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  • Mike Evans WR | TB

    Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Free agency looking likelier

    The Buccaneers are not expected to re-sign Evans by Monday's 'soft' deadline, which will force the team to take on $7.4 million in dead cap space, Jordan Schultz of BleacherReport.com reports.

    Evans and Tampa Bay will continue contract negotiations in the meantime, but as things stand, the passing of Monday's deadline makes it look more realistic that the 30-year-old wideout ends up on the free-agent market. The Buccaneers also have the option of placing the franchise tag on Evans, though that would cost the team a whopping $28.4 million for 2024 and rule out other tag options like Baker Mayfield and Antoine Winfield. Evans has put together 10 straight seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards and been instrumental to each iteration of Tampa Bay's offense to burgeon in that stretch, so whether he receives his next contract from the Buccaneers or a team on the open market, expect his compensation to be remunerative.

  • Raiders' DeAndre Carter: Totals 494 return yards in 2023

    Carter caught four passes for 39 yards on seven targets and rushed three times for 18 yards in 17 games during the 2023 season. He also returned 24 punts for 232 yards and 11 kicks for 262 yards.

    Carter, who'll turn 31 years old in April, served primarily as a return man in his first season with the Raiders, logging just 102 total offensive snaps. The journeyman wide receiver is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2024, so it's uncertain that he'll be back as a specialist in Las Vegas.

  • Nelson Agholor WR | BAL

    Ravens' Nelson Agholor: Re-ups with Baltimore

    The Ravens signed Agholor to a one-year contract extension Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Agholor will stick with the Ravens after a solid first season with the team in 2023 in which he caught 35 of 45 targets for 381 yards and four touchdowns. The 6-foot speedster didn't enjoy a significant uptick in his overall production compared to his previous two-year span with the Patriots, but his pass-catching efficiency greatly improved, as he had caught just 68 of 117 targets during this stint in New England. He also was reserved into much more of a depth role in Baltimore while playing behind top wideouts Zay Flowers, Rashod Bateman and Odell Beckham, the latter of whom currently is set for free agency after he also signed a one-year contract with the Ravens last offseason. Agholor, who is entering his age-31 season, should reprise a role as a depth piece in Baltimore's receiving corps behind Flowers and Bateman as well as standout tight end Mark Andrews next season.

  • Chiefs' Izaiah Gathings: Returning to Kansas City

    The Chiefs signed Gathings to a reserve/future contract Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.

    Gathings signed with Kansas City's practice squad back in December and will now get another opportunity with the team. The 2023 undrafted free agent will now spend the offseason competing for a roster spot and will look to make his regular season debut.

  • Chiefs' Montrell Washington: Staying with Chiefs

    The Chiefs signed Washington to a reserve/future contract Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports.

    Washington spent time on the Chiefs' practice squad last season and will now get another chance with the team. The 2022 fifth-round pick will now look to compete for a roster spot and can add value both as a receiver and a returner.

  • Tay Martin WR | SF

    49ers' Tay Martin: Staying in San Francisco

    The 49ers signed Martin to a reserve/future contract Tuesday.

    Martin will stay in San Francisco where he spent last season on the practice squad. The 26-year-old was elevated for just one game during the 2023 campaign but failed to catch a pass.

  • 49ers' Brandon Aiyuk: Gains 49 yards in SB loss

    Aiyuk had three receptions (on six targets) for 49 yards in a 25-22 overtime loss to the Chiefs in Super Bowl LVIII.

    Aiyuk made an impact on a couple of lengthy receptions in Sunday's narrow loss, but it wasn't enough to stop Patrick Mahomes and company from winning back-to-back Lombardi Trophies. Aiyuk's fantasy season was a success after posting a 75-1,342-7 receiving line across 16 starts with San Francisco. Now entering the fifth and final year of his rookie contract, another season of strong output from the dynamic wideout should be expected as Aiyuk looks to earn his first big-bank contract.

  • Deebo Samuel WR | SF

    49ers' Deebo Samuel: Powers through injury in OT loss

    Samuel (hamstring) finished with three receptions (on 11 targets) for 33 yards while rushing three times for eight yards in Sunday's 25-22 overtime loss to the Chiefs.

    Samuel went down clutching his hamstring early in the second half and had to miss roughly five minutes of game time while being examined on the sideline. The physical wideout eventually returned and got involved on a couple of short gains in the fourth quarter to help San Francisco keep its Lombardi hopes alive. Samuel's heroic effort was still not enough to topple the reigning champs after the 49ers fell to the Chiefs in the Super Bowl for the second time in five seasons. The 27-year-old produced strong results from a fantasy standpoint in 2023, scoring 12 total touchdowns while going over 1,000 yards from scrimmage for the second time as a pro. Samuel will have to lick his wounds this offseason before running it back with San Francisco for the second year of a three-year, $71.5 million contract extension that he signed in 2022.

  • Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Comes through with clutch touchdown

    Hardman recorded three receptions (on three targets) for 57 yards in Sunday's 25-22 overtime win over the 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII.

    Hardman was acquired by the Chiefs at the trade deadline but was sidelined by a thumb injury for most of the remaining games in the regular season. He also played a minimal role in the playoffs, including the AFC Championship Game, when he was on the field for only one offensive snap. However, Hardman came through on the biggest stage, catching a three-yard touchdown in overtime to deliver a walk-off Super Bowl win for the Chiefs. He also tallied a 52-yard catch early in the second quarter, accounting for the team's longest play from scrimmage. Hardman will hit free agency this offseason, and he'll likely find a short-term deal as a depth pass-catching option.

  • Rashee Rice WR | KC

    Chiefs' Rashee Rice: Six catches in Super Bowl

    Rice recorded six receptions (on eight targets) for 39 yards in Sunday's 25-22 overtime win over the 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII. He added two rushes for five yards.

    Rice finished second on the team in targets behind Travis Kelce, which turned into an uninspiring yardage total. However, Rice notched a pair of impactful receptions on the Chiefs' game-winning drive in overtime, the latter of which was a 13-yard gain on third down to get the offense into 49ers territory. The effort concluded a strong second half of the season for the rookie pass catcher, as he commanded at least eight targets in eight of Kansas City's last 10 games including playoffs. Rice will be a key part of the offense in 2024 and should share the top pass-catching role with Travis Kelce.

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