Wed Mar 22 8:25pm ET
Field Level Media
Free agent tight end Foster Moreau will be stepping away from football after announcing Wednesday that he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a type of cancer that affects part of the immune system.
Moreau recently visited with the New Orleans Saints, whose medical team discovered the disease.
"Through somewhat of a miraculous process, this Free Agency period has been life changing for me," Moreau said in a tweet. "During a routine physical conducted by the Saint's medical team down in New Orleans, I've come to learn that I have Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and will be stepping away from football at this time to fight a new opponent: Cancer.
"I'm grateful for the support and thankful for people who have stood firm with me. There hasn't been a single step I've taken without hundreds of people lighting the path before me, and I will continue to seek their guidance."
Moreau, 25, spent his first four NFL seasons with the Las Vegas Raiders, who extended their support in the wake of the news.
"Your Raider family is with you, Foster," the team said in response to Moreau's tweet about his diagnosis.
Moreau recorded 33 receptions for 420 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games (14 starts) with Las Vegas last season. In 61 career games (34 starts), Moreau has 91 catches for 1,107 yards and 12 TDs.
The Raiders drafted Moreau in the fourth round (137th overall) of the 2019 draft out of LSU.
According to NFL Media's Mike Garafolo, the Raiders reached a one-year deal with free-agent tight end Austin Hooper. The contract will pay him $2.75 million, although he'll have a shot to earn $3.5 million. The two-time Pro Bowler has compiled 339 catches for 3,468 yards and 25 touchdowns during his career. However, he struggled in 17 games with the Titans last season, finishing with a career-low two touchdowns. The Raiders moved on from Darren Waller, so Hooper will have a chance to regain his footing in Las Vegas alongside new signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo.
According to ESPN's Rich Cimini, the Jets traded wide receiver Elijah Moore to the Browns on Wednesday. The 2021 second-round pick finished his inaugural year by amassing 43 catches for 538 yards and five touchdowns. As a result, he drew plenty of interest from fantasy managers heading into last season. However, he struggled during the 2022-23 campaign and became openly vocal regarding his role in the offense, resulting in a trade request. But now that Moore is in Cleveland, his presence may decrease the production of Amari Cooper, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and David Njoku. Yet, Deshaun Watson could flourish with extra artillery at his disposal.
According to NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero, free-agent wide receiver Mecole Hardman has agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Jets. The 25-year-old could earn up to $6.5 million, and it comes after he finished the 2022-23 campaign by amassing 25 catches for 297 yards and four touchdowns. In all fairness, he was limited to just eight games because of a groin injury. Outside of health concerns, Hardman must compete with Garrett Wilson, Corey Davis, and former Packer Allen Lazard for targets during the season. As a result, he may not be a consistent fantasy contributor. Uncertainty at the quarterback position is another thing that could limit Hardman's production, but that problem should be solved somewhat if the Jets add a reliable signal-caller.
Dynasty | The New York Jets have traded wide receiver Elijah Moore to the Cleveland Browns. Dynasty Analysis: The Jets are prepping for life with Aaron Rodgers, so they're seemingly revamping their receiving corps to fit his specific wants and needs. They've now signed Allen Lazard and Mecole Hardman, and shipped Moore, along with their 2023 third-round pick to the Browns for their second-round pick, #42 overall. After somehow falling out of favor in New York, this is the fresh start Moore really needed. The former second round pick has shown real talent during his two years in the league, but the Jets just had a hard time finding a spot for him in their offense. A new beginning with Deshaun Watson and Amari Cooper should help him rebound. At this point, his ranking of WR42 should rise a touch as he should clearly see more targets moving forward.
Dynasty | The Raiders have signed tight end Austin Hooper. Dynasty Analysis: Hooper will get a one-year deal to pair with fellow new Raider tight end OJ Howard. There were a couple of years in Atlanta where Hooper was a bona fide TE1, but he's become more of a blocking tight end or decoy than anything else lately during his stops in Cleveland and Tennessee. You could reasonably expect something close to 40 catches, 400 yards and a few scores from Hooper next year, but that's not going to move him up very much from his current ranking of TE43.
Dynasty | The Jets have signed former Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman. Dynasty Analysis: Hardman, a perennial dynasty sleeper-turned-disappointment had just 25 catches for 297 yards and four touchdowns last year with the Chiefs. He'll enter a yet-to-be fully determined depth chart that currently consists of Garrett Wilson, Corey Davis, Allen Lazard, and Denzel Mims. If and when Aaron Rodgers get to town, there are still others he wants added to this group as well. Regardless, it's hard to see Hardman making a huge impact here and his ranking of WR75 isn't going to get too much of a boost with this suddenly crowded receiver room, even if the Jets release Corey Davis.
Dynasty | The Jaguars have signed running back D'Ernest Johnson. Dynasty Analysis: The deal is for one season and looks like a pretty solid signing for the Jaguars. Johnson has always looked good in stints behind Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, but was never able to have a consistent run of games played for us to really evaluate him. He should compete with JaMycal Hasty to be the backup to Travis Etienne and looks like a decent handcuff to own at the moment. Johnson is currently our RB80, but that should start moving up shortly,
Former Cleveland Browns running back D'Ernest Johnson agreed to a one-year deal to join the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 27-year-old running back has rushed 141 times for 738 yards and three touchdowns during his four-year career in Cleveland. Johnson impressed in limited action in the absence of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt in 2021, but he shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a depth piece for the Jags in 2023. He will backup Travis Etienne and JaMycal Hasty, so unless one of those two backs misses time, he won't be on the fantasy radar. Jerome Ford looks to be the No. 2 running back for the Browns with Johnson and Hunt out of town.
Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud met with the Panthers Tuesday ahead of his Pro Day on Wednesday. Carolina traded with Chicago to acquire the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft and many assume Stroud is the signal-caller the franchise is targeting at that spot. Stroud posted 8,123 passing yards, 85 passing touchdowns, and 12 interceptions in two years as the Buckeyes' trigger-man. The Panthers will seemingly decide between Stroud, Bryce Young, and Anthony Richardson to lead their franchise in the coming years. The team gave up a slew of future picks and wide receiver DJ Moore to move up, so surely, they know which QB they like the most.
Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba opted not to run the 40-yard dash at the 2023 NFL combine in Indianapolis. However, he ran a 4.53 unofficial 40-time at OSU's Pro Day on March 22. Smith-Njigba posted a 99th-percentile agility score at the combine, which more than makes up for the lack of sub-4.5 speed. The former Buckeye caught 95 passes for 1,606 yards and nine touchdowns sharing a field with Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave in 2021 but played in just three games during his 2022 junior season because of injury. He is viewed No. 1 wide receiver prospect in the 2023 NFL Draft class by many and will be a top-five selection in rookie dynasty drafts.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is reportedly on the trade block, and his market is seemingly heating up as the league approaches the third week of free agency. However, the Cleveland Browns, who have been rumored to be interested in reuniting Hopkins with Deshaun Watson, are reportedly not among the teams targeting the perennial Pro Bowler. Cleveland seems to be interested in Jerry Jeudy, so they could be active in the wideout trade market this offseason. According to Josina Anderson, Hopkins is not on their radar, though. Hopkins caught 64 passes for 717 yards and three touchdowns in nine games last season.
Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, a procedure to fix an issue that had nagged him for a few seasons, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Wilson is already working out and throwing, so he's fully expected to be ready to go for offseason team activities and Week 1 of the 2023 NFL season. Wilson is coming off his worst season in the NFL, throwing for just 16 touchdowns to 11 interceptions. Perhaps the knee clean-up will help his mobility next season under new Broncos' head coach Sean Payton.
Dynasty | The Dallas Cowboys have signed running back Ronald Jones. Dynasty Analysis: Jones will get a one-year deal to join the Cowboys. Once a highly coveted dynasty running back, RoJo could just never get his career on track and eventually flamed out in Tampa Bay. Jones was a backup in Kansas City last season, but was routinely inactive on game days and finished the year with just 70 rushing yards on 17 carries. He would likely form some kind of committee with Malik Davis and Rico Dowdle should Tony Pollard miss time. At this point, he's a tough roster stash in dynasty leagues and remains unranked.
Dynasty | The Buffalo Bills have signed former New England running back Damien Harris. Dynasty Analysis: Just when folks thought it was going to be James Cook SZN with Devin Singletary signing in Houston, this happens just hours later. Harris is going to provide the Bills with a solid power back, making Cook far from a full-time player moving forward. In all truthfulness, this looks like a signing that is better in reality than it is in dynasty. Harris is going to have some goal-line chances, but Josh Allen also take a bulk of those away from the ball carriers. Harris is currently our RB34 and it's hard to see that changing too dramatically now that he's paired with Cook.
Dynasty | The Texans have signed tight end Dalton Schultz. Dynasty Analysis: Schultz gets a one-year deal worth up to $9 million. Considering many expected him to join Justin Herbert in Los Angeles, this development is a little disappointing. Still, the recent trade of Brandin Cooks has opened up targets in Houston and Schultz is more than capable of taking some of those vacated looks. Schultz' production went from 78/808/8 in 2021 to 57/577/5 in 2022. With a rookie quarterback in tow, it's quite likely we see something in between next year for our TE10 as Schultz should provide a pretty solid safety valve.
Dynasty | The Falcons have signed wide receiver Mack Hollins. Dynasty Analysis: Hollins has shown flashes during his stints with the Eagles, Dolphins, and Raiders, culminating in a career high 57/690/4 line last year in Las Vegas. On paper, this looks like a sneaky good signing for Atlanta, who is desperate for receiving help alongside Drake London and Kyle Pitts. While Desmond Ridder needs to show something fast, Hollins is going to carve out some value here - just keep in mind he's going to be 30 years old soon. Hollins' ranking of WR99 should rise a touch now that he's landed in a spot where he should carve out solid playing time.
Free-agent CB Tre Flowers (Bengals) had a visit with the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday, March 21.
Free-agent DB Bobby McCain (Commanders) agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Giants, according to a source Tuesday, March 21. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
Free-agent DL Henry Anderson (Panthers) agreed to a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers, according to a source Tuesday, March 21. Financial terms were not immediately disclosed.
The Dallas Cowboys will re-sign defensive end Dante Fowler to an undisclosed one-year deal on Tuesday, according to a person with knowledge of the signing. The former third overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2015 finished with 27 tackles (22 solo), six sacks, seven tackles for loss, nine QB hits and two forced fumbles in 17 regular season games (no starts) in his first year in Big D in 2022. The 28-year-old played only 329 defensive snaps as a rotation pass-rusher for Dallas next to DeMarcus Lawrence, Dorance Armstrong and Micah Parsons. Expect Fowler to be used in a similar fashion on defense in 2023, which will make him a boom/bust fantasy asset in IDP leagues.