NFL News and Rumors: Hottest free agency moves thus far
Happy new league year!
The NFL free agency period is alive and well as sports fans can officially celebreate the start of a new NFL league year!
A whirlwind 72-hour free agency period, where general managers can wheel and deal contracts, can be narrowed down to just a crazy sports speed dating experience. And some of those teams made BIG TIME moves.
Scroll through to find the biggest free agency moves that conspired in the last two days…
- OBJ to the Browns
- Earl Thomas to the Ravens
- Le’Veon Bell to the Jets
- Nick Foles to the Jaguars
- Antonio Brown to the Raiders
A new star in Cleveland
There is a new sports star roaming the streets of Cleveland. LeBron is out, Baker Mayfield is a legend, and now the Browns have added Odell Beckham Jr into the mix.
After a 7-8-1 turnaround season for the Browns under rookie quarterback Mayfield, the Browns were ready to make a BIG move this NFL Free Agency, adding another weapon for Baker to throw to. Especially a talented receiver such as OBJ who can make acrobatic catch after acrobatic catch.
OBJ now joins other Browns receiver, and his former teammate at LSU, Jarvis Landry. This receiving duo combined with a strong running game of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, brings the "fun" back to Cleveland.
Earl Thomas to the Ravens
Earl Thomas goes from one bird to the next. After a glorious run with the Seattle Seahawks, six Pro Bowl appearances, and a Super Bowl victory, Thomas’ last season in Seattle was dicey in terms of contract negotiations. Then he lasted just four games into the regular season before suffering a season-ending injury at Arizona.
Today, his patience and business tactics paid off with a four-year contract worth $55 million, $32 million of which is guaranteed.
He joins the Ravens secondary alongside Tony Jefferson, who recorded 53 tackles last season. In other Ravens news, Baltimore also signed former New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram to a three-year deal worth $15 million dollars.
The Jets finally rang the Bell
After a long season of holding out of his contract in Pittsburgh, running back Le’Veon found a new home in the Big Apple. Bell lands a four-year, $52.5 million dollar deal with the New York Jets. The Jets now have their dynamic backfield with rookie quarterback Sam Darnold and now Bell.
Jacksonville has a Super Bowl MVP QB
The Blake Bortles era in Jacksonville has ended.
The Super Bowl LLI MVP is headed to Jacksonville. According to Ian Rapoport, the Jaguars are expected to release quarterback Blake Bortles and sign Nick Foles to a four-year, $88 million deal.
The news of Foles to Jacksonville hasn’t come as a shock to many. The two were rumored companions since John DeFilippo, Foles’ former quarterbacks coach, was hired as the Jaguars offensive coordinator in January.
The Eagles exercised its team option on Foles in February, but failed to offer him the franchise tag, ruining their chances of trading the quarterback to a preferred suitor.
Antonio Brown is a Raider
The brotherly love between Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and Antonio Brown seemed to have started at this year’s Pro Bowl, when Brown was desperately asking to get a pass thrown from Carr during the game.
That feeling didn’t stop there and now followed Brown all the way to California and into the Raiders franchise. Oakland was in desperate need of a go-to wide receiver after trading away Amari Cooper to Dallas last season.
Oakland also signed Los Angeles Chargers receiver Tyrell Williams alongside Brown.
Other moves worth noting
- Safety Tyrann Mathieu signs with Kansas City
- WR DeSean Jackson back home in Philly
- WR Cordarrelle Patterson to the Chicago Bears
- Safety Landon Collins to Washington
- DL Sheldon Richardson to the Cleveland Browns
- DT Malik Jackson to the Philadelphia Eagles