Fantasy Guru Daily: 2/22/11

Labor talks continue, the NFL Scouting Combine starts on Wednesday, and some interesting player movement is taking place and we are covering it all in the latest edition of the Fantasy Guru Daily.

McGahee has become expendable now that Ray Rice has emerged as one of the best backs in football.

Ravens expected to cut Willis McGahee … after the back had spent the last four seasons in Baltimore. With McGahee playing a smaller role compared to starter RB Ray Rice, it really doesn’t make much sense to keep the eight-year veteran around when he’s due to make $6 million in 2011. McGahee, 29, played in 15 games last season, rushing just 100 times for 380 yards and 5 TDs. His last 1000-yard season (1207 in 2007) came a year before the Ravens drafted Rice and McGahee hasn’t topped 170 carries since Rice joined the team. We expect McGahee to look for a team that will give him a more even split in carries since he still has something left in the tank.

St. Louis trying to re-sign Mark Clayton … and will continue to do so even a new deal can’t be worked out before the CBA expires. The Ravens traded Clayton along with a 2011 7th-round pick to the Rams in exchange for a 2011 6th-round pick right before the 2010 regular season started. Clayton immediately clicked with rookie QB Sam Bradford, thanks to their previous time together working out at their alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, before the 2010 draft. Before tearing his patellar tendon in Week Five, Clayton had 23/306/2 and had quickly become Bradford’s most consistent target. Clayton said his rehab is ahead of schedule and expressed a desire to return to the Rams based on the connections he’s made with the players, coaches, and front office.

Cam Newton will fully participate at combine … in an effort “to be transparent” to any team interested in drafting him. In addition to going through physical drills, Newton will be interviewed by team representatives, who will surely ask about his role in the theft of a laptop computer while at the University of Florida in 2008 and the controversy that saw his father ask Mississippi State for money to get Newton to play there. Newton won the Heisman Trophy for his play at Auburn during the 2010 season and went on to lead the Tigers a BCS Championship in January. Newton played the spread offense at Auburn, but has been learning the nuances of the NFL game by working with Hall-of-Famer Warren Moon and QB coach George Whitfield Jr. for the last few months.

Aaron Hernandez had hip surgery … on his right side and is currently recovering. This was discovered when Hernandez appeared on crutches while speaking to kids attending his brother’s football camp. He did not reveal a timeline for his rehab. Hernandez was initially injured in Week Fifteen of the 2010 season and ended up missing the rest of the regular season before returning for New England’s playoff loss to the Jets. Despite the injury, Hernandez had a productive rookie season, catching 45 passes for 563 yards, and 6 TDs.

Quick Hits

o   After four days of mediated negotiations, NFLPA executive committee member Charlie Batch said, “things are going well.” The fifth day began on Tuesday with additional representation on both sides.

o   Steeler LB James Harrison had back surgery on Monday after it was delayed a week because of a fever he came down with last Monday. HC Mike Tomlin called the surgery a “success.”

o   The Vikings have used their franchise tag on LB Chad Greenway. The one-year deal would pay Greenway in the area of $10 million for the 2011 season.

­-Matt Camp

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