Andre Johnson - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson has asked the team to release him this offseason.
Huddle Up: The early favorite is Indianapolis, but part of the rationale is the University of Miami ties between Johnson and Reggie Wayne--and if the Colts get Johnson they may not have a need for Wayne. The Texans will have trouble trading Johnson and his salary, but there will be no shortage of suitors if he hits free agency.
LeSean McCoy - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy is unhappy with the trade to the Bills, according to a source close to him. 'He's a Pennsylvania kid. He's never played football outside of Pennsylvania,' the source said. 'So of course he's not happy. Sounds like it's pretty final to me unless LeSean is refusing to go to Buffalo.' When the source was asked if McCoy was going to make the trade difficult, they said: 'he's not going to make it easy, that's for sure.'
Huddle Up: So McCoy isn't going to report to Buffalo? That could cause some problems. Also tough to see the Bills ponying up more money to woo McCoy. Looks like Rex Ryan will have some selling to do to get McCoy to buy into Buffalo Ground & Pound.
Randall Cobb - WR - Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers impending free-agent WR Randall Cobb is unlikely to re-sign with the team, barring something unexpected. The Packers have attempted to sign Cobb for six months with little room for optimism. The Packers have tried to sign him to a five-year deal worth around $8-$9 million per year.
Huddle Up: Cobb might find more money in free agency, but the teams reportedly ready to throw that money at him--Jacksonville and Oakland--offer a decided step down in quarterback from the Packers.
C.J. Spiller - RB - Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills free-agent RB C.J. Spiller said Tuesday, March 3, that the Bills called him and thanked him for his services. In summary, Spiller won't be coming back to the Bills next season, as if the impending acquisition of RB LeSean McCoy wasn't enough proof.
Huddle Up: Spiller is only 27 and still has a good amount of tread left on his tires with just 668 carries in five seasons. Still, at 5-11 and 194 pounds, he may be best suited for a complementary, change-of-pace role instead of a full-time starting No. 1 RB gig, and it'll be interesting to see where he lands given the overloaded free-agent RB market and the well-stocked 2015 RB draft class.
LeSean McCoy - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy will reportedly be traded for Buffalo Bills LB Kiko Alonso. The trade cannot be made official until the new league year begins next Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET. According to an ESPN report, the Bills will owe McCoy, who is signed through 2017, $10.25 million this season.
Huddle Up: Here's the first real fantasy (and reality) blockbuster move of the offseason as McCoy has compiled the third-most fantasy points among NFL RBs since entering the league in 2009. It's an instant upgrade for the Bills' backfield, and for now, it leaves Philly with a Darren Sproles-Chris Polk combo atop the depth chart, although that certainly could change given the depth of the free-agent and 2015 draft RB classes.
Johnny Manziel - QB - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel needs to have an obsession with football, according to offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. 'It's truly a lifestyle to be an NFL quarterback,' DeFilippo said. 'It's not just a job. It's all-consuming. You need to sleep, eat, do everything fast and just think about football all the time.'
Huddle Up: Manziel has some personal issues to get under control first, but once that happens if he is to find NFL success he'll certainly need to be more devoted to his craft than he demonstrated in his rookie season.
Andre Johnson - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson wants out of Houston, but the Texans may not get much in return for him if he is traded. The Texans already don't want to pay Johnson the $11.5 million he's due next season, which means he would likely be cut unless a team is willing to give up more than he is seemingly worth.
Huddle Up: It's tough to see another team trading for Johnson given that hefty price tag. And if the alternative is for him to be cut and hit free agency, where any team can make a run at him, you'd have to think the other 31 teams--or at least those interested in Johnson's services--will take their chances in a bidding war.
Darrelle Revis - CB - New England Patriots
Impending free-agent CB Darrelle Revis (Patriots) could be pursued by by the New York Jets in free agency. Owner Woody Johnson is leading serious internal discussions on possibly bringing Revis back.
Huddle Up: Now this would be an interesting next chapter in the Book of Revis. And, hey, it would also keep with AFC East protocol, where no one -- Rex Ryan, Drew Bledsoe, Bill Belichick, Curtis Martin, Revis -- really ever seems to leave the division as much they just swap jerseys.
Mike Wallace - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill said he cleared the air with WR Mike Wallace, and the two have no problem. Tannehill said he wants Wallace to return, and the team will consider Tannehill's input when they make their decision on Wallace.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins recently halted their salary-cap and pass-catching purge by applying the transition tag to TE Charles Clay, but endorsed by the QB or not, expect the team to do something with Wallace and his impending, team-most $12.1 million cap hit. Meanwhile, the WR has said he's not interested in a pay cut. Stay tuned ...
DeMarco Murray - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent RB DeMarco Murray would likely re-sign with the Cowboys if the offer they make him is equal or similar financially to offers he receives from other teams in free agency, according to league sources. Murray is expecting to have a 'vigorous' free-agent market for his services. He made $1.4 million last year, which ranked 23rd among running backs, and he led the league with 1,845 rushing yards on 392 carries in 2014.
Huddle Up: Problem is, the Cowboys aren't likely to be in the ballpark with other competing offers after franchising Dez Bryant and re-upping with wideout Cole Beasley on a four-year, $13.1 million extension.
Cole Beasley - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $13.1 million. The extension could be worth as much as $15.1 million.
Huddle Up: Beasley opened some eyes with a career-high four TD grabs among his 37 catches out of the slot last season and is worthy complementary piece to Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. Fantasy-wise, Beasley has some PPR upside but don't expecting too much as long as Bryant, Witten and Terrance Williams are eating up most of Tony Romo's targets.
Florida State University QB Jameis Winston is visiting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday, March 3.
Huddle Up: The personal interviews, background checks and all-angle evaluations of Winston are just now heating up as the Bucs have less than two months to decide if they're going to make the Florida State QB the new face of the franchise.
Brian Hartline - WR - Free Agent
Free-agent WR Brian Hartline (Dolphins) will visit the Cleveland Browns Tuesday, March 3.
Huddle Up: Hartline, a Buckeye State native and Ohio State grad, would be a good match -- but just one of several pieces needed -- for the WR-needy Browns.
Andre Johnson - WR - Houston Texans
Houston Texans WR Andre Johnson was asked to accept a reduced role, but he declined and asked to be traded or cut, according to people familiar with the situation.
Huddle Up: It's unlikely that a team will pay a trade price and take on Johnson's $10.5 million base salary, but the 12-year NFL vet still has gas left in the tank and he'll be a hot commodity if he's waived.
Charles Clay - TE - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins TE Charles Clay has received the rarely-used transition tag. The transition tag for tight ends is worth $7.071 million.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins wanted to keep Clay -- amid rumors that the likes of the Bills and Broncos were interested -- but didn't want to use the franchise tag. Clay can still field free-agent offers, and the Dolphins have the right to match any deal, but if they don't, they won't receive any compensation. Still, t looks as if Clay will remain in South Beach for a fifth straight season coming off back-to-back years of 58-plus catches and 600-plus yards.
Jeremy Maclin - WR - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin did not receive the franchise tag before the deadline Monday, March 2. Maclin and the Eagles have been working on a long-term deal and have until Tuesday, March 10, to get one done or else Maclin will become a free agent.
Huddle Up: Philly could still lock down Maclin, but now the receiver has a chance to talk to other teams and see what the market will offer for his services.
Le'Veon Bell - RB - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell could be suspended up to four games, according to the NFL's new substance-abuse policy. A two-game suspension is standard for a DUI resulting from the use of alcohol. However, Bell's DUI came from marijuana use, so he could be suspended for a longer period of time.
Huddle Up: Interesting to see how this one plays out, as it will be setting a precedent for future similar cases. Plan on Bell missing two games; if he misses a month, it will be that much more difficult to make him a top fantasy pick.
Lance Moore - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Lance Moore was released Monday, March 2.
Huddle Up: Moore was a bit contributor in Pittsburgh; his days as a fantasy helper may be behind him.
Stephen Gostkowski - PK - New England Patriots
New England Patriots PK Stephen Gostkowski received the franchise tag Monday, March 2, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The cost for franchising a kicker is significantly less than it is for other positions, and for one more year at least the Patriots have locked up one of the league's most consistent point producers.
Demaryius Thomas - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas officially received the franchise tag Monday, March 2.
Huddle Up: This comes as no surprise. The tag allows Thomas to get paid and the Broncos to try to wring one more Super Bowl run out of Peyton Manning and their current roster. If Manning opts not to come back or shows his age next season, Denver isn't overly committed to a receiver who might not be nearly as valuable catching passes from Brock Osweiler.
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