Mario Williams DL MIA (8) 21 hours ago
Williams is a candidate to be a salary-cap cut in the offseason, ESPN reports.
The Dolphins signed Williams to a two-year, $17 million contract last spring in order to replace the pass-rushing prowess Olivier Vernon (Giants) provided. However, Williams logged a career-low 1.5 sacks during his first season in Miami, a disappointing total considering he averaged 10.7 sacks per season over the last four years. Now due $8.5 million in 2017, Williams is a candidate to be cut this offseason in order to free up cap space.
Jamie Collins LB CLE (13) 21 hours ago
Collins has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Browns.
Collins' late-October trade from the Patriots to the Browns drew shockwaves around the league, but despite playing with less talent around him, Collins remained a highly productive linebacker in his new surroundings. The 27-year-old started all eight games he played for Cleveland, finishing with 69 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble in those appearances. In three seasons since his 2013 rookie campaign, Collins has averaged over 105 stops per year, which has earned the Southern Mississippi product a long-term deal worth $50 million, with $26 million in guarantees, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. In signing Collins, the Browns have locked down a key member of their defense going forward, and could further improve their defense with the first overall pick of this year's draft.
Richard Rodgers TE GB (4) 22 hours ago
Rodgers caught 30 passes (on 46 targets) for 271 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games played this season.
Rodgers benefitted from wideout Jordy Nelson's absence by tying for the team-lead with eight touchdowns last season, but with Nelson returning, Davante Adams emerging, and, most importantly, Jared Cook joining Green Bay, Rodgers' role was reduced this time around. While the 25-year-old was still able to help the Packers move the sticks here and there, Cook's significantly more dynamic skill set left Rodgers as the team's second option at tight end, which unsurprisingly hurt his production. Overall, Rodgers' numbers closely mirrored those from his rookie campaign, providing incentive for him to elevate his game as he enters the final year of his current contract next season.
Trevor Davis WR GB (4) 22 hours ago
Davis caught three passes (on six targets) for 24 yards and a touchdown in 11 appearances as a rookie this season.
Davis also returned nine punts for 115 yards and three kickoffs for 64 yards. Drafted in the fifth round for his dynamic speed, Davis failed to carve out a meaningful offensive role. In fact, all three of his receptions came in Green Bay's Week 8 loss to the Falcons. Despite his lack of involvement, Davis will hope his year of experience will help him earn more action next season.
Mike Daniels DL GB (4) 22 hours ago
Daniels recorded 33 tackles, including 4.0 sacks, and a pass defensed in 16 games played in 2016.
Daniels has consistently been the Packers best defensive lineman for the past few years. He was a key cog in a Green Bay run defense that ranked eighth in the NFL and he was the best pass rushing lineman on the team. He hasn't sat out of a game in the past four seasons and will look to continue his run of consistently good play in 2017.
Jeff Janis WR GB (4) 22 hours ago
Janis finished this season with 11 receptions (on 19 targets) for 93 yards and a touchdown in 16 games played. He also rushed twice for 38 yards and another score.
Janis' size and speed combination has made him an alluring commodity since entering the league as a seventh-round pick in 2014, and although this season was his most productive yet, the Saginaw Valley product remains a sparingly-used target in Green Bay's offense. Until he becomes more consistently involved, Janis figures to remain on the periphery of fantasy radars, but the fact that 2017 is the final year on his current contract could motivate Janis to make a bigger impact next season.
Julius Peppers LB GB (4) 22 hours ago
Peppers finished the 2016 campaign with 23 tackles, including 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and three passes defensed.
Peppers scarcely showed his age this past season, as he continued putting up strong numbers in his age-36 season. The Packers tried to the veteran pass rusher fresh throughout the season, playing him on 57 percent of defensive plays and often resting him for a practice during the week. He'll be an unrestricted free agent once the league year ends and it's unclear if he'll opt to return for a 16th season or retire. If he does return, he'll figure to see a similar or slightly reduced role in 2017.
Aaron Ripkowski RB GB (4) 23 hours ago
Ripkowski rushed 34 times for 150 yards and caught nine passes (on 10 targets) for 46 yards while scoring three touchdowns in 16 games played during the 2016 regular season.
Ripkowski played 15 games as a rookie last season, earning just one touch along the way, but after the team's ball-carrying options fell victim to injuries this year, the former sixth-round pick enjoyed an expanded role. Despite primarily blocking from his fullback position, Ripkowski proved to capable running between the tackles and catching occasional passes as well. While his lost fumble during Green Bay's NFC championship defeat will surely leave a sour taste in his mouth, Ripkowski can take pride in the role he carved out this season.
Clay Matthews LB GB (4) 23 hours ago
Matthews finished the 2016 season with 24 tackles, including 5.0 sacks, a forced fumble, and three passes defensed in 12 games.
Matthews ended the season with career lows in tackles, both solo and assisted, and sacks. He also saw his playing time drop from 97 percent of defensive snaps in 2015 to just 46 percent in 2016. His four games missed were due to a shoulder injury that could require offseason work and it seems as though he was limited by the injury in the final seven games of the regular season and three playoff games after he returned. He'll look to recover and bounce back to his usual levels of productivity in 2017.
Mason Crosby K GB (4) 23 hours ago
Crosby converted 26 of 30 field goal attempts and 44 of 47 extra point tries en route to 122 points during the 2016 regular season.
Crosby has now made at least 81 percent of his field goal attempts in four straight seasons since the disastrous 2012 campaign in which he converted merely 63.6 percent of the time. With the help of four double-digit scoring performances, Crosby finished tied for 14th league-wide in points, which came in spite of the Packers' offensive struggles during the middle of this season.