Description: Updating a previous item, the 49ers are no longer planning to cut troubled linebacker Aldon Smith. SOURCE: NFL.com
Insight: Smith has had a laundry list of off-field distractions to deal with over the last two years but he's still one of the most talented pass rushers in football. Let's see if he can take advantage of the second chance the 49ers are giving him.
Chad Johnson, WR
4/17/2014 9:06:00 PM
Description: Former Patriots and Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson has caught on with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. SOURCE: CFL on Twitter
Insight: Johnson's days of playing in the NFL are over but his CFL days are just beginning. Ochocinco's last productive season came in 2009 when he logged 1,047 yards and 9 TD in 16 games for Cincinnati.
Description: The Seahawks have re-signed receiver Sidney Rice.
Insight: They brought him back on a one-year deal earlier this week. Rice could have a bigger role this season now that Golden Tate has moved on to play for the Lions. Of course, he'll need to get healthy first. Rice missed the second half of last season because of a torn ACL and isn't a lock for Week 1.
Description: The Jets have reached an agreement with three-time Pro Bowl running back Chris Johnson.
Insight: According to ESPN's Rich Cimini, it's a two-year, $8 million deal. Johnson's yards per carry dipped to 3.9 last season with Tennessee and the bigger Chris Ivory (6-foot, 222 pounds) will probably see most of the carries around the goal line. For the first time in years, Johnson isn't a must-start fantasy player.
Description: The Giants have agreed to terms with Josh Freeman on a one-year contract, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.
Insight: Freeman will compete with Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib for the backup job. Freeman had an abysmal .429 completion percentage, 761 yards, two touchdowns and four picks in four starts last year (0-4). He was released by the Buccaneers and only made one start with the Vikings, a Monday Night disaster against the G-Men in which he went 20-of-53 for 190 yards.
Description: Aldon Smith's latest run-in with the law could cost him his roster spot with the 49ers. SOURCE: Tim Kawakami, San Jose Mercury News
Insight: It's been a rough offseason for the Niners with Colin Kaepernick being investigated for an incident in Miami and now Smith possibly facing charges for an alleged false bomb threat at LAX. This comes after Smith missed five games last season while going to rehab for alcohol abuse. For all his bad habits off the field, Smith has logged an impressive 42 sacks over his last three seasons.
Description: Former Titans running back Chris Johnson met with the Jets on Tuesday. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The team is mulling the idea of a split backfield with Johnson and Chris Ivory as the two anchors. Johnson has been in decline for several years now and doesn't figure to be a top fantasy choice in 2014.
Description: The Packers have re-signed backup quarterback Matt Flynn. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: Flynn spent time with three different teams last season before settling in as Green Bay's starter when Seneca Wallace went out with a groin injury. Now that Aaron Rodgers is fully recovered from a broken collarbone, Flynn doesn't figure to see much playing time in 2014.
Description: Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd has been signed by the San Francisco 49ers, the team that originally drafted him in 2003.
Insight: Lloyd didn't play in the NFL last season, but caught 74 balls for 911 yards and four touchdowns in 2012 with New England. He figures to be San Francisco's No. 4 target behind Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis.
Sidney Rice, WR
4/14/2014 2:52:00 PM
Description: Wide receiver Sidney Rice, formerly of Seattle, has been cleared for football activities by Dr. James Andrews.
Insight: Now he just needs to find a team to play for. Rice had a decent year in 2012 with Seattle, but hasn't been a valuable fantasy asset since 2009 when he caught 83 balls for 1,312 yards and eight scores for Minnesota.
Description: San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players are being investigated by Miami police about a "suspicious indicent" involving a woman at a hotel earlier this month.
Insight: Miami Police Dept. public information officer Rene Pimentel initially told USA Today Sports that the investigation was for sexual assault but he amended his statement and says that the Special Victims Unit is investigating a "suspicious indicent." "There are no charges, definitely not. There is an investigation," Pimentel said.
Description: The Browns have brought in receiver Nate Burleson on a one-year deal.
Insight: Burleson played just six games in 2012 due to a broken leg and nine last year with a broken arm (suffered in a car accident). The veteran averaged 4.3 receptions per game with the Lions over the last four seasons, but he'll likely be behind Josh Gordon, Greg Little and Andrew Hawkins on the depth chart in 2014 for a team with an unsettled QB situation.
Description: Carolina has reached a one-year agreeement with former Eagles wideout Jason Avant.
Insight: Philadelphia may not have been as eager to cut Avant had they known of DeSean Jackson's off field issues. Either way, he's with Cam Newton now and figures to start alongside Jerricho Cotchery. As long as Avant stays healthy, we'd expect him to improve on the 38 catches and 447 receiving yards he totaled last season.
Description: Tennessee QB Jake Locker (Lisfranc surgery) says he is ahead of schedule and expects to be ready for May OTAs, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.
Insight: Locker, Charlie Whitehurst and Tyler Wilson are the current QBs on the roster, but don't be surprised if the new regime brings in a quarterback in the draft. Locker has yet to show he's a fantasy-worthy QB.
Description: It's official. The Titans have released running back Chris Johnson after six seasons. SOURCE: Jim Wyatt, The Tennessean
Insight: The Titans couldn't find a trade partner, but the running back will certainly find another NFL job. The speedster has proven to be durable, having missed just one game in six seasons. He's never rushed for less than 1,047 yards and has recorded 58 touchdowns (50 rushing). Where he ends up will determine his future fantasy value.
Description: Titans running back Chris Johnson has a meeting with the GM Ruston Webster on Friday and could be released as soon as today.
Insight: The speedster has proven to be durable, having missed just one game in six seasons. He's never rushed for less than 1,047 yards and has recorded 58 touchdowns (50 rushing). The Titans couldn't find a trade partner, but the running back will certainly find another NFL job. Where he ends up will determine his future fantasy value.
Description: The Ravens signed former Texans tight end Owen Daniels to a one-year contract on Thursday. SOURCE: John McClain, Houston Chronicle
Insight: He was released by Houston about three weeks ago. Dennis Pitta's presence won't help Daniels as he looks to bounce back from a disappointing 2013 season (252 receiving yards in five appearances).
Description: Former Raiders receiver Jacoby Ford has signed with the New York Jets.
Insight: Ford's one constant is that he's been injured more than healthy and he's yet to prove he can be a full-time NFL receiver. Since being drafted in 2010, he's totaled just 57 receptions for 848 yards and three touchdowns. He does own four career kickoff returns for scores.
Description: Free agent wide receiver DeSean Jackson has agreed to a multi-year deal with the Washington Redskins.
Insight: While this is certainly a boon to the Washington offense, Jackson will have to work hard to get the same number of targets he saw in Philadelphia (126) as incumbent No. 1 Pierre Garcon led the league in that department with 182. They also have an up-and-coming TE in Jordan Reed.
Description: Safety Ryan Clark agreed to a one-year deal with Washington.
Insight: The former Steelers defensive back will certainly help the Redskins porous secondary that yielded 243 ypg through the air. He's also a solid tackler who has posted 100 or more tackles for three consecutive seasons.
Description: The Rams have signed WR Kenny Britt to a one-year deal.
Insight: Britt will be reunited with Jeff Fisher, who drafted the receiver in 2009. Britt has been set back by multiple knee injuries and discipline problems and put up just 685 yards and four touchdowns in 26 games the last two years. The Rams haven't had a 1,000-yard receiver since Torry Holt in 2007.
DeSean Jackson, WR
3/30/2014 11:30:00 AM
Description: The Chiefs are no longer considering free agent wide receiver DeSean Jackson. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Insight: Teams are being very cautious with Jackson following the story released Friday on NJ.com about his alleged gang connections back in Los Angeles. That hasn't scared the Redskins away, however. They're bringing Jackson in for a visit on Monday.
Description: The Titans are expected to hand Chris Johnson his walking papers sometime in the next week. SOURCE: Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports
Insight: They couldn't drum up much trade interest for the veteran and now it appears they'll just let him walk. Johnson has rushed for 1,000 yards in all six seasons in the NFL while only missing one game over that stretch. He's owed $8 million in 2014.
DeSean Jackson, WR
3/29/2014 11:29:00 AM
Description: Free agent wideout DeSean Jackson has already been contacted by at least seven teams. SOURCE: Manish Mehta, New York Daily News
Insight: The real surprise is that the Jets were not one of them. The Chiefs, who are led by former Eagles head coach Andy Reid, have emerged as the early favorites to land Jackson in free agency.
Description: Maurice Jones-Drew has agreed to a three-year contract with Oakland. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The Raiders' backfield tandem of Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden figures to be close to a 50/50 split. That won't help either one's fantasy value heading into 2014.
DeSean Jackson, WR
3/28/2014 6:01:00 PM
Description: Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson has been released, according to nfl.com.
Insight: The Eagles became concerned with Jackson's gang ties back home in Los Angeles and decided he wasn't worth the trouble. Jackson caught 82 balls for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns last season and his fantasy value is going to take a hit away from Chip Kelly's system. The value of Jeremy Maclin and Zach Ertz improves with the move to cut Jackson.
Description: Running back LeGarrette Blount has signed a two-year, $3.85 million deal with Pittsburgh. SOURCE: Aaron Wilson, Baltimore Sun
Insight: Blount (772 yards, 7 TD with the Patriots last season) has shown flashes of talent over the years, but he'll be stuck behind Le'Veon Bell and doesn't figure to have much fantasy value in 2014.
Description: Mark Sanchez is officially a Philadelphia Eagle quarterback.
Insight: Sanchez, who missed all of last season while recovering from shoulder surgery, will be the backup for starter Nick Foles. Barring injury to Foles he has no fantasy value.
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB
3/28/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew is close to a deal with Oakland, according to Scott Blair of Raiders Insider.
Insight: MJD might lose all fantasy value in Oakland if starter Darren McFadden stays healthy. Seriously, Jones-Drew would end up sharing time with McFadden and neither back would have the value they used to when they were the primary back on their team.
Description: The Patriots have signed DT Vince Wilfork to a new contract that amounts to a one-year, $8 million deal with two option years and $3M guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Wilfork cleaned out his locker earlier this week because he unhappy that the Patriots approached him about restructuring his contract, but he'll remain in New England because he didn't want to relocate his family. The 32-year-old Wilfork has been one of the top interior linemen in the NFL during his career but played just four games in 2013 due to a torn Achilles.
Description: Broncos running back Montee Ball should be the primary ballcarrier for Denver in 2014.
Insight: Knowshon Moreno agreed with Miami to a one-year deal. Ball ran for 4.7 yards per carry on 120 attempts and finished with 559 rushing yards and four touchdowns. He'll be a high-end RB2/low-end RB1 in 2014 because the Broncos' passing game is so potent that it leaves gaps in the opposition run defense.
Description: Former Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno has agreed to a deal with the Miami Dolphins.
Insight: Moreno had the best season of his career in 2013, rushing for 1,039 yards, catching 60 balls for 548 yards and scoring 13 times. He's not likely to match those totals in Florida where they don't have the receiving weapons or the quarterback to keep the defense occupied.
Description: According to John Keim of espn.com, new Redskins coach Jay Gruden says he'd like RB Alfred Morris to be more of a pass catching threat but that he doesn't have "natural hands."
Insight: Gruden said he hopes Morris can get 20-25 catches. He has just 20 in two NFL seasons compared to 611 carries for 2,888 rushing yards (4.7 ypc) and 20 TDs. It's doubtful Gruden will give Morris as many carries as the Shanahans did.
Description: Although he appeared to be close to signing with the Seahawks last week, DE Jared Allen signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Bears on Wednesday.
Insight: Chicago released Julius Peppers and watched him sign with the Packers, so they picked up Allen from the Vikings, another NFC North rival. Allen played 16 games and had at least 11 sacks all six years he was in Minnesota.
Description: Saints wideout Marques Colston dealt with foot soreness throughout last season and the team will monitor his practice time during the 2014 season, coach Sean Payton said. SOURCE: Larry Holder, nola.com
Insight: Colston was disappointing for most of the year but was very good in the last four weeks, putting up 28 receptions for 347 yards and three touchdowns to finish with 75 catches, 943 yards and five TDs. The soon-to-be 31-year-old should be drafted as a WR3 at best in 2014.
Description: According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rams coach Jeff Fisher addressed running back Zac Stacy's future role with the team on Wednesday. "I think over time, he'll probably be that 70-percent-of-the-carries guy," Fisher said.
Insight: What does he mean, over time? In 12 games as St. Louis' starting tailback last season, Stacy averaged 20.8 carries. He should be a late first-round or early second-round pick in 2014 drafts.
Description: Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle surgery) is unlikely to practice before training camp, GM Dave Gettleman said Tuesday during a radio appearance.
Insight: Newton was given a four-month timetable when he had ankle surgery last week. When it comes to Newton's fantasy value, we're far more concerned about Carolina's receiving corps than the surgery.
Description: Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson told his teammates Tuesday that he would be back with the Eagles in 2014. SOURCE: Philadelphia Inquirer
Insight: This came after Jackson and coach Chip Kelly apparently talked for the first time since the end of the last season. We're not sure what to make of this news, but if the two can get along, it makes no sense to trade or cut the talented wide receiver.
Description: Quarterback Terrelle Pryor wants out of Oakland. SOURCE: Tim Kawakami, Mercury News
Insight: He asked the team for a trade earlier this offseason. All Pryor wants is a starting job in the NFL. Unfortunately, that's not going to happen in Oakland after the Raiders acquired Matt Schaub in a trade with Houston late last week.
Description: The Seahawks were apparently close to signing Jermichael Finley but backed out when he failed his physical. SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette
Insight: Finley is still on the mend following spinal fusion surgery. As productive as Finley has been throughout his career, teams tend to avoid players who are serious injury risks. If teams aren't convinced he's healthy, it could be a while before Finley signs his next contract.
Description: The Patriots are making a play for free agent running back Maurice Jones-Drew. SOURCE: Doug Kyed, NESN
Insight: The Steelers and Jets are also in the running for MJD. The eight-year veteran rushed for 803 yards and five touchdowns last season with Jacksonville. The Pats aren't expected to re-sign LeGarrette Blount so they do have an opening at halfback.
Description: Buccaneers wideout Mike Williams was released from the hospital late Sunday night. SOURCE: Tampa Tribune
Insight: He was allegedly stabbed by his brother and the police are looking into the incident. As talented as Williams is, he's been nothing but trouble off the field and this strange incident could be the last straw for the Bucs. Don't be surprised if Tampa Bay decides to release the troubled wide receiver.
Description: Philadelphia is considering releasing wide receiver DeSean Jackson as a result of his refusal to restructure his current contract. SOURCE: Manish Mehta, New York Daily News
Insight: It seems as though Jackson has played his final game as an Eagle. Philadelphia's preference would obviously be to trade him but if teams are unwilling to take on his huge cap figure ($10.5 million in 2014), cutting him will be their only option. The Jets, Panthers, Patriots, 49ers and Seahawks are among the teams interested in Jackson.
Description: Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson now appears to be fully "in play" on the trade market, though most of the interested teams would likely end up hurting his fantasy value.
Insight: Jackson's big contract ($10.6 million in 2014) is the problem for most of the teams. His best landing spot, other than staying with the Eagles would be New England. If he ends up in Oakland or with the Jets ... lookout below. He caught 82 balls for 1,332 yards and nine TDs in Chip Kelly's spread offense last season.
Description: Michael Vick has agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with the Jets. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Vick wanted a starting job and now he has one. With Eric Decker in the fold, he'll have a pretty good receiver to throw to as well. Geno Smith's fantasy value will be zilch unless Vick gets hurt. Fortunately for Smith, Vick hasn't played an entire 16-game season since 2006.
Description: The Jets have officially released quarterback Mark Sanchez. SOURCE: Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports
Insight: He became expendable when the team signed Mike Vick earlier today. Most of the league's quarterback openings have already been filled, meaning Sanchez will likely have to settle for a backup job in 2014.
Description: Former Tampa Bay wideout Tiquan Underwood has signed a deal with Carolina.
Insight: The Panthers are desparate to find receivers, recently signing Underwood and Jerricho Cotchery. They need to keep at it as neither of these two can carry an offense. Hopefully they can find a star in the draft or Cam Newton is going to drop in fantasy value.
Description: Former New Orleans wide receiver Lance Moore has signed a two-year deal with Pittsburgh.
Insight: Moore was always a Drew Brees favorite when it came to crunch time, but his fantasy numbers for the most part have been pedestrian. Outside of Antonio Brown, the Steelers have little talent at wideout and Moore could win the No. 2 job.
Description: Numerous teams are said to have inquired about Eagles wideout DeSean Jackson.
Insight: Some of these rumored teams would be a disaster for Jackson's fantasy owners (read Jets, Oakland) and some would be middle of the road (49ers, Carolina), but if he ended up with the New England Patriots he'd likely increase in fantasy value.
Description: The Raiders have acquired QB Matt Schaub from the Texans for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft, according to ESPN's Adam Schafter.
Insight: Schaub immediately becomes Oakland's No. 1 quarterback option with Terrelle Pryor as his main backup. His receivers are nothing special and it's unlikely Schaub will be coveted on fantasy draft day after his lousy 2013 campaign (14 INT, 73.0 QB rating in ten appearances).
Description: Atlanta has reached a three-year deal with return specialist Devin Hester. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The 31-year-old returned 52 kickoffs for an average of 27.6 yards in 2013. He also totaled 256 yards and one touchdown as a punt returner last season (18 attempts). A former receiver and defensive back, Hester was used exclusively on special teams last season.
Description: According to ESPN's Ed Werder, All-Pro defensive end Jared Allen is finalizing a deal with Seattle.
Insight: The 31-year-old has recorded 11 or more sacks in each of his last seven seasons. The Seahawks were tied for eighth in the league in sacks in 2013 and should be even better this year with Allen anchoring the pass rush.
Description: Former Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie has agreed to a one-year deal with Arizona. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Cromartie (38 tackles, three interceptions for the Jets last season) will set up shop across from All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson. Arizona's secondary should be among the best in the league next season.
Description: Wideout Jerricho Cotchery has agreed to a two-year deal with Carolina. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: Cotchery is the most talented receiver on the current Panthers roster, which definitely isn't saying much. He can be a solid No. 2 guy, but Cotchery's fantasy value will be limited in Carolina if he's covered by the opposition's best CB every week.
Description: Free agent halfback Maurice Jones-Drew met with the Steelers on Wednesday. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Jones-Drew would be second-string behind starter Le'Veon Bell so it's not an ideal landing spot. At age 28 and with over 1,800 carries in his career, there's not a lot left in Jones-Drew's tank. Maybe a backup job is the best he can do at this point.
Description: Panthers QB Cam Newton had successful ankle surgery on Wednesday. SOURCE: David Newton, ESPN
Insight: He's going to be out for the next four months. Newton has never missed a game in his NFL career. If the recovery takes longer than expected, Derek Anderson would open the year as Carolina's starting quarterback.
Description: Henry Melton has agreed to a deal with Dallas, though contract details have yet to be released. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: It's been a turbulent offseason for the Cowboys but they finally get a win here. Melton, a Pro Bowler in 2012, was probably the best player left on the market. He's coming off a torn ACL, though it sounds like he'll be ready for training camp in a few months.
Description: Julian Edelman's new contract will pay him $17 million over four years. SOURCE: Mike Garafolo, Fox Sports 1
Insight: Edelman (105 receptions, 1,056 yards, 6 TD in 2013) announced on Twitter this past weekend that he was staying with New England, though details of the contract weren't released until today. He'll be under Patriots control until his age-32 season.
Description: The Bears cut wide receiver Earl Bennett on Tuesday. SOURCE: Jeff Dickerson, ESPN Chicago
Insight: This comes after Bennett refused to take a paycut. Bennett won't be hard to replace after hauling in just 32 catches last season. Fantasy owners shouldn't be considering Bennett as a viable option, regardless of what team he ends up with.
Description: Mario Manningham has returned to the Giants on a one-year deal.
Insight: Injuries limited Manningham to only six games last season. Manningham is probably best known for the sideline catch he made against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. The 27-year-old hasn't been a fantasy option since 2010 when he racked up 944 yards and nine touchdowns for the G-Men.
Description: If the Eagles are willing to give up DeSean Jackson for only a third-round pick, the Patriots will certainly be interested. SOURCE: John Beattie, NESN
Insight: As great as Jackson would look in Patriots blue and silver, the move would put New England over the salary cap. An easy solution would be to grant Vince Wilfork his release, which he asked for about a week ago. Jackson (82 catches, 1,332 yards, 9 TD last season) would give Tom Brady the deep threat he's been missing since Randy Moss left in 2010.
Description: The Bengals chose not to match Cleveland's four-year offer sheet for wideout Andrew Hawkins. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The deal is worth $13.6 million. Hawkins will line up in the slot with Josh Gordon on the outside. In three seasons in Cincinnati, Hawkins was never a fantasy option (995 yards, 4 TD in 35 games).
Description: The Saints have signed fullback Erik Lorig, who has played the last four seasons in Tampa Bay.
Insight: Lorig had zero rushing attempts over those four seasons and won't carry the ball in New Orleans. He has 30 career receptions for 193 yards and will have little-to-no fantasy value going forward.
Description: Former Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones has signed a three-year contract with the Oakland Raiders.
Insight: Jones led the NFL with 14 touchdown grabs in 2012 but dropped to three in 2013. He finished with a career-high 817 yards on 59 receptions in 14 games. He'll go from having one of the top QBs in the NFL to a team that currently has no starting quarterback, but he also will have far less competition for targets on the Raiders.
Description: Denver exercised its 2014 option on receiver Wes Welker.
Insight: Welker figures to improve on last year's numbers (73-778-10). He'll be more familiar with QB Peyton Manning and the loss of Eric Decker won't be completely compensated for by the addition of Emmanuel Sanders. Welker also missed three games due to a concussion.
Description: Seahawks place-kicker Steven Hauschka has been signed to a three-year deal, reports Ian Rapoport.
Insight: Hauschka was 33-of-35 (94.3 percent) last season, including 3-of-3 from 50 yards-or-more. Since becoming the Seahawks full-time place-kicker in 2011, he's improved his success rate in each season and is one of the best in the game.
Description: Arian Foster tweeted that he's been medically cleared. The Texans halfback underwent back surgery in November.
Insight: Foster ran for 4.5 yards per carry last season which is consistent with his career average. With Houston likely to use a rookie quarterback in 2014, Foster is going to see a ton of work next season. He should be a first-round pick in most fantasy drafts this summer.
Description: Two-time Pro Bowler Roman Harper has reached a two-year agreement with Carolina. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The contract includes $4.5 million in base salary with a $1.5 million signing bonus. Harper was cut by the Saints last month. In nine games last season, Harper totaled 29 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery.
Description: Cornerback Walter Thurmond has reached a one-year deal with the Giants. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: The Legion of Boom has lost another member. In 12 games for Seattle last season, Thurmond racked up 33 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one interception. New York gave up 6.3 yards per passing attempt last season which was actually among the best in the league. Thurmond is likely to start alongside Prince Amukamara in the Giants' secondary.
Description: Emmanuel Sanders' new deal with the Broncos should become official later today. However, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Sanders had already agreed to a contract with Kansas City before Denver came into the picture.
Insight: An anonymous team official has accused Sanders' agent Steve Weinberg of breaking "every rule in negotiations." Supposedly, Weinberg accepted a deal from the Chiefs before opening negotiations with Tampa Bay and Denver. He also blew off a meeting with San Francisco. Weinberg is already on thin ice after a series of violations in the early 2000s and this sequence of events should only further damage his reputation. Fantasy-wise, it's an ideal spot for Sanders who will now be catching passes from Peyton Manning. He'll be replacing Eric Decker, who put up 1,288 yards and 11 TD last season.
Description: The Bears were able to re-sign CB Peanut Tillman to a one-year contract. SOURCE: Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com
Insight: Tillman has been to the Pro Bowl twice in his last three seasons. He's sixth among active players in interceptions (36) and hasn't had fewer than three picks in a season since 2009. Tillman turned 33 in February.
Description: B.J. Raji is returning to the Packers on a one-year deal. SOURCE: Tom Silverstein, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Insight: Raji will earn $4 million next season. A Pro Bowler in 2011, Raji was ineffective last season (just 17 tackles in 16 games). Hopefully returning to his old position at nose tackle will help Raji get back on track.
Description: Brandon Browner has agreed to a three-year, $17 million deal with New England. SOURCE: Josina Anderson, ESPN
Insight: A few days ago when Aqib Talib bolted for Denver, the Patriots' secondary looked to be in shambles. Now after signing Darrelle Revis and Browner, it may be the team's biggest strength. Just a reminder to fantasy owners, Browner will miss the first four games of 2014 while he serves a suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Description: Ben Tate's new two-year deal with Cleveland could pay him up to $7 million according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Tate fills a huge need for the Browns, who were forced to start ancient Willis McGahee at halfback last season. Now that he's out from Arian Foster's shadow, this will be a good chance for Tate to finally spread his wings. We smell a 1,000-yard season on the horizon.
Description: The Patriots and wideout Julian Edelman have reached an agreement on a new contract. SOURCE: Mike Reiss, ESPN Boston
Insight: Edelman posted career-best numbers last season (105 receptions, 1,056 yards, 6 TD in 2013) but couldn't find an offer to his liking on the open market. From a fantasy perspective, New England was always the best place for him.
Description: Hakeem Nicks has agreed to a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts, according to Mike Garafolo of foxsports.com.
Insight: Nicks' next touchdown will be his first since 2012. He had zero scores on his 56 catches for 896 yards in 15 games last season. He'll look to revitalize his career with Andrew Luck as his quarterback in hopes of landing a long-term contract. He'll have to share targets with Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton and Coby Fleener, however, and the four may end up taking fantasy value from each other while improving Luck's.
Description: The Titans have released Ryan Fitzpatrick after one season.
Insight: The Titans needed Fitzpatrick to play 11 games last season behind brittle starter Jake Locker, and he completed 62 percent of his passes for 2,454 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Tennessee will go with Charlie Whitehurst, who is familiar with new Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt's offensive system after playing in it as a backup for the Chargers last season.
Description: Steve Smith is now a member of the Ravens. He signed a three-year, $11 million contract with Baltimore on Friday, one day after being released by the Panthers.
Insight: Smith had just 745 yards and four scores on 64 catches (11.6 ypc) in 15 games last season and enters a passing offense that isn't very prolific. He'll serve as the third option for QB Joe Flacco behind Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta.
Description: Eagles running back Darren Sproles had his contract extended two years through 2016, according to Adam Schefter.
Insight: Sproles, who will be 31 in June, is apparently not just a one-year experiment. In the innovative Chip Kelly offense, he will be a tough matchup for the opposition to cover and still keep an eye on LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson.
Description: The Panthers officially released their longtime No. 1 wideout Steve Smith on Thursday.
Insight: The 34-year-old's career was revitalized when Carolina drafted QB Cam Newton and he put up 2,568 yards and 11 touchdowns on 152 catches in 2011-12, but he had just 745 yards and four scores on 64 catches (11.6 ypc) in 15 games last season. The Ravens are the favorite to land the veteran, but he's unlikely to carry much fantasy value as a third option behind Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta. As we just saw for years in Houston, new Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's offense heavily features the tight end and No. 1 receiver but not the No. 2 wideout.
Description: Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said he thinks of Dexter McCluster as more of a running back than a wide receiver, according to the Tennessean.
Insight: McCluster signed with the Titans this week after spending the last four years in Kansas City. McCluster reeled in 46+ catches in each of the last three seasons but had just 20 carries combined the last two after taking 114 rushes for 516 yards (4.5 ypc) in 2011. Whisenhunt was OC of the Chargers last season and may see McCluster as his new Danny Woodhead (106 carries, 76 receptions, 1,034 yards from scrimmage, eight total TDs in 2013). If that's the case, he could have strong fantasy value.
Description: Ted Ginn signed a three-year contract with the Cardinals on Thursday.
Insight: Ginn will return kicks and replace Andre Roberts (signed with the Redskins) as Arizona's third receiver. He had 36 catches for 556 yards and five touchdowns last season, but it's wishful thinking that he'll approach those numbers with the Cardinals.
Description: Former Cardinals tight end Jim Dray signed a deal with Cleveland.
Insight: Fantasy owners can scratch him off the list as he'll be behind Jordan Cameron. Dray posted career highs last season with 26 catches for 215 yards and a pair of scores. Jordan had that beat after Week 3 and finished with 80-917-7.
Description: Green Bay re-signed tight end Andrew Quarless.
Insight: Given that Jermichael Finley is gone, Quarless could get a full season of work with Aaron Rodgers. Quarless caught 32 balls for 312 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Its also possible that he'll time-share with Brandon Bostick, so there is a limit to how much he can produce even with a great QB who likes to throw to his tight end.
Description: Former Saints running back Darren Sproles has been traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a fifth-round selection according to multiple sources.
Insight: Sproles, who will be 31 in June, will be a tough matchup for the opposition, though he probably won't spend as much time in the backfield as he did in New Orleans because of workhorse LeSean McCoy. He had 1,273 all-purpose yards last season. His best fantasy value will be in league which include return yardage.
Description: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, cornerback Darrelle Revis is joining the Patriots on a one-year, $12 million contract.
Insight: That didn't take long. The Buccaneers released Revis Wednesday afternoon. Despite returning from a torn ACL and playing in an ill-fitting scheme, Revis rated as one of the top corners in the NFL last season on Pro Football Focus' rankings.
Description: According to the Florida Times Union, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley talked about Toby Gerhart as a back that could regularly see between 15-20 touches a game in 2014.
Insight: Jacksonville signed Gerhart to a three-year contract on Tuesday. Gerhart spent four seasons as Adrian Peterson's backup in Minnesota and rushed for 1,305 yards on 276 carries (4.7 ypc). He'll have RB2 value in 2014 due to his workload.
Description: Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith already has named Josh McCown the starting quarterback for the 2014 season, according to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. The Buccaneers signed McCown away from the Bears on Wednesday.
Insight: Looks like the Mike Glennon era is over already. McCown had his best season as a pro in Marc Trestman's system last season, throwing for 1,829 yards, 13 TDs and one INT in eight games and posting a 109 QB rating. Smith's conservative offense won't allow McCown to duplicate that level of production.
Description: Cleveland's roster purge continued Wednesday with the release of quarterback Jason Campbell. SOURCE: Browns on Twitter
Insight: Brian Hoyer and Alex Tanney are the only QBs remaining on the Browns' roster. There's a good chance Cleveland addresses this issue in the upcoming draft. Former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel could be a possibility with the fourth pick.
Description: The Ravens are keeping receiver/return specialist Jacoby Jones.
Insight: Jones signed a four-year deal to stay with Baltimore on Wednesday. His knack for the big play may intrigue some fantasy owners but with just 2,602 receiving yards spread out over seven seasons, Jones doesn't have a high ceiling. Save him for the end of your draft.
Description: The Brandon Weeden experiment has ended in Cleveland. SOURCE: Mike Silver, NFL.com
Insight: The Browns admitted defeat by cutting Weeden earlier today. With 26 interceptions and a 71.8 rating over his first 23 games, it's clear Weeden isn't starter material. He'll land a backup job this offseason ... if he's lucky.
Description: Tampa Bay has officially released cornerback Darrelle Revis. SOURCE: Mike Garafolo, Fox Sports 1
Insight: Things are about to get very interesting. At this point, New England looks like the favorite to land Revis though we can't rule out the Jets, Giants or even the Eagles just yet. Who knows, maybe the Browns and Raiders will find their way back into the mix. ESPN's John Clayton said on SportsCenter that Revis is looking for an annual salary of at least $12 million.
Description: The Raiders have their eye on Texans QB Matt Schaub. SOURCE: Jerry McDonald, Oakland Tribune
Insight: Schaub imploded last season and with the Texans likely to draft a quarterback with the first pick, he shouldn't be in Houston for much longer. Schaub's best season came in 2009 when he led the league with 4,770 passing yards. That was also the year he made his only Pro Bowl appearance.
Description: Former Packers safety M.D. Jennings has agreed to a one-year contract with Chicago.
Insight: Jennings has had an up and down start to his career. In three seasons with Green Bay, he made 133 tackles with one interception and one forced fumble. Opposing quarterbacks have never been afraid to throw in his direction.
Description: According to his agent, Steve Smith has played his last game with the Panthers. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: Carolina is trying to trade him, though that could be difficult given Smith's age (34) and his $7 million salary. We're guessing he'll be cut sometime in the next few days. When that happens, look for the Buccaneers and Raiders to be among the teams interested.
Description: Defensive end Jared Allen said he'll retire if teams don't meet his salary demands this offseason. SOURCE: NFL.com
Insight: Well, that seems a bit dramatic. Allen, who turns 32 in April, is still a big time contributor and nowhere close to the end of his career. It may not be today or even tomorrow, but we think Allen will eventually get the contract that he's looking for.
Description: One day after being cut by the Cowboys, All-Pro defensive end DeMarcus Ware has agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with Denver.
Insight: By signing Ware, T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib all in the last 24 hours, it's clear that defense is a priority for the Broncos this offseason. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, $20 million of Ware's deal is guaranteed.
Description: New Orleans halfback Pierre Thomas has agreed to two-year contract extension. SOURCE: Lamont Smith, All Pro Sports Entertainment
Insight: Thomas netted 1,074 all-purpose yards last season including a career-high 513 receiving yards. He should have an even bigger role in the Saints' offense now that Darren Sproles is on the trading block.
Description: Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports is hearing Darrelle Revis "would love to be a Patriot."
Insight: Revis also said he'd love to play for the Jets so who knows where he'll actually end up. For New England, adding Revis would certainly ease the pain of losing Aqib Talib. NESN's Doug Kyed reports the Patriots are also looking into free agent corners Antonio Cromartie and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Description: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, former Bears quarterback Josh McCown is likely to end up either in Houston or Tampa Bay.
Insight: The Texans are looking at McCown as a stop gap for whatever rookie quarterback they end up drafting in May. Of course, McCown would be reunited with former Chicago coach Lovie Smith if he signed with the Buccaneers. The Jets are also said to be interested in McCown, though Schefter considers them a longshot.
Description: T.J. Ward's new deal with the Broncos will pay him $23 million over the next four seasons. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Ward had spent his previous four seasons in Cleveland, logging five picks, five forced fumbles and 342 tackles over that span. The additions of Ward and Aqib Talib should make Denver's secondary one of the league's best.
Description: Donald Brown is headed to the Chargers on a three-year, $10.5 million deal. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Insight: Toby Gerhart received the same money from Jacksonville in a deal last night. Brown has never rushed for more than 645 yards in a season and we don't anticipate that changing in San Diego. He'll be competing with Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead for carries in 2014.
Description: Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib agreed to a six-year, $57 million deal with Denver late Tuesday night. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Hey, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Talib lost to the Broncos in the AFC Championship so naturally he decided to sign with them as a free agent. The $26 million Talib is getting in guaranteed money is the most ever by a cornerback. Now that Talib and Alterraun Verner are off the market, the Patriots will probably go after Antonio Cromartie or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to fill their vacant corner slot. Of course, the biggest prize would be soon-to-be free agent Darrelle Revis. It remains to be seen if that's a real possibility for New England.
Description: The Dolphins have traded tackle Jonathan Martin to San Francisco. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Miami will receive a conditional draft pick. Martin left the team halfway through last season after being harassed by Richie Incognito and a few of the team's other offensive linemen. Martin was coached by Jim Harbaugh in college so this seems like a good fit.
Description: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Broncos are the early favorites to land defensive end DeMarcus Ware in free agency.
Insight: The Broncos finished 13th in the league in sacks last season, though that came with Von Miller being suspended for half the season. Either way, adding Ware to the mix would make Denver's pass rush almost unstoppable.
Description: Indianapolis has re-signed halfback Ahmad Bradshaw to a one-year deal. SOURCE: NBC's Pro Football Talk
Insight: The Colts' backfield now consists of Bradshaw, Trent Richardson and Vick Ballard. Richardson should get the most carries, though after averaging 3.0 yards per rush last season, there's little reason to be confident in him. Fantasy owners may be better off avoiding all three.
Description: According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, running back Toby Gerhart has agreed to a three-year, $10.5 million contract with Jacksonville.
Insight: Four and a half million of that is guaranteed. We've always been curious what Gerhart could do with a full workload. After four years of backing up Adrian Peterson in Minnesota, we're finally ready to find out. Obviously, the Jaguars will not be re-signing Maurice Jones-Drew.
Description: Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner is headed to the Buccaneers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Insight: Darrelle Revis, meet your replacement. Verner was a beast for the Titans last season, hauling in a career-high five interceptions and making the All-Pro team for the first time. The deal will pay Verner $26.5 million over the next four seasons.
Description: Now that Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis has refused to take a pay cut, it's more likely he'll be released than traded. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Insight: The Browns and Raiders have both pulled out of the Revis sweepstakes. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Revis is very open to returning to the Jets. He'll become the biggest free agent on the market as soon as the Buccaneers cut him.
Description: Bengals wideout Andrew Hawkins has agreed to a four-year offer sheet with the Browns. SOURCE: Nate Ulrich, Akron Beacon Journal
Insight: Now Cincinnati has ten days to match Cleveland's offer. Hawkins is likely to be dealing with a rookie quarterback in Cleveland, which is always a risk. He'll probably go undrafted in most fantasy leagues.
Description: Strong safety Donte Whitner will join the Browns on a four-year, $28 million contract. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Whitner produced 73 tackles, two forced fumbles and two interceptions last season with San Francisco. With Whitner and Joe Haden, the Browns should have one of the better secondaries in the league next season.
Description: The Bears cut ties with right end Julius Peppers on Tuesday.
Insight: Today has been absolute carnage across the league as we've already seen DeMarcus Ware, Peppers and Thomas DeCoud get cut with Darrelle Revis likely to follow. The move gives Chicago about $8 million in cap relief. Peppers is 17th on the NFL's all-time sack list with 119 takedowns in 186 career games.
Description: Four hours after being released, DeMarcus Ware is already considering a return to Dallas. SOURCE: Dallas Morning News
Insight: If Ware isn't able to get what he thinks he's worth on the open market, taking less money to stay with Dallas could be an option. We consider that a longshot though as Ware has already fielded calls from at least a half-dozen teams.
Description: The Cowboys cut Miles Austin on Tuesday. SOURCE: Dallas Morning News
Insight: The quest for cap space continues for Dallas. This move frees up about $5.5 million. Perhaps the Cowboys will use some of that money to bring back DeMarcus Ware on a more affordable deal. Austin's fantasy value is at an all-time low.
Description: The Saints have decided not to release Darren Sproles and will instead try to trade him. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Why give Sproles away for free if everyone wants him? That seems to be the Saints' line of thinking. Even at age 30, Sproles (1,273 all-purpose yards in 2013) still has plenty to offer fantasy owners.
Description: Arthur Jones is leaving Baltimore to join the Colts. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: It's a five-year deal worth $33 million. Jones made 53 tackles last season, which was a new career-high. He'll help improve a defense that ranked 20th in the league in yards allowed last season.
Description: Karlos Dansby inked a four-year, $24 million deal with the Browns on Tuesday. SOURCE: Kent Somers, Arizona Republic
Insight: Dansby is coming off one of his best seasons. In 16 games for the Cardinals, the 6-foot-4 linebacker racked up 133 tackles, 6.5 sacks and four interceptions. He should have an immediate impact in Cleveland.
Description: Tampa Bay will release cornerback Darrelle Revis if he is not traded before Wednesday at 4 p.m. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: It looks like this is really happening. Revis is due a $1.5 million roster bonus on Thursday and the Buccaneers have no intention of paying it. So far, the Raiders and Browns have shown the most interest.
Description: Houston has released tight end Owen Daniels. SOURCE: John McClain, Houston Chronicle
Insight: Daniels only saw the field five times last season, logging 24 catches for 252 receiving yards and three touchdowns. If he can stay healthy, Daniels should be a strong bounceback candidate for 2014. Of course, a lot of that depends on what team he ends up signing with.
Description: As expected, the Falcons have released safety Thomas DeCoud. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The manuever saves Atlanta about $3 million in cap space. DeCoud didn't record an interception last season, though that's probably because most teams weren't brave enough to throw in his direction. He'll be one of the most coveted defensive backs on the market this offseason.
Description: Halfback Joique Bell will stay with the Lions on a new three-year, $9.3 million contract. SOURCE: Adam Caplan, ESPN
Insight: Bell was one of fantasy's pleasant surprises last season, contributing 1,201 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns in his 16 appearances. He won't see as big a workload as Reggie Bush but Bell is still worth owning in all formats.
Description: Washington has retained wide receiver Santana Moss on a one-year deal. SOURCE: NBC's Pro Football Talk
Insight: Moss (42 catches, 452 yards, 2 TD in 2013) is nearing the end of his career and can no longer be relied on for consistent fantasy production. The Andre Roberts signing only pushes him further down on the team's depth chart.
Description: The Giants have agreed to re-sign backup running back Peyton Hillis. SOURCE: Ralph Vacchiano, New York Daily News
Insight: It's a two-year deal worth $1.8 million. Hillis was mostly a nonfactor last season, producing just 247 yards in seven appearances. At 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds, Hillis does carry some vulture potential. It will be interesting to see who the Giants give the rock to around the goal line next season.
Description: The Jaguars shipped quarterback Blaine Gabbert to the 49ers on Tuesday. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Jacksonville is getting a sixth-round pick for him. Gabbert's only chance to play next season will be if Colin Kaepernick gets injured. He's shown us very little in his first three years in the league (22 TD, 24 INT, 66.4 rating in 28 career games).
Description: Rashad Jennings is set to join the New York Giants. SOURCE: Dan Graziano, ESPN
Insight: For Jennings, this will be his third team in as many seasons. He took over the starting job in Oakland last season but it's unknown what Jennings' role will be with David Wilson and Peyton Hillis also vying for carries. New York will have a crowded backfield in 2014.
Description: Darren McFadden's new deal with Oakland is a one-year, $4 million contract. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Rashad Jennings signed with the Jets earlier today, which will only help McFadden's fantasy value. McFadden's lone 1,000-yard season came in 2010 when he rushed 223 times for 1,157 yards. As most fantasy owners already know, McFadden has never played an entire 16-game season.
Description: Wide receiver Andre Caldwell will return to the Broncos after agreeing to a two-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Insight: Caldwell caught 16 balls for 200 yards (11 over the final three games) and could move up the depth chart if Denver doesn't bring in a big name to replace Eric Decker. Anyone catching balls from Peyton Manning has a chance to be fantasy worthy.
Description: Former Chiefs wideout Dexter McCluster has agreed to a three-year deal with Tennessee, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: A Pro Bowler last season, McCluster is probably one of the more versatile talents in the league. He should see work at wideout, halfback and on special teams next season. McCluster's deal could be worth up to $12 million though only $4.5 million of it is guaranteed.
Description: Andre Roberts is headed to Washington on a four-year, $16 million deal. SOURCE: Mike Jones, Washington Post
Insight: Today was a big day for the team's receiving corps as Washington also re-signed Santana Moss. Roberts (471 yards, 2 TD in 2013) should be the starter opposite Pierre Garcon with Moss functioning as a situational receiver when the Redskins line up three or four wide.
Description: Star pass rusher DeMarcus Ware wouldn't take a pay cut and now the Cowboys have released him.
Insight: Ware recorded 40 tackles and six sacks last season. Overall, he had 117 sacks during his 10-year stay in Dallas. ESPN's Adam Schefter believes many teams will be interested in Ware this offseason including the Saints, Patriots and Eagles.
Description: Tampa Bay is exploring trade options for star cornerback Darrelle Revis. SOURCE: Alex Marvez, Fox Sports
Insight: Revis is costing the Buccaneers an absurd amount of money ($16 million a season) but it's hard to believe they'd be willing to trade their best player after he arrived in Tampa less than a year ago. The 28-year-old is set to earn a $1.5 million roster bonus later this week.
Description: By voiding the final two years of his contract, defensive end Jason Babin has officially become a free agent. SOURCE: John Clayton, ESPN
Insight: Babin recorded 7.5 sacks with Jacksonville last season. He was one of the best pass rushers in the league while with Philadelphia, collecting a career-best 18 sacks during the 2011 campaign. Maybe a change of scenery will do him some good.
Description: The Bears are looking to trade defensive end Julius Peppers this offseason. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Very few teams would be willing to take on Peppers' $20 million salary, which means he's probably going to get cut. The 34-year-old collected 7.5 sacks last season, his fewest since 2007 when he was still with Carolina.
Description: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Steelers will release linebacker LaMarr Woodley within the next 24 hours.
Insight: Woodley produced double-digit sacks three years in a row between 2008 and 2010 but he only has nine in his last two seasons. The 29-year-old Michigan product has played his entire career in Pittsburgh.
Description: Longtime Panthers receiver Steve Smith suddenly finds himself on the trading block. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Insight: It appears Smith's 14-year tenure in Carolina may be coming to an end. If teams are hesitant to trade for Smith, there's a good chance the Panthers will wind up cutting him. Smith is only a year removed from a 1,000-yard season and could make an immediate impact if he finds the right situation.
Description: Defensive end Michael Bennett took less money to stay with the Seahawks. SOURCE: NBC's Pro Football Talk
Insight: Bennett's new contract will pay him $28.5 million over the next four seasons. Since the start of 2012, Bennett has generated 17.5 sacks while forcing four fumbles. He has not missed a game during that stretch.
Description: The Jets have released wideout Santonio Holmes.
Insight: Holmes had just 23 receptions and one touchdown in 11 games last season, though he did average 19.8 yards per catch. His time in New York was a complete failure compared to his production in Pittsburgh.
Description: The Patriots have every intention of re-signing Julian Edelman when free agency begins later this week. SOURCE: Mike Giardi, Comcast Sportsnet New England
Insight: Edelman was the Pats best receiver last season and could be again next season depending on the health of Rob Gronkowski. It would be surprising if Edelman left, though the Pats did low-ball Wes Welker in free agency last offseason. New England would also like to keep Pro Bowl cornerback Aqib Talib. It will be interesting to see if the Pats can afford both of them.
Description: John McClain of the Houston Chronicle says the Texans will not be making a trade for Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett.
Insight: A few days ago, it sounded like Houston was considering taking South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 pick and then acquiring a quarterback via trade. Now, it sounds like they'll stick to the script and take a QB with the first pick. Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater and Blake Bortles are all in play at No. 1.
Description: The Titans are putting running back Chris Johnson on the trading block. SOURCE: NBC's Pro Football Talk
Insight: Johnson has recorded at least 1,000 yards rushing in each of his six seasons in the league. Unfortunately for Tennessee, he's still owed $23 million over the next three seasons. If the Titans can't find a trade partner, there's a good chance Johnson will be released before June 1st.
Description: Rashard Mendenhall made his retirement official on Sunday.
Insight: Mendenhall made the accouncement in a column he wrote for the Huffington Post. At age 26, Mendenhall (4,236 rushing yards in 72 career games) says he's already accomplished everything he wanted to in the game of football. He plans to pursue a career in writing.
Description: Saints backup running back Khiry Robinson figures to be a big contributor next season after the team sent Darren Sproles packing and is expected to do the same with veteran Pierre Thomas.
Insight: They will be taking a huge gamble on an unproven talent (Robinson) and a frequently injured former first-round selection (Mark Ingram), but money issues in New Orleans seem to be determining these moves.
Description: Former Vikings and Seahawks tight end John Carlson has reached a two-year, $4.65 million agreement with the Cardinals. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Insight: That didn't take long. Carlson was released by Minnesota less than 48 hours ago. Carlson has never caught more than 55 passes in any of his five seasons in the league. We doubt that changes in Arizona.
Description: The Vikings have agreed to re-sign quarterback Matt Cassel.
Insight: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it's a two-year, $10 million deal. Cassel's return will squash any rumors about a Mike Vick signing. Cassel's 60.2 completion percentage this season was his highest since 2008. That was the season Cassel started in place of Tom Brady (torn ACL).
Description: Multiple sources are reporting that running back Darren Sproles will be released by the Saints.
Insight: Sproles said his goodbyes on Twitter just a few minutes ago. It's a cost-cutting move for the Saints as Sproles is slated to earn $3.5 million next season. He's been a jack of all trades, catching 231 passes and rushing 188 times for 1,067 yards in his last three seasons. He's also returned 81 punts and 70 kickoffs over that same span.
Description: New Orleans has released wide receiver Lance Moore.
Insight: Moore produced nothing in the way of trade interest because of a sizable salary, so the team let him go. He was always a Drew Brees favorite in crunch-time, but the Saints have a number of young talented receivers on their roster. Kenny Stills, in particular, could be primed for a big season.
Description: The Jaguars have re-signed QB Chad Henne for two years and $8 million. SOURCE: Alex Marvez, Fox Sports 1
Insight: That's good news for him, but we're not so sure about the Jaguars' offense. Henne started 13 games last season, throwing for just 3,241 yards and 13 touchdowns. This move is significant because it means Jacksonville probably won't be taking a quarterback with the No. 3 pick in May's draft.