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The Los Angeles Rams and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson agreed to a one-year deal worth $5 million on Friday, according to Robinson's agency. Robinson will stay in Los Angeles after a productive 2023 season in which he caught 26 of his 39 targets for 371 yards and a career-high-tying four touchdowns in 16 regular-season games (four starts) in his first year with the team. The 29-year-old wideout added three catches on six targets for 44 yards in the playoff loss to the Detroit Lions. It was solid production, considering he was mostly the team's No. 4 pass-catcher behind Cooper Kupp, rookie Puka Nacua and Tutu Atwell for most of the year. Robinson found the end zone four straight times in December to finish strong, but he'll have to battle for the No. 3 role behind Kupp and Nacua this summer.
The Miami Dolphins have informed cornerback Xavien Howard that he will be released at the start of the new league year next month, according to sources. The four-time Pro Bowler is expected to have significant interest on the free-agent market in 2024. Howard will be on the open market for the first time in his NFL career, with the Dolphins saving around $32 million in salary cap space with the move. The 30-year-old joins linebacker Emmanuel Ogbah, who the Dolphins are also planning to release before the new league year. Howard only played in 13 games for the Dolphins in his eighth and final year due to a foot injury, and he finished with 45 tackles (36 solo), one interception and 12 passes defensed.
The Miami Dolphins plan to release veteran linebacker Emmanuel Ogbah on Friday, according to a source. The Dolphins signed Ogbah to a four-year, $65 million deal after he had back-to-back nine-sack seasons in 2020 and 2021. The 30-year-old former second-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2016 out of Oklahoma State played in only nine games (three starts) in 2022 and had one sack. In 15 games (one start) in his fourth year in Miami in 2023, Ogbah produced just 20 tackles (seven solo), 5.5 sacks, three tackles for loss, nine QB hits, one interception and a forced fumble. Since entering the NFL in 2016 with Cleveland, Ogbah has 42.5 career sacks in 107 games (71 starts) with the Browns, Chiefs and Dolphins.
Given the fact that the Indianapolis Colts' secondary was repeatedly torched last year due to its inexperience and injuries in the cornerback room, The Athletic's James Boyd suggests that it wouldn't be a surprise if the team addressed that issue with the No. 15 overall pick in the first round of this year's NFL draft. Kenny Moore II, the team's most experienced cornerback, is scheduled to become a free agent in March, and even if they re-sign the 28-year-old, there are no other proven options at the position on the roster. Last year's second-rounder, JuJu Brents, showed promise, but injuries limited him to nine games as a rookie. If the Colts decide to use their early draft picks on another position, they will need to address the cornerback position through free agency.
The Athletic's James Boyd writes that Indianapolis Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox is an easy target if the team wishes to create more salary cap space this offseason. He's entering the final year of a three-year, $17.6 million contract extension that he signed in 2022. Alie-Cox is due the last $5.9 million of that in 2024, but none of it is guaranteed. The 30-year-old is the team's best blocking tight end and has recorded at least three touchdowns in each of the last three seasons, but he's not getting any younger and is unlikely to develop into a true No. 1 pass-catching tight end at this point of his career. Both Will Mallory and third-year tight end Jelani Woods, who missed all of 2023 with hamstring issues, give the Colts more upside at the position amid their current youth movement. Alie-Cox hasn't been much more than a low-upside, touchdown-dependent TE2 option for fantasy managers in deep leagues.
The Houston Texans will have an estimated $65.4 million in salary cap space in 2024, so they are in good shape. But if they are going to cut someone to gain even more cap space this offseason, The Athletic's Mike Jones speculates it could be veteran wide receiver Robert Woods. While Woods has been regarded as a reliable veteran, his production has declined in recent years, and he's set to count $9.75 million against the cap. He had only 40 catches for 426 yards and a touchdown in 14 games in 2023, and the emergence of young receivers Nico Collins and Tank Dell could cause the soon-to-be 32-year-old to be expendable. If he's cut, Woods would come with a $4.75 million dead-cap hit. Even after Dell suffered a season-ending injury last year, Woods found it difficult to stand out for the Texans and fantasy managers.
The Houston Texans exceeded everyone's expectations in 2023 when they went 10-7 to win the AFC South and win a playoff game under first-year head coach DeMeco Ryans and with rookie first-round quarterback C.J. Stroud. Ryans' defense has room for improvement, though, as they ranked 22nd in the league against the pass, giving up 234.1 yards per game while managing only 14 interceptions all year long. Second-year cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. led the team with five interceptions, but fellow cornerback Steven Nelson, who had four picks, is scheduled to become a free agent in March, as is slot cornerback Tavierre Thomas. If the Texans are going to repeat as AFC South champions in 2024, they are going to need to shore up the cornerback position, either through free agency or the draft.
CBS Sports' Jonathan Jones is reporting on Friday that the 2024 NFL salary cap has been set at a record-breaking $255.4 million, according to sources. It is up more than $30 million from last year's cap number of $224.8 million and is well beyond all the recent estimates. On top of the record salary cap, there will be an additional $74 million per club payment for player benefits, which includes performance-based pay and benefits for retired players. Total 2024 player costs will be $329.4 million per team, more than $10.5 billion league-wide. The huge leap in the cap is partially the result of the full repayment of all amounts of advanced by the teams and deferred by the players during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as significant new media deals coinciding with recent regular-season and playoff expansion.
Dynasty | The Saints have restructured the contract of quarterback Derek Carr. Dynasty Analysis: The move has been expected and will save the Saints a whopping $23 million against the salary cap. It also likely locks Carr in as the starter for at least one more season. His first season was fine by most standards but far from dominant as he threw for 3,878 yards with 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Klint Kubiak has vowed changes as the offensive coordinator and Carr will hopefully benefit from them. At this point, he's best viewed as a solid QB2 but hardly a dynasty staple in a weekly lineup until we see a bit of a resurgence in production.
Dynasty | The Raiders have reportedly not engaged in contract talks with impending free agent running back Josh Jacobs. Dynasty Analysis: It seems almost a given the Raiders are going to let Jacobs test the open market. They could franchise tag him but that seems unlikely given the fact he had a massive regression last season. In fact, Jacobs was only able to post around half of his rushing yardage from his league-leading season in 2022 when he rushed for over 1,600 yards. New Head Coach Antonio Pierce seems committed to re-establishing Jacobs and he was clearly better once he took over. Still, Jacobs may get a better contract elsewhere, making Zamir White a potentially hot commodity. Stay tuned.
Dynasty | Pending free agent running back Gus Edwards is expected to leave Baltimore via free agency. Dynasty Analysis: The Ravens were seemingly set last year with JK Dobbins, Keaton Mitchell and Gus Edwards holding down the fort. Unfortunately, both Dobbins and Mitchell suffered injuries and Edwards again came to the rescue. However, it seems Baltimore is ready to move on and they've been linked to big-name running backs like Derrick Henry and Saquon Barkley. While nothing is imminent, the tea leaves are pointing towards Baltimore looking to make a splash. Edwards' dynasty value will be entirely dependent on where he may end up in free agency but it's highly unlikely he'll be used as a starter at his age.
Dynasty | Pending free agent quarterback Baker Mayfield has begun contract negotiations with Tampa Bay. Dynasty Analysis: This makes a lot of sense for a couple of reasons. In short, Tampa Bay doesn't have the draft capital to make a move for an elite rookie without mortgaging the future and Mayfield was also pretty good last season. Signed to compete with Kyle Trask last off-season, Baker had one of his best seasons after being named the starter, leading the Bucs to the playoffs and throwing for a career high 4,044 yards and 28 touchdowns with just ten interceptions. He's going to be best-served as a dynasty QB2 but it seems his days as a starter weren't quite over after he was left for dead by the Panthers.
The New Orleans Saints restructured quarterback Derek Carr's contract on Friday for salary cap purposes, a move that was expected to give the team around $23 million in cap relief for the 2024 season, according to sources. Carr is due $30 million in base salary this year, so converting a portion of that into a signing bonus provides immediate savings. The 32-year-old veteran signal-caller is under contract with the Saints through 2026. In his first year in the Big Easy, he threw for 3,878 yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions while amazingly not missing a single game despite suffering multiple concussions, cracked ribs and a shoulder sprain. Carr is as tough as they come and can give fantasy managers low-end QB1 lines on occasion, but he's best drafted as a fantasy backup.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and impending free-agent quarterback Baker Mayfield have started "preliminary talks about a new contract" this offseason. General manager Jason Licht is expected to meet with Mayfield's representation during the NFL scouting combine next week. After the 28-year-old Mayfield had a career season in his first year in Tampa in 2023, it's expected that there is mutual interest in a reunion for 2024 and beyond. Mayfield had a career-high 4,044 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and even led the Bucs to a wild-card playoff victory over the Eagles. The former No. 1 overall pick won't have offensive coordinator Dave Canales working with him in 2024, though, and there's a possibility he'll also lose top wideout Mike Evans in free agency. Mayfield's fantasy appeal as a solid QB2 would take a big hit if he doesn't have Evans to rely on.
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay hired John Streicher as a new addition to the team's 2024 coaching staff with the title of game-management coordinator, with McVay citing his timeout mismanagement as the kind of thing that Streicher will help him avoid. It was a big part of the story in the team's postseason loss to the Detroit Lions, when McVay blew two timeouts early in the second half of a contest that ended with the Lions running out the clock to secure a one-point win. Streicher has been very well respected in the NFL for his work with the Tennessee Titans over the last six years. "Not use my timeouts in the second half until I need to," McVay answered when asked what Streicher will help him with.
New Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who has a history of leading a run-first offense in the NFL, said he would like the team's offense in 2024 to be balanced. "We want to be a balanced offense," Roman said. "We want to be able to run it when we want to run it and throw it when we want to throw it. If they present looks that are favorable to run it, then we want to be able to run it at a high level." Quarterback Justin Herbert has never had an above-average running game to take pressure off him early in his career, so if Roman and the Chargers can get the ground game going, it's only going to make things easier on the 25-year-old signal-caller. And if the Chargers re-sign impending free-agent running back Austin Ekeler, it could be good news for him as well after a disappointing season in 2023.
Buffalo Bills impending free-agent wide receiver Gabe Davis could be pushed off the roster this offseason, according to The Athletic's Joe Buscaglia. The Bills have long been admirers of Davis' talent, but he's likely to receive the biggest contract of any Bills free agent in March, and he's already stated he intends to test the open market. He's only 25, and it wouldn't be a surprise if Davis received a deal topping what Jakobi Meyers got last offseason ($11 million APY). The hefty price tag, coupled with Davis' on-field inconsistency in 2023, is expected to push him off the roster in 2024. Davis failed to provide the big-play option opposite Stefon Diggs that Buffalo needed late in the year. He finished with seven touchdowns but disappeared more often than not and didn't even play in either of the team's two playoff games due to a knee injury.
Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard has acknowledged that using the franchise tag on impending free-agent wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. this offseason is an option. Pittman has been the team's leading receiver the past three seasons and will be one of the league's top free agents if he reaches the open market. The Colts have been more reluctant than most teams to use the tag -- they haven't used the tag on a player since tagging former punter Pat McAfee in 2013. Tagging Pittman in 2024 would cost around $20.7 million. The 26-year-old has accumulated 336 catches, 3,662 yards and 15 touchdowns in his first four seasons, which would put him in line to cash in considerably on the open market. No matter where Pittman lands in 2024 if he hits the free-agent market, he should profile as a WR1 in fantasy.
The Las Vegas Raiders and impending free-agent running back Josh Jacobs have yet to engage in contract-extension talks this offseason, according to a league source. If the Raiders want to prevent Jacobs from becoming a free agent on March 13, they could place the franchise tag on him for $13.669 million (by March 5) in 2024. The Raiders are projected to have around $35.2 million in salary cap space this year, but that's still a large cap hit to carry for a RB in today's game. Jacobs is also coming off career-lows in rushing yards (805), yards per carry (3.5) and yards from scrimmage (1,101) and missed the final four games due to a quadriceps injury. If they don't bring Jacobs back, they'd be handing the starting role to Zamir White, who played well last year in Jacobs' absence. But Jacobs was an All-Pro in 2022 and could easily bounce back in 2024 at just 26 years old.
Buffalo Bills DT DaQuan Jones is expected to be the top priority among Buffalo's impending free agents, according to Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic.
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