Double Coverage will be a daily piece recapping the daily news from around the National Football League. It can be a injury, new contract, a rumor — just about anything can make it into Double Coverage if it is relevant. Followed by the news will be analysis on the news followed by the impact it has or will have on fantasy football owners. Enjoy and send comments or questions to my Twitter or email me at [email protected]
- Eight teams used their franchise tags before time expired for them to do so. The following players were franchise tagged by their respective teams (price
of tag in parentheses): Bills safety Jairus Byrd ($6.916 million), Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton ($8.45 million), Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson ($11.175 million), Cowboys outside linebacker Anthony Spencer was tagged as such (although he will play DE in the Cowboys’ new 4-3, $10.627 million), Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady ($9.828 million), Colts punter Pat McAfee ($2.977 million), Chiefs offensive tackle Branden Albert ($9.828 million), Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks ($8.45 million). Not much to say here other than the number of tags came down from 21 in 2012 to just eight in 2013. Patriots did not tag Wes Welker, Steelers did not tag Mike Wallace, Lions did not tag Cliff Avril and many others were left out.
Chiefs Sign Bowe
- Chiefs made another big move near Monday’s deadline, but it didn’t involve Branden Albert. The Chiefs signed impending free agent Dwayne Bowe to a new five-year deal that will keep him in Kansas City until after 2017. This move should raise the price for Mike Wallace and other free agent wide receivers. More importantly for the Chiefs, they have the third and final piece of their offense in place — a No. 1 wide receiver. Now that he’s paid, the possibilities are limitless for Bowe. Bowe will get a boost with a competent quarterback under center and the Chiefs are certainly going to be an exciting team to watch in 2013.It’s expected that Bowe received over $11 million, although he did not break 1,000 yards in 2012.
Browns Unhappy with Josh Gordon, Expected to Release McCoy
- From the the Cleveland Plain-Dealer on Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon: “Former coach Pat Shurmur and his staff were not thrilled with Gordon’s approach during the 2012 training camp. … He seemed to believe his immense natural talent was enough. By midseason, they thought Gordon had made enormous progress, with former offensive coordinator Brad Childress praising Gordon for “always carrying his notebook” and taking notes.” The Browns still believe Gordon can improve and with his type of athleticism, he should. He’s had trouble in the past and should be able to overcome this little stint — it sounds like he already has. Expect him to be the top wide receiver fantasy wise for Cleveland in his sophomore campaign, as he was in 2012.
- I highly recommend reading that CPD story which is above for lots of Browns goodness. However, if you decide not to, here’s what you’re missing. Browns are expected to release quarterback Colt McCoy who is due $2.3 million in 2013 (none is guaranteed money). The Browns also could have interest in free agent quarterback Matt Moore. They no longer believe he can be starter. Once the price for Alex Smith went over a second round pick, the Browns were no longer interested. Coaches were “very impressed” with the improvement of Greg Little. I don’t expect Little to have much fantasy impact. I liked him when he came into the league, but I’m burnt out. The Browns will also try to sign center Alex Mack to an extension.
Matt Flynn to the Jets?
- The Seattle Times proposed that the most likely suitor for Matt Flynn could be the New York Jets. The Seahawks likely have a high asking price, assuming they really do want to keep him as their back-up as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported last week. Flynn could certainly come in and compete with Mark Sanchez, but will the Jets management allow that to happen with the time and money they have invested in Mark Sanchez. My gut says negatory.
Saints Expected to Tender Ivory
- The Saints are expected to tender restricted free agent running back Chris Ivory, rather than sign him to a long-term deal. This is according to Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune. Ivory is one of the best running backs in the league who rarely gets touches. It’s a shame he can’t get out of New Orleans who continues to force feed Mark Ingram who widely has been underwhelming. Hopefully when he is tender is up he will get another chance with a new team.
Dophins and Hartline to Go Separate Ways
- Miami Dolphins and wide receiver Brian Hartline want to be back together in 2013. If he fails to lower his price, it’s likely the Dolphins will chase a wide receiver like Mike Wallace or Greg Jennings in free agency. According to the Miami Herald, “both sides at this point believe something can get done before the start of free agency.” Free agency start on March 12, so we’re only a week away. Hartline is asking for way too much dough at this point, and it looks as if he isn’t willing to come down.
Jared Cook and Fisher’s Rams
- The Rams and former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher are a team to look out for in the Jared Cook market. Rams will need a new player in the slot if Danny Amendola leaves (Amendola was not tagged), and Cook can be that guy, as he played nearly 60% of his snaps in the slot in 2013. The Rams could use a vertical threat at the tight end position, something they haven’t had in a very long time. It also wouldn’t hurt for quarterback Sam Bradford to ass another target to his repertoire.
Vikings Release Jenkins
- The Vikings released WR Michael Jenkins which cleared over $3 million in cap space for the Vikings in 2013. He’s over 30 years old, so this doesn’t come as a surprise. He was unproductive in 2013. With Jerome Simpson also on the market, look for the Vikings to go after a wide receiver in on way or another this offseason to accompany Percy Harvin.
Cardinals and Kolb
- According to the Arizona Republic, the agent of quarterback Kevin Kolb has not been in contact with the Cardinals about a restructure of his contract. He’s due a $2 million roster bonus on March 17. Expect him to either restructure or be cut before that date. If he’s still on the team and no move is made for a quarterback, Kolb seems to be the clear choice to start for the Cardinals in 2013 with John Skelton right behind him.