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    • Jerome Felton expected to void his contract
      Vikings FB Jerome Felton is expected to void his contract, making him a free agent.

      Advice: Felton has a $2.45 million player option for 2015. As the Vikings turned to a shotgun-heavy offense to suit Teddy Bridgewater, Felton's snaps were scaled back dramatically despite still-effective lead blocking when he's gotten the chance to play. He'd be a better fit on more of an I-formation team. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:36 pm
      Week 17 Projected Rank
      2550th
    • Blount has marijuana charges withdrawn
      LeGarrette Blount had his marijuana charges withdrawn after he completed 50 hours of community service.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 Rank
      123rd
    • 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 Rank
      1st
    • 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 Rank
      15th
    • 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 Rank
      2358th
    • RFA Lance Dunbar may not be tendered
      The Fort Worth Star-Telegram says there's a "real good chance" the Cowboys won't tender restricted free agent RB Lance Dunbar.

      Advice: It would cost the Cowboys only $1.575M to tender Dunbar at the lowest level. That may be too much to pay for a satellite back that touched the ball 2.9 times per game in 2014. The Cowboys appear to be higher on a now-healthy Ryan Williams. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:15 am
      Week 17 Projected Rank
      151st
    • 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 Rank
      2355th
    • 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 Rank
      4th
    • 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 Rank
      34th
    • Some within Cowboys like Joseph Randle
      According to ESPN Dallas, there are people within the Cowboys who believe Joseph Randle can be a 1,400-yard rusher.

      Advice: Those people are likely sharing a drink with Jerry Jones, who always looks at his players with rose-colored glasses. Randle is a decent back who averaged a whopping 6.73 YPC on his 51 carries in 2014, but he's nowhere near DeMarco Murray's skill level. There are also questions about Randle as a receiver and in pass pro. Still, he's a name to monitor closely (along with Ryan Williams and Lance Dunbar) as we wait to see if DeMarco bolts in free agency. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:39 am
      Week 17 Projected Rank
      1990th
    • T-Rich's suspension voids contract guarantees
      Former agent Joel Corry confirms Trent Richardson's suspension voids the guarantees on his $3.18M 2015 base salary.

      Advice: Richardson was suspended during the playoffs for conduct detrimental to the team. He'll likely file a grievance through the NFLPA, but if the suspension stands then the Colts can dump their inept running back without paying him the final year of his guaranteed rookie contract. It would be a tiny silver lining for the franchise, who gave the Browns a first-round pick to acquire Richardson early in the 2013 season. He's been outperformed badly by players named Boom Herron and Zurlon Tipton. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:28 am
      Week 17 Projected Rank
      91st
    • Mark Ingram could be option for Cowboys
      Bryan Broaddus of the Cowboys' official website thinks Mark Ingram could be an option to replace fellow impending free agent DeMarco Murray.

      Advice: The chances of Murray re-signing with Dallas seem extremely long, as he should be following the cash. The Cowboys don't have the cash to line Murray's pockets. Ingram also won't be coming cheap, but he won't be as expensive as Murray. If Ingram lands in Dallas behind that offensive line and in OC Scott Linehan's scheme, he'd be flirting with RB1 numbers on a weekly basis. Ingram is likely to command $3-5 million per year on the open market after his breakout 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 7:03 pm
      Week 17 Projected Rank
      110th
    • Forsett: BAL to keep same run scheme
      Free agent Justin Forsett said he's heard the Ravens will keep some of the same run-game principles under new OC Marc Trestman.

      Advice: Trestman takes over for Gary Kubiak, who implemented the highly successful Shanahan zone scheme. It resulted in a breakout year for 29-year-old Forsett, who put up 235-1,266-8 on the ground. It's a no-brainer for Trestman to leave the system in place while adding his own personal touch to the pass game -- a scheme that typically results in high-reception totals for his running backs. Forsett would be a nice fit and shouldn't be too expensive for the Ravens to bring back. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:31 am
      Week 17 Projected Rank
      189th
    • NFL to penalize Lynch if he does crotch grab
      The Seahawks will be penalized 15 yards if Marshawn Lynch makes an obscene gesture during Sunday's Super Bowl.

      Advice: Lynch has been fined a total of $31,050 for grabbing his crotch following touchdown runs this season. But he hasn't been penalized yet because the officials allegedly didn't see it. We can be certain that if he does it Sunday he'll get flagged as this story has gone national -- which is why coach Pete Carroll said he will speak to Beast Mode about the grab. According to offshore sportsbook Bovada, Lynch is an incredible -200 favorite to score a touchdown against the Patriots. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:37 am
      Week 17 Projected Rank
      12th
    • 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
      Saturday, 2:04 pm
      Week 17 Projected Rank
      2530th
    • Musgrave plans to tailor scheme for Latavius
      New Raiders OC Bill Musgrave said he's going to "tailor" the run game so it's "right up [Latavius Murray's] alley."

      Advice: The previous Raiders regime oddly stunted Murray, criminally giving Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden unproductive carries. Once Murray was finally freed, the size/speed freak excelled. He averaged 5.17 YPC on his 72 attempts with two touchdowns and caught 17 passes for 143 yards. Musgrave, who has worked with Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy in his last two stops, appears ready to lock in Murray as his 2015 starter. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:03 pm
      Week 17 Projected Rank
      258th
    • Panthers to dump DeAngelo, feature Stewart?
      ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton says there's a "strong possibility" DeAngelo Williams will be released this offseason.

      Advice: It should be a no-brainer for the Panthers to move on from the ineffective Williams and save $2M against the cap by making him a post-June 1 cut. Especially considering they've dedicated $8.3M of their cap on Jonathan Stewart, who found his elite early-career-form in 2014 and needs to push for 20 touches per game next season. Stewart averaged a gaudy 4.62 YPC in 2014, ranked 11th among running backs in yards after contact per attempt and graded out 2nd in PFF's Elusive Rating (behind only Marshawn Lynch). Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:40 am
      Week 17 Projected Rank
      140th
    • C.J. Anderson: Kubiak offense fits me
      C.J. Anderson said the Gary Kubiak offense fits him well.

      Advice: We'd agree. Kubiak executes a Shanahanian scheme, which means zone-blocking concepts and one-cut running. It's been incredibly successful on the ground, producing big Kubiak-led seasons out of Clinton Portis, Reuben Droughns, Mike Anderson, Steve Slaton, Arian Foster and Justin Forsett. Anderson's downhill style meshes well and he showed true foundation-back ability once given a chance in 2014. There's first-round fantasy upside here. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:01 am
      Week 17 Projected Rank
      190th
    • Ahmad Bradshaw still in a walking boot
      Free agent Ahmad Bradshaw (fractured fibula) is still in a walking boot.

      Advice: Bradshaw broke his leg in Week 11, an injury that crippled the Colts' running game. He hopes to ditch the boot and resume working out soon as he gets set for free agency in March. Bradshaw proved he has plenty left in the tank in 2014, racking up a 4.72 YPC average, 38 catches and eight total touchdowns in 10 games. But now he's entering his age-29 season with even more injury issues than before. Teams know about Bradshaw's seemingly chronic foot/ankle woes. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:17 am
      Injured Reserve
      Week 17 Projected Rank
      129th
    • Dan Herron more of a backup than starter?
      ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells considers Dan Herron "more of a backup than starter" in the NFL.

      Advice: Herron handled himself very well as a feature back in the playoffs, touching the ball 65 times in three games. But he averaged just 3.77 YPC and was squeezing the most out of his natural talent. Coach Chuck Pagano admitted Monday that improving the run game is a priority for him this offseason. Herron will face plenty of competition for carries in 2015, possibly in the form of injury-risks Ahmad Bradshaw (free agent coming off broken leg) and Vick Ballard (coming off Achilles' tear). This is also a strong class for running backs in the draft. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:06 am
      Week 17 Projected Rank
      1855th
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