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Jets trade QB Zach Wilson to Broncos 04/22/2024 02:27 pm

Jets and Broncos do late-round pick swap

A new QB in Denver: The #Jets are trading former No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson to the #Broncos, per sources. Denver is expect to send a 2024 sixth-round pick to New York for Wilson and a 2024 seventh-rounder, with the teams dividing his guaranteed camp roster bonus. (Tom Pelissero on X)

FF Today's Take: Wilson has yet to find his footing after three uninspiring years with the Jets. He'll get a change of scenery in Denver where Sean Payton is holding a casting call for quarterbacks. Jarrett Stidham is currently on the roster and the expectation is that Denver will select a QB in the upcoming draft. Wilson's fantasy value is still minimal for now.


Chargers add J.K. Dobbins to running back room 04/17/2024 07:26 pm

One-year deal

Former Ravens RB J.K. Dobbins plans to sign a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, per his agency LAA Sports. He now will reunite with his former Ravens OC Greg Roman in Los Angeles. (Adam Schefter on X)

FF Today's Take: The Chargers have cornered the market on Ravens' running backs with Dobbins and Gus Edwards joining Jim Harbaugh's squad as free agents this off-season. Dobbins tore his Achilles back in September and also has torn his ACL and LCL in his injury history. He'll be facing an uphill battle to regain fantasy relevance in 2024.


Cowboys add to their RB room, Royce Freeman 04/16/2024 08:22 pm

One-year deal

The Cowboys are signing free agent RB Royce Freeman to a one-year deal. The 28-year-old was a third round pick in 2018. He played for the Rams last season, rushing for 319 yards and 2 TDs on 77 carries. (Jon Machota)

FF Today's Take: Dallas will likely be selecting a running back at some point during the upcoming NFL Draft with only Freeman, Rico Dowdle and Deuce Vaughn under contract. Freeman was with the Rams last season and finished with a 77-319-2, 1-13-0 line, well off the fantasy radar.


Eagles and WR DeVonta Smith agree on contract extension 04/15/2024 10:39 am

Through the 2028 season

Eagles announced a three-year contract extension for WR DeVonta Smith that tied him to Philadelphia through the 2028 season. The extension includes $51 million guaranteed, per source. (Adam Schefter on X)

FF Today's Take: The Eagles are getting out in front of WR market with new contracts expected to be signed by Justin Jefferson, CeeDee Lamb, JaMarr Chase, Brandon Aiyuk and others. Smith finished 19th among WRs in PPR leagues last season and 14th in 2022. He'll be on the WR2 radar again in 2024.


Trade: Bills moving WR Stefon Diggs to Texans 04/03/2024 11:00 am

Bills receive 2025 second-round pick

Blockbuster: Bills are finalizing a trade to send four-time Pro-Bowl WR Stefon Diggs to the Houston Texans for draft-pick compensation, sources tell ESPN. Compensation updates, per sources: Bills receive 2025 second-round pick via Minnesota. Texans receive Stefon Diggs and a 2024 sixth-round pick and a 2025 fifth-round pick. (Adam Schefter on X)

FF Today's Take: There have been rumors swirling around Diggs (30) and his happiness in Buffalo before last season so this deal isn't a huge shock but does leave the Bills very thin at wide receiver. Expect them to address the position in the upcoming draft (they have pick 28). Houston is stocking their team around young QB C.J. Stroud who've also added RB Joe Mixon, DE Danielle Hunter and DT Denico Autry (to name a few) this offseason.


Chiefs re-sign RB Clyde Edwards Helaire, one-year deal 04/02/2024 04:18 pm

J.K Dobbins in for a visit

Can confirm Clyde Edwards-Helaire has agreed to a 1-year deal to re-sign with the Chiefs, per sources. As for J.K. Dobbins, I'm told his visit today was productive for both parties, perhaps a partnership that could happen later this offseason. (Nate Taylor on X)

FF Today's Take: The Chiefs only had one running back under contract (Isiah Pacheco) so it's no surprise that CEH is returning. Depending on how the draft shakes out, Dobbins could be signed also as a depth piece.


Mike Williams signs one-year deal with Jets 03/19/2024 04:55 pm

WR coming off ACL injury

Mike Williams is signing a one-year deal worth up to $15 million with the Jets, per source. Williams was scheduled to next visit the Panthers and Steelers. But he is not getting out of New York. (Adam Schefter on X)

FF Today's Take: Williams tore his ACL back in September of 2023 so he should be able to play this upcoming season barring a setback. His presence will give the Jets a much-needed second receiving option opposite Garrett Wilson. Williams' best season was in 2021 when he posted a 76-1146-9 line finishing as the WR17 in PPR leagues.


Bears ship QB Justin Fields to Steelers for 2025 draft pick 03/16/2024 06:41 pm

2025 6th-round pick that goes to a 4th-round pick based on playtime

Bears are trading Justin Fields for a 2025 6th-round pick that goes to a 4th-round pick based on playtime, per sources. (Adam Schefter on X)

FF Today's Take: Alrighty then. The market for Fields obviously wasn't that strong given the compensation returning to the Bears. This move all but guarantees that Chicago will draft Caleb Williams or another quarterback with the first pick in the upcoming draft. Fields will join Russell Wilson as fresh faces in Pittsburgh as the Steeler overhaul the quarterback position. Will there be a QB competition?


WR Marquise Brown headed to Kansas City 03/14/2024 10:35 pm

One-year deal

A new weapon for Patrick Mahomes: Former Ravens and Cardinals WR Marquise Brown is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, per sources. During is final season in Baltimore in 2021, Brown had 91 catches for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns. During 26 games over two seasons in Arizona, Brown had 118 catches for 1,283 yards and seven TDs. (Adam Schefter on X)

FF Today's Take: The one-year deal "Hollywood" will allow him to make the most of his time in Kansas City and perhaps get a multi-year deal for 2025 and beyond. The Chiefs are in need of WR help after being plagued by drops and poor choices like Skyy Moore and Kadarius Toney. He'll crack the starting lineup opposite Rashee Rice and give the Chiefs a valid deep threat also capable of making plays in the intermediate sections of the field.


Trade: Chargers send Keenan Allen to the Bears 03/14/2024 10:16 pm

Chicago gets 4th Round pick

Scoopage... Bears have traded for WR Keenan Allen sending Chargers a fourth rounder. @NFLonFOX (Jay Glazer on X)

FF Today's Take: Whoa. The Bears are setting up Caleb Williams with a veteran presence on offense including Allen, D.J. Moore, D'Andre Swift, TE Cole Kmet and TE Gerald Everett. The Chargers reportedly asked Allen to take a pay cut and he wasn't having it. Justin Herbert's fantasy stock is taking a nosedive as the Chargers rebuild the offense around. The good news is, they have the 5th pick in the NFL draft and have their choice of receivers not name Marvin Harrison Jr.


Bills add WR Curtis Samuel to the mix 03/14/2024 05:50 pm

$15 million guaranteed

Former Commanders WR Curtis Samuel is signing a three-year, $24 million deal worth up to $30 million, including $15 million guaranteed, with the Buffalo Bills, per source. (Adam Schefter on X)

FF Today's Take: The Bills dipped into the second-tier wide receiver pool to find their replacement for Gabriel Davis who moved on to Jacksonville. Samuel spent four seasons in Carolina and three in Washington, mostly working from the slot but capable of lining up anywhere in the formation. He's late-round wide receiver option that will be in the flex conversation most weeks given the quality of the Bills' offense.


ATL sends Desmond Ridder to ARI for Rondale Moore 03/14/2024 01:36 pm

Atlanta gets another weapon for Kirk Cousins

Breaking news from NFL Media: Cardinals are trading WR Rondale Moore to the Falcons for QB Desmond Ridder. Arizona has its backup to Kyler Murray and says goodbye to a receiver who was likely going to be its fourth or fifth man on the WR depth chart. (Bob McManaman on X)

FF Today's Take: The Falcons are overhauling their offense and now have Drake London, Darnell Mooney and Moore as their top wide receivers to go along with TE Kyle Pitts. Moore doesn't carry a lot of fantasy juice given he's likely fourth at best in the offensive gameplan but could have some spiked weeks in the right situation.


Calvin Ridley finds a home in Tennessee 03/13/2024 05:10 pm

$50M fully guaranteed

Sources: The #Titans are signing #Jaguars star WR Calvin Ridley, completing their FA with a splash. A stunner!! The 29-year old Ridley gets a 4-year, $92M deal with $50M fully guaranteed on a contract negotiated by @DavidMulugheta and Reza Hesam of @AthletesFirst. (Ian Rapoport on X)

FF Today's Take: Two main suitors for Ridley were reported to be New England and Jacksonville. Apparently, the Titans had other ideas. Tennessee's new OC Nick Holz was with Ridley in Jacksonville last season and may of had some say in the negotiations. Ridley disappeared at times last season but did manage over 1000 yards and 8 TDs finishing as the WR27 in PPR leagues. He joins DeAndre Hopkins and Tony Pollard in the new look Titans offense that will have Will Levis at quarterback - if the Titans don't select a QB at pick No.7.


Chargers release WR Mike Williams 03/13/2024 02:05 pm

Coming off September ACL injury

Sources: The #Chargers are releasing WR Mike Williams, making him a free agent. Williams, on the books for a $32M cap hit, becomes a top FA WR available. The Chargers would like to bring him back, but Mike Williams will test the market. (Ian Rapoport on X)

FF Today's Take: The Chargers needed to make this move (saves $20M in cap space) in order to get under the cap. Williams is coming off a September ACL injury and has topped 1000 yards just twice in his seven-year career. At age 29, he will likely have a decent market as one of the lone big-bodied receivers available.


Trade: Steelers ship WR Diontae Johnson to Panthers 03/12/2024 07:14 pm

Carolina gets CB Donte Jackson, teams swap late-round picks

Trade! The #Steelers are sending WR Diontae Johnson to the #Panthers for CB Donte Jackson and a pick swap, per sources. Full trade: The #Panthers get Diontae Johnson and pick No. 240. The #Steelers get Donte Jackson and pick 178. (Tom Pelissero on X)

FF Today's Take: Johnson was entering the final year of his deal with the Steelers. The Panthers are in desperate need of wide receiver help as they try to get some weapons for QB Bryce Young. This move makes Johnson the clear No.1 wide receiver in Carolina but his fantasy value will be shaky as we wait for the Panthers offense to turn around.


Ravens land RB Derrick Henry, two-year deal 03/12/2024 12:41 pm

$16 million deal

Free-agent Derrick Henry is signing a two-year, $16 million deal worth up to $20 million, including $9 million fully guaranteed in the first year with the Baltimore Ravens, sources tell ESPN. The King now will play in the Queen City. (Adam Schefter on X)

FF Today's Take: The Ravens reportedly tried to trade for Henry last season but now they get him in free agency. This move makes sense from an offensive standpoint given the running philosophy of the Ravens. Henry is 30 years old with a lot of carries (2030) under his belt but he managed to play in all 17 games last season. With Keaton Mitchell working back from a knee injury, Henry should lead the Ravens' running backs in touches as long as he remains healthy.


Falcons focus on offense, sign WR Darnell Mooney 03/12/2024 11:42 am

$26 million guaranteed

Falcons are signing former Bears WR Darnell Mooney: 3 years, $39 million, including 26M fully guaranteed. Agents David Mulugheta and AJ Stevens negotiated and confirmed deal. (Adam Schefter on X)

FF Today's Take: The Falcons have a very thin WR room with only Drake London, Josh Ali and Chris Blair under contract, so signing Mooney does give them a needed veteran presence at the No.2 spot. They still need WR depth but that will likely be addressed in the draft. It's all but assured that Falcons players will be overvalued in drafts this Summer, Mooney included.


RB Joe Mixon traded to Houston 03/12/2024 11:31 am

Bengals find a trade partner instead of releasing Mixon

Joe Mixon is due $5.75 million in 2024 -- including a $3,000,028 roster bonus due Sunday -- in the last year of his contract. Instead of being cut by the #Bengals, Mixon now lands in a great spot with the #Texans, who just lost leading rusher Devin Singletary to the #Giants. (Tom Pelissero on X)

FF Today's Take: The Texans were in need of a running back after Devin Singletary bolted for the Giants. Mixon (27) was reportedly going to be released but instead, the Bengals found a trade partner. Mixon will certainly begin the season as the lead back for an above-average offense putting him easily on the RB2 radar. Dameon Pierce is currently set to be the backup.


Aaron Jones sticks in NFC North, one-year deal with MIN 03/12/2024 08:47 am

$7 million

Aaron Jones is expected to sign with Vikings on a one-year deal for $7 million, per sources. (Dianna Russini on X)

FF Today's Take: It's been reported that Green Bay wanted Jones to take roughly a 50% pay cut as he was set to make roughly $12 million. Jones (29) will now wear purple and likely share running back duties with Ty Chandler. He was battling hamstring injuries most of 2023 but did finish the season with five-straight 100-yard rushing games.


Bengals move on from Joe Mixon, sign Zack Moss 03/11/2024 10:04 pm

Two-year, $8 million deal for Moss

The #Bengals have agreed to terms with RB Zack Moss on a two-year, $8 million deal, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. The deal includes $4.525 million in the first year for Moss, who cashes in after showing what he could do in Jonathan Taylor’s absence last year. (Mike Garafolo on X)

FF Today's Take: Moss played in a workhorse role last season while Jonathan Taylor missed time, and proved to be a valuable contributor. He'll pair with second-year player Chase Brown who has more burst but is best suited for a change-of-pace role. Trayveon Williams and Chris Evans are also on the roster. One player who isn't' on the roster anymore is Joe Mixon, who was released today. Mixon (27) posted 1410 total yards and 12 TDs last season playing in all 17 games for the Bengals.