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Josh Mauga LB - KC The Chiefs have re-signed Mauga to a thr...
The Chiefs have re-signed Mauga to a three-year contract worth approximately $8 million, per ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: The contract indicates that Mauga will start at inside linebacker next to Derrick Johnson, who missed nearly the entire 2014 season after suffering a torn Achilles in Week 1. While Johnson is the player for IDP owners to target, Mauga did manage 103 tackles (82 solo) over 16 games in 2014, albeit with minimal secondary statistics.By Rotowire.com
David Harris LB - NYJ Harris has re-signed with the Jets on a...
Harris has re-signed with the Jets on a three-year, $21.5 million contract, Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News reports.
Impacts: The 31-year-old linebacker has spent his entire career with one team, playing all 16 games in seven of his first eight seasons. He's recorded either 123 or 124 tackles in each of the past three years, making him one of the NFL's more reliable IDP options. He's also one of the league's better pass rushers at his position, with 30.5 career sacks to his name, including six last season. Harris is the unquestioned leader of the New York defense, if not the entire team.By Rotowire.com
Matt Prater K - DET The Lions re-signed Prater to a three-ye...
The Lions re-signed Prater to a three-year contract Friday.
Impacts: Prater was released by the Broncos in early October while serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. He then signed with the Lions, and went on to make 21-of-26 field-goal attempts (80.8 percent), despite trying half of his kicks from 40-plus yards out. Other than the off-field issues, Prater has generally been of the NFL's better kickers, offering solid accuracy and excellent leg strength. Of course, he's no longer attached to an elite offense, so he'll probably fall into the indecipherable middle tier of kickers for 2015.By Rotowire.com
Brandon Marshall WR - NYJ The Bears agreed to trade Marshall (ribs...
The Bears agreed to trade Marshall (ribs) to the Jets on Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: A physical is still needed to complete the trade, and while Marshall finished last season on injured reserve due to a collapsed lung and broken ribs, it probably won't be much of an issue. Soon to be 31 years old, the 6-foot-4 wideout joins a roster that already includes Eric Decker and Percy Harvin, though the latter may not be long for the team. While it's fair to wonder about competition for targets, the far bigger issue is the Jets' lack of a proven quarterback. For all his struggles, Jay Cutler has always been able to help his receivers to strong numbers, and he was known to be one of Marshall's closest friends. This seems like a negative for Marshall's fantasy prospects, but the Jets may address their quarterback situation this offseason. Back in Chicago, there should be even more targets to go around for the already-busy trio of Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte. Of course, the Bears may be in the process of moving on from Cutler, and Friday's trade of his good friend seemingly points in that direction.By Rotowire.com
Jermaine Kearse WR - SEA Kearse received a second-round restricte...
Kearse received a second-round restricted free agent tender from the Seahawks, ESPN's Field Yates reports.
Impacts: No team would consider giving up a second-round pick for Kearse, so there's little question he'll be back with Seattle next season. It remains to be seen how he'll fit into the offense, as the Seahawks may have designs on upgrading their receiving corps. Even if he maintains a starting role, Kearse has never been a high-volume player in the Seattle offense.By Rotowire.com
Marques Colston WR - NO Colston has restructured his contract to...
Colston has restructured his contract to remain with the Saints, Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Impacts: A rumored cap casualty, Colston will apparently stick around for at least one more year in the only NFL home he's ever known. He'll be 32 by the beginning of the 2015 season, and while he's declined from his peak form, he seemingly still has something left to offer. He finished 2014 with a 59-902-5 receiving line in 16 games, and with the Saints boasting some young talent in the receiving corps, it would be unwise to expect much more in 2015.By Rotowire.com
Reggie Wayne WR - IND The Colts will not re-sign Wayne (tricep...
The Colts will not re-sign Wayne (triceps), who recently underwent surgery and is considering retirement, Kevin Bowen of Colts.com reports.
Impacts: Wayne could perhaps look to catch on elsewhere, but he didn't seem to have much left in the tank by the end of the 2014 season, and he'll turn 37 during the 2015 campaign. He finishes his Indianapolis career as the second-leading receiver in franchise history, just a few hundred yards behind long-time running mate Marvin Harrison. With Wayne out of the picture, Donte Moncrief's path to a major role in the offense becomes even clearer.By Rotowire.com
Jerome Simpson WR - SF Simpson signed a two-year contract with...
Simpson signed a two-year contract with the 49ers on Thursday.
Impacts: Arguably known for his legal issues more so than his play on the field, Simpson was released by the Vikings in September while serving a three-game suspension to open the 2014 season. The suspension was for a November 2013 DUI arrest, and his release was prompted by a July arrest for violating a limited driver's license, marijuana possession and open bottle. It's unclear whether the 29-year-old wide receiver will receive further discipline from the NFL, but either way, he'll likely have to compete for a roster spot in training camp.By Rotowire.com
Greg Olsen TE - CAR Olsen signed a three-year, $22.5 million...
Olsen signed a three-year, $22.5 million contract extension with the Panthers on Thursday, the team's official website reports.
Impacts: Olsen will turn 30 on March 11, but he hasn't shown any signs of decline, and has arguably even improved in recent seasons. The new contract will run through 2018, ensuring that Olsen is one of Cam Newton's favorite targets for the foreseeable future. The veteran tight end posted career-high marks for receptions (84), targets (122) and receiving yards (1,008) in 2014.By Rotowire.com
Maurice Jones-Drew RB - Jones-Drew announced on his personal twi...
Jones-Drew announced on his personal twitter account that he is retiring from the NFL.
Impacts: A second-round draft pick of the Jaguars in 2006, Jones-Drew spent much of his career trying to put lousy teams on his back. While his only playoff appearance came in 2007, he was unquestionably one of the NFL's top running backs from 2009 to 2011, when he topped 1,300 rushing yards and 300 receiving yards in three consecutive seasons. Injuries contributed to a fairly quick drop-off, and MJD managed just 96 yards on 43 carries for the Raiders in 2014. He didn't have the necessary longevity to make a case for the Hall of Fame, but he'll always be popular among fantasy owners, as he was one of the first NFL players to openly embrace fantasy football. He has even dabbled in the world of fantasy analysis, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him land an important media gig in the coming years. As for the Raiders, Latavius Murray is the current favorite to head the team's backfield in 2015.By Rotowire.com
Rey Maualuga LB - CIN The Bengals re-signed Maualuga to a thre...
The Bengals re-signed Maualuga to a three-year contract Thursday.
Impacts: Maualuga is a serviceable two-down run stuffer, but his struggles in coverage often keep him off the field, thereby limiting his opportunities to pile up stats. He finished the 2014 season with just 59 tackles (33 solo) in 12 games, after recording 75 tackles (52 solo) over 13 games in 2013.By Rotowire.com
Matt Cassel QB - BUF Cassel (foot) has been traded to the Bil...
Cassel (foot) has been traded to the Bills from the Vikings. The teams have also exchanged undisclosed draft choices as part of the deal,(reportedly, the Vikings are getting the first of Buffalo's 2015 fifth-rounders as well as a 2016 seventh-round pick, while the Bills get Minnesota's 2015 sixth-rounder), which will become official next week.
Impacts: Well, if there's one team that's making headlines ahead of free agency it's been the Bills, who made a big splash Tuesday with a trade for LeSean McCoy. The Bills lost out on Josh McCown, so apparently they'll go with Cassel (and maybe one other still undetermined guy) to create some competition with an unproven EJ Manuel in camp this summer. Cassel, who missed most of last season with a broken foot after winning the starting job for the Vikings, heads to his fourth NFL team.By Rotowire.com
Kiko Alonso LB - PHI Alonso has been traded to the Eagles in...
Alonso has been traded to the Eagles in exchange for running back LeSean McCoy, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Alonso missed the entire 2014 NFL season after suffering a torn ACL in July, but the 24-year-old linebacker expects to be a full participant in training camp. The move will reunite Alonso with his former college coach, Chip Kelly, and will also bolster an Eagles defense that finished in the bottom third of the league in total points allowed in 2014. Philadelphia also finished in the middle of the pack in terms of rushing yards allowed per game last season (119.9), but the addition of Alonso should help immensely in this area as well. The IDP outlook of Alonso doesn't change drastically, provided he retains his health throughout the duration of training camp.By Rotowire.com
LeSean McCoy RB - BUF McCoy has been traded to Buffalo in exch...
McCoy has been traded to Buffalo in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: McCoy would have represented nearly a $12 million cap hit for the Eagles in 2015, but they'll instead ship him out of town in a move that significantly bolsters their defense. The 26-year-old back was one of the top players taken in standard fantasy drafts in 2014, but he didn't really live up to that ADP, rushing for 1,319 yards and recording just five combined touchdowns. His projected fantasy value takes a bit of a hit in Buffalo, where a slower-paced team will mean fewer opportunities for touches. On the bright side, C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson are both on expiring contracts, so McCoy may be able to earn the elusive title of "feature" back. He'll still have to hold off Anthony Dixon and former teammate Bryce Brown for touches, however.By Rotowire.com
Andre Johnson WR - HOU Johnson has informed the Texans that he'...
Johnson has informed the Texans that he'd like to be traded or cut prior to next season, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impacts: The Texans have given Johnson's camp permission to seek a trade, and the general belief is that if they're unable to find a deal, the Texans would be willing to cut the 12-year veteran. The situation arose after Houston asked Johnson to take a reduced role next season, something the 34-year-old is not comfortable doing. If Johnson, who caught 85 passes for 936 yards and three scores last season, is not traded, cutting him would save the Texans over $8 million against the cap, giving them roughly $22 million in cap space to spend in free agency.By Rotowire.com
Lance Moore WR - Moore was released by the Steelers on Mo...
Moore was released by the Steelers on Monday, Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Impacts: Moore dealt with a groin injury early in the season and never established any kind of consistent role in the Pittsburgh offense. Now heading into his age-32 campaign, the former Saint may need to compete for a roster spot wherever he lands, despite being just three years removed from a 1,000-yard season. New Orleans would be a logical landing spot, but even in that scenario, Moore probably wouldn't have a big role in the offense.By Rotowire.com
Brad Jones LB - PHI Jones signed a two-year contract with th...
Jones signed a two-year contract with the Eagles on Monday.
Impacts: Recently released by the Packers, Jones struggled with both injuries and ineffective play in 2014, but he does have 36 career starts to his name. He's a candidate to start next to Mychal Kendricks in Philly's 3-4 defense, but Jones probably won't have a three-down role, even if he gets the job. So long as Kendricks stays healthy, Jones is unlikely to emerge as an IDP option.By Rotowire.com
Dez Bryant WR - DAL Bryant officially received the franchise...
Bryant officially received the franchise tag from the Cowboys on Monday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill reports.
Impacts: Bryant and the Cowboys will now try to iron out a long-term contract. While the situation will certainly grab headlines, there's little question that he'll have a star on his helmet in 2015.By Rotowire.com
Cortland Finnegan CB - Finnegan was released by the Dolphins on...
Finnegan was released by the Dolphins on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Finnegan started all 12 games he played in 2014, but he'll likely have trouble finding another starting job, in the wake of a lackluster season. Having recently turned 31, he has minimal upside for both real-life and IDP purposes.By Rotowire.com
Charles Clay TE - MIA The Dolphins have placed their transitio...
The Dolphins have placed their transition tag on Clay, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: The transition tag gives Miami the right to match any contract that Clay signs with another team. It's somewhat cheaper than the franchise tag, with the number for tight ends approximately $7.07 million. The Dolphins hope to sign Clay to a long-term deal, but this does leave open the possibility that the tight end could end up elsewhere. However, it would likely take an overpay to pry him away from the Dolphins.By Rotowire.com
Stephen Gostkowski K - NE The Patriots used their franchise tag on...
The Patriots used their franchise tag on Gostkowski, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Excellent on both field goals and kickoffs, Gostkowski is unquestionably one of the top two or three kickers, both in real life and for fantasy. There was never much doubt he'd return to New England, and the team's use of the franchise tag all but ensures that fate.By Rotowire.com
Jason Pierre-Paul DE - NYG Pierre-Paul received the Giants' franchi...
Pierre-Paul received the Giants' franchise tag for the 2015 season Monday, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.
Impacts: Pierre-Paul was expected to receive the tag if the two sides couldn't reach a long-term contract extension prior to the deadline. Since the latter hasn't materialized, the former has. It's likely that Pierre-Paul won't sign the tag right away as the two sides continue to negotiate for a longer deal. If that doesn't occur, the 26-year-old would end up making $14.8 million in 2015. Pierre-Paul finished the 2014 campaign with 12.5 sacks, 77 tackles, and three forced fumbles, which was much improved over the 2013 season, when he was only able to take the field in 11 of 16 games and start six.By Rotowire.com
Demaryius Thomas WR - DEN Thomas will receive the franchise tag fr...
Thomas will receive the franchise tag from the Broncos on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impacts: Thomas is projected to make nearly $13 million for the 2015 season as part of the tag. The move will likely allow tight end Julius Thomas to test the free agent market, while keeping the Broncos' top wideout under team control for another season. Demaryius snagged 111 passes for 1,619 yards, both career-highs, and added 11 receiving touchdowns in 2014.By Rotowire.com
Justin Houston LB - KC Houston will receive the Chiefs' franchi...
Houston will receive the Chiefs' franchise tag for the 2015 season, ESPN.com reports.
Impacts: Per the report, the franchise tender for linebackers in 2015 is expected to be in the $13 million range. Houston recorded a league-leading 22 sacks in 2014, falling a half-sack short of Michael Strahan's single-season record of 22.5. While Houston's franchise tag from the Chiefs is now is place, ESPN's Adam Teicher notes that the linebacker's situation remains fluid, given that Houston is not obliged to sign the tender. Ideally, the two sides will eventually agree on a long-term deal, and they have until July 15 to do so.By Rotowire.com
Ndamukong Suh DT - DET Suh will not receive the Lions' franchis...
Suh will not receive the Lions' franchise tag for the 2015 season.
Impacts: Tagging Suh would have cost the Lions $26.9 million for the 2015 season, but the club decided the price was too steep to warrant the move. Instead, he'll likely become a free agent and be allowed to test the market. He finished the 2014 season with 8.5 sacks, a career-high 21 tackles for loss and 37 quarterback hurries, and will likely demand a substantial contract as the top defensive tackle in free agency.By Rotowire.com
Ndamukong Suh DT - DET Suh will not receive the Lions' Franchis...
Suh will not receive the Lions' Franchise tag for the 2015 season.
Impacts: Tagging Suh would have cost the Lions $26.9 million for the 2015 season, but the club decided the price was too steep to warrant the move. Instead, Suh will likely become a free agent and will be allowed to test the market. He finished the 2014 season with 8.5 sacks, a career-high 21 tackles and 37 quarterback hurries, and will likely demand a large contract as the top defensive tackle in free agency.By Rotowire.com
DeMarco Murray RB - DAL Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones indic...
Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones indicated on Saturday that Murray would be allowed to test free agency, the Dallas Morning News reports. "There is an expectation that he will get back to us before he signs with another club," Jones said. "There's a hope that he would. But that would be unfair to him and for other clubs to say he's going to bring something back. We hope we get to visit with him. We'll see what happens."
Impacts: There's still time for the Cowboys and Murray to reach an agreement on a contract, before free agency officially begins, but all signs point to the club letting Murray test the market. Coming off a career season, he should command a hefty payday, though his workload will be a concern to most teams, and if he doesn't return to Dallas, they should have plenty of options to replace him in a draft class loaded with running backs.By Rotowire.com
Dez Bryant WR - DAL Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones confi...
Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones confirmed Saturday that the team has informed Bryant's agent that it will use the franchise tag on the receiver prior to Monday's deadline, ESPN.com's Todd Archer reports.
Impacts: While the franchise designation likely won't please Bryant, owner Jerry Jones indicated during the NFL Combine earlier in February that such a move would likely only be a "placeholder" until player and team come to terms on a more lucrative long-term contract. With at least 85 catches, 1,200 yards, and 12 touchdowns in each of the last three seasons while not missing a single game, Bryant has firmly established himself as one of the elite talents at his position. He won't turn 27 until November and should have a few prime years left in him.By Rotowire.com
Josh McCown QB - CLE McCown agreed to terms on a three-year c...
McCown agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Browns on Friday, Mke Garafolo of FOX Sports reports.
Impacts: The Bills were said to be making push for McCown, but the Browns swooped in and inked the veteran signal caller, presumably to be their starter for the foreseeable future. McCown completed just 56.3 percent of his passes with an 11:14 TD:INT ratio in 11 games with the Buccaneers last season, but Brian Hoyer is set to hit free agency and Johnny Manziel proved unprepared for the starting job in his audition last year.By Rotowire.com
Darnell Dockett DE - Dockett was released by the Cardinals on...
Dockett was released by the Cardinals on Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impacts: Dockett already acknowledged the possibility of a split, but it's still possible the two sides will work things out as the veteran defensive tackle prepares for his age-34 season. Never one to be shy about his opinions, Dockett seems to have a good relationship with the Arizona fanbase and organization. Now more than six months removed from tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee, Dockett should be healthy in time for the start of the 2015 season. He had 46 tackles (36 solo) and 4.5 sacks over 16 games in 2013, and he's long been more valuable than his statistics alone suggest.By Rotowire.com
Brandon Gibson WR - MIA Gibson was released by the Dolphins on F...
Gibson was released by the Dolphins on Friday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: Gibson joins former teammate Brian Hartline, who was released by the Dolphins earlier in the day. With Mike Wallace's status with the team still in limbo, the only sure thing regarding Miami's receiving corps is that Jarvis Landry will have a significant role in 2015. Gibson played well as the Dolphins No. 3 wideout in 2013, before a torn patellar tendon ended his season early. He then struggled in 2014, producing just 5.8 yards per target on 51 looks. He may need to compete for a roster spot in training camp, depending on where he lands. The Dolphins are purging their roster of the players they unwisely overpaid in past seasons.By Rotowire.com
Vince Young QB - Young is registered for the NFL veteran'...
Barry Cofield DT - Cofield was released by the Redskins on...
Cofield was released by the Redskins on Friday, ESPN's John Keim reports.
Impacts: It probably wasn't much of a decision, as the transaction saves Washington approximately $4.1 million against the 2015 cap. Soon to be 31 years old, Cofield should catch on elsewhere, if he doesn't agree to a smaller contract with the Redskins. He has never topped 54 tackles or four sacks in a single season.By Rotowire.com
Zach Miller TE - CHI Miller signed a one-year extension with...
Miller signed a one-year extension with the Bears that will run through 2015, ESPN's Michael C. Wright reports.
Impacts: Miller missed the entire 2014 season because of a foot injury, but he was previously expected to serve as Martellus Bennett's top backup. With Bennett under contract at a very reasonable price for 2015, Miller is unlikely to have a significant role in the passing game. He may even need to compete for a roster spot.By Rotowire.com
Greg Little WR - Little was released by the Bengals on Fr...
Little was released by the Bengals on Friday.
Impacts: A former second-round selection of the Browns, Little has struggled with drops throughout his career, along with an inability to consistently get separation. He does offer an excellent combination of size and strength for a wide receiver, so he shouldn't have much trouble finding a team that will let him compete for a roster spot. At this point, it's probably safe to write Little off as nothing more than a depth player.By Rotowire.com
Chris Canty DE - Canty was released by the Ravens on Frid...
Canty was released by the Ravens on Friday, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impacts: Canty's contract wasn't all that unreasonable, but he's not much more than a solid veteran, and the Ravens have some interesting young talent on the defensive line. Assuming the 10-year veteran doesn't re-sign with Baltimore, his absence should clear the way for Timmy Jernigan to join the starting lineup in 2015. With just 21.5 sacks in his 10 NFL seasons, Canty has never been much of an IDP producer.By Rotowire.com
Harry Douglas WR - Douglas has been released by the Falcons...
Douglas has been released by the Falcons, FOX Sports 1's Jenna Laine reports.
Impacts: A solid No. 3 receiver for most of his six seasons in Atlanta, Douglas exploded for a 85-1,067-2 receiving line in 2013, when Roddy White and Julio Jones were severely limited by injuries. Douglas doesn't stick out in any one regard, as he's 5-11 with average athletic ability for his position. Still, while there's not a whole lot to get excited about, he's a solid enough player that there will likely be teams with interest in bringing him in as a No. 2 wide receiver. Expectations should remain modest, but a move away from Atlanta could very well boost Douglas' fantasy outlook for 2015.By Rotowire.com
Brian Hartline WR - Hartline was released by the Dolphins on...
Hartline was released by the Dolphins on Friday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impacts: Following consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, Hartline produced an ugly 39-474-2 receiving line on 63 targets in 2014. He's never been an explosive player, and his per-target production is typically underwhelming. With Mike Wallace also carrying a bloated contract, the Miami receiving corps may undergo an offseason overhaul. Jarvis Landry is seemingly assured of a big role in 2015, but it remains to be seen how the rest will shake out. As for Hartline, the 28-year-old wideout should be able to find a team that allows him to compete for a starting job in training camp. However, he's unlikely to re-emerge as a 1,000-yard receiver.By Rotowire.com
Steven Jackson RB - ATL Jackson was released by the Falcons on...
Jackson was released by the Falcons on Thursday.
Impacts: There was never any chance Jackson would be retained under the same contract, which called for a base salary of $3.75 million in 2015. It's possible the two sides will look to work out a less costly agreement, but it probably makes more sense for Jackson to move on. While far from the dominant force we saw in St. Louis, Jackson still offers a respectable combination of power running, pass blocking, and receiving skills. He'd profile well as a backup for a contending team, if he wants to continue playing and thinks he can stay healthy. As for the Falcons, the in-house options at running back are led by 2014 fourth-round selection Devonta Freeman, with both Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith slated to become unrestricted free agents.By Rotowire.com
Kendall Langford DT - STL Langford was released by the Rams on Thu...
Langford was released by the Rams on Thursday, ESPN's Nick Wagoner reports.
Impacts: In Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers, the Rams have a pair of former first-round draft picks at defensive tackle. The team is reportedly willing to bring Langford back for a figure much lower than the $6 million he was scheduled to make in 2015, but it's believed the veteran defensive tackle will look for a starting job. If he ultimately returns to St. Louis, Langford will likely be the team's top defensive tackle off the bench.By Rotowire.com