The “legal tampering period” for NFL free agency kicked off Monday, and some of the biggest stars in the league are already making waves.
Free agents who are returning to the team they played for in 2021 can sign immediately, while players changing teams can merely agree on terms, with those deals becoming official on Wednesday afternoon.
Stay up to date with the biggest franchise-changing moves throughout the week!
Randy Gregory pulls reversal, reportedly headed to Denver
Weirdness ensued on Tuesday, as the Cowboys and Gregory neared a five-year deal before the 29-year-old pass-rusher reversed course and is reportedly planning to sign with the Broncos for five years, $70 million.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo broke things down.
“Not so fast on the Cowboys agreement, even though the team tweeted it out. … The deal with the Cowboys fell apart.”
Gregory played in 12 games last season, racking up six sacks, four tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and 17 QB hits for the ‘Boys.
Aaron Rodgers‘ contract number equals $50 million per year
The numbers are finally in on Rodgers — and they’re as large as expected.
“Aaron Rodgers does get his $50 million per year over the three years of the deal,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday. ” … Here are the most important numbers: Aaron Rodgers gets $62 million average per year through the first two years of this deal. He gets $74.5 million in the first new year of this deal.”
The veteran defensive end will reportedly become the first of his position in NFL history to have seven straight seasons of his contract fully guaranteed after agreeing to a new three-year deal to stay in Dallas through the 2024 season.
At that rate, Lawrence will have earned over $130 million during his time with the Cowboys.
Lawrence, 29, has tallied 48.5 sacks in his eight NFL seasons. He previously signed a five-year deal worth $105 million after the 2018 season, but injuries limited him to just seven games last season.
After making a series of big-spending moves on Monday (see below), the Jags momentarily took a cost-cutting turn on Tuesday, releasing their top tackler from last season.
The six-year veteran has wracked up at least 100 tackles in three of his last four seasons and has started 82 games in Jacksonville.
The Jags did keep spending, though, beefing up their offensive line by agreeing to a three-year, $52.5 million deal with Pro-Bowl guard Brandon Scherff. Scherff has made five Pro Bowls as a member of the Commanders and was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2020.
Earlier this month, the Jags shored up the outside of their line by franchise tagging tackle Cam Robinson.
Gage caught 66 passes for 770 yards and four touchdowns last season, his fourth in the league.
Williams is reportedly going to receive a five-year deal from Baltimore that will be worth $70 million, including $37 million guaranteed.
The 25-year-old has started 76 games across five seasons with New Orleans, racking up 15 interceptions, 239 solo tackles and 38 passes defended.
Andrew Whitworth to retire, as expected
Fresh off winning the Super Bowl with the Rams, the 40-year-old Whitworth will reportedly call it quits.
The 16-year veteran was a four-time Pro Bowler who was a key part of the offensive line for both the Rams (five seasons) and Bengals (11 seasons).
The superstar wide receiver has informed the organization that he will not play under the newly minted franchise tag — which would have worked as a one-year contract offer that guaranteed a certain level of pay while keeping Adams from becoming a free agent — that he was given last week.
Adams set the Packers’ single-season record for receptions (123) and receiving yards (1,553) last season. He became just the sixth player in NFL history with 120-plus catches, 1,500-plus yards and 11-plus touchdown catches in the same season.
With fan-favorite Tyrann Mathieu likely headed elsewhere, the Chiefs moved to find his replacement. They reportedly landed on safety Justin Reid for three years and $31.5 million. Reid, 25, made 13 starts for the Texans last season with 66 tackles, two interceptions and four passes defended.
It was previously speculated that the New York Giants were planning to make a run at Trubisky to give Daniel Jones some competition, but the Steelers locked down the 27-year-old on a two-year deal to presumably take over for the recently retired Ben Roethlisberger.
The AFC North will now feature the first QB off the board from the 2017, 2018 and 2020 NFL Drafts: Trubisky, Cleveland Browns‘ Baker Mayfield (first overall in 2018) and Cincinnati Bengals‘ Joe Burrow (first overall in 2020).
Browns release Jarvis Landry
His departure from Cleveland comes shortly after news that the Browns acquired former Dallas Cowboys WR Amari Cooper. Landry, who had a $16.6 million cap hit with no guaranteed money left on the final year of his deal, was already questionable to return before the Browns landed Cooper, per ESPN.
Jaguars acquire Christian Kirk in monster deal
The former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver is off to the Sunshine State after signing a massive four-year, $72 million dollar deal — with a maximum value of $84 million — with the Jaguars, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
That max value of $21 million per year makes Kirk, 26, the third-highest paid receiver in the NFL.
Kirk, who has never had a 1,000-yard receiving season since joining the league in 2018, boasts 236 career receptions for 2,902 total yards and 17 touchdowns through 56 games (41 starts).
For a ninth of what the Jags spent on Kirk, the Lions were able to re-sign breakout wide receiver Reynolds, 27, to a two-year deal with a max value of $12 million.
Cardinals retain TE Zach Ertz
In better news for Arizona, the Cardinals re-signed three-time Pro Bowler Ertz, 31, to a three-year, $31.65 million contract — keeping him among the NFL’s 10 highest-paid tight ends, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Ertz racked up 56 receptions for 574 yards and three touchdowns last season for the Cards after being traded by the Eagles in Week 6.
Charvarius Ward leaving Chiefs, joining Niners
The 49ers bolstered their secondary on Tuesday, nabbing the 25-year-old Ward out of Kansas City.
Ward has played in 43 games for K.C. over the last three seasons, starting 41. Last season, he had two picks and 10 passes defended.
This past season, the Niners allowed the third-fewest total yards per game in the NFL (310). However, they allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 68.3% of passes, 29th-worst in the league.
Lions re-sign Charles Harris
Detroit gave defensive end Charles Harris a two-year, $14 million deal on Tuesday.
Harris, 27, started 14 games last season, tallying 7.5 sacks, 16 QB hits, 10 tackles for loss and forcing two fumbles.
Jaguars pick up TE Evan Engram
Engram, 27, agreed to a one-year deal, leaving New York for Jacksonville.
The Chargers are signing the former New England Patriots defensive back to a five-year, $85 million deal with $40 million guaranteed.
Since 2018, Jackson boasts 25 interceptions (most in NFL) and a 51.8% completion percentage allowed, for second-lowest in the league.
Uzomah, 29, is leaving Cincinnati after eight years with the Bengals after signing a three-year deal with the Jets. He forced 13 missed tackles, fifth-most among tight ends, last season.
Joining Uzomah at MetLife Stadium is former San Francisco 49ers guard and Pro Bowler Tomlinson, who inked a three-year deal of his own worth up to $41.2 million. Tomlinson has not missed a game over the past four seasons and has played every single offensive snap for coach Kyle Shanahan across the past three years.
Former Arizona Cardinals running back Chase Edmonds is the newest weapon in Miami’s arsenal. The Dolphins have agreed on a two-year, $12.6 million deal, with $6.1 million guaranteed, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Edmonds, who turns 26 next month, recorded 903 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in 12 games played last season before a high-ankle sprain suffered in Week 9 sidelined him through Week 14.
The Dolphins also shored up their offensive line by signing former Cowboys guard Connor Williams to a two-year, $14 million contract.
Chargers re-sign wideout Mike Williams
Williams, 27, has officially agreed to a three-year, $60 million deal that includes $40 million fully guaranteed over the first two years, keeping him with the Bolts through the 2024 season.
Cowboys hold onto Michael Gallup
America’s Team has retained wide receiver Michael Gallup on a five-year, $62.5 million deal that includes $27 million guaranteed and a $10 million signing bonus to keep him in Dallas and off the open market.
The 26-year-old racked up 445 yards and two touchdowns last season in a backup role for the Cowboys.
The Falcons won’t have any kicking concerns for the foreseeable future. One of the most accurate kickers in the league has re-joined the Falcons on a five-year, $24.25 million extension. $11.5 million of that total comes in guaranteed money.
Koo converted FGs at a near unconscious rate in 2021, splitting the uprights on 27 of his 29 attempts during the season, good for the league’s third-best accuracy mark (93.1%). Koo has made 87 of his 94 total field goals during his five-year tenure as a pro.
In the wake of veteran QB Russell Wilson being traded to the Denver Broncos, the Seahawks come into possession of Lock, along with DT Shelby Harris, TE Noah Fant, two first-rounders, two second-rounders and a fifth-rounder in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft.
Dolphins sign Teddy Bridgewater as backup QB
The 29-year-old Miami native and former Broncos QB is going back to his roots after signing a one-year deal with the Dolphins to back up Tua Tagovailoa.
Packers sign LB De’Vondre Campbell
The All-Pro linebacker won’t be leaving Green Bay for a long time after agreeing to a new five-year deal.
Campbell, 28, logged 146 combined tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and five pass deflections in 16 starts last season.
Seahawks retain key defender Quandre Diggs
The Seahawks and the Pro Bowl safety have agreed to terms on a new three-year deal nearly two months after Diggs, 29, underwent surgery for a broken fibula suffered in Seattle’s final game of the 2021-22 season.
Jason Kelce returning to Eagles
All-Pro center Kelce, 34, is “having way too much fun” to retire and is coming back for another year in Philly — his 12th NFL season. His contract is structured similarly to the $9 million deal he signed last year, functioning as a one-year deal but with money spread over multiple years for cap purposes, per ESPN.
The Bears are expected to sign former Bengals defensive tackle Ogunjobi, 27, to a three-year deal worth $40.5 million, including $26.35 million guaranteed.
The Bengals are re-signing DT B.J. Hill to a three-year, $30 million deal in wake of Ogunjobi joining the Bears.
Jaguars add wide receiver Zay Jones
The Jaguars started the day signing wide receiver Christian Kirk to a monster deal, and they are adding another weapon for Trevor Lawrence in the passing game.
Jones is signing a three-year, $30 million deal with a $24 million base salary.
Chargers land Sebastian Joseph-Day
After winning a Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams, defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day is staying put in Southern California, but for a different team.
Joseph-Day adds to the impressive offseason the Chargers are having, already signing cornerback J.C. Jackson, while also trading for Khalil Mack and re-signing wide receiver Mike Williams.
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