This is our annual open thread to discuss all the free agent movement, trades, cuts, and other news for the first few days of free agency, starting with the “legal tampering period” that begins at noon Eastern on March 16.
We’ll start with two deals with players that were cut in the past few days, so they are not subject to waiting for the official start of free agency on Wednesday.
Green Bay signs ILB Christian Kirksey.
Green Bay signs OT Ricky Wagner.
Minnesota signs a 2-year extension with Kirk Cousins worth $66 million.
UPDATE: MONDAY 1PM
Cleveland signs TE Austin Hooper (4 years, $44 million, $23 million guaranteed over the first two seasons).
Miami signs G Ereck Flowers (3 years, $30 million, $19.95 million guaranteed).
Houston trades WR DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth-round pick to Arizona for RB David Johnson, a second-round pick, and a 2021 fourth-round pick. To quote Dave Bernreuther on our internal channels, “Chris Ballard could trade T.Y. Hilton and a pick for Todd Gurley right now and it still wouldn’t be the worst move in the division in the last twenty minutes.”
UPDATE: MONDAY 3PM
Baltimore trades TE Hayden Hurst and a fourth-round pick to Atlanta for second- and fifth-round picks.
Miami signs DE Shaq Lawson (3 years, $30 million, $21 million guaranteed).
Pittsburgh G Ramon Foster retires.
San Francisco re-signs DE Arik Armstead (5 years, $85 million).
Tampa Bay re-signs DE Jason Pierre-Paul (2 years, $27 million).
San Francisco trades DT DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for the 13th overall pick in the draft. The Colts then extend Buckner to a deal that makes him the second-highest paid DL in football, behind Aaron Donald ($21 million a year, exact terms still pending).
Cleveland signs OT Jack Conklin (3 years, $42 million, $30 million guaranteed).
Denver signs G/C Graham Glasgow (4 years, $44 million, $26 million guaranteed).
UPDATE: MONDAY NIGHT
Miami signs CB Byron Jones (5 years, $82.5 million, $57 million guaranteed).
New York Giants sign CB James Bradberry (3 years, $45 million, $32 million guaranteed).
Baltimore signs DL Michael Brockers (3 years, $30 million, $21 million guaranteed).
Minnesota trades WR Stefon Diggs (and a seventh-round pick) to Buffalo for the No. 22 pick, a fifth- and sixth-round pick, and a 2021 fourth-round pick.
UPDATE: LATE MONDAY NIGHT
Dallas re-signs WR Amari Cooper (5 years, $100 million, $60 million guaranteed).
Chicago signs TE Jimmy Graham (2 years, $16 million).
Las Vegas signs QB Marcus Mariota.
San Francisco re-signs DB Jimmie Ward (3 years, $29 million).
UPDATE: TUESDAY 9AM
New England QB Tom Brady announces via Instagram that he will leave the Patriots.
Buffalo signs DE Mario Addison.
Detroit signs LB Jamie Collins.
Houston signs WR Randall Cobb (3 years, $27 million, $18.75 million guaranteed).
Miami signs LB Kyle Van Noy (4 years, $51 million).
New York Giants sign LB Blake Martinez (3 years, $30 million).
Washington signs CB Kendall Fuller.
UPDATE: TUESDAY 1PM
Carolina reportedly will sign QB Teddy Bridgewater (3 years, $63 million).
New Orleans re-signs QB Drew Brees (2 years, $50 million).
Las Vegas signs LB Corey Littleton (3 years, $36 million).
UPDATE: TUESDAY 4PM
Indianapolis signs QB Philip Rivers (1 year, $25 million).
Las Vegas signs TE Jason Witten, former Monday Night Football announcer, to play for Jon Gruden, former Monday Night Football announcer.
LA Chargers sign OT Bryan Bulaga (3 years, $30 million).
NY Jets sign LG Alex Lewis (3 years, $19 million).
Cincinnnati signs CB Trae Waynes (3 years, $42 million).
UPDATE: TUESDAY 7PM
Tampa Bay signs QB Tom Brady (early reports indicate 1 year, $30 million).
NY Jets sign C Connor McGovern (3 years, $27 million, $18 million guaranteed).
Washington signs LB Thomas Davis.
Cincinnati signs DL D.J. Reader (4 years, $53 million).
Chicago signs DE Robert Quinn (5 years, $70 million, $30 million guaranteed).
UPDATE: WEDNESDAY 2PM
Jacksonville trades Nick Foles to Chicago for a fourth-round pick.
Tennessee trades Jurrell Casey to Denver for a seventh-round pick.
New England trades Duron Harmon to Detroit for a swap of late-round picks.
New Orleans signs FS Malcolm Jenkins.
Los Angeles Chargers sign CB Chris Harris.
Las Vegas signs CB Eli Apple.
UPDATE: THURSDAY 10AM
Detroit trades CB Darius Slay to Philadelphia for third- and fifth-round picks.
UPDATE: THURSDAY 4PM
Los Angeles Rams cut RB Todd Gurley and OLB Clay Matthews.
UPDATE: FRIDAY NIGHT
New Orleans signs WR Emmanuel Sanders (2 years, $16 million)
Atlanta signs RB Todd Gurley (1 year, $5 million)