|Tue Mar 3||19:21||Spiller||C.J. Spiller||RB||Bills||Wasabiwolt|
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.
|Tue Mar 3||18:45||LeSean McCoy: Traded To Bills||LeSean McCoy||RB||Eagles||The Porn Pirates|
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.
|Tue Mar 3||18:03||The Raiders have released Branch (foot)||Tyvon Branch||SS||Raiders||Free Agent|
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).
|Tue Mar 3||17:56||The Eagles will release Cole||Trent Cole||DE||Eagles||Free Agent|
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.
|Tue Mar 3||15:52||According to head coach Sean Payton||Jairus Byrd||S||Bills||Free Agent|
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.
|Tue Mar 3||15:02||Hartline slated to visit Browns on Tuesday||Brian Hartline||WR||Dolphins||Free Agent|
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.
|Tue Mar 3||14:45||The Cowboys and Beasley have come to terms on four-year||Cole Beasley||WR||Cowboys||Free Agent|
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.
|Tue Mar 3||13:27||Williams released by Eagles on Tuesday||Cary Williams||CB||Ravens||Free Agent|
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.
|Mon Mar 2||20:48||Johnson has informed Texans that he'd like to be traded or cut p...||Andre Johnson||WR||Texans||The Squirts|
Johnson has informed the Texans that he'd like to be traded or cut prior to next season, the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Texans have given Johnson's camp permission to seek a trade, and the general belief is that if they're unable to find a deal, the Texans would be willing to cut the 12-year veteran. The situation arose after Houston asked Johnson to take a reduced role next season, something the 34-year-old is not comfortable doing. If Johnson, who caught 85 passes for 936 yards and three scores last season, is not traded, cutting him would save the Texans over $8 million against the cap, giving them roughly $22 million in cap space to spend in free agency.
|Mon Mar 2||18:49||Pollard (Achilles') will be released by Titans||Bernard Pollard||S||Ravens||Free Agent|
Pollard (Achilles') will be released by the Titans, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.
Pollard, who was limited to five games last season due to an Achilles' injury, will thus look to catch on elsewhere once his health is re-established.
|Mon Mar 2||16:41||Freeney plans to play another season in 2015||Dwight Freeney||DE||Colts||Free Agent|
Freeney plans to play another season in 2015, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next week, Freeney has just nine sacks in 34 games over the last three seasons. While not the gameplan-ruining monster he once was, he seemingly has enough left in the tank to keep contributing as a situational pass rusher. Now 35 years old, Freeney has long been out of the IDP conversation.
|Mon Mar 2||16:12||Lance Moore: Released By Steelers||Lance Moore||WR||Saints||The Carpet Pissers|
Moore was released by the Steelers on Monday, Mark Kaboly of the Pittsbrugh Tribune-Review reports.
Moore dealt with a groin injury early in the season, and he never established any kind of consistent role in the Pittsburgh offense. Now heading into his age-32 campaign, the former Saint may need to compete for a roster spot wherever he lands, despite being just three years removed from a 1,000-yard season. New Orleans would be a logical landing spot, but even in that scenario, Moore probably wouldn't have a big role in the offense.
|Mon Mar 2||16:08||Orlovsky signed one-year deal with Lions on Monday||Dan Orlovsky||QB||Buccanneers||Free Agent|
Orlovsky signed a one-year deal with the Lions on Monday, the team's official website reports.
One again forced to make some difficult personnel decisions, the Lions will go cheap at the backup quarterback spot, allowing for spending elsewhere. The team does seem to value Orlovsky to some extent, as it would be even cheaper to go with either Kellen Moore or a late-round pick in the upcoming draft. Still, Orlovsky has never impressed when given the chance, and he's probably one of the lesser backup quarterbacks in the league.
|Mon Mar 2||15:49||Brad Jones: Signs With Eagles||Brad Jones||LB||Packers||Free Agent|
Jones signed a two-year contract with the Eagles on Monday.
Recently released by the Packers, Jones struggled with both injuries and ineffective play in 2014, but he does have 36 career starts to his name. He's a candidate to start next to Mychal Kendricks in Philly's 3-4 defense, but Jones probably won't have a three-down role, even if he gets the job. So long as Kendricks stays healthy, Jones is unlikely to emerge as an IDP option.
|Mon Mar 2||15:33||Dez Bryant: Receives Franchise Tag||Dez Bryant||WR||Cowboys||The Papageorgios|
Bryant officially received the franchise tag Monday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill reports.
Bryant and the Cowboys will now try to iron out a long-term contract. While the situation will certainly grab headlines, there's little question that Bryant will have a star on his helmet in 2015.
|Mon Mar 2||15:28||Cortland Finnegan: Released By Dolphins||Cortland Finnegan||CB||Rams||Free Agent|
Finnegan was released by the Dolphins on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Finnegan started all 12 games he played in 2014, but he'll likely have trouble finding another starting job, in the wake of a lackluster season. Having recently turned 31, Finnegan has minimal upside for both real-life and IDP purposes.
|Mon Mar 2||15:18||Charles Clay: Receives Transition Tag||Charles Clay||FB/TE||Dolphins||Free Agent|
The Dolphins have placed their transition tag on Clay, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
The transition tag gives Miami the right to match any contract that Clay signs with another team. It's somewhat cheaper than the franchise tag, with the number for tight ends approximately $7.07 million. The Dolphins hope to sign Clay to a long-term deal, but this does leave open the possibility that the tight end could end up elsewhere, though it would likely take an overpay to pry him away from the Dolphins.
|Mon Mar 2||15:13||The Patriots used their franchise tag on Gostkowski||Stephen Gostkowski||K||Patriots||Diddlee Poo|
The Patriots used their franchise tag on Gostkowski, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Excellent on both field goals and kickoffs, Gostkowski is unquestionably one of the top two or three kickers, both in real life and for fantasy. There was never much doubt he'd return to New England, and the team's use of the franchise tag all but ensures that fate.
|Mon Mar 2||15:03||Jason Pierre-Paul: Receives Franchise Tag||Jason Pierre-Paul||DE||Giants||Free Agent|
Pierre-Paul received the Giants' franchise tag for the 2015 season Monday, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.
Pierre-Paul was expected to receive the tag if the two sides couldn't reach a long-term contract extension prior to the deadline. Since the latter hasn't materialized, the former has. It's likely that Pierre-Paul won't sign the tag right away as the two sides continue to negotiate for a longer deal. If that doesn't occur, the 26-year-old would end up making $14.8 million in 2015. Pierre-Paul finished the 2014 campaign with 12.5 sacks, 77 tackles, and three forced fumbles, much improved over the 2013 season, when he was only able to take the field in 11 of 16 games and start six.
|Mon Mar 2||10:40||Demaryius Thomas: To Be Tagged||Demaryius Thomas||WR||Broncos||Free Agent|
Thomas will receive the franchise tag from the Broncos on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Thomas is projected to make nearly $13 million for the 2015 season as part of the tag. The move will likely allow tight end Julius Thomas to test the free agent market, but will keep the Broncos' top wideout under team control for another season. Thomas snagged 111 passes for 1,619 yards, both career-highs, and added 11 receiving touchdowns in 2014.