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Jermichael Finley fails physical with Seahawks
Monday, March 24, 2014, 10:16am

Packers News - [Full Article]

An NFL source said the Seattle Seahawks failed tight end Jermichael Finley on his physical during his recent visit to the team.

Finley is barely more than four months removed from neck surgery performed Nov. 14 to fuse his C-3/C-4 vertebrae. He made a free-agent visit to the Seahawks during the first week of free agency so the team’s medical staff could assess his recovery.

The source didn’t know whether the Seahawks will bring Finley back for a re-check. Though Finley has said he expected his surgeon to proclaim the bone in the neck fusion healed this month, that doesn’t mean NFL teams will clear him to play football, at least for now.

Fantasy Impact:

Time will tell if Finley will be cleared to play in time for the 2014 season. He's not expected to be cleared for another month or two at least.

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Mike Williams hospitalized after stabbing
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 8:55pm

WTSP - [Full Article]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams is at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa after a spokeswoman with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says Williams was stabbed in the thigh at his exclusive home in the gated community of Avila at 17027 Candeleda De Avila.

Cristal Bermudez Nunez says it happened Sunday afternoon and the football player's brother is suspected of stabbing him. Nunez is not releasing the brother's name at this time but says they are looking for him this evening.

Update: Williams was released late Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

The saga of Mike Williams continues. Hopefully he'll make a full recovery, but we are never optimistic about a player with this many off the field issues.

Sunday, March 23, 2014, 8:12pm

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - [Full Article]

Is adding an experienced running back important, given no one on the roster has NFL carries except for LeVeon Bell? “I felt good about (the meeting with free agent Maurice Jones-Drew). We are open to it (adding an experienced back). I’ll stop short of saying ‘have to,’ but we need to add quality depth to that position, whether it’s through free agency or the draft,” Tomlin said. “LeVeon Bell is a talented player but a young player. It would be good to get a been-there, done-that type of guy in the room to maybe help him with growth and development. But I don’t view it as a necessity, quite honestly, because Le’Veon is a very grounded and humble young man and is open to getting better, and is a good listener.”

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds as if the Steelers just want some depth at RB but still view Bell as their bell cow back.

Marquess Wilson penciled in as Bears WR3
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 2:42pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Marc Trestman said the Chicago Bears are not "anointing" Marquess Wilson as the No. 3 receiver in the offense, but the coach hopes the second-year player can develop like Alshon Jeffery did a year ago.

Wilson apparently will get the first shot at replacing Earl Bennett, who was released Tuesday after declining to take a pay cut. It creates a sizeable void in the offense. Bennett was only fifth on the team in receptions with 32, but he was on the field for 51.2 percent of the snaps.

That means the Bears must replace Bennett’s playing time with a new wide receiver or make a subtle shift in the offense and not rely on three-receiver sets as often. Wilson, a seventh-round pick last year from Washington State, has a wide-open opportunity.

“I think he showed that we can work with him and develop him,” Trestman said Sunday at the NFL owners’ meeting. “He’s got the football intelligence that we’re looking for and the ability to be flexible within the offense. He was consistent. So we’ll see how it goes. We’re not anointing people at this point in time. He’s going to have a chance to compete and be a part of what we do after Alshon and Brandon (Marshall). We’ll see how it goes. We’ve got a long way to go but we like (Wilson) and we’re excited about him to develop him and work him.”

Fantasy Impact:

Bennett wasn't much of a fantasy factor, and there probably aren't enough targets to go around to make Wilson fantasy-relevant (top 60) in 2014, though he looks like a good prospect in dynasty formats. He'll be a good handcuff for either Brandon Marshall or Alshon Jeffery in deeper leagues.

Steelers sign Lance Moore to a two-year deal
Friday, March 21, 2014, 8:40pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Pittsburgh Steelers quickly filled the void left by Jerricho Cotchery's departure, signing former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore to a two-year contract Friday.

Moore visited the Steelers earlier this week, and signing him became a priority after the Carolina Panthers lured Cotchery away with a two-year, $5 million contract.

Fantasy Impact:

Along with Markus Wheaton, Moore will replace Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery. He may be fantasy relevant, though he's not likely to see enough targets to be a full time fantasy starter.

Jets sign release Mark Sanchez, sign Mike Vick
Friday, March 21, 2014, 8:33pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jets gave former Eagles QB Michael Vick a one-year, $5 million deal, per source.

Brian Costello reported that Mark Sanchez has been released.

Fantasy Impact:

The Jets seem to be in "win-now" mode and it looks like Vick may have the inside track to start over sophomore Geno Smith. Vick will have the newly acquired Eric Decker to throw to. If he's starting, he'll be a QB2 in Marty Mornhinweg's offense.

Friday, March 21, 2014, 1:12pm

Mike Chappell, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts GM Ryan Grigson: Vick Ballard looks great, fantastic. Right on track. Felt good about Ahmad Bradshaw after talking with doctors. Good stable of RBs

Fantasy Impact:

Ballard will be in the mix behind starter Trent Richardson. Ahmad Bradshaw re-signed, so this could devolve into an ugly RBBC in 2014.

Panthers sign Tiquan Underwood
Friday, March 21, 2014, 12:35pm

Aaron Wilson, Twitter - [Full Article]

Tiquan Underwood has agreed to terms with the Panthers, according to a league source.

Fantasy Impact:

Underwood did well with the limited number (46) of targets that he saw in 2013, posting the #10 FP/target in the league (1.48). He's a 4.31 speedster and a good athlete, but hasn't done much in his five seasons in the league. There should be plenty of opportunity in the Carolina offense due to the lack of playmakers in the receiving game. Underwood could be fantasy relevant in 2014 if he sees starter's snaps. At a minimum, Underwood should be this year's Ted Ginn, who was the #53 WR in standard formats.

Raiders trade for Matt Schaub
Friday, March 21, 2014, 10:25am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Oakland Raiders will trade a late-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft to the Houston Texans in exchange for quarterback Matt Schaub, a league source told ESPN.

Schaub, who has a $14.5 million salary-cap figure and a $10 million base salary for 2014, became expendable when the Texans signed former Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal Thursday night.

Not long after Houston acquired Fitzpatrick, Oakland made its final move on Schaub.

The Cleveland Browns had expressed some interest in Schaub, who could have been reunited with former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. But the Raiders wanted Schaub even more, according to a source.

The trade between Oakland and Houston, two teams scheduled to pick in the top five, could impact the 2014 draft and how high quarterbacks will be selected.

Fantasy Impact:

Given Schaub's play in 2013, he's hardly a savior at QB, but the Raiders now have a stopgap option as they try to find a franchise passer. Consider this a boost for Denarius Moore, Rod Streater and the freshly signed James Jones.

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:51pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is signing with the Texans, source said.

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 3:23pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Former Jets CB Antonio Cromartie reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, per ESPN source.

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 3:23pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Former Browns QB Jason Campbell reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Bengals. Now reunited with Hue Jackson.

Fantasy Impact:

The Bengals made it clear that Campbell is not a threat to starter Andy Dalton.

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 3:22pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Devin Hester is heading to Atlanta.

Hester, who became perhaps the best return man in NFL history during his eight years in Chicago, has agreed to a new contract with the Falcons. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, it’s a three-year deal.

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 3:21pm

Ed Werder, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jared Allen is working on final details of a contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Barring unforeseen issues, he could sign today.

Panthers sign Jerricho Cotchery
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 1:47pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jerricho Cotchery was choosing between the Steelers and Panthers, and he’s chosen Carolina. Final details being hammered out.

Fantasy Impact:

Ideally, the soon-to-be 32-year-old Cotchery would be the WR3, but the Panthers are in a tough spot and he may see WR2-type snaps and targets in 2014, likely making him fantasy relevant. Cotchery was the #31 WR in standard formats in 2013 thanks to a career-high 10 TDs. He's not likely to repeat that kind of scoring production, though he could see a bump in targets.