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    • Jerome Felton open to returning to Vikings
      Free agent FB Jerome Felton is open to returning to the Vikings.

      Advice: Felton voided his $2.45 million player option earlier this month. He could be brought back at a reduced salary if Adrian Peterson remains in Minnesota. 28-year-old Felton played limited snaps in OC Norv Turner's scheme last year, but is still an effective lead blocker. Felton is Rotoworld's top free-agent fullback. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:47 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.14 (2654th)
    • Colts expected to cut Trent Richardson
      ESPN's Mike Wells doesn't see any way the Colts can repair their relationship with Trent Richardson.

      Advice: Richardson is owed a guaranteed $3.18 million, but the Colts can void his salary due to a team-imposed suspension. He remains a strong candidate to be cut despite a looming NFLPA battle. Releasing Richardson would leave Dan Herron, Zurlon Tipton, and Vick Ballard as the Colts' only running backs. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:23 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.30 (164th)
    • Packers hoping to re-sign John Kuhn
      The Packers met with free agent FB John Kuhn's player rep at the Combine.

      Advice: The sides reportedly have mutual interest in getting a deal done. Kuhn made his second Pro Bowl last year, but had a limited role on offense. The Packers should be able to bring him back on a team-friendly contract. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:39 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.69 (2630th)
    • Ray Rice expects to get second chance in NFL
      Free agent Ray Rice said he expects to get a second chance in the NFL.

      Advice: Rice is attempting to get back in the NFL with Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy and Richie Incognito all getting second chances. He blamed his 2013 struggles on a quad injury he played through the entire season, and believes he still has the ability to help a team. Rice looked to be on the downside of his career prior his suspension and turned 28 this offseason. No team has called Rice since his November reinstatement. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:27 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2342nd)
    • Stevan Ridley likely seeking one-year deal
      ESPN Boston expects free agent Stevan Ridley (knee) to settle for a one-year, "prove-it" deal.

      Advice: Coming off ACL surgery, Ridley will attempt to reestablish his value before getting another chance at free agency in 2016. He's been one of the better power backs in the league when healthy, and has potential to be a high-reward signing for a team that's willing to bet on his recovery. Ridley should command an incentives-based deal in the range of $1.25 million. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:32 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2387th)
    • Eagles 'not likely' to keep McCoy at $11.95M
      The Philadelphia Daily News' Paul Domowitch said it is 'not likely' the Eagles want to keep LeSean McCoy at his current $11.95 million cap charge.

      Advice: McCoy has said he is not open to a pay cut, but a restructuring that kicked some guaranteed money down the road could work for both sides. The Eagles could also conceivably cut McCoy, but that seems unlikely at this point. McCoy averaged 4.23 YPC with just five TDs on 312 carries last season. He lost passing-down and short-yardage work to Darren Sproles and Chris Polk. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:45 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      14.89 (20th)
    • 'Safe bet' Spiller will not return to Buffalo
      WGR 550 Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia said the "safe bet" is free agent C.J. Spiller will not re-sign with the Bills.

      Advice: Spiller recently said there was a "possibility" he could return to Buffalo, but added "the ball is in their court." Spiller is a questionable fit for new OC Greg Roman's offense, and his best season as a pro came under former Bills HC and current Jets OC Chan Gailey. The most likely outcome remains a reunion with Gailey. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:26 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      4.65 (1755th)
    • Peterson leaves Vikings out of statement
      Adrian Peterson did not mention the Vikings in a statement praising Thursday's decision to reverse his suspension, instead saying he was preparing for his "return to football."

      Advice: "As I prepare for my return to football, I am still focused on my family and continue to work to become a better father every day," Peterson said. "I want to express my gratitude for all of the support I have received from the fans, NFLPA, Jeffrey Kessler, and my agents Ben Dogra, Tracy Lartigue, and Mark Heligman of Relativity Sports." There is a notable organization missing from the list. Peterson's relationship with the Vikings has been damaged, perhaps irrevocably, by this incident. It appears unlikely Peterson returns to Minnesota in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:43 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2360th)
    • Shane Vereen not seeking $5M annually
      Free agent RB Shane Vereen denied a report that he's seeking $5 million annually.

      Advice: Rotoworld's No. 7 available running back, Vereen was never a realistic candidate to get $5 million on the open market. He should draw interest from multiple teams, but isn't going to break the bank. Vereen will likely settle for a deal in the range of three years and $10.5 million. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:26 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      2.73 (2556th)
    • Cards likely have interest in Peterson
      The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers expects the Cardinals to have interest if Adrian Peterson becomes available.

      Advice: The Vikings want to keep Peterson, but probably not at his $12.75 million salary. Peterson may balk at accepting a pay cut from a team he feels left him under the bus during his 2014 fight against the NFL. With their quarterback aging and coming off his second career ACL tear, the Cardinals have a major need for a workhorse runner. Somers also believes the organization is still "haunted" to some extent by drafting OT Levi Brown over Peterson in 2007. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:35 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2360th)
    • ARZ, IND, DAL could show interest in Peterson
      PFT's Mike Florio considers the "universe of teams" for Adrian Peterson to be the Vikings, Cardinals, Colts, and Cowboys.

      Advice: Florio also names Seattle if Marshawn Lynch hangs up the cleats. Arizona needs to shift Andre Ellington back to a Shane Vereen-type role, the Colts are likely to move on from Trent Richardson with Ahmad Bradshaw also a free agent, and the Cowboys are in danger of losing DeMarco Murray. We'd add the Bills to the mix. Coach Rex Ryan loves veteran running backs, and new OC Greg Roman pounds the ball on the ground. Peterson won't hurt for a job. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:51 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2360th)
    • Freeman ready to take over Falcons' backfield
      When asked if Devonta Freeman was ready to become the Falcons' feature back, GM Thomas Dimitroff said, "no question."

      Advice: We figured as much after Steven Jackson was handed his walking papers on Thursday. Freeman showed flashes as a rookie, producing 248 yards on the ground and another 225 through the air. Atlanta is going to be a pass-first offense as long as Matt Ryan and Julio Jones are running the show, but Freeman should still have plenty of opportunities to contribute. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:09 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.27 (120th)
    • Jeremy Hill dominated as Bengals lead runner
      Jeremy Hill averaged 5.6 yards per carry and a touchdown per game in the seven contests where he handled 15-plus carries as a rookie.

      Advice: Whereas Hill dominated in the feature back role, Gio Bernard was less effective on expanded rushing usage, managing a 4.12 YPC average and 0.7 TDs in his seven games with 14-plus carries. As beat writer Paul Dehner notes, Gio "excelled once shifted into a more situational, receiving role late in the season." Expect Hill to remain the Bengals' clear-lead running back in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 6:26 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      11.87 (49th)
    • Steven Jackson not considering retirement
      Free agent RB Steven Jackson has no plans to retire.

      Advice: "Make no mistake: I can still punish a defense," Jackson said in a statement. "There are 1,000-yard seasons left in these legs." While speaking well of the Falcons, S-Jax intimated his 2013-14 struggles were due in part to the fact that he wasn't given enough opportunities to wear defenses down with big workloads. Jackson was actually one of the league's best backs after first contact in 2014, but his game has noticeably lacked juice for some time now. As a free agent, Jackson will try to match the $1.2 million guaranteed Maurice Jones-Drew got last spring. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:42 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2311th)
    • End of the line? Falcons release fading S-Jax
      Falcons released RB Steven Jackson.

      Advice: The move clears $3.75 million in cap space, and was a no-brainer based on Jackson's play the past two seasons. S-Jax averaged 4.23 yards per carry in nine years as a Ram, but saw that number dip to 3.60 in Atlanta. Constantly battling leg injuries, S-Jax was running on fumes from the moment he arrived in Atlanta. Going on 32 with 3,203 career touches to his name, it's quite possible Jackson's playing days are at an end. For now, Devonta Freeman is the new lead back in Atlanta, but he'll undoubtedly face competition in the form of a draft pick. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:26 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2311th)
    • Peterson's roster status can change March 10
      Adrian Peterson can be traded, released or have his deal restructured after March 10.

      Advice: That makes his continued exile on the commissioner's exempt list slightly less odious, as, at least in theory, Peterson can get his 2015 roster status resolved. The Vikings issued another statement of support on Thursday, but most signs continue to point toward a divorce. Of course, if Peterson remains in legal limbo on March 10, league-wide interest will be tempered if he's cut loose or on the trade block. As of now, the league's appeal in federal court can't be heard before April. The NFLPA can request an expedited hearing, while arbitrator Harold Henderson could also bring the saga to a resolution. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:38 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2360th)
    • NFL appealing A.P. ruling in federal court
      The NFL is appealing independent arbitrator David Doty's ruling in the Adrian Peterson case to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, and will keep Peterson on the commissioner's exempt list in the interim.

      Advice: The case will also concurrently be returned to arbitrator Harold Henderson, who originally upheld Peterson's suspension in December. If this all seems dense and confusing, it's because it is. There's no telling how much longer Peterson will remain in limbo. The league seems more concerned with precedent than whether Peterson was fairly punished. It certainly doesn't care about Peterson's 2015 status, which will be greatly complicated if the matter isn't resolved by the time free agency begins on March 10. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:22 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2360th)
    • League appealing Adrian Peterson decision
      NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the league will appeal independent arbitrator David Doty's decision in the Adrian Peterson case.

      Advice: Naturally. Instead of simply allowing everyone to move on with their lives, the league will continue its quest for absolute victory. Doty ruled the NFL cannot retroactively apply its new domestic-violence policy, but the league apparently believes he overstepped his bounds. It's a typical NFL scandal, with a maze of confusion and lawsuits. It could be a few more weeks before we finally have a resolution. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:27 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2360th)
    • Adrian Peterson not yet officially reinstated
      Adrian Peterson has yet to be technically reinstated.

      Advice: Arbiter David Doty shot down the league's retroactive application of its new conduct policy in Peterson's case, but the matter now goes back to the "CBA process." It's unclear if the league plans to appeal. It might be in the league's best interest to simply take its ball and go home, but that's rarely been commissioner Roger Goodell's M.O. In a statement, the league said it will "review the decision." Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:12 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2360th)
    • Judge lifts AP's ban; Reinstatement coming
      Vikings RB Adrian Peterson had his suspension overturned and will now be reinstated to the NFL.

      Advice: Things are about to get interesting as Peterson is now an active NFL player that can be traded, cut, extended, etc. Peterson seems to be at odds with the Vikings' front office, which he believes didn't back him during his child abuse scandal. He also counts $15.4M against the cap. The Vikings could cut the cord with AP and hand over the reigns to Jerick McKinnon, or they could try to trade him to someone like Dallas. The situation is completely up in the air, but the ball is in the Vikings' court now. The judge has essentially ruled that Roger Goodell overstepped his bounds by suspending Peterson for so long. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:37 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2360th)
    • Mason needed time to learn pass protection
      Rams coach Jeff Fisher says Tre Mason sat on the bench for the first four games of 2014 because he needed to "learn how to play without the football."

      Advice: He wasn't asked to do much pass protection at Auburn, so it's understandable why Mason would need a few games to get acclimated. Mason was a stud once he began seeing regular carries, averaging 70.7 rushing yards per game over his last seven contests. If Mason stays healthy, he should be a safe bet for 250-plus carries as the Rams' no-doubt top back. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:10 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      8.78 (85th)
    • Eagles are very likely to keep Darren Sproles
      Cutting Darren Sproles would only save the Eagles $600K against the cap.

      Advice: Sproles' versatility as a hybrid receiver/running back makes him a great fit for Chip Kelly's offense, even if the volume was lacking last season. He is certain to be back with the Eagles in 2015 as a pass-game complement to feature back LeSean McCoy and big back Chris Polk. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:56 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      5.12 (213th)
    • Riddick to get first shot at replacing Bush
      Theo Riddick is expected to have the first shot at taking the snaps vacated by Reggie Bush.

      Advice: The Lions only saved $1.7M by cutting Bush, but it was an easy decision because they know Riddick is capable of filling that "passing back" role. Despite touching the ball just 54 times in 2014, he produced 367 yards and four touchdowns while jumping off the screen in space. Per PFF, Riddick caught 2.45 yards per route run last season, best of any back in the league. Joique Bell is going to handle all the inside running work, but Riddick is going to be a PPR asset for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:17 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.73 (2629th)
    • Lions move on from Reggie Bush, save $1.7M
      Lions released RB Reggie Bush.

      Advice: Bush is coming off an injury-filled 2014 and struggled when healthy, playing in 11 games and averaging 3.9 YPC. The Lions will use the $1.7 million they save by cutting him towards re-signing Ndamukong Suh. 29-year-old Bush joins an already deep running back market and will likely have to settle for a role-player salary to stay in the league. Theo Riddick is now locked in as Detroit's passing-down back behind Joique Bell. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:19 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.49 (158th)
    • Falcons, Giants interested in FA Antone Smith
      ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure reports the team has "prioritized" re-signing free agent RB Antone Smith.

      Advice: This is despite the two sides having yet to discuss a new contract. Free agency opens two Tuesdays from now, and word out of the Combine was that the Giants are also interested in Smith. He'll be entering his age-30 season and is coming off a broken leg, but Smith has a ton of tread left on his tires with just 44 career touches. He exploded for four touchdowns of 40-plus yards last year. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:24 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2290th)
    • Giants release 29-year-old RB Peyton Hillis
      Giants released RB Peyton Hillis.

      Advice: Hillis, 29, has been abysmal since his 1,177-yard rushing season with the Browns in 2010, averaging just 3.6 YPC the past four years. Each of his past two seasons have been ended by concussions, and it's unclear if Hillis wants to continue his playing career. His release saves the Giants $945,000 against the cap. Andre Williams is locked in as the Giants' "big back" and early-down bruiser. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:03 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2380th)
    • Ravens hope to re-sign free agent Forsett
      Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome hopes to re-sign free agent Justin Forsett.

      Advice: "We will work to try and retain Justin," Newsome said. Newsome mentioned Forsett's past mentoring of younger backs as one of the reasons Baltimore wants to re-sign him. Going on 30 and without the offensive coordinator in Gary Kubiak who helped him to his breakout 2014, Forsett is someone the Ravens will be careful not to overpay. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:59 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.42 (14th)
    • Spiller: 'Possibility' I'm back in Buffalo
      Free agent C.J. Spiller says there's a "possibility" he could re-sign with the Bills.

      Advice: "The organization knows that I want to be there, so pretty much the ball is in their court," Spiller said Tuesday. "At the same time, we’re going to weigh all our options and see what suits me best. The biggest thing is you want to go somewhere where you’re wanted." In addition to the best offer, Spiller sounds like he's looking for respect from the Bills, something he often didn't receive from the previous coaching staff. Spiller's free agency will come down to a numbers game, quite possibly between the Bills and Jets. Spiller's rep met with the Bills at the Combine. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:37 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      4.65 (1755th)
    • Williams: Panthers didn't have room for me
      Upon his release, DeAngelo Williams was told by the Panthers' front office the team doesn't run the ball enough to warrant both Williams and Jonathan Stewart.

      Advice: Of course, that's not the real reason he was cut. The Panthers ran the ball plenty last season, finishing eighth in carries and seventh in total rushing yards. Carolina has tried running back by committee, but now that Jonathan Stewart has proven he can handle a full workload, the Panthers are more than happy to give it to him. In an interview with WBTV, Williams expressed anger towards the organization for not acknowledging his mother's death in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:54 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      2.48 (2570th)
    • Maurice Jones-Drew could be done in Oakland
      Unless Maurice Jones-Drew takes a pay cut, it's unlikely he'll be back with the Raiders.

      Advice: Jones-Drew costs $2.4 million against the cap, a steep price for a player who averaged 2.2 yards per carry last season. With 25-year-old Latavius Murray ready to take on a bigger role, don't be surprised if the Raiders ditch both Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden this offseason. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:40 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.33 (2649th)
    • Panthers cut 31-year-old DeAngelo Williams
      Panthers released RB DeAngelo Williams.

      Advice: He's likely to be designated a post-June 1 cut, saving the Panthers $2 million in cap space. Williams hasn't rushed for 1,000 yards in a season since 2009, and his efficiency has dipped steadily with age. If there was ever any debate over who would lead the Panthers' backfield going forward, Jonathan Stewart ended that with an emphatic finish to the 2014 season (679 rushing yards over his last seven games). Williams may resurface as a backup, but the soon-to-be 32-year-old doesn't have much time left in his career. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:28 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      2.48 (2570th)
    • Source: Peterson likely done in Minnesota
      A source close to Adrian Peterson said the running back "will never play another game for the Vikings."

      Advice: A few weeks ago Peterson seemed open to the idea of returning to Minnesota, but things have gone south in a hurry. According to reports, Peterson's agent Ben Dogra had to be restrained from Vikings VP of football operations Rob Brzezinski last week at the Combine after the two exchanged words. Meanwhile, Peterson is still suspended indefinitely with April 15 the earliest he could be reinstated. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:51 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2360th)
    • Cardinals want Ellington bigger and stronger
      Cardinals GM Steve Keim said he wants Andre Ellington to get "bigger and stronger" in the weight room this offseason.

      Advice: Listed at 199 pounds last season, Ellington was asked to touch the ball 20.5 times per game. A preseason foot injury didn't help, but he wore down under that workload, averaging a horrific 3.3 YPC. Keim and Bruce Arians have both said they want Ellington to remain their feature back and focal point of the offense, but staying healthy is going to be a concern. We've also repeatedly seen added bulk have a negative impact on running backs, especially those that rely so heavily on speed and quicks. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:14 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2389th)
    • Peterson hasn't asked for a trade to Dallas
      ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Adrian Peterson has not asked for a trade to the Cowboys.

      Advice: Bleacher Report's Jason Cole mentioned Saturday that Peterson asked for a trade to Dallas, but the Vikings were unwilling to accommodate him. Anderson's source says that never happened and that Peterson hasn't spoken with Vikings GM Rick Spielman. Where Peterson plays in 2015 will be one of the defining stories of the offseason. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 8:09 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2360th)
    • DeMarco Murray could get a lighter workload
      If free agent DeMarco Murray returns to the Cowboys next season, Jerry Jones would like to "lighten his load a little bit."

      Advice: Murray's 392 carries in 2014 tied for the seventh-most in league history. Despite playing every game last season, Murray hasn't been a particularly durable player throughout his career. A lighter workload probably won't satisfy fantasy owners, but it could help Murray enjoy a longer career. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 7:51 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      14.94 (19th)
    • Lynch's agent: Still no deal with Seahawks
      According to his agent, the Seahawks have not reached an agreement with Marshawn Lynch.

      Advice: This contradicts a report from Jason La Canfora, who said Saturday that a deal was "in place." PFT's Mike Florio is adamant the Seahawks aren't close to any contract extension with Lynch and even suggested that Beast Mode could retire. We don't think that's the case, but if Lynch does call it quits, Seattle would be owed $1.5 million of the signing bonus he received in 2012. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 5:38 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.35 (16th)
    • Jerry would want to lessen DeMarco's workload
      Jerry Jones said he'd prefer to lessen DeMarco Murray's workload if the running back re-signs with Dallas.

      Advice: The Cowboys repeatedly made allusions to this during the 2014 season as well. But Murray ended up with a franchise record 392 carries because he was so vital to their success -- they just couldn't take the rock out of his hands once in the heat of battle. Backing off workloads from great backs is far easier said than done. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 5:10 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      14.94 (19th)
    • Cowboys not expected to tender Lance Dunbar
      ESPN Dallas doesn't expect the Cowboys to tender restricted free agent Lance Dunbar.

      Advice: Dunbar would make $1.5 million at the lowest possible tender. The Cowboys want to keep Dunbar, but are hoping to re-sign him to a lesser deal. Dunbar averaged just three touches per game in a limited passing down role last season. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 2:45 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      2.28 (2578th)
    • Report: Seahawks offer Lynch $11-12M for 2015
      Yahoo's Rand Getlin reports the Seahawks have offered Marshawn Lynch a deal that would pay him between $11 million and $12 million in 2015.

      Advice: The deal would span either two or three years, and include $9 million in 2016. "It's not clear whether Lynch is inclined to accept it," reports Getlin. The Seahawks seem to be using media reports like this one to put pressure on Lynch, who was reportedly disenchanted by coaches and management during the 2014 season. Although Lynch may need more time to make his decision, we suspect this generous pay day will be hard for him to pass up. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 12:57 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.35 (16th)
    • Stevan Ridley ahead of schedule in recovery
      Free agent RB Stevan Ridley is four weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery from ACL surgery.

      Advice: Ridley tore his ACL in Week 6, but had to wait until mid-November to have surgery. His availability for the start of training camp remains questionable. Ridley was one of the top power backs in the league when healthy, but will likely have to reestablish his value on a one-year deal. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 4:37 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2387th)
    • Seahawks want Lynch to play in 2015
      Coach Pete Carroll said Friday that the Seahawks are negotiating "in earnest" to keep Marshawn Lynch out of retirement.

      Advice: The Seahawks want to keep Lynch and give him a raise. "We've had big offers out there," Carroll insisted. It's believed the Seahawks have offered as much as $10 million for Lynch to play in 2015. He's currently owed $7 million. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 12:13 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.35 (16th)
    • Report: Falcons will pursue FA Justin Forsett
      A source tells ESPN that the Falcons will have "strong interest" in free agent RB Justin Forsett.

      Advice: Forsett is coming off a career-year in a Gary Kubiak offense that has the same principles as the one Kyle Shanahan is installing in Atlanta. He also won't be overly expensive considering he turns 30 years old in October. The Falcons likely have interest in Forsett as a tandem piece with Devonta Freeman, who they've talked up relentlessly this week. Forsett is our No. 5 free agent RB, behind DeMarco Murray, C.J. Spiller, Ryan Mathews and Mark Ingram. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 9:12 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.42 (14th)
    • Dan Quinn: Freeman 'tailor-made' for scheme
      New coach Dan Quinn said Devonta Freeman is "tailor-made" for Falcons' scheme.

      Advice: GM Thomas Dimitroff, OC Kyle Shanahan and now Quinn have all raved about undersized Freeman. "My first impression: I can feel the quickness," Quinn said. "In our outside zone scheme I thought this is tailor-made for a guy who can really explode off the edge. I love this guy's competitive spirit." Steven Jackson is likely gone, but Atlanta will add running back talent in the draft. Still, Freeman's arrow is pointing up heading into his second NFL campaign. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 5:21 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.27 (120th)
    • Bills meeting with C.J. Spiller's player rep
      The Bills are meeting with free agent C.J. Spiller's player rep at the Combine.

      Advice: GM Doug Whaley said an accord isn't imminent, but that he's hoping to "close the gap and get the deal done." Whaley has called the talks "healthy." Coach Rex Ryan is on the record as wanting Spiller back, but there are many dots connecting Spiller to the Jets, where ex-Bills coach Chan Gailey is the new offensive coordinator. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 3:01 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      4.65 (1755th)
    • Falcons GM: Devonta can be feature back
      Falcons GM Thomas believes Devonta Freeman can be the team's feature back.

      Advice: Dimitroff's comments come nine days after new OC Kyle Shanahan said he "loved" Freeman as a prospect. Freeman played as small as his 5-foot-8 frame suggested as a rookie, but he checks in at over 200 pounds, and has plenty of juice. Although 2014 suggested he might be best utilized as a COP back, there's still a chance Freeman would run with bell-cow duties if given the opportunity. He's definitely a better bet for the Falcons than Steven Jackson. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 12:52 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      7.27 (120th)
    • Panthers won't commit to DeAngelo for '15
      Panthers GM Dave Gettleman declined to answer at the NFL Combine when asked about DeAngelo Williams' roster spot.

      Advice: The Panthers have finally gotten to a point in Williams' contract where they can release him and clear salary cap room. Designating Williams a post-June 1 cut would save $2 million. Back in mid-January, Gettleman described Williams' season as "tough." He turns 32 in March and is likely a goner. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 11:30 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      2.48 (2570th)
    • FA Shane Vereen hopes to land $5M per season
      A source tells the Boston Herald that free agent RB Shane Vereen is hoping to land $5M per season on his next contract.

      Advice: It's wishful thinking from Vereen, who is obviously looking to go high in negotiations. The bigger takeaway is that he fully plans to hit the open market and not re-sign with the Patriots before March 10. Vereen, a fine passing back, should be aiming for something around the three-year, $10.5M deal Darren Sproles got from the Eagles. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 8:54 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      2.73 (2556th)
    • Schneider: Lynch hasn't made his decision yet
      The Seahawks are still waiting for Marshawn Lynch to make a decision about his future.

      Advice: Given Lynch's mercurial nature, it's not surprising we haven't heard from him yet. GM John Schneider said the team wants Lynch to make his decision soon, though they understand if he needs more time. "I've talked to his people a bunch, he knows we want him to play," Schneider said. The Seahawks have a raise waiting for Beast Mode in the likely event he decides to play in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 8:32 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.35 (16th)
    • Arians: Andre Ellington still the focal point
      Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Andre Ellington is "still the focal point of the offense."

      Advice: That's good to know, though we're more concerned about Ellington's health. The 26-year-old was hampered by a split tendon in his left foot for all of the 2014 season and recently underwent sports hernia surgery. Having the whole offseason to heal should allow Ellington to improve on the measly 3.3 yards per carry he averaged in 2014. But questions remain if the 199-pound Ellington can make it through the season as a "focal point" without getting hurt. The 20.5 touches per game he averaged last year took a major toll. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 7:31 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2389th)
    • Lions high on Riddick, waffling on Bush
      Lions GM Martin Mayhew raved about Theo Riddick at the NFL Combine.

      Advice: Riddick capitalized on his limited playing time last season, turning 54 touches into 367 yards and four TDs. "When you have a guy like Theo Riddick, who can make a difference in the passing game, that brings value to your team," Mayhew said. One of the reasons the Lions are considering cutting Reggie Bush is because of Riddick's ability as a passing back. He jumps off the screen when he gets in space. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 7:15 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.73 (2629th)
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