NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, Braylon Edwards, Darren McFadden, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Michael Bush, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Peyton Manning, Plaxico Burress, Reggie Wayne, Santonio Holmes
Teams considering a Manning-Wayne combo?: In the vein of burgers and fries or sand and surf, Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne could be the summer’s hottest combo. According to Peter King, several teams are interested in pairing the quarterback-receiver duo for 2012. So far, that reported desire hasn’t significantly changed the list of teams that are interested in landing Manning, but having the two together again would do wonders for some team’s fantasy outlook next season.
Jets interested in bring back Edwards: Recent reports out of New York suggest the Jets are interested in reuniting with free-agent WR Braylon Edwards, who isn’t expected to return to San Francisco next season. It’s a head-scratching suggestion for a team looking to add a bonafide No. 1 receiver. New York expects to part ways with free agent Plaxico Burress and the organization is still hoping that Santonio Holmes can patch things up with Mark Sanchez, so why pick up a chronically underachieving wideout who has had his fair share of off-field troubles? Perhaps there are other moves still to come and more receiving options for Gang Green that haven’t come to light. But the prospect of a Sanchez-Holmes-Edwards passing triumvirate does little to inspire any fantasy excitement.
Raiders to overhaul roster?: With the new league year set to begin on March 13, teams are making plans to get below the estimated salary cap. For the Raiders, this could be an undertaking since Oakland could be more than $25 million over the cap. This almost seals the fate of either Michael Bush or Darren McFadden. Since Bush is a free agent, the team will likely let him go, but with McFadden still owed more than $11.5 million over the next two seasons and sporting a long history of injury issues, a contract restructuring isn’t unthinkable. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey could also find himself in an awkward spot. He’s owed $13 million over the final two years of his deal, but has yet to produce like a seventh-overall pick. Meanwhile, the Raiders have a handful of wide receivers who can provide similar production at a much lower price. Until the Raiders sort out their offensive mess, take it easy on ranking any of their fantasy prospects.
– Marcas Grant