The Bills have released Charles Clay.
Clay signed a five-year contract with Buffalo in 2015, but the team is moving on before the final year of the deal. Now 30, Clay had just 184 scoreless yards in 2018 and will get an opportunity to find a home before free agency begins. The Bills are a definite candidate to spend a Day 1 or Day 2 draft pick on a tight end for franchise quarterback Josh Allen.
Antonio Brown will meet with Steelers owner Art Rooney II, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Earlier today, Rapoport reported that Rooney wanted to meet with the All-Pro receiver in Florida but that Brown had “no plans” to meet with the Steelers owner. However, Brown is now going to meet with Rooney, which is obviously the right thing to do to show respect to the person that leads the organization he’s played for the past nine years (and paid Brown a ton of money). This meeting indicates there might be a chance the two sides can come together and work things out while continuing their relationship despite Brown posting on social media that he was done with the Steelers earlier this week. Pittsburgh would have a huge cap hit if they trade Brown, and they ultimately might just want to do all they can to work this out. Brown might not change his mind about wanting out, though. Stay tuned.
The Lions have released Bruce Ellington.
Ellington, who spent time in both Houston and Detroit last year, averaged just 5.7 yards per reception on 23 grabs with the Lions, and they will now look for an upgrade between Kenny Gollday and Marvin Jones via free agency, trade, or the draft. Not turning 28 until August, Ellington will almost certainly get an opportunity to make a roster this summer, but he’s off the fantasy radar right now.
Greg Roman says the Ravens offense is “going to be tailored towards Lamar.”
Roman is the new Ravens offensive coordinator after the team parted ways with Marty Mornhinweg, and Lamar is of course starting quarterback Lamar Jackson. It’s been obvious Baltimore was going to tailor their offense towards their young franchise quarterback from the moment Roman was elevated to the team’s OC. Roman was the offensive coordinator for Jim Harbaugh early in Colin Kaepernick’s career, and he helped craft an electric zone-read running game. Jackson’s slightish build might be a concern if he’s going to take so many hits as a quarterback that runs the ball often, but this new offense should be a definite positive for the former Heisman Trophy winner’s fantasy value for 2019 and beyond. Jackson’s development as a passer will be key for Baltimore leading up to next season, though.
Christian Kirk (foot) expects to be “fully healthy” by the end of February.
Kirk said on the Arizona’s Cardinals Flight Plan series, that he should be healthy by the end of the mont and that “doctors say everything is going good.” The second-year receiver went on to say that “the goal is for me to be 100 percent when I step on the field in August,” so it sounds like training camp is the goal. However, if he’ll be at full strength this month, we’d think he’ll at least get some work in during offseason training as he looks to get reps in new head coach Lincoln Riley’s offense. Kirk’s Week 1 status isn’t in doubt, and he’s obviously a big breakout candidate as a talented player in an intriguing offense.
The Niners will not pick up Pierre Garcon’s option, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
The veteran receiver has struggled to stay healthy the last couple of seasons, so this isn’t a surprise. Garcon would’ve had a $6 million cap hit if he remained in San Francisco, so this frees some money as the team looks to get younger at the position. As a very tough, all-around receiver, the 32-year-old Garcon should draw solid interest as a free agent.
The Ravens have agreed to trade Joe Flacco to the Broncos, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The first quarterback domino of the offseason falls, as it’s a similar situation to last year when the Redskins traded for Alex Smith from the Chiefs: the trade cannot become official until the start of the new league year on March 13, but it’s going to happen. This could spell the end of Case Keenum’s time in Denver after one season, as Flacco is going to be locked in as the team’s starter in 2019 and likely beyond. The former Super Bowl MVP should bring stability to the quarterback position for new head coach Vic Fangio, and he’s a good fit on a team that’ll look to run the ball and play strong defense. Flacco’s presence is a boost for the skill position players of the Broncos, particularly wide receivers Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton, and Emmanuel Sanders (who is recovering from a torn Achilles).
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