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Monday, April 7, 2014, 3:06pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

The Buccaneers announced that they had inked receiver Lavelle Hawkins to a contract.

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Titans plan to use a committee at running back
Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:34am

The Tennesseean - [Full Article]

It will be running back by committee for the Titans. Shonn Greene returns, along with Jackie Battle and Leon Washington. Dexter McCluster was signed the first day of free agency, and though he was primarily a receiver/returner for much of his time with the Chiefs, the Titans plan to line him up at running back. More help is needed, however. Although there aren't any great free-agent options left, the Titans are likely to pick a running back in the May 8-10 draft. Fresh legs are desired.

Fantasy Impact:

McCluster will play the Danny Woodhead role in Ken Whisenhunt's offense, but we're not expecting Woodhead-type numbers. The Titans are not likely to be as good on that side of the ball as the Chargers were in 2013. McCluster may be usable as a spot starter in PPR formats.

Browns sign Nate Burleson to a one-year deal
Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:28am

Cleveland Browns - [Full Article]

The Browns have agreed to terms on a deal with WR Nate Burleson, the club announced.

Burleson, who spent the past four seasons in Detroit, will provide the Browns with some depth and an experienced veteran who can help mentor young receivers such as Josh Gordon. In 2011, he won the Lions' Good Guy Award from the local sportscasters and Pro Football Writers Association and was a leader in the locker room.

Fantasy Impact:

The Browns also signed Andrew Hawkins to man the slot, so Burleson is likely to be the team's WR4 assuming they find a starter in the draft. If not, he is capable of starting opposite Gordon, though he doesn't offer much playmaking ability at this point in his career. Greg Little's days in Cleveland look to be numbered.

Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:22am

Florida Times-Union - [Full Article]

The Jaguars feel Toby Gerhart be a back who can get more yards after contact (than Maurice Jones-Drew).

Colts say Dwayne Allen is 'a beast'
Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:20am

Colts.com - [Full Article]

Dwayne Allen, the guy’s a beast,” said Colts GN Ryan Grigson at February’s combine. “Anyone who game plans against him or watches the tape, or Joe Fan that just sees him how he plays in the red zone, how he plays in traffic, how he blocks at the point of attack, the tempo he plays at and the ferocity he plays at, he’s a guy you want on your team."

“He’s doing very well and we look forward to him having a great year.”

Fantasy Impact:

Allen said that he feels like he's fully recovered from the hip injury that caused him to miss most of the 2013 season. He is an intriguing player, but his upside is somewhat capped by the presence of Coby Fleener. Allen played 78% of the snaps as a rookie in a full 16-game season, which is a good sign. But he was only 27th in targets among TEs that year, but that was in Bruce Arians' offense, and he's not known to feature the tight end position. Fleener was 11th in targets in 2013.

Harbaugh: Owen Daniels' role 'will be plenty big'
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 12:57pm

Carroll County Times - [Full Article]

Owen Daniels passed a physical Friday and signed his one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens.

“Just couldn’t be more happy, more excited. … I guarantee his role will be plenty big,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s going to have a lot to do with our success next year, and we’ve got a lot of big plans for him.”

Gary Kubiak’s offense with the Texans featured a lot of two-tight end sets. With Daniels now in the mix to go along with Dennis Pitta, Daniels said to “look for more of that in the future.”

“We’ve got the guys here to do it, and that makes things tough for defenses,” Daniels said.

Fantasy Impact:

Look for the Ravens to run a lot of two-TE sets taking advantage of both Pitta and Daniels. We still like Pitta's upside in Kubiak's offense, but the arrival of Daniels does take some of the wind out of Pitta's sails.

Friday, April 4, 2014, 1:25pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

TE Kellen Davis has signed a one-year deal with the Giants, per league source.

Friday, April 4, 2014, 1:21pm

Baltimore Ravens - [Full Article]

The Ravens have signed running back Justin Forsett to a one-year deal.

Baltimore was looking to add to its running back corps this offseason. Ray Rice’s recent legal troubles, which could lead to a suspension, also a consideration, according to Head Coach John Harbaugh. Forsett joins Rice and Bernard Pierce.

He spent the 2012 season with the Houston Texans and new Ravens Offensive Coordinator Gary Kubiak, which gives him an understanding of Kubiak’s system that he can help pass along to the other running backs.

Bills trade for Mike Williams
Friday, April 4, 2014, 11:38am

James Walker, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bills trade a sixth-round pick to Buccaneers in exchange for WR Mike Williams, according to a league source.

Fantasy Impact:

Williams was born in Buffalo and played (briefly) for Bills HC Doug Marrone while at Syracuse in 2009 before leaving the team to avoid a possible suspension due to his involvement in a car accident with teammates. Marrone clearly feels that Williams' talent is worth a 6th round pick. He's penciled in as the Bills' WR2 or WR3, depending on the status of Steve Johnson.

Titans release Chris Johnson
Friday, April 4, 2014, 11:04am

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Titans have released Chris Johnson, officially. Johnson free to sign with another team.

Fantasy Impact:

In standard formats, Johnson has finished #16 or better in each of his six seasons with the Titans, and managed to finish #12 and #9 in 2012 and 2013. He'll be 29 in September, but he's unlikely to land in a role where he'll get 300+ touches, which has been the norm in Tennessee. His detractors say that his explosion is no longer there, and while the Titans' O-line has struggled, Johnson hasn't produced as many big plays. From 2010 to 2011, Johnson gained 20+ yards on a single play 29 times. In 2012 and 2013, he gained 20+ yards just 18 times. He'll be fantasy relevant in 2014, but his days of 18+ touches per game are probably over.

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 9:39pm

Ralph Vacchiano, Sulia - [Full Article]

Tom Coughlin says he's "counting on" RB David Wilson this year, but can he? "Just pray," Coughlin said. "All in due time with David. Just pray. You’re praying that he has a return to excellent health and that the doctors are totally convinced that he is recovered and ready to go. When that time comes, you’ll have another contributor who, if he gets a step, he’s gone.

“I’m counting on him, but I am not going to put him in any circumstance until it’s an absolute that he’s 100 percent. I’m not going to mess with that one.”

Owen Daniels signs with the Ravens
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6:23pm

John McClain, Twitter - [Full Article]

TE Owen Daniels agrees with Ravens and will be reunited with his Texans coaches.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a one-year contract. On the surface, this looks like bad news for Dennis Pitta, whose stock was up after the Ravens hired TE-friendly Gary Kubiak as offensive coordinator. But Daniels is 31 and past his prime. He'll likely provide depth at the position and offer some receiving punch in two-TE sets. We still like Pitta as a value pick in the middle rounds.

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 2:15pm

TampaBay.com - [Full Article]

A kitchen fire in the home he rented last summer continues to cause problems for Buccaneers receiver Mike Williams, who faces a lawsuit from the insurance company that paid for repairs.

Fantasy Impact:

Not much fantasy news here other than to remind folks that the offseason headaches continue for Williams.

Titans moving towards a RBBC
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 2:10pm

Dan Pompei, Bleacher Report - [Full Article]

Chris Johnson's contract that calls for him to earn $8 million in salary this year clearly has been an obstacle to him staying in Tennessee. But even if the contract wasn't an issue the Titans probably would want to purge Johnson. The reason? New coach Ken Whisenhunt likes to spread around playing time and touches between multiple running backs. His plan is to have a running back by committee. Johnson is the type of player who demands the football and never would be happy as a role player. A trade or release, subsequently, is coming.

Fantasy Impact:

Whisenhunt ran the Chargers' offense last season, so it's conceivable that he plans to use Shonn Greene in the Ryan Mathews role and Dexter McCluster in the Danny Woodhead role.

Thursday, April 3, 2014, 2:06pm

Mike Garafolo, Twitter - [Full Article]

FB John Kuhn will re-sign with the Packers.

Fantasy Impact:

Kuhn's days as a TD vulture are probably over as the Packers prefer to use Eddie Lacy in that role. Kuhn is valuable as a blocker and is an adept receiver out of the backfield.