Originally posted: March 22, 2017
RB Latavius Murray a 3-down back?
Vikings HC Mike Zimmer sounds like he plans to use RB Latavius Murray as a feature back. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Zimmer lauded Murray’s strength in the run game, receiving ability and even pass protection. “Not having to substitute him on third downs (will be) big,” Zimmer said. Of course, Minnesota’s weak O-line didn’t help any RB deliver much fantasy value last year. We’ll see how this situation develops, but expect Murray to land toward the bottom of RB2 territory when our 2017 projections come out. (Draft Sharks)
Cleveland expected to work out QBs prospects
North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky and Clemson QB Deshaun Watson are expected to have private workouts with the Cleveland Browns before the 2017 NFL Draft. (Fantasy Guru)
Baltimore to meet with WR prospect John Ross
Washington WR John Ross said he is scheduled to meet with the Baltimore Ravens before the 2017 NFL Draft. (Fantasy Guru)
RB Marshawn Lynch misses football
Retired RB Marshawn Lynch misses football and there’s ‘no question’ about it, according to his agent Doug Hendrickson. (Fantasy Guru)
TE Dennis Pitta takes pay cut
Baltimore Ravens TE Dennis Pitta took a $2.5 million pay cut over the next two seasons. He will make $2.5 million in base salary in 2017 along with a $500,000 roster bonus. He was previously scheduled to earn $5.5 million. This gives Baltimore an additional $2.5 million in cap space in 2017 and 2018. (Fantasy Guru)
RB Tim Hightower talking with Washington
Free-agent RB Tim Hightower (Saints) is meeting with the Washington Redskins Wednesday, March 22, according to a source. (Fantasy Guru)
Atlanta signs two fullbacks
Free-agents FBs Derrick Coleman (Seahawks) and Soma Vainuku (Texans) were signed by the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday, March 21. (Fantasy Guru)
RB Tim Hightower could return to Saints
Free-agent RB Tim Hightower (Saints) is still an option for the New Orleans Saints this offseason, according to a source. (Fantasy Guru)
TE prospect David Njoku meets with Tampa Bay
Miami (Fla.) TE David Njoku met with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this week. (Fantasy Guru)
QB prospect Patrick Mahomes worked out for Saints
Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes participated in a private workout Tuesday, March 21, in Lubbock, Texas, for New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and members of his coaching staff. (Fantasy Guru)
DT Jarvis Jenkins back with Kansas City
Free-agent DT Jarvis Jenkins (Chiefs) agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs Wednesday, March 22. Financial terms were not disclosed. (Fantasy Guru)
Free Agency Roundup (NFL.com)
The Jaguars have found their replacement for Julius Thomas. Jacksonville announced Wednesday they signed Mychal Rivera, who spent all four years of his career with the Oakland Raiders. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported the contract calls for a maximum value of $6.75 million via reachable player and team incentives.
Rivera showed promise in Oakland but found himself underutilized in 2016. He has 146 catches for 1,413 yards and 10 touchdowns in 61 career games. Rivera’s best season came in 2014 when he started 10 games and had 58 catches for 534 yards and four touchdowns.
Here is some other free-agent news we are tracking on Wednesday:
- The Awakening will live to see another campaign. Running back Christine Michael has re-signed with the Packers, ESPN reported.
- The Seahawks signed former Buccaneers safety Bradley McDougald to a one-year deal worth $2 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source.
- The Giants signed veteran running back Shaun Draughn. Draughn most recently played for the 49ers.
- The Dolphins and linebacker Koa Misi reached an agreement on a restructured contract, Rapoport reported. Misi was set to make $4.1 million with a salary-cap number of $4.8 million. Misi now has $1.15 million fully guaranteed for skill, injury, cap and previous injury, per Rapoport.
- The Bills announced they are hosting linebacker Zach Brown on a visit.
- The Seahawks announced they signed kicker John Lunsford.
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