4/4-4/10: Latest fantasy football news during the weeks of April 4th through April 10th.
Eagles re-signed RB Jordan Howard to a one-year contract.
After a failed stint in Miami that led to his release, Howard went back to the Eagles and appeared in two games for the team, rushing the ball seven times for 27 yards. Even with the new coaching staff, Howard gets another shot in Philly but won’t be guaranteed a job.
Apr 7, 2021, 5:28 PM ET
Bengals released RB Gio Bernard.
The mustachioed pass-catching specialist will move on after eight years with the Bengals. The team has reportedly asked the veteran to take a pay cut. Bernard then asked the team to release him -- a move that will save the Bengals $4.2 million against the salary cap. Bernard, 29, has shown clear signs of decline in recent years: ESPN's Mike Clay said Bernard's 3.4 yards per carry is fourth worst among running backs with more than 200 carries since 2018. 2015 was his best year in Cincinnati, totaling 1,202 yard and two touchdowns. He'll certainly catch on with another team in the coming weeks. Joe Mixon might see a bit more pass-catching work with Bernard gone, though Mixon saw a healthy 27 targets in six games last year.
SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Apr 7, 2021, 9:47 AM ET
Nike suspended its endorsement deal with Deshaun Watson.
The fallout begins a day after two of the 22 women suing Watson for sexual assault went public. “We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and have suspended Deshaun Watson. We will continue to closely monitor the situation,” Nike said in a statement. Meanwhile, the Houston Police Department has opened an investigation into the allegations against the Houston quarterback. Watson is quickly becoming a pariah with his legal troubles expected to carry on for months. He could miss some or all of the 2021 NFL season if his legal affairs aren't resolved by the summer. Even if they are, Watson has said he will not play for the Texans, and it seems the team is preparing for that eventuality. Acquiring Watson via trade this spring or summer would be a public relations nightmare for an NFL franchise -- not to mention a moral dilemma for those disturbed by the glut of sexual assault allegations against Watson.
SOURCE: CNBC.com Apr 7, 2021, 9:38 AM ET
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Panthers will attempt to adjust Teddy Bridgewater's contract if its unable to move him via trade.
Due a $22.9 million cap hit this upcoming year, the team can either keep Bridgewater around as a backup for a restructured amount or save $2.9 million by cutting him altogether. With P.J. Walker, Will Grier, and Tommy Stevens still on the roster, the 28-year-old's most likely scenario is landing elsewhere before the draft. Although the Panthers soured on his performance down the stretch, Bridgewater remains competent enough to enter 2021 as a veteran option behind a developing quarterback.
SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter Apr 5, 2021, 4:43 PM ET
Panthers acquired QB Sam Darnold from the Panthers in exchange for three draft picks.
The Panthers are sending a 2021 sixth-rounder New York's way before getting more serious in 2022, where they will be shipping off their second- and fourth-rounders. It's not much of a haul — future picks are inherently less valuable — but it's a lot better than nothing, with the second-rounder at least representing real draft capital. As part of the deal, the Panthers are exercising Darnold's (guaranteed for injury only) fifth-year team option for 2022. Darnold is an uninspired Teddy Bridgewater back-up plan after the Panthers put all their eggs in the Deshaun Watson basket, but they can convince themselves 24-year-old (in June) Darnold still has untapped upside. Picking eighth later this month, the move doesn't necessarily take the Panthers out of the running for a rookie signal caller, though they already know the top three quarterbacks will come off the board in the top three picks. Darnold arrives to challenge or usurp Bridgewater after a horrendous 2020 where he had more picks than passing scores. It's tough to properly evaluate Darnold considering the lack of offensive talent and coaching acumen around him in New York, but most players with a bright future would have already displayed some semblance of the ability to create instant offense by now. That being said, Panthers OC Joe Brady is on the short list of people you would want to try to turn Darnold around. Darnold should be considered the favorite to start in September.
Apr 5, 2021, 4:02 PM ET
NBC Sports' Peter King said he was "told the [Washington Football Team] is intended to be passed down to the next generation of Snyders."
Longtime team owner Daniel Snyder recently took on $450 million in debt to buy out the Football Team's minority owners, with whom he had feuded for years. He now owns 100 percent of the franchise. That could conceivably make it easier for Snyder to sell the team, but King reports there are no such plans. King said Snyder "could face significant league sanctions" if the NFL's report on the Football Team's toxic culture and various sexual harassment scandals is particularly damning. "I don’t believe he would be forced to sell the team, but we’ll see how serious the findings are," King said. If Snyder has his way, his family will own the franchise for decades -- maybe centuries -- to come.
SOURCE: FMIA Apr 5, 2021, 8:26 AM ET
Aaron Rodgers said he's unsure if he'll finish his career with the Packers.
"So far, they have definitely been my team," Rodgers told ESPN in a video interview. "I said last year I didn't know if that was actually possible to be able to finish. I still feel like that's kind of where we're at. I don't think a lot of that is in my hands, but we'll kind of see as we go. The team has obviously the power to do what they want. My job is just to play as well as I can. I think there may have been ideas about what certain things meant last year; I just focus on my play." The Packers drafted Jordan Love in the first round last April, leading to speculation Rodgers could be on his way out. He responded with one of his best seasons to date, posting career highs in completion percentage (70.7), touchdowns (48), and QBR (84.4) en route to his third MVP. Rodgers is signed through 2023, but there continues to be some uncertainty over whether he'll play out his final three years in Green Bay.
SOURCE: ESPN Apr 4, 2021, 10:17 AM ET
The Houston Police Department has opened an investigation on Deshaun Watson.
In addition to the 20 civil lawsuits, a Jane Doe has officially filed a police report on Watson. This allows the police department to investigate the allegations and provides some clarity to Watson's attorney. Both the investigation and the civil disputes are expected to drag out, and the NFL can suspend Watson without a guilty charge or plead. Those in the NFL don't expect Watson to be traded by the NFL Draft, but that's obviously a secondary concern for Watson and his alleged victims. The Houston Police Department said they will not comment on the investigation.
SOURCE: Houston Police on Twitter Apr 2, 2021, 7:28 PM ET