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Vikings ink Sheldon Richardson to one-year deal

The Minnesota Vikings have signed defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson to a one-year deal, report ESPN's Adam Schefter.

What It Means:

The Vikings make their second splashy move of the week as they add the big man up front. At 27, Richardson is coming off of a nice year with the Seattle Seahawks, who were unable to retain the one-time Pro Bowler. He makes the Vikings' defense that much better for 2018.

In 15 games, Richardson tallied 27 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception in 2017.

Packers sign cornerback Kyle Fuller to offer sheet

According to the Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs, the Green Bay Packers have signed cornerback Kyle Fuller to a mult-year offer sheet.

What It Means:

The Chicago Bears had placed their transition tag on Fuller, at a price of $12.9 million for this season. The team has been clear that they'd match any offer placed on the former first-round pick, but the Packers could push them against the salary cap. In the event the Bears fail to match in the next five days, they would receive no compensation in return.

Through 3 NFL seasons, Fuller has played in all 48 games with a total of 158 tackles, 41 passes defensed and 8 interceptions. Pro Football Focus rated him 21st among all cornerbacks in 2017.

Bengals' Vontaze Burfict facing a four-game suspension for PEDs

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's PED policy, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

What It Means:

Burfict is appealing the decision, but his history of transgressions won't exactly help him. He was also suspended three games last season for an illegal hit.

In 2017, Burfict accumulated 69 total tackles and 2 sacks across 10 games.

Greg Olsen still 'committed' to playing for Panthers in 2018

Carolina Panther tight end Greg Olsen is "committed" to playing football in 2018, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

What It Means:

Olsen has reportedly been auditioning for a broadcast job with ESPN, but Rapoport's sources say it's merely for "life after football," and won't affect his playing status for the upcoming season. It sounds like for now we should expect Olsen back for at least one more season, but we probably shouldn't rule out the alternative just yet.

In 2017, Olsen produced 17 receptions, 191 yards, and 1 touchdown across seven games.

Panthers' Greg Olsen could retire, join Monday Night Football crew

Per Andrew Marchand of the New York Post, Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is auditioning Friday for an analyst position on ESPN's Monday Night Football.

What It Means:

There hasn't been much talk around Olsen and his thoughts about retirement. If he doesn't get the position, he could return to football, but Marchand believes that he could draw interest from Fox if Peyton Manning doesn't take the position for Thursday Night Football. Olsen had called a game for Fox while injured a year ago. With his fill-in Ed Dickson gone in free agency, the team is believed to be in on free agent Eric Ebron.

Last year, Olsen produced 17 receptions, 191 yards and a score in 7 starts. He has 1 year and $6.5 million left on his contract.

Saints re-sign Alex Okafor on $10 million deal

The New Orleans Saints and defensive end Alex Okafor have agreed to terms, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

What It Means:

Rapoport has the deal at two years and worth a maximum of $10 million. Okafor had visited Tampa Bay, but he ultimately decided to stay on with the Saints. The 27-year-old edge rusher is coming off an Achilles injury and isn't expected back until training camp.

In 10 games, Okafor accounted for 27 tackles, 5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles a year ago. He rated as Pro Football Focus' 22nd-ranked edge rusher.

Seahawks sign tight end Ed Dickson to three-year deal

According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, the Seattle Seahawks have signed free agent tight end Ed Dickson to a three-year deal.

What It Means:

With Jimmy Graham headed to Green Bay, Dickson will step in as his replacement on the receiving end of Russell Wilson's arm. Anderson reports that Dickson can earn up to $14 million with the first year fully guaranteed. More than anything, he will help in the run game and as a short option in the passing game.

In 16 games (12 starts) with the Panthers, Dickson turned 48 targets into 30 catches, 437 yards and a touchdown this past season.

Browns name Tyrod Taylor starting quarterback for 2018

Cleveland Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor will be the starter for 2018, head coach Hue Jackson said Thursday.

What It Means:

"He's going to be the starting quarterback," Jackson affirmed. "There is no competition." Taylor will open the year under center, but if the Browns draft a quarterback first overall, then there will likely be calls for the rookie to take over at some point during the season.

Tyrod averaged 14.6 FanDuel points in 15 games (14 starts) last season, with 2,799 passing yards, 14 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. He added 427 yards and 4 scores on the ground.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins signs 2-year deal with Jaguars

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, previously of the New York Jets, to a 2-year contract, reports Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports.

What It Means:

Seferian-Jenkins proved to be a solid option for Josh McCown and the Jets last season, especially in the red zone. He joins a Jaguars pass-catching group that is filled to the brim with talent. The former second-round pick turns 26 in September.

ASJ averaged 5.9 FanDuel points per game last season, with 50 catches (74 targets) for 357 yards and 3 touchdowns in 13 games (10 starts).

Update: Patriots have twins, acquire Jason McCourty from Browns

The New England Patriots acquired defensive back Jason McCourty and a 2018 7th-round pick from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a 6th-round pick in 2018.

What It Means:

A previous report stated that McCourty was released by the Browns, but he'll join his twin brother Devin on the Patriots instead, filling the void left by Malcolm Butler. The veteran corner ranked 17th among all corners last season, according to Pro Football Focus. McCourty turns 31 in August.

McCourty finished the 2017 season with 54 tackles, 14 passes defensed and 3 interceptions in 14 starts. Pro Football Focus rated him 27th of all corners.

Jordy Nelson agrees to two-year contract with Raiders

Wide receiver Jordy Nelson has signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Oakland Raiders.

What It Means:

Nelson will reportedly get $13 million guaranteed. He's coming off a forgettable season and turns 33 years old in May, but some of his lack of production can be attributed to a season-ending injury to Aaron Rodgers. He should start alongside Amari Cooper in Jon Gruden's offense next year.

Nelson made 53 receptions for 482 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2017.

Tyler Eifert staying with Bengals for at least one more season

The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed tight end Tyler Eifert to a one-year contract.

What It Means:

According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the deal carries a maximum value of $8 million. Eifert has played in just 10 games over the past two seasons due to lingering back issues, but the veteran tight end says he's back to full health heading into what will be his age-28 campaign.

Eifert led all tight ends and was tied for 4th in the league with 13 touchdowns in 2015, while also hauling in 52 catches (74 targets) for 615 receiving yards.

Raiders reportedly releasing Michael Crabtree

The Oakland Raiders released wide receiver Michael Crabtree, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

What It Means:

The move saves the Raiders a little north of $7.7 million against the cap, which is going to Jordy Nelson as part of his new 2-year, $15 million contract. Crabtree turns 31 in September but he's caught at least 8 touchdowns in each of the past three seasons and remains one of the better end-zone threats in the league.

Crabtree averaged 11.0 FanDuel points in 14 games last season, with 58 catches (101 targets) for 618 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Dontari Poe stays in NFC South, signs with Panthers

The Carolina Panthers signed defensive tackle Dontari Poe, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons, to a 3-year, $27 million contract, reports Kimberley A. Martin of the Washington Post.

What It Means:

Per Martin, the Washington Redskins also had interest. Poe will be tasked with filling in for Star Lotulelei, who signed with the Buffalo Bills. The former first-round pick spent 2017 playing for the Atlanta Falcons after spending his first five years with the Kansas City Chiefs. Turning 28 in September, Poe remains a solid run defender.

Poe recorded 39 tackles (23 solo) with 3 sacks and 2 pass deflections last season.

Raiders sign free agent Doug Martin

The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent running back Doug Martin, reports NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

What It Means:

The contract is for one year. It will give Martin a second chance after a dreadful season in Tampa Bay. It remains to be seen if this will result in the team moving on from Marshawn Lynch. Either way, Martin will have competition in Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington.

In 11 games (8 starts), Martin ran for just 406 yards and 3 touchdowns on 138 rushes this season.

Browns release cornerback Jason McCourty

The Cleveland Browns released cornerback Jason McCourty, reports Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

What It Means:

This is a surprising move with McCourty leading the team's defensive backfield a season ago. But, as the team goes in a new direction, they've decided to use what they've picked up in recent moves, with Damarious Randall and Terrance Mitchell. At 30, McCourty will draw a lot of interest as a free agent.

McCourty finished the 2017 season with 54 tackles, 14 passes defensed and 3 interceptions in 14 starts. Pro Football Focus rated him 27th of all corners.

Jordy Nelson expected to sign with Raiders

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports wide receiver Jordy Nelson is expected to sign with the Oakland Raiders.

What It Means:

Nelson, 32, was released by the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday. He started his visit with Oakland on Wednesday and has remained there. Schefter cites a source that says, "This is going to get done." If both sides follow through, the Raiders are expected to release wideout Michael Crabtree shortly thereafter.

After three straight 95-catch, 1,000-yard seasons, Nelson caught 53 balls for just 482 yards in 2017.

Dolphins expected to grant Mike Pouncey his release

Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey requested his release and it's expected to be granted on Thursday, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

What It Means:

The Dolphins are cutting costs and headed toward a rebuild, so it's understandable that Pouncey wanted out. He joins Ndamukong Suh and Jarvis Landry as offseason departures from Miami. There should be a number of teams looking to bring on the 28-year-old center.

Pouncey, a three-time Pro Bowler, rated out as Pro Football Focus' 27th-best center in 2017.

Frank Gore, Lions reportedly close to deal

The Detroit Lions and running back Frank Gore, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts, are nearing an agreement, reports Mike Jones of USA Today.

What It Means:

Gore will be 35 by the start of next season and hasn't averaged more than 4.0 yards per carry since 2014 in his final year with the San Francisco 49ers. The Lions are also reportedly hosting LeGarrette Blount on Friday and already met with DeMarco Murray on Monday.

Gore averaged 9.9 FanDuel points per game last season, with 261 rushes for 961 yards and 3 touchdowns, while adding another 245 yards and 1 touchdown on 29 receptions (38 targets).

Source: Mike Jones

DaQuan Jones sticking with Titans, signs 3-year, $21 million contract

The Tennessee Titans re-signed defensive end DaQuan Jones to a 3-year, $21 million contract.

What It Means:

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the deal includes $14 million guaranteed. Jones missed the final four games and the playoffs with a biceps injury last season, but he's been a starter since 2015 and has proven to be an exceptional run defender.

Jones recorded 31 tackles (19 solo) in 12 games last season.

A.J. McCarron lands starting opportunity with Bills, signs 2-year deal

The Buffalo Bills signed quarterback A.J. McCarron, formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals, to a 2-year contract.

What It Means:

McCarron was initially linked with the Cleveland Browns, but they traded for Tyrod Taylor, so the Alabama product will take over in Buffalo instead. After handling clipboard duties behind Andy Dalton for the first four years of his career, McCarron will finally get a chance to prove what he's capable of as a starter. He turns 28 at the beginning of the regular season.

Through 3 starts and 11 career appearances, McCarron has completed 64.7% of his passes for 920 yards, 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Rapoport: Vikings acquire Trevor Siemian from Broncos to be Kirk Cousins' backup

The Minnesota Vikings acquired quarterback Trevor Siemian from the Denver Broncos, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

What It Means:

Siemian is a former seventh-round pick that has managed to start 24 games during his three years in the NFL. He will play backup to Kirk Cousins in Minnesota.

Siemian averaged 12.7 FanDuel points in 11 games (10 starts) last season, while completing 206-of-349 passes (59.0 percent) for 2,285 passing yards with 12 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also accounted for 127 rushing yards and a score on the ground.

Dolphins release Julius Thomas

The Miami Dolphins released tight end Julius Thomas.

What It Means:

The move saves the Dolphins $6.6 million against the cap. Going on 30 in June, Thomas has been hobbled by injuries over the past few years and is unlikely to draw much interest on the open market. A.J. Derby is currently TE1 for Miami, so look for them to add to the roster before the season starts.

Thomas averaged 5.5 FanDuel points across 14 games last season, with 41 catches (62 targets) for 388 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Seahawks elect not to tender Thomas Rawls, making him a free agent

The Seattle Seahawks elected not to place a tender on running back Thomas Rawls, making him an unrestricted free agent.

What It Means:

Rawls played in 12 games last season, being listed as a healthy scratch on gameday more than once. The Seahawks' backfield as a whole was massively underwhelming, but having turned in a promising rookie season in 2015, there will likely be multiple teams willing to kick the tires on Rawls.

Rawls only managed to turn 58 carries into 157 yards with 0 touchdowns last year, netting a career-low 2.7 yards per attempt. Over three NFL seasons he has 314 carries for 1336 yards (4.3 per attempt) with 7 touchdowns on the ground.

Dolphins fail to find trade, will release Ndamukong Suh

The Miami Dolphins are releasing defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

What It Means:

The team was hoping to find a trade partner for the five-time Pro Bowler, but nothing materialized. Suh will not be free to join a team of his pleasing as the Dolphins shed more cap space with his release. As one of the game's premier defensive tackles, he should command a lot of suitors on the open market.

In 2017, Suh accounted for 29 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 2 passes defensed over 16 starts.

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