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Shane Zylstra DET TE
Lions' Shane Zylstra: Stays in Detroit11m ago
Zylstra (knee) re-signed with the Lions on Monday.
Zylstra spent the entirety of the 2023 campaign on IR with a knee injury suffered during training camp, but he should be considered healthy with his return to the team. The 27-year-old last suited up in 2022, when he made 11 receptions on 15 targets for 60 yards and four touchdowns across 13 contests. He'll likely be competing for a depth role in the Lions' tight end corps in 2024.
Ryan Neuzil ATL G
Falcons' Ryan Neuzil: Staying in Atlanta21m ago
Neuzil re-signed with the Falcons on Monday.
Neuzil will stay in Atlanta on a one-year deal, after spending 2022 and 2023 with the team. The Appalachian State product appeared in all 17 games last season, making four starts at center, while Drew Dalman tended to an ankle injury. Neuzil will likely be working to make the team as a depth option once again in 2024.
Russell Wilson DEN QB
Broncos' Russell Wilson: Broncos officially moving on29m ago
Denver announced Monday that Wilson has been informed he will be released by the team after the NFL's new league year begins March 13.
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Wilson's release will save the Broncos an extra $37 million in guaranteed money, while Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com notes that the team will still need to endure an NFL-record $85 million in dead cap over the next two years. Those financial ramifications highlight the extent to which Wilson's two-year stint in Denver was characterized by disappointment. The veteran ended the 2023 campaign with 297 completions on 447 pass attempts for 3,070 yards, 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 15 games, numbers which may have seemed merely mediocre were it not for his sizable salary compensation, and the valuable draft picks the Broncos parted ways with for his acquisition from Seattle. When free agency officially begins, Wilson will get a chance to search for a fresh start elsewhere, while coach Sean Payton and Denver will once again have to start anew at the quarterback position.
Foley Fatukasi JAC DT
Folorunso Fatukasi: Gets let go32m ago
Fatukasi was released by Jacksonville on Monday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Fatukasi received birthday wishes from the Jaguars' official Twitter account earlier the day; however, the now 29-year-old was then cut from the team just a few hours later. The move will save Jacksonville $3.5 million in cap space, according to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com. The UConn product finished his 2023 campaign with 24 combined tackles and a pass defended.
Donte Jackson CAR CB
Panthers' Donte Jackson: Likely done in Carolina1h ago
Jackson is expected to be released or traded by the Panthers before March 16, when he is due a $4 million roster bonus, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Jackson played 16 games last year in his sixth season with Carolina, but it appears the veteran corner will not spend his seventh NFL campaign with the franchise. He ended 2023 with 59 combined tackles, five passes defended and no interceptions. His release would save the team $5.9 million in cap space this offseason.
L'Jarius Sneed KC CB
Chiefs' L'Jarius Sneed: Gets Non-Exclusive Franchise Tag1h ago
The Chiefs placed the Non-Exclusive Franchise Tag on Sneed on Monday.
The transaction was expected, having been reported by Dianna Russini of The Athletic on Sunday. Sneed has permission to seek a trade and speak with teams around the league, so it's still possible he still ends up playing elsewhere during the 2024 season, if another club is willing to send sufficient draft compensation to Kansas City. Since joining the Chiefs in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Sneed has proven an ability to absolutely thrive in defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo's scheme. Kansas City also continues to work towards an extension that would allow for retaining star lineman Chris Jones, so freeing up cap space could remain a serious motivation to find a trade partner for Sneed.
Jordan Hicks SF RP
Giants' Jordan Hicks: Old problems surfacing in spring4m ago
Hicks has allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six over 4.1 innings across two Cactus League starts.
The Giants are committed to letting Hicks begin 2024 as a starter, as if they have many options with a lack of rotation depth. The numbers so far are not encouraging -- Hicks is struggling with walks and loud contact. Oracle Park should help limit the damage on fly balls, and his elite velocity will lead to plenty of strikeouts. Hicks will need to prove his durability in a starting role, as a return to the bullpen will linger over him if his performance slips or an injury costs him a large chunk of the season.
Adrian Houser NYM SP
Mets' Adrian Houser: Shaky outing Sunday10m ago
Houser gave up three runs on four hits and a walk over 1.2 innings in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros. He struck out two.
The 31-year-old right-hander worked up to 43 pitches (29 strikes) but gave up a lot of loud contact to a Houston lineup that features only a couple regulars, including two doubles by Jake Meyers and a Jon Singleton two-bagger that nearly left the yard. Houser would need to have a disastrous spring to lose his spot in the Mets' rotation after signing a one-year, $5 million deal with the team in January, but his 4.42 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 6.9 K/9 over the last two seasons with the Brewers give him little fantasy appeal outside.
Bobby Witt KC SS
Royals' Bobby Witt: Two homers in spring12m ago
Witt has gone 4-for-15 with two home runs, a stolen base and four runs scored over five Cactus League games.
As if the 11-year contract extension he signed in February wasn't enough proof, Witt is locked in as the Royals' starting shortstop. The 23-year-old offers both power and speed and should be a fixture at or near the top of the batting order this season. He hit .276 with an .814 OPS, 30 home runs, 49 stolen bases, 96 RBI and 97 runs scored in a similar role in 2023.
Adam Frazier KC 2B
Royals' Adam Frazier: Decent eye at plate in spring15m ago
Frazier has gone 1-for-10 with three walks and two strikeouts over four Cactus League games.
Frazier is doing alright with plate discipline. He is competing with Michael Massey for the starting job at second base, but neither player has stood out all that much in the first week-plus of spring games. Frazier can also provide coverage in the corner outfield, so he's likely to be on the Royals' major-league roster as at least a utility option throughout 2024. If neither Frazier nor Massey claim second base for themselves, Nick Loftin and Garrett Hampson could also be in the mix for at-bats there.
Tylor Megill NYM SP
Mets' Tylor Megill: Favorite for fifth starter role16m ago
Megill has emerged as the favorite to win the Mets' No. 5 starter job, Tim Britton of The Athletic reports.
The 28-year-old right-hander added a splitter to his arsenal over the winter, and so far the results have been encouraging as Megill has allowed one run over his first five Grapefruit League innings with a 7:0 K:BB. A pitch that can generate more whiffs could be crucial for his fortunes -- after posting a strikeout rate north of 25 percent in the majors in 2021 and 2022, Megill saw that number drop to 18.5 percent last year. The Mets have a hole to fill in their Opening Day rotation due to Kodai Senga's shoulder strain, and while Jose Butto and Joey Lucchesi still have a chance to make their case for the job, it appears to be Megill's to lose.
Michael Wacha KC SP
Royals' Michael Wacha: Fine through two spring starts19m ago
Wacha has allowed one run on three hits and struck out three without walking a batter over three innings across his first two Cactus League starts.
Wacha's doing just fine in spring training. The veteran right-hander will need to stay healthy to be an effective starter, but he's logged 20-plus starts in each of the last three seasons while keeping his ERA under 3.50 in the last two years. The Royals' pitching staff was a weakness in 2023, and signing Wacha to a two-year deal addressed that concern. He'll likely continue to offer solid control and an ability to keep the ball in the yard, but he may regress in the surface stats in his age-32 season.
Cameron Payne PHI PG
76ers' Cameron Payne: Questionable for Tuesday17m ago
Payne (illness) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Nets.
The illness forced Payne to the sidelines Sunday, and now he's in danger of missing his second straight. If he's unable to give it a go, Kyle Lowry and Tyrese Maxey will divvy up the bulk of his minutes.
Markelle Fultz ORL PG
Magic's Markelle Fultz: Questionable for Tuesday20m ago
Fultz (left knee injury maintenance) is listed as questionable ahead of Tuesday's game in Charlotte.
Tuesday's game comes as the first leg of a back-to-back set, so if Fultz is cleared for that game, he'd likely skip Wednesday's game versus Washington. He's likely only going to be available for three of Orlando's four games this week, and will likely continue to have minutes restrictions, so he's a risky guy to deploy in weekly settings.
Jaylin Williams OKC PF
Thunder's Jaylin Williams: Downgraded to out23m ago
Williams (knee) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Lakers.
Williams will miss a second straight game due to a left knee sprain. His next chance to suit up will come Wednesday in Portland. In Williams' absence, Aaron Wiggins and Gordon Hayward are candidates for a few extra minutes off the bench.
Toumani Camara POR SF
Trail Blazers' Toumani Camara: Questionable for Monday1h ago
Camara is questionable to play Monday against the Timberwolves due to an illness.
With Jerami Grant (quad) doubtful and Matisse Thybulle (hip) questionable, the Trail Blazers could be paper thin at the forward spots Monday evening. If all those guys are out, Jabari Walker and Dalano Banton could be forced to flirt with 30-plus minutes, so they are both on the radar as potential targets in daily fantasy leagues.
Derrick Jones Jr. DAL SF
Mavericks' Derrick Jones: Questionable for Tuesday1h ago
Jones is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Pacers due to a shoulder injury, Eddie Sefko of the Mavericks' official site reports.
If Jones can't give it a go, that will open up minutes for Josh Green and Tim Hardaway, with the latter offering a bit more upside. We'll have a better idea of Jones' availability for Tuesday night based on his activity level at the team's morning shootaround.
Maxi Kleber DAL C
Mavericks' Maxi Kleber: Questionable for Tuesday1h ago
Kleber is questionable for Tuesday's game versus Indiana with left knee soreness, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning Newsreports.
The Mavericks are a little banged up heading into Tuesday. Derrick Jones (shoulder) and Luka Doncic (ankle) are also carrying questionable tags for Dallas. Kleber has averaged 24.6 minutes over his past five games with 3.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists.
Jack Eichel LV C
Golden Knights' Jack Eichel: Removed from LTIR22m ago
Eichel (knee) was activated from long-term injured reserve Monday, per the NHL media site.
Eichel appears to be ready to return to the lineup Monday against Columbus following a 19-game absence. If that ends up being the case, he should center the first line and work on the top power-play unit. Eichel has amassed 19 goals, 44 points, 173 shots on net and 40 blocked shots over 42 appearances this season.
Alex Wennberg SEA C
Kraken's Alexander Wennberg: Unavailable Monday2h ago
Head coach Dave Hakstol told Kate Shefte of The Seattle Times on Monday that Wennberg won't play against Calgary because of "trade-related issues."
Wennberg has generated nine goals, 25 points, 80 shots on net and 65 blocked shots in 60 games this season. He is eligible for unrestricted free agency in the summer and carries a $4.5 million cap hit.
Matthew Phillips PIT RW
Penguins' Matthew Phillips: Hits waivers3h ago
Phillips was placed on waivers Monday, according to Chris Johnston of The Athletic.
Phillips appeared in three games with the Penguins after being claimed off waivers from the Capitals on Feb. 16. The 25-year-old forward has one goal, five points and 20 shots on net over 30 contests this campaign between Pittsburgh and Washington.
Philipp Grubauer SEA G
Kraken's Philipp Grubauer: Starting in Calgary3h ago
Grubauer is slated to guard the road goal against the Flames on Monday, Kate Shefte of The Seattle Times reports.
Grubauer played well in his last start Saturday against Edmonton, stopping 22 of 24 shots, but he still came away with a loss due to poor goal support from his teammates. He'll try to get back in the win column in a rough road matchup with a scorching-hot Calgary team that's won five straight games.
Jake Allen MON G
Canadiens' Jake Allen: Tending twine Tuesday3h ago
Allen will defend the road net Tuesday versus Nashville.
Allen has gone 0-4-1 in his past five outings, having allowed 21 goals on 154 shots during that span. He has registered a 5-12-3 record this campaign with a 3.69 GAA and an .892 save percentage. The red-hot Predators will enter Tuesday's matchup riding an eight-game winning streak.
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Stars' Joel Hanley: Hits waivers3h ago
Hanley was placed on waivers Monday, Stars radio analyst Bruce LeVine reports.
Hanley has been a healthy scratch for half of Dallas' 16 games since Jan. 25, so this move doesn't come as a surprise. Look for the 32-year-old defender, who's picked up just three assists through 32 top-level appearances this year, to head to AHL Texas if he passes through waivers unclaimed.