5/23-5/29: Latest fantasy football news during the weeks of May 23rd through May 29th.
The 2022 salary cap will be no higher than $208.2 million.
The final number could still come in lower. It's a big step up from this year's COVID-deflated $182.5 million, but not as high as it would have been in a world where COVID-19 didn't exist. It would nevertheless be the highest in NFL history after 2019's $198.2 million number.
SOURCE: Profootballtalk on NBCSports.com May 26, 2021, 2:46 PM ET
The NFL has announced a different cut-down process for 2021.
There are three different dates this year, with teams required to trim down to 85 players by August 17, 80 on August 24 and 53 on August 31. That final cut-down date is on a Tuesday instead of the traditional Saturday. It's a byproduct of the preseason being reduced to three games. There are fewer games and less time for undrafted free agents and late-round picks to make noise.
SOURCE: Tom Pelissero on Twitter May 26, 2021, 2:11 PM ET
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports 49ers RB Jeff Wilson suffered a torn meniscus and is expected to miss the start of the regular season.
Garafolo added that Wilson underwent surgery to repair his meniscus and is expected to be out four to six months. Wilson sporadically served as San Francisco's goal line back and even made three starts last year. He re-signed with San Francisco on a one-year deal this offseason but the 49ers then took two running backs in the draft. Wilson was going to be competing with Elijah Mitchell and Wayne Gallman for a roster spot. Mitchell, a sixth-round pick from Louisiana-Lafayette, is now a name to watch in training camp. Trey Sermon and Raheem Mostert will split most of the backfield work to start the year.
SOURCE: Mike Garafolo on Twitter May 25, 2021, 7:24 PM ET
Bucs re-signed WR Antonio Brown.
The saga is over. Brown, 33 in July, returns to confidant Tom Brady after undergoing knee surgery and passing a physical. He'll operate as Tampa's No. 3 wideout behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. His fantasy upside lies in an injury to Evans or Godwin, though he should make a decent option in deeper fantasy formats with multiple flex spots. Brown, who this offseason settled a lawsuit alleging rape, faces a separate assault and battery lawsuit. Brady and Tampa head coach Bruce Arians were adamant about bringing Brown back into the fold.
SOURCE: Rick Stroud on Twitter May 25, 2021, 9:56 AM ET
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Julio Jones requested a trade "a few months ago."
It appears the Falcons are in full-blown damage control after Jones on Monday said he was "outta there" when asked about trade destinations from Atlanta. Apparently Julio requested a trade shortly after the 2020 season, in which he dealt with a nagging hamstring issue. Raporport said Julio's trade request "doesn’t mean he will get traded" before the 2021 season. All signs, however, point to Julio, 32, playing for another team in his final years in the league. The Jaguars, Jets, Broncos, Bengals, Lions, Browns, Chargers, and 49ers have enough salary cap space to absorb Julio's guaranteed $15.3 million 2021 salary without moving money around.
SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter May 24, 2021, 12:18 PM ET
Julio Jones said "I'm outta there" when asked if he wants to be traded.
Jones answered a question from Shannon Sharpe about whether he'd like to land in Dallas this season. It's not clear if Jones knew he was on live TV. Jones, 32, didn't name a preferred trade destination but reiterated he wants to win. It's the strongest indication yet that the Falcons great won't be on the team's Week 1 roster. New Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot has made no effort to shoot down chatter about a potential Jones trade. Meanwhile, Jones reportedly wants to play with Cam Newton in New England, though the Patriots are not among the nine teams with enough salary cap space to absorb Julio's guaranteed $15.3 million 2021 salary without moving money around. A blockbuster Julio trade in the coming weeks would send Calvin Ridley's and Kyle Pitts' average draft positions into orbit. SOURCE: Hayden Winks on Twitter May 24, 2021, 11:38 AM ET
NFL Network’s Mike Giardi reports the Patriots have had internal discussions about trading for Julio Jones.
This builds off a report that Jones wants to play this season with Cam Newton. The Falcons need to restructure Grady Jarrett or trade Jones, who has a $23 million cap hit and $19 million in each of the next two seasons, to sign their draft picks. The Falcons can clear Jones's base salary ($15.3 million) and cut his dead money to $7.75 million with a post-June trade. SOURCE: NFL Network May 23, 2021, 11:26 AM ET
NBC Sports Boston's Michael Holley reports Julio Jones wants to play for the Patriots.
"You know who (Jones) really wants to play with? He wants to play with Cam Newton," Holley reported on Boston Sports Tonight. Jones also reportedly thinks Falcons QB Matt Ryan has "lost a little on his deep ball." The Julio trade rumors have started to heat up with Atlanta needing cap room to sign draft picks. The Patriots, who acquired Mohamed Sanu from the Falcons for a second-rounder in 2019 and have a history of trading for receivers, are one of the teams that could fit his $15.3 million base salary. The Chargers, 49ers, Raiders, and Colts have also been linked as possible landing spots for Jones.
SOURCE: NBC Sports Boston May 22, 2021, 11:25 AM ET