4/25-5/1: Latest fantasy football news during the weeks of April 25th through May 1st.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports it is a "serious consideration" that Aaron Rodgers retires rather than return to the Packers.
That is "unless the situation is repaired to his liking." It is unclear if that means trade at all costs or leaves open the possibility of a new contract. As Rapsheet points out, a "retired" Rodgers would immediately have to repay $11.5 million of his signing bonus, and another $11.5 million if he remains retired next year. Even for a man of Rodgers' immense means, that does not seem terribly likely. We are barely 24 hours into this saga and Rodgers is already playing all his cards. The Packers, meanwhile, are hinting they are prepared to go "full Carson Palmer" and force Rodgers to either play or sit out.
SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter Apr 30, 2021, 5:13 PM ET
Profootballtalk's Mike Florio reports Aaron Rodgers' trade "wish list" is the 49ers, Broncos and Raiders.
Florio reports it's "not necessarily in that order," but that he was hoping the Packers would work something out when the 49ers contacted them earlier this week. Florio also says the report is via an "unimpeachable source." ESPN's Adam Schefter reports teams have reached out this offseason, but that no one has made a formal offer. Schefter's ex-colleague Trey Wingo reports the Packers told Rodgers he would be dealt before walking it back, leading to the current imbroglio. The Packers are not breaking publicly yet, but it is difficult to see how this genie goes back in the bottle.
SOURCE: Profootballtalk on Twitter Apr 29, 2021, 4:19 PM ET
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Aaron Rodgers has told "certain members of the organization he does not want to return to the Green Bay Packers."
Schefter reports things have disintegrated to the point that each of team president Mark Murphy, head coach Matt LaFleur and GM Brian Gutekunst have traveled to California to try to get Rodgers to change his mind. Per Schefter, Rodgers "has not budged." Schefter terms the situation "a standoff." Gutekunst issued a statement insisting Rodgers remains a part of the team's 2021 plans, while Schefter reports the team has offered to extend Rodgers' contract. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms the extension talks, but notes they are currently at a low ebb, and Rodgers is not happy. It would appear Rodgers' smoldering resentment at the team's Jordan Love pick in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft has not abated. Once again passing on pass-catching help in free agency surely did not help. Frankly, it is crazy the Packers are not considering dealing Rodgers. They have drafted his replacement and a 37-year-old coming off an MVP season will never be more valuable. The Pack wanted to plan for their post-Rodgers eventuality. If it's not time to put it into motion now, when will it be?
SOURCE: ESPN Apr 29, 2021, 3:19 PM ET
Broncos acquired QB Teddy Bridgewater from the Panthers in exchange for a 2021 sixth-round pick.
The Broncos have been reported to be in the mix for a quarterback via the draft since the start of the offseason. Drew Lock has failed to do much in his 18 games as a starter, averaging just 6.6 yards per attempt and leading the league in interceptions last year. It's hard to see Bridgewater as the long-term answer though. After playing admirably as Drew Brees backup in 2019, the Saints ultimately let him walk in free agency. Then the Panthers saw a year of him as a starter and chose to replace him with Sam Darnold. Neither move is a resounding endorsement of his potential. Bridgewater will have a great cast of weapons to work with in Denver, but he played alongside a talented receiving unit in Carolina last year and did little with the opportunity. He threw 15 touchdowns to 11 interceptions and won just four games across 15 starts. As part of the trade, Carolina agreed to take on $7 million of Bridgewater's $10 million in guarantees for 2021. Bridgewater's contract was also restructured to make him a free agent at the end of 2021. That makes the deal low-risk for the Broncos but it remains minimal in upside. Adam Schefter added that this move doesn't take Denver out of the quarterback conversation with the No. 9 pick in the draft. Acquiring two quarterbacks in as many days would be surprising but the lack of investment in Bridgewater leaves a first-round passer on the table for the Broncos.
SOURCE: Tom Pelissero on Twitter Apr 28, 2021, 1:50 PM ET
Bucs signed Antonio Brown to a one-year, $3.1 million deal.
The veteran can make up to $6.25 million this year. Reports that the two sides were far apart in negotiations were apparently exaggerated. Brown, 33 in July, couldn't muster much interest on the open market, and returns to friend and confidant Tom Brady, who has recruited Brown for years. The Bucs re-signed Brown a week after he settled a lawsuit in which a longtime friend accused him of sexual assault -- one of several sexual misconduct allegations launched against the mercurial receiver in recent years. Brown, after catching 45 balls for 483 yards and four scores in 2020, will once again serve as Tampa's No. 3 receiver behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. In ten 2020 games together, Evans had a 20 percent target share, Godwin had a 19 percent target share, and Brown saw 16 percent of the team's targets, per ESPN's Mike Clay. The band -- warts and all -- remains intact. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter Apr 28, 2021, 8:05 AM ET
NBC Sports' Peter King said he wouldn't be surprised if the Falcons traded Julio Jones with offseason.
Meanwhile, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Falcons "are at least toying with the idea of trading" Julio after receiving calls from multiple teams about a trade for the 32-year-old superstar wideout. King said the Falcons "don’t really want to trade" Julio -- a legend in Atlanta -- but his recent injury troubles and the team's salary cap crunch could necessitate such a move. Julio has a $23 million cap hit in 2021 and a $20 million hit the following two years. King mentioned the Raiders as a potential landing spot for Julio since head coach Jon Gruden can't resist veteran stars in the twilight of their careers. Receiver-needy teams like the Patriots, Titans, and Ravens could also inquire about a trade for Julio, King said. An NFL general manager told King that "building the roster has nothing to do with sentimentality for [Atlanta GM Terry Fontenot] and all to do with the current reality of the tight cap." Julio's departure from Atlanta's offense would open up the 20 percent of targets he commanded in his nine games last season -- only seven of which saw Julio at full health. Calvin Ridley, since the start of the 2019 season, has averaged 11.12 targets per game when Julio is sidelined -- about four more targets per game than when Julio is in Atlanta's lineup. Since 2019, Ridley has notched 38 more yards per game with Julio sidelined. SOURCE: FMIA Apr 26, 2021, 8:11 AM ET