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Raheem Mostert wants out of San Francisco
Mostert's agent announces trade request on Twitter
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 8 2020, 7:00 pm

San Francisco
#49ers running back Raheem Mostert has requested a trade, according to his agent, Brett Tessler. After months of unproductive talks with the 49ers about fairly adjusting Raheem Mostert's contract (which paid him for special teams) we have requested a trade. Disappointing that it would come to this for a guy who led all NFL RBs in YPC & helped lead them to the Super Bowl. (Matt Maiocco on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Mostert played in 15 games last season finishing as the RB26 in PPR leagues. A key cog in the 49ers running game, Mostert split time with Tevin Coleman (RB39). It's rumored that some accelerators in his contract were tied to "starts" and not production which may be the cause of some frustration as Mostert rarely "started" any games last season. The 49ers traded Matt Breida back in April to Miami.
Chiefs reach 10-year extension deal with Patrick Mahomes
Should be richest contract in history
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 6 2020, 3:00 pm

Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes’ 10-year -- 10-year! -- contract extension that ties him to Kansas City through the 2031 season will be the richest contract in NFL history. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: This sounds like an attention grabbing headline leaked by the agent. The extension would keep Mahomes a Chief through the 2031 season but we know contracts in the NFL are all about the guarantees. We should learn the details soon, and it's sure to be a high-water mark for the league in terms of guaranteed money.
David Njoku wants out of Cleveland
Wants a trade prior to training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 3 2020, 2:23 pm

Cleveland Browns
1/2 Browns’ TE David Njoku and his agent Drew Rosenhaus asked today for the team to trade him. The Browns told Njoku they would like to keep him, but Rosenhaus told them he’s intent on a trade. They want a trade before training camp. About David Njoku’s trade request today to the Browns, agent Drew Rosenhaus said: "It is in David's best interest to find a new team at this time." (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Browns signed former Atlanta tight end Austin Hooper this off-season which spurred speculation that Njoku could be on the outs. For their part, the Browns are saying publicly they want to keep Njoku whom they drafted back in 2017. Njoku missed 12 games last season due to a wrist injury. His fantasy stock remains in limbo until he lands with a new team.
NFL may scrap Weeks 1 & 4 from preseason schedule
Week 1 preseason games currently scheduled for August 13th
By: Mike Krueger | Jul 1 2020, 3:22 pm

Arizona Cardinals
NFL to announce on Thursday (if not sooner) that Week One and Week Four of the 2020 preseason will be scrapped. (ProFootballTalk)

FFToday's Take: A shortened pre-season schedule has been up for debate given the current pandemic. We should get confirmation from the NFL soon. This is another reminder to fantasy owners that rookies are going to have few opportunities to gain chemistry with their offense. That fact should be considered when constructing your 2020 rankings.
NFL Draft Patriots lose 3rd-round pick for filming Bengals sideline
Fined $1.1 million
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 28 2020, 8:12 pm

New England Patriots
NFL has handed down these penalties to the Patriots for their television crew filming the Bengals-Browns game in December, sources tell @MikeReiss. - 1.1 million in club fines. - of 2021 third-round pick. - Patriots’ TV crews not allowed to shoot games during 2020 season. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Makes you wonder if the Patriots announced the Cam Newton signing today just to mitigate the bad press from this penalty. Their inability to video means the technically can't cheat in the same manner this season.
Patriots sign Cam Newton, one-year deal
Low-risk high-reward for Patriots
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 28 2020, 7:54 pm

New England Patriots
Former NFL MVP Cam Newton has reached agreement on a one-year, incentive-laden deal with the New England Patriots, league sources tell @mortreport and me. Newton now will step into the mix to try to help replace former Patriots’ QB Tom Brady. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Given the inexperience at quarterback in New England, this was a likely landing spot for Newton. However, his market has been cold as ice, allowing the Patriots to sign the veteran to team-friendly deal. With the exception of 2015, Newton's passing stats have been relatively average but his rushing prowess, especially around the goaline has made him a fantasy threat. The weak receiving corps in New England won't do him any fantasy favors in 2020.
NFL cancels Cowboys/Steelers Hall of Fame game
Hall of Fame ceremony postponed
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 25 2020, 7:00 am

Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys-Pittsburgh Steelers preseason opener at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 6 is being canceled and the Hall of Fame's enshrinement ceremony on Aug. 8 is being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, league sources told ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: With most teams expected to report to training on July 28th, it's no surprise that the standalone Hall of Fame has been canceled. It's likely the pre-season scheduled is going to be shortened to two games meaning more cancellations are expected.
Dak Prescott signs franchise tender
Two sides have until July 15th to work out long-term deal
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 22 2020, 4:11 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott has signed his franchise tender, a source confirmed. He’s expected to be at camp. The Cowboys and Prescott have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal. If one isn’t finalized by then, Dak will play the 2020 season under a fully-guaranteed $31.4 million contract. (Jon Machota on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Reports leaked out over the weekend that Prescott would sign his tender on Monday. As a result, we don't have to worry about the quarterback showing up for camp while the two sides work to strike a long-term deal. The sticking point seems to be the length of the contract (four or five years).
Josh Gordon applies for reinstatement
Working out in Seattle area
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 18 2020, 3:00 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Receiver Josh Gordon has officially applied to the NFL for reinstatement, a necessary step in his attempt to continue to play, according to several reports Thursday. Gordon was indefinitely suspended by the NFL on Dec. 16 for violating the league’s policies on both performance enhancing drugs and substances of abuse after having played five games for the Seahawks. (Seattle Times)

FFToday's Take: Gordon's suspension in 2019 was the 7th of his NFL career. He's hoping to get some clarification on his status soon and be available for training camp at the end of July. A reunion with Seattle is a possibility but a likely suspension and risk of relapse makes him an extremely risky fantasy pick.
Injury Deebo Samuel suffers broken foot, surgery today
Jones fracture
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 18 2020, 2:52 pm

San Francisco
#49ers WR Deebo Samuel suffered a broken foot on Tuesday during a throwing session with teammates in Nashville and will be having surgery today, I’m told. It is a Jones fracture, and he should be able to be on the field early in the season. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Not good. Samuel could easily miss the next three months which makes him a candidate to begin the season on the PUP list. The 49ers lost Emmanuel Sanders to free agency and now sport a depth chart of Kendrick Bourne, Brandon Aiyuk, Jalen Hurd and Dante Pettis. Samuel finished as the WR31 in PPR leagues last season.
Giants Kicker Aldrick Rosas arrested on hit and run charge
Re-signed as a restricted free agent for $3.3 million this offseason
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 16 2020, 2:42 pm

New York Giants
New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas was arrested and jailed for misdemeanor hit-and-run and driving on a suspended license, according to a California Highway Patrol incident report. Alcohol impairment is believed to be a factor in the crash. Witnesses saw Rosas driving erratically over the double yellow lines and at a speed estimated to be 100 mph when he ran a red light and hit a Ford pickup truck. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Rosas was sent to the hospital for minor injuries after the cops picked him up on the side of the road. He had fled the vehicle on foot after the accident. This is the kind of incident that could cost him his job. Rosas was unusable last season as a fantasy kicker (K30) despite playing all 16 games.
49ers give Kyle Shanahan new six-year deal
Replaces previous six-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 15 2020, 5:00 pm

San Francisco
San Francisco is rewarding head coach Kyle Shanahan with a new six-year contract that replaces the three years he had remaining on his deal and ties him to the 49ers through the 2025 season, league sources told ESPN. Shanahan has helped remake the franchise, leading it to an NFC championship last season. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Shanahan is quickly becoming one of the best playcallers in the game, scheming big plays on offense. His offense is run-oriented with a dominant tight end that has difficulty supporting two fantasy wide receivers on a weekly basis.
Injury Several players test positive for Covid-19
Cowboys & Texans
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 15 2020, 11:58 am

Dallas Cowboys
Several #Cowboys players & several #Texans players have tested positive for COVID-19 recently, sources tell me & @TomPelissero. None of the players are believed to have been in their team facilities. The teams followed proper health protocols. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: We're certain to hear more of these reports as we move along in the pre-season. The key point is how teams and the league deal with positive cases. It's unclear what data points and protocols surrounding positive tests the league has put in place and how that will affect games on the field. We should know more closer to the beginning of training camp.
Injury Sony Michel recovering from foot surgery in May
Unclear if he'll be ready for training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 12 2020, 7:46 am

New England Patriots
New England Patriots starting running back Sony Michel is recovering from surgery on his foot in May, according to sources. The surgery was viewed as more maintenance-based to help relieve discomfort that Michel had been experiencing. How Michel progresses will ultimately determine whether he starts training camp on the physically unable to perform list. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Michel has a history of knee troubles but did play in all 16 games last season. He's finished as the RB31 and RB34 the last two seasons in PPR leagues. If Michel missed any time, Damien Harris would likely step into his offensive role.
Injury Gurley passes physical with Falcons
Averaged about 17 touches per game last season
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 9 2020, 8:15 am

Atlanta Falcons
After having an agreement with Atlanta for nearly two months, Todd Gurley finally was able to fly to Atlanta, where he took and passed his Falcons physical Monday, per source. With his physical behind him, Gurley now can focus on his preparation for a bounce-back season. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Gurley has battle knee and ankle problems the past couple seasons which led the Rams to reduce his role slightly has season on his way to finishing as the RB14 in PPR leagues. He'll be the lead back for the Falcons but is more of an RB2 than RB1.
Dalvin Cook will holdout unless new deal is struck
Cook has one year, $1.3 million left on his contract
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 8 2020, 5:39 pm

Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl running back Dalvin Cook no longer will participate in any team-related activities until and unless he receives what he determines to be a "reasonable" deal, a source said Monday. "He's out," a source told ESPN. "Without a reasonable extension, he will not be showing up for camp or beyond." (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Cook is in the final year of his deal and typically these things have a way of working themselves out before any games are missed. However, with Le'Veon Bell and Melvin Gordon both missing games over the last two years due to contract disputes, Cook's stance carries risk for fantasy owners. Alexander Mattison and Mike Boone are capable backups that give the Vikings added leverage in this situation.
Injury Henry Ruggs injured in moving accident
Dad says he's OK
By: Mike Krueger | Jun 1 2020, 4:00 pm

Oakland Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders rookie receiver Henry Ruggs III, the team's top draft pick, suffered a cut to his thigh recently while moving things into a trailer, his father told on Monday. "He was trying to move a trailer or something -- move furniture or something -- and the trailer just kind of pinned him against a car or a wall or something," Henry Ruggs Jr. said. "He's pretty much OK, I'm about to go out there and see him in a little bit. It was just like a little open wound on his leg, a little incision. Like something had stuck him right there on his thigh a little bit." (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: This doesn't sound serious and the Raiders are not commenting at this time. Ruggs is expected to crack the starting lineup in his rookie season.
Seahawks bring in RB Carlos Hyde
One-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | May 22 2020, 5:53 pm

Seattle Seahawks
Former Texans’ RB Carlos Hyde reached agreement with the Seattle Seahawks, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Hyde will turn 30 this and play in a backup role to Chris Carson as Rashaad Penny (knee) is expected to begin the season on the PUP list. The same one-year deal was reportedly offered to Devonta Freeman but he turned it down. Hyde is coming a 1000-yard season in Houston finishing as the RB28 in PPR leagues. He'll be a late-round flier in redraft leagues.
Jets sign Joe Flacco, one-year deal
Veteran QB taking backup job
By: Mike Krueger | May 22 2020, 3:47 pm

New York Jets
Jets are signing former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to a one-year deal, sources tell ESPN. Jets GM Joe Douglas was a Ravens’ scout in 2008, when Baltimore drafted Flacco in round one. Now Flacco will rejoin Douglas, and compete for the backup job when he’s healthy and ready. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Flacco joins Jameis Winston as another veteran quarterback accepting a backup job in 2020. Cam Newton remains a free agent. Schefter also reported that Flacco is expected to be on a no-contact restriction during training camp and cleared in September from his neck injury. He's off the fantasy radar.
Eagles looking to add veteran RB
Devonta Freeman, Carlos Hyde, LeSean McCoy in the mix
By: Mike Krueger | May 21 2020, 1:12 pm

The Philadelphia Eagles are looking to add a veteran running back in the near future and have narrowed their focus to three players, according to sources: Devonta Freeman, Carlos Hyde and LeSean McCoy. The Eagles are bullish on second-year back Miles Sanders, believing he has the makings of a Pro Bowl-caliber player, and envision a role for Boston Scott that is at least similar to last season's, but want to add depth and talent. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: This is going to take some shine off the Miles Sanders hype that's been percolating in FF circles this off-season. Assuming one of these veteran's signed, Sanders is looking more like a mid-range RB2 candidate than a low-end RB1. Freeman is also on the Seahawks radar with a reported one-year $4 million offer on the table.
Rams unclear on how RB touches will be split
McVay: "We feel we've got three really good backs"
By: Mike Krueger | May 21 2020, 10:00 am

Los Angeles Rams
With Gurley gone, how will Gurley's massive workload be redistributed and who will take over? All options are on the table, according to coach Sean McVay, who seems to be keeping an open mind. "We feel we've got three really good backs," said McVay. "What does that mean in terms of the distribution of carries? I think that's to be determined based on how things play themselves out and when we get a chance to actually compete in practice and in those live opportunities." (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: Rookie Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson and Malcolm Brown are in the mix for touches this season. Draft capital would suggest Akers and Henderson may get preferential treatment but Brown saw a good amount of work when Gurley was sidelined last season. It's anybody's guess how this RBBC will play out but it could become a nightmare for fantasy owners.
Injury Dolphins hopeful Preston Williams ready for Wk 1
ACL tear in November
By: Mike Krueger | May 19 2020, 3:28 pm

Miami Dolphins
According to a team source, Preston Williams is on schedule in his return from November’s torn ACL. He’s not yet participating in those on-field sessions with teammates, but he is jogging and the Dolphins remain hopeful he will be ready for the regular-season opener. The Dolphins might be cautious with him during training camp, and it’s undetermined if he will play in preseason games. (Miami Herald)

FFToday's Take: It's been about 6 months since the injury meaning it's likely Williams is going to be limited during training camp. The Dolphins are expected Williams, DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson to be their top three wide receivers to start the season. Williams posted a 32-428-3 line in eight games last season. He's on the fantasy WR4 radar.
Colts’ OC discusses RB group
Nyheim Hines will be a beneficiary of Rivers being the QB
By: Mike Krueger | May 11 2020, 11:11 am

Indianapolis Colts
Regarding Marlon Mack/Jonathan Taylor, Sirianni says: "We have two exceptional backs. We've seen it work in the NFL so much where you have different contrasts of guys.... They have different running styles but they're both complete backs." Says Nyheim Hines will be a beneficiary of Rivers being the QB. Cites Danny Woodhead as an example, who caught a lot of passes from Rivers when Sirianni was in San Diego. (Stephen Holder on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Austin Ekeler and Melvin Gordon have been beneficiaries of Rivers checkdown style over the last couple years which breathes some life into the PPR fantasy value of Hines. His general description of Taylor and Mack indicate would could be looking at a 50-50 timeshare for the two RBs in 2020.
Jaguars add Mike Glennon to QB mix
Backup to Gardner Minshew
By: Mike Krueger | May 8 2020, 10:57 am

Jacksonville Jaguars
The #Jaguars have added a veteran QB, agreeing to terms with Mike Glennon, league source says. He comes in behind Gardner Minshew to add some experience to the team’s QB room. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Glennon isn't a real threat to the starter status of Minshew. He's bounced around the league, stopping in four different locations (Bucs, Bears, Cardinals, Raiders) in the last four years. Glennon's last significant time on the field came in 2014 when played in six games finishing with a 1417-10-6 line. He's off the fantasy radar.
Ageless Frank Gore signs one-year deal with NYJ
37 year-old will complement Le'Veon Bell, La'Mical Perine
By: Mike Krueger | May 5 2020, 11:10 am

New York Jets
Standout veteran RB Frank Gore is signing a 1-year deal with the Jets, @RosenhausSports tells ESPN. Gore will be reunited with his former coach Adam Gase, with whom he spent the 2018 season. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: At a position dominated by players in their 20s, Frank Gore will turn 37 next week. He'll fill a complementary role behind starter Le'Veon Bell and 4th round rookie La'Mical Perine. Gore shared the Buffalo backfield with Devin Singletary last season finishing as the RB50 in PPR leagues.
Cowboys sign Andy Dalton, one-year deal
$3 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | May 2 2020, 11:00 pm

Dallas Cowboys
Former Bengals’ QB Andy Dalton is signing a one-year deal worth up to $7 million that includes $3 million guaranteed with the Dallas Cowboys, source tells ESPN. Dalton is returning to Texas. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Cowboys have yet to agree to a deal with Dak Prescott, but his gives them a capable backup in case of a Prescott injury and a bit of insurance in off-chance of a Prescott holdout. Dallas is loaded at receiver (Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb) and should be one of the better fantasy offenses to target in 2020.
Bengals release Andy Dalton
$17.7 million comes off the salary cap
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 30 2020, 9:13 am

Cincinnati Bengals
And just like that, with the release of Andy Dalton, $17.7 million comes off the Bengals’ salary cap. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Bengals were never able to find a trade partner for Dalton and will now move forward with rookie Joe Burrow at quarterback. Potential landing spots for Dalton include Jacksonville and New England.
Saints in talks with Jameis Winston
One-year contract close to being finalized
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 26 2020, 9:30 am

New Orleans
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston and the New Orleans Saints are discussing a deal, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Sunday. According to Yahoo Sports, a one-year contract is close to being finalized. By doing a one-year deal with the Saints, Winston would get to learn from coach Sean Payton, quarterback Drew Brees and others. He would fill the role that Teddy Bridgewater did for the team last season before he left for Carolina. With no other starting jobs available, it could be an ideal landing spot. (ESPN)

FFToday's Take: This may be an ideal landing spot for his growth as an NFL quarterback but his fantasy value takes a severe hit. Even in scoring systems that incorporate interceptions, Winston was a top 5 fantasy QB last season (5109-33-30; 250-1). Barring an injury to Drew Brees, Winston's fantasy value will take a nosedive if this deal goes through.
Patriots sign WR Marqise Lee
One-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 23 2020, 10:58 am

New England Patriots
Patriots are signing former Jaguars’ WR Marqise Lee to a one-year contract, per source. Trade a TE, land a WR. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Jaguars released Lee just a couple days ago after Lee missed most of 2019 with various injuries finishing with 3 catches for 18 yards. Lee will give the Patriots some depth at the position but it's hard to imagine him becoming a vital part of the offense. He's a late-round flier until we get a better handle on the WR pecking order between Mohamed Sanu, N'Keal Harry and Lee.
Colts sign TE Trey Burton, one-year deal
$4M guaranteed from Bears
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 22 2020, 6:00 pm

Indianapolis Colts
Free agent TE Trey Burton has agreed to terms with the #Colts, per @EnterSportsMgmt. Back together with coach Frank Reich. He gets a 1-year deal worth the minimum... but he gets a total of $4M that’s already guaranteed from the #Bears. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: With Eric Ebron (PIT) out of the picture the Colts bring in Burton who has disappointed last season (14-84-0) largely due to injury. He's largely off the fantasy radar as a TE2 behind Jack Doyle.
Gronk wants back in the league, with Brady at QB
Wants to play in Tampa with Tom Brady
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 21 2020, 3:45 pm

New England Patriots
Sources: Retired #Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has told New England that he’s interested in playing football again - and would want to do it with the #Bucs and QB Tom Brady. A trade would have to be worked out for this to happen. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Gronk left the door open when he "retired" that he might change his mind at some point and return to the league. According to reports, the Patriots and Bucs have had some discussions about a potential trade. On the field, Gronk appeared to be losing some juice during his 2018 campaign (47-682-3) in which he was limited to 13 games.
NFL Draft 49ers open to trading first round pick(s)
Trading down a distinct possibility
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 20 2020, 7:00 am

San Francisco
49ers fielding calls on both their first-round picks, No. 13 and No. 31 overall, and are open to dealing either or both picks, per league sources. After 31, 49ers not scheduled to pick again until No. 156 in fifth round. No second-, third- and fourth-round picks. Want more picks. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: With two picks in Round 1, San Francisco is looking to move down in a effort to pick up more picks in Round 2 or 3. A defensive lineman or perhaps a receiver are logical guesses for the 49ers if they keep their two picks in Round 1.
Bears release TE Trey Burton
Chicago thinning out the TE herd
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 17 2020, 4:18 pm

Chicgao Bears
Source: The #Bears are releasing TE Trey Burton. Another accomplished veteran on the market. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The Bears signed veteran Jimmy Graham earlier this off-season and also added Demetrius Harris back in February in an effort to rebuild their tight end room. Burton played in only 8 games last season due to injury (sports hernia) and didn't even make to 100 receiving yards for the season. Burton signed a 4-year deal back in 2018.
49ers sign Matt Breida, one-year deal
RFA tender
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 16 2020, 6:11 pm

San Francisco
RB Matt Breida signed his one-year, RFA tender today. His window for negotiating with other teams was set to expire tomorrow. #49ers still could trade Breida, perhaps during the draft. (Matt Barrows on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: The 49ers have a crowded backfield so it wouldn't be surprising if Breida or another RB is traded over the next week or so. Breida scored a couple TDs and racked up 623 rushing yards in 2019, but doesn't come with a lot of fantasy punch given San Francisco's committee approach.
NFL plans to announce schedule by May 9th
Based on full season
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 16 2020, 12:11 pm

The NFL still plans to release 2020 schedule by May 9, based on a full season, per league sources. Adjustments to the schedule will be made, as and if necessary, the sources said. Contingencies remain in discussion. (Chris Mortensen on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Typically the scheduled is announced in mid-April. You can bet contingencies are being baked into the planning including playing games without fans in attendance. It's anybody's guess what shape the 2020 NFL season will take but there will no doubt be numerous twists and turns over the coming months.
Panthers give Christian McCaffrey 4-year extension
Back-to-back years of 100-plus receptions
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 13 2020, 4:04 pm

Carolina Panthers
Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey is signing a four-year extension, averaging $16 million per year, making him the highest-paid running back in NFL history, sources tell ESPN. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: McCaffrey has been the true definition of a "workhorse" running back, racking up 729 touches over the last two seasons including back-to-back years of 100-plus receptions. That kind of workload is an obvious concern but given head coach Matt Rhule hasn't hinted at reducing McCaffrey's workload, he's the easy No.1 pick in any redraft league.
Texans give up 2nd round pick for Brandin Cooks
Texans also receiver 4th round pick in 2022
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 9 2020, 6:07 pm

Houston Texans
Texans acquire WR Brandin Cooks and a 2022 fourth-round pick from the Rams for the 57th pick in this month's draft. (John McClain on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Earlier this off-season Houston shipped one of the best receivers in the game, DeAndre Hopkins, to Arizona for a second-round pick. The Texans will now feature a base offense of David Johnson, Brandin Cooks, Will Fuller and Randall Cobb at the skill positions. Remember those lofty contracts the Rams paid for Toddy Gurley and Cooks in 2018? The dead cap hit over the next two seasons is going to be punitive.
Chiefs sign RB DeAndre Washington
One-year deal
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 8 2020, 5:00 pm

Oakland Raiders
The Chiefs have agreed to a one-year deal with RB DeAndre Washington, a source tells me. (Terez Paylor on Twitter)

FFToday's Take: Washington will slide into a backup role behind Damien Williams but this move gives a little boost to Washington's value as he moves to one of the best offenses in the league. Williams, Washington and Darwin Thompson. This move could indicate that Darrel Williams is on the outs in KC.
Chiefs restructure Sammy Watkins contract
1-year deal, $9 million base for 2020
By: Mike Krueger | Apr 3 2020, 5:01 am

Kansas City Chiefs
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
One-year contract
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 29 2020, 12:19 pm

Detroit Lions
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.