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 Auers
RB Danny Woodhead has announced he’s retiring. Baltimore recently released him after an injury-marred 2017. Woodhead spent 9 seasons in the league after arriving as an undrafted free agent
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
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.
As expected, the Dolphins released DT Ndamukong Suh and his big ol' contract Wednesday. Miami made the move despite incurring a $22.2 million cap hit, designating Suh a June 1 cut to spread the dead money over this year and next. Suh instantly becomes the top free-agent on the market. We'll be interested to see where the 31-year-old lands for both his IDP outlook and his potential effect on the team defense.
The Dolphins on Wednesday released TE Julius Thomas. The veteran spent just 1 year in Miami, catching 41 balls for 388 yards and 3 TDs across 14 games. He now hits the open market heading into his age-30 season, with a fairly significant injury history. We're not expecting much from Thomas going forward.
The Lions have released TE Eric Ebron. The 10th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft -- 2 spots ahead of Odell Beckham -- flashed at times but was largely a disappointment in 4 seasons in Detroit. Ebron missed 8 games and totaled just 11 TDs. He did come on over the 2nd half of last season, though, catching 38 balls for 414 yards and 3 scores over his final 9 games. Ebron turns just 25 in April, so we're not ready to throw in the towel on him just yet. We'll see where he lands.
The Ravens have released WR Jeremy Maclin. The team's WR room is being completely re-tooled, adding John Brown and Ryan Grant and with Mike Wallace an unsigned free agent. Maclin turns 30 in May and has missed 8 games while averaging 11.6 yards per catch over the past 2 seasons.
The Panthers on Tuesday agreed to a 3-year, $24 million deal with CB Bashaud Breeland, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The former Washington corner will get $11 million guaranteed and take over a starting job on a Carolina D that traded away Daryl Worley. Breeland should continue to be a decent IDP contributor. The Washington secondary, meanwhile, will now move forward without 2 of its top 3 CBs from the past 2 seasons. (Kendall Fuller went to the Chiefs in the Alex Smith trade.)
The Ravens have agreed to a deal with free-agent WR Ryan Grant. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that it's a 4-year, $29 million deal with $14.5 million guaranteed -- including a $10 million signing bonus. Grant has looked like a solid player at times, but he has also tallied just 84 receptions and 6 TDs across 4 seasons -- while playing in all 64 possible regular-season games. Still, he could be headed for top-wideout status in Baltimore. Mike Wallace is a free agent. Jeremy Maclin looks like a cut candidate. And Breshad Perriman needs to prove that he's no bust. We'll see how this offense shakes out, but don't chase any pass-catchers too aggressively if you're doing early best-ball fantasy football drafts.
The Ravens have released RB Danny Woodhead. A nasty hamstring injury cost him 8 games last year. He caught 33 balls in the other 8 but averaged just 6.1 yards per catch. Woodhead turned 33 in January and has missed 35 games over the past 4 seasons. We'll see how much interest he garners on the open market.
The Cardinals have released RB Adrian Peterson. It was a no-brainer move, saving about $3 million against the 2018 cap. Peterson averaged just 3.5 yards per carry in 6 games with Arizona -- after averaging 3.0 in 4 appearances for the Saints. The soon-to-be 33-year-old has seemingly reached the end of his football road.
The Titans have released RB DeMarco Murray. The move should surprise no one. Murray is now 30, averaged just 3.6 yards per carry and 6.8 yards per catch last year and was set to earn $6.5 million in 2018. We'll see where he lands, but he's not a good bet to be a fantasy asset this coming season. In Tennessee, meanwhile, Derrick Henry finally gets his shot at a workhorse role. He averaged a mediocre 4.2 yards per carry last year, but that number jumps to 4.7 in 7 games with 13+ attempts. He's the type of big, bruising back that should improve with more consistent workloads. Henry remains unproven as a pass-catcher, although he has hauled in 75% of his targets and averaged 11.4 yards per catch through 2 NFL seasons.
The Patriots have released TE Martellus Bennett, saving $6.2 million against the 2018 cap. Bennett appeared in just 2 games for the Patriots before landing on IR this past season. That followed a failed 7-game stint with the Packers. He turns just 31 this month, though, and posted a 55-701-7 line in 2016. We'll see how much interest Bennett garners on the open market and where he eventually lands.
Steelers WR Eli Rogers tore his ACL late in last weekend'd loss to the Jaguars, according to insider Gerry Dulac. The timing of the injury will make it tough for Rogers to be ready for the start of the 2018 campaign. After catching 48 balls a year ago, Rogers tallied just 18 this season as he played behind Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant. The 25-year-old is a restricted free agent this offseason.
Saints WR Brandon Coleman (neck) is out for Sunday's playoff game against the Vikings. He played 50% of New Orleans' offensive snaps and hauled in 4 of 5 targets last week. His absence pushes Willie Snead into #3 WR duties.
Titans RB DeMarco Murray (knee) is out for Saturday night's playoff game against the Patriots. Derrick Henry will again serve as Tennessee's feature back. He's played 97% of the offensive snaps both of the past 2 weeks, tallying touch totals of 29 and 25. The Titans need to get him up into that territory again if they want any chance of leaving New England with a win. The Patriots have allowed 4.7 yards per carry to RBs this season.
Titans RB DeMarco Murray (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's playoff game against the Chiefs. He's dealing with what's usually a 6-8 week injury and is unlikely to be ready for next weekend if Tennessee advances. Derrick Henry will again operate as the Titans' feature back on Saturday after playing 97% of the offensive snaps and racking up 29 touches in the regular-season finale. Of course, he's less likely to have game flow in his favor in Arrowhead.
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer announced his retirement on Tuesday. The 1st pick of the 2003 NFL Draft played 15 seasons for the Bengals, Raiders and Cardinals. He finishes with a career 62.5% completion rate, 294 TDs and 187 INTs in 182 games. Palmer's 46,247 passing yards rank 12th on the all-time list. His retirement leaves Arizona looking for both a new QB and a new HC -- and probably increases the chances WR Larry Fitzgerald hangs up the cleats.
Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin (knee) is inactive for today’s game against the Bengals. Breshad Perriman is also inactive, presumably as a healthy scratch. Mike Wallace, Chris Moore, and Michael Campanaro will serve as Baltimore’s top 3 WRs. Wallace is the only fantasy option.
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