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Tee Higgins signs franchise tag, expected to be at camp

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 15, 2024

Missed entire offseason program

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins is officially in the fold for the upcoming season.

Higgins will sign his franchise tag on Saturday, a source tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter. By signing the tag, the fifth-year receiver is now expected to be at training camp. (ESPN)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Higgins has been sitting on the sidelines this off-season but should be at camp in late July now that he’s signed his franchise tag. Assuming he plays this season on the tag, he’ll earn $21.8 million. While a long-term deal is still an option, it’s likely the two sides will part ways after the 2024 season.

TE Juwan Johnson will undergo foot surgery

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 13, 2024

Injury Back in time for Week 1?

Saints TE Juwan Johnson is scheduled to undergo foot surgery next week that will sideline him “a while”, per source. The hope and belief for now is that he will be back for the start of the season. (Adam Schefter on X)

Nerdy Football Analysis: We don’t have the specifics of the injury yet, but it sounds like Johnson will miss most if not all of training camp. Not ideal, but not a total death blow to his fantasy value. Taysom Hill is the tight end target from this team moving forward.

Giants TE Darren Waller calls it a career

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 9, 2024

Age 31

The Giants have been informed that TE Darren Waller is retiring, per sources. This is was what they had been planning to be the end result.

Team statement: “We have great respect for Darren as a person and player. We wish him nothing but the best.” (Jordan Raanan on X)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Waller would’ve earned $10 million this season but instead will call it a career. This leaves the Giants with Daniel Bellinger as their starting tight end along with Lawrence Cager and rookie Theo Johnson at the position. Waller was a key component of their offense last season which is likely be focused on rookie wide receiver Malik Nabers moving forward.

Chiefs bring back Mecole Hardman, one-year deal

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 6, 2024

Split time between the Jets and Chiefs last season

Veteran WR Mecole Hardman is re-signing with the #Chiefs on a one-year deal, per source.

A hero in Super Bowl LVIII after a brief stint with the #Jets, Hardman is back in Kansas City. (Tom Pelissero on X)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Hardman returns to a crowded wide receiver room that includes Rashee Rice (suspension?), Marquise Brown, Xavier Worthy, Justin Watson, Kadarius Toney and Skyy Moore. He’s familiar with the Chiefs system but won’t have much fantasy value unless injuries occur ahead of him on the depth chart. He could also be an option as a kick returner.

Vikings lock up Justin Jefferson on four-year extension

Fantasy Football, NFL News
June 3, 2024

$110 million guaranteed

A record deal: the Vikings and three-time Pro-Bowl WR Justin Jefferson reached agreement on a four-year, $140 million contract extension that includes $110 million guaranteed and makes him not only the highest-paid WR in NFL history, but the highest-paid non-QB in NFL history, sources tell ESPN.

Jefferson’s deal includes $88.743 million due at signing, the highest non-QB guarantee at signing in NFL history. And it resets the WR market.

WME Football negotiated and confirmed the deal. (Adam Schefter on X)

Nerdy Football Analysis: According to Schefter, multiple teams inquired about trading for Jefferson this off-season but the Vikings turned them away. Jefferson was the WR7, WR5 and WR1 from 2020 through 2022 and posted a 68-1074-5 line in just 10 games last season. Multiple wide receivers are in the market for new deals including CeeDee Lamb, Ja’Marr Chase, Brandon Aiyuk, Amari Cooper and Tee Higgins.