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ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Cowboys are signing free agent wide receiver Allen Hurns to a two-year contract. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: We've heard a few teams interested in Hurns over the last few days, though the Cowboys don't really make all that much sense. Hurns has primarily played the slot over the last few seasons, an area that the Cowboys have occupied with Cole Beasley and last year's draft pick Ryan Switzer. Dealing with a multitude of different injuries over the last few years, Hurns hasn't topped 500 yards in either of the last two seasons. He's likely just a depth chart signing for the Cowboys who continue to search for a wide receiver to play opposite Dez Bryant. This should not deter them from drafting a wide receiver on day two of the NFL Draft.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the New York Jets and WR Terrelle Pryor have agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Since the Jets are addressing their wide receiver corps, it could mean troubled wideout Robby Anderson will face a suspension to open the 2018 season. However, I wouldn't be too excited about Pryor landing with the Jets. Although he had an outstanding showing in Cleveland in 2016, he was a bust with the Redskins last season while playing with the most talented QB (Kirk Cousins) that he's ever been on the field with during his pro career. Still, Pryor doesn't have boom or bust upside if he can put it all together and may be worth a late-round flier in upcoming fantasy drafts.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Eagles have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran wide receiver Mike Wallace. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Welcome to the old home of Torrey Smith, who the Eagles released this offseason. It's an odd signing when the team has Mack Hollins, who appeared ready to contribute in year two. Wallace has been someone to complain when he doesn't get enough targets, so it's unclear what he's looking for at this point at his advanced age. This may very well be the last stop on his career tour that's now included five teams, so he may be settling for a smaller role for a chance to win a championship. Whatever the case, he's not quite the field-stretcher he once was, but can still offer a consistent veteran presence on the field. He's someone to avoid in fantasy drafts.

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Sirius XM's Craig Mish is reporting that the Dolphins have agreed to a one-year contract with running back Frank Gore. (Source: Craig Mish on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is the best case scenario for Kenyan Drake, as Gore isn't someone who presents a threat to steal carries at this point in his career, especially when you consider how bad the offensive line-play has been. It was shocking to see Gore land a job in general as a soon-to-be 35-year-old running back who has struggled to find any room to run over the last few years. His 3.77 yards per carry with the Colts over the last three years apparently spoke to the Dolphins, who are in a complete rebuild. The signing makes little sense, so don't be surprised if the Dolphins add another running back in a talented draft class.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Giants have traded defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and a fourth-round pick in 2018 to the Buccaneers, in exchange for a third- and fourth-round pick in 2018. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wow. This seems like little compensation for Pierre-Paul who was once considered one of the best defensive ends in the game. He's still one of the premier players at the position, so he'll be a welcome addition for the Bucs. The underlining fallout that may take place because of this pick, though, is that the Giants may wind up drafting Bradley Chubb at No. 2 in the draft. They've been saying that Eli Manning is their quarterback and it's always seemed unlikely they'd draft one of the offensive lineman that high. Chubb to the Giants is likely to gain some steam here in the coming weeks.

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The AP's Mark Long is reporting the Jacksonville Jaguars have released TE Marcedes Lewis on Tuesday. (Source: Mark Long on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After 12 seasons with the team, the Jaguars cut Lewis, who is not happy with the developments leading up to his release. "I think I deserved a little better than I got," Lewis said Wednesday. "I wish they would have done it sooner." His release is indeed a head-scratcher, especially after the Jaguars picked up Lewis' 2018 option. However, after the team landed Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Niles Paul in free agency, the writing was on the wall for this to happen sooner or later. Lewis could be a good fit with the Ravens or Lions as both teams have a need at the tight end position.

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Eric Ebron is signing a two-year deal worth a maximum value of $15 million with the Colts, according to Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The signing is a little surprising given than the Colts already had the underrated Jack Doyle. But given the current lack of depth at receiver for Indianapolis, both Doyle and Ebron should see plenty of work in two-tight end sets. Either way, Ebron wasn't signed to be a backup, obviously, and with a healthy Andrew Luck, he should find his way into being a borderline startable option in most leagues.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting former USC QB Sam Darnold will throw at USC's pro day rain or shine on Wednesday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Because Darnold didn't throw at last month's NFL Scouting Combine, he is slated to throw at USC's pro day even if it rains, which is forecasted. Barring an atrocious outing, Darnold is expected to be a top 10 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. He'll likely be heavily targeted by QB-needy teams that include the Broncos and the Jets.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the New York Giants have signed former Denver Broncos WR Cody Latimer. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: A former second-round pick in 2014, Latimer will join a Giants' offense loaded with wide receivers. However, it's clear Odell Beckham Jr is having off the field problems, which could lead to a suspension if he doesn't clean up his act. Coming off of an underwhelming career year last season -- he posted a 19-287-2 stat line in 11 games -- Latimer is nothing more than a low-end depth chart filler on his new club.

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Jaron Brown and the Seattle Seahawks have reportedly agreed to a deal, according to Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brown contributed early last season with the Cardinals before becoming irrelevant for fantasy purposes in the second half. He set career highs in catches (31), yards (477), and touchdowns (four), however. He should slide into the No. 3 receiver role behind Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett.

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Danny Woodhead retires

Sat, Mar 17th 7:30am EDT
By Anthony Cervino

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo is reporting former Baltimore Ravens RB Danny Woodhead has announced his retirement from the NFL. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: "It's time to say goodbye to the game I love," Woodhead said via his personal Instagram account, announcing his retirement from the NFL after 10 seasons in the league. One of the prominent pass-catching backs of our generation, Woodhead's career could have been that much better but couldn't shake the injury-woes -- he only played in 10 games in the last two years. Woodhead will retire with 2,238 yards and 15 TDs as a rusher and a 300-2,698-17 stat line as a receiver while playing for the Jets, Patriots, Chargers and Ravens.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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