|Josh Gordon petition for reinstatement denied|
Eligible to try again in fall
By: Mike Krueger | May 11 2017, 5:00 pm
|The NFL has denied Browns WR Josh Gordon's reinstatement petition. He can reapply this fall. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Along with his agent terminating their relationship roughly two weeks ago per ESPN's Josina Anderson, this denial may be an indication Gordon still isn't getting it. Still only 26, Gordon theoretically has time to make something out of his NFL career, but he hasn't taken a regular-season snap since 2014. This latest setback may be enough for dynasty league owners to finally cut the cord.
|Daryl Washington released|
Reinstated by league in late April
By: Mike Krueger | May 11 2017, 3:00 pm
|Cardinals release LB Daryl Washington. "It is "best to release Daryl and give him the opportunity to continue his career elsewhere," the team said in a statement. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: A 2012 Pro Bowler, Washington hasn't played a regular-season snap since 2013 due to multiple violations of the league's substance-abuse policy. Now 30 years old, Washington may have one shot left to prove he is a changed man. If any team is going to take the plunge, look for it to be a risk-taking team like Dallas or Cincinnati. Washington was one of the best young linebackers in the league before his ban.
|Cardinals add QB Blaine Gabbert|
Carson Palmer has new backup
By: Mike Krueger | May 10 2017, 10:00 pm
|In case of emergency, Blaine Gabbert.
That's who the Cardinals will be able to turn to -- if something unfortunate happens to Carson Palmer -- after they sign the quarterback to a one-year deal, which they intend to do on Thursday, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Drew Stanton is still in Arizona but will have competition as Carson Palmer's backup. Gabbert threw 5 TDs and 6 INTs in six games last season for San Francisco with a 57 competition percentage.
|Vikings add WR Michael Floyd|
One-year deal, $1.5 million
By: Mike Krueger | May 10 2017, 2:30 pm
|Receiver Michael Floyd has signed with the Vikings, an NFL source confirmed.
The deal is a one-year contract worth $1.5 million with as much as $6 million in incentives. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Floyd was waived by the Cardinals late last season for driving under the influence, picked up by the Patriots then became a free agent this off-season. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen sit atop the Vikings depth chart, which gives Floyd an opportunity to battle for playing time with Laquon Treadwell and Jarius Wright.
|Seahawks claim RB Mike Davis off waivers|
Deep running back group gets even deeper
By: Mike Krueger | May 8 2017, 3:25 pm
|Source: The Seahawks were awarded former 49ers RB Mike Davis off waivers. Stays in the division with a team that pounds it. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The 49ers waived Davis over the weekend and was claimed by the Seahawks who already have Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise and Alex Collins already in the mix. It's difficulty to imagine Davis carving out any kind of role in Seattle.
|Jets WR Robby Anderson arrested|
Resisting arrest with violence, obstruction of justice
By: Mike Krueger | May 8 2017, 9:00 am
|According to a report from Andy Slater of WINZ-AM, Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is being charged with resisting arrest with violence and also obstruction of justice after an incident at a music festival in Miami. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: With a lack of depth at the position, Anderson was scheduled to be a key part of the Jets passing game along with Eric Decker and Quincy Enunwa. Anderson had some fantasy relevance late last season posting 14 catches, 240 yards and 2 TDs from Weeks 13-15.
|Jay Cutler moving to the broadcast booth|
Starting QB gig not available
By: Mike Krueger | May 5 2017, 9:00 am
|Former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has accepted a role as a color commentator for Fox Sports, sources told ESPN's Jeff Darlington on Friday. Cutler, whom the Bears released on March 9, had conversations with the New York Jets and Houston Texans before the draft, but the talks ultimately went nowhere, sources told Dickerson. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: With no starting gig readily available, Cutler has opted to join the broadcast booth. There are rumors he's been mulling retirement after 11 seasons.
|Jamaal Charles joins division rival Broncos|
By: Mike Krueger | May 2 2017, 5:30 pm
|Denver reached an agreement with former Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles on a one-year contract Tuesday after he met with team officials and underwent a physical. The deal includes a $900,000 base salary, a $100,000 workout bonus, plus 46-man active roster bonuses and incentives that make it worth up to $3.75 million, according to two NFL sources. (Denver Post)|
FFToday's Take: Charles has dealt with multiple knee injuries over the last two years including an ACL tear. If healthy, he can give the Broncos a jolt of speed and quickness, something they lacked in the running game last season. Charles will fight for carries with C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker but a likely scenario is Anderson and Charles splitting carries as long as the two remain healthy.
|Jamaal Charles to visit Broncos Tuesday|
Cool free agent market for 30-year-old RB
By: Mike Krueger | May 1 2017, 2:10 pm
|According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, former Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is visiting the Broncos Tuesday. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: The 30-year-old Charles hasn't had much interest this off-season after missing most of 2016 with various knee injuries. C.J Anderson and Devontae Booker remain in Denver but there were reports the Broncos were interested in Christian McCaffrey in last week's draft.
|Packers to release RB Christine Michael|
Green Bay added three RBs in 2017 draft
By: Mike Krueger | May 1 2017, 2:00 pm
|The Packers spent Day 3 of the draft bolstering their depth at running back, and Christine Michael is the latest casualty of that strategy.
Michael will be released, ESPN reports. Michael is the second Packers running back to get cut today, following Don Jackson. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: The Packers drafted 3 running backs over the weekend including 4th-rounder Jamaal Williams who has a decent chance of seeing significant action in 20017 along side Ty Montgomery. In his brief career, Christine Michael has spent time in Seattle, Washington, Dallas and Green Bay.
| McCaffrey likely to go in top 10?|
GM: "McCaffrey had the best combine workout I've seen"
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 27 2017, 1:45 pm
|One NFL GM said Christian McCaffrey "had the best combine workout I've seen. Ever." It's one reason McCaffrey likely to go in top 10. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The rumors surrounding McCaffrey have been all over the place including going to Carolina at No.8. Teams with running back needs early in the draft include Jacksonville (pick No.4) the Jets (pick No.6), Carolina (pick No.8) and the Eagles (pick No.14). Where he goes is anybody's guess.
|Raiders, Seahawks agree on trade for Lynch|
Swap of late-round picks in 2018
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 26 2017, 9:00 am
|Marshawn Lynch is set to come out of retirement after the Raiders and Seahawks agreed to a trade that allows the running back to play in Oakland, sources confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Lynch and the Raiders have an agreement for a two-year contract in place, according to league sources. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Lynch will need to a pass a physical today but after months of rumors, it appears Lynch will be a Raider in 2017. Lynch (31) sat out the 2016 season but does have a lot of mileage on the tires and is on the wrong side of 30. While being consistently durable during most of his career, injuries caught up with him in 2015. limiting him to only 7 games. However, he's a good fit for the Raiders offense who lost Latavius Murray in free agency and will likely step into lead-back role. He's an RB2 with RB1 upside in redraft leagues.
|Martavis Bryant conditionally reinstated|
Could be available Week 1 if he keeps his nose clean
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 25 2017, 6:30 pm
|The NFL notified Martavis Bryant of the Pittsburgh Steelers today that he has been reinstated to the NFL on a conditional basis.
Bryant may join the Steelers at the training facility and participate in meetings, conditioning work and similar activities. Once arrangements have been confirmed regarding Bryant's clinical resources in Pittsburgh, he will be permitted to participate in all preseason activities, including practices and games. (Steelers.com)|
FFToday's Take: Bryant still has some hurdles to jump if he wants to be on the field Week 1. He's been suspended since March of last season for multiple offenses of the leagues substance abuse policy. Bryant has shown to be a big play threat on the field but his off-field issues and risk of being kicked out of the league for another offense will submarine his fantasy stock.
|Adrian Peterson says he's signing with Saints|
One-year deal, plus one-year option
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 25 2017, 8:15 am
|Adrian Peterson told ESPN's Josina Anderson Tuesday morning that he plans to sign with the New Orleans Saints on a two-year deal that is effectively a one-year deal plus a one-year option. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: $3.5 million is guaranteed for 2017. With Tim Hightower now is San Francisco, New Orleans needed to add some depth behind Mark Ingram. Peterson is not expected to take over Ingram's role but simply complement him. At age 31, Peterson played in only three games in 2016 averaging 1.9 yards per carry. However, Ingram injury history does give Peterson some upside if he can flash his old form. He'll be a mid-round selection in redraft leagues this summer.
|Bills decline to match, Gillislee now a Patriot|
Bills will receive 5th round pick
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 24 2017, 6:00 pm
|Bills declined to match two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet that RB Mike Gillislee signed with Patriots, per source. Gillislee now a Pat. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This marks the second straight year the Patriots have pried away a player Buffalo. You may recall Chris Hogan joining New England from the Bills last season. With Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead and third-down back James White already on the roster, the addition of Gillislee will muddy the fantasy waters in the Patriots backfield.
|Giants pick up option on Odell Beckham Jr.|
Beckham locked in through 2018
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 24 2017, 11:45 am
|Kimberly Jones of NFL Media reports that the Giants are picking up that option, which will be guaranteed against injury only for the 2014 first-round pick. (Pro Football Talk)|
FFToday's Take: The fifth year option is for the 2018 season. It's likely the two sides will work on a long-term prior to the 2018 season. Odell Beckham Jr. has been a top 5 fantasy wideout in PPR leagues the last two seasons.
|Saints still talking deal with Adrian Peterson|
Club keeping options open heading into draft
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 24 2017, 9:30 am
|I'm hearing the #Saints are still very much involved with Adrian Peterson. Sides still talking about a short-term deal to bring him to NOLA. (Jeff Duncan on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Saints will likely weigh their options post-draft and might sign the veteran running back if they strike out on bringing in younger blood this week. Peterson's market has been cool, although its likely he'll land with a team on a short-term deal at some point before training camp.
|Pats offer RB Mike Gillislee two-year deal |
Bills have five days to match
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 18 2017, 2:35 pm
|Here we go: Patriots extended an RFA offer sheet to #Bills RB Mike Gillislee. It's for 2 years, $6.4M, source said. $4M in the 1st year. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gillislee is a restricted free agent so the Bills have five days to match the offer and keep their running back. If not, the Patriots would have to compensate Buffalo with a fifth-round draft pick. The Pats will have a crowded backfield if they land Gillislee with Dion Lewis, James White and Rex Burkhead already on the roster. This Pats RB corps is shaping up to be a fantasy nightmare.
| Eifert unsure if he'll be ready for camp|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 17 2017, 6:30 pm
|Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert said his back "feels great" after offseason surgery, but doesn't know at what point he'll be able to participate fully in offseason activities. "I don't know," Eifert said, when asked if he would be ready for training camp. "I'll have to see how I'm feeling and go from there." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Thanks to ankle and back injuries Eifert only saw the field for 8 games in 2016 and has played just 21 games the last two seasons. He's a true difference maker when on the field (18 TDs in last 21 games) but his injury risk will make him a gamble in redraft leagues this summer.
| Carlos Hyde: "making improvement"|
RB rehabing from knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 11 2017, 4:00 pm
|49ers Carlos Hyde on knee: "I'm back to running. I can cut, just not all the way I like to run, but I'm making improvement" Run test tmw (Cam Inman on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: From his tweet abbreviations, Hyde is set to do a run test tomorrow as he continues rehab from a torn MCL in Week 16 last season. The injury didn't require surgery but it's likely he'll be a minimal participant in any spring workouts. Hyde averaged 4.6 yards per carry in 13 games last season.
| Keenan Allen says he's 85%|
Torn ACL suffered Week 1 last season
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 10 2017, 6:00 pm
|Keenan Allen says he is close to 100%. Says probably around 85% but feels good with rehab process. (Chargers.com)|
FFToday's Take: Allen blew out his knee Week 1 last season and has dealt with numerous injuries during his four-year career. The Chargers will likely keep him on a pitch count during training camp. His fantasy value will vary widely given his high upside, high risk history.
|Marshawn Lynch rumors heating up|
Seattle RB visits Oakland
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 5 2017, 3:45 pm
|Retired Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who is reportedly entertaining thoughts of a comeback, is visiting his hometown Oakland Raiders on Wednesday, and an NFL source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that a deal between the Raiders and Lynch "eventually will happen." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This seed has been growing for weeks and the flower could be in bloom sooner rather than later. Lynch would give the Raiders a power back capable of RB1 status given the run game averaged 4.4 yards per carry last season and witnessed Latavius Murray finding the endzone 12 times. The Seahawks still hold the rights to Lynch so a trade might be in order.
|Tony Romo headed to broadcast booth|
Cowboys expected to release QB today
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 4 2017, 9:15 am
|Tony Romo is leaving football and going into broadcasting, even with Dallas planning to release him today, sources tell @toddarcher and me. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Romo has received more interest from media companies than NFL teams apparently. Dallas is expected to release Romo today, designating him as a post-June 1 release. This move of Romo to spend more time with his family has the most impact on the Texans who traded Brock Osweiler to the Browns last month. Currently Tom Savage is Houston's starting QB.
|49ers sign RB Tim Hightower|
49ers add RB depth behind Hyde
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 1 2017, 3:30 pm
|The 49ers have reached an agreement with free-agent running back Tim Hightower, general manager John Lynch tweeted Saturday. The 30-year-old Hightower has made one of the NFL's most remarkable comebacks during the past two years with the Saints after spending three-plus years out of the league because of a knee injury. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Hightower saw 155 touches in New Orleans last year averaging 4.1 yards per carry, scoring 3 TDs. DuJuan Harris will compete with Hightower for backup duties behind Carlos Hyde. Hightower will be a late-round flier in redraft leagues.
|Bigger role coming for Tyreek Hill|
Andy Reid expects Hill to see more snaps at WR
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 30 2017, 10:00 am
|The Kansas City Chiefs' plan to improve their offense is simple: Get Tyreek Hill more involved. Reid has discussed Hill this offseason as if the 5-foot-10 speedster would move into the starting lineup full-time and play a DeSean Jackson-type role in the offense, taking the top off defenses and allowing Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce work underneath. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Andy Reid did mention he expects Hill to receive more snaps as a receiver this year. Hill played on only 40 percent of the teams offensive snaps last season but managed to score 9 TDs (6 receiving, 3 rushing) finishing as the WR23 in PPR leagues. The explosive Hill will be an intriguing question for fantasy owners this summer.
|Saints bring back QB Chase Daniel|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 29 2017, 4:10 pm
|Veteran quarterback Chase Daniel has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan on Wednesday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Daniel, a career backup, backed up Drew Brees from 2009-2012 but has never had the opportunity to land a starting job. With Luke McCown already on the roster, the two will battle hold the clipboard for Brees in 2017.
|Andre Ellington shifting from RB to WR|
Cardinals still looking for No.2 RB
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 29 2017, 10:04 am
|Arians said Andre Ellington is coming back as a wide receiver. Will meet in the wide receivers room. (Darren Urban on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ellington has played running back his first five years in the league and succeeded in a change-of-pace role catching 85 passes during his first two seasons in Ariona. At 5-9, 199 lbs, he'll most likely be used out of slot and will receive the occasional carry our of the backfield but should be no better than the fourth option in the offense.
|Owners approve Raiders move to Las Vegas|
31-1 vote opens door for Las Vegas Raiders
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 27 2017, 2:00 pm
|The Oakland Raiders have received conditional approval from the National Football League to relocate the franchise to Las Vegas, Nevada. "The Raiders were born in Oakland and Oakland will always be part of our DNA. We know that some fans will be disappointed and even angry, but we hope that they do not direct that frustration to the players, coaches and staff. We plan to play at the Coliseum in 2017 and 2018, and hope to stay there as the Oakland Raiders until the new stadium opens." (Raiders.com)|
FFToday's Take: Miami was the only team to cast a "no" vote. The Raiders history in Oakland is coming to an end and this will mark the third team in the last 14 months to change locations. The Raiders join the Rams and Chargers as recent teams to relocate.
|Panthers extend RB Jonathan Stewart|
Stewart under contract through 2018
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 24 2017, 9:30 am
|On Friday, the team announced the one-year extension of running back Jonathan Stewart, locking him in through 2018.
Stewart, 30, has battled injuries often throughout his lengthy career but rushed for 824 yards and nine touchdowns last season and was a Pro-Bowler in 2015. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: Stewart was set to count over $8 million against the cap so the extension will likely lessen that number plus add another year of control for the Panthers. Carolina is said to be in the running back market and could select Leonard Fournette with the 8th overall pick.
| Newton expected to be ready for camp|
Shoulder surgery planned for March 30th
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 21 2017, 4:05 pm
|Cam Newton will have surgery on a partially torn rotator cuff on March 30 in Charlotte. Head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion told Panthers.com that Newton will begin a preliminary throwing program 12 weeks after the surgery. The team website maintained that he will be ready for the start of training camp, and Vermillion said Newton can throw with the team 16 weeks after surgery if everything goes as planned. (Charlotte Observer)|
FFToday's Take: Newton originally injured his shoulder back in December and the team took a wait-and-see approach, hoping the injury would heal in the off-season with rehab. His timetable should allow him to throw at the end of July, right around the time training camp begins.
|Jets give Josh McCown one-year deal|
$6 million deal fully guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 20 2017, 7:45 pm
|The quarterback-needy New York Jets finally added experience to their young depth chart, signing Josh McCown to a one-year contract on Monday night. The $6 million deal is fully guaranteed, a source said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Jets are looking for a long-term solution at the quarterback position but currently don't have one. McCown (37) will provide veteran leadership to Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg but it's difficult to get excited about the fantasy prospects of any QB on the Jets' roster.
|Steelers add RB Knile Davis|
Depth behind Bell
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 20 2017, 2:30 pm
|The Steelers pierced their relative silence in free agency by signing two backups - cornerback Coty Sensabaugh and halfback Knile Davis. Davis, 25, rushed for 805 yards over the past four seasons with two teams; he had a 3.2-yard average per carry. He also has returned kickoffs. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)|
FFToday's Take: DeAngelo Williams still remains available on the free agent market but for the time being Davis, Fitzgerald Toussaint, Roosevelt Nix and Trey Williams are the RBs on the roster behind Le'Veon Bell.
|Raiders add QB EJ Manuel|
Will back up Derek Carr
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 20 2017, 1:10 pm
|The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent QB EJ Manuel, the club announced Monday. (Raiders.com)|
FFToday's Take: Manuel appeared in parts of 5 games for Buffalo last season throwing zero TDs and zero INTs. He'll replace Matt McGloin as the backup to Derek Carr as McGloin tries to catch on with another team in free agency.
|Raiders acquire TE Jared Cook|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2017, 6:08 pm
|The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a two-year contract with tight end Jared Cook, sources told ESPN on Thursday.
The deal is valued at $12.2 million and includes a fully guaranteed first year of $5 million with an injury guarantee in the second, sources said. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Cook was a key contributor to the Packers late last season and while QB Aaron Rodgers lobbied to have Cook return, he'll ultimately be wearing silver and black. He missed 6 games due to an ankle injury but had 13 catches, 182 yds and 2 TDs in the Divisional Playoff and Conference Championship games. He'll be on the TE2 radar in Oakland as the third receiving option behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.
|Vikings fill RB void with Latavius Murray|
Adrian Peterson era comes to an end
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2017, 8:27 am
|The Vikings early Thursday morning signed former Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray, and by doing so they likely closed the door on the Adrian Peterson era. Murray rushed for 2,278 yards and 20 touchdowns in his four years in Oakland, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)|
FFToday's Take: Murray was a solid performer in Oakland but was part of a three-man committee last season capping his fantasy upside. In Minnesota he'll fill Adrian Peterson's big back role while sharing snaps with Jerick McKinnon. Minnesota's offensive line is a weak point in there offense meaning Murray will do well to achieve RB2 status in 2017.
|Patriots add Rex Burkhead to backfield|
Pats add depth at running back
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2017, 5:04 pm
|The New England Patriots have signed former Bengals running back Rex Burkhead, the team announced Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed. He could be eyed to fill Brandon Bolden's role in New England as a reserve running back and special teamer. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Or, he could help ease the loss of LeGarrette Blount as he tests the free agent market. In any case Burkhead brings more pass-catching ability than Blount and gives the Patriots yet another back in what's sure to be a frustrating situation for fantasy owners as Burkhead mixes in with Dion Lewis and James White.
|Eddie Lacy lands one-year deal with Seahawks|
$3 million fully guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2017, 12:30 pm
|Running back Eddie Lacy has agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks, his agents said Tuesday. A source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the deal is worth $5.55 million, with $3 million fully guaranteed. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Despite the signing it's expected that Jamaal Charles will visit the Seahawks on Wednesday. Lacy missed the majority of 2016 with an ankle injury playing in only five games but did rack up an impressive 5.1 yards per carry. This signing dampens the fantasy value of Thomas Rawls who's had injury problems of his own.
|Cardinals re-sign RB Andre Ellington|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2017, 2:03 pm
|The Cardinals depth chart at running back became clearer on Monday with the news that Andre Ellington has re-signed with the team.
Ellington, an unrestricted free agent, agreed to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not immediately available. (Arizona Republic)|
FFToday's Take: The Cardinals are thin at the RB spot with only Kerywnn Williams behind rockstar David Johnson. With Johnson being used as a three-down workhorse the backup running back position in Arizona only worthy of a deep bench stash.
|Nick Foles returns to Philadelphia|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2017, 7:46 am
|Former Chiefs' QB Nick Foles is returning to Philadelphia on 2-year deal, per sources. And now, questions about where Chase Daniels lands. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The deal includes $7 million guaranteed. Foles played three years for the Eagles from 2012-2014. He will now serve as a backup to Carson Wentz which means Chase Daniel is likely to be released or traded.
|Cooks, Patriots deal gets done|
Saints get Patriots 1st round pick in 2017
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 10 2017, 8:50 pm
|Continuing their aggressive offseason blitz, the New England Patriots have agreed to trade their 2017 first-round draft choice to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for receiver Brandin Cooks, sources tell ESPN's Dianna Russini.
The first-round pick is No. 32 overall, the last selection of the round. The Patriots also will trade a third-round pick (No. 103) to New Orleans and receive the Saints' fourth-round pick (No. 118), sources tell Russini. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This deal was rumored over the last couple days and now it's complete. The juicy part is CB Malcolm Butler remains in New England. The signing of Ted Ginn Jr. made a Cooks trade more likely and now the Patriots have acquired one of most explosive young receivers in the league. Michael Thomas and Willie Snead see their fantasy value inflated in New Orleans while Julian Edelman's value will take a hit in New England.