|Dez and Jerry to meet by Friday|
Cowboys WR stuck with $16.5 million cap number
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 11 2018, 3:00 pm
|Dez Bryant's future with the Dallas Cowboys could be determined by Friday.
A source confirmed a report from the team's flagship network, 105.3 The Fan, that Bryant is scheduled to meet with owner and general manager Jerry Jones by the end of the week, a week or so later than Jones initially had hoped but three days before the Cowboys officially begin their offseason program. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Bryant has a $12.5 million salary this upcoming season and there's been speculation he could be released given his high cap number ($16.5 million). Bryabt finished with a 69-839-6 line in 2017 ranking 29th in FPts/G (PPR) among receivers that played 10 games or more. Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson have been added to the receiving corps this off-season.
|Saints sign WR Cameron Meredith|
Bears decline to match Saints' offer sheet
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 11 2018, 2:00 pm
|The Chicago Bears declined to match the New Orleans Saints' two-year, $10 million offer sheet to restricted free-agent wide receiver Cameron Meredith on Wednesday.
Meredith confirmed the news during an appearance on ESPN 1000's Waddle and Silvy Show. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Saints offered Meredith a two-year deal last Thursday giving the Bears 5 days to match the offer and keep Meredith a Bear for 2018. Coming off ACL and MCL injuries in 2017, the Bears decided to let Meredith walk. Chicago has added Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel to their receiving corps this off-season but could be seeking WR help in the upcoming draft. Meredith will likely fight for opportunities as the No.2 wide receiver option with Ted Ginn Jr.
|Patriots sign WR Jordan Matthews|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 5 2018, 8:00 pm
|Patriots are signing former Bills’ WR Jordan Matthews to a one-year deal, per source. Healthy now, so could be a real factor. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Patriots recently parted ways with Brandin Cooks so it only makes sense they would bring in some more options prior to camp. Matthews had a lost year in 2017, battling knee and ankle issues which had surgery on late in the year. It will be tough for me to make a meaningful impact given the plethora of options at slot receiver in New England.
|Ravens sign Robert Griffin III|
QB last played in 2016
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 4 2018, 11:45 am
|The Baltimore Ravens have reached a one-year agreement with quarterback Robert Griffin III, providing an experienced backup to Joe Flacco.
The Ravens initially brought in Griffin to throw to receivers in a recent workout. That led to another meeting with team officials and eventually an agreement late Tuesday. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: RGIII was last seen on the field back in 2016 posting a 866-2-3 line for the Cleveland Browns. He sustained a shoulder injury in Week 1 of that season limiting him to five games. He may have competition for backup duties as it won't be shock if the Ravens draft a quarterback in the upcoming draft.
| Pats ship Brandin Cooks to Rams|
New England gets first round pick, No. 23 overall
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 3 2018, 5:49 pm
|Patriots are trading WR Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick to LA Rams for the 23rd overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft and a sixth-round pick, league sources told ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams have certainly made a splash this off-season acquiring DBs Marcus Peters, Aquib Talib, DL Ndamukong Suh and now Cooks who will replace Sammy Watkins in the offense. This move gives the Patriots two first-round picks in the upcoming draft (No.23 and No.31). Cooks finished 9th in standard scoring and 14th in PPR scoring among wide receivers in 2017. The Patriots had 69 more pass attempts than the Rams so it may be difficult for Cooks to repeat his low-end WR1 stats from last season.
|WR Brice Butler headed to Arizona|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 2 2018, 6:00 pm
|FA WR News...Brice Butler #DuffleBag will be signing a 2-Year Deal with the @AZCardinals (James Jones on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The deal is yet to be finalized but unless there's a snag, the former Cowboys wideout will be playing for the Cardinals in 2018. Butler struggled to get consistent playing time since being drafted by Oakland in 2013. His 15-317-3 line last season in Dallas including 21.5 yards per catch. He'll have a decent opportunity in Arizona to see the field with only Larry Fitzgerald and J.J. Nelson ahead of him on the depth chart.
|Chargers sign QB Geno Smith|
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 2 2018, 11:30 am
|Chargers gave QB Geno Smith a one-year deal, per source. Smith and Cardale Jones will back up Philip Rivers. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Smith spent last season with the Giants appearing in two games throwing for 212 yards and 1 TD. He'll compete with Cardale Jones for the backup position behind ironman Philip Rivers. Rivers has played in every game since 2006.
|Jets sign RB Thomas Rawls|
Joins crowded backfield in New York
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 30 2018, 3:10 pm
|The Jets have signed running back Thomas Rawls. (New York Jets)|
FFToday's Take: Rawls posted a fine rookie season (830-4) but has only played in 18 games over the last two seasons thanks to various injuries. The Jets currently have Bilal Powell, Isaiah Crowell and Elijah McGuire in the backfield making it difficult for Rawls to carve out a significant role in the offense. The Jets ranked 17th in rushing attempts (427) last season.
|Vikings sign WR Kendall Wright|
Will compete for No.3 wide receiver role
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 30 2018, 3:00 pm
|The Minnesota Vikings have signed free-agent wide receiver Kendall Wright, it was announced Saturday. The Vikings were able to bolster a position of need on their list of offseason priorities. Minnesota cut veteran Jarius Wright two weeks ago due to concerns over salary-cap space. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Wright spent last year in Chicago racking up 614 yards and 1 TD on 59 receptions. He'll compete with Laquon Treadwell for the No.3 spot in the Vikings offense. It will be difficult for Wright to carve out any significant fantasy value without an injury to either Stefon Diggs or Adam Thielen.
|Could the Giants trade Odell Beckham?|
Star receiver wants a contract extension
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 26 2018, 8:00 am
|New York Giants co-owner John Mara is not ruling out the possibility of trading receiver Odell Beckham Jr., or withholding a contract extension, in the wake of a viral social media video that was posted earlier this month.
Mara, speaking Sunday to reporters at the NFL owners meeting, said there is a "possibility" that the Giants will let Beckham play in 2018 on the final year of his rookie contract. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Giants owner left open the possibility of trading the star receiver saying "I can't answer that one way or the other. We're certainly not shopping him. Again, when you're coming off a season when you're 3-13 and played as poorly as we played, I wouldn't say that anyone is untouchable." Further reports suggest Beckham will not set foot on a field without a new contract extension. It would be difficult to see the Giants parting with their best offensive weapon but they recently shipped DE Jason Pierre-Paul to Tampa Bay.
|WR Allen Hurns signs 2-year deal with Cowboys|
Joins Deonte Thompson as recent FA WR signings by Dallas
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 23 2018, 1:00 pm
|The Cowboys are signing their second wide receiver in free agency, sources have confirmed.
Sources told SportsDay Cowboys insider Brandon George on Friday that Dallas has agreed to a 2-year deal with ex-Jaguars receiver Allen Hurns. (Dallas Morning News)|
FFToday's Take: Hurns was dumped by Jacksonville earlier this week and joins Deonte Thompson as recent free agent wide receiver signings by the Cowboys. Hurns has missed 11 games the last two seasons and failed to top 500 receiving yards in either season. He's a candidate to replace Terrance Williams as the No.2 wideout opposite Dez Bryant.
|Jets agree to terms with Terrelle Pryor|
Financial terms not disclosed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 22 2018, 11:00 pm
|The Jets agreed to terms with Terrelle Pryor on Thursday evening, according to a source, creating more competition in a crowded field at wide receiver.
Financial terms were not disclosed. (Newsday)|
FFToday's Take: Pryor burned out in Washington after one year, due to an ankle injury and simply being a poor fit in the offense. He situation in New York may not be any better given Josh McCown is the penciled in starter and the team is likely to take a rookie QB in the upcoming draft. Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse and Quincy Enunwa are currently sitting atop the depth chart. The team could save $5 million against the cap by releasing Kearse.
|Eagles sign veteran WR Mike Wallace|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 22 2018, 6:05 pm
|The Eagles have checked off their need for a veteran wide receiver.
But was it the right one?
The team announced on Thursday that they have agreed to terms with veteran wide receiver Mike Wallace, inking the 31-year receiver to a one-year deal. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Eagles traded Torrey Smith to Carolina earlier this off-season leaving a hole in their wide receiver corps. Wallace will attempt to fill the deep-threat role in Philadelphia but could be fourth in line for targets behind Zach Ertz, Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor.
|Dolphins sign Frank Gore|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 22 2018, 3:25 pm
|RB Frank Gore has signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, per league source. (Armando Salguero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Gore has racked up 250-plus carries in each of the last 7 years. It's hard to imagine him much of a fantasy impact at age 34 but we've been repeating the same analysis for the last two years. Considering he'll be splitting time with Kenyan Drake, Gore will need to find the endzone 7-9 times in order to be a viable RB2 this season.
|RB Mike Davis stays in Seattle|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 22 2018, 8:00 am
|RB Mike Davis agrees to one-year deal to stay with the #Seahawks, source said. He took some visits but decided to stay in Seattle where he flashed last year. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Davis got some run late in the season, peaking in Week 13 with 16 carries, 64 yards and 37 yards receiving finishing as the RB24 for the week. Seattle's running game was one to avoid last season and with Chris Carson still in the mix, and the potential of Seattle addressing the position in the upcoming draft, it's difficult to get excited about Davis for 2018.
|Jaguars release WR Allen Hurns|
$7 million saved against salary cap
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 20 2018, 11:00 am
|The Jacksonville Jaguars will release wide receiver Allen Hurns on Tuesday, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The move will save the team $7 million against the salary cap.
Hurns became expendable with the emergence of rookies Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole in 2017. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Hurns originally signed a four-year, $41M deal back in 2016 which after his release turned out to be two-year, $16 million deal. Yet another reason why reports of average dollars per year mean absolutely nothing. Hurns has missed 11 games the last two seasons but should be able find a home relatively soon. The Jags will move forward with Marqise Lee, Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole and Donte Moncrief at wide receiver.
| 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.