The Jaguars released RB Chris Ivory. This move was anticipated, as it saves the team over $3 million in cap space. Following a 1,000-yard season, Leonard Fournette remains Jacksonville's clear workhorse.
Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn rotator cuff, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Jeffery reportedly suffered the injury in training camp but ended up playing all 16 regular-season games for just the 3rd time in his 6-year career. After a slowish start, Jeffery scored 10 times over his final 12 games (including playoffs). We'll keep an eye on his rehab, but it shouldn't impact his availability for the start of the 2018 campaign.
The Dolphins have placed the franchise tag on WR Jarvis Landry. He'll make about $16 million in 2018 if the 2 sides are unable to work out a long-term deal before the July 16 deadline. Miami has been seemingly reluctant to commit to Landry, and there's already been a report from Pro Football Talk that the team might still be looking to trade him. We'll see where this goes. Staying in Miami another year certainly wouldn't be bad for Landry's fantasy value. He's averaged 100 catches over the past 4 seasons, including a career-high 112 last year.
Colts QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) said Tuesday that he's been doing "a little bit of throwing" lately. He's continuing to strengthen that troublesome throwing shoulder and is happy with the progress he's making. Luck also revealed that another surgery is not in the plans. "That is not an option for me right now," he said. "That ship has sailed as far as I'm concerned. Which is a relief, I'm not going to lie." HC Frank Reich, meanwhile, said he's "hopeful" Luck will be able to throw in OTAs in April. That right shoulder will continue to be 1 of the biggest storylines of the offseason.
The Bucs have released RB Doug Martin. The move was fully expected after Martin bombed in 2017, averaging 2.9 yards per carry across 11 appearances. He was set to count $6.75 against the 2018 salary cap. Martin turned 29 in January and has had 2 straight seasons marred by injuries, suspension and poor production. He figures to settle for a 1-year, prove-it deal on the open market and certainly isn't a lock to be a 2018 fantasy factor. The Bucs will be in the mix for a RB or 2 in free agency and/or the draft.
Raiders QB Derek Carr suggested in a radio interview on Friday that WR Amari Cooper played hurt for much of the 2017 season. "That man was out there playing on 1 foot," Carr said. "He was out there just trying to give it his all even though he could barely get out there and do it ... Honestly, a lot of guys probably wouldn't have even played with what he had going on." Most guys deal with some level of injury throughout the course of an NFL season, so this doesn't completely excuse Cooper's disappointing 2017. But better health certainly won't hurt his chances of a bounce back this coming season. Cooper turns just 24 in June and topped 1,000 yards in both of his first 2 campaigns.
Bengals QB A.J. McCarron won a grievance he filed against the team and will become an unrestricted free agent in March. The QB contested that Cincinnati should have activated him from the non-football injury list during training camp in his 2014 rookie season. Instead, the Bengals kept him deactivated on the NFI until December, which kept McCarron from accruing credit for that season. He has started just 3 games in his 4-year career, all in 2015 after Andy Dalton suffered a thumb injury. We see little reason to believe McCarron will carry much fantasy intrigue, but the generally weak QB market will likely at least provide him a shot at fighting for a 2018 starting job somewhere.
Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald has informed HC Steve Wilks that he'll return for the 2018 season. The 34-year-old has remained productive, posting his 3rd straight 107+ catch campaign in 2017. He's finished as a top 9 PPR WR in all 3 of those seasons. The big question for his 2018 fantasy value will be who's chucking him the ball. Arizona doesn't currently have a single QB on the roster after Carson Palmer's retirement.
Bucs WR DeSean Jackson has already spent time working with QB Jameis Winston, he said in an interview with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe last week. "We got to get that timing down pat," D-Jax said. "Last year we were missing a couple of big-time hits. This year we can’t afford that." We don't have any official numbers, but Winston missed Jackson on potential big plays multiple times in 2017. What was a 45th-place finish in PPR scoring could have easily been a top-30 season for Jackson. He'll likely be a value in 2018 fantasy drafts -- although the emergence of WR Chris Godwin is a potential concern.
Niners LB Reuben Foster has been arrested on domestic violence charges, as well as suspicion of possessing an automatic weapon, according to the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero adds that the league is aware of Foster's arrest and "will look into the matter." The incident follows an arrest on drug charges in Alabama earlier this offseason and spells bad news for Foster in 2018. He'll likely need to emerge innocent from at least the 2nd set of charges to avoid league action for the coming season -- and might need to beat the rap on both. We'll see where this situation goes for a guy who should be 1 of the league's top ascending IDP factors in fantasy football.
The Colts on Sunday night announced a deal to make Eagles OC Frank Reich their new HC. That, of course, comes less than a week after Josh McDaniels backed out of his agreement to stick with the Patriots. Reich spent 2 years coordinating the Philly offense under Doug Pederson after coordinating the Chargers offense in 2014-15. Reich had a top-9 finish in yards at each stop but just 1 offense (2017) that ranked better than 16th in scoring. He also opened his coaching career with 6 years as an intern and then offensive assistant for the Colts. Reich served on an Eagles staff that put forth a top-level offense and helped 2nd-year QB Carson Wentz develop impressively. We'll see who else joins him on the new Colts' staff. The Eagles, meanwhile, head toward 2018 needing a new OC and QBs coach. (John DiFilippo left to become Minnesota's OC.) That'll present a challenge, though Pederson plus the return of Wentz and plenty of skill-position talent should have us believing in plenty of Eagles as 2018 fantasy factors. The biggest -- and yet unanswered -- question for Indy will be Andrew Luck's recovery from shoulder surgery.
The Patriots expect WR Julian Edelman to be ready in time for training camp this summer, according to the Boston Herald. Edelman tore his right ACL in August, timing that seemed unlikely to threaten his 2018 readiness all along. We'll certainly keep tabs on him as the coming season approaches. Edelman's a potentially strong value in early best-ball fantasy football drafts.
The 49ers have agreed to a contract extension with QB Jimmy Garoppolo. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports it's worth $137.5 million, a record high for per-year salary. We'll let the Niners worry about whether the financials make sense. The extension is obviously good news for San Francisco skill players, and Garoppolo performed well for fantasy owners over 5 starts last year with shaky surrounding talent. He looks like a potential QB1 in his 1st full season as a fantasy starter ... but Garoppolo's high-profile finish to 2017 also makes him an excellent candidate to be overdrafted come summertime.
Panthers WR Curtis Samuel is "optimistic" that he'll be ready for training camp after undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone and ligament damage to his left ankle, according to insider Jordan Rodrigue. Samuel is still in a boot and has no concrete timetable for a return to the field. The fact that he's not a lock for training camp -- over 6 months away -- is a concern. Samuel needs all the reps he can get after a mostly quiet rookie campaign.
Josh McDaniels will not accept the Colts' HC job and instead stay on as the Patriots' OC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The decision obviously blindsided the Colts, who announced the hiring of McDaniels earlier today and had a press conference scheduled for tomorrow. Per Schefter, the Pats "sweetened" McDaniels' contract -- but McDaniels also had reservations about moving his family from New England. The decision is sure to fuel speculation that HC Bill Belichick is about to step down, but Schefter is adamant that that's not the case. McDaniels' return as OC is good news for QB Tom Brady and the rest of the Pats offense. We'll see who the Colts hire as Plan B.
The Lions have officially named Matt Patricia their new HC. Patricia has spent the past 14 seasons with the Patriots, starting as an offensive assistant and finishing as the DC for the last 6 years. This will be his 1st head-coaching gig at any level. Patricia is expected to retain OC Jim Bob Cooter, which is good news for QB Matt Stafford and the passing game. The Lions need to find a running game this offseason.
Texans QB Deshaun Watson (knee) is on track to participate in OTAs, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. His rehab is ahead of schedule from what was a "clean" ACL tear, per Rapoport. Being available for most of the offseason is significant for a 2nd-year QB. Watson is obviously on pace to be ready for Week 1 of the 2018 campaign.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has cleared the concussion protocol. He'll play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Eagles, who finished the regular season 14th in fantasy points allowed to TEs and 17th in Football Outsiders' TE coverage rankings. Gronk has posted lines of 2-26 and 6-68-1 in 2 Super Bowls.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (concussion) put in a limited practice on Wednesday. It means that he's made progress through the protocol but still has at least 1 more stage to clear. We'll continue to track his progress leading up to Sunday's Super Bowl.
The Kansas City Star reports that the Chiefs have reached an agreement to trade QB Alex Smith to Washington for a 2018 third-round pick and CB Kendall Fuller. Washington reportedly also plans to sign Smith to a 4-year, $94 million extension that will include $71 million in guarantees. The move can't become official until the new league year begins in March. Everyone expected Smith to move on from Kansas City this offseason, but this is a surprising development given Washington's reluctance to invest long-term in Kirk Cousins. In addition to setting off the Patrick Mahomes era in Kansas City, the deal obviously also signals Cousins' entry into free agency. We'll see how all of these offenses -- which also include various impending free agencies at other positions -- settle out before projecting too much. Smith should be landing in a nice spot, though, with a HC who helped turn Cousins into a big-time fantasy factor over the past 3 years and emerging young talents Jamison Crowder and Josh Doctson at WR. Smith will turn 34 in May.
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