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-- 2017 June Dynasty/Keeper Fantasy Rankings Released! --
Fri Jun 23, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

2017 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl package subscribers take note. Are you looking for UPDATED fantasy keeper/dynasty player rankings? Need to make a cutdown on your roster by July? No problem! Keeper Korner columnist Brent Lathrop has just released his 2017 June Dynasty/Keeper Fantasy Rankings (including comments for select players ranked) for your viewing pleasure. Remember, these rankings could change significantly once training camps begin later this summer, but they do represent a good current guideline for how we feel players in keeper/dynasty leagues stack up. Click HERE to check them out now!


-- Initial 2017 MCP (Mastermind Championship Projections) Board Released! --
Wed Jun 21, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- 2017 Enhanced Executive Draft Master UPDATED! --
Mon Jun 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Fantasy Player Masters List Re-Drafter Customizeable Cheatsheets UPDATED! --
Mon Jun 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

Premium Pro Bowl and Super Bowl package subscribers take note. The FFMastermind.com 2017 Fantasy Player Masters List Re-Drafter Rankings with Projections has been UPDATED (15 changes) for your viewing pleasure. This set includes Tiered rankings (both PPR & Non-PPR) and projections via the Masters List Excel App. for QBs, RBs, WRs, TEs, PKs, and team defenses (IDPs coming soon). Premium package subscribers can view this set by logging into their premium account and downloading it from the Pre-Season Draft Guide area.


Last Updated:  Sat Jun 24, 2017, 3:02 PM


-- Marvin Jones Worked Hard with Randy Moss to Improve --
Sat Jun 24, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Detroit Lions official website reports Lions WR Marvin Jones went into this offseason with a specific plan for how he wanted to improve his game leading into his second season with the Detroit Lions. Jones wanted to become a more consistent big-play threat, so he focused on strengthening his lower body to improve his explosiveness. He also spent time working out with future Hall of Fame WR Randy Moss in North Carolina. "This offseason, before I came up here, I was training with WR Randy Moss and we were just going at it, me and him and competing," Jones said. "I was getting a lot of insight from him in terms of what I wanted to focus on, including my lower-body strength, and (improving) yards after the catch." Moss isn't a bad teacher to have, especially with Jones trying to be more explosive and improve upon the four touchdowns he scored last year. Moss led the NFL in receiving touchdowns five times during his career, and set the single-season record with 23 touchdown receptions in 2007. Moss and Jones focused a lot on improving Jones' route-running, and Jones thinks he's come away from those workouts a more well-rounded receiving threat. "One of the biggest things that aids and helps in your ability to take it the distance after the catch is basically staying friendly (to the quarterback)," Jones said. "If you have an in-breaking route, come back negative, because if you come back and drift a little bit, that one step, the safety could come and get you or the corner could come and tackle your legs. When you're going friendly to the quarterback and negative it creates distance and space and stuff like that. We were talking about a lot of stuff like that. We kept repping it for hours and it kind of sunk in and it's been great." "I think Marvin started out the season extremely well," HC Jim Caldwell said during OTAs. "He's been doing even better this spring. He's had one of those springs that you kind of look to. This guy is right there on the verge of maintaining that kind of explosive start that he had last year. He's really, really had a real good spring."

-- Strange Timing for GM John Dorsey's Firing --
Sat Jun 24, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Kansas City Star reports the NFL-wide surprise over the Chiefs' firing of GM John Dorsey was not only because of the concept, he helped build a team with a 43-21 record the last four seasons, but because of the timing. Of the last 21 NFL general managers to be fired, Dorsey's dismissal is the latest to take place in the off-season. Not only that, but the entire league essentially shuts down to go on vacation at this point of the calendar year. "It's unprecedented," one NFL front-office member said on Friday. NFL teams overwhelmingly fire player evaluators after the draft, so former front-office members can't take proprietary information and strategy for the current draft to another team. "The standard we see for separations is in late May, so the timing is peculiar," said Andrew Brandt, who spent 10 years as a Green Bay Packers vice president. Because Dorsey's firing occurred during the time of year when Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said he hoped to hammer out contract extensions for Dorsey and HC Andy Reid, people inside the organization and out have speculated that negotiations broke down. But in a letter to season-ticket holders sent Thursday, Hunt said the decision to release Dorsey came after thorough examination of the entire football operation, and made no mention of contract negotiations.

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Sat Jun 24, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Casserly: Carr Deal Ruins Long-Term Deal Between Redskins & Kirk Cousins --
Sat Jun 24, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

CSNMidAtlantic.com reports Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr's long-term deal has brought up the question of whether or not the same type of deal can get done between the Washington Redskins and their quarterback, QB Kirk Cousins. To give some answers to what's been a looming question for the Redskins since the start of the offseason is former Redskins GM Charley Casserly, a man whose made a living off of making deals. Friday on the Sports Junkies, Casserly broke down what the Redskins would have to offer Cousins based off of what other QB's have been offered. Spoiler alert, it doesn't look good. "I don't see any way this thing ever gets done," Casserly said. Casserly feels that Cousins may not even want to work on a long-term deal until 2018 when he can test the open market. With that being said, Cousins already has $24 million in the bank, so if the Redskins want him to stay off the market they need to show him the money. "Put the numbers on paper, and show the deal that you think Cousins is gonna accept, and that's what I did," Casserly said. "I don't know Cousins will accept it, but I know how that side would think it this situation." Forgetting what Cousins is getting paid in 2017, Casserly sees Cousins wanting $23 million over four years with a minimum of three years guaranteed, equaling $69 million. This staggering number is just to keep Cousins a Redskin for a few more years. Then, when you add the $24 million he is making in 2017 to the $69 million he may ask for to keep him out of free agency in 2018, the grand total is $93 million over five years. Upon coming up with that number, Casserly said what we all were thinking. "That number just blows people away. Nobody's gonna do that."

-- Dolphins Reached Out to Peyton Manning After Tannehill Got Injured --
Sat Jun 24, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Times-Picayune reports former great QB Archie Manning said Friday that he saw last December a text-message exchange between his son, former QB Peyton Manning, and Miami Dolphins HC Adam Gase. "He said, 'Hey 18, QB Ryan Tannehill went down,'" Archie said. "[Gase] said, 'I think he's going to miss some time. The first question I'm going to get at the press conference in the morning is if I'm going to try to bring you to Miami. What do you want me to tell them?'" It's a creative way for Gase, Peyton's offensive coordinator in Denver, to ask Peyton whether he was interested without officially asking him whether he was interested. Regardless, Peyton wasn't interested. Said Archie: "The text message came back from Peyton, 'You tell them I could probably come play, but there's no way I can miss carpool the next two weeks.' So, he was done."

-- Carr: I Will Give It to Marshawn on the One Yard Line --
Sat Jun 24, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports after signing his new contract on Friday, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr said that he doesn't think his status as the NFL's highest-paid player forces him to try to win games himself. Instead, Carr said, he'll be happy to hand off to RB Marshawn Lynch for a game-winning touchdown if the Raiders are in that position. "My No. 1 goal is to make sure that I give everything I have to this organization," Carr said. "So there's no pressure, there's no, 'We'll be on the 1-yard line and I won't give it to Marshawn, I'll throw it.' None of that stuff. I don't care about the stats. That's not my No. 1 objective. I don't care if I throw 10 touchdowns next year. If we win every game, that's all I care about."

-- Tavon Wilson Accused of Domestic Violence --
Fri Jun 23, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Detroit Lions said Friday they are aware of a report in which S Tavon Wilson is accused of striking the mother of his child last year in Washington, D.C. Wilson was not arrested or charged in the May 2016 incident, according to District of Columbia court records. The mother of his child, Alanda Jackson, who has filed a civil lawsuit, was arrested in the 2016 incident, TMZ Sports reported. She is suing Wilson for $2.5 million, according to the website. One of Wilson's lawyers, Mark Schamel, told TMZ there is video of the incident that shows Wilson's current girlfriend, Simone Leach, as the person who was attacked by Jackson. Wilson has asked for the civil case to be thrown out, according to court records.

-- Ravens Unlikely to Sign Anquan Boldin --
Fri Jun 23, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Baltimore Sun reports free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (Lions) probably is not an option for the Ravens at this point because the team is content with the receivers they have on the roster.

-- Karl Klug Rehab Update --
Fri Jun 23, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

TitansOnline reports Titans HC Mike Mularkey says DT Karl Klug (Achilles) "lives in this building and should have an address here" when asked about his commitment. But he also indicated Klug may need more time once camp starts in late July. "Coach told us to keep our mouths shut as far as that goes," Klug said. "But I plan to work hard every day to try and make it happen as fast as possible." Mularkey said Klug did some of the walk-through periods in OTAs and minicamp, and thinks it's realistic he could be back at some point in training camp. "He is moving around," Mularkey said. "Knowing him, and he has another six weeks before camp starts, he is one of those guys who will be ready for he is supposed to be."

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Fri Jun 23, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Derek Carr Not Greedy --
Fri Jun 23, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports QB Derek Carr said he structured his deal so the Oakland Raiders would have flexibility to sign other players. He also said he left money on the table (his agent wanted to get more). He got more than enough in the deal.

-- Vikings Name Mark Uyeyama --
Fri Jun 23, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Minnesota Vikings official website reports Mark Uyeyama has been named the new #Vikings Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.

-- Gruden Praises Jamison Crowder --
Fri Jun 23, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Washington Post reports the Redskins was to use slot WR Jamison Crowder on the outside more often. "I've said all along Jamison can play anywhere," HC Jay Gruden said. "He can play outside, inside. He can play running back probably if he wanted to. So we'll utilize Jamison and try to get him more involved, not just in the passing game and the running game. He's an excellent player, dynamic player. He just continues to prove every day why we like him so much. He's great on option routes, he can run vertical stems. He can run just about anything you ask him to run. ... He gets himself open because he's got a great feel. He's got quickness in and out of his breaks. He plays a lot longer than his size. He has got really long arms. He goes up and gets balls. Sometime he plays bigger than a taller receiver because he uses his height [and] he's got great jumping ability and times the jumps extremely well. Some tall guys you see, they misjudge it and they don't jump. But Jamison, he times them perfect and makes big plays."

-- Woody Johnson Rumored to be Nominated to be U.S. Ambassador to Great Britian --
Fri Jun 23, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New York Jets confirmed Christopher Johnson will become chairman and CEO if the Senate confirms Woody Johnson as U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain. President Donald Trump nominated the Jets owner on Thursday, 153 days after he unofficially named Johnson to the diplomatic post. Christopher Johnson, Woody's brother and also a team owner, will directly oversee all day-to-day team operations in his brother's absence.

-- David Harris Going Nowhere --
Fri Jun 23, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports new New England Patriots LB David Harris is pretty much a lock to make the team's final 53-man roster in 2017.

-- Why the Chiefs Fired GM John Dorsey --
Fri Jun 23, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

Bleacher Report reports former Kansas City Chiefs GM John Dorsey told a source within the past two months that he was "butting heads" with owner Clark Hunt recently. That may have been at least part of the reason he was fired.

-- Tyrunn Walker Under Investigation for Possible Rape --
Thu Jun 22, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Los Angeles Rams' decision to cut DT Tyrunn Walker today came just moments before news broke that he is under investigation in a sexual assault case in Louisiana, where he grew up and previously played for the Saints. The New Orleans Advocate reports that two women told police they were drinking with Walker and another man at a Mardi Gras celebration on February 28 when they began to feel disoriented, and that all four people ended up in a hotel room where the two women can remember little more than waking up and finding Walker and the other man sexually assaulting one of the women. The local prosecutor confirmed that his office has received the police investigation and is reviewing whether to present the case to a grand jury. The two women, an 18-year-old and a 19-year-old who are both college students, have filed for a restraining order against Walker and the other man, Justin Williams. Both women indicated they think they were drugged.

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Thu Jun 22, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Rams Release One --
Thu Jun 22, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Los Angeles Rams have released DT Tyrunn Walker.

-- Saints Sign First-Rounder Ryan Ramczyk --
Thu Jun 22, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed first-round draft pick OT Ryan Ramczyk to a four-year contract.

-- Chiefs Fire GM John Dorsey; Extend HC Andy Reid --
Thu Jun 22, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Kansas City Chiefs and GM John Dorsey agreed to part ways on Thursday, Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt announced. "I notified John that we would not be extending his contract beyond the 2017 season, and after consideration, we felt it was in his best interests and the best interests of the team to part ways now," Hunt said. "This decision, while a difficult one, allows John to pursue other opportunities as we continue our preparations for the upcoming season and the seasons to come. My family and I sincerely appreciate John's work over the last four-and-a-half years, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future." The news came just minutes after the organization announced HC Andy Reid signed a contract extension.

-- Sammie Coates Rehab Update --
Thu Jun 22, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Pittsburgh Steelers WR Sammie Coates (groin surgery) battled a groin injury that was not made public during 2016, but required offseason surgery. Coates is a good special-teamer and still has the athleticism that made him a third-round draft pick out of Auburn in 2015. But he's got work to do to ensure a role. Coates' goal for offseason work was simple: Get right for camp. Coates said he's spent the past month "getting my body back to normal" on the field. "I'm getting there. It's a process," Coates said. "That's what this process is for, to get your body back so you can compete during camp." Coates acknowledges he's working on all-around improvement, but after staying idle for two months on the groin injury, getting his legs back is a victory. "I'm starting to get back my speed," Coates said.

-- Why Tramon Williams Wanted Out from Cleveland --
Thu Jun 22, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports CB Tramon Williams was released by the Cleveland Browns in February after spending the last two seasons with the club. Williams started 22 out of a total 27 games played for the Browns over that span, recording 105 total tackles with two interceptions. However, Williams said he was as ready to move on from the Browns as the team was from him at the end of last season. In an interview, Williams felt the situation in Cleveland wasn't exactly ideal. "At the end of the day, those guys were just going in a different direction," Williams said. "From the start of training camp to the beginning of the season, they were going in a different direction. And it came a point during the season to where I wanted to be released. That's why we got released because it wasn't a stable spot. It's not a stable spot. You don't know who's going to be the coaches from year to year, and I didn't know that so I didn't want to be one of those veterans who is stuck in a spot and at the end of the day, I'm not going to be able to get a job because I was on a bad team. That's why I wanted to get out of there." Williams had two different head coaches - HC Mike Pettine and HC Hue Jackson - and two different defensive coordinators - DC Jim O'Neil and DC Ray Horton - in his two years in Cleveland. Williams would have had to adjust to a third defensive coordinator in DC Gregg Williams should he have remained with the Browns in 2018.

-- A Specific Number It May Take to Sign Cousins to a Long-Term Deal --
Thu Jun 22, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

CSNMidAtlantic.com reports former GM Charley Casserly is tired of people talking about QB Kirk Cousins' potential new contract with the Redskins without talking potential numbers, so on Wednesday's edition of Countdown to Redskins Training Camp on CSN, he came up with some of his own. Feel free to fill up a cold glass of water before you hear them, though. Maybe two glasses, actually, because the numbers are quite large. The ex-general manager took into consideration the money Cousins is set to make in 2017 because of the franchise tag and then outlined the deal from there. In the end, he settled on $81 million as the minimum amount of guaranteed dollars the Redskins must offer the QB, and even at that point, he still isn't sure an agreement would happen.

-- Seahawks RB Game Plan --
Thu Jun 22, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Seattle Times reports the best guess with regard to how the Seahawks will split carries between their backs, assuming they each are healthy, is that RB Eddie Lacy and RB Thomas Rawls will take a fairly equal share of the basedown carries with RB C.J. Prosise slated largely for a third-down role as well as being worked into the gameplan to take advantage of specific matchups from week to week. That might leave RB Alex Collins as the extra running back who could be inactive on many gamedays if the other three are healthy.

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Thu Jun 22, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Raiders Offcially Extend Derek Carr; Make Him the Highest Paid Player in the NFL --
Thu Jun 22, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Oakland Raiders and QB Derek Carr have finalized a five-year contract extension worth $125 million, sources say. The deal makes him the highest paid player in history. It includes $40 million fully guaranteed and more than $70 million in total guarantees. He is now under contract through 2022.

-- Very Unlikely That LeVeon Bell Holds Out Into the Regular Season --
Thu Jun 22, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Pittsburgh Steelers official website reports whether franchise-tagged RB LeVeon Bell signs a long-term deal or not, it is hard to imagine a realistic scenario in which he doesn't play in 2017 for the $12.1 million tag.

-- Jason Verrett Rehab Update --
Wed Jun 21, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Los Angeles Chargers CB Jason Verrett (knee) hopefully will be ready for the start of training camp.

-- Jaguars Claim One --
Wed Jun 21, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Jacksonville Jaguars have claimed OL Demetrius Rhaney off waivers from the Rams. The Jaguars released rookie OL Parker Collins to make room for Rhaney.

-- Lorenzo Mauldin Facing Charges --
Wed Jun 21, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports New York Jets LB Lorenzo Mauldin faces a civil suit from a man who alleges Mauldin attacked him at a New York City nightclub in April and he's now facing criminal charges as well. Mauldin turned himself in to the New York City Police Department on Wednesday and has been charged with misdemeanor assault. TMZ Sports reports that Mauldin faces up to a year in jail if convicted of the charge and a court appearance has been set for August on the matter.

-- Letroy Guion Arrested Again --
Wed Jun 21, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Green Bay Packers DT Letroy Guion has found trouble behind the wheel of a car again. Already facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy, Guion could now face personal conduct penalties after a being arrested for drunk driving in Hawaii. According to KHON, Guion was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. He was pulled over in Waikiki around 4 a.m., and later failed a breathalyzer test.

-- Sources: Raiders Close to Extending Derek Carr --
Wed Jun 21, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Oakland Raiders and QB Derek Carr are close to finalizing a deal expected to pay their quarterback about $25 million per year, per league sources.

-- FFMastermind Wins $4,000 in the 2016 FFPC High Stakes Fantasy Football Main Event! --
Wed Jun 21, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Charges Against Matt Elam Dropped --
Wed Jun 21, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Baltimore Sun reports grand theft and domestic battery charges against free-agent DB Matt Elam stemming from his May arrest have been dropped.

-- Eric Decker Contract Details --
Wed Jun 21, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

USA Today reports WR Eric Decker's one-year contract with the Tennessee Titans is worth up to $5.35 million, per source. He got a $2.5 million signing bonus, a $1.35 million salary, with up to $1.5 million in incentives.

-- Jeremy Maclin Played Through a Torn Groin --
Wed Jun 21, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Baltimore Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin has revealed that he played through a torn groin in 2016.

-- Greg Olsen Considering a Hold Out --
Wed Jun 21, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen is considering holding out of training camp in order to get a new contract. Olsen turned 32 years old in March and says he thinks he can play another 5-6 seasons in the league. He still has two years left on his current contract that pays him only $6.5 million per season.

-- Patriots Sign David Harris --
Wed Jun 21, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New England Patriots have signed free-agent LB David Harris to a two-year contract.

-- Rams Sign All 2017 Drafted Rookies --
Tue Jun 20, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Los Angeles Rams have signed all of their drafted rookies from 2017.

-- Kyhri Thornton Suspended Six Games --
Tue Jun 20, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Detroit Lions official website reports Lions DT Kyhri Thornton has been suspended six games by the NFL for violating the NFL policy and program for substance abuse.

-- 17 Fantasy Football Titles! --
Tue Jun 20, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Justin Gilbert Suspended One Year --
Tue Jun 20, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent CB Justin Gilbert's suspension has been increased from four games to one year.

-- Corey Coleman Not Charged in Assaut Case, But... --
Tue Jun 20, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Beacon Journal reports a Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted the brother of Browns WR Corey Coleman and another man on assault charges stemming from a physical altercation Dec. 31st in the downtown Cleveland building in which the player lives. Coleman hasn't been charged. He was not named in the indictment filed Tuesday morning, but the matter remains under investigation, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman Kathleen Caffrey said by phone.

-- Rams Release One --
Tue Jun 20, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Los Angeles Rams have waived OL Demetrius Rhaney.

-- Jets Sign Marquess Wilson --
Tue Jun 20, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the New York Jets have signed free-agent WR Marquess Wilson. The 6-foot-4 Wilson has flashed upside, but has battled injuries. He finished last season on Injured Reserve with a broken foot. In four seasons, he has 56 catches, 777 yards and three touchdowns.

-- Source: Falcons Confident of Extending Freeman Before Training Camp --
Tue Jun 20, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Atlanta Falcons are confident they'll have a new deal done with RB Devonta Freeman by the first week of training camp. per source.

-- Jarvis Landry Won't Talk Contract Once the Season Begins --
Tue Jun 20, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins surprisingly haven't yet made an offer to WR Jarvis Landry on a contract extension, but he will not hold out of training camp or hold out during the regular season if a deal isn't struck before then, his agent Damarius Bilbo said this week. Bilbo also revealed that he and Landry will not negotiate a new deal once the regular season starts. They're open to any discussions with the Dolphins before then. Though Landry would love a new deal at the right price, Bilbo said Landry, who can be an unrestricted free agent after this season, will "absolutely not" be angry if no deal is reached. Landry has one year left on his contract that will pay him $893,850 this season, less money than at least 100 other NFL receivers will earn in 2017. "The ball is still in their court; we are happy to go into a fourth year healthy and eager to put another year in the books," Bilbo said, adding that Landry would love to spend the rest of his career as a Dolphin.

-- Kirk Cousins Contract Watch --
Tue Jun 20, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports there is likely an 80% chance that QB Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins work out a long-term extension by the July 17th deadline. "I don't see this falling apart," La Canfora said. "There's just too much at stake for both sides."

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Tue Jun 20, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Trumaine Johnson Contract Watch --
Tue Jun 20, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports there is likely no chance that the Los Angeles Rams and franchise-tagged CB Trumaine Johnson work out a long-term deal before the July 17th deadline.

-- Matthew Stafford Contract Watch --
Tue Jun 20, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Detroit Free Press reports Lions GM Bob Quinn says he is confident the team will be able to sign QB Matthew Stafford to a contract extension. "Nothing to report right now," Quinn said. "We're working towards that and hopefully we have some news later in the summer."

-- Julius Thomas Struggling --
Mon Jun 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Sun-Sentinel reports Miami Dolphins TE Julius Thomas has been a non-factor in practices and appears to have chemistry issues with QB Ryan Tannehill.

-- Anquan Boldin Willing to Wait to Sign --
Mon Jun 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports free-agent WR Anquan Boldin is willing to wait until just prior to training camps to sign wit ha new team. "I look at the offseason as something that's for younger guys," Boldin said. "If you're a younger guy, it's necessary for you to get in there to learn a new system, to learn your coaches, learn a new environment. For veteran guys, I don't think it's as necessary, personally. I like to spend that time with my family. ... For me, training camp is a necessary evil. I think that's the only way you can get prepared for a season. So I prefer to sign right before training camp to make sure I get in, learn the new system, learn my teammates, get all the mistakes out of the way, get hit a couple times to make sure that when that first game comes I feel fully prepared."

-- Deadline to Sign Long-Term Deal for Franchised Players is July 17th --
Mon Jun 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports teams and franchise-tagged players hoping to agree on a multi-year deal this year will have two more days to do so than in other years. July 15 is the annual deadline for such deals to happen, but that is a Saturday this year. The Collective Bargaining Agreement calls for such deadlines to be moved to the closest Monday, so this year's deadline will be July 17th instead.

-- Saints Sign Chris Watt --
Mon Jun 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the New Orleans Saints have signed free-agent C Chris Watt.

-- Laquon Treadwell Watch --
Mon Jun 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Tribune reports Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell looks ready to take on a larger role. The Winter Park hype machine was ratcheted up for Treadwell, perhaps to boost his confidence after the 2016 first-round pick had only one catch as a rookie. But Treadwell, who turned 22 this week, does look quicker, giving hope that he has finally put his past injury issues behind him. Most telling was that Treadwell was exclusively the third wideout alongside WR Stefon Diggs and WR Adam Thielen in the six practices open to media, playing ahead of WR Michael Floyd and WR Jarius Wright. Treadwell will get a chance to run away with the important third receiver spot, especially with Floyd in danger of being released following his latest alcohol-related issue.

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Mon Jun 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

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-- Dalvin Cook Really Fast --
Mon Jun 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Tribune reports Vikings rookie RB Dalvin Cook is really fast. He caught attention when he blew by people in rookie mini-camp, but he should be able to outrun a bunch of undrafted dudes. He really impressed last week, when he got loose down the right sideline and out-sprinted CB Xavier Rhodes, a fast long-strider in the open field. Maybe Rhodes would have tripped him up or dragged him down had tackling been allowed. But still, the kid has wheels and will add a needed big-play threat to this offense.

-- Teddy Bridgewater Has a Chance to Play in 2017 --
Mon Jun 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Tribune reports you shouldn't rule out Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (knee) getting cleared to return at some point in 2017. The most surprising development of the spring was the fourth-year quarterback throwing to uncovered receivers in front of the media after doing so behind closed doors earlier in the offseason workout program. Videos of Bridgewater chucking passes 40 yards down the field and attacking his on-field rehab have gotten the fan base all worked up, and rightfully so. Maybe, just maybe, we will see Bridgewater make an astonishing comeback at some point this season. But he still has a ways to go before he gets the green light to return to tackle football. His surgically-repaired left knee must hold up after dropback after dropback and then during full contact for the Vikings to know he is all the way back.

-- Lions Sign All 2017 Drafted Rookies --
Mon Jun 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Detroit Lions have signed all of their drafted rookies from 2017.

-- LeVeon Bell Contract Watch --
Mon Jun 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports there's plenty of incentive for both franchise-tagged RB LeVeon Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers to get a deal done before July 15th. The Steelers can reasonably offer Bell a four-year contract worth something in the range of $40-45 million with about $20 million in guarantees. That would qualify as three years and $28 million-to-$33 million worth of "new money" (over and above what he has already got in hand for 2017) and about $8 million in new guarantees. It would put Bell's average annual salary over $10 million, possibly threaten $11 million, and allow the Steelers to spread signing-bonus money out over the next four years for cap savings purposes. Bell and his agent could stand on principle, say they already have $12.12 million in hand and won't take a deal that averages a penny less per year. But that's a risky stance for a player who has had trouble staying on the field and who plays a position in which the next-highest-paid player is making only two-thirds that much. At the end of this season, if Bell plays on the franchise tag, he will have earned about $15 million over his five-year career, factoring in the salary and bonus money he had to forfeit due to his suspensions. It's a nice chunk of change, but not the kind of number that leaves a professional athlete feeling like he's all set. Fortunately for Bell and the Steelers, the gap between Bell's current salary and the rest of the running back market is wide enough to offer ample middle ground for a deal that makes both sides happy. It's just a matter of ironing out the details, and there are plenty of reasons to think it gets done before the middle of July.

-- Danny Woodhead Catching Many Passes --
Mon Jun 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Baltimore Sun reports new Ravens RB Danny Woodhead caught so many passes during the team's recent mini-camp that some of the media watching lost count.

-- Big Ben Excited About JuJu Smith-Schuster --
Mon Jun 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Post Gazette reports Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger says rookie WR JuJu Smith-Schuster excites him. "Obviously, we're all in T-shirts and helmets, so it's a little early, but everything he's shown has been really good. I like the potential. He's got a great group of guys to learn from. When you have WR Antonio Brown in that room and on the field, you're going to learn some things, so I'm excited about what he can potentially bring to us."

-- Big Ben Impressed by Martavis Bryant --
Mon Jun 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

The Post Gazette reports Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger says WR Martavis Bryant has impressed him since his reinstatement to the league. "He looks like a stud, as usual, so we're excited for him to be on the field this year and help us out," Big Ben said.

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Mon Jun 19, 2017 --from FFMastermind.com

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