Las Vegas Raiders
Tue, Apr 6th 2:30pm EDT
By Andersen Pickard
Raiders running back Kenyan Drake and head coach Jon Gruden both commented on Las Vegas' pursuit of the running back in a recent interview with ESPN.com. The former explained his appreciation for the team's aggressive courting of him and the opportunity to play alongside Josh Jacobs while the latter confirmed his fascination with Drake's playing style. (Source: ESPN.com)
Fantasy Impact: "He can run it, catch it and return it," said Gruden, once again offering up strong praise in regards to Drake's versatility. "He's a threat to make a big play with or without it." Meanwhile, Drake said that once his "name kind of got going [in free agency], Gruden was just head and shoulders above everybody, in terms of interest in my ability to kind of come in and be a playmaker in a lot of facets of the game." Drake, who could see time as both a running back and receiver, had a career year in 2020, rushing for 955 yards and 10 touchdowns over 15 games. He added 25 catches for 137 yards. The 27-year-old ranks 30th among running backs in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.
Tue, Mar 30th 7:14pm EDT
By Jon Mathisen
Las Vegas Raiders LT Kolton Miller has agreed to a three-year extension with the team worth $18 million a year. The deal includes $42.6 million guaranteed and goes through 2025, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The former No. 15 overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft receives an extension, which includes the final year of his rookie deal and a fifth-year team option. The 25-year-old has improved each season in the league and this extension could end up looking like a bargain in a few years if he continues to get better.
Tue, Mar 23rd 2:12pm EDT
By Brad Camara
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that QB Marcus Mariota will sign a reworked contract to stay with the Raiders. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Mariota is expected to sign a one-year, $3.5 million contract to stay in Las Vegas. He can make up to $8 million in incentives. The 27-year-old appeared in one game for the Raiders in 2020, completing 17-of-24 passes for 226 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Mariota will once again serve as the Raiders backup QB behind Derek Carr in 2021.
RB Theo Riddick is re-signing with the Raiders for one-year, $50k guaranteed. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Raiders signed both Riddick and Kenyan Drake today, likely solidifying their running back room as they had into the 2021 season. Josh Jacobs is still expected to be the lead back, but Drake (2-year, $14.5M deal) will certainly be involved in the offense. Riddick will be more of an insurance policy for the Raiders.
Thu, Mar 18th 2:26pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Raiders are re-signing TE Derek Carrier to a one-year contract. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: This will be Carrier's fourth season with the Raiders. He isn't expected to make a fantasy impact playing behind Darren Waller.
The Raiders re-signed WR Zay Jones to a one-year deal. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Jones appeared in all 16 games for the Raiders in 2020, hauling in 14 receptions on 19 targets for 154 yards and one touchdown. He’ll most likely be the Raiders WR4 on the depth chart behind Henry Ruggs, John Brown and Hunter Renfrow. Jones will continue to have a minimal role in the Raiders offense and won’t provide much fantasy value in 2021.
Wed, Mar 17th 5:27pm EDT
By Matthew MacKay
Former Las Vegas Raiders C Rodney Hudson has officially been traded to the Arizona Cardinals, per Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Hudson is a former All-Pro C for the Raiders who will be an immediate upgrade on the Cardinals' offensive line in 2021. The 32-year old three-time Pro Bowler was traded in exchange for a third-round pick and the Raiders' seventh-round pick in the upcoming 2021 draft. He played all 16 games for the Raiders in 2020 and went without a single penalty, bringing immense value due to his durability and discipline.
Wed, Mar 17th 4:36am EDT
By Dan Titus
According to sources, RFA LB Nicholas Morrow is reportedly re-signing with the Las Vegas Raiders on a new deal. (Source: Vic Tafur on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The Raiders were able to lock up one of their promising linebackers before he hit the free-agent market on Wednesday. Morrow went undrafted in the 2017 draft and played well for the Raiders last season, registering 78 tackles with three sacks, an interception, and a forced fumble across 11 games. He played last season as a restricted free-agent and now he's earned his first significant contract.
Tue, Mar 16th 3:33pm EDT
By Andersen Pickard
The Browns are signing edge-rusher Takkarist McKinley to a one-year deal with a $4.25 million base. The deal can max out at $6 million. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: McKinley spent nearly four years with the Falcons from 2017 to 2020. In 49 games with Atlanta, he made 79 tackles and 17.5 sacks while forcing two fumbles. Four games into the 2020 season, Atlanta cut McKinley. He spent time as a member of the Bengals, Raiders, and 49ers but never saw the field due to injuries. The former first-round pick will look to put his defensive talent on display while complementing Myles Garrett in Cleveland.
Mon, Mar 15th 8:31pm EDT
By Brad Camara
RB Devontae Booker and the Giants have agreed on a two-year, $6 million contract. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Booker agrees to a two-year deal with the Giants and is expected to back up star RB Saquon Barkley. He ran the ball 93 times for 423 yards, while hauling in 17 receptions for 84 yards and three touchdowns in 2020. Booker will provide the Giants a pass-catching threat and is expected complement Barkley in New York’s backfield in 2021.
Mon, Mar 15th 6:19pm EDT
By Adam Koffler
Former Raiders WR Nelson Agholor has agreed to terms on a two-year, $26M deal with the New England Patriots. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Check back shortly for the fantasy impact.
Mon, Mar 15th 5:01pm EDT
By Kyle Williams
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Texans and DL Maliek Collins have agreed to terms on a 1-year, $6 million contract. (Source: Ian rapoport of NFL Network)
Fantasy Impact: Another veteran signing for the Texans as the continue to try and put together a defense. The moves pile up as a strong indication they are pushing to re-earn the trust of star QB Deshaun Watson. Last season, Collins recorded just 15 tackles with the Raiders in a down year.
Fri, Mar 12th 7:22am EST
By Kyle Williams
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Raiders and LB Cory Littleton agreed to work the veteran linebackers deal that will save the team $4.4 million against the cap. (Source: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network)
Fantasy Impact: The salary cap moves continue for the Raiders as on Friday morning the team agreed to restructure the contracts of veteran linebackers Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski. The moves will save the team a little over $7.1 million against the cap.
Fri, Mar 12th 7:19am EST
By Kyle Williams
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Raiders and LB Nick Kwiatkoski agree to a restructured contract that will save the team $2.7 million against the cap. (Source: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network)
Fantasy Impact: Another move for the Raiders. After releasing four veteran starters from last season, the Raiders agreed to rework the contract of Kwiatkoski, the move will help save the team a veteran starter and $2.7 million against the cap. The LB recorded 81 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, and one interception in 12 games started last season.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that the Raiders are expected to trade star OT Trent Brown to the Patriots. New England and Las Vegas are also swapping 2022 NFL draft picks. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: “The Patriots deal for OT Trent Brown has been the works for a days, with Brown adjusting his contract to facilitate it,” per Rapoport. After being acquired by the Patriots, Brown agreed to a new one-year deal worth up to $11 million. He’s been limited to 16 games for the Raiders the past two seasons due to injuries and complications with COVID. Brown will return to New England, where he won a Super Bowl and started every game in 2018.
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Raiders are releasing veteran safety, Lamarcus Joyner. (Source: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network)
Fantasy Impact: With Joyned set to have a cap hit of $9.95 million in 2021, the move makes a lot of sense in this cap environment. With the Raiders making several moves to free up salary cap including the releases of veterans Richie Incognito and Gabe Jackson along with the rumors of Trent Brown being shopped, the Raiders are clearly searching for cap space for 2021. Joyner now becomes the third starter the Raiders have released this week.
Fri, Mar 5th 7:03pm EST
By Matthew MacKay
Las Vegas Raiders G Richie Incognito will be released from the organization due to salary cap maintenance, as reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Incognito is fully healthy heading into his 14th season in the NFL and will look to remain in a starting role on a team in need of an offensive guard in 2021. The Raiders had one of the best offensive lines in 2020, with Incognito helping to secure the interior alongside C Rodney Hudson. There are a number of teams that need an upgrade on their offensive line, as many witnessed Super Bowl LV and the devastating results that come from starting inexperienced linemen in the postseason.
Tyrell Williams was officially released today by the Las Vegas Raiders, freeing up over $10 million in cap room. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Williams was a solid wide receiver for the Raiders in the 2019 season. After being sidelined for the entire 2020 season dealing with a torn labrum, it'll be interesting to see where Williams lands as a free agent.
Mon, Feb 22nd 9:34pm EST
By Matthew MacKay
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr is expected to return with the franchise for the 2021 season. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Carr will not be departing Las Vegas, as the Raiders "have him in their plans" for the 2021 season, as reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. However, reserve quarterback Marcus Mariota could be on the move, leaving the Raiders in a precarious position with limited depth behind Derek Carr. Carr had a 3:1 TD/INT ratio in 2020 but did injure his groin late in the season, which the Raiders hope won't resurface as an issue later in 2021.
Thu, Feb 4th 5:31pm EST
By Luke Sawhook
The Las Vegas Raiders have locked up Nathan Peterman for another season with a new one-year contract extension. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Peterman isn't fantasy relevant but boy does coach Jon Gruden love him some Nathan Peterman! Peterman will likely be the third-string QB for the Raiders next season.