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Broncos acquire Teddy Bridgewater for sixth-round pick

Fantasy Football, NFL News
April 28, 2021

Broncos will pay Bridgewater $3M of his $10M guarantee

The #Panthers are trading QB Teddy Bridgewater to the #Broncos for a sixth-round draft pick, per source. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: The Broncos have been kicking the tires on rookie quarterbacks this off-season and may select one if the board falls in their favor regardless of this move for Bridgewater. This will be referred to as a competition between Bridgewater and Drew Lock but it’s safe to assume, Bridgewater will be the Week 1 starter barring unforeseen circumstances.

Bucs bring back Antonio Brown

Fantasy Football, NFL News
April 28, 2021

One-year deal

Antonio Brown’s contract has a $2-million signing bonus and a $1.1 million base salary. He will count $3.1-million against the salary cap in 2021. (Rick Stroud on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Tampa has their entire starting offense from 2020 back for 2021. Brown, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin will be the starting three wide receivers for Tom Brady. Brown posted a 45-483-4 line in eight games last season and will have weekly Flex appeal, especially in DFS lineups.

Alex Smith announces retirement

Fantasy Football, NFL News
April 19, 2021

Former Washington, Chiefs, 49ers QB calls it a career

Quarterback Alex Smith announced his retirement on Monday in a video posted to Instagram. Smith, 36, won the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award in 2020 after returning from a catastrophic leg injury to start six games for the Washington Football Team. Smith played 14 seasons over 16 years in the NFL for the 49ers, Chiefs and Washington after San Francisco drafted him No. 1 in the 2005 NFL Draft out of Utah. (The Athletic)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Smith’s remarkable return from his leg injury will be a significant part of his NFL legacy. His best fantasy season came with the Chiefs in 2017 when he posted a 4042-26-5 passing line with 355 rushing yards and 1 rushing TD, finishing as the QB4 in fantasy points per game.

Julian Edelman expected to retire

Fantasy Football, NFL News
April 12, 2021

Patriots release veteran wide receiver

While Julian Edelman showed up on the NFL transaction wire today as having his contract terminated by the Patriots, the expectation is that it is a technicality as part of a retirement, per @MikeReiss. (Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Edelman played only six games last season dealing with a knee injury that limited his production. The Patriots have accumulated Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne in free agency to give their wide receiver room some depth.

James Conner has procedure on toe

Fantasy Football, NFL News
April 12, 2021

Injury Turf toe-type injury

Ex-#Steelers RB James Conner underwent surgery to repair a very moderate turf toe-type injury this offseason, sources say, a procedure done by renowned specialist Dr. Robert Anderson. The injury incurred while riding in a recreational vehicle. A full recovery is expected in June. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Nerdy Football Analysis: Toe injuries can be tricky for athletes but there’s nothing to suggest at this point that Conner won’t be ready for off-season workouts this Summer. After four seasons in Pittsburgh, Conner is scheduled to visit the Cardinals on Monday. The Cardinals currently have Chase Edmonds and Eno Benjamin at running back.