Fantasy football news and opinion from FFToday.com
Josh Gordon petition for reinstatement denied
Eligible to try again in fall
The NFL has denied Browns WR Josh Gordon's reinstatement petition. He can reapply this fall. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Along with his agent terminating their relationship roughly two weeks ago per ESPN's Josina Anderson, this denial may be an indication Gordon still isn't getting it. Still only 26, Gordon theoretically has time to make something out of his NFL career, but he hasn't taken a regular-season snap since 2014. This latest setback may be enough for dynasty league owners to finally cut the cord.
Daryl Washington released
Reinstated by league in late April
Cardinals release LB Daryl Washington. "It is "best to release Daryl and give him the opportunity to continue his career elsewhere," the team said in a statement. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: A 2012 Pro Bowler, Washington hasn't played a regular-season snap since 2013 due to multiple violations of the league's substance-abuse policy. Now 30 years old, Washington may have one shot left to prove he is a changed man. If any team is going to take the plunge, look for it to be a risk-taking team like Dallas or Cincinnati. Washington was one of the best young linebackers in the league before his ban.
Cardinals add QB Blaine Gabbert
Carson Palmer has new backup
In case of emergency, Blaine Gabbert.
That's who the Cardinals will be able to turn to -- if something unfortunate happens to Carson Palmer -- after they sign the quarterback to a one-year deal, which they intend to do on Thursday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation. (NFL.com)
FF Today's Take: Drew Stanton is still in Arizona but will have competition as Carson Palmer's backup. Gabbert threw 5 TDs and 6 INTs in six games last season for San Francisco with a 57 competition percentage.
Vikings add WR Michael Floyd
One-year deal, $1.5 million
Receiver Michael Floyd has signed with the Vikings, an NFL source confirmed.
The deal is a one-year contract worth $1.5 million with as much as $6 million in incentives. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
FF Today's Take: Floyd was waived by the Cardinals late last season for driving under the influence, picked up by the Patriots then became a free agent this off-season. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen sit atop the Vikings depth chart, which gives Floyd an opportunity to battle for playing time with Laquon Treadwell and Jarius Wright.
Seahawks claim RB Mike Davis off waivers
Deep running back group gets even deeper
Source: The Seahawks were awarded former 49ers RB Mike Davis off waivers. Stays in the division with a team that pounds it. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: The 49ers waived Davis over the weekend and was claimed by the Seahawks who already have Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise and Alex Collins already in the mix. It's difficulty to imagine Davis carving out any kind of role in Seattle.
Jets WR Robby Anderson arrested
Resisting arrest with violence, obstruction of justice
According to a report from Andy Slater of WINZ-AM, Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is being charged with resisting arrest with violence and also obstruction of justice after an incident at a music festival in Miami. (Pro Football Talk)
FF Today's Take: With a lack of depth at the position, Anderson was scheduled to be a key part of the Jets passing game along with Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa. Anderson had some fantasy relevance late last season posting 14 catches, 240 yards and 2 TDs from Weeks 13-15.
Jay Cutler moving to the broadcast booth
Starting QB gig not available
Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has accepted a role as a color commentator for Fox Sports, sources told ESPN's Jeff Darlington on Friday. Cutler, whom the Bears released on March 9, had conversations with the New York Jets and Houston Texans before the draft, but the talks ultimately went nowhere, sources told Dickerson. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: With no starting gig readily available, Cutler has opted to join the broadcast booth. There are rumors he's been mulling retirement after 11 seasons.
Jamaal Charles joins division rival Broncos
Denver reached an agreement with former Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles on a one-year contract Tuesday after he met with team officials and underwent a physical. The deal includes a $900,000 base salary, a $100,000 workout bonus, plus 46-man active roster bonuses and incentives that make it worth up to $3.75 million, according to two NFL sources. (Denver Post)
FF Today's Take: Charles has dealt with multiple knee injuries over the last two years including an ACL tear. If healthy, he can give the Broncos a jolt of speed and quickness, something they lacked in the running game last season. Charles will fight for carries with C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker but a likely scenario is Anderson and Charles splitting carries as long as the two remain healthy.
Jamaal Charles to visit Broncos Tuesday
Cool free agent market for 30-year-old RB
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, former Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is visiting the Broncos Tuesday. (Pro Football Talk)
FF Today's Take: The 30-year-old Charles hasn't had much interest this off-season after missing most of 2016 with various knee injuries. C.J Anderson and Devontae Booker remain in Denver but there were reports the Broncos were interested in Christian McCaffrey in last week's draft.
Packers to release RB Christine Michael
Green Bay added three RBs in 2017 draft
The Packers spent Day 3 of the draft bolstering their depth at running back, and Christine Michael is the latest casualty of that strategy.
Michael will be released, ESPN reports. Michael is the second Packers running back to get cut today, following Don Jackson. (Pro Football Talk)
FF Today's Take: The Packers drafted 3 running backs over the weekend including 4th-rounder Jamaal Williams who has a decent chance of seeing significant action in 20017 along side Ty Montgomery. In his brief career, Christine Michael has spent time in Seattle, Washington, Dallas and Green Bay.
McCaffrey likely to go in top 10?
GM: "McCaffrey had the best combine workout I've seen"
One NFL GM said Christian McCaffrey "had the best combine workout I've seen. Ever." It's one reason McCaffrey likely to go in top 10. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: The rumors surrounding McCaffrey have been all over the place including going to Carolina at No.8. Teams with running back needs early in the draft include Jacksonville (pick No.4) the Jets (pick No.6), Carolina (pick No.8) and the Eagles (pick No.14). Where he goes is anybody's guess.
Raiders, Seahawks agree on trade for Lynch
Swap of late-round picks in 2018
Marshawn Lynch is set to come out of retirement after the Raiders and Seahawks agreed to a trade that allows the running back to play in Oakland, sources confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Lynch and the Raiders have an agreement for a two-year contract in place, according to league sources. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Lynch will need to a pass a physical today but after months of rumors, it appears Lynch will be a Raider in 2017. Lynch (31) sat out the 2016 season but does have a lot of mileage on the tires and is on the wrong side of 30. While being consistently durable during most of his career, injuries caught up with him in 2015. limiting him to only 7 games. However, he's a good fit for the Raiders offense who lost Latavius Murray in free agency and will likely step into lead-back role. He's an RB2 with RB1 upside in redraft leagues.
Martavis Bryant conditionally reinstated
Could be available Week 1 if he keeps his nose clean
The NFL notified Martavis Bryant of the Pittsburgh Steelers today that he has been reinstated to the NFL on a conditional basis.
Bryant may join the Steelers at the training facility and participate in meetings, conditioning work and similar activities. Once arrangements have been confirmed regarding Bryant's clinical resources in Pittsburgh, he will be permitted to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games. (Steelers.com)
FF Today's Take: Bryant still has some hurdles to jump if he wants to be on the field Week 1. He's been suspended since March of last season for multiple offenses of the leagues substance abuse policy. Bryant has shown to be a big play threat on the field but his off-field issues and risk of being kicked out of the league for another offense will submarine his fantasy stock.
Adrian Peterson says he's signing with Saints
One-year deal, plus one-year option
Adrian Peterson told ESPN's Josina Anderson Tuesday morning that he plans to sign with the New Orleans Saints on a two-year deal that is effectively a one-year deal plus a one-year option. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: $3.5 million is guaranteed for 2017. With Tim Hightower now is San Francisco, New Orleans needed to add some depth behind Mark Ingram. Peterson is not expected to take over Ingram's role but simply complement him. At age 31, Peterson played in only three games in 2016 averaging 1.9 yards per carry. However, Ingram injury history does give Peterson some upside if he can flash his old form. He'll be a mid-round selection in redraft leagues this summer.
Bills decline to match, Gillislee now a Patriot
Bills will receive 5th round pick
Bills declined to match two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet that RB Mike Gillislee signed with Patriots, per source. Gillislee now a Pat. (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: This marks the second straight year the Patriots have pried away a player Buffalo. You may recall Chris Hogan joining New England from the Bills last season. With Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead and third-down back James White already on the roster, the addition of Gillislee will muddy the fantasy waters in the Patriots backfield.
Giants pick up option on Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham locked in through 2018
Kimberly Jones of NFL Media reports that the Giants are picking up that option, which will be guaranteed against injury only for the 2014 first-round pick. (Pro Football Talk)
FF Today's Take: The fifth year option is for the 2018 season. It's likely the two sides will work on a long-term prior to the 2018 season. Odell Beckham Jr. has been a top 5 fantasy wideout in PPR leagues the last two seasons.
Saints still talking deal with Adrian Peterson
Club keeping options open heading into draft
I'm hearing the #Saints are still very much involved with Adrian Peterson. Sides still talking about a short-term deal to bring him to NOLA. (Jeff Duncan on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: The Saints will likely weigh their options post-draft and might sign the veteran running back if they strike out on bringing in younger blood this week. Peterson's market has been cool, although its likely he'll land with a team on a short-term deal at some point before training camp.
Pats offer RB Mike Gillislee two-year deal
Bills have five days to match
Here we go: Patriots extended an RFA offer sheet to #Bills RB Mike Gillislee. It's for 2 years, $6.4M, source said. $4M in the 1st year. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: Gillislee is a restricted free agent so the Bills have five days to match the offer and keep their running back. If not, the Patriots would have to compensate Buffalo with a fifth-round draft pick. The Pats will have a crowded backfield if they land Gillislee with Dion Lewis, James White and Rex Burkhead already on the roster. This Pats RB corps is shaping up to be a fantasy nightmare.
Eifert unsure if he'll be ready for camp
Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert said his back "feels great" after offseason surgery, but doesn't know at what point he'll be able to participate fully in offseason activities. "I don't know," Eifert said, when asked if he would be ready for training camp. "I'll have to see how I'm feeling and go from there." (ESPN)
FF Today's Take: Thanks to ankle and back injuries Eifert only saw the field for 8 games in 2016 and has played just 21 games the last two seasons. He's a true difference maker when on the field (18 TDs in last 21 games) but his injury risk will make him a gamble in redraft leagues this summer.
Carlos Hyde: "making improvement"
RB rehabing from knee injury
49ers Carlos Hyde on knee: "I'm back to running. I can cut, just not all the way I like to run, but I'm making improvement" Run test tmw (Cam Inman on Twitter)
FF Today's Take: From his tweet abbreviations, Hyde is set to do a run test tomorrow as he continues rehab from a torn MCL in Week 16 last season. The injury didn't require surgery but it's likely he'll be a minimal participant in any spring workouts. Hyde averaged 4.6 yards per carry in 13 games last season.