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  • Titans still see DeMarco Murray as 'the guy'
    Coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday the Titans will continue to view DeMarco Murray as "the guy" in their backfield for 2017.

    Advice: Mularkey called sophomore Derrick Henry "an important part of our offense," but confirmed Murray will enter 2017 as Tennessee's workhorse. Now 29 years old, Murray averaged 4.39 yards per carry and logged 346 touches last season, although his effectiveness waned down the stretch due to a toe injury. While Henry will remain a threat for short-yardage and complementary carries, Murray's superior all-purpose ability keeps his feature back role secure. Rotoworld.com 32 minutes ago
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.64 (36th)
     
  • Mariota 'doing very well' in rehab
    Titans coach Mike Mularkey assured Wednesday that Marcus Mariota's (broken fibula) rehab is "doing very well."

    Advice: The Titans plan to hold Mariota out of OTAs, an approach confirmed when GM Jon Robinson stated the "most important thing this offseason is to make sure Marcus Mariota is healthy." The Titans remain pleased with Mariota's rehab, which he is currently doing in Oregon. He should be 100 percent well before training camp. Adding to Mariota's weapons should also be a Titans priority. Rotoworld.com 39 minutes ago
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1102nd)
     
  • Kaepernick has 'positive' meeting with 49ers
    Colin Kaepernick had a "really positive" meeting with the 49ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: 49ers GM John Lynch said his evaluation of Kaepernick is "still very much fluid." Kaepernick recently sold his house in San Jose and is staying in New York. Due $16.9 million, it remains unlikely Kap is back at his current salary, but it's possible the Niners could bring him back at a reduced price. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:01 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.29 (22nd)
     
  • Le'Veon Bell expected to avoid groin surgery
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports free agent Le'Veon Bell hasn't scheduled offseason groin surgery.

    Advice: As RapSheet notes, Bell very likely would have done so by now had he needed the operation. Just about two weeks ago, Bell was seeking a third opinion on his groin after one doctor suggested he needed surgery and another advised against it. The third was the likely tiebreaker. Bell probably won't do much at spring practices but should be fine well in advance of training camp. Expect the Steelers to use the franchise tag on Bell before the March 1 deadline. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:39 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (901st)
     
  • Arizona could have interest in Pierre Garcon
    The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers "would not be surprised" if the Cardinals showed interest in free agent Pierre Garcon.

    Advice: Larry Fitzgerald is on his last legs in the desert, though he is still playing at a high level. Michael Floyd has been let go, while John Brown couldn't get his hamstrings right last season due to sickle-cell issues. Jaron Brown tore his ACL. A once-promising receiving corps now needs an injection of talent. Garcon is expected to command $9 million per year. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:09 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    12.41 (58th)
     
  • Redskins wondering if they can get Tony Romo?
    According to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, the Redskins are wondering if they can sign Tony Romo if he's released by the Cowboys.

    Advice: We wouldn't go as far to label this as a report, as it's more of a throwing-at-the-wall by Cole. But it's notable nonetheless since it makes a ton of sense. Long-term talks with Kirk Cousins have broken down, and it has the looks of a divorce waiting to happen. But as Cole mentions, Washington may not even get a shot at Romo if the Cowboys choose to trade him. Even if he's released, Romo and the Cowboys may have a handshake agreement that he doesn't sign with a division rival. Colt McCoy is currently the Redskins' No. 2 quarterback. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:08 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (942nd)
     
  • Could 49ers-Skins do Cousins deal at Combine?
    NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah "would not be shocked at all" if the Redskins and 49ers agree to a trade involving Kirk Cousins at the Combine.

    Advice: Jeremiah isn't a typical Rotoworld source on the NFL side, but with draft season upon us, he has an ear to the ground and talks with numerous personnel people. He believes there's a "better than 50 percent" chance Cousins isn't a 2017 Redskin, and a deal sending Cousins to San Francisco, possibly along with the Redskins' No. 17 overall pick, in exchange for the 49ers' No. 2 overall pick is in the cards. Further, Jeremiah reports the Redskins still aren't sold on Cousins long-term. Washington seems intent on bungling an offense that had become one of the best in the league. Cousins would be a massive get for the rebuilding Niners. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:11 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    23.76 (6th)
     
  • Jay Cutler (shoulder) to be cleared by March
    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jay Cutler (shoulder) is expected to be medically cleared by March.

    Advice: Cutler underwent surgery for a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder in early December. It's typically a three-month rehab, but don't expect Cutler to do much throwing before training camp. He's expected to be able to pass a physical sometime next month. The Bears will likely release Cutler before or shortly after the start of the new league year on March 9. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:06 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1073rd)
     
  • Report: Jets have 'some interest' in Cutler
    CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora continues to report that the Jets have "some interest" in Jay Cutler once he's released by the Bears.

    Advice: "They believe he can play in the elements that are a reality in the AFC East, and they like his moxie and arm talent," writes La Canfora. "And that was well before the Jets hired Jeremy Bates as their quarterback coach." Bates and Cutler have mutual affinity for each other after working together in Denver and Chicago. The current Jets regime needs to find a way to put wins on the board if they're going to save their jobs. No quarterback currently on the roster or in the draft will be able to do that, so Cutler would make sense as a veteran capable of coming in and making this team at least competitive. La Canfora also mentions the Bills, 49ers, Dolphins, Texans, Jaguars, and Browns as potential landing spots for Cutler. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:35 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1073rd)
     
  • Pats need 'doors blown off' to deal Garoppolo
    CSN New England's Tom Curran reports the Patriots will have to be "bowled over" and have their "doors blown off" to trade Jimmy Garoppolo.

    Advice: And Curran expects that to happen. Reports from national media have been all over the place, with some reporting they don't expect Garoppolo to be dealt and others saying he's only worth a second-round pick. Curran intimates he expects the Patriots to be offered a first-round pick and possibly more. Garoppolo's trade stock will never be higher. Expect New England to cash in on it. The Bears and Browns have been tied most to Garoppolo in recent weeks. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:24 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.18 (421st)
     
  • Tyrod medically cleared from groin surgery
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Tyrod Taylor has been medically cleared from groin surgery.

    Advice: Taylor underwent sports hernia surgery shortly after the season. A 4-6 week recovery, Taylor's rehab was right on track. He has a $15.5 million option bonus due on March 11. Most beat writers expect the Bills to dump Taylor. Nick Foles and Tony Romo have been loosely linked to Buffalo as replacement options. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:27 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (537th)
     
  • Julius Thomas passes physical with Dolphins
    Julius Thomas has passed his physical with the Dolphins.

    Advice: It allows the Dolphins and Jaguars to announce their trade at the start of the league year on March 9. Thomas has never played a full 16-game season and battled numerous injuries last year, including a fractured tailbone, back problems, ankle issues, and an elbow injury. He appeared in just nine games. Thomas will be nothing more than a late-round flyer in 2017 fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:20 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (522nd)
     
  • Steelers expected to let WR Wheaton go as FA
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette "wouldn't expect" the Steelers to re-sign free agent WR Markus Wheaton.

    Advice: Wheaton missed a ton of time with a shoulder injury last season and required surgery to repair a torn labrum in early January. He ended up catching just four passes for 51 yards and one score across three games following somewhat productive 2014 and 2015 seasons. Wheaton turned 26 earlier this month. He'll likely have to settle for one-year, prove it-type offers in free agency. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:16 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (907th)
     
  • Rapsheet: Keeping Bennett will be 'hard'
    According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it will be "hard" for the Patriots to re-sign impending free agent Martellus Bennett.

    Advice: Per Rapsheet, the Patriots and Bennett have a "mutually respectful relationship," but that may not be enough to keep him in Foxboro. Bennett is in line for a big payday after leading New England with seven touchdown catches in 2016. ESPN's Mike Reiss previously reported the Patriots won't get in a bidding war for Bennett, which means he's likely headed elsewhere. With Rob Gronkowski coming off yet another surgery, the Pats are sure to address tight end in the draft. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:30 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.89 (204th)
     
  • Report: Bears actively shopping Jay Cutler
    ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bears have "actively started seeking" a trade partner for Jay Cutler.

    Advice: The Bears will try their darnedest to get something for Cutler, though there's a good chance they'll end up cutting him. Cutler plateaued and arguably regressed after a promising beginning to his career in Denver, and hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2009. With that said, a quarterback-needy team like the Jets could be desperate enough to take the bait. The Bears are expected to target Jimmy Garoppolo, but they'll face plenty of competition. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:12 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1073rd)
     
  • Payton: We're in the 'quarterback business'
    In an interview on Sirius XM NFL Radio, Saints coach Sean Payton said he's always in the "quarterback business."

    Advice: "I think we’re in the quarterback business always because they’re so difficult to find," said Payton. "And certainly you pay attention to it when your quarterback’s older." Payton has now hinted several times at the Saints pursuing a successor to Drew Brees. The 38-year-old led the NFL in passing yards last season but Father Time remains undefeated. The Saints have plenty of other needs, but it would be a mild surprise if they left draft weekend without a quarterback. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:37 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    27.81 (2nd)
     
  • Robby Anderson to work with Chad Johnson
    Robby Anderson will train with former NFL receiver Chad Johnson this offseason.

    Advice: Anderson also worked with Johnson leading up to last year's draft. Johnson has dabbled in coaching before, working as a guest instructor at Browns training camp last summer. He and Anderson share some similarities as thin-framed outside receivers with game-changing speed. Anderson's arrow is pointing up after finishing sixth among rookies with 587 receiving yards last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:21 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.50 (143rd)
     
  • Giants believe Eli Manning has 2-3 years left
    Speaking on PFT Live, Newsday's Bob Glauber said the Giants believe Eli Manning has two or three good years left in the NFL.

    Advice: It's a bold stance after Eli's play took a stark turn for the worse last season. His 6.7 yards per attempt were a near-decade low, while New York's offense finished 25th in yards per game (330.7) and 26th in points (19.4). Eli showed a dead arm on downfield throws. 36-year-old Manning's starting job isn't in danger, but the Giants need to start thinking about life after him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:35 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.74 (134th)
     
  • Dolphins still interested in Dion Sims
    According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are hoping to re-sign impending free agent TE Dion Sims.

    Advice: Sims would be a worthwhile insurance policy for newly-acquired Julius Thomas, who has sat out 11 games the past two seasons. The question is whether Sims would be willing to return as a backup. Primarily a blocking tight end, Sims caught 26 passes for 256 yards and four touchdowns last season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:16 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.48 (270th)
     
  • DeSean Jackson praises Carson Wentz
    Impending free agent DeSean Jackson was impressed by Carson Wentz's performance as a rookie.

    Advice: "He killed it," said Jackson. "He had a heck of a year. He showed he can do it all. He has the intangibles of being a big-time quarterback." Jackson thinks he still has 4-6 good years left in him and wouldn't mind ending his career where it started. "I mean, it’s definitely a great story and ending," said Jackson when asked about a return to Philadelphia. "It all sounds good, but you never know until the final decision is made." The Eagles, Buccaneers and Rams should be among Jackson's top suitors when he hits the open market. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:45 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.90 (67th)
     
  • Chopping block: Panthers send Tolbert packing
    Panthers released FB Mike Tolbert.

    Advice: The move frees up $1.725 million in cap space. Tolbert earned three Pro Bowl nods in five seasons with Carolina. 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, adding 10 catches for 72 yards and one touchdown. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:32 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    1.70 (347th)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 9:34 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.09 (48th)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 8:40 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    11.90 (67th)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 8:05 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.64 (36th)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 6:47 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.58 (95th)
     
  • 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 Yesterday, 6:39 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.69 (20th)
     
  • 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 Monday, 7:17 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    23.76 (6th)
     
  • 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 Monday, 4:49 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.20 (412th)
     
  • 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 1:45 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    19.15 (19th)
     
  • 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 Monday, 12:04 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (522nd)
     
  • 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 Monday, 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 Monday, 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)
     
  • Many connections between Pace, Garoppolo
    Jimmy Garoppolo's agent, Donald Yee, represents Saints coach Sean Payton, with whom Bears GM Ryan Pace worked for ten years in New Orleans.

    Advice: There are all kinds of connections to be made like this around the NFL, but Pace's connections to Garoppolo especially stand out. Payton and Pace's Saints were rumored to be infatuated with Garoppolo in the 2014 draft and allegedly considered taking him toward the end of the first round. Payton, Pace, and Garoppolo are all alums of Eastern Illinois. Per CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, "Yee knows well just how much Payton and Pace valued Garoppolo in the (2014) draft," and "putting a deal together between those two wouldn’t be difficult." Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:38 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.18 (421st)
     
  • Romo willing to 'massage' contract for trade
    According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, Tony Romo is willing to "massage" his contract in order to facilitate a trade.

    Advice: This flexibility is critical if Dallas is going to get trade compensation. Romo must be willing to restructure his contract for any deal to get done, and if he wasn't it's entirely possible Romo would already have been released. The Cowboys should have a better idea of what they may be able to get for Romo when NFL teams convene at the Combine, which begins on Tuesday, February 28. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:17 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (942nd)
     
  • 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
    23.76 (6th)
     
  • Cowboys expected to 'do right' by Tony Romo
    MMQB's Albert Breer expects the Cowboys to "do right" by Tony Romo.

    Advice: That means either trading Romo to a team of his choosing or releasing him and letting him test the market. This belief is shared by a number of Cowboys staffers. Romo is expected to meet with owner Jerry Jones before or during the Combine. Arizona, Denver, Houston, and Kansas City are Romo's preferred landing spots. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:12 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (942nd)
     
  • Patriots expected to pursue Martellus Bennett
    Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal believes the Patriots will "make a run" at free agent Martellus Bennett.

    Advice: Daniels believes Bennett will command "top dollar" as the best tight end available on the market. Outbidding teams in free agency has never been New England's MO, though the Patriots have over $61 million in cap space. Bennett finished third among tight ends with seven touchdowns despite playing through painful knee and ankle injuries. With Rob Gronkowski coming off his third back surgery, keeping Bennett would be a wise investment for the Patriots. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:06 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.89 (204th)
     
  • '50 percent' chance Kap returns to 49ers
    The Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows believes there's a "50 percent" chance Colin Kaepernick returns to the 49ers.

    Advice: Due $16.9 million in salary and bonuses, Kaepernick should theoretically want to stay in San Francisco because that's the only way he would earn that much money. Kaepernick has an opt-out clause that can't officially be exercised until March 2. In December, national reports from both ESPN and NFL Network had Kaepernick preparing to opt out. That was before Kyle Shanahan was hired. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:48 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.29 (22nd)
     
  • 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)
     
  • La Canfora doesn't expect DAL to cut Romo
    Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports doesn't believe the Cowboys will release Tony Romo.

    Advice: A recent ESPN report stated the opposite. Per La Canfora, nothing has been decided on Romo's status in Dallas. That will remain the case until Romo sits down with owner Jerry Jones before or during the Combine. La Canfora also stated that "the four teams (Romo) is most interested in are Houston, Kansas City, Denver, and Arizona." On paper, the Texans and Broncos are the best fits. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:32 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (942nd)
     
  • 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
    23.76 (6th)
     
  • Steelers: No reservations about Le'Veon Bell
    Speaking Thursday, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said he has "no reservations" about free agent Le'Veon Bell, and that he hopes Bell retires with the team.

    Advice: "There is no hesitation for us to have him," Colbert said. "Hopefully, his entire career." Bell indicated last summer he would seek $15 million per year in long-term talks, a number that has likely gone up, and a number that would certainly frighten a modern general manager when considering a running back. Working in Bell's favor is his age (25 on Saturday), and complete dominance whenever he's at full health. The problem, of course, has been his health, as well as his off-the-field issues. The off-the-field concerns probably won't factor into the talks as much as is assumed, as any future suspension would void Bell's guaranteed money. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:21 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (901st)
     
  • Martellus Bennett not an option for Dolphins?
    The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports free agent Martellus Bennett is not an option for the Dolphins.

    Advice: "Bennett will never play for the Dolphins as long as the current administration is running the organization," Salguero wrote confidently. It is not a secret Bennett and coach Adam Gase did not see eye to eye in Chicago, and that discord is likely what Salguero is referencing. Miami is expected to re-sign Dion Sims, but they still need to find some more help at tight end. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:31 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.89 (204th)
     
  • Mariota not expected to be ready for OTAs
    Coach Mike Mularkey said Marcus Mariota (broken fibula) is not expected to be ready for OTAs.

    Advice: In January, Mularkey said Mariota would be back "when we get this thing rolling," but the coach said they are going to be "over-cautious" with the injury in a radio interview on Wednesday. "He’s on schedule," Mularkey said. "You guys know Marcus like I do. He’s probably gonna over-train to come back as quickly as he can, and we’re probably gonna have to put the reins on him to hold back a little bit." Despite the caution, Mariota should be ready for training camp. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:10 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1102nd)
     
  • Werder: Tony Romo expects to be released
    ESPN's Ed Werder reports Tony Romo expects to be released.

    Advice: That is instead of being traded. The Cowboys will certainly attempt to find a trading partner, but it does not make much sense for anyone to trade for a soon-to-be-37 quarterback who has played five games in the last two seasons with most of that missed time due to injury. If the Cowboys want to do right by Romo, it also makes the most sense to let him pick his next destination, although he will certainly have some say in trade negotiations as well. As for his future, Werder reports Romo believes he can play two-to-three more seasons. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:42 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (942nd)
     
  • Werder does not expect Garoppolo to be traded
    ESPN's Ed Werder does not expect the Patriots to trade Jimmy Garoppolo.

    Advice: With Tom Brady still playing like an All-Pro and the Patriots selecting Jacoby Brissett in the third round last season, it has been widely assumed New England will trade Garoppolo, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal. MMQB's Peter King wrote he does not think Garoppolo will be moved earlier this week, however, and now Werder is reporting the same information. The Patriots could just be leaking these reports to drive up the price, but it would not be surprising if New England takes another year to see where Brady is before settling for a high compensatory pick if they are forced to let Garoppolo walk. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:36 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.18 (421st)
     
  • Teammate: Romo 'dropped dimes' in practice
    Cowboys SS Barry Church told a Dallas radio station that Tony Romo played "like 2014 Romo" in late-season practices.

    Advice: Albeit in an extremely small sample, Romo also looked good as new in his Week 17 spot appearance, completing 3-of-4 throws for 29 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles. Romo broke a bone in his back last preseason, then resumed practicing in early November. "He looked great back there," Church said. "He was dropping some dimes, some serious dimes against the No. 1 defense. We went against him on 7-on-7 drills." Church said he would answer "Yeah, go get him," if asked by a quarterback-needy team whether Romo was worth pursuing. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:44 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (942nd)
     
  • Martellus Bennett could be an option for tag
    CSN New England's Phil Perry believes impending free agent Martellus Bennett could be an option for the franchise tag.

    Advice: According to MMQB's Albert Breer's calculations, the franchise tag for tight ends is likely to come in around $9.84 million. That's a more than fair price for Bennett, who Perry believes would be looking at around $8 million per year on a multi-year deal. Bennett turns 30 next month and played hurt for most of the season. He'd provide insurance for Rob Gronkowski (back surgery) and keep intact the Patriots' ability to play two-tight end "12 personnel" sets. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:02 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.89 (204th)
     
  • 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
    23.76 (6th)
     
  • 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
    23.76 (6th)
     
  • Colin Kaepernick 'open to returning' to 49ers
    Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports Colin Kaepernick is "open to returning to the 49ers in 2017."

    Advice: Kaepernick has been expected to opt out of his contract for some time, which he can do starting on March 2, but he did reach out to new GM John Lynch and is expected to meet with him at some point in the near future. If Kyle Shanahan wants him, it is possible the 49ers can convince Kaepernick to stay. Still, divorce remains the most likely outcome. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:50 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.29 (22nd)
     
  • Pats won't get into 'bidding war' for Bennett
    ESPN's Mike Reiss does not expect the Patriots to get into a "bidding war" for impending free agent TE Martellus Bennett.

    Advice: Bennett was both an excellent complement and replacement for Rob Gronkowski during his first year in New England, but he is also certain to get overpaid as the best tight end in a weak free agent class. Perhaps his age (30 in March) and recent health will keep Bennett in the Patriots' price range, but it is reasonable to think he will be playing elsewhere in 2017. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:47 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.89 (204th)
     
  • Patriots expected to call Texans RE: Jimmy G
    The Houston Chronicle believes the Patriots calling the Texans about Jimmy Garoppolo is an "obvious move."

    Advice: The Chronicle's John McClain doesn't state Houston is a likely landing spot for Garoppolo, but does expect Bill Belichick to contact old pal Bill O'Brien. Unfortunately, owner Bob McNair indicated the Texans were unlikely suitors for veteran quarterbacks and more likely to pursue draft-eligible signal callers. In addition to the No. 25 pick, trading for Garoppolo would cost the Texans a long-term contract, something McNair doesn't seem open to after last year's Brock Osweiler disaster. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 4:08 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.18 (421st)
     
  • Garoppolo likely to fetch second-round pick
    Ben Volin of the Boston Globe believes the Patriots can expect a second-round pick in return for Jimmy Garoppolo.

    Advice: With Tom Brady still at the height of his powers, the Patriots will look to trade Garoppolo in his contract year. Volin notes that Matt Cassel, Kevin Kolb and Matt Schaub were traded under similar circumstances and all fetched second-round picks. The Bears, Browns and 49ers have already been linked to Garoppolo, and more teams could enter the fray. It's hard to say where Garoppolo will land, but it looks like he's played his last down as a Patriot. Rotoworld.com Feb 12, 6:29 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.18 (421st)
     
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