Here's a look at some of the top rumors for Tuesday, Sept. 1:
A day after he was cut by the Buffalo Bills, running back Fred Jackson may be on his way to his new home. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports that Jackson is flying to meet with the Seattle Seahawks and that "both sides expect a deal gets done." As surprising as it was to see Jackson -- perhaps the most popular player in recent Bills history -- released, this potential destination sounds like a great situation for the 34-year-old. Jackson played with Marshawn Lynch in Buffalo for three-plus seasons and the two have a good relationship. Jackson will bring a reliable pass-catcher and blocker to an already stacked Seattle backfield, with Lynch, a reliable backup in Robert Turbin and the talented but inconsistent Christine Michael. Though Lynch has been remarkably healthy in his career, the track record of 29-year-old running backs with as many miles on their legs as Lynch isn't great, so any depth should be welcome. Jackson should also be thrilled to join a Super Bowl contender after never reaching the playoffs in eight seasons in Buffalo. We wouldn't expect Jackson to be a relevant fantasy option, but he could eat into some of Lynch's third-down reps, which would make Lynch's career highs as a receiver in 2014 (367 receiving yards, four TDs) tough to reach. Turbin is probably still the best handcuff option for Lynch, but an injury to the starter would probably bring an unappetizing timeshare with Jackson.
While Jackson seems likely to sign with Seattle, it's worth noting that the Baltimore Ravens have also showed interest in the back, according to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News. Signing Jackson would be a classic Ozzie Newsome move, as it would add a useful veteran who is good in the locker room while not counting against the team in the NFL's compensatory pick equation. Carucci also noted that there has been no interest from the New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns or Dallas Cowboys.
Another prominent name who was cut on Monday also could be on his way to a new team. Former Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings is visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. This match is about as no-brainer as it gets, as Jennings blossomed under Bucs head coach Lovie Smith in the three years they spent together in Chicago. In Smith's final season as head coach of the Bears (2012), Jennings nabbed nine interceptions and went to his first Pro Bowl. The 31-year-old has never been the star that his interception numbers sometimes suggest, but he'll provide great depth in a system that he already knows well. While Jennings was Pro Football Focus' 51st-ranked corner in 2013 -- when he had four interceptions and two TDs -- he finished at No. 25 in 2014 despite failing to record an interception.
Despite the impressive preseasons from Detroit Lions rookies Ameer Abdullah (second-rounder) and Zach Zenner (undrafted), Joique Bell still appears to be the No. 1 back "for now, at least," according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. Meinke notes that Bell took every rep with the starting unit on Monday after being activated from the PUP list and is listed as a starter on the depth chart. Bell's reliability and consistency as a blocker and receiver will ensure he remains a part of the rotation as long as he is healthy, but it's obvious that other options on the roster provide more explosiveness. Unless injuries sort out the situation, Detroit's backfield looks like it will be a difficult one for fantasy owners to navigate, as it could change from week to week. If Abdullah gets a serious opportunity, he would be our bet to seize the job for good.
In other running back news, Montee Ball's status on the Denver Broncos' depth chart looks extremely tenuous. After slipping from the No. 2 back to No. 4 during the preseason, Ball is now a likely game-day inactive at best and a potential cut at worst. Mike Klis of 9News.com left Ball off of his projection for Denver's 53-man roster, suggesting that the Broncos could keep a third quarterback instead of a fourth running back. It's been a long fall for Ball, who was a second-round pick after a stellar career at Wisconsin and had the job to himself last preseason before an appendectomy, groin injury and poor play sullied his season. Perhaps the Broncos could look to pick up a late-round draft pick from a running-back needy team (Dallas, maybe?) before their final cuts.
Klis also notes in his projection that John Elway & Co. could be in the market for a swing tackle -- Denver traded Chris Clark to the Houston Texans on Monday -- a rotation defensive lineman and perhaps a tight end for depth. Adding in Ball's status, that could make the Broncos one of the more active teams in the league as final cuts approach.