3/28-4/3: Latest fantasy football news during the weeks of March 28th through April 3rd.
NFL Network's Michael Giardi reports the 49ers are asking for a first-round pick for Jimmy Garoppolo.
Patriots have reportedly been "sniffing around" for another option under center but were told Garoppolo would cost a first-round pick. The 29-year-old will clearly stay in San Francisco another year if the organization isn't willing to budge on that absurd return. Due a $26.4 million cap hit in 2021, it remains a real possibility the team sticks with Garoppolo no matter who joins the roster with the No. 3 overall pick.
SOURCE: Mike Giardi on Twitter Apr 2, 2021, 1:51 PM ET
The sister of Chargers owner Dean Spanos has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court to force the sale of the team because of alleged "mounting debt that has imperiled the family’s finances.
Dea Spanos Berberian, who actually owns as much of the team as Dean, alleges that the family trust’s debts and expenses "exceed $353 million," and that "the trust doesn’t have a plan to pay more than $22 million it has pledged to charities." Owners of the team since 1984, the Spanos family has encountered frequent financial difficulties, at least by the standards of NFL owners. Dean and two other siblings issued a statement saying they have no plans to sell. “For the three of us, the Chargers is one of our family’s most important legacies, just as it was for our parents. Unfortunately, our sister Dea seems to have a different and misguided personal agenda.” Obviously we have not heard the last of this.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Times Apr 1, 2021, 5:04 PM ET
An NFL memo sent to teams said "we do not anticipate a duplication of last season's virtual workout program."
The memo encourages teams to be prepared to work virtually at start of the offseason, but they're confident a more normalized workout structure can take place in the summer leading into the 2021 season. That's good news for incoming rookies, teams with new coaching staffs, and teams with new starting quarterbacks. Really it's good news for all humans who enjoy human interaction. The other notable portion of the memo involved COVID-19 vaccinations, which will not be required by the league. Instead, teams who hit a certain threshold of vaccinated players will have a less extensive COVID-19 protocol throughout the offseason and into the season.
SOURCE: Tom Pelissero on Twitter
Mar 31, 2021, 1:28 PM ET
Seahawks signed Tyler Lockett to a four-year, $69.2 million contract extension.
The extension includes $37 million guaranteed. It appears the team is committed to pairing Lockett and DK Metcalf for years to come. Lockett, 29 in September, is coming off his first 100-reception season, though his yards per target and yards per catch plummeted in 2020. He has been a veritable touchdown machine over the past three seasons, racking up 28 scores since the start of the 2018 season. Lockett proved frustrating for fantasy purposes in the second half of the 2020 season, when Seattle abandoned their pass-heavy ways for an ultra-conservative approach. Fantasy's No. 1 receiver in Week 8, Lockett was fantasy 24th highest scoring wideout in the final eight weeks. He shapes up as a slightly undervalued fantasy option if the Seahawks don't seek to establish the run at all costs in 2021. That's a big if.
SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Mar 31, 2021, 12:54 PM ET
The NFL has officially approved a 17th regular season game for the 2021 season.
The 17th game will be an additional interconference contest, with the AFC serving as the "home conference" for 2021. The matchups will feature "teams from opposing conferences that finished in the same place within their division the previous season." This creates matchups like Green Bay visiting Kansas City and Cleveland hosting Arizona, etc.
SOURCE: Mike Garafolo on Twitter Mar 30, 2021, 2:31 PM ET
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports in-person OTAs can begin on April 19.
"The NFL and NFLPA continue to discuss virtual vs. in-person meetings and on-field work soon thereafter," Pelissero reports. As Pelissero points out, it is possible the league and NFLPA ultimately agree to new COVID rules for the 2021 offseason, but if they don't, the CBA status quo takes the day. We saw a similar dynamic play out in Major League Baseball, where the MLBPA vetoed a later start and the calendar kicked in as normal. Although the pandemic is still roiling in many parts of the country, vaccinations and previous infections are making for fewer places for the virus to spread. The offseason program could still be altered, but it doesn't seem like there is going to be a repeat of 2020 where all in-person activity was scrapped.
SOURCE: Tom Pelissero on Twitter Mar 30, 2021, 2:00 PM ET
Steelers signed RB Kalen Ballage to a one-year contract.
Ballage is coming off career highs, rushing for 303 yards on 91 carries (3.3 YPC) between the Jets and Chargers. He made two spot starts in Weeks 5-6 while Austin Ekeler was sidelined. The 25-year-old remained ineffective despite his increased role, but his prototype build continues to land him chances. Ballage joins Benny Snell, Anthony McFarland, and Jaylen Samuels as a veteran committee option for the Steelers. Pittsburgh is still expected to add a running back in April's draft.
SOURCE: NFL Network Mar 30, 2021, 11:01 AM ET