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Roundup: Davis To Falcons; D-Jax To Rams & More
The 2021 NFL free-agent singing period rolls on -- albeit at a much slower pace than we saw last week. Here's what you need to know from the last two days. ...

In Atlanta. ... The Falcons need to improve their run game and are poaching a back from a division rival in an effort to do it.

Mike Davis will sign with the Falcons on a two-year contract. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the deal is worth $5.5 million, with $3 million fully guaranteed in the first year.

As's Myles Simmons reminded readers, Davis essentially served as Carolina's starting running back in 2020, with Christian McCaffrey limited to just three games with various injuries. Davis recorded 1,015 yards from scrimmage and eight total touchdowns, netting 642 yards rushing and 373 yards receiving on 59 catches.

That was Davis' first full season with the Panthers, having come over when the team claimed him off waivers in 2019. The running back began his career with the 49ers in 2015, though he didn't become a major offensive contributor until the 2018 season with the Seahawks. That year, Davis rushed for 514 yards and four touchdowns, while also making 34 catches for 214 yards with a TD.

That performance led to Davis signing a two-year deal with the Bears in March 2019, but he ended up playing only seven games for the club with 11 carries before Chicago cut him.

Davis has appeared in 62 games with 22 starts in his career, rushing for 1,531 yards with 11 touchdowns. He's recorded 125 receptions for 803 yards with three touchdowns.

With Todd Gurley and Brian Hill both free agents, the Falcons had a hole atop their RB depth chart.

Ito Smith, Qadree Ollison and Tony Brooks-James fill out the depth chart. An Atlanta native, Davis will get the first crack at the No. 1 duties.

As's Kevin Patra suggested, given new coach Arthur Smith's run-game proclivity, Davis could be in line for a heavy workload. The Falcons should also be expected to add a running back at some point in the 2021 NFL Draft. How high that selection comes will clarify Davis' full-time role in Atlanta. ...

In Los Angeles. ... As's Jelani Scott noted, it's been nearly 15 years since DeSean Jackson played for a team in his home state.

That officially changed on Sunday.

The veteran receiver agreed to terms on a one-year contract to join the Los Angeles Rams, the team announced. The terms of the deal are unknown at this time.

For Jackson, an Angelino by birth and now by occupation, a return to the City of Angels will be a more than welcome sight after a tumultuous homecoming to his first NFL home in Philadelphia.

Jackson, a 2008 second-round draft pick out of the University of California, re-signed with the Eagles in 2019 after a five-year absence that saw him make stops in Washington and Tampa Bay. After playing in at least nine games in each of his first 11 years, Jackson was limited to a combined eight appearances over two seasons due to numerous injuries. Philly decided to part ways with him last month.

With Matthew Stafford taking over under center, the Rams now boast a trio of receivers that cater to the gunslinger's big arm. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Sunday that Sean McVay, Jackson's offensive coordinator during his three-year run in burgundy and gold, reached out personally to the former Pro Bowler with the intention of adding proven speed for Stafford.

Garafolo also noted that Jackson believes he will be as healthy as ever in 2021.

Jackson joins a receiving corps that includes Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and second-year pro Van Jefferson. The Rams also utilize tight end Tyler Higbee in the passing game.

However, as's Lindsay Thiry notes, McVay's offense has lacked a true deep-threat receiver since trading Brandin Cooks to the Houston Texans after the 2019 season.

"We need to be more explosive offensively, but we've been a really explosive offense with Kupp, Woods and Higbee being centerpieces of it; those guys are going to continue to be that," McVay said. "But when you talk about opportunities, you have to call plays that give you an opportunity to be explosive, and that's where my contribution is. Anytime that you have guys that can do that, that definitely is a benefit."

Even at age 34, Jackson could still provide a big field-stretching boost to L.A.'s offense, as long as he stays healthy.

That's a big if.

As NBCSports' Peter King put it, "I think if the Rams get eight games out of Jackson -- who has played eight games in the last two seasons combined -- they'll be lucky. But he has the speed to make a few plays in those eight games, and to run down a couple of Stafford rainbows. I'm just saying, be realistic. ..."

Fantasy managers would be wise to remember King's words. ...

In Tennessee. ... After Corey Davis signed with the Jets, the Titans have added a new player to their receiving corps.

Tennessee has reached a deal to sign Josh Reynolds, as Terry McCormick of first reported.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports the contract is for one year.

According to's Turron Davenport, Reynolds, 26, figures to be a starting receiver opposite 2020 Pro Bowl wideout A.J. Brown.

Davenport went on to suggest Reynolds should hit the ground running for the Titans, having come from a similar offense under McVay with the Los Angeles Rams. He is coming off his best season, posting 52 receptions for 618 yards and two touchdowns.

In four seasons with the Rams, Reynolds caught 113 passes for 1,450 yards and nine touchdowns. He didn't miss a game in four seasons with the Rams, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2017 draft. He has made 24 starts, including a career-high 13 last season.

In Houston. ... The Texans continued adding to their receiving corps.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported Monday that the team agreed to terms on a one-year deal with wide receiver Chris Conley.

Conley joins Alex Erickson, Donte Moncrief, Chris Moore, and Andre Roberts as new additions to the receiver group in Houston.

The Texans have added around 30 players at all positions in free agency or trades since the start of the new league year last week.

Conley spent the last two seasons with Jacksonville after spending the first four years of his career with the Chiefs. He had 40 catches for 471 yards and two touchdowns during the 2020 season.

In Los Angeles. ... The Chargers did not tender Stephen Anderson as a restricted free agent earlier this month, but Anderson's time with the Chargers did not come to a permanent end.

The team announced on Monday that Anderson has re-signed with the team. No terms were announced.

Anderson had eight catches for 106 yards on 139 offensive snaps last season. He also saw extensive special teams action while appearing in all 16 games. Anderson had 36 catches for 435 yards and two touchdowns in 28 games for the Texans earlier in his career.

The Chargers signed Jared Cook and lost Hunter Henry during the first week at free agency. Donald Parham joins Cook and Anderson on the roster while Virgil Green remains a free agent.

In Detroit. ... Wide receiver Kalif Raymond has found a new team.

Raymond's agents announced on Tuesday that he has agreed to a deal with the Lions. No terms of the deal were announced.

As's Josh Alper reminded readers, the Titans chose not to tender Raymond as a restricted free agent earlier this month. He posted nine catches for 187 yards last season and also saw time as a returner. Raymond averaged nine yards per punt return and 18.3 yards on kickoff returns.

Alper went on to note that Raymond is the third receiver that the Lions have signed as a free agent this year. Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman previously joined a unit that's lost Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones to other teams this month. ...

In Buffalo. ... Wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie is set to run it back with the Bills.

McKenzie's agents announced that McKenzie has agreed to a new deal with the team on Tuesday. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it's a one-year, $1.15 million contract with $350K fully guaranteed.

McKenzie turned in a productive 2020 season while playing a quarter of the offensive snaps for the Bills. He had 30 catches for 282 yards and five touchdowns and threw a 12-yard touchdown pass for the AFC East champs in the regular season and added three catches for 14 yards and a score in the postseason. He also turned his lone punt return of the year into an 84-yard touchdown.

The Bills cut John Brown this month, but added Emmanuel Sanders to a receiving group that brings back Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley, and Gabriel Davis in addition to McKenzie. ...

In Philadelphia. ... Joe Flacco has found his new NFL home, and it's close to his hometown.

Flacco has signed with the Eagles, his agent announced. According to PFT's Mike Florio, it's a one-year, $3.5 million guaranteed contract. He can make up to $4 million more in incentives.

It's a homecoming for Flacco, who grew up in Audubon, New Jersey, not far from Philadelphia.

It's also a sign that the Eagles wanted a veteran backup who will mentor Jalen Hurts. Although the Eagles haven't definitively stated that Hurts is their starter for 2021, it seems likely that Hurts will start and Flacco will back him up.

That said, Flacco's guarantee exceeds the full amount of the guarantee paid to Hurts on his four-year rookie deal. Hurts also has an $883,000 in 2021. This doesn’t mean Hurts won’t be the starter. His contract is driven by where he was drafted and Flacco’s contract is driven by the market for veteran backups.

The 36-year-old Flacco started four games for the Jets last season and eight games for the Broncos the year before. Prior to that he played for the Ravens from 2008 to 2018. ...

In Pittsburgh. ... The Steelers signed receiver Tyler Simmons to a one-year contract.

Simmons, who played at the University of Georgia, signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2020 NFL Draft. He was signed to the Texans practice squad to start the 2020 season but was released a few weeks later. Simmons played four seasons at Georgia with 35 receptions for 438 yards (12.5-yard average) and three touchdowns. He also added 17 carries for 220 yards and two touchdowns.

In addition, he returned punts his senior season, with nine for 143 yards, averaging 15.9 yards, with a long of 42 yards.

In Miami. ... The Dolphins have re-signed Hollins to a one-year deal, league sources tell The Athletic's Josh Tolentino.

Hollins, a special-teams ace known for his gunner responsibilities and pre-game fits, is back for 2021. He was on the receiving end of Ryan Fitzpatrick's miracle throw at Vegas.

And finally, In Las Vegas. ... Marcus Mariota has accepted that he's not going to find a team willing to pay him starter money this season.

And so Mariota plans to sign a new contract with the Raiders, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported.

The new contract will have a steep pay cut: Under his old deal Mariota was slated to make $10.725 million this season, but now he'll make just $3.5 million. However, he can make up to $8 million if he hits all his incentives.

As PFT's Michael David Smith suggests, hitting those incentives probably won't be possible unless starting quarterback Derek Carr gets injured or benched.

Last year Mariota appeared in just one game, coming off the bench for an injured Carr, and he played reasonably well in that one. But he didn't play well enough for any team to want to trade for his old contract, so instead he'll stick around on a reduced deal for his second year in Las Vegas.

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