Rams release Todd Gurley

Fantasy Football, NFL News
March 19, 2020

RB was due $10.5 million today

Rams are releasing RB Todd Gurley, per source. Cutting him today spares the Rams from having to pay him an additional $10.5 million due today. Rams spent weeks exploring a trade for him. Now Gurley will be free to sign with any team. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Another reminder that the average dollar figure of contracts don’t mean a damn thing. Gurley received a four-year, $60 million dollar extension less than two seasons ago. Gurley’s ankle and knee issues have bothered him over the last two seasons, but much like David Johnson, teams will be willing to give a player of his caliber another shot. Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson are next up on the Rams running back depth chart.

Broncos release QB Joe Flacco

Fantasy Football, NFL News
March 19, 2020

Jeff Driskel will backup Drew Lock

Joe Flacco had 2 medical opinions on MRI exam of neck. He’s been in Baltimore-area home and hasn’t been checked out by Broncos medical team since season’s end, at least not in person. But w/no more money guaranteed in contract. Broncos able to release him. #9sports (Mike Klis on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Flacco played in 8 games last season before giving way to rookie Drew Lock. His neck injury will need to be evaluated by team doctors before any team takes a shot on him as their backup. He’s off the fantasy radar for now.

Bears acquire Nick Foles from Jaguars

Fantasy Football, NFL News
March 18, 2020

Jacksonville gets fourth-round pick

QB trade: Jacksonville is trading QB Nick Foles to Chicago for the Bears’ compensatory fourth-round pick, sources tell ESPN.

Bears’ coaches such as Matt Nagy have worked with Foles in past and know him well. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: The Bears have obviously lost faith in Mitchell Trubisky who’s showed inconsistent results during his first three seasons. Even if Trubisky is able to hang onto his starting job, the risk of him getting yanked at some point in the season has gone up considerably. Either player will likely be a mid-range QB2 for fantasy purposes heading into the 2020 season.

Tom Brady expected to sign with Tampa Bay

Fantasy Football, NFL News
March 17, 2020

Agreement in place

To be clear: Former #Patriots QB Tom Brady has an agreement in principle to join the #Bucs, source said. It is believed to be roughly $30M per year. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: The Chargers and Bucs were the front-runners for Brady once he announced earlier today that he wouldn’t be returning to the Patriots. Brady gets an upgrade in weapons with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin on the outside. Although he might have lost a bit of zip on his fastball, This move is likely an upgrade for his fantasy stock. Brady finished as the QB12 last season.

Dolphins add RB Jordan Howard

Fantasy Football, NFL News
March 17, 2020

Two-year deal

Dolphins and former Eagles’ RB Jordan Howard reached agreement on a two-year deal worth north of $10 million, per source. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: The Dolphins were one of the worst running teams in the league last year as the cycled through Kalen Ballage, Kenyan Drake, Patrick Laird and others on the way to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick leading the team in rushing yardage. Howard gives the team a veteran presence but he won’t inspire enthusiasm among fantasy owners.