Mon, Mar 1st 12:50pm EST
By Brendan Tuma
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Cardinals are signing DL J.J. Watt to a two-year, $31 million contract. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The deal includes $23 million guaranteed. Watt confirmed the deal himself by posting a picture on his Twitter of him in a Cardinals shirt. Watt will form a fearsome defensive line in Arizona, lining up opposite of Chandler Jones. He'll also be reunited with his former Houston teammate, DeAndre Hopkins.
Tue, Feb 23rd 7:07pm EST
By Lee Wehry
Steelers star QB Ben Roethlisberger will be returning as the team's starter for the upcoming 2021 season. (Source: Aditi Kinkhabwala on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The NFL's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports that she has been in contact with Roethlisberger's agent Ryan Tollner. He states that "They (Steelers) want Ben back and will contact me soon to address his cap situation." This will likely include a restructure of the veteran QB's contract to be more cap-friendly, thus freeing up additional resources for Pittsburg to make a run at the Super Bowl. The Steelers were red hot to start the 2020 season, going 11-0 before losing 5 of their last 6, including a bitter loss to the Cleveland Browns in the NFL Wild Card Round. Roethlisberger had a respectable 2020, recording 3,803 passing yards, 33 touchdowns, and ten interceptions. Coming off of "Tommy John" surgery in 2019, he struggled with his deep ball, finishing with 6.3 yards-per-attempt, the lowest in his career. The Steelers hope another year removed from the elbow injury, and they will see the veteran gunslinger return to form and help the team make a deep playoff run.
Per Adam Schefter, Carson Wentz has been traded to the Colts for a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick that could turn into a first. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The speculation for the last few weeks was that Wentz was headed to either Indianapolis or Chicago. While reports were that the Bears had a better offer on the table, the quarterback preferred Indianapolis. The Colts give Wentz a much better opportunity to bounce back to the near-MVP-level play we saw from the former second overall pick. Wentz landed a dream gig for a quarterback with an elite offensive line, a strong run game, and a group of talented pass-catchers. He struggled in 2020 with the Eagles, setting career-lows in completion percentage, yards per game, touchdown rate, and yards per attempt. He also set career-highs in interceptions and sacks before being benched for rookie Jalen Hurts. Hurts appears set to take the lead under center for the Eagles in 2021 now. This news will cause Wentz to fly up draft boards and make him a high-end QB2 with tremendous upside.
Fri, Feb 12th 1:26pm EST
By Dave Kluge
Trevor Lawrence, who is throwing for teams on Friday, February 12th, is set to go under surgery the next day for a torn labrum in his shoulder. That surgery should keep him from throwing for 6-8 weeks and will require a recovery time of 4-5 months. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Assuming everything goes smoothly, there's no reason to expect that Lawrence won't be ready to start training camps. He weighed in at his Pro Day at just 213 pounds, a sign that he probably hasn't been able to lift weights much since suffering the injury. All signs point to Lawrence being this year's first pick and the future face of the Jacksonville Jaguars. With the NFL Draft still over two months away, the Jaguars will be watching his progress from surgery under a microscope. Luckily, the injury is in his non-throwing arm, but the team will still want to ensure the 21-year-old stud has a smooth recovery process.
Sun, Feb 7th 5:11pm EST
By Mike Maher
Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown is officially active for Super Bowl 55 against the Kansas City Chiefs despite being listed as questionable with a knee injury. (Source: Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Brown missed the NFC Championship Game and was listed as questionable, but he was able to practice this week and was expected to play. He should return to his usual role as third fiddle behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin in the Tampa Bay offense after catching 45 of his 62 targets for 483 yards and four touchdowns during eight regular season games.
Sun, Feb 7th 7:10am EST
By Dave Kluge
Dak Prescott appears set to play in Dallas again in 2021. Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Cowboys plan to us the franchise tag on Prescott for a second consecutive year if they are unable to work out a longterm deal. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: With the quarterback rumor mill going wild these last few days, Dallas is getting ahead of the news by saying that Prescott will be their quarterback again next year. Prescott suffered a gruesome season-ending leg injury in Week 5 against the Giants but is reportedly progressing well and ahead of schedule. The fifth-year pro was off to an amazing start in 2020, throwing nine touchdowns and rushing for three over his first four games. Knowing that he’ll be playing for the Cowboys again next season offers a significant boost to Ezekiel Elliott’s value, along with the corps of pass-catchers. Prescott should be considered a top-tier fantasy quarterback in 2021.
Wed, Feb 3rd 12:54pm EST
By Dave Kluge
Saints head coach Sean Payton said that he expects an announcement to come "in the next week or two" from Drew Brees regarding his speculative retirement. However, he did not say whether he was officially retiring or not. (Source: Pick Six Podcast on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Payton went on to talk about how Brees had excessive wear and tear on his body this year. Prior to the Saints' loss to Buccaneers, Jay Glazer reported that it was going to be Brees's final game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Brees missed a handful of games with broken ribs and a punctured lung and struggled to push the ball downfield, even when healthy. About to turn 43years old in less than two weeks, Brees is expected to hang up the cleats this offseason. Still, a formal announcement should come sometime within a week after this Sunday's Super Bowl.
Saquon Barkley, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear in September against the Bears, told the Associated Press that he is "doing really well in rehab" and is "very excited" to get back to the game. (Source: Associated Press)
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy football's consensus second overall pick in 2020 only had 25 touches this season before tearing his ACL, which ended his season and required surgery to repair. Because his injury happened early in the season, he's expected to be ready by Week 1 of the 2021 season and his remarks about doing well in rehab lead to believe that will be the case. Although Barkley struggled with just 1.8 yards per carry this season, the Giants got their run game going as the season progressed and Barkley is set to take the lead again next year. Injury concerns have already started to push Barkley down draft boards. Currently sitting as the RB6 in our Expert Consensus Rankings, Barkley can absolutely outperform his ADP if he stays healthy next season.
Tue, Feb 2nd 1:11pm EST
By Dave Kluge
James Rapien on Twitter is reporting that Deshaun Watson is willing to sit out the 2021 season if the Texans do not trade him. (Source: James Rapien on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The relationship between Watson and the Texans has gotten pretty contentious lately as it appears that Watson has taken his last snap for Houston. After the Rams just gave up a huge package for Matthew Stafford, it's tough to predict what type of return to Watson could garner. At just 25 years old and under contract for three more years, pulling Watson from the Texans would likely require a few first-round picks or some top-notch starters. Keep a close eye on this situation as there are a lot of quarterback-needy teams that could make a push.
Mon, Feb 1st 12:55pm EST
By Dave Kluge
The Chicago Bears are expected to move on from Mitchell Trubisky this offseason, per Dan Sileo. (Source: Dan Sileo on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: There's no shock here as Ian Rapoport stated that Trubisky's future with the Bears was contingent on a playoff run in 2020 and the team was bounced in the first round by the Saints. Sileo is reporting that the Cowboys and Broncos have both expressed interest in Trubisky. The former second-overall pick will likely start next season as a backup. Although Nick Foles is still under contract through 2021, the Bears will probably find another quarterback either through a trade, free agency, or this year's draft. Expect the Bears quarterback situation to be a hot topic through this offseason yet again.
Sat, Jan 30th 10:05pm EST
By Adam Koffler
The Los Angeles Rams are trading Jared Goff, a 3rd-round pick in 2021, a 1st-round pick in 2022, and a 1st-round pick in 2023 to the Detroit Lions for Matthew Stafford. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: One former first overall pick is headed to Detroit while the other former first round pick gets a fresh start in Los Angeles. Detroit apparently had six offers for Stafford, but it was the package of Goff and the three picks that enticed the Lions. The deal can’t become official until the start of the league year on March 17, but this is the first of many that will kick off a wild NFL offseason.
Sat, Jan 30th 10:03pm EST
By Jon Mathisen
Matthew Stafford is being traded to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for Jared Goff, two future first-round picks and a future third-round pick, according to Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The blockbuster deal includes two former No. 1 overall picks, Stafford in 2009 and Goff in 2016, swapping teams. Both quarterbacks will get fresh starts with their new teams next season. The Rams will also be sending Detroit a third-round pick in 2021, a first-round pick in 2022, and another first-round pick in 2023. It won't become official until the start of the league year on March 17th.
Mon, Jan 25th 11:58am EST
By Dave Kluge
Chiefs offensive lineman Eric Fisher tore his Achilles tendon in Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Bills. He will not play in the Super Bowl and faces a long road to recovery. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: 2013's first overall pick inked a 4-year/$48M extension a few years ago that will expire after 2021. At 30 years old, his recovery may cause Fisher to miss some time next season, a crucial contract year for the standout offensive lineman. The Chiefs will likely promote Martinas Rankin into the starting lineup for the Super Bowl. We'll be sure to keep you updated on Fisher's status and recovery throughout the offseason.