• 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 Yesterday, 8:57 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.67 (83rd)
  • 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 Yesterday, 4:47 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    28.55 (1st)
  • 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 Yesterday, 4:42 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.14 (422nd)
  • 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 1:07 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    28.55 (1st)
  • 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 Yesterday, 12:43 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (631st)
  • Sean McVay calls Cam Akers every-down back
    Speaking Thursday, Rams coach Sean McVay called Cam Akers an every-down back. 

    Advice: "I think he's an every-down back, I think he's a very special player," was McVay's exact quote. Just 11 of Akers' 156 regular season touches were receptions, while he drew only three targets during the Rams' two-game postseason run. Akers' early-down workload will be voluminous enough on its own to make him an RB1 in 2021, but increased passing-game usage could vault him into the top 3-5. Akers caught 30 balls his final year at Florida State, so it is not an alien concept to him. The 21-year-old's fantasy arrow is screaming upward.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 12:38 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.27 (189th)
  • 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 Yesterday, 12:14 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    28.55 (1st)
  • Wilson would accept trade to DAL, NO, LV or CHI
    Russell Wilson's agent tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that he has not requested a trade, but that if he were dealt, he would waive his no-trade clause for the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders or Bears. 

    Advice: It's a trade request by another name. Various national media sources have taken great pains to report Wilson's relationship with coach Pete Carroll could still be patched up, but neither side is working very hard to tamp down the flames. This situation appears further along than Deshaun Watson's with Houston. Wilson has expressed discontent only to make up with Seattle before, but the odds he is dealt are very real, if not inevitable.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:52 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    23.79 (6th)
  • Reich noncommittal on T.Y. Hilton's Colts future
    Speaking Thursday, Colts coach Frank Reich was noncommittal on impending free agent T.Y. Hilton's future with the team. 

    Advice: "I think we're all hoping there's a way T.Y. can end his career as a Colt," Reich said. "But we understand there's a business side to it. I hope the business side can get worked out so he can end his career as a Colt." They are not exactly the comments of a coach confident his receiver will be back, while Hilton would have never been allowed to reach this point to begin with if the Colts were desperate to retain him. In decline for several years running — especially in the first half of 2020 — Hilton may have the market dictate to him instead of vice versa.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:38 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.59 (112th)
  • 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 Yesterday, 10:31 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    28.55 (1st)
  • MIA, NYJ, NO, LV linked to potential Wilson trade
    The Athletic's Michael-Shawn Dugar, Mike Sando and Jayson Jenks report Russell Wilson's camp has broached trade destinations with Seattle to the Dolphins, Jets, Saints and Raiders.

    Advice: The report also notes that "some people around the league" believe a trade will happen, if not this offseason then sometime in the "near future," and that those close to Wilson feel as though the pillars upon which coach Pete Carroll built his program — namely competition and accountability — are applied selectively, especially as it pertains to himself and his sons. If that truly is the case, Wilson would knowingly waive his no-trade clause to join one of the four teams listed above if only to escape Carroll's reign, which runs through the 2025 season after the organization gifted the 69-year-old an extension late last year. It's still possible this relationship is repaired, but the two sides continue to grow farther apart with every passing day. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:40 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    23.79 (6th)
  • Raiders release Tyrell Williams, clearing $10.6M
    Raiders released WR Tyrell Williams.

    Advice: Two years into his four-year deal, Williams gets the pink slip after missing all of 2020 with a shoulder injury after posting a 42-651-6 line in his first year with the Silver and Black. Williams was on a first-half tear in 2019, scoring touchdowns seemingly every week before a heel injury sapped his explosiveness. Known as "The Gazelle" in his days with the Chargers because of his big-plays, deep-threat skills, Williams will now be searching for his third team as a 29-year-old. The move saves the Raiders $10.6 million against the cap. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 1:53 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (434th)
  • Lynch: I really believe Garoppolo will be our QB
    Speaking Wednesday, 49ers GM John Lynch said "I really believe" Jimmy Garoppolo will be the team's starting quarterback in 2021.

    Advice: Lynch made it sound more like he needs to upgrade the Niners' backup spot behind injury-riddled Garoppolo. “When he’s healthy, he’s played at a high level,” Lynch said. “But we probably have to add someone. We probably need to improve ourselves, so if he’s not there, we’re all right; we can win games." C.J. Beathard is a free agent, and Nick Mullens is a restricted one. The Niners went 13-3 when Garoppolo was healthy for all 16 games in 2019 and advanced to the Super Bowl. But he missed 10 games last season and has been unable to stay healthy for long stretches as a pro. There was speculation the Niners could look to move on this offseason, but Garoppolo's $26.4 million cap number isn't as bad in today's quarterback landscape. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 12:01 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (907th)
  • 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
    19.67 (17th)
  • 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)
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster wants to re-sign with Steelers
    Impending free agent JuJu Smith-Schuster said he wants to re-sign with the Steelers.

    Advice: “At the end of the day, I want to have my legacy in Pittsburgh and retire there,” Smith-Schuster told TMZ. “I don’t want to leave. I’m Pittsburgh for life.” This isn't the first time Smith-Schuster has said he wants to return with the Steelers. The question is whether he's willing to accept a team-friendly deal.  Pittsburgh's cap situation makes it hard to see them keeping Smith-Schuster, and it's possible they'll move forward with Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool as their top options.  The Raiders and Jets are expected to have Smith-Schuster interest if the Steelers let him walk. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 6:37 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.41 (182nd)
  • Bucs looking to extend Tom Brady in offseason
    Bucs GM Jason Licht said “it’s a possibility” the team extends Tom Brady this offseason.

    Advice: “He certainly didn’t look like he slowed down any this year," Licht said on the Rich Eisen Show. "We’ll have to see how that goes. He really had a good time this year winning the Super Bowl. Likes our organization, likes our coaches, and we certainly love him. We’d like to keep this going.” Brady is signed through next year at $25 million. He's said he wants to play until he's at least 45, so the Bucs are likely to give him a one-year extension this offseason. Tampa can also clear cap space by converting some of Brady's 2021 salary into a bonus. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 6:13 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    24.17 (4th)
  • 'Mutual interest' between Dolphins and Aaron Jones
    Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reports there's "mutual interest" between the Dolphins and impending free agent Aaron Jones.

    Advice: Miami will have roughly $26 million in cap space when the new league year begins and could easily create an additional $36 million in cap space by restructuring contracts and/or outright releasing a number of veterans. The Dolphins could also opt for the cheaper route in adding to its backfield with the No. 18 overall pick and instead allocating any excess cap to a high-end wide receiver and another cog in the front-seven — two other drastic needs. With the Jets also reportedly in on Jones, odds are the 26-year-old at the very least opens 2021 as a workhorse among his own backfield. That would also likely entail Jamaal Williams re-upping with the Packers immediately. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 9:01 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.59 (27th)
  • 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)
  • Texans keep impending RFA RB Buddy Howell
    Texans re-signed RB Buddy Howell. 

    Advice: An impending restricted free agent, Howell is being brought back for less than the "low" tender of $2.13 million, though his new deal reportedly includes guaranteed money. It's not a bad tradeoff for a fringe talent who heads into his age-25 campaign with only 21 career carries. With 45 appearances over the past three years, Howell's special teams value will probably secure his 53-man roster spot.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 1:59 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.14 (421st)
  • Rapsheet: Cowboys want Prescott extension 'now'
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys want to extend impending free agent Dak Prescott "now." 

    Advice: Per Rapsheet, the Cowboys are "confident enough in Prescott's rehab to do a big-time, long-term deal now." The Cowboys may want the deal now, but even as he rehabs his gruesome injury, Prescott holds all the leverage. He can play 2021 out with a fully guaranteed $37.7 million under his second consecutive franchise tag. Prescott's camp knows the Cowboys desperately need to get that number down. The window to apply the tag is now open, with the deadline coming March 9.   NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 10:43 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (653rd)
  • 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 (83rd)
  • Aaron Jones could fetch up to $15 million per year
    The Athletic's Sheil Kapadia believes Aaron Jones could get up to $15 million a year in free agency. 

    Advice: That would put Jones on par with Alvin Kamara and Ezekiel Elliott, and just $1 million less than Christian McCaffrey, the highest paid running back in NFL history. It would hardly be surprising to see a team break open the vault for Jones, who has 3,017 yards from scrimmage since the start of 2019 and whose 829 receiving yards over the past two seasons rank sixth among running backs. His 51 runs of 10-plus yards are tied for sixth over the past two seasons. Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said the team would like to bring back Jones for 2021 and beyond, but at 26 years old, this will probably be Jones' only chance to break the bank. Packers backfield mate Jamaal Williams is also a free agent. AJ Dillon, who flashed late in the 2020 season, waits in the wings.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 7:23 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.59 (27th)
  • Jaguars decline Eifert's '21 option, saving $5.25M
    The Jaguars declined TE Tyler Eifert's 2021 option, making him a free agent.

    Advice: The move saves the Jaguars $5.25 million against the cap. After injuries ruined a span of his career in Cincinnati, Eifert has been able to stay healthy the last two seasons, appearing in 31-of-32 games. In his lone season with Jacksonville, 30-year-old Eifert turned 60 targets into a 36-349-2 line across 15 games. His 52-615-13 year in 2015 was an extreme outlier. Eifert will likely have to settle for another one-year deal. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 4:55 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.92 (229th)
  • Rapoport: Eagles set to release Alshon Jeffery
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Eagles will release Alshon Jeffery when the new league year begins.

    Advice: Jeffery was a hero in the City of Brotherly Love during the team's 2017 Super Bowl run but was inexplicably gifted a contract extension two years ago and has since been unable to stay healthy for a full 16-game season. He totaled just six catches for 115 yards and a touchdown last year, recovering from offseason foot surgery at the ripe age of 31. He'll inevitably join DeSean Jackson as veteran free agents on the open market. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 1:26 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (697th)
  • Any Russ deal 'starts' with three 1st-rounders
    Michael Silver reports teams "believe" any deal for Russell Wilson would "start" with three first-round picks.

    Advice: "What's a realistic price if the Seahawks were to trade Russell Wilson?," Silver said in a spot on NFL Network. "I think you start with something like three first-round draft picks. That's kind of the message that other teams believe would be conveyed." That last sentence makes his "report" sound a lot more like conjecture than anything, but the fact remains that teams would have to legitimately shock Seattle with an unreasonable offer to even begin trade negotiations. There's still more than enough time for the two sides to consider all matters water under the bridge. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 12:45 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    23.79 (6th)
  • Texans re-sign RB Dontrell Hilliard to one-yr deal
    Texans signed RB Dontrell Hilliard to a one-year, $1.25 million contract.

    Advice: He was set to become a restricted free agent in March. The deal also reportedly includes $200,000 guaranteed. Claimed off waivers from the Browns at the end of the year, Hilliard made two appearances with Houston, returning five kicks for 104 total yards. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 12:29 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (873rd)
  • Rapsheet: Carr in Raiders' plans for 2021 season
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Derek Carr is "in the Raiders' plans" for the 2021 season.

    Advice: For what it's worth, that sentiment is what the Raiders shared with the Colts when the latter was reportedly checking in on Carr's availability before acquiring Carson Wentz. On the other hand, Rapsheet adds that there's been enough interest around backup Marcus Mariota that he's "not likely" to remain on the team. Carr, 30 in March, continues to offer league-average quarterbacking ahead of his eighth year in the league and is due $42 million over the next two seasons. At this point, an organization would likely have to blow the Raiders away with a bundle of premium draft picks in order to have Carr moved. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 12:12 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.78 (22nd)
  • Report: Golladay a strong franchise tag candidate
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports impending free agent Kenny Golladay is a "strong" franchise tag candidate.

    Advice: "I'll be very surprised if he's actually available," Rapoport added. The Lions are projected to be roughly $20 million over the cap after soaking up Jared Goff's $27.5 million on the books, making it harder to reach a long-term deal with Golladay, whose market value is likely somewhere between $16-$18 million annually. Currently in the midst of a full rebuild, it's also possible Detroit negotiates a tag and trade scenario with another suitor. Over the Cap projects the franchise tender for wide receivers to fall in the range of $16.4 million. NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 10:31 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (736th)
  • Panthers re-sign special teamer Brandon Zylstra
    Panther re-signed WR Brandon Zylstra to a one-year deal. 

    Advice: The one-time CFL standout played all 16 games last season as a special teamer for Carolina. Zylstra has played 24 games over two seasons in Carolina, making 11 receptions for 141 yards while rushing one time for one yard. Zylstra, who led the CFL with 1,687 receiving yards in 2017, makes for a decent backup wideout.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 10:01 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.19 (416th)
  • Carolina signs WR Kirkwood to one-year deal
    Panthers signed WR Keith Kirkwood to a one-year deal. 

    Advice: Kirkwood, 26, played one game in 2020, catching one of two targets for the Panthers. A former Saint, Kirkwood is little more than a depth signing for Carolina.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 9:56 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (880th)
  • Jets have received 'real interest' in Darnold
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Jets have received "real interest" in Sam Darnold. 

    Advice: Rapoport said the team would "complete their evaluations of the top QBs in the NFL Draft before making any decisions" on what to do with Darnold. All signs point to the Jets trading Darnold in the coming weeks. The Patriots and Washington have expressed some interest in acquiring Darnold in hopes that Adam Gase did not permanently break the once-promising QB. Rapoport said the Jets are in no hurry to deal Darnold, who could be left in career limbo for at least the next two months.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 9:15 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    16.22 (24th)
  • Lions could get a second rounder for Golladay?
    The Athletic's Nick Baumgardner reports a "second-round pick might be on the table" if the Lions trade Kenny Golladay this offseason. 

    Advice: Baumgardner conceded a second round draft pick in exchange for Golladay was a highly optimistic outcome for Detroit, but possible considering his production when healthy. Any team interested in acquiring Golladay would have to overlook his injury-ravaged 2020 season in which he played five games and caught 20 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns. Baumgardner said the Lions signing Golladay to the franchise tender before trading him "feels like a manageable option." With Marvin Jones on his way out of Detroit, Jared Goff could be stuck with one of the league's worst receiver groups if Golladay is traded.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Monday, 8:00 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (736th)
  • 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
    28.55 (1st)
  • 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
    19.67 (17th)
  • Jimmy G's contract shouldn't hinder trade to Pats
    Jimmy Garoppolo's $51.1 million over the final two years of his contract is not guaranteed. 

    Advice: The Athletic's Jeff Howe said if the Patriots acquired Garoppolo this offseason, they "could move on at any point. That would give them the freedom to still spend a high pick on a quarterback" in the upcoming NFL Draft. Howe added that "Garoppolo would be more valuable to the Patriots than anyone else, which is why I’d be surprised if the 49ers had many suitors." The Niners continue to insist the constantly-injured Garoppolo isn't available -- it's a transparent effort to gain leverage on the Patriots or another trade partner. Garoppolo, who started two games for the Pats in his three seasons with New England, would be familiar with the team's offense, giving him an edge on free agents signal callers. He would be a fantasy non-factor in the Patriots' skill-deficient offense.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 7:01 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (907th)
  • Darnold could be available for second round pick
    Sam Darnold could be available for a team's second round pick. 

    Advice: The Jets are widely expected to use the No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft on Justin Fields or Zach Wilson, making Darnold expendable after Adam Gase nearly destroyed his career. League sources told SportsNet New York's Ralph Vacchiano that the Eagles trading Carson Wentz to the Colts for a third rounder and a conditional second rounder wouldn't change the Jets' asking price for Darnold. Vacchiano reports the Jets' asking price for their QB "has long been projected to be a second-round pick, plus maybe another mid-to-late rounder." Incredibly just 23 years old, Darnold could be an enticing target for a QB-needy team like Washington, who is reportedly interested in dealing for Darnold. It would be stunning if a team -- Washington or otherwise -- offered anything more than a second round pick for Darnold.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 6:13 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    16.22 (24th)
  • Colts got a 'pretty firm not available' on D. Carr
    Indy Star's Jim Ayello reports the Colts received a "pretty firm not available" from the Raiders when checking in on Derek Carr.

    Advice: Before they traded for Carson Wentz, the Colts called the Raiders about Carr, who has been in the midst of trade discussions for seasons. While both are theoretically on the trade block, it's clear that the Raiders want to trade Marcus Mariota, not Carr this offseason. Analytically, Carr was a top-12 passer last season and has cap hits of just $22.1 million and $19.9 million over the next two years. A team will have to blow the Raiders away with an offer for Carr to be dealt. NBCSportsEDGE.com Thursday, 12:50 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.78 (22nd)
  • Bucs beat reporters believe Chris Godwin returns
    The consensus among Bucs' beat reporters is that Chris Godwin will return to Tampa Bay in 2021.

    Advice: Godwin is a free agent, but the Bucs can place the franchise tag on him if the two parties are unable to agree on a long-term contract. With Tom Brady under contract for another season, the priority is to find "win now" talent, so it'd be a surprise if an established high-end receiver like Godwin wasn't a top priority for GM Jason Licht. In addition to Godwin, the Bucs also will be making decisions on free agents Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, and Leonard Fournette. NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 11:16 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.67 (83rd)
  • Steelers brass still weighing Ben's return
    Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said team officials are still considering Ben Roethlisberger's return in 2021.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 10:09 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (858th)
  • Steelers GM doesn't commit to Big Ben as 2021 QB
    Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said he has to "look at this current [cap] situation" when asked about Ben Roethlisberger being the 2021 starting quarterback.

    Advice: In a Wednesday press conference, Colbert had multiple chances to endorse Roethlisberger as his 2021 starting quarterback but repeatedly dodged questions. "As we sit here today, Ben is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers," Colbert continued. "What type of team can he anticipate being around him if we decide we can move forward together?” Roethlisberger comes with a $41.2 million cap hit if no contract adjustments are made this offseason. Teams don't like to end Hall of Fame careers with a sour taste, but Pittsburgh could cut Roethlisberger and save $19 million against the cap. Because the Steelers are $30 million over the cap, Colbert will have to make some very tough decisions in the next few weeks ahead of free agency. Roethlisberger tentatively remains the favorite to be the 2021 starter, but it's not a lock after the deliberate word choice by an experienced general manager.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 10:06 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (858th)
  • Titans 'monitoring' Humphries after concussion
    The Titans are "continuing to monitor" Adam Humphries three months after he suffered a concussion against the Bengals. 

    Advice: Titans general manager Jon Robinson was vague about Humphries' status after he returned for just one game following a frightening concussion on November 1 against the Bengals. “There’s nothing more important – we’ve said it a million times – than the health and the safety of our players. That was a pretty tough hit he took there,” Robinson said. “We’re just continuing to monitor and talk to the doctors and talk to Adam (Humphries), and make sure he’s back to normal and just kind of see how that goes.” Humphries, the team's slot receiver, will count for $9.47 million against the cap in 2021, making him a cut candidate. With Corey Davis, Jonnu Smith, MyCole Pruitt, Geoff Swaim, and Kalif Raymond scheduled to be free agents this offseason, A.J. Brown could be the only Tennessee pass catcher returning for the 2021 season.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Wednesday, 7:42 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (564th)
  • Report: Broncos would pursue Deshaun Watson
    ABC Denver's Troy Renck confirms the Broncos will pursue Deshaun Watson if the Texans make him available. 

    Advice: Knock you over with a feather, we know. Renck's confirmation came three days after ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Watson would be "intrigued" by a move to the Broncos. What seems surprising on the surface looks savvy if you dig a little deeper. The Broncos are loaded with young weapons on offense and have defensive mastermind Vic Fangio to handle his side of the ball. Although he is no longer general manager, John Elway — who sealed the deal on Peyton Manning — could also work as a selling point. Manning himself would also surely lend a hand, as well. Stay tuned.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 7:12 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    28.55 (1st)
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