Fantasy Football News
Chris Johnson RB - NYJ Johnson (knee) has signed a two-year dea...
Johnson (knee) has signed a two-year deal with the Jets, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: While it figures to be difficult for Johnson to see as many carries (279) as he did last season en route to recording 1,077 rushing yards for the Titans last season, he makes for a nice complement to Chris Ivory, who emerged as the Jets' busiest back down the stretch last season. Moreover, Johnson's ability as a pass-catcher figures to boost the team's backfield -- which also rosters Bilal Powell -- while his durability (he's suited up for all 16 games in his last five seasons) is also a plus, given Ivory's injury history.By Rotowire.com
Mike James RB - TB James -- whose 2013 season ended with a...
James -- whose 2013 season ended with a broken left ankle last November -- is progressing well in his recovery, the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Impacts: The report notes that James, who played at about 228 pounds last season, has added some muscle to his upper body. Meanwhile, James has been running and in his words, is "very, very close" to being fully cleared. Once he's up to speed, James (who now checks in at 232 pounds) is in line to compete with Bobby Rainey for work behind the Bucs' top back, Doug Martin.By Rotowire.com
Josh Freeman QB - NYG Freeman and the Giants have agreed to a...
Freeman and the Giants have agreed to a one-year deal, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Freeman is thus in line to compete for the Giants' No. 2 QB job with Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib. Given his NFL starting experience (he has 60 to his credit), Freeman should have the edge to secure that role. Starter Eli Manning recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his ankle, which paves the way for Freeman and co. to see added opportunities during the team's offseason workouts, while Manning recovers.By Rotowire.com
Malcom Floyd WR - SD Floyd, who continues to recover from a n...
Floyd, who continues to recover from a neck injury that he sustained this past September, is slated to participate in the Chargers' voluntary workouts, which begin April 22, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Impacts: Floyd, who has been running and lifting of late, will be limited, however, and despite his progress, it remains unclear if he will be able to play this coming season. A decision that front will largely be based on the risk of re-injury and will no doubt be carefully weighed by Floyd and the Chargers' medical staff.By Rotowire.com
Matt Flynn QB - Flynn agreed to a contract with the Pack...
Flynn agreed to a contract with the Packers on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Flynn will head back to the team he led to the playoffs at the end of last season. He will assume the role of Aaron Rodgers' top backup again, though he could face a training camp challenge from fellow quarterback Scott Tolzien.By Rotowire.com
Brandon Lloyd WR - SF The 49ers have signed Lloyd to a one-yea...
The 49ers have signed Lloyd to a one-year contract, CSNBayArea.com reports.
Impacts: Though Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree are slated to start at wideout for the 49ers, Lloyd figures to have a chance to compete for the team's No. 3 slot. Also in the mix on that front is Quinton Patton -- who finished last season in that role -- while Jon Baldwin, Kassim Osgood, Chuck Jacobs, Devon Wylie, DeMarco Sampson and David Reed round out the team's current rostered receiving options. Lloyd, who will turn 33 in July, caught 74 passes for 911 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games in 2012 for the Patriots, but at this stage he has much to prove before being considered anything more than a late-round fantasy dart.By Rotowire.com
Kyle Rudolph TE - MIN Rudolph's left foot has been fully heale...
Rudolph's left foot has been fully healed for about two months, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Impacts: Rudolph, who was limited to eight games in 2013 after suffering a fractured foot on Nov. 3, finished up the season with 30 catches for 313 yards and three touchdowns. The report adds that the tight end has been studying tape of the Browns from last season in order to become more familiar with how he might be used in (new coordinator) Norv Turner's offense, a system in which fellow tight ends Jordan Cameron and Antonio Gates (while Turner was with the Chargers) have been productive.By Rotowire.com
Chris Johnson RB - Johnson (knee) is slated to visit the Je...
Johnson (knee) is slated to visit the Jets on Tuesday, the Daily News reports.
Impacts: The report suggests that the Jets are one of three teams interested in signing Johnson, who was recently released by the Titans. If he ends up joining the Jets' backfield, he'd be a nice complement to Chris Ivory, but in such a scenario it's hard to imagine Johnson seeing as many carries (279) as he did last season en route to recording 1,077 rushing yards.By Rotowire.com
Sidney Rice WR - Rice -- who suffered an ACL injury back...
Rice -- who suffered an ACL injury back on Oct. 28 -- indicated Monday that he has been cleared to begin cutting, the Seattle Times reports.
Impacts: It's another significant step in the unsigned wideout's recovery from his knee injury, with the report suggesting that the Saints, Giants, Packers and Rice's 2013 team, the Seahawks, are all thought to have interest in his services.By Rotowire.com
Demaryius Thomas WR - DEN Despite numerous reports to the contrary...
Despite numerous reports to the contrary, Thomas didn't suffer a separated shoulder during the Super Bowl and has been working out with Peyton Manning at Duke University, the Denver Post reports.
Impacts: Thomas apparently missed the first day of Manning's offseason workout, which led to the speculation that the wideout was still hurt. It's unclear how much Thomas is working out with Manning, but he'll likely take it easy until he's completely healthy. Thomas is a free agent after this season and could garner a big contract, if he can show that he's over the shoulder injury. Coming off two huge seasons with Manning under center, Thomas is averaging 93 catches for 1,432 yards and 12 touchdowns over that span.By Rotowire.com
Von Miller LB - DEN Miller, who underwent surgery in January...
Miller, who underwent surgery in January to repair a torn ACL, is progressing in his recovery but said he won't rush back from the injury, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Miller was suspended for the first six games of last season and was only able to rack up five sacks in the eight games in which he played, before suffering the torn ACL in Week 16 against the Texans. If he's able to get back to full strength, he could be a solid IDP play this season, especially if teams focus their attention on newly-acquired pass rusher DeMarcus Ware.By Rotowire.com
Rashean Mathis CB - DET Mathis will sign a one-year deal with th...
Mathis will sign a one-year deal with the Lions, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Mathis, who recorded 47 tackles in 15 games (including 13 starts) for Detroit this past season, figures to compete with Darius Slay for work at right cornerback for the Lions this coming season.By Rotowire.com
Aldon Smith LB - SF After being booked on felony charges of...
After being booked on felony charges of making a false report of a bomb threat at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday afternoon, Smith was subsequently released from custody after posting $20,000 bail, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Impacts: "We are disappointed to learn of the incident today involving Aldon Smith," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said Sunday. "As this is a pending legal matter and we are still gathering the pertinent facts, we will have no further comment." Smith, who missed five games last season while spending time in an alcohol treatment center, finished the 2013 campaign with 34 tackles and 8.5 sacks in 11 games. The 49ers will have to decide by May 3 whether to exercise their 2015 option on the 2011 first-rounder, but it's unclear if they'll do so in the wake of Smith's off-field issues.By Rotowire.com
Rob Gronkowski TE - NE Gronkowski (knee) will start jogging soo...
Gronkowski (knee) will start jogging soon, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports.
Impacts: Gronkowski met with Dr. James Andrews earlier this week, and Breer says the early signs on Gronkowski's recovery are good. Given the late-season timing of the tear (Dec. 8), it remains uncertain whether Gronkowski will be available for the start of the season.By Rotowire.com
Damian Williams WR - MIA Williams signed a one-year deal with the...
Williams signed a one-year deal with the Dolphins, Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post reports.
Impacts: Williams spent his first four seasons in the league with the Titans, where his position on the depth chart limited his effectiveness over the 2013 season. There's potential here however, as Williams racked up 45 receptions for 592 yards and five touchdowns in the 2011 season. The Dolphins are faily crowded at the wide receiver position though, so Williams will have to carve out a role for himself during camp.By Rotowire.com
Josh Freeman QB - Freeman has drawn interest from the Gian...
Freeman has drawn interest from the Giants, the New York Daily News reports.
Impacts: Freeman has had a NFL career filled with peaks and valleys, as he followed up 2012's 4065 yard campaign by losing his job to Mike Glennon in 2013, before eventually being granted his release. The 26-year-old would serve as an insurance policy to Eli Manning, who is expected to need at least six weeks to recover from ankle surgery that he had on Thursday. In addition to depth, Freeman would provide an extra camp body to go along with Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib, who are already on the Giants' roster.By Rotowire.com
Arian Foster RB - HOU Foster (back) intends to participate in...
Foster (back) intends to participate in Texans' OTAs, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impacts: Foster appears to be recovered from back surgery that limited him to just eight games in 2013, and it sounds as if he's healthy enough to join his teammates for offseason workouts that run from May 27 to June 13. Foster claims he has been working out for two months, and that the back injury that limited his effectiveness last year is behind him, meaning he shouldn't be limited in any way for these workouts. The 27-year-old will enter camp as the No. 1 back over the recently-signed Andre Brown, and after being limited to 542 rushing yards on 121 carries in 2013, he'll look to return to the the form that made him a quality back -- in both real and fantasy terms -- from 2010-12.By Rotowire.com
Sam Montgomery DE - CIN Montgomery (knee) has signed with the Be...
Montgomery (knee) has signed with the Bengals, Joe Reedy of FOX Sports Ohio reports.
Impacts: Montgomery had first-round potential coming out of college due to his immense athleticism, but injury and character issues plagued his entire first year in the league. The Bengals may have a steal here if they can properly manage his off-the-field issues, but Montgomery has yet to prove himself at the highest level.By Rotowire.com
Thomas DeCoud S - CAR DeCoud has signed a two-year deal with t...
DeCoud has signed a two-year deal with the Panthers, Carolina's team website reports.
Impacts: DeCoud, who registered 76 stops (62 solo) and six interceptions en route to a 2012 Pro Bowl selection, was released by the Falcons after posting just 65 tackles (44 solo) and no interceptions this past season. However, now on board with NFC South rivals Carolina, DeCoud could immediately assume a starting safety role given speculation surrounding the Panthers considering releasing Charles Godfrey for salary cap reasons. Coming off a torn Achilles, Godfrey's situation is yet to play out, but nonetheless, DeCoud should benefit from playing in a stout Panthers defense, which could allow him to improve on last season's statistical drop-off.By Rotowire.com
Eli Manning QB - NYG Manning, who is slated to have arthrosco...
Manning, who is slated to have arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle, expects to be able to run in about six weeks, the Daily News reports. "I think it's smart to get this procedure done now so the ankle isn't an ongoing issue," Manning noted.
Impacts: Given that timetable, Manning could be available for for the Giants' on-field OTA's, which begin on May 29. Meanwhile, Manning is in line to do off-field work once the team's offseason program opens on April 21. Assuming no setbacks, Manning should be at, or near full strength in advance of training camp.By Rotowire.com
Ed Dickson TE - Dickson signed a one-year deal with the...
Dickson signed a one-year deal with the Panthers on Thursday, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impacts: Dickson, who caught 25 passes for 273 yards and a TD for the Ravens in 2013, will provide the Panthers with an additional pass-catching option at TE to complement returning starter Greg Olsen. Give the team's unsettled wideout situation, it's plausible that Dickson -- who caught a career-high 54 passes for Baltimore in 2011 -- could see enough looks in two-tight end sets this coming season to carve out some deep-league utility while working in tandem with Olsen, who led the Panthers with 73 catches in 2013.By Rotowire.com
Ryan Broyles WR - DET Broyles (Achilles) was cleared to join t...
Broyles (Achilles) was cleared to join the Lions for their voluntary conditioning workouts, according to MLive.com
Impacts: It's been two ACL tears and a ruptured Achilles for Broyles the last three years, and he'll have an uphill climb to work his way into meaningful snaps for the Lions, who have already bolstered their wide receiver depth and are expected to continue to do so in the draft.By Rotowire.com
Jamie Collins LB - NE Collins, who played just 25 percent of t...
Collins, who played just 25 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps last season, is in line for an expanded role this season, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.
Impacts: The reports suggests that Collins, drafted 59th overall last year, will emerge as a three-down linebacker in his second year as a pro. Heading into the 2014 season, Collins is on track to start at linebacker for the Patriots, along with Jerod Mayo and Dont'a Hightower. In such a capacity, he should easily improve on his rookie numbers (43 tackles) and thus attain IDP relevance.By Rotowire.com
Brandon Lloyd WR - Lloyd, who didn't play in the NFL last s...
Lloyd, who didn't play in the NFL last season, is said to be in talks with the 49ers about a possible return to the field, Matt Maiocco of csnbayarea.com reports
Impacts: The 49ers continue to seek depth behind top wideout options Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree, and if Lloyd -- who will turn 33 in July -- enters the mix, he'd likely have a chance to compete (with the likes of Quinton Patton) for the team's No. 3 receiver gig. Lloyd -- was played for the 49ers from 2003-2005 -- caught 74 passes for 911 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games in 2012 for the Patriots, with the report noting that the wideout turned down several opportunities to play last season.By Rotowire.com
Adrian Peterson RB - MIN Peterson, who is bouncing back from Janu...
Peterson, who is bouncing back from January groin surgery, expects to participate in the Vikings' offseason workouts, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impacts: While Peterson indicated that he can't put a specific date on his return, he suggested that he's headed in the right direction on that front. "I can't say I'm back right now," Peterson said, "but I'm not far off that at all." The Vikings' voluntary minicamp runs from April 29-May 1, while the team's offseason workouts are slated to take place in late May and early June.By Rotowire.com
Casey Hayward CB - GB Hayward, who was limited to just three g...
Hayward, who was limited to just three games this past season due to a hamstring injury, expects to be ready for the Packers' offseason program, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
Impacts: The return of Hayward will bolster the Packers' secondary heading into the 2014 season, especially in the ball-hawking department. As a rookie in 2012, Hayward picked off six passes, as well as recording 53 tackles in 16 contests, including seven starts.By Rotowire.com
Demaryius Thomas WR - DEN Thomas' shoulder separation he suffered...
Thomas' shoulder separation he suffered in the Broncos' Super Bowl loss to the Seahawks two months ago is keeping him from joining his fellow receivers at Duke University for Peyton Manning's offseason workouts this week, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: The injury occurred on a vicious hit from Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor early in Super Bowl XLVIII. Thomas could still be limited in some of the OTA work in the weeks to come, but the Broncos don't expect issues when training camp opens.By Rotowire.com
Kamerion Wimbley DE - TEN Wimbley agreed to a restructured contrac...
Wimbley agreed to a restructured contract with the Titans on Monday, the Tennessean reports.
Impacts: Wimbley's new deal will pay him $9 million over the next three seasons, a significant paycut from the five-year, $35 million contract he signed back in 2012. However, with new coach Ken Whisenhunt expected to install a more suitable 3-4 defensive scheme, Wimbley could boost his salary through incentives. The 30-year-old enjoyed playing as a 3-4 outside linebacker during the first six seasons of his career, a span in which he recorded 42.5 sacks. However, since joining the Titans, Wimbley has managed just nine quarterback takedowns over a two year span.By Rotowire.com
Jason Avant WR - Avant signed a one-year contract with th...
Avant signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Monday.
Impacts: Used as the third receiver for much of his time in Philadelphia, Avant has ample experience working out of the slot and should fill such a role with the Panthers in 2014. While he would still appear to have very limited upside -- particularly in non-PPR leagues -- the veteran couldn't have found a better landing spot for fantasy purposes. He joins a receiving corps that includes tight end Greg Olsen, Jerricho Cotchery, Tiquan Underwood, and little else of note. Avant should have every chance to carve out a role in the offense, but Cotchery and perhaps Underwood will also be competing for playing time and targets. Given the poor quality of the talent that they've added at the position in recent weeks, the Panthers still figure to target a wide receiver early in May's draft.By Rotowire.com
Andre Brown RB - HOU Brown agreed to a deal with the Texans o...
Brown agreed to a deal with the Texans on Monday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impacts: Brown will help the Texans recover from the loss of Ben Tate in free agency by providing a stable backup to starter Arian Foster. The 2009 fourth-rounder spent the beginning of the 2013 season on IR/designated-to-return but came back to play in eight games, in which he racked up 492 yards and three touchdowns for the Giants. With the likes of Dennis Johnson, Jonathan Grimes and Ray Graham representing his main competition on the Texans' roster, Brown could find himself with more value than just a handcuff to Arian Foster, provided he can stay healthy for an entire season.By Rotowire.com
Lavelle Hawkins WR - TB The Buccaneers have signed Hawkins.
The Buccaneers have signed Hawkins.
Impacts: While Hawkins didn't record a catch in four games with the Chargers this past season, he played for Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford while the two were with Cal, so it's possible that Hawkins could climb up a Tampa Bay wideout depth chart that remains fluid behind top receiver Vincent Jackson.By Rotowire.com
Andre Brown RB - Brown is slated to visit the Texans on M...
Brown is slated to visit the Texans on Monday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impacts: In the wake of Ben Tate's departure in free agency, the Texans are looking for running back depth behind Arian Foster. If Brown -- who carried 139 times for 492 yards with three TDs for the Giants in 2013 -- signs with Houston, he would likely slot in as the team's No. 2 back ahead of the likes of currently-rostered options Dennis Johnson, Jonathan Grimes, and Ray Graham.By Rotowire.com
Owen Daniels TE - BAL Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Dan...
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Daniels will have a big role in the Baltimore offense, the Carroll County Times reports. "Just couldn't be more happy, more excited. I guarantee his role will be plenty big," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He's going to have a lot to do with our success next year, and we've got a lot of big plans for him."
Impacts: The Ravens will likely make heavy use of two-tight end sets, but Daniels will still be hard pressed to match his production from prior years. Dennis Pitta will have a larger role in the passing game than Daniels, and the Ravens aren't exactly known for fielding prolific offenses. The team does appear to be much improved from 2013 on the offensive side, but Joe Flacco has never thrown for 4,000 yards in a season, and Daniels joins a receiving corps that already includes Pitta, Torrey Smith, and Steve Smith. It may be that Daniels' biggest fantasy impact comes from cutting into Pitta's value rather than establishing any of his own.By Rotowire.com
Major Wright S - TB Wright agreed to a one-year contract wit...
Wright agreed to a one-year contract with the Buccaneers on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.
Impacts: Wright really broke through with the Bears last season, finishing second on the team with 100 tackles (78 solo) while also recording two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a defensive score. He'll join coach Lovie Smith, who coached Wright in Chicago from 2010-12, in Tampa, and should open next year as the starter at strong safety.By Rotowire.com
Champ Bailey CB - NO Bailey agreed to a two-year contract wit...
Bailey agreed to a two-year contract with the Saints on Friday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: A foot sprain limited Bailey to just five games last season and he wasn't much of a factor when on the field, notching just 14 tackles (12 solo) and three passes defensed for the season. Now 35, the 12-time Pro Bowler's best days are behind him, but Bailey, along with safety Jairus Byrd, will help solidify a Saints pass defense that ranked second in the NFL last season (194.1 yards per game).By Rotowire.com
Chris Johnson RB - Johnson (knee) was released by the Titan...
Johnson (knee) was released by the Titans on Friday, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.
Impacts: Johnson's release was expected to be granted at some point this week, and it was finally made official on Friday. Johnson will still count for $4 million against the Titans' cap room in 2014, although the team will save roughly $6 million against the cap by cutting ties. He'll now test the free agent market, with early rumblings suggesting that the Jets may be a good fit.By Rotowire.com
Justin Forsett RB - BAL Forsett (foot) signed a one-year deal wi...
Forsett (foot) signed a one-year deal with the Ravens on Friday.
Impacts: Forsett played in just nine games for the Jaguars in 2013 before being placed on IR with a non-displaced fracture in his foot. With the pending legal issues surrounding starter Ray Rice, the Ravens appear to be looking to bolster the position to prepare for the worst-case scenario. As long as Rice remains the starter though, Forsett's fantasy value will be greatly limited.By Rotowire.com
Mike Williams WR - BUF Williams was traded to Buffalo on Friday...
Williams was traded to Buffalo on Friday in exchange for a sixth-round pick, ESPN's James Walker reports.
Impacts: The Buccaneers had grown weary of Williams' off-the-field issues, and it makes sense to move him now with such a deep talent pool at receiver in the upcoming draft class. Buffalo, meanwhile, adds some size and physicality to a receiver rotation that otherwise featured finesse wideouts. Williams' 2013 season was a waste due to a hamstring tear that ended his season after six games, but he started his career with three consecutive seasons of 60-plus catches, scoring 23 touchdowns over that span. Williams might have trouble establishing much fantasy value in Buffalo, in any case, as he'll be battling Steve Johnson, Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin for targets in what figures to be a modest EJ Manuel-led passing game. An interesting anecdote in all this is that Williams quit the Syracuse football team in 2009, which was current Bills coach Doug Marrone's first season as head coach at Syracuse. Tampa Bay now has a major need for wideout help. Texas A&M's Mike Evans is a strong possibility for the Buccaneers at the seventh overall pick.By Rotowire.com
Owen Daniels TE - BAL Daniels has signed with the Ravens, the...
Daniels has signed with the Ravens, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impacts: Daniels -- who was limited to five games and 24 catches (for 252 yards) last season with the Texans due to a fractured fibula -- gives the Ravens a viable option at TE to complement Dennis Pitta. The 31-year-old's familiarity with (new Ravens offensive coordinator) Gary Kubiak's system should help ease his transition after spending the first eight years of his NFL career in Houston uniform, but the continued presence of a healthy Pitta cuts into Daniels' fantasy upside.By Rotowire.com
Patrick Chung S - The Patriots have signed Chung, the tea...
The Patriots have signed Chung, the team's official site reports.
Impacts: Chung -- who New England made the No. 34 overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft -- returns to the Patriots after a season with the Eagles in which he recorded 59 tackles in 12 games. He'll boost the Patriots' depth at safety in the wake of the team's release of Steve Gregory this offseason.By Rotowire.com