The Lions have agreed to a 1-year deal with RB LeGarrette Blount, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Blount will reportedly make $4.5 million, which is $2 million more than he got from the Eagles last year -- coming off an 18-TD season with the Patriots. Blount figures to join a backfield committee that retains Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah. With Riddick the primary pass-catcher, it's tough to find a significant role for Abdullah. Blount's OK in the Round 9 area of best-ball drafts right now.
WR Ryan Grant failed his physical with the Ravens, voiding his new contract. Given that Baltimore quickly turned it’s attention to Michael Crabtree and signed him for 3 years, don’t bet on another shot for Grant here. He’s also unlikely to find as friendly a target situation as he appeared to land in earlier this week. We’ll see where Grant ultimately sticks
The Ravens have reached a 3-year deal with WR Michael Crabtree, NFL Network reports. It’s a $21 million contract with $11 million guaranteed and $15 million total in the 1st 2 years. Ian Rapoport reports incentives could push that to $20 million. Whatever the specifics, we certainly like Crabtree much more than Ryan Grant, whose deal voided after he failed a physical. Crabtree looks like the heavy favorite to lead Baltimore in targets this fall and could dominate that category. He’s an easy WR2 in current fantasy football drafts, with upside to the top of that range
The Seahawks on Friday reached a 3-year, $14 million deal with former Panthers TE Ed Dickson. We’re not sure yet on the guaranteed portion of that, but it’s hard to bet on the 30-year-old getting all of that. Dickson has been a decent player but also a backup for most of his career. The new situation could push him into the top half of TE2 territory, but we’re not getting fired up about him. The losses of TE Jimmy Graham and WR Paul Richardson could leave more and better targets for WR Tyler Lockett. We’ll see who else Seattle adds this offseason, though
Bengals LB Vontaze Burfict drew a 4-game suspension Friday for a PED violation. He’ll certainly appeal, but we’ll see how that goes. We’ll also see how the situation affects a Bengals LB corps that added Preston Brown in free agency Friday
The Bengals on Friday signed LB Preston Brown to a 1-year deal. That’s a surprisingly small commitment for a guy who has started since entering the league, given the money flying to other LBs early in free agency. Brown should be the favorite to start in the middle for Cincinnati this season but might not be in on all sub packages. We’ll see, too, how Vontaze Burfict’s PED suspension impacts Brown’s role.
The Vikings on Friday announced that they have signed DT Sheldon Richardson. He spent a quiet 2017 with the Seahawks but remains a big talent and joins a loaded Minnesota D-line. Richardson will play alongside DT Linval Joseph and DEs Everton Griffen and Danielle Hunter. All carry IDP intrigue, and Minnesota figures to rank among the top defenses in both real life and fantasy in 2018
Washington on Thursday re-signed ILB Zach Brown to a 3-year deal with $24 million. We don't know the specific terms beyond that yet, but it's tough to imagine the team actually paying Brown $8 million per year over the next 3. The Titans and Bills already let Brown walk from starting gigs, with Buffalo watching him leave for just a 1-year, $2.3 million contract last offseason. When Brown's in the lineup, though, he has repeatedly delivered fantasy numbers. And the new deal at least makes him a strong IDP candidate for 2018.
The Raiders have signed LB Tahir Whitehead. The former Lion could play the middle or weak side in an Oakland defense that should sport a 4-3 base. Whitehead delivered solid tackle numbers over the past 2 years in Detroit. He figures to make sense as an LB3 in IDP drafts, but we'll see how the rest of the Raiders LB corps shapes up.
WR Ryan Grant's 4-year, $29 million deal with Baltimore has been voided due to a failed physical, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. It might turn out to be a lucky break for the Ravens, who seemingly overpaid for a replacement-level talent. We'll wait for news on Grant's health. Baltimore, meanwhile, is left with WRs John Brown, Breshad Perriman and Chris Moore atop the depth chart.