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The Pittsburgh Steelers and wide receiver Antonio Brown have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension worth $68 million on Monday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Signing a deal that will pay him $17 million per year over four years, and $18.5 million over three years, Brown is now the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL and is tied to the Steelers until the 2021 season. While accumulating at least 106 receptions, 1,284 yards and eight touchdowns in each of the last four seasons, Brown's new extension is well-deserved. The Steelers, who franchise tagged Le'Veon Bell on Monday, will likely work on their premier rusher's long-term deal next.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed the exclusive rights franchise tag on running back Le'Veon Bell on Monday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, the Steelers placed the exclusive rights franchise tag on Bell on Monday. The four-year veteran had an outstanding season in 2016. Playing in 12 games, he accumulated 1,268 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground while catching 75 targets for 616 yards and two scores as a receiver out of the backfield. The Steelers and Bell will likely attempt to negotiate a long-term deal this offseason while using the tender as a bridge. However, with Antonio Brown poised to receive a long-term contract of his own this year, Bell may have to wait for the former's deal to get done first before he ultimately gets his.

The Arizona Cardinals have placed the franchise tag on pass rusher Chandler Jones on Monday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, the Cardinals placed the franchise tag on Jones. The tender will likely be used as a bridge in an attempt to negotiate a long-term deal while keeping Jones off of the open market. In his first season in Arizona, Jones accumulated 49 tackles, 11 sacks, four forced fumbles and two recoveries.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chicago Bears are "not expected" to franchise tag wide receiver Alshon Jeffery this offseason. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jeffery, who was tagged by the Bears last offseason, is unlikely to receive the tender for the second straight year at its current value of around $17 million. The 27-year-old wideout is on track to test the open market as a result. As the top free agent receiver available this offseason, expect Jeffery to play with a new team in 2017. Expect the Eagles, who are in dire need at the receiver position, to make a run at Jeffery if they could maneuver their salary cap enough to make it work. Currently, they only have $9,842,349 million of cap space available according to

Nick Mangold released by Jets

By Anthony Cervino   Sat, Feb 25th 2:44pm EST

The New York Jets have released center Nick Mangold on Saturday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Long-time Jets center Nick Mangold was released by the team Saturday. The 11-year veteran, who played his entire career in new York, told the media he is not retiring despite his release. He is expected to have a robust market in free agency.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (back) told the media he "will be ready" for the 2017 season. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gronkowski suffered a season-ending back injury in Week 12 of the regular season. It was the third of his career. Gronkowski, who only played in eight games last season, accumulated 25 receptions for 540 yards and five touchdowns. It was his worst statistical season since 2013. Although he will enter 2017 as a starter, the Patriots could ultimately limit his role in an attempt to prolong longevity.

Mike Tolbert cut by Panthers

By Anthony Cervino   Tue, Feb 21st 1:32pm EST

The Carolina Panthers have released fullback Mike Tolbert on Tuesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After playing five seasons in Carolina, the Panthers have released Tolbert on Tuesday. The veteran fullback was beginning to be phased out of the Panthers' offense in 2016. While he appeared in all 16 games, he only accumulated 186 yards on 45 touches and a touchdown. It was his worst statistical season since 2014. Tolbert, 31, should have no problem catching on with a new club for 2017 as the fullback position appears to be making a comeback in today's NFL landscape.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to trade tight end Julius Thomas to the Miami Dolphins for a late-round draft pick in 2017. Per league rules, the trade cannot be made official until March 9, the start of the new league year. (Source: Armando Salguero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Thomas had his best statistical years as a pro when he played for his new head coach, Adam Gase, during his tenure as Denver's offensive coordinator from 2013-2014. During the two-year span, Thomas accumulated a 108-1,277-24 stat line while appearing in 27 games. If he can keep his health intact, Thomas should once again thrive while playing in Gase's system. For Jordan Cameron, his time in Miami will likely come to an end in the wake of Thomas's acquisition.

ESPN's Coley Harvey reports New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has arrived at the Pittsburgh Municipal Courts Building to surrender to the police. (Source: Coley Harvey on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Revis has surrendered to the police on Friday night less than 24 hours after numerous media outlets reported that the troubled cornerback had a warrant out for his arrest. He is being charged with four felonies stemming from an alleged altercation that occurred last weekend in the South Side district of Pittsburgh. This incident could mean the end for Revis' most recent tenure playing for the Jets.

Mario Williams cut by Dolphins

By Anthony Cervino   Thu, Feb 16th 12:57pm EST

The Miami Dolphins are releasing pass rusher Mario Williams, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After one season in Miami, the Dolphins are moving on from Williams. Playing in 13 games last season, Williams accumulated 13 total tackles, 1.5 sacks and one pass deflection. Despite his age (32), and coming off of two disappointing seasons, he should still garner moderate attention on the free agent market from teams desperate for help at pass rusher. Perhaps the Cowboys, who are in dire need at the position, will pursue Williams.

QB Tony Romo expects the Dallas Cowboys to release him rather than trade him according to league sources. Romo believes he can start for two to three more seasons. (Source: Ed Werder on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Romo finished the 2016 season with only four attempted passes for 29 yards and a touchdown. Though Romo's time in Dallas seems to be over it will be very intriguing to see which team gives him another shot. Wherever Romo goes, it could have big fantasy implications.

ESPN's Paul Gutierrez reports Oakland Raiders pass rusher Aldon Smith was allegedly involved in an incident over this past weekend in San Francisco. Gutierrez states that Smith was "mentioned" in a police report taken by the SFPD. However, the "exact details of the report were not made public" as of yet. "He is cooperating with SFPD and the reporting party," Officer Grace Gatpandan said via ESPN. "The report was taken over the weekend, and he was mentioned in the report." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Smith is serving a one-year suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. After filing for his reinstatement in the fall, Smith will be eligible to be reinstated in March as long as he remains out of trouble. However, this past weekend's incident could deter his reinstatement if he was involved in any wrongdoing. If the league grants him his reinstatement, Smith will join a Raiders defense that already employs a pair of prominent pass rushers that include the 2016-2017 Defensive Player of the Year, Khalil Mack, and Bruce Irvin.

Rashad Jennings cut by Giants

By Anthony Cervino   Mon, Feb 13th 1:22pm EST

The New York Giants have released running back Rashad Jennings on Monday. (Source: Jordan Raanan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jennings is the second veteran cut the Giants made on Monday -- they also released Victor Cruz. Jennings' release will save the Giants $2.5 million in cap space, while Cruz's release saved the team $7.5 million. Jennings, 31, was passed on the running back depth chart at the tail end of 2016 by rookie Paul Perkins, which likely spelled the end of his tenure in New York. Although he is on the wrong side of 30, his career will likely continue with a new club in 2017.

Victor Cruz cut by Giants

By Anthony Cervino   Mon, Feb 13th 12:36pm EST

NFL Network's Kim Jones reports the New York Giants have released wide receiver Victor Cruz on Monday. (Source: Kim Jones on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cruz, 30, has been cut by the Giants Monday. The injury-prone wideout attempted to rejuvenate his career last season, but he struggled on a Giants offense that features both Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard ahead of him. If Cruz can continue to maintain his health, he'll likely sign an incentive based contract this offseason with a new club with the hopes of extending his career.

Ralph Vacchiano of SNY reports New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's contract officially voided Friday. (Source: Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Fitzpatrick era is now officially over in New York. He is a free agent. The 34-year-old signal caller will likely garner limited interest on the open market, making his career moving forward in question.

Tony Pauline of reports Washington wide receiver John Ross (labrum) is "scheduled" to undergo post-combine surgery to repair a labrum injury in his shoulder. (Source: Tony Pauline on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ross, who is "stamped as a unanimous first round pick," according to Pauline, will undergo the labrum surgery to repair an injury that was "believed" to be suffered back in September in Washington's win over Stanford. Per reports, the current "plan" is for the wideout to take part in "all drills at the combine except for the bench press." He is expected to be "ready" for training camp following the surgery.

Carson Palmer will play in 2017

By Anthony Cervino   Thu, Feb 9th 3:14pm EST


Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer has officially announced that he will play in 2017. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After a vast amount of uncertainty surrounding Palmer's playing status next season, the 37-year-old signal caller has officially announced that he will play in 2017. Expect Palmer, who has two years remaining on his current deal, to play out his contract and retire following the 2018 campaign. Despite his age, he is still one of the better statistical quarterbacks in the league.

The Atlanta Falcons have reportedly decided to part ways with defensive coordinator Richard Smith and defensive line coach Bryan Cox. (Source: Alex Marvex on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is somewhat of a stunner, as the Falcons' defense improved as the year wore on and played reasonably well in the Super Bowl - especially early on in the game. However, not much should change under head coach Dan Quinn, and players like edge player Vic Beasley should still hold their IDP value. The Falcons are now without the two coordinators who helped get their team to this year's Super Bowl.

James Starks has been released by the Green Bay Packers with a non-football injury designation. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Starks was less than stellar when he attempted to make up for Eddie Lacy's miscues. The Packers backfield is extremely thin with Montgomery looking like their healthiest option currently. Expect the Packers to strengthen their backfield this offseason which will more than likely occur through the draft with the need for young legs in Green Bay.

The Atlanta Falcons are finalizing a deal with University of Alabama OC Steve Sarkisian to replace Kyle Shanahan as Offensive Coordinator. Sarkisian was formerly the Head Coach of the Washington Huskies and USC Trojans and currently serves as the Offensive Coordinator for Alabama where he lead them to the 2016 NCAA Championship. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sarkisian is a great choice to replace Shanahan for the Falcons offense. There will be an adjustment period as with any coaching change, but still expect great things from the Falcons offense. However, it would be wise to temper expectations.