3/14-3/20: Latest fantasy football news during the weeks of March 13th through March 20th.
Texans signed RB Phillip Lindsay, formerly of the Broncos, to a one-year, $3.25 million contract.
The Texans have signed more backup players in the first week of free agency than any team in the history of the NFL. Lindsay will be just that in Houston with David Johnson most likely starting. Lindsay and Mark Ingram will battle things out on early downs behind one of the league's worst offensive lines. With quarterback also up in the air, this running back depth chart is worth avoiding at almost all costs in fantasy. Lindsay offers plus speed as a one-read runner when healthy, but injuries were a problem in 2020.
SOURCE: Mike McCartney on Twitter Mar 19, 2021, 7:50 PM ET
Seahawks re-signed Chris Carson to a two-year, $14.6 million contract.
There is a void year attached to the end of the contract to spread the money out more evenly, but this likely locks in Carson as the featured back for 2021 and 2022. It's Carson's best landing spot for fantasy purposes, especially after the recent offensive coordinator saga. Carson should see 15-20 touches weekly as a fringe RB1/2. It's worth questioning if the Seahawks should have invested this money at running back with so many holes along the offensive line, but the front office can check this team need off the wish list.
SOURCE: Jeremy Folwer on Twitter Mar 19, 2021, 7:44 PM ET
Steelers re-signed WR JuJu Smith-Schuster to a one-year, $8 million contract.
It makes sense that Smith-Schuster would sign a 'prove-it' deal after underwhelming as a possession receiver in his age-24 season, but returning to the same team that used him as such is a hard pill to swallow. The Chiefs, Steelers, and Ravens reportedly offered similar deals, but JuJu instead chose to run it back once more with Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers will thus return the same receiving corps that flamed out in the second half of 2020, and hit free agency once more at the ripe age of 25. Diontae Johnson is still expected to lead the team in target share with JuJu soaking up shallow opportunities similar to last year's usage.
SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 19, 2021, 1:19 PM ET
The NFL will make more than $10 billion per year under its new broadcast agreements.
For fans, viewing will remain largely the same, with NBC, CBS and ESPN keeping their current packages. FOX remains the league's Sunday NFC home, though Thursday Night Football will now broadcast exclusively on Amazon Prime. ABC is also returning to the Super Bowl rotation, and will be allowed to flex some Monday Night Football games from ESPN to the over-the-air network. ESPN+ will air a "London game," while NBC’s “Peacock” will also have "exclusive games." All of this is going hand-in-hand with a new 17-game schedule.
SOURCE: Associated Press Mar 18, 2021, 4:09 PM ET
Dolphins signed WR Will Fuller, formerly of the Texans, to a one-year contract.
Taking advantage of a cratered receiver market, the Dolphins address a glaring need without having to commit multiple years to a 27-year-old (next month) with a concerning injury and suspension history. The Dolphins badly needed an explosive element in their receiver corps, and Fuller will play perfectly opposite contested-catch hoss DeVante Parker. It is easy to envision Fuller and Tua Tagovailoa connecting on deep play-action bombs. For Fuller, it's a chance to reset his value after last November's steroid ban wrecked what probably would have been a promising market coming off a career year. The last time Fuller appeared in more than 11 games was his rookie year of 2016. For fantasy, he remains a boom/bust WR3 who will provide WR1 weeks. Fuller will make his Dolphins debut in Week 2 after finishing up his suspension in Week 1. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter Mar 18, 2021, 3:54 PM ET
The Washington Post reports NFL owners are expected to approve a 17-game season during their March 30-31 remote meetings.
With the league's new television contracts wrapped up, the official 17-game announcement should follow soon after. The extra game is reportedly being tacked on at the end of the year as opposed to the beginning, bumping the Super Bowl back to the second weekend in February. Fantasy regular seasons can now check in at 14 weeks instead of 13. Two-week championships are another possibility instead of lengthening roto campaigns.
SOURCE: Mark Maske on Twitter Mar 18, 2021, 3:51 PM ET
Bills signed QB Mitchell Trubisky, formerly of the Bears, to a one-year contract.
Trubisky is replacing Matt Barkley as Josh Allen's backup, providing a significant upgrade for a Super Bowl contender. Former No. 2 overall pick Trubisky was an obvious massive bust in Chicago, but he is arguably coming off his best season as a pro last season when he reclaimed the starting job in Week 12 and posted a 10:5 TD:INT mark as a passer with an 11th score as a rusher. The Bears actually downgraded when they signed Andy Dalton over him this week. In Buffalo, Trubisky will work alongside OC Brian Daboll, who is credited with getting Allen to an MVP level after a bad rookie year. In Trubisky, Buffalo has a mobile quarterback who can move the offense in an Allen absence. SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 18, 2021, 2:56 PM ET
Giants signed TE Kyle Rudolph, formerly of the Vikings, to a two-year, $14 million contract.
Rudolph wanted to out of Minnesota because he wasn't being utilized as a pass-catcher. The 31-year-old had 367 and 334 yards over his last two seasons with Kirk Cousins in town. But now he'll compete with Evan Engram for looks over the middle. It's possible that Engram is traded before the season, however, as he only has one-year, $6.0 million left on his rookie contract. Either way, Rudolph doesn't project well in fantasy for 2021. The Giants are looking to sign Kenny Golladay this evening.
SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 18, 2021, 2:49 PM ET
Raiders signed RB Kenyan Drake, formerly of the Cardinals, to a two-year, $11 million contract.
The deal includes $11 million guaranteed with incentives to get to $14 million across the two seasons. Why? Well, we aren't sure. The Raiders overhauled their offensive line this offseason despite arguably having a top-five unit, and they just spent a first-round pick on Josh Jacobs two drafts ago. Drake's arrival should tank Jacobs' 2021 fantasy outlook and adds to the speculation that Jacobs' injury history is already taking a toll. With the Cardinals, Drake was awesome in 2019 and fell off due to an ankle injury in 2020. He profiles as the Raiders' passing-down back while Jacobs runs between the tackles on early downs and near the goal line. This is one of the most puzzling transactions of free agency.
SOURCE: Sports Trust on Twitter Mar 18, 2021, 2:34 PM ET
Chargers signed Jared Cook, formerly of the Saints, to a one-year contract worth up to $6 million.
Donald Parham truthers are inconsolable. Cook, 34, will play for his sixth NFL team in 2021, joining an LA offense that recently lost Hunter Henry and his 93 targets. The Chargers, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, had been a potential landing spot for Zach Ertz. Not anymore. For as much upside as Parham seems to offer the team's offense -- and fantasy managers looking for late-round tight end dart throws -- Cook will be the presumed starter. It was always a long shot that the Bolts wouldn't bring in a veteran to eat up tight end snaps after Henry's departure. Cook will certainly have streaming appeal in a Justin Herbert-led offense. Tight ends combined for a 21.4 percent target share in the Chargers' offense last year. SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 18, 2021, 1:39 PM ET
Washington signed Curtis Samuel, formerly of the Panthers, to a three-year, $34.5 million contract.
Samuel gets $24.5 million guaranteed. This signing felt inevitable from the start, and it brings a lot of life to Washington's offense. Not only does Samuel offer plenty of yards after the catch skills from the slot, perimeter, and backfield, but he'll also alleviate pressure off of Terry McLaurin, his ex-teammate at Ohio State. The skill group immediately becomes one of the fastest, and OC Scott Turner has been a creative mind in his few seasons as a play-caller. With Ryan Fitzpatrick's aggressiveness and the NFC East schedule, both McLaurin and Samuel project to be strong weekly options in fantasy. Samuel offers WR3 upside during his age-25 season. Washington should be viewed as the co-favorites in the division.
SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 17, 2021, 7:59 PM ET
Seahawks signed TE Gerald Everett, formerly of the Rams, to a one-year, $6 million contract.
Everett gets a prove it deal after a couple of iffy seasons in a timeshare with Tyler Higbee. Attached to Russell Wilson and his pass-game coordinator from Los Angeles, Everett has some sleeper appeal in fantasy circles even with Will Dissly and other serviceable tight ends on the roster. The 27-year-old is a former second-round pick with a career 6.7 yards per target average.
SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter Mar 17, 2021, 7:35 PM ET
Colts re-signed RB Marlon Mack to a one-year, $2 million contract.
It's actually a good deal for Mack, who is coming off a brutal torn Achilles' tendon suffered last Week 1. After missing essentially all of the season, Mack should be ready for training camp. But his explosion will be something to monitor. In Indy, Mack will be insurance behind Jonathan Taylor.
SOURCE: Tom Pelissero on Twitter Mar 17, 2021, 4:12 PM ET
Cardinals signed WR A.J. Green, formerly of the Bengals, to a one-year, $8 million contract.
Soon-to-be 33-year-old (in July) Green looked absolutely cooked last season with the Bengals. He saw a boat load of air yards with Cincinnati but was unable to do anything with them, turning 104 targets into a measly 47-523-2 line. Quarterback play wasn't the problem, either. In Arizona, coach Kliff Kingsbury likes to use a ton of three- and four-wide sets, but DeAndre Hopkins has such a commanding share of the targets in the desert, and Christian Kirk is also still in the mix. If Kyler Murray can take some steps forward as a passer, Green could find his way into WR3 numbers, but the hopes aren't high after watching him in 2020. Mar 17, 2021, 1:21 PM ET
Raiders signed WR John Brown, formerly of the Bills, to a one-year deal.
The Raiders, of course, are fresh off losing Nelson Agholor -- their top wideout -- to the Patriots. Brown, who had expressed interest in signing with Pittsburgh or Indianapolis, will likely join Henry Ruggs and Hunter Renfrow in three-wideout sets for Vegas. He could very well be the team's No. 1 receiver to start the year. Brown had 33 catches for 458 yards and three touchdowns in nine games last year in Buffalo.
SOURCE: Adam Caplan on Twitter Mar 17, 2021, 9:28 AM ET
Lions signed RB Jamaal Williams, formerly of the Packers, to a two-year, $7.5 million contract.
Williams is a high-end backup and role player, particularly on passing downs. He's essentially a poor man's D'Andre Swift, which is a little bit of a bummer for both of their fantasy outlooks. Williams should be in the mix on some passing downs after catching 25-plus passes in four-straight seasons, and there will be a ton of passing downs up for grabs given the Lions' 2021 roster. Williams should be viewed as an insurance type with a path to a bellcow workload in the event of a Swift injury. Swift is a risky RB1/2.
SOURCE: Tom Pelissero on Twitter Mar 16, 2021, 11:51 PM ET
Bills signed WR Emmanuel Sanders, formerly of the Saints.
The Bills released John Brown for cap purposes and were quick to find his immediate replacement. Unlike most teams, Buffalo has toyed with four-receiver sets at times. That could be a bigger part of their 2021 playbook with Sanders, Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, and intriguing second-year pro Gabriel Davis under contract. Sanders, 34, will most likely rotate snaps with Davis in three-receiver sets on the perimeter. Neither Sanders nor Davis are exciting redraft picks at this point. SOURCE: Dan Fetes on Twitter Mar 16, 2021, 6:35 PM ET
Dolphins signed RB Malcolm Brown, formerly of the Rams.
Brown, 28, doesn't move the needle and will not prevent the Dolphins from finding a more aggressive running back in the 2021 NFL Draft. In Los Angeles, Brown offered a veteran presence to a young depth chart like the one the Dolphins have at the moment. The favorite to start Week 1 is a rookie not on the roster. Brown has a career 4.0 yards per carry average.
SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter Mar 16, 2021, 6:17 PM ET
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Eagles have given Zach Ertz permission to pursue a trade.
Per Rapsheet, "several teams have been engaged." The news comes the same day Rapsheet's colleague Mike Garafolo reported the Eagles were not in a hurry to consummate a trade. Ertz would seem to be much more impatient, something Rapsheet's other colleague, Tom Pelissero, reported over the weekend. It has been clear since early in the 2020 campaign that the end was nigh for Ertz in Philadelphia. The problem for both him and the Eagles was how physically diminished he appeared last season. Garafolo has reported that contract-year Ertz will not demand a new deal as part of a trade.
SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter Mar 16, 2021, 5:37 PM ET
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Seahawks told the Bears that Russell Wilson is not being traded "at this time."
The Bears reportedly made "a very aggressive pursuit" for Wilson, but they instead had to settle for Andy Dalton as their 2021 starting quarterback. Go hug a Bears fan. This report should silence any Wilson trade rumors for the rest of the offseason, especially with the four teams that Wilson was open to going to looking settled at quarterback for now. The trade rumors never made much sense in the first place because of Wilson's contract and Seattle's "win now" roster. However, Schefter's report was careful to say "at this time", so it's possible that Wilson is headlining trade rumors following the 2021 season.
SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 16, 2021, 5:34 PM ET
Dolphins signed QB Jacoby Brissett, formerly of the Colts, to a one-year contract.
The Dolphins have their new Tua Tagovailoa relief option after Ryan Fitzpatrick bolted for the Football Team. Brissett overlapped with Dolphins coach Brian Flores during his rookie year in New England. Experienced with nearly 1,000 career pass attempts — and 31 touchdowns to 13 interceptions — Brissett has also established himself as a rushing threat in the red zone. It's certainly possible he will see 2021 snaps a la Taysom Hill. Brissett proved to be hard capped as a starter in Indianapolis, but he is an above-average backup.
SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 16, 2021, 5:30 PM ET
Jaguars signed WR Marvin Jones, formerly of the Lions, to a two-year, $14.5 million contract.
The deal includes $9.2 million guaranteed. Just days removed from his 31st birthday, Jones gives the Jags another perimeter option, and some much-needed high-end experience. Although he is not as explosive as he was during his prime, Jones remains one of the league's better down-field options. He still consistently makes plays at the second and third levels of the field. He will be an excellent target for Trevor Lawrence to learn with. Jones' addition isn't amazing news for D.J. Chark, of course, while Jones himself is going to struggle for WR3 value in a crowded, rebuilding offense. That being said, in addition to suiting up for creative head coach Urban Meyer, Jones is reuniting with OC Darrell Bevell, who helped jump start Jones' career the past two years in Detroit. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter Mar 16, 2021, 5:11 PM ET
Texans signed QB Tyrod Taylor, formerly of the Chargers, to a one-year contract.
The Texans needed a backup quarterback, but the contract suggests that Taylor means more to the Texans than that. He received a contract worth "up to" $12.5 million with a base salary of $6 million, extremely similar to the numbers that Cam Newton and Jameis Winston agreed to. When he's not being punctured in the lung by the Chargers' doctors, Taylor is a high-end backup quarterback capable of game managing his way through spot starts. It's possible that the Texans treat him as the 2021 starter if Deshaun Watson is ultimately traded, but it's too early to tell. For now, this signing just adds to the Watson intrigue. Texans coach David Culley was Taylor's quarterback coach with the Bills a few years ago.
SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 16, 2021, 5:06 PM ET
Bears signed QB Andy Dalton, formerly of the Cowboys, to a one-year, $10 million contract.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports another $3 million is available through incentives. You could see this move coming from a mile away even though 33-year-old Dalton is a marginal improvement, at best, over Mitchell Trubisky and Nick Foles. Improvement he is, though, and the picks-poor Bears are not in a good position at No. 20 overall to draft their quarterback of the future. As for Dalton, he was solid in place of Dak Prescott in Dallas last season, but he is leaving one of the league's best supporting skill casts for one of its worse, one that might be getting even more short-handed with a potential trade of Anthony Miller. There is a long way to go between now and Week 1, but Dalton is unlikely to have much 2021 streamer appeal in fantasy.
SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 16, 2021, 5:00 PM ET
Giants signed WR John Ross, formerly of the Bengals, to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
The deal includes $1 million guaranteed. Cincinnati's former No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 draft, 25-year-old Ross flamed out in his final year with the Bengals, getting benched in Week 2 for a costly drop and eventually discussed as a converted cornerback before suffering a season-ending foot injury mid-year. Ross has always been coveted for his 4.22 40-speed but has never put it all together on the field. That's not expected to change under OC Jason Garrett in New York.
SOURCE: Mike Garafolo on Twitter Mar 16, 2021, 3:31 PM ET
Patriots signed TE Hunter Henry, formerly of the Chargers, to a three-year, $37.5 million contract.
Henry's deal includes $25 million guaranteed. The Patriots have now landed both of free agency's top tight ends in Henry and Jonnu Smith, who on Monday signed a four-year, $50 million deal with New England ($31.25 million guaranteed). There will be loose talk of the Patriots trying to revive the team's Rob Gronkowski-Aaron Hernandez offense from years ago. There is a slight difference, however, between career prime Tom Brady and late-career Cam Newton. Barring a total overhaul of New England's run-heavy, Cam-led offense, the Henry signing all but ensures neither tight end will be a startable fantasy option in 12-team leagues this season. Henry departing LA leaves Donald Parham -- he of much fantasy football intrigue -- as the favorite to start at tight end in Justin Herbert's offense. SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 16, 2021, 10:03 AM ET
Washington Football Team signed QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, formerly of the Dolphins, to a one-year, $10 million contract.
Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, another $2 million is available through incentives. Schefter reports Fitzpatrick is "expected to head to camp as the starter, with competition from Taylor Heinicke." Looking at the money — Heinicke got $8.75 million for two years — it's a competition 38-year-old Fitzpatrick is all but assured of winning. Fitz will begin his Football Team tenure with a high-upside trio of weapons in Terry McLaurin, Antonio Gibson and Logan Thomas, and more help could be on the way. Fitz will have streamer value in OC Scott Turner's high-volume passing attack, and there will be awful defenses to attack in the rebuilding NFC East. Fitz's first touchdown for Washington will be for his ninth NFL team, breaking his own all-time record.
SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 15, 2021, 11:06 PM ET
Broncos extended an original-round tender to restricted free agent RB Phillip Lindsay.
The Broncos have been dithering on Lindsay's value for weeks. They have settled on "not very much." The "low" tender is worth only $2.133 million, while the Broncos would not be entitled to draft pick compensation if they decline to match an offer elsewhere since Lindsay was an undrafted free agent. Lindsay had a rough, injury-shortened 2020, but since there is nothing to lose for other teams, he might actually draw an offer sheet or two. If the Broncos were gung-ho about retaining Lindsay, he would have been tendered at the second-round level.
SOURCE: Tom Pelissero on Twitter Mar 15, 2021, 9:02 PM ET
Saints re-signed QB Jameis Winston to a one-year, $12 million contract.
As expected. The Saints are gearing up to have Taysom Hill and Winston compete for the starting gig following Drew Brees' retirement, which will undoubtedly affect Michael Thomas' and Alvin Kamara's fantasy outlooks pending the final outcome. Hill looked to Thomas for a team-high 28% target share in his four starts last year but Winston obviously offers the more potent arm to unlock more plays downfield. Their camp battle will be one to monitor throughout the summer.
SOURCE: Shams Charania on Twitter Mar 15, 2021, 9:01 PM ET
Jets signed WR Corey Davis, formerly of the Titans, to a three-year, $37.5 million contract.
It includes $27 million guaranteed. Davis is the first big domino to fall in the 2021 free agent wide receiver market, and he opted to sign a shorter contract so he could re-hit free agency as a 29-year-old. Davis is an over-qualified No. 2 receiver and a forgettable top option in the passing game. He'll be the latter in New York and line up in three-receiver sets with 2020 second-rounder Denzel Mims and reliable slot receiver Jamison Crowder. Just how high Davis should be ranked in 2021 fantasy drafts depends on who will be at quarterback. That won't be answered until Day 1 of the upcoming draft. For now, Davis offers WR3 appeal as a 26-year-old coming off a career-high 984 yards and five touchdowns.
SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 15, 2021, 7:52 PM ET
Jaguars signed RB Carlos Hyde, formerly of the Seahawks, to a two-year, $6 million contract.
Although he wasn't recruited by new Jaguars coach Urban Meyer, Hyde turned his time under his college coach into a monster senior season and the No. 57 overall pick of the 2014 Draft. Hyde has settled in as one of the NFL's better role-playing, veteran backs, but his addition is actually good news for second-year pro James Robinson. Hyde is not the sort of player who is going to come in and take a job, even if he and Meyer go way back. It is still possible the Jags make another addition to their backfield, but for now, Robinson's RB2 case remains secure. Even in the event of a Robinson injury, Hyde is not plug-and-play running back insurance at this stage of his career.
SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter Mar 15, 2021, 7:13 PM ET
Patriots signed WR Kendrick Bourne, formerly of the 49ers, to a three-year, $22.5 million contract.
The Patriots have been the most active team in free agency so far, and it's not even close. Offensively, Bill Belichick has added Jonnu Smith, Nelson Agholor, and Bourne to what was a dire skill-position group. The receiver depth chart still lacks top-end talent, but there is at least depth extending to Julian Edelman, Jakobi Meyers, and N'Keal Harry. Bourne is lauded for his do-everything skillset. He can play in the slot or outside and has plenty of experience run-blocking as a former Niner. For fantasy purposes, Bourne is nothing more than a late-round flier. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter Mar 15, 2021, 6:48 PM ET
Bucs re-signed TE Rob Gronkowski to a one-year, $10 million contract.
The band continues to be reassembled in Tampa Bay. Gronk was committed to testing the open market, but six hours was all he needed. It was never likely the 32-year-old (in May) tight end was going to separate from football soul mate Tom Brady. As expected, Gronk looked a step slower in 2020, but a step slower from Gronk is still better than the vast majority of tight ends. He finished as the TE8 by total fantasy points in half PPR leagues on the strength of seven touchdowns. There is nowhere to go but down for Gronk in fantasy, but he should maintain low-end TE1 streaming appeal.
SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 15, 2021, 6:39 PM ET
Patriots agreed to terms with WR Nelson Agholor, formerly of the Raiders.
Agholor has a resurrection of sorts with the Raiders last season, going 48-896-8 on 82 targets as Derek Carr's favorite target. He played in Vegas on a one-year, minimum deal and now cashes in with the Patriots. Agholor's 2020 was a bit on the fluky side with some wildly long touchdowns. It's hard to get too excited about him in New England's run-heavy offense, but he's probably the best player in the receiver room at the moment. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter Mar 15, 2021, 6:18 PM ET
Patriots signed TE Jonnu Smith, formerly of the Titans, to a four-year, $50 million contract.
The deal includes $31.25 million guaranteed and currently nets Smith, 26 in August, the third-highest average salary among tight ends. Although the Patriots spent two third-round picks on that position last year, Smith is an all-too-obvious candidate to lead New England in targets following a season in which Cam Newton targeted that unit with a league-low 33 passes. Fantasy players should expect Smith to be used in a variety of ways both between the 20s and inside the 10-yard line as an easy top-10 option among his peers.
SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 15, 2021, 12:59 PM ET
Saints signed QB Taysom Hill to a four-year, $140 million contract extension.
Every year of the deal is voidable so it's unlikely that Hill ever sees a large amount of this money. In an act of cap sorcery, the Saints used this extension to spread out Hill's cap hit for 2021 over the next four years. This extension does have real aspects to it including a $9.7 million signing bonus, a $1.4 million guaranteed roster bonus, and a $1 million guaranteed base salary. It also has some extra money tied to incentives for Hill. With Drew Brees officially retiring, Hill is in play to be the team's quarterback of the future. This deal is mostly for cap maneuvering purposes but the incentives do point toward New Orleans at least wanting to give Hill a shot at the starting gig. Most importantly, it clears $7.4M in cap space for the Saints, who need to shed some contracts to get under the 2021 salary cap.
SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 14, 2021, 5:33 PM ET
Saints QB Drew Brees announced his retirement from the NFL after 20 seasons.
Brees has been mulling retirement for the entire offseason but all reports indicated that he would be hanging up the cleats. Rumors of his retirement have been swirling for years but the Saints have been good enough for "one more season" to always apply to Brees and the team. After falling short in the Divisional Round versus the Bucs this year, Brees was finally ready to call it quits. At the time of his retirement, Brees holds the record for career passing yards at 80,358. His 571 passing touchdowns are second all-time, behind only Tom Brady, who will overtake him in the passing yards category in 2021. Brees was one of the most accurate passers in the league for two decades and also became a living legend in New Orleans sports history. The Saints will now look to Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston to lead their franchise going forward. Hill was made the starter when Brees missed time in 2020 but reports out of New Orleans indicate that they want to bring back Winston as the team's future.
Mar 14, 2021, 5:13 PM ET
Packers re-signed RB Aaron Jones to a four-year, $48 million contract.
After the Packers chose not to place the franchise tag on Jones, it looked like the electric back would be forced into testing the waters of free agency. Following some extra time at the negotiating table, Jones will be staying in Green Bay for the next four seasons if he's able to play out the length of the contract. The deal includes a $13 million signing bonus. Despite missing two games in 2020, Jones set a career-high in rushing yards at 1,104 to go along with his 355 yards through the air. He has scored 30 times over the past two seasons and routinely sits atop the league's best backs in yards per carry. If he can maintain his current career pace of 5.2 yards per carry, he'll likely go down as one of the most efficient runners the league has ever seen. Green Bay took AJ Dillon in the second round of the draft last year but it looks like he'll continue to serve as nothing more than a premium backup. Jamaal Williams has been used to spell Jones at times but he is set to hit free agency. If Green Bay lets him walk, it would likely mean more work for both Jones and Dillon. SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 14, 2021, 4:18 PM ET
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Eagles want a third or fourth-round pick for TE Zach Ertz.
Pelissero added that Ertz is "growing increasingly impatient" with the Eagles to get a deal done. Ertz wanted a new contract from Philly last year but the team wouldn't budge. He is now on the final year of his current contract and will likely be playing for a team in the midst of a rebuild if he stays in Philadelphia. As long as the Eagles don't plan on giving him a new deal, a mutual split seems like the most probable outcome. Ertz will likely want an extension from his new team. Add in the draft capital that Philly is reportedly asking for in return and the number of teams in the market for Ertz won't be plentiful. Seattle and Indianapolis have already been rumored to be inquiring about a trade for Ertz.
SOURCE: Tom Pelissero on Twitter Mar 14, 2021, 2:34 PM ET