A.J. Green told NFL Network he's hoping quarterback Andy Dalton receives a contract extension. "We came in together and that is the great thing for me and him," Green said. "I know he's my guy. I don't want any other quarterback throwing me the ball.
Green expressed this sentiment Friday and as we noted then, he and Dalton are not just tight on the field, but off as well. The Bengals should definitely take note of the relationship when they are making decisions on contracts. Keeping Green happy will be important as he is a game-breaking player. That's not to say that he won't be able to work with another quarterback, but if the Bengals don't have to make a change, perhaps they shouldn't. It's not like Dalton isn't a strong quarterback. He's just not at the elite level.ANALYST: Howard Bender
John Lamb underwent disc surgery on his back in December.
Lamb, 25, came over from the Royals as part of the Johnny Cueto deadline deal and pitched for the Reds the rest of the way in 2015, despite his terrible numbers. The fact that the procedure went unreported until now, nearly two months later, is surprising in this day and age of social media and instant news outlets. He is penciled in as the Reds fifth starter but will now undoubtedly miss the start of the season and may need a tune up in Triple-A first. His 5.80 ERA over the last 50 innings as a Red isn't great but he did post a 3:1 K:BB ratio (58:19) meaning there is hope he can get the ERA figure down. He will be a waiver wire add come draft time. Analysis: Matt Selz
Broncos have made it a priority to re-sign Malik Jackson during the offseason.
Broncos GM John Elway said the same about Danny Trevathan as well and this doesn't include Von Miller who is up for either a massive extension or a franchise tag as well. Jackson, who had his best year as a pro in 2015 with 46 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, and seven passes defensed, would be a highly sought after piece if he reaches the open market making the job of negotiating the contract tougher for the Broncos. Denver does not have a ton of cap space to work with and is likely to have a whole at QB, Brock Osweiler is a pending free agent too, meaning it's not unforeseeable that Jackson and/or another member of the stout defense are somewhere else come the start of the 2016 campaign. Analysis: Matt Selz
Roy Hibbert is listed as probable for Wednesday's game.
Hibbert was out Monday with the ailing ankle but now looks very likely to play on Wednesday meaning Robert Sacre will head back to the end of the bench where he has been most of the season. The seven-footer out of Georgetown was thought to be a solid free agency get for the Lakers but he has been anything but solid so far in 2015-16 averaging just 6.5 PPG, 5.3 RPG, and 1.6 BPG. There are far more options for fantasy owners in the low post than the struggling center in L.A. Analysis: Matt Selz
Colts have waived Ryan Lindley.
The 27-year-old was only in Indy for Week 17 backing up Josh Johnson as Andrew Luck and Matt Hasselbeck were both out of service. In a career that has spanned four seasons, Lindley has six starts in that span including a couple in Arizona last season. He is nothing more than a number three QB on the depth chart for someone but he will get a chance at camp to make some team's roster. Analysis: Matt Selz
Anthony Brown (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game.
Brown is still recovering from a sprained right ankle and is unlikely to play Wednesday night against the Cavaliers. Although, he isn't worth starting regardless, as Kobe Bryant will most likely suit up, and Brown hasn't even been productive when Bryant sits. Averaging a stat line this season of 3.8 points, 0.5 assists, and 2.2 rebounds per game, Brown offers no fantasy value, and should be left untouched on the waiver wire. Analysis: Ari Gilberg
Broncos consider re-signing Danny Trevathan as a top priority this offseason.
The Broncos have a long list of impending free agents, including possible franchise quarterback Brock Osweiler and Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, which may make it difficult to also re-sign linebacker Danny Trevathan. The fact that John Elway went out of his way to proclaim re-signing Trevathan as a top priority, however, certainly bodes well for fans hoping the Broncos retain the young linebacker. Analysis: Ari Gilberg
Titans have released Michael Griffin.
Griffin has been with the Titans for his entire nine-year career. After only recording three passes defended, career-worst, and a single interception, tied for his career-worst, the former first round draft pick will now be looking for a new home. Despite the slight dip in production this past season, Griffin is still a starting-caliber safety, and will most likely have several suitors once free agency begins. Analysis: Ari Gilberg
Jimmy Butler will miss the next three to four weeks with a strained left knee .
This is a serious blow to fantasy owners, as Butler has been having a fantastic season prior to the injury. Despite the injury, Butler is still worth holding in season-long fantasy leagues. E'Twaun Moore will most likely see the biggest increase in minutes, and could be worth a pickup if he's still sitting on the waiver wire. Both Derrick Rose and Pao Gasol will be looked at to take on an even bigger role on offense in Butler's absence. Analysis: Ari Gilberg
Kobe Bryant (shoulder) is questionable for Wednesday.
Bryant's shoulder has been bothering the 37-year-old for quite some time now, but it has yet to force him to sit out any games. Don't expect that to change Wednesday as Bryant is gearing up for his last showdown in Cleveland. Start him with confidence as he'll look to square up in what will sure to be an exciting matchup against LeBron James. Analysis: Ari Gilberg
Update: Gary Neal (leg) will not play Tuesday.
After failing to go through the Wizards shootaround, Neal has been ruled out for Tuesday's matchup against the Knicks. Garrett Temple should receive a slight uptick in minutes, but is not a recommended play as starter Bradley Beal is back and remains the primary scoring option, behind John Wall. Analysis: Ari Gilberg