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  • Texans release coaching candidate Josh McCown
    Texans released QB Josh McCown.

    Advice: He's expected to immediately pursue a career in coaching, likely landing back in Houston after the organization (comically) interviewed him for its head-coaching vacancy before formally hiring David Culley. With Tim Kelly still hanging on to his OC role, McCown could easily be groomed under the former while taking on the title of Assistant Head Coach. As always, nothing is off the table when it comes to the Texans. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 1:12 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (774th)
     
  • Eagles tender former UDFA slot WR Greg Ward
    Eagles tendered WR Greg Ward.

    Advice: It means Ward will either have to put pen to paper on a minimum contract offer or sit out the season. Although it wasn't planned for the 25-year-old to be an integral part of Philadelphia's offense for the second straight year, Ward surprisingly totaled 53 catches for 419 yards and six touchdowns due to mid-season injuries dealt to DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Jalen Reagor. This move was a no-brainer given that Ward has proved competent with 81/673/7 since entering the league in 2019. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:17 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.38 (213th)
     
  • Boston Scott among PHI's exclusive free agents
    Eagles tendered RB Boston Scott, LB Alex Singleton, and WR Greg Ward as exclusive free agents.  

    Advice: This means Scott, Ward, and Singleton can only negotiate with the Eagles this offseason. Scott made four starts for Miles Sanders in 2020, but was limited to 29 carries when he wasn’t starting. Doug Pederson's regime clearly liked Scott in the team's backfield; it remains to be seen how Nick Sirianni's staff will regard Scott. Ward, a former quarterback, has served as Philly's No. 1 receiver through large swaths of the past two seasons.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:21 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.51 (61st)
     
  • Chiefs GM: Mahomes will be ready for training camp
    Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said Patrick Mahomes will be “good to go” for training camp after undergoing toe surgery. 

    Advice: Mahomes has a three-month recovery period, putting him on track for a fairly normal offseason. He had surgery on his injured toe after KC was blown out by the Bucs in the Super Bowl -- a game that saw Mahomes limp around, clearly hobbled by the injury suffered in the Chiefs' playoff win over Cleveland. Barring a setback, Mahomes should be the first QB off the draft board in 2021 fantasy leagues.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:40 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (722nd)
     
  • RapSheet: WFT to part ways with Alex Smith
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Washington will part ways with Alex Smith. 

    Advice: Smith, 36, is owed $26.2 million in 2021. Releasing him before June 1 would save Washington $14.7 million against the salary cap. The 2020 Comeback Player of the Year came back from a two-year leg injury to start six games for the Football Team after starting the season as a third stringer. Smith said recently that he knew Ron Rivera's coaching staff "didn’t want me there, didn’t want me to be a part of it, didn’t want me to be on the team, the roster, didn’t want to give me a chance." Apparently he was right. Jaguars Report's John Shipley said a reunion between Smith and Urban Meyer, his coach at Utah, would make sense. In February, Washington signed Taylor Heinicke -- who impressed in a playoff start against Tampa -- to a two-year deal. Heinicke, 27, will have a shot at the starting job in 2021 even when Washington brings in signal callers via the draft and free agency.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:34 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.29 (26th)
     
  • RapSheet: WFT to part ways with Alex Smith
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Washington will part ways with Alex Smith. 

    Advice: Smith, 36, is owed $26.2 million in 2021. Releasing him before June 1 would save Washington $14.7 million against the salary cap. The 2020 Comeback Player of the Year came back from a two-year leg injury to start six games for the Football Team after starting the season as a third stringer. Smith said recently that he knew Ron Rivera's coaching staff "didn’t want me there, didn’t want me to be a part of it, didn’t want me to be on the team, the roster, didn’t want to give me a chance." Apparently he was right. Jaguars Report's John Shipley said a reunion between Smith and Urban Meyer, his coach at Utah, would make sense. In February, Washington signed Taylor Heinicke -- who impressed in a playoff start against Tampa -- to a two-year deal. Heinicke, 27, will have a shot at the starting job in 2021 even when Washington brings in signal callers via the draft and free agency.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:18 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.29 (26th)
     
  • 49ers have inquired about Teddy Bridgewater
    The 49ers have reached out to the Panthers about a potential trade for Teddy Bridgewater. 

    Advice: The Niners' interest in Bridgewater doesn't necessarily mean they're keen on replacing Jimmy Garoppolo as the team's starter. 49ers general manager John Lynch has said the team needs to upgrade its backup QBs as to avoid a lost season if or when the oft-injured Jimmy G is sidelined. Carolina is among the leaders in the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes, making Bridgewater expendable if a team has a solid offer for the veteran. There's almost no chance Bridgewater starts for Carolina in 2021.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 6:57 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    17.51 (20th)
     
  • Belichick has 'done nothing but rave' about Newton
    The Boston Globe's Ben Volin reports Patriots coach Bill Belichick "has done nothing but rave" about QB Cam Newton this offseason.

    Advice: Newton battled through COVID, learned a new offense without a traditional offseason, and picked up a few wins for the Patriots in 2020 so it's not surprising that Belichick has a healthy amount of respect for the veteran passer. The real question is if that respect turns into another shot at starting for Newton, who is currently a free agent. Reports from earlier in the offseason indicated that a return to New England was unlikely but subsequent news has painted a much more optimistic picture for Newton. The Patriots have the 15th overall pick which may not be enough to land them the caliber of QB prospect they want. If that's the case, using the draft and free agency to give Newton some better weapons to work with seems plausible. The former Panther threw more interceptions than touchdowns last year but his top two receivers were both UDFAs with a combined seven starts before 2020. Newton may not be as physically gifted as he was in Carolina but building up a project QB via the draft doesn't seem to be in the cards for the 68-year-old head coach. Newton has a real shot at opening 2021 as New England's starter and would be an intriguing fantasy option because of his running ability.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Sunday, 6:28 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    19.04 (14th)
     
  • 'Good chance' teams view Everett as a starter
    The Athletic's Sheil Kapadia believes there's a "good chance" Gerald Everett will be "viewed as a starter on the open market." 

    Advice: Everett in 2020 saw as many targets as Rams teammate Tyler Higbee despite running fewer pass routes. Now a free agent, Everett could land on a team that sees him not as a No. 2 tight end, but a starter. Last year, Everett averaged 7.97 PPR points in games where he saw at least five targets. "If a team thinks there’s untapped upside," Kapadia said, "a deal in the neighborhood of $7 million to $8 million per year could be in play." Higbee, signed with LA through the 2023 season, would presumably see more opportunity if Everett signs with another team, though that's far from a guarantee.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 1:58 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.96 (256th)
     
  • Hunter Henry in line for $10.5 million per year?
    The Athletic's Sheil Kapadia believes Hunter Henry could get $10.5 million a year in free agency. 

    Advice: Kapadia said Austin Hooper's 2020 deal with Cleveland could be a fair comp for what Henry might fetch on the open market. Henry, 26, was franchise tagged last year. Henry, who averaged more fantasy points last season than all but nine tight ends, could see significant interest from teams who see him as a matchup nightmare against slower linebackers and smaller safeties. Ex-XFLer and touchdown machine Donald Parham could get a real shot at the Chargers' starting tight end job if Henry signs elsewhere this offseason.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 1:29 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (639th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Watson would lose $20 million if he sits out '21
    Deshaun Watson would lose around $20.2 million if he sits out the 2021 season. 

    Advice: The numbers, while a bit complicated, add up to $20.2 million if Watson skips mandatory minicamp, training camp, and the regular season. He's reportedly told the Texans he will not play another snap for the team, possibly setting up a protracted battle between the two sides. Watson can essentially choose his next team since he has a no-trade clause in the contract he signed last year. Holding out the entire season would mean Watson's base salary would remain $10.54 million in 2022. Taking the ultimate hard line -- as Le'Veon Bell did with the Steelers in 2018 -- would sacrifice a year in the prime of Watson's career. He'll be 26 in September.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 12:18 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    24.12 (2nd)
     
  • Brees workout video raises retirement questions
    A video posted by Drew Brees' trainer showing the quarterback working out has raised questions about Brees' intent to retire. 

    Advice: The trainer, Todd Durkin, posted a video in which Brees pushed a weight sled -- hardly the exercise routine of a 42-year-old getting ready to retire. The workout video was full of cryptic comments from Durkin, who said, "Don’t know what he’s doing, I’m not sure what he’s doing. Never quite been done before! That’s a new record because it’s never been done before!” while Brees pushed a sled across a parking lot. Saints head coach Sean Payton said nearly a month ago that he expected an announcement from Brees on his future with the team. That announcement never came. With Brees' salary already slashed by $24 million to allow the Saints to carry a reduced cap number until June 2, the Hall of Fame QB would theoretically play for a base salary of $1.075 million if he shirks retirement. For fantasy purposes, Brees coming back for one last run with New Orleans would make Alvin Kamara a top-2 pick in 2021, while Michael Thomas would be far less desirable than he would be with Jameis Winston or another signal caller with more arm strength than the aged Brees. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 11:17 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    19.01 (15th)
     
  • LeSean McCoy plans to plays in 2021
    Impending free agent LeSean McCoy said he plans to play next season.

    Advice: McCoy wants to sign with a contender or somewhere he can serve as veteran depth. There’s unlikely to be much interest after McCoy looked washed in the 10 games he appeared in last year, but with Super Bowls in back-to-back seasons, some team may be willing to give him a non-guaranteed deal. McCoy turns 32 in July. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 8:40 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (694th)
     
  • Tim Patrick likely to receive high tender offer
    The Broncos are likely to place at least a second-round tender on restricted free agent Tim Patrick.

    Advice: Patrick is coming off career highs, posting a 51/742/6 line as a 15 game starter. Denver may play it safe and give him a first-round tender, as there could be league interest in the 27-year-old.  It’s possible the Broncos shop Patrick this offseason given their depth at receiver, but he'll be brought back if he isn’t traded. NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 6:35 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.25 (216th)
     
  • Rashard Higgins wants to re-sign with Browns
    Free agent WR Rashard Higgins said he wants to re-sign with the Browns.

    Advice: Higgins hasn't received an offer from the Browns' front office, but the No. 2 or No. 3 receiver is hoping one is coming his way. With the Browns opting for more 12-personnel than most, Higgins' is likely looking at a reduced role in 2021 if he re-signs because Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry are under contract. Higgins was a fringe flex option without OBJ last season in good matchups. His ceiling remains low, but he's a quality depth option for an NFL franchise. Higgins will be 27 years old. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 5:02 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.81 (162nd)
     
  • Texans want to keep David Johnson at lower salary
    Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports the Texans want to keep David Johnson for 2021 but at a lower salary.

    Advice: Johnson is set to make $8.5 million in 2021, but the Texans can save $6.4 million against the cap by releasing him. If D.J. became a free agent, he certainly wouldn't sign for more than the $8.5 million he's scheduled to make, so it makes sense for the two parties to agree to a paycut and enter the season as the unquestioned starter. Assuming Johnson returns, he'll have RB2 appeal if Deshaun Watson stays and doesn't sit out. If Watson is traded or sits out, Johnson will struggle for top-24 production. He's a classic boom-bust RB2/3 in early fantasy drafts with Duke Johnson out of the way. The Texans' first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft isn't until Round 3, so Johnson is unlikely to face rookie competition next year. It all comes down to Watson's situation. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 3:37 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.19 (39th)
     
  • Edelman (knee) still rehabbing, unsure for 2021
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Julian Edelman (knee) remains unsure if he'll be healthy enough to participate in the 2021 season.

    Advice: "My understanding is he does want to play in 2021," Rapoport said of Edelman's current status, "that's not the important thing. The important thing is his knee going to be healthy enough to play. He's still rehabbing. He's still recovering. Still trying to see if he's healthy enough to be out there for the 2021 season." Due $2.8 million in base salary this upcoming year, the Patriots will likely keep the veteran around if there's even an outside chance he's available at some point mid-season. 35 in May and obviously still recovering, however, Edelman remains one of the easier fades in any offseason fantasy drafts. He should be considered questionable for Week 1. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 10:13 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (711th)
     
  • The purge continues: Texans release Duke Johnson
    Texans released RB Duke Johnson. 

    Advice: The move saves the Texans around $5 million in cap space for 2021. Johnson played in 27 games for Houston and rushed for 645 yards and three rushing scores. An excellent pass catcher, Johnson reeled in 72 balls for 659 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns during his two seasons with the Texans. Johnson was relegated to a situational back in the Houston offense, seeing double digit carries just three times in two years. He averaged a mere 3.59 targets per contest in 27 games with the Texans, much to the frustration of Duke Johnson truthers everywhere. Johnson didn't stand much chance of making the 2021 roster with Houston entering full rebuild mode. Johnson, who will be 28 in September, should catch on with a team in need of an experienced third down back.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 9:42 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1084th)
     
  • Brian Hoyer 'leading candidate' to back up Tua
    The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports Brian Hoyer is a "leading candidate" to serve as Tua Tagovailoa's backup in 2021. 

    Advice: Salguero said the team doesn't want a backup who will overshadow Tua in his first full season as starter. Miami is unlikely to re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick in part because he's a threat to Tua's starting gig. Dolphins offensive co-coordinator George Godsey was familiar with Hoyer when both were in New England and worked with him when Godsey was Houston's offensive coordinator. Hoyer, 35, has started 39 games in his journeyman career.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 8:41 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (714th)
     
  • Fitz believes he can start somewhere in 2021
    The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports Ryan Fitzpatrick "believes he’s played well enough the past couple of years to get a chance to at least compete for a starting job with some team."

    Advice: The Dolphins' commitment to Tua Tagovailoa as the team's starter means Fitzpatrick would have to look elsewhere this offseason if he wants a starting gig. Fitzpatrick was less than thrilled with Miami's decision to bench him at midseason in favor of Tagovailoa, who struggled throughout the second half of the season. The Broncos reportedly have interest in Fitzpatrick, though the team remains in the Deshaun Watson conversation. Drew Lock could be the latest young quarterback to lose his starting job to Fitz if he signed with Denver. The grizzled veteran has a lengthy history of unseating young signal callers, including Geno Smith, Jameis Winston, and Josh Rosen. The Dolphins will need to remove any and all competition for Tua to be the team's opening day starter. There's almost no chance Fitzpatrick returns to South Florida.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 8:24 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (951st)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Godwin says he would play under franchise tag
    Impending free agent Chris Godwin says he would play under the franchise tag. 

    Advice: "Obviously, we all want to have long-term security, we all want to be able to take care of the people that we love, so that's the ideal situation," Godwin said. "But, you know, a franchise tag is not something that I can control. If that's what keeps me here, then that's what it is." Godwin had more words of praise for the only team he's ever known. The reality is, Godwin wouldn't have much choice either way, but this kind of conciliatory tone now hints at the possibility of a long-term deal before the July deadline.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 8:57 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.67 (66th)
     
  • Rapsheet: 'No one believes' Watson will be traded
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports "no one believes" Deshaun Watson will be traded. 

    Advice: That's via sources "knee deep" in the situation. Rapsheet appears to be referring to teams that might be interested in acquiring the elite young quarterback. Rapoport also reports the Texans do not view either the start of free agency or the draft as "any sort of deadline." Rapsheet believes the drama will last for a "very, very long time." That is consistent with the established facts, as each side continues to dig in, both out in the open and via leaks.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 4:47 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    24.12 (2nd)
     
  • Bears keep exclusive rights free agent Nall
    Bears re-signed RB Ryan Nall. 

    Advice: An exclusive rights free agent, Nall's choices were accept the Bears' offer or retire. A 2018 UDFA, Nall is a special teamer with 13 career touches, 11 of which came in 2020. He turned 25 in December.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 4:42 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.14 (421st)
     
  • Titans cut Adam Humphries after lost 2020 season
    Titans released WR Adam Humphries. 

    Advice: The move clears $4.75 million in cap space, and comes just two seasons into Humphries' "four-year, $36 million" contract. It was inevitable after a lost 2020 where the coronavirus and a concussion limited Humphries to just 23 receptions in seven games. Humphries wasn't any more effective in 2019, where he posted a 47/374/2 line in 12 contests. Four months shy of his 28th birthday, the slot man would do well to get a two-year deal on the open market. He cleared 600 yards every year from 2016-18 in Tampa.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 1:11 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (564th)
     
  • Teams now leaving trade offers on Texans voicemail
    NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports teams are leaving the Texans voicemails with trade offers for Deshaun Watson.

    Advice: Watson met with coach David Culley last Friday to tell him that he still wants to be traded and "has no intention of playing for the Texans again," per ESPN's Dan Graziano. Houston isn't budging either. Teams will continue making trade offers, but it's possible that owner Cal McNair will be unwilling to trade his star quarterback until he proves that he'll sit out games, thus losing millions of dollars. It's an impossible situation to be in. The Jets, Panthers, and others are likely among the teams leaving "call me back" messages. It would make sense for Houston to trade Watson prior to the 2021 NFL Draft to get their rebuild started quicker, but what makes sense and what the Texans' actually do are usually the opposite. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 1:07 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    24.12 (2nd)
     
  • Report: Will Fuller will not be franchise tagged
    The Houston Chronicle reports impending free agent Will Fuller will not be franchise tagged by the Texans. 

    Advice: The Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports the soon-to-be 27-year-old is considered likely to walk in free agency, but that the Texans would like to re-sign him. The tag would cost $16.54 million, a princely sum for an always-injured wideout who still has a week left on his six-game steroid suspension. For his part, with Deshaun Watson forcing his way out of Houston and the organization in free-fall, there isn't much reason for Fuller to want to stay. Even with his injury history and PED problems, Fuller and his game-breaking ability would normally command heavy interest on the open market. With the salary cap falling, however, it could be the wrong year for someone like Fuller to become a free agent.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 12:43 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (631st)
     
  • Report: Watson meets with Culley, still wants out
    ESPN's Dan Graziano reports Deshaun Watson met with new Texans coach David Culley last Friday and "reiterated that he wants to be traded and told Culley he has no intention of playing for the Texans again."

    Advice: If hiring Culley was the Texans' last-ditch gambit to keep their franchise player, it didn't work. It appears Watson may be Carson Palmer-level committed. Palmer sat out the beginning of the 2011 season before the Bengals finally traded him to the Raiders. The Texans have been adamant, both publicly and via leak, that Watson will not be dealt. For his part, Watson continues to further dig in. Someone is going to have to blink, and it will probably be the Texans. Even in a league where teams hold all the cards, players of Watson's stature typically get a deal when things devolve to this point. It's not a good situation for anybody when a star is kept against their will.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 12:14 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    24.12 (2nd)
     
  • Report: Texans still avoiding Watson trade talks
    ESPN's Dianna Russini reports the Texans "continue to avoid conversations with teams in regards to trading Deshaun Watson." 

    Advice: The pot is boiling, but the Texans refuse to watch it. We will see how long they can continue to outlast a player who tweeted Thursday: "Loyalty is everything. Don't you EVER forget it." Both sides appear to be digging in. This could end up one of the NFL's most drawn out, dramatic sagas in some time.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 10:31 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    24.12 (2nd)
     
  • Cam Newton opening to returning on one-year deal
    Impending free agent Cam Newton said he would be open to signing a one-year contract with the Patriots

    Advice: Newton set career lows with the Patriots, throwing for eight touchdowns in 15 starts. His 12 rushing touchdowns were his most since 2011, but he's unlikely to be re-signed as anything other than a backup or bridge quarterback for a rookie. New England is expected to be aggressive in upgrading from Newton this offseason.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 8:36 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    19.04 (14th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Godwin hints at no hometown discount for Bucs
    Chris Godwin said he wants to remain in Tampa but wants to "get paid too."

    Advice: While a much sought-after free agent looking to maximize his earnings isn't exactly breaking news, Godwin's comments indicate he won't give the Bucs a hometown discount if the team wants to retain their star wideout. “An extension would be ideal," Godwin said Tuesday. "I want to be in Tampa, but I want to get paid, too.” Bucs head coach Bruce Arians has been clear that the team wants to bring back Godwin, who would remain a key part of the team's Tom Brady-led offense. It would be a major upset if Godwin ended up with a new team in 2021.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 9:54 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.67 (66th)
     
  • CAR owner 'obsessed' with finding long-term QB
    Panthers owner David Tepper is "obsessed" with finding the team's long-term quarterback. 

    Advice: Carolina last week cleared $28.5 million by releasing defensive tackle Kawann Short, defensive end Stephen Weatherly, safety Tre Boston, and punter Michael Palardy. The moves are widely seen as preparation for making a run at Deshaun Watson, the last high-profile quarterback potentially available via trade after the Rams acquired Matthew Stafford and the Colts acquired Carson Wentz. Texans officials insist Watson isn't available in a transparent attempt to drive up his trade value. The Panthers, meanwhile, were in the running for Stafford but expressed no interest in Wentz. Peter King said his "best guess" is that Carolina will "continue to monitor the Watson situation for the next two months and, if the Texans stick to their guns, look hard at trading up from No. 8 for a quarterback."  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 6:53 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    24.12 (2nd)
     
  • Cam says COVID absence affected him all season
    Cam Newton said missing early-season games and practices with COVID-19 proved a setback from which he could not recover. 

    Advice: Newton's production dropped off dramatically following his return from COVID-19 as he became unplayable in fantasy leagues. It was after his return from the virus "where the lack of an offseason and the lack of time in the system really showed itself. I was behind and I was thinking too much." The veteran said he never caught up after his COVID absence. “The offense kept going and I was stagnant for two weeks," Newton said. "It was all new terminology. I wasn’t just trying to learn a system for what it was, I was learning a 20-year system in two months.” Having discounted retirement, Newton is likely to land elsewhere this offseason -- perhaps as a backup -- with the Patriots desperate to upgrade at QB.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 5:55 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    19.04 (14th)
     
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