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Free Agency Frenzy Thread

Postby Doctor » Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:33 am

Less than six hours to go.

Gaints got the party started a bit early signing Brandon Marshal to a 2 year $12M contract. There are already many "agreed to" and "expected to" deals, but as we've seen in the past nothing is official until it's official. Here are ten of the bigger "agreed upon" deals that are most likely to end up official at 4 pm. Updates to come.


Buccaneers agreed to terms with WR DeSean Jackson, formerly of the Redskins.

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jackson's new deal will top $10 million annually. Jackson was connected to a number of teams leading up to his signing, but the Bucs were always thought of as the favorites. The move makes a ton of sense for both sides. Jackson should thrive as a deep threat for cannon-armed Jameis Winston while taking some of the pressure off Mike Evans. Jackson, Kenny Stills and Pierre Garcon are all off the market, leaving Alshon Jeffery and Terrelle Pryor as the top receivers available in free agency.

Patriots agreed to terms with CB Stephon Gilmore, formerly of the Bills.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the deal will go through "barring any final snags" while NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the deal will "eclipse $14 million per year." It is a shocking move. Gilmore was arguably the best cornerback available, but he is coming off a down year and the Patriots usually do not shop near the top of the market. With Gilmore signing in New England, free agent CB Logan Ryan will certainly be looking for a new home. The future of free agent LB Dont'a Hightower is also in doubt.

Browns agreed to terms with WR Kenny Britt, formerly of the Rams, on a four-year, $32.5 million contract.
It would seem signing Britt means Terrelle Pryor is leaving Cleveland. Britt turns 29 this summer and is coming off a career year, catching 68 balls for 1,0002 yards and five touchdowns. It was his first 1,000-yard season. Britt had some early-career immaturity concerns, but it's possible he's overcome them with age. Britt is 6'3/223 with a good size-speed combo. He averaged over 15.0 yards per catch during his three-year Rams tenure. Britt will go from Jared Goff to likely another rookie quarterback when Cleveland decides who to draft.

Panthers agreed to terms with LT Matt Kalil, formerly of the Vikings.
Allegedly healthy after missing most of 2016 with a hip injury, the former first-rounder with a once-promising career will attempt to get things turned around while playing next to his brother, Panthers C Ryan Kalil. Considering the lack of talent available both in free agency and the draft, this is a smart, upside signing by the Panthers. Kalil should take over the left tackle spot from Michael Oher, whose career might be over due to concussions. If Oher is able to play, he could move to the right side.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Mike Glennon's impending contract with the Bears is expected to be for three years at an average of $14.5 million per season.
The money is eye-popping to some for a quarterback who has thrown 11 regular-season passes since 2014, but the contract would make Glennon the lowest-paid starter among quarterbacks no longer on their rookie contracts. Rapoport adds the deal will not stop the Bears from drafting a quarterback. Ultimately, signing Glennon is a relatively low-cost swing at a signal caller with some upside which will not cripple the organization financially moving forward.

Rams agreed to terms with LT Andrew Whitworth, formerly of the Bengals, on a three-year, $36 million contract with $15 million guaranteed.
That ends Whitworth's 11-year stay in Cincinnati. Despite his age (he turned 35 in December), Whitworth remains one of the league's best tackles, earning All-Pro selections in two of his last three seasons. He's an enormous upgrade for a Rams line that struggled to protect Jared Goff last season. With Whitworth taking over at left tackle, draft bust Greg Robinson is expected to try his hand at guard.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Ravens will sign RB Danny Woodhead.
We're still waiting on the contract details. Woodhead missed most of last season with a torn ACL but is back to full health. In his last healthy season Woodhead led all running backs with 80 catches and 755 receiving yards. He'll likely hog most of the passing-down work in Baltimore, just as he has in previous stops in New England and San Diego. Woodhead is a valuable weapon in any offense but this seems like an odd fit, particularly given the presence of promising second-year back Kenneth Dixon.

Brian Hoyer's two-year deal is worth $12 million, but includes $10 million guaranteed with an additional $6 million available in incentives.
Per CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, Hoyer's incentives are reasonably attainable if he becomes "a productive starter." Still, the deal is backup caliber and worth less than last year's Chase Daniel contract with Philadelphia. Hoyer appears likely to make significantly less money than Mike Glennon, whom the Bears chose signing over Hoyer as a stopgap game manager. The 49ers could still easily use an early-round pick on a quarterback if they deem one worthy.

Jaguars agreed to terms with DE Calais Campbell, formerly of the Cardinals.
The deal is worth $14 million annually, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. Campbell figures to play right end in Jacksonville where the Jaguars have been using bigger linemen ever since ex-coach Gus Bradley took over the team. DC Todd Wash is a holdover from Bradley's regime and will likely keep the same scheme. Campbell not only is stout against the run, but he gives the Jaguars much needed pass-rush skills from the position that previous REs Jared Odrick and Red Bryant didn't show. It's a huge get for the Jaguars as they continue to stockpile defensive talent.

Ravens agreed to terms with S Tony Jefferson, formerly of the Cardinals.
The market's top safety, Jefferson was also drawing interest from the Jets and Browns, the latter of which were reportedly offering the most money. Jefferson chose the Ravens' infinitely better odds of winning in 2017, though we doubt he's taking that much of a discount. A 2013 UDFA, Jefferson gradually saw his playing time increase before breaking out as a full-time player the past two years. He's a playmaker. Jefferson's addition is a sign Lardarius Webb will be sent packing.
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Re: Free Agency Frenzy Thread

Postby Doctor » Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:37 pm

Cardinals signed S Antoine Bethea to a three-year contract.
Cut by San Francisco two days ago, Bethea will slide in as Tony Jefferson's replacement. The 12th-year pro struggled in 2016, but could be rejuvenated by playing for an actual defense. If nothing else, Bethea is a snap hog.
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Re: Free Agency Frenzy Thread

Postby Doctor » Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:38 pm

49ers agreed to terms with Pierre Garcon, formerly of the Redskins, on a three-year contract.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the contract will pay "about $23 million over the first two years" including a $12 million signing bonus. It is a lot of money for a 30-year-old receiver, but Garcon's game should age well and he has a history of success in new coach Kyle Shanahan's offense -- he caught 113 passes while the pair were together with the Redskins in 2013. If the 49ers figure out the quarterback situation, Garcon could be a top-20 fantasy receiver in 2017.


Keep in mind, none of these are "official" yet.
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Re: Free Agency Frenzy Thread

Postby Super K » Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:07 pm

Osweiler traded to Cleveland for a 4th rounder...WOW
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Re: Free Agency Frenzy Thread

Postby Doctor » Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:14 pm

Seahawks signed OT Luke Joeckel, formerly of the Jaguars, to a one-year contract.
The former No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft, Joeckel was a certified bust in Jacksonville. He was kicked out of his left-tackle job in favor of Kelvin Beachum last season and moved inside to left guard. He played just 221 snaps before suffering a torn ACL, MCL, and meniscus in Week 4. The Seahawks are trying to rebuild their line. Joeckel is a worthy flier on a one-year pact.
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Re: Free Agency Frenzy Thread

Postby Onthebrink » Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:14 pm

Osweiler and a second round pick to Cleveland.
Alshon Jefferey to Philly 1 yr. 14mill.
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Re: Free Agency Frenzy Thread

Postby Doctor » Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:14 pm

Eagles signed WR Alshon Jeffery, formerly of the Bears, to a one-year, $14 million.
It's a "prove it" deal for Jeffery after he missed seven games with injury in 2015 and served a four-game suspension last season. It's a win-win, giving Jeffery a shot at a bigger payday next offseason, and providing the Eagles a desperately-needed presence on the outside. Jeffery has put monstrous upside on NFL film, and posted huge numbers in 2013-14. Still only 27, he could easily bounce-back to top-18 fantasy status in 2017.
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Re: Free Agency Frenzy Thread

Postby Corsair » Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:19 pm

Dolphins acquiring Julius Thomas from the Jags.
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Re: Free Agency Frenzy Thread

Postby Doctor » Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:22 pm

Corsair wrote:Dolphins acquiring Julius Thomas from the Jags.

Hey buddy, this is for signings only. Get out of here with trades.
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Re: Free Agency Frenzy Thread

Postby Corsair » Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:26 pm

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We have traded tackle Branden Albert to Jacksonville in exchange for a 7th round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
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Re: Free Agency Frenzy Thread

Postby Doctor » Thu Mar 09, 2017 4:26 pm

Eagles signed OG Chance Warmack, formerly of the Titans.
The No. 10 overall pick in the 2013 draft, Warmack never panned out in Tennessee. He started 48 games for the Titans, but landed on I.R. with a hand injury last September. Tennessee was never interested in bringing him back. Warmack figures to have a backup role or possibly compete at left guard.


I remember a lot of people here were big on Warmack when he came out. What a bust.
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Re: Free Agency Frenzy Thread

Postby Doctor » Thu Mar 09, 2017 5:02 pm

Lions agreed to terms with DT Akeem Spence, formerly of the Bucs, on a three-year, $10.5 million contract.
A space eater, Spence had an injury-plagued 2015 before an ineffective 2016. He's a big body who's still relatively young (25). That's about it.
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