Murray to continue as workhorse back
Tennessee coach Mike Mularkey isn’t worried about running back DEMARCO MURRAY wearing down in 2017. Mularkey reiterated his plans this week for featuring Murray as his workhorse back in the Titans backfield.
30 touches per game for Johnson?
Arizona head coach Bruce Arians would like running back DAVID JOHNSON to average 30 touches per game in 2017. Johnson averaged 23 touches per game last season but Arians would like… More to see an increase because of the potential offense his star back can provide. As if his fantasy stock wasn’t high enough, fantasy owners are sure to be on board with Arians’ plan. Less
Witten signs four-year extension with Cowboys
Dallas tight end JASON WITTEN signed a four-year contract extension this week that will likely ensure he retires as a Cowboy. While Witten, 35, may not play another four years, the deal gives the Cowboys flexibility relative to the salary cap.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Ellington officially moving to WR for 2017
Arizona running back ANDRE ELLINGTON will now be known as a former running back. Ellington will officially be moving to wide receiver for the upcoming season. With DAVID JOHNSON firmly planted in the Arizona backfield, the move could actually be a good one for Ellington’s fantasy prospects.
Browns to keep WR Gordon after all?
Cleveland Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown is leaving open the possibility of WR JOSH GORDON returning to the team. While it’s entirely possible that Brown is sincere about Gordon returning, it’s more likely that he’s trying to increase the troubled wideout’s trade value. Stay tuned.
Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
McDonald suspended 8 games
Free-agent safety T.J. MCDONALD won’t be helping fantasy defenses anytime soon. McDonald was suspended for 8 games of the 2017 season as a result of his May, 2016 arrest that led… More to a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of drugs. He was one of the top remaining free agents on the market. Less
Former backup Daniel back with Saints
Quarterback CHASE DANIEL backed-up DREW BREES in New Orleans from 2009 to 2012 and it looks like he’s returning to that role for the 2017 season. Daniel has agreed to a… More one-year deal to return to the Saints. He will be the fourth quarterback on the roster, along with Brees, LUKE MCCOWN, and GARRETT GRAYSON. Less
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune
Don’t sleep on Swoope
A major reason why Indianapolis GM Chris Ballard felt comfortable trading tight end DWAYNE ALLEN was his excitement regarding young tight end ERIK SWOOPE. Swoope and JACK DOYLE now sit atop… More the depth chart and Ballard believes that Swoope is a “very talented athlete” with a potentially high ceiling. He may be worth keeping an eye on as a possible sleeper for 2017. Less
Source: Team Website
Lions RB Riddick had wrist surgery
Detroit running back THEO RIDDICK apparently had surgery on both of his wrists, which likely prompted his season-ending trip to injured reserve. The Lions did not announce Riddick’s surgery when he… More went on IR and he declined comment on the injury after the season. Fortunately for fantasy owners interested in his services, Riddick is expected to be a full participant in organized team activities later this spring. Less
Source: Detroit Free Press
Stewart signs contract extension with Panthers
The Carolina Panthers have signed running back JONATHAN STEWART to a one-year contract extension. The signing likely means that Stewart will be the lead back in Carolina through 2018. If Stewart can remain healthy, the 10-year NFL veteran could be a solid fantasy option at the running back position.
Source: Team Website
Washington adds WR Quick
Washington continued to overhaul its wide receiver unit, most recently adding former Ram BRIAN QUICK to the mix. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound Quick gives the team another big target at wide receiver… More as he joins TERRELLE PRYOR, JOSH DOCTSON, and tight end JORDAN REED. Time will tell if Quick becomes a viable fantasy option in Washington. Less
Source: Washington Post
Vikings sign WR Thielen to extension
The Minnesota Vikings have reached an agreement on a contract extension that will keep wide receiver ADAM THIELEN with the team through the 2020 season. With the new agreement, Thielen becomes the team’s highest paid wide receiver.
Bears add veteran QB Sanchez
The Chicago Bears have signed veteran quarterback MARK SANCHEZ to a one-year contract. Sanchez will provide a veteran presence backing up new starting quarterback MIKE GLENNON. Sanchez was the first-round pick of the New York Jets in 2009 and he now joins his fifth NFL team.
Source: Chicago Tribune
Julio Jones feels great, will be ready for camp
Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES says he is feeling great and he expects to be ready for training camp following foot surgery earlier this month. Jones had a bunion removed on his left foot and wore a walking boot at a recent appearance.
WR Gordon hoping for reinstatement, not in Browns plans
Troubled wide receiver JOSH GORDON is hoping for a decision on his reinstatement by late April or early May. Regardless of the decision, the Cleveland Browns are not expected to give him another chance. Depending on the situation, however, fantasy owners may think otherwise.
Source: Cleveland Plain-Dealer