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Washington announces team name change

Fantasy Football, NFL News
July 13, 2020

Redskins name and logo to be retired

The Washington Redskins announced Monday that they will be retiring their nickname and logo after completing a thorough review that began on July 3.

“Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review,” the team said in a statement. “Dan Snyder and Coach (Ron) Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years.” (ESPN)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Apparently a new name has already been decided but trademark issues are still pending. The team has held their current nickname for 87 years. Earlier this month, sponsors begin pushing for a name change but reportedly a change has been in the works for weeks.

Raheem Mostert wants out of San Francisco

Fantasy Football, NFL News
July 8, 2020

Mostert’s agent announces trade request on Twitter

#49ers running back Raheem Mostert has requested a trade, according to his agent, Brett Tessler. After months of unproductive talks with the 49ers about fairly adjusting Raheem Mostert’s contract (which paid him for special teams) we have requested a trade. Disappointing that it would come to this for a guy who led all NFL RBs in YPC & helped lead them to the Super Bowl. (Matt Maiocco on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Mostert played in 15 games last season finishing as the RB26 in PPR leagues. A key cog in the 49ers running game, Mostert split time with Tevin Coleman (RB39). It’s rumored that some accelerators in his contract were tied to “starts” and not production which may be the cause of some frustration as Mostert rarely “started” any games last season. The 49ers traded Matt Breida back in April to Miami.

Chiefs reach 10-year extension deal with Patrick Mahomes

Fantasy Football, NFL News
July 6, 2020

Should be richest contract in history

Patrick Mahomes’ 10-year — 10-year! — contract extension that ties him to Kansas City through the 2031 season will be the richest contract in NFL history. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: This sounds like an attention grabbing headline leaked by the agent. The extension would keep Mahomes a Chief through the 2031 season but we know contracts in the NFL are all about the guarantees. We should learn the details soon, and it’s sure to be a high-water mark for the league in terms of guaranteed money.

David Njoku wants out of Cleveland

Fantasy Football, NFL News
July 3, 2020

Wants a trade prior to training camp

1/2 Browns’ TE David Njoku and his agent Drew Rosenhaus asked today for the team to trade him. The Browns told Njoku they would like to keep him, but Rosenhaus told them he’s intent on a trade. They want a trade before training camp. About David Njoku’s trade request today to the Browns, agent Drew Rosenhaus said: “It is in David’s best interest to find a new team at this time.” (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: The Browns signed former Atlanta tight end Austin Hooper this off-season which spurred speculation that Njoku could be on the outs. For their part, the Browns are saying publicly they want to keep Njoku whom they drafted back in 2017. Njoku missed 12 games last season due to a wrist injury. His fantasy stock remains in limbo until he lands with a new team.

NFL may scrap Weeks 1 & 4 from preseason schedule

Fantasy Football, NFL News
July 1, 2020

Week 1 preseason games currently scheduled for August 13th

NFL to announce on Thursday (if not sooner) that Week One and Week Four of the 2020 preseason will be scrapped.
(ProFootballTalk)

Nerdy Football Analysis: A shortened pre-season schedule has been up for debate given the current pandemic. We should get confirmation from the NFL soon. This is another reminder to fantasy owners that rookies are going to have few opportunities to gain chemistry with their offense. That fact should be considered when constructing your 2020 rankings.