NFL free agency rumors: Latest news on signings, negotiations
NFL free agency has officially begun, and there is plenty of news to catch up as players and teams start to sign contracts.
The Philadelphia Eagles have already made a splash with a pair of trades and the Houston Texans have picked up quarterback Brock Osweiler and running back Lamar Miller. But what about the rest of the league? Keep up with the latest buzz on which players could be headed where.
Check out the latest rumors and news from around the league below.
Wednesday, March 9
11:55 p.m. ET
• The Bears are working to bring defensive tackle Akiem Hicks in for a face-to-face meeting as early as tomorrow, according to Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times.
• There is “ample interest” in tackle Jermon Bushrod, who recently underwent shoulder surgery, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports. He has meetings set with the Dolphins and Vikings.
• The Falcons will keep defensive end Adrian Clayborn on a two-year deal, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
• Tennessee has struck a three-year deal with former Dolphins wideout Rishard Matthews, according to reports.
• The 49ers will bring former Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar in for a meeting, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan.
6:30 p.m. ET
Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis has signed a 3-year deal to remain with the team after late push by Rams— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) March 9, 2016
6:00 p.m. ET
• Los Angeles has signed wide receiver Brian Quick to a one-year deal worth up to $3.75 million according to multiple reports.
• Quarterback Thad Lewis agreed with the 49ers on a one-year deal, NFL Network’s Rand Getlin reports.
• The Chargers have reached a three-year deal with safety Dwight Lowery.
• Offensive guard JR Sweezy is signing with the Buccaneers, according to reports.
• The NFL stripped the Chiefs of the third-round pick this year, and their 2017 sixth-rounder for tampering last year with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.
Former Dolphins' QB Matt Moore is on the way to Dallas for a visit with the Cowboys, who need a backup, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2016
• Victor Cruz is nearing a deal to stay with the Giants, and is “hopeful” he will be in New York next season according to The Bergen Record’s Art Stapleton.
• The Vikings are signing safety Michael Griffin according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
5:30 p.m. ET
• The Seahawks have not released running back Marshawn Lynch or placed him on the reserve-retire list—he is still on the team’s roster.
• The Eagles will give Chase Daniel the opportunity to start at quarterback, NFL.com’s Albert Breer reports.
• Saints kicker Kai Forbath announced that he will return to the team.
• Houston is signing center Tony Bergstrom according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
• The Chargers have signed nose tackle Brandon Mebane.
• The Chiefs and offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz have agreed to terms on a five-year deal, NFL.com reports.
• There are at least four teams—the Bears, Patriots, Dolphins and 49ers—looking at running back C.J. Anderson according to reports.
• The Bears are re-signing cornerback Tracy Porter to a three-year, $16.5 million deal, Ian Rapoport reports.
5:00 p.m. ET
• The Giants and defensive end Olivier Vernon have agreed to a five-year, $85 million deal with $52.5 million guaranteed, SI’s Peter King reports.
• The Atlanta Falcons signed backup quarterback Matt Schaub and released defensive tackle Paul Soliai.
• Indianapolis released wideout Andre Johnson.
• Matt Cassel will sign with the Titans and become Marcus Mariota’s backup, according to ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky.
• Safety Isa Abdul-Quddus has agreed to terms with the Dolphins, Adam Caplan reports.
• The Vikings will reportedly sign linebacker Emmanuel Lamur.
Bears are signing former Broncos LB Danny Trevathan, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2016
Falcons are bringing in WR Mohamed Sanu for a visit as early as tonight, according to source. Deal could be reached during visit.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) March 9, 2016
4:00 p.m. ET
• William Hayes’s deal with the Rams is for three years and a maximum of $21 million, Jason La Canfora reports.
• The Rams will sign linebacker Mark Barron to a five-year, $45 million deal and keep defensive end William Hayes, Ian Rapoport reports.
• Houston is signing offensive lineman Jeff Allen to a four-year, $28 million deal, according to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports. He’ll earn $14 million in year one.
• Lamar Miller reportedly turned down a five-year deal with an average salary of $7 million per year to join the Texans.
• Travis Benjamin’s deal with the Chargers will be for four years and $24 million, with $13 million guaranteed.
• The Dolphins have cut Pro Bowl corner Brent Grimes.
• Tyvon Branch to the Cardinals is a done deal at two years, $10 million with $5 million guaranteed, according to Garafolo.
3:30 p.m. ET
• The 49ers insist that they are not interested in trading quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole reports.
• Matt Forte will sign with the Jets, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
• Brock Osweiler agreed to sign with the Texans on a four-year, $72 million deal, Schefter reports.
• Lamar Miller and the Texans have agreed to a four-year, $26 million deal.
The Eagles will sign guard Brandon Brooks to a five-year, $40 million deal according to Ian Rapoport.
• The Vikings are nearing a deal with offensive lineman Mike Harris, ESPN’s Ben Goessling reports.
• Detroit will re-sign defensive end Haloti Ngata to a two-year deal.
3:00 p.m. ET
• The Giants will sign former Jets defensive tackle Damon Harrison to a multi-year deal worth $24 million, Jason La Canfora reports.
• The Patriots and Broncos have expressed interest in running back Bilal Powell, who the Jets would like to bring back, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.
• The Texans are unsure of their chances with quarterback Brock Osweiler, according to Cecil Lmmey of Bleacher Report.
• Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is “very interested” in the Broncos, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
2:30 p.m. ET
• The Buccaneers and Doug Martin have struck a five-year deal worth more than $35 million, according to Adam Schefter.
• The Texans are frontrunners for running back Lamar Miller, according to Ian Rapoport.
• There are at least six teams in on wideout Mohamed Sanu, Jason Cole reports.
• The Jets are actively searching for an offensive lineman and have an eye on JR Sweezy, according to Manish Meta of the New York Daily News.
• The team is also interested in running back Matt Forte, ESPN’s Rich Cimini reports.
• New Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin just followed free agent Sean Smith on Twitter.
The Bengals offered Reggie Nelson a two-year deal earlier this week, the Enquirer’s Jim Owczarski reports.
2:00 p.m. ET
• Punter Brad Nortman will sign a four-year deal with the Jaguars, according to Rich Eisen of NFL Network.
• The Vikings and Buccaneers would be in on safety Reggie Nelson if he were to hit free agency, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports.
• The Bears are trying to re-sign cornerback Tracy Porter, Ian Rapoport reports.
1:30 p.m. ET
• The Saints have tendered tight end Josh Hill, according to Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate.
• The Vikings will sign linebacker Travis Lewis, according to reports.
• Alex Mack will sign a five-year deal with the Falcons, Ian Rapoport reports.
Ex-Cle center Alex Mack will average @$9.5m in Atlanta deal. Could have made 500k more on ave in Cleve. Atl OC KShanahan a factor for Mack.— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) March 9, 2016
1:00 p.m. ET
• Kenrick Ellis has re-signed with the Vikings, the team announced.
• The Bears and Falcons are going hard after guard Jeff Allen, according to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports.
• Free safety Rodney McLeod is headed to the Eagles on a five-year, $37 million deal according to multiple reports.
• Tight end Ladarius Green is expected to sign with the Steelers, according to Adam Schefter.
• Antonio Gates’s deal with the Chargers is for two years and $12 million, Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo reports.
12:30 p.m. ET
• The Falcons and center Alex Mack are nearing a deal, according to Adam Schefter.
• It’s unlikely that tackle Mitchell Schwartz will return to the Browns, NFL.com’s Mike Silver reports.
• Quarterback Drew Stanton’s deal is worth $6.5 million over two years, with $4.5 million guaranteed according to Aaron Wilson.
• The Broncos are accelerating their efforts to re-sign quarterback Brock Osweiler. It’s between them and the Texans, according to Ian Rapoport.
• Defensive lineman Cedric Thornton has drawn interest from the Cowboys and Seahawks, according to Rand Getlin.
• The Bears are among the 12 teams are interested in defensive end Akiem Hicks, who is not expected to sign today, according to CBS Chicago’s Chris Emma.
• The Jets are reportedly interested in running back Bobby Rainey.
• Cornerback Janoris Jenkins’ deal with the Giants is worth $62.5 million over five years, with $29 million fully guaranteed in the first two years, according to Jason Cole.
• Quarterback Chase Daniel will sign a three-year deal with the Eagles, he announced on Twitter.
• Former Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemens will visit with Seattle, and could sign, according to Albert Breer.
11:50 a.m. ET
• The Texans have reached out to Lamar Miller, Doug Martin and Matt Forte as they try to fill their opening at running back, according to John McClain.
• The Raiders are now considered the “team to watch” for cornerback Sean Smith.
• Broncos tackle Ryan Clady expects to return to the team, according to Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post.
• The Chargers have agreed to terms with tight end Antonio Gates on a new deal, according to Ian Rapoport.
9:00 a.m. ET
• The Carolina Panthers have signed defensive end Charles Johnson, the team announced Wednesday.
• The Steelers are in the tight end market after the retirement of Heath Miller, Ian Rapoport reports that Ladarius Green, Coby Fleener and Jared Cook are names to watch.
• Defensive end Chris Long will visit the Cowboys, after already having met with Washington, reports Adam Schefter.
• The Miami Dolphins have pulled the transition tag on LB/DE Olivier Vernon, making him a free agent, Adam Schefter reports.
• The Bengals are closing in on a deal to bring back safety George Iloka, Ian Rapoport reports.
7:00 a.m. ET
• Defensive tackle Ian Williams will return to the San Fancisco 49ers on a five-year deal, according to a report.
• The Washington Redskins have re-signed Colt McCoy as a backup quarterback to Kirk Cousins, Adam Schefter reports. The new deal is reportedly for three years. Washington released Robert Griffin III earlier this week.
• The Cleveland Browns are expected to release Johnny Manziel by Wednesday, as reported last month, but the decision could be delayed as the Browns wait to see if they can trade him instead, the Associated Press reports.
• The reported trade of Eagles linebacker Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell to the Dolphins is off, reports ESPN’s Ed Werder. The Dolphins were concerned over the health of Maxwell’s shoulder, reports Werder.
• The San Diego Chargers have emerged as the favrite to land wide receiver Travis Benjamin, Rapoport reports.
• Tackle Bobby Massie as interest from the Bears and Giants, according to ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss.
Tuesday, March 8
7:30 p.m. ET
• The Miami Dolphins have agreed to a deal for two years and $17 million with Mario Williams, he confirmed Tuesday night.
• The Jacksonville Jaguars will sign running back Chris Ivory, reports Adam Schefter.
6:30 p.m. ET
• The Oakland Raiders will sign linebacker Bruce Irvin, reports Ian Rapoport.
4:35 p.m. ET
• Ian Rapoport expects the Dolphins to finalize their deal with Mario Williams some time today. The deal is expected to be worth about $8 million per year.
• Kicker Adam Vinatieri, the NFL’s oldest player at 43, signed an extension with the Colts, the team confirmed. Rapoport reports the deal is for two years and $6 million, plus $1 million in incentives.
3:15 p.m. ET
• Left tackle Donald Penn has not ruled out a return to the Oakland Raiders after the Kelechi Osmele signing, according to Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune/Bay Area Newspaper Group.
2:55 p.m. ET
• The New Orleans Saints are under the impression that tight end Ben Watson will head to the Baltimore Ravens, according to Rapoport.