Friday, March 10, 2017

NFL Free Agency Tracker: Day Three




Welcome to your guide for the crazy whirlwind of tweets, calls, information and deals known as NFL Free Agency! Any signing, potential signing, rumor or other transaction that happens during the free agency period will be available here.



Total Dollar Amount Spent Through Day 2 of Free Agency: 
$1,512,282,500.00





Top Ten Teams According to Cap Space Available (via Spotrac)
  1.  San Francisco- $88.9 million 
  2. Cleveland- $83.8 million
  3. Jacksonville- $70.4 million
  4. Tennessee- $54.8 million
  5. Indianapolis- $43.4 million
  6. Chicago- $43 million
  7. Oakland - $40.8 million
  8. Tampa Bay - $34.3 million
  9. Green Bay - $33.5 million
  10. Arizona- $32.6 million 

*Figures are valid through 3/10/17





On this page you will find all the free agent signings listed by position, and are done in order of highest contract total.


Quarterbacks:

Mike Glennon- Chicago Bears- 3 years/45 million, ($19 million guaranteed)
Kirk Cousins- Washington Redskins- 1 year, $23.94 million franchise tag
Brian Hoyer- San Francisco 49ers- 2 years, $12 million ($10 million guaranteed)
Matt Schaub- Atlanta Falcons- 2 years, $9 million
Landry Jones- Pittsburgh Steelers- 2 years, $4.4 million ($600,000 guaranteed) 
Matt Barkley - San Francisco 49ers- Terms TBA


Fullbacks/Running Backs: 

Kyle Juszczyk- San Francisco 49ers- 4 years, $21 million ($10.5 million guaranteed)
Patrick DiMarco- Buffalo Bills- 4 years, $8.5 million ($4 million guaranteed)
Jacquizz Rodgers- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- 2 years, $3.3 million
Mike Tolbert- Buffalo Bills- 1 year, $1 million
C.J. Spiller- Kansas City Chiefs- 1 year, $980,000 
Danny Woodhead- Baltimore Ravens- 3 years, monetary details TBA


Wide Receivers: 

Pierre Garcon- San Francisco 49ers- 5 year, $47.5 million ($17 million guaranteed)
Robert Woods- Los Angeles Rams- 5 year, $39 million, ($15 million guaranteed)
DeSean Jackson- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- 3 year, $35 million, ($20 million guaranteed)
Kenny Britt- Cleveland Browns- 4 year, $32.5 million, ($17 million guaranteed)
Kenny Stills- Miami Dolphins- 4 year, $32 million, ($20 million guaranteed)
Terrence Williams- Dallas Cowboys- 4 year, $17 million
Torrey Smith- Philadelphia Eagles- 3 year, $15 million
Alshon Jeffery- Philadelphia Eagles- 1 year, $14 million
Brandon Marshall- New York Giants- 2 year, $11 million ($5 million guaranteed)
Marquise Goodwin- San Francisco 49ers- 2 year, $8 million
Terrelle Pryor- Washington Redskins- 1 year, $6 million
Aldrick Robinson- San Francisco 49ers- $6 million
Charles Johnson- Carolina Panthers- 1 year, $2.2 million
Russell Shepard- Carolina Panthers - 3 years, Terms TBA


Tight Ends:

Martellus Bennett - Green Bay Packers - 3 year, $18.5 million Dion Sims- Chicago Bears- 3 years, $18 million ($10 million guaranteed) 
Rhett Ellison- 4 years, $18 million ($8 million guaranteed)
Levine Toilolo- Atlanta Falcons- 3 years, $12 million ($3 million guaranteed)
Darren Fells- Detroit Lions- 1 year, $1.5 million


Offensive Line:

Kevin Zeitler- Guard- Cleveland Browns- 5 years, $60 million ($31.5 million guaranteed)
Matt Kalil- Tackle- Carolina Panthers- 5 years, $55 million ($25 million guaranteed)
Russell Okung- Tackle- Los Angeles Chargers- 4 years, $53 million ($25 million guaranteed)
Andrew Whitworth- Tackle- Los Angeles Rams- 3 years, $36 million ($15 million guaranteed)
Ronald Leary- Guard- Denver Broncos- 4 years, $35 million ($20 million guaranteed) 
Larry Warford- Guard - New Orleans Saints- 4 years, $34 million ($17 million guaranteed)
Mike Remmers- Tackle - Minnesota Vikings- 5 year, $30 million
Menelik Watson- Tackle - Denver Broncos - 3 year, $18.3 million
J.C. Tretter- Center- Cleveland Browns- 3 years, $16.75 million ($10 million guaranteed) 
Benjamin Ijalana- Tackle- New York Jets- 2 years, $11 million
Stefen Wisniewski- Center - Philadelphia Eagles- 3 year, $9 million
Luke Joeckel- Tackle- Seattle Seahawks- 1 year, $8 million
Chance Warmack- Guard- Philadelphia Eagles- 1 year, $1.51 million
Marshall Newhouse- Tackle- Oakland Raiders- 2 years, Terms TBA
Eric Winston- Tackle- Cincinnati Bengals- 1 year, Terms TBA
Kelvin Beachum - Tackle- New York Jets- Terms TBA



Defensive Line: 

Calais Campbell - DE- Jacksonville Jaguars - 4 years, $60 million ($30 million guaranteed) 
Brandon Williams - DT- Baltimore Ravens - 5 years, $54 million ($27.5 million guaranteed)
Nick Fairly - DT- New Orleans - 4 years, $30 million
Jabaal Sheard- DE - Indianapolis Colts- 3 year, $25.5 million
Stacy McGee - DT- Washington Redskins - 5 years, $25 million ($9 million guaranteed) 
Terrell McClain - DT- Washington Redskins - 4 years, $21 million ($11 million guaranteed) 
Lawrence Guy - DT - New England Patriots- 4 years, $20 million Earl Mitchell - DT- San Francisco 49ers - 4 years, $16 million ($6.5 million guaranteed)
Chris Baker - DE- Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 3 years, $15.75 million ($9 million guaranteed)
John Simon - DE - Indianapolis Colts - 3 years, $13.5 million
Akeem Spence - DT- Detroit Lions - 3 years, $10.5 million ($3.5 million guaranteed)
Jack Crawford - DE- Atlanta Falcons - 3 years, $10.3 million 
Cornelius Washington - DE- Detroit Lions - 2 years, $6 million
Sylvester Williams- DT - Tennessee Titans - 3 years, Terms TBA
Stephen Paea- DT- Dallas Cowboys- Terms TBA



Linebackers:


Chandler Jones- Arizona Cardinals- 5 years, $82.5 million ($53 million guaranteed) Malcolm Smith - San Francisco 49ers - 5 years, $26.5 million ($11.5 million guaranteed)
A.J. Klein - New Orleans Saints - 4 years, $24 million ($9.4 million guaranteed) 
Lawrence Timmons - Miami Dolphins - 2 year, $12 million 
Lorenzo Alexander- Buffalo Bills - 2 year, $9 million
Josh Martin - New York Jets - 2 years, $4.3 million
Barkevious Mingo - Indianapolis Colts - 1 year, $2.5 million
Laroy Reynolds - Atlanta Falcons - 1 year, $1.3 million
Lerentee McCray - Jacksonville Jaguars - 1 year, $1 million

Juilius Peppers - Carolina Panthers - 1 year, Details TBA




Defensive Backs: 

A.J. Bouye - Jacksonville Jaguars - 5 years, $67.5 million ($26 million guaranteed) 
Tony Jefferson - Baltimore Ravens - 4 years, $36 million ($14 million guaranteed)
Logan Ryan - Tennessee Titans - 3 years, $30 million
Micah Hyde - Buffalo Bills - 5 years, $30 million ($14 million guaranteed) 
Captain Munnerlyn - Carolina Panthers - 4 years, $21 million
Quintin Demps - Chicago Bears - 3 years, $13.5 million 
D.J. Swearinger - Washington Redskins - 3 years, $13.5 million
Nolan Carroll - Dallas Cowboys - 3 years, $10 million
D.J. Hayden - Detroit Lions - 1 year, $5.25 million
Chris Conte - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 2 years, $5 million ($2.5 million guaranteed) 
Brynden Trawick - Tennessee Titans - 2 years, $4.75 million ($3 million guaranteed) 
Nate Allen- Miami Dolphins - 1 year, $3.4 million
Antoine Bethea - Arizona Cardinals - 3 years, Terms TBA
Mike Adams- Carolina Panthers- 2 years, Terms TBA
JJ Wilcox- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- 2 years, Terms TBA



Special Teams: 

Jeff Locke - P - Indianapolis Colts - 2 years, $3.45 million ($1.25 million guaranteed) 
Phil Dawson- K - Arizona Cardinals - DETAILS TBA
Robbie Gould- K - San Francisco 49ers - DETAILS TBA
Steven Hauschka- K - Buffalo Bills - DETAILS TBA
Connor Barth- K - Chicago Bears - 1 year, Terms TBA
Chandler Catanzaro - K - New York Jets - Terms TBA






Other Notable Transactions


  • Houston Texans trade QB Brock Osweiler and 2018 Second Round Pick to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a 2017 4th round pick. 
  • Los Angeles Rams trade DE William Hayes and a seventh round pick to Miami in exchange for the Dolphins' sixth round pick.
  • Dolphins officially acquire Julius Thomas from the Jaguars while sending their 2017 seventh round pick to Jacksonville.
  • Miami also trades Tackle Branden Albert to Jacksonville for a 2018 seventh round pick.
  • Redskins fire GM Scot McCloughan after two seasons, citing alcohol abuse as one of the main reasons for the departure.
  • Running Back Kenneth Dixon was officially suspended first four games of 2017 season for violation of PED policy.

  • The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to trade tight end Dwayne Allen to the New England Patriots. The Colts will also send a sixth-round pick to New England in exchange for a Patriots fourth-round pick.
  • The New England Patriots trade their 2017 1st/3rd round picks to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for WR Brandin Cooks and a 2017 4th rounder.
  • Carolina Panthers trade DE Kony Ealy and a 2017 3rd round pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for 2017 second round pick.


    • RT Doug Free of the Dallas Cowboys informs team that he will be retiring, leaving a hole at the tackle position for the reigning division champs. 

    Rumor Central

    • Many believe the riddance of Brock Osweiler signifies a landing spot for current Cowboys QB Tony Romo, who is now rumored to be traded after initial reports suggested he would be released. 
    • UPDATE: Reports say Denver and Houston, both favorites to land Romo, will stay put and hold off on trade negotiations with Dallas in order to force the Cowboys hand.

    • Sticking on the Osweiler train, the Cleveland Browns absorbed Brock's contract and feel confident they're in better position to land Patriots QB Jimmy Garappolo. The feeling is strong in Cleveland that Osweiler wont be on the roster come draft day. 
    UPDATE: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Jimmy Garappolo is virtually a lock to be a New England Patriot for the long haul, citing he is untouchable to the Patriots organization and will not be saught after in trade deals.
    • It's been a known fact that Kirk Cousins isn't the biggest fan of the Washington Redskins. In the recent days talks between the 49ers and Redskins about potentially shipping Kirk to be reunited with new HC Kyle Shanahan. Cousins supposedly asked Washington for a trade, but told it wasn't likely to happen. 
    UPDATE: Kirk Cousins signed a franchise tender on Friday morning, making him eligible to be traded, per multiple sources.
    • Early Friday morning, Jimmy Garappolo's instagram account posted a "goodbye" post that gave away the impression he was traded. NFL Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed this to be a hoax. 





    For immediate updates throughout free agency, follow Donnie Druin on Twitter @DonnieDruin 

    Wednesday, January 25, 2017

    How To Make The Pro Bowl Great Again


    For the first time since September 8th, there will not be a competitive football game played all week. Which only means one thing: It's Pro Bowl Week!


    It's that time of year where all the best players in the league those who accept invites meet up in Honolulu, Miami, Glendale, Orlando for the annual flag football  NFL All-Star game!

    The Pro Bowl has received a lot of criticism as of late by fans, sports columnists and even players, noting that the game practically has no meaning to it. To put the overall feeling of the game in perspective, 37 players have declined invites to the Pro Bowl this season.

    So why is this All-Star game lacking significance, in all area's of interest?

    It all starts with the product on the field. The idea sounds great at first: Let's collect the best players from each conference and pin them against each other. The idea is pretty similar to a bored night playing Madden. This would be a great idea, except for the following:

    1. The players don't play hard, and that's understandable. It's a meaningless exhibition game and more of a vacation for these guys. Why risk a serious tear or bone fracture on a game that has less value than the Senior Bowl in college?

    2. Because of #1, fans don't want to watch. Why would one watch what is essentially a glorified flag football game with half-ass effort? I'm willing to bet a majority of fans have already seen their favorite team give that type of effort at some point during the season. It's hard to sell a bad product, even if the Rams and 49ers can do it.  The last time people really enjoyed the Pro Bowl, Sean Taylor absolutely drilled a punter near the sideline.


    As non-purposeful as this game looks, there is still hope to save the game.

    Luckily for the 20 people that read this, absolutely nobody asked me for my opinion on how to spice things up.

    Whether you're #MakeTheProBowlGreatAgain or #NotMyProBowl, the following are ideas to rejuvenate the NFL All-Star Game:


    Host it After the Super Bowl 
    This is one of the most common knocks on the game. Previously being played a week after the Super Bowl, this gave players playing in the Super Bowl the chance to participate in the game, which could possibly encourage other players to participate in the game as well.


    Get Fans More Involved 
    This could be accomplished a number of ways. One idea would be to let the fans draft teams, either through social media polling (The NBA All-Star voting shows how "amazing" fans are at deciding All-Stars) or through a live draft of fans selected either randomly or a contest. If that doesn't butter your biscuit, giving the opportunity for a fan/fans to call plays during one series during the game would also be a fun way to get more interaction and interest.


    Have Back-ups Play Instead
    Now we're starting to dig deep up our sleeve as far as ideas go. Although back-up players doesn't sound extra enticing at first, just remember that 37 players declined their invitation this year, so we might be a lot closer than we think. These back-ups wouldn't necessarily be practice squad players (how cool would it be to be discovered in the All-Star game?) but some first string players and many second string players would have the opportunity to play. To entice these players to give a little effort, the prize for a win: A half-million dollar paycheck. Better quality of play= Better quality television.


    Have the Pro Bowl Count For Something
    Similar to what the MLB All-Star game used to incorporate, the NFL could have their own game have a little extra meaning for the following season. One idea that could work is having the winning conference have home-field advantage in the season opener the following year. Either have the Super Bowl be an automatic re-match for week one, or have inter-conference play for all of the first week. It may not be much to fight over in February, but home field advantage is always a luxury.




    Make Players Play Foreign Positions
    Aiding more towards the "Hold my beer" side of the scale, it's an odd yet fascinating idea that would be a lot more interesting than what the game already gives us. How awesome would it be to see Dontari Poe at quarterback throwing to Pat McAfee while Tom Brady covers him at corner? Great football? Probably not. Entertaining? You bet.


    Have Mascots And/Or Referee's Play
    There's not too much to this concept. I'm sure the fans would love to see something like this happen. Make a bad hit on a defenseless receiver call? Did you rule Dez didn't catch it? Strap that helmet on extra tight, Mr. Zebra. Prepare to be on SportsCenter. And how about those cocky mascots? Running all over those kids during halftime? Red Bird better make sure he has peripheral vision.




    Donnie Druin is an award-winning writer from the Arizona Newspaper Association. Follow him on Twitter @DonnieDruin for updates, opinions and everything else in the world of sports... Or to revoke his invite from the Pro Bowl.