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Shaun Draughn signs with Giants

By Anthony Cervino   Tue, Mar 21st 11:31am EDT

NYG

The New York Giants and free agent running back Shaun Draughn agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal Tuesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Draughn, who played the last two seasons in San Francisco, signed with the Giants Tuesday. Playing in all 16 games in 2016, he accumulated 196 yards and four touchdowns as a rusher while catching 29 targets for 263 yards and another two scores as a receiver. With Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen already expected to enter 2017 as New York's top two backs on the depth chart, Draughn will likely open the year at the No. 3 spot ahead of Orleans Darkwa.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Indianapolis Colts are expected to sign free agent wide receiver Kamar Aiken. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Formerly of the Ravens, Aiken is expected to sign with the Colts Tuesday. After showing promise with a 75-944-5 stat line in 2015, the veteran wideout was buried on Baltimore's depth chart behind Steve Smith, Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman for most of the 2016 campaign. While playing in all 16 games, he only accumulated 29 receptions for 328 yards and a touchdown, a tremendous drop-off from the year before. Aiken could enter 2017 as Indianapolis' No. 3 receiver if he can beat out Philip Dorsett, who currently owns the role, with a strong offseason.

Category: Transactions


Kenjon Barner signs with Chargers

By Anthony Cervino   Mon, Mar 20th 7:23pm EDT

LA

The Los Angeles Chargers have signed former Philadelphia Eagles running back Kenjon Barner on Monday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Barner accumulated 129 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns in 13 games last season with the Eagles. The Chargers likely signed him for depth after losing Danny Woodhead in free agency to the Ravens.

Category: Transactions


Josh McCown signs with Jets

By Anthony Cervino   Mon, Mar 20th 7:13pm EDT

NYJ

The New York Jets have signed free agent quarterback Josh McCown to a one-year deal on Monday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After being linked to the Cowboys at the beginning of free agency, McCown, a former Browns starter, ultimately signed with the Jets Monday night. The 37-year-old signal caller will likely enter 2017 on top of New York's depth chart, barring injury or another significant addition at the position. Despite McCown's acquisition -- he's at the twilight of his career at his age -- the Jets could still target a quarterback in the early rounds of April's draft.

Category: Transactions


Brandon Tate re-signs with Bills

By Anthony Cervino   Mon, Mar 20th 6:11pm EDT

BUF

The Buffalo Bills have re-signed wide receiver/ kick returner Brandon Tate on Monday. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although Tate is listed as a wide receiver, he is primarily utilized as a return specialist. The eight-year veteran accumulated 1,128 all-purpose yards while appearing in 15 games last season for Buffalo. Expect him to assume a similar role on the Bills for 2017.

Category: Transactions


The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed defensive back Coty Sensabaugh to a two-year deal on Monday. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sensabaugh played for the Giants in 2016 and accumulated 25 tackles and a forced fumble in 13 games. ESPN's Adam Caplan believes the five-year veteran will compete for a spot on Pittsburgh's defensive nickel package for 2017.

Category: Transactions


The New England Patriots have waived running back Tyler Gaffney on Monday. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gaffney, who has never appeared in a regular-season game since being drafted 204th overall by New England in 2014, was waived by the Patriots Monday. He'll likely sign with another club this offseason and compete for a roster spot entering 2017. However, he is a prime candidate to land on a practice squad as well when its all said and done.

Category: Transactions


The Dallas Cowboys re-signed quarterback Kellen Moore to an undisclosed deal on Monday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although the Cowboys re-signed Moore on Monday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport believes the team will still pursue a veteran backup for Dak Prescott. Moore spent the entire 2016 season on the injured reserve list with an ankle injury and will likely enter 2017 as the No. 3 signal caller on the Cowboys' depth chart.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting free agent quarterback Geno Smith passed his physical and is signing a one-year, $2 million deal with the New York Giants on Monday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith agreed to terms with the Giants last Friday, pending a physical, which he passed. He will likely enter the 2017 season as Eli Manning's primary backup.

Category: Transactions


Knile Davis signs with Steelers

By Anthony Cervino   Mon, Mar 20th 2:52pm EDT

PIT

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed free agent running back Knile Davis to a one-year deal on Monday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Davis, who spent portions of the 2016 season with Kansas City and Green Bay, signed with the Steelers Monday. The situational rusher and return specialist is coming off of his most underwhelming season of his four-year career last season totaling only 53 yards on 23 touches. He is not on the fantasy radar entering 2017.

Category: Transactions


Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told the media he's "leaning towards" playing in 2017. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: After giving the Steelers a scare following the team's loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship game when he said he might retire this offseason, the 35-year-old signal caller told the media he'll likely return for the 2017 season. That comes to no surprise as many of the media-elite believed Roethlisberger was just "blowing off steam" after the crushing defeat. At this point, expect Roethlisberger to be on the field (for the Steelers) in Week 1.

Category: Rumors


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting a source close to Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch said the possibility of the rusher coming out of retirement is "realer than its ever been." (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lynch is once again pondering coming out of retirement and is heavily being linked to the Oakland Raiders. Oakland, who has a need at running back after losing Latavius Murray in free agency to the Vikings, could attempt to trade for or sign Lynch if he is released. However, the Seahawks, who still own the rights to the retired back, are unlikely to let him go without significant compensation. If Lynch does come out of retirement and is still a member of the Seahawks organization, they would be on the hook for his $9 million cap hit for 2017. And with roughly $14.7 million in remaining cap space, the Seahawks may be forced to grant him his outright release, which plays into the Raiders hand. According to a source close to Lynch, "it's Raiders or bust," if he does, in fact, unretire. This story will develop as the offseason progresses.

Category: Rumors


ESPN's Sheil Kapadia told ESPN's Mike Clay Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett (leg) is "ahead of schedule" in his recovery from a broken leg and "should be ready" for the 2017 season opener. (Source: Mike Clay on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lockett, who suffered a broken leg in Week 16 last season, should be ready for Week 1, per Kapadia. The speedy wideout/ return ace struggled for most of the 2016 season as he dealt with a lingering PCL injury for most of the year, but he began to turn his season around down the stretch. From Weeks 13 through 16, Lockett accumulated 18 receptions for 272 yards and a touchdown as a receiver while adding three carries for 90 yards and another score as a rusher. If Lockett enters 2017 at full health, he could finally have the breakout campaign that he was expected to have last season.

Category: Injury Updates


Andre Holmes signs with Bills

By Anthony Cervino   Sat, Mar 18th 7:48pm EDT

BUF

The Buffalo Bills and free agent wide receiver Andre Holmes agreed to terms on a three-year deal worth $6.5 million. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Holmes, who spent the last four years in Oakland, signed with the Bills Saturday. Buried on the Raiders' wide receiver depth chart, Holmes caught 14 passes for 126 yards and three touchdowns last season while appearing in all 16 games. Since Buffalo's wideouts are all career role players outside of Sammy Watkins, Holmes has an outstanding chance to enter 2017 as one of the Bills' top three receivers.

Category: Transactions


Andy Lee restructures his contract with the Panthers swapping his salary for guaranteed money in order to leave the team with more cap space. (Source: Black and Blue Review)

Fantasy Impact: The team receives just $800,000 in cap space this season but $2 million next season. Lee will remain with the Panthers and is one of the best punters in the NFL.

Category: Transactions


Nick Folk signs with Buccaneers

By Sean Fitzpatrick   Sat, Mar 18th 11:38am EDT

TB

Nick Folk, formerly with the Jets, signs with the Buccaneers. Folk will compete for the starting job with Robert Aguayo whose very inconsistent. Folk has a chance to win this job in the offseason. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Folk was on an offense that was up-and-down with the Jets and struggled to score last season. Folk wouldn't be a kicker to target in re-draft leagues even if he won the job in Tampa Bay.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the New York Giants and pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul agreed to terms on a four-year, $62 million deal that could be worth "up to" $66 million with incentives and includes $40 million in guaranteed money. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pierre-Paul, who was franchise tagged last month, agreed to a four-year extension with the Giants Friday. Despite playing in only 12 games in 2016, the veteran pass rusher accumulated 54 tackles, seven sacks, three forced fumbles and a recovery. He will continue to anchor a Giants defensive line that was the strength of their team last season.

Category: Transactions


Connor Barwin signs with Rams

By Anthony Cervino   Fri, Mar 17th 9:06am EDT

LA

The Los Angeles Rams signed former Philadelphia Eagles pass rusher Connor Barwin Thursday. (Source: Adam Caplan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After playing the last four seasons in Philadelphia, Barwin signed with the Rams Thursday. In Los Angeles, the 30-year-old pass rusher is reuniting with defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips, with whom he played for during their tenure together with the Texans. Although Barwin's production has regressed through the years, he should fit well in Phillips' highly successful system.

Category: Transactions


E.J. Manuel signs with Raiders

By Anthony Cervino   Fri, Mar 17th 8:57am EDT

OAK

The Oakland Raiders signed former Buffalo Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Manuel, a former first-round pick of the Bills, signed with the Raiders Thursday. He'll likely compete with Connor Cook for the No. 2 quarterback spot on the depth chart behind starter Derek Carr.

Category: Transactions


Dalvin Cook visits Eagles

By Anthony Cervino   Fri, Mar 17th 8:51am EDT

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo is reporting former FSU running back Dalvin Cook visited with the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Eagles, who have the 14th overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft, have a need at running back. And although they haven't selected a rusher in the first round since selecting Keith Byars 10th overall in 1986, Cook is on their radar. The former FSU standout is ranked second behind LSU star Leonard Fournette on the running back draft boards by most experts and barring a setback, he is a sure-fire first-round pick in April. The Eagles still have Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood -- their top three backs from last season -- under contract, but the former could ultimately be released, which opens up the top spot on the depth chart for Cook.

Category: Rumors