Updated: Mar 14
2/28-3/6: Latest fantasy football news during the weeks of February 28th through March 6th.
Lions signed WR Tyrell Williams, formerly of the Raiders, to a one-year contract.
Released by the Raiders last week after two seasons there, Williams, 29, missed all of 2020 with a shoulder injury that required surgery. He's believed to be healthy and will give the Lions an outside deep threat for Jared Goff with Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones slated to hit free agency in two weeks. Williams' fantasy appeal isn't high, but he could find himself playing heavy snaps if the Lions don't franchise-tag Golladay or do a whole lot else at wideout. SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 3, 2021, 3:40 PM ET
The Dallas Morning News' Calvin Watkins reports the Cowboys' contract talks with Dak Prescott on Tuesday were “more productive than they have been” in previous months.
With the deadline for the Cowboys to place the franchise tag on Prescott fast approaching, Tuesday's talks were reportedly more productive than discussions in recent months. A "major sticking point," according to Watkins, is that Prescott wants a four year deal while the team prefers a five year contract. Prescott would become a free agent on March 17 if Dallas doesn't use the franchise tag on him -- a scenario that would alter the quarterback landscape for the entire league. The team isn't overly concerned with Prescott's health after the QB had surgery in October to repair a compound fracture and dislocation of the right ankle he suffered after a scorching hot start to the 2020 season. Prescott had a second surgery in December to help strengthen the injured ankle, and should be ready for training camp in July. There's almost no chance the Cowboys let him walk this offseason.
SOURCE: DallasMorningNews.com Mar 3, 2021, 10:43 AM ET
Speaking Tuesday, Bears GM Ryan Pace admitted impending free agent Allen Robinson could be franchise tagged.
“We have a ton of respect for Allen,” Pace claimed. “We have to do what’s best for the Bears too. We consider everything. ... No firm decision on that yet, but we know we have it at our disposal. We want to keep our good players and Allen is a good player for us.” Long frustrated better long-term offers have not been forthcoming, Robinson has unsurprisingly seemed unenthused about the prospect of the tag. It is possible the Bears could be planning on a tag-and-trade, but their M.O. is generally to go for it. They have one more week to mull the tag.
SOURCE: Profootballtalk on NBCSports.com Mar 2, 2021, 4:19 PM ET
Speaking Tuesday, Packers GM Brian Gutekunst said the franchise tag is an option for impending free agent Aaron Jones.
"It's very much case by case," Gutekunst said after maligning that there are "usually better ways to avoid it." 26 with his one real chance to get paid as an NFLer, Jones is not going to be handing out hometown discounts. That means the tag will be all but inevitable if the Pack want to keep him, either as a one-year stopgap or as a stepping stone to a long-term deal before July's deadline. Unlike some positions, the tag is highly affordable from a team perspective for running backs, checking in around $8 million.
SOURCE: Ryan Wood on Twitter Mar 2, 2021, 3:22 PM ET
David Johnson has agreed to a restructured contract for 2021.
Originally due $7.95 million, Johnson has reduced his base contract but agreed to an increase in guaranteed money. He will bring home $4.25 million, with another $1.75 million possible through incentives. It's not a bad deal for a 29-year-old back who mostly struggled last season before finishing stronger down the stretch. With Duke Johnson all but certain to walk in free agency, David could have a more locked-in three-down role in 2021. The next question becomes who will be his quarterback. Johnson should be regarded as a low-end RB2 in early-spring fantasy drafts. The ceiling just isn't there anymore.
SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter Mar 2, 2021, 3:04 PM ET
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport "would be surprised" if impending free agent Kenny Golladay was not franchise tagged.
Rapsheet has been beating this drum for several weeks now. The rebuilding Lions are not in the greatest salary cap situation, but they can always make the numbers work. At the very least, Golladay should be tagged with an eye toward a potential trade. Per Rapsheet, the Lions are genuine in their desire to keep the 27-year-old wideout. Remaining in Detroit with Jared Goff would probably make Golladay more of a WR2 than WR1 for 2021.
SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter Mar 2, 2021, 2:04 PM ET
NBC Sports' Peter King reports the NFL is "highly likely" to have a 17-game regular season in 2021.
A 17-game regular season has been in the works since the players signed a new CBA in March 2020. King said "TV partners and NFL schedulers are working under the assumption that the 17-game schedule" that will include one bye week for each team. The extra regular season game would push the Super Bowl from February 6 to February 13. King added that the league -- with its expanded playoffs -- could have a Monday night Wild Card game in 2021. The NFL schedule is expected to include two games on Christmas, which falls on a Saturday, ensuring fantasy managers will be wrenched from their families on the holiday.
SOURCE: ProFootballTalk.com Mar 1, 2021, 8:19 AM ET
The Athletic's Sheil Kapadia believes Hunter Henry could get $10.5 million a year in free agency.
Kapadia said Austin Hooper's 2020 deal with Cleveland could be a fair comp for what Henry might fetch on the open market. Henry, 26, was franchise tagged last year. Henry, who averaged more fantasy points last season than all but nine tight ends, could see significant interest from teams who see him as a matchup nightmare against slower linebackers and smaller safeties. Ex-XFLer and touchdown machine Donald Parham could get a real shot at the Chargers' starting tight end job if Henry signs elsewhere this offseason.
SOURCE: The Athletic Feb 27, 2021, 4:29 PM ET
Deshaun Watson would lose around $20.2 million if he sits out the 2021 season.
The numbers, while a bit complicated, add up to $20.2 million if Watson skips mandatory minicamp, training camp, and the regular season. He's reportedly told the Texans he will not play another snap for the team, possibly setting up a protracted battle between the two sides. Watson can essentially choose his next team since he has a no-trade clause in the contract he signed last year. Holding out the entire season would mean Watson's base salary would remain $10.54 million in 2022. Taking the ultimate hard line -- as Le'Veon Bell did with the Steelers in 2018 -- would sacrifice a year in the prime of Watson's career. He'll be 26 in September.
SOURCE: ProFootballTalk.com Feb 27, 2021, 3:18 PM ET
A video posted by Drew Brees' trainer showing the quarterback working out has raised questions about Brees' intent to retire.
The trainer, Todd Durkin, posted a video in which Brees pushed a weight sled -- hardly the exercise routine of a 42-year-old getting ready to retire. The workout video was full of cryptic comments from Durkin, who said, "Don’t know what he’s doing, I’m not sure what he’s doing. Never quite been done before! That’s a new record because it’s never been done before!” while Brees pushed a sled across a parking lot. Saints head coach Sean Payton said nearly a month ago that he expected an announcement from Brees on his future with the team. That announcement never came. With Brees' salary already slashed by $24 million to allow the Saints to carry a reduced cap number until June 2, the Hall of Fame QB would theoretically play for a base salary of $1.075 million if he shirks retirement. For fantasy purposes, Brees coming back for one last run with New Orleans would make Alvin Kamara a top-2 pick in 2021, while Michael Thomas would be far less desirable than he would be with Jameis Winston or another signal caller with more arm strength than the aged Brees. SOURCE: ProFootballTalk.com Feb 27, 2021, 2:17 PM ET