Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is drawing interest from the Oakland Raiders.
Huddle Up: If the bidding includes the fourth overall pick the Vikings would be foolish not to listen, as Peterson clearly wants out of Minnesota. Now we have to wait for Peterson's agent, father, and wife to weigh in on whether or not Oakland is an acceptable destination. And then there's the whole $12 million salary thing. Oh, and the Vikings having Peterson under contract and wanting fair value in trade if they do send him packing. So... yeah, lots of moving parts here.
Andre Johnson - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts WR Andre Johnson said he plans on participating in an offseason program that begins Monday, April 20. "I'm excited about it," Johnson said. "I'll actually be heading to Indy tomorrow. I'm excited about the opportunity. Can't wait to get it going. It'll be different, but at the same time, still football. I'll go in, just learn what I need to learn, learn my new teammates and try to fit in and help win games."
Huddle Up: Any extra preseason work Johnson can get in with his new team will only help him hit the ground running when the season starts.
Jaron Brown - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Jaron Brown has been rehabbing his injured shoulder and said he hopes to be back up to speed for OTAs.
Huddle Up: Brown showed some promise as an undrafted rookie with 22 grabs for 229 yards and two TDs last season but still remains fourth in the Cards' WR pecking order behind Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and fellow 2014 rook John Brown.
Chris Johnson - RB - New York Jets
Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (shoulder) has been working out even though he was shot in the shoulder during a drive by shooting last month. Johnson has received interest from several teams.
Huddle Up: It's starting to get late early for Johnson, who will turn 30 in September -- the not-so-magical milestone for RBs -- so look for the former Jet and Titan to likely have to settle for a short-term, incentive-laden deal as a backup.
Zach Mettenberger - QB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans QB Zach Mettenberger has organized workouts with some of his teammates in Nashville this offseason.
Huddle Up: Mettenberger is taking charge in his second year as he should as the Titans' projected starter, and be certain that there won't be a more interested onlooker as to what the franchise does with the second overall pick on April 30.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said earlier this week that he's not sure if he'll participate in the team's offseason program. Minnesota is set to start their offseason workouts Monday, April 20, with a mandatory minicamp in June. Peterson can now participate in all team activities after being reinstated from the commissioner's exempt list Friday, April 17.
Huddle Up: Peterson still appears intent on trying to force his way out of the Twin Cities, but look for the Vikes to sit tight as they await the best possible offer. And if nothing really tickles their fancy, it'll come down to either Peterson playing for the Purple next season or not playing at all.
Greg Jennings - WR - Free Agent
Free-agent WR Greg Jennings (Vikings) left his visit with the New Orleans Saints without a contract. Jennings is also considering the Carolina Panthers, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Huddle Up: Jennings has now visited all five franchises aside from the Ravens, and while the Saints may need a WR less than any of the other four, they do offer the best passing game currently in place. As usual, though, it will likely come down to the $$$.
Sean McGrath - TE - Free Agent
Free-agent TE Sean McGrath (Chiefs) has decided to end his retirement and return in 2015.
Huddle Up: McGrath, an undrafted free agent in 2012, sat out last season after catching 26 passes for 302 yards and a pair of TDs for K.C. the previous year and will be a backup TE candidate without much fantasy value.
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota worked out for the St. Louis Rams on Thursday, April 16.
Huddle Up: The Rams will definitely consider Mariota if he's somehow still on the board when they pick 10th in the first round, but that's not likely to happen. It also seems unlikely that St. Louis will trade up to acquire the former Oregon QB, given that the franchise just swung a deal for Nick Foles. What's more likely is that Mariota goes early in the first round, and the Rams stay put and draft the elite WR prospect they've been lacking.
Andrew Quarless - TE - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers TE Andrew Quarless said he has been working on improving his game this offseason and believes he can be a productive part of the offense. 'I consider myself the top-echelon of tight ends,' Quarless said. 'That's really where I see myself and that's really where I'm trying to take it. A couple other guys like (Rob Gronkowski) and a couple guys who are up there. I put myself in that bracket. That's definitely where I'm training to be.'
Huddle Up: Quarless actually hit career highs with 323 receiving yards and three TD catches on his his 29 receptions, but platooned at TE with Richard Rodgers (20-225-2) -- getting 11 starts to the rookie's five -- and at the least, that should continue in G.B., dimming the fantasy prospects for both TEs.
Russell Wilson - QB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is in negotiations with the team on a long-term contract extension, but general manager John Schneider said the team will be cautious in what they offer Wilson for a new contract. Schneider will be mindful of the salary cap and the club's future. Wilson will make $1.5 million in 2015, but a new deal is expected to give him over $20 million a year and more than $100 million total.
Huddle Up: While Wilson's passer rating slipped to a career-low 95.0, he did just fine by his fantasy owners and teammates, hitting career highs in passing (3,475) and rushing yards (849) in guiding the Seahawks to a second straight Super Bowl and has definitely set himself up nicely for a new long-term deal.
Reggie Wayne - WR - Free Agent
Free-agent WR Reggie Wayne (Colts) has not received interest from the Miami Dolphins at this point.
Huddle Up: The 36-year-old Wayne, coming off a 64-779-2 season in Indy, looks like he might have to wait until after the draft -- maybe until the summer -- to catch on with a new team.
Florida State QB Jameis Winston has been sued for sexual assault Thursday, April 16, stemming from an incident in 2012. The lawsuit includes charges of sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment and infliction of emotional distress.
Huddle Up: This is a civil suit over the alleged off-campus incident that the Florida State QB was never brought up on charges for. The Buccaneers, who own the first pick, have said they will strongly consider using the No. 1 overall pick on Winston unless another off-field incident comes to light, and it's immediately unclear whether this additional legal issue will affect their decision. Stay tuned as the Winston saga continues.
Louisville WR DeVante Parker met with the St. Louis Rams on Wednesday, April 15. He is considered the third-best wide receiver in this year's draft behind Alabama WR Amari Cooper and West Virginia WR Kevin White. The Rams also had pre-draft visitswith Cooper and Dorial Green-Beckham in the first week of April, and White will visit with the Rams next week.
Huddle Up: Usually it's tough to read team's intentions through all the pre-draft smokescreens, but given the Rams' needs at the position and their prime first-round position, no one should be surprised in the least if the Rams use the 10th overall pick on one of the stud WRs of the class of 2015.
Antonio Gates - TE - San Diego Chargers
San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates said he doesn't want to play as many snaps in 2015 as he did last year. 'With injuries and whatnot, I played a little bit more than they expected me to play last season,' Gates said. 'I was playing the whole game. How I feel next year, it depends on how much volume they have me doing. I'd like to come in on third-and-7s, red zones, those situations. That's what my contribution is at anyway.'
Huddle Up: With 69 catches for 821 yards and 12 TDs at age 34, the veteran TE enjoyed one of the best fantasy campaigns of his Hall-of-Fame career last season, but beware of some almost inevitable stat regression --particularly in the TD-catch Dept. -- as Gates averaged 7.3 scores per season over the previous six campaigns.
Victor Cruz - WR - New York Giants
The New York Giants do not know whether and to what extent WR Victor Cruz (knee) will recover from the severe knee injury he suffered last season. He might not be ready for the start of training camp, and if he can go Cruz is expected to be on a somewhat limited program.
Huddle Up: Until further notice, fantasy GMs should be counting on Odell Beckham, Larry Donnell and Rueben Randle -- probably in that order -- to be Eli Manning's top targets this coming season while limiting their expectations for Cruz until we get a better idea of how his recovery is coming along.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been informed that he will be reinstated from the commissioner exempt list starting Friday, April 17. Peterson will not receive any further suspension after he is reinstated.
Huddle Up: Well, now the drama can officially be ramped up a notch or two as the Vikings were quick to release a statement welcoming Peterson back, but most indications are that the RB still prefers to move on to another team. You'll have no choice but to stay tuned ...
Paul Posluszny - LB - Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny has signed a one-year contract extension with the team. The deal will keep the LB in Jacksonville through the 2017 season.
Huddle Up: Posluszny had notched at least 110 total tackles in six straight seasons, including three straight as the Jags' leading tackler, before a torn pectoral muscle cut short his 2014 campaign after seven games. As evidenced, though, by the extension, he's ready, though, to resume his spot in the middle of the J'Ville D.
Sammy Watkins - WR - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills WR Sammy Watkins (hip) is able to work out in some capacity during the team's offseason program, although head coach Rex Ryan indicated Wednesday, April 15, that he doesn't expect Watkins to do many football-related activities until training camp. "My understanding is Sammy is doing really well," Ryan said. "We're not going to see him out there until training camp. But he should be full go when we get to training camp."
Huddle Up: Watkins didn't miss a start last season in finishing with 65 receptions for 982 yards and six TDs, but he was slowed by minor ailments at times during his rookie campaign. That's something to keep an eye on with the talented wideout amid all the high offensive hopes brewing in Buffalo.
Aaron Hernandez - TE - Free Agent
Former New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday, April 15, in the slaying of Odin Lloyd. He's facing a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole.
Huddle Up: If you still needed a reason to drop Hernandez from your dynasty squad, "life without parole" should probably do it.
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