Originally posted: March 24, 2017
Panthers extend RB Jonathan Stewart through 2018
The Carolina Panthers want running back Jonathan Stewart around beyond 2017.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that Carolina extended Stewart’s contract one year, meaning he’s signed through 2018.
The 30-year-old running back was slated to count $8.5 million against the salary cap in 2017. The extension alleviates part of that hefty number this season, while giving Stewart some security for next year.
This type of extension for a veteran is a common move for teams to earn cap space in the short term. What it secures, is that Stewart — a player some thought could be a surprise cap casualty — is in the Panthers’ plans at least this season and perhaps beyond.
Stewart finished as the #28 fantasy running back (PPR) even though he missed three games and a large portion of a fourth. Stewart’s 2017 value will depend in large part on what the Panthers do in the draft (and the rest of free agency). (4 for 4)
Redskins sign WR Brian Quick
The Redskins have agreed to terms with WR Brian Quick.
Quick is still only 27 and has been playing in the league’s worst passing offense of the last few years. Still, he has had his moments. Over the last four seasons, in the 17 games where he was targeted at least five times, he averaged 3.4 catches for 51 yards and 0.24 TD per game (9.9 PPG in PPR formats). When the threshold is bumped up to six-plus targets (11 games), his averages are 3.6-62-0.36 (12.0 PPG). In 2014, he averaged 54 yards per game (on 5.6 targets) in seven games with Austin Davis at quarterback. Given the number of targets available in Washington after the departure of both Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, it’s not inconceivable that Quick carves out a significant role in a much better passing game than the one he’s been a part of over the last few seasons. (4 for 4)
WR Adam Thielen gets extension
The Vikings signed WR Adam Thielen to a 4-year, $19.2 million extension. He was a restricted free agent this offseason and set to hit unrestricted free agency next offseason. The new deal is a reward for a breakout 2016 campaign that saw Thielen rack up 69 catches, 967 yards and 5 TDs. Of course, a huge chunk of that production — 12 catches, 202 yards and 2 TDs — came in a Week 16 explosion in Green Bay. Thielen reached 70 yards in just 3 of his other 15 games. The contract extension is a sign, though, that Minnesota sees him as a key part of its passing game going forward. Thielen, Stefon Diggs and Laquon Treadwell will battle for standing on the depth chart this summer. (Draft Sharks)
Bears add QB Mark Sanchez
The Bears have signed QB Mark Sanchez to a 1-year deal. The 30-year-old has settled in as an NFL backup, which is what he’ll be in Chicago after the Bears handed QB Mike Glennon $18.5 million guaranteed. With Glennon, Sanchez, David Fales and Connor Shaw all under contract, it seems unlikely that Chicago will draft a QB with the 3rd overall pick next month. (Draft Sharks)
WR Julio Jones expected to be ready for camp
Falcons WR Julio Jones is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jones underwent what was deemed a minor foot surgery on March 6. He was in a boot but getting around without crutches at an appearance on Wednesday. “I’m good,” Jones said. “My thing right now is recovery.” We’ll continue to track his progress. For now, there’s no reason to believe the procedure will impact Jones’ 2017 campaign. (Draft Sharks)
Jets add WR Quinton Patton
The Jets have signed WR Quinton Patton. A 4th-rounder of the 49ers back in 2013, Patton has totaled just 73 catches across his first 4 NFL seasons. Half of those came last year, when he tallied 37 catches for 408 yards. There’s opportunity in New York, where Robby Anderson and Quincy Enunwa sit behind Eric Decker on the depth chart. But Patton has shown no reason to expect a fantasy breakout. (Draft Sharks)
QB prospect Davis Webb told he’s a ‘first-round talent’
California QB Davis Webb told Bay Area News Group’s Cam Inman that ‘double-digit’ teams have told him he’s a ‘first-round talent’. (Fantasy Guru)
WR Josh Gordon expected to find out fate soon
Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon is expected to hear back from the league regarding his reinstatement application in late April or early May, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano. (Fantasy Guru)
QB Josh McCown not guaranteed starting job
New York Jets QB Josh McCown has not been assured that he will begin training camp as starter, and it is a decision which will be made by head coach Todd Bowles, according to general manager Mike Maccagnan. (Fantasy Guru)
RB prospect Christian McCaffrey shows versatility
Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey said he wanted to use his pro day to show his ability to run routes from the slot and the outside and do ‘anything’ on the football field. (Fantasy Guru)
Chicago to take close look at QB prospect DeShone Kizer
Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer is expected to take part in a private workout with the Chicago Bears soon, most likely late next week, according to the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs. (Fantasy Guru)
WR Kelvin Benjamin’s option to be exercised
Carolina Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin’s fifth year option for the 2018 season will be picked up, according to general manager Dave Gettleman. (Fantasy Guru)
RB Adrian Peterson asked for $8 million?
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) reportedly wanted more than $8 million in the first year of any contract he signed during the initial wave of free agency. (Fantasy Guru)
WR Michael Floyd unlikely to return to NE
Free-agent WR Michael Floyd (Patriots) is a ‘long shot’ to return to the New England Patriots after they acquired Brandin Cooks earlier this month, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. (Fantasy Guru)
TE prospect David Njoku visits Carolina
Miami (Fla.) TE David Njoku visited the Carolina Panthers Thursday, March 23. (Fantasy Guru)
Here are some other free-agent moves we’ve been tracking Friday (NFL.com):
- Former49ers linebacker Michael Wilhoite is signing with the Seahawks, a source informed told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
- Seattle has also agreed to terms with linebacker Terence Garvin, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported per a source informed.
- The Vikings announced that they have waived defensive lineman Scott Crichton.
- The Jaguars signed defensive end Malliciah Goodman, the team announced.
- Buccaneers restricted free agent defensive end Jacquies Smith is visiting the 49ers, Rapoport reported, per a source. Rapoport added that Smith is nearly fully recovered from an ACL tear he suffered prior to the start of last season.
- With Cam Newton about to be sidelined due to upcoming surgery, the Panthers announced they signed quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who will most likely serve as an extra arm for OTAs.
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