News and Rumors: Gore Signs With Dolphins; Wallace to Eagles
Catch-up on some key fantasy football news and rumors that could affect your fantasy teams in 2018, including Frank Gore, Mike Wallace and others finding their new homes.
Eagles Sign Mike Wallace
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace to a one-year contract. Wallace will replace Torrey Smith as the Eagles deep threat. It’s a huge blow to Mack Hollins, who seemed to be coming on nicely at the end of last season. Wallace is a slightly better version of Torrey Smith, so this should be a positive addition to an already excellent Eagles offense.
Frank Gore Signs With Dolphins
Free agent running back Frank Gore signed with the Miami Dolphins yesterday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The Dolphins’ strange offseason moves and stockpiling of aging veterans are reportedly aimed at “changing the culture” inside their locker room. Gore, who turns 35 in May, played his college ball at the University of Miami and reportedly wanted to finish his career back home. Gore has averaged below 4.0 yards per carry in three straight seasons and is no longer a passing-game threat. If this is the Dolphins’ final running back addition, it will be good news for Kenyan Drake’s fantasy value. Drake is a much more explosive option and flashed feature back capability by averaging 119 total yards per game in Weeks 13-17 last year.
Allen Hurns Signs With Cowboys
Free agent wide receiver Allen Hurns will sign a two-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. This is a good landing spot for the former Jaguar, as he will line up across from Dez Bryant and has a young QB (Dak Prescott) and RB (Ezekiel Elliott) to support him. Hurns caught 121 passes for 1,708 yards and 16 touchdowns in his first two years in Jacksonville but has missed a combined 11 games the last two years due to injuries. Hurns could easily bounce back next year with better health and his fantasy value may be stronger in Dallas than it was in Jacksonville.
Terrelle Pryor To Sign With Jets
Free agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor will sign with the New York Jets, according to Calvin Watkins of Newsday. A mammoth bust — 20 catches for 240 yards — with the Redskins last season, Pryor will start over with a Jets receiver corps low on depth and dealing with off-field issues with No. 1 Robby Anderson. Pryor is also joining a team with quarterback question marks, as a highly-drafted rookie will join injury-prone Josh McCown and fifth-year mystery man Teddy Bridgewater. Going on 29, Pryor still offers theoretical upside, but expectations should be low after last year’s debacle.
Sam Darnold Only Quarterback The Giants Want Early
University of Southern California quarterback Sam Darnold is the only quarterback the Giants would take at the No. 2 overall pick, according to Jordan Raanan of ESPN. It sounds like the Giants’ scouting grades on Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield, and Josh Allen simply are not high enough for GM Dave Gettleman to consider picking one of the non-Darnold quarterbacks at No. 2. Gettleman has a history of drafting running backs high, he took Christian McCaffrey eighth overall in Carolina last year, and he never traded down in any round of the draft during four seasons as Panthers GM. Barring Gettleman disregarding his scouts or reversing course on his historical anti-trade-down stance, Penn State RB Saquon Barkley and NC State DE/OLB Bradley Chubb appear to be co-favorites to go at No. 2.
Brock Osweiler Signs With Dolphins
Free agent quarterback Brock Osweiler signed with the Miami Dolphins, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. He will be reunited with Dolphins head coach Adam Gase, who previously served as Osweiler’s OC in Denver. The Fins needed a backup after letting Matt Moore walk in free agency. A year after flaming out in Houston, Osweiler was equally dreadful in his return to Denver, producing a dismal 72.5 quarterback rating over six appearances including four starts. With only Ryan Tannehill ahead of Osweiler, it would not be a surprise if Miami took a quarterback early in next month’s draft.
Jason Pierre-Paul Traded To Buccaneers
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Adam Schefter on Twitter. Pierre-Paul and a fourth-round pick will head to Tampa for a third and fourth-round pick in this year’s draft, an obvious move for the Giants to move towards the future. The former Pro Bowler Pierre-Paul had 8.5 sacks for the Giants in 2017 and seven in 2016, coming back from a 2015 season where he had one sack in eight games. A ninth-year pro at this point, the 29-year-old JPP still has something in the tank and will slide right onto Tampa Bay’s line. This will make Romeo Okwara the starter at defensive end for New York, unless they acquire another defensive lineman. Schefter suggests that, with the trade, the Giants may look at NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb with the second pick of the 2018 draft.