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  • Saints expected to keep C.J. Spiller for 2016
    ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects the Saints to keep C.J. Spiller on the roster, at least into training camp.

    Advice: The Saints would actually lose salary cap space by releasing Spiller unless they designated him a post-June 1 cut, which would affect their salary cap down the road. Triplett writes there's a "good chance" Spiller will get "another summer to regain his spark" after he fell behind due to pre-season knee surgery in 2015. Spiller has always been an exciting talent, but he's also been a fantasy disappointment far more often than not. He'll turn 29 this August. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:30 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2356th)
     
  • Jeremy Langford the 'heir apparent' to Forte
    ESPN's Jeff Dickerson has pegged Jeremy Langford as Matt Forte's "heir apparent" after the Bears informed Forte they won't re-sign him.

    Advice: With Forte out of the picture, the Bears' running back depth chart stands as Langford, followed by Ka'Deem Carey and Senorise Perry. (Jacquizz Rodgers joins Forte as a free agent.) Langford had some monster games as a rookie after Forte went down with a knee injury, totaling 324 yards and three touchdowns in Weeks 9 and 10. Down the stretch, he and Forte formed a committee, and it was clear the Bears were grooming Langford as the 2016 starter. The Bears will add depth, but Langford has the inside track to the starting job. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:05 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.38 (51st)
     
  • Bears tell Forte they won't be re-signing him
    The Bears have informed free agent Matt Forte they won't be re-signing him.

    Advice: "Despite my wishes, my days as a member of the Chicago Bears have sadly come to an end," Forte wrote. "I was informed earlier this week from the GM that they will not be attempting to re-sign me in free agency." The writing has been on the wall for months. Forte's agent tried to engage in extension talks during the season, but was shot down by GM Ryan Pace. Chicago will move forward with Jeremy Langford and a younger group. Forte turned 30 in December and has been connected to the Patriots as a potential match. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:27 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.07 (54th)
     
  • Report: Doug Martin to hit free agent market
    The Tampa Bay Times reports free agent Doug Martin is looking to "hit the jackpot" after finishing No. 2 in the NFL in rushing, and will hit the open market.

    Advice: Bucs GM Jason Licht claims Martin and the team have a "mutual" desire to stay together, but beat writer Rick Stroud reports they "aren't really that close in reaching an agreement." Martin is expected to ask for $8 million per year, or what DeMarco Murray received from the Eagles last offseason. "We'll have to see how it goes," Licht conceded. 27 years old and not much of an asset in the passing game, Martin is a candidate to get overpaid should he hit the market in March. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:20 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.19 (71st)
     
  • No decision on warrants in LeSean McCoy case
    CSN Philly reports Philadelphia authorities won't make a decision on issuing arrest warrants in the LeSean McCoy assault case until next week.

    Advice: The longer McCoy goes without getting charged, the better. Beyond a potential one or two game suspension, McCoy's 2016 status doesn't appear to be under a cloud. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:07 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2361st)
     
  • C.J. Anderson believes he can be bell-cow RB
    C.J. Anderson believes he can be a bell-cow back.

    Advice: "Oh, I know that’s something I can do," Anderson said Thursday. "You know, we chose to go the two-back route. ... But I mean if they want me to touch the ball 25 times, 27 times, 28 times, either way, whether it’s all carries or carries and catches, I believe I can handle it always." Anderson proved that down the stretch in 2014, where he handled truly monstrous workloads, and again in Super Bowl 50, where he touched the ball 27 times. Denver's insistence on mixing in a monumentally ineffective Ronnie Hillman after Anderson returned to full health was baffling. We'd expect Anderson, who is a restricted free agent, to return to Denver as the obvious starter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:39 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.02 (76th)
     
  • Texans owner: We need to spark running game
    Texans owner Bob McNair believes the team needs to "get our running game going again."

    Advice: "We'll be working on those things," McNair said. The Houston Chronicle expects the Texans to move on from Arian Foster, who is due $6.5 million after tearing his Achilles'. Cutting Foster would create $6.625 million in cap space. It would be a sensible move, but the Texans lack an heir apparent on their current roster. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:32 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2409th)
     
  • Whisenhunt praises Gordon's receiving skills
    In a radio interview, new Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt praised Melvin Gordon's (knee) ability as a receiver.

    Advice: "I think one of the things that really impressed me the most, which you don't really get a sense for of him playing college football, is how good of a receiver he is coming out of the backfield," Whisenhunt said. "He made some really good plays in that area." Gordon was not heavily involved in the passing game at Wisconsin, but he looked good converting 33-of-37 targets for 192 yards as a rookie. His opportunities in the passing game will always be limited with Danny Woodhead around, but Gordon has proven he is not a liability on passing downs. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:42 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2372nd)
     
  • Matt Forte 'perfect fit' in Patriots offense?
    ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss believes free agent Matt Forte "could be a perfect fit" with the Patriots.

    Advice: The price would have to be right -- the Pats aren't the sort of team to pay top dollar for a 30-year-old running back -- but on paper there isn't a better fit across the league than Forte in Foxboro. Reiss previously suggested the Patriots will "explore the possibility" of signing Forte. LeGarrette Blount is a free agent, while space back Dion Lewis is rehabbing a torn ACL. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:13 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.07 (54th)
     
  • Saints bring back Johnson on one-year deal
    Saints re-signed FB Austin Johnson to a one-year contract.

    Advice: He was an exclusive rights free agent. The Saints cut Johnson in November but re-signed him a month later. He'll be competing with Toben Opurum for a roster spot this summer. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:03 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.40 (2683rd)
     
  • Denver retains Kapri Bibbs with futures deal
    Broncos signed RB Kapri Bibbs to a reserve/future contract.

    Advice: Bibbs was active for one game last season, a Week 6 win over Cleveland. He returned a kick for 15 yards but didn't see carries. Even with Ronnie Hillman headed for free agency, Bibbs faces an uphill battle to crack Denver's 53-man roster. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:49 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2443rd)
     
  • Investigators recommend charges against McCoy
    ABC Philadelphia reports investigators are recommending the District Attorney's office file criminal charges against LeSean McCoy for his alleged assault.

    Advice: Arrest warrants for McCoy and three other alleged assailants are expected to be served Wednesday or Thursday. McCoy is being accused of assaulting two off-duty police officers at a Philadelphia nightclub last Saturday night/Sunday morning. This has a long way to go, but it's possible McCoy serves time on the Commissioner/Exempt List. He could eventually become a candidate for in-season suspension, depending on what the investigation shows. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:43 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2361st)
     
  • Could Titans be interested in Doug Martin?
    TitanInsider's Terry McCormick wonders if the Titans could be interested in free agent Doug Martin.

    Advice: McCormick is simply connecting the dots, as new Titans GM Jon Robinson was hired away from the Bucs and obviously has a familiarity with Martin. Martin has expressed his desire to re-sign with Tampa Bay, but running backs typically chase the highest dollar since their shelf lives are much shorter. The Titans have a mound of money to blow and a desperate need at running back. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:46 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.19 (71st)
     
  • Gore says 2015 was toughest season rushing
    Frank Gore said the 967 yards he rushed for this past season were the "toughest 967 I got" in his entire career.

    Advice: It was the first time in five seasons that Gore failed to reach 1,000 yards. Many will cite Gore's age (33 in May) as the reason for his decline, but the Colts' offensive line was flat-out awful. It nearly got Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck killed in pass protection, and the group opened microscopic holes in the running game. In Football Outsiders' DVOA, the Colts fielded the 27th-ranked run-blocking line. Gore should return as the starter in 2016 and could have a sneaky bounce back if GM Ryan Grigson adds talent up front. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:07 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.70 (60th)
     
  • Storm Johnson works out for the Bengals
    Free agent RB Storm Johnson worked out for the Bengals last week.

    Advice: Johnson didn't play in 2015 after he failed to make it out of final cuts with the Jaguars. The 2014 seventh-rounder averaged a pitiful 3.0 YPC on 29 carries as a rookie and was subject of criticism from coach Gus Bradley last spring. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:46 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2456th)
     
  • Patriots waive Montee Ball following arrest
    Patriots waived RB Montee Ball.

    Advice: Ball wasn't believed to be on the roster, but signed a reserve/future contract on Feb. 1. He was arrested on domestic violence charges last Thursday. Largely out of the league last season, the 2013 second-rounder was reportedly overweight on the Patriots' practice squad. It appears Ball's career could already be over. He turns 26 in December. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:31 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2455th)
     
  • LeSean McCoy would be difficult to release
    $2.5 million of LeSean McCoy's $4.8 million salary for 2016 is guaranteed.

    Advice: The rest of it becomes guaranteed when the new league year begins on March 9. In other words, the Bills would have little financial incentive to move on from McCoy if he ends up getting charged in his assault case. Cutting McCoy now would create a whopping $10.5 million in dead money, and suck up an additional $5.325 million in cap space. Unless there are new, more explosive details yet to be released, we'd fully expect McCoy to keep his roster spot. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:37 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2361st)
     
  • Mike Tolbert wants to remain in Carolina
    Impending free agent FB Mike Tolbert said he wants to remain with the Panthers.

    Advice: He has yet to talk with the front office. With Tolbert unlikely to break the bank, it makes sense for Carolina to re-sign the versatile fullback. Tolbert earned First-Team All-Pro honors for the second time in his career in 2015. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:45 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.77 (226th)
     
  • Arrest warrant 'imminent' for LeSean McCoy
    FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports LeSean McCoy is expected to be served with a self-surrender arrest warrant by the middle of the week.

    Advice: ESPN's Mark Schwarz reports a warrant is "imminent." McCoy and three other men including ex-Chargers RB Curtis Brinkley are alleged to have assaulted at least two off-duty police officers over a bottle of champagne. Under the new personal conduct policy, players can be placed on the commissioner exempt list if formally charged with a violent crime. If placed on the exempt list, McCoy would remain on paid leave until the criminal proceedings are completed. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:54 am
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    0.00 (2361st)
     
  • Arrest warrants sought in LeSean McCoy case
    The Philadelphia Inquirer reports police are seeking arrest warrants in the LeSean McCoy nightclub case.

    Advice: McCoy, as well as ex-Charger Curtis Brinkley and two other men, are alleged to have severely beaten three off-duty police officers, hospitalizing two of them. The brawl apparently erupted after McCoy's group attempted to co-opt a bottle of champagne. The Bills are "aware" of the incident. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:28 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2361st)
     
  • Philly Police confirm two cops hospitalized
    Philadelphia Police confirmed two off-duty officers were hospitalized after an altercation inside a nightclub early Sunday morning.

    Advice: The two off-duty officers were allegedly assaulted by four assailants after an argument over a bottle of champagne at approximately 2:45 a.m. Sunday morning. LeSean McCoy is believed to be one of the alleged assailants. One of the officers suffered a laceration to his right eye, a broken nose, broken ribs and a sprained thumb. The other officer needed stitches over his left eye and is receiving treatment for a possible skull fracture. The investigation into the incident is ongoing. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:37 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2361st)
     
  • LeSean McCoy accused of assaulting officers
    CSN Philadelphia reports LeSean McCoy was allegedly involved in the assault of three off-duty Philadelphia police officers early Monday morning.

    Advice: McCoy, former NFL RB Curtis Brinkley, former Pitt WR T.J. Porter and Christopher Henderson reportedly got into a physical altercation over a bottle of champagne with three off-duty officers around 2:45 a.m. Monday morning at the Recess Lounge in Philadelphia. ABC 6 reports two of the officers were hospitalized as a result of the altercation, and Fox 29's Dave Schratwieser reports one of the officers suffered a fractured skull. None of the alleged assailants were not arrested, but they are reportedly the focus of the investigation. The Bills released a statement saying the organization was "aware" of the reports and is "in the process of gathering more information." Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:53 am
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    0.00 (2361st)
     
  • Reggie Bush (knee) says he is not retiring
    Impending free agent Reggie Bush (knee) said he is not retiring.

    Advice: Bush's first and likely only season with the 49ers ended early after he slipped on the concrete at the Edward Jones Dome and tore his meniscus Week 8. Bush should be ready for training camp, but it is not a given he will find a new home before then. Soon-to-be 31, Bush has played in 16 games total the last two seasons. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:35 am
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    0.00 (2431st)
     
  • Mike Tolbert loses fumble in loss to Denver
    Mike Tolbert rushed five times for 18 yards and missed his lone target in the Panthers' Super Bowl loss to Denver.

    Advice: Tolbert's lowlight occurred on a short second-quarter run, at the end of which Broncos FS Darian Stewart helmeted the ball loose and ILB Danny Trevathan recovered for a Denver turnover. A 2015 Pro Bowl selection, Tolbert is headed into free agency at age 30. We suspect he'll return to the Panthers on a cost-effective short-term deal. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:56 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.77 (226th)
     
  • Anderson rushes 23-90-1 against Panthers
    C.J. Anderson rushed 23 times for 90 yards and a touchdown and caught 4-of-4 targets for ten yards in the Broncos' Super Bowl win over the Panthers.

    Advice: Anderson finally and deservedly got the start over Ronnie Hillman and capitalized early with runs of 8 and 12 on his first two carries. Anderson added a tackle-busting 34-yard burst in the second quarter. His one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter put icing on Denver's win. Although Anderson's slow start and committee with Ronnie Hillman rendered him a fantasy football disappointment, Anderson was very arguably the Broncos' best offensive player from Week 7 on. 25-year-old Anderson now heads to restricted free agency, where he should earn at least a second-round tender. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:26 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.02 (76th)
     
  • Broncos promote Anderson over Hillman at RB
    The Broncos indeed started C.J. Anderson over Ronnie Hillman in Super Bowl 50.

    Advice: Longtime beat writer Mike Klis reported this would happen before game time. Anderson has been a far superior runner to Hillman since the first six weeks of the season, and is now being featured ahead of Hillman in Sunday's bout with the Panthers. As of halftime, Anderson had 58 yards on eight carries. Two of Hillman's three first-half runs were thrown for a loss. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:45 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.02 (76th)
     
  • Broncos to start C.J. Anderson over Hillman
    9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos will start C.J. Anderson over Ronnie Hillman in Super Bowl 50.

    Advice: Hillman has technically been Denver's starter since Week 6, after Anderson got off to a painfully slow start. Anderson has severely outplayed Hillman ever since and especially in the playoffs, where Hillman is averaging 2.00 yards per carry and Anderson is averaging nearly five. Klis notes Hillman will remain involved, but Anderson "will get the first chance to find his rhythm." Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:31 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.02 (76th)
     
  • Matt Forte a possibility for New England?
    Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston believes the Patriots will "explore the possibility" of signing impending free agent Matt Forte.

    Advice: The Patriots were painfully one-dimensional on offense after losing Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount to season-ending injuries. Forte would be a tremendous upgrade for New England, particularly given his all-around skill set. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:26 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.07 (54th)
     
  • 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 Friday, 11:22 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2455th)
     
  • Melvin Gordon: I should be ready in 2 months
    Speaking in a Thursday radio interview, Melvin Gordon (knee cartilage surgery) suggested he'll be back to 100 percent in two months.

    Advice: The exact nature of Gordon's operation has never been disclosed. The Union-Tribune San Diego simply labeled it "knee-cartilage surgery." The nearly three-month timeline from his operation date suggests it was a bit more than a simple clean-up procedure. Either way, Gordon should be 100 percent healthy well in advance of June's minicamp. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:31 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2372nd)
     
  • Doug Martin: I want to re-sign with the Bucs
    Free agent Doug Martin says he wants to re-sign with the Bucs.

    Advice: "I love Tampa and Tampa loves me," Martin said. "I’ve got a house out there so I do wish I’ll go back to Tampa." Martin also said he wouldn't complain if slapped with the franchise tag. The Bucs are well on the record as wanting Martin back. An accord will likely be reached. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:24 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.19 (71st)
     
  • Mike Tolbert wants to remain with Panthers
    Impending free agent Mike Tolbert said he "absolutely" wants to re-sign with the Panthers.

    Advice: Tolbert should become the league's highest paid fullback after making the Pro Bowl two of the last three seasons. 30-year-old Tolbert will be seeking Marcel Reece money (four years, $14M). Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:20 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.77 (226th)
     
  • Arian Foster cleared to begin 'light jogging'
    Arian Foster (Achilles') has been cleared for "light jogging."

    Advice: Foster posted a video of his doctor delivering the news Tuesday. "Today you start some light jogging," the doctor said. "No pivoting, cutting, explosive activity. Strengthen all you want. Do your heel lift, elliptical, bike, jog." Foster suffered a ruptured Achilles' tendon in late October. He appears to be progressing well in his rehab, but he is unlikely to be ready for training camp. The Texans are expected to move on from the explosive but oft-injured back this offseason. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:42 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2409th)
     
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