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Latavius Murray undergoes surgery

By Anthony Cervino   Wed, Mar 22nd 6:51pm EDT

MIN

ESPN's Adam Caplan is reporting Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray (ankle) underwent successful offseason ankle surgery. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Caplan adds that the Vikings, as well as other teams who had an interest in signing Murray, were made aware of the surgery prior to agreeing to terms. Since he underwent the procedure this late, he'll likely be sidelined through OTAs. However, he is "expected" to be ready for the start of training camp in July, per reports.


ESPN's Field Yates is reporting the Green Bay Packers have re-signed free agent running back Christine Michael on Wednesday. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Michael, who appeared in 15 games last season with the Seahawks and Packers, re-signed with Green Bay Wednesday. The veteran rusher accumulated a career-high 583 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground while catching 22 targets for 122 yards and another score as a receiver in 2016. However, the bulk of his production came in the first half of the year while he was still a member of the Seahawks. Due to his unknown role in the backfield next season, Michael's 2017 fantasy value is a question mark.


Mychal Rivera signs with Jaguars

By Anthony Cervino   Wed, Mar 22nd 5:00pm EDT

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting former Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera and the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rivera, who spent the first four years of his career in Oakland, signed with the Jaguars Wednesday. After showing promise in 2014 with a 58-534-4 stat line, Rivera's production has significantly regressed in each year since then. He finished with only 18 receptions for 192 yards and a touchdown in 13 games last season. Since Jacksonville traded Julius Thomas to the Dolphins earlier in the offseason, the Jaguars have an opening at tight end, which Rivera could fill to open 2017.


Kiko Alonso and the Dolphins have agreed to a four-year deal worth $28.8 million, which guarantees him $18.5 million over the next two seasons. (Source: Palm Beach Post)

Fantasy Impact: Alonso led the Dolphins in tackles last season amassing 115 tackles. He also recovered four fumbles and made two interceptions. Alonso started off slowly, but became a solid and consistent IDP weekly start at middle linebacker - the fantasy sweet spot for defense. Watch what happens in camp. The signing of Lawrence Timmons may likely move Alonso to the outside, which will commit him to pass coverage at times, and could affect his tackle numbers.


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (shoulder) will undergo offseason rotator cuff surgery. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It appears Newton suffered a partially torn rotator cuff during Week 14 of the 2016 season and will undergo surgery on March 30 to repair the injury. Per reports, Newton will not throw with the team until 16 weeks following the procedure and could still be ready for the start of training camp at the end of July.


Shaun Draughn signs with Giants

By Anthony Cervino   Tue, Mar 21st 11:31am EDT

NYG

The New York Giants and free agent running back Shaun Draughn agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal Tuesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Draughn, who played the last two seasons in San Francisco, signed with the Giants Tuesday. Playing in all 16 games in 2016, he accumulated 196 yards and four touchdowns as a rusher while catching 29 targets for 263 yards and another two scores as a receiver. With Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen already expected to enter 2017 as New York's top two backs on the depth chart, Draughn will likely open the year at the No. 3 spot ahead of Orleans Darkwa.


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Indianapolis Colts are expected to sign free agent wide receiver Kamar Aiken. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Formerly of the Ravens, Aiken is expected to sign with the Colts Tuesday. After showing promise with a 75-944-5 stat line in 2015, the veteran wideout was buried on Baltimore's depth chart behind Steve Smith, Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman for most of the 2016 campaign. While playing in all 16 games, he only accumulated 29 receptions for 328 yards and a touchdown, a tremendous drop-off from the year before. Aiken could enter 2017 as Indianapolis' No. 3 receiver if he can beat out Philip Dorsett, who currently owns the role, with a strong offseason.


Josh McCown signs with Jets

By Anthony Cervino   Mon, Mar 20th 7:13pm EDT

NYJ

The New York Jets have signed free agent quarterback Josh McCown to a one-year deal on Monday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After being linked to the Cowboys at the beginning of free agency, McCown, a former Browns starter, ultimately signed with the Jets Monday night. The 37-year-old signal caller will likely enter 2017 on top of New York's depth chart, barring injury or another significant addition at the position. Despite McCown's acquisition -- he's at the twilight of his career at his age -- the Jets could still target a quarterback in the early rounds of April's draft.


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting free agent quarterback Geno Smith passed his physical and is signing a one-year, $2 million deal with the New York Giants on Monday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith agreed to terms with the Giants last Friday, pending a physical, which he passed. He will likely enter the 2017 season as Eli Manning's primary backup.


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the New York Giants and pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul agreed to terms on a four-year, $62 million deal that could be worth "up to" $66 million with incentives and includes $40 million in guaranteed money. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pierre-Paul, who was franchise tagged last month, agreed to a four-year extension with the Giants Friday. Despite playing in only 12 games in 2016, the veteran pass rusher accumulated 54 tackles, seven sacks, three forced fumbles and a recovery. He will continue to anchor a Giants defensive line that was the strength of their team last season.


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Oakland Raiders are "strongly considering acquiring" former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch either in a trade or if he is granted his outright release this offseason. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In a surprise report, it appears Lynch could come out of retirement for the 2017 season, and he could be pursued by the Raiders. Oakland, who lost Latavius Murray via free agency, have a need at running back. With Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles still available on the open market, the Raiders may go in another direction in the form of the aforementioned retired rusher. Although Lynch has not played since the 2015 season, he is still 30-years-old with fewer durability concerns then Peterson and Charles, who are 31 and 30-years-old respectively.


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting former Green Bay Packers tight end Jared Cook is "going to sign" with the Oakland Raiders. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After one season in Green Bay, Cook is expected to move on to the Raiders on an undisclosed deal. Oakland had a glaring need at tight end as Clive Walford and Mychal Rivera were never considered legitimate threats in the passing game. Cook's addition will give Derek Carr a reliable pass-catching tight end who can stretch the field and create mismatches with opposing defenders. Despite the change of scenery, Cook is still a TE2 entering 2017.


Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman told the media running back Adrian Peterson "will be moving on" from the team in 2017. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After the Vikings signed Latavius Murray early Thursday morning, the writing was on the wall for Peterson's tenure in Minnesota to come to an end. Peterson, who remains on the open market, had already visited with the Seahawks but left without signing a deal. His best fit would likely be in Oakland. The Raiders lost Murray to the Vikings and have a top five offensive line for Peterson to run behind. The Giants and Cowboys could also be in the mix to sign the veteran rusher, but he would have to take less money to play for either one of those clubs.


Dontari Poe signs with Falcons

By Anthony Cervino   Thu, Mar 16th 12:56pm EDT

ATL

The Atlanta Falcons and defensive tackle Dontari Poe agreed to terms on a one-year, $8 million deal that could be worth up to $10 million with incentives Thursday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Poe, who was arguably the top interior defensive lineman available in free agency, signed with Atlanta Thursday after visiting with the Dolphins, Colts and Jaguars. The former Chiefs standout will bolster a Falcons defense that struggled to contain the run at times last season.


Lance Dunbar signs with Rams

By Anthony Cervino   Thu, Mar 16th 9:07am EDT

LA

The Los Angeles Rams and running back Lance Dunbar agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth "up to" $3 million. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dunbar, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys, signed with the Rams Thursday. The five-year veteran, who hasn't been much of a factor for most of his career in Dallas, could step into an expanded role with the Rams. Los Angeles has their starter, Todd Gurley, in place, but could use the versatility their new acquisition brings. Due to his stature, he's 5'8', 195 lbs, plus, his pass-catching skills, he was once compared to Darren Sproles. However, a torn ACL suffered in 2015 setback his career. Dunbar could be a sleeper, late-round PPR option in 2017 who is worth taking a flier on in the upcoming fantasy football campaign.


Austin Seferian-Jenkins suspended

By Anthony Cervino   Wed, Mar 15th 5:08pm EDT

NYJ

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was suspended for two-games by the NFL Wednesday for his 2016 DUI. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Seferian-Jenkins, who was charged with a DUI last September while he was still a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization, was suspended for two games by the NFL because of the incident. The troubled tight end has a boatload of upside, but he's never lived up to his hype. His best NFL season was in 2015 in which he caught 21 targets for 338 yards and four touchdowns in seven games -- he's never played more than nine games in a season in his three-year career. Barring a change in personnel, Seferian-Jenkins will assume New York's starting tight end job once he's eligible to return from his ban in Week 3. He is not a fantasy-relevant asset entering the 2017 campaign however.


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Minnesota Vikings and restricted free agent wide receiver Adam Thielen agreed to terms on a three-year deal. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Thielen, a restricted free agent, signed a three-year deal with the Vikings Wednesday after the team placed a second-round tender on him at the start of free agency. The impending fourth-year receiver had an outstanding breakout season in 2016 in which he caught 69 targets for 967 yards and five touchdowns, including three games of at least 100 yards receiving. On a Vikings offense that finished last season ranked 18th in total net passing yards, Thielen is expected to open 2017 as Minnesota's No. 2 wideout behind Stefon Diggs.


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting former New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has been dismissed of all charges stemming from an altercation in Pittsburgh last month. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Revis' charges that include two counts of felony aggravated assault, robbery, conspiracy and making terroristic threats during an altercation in Pittsburgh's Southside district in February, were all dismissed by a judge Wednesday at his hearing. The veteran free agent defensive back, who was released by the Jets shortly following the incident, remains on the open market. However, he could be signed sooner rather than later in the wake of his favorable court appearance.


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the New England Patriots and linebacker Dont'a Hightower agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth $43.5 million that includes $19 million in guaranteed money. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Despite visiting with the Jets and Steelers, Hightower is returning to the Patriots in 2017 and moving forward. His four-year deal will tie him to the club until 2021. The five-year veteran is one of the cornerstones of New England's defense and would have been a tremendous loss if he left in free agency.


Justin Hunter signs with Steelers

By Anthony Cervino   Wed, Mar 15th 11:14am EDT

PIT

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed free agent wide receiver Justin Hunter, formerly of the Buffalo Bills. (Source: Ed Bouchette on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Since Markus Wheaton signed with the Bears last week, the Steelers had a void at wide receiver, which Hunter is expected to fill in the wake of his acquisition. In 10 games in 2016, Hunter caught 10 targets for 189 yards and four touchdowns. It was the worst statistical season of his career. The speedy wideout could enter 2017 as Pittsburgh's No. 4 or No. 5 receiver with a strong offseason.