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Bigger role coming for Tyreek Hill
Andy Reid expects Hill to see more snaps at WR
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)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
Arians said Andre Ellington is coming back as a wide receiver. Will meet in the wide receivers room. (Darren Urban on Twitter)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
Raiders add QB EJ Manuel
Will back up Derek Carr
The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent QB EJ Manuel, the club announced Monday. (Raiders.com)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
RB Kenneth Dixon suspended first four games of 2017 for violating NFL policy on PEDs. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)
FF Today'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
WR Alshon Jeffery is a 1-year deal for $14M to #Eagles. (Josina Anderson)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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
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)
FF Today'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.