Day One of NFL free agency began yesterday. Today, teams could actually finalize their agreements and add even more players. Let’s see how things shook out.
Giants make Nate Solder the highest paid offensive lineman ever
Word has circulated about how badly the Giants wanted guard Andrew Norwell, who signed with the Jaguars yesterday. They’ve pivoted to Solder, giving him a four-year, $62 million contract. Hopefully for them, he’ll be the answer at left tackle.
There were preliminary reports about the Jets getting close to finalizing a deal with Bridgewater. That has come to fruition, with the former Viking quarterback agreeing to a one-year, $5 million contract. That’s a steal for the Jets, though he will be competing with Josh McCown (who just re-signed for double of what Bridgewater will get) and perhaps a rookie QB.
With Demario Davis hitting free agency, the Jets also had to find an upgrade at inside linebacker. Williamson was fantastic with the Titans last season, so he’ll do just fine. His deal will be for three years and $22.5 million. Spencer Long, who acted as the Redskins center last season, will take over for the Jets this year at the same position as well.
Saints add Demario Davis, Patrick Robinson
Speaking of Davis, he signed with the Saints, which will be a major upgrade for their defense. His new contract will be for four years and $24 million. Robinson was a former first-round pick for the Saints not too long ago. He didn’t do much while he was there but was able to rebound with a fantastic season on the Eagles in 2017. He’ll get $20 million over four years.
Muhammad Wilkerson heads to Green Bay
Once a very solid defensive end with the Jets, Wilkerson has been inconsistent the past few seasons, which resulted in him getting released to clear cap space. The Packers are hoping he’ll form a deadly duo with Mike Daniels on the defensive line. The contract is cheap too at just one year and $5 million.
Julius Peppers returns to the Panthers for another season
Peppers is still an effective pass rusher, and the Panthers evidently didn’t want him to leave again. He’ll stick around for $5 million this year.
That’s the last viable starting QB on the open market gone. McCarron may be just a bridge guy for the Bills, who are reportedly looking to move up further in the draft to chase after one of the rookie signal callers.
Murphy was the odd man out in Washington, but he should do well with the Bills as an edge defender. His deal is for three years and $21 million. They also signed Jets linebacker Julian Stanford to a two year, $3 million contract.
Titans sign another Patriot, this time on offense
They got Malcolm Butler at cornerback yesterday. Now, the Titans have taken another key cog in the Patriots machine, agreeing to terms with running back Dion Lewis on a four-year $20 million deal. It’s a smart move, as Lewis could form an effective one-two punch with Derrick Henry in the backfield.
The team also re-signed right guard Josh Kline (who also was with New England before coming to Tennessee) to a four-year, $26 million deal, as well as defensive lineman DaQuan Jones for three years and $21 million.
New England did keep one of their running backs though. Burkhead will likely get a bigger role now that Lewis is gone. Ebner was a key special teamer, so his return will be welcomed too.
Browns sign Carlos Hyde amid flurry of moves
The Browns will still consider Saquon Barkley with their two first-round draft picks, but adding Hyde to their running game is a pretty good move. An affordable one too; he has signed a three-year, $15 million contract. The team has also signed cornerbacks T.J. Carrie and Terrance Mitchell for four years and $31 million and three years and $12 million, respectively, as well as tight end Darren Fells for two years and $10 million.
49ers replace Hyde with Jerick McKinnon
Hyde was the main piece for San Fran’s rushing attack, so they needed to find another back to fill the void. McKinnon is talented, but they may have overpaid him a bit. His new deal will be for four years and $30 million, much more than what Hyde got from the Browns. They also re-signed linebacker Brock Coyle to a three-year, $11.5 million deal.
Glennon flamed out after just one year in Chicago, so it’s likely he’ll be the backup to Sam Bradford in Arizona. The Cardinals inked him for two years and $8 million.
Smith is probably past his prime, but he could still be an okay option at right tackle or guard. His new deal is also for two years and $8 million.
Eagles retain linebacker Nigel Bradham
Amazing. Despite the team’s cap situation, along with their addition of Corey Nelson yesterday, the Eagles still were able to keep Bradham around with a five-year, $40 million deal. Their defense looks unstoppable right now.
Amukamara and fellow Bears corner Kyle Fuller both hit free agency this year, so the team had to try and retain one of them. The former was the one they targeted, yielding a three-year, $27 million contract in the process.
They also had no backup QB on the roster for Trubisky, so Daniel, who was with the Saints last season, will suffice. He has signed a two-year, $10 million deal. Linebacker Sam Acho was also re-signed, while the team added kicker Cody Parkey for four years and $15 million.
After signing John Brown from the Cardinals yesterday, the Ravens have brought in another addition to the receiving corps, agreeing to a four-year, $29 million deal with Grant, who has spent his entire career with the Redskins. To make room for the new blood, the team also released Maclin, whom they signed last year.
The Jags had to replace Colvin, who left to sign with the Texans. However, this is an overpay for Hayden, who flamed out with the Raiders and played just one year with the Lions. He’ll get $19 million over three years.
Lions add corner DeShawn Shead
The Lions needed a replacement for Hayden as their #3 corner, and Shead will be an upgrade as long as he stays healthy. It’s only a one-year, $3.5 million deal anyway.
Broncos re-sign linebacker Todd Davis, bring in Trumaine Brock at corner
With Aqib Talib getting traded to the Rams, the Broncos had to find a replacement at corner for him. Brock has flashed in the past but didn’t do much for the Vikings last year. Still, his new contract is only one year for $4 million. They also had to retain Davis in the wake of Nelson’s departure. Keeping him for three years and $15 million is a nice move.
Falcons add guard Brandon Fusco
Right guard was the one weak spot on the Falcons offensive line, so hopefully, Fusco will be an upgrade there. His contract is for three years and $12.75 million.
Texans bring in former Chiefs guard/center Zach Fulton
Fulton had to pull double duty for the Chiefs this past season, starting half the season at left guard and the other at center, doing well at both spots. The Texans will value his versatility. They also signed Saints guard Senio Kelemete for three years and $12 million and additionally re-signed wideout Bruce Ellington.
The Bucs cut Chris Baker recently, so they had a void to fill on the interior defensive line. Allen, a rotational piece for the Eagle last season, and Unrein, who started for the Bears, are both solid run-stuffers. The former will get $15 million over three years, while the latter will sign for the same length and $10.5 million. Kicker Chandler Catanzaro also signed for three years and $9.75 million.
Seahawks sign Barkevious Mingo
The Seattle defense is in flux right now, so they had to find some cheap options at every position. Mingo will be fine at edge defender for two years and $6.8 million.
Colts add defensive lineman Denico Autry
Autry was underrated as a rotational pass rusher for the Raiders, so getting him at three years, $17.8 million could be a bargain for the Colts, who will be shifting defensive schemes.
Raiders re-sign tight end Lee Smith
Speaking of the black and silver, what the heck are they doing? Yesterday, they added Derek Carrier, a decent blocking tight end, which should’ve indicated that they were moving on from Smith, who serves the same role. Instead, they brought back the latter for a new three-year deal. Why?