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1.Dynasty | Drew Brees may not retire (Dynasty League Football) Workout footage of Drew Brees is fueling speculation the long-time Saints quarterback may not retire this off-season. Analysis: Brees has restructured his contract and all signs have been pointing towards him retiring. However, the days have stretched into weeks and this workout footage clearly doesn't look like the work of someone who is planning on spending the Fall on his couch. While all of this could change on any day, those holding out hope for at least one more season from Brees could get exactly that. Brees is our QB33 and while he&... (More)11 minutes
2.Marcus Maye expected to receive franchise tag (FantasyPros) Multiple people in NFL circles expect the Jets to place the franchise tag on safety Marcus Maye. Analysis: While wide receivers have dominated franchise tag rumors so far, we now have a defensive player in the mix. Maye, who turns 28 in two weeks, amassed two sacks, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles over 16 starts in 2020. He also made a career-high 88 tackles while defending 11 passes. Clearly, New York and defensive-minded head coach Robert Saleh are excited about the prospect of keeping Maye in tow.1 hour
3.Dynasty | Cam Akers a special player (Dynasty League Football) In a recent interview, Rams head coach Sean McVay said running back Cam Akers is an "every-down back" and "a special player." Analysis: Quickly becoming one of the more enigmatic coaches in the NFL, at least in fantasy, McVay seemed to be suggesting Akers will be featured in 2021 far more than he was as a rookie. His full quote about his upside back was "...Cam hit his stride at the right moments. You could see he's always had a real and authentic confidence, but then as he's getting more and more comfortable ... (More)1 hour
4.Dynasty | Justin Fields mocked to Pittsburgh (Dynasty League Football) In Charley Casserly's first 2021 mock draft, talented Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields falls to Pittsburgh with the 24th-overall selection. Analysis: It's an Aaron Rodgers-esque fall from a player popularly mocked in the top five overall selections of the upcoming draft. BYU's Zach Wilson is now the popular selection behind Trevor Lawrence while North Dakota State's Trey Lance continues to rise. A fall to 24th overall seems unlikely given the league-wide need at the position and any drop for Fields would likely be met wi... (More)1 hour
5.Dynasty | Najee Harris a top-ten selection? (Dynasty League Football) NFL Network's Charley Casserly released his 2021 mock draft and Najee Harris appears in the top-ten Analysis: His mock draft includes a number of surprises but none more so than Harris being selected eighth overall by the Falcons. That said, it stands to reason as the team has a notable hole at the position and certainly doesn't appear interested in bringing back Todd Gurley. In the running back heavy 2020 draft class, only Clyde Edwards-Helaire heard his name called in the first round, with the Chiefs selecting the talented runner a... (More)2 hours
6.Lions | Jared Goff may be asked to rework deal (thehuddle) Incoming Detroit Lions QB Jared Goff likely will be asked to restructure his contract this offseason because the team can create around $15 million if they rework the deal. Analysis: Goff will be the Lions starting quarterback for at least next season, but it is not known if he will be the quarterback of the future for the Lions. He probably will be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback because the team may lose their top three receivers in free agency. 4 hours
7.Lions | Kenny Golladay could be trade option (thehuddle) Detroit Lions impending free-agent WR Kenny Golladay is a candidate for the franchise tag this offseason, but the team could look to trade him instead of keeping him if he is tagged, in the opinion of The Detroit News' Justin Rogers. Analysis: Golladay is a very good receiver when healthy, so the Lions should receive a solid draft choice if they decide to trade him. He should be a weekly starting option in fantasy leagues next season. 5 hours
8.Titans | Jurrell Casey not expected to be target (thehuddle) Free-agent Jurrell Casey (Broncos) probably will not be an option for the Tennessee Titans this offseason, in the opinion of TennesseeTitans.com's Jim Wyatt. 5 hours
9.Titans | Corey Davis unlikely a tag option (thehuddle) Tennessee Titans impending free-agent WR Corey Davis likely will not be a candidate for the franchise tag this offseason, in the opinion of TennesseeTitans.com's Jim Wyatt. Analysis: Davis is coming off a solid season and should receive interest from multiple teams if he hits the free-agent market. He can be a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy receiver next season depending on his situation. 5 hours
10.Vikings | Kirk Cousins plays every snap (thehuddle) Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins was on the field for every offensive snap this season. Analysis: Cousins has thrown at least 30 touchdowns in two of his three seasons with the Vikings but has thrown at least 10 interceptions in five of his last six seasons. He has a terrific set of receivers to work with but probably should only be a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues next season. 6 hours
11.Ravens | Lamar Jackson not close to deal (thehuddle) Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson has started contract extension talks with the Ravens, but the two sides are not close to a deal at this point. Analysis: Jackson is under contract for two more seasons, so the two sides have plenty of time to reach a deal. Jackson is one of the better fantasy quarterbacks because of his running ability. He should be a weekly starting option in all leagues next season. 6 hours
12.Patriots | Jacoby Brissett unlikely to join team (thehuddle) Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent QB Jacoby Brissett likely will not be a target for the New England Patriots this offseason, in the opinion of The Boston Globe's Ben Volin. 6 hours
13.Patriots | Brian Hoyer could return (thehuddle) New England Patriots impending free-agent QB Brian Hoyer is a candidate to re-sign with the Patriots this offseason. 6 hours
14.Jets | Tag likely for Marcus Maye (thehuddle) New York Jets impending free-agent S Marcus Maye appears likely to receive the franchise tag this offseason, according to sources. 6 hours
15.Gerald Everett to be viewed as a starter on the open market? (FantasyPros) The Athletic's Sheil Kapadia writes there's a "good chance" Gerald Everett is viewed as a starting tight end on the open market this offseason. Analysis: Kapadia adds that if a team believes there's untapped upside, Everett could fetch $7 million to $8 million per year in free agency. Leaving the Rams would also increase opportunities for Tyler Higbee, who is signed through 2023. Everett could become a fantasy sleeper if he lands in the right spot.7 hours
16.Hunter Henry could get $10.5 million per year, per The Athletic (FantasyPros) Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic believes Hunter Henry could get $10.5 million per year in free agency. Analysis: That is what Austin Hooper got from the Browns last offseason. Henry was relatively quiet in 2020 based off Justin Herbert's explosion as a rookie, totaling just four TDs and 613 in 14 contests. He'll remain fantasy relevant regardless of where he winds up next year. Donald Parham would become a sleeper for the Chargers if Henry moves on.8 hours
17.Colts | DeForest Buckner a terror in final weeks (thehuddle) Indianapolis Colts DT DeForest Buckner ranked second in the NFL and led all defensive linemen with seven sacks over the final five weeks of 2020.22 hours
18.Ravens | Marcus Peters causes trouble in single coverage (thehuddle) Baltimore Ravens CB Marcus Peters' 17 interceptions in single coverage since the 2015 season are tied for the most in the NFL in that time, according to Pro Football Focus Saturday, Feb. 27.1 day
19.Josh Gordon: Participating in new football league (RotoWire) Gordon will participate in the Fan Controlled League in the offseason, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Analysis: The Fan Controlled League season ends in late March, so Gordon shouldn't have an issue playing for a NFL team should he be reinstated from his indefinite suspension due to violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Gordon is set to be an unrestricted free agent March 17 and has not played in the NFL since 2019.1 day
20.Justin Strnad: Gearing up for offseason program (RotoWire) Strnad (wrist) will be ready to participate when Broncos team workouts open up this spring, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports. Analysis: The Broncos acquired Strnad in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, intrigued by the pass-defending skill set he showcased during his career at Wake Forest. After dislocating the lunate bone and suffering multiple torn ligaments in his wrist during an August practice, Strnad did not ultimately field a single snap during his rookie campaign. Strnad's rehabilitation process incorporated upper body exercises several weeks ago, according to Troy Renck of Denver7 News. Now, it's confirmed the ... (More)1 day
21.Texans | Financial implications of potential Deshaun Watson holdout (thehuddle) Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson would lose a total of $20.213 million if he holds out for the entirety of the 2021 NFL season, including fines for skipping offseason programs, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk Saturday, Feb. 27.1 day
22.NFL | Josh Gordon joins Fan Controlled Football league (thehuddle) Free-agent WR Josh Gordon (Seahawks) will play for the Zappers of the Fan Controlled Football league, according to team owner Bob Menery Saturday, Feb. 27.1 day
23.Titans | Ryan Tannehill: Play-action master (thehuddle) Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Tannehill trails only Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (96.0) with a 94.0 Pro Football Focus grade on play-action passes since 2019. Analysis: It always helps to share the backfield with perhaps the league's top backs in Derrick Henry, and Tannehill has taken full advantage, finishing as fantasy's seventh-best QB in 2020 after a strong finish to 2019. He's a strong low-end QB1 draft target if you decide to bypass the top guns.1 day
24.Rashard Higgins: Contract situation in flux (RotoWire) The Browns have not offered Higgins a contract extension, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Analysis: It's a bit surprising to hear the Browns' front office hasn't offered Higgins any type of deal considering the 26-year-old appears eager to re-up for his sixth season with the franchise. After settling for a one-year contract last offseason near the league minimum, the 2016 fifth-round pick put together a career year after the season-ending injury to Odell Beckham (knee) despite playing just 13 games. Higgins will surely be in line for a pay raise this go around, but in a year where the salary cap took a dramatic... (More)1 day
25.Saints | Drew Brees not done yet? (thehuddle) New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is featured in a recent video posted on Instragram by fitness trainer Todd Durkin in which Brees is pushing a weighted sled. At one point in the video, the phrase 'something must be brewing' is posted. Analysis: Perhaps Brees has been inspired by seeing fellow 40-something QB Tom Brady winning another Super Bowl. Brees did recently renegotiated his contract to free up salary cap space, but that likely would've needed to be done in any case with the reduced 2021 cap, and the IQ video hints that Brees' retirement may not be a sure thing after all. Stay tuned ...1 day
26.Rashard Higgins wants to re-sign with Browns but hasn't received offer yet (FantasyPros) Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins, an impending free agent, wants to return to Cleveland next season but hasn't been offered a new contract yet. Analysis: Higgins impressed this past season in the absence of Odell Beckham Jr., making him one of the most intriguing under-the-radar pass-catchers set to hit free agency. Nevertheless, a standstill continues to ensue on the negotiating front. "I haven't seen an offer yet," Higgins said. This is somewhat surprising as he would provide outstanding depth to a Browns receiving corps that has shown flashes of excitement if... (More)1 day
27.Dont'a Hightower among Patriots' key opt-outs returning in 2021 (FantasyPros) After opting out of the 2020 season last summer, several key Patriots opt-outs are set to return. Linebacker Dont'a Hightower, safety Patrick Chung, and tackle Marcus Cannon are among the New England players planning to opt back in for 2021. Analysis: The Patriots struggled in their first year without Tom Brady. Still, the defense impressed and could return to elite status with players like Hightower and Chung returning. Meanwhile, the offensive line took a step forward with the emergence of rookie Michael Onwenu, but Cannon's return adds even more firepower in the ... (More)1 day
28.Browns | David Njoku saying goodbye? (thehuddle) Cleveland Browns TE David Njoku is a candidate to be released or traded this offseason as heads into the non-guaranteed fifth option year of his rookie contract, and Saturday, Feb. 27, he tweeted what sounds like a goodbye to Browns fans. 'Whatever happens I appreciate all the love from all my loyal fans,' Njoku wrote. 'I've kept quiet for a while but I wanted to express that at least for now. I love u guys.' Analysis: Njoku caught only 19 passes for 213 yards in 13 regular-season games a year after missing all but four games with a wrist injury in 2019, and it sure seems like he will be playing elsewhere with the salary cap dippin... (More)1 day
29.Bears | Jimmy Graham a cut candidate (thehuddle) Chicago Bears TE Jimmy Graham is a prime candidate to be cut this offseason with such a move saving the Bears $7 million in cap space. Analysis: Graham, who will turn 35 this year, is still a red-zone force with seven of his eight TD grabs coming inside the opposition's 20-yard line as he finished 13th in total fantasy points among tight ends. Graham, however, finished 19th at the position with 456 receiving yards and has become a TD-dependent TE2 who likely will be playing for his fifth team in the last eight seasons in 2021.1 day
30.Colts | Nyheim Hines targeted a ton (thehuddle) Indianapolis Colts RB Nyheim Hines was third among running backs in the league with 77 targets in 2020. Analysis: Hines was 18th at the position in PPR leagues, and he could stand to improve on those numbers with Carson Wentz under center. Hines will be an undervalued RB2 in PPR leagues. 1 day
31.Dynasty | Julian Edelman may not play in 2021 (Dynasty League Football) Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman may not be ready to play in 2021 as he rehabs his ailing knee. Analysis: Not good. Edelman was only able to play six games last season before a knee injury derailed his year. His recovery has been slow and while he still wants to play, his rehab just may not reportedly get him there in time for the upcoming season. The Patriots only owe him $2.8 million on the year, so he's relatively safe from being cut. Still, Edelman is 34 years old and the Patriots are clearly rebuilding. Even if he gets himself int... (More)1 day
32.Dynasty | Drew Lock unlikely to be moved (Dynasty League Football) According to Ian Rapoport, Denver quarterback Drew Lock is unlikely to be traded. Analysis: The team reportedly has received interest in Lock but Rapoport says "the Broncos haven’t come close to trading him and I honestly doubt that they will.” He did provide a caveat in that should Russell Wilson or Deshaun Watson become available, the team would likely have interest. Wilson and Watson are clear franchise quarterbacks and would garner significant interest on the open market from many teams. As for Lock, DLF's QB25, 2021 lo... (More)1 day
33.Dynasty | Javian Hawkins seeing interest (Dynasty League Football) Louisville rookie running back Javian Hawkins has spoken virtually to multiple teams, most recently the Rams, Cardinals, Packers and Bills. Analysis: The undersized (5'9/196) runner has been lauded for his toughness, skill set and pass protection with two years under his belt at Louisville, finishing 2020 with a 6.2 ypc. average in the Covid-shortened season. While he wasn't a prolific producer in the passing game, producing only five receptions over his past two seasons, much of that can be attributed to the Louisville offense and wh... (More)1 day
34.Buccaneers | Strong finish for Antonio Brown (thehuddle) Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent WR Antonio Brown ranked seventh in receptions and was tied for second with four receiving touchdowns over the final four weeks of 2020. Analysis: Brown's numbers were partly inflated by his big performance in Week 17, but his chemistry with Tom Brady was undeniable. Brown's future is unclear, but if he returns to Tampa Bay and Chris Godwin signs elsewhere, Brown would quickly become a valuable fantasy asset.1 day
35.Dynasty | Duke Johnson cut by Houston (Dynasty League Football) The Texans have released running back Duke Johnson. Analysis: Johnson is a dynasty league legend in the fact so many have wanted to see him get a full workload and have a backfield to himself because of his productivity in short spurts. Unfortunately, that just never happened in Cleveland or Houston. Johnson will look to latch on with a new team as a third down back. He has value in PPR leagues because of his receiving ability, but it's hard to see our RB60 ever be a true difference maker. Johnson is a hold right now until we see where he ... (More)1 day
36.Dynasty | Broncos have interest in Ryan Fitzpatrick (Dynasty League Football) The Broncos have reportedly expressed interest in free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Analysis: The 38-year old Fitzpatrick has made a career out of replacing underwhelming starting quarterbacks and is now in search of a new home for ninth time after stops with the Rams, Bengals, Bills, Titans, Texans, Jets, Bucs and Dolphins. The Broncos would be wise to grab Fitzpatrick if they fail to land a bigger name at the position. While Denver will likely give Drew Lock one more season to prove himself, the addition of Fitzpatrick would give them t... (More)2 days
37.Browns | No offer for Rashard Higgins yet (thehuddle) Cleveland Browns impending free-agent WR Rashard Higgins said he would like to return to the Browns, but the team has not made a contract offer at this point. The Browns are interested in re-signing Higgins but only at a certain price, according to a source. Analysis: Higgins posted a career-high 599 yards this season and will receive some interest if he hits the free-agent market. He has a chance to be a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues next season depending on his situation.2 days
38.Texans | David Johnson may return (thehuddle) Houston Texans RB David Johnson could return to the team next season if he is willing to restructure his contract, according to sources. Johnson is currently scheduled to count $8.512 million against the salary cap in 2021, and the team would save $6.9 million if they cut him at this point. Analysis: Fantasy players can monitor the situation to see if the two sides can reach an agreement. He did post over 1,000 total yards and eight touchdowns in 12 games this past season and should see a majority of the work if he remains with the Texans. He can be considered at least a flex option in fantasy leagues. 2 days
39.Deshaun Watson: Willing to sit out games (RotoWire) Watson is willing to sit out the preseason and even miss regular-season games if the Texans don't agree to trade him, independent NFL journalist Dov Kleiman reports. Analysis: Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reported Thursday that Watson has already informed new Texans coach David Culley that he has no intention of playing for the team again, so announcing a willingness to skip games is simply the star signal-caller doubling down on his position. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports Houston still isn't taking trade inquiries for Watson, making it notable the team could fine the 25-year-old over $3 million if he skips events such the offsea... (More)2 days
40.Julian Edelman (knee) unsure if he'll be healthy for 2021 (FantasyPros) Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee) is unsure if he'll be healthy for the 2021 season. Analysis: Edelman wants to play in 2021, but is "still trying to see if he's healthy enough to be out there for the 2021 season," said Rapoport. He's still rehabbing and recovering from a knee injury that limited him to just six games in 2020. "No decision has been made yet about whether his knee injury will allow him to play in 2021," Rapoport added. Edelman hauled in 21 receptions on 39 targets for 315 yards and no touchdowns across... (More)2 days
41.Broncos | Tim Patrick may receive interest (thehuddle) Denver Broncos restricted free-agent WR Tim Patrick likely will receive interest from other teams if the Broncos do not offer him the first-round or second-round tender this offseason. Analysis: Patrick led the team with six receiving touchdowns and finished with 742 yards. He likely will return to the Broncos but should have a solid role no matter where he plays in 2021. He can be a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues. 2 days
42.Julian Edelman: Wants to play, health permitting (RotoWire) Edelman (knee) wants to continue his career but is 'still trying to see if he is healthy enough to be out there for the 2021 season,' Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Analysis: Rapoport said that Edelman is progressing in his rehab process and wants to play in 2021, but that 'no decision has been made yet' about whether or not his knee injury will allow him to suit up. Edelman only played six games in 2020 before landing on IR, and though he was designated for return mid-December, he never progressed enough in his recovery to make his way back to the active roster. The Patriots also have a potential out from Edelman's contract th... (More)2 days
43.David Johnson: Texans want to retain veteran RB (FantasyPros) Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports the Texans would like to retain RB David Johnson, if possible. Analysis: Johnson has a cap hit of $8.512 million and it sounds like Houston wants to lower that number. The Texans already released Duke Johnson earlier today in order to save $5 million in cap space for 2021. David Johnson would seemingly be in line for a big workload if he remains in Houston, but there's still a lot of the offseason left for things to change.2 days
44.David Johnson: Still wanted by Houston (RotoWire) The Texans hope to retain Johnson for 2021, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Analysis: Johnson put together a fairly solid inaugural campaign in Houston, with 1,005 scrimmage yards and eight total touchdowns, but he was also limited to 12 appearances due to injuries. The 29-year-old carries an $8.8 million cap hit for 2021, per Spotrac.com, a figure which Wilson notes the Texans want to bring down. Johnson only carries a $2.1 million dead cap figure, so if he's unwilling to agree on a restructured contract the team could cut him without much penalty, as happened to former backfield mate Duke Johnson on Friday. Agreeing ... (More)2 days
45.Patrick Chung: Plans to stay in New England (RotoWire) Chung is planning to return to the Patriots in 2021 after opting out of the 2020 season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Analysis: At age 33, Chung should be more physically refreshed than his age would indicate after an extended time off from the rigors of the NFL. The veteran will aim to once again lead the team's safety corps. In his 2019 season, Chung posted 51 tackles and three pass breakups across his 13 contests.2 days
46.Duke Johnson: Let go by Houston (RotoWire) The Texans cut Johnson (neck) on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Analysis: Houston traded a third-round pick for Johnson back in 2019, but he won't be part of the organization's plans going forward. Johnson is coming off the worst season of his career, with just 235 rushing yards and one score on 77 carries (3.1 YPC) across 11 games. He also caught 28 of 34 targets for 249 yards (8.9 yards per catch) and a touchdown. The move saves the Texans roughly $5 million in cap space and leaves Johnson -- whose yards per carry and catch last season were his lowest marks since 2015 -- free to search for a new landing spot. It's also wort... (More)2 days
47.Duke Johnson Jr. has been released by the Houston Texans (FantasyPros) Adam Schefter is reporting that the Texans have released veteran running back Duke Johnson Jr. Analysis: Johnson spent two years in Houston, playing backup to Carlos Hyde in 2019 and backup to David Johnson in 2020. His career 4.4 yards per attempt took a sizeable hit this season when he was named the starter for five weeks. During that five-week stretch, Johnson saw 43 carries which he managed to turn into just 140 rushing yards with no touchdowns. Known primarily as a scatback, the 5'9" veteran has alw... (More)2 days
48.Dolphins | Brian Hoyer may be option for Miami (thehuddle) New England Patriots impending free-agent QB Brian Hoyer may be a possible option for the Miami Dolphins this offseason because he has worked with co-offensive coordinator George Godsey in the past, in the opinion of The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero. 2 days
49.Nate Solder intends to play in '21 after opting out last season (FantasyPros) New York Giants tackle Nate Solder intends to play in 2021 "as long as the situation is right," he told sources at ESPN last week. He opted out last season as both he and his son have battled cancer in the past and he was considered a high-risk with COVID-19. Analysis: Solder is 32-year-old and is scheduled to make $10 million in 2021 while costing $16.5 million against the salary cap this season. The Giants now have a decision to make if they are going to move forward with Solder. They drafted T Andrew Thomas from Georgia with the No. 4 overall pick in last year's draft. Thomas struggled early on but improved throughout the se... (More)2 days
50.Dolphins | Ryan Fitzpatrick unlikely to return (thehuddle) Miami Dolphins impending free-agent QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is not expected to re-sign with the Dolphins because he believes he can at least compete for a starting job with a team next season, according to sources. Analysis: Fitzpatrick has played well at times over the last few season and may have a chance for a starting job since several teams have uncertain quarterback situations. He would only be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback if he is able to find a job.2 days
51.Patriots | Julian Edelman uncertain about future (thehuddle) New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman would like to play next season but does not know if he will be healthy enough to play, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He is recovering from a knee injury he suffered during the season. Analysis: Edelman was limited to six games in 2020 and finished with 315 yards. Fantasy players can monitor the situation this offseason, but Edelman probably will not be as much of a factor in the passing game as he was in previous seasons. He will be a risky fantasy option if he plays in 2021.2 days
52.Texans release Duke Johnson (FFToday) Texans just released RB Duke Johnson, per source. Analysis: Back in 2019, the Texans gave the Browns a 2020 third-round pick for Duke who ended up playing two seasons in Houston. He played 11 games last season averaging just 3.1 yards per carry. At 27, he likely land in a similar situation as a pass-catching back in a committee. The Browns turned that third-round pick into LB Jacob Phillips.2 days
53.Dont'a Hightower: Intends to play in 2021 (RotoWire) Hightower intends to play for the Patriots in 2021, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Analysis: Hightower was one of eight Patriots to opt out of the 2020 season due to concerns related to COVID-19, but it looks as though he wants to return for the team in 2021. Whether New England will reciprocate those feelings is a bit more unclear, given that $9.95 million of Hightower's $12.45 million cap hit for next season would be cleared if he's traded or released. Safety Patrick Chung and offensive lineman Marcus Cannon both also announced that they'll return in 2021.2 days
54.Broncos | Denver talking to Ryan Fitzpatrick (thehuddle) Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, an unrestricted free agent this offseason, still believes he can bed a successful starter and has spoken recently with the Denver Broncos, according to a report. Analysis: If the Broncos don't swing a blockbuster deal for a Deshaun Watson or Russell Wilson, they likely will bring in a veteran QB to compete with Drew Lock. Fitzpatrick, who will turn 39 in November, certainly fills that bill, and the Broncos likely would become the latest team where Fitzmagic is the most effective option in young/old QB rotation but still has to share the starts.2 days
55.Texans | Duke Johnson released (thehuddle) Houston Texans RB Duke Johnson on Friday, Feb. 26, was released by the team. Analysis: 2020 was a struggle for Johnson, who posted career lows in yards from scrimmage (484) and yards per touch (4.6) while scoring only two touchdowns on 105 total touches. At age 28, Johnson likely will catch on somewhere as a No. 2/third-down back, but avoid overrating his fantasy potential.2 days
56.Steelers | PIT confident in Ben Roethlisberger (thehuddle) Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger likely will be playing with a restructured contract in 2021, and Steelers president Art Rooney II is confident Roethlisberger can guide the franchise to success. 'We think Ben played at a high level last year,' Rooney recently told the team's website. 'We won our division and set a franchise record for most consecutive wins to open a season, so there was a lot of good stuff. Ben was as disappointed as anybody the way it ended. That last game is just hard to swallow, and I think in part Ben wants to come back and leave on a high note. We're still confident he has the ability to do that. His... (More)2 days
57.Patriots | Three Pats will play (thehuddle) New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower, SS Patrick Chung and OT Marcus Cannon intend to play in 2021 after opting out of 2020. 2 days
58.Devin Bush on schedule in recovery from torn ACL (FantasyPros) Steelers LB Devin Bush is on schedule in his recovery from a torn ACL. Analysis: "I'm feeling stronger week by week, and I'm just trying to get ready physically for next year - especially for camp," he said. Bush tore his ACL back in Week 6 and it proved to be a significant blow to Pittsburgh's defense. The No. 10 overall pick from 2019 should be ready to go for training camp if he can avoid setbacks.2 days
59.Texans | Deshaun Watson resolution not near (thehuddle) Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson is still 'off limits' as the Texans are informing interested teams. The Texans don't view free agency or the start of the NFL draft as a deadline for this situation. Analysis: There is some concern that Watson could sit out if he's not traded. That will be a risk fantasy owners must weigh when selecting the top-five QB. 2 days
60.Dynasty | Deshaun Watson and the Texans dig in (Dynasty League Football) Deshaun Watson recently met with new Head Coach David Culley and reiterated his desire to be traded. Analysis: Meanwhile, the Texans are getting voicemails with trade offers and aren't giving any indication they're willing to trade Watson by simply not even returning phone calls. This situation is becoming a very public and ugly game of chess, With Watson under contract, the Texans control his future. However, Watson appears willing to sit out the season if he's not dealt, a situation we haven't seen play out since Carson Pa... (More)2 days
61.Dynasty | No first-round running backs (Dynasty League Football) In Mel Kiper's latest rookie mock draft on ESPN, no running backs appear in the first round Analysis: It's not altogether shocking as the position continues to be faded by NFL front-offices on day one of the draft. The 2020 NFL running back class was arguably the best in decades and if not for a trade-up by Kansas City, eventually selecting LSU's Clyde Edwards-Helaire, all top options at the position would have fallen to day-two. Alabama's Najee Harris and Clemson's Travis Etienne remain the easy top-two at the positio... (More)2 days
62.Dynasty | Rookie skill positions in focus (Dynasty League Football) In Mel Kiper's most recent rookie mock draft on ESPN, eight of the ten first selections are comprised of offensive skill-position players Analysis: Those nitpicking the definition of offensive "skill positions" will argue that Kyle Pitts, tight end, shouldn't be counted as the position is often not considered. But as Pitts has been dubbed a transcendent talent at the position, perhaps as good as Vernon Davis in 2006, the label would seem to apply. The rocked-up Davis famously lit up the NFL Combine, the cherry on top being a... (More)2 days
63.Dynasty | Rookie quarterbacks in focus (Dynasty League Football) In Mel Kiper's latest mock draft on ESPN, five rookie quarterbacks are selected within the first nine selections Analysis: Without further research, this may be a first should it hold true. According to Kiper, Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, Mac Jones and Trey Lance will all be off the board before the Dallas Cowboys are on the clock at pick number ten, Trey Lance selected ninth overall in a trade-up by the Patriots. While there's little doubt all five of thes... (More)2 days
64.Dynasty | Will Fuller won't be franchised (Dynasty League Football) The Texans are reportedly not going to apply the franchise tag to wide receiver Will Fuller. Analysis: The franchise tag would cost the Texans over $16 million in cap space and apparently that's just too much for Houston to swallow in order to keep their oft-injured receiver. Still, if they really wanted to keep Deshaun Watson, losing DeAndre Hopkins, JJ Watt and now Fuller isn't going to do wonders for their mutual relationship. Fuller should command a nice contract on the open market and we know the Packers had at least some level o... (More)2 days
65.Dynasty | Russell Wilson gives Seattle a list (Dynasty League Football) According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Russell Wilson has provided Seattle four teams he'd prefer to be traded to. Analysis: While Wilson hasn't demanded a trade and is reportedly fine staying in Seattle, his agent has given Seattle four amenable destinations if they move him - Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans and Las Vegas. The cap hit the Seahawks would take if they trade him is north of $30 million this season, so any deal is going to be very tough. Wilson is clearly upset about being on a run-first and defensive oriented team and is ... (More)2 days
66.Orlando Brown Jr. exploring trades to play full-time at left tackle (FantasyPros) Baltimore Ravens OT Orlando Brown Jr. and his representatives have begun exploring potential trade possibilities for a full-time role at left tackle, as reported by ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Analysis: Brown played well all season for the Ravens, earning a Pro-Bowl nod after switching from right tackle to left tackle mid-way through the year to fill the void left by an injured Ronnie Stanley. The 24-year old tackle is entering the final year of his rookie contract but is seeking a team that will pay up for his elite talent exclusively at the left tackle position, as Stanley is returning to left tackle on a massive five-year, $98 mil... (More)2 days
67.Isaiah Wilson actively being shopped in potential trade packages (FantasyPros) Tennessee Titans OT Isaiah Wilson is actively being shopped by the organization, as it appears the Titans are seeking potential trade partners for their former 2020 first-round draft pick, as reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Analysis: The rookie tackle was selected 29th overall by the Titans in last year's draft but underwhelmed throughout the 2020 season. Wilson spent time suspended and on the non-football injury list, causing him to miss significant time developing under the tutelage of head coach Mike Vrabel. Continue monitoring this situation in Tennessee, as both Wilson and the Titans seem to be ready to depart ways... (More)2 days
68.T.Y. Hilton: Colts noncommittal on re-signing veteran wide receiver in 2021 (FantasyPros) Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton remains a free agent amidst contract negotiations with the organization's front office, as reported by Stephen Holder on Twitter. Analysis: Colts' head coach Frank Reich went on to say, "I think we're all hoping there's a way T.Y. can end his career as a Colt... But we understand there's a business side to it... I hope the business side can get worked out so he can end his career as a Colt." Hilton has spent his entire career with the Colts and is coming off back-to-back 500+ yard, five touchdown seasons. It took awhile for the vete... (More)2 days
69.Breon Borders: Done in Tennessee (RotoWire) Borders (hip) was cut by the Titans on Thursday. Analysis: Borders appeared in six games (five starts) with the Titans in 2020 before suffering a season-ending hip injury December. In all, Borders notched 27 tackles (22 solo), five pass breakups and one interception. He should draw interest as a depth option on the open market.2 days
70.Chris Milton: Cut by Titans (RotoWire) The Titans cut Milton (knee) on Thursday. Analysis: Milton appeared in 14 games with Tennessee last season before hitting IR due to a knee injury late December. The 28-year-old will look to earn a depth role elsewhere in the league.2 days
71.Jullian Taylor: Lands in Tennessee (RotoWire) The Titans signed Taylor (knee) to a contract Thursday. Analysis: Taylor suffered a torn ACL in December of 2019, and he spent the 2020 season on San Francisco's PUP list before being waived. Now over a full year removed from his injury, he could be ready for the tentative start of Tennessee's tentative offseason.2 days
72.NFL | J.J. Watt has received offers (thehuddle) Free-agent DE J.J. Watt (Texans) has received multiple contract offers this offseason, according to sources. The best offer is believed to be $15 million to $16 million per season. 2 days
73.Bears | Ryan Nall receives new deal (thehuddle) Chicago Bears exclusive rights free-agent RB Ryan Nall agreed to terms on a new contract with the Bears Thursday, Feb. 25. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. 3 days
74.49ers | Dontae Johnson may return (thehuddle) San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent CB Dontae Johnson is a player the 49ers are expected to try to re-sign this offseason. 3 days
75.Adam Humphries: Cut loose by Titans (RotoWire) The Titans released Humphries on Thursday, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports. Analysis: Signed to a four-year, $36 million contract during the 2019 offseason, Humphries played in 19 regular-season games for Tennessee, catching 60 of 82 targets for 602 yards and four touchdowns. He was a reliable slot receiver before a concussion wiped out the second half of his 2020 campaign, but he never had a chance to live up to the contract while playing in a run-heavy offense that ranked near the bottom of the league in usage of three-wide formations. Humphries will turn 28 in June, so he still has time to revive his career with a new team.3 days
76.Adam Humphries released by the Titans, saving $4.47 million in cap space (FantasyPros) Former Tennessee Titans WR Adam Humphries is being released, reportedly saving $4.47 million for the organization heading into the 2021 season. Analysis: Humphries caught 23 receptions for 228 yards and two touchdowns across just seven games for the Titans in 2020. He is still a young receiver (27) and flashed his upside back in 2018 when he went for 76/816/5 as a receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Concussions plagued Humphries in 2020 but he should find a team in free agency willing to take a chance on his 2018 potential, barring any further injury setbacks.3 days
77.Will Fuller V not part of franchise tag plans for Texans, per beat writer (FantasyPros) The Houston Texans do not plan on placing the franchise tag on impending free agent wide receiver Will Fuller V, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Analysis: Wilson stated in his article that the Texans would like to re-sign Fuller but that he's expected to leave via free agency. The game-breaking wide receiver missed the final five game's of the 2020 season while serving a PED suspension and still has one game left to serve at the start of next year. He hasn't been the model of health o... (More)3 days
78.Dynasty | Russell Wilson considering destinations (Dynasty League Football) Russell Wilson has reportedly approached the Seahawks about a trade and has listed the Saints, Jets, Raiders, and Dolphins as potential destinations. Analysis: This situation seems to be getting worse by the day. After Wilson took some shots at the franchise for failing to protect him over the years, it seems he's ratcheting things up now as he's reportedly given the Seahawks potential trade destinations. While a trade is far from a done deal, things are going to need to change in Seattle quickly in order for their franchise quarterba... (More)3 days
79.Will Fuller: Not likely to be franchise-tagged (RotoWire) The Texans don't plan to give Fuller a franchise tag, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Analysis: The window to use the tag started Tuesday and ends March 9. Fuller is Houston's only realistic candidate, but the team may think the $16.54 million tender is an overpay for a guy averaging 5.4 missed games per season. Although he finally stayed healthy in 2020, the 26-year-old wideout missed the final five games after the NFL handed him a six-game PED suspension. He'll be eligible to return for Week 2 in 2021, be it with Houston or a different team.3 days
80.Jets | NYJ could pursue two SF cornerbacks (thehuddle) San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent CBs Jason Verrett and K'Waun Williams likely will receive interest from the New York Jets, in the opinion of NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco. 3 days
81.Giants | Leonard Williams not close to deal (thehuddle) New York Giants impending free-agent DT Leonard Williams is not close to an agreement with the Giants at this point, according to sources. 3 days
82.Cam Akers considered an 'every-down back' by head coach Sean McVay (FantasyPros) Rams head coach Sean McVay recently told reporters that he views running back Cam Akers as an "every-down back" and a "very special player." Analysis: Akers took complete control over the Rams' backfield starting in Week 13 vs. the Cardinals and never looked back. He averaged 21.5 carries and 2.8 targets per game while playing over 60% of the snaps in his last four regular season games. Even with Darrell Henderson in the picture, expect Akers to continue to be the focal point of the Rams' rushing attack. He's an intriguing option as a low-end RB1 in 2021, especially... (More)3 days
83.Deshaun Watson: Dug in on trade request (RotoWire) Watson met with David Culley last Friday and told the Texans' new coach he has no intention of playing for the team, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports. Analysis: Watson reiterated his trade request, shutting the door on any notion that a new coach might convince him to stick around. No matter, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports the Texans are still avoiding trade conversations and insisting they won't deal their disgruntled QB. In the unlikely event of neither side budging, the Texans will be able to fine Watson for every practice and game he misses, as the young QB is under contract through 2025 after signing a four-year extension in Sep... (More)3 days
84.Deshaun Watson remains steadfast in trade demand (FantasyPros) Per sources, Texans QB Deshaun Watson met with new head coach David Culley last Friday and reiterated his desire to be traded. Watson remains adamant that he won't play for the Texans again. Analysis: The back and forth between Watson and the Texans continues. It's clear the two parties are at a standstill and neither is willing to give in on the trade demand. Watson remains insistent on his request, while the Texans seemingly are not willing to part ways with their disgruntled superstar quarterback. At this point, it seems the Texans may have no choice but to get a... (More)3 days
85.Colts | Coach would like T.Y. Hilton to return (thehuddle) Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent WR T.Y. Hilton hopefully will end his career with the Colts, according to head coach Frank Reich. Analysis: Hilton will be a free agent this offseason, but there is a good chance that he re-signs with the Colts. He had a solid second half of the season and likely will be a regular contributor no matter where he plays in 2021. He can be at least a No. 3 receiver in most fantasy leagues. 3 days
86.Russell Wilson: Willing to waive no-trade clause (RotoWire) Wilson told the Seahawks he wants to stay in Seattle, but he also said he'd be willing to play for the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders or Bears if a trade were considered, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Analysis: Wilson has surpassed Deshaun Watson and Carson Wentz as king of the February rumor mill, with multiple reports suggesting the 32-year-old QB is contemplating an NFL future after Seattle. According to The Athletic, Wilson is frustrated with coach Pete Carroll's emphasis on the running game and wishes the Seahawks had made their pass-blocking more of a priority. He may not be ready to request a trade, but there's no doubt he's making... (More)3 days
87.Colts | Marlon Mack continues rehab (thehuddle) Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent RB Marlon Mack (Achilles) is rehabbing his injured Achilles tendon at the team's facility. Analysis: Mack probably will have to find another team since the Colts have Jonathan Taylor and may not be able to find a starting job. Fantasy players can monitor his status because he can have fantasy value depending on his role. 3 days
88.Buccaneers | LeSean McCoy plans to continue playing (thehuddle) Tampa Bay Buccaneers impending free-agent RB LeSean McCoy said he plans to play next year and will look to sign with a contending team or a team where he can work with younger running backs. 3 days
89.Jurrell Casey (biceps) released by Broncos (FantasyPros) The Broncos' defensive cutdown continues. After releasing A.J. Bouye last week, Denver is now parting ways with veteran defensive lineman Jurrell Casey, too. Analysis: Casey was traded from the Titans to Denver for a seventh-round pick last offseason. He appeared in just three games before suffering a season-ending biceps injury. He made 14 tackles, including two on the quarterback and one for loss, before being shut down for the year. His absence was felt in a defensive line that also lost Mike Purcell (foot) and Shelby Harris (COVID-19) for a solid chunk of time. ... (More)3 days
90.Steelers | Devin Bush hopes to be ready for camp (thehuddle) Pittsburgh Steelers LB Devin Bush (knee) is on track in his recovery and hopes to be physically ready for training camp. 3 days
91.Russell Wilson would accept trade to Cowboys, Saints, Raiders, Bears (FantasyPros) The Russell Wilson drama continues in Seattle. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that while the Seahawks' franchise quarterback has not formally requested a trade and would like to stay in Seattle, he would accept trades to the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders, and Bears. Analysis: It's a fascinating development after all seemed to be well in Seattle for quite some time. Now, while it appears Wilson hopes to mend his relationship with the Seahawks, the fact that he would waive his no-trade clause for four destinations (including three with quarterbacks set to hit the open marke... (More)3 days
92.Titans | Tennessee adds Jullian Taylor (thehuddle) Free-agent DT Jullian Taylor (49ers) signed with the Tennessee Titans Thursday, Feb. 25. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. 3 days
93.Titans | Adam Humphries released (thehuddle) Tennessee Titans WR Adam Humphries was released Thursday, Feb. 25. Analysis: Humphries was limited to seven games this season because of injury but can be a decent slot receiver for a team when healthy. He should be able to find a new team but may only be a late round pick in deeper leagues. 3 days
94.Texans | No tag for Will Fuller (thehuddle) Houston Texans impending free-agent WR Will Fuller will not receive the franchise tag this offseason, according to sources. Analysis: Fuller should receive interest from multiple teams if he hits the free-agent market. He posted 879 yards and eight touchdowns this season and is valuable because of his big play ability. He could be a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy receiver depending on his situation.3 days
95.Rams | Coach sees Cam Akers as every down back (thehuddle) Los Angeles Rams RB Cam Akers is an every down running back in the NFL, according to head coach Sean McVay. Analysis: Akers dealt with some injuries during the season but played well when in uniform and could be the main running back for the Rams next season. He can be a No. 2 fantasy back if he receives most of the work. 3 days
96.Jurrell Casey: Released by Denver (RotoWire) The Broncos released Casey (biceps) on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Analysis: Traded from Tennessee to Denver last offseason, Casey recorded 14 tackles in three games before suffering a season-ending biceps tear. He thus finished 2020 without any sacks, ending a seven-year streak with five or more. While he may be past his prime, the 31-year-old Casey should still be able to drum up some interest as an unrestricted free agent. He's immediately eligible to sign with a new team, whereas players on expiring contracts will need to wait for the start of the 2021 league year in mid-March. Given the timing of his biceps injury, ... (More)3 days
97.Texans | Deshaun Watson still wants trade (thehuddle) Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson met with head coach David Culley last week and indicated that he has not changed his mind about being traded, according to sources. Watson told Culley that he has no intention to play for the Texans again. Analysis: Watson has been looking for a trade for weeks, but the Texans have told teams he is not available. Fantasy players will need to monitor the situation to see if Watson will be playing for a new team or if he will sit out. He is a weekly starting option in all leagues when he plays. 3 days
98.Boston Scott: Likely staying in Philadelphia (RotoWire) Scott will be an exclusive rights free agent this offseason, meaning he can only negotiate with the Eagles, Mike Kaye of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. Analysis: There was talk of Scott being a restricted free agent, but that would've required three accrued seasons in the NFL, rather than the two he's been credited with. A 2018 sixth-round pick, Scott started his career on the Saints' practice squad before the Eagles poached him in December of 2018. He's since played in 29 regular-season games for Philadelphia, taking 141 carries for 618 yards (4.4 YPC) and six touchdowns, with 49 catches for 416 yards (8.5 YPR) and another score. T... (More)3 days
99.Seahawks | Russell Wilson wants to stay (thehuddle) Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has not demanded a trade, his agent Mark Rodgers told ESPN on Thursday, Feb. 25. Wilson told the Seahawks he wants to remain with the team, but if a trade were to be considered, the only teams he would consider are the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Las Vegas Raiders or New Orleans Saints, according to Rodgers. Analysis: One thing is clear with the continuing Wilson reports this offseason: He and the Seahawks' coaches and brass certainly have patching up to do. He's been a top-11 fantasy QB in all nine of his seasons with the Seahawks, and despite the eye-grabbing January and February headlines, ... (More)3 days
100.Deshaun Watson's demands for a trade being refused by Texans (FantasyPros) Diana Russini with ESPN is reporting that the Texans are avoiding trade talks regarding Deshaun Watson, refusing to trade their franchise quarterback. Analysis: Watson has made his desire for a trade very clear and even threatened to sit out the season if his demands weren't met. With multiple teams clearing cap space and expressing interest in Watson, the Texans appear set to call his bluff. 2021 would be played under his fifth-year rookie extension where he's set to make approximately $15.9M. After that, his four-year/$156M extension kicks in. As of now, both side... (More)3 days

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