The Bengals have released RB Mark Walton. Last year's 4th-round pick has been arrested 3 times since January and is likely facing a suspension from the league. He barely got on the field in Cincinnati as a rookie and averaged an ugly 2.4 yards per carry on 14 totes. His dynasty stock is already cratering.
WR Jordy Nelson is retiring. Former teammate James Jones broke the news on Twitter. Nelson racked up 8,587 yards and 72 TDs over his 10-season career. He turned in 3 seasons of 13+ TDs -- a number topped by only Jerry Rice, Terrell Owens and Randy Moss. Turning 34 in May, Nelson picked a good time to hang up his cleats.
The Bills have released RB Chris Ivory. It's not a surprising move after the team signed veteran RB Frank Gore, and it saves the Bills $2.156 million. Ivory has topped 110 carries for 6 straight seasons but has also averaged 3.8 yards per carry or less each of the past 3 years. That included a career-low 3.3 in 2018. We'll see if the 31-year-old catches on somewhere else. Don't bet on him being much of a 2019 fantasy football factor, though.
The Raiders have released WR Jordy Nelson, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Nelson posted a 63-739-3 line in his lone season in Oakland, hauling in 71.6% of his targets but averaging just 11.7 yards per catch. Turning 34 in May, he's on his last legs. The Raiders have re-tooled their WR corps with the additions of Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams. Williams looks like at least a WR3 in his new digs.
The Chiefs have released S Eric Berry. The veteran appeared in just 2 games last season, topping 30 snaps only once. He was set to draw $12.4 million in salary in the coming season, so the move clears cap space. It also thins a secondary that just added Tyrann Mathieu in free agency. Berry -- who just turned 30 in late December -- figures to get a shot elsewhere if he wants to keep playing.
Washington has released LB Zach Brown, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Brown graded out #3 among all LBs on Pro Football Focus last season but checked in much worse the year before. Washington now makes the 3rd team that has either booted Brown or let him walk in free agency -- and the 2nd of 3 teams to decrease Brown's playing time before he left. Brown has showed at each stop that he can put up strong fantasy numbers when starting. We'll see where he lands this time, heading into his age-30 season.
The Browns announced Wednesday that they've released LB Jamie Collins. The move provides $9.25 million in cap space ahead of free agency. Collins arrived via trade midway through the 2016 season and then signed a 4-year extension the following January. He made it through just 2 years of that contract. Collins rebounded from losing 10 games to injury in 2017 and played every contest last season. He finished in high-LB3 territory for fantasy purposes. Collins should garner at least 1 more starting opportunity. He'll turn 30 in mid-October.
The Ravens waived RB Alex Collins Friday, hours after he was arrested following a car crash in Maryland. We have yet to see details on the specific charges facing Collins, but Baltimore likely didn't need much motivation to move on from the veteran. Collins totaled just 114 carries and 15 receptions over 10 games before a foot injury landed him on IR. Gus Edwards then took over the backfield, and Kenneth Dixon grew his role late in the year. We'll see whether the Ravens add another piece or 2 this offseason. And we'll see whether Collins gets a shot at returning to fantasy relevance.
The Ravens have released WR Michael Crabtree. He lasted just 1 season in Baltimore, tallying a 54-607-3 line in 16 games. Crabtree struggled for production (along with the rest of the Ravens pass-catchers) after QB Lamar Jackson took over. But he also averaged just 52.4 yards per game with QB Joe Flacco. The 31-year-old Crabtree can still help a team as a short-range target but shouldn't be the focal point of a passing game. We'll see where he lands. The Ravens, meanwhile, now sport Willie Snead and Chris Moore atop the WR depth chart. They'll be addressing the position in free agency and/or the draft.
Bengals RB Mark Walton has been arrested twice since the calendar flipped to 2019, first for marijuana possession in January and then for battery this past weekend. Either or both incidents could earn him a suspension. It's a rough start to the offseason for last year's 4th-round pick who averaged just 2.4 yards per carry on 14 attempts as a rookie. Walton will open the 2019 campaign no higher than 3rd on Cincinnati's depth chart, behind Joe Mixon and Gio Bernard.
The Cowboys have declined the 2019 option on WR Terrance Williams, ESPN reports. That will make Williams an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins in March. It’s no surprise after Williams appeared in just 3 games and finished 2018 with 2 catches following an early-offseason foot fracture. That followed a career-high 53 receptions in 2017. Williams will turn 30 on Sept. 8. We’ll see where he lands this offseason, but don’t bet on much 2019 fantasy impact
The 49ers have elected not to pick up the 2019 option on WR Pierre Garcon's contract. That's not a surprising move given Garcon's tumble over the past 2 seasons. He missed 8 games apiece in 2017 and 2018 and posted his 2 smallest catch totals (40 and 24) since his 2008 rookie campaign. The 32-year-old looks done as a fantasy factor -- and perhaps as an NFL player. His departure leaves opportunity for younger members of the Niners' WR corps: Dante Pettis, Richie James and Trent Taylor.
The Falcons have released K Matt Bryant. The 17-year veteran spent the past 10 seasons in Atlanta. His 86.2% career FG conversion rate ranks 8th among 31 active Ks with at least 50 attempts. Bryant reportedly wants to continue his career and should find a starting gig elsewhere.
Chiefs S Eric Berry is "unlikely" to play against the Colts today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Berry is officially questionable with the heel injury that has dogged him since his late-season return.
Lions RB LeGarrette Blount (calf) is active for today’s game against the Vikings. He played behind Zach Zenner last week and shouldn’t be in Week 16 fantasy lineups.
Bills RB Chris Ivory (shoulder) is inactive for today’s game against the Patriots. RB Keith Ford will back up RB LeSean McCoy but isn’t a fantasy option.
Jaguars RB T.J. Yeldon is a healthy scratch for today's game against the Dolphins. So it's Leonard Fournette, David Williams and Carlos Hyde in the backfield. Fournette is the only fantasy option and is a risk/reward RB2 after last week's quiet 2nd half.
Lions RB LeGarrette Blount (calf) is questionable for this weekend’s game against the Vikings. He was added to the injury report on Thursday and limited again on Friday. Blount had already seemingly fallen behind Zach Zenner on the depth chart. His absence would be a slight boost to Zenner’s Week 16 outlook.
Bills RBs LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Chris Ivory (shoulder) are inactive for today’s game against the Lions. That leaves Marcus Murphy as Buffalo’s likely lead back. The 5’9, 195-pounder has averaged 5.2 yards per carry on 41 attempts this season and hauled in 11 of 19 targets but for just 26 yards. We’d expect him to get 12-15 touches today, putting him in play as a desperation RB3 or flex. Recent practice squad call-up Keith Ford will serve as the #2 RB.
Raiders WR Martavis Bryant has been suspended indefinitely for another violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. He was banned for a year last time and figures to draw at least that long of a suspension this time around. Bryant is still just 26, but his NFL career is likely over.
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