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2012 Draft Prep: Our 12-team, PPR mock draft

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I was nearly having the perfect draft. It was all coming together so nicely heading into Round 6 in this 12-team PPR mock.

Picking at No. 3 overall, it started out with two stud running backs in LeSean McCoy and Trent Richardson, two receivers with a ton of upside in A.J. Green and Dez Bryant and a bounce back quarterback in Michael Vick. I couldn't be happier. And then it happened.

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Falling in Round 6 was Antonio Gates, and he was two picks away. Mike Freeman was desperate for running backs, and Aleese Kopf was already set with Aaron Hernandez. It appeared as if Gates was mine. But Freeman, to his credit, didn't panic and took Gates. I settled for Torrey Smith, but my perfect team was tarnished. Still, it rounded out nicely and hopefully will be competitive.

In a PPR league where you get one point per reception, the advantage is getting running backs and receivers who catch the ball more than their peers. Darren Sproles is more valuable in this format then Michael Turner, for example. The same goes for Wes Welker compared to Greg Jennings.

You can see some of the other decisions these owners made, like when to draft Adrian Peterson, Matt Ryan vs. Peyton Manning or Denarius Moore vs. Randy Moss. All of these questions will be answered in this mock draft, including many others. You should use it as an early guide on what to expect heading into training camp.

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In this league, all touchdowns are worth six points, and we award one point for every 10 yards rushing and receiving, one point for every 25 yards passing and one point for every reception. We feature a starting lineup of QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE, K, DST and a FLEX (RB/WR/TE). There will also be five reserve spots for a 14-round draft. This lineup reflects our CBSSports.com free Fantasy Football game.

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We also had a special guest join us for this draft as Kyle Moulton, a randomly selected reader, was chosen on Twitter to mock with us. This is something we plan to do going forward, so be on the lookout for your chance to draft with us.

Our draft order is as follows ...

1. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
4. Aleese Kopf, Social Media Coordinator
5. Mike Freeman, National NFL Insider
6. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
7. Kyle Moulton, Twitter follower
8. Adam Aizer, Podcast Host
9. Scott White, Senior Fantasy Writer
10. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
11. J. Darin Darst, College Football Production Editor
12. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Writer

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Owner Player
1 Richard Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2 Zegura Ray Rice, RB, BAL
3 Eisenberg LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
4 Kopf Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
5 Freeman Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
6 Tobin Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
7 Moulton Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
8 Aizer Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
9 White Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
10 Madden Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
11 Darst Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
12 Hurcomb Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
Round 2
Pick Owner Player
13 Hurcomb Roddy White, WR, ATL
14 Darst Wes Welker, WR, NE
15 Madden Drew Brees, QB, NO
16 White Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
17 Aizer DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
18 Moulton Matt Forte, RB, CHI
19 Tobin Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
20 Freeman Tom Brady, QB, NE
21 Kopf Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
22 Eisenberg Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
23 Zegura Cam Newton, QB, CAR
24 Richard Greg Jennings, WR, GB
Round 3
Pick Owner Player
25 Richard Julio Jones, WR, ATL
26 Zegura Darren Sproles, RB, NO
27 Eisenberg A.J. Green, WR, CIN
28 Kopf Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
29 Freeman Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
30 Tobin Steven Jackson, RB, STL
31 Moulton Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
32 Aizer Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
33 White Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
34 Madden Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
35 Darst Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
36 Hurcomb Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
Round 4
Pick Owner Player
37 Hurcomb Steve Smith, WR, CAR
38 Darst Jason Witten, TE, DAL
39 Madden Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
40 White Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
41 Aizer Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
42 Moulton Eli Manning, QB, NYG
43 Tobin Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
44 Freeman Miles Austin, WR, DAL
45 Kopf Michael Turner, RB, ATL
46 Eisenberg Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
47 Zegura Marques Colston, WR, NO
48 Richard Tony Romo, QB, DAL
Round 5
Pick Owner Player
49 Richard Doug Martin, RB, TB
50 Zegura Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
51 Eisenberg Michael Vick, QB, PHI
52 Kopf Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
53 Freeman Frank Gore, RB, SF
54 Tobin Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
55 Moulton Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
56 Aizer Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
57 White Roy Helu, RB, WAS
58 Madden Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
59 Darst Philip Rivers, QB, SD
60 Hurcomb Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
Round 6
Pick Owner Player
61 Hurcomb Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
62 Darst Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
63 Madden DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
64 White Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
65 Aizer Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
66 Moulton Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
67 Tobin Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
68 Freeman Antonio Gates, TE, SD
69 Kopf Eric Decker, WR, DEN
70 Eisenberg Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
71 Zegura Vernon Davis, TE, SF
72 Richard Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
Round 7
Pick Owner Player
73 Richard BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
74 Zegura Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
75 Eisenberg Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
76 Kopf Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
77 Freeman Donald Brown, RB, IND
78 Tobin Titus Young, WR, DET
79 Moulton C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
80 Aizer Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
81 White Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
82 Madden Mark Ingram, RB, NO
83 Darst Robert Meachem, WR, SD
84 Hurcomb Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
Round 8
Pick Owner Player
85 Hurcomb Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
86 Darst Fred Davis, TE, WAS
87 Madden Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
88 White Jahvid Best, RB, DET
89 Aizer Lance Moore, WR, NO
90 Moulton Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
91 Tobin Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
92 Freeman Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
93 Kopf Laurent Robinson, WR, JAC
94 Eisenberg Peyton Hillis, RB, KC
95 Zegura James Starks, RB, GB
96 Richard DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
Round 9
Pick Owner Player
97 Richard Randy Moss, WR, SF
98 Zegura Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
99 Eisenberg Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
100 Kopf Michael Bush, RB, CHI
101 Freeman LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB
102 Tobin Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
103 Moulton Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
104 Aizer Felix Jones, RB, DAL
105 White Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
106 Madden Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
107 Darst Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
108 Hurcomb Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
Round 10
Pick Owner Player
109 Hurcomb Ben Tate, RB, HOU
110 Darst David Wilson, RB, NYG
111 Madden Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
112 White Greg Little, WR, CLE
113 Aizer Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
114 Moulton Nate Washington, WR, TEN
115 Tobin Santana Moss, WR, WAS
116 Freeman Tim Hightower, RB, WAS
117 Kopf Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
118 Eisenberg Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
119 Zegura Shane Vereen, RB, NE
120 Richard Brent Celek, TE, PHI
Round 11
Pick Owner Player
121 Richard Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
122 Zegura Brian Quick, WR, STL
123 Eisenberg Jacob Tamme, TE, DEN
124 Kopf Cedric Benson, RB, CIN
125 Freeman Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
126 Tobin Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
127 Moulton Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
128 Aizer Owen Daniels, TE, HOU
129 White Danny Amendola, WR, STL
130 Madden Coby Fleener, TE, IND
131 Darst Mike Williams, WR, TB
132 Hurcomb Jared Cook, TE, TEN
Round 12
Pick Owner Player
133 Hurcomb Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
134 Darst Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
135 Madden Mike Goodson, RB, OAK
136 White Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
137 Aizer 49ers DST
138 Moulton Evan Royster, RB, WAS
139 Tobin David Nelson, WR, BUF
140 Freeman Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT
141 Kopf Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
142 Eisenberg Nate Burleson, WR, DET
143 Zegura Bernard Scott, RB, CIN
144 Richard Carson Palmer, QB, OAK
Round 13
Pick Owner Player
145 Richard Texans DST
146 Zegura Packers DST
147 Eisenberg Steelers DST
148 Kopf Eagles DST
149 Freeman Ravens DST
150 Tobin Bears DST
151 Moulton Patriots DST
152 Aizer Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
153 White Jets DST
154 Madden Giants DST
155 Darst Falcons DST
156 Hurcomb Lions DST
Round 14
Pick Owner Player
157 Hurcomb David Akers, K, SF
158 Darst Dan Bailey, K, DAL
159 Madden Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
160 White Mason Crosby, K, GB
161 Aizer Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
162 Moulton Alex Henery, K, PHI
163 Tobin Randy Bullock, K, HOU
164 Freeman Nate Kaeding, K, SD
165 Kopf Matt Bryant, K, ATL
166 Eisenberg Garrett Hartley, K, NO
167 Zegura Jason Hanson, K, DET
168 Richard Robbie Gould, K, CHI
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
2.5 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
3.8 Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
4.5 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
5.8 Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
6.5 Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
7.8 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
8.5 Lance Moore, WR, NO
9.8 Felix Jones, RB, DAL
10.5 Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
11.8 Owen Daniels, TE, HOU
12.5 49ers DST
13.8 Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
14.5 Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
Aleese Kopf
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
2.9 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
3.4 Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
4.9 Michael Turner, RB, ATL
5.4 Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
6.9 Eric Decker, WR, DEN
7.4 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
8.9 Laurent Robinson, WR, JAC
9.4 Michael Bush, RB, CHI
10.9 Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
11.4 Cedric Benson, RB, CIN
12.9 Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
13.4 Eagles DST
14.9 Matt Bryant, K, ATL
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2.12 Greg Jennings, WR, GB
3.1 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
4.12 Tony Romo, QB, DAL
5.1 Doug Martin, RB, TB
6.12 Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
7.1 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
8.12 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
9.1 Randy Moss, WR, SF
10.12 Brent Celek, TE, PHI
11.1 Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
12.12 Carson Palmer, QB, OAK
13.1 Texans DST
14.12 Robbie Gould, K, CHI
J. Darin Darst
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
2.2 Wes Welker, WR, NE
3.11 Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
4.2 Jason Witten, TE, DAL
5.11 Philip Rivers, QB, SD
6.2 Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
7.11 Robert Meachem, WR, SD
8.2 Fred Davis, TE, WAS
9.11 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
10.2 David Wilson, RB, NYG
11.11 Mike Williams, WR, TB
12.2 Joe Flacco, QB, BAL
13.11 Falcons DST
14.2 Dan Bailey, K, DAL
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
2.10 Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
3.3 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
4.10 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
5.3 Michael Vick, QB, PHI
6.10 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
7.3 Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
8.10 Peyton Hillis, RB, KC
9.3 Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
10.10 Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
11.3 Jacob Tamme, TE, DEN
12.10 Nate Burleson, WR, DET
13.3 Steelers DST
14.10 Garrett Hartley, K, NO
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
2.7 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
3.6 Steven Jackson, RB, STL
4.7 Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
5.6 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
6.7 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
7.6 Titus Young, WR, DET
8.7 Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
9.6 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
10.7 Santana Moss, WR, WAS
11.6 Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
12.7 David Nelson, WR, BUF
13.6 Bears DST
14.7 Randy Bullock, K, HOU
Kyle Moulton
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
2.6 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
3.7 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
4.6 Eli Manning, QB, NYG
5.7 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
6.6 Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
7.7 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
8.6 Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
9.7 Malcom Floyd, WR, SD
10.6 Nate Washington, WR, TEN
11.7 Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
12.6 Evan Royster, RB, WAS
13.7 Patriots DST
14.6 Alex Henery, K, PHI
Michael Hurcomb
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
2.1 Roddy White, WR, ATL
3.12 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
4.1 Steve Smith, WR, CAR
5.12 Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
6.1 Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
7.12 Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
8.1 Toby Gerhart, RB, MIN
9.12 Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
10.1 Ben Tate, RB, HOU
11.12 Jared Cook, TE, TEN
12.1 Michael Floyd, WR, ARI
13.12 Lions DST
14.1 David Akers, K, SF
Mike Freeman
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
2.8 Tom Brady, QB, NE
3.5 Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
4.8 Miles Austin, WR, DAL
5.5 Frank Gore, RB, SF
6.8 Antonio Gates, TE, SD
7.5 Donald Brown, RB, IND
8.8 Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
9.5 LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB
10.8 Tim Hightower, RB, WAS
11.5 Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
12.8 Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT
13.5 Ravens DST
14.8 Nate Kaeding, K, SD
Nathan Zegura
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Ray Rice, RB, BAL
2.11 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
3.2 Darren Sproles, RB, NO
4.11 Marques Colston, WR, NO
5.2 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
6.11 Vernon Davis, TE, SF
7.2 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
8.11 James Starks, RB, GB
9.2 Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
10.11 Shane Vereen, RB, NE
11.2 Brian Quick, WR, STL
12.11 Bernard Scott, RB, CIN
13.2 Packers DST
14.11 Jason Hanson, K, DET
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
2.3 Drew Brees, QB, NO
3.10 Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
4.3 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
5.10 Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
6.3 DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
7.10 Mark Ingram, RB, NO
8.3 Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
9.10 Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
10.3 Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
11.10 Coby Fleener, TE, IND
12.3 Mike Goodson, RB, OAK
13.10 Giants DST
14.3 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
Scott White
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
2.4 Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
3.9 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
4.4 Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
5.9 Roy Helu, RB, WAS
6.4 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
7.9 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
8.4 Jahvid Best, RB, DET
9.9 Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
10.4 Greg Little, WR, CLE
11.9 Danny Amendola, WR, STL
12.4 Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
13.9 Jets DST
14.4 Mason Crosby, K, GB

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Player News
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians: 'It's really (Fitzgerald's) decision'
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(10:33 am ET) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told reporters Friday he really wants to see wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald back in Arizona next season.

"I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t," Arians said. "We definitely, desperately want him to stay. He knows that. It’s really his decision."

Fitzgerald has a salary cap hit of $23.6 million for 2015 and the team will work to get that number down in the offseason. Team president Michael Bidwill said this week contract talks won't start fully until after the Super Bowl.

"I’m hoping and praying every day that it does happen," Arians said. "I’ve expressed to him personally how much it means to us."

Fitzgerald has not reached 1,000 yards receiving in the past three seasons and totaled 784 in 2014 on 63 catches with two touchdowns.


Seahawks corner Byron Maxwell set to test free agency
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:25 am ET) Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell is ready to hit the free-agent market during the upcoming offseason and feels the Super Bowl will be his last game in Seattle.

"I’m the prettiest girl at the dance right now," Maxwell said. "But yeah, it’s one of those things I’m excited about it. I would love to be here, but I’m ready to see what’s out there and see how things work out."

Maxwell, who was heavily targeted this year with the Seahawks secondary filled with Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, grabbed two interceptions and defended 11 passes.

"Coming into the season I already knew teams were going to try me," Maxwell said. "But it was cool. I accept that. That’s more opportunities for me to get the rock and put my name out there."


Report: Titans S Bernard Pollard wants to be released
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12:52 am ET) Titans safety Bernard Pollard has requested a release from his contract, The Tennessean reports. He is scheduled to make $3.1 million in the final season of his two-year deal in 2015.

Pollard submitted his request to general manager Ruston Webster at the end of the regular season, per the report. He is recovering from a ruptured Achilles and wants to play in 2015, but said on The Tennessean's Bernard Pollard Show earlier this month that he was unsure of his future with the Titans.

"I am not getting any younger, so I want to win, I really do. I want to win,'' Pollard said. "Looking at how things took place this year, looking at where (the Titans) need to be for next year, that is a tough, tough question, and I don't even know if they can give me the answer. I have one year on my deal, but it is going to take some time."

Pollard has been out of his walking boot for a month and is making progress in rehab. He suffered his Achilles injury in Week 5 and was placed on injured reserve.


Patriots fairly healthy heading into Super Bowl Sunday
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) The Patriots will be at nearly full strength for Sunday’s Super Bowl as the following players have been listed as probable: Tom Brady (ankle), Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), Chris Jones (elbow), Akeem Ayers (knee), Darrelle Revis (non-injury-related) and Sealver Siliga (foot).

All except Brady were limited participants in practice Friday. The only question mark is center Bryan Stork, who is questionable with a knee injury and was limited in practice Friday.

The Patriots are currently 1-point favorites against Seattle.


Seahawks unveil final injury report in preparation for Super Bowl
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) The Seahawks have listed the following players as probable for the Super Bowl on Sunday: J.R. Sweezy (ankle), Justin Britt (knee), Marshawn Lynch (back), Earl Thomas (shoulder), Richard Sherman (elbow) and Kam Chancellor (knee).

Chancellor was a late addition to the injury report, when he fell on the next-to-last play of practice and missed the last play. He was not limping on his way off. All other players were full participants in practice Friday.

The Seahawks are currently 1-point underdogs against New England.


Saints tight end Jimmy Graham to avoid surgery on shoulder
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said Friday he will avoid surgery on his shoulder after testing it at the Pro Bowl. 

"I’ve been doing rehab and I’m going to start back on my rehab Monday and really there’s going to be no surgery," Graham told SiriusXM radio. "I’m just going to do rehab, strengthen the area. That’s what’s best — not having to take six months off and try to heal up with a surgery, but now have those six months to work on all things I need to to try and hopefully get to a place like (the Super Bowl) next year."

Graham, who had 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014, fought off the injury for most of the season. He was still unsure about having surgery before the Pro Bowl last week.

"It was something that really needed some rest and unfortunately it wasn’t able to get that during the season," he said. "It happened early and then you have about 10 straight weeks of trying to make it to the game. Now after having about three or four weeks and last week kind of testing it at the Pro Bowl, it feels great."


Vikings' Greg Jennings: We all want Adrian Peterson back
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Vikings veteran wideout Greg Jennings said during a SiriusXM NFL Radio interview on Friday that embattled running back Adrian Peterson is wanted back by everyone in the organization, per ESPN.

"I don't know if he'll be back. I can't answer that question," Jennings said. "But what I do know is that if he does come back, he'd be accepted with open arms. As an organization from the Wilfs on down, we all want him back. So, I mean, it's a touchy subject and he's been the franchise player -- face of that team -- for eight years. So it will be a loss, a huge loss, if we can't get him back, and that's the nature of this business."

In November, Peterson was suspended by the league without pay for the rest of the season, making him ineligible for reinstatement until at least April 15. The move came after Peterson pleaded no contest to recklessly injuring his 4-year-old son last May. He is under contract with the Vikings for next season, and is set to earn $12.75 million.

It's unclear at this point if Jennings has talked to Zygi and Mark Wilf about the Peterson situation. What is clear is that the team is not allowed to communicate with Peterson during his suspension.


Eagles' Maclin believes contract will take care of itself
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin believes he will be back in Philadelphia in next season. His representatives and the Eagles are in the process of negotiating a new contract for the 27-year-old, who will become a free agent in March unless he is re-signed.

"I'm excited about what the future holds," Maclin said on Friday. "Once again, both sides have made it known what we want to do. I think it will take care of itself."

He could be franchise tagged if a deal is not signed. The tag number for wide receivers is yet to be determined.

Maclin had 85 catches in 2014 for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns in Philadelphia.


Bears sign LB DeDe Lattimore to two-year contract extension
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) The Bears have signed linebacker DeDe Lattimore to a two-year contract extension. He appeared in 10 games as a rookie in 2014, recording five special teams tackles.

Jaguars' Khan 'very optimistic' about WR Blackmon being reinstated
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Jaguars owner Shahid Khan said Friday he is "very optimistic" about wide receiver Justin Blackmon, who missed the 2014 season after being suspended indefinitely for a third violation of the league's substance abuse policy, being reinstated to the NFL.

"I think he's paid his dues and I think he's got his life together," Khan said, per The Florida Times-Union.


 
 
 
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