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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Steven Jackson will indeed void his $7 million player option, making him a free agent on March 12.

He immediately ascends atop the free-agent running back market, passing Reggie Bush, Rashard Mendenhall, Ahmad Bradshaw, and Shonn Greene. Per the Post-Dispatch, Jackson "more than anything" wants to finish his career with a Super Bowl contender, which is understandable considering he hasn't appeared in a playoff game since 2004. Rams beat writer Jim Thomas calls the Falcons "one of the most likely suitors" for S-Jax. The Rams have kept in contact with Jackson, but so far "no numbers have been exchanged." At age 29, Jackson has enough left in the tank to be a fantasy football beast in Atlanta's high-powered offense.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 12:40:00 AM

Jets could decide to move on from Geno Smith or 2015 fourth-rounder Bryce Petty after re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Even with Fitz back in the fold, the Jets have questions at quarterback. Second-round pick Christian Hackenberg is guaranteed a roster spot, but he is unlikely to be ready for a backup role this year. Smith could serve as the backup, but keeping him would require New York to either cut Petty after just one season or retain four quarterbacks, which would hurt the depth at another position. Ultimately, we expect Petty to be the odd man out.
Jul 28 - 8:48 AM

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said the team would consider bringing in a veteran running back.

Gruden talked up the depth they already have, saying Chris Thompson "looked good" during the offseason and the team is "excited" about rookie Keith Marshall, but he acknowledged they could look to the free-agent market. Matt Jones is currently locked in as the starter, and now that Arian Foster has signed with the Dolphins, there are not any free agents of note who could come in and challenge his spot. Jones is shaping up as a workload RB2.
Jul 28 - 8:34 AM

Redskins placed first-round WR Josh Doctson (Achilles') on the active/PUP.

Doctson can be activated at any time, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports his stay on the PUP will be "very short." Still, it is another blow to his chances of earning a big role as a rookie. Washington also placed LB Perry Riley (foot), LG Shawn Lauvao (foot/ankle), WR Reggie Diggs (knee), and TE Derek Carrier (knee) on the PUP.
Source: ESPN
Jul 28 - 8:15 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Chiefs unsigned franchise player Eric Berry is expected to skip most of the preseason.

Because Berry has yet to sign his one-year, $10.8 million tender, he could theoretically skip all of camp and the preseason, sign the tag right before Week 1, and collect his full 2016 salary. The Chiefs were never even close to signing Berry long term ahead of the July 15 deadline. The Chiefs are also expected to open the season without franchise pass rusher Justin Houston (ACL).
Jul 27 - 8:43 PM

Citing "information gathered," Profootballtalk.com reports there's a "strong sense" in league circles that Le'Veon Bell is unlikely to win the appeal of his four-game suspension.

The popular theory as to Bell's defense is that he changed his cellphone number and therefore was not contacted by the NFL prior to a drug test. Bell thus missed the test and was hit with a four-game ban. That defense isn't going to fly because Bell needed to inform the NFL of the cellphone change, assuming there ever was one. There also have been reports Bell missed multiple drug tests, not just one. Fantasy owners should approach Bell as if he won't be available until Week 5. DeAngelo Williams should be Pittsburgh's workhorse back in Weeks 1-4.
Jul 27 - 8:04 PM

Broncos coach Gary Kubiak acknowledged first-round pick Paxton Lynch struggled with "verbiage, huddle, those types of things" at spring practices.

Kubiak did say he's been "pleased" with Lynch early in camp, insisting he's shown "improvement." Kubiak later stated Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian would share first-team reps, with Lynch mainly quarterbacking the third team. Barring a big step forward in preseason games, Lynch appears likely to open the season as a healthy game-day scratch a la Carson Wentz in Philadelphia.
Jul 27 - 7:49 PM

Broncos GM John Elway reiterated that the team's quarterback position is "going to be wide open."

Elway agreed with coach Gary Kubiak that none of the Broncos' quarterbacks did enough in the spring to separate from the pack. Kubiak later said he is "interested" to see how Mark Sanchez and Trevor Siemian "look" in team drills, and revealed that they will "split" first-team reps at the beginning of camp. Kubiak conceded rookie Paxton Lynch struggled with "verbiage, huddle, those types of things" at OTAs and minicamp. It's looking more and more likely that the Broncos' quarterback battle will come down to Sanchez and Siemian.
Jul 27 - 7:44 PM

Jets signed QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to a one-year, $12 million contract.

The deal is fully guaranteed. Fitzpatrick can make another $3 million in incentives "based on team performance." The Jets and Fitzpatrick played hardball all offseason before ultimately agreeing to a deal on the first day of camp. The Jets were always Fitzpatrick's only realistic destination. His return locks in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker as high-floor fantasy picks, whereas they may have been more volatile with Geno Smith under center. Fitzpatrick's salary puts him at the low end of NFL starters, but he'll have a chance for an extension if he repeats his 2015 success. Fitzpatrick is best viewed as a QB2 in fantasy leagues who should be useful to stream against weak defenses.
Jul 27 - 7:11 PM

Saints signed WR Hakeem Nicks to a one-year contract.

He's taking Vincent Brown's (calf, I.R.) spot on the 90-man roster. Nicks played in six games with the Giants last year, but was a non-factor. Despite only entering his age-28 season, it's a surprise any team was willing to give him a shot. Nicks will compete for the Saints' No. 5 receiver job.
Jul 27 - 5:30 PM

Mike Wallace failed the conditioning test to open Ravens' training camp.

He'll get another chance to pass it on Thursday. But until Wallace does pass, he won't be able to practice and could open camp on the active/NFI list. All in all, it's not a huge deal for a soon-to-be 30-year-old veteran, but hints Wallace may have developed some laziness during the summer break.
Jul 27 - 4:04 PM

Eagles placed RB Ryan Mathews (ankle) on the active/NFI list.

Mathews suffered the ankle injury last week. There's been no reason to believe it's anything serious, but it's another reminder just how fragile Mathews has been throughout his career. Rookie Wendell Smallwood is a strong late-round flier.
Jul 27 - 3:47 PM




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