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    • Jags 'very optimistic' Blackmon plays in 2015
      Jaguars owner Shad Khan stated Friday at the Super Bowl that he is "very optimistic" about the 2015 return of suspended WR Justin Blackmon.

      Advice: "Absolutely," Khan stated vehemently. "As a matter of fact, I’m very optimistic. I think he’s paid his dues. I think he’s got his life together. I think he can be a role model for people who have gone through hard times. We’re waiting for him." Blackmon's return would be a huge boost to Jacksonville's wideout corps, which is dealing with Allen Robinson's foot fracture and Cecil Shorts' free agency. 25-year-old Blackmon is a run-after-catch machine with an ability to threaten the intermediate sections. He'd be a big upgrade on Shorts at Z receiver. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:11 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2210th)
    • Peyton Manning still weighing playing future
      Peyton Manning met with new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak on Wednesday and team president Joe Ellis on Friday regarding his future plans.

      Advice: He'll chat with GM John Elway shortly. Appearing at the Super Bowl, Manning reportedly appeared "relaxed" and "invigorated," and the Denver Post continues to expect him to play football in 2015. "I’d like to make a decision soon," Manning said in Arizona. "At the same time, coach and Joe and John have instructed me to take some time so I’m kind of following their orders." Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:48 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      21.22 (5th)
    • Blount has marijuana charges withdrawn
      LeGarrette Blount had his marijuana charges withdrawn after he completed 50 hours of community service.

      Advice: Blount and Le'Veon Bell were arrested in August and popped with pot charges. Blount had until February 4 to complete his court-mandated community service. With the case now resolved, the league can step in and take action against Blount. It's possible he and Bell receive a fine or short suspension in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:41 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      3.46 (2531st)
    • Brandon Marshall's Bears future in question?
      ESPN Chicago's Michael C. Wright writes that "nobody knows" whether Brandon Marshall will be back with the Bears in 2015.

      Advice: The Bears signed Marshall to a new four-year, $39 million deal last May, but the regime that handed him that extension is gone. Marshall is still a fine player and worth the money, but there's some question whether he'll be able to coexist with Chicago's new staff. OC Adam Gase was the Broncos' WRs coach when Mike Shanahan banished Marshall from Denver. Marshall also had a 2014 falling out with Jay Cutler. Per the website OverTheCap.com, the Bears could save $3.95 million in cap space by cutting Marshall this offseason. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:13 am
       
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      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2194th)
    • LeSean McCoy not open to pay cut
      LeSean McCoy isn't open to a pay cut.

      Advice: Shady has said he's open to a restructure, but a straight cut is apparently out of the question. "I know how hard it is to keep a team together, and I want to be part of this team," McCoy said. "But I don't want to take less money." Due a tall $9.75 million for 2015, Shady will count $11.95 million against the cap. McCoy is signed through 2017, so any restructure would likely involve kicking some guaranteed money to 2016. Only $1 million of Shady's 2015 salary is guaranteed, but the Eagles would have to take on $4.4 million in dead money to cut him loose. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:19 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      14.89 (20th)
    • DeMarco laughs off system-runner theory
      Speaking Thursday, free agent DeMarco Murray laughed off the idea that his monster 2014 was solely the product of the Cowboys' offensive line.

      Advice: "I would like to see how it goes," Murray said of the Cowboys letting him walk and simply plugging another back in. "I know what I bring to the table." Murray's line was indeed dominant, but he's averaged at least 4.7 yards per carry in three of his four NFL seasons. He's an elite runner, one who won't be easily replaced if he walks, no matter how dominant Dallas' line is. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:47 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      14.94 (19th)
    • Archie: Peyton getting close to decision
      Peyton Manning's father expects him to reach a decision on his NFL future "maybe in the next week or two."

      Advice: "He’s given a lot of thought to it," Archie Manning said. "(I) think he’s taken a good evaluation of where he is physically." Most signs have pointed toward Manning returning for a fourth season in Denver. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:40 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      21.22 (5th)
    • Jonathan Dwyer pleads guilty to misdemeanor
      Free agent RB Jonathan Dwyer has been placed on probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

      Advice: Dwyer was originally charged with felony aggravated assault after he was accused of assaulting his wife last summer. Despite the slap on the wrist from the law, Dwyer's NFL career is almost certainly over. Going on 26, Dwyer is the owner of a lifetime 4.2 YPC. That's not worth teams taking on the stigma of a domestic abuser. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:33 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2293rd)
    • DeMarco Murray realistic about contract talks
      Free agent DeMarco Murray says he hasn't started thinking about his contract yet, but left open the possibility that he won't be back with the Cowboys.

      Advice: "You never know what’s going to happen, we’ll see what happens," Murray said in a radio interview. "But all you can do is hope for the best." The early signs suggest Murray will be allowed to walk, but owner/GM Jerry Jones has always been extremely reluctant to part with home-grown talent. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:16 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      14.94 (19th)
    • Josh Gordon addresses issues in open letter
      Suspended WR Josh Gordon insists he does not have addiction issues, and says he believed he was no longer being tested for alcohol following the regular season.

      Advice: Writing in an open letter, Gordon took his critics to task, trying to paint a picture of a player who has been more unlucky than wayward. He continues to insist his failed 2014 marijuana test was the result of second-hand smoke. He also says the alcohol that led to his failed test earlier this month was consumed on a flight with other Browns players, and was the first time he had drank since his July 2014 DWI. Gordon said he's not yet sure if he will appeal his year-long ban. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding his troubles, Gordon is out of second chances with the NFL. He needs to avoid trouble of any kind from here on out. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:01 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (1984th)
    • Ryan Williams gets $1.74M from DAL for 2 yrs
      Ryan Williams' two-year contract with the Cowboys includes a $240K signing bonus and an average salary of $750K for 2015 and 2016.

      Advice: It's a nice chunk of change for a running back who has appeared in just five NFL games since 2011. It speaks to Williams' talent, as Dallas made it a priority to keep him in the mix as DeMarco Murray preps for free agency. Williams, finally healthy after myriad knee and shoulder issues, should be monitored closely this offseason. The Star-Telegram says there's a "good chance" RFA Lance Dunbar won't be tendered. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:02 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2289th)
    • At least six teams have done work on Peterson
      ESPN's Adam Schefter says at least six teams have done background work on Adrian Peterson in the event he becomes available.

      Advice: Peterson's legal issues coupled with his $15.4M cap number mean he could very well be headed for a split from the Vikings. He won't lack for suitors even at age 30, as he's proven repeatedly that he is built differently than mere mortals. Schefter mentions the Cowboys as a possible landing spot if DeMarco Murray moves on in free agency. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:21 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2360th)
    • Le'Veon Bell (knee) back to 85-90 percent
      Le'Veon Bell said his knee is at about "85-90 percent."

      Advice: Bell hyperextended his right knee in Week 17 and missed the Wild Card loss to the Ravens as well as the Pro Bowl. He's resumed running on it and should be at 100 percent for the full offseason program. Bell, now entering his age-23 season, is going to push for 370+ touches again in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:59 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      20.49 (1st)
    • Josh Huff could get a crack at Cooper's job?
      Philly Magazine says it's "not out of the question" that Josh Huff could steal Riley Cooper's starting job in 2015.

      Advice: If the Eagles choose to keep Jordan Matthews in a strict slot role, Huff's path to playing will be clearer. We know Cooper, arguably the worst starting wideout in the league last season, is on shaky ground. The problem is Huff was not impressive as a rookie, catching just eight passes and losing a critical fumble. Profiling more as a sub-package wideout than front-line player, he's only a deep Dynasty hold for now. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:04 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.82 (2617th)
    • Robert Griffin III blames ankle for woes
      Robert Griffin III said his ankle injury was a big factor in his struggles last season.

      Advice: Griffin dislocated his left ankle in Week 2 and missed nearly two months. He returned for three games, but then embarrassingly got benched for Colt McCoy. Now Griffin's place with the Redskins is uncertain entering his fourth NFL season. "The biggest thing for me is coming back healthy," he said. "Last year I wasn't healthy, and it sucked, there's no other way to say it." Being injured certainly doesn't help, but Jay Gruden's questions about whether RG3 can succeed outside of the gimmicky Shanahan scheme are valid. His fundamentals have not progressed. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:56 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      17.16 (23rd)
    • Austin Collie signs with BC Lions
      Former Colts WR Austin Collie has agreed to terms with the CFL's BC Lions.

      Advice: Collie has been out of the NFL since 2013 and hadn't had a real role since 2011, thanks in large part to multiple concussions and a knee injury. Now 29 years old, he's settling for a job in the minors. Collie was born in Hamilton, giving him "national" status for the Lions. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:33 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2209th)
    • Ravens to tender RFA Tucker at high level?
      The Baltimore Sun suggests the Ravens could tender restricted free agent K Justin Tucker at a first- or second-round level.

      Advice: This would ensure that Tucker would not get any offer sheets because no team is dumb enough to give up a top-64 pick for a kicker. It also would give Tucker a sizable raise he deserves after going 97-of-108 (89.8 percent) on field goals over the last three seasons. A first-round tender would cost $3.113M and a second-rounder is $2.187M. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:18 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      9.49 (138th)
    • Blount denies orchestrating release from PIT
      LeGarrette Blount denies orchestrating his November release from the Steelers.

      Advice: Conspiracy theorists suggest that New England reached out to Blount and told him that if he wiggled his way out of Pittsburgh, he'd be able to return to Bill Belichick's waiting arms. So then Blount went haywire with his attitude and quit on the team, leaving Mike Tomlin no choice but to dump Le'Veon Bell's backup. The hole in that theory is that every team in the league had a chance to claim him before he became a free agent and signed with the Patriots. Regardless, in seven games as a Patriot since then, Blount has rushed 93 times for 430 yards (4.62 YPC) with six touchdowns. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:59 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      3.46 (2531st)
    • Blackmon pleaded no contest to weed charge
      Suspended WR Justin Blackmon pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge on November 20.

      Advice: The charge will be reduced to misdemeanor disorderly conduct if Blackmon commits no crimes for six months after November 20. According to beat writer Michael DiRocco, the Jaguars need Blackmon to apply for reinstatement "within the next five weeks." From the date Blackmon fills out the application, Roger Goodell would have 60 days to decide whether to reinstate him to the NFL. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:01 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2210th)
    • Josh Gordon's contract will be tolled
      Due to his latest suspension, Josh Gordon's contract will be tolled through the 2016 season, and he will only be eligible for restricted free agency in 2017.

      Advice: This assumes the Browns don't cut Gordon. If they hold onto his rights -- doing so wouldn't count against Cleveland's roster limit -- Gordon will be signed for 2016 and eligible for the Browns to "tender" in 2017. All of this also assumes Gordon commits no violations during his year away. His contract will continue to be "tolled" as long as he's suspended. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 2:01 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (1984th)
    • 'Optimism' Justin Blackmon will return in '15
      FOX Sports' Alex Marvez reports "lots of folks" inside the NFL are "optimistic" suspended WR Justin Blackmon will return to the Jaguars in 2015.

      Advice: Just as Josh Gordon's Dynasty league owners get the worst news possible, Blackmon's get a ray of hope. The Jaguars hope to have an update on Blackmon's progress before May's draft, at which point they can begin planning for the 2015 season. Blackmon remains "suspended indefinitely," with no concrete date for potential reinstatement. At Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell's season-ending presser this past December, he said he'd "heard some good things" about Blackmon's recovery from substance abuse. Blackmon turned 25 two weeks ago. His return would be a huge boost for beleaguered Blake Bortles. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:29 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2210th)
    • Josh Gordon suspended for consuming alcohol
      Profootballtalk's Mike Florio confirms Josh Gordon's one-year suspension stems from a failed test for alcohol, a substance Gordon was prohibited from consuming following his July 2014 DUI.

      Advice: Consuming alcohol seems minor to all of us, but it was explicitly banned for Gordon as part of his DUI treatment plan. As NFL Network's Ian Rapoport noted on Twitter, the NFL's substance abuse policy is "extremely strict and spelled out. He'll wait for 2016." Gordon will be 25 1/2 years old when the 2016 season kicks off. He led the NFL in receiving yards at age 22. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:14 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (1984th)
    • Josh Gordon unlikely to successfully appeal
      A source tells Profootballtalk.com that a successful appeal for Josh Gordon's latest suspension is "unlikely at this point."

      Advice: Gordon allegedly tested positive for alcohol, something he was presumably prohibited from consuming in connection with his laundry list of drug-related misdeeds. Per PFT's Mike Florio, Gordon's one-year ban is likely a "done deal." The Browns need wide receiver help. And a quarterback. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 1:02 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (1984th)
    • Josh Gordon fails another test, banned 1 year
      ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Josh Gordon has flunked yet another drug test and will be subject to a one-year suspension.

      Advice: Details aren't yet known, but should trickle out within the next 48 hours. Gordon was suspended ten games to open the 2014 season for multiple failed drug tests. The Browns also suspended him for Week 17 following a violation of team rules. There were postseason rumors the Browns might try trading Gordon this offseason, but the latest ban effectively torpedoes his trade value. The Browns may outright release him shortly. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 12:48 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (1984th)
    • Le'Veon Bell's marijuana case unresolved
      Owner Art Rooney II said he doesn't know whether Le'Veon Bell will be suspended for his August arrest.

      Advice: Bell was arrested on charges of driving while under the influence of marijuana ahead of a preseason trip. The new substance-abuse policy states that a player found legally responsible for DUI faces a two-game suspension. Of course, the NFL's murky personal-conduct policy means no one really knows what will happen with Bell once his case is resolved. As PFT notes, there could be a "make it up as you go along" exception lurking somewhere. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:30 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      20.49 (1st)
    • Report: Peyton Manning to return to Broncos
      The Denver Post's Woody Paige reports Peyton Manning plans to return to the Broncos in 2015.

      Advice: Paige isn't a Broncos beat writer, but has a long history in the Denver area and cites "three trustworthy sources." As long as Manning passes his annual spring physical and informs the team prior to March 9, he should be back for another run at the Super Bowl in 2015 under new coach Gary Kubiak. Kubiak and GM John Elway have both publicly voiced their support for Manning's return. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:06 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      21.22 (5th)
    • Kubiak: I won't force my offense on Peyton
      Speaking at his introductory press conference, new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak hinted he'd give Peyton Manning wide latitude with the offense.

      Advice: "We're going to run the Denver Broncos' offense, not Gary Kubiak's offense," were Kubiak's exact words. It's Kubiak's way of making it publicly clear to Manning that he'll still be able to run the show as he sees fit. Kubiak has more of an established identity that Manning's previous Denver play-callers, but the sides shouldn't have an issue bridging differences. A fading Manning should appreciate Kubiak's commitment to the running game. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:43 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      21.22 (5th)
    • Adrian Peterson no lock to return to Vikings
      The Minneapolis Star-Tribune concedes the Adrian Peterson era in Minnesota "may be over."

      Advice: The potential breakup here is more about Peterson's contract than his legal issues. He turns 30 in March, carries a league-high for RBs $15.4M cap hit and has said he has no intention of taking a pay cut. The off-field complications only muddle the situation further. It's possible both sides are looking for a fresh start, which would make Jerick McKinnon the favorite to start Week 1 of 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:52 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2360th)
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