Player Notes

  • Jets view Powell as a 'complementary back'
    ESPN's Rich Cimini reports the Jets view Bilal Powell as a "complementary back."

    Advice: Cimini went on to say he believes that Powell will continue to share the workload with either Elijah McGuire or someone else they bring in. Despite Matt Forte likely to be cut, it doesn't look like Powell's workload will increase much if at all. His receiving upside leaves him in play as a late pick in 2018 fantasy drafts. Yesterday, 2:24 pm
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  • ASJ turns down Jets' 2-year, $8 million offer
    According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, free agent TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins recently turned down a two-year, $8 million offer from the Jets.

    Advice: Per Vacchiano, the offer was "short on guarantees." Despite this, Vacchiano expects the two sides to eventually "talk again and work something out." Seferian-Jenkins set career-highs in catches (50) and receiving yards (357) this past season and is still just 25. A reunion makes sense for both sides. Yesterday, 9:43 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • McCarron in line for Glennon-type deal?
    ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini expects free agent A.J. McCarron to command "at least as much" as Mike Glennon on the open market.

    Advice: Glennon signed for three years and $45 million with $18.5 million guaranteed last offseason and there's a good chance McCarron will surpass those figures in 2018. While McCarron will undoubtedly be on the Jets' radar—they nearly traded for him last offseason—Cimini believes bringing back a known commodity in Josh McCown would be a better use of the team's funds. It shouldn't take more than $12 million to re-sign McCown for 2018. Yesterday, 8:02 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Vikings still the 'favorite' for Case Keenum?
    According to Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, free agent Case Keenum "still seems to be the favorite" to return as the Vikings' starting quarterback in 2018.

    Advice: Based on his comments, OC John DeFilippo seems to prefer an "athletic quarterback with ability to extend plays." Keenum and Kirk Cousins both fit that profile, though Keenum would obviously come at a much cheaper cost. Walters feels it would be "out of character" for the Vikings to get into a bidding war and expects Cousins to sign wherever he can get the most money. Minnesota blocked QBs coach Kevin Stefanski from joining Pat Shurmur in New York, which could be a sign the Vikings would like to keep the status quo by retaining Keenum. Yesterday, 7:16 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Browns expected to pursue Terrelle Pryor
    Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer confirms free agent Terrelle Pryor will be "on the Browns' radar" this offseason.

    Advice: Pryor had his best season with Cleveland in 2016, leading the Browns in both catches (77) and receiving yards (1,007). He didn't fare as well in Washington but was obviously hampered by injuries including an ankle issue that eventually required surgery. Pryor would add to a Cleveland receiving corps already featuring Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman. Yesterday, 6:30 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Alex Tanney ready for offseason workouts
    Alex Tanney (foot) is expected to be ready for offseason workouts.

    Advice: Tanney spent 2017 on IR after going down in the preseason finale. An exclusive rights free agent, Tanney should return to compete for a role behind Marcus Mariota. Saturday, 4:20 pm
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  • Seattle not expected to re-sign Eddie Lacy
    The Seahawks don’t plan to re-sign free agent Eddie Lacy.

    Advice: This is expected after Lacy finished the final weeks of 2017 as a healthy scratch. Coming off a down year with a history of conditioning issues, Lacy is going to struggle for guaranteed money this offseason. The Seahawks have a healthy Chris Carson returning and look likely to add a running back in the draft. Saturday, 2:15 pm
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  • Cousins can prevent Redskins from tagging him
    The MMQB's Albert Breer reports Kirk Cousins can file a grievance to block the Redskins from franchising him.

    Advice: The Redskins want to tag-and-trade Cousins, but the CBA prevents them from tagging him without any plans to sign him. Washington would also need to commit at least $28.7 million in cap space to keep Cousins from free agency, putting them in a bad leverage spot. Cousins remains likely to hit the open market this offseason, where he'll become one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the league. The Jets, Vikings, and Broncos are the top suitors for Cousins. Saturday, 1:05 pm
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  • Retirement on Gronk's mind for 'some time'
    ESPN's Jeff Darlington reports Rob Gronkowski has been thinking about retirement for "quite some time."

    Advice: Darlington went on to say it isn't just a reaction to the Super Bowl loss or Gronk's recent concussion and that he's been considering it "long before both instances." It still seems likely that Gronk will return for the 2018 season, but as more reports continue to emerge, it wouldn't be surprising to see him retire. Saturday, 10:21 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Packers looking to extend Rodgers after draft
    The Green Bay Press-Gazette expects the Packers to extend Aaron Rodgers after the draft.

    Advice: The Packers have Rodgers signed through 2019 but want to extend him this offseason. Rodgers will likely wait to see what Kirk Cousins gets in free agency before signing, so it may be closer to training camp until anything gets done. Rodgers' next deal will make him the highest paid player in the league with an annual salary in the range of $30 million. There have been rumblings Green Bay could give Rodgers a fully guaranteed short-term extension. Friday, 4:15 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Eagles plan to pick up Agholor's option
    The Eagles plan to pick up Nelson Agholor's fifth-year option.

    Advice: Agholor shed his bust status in 2017, leading the Eagles in catches and setting career highs in yards (768) and touchdowns (8). The Eagles may look to extend him this offseason to lower his future cap hits. FanRag's Geoff Mosher expects Agholor to command $9 million-plus annually. Friday, 3:14 pm
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  • Eagles likely to move on from Torrey Smith
    The Eagles are expected to move on from Torrey Smith this offseason.

    Advice: Smith signed a three-year deal last offseason but is owed a non-guaranteed salary in 2018. With Nelson Agholor having a breakout year and Mack Hollins cutting into Smith's snaps down the stretch, he's unlikely to be brought back. The Eagles can save $5 million from releasing Smith. Friday, 3:06 pm
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  • Derek Carr: Amari Cooper played hurt in 2017
    Speaking on Sirius XM NFL Radio, Derek Carr admitted Amari Cooper wasn't healthy in 2017.

    Advice: Cooper did miss a pair of games late in the year due to a concussion and a high-ankle sprain, but even before that, he never looked right. "He would never say it to you but I'll say it to you to have his back," said Carr. "That man was out there giving anything he could and honestly, a lot of guys probably wouldn't have played with what he had." Though he inexplicably scored a career-high seven touchdowns, Cooper's 48 catches and 680 receiving yards were both career-lows. He was also among the league leaders in drops with 10. Still just 23, Cooper will be a prime bounce-back candidate if he can stay healthy in 2018. Friday, 10:34 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Panthers encouraging Cam Newton to run
    Panthers QBs coach Scott Turner said the team won't discourage Cam Newton from running the football.

    Advice: Newton struggled as a passer in 2017, finishing among the league leaders in interceptions with 16. However, he led all quarterbacks with 754 rushing yards, which represented a new career-high for Newton. Previous coaching staffs have looked to limit Newton's rushing attempts to prevent injury, but instead, Turner has chosen to embrace that part of his game. "He's going to run," said Turner. "That's what makes him the dynamic player he is." Despite his infuriating inconsistency, Cam remains one of the league's best dual-threat options. Friday, 10:18 am
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  • Bears more likely than not to cut WR Wheaton
    The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs hints it's more likely than not that the Bears release Markus Wheaton.

    Advice: Biggs didn't come out and flat-out say it, but the Bears are not going to pay Wheaton $5 million after a disastrous first year with the team where he couldn't stay healthy. He was bad in Pittsburgh before that. GM Ryan Pace had a truly awful free-agent crop in 2017. Figuring out the receiver position is at the top of the to-do list for Pace and new coach Matt Nagy. Friday, 6:52 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • GM wants Le'Veon to finish career w/Steelers
    Steelers GM Kevin Colbert told impending free agent Le'Veon Bell the organization has a "strong desire" to keep him in Pittsburgh the rest of his career.

    Advice: Colbert added the franchise tag is an option, but their goal is a long-term deal. The two sides did not seem particularly close to a deal last year, but Colbert said the situation is different this time around and they are opening negotiations with a clean slate. The deadline to apply the franchise tag is March 6, but the two sides can continue to negotiate a long-term deal even if the Steelers use the tag. Thursday, 7:40 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Allen Robinson: Teams know what I can do
    Allen Robinson (ACL) said his injury is "not really an issue" for his upcoming free agency.

    Advice: Robinson tore his ACL Week 1 of last season, but he believes he has shown enough to earn a big payday. "Every team across the league knows what I've done in this league and what I'm capable of," Robinson told SiriusXM NFL Radio. If his knee is right, Robinson is arguably the best available receiver in a solid free agent class, but the injury will almost certainly depress his market at least a little bit. The conversation may end up being pointless, however, as the Jaguars reportedly plan to place the franchise tag on Robinson if they cannot work out a long-term deal. Thursday, 7:13 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Sebastian Janikowski plans to continue career
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Michael Gehlken reports free agent K Sebastian Janikowski plans to continue his career.

    Advice: "He plans on getting another job," agent Paul Healy told Gehlken. "Unfortunately, he had this back issue. He’s healthy now, and he’s ready to go." The back injury Healy references kept Janikowski on injured reserve all of 2017, a concern magnified by the fact he turns 40 in March. Janikowski was an effective option before the injury, however, and likely will find a taker in free agency. Thursday, 6:54 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Fitzgerald tells Wilks he will play in 2018
    Larry Fitzgerald told Cardinals coach Steve Wilks he will return for the 2018 season.

    Advice: "Larry mentioned to me last night that he's coming back for the 2018 season," Wilks said on the Doug and Wolf Show. "He's totally committed, those are his words." It is not a huge surprise, but Fitzgerald returning for his 15th season is still a massive boost for the first-year head coach. Even with the future Hall of Famer back in the fold, the Cardinals have a lot of work to do on offense this offseason, most importantly finding a quarterback and surrounding Fitzgerald with a better receiving corps. Thursday, 6:43 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Raiders want to hang onto Michael Crabtree?
    Raiders coach Jon Gruden told the San Jose Mercury News one of his 2018 goals is to "get the best out of" Michael Crabtree.

    Advice: "I got to bump into Crabtree," Gruden said. "Hopefully we can get the best out of Crabtree and his career." Gruden was never known as the most honest coach when it came to personnel in Tampa Bay, but the comments suggest he plans to hang onto Crabtree. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported in December that GM Reggie McKenzie planned to release Crabtree. This could be the first sign Gruden is overtaking McKenzie on personnel decisions. Wednesday, 9:16 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
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