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  • Saints bring back TE Phillips on 1-year deal
    Saints re-signed TE John Phillips to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Phillips is purely a blocking tight end for New Orleans. Today, 11:33 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.07 (308th)
  • Hue Jackson wants more from Browns TE spot
    Coach Hue Jackson said the Browns need more out of their tight ends in 2017.

    Advice: "That position needs to upgrade, whether we do that with the guys that are there and continue to get better, or if there's somebody in the draft than can come in and help our football team," Jackson said. Jackson's eyes "lit up" when reporters asked him about Alabama TE O.J. Howard on Tuesday. Viewed as the top tight end in a loaded draft at the position, Howard is in play for the Browns at No. 12 overall if Howard falls that far. Gary Barnidge had a career 2015, but predictably fell back to Earth last year. He failed to top 42 yards in each of the last nine games. Today, 7:04 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.41 (189th)
  • Jake Fisher slotted in at right tackle
    Jake Fisher will begin the offseason as the Bengals' right tackle.

    Advice: Fisher flopped in part-time duty at right tackle last season, but is getting another shot with Andrew Whitworth departed to the Rams. Cedric Ogbuehi is getting the first crack at blindside duties. Looming behind both is Andre Smith, whom the Bengals are stashing at guard for the time being. Yesterday, 2:24 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1111th)
  • 'Arrow pointing up' on Colts TE Erik Swoope
    The Colts' official website believes the "arrow is pointing up" on fourth-year TE Erik Swoope.

    Advice: In-house reporter Kevin Bowen believes new GM Chris Ballard "really likes" Swoope, who is currently No. 2 on the depth chart behind Jack Doyle. A 6-foot-5 former basketball player, Swoope made big plays in 2016, averaging an eye-popping 19.8 yards on his 15 receptions. He could be a preferred red zone threat in 2017. Yesterday, 2:08 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1027th)
  • Witten's contract includes no new gtd. money
    Jason Witten's new five-year deal is worth $29.6 million, but includes no new guaranteed money.

    Advice: In other words, it's mostly a salary cap contortion that lowers Witten's 2017 cap number and takes care of his 2018 "will he or won't he return to the Cowboys?" status ahead of time. Going on 35, Witten's career is on a year-by-year basis at this point. Yesterday, 10:46 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.27 (223rd)
  • Witten signs 4-year extension through 2021
    Cowboys signed Jason Witten to a four-year extension through 2021.

    Advice: It is a shock both because EVP Stephen Jones said there were no plans to extend Witten exactly a month ago and the extension keeps him under contract through his age-39 season. The deal likely will lower his $12.262 million cap hit this year, however, and the length of the contract should keep his cap number down for the next several seasons. Witten should become the franchise leader in receiving yards this year. Yesterday, 8:20 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.27 (223rd)
  • Ben Watson (Achilles') ahead of schedule
    Ravens coach John Harbaugh said TE Ben Watson (Achilles') is ahead of schedule.

    Advice: Watson tore his Achilles' last August. If he is ahead of schedule, Watson should be ready for training camp, but it will not be surprising if a 36-year-old struggles in his return from a serious injury. It is possible Watson and Dennis Pitta are competing for one roster spot. Yesterday, 7:57 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (957th)
  • GM: Walford 'wasn't same player last year'
    Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said Clive Walford "wasn't [the] same player last year."

    Advice: Walford injured his knee in an ATV accident last summer and apparently never got back to 100 percent. McKenzie expects him to be "fine" this season, but the decision to bring in Jared Cook says he is not convinced Walford will develop into a weapon in the passing game. The 2015 third-rounder has 61 catches for 688 yards (11.3 YPR) and six touchdowns through two seasons. Monday, 7:12 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.16 (305th)
  • Josh Hill (fibula) to start running soon
    Saints TE Josh Hill (leg) is expected to resume running soon.

    Advice: Per Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate, Hill is "progressing well" in his recovery from a broken fibula. Hill probably won't be ready for OTAs but should be fine by training camp. Coby Fleener remains the lead tight end in New Orleans, though Hill was starting to cut into his workload before he got hurt last year. Friday, 10:38 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (932nd)
  • Jaguars add pass-catching TE Mychal Rivera
    Jaguars signed TE Mychal Rivera to a two-year, $6.75 million contract.

    Advice: The second year of the deal is a team option. Rivera also had interest from the Jets and Colts. Jacksonville is a solid landing spot after moving on from Julius Thomas. Rivera could open the season as the Jaguars' top receiving tight end, but he is unlikely to have much of a box-score impact. Wednesday, 1:50 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    1.09 (371st)
  • Kellen Davis visits the Browns on Tuesday
    Free agent TE Kellen Davis visited the Browns on Tuesday.

    Advice: Davis is a blocker who has three catches since 2013. Tuesday, 3:05 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (608th)
  • Mychal Rivera off to visit the Colts
    Free agent TE Mychal Rivera is scheduled to visit the Colts.

    Advice: Rivera met with the Jets on Monday, but he left without a deal. Not a dynamic threat as a receiver, Rivera is unlikely to make much of a fantasy impact no matter where he lands, but New York would at least offer a good shot at targets. Monday, 7:09 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    1.09 (371st)
  • Colts sign TE Brandon Williams
    Colts signed TE Brandon Williams, formerly of the Seahawks.

    Advice: Going on 30, the 2012 UDFA appeared in all 16 games as the No. 3 tight end for the Seahawks last season. In Indy, he'll be a body behind Jack Doyle and Erik Swoope. Williams has six career catches. Mar 20, 12:24 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (941st)
  • Brandon Williams to visit Indianapolis
    Free agent TE Brandon Williams will visit the Colts.

    Advice: Williams logged 149 snaps as the Seahawks' third-string tight end last season. The Colts are looking for depth behind Jack Doyle after trading Dwayne Allen to the Patriots. The 29-year-old has caught just six passes over four NFL seasons. Mar 19, 10:00 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (941st)
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