Mon Jun 5 7:50pm ET
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Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert knows he will be a rich man sometime in the near future, but he can't tell you when he will agree to a big-money contract with the club.
Herbert addressed his situation on Monday at the team's charity golf tournament in Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., saying he has faith the organization will make everything work.
"They've done such a great job of taking care of us and my message really hasn't changed," Herbert told reporters. "It's been an honor to be a part of this team. It's great to come to events like this and whatever happens, happens and it's out of my control at this point."
Herbert has seen the salary landscape rise this offseason with Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles landing a five-year, $255 million deal, and Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens topping that with a five-year, $260 million package.
Herbert, slated to earn $4.23 million in 2023, underwent surgery in January to repair a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. The club has exercised his fifth-year option of $29.5 million for the 2024 season.
The injury situation leads observers to wonder whether Herbert would be fine with playing his fourth NFL season without an extension being signed.
"That's a good question. I think that's something you have to address and you have to think about," Herbert said. "My job at this point is just to play quarterback and to be the best leader, quarterback and teammate that I can be. So I'm doing everything I can to rehab, get back and make sure my shoulder is ready for this season."
The 25-year-old Herbert recently resumed throwing and is forecast to be ready to go well before the start of the 2023 season.
"I feel a lot better," Herbert said. "The shoulder is holding up, been able to lift quite a bit more, conditioning, so picking up more, especially upper body-wise. So it has been tough. It's an unlike any other offseason for me, but you have to find a way to make it work."
Herbert has passed for 14,089 yards, 94 touchdowns and 35 interceptions in 49 games (all starts) over his first three NFL seasons.
Chargers coach Brandon Staley said Monday that he expects running back Austin Ekeler to participate in next week's mandatory minicamp.
Ekeler sought permission to seek a trade earlier this offseason but the club recently added $1.75 million in incentives for this season, when he is slated to earn $6.25 million in base pay. Ekeler is slated to become a free agent after the season when his four-year, $24.5 million deal concludes.
"It's best for everybody," Staley said. "It's best for him and best for us because you want to get joined up so that you can go have a productive training camp and really formulate your team and your identity going into the season."
New offensive coordinator Kellen Moore has raved about Ekeler's fit in his offense. Ekeler led the NFL with 18 total touchdowns (13 rushing, five receiving) last season and tied for the league high of 20 with Jonathan Taylor of the Indianapolis Colts in 2021.
Ekeler rushed for 915 yards last season as well as establishing career highs for receptions (107) and receiving yardage (722).
Dynasty | Matt Maiocco suggests Brock Purdy will be the starter in 2023 if healthy Dynasty Analysis: Purdy has graduated in his rehab to throwing a football and Maiocco says that the real indication is the "tone of voice" used by head coach Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch when speaking about the situation. While hardly substantive to the overall situation, by all reports, Purdy is the leader in the clubhouse, has the confidence of the coaching staff, and coming off seven regular-season victories after being pressed into duty as a rookie, the only thing standing in his way toward being under center to start 2023 is the health of his elbow. At this juncture, everything seems to be trending toward Purdy being the starter in 2023 with an opportunity to pick up where he left off in 2022. He's listed as DLF's QB28 and has been percolating higher in recent weeks.
Dynasty | 49ers receivers coach Leonard Hankerson said second-year receiver Danny Gray has work ethic and continues to develop. Dynasty Analysis: Gray was a popular sleeper selection as a rookie in 2022 but only saw 87 snaps and a single reception in 2022. Hankerson referenced both Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel as two other receivers who struggled to pick up the team's difficult receiver playbook before producing. With an established work ethic, Gray now needs to be "consistent" with his effort, and Hankerson noted he's made "tremendous strides" in his growth over his rookie season. Gray will compete with rookie Ronnie Bell as the team's WR4 though could have WR3 upside should current starter Jauan Jennings falter. Danny Gray remains on the fringes of the dynasty radar, appearing as a sparsely ranked WR117.
Dynasty | Speaking about Christian McCaffrey, 49ers running back coach Anthony Lynn said he believes the veteran will be even more dynamic in 2023. Dynasty Analysis: Lynn said McCaffrey wasn't familiar with the system following his trade to the team and he's looking fast and "game-ready" in OTAs. Turning 27 on June 7, McCaffrey erased all doubts about his health when he rushed for 1,139 yards and eight touchdowns while splitting time with the Panthers and 49ers, while also reeling in a total of 85 receptions and another five touchdowns. More importantly, he appeared in all 17 games. The biggest question surrounding the aging star surrounds his touch count when considering the role of oft-injured Elijah Mitchell, who has shown capability when healthy. Over his last four games in the 2022 regular season, McCaffrey rushed 70 times for 321 yards and three touchdowns and produced 17 receptions for another touchdown. His average of 17 rushes per game were greater than Mitchell's nearly-ten per game over that same stretch. Clearly, there remains a strong potential for a significant committee between both backs, but McCaffrey's dynamic as both a runner and a receiver should keep him as the easy choice as the lead back. Christian McCaffrey is found as DLF's RB4.
Dynasty | Rachaad White said he expects to see "a lot of balls" as a receiver Dynasty Analysis: In his rookie season, White was somewhat uninspiring as a runner, amassing 481 yards and a single touchdown across 129 attempts, good for 3.7 ypc. But as a receiver, the rookie showed significant ability by producing 290 yards and two touchdowns on 50 receptions. It stands to reason the Bucs will continue to lean on the sophomore as a receiver. The bigger question surrounds what the team will do on early-down snaps with only Chase Edmonds, Ke'Shawn Vaughn, and rookie Sean Tucker behind him on the depth chart. Edmonds has been unable to parlay recent roles into upside production which could mean the Bucs will give White another chance to carry the load. Or, the team could consider a free-agent veteran. In either case, Rachaad White appears to possess value-on potential in 2023 as DLF's RB26.
The Buffalo Bills made a splash during the 2022 offseason by signing Von Miller to a massive six-year, $120 million deal. Miller made a great first impression in Buffalo, totaling eight sacks, 12 quarterback hits, and 21 tackles (10 for loss) in his first 11 games with the team.His defensive presence was massive for a playoff team hoping to get to the Super Bowl. But the veteran, unfortunately, suffered a torn ACL in Week 12, which ended his first season in Buffalo early.What's the outlook on Miller now? Will he be ready for Week 1? Let's dive in. Is Von Miller Injured or Healthy?Miller is almost seven months removed from the ACL tear he suffered on November 24, 2022. Of course, he is not present at the Bills' OTAs to begin the offseason as he works his way back from injury.https://twitter.com/agetzenberg/status/1663599191828963328?s=20The recovery time for a torn ACL varies depending on the player, but most should be out for eight to 12 months. So, Miller will enter that timeline at the end of July, right around when Training Camp begins. There's a shot the 34-year-old pass rusher participates and does light work during camp.This was the second ACL tear for Miller in his career (both in the same right knee). He also tore his ACL during the 2013 season in Week 16 but found himself playing just nine months later in Week 1 at 100%.Will history repeat itself? Will Von Miller be ready by Week 1?When the Bills open the season against the Jets on Monday Night Football, Miller will be 9 1/2 months removed from his ACL injury. That gives the defensive star a hopeful chance to suit in Week 1.Miller also expects to return in Week 1 on Monday night:"You know I love guarantees," Miller told Channel 9NEWS in Denver. "It's me. It's Von. I love guarantees. I want to play. In 2013, I had [ACL] surgery in January, and I played at the beginning of August in the preseason. So that put me around seven months, eight months."And 10 years removed from that, 2023, I have a whole new outlook. I know exactly where I'm supposed to be at two months, four months, six months, and in the position where I'm at now. I feel great, I feel comfortable. I feel like I'll be ready to go at the start of the season."It's encouraging to see Miller so optimistic in June about his availability in September. There's no guarantee the 12-year NFL vet will be ready for Week 1, but there's a good chance he returns within the first four weeks of the season.
The Los Angeles Chargers remain in talks with Justin Herbert to extend the 25-year-old's contract. Herbert, the No. 6 overall draft pick in 2020, has two years left after the Chargers exercised his fifth-year option earlier this year. Last season, he suffered a cartilage fracture in Week 2 and a torn labrum in his left shoulder in Week 17, and the Chargers' top two wide receivers also missed multiple games with injuries. While Herbert completed 68.2% of his passes, a career-high, and threw interceptions at his lowest ever rate, his touchdown pass total and yard per attempt figure fell to their lowest levels yet. Now with new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore coming in, there is hope that Herbert can get back to the high-end of play he was showing for much of 2021.
The Dallas Cowboys are negotiating with star cornerback Trevon Diggs, in the last year of his rookie deal, on an extension that could be close to $20 million a year. Diggs will make $4.3 million this year. He ranks as a top-ten cornerback, according to PFF, and he has many years ahead of him. The 24-year-old has leads all cornerbacks with 17 interceptions over the past three seasons, including two that he returned for touchdowns. He has also made double-digit pass defenses and over 40 solo tackles every season, making him a quality starting DB in IDP fantasy football leagues and an essential asset for the Cowboys' defense that increases the value of their DST in fantasy football.
Indianapolis Colts cornerback Isaiah Rodgers Sr. is under investigation for possible violations of the league's gambling policy, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Rodgers was drafted by the Colts in the sixth round (211th overall) in 2020 out of Massachusetts. The 25-year-old has played 1,500-plus snaps in three NFL seasons and started nine games last year for the Colts. He has returned 71 punt/kickoff returns in the last three years, as well as recording 90 tackles (68 solo), three interceptions, 10 passes defensed, a forced fumble and four fumble recoveries. If Rodgers is found guilty of gambling, he could be suspended for up to the entire 2023 campaign.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has not ruled out a return for free-agent running back Ezekiel Elliott. Both Elliott and the Cowboys are evaluating their respective futures, according to Jones. Dallas released Elliott in March after seven seasons with the team, including four 1,000-yard campaigns. It would make sense if Zeke returned, as Tony Pollard (ankle, leg) is returning from a serious injury, and the trio of Malik Davis, rookie Deuce Vaughn and Ronald Jones doesn't have a ton of experience or upside. The tread on Elliott's tires is running thin at this point in his career, but he proved in 2022 that he can be an effective short-yardage/goal-line back, carrying the ball 231 times for 876 yards and 12 touchdowns in 15 games (14 starts). The 27-year-old back is unlikely to be much more than a TD-dependent RB4/flex in fantasy no matter where he lands.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Rachaad White said on Sirius XM NFL Radio on Monday that he expects a lot of passes to come his way in the passing game this season. Although Chase Edmonds and Ke'Shawn Vaughn will also have roles in Tampa's backfield in 2023, White entered the offseason as the clear leader for touches with Leonard Fournette no longer on the team. The Bucs offense certainly won't be as intriguing with either Baker Mayfield or Kyle Trask taking over under center for the retired Tom Brady, but White's role increase can't be overlooked in fantasy. The former third-rounder had 129 carries for 481 yards and a score and added 50 receptions for 290 yards and two more TDs in 17 games (eight starts) in his rookie season last year. White's fantasy stock is definitely on the rise. Consider him on the RB2/3 borderline in fantasy drafts.
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (shoulder) said the plan is for him to work back into 7-on-7 drills this week at organized team activities. It would be his first team drills of the offseason after rehabbing from labrum surgery that he had in January on his left, non-throwing shoulder. The 25-year-old has already resumed throwing as well, but the Chargers are understandably going to take it slow with their franchise signal-caller in the offseason. He should be fully healthy for training camp and the start of the 2023 season, where he'll be looking to bounce back as a midrange QB1 for fantasy managers after a disappointing 2022 campaign in which he battled through a rib injury. Herbert's top-two receivers, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, also missed time with injuries.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (elbow), who has gone through his first week of throwing a football, is the clear favorite to open the 2023 season as the team's starting quarterback. Purdy had surgery to fix a torn UCL in his right elbow on March 10. If he is ready to play football when the season kicks off, the starting job will be his to lose after a strong rookie season. If his road to a full recovery stays true to his 12-week timeline, Purdy should receive full medical clearance to play around Aug. 21, 20 days before the start of the season. In 2022, the 23-year-old completed 67.4% of his passes for 1,877 yards with 16 TDs and three interceptions, including the playoffs. Purdy definitely impressed last year, but fantasy managers should want to see more before considering him as anything more than a low-end QB2 in superflex leagues, especially coming off significant surgery.
The Baltimore Ravens agreed to terms on an undisclosed one-year deal with former Minnesota Vikings first-round wide receiver Laquon Treadwell on Monday, according to his agent, Michael Portner. The Ravens continue to beef up their receiving depth heading into the 2023 season, but Treadwell is likely to be buried on the depth chart. The 27-year-old caught just six of 10 targets for 42 yards in six games for the Seattle Seahawks in 2022, a year after posting 33 receptions for a career-high 434 yards and a touchdown in 12 games (seven starts) for Jacksonville in 2021. Treadwell is unlikely to have any kind of fantasy appeal, even in deeper leagues, while he's behind the likes of Rashod Bateman, Odell Beckham Jr. and rookie first-rounder Zay Flowers. He'll have to compete with Devin Duvernay, Nelson Agholor and James Proche II, among others.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was nearly traded to the Miami Dolphins in March, but it didn't get done, and the Dolphins drafted Texas A&M running back De'Von Achane in the third round of the 2023 NFL Draft a month later. Cook has been rumored to be cut or traded this offseason, with Miami being one of the top rumored suitors. It appears Miami made a run at him, but it's unclear whether the selection of Achane will prevent them from discussing a potential trade for Cook before the 2023 NFL season begins. According to Albert Breer, the trade was awfully close to happening and there is reported interest from both Cook and Miami at this point in the offseason. That said, the Dolphins may be out on trading for him but would sign him if released. This will be a story to follow as the offseason rolls on.
Free Agent wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is looking for a new home and the Dallas Cowboys have been rumored to be a potential suitor. However, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the signing of Hopkins is "unlikely." The team is looking to extend CeeDee Lamb in the near future and traded for Brandin Cooks this offseason, so bringing in the 30-year-old receiver isn't a priority for America's team. Lamb and Cooks should be locked in as the top two wideouts for Dak Prescott, but it's unclear whether the No. 3 wideout will be Michael Gallup and 2022 third-round pick Jalen Tolbert. One of the two will have fantasy football intrigue, at least in deep leagues.
Las Vegas Raiders running back Zamir White handled just 17 total touches in his rookie season as Josh Jacobs' backup, but he could be in line for a breather back role in 2023. According to Levi Edwards of Raiders.com, the Georgia product has lost weight and added speed and quickness heading into the 2023 season. White weighed 214 pounds and ran a 4.40 at the 2022 NFL Combine, so if he's actually gotten faster, it's an exciting development for the 23-year-old back. Either way, Jacobs remains the starter in 2023 after being franchise tagged and he'll likely command workhorse volume once again. White could see more touches to ease some of Jacobs' workload, but he won't be worth fantasy consideration unless Jacobs has to miss time.
New England Patriots tight end Mike Gesicki has been utilized more as a wide receiver than a tight end throughout his career, and like many have speculated, the team is getting him work with the wideouts during organized team activities. According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, Gesecki was seen running drills with the Patriots' wide receivers while the other tight end on the roster worked on run blocking on a separate field. It looks like Hunter Henry will operate as the traditional tight end, while Gesicki could be split out wide and in the slot alongside wideouts Tyquan Thornton, JuJu Smith-Schuster, DeVante Parker, and Kendrick Bourne. If Gesicki can become one of the top two receiving options for Mac Jones, he'll have TE1 upside considering the scarcity of the position in fantasy football.
Dynasty | The Colts have signed Breshad Perriman Dynasty Analysis: Perriman turns 30 in Sept. and hasn't been fantasy relevant since 2019 while with the Buccaneers, a career season in which he produced a 36/645/6 line. Unranked on DLF's receiver rankings, he won't be guaranteed to make it out of camp and, if he does, likely won't garner enough targets to be worthy of addition.
Las Vegas Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels said that he isn't concerned about reports and rumors that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (foot) might not be able to play this year. "I have no anxiety," McDaniels said. "You guys may have anxiety. I have no anxiety." Garoppolo signed a three-year, $72.75 million free-agent deal with the Raiders on March 17 and also signed a waiver/release because of his injured left foot. He had surgery on his foot after signing with the Raiders, and he hasn't been able to practice during OTAs. The Raiders are hoping to have Jimmy G available for the start of training camp, but they also aren't putting a timeline on his return. Veteran Brian Hoyer, who has plenty of experience in McDaniels' system from his time with the Patriots, has been taking first-team reps so far this offseason.
The Indianapolis Colts signed free-agent wide receiver Breshad Perriman to an undisclosed deal on Monday and waived wide receiver Tyler Adams in a corresponding move. The signing comes after the Colts worked out Perriman on Friday. The 29-year-old pass-catcher was a first-round pick (26th overall) by the Baltimore Ravens in 2015. Perriman only lasted two years in Baltimore and has played for four different NFL teams in his seven seasons so far. In the last two years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he's caught 20 of 37 targets for 277 yards and two touchdowns in 17 games (three starts). Perriman caught nine of 19 targets in 2022 for 110 yards and a score in 11 games. He'll provide veteran big-play depth behind Michael Pittman Jr. in Indy, but playing time will likely be limited.