Fri, Mar 5th 4:32pm EST
By Andersen Pickard
The Titans are in agreement on a one-year deal with fullback Khari Blasingame, who was scheduled to be an exclusive rights free agent next month. (Source: Tennessee Titans on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The former Vanderbilt product has appeared in 21 games over the last two seasons, including 15 in 2020. He has yet to register a rushing attempt, but he does own eight receptions for 93 yards and four first down conversions. At 6-foot-3 and 233 pounds, Blasingame will stay in Tennessee and continue to serve as a blocker for the almighty Derrick Henry.
Fri, Mar 5th 4:19pm EST
By Andersen Pickard
In a move that was widely expected, the Broncos have officially placed the franchise tag on safety Justin Simmons. (Source: Benjamin Allbright on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This news comes as no surprise and could merely serve as a placeholder in extension talks. As Allbright later added, "the Broncos' intent is to have Simmons playing on a long term deal." The 27-year-old Boston College product has been a force in the defensive backfield for several years, finally earning his first career Pro Bowl selection this past season. In 2020, he started 16 games, posting nine passes defended and a career-high five interceptions. He also accrued 96 tackles, which was just one shy of tying his career-best.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Bills have signed Micah Hyde to a two-year extension. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Hyde played well for the Bills last season and was rewarded with a two-year extension. He appeared in 15 games and had 48 solo tackles to go along with one interception.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that Cardinals have released Zane Gonzalez, but there is a chance he could be back in Arizona. (Source: Mark Garafolo on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez is set to hit free agency in 2021. Garafolo described it as a 'procedural' move because they placed him on IR. There is a chance he is back in Arizona though. Gonzalez hit 72.7% of his field-goal attempts this season.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Chargers are actively shopping former Pro-Bowl guard Trai Turner. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Turner is due $11.5M this season. It's looking like he will either be traded or released in the near future. Turner has made five Pro-Bowls but only appeared in nine games last season.
WR Courtland Sutton (knee) is running passing routes while rehabbing from a torn ACL. (Source: Zac Stevens on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Sutton initially tore his ACL and MCL in his left knee on September 20th. He’s progressing well in his recovery and could be all systems go barring any setbacks by training camp. Sutton is entering the final year of his rookie deal and will be joining a crowded Broncos wideout corps, which includes Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick. The 25-year-old is currently 31st among all WRs in the latest expert consensus rankings. Sutton could be a late-round steal if he’s able to stay healthy and replicate or come close to his breakout 2019 campaign.
Category: Injury Updates
Fri, Mar 5th 10:04am EST
By Dave Kluge
Myles Simmons with Pro Football Talk is reporting that Cardinal's head coach Kliff Kingsbury has said that he is confident that Chase Edmonds can be the team's lead back.
Fantasy Impact: With Kenyan Drake set to become a free agent, there is a lot of uncertainty in the Arizona backfield. While rumors regarding Chris Carson and Aaron Jones have both been tied to the Cardinals, Kingsbury's endorsement toward Edmonds is great to see for those rostering him in dynasty leagues. Still, coachspeak and what the team actually does rarely align so be sure to keep an eye on the Cardinals' offseason transactions before declaring Edmonds the Week 1 starter.
Fri, Mar 5th 9:59am EST
By Brendan Tuma
The Washington Football Team officially released QB Alex Smith on Friday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This has been expected since the beginning of the week, but it's now official. The move saves WFT $14.9 million against the cap. The reigning Comeback Player of the Year will be a free agent and is free to sign with any team. So far the Bears have been mentioned as a possible landing spot.
Fri, Mar 5th 8:27am EST
By Brad Camara
Mike Klis of 9 News is reporting that the Broncos are bringing in competition for QB Drew Lock. (Source: Mike Klis on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: “Until Drew proves to be the next great quarterback like the ones Denver has been used to in years past, or ones certain teams around the league have, we’re going to always try and bring in competition,” said Broncos HC Vic Fangio. “But I have confidence Drew can continue to improve.” Lock finished the 2020 season completing 57.3 percent of his passes for 2,933 yards with a 16:15 TD:INT ratio across 13 games. He added 160 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 44 carries. Lock has the tools and a talented supporting cast to be a successful QB, but will need to put all together if he plans on being the Broncos QB of the future. Lock will try to improve on his 2020 sophomore campaign and is currently 28th among all QBs in the latest expert consensus rankings for 2021.
Fri, Mar 5th 8:13am EST
By Brad Camara
Washington Football Team WR Terry McLaurin played through two high-ankle sprains in 2020. (Source: Nicki Jhabvala on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: McLaurin told Jim Rome on Thursday that he dealt with not one, but “two high-ankle sprains” last season. “I didn’t really use that as an excuse. I had plenty of examples around my building to not use certain things or ailments as an excuse,” said McLaurin. Despite playing with two-high ankle sprains last season, McLaurin eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark for the first time in his career. The 25-year-old is one of the best WRs in football and is excepted to be fully recovered by the time training camp starts. McLaurin hauled in 87 receptions on 134 targets for 1,118 yards and four touchdowns across 15 games in 2020. He’s currently 14th among all wideouts in the latest expert consensus draft rankings, but that could number could rise if Washington is able to improve their QB situation.
Category: Injury Updates
FB Anthony Sherman announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday. (Source: Pro Football Talk on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Sherman calls it a career after 10 seasons in the NFL. He spent the majority of his career in Kansas City and retired with one Pro Bowl appearance and one Super Bowl ring. “Kansas City, thanks for all the memories,” said Sherman. “It’s been a great run. Eight years. Super Bowls. But it’s on to the next chapter.”
Mike Klis of 9 News is reporting that the Broncos plan to give RB Phillip Lindsay a restricted free agent tender. (Source: Mike Klis on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: “ He’s (Lindsay) a restricted free agent, we do plan on tendering him. I’m not sure what level but we want Phillip here,” said Broncos GM George Paton. He could could make up to $2.13 million as an original round tender. Lindsay dealt with hip/knee injuries and was eventually placed on injured reserve in 2020. The Broncos will most likely bring him back to share RB duties with Melvin Gordon. Lindsay logged 118 carries for 502 rushing yards along with seven receptions for 28 receiving yards and one touchdown across 11 games in 2020.
Field Yates of ESPN reports that Kyle Van Noy has not been released yet because they are trying to trade him. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: It was reported just a few days ago that Van Noy was released but now reports are saying that Dolphins are trying to trade him. Van Noy is set to make $12.5M this season. It's unclear if they are able to trade him.
Thomas Morstead is being released by the Saints after 12 seasons, per Katherine Terrell. (Source: Katherine Terrell on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Morstead was drafted by the Saints in 2009 and made the Pro Bowl in 2012. The 34-year old will look to kick for another team next season.
Vikings want to bring back Mike Boone for 2021 according to Chris Tomasson (Source: Chris Tomasson on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Boone is a restricted free agent who made $750,000 last season with the Vikings. He rushed for 59 yards on 11 attempts while scoring one touchdown. He doesn't have much fantasy appeal sitting behind Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison.
Thu, Mar 4th 4:32pm EST
By Dave Kluge
Josh Gordon has been released by the Seahawks while serving an indefinite suspension, per Field Yates.
Fantasy Impact: 29 years old and just six years removed from a season where he averaged 117.6 receiver yards per game, Gordon will hope to find a fourth team to court him after being drafted by the Browns in 2012. There's no denying Gordon's elite skillset, but seeing as he's only played in 29 games since the record-breaking 2013 campaign, there might not be much of a future for the 6'3" receiver. Gordon has juggled a litany of suspensions for substance abuse violations throughout his career. There are certainly teams out there that will roll the dice, but until his indefinite suspension is officially lifted, he will not be able to practice.
Thu, Mar 4th 2:36pm EST
By Adam Koffler
Per sources, the Seahawks are not actively “shopping” Russell Wilson; however, they’ve been willing to answer other teams’ calls inquiring about the franchise quarterback. (Source: Dianna Russini on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Earlier reports out of Seattle mentioned Wilson’s displeasure with the organization and that he would accept a trade to the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders, or Bears. While the Seahawks have not made any trade proposals to date, it sounds like they’re at least picking up the phone when other teams call inquiring about the possibility of trading for Wilson. Stay tuned for more information coming out of Seattle, as these rumors continue to swirl as we head into free agency and the NFL Draft.
Adam Schefter of ESPN report that Desmond Trufant will be released at the start of the league this year later this month. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Trufant only appeared in six games this season due to injury. He has appeared in 15 games combined in the past two seasons and will look for another team to play for in 2021.
Thu, Mar 4th 1:04pm EST
By Dave Kluge
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced that Ben Roethlisberger has been signed to a new contract that will keep him in Pittsburgh through 2021. (Source: Pittsburgh Steelers on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The details of the contract have yet to be released, but we will be sure to update you as more information becomes available. Having just turned 39 years old a couple of days ago, Roethlisberger is reaching the twilight of his career. The two-time Super Bowl champ will hope to make another run with the Steelers' possessing an elite defense and some of the best pass-catchers in the game.
Thu, Mar 4th 10:46am EST
By Matthew MacKay
Las Vegas Raiders WR Nelson Agholor is at the end of his one-year contract but according to Raiders' GM Mike Mayock, the Raiders "would love" to bring the wideout back in 2021. (Source: ProFootballTalk on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Agholor exceeded expectations in his first year with the Raiders, hauling in 48 receptions for 896 yards and eight touchdowns across all 16 games in 2020. His speed attributed to the success of the Raiders offense in 2020, spreading the field and making it easier for quarterback Derek Carr to operate. Mayock went on to say, "We’d love to have Nelly (Agholor) back. That’s a guy that I can’t tell you how much appreciation I have for." After being ridiculed for multiple dropped passes while playing for the Philadelphia Eagles back in the 2019 season, Agholor proved he can be a team's WR1. The wideout will hit the free-agent market if he is unable or unwilling to sign a new contract with Las Vegas in 2021. Should he re-sign with the Raiders, Agholor will continue competing for targets with star tight-end Darren Waller and the young but athletic Henry Ruggs III in 2021, limiting his fantasy upside but remaining a solid WR3/Flex option in PPR formats.