Fantasy Guru Daily: 6/16/11

Even though the lockout remains intact, rumors of player movement continue to swirl despite teams being unable to (legally) discuss contracts or trades. In an effort to be on top of any potential moves once the lockout is lifted, we’ve continued to monitor player workouts, reports, and rumors from around the league, a few of which we’ll pass along today.

Cedric Benson said he wanted to express himself more in 2011. This would be a good start.

Benson shows interest in returning to Bengals … after working out with the team at the University of Cincinnati on Wednesday. Benson, who is technically a free agent, has reportedly attended multiple player-led workouts, which he called “an opportunity to get some real good football work in.” After voicing frustration with the offense and his role during and after the season, it didn’t appear that he’d return to the team for the 2011 season, but with the firing of OC Bob Bratkowski and subsequent hiring of Jay Gruden to take over the offense, Benson looks interested in returning to the black and orange. Gruden talked with Benson in February, explaining that his vision for the offense, a West Coast system, would feature a commitment [...]

Fantasy Guru Daily: 6/15/11

You know we have a good day at the Fantasy Guru Daily when there is no more Kenny Britt news to update. Way to go, Kenny. There is also a labor news update, and some headlines from an old friend.

Labor talks continue in Maryland… The NFL and NFLPA continued their series of confidential meetings, this time in an undisclosed Maryland suburb outside of Washington, DC. And with the meetings, there was more signs of real, tangible progress in the talks, leading to hope that a new CBA could be agreed upon, if not ratified, within the next couple weeks. Obviously, the talks have progressed to a point where we’re more positive about a possible resolution than we have been at any point throughout this three-month lockout, but it appears as if people close to the discussions want fans and reporters to tone down the excitement. Remember, most of those who have knowledge of the proceedings have placed on or around July 4 as a reasonable expectation for a new deal, and that means we still have three to four weeks of discussions that could break down. In other words, while Tuesday was the “yay! Football” day, it appears as if [...]

Fantasy Guru Daily: 6/14/11

We continue to receive positive signs about the lockout, while a certain Titan receiver continues to make headlines for the wrong reasons. Roger Goodell has not been able to suspend anyone recently, so could we see the headline “Lockout ends; Britt suspended” in the near future?

Kenny, c'mon… this is turrible

The Kenny Britt Daily … June is not shaping up to be a good month for embattled Titan WR Kenny Britt. After a breakout 2010 season that was shortened by a hamstring injury, he’s had a tumultuous off-season full of brushes with the law. Last week, he was arrested and charged with two counts of resisting arrest, and that came just a day after he pleaded guilty to careless driving charges. Now, police in Tennessee say Britt is wanted with two outstanding warrants, as he’s accused of making inaccurate statements on his driver’s license application. According to The Tennessean, Britt has now had at least seven brushes with police since he was drafted by the Titans in 2009. Seriously. We don’t deal much with character issues here, but Britt is starting to erase all memories of his emergence as a go-to receiver because there is new off-the-field news revealed almost [...]

Fantasy Guru Daily: 6/13/11

Things are definitely looking optimistic on the labor front, but with those meetings taking place in private, we will continue to focus on the news that directly relates to what happens on the field.

No, that's not your local real estate agent, it's Brett Ratliff, the longest-tenured NFL QB the Titans have…for now.

Titans will stick with Britt, could see Collins return … Last week was not one to remember for WR Kenny Britt. He avoided serious legal ramifications by pleading to a lesser charge stemming from car-chase incident that took place in April and had to pay a small fine. However, just one day later, he was arrested and charged with obstruction, tampering with evidence, and resisting arrest after officers in New Jersey saw what they thought was marijuana in his hand. Britt is once again expected to avoid any serious charges, but the Titans are not expected to let him off easy although they do consider him the best player on the team outside of RB Chris Johnson. Speaking of the Titan O, QB Kerry Collins, currently a free agent, has an expressed an interest in returning to the team in the right situation, saying, “If it makes sense [...]

Fantasy Guru Daily: 6/10/11

You know, there comes a point during a lengthy lockout when we hope there is now news from the player front, because when there is, it is typically bad. And when we are posting about the same guy in two of our last three blogs, well… yeah.

Britt arrested. Again… According to several reports, Titan WR Kenny Britt was expected in Nashville this week to begin working out with his teammates. Instead, he’s gotten himself in trouble with the law. Britt was arrested on Wednesday, charged with two counts of resisting arrest, just one day after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor offense for eluding an officer stemming from an April incident. In this business, we don’t like to get too much into a player’s personal life, because when push comes to shove talent will ultimately win out. But Britt – who didn’t have a criminal record when 2011 began – now has had two incidents in two months, and you can be certain that commissioner Roger Goodell is keeping tabs. Goodell has explicitly stated that malfeasant behavior during the lockout will be punished once a deal is reached. Britt already had a tough time with injuries last year, and he’ll be [...]

Fantasy Guru Daily: 6/9/11

As another session of settlement talks came to an end, we address the Palmer family situation in Cincinnati, as well as Tim Tebow’s apparent 850-yard drives on the golf course.

Fantasy Guru Daily: 6/8/11

They continue to talk, this time in New York, and we continue to wait patiently for good news. In an otherwise slow news day, we look at a high-profile college QB, who could enter the supplemental draft after deciding to skip his senior season.

While in New York, maybe the two sides could take a hansom cab ride.

“Very serious talks” continue … at what is reportedly an undisclosed location in New York. Both the players and league have made a point to keep the details of these meetings confidential, but reports say that lawyers are once again being kept out of the room while Judge Arthur Boylan along with Commissioner Roger Goodell, owners, and players try to hammer out a deal. The less we hear about these talks, the better, as both sides show commitment to getting something done in the next month or so before the typical NFL off-season has to be dramatically shifted and/or cancelled. To get a great idea of where this could be going (and it sounds positive), check out Albert Breer’s latest story.

Terrelle Pryor to skip senior season … at Ohio State, at least when it comes to football. The former Buckeye QB hasn’t decided [...]

Fantasy Guru Daily: 6/7/11

Plaxico Burress is officially out of prison and the courtship can begin once the NFL and NFLPA get themselves out of chains, but another Giant has been in the news a little bit recently.

Giants expected to bring back Jacobs… This isn’t much of a surprise, considering the Giants figured out an ideal way to balance their backfield last season, but the club is expected to pay RB Brandon Jacobs his big bonus and bring him back into the fold in 2011. GM Jerry Reese told ESPN Radio in New York that he expects the team to pay the $4.65 million to keep him in town, although he said this while admonishing Jacobs for his comments on Burress, more specifically about how Jacobs believes Burress could in fact be back in a Giants uniform in 2011. “[Jacobs is] just talking,” Reese said. “Brandon likes to talk, sometimes he talks just to talk. Us here, in the Giants, in our building, we let some of that talk go off our back like a duck and we don’t worry about it too much.” Were Jacobs to come back, the Giants would almost certainly make it a priority to re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw as well, [...]

Fantasy Guru Daily: 6/6/11

We continue to hope lockout talks move in a positive direction after a day in court last Friday, but today we focus on more football, headlined by a prison release in New York and some clarity in the Jets’ backfield.

Burress to play left field, hit 7th … Former Giant WR Plaxico Burress was released from prison after nearly two years Monday morning, and since there’s nothing else to talk about, HE WAS WEARING A PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES HAT, WHICH MEANS HE’S GOING TO THE EAGLES. There has actually been speculation that the Eagles are a potential landing spot for Burress, and Michael Vick has voiced his support of that move recently, saying:

Is Andy Reid on the other end of the phone?

“I think certainly Plaxico is going to come out with a chip on his shoulder the same way I did, and he’ll go out and help this football team to whatever capacity he can. I think the guys would be willing to embrace him and bring him in. If that happens? Who knows? We talking about ‘what ifs’ now? It would certainly be a good thing.”

Our guy Adam Caplan wrote that he believes the Eagles will be interested in Burress, [...]

Fantasy Guru Daily: 6/3/11

Looks like the labor talks have picked up once again, so we will be taking a look at the latest developments as the two sides meet in court again today. Also, we take a look at possible landing spots for the soon-to-be-released Plaxico Burress.

Settlement talks? So you're telling me there's a chance!

NFL, NFLPA hold settlement talks … for three days this week in advance of Friday’s lockout hearing in St. Louis. As we discussed yesterday, the “secret” meetings took place just outside Chicago from Tuesday-Thursday, but the details of those talks became much clearer upon completion. In addition to NFLPA head De Maurice Smith and commissioner Roger Goodell, those attending included owners, players, and Judge Arthur Boylan, although his role was different from what it was during mediation. Speaking of mediation, sessions that were set to resume next week were cancelled by Boylan due to the current talks centering around a settlement, which he wants to keep confidential. No word on when these talks will continue, but it probably won’t be Friday since the sides return to the courtroom in St. Louis for the appeals-court hearing on the lockout. We’ve pretty much [...]

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