans WR Kenny Britt can become an elite wide receiver if he able to avoid off-field distractions. "I can't really speak about it because I have been into trouble off the field myself," Moss said. "But from what I have seen Kenny Britt do, man, if he gets his mind right, Kenny Britt can get up in elite class very quickly. I am a big fan of his."


Tight End

TE | Aaron Hernandez | New England Patriots | Free Agents, Fantasy
There is growing speculation that New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Wes Welker and WR Brandon Lloyd may not return in 2013. With TEs Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez on the roster, the offense would only have to change slightly without Welker. Hernandez would serve as the slot receiver, with Gronkowski working the middle of the field, in such a scenario. The Patriots may also not want to pay Lloyd a $3 million option he is due.

TE | Benjamin Watson | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Impending free-agent TEs E. Alex Smith (Browns) and Benjamin Watson (Browns) are unlikely to be brought back by the Cleveland Browns in 2013.

TE | Greg Olsen | Carolina Panthers | Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen had the best season by a tight end in franchise history, but backup TEs Gary Barnidge and Ben Hartsock are both impending free agents. The team might look to upgrade the position.

TE | Jared Cook | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Carolina Panthers might purse impending free-agent TE Jared Cook (Titans). The former star at the University of South Carolina is unhappy with his role with the Tennessee Titans, so it is expected he wouldn't re-sign.


Place Kicker

PK | Phil Dawson | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Impending free-agent PK Phil Dawson (Browns) is likely to want a multi-year contract, but the team might worry about his age and offer him a one-year deal with little cash guaranteed after that. Dawson has had two of his best seasons after the age of 36, and he has 14 field goals (with one miss) from at least 50 yards in the last two seasons, most in the NFL.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Garry Williams | Carolina Panthers | Transaction
The Carolina Panthers might cut OL Garry Williams to save $1 million against the salary cap in 2013. Williams has been a dependable backup who can play several spots along the offensive line.

OT | Jordan Gross | Carolina Panthers | Transaction
Carolina Panthers OT Jordan Gross might be asked to restructure his contract during the offseason. The team would clear $6.7 million by cutting Gross, but they would also have a huge void at left tackle. He is still considered an above-average blocker.

OT | Ryan Clady | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents
If the Denver Broncos use the franchise tag on OT Ryan Clady (shoulder), that's a guaranteed one-year deal for $9.66 million. They still could give him a long-term deal, but are said to be waiting until more is known about his shoulder injury.

OT | Max Starks | Free Agent | Free Agents
Pittsburgh Steelers OT Max Starks, OG Willie Colon and OG Ramon Foster may not return next season because they would not fit well in a zone-blocking scheme. Starks and Foster will be free agents this offseason.


Guard

OG | Louis Vasquez | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers have reached out to impending free-agent OT Louis Vasquez (Chargers), a player that is expected to make $6 million annually in 2013 and beyond. It is unknown if new general manager Tom Telesco and new head coach Mike McCoy want to rebuild the offensive line with young players or grab a proven, quality, yet unspectacular player such as Vasquez.

OG | Willie Colon | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agents
Pittsburgh Steelers OT Max Starks, OG Willie Colon and OG Ramon Foster may not return next season because they would not fit well in a zone-blocking scheme. Starks and Foster will be free agents this offseason.

OG | Ramon Foster | Free Agent | Free Agents
Pittsburgh Steelers OT Max Starks, OG Willie Colon and OG Ramon Foster may not return next season because they would not fit well in a zone-blocking scheme. Starks and Foster will be free agents this offseason.


Offensive Line

OL | Jason Pinkston | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns OG Jason Pinkston (lung) should be able to return as the team's left guard next season.


Defensive Line

DL | Roy Miller | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Free Agents
There have been no substantive contract talks between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and impending free-agent DT Roy Miller, calling into question the team's commitment to re-signing him.

DL | Ron Edwards | Carolina Panthers | Transaction
Updating a previous report, the Carolina Panthers felt lucky to get 11 games out of DT Ron Edwards last season. The team needs salary cap space, and cutting Edwards would save $2.5 million in cap space.

DL | Chris Canty | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Carolina Panthers might pursue free-agent DT Chris Canty (Giants) and/or impending free-agent SS Kenny Phillips (Giants) this offseason. General manager David Gettleman was the team's pro personnel director when Canty was signed, and Canty went to high school in Charlotte. Gettleman is also familiar with Phillips, the first-round pick of the Giants in 2008.

DL | Elvis Dumervil | Denver Broncos | Transaction
Denver Broncos DL Elvis Dumervil has a $13.623 million cap figure, including a $10 million base salary, in 2013. The team might turn that into a signing bonus in some way if they try to restructure his contract in the offseason.

DL | Isaac Sopoaga | Free Agent | Free Agents
San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent DT Isaac Sopoaga's future with the team may hinge on if the 49ers are able to re-sign impending free-agent DT Ricky Jean-Francois this offseason.

DL | Marcus Dixon | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction, Free Agents
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed free-agent DE Marcus Dixon (Jets). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.


Linebacker

LB | Rey Maualuga | Cincinnati Bengals | Free Agents
The Baltimore Ravens could go after Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent LB Rey Maualuga in the offseason. The team has been interested in him dating back to the 2009 NFL Draft.

LB | Anthony Spencer | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys could consider using the franchise tag on impending free-agent LB Anthony Spencer (Cowboys), but it could cost $10.8 million in 2013. A long-term deal for Spencer likely would run anywhere from $8-10 million annually.

LB | D.J. Williams | Denver Broncos | Transaction
Denver Broncos LB D.J. Williams might be released for salary cap relief, a move the team might consider. He could carry a $1.732 million cap charge for the remaining pro-rated amount of his signing bonus, but that is a savings of $6 million over his cap charge if he is on the roster.

LB | Manti Te'o | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
One NFL draft analyst believes the Chicago Bears will select Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o with the 20th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. The well-publicized hoax story involving Te'o and a person he thought was his girlfriend is not expected to play a leading role in his draft status. If Te'o runs a 40-yard draft at the NFL Scouting Combine later this month, that might hold a bigger key to his status.

LB | Shaun Phillips | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent LB Shaun Phillips this offseason.

LB | James-Michael Johnson | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit
Cleveland Browns LB James-Michael Johnson is believed to be the top candidate to start next to LB D'Qwell Jackson at inside linebacker next season.


Cornerback

CB | Aqib Talib | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents
The New England Patriots will try to re-sign impending free-agent CB Aqib Talib; however, it has to be a very fair contract given his off-field and injury problems.

CB | Brent Grimes | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents
The Carolina Panthers might pursue impending free-agent CB Brent Grimes (Falcons) (Achilles'), although his price tag might be too costly unless injury concerns drive down his price. Grimes missed all but one game last season due to an Achilles' injury.

CB | Marcus Gilchrist | San Diego Chargers | Depth Chart Tidbit
If the San Diego Chargers elect to not bring back impending free-agent CB Antoine Cason (Chargers), that would place more pressure on CBs Shareece Wright and Marcus Gilchrist heading into 2013.

CB | Shareece Wright | San Diego Chargers | Depth Chart Tidbit
If the San Diego Chargers elect to not bring back impending free-agent CB Antoine Cason (Chargers), that would place more pressure on CBs Shareece Wright and Marcus Gilchrist heading into 2013.

CB | Antoine Cason | San Diego Chargers | Transaction, Free Agents
The new management team of the San Diego Chargers has reached out to impending free-agent CB Antoine Cason (Chargers), although they're interest level is uncertain. He plays a premium position, and he was consistent in 2012, but he is expected to command at least $5 million annually with his new deal.

CB | Buster Skrine | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit
Cleveland Browns CBs Buster Skrine, Trevin Wade and Johnson Bademosi may compete for a starting cornerback job during training camp next season.


Safety

S | Tashaun Gipson | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit
Cleveland Browns FS Usama Young and S Tashaun Gipson may compete for the starting free safety job during training camp next season.


Strong Safety

SS | Kenny Phillips | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Carolina Panthers might pursue free-agent DT Chris Canty (Giants) and/or impending free-agent SS Kenny Phillips (Giants) this offseason. General manager David Gettleman was the team's pro personnel director when Canty was signed, and Canty went to high school in Charlotte. Gettleman is also familiar with Phillips, the first-round pick of the Giants in 2008.


Free Safety

FS | Usama Young | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit
Cleveland Browns FS Usama Young and S Tashaun Gipson may compete for the starting free safety job during training camp next season.

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