Time for our fantasy takes on the NFL news of the day …
T.O. back for the preseason?: NFL.com senior writer Steve Wyche is reporting that Terrell Owens, who tore the ACL in his left knee over the spring, isn’t expected to sign with a team until late in the preseason. Owens, 37, was on pace to have one of the best statistical seasons for a wideout at his age in 2010, but a knee injury cost him the final two weeks. Much of his value will depend on where he lands, but it’s hard to envision a scenario where T.O. would be worth more than a middle- to late-round flier coming off a reconstructive procedure.
Orton trade could be likely: NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora is one of several insiders that believe Kyle Orton is likely to be traded once player movement is allowed. In fantasy land, such a move would add to the already deep quarterback position. Not only would it leave Tim Tebow as the seemingly unquestioned starter (and fantasy sleeper) in Denver, but it would also make Orton well worth a late-round look as a potential No. 2 option. Personally, I’d love to see Orton moved to Miami, where he would reunite with Brandon Marshall. Other suitors for his services around the league could include the Cardinals, Redskins, Seahawks and Titans.
Hasselbeck could be a Titan: La Canfora also opined about another veteran quarterback, Matt Hasselbeck, suggesting that he will “be the Opening Day starter for the Tennessee Titans.” That seems to be the popular destination for the former Seahawks signal-caller, and fantasy owners should welcome the addition — someone has to throw the ball to troublesome (but talented) receiver Kenny Britt and super sleeper Jared Cook. It would also be nice to have some semblance of a pass attack to keep defenses from stacking the box to stop Chris Johnson. While Hasselbeck would help the stock of Tennessee’s top offensive options, he wouldn’t be worth more than a late-round flier himself. As for the Seahawks, I can see a scenario where Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Leinart are both added and battle for the top spot on the depth chart for coach Pete Carroll.