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The USA Today is reporting Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry did not attend the first day of the team's offseason program on Monday. (Source: USA Today)

Fantasy Impact: When asked about Henry's absence, Titans head coach Mike Mularkey did not appear too worried. “It’s their choice," Mularkey said Monday. "Maybe I used to get disappointed. I have no control over it. It’s their option. It’s their choice. It’s whatever they feel is best for them. I do know this – we’ve had coaches down at Tuscaloosa for the workout. I’ve seen some video of Derrick in the weight room. He’s absolutely working out, so I know he’s in great playing shape right now. I have no concerns about it, and won’t.” Henry, who is entering his second year in the NFL, is slated as DeMarco Murray's primary backup for the 2017 season.

Category: Rumors


The Houston Texans are signing wide receiver Andre Johnson to a one-day contract so he can officially retire as a member of the Texans. (Source: John McClain on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson announced his retirement from the NFL last October, but will officially retire as a member of the Texans this offseason -- he spent the first 12 years of his 14-year career with Houston and owns nearly every one of the franchise's receiving records. Johnson will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in five years.

Category: Rumors


Jay Cutler expected to retire

By Anthony Cervino   Mon, Apr 17th 4:10pm EDT

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson expects free agent quarterback Jay Cutler to announce his retirement this offseason. "I would be surprised if he doesn’t call it quits," Dickerson said via ESPN. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Cutler, who is reportedly contemplating retirement this offseason, has yet to make a decision on his playing future. The 33-year-old signal caller was released by the Bears in March and has received little to no interest on the open market. He may elect to wait until training camp or the preseason to ultimately make a decision, however, in case an injury occurs to a starter around the league -- ie Teddy Bridgewater in 2016. In that scenario, he could be signed by the club and step into, or compete for the vacant starting job for the 2017 season.

Category: Rumors


Pro Football Talk is reporting New Orleans Saints wide receiver Willie Snead is in attendance at the start of the team's offseason program. (Source: Pro Football Talk)

Fantasy Impact: Snead will participate in the Saints' offseason program despite being an unsigned free agent. The 24-year-old wideout, who was placed with the exclusive rights tender in March by New Orleans, has yet to sign it as he is hoping to receive a new deal that includes a raise. Currently, Snead is due $615,000 on the one-year tender --if he indeed signs it-- but he could elect to hold out. He's massively outperformed his salary in his first two years in the league totaling 141 receptions for 1879 yards and seven touchdowns in 30 games. Expect Snead to be on the field in 2017 whether or not he receives a new deal. He'll likely sign the tender as training camp approaches.

Category: Rumors


Cameron Brate signs tender

By Anthony Cervino   Mon, Apr 17th 3:03pm EDT

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate has signed his exclusive-rights tender on Monday. (Source: Greg Auman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Brate emerged as Tampa Bay's top tight end last season after Austin Seferian-Jenkins was released due to off the field issues. The three-year veteran played in 15 games in 2016 and caught 57 targets for 660 yards and eight touchdowns. Expect Brate to open the upcoming fantasy football campaign in the mid-to-low end TE1 tier.

Category: Transactions


Adam Humphries signs tender

By Anthony Cervino   Mon, Apr 17th 2:56pm EDT

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Adam Humphries has signed his exclusive-rights tender on Monday. (Source: Greg Auman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Humphries, who is entering his third year in the NFL in 2017, is coming off of a 2016 season in which he produced a 55-622-2 stat line. He'll likely open the upcoming campaign in the slot as Tampa Bay's No. 3 receiver behind Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson.

Category: Transactions


Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid told the media tight end Travis Kelce (shoulder) "probably won't be ready before [training] camp." (Source: Terez Paylor on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although Reid said that Kelce is not expected to be a full-go before training camp, he did say, however, that the Pro Bowl tight end could do some "light stuff" beforehand. Kelce, who underwent offseason shoulder surgery, is coming off of a 2016 season in which he produced career-best numbers in receptions (85), yards receiving (1125), YPC (13.2) and games with at least 100 yards receiving (6) -- he also accumulated four touchdowns in the effort. Because of Kelce's outstanding year in 2016, he is expected to enter the upcoming fantasy football campaign in the high-end TE1 conversation and could be one of the first tight ends selected in fantasy drafts.

Category: Injury Updates


The Carolina Panthers and defensive lineman Kawann Short have agreed to terms on a five-year, $80.5 million contract extension that includes $45 million in guaranteed money. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Short, who received the franchise tag from Carolina this offseason, signed a monster five-year extension with the club Monday. The 28-year-old interior defensive lineman, who's never missed a game in his career, is coming off of a 2016 season in which he accumulated 55 total tackles, six sacks and a forced fumble. He is the up the middle plug to Carolina's run defense that finished last season ranked sixth in the NFL.

Category: Transactions


Indianapolis Colts beat writer Stephen Holder is reporting quarterback Andrew Luck (shoulder) is in attendance at the start of the team's offseason workouts. However, he is not expected to participate with the rest of the team as he is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. (Source: Stephen Holder on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although Luck showed up for the start of offseason workouts, his level of participation will be limited, if any at all. He is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and would not give any timeline for his on-field return. While his status for the start of training camp remains questionable, the Colts believe their franchise signal caller will be good to go for Week 1.

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors


J.J. Watt feeling 'good'

By Anthony Cervino   Mon, Apr 17th 2:17pm EDT

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Houston Texans pass rusher J.J. Watt (back) told the media he's feeling "really good" in his recovery from back surgery. "My body feels really good," Watt said Monday. "I'm looking forward to getting back to playing football. I can't wait" (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Watt appears to be on track in his recovery from back surgery he underwent last season. Although his status for Houston's offseason workouts is unknown, he is fully expected to be back on the field at the start of training camp in July.

Category: Injury Updates


Mike Evans extended through 2018

By Anthony Cervino   Mon, Apr 17th 12:07pm EDT

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked up wide receiver Mike Evans' fifth-year option on Monday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Since the Buccaneers picked up Evans' fifth-year option on Monday, the 23-year-old wideout will be tied to the team through the 2018 season. Coming off of a 2016 campaign in which he produced a 96-1321-12 stat line, Evans will enter 2017 a top five fantasy wide receiver who could amass the century mark in receptions for the first time in his career if he plays a full 16-game slate.

Category: Transactions


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin will participate in the team's offseason workouts. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rapoport adds that Martin is "out of rehab and in a good place." The troubled rusher checked into a rehab facility in January after violating the league's PED policy testing positive for Adderal with two weeks remaining in the 2016 season. Martin's future with the team is in question, however. He will serve the remaining three games of his four-game suspension to start the 2017 campaign and the Buccaneers could elect to move on from Martin as a result -- especially if they ask him to take a pay cut and he declines. Currently, with Martin set to miss the first three games of the upcoming season, Charles Sims and Jacquizz Rodgers are in line to handle the running back duties for Tampa Bay. However, if they add a notable free agent rusher, or address the position early in the draft, Martin's days with the Buccaneers would likely be numbered.

Category: Rumors


Geronimo Allison signs tender

By Anthony Cervino   Sat, Apr 15th 1:43pm EDT

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The Green Bay Packers have re-signed wide receiver Geronimo Allison on Friday. (Source: Packers Wire)

Fantasy Impact: Allison signed his exclusive rights tender Friday and is retained for the upcoming season. The 23-year-old wideout caught 12 targets for 202 yards and two touchdowns in 2016 and emerged as a solid receiving threat during his limited time on the field. He'll likely battle with Jeff Janis this offseason for the No. 4 spot on Green Bay's wide receiver depth chart.

Category: Transactions


ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has announced his retirement from the NFL. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: White has retired from the NFL after 11 seasons, all of which, with the Falcons. White, 35, retires as Atlanta's all-time leader in receptions (808), yards receiving (10,863) and touchdowns receiving (63).


Jonathan Hankins signs with Colts

By Anthony Cervino   Thu, Apr 13th 2:44pm EDT

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Indianapolis Colts and free agent defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins have agreed to terms on a three-year deal worth "up to" $30 million that includes $15.9 million in guaranteed money. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hankins, formerly of the Giants and the highest graded free agent still available, signed with the Colts on Thursday. While playing in all 16 games for only the second time in his career in 2016, Hankins accumulated 44 total tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble. He'll improve a Colts run defense that finished 25th in the NFL last season.

Category: Transactions


ESPN's Field Yates is reporting free agent running back Damien Williams visited with the New England Patriots on Wednesday. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots were busy Wednesday hosting a pair of original round tendered running backs, Damien Williams and Mike Gillislee, formerly of the Dolphins and Bills respectively. New England is in search of a short yardage/ goal line back with LeGarrette Blount still unsigned. The Patriots, who also hosted Adrian Peterson last week and were also mentioned in the Marshawn Lynch conversation, appear to be taking their time landing new rusher. However, all of these visits could just be a smokescreen attempt to lure Blount into signing his deal, which is reportedly lower than the contract they gave to Rex Burkhead at the start of free agency. Expect New England's running back vacancy to be filled prior to the NFL Draft that beings on April 27.

Category: Rumors


Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com is suggesting the San Francisco 49ers are "ready to give up" on running back Carlos Hyde due to his injury issues. (Source: Draft Analyst)

Fantasy Impact: Pauline added that the 49ers are "very high" on former LSU rusher Leonard Fournette and "are seriously considering using the second [overall] pick of the draft to acquire him." If San Francisco is indeed "ready" to move on from Hyde, Fournette to the 49ers is a strong possibility. Hyde has struggled with injuries since being drafted by San Francisco 57th overall in 2014. He's missed 14 of a possible 48 career games including 12 of his last 32. Although the 25-year-old running back is productive while on the field, his health could be too much of a question mark for San Francisco's new front office regime to depend on for the duration of a 16-game season.

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ESPN's Todd Archer is reporting former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo "has not filed retirement papers with the NFL and it is not something that is planned at the moment." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Although Romo has yet to file his retirement papers, Archer does not believe that the signal caller will return to the field "anytime soon." However, the option is, in fact, there if he intends to do so. Currently, Romo is slated to join CBS Sports' "A-Team" alongside Jim Nantz calling the top AFC game of the week during the 2017 regular season.

Category: Rumors


The Los Angeles Rams have exercised defensive lineman Aaron Donald's fifth-year option for 2018. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Donald is tied to the Rams through the 2018 season since the team picked up the 25-year-old's fifth-year option Wednesday. Entering his fourth NFL season in 2017, Donald is one of the league's elite interior defensive lineman whose accumulated 28 sacks in his career.

Category: Transactions


Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins told the media he believes he will remain with the Redskins for the 2017 season and "doesn't anticipate being traded" this offseason. "I haven't heard anything. I'm not expecting anything to happen," Cousins said via ESPN. "And I'm looking forward to getting back to work with my teammates." (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Cousins has been a hot topic throughout the 2017 offseason, and realistically, for the better part of the past two offseasons due to his contractual standing with the Redskins. The 28-year-old signal caller has emerged as a stellar franchise quarterback since 2015 -- he produced a 9,083-54-23 stat line in that timespan -- but has yet to be awarded a long-term deal from Washington. He played the 2016 season under the franchise tag and has already signed his tender for the upcoming campaign. Cousins could be traded this offseason, however. Since he's been franchise tagged for the past two years, he is virtually tag-proof for the remainder of his career. He would earn over $34 million of guaranteed money if Washington, or any other team for that matter, tenders him for the third time. Therefore, Cousins is poised to reach the open free agent market in 2018 if a long-term deal is not reached and is highly unlikely to re-sign with the Redskins in that scenario. If the Redskins elect to hold on to Cousins and let him play out 2017 under the tag, they would run the risk of losing him next offseason without receiving any compensation. The deadline for franchise tagged players to sign a long-term extension prior to the start of the 2017 season is July 15.

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