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
Former Vikings’ LB Anthony Barr intends to sign with the NY Jets, per league source. Jets get a pass rusher.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2019
7:23 p.m.: Safety Tyrann Mathieu joining the Chiefs.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2019
6:30 p.m.: The Patriots were outbid by the Titans for Adam Humphries.
The Titans were bidding against the New England Patriots for Humphries all day per source. In the end, the Titans land him. https://t.co/kTP3eWKz3Z— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 11, 2019
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.
Jets are giving WR Jamison Crowder a 3-year, $28.5 million deal that includes $17 million guaranteed, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2019
The Buffalo Bills also are adding veteran running back Frank Gore, who apparently is never going to retire!
Bills have agreed with Frank Gore on a 1 m-year, $2 million deal, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2019
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.
It will be a five-year deal in Detroit for Trey Flowers, per source. https://t.co/WAdJxKmI4H— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2019
3:14 p.m.: Landon Collins is getting paid in a huge way.
Sources: Former #Giants star S Landon Collins is signing a 6-year deal for a whopping $84M with the rival #Redskins. Hard to imagine a box safety with this kind of deal after last year’s slow safety market. This moves the market dramatically.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2019
3:04 p.m.: The Detroit Lions are improving their woeful defense.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 11, 2019
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.
49ers intend to sign former Bucs LB Kwon Alexander to a 4-year, $54 million deal that includes $27 million guaranteed, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2019
1:25 p.m.: Here are some notable news bits and rumors.
Source: #Giants have been in contact with Cardinals free agent OLB Deone Bucannon, 26, who started 41 games in the three seasons that James Bettcher, now Giants DC, ran Arizona's defense.— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) March 11, 2019
12:45 p.m.: Could a second elite wide receiver be traded in the near future?
The Giants are still involved in trade discussions with Odell Beckham Jr., according to a source. One of the league’s best wide receivers remains on the market.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) March 11, 2019
Here's an update on Patriots free agent Trey Flowers.
I'm told there have been some level of discussions within the #Bills on impending FA DE Trey Flowers. Gathering of opinions, was the tone conveyed at this point. Other potential targets that peaked interest in similar discussions, are mired in a tag situation.— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 11, 2019
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.
Former Patriots’ OT Trent Brown intends to sign a four-year, $66 million contract that includes $36.75 million guaranteed with the Oakland Raiders, per source, making him highest paid OL in NFL history.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2019
Noon: The NFL's free agent legal tampering period is open!
11:56 a.m.: Here's a notable report from Sunday night.
Last night, the #Rams agreed to terms with pass-rusher Dante Fowler Jr. on a 1-year deal worth $14M, source said. The former 1st rounder gets another year with the team that traded for him at roughly the amount that the fifth-year option would’ve been, then can hit the market. 💰— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2019
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.
Source: the Giants are signing RFA C Spencer Pulley to a three-year, $9.6M extension. Quality deal for the 25-year old.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 11, 2019
Source: in advance of free agency, the Bears have created $2.25M in cap space by converting the $3M roster bonus due to DT Eddie Goldman this Friday into a signing bonus. Extra money to work with.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 11, 2019
Former Dolphins’ WR Danny Amendola plans to sign with Detroit, per source. Amendola is in Detroit now, taking a physical and as long as there are no complications, he will be a Lion, reunited with GM Bob Quinn and HC Matt Patricia. #Lions— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 11, 2019
Chiefs are releasing four-time Pro-Bowl LB Justin Houston, per source. They had tried to trade him, but no one willing to pick up the $15.25 million base salary that was due this season. Houston now a free agent.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2019
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