Defense Wins Championships (ID# 820756)
  • Earl Mitchell to meet with Seahawks first
    Free agent DT Earl Mitchell will visit the Seahawks on Monday and Tuesday.

    Advice: Mitchell's schedule for next week is jam-packed with free agent visits. He'll begin with the Seahawks before sitting down with the 49ers on Tuesday and Wednesday. After that, Mitchell will talk with Denver reps on Wednesday into Thursday before finishing up with the Falcons on Thursday night and Friday morning. Mitchell would make a ton of sense for a Broncos defense that struggled against the run last year. That would also reunite him with Vance Joseph, who was Mitchell's defensive coordinator in Miami last season. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:22 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    1.61 (483rd)
     
  • Connor Barwin expected to attract interest
    Mark Eckel of NJ Advanced Media believes DE Connor Barwin will have plenty of suitors if the Eagles cut or trade him this offseason.

    Advice: Following years of success as a 3-4 outside linebacker, Barwin struggled as a defensive end in Jim Schwartz's 4-3 scheme last season. Barwin is due $7.75 million in 2017 and has already said he'd be willing to take a pay cut to stay in Philly. Eckel named the Colts, Packers and Ravens as teams that could be interested in Barwin if the Eagles make him available. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:20 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.63 (308th)
     
  • Darryl Tapp plans to play two more seasons
    Free agent DE Darryl Tapp said he hopes to play two more seasons.

    Advice: Tapp played 291 snaps in the Saints’ defensive line rotation last year. He’s open to re-signing but wants to play for a contender. A situational run stopper, 32-year-old Tapp should sign for close to the veteran minimum. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:07 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.19 (396th)
     
  • Quintin Demps wants to re-sign with Texans
    Free agent S Quintin Demps wants to re-sign with the Texans.

    Advice: Demps has been a starter the last two years in Romeo Crennel’s defense. There should be a market for Demps coming offer a huge season so he's not a lock to return. Demps has been playing on one-year deals but should land a multi-year contract this offseason. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:15 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.54 (151st)
     
  • Colts possible landing spot for Melvin Ingram
    The Colts could be a landing spot for free agent OLB Melvin Ingram.

    Advice: The Colts run a similar scheme to the Chargers and need a pass-rusher with Robert Mathis retiring and Erik Walden and Trent Cole free agents. Ingram doesn’t have any direct ties to Indy, but played under DC John Pagano his entire career. There should be a bidding war for Ingram if he isn’t franchised. Ingram could command Olivier Vernon money (5 years, $85 million). Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:31 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.07 (286th)
     
  • Miami gives Cam Wake 2-year, $19M extension
    Dolphins signed DE Cameron Wake to a two-year, $19 million extension.

    Advice: The deal includes $11 million guaranteed. The Dolphins are rewarding Wake after he posted 11.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, and 66 total QB pressures in another All Pro season. He didn't show any signs of slowing down coming off a torn Achilles, leading all 4-3 ends in pass-rushing productivity at PFF despite opening the year in a situational role. Miami didn't need to re-sign Wake but would have risked losing him in a walk year. The extension locks Wake up through 2018, his age-37 season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:51 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.45 (424th)
     
  • Payton: Getting pass rusher 'a must' for NO
    Saints coach Sean Payton said finding a pass rusher is "a must."

    Advice: The Saints have a standout in DE Cameron Jordan, but they need much more help getting to the quarterback, especially if DT Nick Fairley leaves in free agency. They could attack the problem in the draft, but impending free agent OLB Melvin Ingram would be an intriguing option if the Chargers let him test the market. Jason Pierre-Paul is another interesting possibility. Both will have strong markets if they reach free agency. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:20 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.07 (286th)
     
  • Munnerlyn focused on winning in next stop
    Impending free agent CB Captain Munnerlyn said he wants "to win" with his next team.

    Advice: Munnerlyn did say he thinks he can win with the Vikings, but early indications have been they will not bring him back. Only 29 (in April), Munnerlyn should be a solid option for several more years to come. A return to Carolina, where he spent the first five years of his career, could make some sense. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:20 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.49 (211th)
     
  • Earl Mitchell set to visit four teams
    NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports free agent DT Earl Mitchell is scheduled to visit the Seahawks, 49ers, Falcons, and Broncos.

    Advice: He will begin his rounds next week. Mitchell played for new Broncos coach Vance Joseph in Miami last season, so they might be the early favorites. Mitchell will be a quality low-cost signing if he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:01 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    1.61 (483rd)
     
  • 'Great dialogue' between Cardinals, Jones
    Cardinals GM Steve Keim said the team has had "great dialogue" with impending free agent OLB Chandler Jones.

    Advice: Keim added the team will tag Jones if the two sides cannot reach an agreement by March 1, which is the same thing both president Michael Bidwill and coach Bruce Arians have said this offseason. It is clear Jones will be with the Cardinals for many years to come, but getting his deal done before the tag deadline would give Arizona some flexibility with their other big-name free agents. Both S Tony Jefferson and DE Calais Campbell could be candidates for the tag if Arizona can get something done with Jones. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:14 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.42 (268th)
     
  • Revis turns himself in, released on bond
    Darrelle Revis turned himself in to police Friday night after being charged with four felonies and a misdemeanor stemming a fight last weekend in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: He was released on a non-monetary bond. Revis allegedly punched two men and took away one's cell phone after they refused to stop following him and stop recording him early Sunday morning. Police have charged Revis with two felony counts of aggravated assault, one felony count of robbery, one felony count of conspiracy, and a misdemeanor count of terroristic threats. His next court date is Thursday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:59 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.80 (248th)
     
  • Navorro Bowman on track for Week 1
    The Sacramento Bee expects ILB Navorro Bowman (Achilles') to be ready for the start of the season.

    Advice: Bowman is four months removed from tearing his Achilles. He's expected resume running soon. Bowman should miss the entire offseason and will be in a race to get cleared for training camp. He'll need to avoid setbacks to be ready for Week 1. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:07 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1438th)
     
  • Greenway close to making decision on status
    Free agent WLB Chad Greenway expects to make an announcement on his playing future soon.

    Advice: Greenway has been considering retirement since the end of the season. It sounds like he’ll have a decision before the start of free agency. 34-year-old Greenway is only willing to play for the Vikings if he returns. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:26 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.07 (341st)
     
  • Jordan Phillips to take over as starter
    Jordan Phillips is expected to take over as the Dolphins' starting defensive tackle alongside Ndamukong Suh.

    Advice: Phillips actually made 11 starts last year, but Earl Mitchell's release will lock him into more of a full-time role. "Jordan is a player that, if you can take his explosive or flash plays, you can make a tape and it's special," outgoing Dolphins DC Vance Joseph said after the season. "But you can take his bad plays also and make a lowlight tape." The 52nd overall pick in the 2015 draft, Phillips needs to improve his consistency entering his age-24/25 season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:33 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.85 (352nd)
     
  • Cardinals S Tony Jefferson expected to hit FA
    CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora expects Tony Jefferson to become the second-highest paid free agent safety behind Eric Berry.

    Advice: La Canfora added he would be "absolutely shocked" if Jefferson re-signed with the Cardinals, adding a "return to Arizona is not in the cards." The Arizona Republic reported Friday morning that the Cardinals have had "positive conversations" with Jefferson and free agent OLB Chandler Jones, but "no deal is imminent." Jones will be franchise tagged if no deal is reached, increasing the likelihood Jefferson reaches the open market. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:22 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.27 (13th)
     
  • Report: Jets can void Darrelle Revis' contract
    According to Bleacher Report's Jason Cole, the Jets are able to void Darrelle Revis' deal if he's suspended or fined for conduct detrimental to the team or for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

    Advice: The Jets were already unlikely to bring Revis back at his $13 million salary, and his arrest makes it even easier to move on. If Revis is suspended or fined, the Jets can recoup his entire salary including the $6 million he was guaranteed for 2017. The Jets have until March 11 to decide his fate. Revis is due a $2 million roster bonus on that date. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:19 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.80 (248th)
     
  • Cardinals in 'serious' talks with S Jefferson
    The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers reports the Cardinals are in "serious negotiations" with impending free agent FS Tony Jefferson.

    Advice: Jefferson made 14 starts last season before landing on I.R. with a sprained MCL. He's healthy now and graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 6 safety among 91 qualifiers, excelling in run defense. The former UDFA turned 25 in January and will likely end up as free agency's top safety once Eric Berry gets tagged or extended. Arizona will have to make a serious big-money offer to keep Jefferson. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:10 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.27 (13th)
     
  • Stephon Gilmore looking for top-five CB money
    WGR 550 Buffalo's Sal Capaccio reports free agent CB Stephon Gilmore is looking for top-five cornerback money.

    Advice: Josh Norman is the league's highest-paid corner at $15 million per year, while Darrelle Revis landed a position-best 55.6 percent ($39 million) guaranteed when he returned to the Jets. Last summer it was reported Gilmore wanted Norman money, and it sounds like he's still aiming for that with the inflation of the salary cap. The franchise tag is expected to come in at around $14.31 million. The Bills would have to clear some cap room to tag Gilmore. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:49 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1003rd)
     
  • Saints likely to discuss contract for Vaccaro
    The Saints are expected to begin long-term contract discussions with SS Kenny Vaccaro this offseason.

    Advice: Vaccaro is due $5.676 million in the final year of his rookie deal. Though he served a four-game suspension to close out last season, Vaccaro had another strong year. He's long been good against the run and matched his career high with two picks and forced a pair of fumbles. Vaccaro just turned 26 and could be looking at two more bites at the big-contract apple. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:24 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.00 (131st)
     
  • Darrelle Revis charged with four felonies
    Darrelle Revis has been charged with four felonies for his role in a weekend fight in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: That includes two counts of aggravated assault. Revis is accused of knocking two men unconscious. It's a serious matter, likely not the kind that will disappear. It's also an ill-timed off-field issue for a 31-year-old corner coming off a lousy year. Revis is guaranteed $6 million for 2017, but this greatly increases the chances he gets cut loose, which would create $9.3 million in cap space for the Jets. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:11 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.80 (248th)
     
  • Broncos likely to be interested in Mitchell?
    NBC Denver expects the Broncos to express interest in free agent DT Earl Mitchell.

    Advice: Reporter Mike Klis appears to just be connecting the dots, as Mitchell played for new Broncos coach Vance Joseph in Miami. Slowed by injuries with the Dolphins, Mitchell was limited to 306 snaps in 2016. He turns 30 in September. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:42 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    1.61 (483rd)
     
  • Police list charges pending against Revis
    Darrelle Revis is facing "pending" charges of aggravated assault, robbery, "conspiracy" and "making terroristic threats" following a weekend brawl in his native Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Revis is alleged to have knocked two men unconscious. Per the police report, a man refused to stop filming Revis with his cellphone. The "robbery" charge would be because Revis (allegedly) took the phone and threw it in the street. This has the makings of a legal issue that could linger for most, if not all, of the offseason. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:38 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.80 (248th)
     
  • Revis involved in brawl; Details inconsistent
    Darrelle Reivs was involved in a Pittsburgh brawl over the weekend.

    Advice: One Pittsburgh T.V. station is reporting Revis was an aggressor and could be charged with a felony, while another says he was attacked by up to five men. Revis as the aggressor is sounding like the more plausible story, as the other emanated from his lawyer. The situation should be updated some time in the next 24 hours. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:35 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.80 (248th)
     
  • Steelers not counting on CB Golson for 2017
    The Steelers aren't counting on 2015 second-round CB Senquez Golson for 2017.

    Advice: Recovering from a Lisfranc injury, Golson has missed 32-of-32 games as an NFLer. He's due a modest $615,000 in 2017, but the Steelers won't want to pay that if they believe Golson won't be able to stay on the field. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:37 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1478th)
     
  • Steelers hedge on keeping Lawrence Timmons
    Speaking Thursday, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert hedged on re-signing free agent ILB Lawrence Timmons.

    Advice: "Would you like to have him stay? Absolutely," Colbert said. "(But) does it all fit? We can make it work, but at what cost?" You could say Colbert is lukewarm on retaining the 30-year-old, longtime Steeler. Timmons started all 16 games last season, but was somewhat of a liability as an every-down player. If he returns, it will be to reduced money and perhaps a reduced role. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:31 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.13 (93rd)
     
  • Report: Dolphins could seek corner via trade
    The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins could look to the trade market for cornerback help.

    Advice: That, of course, is what the Dolphins did last year with Byron Maxwell. Maxwell performed well his first year in Miami, but second-rounder Xavien Howard wasn't ready for prime time. With Maxwell going on 29, the 'Fins won't be shy about seeking help. Going on 33 and due $6 million in the final year of his contract, someone like Houston's Johnathan Joseph could be a target. The Texans have a host of young corners to work with, making Joseph expendable in theory. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:24 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (781st)
     
  • Bills bring back special teamer Humber
    Bills re-signed LB Ramon Humber.

    Advice: Humber is a core special teamer, appearing in all 16 2016 contests. He turns 30 in August. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:38 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1149th)
     
  • Peppers 'appears to be done' with Packers
    ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky reports Julius Peppers "appears to be done in Green Bay."

    Advice: Peppers has not announced if he will continue playing in 2017, but it sounds like he will not be back with the Packers either way. The veteran has been linked with the Panthers, who selected him with the No. 2 overall pick in 2002, and should get interest as a situational pass rusher. The 37-year-old recorded 7.5 sacks last season and has at least seven sacks in all but one of his 15 seasons. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:53 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.27 (441st)
     
  • Phins waive star-crossed corner Ekpre-Olomu
    Dolphins waived CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

    Advice: A top prospect in the 2015 Draft, Ekpre-Olomu has not recovered since suffering a horrific knee injury his final year in college. He fell to the sixth round in the draft, redshirted as a rookie, and was eventually waived by the Browns. The Dolphins claimed him last April, but he suffered another ACL tear in training camp. It is possible his career is over. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:39 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1533rd)
     
  • Dolphins release FA bust Mario Williams
    Dolphins released DE Mario Williams.

    Advice: This is about as far from a surprising move as possible in the NFL. Williams recorded just 1.5 sacks in his single season in Miami and was a healthy scratch in Week 17. Cutting him saves the Dolphins $8.5 million against the cap. Williams will likely have to settle for one-year offers on the open market. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:39 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.39 (271st)
     
  • Dolphins move on from DT Earl Mitchell
    Dolphins released DT Earl Mitchell.

    Advice: The move saves $4 million against the cap. Mitchell should have been a good fit opposite Ndamukong Suh, but injuries derailed his time in Miami. He will likely have to settle for prove-it deals on the open market. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:33 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    1.61 (483rd)
     
  • Texans not expected to use franchise tag
    The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports the Texans are not expected to use the franchise tag.

    Advice: A.J. Bouye is the only candidate for the tag among Houston's free agents, but he would cost over $14 million on the one-year tender, all of which would count against the cap. The Texans do have over $25 million in cap space, but tagging Bouye would leave them zero flexibility in free agency. Bouye is expected to command over $12 million per year and could touch $30 million guaranteed. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:17 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.52 (265th)
     
  • Josh Mauga listed as unrestricted free agent
    The Chiefs' official site listed ILB Josh Mauga as an unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: Mauga reportedly signed a three-year deal prior to the 2015 season, but it is possible those reports were wrong or the contract included a voidable year. Mauga missed all of 2016 with a torn labrum, and he has proven to be a replacement-level starter at best. Going on 30, Mauga likely will not break the bank if he hits the open market. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:19 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1187th)
     
  • Vikings expected to discuss Rhodes contract
    The Vikings are expected to begin long-term contract discussions with RCB Xavier Rhodes this offseason.

    Advice: Rhodes is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie contract, which is set to pay him a little over $8 million in 2017. Turning 27 this summer, Rhodes is coming off yet another productive season, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 33 cover corner out of 120 qualifiers. He was No. 1 among all cornerbacks in run defense and allowed the NFL's lowest passer rating in his coverage (47.0). Rhodes will command top dollar as a size-speed boundary corner. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:48 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.32 (87th)
     
  • Vikings not expected to re-sign CB Munnerlyn
    The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Matt Vensel doesn't expect the Vikings to re-sign impending free agent CB Captain Munnerlyn.

    Advice: Munnerlyn turns 29 in April and probably has a few more years of solid ball ahead, especially since he plays inside and doesn't have to rely as much on speed. Minnesota has 2016 second-rounder Mackensie Alexander waiting, and No. 1 CB Xavier Rhodes is set to land a lucrative long-term deal from the Vikings. Munnerlyn was PFF's No. 56 cover corner out of 120 qualifiers last season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:36 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.49 (211th)
     
  • Cards plan to tag Jones if deal not reached
    Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said the team will use the franchise tag on OLB Chandler Jones if the two sides cannot reach a long-term agreement.

    Advice: "We’re not going to mess around with that," Bidwill said. "He’s a great pass rusher, but if we can’t agree to terms that work for us, we’re just going to franchise him." Bruce Arians said the same thing in early January, and it is clear the Cardinals' position has not changed since then. Tagging Jones will give Arizona extra time to work out a long-term deal with the star pass rusher. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:53 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.42 (268th)
     
  • '75 percent' chance Jets cut Darrelle Revis
    NJ Advance Media's Darryl Slater believes there is a "75 percent" chance the Jets release Darrelle Revis.

    Advice: Slater allows for the possibility Revis "takes a pay cut and moves to free safety or No. 2 corner," but ESPN's Rich Cimini has reported it would take a significant pay cut for Revis to remain with the team. The Jets would save $9.3 million against the cap by releasing Revis, and that number could grow based on offset language in his contract. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:18 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.80 (248th)
     
  • Steelers begin talks with Lawrence Timmons
    CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Steelers began their dialogue with free agent ILB Lawrence Timmons on Monday.

    Advice: La Canfora says the Steelers have also begun discussing a long-term deal with contract-year WR Antonio Brown. Timmons is a career Steeler the organization seems lukewarm on retaining, but Pittsburgh would probably be willing to re-sign him if Timmons accepts a hometown discount. Timmons turns 31 in May. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:05 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.13 (93rd)
     
  • Navorro Bowman says rehab has been smooth
    49ers ILB Navorro Bowman says the rehab from his torn Achilles' tendon has been going smoothly.

    Advice: Bowman said the process has been much easier than the rehab from his 2014 knee injury. "(I’m) not spending those long hours warming up, trying to get my workout in," Bowman said. "It’s definitely more easy to deal with than my knee. I can definitely see a positive light at the end of the tunnel." Despite the positive words, Bowman should still be considered questionable for the beginning of training camp. Going on 29, Bowman hasn't been the same since completely shredding his left knee in the 2014 NFC Championship Game. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:06 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1438th)
     
  • Steelers showing interesting in Timmons deal
    According to Mark Kaboly of DKPittsburghSports.com, the Steelers "have shown interest" in re-signing impending free agent ILB Lawrence Timmons.

    Advice: A true every-down player, Timmons missed just 15 defensive snaps after Week 3 last season. He's graded out poorly in Pro Football Focus' inside linebacker ratings the past two seasons, but Timmons' value is his leadership going on age 31. Beat writers believe Timmons may price himself out of the Steelers' range. Rotoworld.com Feb 10, 8:42 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.13 (93rd)
     
Internet Explorer 8 is no longer supported by Yahoo Fantasy. Please download a supported browser.