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The Lions are signing LeGarrette Blount to a one-year deal worth $4.5 million, according to Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Blount had a fine season with the Eagles, but was supplanted as the main back in Philadelphia by Jay Ajayi. He'll now rejoin his old friend Matt Patricia with Detroit. Blount should again be part of a timeshare backfield, splitting work with Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. He'll likely continue to have value in deep leagues, if for no other reason than he'll surely be featured at the goal-line.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Baltimore Ravens and former Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree have agreed to terms on a three-year deal. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Crabtree will join a Ravens team notorious for adding veteran wideouts in the second half of their careers -- Anquan Boldin, Steve Smith, Derrick Mason, Jeremy Maclin. He'll be the clear-cut WR1, a role he may not flourish in. He was an upside WR2 during his tenure in Oakland. However, the Ravens are one of the pass-happiest offenses in the NFL and ample targets should set up Crabtree to have an outstanding year.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Vikings are signing defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to a one-year deal. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Vikings defense was already among the best in football, though this signing takes it up another notch. Richardson will add a piece to the defensive line that is expected to lose defensive tackle Tom Johnson in free agency. Playing in a division against Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, and Mitchell Trubisky, the addition of Richardson should create much-needed pressure up the middle. He only recorded one sack in 2017, but he had 28 quarterback hurries which tied for seventh among defensive tackles. While we don't advocate drafting defenses outside of your final draft pick in fantasy football, the Vikings make a strong case to maybe snag them a round or two before your final pick.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It wouldn't be the first time Burfict was suspended by the NFL, though it is the first time under the drug policy. Just recently, Burfict's name came up in trade rumors with the Raiders, though this may put an end to them. When on the field, Burfict is a difference-maker, but has played just 36 of a possible 64 games over the last four years. The Bengals as a franchise are nearing a rebuild, it seems.

Wide Receiver Ryan Grant, who reached an agreement with the Baltimore Ravens on a $29 million deal, failed his physical and his deal is null and void, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Grant will now have to look elsewhere for a deal, as Schefter is reporting that the Ravens are turning their attention to Michael Crabtree. Grant had secured a surprisingly large payday from the Ravens -- $29 million over four years, with $14.5 million guaranteed and a $10 million signing bonus -- and it's unlikely he will be able to secure such a contract elsewhere after this failed physical.

The Tennessee Titans have announced they signed cornerback Malcolm Butler to a five-year, $61 million deal. (Source: Tennessee Titans)

Fantasy Impact: The deal contains over $30 million in guaranteed money, so the Titans ponied up some serious cash to land him. Alongside Adoree Jackson, Butler should be able to shine similar to the way he did while with the Patriots, as both cornerbacks play better in man-coverage. While some say it was a lot of money to give up, the Patriots reportedly offered Butler a six-year deal worth $66 million prior to last season. The Titans have improved their team this offseason while adding two former Patriots in Butler and Dion Lewis.

The Jaguars are signing Austin Seferian-Jenkins to a two-year deal worth $10 million. He can make up to $11 million. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Seferian-Jenkins is coming off the best season of his career with the Jets, with 50 catches for 357 yards and three touchdowns. The Jaguars just signed Niles Paul, as well, which will obviously limit Seferian-Jenkins' upside, and Marcedes Lewis was never a particularly valuable fantasy asset, anyway. Still, Jacksonville signed the big tight end for a reason, and we'll see how the Jaguars' offensive gameplan incorporates both Paul and Seferian-Jenkins.

Former Packers and Raiders wide receiver James Jones has announced that his former teammate Jordy Nelson will sign a two-year deal with the Oakland Raiders worth $15 million with $13 million guaranteed. (Source: James Jones on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Here's the news we kind of knew was coming after Derek Carr went to pick up Nelson at the airport and spending all day with the team. After hearing about the Michael Crabtree release, it was certain. Nelson's play dipped down the stretch in 2017, and while some say it's due to Aaron Rodgers going down with an injury, there's likely more to it. Even going back to 2016, when Nelson was returning from his torn ACL, his yards per reception dipped to 13.0 after being at least 15.2 yards per reception every year since becoming a starter. That number dipped again in 2017 to just 9.1 yards per reception. Nelson was once known as an incredible route runner who could get open deep, but that's not the player the Raiders are getting. At 33 years old, Nelson's age has caught up with him. He's going to be the No. 2 receiver behind Amari Cooper and not one that we'd recommend drafting in fantasy football. His chemistry with Aaron Rodgers was something special that won't be duplicated.

Dontari Poe to the Panthers

Thu, Mar 15th 3:03pm EDT
By Mike Tagliere

Washington Post's Kimberley Martin is reporting that the Panthers are signing free agent defensive tackle Dontari Poe. (Source: Kimberley Martin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He's one of the better free agents on the market, especially on the defensive line. After leaving the Chiefs for the Falcons last offseason, Poe played extremely well, particularly against the run. He will replace Star Lotulelei on the defensive line and should be considered a solid upgrade. The Panthers signed Julius Peppers the other day, trying to shore up their defensive line.

Tyler Eifert has reached an agreement to stay with the Cincinnati Bengals on a one-year deal. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Seeing as the team has not made any significant moves thus far, Eifert's value in fantasy will simply depend on whether he can stay healthy or not. In his five years at the NFL level, he's only made it past 10 games twice. He's worth drafting late based on his past upside (13 TDs in 2015), but he's far from a must-have.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that free agent running back Doug Martin is signing with the Oakland Raiders. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: We heard rumblings about new head coach Jon Gruden meeting with Martin, but it never made that much sense considering Marshawn Lynch was on the roster. You have to wonder if Lynch will be released with the Martin signing. Until we hear an update, it's hard to say what this means for Martin in fantasy circles. If they do, in fact, keep both Lynch and Martin, it's a situation best left alone. It would likely be somewhat of a 50/50 timeshare, though neither of them are particularly great catching the ball out of the backfield. Martin would definitely have the edge in that department, so he'd be the preferred option of the two. If they do end up releasing Lynch, Martin is immediately back into the RB2 conversation while running behind one of the best offensive lines in football.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Miami Dolphins have signed offensive guard Josh Sitton to a two-year deal. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After the Bears surprisingly released Sitton a few weeks back, he was expected to have a solid market for his services. We didn't hear about many visits with him, but he provides immediate relief on the Dolphins offensive line that was among the worst in football last year. This comes shortly after the news that center Mike Pouncey asked for his release from the team. This is not the end of the Dolphins offensive line rebuilding process, but it's a start.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting Miami Dolphins C Mike Pouncey has requested his release from the team, which is expected to be granted at some point today. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After spending the first seven years of his career in Miami, it looks like the Dolphins and Pouncey are parting ways. And while he'll turn 29 in July and has battled hip issues for the better part of the 2017 season despite not missing any games, I don't expect Pouncey to remain on the open market long. He's still a quality center despite losing a step.

Mike Jones of the USA Today is reporting former Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore is "close" to an agreement with the Detriot Lions. (Source: Mike Jones on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gore, who will turn 35 in May, is expected to sign with the Lions. He'll look to improve one of the worst rushing attacks in the NFL in recent memory led by Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. In the wake of Gore's addition, it wouldn't surprise me if the Lions moved on from Abdullah, perhaps via trade around the upcoming NFL Draft. Gore finished 2017 with 961 yards rushing and three TDs and should expect the Lions to bring in competition for the RB1 spot.

The Buffalo Bills have announced that they have signed former Cincinnati Bengals QB AJ McCarron to a two-year deal. (Source: Bills on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McCarron will join a Bills team desperate for a quarterback upgrade. And although they have one in McCarron, we still don't know exactly what he is. As a result, I fully believe the Bills target a quarterback early in the upcoming NFL Draft. Expect a quarterback competition in Buffalo this offseason.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Arizona Cardinals have agreed to terms with quarterback Mike Glennon on a two-year deal worth $8 million. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: We knew this was in the works once the Bears released him, but what does this do to the Cardinals prospects of drafting a quarterback in the first-round? With Sam Bradford guaranteed $15 million and the unnecessary signing of Glennon for two years when there likely wouldn't have been any competition, the Cardinals may wait another year to address the position. We find it hard to believe that Bradford is going to stay upright behind the Cardinals makeshift offensive line, so we may actually see Glennon throwing a football again in 2018.

The New York Jets have agreed to terms with free agent linebacker Avery Williamson to the tune of 3 years, $22.5 million with $16.5 million guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact: He reportedly turned down a hefty contract from the Titans, the team he's been with for the last four years in order to enter free agency. For whatever reason, he chose to go to the Jets who are in the process of rebuilding, so it's unlikely he made this move with intentions on winning any time soon. Williamson is one of the better linebackers in the game and will help the Jets fill the void left by linebacker Demario Davis, who went to the Saints.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Denver Broncos have agreed to trade quarterback Trevor Siemian to the Vikings. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Broncos will also send a late-round pick in this year's draft in exchange for a Vikings pick in 2019. The move was made to essentially get Siemian off the books now that they've acquired Case Keenum. Siemian will be the primary backup for newly-acquired Kirk Cousins.

Ryan Tannehill has reworked his contract to help the Dolphins trim some payroll and get under the salary cap by Wednesday's deadline. Tannehill's 2018 cap number will drop from nearly $20 million to $8.6 million and he'll receive more money up front in the form of a signing bonus. The restructure played a big part in freeing up the necessary cap space for the Dolphins to sign WR Albert Wilson and WR Danny Amendola. (Source: Armando Salguero on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The move means that Tannehill will remain with Miami for at least one more season but won't preclude the Dolphins from drafting a new quarterback in the first round. As long as he's fully recovered from an ACL that cost him the entire 2017 season, Tannehill should enter training camp as Miami's starter. However, if the Dolphins use their No. 11 pick in the first round on a potential replacement, Tannehill's time as Miami's starter and as a fantasy QB2 could be nearing an end.

Thomas Rawls now a free agent

Wed, Mar 14th 4:49pm EDT
By Mike Tagliere

Seahawks beat writer Gregg Bell is reporting that the Seahawks did not place a tender on Thomas Rawls, making him an unrestricted free agent. (Source: Gregg Bell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Seahawks also chose not to tender Mike Davis, meaning they're looking to go an entirely different direction in 2018. This is the best thing that could've happened for Rawls from a fantasy perspective, as he'll likely bounce to a different team as the No. 2 on their depth chart, meaning he'd need one injury to get back into fantasy relevance. We haven't seen the same Rawls that we did before his ankle injury, though the Seahawks offensive line did him no favors. Once he lands somewhere, we'll do our best to let you know what his value is.