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Cowboys sign Witten to an Extension
Jason Witten - TE, Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys signed Jason Witten to a four-year contract extension.

Dynasty Analysis

Witten's athleticism has declined over the years but he's still a great red zone weapon and has the ability to put up big games on occassion.  Still, he's more of a TE2 than a TE1 at this point in his career.  It will be nice to see him retire as a Cowboy and this extension shows he still has the desire to play for a few more seasons.

DLF Analyst:      
Mar 28: 11:55 AM EST
Packers re-sign Christine Michael
Christine Michael - RB, Green Bay Packers

Green Bay has re-signed Christine Michael to a one-year deal.

Dynasty Analysis

The annual punchline in many dynasty leagues, Michael will return to the Packers next season after signing a one-year deal with Green Bay today.  Michael had a very promising start to last year with Seattle, including a 106-yard, two touchdown performance against the 49ers in week three.  However, he seemed to wear down shortly thereafter and eventually fell out of favor with the Seahawks and ended up finishing the season with the Packers.  Green Bay has Ty Montgomery returning in the backfield and are likely going to address the position further in the draft or free agency, so Michael is a committee back at best.  If you like that sort of thing, keep him on your roster. If you're sane, feel free to move on.

DLF Analyst:      
Mar 22: 6:11 PM EST
Jets fill quarterback void with McCown
Josh McCown - QB, New York Jets

The Jets have signed veteran quarterback Josh McCown to a one-year deal worth $6 million.

Dynasty Analysis

The $6 million is fully guaranteed and likely takes the Jets off the market for the services of Jay Cutler. McCown is going to keep the seat warm for a successor - the only question now is if the Jets currently have that man on the roster. As for the skill players in New York, McCown is likely a mild upgrade, though he's won a total of two games in four years and struggled to stay healthy in the process.

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Mar 20: 10:31 PM EST
JPP stays with NYG
Jason Pierre-Paul - DE, New York Giants

Jason Pierre-Paul signed a four year contract to remain with the New York Giants. The deal is reportedly worth $17 million per year and includes $54 million guaranteed.

Dynasty Analysis

In terms of his IDP value, this was the best case scenario in my opinion. Playing on a defensive line with Olivier Vernon, "Snacks" Harrison, along with the probable return of Johnathan Hankins, allows JPP more one on one opportunities. This front four has the potential to be incredible.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Ian Rapoport
Mar 17: 12:59 PM EST
Oakland Pursuing Marshawn Lynch
Marshawn Lynch - RB, Seattle Seahawks

The Raiders are reportedly mulling an attempt to lure Marshawn Lynch out of retirment.

Dynasty Analysis

There are a lot of obstacles here. First, Lynch would have to agree to come out of retirement, an idea not extraordinarily far-fetched as he's said to be considering it since Oakland is his hometown.  Second, the Raiders would need to acquire his rights from Seattle or Lynch would need to convince the Seahawks to release him.  The mercurial Lynch could give Oakland the rushing punch they need or this could simply be a ploy to lower the pricetag of Adrian Peterson.  Still, dynasty owners with the ability to add players right now should roster Lynch just in case.  If he does come back, his slot in rookie and free agent drafts would be a great debate in dynasty leagues for those owners who can't add him now.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN
Mar 17: 12:05 PM EST
Giants agree to terms with Geno Smith
Geno Smith - QB, New York Giants

The New York Giants have agreed to terms with former Jets quarterback Geno Smith.

Dynasty Analysis

The Giants will presumably sign him officially on Monday. New York also signed Josh Johnson and both will obviously be backups to Eli Manning. With Manning aging quickly, it's conceivable to think the Giants could attempt to resurrect Smith's career and groom him to be the successor.  However, dynasty owners would need some deep rosters to keep Geno around and wait for an injury or Manning's retirment to see if he's improved.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN.com
Mar 17: 11:57 AM EST
Raiders sign Tight End Jared Cook
Jared Cook - TE, Oakland Raiders

The Raiders have signed tight end Jared Cook.

Dynasty Analysis

The Raiders have signed former Packers tight end Jared Cook.  It's a great landing spot for Cook, who consistenly teases fantasy owners with his upside and inconsistent play.  The Raiders should give him a great opportunity to build on a nice second half of 2016.  Cook will be on the radar as a TE2 with the potential to move up if he can build quick chemistry with Derek Carr and stay healthy - both big "ifs."

DLF Analyst:       Source: NFL.com
Mar 16: 8:17 PM EST
McFadden stays in Dallas
Darren McFadden - RB, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys have re-signed running back Darren McFadden to a one-year deal.

Dynasty Analysis

Once considered a rookie draft can't-miss prospect, injuries and ineffectiveness have relegated the former Arkansas Razorback to a backup role behind Ezekiel Elliott. McFadden's value tanked long ago, but he'd be a solid handcuff for Elliott owners if Alfred Morris is released or traded.  Still, this is Elliott's show and unless he gets hurt or has to serve a short-term suspension, McFadden will do nothing more than fill a valuable spot on your roster.

DLF Analyst:      
Mar 16: 2:52 PM EST
Vikings snap up Murray
Latavius Murray - RB, Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings have signed free agent running back Latavius Murray to a three-year deal.

Dynasty Analysis

Minnesota was expected to bolster their backfield this off-season so this is not a surprise, and Murray should form a good duo with outstanding-athlete-but-yet-to-prove-it-on-the-field back Jerick McKinnon.

If I'm a Murray owner, I'm happy with this move as it is suggests he will see a decent amount of volume and presumably assume goal-line duties. While the Vikings don't have the most explosive offense, he should be the top option for carries. He's also 'acquirable' for those who don't own him - he was going behind Duke Johnson, Jeremy Hill and Paul Perkins in the February ADP data and will likely continue to be a bargain in startups and no owner should be holding on to him too tight.

Don't overpay, but Murray could flip his 2016 touchdown-dependence to volume-dependence in 2017, and should maintain low RB2 production. McKinnon is still one to watch, but it seems evident the team doesn't view him as a workhorse.

DLF Analyst:       Source: Minnesota Vikings Website
Mar 16: 10:18 AM EST
Steelers add Justin Hunter
Justin Hunter - WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler has reported a deal with Justin Hunter is "done with Steelers".

Dynasty Analysis

Pittsburgh seems to have cornered the market when it comes to inconsistent deep threats, adding Hunter to speedsters Darrius Heyward-Bey and Sammie Coates. There was hot debate last year between Coates and Markus Wheaton as to who could be the breakout receiver behind Antonio Brown in Martavis Bryant's absence, but ultimately they both disappointed and even with a decent season from Eli Rogers, it's no surprise to see the team adding another wideout.

Hunter has been a let down since his second round selection in 2013, accumulating 1,305 total yards over four seasons, so we shouldn't get our hopes up at all or expect anything from him. He may not even make the team when the season rolls round. This might say more about the lack of belief in Coates/Rogers or potential news about Bryant's reinstatement as he's now eligible for return - do they even want him back? Keep an eye out for news on that front as it might determine Hunter's role moving forward.

DLF Analyst:       Source: ESPN's Jeremy Fowler
Mar 15: 10:42 AM EST
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