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    • Jay Cutler tight with new QBs coach Loggains
      Jay Cutler has a "strong, personal relationship" with new QBs coach Dowell Loggains, and Cutler lobbied for the Bears to hire Loggains when Lovie Smith was still head coach.

      Advice: The Bears' hire of Loggains under new coach John Fox suggests the team intends to keep Cutler for 2015, despite speculation Cutler could be traded. It's believed Loggains won't be "afraid to challenge Cutler, which the quarterback welcomes." A former Titans assistant, Loggains reportedly "pushed hard" for Tennessee to draft Cutler over Vince Young in 2006. Almost all signs point to Cutler remaining the Bears' quarterback in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      19 minutes ago
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      17.11 (25th)
    • 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
      29 minutes ago
       
      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
      Today, 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
      Today, 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
      Today, 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
      Today, 12:48 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (1984th)
    • Jordan Cameron likely to walk in free agency
      ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi expects the Browns to let Jordan Cameron walk in free agency.

      Advice: Grossi previously predicted Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray would be Cleveland's starting tight ends to open the 2015 season. Cameron is a top-five talent at the tight end position, but the Browns appear poised to move on following an injury-riddled 2014 campaign. Cameron's free agent market will be fascinating to track. The 26-year-old is likely to come at a nice discount. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:52 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      5.31 (118th)
    • Dolphins express interest in re-signing Clay
      The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins have "privately indicated" they'd like to re-sign impending free agent TE Charles Clay.

      Advice: This comes as no real surprise as Clay and DT Jared Odrick are Miami's top two free agents. Clay is coming off a down year where he fought through a season-long knee injury. It should help lower his price. Clay is one of the more versatile finesse tight ends in the league with the ability to line up in the backfield. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:10 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.90 (83rd)
    • Ryan Broyles down to his final shot with team
      The Detroit Free Press believes Ryan Broyles is down to his last chance to make the Lions this offseason.

      Advice: Broyles, the 54th pick in the 2012 draft, tore his ACL as a rookie and ruptured his Achilles' as a sophomore before being active for only five games this past season. He caught just two passes for 25 yards as the No. 5 receiver. Broyles will turn 27 in April. He's not even worth holding onto in deeper Dynasty leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:39 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2037th)
    • Report: Nothing imminent between Colts, Luck
      The Indianapolis Star reports there's "nothing imminent" on a contract extension for Andrew Luck.

      Advice: ESPN reported this week the Colts were working on a new deal for Luck. Entering the final year of his contract, Luck is expected to be extended at some point during the offseason. Luck led the NFL in touchdowns (40) and finished behind only Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger in passing yards (4,761). He's expected to command a deal that will make him the highest-paid player in the league, likely in the range of $25 million per season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:16 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      21.17 (6th)
    • Jimmy Graham still considering surgery
      Jimmy Graham said he's still considering offseason shoulder surgery.

      Advice: Graham didn't miss any games due to his shoulder issue, but it noticeably limited his production in the second half. He reportedly plans to use the Pro Bowl to decide whether he'll need surgery. Graham had an 85/889/10 line in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:07 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      11.10 (40th)
    • John Kuhn says he'll test free agency
      Packers FB John Kuhn plans to test free agency.

      Advice: Kuhn made his second Pro Bowl this year despite playing just 249 snaps. He had to settle for a one-year deal with the Packers last offseason and could struggle to attract interest on the open market. Kuhn will most likely end up back in Green Bay on a team-friendly contract. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:04 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.69 (2630th)
    • Ravens express interest in re-signing Forsett
      Impending free-agent RB Justin Forsett said the Ravens have expressed interest in re-signing him.

      Advice: "They expressed that they want me back. I want to be back, so we'll see what happens," Forsett said. After bouncing around the league the first six years of his career, Forsett was finally given an opportunity to lead a backfield in Baltimore this season. He did not disappoint. Forsett racked up 1266 yards and eight touchdowns on 235 carries for the Ravens, earning his first Pro Bowl bid in the process. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:44 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.42 (14th)
    • Jets to release Percy Harvin?
      ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini believes the Jets releasing WR Percy Harvin is the "logical move."

      Advice: The sixth-round pick the Jets parted with in the Harvin deal becomes a fourth-rounder if he is still on the Jets' roster in 2015. Cimini doubts new GM Mike Maccagnan will be willing to sacrifice two rounds in order to keep an injury-prone receiver and his $10.5 million scheduled pay. We tend to agree. Harvin will likely be looking for work during free agency. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:03 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (1971st)
    • 'Improved probability' Hoyer returns to CLE
      ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi believes there is an "improved probability" free-agent QB Brian Hoyer returns to Cleveland.

      Advice: Hoyer may want to test the market before returning to the hot mess that is the Browns, but in the end Cleveland will likely be Hoyer's best opportunity. It is unlikely Hoyer gets anything better than backup offers on the open market, and in Cleveland he would at least have the possibility of winning a starting job. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:01 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2478th)
    • Eagles and Maclin hit snag in negotiations
      The Newark Star-Ledger reports the Eagles and impending free-agent WR Jeremy Maclin "have hit a bit of a wall in their contract negotiations."

      Advice: The two sides were very close to a deal at the end of the season, but talks hit a snag when Maclin switched agents and requested more money. After letting DeSean Jackson go last offseason, the Eagles cannot afford to let Maclin walk. The sides should get a deal done before Maclin hits the market on March 10. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:19 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      9.12 (75th)
    • GM Schneider 'kind of' loves Lynch's act
      Speaking about Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks GM John Schneider said, "I kind of love his act."

      Advice: It seems the act has not yet worn thin, at least at the front-office level, but Lynch's antics are not why his Seahawks future is in question. Lynch is owed $7 million in salary and bonuses and carries a cap charge of $8.5 million in 2015. That is a lot to pay a soon-to-be 29-year-old running back with a history of back spasms and a punishing running style. That said, Lynch is still one of the best backs in the league, and has been the heart of another Super Bowl run. It would be surprising if Lynch is let go this offseason. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:29 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.35 (16th)
    • Chris Matthews fined for obscene gesture
      Seahawks WR Chris Matthews was fined $11,025 for making an obscene gesture in last Sunday's NFC Championship Game win.

      Advice: The fine has drawn attention because of Marshawn Lynch's response on Twitter, but seems warranted, and is unlikely to be reversed on appeal. A blocker and special teamer, Matthews was active just three times during the regular season. He won't make an impact on Super Bowl Sunday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:59 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2141st)
    • Browns approach Hoyer about extension
      ESPN Browns reporter Jeremy Fowler reports the team has reached out to free agent Brian Hoyer about a contract extension.

      Advice: Fowler believes talks could heat up closer to February's Combine, where everyone in the NFL meets. The Browns are expected to offer "backup quarterback money," which is what Hoyer's on-field play warrants. Hoyer and risk-taking agent Joe Linta may first want to see what the open market has in store. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:32 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.00 (2478th)
    • Jimmy Graham expected to avoid surgery
      Jimmy Graham anticipates avoiding offseason shoulder surgery.

      Advice: Graham battled a shoulder injury for the entire second half of the 2014 season, severely affecting his production. He wouldn't reveal the injury's specifics in a Thursday interview with reporters. Still only 28 years old, we suspect Graham has a few seasons left in him of top-three tight end production. He'd be a value pick in the third round of 2015 fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:52 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      11.10 (40th)
    • Report: Beast Mode could consider retirement
      NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Marshawn Lynch could again consider retirement after the Super Bowl.

      Advice: It's the same thing Rapsheet reported in November and June. Beast Mode has more than a little Favre in him, but we'd consider any retirement threat completely empty. The real question is if Lynch will be back in Seattle next season. His 2014 running has made him extremely difficult to phase out of the Seahawks' plans. He remains one of the best players in the NFL. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 12:06 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.35 (16th)
    • New coach Fox noncommittal on Cutler
      New coach John Fox declined to comment on whether he believes Jay Cutler will be a Bear in 2015.

      Advice: Speaking at his introductory press conference, Fox could have come out and said Cutler is his guy. Instead, he waffled. Cutler melted down badly in 2015, even with passing-game guru Marc Trestman at the controls. It culminated in him getting benched in favor of Jimmy Clausen. Cutler's $15.5M guaranteed salary makes him both difficult to cut and difficult to trade, but arm talent like his is unique. "I'm looking forward to getting to know Jay," Fox said. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 9:21 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      17.11 (25th)
    • Seahawks now open to bringing Lynch back
      According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Seahawks are now more than open to bringing Marshawn Lynch back next season.

      Advice: Not too long ago, it was considered a foregone conclusion that the Seahawks would part ways with Lynch following this season. He'll be 29 in April, is owed $7M in salary and bonuses, has increasingly become an off-field nuisance and Christine Michael is ready to pop. But Lynch has been the identity of a Super Bowl run once again, dominating other workhorse runners in yards after contact per attempt and consistently sparking his offense by punishing defenders. Beast Mode has the leverage now. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 5:45 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.35 (16th)
    • Colts have been working on new deal for Luck
      Sources tell ESPN that the Colts have been working on the parameters of a new contract for Andrew Luck.

      Advice: Luck's rookie contract is up following the 2015 season. The 25-year-old is expected to land a deal that will make him the highest-paid player in the game, likely around $25M per season. During Luck's first three seasons as a pro, he's gone 33-15 as a starter, been to the playoffs three times, won three playoff games and thrown for 12,957 yards with 86 touchdowns against 43 interceptions. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 19, 5:38 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      21.17 (6th)
    • Andrew Luck falls on face in Foxboro
      Andrew Luck completed 12-of-33 passes for 126 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's AFC Championship Game loss at New England.

      Advice: Facing an elite Patriots defense in driving rain, Luck and his teammates melted down. It puts a damper on an otherwise highly encouraging third NFL season. With OC Pep Hamilton taking the chains off, Luck ranked third in the league in pass attempts (616) and predictably turned that volume into a No. 2 fantasy finish at the QB position -- behind only Aaron Rodgers. Luck will sign a massive contract extension this season and then be back as a top-2 fantasy quarterback option once again, this time with explosive Donte Moncrief hopefully bookending T.Y. Hilton. At just 25 years old, we've seen plenty of evidence already that Luck is a rare breed at the game's most important position. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 7:32 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      21.17 (6th)
    • John Kuhn rushes twice in NFC title game
      John Kuhn rushed twice for three yards in the Packers' NFC Championship Game loss to the Seahawks.

      Advice: Kuhn added a three-yard reception. Kuhn's second rush was initially ruled a one-yard touchdown, but was reversed on review. Kuhn "vultured" only one score from Eddie Lacy this season, and offers as little fantasy value as ever. The 32-year-old fullback is headed to the open market. He'll most likely end up back in Green Bay. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 4:48 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      0.69 (2630th)
    • Lynch puts SEA on his back in NFC title game
      Marshawn Lynch rushed 25 times for 157 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks' NFC Championship Game victory, adding a 26-yard reception.

      Advice: With Russell Wilson staggered and struggling, Beast Mode put the team on his back, grinding out the kind of tough yards he's made his name on. Lynch's otherworldly leg drive was on display the entire second half as the 'Hawks worked their way back from a 16-0 halftime deficit. He should again be the focal point of the offense in Super Bowl XLIX. Every passing game makes it appear more and more dubious that Seattle will actually part ways with Lynch this offseason. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 18, 3:58 pm
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      15.35 (16th)
    • Dolphins will push to keep Charles Clay
      ESPN Dolphins reporter James Walker believes the Dolphins will try to re-sign impending free agent TE Charles Clay before free agency begins.

      Advice: Clay had a down year in 2014, catching 58 balls for 605 and three touchdowns while battling through knee and hamstring injuries. He is still one of the most versatile H-backs in the league, and would likely generate plenty of interest on the open market despite the down season. The Dolphins would be smart to lock him up early. Rotoworld.com
      Jan 17, 6:05 am
       
      Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
      6.90 (83rd)
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