NFL Free Agency: Jeremy Maclin and others find new homes

Jeremy Maclin and Andy Reid

Jeremy Maclin, Julius Thomas, Frank Gore and others have already found a new place to call home, despite NFL Free Agency not officially starting today at 4 pm est. That is when the new league year starts and the signings can become official. Many teams have already made plans to sign players when the league year officially starts.

Ndamukong Suh made the biggest splash, landing in Miami. The Dolphins will pay him $114 million with 60 of it guaranteed. A few other players will be calling a new city home for this season. Some increased their fantasy potential with their moves while others made ones that will likely cause a huge hit to their potential. Lets look at how each move may effect your fantasy team this season.

Jeremy Maclin to the Kansas City Chiefs

In one of the biggest head scratches, Jeremy Maclin is headed to the Kansas City Chiefs. This deal will reunite him with former head coach Andy Reid. This deal is a huge blow to Maclin, who was a fantasy stud in 2014. He put up 1300 yards and 10 touchdowns last season under Chip Kelly. The Chiefs had zero touchdowns in 2014 from their wide receiving threats, which is clearly a problem. The Chiefs needed to upgrade that position and did so in Maclin. Dwayne Bowe will likely be a cap casualty as Kansas City looks to make room for Maclin’s deal.

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Julius Thomas

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Julius Thomas to the Jacksonville Jaguars

Julius Thomas leaves the friendly confines of Mile High and Peyton Manning for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He will sign a 2 year deal that will pay him $9 million per season. The transition to Jacksonville will be a massive hit to Thomas’ potential. With Manning, Thomas became an elite fantasy option at tight end, getting 12 touchdowns in each of their two seasons together. Thomas will be a mid tier guy who has the potential to have solid games but will be feast or famine. His 2015 will be much more touchdown dependent.

Frank Gore headed out of San Francisco

Frank Gore’s time in San Francisco is over. He is headed to the Indianapolis Colts and not the Philadelphia Eagles as first reported, to take over as the teams feature back. He should have plenty of opportunity to produce with the Colts. His deal is worth $12 million over three years. He should be a solid RB2 who could have nice value in 2015. His pass protection will also be a welcomed addition for the Colts. The offensive line in front of quarterback Andrew Luck is questionable at best and Gore’s pass blocking is very underrated. It should help Luck stay upright more often and continue to be an elite fantasy option at quarterback.

Carlos Hyde

Is it Carlos Hyde’s time to shine? (Christian Petersen)

Carlos Hyde‘s time to shine

For the 49ers, Carlos Hyde should carry the load this season. He showed potential last season, and 2015 sets up to be his coming out party. They 49ers will likely look to add depth via free agency or the draft. Depending on who they bring in, Hyde could see his value adjust. However assuming he is lead back in San Francisco, the potential is there for a good season. He should be able to contribute on the ground and in the passing game.

Andre Johnson to the Indianapolis Colts

Andre Johnson will be following his buddy and fellow former Miami Hurricane Frank Gore to the Indianapolis Colts. Johnson was released from the Houston Texans after 12 seasons with the team. Johnson hasn’t been the same guy in the past few seasons but should be a decent flex option with the Colts. His touchdown totals have remained under 5 since 2010. A 1,000 yard season should be in play opposite TY Hilton.

Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin

Boldin and Smith reunite in San Francisco.(Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America)

Torrey Smith to the San Francisco 49ers

Torrey Smith is headed from one coast to the other for 2015. He will be lining up opposite former teammate Anquan Boldin. The two spent time together in Baltimore. Smith will add a deep threat the 49ers need. He should help quarterback Colin Kaepernick have a better 2015, with his ability to stretch the field. Something the 49ers haven’t had in a long long time.

Stay tuned to Fake Pigskin for all the latest NFL Free Agency News. Our new podcast, Angle of Pursuit will cover the news you need to know as well. Our guest Sigmund Bloom will be on to talk about how these moves should impact your team and drafts next season.


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