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There isn't much direct fantasy value here, but a conclusion has been reached for one of the men at the center of the NFL's biggest off-the-field story of 2013. The Dolphins have traded offensive tackle Jonathan Martin to the 49ers for a conditional 2015 seventh-round pick.
Martin abruptly left the Dolphins on his own accord in Week 9, which opened the door to endless coverage of how Martin's own teammates on the offensive line, including guard Richie Incognito, teased him and, as we later found out, other members of the franchise.
The compensation is conditional with Martin actually earning a spot on the Niners' roster. The Dolphins will not receive any compensation if Martin doesn't make the team.
This is the second trade the 49ers made on Tuesday.
Last week, Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson was considering surgery to fix what ails his left foot.
We know what he has decided, and it is done. According to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, Dobson had surgery Monday to repair the stress fracture in the foot. Howe wrote that the early estimated recovery timetable for Dobson is 2-3 months.
Playoffs included, Dobson missed five games last season due to foot problems and was pretty much dogged by foot pain for the entire season half of the year.
We are less than 30 minutes away from the official start of 2014 NFL free agency, and the large pool of available wide receivers is getting a late addition. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Julian Edelman and the Patriots were "unable to reach a deal today and he will test the market."
The Patriots have reportedly been deep in talks with Edelman and recently offered him a three-year deal. Edelman became Tom Brady's top target in 2013 as he caught 105 passes for 1,056 yards and six touchdowns.
The Cowboys cut Miles Austin and DeMarcus Ware? Who cares?
The Giants possibly found their new starting running back? Pssh, overrated.
The 49ers traded for one of the worst first-round picks in recent memory? That's just stupid.
All of those stories pale in comparison to today's real news: kickers, kickers, kickers. They may think they are being devalued with the movement to push back the extra point, but on Tuesday, they were signed up as if they were their team's first priority.
The Colts' Adam Vinatieri got it started Tuesday when he re-signed for two years and $5 million.
Phil Dawson followed with a two-year deal of his own to stay with the 49ers.
Then the Bills re-signed Dan Carpenter for four years, and the Jets gave Nick Folk, the guy they franchise-tagged two weeks ago, a four-year contract worth $12 million.
Also, the Giants are reportedly close to re-signing Josh Brown.
The New York Jets announced Monday that they will release Santonio Holmes saving the team more than eight million on the 2014 salary cap. The 30 year old receiver has played only one full season for the Jets and has seen his numbers steadily decline since joining the team.
Aaron Dobson's left foot is still barking at him months after he first injured it. According to the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, Dobson has been told to rest his foot, which has impacted his offseason training regimen somewhat. The team's medical staff is keeping an eye on him, and it will decide in about two weeks whether the rest was sufficient to let the foot heal or if Dobson needs surgery.
Howe said, via a source, "It's unclear how long the recovery period would be, but it sounds unlikely [Dobson would] be cleared in time for the April 21 launch of the Patriots' offseason program if he needs the procedure."
Dobson said his foot started bothering him in October. Then during Week 12, he developed a significant injury in the foot and missed the following four games. He re-aggravated the injury in Week 17, which forced him to miss the team's divisional round playoff game. Dobson was active for the AFC Championship, but caught just two passes on three targets for 33 yards.
The Patriots signed Danny Amendola to a five-year contract last March, but there is at least a chance that the oft-injured wideout doesn't last long enough to see year two in New England.
Bleacher Report's Dan Pompei wrote Friday that Amendola's name has been "floated" in trade talks by anonymous NFL teams. There is also talk by beat writers that Amendola could be cut. It would cost the Patriots $4.8 million to cut Amendola, but if they designate him as a post-June 1 cut, they would have to pay only $1.2 million of that price this year
We've got stories today on a fantasy commodity getting the franchise tag and other ones getting signed. And in the realm of the kicker, we've got one of each.
Panthers kicker Graham Gano was rewarded for a career-best season Friday with a four-year contract worth $12.7 million. He made 24 of 27 field goals in 2013.
Jets kicker Nick Folk is also coming off the best year of his career, but he was assigned the franchise tag, which is worth about $3.5 million for next season. He went 33 for 36 on field goals. Neither player missed any of their combined 69 extra-point attempts.