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Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Geoff Hobson believes running back Giovani Bernard (ACL) will not begin the 2017 season on the PUP list. "I’m willing to wager that barring a setback he [Bernard] won’t go on PUP," Hobson said via Bengals.com. "Maybe he’ll miss the first one or two games of the regular season, but I think that’s it. That’s merely a gut call, so we’ll see. After what happened with Tyler Eifert’s ankle I’ll leave medical speculation to the journals." (Source: Bengals.com)

Fantasy Impact: Bernard suffered a season-ending ACL tear in Week 11 of the 2016 regular season and was placed on IR shortly after. Bernard, who underwent surgery to repair the knee, is not expected to begin the 2017 campaign on the PUP list but could miss the first "one or two games," per reports. Barring a setback, he will likely enter next season in his usual role as Cincinnati's No. 2 back behind Jeremy Hill as well as the team's primary receiver out of the backfield.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL Insider Albert Breer reports the Cleveland Browns are not "planning" on placing the franchise tag on wide receiver Terrelle Pryor this offseason. Breer later added that the Browns "would like" to get a long-term done to retain the wideout. (Source: Albert Breer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pryor's future in Cleveland has ben a hot topic throughout the early stages of the offseason. Earlier reports indicated that the Browns were likely going to place the franchise tag on Pryor. However, Breer's latest report says otherwise. Both sides have shown mutual interest in getting a deal done, so it could be only a matter of time until something is worked out. Breer projects the 2017 franchise tag value for wide receivers to fall close to the $15.7 million range.

Category: Rumors


The Miami Dolphins and pass rusher Cameron Wake agreed to terms on a two-year, $19 million contract extension that includes $11 million in guaranteed money. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wake was awarded a contract extension Saturday that ties him to the Dolphins through 2019. Despite his age, the 35-year-old pass rusher is coming off of one of his best seasons as a pro in 2016. Playing in all 16 games, he accumulated 29 total sacks, 11.5 sacks, an interception and five forced fumbles. He'll likely wrap up his career in Miami.

Category: Transactions


Buffalo Bills beat writer Jay Skurski does not expect the team to retain quarterback E.J. Manuel. "Manuel’s time with the Bills should be over," Skurski said via the Buffalo News. "His legacy will be that of a first-round draft bust, even if it’s not his fault the Bills reached for him." (Source: Buffalo News)

Fantasy Impact: Manuel, an impending free agent, is unlikely to be retained by the Bills this offseason. The former 16th overall pick in the 2013 draft has never lived up to expectations and is labeled by most as a bust. He will likely compete for a backup role with another club for 2017.

Category: Rumors


San Francisco 49ers beat writer Matt Barrows believes linebacker Navorro Bowman (Achilles) will be ready for the start of the 2017 regular season. (Source: The Sacramento Bee)

Fantasy Impact: After suffering a torn Achilles in Week 4, the 49ers placed Bowman on IR, ending his season. Bowman, who is viewed as one of San Francisco's top defensive weapons, could tremendously help a 49ers team that finished the 2016 season ranked dead last in total defense. Although he is expected to be sidelined for the bulk of the team's offseason workouts, Bowman is presumably on track for Week 1, barring a setback.

Category: Injury Updates


Detroit Lions beat writer Dave Birkett believes running back Ameer Abdullah's (foot) rehab from a foot injury is "going well." Birkett added that Abdullah "remains on track" to return for the start of offseason workouts in April. (Source: Dave Birkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Abdullah got off to a promising start in 2016. However, a foot injury suffered in Week 2 abruptly ended his season. In his limited playing time, two games, the second-year rusher received 18 carries for 101 yards while adding five receptions for 57 yards and touchdowns as a receiver. Barring a change in personnel, expect Abdullah to enter the 2017 season as Detroit's early down back while Theo Riddick assumes his role as the team's primary receiving threat out of the backfield.

Category: Injury Updates


Michael Floyd pleaded guilty to extreme DUI and began serving a 24-day sentence at Maricopa County Jail on Thursday, FOX 10 Phoenix reports. Floyd was charged with seven counts, including extreme DUI and failure to obey a police officer after he was found passed out behind the wheel of his car at a Scottsdale, Arizona intersection in December. (Source: FOX 10 Phoenix)

Fantasy Impact: Floyd will also face discipline from the NFL. It could be a suspension. The WR is also going to be an unrestricted free agent. The uncertainty of his suspension and where he is playing next season puts a damper of his fantasy prospects. Owners should wait and see how the offseason plays out.


ESPN's Coley Harvey reports New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has arrived at the Pittsburgh Municipal Courts Building to surrender to the police. (Source: Coley Harvey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Revis has surrendered to the police on Friday night less than 24 hours after numerous media outlets reported that the troubled cornerback had a warrant out for his arrest. He is being charged with four felonies stemming from an alleged altercation that occurred last weekend in the South Side district of Pittsburgh. This incident could mean the end for Revis' most recent tenure playing for the Jets.


Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports does not expect Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to have a "robust market" if he becomes available this offseason. La Canfora also does not expect Peterson to receive any "significant guaranteed money" from potential suitors. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: I share La Canfora's sentiments. Peterson, who will be 32-yeras-old by the time the 2017 season begins, does not garner the per year salary that he once received in his prime. Now on the wrong side of 30, Peterson will likely receive an incentive based deal with very little, if any, guaranteed money involved if he reaches the open market. Even in the three games that Peterson played in last season, he was not very effective. He only gained 72 yards on 37 carries and failed to find the end zone. Perhaps behind a solid offensive line and in a reduced role, Peterson could be productive. However, he will have to be playing on the right team in the right situation for that to occur. Although Peterson has recently shown interest in playing for the Giants, they have bigger needs to address this offseason. Possibly the Patriots could make a run for Peterson's services. They are notorious for signing veteran players who are at the end of their career and putting them in situations where they can succeed. New England may be in the market for a running back if they lose LeGarrette Blount in free agency.

Category: Rumors


Zac Stacy retires

By Anthony Cervino   Fri, Feb 17th 12:34pm EST

Former New York Jets and Los Angeles Rams running back Zac Stacy has announced his retirement from the NFL. (Source: James Palmer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After three NFL seasons, Stacy has announced his retirement from the league. He'll finish his short career with 357 carries for 1,355 yards rushing and 10 total touchdowns.

Category: Transactions


San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith told the media he has "experience" in the team's new offense led by head coach Kyle Shanahan. ”The offense, I have experience with it,” Smith said via CSN Bay Area. “I’m interested to see how he [Kyle Shanahan] teaches it. You just have to execute. But with his track record, it kind of speaks for itself. I’m excited for him to have that opportunity. He’s a young guy. I feel like he could fit in in our locker room. He looks that young. He has a proven track record and he knows what he’s doing. It’s his time, so I’m excited for him.” (Source: CSN Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: Since signing with the 49ers in 2015, Smith has accounted for his two worst seasons as a pro. He's only totaled 53 receptions for 930 yards receiving and seven touchdowns while playing in 28 of a possible 32 regular season games in that span. Smith's woes could be attributed to San Francisco's terrible quarterback play while playing on a 49ers team that has finished the past two regular seasons ranked 31st in total offense. Smith's value heading into 2017 will rest primarily on who the team will bring in as their starting quarterback as Colin Kaepernick has likely played his last down in San Francisco.

Category: Rumors


Amini Silatolu signs a one-year deal with the Panthers after missing all of last season due to injury. Silatolu signed with Bears but was released last season. Silatolu returns to the Panthers after spending his first four seasons in Carolina.

Fantasy Impact: The Panthers have a lot of questions to be answered on the offensive line not named Ryan Kahlil. Michael Oher isn't looking good for next season while still not being cleared from concussions. Silatolu could provide depth but isn't guaranteed a spot.

Category: Transactions


Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff is spending this offseason working with quarterback gurus Tom House and Adam Dedeaux. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: This is a wise decision on Goff's part, as his rookie year was mostly a disaster. Goff is far from a bust, however, and acknowledging he needs to improve and seeking the help to do so is a step in the right direction. Goff isn't worth drafting in most leagues this summer, but he remains a firm dynasty stash.


Branden Albert not released

By Anthony Cervino   Thu, Feb 16th 5:24pm EST

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To update an earlier report, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the Miami Dolphins have not released offensive lineman Branden Albert. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Garafolo reiterates Albert is, in fact, "done in Miami." However, the team believes they can receive value in return for him. Therefore, they will likely attempt to trade the left tackle in the offseason.

Category: Rumors


Seattle Seahawks beat writer Bob Condotta expects wide receiver Tyler Lockett (leg) to be ready for the start of the 2017 season. (Source: Seattle Times )

Fantasy Impact: Lockett suffered a severe, season-ending leg injury in Week 16 -- he broke both his fibula and tibia against Arizona. The second-year wideout, who is also a return specialist, played in 15 games in 2016. He caught 41 targets for 597 yards and a touchdown as a receiver and recorded 114 yards and a score as a rusher. Lockett, who was expected to have his breakout season, failed to live up to expectations. However, he reportedly played through a PCL injury for most of the year. A healthy Lockett could be a dynamic and explosive weapon for the Seahawks in 2017.

Category: Injury Updates


New England Patriots beat writer Jeff Howe reports the team and quarterback Tom Brady have "expressed mutual interest" in a new deal. However, Howe believes that "nothing is imminent." (Source: Jeff Howe on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brady, who believes he can play into his mid-40s, could be awarded a new deal this offseason. However, as the report states, "nothing is imminent." Brady, 39, is under contract with New England until 2019. The Patriots may wait until the 2018 offseason to give Brady a new deal to evaluate his 2017 performance as he will turn 40 on August 3.

Category: Rumors


Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert told the media that negotiations for a long-term deal between the team and wide receiver Antonio Brown have "started." Colbert referred to the negotiations as a "priority." (Source: Joe Rutter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: A new long-term deal between the Steelers and Brown appears to be imminent. It's just of matter of when at this point. Despite his diva antics, Brown is an elite NFL wideout who is poised to become the highest paid player at his position once a deal is finalized.

Category: Rumors


Detroit Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky told the media he was informed by the team that they are "going in a different direction with Jake Rudock as [their] back-up to Matthew [Stafford]" in 2017. (Source: Ross Tucker on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Orlovsky, an impending free agent, is unlikely to be re-signed by the Lions. They informed the signal caller that Jake Rudock will be Matthew Stafford's backup in 2017. Orlovsky did not appear in a game or attempt a pass for Detroit since 2015. He'll likely be signed as a backup elsewhere for 2017.

Category: Rumors


Seattle Seahawks beat writer Bob Condotta believes running back C.J. Prosise (shoulder) "should be fully ready to go for OTAs and mini-camp." (Source: Seattle Times)

Fantasy Impact: Prosise, who showed promise before being lost for the season in Week 11 with a shoulder injury, is expected to be ready for OTAs in the spring. Playing in only six games in 2016, his rookie season, Prosise accumulated 172 yards and a touchdown on the ground, while adding 17 receptions for 208 yards as a receiver out of the backfield. Condotta expects Prosise to enter 2017 as the primary third down back and as a compliment to Thomas Rawls, who is expected to be the starter.

Category: Injury Updates


Earl Mitchell cut by Dolphins

By Anthony Cervino   Thu, Feb 16th 1:15pm EST

The Miami Dolphins have released defensive lineman Earl Mitchell. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After three seasons in Miami, the Dolphins are releasing Mitchell on Thursday. The seven-year veteran only played in nine games in 2016. He recorded 17 total tackles and like Mario Williams, who is also being cut, was a disappointment. Mitchell, though, should have no issue finding a suitor for 2017. He is a free agent.

Category: Transactions