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Seahawks' Russell Wilson open to Cowboys, Saints, Raiders, Bears
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's agent tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that Wilson would be willing to waive his no-trade clause for the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, Las Vegas Raiders, or Chicago Bears.
Wilson has not requested a trade but things certainly seem to be heading in that direction. The veteran quarterback uncharacteristically expressed frustration earlier this season over "getting hit too much" and also said he would like more say in personnel decisions. There are also reports that Wilson's discontent runs beyond what he has revealed publicly, including wanting the offense to go through him more. Wilson turned 32 at the end of November and is under contract until 2024.
Russ ranked 19th in Passing Net Expected Points per dropback last season among the 35 quarterbacks with at least 250 dropbacks. He has been sacked 394 times in 144 regular-season games, including 47 in 2020. According to ESPN Stats & Information, that's the most in a player's first nine seasons since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.
Eagles sending Carson Wentz to Colts in exchange for pair of picks
The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The second-round pick can become a first if certain conditions are met, though the trade will not become official until the new league year starts on March 17. Wentz is coming off the worst season of his career in which he tied for the league-lead with 15 interceptions and was eventually benched for second-round rookie Jalen Hurts. Wentz will be reunited with former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich, who is now the head coach of the Colts. The former No. 2 overall pick turned 28 in December.
Wentz averaged 17.8 FanDuel points last season, finishing No. 21 among quarterbacks. He earned a career-low 65.0 grade from Pro Football Focus that ranked 31st at his position. Wentz also added the fewest Passing Net Expected Points per dropback among 24 quarterbacks with at least 400 dropbacks.
J.J. Watt granted release from Texans
The Houston Texans released defensive lineman J.J. Watt.
Watt and the Texans are mutually parting ways after the three-time Defensive Player of the Year asked to be released. He has spent every year of his career with the Texans after being selected in the first round back in 2011. Watt will turn 32 next month.
Watt recorded 5.0 sacks and 14 tackles for loss with a pick-six and a pair of forced fumbles across 16 games last season. He graded out in the top-10 overall among defensive ends on Pro Football Focus and finished in the top-20 as a pass-rusher.
Chiefs' Sammy Watkins (calf) active for Super Bowl clash with Tampa Bay
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) is officially active for Sunday's Super Bowl showdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Watkins is officially active and good to go for the first time since Week 16. After several weeks off, Watkins could be limited in his first game back and our models expect him to see just 4.2 targets against the Buccaneers.
Watkins' Super Bowl projection includes 2.6 receptions, 29.3 yards, 0.27 touchdowns, and 5.8 FanDuel points.
Cameron Brate (back) cleared to play in Super Bowl for Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate will suit up Sunday in the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Brate is dealing with a back ailment, but he was able to practice without limitation during the week and is now ready to play in his first Big Game. Expect him to serve as a blocking option on the line and a potential red zone weapon in heavy formations.
Our models project Brate for 2.5 catches, 23.3 receiving yards, 0.3 touchdowns and 5.1 FanDuel points.
Buccaneers' Antonio Brown (knee) active for Super Bowl Sunday
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown is playing Sunday in the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Brown was ramped up to full practices during the week leading up to the game, and he'll be active as expected. He figures to slot in as a No. 3 wide receiver alongside Scotty Miller behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
Our models project Brown for 4.0 catches, 44.5 yards, 0.4 touchdowns and 8.8 FanDuel points.
Le'Veon Bell (knee) not listed on Kansas City's Super Bowl LV injury report
Kansas City Chiefs running back Le'Veon Bell (knee) is not listed on Super LV's final injury report.
After a full practice on Friday, Bell has been cleared to play in his second postseason game with the Chiefs.
In a tough matchup against a Buccaneers' defense allowing 17.4 FanDuel points per game to running backs this regular season, expect Bell to play a backup role behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams.
Antonio Brown (knee) questionable for Buccaneers in Super Bowl
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) is questionable against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl.
Brown has turned in consecutive full practices and is on track to suit up Sunday. He will join Mike Evans and Chris Godwin as Tom Brady's top receivers as the Buccaneers look to bring home their second Super Bowl title in franchise history. Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson will likely see limited playing time with Brown active.
numberFire's models project Brown for 6.3 targets and 8.7 FanDuel points on Sunday. He has a salary of $9,500 for the Super Bowl slate.
Tampa Bay's Cameron Brate (back) questionable for Super Bowl LV
Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate (back) is listed as questionable for Super Bowl LV's matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Brate's Super Bowl designation is concerning after Tampa Bay's tight end logged a non-participation on Friday. Expect Tanner Hudson to see more snaps behind Rob Gronkowski if Brate is inactive against Kansas City.
Brate's current projection includes 2.3 receptions for 21.9 yards on 3.5 targets.
Sammy Watkins officially questionable for Chiefs in Super Bowl
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) is questionable for Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Watkins was upgraded to a full practice on Friday and is expected to be out there on Sunday for the first time since Week 16. Byron Pringle may be the odd man out behind Tyreek Hill, Watkins, Demarcus Robinson (COVID-19), and Mecole Hardman. Watkins averaged 5.5 targets per game during the regular season.
numberFire's models project Watkins for 4.7 targets and 6.4 FanDuel points in the Super Bowl. Pringle ran 14 of 31 routes from the slot in the AFC Championship Game, per Pro Football Focus, a distribution similar to what Watkins does when healthy. Watkins commanded a 12.6 percent target share from Weeks 12-16 during his last healthy stretch.
Buccaneers' Antonio Brown (knee) practices in full Thursday
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown was a full participant in practice on Thursday afternoon.
Brown was a limited participant in Wednesday's session due to a knee injury, but it seems as though he's been ramped to a full workload. Barring any setbacks over the next few days, that means Brown will be ready to play at full speed in the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs. Brown's return would likely mean less playing time for Tyler Johnson.
Our models project Brown for 4.0 catches, 44.1 receiving yards, 0.4 touchdowns and 8.7 FanDuel points.
Buccaneers' Antoine Winfield says ankle 100 percent for Super Bowl
Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie safety Antoine Winfield Jr. said his ankle is "100 percent" ahead of the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Winfield is set to return for the Buccaneers after sitting out the NFC Championship Game. He will be tasked with preventing Tyreek Hill from getting behind Tampa Bay's secondary and also may be asked to occasionally keep Travis Kelce in check.
Winfield earned the second-best run defense grade and No. 10 pass rush grade from Pro Football Focus during the regular season. The Chiefs have earned the No. 1 offensive grade and the Buccaneers have earned the No. 4 defensive grade from PFF this postseason.
Buccaneers' Mike Evans (knee) practices in full on Wednesday
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans was a full participant in practice on Wednesday afternoon.
Evans was limited the prior week due to his knee injury, but it seems as though the team was just carefully managing his reps. Barring a setback in practice, the star receiver seems to be a full-go for the Super Bowl on Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Our models currently project Evans for 4.5 catches, 61.8 receiving yards, 0.4 touchdowns and 11.0 FanDuel points.
Chiefs' Sammy Watkins (calf) limited in practice on Wednesday
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday afternoon.
Watkins has been on the sidelines since Week 16 due to a calf injury, but after the long layoff, it seems as though he's trending towards playing in the Super Bowl against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There will still be work that needs doing over the next few days to ensure the training staff that he's healthy enough to play. Keep an eye on Watkins' status as Sunday night approaches. Should the veteran return, he'd likely take some work away from Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle.
Our models currently project Watkins for 2.9 catches, 32.3 receivers, 0.3 touchdowns and 6.4 FanDuel points.
Le'Veon Bell (knee) limited participant in Kansas City's Wednesday practice
Kansas City Chiefs running back Le'Veon Bell (knee) participated in a limited practice on Wednesday.
Bell's status for Super Bowl LV is trending positively after the veteran participated in a limited session on Wednesday. Expect Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams to handle the majority of Kansas City's backfield touches even if Bell is available against a tough Tampa Bay defense ranked fourth in fantasy points allowed to running backs per game this regular season.
Our models currently project Edwards-Helaire and Williams to score 9.1 and 8.6 FanDuel points respectively on Sunday.
Tampa Bay's Antonio Brown (knee) limited on Wednesday
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Brown's recovery from his knee injury is heading in the right direction after the Buccaneers' wide receiver expressed "the arrow is pointing up as the week continues to unfold." Expect Scotty Miller to play more snaps in Super Bowl LV if Brown is inactive against a stingy Kansas City secondary allowing 25.9 FanDuel points per game to wide receivers this regular season.
Brown's current projection includes 3.9 receptions for 43.9 yards on 6.3 targets.
Tampa Bay's Tom Brady praises Patrick Mahomes heading into historic Super Bowl battle
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was full of praise when asked about Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes ahead of their Super Bowl showdown on Sunday.
Brady told reporters on Monday that Mahomes has "only elevated his play since 2018." Adding "I think there's a lot of things that make him a great player, obviously his physical skill set, but I think he's got the ability to focus when the moments are the biggest and to deliver for his team. That's probably the mark of any great athlete, is coming through in the clutch, and I think he's off to a great start in his career doing that". On Sunday, Brady will try to slightly delay Mahomes' rise as he looks to add a seventh ring to his certified greatest of all time resume. Our models expect Brady to complete 24.6 of 38.0 pass attempts against the Chiefs.
Brady's Super Bowl projection includes 281.8 passing yards, 2.2 passing touchdowns, 0.6 interceptions, and 19.9 FanDuel points. The Buccaneers are 3.0-point underdogs against the Chiefs in the Super Bowl, with an implied team total of 26.75 points according to numberFire's DFS Heat Map.
Buccaneers' Antonio Brown (knee) uncertain for Super Bowl showdown with Kansas City
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (knee) may not be ready to go for Sunday's Super Bowl clash with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Brown was listed as doubtful last week and it appears little has changed as the final week of Super Bowl preparation begins. Brown participated in Tuesday's walkthrough, but according to Bruce Arians, he is still not ready to go. Tomorrow's update will provide the first official practice report for the week and will give an indication of Brown's outlook for the Super Bowl. If he is available, our models expect him to see 6.3 targets against the Chiefs.
Brown's Super Bowl projection includes 3.9 receptions, 43.9 receiving yards, 0.39 touchdowns, and 8.7 FanDuel points.
Buccaneers' Mike Evans praises Tom Brady heading into Super Bowl clash with Chiefs
Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans spoke to reporters on Monday about the impact Tom Brady has had on the Buccaneers as they head into Sunday's Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Evans told reporters that Brady "simplifies the game for us. He makes it easy for us." Adding that the Buccaneers' offense this season has the fewest mental errors of any Tampa Bay team he's been apart of. Our models expect Evans to see 7.6 targets against the Chiefs on Sunday.
Evans' Super Bowl projection includes 4.5 receptions, 6.18 yards, 0.44 touchdowns, and 11.0 FanDuel points. The Buccaneers are 3.0-point underdogs against the Chiefs in the Super Bowl, with an implied team total of 26.75 points according to numberFire's DFS Heat Map.
Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes (toe) feeling "pretty close to 100%" heading into Super Bowl clash with Tampa Bay
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (toe) told reporters that he is "feeling pretty close to 100 percent" ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl showdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Mahomes is still recovering from a toe injury he sustained during the Chiefs' playoff win over the Cleveland Browns in January but appears to be almost back to normal. He told reporters on Tuesday that his toe "feels a lot better" and that it's "close to 100 percent". Our models expect Mahomes to complete 25.9 of 38.0 attempts against the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Mahomes' Super Bowl projection includes 289.7 passing yards, 2.5 passing touchdowns, 0.6 interceptions, 14.8 rushing yards, and 23.4 FanDuel points. The Chiefs are 3.0-point favorites over the Buccaneers in the Super Bowl and have an implied team total of 29.75 according to numberFire's DFS Heat Map.
Chiefs' Sammy Watkins (calf) optimistic about playing in Super Bowl
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) told reporters on Tuesday that he is optimistic about playing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Watkins told reporters during a zoom call on Tuesday that he's optimistic about his chances of playing. This news comes a day after Watkins returned to practice on Monday. He appears to be trending in the right direction heading into this weekend's showdown with Tampa Bay. If Watkins is active, our models expect him to see 4.7 targets against the Buccaneers.
Watkins' Super Bowl projection includes 2.9 receptions, 33.0 yards, 0.31 touchdowns, and 6.6 FanDuel points.
Kansas City's Sammy Watkins (calf) participates in Monday's practice
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) practiced on Monday.
Watkins' return to practice on Monday is a positive sign after the Chiefs' wider receiver was a non-participant on Friday. In his first potential appearance this postseason, our models currently project Watkins to score 6.6 FanDuel points on 4.7 targets.
Watkins' current Super Bowl LV expectation includes 2.9 receptions for 33.1 yards.
Chiefs put Demarcus Robinson on COVID-19 list
The Kansas City Chiefs placed wide receiver Demarcus Robinson on the reserve/COVID-19 list due to close contact, per multiple reports.
The Chiefs also moved backup center Daniel Kilgore to the COVID-19 list. Robinson and Kilgore were both reportedly placed there as a result of contact tracing, so they have enough time to be cleared for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Mecole Hardman and Byron Pringle could be in line for more snaps if Robinson is unavailable and Sammy Watkins (calf) remains hobbled.
Robinson is registering a 67.7 percent offensive snap share this postseason but only a 3.9 percent target share. Per FanDuel Sportsbook, the Chiefs are 3.0-point favorites over the Buccaneers.
Rams trade Jared Goff, picks, to Lions for Matthew Stafford
The Los Angeles Rams will trade quarterback Jared Goff, in addition to two future first-round picks and a future third-round pick, to the Detroit Lions in return for quarterback Matthew Stafford.
The Rams are paying a small fortune to upgrade at the quarterback position and are now without first round picks for the next two seasons, but Goff's pricey contract certainly factored into the final agreement between the Rams and the Lions. The Rams organization clearly believes that Stafford is the final piece necessary to get them back to the Super Bowl, while the Lions will get a young quarterback and plenty of high-value draft picks to assist with their rebuild.
Goff will be walking into a situation full of uncertainty in Detroit. Wide receivers Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr., and Danny Amendola will be entering free agency this offseason, leaving essentially just tight end T.J. Hockenson and 2020 fifth-round pick Quintez Cephus as the team's only returning pass catchers from last season. For a quarterback whose prior success was frequently attributed to his offensive play-caller, the 2021 season is shaping up to be Goff's most difficult season since his disastrous rookie year.
Lions trade Matthew Stafford to Rams for Jared Goff
The Detroit Lions will trade quarterback Matthew Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams and will received two future first-round picks, a future third-round pick, and quarterback Jared Goff in return.
In one of the biggest trades we've seen in the NFL in recent memory, the Lions will move on from their starter of the past decade while acquiring a younger quarterback from the Rams and valuable, high draft picks to help with their franchise's rebuild.
Stafford gets an immediate upgrade to his offensive surroundings in Los Angeles, with Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods at wide receiver, and potentially two pass-catching tight ends in Gerald Everett and Tyler Higbee. No longer beholden to an outdated, run-first offensive scheme, Stafford could be in for a career year under head coach Sean McVay.
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