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Darren McFadden's new teammate, Maurice Jones-Drew confirms that the duo are on track to work as a tandem this coming season, csnbayarea.com reports. "I know they want Darren and I to split carries, which is perfectly fine," said Jones-Drew, who signed with the Raiders last month. "But we'll get a chance to compete."

Impact

When McFadden re-signed with the Raiders last month, it looked like he might end up with a clearer path toward reclaiming the team's top RB gig, but the presence of Jones-Drew, as well as Latavius Murray to a lesser degree, ensures that he'll face viable competition in training camp, with a potential time-share in store as long as both Jones-Drew and McFadden can stay on the field.

Though csnbayarea.com suggests that a strong training camp from Latavius Murray could help him emerge as a factor in the team's offense this coming season, he now faces competition from both Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew.

Impact

Both McFadden and Jones-Drew have dealt with injury issues in the past, but as long as they are both healthy, Murray – who spent his rookie season on IR due to an ankle injury – figures to be hard-pressed to see enough carries to merit fantasy attention.

ESPN's Rich Cimini suggest that Mike Goodson (knee) could be the odd man out in the Jets' backfield, now that Chris Johnson has joined the team.

Impact

With Johnson slated to work in tandem with Chris Ivory, and Bilal Powell still around, Cimini suggests that Goodson – who landed on IR with a torn ACL/MCL last October – is probably "on thin ice" with the Jets as the 2014 campaign approaches.

Chris Johnson (knee) has signed a two-year deal with the Jets, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The base value of his deal is reportedly $8 million.

Impact

While it figures to be difficult for Johnson to see as many carries (279) as he did last season en route to recording 1,077 rushing yards for the Titans last season, he makes for a nice complement to Chris Ivory, who emerged as the Jets' busiest back down the stretch last season. Moreover, Johnson's ability as a pass-catcher figures to boost the team's backfield – which also rosters Bilal Powell – while his durability (he's suited up for all 16 games in his last five seasons) is also a plus, given Ivory's injury history.

Mike James – whose 2013 season ended with a broken left ankle last November – is progressing well in his recovery, the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Impact

The report notes that James, who played at about 228 pounds last season, has added some muscle to his upper body. Meanwhile, James has been running and in his words, is "very, very close" to being fully cleared. Once he's up to speed, James (who now checks in at 232 pounds) is in line to compete with Bobby Rainey for work behind the Bucs' top back, Doug Martin.

Under new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, Joique Bell will continue to work in tandem with Reggie Bush, the Detroit Free Press reports. "I think they both have their specific role," Lombardi noted, while adding that "it's hard for one running back to get all the carries. So much like they did last year, I see these guys kind of having a split role and both being very productive."

Impact

The report points out that Bush (who ran for 1,006 yards on 223 carries) played on 54 percent of the Lions' offensive snaps in 2013, while Bell was out there 49 percent of the time. In doing so, Bell recorded 650 rushing yards and eight TDs on 166 carries, while catching 53 passes for 547 yards. As long as there's a time-share in play, Bell's fantasy upside will be capped some, but even in such a scenario he figures to remain involved enough as a pass-catcher to maintain utility, especially in PPR-formats.

Josh Freeman and the Giants have agreed to a one-year deal, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Freeman is thus in line to compete for the Giants' No. 2 QB job with Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib. Given his NFL starting experience (he has 60 to his credit), Freeman should have the edge to secure that role. Starter Eli Manning recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his ankle, which paves the way for Freeman and co. to see added opportunities during the team's offseason workouts, while Manning recovers.

The Giants and Josh Freeman are reportedly closing in on a contract agreement, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Assuming he signs with the Giants, Freeman – who has 60 career NFL starts to his credit – would be in line compete to compete with Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib for the team's top backup job behind starter Eli Manning, who recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle. In such a scenario, Freeman would be the favorite to emerge as the team's No. 2 QB, but barring any setbacks, Manning is on track to be good to go well in advance of Week 1.

Malcom Floyd, who continues to recover from a neck injury that he sustained this past September, is slated to participate in the Chargers' voluntary workouts, which begin April 22, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Impact

Floyd, who has been running and lifting of late, will be limited, however, and despite his progress, it remains unclear if he will be able to play this coming season. A decision that front will largely be based on the risk of re-injury and will no doubt be carefully weighed by Floyd and the Chargers' medical staff.

Josh Samuda broke his fibula and dislocated his right ankle in a non-contact drill Tuesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Impact

He'll have surgery Wednesday and will likely be out several months. He was signed to a reserve/future contract with the Vikings in January.

Ricardo Mathews signed with the Texans, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Impact

The defensive lineman, who was selected in the seventh round of the 2010 draft by Indianapolis, will line up at right defensive end in defensive coordinator Romeo Crennell's 3-4 base defense. Mathews becomes the second free-agent lineman signed by the team following the acquisition of nose tackle Jerrell Powe.

Nate Washington is looking forward to working under the Titans' new head coach, Ken Whisenhunt, who was his offensive coordinator while the two were with the Steelers, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Washington, who caught 58 passes for 919 yards and three TDs this past season, is clearly excited about the team's new offense, which he says "opens up everything." With Kenny Britt no longer in the mix, Washington is joined in the Titans' receiving corps by the likes of Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter, Michael Preston and Marc Mariani. There had been some talk that the 30-year-old Washington might be a candidate to be cut due to his $4.8 million base salary, but it looks like he'll stick around to provide the team with an experienced – and at times, productive – pass-catcher to work in tandem with Wright and Hunter.

Allen Reisner has signed with Vikings, Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Impact

Reisner, who caught five passes for 40 yards in five games for the Jaguars in 2013, returns to the Vikings (for whom he played in 2011-12) to provide the team with TE depth after a two-year stint with Jacksonville.

Matt Flynn agreed to a contract with the Packers on Tuesday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Impact

Flynn will head back to the team he led to the playoffs at the end of last season. He will assume the role of Aaron Rodgers' top backup again, though he could face a training camp challenge from fellow quarterback Scott Tolzien.

The 49ers have signed Brandon Lloyd to a one-year contract, CSNBayArea.com reports.

Impact

Though Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree are slated to start at wideout for the 49ers, Lloyd figures to have a chance to compete for the team's No. 3 slot. Also in the mix on that front is Quinton Patton – who finished last season in that role – while Jon Baldwin, Kassim Osgood, Chuck Jacobs, Devon Wylie, DeMarco Sampson and David Reed round out the team's current rostered receiving options. Lloyd, who will turn 33 in July, caught 74 passes for 911 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games in 2012 for the Patriots, but at this stage he has much to prove before being considered anything more than a late-round fantasy dart.

Kyle Rudolph's left foot has been fully healed for about two months, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Impact

Rudolph, who was limited to eight games in 2013 after suffering a fractured foot on Nov. 3, finished up the season with 30 catches for 313 yards and three touchdowns. The report adds that the tight end has been studying tape of the Browns from last season in order to become more familiar with how he might be used in (new coordinator) Norv Turner's offense, a system in which fellow tight ends Jordan Cameron and Antonio Gates (while Turner was with the Chargers) have been productive.

Chris Johnson (knee) is slated to visit the Jets on Tuesday, the Daily News reports.

Impact

The report suggests that the Jets are one of three teams interested in signing Johnson, who was recently released by the Titans. If he ends up joining the Jets' backfield, he'd be a nice complement to Chris Ivory, but in such a scenario it's hard to imagine Johnson seeing as many carries (279) as he did last season en route to recording 1,077 rushing yards.

Sidney Rice – who suffered an ACL injury back on Oct. 28 – indicated Monday that he has been cleared to begin cutting, the Seattle Times reports.

Impact

It's another significant step in the unsigned wideout's recovery from his knee injury, with the report suggesting that the Saints, Giants, Packers and Rice's 2013 team, the Seahawks, are all thought to have interest in his services.

Kurt Coleman agreed to a contract with Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Impact

Coleman moved to a reserve role last year with the Eagles and played on special teams, so he may just add depth for the Vikings. However, Jamarca Sanford is hardly secure as a starter at free safety, so a chance for more playing time could emerge.

Despite numerous reports to the contrary, Demaryius Thomas didn't suffer a separated shoulder during the Super Bowl and has been working out with Peyton Manning at Duke University, the Denver Post reports.

Impact

Thomas apparently missed the first day of Manning's offseason workout, which led to the speculation that the wideout was still hurt. It's unclear how much Thomas is working out with Manning, but he'll likely take it easy until he's completely healthy. Thomas is a free agent after this season and could garner a big contract, if he can show that he's over the shoulder injury. Coming off two huge seasons with Manning under center, Thomas is averaging 93 catches for 1,432 yards and 12 touchdowns over that span.