The Eagles have released QB Chase Daniel. Signed to a 3-year, $21 million deal last offseason, Daniel attempted exactly 1 pass in his illustrious Philly career. He figures to land a backup job elsewhere relatively soon. The Eagles, meanwhile, brought back QB Nick Foles on a 2-year, $11 million deal to back up Carson Wentz.
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.
The Vikings announced on Tuesday that they won't exercise the 2017 option on RB Adrian Peterson's contract, making him a free agent. That option would have paid AP $18 million this year, so this was a no-brainer move. But GM Rick Spielman suggested that the team is open to bringing Peterson back at a reduced rate. “We will continue to have conversations with his representatives and leave our future options open while determining what is best for both parties moving forward," Spielman said. We'll see how the open market treats AP. He turns 32 in March, has amassed over 2,400 NFL carries and averaged 1.9 yards on his 37 attempts last year.
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.
The Raiders are "not optimistic" about QB Matt McGloin's availability for next weekend's Wild Card game in Houston, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. McGloin is dealing with an injury is to his trapezius, which is "acting like a pinched nerve," per Rapoport. If he can't go vs. the Texans, Oakland will be left with 4th-round rookie QB Connor Cook. He completed 14 of 21 passes for 150 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT in relief of McGloin in Denver. Cook might not be a significant downgrade from McGloin, but it'd be a massive challenge if his 1st career start comes in a road playoff game.
Raiders QB Matt McGloin suffered a shoulder injury in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Broncos and is officially questionable to return. With Derek Carr out, Oakland is down to rookie QB Connor Cook.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (groin, knee) is out for Sunday’s finale against the Bears. The 31-year-old finishes the season with an ugly 1.9 yards per carry across just 3 appearances. His days in Minnesota are numbered unless he agrees to a massive pay cut this offseason. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will handle backfield duties for the Vikings this weekend.
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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