Decker to test free agency: Denver Broncos wide receiver Eric Decker appears ready to test his value on the open market this offseason while his team seems ready to match most any offer that comes across the table. Like many of his teammates, Decker had a miserable day in the Super Bowl, catching just one pass for six yards. However, that shouldn’t totally outweigh the best regular season of his career. The fourth-year receiver set a career high in receiving yards (1,288) and with his 11 receiving touchdowns he was the ninth-highest scoring receiver in fantasy. Decker will look to be paid like a No. 1 receiver, but having always played second fiddle to Demaryius Thomas, it remains to be seen if he can fulfill that role. If he remains in Denver, he certainly retains value as a low WR1/high WR2. If he leaves … who knows?
Cassel to void his contract: Speaking of players testing free agency, Matt Cassel appears likely to void his contract with the Minnesota Vikings to see what else is out there. It’s a bold move for a player who has appeared in just 27 games over the past three seasons and has more interceptions (30) than touchdowns (27) during that stretch. The Vikings would like to keep Cassel in town, but it might be as a backup. Then again, it’s hard to imagine too many teams interested in signing the veteran quarterback as a starter. It’s not likely that Cassel will be on too many fantasy draft boards in 2014.
Rice likely to be cut: Signs are pointing toward the Seattle Seahawks cutting ties to veteran wide receiver Sidney Rice in an effort to re-sign free agent-to-be Golden Tate. Since joining the ‘Hawks in 2011, Rice has never been able to stay healthy. He’s played in 16 games just once. This season, he suited up just eight times and caught 15 passes for 231 yards. In his stead, Tate and Doug Baldwin stepped up as playmakers in Seattle’s passing game. With just one 1,000-yard season in his career, Rice has never reached his potential. Still, it’s likely that some team will take a chance on him next season. That doesn’t mean you need to do the same over the course of your fantasy draft. If you’re intrigued, he’ll likely be available on the waiver wire.
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