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NFL free agency live: Latest rumors, news from legal free agent tampering period

NFL free agency live: Latest rumors, news from legal free agent tampering period

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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Patriots-Bengals Preview from Tom E. Curran: No cinch in Cincy

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Patriots-Bengals Preview from Tom E. Curran: No cinch in Cincy

Here we have two teams at opposite ends of the food chain. The 10-3 Patriots and the 1-12 Bengals. Unfortunately, they have one thing in common. Neither one scores much. The Bengals high for the season is 23 points and that was in Week 4. They’ve only scored more than 20 points twice. 

The Patriots have scored fewer than three offensive touchdowns in five out of six games and the lone game they scored three – in Houston – two came in the very late stages after falling behind 21-3. So this game has the potential to look like a Patriots-Bengals from the not-so-distant past. Not the “On to Cincinnati” game people remember from 2014, but the ugly slog in the rain a year earlier when the Patriots lost 13-6 at Cincy. 

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So many elements are the same now for the Patriots offense – limited talent at wideout and a lack of protection up front. 

Because of the Patriots' offensive struggles, what seemed for months like a simple walkover has the potential to be uncomfortably competitive.

 

 

Let the Terrell Suggs speculation begin: Ravens reunion? Patriots pickup?

Let the Terrell Suggs speculation begin: Ravens reunion? Patriots pickup?

Could the Patriots be seeing a familiar, old rival in the playoffs? Or could they be seeing him on their own defense for their playoff run?

The Arizona Cardinals released longtime Pats nemesis Terrell Suggs, 37, on Friday and he'll be on waivers until Monday. While the Patriots, at 10-3, are far down on the waiver list to claim him, the former Pro Bowl linebacker's old team, the Baltimore Ravens, with the NFL's best record at 12-2, are last in line, so a potential reunion appears to be a long shot.

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If he goes unclaimed, he'll be a free agent, calling to mind two years ago when the Pats snapped up pass rusher James Harrison, then 39, after Harrison passed through waivers following his release from the Steelers. 

While it's not the Patriots defense, but an offense that hasn't scored more than 20 points in a game since Halloween, that could use a boost this season, the idea of the guy who once refused to say Tom Brady's name (he'd call him "the pretty boy up north") surfacing in New England was too good to resist for a couple of ex-players: