Albert Wilson is expected to battle third-round WR Chris Conley for a starting job opposite Jeremy Maclin.
The 5-foot-9 Wilson can't match up with the physical freak Conley on paper. But there's also a question of fit, as Conley is a receiver that needs to be given a chance to win 1-on-1 battles downfield and Alex Smith is afraid to make those throws. Ultimately, we'd expect a situational time share, with Andy Reid favorite Jason Avant also getting the mix. Smith's limitations curb most of the fantasy appeal in Kansas City outside of Travis Kelce and Jeremy Maclin.
Raiders released LB Miles Burris.
A fourth-round pick of the Raiders in 2012, Burris started 31 games (including all 16 last year) and finished with 142 tackles. He became expendable when the Raiders drafted LBs Ben Heeney, Neiron Ball, and Max Valles over the weekend.
Bills signed DL Alex Carrington to a one-year contract.
Carrington returns to Buffalo, where he spent four years from 2010-13. After a failed year with the Rams, the versatile 27-year-old is back. The Bills were in the market for defensive line help after not selecting one in the draft.
Devonta Freeman is expecting the Falcons to use a multi-back system this season.
The Falcons are a great bet to improve their run game under new OC Kyle Shanahan. The question is who will be getting the carries. Expect Freeman, third-round rookie Tevin Coleman and home-run hitter Antone Smith to all be in the mix. We'd give Coleman the edge for a majority share right now based on natural talent, but exact roles will be sorted out through competition.
Vikings exercised their 2016 fifth-year option on FS Harrison Smith.
It's a no-brainer as Smith was arguably the Vikings' best defender last season, grading out as PFF's No. 2 safety. In fact, the team is thought to be working on an extension this offseason. If Smith does play out 2016 on the tender, he'll make $5.278 million.
Vikings exercised their 2016 fifth-year option on LT Matt Kalil.
It wasn't an easy decision as Kalil was the fourth-worst tackle in football last year, according to PFF. But the option is only guaranteed for injury, meaning the Vikings can cut Kalil after this season with no ramifications. If he plays well and they want to keep him, they'll have to pay him $11.09 million in 2016.
Free agent DT Alex Carrington is visiting the Bills Monday.
Carrington played the five-technique spot for the Bills in 2013, the last of his four years with the team. Buffalo did not select a defensive lineman in the draft.
ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson expects TE Mychal Rivera to open the season as the starter.
We'll see. The low-upside and plodding Rivera will be pushed hard by third-round rookie Clive Walford, who drew some Dwayne Allen comps during the pre-draft process. There could also be room for both tight ends to play together as Rivera is more of a "move" tight end and Walford profiles in-line. Neither one has a very appetizing fantasy outlook.