The first big wave of the Free Agency has subsided, but there is still a lot of quality to be had – from Richard Sherman to Jadeveon Clowney to Antonio Brown. The latest news and rumors are summarized in the news ticker.
NFL Free Agency: News at a Glance
March 28: Baltimore Ravens sign Sammy Watkins
The Baltimore Ravens have at least partially addressed one of their larger construction sites before the draft: Wide receiver Sammy Watkins signs with the Ravens for a year, Watkins was most recently with the Kansas City Chiefs. With the Ravens he will receive up to six million dollars for the coming season, five million are guaranteed.
Baltimore has several speed and slot receivers, but there are no real options for outside positions. This was clearly noticeable in the previous year. Watkins is not a top receiver, but a good interim solution. The commitment should give the Ravens a little more flexibility in the draft, although Baltimore is still a candidate for a receiver over the first three rounds.
March 26: Bucs hold Fournette – Seahawks bring Dunlap back
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold the next player out of their Super Bowl season: Leonard Fournette signed another one-year contract with the reigning champion.
Fournette is set to earn $ 3.25 million in 2021. With certain bonuses, the salary of the former Jaguars-Back can increase up to four million dollars. Of the top performers from the Bucs team last season, only Antonio Brown is now a free agent. All other players could hold Tampa Bay. This makes the Bucs the first Super Bowl champion since 1979 to hold all 22 starters.
The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed pass rusher Carlos Dunlap. The 32-year-old signed a two-year contract for $ 16.6 million with the team.
Dunlap had only traded from the Cincinnati Bengals last year. However, due to his high salary, he was fired from the Seahawks after the season. Now both parties have been able to agree on a new contract.
Defensive tackle Jarran Reed will go though. The 28-year-old reportedly refused to restructure his existing contract and requested an extension of his working paper. The Seahawks refused.
After the negotiations between team and player failed, Reed will now leave the team. A trade is possible. If no trade partner can be found, the Defender will most likely be fired.
March 25th: Clause for Mariota – Browns to Clowney
The Las Vegas Raiders had long thought about a trade or a dismissal of quarterback Marcus Mariota, in the end both sides could come to an agreement. Mariota agrees to a significant pay cut and will only earn $ 3.5 million in 2021. He could earn up to eight million dollars through bonus payments.
Also interesting: Mariota has had a no-trade clause built into his contract, giving him a lot of say if the raiders should still consider a trade around the draft.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Browns are working on their pass rush and could possibly address this construction site before the draft in order to ensure maximum flexibility in the draft. The Browns met with Jadeveon Clowney; Cleveland had shown an interest in Clowney in previous years. The visit went without a direct deal, so Clowney is still exploring the market. However, it cannot be ruled out that the two sides will eventually come together and Clowney may go quarterback hunting across from Myles Garrett.
NFL Free Agency 2021: This has happened so far
The first two days of the Free Agency in 2021 were clearly dominated by the New England Patriots. The Pats initially made two of the big commitments on day 1 with the signing of tight end Jonnu Smith and a little later with the agreement with ex-Ravens pass rusher Matt Judon – and then opened day 2 with a bang as the agreement with tight end Hunter Henry was announced.
All three players undoubtedly address construction sites and fit perfectly into the Patriots schemes, as do defensive tackle Davon Godchaux (from Miami), wide receiver Nelson Agholor (from the Raiders) and defensive back Jalen Mills (from the Eagles). But in each case the Patriots paid a surprising amount of money.
Overall, the lines on both sides of the ball received the most attention. The Chiefs paid a top contract to bring Guard Joe Thuney from New England, the Chargers made ex-Packers center Corey Linsley the highest-paid center in the NFL, the Titans opened the suitcases for Bud Dupree, the Jets for Carl Lawson. The 49ers then took care of the cracker this morning with the record deal for Left Tackle Trent Williams.
On day 3, the Arizona Cardinals took care of the other big deals. The trade for ex-raiders center Rodney Hudson closes one of the biggest construction sites in the Cardinals offense, while the signing of AJ Green addresses the number 2 receiver spot. Could that be an indication that Larry Fitzgerald is ending his career?
It took almost a week before one of the top free agents finally went off the market: Kenny Golladay joins the New York Giants, just like Adoree ‘Jackson, who was laid off in Tennessee. And that after the G-Men had also equipped Leonard Williams with a princely contract. In New York they obviously want to know in 2021. Will Fuller, the other top receiver on the market, is switching to the Dolphins and should help to open the vertical passing game for Tua in the future.
Our first conclusion with winners and losers of the Free Agency can be found here!
Free Agency 2021: These are the most expensive contracts
|player||Old team||New team||contract|
|Left tackle Trent Williams||San Francisco 49ers||San Francisco 49ers||6 Years, $ 138M, 55.1M Guaranteed|
|Edge rusher Bud Dupree||Pittsburgh Steelers||Tennessee Titans||5 Years, $ 82.5M, 35M Guaranteed|
|Offensive guard Joe Thuney||New England Patriots||Kansas City Chiefs||5 years, $ 80 million, guaranteed 48 million|
|Wide receiver Kenny Golladay||Detroit Lions||New York Giants||4 years, $ 72 million, 40 million guaranteed|
|Edge rusher Shaquil Barrett||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4 Years, $ 68M, Guaranteed 36M|
|Edge rusher Leonard Floyd||Los Angeles Rams||Los Angeles Rams||4 Years, $ 64M, Guaranteed 32.5M|
|Center Corey Linsley||Green Bay Packers||Los Angeles Chargers||5 Years, $ 62.5M, Guaranteed 26M|
|Edge rusher Trey Hendrickson||New Orleans Saints||Cincinnati Bengals||4 years, $ 60 million, guaranteed 16 million|
|Edge rusher Matt Judon||Baltimore Ravens||New England Patriots||4 Years, $ 56M, Guaranteed 32M|
|Tight end Jonnu Smith||Tennessee Titans||New England Patriots||4 Years, $ 50M, Guaranteed 31.25M|
|Edge rusher Carl Lawson||Cincinnati Bengals||New York Jets||3 Years, $ 45M, Guaranteed 30M|
|Cornerback William Jackson||Cincinnati Bengals||Washington Football Team||3 Years, $ 40.5M, Guaranteed 26M|
|Cornerback Shaquill Griffin||Seattle Seahawks||Jacksonville Jaguars||3 Years, $ 40M, Guaranteed 29M|
|Edge rusher Romeo Okwara||Detroit Lions||Detroit Lions||3 Years, $ 39M, Guaranteed 25M|
|Cornerback Adoree ‘Jackson||Tennessee Titans||New York Giants||3 Years, $ 39M, Guaranteed 26.5M|
|Tight end Hunter Henry||Los Angeles Chargers||New England Patriots||3 Years, $ 37.5M, Guaranteed 25M|