Here are the latest news and rumors of the NFL’s free agency period:
- The New York Giants’ replacement for Odell Beckham Jr. in their wide receiver corps is Golden Tate. Tate, an unrestricted free agent most recently with the Philadelphia Eagles, agreed to a contract Thursday with the Giants. The deal was confirmed by CAA Football, which represents Tate, and comes a day after the Giants’ trade of Beckham to the Cleveland Browns became official on the opening day of NFL free agency and trading. According to a person familiar with the situation, Tate’s deal with the Giants will pay him $37.5 million over four seasons. The Giants will be Tate’s fourth NFL team, after stints with the Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions and Eagles. He topped 1,000 receiving yards three times in four full seasons for the Lions. Tate had 30 catches for 278 yards and one touchdown in eight games for the Eagles this past season after being obtained in a trade with Detroit.
- The Oakland Raiders released wide receiver Jordy Nelson. They had paid Nelson a $3 million roster bonus but nevertheless decided they didn’t need him in a wide receiver corps that includes Antonio Brown, obtained in a trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Tyrell Williams, added as a free agent.
- The Chicago Bears confirmed that they’d signed safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to a one-year contract. The team did not release the terms but a person familiar with the negotiations said the deal will pay Clinton-Dix about $3.5 million. He played nine games this past season for the Washington Redskins after being obtained in a trade with the Green Bay Packers, for whom he’d played his entire NFL career to that point. The Redskins signed safety Landon Collins but continued to attempt to re-sign Clinton-Dix.
- The New Orleans Saints have reached an agreement on a three-yard contract with defensive tackle Malcom Brown, according to reports. Brown was a 2015 first-round draft pick of the Patriots.
- Linebacker K.J. Wright will return to the Seattle Seahawks, agreeing to a deal with the team Wednesday night. Terms of the deal, reported by the Tacoma News Tribune, were not available. The deal with Wright follows the team’s deal with Mychal Kendricks. It is unclear when or whether Kendricks would be available to play because the linebacker is scheduled to be sentenced for insider trading next month. He has served an eight-game suspension imposed by the NFL and no further league discipline is expected. The Browns had cut Kendricks after his arrest and the Seahawks had picked him up.
- A running back hit the market Thursday with the New York Jets’ release of Isaiah Crowell, who became expendable when the team added Le’Veon Bell. The 26-year-old Crowell rushed for 685 yards and six touchdowns in his only season with the Jets.
- Cornerback Kevin Johnson joined the Bills with a one-year, $3 million deal that reunites him with John Butler, the team’s new defensive backs coach. Johnson, the 16th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, and Butler were together in Houston.
- Moving on from Antonio Brown, the Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly reached agreement with wide receiver Donte Moncrief on a two-year deal, according to ESPN. Moncrief caught 48 passes for 668 yards and three touchdowns for the Jacksonville Jaguars with Blake Bortles as his quarterback last season.
- Speaking of Blake Bortles, the Jaguars released him Wednesday night. The move came after the Jaguars signed Bortles’s replacement, Nick Foles, to a four-year, $88 million contract in free agency. Bortles, chosen with the third overall selection in the 2014 NFL draft, helped Jacksonville reach the AFC championship game in the 2017 season. But he and the team took a major step backward last season, as Bortles threw 11 interceptions to go with 13 touchdown passes and the Jaguars went 5-11.
- Free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater visited the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday. Previous reports that Bridgewater was about to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints were, at best, premature. He could vie for the starting job in Miami, with the Dolphins reportedly prepared to release Ryan Tannehill. In New Orleans, he would spend a second season backing up 40-year-old Drew Brees and could be in line to be Brees’s eventual successor.
- The Browns announced their trades with the Giants that bring wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and pass rusher Olivier Vernon to Cleveland as a single deal. “It’s a reflection of the direction the organization is headed,” General Manager John Dorsey said in a written statement on the team’s website. “Each of them respectively are very good football players who will come in here and help us achieve our goal, and that’s to be competitive year in and year out in the AFC North.” Dorsey added of Beckham: “He’s probably if not the one, one or two best receivers in the National Football League. Very rarely do you get a chance to acquire a player of this magnitude. . . . Great hands, great work ethic, committed, competitive, he really wants to be great. And that’s all you can ask for.”
- The new league year began at 4 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, and most of the moves that were lined up over the past few days became official. Some teams quickly announced transactions that already had been reported, including the trade of Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns and the signing of Nick Foles by the Jaguars. But there are some relatively big names still available. That list includes defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who spent this past season with the Rams, and wide receiver Golden Tate, most recently of the Eagles.
- The Kansas City Chiefs released safety Eric Berry, the team announced. The five-time Pro Bowl selection essentially was replaced by free agent newcomer Tyrann Mathieu. If he’d been on the Chiefs’ roster Friday, $7.25 million of his salary for next season would have become guaranteed.
- The Baltimore Ravens made two significant moves Wednesday, agreeing to terms with safety Earl Thomas and running back Mark Ingram. Thomas, the safety who was part of Seattle’s Legion of Boom, will join the defense that was tops in the NFL last season, agreeing to a four-year deal worth $55 million, with $32 million guaranteed at signing and $22 million over the first nine months, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Ingram leaves the New Orleans Saints for a three-year, $15 million deal.
- Free agent wide receiver Tyrell Williams, most recently with the Los Angeles Chargers, agreed to a deal with the Oakland Raiders. The former 1,000-yard receiver for the Chargers had 41 catches for 653 yards and five touchdowns last season. He’ll give Derek Carr another option to go with receiver Antonio Brown.
- In a blockbuster move, the New York Giants traded wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns, a person familiar with the situation confirmed. The Giants receive a first-round pick, a third-round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers. Beckham, who was signed to a five-year deal ahead of the 2018 season and totaled 5,476 receiving yards and 44 touchdowns in five seasons in New York, gives quarterback Baker Mayfield an elite target in the passing game. The Browns also traded for Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon in exchange for offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler.
- Running back Le’Veon Bell agreed to a contract with the New York Jets that is worth about $52.5 million over four years, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Bell sat out all of this past season in a stare-down with the Pittsburgh Steelers, passing up the $14.5 million salary that he would have received under his franchise deal. Bell, 27, topped 1,200 rushing yards in three of his five seasons with the Steelers. The Jets also landed linebacker C.J. Mosley from the Baltimore Ravens, with a five-year, $85 million deal worth $51 million guaranteed. Bell and Mosley will not be joined on the Jets by linebacker Anthony Barr, who instead chose to remain with the Minnesota Vikings.
- The San Francisco 49ers made a big bet on the pass-rushing upside of Dee Ford, giving up a 2020 second-round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for the 27-year-old defensive end. Ford will reportedly be welcomed to the Bay Area with a five-year contract extension worth approximately $87.5 million.
- Quarterback Nick Foles landed in Jacksonville on a $22-million-per-season deal that will extend over four years. The Super Bowl LII MVP gets about $50.1 million in guaranteed money, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Eagles had declined to use their franchise player tag to retain him.
- The Washington Redskins agreed to sign former New York Giants safety Landon Collins, filling a major hole in the team’s secondary with a player who has been to three Pro Bowls in his four NFL seasons. The deal is for six years and $84 million, with $45 million of guaranteed money.
- Safety Tyrann Mathieu is heading to the Kansas City Chiefs on a three-year, $42 million deal, per multiple reports Monday. After spending his first five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, Mathieu enjoyed a bounce-back season in 2018 with the Houston Texans, where he emerged as a leader on the field and in the locker room. With his arrival, the team cut Eric Berry.
- Wide receiver DeSean Jackson was traded to the Eagles. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly are getting back a sixth-round draft pick while also giving a seventh-rounder with Jackson, while Philadelphia is not only getting a player who spent his first six seasons with the team but an 11-year veteran who can still get open deep.
- The Steelers ended the misery of disgruntled wide receiver Antonio Brown over the weekend, agreeing to trade the seven-time Pro Bowler to the Raiders for third- and fifth-round picks in the 2019 NFL draft. With the deal, Brown will receive the new contract he had been seeking, a three-year deal that will pay him a maximum of about $54 million and includes $30.125 million in guaranteed money. The Raiders also agreed with former Patriots left tackle Trent Brown on a four-year, $66 million deal.
- Another former Patriot is cashing in. Free agent pass rusher Trey Flowers agreed to a five-year deal worth $90 million with the Detroit Lions, according to a person familiar with the situation. He will provide an edge rusher for Lions Coach Matt Patricia, who was Flowers’s defensive coordinator in New England.
- March 13: Running back Telvin Coleman will reunite with Coach Kyle Shanahan after signing with the San Francisco 49ers on a two-year, $10 million deal, according to Adam Schefter.
- March 13: In one of the less surprising moves of the week, cornerback Jason McCourty will return to the New England Patriots, rejoining his twin brother Devin, on a two-year deal.
- March 13: The San Diego Chargers will sign quarterback Tyrod Taylor to a two-year deal backing up Philip Rivers.
- March 12: Cameron Wake, the former Miami Dolphins defensive end, has agreed to a three-year, $23-million deal with the Tennessee Titans.
- March 12: Former Patriots wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is planning to sign a two-year, $10 million deal with the Chicago Bears, per Adam Schefter. Chicago has also agreed to a two-year deal with running back Mike Davis worth $6 million
- March 12: Guard Rodger Saffold is leaving the Los Angeles Rams, the defending NFC champs, for the Tennessee Titans. He has lined up a four-year, $44 million deal in Tennessee.
- March 12: Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, formerly of the Vikings, and the Cleveland Browns have agreed on a three-year deal. Myles Garrett, Larry Ogunjobi, Olivier Vernon and Richardson will give the Browns a strong front four.
- March 12: The Green Bay Packers, focused on improving their defense, have agreements in place with former Chicago Bears safety Adrian Amos, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Za’Darius Smith, and former Washington Redskins linebacker Preston Smith.
- March 12: The New Orleans Saints have reportedly agreed to a four-year deal for former Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray.
- March 12: The Bills have reportedly reached agreements with a pair of wide receivers: former Cowboys slot receiver Cole Beasley and former Ravens deep threat John Brown.
- March 12: Former Broncos center Matt Paradis is planning to sign a three-year contract with the Carolina Panthers, according to multiple reports.
- March 11: The Broncos have reached an agreement with former Dolphins tackle Ja’Wuan James on a four-year, $52 million deal that includes $32 million guaranteed, according to multiple reports.
- March 11: The Raiders have reached an agreement with safety Lamarcus Joyner. The deal is expected to be for four years and $42 million, according to the Mercury News.
- March 11: The Colts will sign former Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess to a one-year deal, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports.
- March 11: Former Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson agreed to join the Denver Broncos for a reported $33 million over three years.
- March 11: The Bills have agreed to a sign Frank Gore a one-year, $2 million deal, according to multiple reports.
- March 11: The Cardinals are expected to sign former Ravens’ pass rusher Terrell Suggs, who had spent his entire 13-year career in Baltimore, but will return to the Phoenix area where he played college ball at Arizona State.
- March 11: The Titans and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Adam Humphries have come to an agreement on what is expected to be a four-year, $36 million-plus deal. Tennessee also agreed to a deal to re-sign safety Kenny Vaccaro on a four-year, $26 million deal.
- March 11: The Jets agreed to sign Jamison Crowder to a three-year deal for $28.5 million, with $17 million guaranteed.
- March 11: The Lions plan to sign receiver Danny Amendola to a one-year deal, according to ESPN.
- March 11: The Eagles will keep left tackle Jason Peters on a one-year, reworked deal and add defensive tackle Malik Jackson on a reported three-year, $30 million contract.
- March 11: Linebacker Kwon Alexander has lined up a big deal with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a person familiar with the deliberations. The four-year contract is worth $54 million and includes $27 million in guaranteed money.
- March 10: The Rams announced a one-year deal to retain edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr., a key contributor during last season’s Super Bowl run.
- March 10: The Raiders reached an agreement on a trade that would send offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele to the Jets for a fifth-round pick, according to ESPN.
- March 9: With Kareem Hunt and Spencer Ware gone, the Chiefs picked up running back Carlos Hyde on a one-year deal.
- March 8: Safety Eric Weddle landed with the Rams on a two-year deal after his release by the Ravens.
- March 8: The Patriots acquired defensive end Michael Bennett and a 2020 seventh-round draft pick from the Eagles in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick.
- March 7: The Redskins acquiring quarterback Case Keenum from the Broncos for a swap of late-round picks. Denver has reworked Keenum’s contract so it will pay him a $500,000 restructuring bonus and will take on $3.5 million of his salary. The Redskins will also pay Keenum $3.5 million.
- March 5: The Buccaneers avoided using a franchise on offensive tackle Donovan Smith, agreeing to a three-year deal with him.
- March 1: The Eagles kept defensive end Brandon Graham, a key part of Jim Schwartz’s defense, with a three-year deal.
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