Monday morning, I sat down at my desk, ready to conquer all I had in front of me. I knew this would be a big week as the new NFL league year begins and it was just hours away from the everyone’s favorite oxymoron, the legal tampering period. I popped open the computer and immediately received a notification that veteran receiver Danny Amendola had agreed to sign with the Detroit Lions. So much for a noon starting time.
The rest of my day was filled with refreshing websites, updating depth charts and considering how the multitude of moving parts would impact teams and players around the league. Was your head spinning? Mine sure was!
For the past few months, all we’ve heard is how weak this free agent class is and while that is true, it didn’t dampen the excitement that off-season action always brings.
In case you missed any news (and that was easy to do), I’m here to offer a summary of what happened on the opening day of the NFL’s legal tampering period. As a reminder, none of these deals are official until the new league year begins later this week.
Here is a position-by-position breakdown with players listed in order based on our latest dynasty ADP data.
Nick Foles, JAX
Four years, $88M
This deal came as no surprise to any NFL fan. After back-to-back seasons with impressive late-season runs after taking over for an injured Carson Wentz, former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles deserved a big payday. I don’t think anyone expected it to be quite this large, though. Included in his deal is over $50 million in guaranteed money. The Jaguars clearly consider themselves contenders despite last season’s train wreck of a year. With one of the league’s top defenses and much-needed improved quarterback play, the Jags could be looking at a quick turnaround.
As for Foles and his fantasy outlook, this is a player who has only finished inside the top 25 fantasy quarterbacks once and that was five years ago. All of Foles’ recent success came alongside the coaching of Doug Pederson and I have some concerns Foles will not come close to replicating that with this Jaguars team that lacks a true WR1.
None of these quarterbacks are sure-things to land starting jobs. In fact, we should consider that possibility unlikely. There simply are not many teams in need of a stop-gap starter, and that’s the ceiling for the above players. The Dolphins are expected to release their former starter Ryan Tannehill and could bring in one of these players as they are essentially in tank mode making moves for the long-term.