Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, New Orleans Saints, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Darren Sproles, Adrian Peterson, Owen Daniels, Peyton Hillis, Andre Brown, Garrett Graham, David Wilson, Cordarrelle Patterson, Ryan Griffin
Saints trying to deal Sproles: The Saints are still earnestly trying to move running back Darren Sproles. According to NFL Media insider Albert Breer, New Orleans is looking to trade the veteran. But if it doesn’t happen, Sproles is likely to be released and could end up with the Minnesota Vikings. It would be an interesting coupling — especially with new offensive coordinator Norv Turner. However, Sproles would amount to little more than a third-down back at this point in his career. Would Minnesota take Adrian Peterson off the field for third down situations? Or would Sproles line up as a slot receiver? And how much would this impact Cordarrelle Patterson’s role in the offense? If this move actually happens, it seems to create more questions than it answers.
Texans release Owen Daniels: The Houston Texans have made it official, releasing tight end Owen Daniels. It’s not a surprise considering the player’s age (he’ll turn 32 this season) and the fact that his departure will open up more than $4 million in salary cap space. For fantasy owners, it means a changing of the guard in Houston. Ryan Griffin is poised to see more opportunities in Bill O’Brien’s offense — provided the team doesn’t re-sign Garrett Graham during free agency.
Giants re-sign Hillis: Searching for help in their fractured backfield, the Giants re-signed veteran Peyton Hillis to a two-year contract Tuesday. The move won’t solidify anything amongst a running back group that features the inconsistent Andre Brown and David Wilson, who is returning from spinal surgery. It still seems likely that New York pursues a starting running back option in free agency. If Big Blue indeed signs a free agent option, expect him to become the team’s top fantasy RB choice.
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