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Keep pace with offseason’s major moves


The NFL’s free agency period for the 2021 offseason officially kicked off at 4 p.m. ET on March 17 – the point when players with expiring contracts could sign with new teams and also the juncture at which all 32 of the league’s teams must comply with this year’s $182.5 million salary cap.

Prior to March 17, only players who had been released from their previous contracts were eligible to join new clubs, new Arizona Cardinal J.J. Watt being an example.

Other pending free agents could begin negotiating (and agreeing to) new deals Monday, like the mega-pact outgoing Patriots guard Joe Thuney is getting from the Chiefs or Yannick Ngakoue’s agreement with Las Vegas. Players were also eligible to re-sign with their current club, as Buccaneers Shaq Barrett and Rob Gronkowski did Monday.

TE Rob Gronkowski will spend a second season with the Buccaneers.
TE Rob Gronkowski will spend a second season with the Buccaneers.

Meanwhile, in a year when the cap falls by nearly $16 million due to revenue losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, several name players suddenly find themselves looking for work as teams slash salaries to get under the cap – Casey Hayward and Eric Fisher among that group.

Below is a list of the most prominent players on the move in 2021 … and a few who will not be going anywhere.


Baltimore Ravens

Lost: LS Morgan Cox, OLB Matt Judon, WR Chris Moore, DE Yannick Ngakoue, DL Jihad Ward

Released: RB Mark Ingram

Re-signed: OLB Tyus Bowser (4 years, $22M), NT Justin Ellis, OLB Pernell McPhee, TE Eric Tomlinson, DE Derek Wolfe (3 years, $12M)

Signed: G Kevin Zeitler (3 years, $22M)

Traded for: TE Josh Oliver (from Jaguars)

Buffalo Bills

Lost: KR/WR Andre Roberts

Released: WR John Brown, DT Quinton Jefferson

Re-signed: G Jon Feliciano (3 years, $17M), LB Tyler Matakevich (1 year), LB Matt Milano (4 years, $44M, $24M guaranteed), CB Levi Wallace (1 year), OT Daryl Williams (3 years, $28.2M, per NFL Network)

Signed: P Matt Haack, WR Emmanuel Sanders (1 year, $6M)

Traded: TE Lee Smith (to Falcons)

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MONDAY IN FREE AGENCY: Buccaneers re-sign Shaq Barrett, Patriots make big moves

Cincinnati Bengals

Lost: TE Cethan Carter, DE Carl Lawson

Released: C B.J. Finney

Re-signed: QB Brandon Allen, CB Tony Brown, RB Samaje Perine (2 years), S Brandon Wilson (2 years)

Signed: CB Chidobe Awuzie (3 years), DE Trey Hendrickson, 4 years, $60M), CB Mike Hilton (4 years)

Cleveland Browns

Lost: LB Tae Davis, OT Kendall Lamm, CB Terrance Mitchell, DT Vincent Taylor, DB Tavierre Thomas

Released: DE Adrian Clayborn

Re-signed: LB Malcolm Smith

Signed: S John Johnson (3 years, $33.75M, $24M guaranteed, per NFL Network), DE Takk McKinley (1 year, max $4M)

Denver Broncos

Club option activated: OLB Von Miller

Club option declined: FS Kareem Jackson (free agent)

Franchise tag: S Justin Simmons

Released: CB A.J. Bouye, DT Jurrell Casey, NT Kyle Peko

Re-signed: DL Shelby Harris (3 years, $27M)

Signed: RB Mike Boone (2 years, $2.6M), CB Ronald Darby (3 years, $30M)

Houston Texans

Lost: DT Andrew Brown

Released: G Zach Fulton, RB Duke Johnson, G Senio Kelemete, C Nick Martin, QB Josh McCown, DE J.J. Watt

Re-signed: TE Pharaoh Brown (1 year), CB Vernon Hargreaves

Signed: OL Justin Britt (1 year, $3.2M), S Terrence Brooks (1 year, $2M), DL Maliek Collins (1 year, $6M), LB Tae Davis, LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (1 year, $3.25M), RB Mark Ingram (1 year, max $3M, per ESPN), LB Christian Kirksey (1 year, max $4.5M), G Justin McCray (2 years, $4M), CB Terrance Mitchell (2 years), WR Chris Moore (1 year, $2M), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (2 years), DE Derek Rivers, KR/WR Andre Roberts (2 years, $6M), QB Tyrod Taylor, (1 year, max $12M), DT Vincent Taylor (1 year, $2M), DB Tavierre Thomas, LB Joe Thomas (1 year, $2M)

Traded: LB Benardrick McKinney (to Dolphins)

Traded for: OT Marcus Cannon (from Patriots), DE Shaq Lawson (from Dolphins)

Indianapolis Colts

Claimed: DT Andrew Brown

Lost: DL Denico Autry, QB Jacoby Brissett

Re-signed: RB Marlon Mack (1 year, $2M)

Traded for: QB Carson Wentz (from Eagles)

Jacksonville Jaguars

Franchise tag: OT Cam Robinson

Released: OLB Kamalei Correa, TE Tyler Eifert, CB Rashaan Melvin

Re-signed: K Aldrick Rosas, CB Sidney Jones, TE James O’Shaughnessy, G Tyler Shatley, DE Dawuane Smoot (2 years, $14M)

Signed: WR/KR Jamal Agnew (3 years), DT Tyson Alualu (2 years, $6M), WR Phillip Dorsett, S Rudy Ford (2 years, $4.2M), RB Carlos Hyde (2 years, $6M), CB Shaquill Griffin (3 years, max $45M, per NFL Network), S Rayshawn Jenkins (4 years), WR Marvin Jones (2 years, $14.5M), TE Chris Manhertz (2 years, $7.25M), DT Roy Robertson-Harris (3 years, $24.4M), DL Jihad Ward

Traded: TE Josh Oliver (to Ravens)

Traded for: DL Malcom Brown (from Saints)

Kansas City Chiefs

Released: OT Eric Fisher, OT Mitchell Schwartz, RB Damien Williams

Re-signed: DE Taco Charlton, RB Darrel Williams (1 year)

Retired: FB Anthony Sherman

Signed: G Kyle Long (1 year, max $5M, per ESPN), G Joe Thuney (5 years, $80M)

Las Vegas Raiders

Lost: WR Nelson Agholor, DL Maliek Collins

Released: G Gabe Jackson, DB Lamarcus Joyner, WR Tyrell Williams

Re-signed: OL Denzelle Good (2 years), DT Johnathan Hankins (1 year), G Richie Incognito, DL David Irving, WR Zay Jones, LB Nicholas Morrow

Signed: WR John Brown (1 year), DT Quinton Jefferson, DE Yannick Ngakoue (2 years, $26M), DL Solomon Thomas (1 year)

Traded: OT Trent Brown (to Patriots), C Rodney Hudson (to Cardinals), G Gabe Jackson (to Seahawks)

Los Angeles Chargers

Lost: TE Hunter Henry, S Rayshawn Jenkins, LB Denzel Perryman, QB Tyrod Taylor

Released: CB Casey Hayward, G Trai Turner

Re-signed: K Mike Badgley (1 year), CB Michael Davis (3 years)

Retired: C Mike Pouncey

Signed: OL Matt Feiler (3 years, $21M, per ESPN), C Corey Linsley (5 years, $62.5M)

Miami Dolphins

Lost: DT Davon Godchaux, LB Kamu Grugier-Hill, C Ted Karras

Released: OLB Kyle Van Noy

Re-signed: LB Vince Biegel (1 year), OT Adam Pankey

Signed: RB Malcolm Brown, QB Jacoby Brissett (1 year), DL Adam Butler (2 years, max $9.5M, per NFL Network), TE Cethan Carter (3 years, $7.8M), CB Justin Coleman (1 year, $2.75M), P Michael Palardy

Traded: DE Shaq Lawson (to Texans)

Traded for: LB Benardrick McKinney (from Texans), OT Isaiah Wilson (from Titans)

New England Patriots

Lost: S Terrence Brooks, DL Adam Butler, G Joe Thuney

Re-signed: DB/ST Justin Bethel (3 years, $6M), DL Carl Davis, S Cody Davis (2 years), QB Cam Newton (1 year, $5M, max $14M, per reports), DL Deatrich Wise (4 years, $30 million)

Signed: WR Nelson Agholor, DL Henry Anderson (2 years), WR Kendrick Bourne (3 years, $22.5M), DT Davon Godchaux (2 years), TE Hunter Henry (3 years, $37.5M, per ESPN), OLB Matt Judon (4 years, $56M), OL Ted Karras (1 year, $4M), DB Jalen Mills (4 years, $24M), TE Jonnu Smith (4 years, $50M, $31.3M guaranteed)

Traded: OT Marcus Cannon (to Texans)

Traded for: OT Trent Brown (from Raiders)

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New York Jets

Franchise tag: S Marcus Maye

Released: DL Henry Anderson

Signed: WR Corey Davis (3 years, $37.5M, per ESPN), LB Jarrad Davis (1 year, $7M), CB Justin Hardee (3 years), DE Carl Lawson (3 years, $45M, per NFL Network)

Pittsburgh Steelers

Lost: DT Tyson Alualu, LB Bud Dupree, OL Matt Feiler, CB Mike Hilton

Released: LB Vince Williams

Re-signed: CB Cameron Sutton (2 years, $9M), OT Zach Banner

Retired: C Maurkice Pouncey

Signed: C B.J. Finney

Tennessee Titans

Lost: WR Corey Davis, TE Jonnu Smith

Released: CB Malcolm Butler, WR Adam Humphries, CB Adoree’ Jackson, OT Dennis Kelly, S Kenny Vaccaro

Re-signed: LB Jayon Brown (1 year, $5.25M, per NFL Network), TE Anthony Firkser (1 year), WR Marcus Johnson, TE Geoff Swaim (1 year)

Signed: DL Denico Autry (3 years, $21.5M), LS Morgan Cox, LB Bud Dupree (5 years, max $85M), CB Janoris Jenkins, OT Kendall Lamm (2 years, $8.5M, per NFL Network)

Traded: OT Isaiah Wilson (to Dolphins)

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Atlanta Falcons

Lost: G Justin McCray

Released: CB Ricardo Allen, DE Allen Bailey, G James Carpenter

Re-signed: K Younghoe Koo

Traded for: TE Lee Smith (from Bills, official March 17)

Arizona Cardinals

Lost: CB Patrick Peterson, OLB Haason Reddick

Released: K Zane Gonzalez

Re-signed: CB Robert Alford, OT Kelvin Beachum (2 years), OLB Markus Golden (2 years, $9M), P Andy Lee, LB Tanner Vallejo (2 years, $4.1M)

Signed: WR A.J. Green (1 year, max $8M, per NFL Network, official March 17), K Matt Prater (2 years), DE J.J. Watt (2 years, $28M, $23M guaranteed)

Traded for: C Rodney Hudson (from Raiders)

Carolina Panthers

Franchise tag: OT Taylor Moton (signed tender)

Lost: TE Chris Manhertz, WR Curtis Samuel

Released: S Tre Boston, DT Zach Kerr, P Michael Palardy, DT Kawann Short, DL Stephen Weatherly

Re-signed: LS J.J. Jansen

Signed: G Pat Elfelin (3 years, $13.5M, official March 17), OL Cameron Erving (2 years, $10M, official March 17), DL Morgan Fox (2 years, $8.1M), WR Keith Kirkwood, LB Denzel Perryman (2 years), OLB Haason Reddick (1 year, $6M)

Chicago Bears

Franchise tag: WR Allen Robinson

Lost: DT Roy Robertson-Harris

Released: CB Buster Skrine

Re-signed: S Deon Bush (1 year), DE Mario Edwards (3 years, $11.55M), G Germain Ifedi (1 year), P Pat O’Donnell, K Cairo Santos (5 years, $16M)

Signed: QB Andy Dalton (1 year, $10 million, official March 17)

Dallas Cowboys

Lost: CB Chidobe Awuzie, LB Joe Thomas

Franchise tag/re-signed: QB Dak Prescott (4 years, $160M, $126M guaranteed)

Released: P Chris Jones, FB Jamize Olawale

Re-signed: WR Noah Brown (1 year), CB C.J. Goodwin (2 years, $3.5M), CB Jourdan Lewis (3 years)

Signed: LS Jake McQuaide (1 year, official March 17), OT Ty Nsekhe (1 year, official March 17)

Detroit Lions

Lost: WR/KR Jamal Agnew, CB Justin Coleman, LB Jarrad Davis, WR Marvin Jones, K Matt Prater

Released: C Russell Bodine, CB Justin Coleman, G Joe Dahl, TE Jesse James, LB Christian Jones, DT Danny Shelton, CB Desmond Trufant

Re-signed: DE Romeo Okwara (3 years, $39M)

Signed: TE Josh Hill, RB Jamaal Williams (2 years, $7.5M, per NFL Network, official March 17), WR Tyrell Williams (1 year, $4M)

Traded: QB Matthew Stafford (to Rams, official March 17)

Traded for: DL Michael Brockers (from Rams, official March 17), QB Jared Goff (from Rams, official March 17)

Green Bay Packers

Lost: C Corey Linsley

Released: LB Christian Kirksey, FB John Lovett, RT Rick Wagner

Re-signed: RB Aaron Jones (4 years, $48M, $13M signing bonus)

Retired: CB Tramon Williams

Los Angeles Rams

Lost: RB Malcolm Brown, TE Gerald Everett, DL Morgan Fox, S John Johnson, DE Derek Rivers

Re-signed: OLB Leonard Floyd (4 years, $64M, per NFL Network)

Traded: DL Michael Brockers (to Lions, official March 17), QB Jared Goff (to Lions, official March 17)

Traded for: QB Matthew Stafford (from Lions, official March 17)

Minnesota Vikings

Lost: RB Mike Boone

Released: K Dan Bailey, CB Tae Hayes, OT Riley Reiff, TE Kyle Rudolph, DT Shamar Stephen, CB Cordrea Tankersley

Re-signed: WR Chad Beebe (1 year), OT Rashod Hill (1 year)

Signed: K Greg Joseph, CB Patrick Peterson (1 year, $10M, per NFL Network), DT Dalvin Tomlinson (2 years, $22M, official March 17), DL Stephen Weatherly (1 year, $2.5M), LB Nick Vigil (1 year, $1.35M, official March 17)

New Orleans Saints

Lost: CB Justin Hardee, DE Trey Hendrickson

Franchise tag: S Marcus Williams

Released: LB Kwon Alexander, TE Jared Cook, OL Nick Easton, TE Josh Hill, CB Janoris Jenkins, P Thomas Morstead, WR Emmanuel Sanders

Re-signed: OL James Hurst (3 years, $9M), DL Noah Spence, RB Dwayne Washington, QB Jameis Winston (1 year, max $12M)

Retired: QB Drew Brees

Signed: FB Alex Armah (official March 17)

Traded: DL Malcom Brown (to Jaguars, official March 17)

New York Giants

Franchise tag/re-signed: DL Leonard Williams (3 years, $63M, $45M guaranteed, per reports)

Released: WR Cody Core, G Kevin Zeitler, LB David Mayo, WR Golden Tate

Re-signed: DT Austin Johnson

Signed: RB Devontae Booker (2 years, $6M, official March 17), WR John Ross (1 year, $2.5M, per NFL Network, official March 17)

Philadelphia Eagles

Lost: S Rudy Ford, DB Jalen Mills

Released: WR DeSean Jackson, DT Malik Jackson, WR Alshon Jeffery

Reverted trade: WR Marquise Goodwin (to 49ers)

Traded: QB Carson Wentz (to Colts, official March 17)

San Francisco 49ers

Lost: WR Kendrick Bourne, DL Solomon Thomas

Released: DL Ronald Blair, LB Mark Nzeocha

Re-signed: CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun (1 year), TE Daniel Helm (1 year), DT D.J. Jones (1 year), FB Kyle Juszczyk (5 years, $27M, per NFL Network), CB Emmanuel Moseley (2 years, $10.1M, per ESPN), CB Jason Verrett (1 year, $5.5M), LT Trent Williams (6 years, $138M, per reports)

Reverted trade/released: WR Marquise Goodwin (from Eagles)

Signed: OLB Samson Ebukam (2 years, $12M, official March 17), C Alex Mack (official March 17)

Seattle Seahawks

Lost: WR Phillip Dorsett, CB Shaquill Griffin, RB Carlos Hyde

Released: DE Carlos Dunlap, WR Josh Gordon, G Chance Warmack

Retired: G Mike Iupati, TE Greg Olsen

Re-signed: NT Poona Ford (2 years, per NFL Network)

Signed: TE Gerald Everett (1 year, $6M), CB Ahkello Witherspoon (1 year, official March 17)

Traded for: G Gabe Jackson (from Raiders)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Extended: QB Tom Brady

Franchise tag: WR Chris Godwin

Re-signed: OLB Shaq Barrett (4 years, max $72M, $36M guaranteed, per NFL Network), LB Lavonte David (2 years, $25M), TE Rob Gronkowski (1 year, max $10M, per reports), LB Kevin Minter, G Aaron Stinnie (1 year), K Ryan Succop (3 years, $12M)

WR Curtis Samuel had career-high 1,051 yards from scrimmage in 2020.

WR Curtis Samuel had career-high 1,051 yards from scrimmage in 2020.

Washington Football Team

Franchise tag: G Brandon Scherff

Lost: CB Ronald Darby, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis

Released: QB Alex Smith

Re-signed: K Dustin Hopkins, RB Lamar Miller (1 year)

Retired: OLB Thomas Davis

Signed: WR Curtis Samuel (3 years, $34.5M, per ESPN), QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (1 year, $10M, per reports, official March 17), CB William Jackson III (3 years, $42M, per NFL Network, official March 17)


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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NFL free agency tracker: Updates on the 2021 offseason’s major moves


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