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2023 NFL Free Agency Grades: Analyzing Every Major Move

Breaking down the major signings as they happen, including Dalton Schultz, Devin Singletary, Adam Thielen, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Mack Hollins and Isaac Seumalo.

NFL free agency enters its second week after it kicked off on March 15, the start of the new league year.

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We’ll continue to analyze each move based on talent and fit, and take a look generally at the terms. But we won’t get hung up on exact dollar amounts before we know more.

Let’s look at the biggest signings so far and how our staff graded them out:

March 20

TE Dalton Schultz to the Texans

The Texans are beginning to surround their future rookie quarterback with targets.

On Monday, Houston signed tight end Dalton Schultz to a one-year deal for a maximum value of $9 million, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Media. Schultz, 26, was franchise-tagged before playing last season for the Cowboys.

Schultz spent his first five years in Dallas, with his best season coming in 2021 when he caught 78 passes for 808 yards and eight touchdowns. Last season, his production dipped to 57 receptions for 577 yards and five scores.

After trading receiver Brandin Cooks to the Cowboys, Houston has added a quality target at a great price. –MV

Grade: B plus

RB Devin Singletary to the Texans

The Texans found a quality backup for running back Dameon Pierce minutes after adding tight end Dalton Schultz.

Devin Singletary, the former Bills running back, reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $3.75 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Singletary struggled as the No. 1 option in Buffalo, but he recorded at least 800 rushing yards the past two seasons. He’s better suited as the No. 2 back and now he might form a strong duo with Pierce, who had a memorable rookie season with 939 rushing yards. –GM

Grade: B

RB Damien Harris to the Bills

Damien Harris is staying in the AFC East to join the Bills’ backfield committee.

Harris, a 2019 third-round pick of the Patriots, reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with Buffalo, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Harris averaged 4.7 yards per carry during his stint in New England.

Harris has never had a 1,000-yard rushing season, but the Bills won’t need him to be a workhorse back with James Cook and Nyheim Hines also on the depth chart. —GM

Grade: B

QB Josh Dobbs to the Browns

Josh Dobbs is returning to Cleveland to be the backup for Deshaun Watson.

Dobbs reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with the Browns, Mike McCartney, Dobbs’s agent, announced on Twitter.

Dobbs opened last season in Cleveland before joining Tennessee, where he started two games after the team benched the struggling Malik Willis, who was filling in for the injured Ryan Tannehill. Dobbs was waived by the Browns because they needed a roster spot after Watson’s suspension concluded.

The 2017 fourth-round pick of the Steelers will take over the backup duties with Jacoby Brissett joining the Commanders. — GM

Grade: B minus

S Justin Evans to the Eagles

Justin Evans will get an opportunity to compete for the Eagles’ starting vacancies at safety.

Evans reportedly agreed to terms, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo. Evans only started four games for the Saints last season, but had 21 starts combined from 2017 to 2018 with the Buccaneers. Evans, however, didn’t play in a game during a three-year stretch because of injuries.

The Eagles lost starting safeties C.J. Gardner-Johnson and Marcus Epps to the Lions and Raiders, respectively. –GM

Grade: C plus

CB Sean Murphy-Bunting to the Titans

The Titans added cornerback depth after reportedly agreeing to a one-year contract with Sean Murphy-Bunting, a former Super Bowl champion with the Buccaneers.

The deal is worth up to $5 million, according to Jordan Schultz of The Score. Murphy-Bunting played in 53 games, starting 36 in four seasons with the Buccaneers. The 2019 second-round selection formed a standout cornerback rotation with Jamel Dean and Carlton Davis the past few seasons. He’ll now look to have similar success in Tennessee. –GM

Grade: B

OL Jon Feliciano to the 49ers

The 49ers addressed their offensive line needs by adding veteran Jon Feliciano, who started 15 games for the Giants last season.

Feliciano agreed to a one-year deal, according to Newsday’s Kim Jones. Feliciano, who can play guard and center, has appeared in 97 career games with 54 starts during stints with the Raiders, Bills and Giants. —GM

Grade: B minus

WR Keelan Cole to the Raiders

Keelan Cole is reportedly staying with the Raiders on a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Cole will provide depth to the Raiders’ receiving corps, but he only saw 21 targets for 10 receptions, 141 yards and one touchdown in 14 games with Las Vegas last season. Cole will play behind Davante Adams and Jakobi Meyers, and perhaps his targets increase if the team decides to part ways with wideout Hunter Renfrow. —GM

Grade: C plus

March 19

WR Adam Thielen to the Panthers

Adam Thielen signed with the Panthers in free agency after spending his entire career with the Vikings.

Thielen joins the Panthers after 70 catches for 716 yards and six touchdowns in 2022 for the Vikings.

After nine seasons with the Vikings, Adam Thielen has a new home.

On Sunday, the veteran receiver signed a three-year, $25 million deal with the Panthers, according to Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network. Thielen will get an $8.3 million signing bonus while immediately becoming the top option in Carolina’s passing attack.

Thielen, 32, has slowed down recently but still produces at a quality clip. After posting two Pro Bowl seasons in 2017 and ’18, he’s yet to amass more than 925 receiving yards in any year since. Still, he caught 70 passes for 716 yards and six touchdowns in ’22, giving Minnesota a nice second option to Justin Jefferson.

After trading away DJ Moore, the Panthers needed a reliable target. They still need to upgrade on the outside, but Thielen is a nice start on a surprisingly long-term deal. –MV

Grade: B minus

S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson to the Lions

Nobody is doing more to fix their secondary than the Lions.

On Sunday night, Detroit signed star safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson to a one-year deal worth $8 million, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Gardner-Johnson, 25, joins corners Cam Sutton and Emmanuel Moseley as new starters in Detroit’s defensive backfield, turning what was a weakness into a considerable strength. Last year, the former Saints draft pick led the league with six interceptions despite playing in only 12 games.

Considering his talent, Detroit being able to land Gardner-Johnson for $8 million is one of the steals of free agency. –MV

Grade: A

WR Mack Hollins to the Falcons

After selecting big pass-catching targets in tight end Kyle Pitts and receiver Drake London over the past two years, Atlanta continued the trend by signing wideout Mack Hollins to a one-year deal, per Taylor Vippolis.

Hollins, 29, checks in at 6'4" and 221 pounds. He had his best season in 2022, playing in 17 games for the Raiders and catching 57 passes for 690 yards and four touchdowns, all career highs.

A seven-year veteran with the Dolphins, Eagles and Raiders, Hollins provides experience and a good mid-level receiver to the Falcons who can provide another large target in the red zone. –MV

Grade: B plus

March 18

G Isaac Seumalo to the Steelers

Isaac Seumalo won’t have to get used to a new state.

The 29-year-old guard is staying in Pennsylvania, shifting from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh after signing a three-year, $24 million deal with the Steelers, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

Seumalo played his first seven seasons with the Eagles, making two Super Bowl appearances and winning one, while starting 60 games. Last year, Seumalo started each contest for only the second time in his career. Between the 2020 and ’21 seasons, he was limited to just 12 games combined.

For the Steelers, it’s an ideal move. Pittsburgh’s line has been in flux for years after the retirements of center Maurkice Pouncey and guard David DeCastro, along with left tackle Alejandro Villanueva leaving via free agency.

With Pittsburgh trying to maximize second-year quarterback Kenny Pickett, improving the line is a must. Seumalo does that. –MV

Grade: B plus

DT Greg Gaines to the Buccaneers

The Buccaneers are continuing to get younger.

On Saturday, Tampa Bay signed defensive tackle Greg Gaines to a one-year deal, per ESPN’s Jenna Laine. Only 26 years old, Gaines has a Super Bowl ring and 10.5 sacks over four seasons with the Rams.

Playing next to Aaron Donald for his entire career, Gaines has enjoyed an ideal situation. He now shifts to Tampa, where he’ll be lined up alongside Vita Vea.

The Buccaneers need to remake what became an old, expensive roster. Nabbing Gaines on a short-term deal is a smart move by general manager Jason Licht, who is churning the group after Tom Brady’s retirement this offseason. –MV

Grade: B plus

EDGE Malik Reed to the Dolphins

Another year, another team for Malik Reed.

The 26-year-old has spent the past two seasons with the Broncos and Steelers, and will be in teal for 2023 after signing a one-year contract with the Dolphins, per his agent Mike McCartney.

Reed has shown flashes of being productive in his career, notching eight sacks with Denver in 2020 before totaling five more in ’21. However, Reed was limited to 45 percent of defensive snaps in Pittsburgh last season, where he posted only one sack.

In Miami, Reed will compete for playing time alongside edge rushers Bradley Chubb and Jaelen Phillips. –MV

Grade: B

March 17

LB Devin Bush Jr. to the Seahawks

Devin Bush needs a jumpstart to his career, and he’s hoping it comes in Seattle.

Bush, 24, signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. The former first-round pick starred as a rookie with the Steelers in 2019, totaling 109 tackles and two interceptions. However, Bush tore his ACL the following year and hasn’t returned to full form.

In Seattle, Bush will be paired with linebacker Jordyn Brooks, another first-rounder at the second level. With the Seahawks attempting to improve a defense which ranked tied for 20th in yards per play against last year, Bush is a decent bet considering his pedigree, age and past production. –MV

Grade: B minus

QB Marcus Mariota to the Eagles

The Patriots love their tight ends, and now they have a new face in town.

Early Friday morning, New England signed Mike Gesicki to a one-year deal worth up to $9.5 million, according to NFL Media.

Gesicki played his first five seasons with the Dolphins, where he had an uneven tenure. Across 2020 and ’21, Gesicki posted a pair of 700-yard seasons and caught a combined eight touchdowns, earning himself the franchise tag last offseason.

However, once coach Mike McDaniel arrived, Gesicki saw limited snaps and his numbers plummeted, catching 32 passes for 362 yards, albeit still hauling in five touchdowns.

This is a smart, high-upside play for the Patriots. –MV

Grade: B plus

QB Cooper Rush to the Cowboys

After showing what he could do when called upon, the Cowboys decided to bring back Cooper Rush.

Rush got a two-year deal worth up to $6.5 million to stay in Dallas, according to Jori Epstein of Yahoo Sports. Rush, 29, started five games for the Cowboys last year and went 4–1, throwing for 1,051 yards and five touchdowns with three interceptions.

Considering his knowledge of the system and relatively young age, bringing back Rush on a multi-year pact makes sense for Dallas. And should starter Dak Prescott miss any time moving forward, Rush has proven he can keep the Cowboys in the playoff hunt. –MV

Grade: B plus

S Julian Love to the Seahawks

The Seahawks have added defensive help in free agency, and now they’re shoring up the back end.

On Friday, Seattle signed former Giants safety Julian Love to a two-year deal worth $12 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Love, 24, started 32 games over four years in New York, including 16 this past season. He totaled 124 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble and one sack in 2022, helping the Giants to a surprise playoff berth.

In Seattle, Love will pair with Pro Bowler Quandre Diggs to give the Seahawks one of the league’s better safety tandems. Considering his age and most-recent season, Love looks like an ascending talent. –MV


LB Drue Tranquill to the Chiefs

After non-tendering linebacker Darius Harris, the Chiefs had a need on the second level.

They filled it Friday afternoon, signing former Chargers linebacker Drue Tranquill to a one-year deal for $3 million, with incentives to $5 million, confirmed by Sports Illustrated.

Last year, Tranquill broke out as a full-time starter in Los Angeles, posting career-bests in tackles (146), sacks (five), QB hits (eight) and tackles for loss (10).

In Kansas City, he’ll be taking snaps alongside Nick Bolton and Willie Gay, giving the Chiefs one of the more imposing linebacking corps in the league. –MV

Grade: A

S Nick Scott to the Bengals

The Bengals addressed their safety needs with a former Super Bowl champion.

Nick Scott, who spent the past four seasons with the Rams, reportedly agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract with Cincinnati, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Scott will likely fill one of the two starting spots vacated by Jessie Bates, who joined the Falcons, and Vonn Bell, who left for the Panthers. Scott is coming off a career season and was a bright spot for the Rams amid a rough season. —GM

Grade: B

LB Chris Board to the Patriots

Bill Belichick values special teams as much as any coach in the NFL.

To that end, the Patriots locked up an elite special-teamer in linebacker Chris Board, who joins New England on a two-year, $6.7 million contract, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Media.

Board, 27, spent last year with the Lions after four seasons with Baltimore. Over his five-year career, Board has logged 839 defensive snaps compared to 1,721 on special teams.

It’s likely he remains a core-four member in New England while rotating in defensively. –MV

Grade: B minus

DL Dean Lowry to the Vikings

Minnesota added to its defensive line with a former NFC North opponent.

Dean Lowry, a former starter of the Packers, reportedly agreed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with the Vikings, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero.

Lowry appeared in 111 games and started 80 during his seven seasons in Green Bay. He’ll now help the Vikings with filling the void of defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson, who recently left to join the Browns. —GM

Grade: C plus

S Mike Edwards to the Chiefs

The 2019 third-round pick is reportedly headed to Kansas City after agreeing to a one-year, $3 million contract, which can go as high as $5 million with incentives, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

Edwards won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers and is coming off his best career season in which he recorded 82 total tackles and two interceptions. The Chiefs recently lost safety Juan Thornhill to the Browns, but they now have a safety rotation of Edwards, Justin Reid and Bryan Cook. — GM

Grade: B

P JK Scott to the Chargers

Scott will continue punting for the Chargers after the two sides reportedly agreed to a two-year, $4 million contract extension, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Scott punted 73 times for an average of 43.6 gross yards per punt (41.5 net) during his first season with L.A. He was named AFC Specials Teams Player of the Week in Week 12 this past season. —GM

Grade: B

TE Mike Gesicki to the Patriots

After losing Gardner Minshew to the Colts, the Eagles were in the market for a new backup quarterback.

They found him in Marcus Mariota, signing the former Falcons starter to a one-year, $5 million deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Mariota has bounced around in recent years, playing with the Titans, Raiders, Falcons and now Eagles since 2019. However, he’s the perfect fit in Philadelphia. Mariota plays an ideal style to sit behind Jalen Hurts, and has enough experience to win a few games if called upon.

Mariota’s best season came in 2016, when the former No. 2 pick threw for 3,426 yards and 26 touchdowns. –MV

Grade: A

March 16

CB Darius Slay to the Eagles

Eagles cornerback Darius Slay against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Darius Slay never technically left, but he’s back with the Eagles.

After the team considered releasing Slay, the two sides reportedly agreed to a two-year, $42 million contract extension that includes $23 million guaranteed at signing, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

Initially, the team had plans to cut Slay because the final year of his contract had a $17 million base salary with a cap hit of $26 million. Now the five-time Pro Bowler will get a pay bump after the team created cap space.

It’s a gamble giving a 32-year-old cornerback $21 million per year, which matches Jaire Alexander for the highest at the position, but at least the Eagles retain a valuable leader and keep the duo of James Bradberry and Slay intact. —GM

Grade: B minus 

TE Robert Tonyan to the Bears

Bears quarterback Justin Fields gained a red zone-friendly target.

Robert Tonyan, the former Packers tight end, reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Bears, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Tonyan developed into a reliable target for Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, and delivered his best season in 2020 in which he recorded 52 receptions for 586 yards and 11 touchdowns. Tonyan’s production has declined the past two seasons, but he assisted Rodgers and will now likely do the same for Fields, as he heads into his third season with a new tight end and No. 1 wideout DJ Moore. —GM

Grade: B plus

QB Drew Lock to the Seahawks

Drew Lock is staying in Seattle as the backup for Geno Smith.

The former starting quarterback of the Broncos reportedly agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract that can go as high as $7.5 million with incentives, according to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo.

Lock was involved in the Russell Wilson trade between the Seahawks and Broncos and was briefly considered a starting candidate in Seattle. Smith took the job and never looked back, but he’ll have Lock again in case of emergency.

The QB room, however, might get crowded if the Seahawks decide to draft a quarterback next month. —GM


RB D’Onta Foreman to the Bears

D’Onta Foreman was tabbed as the Bears’ next bruising back after the two sides reportedly agreed on a one-year, $3 million contract, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Foreman flourished with the Panthers after the team traded Christian McCaffrey to the 49ers. He rushed for a career-high 914 yards with five touchdowns. He’ll now be tasked with replacing David Montgomery, who recently left Chicago to join the Detroit Lions. —GM

Grade: B plus

QB Gardner Minshew to the Colts

Sometimes, the signing makes too much sense not to happen.

Gardner Minshew to the Colts is such a signing. The backup quarterback is reuniting with coach Shane Steichen, signing a one-year, $3.5 million contract, per NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero.

Minshew comes over from the Eagles, where he spent two years with Steichen as his offensive coordinator. Before Philadelphia, Minshew broke into the league with the Jaguars, where he started 20 games over two seasons.

Minshew is one of the league’s better backups, throwing 44 touchdowns against 15 interceptions in his career. He’ll be an ideal fit in Indy, where he’ll likely work with a rookie. –MV

Grade: A plus

WR Parris Campbell to the Giants

The Giants have added another new weapon for Daniel Jones.

On Thursday morning, New York signed receiver Parris Campbell to a one-year deal worth up to $6.7 million, according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.

Considering the base contract is only $3 million, it’s a smart bet with nice upside for Campbell and Giants general manager Joe Schoen. Campbell will have an opportunity to play significant snaps with New York trying to remake its receiving corps.

After playing in 15 games over his first three seasons, Campbell stayed healthy in 2022, appearing in 17 games and catching 63 passes for 623 yards and three touchdowns. –MV

Grade: B plus

WR Braxton Berrios to the Dolphins

The Dolphins have been making moves this winter, and on Thursday, they made another.

Miami has signed former Jets receiver Braxton Berrios to a one-year deal, according to NFL Media’s Cameron Wolfe.

Berrios played his rookie deal out in New York, catching 107 passes for 1,085 yards and five touchdowns. He also added juice as a returner, earning first-team All-Pro status in 2021 with more than 1,000 return yards.

With Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, Miami’s addition of Berrious gives the Dolphins more speed on offense. –MV

Grade: B

EDGE Clelin Ferrell to the 49ers

Clelin Ferrell is getting another chance to prove he can play in the NFL.

After failing to have an impact with the Raiders, the former first-round pick is going to the 49ers on a one-year deal worth $2.5 million, per Ari Meirov.

Once considered the future for the Raiders, Ferrell struggled through four years. He only posted 10 sacks, becoming a rotational piece. However, he’ll get to play alongside some of the league’s best in San Francisco, working into the lineup with Nick Bosa, Javon Hargrave, Javon Kinlaw and Arik Armstead.

It’s a smart gamble by the Niners, who have proven one of the best teams at developing talent. –MV

Grade: B

WR Darius Slayton to the Giants

Hours after welcoming a new receiver, Daniel Jones learned one of his best downfield targets will stay in New York.

Darius Slayton and the Giants have agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension worth up to $16.5 million, according to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo. Slayton has a career average of 15 yards per reception since joining the Giants in 2019 as a fifth-round pick.

The Giants added former Colts wideout Parris Campbell earlier Thursday.

On Wednesday, the Giants officially acquired tight end Darren Waller in a trade with the Raiders. The Giants also retained wide receiver Sterling Shepard and franchise tagged running back Saquon Barkley.

The Giants suddenly have a strong supporting cast for Jones a year after fielding a lackluster group of skill players. –GM

Grade: B

OL Cody Ford to the Bengals

The Bengals added depth to their offensive line a day after the surprise addition of left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. (see grade below).

Versatile offensive lineman Cody Ford is reportedly planning to sign with the Bengals, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Ford, who only started three games for the Cardinals last season, has experience playing both guard spots and right tackle, which he did for the Bills during his first three seasons in the NFL. The Bengals need help on the interior of the offensive line and Ford could fill in at tackle if Jonah Williams struggles in his possible transition from left to right tackle. —GM

Grade: B minus

DT Andrew Billings to the Bears

The Bears continued their spending spree Thursday.

Having already signed a slew of free agents led by linebackers T.J. Edwards and Tremaine Edmunds, Chicago inked defensive tackle Andrew Billings to a one-year, $3.5 million deal, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

Billings, 28, hasn’t played in a game since 2019. He opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID concerns, before bouncing around on practice squads last season. Now Billings is back, and should be part of Chicago’s rotation moving forward. –MV

Grade: B minus

March 15

OT Orlando Brown Jr. to the Bengals

Orlando Brown Jr. signed with the Bengals in free agency after not being franchise tagged by the Chiefs.

Orlando Brown Jr. had to wait longer than most top free agents, but he got his money and will now go from protecting Patrick Mahomes to Joe Burrow in Cincinnati.

Brown, a four-time Pro Bowler, has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $64.092 million contract with the Bengals, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero. The front-loaded deal includes more than $31 million for the signing bonus, the largest ever for an offensive lineman, Brown’s agent, Michael Portner, confirmed to Pelissero.

Brown was adamant about getting top-tier money and playing left tackle, which he will get to do for the Bengals, according to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo.

The Bengals improved their protection for Burrow after receiving shaky play from left tackle Jonah Williams and right tackle La’el Collins, who could be cut soon to create cap space. Williams, a 2019 first-round pick, might be added to the trading block, or perhaps asked to play right tackle. Bengals running back Joe Mixon could also soon be a cap casualty with the arrival of Brown.

Brown got his money, but the Bengals benefited from this being a front-loaded contract with Burrow and wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins due for contract extensions within the next few years. Brown will reportedly get $49.9 million through the first two years of the deal, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. That would probably give the Bengals an out to possibly avoid a messy salary cap situation.

There was speculation about Brown possibly needing to move to right tackle after the Chiefs decided to move on and signed Jawaan Taylor. Brown was traded by the Ravens to Kansas City in 2021 and was key in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl win last month.

The Bengals will likely have to say goodbye to a few key players from the past few seasons, but adding Brown to protect Burrow seems worth it. –GM

Grade: A

QB Baker Mayfield to the Buccaneers

The Buccaneers have a new quarterback.

Baker Mayfield has agreed in principle with Tampa Bay to a one-year deal worth $8.5 million, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. For Mayfield, it’s perhaps his last chance to start in the NFL if things go poorly. However, with a good season, the former No. 1 pick could reestablish his value.

Mayfield, 28, started 10 games for the Panthers and Rams last season, throwing for 2,163 yards and 10 touchdowns against eight interceptions. His best season came in 2020, when he led the Browns to the playoffs with 3,563 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Mayfield has struggled to find consistency, but now he has a chance to prove he can still play. –MV

Grade: B minus 

QB Jacoby Brissett to the Commanders

Jacoby Brissett has entered the Commanders’ quarterback competition.

Brissett reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with Washington that’s worth up to $10 million, including $8 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. The seasoned veteran will compete with second-year quarterback Sam Howell for the starting position.

Last season, Brissett started 11 games for the Browns while they waited for Deshaun Watson to return from suspension. Cleveland only went 4–7 in those games, but Brissett played well for long stretches and provided leadership on and off the field.

It’s not an ideal situation for Washington to go into the season with Brissett and Howell as the starting QB candidates, especially on a roster stacked with skill players, but at least the move adds a well-respected veteran to push Howell, who only played in one game as a rookie. –GM

Grade: B minus

RB Miles Sanders to the Panthers

The remodeling Panthers have added a much-needed playmaker.

Miles Sanders, who recorded a career-high 1,269 rushing yards with the Eagles last year, has reportedly agreed to contract terms with the Panthers. It’s a four-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Sanders left the Eagles wanting more at times and benefited from a stacked offensive line, but there’s no denying how productive he was during four seasons in Philadelphia, where he had a career average of five yards per carry.

Sanders now might be the Panthers’ best skill player with a receiving unit of Terrace Marshall Jr., Laviska Shenault Jr. and Shi Smith, and with Andy Dalton currently penciled in as the starting quarterback, though that will almost certainly change with the Panthers owning the No. 1 pick in next month’s draft.

The Panthers added tight end Hayden Hurst earlier Wednesday and also has an experienced and impressive offensive line with all five starters from last year expected to return and create running lanes for Sanders. —GM

Grade: B plus

CB Isaiah Oliver to the 49ers

Isaiah Oliver, a 2018 second-round pick, is headed to San Francisco to possibly fill in at slot cornerback. Oliver agreed to terms on a contract with the 49ers, according to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo.

Oliver was a quality corner for the Falcons the past five seasons and was asked to return last season on a one-year deal after his rookie contract expired. The 49ers were in need of cornerback help with Jimmie Ward and Emmanuel Moseley joining the Texans and Lions, respectively.

Oliver appeared in 62 games with 38 starts during his time in Atlanta. — GM

Grade: B minus

DT Fletcher Cox to the Eagles

Six-time Pro Bowler Fletcher Cox is returning to the Eagles for a 12th season.

Cox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract extension, and turned down more lucrative offers to stay in Philadelphia, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Cox became the latest long-time Eagle to stay put in a quest to win another Super Bowl, joining defensive end Brandon Graham and center Jason Kelce. Cox’s snaps declined last season, but he was efficient as a run stopper and consistently created pressure with seven sacks and 43 total tackles. –GM

Grade: B

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster to the Patriots

On Tuesday, the Patriots lost Jakobi Meyers. They replaced him 24 hours later.

JuJu Smith Schuster is heading to Foxborough, agreeing to terms on a three-year deal worth $33 million, according to NFL Media. Smith-Schuster spent five years with the Steelers before going to the Chiefs in 2022, winning a Super Bowl in his lone season in Kansas City.

With Smith-Schuster, the Patriots get a young receiver with good size. The former USC star is only 26 and at 6'1" and 215 pounds, can box corners out and rumble after the catch. In Kansas City, Smith-Schuster caught 78 passes for 933 yards and three touchdowns.

Ultimately, the Patriots had to find a legitimate weapon for quarterback Mac Jones, and they did so in Smith-Schuster. –MV

Grade: B plus

TE Hayden Hurst to the Panthers

Hayden Hurst is joining his third team in as many seasons.

After one year with the Bengals, Hurst is set to join the Panthers on a three-year, $21.75 million contract, per Mike Garafolo of NFL Media.

Hurst, 29, is a former first-round pick of the Ravens, but after two seasons was dealt to the Falcons. His best year came in 2020, when he had 56 catches, 571 yards and six touchdowns. In ’22, Hurst caught 52 passes from Joe Burrow before hitting free agency.

In Carolina, Hurst will provide a rookie quarterback with a solid veteran option in the short and intermediate game. –MV

Grade: B

RB Jamaal Williams to the Saints

Jamaal Williams, the beloved former running back of the Lions, will now provide memorable pregame speeches for the Saints.

Williams and New Orleans reportedly agreed on a three-year, $12 million deal with $8 million fully guaranteed, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. He was a star on last season’s “Hard Knocks” reality series and was a catalyst for the Lions’ 2022 turnaround that fell one win short of a postseason appearance.

Along with providing inspiration, Williams was a touchdown machine for the Lions with 17 rushing TDs. He’ll now team with Alvin Kamara in the short-yardage role of the Saints backfield with Derek Carr handing him the ball. The Lions moved on from Williams after adding running back David Montgomery on Tuesday. —GM 

Grade: B

S Juan Thornhill to the Browns

The Browns added a safety not long after officially releasing John Johnson III.

Juan Thornhill, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Chiefs, reportedly agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract with $14 million fully guaranteed at signing over the first two years, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero.

Thornhill learned on the job with the Chiefs and that led to plenty of mistakes on the field, but he provided many key plays during 52 starts in four seasons in Kansas City. He’ll now add a wealth of experience to the Browns’ secondary. —GM


DT Taven Bryan to the Colts

The Colts are adding a former first-round pick to their defensive front.

On Wednesday, Indianapolis signed Taven Bryan to a one-year deal for $4.5 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Bryan spent his first four seasons in Jacksonville before joining the Browns in 2022.

Bryan has disappointed throughout his career, totaling only 8.5 sacks over five seasons. However, he did his best work in Cleveland, registering three sacks. In Indianapolis, Bryan will be a rotational piece alongside DeForest Buckner and Grover Stewart. –MV


DT Sheldon Rankins to the Texans

The Texans are rebuilding, and they added a key piece in the trenches Wednesday.

According to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo, Houston agreed to terms with defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins on a one-year deal worth $10.5 million. Rankins spent the past two years with the Jets, playing 31 games and amassing six sacks.

Rankins, who turns 29 in April, had his best season in 2018 with the Saints, notching eight sacks and 12 tackles for loss. Since then, the former first-round pick has been solid but not spectacular. He’s a quality signing, albeit at a hefty price for one year.

Still, Houston has the cap space and certainly the need, so Rankins makes sense in coach DeMeco Ryans’s defense. –MV

Grade: B minus

LB Lavonte David to the Buccaneers

There’s nothing like going home. Or, in this case, staying home.

According to NFL Media, David is returning to Tampa Bay on a one-year, $7 million deal. David, 33, has spent his entire career with the Buccaneers, and is headed back for a 12th season.

David has been one of the league’s most consistent linebackers over the past decade. The veteran is a three-time All-Pro and earned his lone Pro Bowl honor in 2015. David also won Super Bowl LV with the Buccaneers in 2020, totaling 117 tackles and 1.5 sacks that year.

For both sides, the deal makes sense. David gets to continue his career in the only place he’s known, while Tampa Bay gets quality play and leadership in the middle of its defense. –MV

Grade: A minus

S Jabrill Peppers to the Patriots

After testing the free-agent market, Jabrill Peppers is returning to New England on a two-year deal worth $11 million, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Media.

After five years split between the Browns and Giants, Peppers played last season with Patriots and started five games, racking up 60 tackles and a fumble recovery. With the retirement of fellow Patriots safety Devin McCourty, Peppers could see increased playing time in 2023.

With the draft light on quality safeties, New England was wise to reinvest in someone who can get the job done and already knows the defensive scheme. –MV


QB PJ Walker to the Bears

Former Panthers PJ Walker and DJ Moore connected for one of the best plays of the 2022 season. They’ll continue being teammates in Chicago with Moore being the No. 1 target for Justin Fields and Walker as the backup to Fields.

Walker, a former XFL standout, reportedly agreed to a contract with the Bears on Wednesday evening, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Walker started five games for the Panthers last season, and delivered a 62-yard game-tying bomb to Moore with less than 15 seconds remaining in regulation against the Falcons in October.

The Bears are hoping Fields and Moore can create many memorable plays with Walker serving as a quality backup. —GM

Grade: B plus 

DL Morgan Fox to the Chargers

The Chargers retained a key player on their defensive line.

Morgan Fox, a versatile defensive lineman who can rush the passer and stop the run, reportedly agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Chargers, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

Fox recorded a career-high 6.5 sacks during his first season with the Chargers, and was vital to the team’s defensive turnaround with slowing the run late in the season. Fox started 12 games and formed a stout interior duo with Sebastian Joseph-Day, with pass rushers Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack controlling the edges. — GM

Grade: A minus

RB Alexander Mattison to the Vikings

The Vikings are keeping their running back—the one not named Dalvin Cook.

Alexander Mattison, the rugged No. 2 rusher in the Vikings’ backfield, agreed to a two-year contract extension worth up to $8 million with $6.35 million in guarantees, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero.

Mattison has produced in limited opportunities behind Cook the past four seasons. He’s capable of being a starter, one that would be much cheaper than retaining Cook, who might get cut or moved in the coming days with the team needing to create cap space. But the Vikings might find a way to keep Cook because they recently released long-time wide receiver Adam Thielen and linebacker Eric Kendricks. —GM

Grade: B

RB James Robinson to the Patriots

James Robinson, the former running back of the Jaguars and Jets, has found a new home in New England.

Robinson reportedly agreed to a two-year deal worth up to $8 million, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. The contract is similar to what Mattison received from the Vikings earlier Wednesday.

Robinson had a memorable 2020 season as an undrafted rookie with the Jaguars. Perhaps the versatile back regains his form with the Patriots after a rough few seasons. —GM

Grade: B minus

DL Solomon Thomas to the Jets

Solomon Thomas, the 2017 No. 3 pick, is staying with the Jets for a second season after agreeing to a one-year deal worth up to $3.9 million, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero.

Thomas didn’t live up to his draft status with the 49ers, but he has a fan in New York coach Robert Saleh, the San Francisco defensive coordinator from 2017 to 2020.

Thomas has been a rotational player with the Raiders and Jets the past two seasons, only playing 33% of New York’s defensive snaps last season. —GM

Grade: C minus

DL Jerry Tillery to the Raiders

Jerry Tillery, a 2019 first-round pick, is sticking with the Raiders after reportedly agreeing to terms on a contract extension, according to Jordan Schultz of The Score.

Tillery occasionally flashed as a pass rusher with the Chargers, but often struggled against the run. He was the odd man out in Los Angeles after the arrivals of Morgan Fox, Austin Johnson and Sebastian Joseph-Day.

Tillery, however, made strides after the Raiders claimed him on waivers last season. He might not be the long-term answer in Las Vegas, but the team needs help on the interior of the defensive line. —GM

Grade: C

WR Deonte Harty to the Bills

The Bills are looking for speed and options at returner. They found both in Deonte Harty.

On Wednesday morning, Buffalo agreed to terms on a two-year, $13.5 million deal with Harty, according to Field Yates of ESPN.

Harty played his first four pro seasons in New Orleans, where he caught 64 passes for 793 yards and four touchdowns in 40 games.

More importantly, he earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2019 as a kick returner, notching 36 returns for 338 yards and a TD. However, Harty only returned three kicks last year after being limited to four games with a toe injury. –MV

Grade: B minus

DT Khalen Saunders to the Saints

The Saints are making a big move. Literally.

Defensive tackle Khalen Saunders and New Orleans have agreed to terms on a three-year deal worth up to $14.5 million, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

The 324-pound Saunders, 26, played out his rookie deal with the Chiefs, where he won two Super Bowls and reached three. Last season was his personal best, posting 3.5 sacks and then recording another in Super Bowl LVII against Jalen Hurts and the Eagles.

Saunders will bring some interior pass-rushing juice to New Orleans, which needs it after losing both Shy Tuttle (see grade below) and David Onyemata (see grade below) in free agency. The biggest concern is health, with Saunders having missed 28 games over four seasons in Kansas City. –MV

Grade: B

March 14

WR Allen Lazard to the Jets

Packers receiver Allen Lazard signed with the Jets in free agency. And quarterback Aaron Rodgers could be next if he's traded to New York.

Lazard signed a four-year deal, including $22 million guaranteed, and Rodgers could be next to join the Jets.

The Jets are going all out for Aaron Rodgers.

On Tuesday afternoon, New York agreed to terms with receiver Allen Lazard on a four-year deal worth $44 million, including $22 million guaranteed, per Jordan Schultz of The Score.

Lazard was one of the best receivers on the market alongside Jakobi Meyers and JuJu Smith-Schuster. After seeing Meyers get $11 million per year earlier in the day from the Raiders (see grade below), Lazard comes in at the same price.

However, the Jets might have overpaid a bit. Lazard is coming off a career season with the Packers, catching 60 passes for 788 yards and six touchdowns. Meyers has had multiple years with better numbers despite far-worse quarterback play, twice topping 800 yards. –MV

Grade: B minus

CB James Bradberry to the Eagles

It took longer than expected, but All-Pro cornerback James Bradberry has a lucrative multiyear contract from the Eagles.

Bradberry and the Eagles reportedly agreed to a three-year deal worth $38 million, including $20 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. It’s a value deal for the Eagles, but Bradberry can make an additional $6 million with incentives, per Schefter.

Bradberry got the short stick after the Giants cut him long after the free agency frenzy last offseason and was forced to bet on himself with a one-year, $7.5 million deal from the Eagles. Bradberry delivered his best season, and was named a second-team All-Pro, flourishing next to cornerback Darius Slay and the rest of the Eagles’ loaded defense. –GM


CB Byron Murphy to the Vikings

Minnesota is working on a complete defensive rebuild, and it landed a key piece of that process Tuesday night.

The Vikings have agreed to terms with cornerback Byron Murphy on a two-year, $22 million deal, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Murphy spent the first four years of his career with the Cardinals, where he totaled five interceptions and 34 passes defensed.

Murphy, 25, will help the Vikings bounce back from what was an atrocious defensive showing in 2022. Last season, Minnesota ranked 29th in yards per play against, and 31st in passing yardage allowed. –MV

Grade: A minus

DE Charles Omenihu to the Chiefs

Brett Veach might have found his replacement for Frank Clark.

Late on Tuesday evening, the Chiefs agreed in principle with defensive end Charles Omenihu on a two-year deal worth $16 million, with incentives maxing the contract out at $20 million, a source confirmed to Sports Illustrated.

Omenihu, 25, notched a career-best 4.5 sacks last year with the 49ers, totaling 21 pressures, per Pro Football Reference. He’ll also provide some versatility up front for Kansas City, which likes to move its pass rushers all over the line.

However, Omenihu was arrested in January on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic violence. The arrest took place before the NFC championship game, which Omenihu was active for. It’s unclear if there will be league discipline.

From a strictly on-field perspective, Omenihu is a perfect fit for the Chiefs, but the off-field trouble knocks the grade down a bit. –MV


RB David Montgomery to the Lions

David Montgomery is headed to Detroit to run the rock for Lions coach Dan Campbell and offensive coordinator Ben Johnson.

Montgomery and the Lions reportedly agreed to a three-year, $18 million contract, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The bruising running back moved the chains for the Bears the past four seasons and will now face them twice a year as NFC North rivals. Montgomery will team with D’Andre Swift for a dynamic tandem in the backfield.

The Lions will probably say goodbye to running back Jamaal Williams, but they will still be a must-watch offense with the arrival of Montgomery. —GM

Grade: B plus

DT Larry Ogunjobi to the Steelers

Larry Ogunjobi will continue to push the pocket for the Steelers, agreeing to a three-year, $28.75 million contract extension that will pay him $21.75 million during the first two years, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Ogunjobi is entering his age-29 season and was inconsistent during his first season in Pittsburgh. But he made enough plays for the Steelers to want him back, recording 48 total tackles, 11 quarterback hits and 1.5 sacks last season. —GM

Grade: B minus

WR Jakobi Meyers to the Raiders

The Raiders found their quarterback Monday in Jimmy Garoppolo. Now they’re giving him another weapon.

On Tuesday, Las Vegas agreed in principle on a three-year, $33 million deal with receiver Jakobi Meyers. The contract includes $21 million in guaranteed money, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

Meyers, 26, spent his first four seasons with the Patriots, catching 235 passes for 2,758 yards and eight touchdowns, with six of those scores coming last season.

It’s somewhat of a bizarre signing and an intriguing one at the same time for the Raiders. While Las Vegas needed to replace Mack Hollins on the perimeter, the Raiders also have pressing needs on the offensive line and across their roster. Still, Meyers is a good second option across from Davante Adams, with Hunter Renfrow and tight end Darren Waller primarily working inside.

Lastly, Meyers reunites with coach Josh McDaniels, whom he played under in New England for three years.

Grade: B

QB Andy Dalton to the Panthers

Andy Dalton will remain in the NFC South to possibly be the backup of the No. 1 pick in the 2023 draft.

Dalton, who spent last season with the Saints, reportedly agreed to join the Panthers on a two-year, $10 million contract, including $8 million fully guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The max value of the contract could be as high as $17 million, per Schefter.

The arrival of Dalton might benefit the soon-to-be-determined rookie quarterback and will provide another starting option, but the Panthers likely didn’t trade up from No. 9 to first for the rookie to sit. Panthers coach Frank Reich confirmed to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer that the team swapped picks with the Bears with the intention of drafting a quarterback.

Dalton struggled with the Saints as the starter, but he’s a quality backup with plenty of knowledge to share. —GM

Grade: B

DE Arden Key to the Titans

Arden Key parlayed his prove-it deal with the Jaguars into a long-term home with the Titans.

Key reportedly agreed with the Titans on a three-year, $21 million contract with $13 million fully guaranteed at signing, according to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo.

After being waived by the Raiders, Key made drastic improvements with the 49ers two years ago and earned a one-year, $4 million contract from the Jaguars. Key continued his ascension in Jacksonville and now will remain in the AFC South to join a stacked front seven in Tennessee. —GM

Grade: A minus

OT Kaleb McGary to the Falcons

After a career season, the right tackle is reportedly staying with the Falcons on a three-year, $34.5 million contract agreement, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.

McGary’s extension will now keep intact Atlanta’s stout bookends, with the team re-signing left tackle Jake Matthews last season. McGary struggled in his first three seasons, but developed into a productive run blocker in Arthur Smith’s offense this past season. –GM

Grade: B plus

K Greg Joseph to the Vikings

The Vikings took care of special teams on Day 2 of free agency.

Greg Joseph and the Vikings reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million with incentives, according to Joseph’s agent, via ProFootballTalk.

If the incentives are based on game-winning field goals, that might not be an issue for Joseph, who drilled five game-winners last year for the Vikings. The Vikings know the importance of kickers after years of heartbreak from the position. They also agreed to bring back All-Pro long snapper Andrew DePaola earlier Tuesday. —GM

Grade: A

OG Will Hernandez to the Cardinals

Hernandez struggled in New York, but he’s found a home in Arizona.

The sixth-year pro reportedly agreed to a two-year, $9 million contract with the Cardinals, according to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo. Hernandez started 13 games with the Cardinals and had his best season in 2022.

The 2018 second-round pick of the Giants struggled to find his footing in New York, but he displayed improvements during his first season in Arizona. —GM

Grade: B

DE Samson Ebukam to the Colts

Samson Ebukam impressed as Nick Bosa’s running mate in San Francisco, but the duo is no more after Ebukam reportedly agreed to a three-year, $27 million contract with the Colts, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeremy Fowler.

Ebukam will now look to form a stout front seven in Indy with Kwity Paye, DeForest Buckner and Shaquille Leonard. Ebukam might also be a replacement for Yannick Ngakoue, a free agent of the Colts.

Ebukam might not be as good a pass rusher as Ngakoue, but he offers more in other areas and may not be as expensive. –GM

Grade: B plus

DT Jarran Reed to the Seahawks

Jarran Reed is headed back to the Seahawks after spending the past two seasons with the Chiefs and Packers.

Reed reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with Seattle, where Reed spent his first four seasons in the NFL. The contract is worth $10.8 million, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported.

Reed could help improve the Seahawks’ issues with defending the run, but he turns 30 in December. He was, however, good enough to start 14 games for the Packers this past season and recorded 52 total tackles and 14 quarterback hits. The Seahawks splurged on defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones (see grade below), but he's a better pass rusher than a run stopper. —GM

Grade: B minus

LS Andrew DePaola to the Vikings

Andrew DePaola agreed to terms with the Vikings for the largest guarantee ever by a long snapper.

DePaola signed for the most guaranteed money ever for a long snapper, according to his agent.

Andrew DePaola might now have a better title than 2022 first-team All-Pro long snapper.

DePaola is staying with the Vikings after reportedly agreeing to a three-year, $4.025 million contract extension, which includes $2.265 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. DePaola’s agent said that’s the most guaranteed money ever for a long snapper, according to Schefter.

Being the highest-paid long snapper might sound better, but being an All-Pro last season helped with that. Minnesota locked down a key player on special teams, a unit that can’t be overlooked. —GM

Grade: A

RB Samaje Perine to the Broncos

Samaje Perine will look to help the Broncos’ backfield the same way he did the past three seasons for the Bengals.

Perine reportedly agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the Broncos, according to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo. Perine will join the Broncos’ backfield committee that features Javonte Williams, who’s recovering from a torn ACL.

Perine, 27, was a key rotational player for the Bengals and at times played better than No. 1 running back Joe Mixon and offered more versatility. –GM

Grade: B

WR Noah Brown to the Texans

Noah Brown is staying in Texas, reportedly agreeing to a one-year, $2.6 million contract with the Texans, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero.

Brown started 13 games for the Cowboys last season and had 43 catches with 555 yards and three touchdowns. Now the former seventh-round pick will look to make improvements with the Texans’ receiving corps of Nico Collins, John Metchie III and Robert Woods, who agreed to join Houston a few days ago. The Texans’ best receiver is Brandin Cooks, but he might be traded soon. –GM

Grade: B minus

LB Leighton Vander Esch to the Cowboys

Leighton Vander Esch’s bounce-back season earned him another contract from Dallas.

The 2018 first-round pick reportedly agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $11 million, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

Vander Esch bet on himself after struggling on the field and dealing with injuries that followed after a memorable rookie season. After having his fifth-year option declined and playing on a one-year deal, Vander Esch regained his form and made several plays for the Cowboys last year.

The Boise State product has come a long way since losing the starting middle linebacker job to Jaylon Smith. –GM

Grade: B

QB Taylor Heinicke to the Falcons

The Falcons have new competition for their starting quarterback spot.

On Tuesday morning, Atlanta agreed to terms with Taylor Heinicke on a two-year, $20 million contract, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero. For the Falcons, Heinicke is a veteran hand who can compete with second-year man Desmond Ridder, or potentially a rookie should Atlanta select a signal-caller with the No. 8 pick in April’s draft.

This is a sensible move for both sides.

For Heinicke, it’s a nice payday and a chance to play. Only 29 years old, Heinicke will be joining his fifth team after spending time with the Vikings, Texans, Panthers and Commanders. Across those stops, he’s made 26 career starts, including the postseason. Last year, Heinicke threw for 1,859 yards and 12 touchdowns against six interceptions over nine starts.

For the Falcons, Heinicke is insurance if Ridder struggles. Atlanta should have a chance to compete in the NFC South, with the Buccaneers rebuilding, the Saints somewhat in limbo and the Panthers almost certainly starting a rookie quarterback after trading up for the No. 1 pick. –MV


C Jason Kelce to the Eagles

Jason Kelce is officially back.

One day after announcing he would play in 2023, Kelce signed a one-year deal worth $14.25 million with the Eagles, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

This was expected and a no-brainer for both sides. Kelce, 35, has been with Philadelphia since he was drafted by the Eagles in 2011 out of Cincinnati. Since then, he’s put together a Hall of Fame résumé, notching six Pro Bowls along with five first-team All-Pro honors, including last season.

For the Eagles, the signing creates some options. Should star guard Isaac Seumalo leave in free agency, second-year center Cam Jurgens could slide over and fill Seumalo’s spot before eventually taking over for Kelce This would give Jurgens experience while general manager Howie Roseman can stay cheap at the position in 2023.

As for Kelce, it’s another run at his second ring while earning the highest annual value for any NFL center. –MV

Grade: A

S Donovan Wilson to the Cowboys

The Cowboys are holding onto one of their own.

Dallas has retained safety Donovan Wilson, agreeing to a three-year deal worth $24 million, including $13.5 million guaranteed, per NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo.

Wilson, 28, has played his entire four-year career in Dallas, starting 30 games over that stretch, including all 17 last season. One of the hardest hitters in the league, Wilson has provided some thump on the Cowboys’ back end, playing alongside Jayron Kearse.

In 2022, Wilson earned a 70.1 grade from Pro Football Focus while tying for fifth among safeties in solo tackles with 77. –MV

Grade: A minus

LB Kyzir White to the Cardinals

The Cardinals have a long road ahead to rebuild their defense, but they’ve started in the middle.

Former Eagles linebacker Kyzir White agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth up to $11 million, according to Jordan Schultz of The Score. White was solid for Philadelphia last season, amassing 110 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

The signing makes ample sense for the Cardinals, who have former Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon now running their operation. White can help the rest of the defense learn Gannon’s scheme, while giving him a reliable anchor on the second level.

For White, it’s a quality contract that allows him to hit the market again before turning 29 years old. –MV

Grade: B plus

C Garrett Bradbury to the Vikings

The Vikings’ offseason has been full of change, but Tuesday brought some stability. Minnesota has agreed to re-sign center Garrett Bradbury to a three-year, $15.75 million contract, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

Bradbury was a first-round pick of the Vikings in 2019, and has started 57 games over that span. However, he has missed nine contests over the past two years due to injury.

At 28 years old, Bradbury remains in his prime and gives Minnesota an affordable option in the middle of its line. However, Bradbury has never quite lived up to his draft position, being a solid starter and little more.

Still, Bradbury has steadily improved, and when he went down with a back injury in December last season, the Vikings struggled up front. –MV

Grade: C plus

CB Emmanuel Moseley to the Lions

The Lions are aggressively attempting to shore up their secondary.

One day after agreeing to terms on a multi-year deal with former Steelers corner Cam Sutton (see grade below), Detroit has locked up another in Emmanuel Moseley for one year and $6 million, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Lions’ defensive backfield now looks to be a strength with the additions of Moseley and Sutton, who join former first-round pick Jeff Okudah and Jerry Jacobs.

The biggest question on Moseley relates to his health, as he’s coming off a torn ACL in October. Through five seasons in San Francisco, the 26-year-old has only played in more than 12 games once. But if Moseley can stay on the field, he’s a terrific value for the Lions.

Grade: B

RB Raheem Mostert to the Dolphins

The Dolphins have brought in plenty of outside talent this offseason. But Tuesday morning, they made sure to keep one of their own.

According to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, the Dolphins are retaining running back Raheem Mostert on a two-year, $5.6 million contract. Mostert was acquired by Miami as a free agent in 2022, and rushed for 891 yards and three touchdowns.

Mostert, 30, is likely nearing the end of his best years, but he remains one of the faster backs in football. He’s also versatile, catching 31 passes last season. The Dolphins don’t have an elite back, giving Mostert reason to believe he’ll remain a key part of their backfield rotation.

From Miami’s perspective, Mostert comes back relatively cheap and already knows the playbook entering his ninth NFL campaign. The veteran back also has a long-term relationship with coach Mike McDaniel, as the two spent four years together in San Francisco. –MV

Grade: B plus

March 13

QB Jimmy Garoppolo to the Raiders

49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo signed a three=year deal with the Raiders in free agency.

Garoppolo led the 49ers to the Super Bowl but has struggled to stay healthy.

Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t have to move far.

The 31-year-old quarterback has agreed in principle to a three-year deal worth $67.5 million, including $34 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

This isn’t bad annual value, but Garoppolo has started more than 10 games in a season only twice. He’s also never thrown for 4,000 yards and only once topped 20 touchdown passes. Furthermore, he’s never played with a worse supporting cast after being on phenomenal rosters in San Francisco and New England.

Of course, much of this move is about familiarity. Raiders coach Josh McDaniels and Garoppolo spent four years together in New England. There’s no learning curve with the offense, which could be key in McDaniels’s mind after his team struggled badly in his first season.

But the biggest problem is this deal taking away the possibility of Las Vegas being cheap at quarterback for the next few years. Now, the Raiders are paying solid money at the position and yet they still haven’t solved the problem long term.

Las Vegas could certainly still take a quarterback high in the next few drafts, but Garoppolo’s cap figure will loom. –MV

Grade: C minus

LB Tremaine Edmunds to the Bears

The Bears have money to spend, and they unloaded a ton of it by signing Tremaine Edmunds.

Three hours into the legal tampering window, the Bears agreed in principle to a four-year, $72 million deal with Edmunds, including $50 million guaranteed, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

While Edmunds is a terrific player and only 24 years old, this is a stretch for Chicago. It’s especially large after it agreed earlier with T.J. Edwards on a three-year deal worth $21 million. The Bears have a litany of needs, and have invested $93 million total into a pair of off-ball linebackers.

If the Bears saw linebacker as such a pressing need, Edwards and Germaine Pratt would have been nearly as effective as a duo, and Pratt signed for a very similar contract as Edwards.

Ultimately, Edmunds is a two-time Pro Bowler who may have his best years ahead of him, but the contract is enormous for a non-premium position. –MV

Grade: C plus

DT Dre’mont Jones to the Seahawks

Day 1 of free agency started with interior defensive lineman getting paid and it ended that way with Dre’mont Jones breaking the bank minutes after Zach Allen got his money from Jones’s former team, the Broncos..

The Seahawks and Jones reportedly agreed to a three-year, $51 million contract, according to NFL Media’s James Palmer. Jones topped Allen’s reported three-year, $45.75 million deal.

Jones will likely help Seattle with its pass rush, but he had issues defending the run during four seasons with the Broncos, and the Seahawks need help stopping the run.

It’s also a gamble because Jones is coming off a hip injury, but it might be worth it because he’s known for being a disruptor at the line of scrimmage. —GM

Grade: C plus

DL Zach Allen to the Broncos

The Broncos continued their spending spree by adding a familiar face for defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.

Zach Allen, a versatile defensive lineman, reportedly agreed to a three-year, $45.75 million contract with the Broncos, including $32.5 million guaranteed at signing, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Allen, 25, might become a steal for the Broncos. He flourished last season as a pass rusher and run stopper, and continues to improve on a yearly basis, which Joseph is aware of having spent the past four seasons with Allen in Arizona as the DC.

The Broncos were busy on Day 1 of free agency with the additions of guard Ben Powers, right tackle Mike McGlinchey, quarterback Jarrett Stidham and retaining linebacker Alex Singleton (see grades below). —GM

Grade: A

CB Jamel Dean to the Buccaneers

The Buccaneers are in the midst of rebuilding, yet they see Jamel Dean as a cornerstone moving forward.

Tampa Bay is re-signing its star corner to a four-year deal worth $52 million, including $26 million guaranteed, per The Score’s Jordan Schultz. Dean has played in 57 games across four seasons with the Buccaneers, earning a Super Bowl LV ring.

This offseason, Tampa Bay has released left tackle Donovan Smith and running back Leonard Fournette, and is allowing linebacker Lavonte David to test the market. There was a chance Dean might leave after not being given the franchise tag, but GM Jason Licht kept Dean, making him the 10th-highest paid corner in terms of overall value.

At 26 years old, Dean is still an ascending corner. And under coach Todd Bowles’s blitz-heavy scheme, he’ll be a key part of Tampa’s defense for years to come. –MV

Grade: A minus

S Vonn Bell to the Panthers

Vonn Bell is following his former Bengals teammate Jessie Bates to the NFC South.

Bell, a versatile safety who can defend tight ends, joins the Panthers on a three-year, $22.5 million deal, according to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer. He’ll get a $5.835 million signing bonus and $16 million over the first two years of the deal, per Breer.

After a productive three-year deal with the Bengals, the veteran safety is worth the gamble for the Panthers, especially if he provides success against Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts twice a year and the other top tight ends on Carolina’s schedule. Bell started his career in the NFC South as a member of the Saints.

Bates joined the Falcons earlier Monday (see below for grade), leaving the Bengals without their two starting tight ends, as they clear space for the looming extensions for Joe Burrow and wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Tee Higgins. —GM

Grade: B plus 

DE Marcus Davenport to the Vikings

The Vikings are betting on Marcus Davenport’s potential upside after reportedly agreeing to a one-year contract with the former first-round pick.

It’s a prove-it deal for Davenport worth $13 million, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Davenport was a standout pass rusher during five seasons with the Saints, but he struggled with consistency and availability.

If Davenport is able to stay healthy, he could form a nice one-two punch with Danielle Hunter in Minnesota. —GM

Grade: B

CB Patrick Peterson to the Steelers

Patrick Peterson is trading places with new Vikings defensive coordinator Brian Flores, an assistant coach with the Steelers last season.

The eight-time Pro Bowler agreed to join the Steelers on a two-year, $14 million contract, including $5.85 million guaranteed, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero.

Peterson, who spent the past two seasons with the Vikings, will attempt to fill the void left by cornerback Cameron Sutton, who reportedly agreed to a three-year, $33 million deal with the Lions earlier Monday (see below for a grade on Sutton). But that’s a tough ask of Peterson, who’s heading into his age-33 season.

Peterson provided stability amid a dreadful season for the Vikings’ secondary, but he’s no longer the No. 1 shutdown corner he was with the Cardinals. —GM

Grade: C plus

QB Jameis Winston to the Saints

Jameis Winston is staying in New Orleans as a backup quarterback for Derek Carr.

Winston, the former No. 1 pick, agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $8 million, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, who also added that Winston decided to stay because of limited starting opportunities.

The days of Winston starting are probably gone, but he’s a quality No. 2 quarterback and got a similar deal as Mike White, who landed in Miami (see grade below) on a reported two-year, $16 million deal as a backup for Tua Tagovailoa. —GM

Grade: B

LB Eric Kendricks to the Chargers

The Chargers improved their linebacker group, adding Eric Kendricks, the former first-team All-Pro of the Vikings.

Kendricks announced he’s headed back to Los Angeles, posting an Instagram picture of a UCLA football field with a caption that read: “Back in LA … Bolt Up!”

The former UCLA product had a successful eight-year career with the Vikings before being released last week. He’ll now make plays for Chargers coach Brandon Staley, who was in need of linebackers with Drue Tranquill being a free agent and Kenneth Murray being inconsistent as a former first-round pick.

Kendricks will provide experience and he remains a tackling machine with seven consecutive seasons of 100-plus tackles, but he appeared a step slower in coverage this past season. —GM

Grade: B minus

DB Jimmie Ward to the Texans

49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward celebrates with his arms raised

Longtime 49ers defensive back Jimmie Ward is following DeMeco Ryans to Houston.

Jimmie Ward will reunite with Texans coach DeMeco Ryans.

Ward, a versatile defensive back, reportedly agreed to a two-year, $13 million contract that could go as high as $14.5 million, per NFL insider Adam Caplan.

Ward might return to safety after being asked to play slot cornerback last season with the 49ers, where Ryans was the defensive coordinator the past two seasons. Ward played nine seasons in San Francisco after being drafted in the first round of the 2014 draft. —GM

Grade: C plus

LB Kaden Elliss to the Falcons

The Falcons’ defense got better Monday with many additions, including linebacker Kaden Elliss.

Elliss reportedly agreed with Atlanta on a three-year, $21.5 million contract, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. He’ll join safety Jessie Bates and defensive tackle David Onyemata (see grades below), two outside free agents Atlanta reportedly agreed to contracts with earlier Monday.

Elliss flashed during his first season as a starter with the Saints this past year, and the Falcons clearly took notice. He’s not a household name, but he made several plays and that’s what the Falcons need to revamp their defense. We’ll find out soon if this Falcons regime has an eye for hidden talent. —GM

Grade: B minus 

LB Bobby Okereke to the Giants

The Giants found a new playmaker for defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale.

Okereke, who had 151 tackles last season, reportedly agreed to a four-year, $40 million contract, including $22 million guaranteed, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe.

Okereke was a tackling machine with the Colts, recording more than 130 total tackles in back-to-back seasons. The Colts probably wanted to keep Okereke, but they already committed to Shaquille Leonard, and most teams tend not to invest in multiple off-ball linebackers—unless it’s the Bears (see below for Tremaine Edmunds and T.J. Edwards grade details).

The Giants didn’t have to break the bank for a rising playmaker and Okereke gets a nice payday. —GM

Grade: B plus 

DT Dalvin Tomlinson to the Browns

The Browns have found their much-needed run stopper.

Dalvin Tomlinson, who spent the past two seasons clogging lanes for the Vikings, reportedly agreed to a massive four-year, $57 million contract with the Browns, which includes $27.5 million guaranteed, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

The Browns allowed 135 rushing yards per game last season, which ranked 25th in the NFL. Tomlinson, 29, will help in that department, but the Browns missed on the younger free agents, such as Dre’Mont Jones and Zach Allen. To compare, Tomlinson could make $14.25 million annually, with Jones and Allen reportedly expected to make $17 million and $15 million annually, respectively. Not a drastic difference, but all contracts are structured differently and it depends on where the player wants to sign. —GM

Grade: B minus

K Matt Gay to the Colts

The Colts provided notable kicker news 20 minutes before midnight for those in the Eastern time zone.

Matt Gay reportedly agreed to a four-year, $22.5 million contract with Indianapolis, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero. That's the biggest contract ever for a kicker in free agency, Pelissero added.

Gay made the Pro Bowl and won the Super Bowl with the Rams in 2021, but most importantly, he drilled 60 out of 64 field goal attempts the past two seasons combined in Los Angeles.

It’s a hefty contract for a kicker, but worth it for the accuracy Gay provides. —GM

Grade: A

LB David Long Jr. to the Dolphins

A day after executing a blockbuster trade for Jalen Ramsey, the Dolphins continued splurging on their defense.

David Long Jr. is headed to Miami on a reported two-year, $11 million contract, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Long was a productive playmaker for the Titans the past few seasons.

He’ll likely be an every-down linebacker in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s scheme. Long is a stout run stopper and a standout blitzer.

It’s somewhat surprising that Long didn’t get a bigger deal, but at least he gets to play alongside Ramsey, Bradley Chubb and Christian Wilkins, and gets to live in South Beach. —GM

Grade: A plus 

LB Alex Singleton to the Broncos

Alex Singleton won’t be leaving Denver after reportedly agreeing to a three-year, $18 million contract extension, according to the Washington Post’s Nicki Jhabvala.

The high-motor inside linebacker received a pay bump for being a bright spot amid a forgetful season during Year 1 of the Russell Wilson in Denver. Singleton recorded 163 total tackles and three quarterback hits this past season. —GM

Grade: B

C Bradley Bozeman to the Panthers

Bradley Bozeman has found a long-term home in Carolina.

The former Ravens center turned a one-year deal with the Panthers last offseason into a three-year contract extension, which the team announced Monday. Bozeman’s new deal is worth $18 million, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

The Panthers are working on finding a starting quarterback, which will likely come from the No. 1 pick they recently acquired in a trade with the Bears, but they at least kept intact the entire offensive line from last season.

Bozeman’s experience will be instrumental for the incoming rookie quarterback, and it wasn’t a coincidence that Carolina’s rushing attack took off after he was inserted as the starting center in Week 7 last season. —GM

Grade: B plus

QB Sam Darnold to the 49ers

Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold signed a deal with the 49ers in free agency.

Darnold passed for 1,143 yards and seven touchdowns for the Panthers in 2022.

The 49ers added Sam Darnold, the No. 3 pick in the 2018 draft, to push the No. 3 pick in the 2021 draft, Trey Lance, who’s also competing with last year’s seventh-round pick, Brock Purdy.

Darnold is returning to the West Coast to join the 49ers on a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The 49ers have a complicated QB room, but Darnold is familiar with complex situations after rocky stints with the Jets and Panthers. With Darnold, San Francisco added veteran insurance—also known as the Jimmy Garoppolo role.

The 49ers are probably hoping Purdy will be their Week 1 starter, but that might not be an option with Purdy undergoing elbow surgery Wednesday on his throwing arm. Purdy, the last pick in the 2022 draft, gave the team a spark after Garoppolo and Lance sustained season-ending injuries.

Lance will get a chance to impress with Purdy sidelined most of the offseason and will now be pushed by Darnold. Baker Mayfield was probably a better veteran option, but the addition of Darnold isn’t bad, either. But it might not be a good sign if he ends up starting games for the 49ers this season. —GM

Grade: B minus

OT Andre Dillard to the Titans

Dillard, a 2019 first-round pick, will get a fresh start after agreeing to a three-year, $29 million contract with the Titans, according to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport.

Dillard only appeared in 12 games and played only 37 offensive snaps with the Eagles last season. He struggled to find a spot on the Eagles’ loaded offensive line, but he’ll get a shot with the Titans, who recently released offensive tackle Taylor Lewan and appear to be rebuilding the offensive line. Tennessee is taking a gamble on a player who has struggled to earn playing time in four seasons. —GM

Grade: C minus

RB Matt Breida to the Giants

Breida is staying with the Giants as a rotational player behind star running back Saquon Barkley.

The two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth about $2.3 million in total incentives, according to The Score’s Jordan Schultz. Breida, who also provides help on special teams, rushed for 220 yards and one touchdown last season. —GM

Grade: C

S Marcus Epps to the Raiders

Epps became the latest free-agency departure from the Eagles after he reportedly agreed with the Raiders on a two-year, $12 million deal, including nearly $8 million guaranteed, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero.

The Raiders get much-needed help in the defensive backfield with the arrival of Epps, a starting safety on the Eagles’ stacked secondary this past season.

Epps likely won’t be enough for the Raiders to have drastic defensive improvements this season, but he’s an experienced player on a bargain deal. —GM

Grade: B minus 

DT Javon Hargrave to the 49ers

Other teams in the NFC West should spend every available resource on a great offensive line.

Barely an hour into the legal tampering period, the 49ers agreed to terms with star defensive tackle Javon Hargrave on a four-year, $80 million deal including $40 million guaranteed, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Hargrave now joins fellow defensive tackle Arik Armstead and reigning Defensive Player of the Year Nick Bosa on the defensive line, with linebackers Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw in the second level.

Hargrave might have been the best free agent on the market, and landed $20 million per year. The only defensive tackles to ever top that threshold are Aaron Donald, Chris Jones and Daron Payne, with the latter signing Sunday afternoon to stay with the Commanders.

Last season, Hargrave spearheaded a defensive front which notched 70 sacks in Philadelphia, including 11 from the newest Niner. Over his seven-year career with the Steelers and Eagles, Hargrave has 37.5 sacks and reached his only Pro Bowl in 2021. –MV

Grade: A

S Jessie Bates to the Falcons

Bengals safety Jessie Bates signs with the Falcons in free agency.

Bates has been one of the best safeties over the past five years, playing 79 of a possible 82 games.

Jessie Bates has found a home.

After playing on the franchise tag last season, Bates agreed to terms on a four-year, $64 million contract with the Falcons, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

Bates spent the first five seasons of his career with the Bengals, playing 79 of a possible 82 games. While Bates has never made a Pro Bowl, he’s been one of the league’s best safeties, showcasing the ability to play a terrific centerfield.

For Atlanta, this is a major addition to a secondary already boasting corner A.J. Terrell. The Falcons have drastically improved one of their weakest position groups by signing Bates to the fourth-most expensive contract in NFL history for a safety. –MV

Grade: B plus

RT Mike McGlinchey to the Broncos

Less than an hour after agreeing in principle with guard Ben Powers on a four-year deal, Denver is now in agreement with right tackle Mike McGlinchey on a five-year pact worth $87.5 million, including $50 million guaranteed, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

For McGlinchey, it’s an excellent payday after spending five solid years with the 49ers, including a trip to Super Bowl LIV. The deal ranks third all-time for right tackles in terms of overall value and guaranteed money, and slots in tied for fifth in annual value.

From the Broncos’ perspective, this is another big move to improve quarterback Russell Wilson’s situation. No quarterback was sacked more times than Wilson in 2022 (55), contributing to one of the league’s worst offenses and Wilson's worst season of his 11-year career in 2022 with only 16 touchdowns against 11 interceptions.

With San Francisco invested heavily in other areas of its roster, McGlinchey was able to hit free agency and he capitalized. The question is whether the signing is worth the cost, considering McGlinchey has never made a Pro Bowl or All-Pro team. –MV

Grade: B minus

RT Jawaan Taylor to the Chiefs

Only minutes after losing Andrew Wylie to the Commanders, Chiefs GM Brett Veach filled the void at right tackle.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Kansas City is in agreement with right tackle Jawaan Taylor on a four-year, $80 million deal, including $60 million guaranteed. Taylor will reportedly play left tackle for the Chiefs.

For Taylor, it’s an enormous contract, which ranks fourth among left tackles in overall and annual value behind only Trent Williams, David Bakhtiari and Laremy Tunsil. The guaranteed portion is second only to Bakhtiari as well.

Taylor spent his first four seasons with the Jaguars, where he started all 66 possible regular-season games on the right side. However, the 25-year-old has never reached a Pro Bowl despite playing at a very high level in 2022, posting the third-best pressure rate (2.5%) in the league when pass blocking last year.

With Taylor locked up, the Chiefs still have questions at left tackle and receiver, along with needing to find another edge rusher to complement George Karlaftis and Chris Jones. –MV

Grade: B plus

G Nate Davis to the Bears

Chicago has been spending its league-high cap space, and it finally has a piece along the offensive line.

The Bears have agreed to terms with guard Nate Davis, who is leaving the Titans for a three-year, $30 million deal, including $19.25 million guaranteed, per NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo.

Chicago had one of the league’s worst offensive lines in 2022. Quarterback Justin Fields was sacked 55 times, tied for the most of anyone in football.

With Davis on the interior and third-year guard Teven Jenkins opposite him, the Bears have a few young pieces to build around Fields. Davis brings power to Chicago’s front, providing lanes in the rushing game.

Now it’s about finding quality tackle play, which is available to the Bears both in free agency and the draft. –MV

Grade: B plus

LB Germaine Pratt to the Bengals

The Bengals are keeping one of their homegrown stars, re-signing linebacker Germaine Pratt to a three-year deal worth $21 million, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero.

Pratt and Logan Wilson have formed one of the league’s best tandems at linebacker over the past three years, and now they’ll be together for at least one more (before Wilson hits free agency). The 26-year-old had a career year in 2022, notching 99 tackles, including six for loss, along with one sack.

Last season, Pratt ranked first among linebackers in Pro Football Focus’s coverage grade metrics, charting at 90.1. However, he wasn’t always utilized on third down, something that could change with veteran safeties Vonn Bell and Jessie Bates both sitting on the free-agent market.

Cincinnati has long been correctly maligned for not spending money, but the Bengals are showing a willingness in recent years to pay for a winner. Pratt is an essential part of their defense, and he returns at a fantastic rate. –MV

Grade: A plus

LB Alex Anzalone to the Lions

The Lions aren’t letting Alex Anzalone get away after a breakout season.

Anzalone agreed to a three-year deal worth $18.75 million to remain with Detroit, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. The stout middle linebacker racked up 125 total tackles and seven for loss this past season.

This move comes hours after the Lions added cornerback Cameron Sutton (see below). The Lions still need help on defense, but they’re trending in the right direction by retaining a key in-house free agent and adding a versatile defensive back. —GM

Grade: B plus 

TE Josh Oliver to the Vikings

The Vikings already have a tight end who can catch. They apparently wanted one who could block.

Minnesota agreed to terms on a three-year, $21 million deal with former Ravens tight end Josh Oliver. The contract includes $10.75 million guaranteed, according to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo.

Oliver is a phenomenal run blocker, but doesn’t add much in the passing game. In four seasons between the Jaguars and Ravens, Oliver caught 26 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns. With T.J. Hockenson already in town, the Vikings didn’t need a pass catcher, but they overpaid for someone who is going to be a role player in larger personnel groupings. –MV

DE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo to the Browns

The Browns found help for star edge rusher Myles Garrett.

Okoronkwo, the former Texan and Ram, agreed to a three-year deal worth $19 million, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. The deal could go as high as $22 million, Rapoport added.

Okoronkwo is coming off a productive season with the Texans in which he recorded 44 total tackles and five sacks. He’s an ascending player who will likely replace Jadeveon Clowney, but that might not be enough help for Garrett on the Browns’ defensive line. —GM

Grade: B minus

C Ethan Pocic to the Browns

Sometimes the quieter signings are the best. Ethan Pocic could prove to be exactly that for the Browns.

Pocic decided to stay put on the first day of NFL free agency’s legal tampering period, signing a three-year deal worth $18 million, per NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo. The contract is tied for 12th-most in terms of both overall and annual value for centers.

Pocic, 27, came over from the Seahawks before the 2022 season and thrived in Cleveland, anchoring a line which saw Nick Chubb rush for 1,525 yards, finishing only behind Josh Jacobs and Derrick Henry.

With the Browns low on draft capital after their trade for Deshaun Watson last offseason, Cleveland needs to retain its own talent at a reasonable price. It did exactly that with Pocic. –MV

Grade: C minus

QB Mike White to the Dolphins

New York Jets quarterback Mike White agreed to a free-agent deal with the Dolphins.

White threw for 1,192 yards and three touchdowns for the Jets in 2022. 

Mike White is reportedly headed to Miami after agreeing to a two-year deal worth up to $16 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. White will be the Dolphins’ No. 2 quarterback behind Tua Tagovailoa, giving the team one of the better backups in the league.

White provided a spark for the Jets last season after replacing Zach Wilson, the former No. 2 pick who struggled during his first two seasons in the NFL. White had the Jets in position to make the playoffs before being sidelined due to injury, leading to a lengthy losing streak in Gotham Green.

White’s arrival will provide needed insurance for the all-in Dolphins in case Tagovailoa is plagued by injuries again. Also, $8 million per year for a quality backup quarterback is a bargain for the Dolphins. —GM

Grade: A

QB Jarrett Stidham to the Broncos

The Broncos have been busy upgrading the offensive side of the ball, adding McGlinchey and Ben Powers (see below). And while quarterback Jarrett Stidham isn’t a household name, he’s another upgrade.

On Monday, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that Stidham agreed in principle on a two-year, $10 million deal, taking him from Las Vegas to Denver. The contract includes $5 million guaranteed.

Last season, Stidham started the final two games for the Raiders after Derek Carr was benched, and threw for four touchdowns against three interceptions.

For the Broncos, Stidham is an experienced backup who can take the place of Brett Rypien behind Wilson. Only 26 years old, Stidham gives Denver a nice option for the long term if he fits well with coach Sean Payton’s offense. –MV

Grade: B

OG Connor McGovern to the Bills

The Bills have upgraded their protection for quarterback Josh Allen. McGovern is reportedly leaving the Cowboys to join the Bills on a three-year, $23 million contract, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

And, yes, there are two Connor McGoverns in the NFL (the other played for the Jets last year and he’s also a free agent). This one spent the past four seasons being a versatile interior offensive lineman for the Cowboys. McGovern didn’t have a defined role in Dallas, but perhaps he will find his stride with the Bills. —GM

Grade: B minus

RT Andrew Wylie to the Commanders

After playing a flawless game in Super Bowl LVII, Andrew Wylie was poised to cash in. On Monday, he did exactly that.

The free-agent right tackle agreed in principle with the Commanders on a three-year, $24 million deal, according to Ari Meirov. Wylie, 28, spent his first five NFL seasons with the Chiefs, starting 59 games between guard and tackle.

For Washington, this is a quality signing. Wylie isn’t overly mobile, but he had enough footspeed to play the outside while providing a good anchor in the run game. Against elite speed rushers, the Commanders will need to help with a chip.

Overall, the money is right and Wylie will help rookie quarterback Sam Howell with the offense, coming over alongside offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy from Kansas City. – MV

Grade: B plus

CB Cam Sutton to the Lions

The Lions barely missed the playoffs last season, so they’re being proactive in avoiding such a fate again.

Detroit and corner Cam Sutton agreed Monday to a three-year deal worth $33 million, including $22.5 million guaranteed, per NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.

A six-year veteran with the Steelers, Sutton now goes to Motown where the Lions are trying to shore up what was a porous secondary in 2022. No team gave up more yards per play, allowing 6.2. Sutton immediately upgrades the defensive backfield, joining forces with No. 3 pick Jeff Okudah and third-year corner Jerry Jacobs.

For GM Brad Holmes, this offseason is about giving defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn capable talent in all three levels without destroying cap flexibility for upcoming years. Sutton is a nice start. –MV

Grade: A minus

DT Shy Tuttle to the Panthers

The Saints are losing their interior defensive pressure, and none of it strayed far.

After watching David Onyemata sign with the Falcons, it’s now Shy Tuttle leaving New Orleans for the Panthers on a three-year deal worth $19.5 million, including $13 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Tuttle played his first four seasons for the Saints, amassing four sacks and nine tackles for loss. He became a full-time starter in 2021, and has played all 34 games over that span.

The Panthers got a solid player in Tuttle but one who doesn’t create a litany of negative plays for the opposing offense. However, at 27 years old, the former undrafted free agent could ascend in a new scheme under defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero. –MV

Grade: C

OG Chris Lindstrom to the Falcons

Atlanta guard Chris Lindstrom agreed to a three-year extension for $105 million to stay with the Falcons.

Lindstrom is now the highest paid guard in the NFL, topping Zach Martin and Quenton Nelson.

Less than 30 minutes prior to the NFL’s legal tampering window opening, the Falcons agreed on a five-year, $105 million extension with Lindstrom. The deal includes $63 million fully guaranteed, according to SI's Albert Breer.

Lindstrom, 26, is a former first-round pick who steadily improved throughout his rookie deal, culminating in Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors this past season. He was also Pro Football Focus’s highest-rated player of 2022.

For Lindstrom, his new deal is a record-setter in terms of overall and average annual value, beating the Cowboys’ Zack Martin and Colts’ Quenton Nelson, respectively, in those categories for interior offensive lineman. While the money is steep, Lindstrom’s play earned such a payday.

With Lindstrom committed long term, Atlanta general manager Terry Fontenot can now focus on Kaleb McGary. McGary, also a first-round choice, is hitting free agency as one of the top right tackles on the market, alongside McGlinchey and the Jaguars’ Jawaan Taylor.

The good news for Fontenot? Only the Bears entered Monday with more cap space. –MV

Grade: A minus

DT David Onyemata to the Falcons

After extending guard Chris Lindstrom (see below), Atlanta agreed to terms with its first free agent in defensive tackle David Onyemata. According to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo, the deal is for three years and worth $35 million with $24 million guaranteed.

Atlanta now has one of the nastiest interiors of any defensive line, with Onyemata joining Grady Jarrett. Over his first seven years—all with the Saints—Onyemata has 23 sacks, including five last year and career-high 6.5 in 2020.

For the Falcons, it’s a quality signing. Onyemata is 30 years old but the contract is reasonable in a market which could explode as we see Javon Hargrave eventually sign in free agency, along with looming extensions for Chris Jones, Jeffery Simmons, Dexter Lawrence and others.

Additionally, Atlanta steals Onyemata from its biggest rival and now has a fearsome tandem for the NFC South to contend with. –MV


OG Ben Powers to the Broncos

The Broncos agreed to terms on a four-year contract with Powers. CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones is reporting the deal is worth $52 million, including $28.5 million guaranteed.

Powers, 26, spent his first four seasons with the Ravens, starting 29 games across the past two years. At 6'4" and 310 pounds, Powers will provide Denver with muscle inside after the Broncos released guard Graham Glasgow to save $11 million in cap space.

Signing Powers makes sense from a need standpoint, but it’s awfully expensive for a good player who has never reached a Pro Bowl. At $13 million annually, Powers slots in tied for eighth among all guards while ranking fourth in overall value, according to Spotrac. –MV

Grade: C plus

CB Jonathan Jones to the Patriots

Bill Belichick decided to keep one of his own, agreeing on a two-year deal with cornerback Jonathan Jones. According to Doug Kyed of A to Z Sports, Jones is signing a two-year deal worth $19 million, including $13 million guaranteed.

Jones, 29, is getting a third deal with New England, something of an oddity for a team known to move on from players quickly. Last season, Jones played in 16 games and recorded four interceptions and three forced fumbles.

In New England, Jones is the top corner on the depth chart, ahead of youngster Jack Jones and veteran Jalen Mills. Considering how loaded the AFC East is with top-tier receivers, the Patriots are wise to retain Jones on a short contract with manageable cap hits.

With pressing offensive needs, it’ll be fascinating to see how the Patriots allocate their considerable cap space of $34.57 million over the coming days. –MV

Grade: B plus 

LB T.J. Edwards to the Bears

Edwards was the first free agent to agree to terms with a new team during the NFL’s legal tampering period, going to the Bears on a three-year deal worth $19.5 million, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. The contract also includes $12 million guaranteed.

Last season, Edwards was a stalwart in the middle for the Eagles, racking up 159 tackles, including 10 for loss. He also added two sacks for the NFC champions. In 2021, Edwards totaled 130 tackles, showcasing the ability to track ball carriers from sideline-to-sideline.

For the Bears, this is good value. Edwards getting $12 million guaranteed means this is essentially a two-year deal with a team option for 2025.

Chicago desperately needed to find linebacker help after trading Roquan Smith to the Ravens in October. While Edwards isn’t in Smith’s class, he’s a clear upgrade at a reasonable price. –MV

Grade: B plus

March 12

DT Daron Payne to the Commanders

Washington defensive tackle Daron Payne signed a five-year, $90 million extension with the Commanders.

Payne is a reliable pass rusher with a career-high 11.5 sacks and is known for being a stout run stopper.

Note: This was a contract extension for a player with the franchise tag.

Payne made a lot of money for himself and for his fellow star interior defensive linemen Sunday. Payne reportedly agreed to a four-year, $90 million contract extension with the Commanders, the second-highest contract ever for a defensive tackle. Aaron Donald owns the title of highest-paid defensive tackle, and that’s not changing any time soon. However, the pay gap at the position will likely dwindle this offseason, and Payne’s new deal got the ball rolling.

Quinnen Williams, Chris Jones, Dexter Lawrence and Jeffery Simmons are all due for contract extensions, and it might turn out to be a good thing for the Commanders to pay Payne first, with all the aforementioned players likely looking to top that contract. The Commanders locked down a pivotal defensive enforcer and Payne won’t have to play under the franchise tag that would have guaranteed him $18.93 million in 2023. Instead, Payne gets a massive pay raise with $60 million guaranteed a year after the Commanders had doubts about the former first-round pick reaching his potential. Payne developed into a reliable pass rusher with a career-high 11.5 sacks and is known for being a stout run stopper. —GM

Grade: A minus

March 11

TE Juwan Johnson to the Saints

Johnson will get to play with new Saints quarterback Derek Carr after delivering a career season in 2022. Johnson agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract extension with New Orleans. The ’20 undrafted free agent started 12 games last season and recorded 42 receptions, 508 yards and a team-high seven receiving touchdowns. Johnson was a friendly and productive target for Andy Dalton last year and will likely be the same for Carr. —GM

Grade: B

March 10

WR Robert Woods to the Texans

The Texans added a veteran target in Woods to possibly help with the development of a rookie quarterback, who might get drafted next month with the organization owning the No. 2 pick. Woods, who was recently released by the Titans after one subpar season in Tennessee, reportedly agreed to a two-year deal worth $15.25 million with $10 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network.

Woods, 30, might no longer be the productive wideout he once was with the Rams, and his arrival won’t fill the void left by Brandin Cooks if the Texans trade him in the coming weeks, but his versatility as a receiver and blocker could be beneficial for Texans offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik. —GM

Grade: B minus

DT Brandon Graham to the Eagles

Note: This was a contract extension to avoid unrestricted free agency.

Graham will return to the Eagles for a 14th season after reportedly agreeing to a one-year contract extension worth up to $6 million. Graham will turn 35 in April. He only averaged 27.8 defensive snaps per game last season, but he’s still a productive player after recording a career-high 11 sacks. This move will allow the Eagles to keep a leader in the locker room and maintain their depth on the defensive line. It also wouldn’t have been right to see Graham in a different uniform. —GM

Grade: B

March 7

QB Daniel Jones to the Giants

Note: This was a contract extension to avoid the franchise tag, not unrestricted free agency.

The Giants beat the franchise-tag deadline by mere minutes to sign Jones, giving him four years and $160 million with an additional $35 million in incentives. It’s a huge sum for Jones, who had a career year last season with only 3,205 passing yards and 15 touchdowns. But New York can get out of the contract after two years, tagging Jones for $32.4 million and allowing running back Saquon Barkley to hit free agency might have been wiser. The Giants put themselves in a corner and overpaid. —MV

Grade: C minus

March 6

QB Geno Smith to the Seahawks

Note: This was a contract extension to avoid the franchise tag, not unrestricted free agency.

Smith famously didn’t write back, but he signed on the dotted line Monday evening for $75 million over three years, including $30 million guaranteed at signing. For Smith, it’s a payday after stunning the NFL with his first Pro Bowl appearance, throwing 30 touchdowns in 2022. For the Seahawks, it’s cheaper against this year’s cap than a $32.4 million franchise tag, and it’s team-friendly enough to leave Seattle with options at quarterback in the draft.

Bottom line? The Seahawks have a quality signal-caller for 2023, and Smith now has generational wealth. —MV

Grade: A minus

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QB Derek Carr to the Saints

Carr now goes to the weaker conference and its weakest division, all while joining a solid roster. Oh, and he gets to stay indoors instead of dealing with the cold of New York. For the 31-year-old quarterback, the move makes sense, but the contract is a bit light. The Saints are essentially getting Carr for two seasons and then have a pair of one-year options with minimal dead money.

For a quarterback who had the market to himself, it’s a good spot but a middling contract. As for New Orleans, the contracts keep piling up on an absurd cap sheet, but the Saints are now NFC South favorites. —MV

Grade: B