Ed Dickson - TE - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers TE Ed Dickson, who signed a one-year contract for the 2014 season, wants to return to the team and has discussed a multi-year deal.
Huddle Up: Dickson would be a complement to starter Greg Olsen, but wouldn't offer much in the way of fantasy value as the Panthers' second tight end unless Olsen missed time with an injury. So if your roster is big enough to handcuff tight ends, maybe Dickson returning to Carolina is a positive.
Jeremy Maclin - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin confirmed negotiations between his representation and the Eagles are ongoing. The veteran receiver is likely seeking a five-year deal worth over $10 million per year, but he also could receive the franchise tag.
Huddle Up: Maclin bet on himself after missing 2013 with an injury and came up a winner. He's a great fit for the Philly system, but if Chip Kelly believes those results are less Maclin and more "system" they won't be willing to meet his asking price. That the Eagles are talking to Maclin sooner rather than later bodes well for his return to the City of Brotherly Love.
Joseph Randle - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle was the team's primary backup this year, and there are people within the organization that believe he can be a 1,400-yard rusher as a lead back.
Huddle Up: With both DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant free agents the Cowboys may have some tough decisions to make with Jerry Jones' money. Maybe they believe Randle can be the guy, or maybe they're just blowing smoke to either a) put some pressure on Murray to take a reduced rate if he wants to stay or b) position themselves if they're actually willing to let Murray walk. It goes without saying that should Randle become the feature back in Dallas his fantasy value will shoot through the roof.
Julius Thomas - TE - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos impending free-agent TE Julius Thomas discussed with Woody Paige and Les Shapiro on The Sports Show Friday, Jan. 30, the chances of him returning to the Broncos. 'I really don't know. To be perfectly honest, it hasn't even been discussed for me yet,' Thomas said. He did go on to say he'd love to come back, but he mentioned there are several important factors when determining where he'll sign.
Huddle Up: The offense of new coach Gary Kubiak is certainly tight end friendly, but TEs in the system also are called upon to do their fair share of blocking, and the Broncos could decide that re-signing a one-dimensional Thomas is too pricey given their other free agents (namely WR Demaryius Thomas and DT Terrance Knighton).
Kam Chancellor - S - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor was banged up on the next to last play of practice Friday, Jan. 30, and had his left knee wrapped but didn't demonstrate a limp, according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King's practice report.
Huddle Up: With Richard Sherman (elbow) and Earl Thomas (shoulder) already banged up coming out of the NFC Championship Game, that's all the Seahawks need is another Legion of Boom member dealing with an injury. It doesn't sound too serious, but keep it mind as Super Sunday approaches.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch (back) fully practiced Friday, Jan. 30, and is probable for the Super Bowl.
Huddle Up: After getting through a week of league-mandated media appearances and interview requests, facing the Patriots' D will be easy for Lynch, who's rushed for 216 yards and a TD in his two games so far this postseason.
Tyler Eifert - TE - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals TE Tyler Eifert (elbow, shoulder) is progressing, according to head coach Marvin Lewis. Eifert recently said he didn't think he'd be 100 percent by the time minicamp starts.
Huddle Up: After missing what would've been his second season with a dislocated elbow, Eifert should be fully healthy by the time training camp rolls around. Meanwhile, it'll be interesting to see if the Bengals re-sign impending free agent TE Jermaine Gresham.
Peyton Manning - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning may make a decision on whether he plans to return for another season in the near future, according to his dad, Archie Manning. Archie thinks his son will make his decision 'maybe in the next week or two.' 'He's given a lot of thought to it,' Archie Manning said. 'My advice for him is to go through the process, get away a little bit, let your leg heal, give it a lot of thought and decide what you're going to do . (I) think he's taken a good evaluation of where he is physically.'
Huddle Up: The consensus remains that Manning will return for another season, but if not, the sooner the Broncos know the better so they can adjust accordingly in free agency and the draft.
LeGarrette Blount - RB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount completed his 50 hours of community service, and his drug charge from earlier this season in Pittsburgh has been withdrawn, according to his attorney.
Huddle Up: One less distraction -- if it really was ever much of one -- for Blount who has truly had an all or nothing postseason run with the Patriots the last two seasons. In two playoff games against the Colts, Blount has rushed for 314 yards and 7 TDs on 54 carries; in his other two games, against the Broncos and Ravens, he's totaled 7 yards and no scores on eight rushes.
Brandon Marshall - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall may not return to the team in 2015, in the opinion of ESPNChicago.com's Michael C. Wright. The thinking is that Marshall and WR Alshon Jeffery are too similar of receivers, and the team needs more diversity at the position. Wright also wrote that this was strictly a possibility, and he expects Marshall to be on the team in 2015.
Huddle Up: Not so far-fetched as the Bears could use a burner on the outside and Marshall already has been traded twice in his nine NFL seasons.
University of Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is speculated to have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' sights set on him with the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: The chief concern is Mariota being able to make the transition from the Oregon offense to the pros, but it's a choice that almost has to be made by the Bucs who have basically been without a true franchise QB throughout their NFL existence.
Austin Collie - WR - Free Agent
Clarifying a previous report, free-agent WR Austin Collie (Patriots) is headed to the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League. Initial information had Collie going to the Montreal Alouettes.
Huddle Up: As we said earlier, best of luck to the concussion-plagued 29-year-old former slot standout who's caught only seven passes for 69 yards since the end of the 2011 season.
LeSean McCoy - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy has said he would restructure his contract to lower the $11.95 million cap hit for 2015, but he will not take a pay cut.
Huddle Up: If any RB is worth the big $$$, it's McCoy, who is an strong fit for Chip Kelly's offense so bet on a restructured contract or possibly even a trade if Philly receives attractive compensation in return.
Tom Brady - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle, cold) was able to go through a full practice session Thursday, Jan. 29.
Huddle Up: Yeah, somehow we don't think Brady's cold or lingering ankle injury are going to be much of a factor come his record sixth Super Bowl on Sunday.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo has been impressing in his mimicking of Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson in practice. He has been studying the dual-threat quarterback, and trying his best in practice to get the Patriots ready for Super Bowl XLIX. 'I've had to get a lot faster real fast,' Garoppolo said. 'He's an athletic guy, so (I am) trying to extend plays and give those guys the best looks I can. It's a tough balance between studying their offense and studying our defense, so it's a little bit of time management.'
Huddle Up: Tough assignment for the rookie QB, but ready or not, the Patriots' D will get a taste of the real deal Sunday in Wilson, who led all QBs with 849 yards and six rushing scores during the regular season while throwing for a career-high 3,475 yards.
Marvin Jones - WR - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals WR Marvin Jones is progressing well, according to head coach Marvin Lewis. Jones is recovering from a broken foot he suffered this season.
Huddle Up: Don't forget about Jones late in drafts next summer as the WR sat out the entire 2014 season after breaking out with 51 receptions for 712 yards and 10 TDs a year earlier.
Larry Fitzgerald - WR - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald's new contract should be able to get worked out this offseason, according to team president Michael Bidwill. 'Larry and I have met about it, and I know he's interested in getting something resolved,' Bidwill said. 'I think we'll get this all worked out.'
Huddle Up: Most figured the soon-to-be 32-year-old Fitzgerald's run with the Cards was over, but it sounds as if there's been quite a bit of negotiation going on, and most all reports have things progressing toward a new deal. Stay tuned ...
Austin Collie - WR - Free Agent
Free-agent WR Austin Collie (Patriots) has signed a contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.
Huddle Up: Hey, best of luck to the concussion-plagued 29-year-old former slot standout with the Colts who's caught only seven passes for 69 yards since the end of the 2011 season.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has been able to work out despite ending the season with an injured knee. 'The knee is close to 100 percent,' Bell said. 'I'm probably about 85-90 percent, been able to run on it a little bit. So I'm getting back to work out a little.'
Huddle Up: With the whole offseason still to come, Bell will be fine and will be a worthy selection as the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts next summer.
Jermaine Gresham - TE - Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham, a soon-to-be free agent, still has a place within the offense, according to offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. 'We have a way that we do things, and how we want to accomplish things,' Jackson said. 'Within what we asked him to do this year, he did some good things. There are some things he knows he needs to do to be better, and he will work at them to be better.'
Huddle Up: Gresham hasn't quite lived up to his 2010 first-round draft status, but he's had a solid career and shouldn't break the bank to re-sign. Gresham had 62 receptions last season -- the second-highest single-season total of his career -- but averaged a career-low 7.4 yards per catch. Keep in mind, though, that fellow TE Tyler Eifert missed the season with a dislocated elbow and should be back for 2015.
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