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Steelers won't use tag on Le'Veon Bell

Wednesday February 20th, 2019 05:00:00 PM
RB will be an unrestricted free agent

Le'Veon Bell will be a free agent.The Pittsburgh Steelers will not place a franchise or transition tag on the All-Pro running back, general manager Kevin Colbert told local reporters on Wednesday."Le'Veon is still a great player," Colbert said. "We can't afford to use any other type of tags. Le'Veon will be an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year." (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: There were some rumblings earlier in the off-season that the Steelers might use the transition tag on Bell but that was an unlikely scenario. The Steelers will receive a 2020 compensatory pick that could be worth as high as a third-round selection. For now, James Conner and Jaylen Samuels sit atop the Steelers running back depth chart.

Bucs sign RB Andre Ellington

Tuesday February 19th, 2019 09:00:00 PM
Sat out 2018 season

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed running back Andre Ellington, who previously played most of five seasons under Bruce Arians with the Arizona Cardinals. (Buccaneers.com)

FF Today's Take: Both Ellington and Bucs head coach Bruce Arians were out of the league last season. Ellington had his best fantasy season in 2015 racking up 46 catches, 395 yards and 2 TDs out of the backfield. The Bucs running back group should seem some changes with Jacquizz Rodgers is an unrestricted free agent and Peyton Barber a restricted free agent. Still, Ellington will be on the fringe of fantasy value if he makes the team.

Cardinals sign TE Charles Clay

Tuesday February 19th, 2019 03:40:00 PM
One-year deal

Former Bills’ tight end Charles Clay is signing a one-year deal worth up to $3.25 million that includes a $350,000 signing bonus with the Arizona Cardinals, per source. Clay was heading into the last year of a 5-year $38 million deal signed in 2015. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: Clay was released by the Bills last Friday and joins Jermaine Gresham as the only two tight ends under contract with Ricky Seals-Jones an exclusive-rights free agent and likely to return. New head coach Kliff Kingsbury hasn't been known to favor the tight end in his offense but we'll get a better idea of his scheme during minicamp and training camp.

Jaguars decline option on Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Monday February 18th, 2019 08:30:00 PM
Tight end becomes a free agent

Jaguars announced they are not picking up the option for TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, which was for $4m. Contract language was: option had to be exercised on or before 22nd day prior to 1st day of 2019 league year, which was today. He'll be a free agent on 3/13. (Adam Caplan on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: ASJ was part of the 2018 dumpster fire at the tight end position accumulating 11 catches for 90 yards and 1 TD in five games before missing the rest of the season with a core muscle injury. James O'Shaughnessy and Blake Bell are also free agents, meaning Jacksonville will be addressing the position via free agency or the draft.

Cowboys decline option on WR Terrance Williams

Monday February 18th, 2019 07:00:00 PM
Becomes unrestricted free agent

Source: Cowboys decline option on Terrance Williams' contract, making him unrestricted free agent. (Jon Machota on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: Williams fell down the depth chart last season and eventually landed on IR in early October with a foot injury. He was also suspended three games for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. The Cowboys will save $2.25 million against the cap with this move.

Offield concerns for Benglas RB Mark Walton

Monday February 18th, 2019 05:00:00 PM
Battery, misdemeanor marijuana possession

Mark Walton, the former University of Miami star football player and current Cincinnati Bengal, was arrested on a battery charge over the weekend. Turns out, it was his second arrest this year in South Florida. Court records show that Walton, 21, was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession on Jan. 16 in North Miami-Dade, a case that had gone previously unreported. (Miami Herald)

FF Today's Take: These incidents could cost Walton some playing time in 2019. The battery charge stems from an argument and scuffle with a woman in which Walton snatched a cell phone out of her hand. Walton served as the Bengals third running back last season behind Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard, rushing for 34 yards on 14 attempts.

Bills release TE Charles Clay

Saturday February 16th, 2019 02:00:00 AM
A healthy scratch the final two weeks of 2018

With the Friday release of Charles Clay, the Bills will have more flexibility to decide how to handle the position going forward. If Cook is out of the Bills’ price range, there are expected to be plenty of cheaper options. Baltimore’s Maxx Williams is a former second-round draft pick who never reached his potential with the Ravens, but is still young (24) and might need a fresh start. Then there’s the Cincinnati trio of Tyler Eifert, Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah - all of whom are scheduled for unrestricted free agency in March. (Buffalo News)

FF Today's Take: Clay is coming of his worst fantasy season in the NFL (21-184-0) as the Bills schemed the tight end position out of the off-season when Josh Allen took over at quarterback. Clay missed a few games due to a hamstring injury and has battled knee issues throughout his career. He'll try and catch on as backup in 2019 while the Bills move forward with a cheaper free agent or rookie.

Ravens set to trade Joe Flacco to Broncos

Wednesday February 13th, 2019 03:00:00 PM
Deal can't be completed until March 13th

The Baltimore Ravens have an agreement in principle to trade former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to the Denver Broncos, league sources told ESPN on Wednesday.The trade cannot be officially processed until the new NFL league year begins March 13. When the deal is completed, it likely will be for a mid-round pick, sources told ESPN. When the deal is completed, the Ravens will save $10.5 million in cap space. However, they will carry $16 million in dead money on their 2019 cap. (ESPN)

FF Today's Take: John Elway has recently made comments that the Broncos will be looking to improve their quarterback situation in 2019. Whether Flacco is an improvement over Case Keenum remains to be seen. Keenum has one year remaining on his deal in Denver, including $7 million guaranteed. The Broncos have the 10th pick in the upcoming draft. This move also locks in Lamar Jackson as the starting QB in Baltimore.

Antonio Brown says it's time to move on

Tuesday February 12th, 2019 04:32:00 PM
Steelers star wideout thanks SteelerNation for 9 years

Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years...time to move on and forward.......... #NewDemands (Antonio Brown on Twitter)

FF Today's Take: Antonio Brown has certainly lived up to the stereotype of a diva wide receiver. He missed team meetings and practices in the final week of the season leading up to his de-activation in Week 17. He's reportedly requested a trade and the Steelers seem willing to accommodate but have to navigate some serious cap and money issues in order to ship Brown to a new destination.

Texans cut Demayrius Thomas

Tuesday February 12th, 2019 03:00:00 PM
Recovering from Achilles injury

The Texans are cutting veteran wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.Thomas is recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.He has been rehabilitating from his injury in Houston.Thomas is due a $14 million nonguaranteed base salary that will be off of the Texans' books. (Houston Chronicle)

FF Today's Take: Thomas (31) wants to play in 2019 but given he tore his Achilles in Week 16, he's unlikely to make any kind of fantasy impact next season. The Texans will move forward with DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller (ACL) and Keke Coutee as their top three receivers.

Browns sign Kareem Hunt to one-year deal

Monday February 11th, 2019 06:00:00 PM
RB remains on commissioner's exempt list

A man of second chances, the Browns general manager has signed former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt to a one-year deal despite the fact he was captured on video kicking and shoving a woman at a downtown Cleveland hotel in February. Dorsey, who drafted Hunt in the third round of the 2017 draft out of Toledo when Dorsey was GM of the Chiefs, signed him to a one-year deal worth about $1 million, depending on how many games he's suspended for in 2019. He's due to be a restricted free agent after the season. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

FF Today's Take: Hunt remains on the commissioner's exempt list for now and will be facing some kind of suspension from the league. Hunt is also under league investigation for two other incidents. This move puts a wet blanket on the fantasy value of running back Nick Chubb who became a RB1 in Cleveland during the back half of 2018 and finished as the RB15 overall. However, the value of Hunt and Chubb will depend largely on the length of Hunt's suspension.

Steelers to use transition tag on Le'Veon Bell?

Thursday February 7th, 2019 03:00:00 PM
Move is unlikely but could facilitate trade

The Steelers might still place the transition tag on running back Le’Veon Bell, but it is likely with the intention of trading him and not because they want him for another season, according to sources. But sources indicate coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert do not want to go through a third consecutive year of dealing with Bell’s disruptive situation and have no desire to sign him to a long-term deal or place the transition tag on him with the intention of keeping him for one more season. Ideally, the Steelers would find a team interested in Bell, place the transition tag on him, sign him and trade him to that interested team the same day. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

FF Today's Take: The Steelers are exploring all options in an effort to get the most in return for Bell but this scenario seems unlikely given the cold nature of the relationship between Bell and the team. Bell would have to cooperate with the Steelers and would run the risk of getting stuck on a one-year deal with his new team.

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