Niles Paul - TE - Washington Redskins
Washington Redskins TE Niles Paul re-signed Friday, March 6. Paul could earn up to a little under $10 million with the new contract.
Huddle Up: Paul, who is coming off a career year with 39 receptions for 507 yards and a TD, was one of the top free-agent TEs expected to hit the market, but the Skins stepped up Friday with a new deal. Paul's fantasy upside, though, is limited with Jordan Reed also still very much in the D.C. TE picture.
Jermaine Kearse - WR - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse received a restricted free-agent tender of $2.356 million. It was a second-round tender.
Huddle Up: The undrafted Kearse is clearly a WR still on the rise as his production has increased in each of his three seasons -- all with the 'Hawks -- and the team clearly values his upside. He finished second on the squad with 38 catches for 537 yards and a TD this past year but stepped it up even further in the playoffs with seven receptions for 209 yards and a pair of scores. The Seahawks have featured a run-dominated offense during Kearse's tenure, but we could possibly see a shift if Marshawn Lynch decides to retire this offseason.
Brandon Marshall - WR - Chicago Bears
The Chicago Bears have agreed to trade WR Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets pending a physical, according to a league source. It is believed the Bears will receive a fifth-round pick in return.
Huddle Up: Marshall, the nine-year vet and five-time Pro Bowler, is on the move again as he'll be traded for the third time in his career when the league year opens Tuesday. The 30-year-old WR is coming off an eight-year-low 612 catches and 721 receiving yards in an injury-addled season that was cut short by fractured ribs/punctured lung but Marshall will further upgrade the Jets' WR corps which added Eric Decker a season ago. Still, unless Geno Smith can take some strides forward or the Jets address their QB situation, Marshall's fantasy value will take a hit. Meanwhile, this move also appears to signal the end of Percy Harvin's brief stay in the Big Apple.
Reggie Wayne - WR - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent WR Reggie Wayne will not be re-signed for 2015, the team announced Friday, March 6.
Huddle Up: This marks the end of Wayne's brilliant run in Indy where he he compiled the seventh-most receptions (1,070) and eighth-most receiving yards (14,345) in league history. The 36-year-old WR successfully returned from his 2013 ACL injury but suffered a midseason elbow injury/torn trcieps last season and clearly struggled down the stretch, finishing with with 64 receptions for 779 yards and two TDs and failing to catch a pass in either of the Colts' two playoff games. Wayne hasn't officially said yet if its the end of his NFL career, but it sure seems like it at this point.
Jay Cutler - QB - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler's contract is a concern, with the $10 million he's due for 2016 becoming fully guaranteed in one week.
Huddle Up: It was reported Thursday, March 5 by NFL Media's Ian Rapoport that if Cutler is on the Bears' roster at the start of the new league year next Tuesday, that $10 million of his 2016 salary will be guaranteed, meaning the team and the new coaching regime headed by John Fox will be staring at a two-year commitment to the QB. To that end, "teams certainly know that Cutler is available," Rapoport reported Thursday, but if they want to move him they have to find a buyer for his hefty contract which starts with $15.5 million in 2015 guarantees. In short, the Bears have a lot on their plates, but we should definitely have a good idea within a week as to what their QB plans are.
Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (knee) said he has been running for two or three weeks and throwing five times a week. He is 'pretty close' to being able to participate in a normal workout, and he said he moved past his post-surgery 'funk' when he was able to sweat during workouts. 'I'm going to be ready to rock 'n' roll by the season,' Palmer said. 'Definitely going to be ready by that, definitely going to be ready for camp. And shooting to be getting reps in our mandatory (minicamp) and hopefully some of our OTA practices.' Palmer also added that he has agreed to restructure his contract this offseason in order to create some salary cap space for the team.
Huddle Up: Palmer will turn 36 before next season is over, but he demonstrated his worth this past year, going 6-0, averaging 271 passing yards and throwing for 11 TDs and only three interceptions in his six starts.
Dan Herron - RB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts RB Dan Herron was tendered as an exclusive rights free agent Thursday, March 5.
Huddle Up: Herron, a sixth-round pick of the Bengals in 2012, served as Indy's No. 1 RB late in the season and in the playoffs and figures to remain part of the team's RB rotation even if it adds a veteran free agent or spend a draft pick on the position in a couple of months.
Jerome Simpson - WR - Free Agent
Free-agent WR Jerome Simpson (Vikings) signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, March 5.
Huddle Up: With Michael Crabtree set to test free agency and Stevie Johnson's San Fran future also up in the air, signing the 29-year-old Simpson -- who was out of football this past season after being released by the Vikings while serving a three-game substance-abuse suspension -- is likely just the start of the Niners' WR rebuilding project this offseason.
Greg Olsen - TE - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen on Thursday, March 5 signed a three-year contract extension worth $22.5 million, including a $12.5 million signing bonus.
Huddle Up: A richly-deserved deal for Olsen who hit career highs this past season with 123 targets and 84 catches for 1,008 yards while snaring six scoring grabs. He finished fourth among TEs with 137 fantasy points and should remain a rock-solid TE1 even if the Panthers upgrade their WR corps as expected.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's meeting with head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman went well after the parties spent more than four hours at Peterson's home. 'We had a great dialogue and they were able to understand where I was coming from and concerns my family and I still have. We respect each other and hopefully the situation can pan out so that everyone involved is content,' Peterson said.
Huddle Up: The odds still seem to be against Peterson returning to the Vikings and are on the side of a trade, but then again, things have rarely played out to expectations in this ongoing saga. Stay tuned as the new league year/start of NFL trade season arrives next week.
Brandon Marshall - WR - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall is being shopped by the team with the idea of trading him, according to a league source. Another league source said his belief is that the team is taking calls on Marshall. The team could move Marshall for a mid-round pick.
Huddle Up: B-Marsh already has been traded twice since entering the league in 2006, and there are several notable franchises reportedly interested this time around, including the two most recent Super Bowl participants and the WR-desperate Chiefs. Trades can officially take place beginning next Tuesday (March. 10), and another date to keep in mind is March 12 when Marshall's $7.5 million 2015 base salary becomes guaranteed.
Harry Douglas - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Free-agent WR Harry Douglas (Falcons) visited with the Tennessee Titans on Thursday, March 5.
Huddle Up: The Titans have an inside track to landing some WR help as Douglas' former coach, Mike Mularkey, is the Titans' assistant head coach/TE coach. It's unknown if Douglas has visits planned to any other teams so see what develops.
Dwayne Bowe - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe my be cut if the team can not trade him.
Huddle Up: With the Chiefs expected to revamp their entire WR corps, Bowe's eight-year run in K.C. appears to be over, and it would be somewhat interesting to see the WR get a shot with a team more dedicated to the aerial game as K.C. QBs have thrown for the third-fewest yards (24,508) in the league during Bowe's tenure.
Larry Donnell - TE - New York Giants
New York Giants TE Larry Donnell was on a Delta Airlines plane that skidded off the runway at La Guardia airport Thursday, March 5. Donnell was not injured in that incident.
Huddle Up: Great to hear as it was certainly a scary sight as it appears the plane skidded to a stop just yards from the water.
Greg Hardy - DE - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers impending free-agent DE Greg Hardy will be allowed to sign a new deal even though he's still on the commissioner's exempt list. NFL free agency starts Tuesday, March 10. However, his playing status remains in limbo, and he isn't allowed to play until he's removed from the exempt list, which might prevent teams from talking to him in free agency. The league has uncovered enough evidence in a domestic violence charge to warrant a suspension, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: Bittersweet news at best for the Panthers' 2013 sack leader as most teams figure to take a wait-and-see approach before extending any kind of contact offer.
Brian Hartline - WR - Miami Dolphins
Free-agent WR Brian Hartline (Dolphins) is visiting with the Houston Texans on Thursday, March 5.
Huddle Up: Hartline is generating quite a bit of interest as he's already visited with the Browns and Bears, and now the Patriots and possibly the Colts are also interested. Meanwhile, the Dolphins reportedly would welcome the WR's return at a lower salary, but it appears they're at the back of the line.
Peyton Manning - QB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning officially passed his physical Thursday, March 5 and will return for the 2015 season.
Huddle Up: The soon-to-be 39-year-old Manning checks out physically, his 2015 salary has been amended and now begins the adjustment to a new coach and a new offense -- one that doesn't figure to have TE Julius Thomas and WR Wes Welker -- for his fourth season in Denver. Start adjusting your fantasy expectations accordingly.
The Philadelphia Eagles might be in position to package several draft picks to move up and draft a franchise-caliber signal caller such as University of Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, especially after the team cleared plenty of cap room following the trade of RB LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills.
Huddle Up: Philly is certainly giving the appearance of Oregon East these days, and the ultimate acquisition would be moving up to draft Mariota. In light of the recent McCoy trade, that certainly wouldn't be a shocker, especially given Nick Foles' mixed second season as the Eagles' primary starter last fall. You'll have no choice but to stay tuned ...
Randall Cobb - WR - Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers are working to re-sign impending free-agent WR Randall Cobb, and have exclusive negotiating rights until Saturday, March 7, at 3 p.m., and exclusive signing rights until Tuesday, March 10. The team has been working to hammer out a deal with Cobb for six months. With WRs Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams under contract, the team did not feel the need to use a franchise tag on Cobb like the Dallas Cowboys did with WR Dez Bryant, and the Denver Broncos did with WR Demaryius Thomas. According to sources, the team said they would sign Cobb to a five-year deal averaging $8-9 million per season, and his agent said he feels confident they can get more on the open market.
Huddle Up: The Pack is reluctant to pay Cobb more than Nelson, their No. 1A WR, and seem prepared to move on with the second-year Adams if necessary. Cobb may find a better deal on the open market from a WR-needy team such as the Chiefs or Raiders, but, again, his fantasy value obviously would sustain a definite hit without Aaron Rodgers throwing him passes.
Randall Cobb - WR - Green Bay Packers
The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to make a run at Green Bay Packers impending free-agent WR Randall Cobb should he hit the open market.
Huddle Up: It's no secret the Chiefs are desperate for receiver help, and Cobb would be a good fit in an Andy Reid offense. Of course, his fantasy value would take a hit as going just about anywhere away from Aaron Rodgers would be a downgrade at quarterback.
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