NFL Player News: All Positions

News: The NFL does not plan to fine or suspend Hill after completing its investigation into allegations of child abuse, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Impact: The investigation didn't provide enough evidence to conclude that Hill violated the league's personal conduct policy. He's now eligible to participate in all team activities, including regular-season games. The NFL's statement acknowledges the possibility of another investigation, but only if the league receives new information from law enforcement. The Chiefs released their own statement saying that Hill will have his team suspension lifted to allow for participation at the outset of training camp. Palmer believes it will be a matter of weeks or even months before the Chiefs consider signing Hill to a contract extension. The 25-year-old wideout is entering the fourth and final season of his rookie deal.
News: Elliott is weighing his options for a potential holdout but hasn't made a final decision, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reports.
Impact: A prolonged holdout would put the most pressure on the Cowboys, but Elliott would lose an accrued season towards free agency if he doesn't report to training camp by Aug. 6. The relationship between team and player reportedly remains cordial, albeit with the complication of Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper entering contract seasons. Elliott doesn't seem to be the immediate priority, as he's under team control through 2020 via the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. Discussions with Elliott should progress much faster if/when the Cowboys finalize deals with his teammates.
News: Lindsay (right wrist) feels good to go in advance of training camp, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports. "In my mind I'm ready," Lindsay noted Monday. "I'm 100 percent."
Impact: The running back did, however, acknowledge that Denver's coaches and training staff will determine the amount of reps he takes once camp opens up Thursday. The 24-year-old joined the Broncos last season as an undrafted free agent, and the 5-foot-8, 190-pounder emerged as the team's lead back en route to logging 192 carries for 1,037 yards and nine rushing TDs to go along with 35 catches for 241 yards and a receiving score. Lindsay heads into the coming season atop the Broncos' depth chart at his position, with Royce Freeman and Devontae Booker on hand to see complementary duty in the team's backfield.
News: Herndon has been suspended for the first four games of the 2019 regular season, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Impact: Herndon was charged with DWI last summer and pleaded guilty in January. He'll be eligible to participate in training camp and preseason before missing the first four games of the regular season. With the Jets on bye Week 4, the 23-year-old tight end won't be able to play until Week 6 against the Cowboys (Oct. 13). Eric Tomlinson, Daniel Brown and Trevon Wesco are the other tight ends on New York's roster.
News: Gordon's agent said there's a "strong possibility" the running back will hold out into the regular season if he doesn't receive a new contract, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Impact: Gordon reportedly will ask for a trade if he doesn't get his contract before July 24 when the Chargers report to training camp. The team still hopes to reach an agreement, but Gordon's public reveal of his plan for a holdout suggests the two sides are far apart on money. Despite missing four games last season, the 26-year-old achieved personal bests in a slew of statistical categories, including yards per carry (5.1), yards per target (7.4), scrimmage yards per game (114.6) and total touchdowns (14). Backup running back Austin Ekeler also had an efficient campaign, but he struggled when tasked with a larger role, averaging 3.2 YPC and 3.8 YPT in three starts. Justin Jackson and Detrez Newsome are the other leading candidates to see carries if things ultimately don't work out between Gordon and the Chargers.
News: Gordon doesn't plan to report to training camp unless he signs a contract extension first, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: The 26-year-old is scheduled for a $5.6 million salary in 2019 under the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. It's a nice bargain for the Chargers after Gordon answered long-standing concerns about his efficiency with impressive marks of 5.1 yards per carry and 7.4 yards per target last season, though he missed four games along the way. His agent, Fletcher Smith, told ESPN he'll demand a trade if Gordon doesn't receive his desired contract before the start of training camp in late July.
News: Garoppolo (knee) anticipates having no restrictions for the start of training camp July 27, Josh Schrock of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Impact: The 27-year-old quarterback mostly was limited to 7-on-7 drills throughout the offseason program, eventually taking one snap in 11-on-11s at the end of June minicamp. The 49ers presumably will monitor his workload throughout training camp and preseason, but Garoppolo appears set to gain clearance for full-team drills. He'll be surrounded by a deep group of pass catchers, with second-team All-Pro George Kittle locked in at tight end while a slew of players compete for snaps at running back and wide receiver.
News: Jacobs could miss the start of training camp thanks to an ongoing contract dispute, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
Impact: One of six 2019 first-round picks not to have signed a contract as of Saturday, there's reportedly a possibility Jacobs could miss the start of training camp while he negotiates for more signing bonus in his rookie contract. While the likes of Joey Bosa and Roquan Smith stand out as two recent highly drafted rookies to hold out for a better deal, it's more than likely the Raiders will come to terms with their running back prior to the start of training camp, particularly with HBO's Hard Knocks, which will follow the Raiders this preseason, set to premiere August 6.
News: Elliott won't face discipline from the league as a result of his involvement in an incident that occurred in Las Vegas in May, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Impact: Commissioner Roger Goodell met with Elliott on Tuesday, and Elliott issued a statement later that day volunteering "to take advantage of the resources available to help him continue to grow personally." The league issued a statement pertaining to its investigation into Elliott that noted "there was no violation of the personal conduct policy and no further action is warranted." With that, Elliott is seemingly in the clear and will not face a suspension to begin the 2019 season.
News: Elliott will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday to discuss a May incident at a music festival in Las Vegas, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The NFL has proven especially sensitive to any incident caught on tape, though Elliott's recent encounter isn't comparable to past examples involving serious violence. He was placed in handcuffs at the music festival after bumping into a security guard who wouldn't let him pass through a restricted area. Police released Elliott without arresting him or charging him with any crime, but the NFL has a lower standard for punishment under its personal conduct policy -- something Elliott already learned when he served a six-game suspension in 2017. His status as a potential repeat offender increases the odds of a suspension, but it doesn't seem like an incident that would warrant a lengthy ban.
News: Michel has recently been missing practices after requiring a knee scope, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Given that Michel is described as having missed the "final portion" of the offseason workout program, it would appear he picked up the knee injury earlier in the spring. While Michel likely won't be taking part in the final days of minicamp, he's on track to be ready for training camp and there doesn't appear to be any concern over his regular-season availability.
News: Gurley (knee) said Tuesday that he is feeling fine and will be ready for training camp, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Impact: Gurley's optimism is encouraging, but he has been held out of OTAs because of his injury, and it's still too early to tell if he will be on the field when training camp kicks off for the Rams on July 23, and further out, how healthy he will be when Week 1 rolls around.
News: Rudolph has agreed to a four-year, $36 million extension with the Vikings, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Rudolph and the Vikings have been hammering out the specifics of the extension over the past two months and have finally reached an agreement. He's spent his entire eight-year career in Minnesota, totaling 386 receptions for 3,787 yards and 41 touchdowns in 112 career games. In 2018, Rudolph was third on the team with 64 receptions for 634 yards and four touchdowns, clearly showing he remains one of the top fantasy tight ends in the game. The Vikings also drafted tight end Irv Smith in the second round of April's draft, but it's clearly Rudolph's job for now.
News: Jones won't partake in drills at mandatory minicamp this week while he rehabs a foot injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Impact: Jones was absent for voluntary workouts in May while he attempts to secure a new contract but reported to the Falcons' practice facility Monday still recovering from the foot issue. It's not clear how the 30-year-old sustained the injury or where he's currently at in his recovery. Jones has two years and just over $21 million remaining on his current deal, and general manager Thomas Dimitroff indicated last month both sides "are having really good conversations" toward a new contract, per Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com.
News: Hill is not expected to be with the Chiefs for mandatory minicamp but there is a good chance he will be back with the team for training camp in late July barring any additional developments, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Impact: This comes alongside news that the police investigation into charges against Hill is no longer open, which could provide an avenue for Hill's suspension from the team to be lifted prior to the start of the regular season. However, given that the NFL is still undergoing its own internal investigation, a lot could still transpire over the next month or so, which could include the league handing the Pro Bowl wideout a suspension for the start of the season.
News: Wentz signed a four-year contract extension with the Eagles on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Impact: Wentz had two years remaining on his rookie contract, so the extension will keep him with Philadelphia through 2024. The young passer has missed eight games the past two seasons, plus both playoff runs, but has lived up to the billing of his No. 2 overall selection in the 2016 draft when healthy. He's at full strength for offseason practices after recovering from a stress fracture in his back.
News: Watson announced Sunday that he'll be suspended for the first four games of the regular season after testing positive for a banned substance.
Impact: Watson took the substance while he was planning for retirement and seeking out other career opportunities, and with that, it doesn't appear he will appeal the suspension. As a result, Watson will be ineligible to play until Week 5, leaving Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Matt LaCosse as the top candidates for the starting job at tight end early in the season.
News: Baldwin (knee/shoulder/groin) was released Thursday by the Seahawks with a failed physical designation.
Impact: Baldwin has taken a beating over his storied eight-year career. This offseason, he underwent three surgeries for three separate injuries, which has him leaning toward retirement, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. His release was clearly a hard decision for the Seahawks to make, but one that opens a roster spot for Seattle and clears the way for second-round rookie D.K. Metcalf to grow into a starting role opposite Tyler Lockett.
News: Lynch is open to coming out of retirement if the Raiders want him back in 2019, a source told Steve Wyche of NFL Network.
Impact: That Lynch still has an apparent desire to play suggests the rumors of his retirement plans that surfaced last week might have more to do with the Raiders wanting to move on from him than anything else. Oakland's decision to bring in fellow bruiser Isaiah Crowell (Achilles) instead of re-signing Lynch earlier this offseason supports that notion, but now that Crowell is lost for the season, the Raiders could rethink their backfield plans. In any case, first-round rookie Josh Jacobs appears primed to handle a significant role right away, which wouldn't bode well for Lynch to continue averaging the 15 carries per game he saw with Oakland in 2018.
News: Crowell suffered a torn Achilles while working out Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. He's scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery next week.
Impact: Viewed as a potential Marshawn Lynch replacement after inking a one-year deal with Oakland in March, Crowell saw any tenuous hold he might have had on the Raiders' top backfield job take a significant hit last week, when the team nabbed Alabama product Josh Jacobs in the first round of the draft. Crowell's injury now leaves Jacobs as the clear top candidate for carries, though the Raiders will likely add another veteran to their backfield before Week 1. The 26-year-old Crowell should at least have time to get healthy before the 2020 offseason, at which point he may need to find a new team as a free agent.
News: The Steelers selected Snell in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 122nd overall.
Impact: This pick doesn't make a ton of sense for the Steelers on the surface beyond adding some depth behind James Conner. Snell's production at Kentucky is beyond question -- he rewrote the school's record books with three separate 1,000-yard seasons. He also picked up 48 rushing scores along the way. The question is how his athleticism, or lack thereof, will translate in the NFL. Snell ran a 4.66 40-yard dash at the combine and his 29.5-inch vertical was in the fourth percentile for running backs. He will have to rely on his vision and physical running style to stick in the NFL, but it's unlikely he'll be on a starter's trajectory at any point.
News: The Redskins selected Love (knee) in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 112th overall.
Impact: Had he come out of Stanford last year, Love likely would have been a mid-second-round pick at worst. Love was a Heisman candidate as a junior in 2017, racking up 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns while averaging 8.1 yards per carry. His senior year was a near-disaster. He was dinged up throughout and his production fell off a cliff, as he averaged 4.5 yards per carry. Love suffered a torn ACL in December and was thus unable to test at the combine; he was also flagged at the combine medical re-check for having some stiffness in his surgically repaired knee. With that, Love may be a future asset for the Redskins more than someone in their immediate plans. But if Love can regain his 2017 explosiveness, he will be an absolute steal for this ballclub as a fourth-round pick.
News: The Rams selected Henderson in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 70th overall.
Impact: Los Angeles adds some insurance behind Todd Gurley (knee) by adding this explosive runner out of Memphis. Henderson averaged 8.9 yards per carry in back-to-back years, a particularly remarkable feat considering he had 344 carries in that span. He doesn't have the body of a true workhorse at 5-foot-8 and 208 pounds, but he's well-built for that height, and, in a change-of-pace role behind Gurley, Henderson becomes another weapon in the Los Angeles offense.
News: The Cardinals selected Isabella in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 62nd overall.
Impact: Isabella will forever be linked to Josh Rosen, who the Cardinals traded to the Dolphins for the 62nd pick in this year's class. The Massachusetts product may be undersized at just under 5-foot-9 and 188 pounds, but his resume speaks for itself. He had two 1,000-yard seasons during his time at Massachusetts, highlighted by a senior season that saw him rack up 102 catches for 1,698 yards and 13 touchdowns. Isabella has remarkable quickness, as evidenced by his 4.31-second 40-yard dash that was among the fastest at this year's combine. He adds a downfield threat for Kyler Murray in the new-look Cardinal offense.
News: Rosen was traded to the Dolphins on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Impact: It was clear from the time Arizona picked Kyler Murray at No.1 overall that Rosen's time with the Cardinals was nearing an end. The only question was what Arizona's asking price would be. The Dolphins were able to maneuver around in the second round and ultimately got their quarterback of the future by shipping the 62nd pick to the Cardinals. As for Rosen, he gets to start anew after a disastrous rookie season where he was surrounded by lackluster talent in a clunky system. Rosen now gets to compete with Ryan Fitzpatrick in Miami and figures to take over the starting job at some point in 2019.
News: The Chiefs selected Hardman in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 56th overall.
Impact: Kansas City needed to address receiver with the uncertainty surrounding Tyreek Hill, but Hardman going above players like D.K. Metcalf and Hakeem Butler is still a bit of a surprise. That said, Hardman is a different player than those two. He was a five-star athlete coming out of high school who began his University of Georgia career at cornerback before switching to receiver as a sophomore in 2017. Hardman has game-breaking speed (4.33 40-yard dash) as a vertical receiver and immediately fills a need as a downfield threat for Patrick Mahomes. He can also contribute in the return game. In all, Hardman is a toolsy player who is just scratching the surface of his potential at receiver. At 21 years old, Hardman can develop into a major weapon in the Kansas City passing game.
News: The Vikings selected Smith Jr. in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 50th overall.
Impact: The Alabama product is the third tight end off the board in this year's class. Smith Jr. lacks ideal size for an in-line tight end at 6-foot-2 3/8 and 242 pounds but he brings athleticism (4.63 40-yard dash) and pass-catching ability to the table. He earned second-team All-American honors as a redshirt sophomore, bringing in 44 receptions for 710 yards and seven scores in an explosive Alabama offense. Smith's fit with the Vikings as it stands is interesting considering Kyle Rudolph is under contract, although his time in Minnesota may be nearing an end. If Rudolph is gone by the start of the season, Smith would suddenly have a path to plenty of targets.
News: The Chiefs announced Thursday that Hill has been banned indefinitely from all team activities after an audio recording surfaced in which the receiver's fiancee accused him of abusing their three-year-old son, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports. "We were deeply disturbed by what we heard [on the recorded conversation]," general manager Brett Veach said. "We were deeply concerned. Now obviously we have great concern for [Hill's fiancee] Crystal [Espinal]. We are greatly concerned for Tyreek. But our main focus, our main concern, is with the young child."
Impact: KCTV in Kansas City aired a portion of the 11-minute audio file shortly before the start of the NFL Draft on Thursday, with Veach commenting on behalf of the Chiefs after the conclusion of the first round. The recording was made public one day after Johnson County (Kan.) District Attorney Stephen M. Howe ruled that charges wouldn't be filed against the 25-year-old after police investigated two incidents in March that occurred at Hill's Overland Park home. After Veach's announcement, Hill is no longer able to participate in the Chiefs' voluntary offseason workouts, and it's unclear when or if the team-imposed ban might be lifted. Commissioner Roger Goodell also said Thursday the league is in the midst of its own investigation into the March incidents, so it's possible that Hill could be assessed punishment from the NFL if it's determined that he violated the personal conduct policy.
News: The Patriots selected Harry in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 32nd overall.
Impact: New England was a candidate to trade out of its first-round pick, but after only Marquise Brown came off the board at receiver, the Patriots were able to address a need in a big way. Harry is a big (6-foot-2 3/8, 228 pounds) and physical receiver with some of the best body control of any wideout in the class. He was a three-year starter at Arizona State who recorded two 1,000-yard seasons for the Sun Devils and left Tempe with 22 career receiving touchdowns. That he went before the likes of A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf and Hakeem Butler suggests that the Patriots felt that Harry's play style best fit what they want to do in the passing game. Harry can be a big slot in the NFL similar to a Michael Thomas role but he also would fit as a boundary receiver who could potentially start over Phillip Dorsett.
News: The Ravens selected Brown (foot) in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 25th overall.
Impact: Brown is the first receiver off the board, even coming off a broken foot that prevented him from running before the draft. His combine weigh-in was unprecedentedly low for a first-round prospect (5-foot-10, 166 pounds), but it's easy to imagine him weighing more like 175 if he were able to lift weights normally. Brown was very productive catching passes from Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray at Oklahoma, turning 132 receptions into 2,413 yards and 17 touchdowns in 25 games, while his burning athleticism plays well both outside and in the slot. Brown is a naturally adept route runner who can kill corners deep or cause damage after the catch underneath. DeSean Jackson is the obvious comparison and although Brown wasn't able to run a 40 before the draft, it's worth noting that Mayfield said Brown had an extra gear that Dede Westbrook did not. Since Westbrook ran a 4.39-second 40, that likely makes Brown one of the fastest players in the game. The question of his exact fit and fantasy impact in Baltimore is a separate, more concerning question. Lamar Jackson was an excellent downfield passer at Louisville, but Marty Mornhinweg's offense in 2018 never gave Jackson a chance to establish a rhythm as a passer, which wiped out any fantasy upside among the team's receivers. New coordinator Greg Roman should run a more balanced offense, one that's less Rich Rodriguez and more Chip Kelly. If so, then Brown may be able to thrive, but last year's scheme will not cut it.
News: The Raiders selected Jacobs in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 24th overall.
Impact: Oakland had been circled as a team that could scoop Jacobs with one of its three first-round picks, especially after Marshawn Lynch's retirement. Jacobs did end up there and immediately steps into a fortuitous position. The first running back off the board, Jacobs comes to the NFL with plenty of tread left on his tires. He had just 252 career carries during his time at Alabama, averaging 5.9 yards per carry. Jacobs had a true breakout in 2018, scoring 11 touchdowns for the SEC champs while flashing a complete skill set. Jacobs is not a flawless prospect, however. Most years, he would not be the top running back taken. His athletic testing was inconclusive; a groin injury prevented him from working out at the combine and he ran a 4.62 40-yard dash at his pro day. Heading into Year 1, Jacobs has a clear path to a starting role, needing only to overtake Isaiah Crowell.
News: The Broncos selected Fant in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 20th overall.
Impact: Denver makes this pick after trading the 10th pick to Pittsburgh. Fant is the most athletic tight end prospect in the class at 6-foot-4 1/8 and 249 pounds, with a 4.5 40-yard dash and a 39.5-inch vertical jump. His best season came as a sophomore when he caught 30 passes for 494 yards and a whopping 11 touchdowns before being slightly overshadowed by fellow first-rounder T.J. Hockenson in Iowa's offense. Fant is raw in some facets of his game and his blocking will be something that needs major work if he is to develop into an every-down piece of Denver's system. However, his athleticism and pass-catching upside can make him a mismatch up the seam if used properly. At the very least, Fant becomes the top pass-catching tight end in Denver right away.
News: The Redskins selected Haskins in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 15th overall.
Impact: Haskins (6-foot-3, 231 pounds) is a big quarterback with a big arm, and by any sensible measure he's a far better prospect than Daniel Jones, who the Giants selected sixth overall. Haskins can't run at all and may prove significantly limited in terms of evading the pass rush, but if he keeps developing, his passing acumen would more than offset that. Haskins was outrageously productive for Ohio State in 2018, completing 373 of 533 passes (70 percent) for 4,831 yards (9.1 YPA), 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 14 games as a redshirt sophomore. With a powerful throwing arm and a blazing fast start to his young career, Haskins has many high-upside indicators. The concern here is the landing spot. Jay Gruden is an excellent coach, but all bridges to Dan Snyder burn eventually and Washington's management practices beyond Gruden's jurisdiction are universally, eternally awful. The personnel among the pass catchers is highly discouraging, as well. Haskins should thrive if Gruden sticks around, but if Gruden is out after 2019 then the entire foundation in Washington could crack. It in any case is up in the air as to whether Haskins or Case Keenum is the Week 1 starter for Washington. Haskins has all the talent, but he's raw by most measures and Keenum is at least quite seasoned at this point.
News: The Lions selected Hockenson in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, eighth overall.
Impact: The Iowa product is the most complete tight end prospect since at least O.J. Howard. Hockenson also fills a major need for the Lions. He entered the year as the supposed backup tight end to Noah Fant before exploding for 49 catches, 760 yards, and six touchdowns on 66 targets. Unlike Eric Ebron, whom the Lions took in 2014 with the 10th overall selection, Hockenson enters the NFL as a polished blocker as well, which will keep him on the field as an every-down player. Hockenson can work in-line or flexed out into the slot.
News: The Giants selected Jones in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, sixth overall.
Impact: This probably won't work. Jones (6-foot-5, 221 pounds) is a tall and athletic quarterback who displayed plenty of toughness and poise at Duke, but the production was plainly bad, and even by Duke quarterback standards he failed to stand out. You'd struggle to illustrate many objective advantages in Jones' prospect profile over players like Thaddeus Lewis, Sean Renfree or Thomas Sirk, as Jones finished his Duke career with a brutal 59.9 percent completion rate at 6.4 yards per pass. He did throw 52 touchdowns compared to 29 interceptions and offers some running possibilities, but the complete inability to move the ball downfield is alarming. Unlike Josh Allen last year, Jones has no notable athletic traits with which to offset his problematic production. He should have good pass catchers to throw to in New York, but any defense playing against Jones can probably get away with red-zone style looks in any part of the field, which will make it harder to operate the short passing game that the Giants seem to take for granted with Jones. In any case, Jones is slated to begin his pro career backing up 38-year-old Eli Manning.
News: The 49ers selected Bosa in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, second overall.
Impact: San Francisco has tried to bolster its edge in recent drafts with Solomon Thomas (third overall in 2017) and Arik Armstead (17th overall in 2015), but picking Bosa is an admission that the team still needs pass-rush help beyond Dee Ford. Bosa solves that problem right away. The Ohio State product is a near-carbon copy of his older brother, Joey. Nick, though slightly smaller than Joey at 6-foot-3 3/4 and 266 pounds, has thunderous hands he uses to shock opposing linemen and his first step is the best in this draft class. The younger Bosa also tested at an elite level at the combine; his 40-yard dash (4.79 seconds) was in the 77th percentile among defensive linemen and his short shuttle (4.14 seconds) would be above the 80th percentile for wide receivers. He missed the majority of his junior season with a core muscle injury and he suffered a partially torn ACL in high school, which could raise some longevity questions down the line. Beyond that, Bosa's talent is unquestionable and he will be a force off the edge as a rookie in San Francisco with All-Pro potential in the future.
News: The Cardinals selected Murray in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, first overall.
Impact: It's rare enough to find a 5-foot-10 quarterback in the NFL at all, and before now it was certainly unprecedented for one to go this high in the draft. Even Russell Wilson fell to the third round after his own brilliant college career. Perhaps times are changing, but Murray is an exceptional talent who might just be the first of his kind. As much as Wilson is the closest comparison, Murray is substantially more athletic, claiming to possess 4.30 speed in addition to a quick, strong-arm release. Murray completed 260 of 377 passes (69.0 completion percentage) for 4,361 yards (11.6 YPA), 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 14 games at Oklahoma last year, adding another 1,001 yards (7.2 YPC) and 12 touchdowns on the ground. For some perspective on those numbers, consider that in 2017 Baker Mayfield threw for 4,627 yards (11.5 YPA), 43 touchdowns and six interceptions in the same offense. Murray should be an immediate fantasy factor -- perhaps even a standout QB1 in 12-team leagues. Even if the Cardinals don't trade Josh Rosen -- and it would be borderline shocking if they did not -- Murray would still be the heavy favorite to start Week 1 in Arizona. The arrival of coach Kliff Kingsbury and his Air Raid offense heightens Murray's already substantial fantasy potential, because the Cardinals figure to run a high-tempo offense that affords Murray standout usage volume as both a passer and runner. So long as he's starting Week 1, Murray could be an immediate top-10 fantasy quarterback with the potential to finish much higher.
News: The Steelers and Roethlisberger came to terms Wednesday on a two-year contract extension, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Impact: The value of the deal isn't yet known, but it's expected that the extension will make Roethlisberger one of the NFL's highest-paid players on an annual basis while he's on the Steelers' books through 2021. Though the veteran signal-caller had hinted at retirement in previous offseasons, Roethlisberger confirmed shortly after the Steelers' 2018 campaign wrapped up that he would be back for 2019. Roethlisberger is coming off a productive season in which he established new career highs in passing yards (5,129) and touchdowns (34), though he'll now have to adjust to life without top wideout Antonio Brown. However, with emerging star JuJu Smith-Schuster back for his third NFL season and a number of other quality targets on hand, Roethlisberger shouldn't see his numbers suffer much -- if at all -- in 2019 with Brown out of the mix.
News: Lynch (groin) plans to retire from professional football rather than attempting to play in 2019, league sources told Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Impact: Lynch previously stepped away from the game following the Seahawks' Super Bowl 50 loss to the Patriots, sitting out the 2016 season before Seattle traded his rights to Oakland. Invigorated by the chance to play for his hometown team, Lynch promptly inked a two-year deal with the Raiders and made 21 appearances during his time in Oakland, logging 1,267 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. His 2018 campaign was cut short by a groin injury, and though the issue wasn't anything that would have impacted his availability for NFL training camps this summer, the 33-year-old is apparently ready to move on to the next phase of his life. Assuming Lynch follows through with his retirement plans, he'll wrap up his career as a five-time Pro Bowler, one-time Super Bowl champ and the NFL's 29th all-time leading rusher.