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  • Jags not a lock to pick up Fournette's option
    The Florida Times-Union suggests the Jaguars aren't a lock to pick up Leonard Fournette's fifth-year option.

    Advice: Fournette rebounded with the best season of his career after a down 2018 clouded his status in Jacksonville. It should be an easy decision to exercise his option, but Fournette carries a $10.1 million price tag as a former top-10 pick and comes with injury risks that could guarantee his salary. With limited cap space and Fournette's spotty conditioning, it's possible the Jags let him play out his rookie deal before addressing his contract next offseason. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:42 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    39th
  • Rashaad Penny (knee) cleared for rehab work
    Rashaad Penny (knee) has been cleared for rehab work.

    Advice: Penny was able to use a stationary bike for the first time since undergoing knee surgery. It's a good first step, but he's still facing an uphill battle to be ready for Week 1. Penny may ultimately be a candidate for the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:44 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    258th
  • Ty Johnson not guaranteed roster spot
    The Athletic's Chris Burke believes Ty Johnson "won't be guaranteed a roster spot" going into training camp.

    Advice: Johnson never had more than a part-time role as a rookie despite Kerryon Johnson missing half the season to a knee injury. He'll enter training camp behind Kerryon, Bo Scarbrough, and potentially Wes Hills. Even if Johnson keeps his spot, his handcuff value is limited. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:10 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    326th
  • Cardinals could use a franchise tag on Drake
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cardinals want to keep free agent Kenyan Drake and that the franchise tag is an option.

    Advice: There are a lot of moving parts in the Cardinals backfield. First, there's David Johnson and his massive contract that essentially makes him impossible to cut. Rapoport notes Arizona could trade Johnson and one of their own draft picks to get DJ off their salary cap. That would make some sense, especially if a team like the Dolphins who have a ton of cap space is interested. As for Drake, it sounds like the Cardinals will do everything they can to keep him. Re-signing him to a long-term deal seems most likely, but using a franchise tag on him is a possibility, too. If Drake has the backfield to himself, he'll flirt with RB1 numbers in 2020. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:11 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    64th
  • Keim: Cutting David Johnson 'not an option'
    Speaking Friday morning on 98.7 Arizona Sports, Cardinals GM Steve Keim said cutting David Johnson is "not an option."

    Advice: Keim added that "you can't have just one back." The long-time Cardinals workhorse was essentially benched last season, fighting for scraps down the stretch behind trade acquisition Kenyan Drake. While Drake is headed for free agency, there appears to be mutual interest in a reunion. The reality is Johnson's exorbitant salary in 2020 makes him near impossible to release (it would leave behind a whopping $16.2 million in dead money) and similarly difficult to trade. Slowed by injuries and ineffectiveness, the declining 28-year-old has slumped to a pedestrian 3.6 yards per carry since breaking out for a career-best 20 touchdowns in 2016. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:30 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    132nd
  • Blank hints Falcons will move on from Freeman
    Falcons owner Arthur Blank said he "loves" Devonta Freeman but acknowledged the team's salary cap is not "unlimited."

    Advice: "This has nothing to do with love," said Blank. "It has to do with building a roster. The salary cap is not unlimited. It seems like it’s unlimited, but it’s not." Blank and the Falcons are taking a diplomatic approach to Freeman's likely release, attributing it to the team's valid salary cap concerns—only the Vikings, Jaguars and Steelers have less cap space than Atlanta. But this is much more than a cost-cutting measure. A perennial Pro Bowler early in his career, Freeman has been a catastrophe in recent years, limping to an anemic 3.66 yards per carry while battling a plethora of injuries the past two seasons. Now a month shy of his 28th birthday, all signs point to Freeman playing elsewhere in 2020. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:46 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    75th
  • Steelers GM: Conner had a 'disappointing' '19
    Steelers GM James Colbert said James Conner had a "disappointing [2019] season."

    Advice: Colbert wasn't shy about his thoughts on Conner. "The year before that he was one of the best in the league... We know there’s talent there. We hope James can regain it. And, if he’s healthy, there’s no reason he shouldn’t." The general manager continued to call Conner a "starting running back" but consider the message sent. Conner averaged 4.0 yards per carry and only played in 10 games last season while being slowed down by leg injuries. Conner is a bounce back candidate if both he and Big Ben are healthy in 2020. He's a boom-or-bust RB2 in early fantasy drafts with things up in the air. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:45 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    134th
  • Giovani Bernard potential cap casualty?
    The Athletic's Joe Goodberry considers Giovani Bernard a potential cap casualty.

    Advice: Bernard is coming off the worst season of his career, totaling 404 scoreless yards and 3.2 YPC in a bit role behind Joe Mixon. The Bengals look committed to a one-back system with Mixon moving forward. Releasing Bernard would save Cincy $2.8 million in cap space. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 4:04 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    290th
  • Redskins likely to pick up Peterson's option
    ESPN's John Keim reports the Redskins are likely to exercise Adrian Peterson's 2020 option.

    Advice: The Redskins would save $2.25 million in cap space from not picking up Peterson's option. With Derrius Guice's injury history, bringing back 34-year-old Peterson isn't a bad move, but he's is unlikely to come close to the 211 carries he had last year. Rotoworld.com Feb 7, 2:16 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    112th
  • Le'Veon Bell on Gase relationship: We're good
    Speaking to TMZ, Le'Veon Bell said things are fine between him and coach Adam Gase.

    Advice: "Me and coach Gase had our exit meeting," Bell told TMZ. "It was fine, so we straight. Yeah, we good." That is not what Gase heavily implied all year — including at his season-ending presser where he refused to say Bell would be the 2020 starter at running back — but we digress. 12 days shy of his 28th birthday, Bell's contract would be difficult to trade while releasing him wouldn't provide any cap relief. The sides are stuck with each other for at least one more year. Bell should be treated as a mid-range RB2 in offseason fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 12:49 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    65th
  • 'All options on the table' with Todd Gurley
    NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports "all options are on the table" between Todd Gurley and the Rams.

    Advice: Meaning, Gurley could be cut or traded following his perplexing, seemingly injury-marred 2019. ESPN's Lindsey Thiry made a "bold prediction" on Wednesday that Gurley could be traded. Rapoport reports coach Sean McVay wants to "sit down with Gurley before any decision is made." Such a conversation is often a prelude to the team moving on, but as Rapsheet points out, cutting Gurley would be close to a non-starter because of the cap ramifications. The move would leave behind a staggering $25.6 million in dead money. A trade would be difficult but not impossible. Gurley is due a $7.55 million roster bonus in March. The Rams, who have leveraged their roster to the hilt in recent years, are in a tough salary cap position with no easy solutions. Rotoworld.com Feb 6, 10:40 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
    51st
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