Thu Jun 8 4:55pm ET
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One of the NFL's elite running backs is set to be on the free agent market with the Minnesota Vikings reportedly telling Dalvin Cook that he will be released.
The Miami Dolphins were installed as the early +100 favorite by SportsBetting.ag to sign Cook, ahead of AFC East rivals the New York Jets (+250) and the Buffalo Bills (+500).
Dalvin Cook Next Team Odds
Miami Dolphins (+100)
New York Jets (+250)
Buffalo Bills (+500)
Dallas Cowboys (+1000)
Cincinnati Bengals (+1000)
Chicago Bears (+1200)
San Francisco 49ers (+1400)
New England Patriots (+1400)
Baltimore Ravens (+1600)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+1800)
Philadelphia Eagles (+1800)
Los Angeles Rams (+2000)
New Orleans Saints (+2000)
The Dolphins currently have a quartet of veterans in their backfield -- Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson, Salvon Ahmed and Myles Gaskin -- along with third-round pick De'Von Achane.
However, Cook has four consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons and doesn't turn 28 until August. He provides a combination of production in his prime years the others lack, although Miami coach Mike McDaniel wasn't about to comment on Cook until he is officially released.
That's expected to happen Friday, and any comments specifically about Cook before then could lead to tampering charges.
"March 6, 1983, the day I was born, right? Now we take a closer look at that date and that in fact was not yesterday," McDaniel said Thursday when asked about Cook. "OK, so people that are rumored to be tall, short, people that are rumored to be, you're not going to get this guy. I'm Year Two. OK?"
The Jets present another potentially intriguing landing spot. Breece Hall is expected to return from his torn ACL in time for the season, but New York has little in the way of proven depth behind that. Michael Carter is a decent change-of-pace back and the Jets spent a fifth-round pick on Israel Abanikanda.
The Bills have Dalvin's brother -- second-year speedster James Cook -- and added veterans Damien Harris and Latavius Murray in free agency. With Buffalo's Super Bowl aspirations in what figures to be a highly competitive division, Cook could provide a workhorse back to tandem with his brother in supporting quarterback Josh Allen.
The shortest odds in the NFC belong to the Dallas Cowboys, who parted ways with Ezekiel Elliott this offseason. The depth chart behind Tony Pollard is currently led by Malik Davis, Ronald Jones and sixth-round rookie Deuce Vaughn.
A second-round pick in 2017, Cook has rushed for 5,993 yards and 47 touchdowns and has 221 receptions for 1,794 yards and five scores in 73 career games (72 starts) in Minnesota.
Cook is recovering from offseason surgery to repair a shoulder injury that was originally suffered in 2019. His agency said in February that Cook is expected to be healthy for the start of the season.
Former Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark stayed in the AFC West by signing a one-year deal worth up to $7.5 million on Thursday with the Denver Broncos, according to a source. The deal includes a $5.5 million guaranteed base salary, $1 million in makeable incentives and another challenging $1 million in incentives. The three-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion became a free agent in March when the Chiefs released him. The 29-year-old pass-rusher finished the 2022 season with 39 tackles (25 solo), five sacks, eight tackles for loss, 13 QB hits, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 15 starts. Clark has only had two double-digit sack campaigns in his eight NFL seasons, with the last one coming in 2018 with the Seahawks. He won't really be much of an option in IDP fantasy leagues, but Clark's presence should boost their defense overall.
The Los Angeles Chargers are placing a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of second-year cornerback Ja'Sir Taylor with the way their roster is constructed in 2023. Asante Samuel Jr. has spent most of his time this spring playing outside corner opposite Michael Davis, and Taylor has been the starter at slot corner. Bryce Callahan was the starter in the slot in 2022, but he's now a free agent, and Taylor played well in his one start in Week 14 against the Dolphins. Until J.C. Jackson is back and healthy, it will be Taylor's job in the slot. So far in organized team activities this offseason, The Athletic's Daniel Popper has been impressed with Taylor's coverage. "He's mature past his age," defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley said of Taylor. "He's a very quiet kid, very observant. He understands the big picture."
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (shoulder) was pushing the ball downfield regularly in the opening period of his return to organized team activities on Wednesday after having surgery in January in his left, non-throwing shoulder. He took around 25 repetitions over two 7-on-7 periods. Herbert tossed a pair of 50-yard touchdowns, so clearly his right arm is completely fine. He should enter training camp in late July with minimal limitations physically. "Obviously Justin has a cannon," receiver Keenan Allen said. "We're probably going to be going deep." Herbert should have more upside in new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore's system as he attempts to bounce back from a somewhat disappointing season in 2022.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Chase Claypool is reportedly in a better place with the offense, according to offensive coordinator Luke Getsy. In early February, Getsy said he sees a chance for Claypool to see "a lot of opportunities" this season. However, that was before the Bears traded for wide receiver D.J. Moore. Despite that, Claypool should still be able to carve out a decent role in Chicago. The Bears gave up a second-round pick for Claypool, so he's expected to have a significant part on the team. It sounds like the 24-year-old is becoming more comfortable with his new team. His fantasy value seems bleak, but he could end up being a sleeper option heading into next season. Claypool did well during his first two seasons in Pittsburgh, so hopefully he can carry that over into Chicago.
Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson (foot) recently returned to practice in OTAs. The two-time Pro Bowl safety suffered a Lisfranc injury near the end of November. Jackson appears to be in good shape and has been limited individual drills early in the week. It sounds like Jackson is heading in the right direction and he should be ready to go by training camp. Last season, Jackson recorded 80 tackles, six passes defended, and four interceptions in 12 games with the Bears. The stud safety is a big part of the Bears secondary, so hopefully he'll be healthy heading into the season.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Puka Nacua has been impressive during practice, according to head coach Sean McVay. The rookie wideout has stood out in each of the three practices the team has held. The Rams selected Nacua in the fifth round during this year's NFL Draft. He was expected to be a depth option, but might be able to sneak his way up the depth chart. Cooper Kupp, Van Jefferson, and Ben Skowronek stand in his way, so Nacua could very well have a role in this offense in Week 1. The 22-year-old might be worth a look as a late-round option for fantasy purposes.
Free-agent quarterback Carson Wentz is still searching for a new home as training camp quickly approaches. The former first round pick only played in eight games last season, but is still capable of contributing on an NFL roster. Recent rumors have Wentz as a possible option for the Las Vegas Raiders. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is dealing with a foot injury that could potentially sideline him for the beginning of the season. The Raiders have Brian Hoyer as their primary backup, so Wentz would certainly be an upgrade. The 30-year-old threw for 1,755 yards, 11 touchdowns, and nine interceptions in eight games with the Washington Commanders last season. He'd have legitimate weapons in Las Vegas, so maybe Wentz could bounce back, assuming Garoppolo is unable to play.
Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow is reportedly on the trade block, but has been receiving little interest. The 27-year-old is heading into his second-to-last year of his contract extension. The Renfrow trade rumors started after the Raiders signed wideout Jakobi Meyers during free agency. The acquisition of Meyers made Renfrow expendable, but it doesn't sound like too many teams are interested in Renfrow. He's coming off a rough season where he only managed to play in 10 games due to injuries. The assumption is that Renfrow is fully healthy and ready to bounce back. However, he'll have to compete for targets with Davante Adams and Meyers, so his fantasy value might not be too great in Las Vegas.
Carolina Panthers WR DJ Chark Jr. (ankle) participated in seven-on-seven drills during practice Thursday, June 8.
Fantasy Spin: Chark has been making good progress in his recovery from surgery and should be a full participant once training camp begins. He should have a big role in the passing game this upcoming season and could be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in fantasy leagues.
New York Jets S Will Parks was released Thursday, June 8.
Free-agent QB Carson Wentz 'would seem to be the best option' for the Las Vegas Raiders if they are forced to move on from Jimmy Garoppolo (foot) because he is unable to pass a physical this summer, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez.
Fantasy Spin: Gutierrez cites Wentz's familiarity with new pass game coordinator Scott Turner as one of the reasons why this could happen. With that said, we are still a long way away from this potential doomsday scenario playing out for the Raiders. Head coach Josh McDaniels has yet to express any concern regarding his new quarterback's recovery, and it's not as if fantasy managers should be lining up to draft either one of the signal-callers outside of two-quarterback or superflex leagues anyway.
Updating a previous report, free-agent DE Frank Clark (Chiefs) reportedly agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth $5.5 million and could be worth as much as $7.5 million with the Denver Broncos on Thursday, June 8.
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp (ankle) returned to a full team practice for the first time this offseason Thursday, June 8.
Fantasy Spin: Kupp suffered a high ankle sprain in mid-November and underwent surgery with the intent to play again in 2022. The 29-year-old (turns 30 next Thursday) also told reporters he is uncertain if he has been cleared to participate in full-speed drills and play. Regardless, it sounds as if he is on track to be completely ready for training camp. Assuming that is the case, a strong argument can be made that he should be either the first or second receiver off the board in fantasy drafts this season.
Free-agent DE Frank Clark (Chiefs) reportedly agreed to terms on an undisclosed contract with the Denver Broncos on Thursday, June 8.
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett (knee) was at Thursday's organized team activities. He's not doing individual drills on the field, but he did warm up with the team. Barnett's 2022 season was over before it really started after he suffered a season-ending torn ACL in Week 1 against the Detroit Lions. The 26-year-old still might not be able to practice when training camp kicks off at the end of July, which could also affect his availability for the start of the 2023 season. The former first-rounder in 2017 had a career-high 46 tackles (20 solo), two sacks, seven tackles for loss and 11 QB hits in 16 games (15 starts) in 2021, and he has 21.5 career sacks in his six seasons in Philadelphia.
The Los Angeles Rams agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal with free-agent veteran wide receiver Demarcus Robinson on Thursday. Robinson will join the Rams after spending the 2022 season with the Baltimore Ravens. The 28-year-old former fourth-round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016 had a career-high 48 catches on 75 targets for 458 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 17 games (five starts) for Baltimore before undergoing sports-hernia surgery in February. Robinson should be fully ready for training camp and the start of the 2023 season, where he'll serve as receiving depth for a Rams offense that didn't make any notable additions this offseason. He'll be competing for a role behind Cooper Kupp, Van Jefferson and Ben Skowronek and won't be worth drafting in standard 12-team leagues.
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni singled out wide receiver Quez Watkins as one player on the team that has stood out this spring during offseason workouts. Sirianni has praised Watkins for his mindset coming back from last year, when he caught 33 of his 51 targets for 354 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in 17 regular season games (eight starts) as the team's No. 3 wideout behind A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith. It was a slight step back from his sophomore season in 2021 of 43 catches on 62 targets for 647 yards and one touchdown in 17 games. The 24-year-old former sixth-rounder could be the team's primary slot receiver again in 2023 if he beats out Olamide Zaccheaus in training camp, but even then, Watkins probably isn't draftable in standard-sized fantasy leagues in an offense with so many mouths to feed already.
Free-agent WR Demarcus Robinson (Ravens) agreed to an undisclosed deal with the Los Angeles Rams, according to a source Thursday, June 8.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Rachaad White had an impressive rookie season in 2022. He put up 771 yards from scrimmage on 179 touches and three touchdowns. He finished as the RB36 in PPR formats and averaged just under 8.2 fantasy points per game.White was stuck behind veteran Leonard Fournette to begin the season but eventually took over the RB1 job in Tampa Bay before the team's Week 11 bye. With Fournette cut this offseason, the second-year back will be the Buccaneers' starter in Week 1.Does that mean he'll have an expanded role? What does that mean for his fantasy numbers? Will Rachaad White Have An Expanded Role In Tampa Bay's Passing Game?The departure of Fournette will surely help open up more opportunities for the 24-year-old running back. The Buccaneers also didn't add much competition behind White in the running back room in free agency or during the draft.Tampa Bay drafted zero running backs with eight draft picks in the 2023 NFL Draft. So, the team will roll with White, Ke'Shawn Vaughn, and newly signed Chase Edmonds. Vaughn remains with the team after only having 20 touches last season, and Edmonds has struggled to stay healthy over the past two seasons.So, it appears White will be in line for a large workload. He also went on Fantasy Sports Radio and said there will be "a lot of balls coming my way" this season. He then talked about how he played slot receiver in high school.https://twitter.com/siriusxmfantasy/status/1665788315612725249?s=42&t=nmclxZ4zP1Gqt9CUbbpkHwIt appears the Buccaneers plan to give White an expanded role in the receiving game this season and could line him up occasionally in the slot, which could skyrocket his fantasy value. Rachaad White Fantasy Football OutlookIf the Buccaneers plan to give White an expanded role in the offense, he can take his game to the next level in just his second season.When Fournette went down and missed Week 12 with an injury, White showcased his potential in the RB1 role. He had 14 carries for 64 yards and nine catches for 45 yards and finished with 19.9 PPR fantasy points.White can replicate that same type of success in 2023 as the lead back in Tampa's offense. He was an occasional flex play toward the end of last season while splitting with Fournette. But, with the Buccaneers planning to get the 24-year-old back more involved in the receiving game, he'll be a high-end RB2 in fantasy -- even on a team that may struggle offensively this season.
Dynasty | Head coach Kevin Stefanski singled-out rookie receiver Cedric Tillman as a top performer Dynasty Analysis: Stefanski acknowledge that all the rookies are "swimming" due to all the information but lauded Tillman's intelligence specifically. Without pads in training camp, it's far easier for rookies to catch the eye of coaches and fellow players, but all positive notes are good notes. Tillman is found as DLF's rookie WR10 and has a chance at early-career production as he fights for snaps in his rookie year. With Amari Cooper expected to move on following 2023 and Donovan Peoples-Jones still not considered a top-flight option, Tillman could benefit. He's listed as DLF's WR66 in our non-rookie rankings.