Defense Wins Championships (ID# 820756)
  • A.J. Bouye expected to be 'king' of CB class
    MMQB's Albert Breer was told impending free agent A.J. Bouye will be the "clear king" of the cornerback class.

    Advice: The fourth corner on his own team this time last year, injuries gave Bouye the opportunity to show what he can do, and he did not disappoint. Now the 25-year-old is an ascending star heading to the open market with plenty of teams desperate for corner help. It will not be surprising if he betters the five-year, $62.5-million deal Janoris Jenkins landed last March. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:01 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.52 (265th)
     
  • Eagles seem 'bullish' on CB Jalen Mills
    The Philadelphia Inquirer's Zach Berman wrote the Eagles seem "bullish" on sophomore CB Jalen Mills.

    Advice: Mills was routinely burned as a rookie, but that is not surprising considering he was a seventh-round pick thrust into a big role. He should take a step forward this offseason and could be a useful depth piece in what should be an overhauled cornerback room. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:34 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.37 (164th)
     
  • Eagles unlikely to bring Stephen Tulloch back
    Impending free agent LB Stephen Tulloch is unlikely to re-sign with the Eagles.

    Advice: Tulloch played just 69 snaps on defense his first year in Philadelphia and offers nothing on special teams. The Eagles should look for cheaper and more versatile depth behind starters Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham. The 32-year-old will likely have to settle for one-year offers if he wants to continue playing. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:54 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    1.99 (456th)
     
  • Texans, Demps have yet to open contract talks
    Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports the Texans and impending free agent S Quintin Demps have yet to open contract negotiations.

    Advice: Negotiations usually do not kick into high gear until the Combine, but it is somewhat surprising considering Demps has already said he wants to re-sign with the Texans. "You never know with this league," Demps said of his future. "I'm just grateful to be in a good position right now and just kind of hit it up in the offseason and take it one day at a time." The veteran has played on a one-year deal each of the last five years with three of those in Houston. Coming off a six-interception season, Demps should be looking for a multi-year contract. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:52 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.54 (151st)
     
  • Free agent LB Klein looking for starting job
    Impending free agent LB A.J. Klein told SiriusXM NFL Radio he is looking for a starting job.

    Advice: The comment all but rules out a return to the Panthers, who are set with Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, and Shaq Thompson. Klein has played an important role as an injury replacement the last couple seasons, however. Considering Davis' age and Kuechly's concussion history, the Panthers will need to replace Klein. The 25-year-old should be given a chance to compete for a starting job with several linebacker-needy teams in the market. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:44 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.88 (542nd)
     
  • NYG 'would like' to re-sign Keenan Robinson
    ESPN's Jordan Raanan reports the Giants "would like" to re-sign WLB Keenan Robinson.

    Advice: Robinson has already said he wants to re-up with the Giants, so it sounds like this deal should happen. Signed to a one-year deal last March, Robinson played a lot of snaps as the Giants' nickel linebacker, but he struggled against the run. New York should be aiming higher as they look to upgrade their linebacking corps. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:35 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    10.00 (66th)
     
  • Danny Shelton had post-season wrist surgery
    Browns NT Danny Shelton underwent wrist surgery after the season.

    Advice: "I'm all good," Shelton wrote on Twitter. "Just had my wrist cleaned up so I can kill it this season. No worries, I'll be ready for the season!" Shelton's agent said Danny's operation was a "small cleanup." After a rough rookie year, Shelton made major sophomore strides and earned PFF's No. 5 run-defense grade among 73 qualified defensive tackles. Shelton turns 24 in August. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:13 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.24 (175th)
     
  • Raiders could move on from Malcolm Smith
    ESPN's Paul Gutierrez views free agent LB Malcolm Smith as expendable.

    Advice: Smith led Oakland in tackles last year but his production declined across the board. It sounds like the Raiders only want him back on a team-friendly deal. The Raiders view suspended OLB Aldon Smith as a potential weak-side replacement. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:10 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.25 (6th)
     
  • James Harrison looking for two-year deal
    Free agent OLB James Harrison wants a two-year contract.

    Advice: Harrison's agent opened talks with the Steelers this week. He's fully expected to return after grading as PFF's eighth-best 3-4 outside linebacker last season. Harrison deserves a raise on the two-year, $2.75 million deal he signed in 2015. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:21 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.57 (312th)
     
  • FA Kevin Minter would be interested in Jets
    Free agent ILB Kevin Minter indicated he'd be open to signing with the Jets.

    Advice: Minter has ties to coach Todd Bowles, who coached him the first two years of his career in Arizona. The Jets don't have a huge need at inside linebacker, but Minter could be an option if Darron Lee moves outside. Minter is Rotoworld's No. 6 free agent inside linebacker. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:40 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    9.97 (67th)
     
  • Pats could transition tag LB Dont'a Hightower
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport suggests the Patriots could transition tag free agent ILB Dont'a Hightower.

    Advice: The Patriots want to keep Hightower but haven't had any talks since the end of the season. There's some concern over giving him a multi-year deal after durability concerns surfaced in 2016. Transition tagging would be cheaper than franchising Hightower but only guarantees New England the ability to match any offer. Hightower is reportedly targeting more than $10 million annually. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:31 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.56 (109th)
     
  • Lions not expected to re-sign Devin Taylor
    The Detroit Free Press doesn't expect the Lions to re-sign free agent DE Devin Taylor.

    Advice: Taylor took a step back in his first stint as a 16-game starter last season. The Lions can't afford to keep him with Ziggy Ansah and Haloti Ngata in the final year of their contracts. Despite his sacks dropoff, Taylor should generate solid interest heading into his age-27 season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:57 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.20 (335th)
     
  • Sterling Moore wants to re-sign with Saints
    Free agent CB Sterling Moore wants to re-sign with the Saints.

    Advice: He says the interest is mutual. Signed just ahead of Week 1 as depth, Moore ended up leading all Saints corners in snaps and received the best coverage grade of the group from Pro Football Focus, though he was still 71st in the league among 120 qualifiers. Moore won't command much on the open market. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:55 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.62 (147th)
     
  • Bears expected to keep Fuller into summer
    The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs expects the Bears to hang onto CB Kyle Fuller "to see what he can do" before moving on.

    Advice: Fuller missed all of last season on I.R. after undergoing a minor knee scope in August. DC Vic Fangio called him out for showing no desire to return to the field late in the year. But with the Bears' needs at cornerback, it makes sense to hold Fuller at his cheap salary either until replacements are found or they see that he can/can't play at a high level. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:47 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1309th)
     
  • K'Waun Williams joins Niners on one-year deal
    49ers signed CB K'Waun Williams to a one-year contract.

    Advice: The Vikings, Dolphins, Jets and Lions were also in pursuit of Williams. The 25-year-old missed all of last season while recovering from ankle surgery. When healthy, he'll give San Francisco a viable nickel corner and perhaps allow the 49ers to move Jimmie Ward to free safety. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:06 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1456th)
     
  • K'Waun Williams already has four contract offers
    CSN Bay Area reports free agent CB K'Waun Williams has received a contract offer from the 49ers.

    Advice: He's also received offers from the Dolphins, Jets and Lions. Williams is scheduled to meet with the Vikings on Wednesday and could make his decision shortly after. The 25-year-old went undrafted out of Pitt in 2014 but has proven to be a useful nickel back when healthy. He sat out all of last season after undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs from his ankle. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:12 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1456th)
     
  • Revis' hearing pushed back to March 15
    Darrelle Revis' court hearing has been pushed back to March 15.

    Advice: It was originally scheduled for Thursday. Revis is facing five charges—four felonies and one misdemeanor—stemming from his involvement in a brawl earlier this month. Coming off a dismal season, the 31-year-old may be out of a job by the time he goes to court. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:23 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.80 (248th)
     
  • Harrison reunion with PIT just a 'matter of time'
    The Steelers are interested in re-signing impending free agent OLB James Harrison.

    Advice: Apparently the feeling is mutual. Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it's just "a matter of time" until the sides agree to a new contract. Going on 39, Harrison was a beast last season, grading out as PFF's eighth-best 3-4 outside linebacker. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:07 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.57 (312th)
     
  • Fairley expected to net $6-9 million annually
    ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett expects impending free agent Nick Fairley to land a multi-year deal in the range of $6-9 million annually.

    Advice: That's a fairly (no pun intended) wide range but as Triplett points out, Fairley's value is "tough to gauge." Fairley earned a $3 million base salary last season, though incentives increased that total to $4.5 million. Either way, it looks like Fairley is in for a nice raise after setting career-highs with 6.5 sacks and 43 tackles in 2016. The Saints have two promising young defensive tackles in Sheldon Rankins and David Onyemata, which could make Fairley expendable. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:20 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.11 (340th)
     
  • D.J. Hayden not expected back in Oakland
    ESPN's Paul Gutierrez does not expect impending free agent CB D.J. Hayden to re-sign with the Raiders.

    Advice: Hayden might have had his best season in 2016 playing primarily in the slot, but he still was a below-average starter who managed just 11 games before landing on injured reserve. It is extremely unlikely Hayden will ever live up to his first-round cost, but a change of scenery could do him some good. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:11 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1208th)
     
  • Panthers move on from veteran DT Soliai
    Panthers released DT Paul Soliai.

    Advice: The move saves $2.5 million against the salary cap. Signed to a two-year deal last March, Soliai played 152 mostly ineffective snaps over 10 games in Carolina. If the 33-year-old intends to continue his career, he will likely have to settle for one-year offers in the second or third wave of free agency. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:03 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    2.16 (445th)
     
  • Beat writer guesses PHI won't re-sign Logan
    Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer guesses the Eagles will not re-sign impending free agent DT Bennie Logan.

    Advice: The Eagles certainly would like to keep Logan around, but Berman thinks he will get a better deal elsewhere. Philly has a lot of money already invested in the defensive line, and they have much more pressing needs at corner and receiver. Logan has been linked with the Redskins. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:15 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.06 (343rd)
     
  • Su'a Cravens making the switch to safety
    Redskins second-round sophomore Su'a Cravens will switch to safety for 2017.

    Advice: Cravens played a hybrid role as a rookie, but he will be a full-time safety as a sophomore. Cravens said he "can't wait" to make the switch and will work with Landon Collins and former Steelers and Redskins safety Ryan Clark this offseason. Even with Cravens likely moving into a starting role, the Redskins need to find a true free safety to pair with him. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:11 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (785th)
     
  • Jets offer CB K'Waun Williams a contract
    NJ Advance Media's Darryl Slater reports the Jets have offered a contract to free agent CB K'Waun Williams.

    Advice: Slater also reports Williams received offers from three other teams. Williams sat out 2016 with an ankle injury, but he played quality snaps his first two years in the league. It is not surprising he is drawing interest. Desperate for corner help, Williams would be a good get for the Jets. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:51 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1456th)
     
  • Connor Barwin not expected back with Eagles
    Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer said "it’s difficult to see" Connor Barwin back with the Eagles in 2017.

    Advice: McLane's opinion has been the general consensus since the end of the season. Barwin has said he is willing to take a pay cut, but McLane does not think the Eagles will be willing to match what the pass rusher will fetch on the open market. A poor fit in DC Jim Schwartz’s scheme, Barwin should draw plenty of interest from 3-4 teams if he is made available. NJ Advance Media listed the Colts, Packers, and Ravens as possible suitors. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:59 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.63 (308th)
     
  • Giants 'trying to keep the defense intact'
    ESPN's Jordan Raanan reports the Giants are "genuinely trying to keep the defense intact."

    Advice: That would mean re-signing both DT Johnathan Hankins and DE Jason Pierre-Paul, who Raanan thinks might draw the franchise tag. Not only would the decision to re-sign both players cost a lot of money, it would tie up a ton of cap space in the defensive line after New York splurged on DE Olivier Vernon and DT Damon Harrison last spring. That said, the foundation of the Giants' defense is the line, and both players are worth the price. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:03 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    6.23 (224th)
     
  • Falcons expected to re-sign Courtney Upshaw
    ESPN's Vaughn McClure expects the Falcons to re-sign impending free agent DE Courtney Upshaw.

    Advice: Signed to a one-year deal last March, Upshaw only played 310 snaps over 13 games, but he is a versatile piece who can play both along the defensive line and at linebacker. He also should not cost much to re-sign. The Falcons should be able to bring him back if they want him. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:49 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.72 (363rd)
     
  • Falcons expected to move on from Jackson
    ESPN's Vaughn McClure expects the Falcons to move on from DT Tyson Jackson unless he is willing to take a pay cut.

    Advice: Jackson counts $5.85 million against the cap, and the Falcons can save $2.65 million of that by releasing him. It is a no-brainer move on a player who recorded just 13 tackles and was on the field for just 329 snaps over 16 games. With linebacker and the secondary in good shape, the Falcons' primary focus should be on upgrading the defensive line. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:42 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    3.78 (361st)
     
  • 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.

    Advice: Following years of success as a 3-4 outside linebacker, Barwin struggled at defensive end in Jim Schwartz's 4-3 scheme. Barwin is due $7.75 million 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:20 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.63 (308th)
     
  • 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 off a six-interception season, so he's hardly a lock to return. Demps has been playing on one-year deals, but he should land a multi-year contract this offseason. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:15 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.54 (151st)
     
  • 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 Saturday, 6:59 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    5.80 (248th)
     
  • 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)
     
  • 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)
     
  • 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)
     
  • 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)
     
  • Saints, FA Nick Fairley have mutual interest
    The New Orleans Advocate's Nick Underhill reports the Saints and impending free agent Nick Fairley have mutual interest in a new contract.

    Advice: After playing on back-to-back one-year deals with the Rams and Saints the past two seasons, Fairley is looking to cash in with a multi-year deal after another strong 2016. He recorded 6.5 sacks and 47 combined sacks, hits, and hurries, grading out as PFF's No. 8 pass-rushing interior lineman. Underhill thinks Fairley could be seeking $9.5-10.5 million annually on his new deal. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:48 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.11 (340th)
     
  • K'Waun Williams to meet with MIA, SF, MIN
    Free agent CB K'Waun Williams has meetings scheduled with the Dolphins, 49ers, and Vikings.

    Advice: Those visits are in addition to the Jets and Lions, who Williams is meeting with for the second day in a row on Tuesday. It is possible the extra visits are just a ploy to force Detroit into an offer. Either way, it looks like Williams will have plenty of options as he searches for a new team. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:34 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1456th)
     
  • '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)
     
  • Dont'a Hightower candidate for franchise tag?
    ESPN's Mike Reiss said impending free agent LB Dont'a Hightower "is the prime candidate to receive the franchise tag if the Patriots decide to use it."

    Advice: New England could decide not to use the tag, but if they do, Reiss expects it to be on Hightower. CSN New England's Tom Curran expects Hightower to reach the open market after the two sides did not have any meaningful talks late in 2016, but the Patriots could decide to keep the linebacker on the relatively risk-free, one-year franchise tender. With some durability concerns, Hightower should be looking to get as much guaranteed money as possible this spring. Former teammate Jamie Collins landed $26.4 million guaranteed from the Browns earlier this offseason, which should be the baseline for Hightower. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:41 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    8.56 (109th)
     
  • K'Waun Williams set to visit Lions and Jets
    Free agent CB K'Waun Williams is visiting the Lions on Monday.

    Advice: Williams missed all of last season after needing bone spurs removed from his ankle. The Browns cut him after disagreeing with Williams' claim that he needed the surgery. Williams covered the slot for the Browns in 2015 and showed well there. He's also scheduled to visit the Jets sometime this week. Rotoworld.com Feb 13, 6:21 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1456th)
     
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