2017 NFL Free Agency Tracker

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Le'Veon Bell, RB PIT PIT
May very well have been the league's MVP over the last four or five weeks of the season and first two weeks of the playoffs.
Contract Details: Franchise tag
Eric Berry, S KC KC
Berry is now the richest safety in the NFL and won’t be going anywhere after agreeing to a long-term deal with the Chiefs.
Contract Details: 6-year, $78 million
Chandler Jones, DE ARI ARI
Jones is one of the best young edge rushers in the NFL and stout against the run as well, a complete player.
Contract Details: About $14.5 million (tag)
Kirk Cousins, QB WAS WAS
Cousins has signed his exclusive franchise tag from Washington. There is still a slim chance he could be traded, but it appears Cousins is set to be Washington's QB again for 2017.
Contract Details: $23.94 million (franchise tag)
Kawann Short, DT CAR CAR
A first-team All-Pro in 2015, like his team, Short fell off a bit in 2016 but he is still one of the dominant interior defenders in the NFL.
Contract Details: $13.6 million (tag)
Calais Campbell, DE ARI JAC
The Jaguars' already-massive haul grows. The reported $30 million guaranteed is a huge sum, but Campbell has been super durable and is coming off one of his best seasons, at age 30. Jacksonville's interior pass rush with him and Malik Jackson is going to be a force, and with Yannick Ngaukoue, Dante Fowler (if he reaches his potential) and more reinforcements expected outside, this front seven is downright nasty. Oh yeah, Tom Coughlin knows a thing or two about the importance of a good pass rush from his front four. Excellent Thursday for the new football czar and his coach, Doug Marrone.
Contract Details: 4 years, $60 million
Melvin Ingram, OLB LAC LAC
After struggling early with injuries, Ingram has developed into the top-end outside linebacker/pass rusher the Chargers envisioned when they tabbed him in the first round and is arguably the most indispensable defender they have other than Joey Bosa. Ingram got tagged on Feb. 27
Contract Details: Franchise tag
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE NYG NYG
Pierre-Paul appeared to be close to all the way back from his horrific fireworks injury prior to missing the end of last season with a sports hernia surgery.
Contract Details: Franchise tag
Dontari Poe, DT KC ATL
Why not, the NFC champs likely thought to themselves before closing the deal with the athletic big man who hasn't dominated consistently in a few years. Poe still has that unique size-explosion combo, and Atlanta definitely needed a replacement for free agent Jonathan Babineaux. A one-year deal could serve to keep Poe motivated, and his presence inside next to ascending Grady Jarrett makes for a potentially dynamic interior duo. Poe's mass should also help keep the Falcons' lightning-fast second level free to run and make plays, which is key for improving one of the NFL's worst run defenses in 2016.
Contract Details: 1 year, $8 million
Brandon Williams, DT BAL BAL
Williams is a Pro Bowl-caliber talent at defensive tackle who will stay in Baltimore on a massive five-year contract. It was a smart move for the Ravens to keep Williams, who is 28 and has played in every game over the past three seasons. He had 51 tackles and four tackles for loss last season. He's the ultimate run-plugger up front for the Ravens.
Contract Details: 5 years, $54 million with $27.5 million GTD
Kevin Zeitler, G CIN CLE
The NFL's new highest-paid guard, according to ESPN, Zeitler lands $31.5 million guaranteed in a deal similar to the one the Packers just gave pass rusher Nick Perry. Zeitler was the prize guard on the market, and the Browns are showing some foresight by securing, at least on paper, one of the league's top O-lines (they extended Joel Bitonio on Thursday, too) before their franchise QB. We've seen recently the effect an O-line with this type of pedigree can have on a club and Zeitler, at 26, is worthy of being its centerpiece. The Browns' plan continues to crystalize, and though the hardest part of the equation remains unanswered, we can't argue with the thinking here.
Contract Details: 5 years, $60 million
Dont'a Hightower, ILB NE NE
Hightower took a week and visited the Jets and Steelers, but ultimately decided to stay in Foxborough. Retaining the top inside linebacker on the market only continues what has been quite the start to the 2017 league year for the Patriots, who drafted Hightower in 2012. It's a four-year deal.
Contract Details: 4 years, $43.5 million with $19 million GTD
Alshon Jeffery, WR CHI PHI
Clearly, Alshon's availability issues the past two years adversely affected his market, and in joining the Eagles he's betting on himself to have a big year and enter free agency again next offseason at age 28 after collecting $28 million guaranteed the past two years. In the Eagles, Jeffery found a big-armed quarterback and a familiar position coach, all comfortable elements that could help him have a huge season. The Eagles' weaponry for Wentz is vastly improved with Jeffery and a field-stretcher like Torrey Smith.
Contract Details: 1 year, $14 million
Stephon Gilmore, CB BUF NE
Wow. Gilmore lands a massive deal with Buffalo's division rival, which did OK last time it ponied up for a physical press corner (Darrelle Revis, in 2014). Along with Dwayne Allen, whom Bill Belichick acquired in a trade with Indianapolis, Gilmore seems poised to overcome his inconsistencies upon arrival in the winning culture of Foxborough. There's more to this story, however, as rumors continue to swirl that Gilmore's arrival could signal Malcolm Butler's potential exit to New Orleans in a trade for Brandin Cooks. Stay tuned. There's never a shortage of surprises from the Patriots.
Contract Details: 5 years, $65 million ($40 million GTD)
T.J. Lang, G GB DET
For the second consecutive offseason, a Pro Bowl guard leaves the Packers for a division rival. Unlike Josh Sitton, cut by Green Bay prior to signing in Chicago, Lang was a player Ted Thompson wanted back — at his price. Instead, Lang joins his hometown Lions and fellow big-ticket O-line addition, RT Ricky Wagner, to give Detroit a suddenly much-improved group to protect Matthew Stafford and boost one of the NFL's worst run games. Bob Quinn deserves a lot of credit for the way he's attacked the Lions' biggest weakness upon his arrival last offseason. Unlike Sitton's release, which made way for Lane Taylor to join the starting lineup, it's unclear how the Packers will replace Lang, but obvious Thompson would prefer to spend on tight ends when he actually partakes in free agency.
Contract Details: 3 years
A.J. Bouye, CB HOU JAC
The former undrafted gem stays in the AFC South, heading to Jacksonville to pair with last year's fifth overall pick, Jalen Ramsey. This is a terrific move for Jacksonville, which can lessen concerns about the expectations this one-year producer will have on a monster deal by placing him alongside a star-in-the-making and in front of a young and explosive front seven. Jaguars foes will have to pick their poison when throwing outside, as Ramsey and Bouye comprise a big, fast and physical tandem. The best part is both players have yet to scratch the surface of how good they can be.
Contract Details: 5 years, $67.5 million with $26 million GTD
Trumaine Johnson, CB LAR LAR
The third of our top three corners, Johnson was tagged last season and played in 2016 like a guy who wasn't thrilled about it. He wasn't bad, he just wasn't a franchise corner, but the Rams elected on March 1 to tag him a second time.
Contract Details: Franchise tag
Tony Romo*, QB DAL
* The Cowboys have yet to release him, but Romo's contract remains un-tradeable, making the franchise's all-time passing leader's arrival on the market as a street free agent not a matter of 'if,' but 'when.'
Martellus Bennett, TE NE GB
If the Patriots' splurge for Stephon Gilmore was the surprise of free agency's Day One, surely Ted Thompson's rare, but typically fruitful, foray into free agency to land Martellus Bennett is Day Two's biggest curveball. Indeed, within one hour of reports that Jared Cook, whom Aaron Rodgers stumped hard for to return, wouldn't be re-signed surfaced, the Packers did Rodgers one better by landing Bennett, free agency's No. 1 tight end. Unlike Cook, Bennett is a two-way player who'll help as a blocker in addition to bringing seam-stretching speed and another inviting target to help accentuate the rest of the pass-catching corps. If this move is anything like the additions of Cook, Letroy Guion and Julius Peppers, well, Rodgers, Mike McCarthy and Packers fans everywhere will be thrilled.
Eddie Lacy, RB GB SEA
The Seahawks haven't taken finding Marshawn Lynch's replacement lightly, following up last year's draft class including three backs with the signing of Lacy. With real concerns over Lacy's conditioning and Thomas Rawls' durability, Seattle's backfield is certainly volatile. But at their best, Lacy-Rawls would form the NFL's most punishing tandem, with C.J. Prosise, lightning quick and highly proficient as a receiver, a fabulous change-of-pace. Seattle's offensive line remains a mess, but it remains committed to the run, with a RB corps just loaded with talent and potential.
Contract Details: 1 year, $5.5 million ($3 million GTD)
Jabaal Sheard, DE NE IND
Chris Ballard continued a strong day, following up the John Simon signing with Sheard, a versatile inside-outside pass rusher who in 2016 couldn't replicate his '15 success in New England but will certainly be welcomed on a club looking to close the talent gap with the Super Bowl champs. Sheard will be 28 this spring, and while the money here seems like a lot, Ballard has greatly improved his front seven's playmaking ability while also getting younger with two important signings.
Contract Details: 3 years, $25.5 million
Mike Glennon, QB TB CHI
Glennon gets his chance to start after spending the previous two seasons as Jameis Winston's backup. The reported numbers are a lot more modest than first anticipated, but Glennon's current pass-catching corps likely needs to be improved after Jeffery's departure to give him a legitimate chance. Ryan Pace reportedly did a ton of work on Glennon dating back to his time scouting with the Saints, and came away impressed with his arm talent and toughness — two traits his predecessor, Jay Cutler, never lacked.
Contract Details: 3 years, $45 million
Ricky Wagner, OT BAL DET
Wagner went from a fifth-round pick to the Ravens in 2013 to being the highest-paid tackle in this year's market, reportedly agreeing to a deal with the Lions that will "eclipse $9 million per year," according to NFL Network.
Jared Cook, TE GB OAK
After a reported disconnect with Green Bay resulted in his departure and Martellus Bennett's arrival, Cook, who endured the hard luck of middling QB play for too long prior to 2016, finds a soft landing. Derek Carr is a young, rising star who reportedly applied the full-court press to land an upgrade over disappointing 2015 third-rounder Clive Walford. With Cook joining Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, fellow newcomer Cordarrelle Patterson and a dominant O-line, Oakland may be a feature back away from becoming one of the NFL's more complete offenses.
Contract Details: 2 years, $12 million
Pierre Garcon, WR WAS SF
Garcon is expected to reunite with Kyle Shanahan, who oversaw the veteran wide receiver's best season — NFL-high 113 catches for 1,346 and five touchdowns — as Washington's offensive coordinator in 2013. Garcon will be 31 in August, and this deal is expected to be quite rich like several others reportedly handed out by Shanahan and rookie GM John Lynch, but he's tough as nails and a good presence in the locker room — two qualities that shouldn't fade as he ages.
Andrew Whitworth, OT CIN LAR
Jared Goff was awful as a rookie, but in fairness, he never really had a chance because of poor coaching and abysmal O-line play. Whitworth solves part of the latter issue, as the 36-year-old remains an excellent blind-side protector, capable of improving Goff's comfort level in the pocket. This is a clear admission by GM Les Snead that former No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson was a bad miss.
Contract Details: 3 years, $36 million
Bennie Logan, DT PHI KC
Logan is one of the better kept secrets in this years free-agent group, and he heads to K.C. as a likely replacement for Dontari Poe.
Tony Jefferson, S ARI BAL
Baltimore landed the top free-agent safety two years in a row and will pair Jefferson, coming off a career season, with Eric Weddle, who transitioned smoothly a year ago. This is a physical and experienced tandem with nice playmaking skills — big assets as the Ravens turn over their cornerback room.
Contract Details: 4 years, $36 million
Jamaal Charles, RB KC
This will be all about the physical. Charles has nine seasons in the NFL but won’t turn 31 until the end of 2017 and has played only eight games over the past two seasons. In fact, Charles has had more than 250 attempts just twice in his career and if his knees are sound, he should still have plenty of tread left on his tires. When right he’s as dangerous a weapon as there is in the league. The question is, will he ever be right again?
Adrian Peterson, RB MIN
A.P. is probably in for a rude awakening to the limited market there is going to be for him at the price he seems to think he’s worth. His 1.6-yard average on 31 carries prior to his season-altering knee injury last year was a real warning signal and he will be 32 in March. But he is a first ballot Hall of Fame lock, and is always in phenomenal shape, so some team that believes it’s a RB away – Giants, Broncos, Raiders, Lions, Ravens come to mind – will be willing to risk more than they should on a one– or two-year deal.
Brandon Marshall, WR NYJ NYG
After the Jets cut Marshall, who turns 33 on March 23, he gets to stay in New York after signing a two-year deal to go play with Eli Manning and the Giants, according to Newsday. Our Arthur Arkush has more on this move here: http://www.profootballweekly.com/2017/03/08/new-york-giants-adding-brandon-marshall-could-be-great-or-train-wreck-we-cant-avoid/ax5khb5/
Contract Details: 2 years, $12 million
Latavius Murray, RB OAK MIN
This seems like a colossal panic move by a club moving on from its best player ever, Adrian Peterson. Murray managed 4.0 yards per carry a year ago, but that was in part the byproduct of running behind Oakland's lavish and dominant offensive line. The Vikings, well, they lavished a ton of free-agent dough on Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers, but will the NFL's worst O-line benefit from adding one tackle who was demoted a year ago and another who's been routinely cut, including by the Vikings in 2014? We have serious doubts. Moreover, Murray gets a ton of guaranteed coin despite the likelihood he'll be soon be replaced by the rookie that arrives via a draft Rick Spielman recently said is the deepest he can recall in a few weeks. Another odd decision for a team whose disastrous end to the season seemingly has spilled into the new year.
Contract Details: 3 years, $15 million ($8.6 million GTD)
DeSean Jackson, WR WAS TB
The Buccaneers have a mega-sized super star in Mike Evans. What they lacked — until Thursday — was the burner to make safeties think twice before shading or bracketing Evans. Jameis Winston will be thrilled, and he should be, because while Jackson has always been boom-or-bust, Tampa's vertical offense and Winston's huge arm should allow Jackson to make many of his vintage big plays.
Contract Details: 3 years, $35 million ($20 million GTD)
Larry Warford, G DET NO
The Saints have always prioritized Drew Brees' interior protection, and Warford, one of the top remaining guards, should make a nice replacement for Jahri Evans. He hasn't rediscovered his All-Rookie form, but Warford is a tough guy with a lot of strength and power, who should shore up Brees' interior protection and boost the Saints' run game.
Nick Perry, OLB GB GB
The Packers are re-signing Perry, their 2016 sack leader, to an annual average just short of Clay Matthews. At just 27, Perry, it'd appear, is viewed as the key future piece of their edge rush. With Matthews' production, and durability, waning, and Julius Peppers and Datone Jones both free agents, Green Bay's back was against the wall to retain Perry. If he can stay on the field, the deal will be worth it. He's solid versus the run and pass and may have more value to the Packers than others because they know him so well.
Contract Details: 5 years, $59 million
Terrelle Pryor, WR CLE WAS
Washington didn't need Scot McCloughan to know it desperately needed a big-bodied outside receiver to replace Pierre Garcon, and Pryor, 28, fills the bill while also adding more speed and upside to Kirk Cousins' pass-catching stable. Moreover, $8 million seems reasonable for a converted quarterback who eclipsed 1,000 yards in his first full season as a receiver. Why didn't Cleveland do more to keep Pryor, who indicated he wanted to stay with Hue Jackson and wasn't able to find a multi-year offer elsewhere?
Contract Details: 1 year, $8 million
Logan Ryan, CB NE TEN
Ryan gets away from New England for big money in Tennessee, as the Titans get a much-needed talented corner for a secondary that really struggled last season. Ryan is only 26 and has 13 career interceptions.
Contract Details: 3 years, $30 million
Johnathan Hankins, DT NYG
Hankins was a second-round pick of the Giants in 2013 and has been a solid contributor from his rookie season on. At 6-2, 320 he can play in a 30- or 40-front, he won’t turn 25 until the end of March and GM Jerry Reese believes he’s been one of his most underrated contributors. The Giants will try to retain him and do have the cap space to do deals with both Hankins and Jason Pierre-Paul, but may struggle to get both done.
Riley Reiff, OT DET MIN
After losing Kalil to Carolina, the Vikings responded quickly by raiding their division rivals for Reiff, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Reiff may lack Kalil's upside, but has been a better, more versatile player over the past several seasons, and Minnesota isn't in position to be picky with the state of its O-line and the limited options on the market. Reiff wasn't returning to Detroit after the Lions set the right tackle market for Wagner, who also reportedly received interest from Minnesota.
Kenny Britt, WR LAR CLE
Britt is a nice story. The former first-round pick of the Titans nearly jettisoned himself out of the league early in his career after a trail of off-field incidents, but he cleaned up and began to realize his potential — in the Rams' inept offense of all places — the past two seasons, culminating in his first 1,000-yard campaign, in 2016. An inviting target with some explosive traits, he's solid decent contingency plan for Terrelle Pryor, even if he's joining another muddled quarterback situation.
Contract Details: 4 years, $32.5 million
Lawrence Timmons, ILB PIT MIA
Timmons, the Steelers' defensive MVP in recent seasons, is an instant upgrade for Miami, one of the NFL's worst run defenses in 2016. A 10-year veteran who'll turn 31 in May, Timmons has missed just three starts since 2009, and he's been inactive, remarkably, just twice in his career. He'll bring experience and toughness to the Dolphins and should form a terrific tandem with Kiko Alonso.
Kevin Minter, ILB ARI
Minter is in a great spot to get paid but it’s unclear whether that will happen in Arizona or elsewhere. The Cardinals consider him a priority to retain but with Jones, Campbell and Jefferson all also UFAs it will be tough to keep everyone. Minter was a difference-maker in 2016 at inside linebacker with 3½ sacks and six tackles for loss.
Jay Cutler, QB CHI
Cutler was let go by the Bears after eight seasons and a .500 record. The Jets reportedly have some interest in adding Cutler.
Zach Brown, ILB BUF
Brown was originally a second-round pick of the Titans in 2012 and after giving them four strong seasons including 14 sacks and seven interceptions they inexplicably let him get away to Buffalo on a one-year, prove-it deal for 2016. Brown has great size to play inside and rewarded the Bills, leading them in tackles with 149, adding four sacks and a Pro Bowl nod as an alternate. He won’t turn 28 until mid-October and is looking at a big payday.
Sylvester Williams, DT DEN TEN
Williams, a first-round pick of the Broncos in 2013, signed a three-year deal with the Titans. The space-eater should be a good addition up front next to Jurrell Casey in Dick LeBeau's defense.
Dre Kirkpatrick, CB CIN CIN
May be one of the real sleepers in this free-agent class, and he's staying with the Bengals, who are keeping Kirkpatrick on a five-year deal worth more than $50 million.
Jermaine Gresham, TE ARI ARI
Gresham was rewarded after leaving money on the table last offseason for the chance to join a contender — not by actually contending, as Arizona was a mess a year ago, but after receiving his first long-term pact since the Bengals drafted him in the first round in 2010.
Contract Details: Four years
Colin Kaepernick, QB SF
Certainly questions abound with this young man on and off the field. But the facts are the talent pool is empty at the game’s most important position and he is a freak of an athlete, with a career 88.9 passer rating, 72:30 TD-to-INT ratio, 6.1-yard rushing average and 13 additional rushing TDs, good for a 31-22 record prior to the 2016 train wreck. There is a GM-coach tandem out there convinced they’re the ones to make him the next Rich Gannon.
Kenny Stills, WR MIA MIA
Stills and the Dolphins are a good match. He fits well in an offense with Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker, and Miami didn't have to overspend for one year of terrific production.
Contract Details: 4 years, $32 million
Micah Hyde, S GB BUF
One of Green Bay's most impactful defenders during its playoff surge a year ago, Hyde cashed in on that dynamic stretch of play with a very nice deal, including $14 million guaranteed, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. He can play strong safety, nickel back, dime linebacker and returner, so maybe we shouldn't be so surprised a player with his versatility cashed in, but he's never truly been a full-time starter and will always have to compensate for athletic limitations with his smarts and toughness.
Contract Details: 5 years, $30 million
Barry Church, S DAL JAC
Jacksonville adds a physical tone-setter to pair with last year's free-agent safety splash, Tashaun Gipson. Church is an upgrade over Johnathan Cyprien, solely a box safety who moved on to the Titans, as he brings better instincts and ball skills to the Jaguars' back end. Church was an underrated contributor in Rod Marinelli's smoke-and-mirrors 'D' who Dallas didn't want to lose. He should pair well with the rangy Gipson on a vastly improved Jaguars stop-unt.
Contract Details: 4 years
T.J. McDonald, S LAR
McDonald is a third-round pick of the Rams out of USC with great size at 6-3, 217, excellent athleticism and average speed for the position who has shown flashes of special traits but never really emerged as a difference-maker. He missed the first six games of his rookie year and finished 2015 on IR, missing the final five games. He just turned 26 and his best years may still be in front of him.
Matt Kalil, OT MIN CAR
There may not be a better illustration of this offseason's offensive tackle shortage than this deal, including $25 million guaranteed, according to USA TODAY's Tom Peliserro. Kalil is only 27, and no one has ever doubted the former third overall pick's physical and athletic attributes, but the inconsistency and durability issues since his Pro Bowl rookie season are real. So is the likelihood Michael Oher, who's been in concussion protocol since September, is done in Carolina. Kalil teams up with his brother, Pro Bowl pivot Ryan, and perhaps this is the fresh start he needs. We know Cam Newton and the Panthers' offense needs one after last season.
Contract Details: 5 years, $55.5 million ($25 million GTD)
Ronald Leary, G DAL DEN
Leary will head to the Broncos, according to Mike Klis of 9NEWS. It's a nice, and expensive, get for John Elway, which shouldn't hurt his expected pursuit of Leary's ex-teammate, Tony Romo. Leary capitalized on La'el Collins' injury a year ago and becomes an instant upgrade, at either guard spot, blocking the run and pass for a Denver O-line badly needing just that.
Contract Details: 4 years, $8.5 million per year
Nick Mangold, C NYJ
Luke Joeckel, OL JAC SEA
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the former No. 2 overall pick in Jacksonville will collect $8 million with Seattle, where O-line upgrades are welcome, even a reclamation project coming off a serious knee injury like Joeckel. The upshot here is the Seahawks at least targeted a blocker with impressive pedigree — a far cry from converted D-linemen and basketball players. If Joeckel is going to succeed, Tom Cable may give him the best shot.
Contract Details: 1 year, $8 million
Chance Warmack, G TEN PHI
It won't generate the buzz of adding Jeffery or Smith, but this is a sneaky-good signing by Howie Roseman and Co. Warmack's tenure in Tennessee didn't end well, and he never lived up to his former top-10 billing, but he was a weekly starter from 2013-15, with some bright flashes along the way. It's not much to pay for a player with his talent — he reportedly can earn an additional $1.25 million in playing time incentives — and Warmack may compete with Isaac Semaulo and Allen Barbre for a starting LG role.
Contract Details: 1 year, $1.5 million
Manti Te'o, ILB LAC
Chris Baker, DL WAS TB
He'll tag along with ex-Washington teammate D-Jax to Tampa, where the disruptive inside pass rusher can take advantage of playing on a line with blue-chipper Gerald McCoy, Robert Ayers and second-year player Noah Spence. Baker is underrated and provides a premium service — interior penetration — that will be welcomed by Mike Smith. Like their in-state neighbor Jaguars, the Bucs, who narrowly missed the playoffs a year ago, are stockpiling some impressive defensive talent.
Contract Details: 3 years
Brandon Carr, CB DAL BAL
A cornerback corps in transition lands a rock-solid vet in Carr. No, he never lived up to the monster contract the Cowboys gave him in 2012, but Carr was available every Sunday, which is more than Dallas and Baltimore can say for its other options in recent years. At 31, Carr's best years may be behind him, and he has just one interception in his past three seasons combined. But there's comfort here for Ozzie Newsome in adding a 10-year veteran who has never missed a start. Baltimore's secondary, already long on experience, adds more with Carr.
Michael Floyd, WR NE
Morris Claiborne, CB DAL
The Jets' pass 'D' is undergoing a rebuild, and the arrival of Claiborne, as he continues to rebuild his NFL career, makes sense. It's likely a low-risk signing, unlike several high-profile misses on veteran DBs of late by Mike Maccagnan, and Claiborne undoubtedly played his best football as a pro early last season. He's still 27 and, assuming it's a multi-year deal, he'll have the opportunity to develop alongside some young defensive backs expected to arrive in the draft. It's not a high-pressure situation for Claiborne, who mostly wilted in Dallas under the expectations of being the sixth overall pick, as the bar is currently low in light of the abysmal play the team received from its secondary in 2016.
John Simon, OLB HOU IND
An ideal replacement for Erik Walden, Simon gives the Colts, finally, a young edge rusher with some proven production and room to grow. He's two years removed from a five-sack season and was well on his way to improving on it until injuries derailed his 2016 season. Simon is the kind of player Chris Ballard said he'll target: tough and competitive. Nice move as the Colts look to instill some youth in an overaged, underperforming 'D.'
Contract Details: 3 years, $17 million
Julius Peppers, EDGE GB CAR
The 37-year-old is poised to finish his Hall of Fame career where it began as the No. 2 overall pick in 2002. But this is more than a ceremonial signing; Peppers can still harass quarterbacks with great effectiveness when his snaps are closely monitored. Carolina was No. 2 in the NFL in sacks last season, and Ron Rivera and David Gettleman seem committed to maintaining that improved pass rush with Peppers and the re-signings of Mario Addison and Charles Johnson. Expect a package that features Peppers rushing inside next to Kawann Short, an explosive combination of size, strength and quickness that'll give even the best interior O-lines issues. The Packers re-signing Nick Perry looms even larger after losing one of their best rushers the past three seasons, even at Peppers' advancing age.
Chris Long, DE NE
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR MIN OAK
When a player plateaus as a rookie, it's on both him and the organization that first acquired him. Patterson has consistently been one of the game's most electrifying kick returners; it's his role on offense that oddly shrunk following a rookie year when he averaged 11 yards per touch, plus seven total touchdowns. Now, Patterson gets a fresh start in one of the league's more dynamic offenses, and we can't wait to see how he'll assimilate with Derek Carr, not to mention fellow home-run hitters, Amari Cooper and Jalen Richard, who, like Patterson, thrive in space. Oakland is a more dangerous club with Patterson — certainly on special teams but also on offense, where foes have another weapon to account for.
Contract Details: 2 years
Nick Fairley, DT NO NO
NFL Media reports the former first-rounder is "closing in on a big-money contract" to remain with the Saints. It'll be a nice reward for Fairley, landing his first multi-year deal since leaving the Lions, and a smart move for New Orleans to maximize its interior rush by again pairing him with now-healthy Sheldon Rankins.
Robert Woods, WR BUF LAR
Woods gets out of Buffalo and heads to the Rams on a five-year deal. His polished route running and dependability, along with Whitworth and new coach Sean McVay's expertise, should further enhance Goff's comfort level as he enters a huge Year Two following a rookie season without a lot of promise.
Contract Details: 5 years, $39 million
Kyle Juszczyk, FB BAL SF
The fullback lives! In fairness, Juszczyk shouldn't be pigeon-holed, as he's as versatile as any "fullback" in the game and lands with an offensive mind, Kyle Shanahan, poised to maximize him after getting a ton from Pat DiMarco a year ago. He better, as Juszczyk just landed a respectable running back contract, much less easily resetting the fullback market.
Contract Details: 4 years, $21 million
Matt Elam, S BAL
Devin Taylor, DE DET
Prince Amukamara, CB JAC CHI
After sitting out the first wave of corner signings, they still land a solid starter with former first-round pedigree. Amukamara should start immediately, and proved last season he could handle the spotlight that comes with playing across the field from Jalen Ramsey. It's another one-year prove-it deal for the 28-year-old, his second in a row, as Amukamara has appeared in 16 games just once over six seasons. While he has offered solid coverage, Amukamara hasn't been a consistent source of impact plays.
Contract Details: 1 year
Markus Wheaton, WR PIT CHI
Wheaton played in only three games last season, but in 2015 he was a very effective big-play receiver averaging 17.0 yards per catch. He will likely be the Bears' slot receiver after they release Eddie Royal and he helps them start to restock at the position after losing Alshon Jeffery to the Eagles.
Jack Doyle, TE IND IND
Doyle will stay in Indy, which allowed the Colts to trade Dwayne Allen to the Patriots. A neat story, Doyle is a former undrafted player, claimed off waivers from Tennessee, who outlasted high picks Allen and Coby Fleener. Andrew Luck was excellent when targeting Doyle a year ago, and that should continue for the foreseeable future. Doyle can also block, and make plays after the catch — rare skills for today's breed of tight ends.
J.C. Tretter, C GB CLE
The Browns again bolster their offensive line by adding the former Packers center, Tretter, one of our top under-the-radar free agents. Tretter began last season as the Packers' starter before a knee injury reopened the door for Corey Linsley, but he's extremely athletic and has shown some positional flexibility in his short career. At just 26, if he can stay healthy, this could turn into a steal for Cleveland to have flanked around its high-priced guard duo, Zeitler and Bitonio.
Victor Cruz, WR NYG
Kamar Aiken, WR BAL
Paul Worrilow, ILB ATL DET
The former Falcons starter will have a chance to become an every-week defensive contributor again, as Detroit released DeAndre Levy and isn't expected to re-sign Josh Bynes. Worrilow was a prolific tackler in his first three seasons before he became expendable when rookie stud Deion Jones arrived in Round Two a year ago. He'll bring strong tackling and experience to Detroit's defense.
Contract Details: 1 year
Jelani Jenkins, OLB MIA
Jarvis Jones, OLB PIT
Datone Jones, EDGE GB MIN
Interesting move for the Vikings. Jones, the Packers' former first-rounder, improved from 2015-16 after switching to outside linebacker from 3-4 end, but now he'll have a chance to play end in a '40' front — arguably his most natural NFL position. He'll likely only be used in a DE rotation, or perhaps inside in nickel, as Minnesota has star bookends, Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter, plus Brian Robison, who's become a chess piece to accommodate Hunter's fast rise. It seems unlikely, but after Nick Perry went from fellow disappointing Packers first-rounder to securing a five-year, $59 million deal this offseason following a one-year, prove-it pact, could Jones' career take a similar path?
Contract Details: 1 year, $5.5 million ($3 million GTD)
D. J. Swearinger, S ARI WAS
NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports the former Texan and Cardinal is headed to the nation's capital, where he'll likely slide in opposite second-year player Su'a Cravens. Swearinger is coming off his finest season, and in the past two years in the desert he became a more disciplined player after fizzling out as a former second-rounder in Houston. He turns 26 in August and has a chance to pick up where he left off last season.
Contract Details: 3 years, $13.5 million
Jordan Cameron, TE MIA
A.J. Klein, ILB CAR NO
Klein stays in the NFC South where he will be the starting middle linebacker for the Saints, a team that has struggled to find consistency at that position.
Contract Details: 3 years, $15 million
Charles Johnson, DE CAR CAR
Johnson re-signed with the Panthers for $9.5 million. Johnson becomes the third defensive end to re-sign this offseason with Carolina, joining Mario Addison and Wes Horton.
Contract Details: 2 years, $9.5 million
Kendall Wright, WR TEN CHI
Wright reunites with Dowell Loggains, who was his coordinator in Tennessee when he had his best season in 2013.
Contract Details: 1 year, $4 million
Terrance Williams, WR DAL DAL
The Cowboys re-signed Williams, who has shown flashes as a complementary receiver to Dez Bryant, to a four-year contract.
Contract Details: 4 years, $17 million with $9.5 GTD
Courtney Upshaw, EDGE ATL
Malcolm Smith, OLB OAK SF
The former Super Bowl MVP, who led Oakland in tackles in each of his two seasons, reunites with Niners coordinator Robert Saleh, a defensive quality control coach with Seattle from 2011-13. Smith has never rediscovered the playmaking flare he showed in the Super Bowl, and Oakland, despite coveting linebackers, didn't attempt to retain him.
Contract Details: 3 years, $13 million
Duron Harmon, S NE NE
The Patriots had some changes at cornerback, but keep Harmon, who can cover the slot and has played in every game but one in his four NFL seasons. Harmon is only 26.
Contract Details: 4 years, $17 million with $6.5 million GTD
Barkevious Mingo, OLB NE IND
Why not? The Colts need to get younger and more talented on 'D,' and Mingo, the former sixth overall pick, is still 26. He didn't make an impact on defense after being acquired by New England last season but he gave the Patriots good mileage on special teams.
Contract Details: 1 year, $2.5 million
Brandon LaFell, WR CIN CIN
He was solid in his first season in Cincinnati, narrowly missing his career-year production in New England in 2014. LaFell is a big body with some speed to complement A.J. Green. He fit in well with the Bengals, who've lost an awful lot of pieces on offense over the past two offseasons, making the decision to retain someone who meshed well with Andy Dalton a wise one.
Contract Details: 2 years, $9 million
Alan Branch, DT NE NE
Branch didn't get enough credit for his work on New England's 'D' a year ago... until now. Rapoport says he can earn up to $12 million — which is a terrific reward for a 32-year-old former journeyman. He's given the Pats great mileage since 2015, starting 31-of-32 regular season games, plus five in the playoffs, and through all the turnover on Bill Belichick's unit, the fact he remains is a testament to the way he's come on as a run-stuffer and occasional disruptor in the latter portion of his career.
Contract Details: 2 year, $12 million
Luke Wilson, TE SEA
Leodis McKelvin, CB BUF
Justin Gilbert, CB CLE
LeGarrette Blount, RB NE
Jerraud Powers, CB BAL
Vance Walker, DE DEN
Brandon Fusco, G MIN