Rob Gronkowski announced on Instragram Sunday that he is retiring. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This doesn't come as a huge surprise as Gronkowski has been considering retirement since last off-season. Despite hanging up his cleats before his 30th birthday, Gronk will still go down as the best tight-end of all time, or at least the most dominant. The 2010 second-round draft pick finishes his career with 521 catches, 7861 receiving yards, and 79 receiving touchdowns in 115 games. Had he stayed healthy this whole time there's seemingly no limit to the types of eye-popping numbers he could've put up. Gronk was also a part of multiple championship teams in the latest Patriots' dynasty.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports former Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston is signing with the Colts. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Adam Schefter of ESPN adds the deal will be for two years and $24 million. Houston was released by the Chiefs earlier this off-season since they could free up $14 million in cap space by doing so. The 30-year-old certainly helps beef up Indy’s defense.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Ravens are re-signing quarterback Robert Griffin. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Griffin was reportedly a great influence on Lamar Jackson last year, and he’ll continue to serve as a mentor for him in 2019.
Jared Cook is reportedly close to a new deal with the Saints. (Source: ProFootballTalk on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This is great news for Cook owners as he'll likely step in for the retired Ben Watson in a system that has been TE-friendly in the past. While Brees spreads the ball around, Cook should get attention in the red zone and down the middle of the field consistently in a high-flying offense. The signing would again put Cook firmly on the TE1 radar entering 2019 fantasy drafts.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Texans are signing AJ McCarron as their backup quarterback. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: McCarron will replace Brandon Weeden as Deshaun Watson's backup. The 28-year-old is unlikely to ever get another starting job in the NFL.
Clay Matthews and the Rams are in agreement on a two-year contract according to Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The deal has a max value of $16.75 million. Matthews reportedly passed up more lucrative offers elsewhere because he wanted to play closer to home. The 32-year-old will team up with Dante Fowler to provide an edge rush for the Rams this season.
Tue, Mar 19th 8:47pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma
The Raiders are signing Vontaze Burfict to a one-year contract. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The signing makes sense when you consider Oakland's defensive coordinator spent years with Burfict in Cincinnati. The 28-year-old linebacker plays an extremely violent brand of football, which has resulted in numerous injuries and suspension over the past few years. He should get plenty of run with the Raiders when healthy, however.
Jay Glazer reports the Cowboys are signing free agent slot receiver Randall Cobb. (Source: Jay Glazer on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Adam Schefter of ESPN adds that the deal is for one year and $5 million. Cobb essentially replaces Cole Beasley’s role in the offense. He’ll work in the slot with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup manning the outside receiving positions. Over the past few years Cobb has been injury prone and hasn’t come close to replicating his breakout 2014 season.
The Panthers have signed DE Bruce Irvin to a one-year deal. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Panthers have been in the market for an end that can rush the QB, and they found their man in Irvin. Formerly with the Seahawks, Falcons, and Raiders, Irvin's better days are likely behind him. Still, the former first-round pick did record 6.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 2018 with the Falcons.
ESPN's Jeff Darlington reports Blake Bortles is finalizing a deal with the Rams to become Jared Goff's backup. (Source: Jeff Darlington on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Rams were in the market for a backup quarterback and they get their guy in Blake Bortles, who recently visited the team. Bortles was released a couple of weeks ago after the Jaguars signed Nick Foles. It appears as if Bortles' days of being a starter in this league are over.
The Vikings have re-signed RB/KR Ameer Abdullah to a one-year contract. (Source: Minnesota Vikings on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: It was only a few years ago when Abdullah was considered one of the most promising young running backs in football. He was claimed mid-season off waivers from the Lions in 2018, and managed to carve out a role for himself on special teams. He'll likely remain Minnesota's main return man after averaging 25.8 yards per return last season. He'll also help back up Dalvin Cook with Latavius Murray now in New Orleans.
Darren Fells has agreed to a one-year contract with the Houston Texans. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Fells spent 2018 with the Browns and managed to catch 11-of-12 targets throughout his 16 games played. He's considered a great blocking tight end, which makes for a nice fit in the Houston offense.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports Jordy Nelson will visit the Seahawks on Tuesday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The ex-Packer and Raider, Nelson is also drawing interest from the Chiefs, Patriots, and Titans according to Schefter. Nelson isn't the dynamic playmaker he once was but should still have enough left in the tank for 2019.
Mon, Mar 18th 12:09pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma
Tyler Eifert has re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on a one-year deal. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The 28-year-old played in just four games last year before being lost for the season with a broken ankle. His size and speed would translate to big time fantasy production if he could ever stay healthy, but right now fantasy players can't count on that.
Mark Barron and the Pittsburgh Steelers have come to terms on a two-year, $12 million contract. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Barron spent last year with the Rams, who reportedly had interest in re-signing him. He instead lands in Pittsburgh where he will have to improve his play after a disappointing 2018.
The New York Giants are re-signing Cody Latimer to a one-year contract. (Source: Cody Latimer on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Latimer dealt with a mid-season hamstring pull last year and wound up playing in just six games for New York. He totaled 190 receiving yards on 11 receptions, and will serve as depth behind Golden Tate and Sterling Shepard. Latimer will compete with Corey Coleman for snaps in three-wide sets.
Sun, Mar 17th 2:44pm EDT
By Dan Harris
The Dolphins and Ryan Fitzpatrick have agreed on a two-year deal, according to Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Fitzmagic is coming back to the AFC East, as Fitzpatrick will now start for his third team in the division. After his hot start with the Bucs last season, Fitzgerald came back down to reality before being replaced by Jameis Winston. He is what he is at this point - a veteran signal caller who will likely single-handedly win as many games for a team as lose them. The move raises the fantasy outlook of the Dolphins' offensive skillplayers, though pretty much any quarterback other than Luke Falk would have done the same.
Sat, Mar 16th 11:44am EDT
By Brendan Tuma
The Green Bay Packers and Geronimo Allison have come to terms on a one-year contract. (Source: Jason La Canfora on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The deal will pay Allison more than the RFA tender he was offered as the Packers made it clear they wanted him back. Other teams were reportedly considering extending him an offer sheet. Instead, he’ll remain in Green Bay attached to one of the best quarterbacks ever in Aaron Rodgers. That alone will make him a sleeper pick entering 2019 drafts.
Tyreek Hill is being investigated by law enforcement over an alleged incident that took place involving his 3-year-old son which resulted in a broken arm. (Source: Kansas City Star)
Fantasy Impact: The Chiefs wide receiver has not been charged with any crime at this time. This isn't the first time Hill has been tied to an off-field issue as he pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation in August 2015 for choking his current fiance who was at the time pregnant with their son. This latest incident is troubling considering his past and the league will most certainly keep a close eye on this investigation. Without more details, it's too early to speculate whether a suspension may occur or not.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Dolphins have traded quarterback Ryan Tannehill to the Titans. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Tennessee will be giving Tannehill a one-year, $7 million contract to serve as Marcus Mariota’s backup. In return Miami is getting a fourth rounder in 2020 and a seventh rounder in 2019 while also sending the Titans a sixth-round pick this year. The bottom line is the Dolphins were very ready to move on from Tannehill, and they’ll now look to replace him in the upcoming draft.
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