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Steelers part ways with QB Mitchell Trubisky

Fantasy Football, NFL News
February 12, 2024

Two years left on his deal

The #Steelers and QB Mitchell Trubisky have decided to mutually part ways, sources say. The sides spoke to assess the situation and Trubisky, 29, gets a fresh start just over a month ahead of the start of the league year and free agency. (Mike Garafolo on X)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Trubisky appeared in five games this season and never cracked 200 yards passing or threw for more than 1 TD. He had two years left on his deal but no guaranteed money, making him an easy release. The Steelers have Kenny Pickett on the roster for now, but expected a veteran (Ryan Tannehill?) to be signed with Arthur Smith in town as the new OC.

Chris Godwin working primarily from the slot in 2024

Fantasy Football, NFL News
February 6, 2024

New OC envisions Godwin in Cooper Kupp role

Bucs OC Liam Coen says he sees Chris Godwin moving back inside in the slot position. The Bucs got away from that a year ago thinking it may preserve him from a health standpoint. But he will be back in his old position in 2024. (Rick Stroud on X)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Despite reaching 1000 receiving yards, Godwin had a quiet 2023 season with just three TDs (one rushing) and two 100-yard receiving games on 83 receptions. We could see his catch totals increase with former Rams’ OC Coen directing the offense. Mike Evans is a free agent and whether or not he returns to Tampa remains to be seen.

Le’Veon Bell considering a comeback

Fantasy Football, NFL News
February 5, 2024

RB last played in 2021

Former All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell, who spent five years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, took to social media last week to say that he is considering a return to the NFL after two years away but only wants to play with one team.

“I’m gonna be honest with myself, I got to go out there and be like, I’m going to put my foot in the ground. Do I feel it? Am I hurting? Can I go out there and really play again?,” Bell said in his video, via ESPN. “And bro, I’m telling you all right now when I go out there and train in March and if I hit April and I make this decision to come back to play in the NFL again, mark my words down — I will be better than I ever was.

“And I will only come back for that one team. You all know who it is. I don’t have to say no team. You all know who it is.” (NFL.com)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Bell’s assessment that “I will be better than I ever was” figures to be wishful thinking entering what would be his age-32 season. We can assume “that one team” will be the Steelers. Assuming that is the case, Bell would start out on the depth chart behind Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren. In short, Bell would have a hard time finding the field UNLESS he manages to come back better than ever. There is plenty of time between now and camp for Bell to change his mind.

Sports hernia surgery for RB Kareem Hunt

Fantasy Football, NFL News
January 30, 2024

Injury Set to be a free agent

#Browns RB Kareem Hunt, who led the team with 9 rushing TDs and scored the 2 TDs in the wild card loss vs #Texans has undergone sports hernia surgery to repair a ruptured adductor, source confirms. @JFowlerESPN first. Hunt will be a free agent. (Mary Kay Cabot on X)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Hunt (28) was battling this injury most of the season and finished as the RB41 overall and RB46 on a per game basis in PPR scoring. He’s set to be a free agent this off-season but shouldn’t have any trouble landing a backup role.