Free Agency

The Signings And Opening Moves On Day 1 Of Free Agency

Day 1 of free agency is always chaos as teams scramble to get the initial deals done and take the top rated free agents off the market and away from competitors. There is always a lot of movement on the first day of free agency after several weeks of peace since the end of the Super Bowl.

Here are some of the movers on day 1:

Brock Osweiler: Not one anyone would have expected a year ago when he signed a four year deal with Houston and then ended up losing the starting job to Tom Savage before returning late in the season. He is heading to Cleveland as the Texans took whatever deal they could. The deal sees the Browns and Texans also swapping fourth and sixth round picks in 2017 while Cleveland picks up a second rounder for 2018.

Jay Cutler: Released by the Bears but that was expected, no landing spot as of yet.

Tony Romo: Turning into the curious case of Tony Romo here, everyone wants to see what is next. Yesterday it was looking like the Cowboys were just hanging on in the hopes of getting a trade deal instead of releasing him. Now it appears that trade deal may happen if the rumblings are to be believed. Romo has basically said goodbye to Dallas as the team have said goodbye to him and reports indicate the Broncos are interested with Texas also in the mix.

DeSean Jackson: Heading to Tampa Bay, the veteran receiver could be just what they need to bolster the offense. Tampa also picked up defensive tackle Chris Baker.

Alshon Jeffery: Considered to be the tip wideout available on the market and he is now an Eagle. They also grabbed guard Chance Warmack and released DE Barwin.

Rounding up some of the busier teams:

Ravens: Agreed terms with Brandon Williams, perhaps the best defensive tackle available on the market this year and he returns following two solid seasons in Baltimore.

Dolphins: Traded guard Branden Albert to Jacksonville for tight end Julius Thomas and then added TE Anthony Fasano. They retained safety Reashad Jones on a $60 million five year extension.

Jaguars: Signed CB A.J. Bouye who was regarded to be the top CB on the market to a five year deal worth $67.5 million with $26 million guaranteed. They also signed Calais Campbell and Dallas safety Barry Church on deals totalling more than $150 million.

Jets: Officially released CB Darrelle Revis. No indication on where he may be going as last season he was a shell of his former self and faces four felony counts with other charges from a fight he was allegedly involved in on Feb 12th.

Bills: Released veteran safety Williams and agreed terms with fullback DiMarco, kicker Hauschka, safties Hyde and Poyer and guard Ducasse.

49ers: Agreed to deals with Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin as well as QB Hoyer, TE Paulsen, kicker Gould, LB Smith and FB Juszczyk.

Panthers: Gave LT Kalil a five year deal worth $55.5 million which is the biggest deal the Panthers have ever given an incoming free agent.

Patriots: New England is always an interesting time in the offseason, sometimes they splash out (though that is rare) and many times they go conservative. DT Branch has been resigned on a 2 year deal worth $12 million. Duron Harmon also will return to the Pats and talks with LB Dont’a Hightower are said to be progressing in a positive fashion. Their biggest spend was CB Stephon Gilmore who will sign a five year deal worth $65 million that has $40 million guaranteed. No word on Malcolm Butler yet, ideally the Pats want to keep Butler but there are rumours that they would be open to a trade if they can’t lock him to a long term deal.




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