C. J. Spiller RB BUF 12 Hrs2 Comments
Spiller, about to become a free agent, appeared on the NFL Network on Tuesday and said he won't be returning to Buffalo. He also said the Bills called him and thanked him for his service following the LeSean McCoy trade, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.
The Bills traded for McCoy on Tuesday afternoon and paid a high price to do so, both in terms of salary and in giving up Kiko Alonso. Spiller already seemed like he was ready to look elsewhere anyway, but given how much he'd cost to bring back into the mix, there's no way the Bills are spending that kind of additional money at the running back position.
Kiko Alonso LB BUF 12 Hrs2 Comments
Alonso has been traded to the Eagles in exchange for running back LeSean McCoy, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Alonso missed the entire 2014 NFL season after suffering a torn ACL in July, but the 24-year-old linebacker expects to be a full participant in training camp. The move will reunite Alonso with his former college coach, Chip Kelly, and also bolster an Eagles defense that finished in the bottom third of the league in total points allowed in 2014. Philadelphia also finished in the middle of the pack in terms of rushing yards allowed per game last season (119.9), but the addition of Alonso should help immensely in this area as well. The overall IDP outlook of Alonso doesn't change drastically, provided he retains his health throughout the duration of training camp.
LeSean McCoy RB PHI 13 Hrs23 Comments
McCoy has been traded to Buffalo in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
McCoy would have represented nearly a $12 million cap hit for the Eagles in 2015, but they'll instead ship him out of town in a move that significantly bolsters their defense. The 26-year-old back was commonly one of the top-2 players taken in standard fantasy drafts in 2014, but didn't really live up to that ADP, rushing for 1,319 yards and recording just five combined touchdowns. His projected fantasy value takes a bit of a hit in Buffalo, where a slower-paced team will mean less opportunities for touches. On the bright side, C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson are both on expiring contracts, so McCoy may be able to earn the elusive title of "feature" back. He'll still have to hold off Anthony Dixon and former teammate Bryce Brown for touches, however.
Tyvon Branch DB OAK 13 Hrs
The Raiders have released Branch (foot), the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Branch's release frees up nearly $3 million in salary cap space for the Raiders in advance of free agency. Branch has been a productive IDP when healthy, but he's been limited to just five games over the last two seasons, including three in 2014 (in which he recorded 30 tackles).
Trent Cole LB PHI 13 Hrs
The Eagles will release Cole, ESPN.com reports.
Given his ability to work in either a 4-3 or 3-4 defensive scheme, the 32-year-pld linebacker should have little trouble securing a new deal, on the heels of a 2014 season in which he recorded 52 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 15 games for the Eagles.
Jairus Byrd DB NO 15 Hrs
According to head coach Sean Payton, Byrd (knee) is a few weeks away from being at full strength after suffering a season-ending meniscus tear in his knee last year, reports Fox Sports. "He's doing well," Payton said. "His rehab is on schedule. He'll be cleared for minicamp. We're looking at about 2 or 3 weeks from him being 100 percent."
Byrd's 2014 season ended in Week 4 prematurely, but even before his injury, the Saints' big offseason signing struggled at times. Still, with 22 interceptions in his first five NFL seasons in Buffalo, there's hope that Byrd can rebound in his second season in New Orleans, making him a decent sleeper option in IDP leagues.
Brian Hartline WR MIA 16 Hrs
Hartline is slated to visit the Browns on Tuesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The Browns are clearly looking upgrade at wideout, in the wake of Josh Gordon's suspension, but Hartline -- an Ohio native -- who was let go by Miami for cap reasons, could still end up returning to the Dolphins, who have a stated interest in bringing the 28-year-old wideout back at a reduced rate.
Colin Cole DL CAR 16 Hrs
The Panthers have signed Cole to one-year deal, worth $1.05 million, ESPN.com reports.
Bringing Cole back is a boost to the Panthers' defensive interior, but on the heels of a season in which he recorded 28 tackles in 16 games (including 10 starts), his IDP utility is modest.
Cole Beasley WR DAL 17 Hrs
The Cowboys and Beasley have come to terms on a four-year, $13.6 million contract, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Beasley, who was slated to be a restricted free agent, is thus in line to reprise his slot role with the Cowboys in 2015 and beyond. It's an assignment that resulted in the third-year wideout catching 37 catches for 420 yards and four TDs (both career-highs) in 2014. Assuming he stays healthy this coming season, Beasley will continue to merit attention in deeper fantasy leagues, notably PPR formats.
Cary Williams DB PHI 18 Hrs
Williams was released by the Eagles on Tuesday, Phil Sheridan of ESPN.com reports.
The 30-year-old Williams was a 16-game starter for the Eagles each of the last two seasons, claiming five interceptions and 126 total tackles during that time. However, with the Eagles ranking last in 2013 and second-last in 2014 in terms of passing yards allowed, the team will making the secondary its top priority in the offseason, as fellow starting defensive backs Bradley Fletcher and Nate Allen are headed for free agency and aren't expected to be retained. Williams still probably has a place in the league, but he may have to settle for a nickel back role with his next team following his ignominious run as a starter with the Eagles.