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  • Chopping block: Panthers send Tolbert packing
    Panthers released FB Mike Tolbert.

    Advice: The move frees up $1.725 million in cap space. Tolbert had a good run in Carolina, earning three Pro Bowl nods in five seasons. Fullbacks are a dying breed in the NFL but Tolbert should land on his feet. The 31-year-old logged 114 rushing yards on 35 carries last year while adding 10 catches for 72 yards and one touchdown. 33 minutes ago
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    1.40 (342nd)
  • Mularkey wants RBs in pass route 'quicker'
    Titans coach Mike Mularkey said he wants his running backs to release into their pass routes "quicker."

    Advice: "My first couple years here, we were one of the worst teams in protections, gave up the most sacks two years ago," Mularkey said. "And we may have over-emphasized it too much that the backs are waiting for something to happen and trying to get an extra chip. But we’ve got to get them out quicker." DeMarco Murray managed 53 receptions despite Mularkey's concerns, which was tied for sixth in the league among running backs. If given more freedom to get downfield, it is possible he could better that number in 2017. Today, 8:05 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    14.27 (29th)
  • Lions expected to add a RB this offseason
    ESPN's Michael Rothstein expects the Lions to add a running back this offseason.

    Advice: Zach Zenner was stellar down the stretch and both Ameer Abdullah (foot) and Theo Riddick (wrist) will return well before training camp, but Rothstein expects the Lions to add someone to one of the worst rushing attacks in the league. If they do, a low-cost power back in the mold of free agent LeGarrette Blount would make sense. Oklahoma RB Samaje Perine could be an option in the draft. Today, 6:47 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.42 (66th)
  • Giovani Bernard expected to avoid PUP list
    Geoff Hobson of believes Giovani Bernard (ACL) will avoid the PUP list to start next season.

    Advice: Bernard tore his ACL last November and seems to be on schedule with his recovery. At worst, Hobson thinks Bernard could miss one or two games to start the season. The Bengals still have Jeremy Hill, but they'll need more depth with Bernard on the mend and backups Rex Burkhead and Cedric Peerman headed for free agency. Running back could be a position the Bengals address in the draft. Sunday, 6:19 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (899th)
  • 1,000-yard season 'in play' for Rob Kelley?
    CSN Mid-Atlantic's JP Finlay believes 1,000 yards is "in play" for Rob Kelley in 2017.

    Advice: Colleague Rich Tandler is not so sure and expects the breakout rookie to face competition in camp. He almost certainly will, but Kelley played well before being slowed by a knee injury late in the season. Unless Washington brings in an early-round back, Kelley should open training camp as the favorite for carries. Kelley gained 601 yards on 151 carries (4 YPC) over his nine starts as a rookie. Saturday, 9:58 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.88 (52nd)
  • Amer Abdullah should be ready for OTAs
    Amer Abdullah (foot) remains on track for OTAs.

    Advice: Abdullah was close to returning late in the season, but never made it back. He’s been cleared to run and should be 100 percent for the start of OTAs. Abdullah is the favorite to open 2017 as the Lions’ No. 1 back. Friday, 5:10 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1112th)
  • Trent Richardson popped for domestic violence
    WBRC FOX6 reports free agent Trent Richardson was arrested for domestic violence Thursday night in Hoover, Alabama.

    Advice: A female victim was treated for scratches and bruises. The incident reportedly began at a Wal-Mart and continued until police were called to a Hyatt hotel, where Richardson was taken into custody. He's been charged with third-degree domestic violence and will appear before a judge on Friday. Richardson is being held on $1,000 bond. The former third overall pick hasn't played an NFL snap since 2014. Friday, 12:45 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (742nd)
  • Report: GMs have 'real concerns' about AP
    According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, several GMs have balked at the idea of paying Adrian Peterson $5 million on a one-year contract.

    Advice: It looks like Peterson is nearing the end of his tenure with Minnesota, but that doesn't mean he'll be greeted with open arms once he becomes a free agent. Per La Canfora, teams have "real concerns" about Peterson's durability and question whether he'd be willing to take on a backup role. When asked about Peterson's free agent prospects, one GM told La Canfora, "it only takes one team to do something stupid." Despite his Hall of Fame credentials, it seems like most GMs view the current version of Peterson as an injury-prone liability. Friday, 12:29 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (455th)
  • FA Zach Line had hip cleanup surgery
    Impending free agent FB Zach Line underwent hip cleanup surgery after the season.

    Advice: It sounds like a minor scope. Line is still on crutches but should be ready for a mostly-normal offseason. Line was in on 211 snaps as a lead blocker last season. He has five touchdowns over the past three years. Friday, 7:26 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (944th)
  • Ex-Rams and NYJ RB Stacy announces retirement
    Ex-Rams and Jets RB Zac Stacy has announced his retirement.

    Advice: The No. 160 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Stacy was the Rams' starting running back as a rookie, but averaged just 3.89 yards per carry. His career faded quickly thereafter. Going on 26, Stacy hangs up his cleats with 10 NFL touchdowns. Thursday, 2:46 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (911th)
  • Steelers: No reservations about Le'Veon Bell
    Speaking Thursday, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said he has "no reservations" about free agent Le'Veon Bell, and that he hopes Bell retires with the team.

    Advice: "There is no hesitation for us to have him," Colbert said. "Hopefully, his entire career." Bell indicated last summer he would seek $15 million per year in long-term talks, a number that has likely gone up, and a number that would certainly frighten a modern general manager when considering a running back. Working in Bell's favor is his age (25 on Saturday), and complete dominance whenever he's at full health. The problem, of course, has been his health, as well as his off-the-field issues. The off-the-field concerns probably won't factor into the talks as much as is assumed, as any future suspension would void Bell's guaranteed money. Thursday, 11:21 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (901st)
  • Lynn thinks he'll get more from Melvin Gordon
    New Chargers coach Anthony Lynn believes he can get more out of Melvin Gordon.

    Advice: "He did a hell of a job from his rookie year to his sophomore year," Lynn said. "And I told him we can take this to another level. We’re going to do some things running-wise that I can think can help him." It is the second time since being hired Lynn has said he can help Gordon get to the next level. Gordon found the end zone 12 times in just 13 games as a sophomore, but he was still limited to 3.9 yards per carry. If Lynn can help improve his efficiency on the ground, the sky is the limit for Gordon's fantasy stock. Thursday, 10:31 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1105th)
  • Report: Packers fined Lacy for weight issues
    The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports free agent Eddie Lacy was "fined for not making weight over the last couple of seasons."

    Advice: Per reporter Pete Dougherty, "it’s unclear how often or how much." As Dougherty points out, it clearly didn't work. Lacy lost weight to much fanfare last offseason, but Dougherty reports he gradually gained it back, and may have even been a few pounds up in January. Dougherty guesses Lacy could be limited to offers of $2 million plus incentives because of his weight and ankle issues. He'll be a fascinating case on the open market. Thursday, 10:10 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (905th)
  • C.J. Prosise expected to be ready for OTAs
    Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times expects C.J. Prosise (shoulder) to be "fully ready to go for OTAs."

    Advice: Prosise missed the final eight games including the playoffs with a fractured scapula after missing time early in the season with a broken hand and most of the spring with hip and hamstring issues. All of those injuries led Pete Carroll to question Prosise's durability after the season. To retain a role behind Thomas Rawls, Prosise will need to stay healthy throughout the offseason program. Thursday, 7:29 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (587th)
  • AD tweets about Giants' 'interesting moves'
    Adrian Peterson tweeted Wednesday about the "interesting moves" the Giants have made this offseason.

    Advice: His interest was likely piqued by the release of Rashad Jennings on Monday. Peterson has said he would be interested in playing for the Giants if he leaves Minnesota, but he also recently said he would like to retire as a Viking. That is not going to happen unless he takes a big pay cut. He also does not appear to be a great fit with the Giants, who operated from the shotgun on over 70 percent of their snaps in 2016. Peterson likely will not be playing for the Vikings come September, but it would be somewhat surprising if he landed in New York. Thursday, 5:53 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (455th)
  • Bucs yet to reach out to Jacquizz Rodgers
    The Bucs have "yet to reach out" to free agent Jacquizz Rodgers.

    Advice: It suggests the Bucs are prepared to move on from Rodgers. Tampa could also be waiting for the market to be set before making an offer. Despite coming off a career year, 27-year-old Rodgers shouldn't generate much free agent interest. The Bucs may view Peyton Barber as an in-house replacement. Wednesday, 2:31 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    12.42 (39th)
  • Report: Bucs planning to keep Doug Martin
    WFLA’s Roy Cummings reports the Bucs haven’t given up on suspended RB Doug Martin for 2017.

    Advice: The Bucs can get out of Martin’s contract without any guaranteed money, but "intend to play the situation out." Tampa is still expected to add depth through the draft/free agency with Martin set to miss the first three games of the regular season. The Bucs currently have Charles Sims, Peyton Barber, and Russell Hansbrough behind Martin on their depth chart. Wednesday, 2:21 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (752nd)
  • Rams RB coach: Gurley pass pro must improve
    Rams RBs coach Skip Peete cited Todd Gurley's pass-protection ability as a skill Gurley must develop for his game to improve.

    Advice: Gurley left the field on most passing downs in favor of Benny Cunningham, a switch that telegraphed to the defense that the Rams were likelier to run with Gurley in the game. "This is going to blow your mind. ... I think the most important thing in this league, as far as a running back is concerned, is his ability to pass protect," said Peete, an 18-year RBs coach. "They think it’s easy. They’ve all come into the league comfortable as a runner." Cunningham is a free agent, setting up Gurley for an increased passing-game role and potentially improved rushing efficiency against lighter boxes if he can fine tune his pass blocking. Tuesday, 6:27 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.59 (61st)
  • Paul Perkins now Giants' 'clear-cut No. 1?'
    NJ Advance Media's James Kratch wrote Paul Perkins is the Giants' "clear-cut No. 1 running back" following the release of Rashad Jennings.

    Advice: Perkins played well down the stretch as a rookie, jumping Jennings on the depth chart by the end of the season, and enters the spring at the No. 1 runner. The Giants are certain to add another back in free agency or the draft, however, and Shane Vereen should have a role if he is retained. While Perkins is the lead back right now, it is tough to see him escaping a committee in 2017. Tuesday, 6:43 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.54 (183rd)
  • McKenzie wants to re-sign Latavius Murray
    Speaking about impending free agent Latavius Murray, GM Reggie McKenzie said the Raiders "want to re-sign our own players."

    Advice: "When you're talking about a guy who is 6-foot-3, close to 230 pounds, there's not a whole lot of similar you can get there," McKenzie said specifically of Murray. "There's 31 other teams out there who may be communicating to his representatives. We'll see where it goes, but we like to re-sign our guys." The San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur expects the Raiders to move on from Murray after attempting to replace him in back-to-back offseasons, but McKenzie does not sound so sure. If Murray moves on, the Raiders will likely add a power back in the draft to pair with Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington. Monday, 8:15 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.45 (47th)
  • Raiders expected to move on from Lat Murray
    The San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur expects the Raiders to move on from free agent Latavius Murray.

    Advice: The Raiders have tried replacing Murray in each of the last two offseasons, courting DeMarco Murray in 2015 before flirting with Matt Forte and the idea of drafting Ezekiel Elliott last year, only to whiff on all three. They also kept Latavius in frustrating three- and four-man committees for most of the 2016 season. Look for the Raiders to add a power back in the draft. Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington will return as change-of-pace options. Monday, 1:15 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.45 (47th)
  • Giants cut RB Jennings, create $2.5M in space
    Giants released RB Rashad Jennings.

    Advice: Jennings was set to make $2.48 million in the final season of his four-year contract. The move creates $2.5 million in cap space. Jennings was the Giants' best back for stretches of 2016, but ended up with a 3.27 YPC. Although a reasonably-effective veteran presence, Jennings served to muddle the Giants' backfield as much as strengthen it over the past two seasons. Ineffective committees were a staple of his time in the Big Apple. One month shy of his 32nd birthday, Jennings will have to hunt for No. 2/3 work in free agency, and won't land much, if any, guaranteed money. Feb 13, 10:17 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.92 (365th)
  • Eddie Lacy likely to settle for one-year deal
    According to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, free agent Eddie Lacy will likely have to settle for a one-year deal in the $2 million range.

    Advice: Dougherty came to this conclusion after speaking with an agent who has studied the running back market. Lacy burst onto the scene by earning Rookie of the Year honors in 2013, but has watched his production dip while battling injuries and weight issues. The Packers cut James Starks, and ex-WR Ty Montgomery is unlikely to develop into an every-down back. Given the alternatives, bringing Lacy back on a cheap one-year deal might be the Packers' best option. Feb 12, 9:45 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (905th)
  • Matt Fote's roster spot not in jeopardy
    ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini said Matt Forte is "staying" for 2017.

    Advice: The 31-year-old is due $4 million and coming off knee surgery, but Forte's roster spot doesn't appear to be in jeopardy. With that said, there's a strong likelihood Forte's role will be scaled back after getting outplayed by Bilal Powell down the stretch. Forte's fantasy arrow is pointing down. Feb 11, 8:32 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (582nd)
  • LeGarrette Blount hopes to be back in NE
    Impending free agent LeGarrette Blount said he hopes to re-sign with the Patriots.

    Advice: "I love being here, and they know I love being here," said Blount. "I feel great. I’m 30 years old, not a lot of wear and tear on my body. I feel like I’ll be able to play for as long as I want." Blount enjoyed a career year in 2016, rushing for 1,161 yards and a team record 18 touchdowns. He still can't catch passes and lost playing time to Dion Lewis down the stretch, but there's a good chance Blount will return to the Patriots on a team-friendly one-year deal. Feb 11, 6:45 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.42 (66th)
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