Player Notes

  • Schefter: Higgins signs $21.8M franchise tender
    Bengals re-signed WR Tee Higgins to a one-year, $21.8 million contract.

    Advice: This had been a huge ball in the air for the Bengals as they look to bounce back from their sub-par, injury-marred 2023. Higgins will now be there on Day 1 of camp, presumably without a long-term agreement. The sides have until July 15 to hammer that out, but there has been little indication an agreement will be reached. Coming off by far his worst professional season — one where he missed five games — Higgins is looking to re-establish every-week WR2 status in fantasy. Rotoworld Yesterday, 9:51 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    66th
  • Officially signs with Detroit
    Bates officially signed a two-year contract with the Lions on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Advice: Presumably the contract is structured in such a way that the Lions could move on during training camp if Bates isn't able to replicate his trademark leg strength throughout the preseason, but the two-year deal is notable because NFL vagabonds Michael Badgley and James Turner are also on the roster. The Lions will hope Bates can replicate the success of spring football sensation Brandon Aubrey, who parlayed an excellent performance in the USFL into a record-setting rookie campaign with the Cowboys in 2023. Potentially playing in the comfy confines of Ford Field and being situated in a high-powered Detroit offense, Bates could be an immediate fantasy difference maker. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 9:10 am
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1083rd
  • Secures deal with Saints
    New Orleans signed Horsted to a contract Friday.

    Advice: Horsted finished last season on the Raiders' injured reserve list due to a hamstring issue, but he's presumably now healthy. The tight end was limited mostly to special-teams work with Las Vegas in 2023, logging eight offensive snaps and catching his only target for four yards while recording 216 special-teams snaps. Horsted's signing will help fill the void left by Juwan Johnson's foot injury. Johnson is set for surgery but could still be ready for the start of the regular season. Rotowire.com Friday, 6:17 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    1047th
  • Let loose by Saints
    New Orleans waived Sheets on Friday.

    Advice: Sheets signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in late April, but he'll now need to seek an opportunity with a different organization. The wideout was a standout with Division II Slippery Rock University in 2023, catching 76 passes for 1,186 yards and 17 touchdowns over 14 games. Rotowire.com Friday, 5:58 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    640th
  • Dealing with minor hamstring injury
    Leonard suffered a minor hamstring injury before reaching an injury settlement with the Broncos on Thursday, Chris Tomasson of The Denver Gazette reports.

    Advice: Leonard signed as an undrafted free agent with Denver May 11 but was waived with an injury settlement Thursday. The nature of the tight end's injury was undisclosed at that time and has now been revealed to be a minor hamstring issue. Since Leonard isn't dealing with a serious injury, he should be able to join another organization this season if presented an offer. Rotowire.com Friday, 5:46 pm
    Week 1 Projected Rank
    706th

NFL Roster Changes

Injury Reports

PlayerInjuryStatusView Team Depth Chart
Jimmy Garoppolo LAR - QBSuspensionSUSPLAR
Austin Walter LV - RBUndisclosedQLV
Andrew Beck Hou - RBCalfQHou
Adam Trautman Den - TEAbdomenQDen
Tyler Davis GB - TEKnee - ACLQGB
Ashton Dulin Ind - WRKnee - ACLQInd
Greg Dulcich Den - TEHamstringQDen
Tre Nixon NE - WRShoulderQNE
Marlon Mack Ari - RBAchillesQAri
Chase Cota NYG - WRCollarboneQNYG