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  • Jerry Jones hopes to re-sign Jason Witten
    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he hopes to re-sign free agent Jason Witten.

    Advice: "I feel strongly he wants to play, and I think he can," Jones said. "I would hope that he would not ever be anything but a Cowboy. As I sit here right now I think he can make a real contribution." This conflicts with reports the Cowboys aren't expected to re-sign Witten. Dallas should ultimately make Witten an offer, but after playing 75 percent of snaps last year, Witten will need to accept a lesser role to return. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:04 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.56 (163rd)
     
  • Packers plan to 'make a run' at Austin Hooper
    ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports the Packers plan to "make a run" at impending free agent Austin Hooper.

    Advice: The Packers are the second franchise linked to Hooper in the last 24 hours, joining the Bears among interested suitors. More franchises are expected to join in on the frenzy for the 25-year-old's services in the coming days, too. Green Bay is reportedly "intent" on adding another pass-catcher via the open market and the draft, and moving on from 33-year-old Jimmy Graham (who clearly lost a step last year) would not only clear $8 million in cap space, but give Aaron Rodgers another prime receiving outlet to detract from Davante Adams along the perimeter. The Falcons are also expected to try and re-sign Hooper. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:36 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.23 (71st)
     
  • Report: Bears 'planning to pursue' Hooper
    The Chicago Sun-Times' Jason Lieser reports the Bears are planning to pursue impending free agent Austin Hooper.

    Advice: 26 in November and fresh off career-highs in catches (75), receiving yards (787), and touchdowns (6), Hooper's expected to garner anywhere from $10-$12 million annually on the open market — an amount Chicago may not be able to fork over with roughly $26 million in projected cap space to work with. Still, the interest is obviously there after the Bears saw Trey Burton and Adam Shaheen sit out a combined 15 games together due to injuries last year. General Manager Ryan Pace was also notably high on Hooper out of Stanford, regrettably selecting DL Jonathan Bullard (who the team cut last summer) only nine picks prior to the Falcons calling the tight end's name in 2016. The latter's fully expected to reset the market at his position this offseason. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:29 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.23 (71st)
     
  • Report: Rams have 'spoken to' Jordan Reed
    ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the Rams have "spoken to" free agent TE Jordan Reed.

    Advice: It's the first team Reed has been linked to since his release from the Redskins. Reed, of course, is well familiar with Sean McVay from his Redskins days. With Tyler Higbee coming off a breakout season and Gerald Everett under contract for 2020, it would be an odd fit from a targets standpoint, especially since the Rams are amongst the deepest teams in the league at wide receiver. Perhaps McVay is simply trying to do Reed a favor and kick start his market. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:11 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (702nd)
     
  • Engram (Lisfranc) remains in walking boot
    Evan Engram (Lisfranc surgery) remains in a walking boot.

    Advice: It has been over two months since Engram went under the knife. He appears poised to miss the entire offseason program. Engram has been one of the best young tight ends in the league when healthy, but he has missed a whopping 13 games over the past two years. The G-Men must soon make a decision on his fifth-year team option, which is guaranteed for injury only. Despite the missed time, we assume the G-Men will pick the option up. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:27 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (594th)
     
  • Giants TE Ellison considering retirement
    The New York Post reports Giants TE Rhett Ellison is considering retirement after a concussion ended his 2019 season.

    Advice: Ellison's 2018 was also cut short by a head injury. Last year, he went down in Week 11 before suffering a setback ahead of Week 16. Scary stuff. If the 31-year-old decides to continue playing, he will either be released or subject to re-negotiation. He is currently set to count an untenable $7.18 million against the cap. The Giants would save $5 million by cutting him loose. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:24 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (573rd)
     
  • Robert Tonyan underwent core muscle surgery
    Packers TE Robert Tonyan underwent core muscle surgery.

    Advice: Tonyan's agent Jack Bechta said the injury bothered the veteran TE all year and explains why he couldn't run the same. Tonyan has caught 14-of-21 targets for 177 yards and a pair of scores in 27 games over the past two seasons. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:35 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.65 (328th)
     
  • Report: DAL to part ways with Jason Witten?
    Dallas News' Calvin Watkins reports there isn't an expectation that TE Jason Witten will return to the Cowboys in 2020.

    Advice: Witten will turn 38 in May. The future HOF TE averaged a career-low 8.4 yards per reception and scored just four touchdowns in 2019. There still might be a role for Witten as a part-time red zone option, but his current near every-down role is far from ideal considering the lack of speed it puts on the field. Dak Prescott has been much more efficient targeting Blake Jarwin throughout his career. Perhaps Witten will look to continue his football career elsewhere, or maybe he'll *throws up in mouth* rejoin Booger and company in the Monday Night Football booth. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:07 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.56 (163rd)
     
  • Browns likely to exercise Njoku's team option
    Browns GM Andrew Berry hinted Tuesday that the team will exercise David Njoku's fifth-year team option for 2021.

    Advice: "I wouldn’t disclose any of those kind of business decisions in this setting," Berry said. "But it’s safe to say we view both those guys as very, very talented members of our roster and we look forward to seeing what they’re going to do over the next few years." The "other guy" is Myles Garrett. Something of a perennial tease through the first three years of his career, Njoku did not get along with since-fired coach Freddie Kitchens. ESPN has posited Njoku as a trade candidate, but Berry's words strongly suggest he will be staying. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:52 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.77 (324th)
     
  • Pete Carroll 'heaps praise' on TE Hollister
    The Seattle Times reports Seahawks coach Pete Carroll "heaped heavy praise" on restricted free agent Jacob Hollister in Tuesday's media session.

    Advice: Beat writer Bob Condoota believes it's "obvious" the Seahawks want Hollister back. That's despite the fact they just gave Greg Olsen $5.5 million guaranteed and still have Will Dissly under contract. Something is going to have to give. The "low" RFA tender would cost $2.144 million. Since Hollister was undrafted, the Seahawks would not be entitled to compensation were they to decline to match an offer sheet. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:30 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.94 (147th)
     
  • Bolts confirm Hunter Henry could be tagged
    Speaking Tuesday, Chargers GM Tom Telesco confirmed that impending free agent Hunter Henry is a candidate for the franchise tag.

    Advice: Telesco added that the team would prefer a long-term contract, and that talks are ongoing. Henry would be due roughly $11 million under the tag. Despite his injury issues and an up and down 2019, Hunter would be an extremely hot commodity on the open market. The tag is a distinct possibility. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:13 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.52 (102nd)
     
  • Bucs coaches still 'very high' on O.J. Howard
    Buccaneers GM Jason Licht said the team is "more than excited" about what O.J. Howard can do in his second year in Bruce Arians’ offense.

    Advice: For what it's worth, Licht added that the team "always listens to offers" but is planning to have Howard in their offense at this time. A top-five option at his position in most circles heading into his first year under the tutelage of Arians' high-flying O, Howard fell flat for 34/459/1 receiving in 14 underwhelming appearances last season. Given Licht's comments, the 25-year-old specimen will likely return as nothing more than a bet-on-talent flier for 2020 fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:14 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.03 (142nd)
     
  • Falcons will let Austin Hooper 'hit market'
    Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said the team will let impending free agent Austin Hooper "hit the market" to see where his value is.

    Advice: While Dimitroff admitted that both De'Vondre Campbell and Hooper would test free agency, Atlanta's GM confirmed it "does not necessarily close the door on their time with the Falcons" and the team "fully intends on negotiating with them in the free agency period." 26 in November, Hooper is fully expected to reset the market at his position following career-highs in catches (75), receiving yards (787), and touchdowns (6) in '19. Barring a slew of surprising transactions, Atlanta's current cap situation will likely leave them on the outs of Hooper's contract negotiations. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:06 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.23 (71st)
     
  • Report: 'Real chance' Ravens trade TE Hurst
    The Athletic's Jeff Howe reports there's a "real chance" the Ravens "move" third-year TE Hayden Hurst this offseason.

    Advice: Hurst was the No. 25 overall pick in the 2018 draft but is already going to turn 27 this year. Mark Andrews, drafted in the third round that same year, has breezed past Hurst on the depth chart, as Hurst has just a combined 43-512-3 receiving line across 28 career games. Hurst should have a market, but the Ravens can't expect more than a Day 3 pick. Andrews and Nick Boyle are Baltimore's top two tight ends. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:35 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.26 (196th)
     
  • Giants release TE Scott Simonson
    Giants released TE Scott Simonson.

    Advice: Simonson played 21 games with the Giants from 2018-2019, generally being utilized in a block-heavy role. Overall, the veteran TE has caught just 12 passes for 107 yards and one touchdown since entering the league in 2014. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:40 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1027th)
     
  • Noah Fant working on route running
    ESPN's Jeff Legwold reports Noah Fant is working to improve his short-to-intermediate routes.

    Advice: The Broncos want Fant to add "diversity to his route tree." Fant flashed big-play potential as a rookie, but half his yards came in two games, and he failed to clear five targets over the final six weeks. With not much behind Courtland Sutton, Fant's target share is a lock to go up in Year 2. Fant's ceiling with Drew Lock in a Pat Shurmur offense is his biggest concern. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:40 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.82 (154th)
     
  • Mike Gesicki expected to play 'big slot' role
    ESPN's Cameron Wolfe expects Mike Gesicki to be used in the slot in three-wide sets.

    Advice: Gesicki played some big slot for Miami last year that should continue under OC Chan Gailey, who runs shotgun-heavy gamescripts. With Preston Williams and DeVante Parker locked in on the outside, Gesicki looks to have the target edge over Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns. Gesicki came on late in 2019 — scoring touchdowns in four of the last six weeks. The makings are there for a third-year leap. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:21 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.29 (136th)
     
  • Austin Hooper likely to command $11M annually
    Salary-cap analyst Joel Corry predicts free agent TE Austin Hooper will command at least a four-year, $44 million contract.

    Advice: Hooper could also land fully guaranteed salaries over the first two years. With Hunter Henry potentially getting franchised, Hooper is going to reset the tight end market this offseason, whether it's with Atlanta or another team. Talks between the Falcons and Hooper should heat up at next week's Combine. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:59 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.23 (71st)
     
  • Packers GM: TE Sternberger can be a mismatch
    Packers GM Brian Gutekunst said TE Jace Sternberger "can be a mismatch for us."

    Advice: Gutekunst also said Sternberger "has some dynamic ability." That ability wasn't showcased in his rookie season thanks to injuries and Jimmy Graham's presence, but it's possible that both of those aren't deterrents in 2020. Graham is likely a cap casualty, which would vault Sternberger into the starting mix as a receiving threat. Sternberger is a potential deep sleeper for fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:03 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    1.14 (383rd)
     
  • Report: Jordan Reed plans to continue career
    ESPN's John Keim confirms free agent TE Jordan Reed is expected to continue playing career following his release from the Redskins.

    Advice: Keim's report is via a "source close to Reed." Reed will be returning from his seventh documented concussion as a pro. He has appeared in just 65-of-112 possible career games, good for 58 percent. He turns 30 on July 3. The easy take from afar is that Reed should hang 'em up, but he knows his body better than anyone else. Teams will surely be willing to bet on his talent. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:52 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (702nd)
     
  • Redskins release Jordan Reed after 7 seasons
    Redskins released TE Jordan Reed.

    Advice: The move comes after seven seasons, and sadly Reed's seventh documented concussion as a pro. This one cost him all of 2019. He cleared the protocol just this week. The move clears $8.5 million in cap space while leaving behind only $1.8 million in dead money. Still five months shy of his 30th birthday, Reed was on an early-career trajectory to be one of the best tight ends of the decade, but even beyond the head issues, injuries have absolutely wrecked his career. He has never appeared in more than 14 games, and has cleared 12 just twice in seven years. Reed seems committed to continuing his career, but he figures to give retirement consideration. It is an absolute shame for a player whose talent was never in question. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:36 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (702nd)
     
  • Jordan Reed cleared from concussion protocol
    The Athletic's Ben Standig reports Jordan Reed has been cleared from the league's concussion protocol.

    Advice: Reed's latest concussion — his seventh in as many seasons in the league — sidelined him for the entirety of the 2019 season after he took a nasty hit from Falcons safety Keanu Neal in an exhibition contest. Standig adds that while Reed himself fully expects to be released by Washington in the coming days, he's told those close to him that he intends on continuing his career and playing elsewhere next season. 30 in July, Reed's inevitable release will free up $8.5 million in cap space. The Bills are an intriguing landing spot after recently bringing in Greg Olsen, who has since put pen to paper with Seattle, for a visit. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:36 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (702nd)
     
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