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Last Updated:  Thu Apr 17, 2014, 6:22 PM

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-- 2014 Free Agent Tracker UPDATED! --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- PASS: Just Sayin' --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football FFMastermind.com and PASS (Player Analysis & Scouting Service) senior fantasy writer John Cooney returns this week with more thoughts on the NFL in Just Sayin'. John touches on some hot topics in this week's installment. Enjoy.


-- Jets Signing Chris Johnson --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free-agent RB Chris Johnson is signing a two-year deal with the New York Jets today. NBC Sports adds Johnson's two-year deal has a base value of $8 million, with another $1 million available in incentives based on yardage.


-- Mining for New Fantasy Football Gold --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football FFMastermind.com & PASS senior fantasy football writer John Cooney reminds us that sometimes in our effort to dig deep into the mountains of information for potential fantasy breakout players, we miss out on the easy-pickin' gold nuggets sitting right on the surface. A flash-fire, one game performance may be all that is needed to stake a claim on a potential fantasy football gold-strike... [Full Story]


-- 2014 Rookie Draft War Rooms - Who Makes the Call... --
Mon Apr 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- April Off-Season Eye in the Sky Reports! --
Tue Apr 8, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football We've just released our initial April Off-Season "Eye in the Sky" Reports covering 9 teams. Look for more reports to be released throughout the next five months leading up to NFL Kick-Off in September. Enjoy.


-- Masterminding the 2014 Strength Of Schedule - Fantasy Football Style --
Tue Apr 1, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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Thu Feb 27, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Colin Kaepernick Contract Talks on Hold Because... --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports contract talks between the San Francisco 49ers and QB Colin Kaepernick are on hold. The 49ers have tabled negotiations while police investigate an incident earlier this month at a Miami hotel. The Miami Police Department confirmed last week that Kaepernick, 49ers WR Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette were named as persons involved in an incident report filed April 4. A public information officer said last Thursday that the investigation was in "the early stages." The goal for the Niners and Kaepernick remains getting a new deal done before the start of the 2014 season. According to Rapoport, negotiations were not going well and the sides are not close on a monster deal that is expected to exceed $18 million per year.

-- Chargers Pick Up 5th-Year Option on Corey Liuget --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the San Diego Chargers have picked up the 5th-year option on DE Corey Liuget for 2015.

-- 49ers Have No Plans to Release Aldon Smith, But... --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the San Francisco 49ers do not plan to cut LB Aldon Smith, who has $3 million in guaranteed salary next season. That doesn't come close to solving Smith's problems, however. Rapoport said a suspension at the start of the season is likely, though it's unknown how many games it will last. Significant legal issues represent another hurdle to getting back on the field. Smith is facing three felony gun charges as well as a DUI charge that led to a rehab stay last year. He'll face those charges in one trial set to begin on April 29. Smith's arrest for the false report of a bomb threat came after the judge in his upcoming trial warned Smith to keep his nose clean. "It is possible Aldon Smith isn't on the field because he may be in jail," Ian Rapoport said Thursday.

-- Ravens Pick Up 5th-Year Option on Jimmy Smith --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Baltimore Ravens have officially exercised the 5th-year option on CB Jimmy Smith. It means he's signed through 2015.

-- Texans Pick Up 5th-Year Option on J.J. Watt --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Houston Texans have officially exercised the 5th-year option on DE J.J. Watt for 2015.

-- Colts Sign Two --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

RavenInsider reports the Indianapolis Colts have signed free-agent FB Stephen Campbell and FB Cameron White.

-- 17 Fantasy Football Titles! --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football FFMastermind.com Super Bowl premium package subscriber Michael Valders gets to the point real quick concerning his 17 Fantasy Football Titles. Patrons considering a subscription should check out what Michael has to say!

-- No Charges Against Tandon Doss --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

WISH-TV reports Jacksonville Jaguars WR Tandon Doss won't be charged after being arrested for disorderly conduct in Indianapolis on Wednesday.

-- Saints Work Out Rusty Smith --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL Insider Howard Balzer reports free-agent QB Rusty Smith recently worked out for the New Orleans Saints.

-- Jaguars Release Four --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have waived DE D'Aundre Reed, DE Will Pericak and WR Jabin Sambrano. They also released LB Russell Allen after a failed physical.

-- Donovan McNabb Arrested for DUI --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

TMZ reports retired Eagles QB Donovan McNabb was arrested for DUI in January. He reached a plea agreement and served one day in jail as punishment.

-- Ravens Reinstate Rolando McClain --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Baltimore Ravens have reinstated LB Rolando McClain from the reserve/retired list.

-- Chad Johnson CFL Bound --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the CFL's Montreal Alouettes have signed former Dolphins and Bengals WR Chad Johnson.

-- Colts Re-Sign Joe Reitz --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Indianapolis Colts official website reports the Colts have re-signed restricted free-agent OG Joe Reitz to a one-year contract.

-- Chris Johnson Disputes Notion of Arthritis in Knee --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New York Daily News reports new Jets RB Chris Johnson says there is no sign of arthritis in his knee

-- PASS: Just Sayin' --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football FFMastermind.com and PASS (Player Analysis & Scouting Service) senior fantasy writer John Cooney returns this week with more thoughts on the NFL in Just Sayin'. John touches on some hot topics in this week's installment. Enjoy.

-- Could the Eagles be a Fit for LaMichael James? --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NJ.com reports the San Francisco 49ers are shopping RB LaMichael James. A second-round pick in 2012, James is reportedly unhappy with his playing time. That is where the Eagles could step in. Eagles HC Chip Kelly was James' coach at Oregon, and from 2009-2011, James ran for 53 touchdowns and more than 5,000 yards as one of college football's most explosive backs. James has only 184 yards in two NFL seasons, but Kelly likes to keep reminders of Oregon around, and the Eagles need a running back.

-- Moss & Cooley Rave About RGIII --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Washington Redskins WR Santana Moss told ESPN that now that QB Robert Griffin III is running without a brace on his knee, he’s running like his old self. “He looks more comfortable, because he don’t have to worry about that brace,” Moss said, via the Washington Post. “I think the brace was the big discomfort last year. You know, he’s a young guy with those fiery legs that want to do so much, and that brace probably gave him a little pinch in the behind, because he couldn’t do the things that he was normally accustomed to doing. You can already see, when we’re out there in conditioning and stuff, he’s running around, looking like the old Robert Griffin.” TE Chris Cooley, who played with Griffin in 2012 and now works as one of the team’s radio commentators, said on ESPN 980 that he worked out with Griffin recently and was amazed by what he saw. “It’s unbelievable,” Cooley said. “He’s another person right now. I was like, ‘you’re running unbelievably well.’ It was silly to watch. . . . When you watch him run, you’re like ‘You’re a freak. You’re seriously a freak.’”

-- Brian Cushing Cleared by Doctor --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CSN Houston reports Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (torn ACL/leg) has tweeted that he's been medically cleared by his doctor.

-- Jets Concerned About Chris Johnson's Knee, But... --
Thu Apr 17, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New York Jets have some concerns about the condition of RB Chris Johnson's knee, and the arthritis in it, but it wasn't enough to not sign him to a two-year contract.

-- Josh Samuda OUT 9-10 Months After Surgery --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Minnesota Vikings OL Josh Samuda, who sustained a gruesome injury to his right ankle during the team's workout on Tuesday, had surgery in the Twin Cities to mend a broken fibula, dislocated ankle and deltoid ligament damage on Wednesday, according to a source close to the situation. He should get more information about his prognosis as the week draws to a close, the source said, but while the injury isn't thought to be career threatening, the initial expectation is Samuda will miss nine to 10 months.

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Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Taylor Mays Rehab Update --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

USA Today reports Cincinnati Bengals S Taylor Mays dislocated shoulder last October. Mays dislocated his shoulder when attempting to tackle RB Bilal Powell in a game against the New York Jets. The shoulder dislocation tore Mays’ labrum in two places and it took 90 minutes to get put the shoulder back into its socket. NBC Sports adds Mays says he expects to participate in the team’s offseason program which kicks off next week. He estimates the shoulder is close to 90% healed, which should put on pace to be back to full strength by the start of training camp in July.

-- 49ers Shopping LaMichael James --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Sacramento Bee reports according to a league source, the 49ers have been shopping RB LaMichael James, a second-round pick in the 2012 draft.

-- Dwayne Bowe Pleads Guilty to Amended Charges --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Kansas City Star reports Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe pleaded guilty Wednesday in Riverside Municipal Court to amended charges of defective equipment and littering relating to his Nov. 10 arrest for marijuana possession. The city prosecutor, Amy Ashefford, said Bowe paid $610 in fines. “Like others charged with speeding and possessing marijuana for the first time, Mr. Bowe pleaded guilty to amended charges…” Ashefford said. “Justice requires that similar cases be treated similarly. As a result, it’s important to me that Mr. Bowe be treated no differently, either with a harsher or lesser punishment than any other person in a similar situation, and that is what occurred tonight.” Bowe’s attorney, Kevin E.J. Regan, said Bowe’s plea does not include probation.

-- Seahawks to Re-Sign Sidney Rice --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports after visiting the New York Jets today, free-agent WR Sidney Rice is returning to Seattle on a one-year deal, according to a source.

-- Jaguars Re-Sign Mike Brown --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed exclusive-rights free-agent WR Mike Brown to a one-year contract.

-- Saints Hosting Jonathan Goodwin --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New Orleans Saints are hosting veteran free-agent C Jonathan Goodwin today.

-- Cowboys Hosting Davin Joseph --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent OG Davin Joseph is visiting with the Dallas Cowboys.

-- Raiders Shopping Terrelle Pryor Hard --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Oasland Raiders will try to trade unhappy QB Terrelle Pryor by Monday.

-- Matt Bayley Wins 2013 AFFL $25K & 2012 FFWC $200K Fantasy Championships! --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Bengals Sign T.J. Conley --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Cincinnati Bengals have signed free-agent P T.J. Conley. Conley punted for the Jets in 2011, but the team moved in a different direction before the 2012 season and Conley hasn’t played in the last two regular seasons. He was with the Browns last summer. Conley averaged 42.7 yards a punt for the Jets and had a net of 38.8 yards.

-- Ravens Re-Sign D.J. Bryant --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Baltimore Ravens have re-signed exclusive-rights free-agent LB D.J. Bryant to a one-year contract.

-- Jets Signing Chris Johnson --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free-agent RB Chris Johnson is signing a two-year deal with the New York Jets today. NBC Sports adds Johnson's two-year deal has a base value of $8 million, with another $1 million available in incentives based on yardage.

-- Clay Matthews Rehab Update --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports when the Green Bay Packers report for the offseason program on Tuesday, don't expect LB Clay Matthews to put his twice-broken right thumb through any vigorous work right away. But when training camp begins in July, and more importantly when the regular season kicks off in September, Matthews does not expect there to be any issues. In an interview with USA Today's Tom Pelissero, Matthews said he expects his thumb to be a non-issue going forward. "It's been getting better, so I have no doubt," Matthews said. "Obviously, OTAs will probably be one thing. I can't imagine I'll be too heavily involved with some of the stuff. I'm sure I can do stuff here and there." But when training camp opens? "I'll be ready," Matthews said. Matthews estimated that his thumb is "about 75, 80% of where it needs to be." "It's getting there," he said. "By the time the season rolls around, it'll be fine. I'm optimistic about it. I mean, I've never heard of a career-ending thumb injury, but no one had heard of a Bennett's fracture when I had done that."

-- Mike James Rehab Update --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Tampa Bay Times reports five months after a promising rookie season ended with a broken left ankle, Buccaneers RB Mike James said he's pleased with his recovery and is running and cutting. "The healing process is going well," James said. "I've got a good opportunity to do what I need to do to get back in the swing of things and get acclimated with everything." Asked if he has been cleared to participate in the first minicamp (April 22-24), James said the team is still "taking everything day by day." His focus is on getting back to full strength and full speed. He said the injury is a risk that comes with football. "It's the game," he said. "It's a tough game, a brutal game. We all know what it's for when we sign up, and we take it in stride."

-- Rob Gronkowski Rehab Update --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

Bleacher Report reports a source close to New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (torn ACL) said that the star player will "take his time and then take more time" in his effort to return from a torn ACL.

-- Giants Sign Josh Freeman --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Tribune reports free-agent QB Josh Freeman will sign a one-year deal with the New York Giants, according to his agent, Erik Burkhardt.

-- Golden Tate = Lance Moore? --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Detroit Lions official website reports new Lions WR Golden Tate compares his role in Detroit to the one WR Lance Moore had with the New Orleans Saints.

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Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Chris Johnson Still Drawing Interest, But... --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Atlanta Falcons, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins are said to have interest in free-agent RB Chris Johnson, but none are making a mad rush to sign him.

-- Rolando McClain Fails Conditioning Test for Ravens --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Baltimore Sun reports the conditioning test that retired LB Rolando McClain was unable to complete during an unsuccessful workout for team officials Tuesday at the Ravens' training complex consists of six timed interval runs. The Ravens use this test to gauge players' readiness to play football. Players are required to run 150 yards six times, and different position groups are assigned varying target times. The first interval requires players to run 25 yards up and back, three times, for a total of 150 yards. That's followed by a break of roughly one minute between each run. That's followed by a break of roughly one minute between each run. Should a player not make his prescribed target time during any of the six runs, then it's determined that he's failed the conditioning test. Last year, Ravens Pro Bowl WR/KR Jacoby Jones didn't complete the test on the first try at the start of training camp but then passed it on the second try, allowing him to practice. It's a demanding workout that has tested the aerobic capacity and speed of many players, large and small, over the years. And it's one that McClain, a 2010 Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick who won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker at Alabama, simply couldn't get through Tuesday.

-- Cowboys to Host LaRon Byrd --
Wed Apr 16, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New York Daily News reports free-agent WR LaRon Byrd will visit with the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday.

-- Donald Trump Could Buy the Bills If... --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports billionaire Donald Trump would have a good chance of being approved as owner of the Buffalo Bills, if the family of Ralph Wilson decides to sell the team to him. “I don’t see why not,” a source with direct knowledge of the dynamics of team ownership said on Tuesday. “He’s the only one saying it will stay in Buffalo.” But what of Trump’s thirst for attention, his potential inability to put the greater good above his own interests, his tendency to be belligerent and combative with real or imagined enemies? “I don’t think there are nine people to stop him,” the source said, in reference to the fact that nine “no” votes from other owners can block the sale.

-- Giants Don't Sign Kevin Williams --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Tribune reports free-agent DT Kevin Williams left his visit with the New York Giants without a contract.

-- Chris Johnson's Visit with Jets Goes Well, But... --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New York Daily News reports free-agent RB Chris Johnson's visit with the Jets today was productive. Good vibes went all around, but New York won't overpay for his services. The depressed running back market suggests $3-$4 million per year maximum in a deal with the Jets. Johnson said he has other visits scheduled, and doesn't have a timeframe to make a decision.

-- Sources: Adios Aldon Smith --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Mercury News reports after talking to several sources involved with the 49ers’ decision-making, troubled LB Aldon Smith hasn’t only lost the benefit of the doubt, he probably won’t play for the 49ers in 2014. That doesn’t mean the 49ers will release him any time soon–remember, he almost certainly will face NFL punishment, it probably won’t be lenient, and the 49ers will probably wait through the legal and NFL processes before making any final conclusion. They also are on the hook for a guaranteed $3+ million to Smith and have time to see how this plays out before dumping him and throwing away the money.

-- Gerald McCoy Won't Hold Out --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers DL Gerald McCoy says he isn't considering a holdout heading into the final year of his rookie contract. "When they say report to camp, DT Gerald McCoy will be there regardless of what happens," McCoy said Tuesday.

-- Mining for New Fantasy Football Gold --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football FFMastermind.com & PASS senior fantasy football writer John Cooney reminds us that sometimes in our effort to dig deep into the mountains of information for potential fantasy breakout players, we miss out on the easy-pickin' gold nuggets sitting right on the surface. A flash-fire, one game performance may be all that is needed to stake a claim on a potential fantasy football gold-strike... [Full Story]

-- Malcom Floyd Rehab Update --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports San Diego Chargers WR Malcom Floyd (neck) said that he’ll be at the start of the team’s offseason workouts. “I’ll definitely be there for that,” Floyd said. “I’m excited to be back and just be around my teammates again. You don’t realize how much you take for granted until you go through something like I did, so it feels good to be back. I know I’m in good hands with (trainer) James Collins and his staff. I’m listening to their advice and to my body, and I feel like I’m in a good position right now. I feel really good running and everything.” Floyd hasn’t been cleared to do all activities and it may be a while before that comes as he was still experiencing discomfort in his neck last month. It’s a small step, then, but a necessary one if Floyd is going to be able to resume his playing career.

-- Kyle Rudolph Healthy --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (foot) has declared himself 100 percent healthy and says he’s been running without any problems since February.

-- Bears Release Cheta Ozougwu --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Chicago Bears have waived DE Cheta Ozougwu.

-- Steelers Sign Adam Podlesh --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have signed free-agent P Adam Podlesh.

-- Vikings Sign Allen Reisner --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed free-agent TE Allen Reisner.

-- Falcons Release Two --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Atlanta Falcons have waived TE Adam Nissley and CB Saeed Lee.

-- Texans Sign Ricardo Mathews --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Houston Chronicle reports the Texans have signed free-agent DE Ricardo Mathews.

-- Vikings Claim Terrell Manning --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings have claimed LB Terrell Manning off waivers from the San Diego Chargers.

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-- Josh Samuda Fractures & Dislocates Ankle --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Tribune reports Vikings OL Josh Samuda fractured and dislocated his ankle during today's voluntary workout, according to a source. He will undergo surgery in the morning.

-- Source: Packers to Re-Sign Matt Flynn --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent QB Matt Flynn has agreed to contract terms with the Green Bay Packers, a source says.

-- 49ers Sign Brandon Lloyd --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the San Francisco 49ers have signed free-agent WR Brandon Lloyd to a one-year contract.

-- Charges Against Daniel Kilgore Dismissed --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports San Francisco 49ers C Daniel Kilgore's public intoxication charges were dismissed last week.

-- Giants Likely Not Serious About Sidney Rice --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports don't expect the New York Giants to be serious bidders for free-agent WR Sidney Rice if a lot of other teams get involved for his services. It could happen, and if healthy he'd fill a big need for them, but he's never healthy and the Giants just sort of checked in to see about the price.

-- Patriots Eyeing Dustin Keller --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CSN New England reports the Patriots are expected to show interest in free-agent TE Dustin Keller if he's still unsigned after the NFL draft.

-- Jets Host Chris Johnson --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free-agent RB Chris Johnson is visiting with the New York Jets on Tuesday, according to team sources, whom spotted him in the teams' training facility.

-- Giants Host Kevin Williams --
Tue Apr 15, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Tribune reports free-agent DT Kevin Williams is visiting with the New York Giants.

-- 2014 Rookie Draft War Rooms - Who Makes the Call... --
Mon Apr 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

fantasy football 4/14/2014: By John Holler (Premium Fantasy Article) - When draft weekend hits, the biggest term that you hear repeated again and again is "war room." Perhaps a bit overblown in terms of the connection to a military war room, franchise-changing decisions are made. Who gets taken? Who do you pass on? Who do you trade up for? Who do you end the weekend with on your team? There are a lot of questions requiring answers that will come from the 32 NFL war rooms on draft weekend. But, who will be making those decisions? Every NFL team hires... [Full Story]

-- Giants to Work Out Three Tuesday --
Mon Apr 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The New York Daily News reports the giants will work out free-agents QB Josh Freeman, QB Matt Flynn, and WR LaRon Byrd on Tuesday.

-- A Magic Act in 2010 --
Mon Apr 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Chris Culliver Pleads Not Guilty --
Mon Apr 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Mercury News reports 49ers CB Chris Culliver pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor hit-and-run and felony possession of brass knuckles charges on Friday. His next court date is set for May 14, at which point a judge will decide if there’s enough evidence to warrant a trial.

-- Chargers Release One --
Mon Apr 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the San Diego Chargers have waived LB Terrell Manning.

-- Lockette Called Police is Supposed Kaepernick Incident --
Mon Apr 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Sacramento Bee reports Seattle Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette twice called 911 in Miami early in the morning of April 2 to report that a naked woman was on his friend's bed and refused to leave, according to incident reports, one of which was obtained today by radio station 940 A.M. That bed presumably was 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick's, who along with fellow NFL players Lockette and 49ers WR Quinton Patton were named in a "suspicious incident" investigation earlier this month. The first call was made at 12:03 a.m. from Lockette's cell phone. He called 911 again 17 minutes later. In addition, a source familiar with the case said that Kaepernick was not at the suite during the disturbance or when police arrived. A police spokesman could not verify who was at the suite when police arrived. The incident report obtained today says that a Crisis Intervention Team was summoned to the players' suite at the Viceroy Hotel. The unit's web site says that the Crisis Intervention Team "is an effective police response program designed for first responders who handle crisis calls involving people with mental illness including those with co-occurring substance use disorders."

-- Redskins Sign One --
Mon Apr 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Washington Post reports the Redskins have signed S Akeem Davis, a free agent who went undrafted out of Memphis last year. His first deal was voided, but another was signed today.

-- D-Jax Reports for Off-Season Workouts --
Mon Apr 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Washington Post reports after spending last week on a previously scheduled vacation, new Redskins WR DeSean Jackson arrived to the Washington area Sunday night and reported Monday morning to Redskins Park as the team kicked off its second week of the offseason program.

-- Vikings; Kurt Coleman Agree to Contract --
Mon Apr 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to sign free-agent S Kurt Coleman.

-- Source: Sidney Rice Cleared for Football Activities --
Mon Apr 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports free-agent WR Sidney Rice has been cleared for football activities by Dr. James Andrews, according to a league source.

-- Von Miller Rehab Update --
Mon Apr 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Denver Broncos LB Von Miller (torn ACL) said he's feeling good and is on schedule with his rehab from a torn ACL.

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-- Eagles Tried to Acquire C.J. Spiller --
Mon Apr 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

CSN Philly reports the Eagles tried to trade for Bills RB C.J. Spiller before acquiring RB Darren Sproles.

-- Lions Re-Sign Rashean Mathis --
Mon Apr 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Detroit Lions have re-signed veteran free-agent CB Rashean Mathis to a one-year contract.

-- Browns Sign Chris Pressley --
Mon Apr 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Beacon Journal reports the Browns have signed free-agent FB Chris Pressley, a traditional fullback they hope will pave the way for RB Ben Tate.

-- Lance Dunbar Rehab Update --
Mon Apr 14, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Cowboys official website reports Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar (knee) is doing well in his rehab from a knee injury suffered last season.

-- 49ers Undecided About Aldon Smith --
Sun Apr 13, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith decided at the wrong time in the worst place to be a wiseacre. And now the 49ers have to decide what to do. It’s extremely unlikely they’d cut him, because he’d be gobbled up on waivers, possibly by another team in the division. Because Smith arrived via the first round of the 2011 draft, the 49ers have to decide by May 3 whether to exercise the fifth-year option on Smith’s rookie contract. According to a league source with knowledge of the situation, the 49ers haven’t decided to exercise the option. They’ll be discussing the question in the coming days and weeks, and they have less than three weeks to resolve the issue. The analysis will entail further homework regarding Smith’s off-field issues, especially since the obvious question that arises from Smith’s decision (allegedly) to joke about a bomb with a TSA agent is whether Smith was under the influence of alcohol, or something else.

-- Aldon Smith Released from Jail After Posting Bond --
Sun Apr 13, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Mercury News reports 49ers LB Aldon Smith has been released from a Los Angeles jail after posting $20,000 bail, shortly after being charged with making a false bomb threat earlier Sunday afternoon at LAX. A Los Angeles police spokesman said although it was observed Smith may have been drinking prior to the airport incident, it was not a factor to his arrest on the bomb threat. That could be relevant to the 49ers’ concerns, however, as Smith missed five games last season while undergoing substance-abuse treatment.

-- Source: Aldon Smith Detained --
Sun Apr 13, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Sacramento Bee reports police at Los Angeles International Airport say they took a 25-year-old San Jose man into custody today after he became belligerent after going through security and saying something about having a bomb. Witnesses, some of whom have video of the incident, said the suspect is 49ers LB Aldon Smith. Smith is 24 and turns 25 in September. LAX authorities said the suspect is in the process of being booked with the Los Angeles Police Department and that his identity won't be released until that is complete. A statement from the airport police reads: "At approximately 1400 hrs, a 25-year-old male resident of San Jose, California, was going through Terminal 1 screening and was randomly selected for a secondary screening. The suspect then became belligerent and uncooperative with the process and with the TSA agent, making a comment indicating that he was in possession of a bomb before proceeding towards the gate area. Los Angeles Airport Police made contact with him at the gate and he was positively identified as the person in question. Once again the male subject became uncooperative and he was detained and taken into custody by Airport Police and is currently being transported to LAPD for booking."

-- Dolphins Eyeing Jermichael Finley --
Sun Apr 13, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins had conversations with the agent for free-agent TE Jermichael Finley and said they could have interest if he’s cleared to resume his career after neck surgery. But other teams have been more pro-active. HC Joe Philbin was offensive coordinator during part of Finley's tenure with the Packers.

-- Working Doubletime to Help You Win! --
Sun Apr 13, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Jake Locker Suprised Titans Released Chris Johnson --
Sun Apr 13, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker wasn’t expecting to play without RB Chris Johnson this year. Locker said on SiriusXM NFL Radio that he was surprised to find out that the Titans were releasing Johnson, their starting running back for the last six seasons. “He’s obviously been a huge part of this organization in past years and been a big contributor to what we’ve done on offense,” Locker said. “I don’t think anybody really had an idea how that was going to go, how that was going to work. Unfortunately he ended up somewhere else and we wish him the best, where ever he does end up landing. But he gave a lot to this organization, this team, and I think everybody who had the opportunity to play with him is thankful for that.”

-- Alex Mack Happy in Cleveland --
Sun Apr 13, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports while the Cleveland Browns matched the Jaguars’ five-year, $42 million offer sheet to C Alex Mack, the two-time Pro Bowl center reportedly has no qualms about staying with Cleveland, the team with which he’s played his first five NFL seasons. “I’m excited. I’m fired up,” Mack told the Cleveland Plain Dealer for a story published Saturday. “There’s no bad blood. Now that it’s done, I’m happy.” Mack also told the Plain Dealer that he was “happy to be in Cleveland” and told the paper he didn’t say he wanted to move on to another team. “I don’t believe I ever said that,” Mack told the Plain Dealer. “Seeing the options and trying to test free agency and see what else was out there was something that we wanted to do and we had a small opportunity to kind of get a little bit of that.”

-- Lardarius Webb Back to His Old Self --
Sun Apr 13, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Baltimore Sun reports Ravens CB Lardarius Webb had regained trust in his surgically repaired left knee by the end of last season. He became confident enough to plant without hesitation to backpedal, break on the football and accelerate into coverage.

-- Matt Johnson Rehab Update --
Sun Apr 13, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys S Matt Johnson (foot) is expected to be cleared to participate in OTAs.

-- LeSean McCoy Supports D-Jax --
Sun Apr 13, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports RB LeSean McCoy offered something WR DeSean Jackson hasn't received since Philadelphia released him, public support from an ex-teammate. McCoy, talking to Eagles reporters after a Philadelphia-area youth clinic Saturday, said Jackson's loss leaves "big shoes to fill" for the Eagles. He also said that anyone who says they're happy about the move is lying. The Eagles released Jackson in a controversial move March 28, and the Washington Redskins signed him five days later. Since then, there have been some reports relying on anonymous sources that put Jackson in a negative light, notably one from CBS Philadelphia. The story painted Jackson as a problem in the locker room, someone who did not connect with teammates, and that players would be happy if he was gone. "I don't know how honest that would be," McCoy said. "It is a surprise. You've heard so much, you don't really know [what's true]. "Not playing with him is definitely going to be different. Playing against him is really going to be different. DeSean's by far one of the biggest playmakers in the game, and the biggest deep threat there is in the game. Some big shoes to fill, for sure. ... When you're making moves like that, they (the Eagles) obviously know something, and I've got a lot of trust in them. I think with the team they put together so far, with bringing RB Darren Sproles in and making different moves and signing guys, they know what they're doing." McCoy said he wasn't sure why the Eagles released Jackson. He told reporters that he never saw his former teammate curse at HC Chip Kelly, which is among the stories that have leaked out. "I've never seen that. I've never seen the two of them get into it," McCoy said. "Coach Kelly, the good thing I'll say about him is he's understanding. If you have an issue or a problem, he seems to always work it out."

-- Is Eli Manning in Decline? --
Sat Apr 12, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports offseason ankle surgery can only add to the legitimacy of the questions surrounding New York Giants franchise QB Eli Manning following his worst season. Manning threw a career-high 27 interceptions in 2013 to go with 18 touchdown passes, his lowest total since becoming the Giants' full-time starter. His passing yardage total of 3,818 was his lowest since 2008. His 57.5 completion percentage was his lowest since 2007, and for the third year in a row was lower than it was the year before. There are those who wonder whether Manning is a player in decline at age 33. This is a question that has not gone unasked within the ranks of the Giants' front office. It is part of the reason the Giants decided not to try this offseason to extend Manning's contract, which runs through 2015, even though doing so would have offered them significant salary cap relief. They would like to see him pull out of his downward trend before they commit to his late 30s. Their hope is that he has a big year and that extending him next offseason makes sense.

-- Chad Johnson Talking to CFL Team --
Sat Apr 12, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports free-agent veteran WR Chad Johnson is drawing interest from a Canadian Football League club. The Montreal Alouettes will work out the 36-year-old Johnson next week at the club’s minicamp in Vero Beach, Florida, Alouettes GM Jim Popp said Saturday, according to the club’s website. Popp also said that talks with Johnson “have escalated over the last week.”

-- Kurt Coleman Rebuffs Vikngs Offer, But... --
Sat Apr 12, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Minnesota Vikings offered free-agent S Kurt Coleman a contract after meeting with the free agent on Wednesday and Thursday, according to a league source, but Coleman is still weighing his options. The Vikings confirmed Coleman's free-agent visit on Friday morning, which meant the safety had left the facility without a contract. Coleman had met with several teams, and arrived in the Twin Cities on Wednesday to begin his visit with the Vikings. However, the contract offer wasn't enough to get him to pull the trigger on a deal on Friday. The Vikings and Coleman could still circle back to one another and come to an agreement at some point.

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-- Charges Against Deonte Thompson Dropped --
Sat Apr 12, 2014 --from FFMastermind.com

The Baltimore Sun reports Ravens reserve WR Deonte Thompson's felony and misdemeanor drug charges have been dismissed by Florida prosecutors, according to his lawyer and court records. Thompson was arrested on Feb. 24 in Gainesville, Fla., and charged with felony possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. The case against Thompson was dropped due to insufficient evidence against him, according to Alachua County court records. Alvon Summerall, a co-defendant and the driver of the car that was stopped with Thompson a passenger, has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license, according to court records.


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