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Seahawks GM John Schneider confirmed Thursday that free agent Marshawn Lynch will be franchise tagged if the sides can't reach a long-term contract before the March 5 franchise deadline.

Schneider is still hopeful that a four-year pact can be struck. "We're having great discussions," the GM said. "We've had great discussions since two or three weeks left in the season. There's no animosity at all. It's good dialogue." The 2012 running back franchise number is $7.7 million. For a career underachiever coming off a breakout contract year, the franchise tag would be an ideal compromise should the sides reach a stalemate.
Thu, Feb 23, 2012 05:11:00 PM

Raiders fired coach Dennis Allen.

This comes from FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, so we know it's legit this time after the Associated Press reported on Twitter late Sunday night that Allen was out, only to delete the tweet later. Allen isn't the main problem in Oakland, but he's the first one to take the fall. Others should be coming, and hopefully for the Raiders fans' sake it'll be GM Reggie McKenzie next. McKenzie went out and signed a plethora of over-the-hill washed-up veterans, and basically said, "Here ya go, Dennis. Good luck." Allen should take his fair share of blame, though. He's a defensive mind, and the Oakland defense flat-out stinks. Allen had an 8-28 career record.
Sep 29 - 11:34 PM

Travis Kelce caught eight passes for 93 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs' 41-14, Week 4 demolishing of the Patriots on Monday night.

Kelce was targeted a team-high nine times while only playing about 50 percent of the snaps. He dominated the first half, doing the bulk of his damage before the break and looking like his tight end counterpart across the field, Rob Gronkowski. A healthy Gronkowski before all the injuries, that is. Kelce was a man among boys, running around the Patriots' slow-footed linebackers and undersized safeties with ease. He can do so much damage post-catch with stiff-arms and by just plowing over defenders. We'd like to see the Chiefs play Kelce even more, but we're not complaining right now. He's a focal point of the pass offense and is seeing enough targets to lock himself in as a TE1. Through four games, Kelce is on pace for a 72-1,036-8 receiving line.
Sep 29 - 11:25 PM

Jamaal Charles rushed for 92 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries in the Chiefs' 41-14, Week 4 win over the Patriots on Monday night, adding three catches for 16 yards and two more touchdowns.

Charles' ankle issue from Week 2 was a non-issue. He looked as quick as he has all season, especially around the edge. The Kansas City offensive line opened gaping holes and sealed the edges, allowing Charles and Knile Davis to combine for 199 total rushing yards. After a down first three weeks of the season, Charles is again staking his claim as the No. 1 overall fantasy running back. It won't be easy next week, however. The Chiefs will travel to San Francisco. The 49ers held LeSean McCoy to 17 rushing yards on ten carries this past Sunday.
Sep 29 - 11:21 PM

Tom Brady completed 14-of-23 passes for 159 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Patriots' Week 4 blowout loss to the Chiefs on Monday night.

Brady was yanked early in the fourth quarter in favor of Jimmy Garoppolo after tossing a pick-six to Husain Abdullah. The Chiefs were up 41-7. In addition to his two interceptions, Brady lost a fumble inside his own 20-yard line on a strip-sack by Tamba Hali. As much as the Chiefs embarrassed the Patriots, New England's roster on the offensive side of the ball is even more embarrassing. Brady has nobody to throw to besides a slot receiver in Julian Edelman who can't win downfield and a less-than-100-percent Rob Gronkowski. New England has been painfully bad at developing receivers, and 37-year-old Brady is on pace for the worst statistical season of his career. He's a back-end QB2.
Sep 29 - 11:03 PM

DeAngelo Williams told fans at a charity event on Monday that he has a high-ankle sprain and will miss a few weeks.

A severe high-ankle sprain usually calls for a 4-6 week timetable. Williams is already doubtful for Week 5, but he's now staring at a multi-game absence if he indeed has a high-ankle sprain. The Panthers' bye doesn't come until Week 12. Fozzy Whittaker, Darrin Reaves, and Chris Ogbonnaya will form a committee against the Bears. Jonathan Stewart (knee) is likely out at least another week.
Sep 29 - 9:58 PM

Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday that rookie Bishop Sankey's "footwork is improving," which should lead to more opportunities.

Sankey is averaging 5.94 YPC with a touchdown amid what Whisenhunt believes is shoddy "footwork" the past two weeks. So consider the possibilities once Sankey's "footwork" improves, we suppose. Sankey played only 29 snaps in Week 3 and 24 snaps in Week 4. The Titans have lost three straight games.
Sep 29 - 5:02 PM

NFL suspended Colts SS LaRon Landry four games for violating the league's policy against performance enhancing drugs.

He'll be out until Week 9. There are no details available on Landry's ban, but it's probably not particularly surprising based on his physique. Landry struggled in both pass and run defense in the Colts' first four games, but is a "tone setter" in the back end, theoretically at least. He had 23 tackles and a sack. Sergio Brown figures to be the next man up across from FS Mike Adams.
Sep 29 - 4:40 PM

Kyle Orton has been named the Bills' new starting quarterback, replacing E.J. Manuel.

The writing has been on the wall since the Bills lured Orton out of "retirement" with a two-year, $11 million deal in August. Going on 32, Orton is no one's idea of a star, but has moved offenses for the Cowboys, Chiefs, Broncos and Bears, and won't be asked to reinvent the wheel under center for the Bills. He'll be the caretaker for a run-heavy system, managing games and relentlessly targeting first-rounder Sammy Watkins. Orton will have streamer appeal as a QB2, but is an overall bottom-five fantasy option.
Sep 29 - 3:37 PM

Speaking Monday, Bucs coach Lovie Smith wouldn't commit to Josh McCown (thumb) as his starter when healthy.

It's a change of course from Week 3, where Smith insisted McCown would keep his starting job when healthy. Smith, however, must have seen what everyone else saw in Sunday's win over the Steelers, and that is Mike Glennon gives the Bucs their best chance to win. McCown can be safely dropped in all two-quarterback leagues.
Sep 29 - 3:13 PM

Speaking Monday, coach Marc Trestman said the Bears will take a "good look" at Brandon Marshall's (ankle) health this week.

The implication being, the Bears are considering if it's finally time to give Marshall a rest. Aside from his three-score outburst against the 49ers in Week 2, Marshall has lagged behind his normal effectiveness as he's played on essentially one leg. At the latest, Marshall's status will be updated when the Bears return to practice on Wednesday.
Sep 29 - 2:51 PM

Jets waived WR Jalen Saunders.

T.J. Graham has been signed in a corresponding roster move. The No. 104 overall selection of May's draft, Saunders goes down as an utterly wasted pick for a team with depth issues on both sides of the ball. Saunders, who missed a big chunk of the preseason after suffering a seizure, fell out of favor after muffing a punt in Week 3. 2014 is trending in the wrong direction for Gang Green.
Sep 29 - 2:44 PM




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