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NFL free agency live: Latest on Tom Brady, other stars as tampering window opens

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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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

5:05 p.m. ET: The Browns are staying active, luring Jack Conklin away from the TItans with a three-year contract.

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.

 

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys

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.