Player Notes

  • Arizona could have interest in Pierre Garcon
    The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers "would not be surprised" if the Cardinals showed interest in free agent Pierre Garcon.

    Advice: Larry Fitzgerald is on his last legs in the desert, though he is still playing at a high level. Michael Floyd has been let go, while John Brown couldn't get his hamstrings right last season due to sickle-cell issues. Jaron Brown tore his ACL. A once-promising receiving corps now needs an injection of talent. Garcon is expected to command $9 million per year. Yesterday, 11:09 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Steelers expected to let WR Wheaton go as FA
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette "wouldn't expect" the Steelers to re-sign free agent WR Markus Wheaton.

    Advice: Wheaton missed a ton of time with a shoulder injury last season and required surgery to repair a torn labrum in early January. He ended up catching just four passes for 51 yards and one score across three games following somewhat productive 2014 and 2015 seasons. Wheaton turned 26 earlier this month. He'll likely have to settle for one-year, prove it-type offers in free agency. Tuesday, 5:16 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Robby Anderson to work with Chad Johnson
    Robby Anderson will train with former NFL receiver Chad Johnson this offseason.

    Advice: Anderson also worked with Johnson leading up to last year's draft. Johnson has dabbled in coaching before, working as a guest instructor at Browns training camp last summer. He and Anderson share some similarities as thin-framed outside receivers with game-changing speed. Anderson's arrow is pointing up after finishing sixth among rookies with 587 receiving yards last season. Tuesday, 12:21 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • DeSean Jackson praises Carson Wentz
    Impending free agent DeSean Jackson was impressed by Carson Wentz's performance as a rookie.

    Advice: "He killed it," said Jackson. "He had a heck of a year. He showed he can do it all. He has the intangibles of being a big-time quarterback." Jackson thinks he still has 4-6 good years left in him and wouldn't mind ending his career where it started. "I mean, it’s definitely a great story and ending," said Jackson when asked about a return to Philadelphia. "It all sounds good, but you never know until the final decision is made." The Eagles, Buccaneers and Rams should be among Jackson's top suitors when he hits the open market. Tuesday, 10:45 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Sean Payton 'absolutely' expects Cooks back
    Saints coach Sean Payton said he "absolutely" expects Brandin Cooks to return in 2017.

    Advice: There had been chatter Cooks would be traded after making noise about his role during the season, but it never seemed particularly likely. Along with Michael Thomas and Willie Snead, Cooks gives the Saints' potent offense one of the best receiver groups in the league. New Orleans is expected to pick up his fifth-year option this offseason. Tuesday, 9:34 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • OC: Offseason 'very critical' for Treadwell
    Vikings OC Pat Shurmur said this offseason will be "very critical" for Laquon Treadwell.

    Advice: The No. 23 overall pick last year, Treadwell managed just one catch as a rookie and was stuck behind an ineffective Charles Johnson on the depth chart all season. In the rookie's defense, he did deal with several injuries, but it was still a disappointing showing. With both Johnson and Cordarrelle Patterson headed to free agency, Treadwell should have a shot at more playing time moving forward, but he will need to earn it during the offseason program. Tuesday, 8:51 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Jace Billingsley will have a role in 2017?
    Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press believes Jace Billingsley will compete for the Lions' slot receiver job in 2017.

    Advice: It is early in the offseason for reporter favorites to emerge, but Billingsley's name has come up a couple times recently. An undrafted sophomore out of Eastern Oregon who stands 5-foot-8, 189 pounds, Billingsley caught 12 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns last preseason before spending most of the year on the practice squad. He looks like a name to know in deep Dynasty circles. Monday, 8:01 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Cruz: Meeting with Panthers 'went well'
    Free agent WR Victor Cruz said his meeting with the Panthers "went well."

    Advice: The Record's Art Stapleton writes a deal does not appear to be "imminent," but there is "mutual" interest between Cruz and Carolina. Considering Panthers GM Dave Gettleman was with the Giants when Cruz broke through and they need receiving help, a match makes sense on paper. Still, Cruz did not appear to have much left in the tank in 2016. Monday, 4:44 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Browns don't plan to franchise Terrelle Pryor
    The Browns don’t plan to franchise free agent Terrelle Pryor.

    Advice: This conflicts with a previous report the Browns were leaning toward the tag with Pryor. It sounds there's more optimism for an extension after the Browns met with Pryor’s agent this week. The Browns have until March 1 to make a decision on Pryor. Pryor is targeting $10-11 million annually. Saturday, 5:04 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Re-signing Stills remains priority for Miami
    The Miami Herald reports re-signing free agent Kenny Stills remains the Dolphins' top priority.

    Advice: Stills was a major part of Adam Gase's offense last year but is going to be hard to keep from reaching the market. Beat reporter Adam Beasley projects him to command a four-year, $40 million contract with around $15 million guaranteed. That may price Stills out of Miami's range given their depth at receiver. The Dolphins also need to sign walk-year WR Jarvis Landry to an extension. Friday, 4:02 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Vikings hoping to re-sign Patterson
    ESPN’s Ben Goessling expects the Vikings to "make a strong effort" to re-sign free agent Cordarrelle Patterson.

    Advice: The Vikings want to keep Patterson, but only at a "reasonable price." That could be difficult with multiple teams likely to have interest. Patterson set career highs under OC Pat Shurmur last year and is a candidate to see more time at running back with Adrian Peterson's future up in the air. Re-signing with the Vikings would give Patterson his best chance at an offensive role. Friday, 2:35 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Michael Floyd sentenced to 120 days in jail
    Impending free agent Michael Floyd pled guilty to one count of extreme DUI Thursday in Scottsdale City Court.

    Advice: The other six counts were dismissed. Floyd will serve a 120-day jail sentence, including 24 days in county jail and 96 days of home detention. He also must complete 30 hours of community service and pay a $5,115.99 fine. It's not a worst case scenario for Floyd, but it's pretty close. There was no way he was going to avoid jail time after blowing a .217. Coming off a down year, Floyd's free agent prospects aren't looking good. Friday, 11:08 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Torrey Smith excited about Shanahan offense
    Torrey Smith said he's "excited" to play in coach Kyle Shanahan's offense.

    Advice: "He tailors it to people’s strengths, which is always a plus," Smith said. "So I’m excited to see what his plan is for us. The offense, I have experience with it." Smith caught a career-best 11 touchdowns under Gary Kubiak in Baltimore. Kubiak and Shanahan run a variation of the same offense. Of course, the 49ers don't have a quarterback, yet. And Smith's future with the team is a bit up in the air with $8 million owed to him in salary and bonuses. Friday, 6:32 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • GM: We want Antonio Brown to retire a Steeler
    Speaking Thursday, GM Kevin Colbert said he wants contract-year WR Antonio Brown to retire as a Steeler.

    Advice: "I can say unequivocally we want Antonio Brown to retire as a Steeler," were Colbert's exact words. He went on to confirm that talks have already begun, and are a "priority" for a team also dealing with Le'Veon Bell's free agency. The best receiver in the NFL turns 29 in July. Thursday, 11:00 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Thielen's agent angling for long-term deal
    Restricted free agent Adam Thielen's representation is pushing for a long-term deal.

    Advice: The Vikings should be able to retain Thielen on a second- or, to be safe, first-round tender, but agent Blake Baratz is looking for a long-term commitment. "They have the ability to do right by him, and he's far exceeded anyone's expectations," Baratz said. "We want to do something that makes sense for the team and makes sense for Adam. Otherwise, someone's going to be unhappy." A former undrafted free agent, Thielen should be looking to cash in coming off a breakout season, but the Vikings might want to see him do it again on a one-year tender, especially with 2016 first-rounder Laquon Treadwell waiting in the wings. Thursday, 9:26 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Jaguars do new deal with WR Arrelious Benn
    Jaguars re-signed WR Arrelious Benn to a one-year contract.

    Advice: It comes with a second-year option. Benn has seemingly been in the league for decades, but is still somehow just 28 years old. He played just 101 snaps on offense last season, catching 5-of-10 targets for 116 yards and one touchdown. Benn sees most of his action on kick and punt coverage. Wednesday, 11:13 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Cardinals believe John Brown will be healthy
    Cardinals president Michael Bidwill believes the team has solved John Brown's sickle-cell issue.

    Advice: "He is very healthy, looks like they found the issue," Bidwill said. "We’ll get 'Smoke' back the way we had him." Brown missed only one game in 2016, but was limited for many others. His numbers plummeted from his breakout sophomore campaign. With Michael Floyd out of the desert, Brown will have an excellent shot at rebounding to WR3 status if he can remain healthy for 2017. Tuesday, 4:03 pm
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Report: Coates didn't undergo hand surgery
    ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Sammie Coates is recovering from sports-hernia surgery only, and not a hand operation.

    Advice: Coates' offseason health has gotten majorly muddled. It was reported last month he underwent hand surgery. It was then revealed Tuesday he underwent the sports-hernia operation, with the belief being it was in addition to the hand procedure. Now Fowler confirms Coates is recovering from just the hernia surgery. Coates' hand was a major issue during the season, while he was never listed with his groin. It's the second offseason inconsistency with the Steelers' injury report. The team could be staring at league punishment. Tuesday, 10:17 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • Cost for Bears to tag Alshon again: $17.5M
    Franchise tagging free agent Alshon Jeffery for the second straight year would cost the Bears $17.5 million.

    Advice: While the Bears could theoretically fit that number under their cap, it is an exorbitant amount for a wide receiver, particularly one who has missed 11 games over the past two seasons to injuries and a suspension. Tagging Jeffery again seems unrealistic, which means the Bears would likely have to sign him long term to keep him. 27 years old and the clear-cut top receiver available, it is in Jeffery's best financial interest to test the open market. Tuesday, 9:26 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
  • '60 percent' chance Jets cut Brandon Marshall
    NJ Advance Media's Darryl Slater believes there is a "60 percent" chance the Jets release Brandon Marshall.

    Advice: Marshall is owed $7.5 million in the final year of his deal, all of which the Jets can save against the cap by releasing him. New York will certainly attempt to trade Marshall before cutting him, but either way it will be something of a surprise if the veteran remains on the roster. If the Jets really want to blow it up, they can save $5.75 million against the cap by releasing Eric Decker. Tuesday, 6:11 am
    Week 17 Projected Rank
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