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The Baltimore Ravens have picked up wide receiver Breshad Perriman's $649,000 roster bonus. Perriman was a first-round draft pick by the team in 2015. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Perriman has failed to impress up until this point of his NFL career and he is still not guaranteed a roster spot this season, despite the team picking up his bonus. Baltimore overhauled their receiving corps this offseason, leaving Perriman as the fourth option, at best. The wideout has caught 43 balls for 576 yards and three touchdowns in 27 career games.


Still looking to shore up the backfield in the wake of Mark Ingram's four-game suspension to open the 2018 season, the New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms with 29-year-old free agent RB Shane Vereen, who spent the past three years playing sparingly for the New York Giants. Vereen, a pass-catching specialist, is likely being brought in to keep Alvin Kamara fresh during camp and the preseason. It will be hard for the eighth-year pro to make the 53-man roster as part of a young and talented Saints' backfield. (Source: Mike Garafolo via Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Vereen is a solid pass-catcher but has never exceeded 96 carries or 391 rushing yards in any of his eight seasons. He's simply not much of a rusher and thus a poor replacement for Ingram's role. Unless something changes as the regular season approaches, this move isn't likely to have significant fantasy implications.


Darrelle Revis announced his retirement from the NFL today on Instagram. (Source: Darrelle Revis via Instagram)

Fantasy Impact: Revis was cut by the Chiefs this offseason, and he's decided to end his 11-year career. In his prime, he was one of the best cover corners of all-time. As such, wide receivers who entered Revis Island were largely avoided by their quarterbacks. While most known for his time with the Jets, Revis also played for the Buccaneers, Patriots, and Chiefs, winning a Super Bowl with New England.


Lamarcus Joyner and the Rams were unable to reach agreement on a contract extension before the deadline applicable to franchise tag recipients. Joyner will play the 2018 season on a one-year franchise tag contract paying him $11.287 million. (Source: Los Angeles Daily News)

Fantasy Impact: Lamarcus Joyner wasn't a particularly useful fantasy asset in 2017, finishing as the S60. Joyner has a big opportunity to step up in 2018, however, after the Rams added CB Marcus Peters and CB Aqib Talib via trade, DT Ndamukong Suh via free agency, and traded away LB Alec Ogletree. Opposing offenses will likely avoid passing outside and running inside when possible, providing Joyner increased chances in both the pass and run games. If Joyner can use his uncertain contract status as motivation, he could jump up the safety ranks this year.


Brandin Cooks has signed a five-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams. Cooks was acquired by the Rams this offseason in a trade with the New England Patriots. (Source: TheRams.com)

Fantasy Impact: The terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed, but Cooks will now be under contract through the 2023 season. Cooks has posted over 1,000 yards in each of the last three seasons, and he should play a heavy role in the Rams' young offense moving forward. He's currently the WR23 in our consensus rankings.


Cowboys pass rusher Randy Gregory has been reinstated by the NFL. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Gregory returns from a league banishment that stemmed from multiple failed or missed drug tests. The 2015 second-round pick has missed 30 games due to suspensions and has recorded just one sack in 14 career games. Gregory will compete with veteran Tyrone Crawford and 2017 first-rounder Taco Charlton for the starting job opposite Demarcus Lawrence.


According to a report from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Le'Veon Bell turned down a five-year, $70 million contract extension from the PIttsburgh Steelers on Monday. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Monday was the final day for the two sides to work out an extension and it appears the Steelers made a good-faith effort to do so. Bell will instead earn $14.5 million under the franchise for another year and is likely to become a free agent in 2019.


Cornerback Sam Beal, who was selected by the Giants in the third round of the NFL Supplemental Draft, has agreed to a four-year rookie contract with the team. (Source: ProFootballTalk)

Fantasy Impact: Beal found himself academically ineligible during his last season at Western Michigan, which is how we wound up in the Supplemental Draft. With former first-round pick Eli Apple disappointing in his first two seasons and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie getting released earlier in the offseason, the cornerback-needy Giants are an obvious landing spot for Beal. He will have the opportunity to compete for playing time right away.


Devin Smith waived by the Jets

Mon, Jul 16th 3:43pm EDT
By Jody Smith

The New York Jets waived WR Devin Smith, the team's second-round selection in 2015. Smith tore his ACL for the second time last spring and could receive an injury settlement from the club in the unlikely event that he is claimed by another NFL squad. (Source: Adam Schefter via twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith has only played 14 games since being taken with the No. 37 pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. At 26, the former Ohio State speedster is going to have a difficult time getting his NFL career back on track.


The Dallas Cowboys and defensive end Demarcus Lawrence are not expected to reach a long-term deal before the 4 p.m. Monday deadline. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lawrence, who had 14.5 sacks and 58 total tackles last season, is a safe bet to perform as a top-tier defensive end.


The NFL denied Julian Edelman's appeal of his four-game suspension on Tuesday. He will miss the first four games of the season. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although there was some thought that Edelman could have his suspension at least reduced, it was not to be. He will miss games against the Texans, Jaguars, Lions, and Dolphins. Chris Hogan will likely benefit substantially, but Rob Gronkowski should see an even higher share of targets in Edelman's absence. Edelman should return as a WR2 immediately after his suspension ends, so don't dock him too far in your draft rankings.


Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones has been suspended without pay for the first two games of the 2018 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports on Twitter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After a promising start to the 2017 NFL season, Jones fell off due to injuries in the second half. He was facing an important offseason and was reported to have added a significant amount of muscle in an attempt to improve his durability and help him in pass protection just prior to the announcement of his suspension. He will now serve a two-game suspension to start the season, which will certainly not help his chances of beating out Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams for playing time, at least in the early going.


Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham has been suspended for the first game of the 2018 NFL season. Bradham was involved in two separate incidents in Miami in 2016 that resulted in his arrest. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Bradham stepped up and had a career year with the Eagles in 2017, helping them win the Super Bowl and getting rewarded with a new five-year contract this offseason. After starting middle linebacker Jordan Hicks was lost for the season to an Achilles injury, Bradham took over as the signal caller on defense and slid inside to middle linebacker. The Eagles were aware of Bradham's incidents from 2016 and have been bracing for this suspension, but they are likely relieved that he received just a single game.


Devin Fuller waived by Falcons

Fri, Jun 29th 5:56pm EDT
By Jody Smith

The Atlanta Falcons waived WR Devin Fuller. Selected in the seventh-round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Fuller missed his first pro season with a shoulder injury and ended up on IR last year after tearing his ACL in training camp. (Source: Field Yates via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fuller, 6-0, 195, has decent size and ran a sub-4.4-second 40-yard dash at UCLA's 2016 Pro Day. If he hasn't lost that speed, he'll likely get a camp invite with another team, but he's well off the fantasy radar.


In a Twitter post on Friday, Colts running back Robert Turbin announced he's being suspended four games for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. (Source: Robert Turbin on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This may seem little to a lot of people, but Turbin was seemingly set to take the LeGarrette Blount role in Frank Reich's offense after he'd gained a ton of steam in mini-camp. This obviously changes that and brightens up the opportunity for both Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins to get more goal-line work. Based on everything we've heard, Nyheim Hines will be the Darren Sproles-type player in the offense, but we don't know who they're planning on giving the majority of work to between Mack and Wilkins. It's also been reported that each running back has seen reps with the first-team offense, but as of now, we'd guess that Mack leads the timeshare in touches.


The Baltimore Ravens signed No. 25 overall pick TE Hayden Hurst to a four-year deal that includes a fifth-year team option. Hurst joins a crowded group of Ravens' tight ends but looked like a solid pass-catcher and developing blocker at South Carolina. (Source: Ian Rapoport via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hurst spent time playing minor league baseball in the Gulf Coast League, so he's already 25-years-old. He should start right away, but Baltimore tends to use multiple tight ends and is far from a dynamic passing attack. Hurst is a lesser TE2 in redraft and can regularly be drafted outside the top-20 in rookie-only drafts.


The Miami Dolphins wrapped up their 2018 draft class by coming to terms with No. 42 overall pick Mike Gesicki on a four-year deal. (Source: Miami Dolphins via Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Gesicki initially struggled in OTAs but once he gets up to speed, is likely to open the season as the Dolphins starting tight end. With Jarvis Landry's departure, there are a ton of available targets in Miami, so Gesicki is on the TE2/streaming radar.


NFL.com reporter Herbie Toepe is reporting that the Saints have agreed to terms with free agent running back Terrance West. (Source: Herbie Teope on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The details of the contract haven't been specified, but West is clearly being brought in to help fill the void left by Mark Ingram's four-game suspension. This is West's third team in five years, though we wouldn't expect his stay to be long with the Saints, either. After hearing about backups Boston Scott, Jonathan Williams, and Trey Edmunds the last couple weeks, the Saints decided that they needed more depth at the position. The Saints have been hosting a bevy of running backs, including Jamaal Charles, so they wanted a veteran who could walk in and play right away. I'd expect West to have a 8-10 touch role over the first four weeks, giving him low-end flex potential, provided he makes the team.


Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is reporting that the Cowboys have come to an agreement with Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin on a six-year contract extension. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: His extension reportedly makes him the highest paid guard in the game, with the most guaranteed money. It's what should have been expected all along, as the Cowboys look to get back to the dominant offensive line they'd been prior to 2017. Martin is the best guard in the game, so the contract is well deserved. His presence makes everyone on the line better, which in turn makes Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott better. He'd previously been holding out for an extension, so he'll be joining the team in short order.