Tue Mar 19 10:10pm ET
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Rams running back Malcolm Brown has signed an offer sheet from the Detroit Lions.
The Rams confirmed the move by their restricted free agent on Tuesday.
Los Angeles has five days to match the Lions' offer, or to let Brown leave for Detroit. The Rams won't get any compensation if they lose Brown, a former undrafted free agent from Texas.
Brown has been Todd Gurley's backup for all four of their NFL seasons. Brown was the primary backup for the past two years, rushing for 458 combined yards.
Brown missed the Rams' run to the Super Bowl after injuring his clavicle during a game at Detroit last December. The Rams replaced him with veteran C.J. Anderson, who excelled down the stretch.
Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jarran Reed underwent sports hernia surgery on Tuesday, according to a source. His recovery timeline is expected to be four to six weeks, so he should be ready in plenty of time for training camp this summer. Heading into the final year of his deal, the Seahawks want to extend Reed, especially after trading defensive end Frank Clark to the Chiefs on Tuesday. The 26-year-old set career highs in tackles (50) and sacks (10.5) in his first full season in Seattle last year. The team will need his production even more now that Clark is gone.
Free-agent defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (shoulder) had positive reviews from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Monday, and he could be cleared by mid-August. Ansah's shoulder is structurally sound, but he still needs to gain strength in it heading into the 2019 season. The pass rusher visited with the Ravens on Wednesday and will surely be added by a team despite his history with injuries. Ansah played in only seven games with Detroit last year and hasn't played in a full season since 2015. He still has upside, though, with double-digit sack totals in 2015 and 2017, and he can help some team if he can stay on the field. Ansah will need to prove it before IDP owners will take a chance on him again.
The feeling around the league is that the Cincinnati Bengals aren't in the quarterback market for the first round of the draft on Thursday, especially not with the 11th overall pick. Andy Dalton had a disappointing year due to injury in 2018, but he could be on the hot seat in Cincy if he falters again in 2019. The Bengals are probably better off filling more pressing needs early in this draft, but you shouldn't rule them out from drafting a signal-caller at some point for extra depth at the position.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill won't face charges, but Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said he thinks a crime was committed against Hill's 3-year-old son. Investigators couldn't determine who committed the crime in which the boy suffered a broken arm. Hill and his fiance could ultimately lose custody of the child, and the NFL could hand down a lengthy suspension to Hill even though he wasn't formally charged with a crime. Hill has become one of the best receivers in the NFL, but his status as a WR1 with a high ceiling will come under question now as he faces a potential suspension. Stay tuned for more details.
Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum isn't necessarily viewed as the starter inside the team's building. Colt McCoy, despite undergoing another leg procedure recently, is still a possibility to become the starter heading into the season. It means that the Redskins are very much in the mix to draft a quarterback, possibly even in the first round, in this week's draft. Both Keenum and McCoy are game-manager types that would be very mediocre QB2 options for fantasy owners in a starting role in D.C.
Free-agent DT Corey Liuget (Chargers) met with the Jacksonville Jaguars Wednesday, April 24.
Free-agent DE Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) met with a doctor earlier this week and was told that his shoulder is structurally sound and that he should be cleared by mid-August.
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill will not be charged in a child abuse investigation involving his son.
Fantasy Spin: Hill can still be punished by the NFL even though he was not charged with any crimes, so people should keep an eye on the situation. He has been one of the best receivers in the NFL over the last few seasons and should be a No. 1 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Cleveland Browns RB Duke Johnson is not participating in the voluntary minicamp this week, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Johnson has been looking for a trade and likely will skip all of the voluntary workouts if he is not traded. He likely will serve as the No. 2 running back while Kareem Hunt serves his suspension but probably would see a drop in playing time during the second half of the season. Johnson has value in point-per-reception leagues, but owners should monitor the situation this offseason.
Atlanta Falcons FS Keanu Neal's fifth-year option was exercised Wednesday, April 24.
New York Jets SS Marcus Maye (shoulder) is participating in the voluntary minicamp this week.
The Miami Dolphins have interest in selecting a quarterback with the No. 13 overall pick in Thursday's first round, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The team had private workouts with Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins, Duke's Daniel Jones and Missouri's Drew Lock. Ryan Fitzpatrick is currently Miami's starter in a rebuilding phase, but the Dolphins are surely on the lookout for a franchise signal-caller in either this year's or next year's draft. If they select one this year, he won't be guaranteed to start right away, which would obviously be bad news for his fantasy value in single-year formats.
The Washington Redskins could be looking to trade up into the top-five picks from No. 15 on the first day of the draft on Thursday, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Washington really likes Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins and may be exploring the possibility of moving up to select him. The Redskins own nine total draft selections, including two third-rounders. Case Keenum and Colt McCoy are at the top of the depth chart, while Alex Smith's (leg) future remains in doubt. It would take a massive haul to move from No. 15 into the top five. Haskins could sit behind Keenum and learn for a year if the Redskins don't think he's exactly ready in 2019.
Free-agent DE Brian Robison (Vikings) signed a one-day contract with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, April 24, and announced his retirement from professional football.
San Francisco 49ers DT DeForest Buckner's fifth-year option was exercised Wednesday, April 24.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor could be available in a trade. He is due $9.4 million fully guaranteed and could be expendable if the Eagles select a receiver in this week's draft. The 25-year-old is No. 3 on the depth chart behind Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson now. He had a career-high 64 catches but just 736 yards (11.5 average) with four touchdowns over a full season in 2018. If he remains in Philly, fantasy owners won't be rushing to select him in fall drafts.
Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury continues to praise quarterback Josh Rosen with the draft starting on Thursday and with last year's first-round pick's future up in the air. Rosen reported for the team's three-day minicamp this week. "Ive said it all along, I couldnt be more impressed with his approach. Hes a great player. I mean, he was a top-10 pick for a reason. You see it out there how cerebral he is, how quickly hes picked up our system. I was really impressed with his execution today," Kingsbury said of Rosen. The UCLA product had a tough time in his rookie year without many weapons around him behind a bad offensive line, but he's still young and could develop into a decent NFL starter, but it might not be with Arizona. The Cardinals are expected to take Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray first overall on Thursday, which would likely prompt the Cardinals to trade Rosen. It's looking like Rosen won't be much of a redraft option in 2019 despite his potential.
The Washington Redskins are targeting Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins in the first round of the draft on Thursday as they search for a franchise signal-caller, according to sources. Washington picks at No. 15, so they'd likely have to trade up inside the top 10 to land Haskins, who some teams haven't even given a first-round grade to. It'd be a risky move, but the Redskins are in need of a quarterback with Alex Smith's (leg) career in jeopardy. The team traded for Case Keenum as a short-term fix this offseason. Haskins would have very little redraft value if he landed in D.C.
Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor could be traded if the Eagles select a wide receiver during the 2019 NFL Draft, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Fantasy Spin: Agholor has been pretty consistent over the last two seasons with at least 736 yards in each of the seasons and 12 touchdowns over that span. He can be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver for a team if he is traded and could be a late-round fantasy option in 2019.
Free-agent DE Ziggy Ansah (Lions) is meeting with the Baltimore Ravens Wednesday, April 24.