Latest fantasy football news during the weeks of February 7th through February 13th.
The Athletic's Tori McElhaney said she doesn't expect the Falcons to re-sign impending free agent Todd Gurley.
It was always unlikely the injury-ravaged veteran would return for a second season in Atlanta, where he served as a change-of-pace back in the season's final month and a half. "It’s really difficult to justify Gurley staying," McElhaney said, adding that it "may make more sense for the Falcons to look to the draft for a replacement if there is a running back on the table for them in the second or third round." Gurley signed a one-year, incentive-laden contract with the Falcons last spring. Depending on where he signs, Gurley -- who had the 113th highest Pro Football Focus grade among running backs in 2020 -- will be little more than a late-round pick in fantasy drafts next summer.
SOURCE: The Athletic Feb 11, 2021, 1:06 PM ET
Washington re-signed QB Taylor Heinicke to a two-year, $8.75 million contract.
It comes with just $500,000 guaranteed and is very incentive-laden. Heinicke signed to the practice squad in December and replaced Dwayne Haskins as Alex Smith's backup. He started Washington's Wild Card loss with Smith injured, throwing for 306 yards with an interception and two touchdowns. Washington likely would have used a second-round tender on Heinicke, so this is a nice raise. With Kyle Allen an exclusive rights free agent and Smith’s future up in the air, Heinicke has an outside chance to compete for a starting role in 2021.
Feb 10, 2021, 10:35 AM ET
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans are "standing firm" on QB Deshaun Watson with the goal of getting him to stay in Houston.
The Texans obviously want to mend their relationship with Watson because they will never be able to get the true value of a young, elite passer via trade. However, Watson has made his trade request public and looks willing to see if Houston will blink first in this staring contest. Houston has already been rumored to at least have offers in mind of what they will need to move Watson. These reports were that the Texans wanted either three first and a player or two first plus extra picks and players. If the rumors are true, Watson is clearly not an unmovable asset. The Jets and Dolphins are the two teams most equipped to put together deals for the star passer. Both teams have multiple first-round selections this year including a top-five pick for each team.
SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter Feb 7, 2021, 9:25 AM ET
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Cowboys will make a push to sign QB Dak Prescott to a long-term deal or else they'll franchise tag him once again.
After being unable to come to an agreement last offseason, the Cowboys chose to hit Prescott with the franchise tag for 2020. The deadline for the Prescott to sign a long-term deal this year is March 9th. Prescott reportedly turned down a $33-$35 million per year deal that included $100 million in guaranteed money. Pelissero added that the Cowboys pushing to sign him is an indicator that his gruesome ankle injury won't be a problem. Prescott led the NFL in passing yards per game at 371.2 before suffering the injury. He also averaged 8.4 yards per attempt. That means he likely played himself into an even bigger deal if the salary cap isn't cut drastically. Franchise tag or long-term contract, Prescott will be playing for Dallas in 2021.
SOURCE: Tom Pelissero on Twitter Feb 7, 2021, 9:07 AM ET
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport Reports Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes will undergo offseason foot surgery to repair his toe.
Rapsheet added that Mahomes will see a specialist for his injury but it isn't expected to fully heal without surgery. Mahomes has been dealing with a turf toe injury since his Divisional Round win over the Browns. His injury clearly hobbled him toward the end of that game which ultimately saw Chad Henne close out the fourth quarter. He may have been slightly affected by the injury in the AFC Championship but you wouldn't have known based on his 325 yards and three scores. His turf toe isn't likely to play a role in the Super Bowl unless something happens to exacerbate the injury in-game.
SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter Feb 7, 2021, 9:00 AM ET