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Fantasy Football Daily Rundown: Friday, Jan. 31

By KFFL Staff


QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees showed his support for impending free-agent TE Jimmy Graham Friday, Jan. 31, by standing on radio host Dan Patrick's desk and shouting, "I want Jimmy Graham back!" Graham has led the team with 270 catches for 3,507 yards and 36 touchdowns in the last three seasons. The Saints are fully expected to re-sign Graham, even if they have to place the franchise tag on him for 2014.

QB | Jake Locker | Tennessee Titans | Injury, Fantasy
Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker (foot) is hopeful to be ready for organized team activities in May. Locker will be working with his third offensive coordinator in four years.

QB | Michael Vick | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
The Philadelphia Eagles are unlikely to re-sign QB Michael Vick in the offseason. Vick is hoping to compete for a starting job in 2014.

QB | Peyton Manning | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 30.

QB | EJ Manuel | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knee) will wear a knee brace moving forward.

QB | Eli Manning | New York Giants | Transaction
New York Giants QB Eli Manning said he will fight a memorabilia lawsuit filed against him and the team. "The Giants told me this suit is completely without merit and I have no reason to believe otherwise. The Giants are going to fight it and so will I."

QB | Colin Kaepernick | San Francisco 49ers | Depth Chart Tidbit
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick had choice words for Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman. Kaepernick said he "was not worried" about Sherman making a choke gesture in the NFC Championship game.

Running Back

RB | Joique Bell | Detroit Lions | Free Agents, Fantasy
Detroit Lions restricted free-agent RB Joique Bell said he hopes to sign a long-term deal with the team before the start of free agency. The Lions are expected to at least give him a first- or second-round tender offer.

RB | Knowshon Moreno | Denver Broncos | Injury, Fantasy
Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno (ribs) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 30.

RB | Marshawn Lynch | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (non-injury) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 30.


FB | John Kuhn | Green Bay Packers | Free Agents
Kevin Gold, agent for Green Bay Packers impending free-agent FB John Kuhn, said he is optimistic that the team wants to re-sign Kuhn this offseason. Gold said contract talks have not started at this point, but he expects to meet Packers vice president Russ Ball at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Wide Receiver

WR | Weston Dressler | Free Agent | Transaction
The Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL have released WR Weston Dressler to give him the opportunity to sign with an NFL team. He topped 1,000 receiving yards five times and was the CFL's Rookie of the Year in 2008.

WR | Devin Hester | Chicago Bears | Free Agents
Tampa Bay Buccaneers special teams coach Kevin O'Dea said finding a difference-maker in the return game will be a high priority for the team this offseason. The team could show interest in Chicago Bears impending free-agent WR Devin Hester or Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent WR Dexter McCluster this offseason.

WR | Larry Fitzgerald | Arizona Cardinals | Fantasy
The New England Patriots have not tried to trade for Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald at any point. The team had been linked to Fitzgerald in some trade rumors.

WR | Julian Edelman | New England Patriots | Free Agents
New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Julian Edelman said contract talks with the team has not started at this point. Edelman said he would like to re-sign with the Patriots this offseason.

WR | Percy Harvin | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Percy Harvin (concussion) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 30.

WR | Doug Baldwin | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin (hip) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 30.

WR | Wes Welker | Denver Broncos | Depth Chart Tidbit
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker said he is not thinking of retirement anytime soon, even if he wins a Super Bowl on Sunday. "Of course it would be a good way to end it, but I am still having fun," Welker said. "I am still enjoying the game. I feel good, and as long as I am out there having fun, I will continue to play."

Tight End

TE | Dennis Pitta | Baltimore Ravens | Free Agents
The New England Patriots could pursue Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent TE Dennis Pitta this offseason if he becomes available in the free-agent market.

Place Kicker

PK | Adam Vinatieri | Indianapolis Colts | Free Agents
Indianapolis Colts PK Adam Vinatieri, 41, said he wants to kick for two or three more years. He's an impending free agent.

PK | Phil Dawson | Free Agent | Free Agents
San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent PK Phil Dawson may be the most likely candidate to receive the franchise tag if the team decides to use it.

PK | Matt Prater | Denver Broncos | Injury
Denver Broncos DT Sione Fua (calf) did not participate in practice Thursday, Jan. 30. TE Joel Dreessen (knee), OG Chris Kuper (ankle), DT Terrance Knighton (knee), DT Mitch Unrein (knee), CB Kayvon Webster (thumb) and PK Matt Prater (illness) fully participated in practice.

PK | Steven Hauschka | Seattle Seahawks | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said he trusts PK Steven Hauschka in a situation to win the game on a last second field goal attempt.


OG | Carl Nicks | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said OG Carl Nicks (foot) has made some progress in recovering from a foot injury. "I have had a chance to talk with Carl, he's excited about the upcoming season," Smith said. "His rehab is going well. He's one of the guys that's through here by daily, is working out getting ready to go. Carl has been a dominant football player in the league for a while and we've got to get him back out on the football field and that's what we're trying to do."

OG | Darren Keyton | Detroit Lions | Transaction
The Detroit Lions re-signed OG Darren Keyton to a reserve/futures contract Thursday, Jan. 30.

Defensive Line

DL | Brett Keisel | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agents
The Detroit Lions could show interest in Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent DE Brett Keisel this offseason if he becomes available in free agency.

DL | Paul Soliai | Miami Dolphins | Free Agents
The Miami Dolphins may find it easier to re-sign impending free-agent DT Paul Soliai than impending free-agent DT Randy Starks because he loves the area and does not want to sign with another team. Neither player is expected to give the team a big discount during free agency.

DL | Brandon Mebane | Seattle Seahawks | Injury
Seattle Seahawks DT Brandon Mebane (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Jan. 30.

DL | Jason Pierre-Paul | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) said he is not expected to need shoulder surgery and is almost fully healthy. "I'm on the verge of breaking out again and being the old me," Pierre-Paul said. "I'm going to see [the] doctors again and see what they say, but right now I'm feeling good. I think I'm healthy, I'm about 90 percent healthy. Before the season, I should be even healthier."

DL | Justin Tuck | New York Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit
New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul said it will be on him to carry the defense if DE Justin Tuck does leave in free agency. "It's on me to carry [the] New York [Giants] on my back on the defense," Pierre-Paul said. "At the end of the day, it's a business. Who knows what Tuck's going to do. I'm proud of him either way he goes, whichever route."


LB | Brian Urlacher | Retired | Depth Chart Tidbit
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith invited retired LB Brian Urlacher to visit training camp. "Brian is a family member for life," Smith said. "I've had the privilege to be around a lot of great players, any great player I've been around is always welcome wherever I am. We're trying to build something here football-wise, and I'm going to call on the Brian Urlachers of the world, and of course all our former Bucs around here. Derrick Brooks will tell you I've been in his ear quite a bit, got a chance to text with John Lynch yesterday... anytime you can have players around your current roster that have been through our system and know what it takes, it's a good thing. I will always be inviting any old player that I've been around."

LB | Alex Hall | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Arizona Cardinals worked out free-agent DE/LB Alex Hall (Giants) this week.

LB | Robert Francois | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers LB Robert Francois (Achilles') should be close to or at full strength when offseason workouts begin. Francois' agent said he likely will talk to the team during the NFL Scouting Combine to see if they are interested in re-signing Francois.

LB | Dwight Freeney | San Diego Chargers | Injury
San Diego Chargers LB Dwight Freeney said he wants to be able to retire on his own terms and not coming off an injury-plagued season. "I just want to make sure that I end it the right way," Freeney said. "That means that I'm not fighting an injury and limping off the field - making sure that I don't have a bad taste in my mouth." Freeney suffered a season-ending leg injury in Week 4 but is under contract for next season.


CB | Alterraun Verner | Tennessee Titans | Free Agents
The Minnesota Vikings could show interest in Tennessee Titans impending free-agent CB Alterraun Verner this offseason if he becomes available because he played for defensive backs coach Jerry Gray in Tennessee.

CB | Aqib Talib | New England Patriots | Free Agents
The New England Patriots may not use their franchise tag this offseason because they likely would not have the salary cap space available. Impending free-agent CB Aqib Talib would be the most likely candidate to receive the tag if used.

CB | Charles Tillman | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears impending free-agent CB Charles Tillman plans to test free agency this offseason, but he wants to ultimately finish his career with the Bears. Tillman said he talks with the team "everyday" and there is no ill will toward the club. "The Bears and I are in good spirits," he said. "There's no bad blood, there's nothing. We are in good spirits. There's no bad blood with myself or Coach Trestman. Like, everything is good. We're are all on good terms."

CB | Antonio Cromartie | New York Jets | Injury
Updating a previous report, New York Jets CB Antonio Cromartie (hip) said he expects to be fully healthy by the end of February.

Strong Safety

SS | Shamarko Thomas | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agents
Pittsburgh Steelers SS Shamarko Thomas could start at safety next season because the team is not expected to re-sign impending free-agent FS Ryan Clark.

SS | Taylor Mays | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Cincinnati Bengals would like to re-sign impending free-agent SS Taylor Mays this offseason.

SS | James Ihedigbo | Baltimore Ravens | Free Agents
The Baltimore Ravens may not consider re-signing impending free-agent SS James Ihedigbo this offseason because they will be looking to add an athletic free safety this offseason.

SS | Johnathan Cyprien | Jacksonville Jaguars | Depth Chart Tidbit
Jacksonville Jaguars S Johnathan Cyprien said he wants to lift his game in 2014. "I'm no longer a rookie; I want to lift my game for the entire team and bring a new energy to the group," he said.

Free Safety

FS | Chris Crocker | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Cincinnati Bengals likely will not re-sign impending free-agent FS Chris Crocker this offseason.


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