Perry RileyWAS -LBRiley stays in Washington
Washington re-signed LB Perry Riley for 3 years at $13 million, according to NBC News 4 in D.C. Riley would have hit unrestricted free agency Tuesday afternoon but will instead spend a 3rd straight year starting in Washington. Veteran LB London Fletcher's likely retirement could leave more tackles on the field for Riley, who has performed like a LB3 the past 2 seasons. Look for him to get at least a slight bump in our 2014 IDP rankings.
Adam VinatieriIND -KColts bring back Vinatieri
The Colts have re-signed K Adam Vinatieri to a 2-year deal. The 41-year-old showed no signs of decline last season, connecting on 35 of 40 FGs, including 4 from 50+ yards. Vinatieri finished among the top 10 Ks in most fantasy formats and will be a fine option again in 2014.
Peyton HillisNYG -RBHillis re-signs for 2 years
The Giants have re-signed RB Peyton Hillis to a 2-year deal. He's an insurance policy with David Wilson's 2014 status uncertain and Andre Brown set to hit the free-agent market. The G-Men would be in serious trouble if Hillis is their Week 1 starter. The 28-year-old hasn't topped 3.6 yards per carry since 2010. He managed just 3.4 this past year.
Owen DanielsHOU -TEDaniels back to 100%
Texans TE Owen Daniels has completed his rehab and is back to 100% after breaking his leg in October. "It's like it never happened," he said. "I feel good in that respect. I'm looking forward to coming in fresh and healthy." Daniels was having a solid season before going down, compiling 24 catches, 252 yards and 3 scores in 5 games. He was sitting 9th among TEs in fantasy points. We'll see how he fits into new HC Bill O'Brien's offense, though. Daniels turns 32 in November and hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2008. He's due $6 million this year, and we've heard whispers that he could be a cap casualty.
Aaron DobsonNE -WRDobson undergoes foot surgery
Patriots WR Aaron Dobson underwent surgery on March 10 to repair a stress fracture in his foot. The hope was that the issue would heal with rest, but that wasn't the case. Now Dobson is looking at a 2-3 month recovery period. It figures to keep him sidelined for most or all of the offseason program. Dobson should be fine for training camp, but the missed practice time is still a concern for a young player being counted on to play a significant role in 2014. We'll see if Kenbrell Thompkins or Josh Boyce can take advantage of Dobson's absence this spring.
Justin ForsettUNS -RBJaguars release Forsett
The Jaguars released RB Justin Forsett. He signed a 2-year deal last offseason but carried just 6 times in 2013. Forsett dealt with a toe injury in the summer and then suffered a broken foot in Week 12. He should be fine for training camp but might need to battle just for a roster spot. His upside is as a 8-10 touch change-of-pace option. Forsett turns 29 in October. With Maurice Jones-Drew set to hit the free-agent market later today, Jordan Todman and Denard Robinson currently top Jacksonville's RB depth chart.
Julius PeppersCHI -DLPeppers likely gone
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports that the Bears will try to trade DE Julius Peppers before Tuesday's start of free agency -- and release him if they can't deal him. That has become code for "they're going to cut him." If you can find a team willing to pay $13.9 million in 2014 salary to a declining 34-year-old D-lineman ... well, then we've got some stuff up for sale. Peppers is nearing the end, and the Bears are chasing a replacement in free agency.
Jason BabinUNS -DLBabin voids contract, might return
Jaguars DE Jason Babin voided the final 2 years on his contract Monday to become a free agent. ESPN's Michael DiRocco says "there's a solid chance" Babin re-signs with the team, "albeit at a much more reasonable salary." That certainly might happen, but why would any player void his own contract to re-sign with the team for less money? Maybe Babin has such a good relationship with Jags leaders that he chose to help the team financially rather than forcing them to take a cap hit by cutting him. We'll see if he tests the market. A 34-year-old situational pass-rusher will be hard-pressed to make more than $3 million a year anywhere, though (his voided salary).
LaMarr WoodleyPIT -LBWoodley on the way out
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Steelers will cut OLB LaMarr Woodley on Tuesday. The move comes as no surprise given Woodley's bloated contract and the team's re-signing of OLB Jason Worilds. He and 2013 first-round pick Jarvis Jones tie up plenty of money at the position -- and provide plenty of talent -- for a franchise never afraid to move on from veteran players. Worilds and Jones both make for interesting options in sack-friendly IDP leagues in 2014.
Michael BushUNS -RBBears dumping Bush
The Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears will terminate RB Michael Bush's contract. The move cuts off the final 2 years of his 4-year deal and saves the team $1.85 million in cap space. Dumping Bush might actually help both his fantasy value and that of Matt Forte. Chicago's starter might finally draw more goal-line carries (unless the Bears install a new short-yardage option). Bush arrived in Chicago with seemingly more potential than that of a #2 RB. We'll see if he can land in a more favorable backfield with a less versatile starter.
Darrelle RevisTB -DBRevis gone by Tuesday?
The Bucs will release CB Darrelle Revis by 4 p.m. Wednesday if they can't trade him, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. If Revis remains on the roster past that deadline, Tampa Bay will owe him a $1.5 million roster bonus and must send the Jets a 3rd-round pick instead of a 4th-rounder. It's a stunning turnaround just a year after the Bucs dealt a 1st-rounder for Revis and signed him to a huge contract. Look for Revis to land somewhere quickly either way.
Jay FeelyARI -KFeely remains a Cardinal
The Cardinals re-signed veteran K Jay Feely on Monday, just before he would have hit free agency. Feely finished 2013 as the league's #12 fantasy kicker after 2 straight seasons outside the top 20. An ascending offense could help Feely deliver starter value again in 2014.
Steve SmithCAR -WRSmith on the trade block
The Panthers are "attempting" to trade WR Steve Smith, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It figures to be a fruitless attempt. Smith is 34, counts $7 million against the cap in 2014 and managed just 745 yards and 11.6 yards per catch last year. We'll see if the Panthers release him if they can't find a trade partner. With Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn hitting the free-agent market tomorrow, Carolina has a gaping hole at WR. They figure to be in the mix for free agents Eric Decker and Hakeem Nicks -- plus early-round WRs in May's draft.
Michael BennettSEA -DLBennett sticks with Seahawks
Seahawks DE Michael Bennett has elected to stay in Seattle on a reported 4-year $32 million deal. The money seems like less than he could have commanded on the open market, but it certainly won't leave him impoverished. Heading elsewhere likely would have helped Bennett's IDP value. He ranked just 29th in the league among 4-3 DEs in snaps played in 2013, according to Pro Football Focus. That kind of workload will limit the ceiling on Bennett's numbers. Look for him to sit lower in our 2014 IDP rankings than his talent would indicate.
Santonio HolmesUNS -WRJets release Holmes
The Jets have released WR Santonio Holmes. He was due a $1 million roster bonus on Thursday, in addition to his $8.25 million 2014 salary. The move was a no-brainer for the Jets. Holmes' 4-year run in New York was a major disappointment. He scored 14 times across the first 2 seasons but totaled just 1,400 yards. Holmes went down with a Lisfranc injury just 4 games into the 2012 campaign. He was never right this past year, finishing with a 23-456-1 line in 11 games. Holmes just turned 30, and while he should be healthier in 2014, there are serious concerns about this guy's passion for football. We'll see what kind of interest he draws on the open market, but we're not optimistic about his 2014 fantasy football value. The Jets are expected to add a couple WRs in free agency and/or the draft.
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