Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on July 20, 2010 @ 11:28:21 PDT



QB | Matt Cassel | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel is not in danger of losing his starting job, but the team wants him to become more fundamentally sound and throw crisper passes this season, according to Kent Babb, of The Kansas City Star. Offensive coordinator Charlie Weis will work closely with Cassel to improve Cassel's throwing motion as well as decision making.

QB | Matt Leinart | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals QB Matt Leinart said he believes he is ready to be the team's starting quarterback and is excited about the challenges he will be facing, according to's Lee Jenkins. "This is the most excited I've ever been for a season by far," Leinart said. "It's the opportunity I've waited a long time for. I know this is my chance. I don't have any doubt in my mind about what I can do."

QB | Brett Favre | Minnesota Vikings | Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress has traveled to Hattiesburg to meet with QB Brett Favre about his playing future, reports Childress said he does not know how long he will be in town.

QB | Sean Canfield | New Orleans Saints | Transaction
The New Orleans Saints have signed seventh-round draft choice QB Sean Canfield to a four-year deal, a source told Aaron Wilson, of the He will receive a base salary of $320,000 in 2010, $405,000 in 2011, $490,000 in 2012 and $575,00 in 2013. The deal also includes a slotted signing bonus and a fourth-year escalator clause that can significantly boost the maximum value of the deal.

Running Back

RB | Jerome Harrison | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Jerome Harrison may start training camp as the team's No. 2 running back behind RB Montario Hardesty because he missed most of the offseason workouts while Hardesty impressed the coaches with his running ability, instincts and knowledge during the workouts, according to Tony Grossi, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Harrison and Hardesty will compete for the starting job during training camp, but the team may use a running back by committee approach during the season. The team likely will use multiple running backs this season because of the knee issues Hardesty has dealt with in the past.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Tennessee Titans will move some of RB Chris Johnson's $2.5 million escalator in his contract forward, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The restructured contract could be signed within the next few days.

RB | Jamaal Charles | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles needs to show signs that he can keep improving and last year's strong performance wasn't a fluke, reports Kent Babb, of The Kansas City Star. Charles is expected to be the centerpiece of the Kansas City offense. The coaching staff also needs to keep him grounded, and remind him that RB Thomas Jones will happily take over the starting job if Charles regresses.

Wide Receiver

WR | Dwayne Bowe | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe took part in Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald's summer workouts this offseason because he heard positive things from other players about the workouts, reports Chip Scoggins, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Bowe said he also wanted to be able to work with former NFL WRs Cris Carter and Michael Irvin during the workouts. Bowe struggled with his conditioning during running drills after sitting out 12 straight workouts. "Can you imagine your first day coming back to 14 100s?" Bowe said. "Man, it was like college again. I've never done this intensive competing, conditioning and technique in one day."

WR | Jacoby Ford | Oakland Raiders | Transaction
The Oakland Raiders have signed fourth-round draft choice WR Jacoby Ford, according to Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

WR | Vincent Jackson | San Diego Chargers | Free Agents, Fantasy
San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said restricted free-agent WR Vincent Jackson is looking for a deal similar to the high-priced deal Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall signed this offseason, reports Nick Canepa, of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

WR | Terrell Owens | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Unrestricted free-agent WR Terrell Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he exepcts Owens to sign with a team within the next few weeks, according to Adam Schefter, of ESPN.

Tight End

TE | Jermaine Gresham | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham is expected to get the starting job if he reports to training camp within the first three days because he performed well during offseason workouts, reports The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy. TE Reggie Kelly could get the starting job if Gresham has a prolonged holdout or if Gresham takes a significant step back.

Offensive Tackle

OT | Andre Smith | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals OT Andre Smith (foot) is on schedule to be cleared to practice when training camp starts, according to Geoff Hobson, of

OT | Marcus McNeill | San Diego Chargers | Free Agents
San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said he does not expect restricted free-agent WR Vincent Jackson or OT Marcus McNeill to report for training camp and believes that they could sit out for a long time, reports Nick Canepa, of the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I think it's over with," Smith said. "I think they're going to be here for six games, and then they think they're going to be free."


OG | Todd Herremans | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury
Philadelphia Eagles OG Todd Herremans (foot) says his left foot will be fine, and that a recent visit to a specialist in June was a checkup to gauge the condition of his foot, reports Mike Mattson, of the Muskegon Chronicle. Herremains said, "It will be fine. I had to get it looked at in the offseason. I had to make sure it was suitable and I can play on it. The doctor said everything is playable. I'll be alright."

OG | Chester Pitts | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Philadelphia Eagles are not planning on attending the workout of unrestricted free-agent OG Chester Pitts (Texans) Tuesday, July 20, a source told Jeff McLane, of Philadelphia Inquirer.

OG | Jason Shirley | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Transaction
The Cincinnati Bengals have waived/injured OG Jason Shirley (Achilles'), according to Shirley suffered an injury to his Achilles' tendon during a charity basketball game in April.


LB | Cameron Sheffield | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction
The Kansas City Chiefs have signed rookie LB Cameron Sheffield, the team announced Tuesday, July 20.

LB | Rey Maualuga | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals LB Rey Maualuga (leg) has been working with the team's workout trainer and is close to 100 percent after undergoing minor surgery on his leg in May, according to's Geoff Hobson.


CB | Akwasi Owusu-Ansah | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys FS Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (shoulder) and LB Stephen Hodge (knee) may start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to Todd Archer, of The Dallas Morning News.

Free Safety

FS | Ed Reed | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens FS Ed Reed (hip) is almost a certainty to start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to Jamison Hensley, of The Baltimore Sun. Reed recently said he is 35 percent recovered from hip surgery.

FS | Bob Sanders | Indianapolis Colts | Injury
Indianapolis Colts FS Bob Sanders' agent, Tom Condon, refuted a report on that stated that Sanders has restructured his contract, reports Phil Richards, of The Indianapolis Star. Condon also said Sanders is not facing any new injury issues. The Colts said Sanders' status has not changed since June.

FS | Eric Berry | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
The Kansas City Chiefs have a history of not having their top draft pick signed in time for training camp, reports Kent Babb, of The Kansas City Star. There are few indications that S Eric Berry, the team's first-round pick, will break the trend. The team cannot afford to be without him, as he is expected to be an immediate starter.

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