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Jaguars coach Doug Pederson said the organization has been working "tirelessly" on getting a contract extension done with QB Trevor Lawrence. (Source: Ari Meirov on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: "I’ve just got to coach Trevor and coach football and hopefully it gets done — and it will,” Pederson said. This will be a situation to monitor as the offseason progresses.


Miami Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa has reportedly skipped the "majority" of the team's voluntary offseason work over the first month ahead of voluntary OTAs. (Source: Jonathan Jones, CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: These absences are believed to be tied to his pending contract extension, as Tagovailoa seeks a deal as he enters 2024 set to play on his $23.171 million fifth-year option. While it can be rationalized that Tagovailoa's absences are insignificant considering work at this point is voluntary, CBS Sports' Jonathan Jones mentions that the former Alabama QB has been present for the majority of his voluntary offseason work through his first four NFL seasons. With Jared Goff's extension painting a picture, Tagovailoa's search for future security could bleed into training camp if he's willing to stomach any potential fines.


Tank Bigsby is expected to play a "bigger role" this season as the Jaguars backup running back. (Source: Around the NFL on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Travis Etienne figures to remain in his clear lead role, but Bigsby has a chance to step into a larger role behind him. As a rookie, Bigsby saw just 50 carries with one reception as a receiver. He could be an enticing handcuff to roster for Etienne managers.


The 49ers reportedly remain focused on keeping Brandon Aiyuk and getting a long-term extension done. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The rumors of Aiyuk being traded from the NFL Draft appear to be off the table, at least as of now. San Francisco views him as a crucial piece of its offense as they look to come to an agreement on an extension. This will remain a situation to monitor throughout the remainder of the offseason.


Free agent wide receiver Zay Jones is scheduled to visit with the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jones was cut by the Jaguars earlier this offseason coming off a season that was marred by injuries. He played in nine games and caught 34 of 64 targets for 321 yards. However, he had 82 catches, 823 yards and five touchdowns the season before. Jones has met with the Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys and could provide a reliable but unspectacular boundary threat to whichever team he lands with.


Kansas City Chiefs WR Rashee Rice is reportedly under investigation for allegedly hitting a photographer at a Dallas nightclub early Monday. (Source: Rachel Snyder, Rebecca Lopez, Joe Trahan, WFAA)

Fantasy Impact: Dallas police say they are investigating witnesses about the alleged nightclub assault, but not much more information is available at this time. Rice currently faces eight charges for a multi-car accident that occurred in Dallas in late March. There have been reports that Rice could face a multi-game suspension for the accident, but as these two situations work their way through the legal system, the NFL will likely be weighing things to determine whether or not Rice could miss regular season action in 2024.


Veteran WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling is scheduled to visit with the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday. (Source: Ari Meirov on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Chargers completely reset at WR this offseason, moving on from WRs Mike Williams and Keenan Allen. With a WR room of Joshua Palmer, Quentin Johnston and DJ Chark Jr. — and rookies Ladd McConkey, Brenden Rice and Cornelius Johnson — the Chargers could use further veteran help. Not much more should be expected from Valdes-Scantling beyond vertical field-stretching and occasional splash plays, but it's a role the team could use within a rotation if they sign together.


Steelers running back Jaylen Warren said special teams coach Danny Smith has reportedly discussed Justin Fields returning kicks this season (Source: ProFootballTalk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: “I would, I think it’s pretty cool — as soon as you touch the ball that’s when everything starts to happen,” Warren said. “Our special teams coordinator was talking about Justin Fields being back there. . . . We looked at him like, Justin Fields will be back there? I think it’s cool.” This could be something to monitor throughout the remainder of the offseason.


Tyler Boyd is reportedly scheduled to meet with the Chargers and Titans this week. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The market is expected to be heat up for Boyd after eight seasons with the Bengals. There should be plenty of opportunity with the Chargers this season, while Boyd would be competing for targets with DeAndre Hopkins and Calvin Ridley in Tennessee.


QB Taulia Tagovailoa, younger brother of Tua, did not sign a UDFA contract yet. However, Seattle has invited him to their rookie camp, so a contract could come. (Source: Mike Garafolo)

Fantasy Impact: Scouts were concerned about Tagovailoa's size and arm strength. However, he has a pro pedigree and could impress rookie camp scouts.


With the drafting of JJ McCarthy to the Vikings, Sam Darnold is not guaranteed a starting role, despite signing a $10m deal to be the bridge QB. (Source: Kevin Seifert)

Fantasy Impact: GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah said that the team does not want to rush McCarthy's development and wants him to be as good as he can be. However, the team has seen plenty of evidence that he can make all the throws needed and he could force their hand, shifting Darnold to the backup role.


Following the NFL Draft, Brandon Powell is the current leader for the Vikings' WR3 spot. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Powell had his best season yet in 2023, but he still only totaled 325 receiving yards. The Vikings' room also has Trent Sherfield, Jalen Nailor, and N'Keal Harry


The 49ers have reportedly been involved in trade talks ahead of the NFL Draft, including a potential move into the top-10 by trading either Brandon Aiyuk or Deebo Samuel. (Source: Dianna Russini on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 49ers would reportedly have to be "blown away" to trade either of their star receivers. This is all a rumor as of now, but is is worth monitoring as we sit just a few hours away from the start of the NFL Draft.


The Chicago Bears are reportedly "open for business" with the No. 9 pick and telling teams they are ready to move for the right price (Source: Dianna Russini on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There have been rumors of the Bears looking to draft a wide receiver at No. 9 to pair with Caleb Williams. With them already having DJ Moore and Keenan Allen, they could look to trade down if the right offer is sent their way. There are reportedly a number of teams looking to trade up in the top half of round one on Thursday.


The Rams are reportedly calling teams to try and trade up into the top-10. (Source: Dianna Russini on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Rams have a first-round pick for the first time since 2016. They're looking to move up from No. 19 to into the top-10 where they could go a number of different directions.


The Giants reportedly “have been trying" to trade up to No. 3 with the Patriots. (Source: Jordan Schultz on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The belief is the Giants are trying to trade up for Drake Maye. There continue to be conflicting reports on New England potentially drafting Maye themselves or trading out of the pick.


The Bengals reportedly have "zero interest" in trading Trey Hendrickson. (Source: Paul Dehner Jr. on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hendrickson requested a trade on Wednesday, and even reportedly considered retirement if he isn't traded. Both he and Tee Higgins have requested a trade as they're seeking long-term extensions.


The Cowboys met with Elliott and his agent. While a deal has not been finalized yet, the former pro-bowler may be returning to the team that drafted him. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: The Cowboys are in desperate need of RB depth. As it currently stands, their top two options are Royce Freeman and Rico Dowdle. While it is presumed that they'll address the position in the upcoming NFL draft, Elliott's veteran presence can certainly help the Cowboys.


Jayden Daniels hopes to land with either the Las Vegas Raiders or the Minnesota Vikings. He has connections with Raiders coach Antonio Pierce who was with him at Arizona State, on the other hand, playing under Kevin O’Connell sounds appealing. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Pairing Daniels with one of Davante Adams or Justin Jefferson would be great for fantasy managers, but in all likelihood, the Washington Commanders are staying pat and could select him. If they don’t, New England could as well, but rumor has it that they may trade back, opening the door for teams like Minnesota to move up and get him. A lot will be decided in the next few hours, including Daniels landing spot, be it a preferred team or not.


The Giants are rumored to be interested in trading up in the 2024 NFL Draft to acquire Drake Maye. They currently hold the sixth overall pick and are looking to move to the third or fourth pick overall to draft Maye. (Source: Jordan Raanan on X)

Fantasy Impact: Should the Giants acquire Maye, it is possible he could be the Giants' starter going into Week 1. The Giants also have the option to help further develop the soon-to-be rookie from North Carolina and have him sit behind Daniel Jones for one year. Regardless if Maye is the starter in Week 1 for the Giants, he would be a risky fantasy pick in 12-team, 1QB leagues due to the substandard offensive ecosystem surrounding him.