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2023 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: NFC South

The NFC South’s offseason/free agency period started with the departures of two opening day starters at quarterback from 2022. Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Dean Pees retired after an illustrious career. The Saints picked up draft picks with the trade of a former coach and created more cap space with restructured contracts. And the NFC South continued its momentum with the Carolina Panthers trading away a mortgage worth of current and future draft picks for the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

NFC South

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Offensive free agents

  • QB Blaine Gabbert
  • WR Julio Jones
  • WR Scotty Miller
  • WR Breshad Perriman
  • RB Giovani Bernard
  • RB Leonard Fournette (released)
  • TE Kyle Rudolph
  • TE Cameron Brate (released)
  • OG Aaron Stinnie
  • OT Josh Wells
  • OT Donovan Smith (released)

Defensive free agents

  • LB Lavonte David (re-signed)
  • OLB Anthony Nelson (re-signed)
  • DE Akiem Hicks
  • DE William Gholston
  • DE Pat O’Connor
  • DE Carl Nassib
  • DE Genard Avery
  • DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches (Agreed to terms with the Giants)
  • DT Deadrin Senat
  • S Mike Edwards (Agreed to terms with Chiefs)
  • SS Keanu Neal
  • CB Logan Ryan
  • CB Sean Bunting (Agreed to terms with Titans)
  • CB Jamel Dean (re-signed)
Lavonte David LB Tampa Buccaneers
Tampa Bay LB Lavonte David signed a a two-year deal back in 2021 and has has posted over 1,200 career tackles for the team in eleven seasons. He re-signed with the team on a one-year deal this spring.

2023 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • QB Tom Brady announced his retirement
  • Parted ways with OC Byron Leftwich after four seasons and hired former Seattle Seahawks QB coach Dave Canales as its new offensive coordinator
  • Released OT Donovan Smith on March 8, 2023, RB Leonard Fournette, TE Cameron Brate
  • CB Carlton Davis, WR Chris Godwin, WR Russell Gage and C Ryan Jensen all restructured their contracts
  • Re-signed LB Lavonte David on a one-year deal, CB Jamel Dean on a three-year deal, OLB Anthony Nelson on a two-year deal
  • Lost DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches (Giants), S Mike Edwards (Chiefs)
  • Traded OG Shaq Mason and a 2023 seventh-round pick to the Houston Texans for a 2023 sixth-round pick
  • Agreed to terms with RB Chase Edmonds (Dolphins), DT Greg Gaines (Rams)

Atlanta Falcons

Offensive free agents

  • QB Marcus Mariota (released and agreed to terms with Eagles)
  • FB Keith Smith (re-signed)
  • WR Olamide Zaccheaus
  • WR Damiere Byrd
  • WR Khadarel Hodge
  • TE Anthony Firkser
  • TE MyCole Pruitt
  • OG Elijah Wilkinson
  • OG Colby Gossett
  • OT Kaleb McGary
  • OT Chuma Edoga
  • OT Germain Ifedi

Defensive free agents

  • DT Vincent Taylor
  • DT Jaleel Johnson
  • DE Matt Dickerson
  • OLB Lorenzo Carter
  • LB Rashaan Evans
  • LB Nick Kwiatkoski
  • CB Rashad Fenton
  • CB Isaiah Oliver (Agreed to terms with 49ers)
  • CB Michael Ford
  • S Erik Harris
  • P Bradley Pinion (re-signed)
  • LS Beau Brinkley

2023 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

Carolina Panthers

Offensive free agents

  • QB Sam Darnold (Agreed to terms with the 49ers)
  • OT Cameron Irving
  • OC Bradley Bozeman (re-signed)
  • OG Michael Jordan
  • RB D’Onta Foreman (Agreed to terms with Bears)
  • WR Rashard Higgins
  • WR Andre Roberts
  • PK Eddy Pineiro

Defensive free agents

  • DE Matt Ioannidis
  • ILB Cory Littleton (Agreed to terms with Texans)
  • LB Damien Wilson (released)
  • S Juston Burris
  • S Sean Chandler
  • CB Justin Layne

2023 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

New Orleans Saints

Offensive free agents

  • WR Deonte Harty (Agreed to terms with Bills)
  • WR Jarvis Landry
  • QB Andy Dalton
  • RB Mark Ingram
  • RB David Johnson
  • OT Ethan Greenidge

Defensive free agents

  • DL David Onyemata (Agreed to terms with the Falcons)
  • DT Shy Tuttle (Agreed to terms with the Panthers)
  • DE Marcus Davenport (Agreed to terms with Vikings)
  • LB Kwon Alexander
  • LB Ty Summers (re-signed)
  • CB P.J. Williams
  • CB Bradley Roby
  • DE Kentavious Street
  • SS JT Gray
  • SS Daniel Sorensen
  • S Justin Evans (Agreed to terms with Eagles)
  • OLB Kaden Elliss
Sean Payton HC Denver Broncos
The Saints traded former head coach Sean Payton and a 2024 third-round pick to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a 2023 first round pick and a 2024 second round pick.

2023 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with DE Tanoh Kpassagnon on a two-year extension, WR Keith Kirkwood on a one-year extension
  • Traded head coach Sean Payton and a 2024 third-round pick to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a 2023 first-round pick (No. 30 overall) and a 2024 second-round pick
  • Hired former Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Joe Woods to the same position
  • DE Cameron Jordan, S Marcus Maye, PK Wil Lutz, C Erik McCoy, OT Ryan Ramczyk and FS Tyrann Mathieu restructured their contracts
  • Signed former Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to a four-year deal
  • Gave a one-year extension to WR Michael Thomas, LB Ty Summers
  • Agreed to terms with DT Khalen Saunders (Chiefs), DL Nathan Shepherd (Jets), RB Jamaal Williams (Lions) on a three-year deal
  • Reportedly lost DE David Onyemata (Falcons), DT Shy Tuttle (Panthers), DE Marcus Davenport (Vikings), WR Deonte Harty (Bills), S Justin Evans (Eagles)

2023 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: NFC North

The 2023 NFC North free agency/offseason is about to pick up steam. The Chicago Bears traded the number one overall pick in this year’s draft to the Carolina Panthers and still contain a Top Ten pick with another first-rounder coming a year from now. There are several decisions facing teams over the next couple of weeks. Will Patrick Peterson return to Minnesota? Do the Lions retain wide receiver DJ Chark and running back Jamaal Williams? In Green Bay, how much would it hurt to lose perennial starting safety Adrian Amos? Please come back for more updates as this is a live document.

NFC North

Minnesota Vikings

Offensive free agents

  • QB Nick Mullens (re-signed)
  • WR Olabisi Johnson
  • WR Adam Thielen (released)
  • TE Irv Smith
  • RB Alexander Mattison
  • OC Garrett Bradbury (re-signed)
  • OL Oli Udoh (re-signed)
  • OG Austin Schlottmann (re-signed)
  • PK Greg Joseph (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

  • CB Patrick Peterson (Agreed to terms with the Steelers)
  • CB Kris Boyd
  • CB Cameron Dantzler (released and claimed by Commanders)
  • LB Eric Kendricks (released)
  • DT Dalvin Tomlinson (Agreed to terms with the Browns)
  • DE Jonathan Bullard
  • CB Chandon Sullivan
  • LS Andrew DePoala (re-signed)

2023 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Hired former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores to be its new defensive coordinator after the firing of former defensive coordinator Ed Donatell
  • Reportedly agreed to terms with TE Josh Oliver (Ravens) on a three-year deal, DE Marcus Davenport (Saints) on a one-year deal, CB Byron Murphy (Cardinals) on a two-year deal, WR-Ret Brandon Powell (Rams) on a one-year deal, LB Troy Reeder (Chargers) on a one-year deal
  • QB Kirk Cousins restructured his contract
  • Agreed on an extension with FB C.J. Ham
  • Re-signed OC Garrett Bradbury on a three-year deal, QB Nick Mullens, OG Austin Schlottmann, OG Oli Udoh, PK Greg Joseph, LS Andrew DePoala
  • Released LB Eric Kendricks, CB Cameron Dantzler (Commanders), WR Adam Thielen
  • Lost CB Patrick Peterson (Steelers), DT Dalvin Tomlinson (Browns)

Detroit Lions

Offensive free agents

  • WR DJ Chark (Agreed to terms with Panthers)
  • RB Jamaal Williams (Agreed to terms with Saints)
  • OG Evan Brown
  • QB Nate Sudfield (re-signed)
  • RB Justin Jackson
  • PK Michael Badgley (re-signed)
Former Jacksonville Jaguars Pro Bowl WR DJ Chark (30 receptions, 502 yards (16.7 YPR), 3 TDs in 2022) left the Lions to join the Carolina Panthers this offseason.

Defensive free agents

  • DT Michael Brockers (released)
  • DE Isaiah Buggs (re-signed)
  • DE Austin Bryant (Agreed to terms with 49ers)
  • DE John Cominsky (re-signed)
  • CB Amani Oruwariye (Agreed to terms with Saints)
  • CB Mike Hughes
  • LB Chris Board
  • LB Alex Anzalone (re-signed)
  • LB Josh Woods
  • LB Jarrad Davis
  • S Will Harris (re-signed)
  • S Deshon Elliott (Agreed to terms with Dolphins)

2023 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Assistant head coach/running backs coach Duce Staley left to take the same position with the Carolina Panthers
  • Hired former ECU head coach and Indianapolis Colts running backs coach Scottie Montgomery as its new running backs coach/assistant head coach and announced the hire of former Arizona Cardinals assistant coach Steve Heiden as its tight ends coach
  • Released DL Michael Brockers in late February
  • OG Halapoulivatti Vaitai agreed to restructure his contract
  • Re-signed DL Isaiah Buggs on a two-year deal, LB Alex Anzalone on a three-year deal, DL John Cominsky on a two-year deal, DB Will Harris on a one-year deal, OL Matt Nelson on a one-year deal, PK Michael Badgley, QB Nate Sudfield
  • Reportedly agreed to terms with CB Cam Sutton (Lions), CB Emmanuel Moseley (49ers) on a one-year deal, S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (Eagles) on a one-year deal, RB David Montgomery (Bears) on a three-year deal, OG Graham Glasgow (Broncos) on a one-year deal
  • Lost RB Jamaal Williams (Saints), OG Evan Brown (Seahawks), DE Austin Bryant (49ers), WR DJ Chark (Panthers), CB Amani Oruwariye (Giants)

Green Bay Packers

Offensive free agents

  • WR Randall Cobb
  • WR Allen Lazard (Agreed to terms with Jets)
  • TE Marcedes Lewis
  • TE Robert Tonyan, Jr. (Agreed to terms with Bears)
  • OT Yosh Nijman
  • PK Mason Crosby

Defensive free agents

  • DE Dean Lowry (re-signed)
  • DE Jarran Reed
  • OLB Eric Wilson
  • OLB Justin Hollins
  • CB-KR Keisean Nixon (re-signed)
  • S Adrian Amos
  • S Dallin Leavitt
  • S Johnathan Ford (re-signed)
  • LS Matthew Orzech (re-signed)

2023 Free Agency report/Other Notes

  • RB Aaron Jones, LB DeVondre Campbell and OT David Bakhtiari agreed to restructure their contracts to free up cap space for the team
  • Placed the one-year RFA tender on OT Yosh Nijman
  • CB Rasul Douglas restructured his contract
  • Re-signed CB-KR Keisean Nixon to a one-year extension, LS Matthew Orzech, S Johnathan Ford, DE Dean Lowry on a two-eyar deal
  • Agreed to terms with OLB Justin Hollins (Rams)
  • Lost WR Allen Lazard (Jets), TE Robert Tonyan, Jr. (Bears)

Chicago Bears

Offensive free agents

  • QB Nathan Peterman
  • QB Trevor Siemian (released)
  • RB David Montgomery (Agreed to terms with Lions)
  • FB Khari Blasingame (agreed to re-sign)
  • FB Trevon Wesco
  • WR Byron Pringle
  • WR N’Keal Harry
  • WR Dante Pettis
  • TE Ryan Griffin
  • OT Riley Reiff (Agreed to terms with Patriots)
  • OL Dakota Dozier
  • OG Michael Schofield

Defensive free agents

  • DE Al-Quadin Muhammad (released)
  • DE Angelo Blackson
  • DT Mike Pennel
  • DT Armon Watts
  • OLB Nicholas Morrow
  • OLB Matthew Adams
  • OLB Joe Thomas
  • CB Dane Cruikshank
  • S DeAndre Houston-Carson
  • LS Patrick Scales

2023 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

2023 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: NFC East

The NFC East brings back the Super Bowl runner-up in the Eagles, and they have several important decisions to make in the next couple of weeks. But they took care of one by hanging on to All-Pro cornerback James Bradberry. New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones got the coveted long-term extension. The Cowboys placed the franchise tag on all-purpose running back Tony Pollard.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

Offensive free agents

  • TE Dalton Schultz (Agreed to terms with Texans)
  • OT Jason Peters
  • OG Connor McGovern (Agreed to terms with Bills)
  • RB Tony Pollard (franchise tag)
  • RB Ezekiel Elliott (released)
  • WR T.Y. Hilton
  • WR Noah Brown (Agreed to terms with Texans)
  • QB Cooper Rush
  • PK Brett Maher
Dallas Cowboys TE Dalton Schultz, who the Cowboys put the franchise tag on prior to 2022, left to join the Houston Texans this offseason.

Defensive free agents

  • S Donovan Wilson (re-signed)
  • CB Anthony Brown
  • CB C.J. Goodwin (re-signed)
  • OLB Anthony Barr
  • DE Carlos Watkins
  • DE Dante Fowler, Jr.
  • DT Johnathan Hankins
  • DT Trysten Hill (Agreed to terms with Browns)
  • LB Leighton Vander Esch (re-signed)
  • LB Luke Gifford (Agreed to terms with Titans)
  • LS Matt Overton
  • LS Jake McQuaide (Agreed to terms with Lions)

2023 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Promoted Brian Schottenheimer to offensive coordinator after former OC Kellen Moore accepted the same position with the Chargers
  • Named Mike Solari as its offensive line coach
  • Placed the franchise tag on RB Tony Pollard
  • Designated RB Ezekiel Elliott as a post June 1 release
  • Re-signed S Donovan Wilson on a three-year deal, LB Leighton Vander Esch on a two-year deal, CB C.J. Goodwin
  • DE DeMarcus Lawrence restructured his contract
  • Agreed to terms with RB Ronald Jones II (Chiefs) on a one-year deal, LS Trent Sieg (Raiders), OT Chuma Edoga (Jets) on a one-year deal, DE Takkarist McKinley (Rams)
  • Lost WR Noah Brown (Texans), LB Luke Gifford (Titans), OG Connor McGovern (Bills), DT Trysten Hill (Browns), TE Dalton Schultz (Texans), LS Jake McQuaide (Lions)
  • Acquired Indianapolis Colts CB Stephon Gilmore in exchange for a 2023 fifth-round pick
  • Acquired Houston Texans WR Brandin Cooks in exchange for a 2023 fifth-round draft pick and 2024 sixth-round pick. Cooks restructured his contract upon arrival

Washington Commanders

Offensive free agents

  • QB Taylor Heinicke (Agreed to terms with Falcons)
  • QB Carson Wentz (released)
  • OG Wes Schweitzer (Agreed to terms with Jets)
  • OG Trai Turner
  • WR Dylan Cantrell
  • WR Cam Sims
  • C Tyler Larsen (re-signed)
  • C Nick Martin
  • OG Wes Martin (Agreed to terms with Browns)
  • TE Eli Wolf (retired)

Defensive free agents

  • DT Da’Ron Payne (franchise tag, then agreed to terms on extension)
  • DE Efe Obada (re-signed)
  • LB Jon Bostic
  • LB Cole Holcomb (Agreed to terms with Steelers)
  • S Jeremy Reaves (RFA tender)
  • CB-Nickel Bobby McCain (released)
The Washington Commanders reportedly agreed to terms on an extension with defensive tackle Daron Payne (No. 95 pictured in 2018). Payne earned his first Pro Bowl berth in 2022.

2023 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Hired former Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy to replace former offensive coordinator Scott Turner
  • Signed LB David Mayo on a one-year extension and RB Jonathan Williams to a one-year extension
  • Released CB-nickel Bobby McCain and QB Carson Wentz
  • Claimed CB Cameron Dantzler (Vikings) off waivers
  • Placed the franchise tag and then reportedly agreed to a four-year extension with DT Daron Payne
  • Placed the RFA tender on Pro Bowl DB Jeremy Reaves
  • Reportedly agreed to terms with OT Andrew Wylie (Chiefs) on a three-year deal, OL Nick Gates (Giants) on a three-year deal, LB Cody Barton (Seahawks) on a one-year deal, DE Abdullah Anderson (Falcons)
  • Reportedly agreed to a two-year extension with DB Danny Johnson
  • Re-signed DE Efe Obada, OC Tyler Larsen,
  • Lost QB Taylor Heineke (Falcons), LB Cole Holcomb (Steelers), OG Wes Schweitzer (Jets), TE Eli Wolf (retired)

New York Giants

Offensive free agents

  • QB Daniel Jones (Agreed to terms on extension)
  • WR Sterling Shepard (Agreed to terms on extension)
  • WR Richie James
  • WR Marcus Johnson
  • WR Darius Slayton (re-signed)
  • WR Kenny Golladay (released)
  • RB Saquon Barkley (franchised)
  • RB Matt Breida (re-signed)
  • OL Nick Gates (Reportedly agreed to terms with Commanders)
  • OL Jon Feliciano (Agreed to terms with 49ers)
  • OL Wyatt Davis (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

  • DT Justin Ellis
  • DT Nick Williams
  • DE Jihad Ward (re-signed)
  • OLB Oshane Ximines
  • CB Fabian Moreau
  • FS Julian Love
  • SS Tony Jefferson
  • P Jamie Gillan (re-signed)
  • LS Casey Kreiter (re-signed)

2023 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms on a four-year extension with QB Daniel Jones, a one-year extension with WR Sterling Shepard
  • Placed the franchise tag on RB Saquon Barkley
  • Signed WR Isaiah Hodgins to a contract
  • Released Kenny Golladay
  • Re-signed P Jamie Gillan on a two-year deal, re-signed LS Casey Kreiter, RB Matt Breida on a one-year deal, WR Darius Slayton on a two-year deal, DE Jihad Ward on a one-year deal, ERFA Wyatt Davis
  • Agreed to terms with DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches (Buccaneers), WR Parris Campbell (Colts)
  • Lost OL Nick Gates (Commanders), OG Jon Feliciano (49ers)
  • Traded a 2023 third-round pick (100th overall) to the Las Vegas Raiders for TE Darren Waller

Philadelphia Eagles

Offensive free agents

  • OC Jason Kelce (Agreed to re-sign)
  • OG Isaac Semulo (Agreed to terms with Steelers)
  • OT Andre Dillard (Agreed to terms with the Titans)
  • OT Brett Toth (released and then re-signed)
  • RB Boston Scott (re-signed)
  • RB Miles Sanders (Agreed to terms with Panthers)
  • QB Gardner Minshew (Agreed to terms with Colts)
  • WR Zach Pascal (Agreed to terms with Cardinals)

Defensive free agents

  • DT Fletcher Cox (re-signed)
  • DE Robert Quinn
  • DE Brandon Graham (re-signed)
  • DT Javon Hargrave (Agreed to terms with 49ers)
  • DT Linval Joseph
  • DT Ndamkuong Suh
  • CB James Bradberry (re-signed)
  • OLB Kyzir White (Agreed to terms with the Cardinals)
  • LB T.J. Edwards (Agreed to terms with Bears)
  • S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (Agreed to terms with Lions)
  • S Marcus Epps (Agreed to terms with Raiders)
  • LS Rick Lovato
The Philadelphia Eagles re-signed unrestricted free agent cornerback James Bradberry, pictured, to a three-year deal.

2023 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Lost defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon, who left to become head coach of the Arizona Cardinals
  • Lost offensive coordinator Shane Steichen, who left to become head coach of the Indianapolis Colts and promoted QB coach Brian Johnson to the same position
  • Agreed to terms with DE Brandon Graham on a one-year deal and gave CB Darius Slay a two-year extension
  • Agreed to terms with LB Nicholas Morrow (Bears)
  • Reportedly re-signed CB James Bradberry on a three-year deal, DT Fletcher Cox on a one-year deal, OC Jason Kelce on a one-year deal, RB Boston Scott on a one-year deal, OT Brett Toth
  • Lost DT Javon Hargrave (49ers), LB T.J. Edwards (Bears), OT Andre Dillard (Titans), S Marcus Epps (Raiders), LB Kyzir White (Cardinals), RB Myles Sanders (Panthers), QB Gardner Minshew (Colts), S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (Lions), WR Zach Pascal (Cardinals), OG Isaac Seumalo (Steelers)

2023 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: NFC West

The NFC West 2023 offseason started off with the hiring of a new head coach in the desert and a couple of notable retirements from perennial Pro Bowl stalwarts. The Rams parted ways with a couple of veteran Super Bowl champions. The Texans came in to the division to steal 49ers safety/nickel Jimmie Ward. The Seahawks are all the way in on Pro Bowl quarterback Geno Smith.

NFC West

Los Angeles Rams

Offensive free agents

  • RB Malcolm Brown
  • QB Baker Mayfield (Agreed to terms with Buccaneers)
  • IOL Matt Skura
  • OT Ty Nsekhe
  • OG David Edwards
  • OG Oday Aboushi
  • OL Coleman Shelton (released)
  • PK Matt Gay (Agreed to terms with Colts)
  • WR-Ret Brandon Powell (Agreed to terms with Vikings)

Defensive free agents

  • CB-nickel Grant Haley
  • CB David Long
  • DT A’Shawn Robinson
  • DT Greg Gaines (Agreed to terms with Buccanneers)
  • OLB Leonard Floyd (released)
  • LB Bobby Wagner (released and agreed to terms with Seahawks)
  • S Taylor Rapp
  • S Nick Scott (Agreed to terms with Bengals)
  • P Riley Dixon (Agreed to terms with Broncos)
  • LS Matthew Orzech (Agreed to terms with Packers)

2023 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Hired former NY Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur as its new offensive coordinator after 2022 offensive coordinator Liam Coen returned to Kentucky in the same position
  • Reportedly released LB Bobby Wagner (signed with Seahawks), OLB Leonard Floyd, OL Coleman Shelton, 2019 third-round pick OG Bobby Evans
  • OT Joseph Notebroom restructured his contract
  • Traded CB Jalen Ramsey to the Miami Dolphins for TE Hunter Long and a 2023 third-round pick (77th overall)
  • Lost PK Matt Gay (Colts), QB Baker Mayfield (Buccaneers), S Nick Scott (Bengals), P Riley Dixon (Broncos), WR-Ret Brandon Powell (Vikings), DT Greg Gaines (Buccaneers), LS Matthew Orzech (Packers)

Arizona Cardinals

Offensive free agents

  • TE Stephen Anderson
  • TE Chris Banjo
  • QB Trace McSorley
  • OC Billy Price
  • OL Max Garcia
  • OG Will Hernandez (re-signed)
  • OG Cody Ford (Agreed to terms with Bengals)
  • LT Kelvin Beachum (re-signed)
  • PK Matt Prater
  • OG Justin Pugh
  • WR Chosen Anderson (released)

Defensive free agents

  • CB Byron Murphy (Agreed to terms with Vikings)
  • CB Antonio Hamilton
  • CB Josh Jackson
  • DE Zach Allen (Agreed to terms with Broncos)
  • OLB Markus Golden (released)
  • DT Trysten Hill (Agreed to terms with Browns)
  • LB Tanner Vallejo
  • LB Ezekial Turner (re-signed)
  • P Andy Lee

2023 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • GM Steve Keim resigned and HC Kliff Kingsbury was relieved of his duties
  • Hired former Tennessee Titans director of player personnel Monti Ossenfort as its general manager in January 2023
  • WR AJ Green and DE J.J. Watt announced their retirements
  • Agreed to terms with former Philadelphia defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon on a five-year contract to become its new head coach
  • Designated OC Rodney Hudson a post June 1 release
  • Released WR Chosen Anderson, OLB Markus Golden
  • WR Greg Dortch re-signed with the team
  • Re-signed OT Kelvin Beachum to a two-year deal, OG Will Hernandez on a two-year deal, LB Ezekial Turner on a one-year deal
  • Agreed to terms with LB Kyzir White (Eagles) on a two-year deal, OG Hjalte Froholdt (Browns) on a two-year deal, DT Kevin Strong (Titans) on a one-year deal, OT Dennis Daley (Titans) on a two-year deal
  • Lost DE Zach Allen (Broncos), CB Byron Murphy (Vikings), OG Cody Ford (Bengals), DT Trysten Hill (Browns)

Seattle Seahawks

Offensive free agents

  • FB Cullen Gillapsia
  • RB Travis Homer
  • RB Rashaad Penny (Agreed to terms with Eagles)
  • WR Marquise Goodwin
  • FB Nick Bellore (re-signed)
  • OL Jamarco Jones
  • OG Gabe Jackson (released)
  • QB Drew Lock (re-signed)
  • QB Geno Smith (re-signed)
  • OG Phil Haynes (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

  • S Johnathan Abram
  • CB Artie Burns
  • NB Justin Coleman
  • DT Poona Ford
  • DL Quinton Jefferson (released)
  • DT Shelby Harris (released)
  • DT Al Woods (released)
  • DL L.J. Collier
  • DE Daryl Johnson
  • S Josh Jones
  • CB Teez Tabor
  • LB Cody Barton (Agreed to terms with Commanders)
  • LB Ben Burr-Kirven (released)
  • LS Carson Tinker
  • LS Tyler Ott

2023 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Re-signed QB Geno Smith on a three-year deal, QB Drew Lock on a one-year deal, FB Nick Bellore to a two-year contract, OG Phil Haynes to a one-year deal
  • Agreed to terms with PK Jason Myers to a four-year extension
  • C Austin Blythe retired
  • Released DL Quinton Jefferson, DT Shelby Harris, OG Gabe Jackson, DT Al Woods
  • Reportedly agreed to terms with DT Dre’Mont Jones (Broncos) on a three-year deal, DT Jarran Reed (Packers) on a two-year deal, OG Evan Brown (Lions) on a one-year deal, LB Devin Bush (Steelers) on a one-year deal, S Julian Love (Giants) on a two-year deal, LB Bobby Wagner (Rams) on a one-year deal
  • Lost RB Rashaad Penny (Eagles), LB Cody Barton (Commanders)

San Francisco 49ers

Offensive free agents

  • QB Jimmy Garoppolo (Agreed to terms with the Raiders)
  • WR Richie James
  • C Jake Brendel (re-signed)
  • OG Daniel Brunskill (Agreed to terms with Titans)
  • OT Mike McGlinchey
  • TE Ross Dwelley
  • PK Robbie Gould
  • QB Josh Johnson

Defensive free agents

  • DB Jimmie Ward (Agreed to terms with the Texans)
  • DE Jordan Willis
  • DE Charles Omenihu (Agreed to terms with Chiefs)
  • DE Samson Ebukam (Agreed to terms with Colts)
  • DT Maurice Hurst
  • DL Kerry Hyder
  • DT T.Y. McGill (re-signed)
  • DT Hassan Ridgeway (Agreed to terms with Texans)
  • LB Azeez Al-Shaair
  • S Tashaun Gipson (re-signed)
  • S Tarvarius Moore (Agreed to terms with Packers)
  • CB Jason Verrett
  • LS Taybor Pepper (re-signed)

2023 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • The team hired former Arizona Cardinals head coach and Panthers interim head coach Steve Wilks as its defensive coordinator to replace former DC Demeco Ryans, who joined the Houston Texans as its new head coach
  • Reportedly agreed to terms with DT Javon Hargrave (Eagles) on a four-year deal, DE Clelin Ferrell (Raiders) on a one-year deal, CB Isaiah Oliver (Falcons) on a one-year deal, DT Ty McGill (Raiders) on a one-year deal,
  • CB Charvarius Ward, LB Fred Warner restructured their contracts
  • Re-signed OL Jake Brendel to a four-year deal, S Tashaun Gipson to a one-year extension, LS Taybor Pepper on a three-year extension
  • Lost QB Jimmy Garoppolo (Raiders), DT Hassan Ridgeway (Texans), S-Nickel Jimmie Ward (Texans), OLB Samson Ebukam (Colts), DE Charles Omenihu (Chiefs), S Tarvarius Moore (Packers)

Arizona Cardinals 2022 NFL Draft/UDFA recap

The Cardinals felt that former Ravens WR Marquise Brown was worth the 23rd overall pick in the first round. He reunites with former college quarterback Kyler Murray. What should be noted is the move may have created more value within the draft. They picked up a second third-round pick as part of the trade, Cincinnati’s Myjai Sanders, and he could challenge for a starting job in a two-year period. In 2021 Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Cameron Thomas, the team secured a player quite capable of playing inside on third downs, if necessary.

Cameron Thomas DE Arizona Cardinals
Cameron Thomas won the MWC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2021.

Arizona may have also improved the depth of its interior offensive line late in the process. Two guards, Lecitus Smith and Marquis Hayes, were both still on the board in the seventh stanza. Can they provide competition for the team’s backup positions and add depth?


PlayerSchoolDN Big Board
‘Nasty’ Take:
2 (55)
Trey McBride
TE/Colorado State
46/2nd Round
The John Mackey Award winner brings an advanced understanding of the position to the Cardinals. He can threaten defenses vertically or horizontally. Can he become a factor in the Red Zone?
3 (87)
Cameron Thomas
DE/San Diego State
100/3rd Round
Thomas, the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year, could bring a multi-faceted aspect to DC Vance Joseph's third down packages. Don't be surprised if he finds a way to create mismatches with Thomas.
3 (100)Myjai Sanders
81/2nd Round
Did Sanders take the next step in school? Perhaps. But even if he didn't there is the possibility that the best is yet to come. The offsides penalties have to become a thing of the past.
6 (201)
Keaontay Ingram
RB/USC, Texas
328/5th Round
Ingram not so quietly averaged nearly six yards per carry (5.8 YPC) in 2021. This included a 138-yard effort against Notre Dame in late October.
6 (215)
Lecitus Smith
OG/Virginia Tech
148/3rd Round
The 6-foot-3, 320-pounder moves well enough and simply has to watch stay square in pass protection. There is an ability to create forward movement with leverage as a run blocker.
7 (244)
Christian Matthew
CB/Valdosta State, Samford, Georgia Southern N/A
Matthew certainly moved around quite a bit in school, but he found a rhythm for the Division II national runner-ups. The 6-toot-2 corner broke up three or more passes in three different contests. He contains OT-type length for the cornerback spot.
7 (256)
Jesse Luketa
LB/Penn State
282/4th Round
Luketa's move to pass rusher full-time ended with a strong performance in the postseason. His quick speed combines with upper body power to frustrate tackles and overcomes average natural bend.
7 (257)
Marquis HayesOG/Oklahoma
212/4th RoundHayes was accurate as a puller on the move from the left guard spot in the plethora of gap-schemed runs the team used during his time in school. Size gives him a chance to earn at the least a practice squad spot.
2022 UDFA signings
Rank PlayerPositionsSchoolGradeRound‘Nasty’ Take
276Darrell Baker, Jr.CB-S-NickelGeorgia Southern5.424th RoundNot many players are available after the draft with the combination of speed and size that Baker has in his tool kit. Gaining a feel outside at CB will be necessary, but he has also played safety effectively.
490Chandler WootenLBAuburn4.725th RoundWooten’s final year in school flashed improved instincts and feel for the exchange LB spot. He possesses solid blitz capability with length.
156Ronnie RiversRBFresno State5.723rd RoundRivers was banged on for a lack of height and undesirable measurements. He excels as an option route runner and flashes unique vision as a runner.
552Manny JonesDE-DTColorado State4.4916th RoundJones was largely ignored during the postseason after finishing his career with 33 tackles for losses. Why? It may have been due to playing out of position inside for the better portion of a two-year period. He brings some redeemable qualities in terms of one-gap potential.
451Javonta PaytonAll-Purpose (Gunner-WR)Tennessee, Mississippi State4.855th RoundWe felt that Payton’s all-purpose potential as a gunner made sense for some team late. He finished with 20 special teams tackles despite not playing them much as a senior at Tennessee. He flashed big play potential during that final year with 4.4 speed out wide (6 TDs).
369Chris PierceWR/H-backVanderbilt5.115th RoundPierce largely operated outside the numbers in school and had some contests (i.e. Florida in 2020, Colorado State ’21) where he looked like a draft pick. The team’s inconsistent passing game did him no favors.
705Jontre KirklinAll-Purpose (WR-Ret)LSU3.567th RoundHe’s played quarterback, WR and stood out on special teams in school. The explosive athlete could find his way if he impresses on special teams in camp.
428Kekaula KanihoNickelBoise State4.955th RoundThe nickel back’s instincts, change of direction and ball skills have never been the issue. The weight (181 pounds) contributed to him not getting picked late in the draft.
Cole BentleyOCLouisville N/AN/AVersatile. He has started at OC, RG, RT and LG while in school. He can stay frontal in pass protection but gave ground as a run blocker.
LaRon StokesDTOklahomaN/AN/AStokes largely went quiet the last two seasons from a statistical standpoint, but offers potential as a DE in three-man fronts at 280 pounds.
Stephon Robinson WRNorthwestern, KansasN/AN/ACould Robinson ever match his 2019 production at Kansas? During a dominant two-game stretch in that season, he posted six touchdowns.
Will Miles DECentral MethodistN/AN/AMiles’ size certainly translates to the next level and could land him an opportunity on the practice squad. The two-sport athlete has upside as a pass rusher with 36-inch arms.
Changa HodgeWRVirginia Tech, VillanovaN/AN/AHodge’s 2019 season still reverberates with teams. At Villanova, he went for 13 TDs during that season. Two season-ending injuries hurt his overall standing.

Overall, the fabric of the team’s roster only added pieces that complement what was already in place. The strategy seemed to be finding multi-year starters on the collegiate level to aid a roster full of burgeoning talent.

Hence the undrafted free agent signings of Darrell Baker, Jr., Ronnie Rivers and Kekaula Kaniho. Many of these may or may not make the team’s roster, but could add depth to its practice squad.

For a team that has endured depth issues in the second halves of seasons, it may prove to be a wise strategy.

Green Bay Packers 2022 NFL Draft/UDFA recap

The Packers went into the draft with the apparent emphasis on upgrading a defensive front seven that finished right outside of the Top Ten in rush defense. The physical similarities between current DT Kenny Clark and new draft pick Devonte Wyatt are striking. Second-round pick Christian Watson has a chance to blossom with his ability to track the football down the field. He needs to replace the deep strike potential of former Packer Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Chiefs).

The Packers definitely upgraded the depth at linebacker and on the offensive line. It would have been hard to imagine getting Rasheed Walker in the seventh round just two seasons ago. Rhyan in the third round feels like a huge find as well, but where does he start off at, guard or tackle? Either way, the team has increased competition at all of the interior line spots.

Former Wake Forest LT Zach Tom (pictured), aligned at center for the Demon Deacons in 2019. Where will he play for the Packers?

The team did not get the immediate return on investment with Amari Rodgers returning kickoffs a year ago. This means that Watson, fourth-round pick Romeo Doubs or even UDFA Tyler Goodson could all get looks to provide competition.

Green Bay Packers
PlayerSchoolDN Big Board
‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (22)Quay Walker
LB/Georgia49/2nd RoundWalker's combination of size and speed make the team's depth at linebacker now a strength defensively.
1 (28)
Devonte Wyatt
DT/Georgia22/2nd RoundDevonte Wyatt could become a legitimate complement to Pro Bowler Kenny Clark. If not, then a rotation player who spells him in a rotation at times.
2 (34)
Christian Watson
All-Purpose/North Dakota State23/2nd RoundChristian Watson's combination of body control and field speed make for a threat in a number of ways on the field. How will the team decide to employ him?
3 (92)
Sean Rhyan
OL/UCLA36/2nd RoundRhyan's run blocking prowess was supplemented with a technically-sound, yet quick-footed nature as a pass protector. If he moves to OG, he'll be battling two second-year starters for playing time.
4 (132)
Romeo DoubsAll-Purpose (WR-Ret)/Nevada149/3rd RoundDoubs' skill as a punt returner was often overshadowed by his deep receiving skills. He has tracked a number of deep passes 50-to-60 yards down the field effectively. In addition, he proved to be more than just a deep threat the last two seasons.
4 (140)
Zach Tom
C-OG/Wake Forest60/2nd RoundTom's experience at left tackle only enhances his value. His film working at the center position in 2019 was impressive as well. He ranks as one of the better swing lineman in this year's class.
5 (179)Kingsley Enagbare
DE/South Carolina 122/3rd RoundEnagbare's rare length (83 5/8" wingspan) could endear him on the edge as a depth piece for the team's outside linebacker position. Enagbare has stood up in school and he even played some LB on third downs.
7 (228)Tariq Carpenter
S-LB/Georgia Tech293/4th RoundCarpenter made the move to LB in the postseason and acquitted himself well. During his time in school, he was an active defender who made 41 career starts mostly at the safety position.
7 (234)Jonathan Ford
DT/Miami (Fla.)599/6th RoundFord has the flex capability to align up-and-down the defensive front. Ford posted three quarterback sacks back in 2019.
7 (249)Rasheed WalkerOT/Penn State107/3rd RoundTwo years ago, Walker had an opportunity to possibly be a higher pick. With that said, he could find a home as a third tackle for the Packers. . At the least, he increases their options during training camp.
7 (258)Samori Toure
WR/Nebraska, Montana 134/3rd RoundToure has the tools to be an effective WR in the cold of Green Bay after playing in Montana first (lows in the mid-twenties) and then Nebraska (mid-forties). Toure is smooth, but has to get stronger.
Packers 2022 UDFA signings
Rank PlayerPositionsSchoolGradeRoundNasty’ Take
415Tyler GoodsonRBIowa55th RoundGoodson’s foot speed, hard-charging style and underrated receiving ability (the team often aligned him at the X-WR) could make him hard to get rid of in training camp. Can the 4.4 speedster returns kicks?
678Caleb JonesOTIndiana 3.847th RoundIt will all come down to how Jones handles the speed aspect of the NFL game. At 6’8, 370 pounds, with nearly 37-inch arms, it is impossible to get around him if he measures up the opponent.
686Akial ByersDTMissouri3.727th RoundPostseason workouts did him no favors, but Byers’ work in school indicated a player well worth the price of admission. Byers fights through angle blocks well and has a feel for the action working inside at 310 pounds.
674Cole SchneiderOC-OGUCF3.9087th RoundSchneider competed with leverage, power and underrated athleticism despite being length-deficient in school. There are some similarities to former Packers OL Lane Taylor.
220Chauncey ManacDE-OLBLouisiana-Lafayette, Georgia5.574th RoundAnother former Georgia Bulldog in the 2022 draft class, Manac turned it on as a senior, finishing with 10 QB sacks and career-highs in tackles for losses.
175Ellis BrooksLBPenn State5.684th RoundBrooks size, foot speed and overall athleticism may not get high marks, but he was the heartbeat of Penn State’s defense.
372Tre SterlingSOklahoma State5.115th RoundSterling’s movement skills impress despite less than stellar workout numbers to match across the board. His change of direction drills match the smoothness you see from him. He missed a lot of time as a senior and that may have hurt his standing with NFL teams.
547Keke ChismWRMissouri, Angelo State4.526th RoundChism is a body control, jump ball specialist who doesn’t run extremely well until he builds to speed. His acrobatic TD catch in the 2021 Armed Forces Bowl is kind of what he brings to the table.
508B.J. Baylor RBOregon State4.656th RoundA one-year wonder at Oregon State, there is no shame in that label after leading the Pac-12 in rushing. He can make the slide cuts and crease defenses. Baylor has to improve in pass protection.
Hauati PututauDEUtahN/AN/APututau’s strength gets high marks, as does his size at over 6-foot-3, 310 pounds.
Danny Davis WRWisconsinN/AN/AFor a 6-foot receiver, he has range. Has made some incredible extension grabs on slant routes with range as a pass catcher (3rd and 7, 4th QTR/3:00, Penn State '21). Beat the man coverage of a longer CB on the play (Castro-Fields).
Raleigh TexadaCBBaylorN/AN/ACan he match up outside consistently? Struggles to disengage off of stalk blockers on the perimeter (2nd QTR/4:59, Texas Tech '21). Positive feet and patience to squeeze routes from the outside-in when playing man coverage (Kansas State '21). Bail technique is clean, smooth and capable.
Anthony TurnerWRGrand ViewN/AN/AThe 6-foot-3-inch wideout has some suddenness and feel for the WR spot. Despite playing against a lower level of competition, the NAIA All-American’s twitch on video stood out. His size translates to the next level.

Atlanta Falcons 2022 NFL Draft/UDFA recap

Can the Falcons now force teams to put their corners inside if they align both Kyle Pitts and Drake London at the slot positions? If nothing else, it could give away a number of pre-snap tendencies for the defense. Arthur Smith is drawing up formations as we speak.

But the Falcons needed much more than just an infusion of weapons on offense. They were pretty solid defensively, but the pass rush still lacked a bona fide star.

PlayerSchoolDN Big Board
‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (8)
Drake London
8/1st Round
London's combination of route-running and athleticism are often clouded by speed concerns. The size and quickness could more than make up for the concerns.
2 (38)
Acquired from Carolina through the Jets via the Giants
Arnold Ebiketie
DE-OLB/Penn State, Temple
27/2nd Round
Ebiketie brings a unique blend of speed-to-power off the edge. While only an adequate bender, his hand usage and upper body strength were evident from the opening contest against Wisconsin through the season.
2 (58) Acquired from Tennessee
Troy Andersen
LB/Montana State
109/3rd Round
Andersen -an academic standout- has aligned at QB, LB and RB. He's even run by CBs as an X-WR (Texas Tech '19). The former Bobcat has to grow when it comes to anticipation at the LB spot reading the action.
3 (74)
Desmond Ridder
55/2nd Round
Ridder lost just seven of his 51 career outings. The foot speed is in place, but his strong arm shows much more capability if he can rein in the misses.
3 (82) Acquired from Indianapolis
DeAngelo Malone
OLB/Western Kentucky
98/3rd Round
Malone won two C-USA Defensive Player of the Year awards in school (2019, 2021) and finished with 34 sacks and nine forced fumbles. He also aligned at a number of spots in school.
5 (151)
Tyler Allgeier
52/2nd Round
Allgeier got dinged for running a 4.6 40-yard dash, but his athleticism shone when the games were being played (1,606 yards, 5.8 YPC, 23 TDs). In fact, as a linebacker for the Cougars in 2019, he tallied 26 tackles, one forced fumble and one pass breakup. He has even shined in kickoff coverage (see USF '19).
6 (190)Justin ShafferOG/Georgia
300/4th RoundShaffer's consistent energy often outweighed any potential flaws in his game. If he can play under control, then he could challenge at least a backup spot in the team's rotation.
6 (213)John FitzPatrick
A very good in-line blocker, FitzPatrick began the season on the move for the 'Dawgs and continued to show incremental improvements with limited opportunities in the passing game. His size (6'7 262) makes him an imposing figure in two or three TE sets.
2022 UDFA Signings
DN Big Board Rank PlayerPositionsSchoolGradeRoundNasty’ Take:
287Tyler VrabelOTBoston College5.364th RoundVrabel started multiple years on the edge at left tackle, but fought through a tough knee injury for most of his final campaign. His quickness and hand-eye coordination impress, along with the size.
424Derrick TangeloDTPenn State, Duke4.9575th RoundWhile at Duke, the numbers didn’t truly reflect the impact that Tangelo could have on a game. Just like he did in the 2022 East-West Shrine Bowl, he can walk back OGs into the lap of quarterbacks with his speed-to-power exhibitions. Can he use that to develop an arsenal of pass rush moves around it?
366Stanley Berryhill IIIAll-PurposeArizona5.125th RoundBerryhill’s work at gunner, punt returner and wide receiver combined to make him one of our all-purpose players in the draft. Continuing to excel at gunner (at 185 pounds) could be a challenge.
333Brad HawkinsS-LBMichigan 5.185th RoundNot many players were as dependable as the former high school WR in college. Hawkins made a habit of showing up, setting a Michigan team record for game appearances. Despite that, he finished with zero career interceptions.
541Kuony DengOLBCalifornia4.536th RoundAfter starting his career on a fast pace, injuries took away the majority of the last two seasons for Deng. Can the 6-foot-6, 245-pounder turn into a pass rusher?
Kana’i MaugaLB USCN/AN/AMauga (6’1 245), finished with 91 tackles in 2021 on a defense that largely underperformed. He has enough size and range to potentially find a role in the league
Bryce RodgersDTUC DavisN/AN/ARodgers, a Palo Alto native, posted career-highs in tackles, sacks and tackles for losses.
Tre WebbDB Montana State, San Jose StateN/AN/ACommunicates in the pre-snap. Out of quarters coverage, he is satisfactory breaking from the inside-out to match. Long strider. Ran down Nevada's Toa Taua early in the 2020 MWC Championship game. Fits as the eighth man in the box (4th QTR, Boise State '19).
Tyshaun James WRCentral Connecticut StateN/AN/AJames could rank as a sleeper to make the team at 6’2, 214 pounds. His size is similar to current Falcons WR Cordarrelle Patterson. The game is a bit different but he does more than just passes on the field. He rushed for five TDs in 2019.
Jared BernhardtQBFerris State, MarylandN/AN/AThe former Maryland lacrosse star had one heck of a year at QB. He led Ferris State to a national crown and largely did it with his legs against Valdosta State in the national title game, rushing for three TDs. He set records on his way to being a Tewaaraton Award finalist at Maryland, when he scored 51 goals in 2019.

Defensively, it has been a never-ending story regarding the Falcons need for a pass rusher. In fact, they haven’t had a double-digit sack artist since Vic Beasley’s 15.5 sacks in 2016. That, coincidently, was the Falcons’ last Super Bowl appearance. Can Ebiketie, Carter or Ogundeji stop the trend? Maybe DeAngelo Malone, the team’s third-round pick, turns into the pass rusher they’ve been seeking for years to turn the corner.

No matter who it is, the team has definitely begun to address the issue at its core.

Carolina Panthers 2022 NFL Draft/UDFA recap

The Panthers picked up a potential franchise left tackle in Ickey Ekwonu, who gets to stay in the state of North Carolina. Offensively, the Panthers have a formidable set of receivers to start the year with in former Cleveland Browns receiver Rashard Higgins, who should combine with DJ Moore, Robby Anderson and Terrance Marshall, Jr. to round off the team’s depth. They also have 2021 sixth-round pick Shi Smith, who put up an 86-yard receiving performance in December.

Carolina Panthers
PlayerSchoolDN Big Board
‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (6)
Ikem "Ickey" EkwonuNC State
1/1st Round
Ekwonu gives the Panthers the flexibility to leave Taylor Moton on the right side of the offensive line. He may be the best run blocker in the draft despite playing on the perimeter.
3 (94)
Matt CorralQB/Ole Miss
40/2nd Round
If Corral learns to protect himself better, then his quick release and instincts in the second or third phase of the play could prove to shine.
4 (120)
Brandon SmithLB/Penn State
96/3rd Round
Smith's explosiveness doesn't always exude itself due to snapping the pictures a step late. He has a chance to become a better pro than collegian.
6 (189)
Amare BarnoDE-OLB/Virginia Tech
143/3rd Round
Barno just needs to add more weight for the NFL grind. The Hokies used him in a variety of roles this past season as a chess piece. He was much better in 2020 than he was in 2021.
6 (199)
Cade MaysOL/Tennessee, Georgia
143/3rd Round
Mays' balance needs slight improvement, but he showed increased mobility this past season at the RT spot. The former Vol works to envelop defenders on the edge. He has started at four of the five OL spots in school.
7 (242)
Kalon BarnesCB/Baylor
271/4th Round
Barnes has to improve stopping his charge on the intermediate concepts as a corner. He brings major upside as a gunner. If he can learn to control the 4.2 speed, there are possibilities for him as a long-term No. 3 or No. 4 at the least. He has plenty of familiarity with the staff and a leg up on the competition in terms of knowing the team’s defensive system.
Undrafted Free Agent signings
DN Big Board Rank PlayerPositionsSchoolGradeRoundNasty’ Take:
217Charleston RamboWRMiami (Fla.), Oklahoma 5.584th RoundRambo went over the 1,000-yard receiving mark in 2021 and it was largely due to his play speed and run after the catch capability. A lack of bulk hurt his charge.
262Arron MosbyOLBFresno State5.464th RoundMosby may not have met the requirements for some teams when projecting its rushers, but he’s been a four-year contributor and actually had experience playing defensive back. Continues to get better.
345Davis CheekQBElon5.175th RoundCheek was one of our favorite quarterbacks in this year’s draft due to his play speed and ball placement. A quirky release didn’t do him any favors and there were durability question marks.
349Khalan TolsonLBIllinois5.165th RoundTolson is a heat-seeking missile who improved his diagnostic skills. The fiery Fighting Illini defender never really took the next step in school, but he always flashed the capability.
364Josh BabiczTENorth Dakota State5.135th RoundBabicz’s size screams NFL starter, but the overall savvy as a receiving entity may have been a step behind. From a talent perspective, he has room for growth after playing in a pro-style system in school.
377Marquan McCallDT-NGKentucky5.1055th RoundOne of the Wildcats’ true team leaders, McCall dominated in stretches against top-notch centers. He ranks as a two-down defender and could possibly find a role for a team that needs inside beef.
542Isaiah Graham-MobleyLBBoston College, Temple 4.536th RoundGraham-Mobley was another connection from the Panthers’ Temple days. He has had injury issues in the past but, when available, he played well in 2021.
668Talolo Limu-JonesWR/H-BackEastern Washington3.947th RoundWe projected a possible move back to the tight end or H-back position for Limu-Jones. He was a part in Eric Barriere’s incredible success at the FCS level, as both a middle of the field entity and beyond.
714John LovettRBPenn State, Baylor3.49Free AgentLovett has all of the physical tools but never found a rhythm at Penn State. When playing with Rhule’s staff at Baylor, Lovett averaged nearly 6.4 yards per carry in 2019.
Drew HartlaubSPenn StateN/AN/AThe team certainly loves speed. After most thought they got the fastest player in the draft in the seventh round in Barnes, he was actually second. Hartlaub ran a 4.22 in the 40-yard dash on his Pro Day at Penn State. During his career, he posted 16 tackles on special teams.
Andrew Parchment WRFSU, Kansas, Northern Illinois N/AN/AParchment really began to hit his stride at Kansas back in 2019. Long strider. Body dexterity to nearly make twisting grabs (Coastal Carolina '20, underthrown fade). Comes off the ball in a compact manner. Drives off the ball with high knees and rolls speed outs (1st QTR, 3rd and 7, Baylor '19). FSU’s second-leading receiver had the occasional concentration lapse in school.
Ra’Shaun HenryWRVirginia, St. Francis (Pa.) N/AN/AHenry, another postseason workout warrior (4.4 40-yd, 10’10” BJ, 6.7 3-cone), was one of the Cavaliers’ best down the field targets over the last two seasons after transferring from St. Francis (Pa.).
Derek WrightWR Utah StateN/AN/AWright was a significant contributor down the field for the Aggies in 2021 as part of a new offensive system. Games like the Colorado State contest showed off his ability to track the ball through coverage. Postseason workouts displayed his feel for the vertical passing game.

77 Cade Mays and 69 Jamaree Salyer at Georgia
Cade Mays (No. 77 pictured, write-up below) and Jamaree Salyer (No. 69 pictured) were teammates at Georgia in 2019. Mays was taken in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL Draft after starting at Tennessee as an offensive tackle.

Defensively, the NFL’s second-ranked defense under creative defensive coordinator Phil Snow had to garner a couple of reinforcements. The team needed to make up for the loss of Haason Reddick (Eagles) in free agency. Could the addition of sixth-round pick Amare Barno help fill at least some of the void? Much like Reddick, Barno was used in a number of roles in college due to his versatility.

In terms of the undrafted free agents, the Panthers did a viable job of getting a number of players who could be top-notch pickups or at least practice squad candidates. The team has intimate knowledge of several players they’ve worked with in the past at either Baylor or Temple. Some of those names include Graham-Mobley, Lovett and even their seventh-round selection Kalon Barnes.

Dallas Cowboys 2022 NFL Draft/UDFA recap

How ’bout those Cowboys?

The selection of Tolbert fits the profile of the receiver they lost in free agency, Cedrick Wilson (Dolphins). Reinforcements were needed after trades during the offseason. He also provides insurance and perhaps a new timetable for the return of the re-signed Michael Gallup. Smith’s run blocking potential has to excite the running backs on the team’s roster, regardless of where he plays.

Jalen Tolbert WR Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys third-round pick Jalen Tolbert often played bigger than his size even would indicate on the outside lanes in school. It is a big reason he was named the 2021 Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
Dallas Cowboys
PlayerSchoolDN Big Board
‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (24)Tyler SmithOT/Tulsa54/2nd RoundSmith's quick nature stood out in a number of games, but none more so than the 2020 Armed Forces Bowl. In that contest, he had a disdain for Mississippi State's DL.
2 (56)Sam WilliamsOLB-DE/Ole Miss123/3rd RoundWilliams' combination of size and speed is rare. 33.5 tackles for loss in three seasons is nothing to sniff at either. He was on fire during the 2022 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and carried it over into the Senior Bowl.
3 (88)Jalen TolbertWR/South Alabama76/2nd RoundTolbert's high-wire acts on the perimeter probably drew comparisons to the types of receivers that the Cowboys employ. Most are in the 6-foot-1-to-6-foot-3-range and weigh around 200 pounds.
4 (129)Jake FergusonTE/H-back Wisconsin182/4th RoundFerguson's savvy as a route runner help him overcome a relative lack of elite burst getting off of the line of scrimmage in a three-point stance. One of the more cerebral tight ends in this year's draft class.
5 (155)Matt WaletzkoOT/North Dakota57/2nd RoundWaletzko's ease of movement stood out in the film viewed. He has room to grow as a run blocker. If the power translates to the next level, then his near 86-inch wingspan could be put to good use.
5 (167) CompensatoryDaRon BlandCB/Fresno State, Sacramento State229/4th RoundBland displayed many of the tools in the Mountain West that he had already shown as an All-Big Sky corner. He works well around traffic and plays longer than even his size would indicate.
5 (176) CompensatoryDamone ClarkLB/LSU207/4th RoundPrior to the spinal fusion surgery, Clark carried a third-round grade. With him being potentially unavailable in Year 1, this serves as a solid pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.
5 (178) CompensatoryJohn RidgewayDT/Arkansas, Illinois State70/2nd RoundRidgeway, a longtime MMA competitor, uses his hands as well as any defensive lineman in this year's draft. He has capability sliding up-and-down the interior of the defensive front on first or second down.
6 (193): From Browns in the Amari Cooper tradeDevin HarperLB/Oklahoma State258/4th RoundHarper's explosiveness on the field was justified by his postseason workouts. As he attempts to improve his eye control, he will look to earn a roster spot on special teams.
UDFA signings
Rank PlayerPositionsSchoolGradeRoundNasty ‘Take’
155Markquese BellS-LBFlorida A&M, Maryland5.7253rd RoundBell found his rhythm as a Rattler with force timing hits in the middle of the field and he often handled motion adjustments. His 4.44 speed works at 212 pounds.
174Aaron HansfordLBTexas A&M5.684th RoundA little older at 24 years old, the former WR came on strong as a force in his senior season. His injury history may have caused a slide.
199Isaac Taylor-StuartCBUSC5.6354th RoundTaylor-Stuart’s smooth nature complements the 24-foot long jumper’s profile. Finding the ball with his back turned to the QB needs to be the focus moving forward. He can play off-man or bump-and-run.
204Juanyeh ThomasS-LBGeorgia Tech5.6254th RoundDating back to 2018, Thomas was a factor returning kicks. He even outpaced the Georgia Bulldogs on a 100-yard kickoff return back in 2018. He’s since relinquished that role, but his hard-charging style could be welcomed on special teams.
233Alec LindstromOCBoston College5.5334th RoundLindstrom uses his hands well in pass protection and showed awareness dealing with line games. Does his size translate to the next level? Contains snap-and-pull capability.
284Dontario DrummondWROle Miss5.3684th RoundA smooth route runner with less than stellar speed, Drummond is underrated as a run after the catch threat. He found a way to win nearly every week in the SEC, posting 13 Red Zone TD receptions the last two seasons.
391Markaviest 'Big Kat' BryantDE-OLBUCF, Auburn5.0855th RoundBryant stood out on UCF’s defense this past season with 14 TFLs. It wasn’t the first time he had been productive at the collegiate level. Still needs work on establishing secondary pass rush counters despite snaps dating back to 2018.
397Ty FryfogleWRIndiana5.0595th RoundThe 2020 Big Ten Receiver of the Year made a habit of the highlight film grab in school. Becoming more efficient in short areas has to be the focus as he enters a training camp this summer.
410Peyton HendershotTE/H-BackIndiana 5.025th RoundThe former basketball standout at the prep level played with an even increased vigor in 2021. He may be faster with the ball in his hands than when running routes.
413Jonathan GaribayPKTexas Tech5.015th RoundEven on some of Garibay’s big misses (see Baylor ’21), the range and distance was in place. The All-Big 12 placekicker has an effortless strain on longer field goals, but kicked off just 24 times in school.
506James EmpeyOCBYU4.676th RoundEmpey was relatively durable until injuries stopped his charge somewhat as a senior. The CoSIDA Academic All-District performer possesses adequate snap-and-step quickness. He also exhibited the ability to hit moving targets in space when pulling.
564La’Kendrick Van ZandtSTCU4.476th RoundHe’s missed time at both the prep level and collegiately due to injury. The 2020 Honorable mention All-Big 12 performer has a 79” wingspan and blitz capability due to his short-area burst.
Dennis HoustonWRWestern Illinois, Houston BaptistN/AN/AThe first-team All-MVFC receiver finished with 90 receptions in 2021. This came after the Fullerton College transfer stood out in the spring of 2021. The 6-foot-1 speedster gets to his top speed quickly as a runner or receiver.
Storey JacksonLBLiberty, Prairie View A&M N/AN/AJackson turned the script on his 2021 season with an interception in the short zone against UAB. This came a week after struggling against Syracuse on occasion.
Amon SimonTexas A&M CommerceN/AN/ASimon (6’5, 303), a first-team All-LSC selection, relies on his length and wingspan to win on the perimeter.
Aaron ShampklinRBHarvardN/AN/AThe speedster put up another big season for the Crimson, but it wasn’t the first time for the California native.

The Cowboys have created a formidable quartet of interior line defenders and Ridgeway adds to the mix. Bland could become the surprise of this draft class at cornerback and, if nothing else, provide depth on special teams. This will also be the case for Harper, who should compete with backup Luke Gifford. The team had just seven receptions remaining from its backup tight ends after the release of Blake Jarwin.

Washington Commanders 2022 NFL Draft/UDFA recap

The Commanders upgraded its speed quotient at wide receiver. Think about an opening day quartet of Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, Dyami Brown and Jahan Dotson.

Not bad.

Mathis posted nine quarterback sacks for the Crimson Tide in 2021 after notching just one-and-a-half the three seasons prior.

Even if you discount the fact that Chase Young had just one-and-a-half sacks in nine games, the defensive line needed more interior pass rush. Daron Payne had just four-and-a-half sacks in 17 starts, but posted a large number of quarterback hits. But they released DT Matt Ioannidis (Panthers), leaving a void in terms of depth along the front seven. He posted 24.5 quarterback sacks in six seasons with the team. Mathis could make up for some of the lost production and should be entrenched in a battle for snaps.

Washington finished 29th in passing defense a year ago but like their safeties in Kamren Curl and Bobby McCain, two former corners. They added more size to the outside lanes with the late addition of Christian Holmes, who will battle for a roster spot.

Washington Commanders 2022 NFL Draft/UDFA
Washington Commanders
PlayerSchoolDN Big Board
‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (16)Jahan DotsonWR/Penn State32/2nd RoundDotson's body control, route-running expertise and improved foot speed all provide upgrades in a receiving corps that desperately needed just that.
2 (47)Phidarian MathisDT/Alabama120/3rd RoundMathis provides depth to an already impressive defensive front that severely underachieved in 2021. He provides a different type of interior pass rush presence for the Commanders, although the sack totals were not of a sustained profile.
3 (98)Brian Robinson, Jr.RB/Alabama158/3rd RoundRobinson only started for one season, but that doesn’t take away from his improved receiving skills and impressive work in pass protection. He’ll be able to compete for a backup job in Washington.
4 (113)Percy ButlerS/Louisiana-Lafayette151/3rd RoundButler’s work coming downhill in the alleys was only outdone by his work at gunner, where his 4.36 speed makes him tough to stop once he gets a bead on returners.
5 (144)Sam HowellQB/North Carolina 86/2nd RoundHowell was the only FBS quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards and rush for over 800 yards this past season. His release still needs work, as does his footwork.
5 (149)Cole TurnerTE-H-back/Nevada292/4th RoundTurner, a former WR, overcomes any instant acceleration with body control, catch radius and Red Zone capability. He has worked on the kickoff return unit in school, blocked as an H-back with effort and improved every season on campus.
7 (230)Chris PaulOT-OG/Tulsa342/5th RoundPaul has a couple of technique issues to clean up but that doesn’t take away from a quick-footed profile that still makes it tough to clear for defensive ends. He has flex capability along the team’s offensive line.
7 (240)Christian HolmesCB/Oklahoma State, Missouri257/4th RoundHolmes was competitive at Missouri, which made it a surprise that he went to Oklahoma State in the first place. His physical style translates well as a backup and core special teams contributor.
Commanders 2022 UDFA signings
DN Big Board Rank PlayerPositionsSchoolGradeRoundNasty Take’
200Jequez EzzardWR/All-purposeSam Houston State, Howard5.634th RoundEzzard will get an opportunity to compete for the starting punt return job in training camp. The all-purpose dynamo plays much bigger than his 5-foot-9-inch frame would indicate.
400Cole KelleyQBSE Louisiana5.055th RoundKelley has worked on shortening his release and actually ran for 16 TDs this past season. He also found time to throw for over 5,000 yards and
417Tyrese RobinsonOG-OTOklahoma55th RoundRobinson moved to the right tackle position in 2021 and held his own. At 6’3, 318 pounds, we think he projects to the right guard spot in the NFL.
437Kyric McGowanAll-PurposeGeorgia Tech, Northwestern4.925th RoundMcGowan’s frame and strength enabled him to get a free agent shot. He surprised in the slot this past season after being more of a return specialist at Northwestern. The former Wildcats
442Curtis HodgesTE/H-BackArizona State4.95th RoundHodges’ change of direction skill could be underrated considering his 6-foot-8-inch frame. After four uninspiring years on campus, Hodges took his game to another level in 2021.
582Ferrod GardnerLB-SLouisiana-Lafayette, Missouri4.386th RoundGardner’s size (6’0 210) most likely eliminated any chance of him getting drafted. On the field, his ability to track things down was one thing, but he has long arms (32”) and positive instincts. He stood out against some of the Power 5 teams on their schedule (Iowa State ’20).
583Tre WalkerLBIdaho4.386th RoundThe first-team All-Big Sky linebacker covers ground well and was all over the field. Reading his keys a step faster would help his game. The effort working on the punt unit was more than satisfactory in school (see Indiana ’21).
672Jacub PanasiukDEMichigan State3.967th RoundWill Panasuik’s strength translate? He finished with 29 career tackles for losses and has been a contributor since 2017. Decent size at 6’3, 257 pounds.
693Drew WhiteLBNotre Dame3.747th RoundWhite can close in B-lines but he’s been a step late snapping the pictures.
Devin TaylorDBBowling Green, Virginia Tech, Illinois StateN/AN/ATaylor, a double transfer with 32” arms, provides a presence on the outside lanes. The instincts have been phenomenal at every stop. The former All-MVFC finished with 13 interceptions and 43 pass breakups at three different stops.

We may have been just as impressed with the free agent class of undrafted players. There were four players we had with fifth-round grades. Former Sam Houston State and Howard standout Jequez Ezzard may have an opportunity to compete for a punt returner’s role in a training camp. The team lost its starting punt returner, DeAndre Carter (Chargers), in free agency. Like Carter, Ezzard -the 2020-21 FCS National Championship Game MVP– enters the league as an undrafted free agent.