NFL free agency is almost here, but before contracts and trades can become official when the new league years begins Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, the legal tampering period for free agents starts at noon Monday.

As a result, the rumor mill will be in overdrive as many of the top players on the market are able to agree to contracts with teams ahead of Wednesday's date. 

The New England Patriots are a key team to watch with so many important players eligible to be unrestricted free agents. Defensive end Trey Flowers, left tackle Trent Brown, wide receivers Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett, and kicker Stephen Gostkowski are among the most notable New England players hitting free agency.

Keep it right here for our live blog Monday of the latest rumors, news and other happenings from the league's legal free-agent tampering period.

9:26 p.m.: Linebacker Anthony Barr is heading to the Big Apple

7:23 p.m.: Safety Tyrann Mathieu joining the Chiefs.

6:30 p.m.: The Patriots were outbid by the Titans for Adam Humphries.

5:45 p.m.: A couple wide receivers off the market.

4:38 p.m.: Here are the reported terms of Jamison Crowder's contract with the New York Jets.

The Buffalo Bills also are adding veteran running back Frank Gore, who apparently is never going to retire!

4:17 p.m.: The New York Jets could be adding another target for young quarterback Sam Darnold.

3:38 p.m.: The Patriots have lost their top free agent.

3:14 p.m.: Landon Collins is getting paid in a huge way.

3:04 p.m.: The Detroit Lions are improving their woeful defense.

2:40 p.m.: The San Francisco 49ers didn't get Antonio Brown, but they might not be done pursuing a major upgrade at wide receiver.

1:55 p.m.: San Francisco is making moves.

1:25 p.m.: Here are some notable news bits and rumors.

12:45 p.m.: Could a second elite wide receiver be traded in the near future?

Here's an update on Patriots free agent Trey Flowers.

And it doesn't look like Le'Veon Bell will join Antonio Brown in Oakland.

12:11 p.m.: Another major splash by the Oakland Raiders, who also agreed to trade for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown over the weekend.

Noon: The NFL's free agent legal tampering period is open!


11:56 a.m.: Here's a notable report from Sunday night.

11:45 a.m.: ESPN's Dan Graziano with an update on Patriots free agent defensive end Trey Flowers.

Multiple sources expect former Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers to get a monster deal (maybe in excess of $18 million per year) on the open market after many of the top free-agent pass-rushers got franchised. 

11:05 a.m. ET: Let's begin with some morning headlines.

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