Jay Glazer of FOX NFL reports that James Conner has signed a deal with the Arizona Cardinals. (Source: Jay Glazer on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The signing comes a day after Conner flew in for a visit. The Cardinals were looking to add another RB via free agency or NFL Draft. Conner rushed for 721 yards and six touchdowns while catching 35 passes for 215 yards. Since coming into the league in 2017, Conner has had trouble staying healthy. He only appeared in 13 games last season, missed six games in 2019 and another three games in 2018. He recently had offseason surgery for a minor turf-toe but is expected to make a full recovery by the start of the season. It's hard to imagine Conner getting a full workload due to his injury history while also splitting time with Chase Edmonds. Conner will be a middling RB3 who shouldn't be prioritized in drafts.
Mon, Apr 12th 5:38pm EDT
By Kyle Williams
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Patriots WR Julian Edelman has announced his retirement. (Source: Ian Rapoport)
Fantasy Impact: After 12 seasons in the NFL, Patriots WR Julian Edelman has announced his retirement. A knee injury kept the veteran WR out of 2020 entirely and will now force him to retire.
Mon, Apr 12th 4:50pm EDT
By Matthew MacKay
Current free-agent and former Washington Football Team TE Thaddeus Moss has reportedly been claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Moss was waived by Washington recently after spending the majority of his rookie season on Injured Reserve. The Bengals will reunite QB Joe Burrow with his former college tight end in hopes of reigniting the chemistry shared between the two during their championship run at LSU. Moss caught 47 receptions for 570 yards and four touchdowns with Burrow as his quarterback and will be a familiar target in what figures to be an exciting offense, assuming both players remain healthy for the Bengals in 2021.
Mon, Apr 12th 4:03pm EDT
By Connor Rigg
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that RB Giovani Bernard is signing a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Source: Tom Pelissero on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Pelissero went on to say that both Tom Brady and HC Bruce Arians both personally recruited Bernard. In 2020, Bernard rushed for 416 yards and scored three touchdowns. He also caught 47 passes for 355 yards and three touchdowns. This is a great addition to the Bucs backfield and will give Brady another weapon in the receiving game. Bernard is one of the best receiving backs in the game and will look to form chemistry with Brady during the offseason. The Bengals had asked Bernard to take a pay cut this offseason and he asked for his release shortly after.
Fri, Apr 9th 7:15pm EDT
By Matthew MacKay
Former Cleveland Browns S Karl Joseph is reportedly signing a deal to return to the Las Vegas Raiders, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Joseph will reunite with his former team in a new city but familiarity amongst the coaching staff. The sixth-year safety out of West Virginia was the Raiders' first-round draft pick (14th) back in 2016 and is coming off of a solid 2020 season with the Browns. Joseph totaled 67 tackles, four pass deflections, two fumble recoveries, and an interception in 14 games for Cleveland and will help shore up a Raiders secondary that was one of the worst in the league in 2020. He could pair nicely alongside Johnathan Abram and Damon Arnette, two of the younger and more raw talents that will benefit from Joseph's experience in multiple systems.
The Carolina Panthers have signed free agent cornerback A.J. Bouye. (Source: Darin Gantt on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Bouye still has two games left to serve on his six-game suspension. He will be 30 years old at the start of the upcoming NFL season. Once his suspension is over, Bouye will likely start opposite of Donte Jackson in the Panthers secondary.
Wed, Apr 7th 6:24pm EDT
By Avram Avramov
Per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Eagles have signed LB Eric Wilson to a one-year deal worth up to $3.25M. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Wilson, 26-years old, is coming off his first year as a full-time starter for the Vikings during which he totaled 122 tackles, three interceptions, and three sacks. The one-year deal will be worth up to $3.25M and presents a good value for Philadelphia as they get a player coming off a career year with special teams experience as well.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Jordan Howard and the Eagles have agreed on a one-year deal. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Howard was used in a minimal role in 2020. He only carried the football seven times for 27 yards and no touchdowns. He is merely a depth-piece at the RB position. He has no fantasy value unless Miles Sanders or Boston Scott go down with injury.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Nate Sudfeld has signed a one-year deal with the 49ers. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Sudfeld has been a backup QB for his first three seasons in the NFL. He completed five passes on 12 attempts for 32 yards and one interception in 2020. 49ers have moved up in the draft with the intention of drafting a QB. Sudfeld has no fantasy value unless injuries start to pile up.
Tue, Apr 6th 11:53am EDT
By Matthew MacKay
Arizona Cardinals C Rodney Hudson was recently traded from the Las Vegas Raiders on a one-year deal but has reportedly received a two-year, $21.2 million extension with $16 million guaranteed across the next three seasons, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Hudson is an All-Pro center deserving of the big extension with Arizona, who had trouble creating running lanes and engaging in good pass protection throughout the 2020 season. Hudson is a three-time first-team All-Pro center and will be an immediate upgrade to fortify the line. This will allow QB Kyler Murray to buy more time in the pocket to assess his reads while operating in unique motion and spread formations schemed by Cardinals' head coach Kliff Kingsbury. The zone-blocking schemes within Kingsburys' offensive system will allow Hudson to be a road grader in the trenches while using his speed to get out in open space on screens. The Cardinals will likely continue to add pieces to their offensive line through the draft at the end of the month but Hudson will lead the unit based on his experience and ability to communicate pressures based on defensive alignment.
Mon, Apr 5th 7:51pm EDT
By Matthew MacKay
Former Seattle Seahawks CB Quinton Dunbar is reportedly signing a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Dunbar only played six games for the Seahawks in 2020 due to a suspension stemming from an off-field incident but still finished the season with 30 tackles, five pass deflections, and an interception. The Lions were one of the worst defenses against the pass in 2020 and will attempt to rebuild their secondary with the addition of the sixth-year cornerback, pairing him opposite of the former top-three draft pick Jeff Okudah. The Lions' new head coach Dan Campbell has made a flurry of moves this offseason, making Detroit an intriguing team to follow into the 2021 season.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the New York Jets are sending QB Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a 2021 sixth-round pick, a 2022 second-round pick, and a 2022 fourth-round pick. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network adds that the Panthers were "the best and sole suitor" for Darnold. Carolina made it no secret that they were interested in landing a quarterback upgrade this offseason. The original plan of going after Deshaun Watson has taken a turn, so the Panthers pivoted to getting a young QB on the cheap. If Darnold is going to revive his career then landing with Matt Rhule and Carolina's skill players is a good start. This could be a fantasy friendly offense if the former No. 3 overall pick is able to turn things around.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht said the team's picking up defensive-lineman Vita Vea's fifth-year option, according to Jenna Laine. (Source: Jenna Laine on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Vea's fifth-year option being picked up is an indication he's in Tampa Bay's long-term plans. Although he appeared in just five games last season, he was Pro Football Focus' fourth-best defensive-lineman, according to their grading system. Vea totaled two sacks, six tackles, three tackles for loss, and three QB hits in his limited playing time.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Sean Davis is signing a one-year deal with the Colts. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: Davis played five seasons with the Steelers. He had one fumbled recovery and 11 tackles in 2020 for the Steelers. The Steelers keep losing defensive players but their defense is still set to be one of the best next season. Davis will look to improve next season with the Colts.
Wed, Mar 31st 12:48pm EDT
By Brad Camara
WR Tyler Lockett is signing a four-year, $69.2 million contract extension with the Seahawks. The deal includes $37 million guaranteed. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Lockett has been the most reliable Seahawks wide receiver the past three seasons. He hauled in 239 receptions on 312 targets for 3,076 yards and 28 touchdowns across 48 games. The 28-year-old has taken a backseat to superstar WR DK Metcalf but is one of the league’s top deep threats. Lockett has a good rapport with QB Russell Wilson and should continue to produce for fantasy managers. Lockett is currently 26th among all wideouts in the latest expert consensus draft rankings for 2021.
Colt McCoy is signing a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, according to Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: McCoy will back up Kyler Murray. He appeared in four games with the Giants last season, including two starts. McCoy was 1-1 as a starter - totaling a 60.6% completion percentage, 375 passing yards, a 1:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, and a 75 quarterback rating on the season.
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 30th 11:21am EDT
By Matthew MacKay
Free-agent and former Los Angeles Chargers running back Kalen Ballage has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, per Field Yates. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Ballage strung together a few good games with the Chargers in the final half of the 2020 season, surprising many with his burst and hard-nosed running. After a slow start under former Jets head coach Adam Gase, Ballage carried 88 times for 290 yards and three touchdowns in eight games while in L.A. The Steelers had one of the league's worst rushing attacks last season and will add the 25-year old running back to their roster alongside Benny Snell Jr. and Jaylen Samuels following the release of James Conner to free agency after a disappointing 2020 campaign. Ballage is good at receiving out of the backfield, catching 20 of 27 targets while in L.A. last year, and will likely see numerous dump-offs from Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger to elevate his value in PPR formats in 2021.
Philadelphia Eagles WR Greg Ward has signed his exclusive rights free agent tender to return with the team for the 2021 season, as reported by Pro Football Talk. (Source: Pro Football Talk)
Fantasy Impact: Ward elevated his play in 2020 during his second season with the Eagles, hauling in 53 receptions for 419 yards and six touchdowns across all 16 regular-season games. With a lot of young and inexperienced players comprising the core of Philadelphia's receiving corps, expect their front office to invest in Ja'Marr Chase, Devonta Smith, or Jaylen Waddle to bolster talent on their roster in 2021. Ward still promises to play a prominent role in the Eagles' passing game and will look to improve upon a solid 2020 campaign with a full offseason to build chemistry with QB Jalen Hurts.
Tajae Sharpe is re-signing with the Chiefs, according to Mike Garafolo, after spending the second half of last season on the team's practice squad. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Consider Sharpe a depth piece behind Tyreek Hill, Demarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman, and Byron Pringle - if he makes the 53-man roster. He was on the Chiefs' practice squad toward the end of last season. Sharpe, however, appeared in four games with the Vikings, totaling three targets and no receptions, before joining the Chiefs.