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-- Darrelle Revis Charged with Four Felonies & a Misdemeanor --
Thu Feb 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football NFL.com reports New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis has been charged with felony aggravated assault and robbery for his alleged involvement in an altercation that took place in Pittsburgh early Sunday morning, according to court records obtained. Revis, 31, was charged Thursday in Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) with four felonies, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery and one count of conspiracy: aggravated assault. He also was charged with making terroristic threats -- a misdemeanor. The former All-Pro hasn't turned himself in yet to authorities. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told NFL.com the league will look into the matter. Revis faces the possibility of discipline from the league under the NFL's personal conduct policy. The Jets confirmed to NFL.com they are aware of the incident.


-- 2017 Mock NFL Rookie Draft Version I Released! --
Wed Feb 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football 2017 FFMastermind.com premium package subscribers take note. FF Mastermind Senior Writer John Holler begins our 2017 Mock NFL Rookie Draft iterations with his first look at how round #1 shakes out. Updates to this mock draft will be released to 2017 Mastermind premium package subscribers throughout the coming months until the draft at the end of April. Log into your premium account and enjoy John's first cut!


-- Preliminary Top 12 Fantasy Player Rankings for 2017 (PPR & Non-PPR) --
Wed Feb 8, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football 2017 Premium package subscribers take note. Looking for a head start on the 2017 fantasy season? FFMastermind.com's Michael Nazarek offers his Preliminary Top 12 Fantasy Player Rankings for 2017 (both PPR & Non-PPR leagues) for your viewing pleasure. Nazarek gives you analysis for each player ranked. Log into your premium account and Enjoy.


-- Free Agency 2017: Who Stays & Who Moves On --
Thu Feb 2, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

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Thu Mar 3, 2016 --from FFMastermind.com

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2017  PREMIUM EARLYBIRD RATES DEBUT!

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Sun Feb 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Tony Romo Watch --
Sun Feb 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports reports QB Tony Romo won’t be back in Dallas and he will be starting elsewhere next season and we’ve known that for quite some time. Sources said Romo has yet to have a formal conversation with owner and GM Jerry Jones about his immediate future, and that’s likely to take place before the Cowboys’ contingent leaves for Indianapolis, and that will be an emotional exchange for each individual. But just to be clear: Romo doesn’t have a mandate or expectation about his next NFL transaction. He isn’t dictating or demanding anything to the Cowboys, nor does he intend to do so. He understands the NFL and the salary cap and the business side of things, and is a very shrewd businessman in his own right. Sure, there are certain teams he would prefer, and other than QB Carson Palmer affirming he’s coming back for 2017, which means Arizona is out. Houston, Kansas City and Denver remain the most intriguing destinations for Romo. And Romo is plenty smart enough to know there are things he can do to facilitate a trade with one of those teams if need be. Would it be ideal to simply be released and able to sign any contract he wants with the team of his choosing? Sure. But if Jones, who now finds himself in Super Bowl or bust mode in 2017, can get a third-round pick for him, and find a cheap five-year starter with that pick to contribute to a potential championship run, it would be foolish to not at least explore those options when everyone gathers in Indy. The fact is, no one knows precisely how this will unfold, not Romo, not even Jones, but all can agree that there is no feasible path to seeing Romo back in Dallas next season. Beyond that, Romo “expects” nothing.

-- Dolphins Working to Acquire Julius Thomas for Branden Albert --
Sun Feb 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Sun-Sentinel reports the Miami Dolphins are working on a trade with Jacksonville that would swap OT Branden Albert for Jaguars TE Julius Thomas, according to league sources. The trade may be contingent on Albert and Thomas restructuring their contracts. The players would also need to pass physicals, and a deal can’t be finalized until the start of the new league year on March 9th. However, multiple sources say that all parties are willing participants, and that includes Albert, who said so directly to the Sun Sentinel. “Why ruffle feathers when you don’t have to?” Albert said when asked about the potential trade to Jacksonville, which he wouldn’t confirm details of. “It’s the business of the game. I honestly believe where I’m going to go is the right fit. It is going to be a surprise when [the terms] comes out.

-- Cardinals Will be Aggressive in Free Agency --
Sun Feb 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim said the team's priority in free agency will be players who can make an immediate impact. “We’ll certainly be aggressive and keep our foot on the gas pedal, try to keep pushing this thing in the right direction,” Keim said. “There’s no doubt we took a step back last year. We’ve got to pick up the pieces and make some good decisions this offseason." Keim acknowledged wanting to win while the 37-year-old QB Carson Palmer and the soon-to-be 34-year-old WR Larry Fitzgerald are still around, although he said he considers himself an aggressive G.M. all the time. “There are guys like Carson and Larry where you know the end is sooner rather than later. So you have to try and build around them and, so to speak, go for it now,” he said. “But that’s our mindset every year. We’re never in a rebuilding phase. To me, you owe it to your fanbase to go for it every year, to be aggressive either in free agency or the draft. But you also have to keep in mind that you are going to do the right thing for the organization for the long-term. That’s the biggest challenge.”

-- 49ers Could Sign Jacob Tamme --
Sun Feb 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the San Francisco 49ers are a strong possibility to sign free-agent TE Jacob Tamme (shoulder).

-- No PUP List for Giovani Bernard? --
Sun Feb 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Cincinnati Bengals official website reports Bengals RB Giovani Bernard (torn ACL) is expected to avoid the PUP list to start the 2017 NFL season.

-- Kelvin Beachum Played Hurt --
Sat Feb 18, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Florida Times-Union reports former Jaguars OT Kelvin Beachum allowed a combined 27 sacks/pressures/hits, second-most on the team in 2016. Beachum was on the books for five sacks. In the run game, Beachum was responsible for 11 1/2 “bad” runs, plays that gained one or fewer yards, not including short-yardage plays that resulted in a first down or touchdown. Beachum impressed teammates and coaches during the second half of the season for fighting through consistent knee pain that forced him to sit out practice each Wednesday.

-- Dolphins Extend Cameron Wake --
Sat Feb 18, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake has signed a new contract that keeps him with the team through 2018, the Dolphins announced today. This is the second time in the last 10 months that Wake has signed a two-year extension; he also signed one in May. This time Wake is getting $19 million over two years, including $11 million guaranteed.

-- 2017 EarlyBird Premium Rates Debut! --
Sat Feb 18, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Sources: Brian Daboll Leaving Patriots --
Sat Feb 18, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports New England Patriots TEs coach Brian Daboll is leaving the team to become Alabama's offensive coordinator, sources say.

-- Steelers to Keep Ladarius Green, But... --
Sat Feb 18, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Tribune-Review reports Steelers GM Kevin Colbert has indicated that TE Ladarius Green (concussion) will be back next season. He needs to pass a physical before offseason workouts begin.

-- Earl Mitchell Set to Tour --
Sat Feb 18, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent DT Earl Mitchell is scheduled to visit with the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, and Denver Broncos.

-- Falcons Retain Jerome Henderson --
Fri Feb 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

Fox Sports reports the Atlanta Falcons have re-signed defensive passing-game coordinator Jerome Henderson.

-- Darrelle Revis Surrenders to Police --
Fri Feb 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis turned himself in to authorities on Friday, one day after the former All-Pro was charged with felony aggravated assault and robbery for his alleged involvement in an altercation that took place in Pittsburgh early Sunday morning, according to court records obtained. Revis will make his initial court appearance Friday evening. Revis, 31, was charged Thursday in Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) with four felonies -- two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery and one count of conspiracy: aggravated assault. He also was charged with making terroristic threats -- a misdemeanor. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy says the league will look into the matter. Revis faces the possibility of discipline from the league under the NFL's personal conduct policy. The Jets confirmed they are aware of the incident.

-- Navorro Bowman Rehab Update --
Fri Feb 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Sacramento Bee reports 49ers LB Navorro Bowman (Achilles) is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017 season.

-- Ameer Abdullah Rehab Update --
Fri Feb 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Detroit Free Press reports by all appearances, Lions RB Ameer Abdullah's (foot surgery) return from September foot surgery is going well. Abdullah today posted a short video of himself sprinting on an incline treadmill on Instagram, and the Detroit Lions running back remains on track to return by the start of off-season workouts in April.

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Fri Feb 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Jaguars Re-Sign One --
Fri Feb 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed OL Josh Wells.

-- Michael Floyd Pleads Guilty to Extreme DUI; Gets 120 Days in Jail --
Fri Feb 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports free-agent WR Michael Floyd pled guilty to one count of extreme DUI on Thursday in Scottsdale City Court. The other six counts were dismissed. Floyd will serve a 120-day jail sentence, including 24 days in county jail and 96 days of home detention. He'll also have to complete 30 hours of community service and pay a $5,115.99 fine.

-- Vikings Name Darrell Hazell --
Fri Feb 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Tribune reports the Vikings have named Darrell Hazell WRs Coach.

-- Falcons Name Two --
Fri Feb 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Atlanta Falcons have named Kyle Flood Assistant Offensive Line Coach and Charlie Weis Jr. Offensive Assistant.

-- Cardinals Working to Re-Sign Tony Jefferson --
Fri Feb 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals are in serious negotiations to re-sign free-agent S Tony Jefferson.

-- Officials: Kirk Cousins Wants Franchise Tag --
Fri Feb 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports for the past few years, former Washington Redskins officials who know free-agent QB Kirk Cousins have said he really doesn't want to be in Ashburn with the team long-term. He wants the franchise tag.

-- Zach Line Underwent Hip Surgery --
Fri Feb 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent FB Zach Line (hip surgery) is on crutches at Vikings Winterfest. He said he had a hip cleanup about four weeks ago.

-- 17 Fantasy Football Titles! --
Fri Feb 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Sources: Jaguars Eyeing Branden Albert --
Fri Feb 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins are hopeful but not necessarily optimistic they will be able to trade OT Branden Albert in the coming weeks because making the deal involves a lot of moving parts somehow synchronizing to everyone’s satisfaction. One of the teams, and perhaps the only team, currently interested in Albert is the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to multiple sources. The Jaguars need a starting left tackle because they recently decided not to pick up a club option on OT Kelvin Beachum, effectively sending him into free agency on March 9 -- one year after they signed him to a five-year contract. So if no other team gets involved, a trade between the Dolphins and Jaguars would require the two teams agreeing on compensation for Albert. And it would also require Albert agreeing to play in Jacksonville -- which tests his willingness to go to a team with little chance of competing for a championship while also perhaps seeking greater financial security if he goes up I-95 a few hundred miles.

-- Panthers Sign One --
Fri Feb 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Carolina Panthers have signed free-agent OG Amini Silatolu to a one-year contract.

-- Sources: Stephon Gilmore Wants Top Five CB Money --
Fri Feb 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

WGR550.com reports sources say free-agent CB Stephon Gilmore is looking for top-5 CB money on a long-term deal. While that figure also represents basically the same amount as the franchise tag will be, it would only be for one season. The team would prefer something longer to spread the money out for a lesser cap hit, and he'd prefer more security and not be tagged. I was also told that if the Bills do not tag Gilmore, they are very likely to give him another offer before free agency begins, but make it clear they can’t keep it on the table once players start moving around and they have to make decisions elsewhere that impact their roster and salary cap. Gilmore collected a career-high five interceptions this past season and added 48 tackles - the second most of his career. But it’s also his tackling the team has concerns about. He’s not one to play aggressively against the run and appears to shy away from taking on hits or tackles.

-- Torrey Smith Excited --
Fri Feb 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports San Francisco 49ers WR Torrey Smith is excited about the team's new offense under HC Kyle Shanahan. "It's not rocket science. Football is football. Plays are plays," Smith told CSN Bay Area. "It's the way they scheme it up and put it together. The way I watch it from afar, (Shanahan) tailors it to people's strengths, which is always a plus. So I'm excited to see what his plan is for us."

-- King Dunlap Arrested --
Fri Feb 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Los Angeles Chargers OT King Dunlap was arrested by on suspicion of violating a protective order by Nashville police Thursday, according to records obtained. Dunlap was arrested and issued a $1,000 bond amount, according to records from the Davidson County (Tennessee) Criminal Court Clerk's office. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 7th. The Chargers did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Dunlap's arrest.

-- Nick Mangold Rehab Update --
Fri Feb 17, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The New York Daily News reports Jets C Nick Mangold (ankle) is on the mend, even if his future with the Jets remains uncertain. The seven-time Pro Bowl center will not need ankle surgery after missing eight games in what was clearly his most frustrating season. Todd Bowles and Mangold hinted at offseason surgery after the veteran was placed on injured reserve during the season, but the two-time All-Pro has told teammates that he’s been rehabbing well and won’t have to go under the knife. But do the Jets want him back in 2017? Mangold, who turned 33 last month, is scheduled to count $9.075 million against the salary cap in the final year of his deal. The Jets would clear all of that money by cutting him. A team source told The News that the powers that be do not want to bring back Mangold at his current salary ($6.075 million, including a $2.4 million roster bonus due at training camp). A second Jets source said that the organization has not yet offered a pay cut option to Mangold. (Those discussions typically take place at the NFL Scouting Combine in a couple weeks).

-- Darrelle Revis Charged with Four Felonies & a Misdemeanor --
Thu Feb 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football NFL.com reports New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis has been charged with felony aggravated assault and robbery for his alleged involvement in an altercation that took place in Pittsburgh early Sunday morning, according to court records obtained. Revis, 31, was charged Thursday in Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) with four felonies, two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery and one count of conspiracy: aggravated assault. He also was charged with making terroristic threats -- a misdemeanor. The former All-Pro hasn't turned himself in yet to authorities. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told NFL.com the league will look into the matter. Revis faces the possibility of discipline from the league under the NFL's personal conduct policy. The Jets confirmed to NFL.com they are aware of the incident.

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-- Darrelle Revis Under Investigation --
Thu Feb 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

WTAE.com reports New York Jets CB Darrelle Revis is being investigated by Pittsburgh police, who are considering filing felony charges stemming from an early-morning street altercation on the South Side last weekend. The 31-year-old Aliquippa native has not been charged, and it's not clear if he is currently in Pennsylvania. Sources close to the investigation told Pittsburgh's Action News 4 that two men were punched near the corner of South 23rd and East Carson streets. The incident was reported around 2:30 a.m. Monday. A police officer who drove by the area saw Revis speaking to two people; when he circled back around, two of them were knocked out and Revis was gone, sources said. Attorney Blaine Jones said Revis is the one who was assaulted, and that Revis sought medical attention as a result. Jones said he would discuss the incident at a news conference at 6:30 p.m. "Mr. Revis came home to Pittsburgh this past weekend to visit family and friends. During that time, Mr. Revis went by a location in the South Side that he is in the process of developing," Jones said via email. "Mr. Revis was physically assaulted while at that location by a group of at least five people. Mr. Revis feared for his safety and retreated from the aggressors."

-- Zac Stacy Retires --
Thu Feb 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent RB Zac Stacy has announced his retirement from the NFL.

-- Browns Extend Charley Hughlett --
Thu Feb 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Cleveland Browns have signed LS Charley Hughlett to a six-year contract through 2022.

-- Branden Albert Still a Dolphin --
Thu Feb 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Miami Herald reports although the Dolphins had made a decision to release 32-year-old veteran OT Branden Albert, the plans changed sometime Thursday afternoon. So when the league deadline to report transactions came and went at 4 p.m., Albert was not on the transaction list. OT Branden Albert remains with the Miami Dolphins. Why? Per a league source with knowledge of the issue, it seems there is sudden and significant interest from at least one and perhaps other teams in acquiring Albert. And that being the case, the Dolphins are apparently going to pause and assess the possibilities.

-- Steelers Want to Keep Bell & Brown for Rest of Thier Careers --
Thu Feb 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Post Gazette reports Steelers GM Kevin Colbert says... "I can say unequivocally we want WR Antonio Brown to retire as a Steeler, just as we want RB LeVeon Bell to retire as a Steeler."

-- Dolphins Release One More --
Thu Feb 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins have waived CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu.

-- ASJ Accepts Plea Deal --
Thu Feb 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

TMZ reports New York Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has agreed to a plea deal in his DUI case which will keep him out of jail. Seferian-Jenkins is likely facing a two-game suspension.

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-- Bills Re-Sign One --
Thu Feb 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Buffalo Bills have re-signed LB Ramon Humber.

-- Patriots to Keep Jimmy Garoppolo? --
Thu Feb 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Ed Werder reports the he does not expect the New England Patriots to trade QB Jimmy Garoppolo.

-- Tony Romo Expects to be Released --
Thu Feb 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Ed Werder reports a source says Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo is expecting his release, not a trade, and believes he can start for 2-3 more seasons despite turning 37 years old, with an injury history.

-- Dolphins Release Three --
Thu Feb 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Miami Dolphins have OT Branden Albert, DE Mario Williams, and DT Earl Mitchell.

-- Downing to Make Subtle Changes to Raiders Offense --
Thu Feb 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports new Oakland Raiders OC Todd Downing gave his vision of running the Raiders' high-powered offense as a first-time coordinator. Mainly, Downing sees himself as an if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it kind of guy. And since the Raiders had the No. 6 total offense in the league last season (No. 13 passing, No. 6 rushing), that should be a good thing, no? “I definitely think that’s a phrase you can tag to me,” Downing said. “I believe in efficiency. And if we’re efficient in a concept, I’m not going to go changing it just for change's sake. “If we’re inefficient or we fail to live up to expectations in a certain concept, then I’m going to figure out a way to tinker with it and make it work. And if I can’t make it work, we simply won’t do it anymore.” Then what about installing a new offense? “Oh, it will be very subtle,” Downing said. “We’re going to keep the same system terminology. There’s no reason to change any of that stuff. All we’re doing right now is finding the ways that we can all individually do our jobs better, prepare our positions better, and how we can just quarter-turn a couple things to make the offense as efficient as possible.”

-- Vince Young Wants to Return to NFL; Could Face Suspension --
Thu Feb 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports QB Vince Young wants to come back and play football. But his comeback could be a few games short of a full season even if he finds a team to take a chance on him. The former Titans quarterback was arrested for a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated in Texas in January 2016. Last month, he pleaded no contest to those charges, per the Austin American-Statesman. Under the NFL’s newest policies, that would ordinarily trigger a two-game suspension. Young was sentenced to 18 months probation for the arrest, fined $300, and ordered to complete 60 hours of community service. He also has to attend a drunk driving class and install a device on his car which won’t allow it to start if it detects alcohol on his breath, and leave the device on for nine months. When arrested, he refused a breathalyzer, and his blood test came back with a 0.246 blood-alcohol concentration, or three times the legal limit. He continued to work at the University of Texas.

-- Broncos Not Expected to Pick Up Option for Russell Okung --
Thu Feb 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Denver Post reports the Broncos aren’t expected to pick up the $1 million option on OT Russell Okung’s contract, which would activate the next four years and $48 million, with $20.5 million in guarantees. The team could choose to re-sign him for less, or go with a new option at tackle in free agency.

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-- Terrelle Pryor Wants to Stay in Cleveland --
Thu Feb 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Plain Dealer reports free-agent WR Terrelle Pryor has instructed his agents to get a new long-term deal done with the Browns because he wants to stay with them moving forward.

-- No Franchise Tag Use for Texans This Year --
Thu Feb 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Houston Chronicle reports the Texans are not expected to use their franchise tag this off-season.

-- C.J. Prosise Rehab Update --
Thu Feb 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Seattle Times reports Seahawks RB C.J. Prosise (shoulder) is expected to be fully ready to go for OTAs.

-- A.P. Tweets About the Giants --
Thu Feb 16, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports RB Adrian Peterson tweeted on Wednesday night about the "interesting moves" the New York Giants have made this offseason. Peterson is likely referring the the release of RB Rashad Jennings. The Giants could be interested in signing Peterson if he is eventually released by the Minnesota Vikings.

-- Marcus Mariota Rehab Update --
Wed Feb 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Tennessee Titans HC Mike Mularkey provided an update on QB Marcus Mariota’s (fibula) recovery from a fractured fibula last month and said Mariota was “on track” for a return by the start of the regular season. Mularkey gave another update on Wednesday and it sounded a lot like the last one. Mularkey said that he texted with Mariota recently and watched video of the quarterback walking on a treadmill in a pool, which the coach said keeps him “on schedule” for his recovery. Mularkey didn’t specify when that recovery would progress to a point when Mariota would be on the field and suggested there won’t be any rush to get to that point. “I think we’re going to be really smart about how we handle him and probably be overly cautious,” Mularkey said.

-- Jaguars Decline Option on Kelvin Beachum Making Him a Free Agent --
Wed Feb 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have declined OT Kelvin Beachum's 2017 option, making him a free agent.

-- Jets Decline Option on Ryan Clady Making Him a Free Agent --
Wed Feb 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New York Jets have declined OT Ryan Clady's 2017 option, making him a free agent.

-- 2017 Mock NFL Rookie Draft Version I Released! --
Wed Feb 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Jaguars Restructure Chad Henne --
Wed Feb 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Florida Times-Union reports according to a league source, QB Chad Henne has signed restructured deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

-- Steelers Re-Sign One --
Wed Feb 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed LB Steven Johnson.

-- Broncos Have Not Discussed Victor Cruz --
Wed Feb 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports contrary to an earlier story, veteran Denver Broncos reporter Mike Klis of KUSA reports that the Broncos have not discussed free-agent WR Victor Cruz.

-- Jaguars Re-Sign Arrelious Benn --
Wed Feb 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Florida Times Union reports the Jaguars have re-signed WR Arrelious Benn to a one-year contract, including an option for a second year.

-- Matt Paradis Undergoes Second Hip Surgery --
Wed Feb 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Denver Post reports Broncos C Matt Paradis (hips) underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left hip Tuesday, five weeks after undergoing the same procedure on his right hip. Both surgeries, performed by Dr. Marc Philippon of The Steadman Clinic in Vail, were successful, according to his agent, Brian McLaughlin. Paradis is aiming for a full recovery by the start of the regular season.

-- Bears Re-Sign One --
Wed Feb 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Chicago Bears official website reports the Bears have re-signed free-agent OL Eric Kush to a two-year contract.

-- Jaguars Re-Sign Abry Jones --
Wed Feb 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed DT Abry Jones to a four-year contract worth $16 million with $6.5 million guaranteed.

-- A Magic Act in 2010 --
Wed Feb 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football FFMastermind.com Super Bowl premium package subscriber Barry P. shares his thoughts on why our premium services are a real Magic Act. Patrons eyeing a subscription should check out what Barry has to say!

-- Chiefs Unlikely to Pick Up Nick Foles' Option for 2017 --
Wed Feb 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Kansas City Chiefs likely to pass on QB Nick Foles' option for 2017, making him a free agent, sources say. He was due a salary of $6.4 million.

-- Giants Re-Sign Will Tye --
Wed Feb 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New York Giants have re-signed exclusive-rights free-agent TE Will Tye to a one-year, $615,000 contract.

-- Falcons Name Bush Hamdan --
Wed Feb 15, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

TSN reports the Atlanta Falcons have named Bush Hamdan QBs Coach.

-- Broncos to Host Victor Cruz --
Tue Feb 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Denver Broncos will be involved in free agency. To that end, the Broncos are already working to at least meet with free-agent WR Victor Cruz.

-- John Brown Finally Healthy --
Tue Feb 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ArizonaSports.com reports Cardinals WR John Brown (SCT), who was limited to 15 games last season and was not himself in most of them due to a sickle-cell trait. After catching 65 passes for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns in 2015, Brown notched just 39 receptions, 517 yards and two scores in 2016. “He is very healthy, looks like they found the issue,” Michael Bidwill said. “We’ll get Smoke back the way we had him.”

-- Giants Re-Sign Robert Thomas --
Tue Feb 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NJ.com reports the New York Giants have re-signed exclusive-rights free-agent DT Robert Thomas to a one-year contract.

-- Redskins No Closer to Long-Term Deal with Kirk Cousins --
Tue Feb 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Washington Post reports people familiar with the situation says the Redskins and free-agent QB Kirk Cousins haven’t come any closer on an agreement in recent weeks. And so, while anything could change between now and March 1, a franchise tag designation for Cousins remains a very real possibility. Such a move would mean a pay increase from $19.95 million to $23.94 million, in accordance with the CBA’s stipulation that calls for a 120-percent raise for a player playing under the franchise tag for a second straight year. But that would all but guarantee that Cousins hits the market as an unrestricted free agent next season, because a third straight franchise tag would mean paying him $34.5 million in 2018. Avoiding that scenario gives the Redskins additional incentive to get something done this offseason. It’s believed that Cousins could command a four- to five-year deal worth between $90 million and $110 million, with $50-$60 million guaranteed.

-- Keep Coming Back! --
Tue Feb 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football FFMastermind.com Super Bowl premium package subscriber Jack Fields gets to the point why he Keeps Coming Back to be a premium subscriber after trying out other services. Patrons considering a subscription should check out what Jack has to say!

-- Source: Jaguars Close to Extending Abry Jones --
Tue Feb 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Florida Times Union reports a league source says the Jacksonville Jaguars are nearing a new contract with impending free-agent DT Abry Jones.

-- Bengals Sign One --
Tue Feb 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Cincinnati Bengals have signed free-agent CB Bene Benwikere.

-- NFL Issues Warning to Seahawks About Richard Sherman --
Tue Feb 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports a source says the Seattle Seahawks were issued a warning by the NFL yesterday for violating the injury-reporting policy on CB Richard Sherman. They received no further discipline. The violation was deemed to result from misinterpretation of the rules (Sherman practiced fully). If future violation, this one will be taken into account.

-- Cliff Avril Undergoes Surgery --
Tue Feb 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Seattle Times reports Seahawks DE Cliff Avril Tweeted that he had surgery Tuesday morning. Avril also revealed a picture via Instagram showing that the surgery was conducted by Dr. William C. Meyers of the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia, who specializes in sports hernia and other procedures involving the core of the body.

-- Steelers Re-Sign Anthony Chickillo --
Tue Feb 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed exclusive-rights free-agent LB Anthony Chickillo to a one-year contract.

-- Falcons Name Jess Simpson --
Tue Feb 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports the Falcons have named Jess Simpson Assistant Defensive Line Coach.

-- Colin Kaepernick Switching Agents --
Tue Feb 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Sacramento Bee reports 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, who is set to have yet another eventful off-season, will do so with different representation. The 49ers quarterback and XAM Sports, the agency that represented him since the 2011 draft, have parted ways, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the matter but do not have the authority to speak on the record. Kaepernick earned more than $40 million since signing a contract extension with the 49ers before the 2014 season. Kaepernick, 29, foreshadowed this move midway through last season when he restructured his contract and a third party, Jeff Nalley of Select Sports Group, handled the final negotiations. It’s unknown whether Nalley, who worked with the 49ers on a contract extension for tight end Vance McDonald last season, will represent Kaepernick. The NFLPA’s online database of players and agents currently does not include Kaepernick. That’s because the players union requires a five-day waiting period before hiring a new agent. Kaepernick is the only 49ers quarterback signed for the upcoming season and is due to earn nearly $15 million in base salary. The 49ers, however, can release him with little ramifications to their salary cap. Kaepernick also can opt out of the deal and enter free agency, which begins on March 9th. New GM John Lynch said last week that Kaepernick has reached out to the team and that he and the quarterback are scheduled to meet soon. Lynch said he and new HC Kyle Shanahan need to study and consider their personnel, including Kaepernick. “The first order of business is Kyle and I both really attacking it and seeing what we have here, and we’ll do that with his situation,” Lynch said. “We’ll sit down with him, and if we see fit that he’s a part of it, we’ll commit to that. If not, we’ll figure things out.”

-- Sign Up for Free Fantasy Newsletters! --
Tue Feb 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Giants Re-Sign Matt LaCosse --
Tue Feb 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New York Giants have re-signed exclusive-rights free-agent TE Matt LaCosse to a one-year contract.

-- More Surgery for Sammie Coates --
Tue Feb 14, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates (groin/fingers) underwent surgery to repair a groin injury following the season. It is unclear when the surgery happened, but it is the second time Coates has gone under the knife since the season ended. He also had surgery to repair fractures and tendon damage to his left ring and index fingers.


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