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Chris Johnson

NYJ -RB

1 hour ago

Johnson lands with the Jets

RB Chris Johnson has agreed to a 2-year deal with the Jets.  Per Pro Football Talk, it's an $8 million contract with another $1 million available through incentives.  That makes it the most lucrative deal given to a RB this offseason.  The Jets were the only team that showed strong interest in Johnson.  That's not a major surprise considering he turns 29 in September, underwent offseason knee surgery and is coming off a career-worst 3.9 yards per carry.  Johnson will serve as the "lightning" to RB Chris Ivory's "thunder" in New York's committee backfield.  We're expecting the carries to be split pretty evenly.  Ivory will be the better TD bet, but Johnson will handle the passing-down work.  Both guys figure to struggle even for RB2 fantasy value.

Tom Brady

NE -QB

5 hours ago

Brady "only has a few years left"

The Patriots "truly feel that Tom Brady only has a few years left," according to insider Mike Freeman.  No surprise there.  Turning 37 in August, Brady is the 2nd-oldest starting QB in the league.  He's still one of the best, but his completion rate has dipped in 4 straight seasons.  His 6.9 yards-per-attempt average was his worst mark in a full season since 2006.  New England is expected to add a QB -- potentially Brady's successor -- in next month's draft.  QB Ryan Mallet is a free agent next offseason.

Rob Gronkowski

NE -TE

5 hours ago

Gronkowski will "take his time" with rehab

NFL insider Mike Freeman hears that Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will "take his time and then take more time" in his return from last December's torn ACL.  Gronk underwent surgery on January 9th, and a recent report had his rehab on track.  But remember that he took his time returning from back and forearm injuries last offseason, missing the season's first 6 weeks.  Gronk isn't a lock to be on the field for the start of the 2014 campaign.

Mike James

TB -RB

5 hours ago

James' rehab "going well"

Bucs RB Mike James is encouraged by his recovery from last November's broken ankle.  "The healing process is going well," he said. "I've got a good opportunity to do what I need to do to get back in the swing of things and get acclimated with everything."  James has resumed running and cutting.  It's unclear how much he'll do in OTAs, but he should be a full-go for training camp.  James averaged 4.9 yards on his 60 carries last year and is the favorite for #2 RB duties in Tampa this season.  That'll likely only mean a handful of touches per game, though, leaving James as just a handcuff to Doug Martin.

Josh Freeman

NYG -QB

5 hours ago

Freeman latches on with Giants

QB Josh Freeman has signed a 1-year deal with the Giants.  The  26-year-old was met with an ice cold free-agent market, which isn't surprising considering how awful he looked last year.  Freeman's completion rate has dropped in 3 straight seasons, bottoming out at 42.9% in 4 games last year.  He'll compete with 2nd-year QB Ryan Nassib for the Giants' backup job behind Eli Manning.

Montee Ball

DEN -RB

7 hours ago

Ball gets vote of confidence from Manning

Broncos QB Peyton Manning confirmed that he believes Montee Ball is ready to become the team's starting RB.  The front office surely checked in with Manning before letting RB Knowshon Moreno go in free agency.  Ball struggled learning the offense, protecting the QB and with ball security early in 2013.  But he was the team's best RB over the 2nd half of the season.  He averaged 5.9 yards per carry, didn't allow a single sack and lost just 1 fumble over Denver's final 8 regular-season games.  Ball is a good bet for 300+ touches in 2014, giving him clear RB1 upside.

Malcom Floyd

SD -WR

22 hours ago

Floyd will participate in OTAs next week

Chargers WR Malcom Floyd is expected to be a limited participant when OTAs begin next week, according to insider Michael Gehlken.  Floyd has been running and lifting for a few weeks now, and the OTAs are the next step in his bid to return from last September's serious neck injury.  Gehlken notes, though, that it's still unclear whether Floyd will be able to continue his football career.  We'll continue to monitor his status over the next few months.  San Diego has an opening in its starting lineup opposite WR Keenan Allen.

Brandon Lloyd

SF -WR

1 day ago

Lloyd signs with 49ers

WR Brandon Lloyd has inked a 1-year deal with the 49ers.  He was cut by the Patriots last summer and spent 2013 out of football.  He posted 70+ catches and 900+ yards in each of the previous 3 seasons.  At 33 years old, though, it's tough to believe Lloyd has much left in the tank.  We wouldn't even consider him a lock to make the 49ers' Week 1 roster.  Lloyd is a long shot for fantasy value in 2014.

Brandon Gibson

MIA -WR

1 day ago

Gibson expects to be ready for Week 1

Dolphins WR Brandon Gibson recently told ESPN that he "definitely" expects to be ready for the season opener.  Gibson went down with a torn patellar tendon in Week 8.  He recently resumed "light jogging" but is unlikely to do anything in OTAs.  We'll see if Gibson can get on the field in training camp.  Due $3.7 million this season, he's been rumored as a potential release candidate.  He racked up 29 catches in his 6 full games last year, but replacement Rishard Matthews fared well in Gibson's absence.  Neither guy is likely to be a fantasy asset in 2014.

Sidney Rice

UNS -WR

2 days ago

Rice medically cleared

Pro Football Talk reports that WR Sidney Rice has been cleared to resume football activities after last October's torn ACL.  That should increase the interest in his services on the free-agent market.  PFT hears that the Seahawks, Saints, Giants and Panthers have sniffed around Rice.  Carolina would be his best bet for playing time.  Rice has been incredibly injury prone throughout his NFL career, but still goes 6'4 and doesn't turn 28 until September.

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