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Texans release WR Andre Johnson

Monday, March 9, 2015, 4:27pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Texans officially released WR Andre Johnson.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson is turning 34 this summer but can still play a big role in a good passing offense. He should have several suitors as free agency wears on. He'll leave behind DeAndre Hopkins, who finished as the #14 WR in both standard and PPR formats even though the Texans’ quarterbacks finished 17th in both touchdowns thrown and yards per attempt. Assuming the team gets similar play from the position in 2015, Hopkins should continue to produce solid to high-end WR2 numbers. His targets should increase with the team’s decision to release Johnson.

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QB Ryan Mallett re-signs with the Texans

Monday, March 9, 2015, 10:09am

Albert Breer, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Texans have agreed to terms with QB Ryan Mallett, source said.

Update: Mallet signed a two-year, $7 million contract.

Fantasy Impact:

It looks like the Texans are going to move forward with Mallett and Brian Hoyer, who is also reportedly set to sign with the team (though it's not a done deal). In two games, Mallett completed 41 of 75 passes (54.7%) for 400 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions before tearing his pectoral muscle. He served as Tom Brady's understudy for three seasons so there is some optimism that he can turn into a quality NFL starter. He'll likely have to beat out Hoyer for the starting job.

QB Brian Hoyer signs with the Texans

Monday, March 9, 2015, 9:47am

Albert Breer, Twitter - [Full Article]

Per source, Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer is planning to sign with the Texans tomorrow.

Update: This deal is finalized.

Fantasy Impact:

The Texans already have Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and Tom Savage under contract, and free agent Ryan Mallett has already re-signed with the team. It's a quarterback quagmire in Houston.

Jeremy Maclin reunites with Chiefs HC Andy Reid

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 10:15pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The wild ride of subtraction and addition will apparently continue with the Philadelphia Eagles because receiver Jeremy Maclin plans to reunite with former coach Andy Reid on the Kansas City Chiefs once free agency officially begins on Tuesday, according to league sources.

The Chiefs will need to clear salary-cap space to sign Maclin, whose new contract would project in the range of what Randall Cobb received to stay with the Green Bay Packers at $10 million per year. It's possible Maclin could slightly exceed Cobb's salary when negotiations are finished. Unlike Cobb, who chose to remain with his team, the Green Bay Packers, Maclin is prepared to depart Philadelphia, coming off his best season, in which he had 85 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns. Maclin played on a one-year, $5.25 million contract in 2014 after missing 2013 with an ACL injury.

Update: The deal is reportedly worth around $11 million per season.

Fantasy Impact:

Maclin was the #9 wide receiver in both standard and PPR formats last season. However, he did most of his damage in the first eight games (46-801-8, #2 WR) and faded from Week 10 on (40-528-2, #23 WR). His targets dropped from 10.5 per game in the first half of the season to just 7.5 T/G down the stretch, but this decrease basically coincided with Mark Sanchez taking over for Nick Foles at quarterback. If the report turns out to be true, he'll have Alex Smith as his quarterback and could hog targets alongside up-and-coming TE Travis Kelce. Reid is familiar with Maclin, so we would expect his transition to be a smooth one, though this appears to be a system downgrade.

Torrey Smith to 49ers a 'done deal'

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 9:37pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

Wide receiver Torrey Smith is poised to leave the Ravens as a free agent, according to multiple NFL sources, and the San Francisco 49ers are the front-runners to land the former Maryland standout.

For Smith to have remained with the Ravens, which several league sources reiterated has been an extremely unlikely scenario for weeks, he would have had to leave several million dollars on the table.

Although no deal has been finalized, sources indicated there's strong mutual interest between the former second-round draft pick and San Francisco. One source characterized the Smith situation as a "done deal with the 49ers," barring any unforeseen snags. Deals cannot become official until Tuesday at 4 p.m., when the league year and free agency signing period begins.

Smith acknowledged his pending departure Sunday night with a blog in which he thanked the Ravens for his four years in Baltimore.

Update: Smith signed a five-year, $40 million deal that includes $22 million guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

Smith got off to a slow start in 2014, posting just six catches for 85 yards in the first three games. Over the final 13 games of the season, he averaged 3.3 receptions for 52 yards and 0.85 touchdowns, which equates to #20 WR-type numbers in PPR formats. As it stands, he finished as the #29 WR in PPR and #19 in standard formats (thanks to the high touchdown rate), which is the fourth time he has finished in the top 23 (in standard formats) in his four-year career. He'll join a 49ers receiving corps that is likely losing Michael Crabtree and has a still-effective Anquan Boldin as a possession receiver. Smith will serve as a deep threat for QB Colin Kaepernick, though this move has to be considered a downgrade from an offensive/quarterback standpoint since the 49ers are typically run-heavy and Joe Flacco is pretty adept at putting touch on the deep ball. Throwing with touch is not one of Kaepernick's strengths.

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 7:16pm

Mike Garafolo, Twitter - [Full Article]

Mark Sanchez back to the Eagles on a 2-year deal worth $9 million with $5.5 million guaranteed, per source.

Frank Gore signs with the Eagles

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 7:02pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Free-agent running back Frank Gore has told people he will sign this week with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to league sources.

Barring a breakdown in talks, Gore is expected to sign a three-year deal in which $7.5 million in the first two years is guaranteed.

Update: Gore signed a three-year, $12 million contract.

Fantasy Impact:

Gore's stock is suddenly back on the rise as he joins a potent offense that boasted the 7th-most rushing attempts in 2014 (4th in 2013). He has averaged 4.21 YPC over the past two seasons, but has 2,442 career carries and will turn 32 years old in May. His ADP is likely to settle in the 3rd or 4th round depending on what else the Eagles do at running back.

Bills, LeSean McCoy agree to a new five-year contract

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 3:24pm

Jeff McLane, Twitter - [Full Article]

LeSean McCoy and Bills have agreed upon new 5-yr contract once trade w/Eagles is finalized on Tuesday, per NFL sources. Told it's a whopper.

Update: It's five-year, $40 million deal that includes $26.5 million guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

It's said to be a five-year, $40 million contract that includes $26.5 million guaranteed. This looks like a system downgrade for McCoy, who ran much better later in the season once his offensive line started to get healthy. In Buffalo, new HC Rex Ryan and new OC Greg Roman (formerly of San Francisco) both have a history of running ball control, run-first teams, but the Bills have serious quarterback issues. Free agent C.J. Spiller isn't likely to re-sign and the acquisition of McCoy has to be a downgrade for Fred Jackson. As for McCoy, he's still a fantasy RB1, though he carries more risk since the Buffalo offense could struggle to score points. Given the way the Eagles like to run the ball, whoever emerges as the starter in Philadelphia will carry early round value.

Saints re-sign RB Mark Ingram to a four-year deal

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 10:30am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The New Orleans Saints and running back Mark Ingram have reached agreement on a four-year deal, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The deal is worth $16 million over the four years, sources said.

Ingram confirmed that he is staying in New Orleans via Twitter on Saturday night.

Fantasy Impact:

Ingram averaged 19.6 touches for 85 yards and 0.69 TD per game in his 13-game season in 2014. He averaged 4.27 YPC last season after averaging 5.02 YPC in 2013. He benefited somewhat by injuries to Khiry Robinson, who could potentially eat into Ingram's 2015 workload, though the loss of Pierre Thomas may allow Ingram to have a larger role in the passing game. He averaged 2.8 catches in the five games that Thomas missed. He posted the #11 PPG in PPR formats (#8 in standard), and will be drafted as a high-end RB2 in 2015 fantasy drafts.

Schefter: WR Randall Cobb re-ups with the Packers for four more years

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:35pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Packers WR Randall Cobb back to Green Bay on a 4-year, $40 million deal, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Cobb reportedly had 6-7 other offers today, per Ian Rapoport, but "turned down considerably more money" to sign with Green Bay. It's certainly the best spot for his fantasy value, playing in a familiar system with a Hall of Fame caliber quarterback. Cobb finished #8 in PPR formats and #6 in standard and has finished in the top 11 in PPR points per game over the past two seasons. In early drafts, he's the 12th WR off the board and is going in the early 3rd round. Don't be surprised if his ADP settles in the late 2nd by the time draft season is in full swing. This is great news for Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson and the entire Packer offense.

Friday, March 6, 2015, 8:39pm

Post Intelligencer - [Full Article]

The Seattle Seahawks could be in the market for a tight end when free agency begins after veteran Zach Miller was released on Friday.

Miller had his contract terminated with the designation of "failed physical." Miller played in just three games last season before undergoing ankle surgery in late September. He was placed on injured reserve in November after complications slowed his recovery.

Schefter: Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch agree to a new contract

Friday, March 6, 2015, 4:42pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Spotted on plane on way to SEA, Marshawn Lynch has decided to return to NFL; he and the Seahawks have reached agreement on new deal, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Lynch has finished in the top 6 in four straight seasons in both standard and PPR formats. With 2,272 career touches and a punishing running style, injuries are a concern. But even with all the back issues he has had, he hasn't missed a game in the last three seasons. With a new deal in place, his ADP should climb into the back half of the 1st round.

Jets expected to release WR Percy Harvin

Friday, March 6, 2015, 4:23pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jets are expected to release WR Percy Harvin, sources say. Not a surprise given today’s Brandon Marshall trade. Will have an active market

Fantasy Impact:

In his final three seasons with the Vikings, Harvin averaged 16.3 fantasy points (PPR) and was dangerous in both the passing game (averaging 5.6-64-.35) and the running game (2.4 carries for 14 yards and 0.10 TD). In 14 regular season games with the Seahawks and the Jets, Harvin has averaged just 50 total yards and 0.14 TD per game, resulting in 9.6 PPR fantasy points. He turns 27 this summer and still has elite speed for his position, so he should be a hot commodity in free agency despite his poor production in recent years. There are character concerns, but if he lands in the right situation, he will be a fantasy factor in 2015.

Schefter: Bears to trade WR Brandon Marshall to the Jets, pending physical

Friday, March 6, 2015, 1:17pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Bears have agreed to trade WR Brandon Marshall to the Jets pending a physical, per league source.

Fantasy Impact:

Injuries made it a frustrating year for Marshall owners. His biggest game (5-48-3) came on Sunday night in Week 2 when it looked like he wasn't going to play against the 49ers. Then, when everyone had him back in the lineup for Week 3, he posted one catch for six yards against the Jets. He finished as the #34 PPR receiver, but had the #21 PPG. If fully healthy, he'll be a solid starter, though it's a quarterback downgrade from Jay Cutler to Geno Smith (or whomever ends up starting for the Jets). New OC Chan Gailey did throw the ball 56.6% of the time in his three seasons running the Bills, so the Jets figure to pass it much more than they have in the last few seasons. Marshall's arrival could have a negative impact on Eric Decker's targets, but given the team's relative lack of playmakers and Gailey's positive impact on the pass offense, Decker's value should hold steady.

Redskins re-sign TE Niles Paul to a three-year deal

Friday, March 6, 2015, 12:57pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

TE Niles Paul resigns with Redskins, a three-year deal that can earn him up to just under $10 million, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Jordan Reed is signed through 2016, so Paul's upside is limited as long as Reed stays healthy. Since Reed hasn't played more than 11 games in either of his two NFL seasons, his owners should keep Paul on speed dial. In best ball formats, the Reed/Paul combo scored 159 points in PPR formats, which equates to #11 TE-type numbers.