The spread of coronavirus isn't stopping NFL teams from conducting their business.
The beginning of NFL free agency still is set for Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, and starting at 12 p.m. ET on Monday, teams can legally "tamper" with pending free agents by contacting their agents.
This typically-busy period is even busier this year: The league and its players just agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement, while NFL teams have until Monday at 12 p.m. ET to place the franchise tag on players.
That means a flurry of roster transactions and rumors, many of which will impact the New England Patriots as they attempt to re-sign quarterback Tom Brady (or not).
Trying to keep it all straight? Here's a running live blog of the latest news and updates, from Brady to beyond.
11:24 p.m. ET: According to Jason La Canfora, Kendall Fuller will be heading back where his career began. He's joining the Washington Redskins, who draftd him in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft and traded him as part of the Alex Smith deal.
Hearing former Skins draft pick Kendall Fuller heading back there on a free agent contract. Was a part of the Chiefs trade with Washington for Alex Smith— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 17, 2020
10:45 p.m. ET: Stefon Diggs is on the move as the Buffalo Bills acquired him in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings. The Bills gave up a ton of draft capital to get Diggs.
Compensation update: Bills are trading a 1st-round pick, a 5th-round pick, a 6th-round pick and a 2021 4th-round pick for Vikings WR Stefon Diggs and a 2020 7th-round pick, source tells ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2020
10:10 p.m. ET: The Seahawks are keeping one of their top defenders as Jarran Reed has agreed to return to the team on a two-year deal worth $23 million.
The #Seahawks are re-signing DT Jarran Reed to a two-year, $23 million contract, source said. Short deal that gets a good player back to the market at age 29.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 17, 2020
9:36 p.m. ET: The Patriots are losing another linebacker to free agency. Jamie Collins will be joining the Detroit Lions on a three-year deal.
9:22 p.m. ET: Another offensive lineman is getting a deal worth eight figures annually. The New York Jets have signed former Seattle Seahawks tackle George Fant to a three-year deal worth $30 million.
Former Seahawks’ OT George Fant reached agreement with the Jets on a three-year, $30 million deal that includes $13.7 million guaranteed, per @JFowlerESPN and me.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2020
9:10 p.m. ET: Marcus Mariota was a potential Patriots target. But now, it looks like he's going to be joining the Las Vegas Raiders, as the team is "pushing to close out a deal" with Mariota.
The #Raiders are pushing to close out a deal with QB Marcus Mariota, sources tell me and @RapSheet. Mike Mayock's No. 1-ranked QB in his @nflnetwork coverage leading up to the 2015 Draft could soon be on his roster.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 17, 2020
8:05 p.m. ET: The New England Patriots have lost Kyle Van Noy. He'll be joining the Miami Dolphins and former Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores on a four-year, $51 million deal.
8:01 p.m. ET: Javon Hargrave is crossing Pennsylvania. He's joining the Eagles on a three-year, $39 million deal to provide the Eagles with a true playmaker at nose tackle.
Former Steelers’ NT Javon Hargrave reached agreement with the Eagles on a three-year, $39m deal with $26M fully guaranteed, @RosenhausSports tells ESPN. Hargrave becomes the highest paid nose tackle in the NFL.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2020
7:50 p.m. ET: Two more notable deals - Jimmy Graham will be joining the Bears on a two-year deal after spending the previous two years with the Packers. And Michael Brockers will be signing a three-year, $30 million contract with the Ravens to further bolster their offensive line.
Jimmy Graham to the Bears on a two-year, $16 million deal, including $9 million guaranteed, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2020
6:53 p.m. ET: And now, the best corner on the market is off the board. Byron Jones is going to the Miami Dolphins on a deal worth $17 million per year.
This deal is large. Sounds like $17M a year or more. https://t.co/GcOHaD24By— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2020
6:50 p.m. ET: One of the best cornerbacks on the free-agent market is off the board. James Bradberry has joined the New York Giants, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and he will make $15 million per season.
Source: FA CB James Bradberry going to the #Giants...3 yr $45M with $32M guaranteed.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2020
6:06 p.m. ET: A couple of offensive linemen have agreed to eight-figure deals. Interior offensive lineman Graham Glasgow will earn $44 million over four years from the Broncos while Halapoulivaati Vaitai (a.k.a., Big V) is leaving the Eagles to take a five-year, $50 million deal with the Lions.
Broncos signing OL Graham Glasgow to a four-year, $44 million contract, including $26 million guaranteed, @SPORTSTARSNYC tells ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2020
5:05 p.m. ET: The Browns are staying active, luring Jack Conklin away from the TItans with a three-year contract.
Jack Conklin agreed to a 3 year deal with the Browns for $42M with $30M fully guaranteed per his agent @RosenhausSports.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 16, 2020
4:05 p.m. ET: We have another blockbuster trade. The Colts are giving up their first-round pick, 13th overall, for San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman DeForest Buckner. Buckner has 19.5 sacks the past two seasons and has played in all but one game during his four-year career.
Blockbuster: The #49ers are trading Pro Bowl DL DeForest Buckner to the #Colts, sources say, in exchange for a first-round pick. A massive deal for both teams, with one of SF’s key players on the move.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2020
3:15 p.m. ET: Jason Pierre-Paul, who has 21 sacks in his two seasons with the Buccaneers, is remaining in Tampa on a two-year deal, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
JPP is going back to Tampa Bay on a two-year, $27 million deal, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2020
2:28 p.m. ET: Shaq Lawson is staying in the AFC East, as the 2016 first-round pick is going south from Buffalo to Miami.
2:24 p.m. ET: Tight end news keeps coming fast and furious, with another potential Patriots target on the move, with Atlanta acquiring Hayden Hurst from the Ravens.
And another trade! pic.twitter.com/asFJlHLfjM— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2020
1:59 p.m. ET: Another top free agent tight end is off the board, with the Cowboys locking up Blake Jarwin for four more years, per ESPN's Field Yates.
The Cowboys and TE Blake Jarwin are in agreement on a new deal with that keeps him with the team for four seasons, per source.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 16, 2020
1:22 p.m. ET: If Texans head coach Bill O'Brien doesn't like his receivers next season, he has GM Bill O'Brien to blame after this bombshell move, completing the David Johnson trade.
DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth round pick go to Cards for David Johnson and a second round pick this year and a fourth round pick next year.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 16, 2020
1:08 p.m. ET: Kenyan Drake's emergence in Arizona made David Johnson expendable, so the Cardinals are sending the former Pro Bowler to the AFC.
12:48 p.m. ET: Indianapolis is making a charge to replace Jacoby Brissett with an eight-time Pro Bowl QB.
— Dan Sileo (@DanSileoShow) March 16, 2020
12:39 p.m. ET: The biggest prize on the tight end market is already off the board, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.
12:31 p.m. ET: Phillip Dorsett's tenure in New England could be coming to an end, with five teams already showing interest, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson.
Just got off the phone with impending FA WR Phillip Dorsett. He told me, teams showing preliminary interest in him include the #NYJ, #SEA, #LAC, #SF, #LVR. He said, "I just want to come in and have a great opportunity to play and showcase how I can really flourish as a player."— ig: josinaanderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 16, 2020
12:15 p.m. ET: The tampering window officially is open, and NFL Media's Ian Rapoport sees the Brady sweepstakes as a three-team race.
The tampering window has opened and #Patriots QB Tom Brady’s agent can hear from teams. My understanding: The #Chargers and #Bucs will inquire, and of course New England wants him back. That is Brady’s market as of right now.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2020
11:57 a.m. ET: Benjamin Watson had hinted at retirement after the Patriots were bounced from the playoffs. Today, he made it official.
10:58 a.m. ET: Kirk Cousins is getting PAID. The Minnesota Vikings reportedly agreed to a massive extension with their veteran quarterback.
For the #Vikings and QB Kirk Cousins, it’s a 2-year deal worth $66M, source said. In all, it’s 3 years, $96M. $61M guaranteed at signing.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2020
Wonder how Brady feels about that deal considering what the Patriots reportedly offered him...
10:55 a.m. ET: The franchise tag dominoes are starting to fall, as a trio of stars reportedly are receiving franchise tags from their clubs:
10:45 a.m. ET: Here's your first big-name release of the day: The Atlanta Falcons reportedly are cutting running back Devonta Freeman.
The #Falcons are releasing RB Devonta Freeman, source says, saving more than $3M against the salary cap and moving on from their former starter.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2020