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  • Cimini: Jets haven't 'given up' on Geno Smith
    ESPN's Rich Cimini doesn't think the Jets have given up on impending free agent Geno Smith.

    Advice: While Cimini agrees that Smith could probably benefit from a change of scenery, he also points out that it wouldn't cost much to retain him. Smith hinted at a return to New York with a cryptic tweet earlier this week: "Don't act surprised... that's all I'm going to say!" Smith could be agreeable to a one-year, prove-it deal, though the Jets may have reservations following surgery to repair a torn ACL. That could sideline Smith until September or October. Rotoworld.com 46 minutes ago
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (900th)
     
  • Pats could pursue Michael Floyd in free agency
    ESPN's Mike Reiss believes the Patriots could be interested in bringing back impending free agent Michael Floyd, but only at the right price.

    Advice: Reiss believes the Patriots value Floyd's "physical presence," though his questionable chemistry with Tom Brady raised some red flags. Floyd didn't grasp New England's offense as quickly as the team had hoped, which led to him being a healthy scratch for the Patriots' last two playoff games. It probably won't cost much to keep Floyd, which could work to the Patriots' advantage. But if Floyd's price rises, it's doubtful New England would get in a bidding war for his services. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:52 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.12 (159th)
     
  • Jaguars were fed up with Thomas' blocking
    According to the Florida Times Union, Julius Thomas' poor blocking was one reason the Jaguars decided to move on from him.

    Advice: One source referred to Thomas' blocking as "non-existent" and said his presence was a "giveaway" to the defense that the Jaguars were passing or running away from him. Instead of the every-down player Jacksonville envisioned when signing him to a five-year, $46 million contract, Thomas only played about 25-32 snaps a game for the Jags while often battling injuries. It's been a tough couple of years for Thomas but maybe reuniting with Adam Gase in Miami will light a fire under him. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:25 am
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    0.00 (522nd)
     
  • Darren Fells could be non-tendered
    Restricted free agent TE Darren Fells is a non-tender candidate.

    Advice: Fells had a decreased role last year, playing 371 snaps as a blocker behind Jermaine Gresham. The Cardinals want to avoid paying him $1.8 million on a low tender. Fells should re-sign closer to the $600K he made in 2016. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:17 pm
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    1.03 (361st)
     
  • Tyler Bray will compete for backup role
    Tyler Bray is expected to compete for the Chiefs' backup job.

    Advice: Bray held off Aaron Murray for a roster spot last preseason, but spent the year as a third-stringer behind Alex Smith and Nick Foles. He'll get a chance at the No. 2 role with Foles not expected back. Kansas City should add competition for Bray through the draft/free agency. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:12 pm
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    0.00 (946th)
     
  • Trevor Siemian expects to be ready for OTAs
    Trevor Siemian (shoulder surgery) said he expects to be ready for OTAs.

    Advice: Siemian underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in January. "I am out of the sling and everything is going really well so far," Siemian said. "I should be good for OTAs but we'll see." Even if he is "ready" for OTAs, Brandon Stokley of 104.3 The Fan Denver reports Siemian is unlikely to practice in full until training camp. Siemian will compete with 2016 first-rounder Paxton Lynch if the Broncos do not add anyone else this offseason. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:25 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.99 (72nd)
     
  • Jamaal Charles could be an option for Eagles
    ESPN's Tim McManus speculates Jamaal Charles could be an option for the Eagles if he is released.

    Advice: Charles counts $6.2 million against the cap, and the Chiefs can save all of that by releasing him. Considering he is coming off two lost seasons due to knee issues, it is almost a given Kansas City will move on. If they do, the Eagles make a lot of sense. Coach Doug Pederson was his coordinator in Kansas City, and they need backfield help even if they do not cut Ryan Mathews. Signing Charles will be a gamble, but it could prove a smart, low-cost move for an Eagles organization pinching pennies as they attempt to surround Carson Wentz with weapons. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:05 am
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    0.00 (590th)
     
  • Jay Cutler still not destined for the Jets?
    ESPN's Rich Cimini would "be surprised" if Jay Cutler ended up with the Jets.

    Advice: Cutler to the Jets seems to be the rumor du jour, but Cimini has consistently shot those rumors down. Still, the dots are easy to connect with Cutler's former position coach and former teammates in New York, and the Jets are likely looking for a veteran bridge of Cutler's ilk to get them to their future quarterback. The noise is unlikely to die until the Jets add someone else or Cutler signs with a different team. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:53 am
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    0.00 (1073rd)
     
  • Ravens looking to add a possession receiver
    Ravens assistant GM Eric DeCosta said the Ravens are looking to add a possession receiver.

    Advice: "I think we're looking for a guy that can catch the ball, move the chains and get critical first downs when needed," DeCosta said. Brandon Marshall would seem to fit that description, and The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec has already written the Ravens "would at least inquire" if the Jets release him. Baltimore also has a long history of signing veteran receivers at the tail end of their careers, and Marshall would not count towards the compensatory pick formula if he is released. It all makes too much sense to actually happen. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:24 am
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    0.00 (1095th)
     
  • Robert Woods content with No. 2 role
    Impending free agent Robert Woods said he is content with the No. 2 role in Buffalo.

    Advice: "Sammy [Watkins] deserves being the number one," Woods said. "As long as we are progressing, moving the ball down the field and making plays, I have no problem with that." The comments suggest he is open to re-signing with the Bills, who have no receiving talent behind Watkins and Woods. The former second rounder has averaged 51 catches for 613 yards and three touchdowns his four years in Buffalo. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:10 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.96 (263rd)
     
  • GM praises Laquon Treadwell's work ethic
    Vikings GM Rick Spielman praised 2016 first-rounder Laquon Treadwell's work ethic.

    Advice: "He is maybe the hardest-working kid I’ve ever seen. He is so determined to be a good player, and he has the skill set to do it," Spielman said. "He is going to be a good player with us. I do believe that in my heart." OC Pat Shurmur called this offseason "very critical" for Treadwell after essentially a lost rookie season, but it sounds like the front office believes he is up to the task. With Cordarrelle Patterson an unrestricted free agent and Charles Johnson (RFA) not bringing much to the offense, Treadwell should be given every opportunity to carve out a big role. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:59 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (580th)
     
  • Niners ink DeAndre Carter to two-year deal
    49ers signed WR DeAndre Carter to a two-year contract.

    Advice: Carter has bounced around the league since going undrafted out of Sacramento State in 2015, spending time with the Ravens, Raiders and most recently the Patriots. The 23-year-old has yet to play an NFL snap. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:06 pm
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    0.00 (502nd)
     
  • Coughlin: Blake Bortles must limit turnovers
    Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin emphasized that Blake Bortles must avoid turnovers to maintain his starting job.

    Advice: Bortles committed 22 turnovers last year -- 16 interceptions and six lost fumbles. The 16 picks were actually a career low. "Taking care of the football is paramount to that position," said Coughlin. "There can be no way the ball is turned over to that extent." Coughlin added he believes improved pass protection and "components around him" will give Bortles a better shot at success, hence the Jaguars' trade for LT Branden Albert. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:03 pm
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    16.24 (16th)
     
  • Redskins to meet with free agents at Combine
    The Redskins will meet with their impending free agents at next week's Combine.

    Advice: That includes Chris Baker, Vernon Davis, Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson as well restricted free agents Will Compton and Chris Thompson. Jackson has expressed interest in remaining with the Redskins, though the team is "lukewarm" about that possibility, according to the Washington Post. Garcon and Jackson are both expected to command $9-11 million annually. It's a near certainty that at least one will move on. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:53 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.56 (85th)
     
  • Siemian won't practice fully until training camp
    According to Brandon Stokley of 104.3 The Fan Denver, it's unlikely Trevor Siemian (shoulder) will practice fully until training camp.

    Advice: Siemian underwent surgery on his non-throwing shoulder in January. He's still expected to be ready for OTAs, but won't be given a full workload until training camp opens. Siemian had his moments last year, but remains a placeholder for the Broncos while first-round pick Paxton Lynch continues his development. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:33 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.99 (72nd)
     
  • Coughlin won't completely commit to Bortles
    Speaking Friday, Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin wouldn't completely commit to Blake Bortles as the starting quarterback.

    Advice: However, Coughlin didn't indicate the Jaguars will be moving on from Bortles, according to ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco. When he was first introduced as the new EVP, Coughlin said Bortles "is our quarterback." It suggests the Jaguars will pick up Bortles' fifth-year option, but Bortles isn't going to get an extension this offseason after his dreadful 2016. The Jaguars are a dark horse to make an addition at quarterback either in free agency or the draft, but Bortles remains the heavy favorite to be under center as the starter come Week 1. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:43 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    16.24 (16th)
     
  • Chiefs take flier on 29-year-old C.J. Spiller
    Chiefs signed RB C.J. Spiller.

    Advice: Spiller has name recognition, but he hasn't been a factor on the field for years. He was a massive free-agent flop in New Orleans in 2015 and bounced around between the Saints, Jets, and Seahawks last season before eventually being released in December. Spiller will turn 30 before the season. He'll try to carve out a pass-catching role in K.C., but we won't hold our breath. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:11 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1044th)
     
  • RapSheet: 'No guarantee' Cutler plays in 2017
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there is "no guarantee" Jay Cutler plays in 2017.

    Advice: "He's one of several veterans who are still considering whether they want to play," Rapoport continued. "It is a consideration. It's something he's confided in people." Cutler will be 34 in April and has dealt with several injuries the last couple seasons including the torn labrum he is currently rehabbing, but it would be shocking if he decided to retire. This is almost certainly a ploy to scare away any potential trading partners, forcing the Bears to release him and allowing him to pick his next destination. With so many quarterback-needy teams, Cutler should have a healthy market once he is cut. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:02 am
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    0.00 (1073rd)
     
  • Jay Cutler (shoulder) to be cleared by March
    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jay Cutler (shoulder) is expected to be medically cleared by March.

    Advice: Cutler underwent surgery for a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder in early December. It's typically a three-month rehab, but don't expect Cutler to do much throwing before training camp. He's expected to be able to pass a physical sometime next month. The Bears will likely release Cutler before or shortly after the start of the new league year on March 9. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:06 am
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    0.00 (1073rd)
     
  • Report: Jets have 'some interest' in Cutler
    CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora continues to report that the Jets have "some interest" in Jay Cutler once he's released by the Bears.

    Advice: "They believe he can play in the elements that are a reality in the AFC East, and they like his moxie and arm talent," writes La Canfora. "And that was well before the Jets hired Jeremy Bates as their quarterback coach." Bates and Cutler have mutual affinity for each other after working together in Denver and Chicago. The current Jets regime needs to find a way to put wins on the board if they're going to save their jobs. No quarterback currently on the roster or in the draft will be able to do that, so Cutler would make sense as a veteran capable of coming in and making this team at least competitive. La Canfora also mentions the Bills, 49ers, Dolphins, Texans, Jaguars, and Browns as potential landing spots for Cutler. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:35 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1073rd)
     
  • Julius Thomas passes physical with Dolphins
    Julius Thomas has passed his physical with the Dolphins.

    Advice: It allows the Dolphins and Jaguars to announce their trade at the start of the league year on March 9. Thomas has never played a full 16-game season and battled numerous injuries last year, including a fractured tailbone, back problems, ankle issues, and an elbow injury. He appeared in just nine games. Thomas will be nothing more than a late-round flyer in 2017 fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:20 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (522nd)
     
  • Report: Bears actively shopping Jay Cutler
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bears have "actively started seeking" a trade partner for Jay Cutler.

    Advice: The Bears will try their darnedest to get something for Cutler, though there's a good chance they'll end up cutting him. Cutler plateaued and arguably regressed after a promising beginning to his career in Denver, and hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2009. With that said, a quarterback-needy team like the Jets could be desperate enough to take the bait. The Bears are expected to target Jimmy Garoppolo, but they'll face plenty of competition. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:12 pm
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    0.00 (1073rd)
     
  • DeSean Jackson praises Carson Wentz
    Impending free agent DeSean Jackson was impressed by Carson Wentz's performance as a rookie.

    Advice: "He killed it," said Jackson. "He had a heck of a year. He showed he can do it all. He has the intangibles of being a big-time quarterback." Jackson thinks he still has 4-6 good years left in him and wouldn't mind ending his career where it started. "I mean, it’s definitely a great story and ending," said Jackson when asked about a return to Philadelphia. "It all sounds good, but you never know until the final decision is made." The Eagles, Buccaneers and Rams should be among Jackson's top suitors when he hits the open market. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:45 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.56 (85th)
     
  • OC: Offseason 'very critical' for Treadwell
    Vikings OC Pat Shurmur said this offseason will be "very critical" for Laquon Treadwell.

    Advice: The No. 23 overall pick last year, Treadwell managed just one catch as a rookie and was stuck behind an ineffective Charles Johnson on the depth chart all season. In the rookie's defense, he did deal with several injuries, but it was still a disappointing showing. With both Johnson and Cordarrelle Patterson headed to free agency, Treadwell should have a shot at more playing time moving forward, but he will need to earn it during the offseason program. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:51 am
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    0.00 (580th)
     
  • Report: DeSean Jackson could end up with Bucs
    ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the Bucs are a possible landing spot for impending free agent DeSean Jackson.

    Advice: Speaking on Adam Schefter's podcast, Jackson said returning to Philadelphia would be a "great story," but he will be looking to get all he can out of this trip to free agency. With a quarterback on the rise and not much else besides Mike Evans in the passing game, the Bucs make a ton of sense as a potential landing spot, especially since Anderson also reports Jackson has "existing rapport" with Jameis Winston. Jackson has also been linked with the Rams. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:40 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.56 (85th)
     
  • Report: Cards have 'zero interest' in Cutler
    Kent Somers of AZCentral Sports reports the Cardinals have "zero interest" in Jay Cutler.

    Advice: MMQB's Peter King wrote he "wouldn't be shocked" if Cutler ended up with the Cardinals, but Somers makes it clear that is not a real option. It also never made much sense for Cutler to sit for at least a year behind Carson Palmer when he should have starting options even if the Bears decide to move on. Even though they are not interested in Cutler, the Cardinals have to find their quarterback of the future this offseason. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:47 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1073rd)
     
  • Julius Thomas wanted to 'reunite' with Gase
    The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports Julius Thomas agreed to be traded to the Dolphins "because he wanted to reunite with coach Adam Gase."

    Advice: Thomas agreed to restructure his contract to facilitate the deal, turning some of his base salary into performance-based incentives and greatly lowering his cap hit in the process. It makes sense for Thomas to seek out Gase, who coordinated a Broncos offense which funneled the tight end 24 touchdowns in 27 games. Miami is likely Thomas' best bet to get his career back on track. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:25 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (522nd)
     
  • Dolphins acquire Julius Thomas for late pick
    Dolphins acquired TE Julius Thomas from the Jaguars in exchange for a late-round pick in the 2017 draft.

    Advice: This trade is being made independent of the Branden Albert deal after Albert and Thomas were at one point expected to be dealt in exchange for each other. Turning 29 in June, Thomas was a colossal flop during his two-year stay in Jacksonville, catching only nine touchdowns across 21 games after scoring 24 times over his previous 27 with Peyton Manning in Denver. Going to Miami reunites Thomas with ex-Broncos OC Adam Gase, whose Dolphins roster was extremely thin at tight end. While Thomas is unlikely to recapture his Denver production, he should stand a better chance of rebounding into an impact player. He'll be a late-round flier in 2017 fantasy drafts, and a much-needed red-zone complement to Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker in Miami's passing game. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:09 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (522nd)
     
  • Report: Julius Thomas still drawing interest
    First Coast News reports Julius Thomas is drawing trade interest from at least one team in addition to the Dolphins.

    Advice: This could be the Jags trying to drive up the price on Miami, but it's becoming increasingly clear Thomas isn't long for Jacksonville. If a trade cannot be hammered out, Thomas will likely be cut. That would create $1.7 million in cap space, but also leave behind $6.6 million in dead money. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:04 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (522nd)
     
  • Report: Julius Thomas not part of Albert deal
    According to the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero, Julius Thomas will not be going to the Dolphins as part of the Branden Albert trade to the Jaguars.

    Advice: Salguero is the one to trust on this deal, and he reports the current structure of the trade is Albert to the Jaguars for a conditional late pick in the 2018 draft. Albert is currently in Jacksonville meeting the Jaguars' higher-ups, and it's important that Albert signs off on the trade because Jacksonville won't make the move if Albert won't report to the team. If he signs off, Albert is expected to stay on his current contract and possibly even land an extension. As for Thomas, he likely will end up getting released at some point and could still wind up in Miami as a free agent. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:23 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (522nd)
     
  • Cardinals a possibility for Jay Cutler?
    MMQB's Peter King "wouldn't be shocked" if Jay Cutler ends up with the Cardinals.

    Advice: That would mean Cutler chooses to settle for a backup job behind Carson Palmer for 2017 with an eye on taking over as the starter in 2018 if Palmer retires. It would be somewhat shocking to see Cutler take a back seat when there are so many open jobs out there, but his fit in Bruce Arians' gunslinger offense makes sense. The Cardinals have said finding a quarterback is their No. 1 goal this offseason. The Jets and 49ers could also be landing spots for Cutler. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:36 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1073rd)
     
  • Dolphins, Jags finalizing Albert-Thomas swap
    Citing league sources, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports the Dolphins are working to finalize a trade sending Branden Albert to the Jaguars in exchange for Julius Thomas.

    Advice: The Miami Herald reported this late in the week, but the Sun-Sentinel got credit for the story on multiple media outlets today. The Sun-Sentinel hasn't (accurately) broken an NFL story in years. Either way, it's clear the Albert-for-Thomas deal has legs and at this point seems inevitable. Officially, no deal can be consummated until the start of the new league year on March 9. Rotoworld.com Feb 19, 2:49 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (522nd)
     
  • Michael Floyd sentenced to 120 days in jail
    Impending free agent Michael Floyd pled guilty to one count of extreme DUI Thursday in Scottsdale City Court.

    Advice: The other six counts were dismissed. Floyd will serve a 120-day jail sentence, including 24 days in county jail and 96 days of home detention. He also must complete 30 hours of community service and pay a $5,115.99 fine. It's not a worst case scenario for Floyd, but it's pretty close. There was no way he was going to avoid jail time after blowing a .217. Coming off a down year, Floyd's free agent prospects aren't looking good. Rotoworld.com Feb 17, 11:08 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.12 (159th)
     
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