NFL rumors roundup

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Here's a look at some of the top rumors for Monday, Sept. 7:

  • It appears the Seattle Seahawks are preparing to play without a major member of the Legion of Boom. A team source told TheMMQB.com's Peter King there's "scant optimism" that strong safety Kam Chancellor will be on the field in Week 1 against the St. Louis Rams. Sitting out the start of the regular season would require serious resolve on Chancellor's part, so it's possible he could cave in the coming days. But if Chancellor indeed sits out Week 1, it opens the door for his holdout to continue well into the season, either until Chancellor can't stand forfeiting game checks or the Seahawks find out the hard way that they need their safety on the field. Several reports have suggested that teams, including the New York Giants, have reached out to Seattle about the possibility of acquiring Chancellor, but a deal seems unlikely. As ESPN's Dan Graziano notes, the Seahawks' asking price would be exorbitant and the team acquiring him would also have to appease Chancellor with a top-of-the-market deal. If Chancellor doesn't budge this week (the Seahawks certainly won't ), we could be in for a season-long standoff.

  • The possibility of Chicago Bears right guard Kyle Long moving to right tackle has been floated for much of the offseason. Now Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune expects that to be the case when Chicago takes the field in Week 1. Long and head coach John Fox said last week that "it's never too late" to move Long outside, and the team's release of previous starter Jordan Mills leaves the position wide open. Long is so effective inside that a move to tackle could be risky -- as Long said in April, "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" -- but Chicago surely wants its five best linemen on the field, which may put Vladimir Ducasse at right guard and Long at right tackle. The uncertainty up front is another reason to be a little worried about the Bears' offense, which cooled off significantly a year ago and is dealing with injuries at wide receiver.

  • An interesting nugget from the weekend: Scott Zolak, a color analyst for the New England Patriots' radio broadcasts, heard from a source close to Reggie Wayne that the veteran receiver asked for his release from the Pats because the "work environment [was too] tough... not fun." The characterization of Bill Belichick's operation isn't particularly surprising, but it's a little odd that it was a deal-breaker for a veteran receiver with Wayne's reputation. Now that the Green Bay Packers have filled their veteran WR need with former Packer James Jones, it's difficult to project a landing spot for Wayne, who will only sign with a team in "the right situation." There's a good chance the 36-year-old has already played his last NFL down.

  • For anyone hoping Charles Sims still might seize the starting running back role for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that ship appears to have sailed. The Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman suggests that Sims is closer to No. 3 on the depth chart than he is to No. 1, where Doug Martin seems to be locked in. It's easy to be down on Martin after two awful seasons, but the 1,926 total yards and 12 TDs he posted as a rookie show Martin's potentially high ceiling. While the Bucs' offensive line will likely struggle, Martin's strong training camp and clear No. 1 status should make him a useful option in your fantasy lineup.

  • With Julius Thomas out for at least a few weeks to start the season, fantasy owners may want to get Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson in their lineups. Hays Carlton of Jacksonville.com relays that Blake Bortles expects Robinson to "be huge for us, but especially with Julius out," and also to "pick up some slack in the red zone." Robinson was clearly Bortles' favorite receiver a year ago before suffering a season-ending foot injury, and most accounts say he's picked up where he left off. If Bortles makes strides in his second season, Robinson should become a regular starter in fantasy leagues, especially during Thomas' absence.

  • As part of Chan Gailey's system, the New York Jets plan to frequently use receivers Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker in the slot this season, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. The goal appears to be to create more mismatches and utilize both receivers' larger frames on seam routes and in gaps in zone coverage. While we wouldn't get overly excited about the Jets' passing offense, this wrinkle could produce more targets for Marshall and Decker in the red zone. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been willing to air it out -- remember his six-TD performance in 2014? -- so if Gailey turns him loose, Marshall and Decker could be valuable fantasy options.

  • The Atlanta Falcons' running back situation could be a tough one for fantasy owners to figure out early in the season, but it looks like rookie Tevin Coleman may have the edge at the moment. Andrew Hirsh of the team's official website notes that Devonta Freeman "is still nursing a hamstring injury" that bothered him throughout training camp. Coleman has dealt with a hamstring injury of his own but was healthy enough to rip off 56 yards on eight carries in the preseason finale. A strong start by Coleman while Freeman is still recovering could earn the rookie a bigger role throughout the season. And while the offensive line isn't promising, Andy Levitre's arrival could have a huge impact because of the left guard's fit in Atlanta's zone running scheme.

  • The least known starter on the Philadelphia Eagles' defensive line, third-year NT Bennie Logan, has caught the eye of head coach Chip Kelly and should be in for a big season, according to Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Berman relays Kelly's suggestion that Logan "may be playing as well as anybody on our defensive line," which is saying something when Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton are in the discussion. With Connor Barwin, Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry and a loaded group of ILBs, Philly quietly has a stacked front seven. If Logan is more disruptive at the nose, the Eagles might have one of the league's top units, especially considering their improved secondary.

  • Darren Urban of the Arizona Cardinals' official website notes that the status of suspended linebacker Daryl Washington remains unchanged, ensuring that the linebacker's absence will continue into a new season. Washington missed the entire 2014 season while serving an indefinite suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy and has yet to hear a ruling on his application for reinstatement, which he submitted in May. He could face further suspension after pleading guilty to aggravated assault charges in March of 2014, but there still isn't any clarity on when his original suspension could be lifted. The Cardinals were just fine a year ago without Washington, often using safeties as linebackers, but it's intriguing to think about him playing in the scheme that Todd Bowles brought to Arizona and new coordinator James Bettcher will continue to use. The frequent use of double-A gap concepts in Arizona's high-pressure defense would be a perfect fit for Washington, who is a ferocious blitzer and has great athleticism. He could make a tremendous impact if he returns at any point this season.