Damaris Johnson - WR - Houston Texans
The Houston Texans have claimed WR Damaris Johnson from the Philadelphia Eagles, OT Jeff Adams off waivers from the Tennessee Titans and CB Darryl Morris from the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: Johnson is penciled in as the Texas' fifth WR for now, and also is a candidate to contribute as a kickoff and punt returner.
Charles Johnson - WR - Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns have placed WR Charles X. Johnson, OT Martin Wallace and OG Karim Barton on no-recall waivers. The Browns also claimed WR LaRon Byrd off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys
Huddle Up: Johnson, appeared on a few early sleeper lists after a strong start to camp, but the buzz quickly faded. Now, the three wideouts currently listed behind starters Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins are Byrd, Travis Benjamin and Gabriel Taylor. Yikes!
Alex Smith - QB - Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith has agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $68 million with $45 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up: Given the recent contracts signed by other mid-range QBs, this deal was going to get done. Smith ranked 16th among all fantasy QBs last season and remains a solid QB2.
San Francisco 49ers OG Alex Boone will end his holdout and return to the team within 24 hours after reworking a two-year deal Sunday, Aug. 31.
Huddle Up: A key cog for the 49ers' ground game is returning just in time for the games that count.
Dee Milliner - CB - New York Jets
New York Jets CB Dee Milliner (ankle) may not be ready for the team's Week 1 game.
Huddle Up: The Jets' starting CBs a week from today could be Kyle Wilson and Ellis Lankster if Milliner can't play. Fortunately, they'll be facing the less-than-potent Raiders' passing attack.
Wes Welker - WR - Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker (concussion) will increase his activity level when the team returns to practice Monday, Sept. 1.
Huddle Up: Despite all the risk, Welker is determined to get back on the field as soon as medically possible. Of course, the key fantasy question is how long he'll be able to stay on field once he resumes action, but monitor the situation throughout the week if you're counting on him Week 1.
Matthew Tucker - RB - Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles have added RB Matthew Tucker to their practice squad.
Huddle Up: A fantasy name to remember down the road as the 2013 undrafted free agent rushed for 4 TDs and led all RBs with 36 fantasy points this preseason.
Rex Grossman - QB - Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns have released QB Rex Grossman, according to a source.
Huddle Up: That leaves You Know Who as the only current backup to starter Brian Hoyer on the roster.
Ryan Mallett - QB - Houston Texans
The Houston Texans have acquired QB Ryan Mallett from the New England Patriots, in exchange for a sixth-round pick, according to multiple sources.
Huddle Up: Mallett, a 2011 third-round pick who's attempted 4 regular-season passes, is a lot closer to seeing the field now that he has Ryan Fitzpatrick in front of him instead of Tom Brady. Fourth-round pick Tom Savage is the only other QB on the roster as Case Keenum has been released.
Stephen Hill - WR - New York Jets
Free-agent WR Stephen Hill's agent, Alan Herman, said that Hill never had a chance to succeed with the New York Jets. 'He didn't have a chance that first year with that whole Tim Tebow-Mark Sanchez fiasco,' Herman said. 'His second year, Geno Smith was learning how to play quarterback. So they never threw the ball deep because they wanted to simplify things for Geno.'
Huddle Up: Yeah, Hill certainly wasn't working with the ideal QB situation in N.Y., but that still doesn't completely explain the 2012 second-round pick's abysmal production (45 catches for 594 yards) in two seasons and another poor showing in camp/preseason this summer. Still only 23, though, Hill will get another chance to show what he can do with another team/QB situation.
Vincent Brown - WR - San Diego Chargers
Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers WR Vincent Brown (calf) was placed on no-recall waivers with a waived/injured designation Saturday, Aug. 30.
Huddle Up: A former third-round pick, Brown was never the same after an ankle injury cost him the 2012 season. Last year Brown caught 41 passes for 472 yards and one score. Brown is off the fantasy radar regardless of where he ends up.
Stephen Hill - WR - New York Jets
Free-agent WR Stephen Hill's agent believes the Cleveland Browns will put in a claim for Hill. 'I would think the Browns would put in a claim,' the agent said. '(Head coach Mike) Pettine knows him and they need receivers and Stephen can stretch the field.'
Huddle Up: This is pure speculation by Hill's agent but it makes sense from the standpoint that Cleveland needs help at receiver. Hill will get a second chance with another team because of his raw physical skills.
Champ Bailey - CB - New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints CB Champ Bailey has been released.
Huddle Up: Bailey was beaten out for a roster spot by undrafted rookie Brian Dixon. Once considered arguably the best CB in the NFL, Bailey is now at the end of his career and could consider retirement.
Ryan Williams - RB - Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys RB Ryan Williams has been waived.
Huddle Up: Williams played well in the preseason but Dallas decided to keep Joseph Randle as its No. 3 RB. Williams is likely to draw attention from other RB-needy teams.
Kris Durham - WR - Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions WR Kris Durham has been released.
Huddle Up: Durham was able to stick with Detroit for a while because of the Lions lackluster receiving corps. However, Durham was always a backend NFL receiver, so his release doesn't come as a surprise now that the Lions have upgraded the position. Durham should generate some interest on the open market.
Stephen Hill - WR - New York Jets
New York Jets WR Stephen Hill has been released.
Huddle Up: Hill was a huge bust in New York. He has intriguing physical skills, so another team will take a chance on him. However, receivers that can't catch don't have long careers in the NFL.
Josh Boyce - WR - New England Patriots
New England Patriots WR Josh Boyce was informed of his release Saturday, Aug. 30.
Huddle Up: A former fourth-round draft pick, Boyce never made an impact in New England. Boyce is a candidate for the practice squad is he doesn't get claimed.
James Harrison - LB - Free Agent
Free-agent LB James Harrison (Bengals) announced his retirement from the NFL Saturday, Aug. 30.
Huddle Up: An UDFA out of Kent State, Harrison retires with 66 sacks, five Pro Bowl selections and two Super bowl rings. Harrison was a leading force on a Steelers' defense that was one of the best for much of the 2000s.
Daryl Richardson - RB - New York Jets
New York Jets RB Daryl Richardson has been informed of his impending release, according to sources, Saturday, Aug. 30.
Huddle Up: Richardson was beaten out by Bilal Powell for a roster spot. Only 24, Richardson could still catch on with another RB-needy team as insurance.
Nate Burleson - WR - Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns cut WR Nate Burleson Saturday, Aug. 30.
Huddle Up: Burleson is 33 and battling injuries. The fact that he couldn't make the Browns - one of the most WR-needy teams in the NFL - doesn't bode well for his future.
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