The NFL seems to want us to stay interested all off season and since I already was, I appreciate the effort. Next we have a three hour show Tuesday on NFLN that gives us the schedule for next season and then there’s the NFL Draft which will be dragged out for 3-4 months. So, stay tuned, the party never ends.
Brandon Marshall — He is now the highest paid receiver and a water bound mammal. All that cash and South Beach might get him into a little trouble, but we can’t really speculate on his proclivity for stupidity. What we can see is that Chad Henne played well last season with a lackluster crew of receivers and now he gets one of the best in the game. The Dolphins like to run, but that will change somewhat with Henne being the main man from the get go and Marshall making many, many receptions. I already had him high on all my rankings so I don’t see him moving one way or the other unless someone ahead of him drowns a bunch of kittens or something.
Ben Roethlisberger — There is a decent chance he will be suspended for a game or two. The rumors of him being traded are probably off base. The Steelers aren’t quite that crazy. Yes, even a whiff of some other indiscretion and he’ll get his tenders tendered, but he’s safe for now. If he happens to be suspended for more than a game, that will hurt his already depressed value from Santonio Holmes being shipped off. He had his best season last year and Mike Wallace should be able to step up, so I could see him being had at value if his ignorance causes him to fall on draft day.
Marshawn Lynch — Reports are that he is on the trading block, but those are being denied of course. There is no doubt he can be had at the right price. Seattle is interested, but I could see many other teams interested, especially the RB deficient Chargers. Lynch is still young and on the right team could still be very useful for a fantasy team. Also, if he does get traded, Fred Jackson becomes even more valuable.
Jason Campbell — Peter King thinks the Carolina Panthers are the best fit for Campbell, but the Bills and the Raiders need him more in my mind. The Rams are getting Sam Bradford so might not want to spend the money on them, but Bradford isn’t going to be very good year one or even year two, so it makes sense that the Rams would want/need him
Tony Scheffler — He has signed his tender (not a chicken tender) and will be available for a trade. If he ends up somewhere with an average or above offense he has the skill to be a useful fantasy tight end. He can catch anything. Not the best blocker of all time, but that’s not as important as it used to be.