The 49ers and quarterback Trey Lance have officially agreed to a four-year, $34.1 million rookie contract that is fully guaranteed. The deal includes an option for a fifth season. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Lance, a client of CAA Football, was the second-to-last first-round pick who remained unsigned. Now, after today's update from Santa Clara, No. 2 pick Zach Wilson is the only first-rounder who hasn't struck a deal. Lance, who was taken by the 49ers after they traded up to the No. 3 selection, impressed at North Dakota State but opted out of the 2020 season. He's expected to open the year on the bench behind Jimmy Garoppolo but should eventually leapfrog him and become the starter. He ranks 27th among quarterbacks in the latest expert consensus draft rankings and 13th in the lastest dynasty rankings.
Wed, Jul 28th 10:52am EDT
By Andersen Pickard
The Colts have signed right tackle Braden Smith to a four-year, $72.4 million contract extension, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The deal includes $42 million in guaranteed money. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: One of the league's top right tackles, Smith cashes in after proving himself as a key member of Indianapolis' offensive line. Formerly a guard at Auburn, the 25-year-old has excelled through 43 games at right tackle in the NFL. According to an announcement from the Colts, Smith "was one of three tackles to play at least 900 snaps and not allow a sack in 2020, according to Pro Football Focus. He was also one of only five tackles to be charged with allowing one or fewer quarterback hits last season."
Adam Shefter of ESPN reports that the Houston Texans have traded WR Randall Cobb to the Green Bay Packers. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Cobb also announced it on his Twitter page. Cobb has been a favorite of Aaron Rodger's and is a big reason why Rodgers is returning. He played for the Packers from 2011-2018 and was a favorite target of Rodgers. Cobb's best season came in 2014 with Rodgers when he caught 91 passes for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Packers drafted Amari Rodgers and still have Allen Lazard and Marques Valdes-Scantling behind Davante Adams on the roster, but Cobb should be able to carve out a role in the offense. He's a late round dart throw due to the touchdown upside in the Packers offense.
Wed, Jul 28th 12:52am EDT
By Jon Mathisen
Los Angeles Chargers running back Justin Jackson has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. (Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Jackson will miss the start of training camp and can't rejoin the team until he passes protocols. This will certainly give Josua Kelley a leg up as both players are competing to backup Austin Ekeler. The former seventh-round draft choice totaled 270 rushing yards on 59 carries with 19 receptions for 173 yards last season.
Wide Receiver Donte Moncrief has been released by the Houston Texans. (Source: Dov Kleiman on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The former Indianapolis Colt has appeared in just 13 games and recorded five receptions over the last two seasons. He signed with Houston back in March but was released at the beginning of training camp. He's still just 27-years-old so he could latch on somewhere else as a special teamer but he's had zero fantasy value for quite some time.
After trading WR Anthony Miller to the Texans, the Bears have signed former Falcons WR Justin Hardy. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Hardy, 29, played five seasons for the Falcons after being drafted in the fourth round out of East Carolina. Over the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Hardy had 41 receptions for 424 yards and seven touchdowns, but failed to go over 200 yards in either of the next two seasons. He played all 16 games in 2019, getting 17% of the offensive snaps, but finished with just 19 receptions for 195 yards. After not playing last season, he will get his shot in Chicago. Let’s see if the change of scenery helps him get over the hump.
Green Bay Packers WR Allen Lazard signs his exclusive-rights tender on Tuesday as camp starts, putting him under contract with the team for the 2021 season, per Pro Football Talk. (Source: Pro Football Talk on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The news of Aaron Rodgers returning to camp seems hopeful for Lazard, but his value is limited as Green Bay is working out a trade for WR Randall Cobb. Lazard has produced as a flex option in the past but will likely find himself behind Davante Adams, Cobb and maybe even rookie WR Amari Rodgers in 2021. Fantasy managers should avoid drafting Lazard.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Packers have released QB Blake Bortles. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: This isn't anything shocking as Bortles was just a depth signing incase Aaron Rodgers was holding out. His starting days are probably over and will look to sign as a backup for another team.
Tue, Jul 27th 2:54pm EDT
By Jon Mathisen
Former Indianapolis Colts safety Malik Hooker has signed with the Dallas Cowboys per Adam Schefter. He was a first-round draft choice out of The Ohio State University back in 2017. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Hooker is coming off of a torn Achilles tendon, which limited him to just two games last season. Injuries have plagued the former first-rounder throughout his career as he's played in just 36 games over the last four years. He's still just 25-years-old and was healthy enough to pass all of his medical tests with the Cowboys. This is a savvy, low-risk signing by Dallas. Hooker should compete for a starting role in the defensive backfield.
Tue, Jul 27th 12:22pm EDT
By Matthew MacKay
Los Angeles Chargers rookie OL Rashawn Slater has reportedly agreed to terms on a four-year, fully guaranteed deal with the team on Tuesday, per Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Slater was selected as the 13th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and is projected to be the starting left tackle for the Chargers when Week 1 arrives. Quarterback Justin Herbert enters his second season after taking the league by storm with an impressive rookie season that saw him finish as the QB9 in half-PPR formats. With the official signing of Slater, Herbert could become a top-five fantasy quarterback with his blindside more secured, buying him more time to read through his progressions in the pocket.
Tue, Jul 27th 8:55am EDT
By Brad Camara
The Washington Football have signed TE Logan Thomas to a three-year extension on Tuesday. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Thomas had a career year with Washington in 2020, hauling in 72 catches on 110 targets for 670 yards and six touchdowns across 16 games. He had 19% of the team’s target percentage last season, sixth among all tight ends. The 30-year-old remains in Washington for the next three seasons and expects to play a vital role in the passing game in 2021. Washington did bring in wide receivers Curtis Samuel, Adam Humphries, and third-round pick Dyami Brown in the offseason. Thomas may not see as heavy of a volume of targets as he did in 2020, but with an improved offense and better quarterback play (Ryan Fitzpatrick), the veteran TE should produce for fantasy managers in 2021. Thomas is borderline TE1 and currently 12th among all tight ends in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.
Nick Underhill of The Athletic reports that the Saints have signed LB Kendall Donnerson. (Source: Nick Underhill on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Donnerson will probably play DE in the Saints’ defense system. He has history as a hand-in-the-dirt edge rusher and at 6-foot-3 and 249 pounds he definitely fits the bill. He’s expected to be just a camp body, who will likely find himself on the practice squad, but David Onyemata’s early-season suspension could change that. There is a real chance Donnerson makes the final cut.
Mon, Jul 26th 6:49pm EDT
By Brad Camara
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) was placed on the preseason Physically Unable to Perform List Monday. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: As expected, Thomas was placed on the preseason PUP list Monday. He's expected to miss all of September after undergoing ankle surgery in June. The Saints star wideout could miss the first six regular-season games if he remains on the PUP to start the year. Thomas is an injury stash for the second half of the season. Alvin Kamara, Tre’Quan Smith, Marquez Calloway, and newly signed Chris Hogan will see more target share while Thomas is sidelined. The 28-year-old’s draft stock has taken a significant hit and is currently 29th among all wideouts in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports the Saints are signing veteran WR Chris Hogan. New Orleans was impressed with his workout today, so his NFL career resumes and lacrosse gets put on hold. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Hogan did enough Monday that the Saints refused to let him out of the building without a contract. That’s promising news. While he likely won’t be fantasy relevant, his veteran presence will be felt in the WR room. Something to watch is if Hogan will remain with the team when Michael Thomas returns, in what is estimated to be Week 7.
Mon, Jul 26th 3:48pm EDT
By Brad Camara
The Washington Football Team have signed DE Jonathan Allen to a four-year, $72 million extension on Monday. The deal includes $30 million guaranteed. (Source: Ari Meirov on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Allen started every game for Washington in 2020, racking up 63 tackles and 2.0 sacks across 16 contests. The 26-year-old played a career-high 77 percent of the defensive snaps last season. He was second on the team in quarterback hits (14) and played a vital role in helping Washington become an elite defense last season. Allen is durable and started 47 of 48 games over the previous three years. His presence only helps Washington’s DST, which is currently fourth among all defenses in the latest expert consensus rankings.
Mike Triplett of ESPN reports that free agent DB Brian Poole has agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Saints, pending physical. (Source: Mike Triplett of ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Poole has played mainly as a slot cornerback with the Jets and Falcons, but fills a huge need for the Saints. New Orleans released veteran CB Janoris Jenkins this offseason to create cap space. They then used a third-round draft pick on Stanford CB Paulson Adebo in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Saints could also be without star CB Marshon Lattimore if suspended for his arrest and charge for allegedly receiving a stolen handgun. Poole gives the Saints both depth and more options, but regardless how he’s used his presence will be felt in New Orleans.
The Minnesota Vikings signed Dede Westbrook, the WR's agency announced Sunday. No details were provided. (Source: NFL.com)
Fantasy Impact: Westbrook worked out for the Vikings Saturday, according to Ian Rapoport, so the WR must be on track to play Week 1 after suffering a torn ACL Week 7 last season. Drafted in the fourth round in 2017 by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Westbrook's missed 24 games since entering the league - including 14 last season. Appearing in 15 games in 2019, the WR totaled 66 catches on 101 targets for 660 yards and three touchdowns.
Sun, Jul 25th 8:11pm EDT
By Shaan Hoda
Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that the Bears are signing former Lions TE Jesse James to a one-year contract. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: James registered 14 receptions on 22 targets, 129 receiving yards, and two touchdowns last season for Detroit. Playing behind T.J. Hockenson kept him off the fantasy radar, and he now joins an already crowded TE room in Chicago. Jimmy Graham was able to haul in eight touchdowns last year, and the Bears are counting on Cole Kmet to build on his rookie season. As such, James would likely only become fantasy relevant in the event that both Graham and Kmet are sidelined.
The Philadelphia Eagles signed Steven Nelson Sunday to a one-year deal worth more than $4 million, according to Jeremy Fowler. (Source: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Nelson's entering his seventh season. He's missed two games the past three seasons - two with the Pittsburgh Steelers, one with the Kansas City Chiefs. Nelson's set to compete for the No. 2 cornerback slot with the Eagles. The cornerback totaled 109 total tackles, 17 passes defensed, and three interceptions the past two seasons with the Steelers, according to Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro. Pro Football Focus ranked Nelson No. 36 out of 82 cornerbacks in their grading system last season.
The Titans took to social media to announce they had agreed to terms with veteran edge rusher John Simon. (Source: Tennessee Titans on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Though last season Simon had one of his best seasons in quite sometime, he will likely be just a rotational depth piece. A solid signing for the Titans defense who allowed the fourth most yards per game. While having the third least sacks last year with just 19.