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  • Vikings release Kyle Rudolph after 10 seasons
    Vikings released TE Kyle Rudolph. 

    Advice: A Viking his entire 10-year career, Rudolph was on the record as not willing to take a pay cut, making this an expected cut. The move clears $5.037 million in cap space,  a number that increases to $7.937 million if he is designated as a post-June 1 release. Headed into his age-32 campaign, Rudolph's 28 receptions last season were his fewest since his injury-shortened 2014. He made it clear in a February interview that did not sit well with him. Rudolph's experience and wingspan should draw plenty of interest as a goal-line threat and chain mover. His departure from Minnesota paves the TE2 way for Irv Smith, a third-year pro who could make the leap to TE1 status in 2021.  NBCSportsEDGE.com 44 minutes ago
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (501st)
     
  • Bears admit Allen Robinson could be tagged
    Speaking Tuesday, Bears GM Ryan Pace admitted impending free agent Allen Robinson could be franchise tagged. 

    Advice: “We have a ton of respect for Allen,” Pace claimed. “We have to do what’s best for the Bears too. We consider everything. ... No firm decision on that yet, but we know we have it at our disposal. We want to keep our good players and Allen is a good player for us.” Long frustrated better long-term offers have not been forthcoming, Robinson has unsurprisingly seemed unenthused about the prospect of the tag. It is possible the Bears could be planning on a tag-and-trade, but their M.O. is generally to go for it. They have one more week to mull the tag.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 1:19 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    14.35 (48th)
     
  • Pack GM: Franchise tag an option for Aaron Jones
    Speaking Tuesday, Packers GM Brian Gutekunst said the franchise tag is an option for impending free agent Aaron Jones. 

    Advice: "It's very much case by case," Gutekunst said after maligning that there are "usually better ways to avoid it." 26 with his one real chance to get paid as an NFLer, Jones is not going to be handing out hometown discounts. That means the tag will be all but inevitable if the Pack want to keep him, either as a one-year stopgap or as a stepping stone to a long-term deal before July's deadline. Unlike some positions, the tag is highly affordable from a team perspective for running backs, checking in around $8 million.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 12:22 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    17.88 (24th)
     
  • Texans keep David Johnson with restructured deal
    David Johnson has agreed to a restructured contract for 2021. 

    Advice: Originally due $7.95 million, Johnson has reduced his base contract but agreed to an increase in guaranteed money. He will bring home $4.25 million, with another $1.75 million possible through incentives. It's not a bad deal for a 29-year-old back who mostly struggled last season before finishing stronger down the stretch. With Duke Johnson all but certain to walk in free agency, David could have a more locked-in three-down role in 2021. The next question becomes who will be his quarterback. Johnson should be regarded as a low-end RB2 in early-spring fantasy drafts. The ceiling just isn't there anymore.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 12:04 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.10 (39th)
     
  • Rapsheet: 'Surprise' if Kenny Golladay not tagged
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport "would be surprised" if impending free agent Kenny Golladay was not franchise tagged. 

    Advice: Rapsheet has been beating this drum for several weeks now. The rebuilding Lions are not in the greatest salary cap situation, but they can always make the numbers work. At the very least, Golladay should be tagged with an eye toward a potential trade. Per Rapsheet, the Lions are genuine in their desire to keep the 27-year-old wideout. Remaining in Detroit with Jared Goff would probably make Golladay more of a WR2 than WR1 for 2021.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 11:04 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (736th)
     
  • Steelers 'unlikely' to bring back James Conner
    ESPN's Brooke Pryor reports the Steelers are "unlikely" to re-sign James Conner. 

    Advice: With the team (probably) letting Pittsburgh favorite Conner walk about four seasons, Pryor said the team could fill their RB1 spot with an early-round pick in this spring's NFL Draft. Conner, who will be 26 in May, should have multiple suitors this offseason. Probably he won't be anyone's idea of a locked-in No. 1 running back though. Taking a back in the first round would be a departure from how the team usually conducts its drafts. The Steelers have used their past seven first-round picks on defensive players, including five linebackers.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 8:44 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    4.82 (264th)
     
  • Jags beat says team should pursue Hunter Henry
    ESPN's Michael DiRocco said the Jaguars should "be aggressive in pursuing" Hunter Henry this offseason. 

    Advice: Jacksonville had one of the league's worst tight end groups in 2020. Tyler Eifert is expected to leave via free agency, leaving the team without a viable starting tight end. Henry, 26, should see interest from several teams once free agency kicks off in a couple weeks. If Henry can stay healthy for 16 games -- a big if -- he could be a coveted fantasy option in the Jaguars' Trevor Lawrence-led offense.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:18 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (639th)
     
  • Beat: Expect Jags to pursue free agent receivers
    ESPN's Michael DiRocco reports the Jaguars will be "active" in pursuing free agent wide receivers. 

    Advice: With Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook, and Chris Conley likely gone in 2021, Urban Meyer's team could bolster its receiver group in free agency. While it's unclear if the Jaguars -- who have the most cap space of any NFL team this offseason -- are in the market for a top-tier wideout, it would be an upset if the team didn't add a receiver or two in the coming months. Depending on who they add, DJ Chark and Laviska Shenault should be decent value picks in best ball drafts this spring and summer.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 7:08 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (817th)
     
  • 'Shock' if Dolphins don't find new feature RB
    ESPN's Cameron Wolfe reports it would be "a shock if the Dolphins don't come away with a new feature back this offseason." 

    Advice: Wolfe said Alabama's Najee Harris and North Carolin's Javonte Williams would be "tantalizing" options for the Dolphins, who have the No. 3 and No. 18 picks in the spring's NFL Draft. Miami could also pursue a potential feature back in free agency. The Dolphins have been linked to free-agent-to-be Aaron Jones, and Wolfe mentioned Leonard Fournette and Le'Veon Bell as potential veterans who would pair with a rookie back. Gaskin, who acquitted himself nicely as a starter in 2020 -- averaging 87.6 total yards per game in five early-season starts -- is looking more like a depth option in 2021.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 6:27 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    13.95 (50th)
     
  • Ravens likely won't pursue A-Rob, Golladay
    ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports the "expectation is Baltimore won’t pursue a No. 1 wide receiver like Allen Robinson or Kenny Golladay."

    Advice: For fantasy purposes, Golladay and Robinson avoiding the Ravens is certainly for the best. The team's low-volume passing offense wouldn't offer the sort of opportunity that has made Golladay and Robinson consistent fantasy producers. In 2020, Ravens receivers ranked last in catches (137) and receiving yards (1,729). Hensley said Baltimore could pursue "one or two wide receivers from the second tier" -- wideouts like Sammy Watkins, A.J. Green, and Corey Davis. Dez Bryant and Willie Snead aren't expected back for the Ravens in 2021.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 5:55 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    14.35 (48th)
     
  • RapSheet: Chicago a potential fit for Alex Smith
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bears are a potential landing spot for Alex Smith. 

    Advice: Smith, expected to be released by Washington this week, could reunite with Matt Nagy in Chicago. Nagy, of course, coached Smith in Kansas City, where Nagy served first as quarterbacks coach, then as offensive coordinator from 2016-2017. The Bears would offer one of Smith's only chances to start in 2021. Jacksonville has been mentioned as a potential fit for Smith, who was coached by Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer at Utah.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Today, 5:20 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    16.00 (30th)
     
  • Texans release coaching candidate Josh McCown
    Texans released QB Josh McCown.

    Advice: He's expected to immediately pursue a career in coaching, likely landing back in Houston after the organization (comically) interviewed him for its head-coaching vacancy before formally hiring David Culley. With Tim Kelly still hanging on to his OC role, McCown could easily be groomed under the former while taking on the title of Assistant Head Coach. As always, nothing is off the table when it comes to the Texans. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 1:12 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (774th)
     
  • Eagles tender former UDFA slot WR Greg Ward
    Eagles tendered WR Greg Ward.

    Advice: It means Ward will either have to put pen to paper on a minimum contract offer or sit out the season. Although it wasn't planned for the 25-year-old to be an integral part of Philadelphia's offense for the second straight year, Ward surprisingly totaled 53 catches for 419 yards and six touchdowns due to mid-season injuries dealt to DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Jalen Reagor. This move was a no-brainer given that Ward has proved competent with 81/673/7 since entering the league in 2019. NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 10:17 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    7.12 (187th)
     
  • Boston Scott among PHI's exclusive free agents
    Eagles tendered RB Boston Scott, LB Alex Singleton, and WR Greg Ward as exclusive free agents.  

    Advice: This means Scott, Ward, and Singleton can only negotiate with the Eagles this offseason. Scott made four starts for Miles Sanders in 2020, but was limited to 29 carries when he wasn’t starting. Doug Pederson's regime clearly liked Scott in the team's backfield; it remains to be seen how Nick Sirianni's staff will regard Scott. Ward, a former quarterback, has served as Philly's No. 1 receiver through large swaths of the past two seasons.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 8:21 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    12.47 (59th)
     
  • Chiefs GM: Mahomes will be ready for training camp
    Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said Patrick Mahomes will be “good to go” for training camp after undergoing toe surgery. 

    Advice: Mahomes has a three-month recovery period, putting him on track for a fairly normal offseason. He had surgery on his injured toe after KC was blown out by the Bucs in the Super Bowl -- a game that saw Mahomes limp around, clearly hobbled by the injury suffered in the Chiefs' playoff win over Cleveland. Barring a setback, Mahomes should be the first QB off the draft board in 2021 fantasy leagues.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:40 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (722nd)
     
  • RapSheet: WFT to part ways with Alex Smith
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Washington will part ways with Alex Smith. 

    Advice: Smith, 36, is owed $26.2 million in 2021. Releasing him before June 1 would save Washington $14.7 million against the salary cap. The 2020 Comeback Player of the Year came back from a two-year leg injury to start six games for the Football Team after starting the season as a third stringer. Smith said recently that he knew Ron Rivera's coaching staff "didn’t want me there, didn’t want me to be a part of it, didn’t want me to be on the team, the roster, didn’t want to give me a chance." Apparently he was right. Jaguars Report's John Shipley said a reunion between Smith and Urban Meyer, his coach at Utah, would make sense. In February, Washington signed Taylor Heinicke -- who impressed in a playoff start against Tampa -- to a two-year deal. Heinicke, 27, will have a shot at the starting job in 2021 even when Washington brings in signal callers via the draft and free agency.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:34 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    16.00 (30th)
     
  • RapSheet: WFT to part ways with Alex Smith
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Washington will part ways with Alex Smith. 

    Advice: Smith, 36, is owed $26.2 million in 2021. Releasing him before June 1 would save Washington $14.7 million against the salary cap. The 2020 Comeback Player of the Year came back from a two-year leg injury to start six games for the Football Team after starting the season as a third stringer. Smith said recently that he knew Ron Rivera's coaching staff "didn’t want me there, didn’t want me to be a part of it, didn’t want me to be on the team, the roster, didn’t want to give me a chance." Apparently he was right. Jaguars Report's John Shipley said a reunion between Smith and Urban Meyer, his coach at Utah, would make sense. In February, Washington signed Taylor Heinicke -- who impressed in a playoff start against Tampa -- to a two-year deal. Heinicke, 27, will have a shot at the starting job in 2021 even when Washington brings in signal callers via the draft and free agency.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 7:18 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    16.00 (30th)
     
  • 49ers have inquired about Teddy Bridgewater
    The 49ers have reached out to the Panthers about a potential trade for Teddy Bridgewater. 

    Advice: The Niners' interest in Bridgewater doesn't necessarily mean they're keen on replacing Jimmy Garoppolo as the team's starter. 49ers general manager John Lynch has said the team needs to upgrade its backup QBs as to avoid a lost season if or when the oft-injured Jimmy G is sidelined. Carolina is among the leaders in the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes, making Bridgewater expendable if a team has a solid offer for the veteran. There's almost no chance Bridgewater starts for Carolina in 2021.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Yesterday, 6:57 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    18.29 (23rd)
     
  • Hunter Henry in line for $10.5 million per year?
    The Athletic's Sheil Kapadia believes Hunter Henry could get $10.5 million a year in free agency. 

    Advice: Kapadia said Austin Hooper's 2020 deal with Cleveland could be a fair comp for what Henry might fetch on the open market. Henry, 26, was franchise tagged last year. Henry, who averaged more fantasy points last season than all but nine tight ends, could see significant interest from teams who see him as a matchup nightmare against slower linebackers and smaller safeties. Ex-XFLer and touchdown machine Donald Parham could get a real shot at the Chargers' starting tight end job if Henry signs elsewhere this offseason.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Saturday, 1:29 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (639th)
     
  • Texans want to keep David Johnson at lower salary
    Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports the Texans want to keep David Johnson for 2021 but at a lower salary.

    Advice: Johnson is set to make $8.5 million in 2021, but the Texans can save $6.4 million against the cap by releasing him. If D.J. became a free agent, he certainly wouldn't sign for more than the $8.5 million he's scheduled to make, so it makes sense for the two parties to agree to a paycut and enter the season as the unquestioned starter. Assuming Johnson returns, he'll have RB2 appeal if Deshaun Watson stays and doesn't sit out. If Watson is traded or sits out, Johnson will struggle for top-24 production. He's a classic boom-bust RB2/3 in early fantasy drafts with Duke Johnson out of the way. The Texans' first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft isn't until Round 3, so Johnson is unlikely to face rookie competition next year. It all comes down to Watson's situation. NBCSportsEDGE.com Friday, 3:37 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    15.10 (39th)
     
  • 'Mutual interest' between Dolphins and Aaron Jones
    Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reports there's "mutual interest" between the Dolphins and impending free agent Aaron Jones.

    Advice: Miami will have roughly $26 million in cap space when the new league year begins and could easily create an additional $36 million in cap space by restructuring contracts and/or outright releasing a number of veterans. The Dolphins could also opt for the cheaper route in adding to its backfield with the No. 18 overall pick and instead allocating any excess cap to a high-end wide receiver and another cog in the front-seven — two other drastic needs. With the Jets also reportedly in on Jones, odds are the 26-year-old at the very least opens 2021 as a workhorse among his own backfield. That would also likely entail Jamaal Williams re-upping with the Packers immediately. NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 9:01 pm
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    17.88 (24th)
     
  • Aaron Jones could fetch up to $15 million per year
    The Athletic's Sheil Kapadia believes Aaron Jones could get up to $15 million a year in free agency. 

    Advice: That would put Jones on par with Alvin Kamara and Ezekiel Elliott, and just $1 million less than Christian McCaffrey, the highest paid running back in NFL history. It would hardly be surprising to see a team break open the vault for Jones, who has 3,017 yards from scrimmage since the start of 2019 and whose 829 receiving yards over the past two seasons rank sixth among running backs. His 51 runs of 10-plus yards are tied for sixth over the past two seasons. Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst said the team would like to bring back Jones for 2021 and beyond, but at 26 years old, this will probably be Jones' only chance to break the bank. Packers backfield mate Jamaal Williams is also a free agent. AJ Dillon, who flashed late in the 2020 season, waits in the wings.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Tuesday, 7:23 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    17.88 (24th)
     
  • Report: Golladay a strong franchise tag candidate
    NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports impending free agent Kenny Golladay is a "strong" franchise tag candidate.

    Advice: "I'll be very surprised if he's actually available," Rapoport added. The Lions are projected to be roughly $20 million over the cap after soaking up Jared Goff's $27.5 million on the books, making it harder to reach a long-term deal with Golladay, whose market value is likely somewhere between $16-$18 million annually. Currently in the midst of a full rebuild, it's also possible Detroit negotiates a tag and trade scenario with another suitor. Over the Cap projects the franchise tender for wide receivers to fall in the range of $16.4 million. NBCSportsEDGE.com Feb 22, 10:31 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (736th)
     
  • Lions could get a second rounder for Golladay?
    The Athletic's Nick Baumgardner reports a "second-round pick might be on the table" if the Lions trade Kenny Golladay this offseason. 

    Advice: Baumgardner conceded a second round draft pick in exchange for Golladay was a highly optimistic outcome for Detroit, but possible considering his production when healthy. Any team interested in acquiring Golladay would have to overlook his injury-ravaged 2020 season in which he played five games and caught 20 passes for 338 yards and two touchdowns. Baumgardner said the Lions signing Golladay to the franchise tender before trading him "feels like a manageable option." With Marvin Jones on his way out of Detroit, Jared Goff could be stuck with one of the league's worst receiver groups if Golladay is traded.  NBCSportsEDGE.com Feb 22, 8:00 am
    Week 17 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (736th)
     
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