The 49ers may not be inclined to extend linebacker Aldon Smith’s stay until 2015, but that doesn’t mean they’re done with him in 2014.
The team currently doesn’t plan to release Smith, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.
More legal troubles for a guy who was gifted a second chance last year when he landed in rehab and was allowed to rejoin the team in the second half of the season? Come on. Maybe the 49ers and other NFL teams should take a stand and not tolerate the behavior. Who cares how great a pass rusher he is? Someone needs to put their foot down and that foot is me. Follow my lead, NFL, clean up your act already. The league is already suffering from rules changes and concussions and many speculate that the league will eventually go under in a decade's time. Let's not compound it by enabling stupidity. That being said, if Smith doesn't get suspended and plays next year, you'll want to grab him as a strong IDP play.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Rays are interested in signing Ryan Webb.
Another veteran relief pitcher who could benefit the Rays bullpen, and another relief pitcher who should be left off of your fantasy team. Webb has a career record of 17-18, and has never recorded a single save throughout his six years in the league. He has no upside, and his floor is as low as it could possibly be. Analysis: Ari Gilberg
Matt Hasselbeck is leaning towards returning for the 2016 season.
After nearly two decades in the NFL, it seems that Hasselbeck isn't done yet. While he played admirably last season, it was evident his 40-year-old body just isn't what it once was, as Hasselbeck was forced to endure numerous injuries before eventually being placed on inured reserve. If he does return, the Colts will most likely carry three quarterbacks into the season as a precautionary measure. Analysis: Ari Gilberg
Raptors have shown interest in trading for Ryan Anderson.
With franchise shooting guard DeMar DeRozan set to become a free agent after this season, it makes sense the Raptors would attempt to bolster their supporting cast in order to increase their chances of re-signing their All-Star shooting guard. Anderson is in the midst of a solid bounce-back season, averaging nearly 17 points and six rebounds per game and could provide the Raptors with a solid rotational big man behind Luis Scola. Analysis: Ari Gilberg
Jahri Evans refused to take a pay cut before his release from the Saints.
The Saints knew they would have to make some difficult decisions in order to free up cap space, and long-time Saints offensive lineman Jahri Evans was unfortunately a casualty as a result. Evans' agent reportedly said the 10-year veteran was unwilling to take a pay cut for the second season in a row, and plans to play elsewhere next season. The six-time Pro Bowler will almost surely find a market for his services once free agency opens up. Analysis: Ari Gilberg
Seahawks have signed WR Jeff Fuller.
The Seattle Seahawks have signed CFL player Jeff Fuller. Fuller has bounced around a few NFL teams throughout his brief career -- most recently the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins -- only seeing action, however, during the preseason or as a practice squad player. Unless Fuller has an impressive training camp and preseason, it's unlikely he makes the Seahawks 53-man roster. Analysis: Ari Gilberg
Nerlens Noel will not participate in Rising Stars game because of knee tendinitis.
For Noel-owners, this is good news and bad news. Bad news is the fact that Noel's knee tendinitis, which has already caused him to miss the 76ers past game, is serious enough to force him to sit out the Rising Stars Challenge. Good news is at least he'll now have extra time to rest, and come back fully healthy following the All-Star break. Noel has played better as of late, scoring in double figures in six of his last 10 games played. If for some reason a worried owner drops him, he's definitely worth a pickup. Analysis: Ari Gilberg