Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 21, 2013 @ 10:46:28 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Josh Freeman | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said Thursday, Feb. 21, at the NFL Scouting Combine QB Josh Freeman is the team's starting quarterback heading into 2013.

QB | Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | Draft
Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team will not target a quarterback early in the NFL Draft. The Cowboys are focused on extending the contract of QB Tony Romo instead. "I don't necessarily see us using our first-round pick or second-round pick on one, but after, depending on who might be there, I wouldn't rule it out," Jones said.

QB | EJ Manuel | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft, Fantasy
Florida State QB EJ Manuel is going to have a chance to prove he's capable of being a first-round pick in the draft at the NFL Scouting Combine. He is very athletic, but the combine is very important for him, especially with regard to the physical testing that he'll get to take part in.

QB | Dennis Dixon | Philadelphia Eagles | Transaction
The Philadelphia Eagles are scheduled to pay QB Dennis Dixon $802,500 in 2013 and $755,000 in 2014.

QB | Peyton Manning | Denver Broncos | Free Agents
Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent LB Dwight Freeney said Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning already is recruiting him to join the team in the offseason.


Running Back

RB | Christine Michael | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft, Fantasy
Texas A&M RB Christine Michael was considered to have had an up-and-down career in college, but his stock is on the rise after a solid showing in practice at the East-West Shrine Game. Michael is expected to check in at 225 pounds, and run in the mid-4.4s in the 40-yard dash. Michael brings a combination of size and speed, so he is expected to stand out at his position at the NFL Scouting Combine.


Fullback

FB | Jerome Felton | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Minnesota Vikings are expected to re-sign impending free-agent FB Jerome Felton this offseason, but Felton may test the free-agent market to gauge his value then go back to the Vikings to look for a similar deal.


Wide Receiver

WR | Tavon Austin | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft, Fantasy
West Virginia WR Tavon Austin was never really timed officially in the 40-yard dash during his college days, but it is expected he'll turn in a time under 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. He is also expected to fare well in the shuttle drills, and he is also expected to excel at the three-cone drill, perhaps breaking the combine's record.

WR | Marquise Goodwin | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft, Fantasy
Texas WR Marquise Goodwin is a player who is expected to shine at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He won the long-jump title at the 2012 Olympic Trials with a jump of 27 feet, 4.25 inches. He is obviously expected to jump well at the combine, and he might be able to crack 4.30 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

WR | Cordarrelle Patterson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft, Fantasy
Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson wasn't eligible to participate in the college all-star games because he spent two years at the junior college level before arriving at Tennessee. Patterson's fate at the NFL Scouting Combine will depend on how well he can run routes, how well he catches the ball and how he does in all of the drills. Patterson is viewed as a player who could see his draft stock rise significantly as a result of the combine.

WR | Steve Breaston | Free Agent | Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers could show interest in free-agent WR Steve Breaston (Chiefs) this offseason because offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt coached him when both were with the Arizona Cardinals.

WR | Jerome Simpson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Minnesota Vikings could consider re-signing impending free-agent WR Jerome Simpson if they are able to sign him to an inexpensive contract.

WR | Greg Jennings | Free Agent | Draft, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Miami Dolphins are expected to talk to the representatives for free agent WR's Mike Wallace (Steelers) and Greg Jennings (Packers) at the NFL combine in Indianapolis this week. The Dolphins have a plan that makes Wallace the top priority to sign, but they also have interest in Jennings, possibly as a replacement if Wallace falls through, or possibly in addition to Wallace.

WR | Mike Wallace | Free Agent | Draft, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Miami Dolphins are expected to talk to the representatives for free agent WR's Mike Wallace (Steelers) and Greg Jennings (Packers) at the NFL combine in Indianapolis this week. The Dolphins have a plan that makes Wallace the top priority to sign, but they also have interest in Jennings, possibly as a replacement if Wallace falls through, or possibly in addition to Wallace.


Tight End

TE | Travis Kelce | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Cincinnati TE Travis Kelce measured in at 6-foot-4 and 7/8 and 255 pounds with 33 and 3/4 inch arms at the NFL Scouting Combine.

TE | Gavin Escobar | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
San Diego State TE Gavin Escobar measured in at 6-foot-5 7/8, 254 pounds with 33 and 5/8-inch arms at the NFL Scouting Combine.

TE | Dion Sims | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Michigan State TE Dion Sims measured in at 6-foot-4 7/8, 262 pounds with 33 and 1/8-inch arms at the NFL Scouting Combine.

TE | Jordan Reed | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Florida TE Jordan Reed measured in at 6-foot-2 1/2, 236 pounds with 33-inch arms at the NFL Scouting Combine.

TE | Tyler Eifert | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert measured in at 6-foot-5 1/2, 250 pounds with 33 and 1/8-inch arms at the NFL Scouting Combine.

TE | Jared Cook | Free Agent | Draft, Free Agents
The Tennessee Titans are scheduled to meet with the agent for impending free-agent TE Jared Cook at the NFL Scouting Combine.


Offensive Tackle

OT | J'Marcus Webb | Chicago Bears | Draft, Free Agents
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman was not forthcoming during the NFL Scouting Combine Thursday, Feb. 21, when asked about the status of several players, including impending free-agent LB Brian Urlacher and OT J'Marcus Webb. Trestman simply said the evaluation process of the entire team is "ongoing."

OT | D.J. Fluker | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
NFL coaches will look at Alabama OT D.J. Fluker and think he has the body to develop into one of the top run-blocking tackles in the league, according to NFL Draft analyst Mike Mayock. "Fluker has the longest arms in the draft or one of the longest pair of arms in the draft. He's huge. I'm anxious to see him in some of the drills. He wasn't able to participate in the Senior Bowl, but he's a solid, first round, right tackle to me," Mayock said.

OT | Menelik Watson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Florida State OT Menelik Watson measured in at 6-foot-5 1/8, 310 pounds with 34-inch arms at the NFL Scouting Combine.

OT | Luke Joeckel | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel measured in at 6-foot-6, 306 pounds with 34 2/8-inch arms at the NFL Scouting Combine.

OT | Lane Johnson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson measured in at 6-foot-6, 303 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

OT | Eric Fisher | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher measured in at 6-foot-7 1/4, 306 pounds with 34 1/2-inch arms at the NFL Scouting Combine.

OT | Terron Armstead | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Arkansas-Pine Bluff OT Terron Armstead is viewed as a very bright, very smart guy who can move around well. However, he reportedly looked out of place at the Senior Bowl, and will look to rebound at the NFL Scouting Combine.

OT | Geoffrey Schwartz | Minnesota Vikings | Free Agents
Minnesota Vikings impending free-agent OG Geoffrey Schwartz likely will not re-sign with the team this offseason because he will be looking for a starting job.

OT | Phil Loadholt | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Minnesota Vikings likely will not use the franchise or transition tag on impending free-agent OT Phil Loadholt because of the high salaries that would come with the tags.


Guard

OG | Chance Warmack | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Alabama OG Chance Warmack measured in at 6-foot-2 and 317 pounds with an arm length of 34 and 6/8 inches at the NFL Scouting Combine.

OG | Jonathan Cooper | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
North Carolina OG Jonathan Cooper measured in at 6-foot-2 1/8, 311 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine.

OG | Colin Brown | Buffalo Bills | Injury
Buffalo Bills OG Colin Brown (hamstring) said his torn hamstring is getting close to 100 percent. Brown could be ready to participate when offseason workouts start.


Defensive Line

DL | Chris Canty | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Kansas City Chiefs likely would use free-agent DT Chris Canty (Giants) as a rotational player if they signed him this offseason.

DL | Ma'ake Kemoeatu | Baltimore Ravens | Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens DT Ma'ake Kemoeatu intends to keep playing football after being out of the game in 2011. Kemoeatu started 13 games for Baltimore in 2012, and is hoping to play a couple more seasons, according to his agent.

DL | Michael Johnson | Free Agent | Free Agents
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said the team hasn't decided on whether to use the franchise tag. Impending free-agent DE Michael Johnson is the likely candidate to receive the tag, as there has been little traction in contract talks.


Defensive Tackle

DT | Jesse Williams | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Alabama DT Jesse Williams reportedly posted a 600-pound bench press during his college days, and he is considered as a real threat to break the bench-press record at the NFL Scouting Combine. He is also expected to run under 5.0 seconds in the 40-yard dash.


Defensive End

DE | Margus Hunt | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Southern Methodist DE Margus Hunt was a track star in Estonia, and he won gold medals in the shot and discus at the 2006 World Junior Championships. He checked in at 6-foot-8 and 277 pounds at the Senior Bowl, yet is expected to post a time around 4.70 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

DE | Ezekiel Ansah | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Brigham Young DE Ezekiel Ansah is a former member of his college's track team, competing in the 200-meter dash. Despite weighing in at 270 pounds, he has been timed in the low 4.6s in the 40-yard dash, and he has previously posted a 39-inch vertical leap. Ansah was named the Defensive Player of the Game in the Senior Bowl, and he'll look to keep up the hype with a strong showing at the combine.

DE | Dwight Freeney | Free Agent | Free Agents
Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent DE Dwight Freeney said he expecting the team to offer him some type of contract this offseason and that he probably would have accepted it but was surprised when the team told him he was not returning. "I'll be honest with you, I was surprised the way it happened," Freeney said. "I figured they would offer me something low and I would just accept it, go the last few years and retire a Colt and that would be it."

DE | DeMarcus Ware | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware (elbow) might not need surgery on his hyperextended right elbow, according to a source. He already had postseason surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Ware now should be ready for the start of training camp.


Linebacker

LB | Manti Te'o | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
When asked about Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o during the NFL Scouting Combine Thursday, Feb. 21, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said teams are curious how he will handle the media spotlight, in addition to team interviews.

LB | Brian Urlacher | Free Agent | Draft, Free Agents
Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman was not forthcoming during the NFL Scouting Combine Thursday, Feb. 21, when asked about the status of several players, including impending free-agent LB Brian Urlacher and OT J'Marcus Webb. Trestman simply said the evaluation process of the entire team is "ongoing."

LB | Barkevious Mingo | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Louisiana State DE Barkevious Mingo has tremendous speed and athleticism, and he is ready to show his wares at the NFL Scouting Combine. He has been timed in the mid-4.5s in the 40-yard dash in the past, and he is expected to post a broad jump length at the combine around 10-foot-7.

LB | Zaviar Gooden | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Missouri LB Zaviar Gooden has plenty of speed and explosiveness, and he had a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. He was clocked by NFL scouts last spring at 4.39 in the 40-yard dash, and he posted a 40-inch vertical leap during his time in the Missouri strength program. Gooden is expected to post around 30 reps in the 225-pound bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine, too.

LB | Connor Barwin | Free Agent | Draft, Free Agents
The Houston Texans plan to meet with the representation of impending free-agent LB Connor Barwin (Texans) this weekend in Indianapolis at the NFL Scouting Combine for their first face-to-face meeting this offseason. Barwin is hopeful of returning to Houston, and the team wants him back.

LB | Whitney Mercilus | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit
Houston Texans LB Whitney Mercilus might move into the starting lineup in 2013 in the team isn't able to re-sign impending free-agent LB Connor Barwin.

LB | London Fletcher | Washington Redskins | Transaction
Washington Redskins LB London Fletcher said Wednesday, Feb. 20, that he has not yet decided whether he'll return in 2013 or not. "It's still a process," Fletcher said. "Understand I do this every year, probably the last four or five years. It's just when you get older in your career, you have to evaluate everything. Health is one thing. Can I still do it at the level that I want to do at and play at?"

LB | Dannell Ellerbe | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit
The Baltimore Ravens want impending free-agent LB Dannell Ellerbe (Ravens) back, especially with LB Ray Lewis retiring and LB Jameel McClain (back) recovering from a spinal cord contusion. "This is all I know," Ellerbe said Wednesday, Feb. 20. "It's a family-oriented team. Guys love each other and fight for each other. I would love to be with a team like this."


Cornerback

CB | Darrelle Revis | New York Jets | Draft
The New York Jets are not expected to select a cornerback with the No. 9 overall pick in the NFL Draft, even if they do trade CB Darrelle Revis.

CB | Dee Milliner | NFL Draft Prospect | Injury, Draft
Alabama CB Dee Milliner (shoulder) will do every workout drill at the NFL Scouting Combine except for the bench press, even though he is scheduled to undergo surgery following the event. He will not take part in his school's Pro Day. There is also optimism, however, about his availability for training camp.

CB | Cary Williams | Free Agent | Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit
The agent for impending free-agent CB Cary Williams (Ravens) said Wednesday, Feb. 20, that he plans to meet with Baltimore Ravens vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty at the NFL Scouting Combine later this week. It's thought that Williams is unlikely to return with CBs Lardarius Webb, Corey Graham, Jimmy Smith and Chykie Brown all returning.

CB | Donterrious Porter | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Luther College CB Donterrious Porter will participate in the NFL Regional Combine Sunday, March 10, at the Chicago Bears' practice facility. Porter played cornerback, strong safety and free safety on defense, while also seeing action as a special teams return man.

CB | Johnny Patrick | San Diego Chargers | Transaction
Andy Simms, agent for CB Johnny Patrick, said on his Twitter page that the San Diego Chargers have claimed Patrick off waivers from the New Orleans Saints.

CB | Adam Jones | Free Agent | Free Agents
Cincinnati Bengals vice president of player personnel Paul Brown is expected to talk with Peter Schaffer, the agent for impending free-agent CB Adam Jones, at the NFL Scouting Combine. The Bengals are interested in bringing Jones back next season.

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