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Tampa Bay Buccaneers free-agent wide receiver Scotty Miller agreed to an undisclosed one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday, according to a source. Miller will stay in the NFC South after spending the first four years of his NFL career with the Buccaneers. In his four seasons with the team, he caught 74 of his 128 targets for 924 yards and four touchdowns in 50 regular season games (eight starts). The 25-year-old former sixth-rounder in 2019 had 23 receptions for 185 yards in 15 regular season games on 40 targets in 2022. He was buried on Tampa's receiver depth chart behind Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Julio Jones and Russell Gage, so the move to Atlanta should allow him to have a bigger role, although it won't necessarily make him a big fantasy weapon.
The Los Angeles Rams and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson agreed to a one-year deal worth $5 million on Friday, according to Robinson's agency. Robinson will stay in Los Angeles after a productive 2023 season in which he caught 26 of his 39 targets for 371 yards and a career-high-tying four touchdowns in 16 regular-season games (four starts) in his first year with the team. The 29-year-old wideout added three catches on six targets for 44 yards in the playoff loss to the Detroit Lions. It was solid production, considering he was mostly the team's No. 4 pass-catcher behind Cooper Kupp, rookie Puka Nacua and Tutu Atwell for most of the year. Robinson found the end zone four straight times in December to finish strong, but he'll have to battle for the No. 3 role behind Kupp and Nacua this summer.
The Miami Dolphins have informed cornerback Xavien Howard that he will be released at the start of the new league year next month, according to sources. The four-time Pro Bowler is expected to have significant interest on the free-agent market in 2024. Howard will be on the open market for the first time in his NFL career, with the Dolphins saving around $32 million in salary cap space with the move. The 30-year-old joins linebacker Emmanuel Ogbah, who the Dolphins are also planning to release before the new league year. Howard only played in 13 games for the Dolphins in his eighth and final year due to a foot injury, and he finished with 45 tackles (36 solo), one interception and 12 passes defensed.
The Miami Dolphins plan to release veteran linebacker Emmanuel Ogbah on Friday, according to a source. The Dolphins signed Ogbah to a four-year, $65 million deal after he had back-to-back nine-sack seasons in 2020 and 2021. The 30-year-old former second-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2016 out of Oklahoma State played in only nine games (three starts) in 2022 and had one sack. In 15 games (one start) in his fourth year in Miami in 2023, Ogbah produced just 20 tackles (seven solo), 5.5 sacks, three tackles for loss, nine QB hits, one interception and a forced fumble. Since entering the NFL in 2016 with Cleveland, Ogbah has 42.5 career sacks in 107 games (71 starts) with the Browns, Chiefs and Dolphins.
Given the fact that the Indianapolis Colts' secondary was repeatedly torched last year due to its inexperience and injuries in the cornerback room, The Athletic's James Boyd suggests that it wouldn't be a surprise if the team addressed that issue with the No. 15 overall pick in the first round of this year's NFL draft. Kenny Moore II, the team's most experienced cornerback, is scheduled to become a free agent in March, and even if they re-sign the 28-year-old, there are no other proven options at the position on the roster. Last year's second-rounder, JuJu Brents, showed promise, but injuries limited him to nine games as a rookie. If the Colts decide to use their early draft picks on another position, they will need to address the cornerback position through free agency.
The Athletic's James Boyd writes that Indianapolis Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox is an easy target if the team wishes to create more salary cap space this offseason. He's entering the final year of a three-year, $17.6 million contract extension that he signed in 2022. Alie-Cox is due the last $5.9 million of that in 2024, but none of it is guaranteed. The 30-year-old is the team's best blocking tight end and has recorded at least three touchdowns in each of the last three seasons, but he's not getting any younger and is unlikely to develop into a true No. 1 pass-catching tight end at this point of his career. Both Will Mallory and third-year tight end Jelani Woods, who missed all of 2023 with hamstring issues, give the Colts more upside at the position amid their current youth movement. Alie-Cox hasn't been much more than a low-upside, touchdown-dependent TE2 option for fantasy managers in deep leagues.
The Houston Texans exceeded everyone's expectations in 2023 when they went 10-7 to win the AFC South and win a playoff game under first-year head coach DeMeco Ryans and with rookie first-round quarterback C.J. Stroud. Ryans' defense has room for improvement, though, as they ranked 22nd in the league against the pass, giving up 234.1 yards per game while managing only 14 interceptions all year long. Second-year cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. led the team with five interceptions, but fellow cornerback Steven Nelson, who had four picks, is scheduled to become a free agent in March, as is slot cornerback Tavierre Thomas. If the Texans are going to repeat as AFC South champions in 2024, they are going to need to shore up the cornerback position, either through free agency or the draft.
The Houston Texans will have an estimated $65.4 million in salary cap space in 2024, so they are in good shape. But if they are going to cut someone to gain even more cap space this offseason, The Athletic's Mike Jones speculates it could be veteran wide receiver Robert Woods. While Woods has been regarded as a reliable veteran, his production has declined in recent years, and he's set to count $9.75 million against the cap. He had only 40 catches for 426 yards and a touchdown in 14 games in 2023, and the emergence of young receivers Nico Collins and Tank Dell could cause the soon-to-be 32-year-old to be expendable. If he's cut, Woods would come with a $4.75 million dead-cap hit. Even after Dell suffered a season-ending injury last year, Woods found it difficult to stand out for the Texans and fantasy managers.
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay hired John Streicher as a new addition to the team's 2024 coaching staff with the title of game-management coordinator, with McVay citing his timeout mismanagement as the kind of thing that Streicher will help him avoid. It was a big part of the story in the team's postseason loss to the Detroit Lions, when McVay blew two timeouts early in the second half of a contest that ended with the Lions running out the clock to secure a one-point win. Streicher has been very well respected in the NFL for his work with the Tennessee Titans over the last six years. "Not use my timeouts in the second half until I need to," McVay answered when asked what Streicher will help him with.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and impending free-agent quarterback Baker Mayfield have started "preliminary talks about a new contract" this offseason. General manager Jason Licht is expected to meet with Mayfield's representation during the NFL scouting combine next week. After the 28-year-old Mayfield had a career season in his first year in Tampa in 2023, it's expected that there is mutual interest in a reunion for 2024 and beyond. Mayfield had a career-high 4,044 passing yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and even led the Bucs to a wild-card playoff victory over the Eagles. The former No. 1 overall pick won't have offensive coordinator Dave Canales working with him in 2024, though, and there's a possibility he'll also lose top wideout Mike Evans in free agency. Mayfield's fantasy appeal as a solid QB2 would take a big hit if he doesn't have Evans to rely on.
The New Orleans Saints restructured quarterback Derek Carr's contract on Friday for salary cap purposes, a move that was expected to give the team around $23 million in cap relief for the 2024 season, according to sources. Carr is due $30 million in base salary this year, so converting a portion of that into a signing bonus provides immediate savings. The 32-year-old veteran signal-caller is under contract with the Saints through 2026. In his first year in the Big Easy, he threw for 3,878 yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions while amazingly not missing a single game despite suffering multiple concussions, cracked ribs and a shoulder sprain. Carr is as tough as they come and can give fantasy managers low-end QB1 lines on occasion, but he's best drafted as a fantasy backup.
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