Welcome to the Fantasy Alarm NFL Free Agent Tracker!

UPDATED MARCH 24th

The following is an extensive list of NFL Free Agents who have currently inked new deals with new teams. We here at Fantasy Alarm will be frequently updating this tracker throughout the offseason, giving you fantasy analysis, scheme fit, other players affected by the move, and contract details if necessary. Also, be sure to check out the Fantasy Alarm Fantasy Football Podcast featuring Brett Talley and Dom Murtha each week, as they will discuss player movement around the league, along with the NFL draft. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Pos  Player Old Team New Team StatsRelated PlayersBreakDown
QB Kirk Cousins Washington TeamMinnesota Vikings4,093 passing yards, 64.3% completion rate, 27 TD, 13 INTStefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Kyle Rudolphthree-years, $86M... Fully guaranteed!! ... Whether you believe he’s worth it or not, Cousins inking this type of contract is one of the most important free agent signings of all time. He, along with his agent Mike McCartney, proved that being brave enough to bet on yourself can end up paying off in spades... After two years of wearing the franchise tag in Washington, Cousins is now not only the highest paid quarterback in NFL history (average annual salary), but he also received the most guaranteed money in the history of the league by a long shot. Dating back to 2016, by the time his new deal is up he’ll have racked up over $127 million during just a five year span. He’s also the first guy to ever receive a fully guaranteed deal, which is something that may become a huge bone of contention league wide once the collective bargaining agreement is up after the 2020 season. Simply put, Cousins’ new deal could potentially change the landscape of NFL contracts forever... As for the fantasy impact of this move, Cousins will join a ready to win Vikings squad, loaded with offensive weapons and an elite defense. Over his last three seasons as a starter in Washington, Cousins has racked up at least 4,000 passing yards, 25 touchdowns, no more than 13 interceptions, a 94.0 passer rating, and a completion percentage above 64-percent. This was all accomplished with a far less talented Redskins squad than the Vikings team that he’s set to join. It should be safe to say that you can right now lock him in as a top-10 fantasy quarterback for next season.
QB Case Keenum Minnesota VikingsDenver Broncos3,547 passing yards,67.6% completion rate, 22 TD, 7 INTDemaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Trevor Siemian, Paxton LynchAfter missing out on Cousins and knowing that nothing is guaranteed to them with their current slotting at fifth overall in the upcoming NFL draft, the Broncos quickly had pivot their quarterback priorities to Plan B. That turned out to be Keenum, who like last season, will be joining another talented, ready to win now, roster. While the weapons and offensive line surrounding him in Denver won't be nearly as good as it was in Minnesota last season, their defense is legit. On top of that, Keenum is now one year wiser with legitimate starting experience underneath his belt. Looking at it realistically, how Keenum played last season is likely the best version of himself, so with a drop off in talent in Denver this season, it is tough to imagine that he will play any better than his 3,500 yards and 20 or so touchdowns… He’ll be a fringe fantasy starter in most leagues.
QB Sam Bradford Minnesota VikingsArizona CardinalsInjured for season after Week 1 (382 passing yards, 74.4% completion rate, 3 TD, 0 INT)Larry Fitzgerald, J.J. Nelson, Mike GlennonI just don’t get it! How does this guy keep getting swooned over by front offices and coaching staffs alike? He’s consistently injured and even when healthy has never lived up to his hype as a former first overall pick. Only thing that Cardinals fans and fantasy owners can hang their hats on is that at least in the one game he played last season, Bradford balled out. He finished Week 1 of 2017 with 350+ passing yards and three touchdowns… Oh and a torn ACL; what a surprise!
QB Teddy Bridgewater Minnesota VikingsNew York JetsHas thrown two passes since 2015Christian Hackenberg, Bryce Petty, Luke McCown, Robby Anderson, Jermaine Kearse, The Jets, like the Cardinals, also took a chance on an oft injured quarterback, however the difference is that they got their guy at half the price and five years younger. Back in 2015, when Bridgewater was last healthy, he was showing some serious promise, as he finished his second season with over 3,200 passing yards and a 65% completion rate, while he added 14 touchdowns to just nine picks. Those are not exactly numbers that will blow you away, but they are more than good enough for me to want to let him battle it out for a starting job in training camp. Only real concern here is that Bridgewater hasn’t played in two years, but luckily the Jets re-signed Josh McCown as an insurance policy, while I also wouldn’t out the possibility of them taking another quarterback early on in the draft.
QB Mike Glennon Chicago BearsArizona Cardinals833 passing yards, 66.4% completion rate, 4 TD, 5 INT, benched after four startsSam Bradford, Larry Fitzgerald, J.J. Nelson And here’s the second head scratching pickup at the position for Arizona today alone, which should be alarming to their fan base and fantasy owners alike. For now it appears that they are content on rolling the dice on unproven and unhealthy quarterbacks to run their franchise… All this tells me is that they will still be looking for another signal caller in the draft, as neither Glennon nor Bradford is the long term answer out in the desert.
RB Dion Lewis New England PatriotsTennessee Titans180 carries, 896 rushing yards, 5.0 yards per carry, 6 rushing TD; 32 receptions, 214 receiving yards, 3 TDDerrick Henry, Marcus MariotaJust when it seemed like the Titans were going to take the burden of a split backfield off of Derrick Henry and unleash his full fantasy potential, they instead decide to ink Dion Lewis to a four year deal, once again jumbling the Tennessee backfield. Logic would tell you that the plan going forward is to keep Henry as the primary guy and the in between the tackles back, while Lewis will handle the passing situations and spell series. For us concerned with fantasy, all this move does is slash the potential production of two talented backs. Damn the NFL and their committee approach!
RB Jonathan Stewart Carolina PanthersNew York Giants198 carries, 680 rushing yards, 3.4 yards per carry, 6 rushing TD, 1 receiving TDEli Manning, Paul Perkins, Wayne GallmanThe Giants are desperate for backfield help and in this move they didn’t get it. Stewart hasn’t come close to averaging 4.0 yards per carry since 2015, and while many will look to his Week 13 performance in which he scored three touchdowns as a source of what he still has left in the tank, consider it more of an aberration rather than a true indicator. The fact that he is useless in the passing game at this point in his career only worsens my feelings on this move, as in today’s NFL and PPR fantasy landscape, catching the football is almost a necessity for the running back position. It’s no secret that the production of NFL running backs plummet once they turn 31, so let’s not overcomplicate this move here, as Stewart turns 31 next Wednesday…
RB Isaiah Crowell Cleveland BrownsNew York Jets206 carries, 853 rushing yards, 4.1 yards per carry, 2 TD Bilal Powell, Teddy Bridgewater, Josh McCownWith the retirement of Matt Forte, the Jets need some depth at the running back position outside of Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire. Crowell comes in and fits the need perfectly actually, as he can use his 225 lbs. frame to be the thunder to the proverbial lightning of the aforementioned backs. What I like most about this deal is that unlike the Giants, the Jets got a young running back (25) with ascending potential, for seemingly cheap, and at the proper length (three-year deal). He may not be Le’Veon Bell, but the advanced metrics actually point to Crowell being one of the league’s more underrated backs; simply held back by a bad Browns offense.
RB Chris Ivory Jacksonville JaguarsBuffalo Bills112 carries, 382 rushing yards, 3.4 yards per carry, 1 rushing TD, 1 receiving TDLeSean McCoyThe Bills are slated to lose financial control of three running backs this offseason, so it makes sense that they would want to invest in some depth behind LeSean McCoy. Having said that, I don’t exactly understand why they would choose Chris Ivory, of all people, to be the guy… Since having a 1,000+ yard season with the Jets in 2015, over the last two years Ivory’s production has fallen off a cliff, as he hasn’t eclipsed 500 yards rushing, four rushing touchdowns, or even 3.8 yards per carry in either year. With so much more talent at the position out there this offseason and in the upcoming NFL Draft, it’s a wonder why the Bills decided to sink over $3 million in guaranteed money into the seemingly washed up and soon-to-be-30 Chris Ivory.
WR Sammy Watkins Los Angeles RamsKansas City Chiefs39 receptions, 593 yards, 8 TDTyreek Hill, Patrick Mahomes, Chris ConleyI’m sure I’m not alone when I say that Watkins is one of the few guys in the league that I’m constantly torn on… On the one hand, he’s incredibly talented with game breaking speed, confident route running, and excellent per touch production. On the other hand, Watkins is also constantly dealing with injuries, while he has the tendency to disappear in games when he is actually healthy and on the field. While the verdict of this deal can be argued well on both sides, I’m going to side with the Chiefs here because they realize that the best way to indoctrinate a young quarterback is to surround him with talent. When healthy, Watkins is certainly one of the game’s most talented receivers, while Tyreek Hill – the Chiefs opposite side receiver – is one of the few guys in the game who is undeniably more dangerous than Watkins. Those two threatening weapons, along with Travis Kelce, Chris Conley, and the league’s leading rusher in Kareem Hunt, give soon to be first year starter Patrick Mahomes one of the best supporting casts in the game. Fantasy owners and Chiefs fans alike can’t really ask much more from the front office, making this money well spent.
WR Allen Robinson Jacksonville JaguarsChicago BearsTore ACL in Week 1Mitch Trubisky, Kevin WhiteRobinson is an acrobatic receiver coming off of ACL surgery, so to say that this deal was a slam dunk is an overstatement. Ultimately though, Robinson was still the best receiver in this free agency class, which goes back to my theory of the Chiefs signing of Sammy Watkins – surround your young quarterback with as much talent as possible. Going forward, Mitch Trubisky now has a legitimate red zone option in Robinson, provided he’s completely healed of his knee issue. Regardless I love that the Bears are looking to make impact moves.
WR Donte Moncrief Indianapolis ColtsJacksonville Jaguars26 receptions , 391 yards, 2 TDAllen Hurns, Dede Westbrook, Blake BortlesMoncrief’s long speed adds a dimension to this Jaguars offense that not only improves them vertically, but also helps open up the running game and intermediate passing game. Beyond that, with Blake Bortles’ powerful arm, Moncrief should offer some legitimate fantasy potential this season, as they are likely to hook up more than a few times on long go and post routes.
WR Albert Wilson Kansas City ChiefsMiami Dolphins42 receptions, 554 yards, 3 TDKenny Stills, DeVante Parker, Ryan Tannehill, Danny AmendolaWilson comes in as the Dolphins replacement for the recently departed Jarvis Landry. While he’s not nearly as proven, Wilson compares to Landry in size, play style, and per touch production. With all of this being said, the Dolphins are getting Landry’s replacement at less than half the price, so there will likely be few opposed to this deal.
WR John Brown Arizona CardinalsBaltimore Ravens21 receptions, 299 yards, 3 TDJeremy Maclin, Chris Moore, Breshad Perriman, Joe Flacco, With Mike Wallace out the door, Brown replaces that threatening deep speed that all defenses have to worry about on the outside. While he has dealt with injuries and a sickle cell issue over the last two years, don’t forget that Brown did manage to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in 2015, while he did so on an impressive 65 receptions and seven touchdowns. At his bargain price of just $5 million over one year, this is an ideal buy low, high upside signing.
WR Paul Richardson Seattle SeahawksWashington Team44 receptions, 703 yards, 6 TDJosh Doctson, Alex Smith, Jamison CrowderRichardson is a nice player, but he’s not yet worth the money in this deal. The Redskins are paying Richardson for what they hope he can turn into – a high-end number two option, who can take the top off of any defense. His elite speed will hopefully fill the DeSean Jackson void that Washington has been missing for the last year, while his just 25 years of age may make this five year deal worth it in the long term.
WR Danny Amendola New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins61 receptions, 659 yards, 2 TDKenny Stills, DeVante Parker, Ryan Tannehill, Albert WilsonJust in case the Albert Wilson thing doesn’t work out, the Dolphins pitched the same ordeal to Danny Amendola… “You can enter this offense, vacuum up the missing Jarvis Landry production, and catch 100+ balls easy!” Considering his greater experience, expect Amendola to start the season as Landry’s immediate replacement in the slot, but long term, Albert Wilson is probably the better bet.
TE Jimmy Graham Seattle SeahawksGreen Bay Packers56 receptions, 520 yards, 10 TDLance Kendricks, Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, Aaron RodgersAside from the quarterback deals, this could end up being the most impactful free agency signing thus far in regards to the fantasy world, as pairing Aaron Rodgers with one of the league’s most dangerous red zone threats could have massive implications. Sure Graham is no longer a spring chicken now into his 30’s and having seen his production dip considerably in each of the last few seasons, however he is still a consistent double-digit touchdown scorer, which is not something that many other receivers in this league can say. Paired up with Rodgers in this always potent Packers offense, Graham should pose a frequent mismatch for the future Hall of Fame quarterback to exploit.
TE Trey Burton Philadelphia EaglesChicago Bears23 receptions, 248 yards, 5 TDDion Simms, Adam Shaheen, Mitch Trubisky Burton was much more for the Eagles last season than just that awesome trick play in the Super Bowl, as he filled in admirably for Zach Ertz when he was hurt and hauled in five total touchdowns on the season. Still though, previously second fiddle, now Burton will have a chance at snagging a starting role with the Bears, who are looking to replace the consistent receiving presence that Zach Miller brought to the team over the last few years. With all of this being said, the price is rather steep, but this is a contract based on what they believe he can be, rather than what he has already done.
TE Derek Carrier Los Angeles RamsLas Vegas RaidersLargely a blocking TEJared Cook, Clive WalfordCarrier has been nothing more than a blocking tight end over his career, and he will continue to be nothing more than a blocking tight end in Oakland going forward. No fantasy implications to speak of over here...
OG Andrew Norwell Carolina PanthersJacksonville Jaguars2017 1st team All-ProBlake Bortles, Cam Robinson, A.J. Cann, Brandon Linder, Jeremy ParnellSeveral teams sought after the reigning 1st team All-Pro, but somewhat surprisingly the Jaguars came away with his signature. Rather than over explaining things here, I’ll put it this way… A team who just played in and nearly won the AFC Championship game came away with the top player in the free agency class and filled their biggest need in the process. An absolute home run pickup for Jacksonville here.
C Weston Richburg New York GiantsSan Francisco 49ersStarted four games in 2017; season ended with concussion. Jimmy Garoppolo, Joe Staley Laken Tomlinson, Daniel Killgore, Trent BrownRichburg is young (27), talented, and seemingly ready to enter the prime of his career, however he unfortunately just had to sit out three quarters of last season with the lingering effects of a concussion. Considering the Giants alarming need for quality offensive linemen, the fact that they let Richburg walk should tell you something about the state of his health. Over the last few years, the Niners and their new management have proven that they have no fear in rolling the dice. They did exactly that in inking Richburg to a five year deal… High risk, high reward.
OT Chris Hubbard Pittsburgh SteelersCleveland BrownsStarted 10 of 16 games played. Tyrod Taylor, Joe Thomas, Joel Bitonio, J.C. Tretter, Kevin Zeitler, Shon Coleman, Donald StephensonHubbard didn’t have a future with the Steelers, but by all accounts, he did a great job filling in for Marcus Gilbert for a large part of this past season. As usual, the Browns had to overpay slightly, but they potentially got themselves another starting quality offensive tackle, and a top-notch swing tackle at worst.
OT Donald Stephenson Denver BroncosCleveland BrownsStarted seven of four games played; Tyrod Taylor, Joe Thomas, Joel Bitonio, J.C. Tretter, Kevin Zeitler, Shon Coleman, Chris HubbardNew Browns GM John Dorsey is familiar with Stephenson back during their Kansas City days, so this near minimum deal makes sense for a guy looking to add depth to his offensive line. Stephenson is an emergency swing tackle at most for the Browns next season.
DL Star Lotulelei Carolina PanthersBuffalo Bills25 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 16 games playedShaq Lawson, Adolphus Washington, Jerry HughesBy the standards of the fantasy football community, Star is anything but his namesake, as he racks up almost no statistics of relevance, however he has become incredibly efficient at taking up space as a nose tackle, while his appearance in 75 of 80 potential games so far in his five year career make him a reliable addition to the Bills defensive front. So long as they didn’t overpay here, Lotulelei will be money well spent.
DL Haloti Ngata Detroit LionsPhiladelphia Eagles7 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 5 games playedTimmy Jernigan, Fletcher Cox, Brandon GrahamThere was a time, many years ago now, that Ngata was the league’s best interior defensive lineman, but now he’s nothing more than a rotational player, who can stuff the run and push the pocket on occasion. For what the Eagles are looking for in their assembly line front seven, what Ngata is now fits just fine. At a low salary number, and a good opportunity at a second Super Bowl ring, this deal should work out amicably for both parties.
DL Chris Baker Tampa Bay BuccaneersCincinnati Bengals33 tackles, 0.5 sacks, started 14 of 15 games playedCarlos Dunlap, Geno Atkins, Michael JohnsonIt’s surprising to see “Swaggy” sign with another team that runs a base 4-3 defense, as his fit in the Buccaneers similar scheme was one of the main reasons that he seemed to struggle last season. Several times throughout the season, Baker publicly questioned his role, potentially hinting that he preferred to play as a 5-tech end rather than a base 4-3 edge setter. It’s also possible that he felt that this was the best deal he could get, so in that regard, best of luck to him. Regardless, he shouldn’t have much IDP impact, even if he completely resurrects his career in Cincinnati.
DL Chris Smith Cincinnati BengalsCleveland Browns26 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 16 games playedMyles Garrett, Emmanuel Ogbah, Caleb BrantleyThe Browns now have decent depth along their defensive line, so Smith – despite his legitimate contract – will be a rotational guy at best. While he may be a contributor on the field for the Browns, his IDP fantasy impact will be nothing more than limited going forward.
DL Muhammad Wilkerson New York JetsGreen Bay Packers46 tackles, 3.5 sacks, started 12 of 13 games playedKenny Clark, Clay Matthews, Mike DanielsBy all accounts, a change of scenery has been long overdue for Wilk, as he has seemed disinterested and delinquent for at least the last two seasons. Joining a contender like the Packers can do wonders for anyone looking to revitalizing their career, however Wilkerson’s fit in Green Bay may be particularly ideal because of the presence of Mike Pettine. Pettine – currently the Packers defensive coordinator – was with the Jets during the first two years of Wilkerson’s career – a stretch that many argue included the defensive lineman’s best seasons.
LB Avery Williamson Tennessee TitansNew York Jets92 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 16 games startedDarron LeeWilliamson will join the Jets as their Demario Davis replacement, and while he may be younger and cheaper, he also is going to be less productive. While Davis played 100% of the Jets defensive snaps last season, Williamson is largely considered a two-down player. That can prove problematic for a defense that likes to keep both inside linebackers on the field, even during nickel packages. Positively in Williamson’s favor is that he’s a terrier in the run game and rarely misses a tackle or a read. He will not be a detriment by any means, but the Jets could still look to improve at the position for the purposes of passing downs.
LB Anthony Hitchens Dallas CowboysKansas City Chiefs84 tackles, 1 forced fumble, started 12 of 12 games played.Reggie RaglandThe Cowboys desperately wanted to bring Hitchens back, as he was arguably their best linebacker for certain stretches of last season, but their cap situation just didn’t allow for it. In this move, the Chiefs may have slightly overpaid, however there is no doubt that they also got themselves a really good player. Hitchens can play on all three downs and is a general on the field. He flows to the ball and hits with conviction, while he also rarely over pursues. Playing next to Sean Lee for all of these years seems to have really rubbed off on him in a good way.
LB Devon Kennard New York GiantsDetroit Lions41 tackles, started 11 of 15 games playedJarrad DavisAt this price tag, it appears that Kennard will join Matt Patricia’s defense with his first career opportunity to start. He’ll fill a hybrid linebacker/pass rushing role, which is something that he quietly excelled at during his Giants tenure. I’m not going to applaud this deal, but I probably like it better than most do.
DB Richard Sherman Seattle SeahawksSan Francisco 49ers35 tackles, 2 INT, 7 passes defended, season ended after 9 games with torn achillesAhkello Witherspoon, Jimmie Ward While Sherman is now at the 30-year-old cliff and coming off of a torn achilles, this deal actually is still a home run for the 49ers due to the amount of incentives built into the deal. If Sherman manages to hit his benchmark incentives, he’ll be well worth the money. If he doesn’t, then it’s no sweat on their wallet.
DB Aaron Colvin Jacksonville JaguarsHouston Texans44 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 5 passes defended, started 5 of 16 game s playedKarrem Jackson, Kevin JohnsonHe’s undersized and carries some injury concerns, however over the last few seasons Colvin has undoubtedly played some solid slot corner. Provided he stays inside and isn’t being paid a ridiculous number, he’ll be a fine signing for the Texans.
DB Sam Shields Green Bay PackersLos Angeles RamsHasn't played since Week 1 of 2016; had four concussions in careerAqib Talib, Marcus Peters, Nickell Roby-ColemanShields is a former number one corner, which could make him a bargain in this suddenly loaded Rams secondary, however he hasn’t played since Week 1 of 2016 due to a massive concussion. At 30-years-old, it would be wise for Shields to call it quits, but it is tough to take the warrior mentality out of some football players. He’s a true wild card for next season.
DB Malcolm Butler New England PatriotsTennessee Titans60 tackles, 1.0 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 INT, 12 passes defended, started 15 of 16 games playedRyan Logan, Adoree' JacksonIt’s tough to get the image of Butler standing on the sidelines for the entirety of this past Super Bowl – for no apparent reason mind you – out of my head. So much so, that it’s really easy to forget that Butler has emerged as one of the league’s better corners over the last few seasons and is still only 28 years old. He should be worth every penny of this deal, especially after a much needed change of scenery.
DB Trumaine Johnson Los Angeles RamsNew York Jets66 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 2 INT, 13 passes defended, 1 TD, started 15 of 16 games playedBuster Skrine, Marcus Maye, Jamal AdamsThe Jets have been looking for a number one corner since the departure of Darrelle Revis. Johnson may have had a down 2017, but most agree that it was due to injury rather than true diminished talent. If he comes back fully healthy this offseason, Johnson can be the Jets number one guy for a while going forward, being that he's only 28 years old.
DB Bashaud Breeland Washington TeamCarolina Panthers47 tackles, 1 INT, 19 passes defended, 1 TD, started 15 of 15 games playedJames Bradberry, Daryl WorleyFor those keeping score at home, as it stands right now, the Panthers essentially traded Josh Norman for Bashaud Breeland – give or take a few dollars. Not exactly an exchange that any NFL front office should be looking to get involved in, unless you are receiving Norman of course. Having said all of this, Breeland is an above-average corner but not a true number one by any stretch. Come to think of it, he’ll blend in with James Bradberry and Daryl Worley rather nicely.
DB Kurt Coleman Carolina PanthersNew Orleans Saints76 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 3 passes defended, started 12 of 12 games playedVonn Bell, Marshon Lattimore, Ken CrawleyThe Saints must be looking to recapture the Kurt Coleman that was so good for the Panthers during their Super Bowl run a few years ago, because otherwise I’m not sure why they paid him $6 million a year. By the sounds of it, Coleman is going to be asked to play a veteran leadership type role for this young, emerging secondary, as even with the departure of Kenny Vaccaro, there aren’t exactly any open starting spots for the taking. If that is the case, $6 million annually is quite a price to pay.
DB Vontae Davis Indianapolis ColtsBuffalo Bills21 tackles, 2 passes defended, 5 games playedTre'Davious White, Micah HydeDavis is a one-time lockdown corner, but after a myriad of injuries over the last few seasons, he no longer holds that reputation. At a cheap “prove it” contract and slated to play opposite of young standout Tre’Davious White, Davis may be primed for a return to prominence in 2018 – health permitting of course.
K Cody Parkey Miami DolphinsChicago Bears21-of-23 FG attempts, 29-of-26 PAT, long of 54 yardsMike Nugent, Cairo SantosBeing able to scoop up a guy who missed just two kicks last season is something that every team should have been looking to do this free agency period. If nothing else, a guy like that can push your current kicker in training camp; let the cream rise so to speak. So long as they didn’t get stupid with the guaranteed money in this deal, there is literally no downside to this move from the Bears.
P Jeff Locke Detroit LionsSan Francisco 49ersAppeared in 5 games, 27 punts, long of 54 yards, 45.3 yards per puntBradley PinionLocke is a decent punter by all accounts and he will have every opportunity to win the starting job in training camp, despite the fact that incumbent Bradley Pinion finished inside the top-10 in nearly every relevant statistical punting and kickoff category last season. Nothing too compelling here, but certainly something for diehard Niners fans to keep an eye on going forward.
QB Chase Daniel New Orleans SaintsChicago BearsCareer backup quarterbackMitchell TrubiskyAfter losing backup Mike Glennon to Arizona yesterday, it became clear that the Bears would be in the market for another backup quarterback going forward. Daniel is an undersized gunslinger, but a veteran in the NFL who has learned behind some of the game’s greats including Drew Brees, Alex Smith, and Carson Wentz. He should be a more than competent option to serve in an emergency, while he will best be used as a mentor to young starter Mitchell Trubisky. An interesting note in Daniel’s two-year deal is that he has a no questions asked opt out clause built into it, one that many are considering the “Nick Foles Clause.” Essentially, Daniel’s agent worked into the deal the ability for him to be able to opt out a year early. All Daniel has to do is write a $5 million check to the Bears. The thought process is that if Daniel is needed in an emergency situation this season like Foles was last year, and he excels like Foles did, then he can write a check, become a free agent, and potentially make quadruple the money on the open market. Smart agent right there...
RB Carlos Hyde San Francisco 49ersCleveland Browns240 carries, 938 yards, 3.9 yards per carry, 8 TD; 59 receptions, 350 yardsDuke JohnsonHyde has always been one of the more underrated backs in the league and mainly it’s because he’s too often banged up. What got him this decent contract was the fact that he played all 16 games last season and performed well, when not inexplicably in the dog house by coach Shanahan of course. In Cleveland he will be considered the lead back, while Duke Johnson will continue to handle the passing down duties. Many are wondering what this signing means for their first overall pick and to that I will say that nothing has changed at all, even since before they got Tyrod Taylor. The Browns will still look to add a quarterback with their first pick, while their fourth overall pick will be the best player available. If that happens to be Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, then he will still be the pick, likely leaving Duke Johnson on the trade block or chopping block.
DB Terrance Mitchell Kansas City ChiefsCleveland Browns53 tackles, 4 INT, 18 passes defended, 15 games playedJamar Taylor, Jason McCourty, Briean Boddy-Calhoun Mitchell is an interesting signing because while he received a horrendous rating from Pro Football Focus last season (52.3), he was juxtaposingly productive by fantasy and statistical standards, as he racked up 53 tackles, four interceptions, and a whopping 18 passes defended from his outside cornerback position. Despite his decent contract, in all likelihood Mitchell will enter training camp as a depth corner for Cleveland with every opportunity to win a starting job however.
TE Darren Fells Detroit LionsCleveland Browns17 receptions, 177 yardsSeth DeValve, David Njoku, Gavin EscobarFells is a massive (6-foot-7, 280 lbs.) tight end and former basketball player. He’s raw in most aspects of the position, but for now will join a rather deep position group for Cleveland with intentions of filling a blocking end position. His size will give him an advantage in the red zone as a receiver, but for now former first round pick David Njoku and returning starter Seth DeValve have priority in that area.
OG Zach Fulton Kansas City ChiefsHouston Texansstarted 3 games at center, 3 at left guard, and 1 at right guard last seasonNick Martin, Derek Newton, Lamar Miller, Deshaun WatsonIt’s no question that the Texans boasted one of the league’s worst offensive lines last season, but to their credit, they have gone out this offseason with the intentions of improving on that malady. Zach Fulton is the first of the two new guards that the Texans intend on employing this season. Fulton, while versatile to also play center, is expected to take over at left guard for the departed Xavier Su’a-Filo. If you are looking for a strong take on this move, there isn’t really one to be had. Fulton is a rock solid interior offensive lineman, who is capable of starting at three different positions if Houston ends up needing him to. $7.5 million per year sounds about the going rate for his type of services nowadays.
DB D.J. Hayden Detroit LionsJacksonville Jaguars44 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 9 passes defendedJalen Ramsey, A.J. Bouye, Tyler PatmonWith starting slot corner Aaron Colvin just signing with the Texans, the Jaguars knew that they needed to move quickly in hopes of keeping their league best secondary intact. The addition of Hayden is more of a downgrade than even a lateral move, however his former status as a first round pick means that there is still untapped potential in his game at just 27 years old. The main concern by many with this deal is that for a guy who has struggled so much throughout his career, how in the world did he manage to land a $19 million deal?
LB Kareem Martin Arizona CardinalsNew York Giants23 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 sackB.J. Goodson, Alec OgletreeWhile the Giants are certainly linebacker needy, this move is more a “James Bettcher’s guy” move rather than a pure talent acquisition and position plug. James Bettcher is of course the Giants new defensive coordinator, while Martin is a linebacker who is familiar with his system back during their Arizona Cardinals days together.
OT Nate Solder New England PatriotsNew York Giants2 time Super Bowl champ, started all 16 games in 2016Ereck FlowersThe Giants potentially had the worst offensive line in the NFL last season. It was clear this offseason that their plan was to improve upon that malady, and what better way to accomplish it than by going out and getting the best left tackle on the market? Sure they may have overpaid Solder as the highest paid offensive lineman in the league, but the guy is a two-time Super Bowl champ and the market dictated his value. In this move, the Giants just got better.
C Spencer Long Washington TeamNew York JetsStarted in 6 of 7 games playedBrian Winters, Brandon ShellLong, who started 12 games at center for the Redskins last season, is slated to take over the same role for the Jets this upcoming season – an area they vastly underperformed at in 2017. The deal is for four-years, $28 million, which is the going rate for an above-average interior offensive lineman; plus, the Jets have nearly $90 million burning a hole in their pockets, so they can afford the deal.
RB Jerick McKinnon Minnesota VikingsSan Francisco 49ers150 carries, 570 rushing yards, 3.8 yards per carry 3 TD; 51 receptions, 421 receiving yards, 2 TDJoseph WilliamsSurprisingly, McKinnon was the most sought after back on the open market this offseason, and he was by a large margin. The belief is that because he has a lot of tread left on his tires and because he’s position versatile, the investment in him will be well worth the long term money. The Niners ended up winning the sweepstakes for his services, which means that he’s likely to step right in as their lead back after the recent departure of Carlos Hyde. While McKinnon has a history of inconsistent production, his standing as a starting back headed into 2018 and within a Jimmy Garoppolo led offense, he should be a hot fantasy option.
DL Beau Allen Philadelphia EaglesTampa Bay Buccaneers20 tackles, 1.0 sacksGerald McCoyWith all of the moves that the Eagles made along their defensive line so far this offseason, it became clear that Allen would end up being the odd man out. The Buccaneers made quick work of the decision to add a Super Bowl hardened, four-year vet, to a three-year $15 million deal. Is this a slight overpay for a rotational defensive lineman? Yes, but he will undoubtedly improve one of their biggest areas of need.
LB Christian Jones Chicago BearsDetroit Lions90 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 1 FF, 1 FRJarrad DavisJones offers the exact type of versatility that Matt Patricia values in his linebackers, as he has experience inside in a 4-3 defense and as an edge blitzer in 3-4 schemes. Chances are that he is used more off the edge in Detroit, but it is nice to know that he can kick inside if needed. Especially in today’s NFL, versatility is the name of the game.
OT Andre Smith Cincinnati BengalsArizona CardinalsStarted 8 of 13 games he appeared inD.J. Humphries, Jared VeldheerSmith is a veteran tackle who can play on either side of the line. Considering the Cardinals didn’t pay him too much ($8 million over two years), chances are that he isn’t going to be expected to come in and start right off the bat. He’ll likely have a chance to earn a job along the line out of camp, but for now considering him a swing tackle.
OG Brandon Fusco San Francisco 49ersAtlanta FalconsStarted all 16 games Wes Schweitzer, Sean Harlow, Ben GarlandFusco is a plug and play addition at right guard for the Falcons, which is all they could have asked for entering this free agency period. The best part of the deal is that they got a 16 game starter from last season and managed to underpay for his services.
QB AJ McCarron Cincinnati BengalsBuffalo BillsBackup for entire careerNathan Peterman, Kelvin Benjamin, Charles ClayMcCarron was the last man standing when the music cut during quarterback musical chairs this free agency period, but now he has found a home – with the opportunity to start mind you – in Buffalo, so not all looks so bad for him. On the side of the Bills, they got themselves a guy who I’ve been very high on since his college days, and they got him at a relative bargain, considering the going rate for quarterbacks these days. Aside from the incredibly light two-year $10 million deal with tons of playing time incentive bonuses built in, the best part of the deal is that they will only be on the hook for $2 million in the second year if they decide to cut ties with McCarron after 2018. It should go without saying that the Bills will still be very active in the draft, looking for their franchise quarterback.
DL Trent Murphy Washington TeamBuffalo Bills2016 stats: 47 tackles, 9.0 sacks, 3 FF, 1 FR... Missed all of 2017 with a torn ACLShaq Lawson, Jerry HughesNot much more to say here other than the Bills got themselves a home run deal. Murphy – while he is coming off of a torn ACL – should be entering the prime of his career at just 27 years of age and registered nine sacks in his last season of action. He’s potentially a premier pass rusher, provided he’s fully healthy, and they didn’t have to pay too much for his services. Great deal.
DB Tramaine Brock Minnesota VikingsDenver Broncos5 tackles, 1 passes defended, 11 games played, 0 startsChris Harris, Bradley RobyBrock joins a secondary that just lost its emotional leader in Aqib Talib this offseason. While he won’t be expected to come in and start on an island on the outside left like Talib did for his Broncos tenure, he may have to be scheme versatile as an inside slot and a weak side corner. The one-year, $4 million price tag indicates that the Broncos aren’t expecting too much from the 29-year-old, so the implications here aren’t huge.
DB DeShawn Shead Seattle SeahawksDetroit LionsMissed all but 2 games with ACL injuryNevin Lawson, Teez Tabor, Quandre DiggsThis term keeps popping up all over this free agency thread – “versatility.” Shead offers versatility all across the defensive backfield, and can even potentially play some dime linebacker in a pinch if needed. Coming off of a serious knee injury, chances are that Shead will not be expected to start right away, but in camp he will learn coach Patricia’s scheme and at multiple positions. This will give him the best path to playing time.
OG Senio Kelemete New Orleans SaintsHouston Texansplayed in all 16 games. 8 at tackle, 8 at guardNick Martin, Derek Newton, Lamar Miller, Deshaun WatsonFor a team as desperate for offensive line help as the Texans are, this deal couldn’t be much better. For the last few years, Kelemete has served as the next man up along the Saints elite offensive line, where he quickly earned the reputation as the best at his job in the business. With the Texans he will be guaranteed a starting job – most likely at one of the guard spots, however he has the ability to play either tackle position as well. The best part of it all, they didn’t overpay.
DL Denico Autry Las Vegas RaidersIndianapolis Colts36 tackles, 5.0 sacks, 7 passes defendedMargus Hunt, Hassan Ridgeway, Jonathan HankinsAutry is another guy on this list who fits the “versatile” prototype, which shouldn’t be surprising considering the nature of today’s positionless league. Best suited as an inside presence, Autry has the lean frame and unique power to help set the edge on run downs as well. The Colts will love his ability to play anywhere along the front four, and will likely rotate him all over based off of match up and down and distance.
TE Niles Paul Washington TeamJacksonville Jaguars13 catches, 94 yards, played 14 games, started in 8Marcedes Lewis, James O’Shaughnessy, Ben KoyackOf the now many tight ends that the Jaguars currently employ, Paul seems like the least secure to make the opening day roster. Throughout his career, Paul has dealt with a myriad of injuries, plus he has posted middling production when on the field as well. Reports are that he scored $9 million from Jacksonville, but chances are that little to none of that money is guaranteed. With a light investment and a crowded room, the odds are stacked against Paul playing a significant part on the 2018 Jaguars.
TE Virgil Green Denver BroncosLos Angeles Chargers14 catches, 191 yards, 1 TDPhilip Rivers, Hunter Henry, Antonio GatesWhile Green comes in as yet another talented player in the Chargers tight end room, his skillset as a blocker first will keep him from infringing on the production of both Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates. Things should continue to operate business as usual in Los Angeles.
QB Tom Savage Houston TexansNew Orleans Saints1,412 passing yards, 5 TD, 6 INT, 56.1% completion rateDrew BreesAfter locking up future Hall of Famer Drew Brees for another two years, the next move was to secure his backup in case of an emergency. Savage, while often jeered by football fans, is actually a decent quarterback and a rock solid backup one. In New Orleans, behind Drew Brees, he will get real good at carrying a clipboard and wearing a fitted cap, so there are really no fantasy implications here.
LB Demario Davis New York JetsNew Orleans SaintsPlayed 100% of defensive snaps in 2017; 135 tackles, 1 FR, 3 passes defended. Manti Te'o, Alex Anzalone, A.J. KleinDavis was arguably the Jets best defensive player last season, as he turned into one of the most reliable three-down linebackers in the game. To be clear, Davis played in 100-percent – yes, rub your eyeballs and slap your face – 100-percent of the Jets defensive snaps in 2017. While he developed into the heart and sold of a defense and team that won five more games than they were expected to, would you believe that the Jets didn’t even offer the 29-year-old a second contract? Well, classic Jets I guess. Their loss and the Saints gain… He will be a great get for them and he will have a chance to compete for a Super Bowl.
LB Barkevious Mingo Indianapolis ColtsSeattle Seahawks44 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 FF, 3 FRCliff Avril, Frank Clark, Branden JacksonAfter the defensive exodus that the Seahawks have showcased this offseason, it is good to see them bring something back with them. Sure Mingo has largely been a bust since being taken in the top-10 during the 2013 NFL draft, but he has shown over the last few seasons that he does have at least some production to offer edge needy NFL teams. Regardless, this won’t register on any IDP league’s radars anytime soon.
DB Patrick Robinson Philadelphia EaglesNew Orleans Saints45 tackles, 1.0 sacks, 4 INT, 18 passes defended, started 8 of 16 gamesKen Crawley, Marshon LattimoreA reunion here of sorts, as the Saints are bringing back their former first round pick, after they told him they should see other people. The Saints can see now that he has matured – especially after winning the Super Bowl and becoming the league’s sixth best corner according to Pro Football Focus – so they think it’s time that they got back together. The deal is worth $20 million over four years, which isn’t so bad for arguably the league’s best slot corner. To put in the simplest of terms, the Saints just made a strength – their secondary – even stronger.
RB Doug Martin Tampa Bay BuccaneersLas Vegas Raiders138 carreis, 406 yards, 2.9 yards per carry, 3 TD, 11 games playedMarshawn Lynch, DeAndre Washington, Jalen RichardDoug Martin is from Oakland, and with head coach Jon Gruden’s close ties to Tampa Bay, he’s very familiar with Martin and his skillset. There is no doubt that Martin is a talented back, as evidenced by his two separate seasons with over 1,400 rushing yards, however some of his other years leave you scratching your head. With a one year prove it deal like the one that he received, I can’t imagine a better situation for the Muscle Hamster.
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins New York JetsJacksonville Jaguars50 receptions, 357 yards, 3 TDMarcedes Lewis, James O’Shaughnessy, Ben Koyack, Niles PaulASJ joins a crowded Jags tight end room that now includes Marcedes Lewis, James O’Shaughnessy, Ben Koyack, and Niles Paul who also was just signed on Wednesday. While the talent is there for Seferian-Jenkins to make a fantasy impact anywhere, this cluster of tight ends makes it tough to predict how playing time will be parsed out. This is certainly a position battle to keep a close eye on as training camp creeps up.
WR Jordy Nelson Green Bay PackersLas Vegas Raiders53 catches, 482 yards, 6 TDAmari Cooper, Seth Roberts, Cordarrelle PattersonThere is no doubt that Nelson’s play fell off of a cliff once Aaron Rodgers was sidelined with an injury for the rest of 2017, however the fact of the matter is that even before Rodgers’ injury, Nelson didn’t exactly look like himself. At 33 years of age, Nelson is on the back nine of his physical peak, which means that the Packers were likely wise to cut ties with him. On the surface, what the Raiders inked him to (two-years, $15 million) isn’t bad at all, but upon further inspection the $13 million in guaranteed money teeters on egregious. I find it hard to believe that he will be a better option than Michael Crabtree at only a few dollars less in 2018.
DB Tyrann Mathieu Arizona CardinalsHouston Texans74 tackles, 1 FF, 2 INT, 7 passes defendedAndre Hall, Kareem Jackson, Kevin JohnsonMathieu’s fall from grace is remarkable. He went from one of the most dynamic safeties in the NFL, just two years ago, to now only earning $7 million on a one year deal after being cut from the team that drafted him. I guess a knee injury can do that type of thing to you, but let’s not forget that this kid is still just 25 years of age… Sure his off the field history scared some teams away, but what this really tells me is that teams are not comfortable investing in an undersized safety who has already suffered a serious injury in his career. It also doesn’t help matters that Mathieu looked to be a shell of himself after the ACL tear in 2016. There’s no secret that he’s talented though and if he’s back to 100-percent, chances are that he’ll far outplay his contract and earn the long term one he was looking for this offseason, next year. Excellent low risk, high reward investment for Houston here.
OG Josh Sitton Chicago BearsMiami Dolphins3 time Pro Bowler, 2011 Super Bowl champLaremy Tunsil, Ja'Wuan James, Still a well above-average guard and now 31 years of age, Sitton did well for himself getting nearly $9 million per year from the Dolphins. On the Dolphins end, they will not only be getting themselves a difference maker on the field, but also a player who can motivate, give wisdom, and set a good example for the younger guys. Seems like a mutually great deal here.
DL Dontari Poe Atlanta FalconsCarolina Panthers39 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 7 passes defendedJulius Peppers, Kawann ShortIn Kawann Short and Julius Peppers, the Panthers already have themselves a fearsome defensive line. Today they just added arguably the best lane clogging run-stuffer in the game, in Dontari Poe. As a double-team commander, Poe made two Pro Bowls in Kansas City, while his past season in Atlanta wasn’t too shabby either. Beyond being a nightmare for offenses to block, Poe’s calling card has become his durability, as he has appeared in 92 of 94 possible games so far in his career. For this reason, the Panthers decided it was time to give him a long term deal with some real money – three years, $30 million.
RB LeGarrette Blount Philadelphia EaglesDetroit Lions173 carries, 776 yards, 4.4 yards per carry, 2 TDAmeer Abdullah, Theo RiddickIn Blount, you know exactly what you are going to get… A pounder between the tackles with high red zone value and close to no value as a receiver. His fit in this offense should be perfect, considering the Lions have no big bodied back and several receiving threats. A plus is that he’s won Super Bowls in back-to-back seasons with two different teams, so he knows how to pick his destinations.
C Ryan Jensen Baltimore RavensTampa Bay BuccaneersStarted all 16 gamesAli MarpetFor a guy who only started nine games in the year prior to this past season; this contract feels rather rich for my taste. I’m all for paying a guy who had a great season, but to make Jensen the highest paid center in the league… Things are getting out of hand. Having said all of that, in this move, the Buccaneers did get better, so I can’t criticize them for that. In all likelihood, Jensen is signed to play his natural position of center, while Ali Marpet will kick back over to left guard to fill in for the departed Kevin Pamphile.
WR Michael Crabtree Las Vegas RaidersBaltimore Ravens58 receptions, 618 yards, 8 TDChris Moore, Breshad Perriman, John BrownThe 30-year-old did well for himself just one day after getting cut, as he inked a three-year deal worth $21 million overall and $11 million guaranteed. Sure the Ravens are a significant step down in terms of offensive prowess and firepower, but at least there he is wanted and will be the number one receiver without any question. All in all, Crabtree should be solid next season, but shouldn’t be nearly the fantasy option that he once was.
DL Sheldon Richardson Seattle SeahawksMinnesota Vikings44 tackles, 1.0 sacks, 1 FF, 2 FR, 1 INT, Linval Joseph, Everson Griffen, Danielle HunterWhile Richardson hasn’t developed into the sack machine that people once thought he may become, he has remained one of the most disruptive interior defensive linemen in the game, which is what landed him this quality deal with a quality team. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer even said it himself… “He didn’t have a lot of sacks, but as I’ve said before, sacks are not our No. 1 goal. It’s about disrupting the quarterback and getting him off his spot and getting him off timing.” Richardson, along with the other Purple People Eaters, should feast on opposing quarterbacks enough next year to make them the odds on Super Bowl favorites.
OG Justin Pugh New York GiantsArizona CardinalsMissed last 8 games with a back injuryD.J. Humphries, Mike Iupati, A.Q. Shipley, Jared VeldeheerPugh has been by far the Giants best offensive lineman for the last five years, however after a checkered injury history that saw him miss 17 games since 2013, Pugh became a guy who the Giants could no longer trust. Coming off of a season in which he missed the last eight games with a back injury, it is surprising to see him earn a $45 million contract over a five-year commitment. With all of that being said, his versatility across the line and pure talent in both run and pass protection, Pugh should serve as a fine addition to the Cardinals offensive line, provided he remains healthy.
RB Jeremy Hill Tampa Bay BuccaneersNew England Patriots37 carries, 116 yards, 3.1 yards per carryMike Gillislee, James White, Rex BurkheadHill is a player with obvious talent, but it’s odd to see his statistical regression in each of his four NFL seasons. The Patriots are famous – amongst many other things – for taking running backs off the street and turning them into Super Bowl heros, so this seems like a good fit for the Bengals backfield castaway. Expect him to fill the LeGarrette Blount type of role in this offense going forward, as his near 240 lbs. frame is a load to handle around the goal line.
OG Patrick Omameh Jacksonville JaguarsNew York GiantsStarted and played in 13 games last seasonNate Soldier, Brett Jones, John JerryOmameh likely slots into the Giants vacant starting left guard void, which makes sense considering the fact that he played the same position for over 75-percent of the Jaguars snaps in 2017. While he’s set to earn only a little over $2 million in 2018, if he performs well, the yearly dollar amount can increase to over $6 million per for the duration of the contract.
DB Marcus Gilchrist Houston TexansLas Vegas Raiders56 tackles, 1 INT, 1.0 sacks, 1 FF, 6 passes defendedKarl Joseph, Obi MelifonwuThe 29-year-old is a solid NFL safety and one that will help the Raiders right away, at a fairly cheap price. While he may not exactly be guaranteed a starting job, especially considering the current investment (Karl Joseph and Obi Melifonwu – both top-60 selections) the Raiders have at both safety positions, Gilchrist offers positional versatility and veteran experience that should be critical in helping the development of both of the Raiders other two young safeties.
RB Keith Smith Dallas CowboysLas Vegas Raiders5 catches, 46 yards, played 16 gamesDoug Martin, DeAndre Washington, Jalen RichardSmith was one of the few fullbacks available on the market, so the Raiders did a good job inking the job here. Over the last few seasons, Smith has made a name for himself paving the way for Ezekiel Elliott in Dallas, mainly when operating out of the I-formation. Outside of his blocking prowess and above-average athleticism for the position, Smith doesn’t offer much more – especially as a receiver (eight receptions and just 46 yards over the last two seasons combined). It should go without saying that there is little fantasy value to be had here.
OG Jermon Bushrod Miami DolphinsNew Orleans Saints10 games playedTerron Armstead, Andrus Peat, Max Unger, Larry Warford, Ryan Ramczyk At 33 years old, Bushrod is on the back nine of his career, however just because he may not be an elite starter anymore doesn’t mean that he can’t be a useful piece to a team in contention. When all was said and done here, the Saints managed to make Bushrod the best backup lineman in the game. He is set to take over the role of recently departed Senio Kelemete, which is a role that consists of backing up every position along the line and doing it at a high level. Essentially, because of his versatility and role acceptance, the Saints just got a lot better and deeper.
K Cairo Santos Chicago BearsNew York Jets4-for-5 FGA, 14-for-14 PATLachlan Edwards, Ben TurkWith Chandler Catanzaro signing with the Buccaneers just a few days ago, the Jets knew that they needed to act fast in hopes of replacing him with another solid kicker. While he sat out for most of last season with a groin injury, the career numbers for Santos are pretty respectable… Has converted 84.1% of his field goal tries and 96.2% of his PATs. He has produced touchbacks on 46.5% of his kickoffs.
DL Mitch Unrein Chicago BearsTampa Bay Buccaneers32 tackles, 2.5 sacksGerald McCoy, Beau AllenAlong with Beau Allen, the Buccaneers have successfully added two position versatile defensive linemen. They both project best inside, but can kick outside if necessary. For the sake of Unrein, he is coming off of his best season yet, where for the first time he showed some ability to push the pocket as well as stuffing the run. The deal is a bit pricey based on his career production, but it’s probably more about what he can be rather than what he showed elsewhere.
OG Kenny Wiggins Los Angeles ChargersDetroit LionsStarted 16 games last seasonTaylor Decker, Graham Glasgow, T.J. Lang, Rick WagnerWhile Wiggins started all 16 games for the Chargers last season, he by no means is guaranteed a starting job in his new home this season. Right now he’s projected to serve in a backup role along the interior offensive line, however if the Lions don’t replace Travis Swanson at center, Graham Glasgow can kick over from left guard and Wiggins can fill in there.
DL Aaron Lynch San Francisco 49ersChicago Bears9 tackles, 1.0 sacks, 1 FRLeonard Floyd, Howard JonesLynch was once a young, promising edge rusher, as he racked up 6.0 sacks in his rookie season with just three defensive starts. He followed his rookie year with another solid campaign, but since then things have just gone downhill for his career. In joining the Bears, Lynch gets a chance to reunite with Vic Fangio – his defensive coordinator in San Fran during his excellent rookie season – while at still just 25 years of age, much of his best football should still be ahead of him. With the contract particulars currently undisclosed, my guess is that he will be on a one year “prove it” deal, which should work out well for both sides.
QB Chad Henne Jacksonville JaguarsKansas City ChiefsBackup for all of 2017Patrick MahomesWithout question, the starting job is undoubtedly Patrick Mahomes’ so this is a backup deal only. While Henne isn’t anything special, he offers plenty of experience as a backup in this league. He should do a fine job in this KC offensive system, providing Mahomes with all of the help that he needs to succeed.
LB Tahir Whitehead Detroit LionsLas Vegas Raiders110 tackles, 1.0 sacks, 4 FR, 1 INT, 16 games startedCorey James, Marquel Lee, Nicholas MorrowWhile not his natural position, it appears as though Whitehead is going to come in and take over the vacant Mike linebacker position, previously filled by NaVorro Bowman. His best traits are in stuffing the run and blitzing off the edge, however considering his impressive numbers last season, there is a chance that he can get the job done as an inside linebacker as well.
DB Johnson Bademosi New England PatriotsHouston Texans34 tackles, 1 passes defended, 3 startsAaron Colvin, Kevin Johnsont’s no secret that Bademosi is the league’s best special teams player. Because of this, the Texans decided to pay him as such with a $6.5 million contract. In Houston, he’ll keep his main special teams role, however he will also have a shot to earn some reps at the cornerback position as well.
K Caleb Sturgis Philadelphia EaglesLos Angeles Chargers3-for-3 FGA, 1-for-2 PAT, 1 games playedNick Rose, Roberto AguayoTo be honest, Sturgis is just a guy when it comes to the standards of NFL kicking, however on this roster, he has a good a shot as anyone to win the job. His competition will be Roberto Aguayo and Nick Rose when training camp opens this summer.
QB Tyler Bray Kansas City ChiefsChicago BearsCareer backup quarterbackChase Daniel, Mitchell TrubiskyBray was a promising prospect coming out of Tennessee a few years ago, but due to maturity concerns, amongst other things, his NFL career hasn’t amounted to much. When training camp opens this summer, he will be firmly positioned behind both Mitchell Trubisky and Chase Daniel on the quarterback depth chart.
DB Cody Davis Los Angeles RamsJacksonville Jaguars19 tackles, 4 passes defended, 1 INT, 2 starts in 7 games playedTashaun Gipson Davis excelled on special teams for Los Angeles and also made a handful of spot starts at free safety. He'll add depth behind Jaguars FS Tashaun Gipson.
LB Jeremiah Attaochu Los Angeles ChargersSan Francisco 49ers8 tackles, 4 games played, 0 games startedEli Harold, Malcolm Smith, Dekoda WatsonAttaochu joins the Niners on a limited one-year deal, and while the contract is light, they still undoubtedly improved their pass rush depth in this move. Attaochu is a former second round pick and still only 25 years old. While he hasn’t produced well statistically so far in his career, he has been effective in his limited playing time. With more opportunities this season, he should have his best numbers yet on an emerging Niners roster.
DB Orlando Scandrick Dallas CowboysWashington Team38 tackles, 3 passes defended, 11 games started and playedJosh Norman, Fabian MoreauAfter being cut by the Cowboys, Scandrick became the best slot corner on the market. He was scrapped up quickly by the Redskins because of their sudden need in the slot after losing Kendall Fuller. Scandrick’s presence also just adds overall cornerback depth, as Washington too lost Bashaud Breeland to free agency this offseason.
TE Eric Ebron Detroit LionsIndianapolis Colts53 receptions, 574 yards, 4 TDJack Doyle, Erik SwopeSince being drafted 10th overall just five years ago, the Lions decided to go their separate ways with Eric Ebron. In this move, the Colts add much needed pass catching depth, while Ebron has a chance to team up with Andrew Luck and shake his “bust” moniker. While Jack Doyle is still the incumbent starter, Ebron should hold some decent fantasy value as well for the 2018 season.
TE Ed Dickson Carolina PanthersSeattle Seahawks30 receptions, 437 yards, 1 TDNick VannettDickson’s 2017 season as an emergency starter for the injured Greg Olsen was his best one since 2011 in Baltimore. While he’s no Jimmy Graham, Dickson showed in flashed last season that he has the potential for some big games. At the reasonable price he’s coming, Dickson and Nick Vannett should make a formidable 1, 2 punch for Russell Wilson to throw to at the tight end position.
WR Allen Hurns Jacksonville JaguarsDallas Cowboys39 catches, 484 yards, 2 TDTerrance Williams, Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Dak Prescott, Jason Witten, Ryan Switzer, Deonte Thompson, Noah BrownHurns joins the Cowboys amid some controversy, as his arrival has been rumored to be the end of star receiver Dez Bryant in Dallas. However, the most recent word is that due to his incredibly team friendly deal, the Cowboys will be able to retain both Dez and Hurns after all. As for his fit in the current depth chart, Hurns becomes an immediate upgrade over veteran number two wideout Terrance Williams, however it is not a job that he will be handed. A serious wide receiver competition is set to play out in Dallas come training camp.
QB Brock Osweiler Denver BroncosMiami Dolphins1,088 passing yards, 5 TD, 5 INT, 4 starts, 6 games playedRyan TannehillYes Ryan Tannehill is still the starter. No this doesn’t mean that Brock Osweiler is the Dolphins future at the position. And no this doesn’t mean that the Dolphins won’t still take a quarterback at 11th overall in April’s upcoming draft. This is a depth/insurance move at most; little fantasy implications to see here… Move along now.
LB Preston Brown Buffalo BillsCincinnati Bengals144 tackles, 3 passes defendedVontaze Burfict, Vincent ReyBrown is an every-down linebacker who will slot right into the Bengals starting Mike role. Vincent Rey will kick out to strongside, while the jury is still out on the status of Vontaze Burfict.
RB Frank Gore Indianapolis ColtsMiami Dolphins261 carries, 961 yards, 3 TD, 3.7 yards per carry; 29 catches, 245 yards, 1 TDKenyan DrakeAt seemingly 9,000 years old, Frank Gore is still getting the job done. While it’s not at as high of a level that he used to, Gore still manages to hover near the 1,000 yard mark each season, while his veteran leadership gets better every year. Word is that Gore is joining the Dolphins for more of the latter reason, as they are a squad looking for a culture change. Gore will be the backup to Kenyan Drake in 2018 – barring injury of course – however his role as a leader will be invaluable to a rebuilding roster.
WR Mike Wallace Baltimore RavensPhiladelphia Eagles52 catches, 748 yards, 4 TDAlshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Mack Hollins, Zach Ertz, Carson WentzWhile Wallace has posted some underrated production over the last few years in Baltimore, his presence in Philly will be much less felt, as he is slated to simply replace the leftover production from the recently departed Torrey Smith (ironically another Baltimore misfit receiver). To say that Wallace will be the go to number two option in Philly is more than a stretch and closer to a blatant lie. He will be firmly behind Zach Ertz, Alshon Jeffery, and Nelson Agholor, while he will have to battle it out with Mack Hollins for the leftover looks. He’s a downfield threat and fourth target at best going forward.
K Chandler Catanzaro New York JetsTampa Bay Buccaneers25-of-30 FGA, 29-of-29 PATPatrick MurrayCatanzaro will come in and compete for the job with incumbent Patrick Murray. Considering both guys are in their mid-20’s and possess a decent amount of potential, I would say this race is wide open, beginning in training camp.
WR Terrelle Pryor Washington TeamNew York Jets20 catches, 240 yards, 1 TDJermaine Kearse, Quincy Enunwa, Andre RobertsThe financial details of this deal are still undisclosed, so much of my take on it is still up in the air, however just from a football stand point, I like the move. The Jets have tons of money to spend and in Pryor, they fill a need. Most of their receivers are either slow or undersized, however Pryor is neither. Pryor – despite his awful 2017 – will give the Jets the deep threat they are missing after the expected loss of Robby Anderson, while he will also be their best red zone option at nearly 6-foot-6. Provided the money is close to a “prove it” deal, I will be all for this move.
LS Andrew DePaola Chicago BearsLas Vegas RaidersCareer longsnapperAndrew EastIt’s puzzling really, to see the Raiders giving a long snapper over $1 million per season, in today’s tight-budgeted, salary-capped environment. While I’m sure DePaola is fine at his craft, this is yet another move on a long list of transactions that is perhaps proving Jon Gruden’s retirement rust.
DL Tank Carradine San Francisco 49ersLas Vegas Raiders19 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 7 starts in 8 games, missed second half of season with ankle injuryMario Edwards Jr, Justin EllisThe former second round pick has underperformed statistically based off of his draft status, while his noted injury history hardly makes him a low risk signing either. With new management in Oakland, this move still makes sense though, as they are looking to overhaul their roster with high potential signings.
DB Shareece Wright Buffalo BillsLas Vegas Raiders42 tackles, 1 FF, 2 FR, i INT, 5 passes defendedDarius Hillary, Gareon Conley, Tevin MitchelWright is now 30 years old and not the same player he once was. While he is no longer a spring chicken, he’s still not ancient, and his deal in Oakland could be just what he needs to get his game back on track. In Oakland, due to their weakness at corner, Wright should have a good shot at some legit playing time. Like this move here.
DB Teddy Williams Carolina PanthersNew York GiantsMissed 2017 with a shoulder injuryB.W. Webb, Donte Deayon, Brandon DixonWilliams is a guy with an interesting history… He played zero football in college, but was noted for his elite sprinting speed on the track team. He later joined the Cowboys practice squad out of college, before getting cut and then joining the UFL. He managed to eventually find his way onto the Panthers Super Bowl roster a few years ago, before missing most of the last two seasons with injuries. Essentially, the Giants are getting a huge question mark here, but not one without some upside because of his elite speed.
WR Deonte Thompson Chicago BearsDallas Cowboys38 catches, 555 yards, 2 TDDez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Dak Prescott, Cole Beasley, Jason Witten, Noah Brown, Ryan SwitzerA low risk, high reward signing here, as the Cowboys will be getting themselves a speed burner and special teams contributor at a position that they have been looking to add depth to for quite some time now. Chances are though that Thompson won’t be taken seriously as an option to see legitimate reps with the first team offense, however he will serve some kind of purpose this seasons.
QB Matt Barkley Arizona CardinalsCincinnati BengalsInactive for 2017Andy Dalton
LB Brandon Copeland Detroit LionsNew York JetsDid not play in 2017Lorenzo Mauldin, Jordan Jenkins
TE Luke Willson Seattle SeahawksDetroit Lions15 receptions, 153 yards, 4 TDMichael Roberts, Hakeem Valles, Brandon Barnes
OT Tom Compton Chicago BearsMinnesota Vikings5 starts in 11 games played at both right and left guardJosh Andrews, Danny Isorda, Kirk Cousins
LB Joe Thomas Green Bay PackersDallas Cowboys12 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1 passes defended, 12 games playedJaylon Smith, Sean Lee, Damien Wilson
TE Logan Paulsen San Francisco 49ersAtlanta Falcons2 targets, 1 start, 14 games playedAustin Hooper, Matt Ryan
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis Kansas City ChiefsNew York Jets35 tackles, 2 passes defended, 14 games playedJordan Jenkins, Lorenzo Mauldin
DB Maurice Alexander Los Angeles RamsSeattle Seahawks20 tackels, 4 starts, 4 games playedKam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, Delano Hill
DB Josh Johnson Houston TexansLas Vegas Raiders9 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 1 passes defended, 8 games playedMarcus Gilchrist, Obi Melifonwu
DL Vinny Curry Philadelphia EaglesTampa Bay Buccaneers42 tackels, 3.0 sacks, 1 FF, 16 startsJason Pierre-Paul, Noah Spence, William Gholston
WR Cody Latimer Denver BroncosNew York Giants19 catches, 287 yards, 2 TDOdell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Brandon Marshall
DL Sylvester Williams Tennessee TitansDetroit Lions20 tackles, 11 games playedA'Shawn Robinson, Jeremiah Ledbetter
DL Ndamukong Suh Miami DolphinsLos Angeles Rams48 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 passes defendedAaron Donald, Michael BrockersDear lord! How in the hell do you block the Rams now? With Wade Phillips – one of the best defensive coordinators in the league – their new and improved secondary, and now the combination of Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh attacking from the inside, they undoubtedly are the defense to fear in the NFC. At $14 million, Suh joins at his expected quote, however the Rams aren’t exactly on the hook for much considering this is only a one year deal. Clearly the expectation is Super Bowl or bust for Los Angeles in 2018.
DB E.J. Gaines Buffalo BillsCleveland Browns
DL Xavier Williams Arizona CardinalsKansas City Chiefs
C Mike Pouncey Miami DolphinsLos Angeles Chargers
DL Josh Mauro Arizona CardinalsNew York Giants
DB B.W. Webb Cleveland BrownsNew York Giants
OT Marshall Newhouse Las Vegas RaidersBuffalo Bills
C Russell Bodine Cincinnati BengalsBuffalo Bills
WR Ryan Grant Washington TeamIndianapolis Colts
OG Matt Slauson Los Angeles ChargersIndianapolis Colts
DB Morgan Burnett Green Bay PackersPittsburgh Steelers
OG Jonathan Cooper Dallas CowboysSan Francisco 49ers
DB Bene' Benwikere Dallas CowboysArizona Cardinals
OG D.J. Fluker New York GiantsSeattle Seahawks
DL Ricky Jean-Francois New England PatriotsDetroit Lions
DL Clinton McDonald Tampa Bay BuccaneersDenver Broncos
OG Kevin Pamphile Tampa Bay BuccaneersTennessee Titans
RB Damien Williams Miami DolphinsKansas City Chiefs
LB Ramik Wilson Kansas City ChiefsLos Angeles Rams
DB Tramon Williams Arizona CardinalsGreen Bay Packers
OT Breno Giacomini Houston TexansLas Vegas Raiders
DL Tom Johnson Minnesota VikingsSeattle Seahawks
DB Ross Cockrell New York GiantsCarolina Panthers
DB Da'Norris Searcy Tennessee TitansCarolina Panthers
OG Jeremiah Sirles Minnesota VikingsCarolina Panthers
WR Andre Roberts Atlanta FalconsNew York Jets