|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.
|Kenneth Dixon hit with 4-game suspension|
Violating NFL policy on PEDs
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2017, 4:15 pm
|RB Kenneth Dixon suspended first four games of 2017 for violating NFL policy on PEDs. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This will take some of the shine of Dixon's upcoming fantasy hype. Dixon would likely have the Week 1 starting running back in Baltimore but after this suspension and the likely addition of Danny Woodhead, Dixon's value takes a hit.
|Eagles land Alshon Jeffery, one-year deal|
One-year, $14 million
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2017, 4:05 pm
|WR Alshon Jeffery is a 1-year deal for $14M to #Eagles. (Josina Anderson)|
FFToday's Take: Jeffery reportedly had interest from the Vikings, Bears, and Colts but ultimately chose Philadelphia. He'll join Torrey Smith as new additions to the Eagles receiving corps. Jeffery has battled injury and suspension the last two years missing a total of 11 games during that span. He'll be a risky WR2 in redraft leagues on a team that likes to spread the ball to its running backs and tight ends in the passing game.
|Redskins sign WR Terrelle Pryor|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2017, 4:00 pm
|After Terrelle Pryor left Washington Friday morning without a contract, the former Browns wide receiver ended up signing a one-year, $8 million contract with the Redskins Friday afternoon. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: After losing Desean Jackson (TB) and Pierre Garcon (SF) in free agency the Redskins have bolstered their receiving corps by signing Pryor who topped 1000 yards last season with the Browns finishing 22nd among fantasy wideouts. Pryor will compete with TE Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder for targets and will be valued as a WR2/3 in redraft leagues.
|Texans ship Brock Osweiler to Browns|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2017, 3:36 pm
|Stunner: Texans trade Brock Osweiler AND 2018 2nd-rd pick to CLEV for Browns to take Osweiler contract off Houston books, sources tell ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: You don't normally seem salary dumps of this magnitude but reportedly the Browns acquired Osweiler, a 2018 second-round pick and a 2017 sixth-round pick from the Texans. Houston received a 2017 fourth-round pick. This move paves the way for the Texans to go after Tony Romo.
|Saints add Ted Ginn, Cooks on the move?|
New Orleans adds deep threat
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2017, 12:15 pm
|Wide Receiver Ted Ginn Jr. is signing with the New Orleans Saints per sources. (Dianna Russini on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Are the Saints swapping speedsters? Ted Ginn brings a vertical deep threat (and drops) to the Saints passing game but this move furthers strengthens rumors that Brandin Cooks will be traded. The Titans and Patriots have both expressed interest in the current Saints wide receiver.
|QB Mike Glennon headed to Chicago|
$19 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2017, 11:55 am
|The Chicago Bears are expected to sign Mike Glennon to a three-year deal, but that shouldn't stop them drafting a quarterback.
Terms: Three-years, $45 million with $19 million guaranteed, per ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Glennon is the frontrunner to be the Bears starting quarterback Week 1 although it remains to be seen what QB Chicago may target in the upcoming NFL Draft. Glennon has been stuck behind Jameis Winston accumulating just 11 pass attempts over the last two years. He'll be a backend QB2 in redraft leagues.
|Eagles agree with WR Torrey Smith|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2017, 11:45 am
|The Eagles have signed wide receiver Torrey Smith to a three-year deal, the team announced Thursday. The deal is reportedly worth $15 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Eagles have just $14 million in salary cap space, so depending on how the deal is structured, this could be a big chunk of the Eagles' available money. (NJ.com)|
FFToday's Take: It's been a rough couple of years for Smith in San Francisco (53 catches combined) but he has an opportunity to turn his career around with Carson Wentz in Philadelphia. The Eagles are desperate for play-making wide receivers and Smith is a good bet to land a starting role.
|Browns to sign WR Kenny Britt|
Still want to keep Pryor
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2017, 10:27 am
|The Browns are signing former Rams receiver Kenny Britt today, a league source told cleveland.com, but they're still hoping to re-sign Terrelle Pryor.
Britt, 28, will sign a four-year deal worth $32.5 million, a source said. (Cleveland Plain-Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Britt reportedly had serious interest from the Eagles as well. Britt is coming of his best season as a pro (68-1002-5) ranking 24th among fantasy wide receivers but goes from one struggling franchise to another. He'll do well to return WR3 value in 2017.
|Bucs expected to sign WR DeSean Jackson|
Tampa gets speed threat opposite Evans
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2017, 7:31 am
|The #Bucs are expected to sign #Redskins WR DeSean Jackson, source said. A deal theyíve expected, but a big one. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This move has been expected and it appears it will happen unless something unforeseen happens. The Bucs are in need of a speed threat opposite Mike Evans and Jackson certainly fits. He's averaged 18.8 ypc over the last three years.
|Dolphins re-sign WR Kenny Stills|
4 years, $20 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2017, 7:15 pm
|The Miami Dolphins have re-signed wide receiver Kenny Stills to a 4-year, $32 million deal that includes $20 million guaranteed, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Stills was vital part to the Dolphins passing game in 2016, working mainly as a deep threat recording 42 catches, 726 yards and 9 TDs on 17.3 ypc. All the talk the last couple weeks about Stills commanding $12 million a year was hogwash.
|Patriots set to acquire TE Dwayne Allen|
Belichick loves Allen's blocking ability
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2017, 4:00 pm
|Source: The #Patriots are trading for #Colts TE Dwayne Allen. Wow. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The dominos of letting Martellus Bennett walk and Jack Doyle re-signing in Indianapolis have led to a deal between the Colts and Patriots for Allen to move to New England for a draft pick. Fantasy winners here are Doyle who moves into a starting role in Indianapolis and Allen who gets a boost as TE2 as insurance for Gronk owners.
|49ers in on WRs Garcon and Goodwin|
Rebuilding WR corps
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2017, 2:10 pm
|WR Marquise Goodwin is signing with the 49ers, per source. Redskins were interested, but Goodwin like his other options available. Reports indicate Redskins WR Pierre Garcon will be heading to the San Francisco 49ers on a heavily front-loaded contract. (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: The 49ers and new coach Kyle Shanahan are rebuilding there wide receiver group. Torrey Smith is gone and it appears Garcon and Goodwin are in once free agents can officially sign on Thursday. Goodwin is a speedster who averaged 14.9 yards per catch with Buffalo last season. Garcon played for Shanahan while the two were together in Washington.
|Romo to be released Thursday|
Cowboy since 2003 set to be free agent
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2017, 1:00 pm
|Cowboys are releasing Tony Romo on Thursday, sources tell @toddarcher and me.
Let the Romo recruiting in Houston and Denver begin. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Romo's future has been widely discussed for months and its no surprise it will end with a release from the Cowboys. It's likely he'll be designated a post-June cut to save $14 million against the cap. Romo (36) has battled injuries limiting him to just five games over the last two years. A fit with the Broncos or Texans seems likely.
|Brandon Marshall set to join Giants|
Two-year $12 million
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2017, 10:00 am
|Wide receiver Brandon Marshall is done with the Jets, but he'll reportedly still be playing his home games at MetLife Stadium. According to multiple reports, Marshall has agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal to join the Giants as a free agent. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: With Victor Cruz a free agent the Giants will sport a receiving corps of Odell Beckham Jr., Marshall and Sterling Shepard. Marshall will give Eli Manning another viable weapon on the outside and provide some much needed relief for Beckham. Marshall is coming off his worse season as a pro since his rookie year but will be valued highly by fantasy owners as a rebound candidate.
|Redskins re-sign TE Vernon Davis|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2017, 9:00 am
|After a pleasantly surprising comeback season last year, the Redskins have signed Vernon Davis to a new deal, the team announced Wednesday. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the deal is for three years and is worth $15 million. (NFL.com)|
FFToday's Take: Davis held some TE2 fantasy value last season in Washington's pass-happy offense and was on the TE1 radar when Jordan Reed was sidelined by injury. With the potential of losing receivers Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon, Davis could see his usage escalate in 2017 but his fantasy value is more closely aligned with the health of Reed.
|Bucs expected to re-sign RB Jacquizz Rodgers|
Mutual interest should bring Quizz back to TB
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2017, 10:03 am
|The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to re-sign free-agent running back Jacquizz Rodgers, sources close to the team told ESPN.
Rodgers is a minimum-salary-benefit player, so the Buccaneers cannot officially sign him until free agency begins Thursday at 4 p.m. ET. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Rodgers did an adequate job filling for Doug Martin in 2016, notching 15 or more carries in five games and surpassing the 100-yard rushing mark twice. A foot injury cost him four games but fully recovered he's in the mix for work in the Bucs 2017 backfield.
|Jalin Marshall facing 4-game suspension|
Tested positive for Adderall
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2017, 8:00 am
|Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall will be suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Marshall tested positive for Adderall, according to sources. (New York Daily News)|
FFToday's Take: Marshall played a limited role in the Jets passing game last season (14-162-2) but in theory would've had a bigger opportunity this upcoming season thanks to the release of Brandon Marshall and uncertain future of Eric Decker. He'll have to wait until Week 5 to make any kind of impact.
|Bears to make a push for QB Mike Glennon?|
Bucs backup QB wants to be in CHI
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2017, 7:44 am
|When the tampering period begins, expect the Bears to make a major push for FA QB Mike Glennon, and I'm told Chicago is his preferred spot. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: After spending the last three years as a backup Glennon will likely jump at any team willing to give him a realistic chance at being a starter. If the Bears are willing to fork up the amount of money being discussed ($14-$15 million), they'll have themselves a replacement for Jay Cutler.
|49ers to release WR Torrey Smith|
Reunion in Baltimore coming?
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 6 2017, 5:10 pm
|The Niners have informed wide receiver Torrey Smith of his forthcoming release, a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Smith signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the 49ers in 2015, but his production in San Francisco hasn't come close to what it was with the Baltimore Ravens. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Smith was going to count $9 million against the salary cap this season and really hasn't been a factor during his two years in San Francisco. The 49ers have re-signed Jeremy Kerley but will be looking for help at the position this off-season. Now that Steve Smith has retired, perhaps a reunion for Torrey is coming in Baltimore.
|Jets plan to release WR Brandon Marshall|
Marshall reportedly asked for his release
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 2 2017, 11:40 pm
|Continuing their roster purge, the New York Jets intend to release wide receiver Brandon Marshall, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Thursday night. The two sides discussed the possibility of a return in 2017 -- a source close to Marshall told Schefter the team offered a contract extension with no pay cut -- but they eventually decided to part ways. The Jets made no attempt to trade him, knowing it was a long shot. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Marshall reportedly asked for his release. The Jets will free up $7.5 million in cap space as the team continues to release veterans in a rebuilding attempt. Marshall (33), spent two seasons in New York and has is best season as a pro in 2015 with 1502 yards and 14 TDs. He'll be a high priority in free agency for WR-needy teams.
|Josh Gordon to apply for reinstatement|
WR hasn't played since 2014
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 1 2017, 10:00 am
|Browns WR Josh Gordon, who has not played since 2014, is applying today for reinstatement, per his business manager Michael Johnson. "He has taken the proper steps to treat his issues and has followed a very strict protocol that the league and our team here has laid out for him." (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Here we go again. Gordon has sat out the last two years and the Browns indicated they were moving on from the troubled WR. Gordon has incurred multiple suspensions during his NFL career for violating the leagues substance abuse policies. He reportedly spent a month in alcohol rehab last fall.
|Chiefs release Jamaal Charles|
Set to count $6 million against salary cap
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2017, 2:00 pm
|Chiefs are releasing RB Jamaal Charles, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This was an expected move as Charles was set to count $6 million against the salary cap and has battled knee injuries over the past two seasons. Charles states he will be healthy for the 2017 season. Expect him to sign a one-year deal once free agency begins.
|Kirk Cousins gets exclusive franchise tag|
Second year in a row Redskins QB gets franchised
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2017, 1:30 pm
|Kirk Cousins has received the franchise tag for the second year in a row. The exlusive tender means that Cousins won't be able negotiate with other teams. The Redskins can still trade Cousins, but would be negotating the deal with interested teams on their own. A recent report had the 49ers as Cousins' choice of destinations should he be dealt as he'd be reunited with Kyle Shanahan. (ProFootballTalk)|
FFToday's Take: Cousins may have wanted to reunite with Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco but those desires have been put on hold. This is the first time a team has used the franchise tag on the same QB twice. The two sides have until July 15th to work out a long-term deal. Cousins finished as the No.6 fantasy quarterback in 2016 with 25 passing TDs and 4 rushing TDs.
|Vikings will not pick up option on Adrian Peterson|
RB will become a free agent on March 9th
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2017, 12:45 pm
|The Minnesota Vikings will not pick up their option on Adrian Peterson's contract for the 2017 season, the team announced Tuesday.
Peterson will become an unrestricted free agent on March 9. "Adrian is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings organization," Spielman said in a statement. "We will continue to have conversations with his representatives and leave our future options open while determining what is best for both parties moving forward." (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Vikings weren't going to Peterson his $18 million option for 2017. Its possible the two sides could work out an agreement before free agency begins on March 9th but more than likely Peterson will be in another uniform. Peterson played in only three games in 2016 averaging 1.9 yards per carry.
|Bears unlikely to tag Alshon Jeffery|
Jeffery sits atop free agent WR class
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2017, 8:00 am
|Bears are not expected to franchise Alshon Jeffery again at > $17M, sources say. A top WR on the market will generate lots of buzz in Indy (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jeffery received the franchise tag last season but it appears the Bears are in a total rebuild mode and will let Jeffery test the free agent waters. He hasn't played a full season since 2014 and his 52-804-2 line ranked 36th among fantasy wide receivers in 2016. The Eagles and Colts reportedly have interest.
|Antonio Brown, Steelers agree on 4-year deal|
$68 million deal makes him highest-paid WR
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 27 2017, 6:10 pm
|The Pittsburgh Steelers and Antonio Brown have reached agreement on a four-year, $68 million deal that makes him the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: Brown is scheduled a base salary of $4.7 million this season then the new agreement begins in 2018. Browns diva attitude has come under question in recent weeks but his talent on the field is undeniable. Brown has finished as the No.3, No.1 and No.1 fantasy wideout the last three years.
|Bell gets franchise tag from Steelers|
Exclusive tag prevents RB from signing offer with other teams
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 27 2017, 4:30 pm
|The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed the franchise tag on star running back Le'Veon Bell, the team announced Monday.
Bell received the exclusive tender, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. With that designation, Bell can negotiate only with the Steelers and isn't able to sign an offer sheet with another team. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Steelers were never going to allow Bell to become a free agent. He's one of the best running backs in the game and will be a consensus top five fantasy pick this Summer. Injury and off-field concerns are a reality but his upside and consistent performance is worth paying for.