Washington signed Sammis Reyes.
This is an interesting signing, as Reyes participated in Florida’s pro day last month, and Washington must have really liked what they saw to sign him already. Reyes is part of the NFL International Pathway Program, and he’s a former basketball player that played at Tulane and in Chile. Washington has helped former Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas continue to make a strong transition to the tight end position, so perhaps Reyes feels the team was a good spot for him. Reyes is someone to keep an eye on this summer.
The Cardinals are signing James Conner.
It felt like things were headed in this direction when Conner went on a visit and took a physical with Arizona yesterday. The former Steelers starter joins Chase Edmonds in the Cardinals backfield, and the two figure to form a one-two punch in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. We’ll see if it’s just an open competition for carries, but Conner is probably the favorite to handle the majority of the work on the ground with Edmonds working more as a receiver—though both certainly have the skillset to do it all. Keep in mind, when Conner was at his best in 2018 for Pittsburgh, current Cardinals running backs coach James Saxon was there with him. The Cardinals have been very aggressive in adding productive, veteran talent this offseason.
Julian Edelman has retried from the NFL.
As a seventh-round pick in the 2009 draft, the former college quarterback obviously had an outstanding NFL career. In a retirement video announcement you can view in the link below, Edelman says that like everything in his career he had to work for, this announcement is not easy; but he said he would play until the “wheels fall off”, and they have after last season. Edelman’s career ends with 620 receptions for 6,822 receiving yards and 36 receiving touchdowns along with 58 carries for 413 yards, but he was at his best in the postseason, as he’s second in league history to only Jerry Rice in playoff receptions (118) and receiving yardage (1,442)—and he has three Super Bowl rings and a Super Bowl MVP to show it. Among Edelman’s most noteworthy and all-time plays are the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLIX against the Seahawks, and the ridiculous diving catch in traffic during the Patriots’ 28-3 comeback in Super Bowl LI (and he racked up ten receptions for 141 yards and won Super Bowl LIII MVP in the third title victory, so he had quite the impact in the Big Game). Edelman will undoubtedly make the Patriots Hall of Fame, and he has a real case for the Pro Football Hall of Fame given all of his playoff success in particular.
The Texans released Steven Mitchell Jr.
Mitchell has spent each of the past three seasons in Houston after going undrafted in 2018, so the familiarity (even with a new regime in town) could mean a return is in the cards at some point. For now, Mitchell is off the fantasy radar.
The Patriots have terminated the contract of Julian Edelman following a failed physical.
Edelman missed most of the 2020 season with a knee injury, and the team is now moving on as they look to remake the depth chart. Perhaps something will be worked out to bring back the soon-to-be 35-year-old, but if not, the release is obviously a surprising and unglamorous end to Edelman’s career in New England. Since entering the league as a seventh-round pick in 2009, the former Super Bowl MVP collected three rings and totaled a 620/6,822/36 line in the regular season, but the biggest contributions came in the playoffs where he ranks behind just Jerry Rice in career receptions (118) and receiving yards (1,442). Retirement could be an option for Edelman considering age and health, though it wouldn’t be a surprise if Tom Brady gave him a call.
The Bengals have claimed Thaddeus Moss, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Moss was recently released by Washington, but he now lands in an interesting spot with Joe Burrow having been his college quarterback at LSU. Plus, Cincinnati has a fairly open depth chart, so Moss should at least have a clear shot at No. 3 duties if he can impress this summer. The son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss caught 47 passes for 540 yards and four touchdowns from Burrow in their lone season together in Baton Rouge.
Giovani Bernard is signing a one-year deal with the Buccaneers, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Bernard was reportedly recruited personally by both Tom Brady and Bruce Arians, so it’s no surprise that he was persuaded by a chance to get a ring in Tampa Bay. The backfield was already in good shape with Ronald Jones II and Leonard Fournette, but Bernard gives them a top receiving threat to see the field in passing situations. From a fantasy perspective, this news is a definite downgrade to both Jones II and Fournette, as Bernard should chip away some carries, too—and a case could even be made for the newcomer having the best outlook in full PPR formats. It would now be a surprise if the Bucs spent an early pick on a running back later this month.
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