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Broncos release RB C.J. Anderson
Move opens up $4.5 million
Running back C.J. Anderson had planned to use trade talk as motivation. He’ll now have even more motivation.
Per a league source, the Broncos will be releasing Anderson. (ProFootball Talk)
FF Today's Take: Anderson was reportedly told of his release prior to team meetings this morning. The Broncos have been shopping Anderson and even had a tentative agreement with the Dolphins earlier this off-season before Miami backed out of the deal. Anderson topped 1000 rushing yards for the first time in his career last season, finishing 17th in fantasy points among RBs (standard scoring), and 21st in FPts/G. The Broncos are left with Devontae Booker and De'Angelo Henderson atop their running back depth chart. Adding a rookie RB in the upcoming draft is certainly a possibility.
Cowboys pull the trigger, release Dez Bryant
Bryant was due $12.5 million in 2018
Dez Bryant's storied run with the Dallas Cowboys has come to a sudden end.
The team on Friday released the veteran wideout. Bryant was due $12.5 million in 2018, a base salary attached to a weighty $16.5 million cap hit. He stated publicly all offseason that he held no intentions of taking a pay cut. In the end, Dallas never offered Bryant a pay cut, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. (NFL.com)
FF Today's Take: A combination of Bryant's salary, cap hit and declining skills likely led to this decision. With Allen Hurns, Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams at the top of the depth chart, the Cowboys will likely be looking for some WR help in the upcoming draft. Bryant (29) should fine a new home relatively quickly. Where? How about... Carolina, Green Bay, Indianapolis, San Francisco or Washington.
Dez and Jerry to meet by Friday
Cowboys WR stuck with $16.5 million cap number
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)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
FA WR News...Brice Butler #DuffleBag will be signing a 2-Year Deal with the @AZCardinals (James Jones on Twitter)
FF Today'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
Chargers gave QB Geno Smith a one-year deal, per source. Smith and Cardale Jones will back up Philip Rivers. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)
FF Today'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
The Jets have signed running back Thomas Rawls. (New York Jets)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
RB Frank Gore has signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins, per league source. (Armando Salguero on Twitter)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
Source: the Patriots are signing former Bengals RB Jeremy Hill. (Field Yates on Twitter)
FF Today'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.