Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 27, 2012 @ 10:51:31 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts | Draft
Interest around the NFL in Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning is high. There were teams at the NFL Scouting Combine that once said they wouldn't pursue Manning now pondering that possibility.

QB | Robert Griffin III | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Denver Broncos could be a mystery team showing interest in trading up at the NFL Draft to select Baylor QB Robert Griffin III. Vice president of football operations John Elway loves Griffin, and it's been no secret that the team's scouting department did extensive homework on college quarterbacks last fall.

QB | Kirk Cousins | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins threw well during the NFL Scouting Combine and as a result, he could have emerged as the No. 3 quarterback prospect behind Stanford QB Andrew Luck and Baylor QB Robert Griffin III.

QB | Chad Henne | Free Agent | Draft, Free Agents
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel could be fined and the team stripped of a selection in the NFL Draft over comments regarding the team's possible interest in Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning and Miami Dolphins impending free-agent QB Chad Henne.

QB | Brock Osweiler | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Arizona State QB Brock Osweiler said he met with the Buffalo Bills at the NFL Scouting Combine.

QB | Derek Anderson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Carolina Panthers are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent QB Derek Anderson this offseason because the team will be looking for a quarterback that has a similar skill set to QB Cam Newton.


Running Back

RB | Ryan Grant | Free Agent | Free Agents
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is hopeful the team will re-sign impending free agent RB Ryan Grant. "Hope he's back," McCarthy said Sunday, Feb. 26. "We'll see what happens with his situation. Ryan's one of our leaders."

RB | Marshawn Lynch | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Seattle Seahawks and RB Marshawn Lynch are working on a long-term deal, but they are not close yet. General manager John Schneider and Lynch's representatives met Saturday, Feb. 25, at the NFL Scouting Combine. If a deal isn't done by March 5, the team is expected to slap the franchise tag on Lynch for 2012.

RB | LaMichael James | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Oregon RB LaMichael James tied for second-fastest among all running backs at the NFL Scouting Combine in the 40-yard dash, posting a time of 4.45 seconds.

RB | Chris Polk | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Washington RB Chris Polk said he hoped to run the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. He posted a 4.57 mark, according to NFL.com, which ranked No. 14 among all running backs.

RB | Jackie Battle | Kansas City Chiefs | Free Agents
The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to re-sign impending free-agent RB Jackie Battle this offseason.

RB | Lamar Miller | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Miami (Fla.) RB Lamar Miller ran the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine, which was fastest among the running backs at the combine.

RB | BenJarvus Green-Ellis | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis is expected to hit the free-agent market this offseason but the team is interested in bringing him back at their price.


Fullback

FB | Le'Ron McClain | Free Agent | Free Agents
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel said the team is interested in re-signing impending free-agent FB Le'Ron McClain this offseason.


Wide Receiver

WR | Michael Floyd | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The New York Jets could show interest in taking Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd if he is available when they pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

WR | Stephen Hill | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill may have emerged as a late first-round pick in the NFL Draft with his solid performance at the NFL Scouting Combine. Hill posted a time of 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

WR | Randy Moss | Retired | Draft
Retired WR Randy Moss could begin visiting teams shortly after the NFL Scouting Combine, according to league sources. A deal could also be a possibility before March 13 if Moss is close to being in the condition that he's been telling people.

WR | Justin Blackmon | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd moved closer to the No. 2 receiver spot in the NFL Draft behind Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon. Floyd ran an official time of 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, but had unofficial times of 4.42 and 4.44 - fast times for a 220-pound receiver.

WR | Mario Manningham | Free Agent | Free Agents
Updating a previous item, New York Giants impending free-agent WR Mario Manningham reportedly will likely sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Manningham has indicated he wants to go to a warm-weather club. He also wants to follow former Giants assistant coach Mike Sullivan, who now serves as Tampa's offensive coordinator.

WR | Donald Driver | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR Donald Driver's agent said his client wants to play at least two more seasons. Whether or not that is with the Packers likely depends on if he takes a salary cut to remain with the team. "As far as the financial part, that's between (general manager Ted Thompson) and us," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "We all like Donald Driver. I really like the way Donald played at the end. I think Donald's second half of the year went better than the first half of the year once he got comfortable with his role."

WR | Jermaine Kearse | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Washington WR Jermaine Kearse turned in a 34-inch vertical jump at the NFL Scouting Combine Sunday, Feb. 26. He did not run good routes, and he seemingly fought the ball, which led to untimely drops.

WR | Dwight Jones | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
North Carolina WR Dwight Jones posted a 4.53 time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine Sunday, Feb. 26. However, he managed a broad jump of just nine feet and one inch, and his vertical jump was just 33 inches, which were viewed as average. Jones also struggled in the pass-catching workout, and he dropped several easy throws while running poor routes.

WR | Kashif Moore | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Connecticut WR Kashif Moore posted a 40-yard dash time under 4.4 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine Sunday, Feb. 26. Moore also checked in with 19 reps in the bench press, and he had a vertical jump of 43.5 inches and he recorded 10 feet and six inches in the broad jump. Each of those marks were among the top scores of the receiver board.

WR | Keshawn Martin | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Michigan State WR Keshawn Martin was surprisingly fast in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine Sunday, Feb. 26, timing in the low 4.4-second range. Martin was also sharp running routes, showing off great skill in breaks.

WR | Devon Wylie | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Fresno State WR Devon Wylie was fast in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine Sunday, Feb. 26, broaching 4.4 seconds flat. Wylie also ran tremendous routes and showed off great body control and balance. Wylie is considered one of the better slot receivers and return specialist combos available in the NFL Draft.

WR | Chris Givens | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Wake Forest WR Chris Givens recorded 40-yard dash times under 4.4 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine Sunday, Feb. 26. Givens also had soft, consistent hands in pass-catching drills, and he displayed good balance.

WR | Travis Benjamin | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Miami (Fla.) WR Travis Benjamin posted 40-yard dash times in the low 4.3-second range, and also practiced to that speed during drills Sunday, Feb. 26, at the NFL Scouting Combine. Benjamin was out-running throws and showing a deep burst on long routes.

WR | Chris Owusu | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Stanford WR Chris Owusu surprised scouts at the NFL Scouting Combine by running a pair of 40-yard dashes under 4.35 seconds Sunday, Feb. 26. Owusu was also impressive in the pass-catching drills running sharp, crisp routes and displaying great balance on the deep receptions. However, he has a history of concussions which might push him back on Draft Day.

WR | Alshon Jeffery | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Representatives from two AFC teams said Sunday, Feb. 26, from the NFL Scouting Combine that they would not draft South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery before the middle part of the second round.

WR | Stevie Johnson | Free Agent | Free Agents
Buffalo Bills impending free-agent WR Stevie Johnson said talks between his agent and the team have progressed and he hopes a deal can be agreed upon in the next week or so.

WR | Brandon Tate | Cincinnati Bengals | Free Agents
Cincinnati Bengals WRs Armon Binns and Brandon Tate could receive more playing time in the offense next season because they could lose impending free-agent WRs Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell in free agency.

WR | Armon Binns | Cincinnati Bengals | Free Agents
Cincinnati Bengals WRs Armon Binns and Brandon Tate could receive more playing time in the offense next season because they could lose impending free-agent WRs Jerome Simpson and Andre Caldwell in free agency.


Tight End

TE | Orson Charles | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Georgia TE Orson Charles led all tight ends with 35 reps in the bench press over the weekend, but he did not run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine Sunday, Feb. 26. He also struggled in the pass-catching drills, looking off balance while dropping a few catchable passes.

TE | Drake Dunsmore | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Northwestern TE Drake Dunsmore was clocked under 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine Sunday, Feb. 26, and he turned in a three-cone time of 6.73 seconds, and his 20-yard shuttle performance was 4.03 seconds, which are outstanding for a tight end.

TE | Ladarius Green | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Louisiana-Lafayette TE Ladarius Green posted two 40-yard dash times in the low 4.6 area at the NFL Scouting Combine Sunday, Feb. 26. Green also impressed scouts in pass-catching drills, displaying tremendous balance throughout the workout.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Chad Clifton | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers OT Chad Clifton (back) underwent back surgery, and told head coach Mike McCarthy that he experienced "instant relief" from a source of pain that he struggled with down the stretch last season. "I want to see how he comes out of that," McCarthy said. "That will be a benefit. I saw him right after surgery. He said it was weird - that he had instant relief." The team has not made a decision on whether they'll bring back the veteran.

OT | Riley Reiff | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Several NFL teams have shifted Iowa OT Riley Reiff to offensive guard on their draft boards after evaluating him at the NFL Scouting Combine.

OT | Sam Baker | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said the team is comfortable with OT Sam Baker as their starting left tackle entering next season. "I thought Sam had his best year (in 2010). This (past) season, unfortunately, he got injured and had to have a procedure done and missed some time. We're looking forward to having Sam back. Sam's very resilient and has fought through a lot of injuries through his first three years," Smith said.

OT | Corey Hilliard | Detroit Lions | Free Agents
The Detroit Lions are expected to tender offers to restricted free-agent OT Corey Hilliard, DT Sammie Hill and LB DeAndre Levy this offseason.

OT | Vernon Carey | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Kansas City Chiefs could have interest in Miami Dolphins impending free-agent OG Vernon Carey because he has the ability to play guard as well as right tackle.

OT | Gabe Carimi | Chicago Bears | Injury
Chicago Bears OT Gabe Carimi (knee) said he is not feeling any pain in his surgically repaired knee and hopes to participate in the team's offseason workouts.


Guard

OG | David DeCastro | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Detroit Lions may consider moving up in the NFL Draft to select Stanford OG David DeCastro. The Lions currently own the No. 23 pick in the first round.


Defensive Line

DL | Nick Perry | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Updating a previous report, Southern California DL Nick Perry officially ran the 40-yard dash in 4.64 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DL | Shea McClellin | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Updating a previous report, Boise State DL Shea McClellin officially ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DL | Olivier Vernon | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Miami DL Olivier Vernon posted an unofficial time of 4.68 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DL | Billy Winn | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Boise State DL Billy Winn posted an unofficial time of 5.01 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DL | Mike Martin | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Michigan DL Mike Martin posted an unofficial time of 4.84 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DL | Paul Soliai | Free Agent | Free Agents
Miami Dolphins impending free-agent DL Paul Soliai could receive interest on the open market from the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers.

DL | Malik X. Jackson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Tennessee DL Malik X. Jackson posted an unofficial time of 4.93 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DL | Melvin Ingram | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
South Carolina DL Melvin Ingram posted an unofficial time of 4.66 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DL | Jaye Howard | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Florida DL Jaye Howard posted an unofficial time of 4.75 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DL | Vinny Curry | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Marshall DL Vinny Curry posted an unofficial time of 4.85 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DL | Jack Crawford | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Penn State DL Jack Crawford posted an unofficial time of 4.76 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DL | Fletcher Cox | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Mississippi State DL Fletcher Cox posted an unofficial time of 4.79 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DL | Quinton Coples | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
North Carolina DL Quinton Coples posted an unofficial time of 4.72 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DL | Michael Brockers | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Louisiana State DL Michael Brockers posted an unofficial time of 5.33 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DL | Jake Bequette | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Arkansas DL Jake Bequette posted a time of 4.78 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DL | Andre Branch | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Clemson DL Andre Branch posted a time of 4.62 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DL | Sammie Hill | Detroit Lions | Free Agents
The Detroit Lions are expected to tender offers to restricted free-agent OT Corey Hilliard, DT Sammie Hill and LB DeAndre Levy this offseason.

DL | Derrick Morgan | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said the team believes DE Derrick Morgan will be a factor for their defense next season because he is recovered from the knee injuries he has suffered since being drafted. "We are excited about him. I feel like last year he was our fifth rookie starter," Munchak said. "I think he has a year behind him with his injury, and we are expecting big things out of him."

DL | Ray Edwards | Atlanta Falcons | Injury
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said DE Ray Edwards (knee) underwent knee surgery this offseason.

DL | Robert Mathis | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Atlanta Falcons may show interest in Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent DE Robert Mathis this offseason if they are not able to re-sign impending free-agent DE John Abraham.

DL | Anthony Adams | Free Agent | Transaction
The Chicago Bears have released DT Anthony Adams.


Defensive Tackle

DT | Dontari Poe | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Updating a previous report, Memphis DT Dontari Poe officially ran the 40-yard dash in 4.98 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DT | Christian Tupou | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Southern California DL Christian Tupou posted an unofficial time of 5.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DT | Marcus Forston | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Miami DL Marcus Forston posted an unofficial time of 5.10 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.


Defensive End

DE | Ronnell Lewis | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Updating a previous report, University of Oklahoma DL Ronnell Lewis officially ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DE | Whitney Mercilus | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Illinois DL Whitney Mercilus posted an unofficial time of 4.63 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DE | Chandler Jones | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Syracuse DL Chandler Jones posted an unofficial time of 4.82 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DE | Cam Johnson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Virginia DL Cam Johnson posted an unofficial time of 4.75 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DE | Trevor Guyton | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
California DL Trevor Guyton posted an unofficial time of 5.03 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DE | Jared Crick | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Nebraska DL Jared Crick posted an unofficial time of 4.94 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DE | Tyrone Crawford | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Boise State DL Tyrone Crawford posted an unofficial time of 4.81 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.


Linebacker

LB | Bruce Irvin | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Updating a previous report, West Virginia DL Bruce Irvin officially ran the 40-yard dash in 4.50 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

LB | Brandon Lindsey | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Pittsburgh DL Brandon Lindsey posted an unofficial time of 4.78 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

LB | Ashlee Palmer | Detroit Lions | Free Agents
The Detroit Lions will not tender an offer to restricted free-agent LB Ashlee Palmer but could look to re-sign him at some point during the offseason.

LB | DeAndre Levy | Detroit Lions | Free Agents
The Detroit Lions are expected to tender offers to restricted free-agent OT Corey Hilliard, DT Sammie Hill and LB DeAndre Levy this offseason.

LB | Mike Peterson | Atlanta Falcons | Free Agents
The Atlanta Falcons are interested in re-signing impending free-agent LB Mike Peterson this offseason.


Cornerback

CB | Perrish Cox | Free Agent | Free Agents
Jury selection in the sexual assault trial of free-agent CB Perrish Cox (Broncos) was scheduled to begin Monday, Feb. 27, with opening statements expected this week.

CB | Stephon Gilmore | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Detroit Lions met with South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore at the NFL Scouting Combine.

CB | Dre Kirkpatrick | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Denver Broncos could select Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick in the NFL Draft if he falls to them at pick No. 25 in the first round. However, Kirkpatrick is expected to be a top-20 pick.


Free Safety

FS | Kendrick Lewis | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel said the team will limit FS Kendrick Lewis' (shoulder) participation during offseason workouts because he underwent shoulder surgery after the season.


Offensive Coordinator

OC | Mike Sullivan | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Free Agents
Updating a previous item, New York Giants impending free-agent WR Mario Manningham reportedly will likely sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Manningham has indicated he wants to go to a warm-weather club. He also wants to follow former Giants assistant coach Mike Sullivan, who now serves as Tampa's offensive coordinator.

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