|Chiefs restructure Sammy Watkins contract|
1-year deal, $9 million base for 2020
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 3 2020, 5:01 am
|The Chiefs have reached an agreement with Sammy Watkins on a new 1-year deal that will pay him a base of $9m for 2020 with an incentive package that can reach $16m, a source tells me.
The move creates $5m in cap space for the Chiefs to operate this offseason. (Terez Paylor on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Watkins was set to cost $21 million against the cap this season which didn't work for the cap stressed Chiefs who know have 10 of 11 players on offense returning for the 2020 season. Watkins got off to a fast start in 2019, posting a 9-198-3 line in Week 1 but didn't score another touchdown in the regular season. He'll be a mid-to late-round option in redraft leagues.
|Lions add Geronimo Allison to receiving corps|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 29 2020, 12:19 pm
|Lions agreed to terms with former Packers’ WR Geronimo Allison. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Allison's deal includes $910,000, with a $137,500 signing bonus, the maximum for the veteran-minimum deal, according to NFL Network. Allison never gained traction as a slot man in Green Bay's offense limited to just a 34-287-2 line in 15 games last season. He'll be fourth in line for targets in Detroit behind Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones and Danny Amendola.
|WR Demarcus Robinson staying in Kansas City|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 28 2020, 3:01 pm
|Demarcus Robinson will be returning to the Chiefs on a one-year contract. So if Choiefs keep Sammy Watkins rather than release him, their top four WRs from last season ae back. (Adam Teicher on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Robinson did his fantasy damage early in the 2019 season while Tyreek Hill on the sidelines including a 6-172-2 line against the Raiders in Week 2. After that, he never topped 56 receiving yards in any game. He's off the fantasy radar unless injuries occur to the receiving corps in Kansas City.
|Jaguars sign TE Tyler Eifert|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 25 2020, 9:00 am
|The #Jaguars signed TE Tyler Eifert to a 2-year deal worth $15.5M, source said. The former first rounder is back with his old coach, Jay Gruden, and fills a big need in Jax. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Eifert's picture is the dictionary definition of injury-prone. That being said, he did play 16 games last season although his playing time was largely limited to third downs and redzone situations. Eifert will be reunited with OC Jay Gruden but fantasy owners know the drill here. It's hard to see Eifert's value reaching higher than a TE2 in redraft leagues.
|Robby Anderson signs with Carolina Panthers|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 24 2020, 3:40 pm
|Former New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson is signing a two-year, $20 million deal with the Carolina Panthers, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday.
The deal includes $12 million in the first year of the contract, a source told Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: New head coach Matt Rhule is bringing in familiar faces including quarterback P.J. Walker linebacker Tahir Whitehead and now Anderson. This signing of Anderson puts a wet blanket on Curtis Samuel's fantasy outlook as he'll now have to fight for targets with D.J. Moore along with Anderson.
|Cam Newton expected to be released today|
Trade talks going nowhere
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 24 2020, 10:43 am
|#Panthers QB Cam Newton will be released soon, possibly as soon as today, sources tell me and
@TomPelissero. No trade to this point so he will be free. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Panthers have been trying to work a trade for Newton but with no takers, release is the only option. The Chargers could be a landing spot for Newton although they've currently thrown their support behind Tyrod Taylor. Newton was bothered by a Lisfranc injury in his left foot limiting him to two games in 2019.
|Raiders add WR Nelson Agholor, RB Rod Smith|
One-year deal for both
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 21 2020, 2:50 pm
|Former Eagles WR Nelson Agholor is signing a one-year deal with the Las Vegas Raiders, per source.
Former Cowboys and Giants RB Rod Smith also is re-signing with the Raiders on a one-year deal, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Agholor has the physical tools to play in this league but has been hampered by inconsistencies including too many drops. His best season came in 2017 (62-768-8) when he finished at the WR21 for the Eagles. With a current depth chart of Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow and Agholor, the Raiders are still lacking a true play-maker at the position.
|Saints add Emmanuel Sanders|
Two-year, $16 million deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 20 2020, 10:00 pm
|Emmanuel Sanders had appealing NFC options. Sanders spoke with the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers, but preferred to wind up with the New Orleans Saints, where he land d a two-year, $16 million deal worth up to $19 million. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is a good move for the Saints who have been searching for a viable No.2 receiver for multiple seasons. He'll play second fiddle to Michael Thomas and have to fight for targets with TE Jared Cook, but Sanders will be a worthy middle-round option in 2020 redraft leagues.
|Broncos add Melvin Gordon to backfield|
2-year deal, $13.5M guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 20 2020, 1:40 pm
|Source: The #Broncos and RB Melvin Gordon have agreed to terms on a 2-year deal worth $16M with $13.5M guaranteed. The former #Chargers star stays in the division, creating a strong 1-2 punch with Phillip Lindsay. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: That sound you hear is Phillip Lindsay's fantasy stock hitting the floor. Gordon will in all likelihood be the lead back in the Broncos rotation but assuming Lindsay remains in Denver, this backfield just become a fantasy headache.
|Steelers bring in TE Eric Ebron, two-year deal|
Two-year, $12 million deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 20 2020, 1:12 pm
|Former Colts TE Eric Ebron is going to the Steelers on a two-year, $12 million deal, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Steelers restructured Vance McDonald's contract a few days ago giving him a $5.5 base salary, so it appears Pittsburgh will have two viable pass-catching tight ends in 2020. Ebron missed five games last season and took a tumble from his top 5 fantasy finish in 2018. Unless it's clear Ebron is the lead tight end, he'll likely come in with a TE2 fantasy value.
|Falcons sign Todd Gurley, one-year deal|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 20 2020, 9:25 am
|Falcons to sign Todd Gurley to one-year, $5 million deal — CONFIRMED. (D. Orlando Ledbetter)|
FFToday's Take: Well, that didn't take long. The Falcons and Dolphins had rumored interest in a Gurley trade before his release. This is a decent landing spot as the Falcons have released Devonta Freeman giving Gurley a clear path to a workhorse load if his knees and ankles are able to handle it. Ito Smith, Brian Hill and Qadree Ollison round out the running back depth chart.
|Rams release Todd Gurley|
RB was due $10.5 million today
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 19 2020, 3:44 pm
|Rams are releasing RB Todd Gurley, per source. Cutting him today spares the Rams from having to pay him an additional $10.5 million due today. Rams spent weeks exploring a trade for him. Now Gurley will be free to sign with any team. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Another reminder that the average dollar figure of contracts don't mean a damn thing. Gurley received a four-year, $60 million dollar extension less than two seasons ago. Gurley's ankle and knee issues have bothered him over the last two seasons, but much like David Johnson, teams will be willing to give a player of his caliber another shot. Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson are next up on the Rams running back depth chart.
|Broncos release QB Joe Flacco|
Jeff Driskel will backup Drew Lock
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 19 2020, 12:55 pm
|Joe Flacco had 2 medical opinions on MRI exam of neck. He's been in Baltimore-area home and hasn't been checked out by Broncos medical team since season's end, at least not in person. But w/no more money guaranteed in contract. Broncos able to release him. #9sports (Mike Klis on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Flacco played in 8 games last season before giving way to rookie Drew Lock. His neck injury will need to be evaluated by team doctors before any team takes a shot on him as their backup. He's off the fantasy radar for now.
|Bears acquire Nick Foles from Jaguars|
Jacksonville gets fourth-round pick
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 18 2020, 1:27 pm
|QB trade: Jacksonville is trading QB Nick Foles to Chicago for the Bears’ compensatory fourth-round pick, sources tell ESPN.
Bears’ coaches such as Matt Nagy have worked with Foles in past and know him well. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Bears have obviously lost faith in Mitchell Trubisky who's showed inconsistent results during his first three seasons. Even if Trubisky is able to hang onto his starting job, the risk of him getting yanked at some point in the season has gone up considerably. Either player will likely be a mid-range QB2 for fantasy purposes heading into the 2020 season.
|Tom Brady expected to sign with Tampa Bay|
Agreement in place
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 17 2020, 6:00 pm
|To be clear: Former #Patriots QB Tom Brady has an agreement in principle to join the #Bucs, source said. It is believed to be roughly $30M per year. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Chargers and Bucs were the front-runners for Brady once he announced earlier today that he wouldn't be returning to the Patriots. Brady gets an upgrade in weapons with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin on the outside. Although he might have lost a bit of zip on his fastball, This move is likely an upgrade for his fantasy stock. Brady finished as the QB12 last season.
|Dolphins add RB Jordan Howard|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 17 2020, 3:07 pm
|Dolphins and former Eagles' RB Jordan Howard reached agreement on a two-year deal worth north of $10 million, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Dolphins were one of the worst running teams in the league last year as the cycled through Kalen Ballage, Kenyan Drake, Patrick Laird and others on the way to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick leading the team in rushing yardage. Howard gives the team a veteran presence but he won't inspire enthusiasm among fantasy owners.
|Colts agree with Philip Rivers on one-year deal|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 17 2020, 3:00 pm
|The #Colts get their deal done, agreeing to terms with QB Philip Rivers, source said. He gets roughly $25M. The bolo lands in Indy, while Indy continues its restocking with big pieces on both sides of the ball. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This is a decent situation for Rivers and the Colts although he's unlikely to post better numbers in Indianapolis given their run-first philosophy. An additional upgrade at wide receiver opposite T.Y. Hilton would go a long way to helping Rivers' fantasy value. Rivers finished at the QB13 in fantasy leagues last year.
|Tom Brady announces he's leaving New England|
Bucs and Chargers make offers
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 17 2020, 8:51 am
|The #Bucs made a strong offer to QB Tom Brady believed to be $30M or more. The #Chargers did, as well. And now, he’s leaving New England. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Whoa. The Brady-Belichick is officially over. Brady spent 20 seasons in New England. Now the speculation begins on where Brady will land. The Buccaneers, Chargers and Colts are likely landing spots for the 42 year-old.
|Bills acquire Stefon Diggs in trade with Vikings|
Minnesota gets multiple picks, including first-rounder
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2020, 10:35 pm
|Compensation update: Bills are trading a 1st-round pick, a 5th-round pick, a 6th-round pick and a 2021 4th-round pick for Vikings WR Stefon Diggs and a 2020 7th-round pick, source tells ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Another blockbuster deal. Diggs (26), gives Buffalo another offensive weapon in passing game. The Bills were a run-heavy team in 2019 ranking 7th in run-pass ratio with John Brown operating as the only viable receiving weapon. Diggs was visibly frustrated by his usage last season in Minnesota on his way to a 63-1130-6 line. He'll join Brown and Cole Beasley in the starting lineup.
|Cowboys keep Cooper, five-year deal|
$60 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2020, 10:00 pm
|Amari Cooper intends to re-sign with the Dallas Cowboys on a 5-year, $100 million deal, league sources tell ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Schefter also reported that the Redskins made a run at Cooper, but in the end, he stays in Dallas. The deal is reportedly worth $60 million guaranteed. Cooper posted a 79-1189-8 line last season good enough to be the WR10 in PPR leagues. He'll hold a similar low-end WR1 value heading into 2020. The Cowboys will now turn their attention to working out a long-term deal with QB Dak Prescott.
|Bears add veteran TE Jimmy Graham|
two-year deal, $9 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2020, 5:42 pm
|Jimmy Graham to the Bears on a two-year, $16 million deal, including $9 million guaranteed, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Graham was recently released by Green Bay and will now try to carve out a role in Chicago. Graham is on the downside of his career but the Bears are looking for a playmaker at an important position in their offense. The Bears still hold Trey Burton and Adam Shaheen on the roster, neither of which have been able to stay healthy.
|Browns add veteran QB Case Keenum |
Three-year, $18 million deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2020, 5:00 pm
|Veteran quarterback Case Keenum is reunited with his former Vikings quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski.
The Browns agreed to terms on a three-year, $18 million deal with Keenum on Monday. Cleveland.com reported earlier in the day the Browns were ‘very interested’ in Keenum and pursuing the veteran QB. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: The Browns were busy on the first day of legal tampering, locking down agreements with Keenum, TE Austin Hooper, and OT Jack Conklin. Keenum has bounced around the past few seasons including stops with the Rams, Vikings, Broncos and Redskins. Keenum will be a fantasy afterthought as long as Baker Mayfield remains healthy.
|Houston shipping DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona|
Texans get RB David Johnson
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2020, 1:27 pm
|Cardinals get: WR DeAndre Hopkins and a 4th-round pick.
Texans get: RB David Johnson, a second-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Bill O'Brien is at it again. In a move that can only be described as head scratching, the Texans have shipped one of the best receivers in the league in exchange for a running back who looked slow and sluggish in 2019 after battling injuries much of the season. The Cardinals needed an alpha at the wide receiver position, giving Kyler Murray a legitimate No.1 option.
|ARI, HOU working on trade for David Johnson|
Lamar Miller and Carlos Hyde both free agents
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2020, 1:07 pm
|Trade: Cardinals and Texans are agreeing to a trade that will send David Johnson to Houston, sources tell ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Carlos Hyde and Lamar Miller are both free agents. This move by Bill O'Brien gives Johnson a chance to bounce back after looking slow and sluggish in 2019. In a related move, the Cardinals have placed the transition tag on running back Kenyan Drake who will head into 2020 as Arizona's lead back.
|TE Austin Hooper headed to the Browns|
Legal tampering has begun
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2020, 12:39 pm
|#Falcons free agent TE Austin Hooper, the top player at his position, is headed to the #Browns, per @TomPelissero, @MikeSilver and me. They’ve agreed to terms, he’s the new highest-paid TE. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The legal tampering period has begun and it sounds like the Browns are overhauling their tight end position. The Browns are likely overpaying for Hooper who posted a 75-787-6 line last season in Atlanta. The Browns can now run a two-tight end set with Hooper and David Njoku.
|Cowboys place franchise tag on Dak Prescott|
Guarantees a salary around $31.6 million
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2020, 10:31 am
|Cowboys placed exclusive franchise tag on QB Dak Prescott, per source. No other team allowed to sign him. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Cowboys are negotiating with both Prescott and WR Amari Cooper. This move guarantees Prescott of a salary around $31.6 million for the upcoming season if the two sides do not reach a long-term deal by July 15th. Prescott will be the starting QB in Dallas one way or another.
|Titans place franchise tag on RB Derrick Henry|
Two sides have until July 15th to work out long-term deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2020, 10:19 am
|Titans placed franchise tag on RB Derrick Henry, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: This move was expected as the Henry is the focus of the Titans offense. The two sides have until July 15th to work out a long-term deal. The Titans re-signed QB Ryan Tannehill to a four-year extension yesterday. The projected salary for a franchise tag on a running back is around $12.36 million.
|Bengals place franchise tag on A.J. Green|
Sat out all of 2019 with ankle injury
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2020, 10:17 am
|The #Bengals informed star WR A.J. Green they're placing the franchise tag on him, per source. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Green sat out all of 2019 with an ankle injury suffered in the preseason. There's been rumors that Green wanted out of Cincinnati and didn't want to be franchised all the while he's stated publicly that he would be fine staying in Cincinnati. If he stays with the Bengals, he'll likely skip the off-season program.
|Falcons release RB Devonta Freeman|
Saving $3M against salary cap
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 16 2020, 9:52 am
|The #Falcons are releasing RB Devonta Freeman, source says, saving more than $3M against the salary cap and moving on from their former starter. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Freeman spent six seasons in Atlanta reaching his fantasy peak in 2015 as the RB1 with 1639 total yards and 14 TDs. He was a fantasy RB2 in PPR leagues last season finishing 18th in PPR leagues. Freeman had three years left on his deal but didn't fit well in offensive coordinator's Dirk Koetter's scheme. He should land on his feet elsewhere in an RBBC.
|Titans agree on new deal with Ryan Tannehill|
4-year deal, $62 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 15 2020, 1:33 pm
|The #Titans have agreed to terms with QB Ryan Tannehill on a 4-year deal worth $118M, source says. He gets $91M in total guarantees and $62M in fully guaranteed money. A huge payday after leading Tennessee to the playoffs. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It seems like a steep price for a quarterback that's been largely mediocre for the better part of his career. Tannehill finished as the QB11 in fantasy points per game in 2019 thanks to a 22-6 TD-to-INT ratio. You can now scratch Tennessee of the list of potential Tom Brady landing spots.
|Players approve new CBA|
Vote totals: 1019-959
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 15 2020, 10:19 am
|NFL players voted to approve a new collective bargaining agreement with the league's owners, ensuring NFL labor peace through at least 2030 and clearing the way for a 17-game regular season as early as 2021.
The vote to approve was close, at 1019-959. Approval required a majority of the players voting. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The vote passed by a slim margin but only a simple majority was needed. This new deal allows for the league to expand the number of playoff teams from 12 to 14 beginning this season. Another impactful clause is that teams will only be allowed to use one tag (franchise or transition) on potential free agents. Teams with multiple tag candidates (EX: Dallas with Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper) will now have tough decisions to make.
|Titans release TE Delanie Walker, K Ryan Succop|
Titans save $6.4 million against the cap
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2020, 2:38 pm
|Titans released veteran TE Delanie Walker and kicker Ryan Succop. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Walker suffered an ankle injury in October which wreaked his 2019 season, limiting him to six games and only 21 receptions. It appears the team is ready to move forward with Jonnu Smith as their main pass catching weapon at the position.
|Chargers place franchise tag on TE Hunter Henry|
Non-exclusive franchise tag
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2020, 1:24 pm
|Sources: The #Chargers have franchise tagged TE Hunter Henry, keeping a key playmaker in the fold for another year. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Henry becomes the highest paid TE for the time being in a move that was expected to happen. With quarterback Philip Rivers moving on from the Chargers it remains to be seen what signal caller fills his shoes, but Henry should remain a focal point in the offense making him an easy TE1 value in redraft leagues.
|Titans release RB Dion Lewis|
$4 million in cap savings
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2020, 12:28 pm
|Meanwhile… the #Titans are officially releasing RB Dion Lewis, source said. Not a surprise, as his playing time fell off dramatically this year and they plan to bring back Derrick Henry at a big number. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Titans will save $4 million in cap savings. Lewis was a fantasy afterthought in 2019 totaling 209 rushing yards and 164 receiving yards and only 1 touchdown. Lewis (29), will have to find a backup role in 2020 and will likely be off the fantasy radar.
|Packers release TE Jimmy Graham|
Saves Green Bay $8 million in cap space
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2020, 5:37 pm
|Packers are releasing TE Jimmy Graham on Thursday, per source. He will become an immediate free agent. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Graham spent the last two seasons in Green Bay finishing as the TE12 in 2018 and TE21 in PPR leagues last season. At 33 years old, Graham intends on finding a new team in free agency but will likely be valued as a middling TE2 for fantasy purposes regardless of where he lands.
|Bucs making a push for Tom Brady|
TB has $80 million in cap space
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2020, 1:00 pm
|The Bucs are going all in on Tom Brady. If we reach the legal free-agent tampering period Monday at noon and Brady is behind Door No. 2, Bruce Arians and the Glazer family will try to kick that sucker down for Touchdown Tommy. This is not hype. It’s hope. This is fact, not fantasy. This is the plan. This is the Bucs’ play. (Tampa Bay Times)|
FFToday's Take: Head coach Bruce Arians has said publicly that he'll keep his options open in finding a better replacement for turnover machine Jameis Winston. Tampa Bay has $80 million in cap space heading into 2020 which gives them an advantage over other potential suitors like Tennessee, Las Vegas and the LA Chargers.
|Texans re-sign TE Darren Fells|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 10 2020, 9:30 am
|Sources: The #Texans have agreed to terms on a 2-year contract extension for TE Darren Fells worth $7M. The deal, which pays the soon-to-be 34-year old $4M in 2020, comes after Fells set a career-high with 7 TDs. Now, he sticks in Houston. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Fells carved out a mid-range TE2 label in 2019 by finding the endzone 7 times in 15 games, posting career highs in receptions (34) and yards (341). He'll likely be valued in a similar fashion in 2020 redraft leagues.
|Chargers agree with Austin Ekeler on new deal|
Four-years, $15 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 6 2020, 2:00 pm
|Chargers and restricted free-agent RB Austin Ekeler reached agreement on a four-year, $24.5 million deal that includes $15 million guaranteed, sources tell ESPN.
@camRONweiss of @DynamicSportGrp and @Chargers’ EVP Ed McGuire have been negotiating the deal since early January. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Ekeler was a fantasy difference maker in 2019 after Melvin Gordon decided to holdout to start the season. Ekeler finished as the RB4 in PPR leagues and with Gordon testing free agency this off-season, it appears Ekeler is the Chargers' back to own in 2020.
|Chargers, Travis Benjamin agree to part ways|
Four years with the Chargers
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 3 2020, 9:11 am
|The #Chargers and WR Travis Benjamin are mutually parting ways after the team and agent Ron Butler met at the Combine, source said. Benjamin, who has been with the team since 2016, will be a free agent when the league year begins. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Benjamin has been with the Chargers since 2016 which was his best season with the team (47-677-4) finishing as the WR58 in PPR leagues. He is at best a WR3 for any needy team and is off the fantasy radar in the majority of redraft leagues.
|Bears to pursue TE Austin Hooper|
Bidding could reach $12 million per year
By: Mike Krueger | Feb 28 2020, 7:00 am
|Despite very limited salary-cap space and a highly paid tight end already on their roster, a source said they are planning to pursue Falcons two-time Pro Bowl tight end Austin Hooper when free agency opens next month. With $26 million in space and few major holes to address, the Bears could make that happen, but they’re a long shot. Hooper is in such high demand - he’s 25 and was top five at his position last season - that bidding could reach $12 million per year. “This offense, a lot of it goes through the tight end,” coach Matt Nagy said. “We’re exploring every avenue.” (Chicago Sun Times)|
FFToday's Take: It's clear the Bears want to use the tight end position as a focal point in their offense much like Nagy was used to in Kansas City but the injury woes to Trey Burton have limited their ability to do so. If the Bears are unable to land Hooper they could look to Eric Ebron.