Owen Daniels - TE - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos TE Owen Daniels has admitted that he will think about retirement after winning Super Bowl 50. 'Of course, of course. That's definitely an option,' Daniels told USA TODAY Sports. 'But I'm a man of my word, I signed a three-year deal, so I'd like to keep playing. I feel good enough as long as I can get some work done on my 33-year-old knees.' He has no more meniscus in his left knee, but his right knee caused him more pain during the 2015 season.
Huddle Up: Another Bronco who might choose to go out on top. The tight end is always a fantasy contributor in a true Gary Kubiak offense, so as long as Daniels is getting the snaps he's at least worthy of fantasy attention.
Johnny Manziel - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend issued an affidavit that said Manziel hit her so hard during a late-night confrontation that she lost hearing in one ear. Colleen Crowley suffered a ruptured eardrum, which is expected to heal eventually. She is seeking to obtain a protective order against Manziel. Manziel is currently under criminal investigation on allegations of domestic violence. 'Fearful for my life, I hit (Manziel) several times, hoping I could back out of the car,' she said in the affidavit, adding Manziel 'threw me off of him and I hit my head on the car window and I fell into the passenger floorboard.'
Huddle Up: Doesn't bode well for Manziel, either in Cleveland or with another NFL team--at least not in the immediate future.
Drew Brees - QB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees may receive a contract extension before the start of free agency March 15. Extending Brees before free agency begins would give the Saints the ability to use the extension to cut down Brees' salary-cap cost for 2016. New Orleans is currently $10 million over the projected salary cap.
Huddle Up: Brees is nearing the end of his run, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him rework his deal so the Saints can afford to surround him with enough talent to make one more postseason push.
Sam Bradford - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford will not receive the franchise tag.
Huddle Up: This should not come as a surprise.
Riley Cooper - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper was released Monday, Feb. 8.
Huddle Up: Cooper stuck around in Philly because Chip Kelly likes big receivers. He could end up in San Francisco, though he's demonstrated his year as a fantasy factor was mostly a fluke.
Kony Ealy - DE - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers DE Kony Ealy tied a Super Bowl record with 3.0 sacks in a 24-10 loss to the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 7. He also had an interception.
Huddle Up: Ealy was lights out for the Panthers, and had they managed to come back and win he was definitely the front runner for MVP honors.
Demaryius Thomas - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas caught one pass for eight yards in a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 Sunday, Feb. 7.
Huddle Up: Thomas was a fantasy disappointment all postseason, though for the most part the Broncos rode their defense and ground game to the Super Bowl title. With a quarterback change likely in Denver he shouldn't suffer a similar fate next season, but the Broncos are most certainly transitioning from a high-flying passing game to a defense/run game squad that's more in line with the Gary Kubiak blueprint.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch sent a tweet Sunday, Feb. 7, indicating that he plans to retire. The tweet contained two fingers up with a picture of Lynch's green cleats hanging.
Huddle Up: Typical Beast Mode to use no words in his apparent retirement notice. Lynch's retirement would open the door in Seattle for Thomas Rawls to become a top-tier fantasy back.
Jason Witten - TE - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten said he is taking his career one year at a time, but he added that he would play another seven years if he remains healthy and can play at a high level.
Huddle Up: Witten's level of fantasy contribution has already fallen off dramatically, so sticking around for another seven years seems like a bit of a stretch.
Nick Foles - QB - St. Louis Rams
Los Angeles Rams QB Nick Foles has no chance of being reacquired by the Philadelphia Eagles, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: The Eagles moved on from Foles once before, and the change in coaching staff obviously didn't rekindle any sort of love affair.
Matt Forte - RB - Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears impending free-agent RB Matt Forte could be pursued by the New England Patriots this offseason.
Huddle Up: New England had issues with its ground game this season, though injuries--both in the backfield and along the offensive line--had as much to do with that problem as anything else. Still, if Forte hits free agency he'd be a tremendous fit for the Patriots offense, with the pass-catching skills to fill the Dion Lewis role and enough left in the tank as a rusher to handle LeGarrette Blount's workload. About the only area he hasn't had success has been at the goal line, but the way New England hurries to the line inside the five might open doors for him as well. It's certainly food for fantasy thought as the offseason officially kicks off.
Jay Ajayi - RB - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins RB Jay Ajayi is seen as a starting-caliber running back capable of taking over for impending free-agent RB Lamar Miller.
Huddle Up: There's not much to go on as the 2015 fifth-round pick only had 187 yards on 49 carries in nine games as a rookie, and to boot the Dolphins have brought in a new coaching staff.
Von Miller - LB - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos impending free-agent LB Von Miller likely will receive the franchise tag this offseason if the two sides are not able to agree on a long-term contract, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Miller's already-high pricetag jumped a bracket or two after his dominating performance in the AFC title game, and if he follows up with a similar effort in Super Bowl 50, the franchise tag might be even more of a definite possibility.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Seattle Seahawks
According to an ESPN report Sunday, Feb. 7, Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch is telling people close to him he is planning to retire this offseason.
Huddle Up: Of course, we've heard this for a few seasons now, but the numbers -- he turns 30 in April, he had only 417 yards in seven games and, most importantly, would a count a league-RB-high $11.5 million against the Seattle cap if he plays this season -- and the emergence of rookie RB Thomas Rawls this past season seem to indicate that this indeed might be the end for Lynch.
Josh Gordon - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon must convince NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell he won't slip up again in the future in order to be reinstated. 'Our No. 1 issue here is to prevent these things from happening,' Goodell said Friday, Feb. 5. 'I'm hopeful that Josh understands that he's going to have to conduct himself differently going forward to be a member of the NFL and to be representing the Cleveland Browns, or any team in the NFL.'
Huddle Up: Oddly, Gordon's troubles have been put in the back-burner and even pale in comparison to that of current Browns QB Johnny Manziel. Gordon, though, has served his time and look for him to be reinstated for the 2016 season.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) said he has not been cleared to run at this time. Bell suffered a torn medial collateral ligament during the season.
Huddle Up: Time is still very much on Bell's side, and we'll most definitely monitor his progress throughout the offseason.
Cam Newton - QB - Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton was named the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year on Saturday, Feb. 6.
Huddle Up: No surprise here after a history-making 35-TD-pass, 10-rushing-TD season, and now the challenge is to become the first NFL MVP to win the Super Bowl in the same season since the Rams' Kurt Warner in 1999.
Todd Gurley - RB - St. Louis Rams
Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley was named the 2015 Offensive Rookie of the Year on Saturday, Feb. 6.
Huddle Up: After finishing third in the league with 1,106 rushing yards while playing 13 games, Gurley lived up to his massive first-year expectations, and he'll be one of the first RBs off the board in re-draft leagues this summer.
Marcus Mariota - QB - Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans QB Marcus Mariota was praised by retired QB Kurt Warner. 'I thought he exceeded a lot of expectations,' Warner said. 'There were things he did really well and made some great decisions. There's a lot of things he can build off of, a lot to like.'
Huddle Up: Mariota threw for two or more TDs in half of his 12 games and finished his rookie year with 19 scores and 10 interceptions, so there are definitely things to build on heading into Year Two.
Roddy White - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White was praised by head coach Dan Quinn, and the team is leaning toward keeping White on the team in 2016. 'We are still going through it,' Quinn said Thursday, Feb. 4. 'We're getting there. We are not there yet, but we're getting close.'
Huddle Up: Of course, it's likely to hinge on $$$ as the 34-year-old wideout is due to count $6.14 million against the cap next season after catching a nine-year low 43 passes for 506 yards and one TD in 2015.
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