The Titans this week dumped veteran CB Jason McCourty. The 29-year-old (30 in October) spent 8 seasons in Tennessee but lost 16 games to injury over the past 2 years. He's likely to find a new landing spot fairly easily in a league always hungry for solid CBs. We'll see whether that new home keeps McCourty in a full-time role and supports his consistent IDP value.
WR Anquan Boldin reiterated this week that he plans to return for a 15th season. He told ESPN's Jim Trotter that he'll probably sign closer to training camp, as Boldin did with the Lions last July. He finished 2nd on the team with 67 receptions while leading the Lions with 8 TD catches in 2016. Detroit and Baltimore have reportedly showed interest in the veteran for 2017.
QB Tony Romo is stepping away from football to pursue a job in broadcasting, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Health was the deciding factor for the soon-to-be 37-year-old, who's suffered a multitude of injuries, most notably to his back. Of course, there's nothing permanent about this decision. Romo could still get the itch to return to the game as we get closer to Week 1. But for now, his 14-year career ends with 34,183 passing yards and 248 TDs. Both marks rank among the top 30 in NFL history.
Bears insider Adam Hoge reports that "there's a strong belief" at this week's NFL owners meeting that QB Jay Cutler won't play in 2017. He reportedly drew some interest from the Jets before they signed QB Josh McCown, but Cutler's market has otherwise been quiet. Considering he turns 34 in April, it'd be tough to see him reemerging as a starter if he sits out this season. Cutler's dynasty value is just about nil.
TE Jordan Cameron announced his retirement on Friday. "I started thinking about concussions too much," Cameron, 28, told ESPN. "You can't play football like that.” The former Brown and Dolphin has suffered several concussions in his career and appeared in just 3 games last year with Miami. The Fins will move forward with Julius Thomas and Anthony Fasano at TE.
The Browns have released QB Robert Griffin, saving nearly $7 million against the 2017 salary cap. RG3 didn't even make it through a game last year before breaking his left shoulder. He returned for the final 4 games but totaled just 696 passing yards with 2 TDs and 2 INTs. Since his impressive 2012 rookie campaign, Griffin has thrown 22 TDs vs. 21 INTs. He'll need to settle for a backup gig on the open market.
The Bears will release QB Jay Cutler, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Chicago tried to trade the 33-year-old but found no takers. Cutler has a chance to land a starting job on the open market, though, perhaps with the Jets. His 2016 season ended with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder that he's still rehabbing.
The Cowboys will release QB Tony Romo on Thursday, according to ESPN. Dallas has been trying to work out a trade but had no leverage. So Romo will get to choose his new team. The Broncos and Texans have seemingly emerged as the front-runners. Both squads would give Romo a shot to at least be a fantasy football spot starter.
QB Colin Kaepernick has opted out of his contract and is now a free agent, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Kaep is passing on a $16.9 million 2017 salary and betting on himself. We'll see if it pays off. The Broncos were reportedly interested in Kaepernick last offseason and still have question marks at QB. The Jets are another potential suitor. And a return to San Francisco might still be on the table. Considering the state of the QB position around the league, Kaep actually has a pretty good shot to get another chance as a starter this season.
The Chiefs have released RB Jamaal Charles, saving $6.2 million against the 2017 cap. A fantasy stud from 2009-2014, Charles has appeared in just 8 games over the past 2 seasons. He tore his right ACL in 2015, struggled to get back on the field this year and then had surgery on the menisci in both knees in November. Charles turned 30 in December. If his knees are right, he shouldn't have trouble finding a job this offseason. But his days as a lead back are likely over.
Free agent WR Michael Floyd pled guilty to 1 count of extreme DUI and was sentenced to 120 days of jail. Just 24 of those will be served in an actual prison, with the other 96 home detention. It's all lost training time for the 27-year-old, though. Between the legal issue and a disastrous 2016 season, Floyd will likely need to settle for a 1-year deal on the open market.
The Giants have cut RB Rashad Jennings, saving $2.5 million against the 2017 salary cap. Jennings limped his way to just 3.3 yards per carry this past season and turns 32 in March. His days as a lead back are over. Jennings' departure leaves RB Paul Perkins atop the depth chart. He closed his rookie campaign with 72 carries for 301 yards (4.2 YPC) over his final 6 outings. Perkins is the current favorite for lead-back duties, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the Giants add competition this offseason. The rookie RB class looks deep.
The Giants have released WR Victor Cruz. It was a no-brainer move with Cruz set to count $9.4 million against the 2017 salary cap. It's possible that the G-Men bring him back at a cheaper salary, but it shouldn't be as more than a #4 WR. The 30-year-old Cruz hauled in just 54.2% of his targets and scored 1 TD this past season. He's a long shot to re-emerge as a fantasy asset.
The Jets have voided the final year on QB Ryan Fitzpatrick's contract, making him a free agent. It was an easy decision after Fitzpatrick tanked in 2016, completing just 56.6% of his passes with 12 TDs and 17 INTs. The 34-year-old will need to settle for a backup job in 2017.
The Colts on Thursday released veteran LB D'Qwell Jackson, who finished the season on a drug suspension. As it stands, 2016 rookies Edwin Jackson and Antonio Morrison look like the leading candidates to start at ILB for Indy in 2017. Of course, we have yet to hit free agency or the NFL Draft
The Packers have released RB James Starks. He averaged an ugly 2.3 yards per carry before a concussion ended his 2016 campaign. Turning 31 later this month, Starks will need to battle just for a roster spot this summer. He's droppable in keeper and dynasty leagues.
Ravens WR Steve Smith announced his retirement via Twitter on Friday. The 37-year-old finishes his 16-season career with 1,031 catches, 14,731 yards and 81 TDs. Those marks rank 12th, 7th and 26th, respectively, in NFL history. Smith turned in 9 top-20 fantasy campaigns, including a #1 finish in 2005. His departure opens up a big opportunity for WR Breshad Perriman in 2017.
Titans CB Jason McCourty (chest) is inactive for today's finale against the Texans.
Browns QB Robert Griffin (concussion) will start Sunday’s finale against the Steelers. He’s still looking for his 1st passing TD of the season and could get it against a Pittsburgh team with nothing to play for. RG3 remains just a QB2 flier.
The Cowboys have decided to get QB Tony Romo some action in Sunday's finale against the Eagles, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It'll be his 1st regular season appearance since Thanksgiving 2015. QBs Dak Prescott and Mark Sanchez are also expected to play vs. Philly, per Schefter, but the exact rotation remains unclear. It's obviously a situation to avoid in Week 17 fantasy lineups
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