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 Las Vegas Raiders signed free-agent cornerback Casey Hayward to an undisclosed deal on Tuesday. The 31-year-old, a second-round pick by the Green Bay Packers in 2012, will join cornerbacks Trayvon Mullen (taken in the second round in 2019), Damon Arnette (a first-rounder in 2020), Amik Robertson (fourth-rounder in 2020) and Nate Hobbs (fifth-rounder this year). Hayward will reunite with defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who was his coordinator the last four years with the Los Angeles Chargers. He didn't play in a full season last year for the first time since 2013, recording an interception and eight passes defensed in 14 games (13 starts). Hayward had 66 passes defensed, which led the AFC, in his five years with the Chargers. He also led the NFL with seven interceptions in 2016 and made the Pro Bowl in 2016 and 2017.
Former Denver Broncos special teams ace/linebacker Joe Jones is signing an undisclosed deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday, according to a source. The Broncos are losing both Jones and safety Will Parks, who were both standout special teams players for the Broncos in the last four seasons. It doesn't come as a huge surprise, though, as Denver put a big emphasis on special teams in the draft last week. The 27-year-old Jones was undrafted out of Northwestern and recorded 31 combined tackles (23 solo) in 49 games (zero starts) for the Broncos from 2017 through last year. Jones will help boost Tampa's special teams unit in 2021.
The Kansas City Chiefs are signing free-agent safety Will Parks to a one-year deal worth up to $1.13 million on Wednesday, according to a source. Parks took a visit with the Detroit Lions as well, but he is choosing the Chiefs. He started his career as a safety and was taken in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos. Parks spent the first four seasons of his career as a rotational safety before joining the Philadelphia Eagles last spring. But he was waived in December and rejoined Denver to play in nickel situations for the final four games of the season. In 10 games between the Eagles and Broncos in 2020, the 26-year-old had 31 tackles (three for loss) and a sack. It's likely the Chiefs will view him as more of cornerback depth at this point in his career.
Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre, who knows how current Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is feeling these days, thinks that Rodgers is unlikely to back down. "Knowing Aaron, and I think I know him fairly well, if he has a grudge, whether it be against the organization or a player or an arch-rival, or family, friends, he ain't budging," Favre said on the "Bolling with Favre" podcast. If Rodgers were to abruptly retire, he'd owe the team around $23 million over the next two years. The Packers traded up in the first round of last year's draft to select Jordan Love, Rodgers' eventual successor, and Rodgers didn't take kindly to that. Rodgers has reportedly mocked general manager Brian Gutekunst in group chats with teammates, referring to him as Jerry Krause, the former Bulls GM who got into it with Michael Jordan. At this point, anything could happen with Rodgers and the Packers. Buckle up.
Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman confirmed that quarterback Kirk Cousins is the team's starter. The Vikings drafted quarterback Kellen Mond in the third round of last week's NFL draft, but it was done to create competition behind Cousins. "Right now, there's no question that Kirk Cousins is our quarterback," Spielman said. Mond will enter the mix behind Cousins, and it also includes Nate Stanley and Jake Browning. Cousins is due to count $45 million against the salary cap in 2022, which would all become dead money if he was cut. While Cousins remains the starter for now, the Vikings also considered making a move to draft Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, which means they are preparing for Cousins' eventual run in Minnesota. Cousins isn't the sexiest pick in fantasy, but he has plenty of weapons and should be seen as a low-end QB1 option.
The Dallas Cowboys are waiving starting defensive tackle Antwaun Woods on Wednesday, according to a source. Woods becomes a salary cap casualty after the Cowboys selected defensive tackles Osa Odighizuwa in the third round and Quinton Bohanna in the sixth round of last week's NFL draft. Woods started 32 games for Dallas from 2018 through last season and was set to make $2.1 million under the restricted free-agent tender. He had 33 tackles, one sack and four QB pressures in 14 games (seven starts) last season. The 6-foot-1, 310-pounder was more of a fit in former defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli's scheme. Dallas also waived cornerback Saivion Smith after the team selected corners Kelvin Joseph (second round) and Nahshon Wright (third round) in the draft. The Cowboys also released center Adam Redmond, defensive tackle Walter Palmore, defensive end LaDarius Hamilton and cornerback Kemon Hall.
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel could potentially lose his roster spot to fourth-round rookie Rhamondre Stevenson because the latter is more likely to be a factor on special teams, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.
The Las Vegas Raiders will release safety Jeff Heath on Wednesday, according to a source. Heath was the AFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week 10 last year, but he'll be looking for a new team this offseason. It comes after the Raiders drafted safeties Trevon Moehrig in the second round and Tyree Gillespie in the fourth round in last week's NFL draft. They also officially added cornerback Casey Hayward on Tuesday. The Raiders think that Moehrig can step in and start at the free safety spot. Heath led the team with three interceptions in 2020. The soon-to-be 30-year-old signed a two-year deal worth up to $8 million last offseason after spending seven seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. In 13 games last year, Heath had 37 tackles and four pass breakups.
Las Vegas Raiders S Jeff Heath will be released, according to a source Tuesday, May 4.
Free-agent WR Damiere Byrd (Patriots) agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears Tuesday, May 4, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Fantasy Spin: Byrd is coming a productive 2020 season and could compete for the No. 3 receiver job during training camp. Fantasy players can monitor the situation because Byrd could be a late round option if he receives a decent role in the passing game.
Free-agent CB Casey Hayward (Chargers) agreed to terms with the Las Vegas Raiders Tuesday, May 4. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Jacksonville Jaguars S Doug Middleton was released Tuesday, May 4.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf, one of the fastest players in the NFL, will compete in the USA Track and Field Golden Games and Distance Open this Sunday in Walnut, California. He is listed among the participants in the 100-meter dash. The 6-foot-4, 229-pounder was a standout hurdler and long-jumper in high school, in addition to playing football and basketball. Metcalf ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash at the 2019 combine and reached a top speed of 22.64 mph last year, according to Next Gen Stats. He made the Pro Bowl in 2020 with 83 catches for a franchise-record 1,303 yards. Metcalf caught five passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns in the playoff loss to the Rams last year and will enter the 2021 season as a top-five fantasy wideout.
Free-agent TE Darren Fells (Texans) is scheduled to visit with the Detroit Lions on Tuesday, May 4.
Free-agent S Malik Hooker (Colts) is meeting with the Miami Dolphins Tuesday, May 4, according to a source.
Free-agent veteran tight end Darren Fells is visiting with the Detroit Lions on Tuesday, according to a source. Fells is coming off 11 touchdowns in the last two seasons with the Houston Texans and could return to Detroit, where he played in 2017. The 35-year-old also had 55 receptions on 76 targets for 653 yards in 32 games (28 starts) over the last two years with Houston. He played mostly in a backup role to Jordan Akins for most of last year, catching 21 passes for 312 yards and four touchdowns. The Lions already have T.J. Hockenson as their top pass-catching tight end, so if Fells were to return to Detroit, he'd have very minimal fantasy value as a backup once again. Fells had 17 catches (26 targets) for just 177 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games for the Lions back in 2017.
San Francisco 49ers incumbent quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said he wants to help rookie quarterback Trey Lance with his transition to the NFL after the team took him at No. 3 overall in the first round of last week's draft. Garoppolo entered the league with the New England Patriots and learned behind future Hall of Famer Tom Brady. "I try to use my own personal experiences and just what I went through, what helped me, what challenged me as a young player," Garoppolo said. "I'm going to use those tools that helped me and try to help Trey out." Jimmy G is 24-9 in his time with the 49ers, but he's been injured in two of his three seasons. Garoppolo is expected to enter the 2021 season as the starter under center, but another injury or poor performance could thrust Lance into the spotlight at some point in his rookie season. There is no definitive plan or timetable for Lance to take the starting job next season.
Former Indianapolis Colts first-round safety Malik Hooker is visiting with the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday, according to a source. Hooker has yet to play a full season in the NFL after being selected 15th overall out of Ohio State in 2017. The 25-year-old played in only two games last year before he tore his Achilles and missed the rest of the season. He's missed 14 games with various injuries in his four seasons in the league, which is why Indianapolis declined to pick up his fifth-year option for the 2021 campaign. Hooker can still be productive on the field, he just needs to stay healthy. He has seven interceptions, 124 tackles (81 solo), 11 passes defensed and two fumble recoveries in 36 career games (35 starts).
Cleveland Browns linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (heart) fell to pick No. 52 overall in last week's NFL draft because a heart issue came up late in the pre-draft process, according to sources. However, doctors ultimately cleared him. If not for the heart issue, Owusu-Koramoah could've come off the board in the first round. Cleveland traded up to keep him from sliding any further on Day 2. The former Notre Dame product is a linebacker/safety hybrid, which will allow the Browns to drop him into coverage or rush him off the edge. Owusu-Koramoah will bring intensity and a high motor to his new club. He finished his senior season for the Fighting Irish with 62 tackles (11 for loss) and three forced fumbles.
New York Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (foot) broke a small bone in his foot and likely will undergo surgery that will keep him out for eight to 10 weeks, according to sources. Williams will miss organized team activities and minicamp, but he should be ready to return for training camp this summer. The 23-year-old is one of the better pass-rushers for Gang Green's defense, so this is notable. He finished last season with 55 tackles and seven sacks for the Jets. As long as Williams doesn't suffer any setbacks during his rehab process, he should be good to go for Week 1 of the 2021 regular season. In 13 games (nine starts) in his rookie season in 2019, Williams had just 28 tackles (four for loss) and 2.5 sacks.