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As a result of the altercation involving LeSean McCoy and off-duty Philadelphia police officers on Sunday, a highly-ranked police official told ESPN that arrest warrants are expected to be executed withing the next 24-48 hours. (Source: Mike Rodak on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: There are also reports of a self-surrender option to be attached to said warrants. There is no video of the incident as of yet and it is rumored that the other parties involved are NFL players as well.
Mon, Feb 8th 4:26pm EST
By Alexander Onushco
According to a report by The Dallas Morning News, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel kidnapped and ruptured the eardrum of his ex-girlfriend. (Source: The Dallas Morning News)
Fantasy Impact: It keeps getting worse. Given how hard the NFL and the public have come down on domestic abuse, there is very little doubt that, if these allegations are true, Manziel will be without a job in 2016.
The Philadelphia Eagles have released WR Riley Cooper. Cooper was entering year three of a five year, $22.5M contract that was signed back in 2014. He had 21 catches for 327 yards and two touchdowns this season. (Source: Philadelphia Eagles on Facebook)
Fantasy Impact: Cooper's distraction of his remarks a few years ago was a heavier weight than his contributions to the team, not to mention his outrageous $4.5M cap number next season. This is undoubtedly the first of a line of moves for the Eagles in rebuilding from the "Philadelphia Headache" Chip Kelly.
Mike Reiss of ESPN reports that the Patriots could explore the possibility of acquiring free agent RB Matt Forte. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: This is very much a rumor, but we've seen the Patriots make similar moves at RB in the past, acquiring veterans on the downside of their careers. It will likely depend on what Forte can get elsewhere, as the Patriots wouldn't likely pay significantly for his services. His pass-catching skills could certainly play well in New England.
Philly Brown led the way in the passing game in the first half and drew a facemask penalty that set up Jonathan Stewart 1-yard TD. He finished with four catches for 80 yards but couldn't finish after suffering a concussion.
Fantasy Impact: Brown was Carolina's best WR in the postseason. Brown was getting separation and Cam Newton overthrew him on what would've been a nice gain on their first drive. Brown will be moved down the depth chart with Benjamin's return but should see at least see time as the 2nd or 3rd WR.
Category: Game Recaps
Ted Ginn didn't record a catch until the second half but finished with four catches for 74 yards on 10 targets. Denver Broncos defense was excellent in coverage and rush. It was a difficult day for Cam Newton who overthrew Ginn a few times.
Fantasy Impact: Ted Ginn will return next season behind WR Kelvin Benjamin and TE Greg Olsen in the passing game. He will be better suited as a situational deep threat next season. This was by far his best season of his career.
Category: Game Recaps
Marshawn Lynch announced his retirement on Sunday. Lynch tweeted a picture of Seahawks' green cleats hanging during the 4th quarter of the Super Bowl. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirmed that he did indicate to Seattle that he is, in fact, retiring as if that cryptic tweet didn't say it all. (Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: With Marshawn Lynch officially retiring, the Seattle Seahawks have a huge hole at running back to fill. In 2016, Thomas Rawls is slated to step into the starting role in Lynch's absence with Christine Michael next in line.
Mon, Feb 8th 12:14am EST
By Blake Glosson
Von Miller had six tackles, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass defended in the Broncos' 24-10 victory over the Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Miller was also named Super Bowl MVP.
Fantasy Impact: It's official: defense still wins championships. The Panthers came into Sunday as the NFL's number-one scoring offense (averaging 31.25 PPG during the regular season and 40.0 PPG during the postseason), led by recently-crowned NFL MVP QB Cam Newton. But Denver's defense was up to the challenge, forcing four turnovers, scoring the game's first touchdown, sacking Newton seven times and also keeping him out of the endzone-- something that never happened this season. Leading the charge for Denver was Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, whose two forced fumbles directly led to both Denver TDs. It was a fitting conclusion for a defense that carried that Broncos all season long. Once the Broncos finish celebrating and start thinking about next season, locking up Miller via franchise tag or long-term contract will be a top priority.
Category: Game Recaps
The Denver Broncos are leaning towards using the franchise tag on Von Miller, which means Brock Osweiler will hit the open market according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Both players will command a high price tag on the open market. Sources are reporting that Miller wants to be the highest paid defensive player in the NFL. If Osweiler shops around, his value could skyrocket especially if Peyton Manning retires leaving Denver in a quarterback quandary.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Philadelphia Eagles are rumored to be interested in bringing back Nick Foles. New Eagles' HC Doug Pederson drafted Foles into the NFL in 2012. (Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Nick Foles flourished in Philadelphia under Andy Reid and Doug Pederson. Foles struggled last season after he was traded to St. Louis for Sam Bradford in a questionable transaction made by Chip Kelly. If Foles was to return to Philadelphia, it could be what is needed to resurrect his career and the organization.
ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Philadelphia Eagles will not use the franchise tag on Sam Bradford, however the organization is still interested in re-signing the impending free agent. (Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Eagles are playing "clean-up" of the mess that Chip Kelly left behind during his tenure in Philadelphia. One of his failed acquisitions was trading away Nick Foles to the Rams for Sam Bradford. The former first overall draft selection is one of the names headlining this offseason's free-agent quarterback class.
According to Dave Moore of the Dallas Morning News, Tony Romo(collarbone) will wait until March to come to a decision on whether or not to have surgery on his injured collarbone. (Source: David Moore via Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Tony Romo spoke on two options he has if he was to undergo surgery. One is to have a plate added to reinforce the bone, the other would be to shave down or have part of the clavicle removed. Either procedure will have a 6-to-8 week rehabilitation period which would make Romo available for team OTA's in May per reports.
Sat, Feb 6th 9:16am EST
By John Aubin
Gronkowski won't need offseason surgery on his knee or back, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports. Gronkowski struggled to stay healthy for a fourth consecutive year, as he missed one game in 2015 due to a minor knee strain. Additionally, a back issue afflicted him in both playoff tilts, but the touchdown machine still struck three total times against the Chiefs and Broncos. (Source: Jeff Howe on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: In six seasons, Rob Gronkowski has had five double-digit touchdown years along with three 1,000 receiving yards. Going into the 2016 season, Gronkowski will continue to be the number one ranked TE in fantasy. If the Patriots can improve the offensive line it should free up Gronkowski to spend more time catching passes and less time helping to pass block which happened this past season. If that happens expect a big season.
Category: Injury Updates
The Atlanta Falcons are leaning towards retaining Roddy White for the remaining years on his contract according D. Orlando Ledbetter of the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. (Source: D. Orlando Ledbetter via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Fantasy Impact: Roddy White is coming off of a down year in 2015. White finished the season with 43 receptions, 506 yards and a touchdown; it was his worst statistical season since 2006. If White was to return to Atlanta, I wouldn't expect his numbers to ever return to what they were in years past, but he still does contain fantasy value heading into 2016.
Doug Martin told Pro Football Talk recently that he hopes to re-sign with the Buccaneers. He admitted that he would be willing to play even if the team uses its franchise tag on him. (Source: Pro Football Talk)
Fantasy Impact: Martin experienced a resurgence in 2015, bouncing back from two sub-par years to rush for over 1,400 yards and post 4.9 YPC. He's going to be much more coveted in 2016 as a result, but owners might want to temper expectations considering his inconsistency over the years.
Alfred Morris is a free agent this offseason, and the Redskins are expected to move on from their leading rusher over the last four seasons. Keim added that the Redskins could entertain re-signing Morris if the RB isn't able to find another deal to his liking on the open market. (Source: John Keim on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Morris has led the Redskins in rushing over the last four seasons, but his totals have dropped each year over that span as well. Still, he just turned 27 and has rushed for over 1,000 yards in three of this four seasons, so there could be interest in him this offseason. His fantasy value will depend on his role and where he ultimately lands.
As a rookie, Jordan Reed signed a 4 year, $2,760,000 contract with the Washington Redskins. (Source: Spotrac.com)
Fantasy Impact: After his breakout season in 2015 that saw him post 87/952/11 numbers, Washington may look to extend him beyond 2016, the year the contract expires. If he goes into the season without a new deal, Reed may look to put up "pay-me" numbers in 2016, which will bode well for fantasy owners. Washington may want to see him stay healthy and productive one more season before offering up big money for the tight end. They may also want to see what Niles Paul will do upon his return from injury. Either way, he should be productive in 2016, and wherever he ends up in 2017.
Niles Paul plans on being in the tight end mix in 2016 after missing all of 2015 with a broken ankle. He expects to be back for OTAs and, after losing about 25 pounds in his rehab, will start his focus on bulking back up again. (Source: Jake Kring-Schreifels )
Fantasy Impact: Signing a three-year contract in the offseason last year, the Redskins committed to make him a part of their future at the tight end position. However, with the emergence of Jordan Reed, Paul may play second fiddle to him, if he even remains with the team. His cap hit will be $1,583,333, which may put him on the threshold of cap casualty status with needs at other positions, most notably at quarterback.
Category: Injury Updates
Demarco Murray and the Philadelphia Eagles' relationship could be coming to an end. The two sides appear to be at a "stare-down" on the running back's future with the organization according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. (Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: After a tumultuous 2015 season, it appears that the Philadelphia Eagles and Demarco Murray have finally reached their breaking point. Murray is not happy with his role in Philadelphia, the 2014 NFL rushing leader barley amassed 702 yards rushing in 2015 and had been benched for the likes of Ryan Matthews and Darren Sproles. If Murray was to part ways from Philadelphia, the best possible scenario would be via the franchise releasing the 2015 fantasy disappointment and for him to pursue greener pastures. During the season, the Dallas Cowboys were rumored to be interested in bringing back Murray although the reports were not confirmed.
Thu, Feb 4th 8:35am EST
By Blaine Blontz
Travis Benjamin's agent told Mary Kay Cabot that he and his client are "optimistic" that they can reach an agreement that will keep the WR with the Browns moving forward. Benjamin would be one of the top free agents in a weak WR class if he should test the market. (Source: Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Considering the other options that are expected to hit the open market, Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin lead the way, Benjamin is in a nice position to cash in one way or another. He burst onto the scene in 2015 as the Browns' top WR, totaling just under 1,000 receiving yards on 68 catches with five TDs. His fantasy value for 2016 will be dependent on where he lands this offseason, but he's certainly a player worth monitoring.