Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on July 26, 2011 @ 05:59:03 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Carson Palmer | Cincinnati Bengals | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown said Tuesday, July 26, that QB Carson Palmer "has retired." It does not appear the Bengals have any interest in giving into Palmer's request for release or trade. "I wish him well. If he is going to walk away from his commitment, we're not going to reward it," Brown said.

QB | Ryan Fitzpatrick | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was the first player to arrive at One Bills Drive when the doors opened Tuesday, July 26. Fitzpatrick said he was happy to be back and there is a lot of excitement with the NFL lockout coming to an end. He noted he spent time during the offseason working out with the team's receivers and running backs, which should be helpful. "It doesn't replace what we would've done in a normal offseason, but I think you'll see a lot of the players back here today," Fitzpatrick said.

QB | Kevin Kolb | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
The Philadelphia Eagles are open to trading backup QB Kevin Kolb, but they are going to take their time and wait for the right deal. The Eagles would like a first-round draft choice or a second-round pick with the addition of another player. The Arizona Cardinals are believed to be the most likely landing spot.

QB | Blaine Gabbert | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie QB Blaine Gabbert, the team's first-round draft choice, arrived at team headquarters Tuesday, July 26. Gabbert, like all rookies, must now work out a contract with his team. He is expected to serve as the backup to QB David Garrard in his rookie year.

QB | Mike Coughlin | NFL Draft Prospect | Free Agents
Undrafted rookie free-agent QB Mike Coughlin (Boise State) tweeted that it appears he is going to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

QB | Matt Hasselbeck | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Tennessee Titans are preparing a "huge" contract offer for free-agent QB Matt Hasselbeck (Seahawks).

QB | Matt Leinart | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Seattle Seahawks are expected to give free-agent QB Matt Leinart (Texans) a look, and it might even be considered likely that he'll end up in Seattle. Not only did head coach Pete Carroll coach Leinart in college, but quarterbacks Carl Smith was Leinart's position coach in 2004.

QB | John Beck | Washington Redskins | Fantasy
Washington Redskins QB John Beck headed to Redskins Park once the word came through that the NFL lockout had ended, but the security guard, who did not even know who Beck was, would not let him in. Beck was told players cannot report until Tuesday, July 26. Beck wanted to get a head start on the upcoming training camp by spending time with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Beck is expected to compete for the team's starting quarterback duties during training camp.

QB | Matt Moore | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent QB Matt Moore (Panthers) indicated he would be open to re-signing with the Carolina Panthers but it is not likely to happen.

QB | Alex Smith | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent QB Alex Smith (49ers) said he expects to re-sign with the San Francisco 49ers quickly after free agency is allowed. Smith said two sides know what an agreement would look like.

QB | Brett Favre | Retired | Fantasy
Speculation that retired QB Brett Favre (Vikings) will attempt yet another comeback is just that, according to his agent Bus Cook. Cook said Favre has not talked to him about any type of comeback and he isn't aware of Favre talking about it with anyone else, either.


Running Back

RB | DeAngelo Williams | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent RB DeAngelo Williams (Panthers) said Monday, July 25, he hopes the Carolina Panthers will make him an offer he can't refuse so he can one day retire as a lifelong Panther. "I honestly and truly want to stay a Carolina Panther and they're doing their part of keep me a Carolina Panther," Williams said. "So I'm very excited about that. Carolina gets the first stab at me. If everything looks great, then why entertain other offers? So that's where we stand right now."

RB | Darren Sproles | Free Agent | Free Agents
San Diego Chargers RB Darren Sproles has likely played his last down with the team. He is expected to agree to terms elsewhere relatively quickly.

RB | Willis McGahee | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction, Free Agents
The Denver Broncos are interested in free-agent-to-be RB Willis McGahee (Ravens). The Ravens informed McGahee that he will be released from his contract Thursday, July 28.

RB | Mario Fannin | NFL Draft Prospect | Free Agents
The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with undrafted free-agent RB Mario Fannin (Auburn).

RB | Correll Buckhalter | Denver Broncos | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Denver Broncos have notified RB Correll Buckhalter of their intentions to release him, a league source said Monday, July 25.

RB | Michael Bush | Oakland Raiders | Free Agents, Fantasy
It appears Oakland Raiders RB Michael Bush will be a restricted free agent and not an unrestricted free agent.


Fullback

FB | Ahmard Hall | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent FB Ahmard Hall (Titans) said he would like to re-sign with the Tennessee Titans but is willing to listen to offers from other teams.

FB | Le'Ron McClain | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Kansas City Chiefs may show interest in free-agent FB Le'Ron McClain (Ravens) once free agency begins.


Wide Receiver

WR | Joe Horn | Indianapolis Colts | Transaction, Free Agents
The Indianapolis Colts have signed undrafted rookie free-agent WR Joe Horn (Ashland).

WR | Plaxico Burress | Free Agent | Free Agents
New York Giants co-owner John Mara said during a radio appearance the team will "certainly … talk about" bringing back free-agent WR Plaxico Burress (Giants). He added that the team will likely reach out to Burress' agent to talk.

WR | Malcom Floyd | Free Agent | Free Agents
San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd is likely to sign elsewhere relatively quickly.

WR | Vincent Jackson | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Jackson is expected to sign the franchise tender and collect $11.3 million in 2011. Jackson has made it known he desires to remain in San Diego long-term. "As you know, we have decided to move slowly toward any long-term commitment at this time," general manager A.J. Smith said. "But if he and his agents' five-year, $50 million position remains steadfast, the odds are extremely high that he will be headed elsewhere."

WR | Chad Ochocinco | Cincinnati Bengals | Free Agents
The Chicago Bears do no plan to pursue Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco or free-agent WR Terrell Owens (Bengals).

WR | Terrell Owens | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Chicago Bears do no plan to pursue Cincinnati Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco or free-agent WR Terrell Owens (Bengals).

WR | Mike Sims-Walker | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent WR Mike Sims-Walker (Jaguars) said Monday, July 25, that he is interested in joining the Chicago Bears. "Chicago would be one of the ideal spots for me," Sims-Walker said. "With the offensive coordinator (Mike Martz) and QB Jay Cutler, the speedy receivers, the monster defense, and RB Matt Forte in the backfield, I think I can be the missing piece."

WR | Derrick Mason | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
The Baltimore Ravens will release WR Derrick Mason.

WR | James Jones | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent WR James Jones (Packers) said he would be open to signing with the San Francisco 49ers during free agency.

WR | Steve E. Smith | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent WR Steve E. Smith (Giants) could start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list because he is coming back from knee surgery.

WR | Maurice Stovall | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may look to re-sign free-agent WR Maurice Stovall.

WR | Brad Smith | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Chicago Bears are expected to pursue free-agent WR Brad Smith (Jets) once teams are able to speak with free agents.


Tight End

TE | Ryan Winterswyk | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction, Free Agents
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with undrafted rookie free-agent DE Ryan Winterswyk (Boise State). Winterswyk said he will be converted to a tight end in the NFL.

TE | Daniel Fells | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Denver Broncos are expected to add a fullback during free agency and could show interest in free-agent TE Daniel Fells (Rams) because he can play the position.


Place Kicker

PK | Connor Barth | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers restricted free-agent PK Connor Barth will likely be the team's top place kicker again in 2011. He converted 23 of 28 field goal attempts last season, and the team has appeared happy with his production. The Bucs may add another kicker during training camp, but the job appears to be Barth's to lose.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Damien Woody | Free Agent | Transaction
New York Jets OL Damien Woody said Monday, July 25, that he will retire if he isn't re-signed. "It's either the Jets or nothing. It just depends on how the whole scenario players out as far as what exactly they want me to do when I come back," Woody said.

OT | Willie Colon | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Baltimore Ravens likely will not show interest in free-agent OT Willie Colon (Steelers) because he is expected to ask for more money than the team is willing to spend.

OT | Tyson Clabo | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent OT Tyson Clabo (Falcons) is believed to be the highest priority among the three starting offensive linemen that the Atlanta Falcons have to deal with once free agency begins.


Guard

OG | Leonard Davis | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
The Dallas Cowboys have informed OG Leonard Davis that he will be released later this week.

OG | Brandon Moore | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets OG Brandon Moore (hip) said he will not be ready for full contact once training camp starts because of offseason hip surgery. He said he does not know when he will be fully healthy and is looking forward to meeting with the team's trainer.

OG | Logan Mankins | New England Patriots | Free Agents
New England Patriots franchise free-agent OG Logan Mankins may hold out of training camp because he is unhappy about his contract situation.


Defensive Line

DL | Jason Babin | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Chicago Bears are expected to be in the running for the services of free-agent DE Jason Babin (Titans), according to a source.

DL | Ray Edwards | Free Agent | Free Agents
Unrestricted free-agent DE Ray Edwards (Vikings) said he would be willing to listen to offers from the Minnesota Vikings about a possible return. He said it is up to them, but he noted they did not show interest in retaining him previously. Edwards said he is looking for a team that is looking to win and is interested in his services. He has 16 1/2 sacks during the past two seasons combined, and is expected to be one of the top defensive players available on the free-agent market.

DL | Ray McDonald | Free Agent | Free Agents
Continuing previous reports, unrestricted free-agent DL Ray McDonald (49ers) said he is focused on re-signing with the San Francisco 49ers. However, he noted that he ultimately has to decide on which organization is able to give him the best opportunity. McDonald said the 49ers seemed like they were "pretty interested" in re-signing him.

DL | Mathias Kiwanuka | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent DE Mathias Kiwanuka (Giants) are expected to receive interest from teams that can give him a starting job at defensive end.


Linebacker

LB | Tully Banta-Cain | New England Patriots | Depth Chart Tidbit
The New England Patriots have informed LB Tully Banta-Cain that he will be released Thursday, July 28. Banta-Cain has recorded 15 sacks over the past two years.

LB | Paul Posluszny | Free Agent | Free Agents
Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix said the team would like to re-sign unrestricted free-agents LB Paul Posluszny and CB Drayton Florence. "They'll have other offers I'm sure, but our goal is to keep both of those guys," Nix said Tuesday, July 26.

LB | Nick Barnett | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
It appears the Green Bay Packers have informed LB Nick Barnett that he will be released. "Just met with Ted (Thompson), thanks for the great 8 years," Barnett tweeted Tuesday, July 26. He went on to add that he will always keep a special place in his heart for the city of Green Bay and the Packers.

LB | Matt Roth | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New England Patriots may show interest in free-agent LBs Matt Roth (Browns) and Manny Lawson (49ers) once free agency begins.

LB | Manny Lawson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New England Patriots may show interest in free-agent LBs Matt Roth (Browns) and Manny Lawson (49ers) once free agency begins.

LB | Stephen Cooper | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Buffalo Bills could show interest in free agent LBs Kevin Burnett (Chargers), Brandon Siler (Chargers) and Stephen Cooper (Chargers) if they are not able to re-sign free-agent LB Paul Posluszny.

LB | Stephen Nicholas | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New York Giants are expected to pursue free-agent LB Stephen Nicholas (Falcons) once free agency begins.


Cornerback

CB | Drayton Florence | Free Agent | Free Agents
Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix said the team would like to re-sign unrestricted free-agents LB Paul Posluszny and CB Drayton Florence. "They'll have other offers I'm sure, but our goal is to keep both of those guys," Nix said Tuesday, July 26.

CB | Johnathan Joseph | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Detroit Lions may look to re-sign unrestricted free-agent CB Chris Houston if they are unable to sign a top-tier cornerback - possibly Cincinnati Bengals CB Johnathan Joseph) - on the free-agent market. Houston is viewed as one of the Lions' most important free agents, but he is seeking a long-term deal and made it clear earlier this year that he wanted to test the market.

CB | Chris Houston | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Detroit Lions may look to re-sign unrestricted free-agent CB Chris Houston if they are unable to sign a top-tier cornerback - possibly Cincinnati Bengals CB Johnathan Joseph) - on the free-agent market. Houston is viewed as one of the Lions' most important free agents, but he is seeking a long-term deal and made it clear earlier this year that he wanted to test the market.

CB | Josh Wilson | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent CB Josh Wilson (Ravens) said he would like to re-sign with the Baltimore Ravens but understands he may have to look for find another team to join.

CB | Antonio Cromartie | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Seattle Seahawks could pursue free-agent CB Antonio Cromartie (Jets) if they are comfortable with his asking price.

CB | Nnamdi Asomugha | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Seattle Seahawks likely will not show interest in free-agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha (Raiders) because he likely will be too expensive for them.


Strong Safety

SS | DeAndre McDaniel | NFL Draft Prospect | Free Agents
The New Orleans Saints agreed to terms with undrafted free-agent SS DeAndre McDaniel (Clemson).


Free Safety

FS | Jim Leonhard | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets FS Jim Leonhard (leg) has been medically cleared to fully participate once training camp starts. He miss several games last season because of a fractured tibia.

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