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Texans reportedly release tight end Ryan Griffin on Friday

The Houston Texans have reportedly released tight end Ryan Griffin on Friday.

What It Means:

Griffin has been reportedly let go by Houston after playing six seasons with the Texans. Look for rookie Kahale Warring to step in at tight end.

In 77 games with Houston, Griffin produced 136 receptions for 1491 yards and 7 touchdowns.

Cardinals' Patrick Peterson reportedly suspended 6 games for PEDs

Arizona Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson has been suspended 6 games by the National Football League for violating the policy on performance-enhancing drugs, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

What It Means:

Peterson will first be eligible to return in Week 7 against the New York Giants. The All-Pro corner turns 29 in July.

Peterson recorded 53 tackles (45 solo) with 2 interceptions and 5 pass deflections last season.

Patriots sign wide receiver Dontrelle Inman to a one-year deal on Friday

The New England Patriots and wide receiver Dontrelle Inman have agreed to a one-year contract on Friday.

What It Means:

Inman will join the Patriots after signing with New England on Friday. Look for the veteran wideout to play behind Julian Edelman and rookie N'Keal Harry.

In nine games last season, Inman produced 28 receptions for 304 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Doug Baldwin released by Seattle with "failed physical" designation

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin has been released on Thursday afternoon due to a failed physical as health problems arose over the offseason.

What It Means:

This isn't the team letting him go. Instead, this is a mandatory precursor to receiving an injury settlement when he ultimately retires from football. A knee injury plagued him last season, and like Rob Gronkowski, the relatively-young pass catcher has called it quits as his body has broken down. Tyler Lockett is the de-facto No. 1 receiver in Seattle now, and D.K. Metcalf has all the opportunity in the world to break out as a rookie.

In 123 career games, Baldwin caught 493 yards for 6,563 yards and 49 touchdowns.

Ben Watson signs one-year deal with New England

Free agent tight end Benjamin Watson has signed a one-year deal with the defending champion New England Patriots.

What It Means:

Watson, 38, most recently played with the New Orleans Saints last season, and the veteran continues to chug along as a valued pass catcher and blocker. There's obviously a gaping hole at the position with the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, and Watson could be another wily vet that ends up pushing the Pats towards another Super Bowl run.

In 16 games this season, Watson has 35 catches, 400 yards, two touchdowns and 52 FanDuel points.

Report: Buccaneers' Jason Pierre-Paul may miss 2019 with neck fracture

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul will likely require season-ending surgery for a neck fracture he suffered in a single-car accident last week, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

What It Means:

Pierre-Paul will visit with specialists this week, but the fracture will likely require surgery. The 30-year-old was arguably the Buccaneers' best player on defense last season.

JPP recorded 12.5 sacks in 2018 during his first season in Tampa Bay.

Raiders reportedly resign Doug Martin on Wednesday

The Oakland Raiders have resigned running back Doug Martin on Wednesday.

What It Means:

Martin will rejoin the Raiders after Isaiah Crowell went down with an Achilles injury during a workout on Tuesday. Look for the veteran back to backup rookie Josh Jacobs.

In 16 games last season, Martin rushed for 723 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Raiders' Isaiah Crowell reportedly out for season with torn Achilles

Oakland Raiders running back Isaiah Crowell suffered a torn Achilles' during a team workout on Tuesday and will miss the 2019 season, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

What It Means:

Crowell had just signed a one-year deal with the Raiders in late March, but the 26-year-old may wind up not playing a snap for Jon Gruden's unit. Second-round pick Josh Jacobs will likely lead Oakland's backfield this season while Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington could factor in on third downs.

Crowell gained 685 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns on 143 carries in 13 games for the New York Jets last season. He also snagged 21 receptions (28 targets) for 152 scoreless yards.

Colts sign Spencer Ware

The Indianapolis Colts signed running back Spencer Ware to a 1-year, $1.3 million contract.

What It Means:

Ware joins a crowded backfield behind Marlon Mack. The 27-year-old back failed to capitalize on multiple starting opportunities with the Kansas City Chiefs towards the end of last season.

Ware rushed for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns on 51 carries in 13 games last season. He added 20 catches (23 targets) for 224 scoreless yards.

Source: colts.com

Jamaal Charles retiring after 11 seasons

Jamaal Charles is retiring from the National Football League.

What It Means:

Charles will sign a one-day contract to retire with the Kansas City Chiefs. That's where he spent the bulk of his career after being drafted in the third round in 2008, averaging a superb 5.5 yards per carry over 1,332 rushing attempts and surpassing 1,300 yards from scrimmage five times from 2009-14. He turns 33 in December.

Charles rushed 1,407 times for 7,563 yards and 44 touchdowns over 11 NFL seasons. He added 310 receptions (439 targets) for 2,593 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Seahawks expect decision about Doug Baldwin's playing future within 'weeks'

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin is expected to make a decision about his playing future in a few "weeks" according to general manager John Schneider.

What It Means:

Baldwin is reportedly contemplating retirement after undergoing knee, shoulder, and hernia surgeries this off-season. After selecting three wide receivers in the draft, it looks like Seattle may be expecting the 30-year old to move on from football.

If Baldwin indeed decides to retire, he will finish his NFL career with 493 receptions for 6563 yards and 49 touchdowns in 123 games.

Sebastian Janikowski reportedly retires after 18 seasons

According to ESPN, free agent kicker Sebastian Janikowski has announced his retirement on Sunday.

What It Means:

Janikowski will hang up his cleats after playing 18 years with the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks. The 41-year old was only the third kicker in NFL history to be drafted in the first round.

In 284 games, Janikowski converted 80.4% of his field goal attempts.

Cardinals trade Josh Rosen to Dolphins for second-round pick

The Arizona Cardinals have traded quarterback Josh Rosen and a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a second-round pick (#62 overall) which they used on wide receiver Andy Isabella.

What It Means:

Long rumored for most of the day, the deal finally gets done after the Dolphins dropped back from #48. Rosen will compete with Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting quarterback job with Fitzpatrick likley the favorite to start the season at the helm of the offense. Rosen was the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Cardinals. Kyler Murray is now locked into the starting job for Arizona.

Rosen threw for 2,278, 11 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions on 393 pass attempts in 2018.

Denver Broncos acquire three draft picks from the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for the 2019 tenth overall selection

The Denver Broncos have traded the 2019 tenth overall pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for the 20th overall selection, a second-round pick (No 52) and a 2020 third-round pick.

What It Means:

In exchange for the tenth overall pick, the Broncos acquired three draft picks including the 20th overall pick and a second rounder.

The Broncos will now have nine draft picks in 2019.

Source: NFL.com

Steelers trade for the tenth overall pick, select linebacker Devin Bush

The Pittsburgh Steelers have drafted linebacker Devin Bush tenth overall after trading with the Denver Broncos.

What It Means:

After acquiring the tenth overall pick from the Denver Broncos, the Steelers selected former Michigan linebacker Devin Bush. Bush is the second linebacker taken in the 2019 NFL Draft.

In 32 games, Bush produced 172 tackles and 10 sacks.

Source: NFL.com

Buffalo Bills take defensive tackle Ed Oliver with the ninth overall pick

The Buffalo Bills have selected defensive tackle Ed Oliver with their 2019 first round pick.

What It Means:

Oliver will join a Buffalo defense that ranked 26th last season in sacks. Look for Oliver to start right away at defensive tackle.

In 32 games, Oliver produced 192 tackles and 13.5 sacks.

Source: NFL.com

Detroit Lions select tight end T.J. Hockenson eighth overall

The Detroit Lions have drafted tight end T.J. Hockenson with their 2019 first round pick.

What It Means:

Hockenson will be the third offensive player selected in the 2019 NFL Draft after being taken by the Lions eighth overall. Look for the former Iowa tight end to start immediately.

In 23 games, Hockenson produced 73 receptions for 1080 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Source: NFL.com

Jacksonville Jaguars draft edge rusher Josh Allen with the seventh overall pick

The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected linebacker Josh Allen with their 2019 first round pick.

What It Means:

Allen will join a Jacksonville defense that somewhat regressed last season. Expect Allen to play immediately in pass rushing situations.

In 42 games, Allen produced 220 tackles and 31.5 sacks.

Source: NFL.com

New York Giants take quarterback Daniel Jones sixth overall

The New York Giants have selected quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

What It Means:

Jones will be the Giants' quarterback of the future after being drafted sixth overall. Look for Jones to sit behind Eli Manning at least for the start of the upcoming season.

In 36 games, Jones completed 764 attempts for 52 touchdowns and 8201 yards.

Source: NFL.com

Tampa Bay Buccaneers select linebacker Devin White fifth overall

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have drafted linebacker Devin White with their first round 2019 pick.

What It Means:

White will join a Buccaneers' defense that overall ranked as one of the worst last season. Look for White to start immediately.

In 34 games, White produced 286 tackles and 8.5 sacks.

Source: NFL.com

Oakland Raiders take defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the fourth overall pick

The Oakland Raiders have selected defensive end Clelin Ferrell with their 2019 first round pick.

What It Means:

Ferrell will join an Oakland defense that struggled mightily to rush the passer last season. The former Clemson star is the third defensive player selected in the NFL 2019 Draft.

In 44 games, Ferrell produced 166 tackles and 27 sacks.

Source: NFL.com

New York Jets select Quinnen Williams with the third pick in the 2019 NFL Draft

The New York Jets have drafted defensive linemen Quinnen Williams with the third overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

What It Means:

The former Alabama defensive linemen will be the Jets' first round selection after being chosen third overall. Williams could form a disruptive combo with Leonard Williams in New York.

In 24 games, Williams produced 91 tackles and 10 sacks.

Source: NFL.com

San Francisco 49ers draft defensive end Nick Bosa second overall

The San Francisco 49ers have selected defensive end Nick Bosa with the second overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

What It Means:

Bosa will be the first defensive player drafted this year despite playing three games during his junior season.

In 29 games, Bosa produced 77 tackles and 17.5 sacks.

Source: NFL.com

Arizona Cardinals select Kyler Murray first overall

The Arizona Cardinals have selected quarterback Kyler Murray first overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.

What It Means:

Murray impressed many after winning the Heisman Trophy and will be head coach Kliff Kingsbury's choice at quarterback. Look for Murray to start his rookie year.

In 29 games, Murray completed 350 attempts for 50 touchdowns and 5406 yards.

Source: NFL.com

Chiefs acquire Frank Clark from Seattle for picks

Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Frank Clark has been traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in a large pick swap.

What It Means:

Clark, who was Seattle's best pass rusher a year ago, is filling a big need for the Chiefs, who let Dee Ford leave in free agency. The Seahawks are receiving the No. 29 pick in the 2019 draft, and the teams will swap 2019 third-rounders and 2020 second-round picks. Shortly after the trade went through, the Chiefs also signed Clark to a 5-year, $105.5 million deal.

In 16 games last season, Clark had 32 tackles, 14 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception.

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