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The Florida Times-Union is reporting that the Jacksonville Jaguars have awarded QB Blake Bortles with a contract extension through 2020. (Source: Florida Times-Union )

Fantasy Impact: While there were reports suggesting that the Jaguars were exploring alternate options at QB this offseason, the team put an end to those rumors Saturday night, awarding Bortles with a two-year contract extension, locking him up until the 2020 season. Coming off of an outstanding 2017 season in which he finished as the QB13 from a fantasy perspective while leading the Jaguars to a 10-6 record and a trip to the AFC Championship game, Bortles has high-expectations to exceed in the upcoming campaign.

Category: Transactions


New England Patriots beat writer Mike Reiss is reporting that the "feeling is positive" that impending free agent wide receiver Danny Amendola will remain with the New England Patriots in 2018. (Source: Mike Reiss on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Amendola, 32, isn't going anywhere unless he retires. Per Reiss, Amendola "wants to be in the position to play in meaningful games in December and hopefully into January." Plus, he has a "close" relationship with Tom Brady and Julian Edelman. At this point in his career, why would Amendola want to play football anywhere else? If he's in the NFL in 2018, I fully believe he'll be a Patriot. Despite his age, Amendola is coming off of a 2017 season in which he's appeared in his most games (15) since 2014 (16) while producing his best statistical output (61-659-2) in two seasons. He was also New England's unsung here in the playoffs accumulating a 26-348-2 stat line in three postseason games.

Category: Rumors


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett wants to play in 2018. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although Bennett announced that he would retire this offseason back in October of 2017, he was still a member of the Green Bay Packers. However, since that remark, Bennett was waived by the Packers, claimed by New England, then was placed on the injured reserve list with shoulder and hamstring injuries. Now that Bennett intends to return this season, the Patriots have a "decision to make," as Rapoport eluded to. The soon-to-be 31-year-old tight end is due to a $2 million roster bonus on March 14 with a $6.2 million salary cap hit in 2018, which isn't a bad insurance policy rate considering the uncertainty of Rob Gronkowski's playing future -- and even if Gronkowski returns, he's still an injury risk. It would make sense for both sides if Bennett stays put.

Category: Rumors


Cleveland Browns beat writer Tony Grossi is suggesting that the team will move on from RB Isaiah Crowell this offseason. (Source: Tony Grossi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In the midst of a conversation on Twitter, a fan asked Grossi who he thinks will be the starting RB for the Browns in Week 1. Grossi replied "a high draft pick," eluding to the point that Crowell is on his way out. The 25-year-old running back, who spent his entire four-year career with the Browns is an impending free agent on March 14 and should garner a respectable payday in a weak free agent running back class. However, because RBs are a dime a dozen, plus, the fact that the upcoming NFL Draft is loaded with promising prospects at the position, I don't believe Crowell will be overpaid and should be affordable for teams even with cap trouble. An expected destination for Crowell is San Francisco, whose head coach, Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator in Cleveland back in 2014, Crowell's rookie campaign. The 49ers are likely moving on from Carlos Hyde, opening up a void at running back.

Category: Rumors


Cameron Jordan had foot surgery but should be ready for the offseason OTA's, etc. (Source: nola.com)

Fantasy Impact: IDP owners should not be worried, it sounds like a minor clean up procedure. All indications are we can expect him to be fine.

Category: Injury Updates


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Rams are in the final stages of a trade that would send cornerback Marcus Peters to the Rams. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: We don't have the details quite yet, but this deal is apparently all but done. Peters has been one of the premier cornerbacks in the league for the last two years, but a divorce between him and the Chiefs seemed imminent after his benching in Week 14 last year. Peters hasn't been a shadow cornerback in his time with the Chiefs, sticking to the left side of the field, but it's unclear if he'll be asked to be one with the Rams, but his addition would make the loss of soon-to-be free agent cornerback Trumaine Johnson a bit easier. We'll update this as more details on the transaction become available.

Category: Transactions, Rumors


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Jacksonville Jaguars have released running back Chris Ivory. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The move saves the Jaguars more than $3 million in cap space. Ivory was considered a top-tier free agent running back just two years ago when he signed his five-year, $32 million dollar contract with the Jaguars. It was always going to end this way with a front-loaded contract, especially when you consider his inability to contribute on third down. The Jaguars will move forward with a lethal combination of Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon. As for Ivory, his days in the NFL may be numbered now that teams are looking to get younger at the position, and the bevy of talent available in the NFL Draft and free agency.

Category: Transactions


NFL Insider Alex Marvez is reporting that free agent TE Gary Barnidge will attempt to play in 2018. (Source: Alex Marvez on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although Barnidge didn't play in 2017, the 32-year-old tight end intends to play next season. Per Marvez, Barnidge elected to sit out in an attempt to get a better deal on the open market. And in 2018, he could get just that, especially since he had a year off to rest the bumps and bruises on his aging body.

Category: Rumors


Julius Thomas will be cut

Thu, Feb 22nd 5:38pm EST
By Anthony Cervino

MIA

Miami Dolphins beat writer Armando Salguero is reporting that the team is will release TE Julius Thomas this offseason. (Source: Armando Salguero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It comes as no surprise that the Dolphins will move on from Thomas this offseason. Per reports, they are in line to release him prior to the March 14 start to the new league year in a move that will save the Dolphins $6.6 million in cap space. Initially signing Thomas in an attempt to rekindle the old flame he had with head coach Adam Gase with the Broncos -- Thomas scored 24 TDs while Gase was the Broncos OC back in 2013-2014 -- the 29-year-old TE's time in Miami will come to an end following one disappointing season. He finished 2017 with 41 receptions, 388 yards, and three TDs in 14 games.

Category: Rumors


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Indianapolis Colts and K Adam Vinatieri have agreed to a one-year deal on Thursday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vinatieri, 45, signed a one-year deal worth $3.265 million Thursday to remain with the Colts for his 13th season with the club -- and his 20th season as a pro. Chasing the league's all-time scoring record currently held by Hall of Famer Morten Anderson -- Vinatieri needs 57 points to tie the record and 58 to break it -- Vinatieri should once again be one of the most consistent placekickers in the league in 2018. Barring injury, the record is all but a lock.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Buffalo Bills aren't planning on releasing QB Tyrod Taylor. (Source: Around the NFL on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rapoport also added that the Bills aren't "afraid" to pay Taylor his $6 million roster bonus due on the third day of the new league year (March 17). And although Taylor struggled at times throughout his tenure in Buffalo, he is 22-20 in his career as a starter and has led the Bills to their first playoff berth since the Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson era. As a result of his mild success, the Bills likely feel that he's worth at least a mid-to-late round draft pick, which is the likely reason why they will retain him, at least for now. Retaining Taylor at this point also suggests that the Bills could target a QB in the draft and keeping Taylor around to start until the rookie is ready could be the route the team will go moving forward. In either case, the Bills are in the quarterback market this offseason.

Category: Rumors


Indianapolis Colts beat writer Mike Chappell believes that there is a "50-50" chance WR Donte Moncrief re-signs with the team this offseason. (Source: Mike Chappell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Moncrief, 24, has been inconsistent in his four-year NFL career. After the first two seasons of his career in which he appeared in all 16 games, Moncrief has dealt with injuries in each of the past two seasons, only playing in 21 of a possible 32 games. However, When healthy, Moncrief is a threat to find the end zone, especially when Andrew Luck is on the field, scoring 15 of his 18 career TDs in the past three seasons. Even with his red flags, Moncrief will be a highly sought-after commodity in free agency based on his upside alone.

Category: Rumors


Indianapolis Colts beat writer Mike Chappell doesn't expect the team to re-sign impending free-agent RB Frank Gore this offseason. (Source: Mike Chappell on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: At one time Gore saw an opportunity to continue his career and compete for a championship with the Colts. However, three years later, the Colts have been one of the most disappointing teams in the league, primarily due to the lingering shoulder injury carried by Andrew Luck. And although Luck is expected to return in 2018, the Colts are clearly in a rebuild, which means Gore, who will turn 35 in May, should be on his way out, moving on to yet another expected contender if he intends to continue his career. And since we've been waiting for him to hang up his cleats, he just missed yet another 1000-yard rushing year in 2017 and seems like he has some gas left in the tank. Expect Gore to be on a roster by training camp.

Category: Rumors


NFL Network's Mike Garafolo is reporting the Tennessee Titans and K Ryan Succop have agreed to a five-year, $20 million contract with $7.5 million in guaranteed money on Tuesday. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Succop has been one of the most consistent kickers in the NFL in his career, especially since joining the Titans back in 2014. Finishing 2017 as the K8 with 156 fantasy points and a 9.8 FPPG average, Succop should be a value pick at the tail end of drafts for 2018. The Titans are one of the best teams inside the red zone in the league, which translates to more opportunities for Succop.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that Denver Broncos QB Trevor Siemian could be available via trade this offseason. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Shocker here right? With all of the question marks that surround the Broncos this offseason, one thing appears certain -- their 2018 starting QB is not on their roster. In fact, they've been linked to Kirk Cousins. However, even if the Broncos fail to land Cousins, they will be in the market for a reliable signal caller, which means Siemian is likely on his way out over a player like Paxton Lynch, who was a first-round draft pick two years ago. Siemian is on track to be a career backup following inconsistent and injury-plagued stints as Denver's starter.

Category: Rumors


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck has resumed throwing. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although Luck has resumed throwing, he's not throwing a football. In fact, per Rapoport, he's throwing weighted balls that are heavier than a football, which bodes well for his recovery outlook. How well? Luck told reporters Tuesday that he will avoid another shoulder surgery, which puts him on track to play in 2018, barring unforeseen circumstances. While there are no guarantees on his recovery, the current news is positive. From a fantasy perspective, I'd buy low on Luck sooner rather than later, especially if his health remains trending upwards.

Category: Injury Updates


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Philadelphia Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) underwent shoulder surgery Wednesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rapoport also stated that Jeffery underwent a surgery to repair a rotator cuff injury suffered at some point last preseason -- he ultimately played through the ailment for the duration of the 2017 campaign plus the postseason. Per reports via Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the "goal" for Jeffery's recovery is for him to be ready for the 2018 season opener, though optimism suggests that a preseason return is feasible barring a setback.

Category: Injury Updates


The Miami Dolphins have placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Jarvis Landry, the team announced on Twitter Tuesday night. (Source: Miami Dolphins)

Fantasy Impact: Landry led the NFL in catches last season and is seeking his first big payday now that his rookie contract has ended. The Dolphins and Landry, according to reports, have been far apart in negotiations but will now have a few months to see if they can work something out. While Landry's overall stats would seem to indicate he is due to be paid like one of the top wide receivers in the NFL, his 8.8 yards-per-reception in 2017 -- a new career low -- will not help him shake the stigma that he is not a true number one receiver.

Category: Transactions


Pittsburgh Steelers beat writer Jeremy Fowler is reporting that the team will likely place the franchise tag on RB Le'Veon Bell prior to the March 6 deadline. (Source: Jerwemy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fowler stated that "barring any unforeseen developments," the Steelers will use the franchise tag on Bell. And if they do indeed tag the elite rusher, it would come to no surprise despite the fact that Bell threatened to hold out the 2018 season in its entirety during Divisional Weekend if he and the Steelers do not come to terms on a new long-term deal. However, since Antonio Brown got paid last offseason, Bell is primed to be next. Bell turned 26 on February 6.

Category: Rumors


Doug Martin released

Tue, Feb 20th 11:21am EST
By Anthony Cervino

NFL Insider Adam Caplan is reporting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released RB Doug Martin on Tuesday. (Source: Adam Caplin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In an expected move, the Buccaneers have given up on Martin, releasing the once promising rusher following six inconsistent and injury-plagued years mixed in with off the field issues. While his career has been a disappointment so far, he’s young enough — Martin turned 29 last month — to rejuvenate his career on another club. Expect him to be on a roster by training camp. The Buccaneers will save $6.75 million in cap space and cash as a result of Martin's release.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions