Browns sign Kareem Hunt to one-year deal

Fantasy Football, NFL News
February 11, 2019

RB remains on commissioner’s exempt list

A man of second chances, the Browns general manager has signed former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt to a one-year deal despite the fact he was captured on video kicking and shoving a woman at a downtown Cleveland hotel in February. Dorsey, who drafted Hunt in the third round of the 2017 draft out of Toledo when Dorsey was GM of the Chiefs, signed him to a one-year deal worth about $1 million, depending on how many games he’s suspended for in 2019. He’s due to be a restricted free agent after the season. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Hunt remains on the commissioner’s exempt list for now and will be facing some kind of suspension from the league. Hunt is also under league investigation for two other incidents. This move puts a wet blanket on the fantasy value of running back Nick Chubb who became a RB1 in Cleveland during the back half of 2018 and finished as the RB15 overall. However, the value of Hunt and Chubb will depend largely on the length of Hunt’s suspension.

Steelers to use transition tag on Le’Veon Bell?

Fantasy Football, NFL News
February 7, 2019

Move is unlikely but could facilitate trade

The Steelers might still place the transition tag on running back Le’Veon Bell, but it is likely with the intention of trading him and not because they want him for another season, according to sources. But sources indicate coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert do not want to go through a third consecutive year of dealing with Bell’s disruptive situation and have no desire to sign him to a long-term deal or place the transition tag on him with the intention of keeping him for one more season. Ideally, the Steelers would find a team interested in Bell, place the transition tag on him, sign him and trade him to that interested team the same day. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Nerdy Football Analysis: The Steelers are exploring all options in an effort to get the most in return for Bell but this scenario seems unlikely given the cold nature of the relationship between Bell and the team. Bell would have to cooperate with the Steelers and would run the risk of getting stuck on a one-year deal with his new team.

Nick Foles buys his freedom for $2 million

Fantasy Football, NFL News
February 5, 2019

Eagles could franchise the backup QB for $25 million

Sources: #Eagles QB Nick Foles is, in fact, buying back his freedom for $2M, voiding the new and final year of his contract. Now, he’s a free agent… unless Philly hits him with the roughly $25M franchise tag. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: The Eagles picked up the $20 million option on Nick Foles earlier in the day but that was just a formality as Foles was able to opt out of the deal for $2 million. The Eagles could use the franchise tag on the backup QB in hopes of trading him but the likelihood of that happening is slim. Given the leagues’ thirst for quarterbacks, Foles should land a starting gig with another team in 2019.

Dolphins announce Brian Flores as head coach

Fantasy Football, NFL News
February 4, 2019

Dolphins in rebuild mode

New England Patriots defensive play-caller Brian Flores will lead the Miami Dolphins into a new era as their head coach, the team announced Monday. He will replace Adam Gase, who was fired on Dec. 31. The New York Jets hired Gase as head coach 12 days later.
Flores takes over a team that seems headed for somewhat of a rebuild as owner Stephen Ross alluded to after firing Gase.
(ESPN)

Nerdy Football Analysis: This deal has been in the works for some time but couldn’t be announced until the Patriots run in the playoffs was complete. Flores has been the de-facto defensive coordinator for New England this season. The Dolphins will be in rebuild mode and are expected to move on from quarterback Ryan Tannehill and don’t project to make any big moves in free agency.