Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on March 7, 2012 @ 00:52:32 PDT



QB | Josh McCown | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Chicago Bears may consider re-signing impending free-agent QB Josh McCown to be the their No. 3 quarterback which would allow them to look for a backup quarterback.

QB | Kyle Orton | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Chicago Bears may show interest in Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent QB Kyle Orton to be their backup quarterback if he is not able to find a starting quarterback job.

QB | Caleb Hanie | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Chicago Bears have informed impending free-agent QB Caleb Hanie that they will not be re-signing him this offseason.

QB | Peyton Manning | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Free Agents
Free-agent QB Peyton Manning (neck) said he has been throwing the ball well but still has some improving to do moving forward.

QB | Alex Smith | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Francisco 49ers have offered impending free-agent QB Alex Smith a new contract.

QB | Eli Manning | New York Giants | Fantasy
New York Giants QB Eli Manning blasted the reported New Orleans Saints bounty program, saying it cannot be part of the game. "But when you start talking about injuring a guy and carting him off and trying to end his season or career, that's not what this game is about. I think we should have more respect for the game than that. It can't be a part of football," Manning said.

QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Free Agents, Fantasy
New Orleans Saints franchise free-agent QB Drew Brees reportedly is still optimistic that he and the team can work out a long-term deal before the April 16th deadline for him to sign his franchise tender. Brees is apparently "livid" that the Saints placed the franchise tag on him Monday, March 5.

Running Back

RB | Ryan Grant | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Green Bay Packers have expressed interest in impending free-agent RB Ryan Grant but he is expected to hit the free-agent market. Grant's agent said there is expected to be interest in Grant and that he will looking for a team that fits him and make a good offer.

RB | Duane Bennett | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Minnesota RB Duane Bennett worked out Monday, March 5, for the Minnesota Vikings with a couple dozen players from smaller schools in the region. He posted 28 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press, which would have matched the best among running backs at the NFL Scouting Combine.

RB | Lorenzo Booker | Minnesota Vikings | Free Agents
Minnesota Vikings RB Lorenzo Booker and LB Kenny Onatolu are restricted free agents. It's unclear whether either will receive a qualifying offer by March 13.

RB | Jahvid Best | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best (concussion) has been cleared to resume working out, according to a source familiar with the situation. He will take part in the team's offseason training, minicamps and training camp. Best is expected to be able to return to football workouts.

Wide Receiver

WR | Randy Moss | Retired | Free Agents
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said the team is open to the possibility of signing free-agent WR Randy Moss (Titans) this offseason.

WR | Mike Wallace | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agents
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said the team will be willing to pursue other team's restricted free agents this offseason if they believe it will improve their team. The team has been mention as a possible destination for Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent WR Mike Wallace.

WR | Reggie Wayne | Free Agent | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
The Seattle Seahawks might be interested in adding QB Peyton Manning (neck), who will be released by the Indianapolis Colts. The team might also pursue free-agent WR Reggie Wayne (Colts) in a package deal.

WR | Plaxico Burress | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
New York Jets impending free-agent WR Plaxico Burress said he would love to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he began his NFL career. "Ben Roethlisberger has always been my favorite quarterback," Burress said. "People can say what they want to about him, but the guy just goes out and wins. And he's been that way since he came to Pittsburgh in 2004." Burress is also interested in re-signing with the Jets or going to the New York Giants or Philadelphia Eagles.

WR | Marques Colston | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Retired WR Randy Moss "looked like the old Randy" during his workout for the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, March 6. He ran 45 routes and impressed the team in his performance. A source said his workout "couldn't have gone better." Impending free-agent WRs Marques Colston and Robert Meachem may not return next season.

WR | Vincent Jackson | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Oakland Raiders could go after a big-name free-agent wide receiver like Vincent Jackson (Chargers) during the free-agent market. Adding a player like Jackson would give QB Carson Palmer a solid No. 1 target and take pressure off of the team's other wide receivers. The Raiders don't have a ton of room to work with under the salary cap, so Jackson would have to be willing to take more money later in his deal.

WR | Denarius Moore | Oakland Raiders | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Raiders second-year WR Denarius Moore is considered a lock for the team's 2012 roster.

WR | Dwayne Bowe | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
The Kansas City Chiefs are still hoping to work out a long-term contract extension with WR Dwayne Bowe after placing the franchise tag on him Monday, March 5. Bowe will be guaranteed around $9.5 million with the franchise tag.

WR | Pierre Garcon | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Washington Redskins seem intent on adding a high-profile wide receiver through the free-agent market. Unrestricted free-agents Vincent Jackson (Chargers), Marques Colston (Saints) and Pierre Garcon (Colts) may all be an option for the Redskins, as each would be able to fill the team's need for a big-play option at receiver.

Tight End

TE | Eric Lair | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Minnesota TE Eric Lair ran consecutive 40-yard dashes in the 4.5-range Monday, March 5, in workouts held by the team for a couple dozen players from smaller schools in the region. Lair also posted a 36 1/2-inch vertical leap and spoke with scouts from three teams afterward. "Today went fantastic," Lair said. "Better than I thought it would be. I did well in my position drills, even though I didn't catch many balls over the break. But year, I did better than I thought I would."

Place Kicker

PK | Justin Medlock | Carolina Panthers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Carolina Panthers have signed free-agent PK Justin Medlock (Lions). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. In a corresponding move, the team waived PK Adi Kunalic.

Offensive Tackle

OT | Jared Gaither | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers have begun negotiations with impending free-agent OT Jared Gaither, who can become an unrestricted free-agent if unsigned by March 13.


LB | Erin Henderson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Minnesota Vikings and LB Erin Henderson have made progress towards a "bridge" deal that would keep the impending free agent with the team for another two or three years, according to an NFL source Tuesday, March 6.

LB | Roddrick Muckelroy | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals LB Roddrick Muckelroy (Achilles') thinks he'll be ready to get back on the field for some work in May camps just nine months after surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon.

LB | Mario Williams | Free Agent | Draft, Free Agents, Fantasy
The San Diego Chargers may pursue free-agent DE/OLB Mario Williams (Texans). The Chargers have basically vowed to improve their pass rush with at least one addition during the offseason and many believe Williams will be playing for a different team in 2012. There appears to be a better chance the team looks to address the position during the NFL Draft, but general manager A.J. Smith won't rule out the Chargers going after Williams.

LB | Demorrio Williams | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Kansas City Chiefs released LB Demorrio Williams Tuesday, March 6.


CB | Leon Hall | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals CB Leon Hall (Achilles') has been backpedaling confidently, as he continues to make progress in his rehab from a November surgery to repair a torn Achilles' tendon.

Free Safety

FS | Nick Collins | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Alan Herman, agent for Green Bay Packers FS Nick Collins (neck), said Collins has not met with the doctor that performed his neck surgery yet and is not expected to for a few more weeks. Collins will have to undergo a series of tests to see if his surgically repaired disk is healed and is able to resume his playing career.

FS | C.J. Spillman | San Francisco 49ers | Transaction
The San Francisco 49ers have signed S C.J. Spillman to a three-year contract extension. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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