FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Bills have exercised their fifth-year contract option on CB Stephon Gilmore.

The Bills are obviously hoping that they exercised the option on the second-half Gilmore and not the first-half guy. Over the early part of the season, Gilmore was toasted by receivers every which way, allowing 22 completions on 27 passes thrown in his direction. In the second half though, he massively improved his coverage skills and allowed just 21 completions on 42 passes thrown his way as quarterbacks made a major attempt to expose his flaws. If he can maintain where he was in the latter half of the season he should prove to be a strong defensive asset. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Bengals exercise the fifth year options on CB Dre Kirkpatrick and G Kevin Zeitler.

Both moves were expected to happen as the Bengals maintain their depth both in the secondary and on the offensive line. Kirkpatrick should hold onto his starting cornerback spot and with three interceptions last year, potentially be of some use in IDP leagues that specify defensive positions. Analysis: Howard Bender

Chiefs LT Eric Fisher said he is the healthiest he's ever felt and ready to go.

Fisher started all 16 games last season, and protected quarterback Alex Smith's blindside for all but eight snaps. The team will go with him as their left tackle again this season and they would love for him to end the year as one of the better tackles in the league. Fisher was drafted first overall in the 2013 NFL draft. Analysis: Colby Conway

Texans general manager Rick Smith is pleased with Jadaveon Clowney's progress. Expects him to be a "major contributor" for the Texans this year.

Clowney, the top pick in the draft last season, played in just four games last season for Houston. He registered just seven tackles and failed to record a sack. Houston is hoping that he can be a major contributor this season alongside J.J. Watt and Vince Wilfork. If all works out, Houston is expected to have the best defensive line in football. Analysis: Colby Conway

Texans are discussing whether they will pick up option on LB Whitney Mercilus.

Houston drafted Mercilus 26th overall in the 2012 NFL draft with the hopes that he would develop into a star outside linebacker. In the past three seasons, he has missed just one game, while recorded 122 tackles, 18 sacks, and four fumble recoveries. We will be able to formulate a stronger opinion on this after the Thursday draft. Analysis: Colby Conway

Dion Jordan is being suspended for the 2015 season for another substance abuse policy violation.

Jordan has been a non-factor in his first two NFL seasons as the No.3 overall pick in 2013 will now sit out an entire season. The Dolphins could decide to part ways with Jordan which would be a tough pill to swallow give their draft pick investment. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

The NFL reportedly fines the Jets $100,000, but no loss of draft pick for Darrelle Revis tampering.

Somewhat surprising there was not a draft pick compensation here given the precedent set earlier in Goodells tenure where the 49ers had to forfeit a 5th round pick to the Bears back in 2008 for tampering with Lance Briggs who ultimately stayed with the Bears. Seeing that Revis ended up leaving the Patriots to the Jets many in New England were likely hoping for better compensation. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

The New York Jets are receiving trade inquiries for Muhammad Wilkerson.

Wilkerson appeared in 13 games for the Jets last season, totaling 55 tackles, 5.5 sacks and one forced fumble. The 2011 first round pick had his best season in 2013 where he collected a career best 10.5 sacks. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba

Cowboys extend punter Chris Jones another two years.

Jones' new deal will pay him $4.2 million over three years, with $750,000 guaranteed now and provides him with solid job security. He averaged 45.5 yards per punt last year (18th in the NFL) and had a net average of 39.8 yards which was good enough for 14th in the league. Analysis: Howard Bender

Broncos have waived OLB Quanterus Smith.

Smith had only 11 tackles last year for the Broncos, in his only year in the NFL. He will need to find a new place to latch-on before camp starts in a couple of months. Analysis: Rob Trayah

The Bengals are unlikely to resign Jermaine Gresham.

Gresham has spent all five years in Bengals' colors, but appears unlikely to return. He had 62 catches for 460 yards and five touchdowns in 2014 and might provide an added boost in fantasy if he goes to a team in need of a No. 1 TE. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Free-agent RB Chris Polk is drawing interest from five NFL teams.

Polk played as a change-of-pace back for the Eagles and has proven he can at least shine in that role. He's looking for a larger role on a new team, but given the make-up of so many backfields, he's going to have to share carries regardless of where he ends up. Analysis: Howard Bender

Sam Bradford wants no-trade clause in first year of any restructure with the Eagles.

With all of the rumors swirling around regarding what the Eagles are going to do with their quarterback situation, it's understandable that Bradford wants some sort of protection. Whether or not the Eagles want to give in on this is another story. Analysis: Howard Bender

Branden Oliver has spent the offseason working on his power and strength.

Oliver appears to be the guy the Chargers will lean on again in the backfield now that Ryan Mathews is completely gone. Last season, the 23-year old rushed for 582 yards and three touchdowns while also racking up 271 receiving yards and another score. His improved physicality will be a welcomed sight coming off a frail Mathews, but keep in mind that Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown will also see some time as change-of-pace backs Analysis: Howard Bender

The Eagles have exercised their fifth-year option on DT Fletcher Cox.

Cox has been one of the Eagles best draft picks over the last five years, so this exercise doesn't come as much of a shock. They will control him through the 2016 season, rendering him a pretty solid value for the next two years.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

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