We're tracking every notable free-agent signing, trade and cut of the offseason below, sorted by most recent moves at the top:
Monday, March 18
Haloti Ngata, one of the most dominant defensive linemen of his era, scaled new heights to announce his retirement. On an Instagram post, Ngata stood on top of Mount Kilimanjaro -- the world's highest free standing mountain -- with a banner that read: "I'm retiring from the NFL on top."
Sunday, March 17
The New Orleans Saints have a new leading contender for their starting center vacancy. The Saints agreed to a four-year, $24 million contract with former Minnesota Vikings guard/center Nick Easton, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Triplett: Analysis for every Saints signing
Former Los Angeles Rams linebacker Mark Barron reached agreement on a two-year, $12 million deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. He becomes the second notable veteran defensive player added by the Steelers in free agency, joining former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson, who signed a three-year contract with Pittsburgh. The Steelers also signed wide receiver Donte Moncrief to a two-year deal.
The Miami Dolphins have agreed to terms with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on a two-year contract, a source told ESPN's Cameron Wolfe. A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the $11 million contract contains incentives that could boost the deal to between $17 million and $20 million.
Saturday, March 16
The Oakland Raiders have released offensive tackle Donald Penn after five seasons, the team announced. The Raiders said the two sides came to a mutual decision to let Penn go. The move comes after Oakland signed Trent Brown to the richest contract for a tackle earlier in the week and drafted two tackles in the first three rounds last year.
Three-time Pro Bowl center Max Unger has decided to retire after 10 seasons, leaving a large void in the middle of the New Orleans Saints' offensive line. It's unclear how long the Saints have known about Unger's plan to retire, but they did visit with at least one free-agent guard/center this week in Nick Easton.
Tight end Tyler Eifert is re-signing with the Cincinnati Bengals on a one-year contract, a source confirmed to ESPN. Eifert, 28, broke his ankle last season on Sept. 30 against the Atlanta Falcons and was put on injured reserve after only four games, 15 receptions and one touchdown.
Terrell: Analysis for every Bengals signing
DiRocco: Analysis for every Jags signing
Friday, March 15
The Denver Broncos have reached agreement with former Chicago Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan, a source told ESPN's Dianna Russini. The deal is for three years, $21 million and includes $10 million fully guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Legwold: Analysis for every Broncos signing
Newly signed wide receiver Golden Tate isn't looking at the New York Giants as a complete rebuild. He views the situation differently, even if Odell Beckham Jr., Landon Collins and Olivier Vernon are no longer with the team following recent moves. Tate said Friday after signing a lucrative new contract with the Giants that they were "not as far off as people think." Part of that is a belief that there are good players on the roster.
The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms with cornerback Ronald Darby on a one-year deal, the team announced. Darby had two significant injuries in as many seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. He dislocated his ankle in the 2017 opener, missing half the season, and then suffered a torn ACL this past November. He started 16 games in Philadelphia, posting four interceptions with 21 passes defensed. He started all three postseason games in 2017, finishing with six passes defensed for the Super Bowl LII champs.
The Miami Dolphins have traded Ryan Tannehill to the Tennessee Titans. Miami gets a fourth-round draft pick in 2020 and a seventh-rounder in 2019, while Tennessee gets the QB and a sixth-round pick in 2019, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Barnwell's grades: C+ for Titans; C+ for Dolphins
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to terms with linebacker Shaq Barrett on one-year deal worth $5 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Barrett has been a high-motor, rotational player at outside linebacker in the Denver Broncos' 3-4 defense since he first grabbed their attention as an undrafted rookie in 2014, but his playing time took a significant hit this past season with the emergence of No. 5 overall draft pick Bradley Chubb.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie's retirement didn't last long. The corner, who announced his retirement during last season, signed a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins, reuniting with former teammate Landon Collins and providing veteran insurance. Rodgers-Cromartie had announced his retirement via Instagram in October after spending seven games with the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders will play at the Oakland Coliseum this season, and possibly in 2020, after acrimonious negotiations finally led to vote by the Coliseum Commission and an agreement on a lease.
Veteran defensive end Adrian Clayborn tweeted that the New England Patriots have granted him his release, which was a move foreshadowed based on his rising salary-cap charge ($5.9 million) and niche role from 2018. Clayborn's release will save the Patriots about $3.5 million in cap space for 2019. He played 30 percent of the defensive snaps in the 2018 regular season, with his primary contributions coming as a rusher in obvious passing situations. Clayborn's uncertain future with the team came into focus late in the year when he was a healthy scratch for Patriots' final two games. -- Mike Reiss
The NFL is suspending Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt for eight games for violating its personal conduct policy, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Hunt's suspension stems from a February 2018 incident in which he was shown on video shoving and kicking a woman during an early-morning altercation outside his downtown Cleveland residence.
The Browns expect Kareem Hunt to be present for the start of offseason workouts April 1. Hunt can take part in OTAs, minicamps, training camp and preseason games. His suspension will not take effect until Aug. 31, the day of final roster reductions before the season opener. Hunt was take off the commissioner's exempt list when his suspension was announced.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are signing tight end Geoff Swaim, the team announced. Swaim entered the 2018 season with nine catches for 94 yards in his first three seasons but finished last season with 26 catches for 242 yards and a touchdown, becoming a starter for the Dallas Cowboys after the retirements of Jason Witten and James Hanna.
DiRocco: Analysis for every Jaguars signing
More than half of ESPN's top 100 NFL free agents for 2019 are either signed or committed to a team as the first week of the new league year closes. Now is the time when smart and/or patient teams dig in and start searching for bargains that can help them in defined roles. Who could those bargains be? Here are 15 of the top remaining players.
Pro Football Focus: Picking the most underrated, overrated signings
Thursday, March 14
Golden Tate goes full 'Jerry Maguire'
The new Giants receiver took to Instagram for a full re-enactment of the "Show me the money" scene from "Jerry Maguire." Tate assumes the roles of both Maguire and Rod Tidwell.
With Buster Skrine signing with the Bears, the Jets found a new slot corner in Brian Poole, a non-tender free agent who played three seasons with the Falcons. He's signing a one-year, $3.5 million contract, per ESPN's Adam Schefter — more than he would've made on the Atlanta tender. Poole's coverage slipped a bit last season and he committed a career-high seven penalties (five accepted). He's an excellent blitzer, which makes him a good fit in Gregg Williams' pressure scheme. Right now, the top three corners are Trumaine Johnson, Darryl Roberts and Poole. Mo Claiborne is not expected to re-sign.
Free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will return to the New Orleans Saints as a backup to Drew Brees, sources told ESPN on Thursday. He will sign a one-year, $7.25 million, fully guaranteed contract with the Saints, a league source told ESPN. Sources said Bridgewater, who is from Miami, listened to and did have interest in playing for the Dolphins, with whom he met Wednesday, before ultimately deciding against a move.
The Saints’ trade for Teddy Bridgewater last summer paid off. The 26-year-old QB agreed to stay in New Orleans as a backup and potential successor to Drew Brees rather than leave for an immediate starting opportunity with the Dolphins, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini. It remains to be seen how long the 40-year-old Brees plans to keep playing – and how long the Saints will be willing to keep paying both QBs. But both sides obviously liked the fit last season after the Saints traded a third-round pick in exchange for Bridgewater and a sixth-rounder in late August.
"Run it back Turbo.." pic.twitter.com/NsvF1x00KG— Teddy Bridgewater (@teddyb_h2o) March 14, 2019
The San Francisco 49ers have signed free agent receiver Jordan Matthews to a one-year deal. Matthews, 26, appeared in 14 games and posted 20 receptions for 300 yards with two touchdowns in Philadelphia last season.
Wagoner: Analysis for every 49ers signing
The 49ers added to their needy receiver corps on Thursday, signing Jordan Matthews to a one-year deal. Matthews instantly becomes one of the biggest targets on the roster and could improve the team's woeful red zone offense, which ranked last in the league in 2018 in touchdown percentage. At 6'3, Matthews offers good size and 16 of his 22 career touchdowns have come inside the opponent's 20.
The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a three-year contract with defensive end Alex Okafor, a source told ESPN. Okafor will help the Chiefs' pass rush after the team released linebacker Justin Houston and traded linebacker Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers.
The Chiefs’ contract agreement with Alex Okafor gives them a veteran defensive end for their new 4-3 base defensive system. Okafor, who has 22 sacks in six NFL seasons with the Cardinals and the Saints, hasn’t been a prolific pass rusher. But they believe he can improve his production. He had four sacks in 16 starts last season for New Orleans.
The Oakland Raiders began clearing salary-cap space after their spending spree, releasing wide receiver Jordy Nelson and quarterback AJ McCarron on Thursday, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The release of Nelson comes after the Raiders spent big at the wide receiver position by acquiring Antonio Brown in a trade and then restructuring his contract to give him more money, and signing Tyrell Williams to a four-year contract.
The New York Giants began to try to fill the void left when they traded wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. by agreeing to a deal with Golden Tate on Thursday. It's a four-year, $37.5 million deal that includes $23 million fully guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Golden Tate is an interesting signing in Pat Shurmur's offense that includes a lot of crossing routes. He "turns into a RB with the ball in his hands," according to a scout who knows him well. Tate uses his size to his advantage and breaks a lot of tackles. He's an interesting complement to TE Evan Engram and WR Sterling Shepard. The Giants still have no shortage of weapons.
The Carolina Panthers have released left tackle Matt Kalil. The move comes after the team re-signed offensive tackle Daryl Williams to a one-year contract. The team also signed center Matt Paradis to a three-year contract.
The Panthers have released left tackle Mart Kalil, a source confirmed to ESPN.com. This clears $7.25 in salary cap space. It is a post-June 1 designation. Not a surprise considering Carolina re-signed tackle Daryl Williams. Ian Rapoport forêt reported.
Pro Bowl safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears. Clinton-Dix, 26, spent the final nine games with the Washington Redskins last season after he was acquired in a trade with the Green Bay Packers.
Free agent safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and others. The Bears will be Clinton-Dix's third team since the start of the 2018 season. He'll have a chance to replace Adrian Amos, who signed a lucrative deal this week with the Green Bay Packers. Clinton-Dix, a 2014 first-round pick of the Packers, was a Pro Bowl player in 2016 but his play dipped since then. The Packers traded him to the Washington Redskins midway through last season.
The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a three-year contract with former New England Patriots defensive tackle Malcom Brown, a source told ESPN. The move comes after Drew Brees restructured his contract to create more than $10 million in salary-cap space for the Saints.
Triplett: Analysis for every Saints signing
The Saints filled one of their biggest needs by agreeing to a three-year deal with former Patriots starting DT Malcom Brown, a source confirmed. The deal was first reported by the NFL Network. Brown (6-2, 320 pounds) should replace free agent Tyeler Davison as the Saints' starting nose tackle, but he also has the versatility to be a penetrating DT. He has 8.5 sacks in four seasons. The Saints have some depth concerns at their other DT spot, where starter Sheldon Rankins is recovering from a torn Achilles and backup David Onyemata could potentially face league discipline for a marijuana possession charge.
The San Francisco 49ers are signing former Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Jason Verrett to a one-year, $3.6 million deal, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Verrett suffered an Achilles tendon tear during a conditioning test a day before the start of Chargers' training camp last year, forcing the TCU product to miss the entire 2018 season.
The Seattle Seahawks solidified their offensive line Thursday by adding Mike Iupati and re-signing D.J. Fluker, according to multiple reports. Fluker's deal reportedly is for two years while Iupati's is for one year. Iupati's deal is pending a physical, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Henderson: Analysis for every Seahawks signing
Antonio Brown is thanking Steelers fans in a message on electronic billboards in downtown Pittsburgh. The message appeared on billboards in the city Wednesday, the same day Brown was introduced by the Oakland Raiders.
Antonio Brown's billboard in downtown Pittsburgh. pic.twitter.com/DNf91y7j1d— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 14, 2019
The up-and-coming Cleveland Browns were willing to do what the fading New York Giants wouldn't: take a chance on Odell Beckham Jr.'s talent and hope his baggage doesn't weigh down the team. "I know Odell is very passionate," Browns general manager John Dorsey said on a conference call. "I know he is competitive. I know he can help this football team and if you get a chance to acquire a guy like that, you know what, take a shot at it. We acquired him."
McManamon: Analysis for every Browns signing
The Dallas Cowboys lost Cole Beasley to the Buffalo Bills as free agency opened, but according to sources they have agreed to a one-year deal to keep Tavon Austin, who could help offset some of the production lost at the slot receiver position.
The New York Jets have released running back Isaiah Crowell, the team announced Thursday. The addition of free agent Le'Veon Bell, who agreed to a four-year, $52.5 million contract late Tuesday night, made Crowell expendable.
Cimini: Analysis for every Jets signing
The New Orleans Saints created more than $10 million in salary-cap space by restructuring quarterback Drew Brees' contract -- which has become almost an annual ritual for a team that is routinely slammed tight against the cap. The team also has visits planned for Thursday:
While most teams started free agency with a flurry, the Saints are just getting warmed up – with some major decisions coming in the next few days. They have visits scheduled with top TE Jared Cook, standout edge rusher Ezekiel Ansah and defensive lineman Mario Edwards. And they're still waiting on a decision from backup QB Teddy Bridgewater, who visited the Dolphins on Wednesday. The Saints restructured Drew Brees' contract to carve out some salary-cap room for at least one or two more big moves to come.
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By retaining locker-room favorite Steve McLendon, the Jets helped their depth on the defensive line. At 33, he's a first- and second-down player who can play 20 to 30 snaps a game. He's probably a better rotational player at this point in his career. He played 42 percent of the snaps in 2018, and saw a slight decline in his production: His work ethic is contagious, and he's great for team chemistry. The starting defensive line remains intact, with Henry Anderson also returning, but there could be a big addition in the draft, Quinnen Williams or maybe Nick Bosa.
Free-agent linebacker K.J. Wright isn't going anywhere, telling ESPN's Josina Anderson, "I am coming back to Seattle." Wright said he will receive a two-year deal for up to $15 million.
Henderson: Analysis for every Seahawks signing
Former Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Donte Moncrief reached agreement on a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Moncrief signed a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $9.6 million with the Jaguars last March. He caught 48 passes for 668 yards, which were his highest totals since he caught 64 passes for 733 yards in his second season in 2015. That also was the last time he played in all 16 games.
Wednesday, March 13
The New England Patriots and free-agent receiver Phillip Dorsett have agreed to a one-year deal, a source confirmed to ESPN. The 5-foot-10, 192-pound Dorsett had been a valuable backup for the Patriots since being acquired in a 2017 trade from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
The Jacksonville Jaguars waived quarterback Blake Bortles on Wednesday, cutting ties with the player they took third overall in 2014 after five tumultuous seasons, just hours after signing free-agent quarterback Nick Foles. The move will cost the Jaguars $16.5 million in dead money but also save the team $4.3 million against the salary cap in 2019. Bortles was guaranteed to make $6.5 million this season and was due a $1 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the league year.
Releasing Blake Bortles without a post-June 1 designation means the Jaguars will absorb a $16.5 million dead cap hit and save only $4.5 million. Bortles was guaranteed $6.5 million this year. He also was due a $1 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the 2019 league year (Sunday), but obviously will not receive that now. The Jaguars now have four quarterbacks under contract for 2019: Nick Foles, Cody Kessler, Tanner Lee, and Alex McGough.
Even as they signal a commitment to a rebuilding plan, the New York Giants still do not plan to move on from 38-year-old quarterback Eli Manning this year, according to multiple sources familiar with their plan. Manning has one year left on his contract. He is scheduled to earn an $11.5 million salary, a $500,000 workout bonus and a $5 million roster bonus if he is still on the roster at 4 p.m. ET Sunday.
Saying his ultimate goal is to pass Jerry Rice as the NFL's all-time leading receiver, a mellow Antonio Brown also talked about bringing a higher level of accountability to his teammates while being praised for his legendary on-field work ethic in his introductory media conference as the newest member of the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday.
Mike Mayock said the Raiders did not get involved with Antonio Brown until after the Buffalo deal fell apart on Friday. Jon Gruden said they all got together in Las Vegas with Raiders owner Mark Davis that night.
Pro Bowl returner Andre Roberts is signing with the Buffalo Bills, sources told ESPN. Roberts, who turned 31 in January, proved last season that you're never too old to be a breakout star. After signing a one-year contract with the New York Jets for the veterans minimum (a total of $1 million, including bonuses), Roberts was selected to his first Pro Bowl after scoring on two returns -- one punt, one kickoff.
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks is returning to the Seattle Seahawks on a one-year deal worth a maximum value of $5.5 million, a source confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Kendricks, who had pleaded guilty to insider trading charges a week earlier and had been released by the Cleveland Browns, signed with the Seahawks in Week 2 last season while linebackers K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner were injured.
Henderson: Analysis for every Seahawks signing
The Miami Dolphins will meet with free-agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on Wednesday evening, sources confirmed to ESPN. Bridgewater will have a decision to make between staying in New Orleans as a backup and potentially a long-term option to replace Drew Brees when he retires or leaving for Miami, where he would have an opportunity to start in 2019.
The San Francisco 49ers are signing running back Tevin Coleman to a two-year, $10 million deal, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Coleman, known as an explosive, big-play threat, averaged a career-best 4.8 yards per carry while starting 14 of 16 games for the Atlanta Falcons in 2018 as two-time Pro Bowler Devonta Freeman underwent season-ending groin surgery. Coleman finished the season with 800 yards and four touchdowns on 167 attempts, and he also caught 32 passes for 276 yards and five TDs. The 49ers also agreed to terms to re-sign defensive back Jimmie Ward on a one-year deal worth up to $5 million, league sources told ESPN's Nick Wagoner, confirming an earlier report.
The Kansas City Chiefs released safety Eric Berry at the start of the new league year. The move comes with the team set to add Tyrann Mathieu, who agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract with the team this week.
The signing of Tyrann Mathieu, as it turns out, does mean the end for Eric Berry with the Chiefs. They've released him, even though the salary cap savings will only be $1.5 million. What could have been? Berry was with Chiefs for nine years but missed almost all of four seasons because of injury or illness. Interested to see what is next for hm.
The Miami Dolphins continued their roster purge at the start of the league year Wednesday by releasing veteran guard Josh Sitton. Sitton is likely to wind up with the New York Jets, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. There he would reunite with former Dolphins and current Jets coach Adam Gase.
Right tackle Daryl Williams is re-signing with the Carolina Panthers on a one-year deal, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. This will be a prove-it year for Williams after an injury-plagued 2018 season.
Seifert: Analysis for every Bears signing
Free-agent running back Adrian Peterson has informed ESPN's Josina Anderson that he is "going back to the Redskins." He said he will receive a two-year contract, and sources told ESPN's John Keim that the total value is $8 million. "I feel like we made some good moves to get to where we are trying to go," Peterson said.
The Redskins made a solid and necessary move by re-signing running back Adrian Peterson to a two-year deal worth up to $8 million. It's uncertain how much is guaranteed but there likely will be plenty of incentives. However, with Derrius Guice coming off a torn ACL - and having had knee issues in the past -- the Redskins need to be covered just in case he's not the same player. Or if it takes him time to handle a full load. Peterson would be a good mentor for Guice -- if he pays attention to the NFL's eighth all-time leading rusher. Peterson's work ethic and study habits impressed teammates and coaches in Washington last season. And he showed he could still play with 1,042 yards including 119 in a Week 16 loss at Tennessee. Peterson might not hit the consistent home runs anymore, but he can still elude defenders for extra yards. Peterson might be 34, but he still has something to offer.
The Atlanta Falcons informed former starting right tackle Ryan Schraeder of his release, agent Joel Turner told ESPN. Schraeder, who lost his job to Ty Sambrailo at the end of last season, had three years and $18.8 million remaining on his contract. His release saves $3.95 million against the Falcons' 2019 cap.
McClure: Analysis for every Falcons signing
Former Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams intends to sign with the Oakland Raiders, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. He will become the Raiders' No. 2 receiver behind Antonio Brown, who was acquired in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday.
Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers is leaving the New York Jets and is expected to sign with the Seattle Seahawks, a source tells ESPN's Dianna Russini. The deal is for four years and worth $15-16 million dollars, according to the source.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to a three-year contract extension with guard A.J. Cann, a source confirmed to ESPN. The deal is worth $15 million, according to NFL Network, which first reported the news.
DiRocco: Analysis for every Jaguars signing
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor plans to sign with the Los Angeles Chargers to a two-year contract, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by NFL Network. He will replace Geno Smith, who is also a free agent, as the Chargers' backup quarterback behind starter Philip Rivers.
Williams: Analysis for every Chargers signing
The New England Patriots are bringing back cornerback Jason McCourty on a two-year deal, a source told ESPN. The Patriots had acquired McCourty and a 2018 seventh-round pick from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a 2018 sixth-round pick on March 15, 2018.
Former Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas intends to sign a four-year, $55 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The source said the deal includes $32 million fully guaranteed at signing, with $22 million coming in the first nine months. Former Saints running back Mark Ingram also intends to sign a three-year, $15 million deal with the Ravens, a source told ESPN's Schefter and Dianna Russini.
Hensley: Analysis of every Ravens signing
Ravens reach a four-year, $55 million deal with safety Earl Thomas, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. This gives Baltimore its best ballhawk since soon-to-be Hall of Famer Ed Reed left after the 2012 Super Bowl season. The Ravens' first major signing in free agency will fill the void left by Eric Weddle, who was cut last week. Thomas, 30 has drawn comparisons to Reed throughout his career because of his great range. He has intercepted 28 passes and gone to six Pro Bowls in nine seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. He always covered lots of ground in a one deep safety defense, which would allow safety Tony Jefferson to play closer to the line of scrimmage. The concern with Thomas is durability. His left leg has been broken twice (in 2016 and 2018), and he has missed 19 games over the past three seasons. But Thomas never missed a game from 2010 to 2015. After last year's top-ranked defense lost five key members in free agency, the arrival of Thomas is a step toward rebuilding it.
The Washington Redskins released linebacker Zach Brown and defensive lineman Stacy McGee, moves that create additional salary-cap space and signal a new direction at both positions, a source confirmed. Both moves, which save a combined $8 million, were long expected.
The New Orleans Saints locked up kicker Wil Lutz with a new five-year contract Wednesday that his agency Perla Sports Management described in a news release as an "NFL record deal for a place kicker."
Triplett: Analysis of every Saints signing
The Patriots and RB Brandon Bolden have reached agreement on a two-year deal, a source confirms. This is a homecoming for Bolden, who played for the Patriots from 2012-2017 before spending the 2018 season in Miami after being cut by New England right before the season. Had Bolden not left for Miami, he probably would have returned to the Patriots one week later after RB Jeremy Hill tore his ACL in the season-opener and New England needed reinforcements. Bolden, 29, is more of a reserve and strong special teams and locker-room presence. His return should be well received by teammates from a culture standpoint. NFL Network first reported the agreement between the Patriots and Bolden.
The Browns -- yes, the Cleveland Browns -- are now the No. 1 team in terms of money and handle for Super Bowl futures at DraftKings Sportsbook. Since the trade 82% of all money on the Super Bowl and 70% of all bets have been on the Browns at their book.
All eyes in the football world will be on Norman, Oklahoma, today where QB Kyler Murray will be working out in front an estimated 65 or so NFL personnel.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell plans to sign with the New York Jets, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bell, who shocked the NFL by sitting out the entire 2018 season on the franchise tag after failing to agree on a new contract last summer, officially became a free agent when Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert opted not to put a franchise or transition tag on him for the 2019 season.
Barnwell's grade: C-
Cimini: Analysis of every Jets signing
The Cleveland Browns reached an agreement with former Kansas City Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris on a two-year deal, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. He had 12 catches for 164 yards and three TDs last season.
McManamon: Analysis of every Browns signing
Tuesday, March 12
After the Cleveland Browns acquired star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in a trade with the New York Giants, Cleveland general manager John Dorsey and agent Drew Rosenhaus mutually agreed to not follow through on a verbal agreement with wide receiver Breshad Perriman, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen. Perriman now will sign a one-year, $4 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the source said.
The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to trade edge rusher Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers, a source confirmed to ESPN's Josina Anderson. The Niners are expected to give Ford a multiyear deal in the range of five years, $87.5 million, the source said.
Wagoner: Analysis of every 49ers signing
Barnwell's grades: B- for 49ers. D+ for Chiefs
The New York Giants have agreed to trade star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns, a source confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Giants will receive a first-round pick in 2019 (No. 17 overall), the Browns' second third-round pick this year and safety Jabrill Peppers for Beckham, the source said.
Experts predict: Who won the trade, and the new AFC North favorite
Barnwell's grades: Browns: A. Giants: D+
Trading Odell Beckham Jr. signifies a true rebuild for the Giants. It also raises questions why didn't they do it before they signed him to a then-record contract seven months ago. Now they incur another $16 million in dead money and paid him $21.5 million for 12 games. Last year was the ideal time to rebuild if that is the direction the organization was going.
Spurned earlier in the day by linebacker Anthony Barr, the New York Jets filled their need for an edge rusher by agreeing with their top free agent, Henry Anderson, on a three-year, $25.2 million deal, a source confirmed to ESPN's Rich Cimini.
Henry Anderson, one of GM Mike Maccagnan's best finds, isn't going anywhere. Good move for both sides to continue the marriage — a three-year, $25M deal. You could argue he was their most effective defensive linemen last season. He recorded a career-high seven sacks despite being doubled on a team-high 60 percent of the snaps, per NFL Next Gen Stats. Anderson is a good fit in Gregg Williams' 3-4, and he can slide inside on passing downs. He's only 27, so he's in his prime years.
Free-agent cornerback Steven Nelson has agreed to a three-year deal worth $25.5 million with the Pittsburgh Steelers, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Nelson is expected to start opposite veteran corner Joe Haden.
Former Seattle Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy has agreed to a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, sources confirm to ESPN. His addition gives the Cardinals a replacement for Mike Iupati, who is a free agent after finishing the 2018 season on injured reserve. Sweezy, who turns 30 in April, has played right and left guard during his seven-year NFL career.
Weinfuss: Analysis of every Cardinals signing
The Cincinnati Bengals are re-signing linebacker Preston Brown, a source told ESPN's Dianna Russini. Brown signed a one-year deal worth $5 million last year to return to his hometown after spending the first four seasons of his career with the Buffalo Bills. Although Brown played every game and almost 98 percent of the defensive snaps in Buffalo, he played only seven games in Cincinnati.
Terrell: Analysis of every Bengals signing
The Bengals have re-signed LB Preston Brown, according to ESPN's Dianna Russini. It's hard to judge his 2018 season. Brown never really got a chance to show what he could do in Cincinnati after getting injured Week 1 and then ultimately ending up on IR for a different injury. Prior to coming to the Bengals, he had never missed a game. Brown took a one-year deal last year because he wanted to be in Cincinnati. If the Bengals don't make any other moves with the LBs, then the 2019 linebackers are WLB Vontaze Burfict, MLB Preston Brown and SLB Nick Vigil. But this certainly doesn't mean the Bengals aren't still looking or potentially thinking about drafting a linebacker, considering Burfict hasn't been very reliable or available for much of the last few years.
Former Arizona Cardinals safety Deone Bucannon has reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal reunites Bucannon with new Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and outside linebackers coach Larry Foote. All three were previously on the staff with the Cardinals.
The Atlanta Falcons are planning to sign guards James Carpenter and Jamon Brown, sources told ESPN. Carpenter, formerly of the New York Jets, intends to sign a four-year deal with the Falcons, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Brown is planning to join the Falcons from the New York Giants on a three-year deal, a source told ESPN's Vaughn McClure.
McClure: Analysis of every Falcons signing
Falcons addressing the offensive line via free agency. Adam Schefter reports the team is signing former Jets left guard James Carpenter to a four-year contract. Carpenter has 97 career starts with both the Jets and Seattle Seahawks, primarily at left guard. As ESPN's Rich Cimini noted, Carpenter coming off shoulder surgery and didn't finish the season. Falcons also set to sign guard Jamon Brown to a three-year deal, a source told ESPN. Brown started eight games for the Giants at right guard last season. Falcons not content with what they have at guard next to Alex Mack with Wes Schweitzer more of a backup and Brandon Fusco coming back from a broken ankle. This probably means the Falcons will address defensive tackle with the 14th overall pick in the draft despite interest in Oklahoma's Cody Ford and others.
Former Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Rodger Saffold intends to sign a four-year, $44 million deal that includes $22.5 million guaranteed with the Tennessee Titans, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Adding guard Rodger Saffold is a major boost to the Titans offense. Saffold was 3rd among all guards in ESPN's Pass Block Win Rate (min. 300 blocks) powered by NFL Next Gen Stats last season. Saffold held his blocks for at least 2.5 seconds 87.4 percent of the time.
The New York Giants intend to sign veteran safety Antoine Bethea, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by NFL Network. Bethea has a familiarity with Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher's defense from their time together with the Arizona Cardinals.
Raanan: Analysis of every Giants signing
The Detroit Lions have re-signed Zach Zenner to a one-year deal. Zenner probably will have a larger role than he did at the start of last season, when he was inactive for games. He could end up being the team's No. 2 or No. 3 running back along with pass-catching specialist Theo Riddick, sharing time behind Kerryon Johnson. Zenner also offers special teams value. Zenner had a market of a handful of teams but chose to stay in Detroit, the place he has been his entire career.
Rothstein: Analysis of every Lions signing
The Buffalo Bills intend to sign former Washington Redskins offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe to a free-agent deal Wednesday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal is for two years and worth $14.5 million with $7.7 million guaranteed, his agent Vincent Taylor said. Nsekhe was the Redskins' swing tackle the past four seasons -- never the full-time starter -- but that sort of money indicates Nsekhe will replace free agent Jordan Mills as the Bills' starting right tackle. That means Buffalo is likely to have at least three new starters along the offensive line this season: Mitch Morse (center), Spencer Long (right guard) and Nsekhe (right tackle).
Linebacker Jordan Hicks intends to sign with the Arizona Cardinals, a source confirmed to ESPN. NFL Network, which first reported the signing, reported that Hicks will sign a four-year contract worth $36 million with a $12 million signing bonus and $20 million guaranteed.
The Los Angeles Rams introduced their new safety on Tuesday:
The Rams introduced S Eric Weddle today. Weddle initially planned to visit several teams, then make LA and the Rams his last stop. The Rams convinced Weddle to visit them first. He spent several hours talking with Sean McVay, and decided he would be staying in LA. No other visits necessary.
After telling the New York Jets he intended to sign with them, linebacker Anthony Barr got cold feet, changed his mind and informed the Minnesota Vikings that he will be returning to Minnesota, a source confirmed to ESPN.
The Jets were dealt a surprise late Tuesday morning when they learned LB Anthony Barr was backing out of his agreement, a source confirmed. He's expected to re-sign with the Vikings. The Jets, prepared to pay him about $14M per year to be an outside linebacker in their 3-4 scheme, now find themselves in need of an edge rusher. Most of the good ones are off the market, but Justin Houston remains. And don't forget about the draft. Quite frankly, this isn't a crushing blow. I thought it was too much money for a guy with only 13.5 career sacks.
The Miami Dolphins are closing in on a two-year deal with receiver DeVante Parker, a league source told ESPN. The deal is worth up to $13 million if he hits every incentive included in the contract, but the base salaries are expected to be lower.
The Buffalo Bills intend to sign former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley and former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver John Brown, sources told ESPN. Brown will receive a three-year, $27 million deal, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by Adam Caplan. Beasley will sign a four-year contract worth $29 million, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson.
Wide receiver was near the top of the list of the Bills' needs this offseason and it was largely filled within a span of minutes Tuesday when the team agreed to deals with free agents John Brown (Ravens) and Cole Beasley (Cowboys). Brown projects to add an element of speed to Buffalo's offense, while Beasley could provide a much-needed presence in the slot. Zay Jones (2017 second-round pick) and Robert Foster (2018 undrafted rookie) project to round out of the top four of the depth chart, although the exact pecking order remains to be seen and the Bills could still search for a more prototypical No. 1 receiver in the draft.
Former Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray intends to sign a four-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter Tuesday, spelling the end of the Mark Ingram era in The Big Easy. Before the Vikings drafted running back Dalvin Cook in 2017, Murray joined the team in free agency as the expected heir-apparent to Adrian Peterson.
Ryan Shazier will remain under contract in 2019, according to the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will place him on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list. His contract tolls on a minimum salary, giving him another year toward benefits/pension. This qualifies as the Steelers looking out for an injured player.
The Green Bay Packers added offensive lineman Billy Turner of the Denver Broncos, a source confirmed to ESPN. He has started at tackle and guard over the years. A source told Schefter that Turner gets a four-year, $28 million deal with a maximum value of $29.5 million. That includes $11 million in the first year.
Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Thomas Davis intends to sign with the Los Angeles Chargers, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. He is the Carolina Panthers' all-time leading tackler (1,094) and in 2012 became the first player in NFL history to successfully overcome three ACL tears in the same knee.
Williams: Analysis of every Chargers signing
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is nearing a deal to stay with the New Orleans Saints, but no agreement has yet been reached, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday. Bridgewater, a former first-round pick, served as Drew Brees' backup with the Saints this past season.
Triplett: Analysis of every Saints signing
The Houston Texans will be signing safety Tashaun Gipson, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini. Gipson, who was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars on March 8 as part of the team's effort to create salary-cap space, started all 48 games since joining the team and had six interceptions and 16 pass breakups.
The New England Patriots have placed an original-round tender on suspended/restricted free-agent WR Josh Gordon ($2.025 million). This counts against the team's salary cap. So if Gordon is ever reinstated by the NFL, he would be looking at a one-year, $2.025 million contract. Technically, another team could sign him to an offer sheet, and if the Patriots didn't match it, the club would receive a second-round draft pick in return because that's the round in which Gordon entered the NFL. But draft-pick compensation, and financial terms of a contract, are naturally secondary to Gordon's health and well-being at this point.
In one morning, the Green Bay Packers made three moves to reshape their struggling defense. They agreed to terms with a pair of pass-rushers in Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith, plus safety Adrian Amos, according to league sources.
Demovsky: Analysis of every Packers signing
The Packers filled their two biggest needs on defense in one day by agreeing to deals with former Ravens edge rusher Za'Darius Smith and former Bears safety Adrian Amos on Tuesday. In Smith, they get a player that one of their newest scouts, Milt Hendrickson, is familiar with. Hendrickson, the Packers new director-football operations, came from the Ravens' scouting department and saw first hand Smith's 18.5 sacks the last four years. In Amos, the Packers have an instant starter at safety, where they got so desperate last season that they moved cornerback Tramon Williams to the position at midseason.
Linebacker Terrell Suggs, the longtime face of the Baltimore Ravens' defense, is leaving for a one-year, $7 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday. On Monday, Suggs told members of the Ravens that he was moving on, a source told ESPN's Jamison Hensley.
Weinfuss: Analysis of every Cardinals signing
Former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson intends to sign a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns when free agency opens Wednesday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Cleveland's opening-day front four is now expected to be defensive end Myles Garrett, defensive tackles Larry Ogunjobi and Richardson and defensive end Olivier Vernon.
Lost in the excitement of the Browns revival in 2018 were the struggles of the defense. The Browns finished the season 28th in run defense, 21st in scoring and 30th in total defense. John Dorsey's defensive line additions of Sheldon Richardson and Olivier Vernon are a direct boost to that side of the ball, and boost a front that should be the unit's strength.
Look out, AFC North! The Browns defensive line is absolutely stacked. Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon on the edge. Larry Ogunjobi and Sheldon Richardson inside. Plus, versatile depth via Emmanuel Ogbah and Genard Avery.
Linebacker C.J. Mosley is expected to sign a five-year, $85 million deal with the New York Jets that has $51 million guaranteed, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Mosley, 26, was the leading tackler for the NFL's top-ranked defense and was the Baltimore Ravens' most high-profile free agent this offseason.
The Jets struck again in a big way, adding Pro Bowl LB CJ Mosley to their new-look linebacking corps. He will join Anthony Barr and Avery Williamson, and it raises questions about the futures of Jordan Jenkins and Darron Lee — especially Lee. Mosley is a terrific player who will bring toughness and tackling ability, but the contract is exorbitant— five years, $85M, including a $51M guarantee. Normally, you have those contracts for elite pass rushers. Mosley is many things, but he's not that.
In a span of a week, the NFL's top-ranked defense has now lost its two signal-callers in C.J. Mosley and safety Eric Weddle along with its most tenured player in linebacker Terrell Suggs. Mosley, Weddle and Suggs have combined for 460 NFL starts and 17 Pro Bowls. It's a new era for the Ravens. There's a new quarterback in Lamar Jackson. There's a new general manager in Eric DeCosta. Now, there will be a new defense.
Monday, March 11
Former Miami Dolphins right tackle Ja'Wuan James intends to sign a four-year, $52 million deal that includes $33 million guaranteed with the Denver Broncos, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal will keep James as the highest-paid right tackle in the NFL.
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown will take more time before deciding if he wants to play in 2019, he said in a statement released by his agent on Monday night. McCown, 39, has been contemplating retirement and will become a free agent this week.
Former Los Angeles Rams franchise safety Lamarcus Joyner plans to sign a four-year deal with the Oakland Raiders, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. After the Rams and Joyner were unable to come to a long-term agreement, he played last season on the franchise tag and earned $11.28 million. He intercepted one pass and ranked third on the team in tackles with 78.
Lamarcus Joyner is an upgrade for the Raiders at the safety position. Range in the post, plus the coverage ability to drop down over the slot. Coverage skills. And I like the fit for Joyner in Paul Guenther's defensive scheme.
Former Houston Texans defensive back Kareem Jackson intends to sign a three-year, $33 million deal with the Denver Broncos that includes $23 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Jackson, 30, is coming off the best season of his nine-year NFL career, all spent with the Texans, after being selected in the first round (20th overall) of the 2010 draft.
Former Kansas City Chiefs center Mitch Morse intends to sign what is expected to be a four-year, $44.5 million contract with the Buffalo Bills, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Morse, 26, joined the Chiefs as a second-round draft pick (49th overall) from Missouri in 2015. He immediately became a starter and opened each of the 52 games, regular season and playoffs, he played in for Kansas City.
Center had been a question mark for the Bills after the sudden retirement of stalwart snapper Eric Wood last offseason but now they might have found their answer. Buffalo intends to sign former Kansas City Chiefs center Mitch Morse, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal means the Bills got one of the top centers on the market -- Denver's Matt Paradis being the other -- and could have a trickle-down effect on the rest of the offensive line. Morse's arrival puts the future of last season's starting center, Russell Bodine, in question while cementing February free-agent pickup Spencer Long as part of the competition at guard. John Miller, a free agent after starting at right guard last offseason, might have to find a new team.
The Indianapolis Colts will sign former Carolina Panthers receiver Devin Funchess to a one-year deal worth $13 million, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Funchess, 24, entered the 2018 season as Carolina's No. 1 receiver opposite Torrey Smith. Funchess seemed secure in that role until a 20-19 loss on Nov. 18 to the Lions in his hometown of Detroit, where he had five dropped passes.
The Colts have started working to address their need to find a No. 2 receiver to go with T.Y. Hilton. They have agreed to a one-year deal worth a maximum of $13 million with receiver Devin Funchess, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Funchess, a second-round pick by Carolina in 2015, only missed three games during his four seasons with the Panthers. His best season was in 2017 when he had 63 receptions for 840 yards and eight touchdowns. Funchess' size - 6-foot-4 - will be a welcoming addition for the Colts because tight end Eric Ebron was Andrew Luck's big target in the red zone. Contracts can't be signed until the NFL new year starts at 4 p.m. eastern on Wednesday.
Former Houston Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu intends to sign a three-year, $42 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Mathieu, 26, joined the Texans on a one-year, $7 million deal last offseason after he was released by the Arizona Cardinals just before the start of the new NFL year.
Teicher: Analysis of every Chiefs signing
Barnwell's grade: C+
The Chiefs will spend heavily for safety Tyrann Mathieu ($42 million over three years, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter) but they’ll be getting a lot in return. Mathieu should be the strong coverage defender at safety in the Chiefs have lacked the last couple of years. He’s been durable, having not missed a game the past two seasons, in 2017 for the Cardinals and last year for the Texans. He’s also won’t be turning 27 until May, which made him more attractive to the Chiefs than Seattle’s Earl Thomas.
The Cincinnati Bengals are re-signing tight end C.J. Uzomah, a source confirmed to ESPN. The three-year, $18 million deal was first reported by NFL Network. Uzomah was among several signings the Bengals worked out on the first day of the NFL's open negotiating window. The Bengals also will re-sign right tackle Bobby Hart, who is expected to sign a three-year deal worth $21 million, as reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Terrell: Analysis of every Bengals signing
The Chicago Bears intend to sign free-agent running back Mike Davis, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini. Davis, who turned 26 in February, rushed for 514 yards and four touchdowns on 112 carries last season -- all career highs -- while serving as the Seattle Seahawks' No. 2 back behind Chris Carson and ahead of first-round pick Rashaad Penny.
Seifert: Analysis of every Bears signing
A longtime face of the Baltimore Ravens' defense is saying goodbye. Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs told members of the Ravens on Monday he is moving on, a source told ESPN. One of the top leaders and characters in franchise history, he had spent his entire 16-year NFL career in Baltimore.
Terrell Suggs informed the Ravens that he's signing elsewhere, and this departure will be felt more than any other in Baltimore this offseason. For 16 years, Suggs was as much a part of the Ravens' storied defensive tradition as Ray Lewis and Ed Reed. The best way to put it is this: Lewis was the heart, Reed was the soul and Suggs was the funny bone. One of the biggest personalities in team history, Suggs was a seven-time Pro Bowl player and the 2011 defensive rookie of the year. He is the only active player with 900 tackles, 100 sacks and 30 forced fumbles. Suggs often talked about how he wanted to be a "Raven for life" and spend his entire career in Baltimore like Lewis and Jonathan Ogden. Instead, he'll finish out a potential Hall of Fame career somewhere else like Reed and Haloti Ngata.
Former Baltimore Ravens DE Terrell Suggs, who is expected to sign with the Arizona Cardinals, had 132.5 sacks in his Ravens career, tied with Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor for the third-most by any player with a single franchise, trailing only Bruce Smith (171) with the Bills and Michael Strahan (141.5) with the Giants since sacks became official in 1982.
The Titans intend to sign wide receiver Adam Humphries, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini. A source told ESPN's Dan Graziano the deal is worth $36 million over four years.
Barnwell's grade: Eagles: B-. Bucs: C
How good was DeSean Jackson in Philadelphia before he was released by former coach Chip Kelly? Jackson produced three 1,000-yard receiving seasons, tied for the most in the franchise's history with Harold Carmichael and Mike Quick.
The addition of DeSean Jackson gives the Eagles the exact type of receiver balance they strive for: a deep threat working opposite a physical force in Alshon Jeffery. Carson Wentz will have some fun airing it out to Jackson, and it should open up even more space for guys like Zach Ertz across the middle.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will sign former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles to a four-year deal worth $88 million, according to ESPN and multiple sources. The deal includes $50.125 million in guaranteed money, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
DiRocco: Analysis on all Jaguars signings
Barnwell's grade: C-
The $50.125 million in guaranteed money (per ESPN's Adam Schefter) the Jaguars are giving QB Nick Foles is the largest amount of guaranteed money in franchise history. DT Malik Jackson, who was released last week, got $42 million guaranteed when he signed in 2016. Foles was the Jaguars' top target and the contract shows they're clearly committed to him as their starter beyond 2020, and it also likely takes quarterback off the board in the first round of the draft, even if Dwayne Haskins were to slip to them at No. 7.
The Lions have agreed to a deal with tight end Jesse James, a source told Schefter, confirming an NFL Network report.
Rothstein: Analysis for every Lions signing
The Detroit Lions are all about business here on the first day of the legal tampering period, agreeing to terms with their third free agent of need (not counting Danny Amendola, who signed Monday) by snagging tight end Jesse James from Pittsburgh. James was one of the top tight ends in a somewhat underwhelming tight end market but he will solve an obvious hole for Detroit at the position. Both Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia identified tight end as a definitive position of need and went out and got a good one in James. James has 120 career catches for 1,189 yards and nine touchdowns with the Steelers. He should immediately slide into the No. 1 tight end spot and give Matthew Stafford a tall target in the red zone at 6-foot-7.
The Bengals are re-signing right tackle Bobby Hart to a three-year, $21 million deal, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Bob Quinn needed a pass rusher. He found one in Trey Flowers, the top edge rusher on the market and one that both he and Lions head coach Matt Patricia are familiar with. Patricia nabbed a player who he is very familiar with and is a player who knows Detroit's defense. Flowers can move all around the Lions' defense and will pair with Romeo Okwara to become a strong pair of edge rushers. This is the move the Lions had to get done and three hours after the legal tampering period could begin, they got it accomplished.
Former New York Giants Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins told ESPN's Josina Anderson he will sign with the Washington Redskins. The deal is for six years, $84 million, including $45 million in guaranteed money, according to multiple reports.
Barnwell's grade: C+
The Redskins will be signing safety Landon Collins, who told ESPN's Josina Anderson the news. He'll receive a deal worth up to $84 million for six years, per multiple reports. That's serious money and partly a function of their inability to draft and develop anyone at this position for most of the past decade. But he gives them one of the best in-the-box safeties in the NFL and also someone who can help improve the culture and leadership on Washington's defense. That was sorely needed. He also grew up a big fan of late Redskins safety Sean Taylor and wore his number 21 with the New York Giants.
The Detroit Lions will sign defensive back Justin Coleman to a four-year deal worth $36 million, according to multiple reports. The contract will make Coleman the highest-paid nickel cornerback in NFL history, according to reports.
The Buffalo Bills on Monday agreed to a contract with cornerback Kevin Johnson after he was released by the Houston Texans last week, according to multiple reports. Johnson, the No. 16 overall pick in the 2015 draft, is expected to compete for a starting job opposite Bills top cornerback Tre'Davious White.
The Chicago Bears have re-signed tight end Ben Braunecker to a two-year contract. The 6-foot-4 Braunecker made three starts for the Bears last season, including the playoff loss to Philadelphia, and appeared in 16 games in all.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander plans to sign a four-year, $54 million deal that includes $27 million guaranteed with the San Francisco 49ers, according to ESPN and multiple reports. Before Alexander sustained a torn ACL on Oct. 21 last season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were willing to offer him as much as $10 million annually, a source familiar with the negotiations told ESPN.
The 49ers strike early and heavily in free agency as they intend to sign LB Kwon Alexander to a four-year, $54 million deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Alexander should fit in at the team's WIL linebacker spot alongside Fred Warner. While Alexander makes sense for the Niners, the cost here is exorbitant and not just in terms of Alexander's money. This is the price the Niners are paying for the swing and a miss on Reuben Foster. Foster was supposed to be the guy to hold this job and because he couldn't avoid trouble, the Niners found themselves having to spend big at the position. The trickle down effect of that could mean they're unable to fill other holes on their defense.
The Cleveland Browns have released tight end Darren Fells. He spent one year in Cleveland and had 11 catches for 117 yards and three touchdowns. David Njoku, Seth DeValve, Pharaoh Brown and Orson Charles are on the roster at the position.
Here's what the Dallas Cowboys are planning at the start of free agency:
Clearly, it’s early on in the legal tampering period, but the sense is that things will be quiet with the Cowboys in the next few days in free agency. The focus is still on their own players, especially DeMarcus Lawrence. While everybody wants to connect the Earl Thomas dots, the feeling is the price will be a lot more than what the Cowboys want to pay.
The Arizona Cardinals will release veteran tight end Jermaine Gresham on Thursday for cap reasons, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Gresham's cap hit was to be $8.2 million in 2019. Gresham had a career-low nine catches for 94 yards in 2018.
The Philadelphia Eagles signed left tackle Jason Peters to a new one-year contract Monday, keeping the veteran in the fold for 2019. The deal has a maximum value of $10 million and includes $5.5 million in guarantees, according to a league source. There are incentives linked to playing time in the contract that will help determine how much Peters makes.
McManus: Analysis for every Eagles signing
The former Seattle Seahawks safety is hitting the open market for the first time:
Former New England Patriots left tackle Trent Brown intends to sign a four-year, $66 million contract that includes $36.75 million guaranteed with the Oakland Raiders, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The $16.5 million average annual value of the deal is the highest for an offensive lineman in the NFL. The Tennessee Titans' Taylor Lewan has a $16 million average on his contract.
Barnwell's grade: C-
Gutierrez: Analysis for every Raiders signing
The Raiders had $36 million committed to their offensive line in 2018, the fourth-most in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats & Information. But that unit underperformed greatly in 2018, because according to ESPN's Pass Rush metrics powered by NFL Next Gen Stats, the Raiders had the third-LOWEST Pass Rush Win Rate in the NFL, sustaining their blocks for at least 2.5 seconds just 41 percent of the time. Enter...Trent Brown, until last year a career right tackle who is getting left tackle money from Oakland, which, drafted a pair of tackles in the first three rounds last year.
The Minnesota Vikings are not picking up Andrew Sendejo's option, a source confirmed to ESPN's Courtney Cronin, meaning the veteran safety is headed toward free agency. Sendejo has been with the Vikings since 2011.
Former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson is expected to sign a three-year, $10 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, sources told ESPN on Monday. Jackson, who signed the richest contract in Jaguars history in 2016, was released by the team March 8 after his playing time decreased significantly following the loss of his starting job late in the 2018 season.
The New York Giants re-signed center/guard Spencer Pulley to a three-year, $9.6 million deal, per ESPN's Field Yates. Pulley is a versatile lineman who can compete to start at center with Jon Halapio and provide depth at guard. Pulley played well as the starting center in the second half of the season when the offense played considerably better.
Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Danny Amendola plans to sign a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Detroit Lions, a source told ESPN's Dianna Russini on Monday. The signing, which is pending a physical, could be worth up to $5.75 million, the source said.
Barnwell's grade: C+
Multiple sources told ESPN that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been actively shopping wide receiver DeSean Jackson for a potential trade and that the Philadelphia Eagles would be a preferred destination for Jackson. A trade would be preferred for the Bucs, but some teams that ESPN has spoken to believe Jackson will be released rather than traded. Jackson is still under contract, and the Bucs do have the option of holding onto him for 2019.
Sunday, March 10
The Los Angeles Rams announced on Sunday that they've agreed to terms on a new deal with outside linebacker Dante Fowler Jr. The club didn't release terms, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the deal is for one year. The Rams, with a pressing need for an edge rusher, completed a trade for Fowler with the Jacksonville Jaguars ahead of the deadline last season in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2019 and a fifth-round selection in 2020.
The Rams and OLB Dante Fowler have agreed to terms on a new contract before the start of free agency. A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that it is a one-year deal. Fowler joined the team midseason after he was traded from the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was set to become an unrestricted free agent. In 8 regular season games, Fowler had 2 sacks, a pass deflection and a forced fumble. He also had a key pressure in overtime of the NFC Championship game that forced Drew Brees into an errant throw that S John Johnson III intercepted. The Rams have settled two pressing offseason needs before the start of free agency by agreeing to terms with Fowler and signing safety Eric Weddle.
The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a two-year contract with defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Hankins, who will turn 27 on March 30, started 14 of the 15 games in which he played after joining the Raiders following Justin Ellis' foot injury in the season opener.
Gutierrez: Analysis for every Raiders signing
The Oakland Raiders have an agreement in principle to trade guard Kelechi Osemele to the New York Jets, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson. Osemele, 29, is scheduled to receive a base salary of $9.7 million in 2019 and $11.2 million in 2020.
Barnwell's grades: B+ for Jets; C for Raiders
The Kansas City Chiefs released four-time Pro-Bowl linebacker Justin Houston on Sunday. The Chiefs had tried to trade Houston, but no team was willing to pick up the $15.25 million base salary he was due this season, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Houston is now a free agent.
Teicher: Analysis for every Chiefs signing
Breeland Speaks is the player who stands to benefit the most from Justin Houston's departure. The Chiefs moved up last year in the second round to draft Speaks in the second round, in part in anticipation of losing either Houston or Dee Ford this year. The Chiefs used Speaks as an outside linebacker in their base 3-4 defense last year but he will be a defensive end in their 4-3 system under new cooordinator Steve Spagnuolo. "Most people and even our organization too, thought his natural fit was more of a 4-3 D-end,'' general manager Brett Veach said last month shortly after Spagnuolo was hired.
The Detroit Lions will be looking for a new starting cornerback, as the club is releasing Nevin Lawson days before the start of the new league year, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Lawson was a consistent if not flashy cornerback for the Lions. A fourth-round pick by the Lions in 2014, he played in 62 games for Detroit, starting 54 of them, including being a full-time starter over the past three seasons with the club.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to trade prolific but disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a third- and fifth-round pick, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Brown will receive a new three-year deal worth up to $54.125 million from the Raiders, with $30.125 million guaranteed, the source said. He previously had three years and $38.9 million left on his contract with the Steelers, with none of the money guaranteed.
Gutierrez: Brown joining Raiders more Rice than Moss
Social reaction: NFL players on the trade: AB 'shut everybody up'
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be relieved but probably not elated with the draft haul in the Antonio Brown trade. They sought what GM Kevin Colbert called ‘significant' compensation and walked away with a third- and a fifth-round pick, which hardly guarantees finding a star receiver to replace Brown. But Pittsburgh's options were limited by Brown's contract demands and behavior over the last few months. Many teams dropped out. At least now they can move on with a new era of Steelers football, beginning with the re-signing of Ben Roethlisberger.
Saturday, March 9
It didn't take long for running back Carlos Hyde to find another job, as he agreed to a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal is for $2.8 million, with $1.6 million being guaranteed, a source told Schefter.
Newly signed Carlos Hyde may fill the RB2 spot occupied at the end of last season by Spencer Ware, who is headed to free agency. But Hyde could eventually claim a significant amount of playing time from Damien Williams, who for now at least is the Chiefs’ main featured back. Hyde at 235 pounds is a big, versatile back of the type favored by general manager Brett Veach. “We certainly like bigger backs,’’ Veach said recently at the NFL combine. “I kind of have a thing for 220-pound backs that can run and catch and block.’’ The Chiefs could also draft a back, though it’s not the necessity it was before the Hyde signing. “When you get into rounds 2 and 3, we have our eyes on a couple of (running backs),’’ Veach said. “Certainly we’d be happy with a few guys.’’
The Dallas Cowboys and Sean Lee have agreed to a restructured contract that will pay the linebacker $3.5 million and give him a chance to earn $7 million in 2019, a source confirmed to ESPN. Lee was set to make a $7 million base salary in the final year of his deal but knew he would have to accept less with Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch taking over starting roles last season.
The Los Angeles Chargers are releasing safety Jahleel Addae, a source told ESPN. Addae signed a four-year, $22 million contract two years ago and had $11.5 million in non-guaranteed compensation left on his deal. The Chargers will save $5.5 million in cash and $5 million against the 2019 salary cap by releasing Addae.
Williams: Analysis for every Chargers signing
Tight end Dwayne Allen plans to stay in the AFC East, telling ESPN's Josina Anderson on Saturday that he will sign a two-year contract with the Miami Dolphins. Allen will join the Dolphins after being released by the New England Patriots on Monday in a move that freed up $7.3 million on their salary cap.
The Dolphins agreed to terms with TE Dwayne Allen on a two-year, $7 million contract as ESPN's Josina Anderson and Adam Schefter reported. Allen completed three other free agent visits, and chose Miami over other offers. He'll play a key role in helping Brian Flores establish a new culture in Miami. Allen, who spent the last two seasons with the New England Patriots, becomes the most experienced and accomplished tight end on the Dolphins roster. He had three catches for 27 yards in 13 games (eight starts) last season with the Patriots. Allen's best skillset is as a blocker and he will likely compete with 2018 second-round pick Mike Gesicki for Miami's starting tight end job.
Friday, March 8
Free-agent running back Carlos Hyde, who was released Friday by the Jaguars, is scheduled to visit Saturday with the Kansas City Chiefs, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Hyde could be a complement to Chiefs running back Damien Williams.
Six-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Weddle plans to sign with the Los Angeles Rams, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The source said Weddle arrived in Los Angeles on Thursday night, spent Friday with the Rams and wants to be a part of the defending NFC champions.
The Rams have signed veteran All-Pro safety Eric Weddle to a two-year deal worth as much as $12.5 million, with $5.25 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson & Dan Graziano. Weddle fills a needed role in the secondary with the pending free agency of Lamarcus Joyner. Weddle, who attended high school in the greater Los Angeles area, was released earlier this week by the Ravens. A 12-year veteran, he is a two-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowl selection.
The Miami Dolphins continued their roster purge by releasing veteran wide receiver Danny Amendola, sources told ESPN, confirming multiple reports. The move will save the Dolphins $6 million in cap space.
The Philadelphia Eagles have informed Michael Bennett that they are planning to trade him to the New England Patriots, the defensive end told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Friday. The trade is still being finalized, with the Eagles getting a fifth-round pick in the 2020 draft from the Patriots and sending a 2020 seventh-round pick along with Bennett, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Philly.com was first to report that a trade was close to completion.
Barnwell's grades: A for Patriots; B- for Eagles
The Eagles recognized that with a lack of quality pass-rushing options in free agency there could be a trade market for 33-year old Michael Bennett, who is coming off a nine-sack season. They were right, as the Patriots have agreed to deal for him, Adam Schefter and the Philly Inquirer report. Bennett has not been shy about wanting a significant role and may not have received the desired snaps in Philly with Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett coming back.
The Los Angeles Chargers have re-signed linebacker Denzel Perryman to a two-year deal, a source confirms to ESPN. Selected in the second round (48th overall) of the 2015 draft out of Miami, Perryman was an effective player for the Chargers when healthy.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have traded offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert to the Arizona Cardinals, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The source said the Steelers will receive a late sixth-round pick in return.
Barnwell's grades: B+ for Cardinals; C+ for Steelers
The Detroit Lions released veteran guard T.J. Lang on Friday with one year left on his contract -- ending a question that had lingered throughout the offseason. Lions general manager Bob Quinn said at the NFL scouting combine last week that the team was still deciding on what to do with the former Pro Bowler, whom the team signed to a three-year deal before the 2017 season.
The Lions releasing T.J. Lang does give the franchise a little bit more than $8.5 million more in cap space but it also creates a large hole on the offensive line. Detroit will have some flexibility since both Frank Ragnow and Graham Glasgow can play guard and center, so the club can go after whichever interior offensive linemen they would think fits best in the draft or free agency. And there was little way Detroit could have justified keeping Lang with the $11 million-plus cap hit he would have be on the books for in 2019. Lang was a smart addition at the time for the Lions and when he was healthy, he was outstanding -- including a Pro Bowl appearance. But injuries were the main issue with the Michigan native and the franchise just couldn't have relied on him again. When it comes to free agency, this extra money could give Detroit some flexibility to go after a high-level option like Landon Collins or Trey Flowers. Denver center Matt Paradis, Bills guard John Miller, Chiefs center Mitch Morse and Rams guard Rodger Saffold are the best potential offensive line options in free agency.
The Jacksonville Jaguars released five players on Friday, headlined by defensive tackle Malik Jackson, a move that will save the team $30 million. In addition to Jackson, the Jaguars also released safety Tashaun Gipson, running back Carlos Hyde, right tackle Jermey Parnell and long-snapper Carson Tinker. The moves were made, in part, to create salary-cap space to sign a veteran quarterback, expected to be Nick Foles.
The New York Giants have agreed to a trade that will send Pro Bowl outside linebacker Olivier Vernon to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for right guard Kevin Zeitler, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Friday. In addition, the Giants will send a fourth-round pick (132nd overall) in the upcoming NFL draft to the Browns for a fifth-round selection (155th overall), a source told ESPN.
Barnwell's grades: B- for Giants; C for Browns
The Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers discussed a trade involving star wide receiver Antonio Brown this week but a deal never materialized. "We inquired about Antonio Brown on Tuesday, and kept talks open with the Steelers," Bills general manager Brandon Beane said in a statement Friday.
The dynamics of an Antonio Brown deal: The Steelers believe Brown does not have veto power over a trade, but it is up to potential suitors to understand Brown's contract demands and whether he wants to show up.
Thursday, March 7
The Denver Broncos have agreed to trade quarterback Case Keenum to the Washington Redskins for a sixth-round pick in the 2020 draft, sources confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Thursday. Washington also will get a 2020 seventh-rounder from Denver. Keenum, who was currently slated to count $21 million against the Broncos' salary cap for the 2019 season, has reworked his contract and will be on a one-year deal with the Redskins, sources told Schefter.
Barnwell's grades: C for Washington; C+ for Broncos
Last week at the scouting combine Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway made it crystal clear any decision about quarterback Case Keenum — staying a re-worked deal, Keenum's release or a trade — was going to be based on the finances. And the Broncos got what they believed was the best outcome they could with the framework of the trade with Washington. That said the Broncos will still pay $4 million cash to ship Keenum to the Redskins after he was their starter for just one season.
The Antonio Brown sweepstakes hasn't stopped the Pittsburgh Steelers from doing big business with their big people. The team has re-signed center Maurkice Pouncey and guard Ramon Foster to multiyear deals, the team announced Thursday. Pouncey will become the NFL's highest-paid center at $11 million per year over three years, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. A source confirms Foster is signing for two years and is worth $8.25 million.
Veteran wide receiver Pierre Garcon will become a free agent after the San Francisco 49ers passed on his option for 2019, the team announced Thursday. The 49ers opted to take on $7.2 million in dead money rather than carry Garcon's cap number of $8.275 million. In two seasons with the Niners, Garcon had 64 catches for 786 yards with one touchdown while appearing in 16 games.
The Miami Dolphins are diving headfirst into a rebuild, with the first step being to get cumbersome veteran contracts off the books. They started that process Thursday by releasing defensive end Andre Branch and guard Ted Larsen. The moves will save Miami $9.15 million in salary-cap space.
Multiple teams approached the Chicago Bears at the NFL scouting combine last week to discuss a potential trade for running back Jordan Howard, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Thursday. Howard, 24, finished the regular season on a high note, but questions remain as to whether he is a long-term fit in coach Matt Nagy's offense.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston will have both of his starting tackles back in 2019. Two days after re-signing left tackle Donovan Smith to a three-year contract, the Bucs have exercised the option in the final year of right tackle Demar Dotson's contract.
The Baltimore Ravens and tight end Nick Boyle have agreed on a new three-year contract, a source told ESPN's Dan Graziano on Thursday. The deal is worth $18 million, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Boyle had been eligible for unrestricted free agency next week and was expected to draw some interest from other teams.
Just re-signed Ravens TE Nick Boyle played 297 snaps (102 more than any other Baltimore TE) during Lamar Jackson's 8 starts. He blocked on 78% of those plays and was targeted 10 times. With the Ravens behind often against the Chargers in the wild card round, Boyle only played 18 of 59 snaps. He's a pricey blocking tight end in and offense that wants to run the ball as often as possible.
Wednesday, March 6
Multiple teams inquired about Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen's trade availability at the NFL scouting combine last week, two league sources who spoke to the Cardinals told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Cardinals, however, did not give those teams any indication that they are willing to move on from Rosen at this time, the sources told Schefter.
Teams that have spoken to the Pittsburgh Steelers about a potential Antonio Brown trade have been told that a deal is expected to be in place by Friday, league sources tell ESPN. Any trade that is agreed upon can't be officially announced until Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, when the 2019 league year begins. It is likely Brown will want a restructured contract from any team that acquires him.
The Chicago Bears on Wednesday signed free-agent kicker Chris Blewitt after a tryout. Blewitt has no NFL experience, but he did spend four seasons kicking at the University of Pittsburgh, where he converted 55 of 79 attempts, including a long of 56 yards.
The Cleveland Browns have released linebacker Jamie Collins Sr., the team announced Wednesday. Releasing Collins will cost the Browns only $2.5 million in salary-cap space this season and saves the Browns $9.25 million in cap costs in 2019 and $13.75 million in 2020. Collins had been due to earn $10 million in salary in 2019 and $12 million in 2020.
The Browns choice right now to step in for Jamie Collins would be Genard Avery, who got a lot of time as a rookie after Christian Kirksey was placed on injured reserve. Avery could stand up on early downs, then rush in passing downs. On the free agent market, C.J. Mosley, who played inside for the Ravens, and Anthony Barr (Vikings) seem the most expensive options. Preston Smith of the Redskins is well thought of, and Kwon Alexander played well in Tampa Bay and is on the road to recovery after tearing his ACL in the Bucs win over the Browns in October.
The Denver Broncos, in need of salary-cap space before free agency opens, have informed safety Darian Stewart that he'll be released. Stewart, who had two years remaining on his four-year extension through 2020, was slated to count $6.37 million against the salary cap in 2019.
Tuesday, March 5
The Baltimore Ravens have cut free safety and defensive leader Eric Weddle. Weddle, who turned 34 in January, reached the Pro Bowl six times, including all three seasons in Baltimore. Considered the quarterback of the NFL's top-ranked defense, he finished third on the team in tackles with 68.
The Los Angeles Rams have released starting inside linebacker Mark Barron, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday. Barron, who had two seasons remaining on his contract, was sidelined four games to start the 2018 season because of a nagging ankle injury. He finished with 43 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
The Arizona Cardinals are releasing linebacker Josh Bynes, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bynes, 29, started 11 games for the Cardinals last season before a thumb injury ended his season. He finished with 75 tackles and a career-high two sacks.
The Indianapolis Colts and defensive tackle Margus Hunt agreed to a multiyear contract extension on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed, but a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Hunt agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal that could be worth up to $10 million with incentives. Hunt was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next week.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and starting left tackle Donovan Smith agreed to a three-year, $41.25 million deal, including $27 million fully guaranteed at signing on Tuesday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The $27 million is guaranteed over the first two years of the deal, a source told ESPN. With the extension, the Bucs were able to lower Smith's 2019 cap hit from $14.1 million under the franchise tag to $12.5 million. The Bucs now have approximately $3.65 million in salary-cap space.
Cornerback Kevin Johnson, who was drafted 16th overall by the Houston Texans in 2015, was released by the team on Tuesday. Johnson, 26, was scheduled to be paid a base salary of $9.069 million in 2019 on the fifth-year option in his rookie contract. The Texans save that full amount on their salary cap with the move.
The Los Angeles Rams did not exercise the option on veteran center John Sullivan's contract, sources told ESPN. Sullivan signed a two-year deal worth up to $10.75 million in 2018. The decision to decline the option on the 33-year-old's contract will save the Rams $5.5 million in salary-cap space, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
Monday, March 4
The Philadelphia Eagles are not picking up defensive tackle Tim Jernigan's option for 2019, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter, allowing him to become a free agent on March 13. This was an expected move, as Jernigan was due a base salary of $11 million and would have cost $13 million against the cap -- a hefty price for a player who appeared in just three games last season following offseason surgery to repair a herniated disc.
Dee Ford and Justin Houston combined for 22 sacks last season and 47.5 the past three seasons for the Kansas Chiefs. But it's possible that neither will play for Kansas City in 2019. The Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Ford on Monday but are listening to trade offers for the outside linebacker and have received interest from multiple teams, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Kansas City is open to bringing Ford back, though, in the event that it does not find a suitable trade partner.
Franchise tag tracker: What's behind KC tagging Ford
The Atlanta Falcons have placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. General manager Thomas Dimitroff said last week using the tag would be a possibility with the 25-year-old Jarrett as Jarrett heads into his fifth NFL season. Dimitroff has been in talks with Jarrett's agent, Todd France, regarding a long-term contract extension, yet the sides remain far apart.
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The Seattle Seahawks placed the franchise tag on defensive end Frank Clark on Monday, ensuring that Seattle's top pass-rusher will now stay put through at least the 2019 season. The Seahawks' announcement that they've tagged Clark specifies that it's the non-exclusive tag, as expected. It means Clark is free to negotiate with other teams. If he were to sign an offer sheet that the Seahawks declined to match, Seattle would be entitled to two first-round picks from the other team.
Franchise tag tracker: What's behind SEA tagging Clark
The Seahawks are using the franchise tag on Frank Clark, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano and others. It means Clark remains under contract for at least another season at a salary of $17.128 million. The two sides can continue to negotiate a long-term deal until July 15. Signing Clark long-term would be beneficial to the Seahawks from a short-term cap standpoint as it would lower Clark's 2019 cap charge from the $17.128 million. It would also free up the franchise tag for the Seahawks to use it next year on Russell Wilson if they're unable to sign their quarterback to an extension before then. But with the tag at their disposal in 2019, there was no way the Seahawks were going to let Clark walk. This was the expected move.
Unable to reach an agreement on a long-term deal before the deadline, the Dallas Cowboys on Monday used the franchise-tag designation on Pro Bowl defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence for the second consecutive year, a source confirmed. Unlike last year, the Cowboys hope to work out an extension with Lawrence before the July 15 deadline to play the season on the tag.
Franchise tag tracker: What's behind DAL tagging Lawrence
The next key date in the DeMarcus Lawrence talks is July 15. If he doesn’t have a long-term deal done, then he will have to play the season on the $20.5 million tag. The Cowboys want to get a long-term deal done and there are indications talks will continue. In 2015, the Cowboys worked out a five-year, $70 million deal with Dez Bryant minutes before the July deadline. Bryant took part only sparingly in the offseason program. A source said Lawrence will not take part in any work without a long-term deal after signing the $17.1 million tag quickly in 2018. The last time the Cowboys used the tag in consecutive years on a player came in 2012-13 with outside linebacker Anthony Spencer.
The Philadelphia Eagles and starting left guard Isaac Seumalo agreed to a three-year contract extension on Monday, the team announced. Seumalo, 25, is the second Eagles starting offensive lineman to receive an extension this offseason, joining center Jason Kelce, who agreed to a one-year extension on Saturday that put him under contract through 2021.
The Houston Texans have used their franchise tag on defensive end/outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, the team announced Monday. The team used the non-exclusive franchise designation, meaning a team can sign Clowney to an offer sheet once free agency begins next week but would have to surrender two first-round draft picks if the Texans choose not to match it.
Franchise tag tracker: What's behind Houston tagging Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney is listed as a DE/OLB because he plays all over the field for the Texans, but according to ESPN Stats & Info, in 2018 he played 729 snaps at DE, 101 snaps at DT and 33 at LB.
The Tennessee Titans are expected to release safety Johnathan Cyprien sometime this week, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Titans would like Cyprien back, but for less money than the $5.5 million base salary he was scheduled to be paid in 2019.
Sunday, March 3
Barring any last-minute snags, the Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to sign the free-agent quarterback to a multiyear contract when the new league year opens next week, according to sources. The Jaguars are expected to release quarterback Blake Bortles and install Foles as their starter. Jacksonville will have to pay $6.5 million of Bortles' 2019 salary, which was fully guaranteed when he signed his current contract last year.
The San Francisco 49ers and starting right guard Mike Person have reached agreement on a three-year, $9 million deal that includes $3 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Person was scheduled to become a free agent. The 49ers signed Person late in June of last year with hopes that he could offer some depth and versatility as a backup on the offensive line. As it turned out, Person provided much more than that, starting all 16 games at right guard.
Saturday, March 2
The Kansas City Chiefs are placing their franchise tag on linebacker Dee Ford and plan to have him in their lineup this season, but with the change to a 4-3 defensive scheme, they will listen to trade offers for him, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Chiefs intend to switch their base defensive scheme to a 4-3 under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, which likely would mean a move to defensive end for Ford, who played that position in college before moving to linebacker for Kansas City.
Franchise-tag tracker: What's behind KC tagging Ford
It's not a surprise that the Chiefs would name LB Dee Ford their franchise player, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported they will. What is a surprise is Schefter’s report that the Chiefs would listen to trade offers for Ford. That suggests the Chiefs are looking to unload either of last season’s two edge rushers, Ford and Justin Houston, and install Breeland Speaks as a starter at defensive end in their new 4-3 base scheme. The Chiefs drafted Speaks in the second round last year.
The Atlanta Falcons and backup quarterback Matt Schaub have agreed to a two-year contract extension, the team announced Saturday. Schaub, who turns 38 in June, signed to be Matt Ryan's backup prior to the 2016 season. He has played in seven games over the past three seasons, completing 6 of 10 passes for 36 yards.
Despite some end-of-season speculation that he could retire this offseason, Eagles center Jason Kelce has reached an agreement on a one-year contract extension that ties him to Philadelphia through 2021. According to sources, the extension adds $11 million in new money. Kelce had two years remaining on a seven-year contract he signed in 2014.
Jason Kelce said the Eagles originally approached him about a restructure during the season. He had a difficult year because of injury and, now 31, took some time to ponder future before deciding not to retire. The move gives him a bump in pay and frees up cap space for Eagles.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are attempting to trade running back Carlos Hyde and defensive tackle Malik Jackson, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Hyde was traded to the Jaguars by the Cleveland Browns last season, and he rushed for 189 yards on 58 carries in eight games with Jacksonville. Jackson has been in Jacksonville since 2016 after signing a six-year contract worth up to $90 million. He has totaled 18 sacks over the past three seasons.
Friday, March 1
The Detroit Lions had to make a potential restricted free-agency decision on defensive end Romeo Okwara. On Friday, the team bypassed all of that, signing him to a new, two-year deal instead. Okwara, 23, was a massive find for Detroit last season after he was claimed off waivers following his release by the Giants during the cutdown churn in September. He started 14 games for the Lions and led the franchise with 7.5 sacks.
Teams that have communicated with the New York Giants are under the impression they are trying to trade outside linebacker Olivier Vernon, sources told ESPN. Vernon is set to make $15.5 million this season. His current deal has two years and $31 million remaining.
Olivier Vernon is a contract from the old regime, when the Giants signed him to play as a defensive end in a 4-3 base. They played a 3-4 more frequently last year, and while Vernon was quietly great to end the season -- he had six sacks and 13 knockdowns over his final five games -- it's not a surprise that the Giants would look to shed his $19.5 million cap hold. They can create $11.5 million by trading or releasing Vernon, and while they'll unquestionably look for a trade partner, the two years and $31 million left on Vernon's deal suggest the latter is more likely to happen.
The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms on a three-year extension with defensive end Brandon Graham, the team announced Friday. The new deal, which will keep Graham with the Eagles through the 2021 season, is worth $40 million, a source told ESPN's Tim McManus.
Barnwell's grade: C+
Thursday, Feb. 28
Jason Witten is returning to the Dallas Cowboys, the team announced Thursday. Witten is leaving ESPN's Monday Night Football and returning to the playing field less than a year after announcing his retirement. Sources told ESPN that the tight end is getting a one-year deal worth $3.5 million that can max out at $5 million, including roster bonuses and incentives.
After making a stunning return to the NFL, Jason Witten will have a role to play in the Cowboys offense. Dak Prescott ranked 27th in passer rating on throws between the hashes within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage last year. The 36-year-old tight end was last in yards per reception among regular tight ends during the final three seasons of his pro career before retiring, but Witten caught more than 70 percent of his targets over each of those seasons. Witten's one-year, $3.5-million deal gives the Cowboys a safe pair of hands and a very reasonably-paid solution at a position of need for many teams around the NFL.
Wednesday, Feb. 27
One year after making a blockbuster trade to move up in the draft, the New York Jets are willing to go in reverse if the price is right. General manager Mike Maccagnan, speaking to reporters Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine, put a "for sale" sign on the Jets' pick, third overall.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and Marcell Dareus have agreed to a restructured contract that will keep the nose tackle with the team next season. The deal clears $5 million in cap space for the Jaguars and lowers Dareus' base salary from $8.335 million in 2019, sources told ESPN's Field Yates. Dareus was scheduled to earn a $2 million roster bonus on March 15 but now gets a $5 million bonus immediately. The restructured contract runs through the 2020 season, eliminating the final year of the old contract.
Tuesday, Feb. 26
Kicker Robbie Gould, one of the first free agents signed by the San Francisco 49ers when coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch took over in 2017, will be around for at least one more season after he received the team's franchise tag on Tuesday.
Franchise-tag tracker: What's behind SF tagging Gould
The Dallas Cowboys have made their first offer to defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, and executive vice president Stephen Jones is hopeful that a long-term deal can be reached with the Pro Bowl defensive end. "I'm confident we'll get a deal done," Jones said in a break between competition committee meetings in Indianapolis. "I don't know the timing, but I'm very confident we can get a deal done. Everybody's on the record, from Jerry [Jones] to myself to Jason Garrett to Will [McClay], on what we think of D-Law."
Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn put to rest speculation about the roster status of pass-rusher Vic Beasley Jr., telling ESPN that keeping Beasley for the 2019 season is "the plan right now." "I'm very excited about where I think he can go to, and we've had good conversations about the impact that he can make," Quinn said of Beasley, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft and the 2016 NFL sack champion. "The biggest impact that he can make is doing it really consistently."
Monday, Feb. 25
Greg Robinson has re-signed with the Cleveland Browns, the team announced Monday. His agents had earlier announced a deal had been agreed upon. Terms were not disclosed. Robinson's career was hanging by a thread when the Browns signed the former No. 2 overall pick to a one-year deal shortly after the team's minicamp in June.
Barnwell's grade: D+