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Eagles Pick Up Options On Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery
Written by Staff 16 hours ago Category: Transactions Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Eagles
Along with Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, the Eagles picked up the 2021 options on quarterback Carson Wentz, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, defensive end Brandon Graham and offensive guard Isaac Seumalo on Friday. All the moves were procedural. Wentz is scheduled to make $1.38 million and $15.4 million in base salaries the next two seasons as part of the four-year, $128 million extension he signed last year. He has been injury prone so far in his career, but he completed 63.9 percent of his passes for 4,039 yards, 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions with a barren receiver corps in 2019. Jeffery had surgery for a Lisfranc foot injury and played in only 10 games last year, catching 43 passes for 490 yards and four touchdowns. He's become less dependable for fantasy owners heading into his age-30 season.
Michael Brockers Ends Up Back With Rams
Written by Staff yesterday Category: Transactions Los Angeles Rams
The Baltimore Ravens announced on Thursday that they wouldn't be signing defensive tackle Michael Brockers after being unable to agree on the terms of a contract after his high ankle sprain from last season was flagged on a physical. Instead, he's getting a three-year, $31.5 million deal to re-sign with the Los Angeles Rams, according to a source. It's a similar deal to what Baltimore had offered. The 29-year-old returns to the only team he's called home since being the 14th overall pick in 2012. He's not much to look at in fantasy in IDP leagues, but he'll return to strengthen the interior of LA's defensive line along with Aaron Donald.
Melvin Gordon To Be Denver's Bell-Cow Back?
Written by Staff 2 days ago Category: Transactions Denver Broncos
The belief is that Denver Broncos recently signed running back Melvin Gordon III will be the team's bell-cow back in 2020. We have a long way to go before the start of the regular season and Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman will still get their touches in this crowded backfield, but Gordon could be the lead man in this backfield after coming over from the Chargers in free agency. On the surface, Denver's backfield looks like one to avoid in fantasy because of all the bodies in play, and Gordon's signing surely destroys Lindsay's fantasy upside as an RB2. The question now is how much upside will Gordon have and how large of a share will he command in his first season in Denver? He had a weak 3.8 yards per carry alongside Austin Ekeler in LA in 2019, and the Broncos could change up their plans if Gordon struggles out of the gates as the bell-cow.
Packers Agree With Devin Funchess
Written by Staff 4 days ago Category: Top-Headlines, Transactions Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers agreed to an undisclosed deal with wide receiver Devin Funchess on Tuesday, according to sources. Funchess made it less than a full game in his only season with the Colts in 2019 when he suffered a clavicle injury in the season opener against the Chargers. He'll bring a big frame as a weapon for quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the passing game, but the Packers are fully expected to address the position in the draft as well. Funchess was a second-round pick of the Panthers in 2015 and has 164 catches for 2,265 yards and 21 touchdowns in his career. He'll add depth behind Davante Adams and will have to compete with Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Jake Kumerow and Allen Lazard for playing time.
Panthers To Release Cam Newton
Written by Staff 4 days ago Category: Top-Headlines Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers are expected to release quarterback Cam Newton as soon as Tuesday, according to sources. The writing was on the wall when the Panthers signed Teddy Bridgewater to be their starting signal-caller last week. Carolina tried to send Newton to either the Bears or Chargers in a trade, but they have gone in other directions and no starting jobs are really available around the league. The Panthers will have just $2 million in dead money with his release. Coming off a season where he played just two games due to a foot issue and with the NFL's doctors shutting down physicals due to the coronavirus, it may be a while before he lands on his feet with another team, and it remains to be seen if he'll have a shot at a starting job. The Chargers and Patriots might be his best options. The big question is whether Newton can bounce back from shoulder and foot injuries the last two years. Fantasy owners probably won't want to bet on it in 2020, depending on where he winds up.
P.J. Walker Expected To Sign With Panthers
Written by Staff 5 days ago Category: Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers are expected to sign former XFL quarterback P.J. Walker, according to a source. Walker was one of the stars of the short-lived XFL league while playing for the Houston Roughnecks. He threw for 1,338 yards, 15 touchdowns and only four interceptions in the XFL. The 6-foot QB out of Temple will serve as depth behind Teddy Bridgewater and will compete for a backup job with Kyle Allen and Will Grier in 2020. You can ignore Walker in fantasy leagues, however.
Jets Pick Up Ryan Griffin's Option
Written by Staff 7 days ago Category: Transactions New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The New York Jets exercised the 2020 option on tight end Ryan Griffin on Saturday, according to a source. Griffin signed an extension with the team last November after making a strong impression and starting in all 13 games that he played. It helped that Chris Herndon couldn't get on the field much because of injuries, but Griffin took advantage of the opportunity to catch 34 passes for 320 yards and a career-high five touchdowns. The 30-year-old former sixth-round pick of the Texans in 2013 will have to earn his playing time over Herndon in 2020, though, so he can likely be avoided in standard-sized fantasy leagues.
Kenyan Drake Signs Transition Tender
Written by Staff 7 days ago Category: Transactions Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake officially signed his transition tender on Saturday. Drake was traded from the Dolphins to the Cardinals last year and excelled in the second half of the season in the desert, rushing 123 times for 643 yards (5.2 yards per carry) and eight rushing touchdowns. He also added 28 receptions for 171 yards out of the backfield. With David Johnson being traded to the Texans last week, Drake has this backfield all to himself with an exciting young quarterback in Kyler Murray at the helm. Arizona's offensive line is a concern, but Drake should be a bell-cow back in an offense that could put up some points with the recent acquisition of wideout DeAndre Hopkins. The 26-year-old has obvious RB1 upside in his first full season with the Cardinals.
Todd Gurley Signs With Atlanta
Written by Staff 8 days ago Category: Top-Headlines, Transactions Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons and running back Todd Gurley II have agreed upon a one-year, $5 million contract, pending a physical. Gurley was released by the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday but he wasn't looking for work for long. The 25-year-old running back will immediately slot in as the team's lead back, taking the place of recently-released Devonta Freeman. Gurley has been one of the best running backs in the league over his career but chronic knee issues have limited him over the past two seasons. The addition of Gurley gives Atlanta a powerful offense as he joins Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Calvin Ridley. Gurley, while not the player he was a few years ago, will see plenty of volume in Atlanta and should be treated as a low-end RB1 for 2020.
Eagles Trade For Darius Slay
Written by Staff 9 days ago Category: Top-Headlines, Transactions Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles acquired cornerback Darius Slay from the Detroit Lions on Thursday in exchange for a third- and fifth-round pick in the 2020 draft. As part of the deal, Slay is signing a three-year, $50 million contract extension with $30 million guaranteed from the Eagles. At 29 years old, he's now the highest-paid cornerback on new money average. The Lions didn't want to give Slay what he wanted, and he finally gets his wish and gets out of town with a new huge deal in hand. Slay is one of the best corners in the league and Philly desperately needed a No. 1 lockdown cornerback. He's been a Pro Bowler the last three years and was an All-Pro in 2017 when he had a career-high eight interceptions.
Cowboys Agree With Gerald McCoy
Written by Staff 11 days ago Category: Transactions Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys agreed to a three-year deal with defensive tackle Gerald McCoy on Tuesday, according to a source. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. McCoy started every game last year for the Panthers after spending the previous nine seasons with the Buccaneers. The 32-year-old has 59.5 career sacks and has at least five sacks in each of the last eight seasons, so he'll help make up for the loss of Robert Quinn in free agency. McCoy had 37 tackles (15 solo), seven tackles for loss and 13 QB hits for Carolina in 2019. He made six straight Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro in 2013 with Tampa.
Randall Cobb Lands In Houston
Written by Staff 12 days ago Category: Top-Headlines, Transactions Houston Texans
The Houston Texans agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Randall Cobb on Monday night. The deal includes $18.75 million in guarantees. Houston traded away DeAndre Hopkins in a head-scratching move earlier in the day, so Cobb will try to help fill the void that Nuk left behind. The Texans will most likely address the position in the draft, too, but Cobb should have a starting role alongside Will Fuller and Kenny Stills. The 29-year-old could see heavy targets from quarterback Deshaun Watson after catching 55 passes for 828 yards (15.1 yards per catch) and three touchdowns in his one and only season with Dallas. Depending on who else the Texans add, Cobb could be a PPR sleeper in 2020.
DeAndre Hopkins Traded to Cardinals
Written by Staff 12 days ago Category: Top-Headlines Arizona Cardinals
In a blockbuster deal, the Arizona Cardinals acquired wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth-round pick from the Houston Texans in a Monday afternoon trade. The Cardinals will send running back David Johnson, a second-round pick in 2020, and a fourth-rounder in 2021 to Houston in exchange. According to reports, the Texans did not want to redo Hopkins' contract, which still has three years remaining. The landing spot for Hopkins in Arizona is enticing as he will immediately become the WR1 on an extremely pass-heavy offense led by head coach Kliff Kingsbury and quarterback Kyler Murray. The only concern here is that Hopkins joins a crowded receiving corps that includes veteran Larry Fitzgerald and up-and-coming receiver Christian Kirk, who is entering his third year. Regardless of the team change, fantasy gamers can continue to treat Hopkins as a top-12 asset in dynasty leagues and a No. 1 receiver in all fantasy formats going forward.