Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on June 4, 2012 @ 11:15:45 PDT



QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said he wants to play for the team for the rest of his career. He currently has three years and $29.25 million left on his five-year, $63.5 million extension. "I think they're an organization who is going to do what's best for the organization," Rodgers said of future contract talks with the Packers. "Obviously my representation, just like any representation, is trying to get the most money possible at times. I don't see it being an issue. I want to be a Packer for life and I don't see myself going anywhere else."

QB | Tim Tebow | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets QB Tim Tebow said he will attend QB Mark Sanchez's "Jets West" passing camp in a few weeks after Sanchez invited Tebow to attend. WR Santonio Holmes didn't invite Tebow for a few days of informal workouts with Sanchez a few months ago.

QB | Tyler Thigpen | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills QB Tyler Thigpen (abdomen) said he has missed the last two days of organized team activities because of a small abdominal tear.

QB | Matt Ryan | Atlanta Falcons | Fantasy
Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is expected to install a pass-heavy offense that will also feature the no-huddle, and QB Matt Ryan likes that idea. It not only allows him to call plays at the line of scrimmage, but it also gives the Falcons a chance to dictate tempo. "I love it," Ryan said. "It's something we've had success here with the past four years."

QB | Matt Hasselbeck | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck said he and QB Jake Locker have been splitting reps during organized team activities this offseason. Head coach Mike Munchak said he would like both quarterbacks to work with all groups and have close to a 50-50 split in terms of reps.

Running Back

RB | Javarris Williams | Free Agent | Transaction
The Houston Texans have waived RB Javarris Williams.

RB | Jahvid Best | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best (concussion) said he may try out some new helmets this season because of his past history with concussions. He said he is feeling great and can't wait to get back on the field.

RB | Mikel Leshoure | Detroit Lions | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Lions RB Mikel Leshoure (Achilles) is not participating in organized team activities Monday, June 4, but hopes to be ready for the start of the regular season.

RB | Doug Martin | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Transaction, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Monday, June 4, that they signed first-round pick RB Doug Martin to a five-year deal. Financial terms weren't given.

RB | Brandon Jackson | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns RB Brandon Jackson is fully recovered from the toe injury that cut his 2011 season short. Jackson has looked fast and explosive during organized team activities this offseason.

RB | Darren Sproles | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
New Orleans Saints RB Darren Sproles said he is working on improving his running skills to become a better inside runner. "It's like, my role was to come in and catch passes," Sproles said. "What I need to work on is more running the ball, like the hard-nosed runners. I only had certain types of runs, and I want to go in and run power (plays) sometimes. That will keep the defense honest."

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) said his knee is feeling good and that he has regained full range of motion in the knee. Peterson said his mindset continues to be that he will be ready for Week 1, but trainer Eric Sugarman said the team will not put him back on the field until it is safe for him to play.

RB | Reggie Bush | Miami Dolphins | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Miami Dolphins have not approached RB Reggie Bush about a new contract at this point. Bush is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

RB | Justin Forsett | Houston Texans | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Houston Texans agreed to terms with free-agent RB Justin Forsett (Seahawks) on a contract agreement Saturday, June 2.

RB | Mike Tolbert | Carolina Panthers | Fantasy
The Carolina Panthers signed RB Mike Tolbert to improve their special teams, diversify the offense and provide insurance in the event they are unable to re-sign RB Jonathan Stewart, who is eligible for free agency after the season. "Look at how San Diego used him," head coach Ron Rivera said. "They used him as a fullback. They used him as a back in certain situations, especially short-yardage stuff. They split him out. There's so many different ways you can use this guy."

RB | Graig Cooper | Free Agent | Transaction
The Philadelphia Eagles have waived RB Graig Cooper and WR Aaron Pflugrad.

RB | Brandon Pendergrass | Free Agent | Transaction
The Baltimore Ravens have waived RB Brandon Pendergrass.

RB | Jonathan Stewart | Carolina Panthers | Free Agents
The Carolina Panthers have tried to sign RB Jonathan Stewart to a long-term contract extension this offseason but the two sides have not be able to reach an agreement. Stewart said he does hope to re-sign with the team before he becomes a free agent.

RB | Shonn Greene | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano is expected to install a run-first philosophy, and as a result RB Shonn Greene will have a bigger workload in 2012. "We're going to give the ball to Shonn Greene a bunch," head coach Rex Ryan said. In Greene, Sparano sees a running back who possessed the optimal body type for his new offense - big, bruising, physical. "He gets his shoulders squared to the line of scrimmage, he breaks tackles and he runs at the right pad level," Sparano said. "To me, he has all the qualities I look for."

RB | Ryan Mathews | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner said RB Ryan Mathews appears to be the frontrunner for the third-down running back role entering training camp. RB Curtis Brinkley and FB Le'Ron McClain could also be options for the role.

RB | Lamar Miller | Miami Dolphins | Transaction
The Miami Dolphins have signed fourth-round draft choice RB Lamar Miller to a four-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said RB Chris Johnson has added eight to 10 pounds since last offseason and has looked good during organized team activities.

RB | Ryan Williams | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt said RB Ryan Williams (knee) is close to fully participating in practice. Williams has been able to do everything except seven-on-seven drills during workouts.

Wide Receiver

WR | Brian Hartline | Miami Dolphins | Free Agents
The Miami Dolphins are expected to make contract extension offers to WR Brian Hartline, DL Randy Starks and CB Sean Smith at some point before their become free agents next offseason.

WR | Justin Blackmon | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon was arrested Sunday, June 3, for aggravated driving under the influence.

WR | A.J. Green | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
The Cincinnati Bengals are having WR A.J. Green work on improving his route running because they believe he could take his play to another level if he runs cleaner routes.

WR | DeVier Posey | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans WRs Keshawn Martin and DeVier Posey are among several receivers battling for roster spots. WRs Trindon Holliday, Juaquin Iglesias, Jerrell Jackson, Mario Louis and Jeff Maehl are also in the mix, and the team is expected to sign a couple more veteran receivers to compete. "I like this group," head coach Gary Kubiak said. "I like their ability. They've come a long way (in six OTAs)."

WR | Lestar Jean | Houston Texans | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Houston Texans WR Lestar Jean has taken advantage of the absence of WR Andre Johnson (knee), running with the first team opposite WR Kevin Walter.

WR | LaQuan Williams | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR LaQuan Williams is fighting to keep his roster spot, and he continues to improve. "I have to make plays on both sides of the field, on offense and special teams, to make sure I'm here," Williams said. Williams feels he faces an uphill battle, and he is using the chip on his shoulder to serve him well and keep him focused.

WR | Cameron Kenney | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction, Free Agents
The Seattle Seahawks have signed free-agent WR Cameron Kenney (Chargers). Terms of the contract were not disclosed. In a corresponding move, the team released Justin Helwege.

WR | Dwayne Bowe | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel did not seem to think WR Dwayne Bowe would be in camp any time soon. "We're going to win with whoever we have," Crennel said. "If he's with us, we'd like that to happen. If he 's not, then we're going to work with the guys we've got here." Bowe isn't participating in organized team activities (OTAs) since he is an unsigned franchise player.

WR | Jonathan Baldwin | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs WR Jonathan Baldwin (migraine) visited a doctor Friday, June 1, due to his migraine issue. "He had a migraine (Thursday) and he's going to go to the doctor today, so we'll just have to wait and see," head coach Romeo Crennel said.

WR | Chris Givens | St. Louis Rams | Transaction
The St. Louis Rams have signed fourth-round draft choice WR Chris Givens and seventh-round draft choice Aaron X. Brown to four-year deals. Financial terms were not disclosed.

WR | Jordan White | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets WR Jordan White (foot) will be out until training camp because a fractured bone in his left foot. White suffered the injury during the first organized team activity workout and underwent surgery two days later.

WR | Kenny Britt | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak said WR Kenny Britt (knee) is making good progress in his rehab from arthroscopic knee surgery and should start running again.

Tight End

TE | Rob Gronkowski | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (ankle) said his ankle is feeling better each week. Gronkowski has not participated in organized team activities because of ankle surgery he underwent earlier this offseason.

TE | David Ausberry | Oakland Raiders | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said Saturday, June 2, that there is still a lot of work to be done before he and the other coaches can feel confident about what they have at the tight end position. However, Knapp and others are confident TE David Ausberry, Brandon Myers and Richard Gordon are talented enough to step into heightened roles.

TE | Martin Rucker | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs TE Martin Rucker (knee) left practice Friday, June 1, due to a right knee injury. He was walking with a noticeable limp afterward.

Place Kicker

PK | Delbert Alvarado | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction, Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys have signed free-agent PK Delbert Alvarado (Cowboys). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

PK | Jake Rogers | Free Agent | Transaction
The Dallas Cowboys have released PK Jake Rogers.

Offensive Tackle

OT | Rokevious Watkins | St. Louis Rams | Transaction
The St. Louis Rams signed fifth-round draft pick OG Rokevious Watkins and seventh-round draft pick FB Daryl Richardson to four-year contracts Friday, June 1.

OT | Branden Albert | Kansas City Chiefs | Injury
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel said Friday, June 1, that OT Branden Albert (personal) was away from the team tending to personal business. Albert is expected to be back for the team's next practice Monday, June 4.


OG | Antoine Caldwell | Houston Texans | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Houston Texans OG Antoine Caldwell (ankle) is trying to hold off third-round pick OG Brandon Brooks for the starting right guard job. Head coach Gary Kubiak has been impressed with Caldwell so far during organized team activities (OTAs). "I think the biggest thing is Caldwell has held up. He's had a good six days. The biggest thing with his career is just staying healthy," Kubiak said.

Offensive Line

OL | Derek Newton | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit
Houston Texans OT Derek Newton is pushing OT Rashad Butler for the starting right tackle job, and he has impressive the coaches enough to be used as an extra tight end on short-yardage and goal-line situations. "He's doing really well," head coach Gary Kubiak said. "We're in shorts, so it's hard to tell with big guys. Athletically and then now mentally, Newton's catching up enough to battle for a starting spot."

OL | Paul Madsen | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction, Free Agents
The Baltimore Ravens have claimed free-agent OL Paul Madsen (Bills) off waivers.

Defensive Line

DL | Shaun Rogers | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants OT William Beatty (back) and DT Shaun Rogers (elbow) did not participate in organized team activities Monday, June 4, because of injury.

DL | Andre Branch | Jacksonville Jaguars | Transaction
The original contract between the Jacksonville Jaguars and DL Andre Branch, the team's second-round draft pick, has been disapproved by the National Football League.

DL | Mitch King | Free Agent | Transaction
The New Orleans Saints have waived DT Mitch King.

DL | Mike McAdoo | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens DL Mike McAdoo (Achilles') suffered a torn Achilles' tendon during organized team activities (OTAs) Thursday, May 31, and he had surgery Friday, June 1, to repair the damage. He is expected to miss the entire 2012 NFL season.


LB | Jasper Brinkley | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
Minnesota Vikings LB Jasper Brinkley (hip) has been participating in organized team activities this offseason, but head coach Leslie Frazier thinks Brinkley is holding back at times during practice. "He's getting there mentally, but there are still some things that he's holding back on," Frazier said. "He's got to get to the point where he's got to let it go a little bit. It's still early. We've only had two practices and we'll see how he progresses. But we'll need him to let it go at some point."

LB | Clint Sintim | New York Giants | Injury
New York Giants LB Clint Sintim (knee) has been limited to easy running and footwork drills on the side during organized team activities. There is a chance the team could release Sintim at some point.

LB | Jonathan Massaquoi | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction
The Atlanta Falcons signed LB Jonathan Massaquoi to a four-year, $2.26 million contract Friday, June 1.


CB | Mike Allen | Free Agent | Transaction
The Cleveland Browns have waived CB Mike Allen.

CB | Leigh Torrence | Free Agent | Transaction
The Washington Redskins have released CB Leigh Torrence.

CB | Morgan Trent | Washington Redskins | Transaction
The Washington Redskins claimed CB Morgan Trent off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars Friday, June 1, a source confirmed.

CB | Kelvin Hayden | Chicago Bears | Injury
Chicago Bears CB Kelvin Hayden (foot) has been limited during organized team activities because of the foot injury that cut his 2011 season short but hopes to start practicing every day starting next week. Hayden has a chance to win one of the starting cornerback jobs during training camp.


S | Micah Pellerin | Green Bay Packers | Transaction, Free Agents
The Green Bay Packers have claimed free-agent S Micah Pellerin (Colts) off waivers. In a corresponding move, the team waived WR Marcus Rivers.

Strong Safety

SS | James Ihedigbo | New England Patriots | Free Agents
The New England Patriots could consider re-signing free-agent SS James Ihedigbo later this offseason.

Free Safety

FS | Abram Elam | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction
The Kansas City Chiefs signed free-agent FS Abram Elam (Cowboys) to an undisclosed deal Monday, June 4.

FS | Alan Ball | Houston Texans | Free Agents
The Houston Texans agreed to terms with free-agent CB Alan Ball (Cowboys) on a contract agreement Saturday, June 2.

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