Tyler Lockett - WR - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (leg) is ahead of schedule with his recovery from a broken leg and is expected to ready for Week 1 of the 2017 season.
Huddle Up: Lockett has big-play ability, but consistency has been an issue. Consider him a high-risk, high-reward flex candidate heading into next season.
Eric Decker - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Eric Decker (hip, shoulder) is expected to get a chance to complete his rehab from hip and shoulder surgeries before the Jets decide whether to keep or release him, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.
Huddle Up: With all the lives they've made this offseason, the Jets are not hurting for salary cap room. New York may be doing himself a favor by keeping Decker, if only to make it a bit easier for whatever quarterback it decides to settle on in 2017. Given the current state of the Jets, Decker will be hard-pressed to maintain WR3 value this season.
Anquan Boldin - WR - Detroit Lions
Free-agent WR Anquan Boldin (Lions) could return to the Detroit Lions for a second season according to ESPN's Michael Rothstein, but likely only if T.J. Jones and Jace Billingsley do not step up to assume the No. 3 receiving job. Rothstein also believes Boldin is unlikely to sign with any team until just before training camp.
Huddle Up: Boldin is 36, so it makes sense the Lions would want one of their younger receivers to step forward. Boldin was arguably Matthew Stafford's favorite third-down and red zone weapon last season and still has enough left to help a team in a similar role in 2017. Regardless of where he lands, he'll like be no more than a low-end WR4 or WR5 in fantasy.
Nick Foles - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles said he is embracing his role as the backup quarterback and is focusing on helping QB Carson Wentz in any way he can.
Huddle Up: The addition of Foles probably won't do much for Wentz, but the addition of Alshon Jeffery should. After a decent rookie campaign, Wentz looks like a solid QB2 in 2017.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Retired
Contrary to a previous report, retired RB Marshawn Lynch did visit the Seattle Seahawks' headquarters Thursday, March 16, but did not request his release. Lynch has stayed in shape and is considered playing again. The Seahawks are open to trading Lynch's rights to a team, but the Seahawks were not willing to release him last season when there were rumors of Lynch considering a comeback.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to keep an eye on the situation to see if Lynch decides to play again. The Oakland Raiders appear to be his most likely destination if he plays but they may need to trade for his rights. Lynch was one of the better running backs when he played and could be a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in some leagues if he is healthy.
Ladarius Green - TE - Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers TE Ladarius Green (concussion) said he expects to participate in the offseason workouts and is excited to return.
Huddle Up: Green was limited to six games in 2016 because of injuries and finished with 304 yards and one touchdown. He should have a solid role in the passing game next season if he stays healthy and can be a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 tight end in most leagues.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Retired
Updating a previous story, retired RB Marshawn Lynch met with Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll on Thursday, March 16, to ask for his release, according to the Huffington Post's Jordan Schultz.
Huddle Up: The Seahawks still hold Lynch's rights although he announced his retirement last season. While this could feed further speculation that Lynch is trying to clear a path in order to join his hometown Oakland Raiders, it's usually not a good idea to predict what 'Beast Mode' is thinking. Lynch averaged 3.8 yards per carry in 2015 and was having trouble staying healthy, so it is debatable how great of an addition the 30-year-old (31 in April) would be for Oakland anyway.
Josh McCown - QB - Free Agent
Free-agent QB Josh McCown (Browns) will visit with the New York Jets on Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: If McCown signs with the Jets, there is a very real chance he would start in 2017 given the current state of affairs. New York is in full rebuild mode, so McCown could be ignored in all but the deepest of fantasy leagues.
Andre Ellington - RB - Arizona Cardinals
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington landed a one-year deal with a $775,000 base salary.
Huddle Up: Ellington is expected to be used more as a receiver in the backfield, but David Johnson's emergence as potentially the best RB in fantasy limits Ellington to possible flex usage.
Marshawn Lynch - RB - Retired
Former Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch could be potentially acquired by the Oakland Raiders either via trade or release, according to sources. Lynch retired last season.
Huddle Up: Beast Mode turns 31 next month, and it would be hard to expect RB1 numbers after the layoff and an injury-riddled 2015 season. He would be a speculative pick late in early drafts.
Eddie Lacy - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Eddie Lacy said he is motivated to prove he is not a fluke, and he feels Seattle's offense fits his running style.
Huddle Up: Lacy will likely serve as the power back in Seattle's offense, and he is worth a flier as a RB3 in case he can approach the numbers he put up in his first two years in the league.
Brian Hoyer - QB - San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers QB Brian Hoyer said he won't be content being a backup quarterback, and he believes he will have a leg up in a quarterback competition because he is familiar with head coach Kyle Shanahan's system.
Huddle Up: At this point, Hoyer has to be considered the frontrunner to start for the 49ers next year, but he shouldn't be viewed as more than a low-end QB2.
Jared Cook - TE - Green Bay Packers
Oakland Raiders TE Jared Cook said his plan is to 'make plays and catch touchdowns' for his new team.
Huddle Up: Cook has the most upside among Oakland's tight ends, but consistent production has always been an issue. Even if he starts, he should be drafted as a TE2.
Kenny Britt - WR - Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns WR Kenny Britt said he believes the quarterback situation will be straightened out. 'They said they are going to get the problem fixed, and I believe that they will,' Britt said. 'Regardless of who they have under center, it is my job to make him look good.'
Huddle Up: With Terrelle Pryor out of the picture, Britt should be Cleveland's most dependable receiver in 2017. Consider him a WR3 candidate.
Michael Thomas - WR - New Orleans Saints
Clemson WR Mike Williams was compared to New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas by an NFL scout following William's pro day performance Thursday, March 16.
Huddle Up: Thomas is coming off a monster rookie season, but he certainly benefited from playing in the pass-happy offense of the Saints. Williams has the size and skills to make an immediate fantasy impact, but it will be tough to gauge his value until after he has a home in the NFL.
Jamaal Charles - RB - Kansas City Chiefs
Free-agent RB Jamaal Charles (Chiefs) 'had a good visit' with the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, March 16, but ultimately left without signing a contract. Charles also may be visiting another team next week, though the identity of that franchise isn't known.
Huddle Up: The Seahawks just signed Eddie Lacy, and considering they also have Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise on the roster, there just doesn't seem to be a fit here now. Charles was one of the league's top running backs when healthy, but over the past two seasons, he's managed to suit up in only eight games combined. His next destination will determine how much fantasy value he has entering his age-30 season.
Eddie Lacy - RB - Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks RB Eddie Lacy's new contract includes incentives for each month he meets a target weight designated by the team. He earns an additional $55,000 for being at 255 pounds in May, 250 pounds in June through August and 245 pounds from September to December.
Huddle Up: It's a rather brilliant idea to ensure Lacy is at the desired playing weight so the team can maximize the potential on their new running back. However, that may not be the biggest roadblock the former Green Bay Packer deals with, as he was in fairly decent shape last year before injuries limited him to just five games, the fewest of his career. When he was healthy, Lacy actually looked good, registering a career-high 5.1 yards per carry.
Michael Crabtree - WR - Oakland Raiders
Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree has registered at least 900 receiving yards in back-to-back years for the first time in his career. In addition, he also finished with more than 80 receptions in consecutive seasons for the first time as well. It's also worth noting that since joining the Raiders, Crabtree has been targeted more in the 2015 and 2016 seasons than in any other year.
Huddle Up: Crabtree will be entering his age-30 campaign in 2017, but it appears he's been playing better as he gets older with age. During his six years in San Francisco, the former first-round draft pick had just one season with 80-plus catches, as well as only one in which he scored more than six times, but he's accomplished both those feats during his two years with the Raiders. As long as QB Derek Carr can stay healthy, Crabtree should be looking at a similar stat line ahead.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QB - New England Patriots
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo may end up sticking with the team for 2017 and beyond, as there is a 'persistent belief within league circles' that they truly want to keep him. The thinking is that QB Tom Brady's 'magic number' is three more years or perhaps fewer if he wins one more Super Bowl, and that head coach Bill Belichick has decided after one year of working with him that he doesn't believe QB Jacoby Brissett will become a 'true franchise quarterback.'
Huddle Up: For owners looking to ride Garoppolo in the upcoming campaign while he begins his journey on another club, it's starting to look like that may never come to fruition. Obviously, if he becomes a starter somewhere else, he'll be someone worth watching, but at this point in time it looks like he'll hold no fantasy value while remaining behind Brady in New England.
Adrian Peterson - RB - Minnesota Vikings
Free-agent RB Adrian Peterson (Vikings) will not be re-signed by the Minnesota Vikings, according to general manager Rick Spielman.
Huddle Up: This shouldn't be a surprise since the Vikings just signed Latavius Murray. Murray figures to begin offseason activities as the starter in Minnesota, but Jerick McKinnon could give him a run for his money. Even so, expect McKinnon to split time with Murray, with Murray handling the majority of snaps. Murray should be regarded as a low-end RB2 to high-end RB3 behind a suspect Vikings' offensive line.
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