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NFL Free Agency Central: Seahawks Acquire Quinton Dunbar, Cam Newton Reportedly Released, Clowney Still Available

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The NFL Free Agency period officially begins when the new league year starts on Wednesday. However, Monday begins what is known as the “legal tampering period” where teams can talk to free agents even though the players are still “under contract”.

There are some huge names available this offseason, so let’s just dive in.

If you didn’t check out our Tag Central post, 1) you should, and 2) Tom Brady is officially a free agent and will not be returning to New England.

The Patriots placed franchise tag on OL Joseph Thuney. We know one place Brady will not be going, the Tennessee Titans. The Titans signed last year’s hero, Ryan Tannehill, to a 4-year deal worth $91 million. UPDATE: Brady expected to sign with Tampa.

Add Amari Cooper’s name to the list of available players. Cooper officially became a free agent similar to Brady; the Dallas Cowboys placed their franchise tag on QB Dak Prescott. However, later in the day the Cowboys reached an agreement with their standout wide receiver.

Amari Cooper and the Cowboys reached agreement on a five-year $100 million deal.

Philip Rivers is also available after 16 years with the Chargers. The Indianapolis Colts have reportedly had discussions with Rivers, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Ed Werder of ESPN says Chicago is actually focused elsewhere for a new quarterback.

Kirk Cousins is staying in Minnesota. He reportedly signed a two-year extension, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Meanwhile, wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been traded from Minnesota to Buffalo to join Josh Allen and the Bills.

Drew Brees signed a new two-year contract with the Saints, worth roughly $50 million.

The 49ers are bringing back safety Jimmie Ward on a 3-year deal.

Former Falcons TE Austin Hooper 4-year/$44 million deal with Cleveland, including $23 million guaranteed. After Hooper left Atlanta, the Falcons traded for Hayden Hurst from Baltimore. Atlanta gets Hurst and Ravens’ 4th-round pick in upcoming draft, while Baltimore gets Falcons’ 2nd- and 5th-round pick for upcoming draft, according to Schefter.

Seattle is reportedly trying to keep both DT Jarran Reed and DE Jadeveon Clowney.

Big trade between the Arizona Cardinals and the Houston Texans, sending running back David Johnson to Houston and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona.

Former Cowboys wide receiver Randall Cobb will remain in Texas, heading to the Houston Texans on three-year contract.

Arik Armstead signs mega 5-year contract extension with the 49ers.

Meanwhile, his former college teammate DeForest Buckner is heading to Indianapolis in exchange for the 13th overall pick in this year’s 2020 NFL Draft. Buckner will be making over $20 million per year with the Colts.

Miami Dolphins agree to terms with OL Ereck Flowers, 3-year/$30 million, $19.95 million guaranteed, according to Schefter.

The Dolphins are also getting DE Shaq Lawson, according to Rapoport.

Outside Linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul signed a two-year, $27 million deal, according to Schefter.

Safety Damarious Randall is gaining interest from the Seahawks, Redskins and Raiders, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

Cornerback Byron Jones is getting interest from the Dolphins, Jets, Raiders and Eagles, according to Anderson.

Jameis Winston is headed to free agency as well.

Atlanta Falcons released running back Devonta Freeman.

Jimmy Graham signed a two-year, $16 million deal with the Chicago Bears.

Former Ducks, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota finds a new home in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas has also signing Los Angeles Ram’s linebacker Cory Littleton to a three-year $36 million deal.

In the midst of all the free agency moves, the Pittsburgh Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger restructure contract to continue clearing salary cap space.

The Carolina Panthers signed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to a three-year deal in the $60 million range. The deal will be completed when the new league year begins on Wednesday.

Ronald Blair returning to the Bay. Blair produced a career-high PFF grade of 77.5 in 2019

Philadelphia Eagles are bringing back Jalen Mills, but won’t exercise 2020 contract option for safety Malcolm Jenkins.

Jacksonville Jaguars addressing the linebacker position.

Miami Dolphins locked down a stud at running back. Howard agrees to a two-year deal.

Panthers give quarterback Cam Newton permission to seek a trade.

Big news for the Chicago Bears defense, signing pass-rusher Robert Quinn to a five-year deal.

Tennessee Titans bring on a former top-10 pick, pass-rusher Vic Beasley.

Phillip Rivers is on his way to Indianapolis on a one-year deal.

Jason Witten finds himself following Marcus Mariota to the Las Vegas Raiders.

D.J. Reader became the highest paid nose tackle in the NFL.

Ex-Bengal first round pick Darqueze Dennard is heading to Jacksonville.

Dallas beefed up their D-Line when they added Gerald McCoy.

Former New England DL Danny Shelton is reuniting with former Pats defensive coordinator Matt Patricia in Detroit.

Brian Poole re-signs with the New York Jets.

Former Oregon State QB Sean Mannion is staying put in Minnesota.

On Friday morning, news broke that former Rams running back Todd Gurley signed with the Atlanta Falcons.

Later that morning, Chargers running back Melvin Gordon officially signed with the Denver Broncos. The Broncos reached a two-year deal with Gordon for a total of $16 million ($13.5 million guaranteed).

2018 Pro-Bowl tight end Eric Ebron found a new home in Pittsburgh.

Former Steelers, Broncos, and 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders signed a two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints worth $16 million. He will look to become the first player in NFL history to play in a Super Bowl with four different teams.

Jameis Winston officially says goodbye to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after five seasons.

Nelson Agholor signed a one-year deal with the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Lions traded CB Darius Slay to the Eagles. Slay will be wearing the number 24 this upcoming season in honor of Kobe Bryant.

New England brought back QB Brian Hoyer, who will join Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler in the Patriots QB room.

The first XFL player was signed to an NFL roster. Houston Roughnecks QB and former Temple Owl, P.J. Walker signed a two-year deal with the Carolina Panthers worth roughly $1.5 million.

After acquiring P.J. Walker from the XFL, the Panther traded QB Kyle Allen away to the Washington Redskins for a future fifth round draft pick.

Former Patriots and Titans RB Dion Lewis is joining the New York Giants on a one-year deal.

The Seahawks made a big move in their secondary, trading for CB Quinton Dunbar from Washington.

The second big time QB from the XFL, Jordan Ta’amu joins the Kansas City Chiefs.

Big retirement, as Cowboys offensive lineman Travis Frederick announces his retirement from football at age 29.

It was announced early on Tuesday that QB Cam Newton would be released from the Carolina Panthers.

 

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