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  • KC Running Back #1
    NFL Network’s James Palmer reports Chiefs RB Jerick McKinnon has “a good chance” to play today against the 49ers.
    McKinnon’s rehab has been nothing short of spectacular considering he underwent surgery to repair a hernia just five weeks ago. While his snap rate remains up in the air, the Chiefs get a solid boost to their red zone offense with McKinnon expected back on the field. That’s an important aspect of this matchup considering the Chiefs had the second largest drop in red zone touchdown rate from 2022 to 2023 during the regular season.
  • CIN Wide Receiver #5
    NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports the Bengals informed Tee Higgins they will franchise tag him.
    It was reported earlier in the month by The Athletic’s Paul Dehner that “all expectations” were that the Bengals would tag Higgins, who was set to be an unrestricted free agent. Higgins is expected to net about $21.8 million on the franchise tag as he and the Bengals will now look to run things back for at least one more season. It’s possible Higgins and the Bengals eventually come to an agreement on a long-term extension, but this extension buys the two sides extra time to figure things out — assuming Higgins is willing to play on the tag. Higgins has been a highly productive receiver through his first four years in the league, totaling 257 receptions for 3,684 yards and 24 touchdowns. Injuries plagued his 2023 campaign, but Higgins still managed to find the end zone five times and averaged a career-high 15.6 YPR on the season. He’ll be a high-end WR2 for fantasy next season.
  • NE Wide Receiver #84
    KPRC2’s Aaron Wilson reports Patriots WR Kendrick Bourne is expected to test the free agent market this offseason.
    Bourne is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in Week 8 against the Dolphins. He was off to a good start to the year before going down, posting 37 receptions for 406 yards and four touchdowns, and is expected to have decent interest on the open market. Bourne will be 29 at the start of next season, but it’s hard to envision him walking into a significant role next season — even if fully healthy.
  • NYJ Quarterback #2
    Speaking at the NFL Honors in Las Vegas, Jets owners Woody Johnson said the team needs “a backup quarterback” for the 2024 season.
    It’s safe to say Johnson isn’t a Zach Wilson guy. In addition to emphasizing the Jets’ need for a backup, Johnson took things a step further by saying, “We didn’t have [a backup quarterback] last year.” The Jets are almost certain to move on from Wilson, whether via trade or release, as the former No. 2 overall pick has struggled to live up to his loft draft capital. Through 34 NFL games, Wilson has thrown for 6,293 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 25 interceptions while completing a mere 57 percent of his passes. It’s possible a team offers a late Day 3 pick for the soon-to-be reclamation project, but regardless, it’s evident the Jets are eager to improve their backup quarterback situation this offseason.
  • LAR Wide Receiver #15
    Rams re-signed WR Demarcus Robinson to a one-year, $5 million contract.
    It took a while for Robinson to leave his mark on the 2023 season, but the veteran receiver, who didn’t register a catch until Week 9, finished the year with a line of 26-371-4 while averaging a solid 14.3 YPR. Robinson scored in four consecutive games for the Rams last season and saw four games in which he was targeted five or more times. As long as Puka Nacua and Cooper Kupp are there to absorb the majority of the targets, Robinson will have little to no upside as a fantasy asset. However, he could be worth a late-round flyer in best ball leagues where managers aren’t forced to mull over start/sit decisions.
  • FA Cornerback #26
    49ers released CB Isaiah Oliver.
    Oliver was signed to a two-year contract by the 49ers last offseason but is gone after one season. The veteran corner tallied 67 tackles and one interception on the year and earned a PFF coverage grade of 70.9. Oliver appeared in all 17 regular season games on defense for the 49ers but saw his snaps slashed after Week 8. He did not log a defense snap in the postseason. His release clears just over $2 million in cap space for the 49ers.
  • FA Center #61
    Steelers released C Mason Cole.
    The Steelers entered the offseason with problems at center, which can be directly linked back to Cole, who started all 34 regular season games for them over the last two seasons. With Cole now gone, it goes without saying that the Steelers will officially look to address the center position this offseason via either the draft or free agency. The release of Cole saves the Steelers roughly $4.75 million in cap space for 2024.
  • FA Cornerback #25
    ESPN’s DJ Bien-Aime says people he trusts have told him Xavien Howard is interested in joining the Texans.
    This report comes shortly after it was announced the Dolphins would be releasing Howard at the start of the new league year. The veteran corner will be free to sign with any team and could be eyeing the up-and-coming Texans, who are fresh off a 10-7 season and appearance in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs. Howard will be 31 at the start of next season and could make for a strong pairing with cornerback Derek Stingley, who totaled five interceptions last season while earning a PFF coverage grade of 85.3. As Bien-Aime notes in his report, Howard is from Houston, which could serve as a driving factor for him to join the Texans should an offer arise.
  • FA Cornerback #25
    NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports the Dolphins have informed Xavien Howard he will be released at the start of the league year.
    The Dolphins selected Howard in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The soon-to-be 31-year-old corner has spent his entire career with the Dolphins, earning four Pro Bowl nods and one First-Team All-Pro nomination over that span. Injuries limited Howard to 13 games in 2023, and he managed just one interception while earning a PFF coverage grade of 51.9 — the lowest mark of his career. The ball-hawking corner has twice led the league in interceptions and should have a relatively strong market despite his age. The decision to cut Howard before June 1st will result in a dead cap hit of just over $21 million for the Dolphins.
  • LAR Running Back #20
    Rams tendered RB Ronnie Rivers.
    With Rivers tendered, the second-year back is now locked in to return to the Rams in 2024. With less than three accrued seasons under his belt, a one-year contract at league minimum was all the Rams need to retain Rivers for next year. Rivers joined the Rams as a UDFA in 2022 after, and has rushed 41 times for 150 yards in his brief career as a backup while adding another 10 receptions for 51 yards.
  • CHI Coaching Staff #4
    Bears hired former Buccaneers QB Ryan Griffin as an offensive assistant.
    This presumably ends Griffin’s playing career, as the 34-year-old now joins the coaching ranks. Griffin threw for only 18 yards in his playing career but stuck around as a backup for 10 seasons after joining the Saints as a UDFA in 2013. Griffin is expected to work the quarterbacks and receivers and could be responsible for developing some high-profile rookies in the very near future.