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Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports the Redskins continue "doing genuine due diligence" on Cardinals QB Josh Rosen. (Source: Chris Mortensen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Redskins were initially the top option in the Rosen sweepstakes before they signed Case Keenum. Washington is planning to be without Alex Smith this year and it's fair to wonder how effective Smith will be when (if) he returns in 2020. It makes sense why they have interest in Rosen. The Giants, Chargers, and Patriots are other teams who have been rumored as having interest.


Ralph Vacchiano of SNY writes the Giants are serious about bringing Eli Manning back in 2020. (Source: SNY)

Fantasy Impact: Manning is now 38 years old and has seen his play decline drastically over the past several years. Vacchiano adds that the Giants don't love any of the quarterbacks in this draft class, which is why they might retain Manning for both this year and 2020. It's fair to question whether they should've taken a quarterback last season when they held the number two overall pick. As for fantasy purposes, Saquon Barkley is the only Giant worth getting excited about this year. Evan Engram, Sterling Shepard, and Golden Tate will all have roles to play but this isn't an offense worth investing a lot in.


Jared Cook is reportedly close to a new deal with the Saints. (Source: ProFootballTalk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is great news for Cook owners as he'll likely step in for the retired Ben Watson in a system that has been TE-friendly in the past. While Brees spreads the ball around, Cook should get attention in the red zone and down the middle of the field consistently in a high-flying offense. The signing would again put Cook firmly on the TE1 radar entering 2019 fantasy drafts.


Kareem Hunt suspended 8 games

Fri, Mar 15th 10:07am EDT
By Mike Tagliere

According to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, Browns running back Kareem Hunt has been suspended eight games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: We've been waiting for the suspension to come down and it was a minimum of six games, so this isn't a big surprise. Considering the nature of the crime, it's unlikely Hunt appeals, though it's possible he tries to knock it down to six games. The Browns don't really need him with Nick Chubb on the roster, though he does provide great depth for a team that has Super Bowl aspirations. Knowing there's no guaranteed role when he comes back from suspension, Hunt isn't worth a draft pick in redraft leagues with his eight-game suspension.


NFL Network reports the Patriots are interested in free agent slot receiver Golden Tate. (Source: Providence Journal)

Fantasy Impact: The 30-year-old makes a lot of sense for a New England team that is thing at receiver right now. Tate failed to mesh with the Eagles after getting sent to Philly at the trade deadline, but he remains a highly productive player.


Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune reports the Vikings are interested in running back Zach Zenner. (Source: Ben Goessling on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Minnesota has a hole to fill with Latavius Murray set to leave for New Orleans. Zenner has always shined during the preseason but has yet to break out in the games that count. Dalvin Cook will be in for a big workload if all the Vikings do to replace Murray is bring in Zenner.


NFL Network's Tom Pelissero is reporting that the Dolphins and wide receiver Devante Parker have agreed to terms on a new two-year deal to keep him in Miami. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is somewhat surprising, but it appears that new head coach Brian Flores thinks much more of Parker than Adam Gase did. Throughout Gase's tenure as the head coach, it just seemed that he'd throw players into the doghouse and never let them out. Parker has flashed at times during his four-year career, but health has been a major issue for him. Now that Nick Foles and Teddy Bridgewater have found their homes, it appears that the Dolphins will sign one of Tyrod Taylor or Ryan Fitzpatrick as a one- or two-year holdover until they can get their potential franchise quarterback through the draft. The fact that Parker was re-signed to a new deal, it does give a bit of hope, as it shows that Flores and new offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea have a clear role for him in the offense. The issue is that there isn't much talent around him, and without a quarterback, it's tough to get excited about anything more than WR4/5-type production.


ESPN Insider Adam Schefter is reporting that the Saints have come to an agreement with free agent running back Latavius Murray on a four-year deal worth $14.4 million. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He's the Mark Ingram replacement in New Orleans. For those who were holding out hope for Ingram to return to the team, this eliminates that from happening. Over the last two years with Alvin Kamara on the roster, Ingram has averaged 13.1 carries and 2.8 receptions per game, so it's not as if Murray's walking into a backup role like the one he had with the Vikings. That's nearly 16 touches per game to a running back who's delivered whenever his name's been called. If he can cross the 200-carry threshold, Murray should be locked in as a low-end RB2 in this top-six scoring offense.


Tyrod Taylor is reportedly a "top target" of the Dolphins. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Dolphins could also address the position via the Draft. Taylor could find himself in a similar situation as last year where he entered the season playing in front of QB of the future Baker Mayfield. While Taylor could be an interesting streaming option or early 2QB league target given the work he does on the ground, it's unclear at this point if he'll even enter the season as a starting QB in the NFL.


Nelson Agholor is expected to remain with the Eagles and enter 2019 with the team. (Source: Jeff McLane on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McLane notes that it would likely "take an attractive offer to pry him away," referring to Agholor. McLane adds that Agholor could decide to restructure his deal in order to move into a larger role elsewhere. Philadelphia has already added DeSean Jackson this offseason, and they could continue to address the position this offseason after watching Mike Wallace and Golden Tate hit free agency. Agholor has shown flashes, but the former first-round pick has been an inconsistent fantasy option during his career.


Michael Lombardi spoke with a team that is convinced Odell Beckham Jr. could be traded this offseason. OBJ reportedly has a "very short list" of teams he's willing to be traded to. (Source: Michael Lombardi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: These talks are likely to continue through the offseason, but it appears that the team is still listening to offers for the All-Pro WR. Beckham is entering another season that will likely see Eli Manning under center, but the veteran QB's future is murky beyond that. Beckham has solid group of weapons around him in New York, but he has made it clear that he wants to win.


Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the Jaguars are expected to release Blake Bortles once the Nick Foles signing becomes official. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Foles can't officially sign for a few days but the Jags are fully expected to release Bortles at that time. Bortles was miserable in Jacksonville last year after signing a three-year extension prior to the season. He has had some fantasy relevance over the years but those days are most definitely over.


According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Jacksonville Jaguars are signing free agent quarterback Nick Foles to a four-year deal worth $88 million. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was to be expected after the Jaguars cleared out tons of cap space by releasing multiple players last week. Foles walks into a tough spot, as the Jaguars offensive line isn't nearly as talented as the Eagles' was and they don't currently have a 50/50 receiver on the roster. Foles has been known to throw the ball up and let his receiver win a one-on-one battle, but Dede Westbrook and D.J. Chark aren't receivers you want to do that with very often. Expect the Jaguars to address a big wide receiver or tight end in the draft to give Foles a weapon in the red zone. You should not be drafting Foles outside of 2QB leagues.


NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that free agent safety Landon Collins is signing a six-year deal with the Washington Redskins worth $84 million with $45 million guaranteed. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After the Giants failed to place the franchise tag on Collins, their divisional rivals pounced on him during the legal tampering period. After Washington cut D.J. Swearinger, they had a massive need at strong safety, but they shouldn't miss him at all with Collins in the mix, who's been selected to three Pro Bowls in his first four seasons in the league. There's a lot of money tied to his contract, as his $45 million guaranteed is $15 million more than Eric Berry received prior to the 2017 season. At just 25 years old, Collins should be a difference-maker for a long time.


If he doesn't land a shot at a starting role with the Jaguars or Dolphins, there is a "strong expectation" that Teddy Bridgewater will re-sign with the Saints. (Source: Jason La Canfora on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This makes sense given the next best thing to a starting role in 2019 is playing behind a veteran like Drew Brees in an elite offensive system like New Orleans. While Brees hasn't indicated when he'll retire, he's certainly approaching the end of his illustrious career.


Adrian Peterson is expected to test the free agent market. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Washington reportedly wants to re-sign the veteran RB, but given the return of Derrius Guice, it's not clear how large of a role Peterson would have in D.C. Peterson showed that he still has some fantasy production left in the tank in 2018, but his value will ultimately come down to his landing spot and role to start the 2019 season.


The Cardinals will release TE Jermaine Gresham when the new league year begins this week. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gresham has flirted with fantasy relevance over the years at the wasteland that is the TE position. There are a few interesting free agent tight ends this offseason, and Gresham could become an interesting name depending on his landing spot. For now, he's just a name to monitor.


NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport is reporting that the San Francisco 49ers are signing free agent linebacker Kwon Alexander to a four-year deal worth $54 million with $27 million guaranteed. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's a hefty price to pay, but the 49ers were stuck in-between a rock and a hard place after releasing Rueben Foster last season. The $27 million in guaranteed money is tied with Luke Kuechly for the most among linebackers. The signing will allow the 49ers to move Fred Warner back to outside linebacker and give them some flexibility in the draft. If the Cardinals do take Kyler Murray at No. 1 overall, the additions of Nick Bosa and Alexander would start to transform the underwhelming front-seven unit they currently have.


The Eagles and wide receiver DeSean Jackson are "destined for each other again," barring any unforeseen changes, according to reports. (Source: Chris Mortensen on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jackson and the Buccaneers appear poised to part ways this offseason. The question remains whether or not Tampa Bay will trade Jackson or if they will cut him loose. Either way, it seems as if he'll be heading back to Philadelphia, based on these rumors. In Tampa, Chris Godwin should be able to take a step forward in 2019 without DJax on the roster. It remains to be seen what other focus the Eagles give to the WR position, but Jackson could continue to be a boom/bust play at WR with his new team.


Appearing on ESPN's NFL Live, super agent Drew Rosenhaus has stated that his client, Rob Gronkowski, still hasn't made a decision on whether or not he'll retire. (Source: Ryan Hannable)

Fantasy Impact: The Patriots have to be preparing for life without Gronkowski, who was reportedly playing injured in the Super Bowl. At this point, it shouldn't shock anyone if he's done, as his body has deteriorated much faster than anticipated. Rosenhaus stated that Gronkowski won't even tell him which way he's leaning. If he does return for the 2019 season, he's no longer someone you should consider spending a high-round pick on in fantasy drafts. If you own Gronkowski in dynasty leagues, it may be best to sell right now for whatever you can get, even if it's a second-round rookie pick.