NFL Player News: All Positions

News: Wilson reached agreement Tuesday with the Seahawks on a four-year, $140 million contract extension, Brady Henderson of reports.
Impact: Though Wilson set a deadline of midnight Monday for reaching a new extension, the two sides were willing to negotiate until the early hours of Tuesday and ultimately consummated a record-setting deal. Wilson's contract is worth an average of $35 million from 2020 through 2023, including a league-record $65 million signing bonus. The 30-year-old's deal also includes a no-trade clause, likely ensuring that he finishes out his prime years in Seattle.
News: Fournette was arrested Thursday in Jacksonville in the aftermath of a traffic violation, Vic Micolucci of WJXT 4 reports.
Impact: The arrest reportedly stems from an unpaid ticket from an incident dating back to last November, when Fournette was cited for driving 12 mph over the speed limit, per Justin Barney of WJXT 4. It's not certain if the running back will face discipline from the NFL.
News: Shepard agreed in principle Wednesday with the Giants on a four-year, $41 million extension, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Impact: Shepard, who was set to become a free agent next offseason, gets a deal that surpasses that of new teammate Golden Tate, who received a four-year, $37.5 million contract from the Giants last month. The extension immediately quiets any speculation that Tate's addition has put Shepard on the trade block and suggests the latter is a big part of what the Giants want to do offensively moving forward. With Tate specializing in the slot, Shepard seems poised for more work on the outside than he has seen in the past. In addition to Tate, Shepard will have to contend for targets with Saquon Barkley and Evan Engram.
News: Howard was traded from the Bears to the Eagles on Thursday in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round draft pick, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: The Bears had a crowded backfield with Howard, Tarik Cohen and free-agent pickup Mike Davis, making Howard expendable. Howard saw career lows in rushes, rushing yards and catches in 2018 and could see an uptick in usage now that he's with Philadelphia. Entering his age-24 season, Howard is the favorite to handle early down work for the Eagles, but he could get some competition from the upcoming draft.
News: Coach Sean Payton said Tuesday that Cook has signed with the Saints, Rod Walker of The New Orleans Advocate reports.
Impact: The deal has been in the works since last week, but neither team nor player had confirmed the signing prior to Payton's comment Tuesday morning. Coming off the best statistical year of his career, Cook will head to New Orleans for his age-32 season, presumably serving as the third or fourth option in a passing attack led by future Hall of Famer Drew Brees. With Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara dominating volume, the Saints only sent 89 targets to their tight ends last season, including 46 to the now-retired Ben Watson. There's a good chance the position becomes a larger part of the passing game with Cook getting the majority of playing time, though he shouldn't need a ton of targets to establish fantasy value while playing with an elite quarterback in a dome.
News: Gronkowski announced Sunday that he will retire from the NFL.
Impact: Gronkowski has not been shy about discussing retirement, and following yet another Super Bowl win, the all-time great tight end will officially call it a career. He finishes with 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns, and he leaves the Patriots with a massive hole in their offense. The team figures to be strong in its pursuit of a tight end this offseason, starting with the 2019 NFL Draft.
News: The Dolphins signed Fitzpatrick on Sunday, Cameron Wolfe of reports.
Impact: After cutting ties with Ryan Tannehiil on Friday, Miami was in the market for a placeholder at quarterback, and Fitzpatrick fits the bill. Between 2017 and 2018 with the Buccaneers, Fitzpatrick ably filled in for a struggling or injured Jameis Winston, completing 63.6 percent of his passes for 3,469 yards, 24 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 14 games (10 starts). Fitzpatrick will be entering his age-37 season in the fall, and whether or not he'll be mentoring a young signal-caller will be known after the upcoming draft.
News: Hill is under investigation for alleged battery, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports.
Impact: The incident in question is being investigated by the Overland Park (Kan.) Police Department. In a statement to The Star, the Chiefs said, "The club is aware of the investigation involving Tyreek Hill. We're in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the league and local authorities. We'll have no further comment at this time." Once the legal process plays itself out, the team and/or league itself may levy some sort of punishment.
News: The NFL is suspending Hunt for eight games, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: The league finally wrapped up its lengthy investigation, more than a month after Hunt signed a one-year contract with Cleveland. He'll be eligible to return for the second half of the 2019 campaign, eventually providing a major threat to Nick Chubb's workload. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that Hunt won't appeal the suspension.
News: The Giants signed Tate on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: Among the wideouts still available, Tate likely was the most coveted. He'll land in a situation in which he immediately becomes a key option, in tandem with Sterling Shepard, though being on the receiving end of passes from Eli Manning could be detrimental to Tate's fantasy value. The presence of do-it-all back Saquon Barkley also may eat into the 30-year-old's target potential. Tate will be attempting to bounce back from a disappointing 2018 -- for his standard -- which included 74 catches (on 113 targets) for 795 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games between the Lions and Eagles.
News: Coleman agreed Wednesday with the 49ers on a two-year, $8.5 million contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: With Le'Veon Bell and Mark Ingram having already signed elsewhere, Coleman was arguably the best free-agent running back left on the market. While it's not explicitly clear how coach Kyle Shanahan intends to deploy Coleman, Shanahan previously used the Indiana product as a direct complement to Devonta Freeman when both Coleman and Shanahan were together in Atlanta in 2015 and 2016. Considering the 49ers forked over a four-year, $30 million contract to Jerick McKinnon (knee) last offseason, Coleman could be at risk of falling as low as third on the depth chart in 2019 if McKinnon remains on the roster ahead of Week 1.
News: Ingram intends to sign a three-year, $15 million contract with the Ravens, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: The 29-year-old will head north after eight seasons in New Orleans, boasting a career mark of 4.5 yards per carry on the heels of four consecutive seasons at 4.6 or better. Ingram might find that life is a bit more difficult without Drew Brees, but there's a lot to be said for Lamar Jackson's ability to shift defensive attention away from the running backs. It's an excellent outcome from a fantasy perspective, as Ingram shouldn't have any trouble topping his 2018 mark of 11.5 carries per game in a backfield that otherwise consists of Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon. There's little question Ingram will be the lead runner in Baltimore, and he should also have a chance to earn some playing time on passing downs.
News: Bell agreed to a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the Jets on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: Earlier Tuesday the Jets gave Bell a deadline to decide if he would sign with them, and Bell finally came to terms with $13.125 million per year. Bell held out the entire 2018 season despite having a $14.54 million tender on the table, but this deal gives the versatile back more long-term security even though it's at a lower annual rate. Bell averaged 141.8 scrimmage yards per game over his last two campaigns, but he hasn't played an NFL snap since the 2017 season. He'll be the clear-cut No. 1 running back for the Jets, and his receiving abilities -- and mere presence -- will boost Sam Darnold's value moving forward.
News: Beckham (quadriceps) is being traded from the Giants to the Browns in exchange for safety Jabrill Peppers along with a 2019 first-round and third-round pick, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Impact: Beckham had been rumored to be in trade talks, and the Giants and Browns now have a deal in place. He'll undoubtedly be the top pass-catcher on the offense alongside Jarvis Landry. The blockbuster deal will increase the fantasy value of quarterback Baker Mayfield and could make life easier for running backs Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson. Beckham is coming off a 2018 season that saw him record 77 receptions for 1,052 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games.
News: Murray is set to join the Saints on a four-year, $14.4 million contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: The contract suggests Mark Ingram priced himself out of the Saints' comfort zone, forcing the team to assess external options to pair with Alvin Kamara in the backfield. It's hard to sell this as anything but a downgrade from the team's perspective, but it does appear to be a decent outcome for Murray, who will now take on a complementary role in an excellent offense. Ingram averaged 11.5 carries and 2.3 targets per game in 2018, with seven touchdowns in 12 appearances. It's reasonable to expect a similar workload for Murray in 2019.
News: Foles is signing a four-year, $88 million deal with the Jaguars, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impact: The Foles to the Jaguars connection has been rumored since early in the offseason, but now it appears a deal will be made official once the new league year begins. The money and duration of the contract suggests that the Jaguars view Foles as a long-term solution, which should end speculation of the team using an early draft pick on quarterback. Foles completed 72 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and four interceptions over five games with the Eagles in 2018.
News: The Raiders have an agreement in place to acquire Brown from the Steelers in exchange for a 2019 third-round pick and 2019 fifth-round pick, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impact: Brown revealed the news via Twitter as he posted a picture of himself in a Raiders uniform shortly before the news broke. The 30-year-old and Oakland are apparently agreeing to a re-worked contract that would make him the highest-paid wide receiver in the league. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Brown will receive $50.125 million over three years in the new deal, including over $30 million guaranteed. The All-Pro wideout's previous contract with the Steelers ran through the 2021 season, but contained no remaining guaranteed money.
News: Bills general manager Brandon Beane said he won't trade for Brown and has moved on to focus on free agency.
Impact: Beane admits he had discussions with the Steelers on Tuesday, but he seems to have given up on the idea of a trade -- possibly because of concerns Brown wouldn't agree to play for Buffalo. A report earlier this week suggested the Steelers expect to complete a deal by Friday, though the more sensible deadline would be March 17 when the 30-year-old wideout is due a $2.5 million roster bonus. The list of remaining suitors presumably includes Oakland and Tennessee, with a few other teams also involved.
News: While Ian Rapoport of NFL Network stated late Thursday that the Bills are close to acquiring Brown from the Steelers, the player is calling it "fake news" and another league source is calling the deal unlikely, The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: The Steelers would seem to have a lot more say in Brown's final destination than the disgruntled player, so we'll still give Rapoport -- always a reliable source -- credence while acknowledging there's no completed deal yet. We'll know more as soon as Friday, while we'll note the Bills have all kinds of cap room and need an offensive stud perhaps more than any team in the league. At bare minimum, it's become clear the Steelers' initial high price for Brown has come down and Bills general manager Brandon Beane is highly interested, especially if he can acquire a player of Brown's caliber for less than face value.
News: Foles is expected to sign with Jacksonville when the new league year opens next week, Dan Graziano of reports.
Impact: Among quarterback-needy teams, Jacksonville is one of the few that seems to prefer a veteran over a rookie. Denver is the other team that stands out, but Foles isn't a fit now that the Broncos have an agreement in place to acquire Joe Flacco. It's expected the Jaguars will release fellow quarterback Blake Bortles, despite owing him $6.5 million in guaranteed 2019 base salary even if he isn't on the roster. Jacksonville isn't a good spot for Foles to establish fantasy value, as the team lacks a dominant pass catcher and presumably hopes to win games on the basis of its talented defense and rushing attack.
News: Kelce recently underwent ankle surgery and is expected to miss the majority of the team's spring workouts, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Impact: It's worth noting that Kelce is expected to be back in time for training camp after undergoing surgery to "clean up" a preexisting injury. While the procedure doesn't sound serious, it's something worth monitoring throughout the course of the offseason given Kelce's sheer dominance the past three seasons, as he's recorded 3,499 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns over that stretch.
News: Witten announced that he is coming out of retirement and is signing a contract with the Cowboys for the 2019 season, Nick Eatman of the team's official site reports. "The fire inside of me to compete and play this game is just burning too strong," the tight end said in a statement. "I'm looking forward to getting back in the dirt."
Impact: Witten retired from the league last May after his inconsistent Cowboys team finished 9-6 and missed the playoffs, opting to try his hand at a career in broadcasting instead. However, it seems the opportunity to join a promising, refreshed Cowboys roster that finished the 2018 season 10-6 (with a divisional crown and playoff berth) was too enticing for Witten to pass up. The legendary tight end will likely enter training camp atop the depth chart and will now get another chance to compete for a Super Bowl. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Witten's contract is a one-year deal worth $3.5 million.
News: Coach Pete Carroll relayed that Baldwin is rehabbing from offseason knee and shoulder procedures, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Though the Seahawks haven't elaborated on Baldwin's procedures, the wideout is expected to be fine in time for the coming season and is on track to be ready for the team's offseason program. With that in mind, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune notes that Carroll is "counting on" Baldwin remaining a central part of the Seattle offense in 2019. The 30-year-old pass catcher notched 50 catches for 618 yards and five TDs in 13 games this past season. Previously, Baldwin had logged five consecutive seasons without a missed game.
News: General manager Dave Gettleman didn't sound entirely committed to retaining Manning for the 2019 season when questioned about the matter Wednesday, Matt Lombardo of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. "You don't know what can happen," Gettleman said. "We're evaluating everything and we just have to keep moving forward."
Impact: Gettleman spoke with the media less than an hour after coach Pat Shurmur, who definitively said that Manning will be back with the Giants. It sounds like the two bosses aren't quite on the same page, though both were complimentary of Manning's 2018 performance, pointing to subpar play on the offensive line as an explanation for the 38-year-old's inconsistent performance. With Gettleman refusing to rule out the possibility of adding another veteran quarterback, the Giants are staying open to all options, including investing an early draft pick at the position. The team surely plans to make a decision on Manning before March 17, at which point he's due to receive a $5 million roster bonus.
News: The Eagles won't use their franchise tag on Foles this offseason, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Impact: The decision officially sets Foles free and will allow him to hit unrestricted free agency in March. There's no question there will be a strong market for the former Super Bowl MVP, who should at least get the opportunity to compete for a starting role wherever he lands.
News: Steelers general manger Kevin Colbert said he'll try to trade Brown but won't make a deal if the offers are unsatisfactory, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Between his age, recent antics and presumed desire for a new contract, Brown essentially has made it impossible for the Steelers to receive comparable on-field value in a trade. The team should still be able to acquire at least one early draft pick or quality player, with the option of refusing all suitors if offers are poor. Brown would then be left in a tricky situation, forced to choose between sitting out the 2019 season (with no pay) or awkwardly playing in Pittsburgh after he burnt so many bridges. Most NFL organizations will want no part of the situation, but the Steelers only need two or three teams involved to push the bidding up. Colbert expects trade discussions to begin soon, also mentioning that the team won't release Brown if no deal is found, per Bob Labriola of
News: Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said he won't use the transition tag on Bell, who thus becomes a free agent March 13 at the beginning of the new league year, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Impact: Despite rumors to the contrary, it never made much sense for Pittsburgh to use the tag, as doing so would've left the team at risk of losing Bell without any compensation. The 27-year-old will now be part of the compensatory draft pick formula for 2020, likely bring the Steelers a selection at the end of the third or fourth round. Even after sitting out the entire 2018 season, Bell figures to have his own price range among the free-agent class of running backs. Mark Ingram, Tevin Coleman, Jay Ajayi (knee), Latavius Murray, C.J. Anderson and Adrian Peterson are the other big names available.
News: Brown tweeted Tuesday about his meeting with Steelers owner Art Rooney II, saying they've cleared the air on several issues but both agree it's time for a parting of ways.
Impact: Brown is mending fences in the sense that he doesn't want to leave Pittsburgh on a sour note, yet his words leave little doubt the trade request remains in place. The tweet also implies the Steelers intend to honor that request, though they'll surely expect a considerable return in exchange for one of the best wide receivers in NFL history. The situation could become a bit more complicated if Brown expects his next team to adjust his contract, which has three seasons and approximately $39 million remaining. Regardless, the Steelers will be stuck with a dead cap charge of $21.12 million -- the value of Brown's remaining prorated signing bonus. The team presumably intends to find a deal before March 17, at which point Brown is owed a $2.5 million roster bonus. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and team executive Omar Kahn are also on board with the plan to trade Brown, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
News: Kaepernick and Panthers safety Eric Reid have resolved their pending grievances with the NFL, subject to a confidentiality agreement.
Impact: Kaepernick and Reid presumably will receive financial settlements for undisclosed amounts, thus ending their lengthy legal battle in a collusion case against the league. The latter recently inked a three-year deal with the Panthers, while the former hasn't been signed since he opted out of his contract with the 49ers in March 2017. This could pave the way for the 31-year-old quarterback to resume his football career, though he'll still have a hard time finding a contract that accurately reflects his on-field value. It doesn't help that Kaepernick hasn't played in a game since Week 17 of the 2016 season.
News: Brown had a change of heart and now plans to meet with Steelers owner Art Rooney II, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impact: This doesn't mean Brown has withdrawn his trade request, but it does give the Steelers one last opportunity to see if there is any way to mend the relationship. For all the frustration with his antics, the team can't be too happy about the prospect of taking a $21.12 million dead cap charge in 2019 if Brown is traded. There's also some question about what the Steelers would receive in a trade, as Brown's odd behavior and possible desire for a new contract will probably scare most teams away. The 30-year-old wideout has hinted at a desire to join the 49ers and recently tweeted his goodbye to Pittsburgh fans.
News: The Ravens agreed in principle Wednesday to trade Flacco to the Broncos, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: The trade won't become official until March 13, when the new league year begins. Baltimore was only able to net a 2019 fourth-round pick in exchange for the quarterback, who is scheduled to earn an $18.5 million base salary in 2019, per Of course, the 34-year-old might be willing to accept a pay cut in exchange for what might amount to one of his best opportunities around the NFL to win a starting job. It isn't clear what the Broncos plan to do with fellow quarterback Case Keenum, who is scheduled for a $21 million cap hit if he's on the roster or a $10 million charge if he isn't (per The Broncos may envision a competition between Flacco and Keenum, or they could trade/release the latter and then bring in a young signal-caller.
News: Brown posted a tweet Tuesday thanking Steelers fans and saying it's "time to move on and forward."
Impact: It's been three weeks since Brown dropped a hint on Instagram that he'd be interested in joining the 49ers, and he's now leaving minimal room for interpretation about his desire to be traded or released -- with Adam Schefter of ESPN reporting the 30-year-old has officially requested a trade. An outright release presumably isn't a real option for the Steelers, as Brown has already been handsomely paid in the form of signing and roster bonuses, leaving him with three years and approximately $39 million remaining on his contract. In a league where the best wide receivers make at least $16 million per season, Brown has a lot of value under the terms of his current deal. Of course, he might demand a new contract if he's traded, in which case the Steelers would have a much tougher time finding a partner. Both sides would like to reach a resolution before March 17, at which point Brown is due a $2.5 million roster bonus.
News: Hunt signed with the Browns on Monday.
Impact: Hunt was released by the Chiefs on Nov. 30 after the public release of a video that showed him kicking and shoving a woman. The NFL is still in the process of reviewing his case for a likely suspension, leaving Hunt on the Commissioner Exempt list for the time being.
News: Foles declined his $20 million mutual option for 2019 on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: The Eagles exercised their side of the option earlier Tuesday night and Foles wasted little time issuing his decision to pay the $2 million buyout. Philadelphia now has until March 5 to place the franchise tag on Foles -- which is expected to be about $25 million for quarterbacks in 2019 -- or he will hit free agency. The team would do so in an attempt to trade the veteran quarterback, looking to receive a more immediate return than the compensatory draft pick it could be given should he depart via free agency.
News: Gurley carried 10 times for 35 yards and caught his only target for a one-yard loss during Sunday's 13-3 loss to the Patriots.
Impact: Gurley out-touched C.J. Anderson in this one, but he did little with his opportunities en route to just 3.5 yards per carry. So ends what was a bizarre postseason for the star back, who excelled against the Cowboys before totaling just 14 carries for 45 yards over the final two games. Gurley enjoyed an otherworldly regular season in which he piled up 1,831 scrimmage yards and 21 touchdowns, making him an elite fantasy option heading into the 2019 campaign. However, given the way his postseason ended, he may carry some level of risk if Anderson stays in Los Angeles.
News: Brady completed 21 of 35 passes for 262 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the Patriots' 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Sunday. He also lost two yards on two rushes and fumbled once, but it was recovered by the offense.
Impact: It won't go down as the most aesthetically pleasing of his many Super Bowl appearances by any stretch, but Brady, unsurprisingly, made key passes when it counted most. He struggled early in the game, getting intercepted on New England's first possession and then losing the ball on a sack later in the first quarter. That fumble was recovered by the offense, however, and Brady took care of the ball from that point forward. Then, he led scoring marches of five and nine plays in the fourth quarter, with the former featuring a perfect 29-yard touch pass down the left sideline to Rob Gronkowski to take the ball down to the two-yard line. Brady also had a barrage of key completions to Julian Edelman throughout the contest, despite facing heavy pressure from the Rams all evening long. Brady now has a record six Super Bowl rings, and given that he'd already ruled out any chance of retirement prior to Sunday's game, he'll start working toward a seventh when OTAs kick off this spring.
News: Newton underwent what was described as a successful arthroscopic procedure on his right (throwing) shoulder Thursday, the Panthers' official site reports.
Impact: The report adds that the QB's rehab process will begin immediately, but at this time there hasn't been an estimated time of recovery for Newton. Given the timing of the procedure, Newton has a good deal of time to recover in advance of training camp, but it's unclear at this stage when he'll be able to resume football activities.
News: Fitzgerald plans to re-sign with the Cardinals on a one-year contract, Darren Urban of the team's official website reports.
Impact: Fitzgerald will return for at least one more season to work with second-year quarterback Josh Rosen and new head coach Kliff Kingsbury. The veteran is coming off a career-low 734 yards in his age-35 campaign, though he still led Arizona in every major receiving category. Armed with cap space as well as the first pick in each round of the upcoming draft, the Cardinals surely will prioritize upgrades on their dreadful offensive line to give Rosen, Fitzgerald, David Johnson and Christian Kirk (foot) a better chance at success under the new coaching staff. Kingsbury was known for his pass-heavy Air Raid offenses at Texas Tech and likely will install a scheme that's more aggressive than what the Cardinals ran under Mike McCoy and Byron Leftwich in 2018. There's legitimate hope for a rebound for Fitzgerald, considering he's already proven himself capable of beating defenses without the help of high-end foot speed. He had three consecutive seasons with triple-digit receptions and more than 1,000 yards from 2015 to 2017.