Player Notes

  • Saints likely to ask Colston for pay cut
    ESPN's Mike Triplett considers Marques Colston a candidate for a pay cut.

    Advice: Colston is owed $3.2 million in salary/bonuses with a $5.9M cap hit. He isn’t a lock to return after playing a part-time role last year. The Saints have Brandon Coleman as an in-house replacement. Yesterday, 6:14 pm
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  • DeAndre Hopkins intends to improve RAC
    DeAndre Hopkins says one of his offseason priorities is to improve his run after catch.

    Advice: Hopkins made 2015 highlight reels as a dominant winner of contested catches and one-handed grabs. With only 201 yards after catch, however, Hopkins ranked a lowly 118th in the NFL in that statistic. Hopkins says he considers himself to have "finished last in" yards after catch. It's a reminder that Hopkins may still offer room for significant improvement; he doesn't turn 24 until June. Yesterday, 5:22 pm
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  • Browns could have interest in Osweiler
    The MMQB's Peter King suggests the Browns are the top competition for free agent Brock Osweiler.

    Advice: The Browns are projected to take a quarterback at No. 2 overall, but have a ton cap space ($33.2M) to make a run at Osweiler. With Von Miller expected to be franchised, Osweiler could max his value on the open market. Osweiler is the favorite to open 2016 as Denver’s starter, but is going to command higher than the $12.25M AAV Nick Foles got from the Rams. Yesterday, 3:21 pm
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  • Dolphins could release TE Jordan Cameron
    The Miami Herald believes the Dolphins should release Jordan Cameron.

    Advice: Cameron is due a non-guaranteed $7.5 million. Releasing him could be the only option if he doesn’t accept a pay cut. Cameron had just a 35/386/3 line his first season in Miami. Yesterday, 1:32 pm
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  • Owen Daniels considering retirement
    Broncos TE Owen Daniels is considering retirement.

    Advice: "Of course. That's definitely an option," said Daniels. "But I'm a man of my word, I signed a three-year deal, so I'd like to keep playing." Daniels turns 34 in November. It sounds like he’ll play next season, but isn’t a lock to return at his $3.5M salary. Yesterday, 12:40 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Dallas could be fit for Colt McCoy
    The Cowboys could have interest in free agent Colt McCoy.

    Advice: McCoy would be a low-cost option behind Tony Romo, but isn’t a huge upgrade on Kellen Moore. Dallas is more likely to add a backup through the draft. Yesterday, 11:25 am
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  • Tarvaris Jackson expected to test open market
    ESPN 710 Seattle's Jessamyn McIntyre reports impending free agent QB Tarvaris Jackson will test the open market.

    Advice: McIntyre reports there was a "strong market" last season for Jackson, who took less money to come back to the Seahawks. Jackson has had several stints as a starter throughout his career, but he has proven to be a backup-level player. He has not started a game since 2011. Going on 33, continuing to hold the clipboard for Russell Wilson will likely be his best available option. Yesterday, 7:42 am
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  • Cowboys expected to draft running back early
    The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota said he "would be very surprised" if the Cowboys did not use one of their first three picks on a running back.

    Advice: The No. 4 overall pick is too early to reach for a running back, but a runner could be in the Cowboys' plans in the second round. Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott has expressed his desire to play for Dallas, but he is unlikely to last that long. Alabama RB Derrick Henry could be an option in the second, and Arkansas RB Alex Collins could be available when the Cowboys pick in the third. Regardless of who the they go with, Darren McFadden should expect rookie company in the backfield next season. Yesterday, 7:05 am
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  • Gus Bradley says he wants to re-sign TE Lewis
    Coach Gus Bradley wants to re-sign free agent TE Marcedes Lewis.

    Advice: Lewis was reduced to a blocking role last year, failing to score a touchdown for the first time since 2011. The Jaguars want to keep him as their No. 2 tight end behind injury-prone starter Julius Thomas. Lewis shouldn’t require much more than the $2.65 million salary he made in 2015. Friday, 3:52 pm
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  • Reggie Bush expects to resume running soon
    Free agent Reggie Bush (knee) expects to resume running in two weeks.

    Advice: 30-year-old Bush plans to play at least one more season. He’s recovering from a torn meniscus, but should be ready for training camp. Unlikely to draw interest as more than a third-down back, Bush may cost a near-NFL-minimum deal. Friday, 3:11 pm
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  • David Johnson expected to be bellcow back
    Fox Sports 910 Phoenix's Mike Jurecki expects David Johnson to serve as the Cardinals' "bellcow" back in 2016.

    Advice: Andre Ellington will return as a lightly used change of pace. Johnson showed bellcow-back ability down the stretch of his rookie season, successfully handling touch totals of 24, 24, 33, 12, 14, 21, and 24 in Arizona's final seven games, including the playoffs. Johnson should be one of the top-five running backs off the board in 2016 fantasy drafts. Friday, 3:07 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • 49ers void Anquan Boldin's contract
    The final three years of Anquan Boldin's contract voided.

    Advice: He’s now a free agent. The move leaves the 49ers with $2.7M in dead money. Boldin managed a 69/789/5 line despite playing through injuries and a combination of Colin Kaepernick/Blaine Gabbert. He’ll be one of top wideouts available despite entering his age-36 season. Friday, 2:30 pm
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  • Carson Palmer gets base salary guaranteed
    Carson Palmer’s $7.15 million base salary became fully guaranteed on Friday.

    Advice: His $6.35 million roster bonus was also guaranteed. Palmer stayed healthy for all 16 games and set career highs in 2015, tying Tom Brady for second in MVP voting behind Cam Newton. The Cardinals have Palmer signed through 2017 for $29 million ($14.5M AAV). Friday, 2:22 pm
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  • Bridgewater pressured nearly 48% of dropbacks
    Teddy Bridgewater faced pressure on nearly 47 percent of his 2015 dropbacks.

    Advice: He absorbed 44 sacks, sixth most in the NFL. The Vikings know their offensive line was a huge weakness, firing OL coach Jeff Davidson immediately after the season. The Vikings now have decisions to make on an ineffective and/or injury-riddled tackle crew of Matt Kalil, T.J. Clemmings, and Phil Loadholt. RG Mike Harris is a free agent and LG Brandon Fusco is coming off a down year. Friday, 1:56 pm
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  • Josh Scobee works out with Buccaneers
    The Buccaneers worked out four kickers this week including Josh Scobee.

    Advice: The others were Nate Freese, Mike Meyer and Cameron Starke. We last saw Scobee in Pittsburgh where he made 6-of-10 field goals before getting cut. Connor Barth finished the year as Tampa Bay's kicker but clearly the Bucs are open to other options. Friday, 12:32 pm
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  • Terrence Williams getting a raise in 2016
    Terrance Williams will get a raise to $1.686 million in 2016.

    Advice: According to the CBA established in 2011, players picked between Rounds 3-7 can earn a raise in the last year of their rookie contract if they play 35 percent of the team's offensive or defensive snaps in two of their first three seasons. Williams has played at least 67.9 percent of the Cowboys' snaps in each of his three seasons, which qualifies him for a $978,500 raise. Williams' teammate, S J.J. Wilcox, will also get a raise in 2016. Friday, 11:14 am
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  • End of an Era: RG3 passes exit physical
    Robert Griffin III passed his exit physical.

    Advice: That was the only hurdle in the way of the Redskins cutting him. Washington still needs to lock up Kirk Cousins but RG3 is as good as gone. The Browns, Rams and Texans are a few teams that could be in the market for a quarterback, though we're guessing Griffin III will have to settle for a backup job. Friday, 11:00 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Kenny Bell to have big role in passing game
    ESPN's Adam Caplan expects second-year WR Kenny Bell to have a "pretty good role" in the Bucs' 2016 passing game.

    Advice: A fifth-round pick last May, Bell suffered a hamstring injury in training camp and missed his rookie season. Now healthy, Bell (6'1/197) is expected to compete for No. 3 receiver duties behind Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson. 24-year-old Bell is a name to watch in Dynasty leagues after he tore up last year's Combine with a 4.42 forty and 41.5-inch vertical. Friday, 7:51 am
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    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Bucs expected to bring back Vincent Jackson
    The Bucs are fully expected to bring back Vincent Jackson.

    Advice: A poor free agent wide receiver market can't hurt V-Jax's case to stay in Tampa Bay, where he is owed a $9.78 million base salary, all of which would come off the salary cap books were Jackson released. The Bucs are flush with cap space already, however, and they're very unlikely to find a better option across from Mike Evans this offseason. Jackson turned 33 last month. Friday, 6:30 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • 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. Friday, 6:20 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
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