| Jets move up to No.3 in NFL Draft|
Colts pick up extra 2nd round picks
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 17 2018, 11:00 am
|Huge trade: Jets acquired No. 3 overall pick from Colts for No. 6 overall pick, 37th overall pick, 49th overall pick and our 2019 2nd round pick. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is a big haul for the Colts who drop down three spots to No.6 in draft plus acquire multiple 2nd round picks from the Jets. It appears the Jets want to make sure they get their hands on their quarterback of choice. They re-signed Josh McCown and signed Teddy Bridgewater, but obviously they're targeting a QB in the upcoming draft.
|Patriots sign RB Jeremy Hill|
Ankle injury limited Hill to 7 games last season
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2018, 7:00 pm
|Source: the Patriots are signing former Bengals RB Jeremy Hill. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hill was a touchdown maker for the first three years of his career but failed to reach the endzone last season playing in only 7 games for the Bengals. The Patriots lost Dion Lewis (TEN) in free agency but still have James White, Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee meaning fantasy owners will be pulling their hair out each week trying to project touches for the New England backfield.
|Ravens swap out Ryan Grant for Michael Crabtree|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2018, 5:00 pm
|The Baltimore Ravens reached a three-year agreement with Michael Crabtree on Friday.
Terms weren't disclosed but Crabtree received a three-year, $21 million deal, including $15 million in first two years and $11 million guaranteed ($7 million signing bonus), a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal could be worth up to $20 million in first two years. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Ravens had agreed with former Redskins' receiver Ryan Grant on a four-year contract but Grant failed a physical due to a foot injury. However, Grant has since been cleared by an independent doctor leading to speculation that the Ravens simply preferred Crabtree over Grant once Crabtree became available. In any case, Crabtree should be the Ravens primary option on the outside after the Ravens released Jeremy Maclin. Mike Wallace led Baltimore in receiving last year and finished as the WR38 in PPR leagues.
|Raiders sign Jordy Nelson, release Crabtree|
Two-year deal, $13 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 15 2018, 4:00 pm
|Jordy Nelson said his goodbyes to Green Bay less than 48 hours ago, and now he has his new team.
The former Packers wideout is headed to the Bay, signing with the Oakland Raiders, NFL Network's James Jones reported.
In a related move, Oakland is also cutting receiver Michael Crabtree, NFL Network's James Palmer reported. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Raiders have opted for 32 year-old Nelson over the 30 year-old Crabtree. Nelson's production took a dip last season to the tune of 482 yards, 6 TDs and 9.1 yards per catch. To make room for the addition, Crabtree was sent packing which saved Oakland $7.5 million. Nelson will serve as the No.2 receiver behind Amari Cooper but should be considered a WR4/5 for fantasy purposes.
|Raiders pick up RB Doug Martin|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 15 2018, 1:21 pm
|The #Raiders have agreed to terms with former #Bucs RB Doug Martin, source said. Jon Gruden locks in running back depth and Martin gets a second chance. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There's been speculation that Oakland would release Marshawn Lynch but its seems likely that either Lynch, DeAndre Washington or Jalen Richard will be let go. Martin fell out of favor in Tampa Bay last season. He followed up his 2.9 yards per carry effort in 2016 with a repeat performance in 2017. His fantasy value is on the back burner for now until the Raiders make further moves at the position.
|Lions release TE Eric Ebron|
Perennial TE2 will get a fresh start
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2018, 3:40 pm
|Unable to trade him and unwilling to pay his $8.25 million salary, the Detroit Lions have released tight end Eric Ebron.
The No. 10 pick of the 2014 draft, Ebron was a disappointment in his four NFL seasons.
He averaged just 46.5 catches per season and split time at the position with Darren Fells last year. (Detroit Free Press)|
FFToday's Take: Ebron has been a TE2 since 2015 posting roughly 82 fantasy points per season in standard scoring leagues. Plagued by drops in college and the NFL, Ebron had a difficult time in Detroit but should resurface soon given his athletic ability and youth.
|Ravens release Jeremy Maclin|
$5 million in cap savings
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2018, 3:00 pm
|The Ravens have released veteran wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, as Baltimore continues to shake up that unit.
Releasing Maclin brings $5 million in cap savings. He was going to count $7.5 million against the salary cap in 2018 and was reportedly due a $1 million roster bonus Friday. (BaltimoreRavens.com)|
FFToday's Take: Ravens have brought in John Brown and Ryan Grant in free agency to replace Maclin who has missed 8 games the last two seasons, averaged 42 catches, 488 yards and 2.5 TDs during that time. Maclin will be 30 in May and while he's struggled recently, he should find a home relatively soon, perhaps in Philadelphia.
|49ers will sign RB Jerick McKinnon|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2018, 9:00 am
|The San Francisco 49ers will sign former Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon to a four-year, $30 million deal, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The 49ers lost Carlos Hyde to Cleveland meaning McKinnon is penciled in as the lead back - an opportunity he's been chirping about this off-season. McKinnon split time with Latavius Murray in Minnesota amassing 570 rushing yards, 421 receiving yards and 5 total TDs last season. He should see an uptick in usage and fantasy value in 2018.
|Browns expected to sign RB Carlos Hyde|
Still in the mix for Saquon Barkley?
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2018, 8:00 am
|On Wednesday morning, they agreed to terms on a three-year deal with former Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde, a league source confirmed for cleveland.com.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, who first reported the signing, reported that Hyde will receive a three-year deal worth more than $15 million, including $6 million in the first year. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: You have to wonder now if Cleveland is in the mix to draft RB Saquon Barkley in the first round. Isaiah Crowell is expected to sign with the Jets. With Hyde and Duke Johnson in backfield, they could feel comfortable with their veteran running backs without addressing the position in the draft. For now, we're looking at a Hyde-Johnson committee similar to what the Browns have run in the past with Crowell and Johnson.
|Titans adding RB Dion Lewis, 4-year deal|
$20 million plus $3 million in incentives
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2018, 8:00 pm
|Cornerback Malcolm Butler and running back Dion Lewis both intend to sign with the Tennessee Titans, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Butler is in line for a five-year, $61 million deal that includes a guarantee of $30 million, according to a source, while Lewis is expected to sign a four-year deal. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Adding Lewis is going to throw a wet blanket on all the Derrick Henry hype. Tennessee released DeMarco Murray less than week ago and the expectation by many was that Henry would assume a three-down workhorse role this season. Not so fast. Lewis is a better receiving back than Henry and is a very capable inside runner as well. It's likely Henry will be the lead back in this offense but his fantasy value isn't as promising with Lewis in the mix.
|Jets re-sign QB Josh McCown, add RB Isaiah Crowell|
One-year, $10 million
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2018, 5:00 pm
|After missing out on Kirk Cousins, the New York Jets addressed their gaping hole at quarterback Tuesday by bringing back Josh McCown, his agent announced via Twitter. The team also will get a boost in the backfield, as former Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell intends to sign a three-year contract with the Jets, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Jets are hell bent in having three viable running backs in there arsenal as Crowell will join Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire in a crowded backfield. Crowell will likely be thrust into the lead role but will have hit or miss fantasy value. McCown in expected to start at quarterback in 2018 regardless of other moves at the position by the Jets in free agency or in the draft.
|Packers sign Jimmy Graham, Jordy Nelson released|
$10.2 million saved in cap space by releasing Nelson
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2018, 4:30 pm
|The Packers reached a verbal agreement with tight end Jimmy Graham on Tuesday, according to a source, and plan to sign him when free agency opens Wednesday afternoon. To make room for Graham, general manager Brian Gutekunst released veteran wide receiver Jordy Nelson. The team announced Nelson's departure in a news release. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
FFToday's Take: Whoa. Graham and the Saints had mutual interest in a reunion but the deal couldn't be hammered out. Graham is lucky enough to have a decent consolation prize in catching passes and TDs from Aaron Rodgers. Graham was basically a redzone threat for Seattle last year and could fill a similar role in Green Bay especially now that Jordy Nelson (32) has been released. Nelson spent 10 years with the Packers but his production fell off a cliff last season finishing with a 53-482-6 line. Green Bay saves $10.2 million against the cap by releasing Nelson.
|Sam Bradford expected to sign with Cardinals|
One year, $15 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2018, 2:45 pm
|As the NFL's quarterback carousel keeps turning, Sam Bradford intends to sign with the Arizona Cardinals, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Cardinals don't have any other quarterbacks under contract.
Bradford's deal is expected to be one year for $20 million, including $15 million guaranteed, with a one-year option for $20 million, according to the source. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: With no quarterbacks currently on the roster and Bradford signing a one-year deal, you can expect the Cardinals to target a quarterback in the upcoming draft. Arizona has the 15th pick in the first round. Bradford has been unable to remain healthy in his career suffering numerous knee injuries including two ACL tears. Given his injury risk, he'll be nothing more than a QB2 for fantasy purposes.
|Dolphins add another WR, Amendola to sign|
Dolphins nab Patriots wide receiver
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2018, 1:45 pm
|Danny Amendola is staying in the AFC East... expected to sign with Miami Dolphins per source. (Dan Hellie on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Dolphins cornering the market on slot receivers. Kenny Stills played in the slot last year, Albert Wilson signed, now Amendola. Updated receiving corps: DeVante Parker, Stills, Wilson, Amendola, and Jakeem Grant. This move muddies the waters for fantasy owners unless we get some clearly defined roles prior to Week 1.
|Redskins expected to sign WR Paul Richardson|
$20 million in guarantees
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2018, 1:10 pm
|Redskins are expected to sign WR Paul Richardson to a five-year, $40 million deal with $20 million in guarantees, sources say. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Redskins are notorious for failed moves in free agency, typically overspending in the process. It remains to be seen if the Richardson signing follows in the footsteps but it appears to be an overpayment unless Richardson becomes the number 2 receiving option in the offense. Josh Doctson, Jamison Crowder and oft-injured Jordan Reed are currently the top receiving threats for Alex Smith.
|Vikings giving Cousins fully guaranteed contract|
Three-year, $84 million deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2018, 12:05 pm
|Former Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins plans to sign a three-year, fully guaranteed $84 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: While the deal isn't official it appears Cousins is headed to Minnesota on a fully guaranteed 3-year deal. Cousins has posted three-straight 4000-yard seasons in Washington and has been a fantasy QB1 during that time thanks to 13 rushing TDs. His move to Minnesota comes with an upgrade at wide receiver and a much better defense. At best, this is a lateral move for his fantasy prospects as the Vikings also sport a solid running game.
|Trey Burton expected to sign with Bears|
Offensive weapons headed to Chicago
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2018, 11:15 am
|NFL Media reports that Trey Burton is expected to sign a four-year, $32 million contract with the Bears when the new league year starts on Wednesday afternoon. The Bears are also expected to sign wide receiver Allen Robinson as they remake their offense under new head coach Matt Nagy. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: The Bears and Matt Nagy are giving weapons to young quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. First Allen Robinson and now TE Trey Burton are headed to Chicago for an offense void of playmakers at the receiving positions. Burton played second fiddle to Zach Ertz in Philadelphia but should have a chance to start in an offense typically designed to emphasize athletic, pass-catching tight ends. Burton's fantasy stock is on the rise.
|Dolphins replace Landry with Albert Wilson|
Three-year, $24 million
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2018, 10:00 am
|Albert Wilson will sign with the Dolphins when free agency begins Wednesday afternoon, NFL Network first reported. The contract details: three years, $24 million. That brings him to Miami at half the price of Jarvis Landry, the three-time Pro Bowler Wilson will be asked to replace.
FFToday's Take: Landry is headed to Cleveland via trade leaving a boatload of targets available in the Dolphins' offense. While it's difficult to imagine Miami making Wilson the focus of their passing game he should see an uptick in production from Kansas City where he was battling Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce for targets. DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills and Jakeem Grant are currently the top three wideout options in Miami.
|Brees staying put, two-year deal with Saints|
$27 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2018, 9:45 am
|Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have agreed to a new two-year deal worth $50 million, a source confirmed to ESPN, keeping the future Hall of Famer off the free-agent market as expected. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This was the expected outcome for Brees who openly stated this off-season that he wanted to remain in New Orleans. The situation became dicey as the start of the new league year inched closer and closer but ultimately the deal got done. Brees' fantasy value took a hit last season as New Orleans found success in their running game, pushing Brees down into low-end QB1, high-end QB2 territory.
|Sammy Watkins headed to Kansas City|
3 years, $30M guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2018, 8:30 am
|Final terms of the #Chiefs expected deal for WR Sammy Watkins: 3 years, $48M with $30M fully guaranteed at signing, sources say. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Watkins and Allen Robinson, two of the biggest free agent options, are reportedly off the market. New GM Brett Veach stated earlier this off-season he wanted to get more speed at the wideout position. Staying true to his word, Watkins delivers just that and should fit in nicely with strong-armed Patrick Mahomes. Watkins had dealt with a foot injury for a good portion of his career, but just like Robinson, he's just 24 years old and still has productive years left provided he can stay healthy.
|Alllen Robinson expected to sign with Bears|
Three-year, $42 million deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2018, 7:15 am
|Former Jaguars’ WR Allen Robinson intends to sign with the Chicago Bears barring any last-minute snags when free agency opens Wednesday, source tells ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The deal is reportedly worth $42 million for 3 years. The Bears are looking for offensive weapons for second-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and new head coach Matt Nagy (KC). Despite four years in the league, Robinson is just 24 years old and should have many years left in his legs despite suffering a torn ACL back in Week 1 last season. He should be the lead wide receiver on a team that sorely lacked a playmaker at the position last season.
|Broncos expected to sign Case Keenum|
Shorter term deal, reportedly $18-$20 million per year
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2018, 7:00 am
|The Broncos have gone in all-in on Case Keenum, who is expected to sign with the Broncos when free agency officially opens Wednesday afternoon. With the Broncos heavily evaluating Cousins and Teddy Bridgewater before deciding Keenum would be their pick. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Broncos along with the Vikings, Jets, Bills and Cardinals are a few of the QB needy teams, so this "signing" (which can't take place until Wednesday) removes one team from the Kirk Cousins pursuit. Keenum was solid on the field for the Vikings (3547-22-7) but was more of a mid-range QB2 for fantasy purposes. He'll move into a similar situation in Denver with two above average wideouts. The Broncos have the No.5 pick in the upcoming draft.
|Bucs and Brate agree on new 6-year deal|
$15 million in guarantees
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2018, 1:30 pm
|On Monday, Cameron Brate agreed to a 6-year, 40.8-million contract with $15-million in guarantees, thereby avoiding testing the market as a restricted free agent. (Tampa Bay Times)|
FFToday's Take: Brate has scored 14 TDs the last two seasons while missing only one game and finished as a low-end TE1 last season in PPR leagues. The Bucs have a dual threat at the tight position with O.J. Howard heading into his second season. As a result, Brate should come at a decent discount in the late rounds of fantasy drafts.
|Broncos will listen to offers for C.J. Anderson|
Not expected to release RB at this time
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2018, 11:41 am
|Broncos will listen to trade offers for RB C.J. Anderson but do not expect them to release him at this time. #9sports (Mike Klis on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There has been some speculation that the Broncos could release Anderson who posted his first 1000-yard season in 2017. That move would free up $4.5 million. The Broncos feel comfortable moving forward with Devontae Booker as a big part of their running back group and even though Anderson has had some fine moments, ultimately his value is easily replaceable in today's NFL.
|Dolphins to part ways with Ndamukong Suh|
Suh has a $26.1 million cap number for 2018
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2018, 10:30 am
|The Miami Dolphins are planning to release defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh in a move that could be completed Monday, league sources told ESPN's Jeff Darlington. If Suh is designated as a post-June 1 cut, the team would save $17 million against the 2018 salary cap. Releasing Suh now would save the Dolphins just $3.9 million against the cap. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Suh had 15.5 sacks in three years for the Dolphins and at 31 years old, there's some question as to how effective he can be moving forward. However, he's still a dominant force and should have many suitors in free agency.
|Cardinals expected to release Adrian Peterson|
Could be brought back
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2018, 7:00 am
|Cardinals expected to release RB Adrian Peterson today, per source. Peterson has a $750,000 bonus due on the third day of league year, Friday, so Arizona saves money. But Peterson still could return to Arizona later, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Peterson is due a roster bonus on Friday so this is a cost-cutting move by the team. It's possible Peterson could be brought back as a backup to David Johnson as he's unlikely to find any kind of starting role in the league. Peterson will turn 33 years on March 21st.
|Browns trading 2 picks for Jarvis Landry|
John Dorsey wheeling and dealing
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2018, 5:45 pm
|The Cleveland Browns are trading two draft picks to the Miami Dolphins for wide receiver Jarvis Landry, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Browns are also working on a new contract for Landry, and a deal is expected to get done, according to a source. Exact terms of the draft picks the Browns will give up are not yet known, but a league source said one is in 2018 and one in 2019, and none are higher than the third round.
The trade can become official on Wednesday at 4 p.m. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Browns have a plethora of draft picks thanks to recently ousted front office personnel and new GM John Dorsey is in the mood to wheel and deal. The compensation is said to be a fourth-round pick in 2018 and a seventh-round pick in 2019. Landry will give the Browns as possession style receiver to go along with Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman. At best, this is a lateral move for Landry's fantasy value as the veteran receiver will be learning a new system and the Browns are likely to be breaking in a new quarterback.
|Browns give up 3rd round pick for Tyrod Taylor|
Send DeShone Kizer to Green Bay
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2018, 5:00 pm
|The Cleveland Browns found their young veteran quarterback Friday when they agreed to a trade with the Buffalo Bills for Tyrod Taylor, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Browns will give up a third-round pick for Taylor, No. 65 overall, according to the source. In another trade, the Browns sent quarterback DeShone Kizer to Green Bay for cornerback Damarious Randall, and the teams also will swap picks in the fourth and fifth rounds, a source told ESPN. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Browns are making significant moves to their offense, overhauling the QB position and acquiring WR Jarvis Landry from the Dolphins. It appears the Browns will kick off the 2018 season with Taylor at quarterback even if they select a QB in this year's draft. The Browns currently have 5 picks in the first two rounds of this year's draft. For the time being, Buffalo is left with Nathan Peterman at QB.
|Mike Evans, TB agree on contract extension|
$55 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2018, 3:00 pm
|Buccaneers’ WR Mike Evans agreed to a 5-year, $82.5 million extension that includes $55 million guaranteed, per sources. Evans now under contract through 2023 season. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Evans is coming off his worst fantasy as a pro (71-1001-5) but is considered a fixture in the Bucs offense. His a top option in the passing game for Jameis Winston and should come at relative discount in fantasy drafts given his "down" year in 2018. Evans has posted four-straight 1000-yard seasons since joining the league in 2014.
|Torrey Smith headed to Carolina|
Eagles receive CB Daryl Worley
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2018, 2:00 pm
|Panthers trading CB Daryl Worley to Eagles in exchange for WR Torrey Smith, sources tell ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Yet another trade made public before trades can be made official on March 14th. The Eagles save about $4 million in cap space as Smith was set to count $5 million against the cap in 2018. Smith wasn't a primary option in the Eagles offense last season, catching only 32 passes for 364 yards and 2 TDs in 15 games. His departure will likely give Mack Hollins (22 targets last season) an opportunity to get more involved in the offense in 2018. Smith's fantasy value should increase in Carolina as Devin Funchess currently sits as the top option on the outside.
|Seahawks release Richard Sherman |
Star DB coming off Achilles injury
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2018, 1:01 pm
|The Seattle Seahawks have informed star cornerback Richard Sherman -- one of the most iconic players in franchise history -- that they will release him Friday, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Doing so now gives Sherman -- who is acting as his own agent -- a head start on finding his next team. Because he was released, he can sign anywhere without having to wait until the start of free agency on March 14. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Seahawks wouldn't mind bringing Sherman back at a lower cost. He was scheduled to count $13.2 million against the 2018 salary cap, but his move saves Seattle $11 million in cap space. Sherman suffered an Achilles injury last November and at age 30, the move has some merit for a team revamping it's defensive personnel and readjusting their cap situation.
|Titans saying goodbye to DeMarco Murray|
Titans will not take on any dead money by releasing him
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2018, 5:10 pm
|The Tennessee Titans have told running back DeMarco Murray that he will be released, the team announced Thursday.
Murray, 30, has been the Titans' lead back the past two seasons, including in 2016, when he was the AFC's leading rusher with 1,287 yards. Murray's contract was set to pay him $6.5 million in 2018 and $6.75 million in 2019, but the Titans will not take on any dead money by releasing him. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Another reminder why total and yearly average dollars during the life of a contract mean very little in today's NFL. It's all about the guaranteed $. This move was expected this off-season as Derrick Henry proved to be the more efficient runner in Tennessee last season. While Murray had better receiving chops, Henry will likely get the opportunity to be a three-down back in 2018, making him a popular, early-round RB pick in fantasy drafts.
|Marquise Goodwin agrees to 3-year extension|
$10 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2018, 2:05 pm
|Breaking: #WR Marquise Goodwin and the 49ers have agreed to a 3yr extension worth $20.3M & 10M guaranteed, per source.
(Josina Anderson on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Goodwin posted double-digit fantasy points for five straight games beginning Week 10 last season and became the primary receiver in the 49ers offense when Pierre Garcon went down with a neck injury. Garcon and Goodwin should be the top two targets for Jimmy Garoppolo in 2018.
|Patriots release TE Martellus Bennett|
Team saves $6.2 million against the cap
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2018, 3:38 pm
|More Bennett brothers news today: the Patriots are releasing TE Martellus Bennett, per league source. (Field Yates on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bennett was due a $2 million roster bonus on March 14th and the Pats can save $6.2 million against the cap by releasing the veteran tight end. Bennett was a fantasy afterthought in 2017, playing in only 9 games for the Packers and Patriots thanks to a shoulder injury.
|Allen Robinson avoids franchise tag|
Jags have exclusive negotiating rights with Robinson until March 12th
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 6 2018, 11:49 am
|The Jacksonville Jaguars have told receiver Allen Robinson that they will not use the franchise or transition tag on him, the team said Tuesday, the final day for NFL teams to use the tags. It's still possible for the Jaguars and Robinson to come to an agreement on a long-term deal, but Robinson would become an unrestricted free agent if that's not done by March 14. The Jaguars have exclusive negotiating rights with Robinson until March 12. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Robinson is getting closer and closer to becoming an unrestricted free agent. Rumors of interest from the Redskins are surfacing and there should be plenty of suitors despite Robinson suffering an ACL tear in Week 1 of 2017. Robinson is just 24 years old.
|Bills, Chris Ivory agree on two-year deal|
Base value of $5.5 million
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 6 2018, 11:26 am
|Running back Chris Ivory has agreed to terms with the Buffalo Bills on a two-year deal, the team announced Tuesday. The deal has a base value of $5.5 million and a maximum value of $6 million, a source confirmed to ESPN. Ivory, who turns 30 on March 22, will be guaranteed $3.25 million. NFL Network first reported his compensation. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Ivory will slide into the No.2 running back role behind LeSean Mccoy who's only missed 5 games in the last five years. Both Mike Tolbert and Travaris Cadet backed up McCoy last year but are free agents. Ivory will have some late-round flier appeal in re-draft and best-ball leagues.
|Steelers expected to franchise Le'Veon Bell|
Barring a last-minute long-term deal by Tuesday evening
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 5 2018, 5:30 pm
|The Pittsburgh Steelers have informed Le'Veon Bell that they will apply the franchise tag to him for the second consecutive year in the absence of an unlikely deal by Tuesday's deadline, Bell told ESPN. The Steelers have increased last year's long-term contract offer but Bell's floor is now $14.5 million per year, based on the projected tag number for a running back. "I just have to decide if I'm going to play when the time comes," Bell said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: "Earlier I said I felt we would get one done, and this year we are a lot closer than last year. In good spirit, I feel we can get something done. But unless something drastic changes, it won't be [this week]." Bell has hinted that he might retire if he can't come to an agreement with the Steelers. While that seems far fetched, he's likely to sit out training camp again if the two can't reach a long-term deal by mid-July.
|Jimmy Graham, Seahawks expected to part ways|
New Orleans reunion?
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 5 2018, 1:00 pm
|Jimmy Graham and the #Seahawks are expected to part ways in free agency, and Graham will draw interest from a bunch of teams - including the #Saints, sources say. Reunion coming? (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There have been multiple reports this off-season that Graham is likely out in Seattle, countered by a quote from head coach Pete Carrol that he'd "love" to re-sign the redzone tight end. Graham led all tights in touchdowns (10) last season, finishing 4th in FPts scored and 5th in FPts/G at the position. Potential fits include New Orleans, Baltimore, Houston, Green Bay, Jacksonville and Atlanta.
|Giants want Orleans Darkwa back|
...if the price is right
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 5 2018, 10:00 am
|Orleans Darkwa’s breakout season should pay off. He may have the greatest chance of their notable free agents to return. The Giants want him back, according to a source. It just depends on the price. It’s even possible a Darkwa deal could get done before the start of free agency on March 14. If it doesn’t work out with the Giants, don’t be surprised to see him land with the Oakland Raiders. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Shane Vereen and Darkwa are both free agents and Wayne Gallman just finished his rookie season. Paul Perkins is heading into his third season but it's unclear how new head coach Pat Shurmur views the underperformer, making him a candidate for release. The Giants also have the No.2 pick in the upcoming draft which could be used on Saquon Barkley if available.
|Bears, Dolphins discussing Howard, Landry swap?|
Teams would swap first-round picks
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 3 2018, 3:30 pm
|Whispers are that the Bears and Miami Dolphins have had conversations about the Dolphins sending wide receiver Jarvis Landry and a third-round pick to the Bears in exchange for Jordan Howard and a swap of the Dolphins pick at No. 11 overall for the Bears’ at No. 8. (NBC Chicago)|
FFToday's Take: New head coach of the Bears, Matt Nagy may prefer a better pass-receiving lead-back than Howard who's averaged 26 receptions the last two seasons and has been plagued by drops. Also, it's no secret the Dolphins are allowing Landry to pursue trade options so the deal isn't out of the realm of possibility. No league deals can be official until the league year kicks off on March 14th.