Patriots playing waiting game with Brady

Fantasy Football, NFL News
February 27, 2020

Team doesn’t typically negotiate with free agents until after Combine

By playing the waiting game with Brady of all people, plenty around the league are perplexed over the Patriots’ strategy. As of late Tuesday, there hadn’t been any concrete plans for the Patriots to meet with the Brady camp during the combine, though that could change in an instant. For context, the Patriots rarely begin negotiations with free agents until after the combine. (The Athletic)

Nerdy Football Analysis: By not negotiating with Tom Brady, other teams like the Raiders, Titans and Chargers are kicking the tires on the veteran QB. ESPN reporter Jeff Darlington has stated that he would be “stunned” if Brady remained in New England in 2020.

Falcons to let Austin Hooper test the market

Fantasy Football, NFL News
February 25, 2020

Atlanta hasn’t ruled out keeping TE

The #Falcons are planning to allow starters TE Austin Hooper and De’Vondre Campbell to test free agency, GM Thomas Dimitroff said today. The likelihood is that both players receive large deals in free agency, but Atlanta hasn’t ruled out keeping them for the right price. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Hooper missed three games due to injury but finished as the third best TE in PPR fantasy points per game setting career highs in receptions (75), yards (787) and touchdowns (6). The prevailing wisdom is that Hooper will land a contract bigger than than the Falcons are willing to match making him a likely candidate to be in a different uniform in 2020.

Redskins release TE Jordan Reed

Fantasy Football, NFL News
February 20, 2020

Saves Washington $8.5 million in cap space

The Washington Redskins cut tight end Jordan Reed on Thursday, parting ways with a talented but oft-injured player.

The move comes as no surprise given Reed’s injury history and that the move saves Washington $8.5 million in cap space. He had been under contract through 2021. (ESPN)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Reed didn’t play a snap in 2019 after suffering a concussion in the preseason. Hampered by injuries most of his career, Reed has been a talented tease for fantasy owners. He still wants to play in the NFL but will likely settle for a one-year deal given his injury history. After the retirement of Vernon Davis, the Redskins are left with Jeremy Sprinkle at tight end.

Jarvis Landry undergoes hip surgery

Fantasy Football, NFL News
February 20, 2020

InjuryExpected to be ready for 2020

Browns’ WR Jarvis Landry underwent hip surgery earlier this month. The team expects him to make a full recovery for the 2020 season. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Landry posted an 83-1174-6 line in 2019 outpacing Odell Beckham Jr. (74-1035-4). Landry finished as the WR12 in PPR leagues while Beckham finished as the WR25. Both Browns receiver will be rehabbing this off-season as Beckham had surgery to repair a core muscle injury back in January.

Greg Olsen joining the Seahawks, one-year deal

Fantasy Football, NFL News
February 19, 2020

One year, $5.5 million in guaranteed money.

Former Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen has agreed to terms on a deal with the Seattle Seahawks, the team announced Tuesday.

Terms weren’t released, but a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter the deal is for one year and worth $7 million, with $5.5 million in guaranteed money. (ESPN)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Olsen also took visits with Buffalo and Washington before choosing the Seahawks. It’s a decent landing spot for Olsen’s fantasy value but he’s more of a high-end TE2 than a TE1. Jacob Hollister and Will Dissly (ACL) will begin the season in backup roles.