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The Miami Dolphins waived running back Mark Walton on Tuesday morning. Walton was already suspended for violating the league's personal conduct policy, but the Dolphins were, "made aware of a police matter earlier this morning regarding Walton" according to Dolphins General Manager Chris Grier. Kalen Ballage will continue as the lead back for the Dolphins presumably for the rest of the season. Walton, still only 22 years old, may already be running out of chances in the NFL.
The Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott were involved in last-minute negotiations before the deadline on Wednesday to sign franchise-tagged players to deals, according to sources. The deal was for between $33-35 million annually, with $110 million guaranteed. Nothing came to fruition, so Prescott will make $31.4 million under the tag in 2020, with the two sides likely returning to the negotiating table next spring. They'll also have the option to franchise tag him again in 2021 for $37.69 million. Prescott reportedly turned down around $100 million in guarantees. He's betting on himself again this year to prove he's one of the top signal-callers in the league behind Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson. Prescott should be considered a midrange QB1 with plenty of upside in Dallas' explosive offense.
Minnesota Vikings safety Anthony Harris wasn't expected to reach a deal before the franchise-tag deadline on Wednesday, so he becomes another example of a player set to finish out the 2020 season on the franchise tag. NFL teams were more reluctant this year to hand out long-term extensions to franchise-tagged players with the 2021 salary cap in flux due to the coronavirus pandemic. Harris will play for $11.4 million this year, and he and the Vikings still have a good chance at working something out long-term next offseason. The 28-year-old had a career year last season, compiling 35 solo tackles while tying for the NFL lead with six interceptions. Before 2019, though, he had just three interceptions in four seasons, making him unattractive in IDP formats.
Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake, who had the transition tag placed on him, isn't close to a long-term deal with the team, but he said that he's not too concerned with a contract extension right now. "Thatll come in due time. Right now Im focused on everyday getting in the best shape of my life to help this team play winning football," Drake wrote. The former Miami Dolphin has already signed his tag ($8.4 million) and can continue negotiating with the Cardinals until July 22. Arizona will have exclusive negotiating rights on Drake through Week 10. Everyone expects the 26-year-old to have a big year in 2020 in an offense on the rise, especially after he dominated in the desert after being traded from Miami in 2019. Drake should be considered a top-10 fantasy back with a potential breakout on the horizon.
The Tennessee Titans and running back Derrick Henry agreed to a four-year deal worth $50 million on Wednesday, according to a source. Two years will basically be guaranteed. Henry capitalized after winning the NFL's rushing title in 2019 with 1,540 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on 303 carries. The bruising downhill runner is a perfect fit in Tennessee's run-first offense and will be a first-round pick as an RB1 in 2020 drafts, but he might be one of the more volatile high-end running backs because of his lack of involvement in the passing game with just 18 receptions in 2019 and 57 total in his four seasons with the Titans.
The Cleveland Browns are finalizing a five-year contract extension with star pass-rusher Myles Garrett worth $125 million, according to a league source. The deal will be worth a total of $144 million over seven years, which would make Garrett the highest-paid non-quarterback in the league. The 24-year-old is expected to sign the deal as early as Wednesday after passing a physical. Garrett was the No. 1 pick out of Texas A&M in 2017 and had 10 sacks in 10 games last year before he was suspended for the final six games for hitting Steelers QB Mason Rudolph with his own helmet on Nov. 14. He's absolutely worth targeting in IDP leagues, as he ranks fourth in sacks per game (0.82) since 2017.
A source reported that everything is "all quiet" on the front for New England Patriots offensive guard Joe Thuney on Wednesday, the deadline for the two sides to work out a long-term contract extension. He is likely to play under the franchise tag this season, which will pay him $14.78 million. Thuney has been one of the best interior offensive lineman since he entered the league as the No. 78 overall pick in 2016. He's also been able to stay healthy and start every game for the Patriots. His presence on the offensive line will help New England as they transition to life after Tom Brady.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have received multiple offers for defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, including one involving a Pro Bowl player that doesn't fit their system, but it hasn't been enough value for them to deal a player of Ngakoue's caliber, according to sources. Teams have been told that the pass-rusher would play on the $17.788 million franchise tender, but the Jaguars are in no rush to trade him despite his wishes to play elsewhere. Ngakoue has been flexible about playing on the tag in another city, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made any long-term deals very challenging. If nothing is worked out, Ngakoue will play for the Jags under the tag in 2020. The 25-year-old has become one of the best young pass-rushers in the league and is definitely in play in IDP formats.
Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills was arrested on Tuesday night and charged with felony intimidating participant in a legal process, misdemeanor disorderly conduct and criminal trespass for peaceful protest outside of the home of Attorney General Daniel Cameron. The protest was demanding action for Breonna Taylor's case. This will become a situation to watch to see if Stills is disciplined at all by the NFL, but it seems unlikely. Stills has familiarity with Houston's offense, but it's tough to predict his current role with Brandin Cooks, Will Fuller V and Randall Cobb all in the picture. But he should see playing time with DeAndre Hopkins out of town. He just won't have much upside unless injuries ahead of him thrust him into a prominent starting role.
The Kansas City Chiefs signed defensive tackle Chris Jones to a four-year contract extension worth up to $85 million on Tuesday. It comes after the Chiefs signed superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes for 12 years and $503 million. If a long-term deal hadn't been reached between the Chiefs and Jones by Wednesday, July 15, Jones would've had to play the 2020 season on the franchise tag. Kansas City is now the only team in the NFL with three contract with at least $60 million in guarantees. Opposing QBs had a 32 QBR against the Chiefs when Jones was in the game and a 59 QBR when he wasn't. He's 26 years old and in his prime after recording 24.5 sacks in the last two seasons with the Chiefs.
Washington wide receiver Kelvin Harmon(knee) suffered a torn ACL while training on his own prior to camp. The former sixth-round pick who had developed a bit of hype heading into the season after his 30-catch rookie season, will now be out for all of 2020 and will set his sights on 2021. He may be a sneaky throw-in target for any dynasty trades, but he is of course off the radar in redraft formats. Harmon's absence this year should create more opportunities for the likes of Trey Quinn, Cam Sims, Cody Latimer, Steven Sims Jr. and rookie Antonio Gandy-Golden.
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