NFL.com Staff | Tags: Three and out, Antonio Brown, DeSean Jackson, Emmanuel Sanders, Hakeem Nicks, Hines Ward, Jabar Gaffney, Mario Manningham, Mike Tolbert, Mike Wallace, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, Plaxico Burress, Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers, Victor Cruz, Vincent Jackson, Washington Redskins, Wes Welker
Giants, Steelers considering Burress?: Who says you can’t go home again? That could be the case for WR Plaxico Burress, who could be pursued by both the Giants and the Steelers, according to Yahoo! Sports. On the surface, it would seem that neither squad is a great fit for Burress. Even though the Steelers plan to release Hines Ward, it’s likely that Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown will remain atop the depth chart with Emmanuel Sanders also in the mix. Similarly, Mario Manningham’s possible departure from the Giants would do little to affect the status of Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. Burress’ remaining value is as a big red zone target. For fantasy owners, it’s as a reserve WR who can possibly add touchdowns, but won’t do much in the way of yardage or receptions.
Redskins targeting free agent WR: The NFL’s free-agent market is expected to be chock-full of wide receivers and the Redskins reportedly plan to take a serious dip in that pool. Jabar Gaffney was the team’s leading receiver last season, posting 947 yards and five touchdowns — a respectable season, but not enough for a team looking to be a contender. With an anticipated upgrade at quarterback, any receiver who lands in the nation’s capital could have an upgraded fantasy value. The issue might be who makes it to the market. There is still a chance that Vincent Jackson, Wes Welker and DeSean Jackson could all receive the franchise tag. Mike Wallace will be a restricted free agent, likely with a first-round tender. This is a situation that might not be settled for some time. Get comfortable.
Tolbert headed for free agency: Chargers RB Mike Tolbert could be on his way out of San Diego. The bruising back is expected to hit the free-agent market after talks with the team reportedly broke down. It’s not much of a secret that the Chargers hope Ryan Mathews is their RB of the future, but the organization could still look into free agency for some backfield help given his injury history. For the moment, the prospect of Mathews as a featured back could push him into the first round of some fantasy drafts. But if he ends up with company in the backfield, that value could be pushed back down again.
– Marcas Grant