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Brandon Marshall

CHI -WR

8 hours ago

Bears "exploring" a Marshall trade

Insider Brad Biggs hears that the Bears are "exploring trade options" with WR Brandon Marshall.  It's unclear if the team is actively shopping him or just listening to offers.  The front office declined to commit to Marshall earlier this offseason, so the news doesn't come as a major surprise.  Marshall turns 31 later this month, missed 3 games and averaged a 4-year-low 11.8 yards per catch in 2014.  He's past his prime but is still a valuable possession receiver.  Due $7.5 million this coming year, Marshall could be a viable trade target for a WR-needy team.  If he does depart Chicago, it'd leave Alshon Jeffery as the clear #1 WR and a target hog.  It'd also give the intriguing Marquess Wilson a big opportunity to capture the #2 gig.

Dwayne Bowe

KC -WR

8 hours ago

Chiefs expected to get rid of Bowe

The Chiefs will either trade or release WR Dwayne Bowe, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  We're talking about a 30-year-old WR who's due $10.75 million in 2015, so a trade seems extremely unlikely.  If released, Bowe would join a deep free-agent WR pool and probably be underwhelmed by the offers he receives.  He's averaged just 12.2 yards per catch with 5 total TDs over the past 2 seasons.  Leaving Kansas City could help his 2015 fantasy value, but we wouldn't expect more than WR3 production.

Pierre Thomas

UNS -RB

1 day ago

Saints release Thomas

The Saints have released RB Pierre Thomas.  New Orleans is currently about $20 million over the cap, but this only saves them $1.7 million, so the move isn't only about money.  Thomas remained an effective player last year (4.9 yards per carry, 8.9 yards per catch).  But he missed 5 games and turned 30 this past December.  New Orleans has a potential passing-game replacement in RB Travaris Cadet.  With RB Mark Ingram likely to depart via free agency, RB Khiry Robinson is set up for a big workload.

Peyton Manning

DEN -QB

1 day ago

Manning to take $4 million pay cut

Broncos QB Peyton Manning has agreed to take a $4 million pay cut, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.  He'll still make $15 million in 2015, so don't feel too bad for him.  It's obviously confirmation that Manning will play another season -- and that Denver wants him back.  The future Hall-of-Famer has faded down the stretch in 2 straight years and turns 39 later this month.  But he's still finished as a top-6 fantasy QB in all 3 seasons in Denver.  Manning is coming off the board in the 6th round of early MFL10 drafts.

Matt Cassel

BUF -QB

1 day ago

Bills acquire Cassel

The Bills have acquired QB Matt Cassel from the Vikings.  Minnesota also ships its 2015 6th-round pick to Buffalo in exchange for a 2015 5th-rounder and 2016 7th.  With no 1st-round pick and a weak free-agent crop, this is as good as Buffalo could do for a QB upgrade.  Cassel had an impressive 2008 campaign in New England but has completed just 57.8% of his passes with 73 TDs and 57 INTs in the 6 years since.  He'll compete with E.J. Manuel for the starting job this offseason.  The winner will only be asked to manage an offense that will rely on its running game.

Andre Johnson

HOU -WR

1 day ago

Johnson asks for release

Texans WR Andre Johnson has asked the team to be released, according to Pro Football Talk.  Johnson knows that a trade won't happen because of his bloated salary, so he's hoping to expedite the divorce.  Although he turns 34 in July, Johnson won't hurt for suitors on the open market.  We'd consider him the #3 free-agent WR behind Randall Cobb and Jeremy Maclin.

Trent Cole

UNS -LB

1 day ago

Eagles cut Cole

The Eagles on Tuesday released OLB Trent Cole. The 10-year veteran had been with the team since Philly drafted him in the 5th round back in 2005. The 2 sides reportedly discussed a contract restructuring but apparently couldn't reach a deal. With the Eagles also apparently unlikely to re-sign OLB Brandon Graham before he reaches free agency, Philly suddenly faces a big need on the edge. Marcus Smith, last year's 1st-round pick, proved unready to contribute at all as a rookie, so it's tough to expect him to fill a big role in 2015. The Eagles could be looking at 1 of the 1st-round edge-rushers in this year's NFL draft and/or could look to players such as Pernell McPhee, Jabaal Sheard, Jason Worilds or Akeem Ayers in free agency.

LeSean McCoy

BUF -RB

2 days ago

McCoy traded to Bills for Alonso

The Eagles will trade RB LeSean McCoy to the Bills in exchange for LB Kiko Alonso, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  It's a massive blockbuster that comes out of nowhere.  There were whispers that Philly didn't want to take on McCoy's $11.95 million cap charge in 2015.  And he was phased out of certain parts of the game plan last season.  So the Eagles ship the ultra-talented 26-year-old to Buffalo.  Shady will clearly be the focal point of the Bills offense under run-minded HC Rex Ryan and OC Greg Roman.  But the downgrade in supporting cast is steep.  McCoy's short and long-term fantasy value takes a hit with the move.  The Eagles, meanwhile, are left with Darren Sproles and Chris Polk as their top 2 RBs.  We'll see if they add to the group in free agency and/of the draft.  Philly also acquires a defensive building block in LB Kiko Alonso, who racked up 159 tackles in his 2013 rookie season before missing this past year with a torn ACL.

Cole Beasley

DAL -WR

2 days ago

Beasley lands 4-year deal

The Cowboys re-signed WR Cole Beasley to a 4-year deal worth $13.6 million.  It's a fair deal for a guy who has emerged as a reliable short-range, slot receiver.  Beasley has totaled 76 catches on 104 targets (73% catch rate) over the past 2 seasons.  He's averaged just 10.4 yards per catch, though, and scored only 6 TDs.  Beasley is much more valuable to the Cowboys than he is to fantasy teams.

Jason Pierre-Paul

NYG -DL

2 days ago

JPP gets tagged

The Giants on Monday applied the franchise tag to DE Jason Pierre-Paul. It's not a surprising move, especially after JPP posted easily his most productive season since his 2011 breakout. His 12.5 sacks in 2014 marked the 2nd-best total of his career, and he produced his 2nd top-3 finish among fantasy D-linemen. There have been questions about his drive previously, which leaves us hoping he won't get too comfy with a big new contract. But we're strongly behind JPP as an IDP factor going forward.

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