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Redskins and 2019 NFL free agency tracker: News, analysis, and rumors

Redskins and 2019 NFL free agency tracker: News, analysis, and rumors

You're going to do your best to keep up with all that happens in NFL free agency this year, but at some point, you're going to get overwhelmed. That's what this blog is for.

Redskins fans and NFL fans will want to keep this 2019 NFL free agency tracker close by throughout the wild period of shuffling around the league. Here, you'll find all the latest signings, news and rumors worth knowing, updated as often as possible, with an eye on Redskins-specific content.

Enjoy — and remember to keep your devices charged.

THURSDAY, MARCH 14

5:00 p.m The Oakland Raiders part ways with WR Jordy Nelson. 

4:40 p.m The New York Giants have agreed to a four-year offer sheet with WR Golden Tate worth $37.5 million with $23 million of the total guaranteed. Tate's tenure in the NFC East continues, heading from Philadelphia up to the Big Apple.

4:20 p.m. The Oakland Raiders release backup QB A.J. McCarron, which slots Nathan Peterman as the new number two for Jon Gruden.

10:00 a.m. The New York Jets have released running back Isaiah Crowell, per the Jets

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

8:03 p.m. Quarterback Blake Bortles has been released by the Jaguars. The move doesn't come as much of a surprise following Jacksonville's decision to sign Nick Foles to a rather hefty free agent contract. The former first-round pick struggled mightily in 2018 after helping his team reach the AFC Championship Game just a year prior. For a stretch of the 2018 season, Bortles was benched for Cody Kessler. 

7:16 p.m. The Chicago Bears will be hosting safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on Wednesday and Thursday as the team looks for a potential replacement in the secondary after losing Adrian Amos to Green Bay. Reports mentioned that the Redskins were working to bring back their trade deadline acquisition, but it appears at least one other team is going to compete for Clinton-Dix. 

4:51 p.m.  Free agent running back Tevin Coleman will be reuniting with his former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, as the tailback is signing a two-year, $10 million deal with the 49ers. Coleman gives San Fransisco a versatile option in the backfield as the Indiana product can be used in both the running and passing game. 

3:36 p.m. Teddy Bridgewater's return to New Orleans is no longer set in stone. Though reports on Tuesday suggested the quarterback would return to the Saints because of his appreciation for the culture and opportunity to take over following Drew Brees' retirement, it is now being reported that he will still meet with the Miami Dolphins

3:14 p.m. After signing safety Tyrann Mathieu to begin free agency, the Kansas City Chiefs are parting ways with Eric Berry. Set to make $7.25 million this upcoming season, the 30-year old veteran will be looking for a new team this offseason. After defeating cancer in 2014, Berry had back-to-back First Team All-Pro seasons in 2015 and 2016. Since then, he's struggled to stay on the field. In the past two seasons, he's played a total of just three games. 

2:00 p.m. The Raiders aren't done retooling their wide receiver corp, even after acquiring Antonio Brown. Tyrell Williams, one of the top wideouts remaining on the board, has agreed in principle to join Oakland after spending his first four seasons with the Chargers.

1:56 p.m. Adrian Peterson is heading back to the Redskins. After starting his career in Washington as a last second pick up last August, the veteran running back will return to the Redskins backfield on a two-year, $8 million deal. Rushing for over 1,000 yards in 2018, Peterson was a pleasant surprise and driving factor for Washington's offense. Now, he'll be part of a three-headed tailback monster that includes Derrius Guice and Chris Thompson.

12:30 p.m. Lamar Jackson is getting a fellow Heisman trophy winner to join him in Charm City. Veteran running back Mark Ingram has agreed in principle to a 3-year, $15 million dollar deal with the Baltimore Ravens that will bring him to the AFC North.

12:15 p.m. Star safety Earl Thomas intends to sign an offer sheet with the Baltimore Ravens on a four-year, $55 million contract. The deal includes $32 million guaranteed and $22 million of the guaranteed money in the first 9 months. Prior to the agreement, Thomas had been linked to the Dallas Cowboys, who had shown interest for some time, as well as the Cleveland Browns.

12:24 a.m. Le'Veon Bell has finally made his decision. After months of mind games and confusing tweets, the highly-talented running back is signing a four-year deal with the New York Jets, according to reports. The deal is reported to be worth $52 million over four years as Bell is set to play football after sitting out the entire 2018-19 season. Bell will make an immediate impact for the New York offense, as the playmaker can run like an All-Pro tailback and line up and catch the ball like some of the best receivers in the game. For young quarterback Sam Darnold, this is the best gift he could have gotten. 

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

7:45 p.m.  Another big trade, it looks as if the 49ers will be receiving star linebacker Dee Ford from the Chiefs in exchange for a 2020 second round pick.  Some technicalities still need to be worked out, but it looks like San Francisco is on their way to acquiring the 2019 Pro Bowler that recorded 13.0 sacks and forced seven fumbles last season. 

6:56 p.m.  In what was potentially the most shocking move of the offseason so far, the New York Giants have traded Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. Beckham Jr., who just signed an extension with the Giants last year, will head to the Browns to join what seems to be an explosive offense that has the likes of Baker Mayfield, Jarvis Landry and more. In return, New York will receive the No.17 overall pick this year, a 2019 third-round pick and safety Jabril Peppers. In all likelihood, it looks like the Giants are heading toward a rebuild.  

3:30 p.m. The Oakland Raiders continue to make moves, this time snagging a talented safety in Lamarcus Joyner. Signing him to a four-year, $42 million dollar contract, Joyner immediately upgrades a secondary that had all kinds of struggles in 2018. 

2:57 p.m. A talented offensive lineman is off the market as Roger Saffold and the Titans have come to an agreement on a four-year, $44 million deal. The former Ram started all 16 games in 2018 and will provide Marcus Mariota with protection and Derrick Henry with more open holes to run through. 

2:10 p.m. Working to replace the hole Landon Collins left, the New York Giants have signed veteran safety Antoine Bethea. A two-year contract, the 13-year veteran will provide the Giants with a knowledgeable and skilled option in the secondary. 

1:03 p.m. Another Redskin heads to a new place, as offensive lineman Ty Nsekhe is signing a two-year deal with the Buffalo Bills. During his time in Washington, Nsekhe filled in well for an offensive front that was consistently ravaged by injuries. Now, his departure heightens the Redskins need to find some depth on the line

12:47 p.m. The Detriot Lions continue a slow transformation into becoming the New England Patriots with the signing of defensive end Trey Flowers. Earning a massive contract of five years and $90 million, Flowers offers Detriot a strong front presence, something that could become even more crucial depending on an impending decision from free agent Ziggy Ansah. 

11:50 a.m. After missing out on the Antonio Brown sweepstakes, the Buffalo Bills made sure to get their young quarterback some new weapons. On Tuesday, the team signed both John Brown and Cole Beasley to add to their wide receiver depth. Brown can provide the rocket-arm Josh Allen with a deep threat option while Beasley can work in the middle of the field as a security blanket. 

11:45 a.m. Well, that didn't last long. After reports on Monday linked linebacker Anthony Barr to the Jets, it looks like the free agent will be returning to the Vikings instead. Barr apparently took some time to think over the deal, and Minnesota swooped in with an offer he couldn't refuse. Signing a five-year deal for $67.5 million, Barr will get $33 million guaranteed and can earn up to 77.5 million with bonuses and incentives. A roller coaster few hours, the Vikings keep the heart of their defense while New York misses out on an impactful signing.

9:58 a.m. Linebacker Thomas Davis with be heading from Carolina to Los Angeles, as the soon to be 36-year old has inked a three-year deal with the Chargers. A core piece of the Panthers' 2015 Super Bowl run, Thomas didn't record a sack in 2018 but can still provide depth, experience and leadership for an already talented defense out in Los Angeles. 

9:20 a.m. Former Redskin Preston Smith is heading to Green Bay, as the Packers have agreed to a four-year deal with the free agent. Drafted by Washington in 2015, Smith was a steady force on the defensive front during his four seasons in the Burgundy and Gold. Despite his sack total lacking at times, he provided the Redskins will a solid pass rushing presence. His new contract is reportedly worth $52 million with $16 million coming guaranteed. 

8:53 a.m. The Packers are expected to sign former Ravens edge rusher Za'Darius Smith and Bears safety Adrian Amos, according to sources of Ian Rapoport

8:46 a.m. Terrell Suggs will reportedly sign a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals worth $7 million, according to sources of Adam Schefter

8:40 a.m. Though some teams around the league have expressed interest, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will remain in New Orleans next season. While the Dolphins offered a larger contract and the potential to play right away, reports have stated that Bridgewater enjoys his situation with the Saints, and values the opportunity to potentially take the place of Drew Brees following the veteran's retirement. 

7:53 a.m. The Browns are expected to sign Vikings DT Sheldon Richardson to a three-year deal worth $36 million, according to sources of Ian Rapoport

6:14 a.m. Linebacker C.J. Mosley is expected to sign a five-year, $85 million deal with the New York Jets, according to sources of Ian Rapoport

MONDAY, MARCH 11

9:57 p.m. Another defensive back is off the board. Former Rams safety Lamarcus Joyner is heading to Oakland, according to Ian Rapoport.

9:26 p.m. The Jets continue to make moves, as Adam Schefter reports they will sign former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr.

7:23 p.m. Another top safety has found a new home, as former Texans' captain Tyrann Mathieu is heading to Kansas City, according to Ian Rapoport. The deal is expected to be three-years, $42 million.

7:04 p.m. After four seasons with the Jets, Buster Skrine is heading to the NFC North. The eighth-year veteran is signing with the Chicago Bears on a three-year, $16.5 million deal with $8.5 million guaranteed, according to Mike Garafolo.

6:52 p.m. The Chicago Bears have added another threat in their backfield. Former Seahawks running back Mike Davis is headed to the Windy City, Ian Rapoport reports.

6:49 p.m. Former Kansas City Chiefs center Mitch Morse is the latest offensive lineman to get signed, as Adam Schefter reports he is headed to the Buffalo Bills.

5:56 p.m. Longtime Raven Terrell Suggs will not be back in Baltimore. Ian Rapoport reports that the Arizona Cardinals will sign the seven-time Pro Bowler. 

5:42 p.m. Wide receiver Adam Humphries is the second former Buccaneer to find a new home on Monday. One of the best slot receivers on the market will be signing with the Tennessee Titans, according to Tom Pelissero.

5:09 p.m. DeSean Jackson heads back to Philadelphia after a trade with the Buccaneers. Trade was first reported by Mike Garafolo.

4:48 p.m. Former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles gets paid (four years, $88 million) and is on his way to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags believe they have their quarterback, according to Ian Rapoport.

4:35 p.m. Former Redskins slot WR Jamison Crowder goes to the New York Jets and leaves a hole in the Redskins WR corps. He also gives the Jets' offense a nice weapon. 

4:33 p.m. Veteran running back Frank Gore will be on the field for his 15th season. Adam Schefter reports that Gore will go to the Buffalo Bills on a $2 million deal.

4:42 p.m. Safety Kenny Vaccaro is staying put. The Titans have re-signed the safety to a four-year, $26 million contract with $11.5 million guaranteed, reports Ian Rapoport.

3:35 p.m. The Redskins make their splash in free agency bringing in safety Landon Collins on a massive six-year, $84 million deal. 

3:21 p.m. After winning a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots, defensive end Trey Flowers is on his way to former Patriots' defensive coordinator Matt Patricia in Detroit. Adam Schefter first had the report.

2:30 p.m. The list of teams interested in Le'Veon Bell has grown. A source of Matt Verderame notes that the Jets and Bears have a significant interest in the runningback.

1:26 p.m. The Redskins are shopping a lot of their inside LBs. Zach Brown and Mason Foster are options to move in an effort to get C.J. Mosley from the Ravens, Tom Pelissero reports.

12:09 p.m. Trent Brown sets the new bar for highest paid linemen. The former Patriot signs with the Oakland Raiders for a four-year $66 million contract, according to Adam Schefter.

11:25 a.m. After being released by the Jaguars days ago, defensive tackle Malik Jackson is expected to sign a three-year, $30 million deal with the Eagles, according to sources of Ian Rapoport. 

8:30 a.m. Danny Amendola is planning on signing with the Detroit Lions, according to sources of Dianna Russini. He will be reunited with head coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn.

8:23 a.m. The Ravens have exercised the 2019 option on cornerback Brandon Carr, according to sources of Field Yates. Carr has never missed a game in his 11-year career. 

SUNDAY, MARCH 10

11:20 p.m. The Los Angeles Rams announced they have reached an agreement with defensive end Dante Fowler. 

1:15 p.m. Justin Houston is now a free agent. The Kansas City Chiefs released the four-time Pro Bowl linebacker after trying to trade him, but nobody was "willing to pick up the $15.25 million base salary that was due this season," Adam Schefter reported

12:30 a.m. Antonio Brown is headed to the Oakland Raiders. After a long-winded saga, Brown received a three-year contract for $50.125 million, and he gets $30.125 million guaranteed, according to Ian Rapoport. Brown was traded by the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will receive a third-round and fifth-round pick in next month's draft in exchange for the wide receiver. Brown, in return, got a revamped contract with a significant payraise. The trade will be made official on Wednesday.

"The Redskins had at one point been reportedly in the mix for the talented wideout but were in a tough spot with salary cap hurdles and, according to NBC Sports Washington Redskins Insider JP Finlay, a reluctance to give up especially their first round draft pick," NBC Sports Washington published Sunday afternoon


SATURDAY, MARCH 9

12:30 p.m. Former Jacksonville Jaguars' running back Carlos Hyde agreed to a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, according to Adam Schefter.

12:15 p.m. Cowboys' linebacker Sean Lee agreed to terms on a restructured contract to keep him in Dallas in 2019, according to Ian Rapoport. Lee will earn $3.5 million, but has the ability to earn his original $7 million salary with incentives. He missed a total 15 games in both 2017 and 2018 due to injuries, so he is returning to the team in 2019 as quality depth behind Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith.

FRIDAY, MARCH 8

4:40 p.m.  The Arizona Cardinals have cut ties with backup quarterback Mike Glennon and safety Antoine Bethea, according to reports. Presumably, to clear some cap space, both players are now off the books for Arizona heading into next season. While Glennon has fallen off greatly since signing a large contract with the Bears prior to the 2017-18 season, Bethea could draw the interest of a few teams, including Washington. A veteran safety, he could provide multiple secondaries with experience while also not requiring too large of a contract. 

4:35 p.m. Just a short time after it was reported that recently released safety Eric Weddle was meeting with the Rams, it appears the two sides have already struck a deal. The two-year deal has a base salary of $10.5 million but can go up to $12.5 million with incentives. Of that, $5.25 million is guaranteed. A veteran safety, Weddle could have been a fit in Washington, and it was reported that the Redskins reached out prior to his decision to sign with LA. 

4:05 p.m. After just a year together, it has been reported that receiver Danny Amendola and the Miami Dolphins have decided to part ways. Amendola signed with the Dolphins last offseason on a two-year, $12 million deal following a few successful seasons in New England. The 33-year old slot receiver caught 59 passes in 15 games last season and can still provide quarterbacks with a solid security blanket-type weapon, meaning a few teams are likely to give him a call now that he's on the market. 

3:30 p.m. Initial reports have the Patriots sending two picks to the Eagles in return for Michael Bennett. A fifth and seventh-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft are believed to be the return Philadelphia will receive for sending New England the veteran defensive end. 

3:10 p.m. The Eagles and Patriots are reportedly finalizing a trade that will send defensive end Michael Bennett to New England. Draft picks are also expected to be involved in the transaction, but no specified picks have been reported yet. With two years remaining on his contract, the 33-year old is scheduled to make $7.2 million and $8 million over the next two seasons. A veteran and talented defensive player who recorded nine sacks in 2018, Bennett fits the mold of the type of player Bill Belichick loves to bring in to his system. 

12:40 p.m. The releases continue for Jacksonville, with RT Jermey Parnell being the latest to hit the free agent market. Scheduled to make $6 million this upcoming season, the Jaguars clear additional cap space while another potential piece for the Redskins becomes available.

12:30 p.m.  After a quiet few months, we may be getting closer to figuring out where running back Adrian Peterson will play next season. Reports are saying that if the Redskins were not to bring back the veteran, the Chicago Bears could be in play for AP. Last month, JP Finlay wrote about why it would be smart for the Redskins to bring back Peterson, but it looks like time may be running out to make that a possibility. 

12:25 p.m. As the Jacksonville Jaguars continue to clear cap room, safety Tashaun Gipson is the latest player to be released. Gipson is now another name that will be added to a pretty strong free agent safety class that is highlighted by the likes of Landon Collins. As JP Finlay has mentioned, that position group is one the Redskins will be keeping a close eye on

12:00 p.m. The Detroit Lions have released veteran guard T.J. Lang. The 10-year pro could be an interesting option for the Redskins, a team that could use some offensive line help after being ravaged by injuries a season ago. However, Lang does carry with him some injuries concerns as he missed 10 games in 2018 with a neck injury and some questions about his health for 2019 still remain. Lang was due $8.25 million in the final year of his contract, along with a $500K roster bonus that would have kicked in on March 17. 

THURSDAY, MARCH 7

6:00 p.m. The Redskins have traded picks with the Broncos to land QB Case Keenum. Denver gets Washington's 2020 6th-round pick for their 2020 7th-round pick. Additionally, the two teams will each pay Keenum $3.5 million in salary while the Broncos contribute $500,000 more in a restructure bonus.

5:00 p.m. The 49ers have declined WR Pierre Garçon's option for 2019. The 32-year-old veteran joins a deep WR pool.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 

3:00 p.m. With Landon Collins on the way out in New York, is the safety a fit for the Redskins? He's young, but he'll cost a lot. Finlay breaks down the chances he lands in D.C. here.

2:15 p.m. The Browns have parted ways with 29-year-old linebacker Jamie Collins, who previously was a huge acquisition.

The Redskins appear to be relatively set at LB, though, so expect Collins to be heading somewhere other than D.C.

11:20 a.m. The Antonio Brown sweepstakes is about to conclude, with reports indicating that the Steelers intend to have it "wrap up soon." 

With that being said, the Redskins may have already turned their attention to their QB position. Finlay has more here.

TUESDAY, MARCH 5

5:30 p.m. The Ravens dropped a post-deadline bomb and cut six-time Pro Bowler Eric Weddle. The veteran safety, who had 10 interceptions in 3 seasons with Baltimore, was due $6.5 million in base salary next season. 

4:05 p.m. The Franchise Tag deadline has come and gone. Here's who received the tag and who'll be a free agent come March 13:

2:00 p.m. In this blog focusing on the Redskins' potential pursuit of Antonio Brown, JP Finlay also expands on the Redskins' potential approach to free agency this year.

"The only thing that seems concrete from the Combine: this offseason could be aggressive in Washington," he writes. "After three straight years of missing the playoffs, and two straight 7-9 seasons, the pressure is high at Redskins Park. "

For his full blog — and it's a good one — head here.

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Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

Terry McLaurin was not surprised a hobbled Dwayne Haskins stayed in vs. Green Bay

Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins played much of the Redskins Week 14 loss to the Green Bay Packers with a sprained ankle.

The rookie had a very noticeable limp and struggled to put weight on his bad leg. Haskins was clearly not at full health. Backup quarterback Case Keenum was seen warming up multiple times on the sideline, but never entered the game.

In the team's postgame press conference, interim head coach Bill Callahan said he never considered pulling Haskins from the game. Rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who was teammates with Haskins at Ohio State and has known the quarterback for a while, never thought that Haskins would exit the game, either.

"I know Dwayne. I've known him for a while now," McLaurin told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay. "He's a tough guy, and I feel like he gives us a good chance to win games. I knew if he was out there, he was going to be good to go. He was hobbled a little bit, but he wasn't going to use that as an excuse at all. It was cool to see him fight through it. We just hope that he can get healthy for next week."

McLaurin was then asked whether he thought Haskins should have been pulled. The wideout commended his quarterback for his toughness, and believes that will go a long way in terms of earning respect from his teammates.

"I mean, I'm not a doctor, so I feel like if you feel like you can play, then you try to play. Only that person knows how bad it is," McLaurin said. "He's a tough guy. He's a guy trying to earn the respect of this team. He's a quarterback, he's young. I feel like stuff like that really puts you in a step forward to get some respect. He was noticeably hurt and he fought for us."

Haskins finished 16-for-27 for 171 yards. He connected on an incredible late touchdown pass with McLaurin to pull the Redskins within five with just over a minute remaining in the game. On the two-point conversion try, Haskins put his body on the line, diving for the goal line headfirst. He didn't convert.

The Packers recovered the Redskins ensuing onside kick attempt, the Burgundy and Gold's final hope at pulling off the upset. 

The Redskins offensive line did not help out a hobbled Haskins much either. The rookie was sacked four times in the loss and hit the turf on numerous other occasions.

Although the Redskins weren't able to pull off the upset, Haskins showed poise and toughness by fighting through a noticeable injury and giving the Redskins everything he had.

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The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

The Redskins’ far-fetched playoff dreams were officially dashed after losing to the Packers

The Redskins entered Lambeau Field in Week 14 with a 3-9 record, but because the NFC East has been such a mess this year, they still had very slim playoff hopes. 

Thanks to their 20-15 loss against the Packers, however, those slim hopes are now nonexistent. Washington will not play in the postseason for the fourth straight campaign. 

The Burgundy and Gold would’ve had to finish by winning their final four contests and also would’ve needed major help from the Cowboys to the Eagles in order to sneak into the playoffs. That scoreboard watching isn’t necessary anymore, of course. 

“It’s tough being eliminated,” Terry McLaurin said in the visitor's locker room. “Our division is so open.”

Now, the team will use the next three weeks to further look at Dwayne Haskins’ growth as well as the development of other young pieces on both sides of the ball. Then, when those games wrap up, they’ll need to find a new head coach for 2020 and consider other possible changes within the franchise as well. 

When this season began back in July at training camp, there was some thought that the Redskins could compete behind a potentially improved defense and a run-centric offense. Those things didn’t emerge, though, and now, the organization will again be irrelevant on the field when January comes around.

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