The NFL year doesn’t officially open until tomorrow, but it has been a busy day of NFL free-agent deals, negotiations and roster moves.
Here are some that deserve a mention that aren’t deep-dive worthy at this time.
Green Bay Packers releasing Jordy Nelson
In a surprise turn of events, the Packers are letting one of their top receivers – and fan favorites – go. Nelson’s numbers (53-482-6) plummeted last year when QB Aaron Rodgers (shoulder) went down for most of the season, but it rarely looked like it was Nelson’s fault. Either way, he’d be a 33-year-old receiver this year and the Packers are going another direction. Don’t be surprised if receiver-turned-running back Ty Montgomery makes a shift back to the receiver position. Nelson will catch on somewhere, but it might take some time.
Packers fans wanted off-season moves. They got them today.
Going to sign TE Jimmy Graham.
Going to release WR Jordy Nelson.
Wonder how Aaron Rodgers feels.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
Sam Bradford joining Arizona Cardinals
Ho hum. The Cardinals are guaranteeing $15 million in the deal and Bradford is likely to be their Week 1 starting quarterback. Unfortunately, staying on the field has been a huge problem for the former first-round selection. Bradford still has a nice throw, a good arm and solid accuracy. If he could only match that with health we’d have winner. He’ll be taken as a low-end QB2 in many fantasy football drafts this summer, but there’s as much downside as there is upside here.
Paul Richardson, Washington Redskins agree on deal
A five-year pact will bring Richardson, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks, to the Nation’s Capital. This move doesn’t make a ton of sense, as the Redskins really need a solid possession receiver. Richardson, 6-foot-0 and 183 pounds, is a streaker. He averaged a healthy 16-yards a catch last year, posting a 44-703-6 statline. He’ll be a factor for Washington and new QB Alex Smith, but his numbers won’t be consistent enough to allow him to be any better than an erratic WR4. Best-ball and DFS continue to be better suited for his talents.
Danny Amendola joining Miami Dolphins
Look, his playoff run was special. There’s no doubt. Counting on him to play a crucial role with the Dolphins week in and week out is silly. Amendola (61-659-2), while clutch and talented, is brittle and injury-prone. Getting a full season out of him as a regular contributor is highly unlikely. Fantasy football owners should avoid this situation unless you’re snagging him as a low-upside WR6 in PPR formats.
Taylor Gabriel adds more spark to Chicago Bears’ offense
The former Atlanta Falcons wideout is the third new target for QB Mitchell Trubisky to work with at the start of free-agency, continuing to show Da Bears are serious about putting weapons around their second-year quarterback. Gabriel gives the team a quick-hit, shifty playmaker with great speed. Putting him and Tarik Cohen on the field at the same time could create some serious defensive mismatches and headaches. His value in fantasy football circles is low, for now, due to inconsistency in touches, but he is an intriguing target for best-ball formats as a WR6.