The Chargers have "moved on" from QB Philip Rivers, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer. Rivers has spent the past 16 seasons with the franchise after being traded from the Giants during the 2004 draft. The 38-year-old reportedly wants to continue playing, so we'll see who he draws interest from in free agency. The Chargers, meanwhile, are now obviously a candidate to take a QB in the 1st round of April's draft. They currently hold the 6th overall pick.
Saints QB Drew Brees hasn't yet decided whether he'll return for another season in 2020. He's set to be a free agent in March but said that he won't play for a team other than New Orleans. "At this stage of my career, it's not a given that I'm coming back every year, but when that time comes, I'll always be a Saint," Brees said. The 41-year-old remained as efficient as ever this past season, completing 74.3% of his passes and averaging 7.9 yards per attempt. He ranked 3rd in Pro Football Focus' passing grades among 30 QBs with 300+ drop backs. If Brees does decide to hang up his cleats this offseason, the Saints would likely turn to QB Teddy Bridgewater.
Texans WR Will Fuller had sports hernia surgery this week after aggravating his groin injury in the loss to the Chiefs, according to the Houston Chronicle. Fuller initially injured his groin in Week 16 and then sat out the Wild Card round win over Buffalo. He's headed for unrestricted free agency in March.
Browns RB Kareem Hunt was cited for speeding this week, and police found small amounts of marijuana during the traffic stop, according to multiple reports. Hunt avoided drug charges in the situation, which seems minor given that he didn't even get arrested. It's more notable, however, because off-field issues got Hunt booted from Kansas City. We'll see if this impacts his run at restricted free agency this spring.
The Associated Press reports that the Vikings will name Gary Kubiak their new OC. Kubiak spent 2019 on the Minnesota staff as an offensive adviser and assistant to HC Mike Zimmer. The move gives Minnesota continuity from the scheme that helped usher in RB Dalvin Cook's 2019 breakout while deploying 1 of the league's most run-heavy approaches. We'd expect plenty more running under an OC who has historically liked his RBs. QB Kirk Cousins, meanwhile, finished 2019 low in QB2 territory, reaching 2 TD passes in just 7 of 15 games. Expect him to remain in QB2 territory in our 2020 fantasy football rankings, and approach Cousins as a platoon option in the double-digit rounds of early best-ball drafting. He and Minnesota's WRs do, at least, present a nice week-to-week ceiling.
Giants QB Eli Manning is set to announce his retirement on Friday, ESPN reports. The 39-year-old will finish his 16-season NFL career with a (perhaps fitting) 117-117 record. Among 85 QBs with 3,000+ career pass attempts since the 1970 merger, Manning ranks 32nd in completion rate, 44th in yards per attempt and 33rd in QB Rating. But his 2 Super Bowl rings will almost certainly land him in the Hall of Fame.
Dolphins GM Chris Grier "fully expects" QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to be back for 2020. He's due a reasonable $8 million, so it makes plenty of sense to bring him back even if he doesn't start all year. Miami is a strong bet to select a QB in the 1st round of this spring's draft, but Fitzpatrick could certainly open the season under center. He exceed expectations in 2019 and ranked 17th at his position in fantasy points per game.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll admitted that RB Rashaad Penny's availability for the start of the 2020 season is in question. He tore multiple ligaments, including the ACL, in his left knee on December 8. "He’s got six or seven months ahead of him that are going to be really challenging," Carroll said. "We’ll have to wait and see." Penny remains a solid dynasty hold but is just a flier in the double-digit rounds of early best-ball drafts.
Seahawks RB Chris Carson doesn't need surgery on his fractured hip, he told reporters last week. He added that he hopes to resume running by the start of Seattle's offseason program but wouldn't commit to being ready for training camp. That's a reminder that this is a significant injury he'll be returning from. We'll keep a close eye on his rehab throughout the offseason.
Patriots WR Julian Edelman had his shoulder surgery last week, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. A previous report said the procedure would repair a separated AC joint in Edelman's left shoulder. The rehab isn't expected to be lengthy, per Schefter, and Edelman is expected to be ready for the start of the offseason program. He also reportedly needs knee surgery this offseason. We'll keep an eye on that.