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2022 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: NFC North

The 2022 NFC North’s free agency period began with a no-brainer, as the Packers gave its back-to-back league MVP a record deal. The team also traded away its franchise receiver and the Bears lost their top wideout in free agency. Did the Lions get its deep threat? The Minnesota Vikings picked up a smart, productive linebacker to team with Eric Kendricks. Please come back for more updates as this is a live document.

NFC North

Minnesota Vikings

Offensive free agents

  • TE Tyler Conkin (Agreed to terms with the Jets)
  • OL Mason Cole (Agreed to terms with the Steelers)
  • QB Sean Mannion (re-signed)
  • OT Rashod Hill
  • WR Dede Westbrook
  • TE Chris Herndon
  • OG Dakota Dozier
  • TE Luke Stocker
  • RB Wayne Gallman
  • WR Chad Beebe

Defensive free agents

  • CB Patrick Peterson (re-signed)
  • LB Anthony Barr
  • DE Everson Griffen
  • DT Sheldon Richardson
  • DT Michael Pierce
  • DE Eddie Yarbrough
  • CB Mackensie Alexander
  • S Xavier Woods (Agreed to terms with the Panthers)
  • LB Nick Vigil
  • DE Tashawn Bower
  • P Jordan Berry (re-signed)
Jordan Hicks LB Minnesota Vikings
New Minnesota Vikings linebacker Jordan Hicks started 49 games in a row for the Arizona Cardinals over a three-year period. In that span, he posted 384 tackles and 25 tackles for losses.

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Hired former Cleveland Browns VP of football operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as general manager and former LA Rams OC Kevin O’Connell as head coach
  • Agreed to terms with DE-OLB Za’Darius Smith (Packers) on a three-year deal, DT Harrison Phillips (Bills) on a three-year deal, LB Jordan Hicks (Cardinals) on a two-year deal, TE Johnny Mundt (Rams) on a two-year deal, OL Austin Schottmann (Broncos), OL Jesse Davis (Dolphins), CB Nate Hairston (Broncos)
  • Released DT Michael Pierce
  • Re-signed QB Kirk Cousins to a one-year extension, P Jordan Berry to a one-year deal, QB Sean Mannion, CB Patrick Peterson, CB Tye Smith
  • Lost TE Tyler Conklin (Jets), S Xavier Woods (Panthers), OL Mason Cole (Steelers)
  • Re-structured the contracts of WR Adam Thielen and S Harrison Smith

Detroit Lions

Offensive free agents

  • WR Josh Reynolds (re-signed)
  • WR Kalif Raymond (re-signed)
  • WR KhaDarel Hodge
  • QB Tim Boyle (re-signed)
  • OT Tyrell Crosby
  • QB David Blough (re-signed)
  • TE Charlie Taumoepeau (released)
  • OL Will Holden
  • OC Evan Brown (re-signed)
  • TE Jordan Thomas (released)
DJ Chark WR Detroit Lions
Former Jacksonville Jaguars Pro Bowl WR DJ Chark (coming off an ankle injury in 2021) signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Lions.

Defensive free agents

  • S Tracy Walker (re-signed)
  • OLB Charles Harris (re-signed)
  • LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Agreed to terms with the Texans)
  • LB Alex Anzalone (re-signed)
  • DE Nick Williams
  • DE Trey Flowers (released)
  • S Dean Marlowe
  • LB Shaun Dion Hamilton (re-signed)
  • DT Joel Heath
  • DT Nick Williams
  • S Jalen Elliott (re-signed)

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with WR DJ Chark (Jaguars) on a one-year deal, LB Jarrad Davis (Jets), CB Mike Hughes (Chiefs), LB Chris Board (Ravens), S DeShon Elliott (Ravens)
  • Re-signed S Tracy Walker to a three-year deal, DE-OLB Charles Harris to a two-year deal, FB Jason Cabinda to a two-year deal, LB Alex Anzalone to a one-year deal, LB Shaun Dion Hamilton to a one-year deal, WR Josh Reynolds to a two-year deal, WR Kalif Raymond to a two-year deal, QB Tim Boyle on a one-year deal, OC Evan Brown on a one-year deal, OC Ryan McCollum to a one-year deal, S Jalen Elliott to a one-year deal, DB C.J. Moore to a one-year deal
  • Re-signed QB David Blough, DB Bobby Price (ERFA), CB Mark Gilbert (ERFA), RB Godwin Igwebuike (ERFA) and K Riley Patterson (ERFA)
  • Exercised a 2023 option on TE TJ Hockenson
  • Lost LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Texans)
  • Released DE Trey Flowers, TE Jordan Thomas

Green Bay Packers

Offensive free agents

  • WR Davante Adams (franchised and then traded him to Raiders)
  • TE Robert Tonyan (re-signed)
  • WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (agreed to terms with the Chiefs)
  • WR Equanimeous St. Brown (agreed to terms with the Bears)
  • WR Devin Funchess
  • G Lucas Patrick (agreed to terms with the Bears)
  • OT Dennis Kelly (released)
  • OT Billy Turner (released)

Defensive free agents

  • DE-OLB Za’Darius Smith (Agreed to terms with the Vikings)
  • OLB Whitney Mercilus
  • CB Jaire Alexander
  • CB Kevin King
  • CB Chandon Sullivan (Agreed to terms with the Vikings)
  • CB Rasul Douglas (re-signed)
  • LB De’Vondre Campbell (re-signed)
  • CB Josh Jackson
  • S Will Redmond
  • LB Chauncey Rivers
  • DT Tyler Lancaster
  • ILB Oren Burks (agreed to terms with the 49ers)
  • P JK Scott
  • LS Hunter Bradley

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes

  • Agreed to terms with QB Aaron Rodgers on a three-year deal, DE Pat O’Connor (Buccaneers) on a two-year deal, DT Jarran Reed (Chiefs), P Pat O’Donnell (Bears) on a one-year deal, PK Dominick Eberle, WR Sammy Watkins (Ravens), DL Jarran Reed (Chiefs)
  • Re-signed ILB Da’Vondre Campbell to a five-year deal, DE Preston Smith to a four-year deal, CB Rasul Douglas on a three-year deal, TE Robert Tonyan
  • Released OT Billy Turner, OLB Za’Darius Smith
  • Placed the franchise tag on WR Davante Adams and then traded him to the Las Vegas Raiders in exchange for a 2022 first-round pick and a 2022 second-round pick
  • Placed a RFA tender on WR Allen Lazard
  • Lost OLB Za’Darius Smith (Vikings), WR Equanimeous St. Brown (Bears), OG Lucas Patrick (Bears), LB Oren Burks (49ers), CB Chandon Sullivan (Vikings), WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (Chiefs)

Chicago Bears

Offensive free agents

  • WR Allen Robinson (Agreed to terms with the Rams)
  • QB Andy Dalton
  • RB Tarik Cohen (released)
  • WR Damiere Byrd
  • WR Marquise Goodwin
  • WR Jakeem Grant (Agreed to terms with the Browns)
  • OL Elijah Wilkinson (Agreed to terms with the Falcons)
  • OL James Daniels
  • OL Jason Peters
  • OL Germain Ifedi
  • OT Alex Bars (Agreed to terms with the Raiders)
  • RB Ryan Nall
  • TE Jesse James
  • RB Damien Williams (Agreed to terms with the Falcons)

Defensive free agents

  • DL Akiem Hicks
  • DL Bilal Nichols (Agreed to terms with the Raiders)
  • DL Margus Hunt
  • DL Elijah Wilkinson
  • DL Eddie Goldman (released)
  • DB Marqui Christian
  • CB Artie Burns (Agreed to terms with the Seahawks)
  • CB Teez Tabor (Agreed to terms with the Falcons)
  • CB Xavier Crawford
  • S DeAndre Houston-Carson (re-signed)
  • S Deon Bush
  • S Tashaun Gipson
  • OLB Cassius Marsh
  • OLB Bruce Irvin
  • LB Joel Iyiegbuniwe
  • LB Alec Ogletree
  • LB Danny Trevathan (released)
  • LB Christian Jones
  • P Pat O’Donnell (Agreed to terms with the Packers)
  • LS Patrick Scales
  • LS Beau Brinkley

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Hired former Kansas City Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles as its new general manager and former Indianapolis defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus as its head coach
  • Agreed to terms with DT Justin Jones (Chargers) on a two-year deal, DT Al-Quadin Muhammed (Colts) on a two-year deal, WR Equanimeous St. Brown (Packers) on a one-year deal, G Lucas Patrick (Packers) on a two-year deal, LB Nicholas Morrow (Raiders), WR Byron Pringle (Chiefs) on a one-year deal, QB Trevor Siemian (Saints) on a two-year deal, OL Dakota Dozier (Vikings), FB Khari Blasingame (Titans), S Dane Cruikshank (Titans)
  • Re-signed OL Lachavious Simmons to a one-year deal, S DeAndre Houston-Carson to a one-year deal
  • Traded OLB Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers in exchange for a 2022 second-round pick and 2023 sixth-round pick
  • Released DT Eddie Goldman, LB Danny Trevathan, RB Tarik Cohen, LS Beau Brinkley
  • Lost WR Allen Robinson (Rams), CB Teez Tabor (Falcons), P Pat O’Donnell (Packers), RB Damien Williams (Falcons), WR-Ret Jakeem Grant (Browns), DT Elijah Wilkinson (Falcons), DT Bilal Nichols (Raiders),

Kansas City Chiefs vs. New England Patriots, 10-14-18: In-game report

Two of the premier coaches in the NFL faced off in primetime on Sunday Night Football.  New England (4-2) was able to keep pace with the Chiefs (5-1) in the conference after a last second field goal pushed them to victory.  DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson gives his impressions in this in-game report:

Patriots power running game

The Patriots use of offset I-formations with fullback James Develin (No. 46 pictured) and Rob Gronkowski (No. 87 pictured) led a running game that carried the offense for the much of the night.

Bill Belichick flipped the script on Sunday night, instead of relying on his future Hall of Fame quarterback, the longtime coach relied on a power run game.  The Patriots used fullback James Develin in the I-formation and the offset I-formation, while also putting Rob Gronkowski at the tight end spot with his hand in the ground in order to establish a strong push in the run game.  Kansas City ranks 28th in the league in rushing yards allowed and the Patriots took advantage of it.  New England ran for 173 yards and actually ran three more times than they passed.  This power run game will probably be an outlier, but credit to Belichick for his willingness to adjust the game plan for specific game-to-game needs.

Patrick Mahomes 

Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes has a 112.2 quarterback rating through six starts in 2018.

The first-year starter has burst onto the scene and what immediately jumps out about Mahomes is his raw arm talent. Mahomes can make plays off schedule while falling off his back foot reminiscent of the kinds of throws that are usually reserved for Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers.  In the first quarter, Mahomes darted  a pass from his back foot and across his body to the waiting hands of Chris Conley, placing the ball where only his receiver could make the play.  The Chiefs quarterback finished with 352 passing yards and four touchdowns but he did throw two interceptions, which led to points for the Patriots.  Mahomes first interception came when Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower faked a blitz and dropped into coverage, fooling the young quarterback.  The second came on a pass where Mahomes was rolling right and tried to throw across his body to tight end Travis Kelce, who was double covered.  Mahomes should be able to fix those types of interceptions with experience. For now, Mahomes should remind Andy Reid of another talented gunslinger that he coached in Brett Favre. 

Patriots defense 

Bill Belichick’s defensive mantra has remained constant since he came to New England: make your second or third best players beat us offensively.  The Patriots doubled Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce all night and sacrificed the pass rushing of Dont’a Hightower and Trey Flowers in order to chip Kelce at the line. The game plan worked as the Pats held Kelce to five catches for 61 yards. However, Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill were left with more room to roam free as a result. The pair combined for 327 total yards and four touchdowns. It was a tale of two halves for the Patriots, who led 24-9 at halftime. If these two teams meet again in the playoffs, Belichick might have to tinker with his game-plan because despite holding Kelce in check, Hill and Hunt nearly upended New England in Foxboro.