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NFL free agency updates 2023: Signings, trades, rumors, news

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Stephen A.: Lamar has every right to feel disrespected by the Ravens (2:07)

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We are through the bulk of 2023 NFL free agency. Teams have been agreeing to deals with unrestricted free agents and re-signing their own players since March 13, when the legal tampering period opened. Now that the new league year has begun, those deals can be made official. We tracked all of the action, including free agent signings, notable trades, cap-saving releases and more.

This free agent class is loaded with playmakers on offense and defense, and we've already seen a bunch of high-end players find new teams. Orlando Brown Jr. -- our top free agent for this year -- has signed in Cincinnati, but many solid players are still out there. We've also seen a few trades, including Darren Waller to the Giants and Brandin Cooks to the Cowboys.

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Wednesday, March 22

Who are the best remaining free agents?

There are still some good players available who might be looking for new homes. Matt Bowen is keeping a running list of the top remaining names. Here are the current top three:

1. Bobby Wagner, ILB
2. Odell Beckham Jr., WR
3. Yannick Ngakoue, DE


Jets agree to terms with WR Hardman

Former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman has agreed to terms with the New York Jets on a one-year deal, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Wednesday. Hardman is the second wide receiver added by the Jets in free agency, joining Allen Lazard, who signed a four-year contract with New York last week.


C Hassenauer visiting Giants

The New York Giants have center J.C. Hassenauer in for a visit on Wednesday, a source told ESPN's Jordan Raanan. He spent the past four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and appeared in 45 games with seven starts.

The Giants are looking to add depth at center after allowing Jon Feliciano and Nick Gates to walk.


Jaguars reach agreement with RB Johnson

Former Cleveland Browns' free agent running back D'Ernest Johnson reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Browns re-sign LB Walker

Cleveland Browns' free agent linebacker Anthony Walker Jr., who visited this week with the Washington Commanders, has agreed to return to Cleveland on a one-year contract, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Patriots reach revised deal with CB Mills

The New England Patriots' plans to release starting cornerback Jalen Mills have changed, with the sides agreeing to a revised one-year deal worth up to $6.1 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Vikings restructure S Smith's contract

From ESPN's Field Yates: The Minnesota Vikings were able to fit defensive end Marcus Davenport and his $6.2 million cap hit under the cap Tuesday by officially processing safety Harrison Smith's restructured contract. Smith's new deal shaved off $7.3 million of his prior cap number, with Minnesota hovering around $2 million in cap space now.


Barnwell's ideal fits for 12 available players

Which team should sign Ezekiel Elliott? Odell Beckham Jr.? Trade for DeAndre Hopkins? Bill Barnwell picks perfect landing spots for 10 free agents and two trade candidates.


How do the Packers know QB Love is ready to replace Rodgers?

The Green Bay Packers believe that 2020 first-rounder Jordan Love is ready to take over as the starting quarterback -- replacing Aaron Rodgers, who is expected to leave Green Bay -- given general manager Brian Gutekunst's proclamation that after three years as a backup, Love is "absolutely" ready.

At this point, after Love has started one game (and saw meaningful backup snaps in two others) in his three NFL seasons as Rodgers' backup, that's the most concrete information anyone on the outside can go on.

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Tuesday, March 21

Saints to sign S Abram

Safety Johnathan Abram is planning to sign with the New Orleans Saints after a physical on Wednesday, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Abrams played five games for the Seattle Seahawks in 2022 after they claimed him off waivers in November. The Raiders drafted Abrams in the first round of the 2019 draft but waived him in November. He played two games for the Green Bay Packers before he was waived for a second time and picked up by Seattle. The Saints also are re-signing defensive tackle Malcolm Roach to a one-year deal, a source told ESPN's Katherine Terrell.


Cardinals sign OL Daley

The Arizona Cardinals are signing offensive lineman Dennis Daley to a two-year deal, ESPN's Field Yates reported. Daley started 16 games for the Tennessee Titans at left tackle in 2022.


Panthers re-sign DL Anderson

The Carolina Panthers have re-signed defensive lineman Henry Anderson, ESPN's Field Yates reported. Anderson appeared in 11 games for the Panthers in 2022.


Giants signing CB McCain

The New York Giants signed former Washington Commanders cornerback Bobby McCain to one-year contract, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Cardinals re-sign CB Hamilton, DL Ledbetter

The Cardinals re-signed cornerback Antonio Hamilton and defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter signed his one-year tender as an exclusive rights free agent, ESPN's Josh Weinfuss reported. According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Hamilton will get $1.5 million guaranteed ($335K signing bonus) on his one-year deal, which will max out at $2 million if Hamilton hits his playing-time incentives.


Cardinals sign DE Collier

The Cardinals are signing former Seahawks defensive end L.J. Collier to a one-year deal, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. Collier was Seattle's first-round pick in 2019.


Steelers re-sign CB Pierre

The Steelers announced the re-signing of cornerback James Pierre. Pierre has played three seasons in Pittsburgh, compiling two career interceptions.


Cowboys agree to deal with DE Fowler

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a deal to re-sign defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., sources told ESPN's Todd Archer.


Cowboys agree to deal with RB Jones

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a deal with RB Ronald Jones, who visited The Star on Monday, a source told ESPN's Todd Archer. Jones spent last season with the Chiefs after a four-year run with Tampa Bay. His best year was in 2020: 192 carries, 978 yards and 7 TDs.


Texans are signing LB Littleton

The Houston Texans are signing LB Cory Littleton to a one-year deal worth up to $2.7 million, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. The former Pro Bowler had 47 tackles for the Carolina Panthers last season.


Colts signing WR McKenzie

Former Buffalo Bills' WR Isaiah McKenzie is signing with the Indianapolis Colts, according to his agents. McKenzie was released by the Bills last Friday.


Chiefs re-sign DT Nnadi

Defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi is re-signing with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to his agents. Nnadi played a key defensive role on two Super Bowl teams.


Chargers RB Ekeler pursuing options

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler, who has been granted permission to seek a trade after contract negotiations stalled, told Chris Long on the "Greenlight" podcast that he is "relentlessly pursuing someone who wants me for the long term."

"I'm getting half my value of what I could be getting," Ekeler said of the $6.25 million he is scheduled to earn in the fourth and final season of a $24.5 million contract.

Ekeler, 27, led the NFL with 18 touchdowns last season. He emphasized that he does not hate the Chargers and would like to return, but under the correct circumstances.


Broncos signing P Dixon

The Denver Broncos are signing former Rams punter Riley Dixon, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Dixon spent his first two NFL seasons in Denver and now returns.


Eagles reach deal with LB Morrow

Linebacker Nicholas Morrow has agreed to a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Morrow recorded 116 tackles (11 for a loss) in 17 starts with the Chicago Bears last season.


Former Patriots LB Hightower announces retirement

Longtime New England Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower, who won three Super Bowl championships over his nine-year career, officially announced his retirement Tuesday.


Eagles agree to terms with S Evans

The Philadelphia Eagles announce they've agreed to terms with former Saints safety Justin Evans on a one-year deal.


Kiper's post-free-agency 2023 mock draft (ESPN+)

NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. is back with a third mock ahead of the 2023 NFL draft, filling needs for every first-round pick after the bulk of free agency. There are still several good free agents available, but the marquee players have been signed, and we have a great idea of positions each team could be targeting in April.

These new predictions feature another projected trade in the top five, as we could see a few different teams trying to get in there to take a quarterback. He also has an update to his Big Board rankings, with post-combine changes at every position.


How free agent CB Peterson will impact the Steelers' ascendance

When cornerback Cameron Sutton officially hit free agency last week, a void opened in the Pittsburgh Steelers' locker room. It started expanding into a gaping hole when Sutton agreed to a three-year, $33 million deal with the Detroit Lions on the first day of free agency's legal tampering period.

Not only would the Steelers be without one of their most cerebral, versatile defensive backs, it also left the group without one of its most veteran and consistent voices in an otherwise young position group. That void didn't last long, though. Hours after losing Sutton, the Steelers agreed to terms with a replacement of sorts in adding Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson on a two-year deal.

Monday, March 20

QB Newton to throw at Auburn pro day

Former NFL quarterback Cam Newton, a Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn, will throw at the Tigers' pro day on Tuesday, he announced in a 54-second video on social media Monday night.

"Tell me how these randoms keep getting jobs," an emphatic Newton said in the video. "Don't worry about it. I'm going to show you. I can't wait to show you."


Seahawks release DT Woods

The Seattle Seahawks have released veteran defensive tackle Al Woods, per ESPN's Field Yates.


RB Harris reaches agreement with Bills

Former New England Patriots running back Damien Harris has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.


QB Dobbs signs with the Browns

The Cleveland Browns are signing quarterback Josh Dobbs to a one-year contract, per ESPN's Field Yates. Dobbs was Cleveland's backup quarterback early last season behind Jacoby Brissett.


CB Hughes finalizing deal with the Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons are finalizing a two-year deal with cornerback Mike Hughes, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.


Who are the best remaining players after Schultz signs in Houston?

Three veterans lead the way in Matt Bowen's ranking of the best remaining free agents. Who is still unsigned? Here are the top three players on the board:

1. Bobby Wagner, ILB
2. Odell Beckham Jr., WR
3. Yannick Ngakoue, DE


Cowboys host three players on visits

The Dallas Cowboys hosted running back Ronald Jones on a free agent visit, along with offensive tackle Chuma Edoga and linebacker Travin Howard, per ESPN's Field Yates.


Broncos waive DB Jackson

The Denver Broncos have waived defensive back Lamar Jackson, per ESPN's Field Yates.


Ravens host WR Agholor

ESPN's Field Yates reports that the Baltimore Ravens hosted wide receiver Nelson Agholor on a free agent visit.


Texans add TE Schultz, RB Singletary

The Houston Texans made two major additions to their offense on Monday, agreeing to one-year deals with tight end Dalton Schultz and running back Devin Singletary, sources told ESPN. Schultz's deal is worth $9 million, according to NFL Network, which first reported his deal. Singletary's deal is worth up to $3.75 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Raiders re-signing WR Cole

Free agent wide receiver Keelan Cole is returning to the Las Vegas Raiders on a one-year deal, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Goodell expected to sign multiyear extension

Roger Goodell and NFL owners are expected to finalize a multiyear contract extension for the commissioner at next week's owners meetings in Phoenix, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Titans sign former Bucs CB Murphy-Bunting

The Tennessee Titans are signing former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting, ESPN's Turron Davenport confirms.


Packers re-sign CB Ballentine, S Ford

The Green Bay Packers are bringing back two more players from last season by re-signing CB Corey Ballentine and S Rudy Ford, per ESPN's Rob Demovsky. Ford played in all 17 games last season. Ballentine played in eight.


Raiders signing three players, including TE Howard

The Las Vegas Raiders are signing tight end O.J. Howard, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports they are also signing safety Jaquan Johnson to a one-year deal, and ESPN's Field Yates says they are bringing in defensive end Jordan Willis.


49ers sign TE Dwelley and DB Hartsfield

The San Francisco 49ers announced they've re-signed tight end Ross Dwelley to a one-year deal. They also made official the addition of defensive back Myles Hartsfield on a one-year pact.


Cardinals sign WR Pascal

Wide receiver Zach Pascal is signing a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. While not a key guy in the Philadelphia Eagles' offense last year, Pascal produced 123 catches from 2019 to 2021.


Bills sign WR Sherfield

The Buffalo Bills have signed former Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Trent Sherfield to a one-year deal.


New Bucs QB Mayfield is in the building

Baker Mayfield, the 2018 No. 1 draft pick, agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $8.5 million with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.


Bengals re-sign OG Scharping

The Cincinnati Bengals have announced they are bring back OG Max Scharping on a one-year deal.


Dolphins officially exercise Tua's fifth-year option

The Miami Dolphins have officially exercised Tua Tagovailoa's fifth-year option, locking the quarterback in well ahead of the May 2 deadline.

Tagovailoa set career highs in passing yards, touchdowns, completion percentage and passer rating last season, leading the league in that last one. He missed five games, including the team's wild-card loss to the Bills, after suffering two concussions.


Lions create cap space by restructuring DE Okwara's contract

From ESPN's Field Yates: Detroit Lions edge rusher Romeo Okwara agreed to a renegotiated contract that reduces his cap hit for 2023 from $14.5 million down to $5.647 million.


Stacking nine QBs in the NFL draft by strengths and weaknesses (ESPN+)

One of the bigger questions surrounding the 2023 NFL draft class is how the quarterbacks stack up. Four standouts could come off the board in any order in the top 10, and it's still unclear how the rest of the signal-caller group will shake out. We have already spent a lot of time with each passer's game tape, analyzing distinct strengths and weaknesses. But what happens when we compare those evaluations with statistics in a handful of key areas? Does it all match up?

We picked out nine of the top QBs in this class -- Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, Will Levis, Anthony Richardson, Hendon Hooker, Jake Haener, Tanner McKee, Max Duggan and Jaren Hall -- and dove in on five key statistical areas.


Could the Colts target Lamar Jackson?

Within hours of the Baltimore Ravens placing the nonexclusive franchise tag on quarterback Lamar Jackson on March 7, reports surfaced that numerous teams had no interest in negotiating with Jackson.

The Indianapolis Colts, who haven't had a quarterback start consecutive season openers since Andrew Luck in 2015-16, were not among those teams. If the 26-year-old former MVP leaves Baltimore, there are reasons to believe the Colts would be a good fit.


LB Walker visiting Commanders

Cleveland Browns free agent linebacker Anthony Walker is visiting the Washington Commanders on Monday, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Edmunds, Edwards aim to be Bears' next great LB duo

Inspired by the Chicago Bears' history of producing some of the greatest middle linebackers in NFL history, Tremaine Edmunds summed up his decision to sign with Chicago in free agency as a no-brainer. "When you talk about great linebackers -- in particular, middle linebackers -- I mean, why wouldn't you want to come to a place like this?" Edmunds said. "It's such a great tradition."

Now Edmunds, a two-team Pro Bowler, is hoping to team up with T.J. Edwards, the other free agent linebacker the Bears signed, to form Chicago's next great linebacking tandem.

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Sunday, March 19

Falcons to sign WR Hollins

Wide receiver Mack Hollins and the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a one-year deal, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Hollins had 57 catches for 690 yards and four touchdowns last season for the Las Vegas Raiders.


Lions to add DB Gardner-Johnson

Free agent safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson and the Detroit Lions reached an agreement on a one-year deal worth up to $8 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Sunday night.

Gardner-Johnson, 25, was acquired by the Philadelphia Eagles from the New Orleans Saints in late August along with the Saints' 2025 seventh-round draft pick for a 2023 fifth-round draft pick and the latter of Philly's two sixth-round draft picks in 2024.


Panthers to sign WR Thielen

The Carolina Panthers have reached a deal with wide receiver Adam Thielen, the team announced Sunday. Thielen was released by the Minnesota Vikings after 10 seasons, designated as a pre-June 1 cut so the team could avoid his salary cap hit for 2023.


Raiders release LS Sieg

The Las Vegas Raiders have released veteran long-snapper Trent Sieg, per ESPN's Field Yates.


Texans extending OT Tunsil

Houston Texans left tackle Laremy Tunsil has reached his goal of becoming the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL. Sources confirmed to ESPN that Tunsil has agreed to a three-year, $75 million extension with the Texans. The deal includes a $30 million signing bonus with $50 million fully guaranteed and $60 million in total guarantees.


Cowboys trade for WR Cooks

The Dallas Cowboys are acquiring wide receiver Brandin Cooks from the Houston Texans in exchange for two draft picks, sources told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler and Adam Schefter on Sunday. The Cowboys are trading a fifth-round selection in this year's draft and a 2024 sixth-round pick for Cooks, the sources said.


Best free agents left on the board: Here's who is available

As of Sunday morning, five of the top 25 free agents from Matt Bowen's ranking of the top 100 are unsigned:

6. TE Dalton Schultz
8. S C.J. Gardner-Johnson
18. LB Bobby Wagner
19. WR Odell Beckham Jr.
24. DE Yannick Ngakoue


Why completing the QB Rodgers trade won't be easy for Jets, Packers

Aaron Rodgers wants to leave the Green Bay Packers and play for the New York Jets. The Jets want that, too. The Packers are willing to make a trade happen. So what's the holdup?

It's a complex transaction, perhaps unprecedented. You're talking about an all-time great quarterback with a massive contract. Those factors alone would make it difficult. That he's 39 years old and already on record as saying he strongly considered retirement last month makes it harder to determine a fair price. He could walk away in a year. That's why the Jets don't want to part with their 2023 first-round draft pick (13th overall). At the same time, the Packers don't want to trade a franchise icon for second- and third-day draft picks.

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Saturday, March 18

G Seumalo signs three-year deal with Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Steelers beefed up their offensive line Saturday night, acquiring a full-time starter from across the state. Former Philadelphia Eagles guard Isaac Seumalo signed a three-year deal with Pittsburgh, sources told ESPN. Seumalo is the Steelers' second offensive line signing in free agency, joining Nate Herbig, who spent three years with the Eagles before a one-year stint with the New York Jets.


QB Gabbert visits Raiders, TE Moreau visits Saints

Free agent quarterback Blaine Gabbert visited with the Las Vegas Raiders today, according to ESPN's Field Yates. Gabbert last played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Raiders also re-signed offensive lineman Hroniss Grasu.

Yates also reports that the New Orleans Saints hosted tight end Foster Moreau on a visit. Moreau is a free agent after spending the past four seasons with the Las Vegas Raiders.


Bucs to add DT Gaines

Having yet to address their defensive line with five unsigned free agents, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to terms with former Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Greg Gaines on a one-year deal Saturday, a source told ESPN.

In 59 regular season games over the last four years, Gaines, 26, recorded 25 starts with 10.5 sacks - 8.5 over the last two seasons -- with 11 tackles for a loss, 24 quarterback hits and a fumble recovery.

ESPN's Jenna Laine also reports the Bucs have re-signed defensive lineman Pat O'Connor to a one-year deal.


Dolphins signing OLB Reed

Outside linebacker Malik Reed is signing with the Miami Dolphins, according to his agent, Mike McCartney. Reed had 17 tackles and a sack for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season.


Raiders bring back LB Bolton

The Las Vegas Raiders announced Saturday afternoon that linebacker Curtis Bolton has been re-signed. He played in 10 games last season.


Which teams have made the fewest moves so far?

From ESPN's Field Yates: Just two teams have yet to acquire a player from another team since free agency began: the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams have added one apiece, both via trade (cornerback Stephon Gilmore and tight end Hunter Long).


What does free agency mean for the draft?

NFL draft analysts Matt Miller and Jordan Reid came away with six big draft-related takeaways from free agency, from how certain teams might approach the first round to which positions might be heavily targeted on April 27. What have we learned about how teams view the draft class and plan to navigate it?

Friday, March 17

Panthers sign OL McCray

The Carolina Panthers signed former Houston Texans offensive lineman Justin McCray, ESPN's David Newton reported.


Bengals sign S Scott

The Cincinnati Bengals reached agreement with former Los Angeles Rams safety Nick Scott to a three-year, $12 million deal, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Jets in trade discussions for P Mann

The New York Jets are in discussions with multiple teams regarding punter Braden Mann, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Jets signed Thomas Morstead earlier Friday.


Jaguars re-sign CB Herndon

The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed cornerback Tre Herndon to a one-year, $2.6 million deal, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.


Titans ask S Byard to take pay cut

The Tennessee Titans are asking Pro Bowl safety Kevin Byard to take a pay cut, which Byard is currently unwilling to do, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. ESPN Titans reporter Turron Davenport added that multiple sources have indicated that Byard has not asked for a release despite the current impasse.


Chiefs sign LB Tranquill, S Edwards

The Kansas City Chiefs are signing former Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Drue Tranquill and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Mike Edwards, sources told ESPN. Tranquill was No. 9 on Matt Bowen's top remaining free agents.


S Moore visits Patriots

Safety C.J. Moore, who spent the past four seasons with the Detroit Lions as a core special teams player, visited the New England Patriots on Friday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. Moore, who was the personal protector on Detroit's punt team, initially joined the Lions as an undrafted free agent out of Ole Miss.


TE Moreau visits Bengals

Tight end Foster Moreau visited the Cincinnati Bengals on Friday, according to ESPN's Field Yates. Foster spent the past four seasons with the Las Vegas Raiders.


Vikings agree to terms with DE Lowry

The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with defensive end Dean Lowry, the team announced. The deal is for two years, a source told ESPN's Kevin Seifert. Lowry spent the past seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers.


Chargers re-sign P Scott

The Los Angeles Chargers are re-signing punter JK Scott to a two-year, $4 million deal, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Scott spent his first three seasons with the Green Bay Packers before spending the 2021 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.


Patriots sign LB Board

The New England Patriots are signing former Detroit Lions linebacker Chris Board to a two-year deal with a maximum value of $6.7 million, a source told ESPN's Mike Reiss. Board spent four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens before joining the Lions in 2022.


Dolphins sign P Bailey

The Miami Dolphins have signed Pro Bowl punter Jake Bailey, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bailey spent the past four seasons with the New England Patriots.


Jets sign P Morstead

The New York Jets have signed veteran punter Thomas Morstead, who punted for the Jets in seven games in 2021. He also punted for the Atlanta Falcons that season and spent last year with the Miami Dolphins. He'll be competition for Braden Mann.


Bills re-sign CB Jackson

The Bills have officially re-signed cornerback Dane Jackson to a one-year deal. Brandon Beane said Thursday that they were working on a deal that would lower the cap hit from his tender. There it is.


TE Parham re-signs with Chargers

Tight end Donald Parham Jr. is re-signing with the Los Angeles Chargers, agent Safarrah Lawson confirms. Another option for Justin Herbert in the fold.


Seahawks, S Love agree on deal

Former New York Giants safety Julian Love reached agreement on a two-year, $12 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Love, who started 16 games last year and 32 over four seasons with the Giants, reinforces a position of uncertainty for the Seahawks. While their most glaring needs on defense have been concentrated in their front seven, their secondary also has a big question mark with strong safety Jamal Adams coming off surgery to repair a torn quadriceps tendon.


Dolphins re-signing WR Cracraft

The Dolphins are re-signing wide receiver River Cracraft to a one-year deal.


OL Williams seeks Bengals exit

Offensive tackle Jonah Williams has expressed his desire to be traded, a source confirmed to ESPN on Friday. The request comes after four-time Pro Bowl tackle Orlando Brown Jr. agreed to terms with the Bengals earlier in the week.


CB Hughes to visit Falcons

Cornerback Mike Hughes is making a free agency visit to the Atlanta Falcons over the weekend, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. The former first-round pick could reunite with assistant head coach Jerry Gray, who coached Hughes in Minnesota.


Bucs release RB Fournette and TE Brate

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made it official, releasing running back Leonard Fournette and tight end Cameron Brate.


Bills release WR McKenzie

The Buffalo Bills released wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie. One of the team's slot receivers, McKenzie has been a top presence in the Bills' locker room, but his release seemed possible after the Bills signed Deonte Harty and with a $250,000 bonus due in the coming days. By releasing McKenzie, the Bills save over $2 million on this year's cap.


Lions signing PK Badgley

The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with place-kicker Michael Badgley, his agent announced.


Patriots releasing DB Mills

The New England Patriots are releasing defensive back Jalen Mills, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter -- a move that will save the team about $5 million against the salary cap. Mills, a former Super Bowl champion with the Philadelphia Eagles, played in 10 games last season, intercepting two passes.


Giants TE Waller gets deal reworked

The New York Giants have converted $9.835 million of newly acquired tight end Darren Waller's 2023 base salary into a signing bonus, creating $7.868 million in cap space, a source told ESPN's Field Yates.


Falcons sign LB Davis

The Atlanta Falcons have signed linebacker Tae Davis to a one-year deal, a source told ESPN Falcons reporter Michael Rothstein. Davis was with the Cleveland Browns last season.


Backup QB Rush returning to Dallas

Dak Prescott will have one familiar voice in the quarterback room this year: Backup Cooper Rush has agreed to a two-year deal worth $5 million that includes a $1.25 million signing bonus, sources told ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer. He can make up to $6 million on the deal.

Rush had a 5-1 record as the Dallas Cowboys starter the past two seasons while filling in for an injured Prescott. For his career, he has thrown for 1,475 yards with eight touchdown passes and four interceptions. At least two AFC teams had sought to sign Rush before he agreed to return to the Cowboys.


Ex-Pats P Bailey visiting Dolphins

A source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter that former New England Patriots Pro Bowl punter Jake Bailey is visiting with the Miami Dolphins.


OG Allegretti returning to Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs have re-signed guard Nick Allegretti, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports. Allegretti played in all 17 games -- starting three times -- for the reigning Super Bowl champions last season.


CB Douglas restructures Packers deal

The Green Bay Packers have restructured the contract of cornerback Rasul Douglas, which creates another $3.3 million in 2023 cap space, ESPN's Field Yates reports. Douglas has recorded nine interceptions over the past two years.


WR Chark visiting Panthers

The Carolina Panthers continue to look for a veteran wide receiver today as they host DJ Chark, who played four years with the Jacksonville Jaguars and one with the Detroit Lions. He has 177 catches for 2,544 yards and 18 TDs over his career.


Patriots to sign TE Gesicki

The New England Patriots have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent tight end Mike Gesicki that is worth up to $9 million, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Field Yates. Gesicki will pair with veteran Hunter Henry to give the Patriots a dual-tight end attack the team hoped it was getting when it signed Henry and Jonnu Smith to big-money deals in free agency in 2021. The team traded Smith to the Atlanta Falcons on Monday for a seventh-round draft pick.


Who are the best remaining free agents?

ESPN's Matt Bowen restacked the free agency list, ranking the top 30-plus players still unsigned. Tight end Dalton Schultz has moved into the No. 1 spot, but who follows? Check out the full list.


Seahawks adding LB Bush

The Seattle Seahawks have signed Pittsburgh Steelers free agent linebacker Devin Bush to a one-year contract, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Walder's 'A' grades from the first week of free agency

ESPN analytics writer Seth Walder has graded more than 50 NFL free agency signings and trades so far, breaking down each deal from every angle and doling out ratings on which teams did well -- and which gave up too much money. We compiled all of Walder's "A" grades -- the deals he liked most from the perspective of the teams. We then asked him to rank those 11 deals, with his favorites at the top.


Why did Patriots choose WR Smith-Schuster over Meyers?

Bill Belichick always seems to have a surprise or two up his hoodie sleeve in free agency, and thus far, the biggest of 2023 has been his receiver swap of JuJu Smith-Schuster for Jakobi Meyers.

Even longtime safety Devin McCourty didn't see it coming. Fresh off announcing his retirement last week, he said on sports radio WEEI that he was shocked the team didn't bring Meyers back on the three-year, $33 million contract he signed with the Las Vegas Raiders. Meyers had expressed an interest in returning to New England, but the team's offers fell short compared to others on the market, according to a source with direct knowledge of the negotiations.


Eagles signing QB Mariota

The Philadelphia Eagles are bringing on former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota to serve as Jalen Hurts' backup, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Mariota agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal worth up to $8 million.

Thursday, March 16

Jets sign OL Schweitzer

The Jets have signed former Commanders offensive lineman Wes Schweitzer, ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini reported. Schweitzer played guard and center for Washington in 2022.


"The Bill Barnwell Show": Favorite moves in free agency

Listen to Barnwell's new podcast episode, which features him and Mina Kimes talking about the deals they like most, bargain contracts that improve contenders and why Jacoby Brissett landed in a perfect spot.


Eagles agree to terms with CB Williams

The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a one-year contract with former Cleveland Browns cornerback Greedy Williams, ESPN Eagles reporter Tim McManus reported.


Colts agree to deal with QB Minshew

The Indianapolis Colts agreed to a deal with former Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Gardner Minshew on Thursday, a source confirmed to ESPN. The Colts are expected to make additional quarterback moves before the offseason ends and hold the No. 4 pick in April's draft, where they are expected to select a quarterback.


Rams S Rapp visiting Bengals

Free agent safety Taylor Rapp is off to visit with the Cincinnati Bengals after visiting with the New England Patriots, per ESPN's Field Yates.


Bears sign RB Foreman

The Chicago Bears are signing former Panthers running back D'Onta Foreman to a one-year, $3 million deal, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Eagles come to agreement on contract extension for CB Slay

The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a three-year, $42 million extension that includes $23 million fully guaranteed for cornerback Darius Slay. The extension was confirmed and negotiated by Drew Rosenhaus and Robert Bailey, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Seahawks re-sign QB Lock

Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider confirms the team has agreed to terms to re-sign quarterback Drew Lock, per ESPN's Brady Henderson.


Bears make a deal with TE Tonyan

The Chicago Bears are signing former Packers tight end Robert Tonyan to a one-year deal, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Bengals sign OT Ford

The Cincinnati Bengals have signed offensive tackle Cody Ford to a one-year contract, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.


Panthers restructure CB Jackson's deal

According to ESPN's David Newton: The Carolina Panthers restructured the deal of cornerback Donte Jackson with him set to get a $4 million roster bonus, per ESPN's Roster Management.


Patriots release QB Hoyer

The New England Patriots have released quarterback Brian Hoyer, according to ESPN's Field Yates.


Bears release QB Siemian

The Chicago Bears have released quarterback Trevor Siemian, according to ESPN's Field Yates.


Giants re-sign WR Slayton

The New York Giants are re-signing wide receiver Darius Slayton on a two-year deal, per ESPN's Jordan Raanan. Slayton led the Giants with 724 receiving yards last season after starting the season as a healthy inactive buried on the depth chart.


Dolphins sign FB Lovett

Fullback John Lovett is signing with the Miami Dolphins on a one-year deal, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.


Ravens re-sign LS Moore

The Baltimore Ravens retain Nick Moore, who was a second-team All-Pro in his second season as Baltimore's long-snapper.


Vikings re-sign OL Schlottmann

The Minnesota Vikings are re-signing offensive lineman Austin Schlottmann, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Schlottmann started four games for Minnesota last season.


Seahawks signing C/G Brown

The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms with interior lineman Evan Brown, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Brown started 24 games on Detroit's line over the past two years.


Bears signed DT Billings

The Chicago Bears have signed defensive tackle Andrew Billings, according to ESPN's Field Yates.


49ers re-signing LB Flannigan-Fowles

The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed linebacker Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles to a one-year deal, per ESPN's Nick Wagoner. They declined to tender him as a restricted free agent but brought him back on a new deal.


Giants re-signing DE Ward

The New York Giants are re-signing Jihad Ward to a one-year deal, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.


G Glasgow leaves Broncos, returns to Lions

Former Denver Broncos free agent guard Graham Glasgow, the Detroit Lions' third-round pick in 2016, is returning to Detroit on a one-year deal worth up to $4.5 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Ravens reach deal with S Geno Stone

The Ravens, per sources, are re-signing Geno Stone, who started a career-high seven games last season when Marcus Williams was sidelined with a wrist injury. He was not tendered as a restricted free agent.


Cowboys are re-signing S Goodwin

The Dallas Cowboys are re-signing special teams ace C.J. Goodwin to a one-year contract, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Giants signing WR Campbell

Free agent wide receiver Parris Campbell is signing a one-year deal with the New York Giants, a source told ESPN's Jordan Raanan. Campbell had a career-high 623 yards with three touchdowns last season with the Indianapolis Colts.


Vikings reach agreement with S Smith

The Minnesota Vikings and safety Harrison Smith have agreed to terms on a new contract that will keep the veteran defender with the team for the 2023 season, a source told ESPN's Kevin Seifert.


Former Chargers S Adderley announces retirement

Former Los Angeles Chargers safety Nasir Adderley announced his retirement on Instagram.


Cardinals release C Hudson

The Arizona Cardinals have announced the release of center Rodney Hudson.


Dolphins sign WR Berrios

The Miami Dolphins are signing former New York Jets WR Braxton Berrios to a one-year deal, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Bills, RB Hines agree to revised deal

The Buffalo Bills and running back Nyheim Hines agreed to a renegotiated contract that includes a $1 million signing bonus and the chance to earn more than the $4.79 million in cash he was previously due, a source told ESPN's Field Yates.


Steelers cut LB Jack

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released linebacker Myles Jack, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.


LB Wilson to stay with Patriots

Linebacker Mack Wilson Sr. has agreed to re-sign with the New England Patriots on a one-year deal. Last season he played 20.9% of the defensive snaps (but zero the final five games). He had 26 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery. Wilson was also a factor on special teams, playing on multiple units (10 tackles, third on the Patriots).


Bucs plan to sign RB Edmonds

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers plan to sign running back Chase Edmonds to a one-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The veteran previously played for the Broncos, Dolphins and Cardinals.


Steelers plan to sign LB Roberts

The Pittsburgh Steelers added another linebacker, agreeing to terms with Elandon Roberts on a two-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Rapp to visit Patriots Thursday

From ESPN's Field Yates: Rams free agent S Taylor Rapp is visiting the Patriots today, per source. Rapp, 26, has started 48 games in his career and had six interceptions over the past two seasons.


Dolphins to sign OLs Feeney, Christian

The Miami Dolphins plan to sign offensive linemen Dan Feeney and Geron Christian, a source told ESPN's Marcel Louis-Jacques.


Steelers amend S Fitzpatrick's contract to create cap space

The Pittsburgh Steelers restructured the contract of safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, creating $10.065 million in cap space for 2023, according to ESPN's Field Yates.


XFL Week 5 preview: There's football on TV tonight!

We interrupt your regular NFL free agency updates with a reminder that the XFL returns Thursday night, with the 4-0 Houston Roughnecks at the 2-2 Seattle Sea Dragons. The game kicks off at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+. See the full Week 5 preview here.


G Ford headed for trip to Cincinnati

Free agent guard Cody Ford is visiting the Cincinnati Bengals, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. The Bengals just signed Orlando Brown Jr. to be their starting left tackle.


Panthers restructure TE Thomas' contract

ESPN's David Newton confirmed that Carolina Panthers tight end Ian Thomas has taken a pay cut that creates $2.875 million in cap space this year.


Seahawks visit with defenders

New York Giants free agent safety Julian Love and Pittsburgh Steelers free agent linebacker Devin Bush are set to visit with the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Defensive back Lonnie Johnson Jr. also is visiting, per Schefter.


Best free agents left on the board: Two in the top 10 are available

As of Thursday afternoon, just six of the top 25 free agents from Matt Bowen's ranking of the top 100 are unsigned:

6. TE Dalton Schultz
8. S C.J. Gardner-Johnson
18. LB Bobby Wagner
19. WR Odell Beckham Jr.
24. DE Yannick Ngakoue
25. TE Mike Gesicki

Wednesday, March 15

CB Slay now expected to stay with the Eagles

Cornerback Darius Slay might be returning to the Philadelphia Eagles after all, as a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Slay wasn't actually released and is "expected to stay with the Eagles."


Bengals agree to sign OT Brown

The Cincinnati Bengals signed former Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. to a four-year, $64 million contract with a $31 million signing bonus, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported. The bonus is the highest ever for an offensive lineman.


Bears reach agreement with QB Walker

The Chicago Bears have reached an agreement to sign former Panthers quarterback PJ Walker, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.


Colts re-sign special teams ace Brown

The Indianapolis Colts signed special teams ace Tony Brown to a one-year deal worth $1.2 million, with $500,000 guaranteed, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported.


Patriots sign RB Robinson

The New England Patriots signed running back James Robinson to a two-year deal worth a maximum $8 million, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported. Robinson played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets in 2022.


RB Mattison returns to Minnesota

Running back Alexander Mattison has agreed to a two-year contract to return to the Minnesota Vikings, ESPN's Kevin Seifert reported.


The Jets re-sign DT Thomas

The New York Jets re-signed defensive lineman Solomon Thomas, ESPN's Rich Cimini reported. Thomas was the No. 3 pick in the 2017 NFL draft.


Chiefs restructure Mahomes' contract to clear cap space

The Kansas City Chiefs have converted $12 million of MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes' 2023 roster bonus into a signing bonus, creating $9.6 million in cap space, ESPN's Field Yates reported.


Texans re-sign DB Thomas

The Houston Texans have re-signed defensive back Tavierre Thomas, ESPN's D.J. Bien-Aime reported.


Chargers re-sign DE Fox

The Los Angeles Chargers have re-signed defensive lineman Morgan Fox, ESPN's Lindsey Thiry reported.


Panthers sign DT Williams

The Carolina Panthers agreed to terms with former Denver Broncos defensive tackle DeShawn Williams, ESPN's David Newton reported. Williams started 15 games in new defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero's defense last season with the Broncos.


49ers sign CB Oliver

The San Francisco 49ers agreed to terms on a two-year contract with former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver, ESPN's Nick Wagoner reported.


Panthers sign RB Sanders

The Carolina Panthers plan to sign former Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported.


Different paths, similar ending for Favre and Rodgers in Green Bay

With four MVPs, Aaron Rodgers might be the greatest regular-season QB, but like Brett Favre, he delivered only one championship to "Titletown." And like Favre, Rodgers seems to be leaving the Packers for the Jets, Rob Demovsky writes.


Saints sign RB Williams

The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a three-year deal with former Detroit Lions running back Jamaal Williams, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.


Bills sign QB Kyle Allen

The Buffalo Bills are signing former Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen, ESPN's Alaina Getzenberg reported.


Browns sign S Thornhill

The Cleveland Browns have signed former Kansas City Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill, ESPN's Jake Trotter reported.


DT Cox returning to Eagles on one-year deal

Six-time Pro-Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is returning to the Philadelphia Eagles on a one-year deal worth $10 million, per sources. The Eagles got a hometown discount, as Cox turned down lucrative offers.


Packers re-sign TE Davis

The Green Bay Packers have re-signed TE Tyler Davis.


LB Flannigan-Fowles now a UFA

The San Francisco 49ers did not tender restricted free agent LB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles. He now becomes an unrestricted free agent. It is possible he could return to the Niners at a lower number than the RFA tender would've required.


Dolphins signing TE Saubert

A source confirms to ESPN's Marcel Louis-Jacques that the Miami Dolphins are signing TE Eric Saubert. Saubert played for the Denver Broncos in 2022.


Cowboys restructure more contracts

The Dallas Cowboys have restructured the contract of DE DeMarcus Lawrence, opening up $8.89 million in cap room, sources tell ESPN's Todd Archer.

Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith has also agreed to a reworked contract that will open up salary cap space for the club and keep him around for a 13th season. Smith was set to make $13.6 million in the final year of his contract and count $17.6 million against the salary cap. With the changes, Smith's base salary will drop but he will be able to make up the money depending on how much he plays in 2023.


Ravens involved in free agent QB market

The Baltimore Ravens, who face uncertainty around Lamar Jackson's future, have been involved in the free agent quarterback market, looking into options such as Baker Mayfield and Jacoby Brissett before they signed elsewhere, league sources told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Baltimore appears to be looking for flexibility.


Dolphins re-signing RB Gaskin

The Miami Dolphins are re-signing free agent running back Myles Gaskin to a one-year deal, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


UFA Brown talks on 'NFL Live'

Former Kansas City Chiefs OT and unrestricted free agent Orlando Brown Jr. talks on ESPN's "NFL Live" about his free agent process: "I don't want to get too specific, but everything's going pretty well. Obviously it's kind of a weird and a long process -- different -- something I've never experienced before, but it's going pretty well."

Brown is ranked ESPN's No. 1 free agent in the top 100.


Jaguars re-signing CB Campbell

The Jacksonville Jaguars are re-signing non-tendered RFA cornerback Tevaughn Campbell to a one-year deal.


Dolphins to sign DB Elliott

DeShon Elliott started 35 games at safety for the Ravens and Lions over the past four years. Miami adds some quality depth with Brandon Jones recovering from a torn ACL and Eric Rowe hitting free agency.


DL Obada returning to Commanders

As expected, DL Efe Obada is returning to Washington on a one-year deal.


Titans tendering OL Brewer

The Titans are tendering RFA OL Aaron Brewer at the second-round level, a source told ESPN's Field Yates.


Panthers won't place tender on QB Walker

The Panthers as expected will not place a tender on RFA PJ Walker, a league source told ESPN's David Newton. There is still a chance the quarterback could be brought back at a lower price, per source.


Colts, DT Bryan agree on deal

Former Browns DT Taven Bryan reached agreement on a one-year deal worth $4.5 million with the Indianapolis Colts, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Commanders to sign QB Brissett

Quarterback Jacoby Brissett has agreed to a one-year contract with the Washington Commanders, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. Brissett's deal is worth up to $10 million and includes $8 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.


Ravens use ROFR tender on QB Huntley

By giving Tyler Huntley the $2.627 million right of first refusal tender, the Baltimore Ravens would receive no compensation if another team signs him to an offer sheet and Baltimore declines to match it.

Ravens could have solidified the return of Huntley by using a second-round tender because teams would have unlikely given up a second-rounder to acquire him. But the second-round tender costs $4.304 million, which is expensive for a Baltimore team that doesn't have much cap space.


End of an era for Cowboys, Zeke

The Dallas Cowboys will release Ezekiel Elliott, making the running back a free agent, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Elliott was set to count $16.7 million against the salary cap with a $10.9 million non-guaranteed base salary. Elliott will be designated a post-June 1 cut, per sources, which means the club will save nearly $11 million against the 2023 cap, but he will count $4.9 million against the 2024 cap. They will not get the cap credit until June 1.


Texans to acquire DT Sheldon Rankins

Rankins played the past two seasons with the New York Jets after playing his first five with the New Orleans Saints. He's familiar with the Houston Texans' scheme having played under Jets coach Robert Saleh.


Pats to add WR Smith-Schuster

The New England Patriots are signing wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, according to ESPN's Dianna Russini.


49ers agree to deal with DE Ferrell

The San Francisco 49ers reached agreement today on a one-year deal with former Las Vegas Raiders first-round draft pick Clelin Ferrell, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Ravens not planning to bring back S Stone

Per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler: The Baltimore Ravens do not plan to tender restricted free agent safety Geno Stone, who started seven games for Baltimore's secondary last season. He will be a free agent.


Ravens re-sign RB Hill

Running back Justice Hill is resigning with the Baltimore Ravens to a two-year, $4.5 million deal (up to $5 million in max value), a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Cardinals re-sign G Hernandez and LB Turner

According to ESPN's Josh Weinfuss: The Arizona Cardinals re-signed guard Will Hernandez to a two-year deal and linebacker Zeke Turner to a one-year deal.


Buccaneers bringing LB David back

Linebacker Lavonte David is returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a one-year contract, a source told ESPN's Jenna Laine. The deal is worth $7 million with incentives that can push the total value to $8 million, the source said. The team's longest-tenured player wanted to remain with Tampa Bay for the duration of his career.


Bills reach agreement with S Poyer

After testing the market, free agent safety Jordan Poyer has decided to return to New York and re-sign with the Buffalo Bills. The 31-year-old, considered one of the top defensive backs in the NFL, will head into his seventh season with the Bills after agreeing to a two-year deal, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


QB Rodgers says he wants to play for Jets in 2023

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said Wednesday on "The Pat McAfee Show" that he intends to play for the New York Jets this season. Rodgers said he made that decision Friday and that he is not holding up a trade, which still isn't finalized. The two teams and Rodgers remain in contact, sources said, as they try to work through the final stages of a potential deal, which would include restructuring Rodgers' contract and agreeing on trade compensation.

"I made it clear my intention was to play and to play for the New York Jets, and I haven't been holding anything up. It's the compensation that the Packers are trying to get. ... The Packers want to move on and have let me know that in so many words," he said.


Falcons RG Lindstrom re-signs from paradise

Chris Lindstrom was literally on the road to paradise in Hawaii when his agent called, finalizing his record-setting contract. His agent, Bradley Blank, and the Falcons were finalizing the terms of his five-year, $105 million contract extension -- at $21 million average annual value, the most for a guard in NFL history.

"It was beautiful and I kind of joked with my fiancรฉe, Madison, that we're on the most beautiful road and beautiful place on the planet and somehow, it got even better."


A lot of top free agents still available ...

As of Wednesday at noon ET -- four hours before free agency officially begins and deals can become final -- 48 of Matt Bowen's top 100 free agents are still unsigned. And that includes 20 of the top 50 players on the list. Here are the best five on the board and their overall ranking:

1. Orlando Brown Jr., OT
6. Dalton Schultz, TE
8. C.J. Gardner-Johnson, S
14. Lavonte David, ILB
15. Jordan Poyer, S


Bucs plan to sign QB Mayfield

2018 No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reached agreement on a one-year contract worth up to $8.5 million, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Wednesday.

Mayfield joins the Buccaneers in line to replace Tom Brady, who retired last month after three seasons and one Super Bowl title in Tampa Bay.


Saints plan to sign DTs Shepherd, Saunders

The New Orleans Saints are expected to sign former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Khalen Saunders, a source tells ESPN's Katherine Terrell. The team is also expected to sign former New York Jets defensive tackle Nathan Shepherd, sources tell ESPN's Dianna Russini.


Eagles plan to release CB Slay

The Philadelphia Eagles plan to release five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Wednesday.

The Eagles and Slay could not work out a restructured contract and he will be a free agent at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, the sources said. The Eagles also had allowed Slay's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, to seek a trade before deciding to release him.


Bucs to re-sign OLB Nelson

Pass-rusher Anthony Nelson plans to re-sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a two-year deal worth $11 million (up to $13 million in max value), sources told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Nelson has a combined 10.5 sacks over the past two seasons.


Bills to sign WR Harty

The Buffalo Bills agreed to terms with wide receiver Deonte Harty on a two-year, $13.5 million deal, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Bengals to re-sign RB Williams

The Cincinnati Bengals plan to re-sign running back Trayveon Williams, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.


Patriots to sign OT Reiff

The New England Patriots are expected to sign free agent offensive tackle Riley Reiff, sources tell ESPN's Dianna Russini.

The agreement with the 34-year-old Reiff -- who has started 149 career games and will vie for a top role protecting quarterback Mac Jones -- highlights Bill Belichick's early free-agent strategy to build depth at a position the team experienced a run of injuries last season.


Panthers to sign TE Hurst

The Carolina Panthers have agreed to a three-year contract with Cincinatti Bengals free agent tight end Hayden Hurst, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Tuesday.

Hurst is coming off one of his most productive seasons in the NFL, catching 52 passes for 414 yards -- his second-highest career totals in each category -- during the regular season.


Steelers agree to sign ILB Holcomb to three-year deal

The Pittsburgh Steelers filled a significant defensive need by agreeing to terms with inside linebacker Cole Holcomb to a three-year deal, a league source confirmed to ESPN's John Keim.

Holcomb, a four-year starter in Washington, had his 2022 season cut short by a foot injury that required in-season surgery. Prior to his injury, Holcomb was in the midst of a career season with 69 tackles in seven games.


What are the Packers asking for in return for Aaron Rodgers?

Speaking on "Get Up," ESPN's Adam Schefter said, "The Jets and the Green Bay Packers have to figure out compensation on what it would take to acquire Aaron Rodgers. And my understanding is within the Packers organization, they felt he was worth a package that was similar to the one the Rams once got for Matthew Stafford, which was multiple [first-round picks]."


Patriots create cap space by reworking retiring player's contract

The New England Patriots tacked a year onto Devin McCourty's contract at a minimum value ($1.165 million for 2023), according to ESPN's Field Yates. McCourty announced his retirement last week. According to Yates, this is a cap tactic that creates $5.035 million in 2023 cap space, while pushing $6.2 million in dead money to 2024, presuming the retirement is officially processed after June 1.


Barnwell answers eight big free agency questions

What is the New York Jets' backup plan if Aaron Rodgers doesn't join them? What will the trade market look like for Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler? Should the Philadelphia Eagles have been more aggressive about trying to keep their roster together? ESPN analyst Bill Barnwell digs into what we've learned so far from free agency.


WR Dulin headed back to Indy

Wide receiver Ashton Dulin is re-signing with the Indianapolis Colts, per ESPN's Adam Schefter and Jeremy Fowler. The deal is for two years and up to $9.2 million.


QB targets for the Commanders?

Per ESPN's John Keim, these three quarterbacks are high on the Washington Commanders' list with Taylor Heinicke off to the Atlanta Falcons: Jacoby Brissett, Gardner Minshew and Cooper Rush.

Teddy Bridgewater -- who was signed in Carolina by Marty Hurney, now assistant GM of the Commanders -- also is available.


QB Jackson can start negotiating with other teams on Wednesday

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson can start negotiating with other teams at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday. This is unprecedented territory, because the 26-year-old Jackson is the first NFL MVP quarterback under 30 to receive the nonexclusive franchise tag, which pays him $32.416 million for one season and allows him to engage in contract negotiations with the rest of the league. If he accepts an offer, the Ravens have five days to match or get two first-round picks as compensation.


Best free agents left on the board: Star players still available

As of Wednesday morning, 20 of the top 50 free agents from Matt Bowen's ranking of the top 100 are unsigned. Of the top 100, 51 are without deals. Here are the best five, along with their rankings:

1. OT Orlando Brown Jr.
6. TE Dalton Schultz
8. S C.J. Gardner-Johnson
14. LB Lavonte David
15. S Jordan Poyer

Tuesday, March 14

Titans to sign DE Key

The Titans will sign former Jaguars defensive end Arden Key to a three-year deal for $21 million with $13 million guaranteed, ESPN confirmed.


Vikings agree to terms with CB Murphy

The Vikings have agreed to a two-year deal with former Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy Jr., ESPN confirmed.


Bears to sign RB Homer

The Bears have agreed to a two-year deal with former Seahawks running back Travis Homer worth a maximum of $4.5 million, Homer's agent told ESPN.


Chiefs to sign DE Omenihu

The Chiefs have agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with former 49ers defensive end Charles Omenihu, a source told ESPN.


Lions agree to terms with RB Montgomery

The Lions have agreed to terms with former Bears running back David Montgomery on a three-year, $18 million deal, with $11 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN.


49ers restructure LB Warner's contract

The San Francisco 49ers are restructuring the contract of Pro Bowl linebacker Fred Warner, which will create $9.5 million in cap space, a source told ESPN.


Bills restructure Diggs' contract

The Buffalo Bills have restructured wide receiver Stefon Diggs' contract, converting base salary into a bonus and creating another $5.4 million in cap space, a source told ESPN.


Vikings re-sign K Joseph to one-year deal

The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed kicker Greg Joseph to a one-year, almost fully guaranteed deal, his agent told ESPN.


Raiders to re-sign FB Johnson

The Las Vegas Raiders are re-signing fullback Jakob Johnson to a one-year deal, his agents confirmed to ESPN. Johnson appeared in six games for the Raiders last season after spending his first three seasons with the New England Patriots.


Colts reach agreement with DE Ebukam

The Indianapolis Colts have reached an agreement with former San Francisco 49ers defensive end Samson Ebukam on a three-year, $27 million max deal that includes over $11 million in the first year, sources told ESPN.


Raiders to sign LB Spillane

The Las Vegas Raiders are planning to sign former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Robert Spillane to a two-year deal worth $9 million, ESPN has confirmed.


Patriots to re-sign Peppers to two-year deal

The New England Patriots plan to re-sign safety Jabrill Peppers to a two-year deal which includes $6 million in guaranteed money and a maximum value of $11 million, a source told ESPN.


Bills plan to tender CB Jackson

The Buffalo Bills plan to tender restricted cornerback Dane Jackson, sources told ESPN. He will likely get an original round tender of $2.7 million.


Chargers to release G Feiler

The Los Angeles Chargers are releasing guard Matt Feiler, a source confirmed to ESPN. Feiler, a starter, had an $8.5 million cap hit for 2023.


Falcons to re-sign OT McGary to three-year deal

The Atlanta Falcons are planning to re-sign offensive tackle Kaleb McGary to a three-year, $34.5 million deal, a source told ESPN.


Bucs to re-sign OG Stinnie

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are re-signing offensive guard Aaron Stinnie to a one-year deal worth up to $2.5 million, a source told ESPN.


Team inquired about recently retired QB Henne

Former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chad Henne, who retired after Super Bowl LVII, declined one NFL team's offer to return, a source told ESPN.


Chargers tender K Dicker, OT Sarell

The Los Angeles Chargers have tendered kicker Cameron Dicker and OT Foster Sarell, the team announced.


Vikings to re-sign long-snapper DePaola

The Minnesota Vikings and All-Pro long-snapper Andrew DePaola have reached agreement on a three-year, $4.025 million deal that includes $2.265 million guaranteed, his agent told ESPN. The deal is reportedly the largest guarantee given to a long-snapper in NFL history.


Seahawks expected to sign DT Reed

The Seattle Seahawks are expected to sign Green Bay Packers DT Jarran Reed to a two-year deal, a source confirmed to ESPN. Reed spent his first five seasons with Seattle.


Broncos agree to two-year deal with RB Perine

Former Cincinnati Bengals running back Samaje Perine has agreed to a two-year deal with the Denver Broncos, a source confirmed to ESPN. Perine had three touchdowns in a November win over the Pittsburgh Steelers while starting in place of an injured Joe Mixon.


Colts to cut QB Ryan

The Indianapolis Colts are planning to cut quarterback Matt Ryan after one season, sources confirmed to ESPN.


Cowboys agree to terms with LB Vander Esch

ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler and ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer report that the Cowboys have agreed to re-sign linebacker Leighton Vander Esch to a two-year deal worth $11 million.


Panthers to sign QB Dalton

Veteran free agent quarterback Andy Dalton is expected to reach an agreement on a two-year, $10 million deal that includes $8 million fully guaranteed with the Carolina Panthers, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. The max value of the contract is $17 million.


Eagles bringing back CB Bradberry

All-Pro cornerback James Bradberry is returning to the Philadelphia Eagles on a three-year deal worth $38 million, including $20 million fully guaranteed and another $6 million in incentives, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday.


Eagles re-sign RB Scott

Productive rotational back Boston Scott agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Philadelphia Eagles, a source confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.


Broncos release three players

The Denver Broncos have waived receivers Freddie Swain and Victor Bolden. They also officially released cornerback Ronald Darby with a failed physical designation.


Colts trading CB Gilmore to Cowboys

The Indianapolis Colts are trading five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Stephon Gilmore to the Dallas Cowboys, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday. Gilmore had two interceptions, 11 passes defended and 66 tackles in 16 games for the Colts last season, his first with the franchise after signing a two-year contract last year. The Cowboys gave up pick No. 176, a fifth-round compensatory selection.


Steelers, DT Ogunjobi have three-year deal in place

Free agent defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi is headed back to the Pittsburgh Steelers on a three-year deal that will pay him $21.75 million in the first two years, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday. An AFC North journeyman, Ogunjobi spent the 2022 season with the Steelers after signing a one-year, $8 million deal with them in free agency.


Jets tender DE Huff

The New York Jets gave pass-rusher Bryce Huff a second-round tender, per ESPN's Rich Cimini.


Cards set to sign LB White

The Arizona Cardinals are signing Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Kyzir White. He reunites with both coach Jonathan Gannon and defensive coordinator Nick Rallis. White started nine games for Philadelphia last season and had 121 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 2022.


Cardinals re-sign OT Beachum, K Prater to two-year deals

The Arizona Cardinals hung on to a few of their own, re-signing offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum and kicker Matt Prater to two-year contracts. The team also announced running back Corey Clement would return on a one-year deal.


Vikings sign C Bradbury

The Minnesota Vikings have announced they are re-signing center Garrett Bradbury.


Commanders releasing RB McKissic

The Washington Commanders are releasing running back J.D. McKissic, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. The team also announced it tendered a qualifying offer to restricted free agent Jeremy Reaves.


Jets, WR Lazard have deal in place

While continuing to pursue a trade for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the New York Jets secured one of his longtime wide receivers, Allen Lazard. The Jets and Lazard agreed to terms on a four-year, $44 million contract, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by theScore.com.


Eagles adding RB Penny

The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with running back Rashaad Penny, a league source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports.

Miles Sanders has been the lead back in Philadelphia for the past four seasons, posting 3,708 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns over that stretch. Sanders is a free agent and signaled his time with the Eagles could be coming to an end, tweeting Tuesday afternoon: "To the city of Philadelphia: thank you from the bottom of my heart."


Panthers cutting G Elflein

The Carolina Panthers are releasing guard Pat Elflein, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. The move saves the team around $4.8 million on the cap.


Chargers, OT Pipkins have three-year deal agreement

The Los Angeles Chargers have reached a three-year deal with right tackle Trey Pipkins III, per ESPN's Lindsey Thiry. Pipkins was a top priority for the Chargers.


Texans have one-year deal in place with DE Rivers

The Houston Texans agreed to a one-year deal with edge rusher Derek Rivers, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. He's a 2017 third-round pick back for a third season with Houston.


Titans expected to sign LB Al-Shaair

The Tennessee Titans are expected to sign San Francisco 49ers free agent linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair, a source told ESPN's Dianna Russini. After going undrafted in 2019, Al-Shaair earned a roster spot with the 49ers based on his special teams play. It didn't take him long to garner an expanded role, however, becoming a starting linebacker two years later. He played the 2022 season on a $3.9 million deal.


Browns, LB Takitaki agree to deal

The Cleveland Browns and linebacker Sione Takitaki agreed to terms on a one-year deal for just under $2.6 million, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. He tore an ACL in December but plans to be back close to the beginning of the 2023 season.


Pats, OT Anderson agree to new deal

Offensive tackle Calvin Anderson and the New England Patriots have agreed to a two-year deal. He will serve as a swing tackle.


Lions set to re-sign DL Cominsky

The Detroit Lions have agreed to bring back defensive lineman John Cominsky on a two-year deal, as confirmed by ESPN's Eric Woodyard.


Steelers set to bring back S Kazee

Per ESPN's Brooke Pryor, the Pittsburgh Steelers are bringing safety Damontae Kazee back on a two-year deal. Kazee missed half the 2022 season after sustaining a wrist injury in the final preseason game, but with two interceptions, he was productive when he was on the field.


Lions reach agreement with CB Moseley

San Francisco 49ers free agent cornerback Emmanuel Moseley reached agreement with the Detroit Lions on a one-year, $6 million deal, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Moseley is the second free agent cornerback added by the Lions, following the addition of Cameron Sutton on Monday.


Dolphins re-signing RB Wilson

In one day, the Miami Dolphins secured both of their running backs, next re-signing Jeff Wilson to a two-year deal that has a max value of $8.2 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. They reached an agreement with Raheem Mostert earlier in the day.


Giants send third-round pick to Raiders for TE Waller

The New York Giants are acquiring Darren Waller in a trade with the Las Vegas Raiders, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Giants will send a third-round draft pick (No. 100 overall) to the Raiders for Waller, who will provide quarterback Daniel Jones with an established veteran target in the passing game.


Steelers agree to deal with G Herbig

The Pittsburgh Steelers intend to sign guard Nate Herbig to a two-year deal worth $8 million, with $4 million guaranteed, ESPN's Brooke Pryor reported.


49ers re-signing C Brendel

The San Francisco 49ers are re-signing center Jake Brendel to a four-year deal, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. A Pro Bowl alternate, Brendel also drew interest from the New York Jets, according to a source.


Saints rework Michael Thomas' deal to keep him in New Orleans

The New Orleans Saints, in a surprise turn of events, will retain wide receiver Michael Thomas, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The sides have agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal that could pay Thomas up to $15 million, the source told Schefter.


Rodgers' wish list for Jets includes OBJ

Aaron Rodgers has provided the New York Jets with a wish list of free agents he would like them to target and acquire, according to ESPN's Dianna Russini. That list includes tight end Marcedes Lewis and wide receivers Randall Cobb, Allen Lazard and Odell Beckham Jr.


Vikings restructure Cousins' deal

The Minnesota Vikings have restructured the contract of quarterback Kirk Cousins to provide $16 million of salary cap relief in 2023, sources said Tuesday.


Chargers grant RB Ekeler permission to seek trade

The Los Angeles Chargers have granted running back Austin Ekeler permission to seek a trade after the two sides failed to make progress on a new contract, his agent, Cameron Weiss, told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ekeler, 27, is entering the final season of a four-year, $24.5 million contract and is scheduled to earn $6.25 million. He requested permission Monday to speak with other teams.


Jets, Raiders pursuing Packers' TE Lewis?

Free agent tight end Marcedes Lewis, who spent the past five seasons with the Green Bay Packers, has drawn interest from the New York Jets, Las Vegas Raiders and others, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Bears re-sign FB Blasingame, LS Scales and OL Eiselen

The Chicago Bears officially announced the re-signing of fullback Khari Blasingame (two-year extension) and new one-year deals for long-snapper Patrick Scales and offensive lineman Dieter Eiselen.


Ravens QB Jackson tweets about contract offer

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who last week received the nonexclusive franchise tag from the team, refuted a report regarding his contract from ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday. The report from Schefter's podcast detailed Jackson being offered $200 million in guarantees by the Ravens last year. Jackson and Baltimore have been unable to reach a long-term deal since he became eligible for a contract extension over two years ago.

Ravens officials have acknowledged it has been a "tough negotiation" because Jackson does not have an agent and is representing himself.


Bills re-sign LB Dodson

The Buffalo Bills have re-signed linebacker Tyrel Dodson to a one-year contract, per ESPN's Alaina Getzenberg. Dodson was a restricted free agent and adds depth at linebacker and as a special teams player.


Seahawks tender LB Rhattigan as an exclusive rights free agent

The Seattle Seahawks have now officially tendered linebacker Jon Rhattigan as an exclusive rights free agent, per ESPN's Brady Henderson. An ERFA tender is a one-year deal for the minimum salary.


Patriots tender DB Bryant

The New England Patriots have tendered restricted free agent defensive back Myles Bryant at the right-of-first-refusal level, which is $2.6 million on a one-year deal, a source told ESPN's Mike Reiss.


Texans to sign WR Brown

The Houston Texans are signing wide receiver Noah Brown, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. The former Dallas Cowboys wideout stays in the state.


Seahawks releasing DT Jefferson

The Seattle Seahawks plan to release defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The move saves Seattle around $4.5 million in cap space and comes one day after the Seahawks and former Denver Broncos defensive lineman Dre'Mont Jones agreed to a three-year deal reportedly worth $51 million.


Jets did not tender WR Smith

The New York Jets did not tender wide receiver Jeff Smith, so he will be free to sign with any team, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.


Jets pursuing Packers' Lazard and Cobb?

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the New York Jets are actively working to reach an agreement with Green Bay Packers free agent WR Allen Lazard. There is another team involved. Signing Lazard would reunite him with offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who served as the Packers' OC from 2019 to 2021.

Green Bay Packers veteran WR Randall Cobb is also expected to be on the New York Jets' radar in the coming days, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Dolphins, RB Mostert agree on two-year deal

Running back Raheem Mostert has reached agreement on a two-year deal to return to the Miami Dolphins, agent Brett Tessler told ESPN on Tuesday. The deal is worth $7.6 million with incentives, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. After signing last year with the Dolphins as a free agent, Mostert set career highs in both rushing yards (891) and carries (181) while playing for first-year head coach Mike McDaniel, who was Mostert's offensive coordinator the previous season with the San Francisco 49ers.


Best free agents remaining: No. 1 is still on the board

Here are the best unsigned free agents from Matt Bowen's ranking of the top 100:

1. OT Orlando Brown Jr.
6. TE Dalton Schultz
7. CB James Bradberry
8. S C.J. Gardner-Johnson
14. LB Lavonte David


Cowboys re-sign S Wilson

The Dallas Cowboys have kept their leading tackler from 2022, safety Donovan Wilson, who agreed to a three-year deal worth up to $24 million. Wilson had 108 tackles, five sacks, four tackles for loss, a fumble recovery, two forced fumbles, an interception and two pass breakups, one of only two Dallas defenders to record a stat in every statistical category last season.


Raiders agree to deal with WR Meyers

New England Patriots free agent wide receiver Jakobi Meyers has agreed to a three-year contract with the Las Vegas Raiders worth $33 million, including $21 million guaranteed, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The move reunites Meyers with Raiders coach Josh McDaniels, who was Meyers' offensive coordinator with the Patriots from 2019 to '21.


Bucs trading G Mason to Texans

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trading veteran guard Shaq Mason to the Houston Texans, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. The deal will include the teams flipping late-round draft picks, per source.


Eagles, C Kelce reach one-year deal

Pro Bowl center Jason Kelce and the Philadelphia Eagles have reached an agreement on a one-year, $14.25 million deal, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Jets want DT Rankins to return?

From ESPN New York Jets reporter Rich Cimini: Another player to watch today is defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins. The Jets want him back, but he has interest from others. The defensive tackle market was busy on Day 1.


Vikings to re-sign QB Mullens

The Minnesota Vikings are expected to re-sign quarterback Nick Mullens, who backed up Kirk Cousins last season, per ESPN's Field Yates.


Falcons agree to sign QB Heinicke

The Atlanta Falcons plan to sign quarterback Taylor Heinicke to a two-year deal worth up to $20 million, sources confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter, adding the former Washington Commanders fan favorite to a quarterback room that once again will be in transition in 2023. A source told ESPN's Michael Rothstein that Heinicke is expected to enter training camp as the backup to Desmond Ridder, who started the final four games of his rookie season in 2022.


LB Gifford has agreed to two-year deal with Tennessee

Linebacker Luke Gifford has agreed to a two-year deal worth up to $5 million with the Tennessee Titans, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Gifford led the Cowboys in special-teams tackles in 2022, and coaches believed he could handle larger role on defense.


Five teams restructure contracts to create cap space

Here's how five teams created cap space through reworked contracts, from ESPN's Field Yates:


What the Falcons' $233 million spending spree means, and what's next

On Monday, the Atlanta Falcons finally showed what the "next phase" of their rebuilding process was going to look like. Between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., through a trade, a contract extension, some re-signings and agreeing to terms with free agents, the franchise spent at least a reported $233 million in life-of-the-contract money on six players.


Agent: Former Rams K Gay to sign with Colts

Former Los Angeles Rams kicker Matt Gay plans to sign a deal with the Indianapolis Colts, according to his agent, David Canter.


Vikings to sign DE Davenport

Edge rusher Marcus Davenport has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings, sources confirmed to ESPN. He has 21.5 sacks, 60 quarterback hits and seven forced fumbles in five seasons.

Monday, March 13

Browns to sign DT Tomlinson

The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson, per ESPN's Jake Trotter.


Bears agree to deal with DE Walker

The Chicago Bears have agreed to sign former Titans defensive end DeMarcus Walker to a three-year deal worth $21 million with $16 million guaranteed, a source confirmed to ESPN.


Jets restructure Franklin-Myers' contract

A source confirms to ESPN's Field Yates that the New York Jets are converting $6 million of defensive lineman John Franklin-Myers' base salary into a signing bonus, opening up $4.8 million in cap space.


Falcons agree to deal with LB Elliss

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with former Saints linebacker Kaden Elliss, which ESPN confirmed.


Seahawks agree to terms with DT Jones

Free agent defensive tackle Dre'Mont Jones is signing a three-year, $51 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks, he told CBS Sports on Monday night.


Bills restructure contracts of Allen, Miller

The Buffalo Bills have restructured the contracts of quarterback Josh Allen and linebacker Von Miller to free up $32 million of cap space, a source told ESPN's Field Yates.


Texans to sign DB Ward

The Houston Texans have agreed to sign former 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward, ESPN's DJ Bien-Aime confirmed.


Saints agree to terms with QB Winston

The New Orleans Saints will re-sign quarterback Jameis Winston to a one-year, $4 million deal with incentives bringing the worth of the deal up to $8 million, ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed.


Broncos agree to terms with DE Allen

The Denver Broncos will sign former Arizona Cardinals defensive end Zach Allen to a three-year, $45.75 million deal with $32.5 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Chargers signing LB Kendricks

The Los Angeles Chargers and former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks have agreed to terms, Kendricks announced on Instagram.


Dolphins re-signing LB Riley

The Miami Dolphins will re-sign linebacker Duke Riley to a two-year deal, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Panthers to re-sign C Bozeman

The Carolina Panthers will re-sign center Bradley Bozeman through at least the 2024 season, reports ESPN's David Newton.


Broncos to re-sign LB Singleton

The Denver Broncos have agreed to re-sign linebacker Alex Singleton to a three-year, $18 million deal with $9 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Giants signing LB Okereke

The New York Giants are signing Indianapolis Colts ILB Bobby Okereke to a four-year, $40 million deal, a source told ESPN. Okereke had 151 tackles in 2022.


Dolphins signing LB Long

The Miami Dolphins will sign former Tennessee Titans linebacker David Long Jr. to a two-year, $11 million deal, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.


Broncos to sign TE Manhertz

The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with Jacksonville Jaguars TE Chris Manhertz on a two-year, $6 million deal with $3.334 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Giants agree to terms with RB Breida

Matt Breida will return to the Giants on a one-year deal, a source told ESPN's Jordan Raanan.


Safety Epps reaches agreement with Raiders

The Las Vegas Raiders have agreed to a deal with Eagles safety Marcus Epps, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Jets re-sign kicker Zuerlein

The New York Jets have re-signed kicker Greg Zuerlein, according to ESPN's Dianna Russini.


Titans to sign left tackle Dillard

The Tennessee Titans are signing free agent left tackle Andre Dillard, a source confirmed to ESPN's Turron Davenport. Dillard is a former Philadelphia first-round pick.


Browns to sign DE Okoronkwo

The Cleveland Browns have agreed to a three-year deal with DE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. Okoronkwo will likely replace Jadeveon Clowney as Cleveland's defensive end starter opposite Myles Garrett.


Commanders agree to deal with LB Barton

Linebacker Cody Barton has agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Commanders, a source confirmed to ESPN.


Lions re-signing LB Anzalone

The Detroit Lions are re-signing LB Alex Anzalone to a three-year deal, a source confirmed to ESPN's Eric Woodyard.


Cowboys restructure WR Gallup's contract

The Dallas Cowboys have restructured the contract of WR Michael Gallup, creating roughly $7 million in cap room. With an $11 million base salary, this was always the design of the five-year contract he signed last year. The team believes Gallup will be much improved in his second year removed from ACL surgery.


Eagles re-sign OT Toth

The Philadelphia Eagles have re-signed OT Brett Toth, according to ESPN's Field Yates.


Jets cut OL Samia

The New York Jets have cut OL Dru Samia, according to ESPN's Field Yates.


Niners reach deal with QB Darnold

The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a one-year deal with former Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. He bolsters the 49ers' depth at quarterback with Jimmy Garoppolo's exit to the Las Vegas Raiders and both Brock Purdy and Trey Lance returning from injuries.


Commanders claim Dantzler off waivers

The Washington Commanders have claimed CB Cam Dantzler off waivers from Minnesota. He was a 2020 third-round draft pick by the Vikings.


Bucs re-signing CB Dean

After a flurry of salary cap-saving moves last week, the Buccaneers are re-signing one of their top free agents in cornerback Jamel Dean, who will stay in Tampa on a four-year deal worth $52 million, sources told ESPN.


Giants to sign DL Nunez-Roches

The New York Giants are signing DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches, a source told ESPN's Jordan Raanan. Nunez-Roches, entering his ninth season, has played for the Chiefs and Bucs.


Cowboys, Seahawks interested in LB Wagner

The Dallas Cowboys have contacted LB Bobby Wagner about their interest in signing him for the second time in as many years. And the Seahawks are interested too. A source told ESPN's Ed Werder that the Wagner decision is not imminent as both seek to determine his current value.


Steelers reach 2-year deal with CB Peterson

The Pittsburgh Steelers have reached an agreement with Pro Bowl CB Patrick Peterson on a two-year deal, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Bates to sign with the Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons continued their free agency spending spree Monday, agreeing to terms with Cincinnati Bengals safety Jessie Bates, sources told multiple ESPN reporters. The deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, is for four years and $65.02 million, including $23 million in the first year and $36 million over the first two years of the contract.


Bengals re-signing LB Pratt

A key member of the Cincinnati Bengals' defense is returning for 2023. Linebacker Germaine Pratt has agreed to terms on a three-year deal, he confirmed to the team's website on Monday.


Bears to sign G Davis to 3-year deal

The Chicago Bears agreed to sign G Nate Davis to three-year deal, sources told ESPN's Courtney Cronin. Davis started 54 games at right guard for the Tennessee Titans over the past four seasons.


Broncos to sign QB Stidham

The Denver Broncos are expected to sign backup QB Jarrett Stidham. Stidham, who spent last season with the division rival Las Vegas Raiders, is expected to receive a two-year deal worth $10 million, sources confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Legwold.


Niners re-sign DT Given

The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed defensive tackle Kevin Givens to a one-year deal that a source told ESPN's Nick Wagoner is worth up to $2.1 million.


Bills re-sign Lewis to one-year deal

The Buffalo Bills have signed Cam Lewis to a one-year deal. He was a restricted free agent. The Bills officially announced him as a cornerback after he spent time at safety last season but primarily played special teams.


Bears signing LB Edmunds

The Chicago Bears are giving LB Tremaine Edmunds a four-year, $72 million deal that includes $50 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. It is the largest four-year contract for an inside linebacker in the NFL.


Browns re-signing C Pocic

The Cleveland Browns are re-signing center Ethan Pocic, sources told ESPN's Jake Trotter.


Washington to sign OL Wylie to a 3-year deal

The Washington Commanders have agreed to a deal with Chiefs OL Andrew Wylie for three years, $24 million, according to ESPN's John Keim.


Texans expected to sign DT Ridgeway

Niners' DT Hassan Ridgeway is expected to sign a one-year, $4 million deal that includes $3 million fully guaranteed with the Houston Texans, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Panthers to sign S Bell

Veteran safety Vonn Bell is signing with the Carolina Panthers, a source told ESPN's Fowler on Monday.

Bell, who started 48 games for the Cincinnati Bengals over the past three seasons, can match up against tight ends, and he plays with a physical demeanor in the box. He's a dependable and tough veteran safety who can play top-down from split-field alignments and make plays on the ball.


TE Oliver expected to sign with Vikings

Ravens TE Josh Oliver is expected to sign with the Minnesota Vikings, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini.


Giants re-sign OL Davis

The New York Giants re-signed OL Wyatt Davis. He was set to be an exclusive rights free agent. Davis played one game for them this past season.


Bills bringing in G McGovern to help O-line

The Buffalo Bills are beginning to fill some of the holes on the roster in free agency, agreeing to terms with former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Connor McGovern on a three-year, $23 million deal on Monday, a source confirmed to ESPN.


Chiefs signing OT Taylor

Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor reached agreement on a four-year, $80 million deal -- including $60 million guaranteed -- with the Kansas City Chiefs, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Monday. Taylor, 25, showed marked improvement in the 2022 season and was considered the Jaguars' most consistent offensive lineman. That coincided with the arrival of offensive line coach Phil Rauscher.


Texans to add three players

Buffalo Bills quarterback Case Keenum plans to sign with the Houston Texans, a source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports. He started his NFL career with the Texans in 2013 and started 10 games for the franchise between 2013 and 2014. The Texans are also signing linebacker Chase Winovich and running back Mike Boone, per ESPN's DJ Bien-Aime.


Lions address defense with CB Sutton

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton plans to sign with the Detroit Lions, a source told ESPN's Eric Woodyard. Sutton agreed to a three-year contract worth up to $33 million, the source told Woodyard.


QB White headed to Miami

The Miami Dolphins and former New York Jets quarterback Mike White have agreed to a two-year deal worth up to $16 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. White will back up Tua Tagovailoa, who had the fifth-year option on his rookie deal picked up, sources told ESPN on Friday.


Raiders agree to terms with QB Garoppolo

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo plans to sign with the Las Vegas Raiders, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini and Adam Schefter. Garoppolo agreed to a three-year, $67.5 million deal, including $34 million guaranteed, a source told Schefter. He played for Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels with the New England Patriots and they now will reunite in Las Vegas.


Panthers landing DT Tuttle on three-year deal

The Carolina Panthers took their first step toward rebuilding their defensive front by reaching an agreement with former New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Shy Tuttle, agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed Monday to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Tuttle, who grew about an hour from Charlotte in Midway and attended North Davidson High, got a three-year deal worth $19.5 million, with $13 million guaranteed.


OL Gates signing with Commanders

Former New York Giants offensive lineman Nick Gates is signing with the Washington Commanders, per ESPN's Jordan Raanan. He goes to the division rivals with a chance to play center again. Gates made the amazing comeback from a broken leg that happened in Washington.


Falcons bringing back P Pinion

Punter Bradley Pinion is heading back to the Atlanta Falcons, per ESPN's Michael Rothstein. The two sides agreed to three years, $8.65 million.


OT McGlinchey signing with Broncos

ESPN's Dianna Russini is reporting that right tackle Mike McGlinchey is expected to sign with the Denver Broncos.


49ers agree to terms with DT Hargrave

Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Javon Hargrave has reached agreement on a four-year, $84 million deal that includes $40 million guaranteed at signing with the San Francisco 49ers, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Hargrave, who turned 30 in February, posted a career-high 11 sacks for the Eagles this past season. He helped pace a unit that generated 70 sacks overall in 2022 -- the third-most in NFL history. He added 16 quarterback hits, 10 tackles for loss and a pair of fumble recoveries.


CB Danny Johnson sticking in Washington

Cornerback Danny Johnson has agreed to a two-year deal to return to the Washington Commanders, per ESPN's John Keim.


Colts announce re-signing of DE Lewis

The Indianapolis Colts announced that they have signed defensive end Tyquan Lewis to a contract extension.


Falcons agree to sign DT Onyemata

The Atlanta Falcons are signing defensive tackle David Onyemata to a three-year deal.


Packers re-signing KR Nixon

The Green Bay Packers are re-signing their All-Pro kick returner Keisean Nixon, a source told ESPN's Rob Demovsky.


Eagles C Kelce says he will return

Philadelphia Eagles and longtime captain Jason Kelce announced he will return to the team for a 13th season.

"I have put much thought into whether it makes sense to play another season," Kelce tweeted Monday. "After talking it over with my wife and many other friends and family, I have decided to return for another year. Thank you to all my supporters and detractors for fueling me."


Could the Broncos trade a WR?

Sources with multiple teams tell ESPN's Dan Graziano that they believe the Denver Broncos could trade a wide receiver. Denver has had talks with teams about Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy and KJ Hamler. Teams say the Broncos are asking high prices -- not just dumping -- but it's not out of the question one gets moved.


Broncos agree to sign G Powers

Baltimore Ravens free agent guard Ben Powers plans to sign with the Denver Broncos, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Monday.

Powers, 26, is a two-year starting left guard who improved as much as anyone on the Ravens' roster over that span. At the end of the 2022 season, general manager Eric DeCosta said Powers had a "phenomenal" season and predicted that Powers would be sought after in free agency.


Ravens release DE Campbell

The Baltimore Ravens released six-time Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell on Monday, which allowed the team to get quarterback Lamar Jackson's franchise tag under the salary cap. The Ravens created $7 million in much-needed cap space by cutting Campbell, who had the fifth-highest cap figure ($9.44 million) on the team.


Chargers pursuing S Johnson

The Los Angeles Chargers are expected to pursue safety John Johnson III, who will be released by the Cleveland Browns this week, per source.


Bucs exploring a trade for G Mason?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are exploring trade possibilities with guard Shaq Mason, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Mason carries a $9.6 million cap hit for the cap-strapped Bucs. A quality guard appears ready to enter the market.


Bears, Broncos targeting OT McGlinchey

ESPN's Dianna Russini is reporting that the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos are targeting right tackle Mike McGlinchey.


Bears agree to terms with LB Edwards

Philadelphia Eagles free agent linebacker T.J. Edwards plans to sign with the Chicago Bears, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Monday. Edwards, 26, signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin in 2019 and exceeded expectations year over year during his four seasons with the team.


Patriots, CB Jones agree to two-year deal

The New England Patriots and cornerback Jonathan Jones have agreed on a two-year deal for him to return to the team, according to a source. Jones, who turns 30 in September, filled the unexpected role of No. 1 cornerback for the Patriots in 2022. He started 16 games, missing one, and finished tied for the team high with four interceptions.


Chargers RB Ekeler requesting permission to seek trade

Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler is requesting permission to speak with other teams about a potential trade after preliminary talks with the team aimed at a contract extension failed to progress, his agent Cameron Weiss told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ekeler, 27, is entering the final season of a four-year, $24.5 million contract and is scheduled to earn $6.25 million.


Bucs interested in QBs?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have shown interest in free agent quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Jacoby Brissett, per ESPN's Dianna Russini.


Bills restructuring RB Hines' contract

Buffalo Bills running back Nyheim Hines' cap hit of $4.79 million in 2023 will be reduced to $3.5 million, per ESPN's Alaina Getzenberg, saving the team about $1.3 million. He will receive a $1 million signing bonus, spread out over this year and next.


Free agency legal tampering period opens

The NFL's legal tampering period has begun, with teams permitted to contact and enter into contract negotiations with certified agents of unrestricted free agents.


Falcons re-signing G Lindstrom

The Atlanta Falcons are giving Pro Bowl right guard Chris Lindstrom a five-year extension, the franchise announced Monday. The deal is for five years and $105 million, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Jeremy Fowler, making Lindstrom the NFL's highest-paid guard and will now keep him with the club through the 2028 season.


Sources: Texans, Raiders to pursue Garoppolo

From ESPN's Adam Schefter: When the negotiating window for free agency opens in under an hour, the Texans and Raiders are expected to pursue former 49ers' QB Jimmy Garoppolo, per league sources. Jets also could get in, but they're in wait-and-see mode right now.


Saints re-working DE Jordan's contract

Defensive end Cameron Jordan and the New Orleans Saints are reworking his contract to save the team $10 million against this year's cap, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Chargers re-sign QB Stick

The Los Angeles Chargers have agreed to terms with scheduled free agent quarterback Easton Stick. He'll return as a backup to Justin Herbert.


Falcons trading for TE Smith

The New England Patriots are trading tight end Jonnu Smith to the Atlanta Falcons for a 2023 seventh-round pick, sources told ESPN's Michael Rothstein. The trade reunites Smith with coach Arthur Smith, who coached Smith with the Tennessee Titans. The trade will be processed Wednesday, when 2023 league year officially begins.


Bengals re-sign S Thomas

The Cincinnati Bengals brought safety Michael Thomas back on a one-year deal. He is a key veteran and presence on special teams.


Jets and Packers still waiting for Rodgers

From ESPN's Rob Demovsky: We're an hour away from the start of the free agent negotiating period, and I'm told neither the Packers nor the Jets know what Aaron Rodgers is going to do.


Panthers set the table for free agency

Per ESPN's David Newton, the Carolina Panthers have offers out to RB D'Onta Foreman and C Bradley Bozeman. They have had preliminary discussions with QB Sam Darnold. Finding a vet QB and help at WR, because DJ Moore was traded to the Chicago Bears, are priorities.


Bills re-signing P Martin, LB Matakevich

The Bills are re-signing punter Sam Martin to a three-year deal and linebacker Tyler Matakevich to a one-year deal, the team announced.


Lions re-sign DL Buggs

The Detroit Lions kept Isaiah Buggs in the fold by re-signing him Monday. "We're going to build something great here, and I want to be a part of it when it happens," Buggs said, adding he "always wanted to be back."


Source: Browns tweak QB Watson pact for $36M in cap space

The Cleveland Browns have restructured the record-setting contract of quarterback Deshaun Watson, clearing $36 million in cap space ahead of free agency, a source told ESPN.

The Browns signed Watson last offseason to a new five-year deal worth an NFL-record $230 million fully guaranteed. Before restructuring Watson's deal, the Browns were roughly $14 million over the salary cap. Now, Cleveland has cap space heading into the free agency negotiating window.


Source: Ravens RB Edwards takes pay cut

From ESPN's Jeremy Fowler: Running back Gus Edwards' reworked contract in Baltimore reduces his pay by about $1 million (from $4.38 million) but includes incentives to earn that money back and more, per source.


Giants re-signing P Gillan, LS Kreiter

The New York Giants are re-signing punter Jamie Gillan, who averaged a career-best 46.8 yards per punt in 2022. The team is also re-signing long-snapper Casey Kreiter to a one-year deal, according to sources.


Bowen: Updated ranking of top 100 free agents

The 2023 NFL free agent class is loaded, especially at defensive line, offensive line, defensive back and running back. We updated our ranking of the top 100 players on the open market -- which originally posted last week -- and included a few late additions to the pool.


Expectations and pressure won't change Texans GM's approach

Houston Texans general manager Nick Caserio knows things are different going into the upcoming season. Heading into Year 3 on the job, Caserio isn't fazed by the heightened pressure to accelerate a complete rebuild of an organization that has won just 11 games in his past three seasons, and he also isn't allowing the higher expectations to change his approach to how he envisions building his team.

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Sunday, March 12

Source: Niners re-signing S Gipson

Safety Tashaun Gipson joined the San Francisco 49ers just 20 days before the start of the 2022 season and claimed the starting free safety job when Jimmie Ward was lost to a training camp injury. Now Gipson is set to hold it for at least another season after agreeing to terms on a one-year deal worth up to $2.9 million on Sunday, a source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports.


Source: Jets, LB Williams agree to deal

While they wait on a decision from quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the New York Jets locked up linebacker Quincy Williams with a three-year, $18 million contract, a source told ESPN on Sunday. The deal can be worth as much as $21 million and it includes $9 million in guarantees, the source said.


Sources: Commanders DT Payne gets 4-year $90M deal

Washington Commanders defensive tackle Daron Payne has reached agreement on a four-year, $90 million deal that includes $60 million guaranteed, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Sunday. Payne had received the franchise tag from the Commanders before reaching agreement on his new deal.


Sources: Giants signing WR Shepard to new deal

The New York Giants are expected to sign wide receiver Sterling Shepard to a new deal, sources told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Sunday.

Shepard has dealt with injuries the past few years with the New York Giants. He tore the ACL in his left knee back in September, after tearing his Achilles the previous season. He's also dealt with knee, concussion, ankle, quad and hamstring injuries throughout his career.


Dolphins trading for CB Ramsey

The Los Angeles Rams are trading cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Miami Dolphins for a 2023 third-round pick and tight end Hunter Long, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The trade will be processed Wednesday, when 2023 league year officially begins.


Saints not expected to tender WR Callaway

Per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the New Orleans Saints are not expected to tender restricted free agent wide receiver Marquez Callaway. Returning to New Orleans is still an option, but he's now set to hit unrestricted free agency. Callaway had 1,069 yards and seven TDs in three years with the Saints.


Bills extend LB Milano's contract

The Buffalo Bills made a move for now and the future, locking down All-Pro linebacker Matt Milano with a two-year contract extension through the 2026 season, the team announced on Sunday. The move also helps the Bills by creating approximately $6 million in cap space, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The team entered the weekend $19 million over the 2023 cap. Defensive tackle Tim Settle's contract was restructured to open up $600,000 space as well, ESPN's Field Yates reported.


Fowler & Graziano: Last-minute free agency buzz

The start of the legal tampering period means conversations between agents and teams can begin in earnest on Monday afternoon, with deals becoming official starting on Wednesday. If history is any indication, the next few days will be a frenzy. ESPN's NFL Insiders Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler will be there every step of the way, as weeks of buzz give way to a more official round of business.


Jakobi Meyers, Jonathan Jones among top free agent questions for Patriots

When agent Drew Rosenhaus took his annual visit to New England Patriots training camp in late July of 2022, checking in with coach Bill Belichick and his various clients on the team, he had a strategic decision to make with receiver Jakobi Meyers.

He could push for a contract extension. Meyers was coming off a season in which he led the team with 83 catches and had been tendered at the second-round level as a restricted free agent ($3.9 million). He was underpaid and worthy of a bump. Or Rosenhaus could preach patience, reminding Meyers that he was one year away from hitting the open market, which is the ideal situation for players to land the most lucrative contract in a competitive bidding situation.

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Saturday, March 11

Exit from Raiders 'lit fire' in new Saints QB Carr

New Orleans Saints quarterback Derek Carr is ready to reinvent himself. The Saints introduced Carr in a news conference that spanned 45 minutes on Saturday. Carr sat next to Saints coach Dennis Allen, with his family and the Saints front office in attendance. He talked about his nine-year tenure with the Las Vegas Raiders, how the Saints convinced him to join their team and what's next.


Source: Eyeing QB Rodgers, Jets free up $13.1 million in cap room

Preparing for free agency and the possible addition of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the New York Jets created $13.1 million in salary cap room by restructuring three veteran contracts. They reworked the contracts of three players from their 2022 free agent class -- guard Laken Tomlinson, cornerback D.J. Reed and tight end Tyler Conklin, a source told ESPN's Field Yates on Saturday.


Sources: Chargers save $40M in cap space with reworked deals

The Los Angeles Chargers have solved their salary cap woes without having to release any formidable playmakers ahead of the new league year that starts on Wednesday, enabling them to keep together the pillars of a roster that the organization hopes can challenge in the AFC West and make a deep playoff run.


Can the Bengals keep Tee Higgins in 2023, beyond?

For the past two years, the Cincinnati Bengals have enjoyed the luxury of having two of the NFL's top young wide receivers. Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins have produced big plays when Cincinnati needed them. In seven playoff games over the last two seasons, the duo has combined for 1,045 receiving yards and six touchdowns. But of the Bengals' top three young offensive players, Higgins is the most expendable.

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Friday, March 10

Chiefs, Bills among 12-14 teams at OBJ workout

About a dozen NFL teams seeking flashes of the Odell Beckham Jr. of old attended his free-agency workout Friday in Arizona, a source told ESPN. According to the source, coaches and scouts from the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Giants and Baltimore Ravens were among the estimated 12-14 teams on hand to see Beckham, a three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver who sat out last season while recovering from a torn ACL.


Texans sign WR Woods

The Houston Texans signed wide receiver Robert Woods to a two-year contract worth $15.25 million, with $10 million guaranteed. Houston will be Woods' fourth team, as he played for the Bills and Rams before spending last season with the Tennessee Titans, where he caught 53 passes for 527 yards and two touchdowns.


Sources: Bears trade No. 1 pick to Carolina

Sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the Chicago Bears are trading the 2023 No. 1 overall pick to the Carolina Panthers for 2023 No. 9 overall, 2023 No. 61 overall, a 2024 first-round pick in 2024, a 2025 second-round pick and WR DJ Moore.


Patriots release Jake Bailey

Bailey has been the punter for the New England Patriots since the 2019 season.


Steelers release CB Jackson III and DB Platel

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released cornerback William Jackson III, creating $12,187,500 in cap space. The team also released defensive back Carlins Platel.


Commanders sign T Himmelman

The Washington Commanders announce signing of T Drew Himmelman. He signed with team last offseason and was later cut.


Source: Broncos are releasing RB Edmonds

The Denver Broncos are releasing RB Chase Edmonds, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. His release will save Denver $5.92 million against its cap. Denver also released cornerback Ronald Darby and guard Graham Glasgow on Friday.


Panthers have released LB Wilson

The Carolina Panthers have released LB Damien Wilson. Saves the team about $3.6 million in cap space.


Vikings waive CB Dantzler

The Minnesota Vikings have waived CB Cameron Dantzler Sr.. He'll clear $2.74 million from the salary cap.


Source: Bucs restructure Vea's contract

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have restructured Vita Vea's contract, reducing his salary cap hit for 2023 by about $9 million, per source.


Patriots S McCourty announces retirement

New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday after 13 seasons, which included three Super Bowl championships.


Sources: Packers restructure LT Bakhtiari's contract

The Green Bay Packers have restructured left tackle David Bakhtiari's contract, converting $9.5 million into a March roster bonus and $5.5 million of his 2023 base salary into a guaranteed signing bonus, sources told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.


Dolphins pick up QB Tagovailoa's fifth-year option

The Miami Dolphins have told quarterback Tua Tagovailoa that they will pick up his fifth-year option. He is guaranteed a $23.4 million salary for 2024.


Source: Rams to release OLB Floyd

The Los Angeles Rams are planning to release outside linebacker Leonard Floyd on Friday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.


Source: Jets not tendering RB Robinson

The New York Jets are not tendering running back James Robinson, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. He will be a free agent.


Cowboys restructure QB Prescott, G Martin's contracts

The Dallas Cowboys have restructured the contracts of quarterback Dak Prescott and guard Zack Martin, creating nearly $30 million in cap space.


Source: Titans release C Jones

The Tennessee Titans are releasing center Ben Jones, saving the Titans $3.7 million in cap space.


DE Graham stays loyal to Eagles, agrees to 1-year deal

Veteran defensive end Brandon Graham has agreed to terms on a one-year deal to stay with the Philadelphia Eagles, declining to enter free agency out of loyalty to the organization, he told ESPN on Friday. The deal is worth up to $6 million, according to a source.


Sources: Saints ask Jameis Winston to accept amended contract

The New Orleans Saints have offered quarterback Jameis Winston a restructured deal to stay with the team, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini on Friday. Winston has until Wednesday, the start of the new league year, to accept the offer or he will be released, sources said.


Sources: Eagles allow CB Slay to seek trade, but hope he stays

The Philadelphia Eagles have allowed cornerback Darius Slay's agent Drew Rosenhaus to seek a trade, sources tell ESPN's Dianna Russini.

Slay did not ask to be traded, the sources added, and the Eagles are still hopeful to find a solution where Slay remains an Eagle. Slay, 32, is entering the final year of his three-year, $50 million deal. He is slated to make a base salary of $17 million in 2023 with a cap hit of over $26 million, per Spotrac.


Schefter: Dolphins clear cap space with WR Hill restructure

From ESPN's Adam Schefter: The Miami Dolphins are converting wide receiver Tyreek Hill's $10 million roster bonus and $16 million salary into a $24.835 million bonus and an $1.165 million salary, saving the team about $18 million against their salary cap, per sources.


Source: Vikings to release WR Thielen

The Minnesota Vikings will release receiver Adam Thielen on Friday, according to a source, concluding a storied tenure for the native Minnesotan that captured the hearts of fans throughout the region.

A native of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, who played collegiately at Minnesota State, Mankato, Thielen signed with the team in 2013 after serving as a tryout player at rookie minicamp. By the end of the 2022 season, he had more career catches (534) than any player in team history other than Cris Carter and Randy Moss, both of whom are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Saints re-signing S Gray

From ESPN's Dianna Russini: The New Orleans Saints are giving All-Pro Special teamer J.T. Gray a three-year extension, per sources.


Walder: Most overrated, underrated free agents at every position

With only days remaining before free agency commences, let's find free agents whose reputations either over or underrate them. We'll tackle one of each by position and, as always, we'll rely heavily on our quantitative metrics largely from ESPN and NFL Next Gen Stats to help in our player evaluation.


Will Cowboys get back to signing draft picks to second contracts?

The Dallas Cowboys have not made a financially significant outside signing in free agency since signing cornerback Brandon Carr to a five-year, $50 million deal in 2012. They attempted to make one a few years ago in receiver Sammy Watkins, but he joined the Kansas City Chiefs instead on a deal that averaged $16 million a year. They have been content to scrape around free agency's edges, getting players at the Cowboys' price.

While they want to avoid megacontracts in free agency, their stated goal every year is to retain their own with long, megacontracts before the player can hit free agency. Except that's not exactly happened lately.

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Thursday, March 9

Beckham Jr. going to work out Friday

According to sources, Odell Beckham Jr., the No. 19 available free agent in ESPN's top 100 rankings, will hold a workout Friday in Arizona, reports ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan. The 30-year-old Beckham missed last season after tearing his left ACL in the second quarter of Super Bowl LVI while playing for the Los Angeles Rams.


Schefter: Titans plan to release OLB Dupree

The Tennessee Titans plan to release outside linebacker Bud Dupree at the start of the new league year next week, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Thursday. The move will save the Titans $9.35 million against their salary cap. Dupree was set to hold a $17 million cap hit if he remained with Tennessee in 2023. Once Dupree's release becomes official, the Titans will have around $23 million in cap space at the start of the free agency period.


Seahawks release veteran G Jackson

The Seattle Seahawks releasing veteran guard Gabe Jackson creates $6.5 million in 2023 cap space, while leaving $4.7 million in dead money.


Eagles release OT Toth

The Philadelphia Eagles have released offensive tackle Brett Toth.


NFL fines, takes draft pick from Texans

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the NFL is taking a 2023 fifth-round pick from the Texans and fining them $175,000 for what the league believes is a salary-cap violation and what Houston believes is an accounting error that dates back Deshaun Watson's training during COVID. The Texans believe it gave them no salary-cap advantage and they were simply paying $26,000 for Watson to train at a local facility while theirs was closed during COVID.

The Texans appealed the league's initial penalties, with some success. They had the NFL's initial punishment reduced from a fourth-round pick and a $250,000 fine to a fifth-round pick and a $175,000 fine.


Vikings could release WR Thielen?

From ESPN's Adam Schefter: There's a real possibility the Minnesota Vikings and Adam Thielen will part ways in the coming days, allowing the two-time Pro-Bowl wide receiver to become a free agent, per sources. The two sides will talk in coming days, but his time in Minnesota could be coming to an end.


Sources: Jets to trade for Ravens S Clark

The New York Jets traded a 2024 seventh-round pick to the Ravens in exchange for Chuck Clark, a longtime starter who will add experience to the back end of an already strong defense. Clark, who turns 28 on April 19, spent six years with the Ravens, the last four as a starter. He became expendable because last offseason they signed Marcus Williams as a free agent and drafted Kyle Hamilton in the first round.


Schefter: Jets to release WR Berrios

From ESPN's Adam Schefter: The New York Jets will be releasing wide receiver Braxton Berrios at the start of the league year next week, per source. The two sides discussed a restructuring of his contract but were unable to reach agreement. His release will save $5 million against Jets' cap.


Sources: Jets' optimism growing in QB Rodgers chase

The New York Jets are becoming more confident in their chances of landing quarterback Aaron Rodgers, sources close to the situation told ESPN's Dianna Russini on Thursday.

The Jets' increasing optimism follows their meeting this week with the Green Bay Packers quarterback. A contingent of Jets team officials -- including owner Woody Johnson, general manager Joe Douglas, coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett -- flew to California on Tuesday to meet in person with Rodgers, sources previously told ESPN's Dan Graziano.


NFL free agency cheat sheet: What you need to know in 13 categories

Free agency is just a few days away, and the 2023 class is loaded. Who are the top free agents, and where will they sign? Which teams should be watched closely over the next few weeks? And which quarterbacks could find a new home? To get you ready for all the action, our NFL team is here to break down everything you'd ever want to know for free agent frenzy.

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Patriots bring back OL Ferentz

From ESPN's Mike Reiss: Veteran C/G James Ferentz has signed a 1-year deal to return to the New England Patriots. The deal includes a base salary of $1.165 million. He appeared in 12 games (three starts) last season. The 33-year-old provides depth behind the starting trio of Cole Strange (left guard), David Andrews (center) and Mike Onwenu (right guard).


Expect Commanders to bargain hunt in Dan Snyder's (likely) last free agent foray

When Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder bought the team in 1999, he swung big on free agents. His first free agent class 23 years ago included future Hall of Famers Deion Sanders and Bruce Smith. Later, Snyder gave out the first $100 million contract, to Albert Haynesworth in 2009. Snyder will not exit the NFL in the same fashion, assuming the team indeed is sold this offseason, as multiple sources still believe will happen.

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Wednesday, March 8

Cardinals release WR Anderson

The Arizona Cardinals have released wide receiver Chosen Robbie Anderson. This move will save Arizona $12 million in cap space.


Jaguars cut CB Griffin

The Jacksonville Jaguars have cut cornerback Shaquill Griffin in a move that will save the team $13.15 million.


Sources: Cowboys are working on bringing back OT Smith

According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the Dallas Cowboys are working on a resolution to bring eight-time Pro Bowler Tyron Smith back for a 13th season, which could include a reworked contract. Smith is due $13.6 million in the final year of his contract.


Football Outsiders: Let's match free agents to all 32 NFL teams

Who represents the best match for each team? Our friends at Football Outsiders suggest one important free agent signing for all 32.


Extending Justin Jefferson: What it could cost the Vikings

Minnesota arrived at the NFL combine on a mission, at least when it came to the media portion of the event. Beyond discussing the hiring of defensive coordinator Brian Flores and a host of impending salary cap cuts, the team's leaders were determined to express how much they love receiver Justin Jefferson as negotiations for a contract extension loom.

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Tuesday, March 7

Sources: Dolphins will not pursue Lamar Jackson

The Dolphins will not be pursuing Lamar Jackson or any other starting QBs this off-season, multiple team sources tell ESPN's Jeff Darlington. As one source said, "Mike fully believes Tua is the perfect fit for his system."


Sources: Giants reach deal with QB Jones, tag RB Barkley

The New York Giants have agreed to a four-year, $160 million deal with quarterback Daniel Jones, sources told ESPN, and have used their nonexclusive franchise tag on star running back Saquon Barkley.

The Giants made the moves just ahead of Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline for NFL teams to use their franchise and transition tags.

Jones will make $82 million guaranteed at signing as part of the deal, which also includes up to $35 million in incentives, sources told ESPN's Jordan Raanan. Barkley will make make $10.091 million in 2023 under the nonexclusive franchise tender.


Sources: Falcons will not pursue QB Jackson

According to ESPN's Dianna Russini, the Atlanta Falcons will not be pursuing QB Lamar Jackson.


Chiefs release DE Clark

Defensive end Frank Clark, third on the list of all-time NFL postseason sack leaders, was released by Kansas City on Tuesday.


Source: Falcons are not franchise-tagging RT McGary

The Atlanta Falcons are not franchise-tagging RT Kaleb McGary, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. One of the top offensive linemen available is set to hit free agency.


Ravens place nonexclusive franchise tag on QB Jackson

The Baltimore Ravens have placed the $32.41 million nonexclusive franchise tag on QB Lamar Jackson. He now is free to negotiate with other teams, but the Ravens have the right to match any offer sheet he signs or take two first-round picks in return for him. The Ravens and Jackson have until July 17 to work out a long-term deal.


Bucs release LT Smith

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released left tackle Donovan Smith. The Bucs will save $7.95 million against their salary cap by releasing him.


Sources: Dolphins inform CB Jones that he will be released

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Miami Dolphins have informed cornerback Byron Jones that he will be released on March 15 and will have the opportunity to enter free agency. The Dolphins are expected to designate him a post-June 1 cut, saving Miami $13.6 million against its salary cap.


Jets in talks with Packers, Rodgers, sources say

The New York Jets have had conversations with the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers this week regarding a potential trade of the four-time MVP, according to sources. The sources said some of those conversations were expected to take place Tuesday, but it was unclear as of Tuesday morning whether they will result in a trade.


Source: Falcons OLB Carter returning on 2-year deal

Atlanta Falcons edge rusher Lorenzo Carter is expected to sign a two-year deal with the Falcons after being their most productive player at the position last season, a source confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.

Monday, March 6

Sources: Seahawks finalizing deal with QB Smith

Geno Smith and the Seattle Seahawks are finalizing a three-year, $105 million contract, sources told ESPN on Monday. The deal includes $52 million in the first year, sources said.


Source: Raiders are franchise-tagging RB Jacobs

The Las Vegas Raiders are using their franchise tag on running back Josh Jacobs. He finished the 2022 season with career highs in rushing yards (1,653) and carries (340).


Source: Chiefs are expected to release DE Clark

The Chiefs and defensive end Frank Clark's agent Erik Burkhardt were unable to find common ground on a reworked deal during several conversations at the combine, and the expectation now is that Kansas City will release him. Clark is third on the list of all-time NFL postseason sack leaders.


Jaguars use franchise tag on TE Engram

The Jacksonville Jaguars officially placed their franchise tag on tight end Evan Engram, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Engram led the team's tight ends in yardage (766), touchdowns (4) and receptions (73).


Chiefs will not franchise-tag LT Brown

The Kansas City Chiefs will not be franchise-tagging left tackle Orlando Brown Jr, a source told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Brown is set to be a free agent.


NFL reinstates Jags WR Ridley

The former Atlanta Falcons receiver, now with the Jacksonville Jaguars, is back in the NFL a year after being suspended.


Cowboys want to sign RT Steele long term

The Cowboys will use the second-round tender on restricted free agent right tackle Terence Steele ($4.3 million), as others have reported, and will not tender RB Rico Dowdle. Dallas would like to sign Steele, who is ahead of schedule on rehab from ACL/MCL injuries, per Stephen Jones, long term.


Cowboys place franchise tag on RB Pollard

The Dallas Cowboys have placed their franchise tag on running back Tony Pollard. He is guaranteed $10.09 million for 2023 under the tag. Pollard suffered a high ankle sprain and had surgery in January but is expected to be 100 percent before training camp.


Saints sign ex-Raiders QB Carr to four-year deal

Former Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is signing with the New Orleans Saints, sources told ESPN's Dianna Russini on Monday. The Saints, who finished 7-10 last season, were among three teams, including the New York Jets and Carolina Panthers, to have pursued Carr for several weeks after the Raiders allowed the veteran quarterback to talk to teams to possibly facilitate a trade.


Sources: Rams to release LB Floyd if no trade

The Rams are expected to release outside linebacker Leonard Floyd if they cannot trade him first, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Floyd has a $22 million cap hit in 2023. If the Rams cut him before June 1, they'll incur $19 million of dead money in 2023 and save just $3 million of salary-cap space.


Vikings release LB Kendricks in salary cap move

The Minnesota Vikings released veteran linebacker Eric Kendricks on Monday as they work to get under the salary cap. Kendricks, 31, has spent all eight seasons of his NFL career with the Vikings, who selected him in the second round of the 2015 draft. Last season he started all 17 games and finished with 137 tackles to lead the team.

Sunday, March 5

Fowler & Graziano: Latest free agency, draft buzz from NFL combine

We asked ESPN NFL insiders Dan Graziano and Jeremy Fowler to empty their notebooks from their week in Indianapolis. They hit the quarterback market -- including the latest on Derek Carr, Daniel Jones, Geno Smith, Lamar Jackson and Aaron Rodgers -- free agent sleepers and some draft risers.


Agent: Jets OT Brown plans to return for 17th season

New York Jets left tackle Duane Brown, 37, a five-time Pro Bowl selection who underwent recent surgery to repair a torn left rotator cuff, has decided to return for his 17th season, his agent, Kennard McGuire, told ESPN on Sunday.

Top news from last week

Sources: Patriots tell QB Hoyer he's being cut

The New England Patriots informed veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer of their intention to release him before the start of free agency, league sources confirmed to ESPN on Saturday.


Sources: Raiders plan to use franchise tag on RB Jacobs

The Las Vegas Raiders are planning to use the franchise tag on reigning NFL rushing champion Josh Jacobs for the 2023 season, sources confirmed to ESPN on Friday. The franchise tag for running backs for the 2023 season will cost $10.09 million.


Ravens DE Campbell: QB Jackson wants to get deal done with Ravens

At the end of the season, Baltimore Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said "it takes two to tango" when asked about the chances of getting a deal done with quarterback Lamar Jackson this year. Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell said this week that Jackson is a willing dance partner.


Source: Jaguars expected to use franchise tag on TE Engram

The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to place the franchise tag on tight end Evan Engram, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Thursday. The tight end franchise tag is $11.345 million.


Chargers GM says veteran WR Allen 'isn't going anywhere'

Los Angeles Chargers general manager Tom Telesco on Wednesday ended speculation that the organization could move on from 10-year veteran wide receiver Keenan Allen this offseason.

"Keenan Allen isn't going anywhere," Telesco told reporters at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.


Bengals on WR Higgins trade rumors: 'Find your own'

The Cincinnati Bengals emphatically let the rest of the NFL know that wide receiver Tee Higgins isn't on the trading block.

During his annual session at the NFL scouting combine, team executive Duke Tobin refuted any notion that the team could be interested in shopping the standout receiver this offseason. The team's longtime director of player personnel said teams haven't presented any offers, and if they did, trading Higgins wasn't a thought.


Giants optimistic they can keep QB Jones, RB Barkley

The New York Giants are "cautiously optimistic" that they can reach long-term deals with quarterback Daniel Jones and running back Saquon Barkley, who are both set to become free agents and are also candidates for the franchise tag. Barkley's future remains more uncertain, but Giants general manager Joe Schoen reiterated Tuesday that Jones will return in some capacity -- whether under a new deal or the tag.


Buccaneers to release RB Fournette

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers plan to release running back Leonard Fournette, a key contributor in their Super Bowl LV victory. The move will happen before the start of the new league year on March 15, a source told ESPN.


Falcons release QB Mariota

The Atlanta Falcons released quarterback Marcus Mariota on Tuesday in a move to free up salary cap space and move on from a player who had lost his starting position.


Commanders release QB Wentz

The Washington Commanders released quarterback Carson Wentz in a move that had been long expected. The move saves Washington $26.176 million on the salary cap this offseason. Wentz had two years remaining on his contract but had no guaranteed money.