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NFL free agency tracker 2022: Live updates on news, rumors, signings and trades



NFL free agency for the 2022 season is here, and if the week leading up to the event is any indication, things could get crazy quickly as the new league year begins.

In the week leading up to free agency, NFL teams agreed to four trades involving big-name players. Russell Wilson, Carson Wentz, Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper were traded in that order over a five-day span.

LIVE: Grades for every signing, trade during 2022 NFL free agency

The trade market has cooled off a bit since those deals were struck. However, quarterbacks like Deshaun Watson and Jimmy Garoppolo still available, so we will surely see some more trades as NFL free agency gets underway.

Of course, there’s also the free agent part of free agency. There isn’t a Tom Brady-type prize this offseason — well, there wasn’t until he came back, at least — but there are plenty of quality playmakers available at receiver, on defense and along the offensive line. JC Jackson, Von Miller, Allen Robinson and Tyrann Mathieu highlight the most recognizable names on the market, but there is plenty of talent among the top 50 available free agents.

MORE: Ranking the NFL’s top 50 free agents in 2022

The NFL’s so-called legal tampering period begins at noon ET on Monday, March 14. At that point, we will start to see deals come together as teams tackle the next phase in roster building.

Sporting News will be tracking all of the notable NFL free agent signings and trades during the 2022 NFL offseason.

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NFL free agency news, updates on signings and trades

(All times Eastern)

March 16

12:35 p.m. — Chad Henne turns 37 in July but he’ll keep living that NFL backup QB life for another season. The Chiefs are bringing him back as Patrick Mahomes’ insurance policy for a fifth season on a one-year, $2 million deal, per Mike Garafolo

10:20 a.m. — The Jaguars just keep spending, as they are set to add former Rams cornerback Darious Williams on a three-year deal that guarantees him $18 million and could be worth up to $39 million, according to Ian Rapoport.

9:50 a.m. — Breshad Perriman joins Tom Brady in returning to the Buccaneers, getting a one-year deal with Tampa Bay per his agents, via Adam Schefter

9:30 a.m. — The Patriots are adding former Texans corner Terrance Mitchell on a one-year, $3 million deal, says Adam Schefter

March 15

11:00 p.m. — The 49ers are giving linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair a second-round tender as a restricted free agent, according to Mike Garafolo. 

10:51 p.m. — The Bears agreed to terms with former Packers interior OL Lucas Patrick, according to Ian Rapaport. It will be a two-year, $8 million deal with $4 million fully guaranteed in year one.

10:35 p.m. — The Saints have reportedly signed former Jets safety Marcus Maye, per Tom Pelissero. The contract is for three years, $28.5 million with $15 million guaranteed.

9:27 p.m. — The Baltimore Ravens signed former Commanders and Jets right tackle Morgan Moses to a 3-year, $15 million contract, per Jeff Zrebiec.

9:14 p.m. — The Saints signed cornerback Bradley Roby to a 3-year extension, giving New Orleans more cap space and keeping the corner in New Orleans (via Ian Rapoport).

9:06 p.m. — Broncos reportedly signed tight end Eric Tomlinson to a 1-year contract, per Mike Klis.

8:07 p.m. — The Colts are re-signing DE Tyquan Lewis to a one-year, $3 million deal, via Tom Pelissero.

8:03 p.m. — The Rams are giving kicker Matt Gay the original-round RFA tender worth $2.54 million, according to Jeremy Fowler. So, if Gay signs any other offer sheet, the Rams would receive a fifth round pick.

7:58 p.m. — The Bears are re-signing veteran long snapper Patrick Scales, per Tom Pelissero. It is a one-year, veteran benefit deal worth $1,272,500 deal and a maximum $152,500 signing bonus. $1,047,500 total guaranteed.

7:46 p.m. — Kareem Jackson is reportedly interested in remaining with the Broncos moving forward. The safety told Willie McGinest on the NFL Network that he and the Broncos have been in talks and he’d “love to go back to Denver.”

7:22 p.m. — The Buccaneers reportedly signed former Falcons receiver Russell Gage to a 3-year contract, per Aaron Wilson. The deal is for $30 million total, with $20 million guaranteed.

6:16 p.m. — Tyrod Taylor is signing with the New York Giants, per Adam Schefter. Taylor will enter into a quarterback competition with Daniel Jones in Brian Daboll’s first season. Terms are two years for $17.5 million, $8.5 million guaranteed.

6:01 p.m. — Laremy Tunsil will be remaining with the Houston Texans per… Himself. Shared on his Twitter with a NSFW video.

5:46 p.m. — Von Miller’s market appears to be clearing up. While the defensive end has clearly been enjoying his first true free agency, Aaron Wilson reports that it’s down to the Browns, Cowboys, and Rams. Miller, of course, enjoyed a resurgence with the Super Bowl-winning Rams last year, but has ties to Texas. The Browns are looking for a pass rusher to supplant Jadeveon Clowney.

5:36 p.m. — The Vikings reportedly finalized terms with former Cardinals linebacker Jordan Hicks, per Adam Kaplan. The deal is to be two years for $10 million, with a $12 million ceiling and $6.5 million guaranteed.

5:24 p.m. — The Houston Texans re-signed defensive back Desmond King on a 2-year contract. The Iowa alum will have $3.5 million of $7 million guaranteed.

4:32 p.m. — The Chargers have cut right tackle Bryan Bulaga, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. His release will save Los Angeles $10.7 million in cap space. Bulaga, 33 on March 21, missed 22 games during his two seasons with the Chargers as a result of nagging injuries.

4:23 p.m. — With the trade of Shaq Mason, the Patriots are now reportedly in play for La’El Collins via trade, per Andrew Callahan. The Cowboys lineman wouldn’t be a cheap add, but trading Mason cleared a significant amount of salary cap space for New England.

4:18 p.m. — The Patriots have made another trade. They are sending guard Shaq Mason to the Buccaneers, per NFL Network. Mason, 28, has started 98 of 103 games for the Patriots, mostly at right guard. He will help replace former Buccaneer Alex Cappa, who signed with the Bengals in free agency.

NBC Sports Boston’s Phil Perry reports the Patriots will receive a fifth-round pick in exchange for Mason.

3:59 p.m. — The Texans are signing Pharaoh Brown to a one-year contract worth $4 million, per NFL Network. Brown had 23 catches for 171 yards last season.

3:36 p.m. — The Jets have added another starter to their secondary. They signed former Buccaneers safety Jordan Whitehead, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini. The deal is worth $14.5 million over two years. Whitehead has recorded at least 69 tackles during each of his four pro seasons and has two interceptions in each of the last two years.

3:18 p.m. — We may have a trading places of sorts with Dallas and Denver. Randy Gregory is going to the Broncos, but NFL Network’s Jane Slater reports that Von Miller may join the Cowboys. Miller spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the Broncos before being traded to the Rams ahead of last year’s trade deadline.

3:01 p.m. — ESPN’s Dianna Russini reports that Deshaun Watson has an interest in the Falcons and has reached out to the team personally.

2:28 p.m. — Robert Saleh and the Jets add another player to their defense, signing Seattle cornerback DJ Reed. The deal is for $33 million “with upside” over three years. Reed has two interceptions in each of the last two seasons and set a career-high with 10 pass defenses in 2021.

2:24 p.m. — The Broncos re-signed linebacker Josey Jewell to a two-year deal worth $11 million, per Mike Klis of 9News Denver. Jewell played in just two games last season but recorded 113 tackles in 16 starts during the 2020 NFL season.

2:22 p.m. — The Commanders are re-signing safety Bobby McCain to a two-year deal worth $11 million. McCain posted career-high marks in tackles (63) and interceptions (four) in 2021, his first season in Washington.

2:06 p.m. — Tom Brady has a new No. 3 receiver. The Buccaneers signed former Falcons receiver Russell Gage, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Gage totaled 66 catches, 770 yards and four touchdowns last season after spending most of the year as the Falcons’ top receiver.

1:58 p.m. — The Eagles are tendering former undrafted free agent Nate Herbig at an original-round level. That means that they will have the right of first refusal should the offensive lineman agree to an offer sheet with another team. However, if the Eagles don’t match the offer sheet, they will receive nothing in exchange for losing Herbig.

1:49 p.m. — The Packers officially announced the Aaron Rodgers extension. Now, Green Bay’s focus will shift toward extending Davante Adams.

1:28 p.m. — Why did the Broncos poach Randy Gregory from the Cowboys? ESPN’s Ed Werder says that Gregory was Denver’s top free agent edge rusher target, ahead of even Chandler Jones.

1:27 p.m. — The Dolphins are re-signing another one of their linebackers, Elandon Roberts, to a one-year deal worth $3.25 million.

1:25 p.m. — The Patriots are re-signing running back James White, per ESPN’s Field Yates. scored the winning touchdown in the team’s comeback Super Bowl win over the Falcons. 

1:13 p.m. — Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo, a restricted free agent, is cashing in on his big season with a five-year, $24.25 million contract, according to NFL.com. The reported $11.5 million guaranteed ranks behind only Justin Tucker among kicker contracts.

12:42 p.m. — The Bills are adding to their backfield. J.D. McKissic signed a two-year, $7 million deal with Buffalo, according to ESPN, giving Josh Allen another offensive weapon.

12:39 p.m. — The Ravens have signed one of the best remaining free agency. Safety Marcus Williams, formerly of the Saints, signed a five-year deal with Baltimore, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Williams, 25, has had at least two interceptions and 55 tackles in each of his five NFL seasons.

12:31 p.m. — Chase Daniel, one of the NFL’s most well-known backup quarterbacks, is back with the Chargers. He signed a one-year deal worth $2.25 million to return to Los Angeles, per ESPN

12:22 p.m. — The Texans are re-signing defensive tackle Maliek Collins to a two-year deal worth $17 million, per NFL Network. Collins had 29 tackles and 2.5 sacks for Houston last year.

12:14 p.m. — Our first deal of the NFL’s tampering period has fallen apart. Cowboys pass rusher Randy Gregory will not be re-signing with the team. Instead, he will join the Broncos, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

12:02 p.m. — Andrew Whitworth is riding off into the sunset. The 40-year-old Rams tackle announced his retirement, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Los Angeles paid starter money to Joe Noteboom on eve of free agency, so they must have expected this move.

11:49 a.m. — The Steelers continue to invest in their offensive line. They signed former Bears guard James Daniels to a three-year deal, per NFL Network.

11:48 a.m. — Lions are re-signing defensive end Charles Harris to a two-year, $14 million deal, per ESPN.

11:47 a.m. — A dark horse has entered the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes. The Falcons have spoken to the Texans about acquiring the embattled quarterback, per ESPN. That move would have an impact on Matt Ryan, and it’s unclear whether the Texans would want to trade for the veteran.

11:37 a.m. — Here’s a surprise: the Browns are releasing center JC Tretter, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Tretter, 31, has started 80 games for the Browns over the last five seasons. He ranked No. 6 overall in Pro Football Focus’ center grades for 2021 out of 39 qualified players.

Tretter is also the president of the NFLPA and was just re-elected to his second term in that role.

11:27 a.m. — The Dolphins are upgrading their offensive line. They signed former Cowboys guard Connor Williams to a two-year deal worth $14 million, per ESPN. Williams, a former second-round pick out of Texas, has started 51 of his 57 career games played and has largely played left guard.

11:25 a.m. — The Falcons are tendering Oladmide Zaccheus at an original-round level for $2.433 million over one year, per ESPN. If another team signs Zaccheus to an offer sheet, the Falcons will have the opportunity to match it. If they don’t, they will not receive compensation for his departure, as he is a former undrafted free agent.

11:15 a.m. — Defensive tackle Montravius Adams is re-signing with the Steelers on a two-year, $5 million contract, per ESPN. Adams had eight tackles in five games with Pittsburgh. 

11:11 a.m. — The Packers are bringing back one of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite receiving weapons, Allen Lazard. Green Bay has tendered the restricted free agent at a second-round level, so he will make close to $4 million on a one-year deal, per NFL Network.

10:58 a.m. — In punter news, the Rams are set to release long-time punter Johnny Hekker. He was a team captain for Los Angeles and was named to four, All-Pro first teams during his 10-year tenure with the Rams.

10:43 a.m. — The terms of Randy Gregory’s deal with the Cowboys are in. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Gregory will make up to $70 million over five years with $28 million guaranteed. That potential $14 million per year value exceeds the estimate from NFL Network by $1 million per year.

10:32 a.m. — The Cowboys were able to bring back not only Demarcus Lawrence on a cheaper contract, but also are set to re-sign Randy Gregory. Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the deal will be worth about $13 million per year.

10:16 a.m. — Jackrabbit Jenkins has been released by the Titans. He played in 14 regular-season games for the Titans last season, starting 13 of them at cornerback.

10:15 a.m. — The Cowboys are keeping safety Malik Hooker around for a couple more years. He has signed a two-year deal worth $8 million to remain in Dallas.

10:10 a.m. — The Jaguars are parting with linebacker Myles Jack after their free-agent spending spree, per ESPN. Jack led the Jaguars with 108 tackles last season.

9:45 a.m. — Deshaun Watson has plans to meet with the Saints and Panthers as the Texans attempt to trade him. However, ESPN’s Kimberley Martin says that Browns are “in play” for the veteran quarterback as well.

9:36 a.m. — Christian McCaffrey has been the subject of trade rumors this offseason, but ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler doesn’t expect the Panthers to trade him. They are in the mix for Deshaun Watson and would like to pair the two together.

9:01 a.m. — The Dolphins are bringing back one of their free-agent linebackers. They agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with Duke Riley, per ESPN.

8:45 a.m. — The terms of Aaron Rodgers‘ contract are in, per NFL Network. He will make $150 million, all guaranteed, over three years. That said, his cap hit in each season will be significantly lower thanks to the addition of a couple of void years at the end of the contract.

In total, the Packers will save about $18 million in cap space for 2022, per Tom Pelissero. However, it’s worth noting that cap hit doesn’t just go away; it’s pushed into future years, so eventually, Green Bay will find itself in a cap crunch once again.

8:44 a.m. — The Patriots are moving on from Chase Winovich after a season that saw him go without a sack after recording 5.5 in each of his first two NFL seasons. 

8:14 a.m. — The Lions will sign former Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark to a one-year deal worth $14 million, according to ESPN. Jacksonville paid big dollars to Christian Kirk on Monday to replace Chark.

March 14

11:55 p.m. — Ward is a good starter to go alongside Emmanuel Moseley and Ambry Thomas.

11:40 p.m. — The Jaguars spent a ton of money on the first day of free agency. But, will it pay off?

11:28 p.m. — This news isn’t exactly surprising, as it was reported earlier in the day Monday. Some housekeeping.

10:38 p.m. — Say so long to the Honey Badger. 

9:49 p.m. — The Broncos get in on the late Monday agreements by bolstering their defense. 

Jones is ranked 44th on PFT’s top-100 free agent rankings.

9:19 p.m. — The Texans are making moves to protect their quarterback, whoever that may be.

8:55 p.m. — Details of Mitchell Trubisky’s deal with the Steelers revealed.

8:35 p.m. — News of a couple players expecting to sign with the Panthers was reported earlier in the evening Monday, so it’s only fitting they would lose one in free agency around the same time.

8:49 p.m. — The Giants are adding more Buffalo Bills to their squad. 

8:35 p.m. — The Vikings are shifting defense in 2022, and they’re also shifting personnel as Harrison Phillips is expected to sign with Minnesota. He’ll join another Harrison in Minnesota, long-time safety Harrison Smith.

8:31 p.m. — The Chargers didn’t have to look far to make another addition to their defense. 

Hopefully, Joseph-Day won’t walk into the wrong locker room. That’d be embarrassing. 

8:18 p.m. — Christian Kirk takes to social media for the first time after his monster deal was reported. And he’s got a message for the doubters. 

8:01 p.m. — The Jags continue on their spending spree later into evening on Monday. 

7:50 p.m. — The Panthers make a couple of late Monday moves.

7:20 p.m. — In an effort to keep Daniel Jones upright, the Giants are bringing in some veteran talent.

7:03 p.m. — The Chargers continue to bolster their defense in an effort to compete in the arms race that is the AFC West

6:57 p.m. — Coming off a career season, TE C.J. Uzomah is headed to the Big Apple. The Jets had a need at the tight end and Uzomah fit the bill. 

6:41 p.m. — After originally looking for him to take a pay cut to save cap space, DeMarcus Lawrence is staying in Dallas. 

Pelissero later clarified the full deal is $40 million with $30 million guaranteed. The Pro-Bowler will be 30 years old at the start of the 2022 season.

6:25 p.m. — The Jets are running it back with RB Tevin Coleman, who hasn’t been healthy since 2018 

Coleman’s deal is for one year and $1.5 million with $650K guaranteed, according to Tom Pelissero, with a max $2.3M with incentives.

6:17 p.m. — Former first round pick DT Taven Bryan is on the move, trading his sunglasses and shorts for ski caps and puffy coats. 

6:12 p.m. — ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports DT Tim Settle has agreed to a two-year deal with the Bills. Buffalo signed guard Rodger Saffold and extended the contract of center Mitch Morse earlier in the day. Settle gets a two-year deal with a base value of $9 million and a max value of $10.6 million, according to Mike Garafolo.

5:55 p.m. — The Indianapolis Colts, in their quest for a QB after trading away Carson Wentz to the Commanders, were shot down in their attempt to speak to Deshaun Watson on Monday. 

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

5:42 p.m. —More details from J.C. Jackson’s deal with the Chargers.

5:42 p.m. —After making Christian Kirk one of the highest paid receivers, the Jags are using their robust amount of cap space to add another offensive player.

5:30 p.m. The Steelers will have a familiar face to protect Mitchell Trubisky in Pittsburgh.

5:25 p.m. — “Tom Brady is a game changer. He has certainly changed things for the Buccaneers,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said. The QBs announcement to return Sunday has helped bring the band back together, with CB Carlton Davis being among them.

5:05 p.m. — According to multiple reports, the Texans claimed cornerback Reggie Robinson off of waivers. Robinson was cut loose by the Cowboys on Friday.

4:59 p.m. — Reunited and it feels so good! 

4:58 p.m. — Gesicki becomes the first player to sign the franchise tender this offseason.

4:55 p.m. — J.C. Jackson has a new home. The former Patriots cornerback is expected to sign with the Chargers. Mr. Interception will join Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa as cornerstones on the defense.

4:50 p.m. — Teddy Bridgewater will join Cedrick Wilson in Miami. The former Broncos quarterback has agreed to a one-year deal to serve as Tua Tagovailoa’s backup, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

4:44 p.m. — The Dolphins are signing Cowboys receiver Cedrick Wilson to a three-year deal worth $22.8 million, per NFL Network. Wilson thrived in place of Michael Gallup last year and posted career-best marks in catches (45), yards (602) and touchdowns (six) for Dallas.

4:41 p.m. — The Cardinals are retaining a key special teams player in Dennis Gardeck. They signed him to a three-year deal worth $12 million total, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

4:40 p.m. — Christian Kirk’s contract details are in. He is set to make $37 million guaranteed over the course of his contract.

4:10 p.m. — The Cardinals have their insurance for Kyler Murray in place. Colt McCoy is returning to the team as a backup on a two-year deal worth $7.5 million, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

4:09 p.m. — Mo Alie-Cox is returning to the Colts on a three-year deal, per Jordan Schultz. The former VCU basketball player turned tight end has carved out a nice role for himself as a well-rounded playmaker in the Colts’ offense.

4 p.m. — The Rams are keeping another key cog on their offensive line. The re-signed left tackle Joe Noteboom earlier in the day and have agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal with starting center Brian Allen, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

3:46 p.m. — Will Dissly is staying with the Seahawks. Uncle Will agreed to a three-year deal worth $8 million per year to remain in Seattle, per ESPN’s Brady Henderson. Dissly has posted at least 21 catches and 231 receiving yards in three consecutive seasons.

3:43 p.m. — The Packers are retaining linebacker De’Vondre Campbell, per SI’s Bill Huber. Campbell totaled 146 tackles during his breakout 2021 campaign in Green Bay.

3:37 p.m. — The Saints are planning to keep restricted free agent Deonte Harris on a second-round tender, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. However, they could face some competition for Harris, who is now going by Harty.

3:09 p.m. — How much is Christian Kirk’s deal with the Jaguars worth? He is reportedly set to make up to $84 million over four seasons in Jacksonville, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. That makes him the NFL’s third-highest-paid receiver in terms of average annual value.

2:44 p.m. — Safety Terrence Brooks is returning to the Texans on a one-year deal worth $2 million, per multiple reports.

2:41 p.m. — The Bengals lost one defensive tackle to free agency in Larry Ogunjobi, but BJ Hill is returning. The big-bodied defensive tackle is signing a three-year, $30 million deal that pays $15 million in its first year, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport

2:38 p.m. — NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports that the Eagles are signing pass rusher Haason Reddick to a three-year deal worth $45 million. Reddick played collegiately at Temple and has posted 23.5 sacks over his last two seasons with the Cardinals and Panthers.

2:37 p.m. — More news about the Titans’ offensive line: Rodger Saffold, who Tennessee released ahead of free agency, is set to sign with the Bills, per ESPN.

2:34 p.m. — The Titans are not tendering an offer to David Quessenberry, per ESPN. Quessenberry, 31, started all 18 of the Titans’ games last season, including the postseason. The former 2017 NFL Draft pick didn’t play until 2018 after battling cancer during the early stages of his career.

2:32 p.m. — The Jaguars aren’t done yet. They are expected to sign former Cardinals receiver Christian Kirk to a “large deal,” per NFL Network.

2:21 p.m. — Jake McQuaide is re-signing with the Cowboys on a one-year deal worth the veteran minimum, per NFL Network. He is a two-time Pro Bowl long snapper.

2:20 p.m. — Braxton Berrios is returning to the Jets on a two-year contract worth $12 million, per ESPN.

2:18 p.m. — Matthew Slater is back for another season with the Patriots. The special teams ace is entering his 15th season with the Patriots and he has made 10 Pro Bowls. He will make $2.62 in 2022, per ESPN’s Field Yates.

2:14 p.m. — Another offensive line signing for the Titans: their long-term center, Ben Jones, is returning to the team on a two-year deal worth $7 million per season.

2:12 p.m. — Jamarco Jones, a former fifth-round pick by the Seahawks out of Ohio State, is signing a two-year deal worth $5.75 million with the Titans, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

1:57 p.m. — The Jets are adding another piece to their offensive line. They are signing guard Laken Tomlinson, who coach Robert Saleh knows from their time together with the 49ers, to a three-year deal worth $40 million, per NFL Network.

1:52 p.m. — Al Woods may be 35, but that didn’t stop the nose tackle from getting a two-year deal worth $9 million from the Seahawks, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Woods had 50 tackles and 1.5 sacks with Seattle last season.

1:50 p.m. — Here’s another one for the Jaguars: Folorunso “Foley” Fatukasi is joining Jacksonville, per NFL Network’s Peter Schrager. Fatukasi had 46 tackles in 15 games with the Jets last season.

1:48 p.m. — The Jaguars are making moves on the first day of legal tampering. They have agreed to a deal with Brandon Scherff and also to one with former Falcons linebacker Foye Oluokun. The Yale product recorded an NFL-high 192 tackles last year along with three intercetpions, two sacks and a forced fumble.

1:44 p.m. — The Lions are retaining one of their top free agents. Safety Tracy Walker is coming back to Detroit on a three-year, $25 million deal, per ESPN.

1:43 p.m. — The Bengals are adding another piece to their offensive line. They are signing former Patriots center Ted Karras to a three-year deal, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

1:41 p.m. — The Jaguars are signing one of the best free-agent offensive linemen on the market. Brandon Scherff, who spent the first seven seasons of his career with Washington, is set to come to Jacksonville, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

1:15 p.m. — Za’Darius Smith won’t stay available for long. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that “multiple teams” are interested in Smith after the Packers released him. That includes one of his former teams, the Ravens.

1:11 p.m. — The Seahawks are retaining Pro Bowl safety Quandre Diggs on a three-year deal worth $40 million. Diggs has posted five interceptions in each of his first two fulls seasons with the Seahawks.

1:09 p.m. — Larry Ogunjobi is expected to join the Bears on a deal worth $40.5 million over three years, per NFL Network. The defensive tackle played with the Bengals last season but suffered a season-ending injury in the playoffs.

12:58 p.m. — With the Steelers adding Mitchell Trubisky, they are now out of the running for Jimmy Garoppolo. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the Colts still have an interest in Garoppolo’s services.

12:55 p.m. — The Steelers have made the first quarterback signing of the legal tampering period. They are adding Mitchell Trubisky to the fold with the expectation he will be the starting quarterback.

12:40 p.m. — The Panthers announced a couple of minor moves. They are parting with veteran defensive lineman Morgan Fox and cornerback AJ Bouye.

12:29 p.m. — The terms of James Conner’s contract are in. He will make up to $25.5 million and $13.5 million guaranteed over three years with the Cardinals, per ESPN.

12:21 p.m. — The Cardinals lost Chase Edmonds, but they will keep James Conner. After his resurgent year in Arizona while on a one-year contract, Conner has signed a three-year extension in Arizona, per NFL Network.

12:20 p.m. — Jarvis Landry is no longer with the Browns. He has been released by the team after their acquisition of Amari Cooper, per ESPN. Landry had been given permission to seek a trade, and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport lists the Bills and Chiefs as “teams to watch” now that Landry is available.

12:11 p.m. — The Dolphins are adding to their running back room. They agreed to a two-year, $12.6 million deal with former Cardinals RB Chase Edmonds, per ESPN. Edmonds posted a career-high 903 scrimmage yards last season and averaged 5.1 yards per carry working in tandem with James Conner.

12:03 p.m. — The first big deal of NFL free agency is in. Former Bucs guard Alex Cappa is signing with the Bengals for $40 million over four years, per ESPN. He played right guard in Tampa Bay and will help to fix either guard spot in Cincinnati, as both were problematic in 2022.

11:58 a.m. — One more before the floodgates open: The Rams are keeping offensive tackle Joe Noteboom. He will make up to $47.5 million over three years on the deal. He is being paid at a starter level, so he will likely, eventually, take over for Andrew Whitworth — be it now or in 2023.

11:54 a.m. — The Dolphins have re-signed defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah to a four-year deal worth up to $65 million, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

11:50 a.m. — The NFL’s legal tampering period begins in 10 minutes. Expect there to be action relatively quickly after things open up at noon ET. News of signings, trades, releases and rumors should come in steadily throughout the day.

11:19 a.m. — Chandler Jones is the latest edge rusher tied to the Broncos. Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network reports that he will be a target of Denver’s. The Broncos have also been tied to Von Miller, who they traded away in advance of the 2021 NFL trade deadline.

10:56 a.m. — Deshaun Watson has permission from the Texans to speak to other NFL teams. He is expected to talk to the Saints and Panthers over the next 48 hours, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

10:35 a.m. — Another Packers release: offensive tackle/guard Billy Turner has been cut by the team, per NFL Network.

10:30 a.m. — The Packers extended Preston Smith but will be parting with Za’Darius Smith. The veteran edge rusher was due to have a $27.6 million cap hit in 2022, so he will look to play somewhere else while Preston Smith and Rashan Gary man the edge in Green Bay.

10:28 a.m. — The Falcons agreed to a restructured contract with Matt Ryan last week. Now, they have agreed to an extension with Jake Matthews to keep their long-time left tackle in place and open up cap space. The deal will pay up to $52.5 million over three seasons.

10:24 a.m. — Kicker Greg Joseph is staying with the Vikings. He has been tendered at a second-round level and will make $2.433 million in 2022, per NFL Network.

10:12 a.m. — The Bills cut guard/tackle Daryl Williams but they will be keeping their center Mitch Morse. He signed a two-year extension with the team worth up to $19.5 million, per NFL Network.

9:39 a.m. — JC Jackson is, arguably, the top free agent available on the market with Davante Adams having been hit with a franchise tag. The Dolphins are expected to be interested in Jackson, per Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

9:27 a.m. — Here’s a slight surprise: the Bills are cutting offensive lineman Daryl Williams, who has started every game over the last two seasons. NFL Network reports that the two sides could agree upon a re-worked deal eventually, but for now, Buffalo saves just over $8 million in cap space.

9:27 a.m. — The Packers have agreed to an extension with Preston Smith. He will make $52.5 million in new money over four years, per NFL Network, and will have a significantly lower cap hit in 2022. That will open up some much-needed cap space for the over-the-cap Packers.

9:18 a.m. — Cue the TB12 jokes: Lions backup QB Tim Boyle, who wears the No. 12, has re-signed with the Lions on a one-year deal worth up to $2 million, per NFL Network.

8:51 a.m. — While Tom Brady is coming out of retirement, Buccaneers guard Ali Marpet is not expected to do the same. He will remain retired and will pursue his Master’s degree, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

7:58 a.m. — NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Packers WR Davante Adams will not play on the franchise tag. The two sides, which are “far apart” on a long-term deal, will have to bridge the gap to avoid a holdout.

7:20 a.m. — The Patriots have re-signed a couple of key, long-term members of their organization in QB Brian Hoyer and G/C James Ferentz, per Jim McBride of The Boston Globe.

March 13

11:44 p.m. — After Brady’s return, the Buccaneers moved quickly to lock up their center. Ryan Jensen is coming back to the Bucs on a three-year deal worth up to $39 million ($23 million guaranteed).

10:09 p.m. — Lions center Evan Brown won’t be a restricted free agent. He has agreed to terms on a one-year deal to rejoin the Lions, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

7:37 p.m. — Kirk Cousins has signed a one-year, $35 million extension with the Vikings, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The extension is fully guaranteed and will keep him in Minnesota through 2023.

7:13 p.m. — Well, that was fast! After just 40 days, Tom Brady has come out of retirement. He announced the decision on Twitter and confirmed that he would be returning to Tampa Bay.

7:03 p.m. — The Cowboys were deep in talks with Michael Gallup about a potential extension. That’s part of why they traded Amari Cooper. They officially signed Gallup to a five-year, $62.5 million deal on Sunday, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

6:50 p.m. — Dustin Hopkins is staying with the Chargers. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that the veteran kicker agreed to an extension with Los Angeles ahead of free agency.

6:05 p.m. — Devin McCourty, a mainstay of the Patriots’ defense, is returning to the team for another season. He agreed to a one-year, $9 million deal with the team.

6:04 p.m. — The Bills have agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with receiver Isaiah McKenzie, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

6:01 p.m. — The Cardinals are keeping Zach Ertz. They agreed to a three-year extension with the veteran tight end, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The Cardinals originally acquired Ertz ahead of the 2021 NFL trade deadline, and the deal is expected to be worth up to $31.6 million.

2:31 p.m. — The Patriots’ are tendering restricted free agent Jakobi Meyers at a second-round level. That means they will have the right of first refusal on any contract Meyers signs with another club. If no offers come, Meyers will be on a one-year, $2.4 million contract.

11:52 a.m. — The Texans are giving teams permission to speak with Deshaun Watson. Among the teams that are in pursuit and have made an offer for the quarterback are the Saints and the Panthers.

March 12

3:05 p.m. — After acquiring Amari Cooper, the Browns are going to let Jarvis Landry seek a trade, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

2 p.m. — The Cowboys agree to trade wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Browns, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The teams will exchange Day 3 draft picks in the deal.

MORE: Why the Cowboys traded Amari Cooper, explained

March 11

4:34 p.m. — A grand jury declines to indict Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson on nine criminal complaints of sexual assault and sexual misconduct. This may cause his trade market to heat up.

4:28 p.m. — The Raiders are keeping star pass rusher Maxx Crosby long-term. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that Las Vegas has signed him to a four-year, $95 million extension.

2:43 p.m. — The Cowboys are emerging as a potential suitor for Bobby Wagner, per ESPN’s Ed Werder. The veteran linebacker was a force for Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn when Quinn held the same position with the Seahawks.

1:43 p.m. — Jason Kelce, 34, agrees to a new, one-year deal with the Eagles that makes him the highest-paid center in the NFL. He has been an All-Pro first-teamer in four of the last five seasons.

9:01 a.m. — Who could be the next player traded? According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is drawing attention.

March 10

4:50 p.m. — Another day, another big trade for the NFL. This time, it involves Bears edge rusher Khalil Mack. The Chargers acquire him in exchange for two draft picks, including a second-round selection.

2:43 p.m. — There’s another player on the trade market generating interest. Cowboys tackle La’el Collins is available, and he will be a name to watch as the Cowboys look to clear some cap space.

1:27 p.m. — Trey Flowers, the biggest signing of the 2019 free-agent class, is being released by the Lions, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

11:06 a.m. — After trading for Carson Wentz, the Commanders release safety/linebacker Landon Collins. They failed to agree to another restructured contract and will save about $6.6 million in cap space by cutting him.

10:40 a.m. — Rodger Saffold will be looking for a new home. The Titans are releasing the 33-year-old, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

March 9

5:22 p.m. — The Seahawks officially released veteran linebacker Bobby Wagner, who had played in Seattle for a decade along with Russell Wilson.

2:09 p.m. — For the second straight day, a starting quarterback is traded. The Commanders agree to acquire Carson Wentz from the Colts in exchange for a couple of Day 2 picks and a second-round pick swap, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

March 8

8:57 p.m. — The Titans opted not to use the franchise tag on pass rusher Harold Landry. Why? Because they agreed to a five-year, $87.5 million deal with him just ahead of the franchise tag deadline.

4 p.m. — The following players were slapped with the franchise tag ahead of the league’s 4 p.m. ET deadline to apply the tag.

  • Bengals: S Jessie Bates
  • Browns: TE David Njoku
  • Buccaneers: WR Chris Godwin
  • Chiefs: OT Orlando Brown Jr.
  • Cowboys: TE Dalton Schultz
  • Dolphins: TE Mike Gesicki
  • Jaguars: OT Cam Robinson
  • Packers: WR Davante Adams

1:46 p.m. — Mike Williams and the Chargers agreed to a three-year contract extension worth $60 million, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Had Williams not been extended, the Chargers were planning to use the franchise tag on him.

1:41 p.m. — Rodgers’ extension wasn’t the only big quarterback deal on March 8. The Seahawks agreed to trade Russell Wilson to the Broncos for a massive package including three players and five draft picks, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The terms of the deals are as follows:

  • Broncos get: QB Russell Wilson, fourth-round pick.
  • Seahawks get: QB Drew Lock, DL Shelby Harris, TE Noah Fant, two first-round picks, 2022 second-round pick, 2023 second-round pick, fifth-round pick.

11:26 a.m. — The first major domino of the 2022 NFL offseason falls, as Aaron Rodgers agrees to an extension with the Packers. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports it will make Rodgers the highest paid player in the NFL based on average annual value.

NFL free agency rumors, trade rumors

Deshaun Watson to meet with Panthers, Saints, other “serious suitors”

Date: March 13

Source: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

Deshaun Watson’s trade market is heating up after a grand jury elected not to indict the embattled Texans quarterback on nine criminal complaints of sexual harassment and misconduct. The Panthers have been interested in Watson since he first became available while the Saints would have to clear a lot of cap space to afford him.

MORE: Ranking Deshaun Watson’s top landing spots

Bills considered a “top suitor” for Evan Engram

Date: March 10

Source: Dan Duggan, The Athletic

The Bills are in the market for a tight end to pair with Dawson Knox. Dan Duggan reports that they are a “top suitor” for Evan Engram, who has averaged 69 catches, 740 yards and four touchdowns per 17 games played during his career. And no quarterback he has played with is nearly as good as Josh Allen.

Patriots eying receivers including Allen Robinson, Robby Anderson

Date: March 9

Source: Mike Giardi, NFL Network

The Patriots have a couple of good receivers in Kendrick Bourne and Jakobi Meyers, but they need to add a true No. 1-type receiver and depth to their wide-out room. They are reportedly doing a lot of work on free-agent receivers including Allen Robinson. They also are considering a trade for Robby Anderson, which would make Nelson Agholor expendable.

Eric Fisher won’t re-sign with the Colts

Date: March 9

Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN

Eric Fisher was signed by the Colts during the 2021 offseason to replace Anthony Castonzo after their veteran offensive lineman retired. Now, the former Pro Bowler will move on to his third team in as many years while the Colts search for a replacement.

Bengals, 49ers interested in Patriots’ J.C. Jackson

Date: March 8

Source: Jordan Schultz

The Patriots aren’t expected to keep J.C. Jackson, who has 25 career interceptions in four years since going undrafted out of Maryland. The Bengals, who need an upgrade over Eli Apple, and 49ers, who need a true No. 1 corner, are among the teams interested in him along with the Dolphins and Chargers.

Von Miller has suitors including Rams, Broncos

Date: March 6

Source: Aaron Wilson, Pro Football Network

Von Miller is drawing plenty of interest during his first trip to the unrestricted free agent market. Miller is drawing interest from the Broncos, Rams and Packers, among others. The Chargers were reportedly interested in Miller as well, but they probably won’t pursue him after trading for Khalil Mack. 

Mitchell Trubisky “creating a lot of buzz” ahead of free agency

Date: March 3

Source: Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

The 2022 NFL quarterback market is fairly weak, and there are more QB-needy teams that there are viable starters out there. That’s part of why Trubisky is getting buzz, and per Pauline, teams are planning to sign Trubisky with “the expectation he’ll compete for a starting spot.” The Steelers, Colts and Giants have all been mentioned in connection with Trubisky.

Best NFL free agents by position

Here’s a list of the top NFL free agents still available, as ranked by SN’s Vinnie Iyer:

Quarterbacks

  1. Jameis Winston, Saints
  2. Marcus Mariota, Raiders
  3. Mitchell Trubisky, Bills
  4. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Commanders
  5. Teddy Bridgewater, Broncos
  6. Colt McCoy, Cardinals
  7. Tyrod Taylor, Texans
  8. Andy Dalton, Bears
  9. Jacoby Brissett, Dolphins
  10. Cam Newton, Panthers
  11. Joe Flacco, Jets

Running backs

  1. Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers
  2. James Conner, Cardinals
  3. Chase Edmonds, Cardinals
  4. Cordarrelle Patterson, Falcons
  5. Sony Michel, Rams
  6. Rashaad Penny, Seahawks
  7. Melvin Gordon, Broncos
  8. Duke Johnson Jr., Dolphins
  9. Darrel Williams, Chiefs
  10. Boston Scott, Eagles
  11. Ronald Jones II, Buccaneers
  12. Devonta Freeman, Ravens
  13. Latavius Murray, Ravens
  14. Justin Jackson, Chargers
  15. Damien Williams, Bears
  16. Devontae Booker, Giants
  17. David Johnson, Texans
  18. Jeff Wilson Jr., 49ers
  19. Phillip Lindsay, Dolphins
  20. Alex Collins, Seahawks

Wide receivers

  1. Davante Adams, Packers (franchise-tagged)
  2. Chris Godwin, Buccaneers (franchise-tagged)
  3. Mike Williams, Chargers (re-signed for 3 years, $60 million)
  4. Allen Robinson, Bears
  5. D.J. Chark, Jaguars
  6. Odell Beckham Jr., Rams
  7. Michael Gallup, Cowboys
  8. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
  9. Christian Kirk, Cardinals
  10. Russell Gage, Falcons
  11. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers
  12. Cedrick Wilson, Cowboys
  13. Braxton Berrios, Jets
  14. TY. Hilton, Colts
  15. Jamison Crowder, Jets
  16. Sammy Watkins, Ravens
  17. Will Fuller, Dolphins
  18. Keelan Cole, Jets
  19. A.J. Green, Cardinals
  20. Emmanuel Sanders, Bills

Tight ends

  1. Mike Gesicki, Dolphins (franchise-tagged)
  2. Dalton Schultz, Cowboys (franchise-tagged)
  3. Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers
  4. Zach Ertz, Cardinals
  5. Robert Tonyan, Packers
  6. Evan Engram, Giants
  7. Gerald Everett, Seahawks
  8. David Njoku, Browns (franchise-tagged)
  9. Maxx Williams, Cardinals
  10. O.J. Howard, Buccaneers

Offensive tackles

  1. Terron Armstead, Saints
  2. Orlando Brown Jr,. Chiefs (franchise-tagged)
  3. Duane Brown, Seahawks
  4. Eric Fisher, Colts
  5. Trent Brown, Patriots
  6. Morgan Moses, Jets
  7. Riley Reiff, Bengals
  8. Brandon Shell, Seahawks
  9. Bobby Massie, Broncos

Guards/centers

  1. Ryan Jensen, Buccaneers
  2. Brandon Scherff, Commanders
  3. Laken Tomlinson, 49ers
  4. James Daniels, Bears
  5. Andrew Norwell, Jaguars
  6. Ben Jones, Titans
  7. Connor Williams, Cowboys
  8. Austin Corbett, Rams
  9. Brian Allen, Rams
  10. Germain Ifedi, Bears
  11. Alex Cappa, Buccaneers
  12. Quinton Spain, Bengals
  13. Mike Glowinski, Colts

Edge rushers

  1. Von Miller, Rams
  2. Chandler Jones, Cardinals
  3. Emmanuel Ogbah, Dolphins
  4. Harold Landry, Titans
  5. Jadeveon Clowney, Browns
  6. Randy Gregory, Cowboys
  7. Melvin Ingram, Chiefs
  8. Haason Reddick, Panthers
  9. Derek Barnett, Eagles
  10. Justin Houston, Ravens
  11. Jerry Hughes, Bills
  12. Charles Harris, Lions
  13. Uchenna Nwosu, Chargers
  14. Jason Pierre-Paul, Buccaneers

Defensive tackles

  1. Akiem Hicks, Bears
  2. Calais Campbell, Ravens
  3. B.J. Hill, Bengals
  4. D.J. Jones, 49ers
  5. Folorunso Fatukasi, Jets
  6. Sebastian Joseph-Day, Rams
  7. Maliek Collins, Texans
  8. Linval Joseph, Chargers
  9. Tim Settle, Commanders
  10. Sheldon Richardson, Vikings

Linebackers

  1. De’Vondre Campbell, Packers
  2. Foyesade Oluokun, Falcons
  3. Dont’a Hightower, Patriots
  4. Leighton Vander Esch, Cowboys
  5. Josey Jewell, Broncos
  6. Alexander Johnson, Broncos
  7. Anthony Barr, Vikings
  8. Kyzir White, Chargers

Cornerbacks

  1. J.C. Jackson, Patriots
  2. Stephon Gilmore, Panthers
  3. Carlton Davis, Buccaneers
  4. Casey Hayward Jr., Raiders
  5. Tyrann Mathieu, Chiefs
  6. Darious Williams, Rams
  7. Chavarius Ward, Chiefs
  8. D.J. Reed, Seahawks
  9. Donte Jackson, Panthers
  10. Steven Nelson, Steelers
  11. Patrick Peterson, Vikings
  12. Bryce Callahan, Broncos
  13. Joe Haden, Steelers
  14. Robert Alford, Cardinals

Safeties

  1. Jessie Bates III, Bengals (franchise-tagged)
  2. Marcus Williams, Saints
  3. Quandre Diggs, Seahawks
  4. Marcus Maye, Jets
  5. Jordan Whitehead, Buccaneers
  6. Kareem Jackson, Broncos
  7. Justin Reid, Texans
  8. Devin McCourty, Patriots
  9. Jayron Kearse, Cowboys
  10. Xavier Woods, Vikings

Kickers

  1. Younghoe Koo, Falcons
  2. Matt Gay, Rams
  3. Dustin Hopkins, Chargers
  4. Zane Gonzalez, Cardinals
  5. Nick Folk, Patriots
  6. Randy Bullock, Titans
  7. Michael Badgley, Colts
  8. Joey Slay, Commanders
  9. Greg Joseph, Vikings

Punters

  1. Bryan Anger, Cowboys
  2. Kevin Huber, Bengals
  3. Pat O’Donnell, Bears
  4. Michael Palardy, Dolphins
  5. Andy Lee, Cardinals
  6. Corey Bojorquez, Packers
  7. Jordan Berry, Vikings
  8. Thomas Morstead, Falcons



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