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Terry McLaurin gets three-year extension

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 28, 2022

$53 million in guarantees

Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin is signing a three-year extension worth up to $71 million in new money that places him among the NFL’s five highest-paid WRs, sources told ESPN. The deal contractually ties McLaurin, 26, to Washington through the 2025 season. McLaurin’s rookie contract had been set to expire after the 2022 season. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: The deal includes roughly $53 million in guarantees which is all the really matters. McLaurin decided not to attend the mandatory minicamp but this deal should pave the way for him to be at training camp in a few weeks. McLaurin finished as the WR33 in PPR leagues last season in fantasy points per game but will be viewed as more of a low-end WR2 by most fantasy owners.

Rob Gronkowski decides to retire

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 21, 2022

33 year-old has made his decision

Breaking: Rob Gronkowski tells me he’s retiring.

The future first ballot Hall of Famer won four Super Bowls while earning a spot on the NFL’s 100th Anniversary Team and 2010s All-Decade Team.

An all-time great officially hangs em up at 33 years old. (Jordan Schultz on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Gronk has been debating whether or not to return to Tampa this season and join Tom Brady for another Super Bowl run. The Bucs had been optimistic that Gronk would decide to play but that’s not the case. An in-season return isn’t out of the question if Brady pushes for it, but for now the Bucs will move forward with Cameron Brate as a starter but don’t be shocked if they add a veteran tight end prior to camp.

Watson settles 20 of 24 cases against him

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 21, 2022

NFL says this will have no impact on disciplinary process

Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has settled all but four of the lawsuits filed against him, attorney Tony Buzbee said in a statement Tuesday. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Tuesday that, “today’s development has no impact on the collectively bargained disciplinary process.” (ESPN)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Four cases involving Watson remain outstanding. As for discipline, the NFL suggests this will have no impact on how long Watson’s suspension may be. We’re expecting a ruling by the league at some point prior to training camp but an exact timeline is unknown.

Jerick McKinnon headed back to KC, one-year deal

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 13, 2022

30 year-old RB

RB Jerick McKinnon returning to the Chiefs on a one-year deal, per source. McKinnon was big for KC in the playoffs with 315 total yards (165 receiving, 150 rushing) on 48 touches. Both sides can build off that momentum now. McKinnon turned 30 in May. (Jeremy Fowler on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: McKinnon was the Chiefs best running back to close out the 2021 season and could steal some pass-receiving work from Clyde Edwards-Helaire. CEH is still likely to be the best fantasy option heading into the season but expected McKinnon, CEH and Ronald Jones to all have their moments.

Terry McLaurin not expected to attend minicamp this week

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 13, 2022

Wants a contract extension

Washington WR Terry McLaurin does not plan to attend this week’s mandatory minicamp, per source. McLaurin is continuing to seek a contract extension consistent with other comparable WRs that recently signed; until he has it, he will miss reps with new Washington QB Carson Wentz. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: As we know, the wide receiver market has ballooned in price this off-season and now every player in striking distance of a new deal wants a raise. These things typically take care of themselves with time and it’s not much of a concern for fantasy owners until McLaurin begins missing training camp.