Former Rams punter Johnny Hekker moves on to Carolina in free agency.

2022 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: NFC South

2022 NFC South free agency handed the Buccaneers a retirement from one of its veteran offensive lineman. The Falcons lost a key linebacker but picked up an All-Pro corner. Then they traded away a former league MVP. The Panthers lost one of its top pass rushers but picked up a four-time All-Pro punter to help its Top Five defense. It has been a busy couple of weeks in the NFC South.

NFC South

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Offensive free agents

  • RB Giovani Bernard (re-signed)
  • G Alex Cappa (Agreed to terms with the Bengals)
  • RB Leonard Fournette (re-signed)
  • QB Blaine Gabbert (re-signed)
  • QB Ryan Griffin (re-signed)
  • WR Chris Godwin (re-signed)
  • TE Rob Gronkowski
  • TE O.J. Howard (Agreed to terms with the Bills)
  • C Ryan Jensen (re-signed)
  • C Donell Stanley (released)
  • RB Ronald Jones II
  • RB Le’Veon Bell
  • WR Breshad Perriman (re-signed)
  • G Aaron Stinnie (re-signed)
  • T Josh Wells (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • S Andrew Adams
  • CB Carlton Davis (re-signed)
  • CB Pierre Desir
  • DL Will Gholston (re-signed)
  • DL Steve McLendon
  • LB Kevin Minter
  • OLB Jason Pierre-Paul
  • DE Pat O’Connor (re-signed)
  • S Curtis Riley
  • CB Richard Sherman
  • DL Ndamukong Suh
  • S Jordan Whitehead (Agreed to terms with the Jets)
  • LS Zach Triner (re-signed)
  • Head coach Bruce Arians retired and former DC Todd Bowles signed a five-year contract to be the team’s next head coach
  • Agreed to terms with WR Russell Gage (Falcons), DB Logan Ryan (Giants), OL Fred Johnson (Bengals), S Keanu Neal (Cowboys)
  • Re-signed WR Chris Godwin to a three-year deal (after originally placing the franchise tag on him), RB Leonard Fournette to a three-year deal, CB Carlton Davis to a three-year deal, OL Ryan Jensen to a three-year deal, OL Aaron Stinnie to a one-year deal, OL Josh Wells to a one-year deal, WR Breshad Perriman to a one-year deal, DE Will Gholston to a one-year deal, LS Zach Triner to a two-year deal, RB Giovani Bernard, QB Ryan Griffin, DE Pat O’Connor, QB Blaine Gabbert
  • Lost TE O.J. Howard (Bills), OL A.J. Cappa (Bengals), S Jordan Whitehead (Jets)
  • QB Tom Brady retired and then decided to come back for another season in 2022
  • OL Ali Marpet retired after seven seasons
  • Traded a fifth-round pick to the New England Patriots for OG Shaq Mason

Atlanta Falcons

Offensive free agents

  • QB Josh Rosen
  • QB A.J. McCarron
  • RB Cordarrelle Patterson (re-signed)
  • WR Russell Gage (Agreed to terms with the Buccaneers)
  • WR Tajae Sharpe
  • TE Hayden Hurst (Agreed to terms with the Bengals)
  • TE Lee Smith
  • OL Josh Andrews
  • OL Jason Spriggs
  • OL Matt Gono
  • OL Colby Gossett (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

  • DL Jonathan Bullard
  • DL Mike Pennel
  • DL Tyeler Davison (released)
  • OLB Brandon Copeland
  • OLB Dante Fowler (released)
  • OLB Steven Means
  • ILB Foye Oluokun (Agreed to terms with the Jaguars)
  • ILB Daren Bates
  • ILB Emmanuel Ellerbee
  • CB Fabian Moreau
  • CB Isaiah Oliver (re-signed)
  • S Erik Harris (re-signed)
  • S Duron Harmon
  • S Shawn Williams
  • P Thomas Morstead
  • LS Josh Harris (Agreed to terms with the Chargers)

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded QB Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2022 third-round draft pick (82nd overall)
  • Agreed to terms with QB Marcus Mariota (Raiders) on a two-year deal, CB Casey Hayward (Raiders) on a two-year deal, RB Damien Williams (Bears), OL Elijah Wilkinson (Bears), DE Lorenzo Carter (Giants), WR KhaDarel Hodge (Lions), WR Auden Tate (Bengals), WR Damiere Byrd (Bears), S Dean Marlowe (Lions), LS Beau Brinkley (Bears), LB Rashaan Evans (Titans), OT Germain Ifedi (Bears), TE Anthony Firkser (Titans), DT Vincent Taylor (Texans)
  • Re-signed OL Colby Gossett, CB Isaiah Oliver, S Erik Harris, WR Cordarrelle Patterson
  • Signed DT Anthony Rush on an original round tender
  • Released OLB Dante Fowler, DL Tyeler Davison
  • Lost ILB Foyesade Oluokun (Jaguars), WR Russell Gage (Buccaneers), LS Josh Harris (Chargers), TE Hayden Hurst (Bengals)

Carolina Panthers

Offensive free agents

  • TE Ian Thomas (re-signed)
  • C Matt Paradis
  • QB Cam Newton
  • OT Trenton Scott
  • OL John Miller
  • WR-KR Alex Erickson
  • WR Brandon Zylstra (re-signed)
  • LS J.J. Jansen
  • K Zane Gonzalez

Defensive free agents

  • CB Stephon Gilmore (Agreed to terms with the Colts)
  • CB Donte Jackson (re-signed)
  • OLB Haason Reddick (Agreed to terms with the Eagles)
  • DE-OLB Marquis Haynes (re-signed)
  • LB Jermaine Carter (Agreed to terms with the Chiefs)
  • DT DaQuan Jones (Agreed to terms with the Bills)
  • S Juston Burris (re-signed)
  • S Sean Chandler (re-signed)
  • OLB Frankie Luvu
  • OLB Julian Stanford
  • CB Rashaan Melvin (re-signed)
  • P Lachlan Edwards

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Re-signed TE Ian Thomas on a three-year deal, OLB Frankie Luvu to a two-year deal, CB Rashaan Melvin, WR Brandon Zylstra, S Sean Chandler, S Juston Burris
  • Agreed to terms with OL Austin Corbett (Rams) on a three-year deal, S Xavier Woods (Vikings) on a three-year deal, P Johnny Hekker (Rams) on a three-year deal, LB Damien Wilson (Jaguars) on a two-year deal, WR Rashard Higgins (Browns) on a one-year deal, DT Matt Ioannidis (Commanders) on a one-year deal, LB Cory Littleton, OC Bradley Bozeman (Ravens) on a one-year deal, CB Chris Westry (Ravens)
  • Signed WR D.J. Moore to a four-year extension and re-signed CB Donte Jackson to a three-year extension, CB Rashaan Melvin, DE Marquis Haynes
  • Exercised an option on OLB Brian Burns
  • Lost OLB Haason Reddick (Eagles), DT DaQuan Jones (Bills), LB Jermaine Carter (Chiefs), CB Stephon Gilmore (Colts)

New Orleans Saints

Offensive free agents

  • OT Terron Armstead (Agreed to terms with the Dolphins)
  • QB Jameis Winston (re-signed)
  • WR-RB Ty Montgomery (Agreed to terms with the Patriots)
  • QB Trevor Siemian
  • WR Tre’Quan Smith (re-signed)
  • TE Garrett Griffin
  • WR Kenny Stills
  • OT Kyle Murphy

Defensive free agents

  • S Marcus Williams (Agreed to terms with the Ravens)
  • DB P.J. Williams (re-signed)
  • LB Kwon Alexander
  • S Jeff Heath
  • DT Jalyn Holmes
  • DE Christian Ringo
  • CB Kenneth Crawley

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms S Marcus Maye (Jets) on a three-year deal, S Daniel Sorensen (Chiefs) on a one-year deal, QB Andy Dalton (Bears) on a one-year deal, OG Forrest Lamp (Bills) on a one-year deal, DT Jaleel Johnson (Texans), DE Taco Charlton (Steelers), S Justin Evans, TE JP Holtz (Bears)
  • Lost S Marcus Williams (Ravens), RB Ty Montgomery (Patriots), OT Terron Armstead (Dolphins)
  • Re-signed QB Jameis Winston to a two-year deal, CB Bradley Roby, WR Tre’quan Smith, CB P.J. Williams, RB Dwayne Washington
  • Placed RFA tenders on DT Shy Tuttle, WR Deonte Harris
  • S Malcolm Jenkins retired
  • Released QB Blake Bortles

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