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March 25, 2016

Browns sign RG3 to 2-year deal

On Thursday, the Cleveland Browns signed quarterback Robert Griffin III to a two-year deal worth $15 million, of which $6.75 million is guaranteed, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft after Andrew Luck, RG3 won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and led Washington to the postseason as a rookie. In that 2012 rookie campaign, Griffin threw for 3,200 yards with a 20:5 TD-to-INT ratio and ran for 826 yards and seven touchdowns.

Since his outstanding rookie season, however, RG3 has played just 22 games over three seasons (and none last season) due to injury and/or benching. With Kirk Cousins starting all 16 games last season and getting the franchise tag last month (and potentially a long-term deal before the July 15th deadline), Washington released Griffin this offseason.

Meanwhile, RG3 joins Josh McCown, Austin Davis and Connor Shaw in Cleveland's quarterbacks group after the team released former first-rounder Johnny Manziel earlier this month.

Browns head coach Hue Jackson reportedly said that "it felt like the Earth moved beneath my feet" at one point during RG3's workout with the team, according to NFL Network's Jeff Darlington.

With the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, how will Griffin's arrival impact their draft?

As ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted (above), it's certainly possible that the Browns will still select a quarterback, such as North Dakota State's Carson Wentz, at No. 2. [Wentz has been my selection for the Browns in most updates of my 2016 NFL Mock Draft.] With RG3 signed for just two years, RG3 could start with Wentz adjusting to the transition from FCS to the NFL. That said, it's just as possible that the Browns draft a prospect like Jalen Ramsey or Joey Bosa at No. 2 overall and add another quarterback later in the draft.

Even though Griffin has said the right things about taking a rookie quarterback "under his wing," it will be interesting to see how things play out.

Based on his early-career success and opportunity to play for Jackson, RG3 will be a high-upside late-round QB2 flier in fantasy drafts this summer, especially if Josh Gordon is reinstated for the 2016 season.

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March 12, 2016

Report: Steelers WR Martavis Bryant facing year-long suspension

Suspended for the first four games of last season, it appears that Pittsburgh Steelers third-year wide receiver Martavis Bryant could miss all of the 2016 NFL season.

Per Dejan Kovacevic of DKPittsburghSports.com, Bryant is facing a season-long suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

While he and his agent have filed an appeal, it's likely that Bryant will miss the entire 2016 season.

In 21 games through two seasons, Bryant has racked up 76 catches for 1,314 yards (17.29 Y/A) and 14 touchdowns in addition to 49 rushing yards and another score.

With Bryant suspended, Antonio Brown may see even more targets, but the biggest beneficiaries will be Markus Wheaton, Sammie Coates and Ladarius Green, who signed a four-year deal with the Steelers in free agency.

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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Carson Wentz to Browns, Jared Goff to 49ers

It's nearly impossible to nail a mock draft minutes before it starts — let alone seven weeks beforehand.

With this update of my 2016 NFL Mock Draft, the NFL Scouting Combine is now behind us and the start of NFL Free Agency is upon us.

It's fair to say that this mock will change, perhaps quite a bit, leading up to my final version, but here is my updated 2016 NFL Mock Draft:

1. Tennessee Titans (team draft history): Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi

No team allowed more sacks last season than the Titans (54). Given their investment in second-year franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota, the Titans should make improving their leaky pass protection an offseason priority.

A three-year starter at left tackle, Tunsil has allowed only two sacks — and none last season — over his career at Ole Miss. With unique athletic traits for the position, the former five-star recruit has drawn comparisons to Cowboys All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein, whose father is an offensive line coach with the Cardinals, recently said that "Tunsil to me is going to be the best left tackle in the league, or one of the top two, within three years."

Zierlein went on to say, "With Tunsil, he's got all that athleticism, but he's a three-year starter in a major conference who has played left tackle the entire time and has some of the cleanest technique you're going to find at the position. He's ahead of Tyron Smith in terms of his knowledge, technique and ability at the position right now, coming into the league. Laremy Tunsil comes in and has a shot at being a Pro Bowler as a rookie."

2. Cleveland Browns (team draft history): Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

Since their return to the NFL in 1999, the Browns have had nothing but question marks at the most important position in sports. Unfortunately, the team has invested a number of first-round picks at the position, which have not panned out and the latest — Johnny Manziel — should be released any day now.

With prototypical size (6-5, 235), a strong arm and excellent mobility, Wentz has all of the physical traits to develop into a franchise quarterback in the NFL. And while he has experience playing in a pro-style system, the biggest obstacle for Wentz will be his transition from the FCS level to the NFL.

3. San Diego Chargers (team draft history): Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

There is a lot to like about Ramsey -- elite size (6-1, 202), Olympic-caliber athleticism and positional versatility. A second-team All-American at safety in 2014, Ramsey was a first-team All-American at cornerback this past season. With Eric Weddle being a free agent, Ramsey could either be an immediate starter at free safety or cornerback.

4. Dallas Cowboys (team draft history): Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

It was a highly disappointing season for the Cowboys after Tony Romo broke his clavicle (twice). Should the Cowboys brass use this opportunity to draft Romo's long-term replacement and upgrade the backup spot? Or should they look for a difference-making player that can help them make a run over the next year or two (provided Romo can stay healthy)? Granted, Jerry Jones has said they won't draft a quarterback, but pre-draft comments from a team's front office are meaningless anyways.

Last season, the Cowboys generated just 31 sacks, which ranked 25th in the NFL. The son of a former first-round pick for the Dolphins, Bosa had 51.0 tackles for loss and 26.0 sacks in his three seasons with the Buckeyes. Not an elite athlete, Bosa is also an outstanding run defender with the ability to consistently generate double-digit sacks as a pass-rusher.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars (team draft history): Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

A knee injury ended his season and collegiate career prematurely, but Jack is an ultra-athletic three-down linebacker that's custom-made for today's NFL. One of the most versatile players in this year's entire draft class, Jack was named the Pac-12's Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the year early in his UCLA career.

With this pick, the Jags will essentially be adding a pair of top-five defensive selections as last year's first-rounder, Dante Fowler at No. 3, missed all of 2015 with a torn ACL. In addition, the Jags added Malik Jackson and Tashaun Gipson to their defense in free agency. Only the Saints allowed more points last season, but the new-look Jags should be much improved on that side of the ball in 2016.

6. Baltimore Ravens (team draft history): Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

The Ravens signed Eugene Monroe to a five-year deal only two offseasons ago, but he has missed five-plus games in each of his two seasons with the club. Cutting him would save the team $6.5 million against the cap. In addition, the Ravens lost Kelechi Osemele to the Raiders in free agency. Stanley does have experience at right tackle as well, but he has the length and mobility to allow him to excel as Joe Flacco's blind-side protector.

7. San Francsico 49ers (team draft history): Jared Goff, QB, California

By the time the NFL Draft rolls around at the end of April, it is unlikely that Colin Kaepernick will still be on San Francisco's roster. With the loss of Peyton Manning (retirement) and Brock Osweiler (free agency), it seems possible that Kaepernick ends up in Denver. While plenty of attention has been given to Goff's frame and hand size, his intelligence, accuracy and arm talent could make him Chip Kelly's long-term answer at the position.

8. Philadelphia Eagles (team draft history): DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

The debate here came down to Buckner or Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves and I went back and forth. Even though the Eagles re-signed Vinny Curry to a five-year deal in February, Cedric Thornton departed to Dallas via free agency and Fletcher Cox is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2016 season.

Drawing comparisons to Calais Campbell, Buckner (6-7, 290) has plenty of upside, but he has the collegiate production to match. Named the 2015 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Buckner had 17.0 tackles for loss including 10.5 sacks and 83 tackles as a senior.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (team draft history): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

While he lacks ideal size, Hargreaves was a three-time All-SEC selection with good fluidity and ball skills as his 10 interceptions in his three seasons in Gainesville would indicate. Per PFF, all five of Tampa's qualified corners (out of 111 total) in 2015 graded 64th or worse. And two of them, Sterling Moore (64th) and Mike Jenkins (94th) are free agents.

10. New York Giants (team draft history): Ezekial Elliott, RB, Ohio State

Before this update, all previous versions of my 2016 NFL Mock Draft slotted a defensive player to the G-Men. In the early part of free agency, however, the Giants have been big spenders, especially on the defensive side of the ball, so this turns out to be the best-player available here. That said, Rashad Jennings turns 31 later this month.

The top-ranked running back prospect in this year's draft class, Elliott is a do-it-all, three-down back with no holes in his game. Outstanding in pass protection, the 225-pound back was highly productive with the ball in his hands as he rushed for 3,699 yards and 41 touchdowns and added 55 catches for 446 yards over the past two seasons.

11. Chicago Bears (team draft history): A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama

The Bears ranked 23rd in rushing defense (120.9 yards per game) and allowed 4.5 yards per carry (25th). Robinson has the physical tools that give him the potential to develop into a dominant lineman in Vic Fangio's defense.

12. New Orleans Saints (team draft history): Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

Rankins has had an impressive offseason with a strong week of practice at the Senior Bowl and Combine workout. A scout told Yahoo's Charles Robinson that Rankins "could end up being the best defensive lineman taken in this draft, and could end up as a top-10 surprise on draft day," which says a lot considering how deep defensive line is this year.

13. Miami Dolphins (team draft history): Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

While the Dolphins lost Olivier Vernon in free agency, they added Mario Williams as the other starting defensive end opposite Cameron Wake. With both Wake (34) and Williams (31) on the wrong side of 30, Lawson would make sense here.

14. Oakland Raiders (team draft history): Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

Not only did the Raiders add Kelechi Osemele to the offensive line, but they have signed edge rusher Bruce Irvin and cornerback Sean Smith to their defense in free agency. While he may be a little undersized (6-1, 232), Lee possesses blazing speed and his 4.43 time in the 40-yard dash was the fastest within his position group in nearly a decade.

15. St. Louis Rams (team draft history): Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi

Perhaps the Rams go quarterback here with Paxton Lynch, as I had slotted in my previous update, but the Rams lack elite weapons in the passing game for whomever is under center as well. Treadwell isn't a burner, but he possesses excellent size, strength and hands to develop into a legitimate No. 1 receiver in the league.

16. Detroit Lions (team draft history): Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

A former walk-on at Michigan State, Conklin has the size, strength and demeanor to be a great right tackle, but he tested well at the combine and has long arms (35 inches) as well. One NFC North scout told NFL.com's Lance Zierlein, "That is a dude, right there. He was busting up Ohio State in the fourth quarter of that game not because he was more talented than those guys but because he just wanted it more. He's tougher than old beef jerky. He fits in our division."

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March 10, 2016

Jets re-sign Bilal Powell

Earlier today, the New York Jets re-signed free-agent running back Bilal Powell, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

While Chris Ivory left in free agency for Jacksonville, the Jets signed Matt Forte to a three-year deal yesterday.

In 11 games last season, Powell carried the ball 70 times for 313 yards and added 47 catches for 388 yards and scored a total of three touchdowns.

Down the stretch, Powell had five-plus catches in five of his final six games. In fact, he finished as a top-25 PPR running back in each of those five game during that stretch, which also included three top-seven PPR weekly finishes.

A natural complement to Ivory due to his pass-catching prowess, it's less clear how the workload will be split with the addition of Forte, who set the running back single-season receptions record a couple of seasons ago.

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Matt Forte agrees to a deal with the Jets

Not only has Chris Ivory signed a multi-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but Bilal Powell is also a free agent and expected to sign elsewhere.

With Ivory gone and Powell likely gone, the New York Jets have agreed to terms with free-agent running back Matt Forte, although the terms of the deal are not yet known.

A workhorse for most of his career, Forte averaged more than 20 touches per game (20.15/G) last season for the Bears. Forte missed three games last season, but the do-it-all back still averaged 99.0 yards from scrimmage per game.

Even though he missed three games, Forte still finished as a top-10 fantasy producer (RB9) among running backs last season.

At this point, it's unclear where free-agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will sign, but Forte should benefit from playing in Chan Gailey's spread offense with some talented receivers (Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker) on the outside.

Forte, who turns 31 in December, may not average 20-plus touches a game this season, or ever again, but this is a great landing spot for Forte's 2016 fantasy value. Depending on who the Jets add via the NFL Draft next month, it wouldn't surprise me if Forte finished as a top-12 fantasy running back in 2016.

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March 09, 2016

Chargers re-sign Antonio Gates to two-year deal

The San Diego Chargers have re-signed tight end Antonio Gates to a two-year contract, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

With Gates turning 36 years old in June, it means he will spend his entire career with the Chargers.

Missing five games, which included a four-game suspension to begin the year, Gates finished with 56 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns in 11 games. Despite missing five games, Gates still scored the 11th-most fantasy points among tight ends last season.

Not only did Gates finish with 50-plus yards in eight of his 11 games, but his per-game average of 57.3 yards was a four-year high.

While Keenan Allen will lead the team in targets and the Chargers signed Travis Benjamin to a four-year deal, Gates is the most trusted red-zone option for Philip Rivers and he had 12 touchdowns two seasons ago.

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Chargers, Travis Benjamin agree to 4-year deal

The San Diego Chargers have agreed to a four-year deal with free-agent wide receiver Travis Benjamin today.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the deal is worth a total of $24 million, of which $13 million is guaranteed.

Benjamin had a breakout season for the Browns as he finished with 68 catches for 966 yards and five touchdowns last season. Benjamin scored the 28th-most fantasy points among wide receivers in 2015.

In his first three NFL seasons, Benjamin racked up a total of 41/717/5 over 38 games.

With Malcom Floyd retiring this offseason, Benjamin will provide Philip Rivers with a deep threat opposite star receiver Keenan Allen.

Considering Cleveland's issues at quarterback last season and the upgrade to Rivers going forward, it wouldn't surprise me if Benjamin approached his 2015 numbers even if he's second, or third, behind Allen (and Antonio Gates) in line for passing-game targets.

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Marvin Jones, Lions agree to 5-year deal

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Detroit Lions and free-agent wide receiver Marvin Jones have agreed to a five-year deal worth $40 million.

In a weak free-agent wide receiver class, Jones and Travis Benjamin were top-two free agents available at the position. In addition, it's a relatively weak wide receiver draft class as well.

Jones had 65 catches for 816 yards, both of which were career highs, and four touchdowns for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015. Jones scored the 40th-most fantasy points in standard-scoring formats among wide receivers last season.

Before sitting out all of 2014, Jones had 51/712/10 stat line although his 10 touchdowns were boosted by a four-touchdown game.

With Calvin Johnson retiring this offseason, it will be Jones and Golden Tate that will dominate the wide receiver targets and Eric Ebron should continue to see his role expand going forward.

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Brock Osweiler, Texans agree to 4-year deal

Both Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler started games for the Super Bowl-winning Denver Broncos, but neither will be on the roster this season.

Of course, Manning retired earlier this week, but Osweiler has signed a four-year deal to become quarterback for the Houston Texans, per NFL Network's Rand Getlin.

Osweiler completed 170-of 275 pass attempts (61.8 percent) for 1,967 yards (7.2 Y/A), 10 touchdowns and six interceptions last season.

Not only do the Texans have one of the league's best young receivers in DeAndre Hopkins, they signed Lamar Miller to a four-year deal today as well.

The Texans averaged 38.4 pass attempts per game, 10th-most in the NFL, last season and Osweiler will be little more than a low-end QB2 in fantasy football leagues in 2016. That said, Brian Hoyer finished as a top-15 fantasy quarterback in six of 11 games played last season.

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Lamar Miller, Texans agree to 4-year deal

The Houston Texans and free-agent running back Lamar Miller have agreed to a four-year deal worth $26 million, of which $14 million is guaranteed, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Since Bill O'Brien took over as head coach in 2014, the Houston Texans (1,023) are one of two teams to exceed 1,000 rushing attempts. The Seattle Seahawks (1,025) are the other team.

Meanwhile, fantasy owners have been frustrated by the Miami Dolphins' reluctance to give him higher workloads warranted by Miller's per-touch efficiency.

For a second season in a row, Miller has finished as a top-10 fantasy running back.

Scoring the sixth-most fantasy points among running backs last season, Miller rushed for 872 yards and eight touchdowns on 194 carries (4.5 yards per carry) and added 47 catches for 397 yards and two more scores. In 2014, Miller rushed for 1,099 yards and averaged 5.1 YPC.

With Arian Foster released earlier this month, Miller assumes the lead-back role for the Texans and I wouldn't be surprised if he say a 50-touch jump in workload from the 241 he had last season.

Meanwhile, Miller's free-agent departure opens the door for Jay Ajayi to assume the lead-back role there. Per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins view Ajayi as a "three-down back."

When I make a post-free agency update to my 2016 fantasy football running back rankings, I will move both Miller (currently 11th) and Ajayi (31st) up.

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Report: Bucs, Doug Martin "nearing a deal"

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and running back Doug Martin are nearing an agreement on a deal, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

After a pair of injury-plagued and disappointing seasons, Martin rushed for 1,402 yards on 288 carries -- 4.9 yards per carry -- and added 33 catches for 271 yards with a total of seven touchdowns in 2015.

Only Atlanta's Devonta Freeman and Minnesota's Adrian Peterson scored more fantasy points among running backs than Martin last season. In addition, Peterson (357) and Freeman (338) were the only backs with more touches than Martin (321) last season.

There seemed to be at least some risk that the Bucs wouldn't re-sign him and that he'd hit the free-agent market at 4 p.m. today. Returning to Tampa is a positive for his outlook and makes sense for both sides.

In my early (pre-free agency) 2016 fantasy football running back rankings, Martin was my eighth-ranked running back, but I'll move him up a spot or two in my next update.

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March 08, 2016

Report: Chris Ivory expected to sign with the Jaguars

Free-agent running back Chris Ivory is expected to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Furthermore, the deal is reportedly "well above $6M per year," per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career, Ivory scored the eighth-most fantasy points among running backs in 2015.

Carrying the ball 247 times for 1,070 yards, Ivory added 30 catches for 217 yards and a total of eight touchdowns, all of which were career highs.

Ivory, who turns 28 later this month, will join second-year back T.J. Yeldon to form a 1-2 rushing attack. Meanwhile, the team will release Toby Gerhart.

Both Ivory (18.47/G) and Yeldon (18.17/G) averaged more than 18 touches per game last season, but both should see a lighter per-game workload in 2016 as teammates. Even though the Jags used a top-40 draft pick on Yeldon last season, I'd expect this to be fairly close to an even timeshare given how much they will reportedly pay Ivory.

Before the start of free agency, Yeldon and Ivory were 12th and 24th, respectively, in my early 2016 fantasy football running back rankings, but I will move Yeldon down about 10 spots with my next update.

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March 06, 2016

Fantasy Football Rankings: Pre-Free Agency 2016 Fantasy Quarterback Rankings

Even with the team's best receiver sidelined all season with a torn ACL, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had the best season of his young NFL career.

Not only did he score more fantasy points than all other quarterbacks, but Newton won the NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP) award as well.

While he had a strong overall season, Newton was especially dominant down the stretch. Over the final nine games of the NFL season, he finished as the weekly top-scoring fantasy quarterback in five of those nine weeks. With a couple other top-six weekly finishes, Newton scored an average of 27.95 fantasy points per game over that nine-game span.

Newton threw for 3,837 yards and a career-high 35 passing scores while also rushing for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Despite playing quarterback, only two players have more rushing touchdowns than Newton (43) since he entered the league as the top overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft: Marshawn Lynch (51) and Adrian Peterson (45).

No player at the position has a higher weekly ceiling than Newton, but his rushing abilities and opportunities also raise his weekly floor.

Newton has finished as a top-five fantasy quarterback in four of his first five NFL seasons and he should be a lock to do so once again with good health.

Some more notes about quarterbacks:

  • Missing more than half of the season due to a kidney laceration while also battling other injuries, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is reportedly fully recovered. Posting career-worst numbers in many categories — 4.1 interception rate, 6.4 Y/A and 74.9 passer rating — while on the field, Luck is two years removed from throwing for 4,761 yards and a league-best 40 touchdowns. With 1,101 rushing yards and 12 rushing scores in four seasons and talented core of young receivers, Luck should bounce back in 2016 provided he stays healthy and especially if the Colts upgrade their offensive line play in 2016.

  • Before 2015, Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers had finished as the QB1 or QB2 in each of the six seasons he had played 15-plus games. Finishing 2015 as fantasy's QB7, however, Rodgers posted either career or multi-year lows in many passing categories — 238.8 passing yards per game (273.8 in 2014), 5.4 TD percentage (7.3 in 2014), 60.7 completion percentage (65.6 in 2014), etc. as Jordy Nelson (ACL) missed all of 2015. With good health for Nelson, Rodgers should once again finish as a top-three fantasy quarterback.

  • New England's Tom Brady finished with more fantasy points than all quarterbacks other than Newton. Injuries to his pass-catchers and interior line struggles led to lesser production down the stretch, but he has shown no signs of slowing down in general terms. One potential concern, however, is the not-so-favorable start to the Deflategate appeal.

  • Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missed multiple games, but he averaged 328.2 passing yards per game (a 16-game pace of 5,251 yards). With the league's most talented trio of weapons, Big Ben could easily finish as a top-five fantasy producer in 2016.

  • Just like everyone had all expected, Jacksonville's Blake Bortles finished with the fourth-most fantasy points in 2016. In his breakout second season, Bortles threw for 4,428 yards and 35 touchdowns. Even though he threw a league-worst 18 interceptions, Bortles was consistent throughout 2015 with 10 top-10 weekly outings.

  • Unless a long-term deal can be reached by July 15th, Washington's Kirk Cousins will play 2016 out on his franchise tag tender. Over the final 10 weeks of the season, Cousins finished as the QB1 in three weeks and as a top-nine fantasy quarterback in all but three weeks. In those 10 games, Cousins accounted for 27 touchdowns — 23 passing and four rushing — with only three interceptions thrown.

Here are my early 2016 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings:

1. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
2. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
5. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
6. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
7. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
8. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
9. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
10. Eli Manning, New York Giants
11. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
12. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
13. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
14. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
15. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans
16. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
17. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
18. * Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets
19. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
20. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
21. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
22. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
23. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
24. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
25. * Brock Osweiler, Denver Broncos

* Note: Both Fitzpatrick and Osweiler are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on March 9th. At this point, the most-likely scenario is that both players re-sign with their existing teams.

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Peyton Manning to announce retirement on Monday

Earlier this morning, ESPN's Chris Mortensen tweeted that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will announce his retirement on Monday.

With one year left on Manning's contract, John Elway and the Broncos were prepared to move in a different direction so Manning's retirement saves them from the awkward moment of having to release Manning coming off their Super Bowl 50 victory.

One of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, Manning is a sure-fire first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, once eligible, and holds numerous all-time passing records: passing yards (71,940), passing touchdowns (539) and game-winning drives (56), among many others.

By far, 2015 was Manning's worst regular season as he threw nearly twice as many interceptions (17) as touchdowns (nine) and he missed six games -- some due to injury, others due to benching.

As Manning moves on to the next phase of his professional life, the Broncos will likely turn to Brock Osweiler. While they have offered him a three-year deal, Osweiler is currently set to become an unrestricted free agent at 4 p.m. on Wednesday when the NFL free-agency period officially begins.

Early Super Bowl LI odds for the Broncos are 13/1, sixth-best in the NFL and third-best in the AFC behind the Patriots (8/1) and Steelers (19/2).

In seven starts and nine games, Osweiler completed 61.8 percent of his pass attempts at 7.2 Y/A with a 10:6 TD-to-INT ratio last season.

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