NFL free agency rumors: News on signings, cap cuts and more

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Wednesday March 8th, 2017

With the Super Bowl and the 2016 season behind us, the NFL off-season is well underway. The rumor mill is already churning with news of contract negotiations and potential trades.

The NFL scouting combine is now over and the league year is set to begin on today at 4 p.m. ET, leaving teams steadily preparing for free agency and the NFL draft in April.

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Thursday, March 9

• Former Washington wide receiver DeSean Jackson expects to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Adam Schefter, ESPN.com)

• The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to trade tight end Dwayne Allen to the New England Patriots. The Colts will also send a sixth-round pick to New England in exchange for a Patriots fourth-round pick (Adam Schefter, ESPN.com)

• The New England Patriots are considering trading cornerback Malcolm Butler to the New Orleans Saints for wide receiver Brandin Cooks. (Dianna Russini, ESPN)

• The Miami Dolphins re-signed wide receiver Kenny Stills to a four-year, $32 million contract extension. (Team announcement)

• Buffalo Bills free agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore expects to sign with New England Patriots. (multiple reports)

• Falcons will release defensive end Tyson Jackson. Jackson signed a five-year, $25 million early in free agency in 2014 (Vaughn McClure, ESPN.com)

• Former Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth expected to sign with Los Angeles Rams. Whitworth will receive $36 million over three years, with $15 million guaranteed. (Adam Schefter, ESPN.com)

• The Packers will re-sign linebacker Nick Perry. Perry led Green Bay last season with 11 sacks. (Ian Rapoport, NFL.com)

• The Cleveland Browns are expected to sign wide receiver Kenny Britt. Britt reportedly will sign for four years, $32.5 million. (Adam Caplan, ESPN.com)

• Cornerback A.J. Bouye is likely to leave the Houston Texans and sign elsewhere, most likely with the Titans. (Adam Schefter, ESPN.com, Benjamin Allbright)

• Philadelphia Eagles release defensive end Connor Barwin, saving $7.75 million in cap space. (Team announcement)

• A deal with the Chicago Bears for quarterback Mike Glennon is expected to be for three years, with an average of $14.5 million per season. (Ian Rapoport, NFL.com)

• Former Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Matt Kalil is expected to sign with the Panthers. (ESPN.com)

• Baltimore Ravens are expected to sign Arizona Cardinals safety Tony Jefferson. (Dianna Russini and Adam Schefter, ESPN.com)

• Seahawks and former Chiefs running Jamaal Charles have mutual interest. (Ian Rapoport, NFL.com)

• Placekicker Steven Hauschka will sign with the Buffalo Bills. (Adam Schefter, ESPN.com)

• Kicker Robbie Gould will sign a two-year contract with the 49ers. (Jordan Raanan, ESPN)

• The Ravens are making defensive tackle Brandon Williams the highest paid player at his position, with a new deal paying $54 million over five years. (Ian Rapoport, NFL.com)

• Kirk Cousins is planning on signing his franchise tag offer with the Redskins, given the team is unlikely to trade him. (Ian Rapoport, NFL.com)

Wednesday, March 8

10 p.m. ET

• The Ravens will sign running back Danny Woodhead, who has made a full recovery from ACL surgery in 2016. (Ian Rapoport, NFL Network)

8:00 p.m. ET

• Malcolm Smith is expected to sign with the 49ers after the start of free agency. (Mike Garafolo, NFL.com)

5:00 p.m. ET

• The Browns have a good shot at landing safety Tony Jefferson and are willing to shell out the most money for him. (Mike Garafolo, NFL.com)

• The Broncos are re-signing wide receiver Brandon LaFell. (Adam Schefter, ESPN)

• Ravens Pro-Bowl fullback Kyle Juszczyk plans to sign with the 49ers. (Adam Schefter, ESPN)

4:00 p.m. ET

• Quarterback Brian Hoyer will sign with the San Francisco 49ers in a reunion with new head coach Kyle Shanahan. (Ian Rapaport, NFL Network)

• Hoyer will be the only quarterback on the 49ers' depth chart once the deal is official. (Matt Maiocco, CSN Bay Area)

• The Falcons and quarterback Matt Schaub have reached an agreement on a two-year, $9 million deal. (Adam Schefter, ESPN)

• The Bills are signing fullback Patrick DiMarco to a four-year, $8.5 million contract. (Ian Rapaport, NFL Network)

• The Dolphins are re-signing Andre Branch to a long-term deal. (Ian Rapaport, NFL Network)

• Miami is also trying to come to terms with linebacker Kiki Alonso on a multi-year contract extension rather than tender him as a restricted free agent. (Mike Garafolo, NFL Network)

2:00 p.m. ET

• The Cowboys will release longtime quarterback Tony Romo on Thursday. The Texans and Broncos could be interested in signing him. (Adam Schefter, ESPN)

• The Bills are going to keep quarterback Tyrod Taylor on a restructured contract. (Adam Schefter, ESPN)

• The Bills are also reportedly in talks with pending free-agent quarterback Brian Hoyer. (John Wawrow, Associated Press)

• The teams with interest in quarterback Mike Glennon have backed off under the assumption he is planning to sign with the Bears. (Matt Miller, Bleacher Report)

• The Raiders are working hard to bring back right tackle Menelik Watson, but if he becomes a free agent the Broncos are interested in signing him. (Vic Tafur, San Francisco Chronicle)

• The Jaguars are pursuing several top-tier free agents including guard Kevin Zeitler, cornerback AJ Bouye, defensive lineman Calais Campbell and safety Barry Church. (Ian Rapoport, NFL Network)

Noon

• Former New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall will sign a two-year deal with the New York Giants. Deal reported to be worth $12 million. (Newsday)

• The Arizona Cardinals and linebacker Chandler Jones are finalizing a five-year contract extension. (Ian Rapoport, NFL.com)

• 49ers have set their sights on wide receiver Pierre Garcon. Garcon could make as much as $16 million in his first year (Chris Mortensen, ESPN.com)

• Tight end Vernon Davis re-signed with Washington on three-year deal. (Team announcement)

• Offensive tackle Ricky Wagner has agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions; contract could reach $9 million per year. Wagner started 14 games last season with the Ravens. (Mulitple media reports)

• The Houston Texans are concerned about prospect of losing cornerback A.J. Bouye to Eagles and will counter with their own offer. (Ed Werder, ESPN.com)

• The New Orleans Saints are continuing to talk with Eagles, Titans and Patriots in a potential Brandin Cooks deal. (Ian Rapoport, NFL.com)

• Vikings are expected to express interest in tackle Russell Okung when free agency starts. (Josina Anderson, ESPN)

• The Balitmore Ravens have asked tight end Dennis Pitta to take a pay cut. Pitta is scheduled to make $5.5 million in 2017. (Jeff Zrebiec, Baltimore Sun)

• The 49ers and Jets showing strong interest in free-agent quarterback Brian Hoyer. (Ian Rapoport, NFL.com)

• Titans released nose tackle Al Woods. (Adam Schefter, ESPN.com)

• The Bills are the favorite to land Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk. (Adam Schefter, ESPN.com)

• Dolphins tendered exclusive rights to tight end Thomas Duarte, linebacker Mike Hull, and cornerback Lafayette Pitts and Anthony Steen. (Team announcement)

• Free-agent cornerback Darrelle Revis wants at least $8 million to play in 2017. Steelers are not interested in the seven-time Pro bowler. (Pro Football Talk)

• Giants seeking to restructure contract of wide receiver Dwayne Harris. (Adam Schefter, ESPN.com)

• The Rams are actively trying to trade cornerback Trumaine Johnson. Johnson signed his nonexclusive franchise tag worth him $16.7424 million in 2017 (NFL Network)

• The Seahawks have no immediate interest in Adrian Peterson. (Tom Pelissero, USA Today)

• Cornerback Stephon Gilmore is using Janoris Jenkins' deal as a baseline to work from. Jenkins signed a 5-year, $62 million deal with the Giants last year. (Josina Anderson, ESPN)

• Colts re-signed tight end Jack Doyle to a three-year, $19 million contract with $9.5 million guaranteed. (Team announcement)

• The Bengals, Browns, Lions and Saints meet with former Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon before his pro day. (NFL Network)

• Chargers safety Jahleel Addae is expected to remain with the team on a four-year deal. (Field Yates, ESPN.com)

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