MAC Confrence (ID# 235849)
  • Le'Veon Bell has not yet been cleared to run
    Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) has not yet been cleared to run.

    Advice: Bell tore both his MCL and PCL early in November. Bell is expected to be ready for Week 1, but he is facing a tricky recovery which could linger longer than expected. Bell's recovery will be a hot topic throughout the offseason. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:31 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2417th)
     
  • Owner will have no input on Roddy decision
    Falcons owner Arthur Blank said he will have no input on the decision to cut or retain Roddy White.

    Advice: "I have nothing but respect for Roddy and I love Roddy," Blank said. "When it comes to where Roddy is in the future, that's where the owner doesn't get involved. That's a decision that will be made by the coach, the coaching staff and personnel." Blank added the organization is still in the process of evaluating the roster. Coach Dan Quinn hinted White would stick around, but GM Thomas Dimitroff said White may have to redo his contract to stay with the team. White has already said he will not accept a pay cut. The two sides look headed for a divorce. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:41 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.43 (249th)
     
  • Cowboys would want Murray on reworked deal
    ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer believes Dallas would be interested in bringing back DeMarco Murray "if the numbers are reworked."

    Advice: Murray said he wants to remain with the Eagles, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Murray and the organization "are not in a good place." The contract is an obstacle, but it is highly unlikely Dallas will get a shot at Murray regardless. The guaranteed money in Murray's deal makes cutting him difficult, and trades between division rivals rarely happen. Murray's future in Philadelphia remains murky, but it is unlikely he returns to Dallas. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:15 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.24 (80th)
     
  • Stevan Ridley unlikely to return to Patriots
    ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss thinks it is unlikely impending free agent Stevan Ridley returns to New England.

    Advice: The Patriots need running back help, and Ridley was drafted by and had his best seasons in New England. The pair divorced for a reason last offseason, however, and an unsuccessful stint with the Jets likely did not change Ridley's opinion on his potential workload with the Patriots. Ridley will likely find a cold market in a loaded running back class, but a reunion remains unlikely. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:27 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.36 (1814th)
     
  • Hurns expects to resume running soon
    Allen Hurns (thigh) expects to resume running in a month.

    Advice: Hurns is two weeks removed from sports hernia surgery. He’ll get a slow start to the offseason, but will be ready for OTAs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:02 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.95 (99th)
     
  • Watson says he's been in talks with Saints
    Free agent TE Ben Watson has been in talks with the Saints.

    Advice: "I had a good conversation with Sean (Payton) and Mickey (Loomis)," Watson said. "I’d love to be playing there. If not there, we’ll see where else. I think I’ll know more in about a month." Coming off a career year, Watson expects to return for at least one more season. 35-year-old Watson could be willing to settle for a one-year deal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:48 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.84 (63rd)
     
  • Josh Gordon confident he'll be reinstated
    ESPN Cleveland reports suspended WR Josh Gordon is confident he’ll be reinstated.

    Advice: Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged Gordon has applied for reinstatement, but declined to update his status. The league has 60 days to make a decision, so there should be clarity on Gordon prior to the draft. Despite multiple off-field letdowns, Browns VP of football operations Sashi Brown is open to keeping Gordon if reinstated. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:11 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2060th)
     
  • Lions president keeping tabs on Megatron
    Lions president Rod Wood is hoping to introduce Calvin Johnson to GM Bob Quinn sometime next week.

    Advice: Wood said he's kept in touch with Johnson, exchanging texts as recently as Wednesday. Johnson hasn't officially announced his retirement yet and the Lions are hoping a sit-down with Quinn will help him change his mind. If Megatron does return in 2016, the Lions will likely have to re-work his contract. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:10 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.35 (35th)
     
  • Montee Ball arrested after domestic incident
    Free agent RB Montee Ball was arrested Friday morning in Madison, Wisconsin following an altercation with his girlfriend.

    Advice: Police were called to Ball's hotel around 3:40 a.m. after he allegedly pushed his girlfriend into a table. "The woman told police she had a dispute with her boyfriend," said police spokesman Joel DeSpain. "She said he put his hands on her, picked her up and threw her." The woman reportedly suffered a cut that required stitches. Ball was taken to Dane County Jail on a tentative charge of "substantial battery." Ball spent time on New England's practice squad late last year, but didn't see any game action and was rumored to be significantly out of shape. It's quite possible Ball's NFL career is over. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:22 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2455th)
     
  • Todd Gurley's foot 100 percent healthy
    Todd Gurley said his foot is 100 percent healthy.

    Advice: Gurley was in a walking boot at the end of the season and missed Week 17 with a mild case of turf toe. He played in last weekend's Pro Bowl, so the issue is well behind him. Gurley will train at EXOS Performance in LA this offseason and should be a surefire first-round pick in redraft and dynasty drafts this summer. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:35 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2445th)
     
  • Rueben Randle unlikely to be re-sign with NYG
    The Newark Star-Ledger doesn't envision the Giants re-signing impending free agent Rueben Randle.

    Advice: Beat writer James Kratch isn't sure if the Giants even want Randle back, but he also suspects Randle will get more money from another team than the Giants will be willing to pay. Randle seemed to frustrate ex-coach Tom Coughlin a great deal, but it's unclear how OC-turned-coach Ben McAdoo felt about the 24-year-old. Randle is entering a market with not much receiver talent available, so it's possible a team drastically overpays him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:01 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.46 (116th)
     
  • 'Fair to assume' Lynch's time in Seattle over
    NFL Network's Michael Robinson said it's "fair to assume" that Marshawn Lynch won't be back with the Seahawks.

    Advice: Robinson, of course, is the Seahawks' former fullback and Lynch's best friend. "I don’t think that’s a slight to Marshawn, just after a while, a back gets older, still wants more money," Robinson said. "A team has to be prepared to get younger at some point. And I think the injury didn’t help this year. The fact that he didn’t get the yards that he usually gets didn’t help this year. So we’ll see." Robinson also said he knows if Lynch will retire or not, but passed on spilling the beans. The Seahawks can save $6.5 million by releasing Beast Mode. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:00 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2423rd)
     
  • Norman hints he'll cover Demaryius Thomas
    Panthers RCB Josh Norman expects to primarily cover Demaryius Thomas in Super Bowl 50.

    Advice: Norman has been having a war of words with Emmanuel Sanders, but it appears he'll be deployed on Thomas. Thomas had an up and down year, but still ended up with 105 catches for 1,304 yards. He's been limited to six grabs for 52 yards in the postseason, however. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:17 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.25 (72nd)
     
  • Victor Cruz won't have 'long-term problems'
    NJ.com reports Victor Cruz is expected to have "no long-term problems" from his torn calf.

    Advice: Per reporter Jordan Raanan, Cruz had a "torn fascia," a "very rare" injury. Going on 30, Cruz enters 2016 having appeared in six games over the past two years. At some point this offseason, his $7.9 million salary will be slashed. It's possible Cruz is outright released. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:13 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2254th)
     
  • DeMarco Murray says he wants to stay w/ PHI
    DeMarco Murray insists he wants to remain with the Eagles.

    Advice: "That’s not the lasting impression I want to leave in my mouth and (for) the fans, and my family, anyone," Murray said. "I never want to leave off on a note like I did last year. So I'm working tremendously hard to try and improve." NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Thursday the sides are "not in a good place." If Murray wants out, he's at least going to take the high road publicly. With his contract making him difficult to trade or cut, Murray will likely be back with the Eagles. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:23 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.24 (80th)
     
  • Murray and Eagles 'headed toward stare-down'
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Eagles and DeMarco Murray "are not in a good place."

    Advice: Rapoport reports Murray has not asked to be traded or released, and the Eagles are not interested in cutting him at this point. Rapoport did say "it's fair to say Murray has eyes on greener pastures," however, and the Eagles are likely not happy with the amount of money they have invested at running back. Murray's contract makes cutting him almost impossible, but Philly may start shopping him in trades if the relationship is truly broken. Murray gained 702 yards on 193 carries (3.64 YPC) in the first season of a five-year, $40 million deal. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:49 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.24 (80th)
     
  • Lions knew retirement was option for Johnson
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Lions informed coaching candidates during their 2014 search of "concerns doctors had for [Calvin] Johnson's longevity and the condition of his ankles."

    Advice: This means the Lions have known any season could be Johnson's last for at least the last two years, and yet they still failed to adequately address the position in the last two drafts, which were two of the best receiver classes in recent memory. Dealing with real health concerns, all indications are Johnson is serious about retirement. He just turned 30 in September. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:49 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.35 (35th)
     
  • Eddie Lacy played season near 260 pounds?
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes it's "a good bet" Eddie Lacy played "at least" 25 pounds heavier than his playing weight of 234.

    Advice: In other words, beat writer Rob Reischel thinks Lacy was near 260. Lacy's weigh-in at Alabama's 2013 Pro Day was 5-foot-11, 231. We've gone back to check Lacy's college tape as a comparison tool, and he looks considerably more fit and slender in Crimson Tide than Lacy appeared to be this past year. Wrote Reischel, "In fact, from the waist down, you couldn't tell the difference between Lacy and 301-pound center Corey Linsley." Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:04 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    16.79 (77th)
     
  • Report: Lions aim to keep Mega with extension
    NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Lions' "goal" is to retain Calvin Johnson with a Larry Fitzgerald-esque extension.

    Advice: That's after they convince him to keep playing. Johnson has yet to publicly announce his intentions, but multiple reports suggest he's serious about retiring. If he changes his mind, the Lions apparently won't be paying him his $15.95 million salary, which comes with a monumental $24 million cap number. Fitzgerald agreed to a two-year, $22 million deal under similar circumstances last offseason. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:16 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.35 (35th)
     
  • Report: Mega has already informed ownership
    NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Calvin Johnson has already called Lions ownership to "thank them for everything."

    Advice: In other words, he's saying his goodbyes. The league and the media that covers it seem to be having a hard time believing that Johnson, who doesn't turn 31 until September, is actually retiring, but all his actions suggest he's deadly serious. Unfortunately, it's looking like we've seen Megatron play his last snap. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:13 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.35 (35th)
     
  • Report: Packers want Lacy to lose 30 pounds
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Packers want Eddie Lacy to lose 30 pounds.

    Advice: Rapoport added Lacy is "committed" to losing the weight, "through camp or a fitness program." Lacy refused to talk about his weight during the year, but the Packers made it very clear after the season Lacy's weight was a big concern. Lacy had career lows in carries (187), total yards (946) and touchdowns (5) in 2015. He will need a much better showing in the final year of his rookie deal to land a long-term extension. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:40 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    16.79 (77th)
     
  • Report: Calvin told Lions he plans to retire
    According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Calvin Johnson told Lions coach Jim Caldwell that he plans to retire.

    Advice: Megatron informed Caldwell of his retirement decision "the day after the regular season ended." Per Schefter, Johnson had told friends and family he planned to make 2015 his final NFL year before the season began. The Lions reportedly "haven't given up hope" that Johnson will change his mind, but a "person close to him" says Johnson is "pretty content" with his decision. Johnson turned 30 years old in September. He has the entire offseason to reconsider -- with a $16 million salary hanging in the balance -- but there seems to be no question Megatron is serious about retirement at this point in time. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:14 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.35 (35th)
     
  • GM Dimitroff offers tepid Roddy endorsement
    Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff gave Roddy White a tepid endorsement at Thursday's presser.

    Advice: "White is under contract," Dimitroff accurately pointed out. "We've made no final decisions on anyone as far as moving on from people or redoing contracts." In other words, White will have to take a major pay-cut to save his roster spot, and even that might not be enough. White has already said he won't slash his $4.25 million salary despite the fact that he's coming off three down seasons in a row. A divorce is quite possible, if not probable. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:50 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.43 (249th)
     
  • Steelers hope to keep Le'Veon long term
    Steelers president Art Rooney hopes to lock up 2016 contract-year RB Le'Veon Bell long term.

    Advice: Rooney also said Bell doesn't have anything to prove after suffering major injuries in each of his first three NFL seasons. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette has postulated the Steelers won't make a "break-the-bank" offer to Bell this offseason as he recovers from right MCL and PCL surgery. Three weeks shy of his 24th birthday, Bell has averaged 4.75 yards per carry since slimming down ahead of the 2014 season. He's caught 107 passes over his past 22 games. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:40 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2417th)
     
  • Steelers won't 'break bank' for Le'Veon Bell
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette said the Steelers will not make a "break-bank offer" to Le'Veon Bell (MCL, PCL) this offseason.

    Advice: "I think they will make him an offer this year," wrote Bouchette, "but ... It won't be a break-bank offer if they do." Entering his contract year, Bell has failed to finish the last two seasons due to knee injuries, and also fractured his foot as a rookie. Bell is owed under $1 million in 2016, while the Steelers could theoretically franchise tag Le'Veon in 2017. Don't expect a long-term extension this offseason. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:08 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2417th)
     
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