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Andrew Hawkins cut by Browns

By Anthony Cervino   Mon, Feb 27th 1:10pm EST

CLE

The Cleveland Browns are releasing wide receiver Andrew Hawkins on Monday according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Browns are releasing Hawkins after three seasons with the club. The veteran wideout played in all 16 games in 2016 and accumulated a 33-324-3 stat line while being overshadowed by breakout star Terrelle Pryor. Hawkins will have no problem catching on with a new team for the 2017 campaign.

Category: Transactions


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.

Category: Transactions


Wes Horton has re-signed with the Panthers on a two-year deal. Horton was a summer cut but then was brought back due to the lack of depth for the Panthers on their front four. Horton ended up playing well finishing with 2.5 sacks.

Fantasy Impact: Horton will provide depth on the front line for the Panthers but they will likely target a veteran edge rusher and/or another pass rusher in the draft.

Category: Transactions


Baltimore Ravens brass told the media defensive back Matt Elam is "not in our plans " for 2017 in the wake of his arrest early Sunday morning. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Elam was arrested in Florida early Sunday morning on multiple drug charges that include possession of a controlled substance. In the wake of his arrest, the Ravens are expected to move on from the troubled defensive back. Elam will face disciplinary action from the NFL as well and likely begin 2017, if he is on a team, serving a suspension.

Category: Rumors


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 overthecap.com.

Category: Rumors


Mario Addison has signed a 3-year deal worth $22.5 million to return to the Panthers. Addison is coming his best season of his career with 9.5 sacks and one fumble recovered to go along with a career-high 27 total tackles in 14 games. Addison will provide the Panthers another edge rusher which is a position of need for them in the draft or free agency. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Addison isn't a Jared Allen type name but he played well this past season. With Allen gone and Charles Johnson likely leaving town, Addison and some fellow newcomers will lead the pass rush next season. The Panthers DST hinges on the health of Luke Kuechly.

Category: Transactions


ESPN's Tim McManus believes the Philadelphia Eagles could pursue running back Jamaal Charles if he is released by the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: The Chiefs could part ways with Charles this offseason, especially since they signed fellow running back C.J. Spiller last week. In that scenario, Charles would become a free agent and would likely have a number of teams willing to take a chance on his services. Charles, 30, is coming off of the second ACL tear of his nine-year career in 2016 and would likely take an incentive based deal to sign with another club this offseason. Expect the Eagles to make a run at Charles if he is indeed released as they are in need of a boost at the running back position. Charles would also be a good fit with Philadelphia due to his past relationship with head coach Doug Pederson. Charles and Pederson spent three seasons together when the latter was Kansas City's offensive coordinator from 2013-to-2015.

Category: Rumors


ESPN's Mike Reiss believes the New England Patriots will not get into a bidding war with another club to retain free agent wide receiver Michael Floyd this offseason. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: In other words, if another team swoops in and offers Floyd a contract too rich for New England's blood, they are unlikely to "get into a competitive situation to retain him," per Reiss. Floyd, who signed with the team in December after the Cardinals released him, didn't wow anyone with his performance in his first two games with the club. He caught four targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in Weeks 16 and 17. Expect Floyd's tenure with the Patriots to end this offseason. The 27-year-old wideout will, however, have a solid market in free agency despite his recent off the field issues.

Category: Rumors


ESPN's Rich Cimini reports New York Jets defensive back Darrelle Revis "all but confirmed he's willing to take a pay cut" to remain with the team in 2017. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Cimini reports that during an exchange with fans on Instagram, Revis said that "he doesn't deserve to be one of the 10 highest-paid cornerbacks" in the NFL, all but hinting he is willing to take a pay cut this offseason. Revis, 31, has showcased declining skills for the better part of the past two seasons, especially in 2016, at the cornerback position. However, if he remains with the Jets, the team could elect to move him to safety, a position change that many great NFL corners made in the past -- most notably Ronnie Lott and Charles Woodson, among others.

Category: Rumors


ESPN's Josina Anderson expects the Oakland Raiders to allow running back Latavius Murray to test the open free agent market this offseason. "The door will remain open for a possible return after he tests his market," an unnamed source told Anderson. (Source: Josina Anderson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: If Oakland does, in fact, allow Murray to test the open market, and they are fully expected to, there is a good chance he will depart. As the Raiders spent the last two offseasons attempting to replace Murray, the team making him a lucrative offer to stay is unlikely. In Murray's possible departure, Oakland would be in the market to address the running back position this offseason in either the draft or in free agency.

Category: Rumors


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.

Category: Transactions


After having the worst rushing defense in the league in 2016, the 49ers addressed a key position by signing run-stuffer Earl Mitchell to a 4-year deal. $5.5M of the $16M will be paid in his first year. (Source: Matt Maiocco on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Current 49ers nose tackle Glenn Dorsey is slated for free agency with no guarantees for returning. As the team transitions to a 4-3, they'll need a big-bodied space-eater. At 6'3", 310 lbs, Mitchell fits the mold. While his 5.5 sacks over 7 seasons is nothing to be impressed by, his primary job will be to occupy interior lineman allowing others to fill the holes.

Category: Transactions


Brandon Stokley of 104.3 The Fan Denver reports Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemain (shoulder) is not expected to resume practicing in full until training camp. (Source: 104.3 TheFan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Siemian, who underwent offseason shoulder surgery, is not expected to practice in full until training camp due to his recovery from the procedure. Although he will likely be on the field for OTAs in the spring, the Broncos are unlikely to give their presumed starting quarterback a full workload at that time as a precaution.

Category: Injury Updates


Josh Doctson's rehab progressing

By Anthony Cervino   Fri, Feb 24th 6:15pm EST

WAS

Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson (Achilles) posted a video of himself on social media running drills at Redskins Park Friday. (Source: Master Tesfatsion on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Doctson missed all but two games in his rookie season due to a lingering Achilles injury suffered in the offseason. He was placed on the injured reserve list in October as a result. Barring a setback, the impending sophomore wideout appears to be on track for OTAs in the spring. If both Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson depart via free agency this offseason, Doctson would be in line to open the 2017 campaign as one of the team's starting wide receivers along with Jamison Crowder.

Category: Injury Updates


Jacksonville Jaguars vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin told the media that the "key" for Blake Bortles to remain the team's starting quarterback is "limiting his turnovers." (Source: Jacksonville.com)

Fantasy Impact: Bortles, who committed 22 total turnovers (16 interceptions and six lost fumbles) in 2016, will have to limit his mistakes to remain the team's starter moving forward, per Coughlin. Despite his ball security issues, Bortles has shown enough upside to likely keep his job at least for the start of next season. Playing in 16 games, he threw for 3,905 yards and 23 touchdowns while rushing for 359 yards and three scores in 2016. If Jacksonville adds offensive line help to protect their sometimes shaky signal caller, their offense will be a more cohesive unit in 2017.

Category: Rumors


49ers sign WR DeAndre Carter

By Clinton Ho   Fri, Feb 24th 4:17pm EST

SF

The San Francisco 49ers have signed 23-year-old WR DeAndre Carter to a two-year deal. (Source: San Francisco 49ers)

Fantasy Impact: Carter was an undrafted free agent in 2015 that was signed by the Ravens. He was waived and later signed/waived by the Raiders and Patriots from 2015-16. The 49ers have holes in multiple places on their roster and the WR position was especially poor after finishing dead last in receiving yards in 2016. Part of the blame could be on the QB, but a WR corps of Torrey Smith, Quinton Patton and Jeremy Kerley isn't scaring anyone.

Category: Transactions


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.

Category: Injury Updates


Nick Folk cut by Jets

By Anthony Cervino   Fri, Feb 24th 11:12am EST

The New York Jets released kicker Nick Folk on Thursday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After playing for the team since 2010, Folk was cut by the Jets on Thursday. The 10-year veteran was successful on 27-of-31 field goal attempts and 24-of-26 extra point attempts in 2016. He'll likely sign with another team and compete for a job at some point this offseason. However, he may have to wait until training camp to find another suitor. In the wake of Folk's release, the Jets saved $3 million in salary cap space.

Category: Transactions


The Kansas City Chiefs have signed running back C.J. Spiller on Friday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Chiefs added running back depth Friday when they signed Spiller to a one-year deal. The oft-injured rusher will compete for a roster spot in a crowded Chiefs backfield that currently has Jamaal Charles, Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware under contract for 2017.

Category: Transactions


Pro Football Focus compares former FSU running back Dalvin Cook to former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Fred Taylor. (Source: Pro Football Focus)

Fantasy Impact: "In his prime, Taylor had elite, game-changing ability, and that is what separates Cook from the other backs in this class," writes the PFF team. "He can turn the slightest crease into a big play, and he can contribute as a weapon in the passing game." Cook is expected to be either the first or second running back taken in this years draft and is assured a spot in the first round barring any character concerns that come to light as the process plays out. He should slot in as his team's top RB right away, making him worth drafting in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts next season.

Category: Rumors