The Patriots are releasing TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "He’s taking a step away for a month for personal issues and the team will release him as he does that," Rapoport adds. "We’ll see if he comes back to New England or anywhere." Seferian-Jenkins has had alcohol-abuse problems in the past, although it's unclear if this is related. With TE Ben Watson suspended for the first 4 games of the season, Matt LaCosse and Stephen Anderson are currently atop the Patriots' Week 1 depth chart.
The Seahawks on Thursday terminated the contract of WR Doug Baldwin on the grounds of a failed physical. The veteran wideout has undergone 3 surgeries since the end of the season, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports this is "likely the end of the road" for Baldwin. His departure leaves Seattle without its target leader for each of the past 5 seasons. Tyler Lockett and the rest of the crew stand to benefit in a low-volume pass offense. Rookies D.K. Metcalf and Gary Jennings gain redraft interest, and the TE competition could be worth watching this summer.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin might be forced to retire. Baldwin missed 3 games in 2018, then underwent offseason surgeries on his groin and shoulder. Now 30, Baldwin has been in the league since 2011. Seattle added some insurance in Round 2 with the selection of Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that RB Marshawn Lynch "is not planning to play football again." That likely increases Oakland's focus on the position for this week's NFL Draft. The Raiders signed Isaiah Crowell in free agency to join a backfield that returns Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and 2018 rookie Chris Warren. Last year's carry leader, Doug Martin, remains on the open market. Richard ranked 3rd on last year's Raiders with just 55 rushing attempts but also tied for the team reception lead. Washington tallied only 31 total touches over 10 games and doesn't appear likely to be a significant factor. We'll see how/whether Oakland addresses the position in the draft before projecting others forward. Warren looks intriguing after a strong 2018 preseason, but adding an early-round RB this week would make him harder to like.
The Patriots on Wednesday signed TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins to a 1-year deal at the league minimum. The contract doesn't guarantee a thing for ASJ, but it does place him in 1 of the league's most attractive situations. Rob Gronkowski's retirement and Dwayne Allen's departure left New England returning just 5 TE receptions (by Jacob Hollister) from last year's team. Seferian-Jenkins has never played more than 13 games in an NFL season and has only once played more than 9. But he has also scored TDs on 9.5% of his 116 career catches. If he can enter the year as the position's top option for the Pats, there will be top-12 per-game fantasy upside to him. At the moment, ASJ makes for a solid mid-level TE2 option in best-ball drafts.
Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin will have sports hernia surgery in April, according to multiple reports. And that might not be all for this offseason. When asked whether this would be Baldwin's last operation of 2019, HC Pete Carroll told the Seattle Times: "I don't know that conclusively. Still working on some stuff." Baldwin's obviously a big question mark for anyone drafting best-ball teams right now. He's a risk anywhere in the single-digit rounds. Carroll said there's no timetable on Baldwin's return. We'll see whether the Seahawks address the position in the NFL Draft.
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.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski on Sunday announced via Instagram that he's retiring. That leaves New England with Stephen Anderson, Jacob Hollister, Ryan Izzo and Matt LaCosse at the position. Hollister and Dwayne Allen combined for the team's only 7 TE receptions outside of Gronk's 47. The oft-injured veteran clearly declined over the past couple of years, but we also expect New England to address the position in at least the NFL Draft or free agency now that Gronkowski's done. Even if they add a TE or 2, Gronk's departure figures to leave targets and red-zone chances available for multiple positions.
Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin revealed in a radio appearance on Wednesday that he expects to have another surgery this offseason. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that Baldwin is scheduled to visit Dr. William Meyers about a potential sports hernia surgery. That'd be in addition to the knee and shoulder surgeries he had earlier this offseason. Turning 31 in September, Baldwin's body might be starting to fail him. He'll be worth monitoring closely this summer.
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 Patriots have signed WR Bruce Ellington to a 1-year deal. The 27-year-old has battled injuries throughout his career and is averaging just 9.7 yards per catch. He did haul in 23 balls over a 4-game stretch in Detroit late last season -- but he averaged 5.7 yards per catch before hurting his hamstring. There's opportunity in New England as the current depth chart stands, but Ellington remains a long shot for 2019 fantasy value.
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.
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.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll revealed from the Combine on Thursday that WR Doug Baldwin recently had surgeries on his knee and shoulder. Baldwin was banged up all last season, starting with a left knee issue when he arrived at training camp, then a sprained right MCL in Week 1 and finally a hip injury in Week 13. We don't have any details yet on the knee and shoulder procedures, but Carroll said Baldwin "should be fine" for the start of the 2019 campaign. If healthy, he'll be a solid bounce-back candidate.
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.
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.
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