|Jared Cook, Saints deal finally getting done|
$8M guaranteed in Year 1
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 26 2019, 11:45 am
|The deal between the #Saints and FA TE Jared Cook will be signed today. It’s a 2-year contract worth $15.5M, including $8M fully guaranteed in Year 1. A big weapon for coach Sean Payton’s offense and a really nice payday for the 32-year-old. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: With the Raiders void of talent at the wide receiver position, Jared Cook turned in his best season as pro with 896 yards and 6 TDs in 2018. He now jumps to a better offense that featured Michael Thomas and running back Alvin Kamara in the passing game. Cook's pairing with the ultra-accurate Drew Brees is a blessing and secures his value as a low-end TE1 heading into 2019.
|Rob Gronkowski calls it a career|
Pats TE retires giving notice on Instagram
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 24 2019, 5:55 pm
|I will be retiring from the game of football today. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be. But now its time to move forward. (Gronk on Instagram)|
FFToday's Take: After suffering numerous injuries during the course of his nine-year career, Rob Gronkowski looked noticeably slower in 2018 on his way to a 47-682-3 line. He'll go down as one of the greats at the position scoring double digit touchdowns in five separate seasons. The Patriots were reportedly interested in free agent Jared Cook but it appears he will be signing with the Saints in the near future.
| Injury woes continue for Doug Baldwin|
Sports hernia surgery could be in receiver's near future
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 20 2019, 4:00 pm
|Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin, who had knee and shoulder surgeries earlier this offseason, may be headed for even more work soon. Baldwin said in an appearance on KJR-AM 950 Wednesday with former teammates Cliff Avril and Jermaine Kearse that he has “more surgeries on the way, most likely.” NFL Network's Mike Garafolo then reported that Baldwin is scheduled to see sports hernia specialist Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia in April with surgery a possibility. Baldwin battled abdomen injuries during the 2018 season, when he had at least six different injuries. (Seattle Times)|
FFToday's Take: By his own admission it was a difficult year or Baldwin in 2018 playing in 13 games but not anywhere close to being 100 percent healthy. His 50-618-5 line was he worst output since 2012. If he does have hernia surgery, a typical two month recovery timeline would have him available in plenty of time for Week 1. However, given the injury concerns and being on the wrong side of 30, his days as a sneaky low-end WR1 are likely over.
|Randall Cobb finds new home in Dallas|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 19 2019, 5:20 pm
|On Tuesday, Dallas came to an agreement with former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb on a one-year contract. The team announced the deal Tuesday afternoon. Cobb posted a career-high 1,287 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014 with Green Bay. He then signed a four-year, $40 million extension with the Packers and his production has gone down nearly every season. SportsDay's Jon Machota confirms Cobb's deal with Dallas is worth $5 million. (SportsDay)|
FFToday's Take: With Cole Beasley moving to the Bills this off-season, the Cowboys had a need for a slot receiver. Cobb dealt with hamstring and concussion issues last season limiting him to nine games and a 38-384-2 line. He's not likely to be a fantasy difference maker in the Cowboys run-first offense battling for targets with Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and TE Jason Witten. Cobb will do well to return WR4 value in 2019.
|Rams agree to one-year deal with Blake Bortles|
Replaces Sean Mannion as backup to Jared Goff
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 18 2019, 7:45 pm
|Los Angeles has a new backup quarterback, as the club agreed to terms with former Jaguar Blake Bortles on a one-year contract. Bortles has played in 75 games (starting 73), completing 59.3 percent of his passes for 17,646 yards with 103 touchdowns and an 80.6 career passer rating. (TheRams.com)|
FFToday's Take: The Rams had Sean Mannion backing up Jared Goff last season so this gives them a more experienced backup in case Goff gets nicked up during the season. Bortles best fantasy season came back in 2015 when he finished as the QB3 with 4,428 yards and 35 passing TDs. He'll go undrafted in most redraft leagues in 2019.
|Dolphins find themselves a QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick |
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 17 2019, 2:30 pm
|Miami has its new starting quarterback. Dolphins reached agreement on a two-year deal with former Buccaneers’ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, per source. Fitzpatrick now will join his third AFC East team, having already started for the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: After flirting with Teddy Bridgewater and trading Ryan Tannehill to the Titans, the Dolphins finally find a QB. Fitzpatrick will be a bridge until a Miami lands a young quarterback in the draft. Given the rebuilding mode going on, it's tough to value Fitzmagic as anything but a QB2 heading into 2019.
|Tyreek Hill being investigated for battery|
Incident resulted in broken arm for 3-year-old son
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 15 2019, 5:45 pm
|The Star has obtained a police report from the Overland Park Police Department about a battery incident that lists a juvenile as the victim. Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, is listed under “others involved. A source familiar with the situation said Tyreek Hill’s fiancee has been in contact with Overland Park police. The source said that the incident was against the couple’s 3-year-old son, resulting in a broken arm.
As of Friday afternoon, Hill had not been charged with a crime.
(Kansas City Star)|
FFToday's Take: Not good. If it becomes understood that Hill was the cause of his son's injury, it's likely he will face a suspension and/or be booted off the team. Hill pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation in 2015. Those chargers were dismissed in August 2018 and ordered to be expunged after he completed his probation requirements.
|Dolphins trade Ryan Tannehill to Titans|
Tannehill restructures deal with Tennessee
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 15 2019, 3:00 pm
|Full terms: The #Dolphins are receiving a 4th round pick in 2020 and the 2019 7th round pick, while the #Titans are getting a 6th in 2019 and Ryan Tannehill. Titans QB Ryan Tannehill’s new contract is for 1 year with $7M fully guaranteed, source said. It goes to $12M+ with playtime, other incentives. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: It's been widely known that the Dolphins would be parting ways with their quarterback of the last seven years. Miami needs a fresh start at the position while Tennessee gets a veteran to backup Marcus Mariota who's dealt with various injuries during his four-year career. Miami was Blake Bortles and Ryan Fitzpatrick to choose from in the free agent market and will likely be searching for a QB in the upcoming draft where they have the 13th pick.
|Kareem Hunt gets 8-game suspension|
Will not appeal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 15 2019, 10:15 am
|The Browns will be without running back Kareem Hunt for the first eight games of the season, a league source told cleveland.com.
The NFL suspended Hunt for half the season for his incident in the hallway outside his downtown Cleveland apartment in Febuary of 2017 where he was captured on video shoving and kicking a woman. Hunt will accept the suspension and not appeal, the source said. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)|
FFToday's Take: Six to eight games was the prevailing wisdom on Hunt's suspension so this falls in line with expectation. With no appeal we have a grasp on how many games he'll be eligible to in 2019. Hunt's fantasy value is complicated by the fact that the team already has Nick Chubb who is capable of handling and every-down role. Still, Hunt's talent should make him fantasy worthy in the back half of the season. He'll be a late-round pick in leagues with at least 18 roster spots.
|Giants fill OBJ void with Golden Tate|
$23 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2019, 4:45 pm
|Former Eagles' WR Golden Tate is signing with the NY Giants, per source. And here are the contract terms: Golden Tate to the Giants on a four-year, $37.5 million deal that includes $23 million fully guaranteed, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Giants had an obvious hole to fill at receiver with the trade of Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns. Tate isn't the dynamic threat, but he should walk right into the starting lineup and rack up a high reception total but could be lacking in yardage and TD totals given Eli Manning's declining skills and the mediocre outlook of the Giants offense.
|Jets part ways with RB Isaiah Crowell|
Owed $2 million on Friday
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 14 2019, 10:00 am
|The other shoe has dropped: The Jets have released Isaiah Crowell. They wipe $3M off of the cap. Stuck with $2M dead charge. It’s Le’Veon Bell’s gig now. #Jets (Rich Cimini on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The writing was on the wall once Le'Veon Bell was signed. $2 million of Crowell's $4 million salary was going to be guaranteed on Friday. This leaves Bell, Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon in the Jets backfield. Crowell will likely need to find a job in a committee backfield. Philadelphia maybe?
|Jaguars end the Blake Bortles era|
Jaguars will absorb a $16.5 million dead cap hit
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2019, 7:45 pm
|Releasing Blake Bortles without a post-June 1 designation means the Jaguars will absorb a $16.5 million dead cap hit and save only $4.5 million. Bortles was guaranteed $6.5 million this year. He also was due a $1 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the 2019 league year (Sunday), but obviously will not receive that now. The Jaguars now have four quarterbacks under contract for 2019: Nick Foles, Cody Kessler, Tanner Lee, and Alex McGough. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This move was expected early in the off-season as info leaked that Nick Foles was likely to become the next Jaguars QB. Bortles had his moments in Jacksonville but battled turnovers and slipped into a game-manager label that he could never shake. Miami is the only team looking for a starting quarterback at this point, giving Bortles few options. He'll likely have to settle for a backup job in 2019.
|49ers add RB Tevin Coleman|
Two-year, $10 million deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2019, 5:51 pm
|49ers signing Tevin Coleman to a two-year, $10 million deal, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The league is finally learning, for the most part, that running backs shouldn't be given big money deals. Coleman is re-united with Kyle Shanahan from their days in Atlanta. Jerick McKinnon, Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert are currently on the roster so you have to wonder if McKinnon is on the way out or perhaps they will keep all four. This could end up being a nightmare for fantasy owners.
|Adrian Peterson re-signs with Redskins|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2019, 2:45 pm
|The #Redskins are re-signing RB Adrian Peterson to a 2-year deal worth $8M, sources tell me and @MikeGarafolo. His career resurgence continues in Washington. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Peterson carried 251 times for 1042 yards and 7 TDs, chipping in 208 receiving yards and 1 TD through the air at 33 years of age. Derrius Guice is recovering from ACL surgery and doesn't have a specific timeline for return. Peterson will be a veteran fallback plan if Guice isn't ready to start the season.
|WR Tyrell Williams latest to join silver and black|
Stays in the AFC West
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2019, 2:00 pm
|Former Chargers’ WR Tyrell Williams intends to sign with the Oakland Raiders, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Raiders have reshaped their wide receiver room by adding arguably the best wide receiver in the game and now Tyrell Williams. With Antonio Brown on the opposite side and Derek Carr at quarterback, it's tough to see Williams gaining much fantasy value although him being in the starting lineup will allow him to have weekly WR3 or Flex value in redraft leagues.
|Chargers agree with QB Tyrod Taylor|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2019, 12:49 pm
|Source: The #Chargers agreed to terms with QB Tyrod Taylor on a 2-year deal. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Philip Rivers has played in every game since 2006 so Taylor's fantasy value is borderline zero given the ironman playing in front of him. With that said, should something unexpected happen to Rivers, Taylor will have good shot at streaming value given the Chargers' above average offense.
|Mark Ingram joins Ravens on 3-year deal|
Ravens led the league last season in rushing attempts
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 13 2019, 12:27 pm
|Former Saints’ RB Mark Ingram intends to sign a three-year, $15 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens, per @diannaESPN and me. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: There was some thought early this off-season that the Saints would retain Ingram in free agency but that thought went by the wayside once the Saints signed Latavius Murray. The Ravens run-heavy scheme with Lamar Jackson at quarterback should allow plenty of opportunities for Ingram to be valued as an RB2 heading into the 2019 season. The Ravens led the league last season with 547 rushing attempts.
|Le'Veon Bell takes off with the Jets|
$35 million guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2019, 11:40 pm
|Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell plans to sign a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the New York Jets, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal includes $35 million guaranteed. Bell sat out the entire 2018 season on the franchise tag. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The 49ers were also interested in Bell's services but in the end, the Jets offered the most cash. Isaiah Crowell is due $2 million on Friday so it won't be a shock if he's released, leaving Bell, Elijah McGuire and Trenton Cannon in the backfield. Bell should be a workhorse in New York and will still be valued as an RB1 in fantasy but may not come with the same upside given the offensive downgrade from Pittsburgh.
|CLE pulls off blockbuster trade for Odell Beckham|
Giants get 1st and 3rd round picks, Jabrill Peppers
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2019, 7:15 pm
|The #Browns have traded for #Giants WR Odell Beckham, sources say. The deal is done. I am not joking. Giants receive a first-round pick in 2019 (No. 17 overall), the Browns' second third-round pick this year and S Jabril Peppers, source tells ESPN. Browns get Odell Beckham Jr. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Whoa. The Browns have been reportedly after Beckham this off-season while the Giants have publicly stated they haven't been actively shopping the star receiver. Baker Mayfield now has a plethora of weapons on offense including Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt, Beckham, Jarvis Landry and David Njoku. Let the hype begin. The Giants now own the 6th and 17th pick in the first round of the 2019 draft.
|Bills reshaping WR corps with J. Brown, Beasley|
Downfield throwing Josh Allen gets another deep threat
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2019, 12:46 pm
|The #Bills are signing WR Cole Beasley, per @MikeGarafolo. First John Brown, now Beasley.
Cole Beasley gets $17 million over the first two years of his deal with Buffalo, $14.4 million guaranteed. The #Cowboys wanted him back, but didn't come strong enough with the offers. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Bills receiving corps gets another deep threat in Brown and a slot receiver in Beasley. With Robert Foster, Zay Jones and Isaiah McKenzie already on the roster, the Bills seems set at receiver. Brown got off to a hot start in Baltimore last season, scoring 4 TDs in his first seven games, but his stats suffered once Lamar Jackson took over at QB and the Ravens became a run-first team.
|DeVante Parker sticking with Miami|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2019, 12:15 pm
|The #Dolphins are closing in on a new two-year contract with WR DeVante Parker, per league source. Chance for former first-round pick to capitalize on high potential with a new regime. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The deal is reportedly worth $13 million. Parker has been a bust ever since coming into the league a first round pick in 2015. He'll get a fresh start with a new coaching staff that also jettisoned their top receiver, Danny Amendola, from last season. It will be hard to trust Parker given he's repeatedly disappointed fantasy owners in the past but he's talented enough to crack the Fins starting lineup as long he is healthy.
|Saints agree with RB Latavius Murray|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 12 2019, 11:10 am
|Former Vikings’ RB Latavius Murray intends to sign a four-year deal with the Saints, per source.
A shakeup to RB market. It now means Mark Ingram not expected to return to New Orleans. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Saints get their big back to go along with Alvin Kamara, the only difference being Murray isn't nearly the pass catcher that Ingram has been. Murray should have some Flex appeal in New Orleans but this move doesn't boost his fantasy value as much as you might think. It's more of a win for Alvin Kamara who could see an even greater involvement in the passing, and to Dalvin Cook in Minnesota.
|Colts agree with Devin Funchess, one-year deal|
$10 million base salary
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2019, 7:00 pm
|The Indianapolis Colts’ initial step into the NFL’s free-agent waters landed a big wide receiver.
The team has agreed with Carolina wideout Devin Funchess on a 1-year deal that could be worth as much as $13 million, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. It includes a $10 million base salary and the ability for Funchess to earn another $3 million through incentives. (CBS4 Indianapolis)|
FFToday's Take: At 6-4, 225 the Colts have landed a big receiver opposite T.Y. Hilton. With only Chester Rogers, Deon Cain and Zach Pascal behind Hilton and Funchess, the Colts could stand to acquire more WR depth through free agency or the draft. Funchess could have some WR3 value if he's able to secure a starting gig on the outside with Hilton working the slot.
|Jets agree with WR Jamison Crowder|
$17 million fully guaranteed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2019, 5:15 pm
|#Jets have now agreed with WR Jamison Crowder on a three-year, $28.5 million deal with $17 million fully guaranteed at signing, source says. Former #Redskins fourth-rounder cashes in. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Crowder should replace Jermaine Kearse in the slot who is a free agent and not expected to be resigned. Crowder will join Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson as the Jets' top three wideouts which leaves Sam Darnold some decent weapons but certainly not players defensive coordinators are going to lose sleep over. Crowder is looking like a WR4/5 in PPR leagues.
|Adam Humphries expected to sign with Titans|
Titans win recruiting battle with Patriots
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2019, 5:00 pm
|The Titans are set to sign former Buccaneers receiver Adam Humphries, according to NFL Network, giving the wide receiving corps a proven provider and the offense the type of jolt it was missing a season ago.
The deal is reportedly worth $36 million over four years. ESPN reported the Titans were bidding against the New England Patriots for Humphries "all day." (The Tennessean)|
FFToday's Take: Humphries fit in well as a slot receiver for Bucs pass-happy offense on his way to 816 yards and 5 TDs last season. The Titans much more run-oriented and he'll have to battle for targets with Corey Davis and Taywan Taylor. Davis was the only Titans receiver to top 500 yards receiving last season.
|Bills corner the market on 30-year-old RBs|
Expected to sign Frank Gore
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2019, 4:20 pm
|According to a report Monday from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the team will sign veteran running back Frank Gore to a one-year, $2 million contract when the new NFL league year begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The team has not yet confirmed the move.
Gore will turn 36 in May and is entering his 15th NFL season. He will become the oldest running back under contract when his signing becomes official. Amazingly, that will give the Bills the three oldest running backs to currently be signed for 2019, with Gore joining 30-year-olds LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory in Buffalo. (Buffalo News)|
FFToday's Take: In all fairness to Buffalo, Chris Ivory will likely be cut but and McCoy has just turned 30. The majority of the fantasy community has given up on Gore but he's still produced in the league although his zero rushing touchdowns with Miami won't endear him to fantasy owners. He'll largely go undrafted or be a late-round flier in redraft leagues.
|DeSean Jackson traded to Philadelphia|
One year, $10M left on contract
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2019, 4:15 pm
|#Eagles have acquired WR DeSean Jackson in a trade with the Bucs, according to @RapSheet and @MikeGarafolo. With one year at $10M left on his contract, an extension is likely being worked on, as well. (Jeff McLane on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson preferred to land with Eagles and he will get his wish. This move could spell the end on Nelson Agholor in Philadelphia who is owed $9 million this season. With Jackson, Alshon Jeffery along with tight end Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, the Eagles have an above average receiving group for Carson Wentz.
|Nick Foles headed to Jacksonville|
$50.125 million in guaranteed money
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2019, 4:00 pm
|The Jacksonville Jaguars will sign former Eagles quarterback Nick Foles to a 4-year deal worth $88 million, according to ESPN and multiple sources.
The deal includes $50.125 million in guaranteed money, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This has been the worst kept secret over the last few weeks. Blake Bortles is expected to be released once Foles is signed later this week. Foles walks into a run-first offense without an alpha receiver but has enough juice to be on the QB2 and streaming radar in 2019.
|Lions sign WR Danny Amendola|
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2019, 9:30 am
|The Lions needed a slot receiver to fill the massive void left behind by Golden Tate, and they’re turning to a former Patriots player to get it done.
Detroit has signed Danny Amendola. NFL Network reported that the deal is for one year with a base salary of $4.5 million with incentives to earn as well. (Mlive.com)|
FFToday's Take: After shipping Golden Tate to the Eagles late last season, the Lions were in need of receiver help, especially at the slot position. This is a good fit for Amendola (33) who should jump right into a starting role. However, with the Lions shifting their offense to run through Kerryon Johnson and Kenny Golladay, Amendola will be looking at WR4 value in PPR leagues.
|Bucs shopping DeSean Jackson|
Would prefer to play in Philadelphia
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 11 2019, 7:00 am
|According to ESPN, the Bucs are actively seeking to trade DeSean Jackson, whose preferred destination is the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jackson, 32, is in the final season of a three-year, $33.5-million contract with the Bucs and has $10-million owed for 2019, but none of it is guaranteed. (Tampa Bay Times)|
FFToday's Take: Jackson doesn't see himself as a good fit with Jameis Winston and wants out of Tampa. Four of his five TDs last season came with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. It will be difficult for the Bucs to trade his $10 million contract as any interested team will likely just wait until he is released before instigating serious talks.
|Antonio Brown will wear silver and black|
Steelers get 3rd and 5th round pick
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2019, 11:30 pm
|The Antonio Brown saga is finally nearing a close. Sources say the #Steelers are dealing AB to the #Raiders in exchange for a third round pick and a fifth round pick in this 2019 draft. Brown will also get a reworked contract that makes him the NFL’s highest paid WR. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: The Raiders appeared to be the favorite all along in the AB sweepstakes and in the end they get their man. Derek Carr now has a legitimate No.1 WR after Oakland shipped Amari Cooper to Dallas last season. Brown will still be a sought after fantasy asset, but his days as the top wide receiver taken in fantasy drafts are likely over.
|Chiefs sign Carlos Hyde|
One-year, $2.8 million deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2019, 3:00 pm
|Newly signed Carlos Hyde may fill the RB2 spot occupied at the end of last season by Spencer Ware, who is headed to free agency. But Hyde could eventually claim a significant amount of playing time from Damien Williams, who for now at least is the Chiefs’ main featured back. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Chiefs like bigger backs so this move makes sense as they look to fill the void of Kareem Hunt. Damien Williams and Hyde should be expected to get the bulk of running back touches in Kansas City if they can stay healthy. It's also not out of the question for KC to draft a running in the middle rounds this April.
|Dolphins land TE Dwayne Allen|
Two-year, $7 million deal
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 9 2019, 1:00 pm
|The Dolphins made their first significant addition of the offseason on Saturday, signing tight end Dwayne Allen to a two-year, $7 million deal, according to multiple sources.
Allen, who visited the Dolphins on Friday, joins Mike Gesicki, Durham Smythe and Nick O’Leary as tight ends under contract.
FFToday's Take: More of a blocking tight end, Allen should be part of the team's starting unit with Gesicki filling the role of a pass catcher. Allen was left out of the passing attack in New England and will be used more in the passing game in Miami, but not enough to be considered a dependable fantasy TE2.
|Miami releases Danny Amendola|
Led the team in catches and yards in 2018
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2019, 3:45 pm
|The Dolphins, embarking on a youth movement and rebuilding program, parted ways with their most experienced wide receiver on Friday, cutting Danny Amendola after just one season with the team.
Amendola, 33, led Miami in catches (59) and yards (575) this past season but the Dolphins want to get younger at the position and have said they’re willing to sustain short-term pain this season with an eye toward bolstering their team longterm.
FFToday's Take: The Dolphins will save $6 million against the cap with this move. Miami is also expected to release DeVante Parker by next Wednesday which would free up another $9 million. Miami is pressing the reset button on their personnel as they look to rebuild their roster through the draft. Albert Wilson, Jakeem Grant, Kenny Stills, Brice Butler, Leonte Carroo and Isaiah Ford are the current receivers under contract in Miami.
|Jaguars release RB Carlos Hyde|
Jacksonville clearing cap space for QB Nick Foles
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2019, 12:15 pm
|Five days before the start of free agency, the Jaguars began clearing salary cap space on Friday.
Released were defensive tackle Malik Jackson and running back Carlos Hyde, with other cuts expected.
The roster moves give front office chief Tom Coughlin more spending flexibility once free agency begins Wednesday, chiefly to sign free agent quarterback Nick Foles. (Florida Times Union)|
FFToday's Take: The Jags gave up a 5th-round pick in 2019 for Carlos Hyde when Leonard Fournette injured his hamstring last season. Hyde went on to carry the ball 58 times for 189 yards and 0 TDs. Hyde is still young enough (will turn 28 on September 21st) to garner interest from RB needy teams but will likely be part of a committee.
|No deal: AB not heading to Buffalo|
Brown wouldn't report to Bills if traded
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 8 2019, 6:42 am
|Steelers and Bills had "positive" trade talks last night, but deal fell apart because Antonio Brown nixed going to Buffalo, per source. (Gerry Dulac on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Albert Breer reports that there are now "very few options left" for the Brown and the Steelers. It's not surprising AB didn't want to go to Buffalo and it's also clear that he at least has some say in the process. The search for an AB landing spot continues...
|Antonio Brown headed for fantasy purgatory?|
Steelers and Bills working out trade for Brown
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2019, 11:00 pm
|Sources: The #Steelers are closing in on a deal to send star WR Antonio Brown to the Buffalo #Bills. There it is. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: If this deal goes through, Brown's fantasy stock will take a hit working the inaccurate Josh Allen who completed 52.8 percent of his passes last season never throwing for more than 245 yards in a game. You have to wonder if Brown will pull the retirement card if he's disgruntled with the landing spot.
|Broncos agree to trade Case Keenum to Redskins|
Denver gets 6th-round pick in 2020, Washington gets 7th rounder
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 7 2019, 5:00 pm
|The Denver Broncos have agreed to trade quarterback Case Keenum to the Washington Redskins, sources confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Thursday.
In exchange, the Broncos will get a sixth-round pick in the 2020 draft from the Redskins. Washington will also get a 2020 seventh-rounder from Denver. The 31-year-old Keenum, who was currently slated to count $21 million against the Broncos' salary cap for the 2019 season, has reworked his contract and will be on a one-year deal with the Redskins, sources told Schefter. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: The Redskins are one of the few teams looking for quarterback help in 2019 with Alex Smith still on the mend from a broken leg. This helps the Broncos get rid of a player that would've counted far more against their salary cap had they just released him. Denver is expected to complete a trade for Joe Flacco once the league year begins on March 13th. Both Flacco and Keenum will be undesirable fantasy options.
|Nick Foles headed to Jacksonville?|
Market for Foles outside of Jacksonville has not developed
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 3 2019, 1:00 pm
|The only Eagles quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl is bound for Jacksonville when NFL free agency opens March 13, according to NFL sources with knowledge of the situation. A market for Nick Foles outside of Jacksonville has not developed, and though nothing is certain until it is official, the Jaguars absolutely expect to sign Foles, sources said. (Philadelphia Inquirer)|
FFToday's Take: Foles to Jacksonville has been the steady rumor this off-season and it makes sense considering the Jags new OC is John DeFilippo, who was Foles’ quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia. Miami, Washington and the New York Giants have quarterback needs but those teams seem to be headed in a different direction at the position. The legal tampering period for free agents begins noon eastern on March 11th.
| Travis Kelce has cleanup procedure on ankle|
Expected to be ready for training camp
By: Mike Krueger | Mar 2 2019, 11:00 am
|#Chiefs All-Pro TE Travis Kelce recently underwent ankle surgery, sources tell me and @RapSheet. One source described it as a “cleanup.” Kelce will miss some, if not all, of the team’s spring program but is expected back for the start of training camp. (Mike Garafolo on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Kelce has largely avoided the injury bug during his first five seasons in the league, missing only Week 17 in 2017 when the Chiefs rested their starters in a meaningless game against the Broncos. Unless we hear of a setback, Kelce will remain one of the top tight ends in fantasy football. He's scored the most PPR points at the position in each of the last three years.