Tue Mar 16 12:18pm ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Golladay signs with the Giants
This is our free-agent tracker, giving you an up to date look at all the signings from around the NFL. We will continue to update all the movement from around the league and give you a quick fantasy take on the signings. This should be an interesting offseason, seeing many top players change teams. Enjoy the ride!
|NAME||POS||NEW TEAM||FANTASY TAKE|
|Ryan Fitzpatrick||QB||Washington||Fitzpatrick takes his magic to Washington to take over as their starter and is an upgrade for the passing game, especially Terry McLaurin.|
|Carlos Hyde||RB||Jaguars||Hyde takes over as the top backup for James Robinson and has little fantasy value in his new role.|
|Mark Ingram||RB||Texans||Ingram will look to get his career going again with Houston, but will serve a backup role and likely does not see the field much.|
|Jonnu Smith||TE||Patriots||Smith looked much better before Hunter Henry signed but still figures to play a big role offensively for a team needing playmakers. The Patriots will try to bring back the days of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski with Smith and Henry.|
|Hunter Henry||TE||Patriots||Henry has a little more fantasy value than Smith. He could have career best numbers in this offense, making him a solid No. 1 fantasy tight end. He doesn't have quite the talent of Gronk in his prime but can still be huge in this offense.|
|Corey Davis||WR||Jets||Davis gives the Jets a much needed upgrade at receiver and should right into a starting role. Davis doesn't have a high ceiling in this offense, though. Remember, he had a career season last year and was 29th in receiver scoring.|
|Kendrick Bourne||WR||Patriots||Bourne likely slots in as the No. 3 receiver for the Patriots. He could get some catches in this offense but likely isn't much of a fantasy factor with his new team.|
|Jameis Winston||QB||Saints||Winston gets a chance to compete with Taysom Hill for the Saints starting quarterback spot. If he can win the job, which is very possible, his ceiling would be high in this offense.|
|Nelson Agholor||WR||Patriots||Agholor is the No. 1 receiver for the Patriots right now. That could change before the start of the season, but he could play a big role with his new team. Just don't expect a sudden huge fantasy season. He'll be hit or miss.|
|Tyrell Williams||WR||Lions||This isn't a bad spot for Williams. He could compete for a chance to start as long as he is healthy. Williams is a player to watch this preseason and training camp.|
|John Ross||WR||Giants||Ross never panned out with the Bengals but gets a chance for a fresh start on a team that needs playmakers at receiver. He is a wild card but has some potential if getting the playing time. He is a big-play threat.|
|Andy Dalton||QB||Bears||The Bears try another veteran starter, giving Dalton a one-year deal to try to bridge the gap with a possible future starter for the team. Dalton might be a slight upgrade over last year for the team but not much.|
|Marvin Jones||WR||Jaguars||Jones gives the Jaguars a nice, veteran presence in a young receiver unit. He should start, opposite D.J. Chark. His fantasy value doesn't see a big bump with a move to Jacksonville, though.|
|Tyrod Taylor||QB||Texans||Houston wants Deshaun Watson to be their starter, but if they are forced to trade him, Taylor gives the team some insurance. He has plenty of starting experience and success.|
|Emmanuel Sanders||WR||Bills||Sanders will take the place of John Brown in the starting lineup for the Bills. This is a good landing spot for Sanders, playing in a pass-first, explosive offense. He could better his numbers a little from last year.|
|Jacoby Brissett||QB||Dolphins||Brissett will not be a starter for his new team but likely is the top backup. This is a quality signing for the Dolphins, finding a good backup.|
|Jamaal Williams||RB||Lions||Williams gives the Lions a dependable backup running back. This might put a little dent in D'Andre Swift's value but not much. Swift will still get plenty of weekly work in this offense.|
|John Brown||WR||Raiders||Brown heads to a good spot for his fantasy value, getting a chance to start and get plenty of targets for the Raiders. Don't expect a huge season with his new team, but he could be worth some spot starts along the way.|
|A.J. Green||WR||Cardinals||Green has a lot to compete with for targets in Arizona, but could be worth a few spot starts along the way. He probably will be really hit or miss with his new team in a reserve role.|
|Matt Prater||K||Cardinals||Prater signed a two-year deal, so he is expected to take over the kicking duties in the Cardinals high-scoring offense. He can be a top-10 kicker next year.|
|Gerald Everett||TE||Seahawks||Everett has plenty to compete with for targets at tight end, but could emerge as the go-to option for the Seahawks. He'll be a player to watch during camp and preseason action to see if he emerges.|
|Curtis Samuel||WR||Washington||Samuel heads to Washington to start opposite Terry McLaurin. This is not a bad landing spot for his fantasy value. He could rack up the targets and touches in this offense. Samuel could improve on his career best season from last year.|
|Kenyan Drake||RB||Raiders||This is not an ideal landing spot for Drake, who moves to a backup role behind Josh Jacobs. His numbers will take a hit with his new team. And this isn't great for Jacobs, either, maybe losing out on some touches to Drake, especially on passing downs.|
|Jared Cook||TE||Chargers||Cook will be the top pass-catching tight end for the Chargers this season. He could be worth a few spot starts in that role. Just don't expect him to produce consistent numbers at this stage of his career.|
|Kyle Rudolph||TE||Giants||This is a pretty good landing spot for Rudolph. He should start for a team that likes to look at the tight end. Evan Engram was a drop machine in recent seasons, so Rudolph could be an upgrade and good platoon option for fantasy teams.|
|Mitchell Trubisky||QB||Bills||Trubisky moves to a backup role with the Bills, getting to learn from one of the best in the game right now. This might not be the worst thing in the world for Trubisky, resetting before trying to find a starting job again in a year.|
|Will Fuller||WR||Dolphins||This probably wasn't the best landing spot for Fuller. He should start but plays with a quarterback that has question marks and has DeVante Parker to compete with for targets.|
|David Moore||WR||Panthers||Moore gets a chance to take over the No. 3 receiver duties for the Panthers. He could have a few big games in that role but likely will be hit or miss. The Panthers have a lot of options to compete with for targets.|
|Breshad Perriman||WR||Lions||Perriman could play his way into a prominent role for the Lions. Detroit has a lot of openings at receiver for the coming season. Perriman is no sure thing by any means, though, so keep an eye on that depth chart throughout camp and preseason action.|
|Randy Bullock||K||Lions||Bullock should be the starting kicker for the Lions, which isn't very appealing in that offense.|
|Mike Boone||RB||Broncos||The departure of Phillip Lindsay opens the door for a new top backup for the Broncos. Boone will compete for that job with Royce Freeman, giving him a little fantasy value in deeper formats.|
|Phillip Lindsay||RB||Texans||Lindsay gives the Texans some more depth at running back and might carve out a consistent role with the team as their top third-down back. He could have some value in a reserve fantasy role.|
|Kenny Golladay||WR||Giants||Golladay could have landed in a little better spot but this isn't the worst place in the world for him to play. He'll get his targets and should be the top target in the Giants passing game, getting plenty of looks from Daniel Jones.|
|DeSean Jackson||WR||Rams||Jackson will compete for a roster spot with his new team. He will be third or fourth on the depth chart and could get a few weekly chances to stretch the field. Don't expect too much at this stage of his career.|
|Chris Conley||WR||Jaguars||Conley signed with the Jaguars and should serve a depth role with the team. This signing doesn't exactly move the fantasy needle for Conley. He has a lot to compete with for targets.|
|Josh Reynolds||WR||Titans||Reynolds picked a good team for his fantasy value. He could be the starter opposite A.J. Brown, giving him a chance for career best numbers. He won't be a huge fantasy factor but could be worth some spot starts along the way.|
|Mike Davis||RB||Falcons||Davis could end up being the starter at some point. Todd Gurley is no sure thing after his finish to last season. Davis proved he could be a solid starter last year, so he certainly has fantasy value for the coming season.|
|Damien Williams||RB||Bears||Williams sat out last year but gets a chance to earn the top backup job for the Bears, playing behind David Montgomery.|
|Tevin Coleman||RB||Jets||This is actually a good landing spot for Coleman. A lot can change after the draft, but for now, Coleman could compete for the starting job in New York. The Jets have little experience at the position.|
|Adam Humphries||WR||Washington||Humphries should take over as the No. 3 receiver for Washington and will get some catches in that role. His ceiling is a little limited but he might be worth a few spot starts along the way.|
|Sammy Watkins||WR||Baltimore||This is not an ideal landing spot for his fantasy value. The good news is he should start, but the bad news is he is in a run-first offense. Expect erratic production.|
|James Conner||RB||Cardinals||Conner will get a chance to compete for the starter's job in Arizona. This is a pretty good fantasy landing spot for him. If he starts in this offense, his ceiling would be really high.|
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
The Philadelphia Eagles claimed former Detroit Lions second-round running back Kerryon Johnson off waivers on Friday, according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. The Lions waived the Auburn product on Thursday. Johnson became expendable after the team drafted D'Andre Swift in the first round in 2020, signed free-agent running back Jamaal Williams and then drafted Jermar Jefferson in the seventh round last weekend. He led the Lions with 641 rushing yards in 2018 despite playing in just 10 games due to a knee injury, but the second-rounder was limited to just eight games in 2019 and lost valuable playing time to Swift and veteran Adrian Peterson last season. The 23-year-old will compete for touches behind Miles Sanders in Philly with Boston Scott, Jason Huntley and Jordan Howard in 2021.
Former New York Jets unrestricted free-agent linebacker Neville Hewitt is signing an undisclosed one-year deal with the Houston Texans on Friday, according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Hewitt has racked up 248 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 44 games since 2018 with the Jets. The 28-year-old had a career year in 2020, posting career-highs in tackles (134) while also forcing a fumble in 16 starts. He was an undrafted free agent out of Marshall and spent the first three seasons of his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins. Hewitt will reunite with ex-Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins, who also signed with Houston in free agency. A change in defensive schemes in New York and the salary cap situation likely led to the Jets letting Hewitt walk in free agency.
Detroit Lions tight end Josh Hill announced his retirement on Thursday, less than two months after he signed with the team as a free agent. Detroit signed veteran Darren Fells as a replacement. The soon-to-be 31-year-old spent his first eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints before being released. His one-year deal was scheduled to pay him $1.2 million in 2021. Hill became a versatile blocker, receiver, special-teamer and occasional fullback in his time with the Saints after going undrafted out of Idaho State in 2013. He'll finish his career with 116 catches for 1,071 yards and 15 touchdowns in the regular season. Hill added another 15 receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown in the postseason.
The New York Jets released former first-round wide receiver Josh Doctson on Friday. Doctson never actually played a snap for the Jets after opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19. The Jets also cut cornerback Kyron Brown, tight end Connor Davis, offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi, kicker Chase McLaughlin and wide receiver Jaleel Scott on Friday. Doctson, the No. 22 overall pick in 2016 by the Washington Football Team, spent three seasons with Washington and had 1,100 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on 81 catches. The 28-year-old saw just seven snaps with the Minnesota Vikings in 2019 before being released. Even if Doctson latches on with another team, he won't be worth taking in fantasy leagues in 2021.
New York Jets star defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (foot) underwent successful surgery on Thursday to fix a broken bone in his foot, according to a source informed of the situation. The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Anderson. Head coach Robert Saleh said the team is expecting Williams to be back by training camp this summer. Williams suffered the injury while working out and is expected to be out for 10 to 12 weeks. The 23-year-old is extremely key to Gang Green's success on defense, so it's great news that he shouldn't have to miss any regular season action in 2021. Williams had 55 tackles and seven sacks for the Jets defensive line last year.
Indianapolis Colts defensive end Kwity Paye became the fastest first-round pick to sign his first NFL contract on Thursday. Defensive end Dayo Odeyingbo, safety Shawn Davis, wide receiver Mike Strachan and offensive lineman Will Fries also signed their rookie contracts with the Colts. Paye was the 21st overall pick in last week's draft and will fill a spot vacated by the departure of Justin Houston after just one year in Indy. He's set to account for around $2.4 million in his rookie season, per OverTheCap. Paye is a very raw edge rusher that has plenty of upside. He will need to improve on his hand usage at the next level, but he has the size and tools to turn into a dominant 4-3 defensive end for the Colts.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett believes that rookie D'Wayne Eskridge, selected with the No. 56 overall pick in last week's NFL draft, will be an immediate contributor in 2021 alongside himself and DK Metcalf. "He's very explosive," Lockett said. Eskridge stands at just 5-foot-9, but he ran a 4.40-second 40-yard dash at Western Michigan's Pro Day and racked up more than 2,000 receiving yards in college. He had 768 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on only 33 catches in six games played in 2020. Eskridge is extremely athletic and has plenty of home run playmaking ability, but he'll need to improve his route-running tree if he's to be an effective No. 3 in Seattle in Year 1. After Seattle's offense sputtered out in the second half last year, Eskridge could be the key to the passing game flourishing once again in 2021. He could develop into a WR3/flex option in his rookie season.
Detroit Lions cornerback Jeff Okudah (groin) is close to 100 percent recovered from groin surgery that ended his disappointing rookie season. With an all new defensive coaching staff in 2021, Okudah is optimistic that he'll turn things around in his sophomore season. The No. 3 overall pick had just one interception and two passes defensed while allowing a passer rating of 118 on balls thrown in his area in nine games, according to Pro Football Reference. Okudah said he currently has no restrictions in his training and is "feeling great." Detroit will be counting on Okudah to start this year, likely opposite Amani Oruwariye. If Okudah can bounce back and stay healthy in his second season, it'd be great news for Detroit's secondary.
Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff said that he and offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn have been in constant dialogue about the team's evolving playbook. "I think the to describe it, is the way he described it to us, is multiple with spread principles, and I think it's going to have a little bit of what they did with (Justin) Herbert and the (Los Angeles) Chargers and a little bit of what he did in Buffalo. it's a nice little mixture of it so far and it's been good," Goff said. Lynn's Bills led the league in rushing when he was the offensive coordinator there in 2016, and the Lions offense is expected to be a run-first squad that leans heavily on play-action passing, something that Goff excelled at in his time with the Los Angeles Rams. With not many standout receiving weapons as the team rebuilds, Goff will be an unappetizing QB2 for fantasy managers in his first year in Detroit.
The Miami Dolphins signed veteran free-agent cornerback Jason McCourty to an undisclosed one-year deal on Thursday, according to a source. The 12-year veteran will reunite with head coach Brian Flores after the two worked together with the New England Patriots. The 33-year-old McCourty will give Miami a veteran presence in the secondary and is expected to be behind both Xavien Howard and Byron Jones on the cornerback depth chart. McCourty had 115 solo tackles, two interceptions, 19 passes defensed and a forced fumble in the last three seasons with the Patriots. He was drafted in the sixth round in 2009 by the Tennessee Titans and spent eight seasons with them before a one-year stint with the Cleveland Browns.
Former Miami Dolphins safety Bobby McCain, who was released on Thursday, is scheduled to visit with the Washington Football Team on Monday, according to a source. The 27-year-old was taken in the fifth round in 2015 out of Memphis and grew into a dependable member of Miami's secondary. But the Dolphins are gearing up to be contenders and saw McCain's release as a way to save some salary cap space. If he's designated as a pre-June 1 cut, Miami will save $5.6 million. If he's designated as a post-June 1 cut, Miami will save $6.4 million. In 16 games for the Dolphins last year, McCain recorded 46 tackles (39 solo), one interception and five passes defensed.
New York Jets unrestricted free-agent linebacker Neville Hewitt visited with the Houston Texans on Thursday, according to a source. The Texans have signed more free agents this offseason than any other team, but they may be adding to that list with Hewitt. He led the Jets with 134 tackles (six for loss) and added two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 16 starts last season, his third with the Jets. The 28-year-old spent the first three seasons of his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins after going undrafted out of Marshall. In 82 career games (39 starts), Hewitt has 352 combined tackles (20 for loss), 18 QB hits, three interceptions, 13 passes defensed, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and 7.5 sacks.
Detroit Lions TE Josh Hill announced his retirement from professional football Thursday, May 6.
Free-agent S Bobby McCain (Dolphins) is scheduled to meet with the Washington Football Team Monday, May 10, according to a source.
Free-agent LB Neville Hewitt (Jets) is meeting with the Houston Texans Thursday, May 6, according to a source.
Free-agent CB Jason McCourty (Patriots) agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins Thursday, May 6, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Detroit Lions RB Kerryon Johnson was officially waived Thursday, May 6.
The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms on undisclosed deals with running back Brian Hill, linebacker Justin March-Lillard and defensive back Greg Maybin on Thursday. The team also released cornerback Kareem Orr. Hill will compete with Darrynton Evans for the No. 2 role behind workhorse Derrick Henry in 2021. The 25-year-old carried the ball 100 times for 465 yards and a touchdown last season while also grabbing 25 receptions for 199 additional yards. In his four-year career, Hill has 209 carries for 982 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and three touchdowns, adding 38 receptions for 313 yards and another score in 45 games (three starts). Unless Henry misses time with an injury this season, Hill is likely to be left to the waiver wire in most fantasy leagues.
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Justin Layne pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possessing criminal tools and had a felony gun charge dropped on Wednesday, stemming from a traffic stop in northeast Ohio on April 23. The 23-year-old received six months of probation, 32 hours of community service and a $500 fine and was ordered to pay court costs. He was initially pulled over going 89 mph in a 60 mph zone last month, when officers found a loaded pistol in his car. Layne was also charged with two misdemeanors -- driving with a suspended license and exceeding speed limits. Layne was taken in the third round of the 2019 draft and appeared in all 16 games for the Steelers last season.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert to a one-year deal worth up to $2.5 million, according to a source. Gabbert earned $1.187 million in 2020 and $1.6 million in 2019 and has played in 60 career games (48 starts) in the NFL. The 31-year-old completed nine of his 16 passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns as Tom Brady's primary backup last year. The Buccaneers also re-signed Ryan Griffin, last year's third-stringer, and drafted quarterback Kyle Trask in the second round of the NFL draft last week. This will be Gabbert's third season with Tampa after spending 2018 with the Tennessee Titans, 2017 with the Arizona Cardinals, 2014-16 with the San Francisco 49ers and 2011-13 with the Jacksonville Jaguars.