NFL News (7/7/20)

Updated: Jul 8, 2020

Raiders want Clowney

It is being reported that the Raiders have submitted an offer to star pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney, but is a distant third to two other clubs who have also submitted offers. Head Coach Jon Gruden wants to up the offer submitted to Clowney, however Gm Mike Mayock and owner Mark Davis want to stand pat with the offer already submitted. Clowney has stated that he is seeking between 17-18 million and would like to be signed before the start of training camp, so the Raiders are running out of time. If the Las Vegas Raiders are able to land Clowney this would give them some serious juice to the pass rush that improved last season with breakout defensive end Maxx Crosby and fellow rookie Clelin Ferrell.

Mahomes Breaks the Bank

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs have reached an agreement on a massive ten year extension. The deal will make Mahomes the highest paid player ever in the NFL, as he is set to make up to 503 million dollars. Mahomes being only 24 still will likely see another contract at the end of this one as he will be the same age as Aaron Rodgers now when it's up. Dynasty owners of Mahomes rejoice as Mahomes is locked into an Elite role for the next decade.

Swift Signs Rookie Deal

The Detroit Lions rookie running back D'Andre Swift has finally signed his rookie contract. Swift figures to see significant work early in his career which is a safe assumption just by the team drafting him so highly. The team appears fed up with Kerryon Johnson and his inability to stay healthy. Swift makes for a low risk flex play in 2020, as he currently is sitting with an ADP of a 5th-6th round value on Best Ball 10's. This is the spot we would recommend taking a look at Swift this summer when drafting your team.

Don't forget about Damien

Chiefs running back coach Deland McCullough says he envisions a big jump this year for Williams. This should come as no surprise as Williams should have been named the Super Bowl MVP last season. Williams despite the edition of rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire will be the teams likely week one starter. The Chiefs are not just going to eliminate Williams from their plans, as he has proven he can be an effective featured back when given the opportunity. Also, Williams is a good locker room leader for the club, which Andy Reid likes. Now he may be the starter in week one, but come week 14 he may be seeing a reduced role due to the emergence of the number one fantasy rookie prospect CEH.

Moss to Assume Gore Role

The Bills reportedly want Zack Moss to play a similar role to what Frank Gore played last season. This shouldn't be a surprise as we assumed this is what the team was thinking, but it's nice to have them confirm it. This is why we only can view Singletary as a flex starter and not an RB2 starter for our fantasy teams. Singletary likely will still see 16-18 touches a game but his touchdown upside is basically going to be non-existent when the ball is inside the 20's. This is because Moss will be the guy asked to get the tough, inside, short yardage which likely will include goal line work. Also Singletary has to deal with the touchdown vulture Josh Allen as well.

Njoku Staying Put?

Despite David Njoku asking for a trade the Browns still state they have big plans for the young tight end this season. This is likely just media noise because the team knows the value on Njoku is not currently there. With them brining in Austin Hooper during free agency and drafting Harrison Bryant this spring, teams will use that as leverage against them. The Browns front office knows this so will say they have a big role for him to potentially drive up the asking price on Njoku. Right now the team would likely only be able to get a 4th or 5th round pick for Njoku. The team would most likely like to receive at least a second round pick, which a tight end needy team such as the Redskins or Texans may be willing to give as we inch closer to the start of the season.