The Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson have reached agreement on a four-year, $140 million extension that includes a $65 million signing bonus and makes the quarterback the highest-paid player in the NFL, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday morning.
There aren't big short-term fantasy implications here, but Wilson's contract won't be a distraction in 2019.
Wide receiver Chris Hogan, a Super Bowl winner twice in his three seasons with the Patriots, has signed a one-year contract with the Panthers.
An unrestricted free agent, the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder has been a productive pass catcher in the AFC East for the past five seasons. A versatile receiver who can play outside and in the slot, Hogan and DeSean Jackson tied for the NFL lead in 2016 with 17.9 yards per reception.
Hogan figures to serve as Carolina's No. 3 receiver behind D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel. He'll definitely trail Christian McCaffrey in targets so he will at best be the team's No. 4 option in the passing game. If Greg Olsen returns, Hogan could land at No. 5. He won't have much fantasy value in 2019.
With the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots had a big hole to fill at tight end and Seferian-Jenkins was probably the best available option. Still just 26 years old, Seferian-Jenkins is a great athlete but has never been able to capitalize on his considerable potential. He caught 21 passes for 338 yards and four touchdowns in seven games back in 2015, but has never cracked 400 yards receiving or caught more than four touchdowns in five seasons. The Patriots represent his best opportunity to date, and if he gets the requisite playing time, he could turn into a streaming/TE2 option.
Chicago shipped Jordan Howard to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round pick on Thursday night, the Eagles announced. Conditions in the trade could flex that selection to a 2020 fifth-round pick.
Howard had been rumored as trade bait since before the 2018 season, as Tarik Cohen took on a larger role in first-year coach Matt Nagy's offense. In his third season in the Windy City, Howard saw another dip in production as he totaled 935 rushing yards and 3.7 yards per carry. When Chicago signed former Seahawks running back Mike Davis in free agency, the writing looked to be on the wall.
This is a significant fantasy move for both teams since Howard is now the favorite to lead the Eagles in carries and his absence in Chicago opens up major work for Tarik Cohen and Mike Davis. Howard had a down season (935 yards rushing on 3.74 YPC) in 2018 after averaging 1,218 yards (on 4.61 YPC) in his first two seasons. It's a low-risk move for the Eagles since Howard is still on his rookie deal. He's not likely to catch many passes, though his hands were better in 2018 (77% catch rate, a career-high). Howard's arrival throws cold water on the rest of Philadelphia's committee (Clement, Adams and Smallwood). In Chicago, this is big news for both Tarik Cohen and Mike Davis, but especially Davis, who is likely to take over the bulk of the 15.6 carries per game (and short-yardage work) that Howard has vacated. Davis also showed some passing game chops last year in Seattle, so the Chicago offense won't be as easy predict with Davis replacing Howard in the backfield.
The Raiders have agreed to terms with running back Isaiah Crowell on a one-year deal worth up to $2.5 million.
The Raiders are shoring up the running back corps in case Marshawn Lynch doesn't return this season. Through 13 games last season, Crowell gained 685 yards on 143 carries for a 4.79 yards per carry, though when his 15-carry, 219-yard game against the Broncos is removed, he averaged just 3.64 yards per carry in the other 12 games. If Lynch doesn't return, Crowell could serve as the Raiders' primary thumper with Jalen Richard playing in passing situations.
Jay Gruden said he anticipates Derrius Guice doing individual work in OTAs and then joining the team full-go in training camp. "I think Derrius will be fine," Gruden said.
Guice has undergone a couple of clean-up procedures since his ACL surgery last year and the team recently re-signed Adrian Peterson to a two-year deal. Guice is in the RB3 mix given his uncertain health and the presence of Peterson.
Bucs coach Bruce Arians says he thinks Chris Godwin can be a “close to a 100-catch guy” in 2019.
We agree, though Godwin will have to improve on his career 62.0% catch rate (or see 150+ targets) if he's going to come close to catching 100 passes. He finished strong in 2017, posting 3-98 on six targets against the Panthers in Week 16 and 7-111-1 on 12 targets against the Saints in Week 17. In the five games as a rookie where he played at least 50% of the snaps, he averaged 4.2 catches for 73 yards and 0.20 touchdowns on 7.2 targets per game. In 2018, he finished the season as the No. 25 receiver despite the fact that he played more than 70% of the snaps in just six games, five of which came with DeSean Jackson mostly sidelined from Week 13 to Week 17. Godwin is primed for a third-year breakout.