Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb, who is heading into the final season of his rookie contract, said that he wants to remain in Cleveland long-term. "Cleveland drafted me and trusted me and put their faith in me to help build this culture and this team I'm a part of. Cleveland is where I want to be. Hopefully everything can work out in that direction," Chubb said. The Pro Bowler said his agent and the team have already discussed a potential extension this offseason. The 25-year-old has averaged 5.25 yards per carry the last two seasons and finished 47 yards behind rushing leader Derrick Henry in 2019. He finished seventh in the league with 1,070 rushing yards in 2020 despite missing four games with a knee injury. Kareem Hunt's presence limits Chubb's overall ceiling, but behind this offensive line, Chubb should still be a strong midrange RB1 for fantasy managers.
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who was once again the subject of trade rumors this offseason, reasserted his desire to remain with the team on Tuesday. "I'd probably quit football if I had to play for somebody else," Carr said. He was briefly the highest-paid player in the history of football when he signed a five-year, $125 million extension with the Raiders in 2017. The 30-year-old posted career-highs in passing yards (4,103) and passer rating (101.4) last year, and the Raiders remain committed to him as their starter. Carr also has franchise records for passing yards (26,896) and touchdown passes (170) and could be in line for a new extension. Despite looking better last year and having the full support of the coaching staff and front office, Carr just doesn't have much fantasy upside and is a middle-of-the-pack, uninspiring QB2.
The Minnesota Vikings signed third-round quarterback Kellen Mond to his four-year rookie deal on Tuesday. The four-year deal is worth $5.2 million. Mond was taken with the 66th overall pick of this year's draft and is expected to back up starter Kirk Cousins in 2021. The dual-threat signal-caller will strictly be a dynasty/keeper league asset in his rookie season, as the Vikings plan is to have him sit and learn behind Cousins for a year or two. Mond will only see action in his rookie season if Cousins is forced to miss time due to injury, and even then, he would be more of a low-end QB2. The 21-year-old from Texas A&M has good arm strength, mobility and accuracy and will put pressure on the incumbent in the near future if he develops quickly.
Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Duane Brown was present for the start of the team's mandatory minicamp this week, but he wants a new deal as he enters the final year of his contract in 2021. Brown is set to make $10 million this year, and his contract situation is one to monitor this summer. The 35-year-old former first-rounder in 2008 by the Houston Texans missed four games due to injury in 2019, but he continues to play at a high level when he's on the field. The problem is that All-Pro safety Jamal Adams, who would also like a new deal, is likely ahead of Brown in terms of team priorities. It remains to be seen if the veteran Brown can continue to play at a high level near the end of his career, but the four-time Pro Bowler has gotten it done in recent seasons.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw five interceptions at the first day of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, albeit in monsoon-like weather, according to some beat reporters. Tagovailoa said the interceptions stemmed from an emphasis on being aggressive with his throws downfield. Some may raise their eyebrows, especially after his disappointing rookie season, but fantasy managers should take this performance with a grain of salt in June. Head coach Brian Flores said a few weeks ago that Tagovailoa has a better grasp of the offense entering Year 2, and he certainly has the weapons to make a big leap in 2021. With a full offseason and a year removed from hip surgery, the 23-year-old will be a fine QB2 target with upside.
New York Jets left tackle Mekhi Becton (foot) will not take part in minicamp this week, but head coach Robert Saleh said that the team is "very confident he'll be ready to go (by training camp). He's just got a little nagging foot injury. It's not worth it to put him out there and make something so small a lot worse." Becton is dealing with plantar fasciitis, but he won't need surgery and should be ready at the end of July. However, this can be a pretty painful and debilitating injury, especially for a player that stands at 6-foot-7, 369 pounds, so it's an injury to watch. The 22-year-old was one of the top tackles from the 2020 draft class, but rookie quarterback Zach Wilson could be in a world of hurt if Becton is forced to miss any time this year with the foot ailment.
Baltimore Ravens defensive end Derek Wolfe won't practice this week after recently dealing with a bout of pneumonia, according to head coach John Harbaugh. Wolfe also skipped voluntary workouts recently after signing a three-year, $12 million contract extension in March. In his first season with Baltimore after eight seasons with the Denver Broncos to begin his career, Wolfe recorded 51 tackles (six for loss), four QB hits, one fumble recovery and a career-low one sack in 14 games (eight starts) in 2020. The 31-year-old should be fine for training camp last week and will be looking to bounce back in the trenches in his second year with the Ravens. Wolfe should start alongside Calais Campbell on the interior, but he's not a realistic IDP target as more of a run-stopper than pass-rusher.
Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy said that there is no possible scenario where rookie quarterback Justin Fields is the starting quarterback in Week 1 on the road against the Los Angeles Rams. "Andy Dalton is our starter. Justin is our No. 2 and we are going to stick with this plan. You just got to trust the plan," Nagy said. Chicago traded up in the first round to take Fields as their future franchise signal-caller, but the plan all along has been to ease him into NFL action behind the veteran Dalton. Plus, it wouldn't be wise to throw Fields to the wolves against a very tough Rams defense right out of the gates. Fields will see the field sooner than later and he has enticing upside with a strong arm and plenty of speed, but he'll be a better dynasty/keeper selection than a redraft one in 2021. If Fields is starting by the second half of the season, he could have some plug-and-play potential in single-year leagues due to his dual-threat ability.
The Minnesota Vikings agreed to an undisclosed deal with free-agent defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson on Tuesday. Richardson returns to Minnesota after playing for them in 2018, recording 49 tackles (six for loss) and 4.5 sacks in 16 games. The 30-year-old played the last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns but was released to clear salary cap space. Originally a first-round pick (13th overall) by the New York Jets in 2013 out of Missouri, Richardson spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with Gang Green before landing with the Seattle Seahawks in 2017. Richardson had a combined 7.5 sacks in the last two seasons with Cleveland and should serve in a rotational role on Minnesota's defensive line as they look to improve up front after a miserable season in 2020.
The Carolina Panthers agreed to terms with first-round cornerback Jaycee Horn on a four-year contract on Tuesday. The deal is fully guaranteed for $21.1 million. Horn came off the board at No. 8 overall as the first defensive player picked in this year's draft out of South Carolina. The 21-year-old should start immediately for the Panthers rebuilt secondary that includes Donte Jackson and A.J. Bouye. Hopefully, Horn will be able to fill the void left by James Bradberry when he departed in free agency last offseason. Although he didn't face elite wide receiver talent in college, Horn is sticky in man coverage but will need to improve his technique if he wants to stay with smaller and quicker pass-catchers at the next level.
The Minnesota Vikings and defensive end Danielle Hunter agreed to a restructured deal on Tuesday, according to sources informed of the situation. He will receive $5.6 million of the money due to him this year as a signing bonus, giving him a significant portion of the money due to him much sooner. A new $18 million roster bonus will also trigger on the fifth day of the league year in 2022. What was once a five-year extension now becomes a four-year pact, with the Vikings able to move on from Hunter and save significant money next year. The 26-year-old is in his prime, but he also missed all of last year due to a neck injury that required surgery. Minnesota's defense should improve drastically with Hunter back in the fold. He had 14.5 sacks in each of his last two seasons while being named to the Pro Bowl both times.
Miami Dolphins star cornerback Xavien Howard isn't on the field for the first practice of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday and is officially holding out, according to a source. The Dolphins gave Howard a new deal prior to the 2020 season, but he's reportedly already upset with his contract and wants to renegotiate. He has three years left on the five-year deal he signed but is now out of guaranteed money and has little leverage. The 27-year-old former second-round pick in 2016 was an All-Pro for Miami last year, tallying 51 tackles (40 solo), a career-high 10 interceptions, 20 passes defensed and one forced fumble in 16 games. Howard has made the Pro Bowl twice and has 22 career interceptions in 56 games (55 starts).
The Seattle Seahawks have excused safety Jamal Adams from this week's mandatory minicamp for personal reasons, according to a source. The 25-year-old All-Pro is seeking a new contract, but his absence isn't related to any kind of holdout. Seattle traded multiple high-end draft picks to acquire Adams' services from the New York Jets last offseason, and he finished with 83 tackles (11 for loss), 14 QB hits, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and a career-high 9.5 sacks in just 12 games. The three-time Pro Bowler isn't your typical strong safety, as he often comes up into the box to defend against the run and pressure the opposing quarterback. He's one of the best at what he does and should be the first defensive back off the board in IDP drafts.
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said that quarterback Cam Newton is "way ahead of where he was last year at this time. There's no question about that." Newton recently suffered a bruised hand, but he's expected to receive a full complement of repetitions at minicamp this week. The injury was minor to begin with, so fantasy managers won't need to worry about it. Even though New England drafted rookie signal-caller Mac Jones in the first round this year, Newton is fully expected to begin the year as the starter under center. The 32-year-old was highly inconsistent in his first year with the Pats, and a bout with COVID-19 didn't help him, but it sounds like he's more comfortable with the offense in 2021. Newton will need to be much better as a passer this year, but his ability to use his legs and score touchdowns on the ground will at least make him a passable streaming QB in the right matchups.
The New York Jets and wide receiver Jamison Crowder have renegotiated his contract for the 2021 season, keeping him on the team for another year at least. Crowder was a rumored cut candidate throughout the offseason thanks to a $10 million cap hit in non-guaranteed money. Now Crowder will be a veteran presence to mentor a young wide receiver corps and serve as a safety blanket for rookie quarterback Zach Wilson in New York. Despite the reworked deal, Crowder can still become an unrestricted free agent after the 2021 season. He is coming off a 59-catch, 699-yard, six-touchdown season over 12 games in 2020 and should serve as a low-end WR3 in PPR leagues this year. Fantasy gamers hoping to count on rookie slot receiver Elijah Moore will probably have to wait until the 2022 season.
Minnesota Vikings tight end Tyler Conklin finished the 2020 season on a high note, catching 15 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown over the final four games of the season. Conklin appears to be line for a larger role in 2021 with tight end Kyle Rudolph now a member of the New York Giants. In addition to Rudolph being gone, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer recently told reporters that incumbent tight end Irv Smith Jr. will not have an expanded role in the team's offense. Zimmer went on to say that Conklin will have a larger role in 2021, making it apparent that the coaching staff likes what they saw from Conklin at the end of 2020. Look for Smith and Conklin to split looks at the tight end position in 2021, putting both on the radar as deep sleepers in fantasy drafts.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage knows that his role has increased after the trade that sent Pro Bowler Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans. Gage will go from being the No. 3 wideout to the No. 2 behind Calvin Ridley. The sixth-rounder has seen his opportunities and production rise in each season since his rookie year in 2018. The 25-year-old had a career-high 72 catches for 786 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games (eight starts) in 2020. In the seven games that Jones missed last year due to injury, Gage was targeted 45 times and caught 30 passes for 340 yards and two scores. Atlanta's offense is expected to use Gage in multiple spots throughout the season. With more opportunities and more production coming his way with Jones no longer around, Gage will be a nice WR4 target with upside.
New York Jets running back Tevin Coleman is healthy and confident that he can bounce back in 2021 with his new team. "Oh, yeah, I feel like I've got a lot left a lot left in my tank," Coleman said. A sprained knee and a shoulder injury limited the 28-year-old to just eight games with the 49ers last year. He finished with a career-low 53 yards on 28 carries and caught only four passes for 34 yards. Coleman says he's 100 percent healthy, and he has a chance to be the lead back among a group that includes Ty Johnson, Josh Adams, rookie Michael Carter and La'Mical Perine. The Jets are expected to run an outside zone-rushing scheme, similar to what Coleman played in in San Francisco. When healthy, Coleman is an excellent dual-threat option with excellent open-field speed and elusiveness. There is opportunity here, even if this backfield is a committee, making Coleman worth a late-round flier, especially in PPR leagues.
Even though Washington Football Team quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will enter training camp with a firm grip on the starting job, head coach Ron Rivera wants to create an open quarterback competition. If Fitzpatrick were to struggle, Taylor Heinicke could emerge. Kyle Allen (ankle) has practiced this spring but admitted he's not fully recovered from a broken ankle last season. Fitzpatrick worked exclusively with the starters this spring, while Heinicke was the primary backup. "It's going to be a good competition," Rivera said. "I look forward to it. It's going to push our football team and make our football team better." Players and coaches have raved about Fitzpatrick so far, and he's made 146 career starts compared with Heinicke's two and Allen's 17. Heinicke won over some supporters with his performance last postseason and he added 15 pounds of bulk in the offseason, but this is Fitzpatrick's job to lose. The grizzled veteran can get it done and will be a serviceable low-end QB1 streamer in the right matchups.
The Baltimore Ravens signed first-round linebacker Jayson Oweh to his four-year rookie deal on Friday. The Ravens added the Penn State product with the 31st overall pick in this year's draft, the draft selection that they acquired when they shipped offensive tackle Orlando Brown to the Kansas City Chiefs. Oweh has excellent speed for his size and should be an immediate starter on the Ravens defensive line opposite Calais Campbell, but he'll need to improve on his hand technique at the next level. But the 22-year-old has outstanding first-step explosiveness and should fit in nicely with a solid Baltimore defense. Oweh could be a dangerous pass-rusher off the edge if his game is refined a little bit.
The San Francisco 49ers are signing veteran free-agent offensive lineman Senio Kelemete to an undisclosed deal on Friday, according to a source. Kelemete appeared in 14 games (five starts) for the Houston Texans last year and will bring versatility to San Francisco's offensive line, having played both guard and tackle in the past. The 31-year-old will help make up for the season-ending knee injury to backup offensive tackle Justin Skule. Kelemete has compiled 42 career starts in his nine-year career with the Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints and Texans. He made five starts at left guard for the Texans last year. With the Niners, he'll provide veteran depth and can fill in as a starter if needed.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson joined several of his teammates in reporting for the final week of organized team activities, a sign that, at least for now, the tension between the organization and Wilson has subsided. Wilson had some frustrations about the way last season went, which led to some trade rumors, but ultimately Seattle is where he wants to be. The 32-year-old never requested a trade, and the whole situation has made his relationships with head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider stronger. With new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron, Seattle's offense is expected to be more up-tempo, which is what Wilson favors. Wilson was the MVP favorite in the first half last year before the offense tanked, and he had a career-high 42 combined touchdowns. Despite the poor finish to 2021, Wilson remains a high-end QB1.
Long-time NFL cornerback Johnathan Joseph announced his retirement from football on his Twitter account on Thursday after a 15-year career. Joseph was a first-round pick (24th overall) of the Cincinnati Bengals out of South Carolina in 2006. Joseph spent the first five years of his career in Cincinnati before joining the Houston Texans, where he was named a Pro Bowler in his first two seasons in 2011 and 2012. The 37-year-old spent the next nine seasons in Houston before playing with the Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans in 2020. In 211 career games (192 starts), Joseph recorded 787 tackles (670 solo), 32 interceptions (seven for touchdowns), 200 passes defensed, eight forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries (one for a TD).
Green Bay Packers tight end Jace Sternberger has been suspended without pay for the first two games of the 2021 regular season for violating the league's policy on substances of abuse. He will be eligible to return to the active roster on Tuesday, Sept. 11, following the Week 2 game against the Detroit Lions. In his second season with Green Bay, the 24-year-old from Texas A&M caught just 12 passes for 114 yards and one touchdown in 12 games (no starts) for the Packers. It's more disappointment after Sternberger failed to break out last year. Instead it was teammate Robert Tonyan, who had a career year (52 receptions, 586 yards and a league-tying 11 touchdowns). Tonyan is the tight end to own in fantasy as a touchdown-dependent, low-end TE1, if quarterback Aaron Rodgers is back in the fold.
The Green Bay Packers are signing free-agent quarterback Jake Dolegala to an undisclosed deal on Thursday, according to his agent. Dolegala, who tried out at the team's mandatory minicamp, will provide some more quarterback depth for Green Bay heading into training camp next month. The Packers now have five signal-callers on the roster, including Dolegala, Jordan Love, Blake Bortles, Kurt Benkert and Aaron Rodgers, who continues to hold out. Dolegala, 24, was with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2019, but he never played in a game. He was on the New England Patriots practice squad last year but was waived after the team selected Mac Jones in the first round. Dolegala has yet to appear in a regular season NFL game.
Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, the first receiver taken in last year's stacked class, has high expectations for himself in 2021 after disappointing in his rookie season. Ruggs wasn't able to work with coaches directly due to COVID-19 after being the 12th overall pick, and he also dealt with a thigh injury before last season. His 26 catches for 452 yards ranked 14th and 11th, respectively, among rookie wideouts with at least 25 receptions, per ESPN Stats and Information. However, his 17.4 yards-per-catch average led all rookie pass-catchers. "Honestly, I don't think anybody's expectations for me are higher than myself," Ruggs said. The Raiders have plenty of receiver speed, but Ruggs is the fastest with the most upside. Until Ruggs proves that his elite speed can translate to more consistent production, some fantasy managers will remain skeptical.
New England Patriots tight end Hunter Henry (leg) appeared to injure his lower left leg during 7-on-7 drills midway through practice on Thursday. Henry tested his leg out on the sideline after having his ankle/foot re-taped, but he never returned to practice. It doesn't sound like this is a serious injury, but we'll have to see if he returns to practice on Friday for the team's last workout of organized team activities before mandatory minicamp begins next week. Injuries have hurt the 26-year-old's career so far to this point, but he impressed with 60 catches for 613 yards and four touchdowns in his final season with the Los Angeles Chargers. His fit in New England isn't ideal, though, with an aging quarterback in Cam Newton in two-tight end sets with Jonnu Smith.
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton's (hand) bruised hand will continue to keep him out of practice, but head coach Bill Belichick isn't too concerned about Newton's injury. "He's doing all right. He won't participate today, but he's getting better," Belichick said Thursday. Newton suffered a slight bone bruise in his right hand after hitting it on a helmet during organized team activities last Friday. The injury isn't serious, but the Patriots won't push him at this stage of the offseason. His injury will leave more repetitions for rookie Mac Jones, Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer this week. While Newton could compete with Jones in training camp, he's expected to be the starter come Week 1. The former MVP didn't look great last year in his first season in New England, but he should be more comfortable in Year 2 and he has more offensive weapons around him, making him a potential sleeper streaming QB.
The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with first-round quarterback Justin Fields on a fully guaranteed four-year, $18,871,952 contract on Thursday that includes a $11,085,056 signing bonus, according to a source. Chicago traded up to take Fields at No. 11 overall in this year's NFL draft as their quarterback of the future. It's been expected that veteran Andy Dalton will keep the seat warm in 2021 until Fields is ready. With elite athleticism, Fields will have mouthwatering fantasy upside whenever he takes over the starting gig because of his ability to do damage with his arm and his legs. The 22-year-old from Ohio State will be a better dynasty/keeper asset this year, but he could have some QB2 value later in the year if he winds up taking over for Dalton.
Kansas City Chiefs offensive guard Kyle Long (leg) suffered a leg injury that could keep him out of training camp this summer, according to sources. There was initial concern that the injury was serious, but the hope is that he could be back right before the start of the regular season after Long underwent tests. Long came out of retirement to join the Chiefs revamped offensive line, and he's dealt with many injuries throughout his career. The former Pro Bowler mostly played right guard in his seven seasons with the Chicago Bears, but he also stepped in at right tackle for one season. The 32-year-old has not played a full season since 2015 and has averaged less than eight games per season in his seven-year career.
Kansas City Chiefs restricted free-agent cornerback Charvarius Ward signed his second-round tender on Wednesday, according to his agent, Kevin Conner. Ward's second-round tender is worth $3.384 million in 2021. He entered the league in 2018 with the Dallas Cowboys after going undrafted. Kansas City acquired Ward in a trade before the regular season, and he started two games in 2018 before becoming a mainstay with the Chiefs first-team defense the last two seasons. The 25-year-old has 94 solo tackles, two interceptions, 16 passes defensed, one forced fumble and one sack in 30 games (29 starts) over the last two years for KC. Ward projects to start at the left cornerback position for the Chiefs in 2021.
Former Pro Bowl running back Todd Gurley II is visiting with the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, according to a source. The former Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons runner also recently visited the Detroit Lions. If Gurley were to join Baltimore, he'd be joining a crowded backfield that also includes J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill. Gurley, who just hasn't been the same since dealing with chronic knee issues, would likely serve in more of a complementary role next to Dobbins and Edwards if he were to sign with the Ravens. The 26-year-old had career-lows in carries (195) and rushing yards (678) while posting 3.5 yards per carry and nine rushing touchdowns. Gurley added 25 receptions for 164 yards through the air. Even though Baltimore's offense is a run-first unit, Gurley would have a rather low ceiling in this crowded backfield.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love said that he will be ready to start in Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints if Aaron Rodgers' tenure with the team is finished. The Packers traded up to take Love in the first round of the 2020 draft, and he's looked much improved at the team's minicamp this week. He struggled with accuracy and completed barely more than half of his throws on Monday, but he shined on Tuesday. The second-year signal-caller completed 20 of 32 passes during 11-on-11 drills on Tuesday. The Packers have allowed Love to stay on the field for long stretches without Rodgers around, and he'll be their insurance in case Rodgers continues his holdout into training camp and beyond. The 22-year-old is getting valuable experience after serving as the third-string QB all year and not being active at all, but that doesn't mean he'll be fantasy relevant if he's thrown into the fire in 2021.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper (ankle) might not be ready for the start of training camp at the end of July as he tries to calm the irritation in his ankle. Cooper obviously isn't taking part in minicamp this month because of an irritation in his ankle that took place around two weeks ago. He has not been running for the last two weeks and is unlikely to do so for probably the next two to three weeks. The injury isn't serious enough to require surgery, so rest is the prescription for now. The 26-year-old also had a minor ankle surgery in early January of this year, so this is an injury worth watching. It shouldn't negatively affect his fantasy draft value just yet, and Cooper has been much more consistent as a low-end WR1/high-end WR2 with Dallas. With quarterback Dak Prescott expected to be fully healthy for the start of the season, Cooper will be in good hands.
The Green Bay Packers signed free-agent linebacker De'Vondre Campbell to an undisclosed deal on Wednesday and released running back Mike Weber in a corresponding move. A six-year veteran from the University of Minnesota, Campbell will help the team's thin inside linebacker position. A fourth-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons back in 2016, he had 99 tackles and started all 16 games last season for the Arizona Cardinals. Campbell spent the first four seasons of his NFL career in Atlanta. In 75 career games (70 starts), the 27-year-old has 462 tackles (303 solo), 13 QB hits, three interceptions, 19 passes defensed, six forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 7.5 sacks.
The Miami Dolphins signed first-round linebacker Jaelan Phillips to his four-year rookie deal on Wednesday. Phillips was taken with the 18th overall selection in this year's NFL draft out of the University of Miami. In his first full season in 2020, he earned All-American honors while racking up 45 tackles, eight sacks, one interception and four passes defensed. Listed as a defensive end in college, Phillips will be used as a linebacker to generate pressure off the edge in Miami. The 22-year-old has some injury concerns, but if he can stay healthy, he could wind up being one of the most talented edge rushers of his draft class. He can win with either finesse or straight power, and Phillips could be on the IDP radar sooner than later.
The Houston Texans cut linebacker Duke Ejiofor with a failed-physical designation on Wednesday, according to the league's transaction wire. The Texans drafted Ejiofor in the sixth round in 2018 out of Wake Forest. He had nine tackles (six solo), two QB hits, two passes defensed, one fumble recovery and a sack in 12 games (no starts) in his rookie season, but he hasn't played since. The 26-year-old will need to get healthy in order to have a shot at latching on with another organization in a depth role.
Former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Michael Walker reached an agreement on an undisclosed deal with the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday, according to his agent. Walker went undrafted out of Boston College but signed with Jacksonville in 2019. The 24-year-old had just two catches for 15 yards and returned 18 kickoffs for 411 yards and three punts for 13 yards in seven games (no starts) in his rookie season. Walker did not play at all in 2020 and will hope to provide wide receiver and special teams depth with the Eagles if he makes the final roster out of training camp. The Eagles waived Jamie Newman to make room for Walker on the roster.
The Dallas Cowboys signed first-round linebacker Micah Parsons to his fully guaranteed four-year rookie deal on Wednesday, according to a source. The Cowboys selected Parsons 12th overall in this year's NFL draft out of Penn State. With Sean Lee retiring and Leighton Vander Esch unable to stay healthy, Parsons will become an immediate starter in Dallas' new-look defense in 2021 under former Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn. Parsons is extremely athletic and versatile, but he'll need to improve on his ability to diagnose plays at the next level. The 22-year-old will be given plenty of opportunities to get after the opposing quarterback. Parsons is more of an edge-rushing linebacker than a coverage linebacker as he enters the NFL.
The Las Vegas Raiders are signing former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson to an undisclosed deal on Wednesday. Wreh-Wilson was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2013 out of Connecticut and spent his first three NFL seasons in Nashville. The 31-year-old veteran spent the last five seasons with the Falcons, where he recorded 33 tackles (nine solo), three interceptions and 14 passes defensed in 41 games (three starts). Wreh-Wilson had just nine combined tackles and four passes defensed in 15 games (no starts) in his last season in Atlanta in 2020. He'll look to compete for a roster spot with the Raiders in training camp this summer.
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (knee), who missed the final 14 games of last season after tearing his ACL, declined to provide a timetable for his return when speaking to the media on Wednesday. "You know me, I'll take it one day at a time. It's going to be whenever my body tells me I'm ready," Barkley said. There's no question that the 24-year-old is one of the best all-around running backs in the league when he's healthy, but injuries have held his career back to this point. It remains to be seen if Barkley will be available for Week 1 against the Denver Broncos, making his selection as a top-five fantasy pick pretty risky. Even if Barkley is on the field for the regular season opener, he could be somewhat limited in his overall workload, too.
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has been getting recruited by former teammates and players across the NFL after he requested a trade earlier this offseason. Watson remains open to several options, including the Denver Broncos. Broncos safety Kareem Jackson said that Watson wants to be in Denver, but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport doesn't think Denver is where Watson ultimately wants to end up. It's a potential landing spot, but the Broncos already acquired Teddy Bridgewater via trade to compete for the starting gig under center with Drew Lock. Complicating any trade is the fact that Watson is facing 20-plus lawsuits for sexual assault, so he could be facing a lengthy suspension in 2021 or 2022. As a result, Watson is an extremely risky QB1 for the upcoming season, regardless of where he's playing.
The Arizona Cardinals signed first-round linebacker Zaven Collins to his four-year rookie contract on Tuesday, according to a source. Collins was selected 16th overall in this year's draft out of Tulsa. They added to a position of strength, as the Cardinals also have last year's first-rounder Isaiah Simmons, an aging Chandler Jones and Jordan Hicks. Collins will be an interesting chess piece alongside Simmons and Jones. The 22-year-old is a big, physical presence in the middle of a defense, but he is smooth in his movements and has a great understanding of zone coverage. Collins must improve his recognition in the running game, but he has excellent mobility and will surely make this improving Cardinals defense more fearsome.
The New Orleans Saints converted cornerback Marshon Lattimore's $10.2 million fifth-year option to a $990,000 base salary and the rest in a roster bonus with voidable years on Tuesday in order to create more salary cap room for the 2021 season. The two sides will also continue to work on a contract extension. The 11th overall pick out of Ohio State in 2017, Lattimore has been a Pro Bowler in three of his first four NFL seasons. He finished last year with 62 tackles (52 solo), two interceptions and 11 passes defensed in 14 games started. While the 25-year-old isn't quite a must-have in IDP leagues, he's an excellent cornerback that makes New Orleans secondary that much better.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (foot) recently underwent minor foot surgery from Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisconsin, according to a source. The surgery was a minor cleanup. Ridley will not take part in minicamp, but he should be fine for training camp later this summer. It sounds like it won't impact his 2021 season at all, but it's worth keeping an eye on, especially now that Ridley is the team's unquestioned No. 1 receiver with Julio Jones now in Tennessee. The 26-year-old had a breakout season last year, catching 90 passes for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns in 15 games, and he'll only see more targets in 2021 with Jones now out of the picture. Ridley will be a high-end WR1 that will come off the board in the early rounds of fantasy drafts.
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer said that rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence (hamstring) is dealing with some hamstring tightness on Tuesday. Lawrence should be fine to return to the practice field on Thursday after an off day on Wednesday. The No. 1 overall pick of this year's draft wasn't expected to do much in organized team activities and minicamp to begin with after having surgery on his non-throwing shoulder back in February. But Lawrence's hamstring tightness doesn't seem to be a very serious issue at all. The Jags aren't rushing the 21-year-old from Clemson, but he's expected to be full go at training camp later this summer. Lawrence is an advanced passer with plenty of mobility, so he could become a low-end QB1 streamer in his rookie season in the right matchups.
San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Justin Skule (knee) tore his ACL during Monday's practice, while safety Tarvarius Moore (Achilles) tore his Achilles during the same practice. Neither Skule nor Moore have been established starters for the team, but they both played prominent roles in recent seasons. Skule played 31 regular season games in the last two years, with 12 starts at tackle and guard. He was slated to compete with Shon Coleman for the swing tackle job in training camp. Moore had appeared in all 48 regular season games (13 starts) in the last three years, recording 49 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 2020. He was expected to compete for the starting gig at strong safety before his injury.
The Tennessee Titans are doing a simple restructure of quarterback Ryan Tannehill's contract for the 2021 season to facilitate the completion of the trade for wide receiver Julio Jones to create more than $15 million in salary cap space, according to a source. Jones will make $15.3 million guaranteed this year. The addition of the perennial Pro Bowler in Jones, in addition to having A.J. Brown, makes Tannehill more attractive from a fantasy perspective as a QB1. Tennessee's offense will still have a ground-heavy approach with Derrick Henry in the fold, but Tannehill's ceiling just became a lot more intriguing. If you decide to wait on the position in the early rounds, Tannehill isn't a bad consolation prize as a low-end QB1 this year.
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (knee) is at the team's facilities and is doing well in his rehab, but he will not take part in organized team activities. Barkley tore his ACL early last season and missed the rest of the year, but he hasn't had any setbacks in his rehab and is expected to be ready to go for the start of the regular season. Because of his injury history and the fact that he could be somewhat limited early on, fantasy managers will be hesitant to invest in Barkley with a top-five selection in the first round of drafts. But if he can remain healthy all year, the 24-year-old has the physical ability to reward fantasy managers with elite production in both the running and passing game. Is the risk worth the potential reward?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (knee) is practicing during organized team workouts on Tuesday. It's unclear exactly to what extent Brady is practicing, but it's good news after he had knee surgery back in February. The Buccaneers are likely to play it safe with the future Hall of Famer during minicamp, as head coach Bruce Arians stated last week that Brady would be more of a coach than a player. Brady started the year out slow in his first season in Tampa, but it was clear that he became more comfortable within the offense in the second half of the season on the way to yet another Super Bowl championship. With all of his weapons back in 2021, Brady will remain a low-end QB1 for fantasy purposes.