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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. 

49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo jokes with reporters on George Kittle's new fame

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49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo jokes with reporters on George Kittle's new fame

I'll admit it, sometimes I get a big head when a tweet of mine goes viral -- I get a little ahead of myself with the attention. One person who does not have that problem is 49ers' tight end George Kittle. At least not yet.

During a recent press conference, 49ers' quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was asked about Kittle and how the tight end could be handling his "new higher profile" since last year. Jimmy G wanted to make sure Kittle remained humble and simply answered, "George who?"

Garoppolo smiled, of course, and it was pretty apparent he was being facetious -- and rightfully so.

Last season, Kittle was voted the most improved player by the Pro Football Writers of America, he was selected to the Pro Bowl, earned second-team All Pro honors, and set the NFL receiving yards record by a tight end in a season with 1,377 yards. 

Not bad. And through it all, he not only remained humble, but he also remained awesome.

[RELATED: Kittle played through rib injury last season]

At the end of the day, he's just a guy rushing through a press conference to get to a WWE event.

He's all of us. 

Jimmy Garoppolo won't admit he dared George Kittle to tweet Antonio Brown

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Jimmy Garoppolo won't admit he dared George Kittle to tweet Antonio Brown

Early on, it appeared to be at least a possibility that Antonio Brown would eventually be headed out of Pittsburgh and to the Bay Area to play with the 49ers.

Once reports surfaced that the seven-time Pro-Bowl receiver might want out of the Steel City, 49ers tight end George Kittle immediately sprang into action, tweeting "Sup?" at Brown on New Year's Eve. 

Well, the star tight end revealed Wednesday that he sent the tweet on a dare from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

"Jimmy totally dared me to do it,” Kittle said, via Pro Football Talk. “And I am not going to say no. [I] threw it out there, and I thought it was going to be completely meaningless, and I got a response in about 10 minutes. I was like, ‘Oh, that’s exciting.’ It was fun.”

Brown responded back about 20 minutes later and the rumors started to spread like wildfire.

49ers general manager John Lynch admitted that his team was interested in acquiring Odell Beckham Jr., but wasn't really involved in the trade talks for Brown, who eventually wound up across the Bay with the Raiders. 

[RELATED: Game-by-game predictions for 49ers' 2019 season]

As for Garoppolo, he would neither confirm nor deny that a New Year's Eve dare sparked the tweet.

“It depends who you ask,” Garoppolo said. “He said it was (me)? I’d take it with a grain of salt then.”

As it stands, the 49ers still are looking for a top-tier wide receiver to take their passing game to the next level. 

While San Francisco is expected to take Nick Bosa with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, there are a number of wide receivers Lynch and Kyle Shanahan could look to take in the second round.