Fantasy football players in the news

by KFFL Staff on February 18, 2013 @ 09:32:25 PDT

 



Quarterback

QB | Matt Barkley | NFL Draft Prospect | Injury, Draft
Southern California QB Matt Barkley (shoulder) will be bigger and have a stronger arm than anyone can imagine at his Pro Day workout March 27, according to a source with knowledge of his injury situation.

QB | Geno Smith | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
There are varying opinions regarding the pool of quarterback prospects in this year's NFL Draft. Some people around the league think West Virginia QB Geno Smith will go first overall to the Kansas City Chiefs; however, one personnel man who studied all the top quarterbacks said there is not one he would take in the first round.

QB | Tim Tebow | New York Jets | Draft
Out of the last 15 quarterbacks selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, New York Jets QB Tim Tebow is the only one not starting.

QB | Brock Osweiler | Denver Broncos | Draft
Denver Broncos vice president of football operations John Elway said he does not regret the decision to select QB Brock Osweiler in the second round of the NFL Draft despite the acquisition of QB Peyton Manning last offseason. Elway believes Osweiler will be a franchise quarterback for many years to come. "My thought was, we wanted a guy for the future, No. 1," Elway said. "No. 2, if it didn't work out with Peyton, we could load up with a guy that we liked and who could be the guy for the next 10, 12 years. And No. 3, if Peyton did come back and play like he did, then Brock could get a great education of how things were supposed to be done as a quarterback, what you had to go through, to see one of the best of all time do it."

QB | Joe Flacco | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
If the Baltimore Ravens do not sign impending free-agent QB Joe Flacco to a contract extension prior to the March 4 deadline to utilize the franchise tag, they're expected to prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent through either an exclusive franchise tender of $20.46 million or a non-exclusive franchise tender of $14.6 million. NFL rules governing non-exclusive franchise players state that the Ravens would be compensated with a pair of first-round draft picks if Flacco agreed to a contract with another team and they didn't exercise their right of first refusal and match the offer. Under the exclusive tag, Flacco wouldn't be allowed to negotiate with any other team.

QB | Matt Moore | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Impending free-agent QB Matt Moore (Dolphins) plans to test the open market to see if there's a starting job available in a situation that's appealing to him.

QB | Michael Vick | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick's new contract will drop his salary cap figure for 2013 from $16.9 million to $12.2 million.

QB | Collin Klein | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Kansas State QB Collin Klein is not open to changing positions even though he probably would be more valuable as a tight end than a quarterback. Some teams would like to see Klein work with the tight ends at the NFL Scouting Combine.

QB | Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
The Dallas Cowboys have not started contract extension talks with QB Tony Romo at this point.


Running Back

RB | LeSean McCoy | Philadelphia Eagles | Draft
A former Dallas Cowboys scout said the team had the opportunity to select Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft but opted to trade the 51st overall selection for additional picks. "If you go back to the 2009 draft, they sat there and they had LeSean McCoy with a first-round grade," Bryan Broaddus said. "The problem was, they weren't willing to take LeSean McCoy. That's the issue. Don't window-dress your board. They're sitting there in the second round and they've got LeSean McCoy with a first-round grade on their board. That's value. They did it (got it right) with Sean Lee, they did it with Bruce Carter. They sat there, they took the guy that was on the board that they were supposed to take. Mistakes are made when you jump around on the board."

RB | Steven Jackson | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Impending free-agent RB Steven Jackson (Rams) has until March 12 to decide whether or not to void the final year of his contract with the St. Louis Rams. It is almost universally expected within the organization that he will void the contract and explore the free-agent market.

RB | Isaac Redman | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Steelers may offer the lowest tender to restricted free-agent RBs Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer this offseason. The team could also decide to make an offer to only Redman.


Wide Receiver

WR | Wes Welker | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New England Patriots will not place the franchise tag on impending free-agent WR Wes Welker, according to someone with intimate knowledge of the team's thinking. Welker is being whispered about as someone who is aging, drops too many balls and doesn't get enough yards after the catch.

WR | Danny Amendola | Free Agent | Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
If impending free-agent WRs Danny Amendola (Rams) and Brandon Gibson (Rams) are not brought back, that would leave St. Louis Rams WRs Chris Givens, Austin Pettis and Brian Quick as the only wideouts under contract with the team in 2013. However, head coach Jeff Fisher doesn't sound concerned either way, noting the team could look for help outside the organization. "Not a concern whatsoever," Fisher said. "There's options out there. The free-agent market, there's options out there, and it's a great draft for a receiver this year."

WR | Marc Mariani | Tennessee Titans | Injury
Tennessee Titans WR Marc Mariani (leg) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

WR | Emmanuel Sanders | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to offer restricted free-agent WR Emmanuel Sanders the lowest tender because they would receive a third-round draft choice if they lost him.


Tight End

TE | Fred Davis | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents
The Washington Redskins do not appear likely to use the franchise tag on any of their impending free agents, including TE Fred Davis (Achilles'). General manager Bruce Allen indicated that a decision on Davis wouldn't be made until the team can get a better feel for his recovery later in the spring. The team, however, would not rule out the possibility of franchising Davis.

TE | Martellus Bennett | Free Agent | Free Agents
New York Giants impending free-agent TE Martellus Bennett, impending free-agent OT William Beatty and impending free-agent SS Kenny Phillips could be options to receive the franchise tag this offseason.

TE | Jake Ballard | New England Patriots | Injury
New England Patriots TE Jake Ballard (knee) is doing well in his rehab from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and is expected to compete for a roster spot during training camp.


Place Kicker

PK | Rob Bironas | Tennessee Titans | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Tennessee Titans are more likely to work on a long-term contract with impending free-agent PK Rob Bironas than use the franchise tag on him.


Offensive Tackle

OT | William Beatty | Free Agent | Free Agents
The New York Giants consider re-signing OT William Beatty their top priority among their own unrestricted free agents.


Guard

OG | Bobbie Williams | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction
Baltimore Ravens OG Bobbie Williams has a $1.2 million salary for 2013, and he could be a salary cap casualty for the team which is up against the cap, and trying to get impending free-agent QB Joe Flacco signed.

OG | Leroy Harris | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Tennessee Titans are expected to look to sign impending free-agent OG Leroy Harris to a one-year deal this offseason.


Defensive Line

DL | Osi Umenyiora | Free Agent | Free Agents
The NFL is reportedly buzzing over the Indianapolis Colts' decision not to re-sign impending free-agent LB Dwight Freeney. One general manager who was very interested already in New York Giants impending free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora said Freeney would leapfrog Umenyiora on his free-agent board.

DL | Michael Johnson | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Cincinnati Bengals are expected to use the franchise tag on impending free-agent DE Michael Johnson.

DL | Henry Melton | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Dallas Cowboys would not be interested in Chicago Bears impending free-agent DT Henry Melton if he became available in free agency.

DL | Sen'Derrick Marks | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Tennessee Titans would like to re-sign impending free-agent DT Sen'Derrick Marks this offseason but will not overpay in order to bring him back. Marks likely would receive a lot of attention if he became available in the free-agent market.

DL | Steve McLendon | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Steelers may offer the lowest tender to restricted free-agent DT Steve McLendon this offseason even though they would not receive any compensation if they lost him.

DL | Ron Brace | Washington Redskins | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Washington Redskins have told DT Ron Brace that they view him as a nose tackle in their 3-4 defensive alignment.


Linebacker

LB | Anthony Spencer | Free Agent | Free Agents
There does not appear to be immediate plans for the Dallas Cowboys to place the franchise tag on impending free-agent LB Anthony Spencer. The Cowboys can't afford to franchise Spencer because they're currently more than $20 million over the salary cap.

LB | Dwight Freeney | Free Agent | Free Agents
The NFL is reportedly buzzing over the Indianapolis Colts' decision not to re-sign impending free-agent LB Dwight Freeney. One general manager who was very interested already in New York Giants impending free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora said Freeney would leapfrog Umenyiora on his free-agent board.

LB | LaMarr Woodley | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
The Pittsburgh Steelers believe LB LaMarr Woodley (ankle, groin, hamstring) dealt with several injuries last season, including a training camp groin injury, and an ankle and hamstring injury in the regular season. The team believes that Woodley needs to approach his offseason workouts with more diligence to avoid the kinds of injuries that have dogged him the past two seasons.

LB | Lawrence Timmons | Pittsburgh Steelers | Draft, Free Agents, Depth Chart Tidbit
The Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves in a strange position, as linebacker might be their top priority heading into the NFL Draft. However, LB Lawrence Timmons, who led the team in tackles with 134, is a mainstay. He also tied for the team lead with six sacks, led with three interceptions, had 19 quarterback pressures, and forced two fumbles. He is 26 and under contract for the next four years. Impending free-agent LB Larry Foote (Steelers) might also be back on a one-year deal, but they still might look in the draft early for help.

LB | Marshall McFadden | Pittsburgh Steelers | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff believes LB Marshall McFadden, who spent most of last season on the practice squad, has potential heading into 2013.

LB | Sean Spence | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury
The Pittsburgh Steelers are not expecting much of an impact from LB Sean Spence (knee) next season because of the severity of the knee injury he suffered this season.

LB | Zac Diles | Tennessee Titans | Free Agents
The Tennessee Titans could consider re-signing impending free-agent LB Zac Diles this offseason because they liked how he performed this season. He could be used on special teams if he returned to the team.

LB | Will Witherspoon | Tennessee Titans | Free Agents
The Tennessee Titans are not expected to re-sign impending free-agent LB Will Witherspoon, LB Gerald McRath, OG Kyle DeVan and DE Leger Douzable this offseason.

LB | Stevenson Sylvester | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Steelers may not tender an offer to restricted free-agent LB Stevenson Sylvester this offseason but could look to re-sign him at a lower salary if he became an unrestricted free agent.

LB | Alec Ogletree | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
University of Georgia LB Alec Ogletree was arrested last weekend in Arizona and has been charged with driving under the influence.


Cornerback

CB | Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Philadelphia Eagles will reportedly not use the franchise tag. Impending free-agent CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie would be considered the only candidate.

CB | Omar Bolden | Denver Broncos | Depth Chart Tidbit
Denver Broncos CB Omar Bolden is expected to see an increase in playing time in 2013, as a handful of veterans at the position are not expected to be back. However, he likely needs at least one more year before he is ready to become a trusted starter.

CB | Tracy Porter | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Denver Broncos are not expected to bring back impending free-agent CB Tracy Porter (Broncos).

CB | Sam Shields | Green Bay Packers | Free Agents
The Green Bay Packers are expected to offer restricted free-agent CB Sam Shields either the first- or second-round tender.

CB | Kyle Arrington | New England Patriots | Free Agents
The New England Patriots likely will be comfortable giving impending free-agent CB Kyle Arrington a contract that reflects that he is a nickel back but probably would not match a contract from another team if they pay him like a No. 2 cornerback.


Strong Safety

SS | Kenny Phillips | Free Agent | Free Agents
New York Giants impending free-agent TE Martellus Bennett, impending free-agent OT William Beatty and impending free-agent SS Kenny Phillips could be options to receive the franchise tag this offseason.

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