4/18-4/24: Latest fantasy football news during the weeks of April 18th through April 24th.
Chiefs acquired OT Orlando Brown, the No. 58 pick in the 2021 draft, and a 2022 sixth-round selection from the Ravens in exchange for the No. 31 overall pick, a 2021 third- and fourth-round pick, and a fifth-round selection in the 2022 draft.
Brown, a Pro Bowl player for Baltimore at both its left and right tackle spots, arrives as Kansas City's projected left tackle on the final year of his contract. It's another move that revamps and fortifies the team's offensive line ahead of the 2021 season, adding the 24-year-old alongside Joe Thuney, Kyle Long, and Austin Blythe. With Baltimore now holding the No. 27 and 31 picks on Thursday night, bettors should also expect an additional wide receiver to fall at the end of the first round. The Chiefs meanwhile will work towards extending Brown as he plays out the final year of his deal. SOURCE: Adam Schefter on Twitter Apr 23, 2021, 2:59 PM ET
49ers signed RB Wayne Gallman, formerly of the Giants.
Gallman has been a career backup but he looked good in service of the injured Saquon Barkley last season. He posted 682 yards on 147 carries, good for 4.6 yards per attempt. Gallman also caught 21 passes across 15 games, 10 of which he started. He won't start over Raheem Mostert in San Francisco but Gallman has a chance to be a rotational player on a well-designed rushing offense. The signing is worth noting because of HC Kyle Shanahan's propensity to boost the value of running backs but Gallman is worth rostering only in the deepest of leagues.
SOURCE: Field Yates on Twitter Apr 21, 2021, 4:33 PM ET
Steelers signed head coach Mike Tomlin to a three-year contract extension.
Tomlin, 49, is now signed through the 2024 season, which means the Steelers will have had three head coaches over 55 years. That's 14 presidential administrations, folks. Pittsburgh has been a perennial contender for much of Tomlin's 14 years at the helm, though the 2020 season marked a low point in Tomlin's head coaching career, as the Steelers collapsed down the stretch and suffered a humiliating Wild Card loss to the Browns. Tomlin heads into the 2021 season tied with Pete Carroll for the 21st most head coaching wins in league history. He needs five more wins to pass Bill Cowher, his predecessor. Forty-eight more wins would make Tomlin the winningest coach in Steelers history. Tomlin in 2021 will have one more go with a deteriorating Ben Roethlisberger as his quarterback.
SOURCE: Brooke Pryor on Twitter Apr 20, 2021, 9:02 AM ET
TE Jordan Reed retired.
Reed, selected by Washington in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, was among the league's preeminent pass-catching tight ends before a frightening string of concussions hamstrung his career; he missed 53 games over his eight NFL seasons. He was fantasy football's No. 3 tight end in 2015 when he caught 87 of 114 targets for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns, and was a serviceable spot starter for the 49ers in 2020 when George Kittle was sidelined. Reed heads into retirement at the tender age of 30.
SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter Apr 20, 2021, 8:03 AM ET
Free agent QB Alex Smith retired.
The former No. 1 overall pick will call it quits after 16 seasons in the NFL -- seven years with the 49ers, five with the Chiefs, and three with Washington. Against all odds, Smith's recovery from a tragic 2018 leg injury culminated in 2020 with his emergence as the Football Team's starting QB. “Two years ago I was stuck in a wheelchair, staring down at my mangled leg, wondering if I would ever be able to go on a walk again or play with my kids in the yard,” Smith said in a recorded statement posted to Instagram. “On a routine play, I almost lost everything. But football wouldn’t let me give up. Because, no, this isn’t just a game. It’s not just what happens between those white lines on a Sunday afternoon. It’s about the challenges and the commitment they require. It’s about how hard and how far you can push yourself." Smith's best fantasy season came in 2017, when he eclipsed 4,000 yards for the only time in his career and threw 26 touchdowns to five interceptions for Kansas City. The streaming QB mainstay also ran for 355 yards and a score. Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer, who coached Smith at Utah, had tried to lure the veteran to Jacksonville as a mentor for incoming rookie Trevor Lawrence. With no shot at starting in 2021 and nothing left to prove following his horrific injury, Smith chose retirement. SOURCE: NFL on Twitter Apr 19, 2021, 11:49 AM ET