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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that a source close to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers said running back Doug Martin has been the "most impressive player thus far in training" during offseason workouts. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rapoport adds that Martin's "impressive" workouts could be "one reason why" the Buccaneers did not take Dalvin Cook 19th overall Thursday. Instead, they selected O.J. Howard, the top tight end on the board. However, passing on Cook doesn't mean Tampa Bay is not going to target a running back in the draft. Entering the second round Friday, Cook remains on the board as well as Alvin Kamara and D'Onta Foreman. For Martin, he will need to continue his good fortune throughout the offseason to maintain a roster spot for the 2017 campaign.


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Washington Redskins are shopping running back Matt Jones. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jones, whose been inconsistent since entering the league in 2015, could be on his way out of Washington this weekend. It appears that the Redskins have put the 24-year-old rusher on the trading block. Entering last season, Jones was their top running back, but by Week 7, because of injuries and ball security issues, he was benched in favor of Rob Kelley. Jones didn't see the field again for the remainder of the 2016 season, finishing the year with 533 total yards and three touchdowns. Rapoport adds that if the Redskins indeed trade Jones, they will be in the market to add a running back, likely in the draft. Currently, Kelley and Chris Thompson are the top two backs on Washington's depth chart.


The Minnesota Vikings are expected to pass on picking up quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's fifth-year option. (Source: Star-Tribune)

Fantasy Impact: Bridgewater, who is recovering from a critical knee injury suffered in the 2016 preseason, has an uncertain future in Minnesota. ESPN is reporting that the Vikings are unlikely to pick up the signal caller's fifth-year option by the May 3 deadline. However, if Bridgewater spends the duration of the 2017 season on the PUP list, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that Bridgewater's contract would "toll" and be extended through the 2018 campaign.


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the New Orleans Saints and free agent running back Adrian Peterson are "closing in" on a deal that will pay him at least $3 million in 2017. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rapoport added that although the deal is not done, it seems to be "moving in that direction." Peterson, 32, visited with New Orleans earlier in the month and left on uplifting terms. If Peterson signs with the Saints, he would likely serve as the No. 2 rusher behind Mark Ingram in 2017.


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.


Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie told the media the deadline for the team to acquire running back Marshawn Lynch is the NFL Draft. “At some point, you would like to know," McKenzie said Friday. "Prior to the draft is that point." (Source: Vic Tafur on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It appears that the Raiders are using the NFL Draft as the deadline for the team to land Lynch. Although this could just be a smokescreen in order to speed things up, it wouldn't be a surprise if Oakland stands pat to their presumed deadline. They do have options. Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and LeGarrette Blount are all available free agents and have similar skill sets to Lynch. I'd expect the Raiders to make a move for one of the aforementioned rushers if they ultimately cannot work things out with Lynch.


NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the New England Patriots have extended a two-year, $6.4 million RFA offer sheet to free agent running back Mike Gillislee on Tuesday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gillislee, who received an original round tender from the Bills in March which he has yet to sign, received an offer sheet from the Patriots Tuesday after visiting with the club last week. If Gillislee signs with New England, they will forfeit a fifth-round pick to the Bills in the upcoming NFL Draft. Gillislee's potential acquisition would likely take the Patriots out of the running back market leaving LeGarrette Blount on the outside looking in and in search of a new team for the 2017 season.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


NFL Insider Alex Marvez is reporting suspended Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant met with the NFL's Management Council on Thursday "as part of his efforts for reinstatement." (Source: Alex Marvez on Tiwtter)

Fantasy Impact: It appears that Bryant is indeed "one step closer" to being reinstated into the NFL after a year-long ban stemming from repeated violations of the league's substance abuse policy. The troubled wideout's next step is to meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell or one of his representatives from the league office once they receive Bryant's medical recommendation for his reinstatement, per Marvez. Barring a setback, Bryant is fully expected to be reinstated for the 2017 season.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Indianapolis Colts beat writer Kevin Bowen believes running back Robert Turbin could be in line for an expanded role in 2017. "With [Frank] Gore turning 34 years old in May, it makes sense for the Colts to look into more Turbin," Bowen said via Colts.com. (Source: Colts.com)

Fantasy Impact: Turbin is coming off of a 2016 season in which he tallied career lows in rushing attempts (47), rushing yards (164) and rushing yards per game (10.9). However, he made the most of his limited carries by accumulating a career-best seven touchdowns on the ground -- he's only scored once in his five-year career prior to last season. Turbin also produced career highs as a receiver with a 26-179-1 stat line while playing in 15 games. As a result, the 27-year-old running back could be in line for an expanded role in 2017 as Frank Gore's primary backup. Gore, who will turn 34 in May, is not getting any younger and signs of aging are beginning to show. Despite rushing for 1,026 yards and four touchdowns last season, he hasn't averaged more than 3.9 YPC since 2014 (4.3). Turbin could begin to see an increased workload early in the 2017 season if Indianapolis intends to protect Gore's longevity for a playoff run. For fantasy football purposes, Turbin is worth a late-round flier and a stash on the fantasy bench in the event that father time finally pays Gore a visit.


TMZ Sports is reporting Seattle Seahawks quarterback Trevone Boykin was arrested again Thursday for violating his probation in March. It was his second arrest in a two-week timeframe. (Source: TMZ Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Boykin was arrested in Dallas on March 27 for public intoxication and marijuana possession while on probation. On Thursday, a warrant was issued for his arrest because of last month's violation of probation and was taken into custody as a result. Although this is not a new incident, Boykin has been arrested at least three times since, and including, the Alamo Bowl incident in 2015. His career in Seattle as Russell Wilson's primary backup is in jeopardy.


Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told the media he will return for the 2017 season. (Source: NFL Network on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After contemplating retirement following January's loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, Roethlisberger announced Friday that he will return for his 14th NFL season in 2017. The 35-year-old signal caller, whose battled injuries throughout his career, could have the best arsenal of weapons at his disposal that he's ever played with in the previous 13 seasons. The Steelers retained both Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown this offseason, plus, Ladarius Green's health could finally be intact by training camp. Also, if Martavis Bryant's suspension is lifted, and its fully expected to be, Pittsburgh's offense could evolve into an even greater juggernaut. Currently, Roethlisberger is in the low-end QB1 conversation for the upcoming fantasy football campaign, but will likely move up a tier once Bryant is reinstated.