<
>

NFL free-agency updates 2022: Latest signings, trades, cuts, news and rumors

play
Has the rest of the AFC West caught up to the Chiefs? (1:33)

Marcus Spears outlines why it won't be an easy path to the playoffs for the Chiefs. (1:33)

NFL free agency officially started March 16, which coincides with the start of the new league year. But teams and free agents had already started to agree to terms on new deals before officially signing them.

Many of the biggest names found new places, but we're still awaiting new deals for top free agents like Tyrann Mathieu. Plus, who knows if the QB movement is over (or not), with more trade rumors around the league and a few more free agents still available.

It's no secret that numerous trades and signings involving top players across the league dominated the headlines this past week. Does more excitement await? Which teams will continue to be active? Who will be the next star to sign with a new team? And which player on the open market will be the next to break the bank with a huge new contract? Stay tuned throughout the offseason to see how it all unfolds.

But until then, catch up below on every notable NFL free-agent agreement, trade, cut and retirement of the offseason we tracked through March 23, with the most recent moves at the top.

More coverage:
Grading signings, trades
Ranking the top 100 free agents
Franchise tag tracker
NFL free agency landing page

MARCH 23

Titans re-signing LB Adeniyi


CB Butler returning to Patriots on two-year deal

Cornerback Malcolm Butler is returning home, agreeing to a two-year deal worth up to $9 million with the New England Patriots, his agent, Derek Simpson, told ESPN.

Butler spent the 2021 season on the reserve/retired list after signing with the Arizona Cardinals and practicing with them throughout training camp and the preseason. At the time, Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph said "personal" matters led to Butler being placed on the reserve/retired list.


Chiefs trading WR Hill to Dolphins

The Kansas City Chiefs are trading six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins for five draft picks: a 2022 first-round pick (No. 29), second-round pick (No. 50) and a fourth-round pick, as well as fourth- and sixth-round picks in the 2023 draft, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.

The Dolphins are giving Hill a four-year, $120 million extension, including $72.2 million guaranteed, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN. It makes him the highest-paid wide receiver in NFL history.


Titans agree to terms with LB Cole


Chiefs adding S Bush on one-year deal

MARCH 22

Raiders sign DT Peko


Top free-agent OT Armstead reaches five-year deal with Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins on Tuesday reached agreement with offensive tackle Terron Armstead on a five-year deal worth up to $87.5 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter, locking up one of the top free agents of the 2022 cycle. The deal includes $43.37 million in guaranteed money, the source said.

The former New Orleans Saints left tackle is a three-time Pro Bowler in nine NFL seasons and should provide a boost to one of last season's worst pass-blocking teams.


DE Gholston and the Buccaneers are nearing a deal


WR Robinson signing one-year deal with Raiders


Packers come to terms with veteran DT Reed


Sources: Cowboys have agreed to terms with Pro Bowl punter Anger on a three-year deal


LB Smith agrees to terms with Vikings

Outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith has agreed to terms on a three-year, $42 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings, sources told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler and Adam Schefter. The deal can be worth up to $47 million if he reaches incentives, the sources told ESPN. Last week, Smith backed out on an agreement with the Baltimore Ravens when he decided not to sign a four-year, $35 million deal.


Top QB Willis working out for NFL teams at pro day

Former Liberty signal-caller Malik Willis, who is ranked No. 1 at the position by all four of ESPN's draft analysts, will throw for scouts at his pro day Tuesday.


Bucs bringing back RB Fournette

Running back Leonard Fournette, who spent Monday visiting with the New England Patriots, is re-signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a three-year, $21 million deal, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday. Fournette ranked sixth among all NFL running backs with 1,266 yards from scrimmage when the Buccaneers placed him on injured reserve with a hamstring injury after Week 15.

MARCH 21

Raiders sign LBs Fackrell, Kiser


Bills have agreed to terms with WR Crowder

Bills are reportedly close to signing receiver Jamison Crowder to a one-year contract.


Safety Jayron Kearse re-signing with Cowboys at two years, $10 million, per source


RT Shell visiting Broncos


Bengals release CB Waynes


Eagles signing WR Pascal


Falcons to sign QB Mariota


Saints to re-sign QB Winston

The New Orleans Saints are bringing back quarterback Jameis Winston after missing on their pursuit of Deshaun Watson. Winston and the Saints agreed to two-year deal with a base value of $28 million, including $21 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Why didn't the Colts go after QB Garoppolo?


Could Mariota be the next Falcons QB?


Falcons trading QB Ryan to Colts

After 14 seasons and becoming the best quarterback in franchise history, the Atlanta Falcons are moving on from Matt Ryan. Atlanta traded Ryan on Monday to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2022 third-round pick, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen and Dianna Russini.


K Santoso signing with Jaguars


RB Johnson signing with Bills


RB Breida signing with Giants


LB Evans visiting the Jaguars


Ravens re-sign FB Ricard to three-year contract

The Baltimore Ravens announced they reached a three-year agreement on Monday with three-time Pro Bowl fullback Patrick Ricard, retaining one of the most valuable and versatile players in their offensive system.


LB Carter to sign one-year deal with Falcons

Pass-rusher Lorenzo Carter is headed to the Atlanta Falcons. A day after saying goodbye on social media to New York Giants fans, a source confirms to ESPN's Michael Rothstein that the linebacker is signing a one-year deal with the Falcons.


OT Brown agrees to two-year deal to return to Patriots

Free-agent offensive tackle Trent Brown is returning to the New England Patriots. His agents, Drew and Jason Rosenhaus confirmed Monday morning, that Brown agreed to a two-year deal with the franchise. Brown's return helps solidify the right side of the offensive line, as starting right guard Shaq Mason was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the start of free agency.

MARCH 20

LB Littleton joins Panthers on one-year deal

The Carolina Panthers agreed to a one-year contract with former Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Cory Littleton, the Panthers announced Sunday night. Littleton, 28, started 27 of 31 games across two seasons for the Raiders, and he gives the Panthers depth at the position.


OT Armstead to visit Dolphins


Chargers reach deal with TE Everett


Bengals bolster O-line with ex-Cowboy Collins


Seahawks bring back RB Penny

The Seattle Seahawks are bringing back running back Rashaad Penny on a one-year deal, a source confirmed to ESPN. Penny returns on a prove-it deal after a stellar finish to an injury-plagued first 3 1/2 seasons in the NFL.


MARCH 19

Rams trade WR Woods to Titans


Tonyan back at tight end for Packers


Browns adding Brissett as backup QB


Browns trade Keenum to Bills for 7th-round pick


Stafford gets four-year, $160M extension with Rams

The Rams and Matthew Stafford have reached agreement on a four-year, $160 million extension that includes $135 million guaranteed and should allow the veteran quarterback to finish his career in Los Angeles, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter. Stafford is cashing in on his spectacular debut season with the Rams after 12 seasons with the Lions, who traded the 2009 No. 1 overall pick to Los Angeles a year ago. Stafford would be 38 years old in the final season of the extension. Stafford is headed into the final year of his previous five-year, $135 million deal signed in Detroit, but he repeatedly said he had no interest in going anywhere.


Packers re-signing CB Douglas


QB Gilbert heading to Raiders


Cox reaches agreement with Eagles


Falcons, Patterson agree to terms


Titans agree to terms with RB Hilliard


Titans bringing back kicker Bullock


Panthers reach deal with CB Jackson


MARCH 18

Cowboys signing edge rusher Fowler


RB Scott back with Eagles


QB Johnson signing with Broncos


WR Washington signing in Dallas


Eagles re-signing S Harris

Strong safety Anthony Harris, the former Minnesota Vikings franchise player who spent last season with the Eagles, is returning to Philadelphia on a one-year deal, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Friday. After joining the Eagles on a one-year, $4 million deal in 2021, Harris, who was limited by hand and groin injuries for part of the season, appeared in 14 games and finished with 72 tackles, an interception and three passes defensed.


LB Turner headed back to Arizona


Tight ends in for visits


WR Olszewski signing with Steelers


QB Winston expected to be back in play for Saints


Chiefs, WR Smith-Schuster reach deal

The Kansas City Chiefs and former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster have agreed to a one-year, $10.75 million deal, a source told ESPN's Field Yates and Jeremy Fowler on Friday. The moves provides yet another weapon on offense for quarterback Patrick Mahomes to go alongside Pro Bowlers Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill.


TE Hooper to sign with Titans

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a one-year, $6 million deal with tight end Austin Hooper, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Friday.


QB Watson picks Browns, set for new deal

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson has decided that he wants to play for the Cleveland Browns, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Browns and Texans are still finalizing the trade compensation for Watson, but it is expected to include three first-round picks, a third-round pick and potentially a fifth-round pick, league sources told ESPN.

The Browns are set to give Watson a new five-year, $230 million contract, sources told Schefter. He would receive $184 million over the first four years of his new contract -- a $48 million raise over what he was scheduled to make under his current contract. The full $230 million is guaranteed, sources said, setting a record for highest guarantee given to an NFL player.


Panthers sign P Hekker


DE Muhammad reaches deal with Bears


Seahawks releasing DL Dunlap and Hyder

The Seattle Seahawks are releasing Carlos Dunlap II and Kerry Hyder Jr. as they continue to transform their defensive line, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter and Brady Henderson. That transformation will also include the addition of former Seahawk Quinton Jefferson, who told NFL reporter Josina Anderson that he's agreed with Seattle on a two-year, $9.5 million deal that can be worth up to $11 million.


Panthers sign WR Moore to extension


OT Collins visiting Bengals


Panthers agree to deal with DT Ioannidis


Bills release DT Lotulelei

After signing three defensive tackles in free agency, the Bills announced Friday the release of veteran defensive tackle Star Lotulelei.


Patriots close to deal with LB Bentley


DL Jones signing with Bears


Bills re-signing LB Lee


Bears not signing DT Ogunjobi because of failed physical

Free agent defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, after agreeing to a three-year deal earlier this week, will not be signing with the Chicago Bears after failing his physical, the team announced Friday.


LB Vander Esch agrees to one-year extension with Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, a source told ESPN.


Safety Ryan to sign in Tampa Bay

Veteran safety Logan Ryan is rejoining his former Patriots teammate Tom Brady in Tampa Bay less than 24 hours after being released by the Giants, a source confirmed to ESPN's Jordan Raanan. The move gives Ryan a chance to join a contending team after two rough years with the Giants. Ryan was a team captain and, at times, the defensive play-caller.


Chargers, Panthers restructure deals


Who are the best free agents remaining?

Who are the best players yet to sign deals at this point in 2022 NFL free agency? Kevin Seifert ranks the top talents still looking for a new team, including offensive tackle Terron Armstead and safety Tyrann Mathieu.

MARCH 17

Rams taking calls on WR Woods


NFL punt return leader heading to 49ers


CB Witherspoon returning to Steelers on 2-year deal


Watson narrows it down to Falcons, Saints

The race to trade for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is down to the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints after the Carolina Panthers were informed on Thursday they were out of the running, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Cleveland Browns were also informed that they were out on Watson, a source said.


Packers to re-sign CB Douglas when Adams trade is completed


Panthers out of Watson sweepstakes


Falcons pushing back Ryan's roster bonus


Bears adding WR Pringle


Packers trading WR Adams to Raiders; Adams set for extension

The Green Bay Packers are trading Pro Bowl wide receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders for two 2022 draft picks, including the Raiders' first-round pick (No. 22 overall), league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Thursday night.

The Raiders are giving Adams a five-year contract, sources told Schefter. The Packers were willing to match what the Raiders are giving Adams with his new deal, but Adams preferred to play elsewhere, a source told ESPN's Rob Demovsky. The Packers had used the franchise tag on Adams earlier this month.


Bears adding WR St. Brown


Ravens sign DT Pierce


Cardinals agree to terms with special teams players


RB Williams heading to Atlanta


Cowboys agree with DE Armstrong


Bengals bring back CB Apple


Panthers signing LB Wilson


Dolphins bringing back LB Scarlett


Eagles release DT Cox, working to re-sign him

The Philadelphia Eagles are releasing six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox but hope to re-sign him on a reworked contract, a source confirmed to ESPN. Now that he's a free agent, however, he also will be able to sign with another team if he and the Eagles can't agree to a new deal.


Giants S Ryan released

The New York Giants have released veteran safety Logan Ryan, the team announced Thursday. The move saves the Giants a little less than $800,000 against the salary cap. It's believed the release of the former team captain has more to do with the Giants being in the midst of a defensive reset than as a cap casualty.


Rams signing WR Robinson

The Los Angeles Rams and wide receiver Allen Robinson have agreed to a three-year, $45 million deal that includes $30 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Rams still have money left over for Odell Beckham Jr. and hope to re-sign him, sources told Schefter.


QB Mayfield requests trade from Browns, Cleveland says it won't accommodate

Baker Mayfield has requested a trade from the Browns, telling ESPN's Adam Schefter that it is "in the best interests of both sides" for Cleveland to split with the star quarterback.

"It's in the mutual interest of both sides for us to move on," Mayfield told ESPN's Adam Schefter. "The relationship is too far gone to mend. It's in the best interests of both sides to move on."

The Browns, however, have informed Mayfield's camp they are "not accommodating his request," a source told ESPN's Jake Trotter. Mayfield's request comes on the same day that the Browns learned they were out of the running to acquire quarterback Deshaun Watson in a trade from the Houston Texans.


OLB Smith not signing deal with Ravens

There won't be a reunion between outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith and the Baltimore Ravens, after all.

Smith became the latest NFL player to back out on an agreement Thursday, when he decided not to sign a four-year, $35 million deal with Baltimore. So, Smith becomes a free agent and the Ravens' search for a pass-rusher continues.


Bengals adding TE Hurst


Falcons bring in OT Wilkinson, OL Gossett, DL Rush, DB Tabor


RB Montgomery agrees to deal with Patriots

Patriots have agreed to a two-year deal with Ty Montgomery.


49ers sign LB Burks


Cowboys to release OL Collins

After no success in finding a suitable trade, the Dallas Cowboys have decided to release right tackle La'el Collins and designated it a post-June 1 move, according to sources. The move will save the Cowboys $10 million, which will come off the books in June. However, he will count $8.7 million against the 2023 salary cap. Had the Cowboys opted to release Collins without the designation or traded him, they would have saved just $1.3 million.


QB Allen to re-sign with Bengals


QB Blough re-signing with Lions


CB Hayward Jr. to sign with Falcons


Bills release WR Beasley

The Buffalo Bills released wide receiver Cole Beasley on Thursday, the team announced. The Bills had granted Beasley permission to seek a trade in early March with the wide receiver set to account for $7.6 million in cap space on the final year of a four-year, $29 million contract.


Steelers release LB Schobert


Browns out of the running for QB Watson

The Cleveland Browns were informed Thursday that they are no longer in the running to land Deshaun Watson in a trade with the Houston Texans, a team source told ESPN.

Browns met with Watson on Tuesday in Houston and attempted to convince the quarterback to waive his no-trade clause to play for them. But Watson instead eliminated the Browns from contention, leaving the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons as the remaining known contenders for Watson for the moment.


Cowboys close to deal with DE Armstrong


G Norwell agrees to deal with Commanders

The Washington Commanders filled a hole at guard, agreeing to terms with free agent Andrew Norwell on Thursday, according to a source close to the situation.


Packers restructure WR Cobb, S Amos


Saints restructure four deals


Packers sign a new punter


Jets signing pass-rusher Martin

MARCH 16

Seahawks release DE Mayowa

The Seahawks are releasing edge rusher Benson Mayowa, a source tells ESPN. That saves $1.45 million against the 2022 cap while leaving behind $2.25 million in dead money. The 30-year-old Mayowa had one sack in 15 games for Seattle last season.


Raiders add another CB in Averett


Hollins gives Raiders a No. 3 WR


Bucs reach three-year deal with Godwin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers franchise player Chris Godwin reached agreement on a three-year, $60 million deal that includes $40 million fully guaranteed at signing, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Jenna Laine on Wednesday.

Godwin wanted a three-year deal so he could become a free agent again at 29, and the Bucs were able to lower his first-year cap hit to just $5 million by adding void years to the deal, lowering it from the $19 million he'd have commanded with the tag, sources told ESPN's Jenna Laine.


Rams release punter Hekker

The Los Angeles Rams have released punter Johnny Hekker after 10 seasons. The Super Bowl champion Rams dropped their longest-tenured player Wednesday night in a move that creates just over $2 million in salary cap room.


TE Seals-Jones to join Giants


Dolphins signing RB Mostert

The Miami Dolphins have made another move to boost their backfield, agreeing to a contract with free-agent running back Raheem Mostert on Wednesday.

It's a one-year, $3.125 million deal for Mostert, according to his agent, Brett Tessler, who said his client received interest from multiple teams but wanted to continue working with new Dolphins head coach and former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel.


Jets agree with TE Conklin


No RFA tenders for DE Phillips, OT Senat from Jets


OLB Miller, TE Howard set to sign with Bills

Eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller has agreed to terms with the Buffalo Bills on a six-year contract, the team announced Wednesday. Miller's deal is worth $120 million, according to multiple reports.

The Bills also brought in the veteran tight end they were looking for, agreeing with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end O.J. Howard on a one-year contract. Sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter it's a $3.5 million deal that could be worth up to $5 million.


49ers signing DT Ridgeway


LB Jack expected to sign with Steelers

Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Myles Jack is expected to sign a two-year, $16 million deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Jaguars released Jack on Wednesday, a day after the team signed six players on the first day of the NFL's free-agency negotiating window.


Panthers re-signing WR Zylstra


FB Johnson agrees to deal with Raiders


Bengals to re-sign S Thomas


Vikings signing TE Mundt


Titans agree on terms with RB Cannon


With Bradberry still on Giants roster, $2 million becomes guaranteed


Browns not tendering K McLaughlin


OLB Smith signing with Ravens

Former Green Bay Packers pass-rusher Za'Darius Smith is signing a four-year, $35 million deal that has a maximum value of $50 million with the Baltimore Ravens, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Wednesday.


OT Brown set to visit Seahawks


Jets trading LB Cashman to Texans


Cardinals sign TE Williams, CB Gladney

Cornerback Jeff Gladney, who was found not guilty on a felony assault charge last week, has been signed to a two-year deal by the Arizona Cardinals, the team announced Wednesday. The Cardinals also re-signed tight end Maxx Williams to a one-year deal.


Cardinals cutting DL Phillips


OL Richardson returning to Jaguars


Bears releasing LB Trevathan


Browns not tendering TE Carlson


Steelers releasing OT Banner


Titans planning to release WR Jones

The Tennessee Titans are planning to release wide receiver Julio Jones, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini on Wednesday. Jones was signed through the 2024 season. It is likely he will be released with a post-June 1 designation, giving the Titans $9.5 million in salary-cap savings.


Seahawks agree with C Blythe


Browns re-signing OL Hubbard


Commanders have tender for K Slye


Giants re-signing LS Kreiter


Returner Olszewski not receiving tender offer from Pats


QB Haskins signs tender with Steelers


Bucs reworks TE Brate's contract


Panthers agree to terms with WR Higgins


Raiders trading edge rusher Ngakoue to Colts

The Las Vegas Raiders are trading veteran defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the Indianapolis Colts, sources told ESPN. The Colts are trading cornerback Rock Ya-Sin to Las Vegas in exchange for Ngakoue, according to sources. The news was first reported by NFL Network.


Raiders set to sign OLB Jones

The Las Vegas Raiders have reached agreement on a contract with four-time Pro Bowl pass-rusher Chandler Jones. He had double-digit sacks in five of his six seasons with the Cardinals. The only year he didn't was 2020, when his season ended with just one sack after five games because of a biceps injury.


Jets bringing back QB Flacco

Quarterback Joe Flacco is returning to the New York Jets on a one-year deal worth $3.5 million, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Wednesday. Flacco, a former Super Bowl MVP, has bounced around the league in recent years. After an 11-year run with the Baltimore Ravens, highlighted by a Super Bowl championship for the 2012 season, he went to the Denver Broncos (2019) to the New York Jets (2020) to the Philadelphia Eagles (2021) and back to the Jets.


Washington releasing S Everett


Seahawks nab LB Nwosu for 2 years, $20M

Former Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu has agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks that includes $10.5 million guaranteed, agents Drew Rosenhaus and Ryan Matha told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Wednesday.


RB McKissic flips on Bills, returns to Commanders

Running back J.D. McKissic changed his mind about playing for the Buffalo Bills and will return to the Washington Commanders. Washington initially didn't offer McKissic a deal -- until he agreed to one with Buffalo on Tuesday during the NFL's free-agent negotiating period, agents Doug Hendrickson and CJ LaBoy told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Once McKissic heard Washington was willing to match the offer, he didn't want to leave, the agents said. McKissic will return to Washington on a two-year deal worth up to $7 million, similar to Buffalo's offer, sources told ESPN.


Bengals re-sign LS Harris to one-year deal


Sources: Commanders to release DT Ioannidis, G Flowers

The Washington Commanders will release defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis and veteran guard Ereck Flowers, sources confirmed to ESPN, creating salary cap space but more positions to fill. The move weakens both of Washington's lines, for now at least, but it saves Washington a combined $16.9 million vs. the salary cap. The Commanders, as was reported earlier this week, also are releasing safety Landon Collins, which will save them another $6.6 million in cap space.


Dolphins to re-sign S Redwine


Raiders releasing DE Nassib

The Las Vegas Raiders are releasing defensive end Carl Nassib, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Raiders will save just over $3 million on their salary cap by releasing Nassib. If they release him with a post-June 1 designation, the salary cap savings will increase to $8 million. His release will result in a $6.6 million dead-money charge.


Jets to tender K Pineiro, Saints to tender DL Tuttle


LB Walker agrees to deal with Browns


49ers not placing a tender on DE Street, now a free agent


Commanders expected to re-sign WR Sims


Browns to release TE Hooper

The Cleveland Browns are releasing tight end Austin Hooper, a source tells ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. By releasing him with a post-June 1 designation, the Browns will save $9.5 million against the cap.


Jaguars expected to add CB Williams to free-agent haul

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Darius Williams is expected to join the Jacksonville Jaguars on a three-year deal worth up to $39 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The contract includes $18 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Dan Graziano. It will mark a homecoming for Williams, who was born in Jacksonville.


CB Burns agrees to sign in Seattle


Bucs bringing back WR Perriman


Patriots set to sign CB Mitchell


Saints, Rams restructure contracts


Jets bringing back OL Feeney


49ers restructure contracts of TE Kittle, DT Armstead


Bills restructure S Hyde's contract


Barnwell picks early winners and losers

ESPN's Bill Barnwell runs through the first couple of days of 2022 free agency and tries to identify which organizations, players and positions have been winners or losers during the legal negotiating period. The specifics of some deals are still coming in, and there's plenty more work to be done in the days to come. He begins breaking down who should feel good about the moves they've made so far or the place they find themselves in after 48 hours of free agency (ESPN+).

MARCH 15

Saints to sign S Maye

The New Orleans Saints agreed to a three-year, $28.5 million contract with former New York Jets safety Marcus Maye on Tuesday night after losing longtime starting free safety Marcus Williams to the Baltimore Ravens earlier in the day, a source confirmed to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. The deal includes $15 million in guarantees, a source told Fowler.


Bears to sign OL Patrick


Mayfield thanks the city of Cleveland

With his future as the Browns' starting quarterback uncertain, Baker Mayfield took to Twitter to express his gratitude toward Cleveland fans.


Bears adding former Raiders LB Morrow


Ravens reach agreement with OT Moses


Saints and cornerback Roby agree to extension


Safety Moore gets 1-year deal with Tennessee


Bears re-sign long-snapper Scales


Jets re-sign DT Shepherd


Panthers agree with RB Foreman on one-year deal


QB Taylor plans to sign two-year deal with Giants

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who played last season with the Houston Texans, intends to sign a two-year, $17 million deal with the New York Giants, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal includes $8.5 million in guaranteed money, the source said. Taylor, who turned 32 in August, joined the Texans last offseason on a one-year deal worth up to $12.5 million.


Panthers bring back DE Haynes on two-year deal


Vikings lure LB Hicks away from Cardinals

The Minnesota Vikings have reached a deal with free-agent linebacker Jordan Hicks, the team announced Tuesday.


Steelers bring in Bills CB Wallace on two-year agreement


Texans hang onto CB King with two-year deal


Chargers release OL Bulaga, save over $10M against cap


Bucs trading fifth-round pick for Patriots G Mason


Falcons release DT Davison, save $3.8M in cap space


Jags set to extend WR Godwin, place RFA tender on S Wingard


Jets have agreement with S Whitehead


Eagles have one-year agreements with WR Ward, DB Chachere


Saints adjust Davenport's contract, gain nearly $7M in cap space


CB Reed agrees to sign with Jets

The New York Jets addressed a major defensive need, agreeing to a three-year, $33 million contract with free-agent cornerback D.J. Reed, a source told ESPN's Rich Cimini. The news of Reed's agreement was first reported by The Athletic.

Reed is familiar with the Jets' defensive system, having played for head coach Robert Salah with the San Francisco 49ers.


DB McCain re-signing in Washington


WR Gage set to sign with Buccaneers

Russell Gage will remain in the NFC South next season but will be catching passes from Tom Brady instead of Matt Ryan. The free-agent receiver intends to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.


Eagles tendered RFA G Herbig


LB Jewell agrees to re-sign in Denver


Falcons extend kicker Koo

Instead of tendering kicker Younghoe Koo as a restricted free agent, the Atlanta Falcons decided to make a big commitment to him instead. The club is signing him to a five-year deal worth $24.25 million with $11.5 million guaranteed, a source confirmed to ESPN, keeping one of the NFL's most accurate kickers in Atlanta. NFL Network first reported the deal.


Patriots agree to re-sign RB White

The New England Patriots are re-signing veteran running back James White, a source tells ESPN's Field Yates. White, who turned 30 in February, suffered a season-ending hip injury in the third game of the 2021 season. He has spent his entire eight-year career with the Patriots, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2014 draft out of Wisconsin.


Dolphins bringing back LB Roberts


RB McKissic agrees to sign with Bills


QB Daniel to sign with Chargers


Ravens set to sign S Williams

The Baltimore Ravens and safety Marcus Williams have reached agreement on a five-year, $70 million deal, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Williams, a full-time starter at free safety for the New Orleans Saints since he was selected in the second round of the 2017 draft, played under the franchise tag last season ($10.612 million) after the two sides were unable to work out a long-term deal.


Rams OT Whitworth retiring

Andrew Whitworth is going out on top. The Los Angeles Rams' 40-year-old left tackle announced his retirement Tuesday, ending a 16-year NFL career that he capped with a Super Bowl victory against his former team.


DT Collins re-signing with Texans


DE Gregory has decided to sign with Broncos, not the Cowboys

Defensive end Randy Gregory agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday, hours after he had agreed to a similar contract to return to the Dallas Cowboys, sources told ESPN. Gregory's deal with the Broncos includes $28 million guaranteed.


Steelers add G Daniels to O-line

The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to a three-year, $26.5 million contract with Chicago Bears guard James Daniels, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.


LB Burks signing with 49ers


Falcons join division rivals in pursuit of Texans QB Watson

The Atlanta Falcons have emerged as a sleeper team in pursuit of Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, league sources told ESPN. The Falcons join the Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns as teams that have met with or are interested in trading for Watson.

"All options are open ... but it's not going to be easy," a Falcons source said regarding a potential Watson trade. Another source described the Falcons as a "long shot" to land Watson. However, the team still has not met with Watson but could have the chance to persuade him in person.


Lions are re-signing DE Harris


Browns release center Tretter

Center JC Tretter, who was recently reelected for a second term as president of the NFL Players Association, has been released by the Cleveland Browns in a move that clears $8.25 million against the salary cap, it was announced Tuesday.


OL Williams signing deal with Dolphins

Former Cowboys offensive lineman Connor Williams is signing a 2-year, $14 million deal with the Miami Dolphins that includes $7.5 million fully guaranteed, Williams' agents, Drew Rosenhaus and Ryan Matha, told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Falcons tender WR Zaccheaus


DL Adams re-signing with Steelers


Titans set to release veteran CB Jenkins

The Titans are releasing cornerback Jackrabbit Jenkins, sources told ESPN. The move would save the Titans $6.9 million in cap space.


Cowboys sign S Hooker to two-year deal

The Cowboys agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with Malik Hooker to deal to keep the veteran safety with the Cowboys, a source told Schefter on Tuesday.


Jaguars release leading tackler Jack after spending spree

After Monday's spending spree during the first day of the free-agent negotiating window, the Jacksonville Jaguars are releasing linebacker Myles Jack, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Jack led the Jaguars in tackles last season with 108, despite missing two games because he was on the reserve/COVID-19 list.


49ers restructure DE Ford's deal


CB Phillips agrees to sign with the Raiders


QB Rodgers inks new deal with Packers

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will make about $150 million in guaranteed money over the first three years of his new deal with the Green Bay Packers, according to a copy of the contract obtained by ESPN. Rodgers, 38, signed the deal Tuesday after announcing last week, amid widespread speculation about his future, that he would return to the Packers.

The reigning two-time league MVP will make just under $41 million in 2022, $59 million in 2023 and $49 million in 2024. Due to the allocation of bonus money in the first year of the deal, the Packers will actually save close to $18 million against their salary cap for 2022.


Dolphins agree to sign LB Riley


Browns trading LB Wilson to Patriots for LB Winovich

The Cleveland Browns have traded linebacker Mack Wilson to the New England Patriots for outside linebacker Chase Winovich.

Winovich was a part-time starter for the Patriots in 2020, when he finished with 5.5 sacks and 48 tackles. Last year, he had no sacks and just 11 total tackles. Wilson started out his career as a full-time starter, finishing with 82 tackles for the Browns as a rookie. He posted 28 career starts in Cleveland, but was a backup behind rookie Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah last season.


Cardinals free up cap space with WR Hopkins restructure


Browns plan to meet with QB Watson


Lions set to sign WR Chark

Former Jaguars wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. intends to sign a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal is expected to be worth up to $12 million, according to the source.

MARCH 14

Panthers agree to deal with G Corbett

the Panthers and guard Austin Corbett agreed to a three-year, $29.25 million deal, per ESPN and multiple reports.


Patriots to re-sign K Folk


Ward agrees to three-year deal with 49ers

Former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward intends to sign a three-year deal worth up to $42 million, including $26.7 million guaranteed, with the San Francisco 49ers, his agency, Universal Sports & Entertainment Management, told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Monday. Ward, who turns 26 on May 16, has been a regular in the Chiefs' starting lineup since late in the 2018 season, when he joined the team as a rookie after a trade with the Dallas Cowboys.


Clark reworks deal with Chiefs

Defensive end Frank Clark and the Kansas City Chiefs have reworked his current deal with the team, which is now two years and worth up to $36 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Safety Reid heading to Kansas City


Broncos get run stuffer in D.J. Jones

The Denver Broncos continued a measured approach through the first day of the early negotiating period in free agency as they agreed to terms Monday night on a three-year, $30 million deal with defensive tackle D.J. Jones, sources told ESPN. Jones, who played nose tackle for the San Francisco 49ers, fills a specific, early-down need in the Broncos defense.


Steelers offer restricted tender to LB/S Allen


Vikings agree to sign DT Phillips


Bills agree to sign DT DaQuan Jones


Chargers agree to sign DT Joseph-Day


Chiefs, Saints interested in WR Landry


Chargers agree to sign DT Johnson


Eagles will not tender LB Singleton


S Woods agrees to sign with Carolina

Free-agent safety Xavier Woods has agreed to a three-year, $15.75 million deal with the Carolina Panthers, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Monday night. Woods, 26, spent last season with the Minnesota Vikings, appearing in all 17 games. He started his career with the Dallas Cowboys, where he spent four seasons after being a sixth-round selection in 2017 out of Louisiana Tech.


G Glowinski agrees to sign with Giants


C Cole to sign with Steelers


TE Uzomah to sign with Jets


DE Lawrence signing extension with Cowboys

DeMarcus Lawrence has agreed to a new three-year deal worth $30 million guaranteed, sources told ESPN, with the contract providing the Dallas Cowboys salary-cap relief this year. Lawrence's future with the team had been in question with a $27 million salary-cap figure and the Cowboys needing to find room just to get under the cap, but the sides were able to work out a deal that keeps him in Dallas through at least 2024. Lawrence's $27 million cap figure would have been the fifth-highest hit of any defensive player in 2022.


Steelers agree to sign OT Okorafor


Jets agree to re-sign RB Coleman


Browns snag DT Bryan with one-year deal


Bills bring in DT Settle on two-year deal


Houston declines Colts' request to speak with QB Watson


TE Engram intends to sign a one-year deal with the Jaguars

The Jaguars reached agreement with New York Giants tight end Evan Engram, who intends to sign a one-year, fully guaranteed $9 million deal that could go to $10 million, sources told Adam Schefter and ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.


Texans have claimed former Cowboys CB Robinson off of waivers


Bears releasing DT Goldman


Colts agree to re-sign TE Alie-Cox


CB Davis returning to Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to re-sign cornerback Carlton Davis to a three-year, $45 million contract, a source told ESPN. Davis' contract also includes $2.5 million for playing time/per game bonuses, the source said.


CB Jackson agrees to five-year deal with Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers are giving former New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson a five-year, $82.5 million deal that includes $40 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Monday.


Dolphins bring in QB Bridgewater on one-year trial


Dolphins lure WR Wilson with three-year deal


Cardinals secure Gardeck for three years, $12M


C Allen, LT Noteboom returning to Rams

Center Brian Allen is returning to the Los Angeles Rams on a three-year deal, the team announced. The deal is worth $24 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Allen, who turned 26 last October, started 16 games for the Super Bowl-champion Rams last regular season and all four of their postseason games. The Rams also avoided a major hole at left tackle by agreeing to terms with longtime backup Joe Noteboom on a three-year deal before he hit the market. His deal is worth up to $47.5 million and includes $25 million in guaranteed money, a source told ESPN's Lindsey Thiry. Noteboom, who was a fill-in starter last season, is expected to assume a starting role in 2022.


Seahawks are re-signing TE Dissly to a three-year deal


ILB Campbell re-signing with Packers

Linebacker De'Vondre Campbell has agreed to re-sign with the Green Bay Packers on a five-year deal worth $50 million, agent Joe Panos told ESPN.


Houston to re-sign S Brooks


Bengals to sign DT Hill


Titans to re-sign C Ben Jones, sign OL Jamarco Jones

The Titans are re-signing center Ben Jones to a two-year contract worth $14 million, a source told ESPN.


Saffold to sign with Bills


Berrios to re-sign with Jets


Reddick agrees to sign with Eagles

Haason Reddick agreed to a three-year, $45 million contract with $30 million fully guaranteed at signing, sources told ESPN.


Jaguars to sign DT Fatukasi, ILB Oluokun and WR Kirk

The Jaguars agreed to terms with wide receiver Christian Kirk, linebacker Foyesade Oluokun and defensive tackle Folorunso Fatukasi, sources told ESPN.


Slater returning for 15th season with Patriots

The New England Patriots have reached a deal with special teams ace Matthew Slater to return for his 15th season with the team, a source told ESPN's Field Yates. The deal is for one year with $2.62 million fully guaranteed. Slater's 10 Pro Bowl berths are the most in NFL history for a special teamer, besting former Buffalo Bills great Steve Tasker (seven).


G Tomlinson to sign with Jets

San Francisco 49ers free-agent guard Laken Tomlinson intends to sign with the New York Jets, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Jets are giving Tomlinson a three-year deal worth up to $41.2 million, per the source.


OL Karras agrees to deal with Bengals


Lions agree with S Walker on three-year deal


Guard Scherff intends to sign with Jaguars

Washington Commanders guard Brandon Scherff plans to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Safety Diggs agrees to re-sign with Seahawks

The Seahawks have agreed to terms with free safety Quandre Diggs that keeps their top free agent and defensive playmaker in Seattle. Diggs' deal is for three years and $40 million, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. He gets $28 million over the first two years. The $13.33 million average is more than what Diggs would have made in 2022 had Seattle applied the $12.9 million franchise tag.


DT Ogunjobi to sign with Bears

Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi intends to sign with the Chicago Bears, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bears are giving Ogunjobi a three-year, $40.5 million deal, including $26.35 million guaranteed.


QB Trubisky to sign with Steelers

Free-agent quarterback Mitch Trubisky plans to sign a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. In Pittsburgh, he will compete with Mason Rudolph for the starting quarterback position as the franchise begins the post-Ben Roethlisberger era.


Panthers release A.J. Bouye


RB Conner stays with Cardinals on three-year deal

The Arizona Cardinals have agreed to a three-year contract with James Conner, keeping the running back who led the team in rushing last season with the franchise. The Cardinals did not disclose financial terms, but a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the deal is worth $21 million, including $13.5 million fully guaranteed, and could grow to a maximum of $25.5 million.


Browns release WR Landry

The Cleveland Browns have released wide receiver Jarvis Landry, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The two sides attempted to restructure his contract to keep him Cleveland, per a league source, but ultimately couldn't work out a deal. Landry is now free to sign with any team.


Dolphins reach deal with RB Edmonds

Miami added free-agent running back Chase Edmonds to its backfield on Monday. Edmonds agreed to a two-year, $12.6 million contract that includes $6.1 million guaranteed, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


G Cappa plans to sign four-year deal with Bengals

Tampa Bay Buccaneers free-agent guard Alex Cappa intends to sign a four-year, $40 million deal with the Cincinnati Bengals after free agency opens on Wednesday, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Cappa's addition will bolster the Bengals' offensive line as the team tries to improve the protection for quarterback Joe Burrow.


Dolphins, DE Ogbah agree to four-year contract

The Miami Dolphins and defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah have reached agreement on a four-year, $65 million deal that includes $32 million fully guaranteed at signing, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Bengals tendering restricted free agent OL Johnson


Panthers, Saints to meet with QB Watson in next 2 days

NFC South rivals the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints will meet with Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson over the next 48 hours, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Houston can agree to a trade at any time, but it could not be made official until the new league year starts at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.


OL Larsen expected to sign with Washington


Falcons, LT Matthews agree to three-year extension

The Falcons are securing their starting left tackle, Jake Matthews, for the foreseeable future, having agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. The extension will pay Matthews more than $18 million per season, the source told Fowler. The news was first reported by NFL Network.


Packers release LB Smith and G Turner

The Packers are releasing Za'Darius Smith and Billy Turner. The release of Smith saves the Packers $15.75 million in salary-cap space. The Turner move will save them $3.142 million in cap space immediately or $5.8 million if they designate him a post-June 1 release.


Bills sign C Morse to lower two-year extension

The Bills are signing center Mitch Morse to a two-year, $19.5 million extension. This deal lowers his $11.25 million cap hit for 2022 to $9 million. The extension includes $12 million guaranteed and a $7.5 million signing bonus.


Packers sign pass-rusher Smith to 4-year extension

Preston Smith, who had one year and $12.5 million left on his existing deal, signed a four-year, $52.5 million extension, a source told ESPN. Smith will make $25 million over the next two seasons with the chance to earn $31 million with incentives in 2022 and 2023 combined.


Bills add cap space, release OT Williams

The Bills release Daryl Williams and open over $6 million in cap space in the process.


Patriots, QB Hoyer agree to two-year deal

Veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer has reached agreement on a two-year contract to return to the New England Patriots, his agent confirmed. The deal is worth $4 million with $3 million guaranteed and incentives, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

MARCH 13

Center Jensen agrees to three-year deal to return to Buccaneers

Center Ryan Jensen has agreed to a three-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his agent, Mike McCartney, announced Sunday night. The deal is worth $39 million and includes $23 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Jenna Laine.


Brady says he's returning as Buccaneers' QB next season

Tom Brady's retirement lasted 40 days. Brady said Sunday he is returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his 23rd season in the NFL. The seven-time Super Bowl champion announced his decision on Twitter and Instagram, saying he has "unfinished business."


Vikings' Cousins gets $35 million extension

The Minnesota Vikings on Sunday agreed to terms on a new contract with quarterback Kirk Cousins, the team announced, giving him an immediate raise and also fully guaranteeing an additional season in 2023 to help alleviate their tight salary cap. The deal ensures that Cousins will remain the Vikings' quarterback as the franchise begins a new era with general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and coach Kevin O'Connell.


Cardinals, TE Ertz agree to new three-year pact

Tight end Zach Ertz, traded to the Arizona Cardinals from the Philadelphia Eagles last season, agreed to terms on a three-year contract to stay with his new club, the team announced Sunday night. The deal is worth $31.65 million with $17.5 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN. Ertz wanted to stay in Arizona and quickly received his wish, at $10.55 million per year.


Cowboys keeping WR Gallup with $62.5 million deal

The Dallas Cowboys have finalized a five-year, $62.5 million deal with wide receiver Michael Gallup, according to sources. The deal includes a $10 million signing bonus.


Bills bringing back WR McKenzie on two-year deal

Wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent this week, agreed to terms on a new two-year deal to stay with the Buffalo Bills.


Safety McCourty returning to Patriots for 13th season

Safety Devin McCourty is returning to the New England Patriots for his 13th season, and he announced the news on Sunday in a unique way. The deal is for one year and will pay McCourty $9 million, a source told ESPN.

MARCH 12

Cowboys to trade Cooper to Browns

The Dallas Cowboys agreed to trade wide receiver Amari Cooper and a sixth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for a 2022 fifth-round pick and a sixth-round pick, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Saturday.


Falcons trim Ryan's record cap hit down to $37M

The Atlanta Falcons are restructuring quarterback Matt Ryan's contract, lowering the $48,662,500 cap hit he was initially going to be at for the 2022 season by $12 million, according to Roster Management System. The team converted $7.5 million of his base salary and a $7.5 million roster bonus that was initially due next week into a signing bonus to spread it out over more years, which will give the Falcons more room to play with. Ryan's new cap number for 2022 is $36,662,500, and his new base salary is $8.75 million.

MARCH 11

Martinez reworks deal, saves Giants $6 million

New York Giants starting middle linebacker Blake Martinez will return for the 2022 season after agreeing Friday to a reworked contract, a source told ESPN.


Texans QB Watson won't face criminal charges

A grand jury on Friday declined to indict Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson following a police investigation sparked by lawsuits filed by 22 women who have accused him of harassment and sexual assault.


Raiders lock up DE Crosby on four-year, $95 million deal

Maxx Crosby agreed to a multiyear extension with the Raiders on Friday. It is a four-year, $98.98 million deal with $95 million in new money and $53 million guaranteed, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.


Cowboys move on from K Zuerlein, TE Jarwin

The Dallas Cowboys have released kicker Greg Zuerlein and tight end Blake Jarwin, freeing up around $5 million and putting them under the salary cap before the start of the league year next week.


Eagles make Kelce highest-paid center

The Philadelphia Eagles and Jason Kelce have agreed to a new $14 million contract, a source confirmed, making him the highest-paid center in the league. Kelce, who had been mulling retirement, announced Thursday he would be returning for his 12th NFL season.


RB Cohen to be released by Bears

The Chicago Bears are releasing running back Tarik Cohen with an injury designation, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Texans signing LB Kirksey to extension

The Houston Texans are signing linebacker Christian Kirksey to a two-year extension, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Friday.

MARCH 10

Bears set to trade Mack to Chargers

The Chicago Bears are finalizing a trade that will send six-time Pro-Bowl defensive end Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Chargers are expected to send their 2022 second-round draft pick and their sixth-round pick in 2023 to the Bears in return for the 31-year-old Mack, a source said.


Receiver Shepard reworks deal, staying with Giants

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard is returning on a reworked one-year deal, a source told ESPN. The team's longest-tenured player wanted to return. He was previously signed through 2023. Shepard, 29, was set to make $8.5 million in the 2022 season coming off a torn Achilles in his left leg. He suffered the injury while trying to make a cut in a December loss to the Dallas Cowboys.


Commanders expected to release safety Collins in salary-cap move

The Washington Commanders are expected to release veteran safety Landon Collins, creating more salary-cap space but costing them a valuable defender, a source told ESPN. Collins, who had three years left on his contract, was scheduled to count $16.2 million against the salary cap this season. His release will save Washington $6.6 million against the cap, but he will still count $9.6 million in dead money. According to a source, Washington had tried to work out a deal to lower his cap number.


Titans release Pro Bowl guard Saffold in salary-cap move, save $10.4 million

The Tennessee Titans announced the release of Pro Bowl guard Rodger Saffold. Saffold signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Titans in 2019. He was due a $1 million roster bonus at the end of this week. Releasing Saffold will save $10.4 million in salary-cap space for the Titans. He was set to hold a $12.8 million cap number this season if he wasn't released.


Lions tell outside linebacker Flowers he will be released next week

The Detroit Lions have informed outside linebacker Trey Flowers that he will be released next week when the league year starts, a source told ESPN. In a tweet Thursday, Flowers wrote: "Truly grateful for the love and the lessons!!" In 2019, the Lions made the two-time Super Bowl champion one of the richest defensive players in football with a $90 million deal over five years with $56 million guaranteed, but Flowers couldn't stay healthy over the past two seasons.

MARCH 9

Commanders trading for Colts QB Wentz

The Indianapolis Colts are trading quarterback Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders for a package of picks, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Colts will receive the Commanders' third-round picks in 2022 and 2023, sources said. The 2023 third-rounder can become a second-round pick if Wentz plays 70% of Washington's snaps. The teams also swapped second-round picks in 2022, with the Colts moving up from No. 47 overall to No. 42. Sources told Schefter that Washington will pay the full $28 million due to Wentz for the 2022 season, including a $5 million roster bonus due next week.


Cardinals release starting inside linebacker Hicks

The Arizona Cardinals released veteran linebacker Jordan Hicks. Hicks, 29, played at a high level last season, registering 116 tackles and four sacks, but the Cardinals are making the move to give fellow inside linebacker Zaven Collins, drafted in the first round last year, more playing time.


Former Steelers, Ravens offensive tackle Villanueva says he's retiring after seven NFL seasons

Offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva announced his retirement after seven NFL seasons, which followed his time serving in the U.S. Army. Villanueva, 33, reached two Pro Bowls as a left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers, protecting Ben Roethlisberger's blind side for six years. But Villanueva decided to call it quits after his one disappointing season in Baltimore. He struggled to replace injured All-Pro left tackle Ronnie Stanley, allowing an NFL-worst 17 sacks last season.

MARCH 8

Seahawks agree to trade QB Wilson to Broncos, get three players, picks

After weeks of negotiations, in one of the biggest trades in NFL history, the Broncos agreed to send a significant package of players and draft picks to the Seahawks in exchange for Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson, sources told ESPN. The Broncos agreed to trade quarterback Drew Lock, tight end Noah Fant, defensive lineman Shelby Harris, two first-round picks, two second-round picks and a fifth-round pick to the Seahawks for Wilson and a fourth-round pick, sources said.


Seahawks releasing longtime defensive captain Wagner

A franchise-altering day for the Seahawks continued Tuesday evening with the team informing All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner that he is being released, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The news came hours after Schefter's report that the Seahawks have agreed to trade quarterback Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos. The two franchise cornerstones who were drafted on the same day in 2012 now depart Seattle on the same day 10 years later. In releasing Wagner, the Seahawks are moving on from their longtime defensive captain and another player who was among the most impactful in franchise history. The Wagner move will save the Seahawks $16.6 million in cash and salary-cap space while leaving a massive hole in the middle of their defense.


Titans sign OLB Landry to 5-year, $87.5M contract

The Tennessee Titans managed to get a long-term deal done with Harold Landry, announcing that they've agreed to terms on a multiyear contract with the outside linebacker. The team didn't reveal financial terms, but a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that it's a five-year, $87.5 million contract that includes $52.5 million guaranteed. The deal came hours after the deadline to place the franchise tag on potential free agents. Landry, 25, is coming off of his best season with the Titans.


Rodgers returning to play for Packers

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is not done with the Green Bay Packers just yet, and now there really is a chance the four-time NFL MVP will finish his career in the same place it started. Rodgers announced Tuesday on Twitter that he will return to the Packers for the 2022 season. The sides are working on a new contract that would lower his salary-cap figure for the 2022 season while giving Rodgers, 38, contractual clarity well into his 40s. Rodgers, however, said a deal had not yet been signed or agreed upon.


Chargers agree to 3-year, $60M deal with WR Williams

The Los Angeles Chargers and wide receiver Mike Williams have reached agreement on a multiyear deal, the team announced. The contract is worth $60 million over three years and includes $40 million guaranteed and $28 million in Year 1, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Williams made a base salary of $15.68 million last season after the Chargers picked up his fifth-year option.


Cowboys rework Prescott, Martin deals; create $22M-plus in cap room

The Cowboys restructured the contracts of quarterback Dak Prescott and guard Zack Martin, creating more than $22 million in cap room, the team announced. The Prescott move was already planned when he signed his big deal last year. The Cowboys added two voidable years to Martin's contract to allow them the chance to get more space this year. Prescott had a salary-cap figure of $34.45 million, and Martin's cap number was $20.191 million.

MARCH 7

NFL suspends Falcons WR Ridley for at least 2022 season for betting on games

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley has been suspended for at least the 2022 season after gambling on games in 2021. The NFL released a statement announcing his suspension, saying Ridley gambled on NFL games over a five-day stretch in November 2021 when he was on the non-football injury list to address his mental health. Ridley stepped away from football on Halloween, saying he needed to get his personal life in order.

FEB.27

Buccaneers Pro Bowl guard Marpet retires at age 28

In a shocking move, Buccaneers Pro Bowl left guard Ali Marpet is retiring, he announced on Instagram. Marpet is just 28 and finished off his first Pro Bowl season. He is considered arguably one of the top -- if not the top -- Buccaneers offensive linemen. A source told ESPN that Marpet made the decision over concerns for his overall health.