Originally published: August 18, 2016
If you want it put frankly, the notion of a “contract year” being a major motivating factor for a player has no real statistical backing in the grand scheme of things.
That doesn’t mean it hasn’t led to big years from players in the past; it’s just that the proof is more anecdotal than indisputable by the numbers. It’s impossible to find out which player will be affected, or to generalize and assume a player will be motivated for a big year when he’s in the final year of his contract. Given that information, it’d be foolish to predict a player listed in this article will produce a fantasy explosion just because he wants to get paid.
But for fantasy players, the true value may be in trying to get inside the heads of teams – namely, which situations warrant deeper looks for the future. It’s important to know the contract status of big-name players for keeper and dynasty owners looking to capitalize on the right time to trade a player.
We can’t discount the fact that Doug Martin, Lamar Miller, and other backs also got paid this past off-season. At the very least, these guys have shown that it’s possible for running backs to earn some dough if they show they’re worth it.
When breaking down a player, consider his contract status way down the list of things that matter, if you even consider it at all. But for teams, opening up options for the future in anticipation of impending free agency could actually be a bigger deal.
Players Removed from the 8/18 Update:
- Tyrod Taylor (QB, Buf) – Taylor signed a six-year contract, but the Bills didn’t make a significant commitment to him other than giving him a big raise for 2016 – if he doesn’t give them more reason to be confident in him, he’ll be cut after 2016.
- Thad Lewis (QB, SF) – Lewis tore his ACL in the preseason opener, and he’ll miss the rest of the season.
- Jonas Gray (RB, Jac) – The Jaguars waived/injured Gray after he suffered a quad injury in camp.
- Leonard Hankerson (WR, Buf) – The Bills released Hankerson on Aug. 15 after a dreadful camp.
- Andre Caldwell (WR, Den) – The Lions placed Caldwell on the injured reserve with a broken bone in his hand.
Top Unrestricted Free Agent QBs
Drew Brees (NO, 37) – If Brees’ expected contract extension happens prior to the season, it will likely be done quietly – Brees told ESPN.com’s Mike Triplett in May that he hasn’t spoken to the Saints in quite some time about a new deal, while also reiterating that he doesn’t plan on signing any deal during the season. At this point, it’d be an utter shock if Brees ever plays a down for another franchise, as even in his older years he remains one of the league’s elite passers, and the Saints have reloaded with youth around him. If he makes it to next off-season without an extension, expect either the franchise tag or a new contract to get done. Meanwhile, expect him to continue as one of the most productive QBs in fantasy.
Kirk Cousins (Was, 27) – Franchised this year at nearly $20 million, Cousins ostensibly wants to sign a long-term deal with Washington, but couldn’t get a deal done by the July 15 deadline. Cousins had then to sign a franchise tag and play on the one-year pact, fully guaranteed. It appears Cousins wants to be paid like one of the best QBs in the NFL, a benchmark recently raised by the Andrew Luck extension, while Washington would prefer to see what Cousins looks like in his second full season as the team’s starting QB. We don’t begrudge any player trying to cash in, especially in the NFL; by the same token, we can’t blame Washington for wanting an extended look at Cousins – who now has even more weaponry – before paying him. If he plays in 2016 like he did in 2015, Washington shouldn’t have a problem ponying up and paying Cousins. Updated 8/8
Blaine Gabbert (SF, 26) – It’s hard to believe we’re actually saying this, but Gabbert has the inside track to be San Francisco’s Week 1 QB, and if all goes well, he actually has the tools to succeed in Chip Kelly’s offense. Strong-armed and mobile, Gabbert looked like a professional QB for the first time in his career last season, and Kelly has been quick to praise his still-young QB for his work this off-season. Gabbert technically still has to beat out Colin Kaepernick, but at this point the competition appears all but over, even with Gabbert looking shaky in the preseason opener. While we’ve seen enough of Gabbert’s skittish pocket play to know he’ll never be a high-end NFL starter, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him perform well enough to land a new contract with the Niners, or at least to stick in the league as a backup elsewhere. Gabbert will have to use the preseason to beat out Kaepernick. Updated 8/18
Mike Glennon (TB, 26) – Glennon is unlikely to get on the field in 2016 unless Jameis Winston gets hurt, so any contract he signs after the season will almost certainly be based on potential. He’s shown flashes in the past when he has played, but he simply hasn’t played enough to get himself a ton of guaranteed dollars. Big and strong-armed, Glennon could also draw trade interest during the preseason if a team suffers an injury at the QB position, but more than likely he’ll have to market himself after the season based on his untapped potential.
Case Keenum (LA, 28) – The Ram coaches clearly “like” Keenum, as the club tendered him at the highest possible RFA designation this off-season, but they certainly didn’t like him enough to bypass trading up to the #1 overall pick to select Jared Goff. Keenum has only been mildly effective as a starting QB when called upon in his career, but the Rams are still considering starting him over Goff in their Week 1 opener. Ultimately, we’d be surprised if that’s actually the case, but until Goff is actually named the starter, it must be considered. Updated 8/8
Mark Sanchez (Den, 29) – Sanchez is currently in the midst of a QB competition in Denver, with rookie Paxton Lynch and little-known Trevor Siemian. As of now, that competition appears to be narrowed down to Siemian and Sanchez. Even if Sanchez wins that job to open the year, he’s simply not going to start the entire season even if he wins the job out of camp. Lynch is the future here; Sanchez might not even be the present (and it tells you all you need to know that someone who is as unimpressive as Siemian may beat him out). Still, he’s good enough to continue earning work around the NFL as a backup. The Broncos are giving Siemien a chance to start the second preseason game, but Sanchez is still in the lead to be the Week 1 starter. Updated 8/18
Geno Smith (NYJ, 25) – Since this article was first published, Ryan Fitzpatrick has signed with the Jets, allowing the club to push Geno to the top backup role, ahead of the raw Christian Hackenberg. It’s clear that the Jet coaching staff is not particularly fond of Geno. We’ve seen positives from Geno in the past, and he could do well in his spread offense if he’s the starter for some reason at some point later this year, but he also has plenty of negatives to go with his game. He should stick in the league for a while, but it’s an uphill climb for him to stay in New York beyond this season. He’s even a candidate to be cut if they choose to keep Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg. Updated 8/8
Brian Hoyer (Chi, 30) – Released by the Texans this spring, Hoyer latched on with the Bears to back up Jay Cutler. While he seems to fall backwards into a few starts every season, Hoyer’s best chance at having a career moving forward is in his current role – as a backup. He can stick around for quite some time, picking up spot starts along the way.
Ryan Mallett (Bal, 28) – Mallett is a nice fit, in theory, behind Joe Flacco – he’s a big, strong-armed, relatively immobile QB. He’s just not anywhere near as good. Mallett’s been moving around rosters based on his “potential,” but it’d be a surprise if he ever gets more than a two-year deal or so for the remainder of his career.
Matt Cassel (Ten, 34) – Cassel was atrocious with the Cowboys last year, and his time as an NFL starting QB is absolutely over, aside from filling in for injury. He signed a one-year deal with the Titans, and that’s likely where his career will continue to be if it lasts beyond 2016 – one-year deals, maybe for multiple more teams. At the least, he looks like Tennessee’s top backup behind Marcus Mariota after the club released Zach Mettenberger.
Other Unrestricted Free Agent QBs
- Matt McGloin (Oak, 26)
- Landry Jones (Pit, 27)
- Matt Schaub (Atl, 35)
- Shaun Hill (Min, 36)
- E.J. Manuel (Buf, 26)
- Dan Orlovsky (Det, 32)
- Kellen Clemens (SD, 33)
- Ryan Nassib (NYG, 26)
- Bruce Gradkowski (Pit, 33)
- Matt Barkley (Ari, 25)
Top Restricted Free Agent QBs
None of note.
Top Unrestricted Free Agent RBs
Eddie Lacy (GB, 25) – We’ve seen RBs come back from worse than Lacy’s 2015 season to earn big contracts – look no further than Doug Martin last year. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that weight and conditioning was a big issue for Lacy a season ago, and coach Mike McCarthy said as much immediately after the season. To Lacy’s credit, he seems to have dedicated himself to getting into good shape this off-season with a new workout regimen – reports from early in training camp suggest he’s closer to 240 pounds, which is at least 25 pounds lighter than he played at last season. He also said he’s feeling more explosive this season. Many fantasy players want to hold a grudge against Lacy, and that’s understandable, but keep in mind this is a guy who totaled about 3000 yards from scrimmage in his first two NFL seasons. On top of that, the Packers did just about nothing to address their backfield this off-season, merely re-signing vet James Starks. They’re counting on Lacy in his contract year – foolish or not – and if that strong organization is counting on Lacy, we probably should too. Updated 8/18
Le’Veon Bell (Pit, 24) – Bell’s season has ended prematurely with injury two years in a row (he played 16 regular-season games in 2014, but missed the Steelers’ playoff action). This year, Bell is returning from a torn MCL and PCL. And, oh yeah, pending appeal, he’s going to be suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season, his second straight season that will start with a suspension if he doesn’t win his appeal – no date for his suspension has been set. Perhaps the suspension can actually extend his shelf life by lessening the massive burden the club give him in terms of snap share, and giving DeAngelo Williams (who is also in a contract year) more touches. Still, Bell is young enough to command top dollar (he insinuates he wants as much in a recent rap song), and there is certainly reason to believe the Steelers may not be comfortable paying it given the troubles he’s had both on and off the field. Updated 8/18
Danny Woodhead (SD, 31) – Constantly one of fantasy’s biggest values, Woodhead enters his contract year coming off a big 2015 season, in which he was the Chargers’ primary third-down and red-zone back. Make no mistake that San Diego would love second-year back Melvin Gordon to show some improvement in 2016, but Gordon is coming off microfracture knee surgery, a serious operation that can revive – or derail – careers. One thing we’re definitely sure of is that the Chargers and veteran QB Philip Rivers want to actually win games, and trust level is a huge part of Rivers’ game. At this stage, Rivers implicitly trusts Woodhead in his backfield, much the same way he trusts TE Antonio Gates to get open in the intermediate area. Woodhead’s RB3 overall ranking in PPR last season was in large part a result of perfect circumstances, but he should still get a lot of key touches for the Chargers this year. He’s at an age when RBs typically don’t get multi-year deals, but he’s also a different type of RB – Darren Sproles got a multi-year deal from the Eagles in his 30s, for example, and recently signed another extension. Updated 8/8
Latavius Murray (Oak, 25) – This is a huge year for Murray. He posted 1300 yards from scrimmage as the Raiders’ full-time RB last season, but multiple reports suggested Oakland wasn’t exactly pleased with Murray in that role, using him as much because it had to. Of course, the Raiders didn’t spend big resources on the RB position this off-season, merely using a fifth-round pick on Texas Tech RB DeAndre Washington. That being said, we’re big fans of Washington, and wouldn’t be shocked if he takes significant work from Murray at some point this season. Murray is big and fast, but needs a head of steam to take advantage of that speed, which means he struggles more in short yardage than you’d like to see from a guy his size. We’re not enamored with him after watching him play for a full season, and neither are the Raiders, but the point remains that he will be one of the more interesting backs to hit the FA market in 2017 if he plays well in 2016. If he does improve this year, it’ll likely be because of their revamped OL is giving him more space to run, but the timing would be great for Murray.
Theo Riddick (Det, 25) – Riddick will be very intriguing next off-season for any team looking for a receiving specialist, as he’s coming off an 80-catch season in 2015. But the former college WR has just a 2.9 YPC average in his career as a runner, so to this point he’s been more limited as a player than someone like Darren Sproles or Danny Woodhead. Whether he ends up back in Detroit or not may depend entirely on the development of Ameer Abdullah, who is spectacularly talented but was a bit of a disappointment in 2015 as a rookie. Regardless, Riddick is young enough and is such a standout as a receiver that he could well command a multi-year deal next off-season, from either the Lions or on the open market.
LeGarrette Blount (NE, 29) – A limited player, Blount has found no better fit in his career than being a gameplan-specific back with the Patriots. That role was apparently worth just a one-year deal for the Pats this off-season. That said, it’s good news that Blount (hip) was able to get cleared for the start of training camp. If healthy, Blount’s pound-it-out role with the Pats should continue, but he’s unlikely to earn much more than one-year deals for the rest of his career. Updated 8/8
DeAngelo Williams (Pit, 33) – Arguably the best backup RB in football, Williams proved himself invaluable to the Steelers last season, and he may open 2016 as the club’s starter again with Le’Veon Bell facing a potential four-game suspension – no appeal date has been set for Bell. Will he get more work when Bell is available, however? It could help Williams show he still has something left, while also helping the workhorse Bell stay healthier, and that’s likely the plan. That being said, Williams is in his mid-30s, not typically a time when RBs get multi-year contracts. He may be playing for one-year deals until he decides to retire. That’s motivation enough, for sure. Updated 8/18
Andre Ellington (Ari, 27) – Ellington is one of the more intriguing “contract year” players on this list – he’s flashed significantly in his time with the Cardinals, but injuries and his small stature have denied him the chance of being more than a rotational back – He’s missed 11 games in three seasons, and played hurt in others. Moreover, the Cardinals found a revelation in rookie RB David Johnson last year. That being said, Ellington has remained one of the most efficient backs in all of football, and could well attract interest on a multi-year deal from some team next off-season if he shines in a rotational role in Arizona in 2016 (coach Bruce Arians insists Ellington will be part of a committee). One thing working against Ellington is his age – he will be 28 in February, very old for a player entering free agency for the first time. In the first preseason game, Ellington flashed the explosiveness that made him the team’s starter a year ago. Updated 8/18
Benny Cunningham (LA, 26) – As a RFA, Cunningham was re-signed by the Rams this past April to a 1-year/$1.671 million contract, but he’s really just playing as a pass-pro/receiving specialist and an intermittent snap guy to give stud RB Todd Gurley a breather here and there. Cunningham’s still fairly young and his 2014 season wasn’t too terrible, but again, the presence of Gurley spelled a dim future for Cunningham on this team, at least in terms of fantasy contribution. Like many other No. 2 RBs in contract years, he’ll again be playing for another short-term contract. But with limited opportunities basically a guarantee for 2016, his price tag should be relatively low once he’s a FA at the end of the season. How the Tre Mason situation plays out could be a major factor in Cunningham’s next deal. At this point, it doesn’t look as if Mason will ever play another down, and it’s looking like Cunningham is the handcuff for Gurley at this point. He also could factor in on third downs this season, so he has a chance to put up decent production this season. Updated 8/18
Christine Michael (Sea, 25) – It looked like a great situation for the former second-round pick Michael to prove his value and up his monetary worth come 2017… but that was before the team drafted three rookies in May, and he already looks to be behind C.J. Prosise on the depth charts and in a battle with Alex Collins for the No. 3 role – and the early word heading into camp is that the rookie Collins has a good chance to play over Michael. Pending the performance of Thomas Rawls this season, he may not have a future in Seattle, but he did show in 2015 that he’s more than capable of performing when needed and has always had an attractive YPC average (on a small sample size though), so it’s not unreasonable to think he could draw a solid payday from a team thin at RB next year. Michael impressed in the preseason opener, and HC Pete Carroll said the backfield will be a 1-2 punch when the season opens. Right now, it looks like those punches will be Rawls-Michael driven. Updated 8/18
Darren McFadden (Dal, 29) – Contract year? Hell, McFadden could be battling for a roster spot this summer. With the Cowboys bringing in rookie Ezekiel Elliott and vet Alfred Morris, McFadden’s role is already shaky, and that was before a freak off-season elbow injury required surgery and may make him unavailable for all of training camp and the start of the regular season. This is a concern because receiving specialist Lance Dunbar’s made progress coming back from a serious knee injury (although he could open the season on PUP still). McFadden was productive in 2016, but he’s accumulated a lot of dents on his frame. His days of multi-year contracts are likely over. He is doing some rehab work in shoulder pads as of Aug. 15, so he’s making progress to potentially being available for Week 1. Updated 8/18
Chris Johnson (Ari, 30) – CJ is probably happy he’s getting any deals at this point – he was a late signing for the Cardinals last summer, and was productive enough before his season-ending broken leg in 2015 that Arizona decided to bring him back to be part of their backfield with David Johnson and Andre Ellington. Given DJ’s breakout second half, we think the Cardinals would be nuts to give significant touches to CJ in 2016, but it’s clear they value him as a steady influence in this backfield. He’s a one-year deal type of guy, but he’s hung on for longer than it appeared he would a couple years ago. CJ played behind DJ in the preseason opener, which is the way it should stay in the regular season. Updated 8/18
Kenjon Barner (Phi, 27) – Barner has reportedly looked really good in the off-season, and there’s an aging Darren Sproles, a rookie Wendell Smallwood, and an injury-prone Ryan Mathews in front of him, but Barner is the epitome of a guy who needs to show what he’s got right now, or he’ll probably spend the rest of his career as nothing more than a depth option. Also keep in mind he was a Chip Kelly player at Oregon, so there’s no ties with the coaching staff anymore. He’s not just playing for another contract, but his future in the NFL as well. The good news for him is that he’s found himself is a very good situation in terms of opportunity this year in Philly. He could end being the top backup here until Smallwood proves he’s ready. Updated 8/18
Khiry Robinson (NYJ, 26) – It was surprising that the Saints didn’t tender Robinson an RFA offer sheet this past off-season, but he also got a little less on the open market than we were expecting – Just $1.2 million over one year with the Jets. Robinson’s recovery from the broken leg that ended his 2015 season is going well, and while he’s behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell on the Jets’ depth chart, he excels in short-yardage situations, where neither of them has had much success. He should have a smaller, but important, role in goal line situations. Whether that increases his earning potential remains to be seen. The Jets activated Robinson (leg) off the active/PUP list, and he’ll likely be ready for Week 1. Updated 8/18
Shaun Draughn (SF, 28) – A versatile journeyman, Draughn seems to have found a solid spot in San Francisco – Chip Kelly values backs who can run, catch the ball, and block, and presumed 49ers starter Carlos Hyde has yet to play a full season in the NFL. At the least, Draughn should have a role as a pass catcher, and could prove indispensable for San Francisco if rookie Kelvin Taylor doesn’t do much. He turns 29 in December, so a multi-year contract may not be in the cards, however. Draughn mixed in with the first-team offense in the preseason opener, so he’s going to be a small factor in this offense. Updated 8/18
Tim Hightower (NO, 30) – What a return for Timmy! His career was raised from the dead last year when Mark Ingram went down, but while his explosive return was more than encouraging, a healthy Ingram means diminished opportunities for him. The Saints liked what they saw but re-signed him only to a 1-year/$840,000 contract, as he’s 30 years old and has been quite erratic since he came into the league in 2008, mostly because of injuries. Barring unforeseen circumstances, a one-year deal is likely what he’ll see come 2017, and at a fairly cheap price.
Ronnie Hillman (Den, 24) – The Broncos’ leading rusher last year, Hillman was nonetheless generally ineffective late in the year, and he ceded his job to C.J. Anderson for the Broncos’ playoff run. While Anderson signed a big offer sheet with the Dolphins in free agency, a sheet the Broncos eventually matched, Hillman hung around on the open market for quite some time, before eventually returning to the Broncos on a cheap one-year deal. He’s still very young, but this shows just how much teams “valued” his performance in 2015. He may well be the Broncos’ #3 back behind Anderson and rookie Devontae Booker in 2016, but the good news for Hillman next off-season will be his youth relative to the rest of the RB market. Heck, he might even hit the market by the end of training camp, as he’s a candidate to be cut if he can’t beat out Kapri Bibbs. Updated 8/18
Lance Dunbar (Dal, 26) – Dunbar was on his way to a huge year catching the ball in 2015, before a horrific knee injury ended his campaign in Week 4 (he had caught 21 balls to that point, over a 90-catch pace). And according to ESPN, Dunbar is in better shape than expected early in camp – the thought initially was that he’d have to start the year on the PUP list, but that may not be the case. Will he be healthy enough to show his true potential, or will he need to enter the market on a short-term deal again next season? Updated 8/8
Stevan Ridley (Det, 27) – Ridley’s battling for his NFL future. He played just 86 ineffective snaps with the Jets last year in his return from a 2014 ACL tear, and now he’s battling for a roster spot in Detroit. He already behind Zach Zenner – Ridley’s contract year is more like his “contract camp,” in other words. Updated 8/8
Denard Robinson (Jac, 25) – Robinson had a chance last year to prove his worth when T.J. Yeldon was injured but really disappointed so this is a crucial year for him if he wants to see a nice payday heading into 2017. And the situation isn’t exactly in his favor since the team signed Chris Ivory. He’ll automatically go from being a No. 2 to a No. 3, decreasing his chances of showing his worth to the Jags and any other RB-needy team. He would likely only get signed to a one-year deal somewhere, but 2015 seemed to be his opportunity to make a splash, and that time has come and gone, so he’ll be looking at a very modest payday unless something extremely unexpected happens. He was also involved in a bizarre incident in which he was allegedly asleep at the wheel when he drove into a retention pond on July 3rd. Robinson was not impaired, however, and should not face a charge for driving under the influence.
Dexter McCluster (Ten, 27) – There was some concern about McCluster’s roster spot after the team added DeMarco Murray and drafted Derrick Henry, but HC Mike Mularkey has assured McCluster that he’ll have a role in the Titans’ backfield. He’s valuable out of the backfield as a receiver, but he’s had a big dip in targets in Tennessee from his time with the Chiefs. He’s never going to see enough work to make him a viable fantasy option week-in and week-out, but it’s encouraging that Mularkey wants to keep him involved. Someone with his talent and versatility will always find a home somewhere, but it’s still a less than ideal situation for McCluster to earn a larger payday than his previous 3-year/$9 million contract he signed with the Titans in 2014… he may be on one-year deals from here on out.
Donald Brown (NE, 29) – Despite his versatility, Brown has pretty much been a disappointment his entire career aside from 2013 with Indy, and this is a crowded backfield in NE. At this point, it seems that LeGarrette Blount’s health question is one of the only reasons he’ll stay on the roster. After signing a one-year deal this offseason worth $965,000, Brown should be thankful for any deal that comes his way if 2016 is any similar to his career averages. If he makes the roster, he’ll battle Dion Lewis and James White for snaps. In theory, he could make this backfield a lot more confusing, since he’s a reliable veteran who protects the ball and is good in pass-protection. But we’ll see if he makes the team.
Robert Turbin (Ind, 26) – While he may always be a No. 3 RB, the Colts didn’t bring in any RB of note this offseason and they have an aging Frank Gore leading the pack, so Turbin could have a shot to prove his worth in this contract year. He’s showed flashes in the past of his ability and this might be the best spot he’s been in to show his merit, but we’ll have to see how many opportunities he gets with a healthy Andrew Luck and with Colts’ owner Jim Irsay giving some love to undrafted rookie Josh Ferguson, who played ahead of him in the preseason opener. Updated 8/18
Other Unrestricted Free Agent RBs
- Matt Asiata (Min, 28)
- Brandon Bolden (NE, 26)
- Jonathan Grimes (Hou, 26)
- Cedric Peerman (Cin, 29)
- Bobby Rainey (NYG, 28)
- Jacquizz Rodgers (Chi, 26)
- Fozzy Whittaker (Car, 27)
- Rex Burkhead (Cin, 26)
- Cyrus Gray (Den, 26)
- Jordan Todman (Ind, 26)
- Knile Davis (KC, 24)
- DuJuan Harris (SF, 27)
- Chase Reynolds (LA, 28)
- Isaiah Pead (Mia, 26)
- Travaris Cadet (NO, 27)
Top Restricted Free Agent RBs
Isaiah Crowell (Cle, 23) – Crowell is in an excellent position to increase his earning power this season. While he’s been inconsistent at best and downright bad at worst so far in his career, in 2016 he’s playing under coach Hue Jackson, a creative run-game designer who has effectively used a “thunder and lightning” combo in Cincinnati the last few seasons. On this roster, Crowell is the overwhelming favorite for the “Thunder” role, while Duke Johnson is almost certainly the “Lightning.” Jackson has challenged Crowell to be more consistent this off-season, but keep in mind the Browns’ new regime has no commitment to him at all – even UDFA Terrell Watson could get run if Crowell disappoints. Updated 8/18
Chris Thompson (Was, 25) – Thompson is very clearly a gifted receiver, but that didn’t translate into fantasy value last year, as he had just two games of 10 or more FP. That being said, Washington currently has a very unproven backfield (also featuring Matt Jones and Keith Marshall), and Thompson looks to be the best option of these three to hold down value as a receiving threat. Just keep in mind that he’s very slight of frame, and has major durability concerns. Still, third-down backs have a ton of value at the NFL level, and Thompson has been getting a good bit of work in the early going of camp with Washington’s first-teamers. Updated 8/8
Branden Oliver (SD, 25) – Oliver played only 90 snaps in eight games in 2015 before turf toe ended his year, but at times he actually looked more impressive than Melvin Gordon. As a bowling-ball type back who can catch the ball, he fits the profile of someone who will stick in the league for a while. Also keep in mind that Gordon is coming off a serious knee operation, and Danny Woodhead is entering a contract year of his own. Oliver could get a shot to prove his worth this season.
Damien Williams (Mia, 24) – A big back who can catch the ball and run in a straight line, Williams’ role may have taken a big hit in Miami following the drafting of Alabama’s Kenyan Drake, who similarly excels as a receiver and in third-down situations, and of course the signing of Arian Foster. Williams’ best hope is to keep the third-and-long work if Foster gets hurt, while Drake is used more as a movable chess piece. Obviously, the signing of Foster torpedoed any potential value Williams may have. Updated 8/8
Other Restricted Free Agent RBs
- Antonio Andrews (Ten, 23)
- Mike Gillislee (Buf, 25)
- Fitzgerald Toussaint (Pit, 26)
- Mike James (TB, 25)
- Juwan Thompson (Den, 24)
Top Unrestricted Free Agent WRs
Alshon Jeffery (Chi, 26) – Jeffery is set to play out 2016 under the franchise tag, as neither side was able to reach a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline. Jeffery had an injury-plagued 2015 season, which could be why the Bears have a little trepidation extending him to a long-term contract. Lo and behold, Jeffery also opened training camp with a minor hamstring injury, but he missed just a week and played in the preseason opener. Jeffery is still the top option in this offense for at least another season, but the Bears did use the #7 overall pick on Kevin White in 2015. Depending on how the 2016 season plays out for both Jeffery and White, the Bears could be willing to go with the younger White as their go-to receiver. Jeffery will easily be the top target on the free-agent market at WR next off-season, and he has all the motivation in the world to have a huge season. Updated 8/18
Michael Floyd (Ari, 26) –Floyd certainly hasn’t been the most consistent WR through four seasons, but he’s also dominated at times and there’s no denying his elite physical and ball skills. Floyd would easily be one of the most coveted free agents if he hits the open market, so they’d love to lock him up before then, but keep in mind they already extended Larry Fitzgerald through 2017, taking up some budget. Floyd is due for his first huge contract, and he’ll want an eight-figure salary per year, so he’ll have plenty of motivation this season. Updated 8/8
Emmanuel Sanders (Den, 29) – The Broncos put contract talks on hold with Sanders in July as they worked on a deal with franchise player Von Miller, according to Mike Klis of NBC Denver. The Denver Post previously reported that talks had been going well between the two sides, with Sanders seeking at least $10 million annually. Sanders has proven to be quite the #2 WR in Denver in his first two seasons, and he actually was the more stable option last season over a shaky Demaryius Thomas. The Broncos have absolutely no depth behind Sanders and DT, and they just drafted Paxton Lynch to be their franchise QB, so we can’t imagine them letting Sanders walk unless his salary demands get out of control like Brock Osweiler’s last year. It wouldn’t be shocking to see Sanders get a contract done before the year is out. Updated 8/8
DeSean Jackson (Was, 29) – The Redskins selected arguably the best WR in the draft in Josh Doctson, which wasn’t necessarily a position of need heading into 2016. However, it could be a position of need in 2017 when both DeSean and Pierre Garcon become free agents, so the Redskins acted early by drafting the talented WR from TCU. Doctson’ skillset is more similar to Garcon’s skillset, so it appears that Garcon could be the odd man out in Washington after 2016. However, DeSean still needs to stay healthy this season and keep his antics to a minimum if he wants to stick in Washington beyond 2016. D-Jax certainly isn’t for every franchise because of his past behavior, but he’d still have a pretty strong market if he hits free agency.
Kamar Aiken (Bal, 27) – Aiken admirably filled in as the top receiver for the Ravens last season, and he’s in position to start yet again in 2016, with the uncertainty surrounding Breshad Perriman and Steve Smith. The Ravens would certainly be better off with Aiken in a complementary role, but they might not have a choice once again this season. Aiken showed he can produce if needed to play in a bigger role, and he’s an important piece. This is his chance to show he’s indispensable. The Ravens will likely look to keep Aiken around after 2016, but he could carve out a decent market if he has another solid campaign. It’s looking like Perriman could miss significant time again this year, so Aiken could be a major factor this year. Updated 8/18
Markus Wheaton (Pit, 25) – Wheaton will be a fascinating free agent next off-season. He’s entering a make-or-break campaign if he wants to earn a second contract with the Steelers. It couldn’t have set up any better for him either, with Martavis Bryant suspended for the entire season, leaving a gaping hole in the starting lineup. He’s been mostly inconsistent in his first three seasons, but he started to emerge at the end of 2015. If Wheaton has a great season as the #2 season, the Steelers might have to let him walk with Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown quickly approaching free agency. And if he struggles, they’ll likely let him walk with Bryant and Sammie Coates already in the fold. Wheaton will have a golden opportunity to earn a fat contract next off-season, but it’s looking unlikely that he remains with the Steelers. He hasn’t had the best camp, with Coates getting most of the headlines, and he’s been nursing a quad injury. Updated 8/18
Kendall Wright (Ten, 26) – Wright had quite the wasted 2015 season, seeing action in just 10 games and playing poorly even when he was on the field. The Titans are in complete upheaval at WR. They signed Andre Johnson to go with their already mish-mosh corps. And Wright has been injured early in camp, with hamstring problems. Wright showed he was capable of being a PPR stud back in 2013 when he caught 94 passes, but those days are likely behind him now. Still, he’s an intriguing option as a slot receiver, and he could have a decent market if he wants to get out of the dysfunction of the Titan organization. That could be very soon – Wright doesn’t appear to be a guarantee to make the Tennessee roster, as he’s been dealing with fluid in his hamstring and missing time. Updated 8/18
Pierre Garcon (Was, 29) – The Redskins pulled a mild shocker by selecting Josh Doctson with the #22 overall pick in April. Garcon, who will turn 30 in August, is entering the final year of his contract, and the Redskins appear to be grooming his eventual replacement. We loved what we saw from Doctson coming out of TCU, and HC Jay Gruden did too, comparing him to his former WR A.J. Green. Garcon has topped 800 receiving yards just once in his four years with the Redskins, and the Redskins are clearly looking for much juice across from DeSean Jackson. Garcon will start the year as the #2 WR across from Jackson, and he’ll need to play well to hold off Doctson. Garcon appears to be the odd man out in Washington after 2016, unless Jackson, who is also a free agent, has a bad season or is a disruptive force in the locker room. At least Doctson has been nursing an Achilles injury in camp, so Garcon will be a big part of this passing game to start the year. Updated 8/18
Vincent Jackson (TB, 33) – Jackson was a prime cut candidate this off-season because of his $9.78 million salary for 2016 – they could’ve saved close to $7.4 million by cutting him. However, the Bucs kept him on board because they had plenty of cap room, they had absolutely no depth behind V-Jax and Mike Evans, and the WR free-agent market was extremely thin on talent. Knee injuries sapped Jackson’s 2015 campaign, and he’s out to prove he some juice left in his legs at 33 years old and earn one last contract. The Bucs still don’t have any depth behind their top two WRs, so there’s a possibility that V-Jax is back in Tampa if he can put together a decent season, albeit on a much more team-friendly contract. He’s slowed down a little, but look for him to play some in the slot this year, which can help him see more favorable matchups.
Terrance Williams (Dal, 26) – The Cowboys haven’t been in a hurry to lock up T-Will long term this off-season, which isn’t a surprise since he’s been an underwhelming #2 WR across from Dez Bryant. Williams is still a limited player who has yet to really develop his route running, and there’s little reason to believe he will significantly improve in that area in his fourth season. He’s been a big-play specialist because of his speed after the catch and down the field, but he’s ideally a #3 WR in a good offense. Williams is probably looking for the type of money that Allen Hurns (four-year, $40 million) and Mohamed Sanu (five-year, $32.5 million) earned this off-season, which might be way too rich for the Cowboys unless he shows significant improvement. Updated 8/8
Robert Woods (Buf, 24) – Woods hasn’t exactly lived up to his #41 overall pick status from 2013, but it’s not like he’s been a bust either with 152/1838/11 receiving in his first three seasons. Woods somehow continues to hang around as the #2 WR behind Sammy Watkins in this Bill passing game, and the only viable competition for his job this season could possibly come from Leonard Hankerson. Woods has proven to be a JAG (just a guy) in his career, even with a pretty prominent role, and the Bills would be wise to upgrade his spot next off-season. Still, they could look to bring him back as a #3 WR, which is a role he’s much better suited for. For this year, though, Woods is in a good spot as arguably the #2 option in the passing game behind Watkins.
Brandon LaFell (Cin, 29) – The Bengals desperately needed another WR to play next to A.J. Green after Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu left in free agency, and they turned to one of the worst WRs in the NFL last season. All you need to know about LaFell’s 2015 season is that Tom Brady didn’t even consider throwing it to him in the AFC Championship, and he eventually found himself on the bench behind the likes of Keshawn Martin and Danny Amendola. LaFell needs to really clean up his sloppy play from 2015, and he’s going to get a huge opportunity for regular targets playing across from Green in a potentially potent offense. He’ll have the chance to rebound in 2016 if he can take advantage of his opportunity. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garofolo, LaFell may need surgery for a torn ligament in his hand, which could put him in jeopardy to miss the start of the season. Updated 8/18
Rueben Randle (Phi, 25) – Randle had absolutely no market at all this off-season after four disappointing seasons with the Giants, so he signed a one-year, prove-it deal with the Eagles. He was given a golden chance last season to earn a fat free agency contract in 2016. Randle was in the final year of his contract and Victor Cruz missed the entire season with his calf injury. Not surprisingly, Randle disappointed like usual because of his inconsistent play, even with Odell Beckham commanding all the attention across from him. The Eagles will see if they can get the best out of Randle, who does have intriguing size and athleticism, and he will get the chance for plenty of playing time if he beats out some weak competition for snaps. Randle will likely disappoint again, because he always has, but he will get another great chance to develop a market for 2017. The Eagles did trade for Dorial Green-Beckham, which tells us that the Eagle coaching staff isn’t too happy with Randle already. Updated 8/18
Kenny Britt (LA, 27) – Britt flashed some in his second season with the Rams, but he was ultimately let down by this putrid passing attack and awful quarterback play. The Rams are still a mess at WR, but Britt will get chances to play on the outside as he competes for snaps with Brian Quick. Britt was the more consistent option over Quick last season, and he has a leg up on him entering the preseason. The Rams used the #1 overall pick on Jared Goff, who will hopefully bring some stability to the position this season after last year’s debacle. Britt has the chance to be a little more consistent this season, which could help him to flash off his deep speed a little more and earn himself another contract.
Kenny Stills (Mia, 24) – Stills sure failed to make the impact the Dolphins hoped he would when they sent a 3rd-round pick and LB Dannell Ellerbe to the Saints to acquire him in March 2015. Stills was officially put on notice when they selected WR Leonte Carroo in the draft. He’ll start training camp as the #3 WR in the Z spot, but Carroo will push him for playing time if he slips up at all. Stills needs to keep his head on straight to keep his job this season and to earn another contract with the Dolphins. New HC Adam Gase wanted the Bears to trade for Stills last off-season, and Stills said he’ll be playing this season with a “huge chip” on his shoulder this season. He impressed in 2014 with the Saints, and he’s a skilled player, so he could have a decent market if he puts together a solid bounce-back campaign.
Brian Quick (LA, 27) – In a bit of a shocking move, Quick decided to stick around with Rams for at least one more year. Quick was headed toward a breakout season early in 2014 before a shoulder injury that needed surgery ended his season. His subsequent glacial recovery got him off to an incredibly slow start in 2015, and he never made an impact. At least he’ll be a full season removed from his major shoulder injury, and he’s still loaded with talent as a big target (6’3”, 218 pounds) on the outside. It doesn’t hurt that the #1 overall pick Jared Goff should improve this quarterback situation. Still, he’s yet to really accomplish much in four years, and he’s running out of chances to earn himself a multi-year deal.
Cecil Shorts (Hou, 28) – The Texan WR corps is up in the air after DeAndre Hopkins, and we could see a heavy rotation between Will Fuller, Shorts, and Jaelen Strong behind him. Fuller will likely get plenty of chances to play across from Hopkins, and Shorts is better suited as the #3 WR out of the slot. Shorts took a $1 million pay cut in the middle of June to stick around, and there’s a chance they could keep the veteran around next season with so many young WRs on this roster. Still, he’s never been the picture of health throughout his career, and the Texans are hoping Braxton Miller will be ready to take his slot role by 2017. In addition, Strong has reportedly performed very well in the early going of training camp. Updated 8/8
Steve Smith (Bal, 37) – There’s like a 99% chance Smith retires after 2016, but then again he also said he was retiring after the 2015 season. Smith had planned for last year to be his farewell season, but those plans changed after he tore his Achilles tendon in Week 8. Smith turned 37 in May and is coming off a major Achilles injury, so it’s fair to wonder if he’ll even be close to even his 2015 form. In unique Steve Smith fashion, he said the main reason he came back was to get to 1000 career receptions – he needs 39 catches – but he’ll have more motivation than that to make sure his last season is a good one. The Ravens finally activated Smith from the active/PUP list on Aug. 17 coming off his torn Achilles in 2015. Updated 8/18
Marquess Wilson (Chi, 23) – Wilson could start the season on the reserve/PUP list after re-breaking his foot and undergoing surgery in June, so his contract year isn’t off to the best start. Wilson is the favorite to be the top backup on the outside and as the handcuff for both Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White, who have each had injury issues last season. Wilson is an intriguing talent because of his size (6’4”) and speed, and he’ll be just 24 in his fourth season, so the Bears could look to keep him around if he continues to show improvement.
Ted Ginn (Car, 31) – When Kelvin Benjamin went down for the 2015 season in training camp, we knew his production had to go somewhere, but no one expected Ginn to have his best year in his ninth season. Ginn’s role in the offense figures to dip in 2016 with a healthy Benjamin back in the fold. At the very least, Ginn will still be a situational deep threat for Cam Newton, and they’ll give him a chance or two each game to make a play downfield. Ginn still brings plenty of value in the return game, so he could earn another contract. However, the Panthers could elect to go with Corey Brown, who is a restricted free agent, to fill Ginn’s role as a returner and deep threat. Ginn still has elite speed, which will likely keep him in the league past 2016.
Rod Streater (KC, 28) – Streater went from leading the Raiders in receiving just two seasons ago to being a regular inactive in 2015, appearing in just one game. Of course, the Raiders completely overhauled their entire WR corps in those two years, bringing in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and Streater sunk down the depth chart behind Seth Roberts and Andre Holmes. Streater desperately needed a change of scenery, and he’ll actually have a great chance to play as the #2 WR across from Jeremy Maclin. Streater needs to show he can actually still play at a high level, which is why he signed with the Chiefs on a one-year, prove-it deal. He’s hoping the move pays off in a more lucrative deal next off-season. Streater was off to a good start with the Chiefs, quickly seeing time with the ones in the off-season.
Other Unrestricted Free Agent WRs
- Terrelle Pryor (Cle, 27)
- Chris Givens (Phi, 26)
- Justin Hunter (Ten, 25)
- Jaron Brown (Ari, 26)
- Andre Holmes (Oak, 28)
- Cordarrelle Patterson (Min, 25)
- Andre Roberts (Det, 28)
- Jeremy Kerley (Det, 27)
- Jerome Simpson (SF, 30)
- Quinton Patton (SF, 25)
- Nate Washington (NE, 32)
- Kenbrell Thompkins (NYJ, 27)
- Russell Shepard (TB, 25)
- Brice Butler (Dal, 26)
- Brandon Tate (Cin, 28)
- Marquise Goodwin (Buf, 25)
- Arrelious Benn (Jac, 27)
- Stephen Hill (Car, 25)
- Aaron Dobson (NE, 24)
- Jordan Norwood (Den, 29)
- Bryan Walters (Jac, 28)
- DeVier Posey (Den, 26)
- Matt Slater (NE, 30)
- Jeremy Ross (NYJ, 28)
- T.J. Graham (Phi, 26)
- Jarrett Boykin (Buf, 26)
- Marc Mariani (Chi, 29)
- Deonte Thompson (Chi, 27)
Top Restricted Free Agent WRs
Albert Wilson (KC, 23) – The Chiefs are looking for anybody to step up across from Jeremy Maclin, and they’ll have wide-open camp battle between Wilson, Chris Conley, Rod Streater, and Demarcus Robinson. Wilson is ideally suited to be a #3 WR out of the slot, but he forced to be the #2 WR again if he’s their best option. Wilson’s role is a bit too big for the Chiefs’ liking right now, but he’d still be a valuable depth option in most WR corps, so they’ll keep him around for 2017 as a restricted free agent.
Corey Brown (Car, 24) – Brown should go back to more of a secondary role in the Panther offense in 2016 with Kelvin Benjamin returning to the offense next season. Philly will battle Devin Funchess and Ted Ginn for #2 WR snaps next training camp, but the Panthers would ideally like to transition Brown more into the slot. Brown does bring some versatility, including as a kick and punt returner, so he’s an ideal depth option for any WR corps. The Panthers will likely keep Brown around for 2017, especially with Ginn – who happens to do a lot of the same things that Brown does – also becoming an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. Brown is hoping some additional weight, up to a reported 200 pounds, will help him play inside better. Updated 8/8
Other Restricted Free Agent WRs
- Charles Johnson (Min, 27)
- Taylor Gabriel (Cle, 25)
- Dontrelle Inman (SD, 27)
- Brandon Coleman (NO, 24)
- Adam Thielen (Min, 25)
- Chris Matthews (Bal, 26)
- Corey Fuller (Det, 26)
Top Unrestricted Free Agent TEs
Martellus Bennett (NE, 29) – The relationship between Bennett and the Bears soured enough that both sides needed to part ways, and the Patriots were more than willing to take a one-year flyer on him. Bennett will obviously be the #2 TE behind Rob Gronkowski, but the Patriots will clearly use more 2-TE sets this season and Gronk will have a legit sidekick at TE for the first time since Aaron Hernandez. Bennett has clearly been one of the better TEs in the league since 2012 when he broke out with the Giants, and he’ll certainly have a solid market if he can put together a strong campaign in this potent Patriot offense. He’s certainly in a position to succeed playing with Tom Brady and with Gronk commanding extra attention, even with Brady suspended the first four games of the year. Bennett has been a popular target for both Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo during training camp, according to the Boston Herald. Updated 8/18
Vance McDonald (SF, 26) – McDonald, a second-round pick in 2013, finally got the chance to start when the 49ers traded away Vernon Davis in the middle of last season. The 49ers are having an open competition at TE during training camp, and McDonald has the leg up on the top receiving role ahead of Blake Bell, Garrett Celek, and Bruce Miller. McDonald actually showed some fantasy juice with Blaine Gabbert down the stretch, which is good news since Gabbert is the likely leader for the QB competition. If everything breaks right, McDonald could have a mini-breakout season to set up himself for a nice second contract with the 49ers or elsewhere. He showed well for himself in the preseason opener with a 43-yard TD from Gabbert. Updated 8/18
Jordan Cameron (Mia, 27) – The Dolphins brought Cameron in to replace Charles Clay and paid him good money to do so, but he was a major disappointment in his first season. They tried to trade him this off-season and found no takers. If he continues to disappoint this season, Dion Sims and Thomas Duarte could see an uptick in playing time. After talking to Julius Thomas this off-season, who played under Adam Gase in Denver, Cameron decided to take a pay cut in order to stay and play for Gase this season. The Dolphins were a complete mess last season, so a little stability could go a long way for Cameron. This is a make-or-break season for Cameron if he wants to get another fat, multi-year contract after the 2016 season. If he re-emerges this year, it’ll clearly be a function of Gase’s influence, but the new HC said Cameron has been experiencing “growing pains” in the new offense. Updated 8/18
Jared Cook (GB, 29) – Cook essentially signed a one-year, prove-it deal this off-season to play with Aaron Rodgers in this potent Packer passing game. Richard Rodgers likely has a slight leg up on Cook, especially since Cook opened camp on the PUP list after foot surgery, but they activated him on Aug. 9. Cook might not play as many snaps as Rodgers, but he could be used more in the passing game. A. Rodgers will obviously be the best QB Cook has ever played with, and he’ll be able to work the seams for this offense. Cook has always been an intriguing prospect, but he remains a total enigma and we obviously can’t count on consistent fantasy production from him. Still, he’ll have a golden opportunity in this offense to earn an even bigger contract next off-season when he hits the open market again. Updated 8/18
Ryan Griffin (Hou, 26) – The Texans will have an open competition for the starting job between Griffin and C.J. Fiedorowicz. Griffin took over as the Texans’ #1 TE in 2015, so he’ll have the advantage heading into this season, but HC Bill O’Brien did rave about Fiedorowicz in June. It helps that Garrett Graham is out of the equation, but Griffin and Fiedorowicz could be stuck in a TEBC if no one separates from the other. Griffin is a solid athlete in terms of his speed or quickness, and he is a reliable target with good hands in the middle of the field, so there is something to work with for Brock Osweiler. The Texans will surely look to upgrade at TE if they continue to get below-average play at the position in 2016, so this could be Griffin’s last chance in Houston. He returned to practice in early August after battling through an Achilles injury. Updated 8/8
Larry Donnell (NYG, 27) – Donnell will battle it out with Will Tye and Matt LaCosse for playing time this training camp, and we’d give Tye the slight advantage since he played better than Donnell last year. Donnell also isn’t guaranteed to be at 100% health after he suffered a broken bone in his neck, which turned out to be quite the health scare for him. The Giants have other options if Donnell can’t get back to his 2014 form, and they drafted the raw but talented Jerell Adams, who could be the future of the position after this season. Donnell will need to get back to his old form and stay on the field if he wants any chance of continuing his career with the Giants after 2016.
Jacob Tamme (Atl, 31) – Tamme became the #2 receiver for Matt Ryan last season, and he’s the favorite to be the starting TE out of training camp. They did draft Austin Hooper in the third round and they still have Levine Toilolo, but Tamme’s role as the starter should be safe heading into 2016. Hooper is obviously the future of the position for the Falcons, but it could take him some time to earn snaps. Hooper’s progression this season will likely determine the fate of Tamme with the Falcons after 2016, but he could earn himself another year with the franchise with a solid season.
Luke Willson (Sea, 26) – Willson is the clear #2 TE in Seattle when Jimmy Graham is at 100%. However, Graham is coming off a torn patellar tendon and isn’t guaranteed to be ready to go for Week 1, so there’s a chance Willson could be the starter early in the year. Graham was activated off the PUP list on Aug. 10, but he’s yet to participate in team drills. The Seahawks drafted a better long-term prospect at TE in Nick Vannett in the third round, so Willson might not have much of a future in Seattle after his rookie contract runs out after this season. Still, with a chance for more playing time potentially early in the season, Willson could prove his worth to the franchise. Updated 8/18
Jermaine Gresham (Ari, 28) – The Cardinals have one of the worst TE situations in the league once again, with Daniel Fells and Gresham once again leading this TEBC. There’s also a chance Troy Niklas could be more involved if he can actually stay healthy, and he’s actually played well in the preseason. Gresham is only 28 years old, and he made it through 2015 relatively healthy, but he’s only an average TE at this point in his career. He’s ideally a #2 TE and is unlikely to get anything more than a two-year deal in the future. Updated 8/18
Other Unrestricted Free Agent TEs
- Gavin Escobar (Dal, 25)
- Mychal Rivera (Oak, 25)
- Dion Sims (Mia, 25)
- Vernon Davis (Was, 32)
- Jeff Cumberland (SD, 29)
- Logan Paulsen (Was, 29)
- Brandon Myers (TB, 30)
- Anthony Fasano (Ten, 32)
- Jack Doyle (Ind, 26)
- Craig Stevens (Ten, 31)
- Rob Housler (Chi, 26)
- Levine Toilolo (Atl, 24)
- Kellen Davis (NYJ, 30)
- Chris Gragg (Buf, 26)
- Matthew Mulligan (Det, 31)
- Zach Sudfeld (NYJ, 27)
Top Restricted Free Agent TEs
Darren Fells (Ari, 30) – Fells is the favorite to be starting TE over the likes of Jermaine Gresham and Troy Niklas, but HC Bruce Arians will likely use a committee at TE once again. Niklas could be more involved if he can actually stay healthy, and he’s actually played well in the preseason. Fells did lose 20 pounds in the off-season – he played last year at 281 pounds – in an effort to be in better shape. The Cards would likely keep Fells around as long as he’s plays relatively well in 2016. Updated 8/18
Other Restricted Free Agent TEs
- Cameron Brate (TB, 25)
- Trey Burton (Phi, 24)
Source: Fantasy Guru
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