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Anderson: Giants reportedly sign Kenny Golladay to 4-year, $40 million guaranteed contract
According to Josina Anderson, the New York Giants have reportedly signed wide receiver Kenny Golladay to a four-year deal.
Golladay will reportedly join the Giants after his recent visit to New York. Utilizing Pro Football Focus' offensive ratings, the 27-year old immediately upgrades New York's receiving group as their highest ranked wideout in 2020 with a 81.6 mark.
Expect Golladay to play a primary downfield role after the former third round pick averaged 2.4 yards per route run and 14.7 yards per target on 150 pass snaps last season.
Texans reportedly agree to 1-year contract with Phillip Lindsay
The Houston Texans have reportedly signed running back Phillip Lindsay to a one-year contract.
Lindsay will join the Texans after the 26-year old running back played 42 games with the Broncos. Per Pro Football Focus' Offensive Ratings, Lindsay presents an overall upgrade to Houston's running back group with 2020's 37th overall mark at 69.8 compared to David Johnson's 55th rating at 62.8.
Expect Lindsay to play a similar part-time role mostly as a rusher with David Johnson expected to see passing down work. On 118 total carries, Lindsay produced 502 yards, 15 forced miss tackles, and 13 explosive runs.
Steelers reportedly resign JuJu Smith-Schuster to 1-year, $8 million deal
According to Adam Schefter, the Pittsburgh Steelers have reportedly signed wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to a one-year contract.
Smith-Schuster will return to Pittsburgh for another season with Ben Roethlisberger after testing the free agent market. Expect the 24-year old to play mostly inside after Smith-Schuster registered 84.6% of his offensive snaps last season in the slot.
On 125 targets during the 2020 season, Smith-Schuster produced 97 receptions for 831 yards, 9 touchdowns, and Pro Football Focus' 91st offensive rating with a 68.2 mark.
Rapoport: Dolphins reportedly sign Will Fuller to 1-year contract
According to Ian Rapoport, the Miami Dolphins have reportedly signed wide receiver Will Fuller to a one-year deal.
Per Pro Football Focus' Offensive Ratings, the 26-year old presents a difference-making upgrade to Miami's pass catching group as 2020's 11th ranked wideout with a 86.2 mark. With Fuller and Devante Parker on the outside, the Dolphins have quickly established an intriguing group for Tua Tagovailoa.
On 76 targets last season, Fuller produced 53 receptions for 879 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 284 yards after the catch.
Cardinals reportedly sign wide receiver A.J. Green to 1-year deal
The Arizona Cardinals have signed free-agent wide receiver A.J. Green to a 1-year contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Ian Rapoport first broke the news of a reported deal, but Schefter has the contract details: 1-year worth up to $8.5 million with $6 million of that salary being guaranteed. In his return from an injury-laden 2019 campaign, Green appeared in all 16 contests for the Cincinnati Bengals this past season, but he failed to make a significant impact. The 32-year-old hauled in 47 catches on 104 targets with 523 yards (11.1 per reception) with 2 touchdowns. Green joins a Cardinals receiving corps that has not yet to this point retained Larry Fitzgerald, meaning Green is currently in three-wide sets alongside DeAndre Hopkins and Christian Kirk - with Andy Isabella being a fourth option in the receivers room.
It'll be interesting to see how much Green still has left in the tank, as he posted a career-worst 66.3 overall grade from Pro Football Focus in 2020, his first sub-80 grade since his rookie season in 2011.
Rapoport: Dolphins reportedly sign running back Malcolm Brown
According to Ian Rapoport, the Miami Dolphins have reportedly signed running back Malcolm Brown.
After 70 appearances with the Rams, Brown will join his second NFL team in a potential similar role as a part-time contributor. Per Pro Football Focus' Offensive rating, the 28-year old running back ranked 67th among his position last season with a 57.8 mark on 120 offensive snaps.
On 101 total carries, Brown accumulated 419 yards, 5 touchdowns, 16 forced missed tackles, and 12 explosive runs.
Jaguars reportedly sign Marvin Jones to 2-year, $9.2 million fully guaranteed deal
According to Adam Schefter, the Jacksonville Jaguars have reportedly signed wide receiver Marvin Jones to a two-year contract.
Jones will head to Jacksonville after the 31-year old receiver played 69 games with the Detroit Lions. Expect the veteran wideout to play a downfield perimeter role after Jones averaged 1.58 yards per route run and 12.9 yards per reception on 114 total targets last season.
On 76 total receptions during the 2020 season, Jones produced 978 yards, nine touchdowns, and Pro Football Focus' 47th Offensive Rating at 73.6.
Texans sign Tyrod Taylor to one-year deal worth up to $12.5 million
Former Los Angeles Chargers' quarterback Tyrod Taylor has agreed to a one-year contract with the Houston Texans, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Taylor's deal is worth up to $12.5 million as he moves to Houston after two seasons with the Chargers. After agreeing to terms with Taylor, the Texans now have a veteran backup behind Watson, which may provide them the security at the position they need to trade him. The 31-year-old veteran will join the fourth team of his ten-year career and, pending a Watson trade, could be in a position to once again enter a season as a starting quarterback.
Taylor played in ten games as a Charger, completing 20 of 36 attempts (55.6%) for 241 yards and 1 touchdown.
Bears reportedly sign Andy Dalton to 1-year $10 million contract
According to Adam Schefter, the Chicago Bears have reportedly signed quarterback Andy Dalton to a one-year deal.
Dalton's new contract reportedly includes an additional three million worth of bonus incentives. Per Pro Football Focus' offensive ratings, Dalton presents Chicago an overall upgrade at quarterback after the veteran finished 24th overall with a 69.6 mark while Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles rated 28th (66.5) and 33rd (63.5) respectively.
On 333 total attempts last season, Dalton produced 216 completions for 2,169 yards and 14 touchdowns with a 7.5 Average Depth of Target.
Ryan Fitzpatrick signs with Football Team for $10 million
The Washington Football Team is signing quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, formerly of the Miami Dolphins, to a one-year, $10 million contract.
Fitzpatrick will join his ninth NFL team and he has a great shot at earning the starting job over Taylor Heinicke, who signed for $8.75 over two years earlier this offseason. The 38-year-old veteran will also have a significantly superior collection of pass-catchers in Washington, compared to what he had to work with on the Dolphins last season. Fitzpatrick won four of seven starts in 2020 while completing a career-high 68.5 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and 8 picks.
Fitzmagic averaged 17.9 FanDuel points per game last year and added the 11th-most Passing Net Expected Points per dropback among the 44 quarterbacks with at least 100 dropbacks. He has graded above 75.0 on Pro Football Focus each of the last three seasons after finishing below that mark in each of his first 13 years in the NFL.
Patriots adding Hunter Henry to offseason haul
The New England Patriots are signing tight end Hunter Henry, formerly of the Los Angeles Chargers, to a three-year, $37.5 million contract.
The deal includes $25 million guaranteed. Henry and Jonnu Smith were free agency's top two tight ends, and the Patriots signed them both in less than 24 hours. Henry drew a career-high 6.6 targets per game last season for the Chargers but he's unlikely to see as much volume with Cam Newton under center in New England, especially with Smith also in the mix. That being said, the Patriots should run plenty of 12 personnel featuring both tight ends. On the other side of the coast, Donald Parham now becomes the favorite to take over as the Chargers' starting tight end. He totaled 5 catches on 7 targets for 84 yards and a touchdown over the final two weeks last season.
Henry averaged 8.2 FanDuel points per game last season, finishing 11th among tight ends. Among the 29 tight ends with at least 50 targets, including the postseason, Henry ranked 16th in Reception Net Expected Points per target. Henry's 72.7 overall grade from Pro Football Focus since 2019 ranks 11th among 37 players at the position with at least 1,000 offensive snaps.
Saints re-sign Jameis Winston to one-year contract
The New Orleans Saints have re-signed quarterback Jameis Winston to a one-year contract worth up to $12 million.
Winston's future in New Orleans seemed dubious after the Saints restructured/extended Taysom Hill earlier in the week, but the team's Week 1 starter at the position now seems truly up in the air. Coach Sean Payton has claimed that he wants a true competition for the starting job this offseason, and Winston's willingness to re-sign all but guarantees one.
Winston played definitively behind Hill during the 2020 season, with Hill starting in each game that Drew Brees missed while the future Hall of Famer nursed a brutal ribs injury. That said, Winston has a more proven track record as a passer than Hill and could absolutely push for the starting job in 2021.
Jets sign wide receiver Corey Davis to three-year deal
The New York Jets have agreed to terms with free agent wide receiver Corey Davis on a three-year, $37.5 million deal with $27 million guaranteed, Ian Rapoport reports.
Davis, the fifth-overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, is coming off of a breakout fourth season with the Tennessee Titans after initially taking time to find his stride in the NFL. While he was never able to reach the lofty expectations set for him by his high draft capital in Tennessee, Davis has proven himself to be a strong receiver occasionally capable of taking over games in his past three seasons.
Davis set career-highs in receiving yards (984), yards per game (70.3), yards per target (10.7), and touchdowns (5) in 2020 as the Titans' WR2 behind A.J. Brown, as well as earning PFF's eight-highest receiving grade. Davis will now have a chance to compete against 2020 second-round pick Denzel Mims for the Jets' top pass-catching role. Back in Tennessee, A.J. Brown will have little competition for targets after Davis and teammate Jonnu Smith's departures.
Bucs ink Rob Gronkowski to one-year deal
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed Rob Gronkowski to a 1-year, $10 million contract.
Gronk was willing to retire in New England, but a year in Tampa Bay appears to have given him new life. Fresh off yet another Super Bowl win with Tom Brady, Gronk will now return to Tampa Bay and try to run it back in 2021.
It had certainly seemed like we had seen the last of Gronk following the 2018 season, but Gronk's 2020 season in Tampa Bay certainly showed the future Hall of Famer still had some juice in the tank. Gronk finished 2020 with near-career-lows in most receiving categories, but was still critical for Brady in the playoffs, posting a 6-62-2 receiving line in the Super Bowl. He will likely remain a touchdown-or-bust tight end for fantasy leagues in 2021.
Patriots sign former 49er Kendrick Bourne
The New England Patriots have agreed to terms with free agent wide receiver Kendrick Bourne on a 3-year, $22.5 million deal, Ian Rapoport reports.
Bourne entered the league as an undrafted free agent, but managed to carve out an important role in the San Francisco 49ers' offense in his four season with the team. While Bourne's season-long numbers won't jump off the page, he was a strong contributor in Kyle Shanahan's offenses with the 49ers.
Bourne will now compete with fellow free-agent-signings Jonnu Smith and Nelson Agholor for the Patriots' top pass-catching role in 2021. He posted a strong 9 yards per target and a career-high 667 receiving yards in 2020.
Pats continue signing spree, adding wide receiver Nelson Agholor
Free agent wide receiver Nelson Agholor has agreed to terms with the New England Patriots on a 2-year contract, Ian Rapoport reports.
Agholor is coming off of arguably his best season in the league, spending the 2020 NFL season with the Las Vegas Raiders after starting his career with the Philadelphia Eagles. Agholor will join tight end Jonnu Smith in the Patriots' 2021 free agency class.
Agholor thrived in his deep-threat role with the Raiders last season, posting career-highs in average depth of target (15.5 yards) and yards per target (10.9). The Pats sorely missed having a deep threat last season, relying on Damiere Byrd (who finished the season with 604 yards) to stretch the field in 2020. Agholor will likely compete with Smith and Edelman to become the team's top receiving option this season.
Patriots sign free agent tight end Jonnu Smith to four-year contract
The New England Patriots will sign free agent tight end Jonnu Smith to a 4-year, $50 million deal with $31.25 million in guaranteed money.
The Patriots had arguably the worst pass-catching group in the league during the 2020 season, and the team clearly made upgrading their offense a priority by signing Smith to a 4-year deal. Smith has a good chance of usurping wide receiver Julian Edelman as the Pats' top pass-catcher this season.
Smith offers elite athleticism at the tight end position, and, as coach Bill Belichick noted previously, is one of the best tight ends in the league at generating yards after the catch; Smith averaged 5.8 yards after the catch per reception this past season, the eighth-best mark in the league. Smith could be in for a massive fantasy season with the Patriots in 2021.
Packers lock up Aaron Jones with 4-year contract
The Green Bay Packers have signed running back Aaron Jones to a 4-year contract worth $48 million, with a $13 million signing bonus.
Jones was expected to become one the marquee free agents at the running back position when free agency opens up later this week, but the Packers managed to get their guy under contract without applying the franchise tag. Jones has been electric on the ground for the Packers (5.2 yards per carry over his career) and is one of the most dangerous pass-catching backs in the league. He should be expected to lead Green Bay's backfield yet again in 2021.
Jones has posted over 3,000 yards from scrimmage over the past two seasons and a total of 30 touchdowns. While Jones offers rare burst out of the backfield and a remarkable ability to shrug off tacklers, his skill in the passing game has turned him into one of quarterback Aaron Rodgers' favorite targets as well. Jones has over 45 receptions in each of the past two seasons with the sixth-most receiving yards at the position in that time. He'll be one of the top running backs off the board again in 2021 fantasy drafts.
Tom Brady extending with Buccaneers through 2022
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed quarterback Tom Brady to a one-year contact extension.
Brady is now signed through 2022 and the move frees up $19 million in cap space for the reigning Super Bowl Champions. The Buccaneers also placed the franchise tag on Chris Godwin earlier this week and Rob Gronkowski is expected to return to play for the only NFL quarterback he's ever known, so Brady should have no problem putting together another successful campaign in 2021. Brady will be 44 by the start of next season.
Brady averaged 21.8 FanDuel points per game during his first year with Tampa Bay and added the seventh-most Passing Net Expected Points per dropback among the 44 quarterbacks with 100-plus dropbacks.
Cam Newton re-signs with Patriots for one year, $14 million
The New England Patriots re-signed quarterback Cam Newton to a one-year contract worth around $14 million.
Newton had an abysmal first season under the Patriots but that may have largely been due to the NFL's COVID-19 protocols and arguably the worst pass-catching group in the NFL. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reportedly "has done nothing but rave" about Newton, so things seem to be pointing toward the former league MVP starting Week 1 and serving as a bridge for one of the top quarterbacks available in the draft at the end of April.
Cam averaged 18.0 FanDuel points per game for the Patriots and finished 33rd in Passing Net Expected Points per dropback among the 44 quarterbacks with at least 100 dropbacks last season.
Bears franchise tag Allen Robinson
Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson was assigned the franchise tag on Tuesday.
Robinson and the Bears have yet to make progress on a long-term deal despite talks beginning during the 2020 season. The former 2nd-round draft pick will be due $16.4 million if he plays this season in Chicago. With little clarity around who will be under center for the Bears in 2021, this situation could be far from over. For now, the July deadline for a long-term deal is the next date to watch for.
Robinson caught 102 of 151 targets for 1,250 yards and 6 touchdowns. He finished the season with the fourth-most receptions among wide receivers and the eighth-most yards.
Tampa Bay uses franchise tag on Chris Godwin
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin was franchise tagged on Tuesday.
The 84th overall pack in the 2017 draft, Godwin was eligible for free agency this season, but the Buccaneers had no intention of letting him go. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the franchise tag will serve as a placeholder while the two sides work out a long-term deal. Godwin will rejoin a Buccaneers offense that is expected to retain nearly all of its key stars following a Super Bowl victory. He should maintain a similar role in the offense operating alongside fellow star wide receiver Mike Evans.
In his first season with Tom Brady under center, Godwin caught 65 of 84 targets for 84 yards and 7 touchdowns in just 12 games played.
Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott agree to new contract
The Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott have agreed to a new contract.
Prescott was due to hit free agency this offseason if he and the Cowboys were unable to come to terms on a new deal, but it now appears that the two sides have reached an agreement to keep the start quarterback in Dallas. While the terms have yet to be released, we do know from previous negotiations between the two parties that Prescott has been seeking a long-term deal.
Prescott was on pace to shatter league records last season before a brutal, freak injury ended his season. He had been averaging a whopping, league-best 371.2 passing yards per game while trying to keep up with the team's league-worst defense, in addition to a strong 8.4 yards per pass attempt. The Cowboys had been holding out in hopes that Prescott would accept a below-market deal (especially after signing running back Ezekiel Elliot to a blockbuster deal last offseason), but it would seem now that the team has met their quarterback's demands.
Texans sign center Justin Britt to 1-year $3.2 million deal
The Houston Texans have reportedly signed center Justin Britt to a one-year contract.
Britt will join the Texans after missing the 2020 season with a knee injury. Expect the 29-year old to contend for Houston's vacant center spot after Nick Martin was released earlier this offseason.
In Britt's last active season in 2019, the veteran center allowed two sacks, four hits, and 12 pressures in 299 pass block snaps.
Rapoport: Raiders reportedly release offensive guard Richie Incognito
According to Ian Rapoport, the Las Vegas Raiders will release offensive guard Richie Incognito for salary cap reasons.
Incognito will become a free agent after a 740-snap career with the Raiders. When healthy, the veteran left guard was a solid contributor specifically in pass protection, allowing one sack and eight pressures in 471 total pass snaps since 2019.
According to Pro Football Focus' offensive grading, Incognito recently finished as 2020's sixth ranked guard with a 81.4 rating in 74 snaps last season.
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