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Volume 20, #12 -- Thursday Night, May 3rd, 2018

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Welcome to Friday. Spring feels like it's here and we've got all the NFL News and Notes you need. Let's get to it.

J

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A. Dynasty Trade Value Chart - May
Our Dan Hindery dives into quantifying Long-Term Player Value for Dynasty Leagues

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. DAL - TE Jason Witten to retire

2. ATL - QB Matt Ryan agrees to extension

3. NYJ - Sam Darnold to start opener?

4. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers deal imminent?

5. DAL - DAL likes Blake Jarwin

6. PHI - Doug Pederson's option picked up

7. MIA - Miami acquires DT Akeem Spence

8. CLE - WR Corey Coleman not shopped to other teams

9. CLE - CB Jamar Taylor could still be moved

10. CLE - Denzel Ward to be top CB

11. NE - Trent Brown ready to compete for LT

12. DET - High expectations for WR Kenny Golladay

13. NYJ - QB Bryce Petty done with Jets

14. PHI - DT Timmy Jernigan's contract reworked

15. DAL - TE Rico Gathers needs to improve blocking

16. PIT - ILB Ryan Shazier's deal reworked


1. DAL - TE Jason Witten to retire

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten has informed the team he'll retire Thursday, May 3, and join ESPN as an analyst on Monday Night Football.

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Hats off to a great player. He'll be missed. We wish him all the best in his next chapter of life.

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2. ATL - QB Matt Ryan agrees to extension

Source: ESPN - Chris Mortensen

Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Falcons Thursday, May 3, that will make him the first quarterback to make $30 million per season, according to sources. The deal includes $100 million in guaranteed money.

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Well, that was expensive, but after Kirk Cousins got his money, also expected. The Packers now face the same situation with Aaron Rodgers. As for the Falcons, the way they have structured the deal will impact the rest of the team -- after all, there's only so much money to go around. For fantasy owners, Ryan has new weapons around him (hello WR Calvin Ridley!) and should post his usual QB1 numbers in 2018.

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3. NYJ - Sam Darnold to start opener?

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

The New York Jets believe QB Sam Darnold has a great chance to be the starter for Week 1 of the 2018 season. Darnold will compete with QB Josh McCown for the starting job during training camp.

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It's all going to come down to how quickly he gets the playbook under control. We think it would be better if he got some time to adjust to the pro game and cleaned up some of his mechanics, but the Jets won't hold him back if the rookie is ready.

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4. GB - QB Aaron Rodgers deal imminent?

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Michael David Smith

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are expected to agree on a new deal soon, according to general manager Brian Gutekunst.

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The Packers said they were waiting on the Matt Ryan deal which just got done on Thursday (six-year, $169.25 million contract through 2023). Rodgers should be 100 percent healthy, but the team has lost a few key pieces on offense, so we will have to see how he and they adjust.

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5. DAL - DAL likes Blake Jarwin

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Jon Machota

Dallas Cowboys TE Blake Jarwin is the tight end that has received the most praise recently from executive vice president Stephen Jones.

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The Cowboys need to find a solution at tight end with Jason Witten gone. Expect a lot of high praise about a lot of tight ends on the roster while they sort it out.

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6. PHI - Doug Pederson's option picked up

Source: NFL Network - Tom Pelissero

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson had the option in his contract exercised this offseason and is now under contract through the 2020 season, according to sources.

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Not a shock, given he won a Super Bowl. There's no way they were letting Pederson go.

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7. MIA - Miami acquires DT Akeem Spence

Source: DetroitLions.com

Detroit Lions DT Akeem Spence was acquired by the Miami Dolphins Thursday, May 3, in exchange for an undisclosed 2019 draft choice.

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Spence has the potential to help shore up the middle of the defensive line, but likely as a rotational player.

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8. CLE - WR Corey Coleman not shopped to other teams

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns WR Corey Coleman did not appear to be on the trading block during the 2018 NFL Draft, according to sources.

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The Browns can't depend on Josh Gordon and rookie Anthonio Calloway has his own off-field issues, so that's no surprise. Jarvis Landry can't do it all himself, so the Browns could use a guy like Coleman to come through at the WR position. Coleman is getting overlooked by fantasy GMs and shouldn't be. He's one of those WRs you can take a last-round flier on based on his current ADP.

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9. CLE - CB Jamar Taylor could still be moved

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns CB Jamar Taylor was on the trading block during the 2018 NFL Draft, and the team is expected to continue to shop him to other teams during the offseason.

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With Denzel Ward getting selected, it makes sense the Browns were looking to move someone who he would replace. They can't expect much for Taylor though.

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10. CLE - Denzel Ward to be top CB

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

Cleveland Browns CB Denzel Ward will serve as the team's No. 1 cornerback this upcoming season.

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They paid a premium for him, so it's to be expected. We will very quickly discover if their hunch about Ward was wrong or right. We'll especially watch to see if he or Bradley Chubb (Broncos) has the more impactful rookie season.

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11. NE - Trent Brown ready to compete for LT

Source: ProFootballTalk.com - Charean Williams

New England Patriots OT Trent Brown said he is ready to compete for the left tackle job even though he has spent most of his playing time at right tackle.

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It's not easy to move from place to place on the offensive line but with the departure of Nate Solder, the Patriots have a need. This is one to watch, as it will have a big impact on Tom Brady and the New England offense.

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12. DET - High expectations for WR Kenny Golladay

Source: DetroitLions.com - Tim Twentyman

Detroit Lions WR Kenny Golladay has the ability to do some 'special things' in his second year in the NFL, according to offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. Cooter admitted that Golladay needs to get better but gave the young receiver credit for working hard and moving in the right direction. 'We look forward to him being a big part of our offense next year.'

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There's a few players in front of him, and we spent a lot of last year expecting those special things from him with inconsistent results. We're cautiously optimistic, emphasis on cautious. With 28 catches last year as a rookie, it's not outlandish to think Golladay could post around 50 catches during his second season. We like him as a late-round flier at his current ADP of WR60 (13.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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13. NYJ - QB Bryce Petty done with Jets

Source: New York Daily News - Manish Mehta

New York Jets QB Bryce Petty is being released Thursday, May 3, according to a source.

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No great shock, and likely the first of two moves, with Christian Hackenberg getting his walking papers soon too. It could also be a sign that Teddy Bridgewater has come along and is mended or close to it.

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14. PHI - DT Timmy Jernigan's contract reworked

Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter and Field Yates

Updating a previous report, Philadelphia Eagles DT Timmy Jernigan (back) had his contract restructured instead of being released despite being sidelined four to six months. Jernigan will be paid $3 million guaranteed in 2018, but the Eagles are no longer liable for the $11 million guaranteed that Jernigan was due next year. Additionally, the final three years of Jernigan's contract are option years. He is slated to make $11 million next season, $12 million in 2020 and $12 million in 2021.

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The Eagles are taking care of their own, even if that guy is hurt. This way if he comes back he can still be on the team but the Eagles get some relief now.

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15. DAL - TE Rico Gathers needs to improve blocking

Source: The Dallas Morning News - Jon Machota

Dallas Cowboys TE Rico Gathers needs to improve as a blocker to see regular playing time, in the opinion of beat writer Jon Machota.

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Jason Witten could do a little of everything, so it will take multiple players to fill his shoes. Gathers isn't a good blocker and has a lot of work to do.

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16. PIT - ILB Ryan Shazier's deal reworked

Source: ESPN.com - Field Yates

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier (back) converted $8.26 million of his $8.718 million base salary into a signing bonus Thursday, May 3, which means he'll receive the money immediately. Shazier was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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It helps the team, and it gives Shazier his money even if he never plays again. Class move from both ends.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J