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  • Rapsheet: Keeping Bennett will be 'hard'
    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it will be "hard" for the Patriots to re-sign impending free agent Martellus Bennett.

    Advice: Per Rapsheet, the Patriots and Bennett have a "mutually respectful relationship," but that may not be enough to keep him in Foxboro. Bennett is in line for a big payday after leading New England with seven touchdown catches in 2016. ESPN's Mike Reiss previously reported the Patriots won't get in a bidding war for Bennett, which means he's likely headed elsewhere. With Rob Gronkowski coming off yet another surgery, the Pats are sure to address tight end in the draft. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:30 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.25 (220th)
     
  • Dolphins still interested in Dion Sims
    According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are hoping to re-sign impending free agent TE Dion Sims.

    Advice: Sims would be a worthwhile insurance policy for newly-acquired Julius Thomas, who has sat out 11 games the past two seasons. The question is whether Sims would be willing to return as a backup. Primarily a blocking tight end, Sims caught 26 passes for 256 yards and four touchdowns last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:16 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.19 (284th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • 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 Sunday, 2:49 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (522nd)
     
  • 49ers a 'strong possibility' for Jacob Tamme
    According to ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure, the 49ers are a "strong possibility" to sign impending free agent Jacob Tamme.

    Advice: The 31-year-old said he loves being a Falcon but could opt to join his former OC Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco. The 49ers just signed Vance McDonald to a five-year extension, though it wouldn't hurt to bring in a veteran to implement Shanahan's offense. Either way, Austin Hooper is slated for a bigger role. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:36 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (603rd)
     
  • Patriots expected to pursue Martellus Bennett
    Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal believes the Patriots will "make a run" at free agent Martellus Bennett.

    Advice: Daniels believes Bennett will command "top dollar" as the best tight end available on the market. Outbidding teams in free agency has never been New England's MO, though the Patriots have over $61 million in cap space. Bennett finished third among tight ends with seven touchdowns despite playing through painful knee and ankle injuries. With Rob Gronkowski coming off his third back surgery, keeping Bennett would be a wise investment for the Patriots. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:06 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.25 (220th)
     
  • GM indicates Ladarius Green will return
    Steelers GM Kevin Colbert indicated Ladarius Green (concussion) will be back with the team in 2017.

    Advice: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette wrote the same earlier this week. It makes sense for the Steelers to take a shot on Green, who was a difference-maker when on the field and would free up under $2.75 million of cap space if released. That said, he only managed six games his first year in Pittsburgh and still has not been cleared from a Week 15 concussion. Like last year, it will not be surprising if Green spends most of the offseason on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:38 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
  • Eagles expected to keep Brent Celek
    The Eagles are expected to keep Brent Celek for the 2017 season.

    Advice: Celek counts $5 million against the salary cap, but the Eagles would save only $1 million by releasing him. Now 32 years old, Celek played just 39 percent of Philly's 2016 offensive snaps, losing playing time to superior receiver Trey Burton behind Zach Ertz. Celek will return as the Eagles' No. 3/blocking tight end. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:48 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.72 (375th)
     
  • Luke Willson intends to test open market
    Free agent TE Luke Willson intends to test the open market.

    Advice: Reporter Bob Condotta believes the 'Hawks would "undoubtedly love" to re-sign their 2013 fifth-rounder, but "only at the right price." Willson was a tool-sy project coming out of Rice, but has never developed into much of a blocker. He does have 74 career catches. Standing in at 6-foot-5, 252 pounds with 4.5 wheels, Willson could tempt some teams on the open market. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:16 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.84 (371st)
     
  • Ladarius Green (concussion) yet to be cleared
    DKPittsburghSports.com reports Ladarius Green is not currently in the NFL's concussion protocol, but has still yet to be cleared.

    Advice: In other words, uncertainty continues to take the day. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette guessed Tuesday that Green would keep his roster spot, but Steelers president Art Rooney II was publicly noncommittal last month. Green's health has been one mystery after another since he signed a four-year, $20 million contract last March. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:43 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
  • Seferian-Jenkins agrees to plea in DUI case
    Austin Seferian-Jenkins agreed to a plea deal in his DUI case which will keep him out of jail.

    Advice: Seferian-Jenkins was charged with DUI last September, but he pleaded down to a reckless driving charge. He was sentenced to one year of probation, 50 hours of community service, and DUI school. He will also pay a $500 fine. Despite escaping jail time, Seferian-Jenkins is likely facing a two-game suspension. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:57 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (974th)
     
  • Martellus Bennett not an option for Dolphins?
    The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports free agent Martellus Bennett is not an option for the Dolphins.

    Advice: "Bennett will never play for the Dolphins as long as the current administration is running the organization," Salguero wrote confidently. It is not a secret Bennett and coach Adam Gase did not see eye to eye in Chicago, and that discord is likely what Salguero is referencing. Miami is expected to re-sign Dion Sims, but they still need to find some more help at tight end. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:31 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.25 (220th)
     
  • Steelers high on Jesse James
    According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Gerry Dulac, the Steelers' "coaches and Ben (Roethlisberger) like Jesse James."

    Advice: Still just 22 years old -- he turns 23 in June -- James is only five months older than ballyhooed draft prospect O.J. Howard. James became a particularly big part of Pittsburgh's offense in the playoffs, catching ten balls for 131 yards in the Divisional Round and AFC Championship Game. James' 2017 role remains contingent on Ladarius Green's (concussions) unpredictable health. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:03 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.37 (306th)
     
  • Martellus Bennett could be an option for tag
    CSN New England's Phil Perry believes impending free agent Martellus Bennett could be an option for the franchise tag.

    Advice: According to MMQB's Albert Breer's calculations, the franchise tag for tight ends is likely to come in around $9.84 million. That's a more than fair price for Bennett, who Perry believes would be looking at around $8 million per year on a multi-year deal. Bennett turns 30 next month and played hurt for most of the season. He'd provide insurance for Rob Gronkowski (back surgery) and keep intact the Patriots' ability to play two-tight end "12 personnel" sets. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:02 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.25 (220th)
     
  • Giants re-sign ERFA TE Will Tye
    Giants re-signed exclusive rights free agent TE Will Tye to a one-year, $615,000 contract.

    Advice: The Giants have now wrapped up their ERFA class and have chosen not to tender offers to WR Ben Edwards or FB/DT Nikita Whitlock. Tye emerged as the Giants' No. 1 tight end this season, making 10 starts and catching 48 balls for 395 yards and one touchdown. Upgrading the position will be a priority for GM Jerry Reese. Tye is a one-dimensional pass catcher-only. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:35 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.17 (253rd)
     
  • Steelers expected to keep TE Ladarius Green
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette expects the Steelers to retain Ladarius Green for 2017.

    Advice: Bouchette believes "the decision has been made" and Green will stay on the roster, despite president Art Rooney II expressing uncertainty about Green's future after the season. "His health will determine what happens from there," Bouchette wrote. Green was a difference maker when healthy in 2016, averaging nearly 17 yards per catch but appearing in only six games. Concussion and ankle concerns will continue to cloud 26-year-old Green's fantasy future. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:37 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
  • Giants re-sign TE Matt LaCosse to 1-yr deal
    Giants re-signed TE Matt LaCosse to a one-year contract.

    Advice: LaCosse was an exclusive rights free agent. The tight end missed all of 2016 with a knee injury, but he was in the mix for the starting job before going down. Unless the Giants add someone this offseason, he should again compete with Will Tye, also an ERFA, for playing time. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:46 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (487th)
     
  • Pats won't get into 'bidding war' for Bennett
    ESPN's Mike Reiss does not expect the Patriots to get into a "bidding war" for impending free agent TE Martellus Bennett.

    Advice: Bennett was both an excellent complement and replacement for Rob Gronkowski during his first year in New England, but he is also certain to get overpaid as the best tight end in a weak free agent class. Perhaps his age (30 in March) and recent health will keep Bennett in the Patriots' price range, but it is reasonable to think he will be playing elsewhere in 2017. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:47 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.25 (220th)
     
  • Giants moving on from free agent TE Donnell
    NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the Giants will move on from free agent TE Larry Donnell.

    Advice: It's not a surprise after Donnell lost his starting job to Will Tye, who wasn't very good in his own right. Donnell exploded for four touchdown catches in the first four games of the 2014 season, but he caught just five TDs over the ensuing 34 contests and was a consistent liability as a blocker. Donnell does have some red-zone chops, but he won't receive starter money on the open market. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:39 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (738th)
     
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