The new league year hasn’t even started yet, but most of the top names are already gone. Most, but not all.
The new league year hasn’t even started yet, but many of the top NFL free agents have agreed to join new teams or re-sign with their old ones. The free agency negotiating or “legal tampering” period doesn’t allow contracts to be signed, but barring massive Josh McDaniels syle flip-flopping, the biggest reported deals will become official at 4 p.m. ET on March 14.
It has been some of the most action we’ve seen prior to the start of free agency. From a slew of trades to some high-profile franchise tagging to Sam Bradford getting another $20 million thrown at what’s left of his ACLs, it’s hard even keeping track of who is still available.
The top quarterbacks (and Bradford) went quickly, while the pass-rushing market dried up immediately with a pair of franchise tags to Demarcus Lawrence and Ezekiel Ansah. Wide receivers are getting paid a whole lot more than anybody expected, and that market is quickly evaporating. Running backs … well, nobody is signing running backs yet.
We’ve got you covered and there are still plenty of players worth signing, depending on the need.
Signed: Drew Brees, Kirk Cousins, Case Keenum, Sam Bradford, Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater
Best Available: AJ McCarron, Geno Smith, Jay Cutler
McCarron was thought to have a potentially strong market, but at the time of writing, there’s been nothing. Jay Cutler is included because he’s, at times, competent and that just happens to be the bar at this point in the free agent class. The big names are essentially all gone.
Others available: Blaine Gabbert, Mike Glennon, Brock Osweiler E.J. Manuel, Colin Kaepernick, Ryan Fitzpatrick
Signed: Le’Veon Bell (franchise tag), Chris Ivory, Jonathan Stewart, Isaiah Crowell, Dion Lewis, Jonathan …read more