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 Green Bay Packers will bring in quarterbacks Chad Kelly and Kurt Benkert to this weekend's rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Benkert went undrafted out of Virginia and spent the last three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, mainly on the practice squad. Kelly, the nephew of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, was taken with the final pick of the 2017 draft by the Denver Broncos, but he washed out of Denver after two seasons. He's been with the Indianapolis Colts the last two years but was released. Both players could become camp arms with upside further down the depth chart if they sign in Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers and Jordan Love, last year's first-round pick, are the only signal-callers currently on the roster.
Houston Texans general manager Nick Caserio said there is no pressure for rookie quarterback Davis Mills to perform in a hurry despite the turmoil surrounding Deshaun Watson and more than 20 lawsuits filed against him. "No different than any other player," Caserio said of the timeline of bringing along the first-year signal-caller. "Bring him in, teach him our system, teach him our terminology, take it one step at a time." It's unclear what will happen with Watson as the legal proceedings play out, but the Texans weren't looking to trade him, despite his public request, before his legal issues arose. Since then, trade chatter surrounding Watson has quieted down. The three-time Pro Bowler could remain with the Texans in 2021, but wherever he's playing, he could be facing a lengthy suspension as well.
Tennessee Titans TE Parker Hesse, LB Matthew Orzech and LB Nate Orchard were waived Monday, May 10.
Free-agent QB Kurt Benkert (Falcons) and QB Chad Kelly (Colts) will participate in the Green Bay Packers rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, according to sources.
Free-agent WR Dede Westbrook (Jaguars) has had preliminary conversations with the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Washington Football Team signed wide receiver Curtis Samuel to a three-year deal this offseason, reuniting him with head coach Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Scott Turner from their time together with the Carolina Panthers. Rivera drafted Samuel in 2017, and Turner was the quarterbacks coach in Carolina from 2018-2019. "You can do a lot of different things with him," Turner said. "He's only 24 years old, I think he's just scratching the surface on what he's capable of." Samuel broke out in 2020, catching a career-high 77 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns, adding 200 rushing yards and two more TDs. Samuel will be the No. 2 behind Terry McLaurin and will be an ideal fit for this offense. He'll be a low-end WR2 with Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing him passes.
The Los Angeles Chargers signed free-agent defensive tackle Christian Covington to an undisclosed deal on Monday, according to his agent. Covington was a sixth-round pick by the Houston Texans out of Rice in 2015. He's also spent time with the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals in his six NFL seasons. Covington started 14 of the 16 games he played in for the Bengals last season and was on the field for 53 percent of the team's defensive snaps. The 27-year-old had 39 tackles (14 solo) and one QB hit. In his NFL career, Covington has 132 tackles (15 for loss), 20 QB hits, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and 8.5 sacks in 82 games (29 starts).
The Kansas City Chiefs signed former linebacker Tamba Hali to a one-day contract on Monday so he can officially retire with the organization. The six-time Pro Bowler played with the Chiefs for his entire 12-year career. The 37-year-old last played in the NFL in 2017, but he made the Pro Bowl with Kansas City in five straight seasons from 2011 to 2015. He was the 20th overall pick in the first round of the 2006 NFL draft and finished his illustrious career with 596 tackles (105 for loss), 159 QB hits, two interceptions (one for a touchdown), 16 passes defensed, 33 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries (one for a TD) and 89.5 sacks in 177 regular season games (157 starts).
Ex-Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin has drawn interest from multiple teams and should find a home soon, according to sources informed of the situation. The fifth-rounder in 2018 appeared in 46 games for the Seahawks, recording one sack, six QB hits and 25 tackles. Griffin's twin brother, Shaquill Griffin, signed a big deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason. The twins played together at UCF and in Seattle, so Griffin may be looking to join his brother in Jacksonville. His new club could be looking at him as a full-time pass-rusher after he played off the ball in Seattle. The 25-year-old became the odd-man out in Seattle after the team added Jordyn Brooks, Cody Barton and Ben Burr-Kirven to the position in recent seasons.
Pro Bowl left tackle Eric Fisher is signing a one-year, $9.4 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts on Monday, according to a source. The former No. 1 overall pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013 will now be quarterback Carson Wentz's blind-side protector in 2021. The 30-year-old tore his right Achilles before the Super Bowl last year and was cut by KC. The Colts won't rush Fisher back, though, so there's a chance that he's not ready to play until early October. Coming out of this year's NFL draft, the left tackle position was still a big area of need for the Colts, but this signing takes care of that and makes their offensive line even more elite. It's excellent news as Wentz tries to bounce back from a disastrous final season with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2020. It's also great news for second-year running back Jonathan Taylor.
Former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Antwaun Woods, who was waived last week, is visiting the Indianapolis Colts on Monday, according to a source. Woods, a former undrafted free agent out of USC, played two seasons with the Tennessee Titans before joining the Cowboys in 2018. The 6-foot-1, 310-pounder has recorded 83 tackles (25 solo), four tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one pass defensed and two fumble recoveries in 40 career games (32 starts) with the Titans and Cowboys. Woods helped spark Dallas' midseason improvement on defense last year when he was moved into the starting lineup, and he finished with 23 tackles (seven solo), one sack and two QB pressures in 14 games (seven starts) in 2020. He'd be a rotational nose tackle for Indy if he were to sign.
Free-agent LB Tamba Hali (Chiefs) signed a one-day contract with the Kansas City Chiefs Monday, May 10, so he can retire as a member of the organization.
Free-agent DE Christian Covington (Bengals) agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Chargers Monday, May 10. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Free-agent QB Blaine Gabbert (Buccaneers) agreed to an undisclosed deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday, May 10.
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers could realistically land with the Denver Broncos, who have the second-most salary cap space in football.
Fantasy Spin: Rodgers' fantasy value will be about the same wherever he calls signals next season. Denver's thin air can be brutal on a body, and Rodgers has a lengthy injury history. That would be the only concern for the upper-middle QB1.
Buffalo Bills WR Cole Beasley leads all receivers with 180 catches over the last three seasons while lined up in the slot, according to Pro Football Focus.