NFL Free Agency Tracker: Rumors, Updates From Day 1 Of Tampering Period


March 16, 2020

11:46 p.m.: Randall Cobb and the Texans agree to a three-year deal.

11:20 p.m.: The Bills make another move.

10:57 p.m.: Amari Cooper is staying in Dallas.

10:40 p.m.: Some late breaking news: Stefon Diggs is heading to Buffalo.

10:22 p.m.: Some drama within Dallas.

10:18 p.m.: The Seahawks have tendered two players.

9:46 p.m.: So, does that mean the Raiders are out on Tom Brady?

9:36 p.m.: Another former Patriot is off to a different team.

9:14 p.m.: The Jets get some defensive help.

8:16 p.m.: The Texans add a safety.

8:09 p.m.: Kyle Van Noy is headed to South Beach.

8:01 p.m.: Javon Hargrave and the Eagles have a deal.

7:45 p.m.: Jimmy Graham officially won’t be going back to the Packers.

7:35 p.m.: Juston Burris is going to Carolina.

7:12 p.m.: The Ravens get some more defensive help.

6:55 p.m.: Could Kyle Van Noy join the Jets?

6:54 p.m.: A nice move for the Dolphins.

6:43 p.m.: The Giants and James Bradberry have a deal.

6:26 p.m.: The Titans locked up Dennis Kelly for three years.

5:38 p.m.: Case Keenum is going to the Browns.

5:24 p.m.: The Lions are getting on the legal tampering period. And he’s getting a big contract.

4:34 p.m.: The former Chicago Bears linebackers gets paid:

4:04 p.m: Jon Bostic was solid for Washington in 2019.

4:03 p.m.: The Colts and 49ers are making a deal:

4 p.m.: The Vikings reportedly have their punter for the next three years.

3:07 p.m.: The health obviously is a concern, but it appears one of the league’s most dynamic running backs is available.

2:51 p.m.: So, this would probably take them out of the running for Teddy Bridgewater.

2:43 p.m.: We all probably saw this one from a mile away.

2:34 p.m.: Is Keenum just going to be a backup now, or is there a starting gig out there for him?

2:28 p.m.: The Dolphins are shelling out top dollar to bolster their defensive line.

2:24 p.m.: Not the worst replacement for Austin Hooper.

2:05 p.m.: The Colts reportedly aren’t in the hunt for Tom Brady, but they do have their eyes set on Philip Rivers.

1:59 p.m.: So, Jason Witten definitely isn’t going back to the Cowboys, right?

1:40 p.m.: This would be fun.

1:29 p.m.: Here are the details of the DeAndre Hopkins blockbuster.

1:21 p.m.: Hahaha ummmm

1:16 p.m.: The 49ers want to make sure their defense stays elite.

1:07 p.m.: Things are heating up.

1:02 p.m.: Huh

12:37 p.m.: Splash!

12:37 p.m.: That’s it for Ben Watson.

12:20 p.m.: Here’s a quick look at the cornerback market.

12:17 p.m.: Here’s who the franchise tagged players are, and what they’ll be getting.

12:15 p.m.: And away we go.

11:55 a.m.: Even if they want him back, this probably isn’t ideal for the Cowboys.

11:27 a.m.: You could say this is the first big shock of the day.

11:16 a.m.: So, the Cardinals like Kenyan Drake.

11:13 a.m.: Could Brandin Cooks really be on the move again?

11:06 a.m: OK then.

10:59 a.m.: As Rapoport mentions, this definitely means Bryan Bulaga is gone. To remember his Packers tenure, let’s watch this video of him just saying “Bryan Bulaga, Iowa” a bunch of times.

10:52 a.m.: A veteran interior defensive lineman is going to be a free agent.

10:47 a.m.: Interesting approach.

10:35 a.m.: Here are some more details on Kirk Cousins’ deal with the Vikings.

10:33 a.m.: Not totally surprising, but this is significant.

10:20 a.m.: The Titans liked how their offense looked down the stretch, so they’re making sure it stays in tact. After re-signing Ryan Tannehill on Sunday, they’re franchise tagging Derrick Henry.

10:17 a.m.: Looks like the Bengals are hanging onto their star receiver. It’ll be nice for Joe Burrow to have weapons.

9:53 a.m.: Looks like the Vikings are plenty happy with their quarterback situation.

9:53 a.m.: The health obviously is a concern, but Freeman now becomes a compelling addition to the open market.

9:39 a.m.: The Steelers are keeping Bud Dupree around.

9:38 a.m.: Obviously, the market is going to shift based on which players do (and do not) get franchised tagged. The deadline for players to get hit with the tag is 11:59 a.m. ET, but here’s who already has been locked up by their team.

Chris Jones, DL, Chiefs
Shaq Barrett, OLB, Buccaneers
Leonard Williams, DL, Giants
Justin Simmons, S, Broncos
Hunter Henry, TE, Chargers
Matthew Judon, OLB, Ravens
Yannick Ngakoue, Edge, Jaguars
Brandon Scherff, G, Redskins

9:30 a.m. ET: While most of the sports world sits idle, things are about to heat up for the NFL.

The new league year begins Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, at which point teams will be able to sign free agents. But the legal tampering period starts Monday at noon, meaning teams will be able to negotiate with pending free agents from other teams. In other words, over the next day or two we might have a bit more direction as to where some of the top players on the open market could be heading.

Tom Brady, though not necessarily from a skills perspective, headlines this year’s free agency class. Brady, who will be 43-years-old when next regular season begins, is hitting free agency for the first time in his storied career. The sweepstakes for his services appears to be down to the Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but one NFL insider doesn’t think Brady is going back to New England, which counters the belief of executives around the league.

Among those also hitting free agency includes Teddy Bridgewater, Melvin Gordon, Robby Anderson, Austin Hooper and Jadeveon Clowney.

Keep it here all day for the latest rumors, updates and analysis. You also can follow along with our Patriots-specific tracker by clicking here.

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