Welcome back.

While it has only been a little over a month since the Super Bowl, it already seems like we have a lot of catching up to do in the world of the NFL. Now more than ever, it appears that for whatever reason, teams are far less timid than they once were about trading players and taking on cap penalties. Over the last couple of weeks, there have been a series of trades including players for picks and even players for players.

Now, coming to a theater near you... Free agency frenzy!

The NFL has been calling it a frenzy for a few years now, and while it sounds rather corny, the name is accurate. Over the next few days, expect a whirlwind of signings – so many so that Adam Schefter and Ian Rappaport’s twitter fingers won’t even be able to keep up. Luckily, for your purposes, on this page will be a running list of each signing and my reactions while looking through a fantasy lens. I will also break down any trades that occur. The list will read most recent to oldest, top to bottom, while I will continue to update the list as best as I can throughout the offseason.

Remember to breathe and don’t blink too slowly or too often. Just try to keep up!

Pos  Player Old Team New Team StatsRelated PlayersBreakDown
QB Nick Foles Philadelphia EaglesJacksonville Jaguars4 years, $88MBlake Bortles, Dede Westbrook, Keelan Cole, Donte MoncriefThe Jaguars didn’t exactly do a good job keeping their cards close to their chest, but so long as they were willing to pay up, they didn’t have to keep any secrets. I’m firmly in the camp that Foles is overrated, however he will be a significant upgrade over Blake Bortles . Foles makes the Jaguars a contender once again, and in today’s NFL, that is worth a blank check in my eyes.
QB Case Keenum Denver BroncosWashington Football TeamTraded for a 6th and 7th round pick in 2020Alex Smith, Josh DoctsonThe Redskins won this deal; no bones about it. Sure, Keenum isn’t likely to bring them to the promised land, but the fact of the matter is that they at worst got themselves an incredible backup for barely any draft capital, while they will only be paying him a mere $3 million. In the best case scenario, Keenum channels his 2017 form and gives the Skins a chance at winning the division crown. There is actually no downside in this move for them, unless of course the sixth rounder they gave up ends up being the next Tom Brady .
QB Tyrod Taylor Cleveland BrownsLos Angeles Chargers2 years, money undisclosedPhilip Rivers, Geno Smith, Cardale JonesTaylor is going to take over Geno Smith’s backup role to Philip Rivers. Sure this doesn’t offer much fantasy value, but it is worth noting that the Chargers now have the best backup quarterback in the NFL with the recent news of Nick Foles inking a deal with the Jaguars. If anything were to happen to Rivers, Taylor makes for an excellent insurance policy.
RB Le'Veon Bell Pittsburgh SteelersNew York Jets4 years, $52.5MSam Darnold, Quincy Enunwa, Josh Bellamy, Jamison CrowderLook at the Jets getting a marquee free agent without having to seriously overpay... While many of you out there will argue that no running back is worth $13 million per year, the Jets and their fans should take solace that they are getting him significantly cheaper than came Todd Gurley to the Rams a couple of years ago. In Bell, the Jets are obviously getting one of the best running backs of the generation, and while he missed all of last season via contract disputes, he will have an entire offseason program to shake off of the rust. He is slated to begin this contract at just 27 years of age and will likely conclude it at the end of his physical prime. With a ton of money to spend this offseason, the Jets couldn’t have done much better so far. Surrounding their franchise quarterback with offensive talent – Bell and Crowder thus far – has clearly been a priority and they appear to still have some cap space to play around with. I don’t expect that they are done adding.
RB Latavius Murray Minnesota VikingsNew Orleans Saints4 years, $14.5MDrew Brees, Alvin Kamara, Mark IngramThis spells the end for Murray in Minnesota and for Mark Ingram in New Orleans. It also signals the ascension of Alvin Kamara to the clear number one back for the Saints, while Murray will provide change of pace and spell reps for the young and talented back. Both will have legitimate fantasy value next season.
RB Frank Gore Miami DolphinsBuffalo Bills1 year, $2MLeSean McCoy, Josh Allen, Chris IvoryI don’t know what it is, but for some reason, the Bills are the only team in the league that is consistently looking to get more mileage in their backfield each season. With this move, they continue their trend of being the only team in the league with an all 30-and-up backfield, bucking every modern convention. It hasn’t really worked out for them so far, but looking at Frank Gore in a vacuum, he somehow still has some gas left in the tank. In spurts, he will be a good spell for LeSean McCoy and Chris Ivory . Don’t bank on any fantasy relevancy from him, however.
RB Tevin Coleman Atlanta FalconsSan Francisco 49ers2 years, $10MJerick McKinnon, Devonta Freeman, Jimmy Garoppolo, Matt Breida Coleman is an incredibly talented back who has yet to get a full shake in the NFL because of the presence of Devonta Freeman. Now, while the Niners are expecting Jerick McKinnon back and have far more invested in him going forward, he is also coming off of a serious injury, which means that Coleman could end up being the primary ball carrier for 2019. Last year, with Freeman injured for much of the season, Coleman had his best campaign yet… He rushed for 800 yards (4.8 ypc), caught 32 passes, and scored nine total touchdowns. He comes to San Francisco at a relative bargain and should provide them plenty of production over the next two years.
RB Mike Davis Seattle SeahawksChicago Bears2 years, $6MTarik Cohen, Mitchell Trubisky, Jordan HowardWhile Davis isn’t anything special in terms of talent, this addition just furthers the narrative that Jordan Howard may be on his way out. I wouldn’t bank on Davis even seeing significant snaps in the scenario of Howard leaving, as they likely would draft their own guy to pair with Tarik Cohen , but just understand that adding another back to the depth chart this early is just not a good sign for Howard.
RB Carlos Hyde Jacksonville JaguarsKansas City Chiefs1 year, $2.8MPatrick Mahomes, Damien Williams, Darryl WilliamsI really like this spot for Hyde, as he is still a complete back with plenty left in the tank. Let’s not forget that he was a top-10 fantasy running back throughout the first half of last season and that in his last year with the Niners he caught 59 passes. He’ll join Damien Williams and Darryl Williams in the Chiefs backfield stable, offering whatever is needed, including third-down capabilities.
RB Mark Ingram New Orleans SaintsBaltimore Ravens3 years, $15MAlvin Kamara, Kenneth Dixon, Gus Edwards, Lamar JacksonThe Ravens were reportedly in hot pursuit of Le’Veon Bell earlier in the free agency period, but quickly they pivoted to Ingram at far less money. Some will question the three-year deal for a 29-year old running back, but the fact of the matter is that he has very low mileage on his legs for a back of his advanced age. Ingram should immediately enter as the leader of this Ravens running back stable, followed by Gus Edwards and Kenneth Dixon – in that order. He will have plenty of 2019 fantasy value, operating out of this run-heavy offense, led by Lamar Jackson.
WR Danny Amendola Miami DolphinsDetroit Lions1 year, $4.5MMatthew StaffordThe Patriots of the Midway is how these Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn Lions are currently being rebranded, as they add another former Belichick staple. As for his fit with Detroit, I actually rather like it. Amendola will quickly become a favorite of Matthew Stafford , while the presence of Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones should give him plenty of 1v1 looks over the middle. So long as he can monitor his concussion issues, this signing should pay off well for both parties involved.
WR Odell Beckham New York GiantsCleveland BrownsTraded for DB Jabrill Peppers, a 1st, and 3rd round pick in 2019Baker Mayfield, Eli Manning, Nick Chubb, Saquon Barkley, Jarvis Landry, Jabrill PeppersThis is a big one! And while it wasn’t exactly a well kept secret that he was on the block or that the Browns were interested, it was still shocking to see the trade finally executed. Everyone is going to criticize the Giants for what they got in return, but considering his huge contract and that they got two high draft picks, I don’t think they could have done much better. The plan is now clear for New York. They are going to suck, while rebuilding around Saquon Barkley and whichever quarterback they decide to draft in the next two years. As for the Browns, they suddenly have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL, arguably only behind the Rams. I fully expect them to contend for the division crown. They may only be an impact player in the secondary away from Super Bowl aspirations. Keep in mind that that player was not Jabrill Peppers, so they didn’t lose much in that regard.
WR Jamison Crowder Washington Football TeamNew York Jets3 years, $28.5MSam Darnold, Quincy EnunwaAlmost $10 million a year is a lot of money to pay a receiver who has never done any of the following: 1) caught 70 passes in a season, 2) registered over 900 yards in a season, 3) caught eight touchdowns in a season. On top of this, he missed seven games last season due to injury and put up his worst statistical lines to date. With all of that being said, the Jets had a lot of money to spend, needed help getting Sam Darnold a reliable short-area target, and got themselves a really talented player when completely healthy. If you want to look really positively, Crowder will be playing with the most talented quarterback in his career thus far… I’m curious to see how the Jets plan on using both Crowder and Enunwa on the field at the same time.
WR Josh Bellamy Chicago BearsNew York Jets2 years, $7MSam DarnoldBellamy is overpaid here, but that is mainly because coach Adam Gase loves the guy from his days in Chicago. The understanding is that Bellamy will be a reserve receiver and the team’s special teams ace going forward. I can’t imagine too much fantasy value to come from this.
WR Devin Funchess Carolina PanthersIndianapolis Colts1 year, $13MAndrew LuckThis price is a bit steep on the surface, but the Colts have a ton of money to spend and for just one year, this is more of a “prove it” deal. My expectations are that Andrew Luck will get the best out of Devin Funchess because he typically gets the best out of all of his receivers, but moreover, Funchess will bring a diversified skill-set and archetype to Indy’s receiving corps – something that they have needed for years now. By that I mean, Luck will finally have a tall and physical wideout he can throw to, while he also can use Funchess either on the inside or outside of the formation. I’m really interested in Funchess’ fantasy stock going forward, because at a fair price, I’m certainly ready to invest.
WR Adam Humphries Tampa Bay BuccaneersTennessee Titans4 years, $36MMarcus Mariota, Tajae SharpeHumphries is the second of two Buccaneers receivers to be purged (more on that later) on Monday, as the Titans saw him as an upgrade in the slot over Tajae Sharpe . While often underrated, Humphries should provide Marcus Mariota with yet another talented option over the middle, as he joins Jonnu Smith and Delanie Walker as well. Humphries may have some interesting fantasy value headed into next season for those in PPR formats.
WR Donte Moncrief Jacksonville JaguarsPittsburgh Steelers2 years, money undisclosedJuju Smith-Schuster, James Washington, Eli Rogers, Ben RoethlisbergerThis should come as no surprise, as the Steelers are going into crisis control mode after losing the best receiver of this generation. Moncrief is a guy with good size and speed, while he has been productive in the years that Andrew Luck remained healthy. Don’t expect that he will replace even half of what Antonio Brown could provide the Steelers offense, but he should have some fantasy value in 2019.
WR Andre Roberts New York JetsBuffalo Billscontract details undisclosedCole Beasley, Robert Foster, Josh Allen, Zay JonesRoberts was an All-Pro kick returner last season and despite the recent signing of Cole Beasley, the Bills were eager to get their hands on him. It is hard to have a definitive statement on this signing without the contract details being released, but at worst, the Bills can now rest easy with their return man depth.
WR Antonio Brown Pittsburgh SteelersLas Vegas RaidersTraded for a 3rd and 5th round pick in 2019Derek CarrThis has been the biggest move of the offseason thus far and there really isn’t much argument. Brown has been the league’s best receiver since Calvin Johnson retired and the fact that the Raiders only had to give up a 3rd and a 5th for him really boggles the mind. If you look at what they have done over the last six months at the wide receiver spot alone, they managed to turn Amari Cooper , a 3rd, and a 5th, into Antonio Brown and a 1st round pick. I don’t even think you can pull that off in Madden. Looking at this from AB’s perspective, obviously this move will be a blow to his fantasy prospects, as leaving Pittsburgh’s high-flying, vertical offense… and future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger … can’t be good for anyone. The good news is for Derek Carr , who will no longer have any excuse to make a living throwing 35 banana routes and three-yard outs. We will have a chance to see 2016 Carr once again!
TE Demetrius Harris Kansas City ChiefsCleveland Browns2 years, $6MDavid Njoku, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, Baker MayfieldWith familiarity of Harris during his days in Kansas City, Browns GM John Dorsey felt comfortable enough that Harris could reprise his backup tight end role in Cleveland. He did it well – playing behind Travis Kelce – for the last five years, so I would expect the same to continue playing behind David Njoku going forward. His fantasy value remains dormant, unless of course something happens to Njoku.
TE Geoff Swaim Dallas CowboysJacksonville Jaguarscontract details undisclosedNick Foles, Dak Prescott, Jason Witten, Ben KoyackSwaim had a once promising career with the Cowboys, however injuries and a crowded position group sort of stunted his growth. A change of scenery will likely do wonders for him, as Nick Foles is going to quickly warm up to the talented and well-rounded pass catcher.
DB Landon Collins New York GiantsWashington Football Team6 years, $84MTroy Apke, Josh NormanTo me, this is the head scratcher of the offseason thus far. I know that Landon Collins is a great locker room leader and a fierce competitor up at the line of scrimmage, but I really don’t understand how any NFL team could consider him – a notorious liability in coverage – as a $14 million a year defensive back, especially in a league that is increasingly moving more and more to passing, pace, and space. It appears that in lieu of going all out for a potential franchise quarterback like Nick Foles , the Redskins were content on overpaying for an archetype that was going out of style at the same time DVD’s were.
DL Michael Bennett Philadelphia EaglesNew England PatriotsTraded along with a 7th round pick for a 5th round pickAdrian Clayborn, Lawrence GuyWith Trey Flowers expected to leave the Super Bowl champs on a massive deal, Bennett is expected to step right in as a starting defensive end. My question is, how in the world the Pats managed to steal a guy with 17.5 sacks over the last two seasons for just a future 5th round pick?? Some things never change I guess… Despite being in his mid-30’s now, the expectation is that Bennett will provide the Patriots with high energy and at times unblockable production from multiple positions along the defensive line. And they’ll be on the hook for only $7.2 million! I’m still scratching my head about this from an Eagles perspective.
DB Buster Skrine New York JetsChicago Bears3 years, $16.5MKyle Fuller, Prince Amukamara Skrine is a fiesty slot corner who really struggled during his time with the Jets. Too often he was caught up in physical battles that saw him flagged more than almost any other corner in the league. Plugged into the Bears more aggressive and more talented defense, there is a chance that the attention will be taken off of Skrine and he may be able to get away with a lot more. I like his personality and style fit with this defense, and they got him at a fair price.
OT Ja'Wuan James Miami DolphinsDenver Broncos4 years, $52MGarrett Bolles, Ronald LearyThe Broncos are likely to lose Jared Veldheer this offseason, while Garret Bolles has been a massive disappointment so far in his career. Sure they may have overpaid for James here, but he’s an upgrade over both and gives them an ability to anchor their offensive line around a talented 26-year old. As it sits now, James is set to become the highest paid RT in NFL history, however there are rumors that he will kick over to the left side. My instincts are that they are not done rebuilding this line, whether it be through more free agent signings, or the draft, or both.
LB Kwon Alexander Tampa Bay BuccaneersSan Francisco 49ers4 years, $54MFred Warner, Malcolm SmithWhen he is on the field, few are better than Alexander, however my concern is that the guy has missed 18 games over the last four seasons. The old football adage goes “the best ability is availability.” Even for the elite linebackers in this league, that can be easier said than done – just ask Sean Lee … This is certainly a gamble for the Niners.
LB Za'Darius Smith Baltimore RavensGreen Bay PackersContract details undisclosedPreston Smith, Kenny ClarkStill no details on what Smith is getting, but regardless, the Packers and their fans should be very happy. They went from having one of the league’s worst pass rushes last season to adding two edge players that combined for more pressures than their entire defense in 2018. Za’darius Smith brings 8.5 sacks with him from last season, while Preston Smith brings 4.0.
OG Billy Turner Denver BroncosGreen Bay Packers4 years, $28MBryan Bulaga, David Bakhtiari Turner is just one of several players that the Packers have added on Tuesday morning. He comes at a seemingly fair price – considering the going rate of serviceable offensive linemen over the last 48 hours – and he provides excellent versatility to an offensive line that is potentially going through an identity shift. Turner likely fits in as the starting right guard, however he can be a valuable swing tackle for Matt LaFleur as well.
DL Malik Jackson Jacksonville JaguarsPhiladelphia Eagles3 years, $30MBrandon Graham, Chris LongWhen this deal first broke, the details were misreported and people were going bonkers. The thought of Jackson going to Philly for about $3.5 million per year was appalling. Eventually, it would come out that Jackson is actually gonna be getting around $10 million per year and everyone calmed down… Regardless, this is a quality move for Philly, as they needed some firepower up front after losing Michael Bennett for essentially nothing. Jackson doesn’t bring the same versatility of Bennett, but his interior pressure is still more than viable at this point in his career. If you look at his tape towards the end of last season, you will see what I am talking about.
K Jonathan Brown San Francisco 49ers2 years, 1.08MRobbie GouldNot much is known about Brown, except that he is a good athlete, as he used to play for Louisville’s soccer team just a few years ago. In his only real NFL action, Brown made 5-of-5 field goals in last year’s preseason with the Bengals. Brown is slated to take over for Robbie Gould this season.
LB Jordan Hicks Philadelphia EaglesArizona Cardinals4 years, $36MHasson Redick, Brooks ReedWhen healthy, Hicks is a rock solid contributor who plays with consistency and tenacity from the middle linebacker position. He also is an elite cover linebacker, however he hasn’t exactly been the same in that department since he tore his achilles in 2017. My only real hangup on this deal is that Hicks has missed 19 games over the last four years, but if he can stay healthy, this contract will be more than a bargain for Arizona.
OL Mitch Morse Kansas City ChiefsBuffalo Bills4 years, $44MSpencer Long, Connor McDermottMorse was the best center on the market, and while the Bills should be happy with making a significant upgrade along their offensive line, you have to wonder why they would pay a veteran so much when there are several potentially great centers in this upcoming draft. Aside from that, like I said, the Bills got better today, and with a lot of money to spend, they should be more than fine with that.
DL Trey Flowers New England PatriotsDetroit Lions5 years, $85MDamon Harrison, A'Shawn RobinsonAfter just four years in the league, Flowers has gone out and quickly joined the second tier of NFL pass rushers in terms of production and now in terms of salary. It came as no surprise that the Patriots were quick to pass on the potential of signing him long term – even at just 25 years of age – and came as even less of a shock when the Lions and his former coach Matt Patricia came knocking on his door before the “legal tampering” was even a few hours old. Flowers will join a quickly improving Lions defense in 2019 as the team’s premier edge talent, now that Ziggy Ansah is likely gone in free agency.
K Jason Myers New York JetsSeattle Seahawks4 years, $16MSebastian Janikowski Last year with the Jets, Myers converted on an impressive 92% of his field goal attempts and 91% of his PAT’s. This included only one miss from 50+, one miss within the 40’s, and one within the 30’s. Most of this was all accomplished, mind you, in the ever-windy MetLife Stadium – one of the hardest places to kick in the NFL. Now, while the conditions are rarely kind in Seattle, Myers’ success and Pro Bowl trip last year should be more than enough evidence that he can live up to this contract going forward.
LB Terrell Suggs Baltimore RavensArizona Cardinals1 year, $7MChandler Jones, Robert Nkemdiche Sure Suggs is now 36 years old, but with seven sacks in 2018, you can’t tell me that he’s washed up. I really fear the idea of a team that has Terrell Suggs coming off of one edge and Chandler Jones off the other. Yikes!
DB Kareem Jackson Houston TexansDenver Broncos3 years, $33MChris Harris Jr., Isaac Yiadom, Jackson is exactly the type of DB that the Broncos love to have – versatile and nasty. His price is a bit steep if you are considering him a safety, but his more likely position of cornerback makes him a relative bargain. Either way, the Broncos should get the most out of Jackson early on, as they tend to do that with their defensive backs.
LB Olivier Vernon New York GiantsCleveland BrownsTraded along with a 4th round pick for Kevin Zeitler and a 5th round pick.Myles Garrett, Sheldon Richardson While I still believe in the talent of Olivier Vernon , this was a huge win for the Giants. Sure they are taking on a lot of salary from Zeitler, but his presence will now fortify an offensive line that was one of the worst in the league last season. From the Browns perspective, they add a once high-level edge presence – filling a need – while shedding some salary along the line, as they have Zeitler’s replacement already on the roster.
LB C.J. Mosley Baltimore RavensNew York Jets5 years, $85MDarron Lee, Avery Williamson, Jordan JenkinsAs predicted correctly last night, the Jets weren’t done adding linebackers after Anthony Barr (even though he changed his mind) and C.J. Mosley was still firmly on their radar. Yes the price is steep, but there is no question that Mosley is one of the best middle linebackers in football. He’s also only 26 years old and will pair with Jamal Adams as a defensive captain for the next decade of Jets football. It is tough to put a price on that really, however the Jets and Mosley figured $85 million was a good place to start.
OT Trenton Brown New England PatriotsLas Vegas Raiders4 years, $66MDonald Penn, Kolton MillerBrown is a massive human being. At 6-foot-8 and reported by some to be upwards of 380 lbs., his size cannot be understated. With that being said, according to Von Miller , Brown is the best lineman in the NFL right now because of his rare blend of giant’s blood and ninja-like athleticism. Well, he didn’t say exactly that, but in so many words he did. Point being, arguably the league’s best pass rusher thinks that Brown is amazing. On top of that, this past year he was the blind side protector for the greatest quarterback of all time and eventually was crowned a Super Bowl champion. From there, he now becomes the highest paid lineman in NFL history. It is amazing to think that just four years ago he was an afterthought, picked in the 7th round by the 49ers. To me, making him the highest paid lineman ever is an overpay, even with the salary cap increasing this season, but as we saw last season with Nate Solder , you usually have to overpay to get the guys you really want. A select few are up in arms about the deal, particularly because of his historically average PFF (Pro Football Focus) grades, but the eye test and Brown’s resume will tell you that he is more than worth at least an elite LT’s contract. The Raiders are fine by me here.
OT Marcus Gilbert Pittsburgh SteelersArizona CardinalsTraded for a 6th round pickD.J. Humphries, Justin PughIt is no secret that the Cards need offensive line help, and in Gilbert, they are certainly getting it… Provided he can stay healthy. Over the last two seasons combined, Gilbert has missed a whopping 20 games, however in the games he has played, most consider him an impact player. By giving up just a sixth round pick, the Cards are making a low risk, high reward move – something every GM is trying to do.
LB Preston Smith Washington Football TeamGreen Bay Packers4 years, $52MZa'Darius Smith, Kenny ClarkThe Packers have struggled to get edge pressure over the last few years, and in Smith, they may have just solved that problem. Sure he is coming off of a down year, but he’s still just 26 years old and has already posted two separate seasons of eight sacks in his career. He didn’t re-up with the Redskins because of the exorbitant amount of money that they were ready to fork up to Landon Collins , so it’s not like they thought he was a washed up player or anything. The Packers did well here.
LB Anthony Barr Minnesota VikingsMinnesota VikingsChanged his mind and re-signs with the VikingsThe broken hearts of every New York Jets fanAlso in another stunning turn of events, Barr decides to change his name to DeAndre Jordan! In all seriousness though, this is a terrible look for his brand, but the heart wants what it wants. There are still no details on his new contract with the Vikings, but who knows… He may change his mind again. As for the Jets, they still have plenty of money to play with, however there are no other players on the market with Barr’s hybrid skill-set. They likely will need to sign two players to cover what one Barr could bring to the table.
DB Eric Rowe New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins1 year, $3.5MCordrea Tankersley, Minkah FitzpatrickTo those that remember the 2015 NFL draft, there is little question on the talent of Rowe. He is skilled and versatile enough to serve as a starter at outside or slot corner, while he plays physically enough to start at the safety spot as well. The only thing bogging him down so far in his NFL career has been his lack of good health, which is why the Dolphins managed to get him on a cheap “prove it” deal. Rowe will likely compete for the starting number two corner spot, however as already listed, he can do a whole lot more for this team if necessary.
LB Adarius Taylor Tampa Bay BuccaneersCleveland Browns2 years, $5MChristian Kirksey, Ray Ray Armstrong Taylor is a depth linebacker option, who can play any of the three spots. His best chance of playing time is at the weakside linebacker position, however nothing is guaranteed. This contract is about the going rate for a player of Taylor’s experience and skill-set, so no complaints here.
WR Jordan Matthews Philadelphia EaglesSan Francisco 49erscontract details undisclosedJimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle, Marquise GoodwinMatthews is another wideout who likely still won’t move the needle for Jimmy Garoppolo and this Niners passing offense. It doesn’t really matter what the details of this contract are, I’m uninspired. He will likely work out of the slot going forward, meaning some competition for Trent Taylor at the position.
OG Ted Larsen Miami DolphinsChicago Bears1 year, money undisclosedKyle Long, James Daniels, Cody Whitehair The Bears are planning on losing some depth along the offensive line this offseason, so instead of reloading in the draft, they decided to pickup a guy who has plenty of familiarity in their offense. Larsen played in all 16 games during the 2016 season for the Bears, while he started in eight of them at right guard. He has the versatility to play pretty much anywhere along the line, so he will return to being a solid depth option for the Bears.
DB Earl Thomas Seattle SeahawksBaltimore Ravens4 years, $55MBrandon Carr, Tony Jefferson, Jimmy Smith, Marlon HumphreyThis was one of the more anticipated signings of the offseason, and while the contract details weren’t surprising, the team the picked Thomas up was. After letting go another future Hall of Famer in Eric Weddle just last week, there were few out there thinking that the Ravens would turn around and pony up this kind of money for another veteran safety – one coming off of a major injury mind you. Regardless, there is no question that if healthy, Thomas will bring a new energy and impact to this Ravens defense going forward. This, along with the Mark Ingram signing, serves as a decent consolation prize for losing out on Le’Veon Bell.
OG John Miller Buffalo BillsCincinnati Bengals3 years, $16.5MCordy Glenn, Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, Joe MixonMiller has had an up-and-down career thus far, but still young and seemingly ascending, he appears to be getting a chance to start for the Bengals going forward. He’ll be reunited with former teammate Cordy Glenn along the Bengals offensive line, giving Cincy hopes of some continuity in 2019.
DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun Cleveland BrownsHouston Texans1 year, money undisclosedJonathan Joseph, Tashaun Gipson, Aaron Colvin, Bradley RobyBoddy-Calhoun is a depth secondary option and one that offers positional versatility. He can play in the slot and at safety, while his demeanor is not one that is above waiting his turn or contributing on special teams. Provided they didn’t overpay, the Texans did well here.
K Chandler Catanzaro Tampa Bay BuccaneersNew York Jetscontract details undisclosed Jason MyersAfter losing Pro Bowler Jason Myers yesterday, the Jets wasted no time finding his replacement. Catanzaro spent all of 2017 with the Jets, making 100% of his PAT’s and 83% of his field goals. Like most kickers, he’s only as good as his most recent game, so if he goes into a funk at any point this season, don’t be surprised if he is on the chopping block. All kickers are replaceable.
WR Tyrell Williams Los Angeles ChargersLas Vegas Raiders4 years, $44MAntonio Brown, Derek Carr, Jordy NelsonWilliams is tall with excellent long speed, however it is tough to say that he has ever played well enough in his career to warrant an $11 million per season contract. The Raiders must be looking at this more as a contract of what he can do going forward, as at just 27 years old, he is likely entering his physical prime. Playing next to Antonio Brown should help him secure plenty of 1v1 coverage deep, however I worry about his potential playing with Derek Carr, one of the worst deep throwing quarterbacks in the league.
TE Jason Witten Dallas CowboysUnretires, re-signs with Cowboys for 1 year, $2MDak PrescottThere have been some mixed reviews on this one, but for the life of me I can’t understand why. Tight End was going to be one of the Cowboys top priorities this offseason, and without a first round pick they were likely going to have to overpay for one that would make any serviceable impact in 2019. Instead, they get a future Hall of Famer, who caught nearly 70 passes in his most recent season with the team. Witten knows the offense and will reportedly not stand in the way of the development of the younger tight ends on the roster either. The Cowboys found a way to fill a need, with quality, on the cheap, and without sacrificing any draft capital. That is a huge accomplishment by the front office.
DB Eric Weddle Baltimore RavensLos Angeles Rams2 years, $10.5MDerwin James, Desmond KingGoing into this free agency frenzy, it was unclear what the market would be for safeties, especially considering how quickly teams were just throwing Pro Bowlers to the curb. Seeing now that the safety economy is booming, I wouldn’t be surprised if an accomplished veteran such Weddle is kicking himself for signing so quickly at such a bargain. In retrospect though, Weddle made it pretty clear that he knew the second he became a free agent that he wanted to play for the Rams. Now he’s on a clear Super Bowl contender and at this point in his career, that is really what it is all about.
DB Tyrann Mathieu Houston TexansKansas City Chiefs3 years, $42MEric Berry, Kendall FullerThe Honey Badger is a risk taker, a playmaker, and an undersized defensive back with a versatile skill-set. He will likely do most of his work in the slot, which I like for him, but what I like even more is that he will not be relied upon to be the best safety on the field anymore. With Eric Berry backing him up, deeper downfield on most plays, Mathieu can take more risks and play more freely, which is what he does best. The price is certainly steep for a guy with an up-and-down career thus far, but this may just be the best scenario possible for him.
LB Thomas Davis Carolina PanthersLos Angeles ChargersContract details undisclosedJatavis Brown, Denzel PerrymanWith the likely loss of Kyle Emanuel this offseason, the Chargers were certainly in the market for some linebacker help. While Davis is no longer a spring chicken, he brings leadership, wisdom, talent, and toughness to an already pretty stacked defense. 2019 will be his 16th year in the league, as he continues to add to his Hall of Fame resume.
DL Sheldon Richardson Minnesota VikingsCleveland Browns3 years, $36MMyles Garrett, Olivier VernonWhile his sack production has decreased over the last few years, Richardson joins the Browns as still a very disruptive interior presence. Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic notes that Richardson actually accounted for 10 “sacks created” (an ESPN stat) in 2018, meaning that his size and speed combo coming from the inside allows others to get to the quarterback easier. With the attention he commands, expect both Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon to see more 1v1 opportunities than they have ever had in their careers… How in the world is this guy still only 28 years old??
DB Lamarcus Joyner Los Angeles RamsLas Vegas RaidersContract details undisclosedKarl Joseph, Gareon ConleyStill no details on this one, but provided it is under $8 million per year, I’ll be on board. The Raiders were initially thought to be tanking 2019, however in the matter of a few hours, they have acquired several high-priced veterans and even a future Hall of Famer. My outlook on them going forward has certainly changed.
DB Brian Poole Atlanta FalconsNew York Jets1 year, $3.5MBuster Skrine, Trumaine Johnson, Jamal Adams, Marcus MayeJets fans were happy to see Buster Skrine depart in free agency yesterday, however adding Poole to the same nickel position doesn’t change the defense much. The money is more than fair for a guy who will play at a league-average level at best.
DL Markus Golden Arizona CardinalsNew York Giants2 year, $4,75MBJ Hill, Dalvin Tomlinson, Mario Edwards Jr., Josh Mauro, Kerry WynnThe Giants are just signing anyone with “gold” in their name, trying to put some polish on their dumpster fire of franchise direction. All joking aside though, Golden is a nice player, who just three years ago racked up double-digit sacks. He will be reunited with defensive coordinator James Bettcher and is playing on a “prove it” deal for one year.
DL Mike Pennel New York JetsNew England Patriotscontract details undisclosedMalcolm Brown, Michael Bennett, Lawrence Guy, Adam ButlerPennel is a far less known version of Malcolm Brown – a defensive tackle whom the Pats just lost to free agency – however he is essentially the same size and offers the same skill-set. Sure he’s probably a bit less polished than Brown was, but Pennel will do just fine at the nose and will eventually prove to be a classic Patriots signing.
RB Kenjon Barner New England PatriotsAtlanta Falconscontract details undisclosedTevin Coleman, Devonta Freeman, Ito SmithAfter losing Tevin Coleman, the Falcons needed some more depth at the running back position. Barner figures to settle in behind both Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith going forward, meaning that he should have minimal fantasy value in 2019.
LB David Mayo Carolina PanthersSan Francisco 49erscontract details undisclosedKwon Alexander, Fred Warner, Malcolm SmithMayo is a depth linebacker option and a rock solid special teams contributor. Don’t expect much IDP fantasy value from him going forward.
DB Terrence Brooks New York JetsNew England Patriotscontract details undisclosedJason McCourtey, Devin McCourtey, Patrick ChungWhile Brooks is listed as a safety, he will make his presence most felt as a special teamer with the Patriots. That certainly holds value in professional football, however for the purposes of fantasy football, he is a name to forget.
WR John Brown Baltimore RavensBuffalo Bills3 years, $27MJosh AllenI’m surprised at the money that Brown actually got here considering his limitations on playing in certain environments (sickle-cell). With that being said though, there is no doubt that when on the field, he and Josh Allen will have a hell of a time. Brown is one of the fastest receivers in the league, while Allen has maybe the strongest arm I have ever seen. Pairing Brown with Robert Foster – another deep threat – and having Zay Jones handle the slot and underneath stuff, actually gives the Bills a formidable receiving corps going forward.
DB Justin Coleman Seattle SeahawksDetroit Lions4 years, $36MJalen Tabor, Darius Slay, Quandre DiggsIn a surprising move, Coleman is going to become the league’s highest paid slot corner. Not that you can’t make the argument that he deserves the honor, but he’s just not exactly the guy that comes to mind when you ponder the league’s best nickelback. In any event, in a league that increasingly forces you to play with five or more DB’s at any given moment, it is no surprise that a defensive minded team would put a priority on signing him. Over the last two seasons, Coleman has deflected 19 passes and taken two interceptions to the house. Matt Patricia will find creative ways to deploy him.
WR Bruce Ellington Houston TexansNew England Patriots1 year, moneys undisclosedJulian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady, Maurice HarrisThe Pats love their slot receivers and Ellington will be yet another dart throw in that department. While the money in this deal is still undisclosed, I’m quite sure that the Patriots did not overpay.
WR Cole Beasley Dallas CowboysBuffalo Bills4 years, $29MJosh Allen, Zay JonesConsidering the presence of Zay Jones , this move was rather surprising. In any event, the Bills seem smartly committed to building around their young quarterback and have proven it through spending nearly $60 million on wide receivers over the last 20 minutes. Beasley’s skill-set speaks for itself – he’s a wizard in the slot and is one of the league’s best route runners. He’ll offer Josh Allen an always-open target and the special teams coach a reliable punt return option.
TE Dwayne Allen New England PatriotsMiami Dolphins2 years, $7MNick O'Leary, Mike GesickiAllen comes at a decent price, but joins a crowded TE room, including Nick O’Leary and sophomore Mike Gesicki . My expectation is that Allen will see a good amount of snaps, but will likely serve as the primary blocking tight end in this offense, while Gesicki will be the receiver, and O’Leary will play the H-back type of role. Everyone will have their place and reps, in theory at least.
TE Tyler Kroft Cincinnati BengalsBuffalo Bills3 years, $18MJosh Allen$6 million a year seems quite rich for Kroft, however in 2017, he did prove to be a sneaky good red zone threat with seven receiving touchdowns. The Bills are likely hoping that Kroft and his 6-foot-6 frame can return to that type of form this season and beyond so that newly anointed franchise quarterback Josh Allen has a target that he can be eye level with. I’m not banking on Kroft too much early on in the season, however he may develop into an interesting streaming option in fantasy leagues and DFS.
WR DeSean Jackson Tampa Bay BuccaneersPhiladelphia EaglesTraded along with a 7th round pick for a 6th round pick.Carson WentzIt was no secret that Jackson was on the block, however it never crossed my mind that his former team, the Eagles, would be in play. Essentially this move plays as a cap dump for the Bucs, while the Eagles managed to restructure DJax to a 3-year, $27 million deal. The Buccaneers can now comfortably move on from the veteran and the Eagles just got that much scarier. It appears to be a win for both parties.
TE Matt LaCosse Denver BroncosNew England Patriotscontract details undisclosedRob Gronkowski, Tom BradyLaCosse is signing under the impression that he will backup future Hall of Famer, Rob Gronkowski, however if Gronk retires, the job is wide open. I wouldn’t bank on the idea that they won’t draft a tight end this April, but if they don’t, LaCosse could end up with some sneaky value this season.
DB Andrew Adams Tampa Bay BuccaneersDetroit Lions1 year, money undisclosedDarius Slay, Quandre Diggs, Miles KillabrewA defense devoid of takeaways looking to change that fact got themselves a decent playmaker at likely a cheap one-year cost. Adams is little known, however he managed an impressive four interceptions as the Buccaneers single-high safety last season. He’ll likely start for the Lions this season, while also getting plenty of special teams reps.
WR Maurice Harris Washington Football TeamNew England Patriotscontract details undisclosedJulian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady. Bruce EllingtonHarris is yet another Patriots slot receiver option, and while they now have a bunch of names at that position, his is one to remember. When given opportunities with the Redskins last season, Harris provided some quality production out of the slot, even while operating out of one of the worst passing offenses in the NFL. Over the stretch of Weeks 6 and 7 last season, Harris compiled 15 receptions for 172 receiving yards… And that was with the Redskins quarterback situation. Imagine what Tom Brady could get out of him?
WR Golden Tate Detroit LionsNew York Giants4 years, $37.5MEli Manning, Sterling Shepard, Evan EngramFor the life of me, I cannot figure out what the Giants are doing. Golden Tate is a nice player, but they really need to pick a lane. Are they trying to win, or are they trying to lose? Getting rid of your two best defensive players and your best offensive player indicates a rebuild, while paying a 30+ year old wideout for four more years indicates a win now strategy. Tate will undoubtedly have fantasy value going forward, but New York management really needs to get their crap together.
DB B.W. Webb New York GiantsCincinnati Bengals3 years, $13MDre Kilpatrick, Shawn Williams, Jesse Bates III, William Jackson IIIWebb is a journeyman depth corner, however he held his own last season as a starter for the Giants. He performed much better when playing in the slot, so that is likely the position that the Bengals will use him the most in, especially with the looming departure of starting slot corner Darqueze Dennard.
DL Malcom Brown New England PatriotsNew Orleans Saints3 years, $15MCameron Jordan, Sheldon Rankings, Marcus DavenportBrown is a beefy interior defensive lineman who will fit in just right with the Saints stingy front. He replaces Teyler Davidson – who is now a free agent – and serves as an upgrade in potentially both the run and the passing game. Considering his age and pedigree, $5 million a year seems about right.
DB Jason Verrett Los Angeles ChargersSan Francisco 49ers1 year, $3.6MRichard Sherman, Jimmie Ward, Jaquiski TartVerrett is a legitimate number one cornerback when healthy, however the problem is that he never is. Over the last three years, Verrett has played in just five total games... The Niners gave him a one year “prove it” deal here, and at an incredibly low risk, the potential reward makes this deal seem like a no-brainer.
DB Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Green Bay PackersChicago Bears1 year, $3.5MKyle Fuller, Prince Amukamara, Buster SkrineAfter losing Adrian Amos, the Bears needed to make a move to replace his production at the safety. Clinton-Dix has plenty of talent and proved productive during his years with the Packers. Considering what they would have had to pay Amos to keep him around, they really ended up getting Dix on a bargain.
OG Eric Kush Chicago BearsCleveland Brownscontract details undisclosedJC Tretter, Greg Robinson, Joel BitonioKush is best known for his role as the “Man of a thousand tanks” in HBO’s Hard Knocks a few years ago, but since his time with the Rams, Kush has quietly carved out himself a decently productive career with the Chiefs and Bears. He played in 15 games for Chicago last year and started seven of them, serving as a quality depth option within their front line. He’ll figure to compete for a starting job on the Browns interior offensive line this upcoming season.
DL Christian Covington Houston TexansDallas Cowboys1 year, moneys undisclosedTyrone Crawford, Antwaun Woods, Demarcus LawrenceDefensive tackle may very well be the Cowboys primary need headed into this offseason, and while Covington isn’t going to stop the presses, he brings them one step closer to being able to draft the best player available in April’s draft. At worst, he will rotate through both defensive tackle spots in 2019, while at best he will be a starter next to Maliek Collins. In what has become the norm with Cowboys signings over the last decade, there was little flash to this signing, but it was very smart and practical.
TE Luke Stocker Tennessee TitansAtlanta Falcons2 years, moneys undisclosedAustin Hooper, Matt Ryan, Julio JonesStocker gives the Falcons depth at the position and nothing much more, as Pro Bowler Austin Hooper isn’t expecting to abdicate his starting position any time soon.
OG Mike Iupati Arizona CardinalsSeattle Seahawks1 year, moneys undisclosedDuane Brown, DJ Fluker, Justin BrittIupati is a quality interior offensive lineman who has made four Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team in his career. The nature of this contract is still unclear, but typically one year deals are for less money than otherwise would be back loaded in a longer term contract. Regardless, he seems like an upgrade over the recently departed J.R. Sweezy at the guard position.
OG Max Garcia Denver BroncosArizona Cardinalscontract details undisclosedJa'Wuan James, Conner McGovern, Ronald LearyGarcia is coming off of an ACL tear, so I can’t imagine that this deal could be worth much. With that being said, if he can get back to 100%, Garcia is a more than serviceable offensive lineman, who would likely start at guard for the Cardinals.
DB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Washington Football Teamcontract details undisclosed Landon Collins, Josh NormanThe initial takeaway is that DRC must have both really hated the Giants and loved Landon Collins. He not only skipped out on team meetings towards the end of the 2017 season, played only a few more games in his career, and then retired, but he also just decided to come out of retirement the second former teammate Landon Collins picked a new team. If the arrival of Collins is his inspiration for playing football again, maybe we may see DRC return to his 2016 Pro Bowl form. With all of that being said, until the contract details come out, it is hard to have a strong take on his signing.
DL Mario Edwards Las Vegas RaidersNew Orleans Saints2 years, $5MCam Jordan, Sheldon Rankings, Marcus Davenport, Malcolm BrownEdwards is a former prospect that oozed with talent. Since entering the NFL however, the production hasn’t followed his potential, ending his run with the Raiders short. Instead of cashing in on his first real negotiable contract as a pro, the Saints are giving the pass rusher a “prove it” type of deal. Playing on such a talented defensive line may end up bringing the best out of him. You never know...
OT Kendall Lamm Houston TexansCleveland Brownscontract details undisclosed Joel Bitonio, Greg Robinson, Austin CorbettLamm is yet another depth piece that the Browns are bringing along on their revamped offensive line. Provided the deal is financially favorable, this will be a fine contract.
WR J.J. Nelson Arizona CardinalsLas Vegas Raiderscontract details undisclosedAntonio Brown, Derek Carr, Tyrell Williams Nelson is an electric deep threat and return man. While there are still no contract details on this deal, the Raiders filled an area of need with youth and talent. Every team would benefit from having Nelson on their team, so good on Oakland here.
LB Shaquil Barrett Denver BroncosTampa Bay Buccaneers1 year, $5MJason Pierre-Paul, Gerald McCoy, Vita VeaBarrett has remained in a reserve/rotational role for most of his time in Denver, and while he may continue to do the same in Tampa, his history of impressive production on limited snaps bodes well for his 2019 season. In this move – at a good price mind you – the Buccaneers continue to improve their pass rushing rotation. Word is that they may even add another in the draft.
QB Ryan Tannehill Miami DolphinsTennessee TitansTraded, along with a 6th round pick, for a 4th round pickMarcus Mariota, Corey DavisSmells like there is going to be some competition for Marcus Mariota in training camp this summer, and while he is likely to easily win out over Tannehill, it is good to know that the oft-injured quarterback at least has an insurance policy. On the Dolphins side of things, it is now clearer than ever that they are going to be drafting a quarterback at some point this April. The recent signing of Ryan Fitzpatrick shouldn’t deter those plans.
DL Josh Mauro New York GiantsLas Vegas Raiderscontract details undisclosedArden Key, Maurice Hurst, Johnathan HankinsMauro is a depth option, likely signing on a near minimum contract. He replaces the recently departed Mario Edwards Jr. and offers the Raiders positional versatility with his massive size and adequate speed/power combo.
DB Bryce Callahan Chicago BearsDenver Broncos3 years, $21MChris Harris, Kareem JacksonUnder Vic Fangio last year, Callahan rose to one of the league’s best defensive backs and almost unarguably the best slot cornerback in the NFL. Unfortunately he broke his foot in Week 12, forcing him to miss the rest of the way for Chicago, but regardless, it was clear to him that he wanted to continue playing for his defensive coordinator going forward. Once Fangio got the Denver job, the Broncos immediately became Callahan’s number one free agent destination. The price is fair for his talent level and position, while some might argue he is being underpaid. Look for Denver’s “No Fly Zone” to return in 2019 and beyond.
DB Justin Bethel Atlanta FalconsBaltimore Ravens2 years, money undisclosedBrandon Carr, Marlon Humphrey, Jimmy SmithBethel comes on as a special teamer and depth corner for the Ravens. Chances are that he is paid as a top special teamer, which may mean that his contract will seem a bit inflated for a guy who will play sparing defensive snaps, however he will be worth the money based off of his work on special teams alone. Long winded, but true.
OG Earl Watford Cleveland BrownsTampa Bay Buccaneerscontract details undisclosedDonovan Smith, Ali MarpetWatford offers positional versatility at all positions along the offensive line, while he is also in the running for the currently vacant right guard spot. Provided his contract contains minimal investment and risk, this is a fine signing for Tampa Bay.
OT Cedric Ogbuehi Cincinnati BengalsJacksonville Jaguarscontract details undisclosed Cam Robinson, Andrew Norwell, Will RichardsonOgbuehi – a former first round draft pick – at this point can’t be considered anything but a bust. He has been given numerous chances to be a successful starter in this league, and time after time he has squandered the opportunities. Not only has he struggled with injuries since the moment he was drafted, but even when healthy, his play has been so underwhelming that he often has been scratched off of the game day roster. He barely played for the Bengals last season and was subsequently declined his fifth-year option for 2019. Sure the potential is still there, but you shouldn’t bank on it panning out at this point. Hopefully the structure of this contract greatly protects the Jaguars.
WR Chris Conley Kansas City ChiefsJacksonville Jaguarscontract details undisclosedD.J. Chark, Dede Westbrook, Marqise Lee, Nick FolesConley has not had an incredibly productive career thus far, however he offers a versatile skill-set and familiarity in John DeFilippo’s offense. The belief is that he could start if necessary, however in the best case scenario, Conley would serve as the primary depth receiver option at all three positions – X, Z, and slot. Waiting on the contract details at the moment, but chances are that this is a solid signing all around for Jacksonville.
LB Jake Ryan Green Bay PackersJacksonville Jaguarscontract details undisclosed Myles Jack, Telvin SmithOver his first three years in the league, Ryan – a former fourth round pick – had started 27 games at inside linebacker, and was well on his way to a successful NFL career. Then, during training camp of last season, Ryan suffered a torn ACL, forcing him to miss all of 2018. While the Packers were interested in bringing the young linebacker back, it appears that the Jags had the better offer. Along with Myles Jack and Telvin Smith, Ryan rounds out a young and talented linebacking corps for the Jaguars.
OT LaAdrian Waddle New England PatriotsBuffalo Bills1 year, money undisclosed Dion Dawkins, Ty Nsekhe Waddle comes in on a one-year deal, looking to challenge Ty Nsekhe for the starting right tackle spot. Considering Waddle’s four years of experience in a winning system with the Patriots, chances are that he has the inside edge over Nsekhe.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick Tampa Bay BuccaneersMiami Dolphins2 years, $11MJake Rudock, Luke FalkThis should settle some people down, as it was starting to look like the Dolphins were going to enter the NFL draft with only Jake Rudock and Luke Falk as their quarterbacks on the roster. Together they have a whopping zero starts at the professional level. Fitz brings plenty of experience to the table, while he can spot start at any moment’s notice. If you ask most people, he is probably the best backup quarterback in the NFL at the moment. If the Dolphins draft a guy, Fitzpatrick gives them the ability to bring the young kid along slowly. The deal is at the right price and is more than worth it for Miami.
LB Mark Barron New Orleans SaintsPittsburgh Steelers2 years, $12MRyan Shazier, Jon Bostic, Tyler Matakevich, Vince WilliamsBarron is a former safety, who brings plenty of athleticism to the linebacker position. While he isn’t as talented as Ryan Shazier, Barron offers the same skill-set, which is critical for the Steelers to run their defense the way they want to.
OL Nick Easton Minnesota VikingsNew Orleans Saints4 years, $24M Tom Cameron, Will ClappAccording to Adam Schefter Easton is being brought on board to serve as the Saints starting center after the recent retirement of Max Unger. Considering his starting responsibility, prime age, and history as a quality interior offensive lineman, $6 million per year seems fitting.