Cole Beasley - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Free-agent WR Cole Beasley (Cowboys) and the Dallas Cowboys are discussing a contract extension that would keep Beasley under control for multiple seasons.
Huddle Up: The 5-8, 175-pound Beasley actually had more targets (54-49) and receptions (39-37) in 2013 than he did a season ago but doubling his TD output (4-2) attracted more fantasy attention. He's a decent -- but not great -- slot WR target for Tony Romo whose numbers should see modest increases.
Steven Jackson - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Free-agent RB Steven Jackson (Falcons) plans to continue playing, according to a statement posted on his website.
Huddle Up: Jackson, who will turn 32 in July, had seen his rushing yards decline in each of the four previous seasons before seeing a slight increase from 543 to 707 last year. He may have a season or two left in the tank but he clearly no longer fits the starting RB profile.
Tre Mason - RB - St. Louis Rams
St. Louis Rams RB Tre Mason didn't play until Week 6 of last season because of his issues with pass protection, according to head coach Jeff Fisher.
Huddle Up: Mason, a 2014 third-round pick, had 116 of his 179 rushes, 495 of his 765 yards and three of his four rushing TDs over the final seven games of the season and looks to be the be the Rams' clear No. 1 back entering the 2015 season. Still, be somewhat wary as we were saying the same things about Rams' 2013 rookie Zac Stacy a year ago.
Harry Douglas - WR - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons WR Harry Douglas was released Friday, Feb. 27.
Huddle Up: Douglas, a 2003 third-round pick, is the latest cap casualty in Atlanta. He had a career year in 2013, catching 85 passes for 1,067 yards and two scores with Julio Jones missing most of the season and slipped to 51-556-2 last year while dealing with a nagging foot injury. Look for him to hook on somewhere as a backup WR, but the fantasy impact will be minimal.
Brian Hartline - WR - Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline was released Friday, Feb. 27.
Huddle Up: After back-to-back 70-catch, 1,000-yard seasons in 2012-13, Hartline had a disappointing 39-474-2 campaign last fall and became a cap casualty. He still has No. 2 or 3 WR potential, though, and could return to decent numbers if he hooks up with the right team/passing game.
Kevin Dorsey - WR - Free Agent
Free-agent WR Kevin Dorsey (Packers) has interest from at least three other teams than the New England Patriots. The other teams were not specified.
Huddle Up: Dorsey, a seventh-round pick of the Pack in 2013, has caught one career pass for four yards. He has been buried at the bottom of the team's deep WR corps but has evidently caught more than one set of eyes around the league.
Antone Smith - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent RB Antone Smith is a priority for the team to re-sign this offseason, but the Falcons could add another running back in free agency instead.
Huddle Up: Smith had a career year in only 10 games last season, finishing with 366 total yards and scoring five TDs on 36 touches before a broken leg prematurely ended his season. With the Falcons set to release Steven Jackson, the Falcons will likely re-sign Smith to pair with second-year back Devonta Freeman, but definitely don't be surprised if they also add a veteran free agent or select another RB in the draft.
Matt Hasselbeck - QB - Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts impending free-agent QB Matt Hasselbeck was re-signed to a one-year deal Thursday, Feb. 26. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Hasselbeck will turn 40 in September but he evidently has the confidence of the Colts as he's slated to back up Andrew Luck for the third straight season. It's a good gig, though, as Hasselbeck has only had to attempt 56 passes over the last two seasons.
Steven Jackson - RB - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson will reportedly be released Friday, Feb. 27.
Huddle Up: If it's not the end of the NFL road for the soon-to-be 32-year-old Jackson, he can at least see it from here after he averaged 3.6 yards per carry and ran for 12 TDs in two disappointing seasons with the Falcons.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension was overturned by U.S. District Judge David S. Doty on Thursday, Feb. 26. However, the NFL also announced that they will appeal the ruling, and Peterson will return to the Commissioner's Exempt List. 'Judge Doty's order did not contain any determinations concerning the fairness of the appeals process under the CBA, including the commissioner's longstanding authority to appoint a designee to act as hearing officer,' the league said in a statement.
Huddle Up: The Vikings and Peterson cannot have contact with each other and nothing can happen until he is formally reinstated by the league -- and who knows when that will happen if it carries through with the appeal. At least (we believe) the latest it will be is April 15 -- the date when his suspension was originally due to end. Just don't say we didn't warn you that this would be a true soap opera.
Travis Kelce - TE - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce, who led the team with 67 catches and 862 receiving yards in 2014, is expected to be a more prominent part of the passing offense in 2015 after the team released TE Anthony Fasano on Thursday, Feb. 26. Kelce was in the lineup for roughly 65 percent of the snaps last year. However, the Chiefs were most effective with three tight ends in the lineup last year, so they may shop for another tight end in the draft of in free agency.
Huddle Up: Kelce was a 2014 sleeper who lived up to -- or at least came close to -- breakout expectations, finishing eighth among TEs with 116 fantasy points. Kelce could also receive an additional boost if the Chiefs finally add some competent WR help this offseason.
Theo Riddick - RB - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions RB Theo Riddick likely will be given the chance to earn a bigger role in the offense next season after the team released RB Reggie Bush.
Huddle Up: Riddick, a sixth-round pick in 2013, scored four TDs and gained 367 yards on his 70 touches a year ago and could slide into the No. 2 RB role in back of Joique Bell, but it also wouldn't be surprising to see the Lions add another back in free agency or the draft in the coming months.
Josh McCown - QB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Buccaneers) is expected to decide on a new team by early next week. The Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns are considered strong suitors.
Huddle Up: The Bills seemingly are the favorites to land the soon-to-be 36-year-old QB, who would figure to have a decent chance of winning the starting gig in either locale.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension has been overturned after a judge granted a motion from the NFL Players Association to vacate the suspension. The NFL is expected to appeal the decision.
Huddle Up: Peterson was originally scheduled to be reinstated April 15, but that has been pushed up almost two months, barring the league winning an appeal. In the meantime, there still remains much uncertainly over whether the RB will return to play for the Vikings, where he's scheduled to count $15.4 million against the salary cap. Peterson can be traded when the new league year begins March 10.
Dez Bryant - WR - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is likely to receive the franchise tag because the team is hesitant to sign him long-term due to a lack of trust off the field. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport discovered via an open-records request that Bryant was involved in an 'unknown disturbance' in a Walmart parking lot July 11, 2011. Upon further investigation, 'it was determined that there was no offense' and 'all parties were advised they were free to go.' The team has known about this incident for a while. However, Bryant has had the police called to his home six different times since 2011. None of the calls resulted in any arrests.
Huddle Up: This stage seemed to be past Bryant and the Cowboys, but the recent reports of an impending video "release" may have stirred some old doubts. Still, this mainly seems to be a lot of overblown noise over something four years in the past, and if the Cowboys can sign Bryant to a long-term deal to both sides' liking, look for that to get done. In the meantime, there's always the franchise tag.
Ted Ginn Jr. - WR - Arizona Cardinals
The Carolina Panthers are interested in free-agent WR Ted Ginn Jr. (Cardinals). According to a league source, the Panthers plan to reach out to Ginn, who spent the 2013 season with the team.
Huddle Up: The speedy Ginn has played for four teams in eight seasons, including a different one in each of the past three years. It looks like he'll be on the move again, but as usual don't expect much fantasy-wise as he's had only one season (2008) with more than 38 catches.
Carson Palmer - QB - Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer might restructure his contract to ease his cap number of $14.5 million for 2015, according to a source. As long as the team does not increase his salary they can redo the deal he just signed during the 2014 season. According to reports, a $9.5 million roster bonus might be converted to a signing bonus.
Huddle Up: It's a common move in restructuring to convert a roster bonus (which might be the straw that breaks the camels back when it comes to keeping a high-priced veteran around) into a signing bonus, which essentially gives the money to the player while allowing the team to adjust the cap hit. Palmer has provided the only real stability the Cardinals have had at quarterback recently; with so much invested in Larry Fitzgerald, it makes sense to find a way to keep Palmer around as well.
Mike Wallace - WR - Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins do not plan to cut WR Mike Wallace just yet. They are exploring the trade route not just on Wallace's play, but also his fit in the locker room. He removed himself from the regular season finale, and had a shouting match with head coach Joe Philbin afterwards. Wallace is due $9.85 million in 2015, part of a five-year, $60 million deal that runs through 2017.
Huddle Up: It won't be easy to unload Wallace's contract, but the Dolphins would obviously prefer to get something out of their investment rather than simply kicking Wallace to the curb. It will be a test of the selling skills of Miami's front office to pull off a deal.
Peyton Manning - QB - Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos and representatives for QB Peyton Manning are working on revising the veteran's contract, according to multiple league sources. He is scheduled to draw a $19 million salary in 2015 and 2016. Manning has informed the team he intends to keep playing, and the Broncos did not formally interview any quarterbacks at the NFL Combine last week.
Huddle Up: Once Manning's health was determined, contract and compensation is the only remaining hurdle to his return. The Broncos would obviously love to shift some of that $19 million to Manning's receivers--specifically Demaryius Thomas--and it makes sense for Manning to give a little back in order to keep Thomas around. Expect the details to be worked out sooner rather than later.
Matt Bryant - PK - Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons PK Matt Bryant signed a contract extension Wednesday, Feb. 25. Details were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Bryant is a quality kicker who toils in a dome and tags on points for a potentially explosive offense--and now he's locked in in Atlanta. That's good news for his fantasy prospects.
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