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  • Chiefs FB Anthony Sherman retires after 10 seasons
    Chiefs FB Anthony Sherman has announced his retirement from the NFL after 10 seasons. 

    Advice: A free agent, 32-year-old Sherman was not expected to be re-signed. A 2011 fifth-round pick of the Cardinals, Sherman spent the past eight years as Andy Reid's lead blocker in Kansas City. Sherman hangs up his cleats with 94 career touches, just four of which came in 2020. His high points were 2013 and 2017, where he handled the ball 20 times a piece. Despite that lack of official touches, being an NFL fullback is a brutally grinding business, even on limited snaps.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 3:26 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.89 (385th)
     
  • McLaurin played through two high-ankle sprains
    Terry McLaurin says he played through two high-ankle sprains in 2020. 

    Advice: We knew about one, which is difficult enough to play through. The timeline, or whether both injuries were to the same foot, is unclear. Coupled with Alex Smith's pop-gun presence under center, it would explain why McLaurin's production dramatically tailed in the second half of the season. Despite the injuries, the 25-year-old still managed to confirm himself as one of the best young receivers in football. He should once again push for WR1 relevance in 2021, though it is unknown who will be under center for the Football Team.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 2:40 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.20 (92nd)
     
  • Fangio confirms competition likely for Drew Lock
    Speaking Thursday, Broncos coach Vic Fangio confirmed the team would like to add competition for Drew Lock. 

    Advice: “Until Drew proves to be the next great quarterback like the ones Denver has been used to in years past, or ones certain teams around the league have, we’re going to always try and bring in competition," Fangio said. "But I have confidence Drew can continue to improve.” It's the latest, strongest indication Lock won't be getting any free 2021 lunches after his dismal sophomore campaign. It's quite possible Lock is replaced outright, with no meaningful competition. Lock has mouthwatering tools but has given close to zero indication he knows how to harness them at the NFL level.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 2:11 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.22 (19th)
     
  • Seahawks release rights to Josh Gordon
    Seahawks released WR Josh Gordon. 

    Advice: It's a formality with a player who didn't suit up in 2020 because of continued suspensions. Gordon was finally set to return in December before getting banned yet again. The supremely-talented 29-year-old has made only 28 appearances since 2014. He announced last week he was signing on with the "Fan Controlled Football league," where Twitch users can call plays with real-life players. Gordon turns 30 next month. His long, strange NFL trip would seem to be at an end.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 1:28 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (783rd)
     
  • Broncos GM 'wants' Phillip Lindsey back
    Broncos GM George Paton said he "wants" restricted free agent RB Phillip Lindsay back for 2021.

    Advice: Patton said they will be applying a tender on Lindsay but the level hasn't been determined. Another team could slide in and sign Lindsay if the Broncos get loose with their evaluation, but the most likely scenario is Lindsay returning as Melvin Gordon's sidekick. He battled various injuries in 2020, ultimately landing him on injured reserve. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:49 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (864th)
     
  • Vikings 'definitely' want to bring back RB Boone
    St. Paul Pioneer Press' Chris Tomasson reports the Vikings "definitely" want to keep RB Mike Boone.

    Advice: Boone is a restricted free agent, so the Vikings are deciding which, if any, tender they will apply on their backup running back. Either way, it's likely that Boone returns as the No. 3 running back behind Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison. Ameer Abdullah is a free agent. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 11:36 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.36 (271st)
     
  • Russini: Seahawks answering calls on Wilson
    ESPN's Dianna Russini reports the Seahawks are answering trade calls on Russell Wilson. 

    Advice: Russini reports the Seahawks are not actively "shopping" Wilson, but that they are picking up when other teams call. That puts them a step ahead of the Texans, who are reportedly sending interested Deshaun Watson parties straight to voicemail. Russini confirms Wilson is "not happy" in Seattle. Instead of dying down, this story keeps gaining new dimensions. It is still a "believe it when you see it," but it is notable this was not immediately extinguished.   NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:18 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    21.44 (4th)
     
  • Steelers formally announce Roethlisberger's return
    The Steelers have signed QB Ben Roethlisberger to a new contract for 2021. 

    Advice: Roethlisberger agreed to be paid $14 million this year with other voidable years beyond 2021 to smooth out the rest of his owed money. It effectively opens up $15 million in cap space for 2021 to help the Steelers round out the rest of their roster. For his part, Roethlisberger publicly acknowledged that this needed to be done after his disappointing 2020. Now purely a dink-and-dunk passer after missing nearly all of 2019 with an elbow injury, Roethlisberger is unlikely to have a 2021 return to glory. Even if JuJu Smith-Schuster walks in free agency, however, the weapons are here for Roethlisberger to remain fantasy relevant, and perhaps stabilize his game on the real life gridiron. The Steelers have to get more serious about their No. 2 quarterback spot after another year of tempting the Mason Rudolph gods in 2020.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:06 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (858th)
     
  • Saints restructure Lutz's contract to create cap
    Saints restructured K Wil Lutz's contract.

    Advice: Death, taxes, and the Saints maneuvering themselves under the cap. Lutz, who has three years remaining on his current deal, had a majority of his base salary converted into a signing bonus in order to save $1.74 million against the cap this year. New Orleans is still (unsurprisingly) well over the projected 2021 salary cap and have several more moves to make to reach that threshold. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 6:57 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.12 (112th)
     
  • Mayock, Raiders would 'love' to have Agholor back
    Raiders GM Mike Mayock said the team would "love" to re-sign impending free agent WR Nelson Agholor.

    Advice: “Nelly’s one of my favorite people in the whole world,” Mayock said in his press conference. "He brought a work ethic, a toughness, he brought the young guys along with him, and he brought productivity and trust with our quarterback. So all of those things he brought, we don’t want to lose. We’d love to have Nelly back. That’s a guy that I can’t tell you how much appreciation I have for.” Agholor reportedly told his teammates they "were selfish and didn’t work hard enough" after their Week 16 loss to the Dolphins, so it's unclear whether the receiver is in much of a hurry to re-sign in Las Vegas. Even so, his rapport with Derk Carr was off the charts, finishing second on the team in both targets (82) and receiving yards (896). Returning to the Raiders is arguably the 27-year-old's best-case scenario for fantasy. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 6:47 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.74 (85th)
     
  • Giants cut Golden Tate, save $6.2M against the cap
    Giants released WR Golden Tate.

    Advice: This move was widely expected after a forgettable season that included a suspension and some on-field frustrations surrounding his target volume. Tate, 33, no longer projects as a sure-fire starter in the slot but could be a fit on a contender as depth. He's posted 795-, 676-, and 388-yard seasons since leaving Detroit in 2017. The Giants will be leaning on Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton, Saquon Barkley, and offseason acquisitions in 2021. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 4:26 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1001st)
     
  • Saints cut TE Josh Hill, saving over $2.5 million
    Saints released TE Josh Hill.

    Advice: 31 in May, Hill was once dubbed the predecessor to Jimmy Graham by fantasy analysts. It never came close to that. The blocking specialist caught eight passes last season and sports a career 116-1,071-15 line across 117 games, averaging about one catch per game. He's spent his entire career in New Orleans. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 1:49 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (819th)
     
  • Saints release veteran TEs Jared Cook, Josh Hill
    Saints released TE Jared Cook.

    Advice: New Orleans also released veteran TE Josh Hill. The Cook move was just a formality, as his contract was set to void anyway with a dummy year on it. The Cook release doesn't create any additional cap room and leaves behind $2 million in dead money. Cook went 37-504-7 across 15 games this past season but really floundered in the playoff loss with an untimely fumble. He turns 34 next month and likely won't be greeted with a robust market, though he still does have some playmaking ability left in him in the right situation. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 1:46 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.33 (179th)
     
  • Lions strike one-year deal with WR Tyrell Williams
    Lions signed WR Tyrell Williams, formerly of the Raiders, to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Released by the Raiders last week after two seasons there, Williams, 29, missed all of 2020 with a shoulder injury that required surgery. He's believed to be healthy and will give the Lions an outside deep threat for Jared Goff with Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones slated to hit free agency in two weeks. Williams' fantasy appeal isn't high, but he could find himself playing heavy snaps if the Lions don't franchise-tag Golladay or do a whole lot else at wideout. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 12:40 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (434th)
     
  • Vikings GM: Kirk Cousins is our QB going forward
    Speaking Wednesday, Vikings GM Rick Spielman stated Kirk Cousins "is our quarterback going forward."

    Advice: In answering the question, Spielman noted he's heard the rumors this offseason but highlighted Cousins' play down the stretch last season. Cousins threw a career-high 35 touchdowns and posted his highest TD% rate at 6.8% last season, tossing three-plus scores six times from Week 8 forward. Cousins' turnovers always seem to come at the worst times, but Cousins is far from the problem in Minnesota. There were some whispers the 49ers could try to trade for Cousins due to his connection with coach Kyle Shanahan from their Washington days. Cousins has two years left on his deal at $31 million and $45 million cap numbers as it stands right now. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 11:54 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    21.12 (8th)
     
  • Josh Gordon joins startup pro football league
    Josh Gordon signed with the Zappers of the Fan Controlled Football league. 

    Advice: It's one of the sadder sentences ever written about a player who once upon a time looked like an all-time great. After bouncing in and out of the NFL for eight years, Gordon, 29, joins the FCF, headlined by former Browns QB Johnny Manziel. FCF games are played seven-on-seven in a "high tech studio arena and streamed live on Twitch," according to the league's site. Fans can apparently call plays for FCF teams -- like a video game with human beings. Gordon most recently played for the Seahawks, and failed the terms of his conditional reinstatement in late December, effectively ending his NFL career. Gordon in 2013 led the NFL in receiving yards.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 12:27 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (783rd)
     
  • Art Rooney: Ben played at 'high level' in 2020
    Steelers president Art Rooney II said he has no performance-based concerns about Ben Roethlisberger. 

    Advice: Rooney reiterated that the team would need to figure out contract restructuring with Roethlisberger before March 17, the opening of free agency, when teams must be compliant with the 2021 salary cap. "We think Ben played at a high level last year," said Rooney. "We won our division and set a franchise record for most consecutive wins to open a season, so there was a lot of good stuff." "His arm," Rooney added, " ... is as strong or almost as strong as ever, so I think he's certainly capable of getting the job done." Coming off elbow surgery that kept him sidelined for most of the 2019 season, Roethlisberger in 2020 posted a career low 6.3 yards per attempt -- a full 1.4 yards per attempt lower than his career average and 2.7 yards lower than his career best. There's plenty of reason to question the 38 year old's arm strength as he prepares for one last run with the Steelers.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 5:26 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (858th)
     
  • Wilson would accept trade to DAL, NO, LV or CHI
    Russell Wilson's agent tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that he has not requested a trade, but that if he were dealt, he would waive his no-trade clause for the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders or Bears. 

    Advice: It's a trade request by another name. Various national media sources have taken great pains to report Wilson's relationship with coach Pete Carroll could still be patched up, but neither side is working very hard to tamp down the flames. This situation appears further along than Deshaun Watson's with Houston. Wilson has expressed discontent only to make up with Seattle before, but the odds he is dealt are very real, if not inevitable.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 10:52 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    21.44 (4th)
     
  • MIA, NYJ, NO, LV linked to potential Wilson trade
    The Athletic's Michael-Shawn Dugar, Mike Sando and Jayson Jenks report Russell Wilson's camp has broached trade destinations with Seattle to the Dolphins, Jets, Saints and Raiders.

    Advice: The report also notes that "some people around the league" believe a trade will happen, if not this offseason then sometime in the "near future," and that those close to Wilson feel as though the pillars upon which coach Pete Carroll built his program — namely competition and accountability — are applied selectively, especially as it pertains to himself and his sons. If that truly is the case, Wilson would knowingly waive his no-trade clause to join one of the four teams listed above if only to escape Carroll's reign, which runs through the 2025 season after the organization gifted the 69-year-old an extension late last year. It's still possible this relationship is repaired, but the two sides continue to grow farther apart with every passing day. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 7:40 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    21.44 (4th)
     
  • Raiders release Tyrell Williams, clearing $10.6M
    Raiders released WR Tyrell Williams.

    Advice: Two years into his four-year deal, Williams gets the pink slip after missing all of 2020 with a shoulder injury after posting a 42-651-6 line in his first year with the Silver and Black. Williams was on a first-half tear in 2019, scoring touchdowns seemingly every week before a heel injury sapped his explosiveness. Known as "The Gazelle" in his days with the Chargers because of his big-plays, deep-threat skills, Williams will now be searching for his third team as a 29-year-old. The move saves the Raiders $10.6 million against the cap. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 1:53 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (434th)
     
  • Steelers announce Roethlisberger to return in 2021
    Steelers President Art Rooney announced Ben Roethlisberger will return for the 2021 season.

    Advice: “Ben and I met yesterday morning and we had a productive meeting,” Rooney said. “We were able to discuss a lot of things that relate to where we are and where we want to go. Ben assured me that he is committed to coming back to help us win, and I told Ben that we would like to have him back to help us win a championship. We both understand the next step is to work out Ben’s contract situation.” This was expected, though the sides still need to restructure the $41.2 million Roethlisberger is owed. The Steelers will likely convert most of Roethlisberger's 2021 salary into a signing bonus and add dummy years to spread out the cap hit.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 6:51 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (858th)
     
  • Steelers owner expected to announce Ben's return
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Steelers owner Art Rooney II is expected to announce Ben Roethlisberger's return for 2021 on Wednesday. 

    Advice: This firms up Tuesday words from Big Ben's agent. Roethlisberger's contract and $41.2 million 2021 cap hit need to be reworked, but it would appear neither side views that as much of an obstacle. Roethlisberger became a liability down the stretch of 2020 as his surgically-repaired throwing elbow appeared to die out, but he is the sort of player who has earned one more chance with his organization. The Steelers possess a readymade Super Bowl roster. Roethlisberger will be the weak link if he can't improve upon this winter's finish.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 6:26 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (858th)
     
  • Roethlisberger's agent says team wants him back
    Ben Roethlisberger's player rep said the Steelers have confirmed they want him back for 2021. 

    Advice: GM Kevin Colbert Goff'd Roethlisberger a bit in a press conference last week, saying "as we sit here today, Ben is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers." Not a glowing endorsement, though Colbert hinted the main issue was Roethlisberger's mammoth $41.2 million cap hit. His agent insists they are willing to get "creative" to ensure Roethlisberger remains with the only team he has ever known. This situation seems like it will resolve with Roethlisberger remaining under center in Pittsburgh.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 3:39 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (858th)
     
  • Any Russ deal 'starts' with three 1st-rounders
    Michael Silver reports teams "believe" any deal for Russell Wilson would "start" with three first-round picks.

    Advice: "What's a realistic price if the Seahawks were to trade Russell Wilson?," Silver said in a spot on NFL Network. "I think you start with something like three first-round draft picks. That's kind of the message that other teams believe would be conveyed." That last sentence makes his "report" sound a lot more like conjecture than anything, but the fact remains that teams would have to legitimately shock Seattle with an unreasonable offer to even begin trade negotiations. There's still more than enough time for the two sides to consider all matters water under the bridge. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 12:45 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    21.44 (4th)
     
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