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2020 NFL free-agency tracker: Latest signings, trades, cuts, news and rumors

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The NFL offseason is in full swing, and 2020 NFL free agency is off and running. Teams are negotiating with free agents, and they're already striking deals to re-sign players -- and make trades -- while rumors are flowing on all the latest news across the league.

Which teams will sign the biggest free agents? Which teams are most active in free agency? What are we hearing on the trade front?

We're tracking every notable NFL free-agent signing, trade and cut of the offseason below, with the most recent moves at the top.

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March 29

Source: Redskins get former Eagles CB Ronald Darby

The Washington Redskins, who unloaded their top two corners from last season, turned to a division rival to help fill a void, signing veteran Ronald Darby, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Darby signed a one-year deal worth $4 million.


Lions agree to deal with former Packers WR Geronimo Allison

The Detroit Lions have agreed to a contract with wide receiver Geronimo Allison, the team announced Sunday. Allison has agreed to a one-year contract for the veteran's minimum of $910,000, a source confirmed to ESPN. NFL Network first reported the terms of the deal, adding that Allison will get a $137,500 signing bonus.

March 28

Ex-Broncos DE Derek Wolfe, Ravens agree to 1-year deal, source says

Former Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe has reached agreement on a one-year deal worth up to $6 million with the Baltimore Ravens, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The addition of Wolfe comes one day after the Ravens were unable to finalize a deal with Michael Brockers.


Chiefs re-signing WR DeMarcus Robinson for one year, source says

The Kansas City Chiefs are re-signing wide receiver DeMarcus Robinson to a one-year contract, a source confirmed to ESPN. Robinson's production increased each season after cracking the Chiefs' receiving rotation, going from 21 catches and 212 yards in 2017 to 32 and 449 in 2019.


Source: Broncos DE Shelby Harris back on 1-year deal

After checking what the market had to offer, defensive end Shelby Harris has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos. The deal is for a guaranteed $2.5 million with the potential for $725,000 of additional incentives, a source confirmed to ESPN. As the 2019 season drew to a close, Harris said he had hoped to find a multiyear deal in free agency, but that didn't materialize.

March 27

Source: Cowboys reach deals with Greg Zuerlein, Dontari Poe

Veteran kicker Greg Zuerlein, who had nine missed field goals in 2019 for the Los Angeles Rams, agreed to a three-year, $7.5 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys, with $2.25 million guaranteed, sources confirmed to ESPN's Todd Archer on Friday. The Cowboys already re-signed Kai Forbath to a one-year deal this offseason. Also Friday, the Cowboys and defensive tackle Dontari Poe agreed to a two-year deal worth up to $10.5 million, according to a source.


Source: LB Reggie Ragland agrees to deal with Lions

Linebacker Reggie Ragland has agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Ragland, who turns 27 in September, became a part-time player after the Kansas City Chiefs switched to a 4-3 base defense last season.


DE Michael Brockers rejoins Rams after deal with Ravens falls through

Michael Brockers' deal with the Baltimore Ravens fell through over an issue with his ankle, and on Friday, the free-agent defensive lineman rejoined the Los Angeles Rams with a similar deal. Brockers, 29, reached agreement on a three-year, $30 million deal with Baltimore on March 16, the first day of the NFL's negotiating period. But an independent doctor expressed concern about his left ankle, which he injured in the 2019 season finale.

March 26

Darqueze Dennard again a free agent after impasse with Jags

Cornerback Darqueze Dennard remains a free agent after he and the Jacksonville Jaguars reached an impasse on the details of a contract. A league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on March 17 that Dennard and the team agreed on a three-year, $13.5 million deal that included $6 million guaranteed. Dennard was expected to compete for a starting spot at outside corner despite playing mainly in the slot with the Cincinnati Bengals.


Bills sign OL Daryl Williams to 1-year deal

The Buffalo Bills have signed offensive lineman Daryl Williams to a one-year deal, the team announced Thursday. Williams, who will turn 28 in August, is a depth addition at both guard and tackle for the Bills. He played in all 16 games for the Carolina Panthers last season, starting 12, after missing all but one game in 2018 because of a knee injury suffered in the opening game.


Cardinals bringing back OT Marcus Gilbert after season lost to torn ACL

Free-agent offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert is re-signing with the Arizona Cardinals on a one-year contract. According to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, the deal is worth up to $3.75 million.‬

Gilbert suffered a torn ACL just before Week 1 and missed the 2019 season after he was traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Cardinals last March.


Colts land Pro Bowl CB Xavier Rhodes

Former Minnesota Vikings All-Pro cornerback Xavier Rhodes is signing a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts, according to reporting by ESPN's Adam Schefter. Rhodes will be a free agent again after 2020 season.


Source: Browns OT Chris Hubbard agrees to take pay cut

Cleveland Browns right tackle Chris Hubbard has agreed to rework his contract and take a substantial pay cut after the team signed free agent Jack Conklin, a source told ESPN's Field Yates. Hubbard, who lost his starting job when Cleveland signed Conklin to a three-year, $42 million deal last week, will make a base salary of $2.5 million this season.


Source: Bears reach 1-year deal with OL Germain Ifedi

The Chicago Bears agreed to a one-year contract with offensive lineman Germain Ifedi, a source confirmed to ESPN. Ifedi primarily played tackle for the Seattle Seahawks, but he has started 14 career games at right guard.


Where will Redskins Pro Bowl OT Trent Williams be traded?

A day after the agent for Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams demanded once again the seven-time Pro Bowler be traded or released, it's clear there is a market for his services.

The Redskins have discussed trade compensation for Williams with multiple teams. The Redskins, who have yet to be tempted, continue to ask for second-round value for Williams, though there is flexibility to achieve a deal. Here are four teams that have emerged as front-runners, along with some wild cards.


Colts have their QB in Philip Rivers, but they still need wide receivers

The Colts have their quarterback: Philip Rivers. They have their offensive line, with a reputation as one of the league's best.

The same can't be said about the depth at skill positions that would help Rivers perform at his best. The Colts have T.Y. Hilton, Parris Campbell, Zach Pascal and ... not much else at wide receiver behind those three on the roster. Technically, they have 10 wideouts on the roster. Five have never caught a pass in the NFL. Campbell and Daurice Fountain had season-ending injuries last season. So there's definitely reason for concern.

March 25

Steelers sign DT Cavon Walker, OT Jarron Jones, S Tyree Kinnel

The Steelers signed a trio of XFL products on Wednesday, supplementing their free-agency signings with two members of the New York Guardians -- including the league's sack leader -- and one alum of the D.C. Defenders. The Steelers agreed to contracts with DT Cavon Walker, OT Jarron Jones and S Tyree Kinnel. The positions filled are ones of need for the Steelers, who lost depth at all three spots during free agency with the departures of DT Javon Hargrave, OL Ramon Foster, OL B.J. Finney and S Sean Davis. The Steelers have been open to signing players from alternative football leagues in the past, signing safety Kameron Kelly from the Alliance of American Football prior to last season.


Redskins, WR Cody Latimer reach agreement on deal

The Washington Redskins have agreed to terms on a deal with wide receiver Cody Latimer, a source confirmed to ESPN's John Keim. Latimer had 24 receptions, 300 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 15 games (10 starts) for the New York Giants last season. Before 2019, Latimer had started only five games since being a second-round draft pick by the Denver Broncos in 2014.


Source: Ankle issue holding up DL Michael Brockers' deal with Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens haven't officially finalized a three-year, $30 million deal with defensive lineman Michael Brockers because of an issue with his ankle, a source confirmed to ESPN. Baltimore is still hoping to sign Brockers, but doing so could involve reworking the deal, a source added.


Source: Cowboys, Dak Prescott resume contract talks

The Dallas Cowboys have resumed contract negotiations with Dak Prescott for the first time since using the exclusive franchise tag on him earlier this month, a source told ESPN's Ed Werder. Prescott is the first quarterback in Cowboys history to have the franchise tag applied to him. A team source said the NFL currently shows a $26,824,000 charge to the Cowboys' salary cap for Prescott even though he has not signed the franchise tender.


Source: Jets, LB Patrick Onwuasor agree to 1-year deal

Adding to an already deep position, the New York Jets agreed to terms with former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Patrick Onwuasor on a one-year contract, a source confirmed. Onwuasor was the biggest disappointment on last year's defense for the Ravens. He flopped in trying to replace Pro Bowl middle linebacker C.J. Mosley and fell behind Josh Bynes and L.J. Fort on the depth chart at inside linebacker.


Sources: Ex-Saint S Vonn Bell to sign with Bengals

Former New Orleans Saints safety Vonn Bell is expected to sign with the Cincinnati Bengals, sources told ESPN. Bell, who turned 25 in December, has shown steady improvement since being drafted in the second round out of Ohio State in 2016.


Sources: DT Ndamukong Suh expected to return to Buccaneers

Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is expected to return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a one-year, $8 million deal, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Suh, who signed a one-year deal with the Buccaneers last offseason, may not have put much of a dent in the stat sheet -- finishing with 41 combined tackles (22 solo), 2.5 sacks and 4 passes defensed -- but his impact was certainly felt.


Nickell Robey-Coleman, Eagles reach 1-year deal

Cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman has agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, he told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Wednesday. Robey-Coleman became a free agent when the Los Angeles Rams declined the 2020 option on his contract. He was set to enter the final season of a three-year, $15.7 million deal. The Rams create $5 million in salary-cap space with the move.


Cowboys adding Blake Bell for tight end depth

The Dallas Cowboys continue to fill in the holes on their roster, agreeing to a one-year deal with tight end Blake Bell, a source told ESPN. The Cowboys lost Jason Witten to the Las Vegas Raiders at the start of free agency after signing Blake Jarwin to a four-year deal worth up to $24 million and needed a blocking tight end. Bell, at 6-foot-6, 252 pounds, fits that mold after starting a career-high seven games last season with the Kansas City Chiefs.


Vikings reach 1-year deal with wide receiver Tajae Sharpe

Free-agent wide receiver Tajae Sharpe has agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings, a source confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday.


Seahawks making effort to boost pass rush, with or without Jadeveon Clowney

The Seattle Seahawks want to re-sign Jadeveon Clowney. But Clowney wants more money than they've offered and hasn't budged even though it appears no other team has been willing to meet his price.

That's the CliffsNotes version of a bizarre situation that has left one of the NFL's top edge players unsigned more than a week into free agency. And it has left the Seahawks in a waiting game with by far the most impactful player along a defensive line that otherwise struggled to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks in 2019.


Next on Titans' to-do list: upgrading at pass-rusher, cornerback

The Tennessee Titans made some moves to maintain continuity on offense by re-signing quarterback Ryan Tannehill and placing the franchise tag on running back Derrick Henry. But their roster still has needs to be filled, especially on defense.


Raiders' Marcus Mariota says he's Derek Carr's backup

While Marcus Mariota has been a starting quarterback for most of his five-year NFL career, and he is getting $17.6 million for two years with $7.5 million guaranteed this year, he said he has no confusion over his place in the pecking order with the Las Vegas Raiders.

He is coming in as Derek Carr's backup, Mariota said, with the hope to improve not only the Raiders' quarterback room but to better his own play.

"First and foremost, this is Derek's team, and I understand that," Mariota, a Honolulu native, told Hawaii-based KHON-TV on Tuesday in his first public comments since agreeing to terms with the Raiders on March 16.

"I understand that going in. ... My priority going into free agency was to be a part of a team that I felt could bring out the best in me. Whatever happens, whatever comes of that, I'm ready for. But I do know, to play starting quarterback in the NFL, to be at that spot, is not an easy job to do. And I think when it comes down to it, a strong, stable, supportive quarterback room makes that job a whole lot easier, and that's what we have to do. And I'm going to do my best to support Derek in every possible way that I can; and along with that, I'm just going to try to become the best player that I can be and see where that takes me."


Chiefs re-signing DT Mike Pennell, FB Anthony Sherman

The Kansas City Chiefs are reportedly bringing back two members of their Super Bowl-winning team.

Defensive tackle Mike Pennel is returning to Kansas City on a one-year deal, NFL Network reported Tuesday. Yahoo Sports reported that the Chiefs also are bringing back fullback Anthony Sherman on a one-year deal.

March 24

Source: Jaguars sign veteran Tyler Eifert to bolster thin TE corps

The Jacksonville Jaguars are now trying former Cincinnati Bengals first-round draft pick Tyler Eifert in their latest effort to fix their tight end woes. The team agreed to terms with Eifert on a two-year deal Tuesday night, a source told ESPN's Dan Graziano. The move makes the oft-injured player the top option for second-year quarterback Gardner Minshew II. It also reunites Eifert with current Jags offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, his former OC with the Bengals.


Jets add WR Breshad Perriman on one-year deal

After losing wide receiver Robby Anderson to the Carolina Panthers, the New York Jets reacted quickly, agreeing to a one-year contract with Breshad Perriman, agent Drew Rosenhaus said. Perriman will sign a one-year contract that could be worth up to $8 million and includes $6 million in guarantees, Rosenhaus told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Green Bay to sign WR Devin Funchess

Free-agent receiver Devin Funchess agreed to a deal with the Green Bay Packers, sources confirmed to ESPN. Funchess' first season with the Indianapolis Colts lasted less than a full game, as he suffered a clavicle injury in the Week 1 matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers.


Source: Chargers add Nick Vigil for needed LB depth

Linebacker Nick Vigil has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Chargers, a source told ESPN's Ben Baby, confirming a report by NFL reporter Adam Caplan.


Bengals sign former Ravens LB Josh Bynes, source said

The Cincinnati Bengals have signed former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Josh Bynes to a one-year deal, a league source told ESPN's Jamison Hensley, confirming multiple reports.


Panthers add WR Robby Anderson

One of the top wide receivers on the free-agent market this offseason has made his decision: According to reporting from ESPN's Adam Schefter, Robby Anderson is signing a two-year, $20 million deal with the Carolina Panthers. The move comes the day the club formally cut ties with quarterback Cam Newton.


RB Peyton Barber signing two-year deal with Skins, agent says

Free-agent running back Peyton Barber is signing a two-year deal worth $3 million with the Washington Redskins, Barber's agent told ESPN's Josina Anderson. The deal includes $600,000 in guaranteed money.


New Bucs QB Tom Brady says Patriots exit was 'very emotional'

Tom Brady described his communication with former New England Patriots teammates as "very emotional" over the past week, and he added details on how his exit from the franchise unfolded.


Seahawks add WR Phillip Dorsett on 1-year deal

Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett is headed to the Seattle Seahawks on a one-year deal, he told ESPN's Josina Anderson. Dorsett, who re-signed with the New England Patriots last offseason on a one-year, $2.6 million deal, saw his role diminish as the 2019 season progressed. He finished with 29 receptions for 397 yards and five touchdowns.


CB Rashaan Melvin signs 1-year deal with Jaguars

Former Detroit Lions cornerback Rashaan Melvin has signed a one-year, $2.25 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday. This will be the sixth team in eight seasons for Melvin, who provides depth for the Jaguars in the defensive backfield and will compete on the outside with Tre Herndon and Darqueze Dennard.


Sources: Panthers expected to release QB Cam Newton

The Carolina Panthers are expected to release quarterback Cam Newton on Tuesday, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Newton's exit from the team after nine seasons wasn't unexpected. Carolina agreed to a three-year, $63 million deal with free-agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater earlier this week, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Saints rework deal with CB Janoris Jenkins, save $6-7M in cap space

The New Orleans Saints worked out a new contract agreement with cornerback Janoris Jenkins that will save the team in the range of $6-7 million in salary-cap space and keep the ninth-year veteran in New Orleans for a second season, according to reporting from ESPN's Field Yates. Jenkins, 31, was scheduled to earn $11.25 million in the final year of his contract after the Saints claimed him off waivers from the New York Giants in December.


OT Trent Williams' agent says it's time for Redskins to trade or release his client

Trent Williams' agent told ESPN in a statement Tuesday that the star offensive lineman's relationship with the Washington Redskins has "reached a point where it's in the best interest that the Redskins trade or release him." Agent Vincent Taylor said the Redskins have been "unable (or unwilling) to negotiate a trade of Williams," and he accused the team of showing "no interest in negotiating in good faith" with potential trade partners.


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NFL doctors discontinuing physicals for players until end of health crisis

The NFL Physicians Society is discontinuing physicals for players amid the coronavirus pandemic, the group told the league and its players' association, according to a letter obtained by NFL Network. The decision will affect draft prospects whose health issues need to be rechecked by teams after last month's NFL combine.

March 23

Chiefs to sign third-rated XFL quarterback Jordan Ta'amu

Always searching for developmental quarterbacks, the Kansas City Chiefs found one by agreeing to contract terms with XFL star Jordan Ta'amu, according to his agent, Kenny Zuckerman. Ta'amu was the XFL's third-rated quarterback for the St. Louis BattleHawks this season. Ta'amu completed 72% of his passes for 1,050 yards and a league-leading 12 touchdowns. He was intercepted twice.


Cowboys OL Travis Frederick, 29, announces retirement

Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick announced his retirement via Twitter on Monday. The move came as something of a surprise to the Cowboys, but sources said there had been rumblings that Frederick, who just turned 29, was contemplating walking away.


Source: Seahawks acquire CB Quinton Dunbar

While the Seattle Seahawks continue to play the waiting game with defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, they've bolstered their secondary by agreeing to acquire cornerback Quinton Dunbar in a trade with the Washington Redskins, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson. A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Seattle is giving up a fifth-round pick for Dunbar.


CB Jimmy Smith re-signing with Ravens on 1-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens re-signed cornerback Jimmy Smith to a one-year deal, keeping one of the NFL's most talented secondaries intact. Smith can earn up to $6 million this season, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Giants land RB Dion Lewis on one-year deal

The New York Giants have one of the NFL's most dynamic running backs in Saquon Barkley. But injuries happen, so the team was in the market for a solid backup option, and the Giants appear to have landed on Dion Lewis, most recently of the Tennessee Titans, as reported by ESPN's Josina Anderson. The Pitt product finished 2019 with 209 rushing yards on 54 attempts and 25 receptions for 164 yards.


Redskins release S Montae Nicholson after three seasons

The Washington Redskins on Monday released starting free safety Montae Nicholson, who became expendable once they signed Sean Davis last week.

Nicholson started 26 games for Washington the past three seasons, but he struggled at times with injuries and off-field issues. Nicholson missed eight games because of injuries as a rookie in 2017, but he flashed potential with his range in the defensive backfield.


Jets re-up with LB Jordan Jenkins

The New York Jets have brought back outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins on a one-year, $5 million contract, as reported by ESPN's Rich Cimini. Jenkins finished 2018 with a team-high eight sacks.


Saints sign CB/S Deatrick Nichols from XFL's Roughnecks

The XFL-to-NFL pipeline continues. After P.J. Walker agreed to terms with the Carolina Panthers earlier Monday, the New Orleans Saints got in on the action by signing defensive back Deatrick Nichols, per Nichols' agent. Nichols most recently played in the NFL in 2018, appearing in two games for the Arizona Cardinals.


Sources: Patriots release kicker Stephen Gostkowski after 14 seasons

The New England Patriots have released longtime kicker Stephen Gostkowski, sources confirmed to ESPN. Gostkowski is the Patriots' all-time leading scorer, with 1,775 points. He was the longest-tenured Patriot following Tom Brady's departure in free agency, having just finished his 14th season with the team.


Sources: Redskins get QB Kyle Allen in trade with Panthers

The Carolina Panthers have traded quarterback Kyle Allen to the Washington Redskins for a late-round draft pick, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Allen will be reunited with his former coach Ron Rivera in Washington. Allen became the Panthers' starter in Week 3 because of Cam Newton's foot injury.


Source: WR Corey Coleman returning to Giants

Wide receiver Corey Coleman is returning to the New York Giants on a one-year deal, a source told ESPN. The 2016 first-round pick is seven months removed from a torn ACL and is expected to be ready for OTAs.


XFL star QB P.J. Walker to sign with Panthers

XFL star quarterback P.J. Walker has confirmed to ESPN that he will sign with the Carolina Panthers. Walker will become the first XFL player to join an NFL team since the upstart football league announced Friday that its inaugural season had been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The signing will reunite Walker with Panthers first-year coach Matt Rhule, who coached Walker for four years at Temple.


Reports: Bears, LB Barkevious Mingo agree to one-year deal

The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with free-agent linebacker Barkevious Mingo on a one-year deal Sunday night, according to multiple reports.

Mingo, a 2013 first-round pick out of LSU by the Browns, had just six tackles for Houston in 2019 in his only season with the Texans. The Bears will be Mingo's sixth NFL team.

March 22

Source: Cowboys DE Randy Gregory files for reinstatement

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory, suspended indefinitely in February 2019, has officially filed for reinstatement to the NFL, a source told ESPN. Under the league's substance abuse policy, the NFL has to make a decision on Gregory's status in the next 60 days.


Source: Patriots bring back QB Brian Hoyer

The New England Patriots have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer, a source confirmed. Hoyer returns for his third stint with the Patriots, joining 2019 fourth-round draft pick Jarrett Stidham and five-year veteran Cody Kessler as the three quarterbacks on the roster.


Sources: CB Pierre Desir joins Jets a day after Colts cut him

Thin at cornerback after releasing their 2019 starters, the New York Jets agreed to terms on Sunday with former Indianapolis Colts cornerback Pierre Desir, a source confirmed. Desir, 29, released Saturday by the Colts, will sign a one-year contract, another source said.


Source: Saints to bring back S D.J. Swearinger on one-year deal

The New Orleans Saints are bringing back veteran safety D.J. Swearinger on a one-year deal, a source confirmed to ESPN. Swearinger, 28, joined the Saints in late December after being released by the Cardinals and Raiders earlier in 2019. He was only active for one game, in Week 17. But he could earn a role with New Orleans by offering depth in the secondary and on special teams.


CB Darius Slay to wear No. 24 with Eagles to honor Kobe Bryant

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay said Saturday he plans to switch to No. 24 with his new team to honor Kobe Bryant. Slay, who was traded last week by the Lions to the Eagles, wore No. 23 the past six seasons in Detroit.


Wickersham: How Tom Brady became a Buc, and all the signs we missed along the way

On March 17 -- St. Patrick's Day, a day on which many of us were told not to leave our houses for the foreseeable future due to a rapidly spreading virus -- Tom Brady announced that he was moving. He didn't say where at first, but soon we learned that it was to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, an icon joining one of the least iconic teams in sports -- a storied career as the starting quarterback in New England that began shortly after 9/11 now bookended by another international crisis.

Of course, Brady did not just leave the Patriots. He sparked a debate over the meaning of the past, setting off a war for credit for six Super Bowls. Was it Bill Belichick? Was it Brady? History is now up for grabs, and both men know that how we think of them now is not how we will think of them in a decade.


13 XFL prospects NFL fans should know: Players who could sign NFL deals soon

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March 21

Broncos agree to 2-year deal with TE Nick Vannett, source says

Although the Denver Broncos have made their two biggest acquisitions on defense this offseason via trades, they have spent the bulk of their free-agency dollars on offense thus far to help quarterback Drew Lock. They continued that Saturday when they agreed to terms on a two-year, $5.7 million deal with tight end Nick Vannett, a source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports. That is to go with the four-year, $44 million deal with guard Graham Glasgow, a two-year, $16 million deal with running back Melvin Gordon and a two-year, $5 million deal with backup quarterback Jeff Driskel.


Sources: Jets, guard Greg Van Roten agree to three-year deal

Continuing their offensive line makeover, the New York Jets agreed to terms Saturday with former Carolina Panthers guard Greg Van Roten, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Van Roten, 30, will sign a three-year contract with the Jets, according to a source.


Source: Raiders reach deal with WR Nelson Agholor

The Las Vegas Raiders have reached a one-year deal with free-agent wide receiver Nelson Agholor, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Saturday.


Jets cut former starting CB Darryl Roberts, save $6M

In an expected salary-cap move, the New York Jets released cornerback Darryl Roberts on Saturday -- a savings of $6 million.


Source: Eagles reach one-year deal with safety Will Parks

The Eagles agreed to terms with former Denver Broncos safety Will Parks on a one-year deal, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Former Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Jatavis Brown agreed to a one-year deal, as well, Brown's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told Schefter.


Former Steelers CB Artie Burns agrees to join Bears

Former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns has agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears, according to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus.


RB Kenyan Drake signs $8.4M tender with Cardinals

Running back Kenyan Drake signed his one-year tender with the Arizona Cardinals, his agency announced Saturday. Drake was tendered Monday, which meant he could negotiate a long-term deal with other teams but Arizona would have the right of first refusal.


Colts release CB Pierre Desir after 3 seasons

The Indianapolis Colts have released cornerback Pierre Desir, the team announced. Desir started 11 of the 12 games he played in last season, registering 50 tackles and three interceptions.


Jameis Winston says goodbye to the Bucs


Who's still available? Ranking the 15 best remaining free agents

NFL teams have scooped up more than 70% of ESPN's original top 100 free agents this week, either through market signings or by using the franchise and transition tags. That doesn't mean the well is dry, however.


Where things stand right now

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Recapping the NFL's whirlwind offseason thus far

It has been quite the offseason for the NFL so far​, highlighted by Tom Brady's leaving the Patriots for the Buccaneers and the Texans' shockingly trading away DeAndre Hopkins.

March 20

WR Emmanuel Sanders agrees to 2-year deal with Saints

Veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has agreed to a two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints, he told ESPN's Josina Anderson. A source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that Sanders' deal is for $16 million and could escalate to $19 million.


Source: Chiefs agree to deal with OT Mike Remmers

The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran offensive lineman Mike Remmers, a source told ESPN's Adam Teicher. The addition of Remmers gives the Chiefs some versatility for their offensive line. He could wind up starting at left guard and if not will likely be their swing tackle -- the first reserve off the bench on both the left and right sides. He also could fill in if needed at guard.


XFL officially cancels return season, frees players to sign NFL contracts Monday

In the wake of the XFL officially canceling the remainder of its inaugural season because of the coronavirus crisis, NFL teams will be allowed to begin signing former XFL players on Monday at 9 a.m. ET, according to an NFL spokesman.

Two players from the Houston Roughnecks, quarterback P.J. Walker and receiver Cam Phillips, top the list of available players. In five games, Walker threw for 1,338 yards and 15 touchdowns, while Phillips caught 31 passes for 455 yards and nine touchdowns.


Veteran DE Everson Griffen says goodbye to Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings are losing another key member of their defense to free agency. Defensive end Everson Griffen, who spent 10 seasons in Minnesota after being drafted by the franchise in the fourth round in 2010, said goodbye to the state and Vikings fans Friday via a post from his Instagram account.


Source: Ex-Chargers RB Melvin Gordon agrees with Broncos

Former Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon reached an agreement on a two-year, $16 million deal that includes $13.5 million guaranteed with the Denver Broncos, a source confirmed to ESPN.


Ravens ship Chris Wormley to Steelers in rare trade between AFC North rivals

In a rare trade between AFC North rivals, the Baltimore Ravens sent defensive end Chris Wormley and a 2021 seventh-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a 2021 fifth-round pick, sources confirmed Friday.


Source: Ebron, Steelers reach 2-year, $12 million deal

The Pittsburgh Steelers have reached a deal with tight end Eric Ebron, he told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Friday. The two-year deal is worth $12 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Saints keep OG Andrus Peat in place with 5-year deal

The New Orleans Saints have agreed to re-sign offensive lineman Andrus Peat to a five-year contract, the team announced.


Bears, S Deon Bush reach agreement on one-year pact

Free-agent safety Deon Bush is signing back with the Chicago Bears on a one-year, $1.4 million deal, per reporting from ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Texans bring back OT Roderick Johnson on one-year deal

The Houston Texans re-signed swing tackle Roderick Johnson to a one-year, $1.75 million deal after they earlier declined to tender him, a source revealed to ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Buccaneers give Tom Brady some protection, sign OL Joe Haeg

Tom Brady will have a dynamic set of weaponry as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he'll need great offensive line play to get the ball to the likes of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard. To that end, the Bucs signed interior offensive lineman Joe Haeg, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts, on Friday, per reporting from ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Officially official: Tom Brady signs with the Buccaneers

The news is now official: Tom Brady has signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as Brady announced on Instagram.


Falcons agree to terms with RB Todd Gurley

Well, that didn't take long. After being released by the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday afternoon, running back Todd Gurley II has gone back to Georgia, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons, per reporting from ESPN's Jordan Schultz.


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Safety Clinton-Dix reaches deal with Cowboys

Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has reached a deal with the Dallas Cowboys, his agency, SportsTrust Advisors, announced. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the deal is for one year and worth $4 million with $2.5 million guaranteed.

March 19

Guard Stefen Wisniewski headed to Steelers

The Steelers' offensive line depth took a big hit early in free agency with the retirement of Ramon Foster and the departure of B.J. Finney. But the team brought in help from someone who knows them well by signing Pittsburgh native Stefen Wisniewski.


S Adrian Phillips on his way to Patriots

Free-agent safety Adrian Phillips has agreed to a two-year deal with the New England Patriots, a source confirms. Phillips spent 2014-2019 with the Los Angeles Chargers.


LBs Justin March, Joe Thomas re-sign with Cowboys

Linebacker Joe Thomas agreed to re-sign with the Cowboys on a one-year deal. Justin March agreed to a one-year deal to remain with the Cowboys for a fourth season.


Source: Giants, QB Colt McCoy agree on one-year deal

Quarterback Colt McCoy has agreed to terms with the New York Giants on a one-year deal that includes $1.5 million guaranteed.


Browns add veteran CB Kevin Johnson

Former Buffalo Bills and Houston Texans CB Kevin Johnson is signing a one-year, $3.5 million deal that could go up to $6 million on incentives with the Cleveland Browns, per reporting from ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Rams releasing RB Todd Gurley, LB Clay Matthews

With a roster bonus coming due to running back Todd Gurley II at 4 p.m. ET, the Los Angeles Rams instead elected to release him, and he is now free to sign with any team.

The Rams also announced Thursday that they have released linebacker Clay Matthews. Matthews finished the 2019 season with 37 tackles and eight sacks.


Panthers land WR Keith Kirkwood on one-year deal

Former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Keith Kirkwood is signing a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers and will reunite with his college coaches from Temple, per reporting from ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Saints did not tender Kirkwood, who had four interested teams but chose Carolina.


Bengals ink CB Torry McTyer

The Cincinnati Bengals are signing cornerback Torry McTyer to a one-year deal, according to reporting from ESPN's Adam Schefter. McTyer was not tendered by the Chiefs as a restricted free agent.


Kicker Dan Bailey agrees to re-sign with Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings kicker Dan Bailey agreed to re-sign with the team on Thursday. The team did not announced the terms of the contract.

Bailey, who turned 32 in January, completed his second season with the Vikings in 2019. He made 27 of his 29 field goal attempts (93.1%) and was 40-of-44 (90.9%) on point-after attempts.


Broncos waive QB Joe Flacco

The Denver Broncos have informed former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco that he is being waived with a failed physical designation, per reporting from ESPN's Adam Schefter. The QB now joins a long list of passers on the market.


LB De'Vondre Campbell agrees to one-year deal with Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals have signed former Atlanta Falcons linebacker De'Vondre Campbell to a one-year deal worth up to $8.5 million, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Thursday.

The signing comes a day after the Cardinals had already bolstered their linebacker corps with the addition of former Detroit Lions linebacker Devon Kennard on a three-year contract, Schefter reported.


Andrew Billings agrees to deal with Browns, agency says

Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Andrew Billings has agreed to a contract with the Cleveland Browns, SportsTrust Advisors, the agency that represents him, announced Thursday.

Billings, 25, developed into one of the Bengals' most reliable interior linemen over the last three seasons, missing just one game over that span.

In 2019, he made 14 starts and tallied 35 tackles, with four of them coming behind the line of scrimmage. Despite his presence, the Bengals struggled against the run in 2019, finishing last in the league in rushing defense.


Patriots OG Joe Thuney signs his franchise tender

Following the massive franchise-tagging spree NFL teams employed this week, we'll now start to see news trickle in of players signing those one-year offers. Such is the case for New England Patriots guard Joe Thuney, who signed his on Thursday, per his agent.


Dolphins re-up with S Adrian Colbert

The Miami Dolphins are re-signing safety Adrian Colbert to a one-year, $1.775 million deal, per reporting from ESPN's Adam Schefter. Colbert was not tendered yesterday as an RFA.


Bengals continue CB infusion, agree to terms with former Viking Mackensie Alexander

The Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to terms with ex-Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander on a one-year, $4 million contract, a source confirms to ESPN's Ben Baby.


Eagles land CB Darius Slay, send two 2020 draft picks to Lions

The Philadelphia Eagles have bolstered their secondary with a splash move on Thursday, sending a 2020 third-round pick and 2020 fifth-round pick to the Detroit Lions in exchange for cornerback Darius Slay, per reporting from ESPN's Adam Schefter. There had been speculation about Slay potentially being moved after the Lions agreed to terms with Desmond Trufant on Wednesday, and CB-needy Philly is the team to have reportedly pulled it off.


Redskins, TE Logan Thomas nearing a deal

The Washington Redskins are poised to sign tight end Logan Thomas, according to reporting from ESPN's John Keim.




Source: Suspended WR Josh Gordon intends to play this season

Wide receiver Josh Gordon intends to play in 2020 as he works his way back from indefinite suspension, according to reporting from ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.

Commissioner Roger Goodell will oversee Gordon's reinstatement attempt, during which the player must prove he's making steady progress away from the field.

Gordon, who played for the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks last season, was suspended Dec. 16 for violating the NFL's policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse, his sixth NFL suspension since the 2013 season.

If reinstated, Gordon would become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career. He played 2019 on a one-year deal as a restricted free agent.

March 18

Source: Desmond Trufant latest add to Lions' rebuilt defense

Cornerback Desmond Trufant has agreed to a two-year contract with the Detroit Lions worth $21 million, including $14 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Jordan Schultz.


Ex-Raiders safety Karl Joseph agrees to join Browns

Safety Karl Joseph, the Raiders' first-round pick in 2016 out of West Virginia, has agreed to a deal to join the Cleveland Browns, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson.


Sources: Veteran LB B.J. Goodson joining Browns

The Cleveland Browns have agreed to a deal with veteran linebacker B.J. Goodson, sources confirmed to ESPN. The Browns were on the hunt for a veteran linebacker after cutting Christian Kirksey and letting Joe Schobert walk in free agency.


Jaguars reach 3-year deal with DL Rodney Gunter, source says

The Jacksonville Jaguars have reached agreement on a three-year deal with former Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Rodney Gunter, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Gunter started 13 games at defensive end for the Cardinals before he was put on injured reserve in 2019, tallying 31 tackles and three sacks with 10 quarterback hurries. He suffered a toe injury and sat out the final three games.


Pierce close to deal with Vikings

Free-agent nose tackle Michael Pierce is close to agreeing to a three-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Wednesday. Pierce, who turned 27 in November, went from being an undrafted rookie from Samford in 2016 to one of the top young run-stuffers in the league with the Baltimore Ravens. His 151 tackles in that span are the third most among defensive tackles in the AFC North.


Seahawks bring back DE Bruce Irvin, acquire OT Brandon Shell

The Seattle Seahawks are bringing back defensive end Bruce Irvin to help turn around one of the NFL's least productive pass-rush units from last season, he told ESPN's Josina Anderson. In another deal, the Seahawks reached agreement with former New York Jets offensive tackle Brandon Shell on a two-year, $11 million contract, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Nate Orchard returning to Washington

Defensive end Nate Orchard is returning to the Washington Redskins on a one-year deal, per reporting from ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.


Patriots agree to terms with DT Beau Allen

The New England Patriots have agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent defensive tackle Beau Allen.


Ravens decline DB Brandon Carr's contract option

The Baltimore Ravens officially declined the option on defensive back Brandon Carr's contract, making one of the most durable players in NFL history a free agent.

Carr, 33, has started every game since entering the league as a fifth-round pick by Kansas City in 2008. His 192 consecutive starts rank as the longest active streak among defensive players, and the mark is second only to quarterback Philip Rivers (224) overall.


Source: Anthony Brown returns to Cowboys on 3-year deal

The Dallas Cowboys are bringing back cornerback Anthony Brown on a three-year deal, a source told ESPN on Wednesday.

Brown's 2019 season with the Cowboys was cut short because of a torn triceps. In nine games, he was credited with 17 tackles and five pass deflections before suffering the injury.


Cardinals add to early free-agent haul, agree with LB Devon Kennard

The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to terms with former Detroit Lions linebacker Devon Kennard on a three-year deal, per reporting from ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Veteran OT Andrew Whitworth staying with Rams on three-year deal

Veteran offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth has agreed to remain with the Los Angeles Rams on a three-year contract, his agency, SportsTrust Advisors, announced Wednesday.

Whitworth, who turned 38 in December, is entering his 15th season in the NFL and is a four-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time All-Pro.


Source: Ex-Broncos CB Chris Harris Jr. agrees to join Chargers

Longtime Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. has agreed to a deal to join the Los Angeles Chargers, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson.

Harris, who turns 31 in June, was one of the longest-tenured Broncos, having made the roster as an undrafted rookie in 2011 -- the same year John Elway started his tenure as the team's top football decision-maker.

Harris is a four-time Pro Bowl selection and is the final member of the "No Fly Zone'' secondary that was part of the Broncos' Super Bowl 50 win to move on from the club.


Former Steelers S Sean Davis agrees to terms with Redskins

Safety Sean Davis, a 2016 second-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, has agreed to terms with the Washington Redskins on a one-year deal worth up to $5 million, according to reporting from ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Raiders agree to terms with CB Eli Apple

The Las Vegas Raiders continue to add on defense, as cornerback Eli Apple is the latest player to agree to terms, per reporting from ESPN's Adam Schefter. Apple was a first-round pick of the New York Giants and last played for the New Orleans Saints.


Source: Chargers add veteran Linval Joseph to defensive line

Free-agent defensive tackle Linval Joseph has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, a source confirmed to ESPN. NFL Network, which first reported the news, reports it is a two-year deal worth $17 million.

Known for his strength against the run, Joseph had been a staple along the Minnesota Vikings' defensive line for the past six years. He underwent surgery on his right knee in November to repair a meniscus and returned to action for a Week 13 game at Seattle.


Rams agree to terms with former Bears pass-rusher Leonard Floyd

Former Chicago Bears pass-rusher Leonard Floyd is signing a one-year, $10 million deal worth up to $13 million with the Los Angeles Rams, a source revealed to ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Source: Dante Fowler Jr., Falcons reach 3-year, $48M deal

The Atlanta Falcons have filled a major need by agreeing to terms with pass-rusher Dante Fowler Jr. on a three-year, $48 million deal, a source confirmed to ESPN's Vaughn McClure on Wednesday.

The Falcons generated just 28 sacks last season, and Fowler, who played for Falcons coach Dan Quinn while in college at Florida, gives them quickness off the edge to pair with Grady Jarrett's push inside. Fowler had 11.5 sacks with the Los Angeles Rams last season after 3½ turbulent seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars.


Ravens tack two more years on for P Sam Koch

Punter news! Great special-teams players are hard enough to find that when teams do, they tend to stick with them for many years. Such is the case with Baltimore Ravens punter Sam Koch, and the team has extended their business relationship two more years, per reporting from ESPN's Jamison Hensley. Koch was entering the final year of his current deal.


Jets re-up with CB Brian Poole for one more year

The New York Jets have re-signed slot cornerback Brian Poole to a one-year, $5 million contract, per reporting from ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Bears acquire QB Nick Foles from Jaguars for fourth-round pick

The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded quarterback Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears for the Bears' compensatory fourth-round pick, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Bears will inherit the final three years of Foles' deal, which pays a base value of $50 million, per reporting from ESPN's Field Yates. The Jaguars will take on a dead-cap charge of $18.75 million for 2020.


Saints nearing deal to bring back S Malcolm Jenkins

For years, Sean Payton has admitted that letting safety Malcolm Jenkins go in 2014 was one of his biggest regrets. So the New Orleans Saints didn't hesitate to scoop him back up after the Philadelphia Eagles decided not to exercise the 2020 option on Jenkins' contract this week.

"Should have never let him leave to begin with," Payton told ESPN.

The Saints are nearing a deal with the 32-year-old, who was named to three Pro Bowls during his six years with the Eagles, ESPN's Field Yates confirmed.


Panthers release veteran safety Eric Reid

The Carolina Panthers continued to strip their roster of veterans with big contracts on Wednesday by releasing strong safety Eric Reid. The 28-year-old signed a three-year, $22 million deal with Carolina last offseason. He was scheduled to count $8 million against this year's cap, and releasing him will save Carolina $3 million in cap space, including $5.5 million with a post-June 1 designation.


Rams keep OL Austin Blythe on a 1-year deal

The Los Angeles Rams have signed pending unrestricted free agent Austin Blythe to a one-year contract, the team announced. Blythe has been a versatile member of the offensive line since taking over as a starter in 2018, playing left and right guard and then taking over at center last season after Brian Allen suffered a season-ending knee injury. His return ensures some continuity on a developing line.


Dolphins add former Patriots lineman Ted Karras

Former New England Patriots interior offensive lineman Ted Karras has agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal with the Miami Dolphins.


The Lions trade for Patriots safety Duron Harmon

Duron Harmon has been a consistent player for the Patriots over the first seven years of his career, registering 175 tackles, 17 interceptions and 28 passes defended. He will likely fit in with Detroit in its three safety looks.


Source: Giants pass on option for S Antoine Bethea, save $2.75M

The New York Giants are not exercising the 2020 option in safety Antoine Bethea's contract, a source told ESPN on Wednesday. Bethea, who will turn 36 on July 27, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection who provided a veteran presence at the back end of the secondary for the Giants after signing a two-year deal last offseason.


Broncos acquire DT Jurrell Casey from Titans for seventh-round pick

The Denver Broncos have acquired defensive tackle Jurrell Casey from the Tennessee Titans in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick. Casey, who had missed only four regular season games in his nine seasons with Tennessee, finished tied for second on the Titans in sacks last season with five.



Lions agree to terms with former Patriots DL Danny Shelton

The Detroit Lions have agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with defensive tackle Danny Shelton, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Wednesday.

Shelton becomes the fourth member of the New England Patriots to join the Lions over the past two offseasons. Jamie Collins agreed to a deal with the Lions on Monday, while Trey Flowers and Danny Amendola left New England for Detroit prior to the 2019 season.


Source: Bengals releasing CB B.W. Webb

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback B.W. Webb has been informed that he is being released, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson. Webb appeared in 15 games with 12 starts for the Bengals in 2019, posting one interception.


Source: Texans bring back CB Vernon Hargreaves on one-year deal

Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves has returned to the Houston Texans, agreeing to a one-year deal just over a month after being released by Houston, a source confirmed to ESPN.

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March 17

Source: DL McCoy gets 3-year deal from Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms with defensive lineman Gerald McCoy on a three-year contract, a source told ESPN's Todd Archer. The deal is pending a physical.


Source: Alonso takes pay cut, to stay with Saints

Linebacker Kiko Alonso will remain with the New Orleans Saints after agreeing to a reduced contract, a source confirmed to ESPN. Alonso, who tore the ACL in his right knee in the Saints' playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings, was scheduled to earn $7.85 million in the final year of his contract in 2020.


QB Tom Brady expected to sign with Buccaneers, sources say

The Tampa Bay ‪Buccaneers are expected to land quarterback Tom Brady barring any unforeseen circumstances, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington. There's no signing date or announcement officially set up, but Brady is expected to be a Buccaneer.‬


Pats reach 1-year deal with WR Byrd, source says

The New England Patriots have agreed to terms with free-agent receiver Damiere Byrd on a one-year deal, a source confirmed to ESPN.


Source: Bills add Jefferson, Butler to fill DT void

Defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Buffalo Bills, he told ESPN's Josina Anderson. Also, defensive tackle Vernon Butler has agreed to terms with Buffalo, a source told Anderson. The additions of Jefferson and Butler come after Buffalo lost defensive tackle Jordan Phillips to the Arizona Cardinals


Source: Ex-Bucs LB Carl Nassib agrees to join Raiders

Versatile linebacker Carl Nassib has agreed to a deal with the Las Vegas Raiders, ESPN's Paul Gutierrez confirmed. Nassib registered six sacks for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, despite Jason Pierre-Paul stepping back into the starting linebacker position in Week 9 after his return from a fractured neck.


Lions releasing Devon Kennard after adding ex-Pats LB Jamie Collins

The Detroit Lions are releasing linebacker and team captain Devon Kennard, according to a report from NFL Network, with one year remaining on his deal. Kennard was potentially made expendable when the Lions agreed to terms with former Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins on Monday night, crowding the team's linebacker unit.


Jets continue to bolster interior O-line, agree to terms with Connor McGovern

After previously reaching a deal with Alex Lewis, the New York Jets continued their offensive line work, agreeing to terms with Connor McGovern. McGovern, a three-year starter for the Denver Broncos, will receive a three-year, $27 million contract that includes an $18 million guarantee, a source confirmed to ESPN's Rich Cimini.


S Tre Boston returns to Panthers on 3-year deal

Safety Tre Boston has re-signed with the Carolina Panthers on a three-year deal worth $18 million, with $9.5 million coming in Year 1, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Boston, who turns 28 on June 25, started 16 games in 2019 after signing with the Panthers just over a month before the start of the season.


Cowboys and veteran LB Sean Lee agree to terms

The Dallas Cowboys and Sean Lee have agreed to a new deal that will keep the veteran linebacker in Dallas, according to a source. With Leighton Vander Esch coming back from neck surgery and Jaylon Smith coming off an unsteady season, the return of Lee, who turns 34 in July, gives options to the linebacker spot.


Bengals agree to terms with CB Trae Waynes

The Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to terms with cornerback Trae Waynes on a three-year deal, according to ESPN's Ben Baby.


Steelers to add another Watt brother, agree to terms with FB Derek

Fullback Derek Watt is signing a three-year, $9.75 million deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, reuniting with brother T.J. Watt in Pittsburgh.


Veteran LB Thomas Davis joins Redskins, reunites with Ron Rivera

Thomas Davis announced Tuesday on his Instagram account that he is joining the Redskins, a move that reunites the veteran linebacker with new Washington coach Ron Rivera. Davis spent the first 13 seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers, including the past eight under Rivera. He was selected to three Pro Bowls with the team and is the franchise's all-time leading tackler, with 1,098 in a Panthers uniform.


Bills reach two-year extension with S Jordan Poyer

The Buffalo Bills have reached a two-year extension with safety Jordan Poyer, locking up one of their defensive leaders through 2022, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.


Giants agree to terms with LB Kyler Fackrell

The New York Giants have agreed to terms to add another former Green Bay Packers linebacker to the roster in Kyler Fackrell.


Rams decline option on CB Nickell Robey-Coleman's deal

The Los Angeles Rams have declined to exercise an option on Nickell Robey-Coleman's contract, the veteran cornerback confirmed to ESPN. Robey-Coleman was set to enter the final season of a three-year, $15.7 million deal but now becomes an unrestricted free agent. The Rams create $5 million in salary-cap space with the move.


Source: CB Darqueze Dennard, Jaguars reach three-year deal

Cornerback Darqueze Dennard has agreed to a three-year, $13.5 million deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday. The deal includes $6 million guaranteed, the source told Schefter.


Source: Ex-Cowboys DT Maliek Collins to join Raiders

Defensive tackle Maliek Collins will sign with the Las Vegas Raiders, reconnecting him with former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, a source confirmed to ESPN's Todd Archer.


Bengals agree to terms with DT D.J. Reader

The Cincinnati Bengals are on the board with a big one: According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, former Houston Texans defensive tackle D.J. Reader has agreed to terms on a four-year, $53 million deal.


Jets continue to address O-line, agree to deal with OG Alex Lewis

Free-agent left guard Alex Lewis agreed to a deal Tuesday to return to the New York Jets. The sides reached a three-year, $18.6 million deal that includes $6 million guaranteed, a source confirmed to ESPN.


Colts reach agreement with QB Philip Rivers on one-year deal

Former Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has agreed to terms on a one-year, $25 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.


OT Bryan Bulaga agrees to terms on three-year deal with Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers have agreed to terms on a three-year, $30 million deal for offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Raiders agree to terms with TE Jason Witten

Veteran tight end Jason Witten intends to sign a one-year deal with the Las Vegas Raiders, ending his time with the Dallas Cowboys after 16 seasons. According to ESPN's Todd Archer, Witten can make up to $4.75 million in 2020.


Former NFL sacks leader Vic Beasley Jr. to sign with Titans

Former Atlanta Falcons pass rusher Vic Beasley Jr. will sign with the Tennessee Titans, his agency told ESPN's Dianna Russini. The 27-year-old led the league in sacks in 2016 while with Atlanta.


Eagles parting ways with S Malcolm Jenkins

The Philadelphia Eagles will not exercise the 2020 option on safety Malcolm Jenkins, the team announced.


Dolphins poised to add RB Jordan Howard on two-year pact

The Miami Dolphins and former Eagles running back Jordan Howard have agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth north of $10 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Source: Jaguars, Joe Schobert reach five-year deal

The Jacksonville Jaguars have reached a five-year, $53.75 million deal with linebacker Joe Schobert, a source confirmed to ESPN's Josina Anderson on Tuesday. Schobert, who turned 26 in November, has been a starter for the Cleveland Browns the last three seasons.


Source: Jalen Mills to return to Eagles, move to safety

Jalen Mills intends to sign a one-year deal to return to the Philadelphia Eagles and is moving from cornerback to safety, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson.


Raiders add another LB, agree with Cory Littleton on three-year deal

The Las Vegas Raiders have added another linebacker in free agency, agreeing to terms with former Pro Bowler Cory Littleton on a three-year deal, sources told ESPN.


Panthers close to terms on three-year deal with QB Teddy Bridgewater

The Carolina Panthers and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater are negotiating a three-year contract in the $60 million range, a source told ESPN's Chris Mortensen. The deal is not done as they work out details, but it is expected to be complete when the new league year opens Wednesday.


Source: Bears releasing former first-round pick LB Leonard Floyd

In a surprising move, the Chicago Bears are electing to release Leonard Floyd, the No. 9 overall pick of the 2016 draft, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.


DE Robert Quinn to join Bears with reported five-year deal

The Chicago Bears are expected to sign pass-rusher Robert Quinn, according to an ESPN source and multiple reports. The defensive end's deal with the Bears is for five years and $70 million with $30 million fully guaranteed, NFL Network reported. Quinn, who turns 30 on May 18, led the Dallas Cowboys with 11.5 sacks in 2019, missing two games due to suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.


Panthers give QB Cam Newton permission to seek trade

The Carolina Panthers have given Cam Newton, once the face of the franchise, permission to seek a trade. The team's announcement comes as sources tell ESPN's Dianna Russini that the team is showing strong interest in free agent Teddy Bridgewater, who had a strong showing filling in for injured Drew Brees in New Orleans last season.

After the team posted their announcement on social media, Newton responded to a post on Instagram, saying: "Stop with the word play. I never asked for it. There is no dodging this one. I love the Panthers to death and will always love you guys. Please do not try and play me or manipulate the narrative and act like I wanted this. You forced me into this. Love"


Steelers restructure QB Ben Roethlisberger deal amid salary-cap overhaul

With a day until the league year officially opens, the Pittsburgh Steelers continue to clear salary-cap space with the restructuring of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's contract Tuesday morning, a source confirmed to ESPN. The 38-year-old signed a two-year contract extension worth $68 million last year, and his cap charge for the 2020 season was set to be a whopping $33.5 million.


Source: Chase Daniel agrees to 3-year deal with Lions

Former Chicago Bears quarterback Chase Daniel has reached an agreement with the Detroit Lions on a three-year, $13.05 million deal that includes a voidable clause, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Lions knew they needed to address their backup quarterback situation after losing starter Matthew Stafford to a broken back for the final eight games of the season.


Dolphins, DE Emmanuel Ogbah agree to terms on two-year deal

Defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah has agreed to terms with the Miami Dolphins on a two-year deal worth $15 million, with $7.5 million fully guaranteed, his agent told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Saints, QB Drew Brees agree to two-year, $50 million contract

Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have agreed to a two-year deal worth about $25 million per year, the same value as the previous deal he signed with the Saints in 2018, per source. The deal is more team-friendly than last time considering the inflation of QB salaries since then.


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Source: Cardinals reach three-year, $30 million deal with DT Jordan Phillips

The Arizona Cardinals have reached a three-year, $30 million deal with former Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday. Phillips turned in a career season in 2019, finishing second among all defensive tackles with 9.5 sacks. He was claimed by the Bills in 2018 after being released by the Dolphins following a sideline outburst regarding his playing time.


Eagles agree to terms with QB Nate Sudfeld on one-year deal

Carson Wentz's backup is back. The Philadelphia Eagles announced that they have re-signed Nate Sudfeld to a one-year deal.


Giants to add former 49ers TE Levine Toilolo

The New York Giants are acting quickly to replace retired Rhett Ellison, agreeing on terms with Levine Toilolo, sources revealed to ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Source: Giants land ex-Packers LB Blake Martinez on three-year deal

The New York Giants and former Packers linebacker Blake Martinez agreed to a three-year deal worth $30 million late Monday night, a source told ESPN's Jordan Raanan. Martinez gives the Giants the middle linebacker they desperately need. The 2016 fourth-round pick has been a tackling machine with Green Bay, ranking first (155), second (144) and second (144) in the NFL over the past three years.

March 16

Source: 49ers re-signing safety Ward for 3 years

After a pair of significant moves on their defensive front Monday, the San Francisco 49ers closed the day by taking another big step toward keeping their defense largely intact, as they agreed to terms on a new three-year, $28.5 million deal with free safety Jimmie Ward, according to a league source.


Source: Ex-Bears DT Williams agrees to join Lions

The Detroit Lions started rebuilding the interior of their defensive line Monday night by agreeing to a two-year, $10 million deal with former Chicago defensive tackle Nick Williams, a source confirmed to ESPN.


Source: Cobb headed to Texans on 3-year deal

Wide receiver Randall Cobb, who played for the Dallas Cowboys last season, is headed to the Houston Texans on a three-year, $27 million deal, a source told ESPN's Todd Archer. The deal includes $18.75 million in guaranteed money.


Sources: DE Addison agrees to deal with Bills

The Buffalo Bills have agreed to a three-year deal with free-agent defensive end Mario Addison, a league source told ESPN on Monday. The former Carolina Panthers pass-rusher reunites with Bills general manager Brandon Beane, head coach Sean McDermott and defensive line coach Eric Washington -- all of whom are familiar with Addison from their time with the Panthers.


CB Fuller reunites with Redskins, sources say

The Washington Redskins pounced on a chance to get cornerback Kendall Fuller back with the organization. Two years after trading him to Kansas City as part of a deal for quarterback Alex Smith, the Redskins reached an agreement with Fuller to return on a four-year deal, sources confirmed to ESPN.


Sources: Cooper to sign $100M deal with Dallas

Wide receiver Amari Cooper intends to re-sign with the Dallas Cowboys on a five-year, $100 million deal, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal has $60 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson.


Source: Bills acquire Diggs from Vikes for 4 picks

The Buffalo Bills have acquired wide receiver Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings for multiple draft choices, including a first-round pick, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Source: LB Klein signs $18M deal with Bills

Former New Orleans Saints linebacker A.J. Klein signed a three-year, $18 million deal with the Buffalo Bills, a source confirmed to ESPN. Klein previously played under head coach Sean McDermott with the Carolina Panthers.


Seahawks bringing back DT Reed, source says

Defensive tackle Jarran Reed has come to terms on a new deal with the Seattle Seahawks for two years and $23 million, a source confirmed to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.


Backup QB McCarron re-signs with Texans

Houston Texans backup quarterback AJ McCarron has re-signed with the Texans, he announced on Instagram. McCarron, who turns 30 in September, saw action in only two games for the Texans in 2019.


Sources: OT Fant reaches 3-year deal with Jets

Former Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle George Fant reached an agreement with the New York Jets on a three-year, $30 million deal that includes $13.7 million guaranteed, according to reporting by ESPN's Jeremy Fowler and Adam Schefter.


Source: QB Mariota agrees to deal with Raiders

The Las Vegas Raiders have agreed to a deal with former Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, a source told ESPN's Paul Gutierrez.


Ex-Patriots LB Collins reaches deal with Lions

Former New England Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins is joining the Detroit Lions on a three-year, $30 million deal, with $18 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Field Yates.


Source: S Eric Murray reaches 3-year deal with Texans

Former Cleveland Browns safety Eric Murray reached an agreement Monday with the Houston Texans on a three-year deal worth up to $20.25 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Murray played in nine games with the Browns last season, making four starts. He totaled 24 tackles, one sack and one pass defended.


NFL details new free-agency procedures, delays offseason activities

The NFL announced special procedures for free agency and postponed the offseason training activities indefinitely on Monday in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, the NFL said that clubs aren't allowed to bring any free agent "to a club facility or other location to meet with club personnel. Further, club personnel, including members of the club medical staff, may not travel to any location to meet with or conduct a medical examination of a free agent player."


OT Shon Coleman headed back to 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers are bringing back reserve offensive tackle Shon Coleman on a one-year deal. He spent all of 2019 on injured reserve with a fractured ankle. He was expected to be the "swing" tackle before his preseason injury. This is a depth move for the Niners as they head toward the new league year on Wednesday.


Dolphins continue defensive spending, add LB Kyle Van Noy

The Miami Dolphins have agreed to terms on a four-year deal with former New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy. With his signing, he will be reunited with coach Brian Flores in Miami.


Former Steelers NT Javon Hargrave headed to the Eagles

Former Pittsburgh Steelers nose tackle Javon Hargrave has reached agreement with the Philadelphia Eagles on a three-year, $39 million deal with $26 million fully guaranteed, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN's Adam Schefter, making Hargrave the highest-paid nose tackle in the NFL.


Bears will land TE Jimmy Graham

Free-agent tight end Jimmy Graham has agreed with the Chicago Bears on a two-year, $16 million deal, including $9 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Graham became a free agent when the Packers released him on March 12.


Safety Juston Burris is going to the Panthers

Former Cleveland Browns safety Juston Burris is headed to the Carolina Panthers on a two-year, $8 million deal, per a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Seattle gives TE Jacob Hollister a second-round tender

The Seattle Seahawks gave restricted free agent Jacob Hollister a second-round tender, a source told ESPN. That's worth $3.259 million for 2020 and would entitle the Seahawks to a second-round pick if they decline to match another team's offer for Hollister. The Seahawks have the potential for a loaded tight end group with Greg Olsen, Will Dissly and Hollister.


Ravens reach 3-year, $30M deal with DL Michael Brockers

The Baltimore Ravens are giving former Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Michael Brockers a three-year, $30 million deal that includes $21 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Panthers will sign defensive end Stephen Weatherly

The Carolina Panthers agreed to a two-year, $12.5 million deal with former Vikings defensive end Stephen Weatherly. The 2016 seventh-round pick out of Vanderbilt is the type of player Carolina is looking for in a rebuild under Matt Rhule. He's a young up-and-comer and fills a need on a defensive line that is being retooled. He also is relatively inexpensive.


Falcons cutting CB Desmond Trufant

The Atlanta Falcons are releasing cornerback Desmond Trufant, according to multiple reports. The move saves the Falcons $4.95 million against the salary cap. Trufant had three years and $35.25 million left on his contract. The Falcons were looking for salary-cap relief as they attempt to target an impact pass-rusher in free agency.


Dolphins make a splash by signing CB Byron Jones

Coach Brian Flores and the Miami Dolphins have agreed to terms with the top cornerback on the market. Byron Jones' deal will make him the highest-paid corner in the NFL.


Giants poised to sign CB James Bradberry

The New York Giants will be adding some high-end talent to their defensive backfield. They have agreed to terms with former Carolina Panthers cornerback James Bradberry, per ESPN's Adam Schefter, to the tune of three years, $45 million and $32 million guaranteed.


Redskins will land former Falcons guard Wes Schweitzer

The Washington Redskins will sign three-year veteran offensive lineman Wes Schweitzer to a deal.


Dolphins agree to terms with S Clayton Fejedelem

The Miami Dolphins are poised to sign S Clayton Fejedelem to a three-year deal, according to his agent, Mike McCartney. Fejedelem served as a special-teams ace and reserve safety for the Bengals for the past four seasons.


Titans re-signing OT Dennis Kelly to three-year deal

With their former starting right tackle Jack Conklin having agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns, the Tennessee Titans have re-signed tackle Dennis Kelly to a three-year, $21 million deal, per reporting by ESPN's Field Yates. The deal includes $8.75 million guaranteed.


Broncos, OL Graham Glasgow agree to terms on four-year deal

The Denver Broncos and versatile offensive lineman Graham Glasgow have agreed to terms on a four-year, $44 million contract, including $26 million guaranteed, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Saints reach agreement with DT David Onyemata

The New Orleans Saints have made their first big move of free agency, agreeing to a deal that will keep defensive tackle David Onyemata in New Orleans, a source confirmed to ESPN. Onyemata, 27, has been a big reason for the resurgence of New Orleans' run defense, which led the NFL over a two-year span from 2018 to 2019, allowing just 85.8 rushing yards per game. But he also has enough athleticism for his size to aid in the pass rush, compiling 9.5 sacks over the past three seasons.


Browns agree to terms on deal with QB Case Keenum

The Cleveland Browns reached an agreement with former Redskins' QB Case Keenum on a three-year, $18 million deal that includes $10 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Lions agree to terms with OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai

The Detroit Lions are in agreement on terms with former Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai, a source told ESPN's Field Yates.


Browns agree to terms on three-year pact with RT Jack Conklin

One of the top free-agent offensive linemen is off the market. Jack Conklin agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns for $42 million, with $30 million fully guarantee, according to reporting by ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Redskins re-signing LB Jon Bostic to two-year, $5 million deal

The Washington Redskins will re-sign veteran linebacker Jon Bostic, a source told ESPN's Field Yates, an expected move after the team had checked out other players at the position. The source said Bostic will sign a two-year contract with a base value of $5 million and $1.75 million guaranteed.


49ers trade DT DeForest Buckner to Colts for first-round pick

The Indianapolis Colts traded their first-round pick (13th overall) to the San Francisco 49ers for All-Pro defensive tackle DeForest Buckner. Buckner has already agreed to a massive contract that pays him $21 million a year and makes him the second-highest paid DT in NFL history behind only Aaron Donald, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Vikings agree to three-year extension with P Britton Colquitt

The Minnesota Vikings and punter Britton Colquitt reached agreement on a three-year, $9 million extension that includes $5 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Stefon Diggs on the move?

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs sent the rumor mill into a frenzy with a series of two tweets on Monday afternoon. Stay tuned!


Buccaneers bring back DE Jason Pierre-Paul

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have re-signed defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to a two-year, $27 million deal, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Source: Raiders, LB Nick Kwiatkoski reach three-year deal

The Las Vegas Raiders have agreed to a three-year contract with former Chicago Bears linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. A former fourth-round pick out of West Virginia, Kwiatkoski enjoyed a breakout season in 2019 with 76 tackles, three sacks and an interception in eight starts at inside linebacker.


Former Bills DE Shaq Lawson agrees to deal with Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins have agree to terms with former Buffalo Bills edge rusher Shaq Lawson, a source told ESPN's Cameron Wolfe. Lawson was an early target of the Dolphins' to address the team's pass-rush issues. He played for Dolphins defensive-line coach Marion Hobby at Clemson.

The 2016 first-round pick made the most out of a do-or-die 2019 season, before which the Bills declined to exercise the defensive end's fifth-year option.


Falcons land TE Hayden Hurst in trade with Ravens

With the Atlanta Falcons losing tight end Austin Hooper, they moved quickly to get themselves another young player at the position in Hayden Hurst. The Falcons also get a 2020 fourth-round pick from Baltimore and are sending the Ravens a 2020 second-round pick and 2020 fifth-round pick.


Cowboys, TE Blake Jarwin agree on four-year contract

The Dallas Cowboys and tight end Blake Jarwin are in agreement on a new deal that keeps him with the team for four years, a source told ESPN's Field Yates. The deal has a maximum value of $24.5 million and includes $9.25 million in guaranteed money.


49ers agree to five-year deal with DL Arik Armstead

The San Francisco 49ers and defensive lineman Arik Armstead are closing in on a five-year contract, a source told ESPN. He finished the regular season with 54 tackles, 10 sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery and had two sacks and a forced fumble in three playoff games while lining up on the edge and the interior.


Cardinals, Texans swap David Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins in blockbuster

The Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans completed a trade Monday, sending wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona and running back David Johnson to Houston, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Cardinals also receive a 2020 fourth-round pick, while the Texans receive a 2020 second-round pick and 2021 fourth-round pick.


Dolphins sign OL Ereck Flowers to three-year deal

The Miami Dolphins have agreed to terms with Ereck Flowers on a three-year, $30 million contract with $19.95M fully guaranteed, according to reporting by ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Austin Hooper reaches record deal with Browns

Austin Hooper has agreed to a four-year contract with the Cleveland Browns that will make him the NFL's highest-paid tight end. Hooper told ESPN's Vaughn McClure the deal is worth $44 million with $23 million guaranteed. Hooper, 25, is coming off his best NFL season, with 75 catches for 787 yards and six touchdowns in 2019. He posted those numbers despite missing three games with an MCL sprain.


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Minnesota Vikings place franchise tag on S Anthony Harris

With minutes to go ahead of the deadline, the Minnesota Vikings used their franchise tag on safety Anthony Harris.


Patriots elect to use franchise tag on LG Joe Thuney

The New England Patriots have kept one of the most sought-after free-agent offensive lineman off the market, by using their franchise tag on left guard Joe Thuney.


Cardinals use transition tag on RB Kenyan Drake

The Arizona Cardinals have kicked off their offseason by choosing to use the transition tag on running back Kenyan Drake.


Packers agree to terms with RT Rick Wagner

The Green Bay Packers continue to be active on Monday, agreeing to terms with right tackle Rick Wagner, who was recently released by the Detroit Lions.


Cowboys place the exclusive franchise tag on QB Dak Prescott

Another big domino has fallen, as the Dallas Cowboys have elected to use the exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Dak Prescott.


Bengals utilize the franchise tag on WR A.J. Green

The subject of many trade rumors during the 2019 season, wide receiver A.J. Green has been franchise tagged by the Cincinnati Bengals.


Titans use franchise tag on RB Derrick Henry

After agreeing to a new contract with quarterback Ryan Tannehill on Sunday, the Tennessee Titans kept busy on Monday, placing the franchise tag on running back Derrick Henry.


Falcons releasing RB Devonta Freeman

Prior to the NFL's open negotiating period getting underway Monday, the Atlanta Falcons elected to release versatile running back Devonta Freeman.


Vikings, QB Kirk Cousins agree to two-year contract extension

The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a two-year contract extension with quarterback Kirk Cousins, according to his agent, Mike McCartney.


Steelers place franchise tag on LB Bud Dupree

The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced they have placed the franchise tag on linebacker Bud Dupree. Dupree finished the 2019 season with 11.5 sacks.

In an expected move, the Steelers tag OLB Bud Dupree. The tag will run the Steelers an estimated $16.12M, but Dupree's tag means the team will have to part with some veterans to make room for the 27-year-old pass rusher in an already tight cap. Coming off a career year, Dupree made himself an indispensable part of the Steelers' defense — no matter the cost. A year ago, Dupree and OLB TJ Watt combined for 26 sacks. Now the Steelers will keep the tandem together for at least one more year.

Brooke Pryor, ESPN Staff Writer17d ago

Packers agree to terms with LB Christian Kirksey

Christian Kirksey has agreed to terms on a two-year, $16 million deal with the Green Bay Packers. Kirksey was limited to nine games total the past two seasons but had 138 tackles in 2017, his last 16-game campaign with the Cleveland Browns.

Getting former Browns inside linebacker Christian Kirksey on a 2-year, $16 million deal gives the Packers a new look in the middle of their defense, where Blake Martinez patrolled the last four years. But is Kirskey an upgrade? He might be if he can stay healthy. But he hasn't finished a season in the last two years, playing seven games in 2018 and just two in 2019. He as familiarity with the Packers' scheme, having played for defensive coordinator Mike Pettine in Cleveland.

Rob Demovsky, ESPN Staff Writer17d ago

Source: Chiefs place tag on sack leader Chris Jones

The Kansas City Chiefs were unable to reach a long-term deal with Chris Jones before Monday's deadline to use the franchise tag, so they placed the tag on their star defensive lineman, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Jones, who turns 26 in July, led the Chiefs in sacks in each of the past two seasons.


Source: Bucs franchise LB Shaquil Barrett following breakout 2019

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed the franchise tag on linebacker Shaquil Barrett, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. After signing a one-year "prove it" deal with the Bucs for $4 million last offseason, Barrett did just that. In his first year as a full-time starter, Barrett went from fighting for a job in the fourth preseason game to finishing with a league-high 19.5 sacks.


Source: Giants expected to place tag on DL Leonard Williams

The New York Giants are expected to place their tag on defensive lineman Leonard Williams on Monday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Giants acquired Williams from the New York Jets in a surprise midseason trade, giving up two draft picks.


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March 15

S Devin McCourty returning to Patriots on 2-year deal

New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty announced the news of his own signing Sunday night, saying he is foregoing free agency to return to the team this season. The deal is for two years and $23 million, a source told ESPN.

The Patriots' re-signing of safety Devin McCourty, which was announced by McCourty himself, ensures that the team brings back a pillar on and off the field. McCourty, 32, is still playing at a high level, as his role in tying together communication across the secondary is critical in the team's ever-evolving defense. At a time when Tom Brady's future with the team hangs in the balance, bringing back McCourty, and also Matthew Slater, keeps two of the franchise's top all-time leaders in the fold.

Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer18d ago

Falcons, DT Tyeler Davison agree to a three-year extension

The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a three-year, $12 million extension with defensive tackle Tyeler Davison, who started 12 of 16 games in his first year with the team last season. Davison's deal includes $4.5 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN.


Source: CB Bradley Roby agrees to terms with Texans

Cornerback Bradley Roby has agreed to terms with the Houston Texans, a source confirmed to ESPN. Last offseason, Roby signed in Houston on a one-year, prove-it deal. He played in 10 games for Houston in 2019, missing five games in the middle of the season as he recovered from a hamstring injury.


Graziano: Last-minute NFL free-agency news and notes

Cornerbacks could get paid. The pass-rusher market is thin. And will any team pay the free-agent running backs? Here's what Dan Graziano is hearing ahead of the legal tampering period.


Source: QB Ryan Tannehill agrees to 4-year deal with Titans

The Tennessee Titans have agreed on a four-year deal with Ryan Tannehill that will pay the quarterback up to $118 million, a source tells ESPN's Jeff Darlington. The deal, which has an average annual value of $29.5 million, includes $62 million fully guaranteed, the source told Darlington.

The Titans have agreed to a deal with QB Ryan Tannehill a source confirmed to ESPN. Tannehill's return gives them the QB that sparked the offense last season. In Weeks 7 - 17 the Titans ranked first in yards per play (6.9) and third with 406.2 yards per game. Smith's offense scored 30.4 points per game in that stretch (3rd best) and scored touchdowns on 34% of their drives (2nd best).

Turron Davenport, ESPN18d ago

Colts agree to contract extension with LT Anthony Castonzo

The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to terms with longtime left tackle Anthony Castonzo on a contract extension, the team announced Sunday. The Colts did not disclose terms, but Castonzo will sign a two-year extension worth $33 million, according to ESPN and multiple reports.


Sources: Jaguars to trade DE Calais Campbell to Ravens

The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed in principle to trade Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell to the Baltimore Ravens for a 2020 fifth-round pick, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter. Campbell will try to finalize an extension with Baltimore.

Ravens are trading a fifth-round pick for Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell, which is a remarkable move in terms of fit and value. Baltimore, which ranked 21st in the NFL in sacks, upgrades its pass rush with Campbell, who has 31.5 sacks over last three seasons. And the Ravens acquired him with a fifth-round pick that they received from the Vikings for backup kicker Kaare Vedvik.

Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer18d ago

NFL players approve new CBA, runs through 2030

NFL players voted to approve a new collective bargaining agreement with the league's owners, ensuring NFL labor peace through at least 2030 and clearing the way for a 17-game regular season as early as 2021. The vote to approve was close, at 1019-959. Approval required a majority of the players voting.

March 14

Sources: Many team officials question start of NFL's league year

Multiple team officials are skeptical that the NFL will be able to start its league year next week, expressing doubt to ESPN's Adam Schefter given the ongoing coronavirus outbreak in the country and the typical in-person visits, including physicals, that would have to happen as part of free agency.


Texans bring back CB Phillip Gaines on one-year pact

The Houston Texans have signed cornerback Phillip Gaines to a one-year contract, a source confirmed to ESPN. Gaines played in six games for Houston in 2019 before injuring his ankle and missing the rest of the season.


Redskins place franchise tag on G Brandon Scherff

The Washington Redskins have placed their franchise tag on guard Brandon Scherff, the team announced Saturday. There is no doubting Scherff's talent, but he has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons, missing a combined 13 games.

The Redskins made it official what was long expected: They placed the franchise tag on right guard Brandon Scherff, ensuring he will stick around. They would like to work out a long-term deal and have until July 15 to do so. Multiple sources had said all offseason they would end up placing the tag on Scherff. New coach Ron Rivera has said often that he wanted to retain Scherff and free agent left guard Ereck Flowers.

John Keim, ESPN Staff Writer19d ago

TE Austin Hooper grateful for interest as free agency nears

Atlanta Falcons impending free-agent tight end Austin Hooper was flattered to hear about the strong interest he could draw in free agency with the new league year scheduled to begin Wednesday. The 25-year-old Hooper, a two-time Pro Bowler, should be the top tight end on the market after the Los Angeles Chargers placed the franchise tag on Hunter Henry.


Lions bring back LS Don Muhlbach for 17th season

The Detroit Lions re-signed long-snapper Don Muhlbach on Saturday, bringing him back for a 17th season with the club he first started playing for in 2004. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed, but in the past few seasons, he has typically signed a minimum salary benefit contract.


Sources: Bills re-sign TE Jason Croom to 1-year deal

The Buffalo Bills have re-signed tight end Jason Croom to a one-year contract, sources told ESPN's Field Yates. An exclusive rights free agent, Croom missed the entire 2019 season with a hamstring injury but caught 22 passes for 258 yards in 2018.


Ravens re-sign KR De'Anthony Thomas

The Baltimore Ravens re-signed kick returner De'Anthony Thomas on Saturday but they'll likely bring in competition for that spot in the offseason. Thomas, 27, was an average returner who didn't make as many explosive plays as expected.


Vikings enter free agency: What's next for defense?

Throughout the offseason, there have been some not-so-subtle hints that the makeup of the Minnesota Vikings roster is going to experience big changes. Here's a look at the most pressing items on Minnesota's to-do list.


Dolphins approach free agency with ample cash, judicious aggression

The Miami Dolphins have the biggest pot in the 2020 NFL free-agency pool, and they are getting ready to make a dramatic overhaul of their roster. But don't expect Miami to go on a big-fish shopping sweepstakes. Even with the NFL's most cap space, the Dolphins are approaching free agency with selective aggression.


Colts flush with cap space but likely won't be big spenders in free agency

The Indianapolis Colts have nearly $86 million in salary-cap space and players who could immediately help are available. Their $85.5 million in salary-cap space is second only to the Miami Dolphins' $88.5 million.

March 13

Sources: Matthew Slater returning to Patriots on two-year deal

The New England Patriots are bringing back longtime captain Matthew Slater, with the sides agreeing to a two-year extension, sources told ESPN's Field Yates. The deal is similar to Slater's previous contract, a two-year deal that averaged $2.6 million per year. Slater, who turns 35 in September, has been the Patriots' special-teams captain every year since 2011. The eight-time Pro Bowl selection is an inspirational and spiritual leader. Coach Bill Belichick has him address players and coaches after every victory.

The Patriots' two-year extension with special teams captain Matthew Slater ensures that the club's inspirational leader returns, which was a top priority. Slater, 34, was scheduled to be a free agent, and his presence might take on added importance this year as the Patriots have a coaching transition on special teams with Joe Judge departing to become Giants head coach. On the field, he still commands significant attention from the opposition, even at this latter stage of his career.

Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer20d ago

Bears LB Danny Trevathan signs three-year extension through 2022

The Chicago Bears signed veteran inside linebacker Danny Trevathan to a three-year extension, the team announced Friday. Chicago opted to retain Trevathan even though fellow inside linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, 26, also is set to become an unrestricted free agent. Kwiatkoski is expected to generate substantial interest in free agency when the new NFL league year begins Wednesday.


Vikings release CB Xavier Rhodes, NT Linval Joseph to clear cap space

The makeup of the Minnesota Vikings' defense changed in a major way Friday when the team announced it had terminated the contracts of cornerback Xavier Rhodes and nose tackle Linval Joseph. Five days ahead of the start of the new league year and free agency, which is set to begin at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, the Vikings created significant salary cap space ($18.5 million, $22.25 million in cash) by releasing the two veteran players.


Lions release starting OT Rick Wagner in cost-cutting move

The Detroit Lions have released starting right tackle Rick Wagner with two years left on a five-year deal he signed entering 2017. Wagner was due to make $9 million in cash in 2020 and had a cap charge of $11.9 million against the salary cap. In releasing him, the Lions save $6.1 million against the cap but do take a hit of $5.8 million of dead money.

The Lions cutting starting RT Rick Wagner, who would have had an $11.9 million cap hit, comes in part because of his cost for 2020 and also because of their confidence in Tyrell Crosby, who was the team's swing tackle last season. It also means the team's two big 2017 free agent signings on the offensive line of T.J. Lang and Wagner are gone.

Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer20d ago

Bengals end tumultuous relationship with OT Cordy Glenn

The Cincinnati Bengals and offensive tackle Cordy Glenn officially ended their tumultuous relationship on Friday. Cincinnati released Glenn, who played in six games in 2019 and was in the middle of a four-year contract worth more than $46 million that was set to expire after the 2020 season. The Bengals will gain $9.5 million in salary-cap space and will not owe Glenn any additional money.


Chargers put franchise tag on TE Hunter Henry

The Los Angeles Chargers have put their franchise tag on tight end Hunter Henry, the team announced Friday. Henry, who turned 25 in December, set single-season career highs in receptions (55) and receiving yards (652) last season. The Chargers also released veteran DT Brandon Mebane and LB Thomas Davis Sr. in an effort to create room under the salary cap.

The Chargers have placed the franchise tag on TE Hunter Henry, which ensures that he will remain with the team through the 2020 season. The designation also allows for the Chargers to continue negotiating a long-term contract with Henry, who they have considered a promising tight end to replace future Hall of Fame player Antonio Gates. The franchise tag is expected to pay Henry about $11.1 million in 2020, if the two sides don't reach a long-term deal.

Lindsey Thiry, ESPN20d ago

Broncos use franchise tag on S Justin Simmons

The Denver Broncos have used the franchise tag on safety Justin Simmons. Simmons, a third-round pick in the 2016 draft who is set to enter his fifth season, was poised to be an unrestricted free agent, but Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway said at the combine he would use the franchise tag to retain him if a long-term contract couldn't be reached.


Titans release veteran K Ryan Succop, TE Delanie Walker

The Tennessee Titans released veteran kicker Ryan Succop and tight end Delanie Walker on Friday. Releasing Succop frees up $2 million in salary-cap space but costs the team $2.1 million in dead money. Walker, 35, spent the past seven seasons with the Titans but has been limited to a total of eight games over the past two seasons because of an ankle injury and resulting complications.


Ravens put franchise tag on OLB Matthew Judon

The Baltimore Ravens officially put the franchise tag on outside linebacker Matthew Judon on Friday, keeping the team's top pass-rusher from hitting free agency.

Ravens place the franchise tag on linebacker Matthew Judon on Friday. The tag will cost between $16 million and $18 million, which will take up over half of Baltimore's projected $30 million salary cap space and limit what the team can do in free agency. Baltimore couldn't risk losing Judon. Addressing the pass rush has become an offseason priority for the Ravens after ranking 21st in the league with 37 sacks, their fewest since 2015.

Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer20d ago

NFL free agency primer: Players to know, potential value signings, more

The 2020 free-agent market is set to open Monday with a three-day negotiating period for players with expiring contracts. Deals can be formalized beginning Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET. Here is everything you need to know about the market, and the players available.


Tom Brady or Ryan Tannehill? Using 2019 to judge Titans' best QB target

Tennessee could be an attractive landing spot for quarterback Tom Brady if he decides to move on as a free agent after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots. However, the Titans would not be adding the Brady of 2017 (his most recent MVP season). They would be adding the quarterback who turns 43 in August and is coming off one of his worst seasons. A closer look at his 2019 numbers shows the choice between Brady and Ryan Tannehill isn't as clear-cut as many think.


What to watch for as Browns hit free agency

The Cleveland Browns stumbled to a 6-10 finish last season, prompting ownership to overhaul the coaching staff and front office. Here is what to watch for as the NFL's offseason calendar cranks up:


Raiders ready to attack free agency with cap room, Las Vegas allure

There's just a little something different in the air when it comes to the Raiders, the Las Vegas Raiders, and the start of free agency for the 2020 season. The team's move to Las Vegas has given the franchise certain lures for free agents, from state-of-the-art Allegiant Stadium, to the appeal of playing for a young team on the rise, to, wait for it, no state income tax.

March 12

Bills agree to deal with OL Quinton Spain

The Buffalo Bills agreed to a three-year contract with offensive lineman Quinton Spain, per a league source, which ensures the team will return its entire starting offensive line in 2020. The deal is reportedly worth $15 million over those three years.


NFL not delaying start of league year for coronavirus

he NFL said Thursday it has "no plans to move the start of the league year" as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The NFL's statement comes after several teams have restricted travel for their coaches and scouts because of the virus. The Washington Redskins and New York Jets were among teams to announce Thursday they were pulling personnel off the road and sources confirmed to ESPN on Wednesday that the Philadelphia Eagles weren't sending their coaches to upcoming pro days.


Source: Titans to release RB Dion Lewis, OLB Cameron Wake

The Tennessee Titans released running back Dion Lewis and linebacker Cameron Wake, the team announced Thursday, freeing up close to $10 million in cap space. Lewis signed a four-year, $19.8 million contract in 2018 and was set to hold a $5.1 million cap number in 2020. Wake signed a three-year, $23 million contract in 2019 and was set to hold a cap figure of $8.6 million in 2020.


Source: Patriots exercise option on CB Jason McCourty

The New England Patriots have officially exercised the 2020 option year on cornerback Jason McCourty, a source told ESPN's Field Yates on Thursday. While McCourty signed a two-year, $11 million contract last offseason, the presence of a $500,000 option bonus to activate the second year of the pact was notable.

With the Patriots officially picking up Jason McCourty's option Thursday, a snapshot of the cornerbacks under contract for 2020: Stephon Gilmore, J.C. Jackson, Jonathan Jones, Jason McCourty, Joejuan Williams, D'Angelo Ross, Lenzy Pipkins, Justin Bethel (special teams).

Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer21d ago

Pass-rushers top Seahawks' wish list as free agency gets set to start

The Seattle Seahawks figure to need more than one stud pass-rusher lest they experience a repeat of 2019, when they had Jadeveon Clowney and not much else in that department. That need would be even more pronounced if they lose Jarran Reed and/or Quinton Jefferson in free agency.


Why an extension for Joe Mixon is key to Bengals in 2020 and beyond

Keeping Joe Mixon around for another contract, at whatever cost, could be well worth it for a Cincinnati Bengals team likely building around a rookie quarterback, assuming they select Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft on April 23. Mixon's value isn't lost on Cincinnati's front office, which is already exploring the idea of giving him a new deal before the start of the season.


Free agent DE Michael Brockers to step out of Aaron Donald's shadow

It appears increasingly likely Michael Brockers, who is coming off a three-year, $33.3 million extension, won't fit into the budget for the Los Angeles Rams. While the 29-year-old is expected to draw plenty of attention when he tests the market, the experience also will be accompanied by some uncertainty.

March 11

Source: Packers will release TE Jimmy Graham

The Green Bay Packers are releasing tight end Jimmy Graham on Thursday, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. Graham will become an immediate free agent. Graham, who turned 33 in November, ranked as the highest-paid tight end in the NFL with an average salary of $10 million and was scheduled to take up the second-most salary cap space ($11,666,668) in 2020 of any tight end in the league.


WR Robby Anderson says he dreamed of playing with Tom Brady

One day after saying he "truly" wants to re-sign with the New York Jets, pending free-agent receiver Robby Anderson pulled a stutter-step, saying he has dreamed about playing with Tom Brady.

"I just had a dream last night that we were on the same team," Anderson said Wednesday morning, appearing as a guest on ESPN's SportsCenter set. "No lie. It's so crazy."


Texans' CB Johnathan Joseph will enter free agency

The Houston Texans and veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph have mutually agreed that he will enter free agency, the team announced Wednesday. Joseph, 35, has spent the last nine seasons with the Texans. He had 51 tackles, 13 pass breakups and one interception in 14 games last season.


Source: Dolphins to cut Pro Bowl S Reshad Jones

The Miami Dolphins are releasing two-time Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter Wednesday. The move, which will become official March 18, frees up $5.3 million against the Dolphins' salary cap.‬


Could the Panthers consider trading RB Christian McCaffrey?

Paying $15 million a year for a running back, even an elite one such as Christian McCaffrey, could put a long-term strain on the Carolina Panthers' cap, and the team has already parted with arguably their second-biggest asset in terms of trade value when they sent Pro Bowl right guard Trai Turner to the Los Angeles Chargers.


Who could the Patriots target in free agency?

The New England Patriots need help at tight end. And adding another receiver would be ideal. History suggests they'll cast a wide net at those positions, and others, in search of what they view as the best combination of talent and value.


Eagles have tough decision to make on S Malcolm Jenkins' future

A key deadline is approaching for the Philadelphia Eagles and safety Malcolm Jenkins that will help shed light on where this relationship is headed. The Eagles have until the first day of the new league year, March 18, to exercise a club option that would keep Jenkins under contract in 2020. If they decline, he becomes a free agent.


Keeping TE Hunter Henry a priority for Chargers in free agency

Hunter Henry has been billed as the eventual replacement for future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates, and he has mostly lived up to those lofty expectations when on the field. The past four seasons, Henry's 17 touchdown catches rank eighth in the league among tight ends. Henry has had trouble staying healthy, though, missing 22 games since the Los Angeles Chargers selected him in the second round of the 2016 draft.


Report: Former Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski close to deal with WWE

Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is close to finalizing a deal with WWE, according to a report by FS1's WWE Backstage program. Gronkowski is "deep in talks" with the pro wrestling promotion, according to the report, though how he'll be used on screen is unknown. The report noted that Gronkowski could pop up on WWE SmackDown as early as March 20.

March 10

Panthers sign QB Kyle Allen to a one-year deal

The Carolina Panthers on Tuesday signed quarterback Kyle Allen, set to become an exclusive rights free agent, to a one-year deal. Carolina now has three quarterbacks - Cam Newton, Will Grier and Allen - under contract for the 2020 season.


Browns release LB Christian Kirksey after six seasons

The Cleveland Browns released veteran linebacker Christian Kirksey on Tuesday. The Browns tried to renegotiate Kirksey's contract but released him after the sides couldn't come to an agreement, a source told ESPN. Releasing him will save the Browns roughly $6.58 million in cap savings this offseason.


Sources: Texans to re-sign TE Darren Fells, K Ka'imi Fairbairn

The Houston Texans have agreed to re-sign tight end Darren Fells and kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn, sources confirmed to ESPN. Fells' two-year deal, which was first reported by NFL Network, includes $4 million in the first year, the source told ESPN. Fairbairn's contract is for four years, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by the Houston Chronicle


NFL moves franchise tag deadline to Monday after player vote delayed

The NFL Players Association and the league management council have agreed to move the franchise/transition tag deadline from Thursday at 4 p.m. ET to Monday at 11:59 a.m. ET. By setting the tag deadline as noon, it allows for the period known as "legal tampering" to begin as scheduled on Monday. The start of the league year remains Wednesday, March 18.


Source: Ravens G Marshal Yanda decides to retire

Marshal Yanda will announce his retirement this week, closing out one of the most decorated careers by a guard in NFL history, according to a league source. Yanda, 35, played all of his 13 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, building a reputation based on toughness, technique and work ethic.

March 9

Source: Cowboys send QB Dak Prescott new contract proposal

With the deadline to use the franchise tag coming Thursday, the Dallas Cowboys have sent a new proposal to quarterback Dak Prescott's agent in hopes of kick-starting earnest discussions that lead to a multiyear agreement, according to a source.


Giants TE Rhett Ellison retires after eight NFL seasons

New York Giants tight end Rhett Ellison has announced his retirement after eight NFL seasons. Ellison, 31, missed the final six games of this past season because of a concussion. He had one year remaining on a four-year deal.


Raiders release starting LB Tahir Whitehead

The Las Vegas Raiders released starting linebacker Tahir Whitehead. The move clears nearly $6 million in salary-cap space in advance of free agency.


Source: Jets to release high-priced CB Trumaine Johnson

In a long-anticipated move, the New York Jets have informed cornerback Trumaine Johnson that he will be released in the coming days, a league source confirmed Monday.

The Jets' release of CB Trumaine Johnson was a no-brainer. He disappointed under two different coaching staffs, so it was time to cut bait. The remaining cap hit depends on the outcome of the CBA vote. If a new CBA is approved for the 2020 league year, the Jets can designate him a June 1 cut and spread the hit over two years — $4M and $8M. Absent a new CBA, they get the entire hit this year —$12M. In that case, they'd save only $3M of his $15M hit. Ouch.

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Sources: Bills agree to 1-year deal with CB Josh Norman

The Buffalo Bills and cornerback Josh Norman have agreed to a one-year deal worth $6 million with incentives that can reach $8 million, sources confirmed to ESPN.

March 6

Saints plan to place first-round tender on QB Taysom Hill

The New Orleans Saints plan to place a first-round tender on restricted free-agent quarterback Taysom Hill, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter, meaning another team would have to give up a first-round draft pick to sign him away. The Saints also will have the right to match any offer that Hill might sign with another team after making him the qualifying offer, which is for one year and worth $4.67 million, according to Over the Cap.


Source: Chargers, RB Austin Ekeler reach 4-year, $24.5M deal

The Los Angeles ‪Chargers and restricted free-agent running back Austin Ekeler have agreed to a multiyear extension, the team announced. A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that it is a four-year, $24.5 million deal that includes $15 million guaranteed.

March 5

Eagles letting OT Jason Peters test free agency

The Philadelphia Eagles will let left tackle Jason Peters enter free agency by mutual agreement, the team announced Thursday, but said they will remain in communication as "each side continues to evaluate its options."

March 4

Sources: Panthers, Chargers swap Pro Bowl OLs Trai Turner, Russell Okung

The Carolina Panthers made their first big deal under new coach Matt Rhule, agreeing to trade Pro Bowl right guard Trai Turner to the Los Angeles Chargers for left tackle Russell Okung, league sources told ESPN. The trade cannot be made official until 4 p.m. ET on March 18, the start of the NFL's new league year.


DE Chris Smith resuming NFL career with Panthers after girlfriend's death

Former Cleveland Browns defensive end Chris Smith, whose girlfriend was killed in a traffic accident last September, signed a one-year deal with his hometown team, the Carolina Panthers, on Wednesday.


Two-time Pro Bowl safety Mike Adams announces retirement

Two-time Pro Bowl safety Mike Adams is retiring after a 16-year career, announcing his decision on NFL Network. Adams, who turns 39 on March 24, played for the Houston Texans last season after signing in October when safety Justin Reid was dealing with a shoulder injury.

March 3

Sources: Jaguars trade CB A.J. Bouye to Broncos for fourth-round pick

The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to trade cornerback A.J. Bouye to the Denver Broncos for a fourth-round selection in this year's draft, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

March 2

Sources: Jaguars to use franchise tag on DE Yannick Ngakoue

The Jacksonville Jaguars will use their franchise tag on defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The tag will allow them to try to trade him if that's what they decide or are forced to do.‬

March 1

Bengals plan to use franchise tag on WR A.J. Green

The Cincinnati Bengals currently plan to use the franchise tag on wide receiver A.J. Green, sources told ESPN's Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler. The Bengals want Green in Cincinnati in 2020 no matter what, either through the tag or a longer deal, the sources said. The tag is estimated to be worth around $18.5 million, according to overthecap.com. The two sides have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal.

Feb. 27

Source: Chiefs could use franchise tag on DT Chris Jones

The Kansas City Chiefs plan to use their franchise tag on Chris Jones if they cannot reach a long-term deal with the star defensive lineman, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The source said Kansas City will continue working toward a new contract with Jones and would use the franchise tag if necessary. Teams have until March 12 to use the tag.

Feb. 26

Giants release team captain LB Alec Ogletree

The New York Giants have released linebacker Alec Ogletree, a team captain during his two seasons with the team. The team also said it had cut linebacker Kareem Martin.

Feb. 25

Falcons to let TE Austin Hooper, others test free agency

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said tight end Austin Hooper, linebacker De'Vondre Campbell and offensive lineman Wes Schweitzer will hit the open market as unrestricted free agents, but he didn't rule out re-signing any of them.


Elway: Broncos will franchise S Justin Simmons if no deal

The Denver Broncos have no intention of letting safety Justin Simmons hit the open market. John Elway, the Broncos' president of football operations and general manager, said at the scouting combine that Denver will use the franchise tag on Simmons if it can't work out a long-term deal.


Jaguars decline 2020 option for DT Marcell Dareus

The Jacksonville Jaguars declined to pick up the option on defensive tackle Marcell Dareus' contract, a move that creates $20 million in salary-cap space. The Jaguars had until Tuesday to pick up or decline Dareus' option year in 2020. Had they picked up the option, Dareus' $9.5 million base salary in 2020 would have been fully guaranteed and he would have been due a $10 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the league year (March 22).

Feb. 22

K Mason Crosby, Packers reach 3-year deal

Kicker Mason Crosby has agreed to a three-year contract with the Green Bay Packers, his agent, Mike McCartney, announced on social media Saturday. The three-year contract is for $12.9 million, sources told ESPN, with Crosby receiving $6 million in 2020 and $9.5 million through Year 2 of the deal.


Lions re-sign WR Danny Amendola

Danny Amendola, who is coming off one of the best seasons of his 11-year career, is re-signing with the Detroit Lions, his agent said Saturday.


Jets sign WR Josh Doctson

Preparing for a possible overhaul at wide receiver, the New York Jets added a former first-round pick to their roster by signing Josh Doctson, who was drafted 22nd overall by the Washington Redskins in 2016.