Shark Bites

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Cleveland has agreed to a 3-year deal with RB Carlos Hyde. The contract is reportedly worth “more than” $15 million total, with $6 million in the 1st year. Hyde is an upgrade over Isaiah Crowell in the “early-down” role, and his signing indicates Cleveland doesn’t plan to significantly increase Duke Johnson’s role. There’s room for both RBs to contribute worthwhile fantasy numbers in what should be a much-improved offense, though Hyde’s easily the more attractive draft target. His arrival makes it significantly less likely that the Browns draft Penn State RB Saquon Barkley next month.

Browns WR Josh Gordon has signed his 1-year tender, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The contract is reportedly worth the league minimum, $790,000. As an exclusive-rights free agent, though, Gordon didn't have much choice. We'll see if he can make it through the offseason without off-field issues. If he does, Gordon will have an opportunity to re-prove it in 2018 and hit the open in 2019.

The Browns have acquired QB Tyrod Taylor from the Bills in exchange for the 65th overall pick of this year's NFL Draft. Cleveland is finally using its ammunition of picks, adding Taylor and WR Jarvis Landry in the span of a few hours. Buffalo's new regime never seemed high on Taylor, who completed 62.6% of his passes with 51 TDs vs. 16 INTs over the past 3 seasons. He spent much of that time working with weak pass-catching corps. He'll have a lot more to work with in Cleveland -- notably Landry, Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman and David Njoku. That said, we still wouldn't rule out the Browns using the 1st or 4th pick of April's draft on a QB. The Bills, meanwhile, are left with QB Nathan Peterman atop the depth chart. Holding the 21st and 22nd overall picks, they're a candidate to make a big move up the board for a QB.

The Dolphins have traded WR Jarvis Landry to the Browns in exchange for a 2018 pick and a 2019 pick. No word on the exact compensation, but ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that neither pick is a 1st- or 2nd-rounder. Schefter also reports that Landry and the Browns are expected to agree to a new long-term deal. Landry's 400 catches through his first 4 seasons are the most in NFL history. He's also averaged just 10.1 yards per catch, though, and totaled only 22 TDs. If WR Josh Gordon stays clean, Landry is unlikely to see the 142.5 targets he averaged in Miami. And we'll see who's chucking him the rock. But for now, the move to Cleveland is a downgrade for Landry's fantasy stock.

Update: Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that Cleveland is sending a 2018 fourth-round pick and a 2019 seventh-rounder to the Dolphins.

Browns HC Hue Jackson is happy with WR Josh Gordon's offseason so far. “Josh has been great. Josh has been outstanding,” Jackson said from the Combine. “He’s having a really good offseason. Obviously, he’s got to continue to do so and continue to do the right things, but I truly believe that Josh Gordon is going to have a great year for us.” The goal for Gordon at this point in the year is to stay out of trouble off the field. He flashed in his 5-game cameo last season, posting lines of 4-85, 3-69-1 and 4-115. He'll be a high-upside fantasy pick in 2018 drafts if the next few months go smoothly.

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.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor suffered a concussion late in Sunday's Wild Card loss to the Jaguars. It's the 1st known concussion of his career and shouldn't impact his 2018 offseason. That might be the last time we seen Taylor in a Bills uniform, though. This current coaching staff and front office has always seemed lukewarm on him. And Taylor is due a $6 million roster bonus -- on top of his $10 million salary -- this year.

Browns CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Bears. That's good news for Chicago slot WR Kendall Wright. According to Pro Football Focus, Boddy-Calhoun sits tied for 17th among all corners in coverage grade on the season and has allowed just 48% completions.

Bills HC Sean McDermott on Friday named QB Tyrod Taylor (knee) his stater for this weekend's game against the Dolphins. He put in a full week of practice, although it's still possible his rushing ability is a bit limited by that knee injury. That -- plus the fact that Taylor has busted in 2 of his last 3 starts -- makes him tough to trust as more than a QB2. His return is good news for Buffalo's skill-position guys.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (knee) was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice. That seemingly puts him on track to play against the Dolphins this weekend. Taylor would be tough to trust outside of 2-QB leagues, but his return is good news for Buffalo's skill-position guys.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (knee) did "most" of practice on Wednesday, HC Sean McDermott said. We'll see whether Buffalo lists him as "limited" or "full." QB Nathan Peterman, meanwhile, remains in the concussion protocol but put in a limited practice on Wednesday. That gives him a chance to be cleared ahead of Sunday's game against the Dolphins. McDermott reiterated on Wednesday, though, that Taylor remains his starter when healthy.

The Browns defense will be without NT Danny Shelton (chest) and slot CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun (knee) are inactive for today's game against the Packers. That shouldn't impact IDP owners, but it can only help Green Bay RB Jamaal Williams and WR Randall Cobb.

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Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Colts. QB Nathan Peterman gets the start but can’t be trusted in any fantasy format after his 5-INT debacle in his 1st start.

The forecast for today's Packers-Browns game calls for temperatures in the low 30s with winds of 15-25 mph. That's enough wind to impact the passing games, although meteorologist Kevin Roth notes that it'll be a "with-the-field" wind, rather than a cross-wind. We'd still avoid both Ks in this game and give a slight bump down to the passing attacks.

Bills HC Sean McDermott labeled QB Tyrod Taylor (knee) a game-time decision for this weekend's meeting with the Colts. He added that Taylor could be active but back up QB Nathan Peterman. Taylor was officially limited in both Thursday and Friday's practices. We'll find out his official status by noon ET on Sunday, but he'd be tough to trust outside of 2-QB leagues at less than 100%. Peterman, of course, wouldn't be an option in any fantasy format.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (knee) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. He's still considered "day-to-day," according to HC Sean McDermott, and remains uncertain for this weekend's game against the Colts. McDermott added that QB Nathan Peterman will start that one if Taylor can't go.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. He reportedly avoided a serious injury but is no better than 50/50 to play against the Colts this weekend. Buffalo would likely turn back to QB Nathan Peterman in Taylor's absence, although Peterman reportedly split practice reps with Joe Webb on Wednesday.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor has been diagnosed with a patellar tendon contusion and is considered "day-to-day," HC Sean McDermott said Monday. McDermott added that Taylor remains his team's starter when healthy. We'll track his status throughout the week, but Taylor would be tough to trust in Week 14 fantasy lineups -- even in a plus matchup against the Colts.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor believes he avoided a major knee injury, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Taylor is scheduled for additional testing, and we should learn more tomorrow. But this is obviously relatively good news for now. Taylor played poorly before exiting the loss to the Patriots, but QB Nathan Peterman wasn't any better. We'll see if Taylor is available for Week 14 and if Buffalo sticks with him.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was carted back to the locker room with a knee injury in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Patriots. He was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. Taylor was awful before exiting, completing just 9 of 18 passes for 65 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT. The infamous Nathan Peterman is in for Buffalo.


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