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Marshawn Lynch traded to Raiders

By Anthony Cervino   Wed, Apr 26th 8:30am EDT

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Seattle Seahawks have agreed to trade running back Marshawn Lynch to the Oakland Raiders while swapping late-round draft picks as compensation. The trade is contingent on Lynch passing a physical. (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: In addition, the Raiders and Lynch have agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth a max value of $8.5 million that includes a $3 million base salary, plus, another $2 million if he gains at least 1,000 yards rushing in 2017. In Oakland, Lynch will step into the vacant starting running back job left by Latavius Murray. From a fantasy perspective, Lynch should be viewed a borderline RB1/ RB2 in 2017 who could have a huge year rushing behind a Raiders offensive line that finished the 2016 campaign ranked No. 4 in the league according to Pro Football Focus.

Category: Transactions


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting suspended Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been reinstated by the NFL. (Source: Steelers.com)

Fantasy Impact: Bryant was reinstated Tuesday on a conditional basis. He will be allowed to attend Pittsburgh's training facilities and meetings until arrangements are confirmed regarding the troubled wideout's clinical resources. At that time, he will be able to participate in all preseason activities, per reports. Before the start of the 2017 regular season, Bryant's progress will be reviewed by the league, and if he is in full-compliance with his program, he would then be permitted to participate in regular season activities.

Category: Transactions


Adrian Peterson lands with Saints

By Anthony Cervino   Tue, Apr 25th 6:40am EDT

ESPN's Josina Anderson is reporting free agent running back Adrian Peterson "plans" to sign a two-year, $7 million deal with the New Orleans Saints Tuesday. (Source: Josina Anderson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Two days before the start of the NFL Draft, Peterson and the Saints have agreed to terms on a deal that he is expected to sign later in the day. “I am excited to be joining the New Orleans Saints," Peterson said early Tuesday morning. "I’m really looking forward to this opportunity." The 32-year-old running back, whose garnered limited interest on the open market, will likely join the Saints as Mark Ingram's primary backup for the 2017 season. Despite his presumed position on the depth chart, he should still have an expanded role in the offense. From a fantasy perspective, view Peterson in the low-end RB2 tier for the upcoming campaign. His value would grow, however, if Ingram, whose missed 18 career games, is sidelined at any point during the season.

Category: Transactions


Free agent running back Jamaal Charles' (knee) agent, David Mulugheta, posted a rehab video of his client on Twitter. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mulugheta is Charles' agent and posted a rehab video of his client working out on Monday. In the caption, Mulugheta wrote: "With Jamal Charles, it's not a matter of 'IF' but a matter of 'WHEN!'" Accompanied by the Twitter hashtag, "comeback season." In the video, Charles is performing drills on his surgically repaired knee. It appears that the 30-year-old running back, who has garnered minimal interest on the free agent market, is not considering retirement and will play in 2017 -- if he finds a willing suitor.

Category: Injury Updates


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Buffalo Bills have declined to match the two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet that RFA running back Mike Gillislee signed with the New England Patriots. Gillislee is now officially a member of the Patriots' organization. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gillislee is the latest Bills player to sign with New England. The Patriots signed Stephon Gilmore the start of free agency and Chris Hogan last offseason. The 26-year-old running back's acquisition likely spells the end for LeGarrette Blount's tenure in New England. Expect Gillislee to seize the vacant role that Blount has left as New England's short yardage/ goal line back. The Patriots will forfeit their fifth-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft in return for Gillislee's services.

Category: Transactions


Jake Long retires

By Anthony Cervino   Mon, Apr 24th 3:54pm EDT

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Free agent offensive tackle Jake Long has announced his retirement from the NFL. (Source: Jake Long on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Long, the former No. 1 overall pick of the Miami Dolphins in the 2008 draft, has announced his retirement from the NFL after nine seasons in the league. After earning Pro Bowl honors in each of his first four seasons with the Dolphins, including being named first-team All-Pro in 2010, Long's career was derailed by injuries. While spending two years with the Rams from 2013-2014, Long had one-year stints with the Falcons and Vikings to close out his career.

Category: Transactions


NFL Insider Kim Jones is reporting the New York Giants are picking up wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr's fifth-year option, tieing him to the club through the 2018 season. (Source: Kim Jones on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jones added that the Giants are expected to officially announce that they are picking up Beckham's fifth-year option prior to the start of the NFL Draft Thursday. May 3 is the deadline for teams to pick up their player's fifth-year option for 2018. Beckham is viewed as the top fantasy wideout entering the 2017 season by most experts.

Category: Transactions


ESPN's Adam Schefter does not believe the New England Patriots will trade quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. It's "not happening," Schefter said Sunday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Garoppolo has been the center of trade speculation since the beginning of the offseason, and for the better part of last season as well for that matter. However, with the NFL Draft approaching Friday, Tom Brady's primary backup remains a member of the Patriots organization. Although Schefter doesn't believe New England will ultimately move Garoppolo, I wouldn't count out a deal coming to fruition on draft day.

Category: Rumors


Dallas Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones told the media linebacker Jaylon Smith (knee) "should" be ready to return to the field for OTAs. (Source: Jon Machota on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith, the 34th overall pick in last year's draft, appears to be on track to return for OTAs after missing his entire rookie season with a knee injury suffered while still playing for Notre Dame. Although he is still dealing with nerve damage in his surgically repaired knee, the standout linebacker is expected to make his pro debut this season, barring a setback.

Category: Injury Updates


Taylor Gabriel signs tender

By Anthony Cervino   Sat, Apr 22nd 6:21pm EDT

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Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Taylor Gabriel signed his RFA tender Saturday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gabriel signed his RFA tender, which equates to a one-year deal worth about $2.8 million in 2017. He'll likely maintain his role as Atlanta's No. 3 receiver this season behind Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu. Gabriel is a rising star in fantasy who is worth a late-round flier in upcoming drafts.

Category: Transactions


Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (leg) told the media he "expects" to be ready for the start of training camp in July. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Lockett, who suffered a broken leg in Week 16 of last season, is expected to miss Seattle's offseason workouts in their entirety. However, he told the media that he fully "expects" to make his on-field return at the start of training camp in July. The 24-year-old wideout and return specialist will likely open the 2017 season as the No. 3 receiver on the Seahawks' depth chart behind Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin.

Category: Injury Updates


Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman told the media quarterback Cam Newton (shoulder) is "on schedule" to be ready for the start of training camp in late-July. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Newton underwent offseason shoulder surgery on March 30 and is "on schedule" in his recovery, per Gettleman. Although he will miss offseason workouts, the 27-year-old signal caller is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in late-July. Barring a setback, Newton is not in danger of missing any regular season action.

Category: Injury Updates


Chris Thompson signs tender

By Anthony Cervino   Fri, Apr 21st 4:08pm EDT

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Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson signed his RFA tender on Friday. (Source: Adam Caplan on TWitter)

Fantasy Impact: Thompson was retained by the Redskins Friday after the 26-year-old rusher signed his RFA tender. Thompson is coming off of a 2016 season in which he produced career-high numbers in all major statistical categories for a running back. Playing in all 16 games, Thompson received 68 carries for 356 yards and three touchdowns while putting up a 49-349-2 stat line as a receiver out of the backfield. With Rob Kelley slated as the starter for the upcoming season, Thompson will likely open the year as his primary backup.

Category: Transactions


James White inks extension

By Anthony Cervino   Wed, Apr 19th 11:19am EDT

NE

The New England Patriots and running back James White have agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension on Tuesday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: White, who would have entered his walk-year in 2017, signed a three-year contract extension with the Patriots Tuesday tieing him to the club until 2021. The 25-year-old rusher is coming off of a career year in 2016 accumulating 166 yards on the ground on 39 carries and a 4.3 YPC average. However, he did the majority of his damage as a receiver out of the backfield, producing a 60-551-5 stat line. White's fantasy value for 2017 is a question mark despite his good fortunes from last season. Not only are the Patriots searching for a power back in case LeGarrette Blount doesn't re-sign, but they also signed Rex Burkhead, who has a similar skill-set to White's. Sprinkle Dion Lewis into the mix and New England has an extremely crowded backfield leading me to believe that they will continue to roll with the hot hand as they had for much of the 2016 campaign.

Category: Transactions


Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (finger) told the media that he will not undergo surgery to repair his injured finger from last season. (Source: Dave Birkett on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stafford also said his finger "feels good" and that he's been "throwing for a month and a half." The 29-year-old signal caller is not expected to be held back during offseason workouts and should be a full-go for July's training camp.

Category: Injury Updates


ESPN's Paul Gutierrez is reporting Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (leg) is participating in full in the team's offseason program. "I feel great," Carr said via ESPN. "I've been running, jumping, throwing, cutting, everything. So I'm ready to rock. I'm ready to do absolutely everything. I did everything my teammates did today. I'll do everything my teammates will do tomorrow." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: As expected, Carr is a full-go for Oakland's offseason program that began Monday -- he underwent surgery in late-December to repair a broken fibula. Barring a setback, Carr will not be held back for the remainder of the offseason and is in no danger of missing the 2017 season opener.

Category: Injury Updates


Malcolm Butler signs tender

By Anthony Cervino   Tue, Apr 18th 5:38pm EDT

NE

New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler has signed his RFA tender on Tuesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Butler finally signed his RFA Tuesday with the Patriots. However, there is no guarantee he will remain with the team for the upcoming season. Butler has been in the midst of trade rumors since March and the Saints may still be in the mix to acquire him. If Butler is indeed moved, expect the transaction to occur sooner rather than later with the NFL Draft approaching on April 27.

Category: Transactions


Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert (back) told the media he "feels great" after undergoing offseason back surgery, but is uncertain about when he will be able to "fully participate" in offseason activities. When asked about his availability for training camp, Eifert replied: "I don't know. I'll have to see how I'm feeling and go from there." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Eifert is recovering from offseason back surgery and is "unsure" about his training camp availability. The fourth-year veteran is coming off of an injury-plagued 2016 campaign in which he only appeared in eight games and produced a 29-394-5 stat line. Injuries have irked Eifert throughout his career. The 26-year-old tight end missed 27 of a possible 64 games but is uber productive when is on the field, especially in the end zone, securing 20 touchdowns in his career. For the upcoming fantasy football campaign, Eifert should be viewed a middling TE1 who could produce elite TE1 numbers if his health remains intact, a feat that is extremely questionable due to his history.

Category: Injury Updates


Seth Roberts signs tender

By Anthony Cervino   Tue, Apr 18th 8:15am EDT

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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Seth Roberts signed his exclusive-rights tender on Monday. (Source: Michael Gehlken on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Roberts is coming off back to back seasons of producing at least 32 receptions, 397 yards and five touchdowns to begin his career -- he scored five touchdowns in each season. The impending third-year wideout has shown promise as a deep, touchdown threat in Oakland but is stuck behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, one of the league's best receiving duos, on the Raiders' depth chart. Roberts is worth a late-round flier and a stash on the fantasy bench in case he breaks out or if an injury occurs to one of the players slated ahead of him on the depth chart.

Category: Transactions


Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (leg) reported to the first day of the team's offseason program on Monday. (Source: The Tennessean)

Fantasy Impact: Mariota, who is recovering from a broken fibula suffered in December, was present for the first day of Tennessee's offseason workouts on Monday. The impending third-year signal caller told the media he expects to begin running at full speed within the next two-to-three weeks. However, he remains uncertain on whether or not he'll be a full-go for the start of training camp in July. The Titans are expected to continue with the cautious approach with Mariota's recovery for the remainder of the offseason.

Category: Injury Updates