Free Agency Portfolio Tracker!
My oh my, things certainly have changed in a matter of a few short weeks. There is quite a bit of moving parts to get into this week, and plenty of actionable items to track. Perhaps the biggest news of the week centers around the most important position in the game.
Perhaps the biggest news of the week wasn't even in regards
to free agency. Tom Brady
($16.63) announced Sunday night that he was unretiring a mere 40 days after
posting his original retirement. This is a huge boost back to Mike Evans
($11.47), and Chris Godwin
($10.52). At the time of writing this article, neither Leonard
Fournette ($11.24) nor Ronald Jones
($0.26) has resigned from Tampa Bay. This creates a buying window for Keyshawn Vaughn
($4.45) as he is currently the only running back under contract for the
upcoming season and was a third-round pick just two seasons ago. I do fully
expect to see Rob Gronkowski
($5.94) resign in the next day or so to continue the budding bromance.
($10.95) is another quarterback that made headlines over the past week after
being shipped off to Denver. Wilson now
finds himself in Denver with Courtland
Sutton ($1.20), Jerry Jeudy
($1.66), and Javonte
Williams ($5.05). It's interesting in that Wilson is moving on from a
run-heavy Seattle team to a team in Denver with perhaps the most hyped running
back in dynasty football. I'm curious to see how this offense shakes out, based
on what we've heard over the last year I'd expect this offense to rely more
upon the pass than the run. While many will flock to Jerry Jeudy after the
news, I'm still heavily interested in Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick
Another big name who hasn't been traded yet, but will soon, is Deshaun Watson ($14.55). Watson has lots of baggage to answer for, but he is going to be moved for a hefty haul in the coming hours, and where he goes will be of utmost importance. I believe this is a one-horse race with the New Orleans Saints, but the Carolina Panthers are reportedly in consideration. The talent level in New Orleans appears to be higher than that of Carolina, and pairing Watson with Michael Thomas ($10.28) and Marquez Callaway ($1.11) with Alvin Kamara ($8.49) could be one of the best offenses Watson has played for. Another name to keep an eye out for should Watson signs in New Orleans is Will Fuller ($4.88) who I think would be a great scheme and personnel fit for this team if he chooses to sign with Watson wherever he goes (health be damned).
Besides all of the quarterback movement via trades and unretirement, free agency is in full swing this week. Mitchell Trubisky ($1.00) somehow was the headline of the action yesterday afternoon as he heads to the Pittsburgh Steelers to succeed Ben Roethlisberger. I don't believe Trubisky is as bad as he was made out to be in Chicago, but I also don't believe this is going to be a franchise-altering move for the Steelers. Perhaps the worst beneficiary of this signing is Chase Claypool ($2.46), who again is going to struggle with consistent quarterback accuracy. Claypool relies upon his deep ball separation, and the deep ball isn't something I think Trubisky is gifted at. I don't believe this signing rules Pittsburgh out of drafting a long-term franchise guy this coming April either.
Outside of all the quarterback movement, we haven't seen too much outside of the position move the needle for me. Perhaps the biggest signing of the day was twofold with Chase Edmonds ($1.34) signing in Miami, he has now cleared the way for James Conner ($2.90) to be the bell cow for Arizona this coming season. They very well could draft another player in April, but Conner appears to be locked in as the lead back this coming season and is quite the bargain.
In terms of wide receivers, we're still waiting to see where
Robinson ($1.93) among others lands. As of now, the Jaguars appear to
be the team most interested in the pass catchers in this offering. The Jaguars
Engram ($2.26), Christian Kirk
($3.44), and Zay Jones
($2.04). It's interesting to note the Jaguars were paying above-market prices
on just about all three as well. It remains to be seen if Trevor Lawrence is as
good as we all thought he was, or if all of these weapons are going to fail
miserably again for Jacksonville.