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The Bears have traded WR Brandon Marshall to the Jets.  Turning 31 in March, Marshall posted his fewest catches (4.7) and yards (55.5) per game this past season since his 2006 rookie campaign.  He's certainly past his prime but is still a valuable possession-type receiver.  Marshall will join Eric Decker in New York to form 1 of the bigger starting WR duos in the league.  It's good news for whoever is under center for the Jets this season.  Marshall's fantasy value takes a hit as he loses BFF Jay Cutler.  Meanwhile in Chicago, WR Alshon Jeffery is locked in as the Bears' top dog and target hog.  The intriguing Marquess Wilson has a shot to capture the #2 WR gig, although the Bears will likely bring in competition.

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Saints WR Marques Colston has agreed to a restructured contract with the Saints, according to insider Mike Garafolo.  He was set to count $9.7 million against the 2015 cap -- way too high for a player past his prime.  Colston turns 32 in June and posted the fewest fantasy points per game of his career this past season.  He's still a valuable possession and red-zone receiver, but Colston could fall to 4th in the pecking order in 2015 behind Jimmy Graham, Kenny Stills and Brandin Cooks.

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The 49ers have signed WR Jerome Simpson to a 2-year deal, according to ESPN's Field Yates.  Simpson was out of the league last season after drawing a 3-game ban and being released by the Vikings.  But he posted a 48-726-1 line back in 2013 and is averaging 13.8 yards per catch for his career.  The 29-year-old could help the Niners stretch the field but is a long shot to come into any real fantasy football value.

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The Panthers and TE Greg Olsen have agreed to a 3-year, $22.5 million contract extension.  It tacks on to the final year of Olsen's current deal, keeping him in Carolina through the 2018 season.  It's well-deserved.  Olsen has totaled 226 catches, 2,667 yards and 17 TDs over the past 3 seasons.  All 3 marks rank among the top 6 TEs.  He's finished 7th, 7th and 4th in PPR fantasy points during that stretch.  Olsen turns 30 in a few days but should have another couple of seasons of TE1 production in him.

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Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday.  He turns 30 later this month but is closer to 50 in RB Years.  MJD racked up 2,193 touches over his 9-year career, including 3 straight seasons of 330+.  He was clearly running out of gas, averaging a pathetic 2.2 yards per carry for the Raiders in 2014.  With RB Darren McFadden expect to depart in free agency, Oakland's backfield is left to RB Latavius Murray.

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Former Cardinals DE Darnell Dockett agreed to a 2-year deal with the 49ers on Thursday. Dockett missed all of last season because of an ACL tear and will now head into his age-34 campaign. Don't bet on him presenting much IDP value. His official departure from Arizona opens up playing time opposite Calais Campbell, though. The most interesting replacement candidate is 2014 rookie Kareem Martin, who tallied 11.5 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss in his final college season before playing a limited role in Arizona last year.

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The Colts have tendered restricted free-agent LB Jerrell Freeman at a 2nd-round level. That means they'll have the chance to match any offer he gets on the open market and would get a 2nd-round pick from any team that signs him to a contract. Don't bet on another team paying a 2nd-rounder for a LB heading into his age-29 season. Freeman got slowed by an early-season hamstring injury last year but got back to his usual level of production late. He should remain a strong IDP starter going forward.

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NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told The Associated Press on Thursday that Panthers DE Greg Hardy can sign a new contract even before he comes off the commissioner's exempt list. The star DE has been on the list since early last season because of the domestic violence case from last summer that only recently settled. He'll be a more interesting case in free agency than Ray Rice. Hardy racked up 26 sacks over his past 2 full seasons and will be just 27 when the 2015 season begins. Assuming some team signs him and the league lets him back on the field, Hardy should remain a strong IDP candidate.

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Insider Brad Biggs hears that the Bears are "exploring trade options" with WR Brandon Marshall.  It's unclear if the team is actively shopping him or just listening to offers.  The front office declined to commit to Marshall earlier this offseason, so the news doesn't come as a major surprise.  Marshall turns 31 later this month, missed 3 games and averaged a 4-year-low 11.8 yards per catch in 2014.  He's past his prime but is still a valuable possession receiver.  Due $7.5 million this coming year, Marshall could be a viable trade target for a WR-needy team.  If he does depart Chicago, it'd leave Alshon Jeffery as the clear #1 WR and a target hog.  It'd also give the intriguing Marquess Wilson a big opportunity to capture the #2 gig.

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The Chiefs will either trade or release WR Dwayne Bowe, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  We're talking about a 30-year-old WR who's due $10.75 million in 2015, so a trade seems extremely unlikely.  If released, Bowe would join a deep free-agent WR pool and probably be underwhelmed by the offers he receives.  He's averaged just 12.2 yards per catch with 5 total TDs over the past 2 seasons.  Leaving Kansas City could help his 2015 fantasy value, but we wouldn't expect more than WR3 production.

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The Saints have released RB Pierre Thomas.  New Orleans is currently about $20 million over the cap, but this only saves them $1.7 million, so the move isn't only about money.  Thomas remained an effective player last year (4.9 yards per carry, 8.9 yards per catch).  But he missed 5 games and turned 30 this past December.  New Orleans has a potential passing-game replacement in RB Travaris Cadet.  With RB Mark Ingram likely to depart via free agency, RB Khiry Robinson is set up for a big workload.

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Broncos QB Peyton Manning has agreed to take a $4 million pay cut, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.  He'll still make $15 million in 2015, so don't feel too bad for him.  It's obviously confirmation that Manning will play another season -- and that Denver wants him back.  The future Hall-of-Famer has faded down the stretch in 2 straight years and turns 39 later this month.  But he's still finished as a top-6 fantasy QB in all 3 seasons in Denver.  Manning is coming off the board in the 6th round of early MFL10 drafts.

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