FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

The Lions will decide Monday whether or not to franchise tag impending free agent Ndomukong Suh.

If the Lions decide to tag him, it will cost them an exorbitant $26.9 million to do so. That seems like an absurd amount of money for one year of Suh. It's more likely that the Lions will continue to negotiate a long-term deal with their Pro Bowl defensive lineman, or let him walk. Analysis: Spencer Silva

Dolphins are interested in cornerback Brandon Flowers during free agency.

The Dolphins have made it clear that they are going to sign a cornerback in this free agent class. They have also expressed interest in Kareem Jackson and now are rumored to be interested in the services of Flowers. Last season, Flowers recorded 52 tackles and three interceptions in 14 games. Analysis: Colby Conway

Raiders will release DE LaMarr Woodley.

Woodley spent just one year in Oakland and everyone knew this transaction was going to occur. He went on IR in October after injuring his biceps against Arizona in week seven of the regular season. Expect Oakland to get a defensive end early in the draft as they only had 22 total sacks last season. Analysis: Colby Conway

Dolphins are interested in cornerback Kareem Jackson during free agency.

Jackson has spent his first five seasons with the Houston Texans and was a solid corner for the team. During his stint in Houston, he recorded 241 tackles, 10 interceptions, 50 pass deflections and one touchdown in 74 games. Jackson will receive some interest in free agency as he is a highly capable NFL corner. Analysis: Colby Conway

Panthers have no intention of bringing Greg Hardy back next season.

He could possibly be suspended which makes it tough for a team to bring him on board. However, he is phenomenal talent and is a defensive game changer. Is it worth it? Hardy played in one game last year before spending the rest of the season on the commissioner's exempt list. Hardy is young and had 15 sacks in his last full season, but organizations will have to evaluate whether or not that is worth the trouble. Analysis: Colby Conway

Impending free-agent RB DeMarco Murray probably will hit the free-agent market

There is still a chance that Murray returns to Dallas, but it won't come until after he tests the free-agent market. Talks between the two have been slow, but it is almost understood that he is going to hit the market. Murray had a great 2014 season which saw him carry the ball 392 times for 1,845 yards.  Analysis: Colby Conway

Baltimore Raven Cornerback Victor Hampton was arrested for a DWI in Charlotte Sunday.

Hampton has never played in an NFL game after spending time on the Giants practice squad last season, and the Ravens will almost certainly cut him following this news. The Ravens need all the secondary help they can get right now, but it is unlikely to come from Hampton. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Stephen Tulloch says he's "way ahead of schedule" in his rehab from a torn ACL.

Let's see how "way ahead of schedule" he is on the common sense trail and see if he actually learned anything from his bonehead mistake. Tulloch was injured during the landing of his jump during a sack dance last year and missed the rest of the year with the torn ACL. He could be back in time for spring OTAs but he'll definitely be around for training camp. Let's see if his brain joins his body this year. Analysis: Howard Bender

Impending free-agent G Mike Iupati is drawing interest from the Buccaneers and Redskins.

Both the Buccaneers and Redskins are in need of help on the front line and Iupati would be a great fit with either organization. Whether or not he lands with either team is still up in the air, but he would certainly help out where ever he may land.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

Impending free-agent S Dawan Landry is not expected to re-sign with the Jets.

With the Jets practically starting over, it should come at no surprise that the team is likely to part ways with Landry at this point in his career. However, don't expect him to be without a job for long as his experience will draw plenty of interest from around the league.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

The Buccaneers have decided to keep Vincent Jackson at his full salary for the 2015 season.

After much talk about getting Jackson to take a pay cut, the Buccaneers decided it would be in their best interest to keep their star wide receiver at his current salary. He will make $9.777 million in 2015 with a salary cap hit of $12 million for his team after posting three straight 1,000 yard seasons.  Analysis: Matthew Beck

49ers want to keep Stevie Johnson, but the team is expected to ask him to take a pay cut, NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday.

The 49ers are already likely to let Michael Crabtree go via free agency, and with Vernon Davis rapidly declining and Anquan Boldin also aging, the 49ers will have to do all the can to retain Johnson and keep their passing game intact. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Ray Rice said Saturday that he remains "optimistic" that he will get a second chance in the NFL.

Rice is still a very talented back but the question of whether a team would want to deal with the media circus that comes with a signing of Rice. There's still a good shot that he finds a new team, but it may not be until 2016 at best. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Brian Cushing told the Houston Chronicle on Saturday that in addition to undergoing surgery to repair his wrist, he also had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and left ankle in the offseason.

There's the old joke that if Cushing suffers one more knee injury the training staff will bring out the tarp and put him down. This saying still holds true after three more surgeries for Cushing, but hopefully he's in better shape for the Texans defense in 2015 after an injury plagued 2014. Analysis: Ben Diamond

After being released Wednesday, Reggie Bush said he has no plans to retire.

Bush can still be a very useful and productive running back despite his release from the Lions recently. His health will be essential for the 29-year old to succeed, but if he finds the right team, he could rack up great receiving totals at the running back position. Analysis: Ben Diamond
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