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Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:24pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

According to Mark Long of the Associated Press, the Jaguars have brought back tight end Marcedes Lewis on a three-year deal.

The Rams reportedly made a late push, but he decided to stay put where he’s spent all 10 years of his career.

Lewis caught just 16 passes last year and 18 the year before, well off the kind of production that once made him their franchise player.

But there’s something to be said for consistency, and Lewis lends the kind of blocking and gravity the Jaguars can use as they try to make the next step.

Fantasy Impact:

Of course, Julius Thomas will remain the pass-catching option at the TE position for the Jags.

Robinson: DeMarco Murray 'will be a workhorse for us'

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:22pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Eagles didn’t use DeMarco Murray as the workhorse back that he was in Dallas, but Titans General Manager Jon Robinson says that things will play out differently in Tennessee.

“DeMarco is a premium back in this league, and I have admired his running style from afar for a long time,” Robinson said in a statement formally announcing the trade. “We are expecting him to embody all that we want to be about as a team moving forward — tough, dependable and team-first. He will be a workhorse for us and his presence in our offense will help everyone around him.”

Murray seems to have his eyes on that kind of role in the offense. He said in a statement that he’s willing to do anything the Titans ask, “whether it is carrying the ball 20 times, 30 times, whatever.”

Fantasy Impact:

As we stated earlier when the trade news broke, this puts a damper on the fantasy value of David Cobb as well as Antonio Andrews and Bishop Sankey. Murray is considered a volume rusher and seems poised to get a big workload, however the Titans OL has struggled over the past few seasons.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:16pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

A person familiar with the negotiations says the New Orleans Saints have signed kicker Kai Forbath to a one-year contract.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because contract has not been announced. Forbath, who signed the deal shortly after free agency began on Wednesday, kicked in 10 games last season for New Orleans, hitting nine of 13 field goal attempts. He'll have to compete to retain his job with recent Saints acquisition Josh Scobee.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:14pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

A year after the Jaguars thought about pursuing Browns safety Tashaun Gipson as a restricted free agent, multiple reports say they’ve landed him on the open market.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Gipson will sign a five-year deal worth up to $35.5 million with the Jaguars.

Gipson was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014, when he finished with six interceptions in 11 games. He had two interceptions in 13 games last season, when he played under a second-round restricted free agent tender.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 6:19pm - [Full Article]

The Kansas Chiefs will lose two draft picks for their actions leading up to the start of the league year in 2015.

Citing improper contact with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin prior to the start of free agency last March, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent informed the Chiefs on Wednesday that they will forfeit their 2016 third-round draft pick and 2017 sixth-round draft pick for violating the league's Anti-Tampering Policy.

In addition to the loss of draft picks, coach Andy Reid has been fined $75,000 and general manager John Dorsey has been fined $25,000.

Maclin played under Reid in Philadelphia before signing a five-year, $55 million deal with the Chiefs on March 11 of 2015.

In a statement released by the NFL, Vincent explained that in "assessing discipline, the goal is to balance the seriousness of the violation of an important and longstanding competitive rule, with appropriate recognition of the club's history (no prior offenses), and the cooperation shown by both the club and individual employees."

Vincent further acknowledged the discipline would have been more harsh had the Chiefs not been "fully cooperative and forthcoming" in the investigation.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say that while the NFL allows communication between teams and agents during its "legal tampering" period, prospective suitors cannot contact free agents themselves prior to the start of the league year. Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt released a statement suggesting the organization will appeal the discipline, the story added.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 5:29pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Running back Marshawn Lynch is retired, unofficially. Officially, he’s still a member of the Seahawks’ roster.

The new league year has arrived without the Seahawks releasing Lynch or placing him on the reserve-retired list. It means that the Seahawks will carry Lynch and his $11.5 million cap number into the 2016 league year.

Fantasy Impact:

The story goes on to say it remains unclear why the Seahawks haven’t removed Lynch from the roster. One theory is that they’ll wait to do it until after June 1, so that he’ll count $2.5 million against the cap this year, and $2.5 million next year. Another theory is that Lynch is dragging his feet so that he’ll be cut — and so that if he decides to un-retire later he’ll do so as a free agent. Regardless, Lynch remains on the team, at least for now. And possibly for a while longer, the story added.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 5:14pm

Nashville Tennessean - [Full Article]

The Titans have agreed to terms with free-agent quarterback Matt Cassel, according to a source.

A 12-year veteran, the 33 year-old Cassel will provide depth and competition at the quarterback spot behind starter Marcus Mariota. Zach Mettenberger is currently the team’s second-string quarterback, but has been inconsistent in his opportunities and has yet to win a start.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 5:11pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Denver Broncos lost another member of their smothering championship defense when linebacker Danny Trevathan agreed to a four-year deal with the Bears.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 5:10pm - [Full Article]

Former Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon is heading to the New York Giants, a source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Vernon has agreed to a deal worth $85 million over five years, sources familiar with the parameters of the deal told Rapoport. It includes $52.5 million in guarantees.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 5:08pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Falcons agreed to terms with quarterback Matt Schaub, and also agreed to terms on a five-year deal with free-agent center Alex Mack.

Schaub spent three seasons with the Falcons, then was traded the Texans after the 2007 season. He played for the Raiders in 2014 and the Ravens last season.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 5:06pm

Palm Beach Post - [Full Article]

The Dolphins have found their starting free safety, signing Isa Abdul-Quddus to a 3-year deal worth $12.75 detmillion.

The deal, which was first reported by NFL Network, pays 26-year-old Abdul-Quddus $4.25 million per year.

Abdul-Quddus, 6-foot-1, 201 pounds, was primarily a strong safety for Detroit. He started eight games last year with 57 tackles, six passes defensed and a sack.

Texans nab RB Lamar Miller

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 3:33pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The Texans long-awaited deal for RB Lamar Miller is 4 years, $26M, source said. $14M fully guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

This is a good signing for the Texans as Miller is a talented all-around back who has finished in the top 10 in back-to-back seasons despite being underutilized in Miami. The Texans should give him plenty of work, but keep an eye on the offensive line. If it comes together, Miller should see enough work to finish in the top 10 for a third straight season.

Texans to sign QB Brock Osweiler

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 3:26pm

Rand Getlin - [Full Article]

I'm told QB Brock Osweiler has agreed to a deal in principle with the Houston Texans.

Fantasy Impact:

Osweiler averaged 16.6 FP in the six games that he started and finished. That equates to middle of the road QB2 numbers, and his receiving corps won't be quite as good as it was in Denver. DeAndre Hopkins is a nice target, but there is no Emmanuel Sanders on the Texans' roster at the moment. Osweiler will be in the streaming conversation if things go well.

Jets to sign RB Matt Forte

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 3:17pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Matt Forte is signing with the NY Jets, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

Forte finished as the #9 RB in standard (#7 in PPR) despite missing three games. He's on the wrong side of 30, and his YPC is down over the last couple of years, but he's still a very capable runner and is fantastic in the passing game. Chris Ivory has already signed elsewhere and it appears that Bilal Powell may be gone as well, so Forte figures to serve as the Jets' three-down back barring another big signing/draft pick.

RB Doug Martin re-signs with the Buccaneers

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 2:53pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and running back Doug Martin have reached agreement on a five-year deal worth over $35 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Martin, 27, is coming off a huge bounce-back season in which he finished second in the NFL in rushing (1,402 yards) and in yards after contact. He also caught 32 passes for 271 yards and scored seven touchdowns (six rushing) to make his second Pro Bowl.

Fantasy Impact:

In 2015, Martin was the #5 RB in standard formats (#6 in PPR), so his decision to re-sign with the Bucs will keep his value high. He will enter the season as a fantasy RB1 and will likely be drafted in the first two rounds once his ADP catches up with the news of his signing. His return to Tampa is obviously bad news for Charles Sims, but Sims will remain a good value in the middle rounds, especially in PPR formats.

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