New England Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 14: Brandon Bolden #25 of the New England Patriots is tackled by Denzel Ward #21 of the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Patriots will not be bringing back running back Brandon Bolden, who became a free agent with the new league year at 4 p.m. Wednesday. As first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Bolden is expected to sign with the Las Vegas Raiders. Details of the deal have not yet been announced.

In Vegas, Bolden will be reunited with former Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who is now the head coach. The Raiders have a former Patriots staffer running their front office as well, in director of player personnel-turned-GM Dave Ziegler.

Last year was Bolden’s eighth season in New England (non-consecutive, he was released in 2018 and signed with Miami before returning the following year in free agency), and a big one at that. He stepped up as the team’s primary pass-catching back after James White suffered a season-ending injury in September. The 31-year-old set career highs with 49 catches for 405 yards, while accounting for 226 yards on the ground and three total touchdowns. Throughout his time in New England, Bolden also played a key role on special teams.

Bolden’s departure makes White’s re-signing that much more notable. Had the Patriots lost both players, they would have had to start over at a position crucial to the offense.

In addition to White, the Patriots are also bringing back early-down backs Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson from last year. J.J. White and Devine Ozigbo also return at the position.

NFL Free Agent Tracker: Wednesday, March 16

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  • Godwin gets big new deal with Bucs

    TAMPA, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 09: Chris Godwin #14 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers carries the ball during the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Raymond James Stadium on September 09, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

    Chris Godwin has become the latest receiver to break $20 million annually. He and the Bucs have agreed to rip up his franchise tag in favor of a three-year, $60 million deal with $40 million guaranteed, according to Adam Schefter.

  • Von Miller gets megadeal from Bills

    Von Miller #40 of the Los Angeles Rams looks on during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on November 15, 2021 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    Von Miller #40 of the Los Angeles Rams looks on during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on November 15, 2021 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    The off-season news just got rough for the Patriots, and the Dolphins and Jets and the rest of the AFC for that matter. Future Hall-of-Fame edge rusher Von Miller is signing with the Bills for a whopping six years and $120 million, according to Ian Rapoport.

    Buffalo adds a still-excellent edge rusher and former Super Bowl MVP to an already-stacked offense with superstar quarterback Josh Allen. They’ll be among the top Super Bowl contenders for 2022.

    The Bills are also signing former Bucs tight end O.J. Howard, per Adam Schefter. Big day in Orchard Park.

  • Trent Brown says Patriots still in the mix

    Josina Anderson spoke directly with Trent Brown, who told her that the Patriots are still “in the mix” for him to sign. Sounds like the Pats will get a chance to match the best offer.

  • Raiders sign former Patriots fullback

    Nov 28, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots fullback Jakob Johnson (47) during warm ups prior to a game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 28, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots fullback Jakob Johnson (47) during warm ups prior to a game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

    The Raiders under Josh McDaniels and Dave Ziegler are the ultimate “Patriots West,” and their latest move is proof. They’re signing fullback Jakob Johnson, according to Adam Schefter.

    It’ll be interesting to see what direction the Patriots take at the fullback position, ie. whether they even have one. The Pats declined to tender Johnson, which made him an unrestricted free agent, in a sign that they were moving on from him.

  • Trent Brown visiting Seahawks

    Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown (77) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

    Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots offensive tackle Trent Brown (77) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

    Free-agent tackle Trent Brown is visiting the Seahawks, according to Adam Schefter. Brown played the 2021 season with the Patriots after coming over in a trade from the Raiders, and has often spoke highly of the organization publicly.

    For that reason, it’s possible that Brown will test the market then give the Patriots a chance to match the best offer. So Brown isn’t on his way out of New England just yet.

  • Za’Darius Smith signs with Ravens

    Za'Darius Smith #55 of the Green Bay Packers reacts in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams during the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 16, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

    Za’Darius Smith #55 of the Green Bay Packers reacts in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams during the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 16, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

    Baltimore has landed a big-time pass-rusher. They’re signing former Packers edge rusher Za’Darius Smith to a four-year, $35 million deal with the potential to be worth $50 million, as reported by Adam Schefter.

  • Patriots showing interest in WR Dede Westbrook

    Dede Westbrook of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs for a 61-yard touchdown reception during the second half against the New England Patriots at TIAA Bank Field. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

    Dede Westbrook of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs for a 61-yard touchdown reception during the second half against the New England Patriots at TIAA Bank Field. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

    According to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal, the Patriots are showing interest in returner/receiver Dede Westbrook, formerly of the Jaguars and Vikings.

    Westbrook played 15 games for the Vikings in 2021 and made only 10 catches on 15 targets on offense. However, he did have 22 punt returns for an average of 8.3 yards. The Pats may need a new punt returner after declining to tender restricted free agent Gunner Olszewski.

  • Titans release Julio Jones

    NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – SEPTEMBER 26: Julio Jones #2 of the Tennessee Titans against the Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

    The Tennessee Titans are releasing five-time All Pro receiver Julio Jones, according to multiple reports. Jones spent just one season in Tennessee, after being acquired for second and fourth round picks last June.

  • Brandon Bolden joining Josh McDaniels

    FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - NOVEMBER 14: Brandon Bolden #25 of the New England Patriots is tackled by Denzel Ward #21 of the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – NOVEMBER 14: Brandon Bolden #25 of the New England Patriots is tackled by Denzel Ward #21 of the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on November 14, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    Brandon Bolden is reuniting with former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in Las Vegas, according to Ian Rapoport. Bolden played a significant role for the Patriots as the third-down back last year with James White out.

  • Patriots not tendering Gunner Olszewski

    CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - NOVEMBER 07: Gunner Olszewski #80 of the New England Patriots returns a kickoff during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 07, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

    CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – NOVEMBER 07: Gunner Olszewski #80 of the New England Patriots returns a kickoff during the second quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 07, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

    The Patriots will not tender RFA Gunner Olszewski, according to Mike Reiss. The minimum tender would have cost the Patriots $2.4 million. While this doesn’t rule out Olszewski, who was an All Pro punt returner in 2020, returning to the Patriots, it does mean he’ll become an unrestricted free agent at 4 p.m. when the new league year begins.

  • Vegas keeps making moves

     

    Shortly after landing Chandler Jones, the Raiders flipped pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue to the Colts for cornerback Rock Ya-Sin. The deal was first reported by Ian Rapoport.

  • Chandler Jones headed to Vegas

    Chandler Jones #55 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

    Chandler Jones #55 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

    Standout former Patriots and Cardinals pass-rusher Chandler Jones is “finalizing” a deal with the Las Vegas Raiders, according to Tom Pelissero.

  • McKissic Bails on Bills

    J.D. McKissic #41 of the Washington Football Team carries the ball for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at FedExField on November 29, 2021 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)

    J.D. McKissic #41 of the Washington Football Team carries the ball for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at FedExField on November 29, 2021 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)

    Free-agent running back J.D. McKissic agreed to a deal with the Bills – and then he didn’t. According to Adam Schefter, McKissic changed his mind when he heard the Commanders were willing to match the Bills’ offer, and decided to stay in Washington. McKissic pulls the same move that Randy Gregory just did, only the opposite – he spurned a new team in favor of his current one.

  • Chiefs release OT Ereck Flowers

    The Chiefs will be back in the market for an offensive lineman in free agency or the draft. Per Adam Schefter, they are releasing tackle Ereck Flowers.

  • Raiders release Nassib

    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 15: Carl Nassib #94 of the Las Vegas Raiders flexes while smiling during warmups before a game against the Denver Broncos at Allegiant Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 15: Carl Nassib #94 of the Las Vegas Raiders flexes while smiling during warmups before a game against the Denver Broncos at Allegiant Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

    The Las Vegas Raiders are releasing defensive end Carl Nassib, according to Adam Schefter.

  • Patriots favorites to land La’El Collins

    Trevon Diggs #7 of the Dallas Cowboys and La'el Collins #71 of the Dallas Cowboys react seconds after the San Francisco 49ers beat the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    Trevon Diggs #7 of the Dallas Cowboys and La’el Collins #71 of the Dallas Cowboys react seconds after the San Francisco 49ers beat the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    According to Patrik Walker of CBS Sports, the Patriots are “emerging as a strong candidate” to trade for Cowboys tackle La’El Collins. This corroborates a previous report by Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald that the Patriots were exploring a possible deal with Dallas for Collins.

  • Patriots sign a cornerback

    A.J. Dillon #28 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the football in the first half of a preseason game against Terrance Mitchell #39 of the Houston Texans at Lambeau Field on August 14, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

    A.J. Dillon #28 of the Green Bay Packers runs with the football in the first half of a preseason game against Terrance Mitchell #39 of the Houston Texans at Lambeau Field on August 14, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

    The Patriots have signed a player from outside the organization: according to Adam Schefter, they’ve agreed to a one-year deal for $3 million with cornerback Terrance Mitchell. The 29-year-old Mitchell started 13 games for Houston in 2021 and made one interception.

  • Jakeem Grant to Cleveland

    Nov 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Jakeem Grant (17) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 21, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Jakeem Grant (17) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

    One of the better hybrid receivers/returners available is off the market. Former Dolphins and Bears receiver Jakeem Grant is headed to the Browns on a three-year deal worth up to $13.8 million, per Tom Pelissero.

  • Raiders sign DT Bilal Nichols

    The Las Vegas Raiders have joined the free agent frenzy during legal tampering, agreeing to a deal with former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Bilal Nichols, according to Ian Rapoport.

  • Bears sign OL Lucas Patrick

    According to Mike Garafolo, former Packers OL Lucas Patrick is staying in the NFC North. He’s agreed to a two-year deal with the Bears worth up to $8 million, including $4 million guaranteed.

  • Marcus Maye heads to NFC

    Oct 24, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Jets free safety Marcus Maye (20) tackles New England Patriots running back Damien Harris (37) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

    Oct 24, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New York Jets free safety Marcus Maye (20) tackles New England Patriots running back Damien Harris (37) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

    According to Jeff Howe, the New Orleans Saints are signing former Jets safety Marcus Maye to a three-year deal worth $28.5 million, including $15 million guaranteed. This comes on the heels of Marcus Williams leaving the Saints to join the Ravens.

  • Patriots looking into big trade for a tackle?

    La'el Collins #71 of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    La’el Collins #71 of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on October 06, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    This is interesting: according to Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald, the Patriots have considered a trade for Cowboys offensive tackle La’El Collins. The 28-year-old has started 71 of 74 career games in Dallas and started 10 of 12 at right tackle in 2021. He’s under contract for the next three seasons at $10 million annually.


NFL Free Agent Tracker: Tuesday, March 15

  • Read below for the latest news and rumors on day 2 of the legal tampering period ahead of NFL free agency…

  • Patriots trading Shaq Mason to Bucs

    Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots offensive guard Shaq Mason (69) runs off the field against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

    Aug 19, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots offensive guard Shaq Mason (69) runs off the field against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

    Per Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald, the Patriots are trading guard Shaq Mason to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to Phil Perry, they’re getting a fifth-round pick in return.

    The move clears about $7 million in cap space for the Patriots, so we’ll see if this is a precursor to a free-agent signing.

  • Bobby McCain heads to D.C.

    The Washington Commanders are signing defensive back Bobby McCain, according to Adam Schefter. Veteran secondary depth for the newly renamed club in D.C.

  • Bucs land new receiver for Tom Brady

    Former Falcons receiver Russell Gage is signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to Ian Rapoport. Just in time for his un-retirement, Tom Brady gets a new weapon.

  • Patriots bringing back James White

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - SEPTEMBER 19: Running back James White #28 of the New England Patriots runs the ball against cornerback Michael Carter II #30 the New York Jets in the second quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on September 19, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – SEPTEMBER 19: Running back James White #28 of the New England Patriots runs the ball against cornerback Michael Carter II #30 the New York Jets in the second quarter of the game at MetLife Stadium on September 19, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    The Patriots are bringing back RB James White, according to Tom Pelissero. His new deal is for two years and worth up to $2.5 million with $500,000 guaranteed.

    White plays a crucial role in the Patriots’ offense as the team’s pass-catching back, and is also a multi-time captain. However, he played just three games last year before suffering a season-ending hip injury in September.

    UPDATE: According to Josina Anderson, the max value of White’s deal with the Patriots is actually $7 million, if he meets certain undisclose dincentives.

  • Former Patriots linebacker staying in Miami

    MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 05: Elandon Roberts #52 of the Miami Dolphins celebrates after a defensive play against the New York Giants in the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on December 05, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

    Former Patriots linebacker Elandon Roberts is re-signing with the Dolphins on a one-year, $3.25 million contract per Adam Schefter. Roberts originally signed with Miami in the 2020 offseason after his rookie deal expired in New England. At the time, he was playing for former Patriots linebacker coach Brian Flores, who was let go by Miami earlier this offseason and replaced by an offensive-minded coach in Mike McDaniel.

  • Bills add pass-catching back

    LANDOVER, MARYLAND – NOVEMBER 29: J.D. McKissic #41 of the Washington Football Team carries the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter at FedExField on November 29, 2021 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

    According to Adam Schefter, the Buffalo Bills are adding another weapon for Josh Allen in pass-catching running back J.D. McKissic. McKissic, who comes over from Washington, is expected to sign a two-year, $7 million deal.

  • Top free agent safety heading to Baltimore

    Marcus Williams #43 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after intercepting a pass against the Green Bay Packers during the second half at TIAA Bank Field on September 12, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

    Marcus Williams #43 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after intercepting a pass against the Green Bay Packers during the second half at TIAA Bank Field on September 12, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

    Marcus Williams, the top safety on the market in free agency, has his new team. According to Jeremy Fowler, the 25-year-old has inked a five-year, $70 million deal with the Ravens. Williams had 74 tackles and eight pass breakups in 16 games for the Saints last year.

  • Randy Gregory changes course

    ARLINGTON, TEXAS – JANUARY 02: Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals is hit by Randy Gregory #94 of the Dallas Cowboys during the third quarter at AT&T Stadium on January 02, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    Despite reports that he was returning to the Cowboys, Randy Gregory has apparently had a change of heart. According to Mike Garafolo, Gregory now has agreed to terms with the Denver Broncos. Now, another top-tier edge defender is heading to the AFC West. Gregory had six sacks in 12 games for Dallas last year.

  • Andrew Whitworth announces his retirement

    Feb 16, 2022; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams tackle Andrew Whitworth holds the Vince Lombardi trophy during the Super Bowl LVI championship rally at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

    Via his Instagram, 40-year-old tackle Andrew Whitworth announced he’s retiring from the NFL. Whitworth, who won his first career Super Bowl with the Rams in February and was named Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, played 16 NFL seasons between the Cincinnati and Los Angeles.

  • Dolphins adding to offensive line

    INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 19: Connor Williams #52 of the Dallas Cowboys at SoFi Stadium on September 19, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    According to multiple report, the Dolphins have inked a deal with former Cowboys guard Connor Williams. Per Jeff Howe, Williams’ new contract is for two years and worth up to $14 million with $7.5 million guaranteed. The 24-year-old started 51 games in four season for Dallas.

  • Janoris ‘Jackrabbit’ Jenkins released

    Tennessee is reportedly parting ways with 33-year-old cornerback Janoris Jenkins. Jenkins made 13 starts for the Titans last year, recording an interception and six pass deflections. Given the Patriots’ need at boundary corner, he’s a name to watch.

  • Randy Gregory cashes in with Cowboys

    Randy Gregory #94 of the Dallas Cowboys sacks Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots in the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 17, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    Randy Gregory #94 of the Dallas Cowboys sacks Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots in the third quarter at Gillette Stadium on October 17, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    According to Adam Schefter, the Dallas Cowboys are locking up dynamic pass-rusher Randy Gregory with a five-year deal for $70 million. The deal includes $28 million guaranteed.

  • Packers tender RFA receiver

    The Green Bay Packers are tendering restricted free-agent wide receiver Allan Lazard at the second round level, which is a one-year deal for $3.9 million, as reported by Mike Garafolo. It’s the same tender that Jakobi Meyers received from the Patriots.

  • Dolphins re-sign WR Preston Williams

    According to Tom Pelissero, the Dolphins are retaining wide receiver Preston Williams on a one-year deal for up to $1.99 million.

  • Cowboys retain S Malik Hooker

    The Dallas Cowboys are re-signing safety Malik Hooker to a two-year deal for $8 million, according to Adam Schefter. The 28-year-old gets a new deal after signing for one year in Dallas.

  • Jaguars release LB Myles Jack

    As reported by Adam Schefter, the Jaguars are releasing linebacker Myles Jack. The 26-year-old is still productive, leading the Jags with 108 tackles in 2021 despite missing two games.

  • Patriots trade Winovich to Browns

    FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - DECEMBER 28: Chase Winovich #50 of the New England Patriots leaves the field after the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 28, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The Bills won 38-9. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

    FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – DECEMBER 28: Chase Winovich #50 of the New England Patriots leaves the field after the second half against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 28, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The Bills won 38-9. (Photo by Maddie Malhotra/Getty Images)

    We have a Patriots trade! They are sending linebacker Chase Winovich to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Mack Wilson, as reported by Tom Pelissero. More details coming…

  • D.J. Chark to sign with Lions

    D.J. Chark #17 of the Jacksonville Jaguars makes a reception for a touchdown during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at TIAA Bank Field on September 26, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

    D.J. Chark #17 of the Jacksonville Jaguars makes a reception for a touchdown during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at TIAA Bank Field on September 26, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

    According to Adam Schefter, former Jaguars wide receiver D.J. Chark has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions. Chark can make up to $12 million. Another free-agent receiver comes off the board.

  • Patriots retain Nick Folk

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 18: Nick Folk #6 of the New England Patriots kicks a field goal against the Atlanta Falcons in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 18, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    The Patriots are keeping veteran kicker Nick Folk in the fold for another year – or two. According to Tom Pelissero, it’s a two-year extension worth $5 million, including $2.19 million guaranteed. Folk can make up to $5.6M through incentives. The move buys the Patriots more time to develop young kicker Quinn Nordin, or otherwise keep looking for their kicker of the future.

  • Niners sign former Chiefs CB

    Jan 12, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) faces Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward (35) on the line of scrimmage during the AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

    Jan 12, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) faces Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward (35) on the line of scrimmage during the AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

    The San Francisco 49ers are signing former Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward to a three-year deal worth up to $42 million, including $26.7 million guaranteed. Adam Schefter had the details. Any time the Chiefs’ roster is weakened is good news for the rest of the AFC.

  • Frank Clark restructures with Chiefs

    Frank Clark #55 of the Kansas City Chiefs prepares to sack Brian Hoyer #2 of the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium on October 05, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    Frank Clark #55 of the Kansas City Chiefs prepares to sack Brian Hoyer #2 of the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium on October 05, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    Defensive end Frank Clark has reworked his contract to stay with Kansas City and help the team free up cap space. According to Ian Rapoport, Clark’s new deal is for two years and a base value of $29 million, with a chance to make up to $36M.

  • Chiefs sign Justin Reid

    Nelson Agholor #15 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball as Justin Reid #20 of the Houston Texans defends during the first half at NRG Stadium on October 10, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

    Nelson Agholor #15 of the New England Patriots runs with the ball as Justin Reid #20 of the Houston Texans defends during the first half at NRG Stadium on October 10, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

    As reported by Ian Rapoport, the Chiefs are signing safety Justin Reid. Additionally, Rapoport says this means Tyrann Mathieu will be signing elsewhere.


NFL Free Agent Tracker: Monday, March 14

  • Here’s a recap of the most notable NFL free agency news from the first day of legal tampering…

  • Jaguars continue spending spree with tight end

    The Jacksonville Jaguars are not done building around Trevor Lawrence. According to Adam Schefter, they’re signing former Giants tight end Evan Engram to a one-year deal worth $9 million, fully guaranteed. Engram can make up to $10 million through incentives.

  • Bucs re-sign CB Carlton Davis

    Carlton Davis #24 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers carries the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium on September 09, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

    Carlton Davis #24 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers carries the ball against the Dallas Cowboys during the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium on September 09, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

    Another domino falls in the cornerback market: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are re-signing Carlton Davis for three years and $45 million, per Adam Schefter. Tampa retains a key piece of their defense for Tom Brady’s return.

  • J.C. Jackson gets big-money deal with Chargers

    Nov 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson (27) celebrates after an interception against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson (27) celebrates after an interception against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

    J.C. Jackson has found the highest bidder. The Chargers are locking Jackson in for five years and up to $82.5 million, and $40 million guaranteed at signing, according to Adam Schefter. The AAV seems surprisingly low, but the guarantees rank Jackson sixth among all cornerbacks.

  • Bridgewater to Miami

    Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Denver Broncos throws the ball as players warm up before a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Empower Field at Mile High on October 3, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

    Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Denver Broncos throws the ball as players warm up before a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Empower Field at Mile High on October 3, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

    Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is signing with the Miami Dolphins to be the backup quarterback to Tua Tagovailoa, as reported by Adam Schefter.

  • Dolphins signing Cedrick Wilson

    Cedrick Wilson #1 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball after a reception against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

    Cedrick Wilson #1 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball after a reception against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at AT&T Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

    Former Cowboys receiver Cedrick Wilson is signing a three-year deal worth up to $22.8 million with the Miami Dolphins, according to Adam Schefter. The deal includes $12.75 million guaranteed.

  • J.C. Jackson gets formal offer

    Nov 28, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson (27) reacts after intercepting a pass in the Tennessee Titans end zone in the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 28, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson (27) reacts after intercepting a pass in the Tennessee Titans end zone in the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

    Per Mike Giardi, J.C. Jackson has had a busy day negotiating with prospective teams, but the only club that’s made a formal offer so far is the Los Angeles Chargers. They’re likely to lose Casey Hayward to free agency, making outside corner a pressing need for them. Jackson is easily the biggest prize on the market at his position, so he figures to get a huge payday wherever he lands.

  • Seahawks re-signing TE Will Dissly

    The Seahawks may be rebuilding post-Russell Wilson, but they are retaining one of their tight ends. Will Dissly is staying in Seattle for three years and up to $24 million, according to Tom Pelissero.

  • Packers keeping LV De’Vondre Campbell

    De'Vondre Campbell #59 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after sacking Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    De’Vondre Campbell #59 of the Green Bay Packers reacts after sacking Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


    De’Vondre Campbell would’ve been the best inside linebacker on the market, but instead he’s staying put. According to Ian Rapoport, the Green Bay Packers have agreed to terms on a new contract for Campbell. According to Pro Football Focus, the deal is for five years and $50 million.

  • Bills sign Rodger Saffold

    The Buffalo Bills confirmed that they are signing veteran offensive lineman Rodger Saffold to a one-year deal. Saffold has played both guard and tackle at the NFL level. For the past three years, he’s been the Titans’ starting left guard.

  • Jaguars signing WR Christian Kirk

    Christian Kirk #13 of the Arizona Cardinals catches the ball over Jourdan Lewis #26 of the Dallas Cowboys during the third quarter at AT&T Stadium on January 02, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

    Christian Kirk #13 of the Arizona Cardinals catches the ball over Jourdan Lewis #26 of the Dallas Cowboys during the third quarter at AT&T Stadium on January 02, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)

    According to Ian Rapoport, the Jacksonville Jaguars are signing free-agent wide receiver Christian Kirk. Trevor Lawrence gets a dynamic slot receiver. Rapoport is describing the deal as “large,” so it’s likely Kirk was out of the Patriots’ price range all along.

    UPDATE: According to Ian Rapoport, Kirk’s deal with the Jaguars is for four years with a base value of $72 million, and can turn into $84 million through incentives. Wild money for Kirk in Jacksonville.

  • Berrios staying with Jets

    Braxton Berrios #10 of the New York Jets runs with the ball for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on December 19, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

    Braxton Berrios #10 of the New York Jets runs with the ball for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in the first quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on December 19, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

    There will be no Braxton Berrios reunion in New England. The former Patriots receiver is staying with the New York Jets on a two-year deal worth up to $12 million with $7M guaranteed, according to Adam Schefter. Berrios was an all-pro kick returner in 2021 and also set new career highs in catches and yards. If the Patriots want to add a shifty slot receiver, they’ll have to look elsewhere.

  • Jets signing OG Laken Tomlinson

    The New York Jets are signing former 49ers guard Laken Tomlinson to a three-year deal worth up to $41.2 million, according to Adam Schefter. Tomlinson has started 80 consecutive games dating back to the 2017 season.

  • Karras signing with Bengals

    Jan 9, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; New England Patriots guard Ted Karras (67) takes on the field prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

    The defending AFC champions have found a starting offensive lineman, in the form of an ex-Patriot. Ted Karras is signing a three-year, $18 million deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to Ian Rapoport. Pass protection was arguably the Bengals’ ultimate downfall, so they hope Karras can help sew up those issues. It’s a nice cash-in for the veteran, who has spent most of his career with the Patriots.

  • Slater stays in New England

    Nov 14, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater (18) gives a towel to a fan after a game against the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

    According to Field Yates and Mike Reiss, special teams captain Matthew Slater is staying with the Patriots for another year. It’s a new one-year deal for the longtime cornerstone and locker room leader.

  • Jaguars land All-Pro starting guard

    Brandon Scherff #75 of the Washington Football Team blocks during the NFL preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at FedExField on August 20, 2021 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

    Brandon Scherff #75 of the Washington Football Team blocks during the NFL preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at FedExField on August 20, 2021 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

    Five-time Pro-Bowl guard Brandon Scherff has agreed to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to Adam Schefter. Scherff was a first team All-Pro in 2020. The details of the contract aren’t out, but it should be quite lucrative. Offensive line was a major need for the Jags and quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

  • Bears sign DT Larry Ogunjobi

    CINCINNATI, OHIO – JANUARY 15: Defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi #65 of the Cincinnati Bengals celebrates after recovering a first half fumble against the Las Vegas Raiders during the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 15, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

    The new front office in Chicago had landed it’s first free agent. According to Adam Schefter, the Bears are signing defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi to a three-year, $40.5 million dollar deal. Ogunjobi had seven tackles and 12 tackles for loss last year with the AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals.

  • Seahawks keeping Pro Bowl safety Quandre Diggs

    INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 21: Quandre Diggs #6 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts after intercepting a pass during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on December 21, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

    Seattle isn’t letting everybody go. The Seahawks are re-signing two-time Pro Bowl safety Quandre Diggs to a three-year, $40 million deal according to Ian Rapoport. The 29-year-old recorded 94 tackles with five interceptions and seven pass breakups in 2021.

  • Steelers land Roethisberger replacement

    MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 19: Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Buffalo Bills warms up before the game against the Miami Dolphins in the game at Hard Rock Stadium on September 19, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

    The first big name free agent quarterback is off the board. Former Bears first-round pick Mitchell Trubisky was one of the top quarterback names on the free agent market this year, and he’s now off to Pittsburgh according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Garafolo added Trubisky is now the “expected starter in place of the retired Ben Roethlisberger.” Trubisky, 27, spent last year as the backup in Buffalo.

  • Panthers release two players

    Oct 17, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers cornerback A.J. Bouye (24) breaks up a pass intended for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) in the fourth quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

    The Carolina Panthers have released a pair of players in a salary cap-saving move. 30-year-old cornerback A.J. Bouye and 27-year-old defensive end Morgan Fox have both been cut by the team.

  • James Conner staying in Arizona

    Nov 21, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) scores a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half at Lumen Field. Arizona defeated Seattle 23-13. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

    After a breakout year in his first season in Arizona, James Conner is staying with the Cardinals. Adam Schefter is reporting the team is giving the 26-year-old running back a three-year, $25.5 million dollar deal with $13.5 million included. Conner was highly productive last season after a few down years in Pittsburgh, totaling 1,127 all-purpose yards and 18 total touchdowns with the Cards in 2021.

  • Jarvis Landry released

    Jan 9, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) makes a catch during the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

    According to multiple reports, the Cleveland Browns have released 29-year-old receiver Jarvis Landry. This move had been expected following the team acquiring receiver Amari Cooper from the Dallas Cowboys over the weekend. Landry is a five-time Pro Bowler, but had relatively down years in 2020 and 2021. This past season, he caught 52 passes for 570 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games.

  • Dolphins bring in Chase Edmonds

    GLENDALE, ARIZONA – OCTOBER 28: Running back Chase Edmonds #2 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football against the Green Bay Packers during the second half of the NFL game at State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Packers defeated the Cardinals 24-21. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    After tightening up their defense by retaining Emmanuel Ogbah, the Dolphins turned their attention to the offensive side of the ball. According to Adam Schefter, Miami is signing running back Chase Edmonds to a two-year, $12.6 million dollar deal. Edmonds is a three-down back and totaled over 900 all-purpose yards for the Arizona Cardinals last year. Now, he should play a pivotal role in Mike McDaniel’s offense.

  • Bengals sign former Buccaneers guard Alex Cappa

    Nov 14, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Alex Cappa (65) blocks Washington Football Team defensive end James Smith-Williams (96) at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

    The first move of the tampering period is in. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bengals are signing former Buccaneers guard Alex Cappa to a four-year, $40 million contract. Cincinnati is expected to be big players in the offensive line market this offseason after struggling to protect Joe Burrow throughout the season.

  • Dolphins retain edge rusher Emmanuel Ogbah

    NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – DECEMBER 27: Emmanuel Ogbah #91 of the Miami Dolphins reacts after getting a sack in the fourth quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Caesars Superdome on December 27, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

    Originally a candidate for the franchise tag, edge rusher Emmanuel Ogbah will end up staying in Miami on a four-year, $65 million dollar deal. The contract, with includes $32 million in guaranteed money, was first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Ogbah has nine sacks and 24 QB hits for the Dolphins in 2021.

  • Packers release Za’Darius Smith

    Za'Darius Smith #55 of the Green Bay Packers reacts in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams during the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 16, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

    Za’Darius Smith #55 of the Green Bay Packers reacts in the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams during the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 16, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

    According to Ian Rapoport, the Green Bay Packers are releasing defensive end Za’Darius Smith. He was set to cost $15.2 million in real money and a whopping $27.6 million against the cap, so Green Bay decided to save that $15.2M (in both real and cap dollars) by moving on. A second-team All-Pro in 2020, Smith played just one game in 2021, mainly due to a shoulder injury. He’s 29 years old and healthy entering the open market.

  • Dolphins eyeing J.C. Jackson?

    FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - SEPTEMBER 12: DeVante Parker #11 of the Miami Dolphins and J.C. Jackson #27 of the New England Patriots react during the first half at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

    FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – SEPTEMBER 12: DeVante Parker #11 of the Miami Dolphins and J.C. Jackson #27 of the New England Patriots react during the first half at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

    According to Omar Kelly, the Miami Dolphins are “bidders” for impending free-agent cornerback J.C. Jackson. The Dolphins already have Xavien Howard, 2020 first-round pick Noah Igbinoghene, and veteran slot corner Byron Jones on the roster, so it’s surprising that they’d show any interest in Jackson, particularly the amount of money it’s going to take to land him.

  • Patriots interested in veteran free-agent linebacker

    The Patriots are among “several” teams showing interest in impending free-agent linebacker Brennan Scarlett, according to Mike Giardi. Scarlett has 69 career NFL games under his belt and is still just 28 years old. He’s been a core special teams linebacker throughout his career, most recently with the Dolphins, and also played 166 defensive snaps in Miami in 2021.

  • Patriots bringing Hoyer back

    Brian Hoyer #5 of the New England Patriots stands behind center during the fourth quarter of the game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    Brian Hoyer #5 of the New England Patriots stands behind center during the fourth quarter of the game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    The Patriots have shored up the backup quarterback spot with a familiar face. Brian Hoyer is re-signing with the team, as first reported by Jim McBride. They’re also bringing back veteran guard/center James Ferentz.

    Mike Reiss added that it’s a two-year deal for Hoyer. Karen Guregian was first to repor that it’s a two-year deal for $3 million guaranteed, but Jeremy Fowler reported that Hoyer can make up to $4 million.

  • Bucs bringing back Brady’s center

    Tom Brady #12 and Ryan Jensen #66 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers talk prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Raymond James Stadium on October 10, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

    Tom Brady #12 and Ryan Jensen #66 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers talk prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Raymond James Stadium on October 10, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

    Bucs starting center Ryan Jensen is re-signing with the team for three years and $39 million, according to Adam Schefter. Tom Brady is back, and so is his partner under center.

  • Tom Brady officially returning

    Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter  in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

    Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Raymond James Stadium on January 16, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

    So about that “retirement”…Tom Brady may have never uttered the word itself at any point in the off-season, leaving the door ajar for a quick return to the football field. For now, he’s coming back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We’ll see if it stays that way – whether with Brady or with head coach Bruce Arians.

  • Devin McCourty returning to Patriots

    Nov 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty (32) celebrates after an interception against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty (32) celebrates after an interception against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

    Longtime Patriots defensive cornerstone and team leader Devin McCourty is re-signing for one year and $9 million. It’ll be interesting to see how the deal is structured. McCourty was on the books for $6.45 million in dead cap money if he didn’t return, due to a void year in his previous contract.

  • Cousins commits to Vikings

    Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after throwing a touchdown to Alexander Mattison #25 during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 10, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

    Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after throwing a touchdown to Alexander Mattison #25 during the second quarter against the Detroit Lions at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 10, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)

    Kirk Cousins is signing a one-year extension for $35 million to stay with the Minnesota Vikings, as reported by Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network. Cousins was entering the final year of his deal in 2022, making him now signed through 2023.

  • Gallup cashes in to stay with Cowboys

    Michael Gallup #13 of the Dallas Cowboys makes a catch in front of Rashad Fenton #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the third quarter of the game at Arrowhead Stadium on November 21, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

    Michael Gallup #13 of the Dallas Cowboys makes a catch in front of Rashad Fenton #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the third quarter of the game at Arrowhead Stadium on November 21, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

    The Dallas Cowboys have chosen who they’re committing to at wide receiver. Impending free agent Michael Gallup has agreed to a five-year, $62.5 million extension to stay in Dallas, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. This move, coupled with the trade of Amari Cooper to the Browns, makes Gallup the highest-paid pass-catcher on the Cowboys.

  • Ertz locks in with Cardinals

    Zach Ertz #86 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts after a first down during the second half of a game against the Green Bay Packers State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    Zach Ertz #86 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts after a first down during the second half of a game against the Green Bay Packers State Farm Stadium on October 28, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    Veteran tight end Zach Ertz and the Arizona Cardinals have agreed to a three-year deal worth $31.65 million, per Tom Pelissero. At 31 years old, Ertz has likely landed his last big cash-in. Ertz is still productive, combining for 74 catches, 763 yards, and five touchdowns between the Cardinals and Eagles.

  • Who are the top free agents available?

    FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: A New England Patriots helmet during the first half of the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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    Despite a lot of signings and tradings already taking place before the start of free agency, it’s still a strong open market in the NFL. Click here to read about the top-20 free agents available entering Monday.


How can the Patriots make a short-term splash?

  • If Bill Belichick wants to make an aggressive move for a player who would make an immediate difference, he’ll have no shortage of options. Others wouldn’t even cost much financially, but still possess the potential for massive rewards. Here’s a look at some of the biggest names set to hit the open market.

  • LB Bobby Wagner

    Bobby Wagner #54 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts on fourth down against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter at Lumen Field on September 19, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

    Bobby Wagner #54 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts on fourth down against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter at Lumen Field on September 19, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

    Wagner would be a true plug-and-play stud in the Patriots’ defensive schemes. Even at 31 years old, Wagner remains one of the premier middle linebackers in pro football. The Patriots appear headed toward a youth movement at the linebacker position in 2022, but if Wagner is interested in a one-year deal with the idea of boosting his stock as Belichick puts him in a position to succeed, he makes as much sense as any free agent.

  • WR Allen Robinson

    Allen Robinson #12 of the Chicago Bears runs for yards during the first half against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

    Allen Robinson #12 of the Chicago Bears runs for yards during the first half against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

    Recent reports have connected Robinson to the Patriots. He would certainly represent an upgrade of size, speed, and skill at outside receiver. Robinson just played on the franchise tag, but had arguably his worst season, with only 38 catches for 410 yards and one touchdown in 12 games. His best course of action may be to take a one-year deal, perhaps with a higher AAV than he’d get on a long-term offer, and try to deliver a big contract year. If the Patriots’ interest in Robinson is real, now would be the time to invest.

  • DE Trey Flowers

    FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – DECEMBER 30: Trey Flowers #98 of the New England Patriots reacts during the third quarter of a game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    Flowers got released from the Lions and immediately became a popular Patriots target on social media, which is a typical occurrence. But Flowers makes more sense than others, based on his status as a former Patriot who worked very well within their system. The Patriots have missed having a guy like Flowers on their defensive line ever since he left. He’d likely be relatively cost-effective due to his low counting stats, but would almost certainly be a great fit and have the potential to regain the glory of 2016-18.

  • LB Von Miller

    Von Miller #40 of the Los Angeles Rams looks on during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium on November 15, 2021 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    Von Miller #40 of the Los Angeles Rams looks on during the first half against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on November 15, 2021 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

    Miller will be 33 years old when the 2022 season starts, but he’s still quite productive – 9.5 sacks and 17 QB hits in 15 games between the Broncos and Rams. He also made four sacks and six QB hits in four playoff games for the Super Bowl champions, proving he can still come up big on the biggest stages. Belichick would no doubt get a lot out of Miller, even at this stage of his career. But Miller is so good, he may still command more than one year on his next deal.

  • DE Chandler Jones

    Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Tennessee Titans fumbles after being hit by Chandler Jones #55 of the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter at Nissan Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images)

    Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Tennessee Titans fumbles after being hit by Chandler Jones #55 of the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter at Nissan Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Silas Walker/Getty Images)

    Since leaving the Patriots, Jones has turned into one of the premier edge rushers in the NFL, earning first team All-Pro nods in 2017 and 2019. He racked up another 10.5 sacks and 26 QB hits in 2021. Even at 32 years old, Jones can still be a disruptive force on the edge for any defense. Belichick may prefer someone more well-rounded than Jones, but this is another example of shared familiarity and a known fit for the defense. Jones and Matt Judon off the edge would wreak havoc in pass-rush situations.

  • DE Jason Pierre-Paul

    Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates in the second quarter of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium on September 19, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

    Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates in the second quarter of the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium on September 19, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

    Pierre-Paul is like a less explosive, but more well-rounded version of Chandler Jones. He has always felt like a great fit for the Patriots, due to his ability to hold the edge and slow down the run in addition to chipping in as a pass-rusher. At 33, his best days are behind him. But on a classic prove-it deal, J.P.P. could be motivated and Belichick would definitely put him in position to succeed.

  • DT Akiem Hicks

    Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers is sacked by Akiem Hicks #96 of the Chicago Bears in the second half at Soldier Field on October 17, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers is sacked by Akiem Hicks #96 of the Chicago Bears in the second half at Soldier Field on October 17, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    Hicks started to realize his potential when he came to the Patriots for the 2015 season. He’s since gone to Chicago and become one of the better defensive tackles in the league. He’ll be 33 years old when the 2022 season starts and played only nine games in 2021, so he will most certainly come at a low cost. But Hicks did have 3.5 sacks and nine QB hits in those nine games, so he may still have a good amount left in the tank.

  • CB Joe Haden

    Joe Haden #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a stop on fourth down in the fourth quarter to end the game at Heinz Field on December 19, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

    Joe Haden #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates a stop on fourth down in the fourth quarter to end the game at Heinz Field on December 19, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)

    The Patriots need to figure out both a short-term and a long-term plan at outside corner. A one-year deal for an established veteran as a stopgap would alleviate some concerns on the depth chart. Haden will be 33 at season’s start, but had a surprisingly strong run with the Steelers and could still be a solid starting outside corner wherever he plays. If he can be had on an affordable one-year deal, he’s a sensible short-term solution for the Patriots. There are other veteran free-agent corners in this category, including Casey Hayward and Kyle Fuller. And, if fences are mended, there’s always the possibility of bringing Stephon Gilmore back.

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