Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on June 20, 2012 @ 09:23:07 PDT



QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Free Agents
There is a sense around the NFL that the New Orleans Saints will sign franchise free-agent QB Drew Brees to a contract just prior to the July 16 deadline.

QB | Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers said this week that he has gone to an upgraded helmet to help protect against concussions. Team president Mark Murphy said the NFL is working with the military to come up with ideas for helmets that give better protection.

QB | Tyler Thigpen | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills QB Tyler Thigpen worked as the No. 2 quarterback in practice Tuesday, June 19, at minicamp, while QB Vince Young worked as the No. 3. Earlier reports have head coach Chan Gailey leaning toward using WR Brad Smith as the third QB, with the loser of the Thigpen-Young battle failing to earn a roster spot.

QB | Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
There has been no progress in talks between the Baltimore Ravens and QB Joe Flacco on a contract extension. The major hurdle has been the lack of salary cap space for the team, and the two sides are believed to be far apart on the financial side.

QB | Tim Tebow | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets QB Tim Tebow won the annual Good Guy award from the Pro Football Writers of America for his cooperation with the media while with the Denver Broncos during the 2011 NFL season.

QB | Andrew Luck | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck said he's not worried about his contract negotiations as the No. 1 pick in the draft, and he won't let it affect him as he reports to training camp next month.

Running Back

RB | Donald Brown | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said RB Donald Brown is an every down back. The team could use Brown more in 2012. "Donald is an every down back," Pagano said. "He is doing a tremendous job and he is having a fantastic offseason. He understands, especially on third down as far as protections go and all of those things. Nothing is going to be more important than protections."

RB | Maurice Jones-Drew | Jacksonville Jaguars | Fantasy
As expected, Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Gene Smith said he has no plans to renegotiate the current deal for RB Maurice Jones-Drew, and a lengthy holdout could be possible. Jones-Drew led the NFL in rushing in 2011, but is the eighth-highest paid running back in the NFL with a $7.63 million annual salary.

RB | Alex Green | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RB Alex Green (knee) has not hit any snags in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and he is still aiming to return for training camp. Green pointed to last Thursday, June 14, where he was able to cycle through outside zone plays and cut freely. Green also ran all the routes his position demands without any problems. Green said he is sprinting and cutting fine.

RB | Rodney Stewart | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Cincinnati Bengals waived RB Rodney Stewart on an injury settlement Tuesday, June 19.

RB | Cedric Benson | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Oakland Raiders are eyeing free-agent RB Cedric Benson (Bengals). The Raiders currently have RBs Mike Goodson and Taiwan Jones as backups to RB Darren McFadden. The Raiders have shown the most interest in Benson in free agency.

RB | Mewelde Moore | Indianapolis Colts | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Indianapolis Colts signed free-agent RB Mewelde Moore (Steelers) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, June 19, and released QB David Legree in a corresponding move.

RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is on pace in his rehabilitation from a significant knee injury late last season, according to head coach Leslie Frazier. Frazier is optimistic Peterson will play in the team's home opener, but he is not sure on Peterson's availability for training camp.

Wide Receiver

WR | Brian Hartline | Miami Dolphins | Injury
Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Wednesday, June 20, but it is not known why he is not at practice.

WR | Plaxico Burress | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent WR Plaxico Burress (Jets) said he would like to play for the Carolina Panthers in 2012. "No doubt about it," Burress said. "My brother lives right there in Charlotte, my cousin lives there in Charlotte, and all my family is there in Columbia, South Carolina. It would just be a great situation all the way around and being close to everybody." The Panthers, however, have yet to contact Burress.

WR | Chad Ochocinco | Miami Dolphins |
Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin acknowledged WR Chad Ochocinco needs to get caught up on the team's playbook after signing late in the offseason. "We teach our offense in nine segments, and he missed seven of them, and that's 78 percent that he missed, so he's behind a little bit," Philbin said.

WR | Santonio Holmes | New York Jets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Jets WR Santonio Holmes (hamstring) removed himself from a June 7 practice during organized team activities (OTAs) due to "too many reps." Head coach Rex Ryan later said Holmes suffered a hamstring injury in that final OTA practice. Wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal said he was in "complete shock" over the attention given to the situation. "Honestly, it was complete shock to me that this was being reported," Lal said. "Every day in practice, I make it a point to tell the receivers - because they run so much - you have to keep them healthy. There's no point in getting hurt in June."

WR | Stevie Johnson | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills WR Stevie Johnson (groin) said Tuesday, June 19, that he feels he is about 90 percent recovered from groin surgery. Johnson was able to take about 10 reps during the team portion of practice at minicamp Tuesday. "Definitely, today was a big step. Still a lot of work to do. Mentally I feel (OK), everything else I think I am pretty good," Johnson said. "My groin felt good. I still have to get over the mental aspect of it."

WR | Eddie Royal | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royals has reportedly been sharp and explosive in and out of his breaks during minicamp. Royal has also consistently been getting separation from defenders.

WR | Raymond Webber | New York Jets | Transaction, Free Agents
The New York Jets signed free-agent WR Raymond Webber (Seahawks) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, June 19, and waived LB Matthias Berning in a corresponding move.

WR | James Jones | Green Bay Packers | Fantasy
Green Bay Packers WR James Jones said he feels he often goes unnoticed on the team because of the depth they possess at the wide receiver position. "At times - I ain't going to lie to you - it does get frustrating - for all of us," Jones said. "And I'm sure it gets frustrating for our quarterback (Aaron Rogers). He's got five, six good receivers to throw to, a tight end to throw to, so I'm sure it gets tough."

WR | Percy Harvin | Minnesota Vikings | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings WR Percy Harvin (shoulder), as an update to previous reports, said he has different issues that he is unhappy with. "It's hard to try to tell you guys without telling you guys," he said to the Minnesota media Tuesday, June 19. Harvin has base salaries of $915,000 in 2012 and $1.55M in 2013 left on his contract, plus workout bonuses of $27,500 in each year.

WR | Wes Welker | New England Patriots | Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Wes Welker and some of his close friends were involved in a near fight with security guards during a bachelor party in Aspen, Colo. Friday, June 15. Nobody in Welker's group were arrested, but cops threatened to do so.

Tight End

TE | Scott Chandler | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills TE Scott Chandler has shown great hands through spring practices, and he really stood out in 7-on-7 work Tuesday, June 19, in minicamp.

Offensive Tackle

OT | Jason Fox | Detroit Lions | Injury
Detroit Lions OT Jason Fox (knee) is entering the final year of his rookie contract and he has managed a total of four games in his first two years with the team due to various injuries. He missed most of his rookie season as he recovered from knee surgery in college, and he suffered a foot injury in training camp, and then had season-ending knee surgery last November. "It's all about reps for him because when he's been healthy he's played well, he's done well in practice," head coach Jim Schwartz said. "But he hasn't had consistent streaks of being healthy."

OT | John Cullen | San Diego Chargers | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers signed free-agent OT John Cullen (Jets) Tuesday, June 19. The undrafted rookie was waived last month by the New York Jets.

Defensive Line

DL | Cliff Avril | Detroit Lions | Transaction
Detroit Lions DL Cliff Avril said Tuesday, June 19, that contract talks are still ongoing, and that he would "prefer not to play under the franchise tag." Avril also continued to sidestep questions about whether he will hold out from training camp or the season if he doesn't get a long-term deal by the July 16 deadline. "But we have a lot of time in front of us," Avril said. "I think the deadline is July 16, and hopefully we get something figured out before then. I haven't really thought past that point."

DL | Mark Anderson | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills DL Mark Anderson gave his teammates on the offensive line fits during practice Tuesday, June 19, at minicamp. He was in the backfield on the third play of the 11-on-11 session to force QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to throw an incompletion. He also beat OT Cordy Glenn on the next play to force another incompletion. He was also disruptive on several other plays, teaming with DL Mario Williams to give Fitzpatrick fits.

DL | Jake Bequette | New England Patriots | Transaction
The deal for New England Patriots third-round DL Jake Bequette is worth $2.654 million, including a $539,800 bonus. The contract also includes annual $5,000 workout bonuses.


LB | Kyle Wilber | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction
Dallas Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber agreed to a $2.539 million deal which includes a $439,220 signing bonus, per a league source.

LB | Jonas Mouton | San Diego Chargers | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
San Diego Chargers LB Jonas Mouton (shoulder) missed the 2011 season due to a preseason shoulder injury, but he is working hard to get back. The team figures to develop Mouton for a rotational role at inside linebacker, and he likely will be battling offseason addition LB Demorrio Williams for playing time.


CB | Terrence McGee | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills DL Lionel Dotson (undisclosed), DL Kellen Heard (undisclosed), CB Terrence McGee (knee), OT Erik Pears (undisclosed), DL Torell Troup (back) and C Eric Wood (knee) were absent from workouts Tuesday, June 19, at minicamp.


S | Matt Johnson | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction
Dallas Cowboys S Matt Johnson signed a deal worth $2.4 million, including a $300,584 signing bonus, according to a league source.

Strong Safety

SS | Oshiomogho Atogwe | Philadelphia Eagles | Transaction
The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a deal to sign free-agent SS Oshiomogho Atogwe (Redskins) to an undisclosed deal. Atogwe had interest from the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs and also visited the Detroit Lions.

Free Safety

FS | Michael Griffin | Tennessee Titans | Transaction
Updating a previous report, the five-year deal for Tennessee Titans FS Michael Griffin could reach $36 million with incentives. According to a source, Griffin received a $9 million signing bonus. His deal also calls for $2.5 million in base salary guaranteed for skill, injury and cap in 2012. In 2013, he has $3.5 million guaranteed for injury, skill and cap on fifth year of league year. There is also a $1 million roster bonus due on the 15th day of the league year. For 2014, there is a base salary of $6.2 million, in 2015 the base salary is $6.3 million and in 2016, the base salary is $6.5 million. He can reach a $400,000 incentive if he makes two Pro Bowls in the first four years of the deal, and $1 million if he reaches the Pro Bowl three times in the first four years of the contract.

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