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In this Jan. 3, 2021, file photo, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) looks on before an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans in Houston. Watt and the Texans have mutually agreed to part ways, ending the tenure of the face of the franchise and adding another huge change to an offseason filled with upheaval. (AP Photo/Matt Patterson, FIle)
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) J.J. Watt has agreed to a two-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals.
The team announced the deal with the free-agent edge rusher on Monday. Watt was released last month by the Houston Texans, for whom he won three NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards.
The 31-year old Watt has been one of the NFL's best players for a decade, but asked out in Houston, which is undergoing a roster upheaval. Watt joins another former Texans star, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, in Arizona. Hopkins was acquired by the Cardinals in a one-sided trade a year ago.
Watt started all 128 games in which he appeared in the past 10 years after entering the league as Houston's first-round selection, 11th overall, in the 2011 draft out of Wisconsin. In 2017, he was selected as the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for his work in helping Houston recover from Hurricane Harvey. He was the league's top defensive player in 2012, 2014 and 2015.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (toe) underwent surgery to fix his turf-toe injury on Feb. 10. With a three-month recovery period expected, the Chiefs think that Mahomes will be ready for training camp this summer, and he could be good to go by mandatory minicamp, according to general manager Brett Veach. The 25-year-old was slowed a bit by the toe injury in the postseason, but it's not expected to affect him moving forward after surgery. Mahomes is an elite player at his position and is a perennial Pro Bowler and MVP candidate after making back-to-back trips to the Super Bowl. He had 4,740 passing yards, 38 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2020 while also adding 62 carries for 308 yards and two TDs on the ground. Mahomes will once again be in consideration as the first fantasy signal-caller off the board in 2021.
The Washington Football Team is expected to part ways with quarterback Alex Smith in the coming days, according to informed sources. Smith had a gruesome leg injury in 2018 and needed 17 surgeries to fix and later save his leg from amputation. He missed all of the 2019 season before becoming the league's 2020 Comeback Player of the Year, going 5-1 as a starter and helping the team win the NFC East division. However, the new regime never believed that Smith could make a comeback and were set to go in a different direction under center. The 36-year-old played decent football in his return, but it remains to be seen if another organization will give Smith a chance to compete for a starting job. A reunion with Matt Nagy in Chicago, Smith's former offensive coordinator in Kansas City, could be coming.
Washington Football Team QB Alex Smith will part ways with the team in the coming days.
Fantasy Spin: Smith has expressed a desire to continue playing, but he has no value in fantasy.
Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins has missed just one of his last 96 games due to injury.
Fantasy Spin: Cousins was 11th in fantasy points at the position last year. Honestly, for the unheralded nature of his 35-touchdown season, that might come as a surprise to some. Cousins is a solid fantasy quarterback, but he keeps getting pushed down the pecking order as these more dynamic athletes become more polished.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes (toe) is expected to be ready for training camp and could be ready for mandatory mini camp, according to general manager Brett Veach. The surgery had a three-month recovery.
Fantasy Spin: Mahomes is arguably the best quarterback in fantasy, but the gap has narrowed with the amount of dual-threat options.
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson stormed out of a meeting before a Thursday night game against the Arizona Cardinals because he felt his ideas on how to fix the offense were being rebuffed, according to a report by The Athletic's Michael-Shawn Dugar, Mike Sando and Jayson Jenks. Wilson has attempted to add his influence to the offense and has felt shut out by coaches at times.
Fantasy Spin: Wilson is a midrange QB1 if he stays in Seattle, but he could have upside if he were dealt to a more potent offense.
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton hit it off at the Pro Bowl three years ago, according to MMQB's Peter King. The Saints are on Wilson's list of desired destinations if he's traded.
Fantasy Spin: Wilson would be dynamite in the Saints' offense if it comes to fruition. This is another scenario to watch for QB1s in fantasy this offseason.
New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara has tallied 58 catches of at least 15 yards since entering the league in 2017 - the most by any running back over that span - according to Pro Football Focus.
Fantasy Spin: Kamara is the proud owner of 326 catches since becoming a Saint, so he's had plenty of opportunities to create big plays. With that said, the four-time Pro Bowler deserves plenty of credit for this stat as he has forced a league-high 79 missed tackles on those receptions. The likely retirement of Drew Brees figures to drop Kamara from the elite group of fantasy running backs, but it shouldn't keep him from serving as a solid RB1 option.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has recorded a league-best 102 completions on throws of at least 20 yards downfield since the start of the 2018 season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Fantasy Spin: It should come as no surprise that the leader of the NFL's most explosive passing offense - paired with perhaps the league's most dynamic deep-ball threat in Tyreek Hill - would find himself atop the leaderboard in such a category. Most of the band is expected back - with the possible exception of Sammy Watkins for Kansas City in 2021, so Mahomes should be primed for another run at overall QB1 honors in fantasy and plenty of long completions yet again.
Seattle Seahawks impending free-agent RB Chris Carson averaged a career-high 4.8 yards per carry and a career-best 3.1 receptions per game in 2020.
Fantasy Spin: Carson missed time with an injury, but he resumed his role as Seattle's workhorse back down the stretch while expanding his involvement in the passing game. If the Seahawks bring him back in 2021, RB2 production seems like a given.
Philadelphia Eagles TE Dallas Goedert averaged 3.7 receptions and 40.0 receiving yards and didn't score a touchdown in three games with QB Jalen Hurts as the starter.
Fantasy Spin: On the plus side, Goedert did have 17 targets in those same three games, so Hurts wasn't ignoring him. If Zach Ertz trade rumors turn out to be true, Goedert will have enough more than enough upside to target as a potential TE1.
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB James White's 375 receiving yards in 2020 were the fewest since his rookie season when he appeared in three games, and his 49 receptions and 62 targets were his lowest totals since 2014.
Fantasy Spin: White has been a steady presence in the New England passing attack throughout his career, but he was largely an afterthought in the Cam Newton-led offense. His days as a PPR asset could be numbered, and at the very least, fantasy owners need to see where White is playing and who is throwing him the football before drafting him in 2021.
Los Angeles Rams WR Cooper Kupp led all receivers with 21 avoided tackles after receptions in 2020, according to Pro Football Focus.
Fantasy Spin: Kupp finished just shy of 1,000 yards last year, but he topped 90 catches for the second season in a row. His touchdown total dipped from 10 to three, but the addition of quarterback Matthew Stafford should raise Kupp's ceiling. Consider him a WR2 with upside.
Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent WR Larry Fitzgerald's 54 receptions in 2020 were the most by a player without a drop.
Cincinnati Bengals impending free-agent DE Carl Lawson likely will not receive the franchise tag this offseason, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Ben Baby.
Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent DT Tyrone Crawford may consider retirement this offseason, according to ESPN.com's Todd Archer.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans is the only player in NFL history to record at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first seven seasons in the league.
Fantasy Spin: Evans has been one of the most consistent option in fantasy football since entering the NFL and should see similar success next season as long as he can stay healthy. He will be a weekly starting option in all fantasy leagues.
Incoming Detroit Lions QB Jared Goff likely will be asked to restructure his contract this offseason because the team can create around $15 million if they rework the deal.
Fantasy Spin: Goff will be the Lions starting quarterback for at least next season, but it is not known if he will be the quarterback of the future for the Lions. He probably will be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback because the team may lose their top three receivers in free agency.
Detroit Lions impending free-agent WR Kenny Golladay is a candidate for the franchise tag this offseason, but the team could look to trade him instead of keeping him if he is tagged, in the opinion of The Detroit News' Justin Rogers.
Fantasy Spin: Golladay is a very good receiver when healthy, so the Lions should receive a solid draft choice if they decide to trade him. He should be a weekly starting option in fantasy leagues next season.
Free-agent Jurrell Casey (Broncos) probably will not be an option for the Tennessee Titans this offseason, in the opinion of TennesseeTitans.com's Jim Wyatt.