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NFL free agency tracker live: Rumors, news as players sign contracts

NFL free agency tracker live: Rumors, news as players sign contracts

Keep your eyes glued to Twitter if you're an NFL fan right now. 

[RELATED: Live updates, news from Day 2 of early negotiations]

The first two days of free agency's early negotiation period brought a flurry of moves. And now, teams can finally sign free agents. 

NFL teams can sign free agents starting Wednesday at 1 p.m. PT. Before then, the two sides can only agree to terms.

Here in the Bay Area, the 49ers and Raiders both have plenty of cap space to work with. Tune in right here for the latest news, rumors and updates on Day 3 of the early negotiation period. 

Wednesday 

4:21 p.m. PT: Former Raiders tight end Jared Cook is scheduled to visit the Saints, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported.

The Raiders have a decision to make with Cook, but given they added Brown and Williams on offense, maybe they let him walk.

3:38 p.m. PT: Jimmie Ward is returning to the 49ers on a one-year deal, NFL Insider Adam Caplan reported.

NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco confirmed the agreement. Ward has always been a favorite of the coaching staff, with Kyle Shanahan saying at the combine, "I love Jimme Ward."

3:04 p.m. PT: The 49ers are adding another playmaker to their backfield and are agreeing to a deal with Tevin Coleman, reported ESPN's Adam Schefter.

2:17 p.m. PT: ESPN's Adam Schefter has an update on the Raiders' agreement with Tyrell Williams.

In a press conference introducing Antonio Brown, Jon Gruden offered no comment on the status of the Raiders' negotiations with Williams. 

1:14 p.m. PT: Another safety reportedly has officially hit the market.

Could the 49ers or Raiders come calling? Both teams need help in the secondary ...

1:09 p.m. PT: The Ravens' reshuffling is now official. 

Finally, John Elway has found a QB who did something he couldn't: Beat the 49ers in a Super Bowl. 

1:06 p.m. PT: Happy new (NFL) year! The deals are starting to become official.

12:05 p.m. PT: The Browns reportedly are shopping defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.

The 49ers have already traded for Dee Brown, but you can never have too many pass rushers ...

11:45 a.m. PT: Le'Veon Bell seems pretty pumped up about joining the Jets. 

11:03 a.m. PT: The Raiders are adding to their wide receiver corps. Former Chargers wideout Tyrell Williams is heading to Oakland, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.

9:53 a.m. PT: The Chargers have a new backup QB for Philip Rivers. Tyrod Taylor is heading to Los Angeles, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported.

9:24 a.m. PT: The Ravens aren't done! Baltimore agreed to a three-year deal with running back Mark Ingram, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported. 

9:15 a.m. PT: It turns out Earl Thomas is going to the AFC North after all. The hard-hitting safety reportedly has agreed to a deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

With all of the talent leaving Pittsburgh, the rest of the division is loading up. 

8:06 a.m. PT: Deep breath, 49ers fans. Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports the Browns will NOT sign safety Earl Thomas. 

7:57 a.m. PT: Kicker alert! Will Lutz will stay in New Orleans, as NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reports the two sides have agreed to a five-year deal. 

Kyle Shanahan undecided how much 49ers will play Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Broncos

Kyle Shanahan undecided how much 49ers will play Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Broncos

DENVER – Jimmy Garoppolo has participated in every practice and taken twice the number of snaps of the other 49ers quarterbacks during training camp.

But 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is uncertain how much Garoppolo will play Monday night when the 49ers face the Denver Broncos in a preseason matchup.

“I haven’t decided how much we’re going to play him on Monday night,” Shanahan said. “Want to play him. A lot has to do with when we watch his film from these two practices, how long we do play all our starters, what O-Linemen are available and things like that.”

Garoppolo saw a lot of action against the Broncos during joint practices on Friday and Saturday. Garoppolo did not suit up for the 49ers’ preseason opener last week against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium. 

Aside from the brace on his left knee, there have been few signs this summer that Garoppolo is returning from such a significant injury.

“I think what’s important, all the time, is you look at the totality of a camp and I think he’s had a really good camp, I really do,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said. “I think the best thing for all of us is that is, I get hesitant and reluctant to say it, but is his recovery from his knee has been flawless.”

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Clearly, Shanahan wants to get some playing time for Garoppolo ahead of the regular-season opener on Sept. 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After all, Garoppolo has started just 10 regular-season games in five seasons in the NFL.

Garoppolo’s heaviest workload is expected to come Saturday in Week 3 of the preseason against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium, where he sustained his season-ending torn ACL in his right knee on Sept. 23.

“I’d like him to get in there for a little bit -- not as much as Week 3,” Shanahan said. “It gets very monotonous in camp going against the same coverages every day, some different fronts, different looks, different techniques. We get more out of these two practices than we will in the game.”

Why Kyle Shanahan's father Mike calls coaching 49ers 'ideal situation'

Why Kyle Shanahan's father Mike calls coaching 49ers 'ideal situation'

ENGLEWOOD, Colo — Former head coach Mike Shanahan didn’t return to coaching because the elements weren't quite right but he believes all the pieces are in place for his son Kyle and the 49ers to be successful. 

It was a homecoming of sorts for both Mike and Kyle Shanahan to return to Broncos headquarters during training camp. Mike spent several years in Denver as a position coach before finally becoming the head coach in 1995, where he remained for over a decade. 

After his time with the Broncos, the Mike spent four seasons as head coach in Washington with Kyle as his offensive coordinator. After Mike was relieved of his duties at the end of 2013, he has not coached since. He did, however, reveal that there were options open to him at the time. 

“Close, I was close,” Shanahan said. “One thing that has to happen is we all have to be on the same page. One thing you have to make sure of when you are a head football coach is that the owner, the GM and the quarterback are all on the same page. 

“If it doesn’t happen, the chances of winning a Super Bowl aren’t very good. Anyway, if that situation happened, I was going to take it. If not… But anyway, I had a great conversation with John [Elway], as everybody knows, and it didn’t work out and sometimes it works out for the right reasons.”

On the other hand, Mike believes Kyle has an ideal scenario in Santa Clara. 

“I think he’s in a great situation,” Mike said. “You have a chance to get a guy like John Lynch to be the general manager, being around the support staff that I’ve had a chance to talk to, besides Mr. York."

“Then you get a chance to make decisions on who you want as your coaching staff, who you want as players, bring in the right improvement through free agency. All you want to have is the opportunity to have success and Kyle is given that opportunity and I think people would say this team will get better.” 

Mike has been spending time at 49ers practice since Kyle was named head coach. He also had a chance to break down film with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo while the quarterback was rehabbing from his ACL injury. 

“A lot of people don’t understand when a quarterback gets hurt in the second or third game, and then you have surgery, and then you have your coach coaching and the quarterback’s getting ready for the game. 

“I had a chance to sit down with Jimmy and maybe just talk about defenses for a couple of weeks, talking about terminology of defenses, blitz schemes, zone schemes, and go through the daily installation, or he can just sit back and relax and we can just talk football being part of that terminology system. Obviously knowing the installation schedule, it got a chance for him to relax and have some fun and at the same time, we could study football together.”

Kyle described what it meant to have his father out at practice and reminisced about their time together in Denver. 

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“It’s pretty cool. I didn’t see him at all because I was pretty focused on practice. I heard he was doing a press conference in between it, that’s what these guys told me. No, I love having my dad out. 

“He comes out to San Francisco, too, so that’s not that unusual to see him out there. But, this is my first time back here since my dad left, which is college for me. It’s good to see a lot of old people and really enjoyed our time here.”