NFL free agency is still booming as day two of the legal tampering window came to a close. The new league year starts today, which is when all of these signings can become official, and players can join their new clubs. Also, all agreed upon trades will go into effect, barring any unforeseen circumstances. This article will give you the fantasy relevant signings from Tuesday and some outlook going into the 2021 season.
Andy Dalton: After being rumored to land Carson Wentz, Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott, and Deshaun Watson, Chicago brings in Andy Dalton to right the ship (sigh). This is about as disappointing as you can possibly get if you were hoping for Chicago’s offense to take a big step forward. This signing definitely kills the hopes of Allen Robinson seeing that elite tier, and everyone else on that offense takes a massive hit. I suppose the best thing for Bears fans and fantasy fans right now is to hope that Chicago drafts a QB… but don’t hold your breath.
Jamaal Williams: The veteran running back is heading to the Motor City, where he will share a backfield with D’Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson. Williams likely will be the second man up in Detroit’s RB room. Swift has top-five RB upside in 2021, and Williams signing there doesn’t change that for me. Williams will be a nice handcuff if you’re looking to stash a running back later in the season, but I don’t expect much from him outside of a Swift injury.
Marvin Jones Jr.: The former Lion is heading to Jacksonville, teaming up with Urban Meyer and presumptive number one overall pick, Trevor Lawrence. The arsenal of weapons that the rookie will have coming in is up there with the best in the league. Jones Jr. will once again be a great best ball selection, but with Laviska Shenault and D.J. Chark there as well, I’m not comfortable with him providing weekly fantasy value as the situation stands.
Emmanuel Sanders: Sanders is signing with the Buffalo Bills on a one-year deal. Buffalo released John Brown late last week, so the signing isn’t much of a surprise. Sanders coming to town will put pressure on second-year receiver Gabriel Davis for that WR2 spot in the offense. Losing Brown hurts Josh Allen to a degree, and replacing him with Sanders doesn’t exactly make up the difference in my mind.
Hunter Henry: On Monday, the Patriots made a splash by signing TE Jonnu Smith. On Tuesday, they doubled down at the position by signing the other top TE free agent, Hunter Henry. The dynamic in New England is going to be an interesting one to keep an eye on. Maybe one of the TE’s can get a leg up on the other, but it looks like both just signed up for fantasy irrelevance (which is really any TE outside of the top six).