The NFL's new league year has begun, and there have been a boatload of big moves already, including Alshon Jeffery to the Eagles. Thanks to the NFL’s legal tampering period, teams were able to agree to terms of a contract before the official start, and now any and all deals can be announced.
To keep you caught up with all the biggest agreements thus far, follow along with our tracker.
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RT Byron Bell, Cowboys
The Cowboys lost a key component of their offensive line this offseason when right tackle Doug Free, who had been with the team since 2007, announced he was retiring. Dallas filled the hole, announcing the signing of free-agent lineman Bell.
Bell missed all of 2015 after suffering a foot injury in OTAs, but started 72 games in five seasons before that, most recently for the Titans. The 28-year-old visited the Packers and the 49ers before agreeing to a deal with Dallas.
QB Mark Sanchez, Bears
Two days after visiting with the Chicago Bears, Mark Sanchez agreed to terms with the club, NFL Network reported Thursday.
Sanchez spent last season with the Cowboys as their backup QB and is expected to fill that same role in Chicago, this time holding the clipboard for 27-year-old Mike Glennon, who signed a three-year, $43.5 million deal earlier this month.
Sanchez played in just two games last season, throwing a total of 18 passes while being picked off twice. The 30-year-old has started 72 games in his career but just 10 in the previous three years combined.
The former fifth pick from the 2009 draft hasn’t found much success after leading the Jets to back-to-back AFC title games his first two years in the league.
For the first time since 2008, the Bears won’t have Jay Cutler under center after releasing him earlier this month. Chicago also opted to let quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley walk in free agency after its 3-13 season.
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RB Christine Michael, Packers
Michael, who joined Green Bay last season after being cut by Seattle, is returning to help pick up the load left by Eddie Lacy, ESPN's Field Yates reports.
Michael rushed for a career-high 583 yards and seven TDs in 15 games last season, his fourth in the league.
Manti Te’o had an injury-filled four seasons with the San Diego Chargers but will get an opportunity to start his career fresh on a two-year contract with the Saints, according to ESPN.
Widely regarded as the best defensive player in college football when he was at Notre Dame, Te’o played in only 38 of 64 games after San Diego drafted him 38th overall in 2013. He started 34 of those games, but he was limited to just three appearances in 2016 due to a season-ending Achilles injury.
The Saints struggled mightily on defense last season but do have last year’s starting middle linebacker, Craig Robertson, still on the roster and have also added A.J. Klein this offseason. Te’o will have to prove he’s healthy and effective to get consistent playing time.
The 37-year-old quarterback is coming off an injury-plagued 2016, when he played only five games with the Browns. McCown hasn’t found much success as a starter in his career, having gone just 2-20 in the role over the past three years.
McCown, who will play for his seventh team in 2017, had one of his better outings last season against the Jets, throwing for a season-high 341 yards in the Browns’ 31-28 loss.
The Jets also signed cornerback Morris Claiborne and wide receiver Quinton Patton.
Claiborne had 26 tackles and an interception last season, his fifth with the Cowboys, and will help replace Darrelle Revis. However, he's played only 32 games in the past four seasons due to injuries.
CB DeShawn Shead, Seahawks
Seattle re-signed Shead to a one-year, $1.5 million deal despite the fact he's recovering from a torn ACL and likely won't be ready for the start of the season.
Shead started opposite Richard Sherman last season and had 81 tackles plus an interception.
The Seahawks also re-signed tight end Luke Willson and signed defensive back Bradley McDougald and kicker John Lunsford.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul, Giants
A year after his career was at a crossroads, the New York Giants and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul reportedly have agreed on a four-year contract thatESPN says is worth $17 million annually plus $54 million guaranteed.
Pierre-Paul, 28, severely damaged his right hand in the summer of 2015, and the recovery dropped his production from 12.5 sacks in 16 games in 2014 to one in eight games in 2015. He returned to form with seven sacks in 12 games in 2016, and the Giants rewarded the anchor of their defensive line by agreeing to the long-term deal several weeks after they placed the franchise tag on him.
The amount of guaranteed money the two-time Pro Bowl selection received shows the Giants have no concerns at all about his ability to play effectively with the damaged hand. New York is trying to build upon a season in which it went 11-5 and lost to Green Bay in the first round of the playoffs.
The Giants also re-signed middle linebacker Keenan Robinson.
QB Geno Smith, Giants
The New York Giants have added a backup quarterback for Eli Manning, agreeing to terms with former New York Jets QB Geno Smith, reports Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
Smith can stay put in his home and keep the usual commute. The 36-year-old Manning has the longest-running streak of consecutive games played with 199. Smith's time with Gang Green was tumultous, but at least he gives the Giants a veteran QB with starting experience.
The Giants also reportedly re-signed QB Josh Johnson to a two-year deal. He became Eli's backup in 2016 after Ryan Nassib suffered a season-ending injury. Likewise, Smith's season ended in injury in late October when he tore is right ACL, and his rehabilitation continues.
Barwin had 34 tackles and five sacks with the Eagles last season, his sixth straight playing all 16 games. He has 50.5 sacks in eight career seasons.
The Rams also signed quarterback Aaron Murray.
TE Jared Cook, Raiders
The Raiders added another target for their franchise quarterback, signing former Packers tight end Jared Cook to a two-year, $12.2 million deal Thursday, NFL Network reported.
Cook caught 30 passes in 10 games last season in Green Bay, missing some time due to a high ankle sprain. Before last season, the 29-year-old hadn't missed a game since 2012.
Cook's addition should make the Raiders' offense even more lethal. Oakland finished seventh in scoring last season, averaging 26 points per game.
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CB Brandon Carr, Ravens
The Cowboys knew they would lose a handful of starters on defense with half of their secondary hitting free agency. It’s unlikely they expected to take this significant of a hit after just one week.
Brandon Carr has signed a four-year deal with the Ravens, the team announced Thursday. According to ESPN, the contract is really a one-year deal with options that can make it worth $24 million over the course of four years.
Carr has started every game of his career, playing all 144 up to this point. He was as reliable as they come for the Cowboys, and while he never put up the big numbers fans expected after he signed a lucrative deal five years ago, he was a cog in the secondary.
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RB Darren McFadden, Cowboys
McFadden didn’t have a big role with the Cowboys last season, but he can still be a viable backup to Ezekiel Elliott. Dallas believed that to be true, and opted to re-sign him to a one-year deal on Thursday.
The former No. 4 overall pick rushed for just 87 yards in three games last season – one year after he racked up his first 1,000-yard campaign since 2010. He played well and stayed healthy for Dallas in 2015, two things that hardly ever happened in the same season for the oft-injured running back.
With Alfred Morris’ future uncertain in Dallas and Lance Dunbar signing with the Rams, the Cowboys have at least some insurance for Ezekiel Elliott.
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DT Dontari Poe, Falcons
Atlanta has signed the former Chiefs defensive tackle Poe. Per NFL Network, the deal is for one year and $8 million.
Poe had a down year in 2016, struggling to get back to the form from the 2014 season. He recorded just 27 tackles and 1.5 sacks after sacking the quarterback six times three seasons ago.
He’ll fit nicely in Atlanta, though, next to Grady Jarrett on the interior. That gives Atlanta two defensive tackles who can both stuff the run and get after the quarterback, which should open up even more opportunities for Vic Beasley on the edge.
At $8 million, Poe isn’t a bargain, but it does allow the Falcons to see how he does for one year before handing him big-time money.
The Falcons also added fullbacks Derrick Coleman and Soma Vainuku, and guard Hugh Thornton.
RB Latavius Murray, Vikings
The Vikings announced the signing early Thursday morning, and terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
Murray spent his first four NFL seasons with the Raiders and ran for 788 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns last season.
Murray was a sixth-round draft pick of the Raiders out of Central Florida in 2013. He has rushed for 2,278 yards and 20 touchdowns. Murray made his first Pro Bowl in 2015 after taking over as the Raiders’ No. 1 back and rushing for 1,066 yards and six TDs.
His arrival likely signals the end of Adrian Peterson’s time in Minnesota.
The Vikings declined their option on Peterson’s contract for 2017 and made him a free agent for the first time. Minnesota had previously stated its openness to re-signing its all-time leading rusher – but for the right price.
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WR Adam Thielen, Vikings
The Vikings are rewarding Adam Thielen after his breakout 2016, agreeing on a three-year, $27 million deal, ESPN reported Wednesday.
After recording just 20 catches combined during his first two years in the league, Thielen racked up 69 receptions and led the team in receiving yards with 967.
Thielen had his breakout year with Sam Bradford under center, and if the latest reports on Teddy Bridgewater's lengthy recovery are any indication, Bradford likely will have the starting job in 2017.
LB Dont'a Hightower, Patriots
Linebacker Dont’a Hightower put on a good show with a free-agent tour that included visits with the Jets and Steelers, but he did the expected Wednesday and agreed to return to the New England Patriots.
Ever since he hit the open market last week, it was expected that Hightower would eventually end up back with the team that made him the 25th overall pick in the 2012 draft. Since that time, he’s won two Super Bowls with the Patriots and was selected to his first Pro Bowl in 2016. Hightower had 2.5 sacks in 2016 and was a key to New England’s top-ranked scoring defense both in coverage and against the run.
The Jets offered cupcakes and probably a comparable amount of cash, but it’s hard to turn down Bill Belichick when he wants you around for another Super Bowl push.
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CB Terence Newman, Vikings
The Vikings had one of the top secondaries in the NFL last season, but they lost Captain Munnerlyn to the Panthers in free agency. Fortunately, they were able to retain Newman, who’s going to be 39 years old in September.
He’s still a viable No. 3 cornerback for Minnesota despite his age, proving to be one of the ageless wonders in the NFL today. He’s been in the league since 2003 – he was Bill Parcells’ first draft pick – starting at least 10 games every season. The two-time Pro Bowler has also picked off at least one pass every year since 2003, too.
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OT Andre Smith, Bengals
After spending one year with the Vikings, veteran offensive tackle Andre Smith is returning to the Bengals, ESPN reported Tuesday.
Smith, who spent his first seven seasons in Cincinnati, was limited to four games last season after suffering an arm injury.
The move fills a need on the offensive line for the Bengals, who lost Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth so far in free agency.
Also, the Bengals re-signed special teams standout Cedric Peerman to a one-year deal.
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DL Datone Jones, Vikings
Jones, a 2013 first-round pick of the arch-rival Packers, is crossing the state border to sign with the Vikings, according to the team.
NFL Network is reporting that the deal is for one year and $3.75 million, with the chance for Jones to make $5 million with incentives.
Of course, to earn those incentives Jones likely will have to play far better than he did in four seasons with the Packers. He started just seven games, four of which were in 2016 after the team moved him from defensive end to linebacker. Jones had just nine sacks in those four years and was suspended for the 2015 season opener for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
He told Minnesota reporters Tuesday that he will play both defensive tackle and end with the Vikings, so it appears that his experiment playing linebacker is over.
House was cut by the Jaguars two years into a four-year deal. He started 16 games in 2015 but just four last season, finishing with 17 tackles.
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RB Rex Burkhead, Patriots
The New England Patriots had one of the deepest backfields in 2016, boasting LeGarrette Blount, Dion Lewis and James White. On Tuesday, they added another piece with Blount potentially leaving in free agency.
Former Bengals running back Rex Burkhead signed with the Patriots, likely taking the place of Brandon Bolden on special teams and in the backfield. He led the Bengals in special teams tackles last season, while also rushing for 344 yards and two touchdowns.
In the passing game, he’s a reliable target, catching 17 of 20 targets for 145 yards.
RB Eddie Lacy, Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks have running backs Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise at the top of their depth chart, but their backfield is about to get even more crowded.
Per ESPN, it’s a one-year, $5.55 million deal with $3 million guaranteed.
Lacy, 26, has been a huge disappointment the past two years after rushing for more than 1,100 yards in each of his first two years with the Packers. Weight gain and an ankle injury played significant roles in his struggles, but he’s hoping to put those issues behind him.
Unfortunately, Seattle’s offensive line is not nearly as strong as Green Bay’s and he’ll have serious competition in Rawls and Prosise. It remains to be seen how the Seahawks will manage each player’s workload, but it’ll be difficult to get all of them touches.
Seattle also expressed interest in free agents Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles but ultimately settled on the younger and likely cheaper Lacy.
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WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Raiders
The Oakland Raiders addressed their kick return game Monday night, signing Pro Bowl wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
The 25-year-old, who spent his first four years with the Vikings, had a career-high 52 catches last season and two touchdowns in eight starts. But Patterson really has really made his mark on special teams, leading the league in kick return average in three of his first four years.
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OL John Jerry, Giants
The New York Giants continued to address their offensive line Monday, bringing back John Jerry (77, left) on a 3-year, $10 million deal with $4.25 million guaranteed, NFL Network reported.
Jerry played the previous three years with the Giants and hasn’t missed a game since 2011 as a member of the Dolphins. New York finished third in the league in fewest sacks allowed last season, giving up 22.
The move comes shortly after the Giants signed free-agent lineman D.J. Fluker, who spent his first four years with the Chargers.
DT Bennie Logan, Chiefs
The Chiefs aren’t wasting time filling the expected void left by Dontari Poe, reportedly reaching a one-year agreement with former Eagles defensive tackle Bennie Logan on Monday. The 27-year-old spent his first four years in the league with in Philadelphia, where he became a full-time starter the previous three seasons.
Logan had a career-high 2 ½ sacks last season despite missing three games with a groin injury.
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QB Nick Foles, Eagles
Nick Foles is returning to Philadelphia just four years after he had one of the best statistical seasons by a quarterback in NFL history while playing for the Eagles.
The team announced Monday that he’s signed a two-year contract.
This time around, however, Foles will be a backup to Carson Wentz and not the starter he was back in 2013, when he won eight of 10 starts and threw just two interceptions against 27 touchdown passes.
The 28-year-old’s return could signal that the Eagles have continued interest in trading last year’s backup, Chase Daniel, to a team that will let him compete for a starting job. Daniel signed with the Eagles for three years and $21 million last offseason after three years with the Saints and three more with the Chiefs, but his chances of becoming a starter with Philadelphia ended when the team drafted Wentz. Philadelphia already had reportedly been shopping Daniel, who threw just one pass last season.
Foles has bounced around since the Eagles traded him to the Rams for Sam Bradford in 2015. He started 11 games for St. Louis before losing the starting job to Case Keenum and then spent last season replacing Daniel as the Chiefs’ backup to Alex Smith.
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G T.J. Lang, Lions
With Riley Reiff and Larry Warford set to hit free agency, the Lions knew they were in danger of losing two of their top offensive linemen. They started to address that issue early on in free agency by signing Rick Wagner to a long-term deal, but they also added T.J. Lang on Sunday – arguably the top guard available on the market. He suffered a brutal foot injury in the NFC Championship and isn’t certain to hit the field before training camp, but regardless, he’s a huge addition for Detroit.
The Lions also re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach, who's spent his 13-year career in Detroit, and defensive end Armonty Bryant.
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OT D.J. Fluker, Giants
New York is adding O-line help on a one-year, $3 million deal for the No. 11 overall pick in the 2013 draft, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports.
Fluker started all 59 games he played in four seasons for the Chargers.
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WR Terrance Williams, Cowboys
Dallas brought back its No. 2 receiver on a $17 million, four-year contract, the Associated Press reports.
Williams has 177 catches for 2,791 yards and 20 touchdowns in four season.
The Cowboys also added veteran defensive tackle Stephen Paea, cornerback Nolan Carroll and defensive end Damontre Moore, and re-signed OG Jonathan Cooper.
TE Martellus Bennett, Packers
Green Bay made Bennett its first big free-agent addition since 2014, according to reports, agreeing to a multi-year deal on his 30th birthday.
Bennett won a Super Bowl in his only season in New England, giving the Pats a valuable second tight end with Rob Gronkowski limited by injuries. Bennett had 55 catches for 701 yards and seven TDs, but said goodbye to Pats fans this week after the team traded for Colts tight end Dwayne Allen.
Minnesota, which lost Matt Kalil to Carolina on the opening day of free agency, signed the player he's replacing, agreeing with Remmers on a five-year, $30 million deal, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Remmers started all 37 of his games in three seasons with Carolina. However he was beaten repeatedly by Von Miller in Super Bowl 50, and the Panthers' O-line struggled to keep Cam Newton upright last season.
The Vikings also signed OT Riley Reiff.
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WR Terrelle Pryor, Redskins
Pryor is betting on himself again by reportedly turning down a multi-year deal from Cleveland to take a one-year, $8 million deal from Washington.
Pryor had 77 catches for 1,007 yards in a breakout season last year. The former quarterback had two career catches in three prior seasons.
Now he'll have Kirk Cousins throwing to him, and a chance to cash in again next year.
The Redskins also re-signed DE Ziggy Hood and signed wide receiver Brian Quick.
LB Lawrence Timmons, Dolphins
Longtime Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons has signed a deal with the Dolphins worth $12 million over two years, according to a report from ESPN. The 30-year-old hasn't missed a game since 2010, and finished with 78 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2016. He's been with Pittsburgh for all 10 of his NFL seasons.
The Dolphins also re-signed guard Jermon Bushrod.
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LB Karlos Dansby, Cardinals
The Cardinals are bringing back Karlos Dansby on a one-year deal for his third stint in Arizona, according to the team's website. The 35-year-old had 69 tackles and one sack for the Bengals in 2016.
The Cardinals also have agreed to terms with OLB Jarvis Jones, who spent his first four seasons with the Steelers.
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LB Julius Peppers, Panthers
Peppers decided recently to return for a 16th NFL season, and he’ll do it playing for the same team he spent his first eight seasons with. Peppers’ agent tweeted the news Friday.
Peppers, 37, left the Panthers as a free agent in 2010 and played four years with the Bears before spending the past three with the Packers. He was selected to the Pro Bowl for the ninth time in 2015 but became almost strictly a situational pass rusher in 2016 and wasn’t deemed an offseason priority by Green Bay.
He did, however, still register 7.5 sacks, and his return to Carolina is more about football than sentimentality. He still can get after the passer and ranks first among active players and fifth all-time with 143.5 career sacks. The Panthers probably just welcomed back a future Hall of Famer.
The Panthers also signed safety Mike Adams to a two-year contract and welcomed back Captain Munnerlyn. The cornerback was one of three former Vikings to sign with the Panthers, including left tackle Matt Kalil and receiver Charles Johnson — giving Carolina two Charles Johnsons.
CB Prince Amukamara, Bears
The free-agent cornerback market has shrunk rapidly in the past 24 hours, but the Chicago Bears still found a good one Friday when they agreed to a one-year deal with Amukamara, according to NFL Network.
Amukamara started 12 of the 14 games he played in last season for the Jaguars, who signed him to a one-year contract last offseason. He spent his first five years with the Giants and won a Super Bowl with the team as a rookie. He started 45 games and intercepted seven passes with New York.
The Bears also signed CB Marcus Cooper and return man Benny Cunningham, and re-signed receiver and kickoff returner Deonte Thompson to a one-year contract.
CB Logan Ryan, Titans
Tennessee agreed to a deal with Ryan, his agent announced Thursday night, worth $30 million over three years, NFL Network reported.
Ryan had 92 tackles and two interceptions last season with the Patriots. He made 27 starts the past two seasons and 40 overall in four seasons in New England. But the Pats chose to re-sign Duron Harmon for $20 million and add Pro Bowl corner Stephon Gilmore on a huge $65 million deal.
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QB Matt Barkley, 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are adding depth to their depleted crop of quarterbacks, signing 26-year-old Matt Barkley, NFL Network reported Thursday.
Barkley has bounced around the league since being drafted in the fourth round by the Eagles in 2013. Barkley, who threw eight touchdowns and 14 interceptions with the Bears last season, will be joining his fourth team in five years.
The move comes a day after the 49ers, who came into free agency with no quarterbacks on their roster, agreed to terms with veteran QB Brian Hoyer, Barkley's teammate last season.
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S D.J. Swearinger, Redskins
Washington, which lost several players and their GM on the first day of free agency, signed Swearinger — for three years and $13.5 million, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Swearinger had 66 tackles and three interceptions last season with Arizona. He's played for three teams in four seasons, starting 35 of 59 games.
Fairley had career highs with 43 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 16 starts last season, his first with the Saints. He spent his first four seasons with the Lions and one with the Rams.
The Saints reportedly also reached a deal with offensive lineman Larry Warford and wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.
DB/S Micah Hyde, Bills
Buffalo, which lost top corner Stephon Gilmore and released safety Aaron Williams on Thursday, quickly moved to add some help by agreeing to a five-year, $30 million deal with Hyde, with $14 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Hyde, who started 33 of 63 games in four seasons with Green Bay, had 58 tackles and three interceptions last season.
The Bills also re-signed LB Lorenzo Alexander, who led the team with 12.5 sacks last year, for two years and $9 million; and signed safety Jordan Poyer, kicker Steven Hauschka, fullbacks Patrick DiMarco and Mike Tolbert, receiver Andre Holmes and offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse.
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WR Alshon Jeffery, Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles went into the offseason with finding help at wide receiver as their No. 1 priority, and they got the job done by landing the top wideout on the free-agent market: Alshon Jeffery.
ESPN is reporting the team has agreed to sign the former Chicago Bear for one year and $14 million.
The contract is essentially a prove-it deal for Jeffery, who stands to make a lot more money a year from now if he can do better than the 52 catches for 821 yards he posted in his fifth season with the Bears. He missed four games while on a suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy one year after missing seven games with injuries.
He will immediately become the top target for Philadelphia, which also reportedly will sign free-agent receiver Torrey Smith to a three-year deal and guard Chance Warmack.
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WR DeSean Jackson, Buccaneers
DeSean Jackson has reached an agreement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a report from ESPN. The deal will reportedly pay him $20 million in guaranteed salary on a contract worth $35 million over the next three years.
Jackson has played nine NFL seasons, and is a three-time Pro Bowl selection. The 30-year old caught 56 passes for 1,005 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Redskins in 2016.
The Saints apparently are looking to add some size to their offensive line and did just that Thursday, agreeing to terms with guard Larry Warford, NFL Network reported.
Warford was a starter for the Lions for the past four seasons after being taken in the third round. His addition could reduce the pressure Drew Bress dealt with in 2016, being sacked 27 times.
LT Matt Kalil, Panthers
The Carolina Panthers knew they couldn’t go into 2017 with Michael Oher, who’s still in the concussion protocol, as their starting left tackle. To solve that issue, they’re signing someone to take his place.
According to USA Today, the Panthers will sign former Vikings tackle Matt Kalil to a five-year, $55.5 million deal with $25 million guaranteed.
Kalil, the brother of Panthers center Ryan Kalil, is coming off arguably his worst season in the NFL. He struggled in pass protection early on before suffering an injury that would end his season after just two games. The Panthers have a clear need at left tackle, but that’s a hefty amount to pay a guy coming off of hip surgery.
Minnesota moved to replace him, reportedly reaching an agreement with Reilly Reiff.
DE Calais Campbell, Jaguars
After spending the first nine years of his career with the Arizona Cardinals, defensive end Calais Campbell is moving on to Jacksonville with a four-year, $60 million contract that includes $30 million guaranteed, according to ESPN.
Campbell, a Pro Bowl selection in 2014 and 2015, was the top defensive lineman on the free-agent market after franchise tags were applied to other players. He had eight sacks in 2016 and started all 16 games for a Cardinals team that performed well below its expectations and missed the playoffs.
Now he’ll try to to bolster a Jaguars defense that saw some improvement last season while the offense collapsed. Denver was also reportedly in the hunt for Campbell, who is still playing at a high level at age 30.
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G Kevin Zeitler, Browns
The Bengals have lost yet another stud offensive lineman in addition to Andrew Whitworth (Rams), this time to their division-rival Browns. Cleveland is reportedly expected to sign guard Kevin Zeitler to a deal worth $12 million per year, per USA Today. This comes after the Browns reportedly agreed to sign former Packers center JC Tretter. Cleveland is making the offensive line a priority, and it’s working beautifully. Zeitler, a former first-round pick, will be an immediate impact player at right guard next to Tretter, and with Joe Thomas anchoring the left side, Cleveland now has a formidable trio up front. Zeitler was the top guard available, and with the Browns holding the most cap space, it should come as no surprise they spent a great deal of money on him.
S Johnathan Cyprien, Titans
The Tennessee Titans had one of the worst secondaries in the NFL last season, and it’s a big reason they were 30th in passing yards allowed. On Thursday, they made a move to help fix that problem, reportedly agreeing to sign safety Johnathan Cyprien, per ESPN.
Cyprien, formerly of the Jaguars, will step in right away as the team’s starting strong safety. He’s coming off of his best season as pro in 2016, recording 127 tackles with one sack and four passes defensed.
The Titans figure to address the secondary often this offseason, both in free agency and by way of the draft.
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S Antoine Bethea, Cardinals
One day after free-agent safety Tony Jefferson reportedly agreed to leave Arizona for the Baltimore Ravens, the Cardinals have found his replacement in Antoine Bethea, according to the Arizona Republic.
Bethea, who has agreed to a three-year deal, was released by the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday. The 32-year-old played his first eight seasons with the Colts and his last three with the 49ers, making the last of his three Pro Bowl appearances in 2014.
WR Torrey Smith, Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles had neither talent nor depth at the receiver position last season, but adding Smith may at least provide the latter. Smith agreed Thursday to a three-year, $15 million deal, according to ESPN.
Smith was released by the 49ers earlier this week after he caught just 20 passes for 267 yards in his second season with San Francisco. Both were career-low totals. Smith, 28, had 65 catches for 1,128 yards for Baltimore in 2013 but his numbers have declined in every year since.
He brings speed to the position but probably isn’t the No. 1 or No. 2 option the Eagles desperately need. Tight end Zach Ertz led the team in catches (78) and yards (816) last season.
WR Kenny Britt, Browns
The Cleveland Browns had one of the NFL’s worst offenses last season but are beginning the process of repairing it by agreeing to a four-year contract with free-agent wide receiver Kenny Britt, according to NFL.com.
Britt is coming off a career-best season with the Rams in which he caught 68 passes for 1,002 yards and five touchdowns. He played three seasons with the Rams after spending his first five years with the Titans.
It remains to be seen how the 28-year-old will fit into the team’s passing attack, given that Cleveland’s top receiver from last season, Terrelle Pryor, is a free agent and there isn’t yet a solid plan at quarterback.
Britt, though, is at least a piece who can help make last year’s 28th-ranked passing attack a bit better – or simply fill a major need if Pryor ends up signing elsewhere.
LT Andrew Whitworth, Rams
The Los Angeles Rams thought they had found their left tackle of the future in 2014 when they spent the second overall pick on Greg Robinson. But he’s failed at that premier position, and now the Rams are replacing him after just three seasons.
The Rams are signing veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth, according to SportsTrust Advisors, which represents him.
The deal is reportedly for three years and $36 million with $15 million guaranteed.
Whitworth, 35, was the top offensive tackle available on the market, and the Rams were desperate to protect Jared Goff’s blin dside. Whitworth was a Pro Bowl selection in 2016 and a first-team All-Pro in 2015, providing great protection for Andy Dalton in Cincinnati.
Adding a Pro Bowl left tackle should absolutely help the development of Goff, considering how bad Los Angeles’ offensive line was last season. Now, the Rams also get to experiment with Robinson at guard, which isn’t a luxury they had a year ago.
CB Stephon Gilmore, Patriots
The New England Patriots continue to dominate the offseason.
After trading for former Colts tight end Dwayne Allen on Wednesday, the Patriots are reportedly signing free-agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore, per ESPN, for five years and $65 million ($40M guaranteed).
Gilmore was arguably the top cornerback available, next to A.J. Bouye of the Texans. The former Bills star has been a solid DB in the NFL for several years now, earning his first Pro Bowl bid in 2016. The past two years, he’s racked up eight interceptions and 30 passes defensed, and he has been a staple in Buffalo’s secondary since he was the 10th overall pick in 2012.
This continues a trend of Bill Belichick getting top cornerbacks on the market. Just in the past few years, he’s added Aqib Talib, Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner to New England’s secondary.
The Patriots will now have Malcolm Butler and Gilmore leading their defensive backfield with Eric Rowe, Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung likely filling out the rest of the unit.
Joeckel, limited to four games by injuries last season, started all 39 of his games in four years with Jacksonville.
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LB Nick Perry, Packers
Before the legal tampering period even began, there were a significant lack of pass rushers available. That’s because Jason Pierre-Paul, Chandler Jones and Melvin Ingram were all hit with the franchise tag.
Nick Perry, however, was not. The 26-year-old outside linebacker was the best pass rusher still on the market, and it’s clear the Packers made re-signing him a big priority. They have reportedly locked him up on a five-year deal, keeping him in Green Bay for the foreseeable future.
Perry had a breakout year in 2016, recording 11 sacks in 14 games. Entering the year, he had just 12.5 sacks in his career, so he nearly doubled that total in one season.
Some would argue that he was a one-year wonder, but sometimes that’s all it takes for a pass rusher. He was arguably the Packers’ best defensive player in 2016, so it’s no surprise they made him a big priority this offseason.
He’ll pair with Clay Matthews at outside linebacker, but it’s unclear whether Julius Peppers will be back in the mix, too. If he is, the Packers will have the same trio of pass rushers they had in 2016, which worked fairly well. They ranked sixth in the NFL in sacks with 40.
Glennon backed up Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay for the past two seasons, making two appearances last year and zero in 2015. He started 18 of 19 games the previous two seasons, going 5-13. A 59.4% passer, he's thrown for 4,100 yards with 30 TDs and 15 INTs.
Baltimore signed Jefferson, the team announced Thursday, reportedly recruiting him with fellow standout safety and San Diego native Eric Weddle and getting him to leave more money from Cleveland on the table.
Jefferson had a career-high 96 tackles last season. He started 31 of 63 games in four seasons with Arizona.
The Ravens also announced a new five-year deal for DT Brandon Williams.
Woods averaged 50 catches and 612 yards in four seasons in Buffalo.
P Shane Lechler, Texans
Houston re-signed Lechler and kicker Nick Novak to one-year deals.
Lechler, 40, is a seven-time Pro Bowler who ranks first in NFL history in career punting average (47.5), second in punting yards (64,171) and third in punts inside the 20-yard line (437). Novak made a career-high 35 field goals last season, second most in the NFL.
The Texans also re-signed TE Ryan Griffin, for three years and $9 million, the Houston Chronicle reports.
WR Brandon LaFell, Bengals
LaFell re-signed on a two-year deal after catching 64 passes for 862 yards and six TDs last season, his first in Cincinnati.
He's started 70 of 103 career games, playing two seasons in New England and four in Carolina.
S Barry Church, Jaguars
Jacksonville, which lost Johnathan Cyprien to Tennessee, replaced him with Church on a four-year deal worth more than $6 million a year, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Church had 61 tackles and two interceptions despite missing four games with a broken arm last season, his seventh in Dallas. He's started 63 of 90 games.
The Jags also added Houston cornerback A.J. Bouye and Arizona defensive end Calais Campbell in another attempt to upgrade their defensive.
Leary started 47 of 48 games in five seasons in Dallas.
The Broncos also agreed to a deal with tackle Menelik Watson and a two-year deal with DT Domata Peko. He's joining his cousin, nose tackle Kyle Peko, in Denver.
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RB Danny Woodhead, Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens are looking to address their lackluster running game and hope Danny Woodhead will be the answer. The Ravens will sign the veteran running back when free agency officially begins Thursday, NFL Network reported Wednesday.
The 32-year-old spent the past four years in San Diego, where he was a threat coming out of the backfield.
In 2015, he had 80 catches for 755 yards and six touchdowns in the passing game in addition to 336 yards and three TDs on the ground. The Ravens could use a boost at running back after finishing 28th in the league in rushing yards last season.
Woodhead, who will be joining his fourth team, first made a name for himself with the Patriots, spending two-plus years in New England.
LB Malcolm Smith, 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers were very active at the start of free agency. After they agreed to deals with quarterback Brian Hoyer and wideout Marquise Goodwin, the Niners opted to address their defense with former Super Bowl MVP linebacker Malcolm Smith.
Smith, who played the past two years with the Raiders after signing a two-year, $7 million deal, finished with 86 tackles and one interception in 2016. The 27-year-old broke into the league with the Seahawks, spending his first four years in Seattle and taking home Super Bowl MVP honors in 2013.
The 49ers, who are coming off a 2-14 season, underwent an overhaul in the front office, hiring former NFL safety John Lynch as general manager. San Francisco allowed a league-worst 406.4 yards and 30 points per game in 2016, leaving many holes for the franchise to fill.
The Niners also added kicker Robbie Gould, receiver Pierre Garcon, Pro Bowl fullback Kyle Juszczyk and blocking tight end Logan Paulsen.
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WR Kenny Stills, Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins will reward Kenny Stills for his breakout season, agreeing to a four-year, $32 million contract with $20 million guaranteed, according to multiple reports Wednesday.
Stills had 42 catches for 726 yards and a career-high nine touchdowns last season, providing Ryan Tannehill a deep threat in the passing game. Stills had four catches that went for more than 40 yards in his second season with the Dolphins.
Miami, which acquired Stills in a trade with the Saints two years ago, reportedly expected to lose the 24-year-old wideout in free agency as late as last week, according to Pro Football Talk.
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QB Matt Schaub, Falcons
The NFC champion Atlanta Falcons aren’t letting their backup quarterback go anywhere, agreeing on a two-year, $9 million deal with Matt Schaub, ESPN reported Wednesday.
Schaub didn’t get much action last year backing up Matt Ryan, attempting only three passes. The 35-year-old veteran has proven he is a capable answer at quarterback during his 13-year career, throwing for 29 touchdowns in 2009 and 24 TDs in 2010 as the starter for the Texans.
But he’s been relegated to backup duties in recent years, throwing a combined 93 passes his past three seasons. The 49ers reportedly had shown some interest in Shaub, who has played for new Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan, but apparently have settled on Brian Hoyer.
QB Brian Hoyer, 49ers
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan apparently will be reuniting with Brian Hoyer. The Niners will sign the veteran quarterback when free agency officially begins Thursday, according to multiple reports.
Hoyer played under Shanahan with the Browns in 2014, when he was the offensive coordinator. The 31-year-old quarterback had one of the better seasons of his career that year, throwing for a career-high 3,326 yards in 14 games.
Hoyer spent last season with the Bears but was placed on injured reserve when he suffered a broken arm after just six games. The veteran QB looked good before the injury, completing 67 percent of his attempts while throwing six touchdown passes and no interceptions.
The move gives the 49ers, who had no QBs under contract for 2017, some insurance at the position heading into free agency.
The Niners also added some depth at receiver a day before the start of free agency, agreeing to a deal with speedy wideout Marquise Goodwin.
Goodwin had a career-high 29 catches for 431 receiving yards last year with the Bills, whom he played with during his first four seasons in the league.
QB Tyrod Taylor, Bills
The Buffalo Bills have their starting quarterback for 2017, and likely for the foreseeable future.
On Wednesday, the team announced Taylor is coming back next season on a restructured contract.
The Bills had an option that they could have picked up, guaranteeing Taylor $30.75 million in the next two years. They were understandably reluctant to do so, which is what led to this restructured deal.
The terms of the contract were not released, but he figures to make significantly less than the option would have paid him. He has been solid the past two seasons, but he likely didn’t warrant that amount of money after just two years as a starter in the NFL.
Since the start of 2015, Taylor has thrown 37 touchdown passes and just 12 interceptions, while also adding 1,148 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.
WR Pierre Garcon, 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers have the second-most cap space in the NFL, and they’ve not going to be shy about using it. According to ESPN and multiple reports, they’re working toward signing wide receiver Pierre Garcon to a deal that would pay him $16 million in his first year with the team.
When Pierre Garcon finalizes deal with 49ers, as expected, league sources believe he will make $16 million in first year.
Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco’s head coach, was the offensive coordinator for the Redskins from 2010 to 2013. In his second of five seasons with the Redskins, Garcon led the NFL with 113 receptions and was eighth with 1,346 yards.
He hasn’t matched those numbers since, but his production has remained strong in Washington. Last season, at age 30, he caught 79 passes for 1,041 yards.
The terms of his contract remain to be seen, but $16 million in the first year of his deal is a substantial amount. The 49ers have money to spend, and it’s clear they’d prefer to frontload his contract to get most of the guaranteed money out of the way in Year 1.
WR Brandon Marshall, Giants
According to Newsday, the New York Giants have agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
It was a difficult 2016 season for Marshall, who endured multiple changes at quarterback on an offense that lacked explosiveness. He’ll be 33 years old later this month, but he can still be a very productive receiver in the NFL — especially on a team with terrific depth at the position.
Marshall’s biggest impact will come in the red zone, where he’s been a machine throughout his career. Beckham and Shepard are smaller receivers who thrive on yards after the catch, but Marshall has the ability to go up and box out defenders in the end zone.
If the Giants can find a running back to complement their dynamic passing attack, they could very well be the favorites in the NFC East.
TE Jack Doyle, Colts
The Indianapolis Colts are bringing back one of Andrew Luck’s favorite targets, agreeing to terms with tight end Jack Doyle, the team announced Tuesday.
NFL Network reported it’s a three-year, $19 million deal with another $2 million in incentives.
Doyle emerged as one of Luck’s go-to options last year after Coby Fleener left for the Saints before the 2016 season. The 26-year-old tight end finished second on the Colts in receptions last season, setting a career high with 59 catches to go along with five touchdowns.
Doyle, who was targeted 75 times in 2016, led all tight ends in catch percentage (78.6) last season among those with at least 50 targets.
The Colts also are signing a couple of Pats, defensive end Jabaal Sheard and linebacker Barkevious Mingo, along with receiver Kamar Aiken.