FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Multiple teams around the league have Kevin Johnson as the top cornerback on the draft board heading into this week's NFL Draft.

The youngster out of Wake Forest won't be taken until the middle/late part of the first round anyways, but he appears to be peaking at the right time. In the Pro Football talk mock draft, they have Johnson falling to the Chiefs at pick 18 and in for a nice payday as the top corner in the draft. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Martellus Bennett has yet to report to team workouts with Spring.

Although there has been on indication that Bennett is having issues with the new coaching staff, the team's top tight end as yet to participate in team workouts. This may not be sending the right message to the new regime, but that should not change Bennett's fantasy outlook after a impressive 2014 campaign.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Chris Thompson says that he feels like the Redskins third-down running back job is his to lose this year.

Thompson was barely used last season as he recorded just three carries for 12 yards and six receptions for 27 yards and a touchdown. But with Roy Helu now in Oakland, Thompson has a real chance to make his mark with the club. Alfred Morris is not a good pass-catching back, so if Thompson can make a name for himself during the offseason program, perhaps he can earn the job out of camp and carve out a legitimate role for himself. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Lions have opened up contract talks with DeAndre Levy who is entering his walk-year in 2015.

Levy is a beast of a linebackcer and he recorded 151 tackles with two sacks and one interception in 2014. With the Lions having already lost Ndamukong Suh, they want to try and be proactive and lock in Levy while they can. The two sides will work on a deal throughout the summer. Analysis: Howard Bender

Lions have not ruled out bringing back free agent CB Rodney Austin once his domestic violence issues are sorted out.

Sorted out means a favorable decision in Austin's favor in the court system. Teams will be shying away from players with criminal problems related to domestic violence after the Ray Rice debacle last season. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Panthers have exercised Luke Kuechly's fifth year option.

Not exactly a shock, as he is a beast on defense. He put up 99 solo tackles as part of his 153 total tackles in 2014. He is a top IDP LB going forward. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Dion Jordan was absent from the team's offseason workouts this week and his future with the Dolphins is in doubt.

Jordan has been a major disappointment since joining the Dolphins and it appears that the team is ready to cut bait. He is likely to pick up elsewhere but is unlikely to have any major impact. Analysis: Howard Bender

Free-agent G Rob Sims has received a contract offer from the Lions.

Sims is currently mulling over the offer sent by his former team, the Lions. He'll likely fill in as a back up lineman if he chooses to sign with the club. Analysis: Ben Diamond

According to a source close to the team, Eagles have rescinded the RFA tender to RB Chris Polk. He will become a free agent.

With the off-season signings of Ryan Mathews and DeMarco Murray, in addition to the dangerous Darren Sproles who was acquired via trade in last year's off-season, there is just a log-jam of players who are far more talented than Polk in Philly's backfield.  Analysis: Brad Costilo

Jets announce S Jaiquawn Jarrett has signed his RFA tender, as expected.

In 2014, Jarrett hat 41 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and two interceptions as a back-up Free Safety for the Jets. With this signing, the Jets are looking forward to having Jarrett back up Calvin Pryor again in 2015. Analysis: Brad Costilo

The Cardinals have yet to make a choice whether to invoke Michael Floyd’s option, which would lock him up through the 2016 season.

This is surprising, as the 25-year-old Floyd is clearly better than his 2014 stat-line would suggest (47 catches on 99 targets for 841 yards and six touchdowns), as the Cardinals had arguable the worst Quarterback play of any team in the NFL. Most likely, the Cardinals will exercise their option soon, to avoid the risk of losing Floyd to Free Agency after this season. Analysis: Brad Costilo

The Chiefs have exercised their fifth-year option on DT Dontari Poe.

Poe continues to develop into one of the better Defensive Tackles in the NFL, racking up 46 total tackles and six sacks in 2014. The Chiefs will look for him to provide leadership and stability in the middle of their defensive line again in 2015. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Greg Hardy got into a verbal altercation with a teammate during Cowboys practice Friday.

You would think that Hardy, who just got hit with a 10-game suspension yesterday, would be on his absolute best behavior (at least until his appeal hearing is completed). The elite young pass-rusher has recorded 27 sacks in his last 32 games, and is expected to provide a huge presence in that Cowboys Defensive Line as soon as he's allowed to return from his suspension. Analysis: Brad Costilo

Titans signed WR Hakeem Nicks.

Nicks joins a receiving corps that just added Harry Douglas to the duo of Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter and also has a handful of no-names/also-rans. The parts seem so interchangeable at this point that it looks like a target pecking order won't be established until deep into camp. Analysis: Howard Bender

Chiefs GM John Dorsey said he has had contract discussions with LB Justin Houston's representative in the last three days.

This is going to be a situation that drags on as the Chirfs hit Houston with the franchise tag following his 22-sack season in 2014. The franchise tender is reported to be $13 million for linebackers and that's apparently not going to jibe with Houston or his agent. The two sides will continue to meet regularly to try and hammer something out, but there is obviously a significant distance between the numbers from each camp. Analysis: Howard Bender

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