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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. Rotoworld.com 33 minutes ago
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    1.40 (342nd)
     
  • Report: More likely Bills keep Tyrod than not
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there is a "better chance" the Bills keep Tyrod Taylor than not.

    Advice: Rapoport made the comment while talking about potential landing spots for Tony Romo. Bleacher Report's Ty Dunne, who is a former Buffalo reporter, guessed the Bills would move on last week, so this situation seems to be truly up in the air. Buffalo will commit to $30.75 million guaranteed over two years to Taylor if they pick up his option. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:56 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (537th)
     
  • Sean Payton 'absolutely' expects Cooks back
    Saints coach Sean Payton said he "absolutely" expects Brandin Cooks to return in 2017.

    Advice: There had been chatter Cooks would be traded after making noise about his role during the season, but it never seemed particularly likely. Along with Michael Thomas and Willie Snead, Cooks gives the Saints' potent offense one of the best receiver groups in the league. New Orleans is expected to pick up his fifth-year option this offseason. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:34 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.46 (65th)
     
  • 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 Today, 8:51 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    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 Today, 8:40 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.56 (85th)
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:05 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    14.27 (29th)
     
  • 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 Today, 7:47 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1073rd)
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:47 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.42 (66th)
     
  • OC expects full offseason to benefit Bradford
    Vikings OC Pat Shurmur expects Sam Bradford to be better coming off a full offseason with the organization.

    Advice: The Vikings dealt with a mountain of change on offense last season including Bradford joining the team shortly before Week 1 and Shurmur taking over for Norv Turner in the middle of the year. Both will benefit from a full offseason together, and Bradford should spend plenty of time developing chemistry with his still relatively new receivers. None of that will matter, however, unless the Vikings fix the offensive line. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:39 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    14.48 (27th)
     
  • Jace Billingsley will have a role in 2017?
    Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press believes Jace Billingsley will compete for the Lions' slot receiver job in 2017.

    Advice: It is early in the offseason for reporter favorites to emerge, but Billingsley's name has come up a couple times recently. An undrafted sophomore out of Eastern Oregon who stands 5-foot-8, 189 pounds, Billingsley caught 12 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns last preseason before spending most of the year on the practice squad. He looks like a name to know in deep Dynasty circles. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:01 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (728th)
     
  • PFT: Cousins won't sign before tag deadline
    Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reports Kirk Cousins will not sign a long-term deal prior to the March 1 deadline for the Redskins to apply the franchise tag.

    Advice: With a third tag not a functional option, Cousins has all the leverage in the negotiations over a long-term deal, and it looks like he is going to use it. Once the Redskins apply the tag, which they almost certainly will, Cousins can ask for at the very least the value of the tag ($23.94 million) paid out in 2017 and a raise on that total guaranteed in 2018. If Washington balks at that price, Cousins can play out another one-year tender and test the open market next spring, which reports suggest is his preferred option anyway. It is far from a given the Redskins lock up Cousins to a long-term deal. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:17 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.61 (8th)
     
  • Report: Hue Jackson 'likes' A.J. McCarron
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot wrote Browns coach Hue Jackson "likes" Bengals backup QB A.J. McCarron.

    Advice: Jackson coached McCarron in Cincinnati including the quarterback's four-game run as a starter in 2015. McCarron held his own after being thrust into the starting lineup, but Jackson would have to think he is a long-term starter to okay a trade. McCarron is entering a contract year, but he will just be a restricted free agent. That means the Bengals can keep him for another season, put an early-round tender on him next spring, and either take the draft pick if he gets an offer sheet or let him back up Andy Dalton again at a relatively cheap price. That scenario suggests a team will have to wow Cincinnati to pry McCarron away. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:49 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.15 (417th)
     
  • Cruz: Meeting with Panthers 'went well'
    Free agent WR Victor Cruz said his meeting with the Panthers "went well."

    Advice: The Record's Art Stapleton writes a deal does not appear to be "imminent," but there is "mutual" interest between Cruz and Carolina. Considering Panthers GM Dave Gettleman was with the Giants when Cruz broke through and they need receiving help, a match makes sense on paper. Still, Cruz did not appear to have much left in the tank in 2016. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:44 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.39 (305th)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 2:09 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (522nd)
     
  • Robert Griffin due $750K roster bonus on 3/11
    Robert Griffin III is due a $750,000 roster bonus on March 11.

    Advice: While not an exorbitant sum, it does provide a point in time for the Browns to make a decision on RG3 -- release him before March 11 or pay him the $750K bonus. The Akron Beacon Journal confirms "it would be more surprising if Griffin were retained than if he were cut." Griffin likely isn't long for the roster. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:45 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.63 (21st)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 12:04 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (522nd)
     
  • Report: Victor Cruz visiting the Panthers
    The Black and Blue Review reports free agent Victor Cruz visited the Panthers over the weekend.

    Advice: Other reports have the visit as happening on Monday. Per reporter Bill Voth, Cruz met with GM Dave Gettleman. Voth reports at least one other team is interested. The visit comes three days after ESPN's David Newton speculated the Panthers could have interest. Cruz came up with the Giants while Gettleman was still with the organization. The Panthers need receiving help, but it's unclear if 30-year-old Cruz could really help anyone at this point. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:04 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.39 (305th)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 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 Sunday, 2:49 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (522nd)
     
  • Report: Rams could target Cousins in 2018
    MMQB's Albert Breer believes the Rams could be a player for Kirk Cousins if things don't work out with Jared Goff in 2017.

    Advice: The Redskins were once content to let the market determine Cousins' value, but the landscape has changed now that Cousins supporters Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan landed head-coaching jobs. Shanahan is already gunning for Cousins to join him in San Francisco, while Los Angeles could be a possibility next year if Goff falls flat again in 2017. With Cousins attracting interest elsewhere, the Redskins would be wise to lock him into a long-term deal as soon as possible. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:32 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.61 (8th)
     
  • Bills to part ways with Tyrod Taylor?
    Bleacher Report's Ty Dunne guesses the Bills will part ways with Tyrod Taylor and "roll with a low-cost veteran" at quarterback.

    Advice: Dunne's opinion is noteworthy because he is a former Buffalo reporter. Dunne expects the Bills to be "patient," sign a veteran, and perhaps draft a quarterback in 2017 or wait for 2018 to select their signal caller of the future. The free agent quarterback market is poor, as usual. After Kirk Cousins, top names include Mike Glennon, Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Geno Smith. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:43 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (537th)
     
  • Report: Cousins doesn't want to be with Skins
    ESPN's Jason Reid reports "former Redskins officials who know Kirk Cousins" have said Cousins doesn't want to be in Washington and would prefer to be franchise-tagged rather than sign a long-term deal.

    Advice: The sides have made what sounds like zero progress on a long-term deal, and Cousins may be fed up with the way Washington handled negotiations the past two years. The front office clearly didn't believe in Cousins last year, making him prove himself again on a one-year tag, and Cousins answered the bell with a big season. It's fair to wonder if the "former Redskins officials" Reid is referring to is someone from the old Shanahan regime, as then-OC Kyle Shanahan literally "stood on a table" for Cousins when they drafted him. Now the head coach in quarterback-less San Francisco, Shanahan remains enamored with Cousins, who has made it known the feeling is mutual. If Cousins is able to force his way out of D.C., a reunion in Santa Clara would be a good bet. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:49 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.61 (8th)
     
  • Panthers could be option for Victor Cruz?
    ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton believes free agent Victor Cruz would be "worth a look" for Carolina.

    Advice: There's a natural connection, as GM Dave Gettleman worked for the Giants during Cruz's heyday. Newton thinks Cruz could fill the veteran leadership void left by Jerricho Cotchery after the 2015 season, and Cruz could return to the slot in Carolina after running a career-low 4.3 percent of his routes out of the slot in 2016. Cruz ran 68.6 percent of his routes from the slot in 2013. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:40 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.39 (305th)
     
  • Report: Broncos not discussing Victor Cruz
    9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos "have not discussed" signing free agent Victor Cruz.

    Advice: This directly contradicts ESPN Broncos beat man Jeff Legwold, who reported on Monday that Denver was "already working to at least meet with" Cruz. The Broncos should be aiming a lot higher in their quest for a No. 3 receiver. Cruz is already 30 years old and has been sapped of his athleticism and playmaking ability thanks to a 2014 patellar tendon tear and multiple calf ailments. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:21 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.39 (305th)
     
  • Report: DEN working to meet with Victor Cruz
    According to ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold, Denver was "already working to at least meet with" free agent Victor Cruz as of late Monday.

    Advice: This is the first club that's been linked to Cruz since he was released early Monday. The Broncos are looking for a third option in the passing game behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders after cycling through a number of different No. 3 receivers last season and getting minimal help from their tight ends and running backs. Cruz would be an underwhelming signing, but Denver has shown a willingness to bring in aging veterans on the tail ends of their respective careers. Cruz shouldn't command much guaranteed money on a short-term deal. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:18 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.39 (305th)
     
  • Browns QBs coach likes Tyrod Taylor 'a lot'
    According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, new Browns QBs coach David Lee likes Tyrod Taylor "a lot" after the two worked together in Buffalo the past two seasons.

    Advice: Cabot says Lee "would welcome the opportunity to continue working with [Taylor]" if the Browns were to acquire him. Coach Hue Jackson reportedly wants a veteran quarterback for 2017, and Taylor would be a great get for his offense. The Browns have plenty of ammo to swing a trade or make a signing. They have a whopping $105 million in cap space and five top-65 draft picks. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:29 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (537th)
     
  • Report: Cousins, 'Skins yet to make progress
    The Washington Post reports the Redskins have yet to make progress in long-term talks with free agent Kirk Cousins.

    Advice: That's via "people familiar with the situation." Per reporter Mike Jones, the Redskins are also likely to use the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, allowing him to negotiate with other teams. Cousins has been strongly linked to ex-Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco, but the bombed-out Niners would have to surrender two first-round picks. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:06 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.61 (8th)
     
  • Report: Shanahan still interested in Cousins
    ESPN's John Keim reports "multiple people who know" new 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan believe he will "be tempted" by free agent Kirk Cousins.

    Advice: Shanahan has been linked to his ex-quarterback early and often this offseason, but Cousins' impending franchise tag will make a reunion extremely unlikely, if not outright impossible. Shanahan can only pursue Cousins if he's slapped with the non-exclusive tag, and even then he would cost two first-round picks if the Redskins decided to let Cousins walk. Cousins would be a quick fix for San Francisco's quarterback crater, but it just isn't realistic. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:56 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.61 (8th)
     
  • NFL scout on WR Victor Cruz: 'Probably done'
    One NFL scout told ESPN's Paul Kuharsky that free agent Victor Cruz is "probably done."

    Advice: Cruz wasn't just a salary cap casualty; the Giants cut Cruz on Monday because his on-field effectiveness is gone. Cruz lost late-season snaps to practice squad-type Tavarres King and UDFA Roger Lewis, and lacks the quickness to win in the slot and the vertical speed to win outside. Cruz is only 30 years old, but a 2014 patellar tendon tear essentially ended his career three years ago. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:28 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.39 (305th)
     
  • Giants ax 30-year-old Victor Cruz, save $7.5M
    Giants released WR Victor Cruz.

    Advice: This was an easy move for GM Jerry Reese. Despite Cruz's pleas to remain with the team, it made no sense to bring him back at his $9.4 million cap number. With the move, the Giants save $7.5 million against the cap. After missing 26 straight games from 2014-2015, Cruz returned this season to nab 39 catches for 586 yards and one score. At 30 years old coming off numerous lower-body injuries, including a patellar tendon tear, Cruz simply isn't the same player anymore. Finding a capable outside receiver opposite Odell Beckham should be a priority. Sterling Shepard played over 80 percent of his rookie snaps in the slot. Rotoworld.com Feb 13, 9:37 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.39 (305th)
     
  • Saints plan to pick up Brandin Cooks' option
    The Saints are expected to pick up Brandin Cooks’ 2018 option.

    Advice: Cooks made noise about his role this past year, but isn’t expected to be traded. He finished strong, averaging 87.4 yards over his last five games. Cooks’ option will cost around $8 million. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 1:09 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.46 (65th)
     
  • Saints plan to pick up Brandin Cooks' option
    The Saints are expected to pick up Brandin Cooks’ 2018 option.

    Advice: Cooks made noise about his role this past year, but isn’t expected to be traded. He finished strong with # over his last five games. Cooks’ option should cost around $8 million. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 1:04 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.46 (65th)
     
  • D-Jax would like to re-sign with Washington
    Impending free agent DeSean Jackson said he'd like to re-sign with the Redskins.

    Advice: "My family and my house, I have everything here and I don't want to be in a transaction and move," said D-Jax. "Hopefully we can make it work." Multiple reports have stated the Redskins plan on moving on, however, and Jackson is sure to attract interest. The Eagles and Rams have been linked to Jackson early on. More suitors should emerge as the March 9 free agency period approaches. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 7:46 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.56 (85th)
     
  • 'Good chance' Cousins gets more than Luck
    According to ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim, there's a "good chance" free agent Kirk Cousins will command a pricier contract than Andrew Luck.

    Advice: Luck signed the largest contract in NFL history last offseason, landing $140 million over six years with $87 million guaranteed. Cousins has a real chance to top that if he and the Redskins reach a long-term deal. With salary caps on the rise, Derek Carr, Matt Ryan, and Matthew Stafford are all looking at enormous forthcoming pay days. It's a good time to be an NFL franchise quarterback. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 6:59 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.61 (8th)
     
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Feb 11, 6:45 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.42 (66th)
     
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