Wed, Jan 20th 4:19pm EST
By Matthew MacKay
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is "totally certain" that the team's star quarterback, Lamar Jackson, will eventually receive a long-term contract extension from the organization. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The 2019 MVP totaled 33 touchdowns and nine interceptions during the 2020 season and secured his first postseason win against the Tennessee Titans in the Wild Card round. With his electric play-making ability, speed and development as a passer, Jackson will remain among the best quarterbacks in the league, especially if he signs a long-term contract extension to keep him in Baltimore to build on continuity with the players and coaching schemes. Fantasy managers in redraft leagues may want to exercise caution in 2021 fantasy drafts, as many who opted to draft Jackson in the first few rounds came to regret it due to the quarterback's regression in rushing touchdowns and passing efficiency.
Thu, Jan 14th 2:09pm EST
By Brendan Tuma
Colts GM Chris Ballard says he plans to meet with QB Philip Rivers in "about a month." (Source: Stephen Holder on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: "Do I think Philip can still play? Absolutely. He's going to take some time, and we're going to take some time. We'll meet again in about a month," Ballard said. This comes after the two sides met for about an hour earlier this week. The 39-year-old Rivers was effective behind Indy's strong offensive line this season, and the Colts don't have an in-house option waiting in the wings. Our guess is they ultimately bring Rivers back on a one-year deal, but we'll know more within the coming months.
Colts GM Chris Ballard is unsure if the team will look to re-sign impending free agent Marlon Mack. (Source: Kevin Bowen on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: "I don’t know if we are able to do that here," Ballard said. It's worth noting that he didn't rule out a second contract for Mack in Indy, but one would imagine that there is little incentive for them to bring him back. Rookie Jonathan Taylor wound up finishing third in the NFL in rushing yards this season, and Nyheim Hines looks to be the perfect complement to his power running abilities. The 24-year-old Mack tore his Achilles back in Week 1 and was placed on season-ending IR.
Thu, Jan 14th 10:54am EST
By Matthew MacKay
The Jacksonville Jaguars are rumored to be working towards finalizing a deal making Urban Meyer the next head coach of their franchise. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The speculation throughout recent weeks regarding former Ohio State head coach and three-time national champion Urban Meyer having serious interest in coaching for a NFL franchise appears to be accurate. Meyer is rumored to be in ongoing negotiations with the Jaguars to become their next head coach, which includes the No. 1 overall pick and a bevy of draft picks and cap space to work with. Continue monitoring the situation down in Jacksonville on Thursday.
Wed, Jan 13th 2:47pm EST
By Brendan Tuma
When asked whether or not QB Ben Roethlisberger will be back next season, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said: "I think it’s reasonable to assume there is a chance he is going to be back, certainly." (Source: Joe Rutter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Of course, Tomlin's response doesn't really answer the question. The point is that even the Steelers are unsure of Roethlisberger's plans at this time. Big Ben remains under contract through 2021 but he appeared very limited at times this past season. Retirement questions will likely surround Roethlisberger until we get official word on what his plans are. Stay tuned.
Mon, Jan 11th 2:44pm EST
By Adam Koffler
With Doug Pederson out as Eagles head coach, Carson Wentz’ chances of remaining in Philadelphia have significantly increased, a source told ESPN. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: It was clear after this season that Pederson and Wentz weren’t going to work together moving forward. With Pederson now out as head coach, that increases the likelihood that Wentz remains in Philadelphia as an Eagle in 2021 and beyond. The source told ESPN that the relationship between the team and Wentz is salvageable. This doesn’t necessarily mean Wentz is the Week 1 starter in 2021, but it leaves that as a possibility with Pederson now out of the picture.
Mon, Jan 11th 1:03pm EST
By Brendan Tuma
When asked about his upcoming free agency, Bears WR Allen Robinson said: "right now, everything is pretty much on the table." (Source: Chicago Tribune)
Fantasy Impact: "I personally feel like we had an opportunity to be able to get something done over the past 365 days," Robinson added, which is a pretty clear indication that he was hoping to re-sign with the Bears. Re-signing A-Rob should be a priority for Chicago, however, as they would have a severe lacking of offensive skill talent should he move on. Robinson also added that he doesn't want to be franchise tagged.