Fantasy football players in the news
By KFFL Staff
QB | Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) said his surgically repaired right knee feels better than ever. "It feels great, it feels better than ever, like it's a brand new knee and I feel younger than ever, I feel good," Roethlisberger said.
QB | JaMarcus Russell | Free Agent | Transaction
The Oakland Raiders are paying former QB JaMarcus Russell close to $3 million in a settlement over his disputed rookie contract, league sources said Tuesday, July 2. He had been paid $36.4 million and was still owed $3 million at the time of his release. The team filed a grievance against Russell, seeking repayment of $9.55 million in salary advances, and Russell filed a grievance of his own, saying he was owed an additional $9 million.
QB | Tim Tebow | New England Patriots | Free Agents
New England Patriots QB Tim Tebow was present during a violent fight involving free agent TE Aaron Hernandez (Patriots). Tebow tried to help resolve the conflict. "Tebow stated that he witnessed the dispute," the officer wrote. "… Tebow stated that he went over to try to help resolve the conflict."
RB | Knowshon Moreno | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno is expected to be used on third downs as a receiver and pass blocker, while RBs Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman receive the bulk of the carries.
RB | Eddie Lacy | Green Bay Packers | Injury, Fantasy
Green Bay Packers RBs Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin are locks to make the roster. The rookies will be joined by some combination of Alex Green, DuJuan Harris (lung), James Starks and undrafted rookie Angelo Pease. Green and Starks have received first-team reps this offseason with the rookies studying the system and Harris sidelined.
RB | Darren McFadden | Oakland Raiders | Fantasy
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden is putting the 2012 season behind him and looking forward to 2013. "There's always going to be things that gets your blood boiling," McFadden told the Bay Area News Group in June. "But last year was last year. It's something I put behind me. We're moving forward, and I'm looking forward to a new season."
RB | Giovani Bernard | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals running backs coach Hue Jackson preferred RB Giovani Bernard over RBs Le'Veon Bell, Montee Ball and Eddie Lacy in this year's draft because of Bernard's speed and versatility. Bernard was used as a wide receiver in spring practices, in addition to his rushing duties. "He's so natural catching the ball. He can catch it like a receiver," Jackson said. "I knew he could catch it really well, but I wouldn't be surprised if he could go out there and line up outside and catch balls like some other guys can because he has that skill set."
WR | Kenny Britt | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
The Tennessee Titans would like to carry five wide receivers, though six wouldn't be out of the question. If they keep five, WRs Kenny Britt, Justin Hunter, Nate Washington, Damian Williams and Kendall Wright are likely to be kept, although that would mean WRs Marc Mariani (leg), Michael Preston and Kevin Walter would be on the outside looking in.
WR | Armon Binns | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins WR Armon Binns has impressed the coaching staff since joining the team late last season. They started calling plays for him out of the slot in 2012, and he's been one of the squad's top playmakers and red-zone weapons in minicamp. Head coach Joe Philbin pointed out that Binns' "play speed" has been his biggest difference-making quality. Binns could be used more frequently to attack the middle of the field, especially if he beats out Brandon Gibson for the No. 3 wideout job.
WR | Titus Young | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Free-agent WR Titus Young (Rams) didn't show up for his second straight court appearance but was given an excused absence from a judge in Newport Beach, Calif. Young's lawyer, Altus W. Hudson II, says that Young hasn't appeared for his hearings in the 11-count criminal case against him because he's still undergoing treatment for concussions related to his NFL days.
TE | Aaron Hernandez | Free Agent | Free Agents
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson is trying to prevent free-agent TE Aaron Hernandez (Patriots) from marrying his fiancé Shayanna Jenkins. Prosecutors last week, in laying out their initial case against Hernandez, said Jenkins had begun speaking with investigators until receiving a phone call from Hernandez telling her to keep quiet. If the couple were married, Jenkins could be shielded from testifying against Hernandez at trial.
PK | Brandon Bogotay | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Cleveland Browns PK competition will likely be resolved in the preseason, with the possibility the that the team could both PKs Shayne Graham and Brandon Bogotay. "It's been close. It's been back and forth," Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said of the kicking battle this spring. "Obviously, you get into the preseason and those games and that will be a very important part of the process of the evaluation. But it's ongoing all the way through."
OT | Michael Roos | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
The Tennessee Titans kept nine offensive linemen on the roster for most of last season, and this year OTs Michael Roos and David Stewart, OGs Andy Levitre and Chance Warmack, and Cs Brian Schwenke and Fernando Velasco are considered locks for the roster. After that, OG Robert Turner is likely a very strong candidate for a job, as he can play both guard and center. OLs Byron Stingily and Mike Otto were clear favorites for jobs, but the signing of OT Barry Richardson complicates that battle. OG Chris Spencer (calf) is also in the mix for a job, and he can play both guard and center when healthy.
OT | Ryan Clady | Denver Broncos | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
The Denver Broncos and OT Ryan Clady (shoulder) are expected to continue contract extension talks next week in hopes of reaching an agreement before the deadline on July 15. The Broncos are waiting to see how Clady respond to offseason shoulder surgery before signing him to a long term deal.
DL | Jurrell Casey | Tennessee Titans | Depth Chart Tidbit
The Tennessee Titans carried five defensive tackles for most of last year, and it seems likely that will do so again this season. DLs Jurrell Casey and Sammie Hill are the odds-on favorites to start, while DL Mike Martin appears to be next in line. After that, DLs Antonio Johnson, DaJohn Harris and Stefan Charles are in the mix, as is DL Karl Klug and Zach Clayton.
DL | Paul Soliai | Miami Dolphins | Transaction
The Miami Dolphins have not talked to DT Paul Soliai about a contract extension, and the team will likely choose between Soliai and DT Randy Starks on a long-term contract in the spring of 2014.
DL | Randy Starks | Miami Dolphins | Transaction
Miami Dolphins DT Randy Starks is surprised the team hasn't made him a multi-year offer since being slapped with the $8.45 million franchise tag. Starks sat out most of the offseason program, but he has a good attitude going into training camp and vows not to complain about his deal. The team will likely choose between offering Starks and DT Paul Soliai a long-term deal in the spring of 2014.
DL | Joshua Brent | Dallas Cowboys | Transaction
The Dallas County district attorney said Tuesday, July 2, that he is not surprised Dallas Cowboys DT Joshua Brent failed two drug tests while out on bond facing an intoxication manslaughter charge, and he said last week in a radio interview that he wants Brent jailed for the crash.
DL | J.J. Watt | Houston Texans | Fantasy
Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing thinks DE J.J. Watt has the potential to be one of the all-time great defensive linemen in the game. "The things that he's going to be able to accomplish are unbelievable. When you talk about the potential that he has of really being the greatest defensive player ever, he could be. I know that's very premature but he's that kind of player," Cushing said. Watt led the league with 20.5 sacks last year, and he also batted 16 passes down, had 81 tackles and forced four fumbles.
CB | Justin King | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Transaction
The Pittsburgh Steelers removed CB Justin King (hamstring) from their reserve-injured list, terminating his contract Tuesday, July 2.
SS | Joe Lefeged | Indianapolis Colts | Transaction
Indianapolis Colts S Joe Lefeged said the case against him that resulted in his arrest is trumped up. "I would like to just apologize to the Colts community apologize to my family for this even being brought up," he said, adding, "I am not going to talk about the case right now until I talk to the Colts organization and have my lawyer with me."
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