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2019 NFL free company tracker

NFL free company formally kicks off Wednesday, however groups already are putting offers to re-sign gamers, and rumors are flowing on the most recent information. The authorized tampering interval begins Monday, which suggests gamers can begin negotiating with groups then.

We’re monitoring each notable free-agent signing, commerce and minimize of the offseason under, sorted by most up-to-date strikes on the high:

The Oakland Raiders have an settlement in precept to commerce guard Kelechi Osemele to the New York Jets, sources inform ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson. Osemele, 29, is scheduled to obtain a base wage of $9.7 million in 2019 and $11.2 million in 2020.

The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs launched four-time Professional-Bowl linebacker Justin Houston on Sunday. The Chiefs had tried to commerce Houston, however no workforce was prepared to choose up the $15.25 million base wage he was due this season, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Houston is now a free agent.

Breeland Speaks is the participant who stands to profit probably the most from Justin Houston’s departure. The Chiefs moved up final 12 months within the second spherical to draft Speaks within the second spherical, partially in anticipation of dropping both Houston or Dee Ford this 12 months. The Chiefs used Speaks as an out of doors linebacker of their base Three-Four protection final 12 months however he will likely be a defensive finish of their Four-Three system below new cooordinator Steve Spagnuolo. “Most individuals and even our group too, thought his pure match was extra of a Four-Three D-end,” common supervisor Brett Veach mentioned final month shortly after Spagnuolo was employed.

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The Detroit Lions are going to be searching for a brand new beginning cornerback because the membership is releasing Nevin Lawson days earlier than the beginning of the brand new league 12 months, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Lawson was a constant, however not flashy, cornerback for the Lions. A fourth-round decide by the Lions in 2014, he performed in 62 video games for Detroit, beginning 54 of them, together with being a full-time starter the previous three seasons with the membership.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to commerce prolific however disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders in alternate for a third- and fifth-round decide, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Brown will obtain a brand new three-year deal value as much as $54.125 million from the Raiders, with $30.125 million assured, the supply mentioned. He beforehand had three years and $38.9 million left on his contract with the Steelers, with not one of the cash assured.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will likely be relieved however in all probability not elated with the draft haul within the Antonio Brown commerce. They sought what GM Kevin Colbert referred to as ‘important’ compensation and walked away with a third- and a fifth-round decide, which hardly ensures discovering a star receiver to switch Brown. However Pittsburgh’s choices had been restricted by Brown’s contract calls for and habits over the previous couple of months. Many groups dropped out. No less than now they’ll transfer on with a brand new period of Steelers soccer, starting with the re-signing of Ben Roethlisberger.

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Saturday, March 9

It did not take lengthy for operating again Carlos Hyde to search out one other job, as he agreed to a one-year take care of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs on Saturday, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal is for $2.eight million, with $1.6 million being assured, a supply instructed Schefter.

Newly signed Carlos Hyde could fill the RB2 spot occupied on the finish of final season by Spencer Ware, who’s headed to free company. However Hyde may finally declare a big quantity of enjoying time from Damien Williams, who for now no less than is the Chiefs’ essential featured again. Hyde at 235 kilos is an enormous, versatile again of the sort favored by common supervisor Brett Veach. “We definitely like greater backs,’’ Veach mentioned lately on the NFL mix. “I type of have a factor for 220-pound backs that may run and catch and block.’’ The Chiefs may additionally draft a again, although it’s not the need it was earlier than the Hyde signing. “If you get into rounds 2 and three, now we have our eyes on a few (operating backs),’’ Veach mentioned. “Actually we’d be pleased with just a few guys.’’

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The Dallas Cowboys and Sean Lee have agreed to a restructured contract that can pay the linebacker $Three.5 million and provides him an opportunity to earn $7 million in 2019, a supply confirmed to ESPN. Lee was set to make a $7 million base wage within the last 12 months of his deal however knew he must settle for much less with Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch taking up beginning roles final season.

The Los Angeles Chargers are releasing security Jahleel Addae, a supply instructed ESPN. Addae signed a four-year, $22 million contract two years in the past and had $11.5 million in non-guaranteed compensation left on his deal. The Chargers will save $5.5 million in money and $5 million in opposition to the 2019 wage cap by releasing Addae.

Tight finish Dwayne Allen plans to remain within the AFC East, telling ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Saturday that he’ll signal a two-year contract with the Miami Dolphins. Allen will be part of the Dolphins after being launched by the New England Patriots on Monday in a transfer that freed up $7.Three million on their wage cap.

The Dolphins agreed to phrases with TE Dwayne Allen on a two-year, $7 million contract as ESPN’s Josina Anderson and Adam Schefter reported.

Allen accomplished three different free agent visits, and selected Miami over different provides. He’ll play a key position in serving to Brian Flores set up a brand new tradition in Miami.

Allen, who spent the final two seasons with the New England Patriots, turns into probably the most skilled and achieved tight finish on the Dolphins roster.

He had three catches for 27 yards in 13 video games (eight begins) final season with the Patriots. Allen’s finest skillset is as a blocker and he’ll possible compete with 2018 second-round decide Mike Gesicki for Miami’s beginning tight finish job.

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Subject Yates explains why the Steelers would possibly need to maintain on to Antonio Brown by way of the beginning of the brand new league 12 months.

Friday, March eight

Free-agent operating again Carlos Hyde, who was launched Friday by the Jaguars, is scheduled to go to Saturday with the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Hyde could possibly be a complement to Chiefs operating again Damien Williams.

Six-time Professional Bowl security Eric Weddle plans to signal with the Los Angeles Rams, a league supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The supply mentioned Weddle arrived in Los Angeles on Thursday night time, spent Friday with the Rams and needs to be part of the defending NFC champions.

The Rams have signed veteran All-Professional security Eric Weddle to a two-year deal value as a lot as $12.5 million, with $5.25 million assured, a supply instructed ESPN’s Josina Anderson & Dan Graziano. Weddle fills a wanted position within the secondary with the pending free company of Lamarcus Joyner. Weddle, who attended highschool within the larger Los Angeles space, was launched earlier this week by the Ravens. A 12-year veteran, he’s a two-time All-Professional and six-time Professional Bowl choice.

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The Miami Dolphins continued their roster purge by releasing veteran extensive receiver Danny Amendola, sources instructed ESPN, confirming a number of stories. The transfer will save the Dolphins $6 million in cap area.

The Philadelphia Eagles have knowledgeable Michael Bennett that they’re planning to commerce him to the New England Patriots, the defensive finish instructed ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Friday. The commerce continues to be being finalized, with the Eagles getting a fifth-round decide within the 2020 draft from the Patriots and sending a 2020 seventh-round decide together with Bennett, a league supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Philly.com was first to report that a commerce was near completion.

The Eagles acknowledged that with a scarcity of high quality pass-rushing choices in free company there could possibly be a commerce marketplace for 33-year outdated Michael Bennett, who’s coming off a nine-sack season. They had been proper, because the Patriots have agreed to deal for him, Adam Schefter and the Philly Inquirer report. Bennett has not been shy about wanting a big position and will not have acquired the specified snaps in Philly with Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett coming again.

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The Los Angeles Chargers have re-signed linebacker Denzel Perryman to a two-year deal, a supply confirms to ESPN. Chosen within the second spherical (48th general) of the 2015 draft out of Miami, Perryman was an efficient participant for the Chargers when wholesome.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have traded offensive deal with Marcus Gilbert to the Arizona Cardinals, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The supply mentioned the Steelers will obtain a late sixth-round decide in return.

The Detroit Lions launched veteran guard T.J. Lang on Friday with one 12 months left on his contract — ending a query that had lingered all through the offseason. Lions common supervisor Bob Quinn mentioned on the NFL scouting mix final week that the workforce was nonetheless deciding on what to do with the previous Professional Bowler, whom the workforce signed to a three-year deal earlier than the 2017 season.

The Lions releasing T.J. Lang does give the franchise a bit of bit greater than $eight.5 million extra in cap area but it surely additionally creates a big gap on the offensive line. Detroit could have some flexibility since each Frank Ragnow and Graham Glasgow can play guard and middle, so the membership can go after whichever inside offensive linemen they might assume matches finest within the draft or free company. And there was little method Detroit may have justified maintaining Lang with the $11 million-plus cap hit he would have be on the books for in 2019.
Lang was a sensible addition on the time for the Lions and when he was wholesome, he was excellent — together with a Professional Bowl look. However accidents had been the principle situation with the Michigan native and the franchise simply could not have relied on him once more.
On the subject of free company, this extra cash may give Detroit some flexibility to go after a high-level possibility like Landon Collins or Trey Flowers. Denver middle Matt Paradis, Payments guard John Miller, Chiefs middle Mitch Morse and Rams guard Rodger Saffold are one of the best potential offensive line choices in free company.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars launched 5 gamers on Friday, headlined by defensive deal with Malik Jackson, a transfer that can save the workforce $30 million. Along with Jackson, the Jaguars additionally launched security Tashaun Gipson, operating again Carlos Hyde, proper deal with Jermey Parnell and long-snapper Carson Tinker. The strikes had been made, partially, to create salary-cap area to signal a veteran quarterback, anticipated to be Nick Foles.

The New York Giants have agreed to a commerce that can ship Professional Bowl outdoors linebacker Olivier Vernon to the Cleveland Browns in alternate for proper guard Kevin Zeitler, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Friday. As well as, the Giants will ship a fourth-round decide (132nd general) within the upcoming NFL draft to the Browns for a fifth-round choice (155th general), a supply instructed ESPN.

The Buffalo Payments and Pittsburgh Steelers mentioned a commerce involving star extensive receiver Antonio Brown this week however a deal by no means materialized. “We inquired about Antonio Brown on Tuesday, and stored talks open with the Steelers,” Payments common supervisor Brandon Beane mentioned in an announcement Friday.

The dynamics of an Antonio Brown deal: The Steelers consider Brown doesn’t have veto energy over a commerce, however it’s as much as potential suitors to grasp Brown’s contract calls for and whether or not he desires to indicate up.

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Thursday, March 7

The Denver Broncos have agreed to commerce quarterback Case Keenum to the Washington Redskins for a sixth-round decide within the 2020 draft, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday. Washington additionally will get a 2020 seventh-rounder from Denver. Keenum, who was presently slated to rely $21 million in opposition to the Broncos’ wage cap for the 2019 season, has reworked his contract and will likely be on a one-year take care of the Redskins, sources instructed Schefter.

Final week on the scouting mix Broncos president of soccer operations/common supervisor John Elway made it crystal clear any determination about quarterback Case Keenum — staying a re-worked deal, Keenum’s launch or a commerce — was going to be based mostly on the funds. And the Broncos received what they believed was one of the best final result they might with the framework of the commerce with Washington. That mentioned the Broncos will nonetheless pay $Four million money to ship Keenum to the Redskins after he was their starter for only one season.

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The Antonio Brown sweepstakes hasn’t stopped the Pittsburgh Steelers from doing huge enterprise with their huge individuals. The workforce has re-signed middle Maurkice Pouncey and guard Ramon Foster to multiyear offers, the workforce introduced Thursday. Pouncey will develop into the NFL’s highest-paid middle at $11 million per 12 months over three years, in accordance with ESPN’s Adam Schefter. A supply confirms Foster is signing for 2 years and is value $eight.25 million.

Veteran extensive receiver Pierre Garcon will develop into a free agent after the San Francisco 49ers handed on his possibility for 2019, the workforce introduced Thursday. The 49ers opted to tackle $7.2 million in lifeless cash somewhat than carry Garcon’s cap variety of $eight.275 million. In two seasons with the Niners, Garcon had 64 catches for 786 yards with one landing whereas showing in 16 video games.

The Miami Dolphins are diving headfirst right into a rebuild, with step one being to get cumbersome veteran contracts off the books. They began that course of Thursday by releasing defensive finish Andre Department and guard Ted Larsen. The strikes will save Miami $9.15 million in salary-cap area.

A number of groups approached the Chicago Bears on the NFL scouting mix final week to debate a possible commerce for operating again Jordan Howard, league sources instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday. Howard, 24, completed the common season on a excessive notice, however questions stay as as to if he’s a long-term slot in coach Matt Nagy’s offense.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston could have each of his beginning tackles again in 2019. Two days after re-signing left deal with Donovan Smith to a three-year contract, the Bucs have exercised the choice within the last 12 months of proper deal with Demar Dotson’s contract.

The Baltimore Ravens and tight finish Nick Boyle have agreed on a brand new three-year contract, a supply instructed ESPN’s Dan Graziano on Thursday. The deal is value $18 million, sources instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Boyle had been eligible for unrestricted free company subsequent week and was anticipated to attract some curiosity from different groups.

Simply re-signed Ravens TE Nick Boyle performed 297 snaps (102 greater than every other Baltimore TE) throughout Lamar Jackson’s eight begins. He blocked on 78% of these performs and was focused 10 occasions. With the Ravens behind typically in opposition to the Chargers within the wild card spherical, Boyle solely performed 18 of 59 snaps. He is an expensive blocking tight finish in and offense that wishes to run the ball as typically as potential.

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Wednesday, March 6

A number of groups inquired about Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen’s commerce availability on the NFL scouting mix final week, two league sources who spoke to the Cardinals instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Cardinals, nonetheless, didn’t give these groups any indication that they’re prepared to maneuver on from Rosen right now, the sources instructed Schefter.

Groups which have spoken to the Pittsburgh Steelers a few potential Antonio Brown commerce have been instructed that a deal is predicted to be in place by Friday, league sources inform ESPN. Any commerce that’s agreed upon cannot be formally introduced till Wednesday at Four p.m. ET, when the 2019 league 12 months begins. It’s possible Brown will need a restructured contract from any workforce that acquires him.

The Chicago Bears on Wednesday signed free-agent kicker Chris Blewitt after a tryout. Blewitt has no NFL expertise, however he did spend 4 seasons kicking on the College of Pittsburgh, the place he transformed 55 of 79 makes an attempt, together with an extended of 56 yards.

The Cleveland Browns have launched linebacker Jamie Collins Sr., the workforce introduced Wednesday. Releasing Collins will value the Browns solely $2.5 million in salary-cap area this season and saves the Browns $9.25 million in cap prices in 2019 and $13.75 million in 2020. Collins had been resulting from earn $10 million in wage in 2019 and $12 million in 2020.

The Browns selection proper now to step in for Jamie Collins can be Genard Avery, who received a number of time as a rookie after Christian Kirksey was positioned on injured reserve. Avery may rise up on early downs, then rush in passing downs. On the free agent market, C.J. Mosley, who performed inside for the Ravens, and Anthony Barr (Vikings) appear the costliest choices. Preston Smith of the Redskins is properly considered, and Kwon Alexander performed properly in Tampa Bay and is on the street to restoration after tearing his ACL within the Bucs win over the Browns in October.

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The Denver Broncos, in want of salary-cap area earlier than free company opens, have knowledgeable security Darian Stewart that he’ll be launched. Stewart, who had two years remaining on his four-year extension by way of 2020, was slated to rely $6.37 million in opposition to the wage cap in 2019.

Tuesday, March 5

The Baltimore Ravens have minimize free security and defensive chief Eric Weddle. Weddle, who turned 34 in January, reached the Professional Bowl six occasions, together with all three seasons in Baltimore. Thought of the quarterback of the NFL’s top-ranked protection, he completed third on the workforce in tackles with 68.

The Los Angeles Rams have launched beginning inside linebacker Mark Barron, league sources instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday. Barron, who had two seasons remaining on his contract, was sidelined 4 video games to begin the 2018 season due to a nagging ankle damage. He completed with 43 tackles, a sack and a pressured fumble.

The Arizona Cardinals are releasing linebacker Josh Bynes, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Bynes, 29, began 11 video games for the Cardinals final season earlier than a thumb damage ended his season. He completed with 75 tackles and a career-high two sacks.

The Indianapolis Colts and defensive deal with Margus Hunt agreed to a multiyear contract extension on Tuesday. Phrases weren’t disclosed, however a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Hunt agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal that could possibly be value as much as $10 million with incentives. Hunt was scheduled to develop into an unrestricted free agent subsequent week.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and beginning left deal with Donovan Smith agreed to a three-year, $41.25 million deal, together with $27 million absolutely assured at signing on Tuesday, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The $27 million is assured over the primary two years of the deal, a supply instructed ESPN. With the extension, the Bucs had been capable of decrease Smith’s 2019 cap hit from $14.1 million below the franchise tag to $12.5 million. The Bucs now have roughly $Three.65 million in salary-cap area.

Cornerback Kevin Johnson, who was drafted 16th general by the Houston Texans in 2015, was launched by the workforce on Tuesday. Johnson, 26, was scheduled to be paid a base wage of $9.069 million in 2019 on the fifth-year possibility in his rookie contract. The Texans save that full quantity on their wage cap with the transfer.

The Los Angeles Rams didn’t train the choice on veteran middle John Sullivan’s contract, sources instructed ESPN. Sullivan signed a two-year deal value as much as $10.75 million in 2018. The choice to say no the choice on the 33-year-old’s contract will save the Rams $5.5 million in wage cap area, in accordance with ESPN Stats & Data analysis.

Monday, March Four

The Philadelphia Eagles aren’t choosing up defensive deal with Tim Jernigan’s possibility for 2019, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter, permitting him to develop into a free agent on March 13. This was an anticipated transfer, as Jernigan was due a base wage of $11 million and would have value $13 million in opposition to the cap — a hefty worth for a participant who appeared in simply three video games final season following offseason surgical procedure to restore a herniated disc.

Dee Ford and Justin Houston mixed for 22 sacks final season and 47.5 the previous three seasons for the Kansas Chiefs. However it’s potential that neither will play for Kansas Metropolis in 2019. The Chiefs positioned the franchise tag on Ford on Monday however are listening to commerce provides for the skin linebacker and have acquired curiosity from a number of groups, sources instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Kansas Metropolis is open to bringing Ford again, although, within the occasion that it doesn’t discover a appropriate commerce companion.

The Atlanta Falcons have positioned the non-exclusive franchise tag on defensive deal with Grady Jarrett. Common supervisor Thomas Dimitroff mentioned final week utilizing the tag can be a chance with the 25-year-old Jarrett as Jarrett heads into his fifth NFL season. Dimitroff has been in talks with Jarrett’s agent, Todd France, concerning a long-term contract extension, but the edges stay far aside.

The Seattle Seahawks positioned the franchise tag on defensive finish Frank Clark on Monday, making certain that Seattle’s high pass-rusher will now keep put by way of no less than the 2019 season. The Seahawks’ announcement that they’ve tagged Clark specifies that it is the non-exclusive tag, as anticipated. It means Clark is free to barter with different groups. If he had been to signal a proposal sheet that the Seahawks declined to match, Seattle can be entitled to 2 first-round picks from the opposite workforce.

The Seahawks are utilizing the franchise tag on Frank Clark, in accordance with ESPN’s Dan Graziano and others. It means Clark stays below contract for no less than one other season at a wage of $17.128 million. The 2 sides can proceed to barter a long-term deal till July 15. Signing Clark long-term can be helpful to the Seahawks from a short-term cap standpoint as it will decrease Clark’s 2019 cap cost from the $17.128 million. It could additionally unlock the franchise tag for the Seahawks to make use of it subsequent 12 months on Russell Wilson in the event that they’re unable to signal their quarterback to an extension earlier than then. However with the tag at their disposal in 2019, there was no method the Seahawks had been going to let Clark stroll. This was the anticipated transfer.

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Unable to succeed in an settlement on a long-term deal earlier than the deadline, the Dallas Cowboys on Monday used the franchise-tag designation on Professional Bowl defensive finish DeMarcus Lawrence for the second consecutive 12 months, a supply confirmed. Not like final 12 months, the Cowboys hope to work out an extension with Lawrence earlier than the July 15 deadline to play the season on the tag.

The subsequent key date within the DeMarcus Lawrence talks is July 15. If he doesn’t have a long-term deal finished, then he must play the season on the $20.5 million tag. The Cowboys need to get a long-term deal finished and there are indications talks will proceed. In 2015, the Cowboys labored out a five-year, $70 million take care of Dez Bryant minutes earlier than the July deadline. Bryant took half solely sparingly within the offseason program. A supply mentioned Lawrence is not going to participate in any work with out a long-term deal after signing the $17.1 million tag shortly in 2018. The final time the Cowboys used the tag in consecutive years on a participant got here in 2012-13 with outdoors linebacker Anthony Spencer.

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The Philadelphia Eagles and beginning left guard Isaac Seumalo agreed to a three-year contract extension on Monday, the workforce introduced. Seumalo, 25, is the second Eagles beginning offensive lineman to obtain an extension this offseason, becoming a member of middle Jason Kelce, who agreed to a one-year extension on Saturday that put him below contract by way of 2021.

The Houston Texans have used their franchise tag on defensive finish/outdoors linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, the workforce introduced Monday. The workforce used the non-exclusive franchise designation, that means a workforce can signal Clowney to a proposal sheet as soon as free company begins subsequent week however must give up two first-round draft picks if the Texans select to not match it.

Jadeveon Clowney is listed as a DE/OLB as a result of he performs all around the subject for the Texans, however in accordance with ESPN Stats & Data, in 2018 he performed 729 snaps at DE, 101 snaps at DT and 33 at LB.

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The Tennessee Titans are anticipated to launch security Johnathan Cyprien someday this week, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Titans would love Cyprien again, however for much less cash than the $5.5 million base wage he was scheduled to be paid in 2019.

Sunday, March Three

Barring any last-minute snags, the Jacksonville Jaguars are anticipated to signal the free-agent quarterback to a multiyear contract when the brand new league 12 months opens subsequent week, in accordance with sources. The Jaguars are anticipated to launch quarterback Blake Bortles and set up Foles as their starter. Jacksonville must pay $6.5 million of Bortles’ 2019 wage, which was absolutely assured when he signed his present contract final 12 months.

The San Francisco 49ers and beginning proper guard Mike Individual have reached settlement on a three-year, $9 million deal that features $Three million assured, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Individual was scheduled to develop into a free agent. The 49ers signed Individual late in June of final 12 months with hopes that he may supply some depth and flexibility as a backup on the offensive line. Because it turned out, Individual offered way more than that, beginning all 16 video games at proper guard.

Saturday, March 2

The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs are inserting their franchise tag on linebacker Dee Ford and plan to have him of their lineup this season, however with the change to a Four-Three defensive scheme, they’ll take heed to commerce provides for him, league sources instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Chiefs intend to modify their base defensive scheme to a Four-Three below new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, which possible would imply a transfer to defensive finish for Ford, who performed that place in school earlier than transferring to linebacker for Kansas Metropolis.

It isn’t a shock that the Chiefs would title LB Dee Ford their franchise participant, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported they’ll. What’s a shock is Schefter’s report that the Chiefs would take heed to commerce provides for Ford. That means the Chiefs wish to unload both of final season’s two edge rushers, Ford and Justin Houston, and set up Breeland Speaks as a starter at defensive finish of their new Four-Three base scheme. The Chiefs drafted Speaks within the second spherical final 12 months.

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The Atlanta Falcons and backup quarterback Matt Schaub have agreed to a two-year contract extension, the workforce introduced Saturday. Schaub, who turns 38 in June, signed to be Matt Ryan’s backup previous to the 2016 season. He has performed in seven video games over the previous three seasons, finishing 6 of 10 passes for 36 yards.

Regardless of some end-of-season hypothesis that he may retire this offseason, Eagles middle Jason Kelce has reached an settlement on a one-year contract extension that ties him to Philadelphia by way of 2021. In accordance with sources, the extension provides $11 million in new cash. Kelce had two years remaining on a seven-year contract he signed in 2014.

Jason Kelce mentioned the Eagles initially approached him a few restructure in the course of the season. He had a tough 12 months due to damage and, now 31, took a while to ponder future earlier than deciding to not retire. The transfer provides him a bump in pay and frees up cap area for Eagles.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars try to commerce operating again Carlos Hyde and defensive deal with Malik Jackson, league sources instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Hyde was traded to the Jaguars by the Cleveland Browns final season, and he rushed for 189 yards on 58 carries in eight video games with Jacksonville. Jackson has been in Jacksonville since 2016 after signing a six-year contract value as much as $90 million. He has totaled 18 sacks over the previous three seasons.

Friday, March 1

The Detroit Lions needed to make a possible restricted free-agency determination on defensive finish Romeo Okwara. On Friday, the workforce bypassed all of that, signing him to a brand new, two-year deal as an alternative. Okwara, 23, was a large discover for Detroit final season after he was claimed off waivers following his launch by the Giants in the course of the cutdown churn in September. He began 14 video games for the Lions and led the franchise with 7.5 sacks.

Groups which have communicated with the New York Giants are below the impression they’re attempting to commerce outdoors linebacker Olivier Vernon, sources instructed ESPN. Vernon is about to make $15.5 million this season. His present deal has two years and $31 million remaining.

Olivier Vernon is a contract from the outdated regime, when the Giants signed him to play as a defensive finish in a Four-Three base. They performed a Three-Four extra often final 12 months, and whereas Vernon was quietly nice to finish the season — he had six sacks and 13 knockdowns over his last 5 video games — it isn’t a shock that the Giants would look to shed his $19.5 million cap maintain. They will create $11.5 million by buying and selling or releasing Vernon, and whereas they’re going to unquestionably search for a commerce companion, the 2 years and $31 million left on Vernon’s deal recommend the latter is extra more likely to occur.

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The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to phrases on a three-year extension with defensive finish Brandon Graham, the workforce introduced Friday. The brand new deal, which can hold Graham with the Eagles by way of the 2021 season, is value $40 million, a supply instructed ESPN’s Tim McManus.

Thursday, Feb. 28

Jason Witten is returning to the Dallas Cowboys, the workforce introduced Thursday. Witten is leaving ESPN’s Monday Night time Soccer and returning to the enjoying subject lower than a 12 months after asserting his retirement. Sources instructed ESPN that the tight finish is getting a one-year deal value $Three.5 million that may max out at $5 million, together with roster bonuses and incentives.

After making a shocking return to the NFL, Jason Witten could have a task to play within the Cowboys offense. Dak Prescott ranked 27th in passer ranking on throws between the hashes inside 10 yards of the road of scrimmage final 12 months. The 36-year-old tight finish was final in yards per reception amongst common tight ends in the course of the last three seasons of his professional profession earlier than retiring, however Witten caught greater than 70 % of his targets over every of these seasons. Witten’s one-year, $Three.5-million deal provides the Cowboys a protected pair of arms and a really reasonably-paid resolution at a place of want for a lot of groups across the NFL.

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Wednesday, Feb. 27

One 12 months after making a blockbuster commerce to maneuver up within the draft, the New York Jets are prepared to go in reverse if the value is true. Common supervisor Mike Maccagnan, chatting with reporters Wednesday on the NFL scouting mix, put a “on the market” signal on the Jets’ decide, third general.

The Jacksonville Jaguars and Marcell Dareus have agreed to a restructured contract that can hold the nostril deal with with the workforce subsequent season. The deal clears $5 million in cap area for the Jaguars and lowers Dareus’ base wage from $eight.335 million in 2019, sources instructed ESPN’s Subject Yates. Dareus was scheduled to earn a $2 million roster bonus on March 15 however now will get a $5 million bonus instantly. The restructured contract runs by way of the 2020 season, eliminating the ultimate 12 months of the outdated contract.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

Kicker Robbie Gould, one of many first free brokers signed by the San Francisco 49ers when coach Kyle Shanahan and common supervisor John Lynch took over in 2017, will likely be round for no less than yet another season after he acquired the workforce’s franchise tag on Tuesday.

The Dallas Cowboys have made their first supply to defensive finish DeMarcus Lawrence, and govt vp Stephen Jones is hopeful that a long-term deal could be reached with the Professional Bowl defensive finish. “I am assured we’ll get a deal finished,” Jones mentioned in a break between competitors committee conferences in Indianapolis. “I do not know the timing, however I am very assured we are able to get a deal finished. Everyone’s on the report, from Jerry [Jones] to myself to Jason Garrett to Will [McClay], on what we consider D-Legislation.”

Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn put to relaxation hypothesis in regards to the roster standing of pass-rusher Vic Beasley Jr., telling ESPN that maintaining Beasley for the 2019 season is “the plan proper now.” “I am very enthusiastic about the place I feel he can go to, and we have had good conversations in regards to the affect that he could make,” Quinn mentioned of Beasley, the No. eight general decide within the 2015 NFL draft and the 2016 NFL sack champion. “The most important affect that he could make is doing it actually constantly.”

Monday, Feb. 25

Greg Robinson has re-signed with the Cleveland Browns, the workforce introduced Monday. His brokers had earlier introduced a deal had been agreed upon. Phrases weren’t disclosed. Robinson’s profession was hanging by a thread when the Browns signed the previous No. 2 general decide to a one-year deal shortly after the workforce’s minicamp in June.


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