New Browns RB Carlos Hyde revealed that he played last season around 228 pounds — down 7 pounds from his listed weight. “That’s the lightest I’ve been," Hyde said. “I went into the season feeling the best I’ve ever felt.” Following a new diet, the 27-year-old managed to play 16 games for the 1st time. That produced a career-high 240 carries. HC Hue Jackson has already said that he'll give the former 49er “every opportunity to run the ball.”
The Colts have signed WR Ryan Grant to a 1-year, $5 million deal. It's much less than he was set to make before his deal with the Ravens was voided due to a failed physical, but this contract is a much better proxy for what Grant's actually worth. That said, there's opportunity in Indianapolis, where Grant is currently set to compete with Chester Rogers for #2 WR duties behind T.Y. Hilton. We'll see if the Colts make a significant addition at WR in the draft.
The Jaguars have released WR Allen Hurns. Since topping 1,000 yards and scoring 10 times back in 2015, he's totaled just 961 yards and 5 TDs in the 2 seasons since. Hurns can make plays downfield and is only 26, so it shouldn't take him long to find a new home. Jacksonville, meanwhile, will move forward with Marqise Lee, Donte Moncrief, Dede Westbrook and Keelan Cole atop the WR depth chart.
Multiple outlets report that the Steelers are finalizing a deal with free-agent S Morgan Burnett. An IDP force through much of his Green Bay stint, Burnett heads to a defense that hasn't been overly friendly to safety scoring for a while. Combine that with his injury history -- 14 games lost over the past 5 years -- and he looks like no more than a DB2 for 2018 fantasy football drafts at this early stage. Second-year DB Josh Jones looks like the best current bet to take over Burnett's job with the Packers, though we'll see how the rest of the offseason goes. Jones flashed as a rookie, seeing time in DB and ILB roles.
The Colts on Monday signed TE Eric Ebron to a 2-year deal. With incentives, it could be worth as much as $15 million. It’s a disappointing landing spot for several reasons: Jack Doyle remains locked in as the Colts’ lead TE after re-signing last offseason. Ebron’s likely to siphon some receiving value from Doyle and also blocks the ascension of intriguing youngster Eric Swoope. Doyle’s presence obviously caps Ebron’s upside as well. The former Lion looks like a low TE2 for fantasy football owners in 2018
The Panthers have signed WR Jarius Wright. Although never a real fantasy factor in Minnesota, Wright sports a strong 66.5% career catch rate and 13.3 yards per catch. He's also familiar with OC Norv Turner's offense, having spent 3 years in it in Minnesota. Wright will battle for snaps and targets with Torrey Smith and Curtis Samuel behind Devin Funchess.
The Patriots on Sunday traded a 5th-round pick to the Raiders for WR Cordarrelle Patterson and a 6th-rounder. This looks like a special-teams move. New England already retained WR Kenny Britt as part of a crowded WR corps, and Patterson has achieved little as a wideout with the Vikings and Raiders. Don't expect him to become a fantasy factor in 2018.
The Buccaneers signed DE Vinny Curry to a 3-year, $27 million deal. It’s not yet clear how much of that is guaranteed, but it’s clearly starter money. Curry got starter money in his last Eagles contract, too, but never drew a full share of snaps amid Philly’s talented rotation. He’s capable of double-digit sacks but needs to prove he can stand up to full-time duty. Curry figures to take over at right end after Tampa released DE Robert Ayers
The Patriots have signed RB Jeremy Hill. It's 1 of the few landing spots that could resuscitate his fantasy value. New England has ranked 5th and 6th, respectively, in rushing TDs over the past 2 seasons and just lost RB Dion Lewis in free agency. Hill totaled 27 scores over his first 3 seasons before last year's goose egg. Of course, he's averaged a pathetic 3.6 yards per carry across the past 3 years after going for 5.1 as a rookie. Hill won't be guaranteed anything in a Patriots backfield that also includes Rex Burkhead, Mike Gillislee and James White.
The Seahawks on Friday agreed to terms with WR Jaron Brown, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Brown spent 5 years with the Cardinals, topping out at 31 receptions. He’ll join a Seattle offense that just lost WR Paul Richardson in free agency after trading away WR Jermaine Kearse last summer. Brown could settle in as the Seahawks’ 3rd option behind Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett. It’s not a fantasy-rich opportunity, though, for a limited talent