Marshawn Lynch to the Raiders looks like a real possibility
Two tidbits on Marshawn Lynch: 1. Source on un-retiring says it’s “realer than it’s ever been” … 2. It’s Raiders or bust.
In his final season with the Seahawks, Lynch gained 497 total yards and scored three touchdowns in seven games (3.76 YPC). That equates to 11.5 PPG (PPR), which are high-end RB3 numbers. The Oakland offensive line is excellent, so the soon-to-be 31-year-old would be back on the radar as a fantasy RB2 if he does un-retire and find his way to the Raiders. (4 for 4)
Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (leg) ‘ahead of schedule’
Tyler Lockett (leg) is “ahead of schedule” in his recovery and should be ready to go for Week 1, ESPN’s Mike Clay reports.
There’s been plenty of optimism that Lockett, who’s on the mend from a compound fracture to his left fibula suffered in late January, will be ready to go for the start of the 2017 campaign, and this report only reinforces that notion. However, there doesn’t seem to be any certainty in regard to his return date. Seattle enters the offseason program with the starting job opposite Doug Baldwin “wide open,” according to ESPN’s Sheil Kapadia, but Lockett likely won’t even have a shot if he’s out of commission most of the summer. Thus, the third-year wideout has plenty of incentive to return to the field as quick as possible in order to join Paul Richardson, Jermaine Kearse and potentially a draft pick or two for what could evolve into a heated competition for the No. 2 wide receiver spot.
Lockett averaged 12.9 PPG (PPR) from Week 10 to Week 15, before breaking his leg in Week 16. In that span, he converted 21 of 35 targets for 345 yards and a touchdown. He also added four carries for 99 yards and a touchdown. Paul Richardson stepped up in his absence, so the two, along with Jermaine Kearse, will compete for snaps alongside Doug Baldwin. (4 for 4)
Bears add RB Benny Cunningham
The Bears have signed RB Benny Cunningham. The 26-year-old was decent in a backup role for the Rams over the past 4 seasons, averaging 4.4 yards per carry and totaling 93 catches. He’s no threat to RB Jordan Howard’s starting job in Chicago, but he could steal some passing-down work. Howard hauled in a subpar 58% of his targets as a rookie last year after mustering just 24 catches over 3 college seasons. (Draft Sharks)
LB Kiko Alonso gets 3-year extension
The Dolphins have agreed to a 3-year extension with LB Kiko Alonso. The Miami Herald reports that it’s a $28.8 million deal, while the Palm Beach Post reports that it includes $18.5 million in guarantees. That’s all for a guy the Dolphins could have kept on a 1-year RFA deal. Miami’s committed here. And the team clearly likes recent signee Lawrence Timmons as well. We’d bet on both filling 3-down roles, regardless of who settles into the middle and who plays the weak side. Both players carry top-24 IDP potential among LBs. (Draft Sharks)
QB Cam Newton set for shoulder surgery
Panthers QB Cam Newton will undergo surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder on March 30, the team announced. The injury reportedly occurred in Carolina’s Week 14 game against the Chargers. Newton completed just 10 of 27 passes for 160 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT in that one. He played in the final 3 games, completing 50.9% of his passes and averaging 245 yards, 1.3 TDs and 1.7 INTs per game. It certainly seems like the injury impacted his play, but it doesn’t explain Newton’s struggles prior to Week 14. He completed only 54.7% of his passes and averaged 238 yards, 1.3 TDs and .7 INTs in 11 games before the injury. The Panthers hoped rest and rehab would heal Newton’s shoulder, but he was still experiencing pain when he resumed throwing earlier this month. So he’ll go under the knife. Newton will resume throwing 12 weeks after surgery (late June) and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. We’ll track his recovery. (Draft Sharks)
WR Keenan Allen expects to be ready for camp
Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) expects to be ready in plenty of time for training camp. That’s been the expectation considering his torn ACL came in early September. He’ll be nearly 11 months removed when camp opens. Allen has already resumed running and cutting. Turning just 25 in April, he’s a strong bet to bounce back from the knee injury. The bigger concern for Allen is volume in what’s become a loaded Chargers passing attack. (Draft Sharks)
Giants add RB Shaun Draughn
The Giants have signed RB Shaun Draughn. The 29-year-old has bandied about the league for the past 6 seasons, never making a fantasy impact. His most extensive action came in San Francisco over the last 2 years. He handled 150 total carries but mustered just 459 yards — an ugly 3.06 yards per carry. Draughn does have some pass-catching ability — 54 grabs over the past 2 seasons — but Shane Vereen figures to get the 1st crack at those duties. Draughn is unlikely to emerge as a fantasy option in 2017. (Draft Sharks)
WR Kamar Aiken heads to Indy
WR Kamar Aiken is set to sign with the Colts, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Aiken disappeared in Baltimore last year but tallied a 75-944-5 line in 2015. He turns just 28 in May. T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief are locked in as Indy’s top 2 WRs, but Aiken could certainly push Phillip Dorsett for the #3 gig. Dorsett has disappointed since being selected in the 1st round of the 2015 draft, totaling just 51 catches, 753 yards and 3 TDs through 2 seasons. (Draft Sharks)
Chargers sign RB Kenjon Barner
The Chargers have agreed to terms with RB Kenjon Barner. He’s now bounced around to 3 different teams in 5 NFL seasons and has totaled just 331 yards on 77 touches. If this is all the Chargers plan on adding to the backfield, RB Melvin Gordon is in for huge volume in 2017. (Draft Sharks)
Jets land QB Josh McCown
The Jets have signed QB Josh McCown to a 1-year, $6 million deal. He joins Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty in the QB room. Neither of the youngsters seem ready to start, so it might be a 38-year-old McCown under center for the Jets come Week 1. He appeared in 5 games for the Browns last year, completing an ugly 54.5% of his passes with 6 TDs and 6 INTs. McCown had been better over the previous few seasons, but it’s quite possible he’s simply out of gas at this point. (Draft Sharks)
Steelers add RB Knile Davis
The Steelers have signed RB Knile Davis. It’s notable if only because RB DeAngelo Williams remains a free agent. Another Le’Veon Bell injury could find Davis as the lead back in a high-scoring offense. We emphasize “could,” though, because he’s certainly no lock to win the backup gig. Davis has failed to top 3.5 yards per carry in any of his 4 NFL seasons. (Draft Sharks)
Tuesday Free Agency Roundup (NFL.com)
- Manti Te’o has found a new home in New Orleans. After spending the last four years in San Diego, where the inside linebacker was the Chargers’ 2013 second-round pick, Te’o agreed to a two-year deal with the Saints on Tuesday, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported, per a source.
- The Giants also announced they have re-signed linebacker Keenan Robinson.
- Linebacker Zach Brown is slated to visit with the Buffalo Bills, his former team, after he visited with the Dolphins, Rapoport reported.
- Former Jaguars first-round defensive lineman Tyson Alualu has signed a two-year deal with the Steelers, the team announced. Per Rapoport, the deal is worth $6 million.
- The Falcons have added two fullbacks following the departure of Patrick DiMarco, signing Derrick Coleman and Soma Vainuku, as well as guard Hugh Thornton, the team announced.
- The Lions announced they have re-signed defensive end Armonty Bryant.
- Mark Sanchez will visit the Bears on Thursday, a source informed of the situation told Garafolo. Sanchez spent last season as a backup quarterback for the Cowboys.
Monday Free Agency Roundup (NFL.com)
- The Seahawks officially re-signed tight end Luke Willson on Monday. Willson announced the news last week with an inspired tweet. The tight end had 15 catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns last season. Seattle also signed former Texans guard Oday Aboushi on Monday.
- The Panthers re-signed cornerback Teddy Williams to a one-year contract, the team announced. Williams played in three games before ending the year on injured reserve with a knee injury.
- The Chargers re-signed defensive tackle Tenny Palepoi to a one-year deal. Palepoi will begin the season under suspension, serving the final game of a four-game ban that was issued last December. Los Angeles also re-signed backup lineman Kenny Wiggins on a one-year deal.
- Former Jaguars defensive end Jared Odrick passed a physical with the Patriots on his visit there and is one to watch if the Giants don’t get Johnathan Hankins back, Rapoport reported.
- Pittsburgh announced it signed cornerback Coty Sensabaugh to a two-year deal.
- The Colts signed tight end Brandon Williams, the team announced.
- The Raiders announced they signed linebacker Jelani Jenkins.
- The Bills announced they re-signed wideout Brandon Tate.
- The Bears have agreed to terms with veteran defensive end C.J. Wilson, his agency announced. Chicago also re-signed safety Chris Prosinski to a one-year deal.
- With the Jets signing McCown, Rapoport reported Houston is not an option for Jay Cutler, meaning the quarterback might just wait things out.
- The Giants will re-sign linebacker Keenan Robinson, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported. Robinson recorded 83 combined tackles while on a one-year deal in New York last year.
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