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2020 NFL Free Agency: Team-by-team signings, live updates

The 2020 NFL Free Agency period is upon us and here is a list of all of the free agent signings. This is a live document, so feel free to check out any of your team’s latest signings day-to-day. Bold and italicized players have already agreed to terms with their respective teams or are heading elsewhere.

NFC South

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Offensive free agents

QB Jameis Winston
QB Blaine Gabbert (re-signed)
RB Peyton Barber (agreed to terms with Redskins)

WR Breshad Perriman (agreed to terms with Jets)
RT Demar Dotson
T Jerald Hawkins
T Josh Wells
G Earl Watford
G Michael Liedtke (RFA)
TE Tanner Hudson (ERFA) re-negotiated contract
TE Antony Auclair (re-signed)
WR Bryant Mitchell (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

DE Rakeem Nunez-Roches (re-signed)
DT Ndamukong Suh (re-signed)
LB Shaquil Barrett (franchised)
OLB Carl Nassib (agreed to terms with Raiders)
ILB Kevin Minter (re-signed)
LB Jason Pierre-Paul (re-signed)
OLB Sam Acho
S Andrew Adams (re-signed)
S Darian Stewart
CB Orion Stewart (ERFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed the franchise tag on DE Shaquil Barrett, re-signed OLB/DE Jason Pierre-Paul to a two-year deal, re-negotiated TE Tanner Hudson’s contract
  • Agreed to terms with QB Tom Brady (Patriots), G Joe Haeg (Colts)
  • Re-signed WR Bryant Mitchell, DE Rakeem Nunez-Roaches, ILB Kevin Minter, S Andrew Adams, DT Ndamukong Suh, CB Ryan Smith, QB Blaine Gabbert
  • Lost OLB Carl Nassib (Raiders), DT Beau Allen (Patriots), RB Peyton Barber (Redskins), WR Breshad Perriman (Jets)
Former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady completed 61-percent of his passes a season ago for 4,057 yards, 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Atlanta Falcons

Offensive free agents

G John Wetzel (re-signed)
WR Justin Hardy
RB Kenjon Barner
FB Keith Smith (re-signed)
TE Austin Hooper (agreed to terms with Cleveland Browns)
QB Matt Simms
C Wes Schweitzer (agreed to terms with Washington)
RB Brian Hill (Original-Round Tender)
G Sean Harlow

The Falcons picked up former Los Angeles Rams and 2017 AP Offensive Player of the Year Todd Gurley (No. 30 pictured). Gurley has accounted for 70 career touchdowns, including 14 in 2019.

Defensive free agents

DE Vic Beasley (agreed to terms with Titans)
DT Jack Crawford (agreed to terms with Titans)
DE Adrian Clayborn (agreed to terms with Browns)
CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson
(re-signed)
SS Kemal Ishmael
DT Tyeler Davison (re-signed)
FS J.J. Wilcox
DE Steven Means (re-signed)
SS John Cyprien
CB Jamar Taylor
DE Ra’Shede Hageman
OLB De’Vondre Campbell (agreed to terms with Cardinals)
S Sharrod Neasman (re-signed)
DT Michael Bennett (RFA)

The Falcons acquired former Ravens first-round pick Hayden Hurst, who caught 30 passes for 349 yards (11.6 YPR) and 2 TDs in 2019.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded a 2020 second-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens for TE Hayden Hurst and a 2020 fourth-round pick
  • Re-signed DT Tyeler Davison to a three-year deal, OG John Wetzel, S Sharrod Neasman, FB Keith Smith, DE Steven Means, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson
  • Agreed to terms with OLB Dante Fowler, Jr. (Rams), RB Todd Gurley II (Rams), WR Laquon Treadwell (Vikings), G Justin McCray (Browns), ILB LaRoy Reynolds (Bengals), LB Edmond Robinson (XFL)
  • Lost TE Austin Hooper (Browns), DE Vic Beasley (Titans), lost OL Wes Schweitzer (Redskins), DE Adrian Clayborn (Browns), DT Jack Crawford (Titans)
  • Released RB Devonta Freeman, CB Desmond Trufant (agreed to terms with Lions), OT Ty Sambrailo (Titans)

Carolina Panthers

Offensive free agents

TE Greg Olsen (signed with Seattle Seahawks)
RT Daryl Williams (agreed to terms with Bills)
WR Jarius Wright
WR Chris Hogan
G Greg Van Roten (agreed to terms with Jets)
WR DeAndrew White (re-signed)
TE Dillon Gordon
QB Kyle Allen (traded to Redskins)
G Brandon Greene
G Kitt O’Brien
TE Marcus Baugh (agreed to terms with Redskins)

Defensive free agents

DT Dontari Poe (agreed to terms with Cowboys)
DE Gerald McCoy
(agreed to terms with Cowboys)
OLB Mario Addison (agreed to terms with Bills)
OLB Bruce Irvin (agreed to terms with Seahawks)
CB Ross Cockrell
FS Tre Boston
DT Vernon Butler (agreed to terms with Bills)
DT Kyle Love
CB James Bradberry (agreed to terms with New York Giants)
DT Stacy McGee
CB Javien Elliott
CB Cole Luke (ERFA)

Former Panthers cornerback James Bradberry (No. 24 pictured) agreed to terms with the New York Giants.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded QB Kyle Allen to Redskins for 2020 fifth-round pick, OG Trai Turner for OT Russell Okung (Chargers)
  • Re-signed WR DeAndrew White
  • Agreed to terms with QB Teddy Bridgewater (Saints), WR Seth Roberts (Ravens), DE Steven Weatherly (Vikings), CB Juston Burris (Browns), OG John Miller (Bengals), WR Keith Kirkwood (Saints), TE Seth DeValve (Jaguars), WR-KR Pharoh Cooper (Cardinals), OLB Tahir Whitehead (Raiders), QB P.J. Walker (XFL), WR Robby Anderson (Jets), DT Zach Kerr (Cardinals)
  • Lost TE Greg Olsen (Seahawks), CB James Bradberry (Giants), DE Mario Addison (Bills), DT Gerald McCoy (Cowboys), OLB Bruce Irvin (Seahawks), DT Vernon Butler (Bills), TE Marcus Baugh (Redskins), DT Dontari Poe (Cowboys), RT Daryl Williams (Bills)
  • Released S Eric Reid, QB Cam Newton

New Orleans Saints

Offensive free agents

QB Drew Brees (re-signed)
QB Teddy Bridgewater (agreed to terms with Panthers)
G Andrus Peat (re-signed)
FB Zach Line
RT Patrick Omameh
RB Dwayne Washington
G Cameron Tom (RFA)
WR Austin Carr (RFA)
QB Taysom Hill (placed a first-round tender)
WR Keith Kirkwood (ERFA) (agreed to terms with Panthers)

Defensive free agents

OLB A.J. Klein (agreed to terms with Bills)
CB Eli Apple
CB P.J. Williams (re-signed)

SS Vonn Bell (agreed to terms with Bengals)
CB Johnson Bademosi
ILB Stephone Anthony
OLB Josh Martin
ILB Manti Te’o
FS D.J. Swearinger(re-signed)
DT David Onyemata (re-signed)
DE Noah Spence (re-signed)
CB Justin Hardee (re-signed)

SS J.T. Gray (ERFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed a first-round tender on QB Taysom Hill, re-signed QB Drew Brees to a two-year deal, DT David Onyemata to a three-year deal, OL Andrus Peat to a five-year deal, CB Justin Hardee, FS D.J. Swearinger, DE Noah Spence, CB P.J. Williams
  • Lost QB Teddy Bridgewater (Panthers), OLB A.J. Klein (Bills), WR Keith Kirkwood (Panthers), SS Vonn Bell (Bengals)
  • Agreed to terms with LS Zach Wood on a four-year deal, S Malcolm Jenkins (Eagles), WR Emmanuel Sanders (49ers), FB Michael Burton (Redskins)

NFC North

Minnesota Vikings

Offensive free agents

G Rashod Hill (re-signed)
QB Sean Mannion (re-signed)
LT Dakota Dozier (re-signed)
RB Ameer Abdullah (re-signed)
C Brett Jones (re-signed)
WR Laquon Treadwell
(agreed to terms with Falcons)
FB C.J. Ham (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

DE Everson Griffen
CB Trae Waynes (agreed to terms with Cincinnati)
SS Anthony Harris (franchise tagged)
SS Andrew Sendejo (agreed to terms with Cleveland)
CB Mackensie Alexander (agreed to terms with Cincinnati)
OLB Kentrell Brothers
S Jayron Kearse (agreed to terms with Lions)
DE Stephen Weatherly (agreed to terms with Panthers)

OLB Eric Wilson (RFA) (Second-Round Tender)
CB Marcus Sherels

Special teams free agents

PK Dan Bailey (re-signed)

The Minnesota Vikings traded wide receiver Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills after he posted career-highs in receiving yards (1,130) and yards per reception (17.9) in 2019.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded WR Stefon Diggs and a 2020 seventh-round pick to the Buffalo Bills for a 2020 first-round pick, 2020 fifth-round pick, 2020 sixth-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick.
  • Re-signed QB Kirk Cousins to a two-year extension, RB C.J. Ham, P Britton Colquitt, K Dan Bailey, QB Sean Mannion, G Rashod Hill, C Brett Jones, LT Dakota Dozier, RB Ameer Abdullah
  • Placed the franchise tag on SS Anthony Harris, placed second round tender on OLB Eric Wilson
  • Agreed to terms with DT Michael Pierce (Ravens), WR Tajae Sharpe (Titans), DE Anthony Zettel (49ers)
  • Lost CB Trae Waynes (Bengals), CB Mackensie Alexander (Bengals), DE Stephen Weatherly (Panthers), DT Linval Joseph (Chargers), SS Andrew Sendejo (Browns), WR Laquon Treadwell (Falcons)
  • Released CB Xavier Rhodes (Colts), TE David Morgan

Detroit Lions

Offensive free agents

WR Jermaine Kearse
TE Logan Thomas (agreed to terms with Redskins)
G Graham Glasgow (agreed to terms with Denver)

RB J.D. McKissic (agreed to terms with Redskins)
QB Jeff Driskel (agreed to terms with Broncos)
OT Ricky Wagner (agreed to terms with Green Bay)

Defensive free agents

DT Damon Harrison
DT Mike Daniels
SS Tavon Wilson
CB Rashaan Melvin (agreed to terms with Jaguars)
DT A’Shawn Robinson
(agreed to terms with Rams)
S Miles Killebrew (re-signed)
DT Darius Kilgo
DE Jamie Meder
CB Michael Ford (ERFA)
CB Dee Virgin (ERFA)
LB Devon Kennard (agreed to terms with Cardinals)

Former Philadelphia Eagles OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai agreed to terms with the Lions on a five-year deal. He started 20 games for the Eagles in four seasons.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with QB Chase Daniel (Bears) on a three-year deal, OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Eagles) on a five-year deal, LB Jamie Collins (Patriots), C Ted Karras (Patriots), DT Nick Williams (Bears), CB Desmond Trufant (Falcons), DT Danny Shelton (Patriots), S Jayron Kearse (Vikings), CB Tony McRae (Bengals), WR Geremy Davis (Chargers), ILB Reggie Ragland (Chiefs), OLB Elijah Lee (49ers), WR Geronimo Allison (Packers)
  • Re-signed S Miles Killebrew, WR Danny Amendola, T Oday Aboushi
  • Lost OG Graham Glasgow (Broncos), OT Ricky Wagner (Packers), OLB Devon Kennard (Cardinals), RB JD McKissic (Redskins), QB Jeff Driskel (Broncos), DT A’shawn Robinson (Rams), TE Logan Thomas (Redskins), CB Rashaan Melvin (Jaguars)
  • Team acquired S Duron Harmon from the Patriots, traded CB Darius Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2020 third-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick

Green Bay Packers

Offensive free agents

OT Bryan Bulaga (agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Chargers)
RT Jared Veldheer
WR Geronimo Allison (agreed to terms with Lions)
TE Marcedes Lewis (re-signed)
WR Ryan Grant
FB Dan Vitale (agreed to terms with New England)
FB Malcolm Johnson (RFA)
TE Robert Tonyan, Jr. (ERFA)
WR Jake Kumerow (ERFA)
G John Leglue (ERFA)

Defensive free agents

CB Tramon Williams
OLB Kyler Fackrell (agreed to terms with the Giants)
ILB B.J. Goodson (agreed to terms with the Browns)
SS Ibraheim Campbell
ILB Blake Martinez (agreed to terms with the Giants)
CB Chandon Sullivan (ERFA)
DE Tyler Lancaster (ERFA)
FS Will Redmond (ERFA) (re-signed)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes

  • Agreed to terms with LB Christian Kirksey (Browns), OT Ricky Wagner (Lions), WR Devin Funchess (Colts)
  • Re-signed TE Marcedes Lewis, FS Will Redmond
  • Lost OT Bryan Bulaga (Chargers), TE Jimmy Graham (Bears), ILB Blake Martinez (Giants), OLB Kyler Fackrell (Giants), LB BJ Goodson (Browns), FB Dan Vitale (Patriots), WR Geronimo Allison (Lions)

Chicago Bears

Offensive free agents

WR Taylor Gabriel
QB Chase Daniel (agreed to terms with Lions)
TE Bradley Sowell
G Ted Larsen
LT Cornelius Lucas (agreed to terms with Redskins)
RT T.J. Clemmings
RT Rashaad Coward
TE J.P. Holtz

Defensive free agents

CB Prince Amukamara
ILB Danny Trevathan (re-signed)
FS HaHa Clinton-Dix (agreed to terms with Cowboys)
S Sherrick McManis
OLB Aaron Lynch, OLB Devante Bond
DT Nick Williams (agreed to terms with Lions)
OLB Kevin Pierre-Louis (agreed to terms with Redskins)
DE Brent Urban (re-signed)
S DeAndre Houston-Carson (re-signed)
ILB Nick Kwiatkoski (agreed to terms with Raiders)
S Deon Bush (re-signed)
DT Roy Robertson-Harris (RFA) (Second-Round Tender)
LB Isaiah Irving

Nick Foles under center for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Bears acquired former Jaguars QB Nick Foles, who is 26-22 in his career as a starter.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with TE Jimmy Graham (Packers) to a two-year deal, TE Demetrius Harris (Browns), DE Robert Quinn (Cowboys) on a five-year deal, CB Artie Burns (Steelers), S Jordan Lucas (Chiefs), OLB Barkevious Mingo (Texans), RT Germain Ifedi (Seahawks)
  • Re-signed S Deon Bush, ILB Danny Trevathan, DE Brent Urban, S DeAndre Houston-Carson
  • Placed a second-round tender on DT Roy Robertson-Harris
  • Released former first-round pick OLB Leonard Floyd (Rams), lost QB Chase Daniel (Lions), DT Nick Williams (Lions), OLB Kevin Pierre-Louis (Redskins), ILB Nick Kwiatkoski (Raiders), LT Cornelius Lucas (Redskins), FS HaHa Clinton-Dix (Cowboys)
  • Team traded a 2020 fourth-round pick for QB Nick Foles (Jaguars)

NFC East

Washington Redskins

Offensive free agents

TE Jordan Reed
WR Paul Richardson
G Brandon Scherff
TE Vernon Davis (retired)
RB Chris Thompson
QB Case Keenum (agreed to terms with Browns)
G Ereck Flowers (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
QB Colt McCoy (agreed to terms with Giants)
RT Donald Penn
C Tony Bergstrom
FB Michael Burton (agreed to terms with Saints)
RB Wendell Smallwood
TE Jerome Cunningham (RFA)
QB Josh Woodrum (ERFA)

Defensive free agents

CB Josh Norman (agreed to terms with Bills)
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
ILB Jon Bostic (re-signed)
CB Aaron Colvin
DE Nate Orchard (re-signed)
SS Kenny Ladler
DE Treyvon Hester
DE Chris Odom
DE Caleb Brantley (re-signed)
DE Myles Humphrey

Former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller (No. 23 pictured) is returning to the team that drafted him in the third round (84th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes

  • Traded CB Quinton Dunbar to Seahawks for 2020 fifth-round pick, acquired QB Kyle Allen from Panthers for 2020 fifth-round pick
  • Agreed to terms with CB Kendall Fuller (Chiefs), OL Wes Schweitzer (Falcons), LB Thomas Davis (Chargers), OLB Kevin Pierre-Louis (Bears), S Sean Davis (Steelers), RB JD McKissic (Lions), TE Logan Thomas (Lions), LT Cornelius Lucas (Bears), TE Marcus Baugh (Panthers), RB Peyton Barber (Buccaneers), TE Richard Rodgers (Eagles), WR Cody Latimer (Giants), CB Ronald Darby (Eagles)
  • Re-signed DE Nate Orchard, ILB Jon Bostic, DE Caleb Brantley
  • Lost QB Case Keenum (Browns), OG Ereck Flowers (Dolphins), QB Colt McCoy (Giants), FB Michael Burton (Saints)
  • Released CB Josh Norman (Bills) and TE Vernon Davis retired

New York Giants

Offensive free agents

RT Mike Remmers (agreed to terms with Chiefs)
WR Cody Latimer (agreed to terms with Redskins)
K Aldrick Rosas
WR Russell Shepard
RB Javorius Allen
TE Scott Simonson
WR Corey Coleman (resigned)
C Jon Halapio (RFA)
FB Elijhaa Penny (re-signed)
WR Cody Core
WR Amba Etta-Tawo (ERFA)

Defensive free agents

ILB Alec Ogletree
OLB Kareem Martin OLB
DE Leonard Williams (placed the franchise tag)
OLB Markus Golden
FS Michael Thomas
CB Antonio Hamilton (agreed to terms with the Chiefs)
ILB David Mayo (re-signed)
ILB Deone Bucannon
ILB Devante Downs (RFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with LB Blake Martinez (Packers) on a three-year deal, TE Levine Toilolo (49ers), CB James Bradberry (Panthers), OLB Kyler Fackrell (Packers), RB Dion Lewis (Titans)
  • Agreed to terms with T Cameron Fleming (Cowboys), FS Nate Ebner (Patriots), QB Colt McCoy (Redskins), DT Austin Johnson (Titans). TE Eric Tomlinson (Raiders)
  • Placed the franchise tag on DL Leonard Williams, re-signed ILB David Mayo, FB Elijhaa Penny, WR Corey Coleman
  • Lost RT Mike Remmers (Chiefs), CB Antonio Hamilton (Chiefs), WR Cody Latimer (Redskins)

Dallas Cowboys

Offensive free agents

WR Amari Cooper (re-signed)
WR Randall Cobb (agreed to terms with Texans)
TE Jason Witten (agreed to terms with Raiders)
WR Tavon Austin
G Xavier Su’a-Filo (agreed to terms with Bengals)
QB Dak Prescott (exclusive rights franchise tag)
TE Blake Jarwin (re-signed)
QB Cooper Rush (Original-Round Tender)

Defensive free agents

DE Michael Bennett
DE Robert Quinn (agreed to terms with Bears)
OLB Sean Lee (re-signed)
DT Christian Covington
CB Byron Jones (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
SS Jeff Heath (agreed to terms with Raiders)
ILB Joe Thomas (re-signed)
DE Kerry Hyder (agreed to terms with 49ers)
OLB Malcolm Smith
DT Maliek Collins (agreed to terms with Raiders)
ILB Ray-Ray Armstrong
FS Darian Thompson (re-signed)
OLB Justin March (re-signed)

CB C.J. Goodwin (re-signed)
DT Daniel Ross (agreed to terms with Raiders)
CB Anthony Brown (re-signed)
S Kavon Frazier
DT Antwaun Woods (ERFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed the exclusive rights franchise tag on QB Dak Prescott, re-signed WR Amari Cooper on a five-year deal, CB Anthony Brown, K Kai Forbath, ILB Joe Thomas, OLB Justin March, CB C.J. Goodwin, OLB Sean Lee, FS Darian Thompson, TE Blake Jarwin
  • Agreed to terms with Gerald McCoy (Panthers), CB Maurice Canady (Jets), FS HaHa Clinton-Dix (Bears), DT Dontari Poe (Panthers), TE Blake Bell (Chiefs), K Greg Zuerlein (Rams)
  • Lost DE Robert Quinn (Bears), CB Byron Jones (Dolphins), WR Randall Cobb (Texans), TE Jason Witten (Raiders), SS Jeff Heath (Raiders), CB Donovan Olumba (Browns), DE Kerry Hyder (49ers), DT Daniel Ross (Raiders)
  • Lost T Cameron Fleming (Giants), DT Maliek Collins (Raiders), G Xavier Su’a-Filo (Bengals)

Philadelphia Eagles

Offensive free agents

LT Jason Peters
QB Nate Sudfeld (re-signed)
WR Nelson Agholor (agreed to terms with Raiders)
QB Josh McCown
RB Darren Sproles
TE Richard Rodgers (agreed to terms with Redskins)
RB Jordan Howard (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
G Halapoulivaati Vaitai (agreed to terms with Lions)
RB Corey Clement (RFA)

Defensive free agents

FS Malcolm Jenkins (agreed to terms with Saints)
OLB Nigel Bradham
FS Rodney McLeod (re-signed)
CB Ronald Darby (agreed to terms with Redskins)
DE Vinny Curry
DT Timmy Jernigan (agreed to terms with Texans)
DT Hassan Ridgeway (re-signed)
OLB Kamu Grugier-Hill (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
CB Jalen Mills (re-signed)
CB Craig James (ERFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with DL Javon Hargrave (Steelers) on a three-year deal, ILB Jatavis Brown (Chargers), S Will Parks (Broncos), CB Nickell Robey-Coleman (Rams)
  • Re-signed FS Rodney McLeod to a two-year deal, CB Jalen Mills, QB Nate Sudfeld, DT Hassan Ridgeway
  • Traded a 2020 third-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Detroit Lions for CB Darius Slay
  • Lost OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Lions), RB Jordan Howard (Dolphins), OLB Kamu Grugier-Hill (Dolphins), S Malcolm Jenkins (Saints), WR Nelson Agholor (Raiders), TE Richard Rodgers (Redskins), CB Ronald Darby (Redskins), DT Timmy Jernigan (Texans)

NFC West

San Francisco 49ers

Offensive free agents

WR Emmanuel Sanders (agreed to terms with Saints)
C Ben Garland (re-signed)
TE Levine Toilolo (agreed to terms with Giants)
WR Jordan Matthews
RB Matt Breida (RFA) (Second-Round Tender)
WR Kendrick Bourne (RFA) (Second-Round Tender)

Defensive free agents

FS Jimmie Ward (re-signed)
CB Jason Verrett
DE Arik Armstead (re-signed)
DE Damontre Moore
CB Dontae Johnson
DT Sheldon Day (agreed to terms with Colts)
DE Anthony Zettel (agreed to terms with Vikings)
DE Ronald Blair (re-signed)
OLB Elijah Lee (agreed to terms with Lions)
DT Ethan Westbrooks

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded DL DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for the 13th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, re-signed DE Arik Armstead to a five-year deal, FS Jimmie Ward to a three-year deal, G Shon Coleman, C Ben Garland, DE Ronald Blair
  • Agreed to terms with G Tom Compton (Jets), ILB Joe Walker (Cardinals) DE Kerry Hyder (Cowboys), WR Travis Benjamin (Chargers)
  • Placed second-round tender on RB Matt Breida, WR Kendrick Bourne
  • Lost TE Levine Toilolo (Giants), WR Emmanuel Sanders (Saints), DE Anthony Zettel (Vikings), DT Sheldon Day (Colts), OLB Elijah Lee (Lions)

Los Angeles Rams

Offensive free agents

LT Andrew Whitworth (re-signed)
QB Blake Bortles
WR Jojo Natson (agreed to terms with Browns)
WR Mike Thomas (agreed to terms with Bengals)
G Austin Blythe (re-signed)
TE Johnny Mundt (tendered as ERFA)
C Coleman Shelton (tendered as ERFA)

Defensive free agents

OLB Dante Fowler, Jr. (agreed to terms with Falcons)
DT Michael Brockers (re-signed)
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman (agreed to terms with Eagles)
ILB Cory Littleton (agreed to terms with Raiders)
ILB Bryce Hager
DE Morgan Fox (RFA)
S Donte Deayon (re-signed)
S Marqui Christian (agreed to terms with Jets)
OLB Josh Carraway (ERFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Tendered TE Johnny Mundt (ERFA), C Coleman Shelton (ERFA), re-signed LT Andrew Whitworth, G Austin Blythe, DT Michael Brockers, S Donte Deayon
  • Agreed to terms with OLB Leonard Floyd (Bears), DT A’Shawn Robinson (Lions)
  • Lost ILB Cory Littleton (Raiders), S Marqui Christian (Jets), CB Nickell Robey-Coleman (Eagles), OLB Dante Fowler, Jr. (Falcons), WR Mike Thomas (Bengals), K Greg Zuerlein (Cowboys)
  • Released RB Todd Gurley (Falcons), OLB Clay Matthews, Jr.

Seattle Seahawks

Offensive free agents

G Mike Iupati
RT Germain Ifedi (agreed to terms with Bears)
WR Josh Gordon
WR Jaron Brown
RB Marshawn Lynch
RB Robert Turbin
QB Geno Smith
TE Luke Willson (re-signed)
RB C.J. Prosise
C Joey Hunt (Original-Round Tender)
OT George Fant (agreed to terms with Jets)
WR David Moore (Original-Round Tender)
TE Jacob Hollister (placed a second-round tender)
G Jordan Roos
WR Malik Turner
TE Tyrone Swoopes

Defensive free agents

DE Jadeveon Clowney
DE Ezekiel Ansah
OLB Mychal Kendricks
DT Al Woods (agreed to terms with Jaguars)
DE Quinton Jefferson (agreed to terms with Bills)
CB Akeem King
DT Jarran Reed (re-signed)
CB Neiko Thorpe
OLB Dekoda Watson
DE Branden Jackson (Original-Round Tender)
CB Kalan Reed
FS Ryan Neal (ERFA)
CB Jeremy Boykins (ERFA)
DT Bryan Mone (ERFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Redskins for CB Quinton Dunbar
  • Agreed to terms with OT Brandon Shell (Jets), OT Cedric Ogbuehi (Bengals), G BJ Finney (Steelers), TE Greg Olsen (Panthers), OLB Bruce Irvin (Panthers), WR Phillip Dorsett (Patriots), DE Benson Mayowa (Raiders)
  • Re-signed DT Jarran Reed to a two-year deal, TE Luke Wilson
  • Placed a second-round tender on TE Jacob Hollister
  • Lost OT George Fant (Jets), DE Quinton Jefferson (Bills), DT Al Woods (Jaguars), RT Germain Ifedi (Bears)

Arizona Cardinals

Offensive free agents

RT Marcus Gilbert (resigned)
TE Charles Clay
G Max Garcia (re-signed)
C A.Q. Shipley
QB Brett Hundley (re-signed)
RT Jordan Mills
RB Kenyan Drake (placed transition tag)
WR Damiere Byrd (agreed to terms with the Patriots)
WR Pharoh Cooper (agreed to terms with Panthers)
RB D.J. Foster (re-signed)
K Zane Gonzalez (placed second-round tender)

Defensive free agents

DE Rodney Gunter (agreed to terms with Jaguars)
OLB Brooks Reed
DE Clinton McDonald
OLB Cassius Marsh (agreed to terms with Jaguars)
FS Josh Shaw
DE Jonathan Bullard (re-signed)
SS Chris Banjo (re-signed)
DT Zach Kerr (agreed to terms with Panthers)
CB Brandon Williams
S Charles Washington (re-signed)
ILB Joe Walker (agreed to terms with 49ers)

CB Kevin Peterson

Former Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (No. 10 pictured) had 31 games of more than 70 receiving yards over the last three seasons (2017-19).

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded RB David Johnson and a 2020 second-round pick to the Houston Texans for WR DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth-round pick
  • Placed the transition tag on RB Kenyan Drake, agreed to terms with DT Jordan Phillips (Bills), OLB Devon Kennard (Lions), LB De’Vondre Campbell (Falcons), DT Trevon Coley (Colts)
  • Re-signed QB Brett Hundley, SS Chris Banjo, DE Jonathan Bullard, G Max Garcia, S Charles Washington, RB D.J. Foster, RT Marcus Gilbert
  • Lost WR Damiere Byrd (Patriots), DE Rodney Gunter (Jaguars), WR Pharoh Cooper (Panthers), ILB Joe Walker (49ers), OLB Cassius Marsh (Jaguars), DT Zach Kerr (Panthers)

AFC South

Tennessee Titans

Offensive free agents

TE Delanie Walker
QB Marcus Mariota (agreed to terms with Raiders)
RB Dion Lewis (agreed to terms with Giants)
RT Jack Conklin (agreed to terms with Browns)
G Kevin Pamphile
RT Dennis Kelly (re-signed)
RB Derrick Henry (placed exclusive rights franchise tag)
RB David Fluellen (RFA)
WR Darius Jennings (agreed to terms with Chargers)
TE MyCole Pruitt (re-signed)
WR Tajae Sharpe (agreed to terms with Vikings)

Defensive free agents

CB Logan Ryan
DE Cameron Wake
ILB Wesley Woodyard
ILB Daren Bates
CB Chris Milton (resigned)
ILB Kamalei Correa (re-signed)
DT Austin Johnson (agreed to terms with Giants)
CB Tramaine Brock
CB LeShaun Sims (agreed to terms with Bengals)
CB Tye Smith (RFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Re-signed QB Ryan Tannehill to a four-year deal, RT Dennis Kelly, TE MyCole Pruitt, CB Chris Milton, ILB Kamalei Correa and placed the exclusive rights franchise tag on RB Derrick Henry,
  • Agreed to terms with DE Vic Beasley (Falcons) on a one-year deal, ILB Nick Dzubnar (Chargers), DT Jack Crawford (Falcons), T Ty Sambrailo (Falcons)
  • Lost QB Marcus Mariota (Raiders), OT Jack Conklin (Browns), RB Dion Lewis (Giants), WR Tajae Sharpe (Vikings), DT Austin Johnson (Giants), CB LeShaun Sims (Bengals), WR Darius Jennings (Chargers)
  • Team traded DT Jurrell Casey to Broncos for a 2020 seventh-round pick

Houston Texans

Offensive free agents

RB Lamar Miller
QB A.J. McCarron (re-signed)
RB Carlos Hyde
TE Darren Fells (re-signed)
QB Joe Webb
RB Taiwan Jones (agreed to terms with Bills)

Defensive free agents

ILB Dylan Cole (original round tender)
CB Johnathan Joseph
CB Vernon Hargreaves (re-signed)
OLB Barkevious Mingo (agreed to terms with Bears)
SS Jahleel Addae
FS Mike Adams
OLB Tyrell Adams (re-signed)
DT D.J. Reader (agreed to terms with Bengals)
CB Phillip Gaines

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded WR DeAndre Hopkins and a 2020 fourth-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick, a 2021 fourth-round pick and RB David Johnson
  • Agreed to terms with S Eric Murray (Browns), S Jaylen Watkins (Chargers), WR Randall Cobb (Cowboys), RT Brett Qvale (Jets), DT Timmy Jernigan (Eagles)
  • Re-signed CB Bradley Roby to a three-year deal, T Roderick Johnson, QB A.J. McCarron, TE Darren Fells, OLB Tyrell Adams. CB Vernon Hargreaves
  • Lost DT D.J. Reader (Bengals), RB Taiwan Jones (Bills), OLB Barkevious Mingo (Bears)

Jacksonville Jaguars

Offensive free agents

G Tyler Shatley (re-signed)
LT Cedric Ogbuehi (agreed to terms with Seahawks)
RT Benjamin Ijalana
TE Nick O’Leary (agreed to terms with Raiders)
TE Ben Koyack
TE Seth Devalve (agreed to terms with Panthers)
G Brandon Thomas (ERFA)
RB Devante Mays (ERFA)
WR Keelan Cole (RFA) (Second-Round Tender)
RB Alfred Blue

Defensive free agents

ILB Jake Ryan
DT Akeem Spence
OLB Najee Goode
ILB D.J. Alexander
ILB Preston Brown
DT Carl Davis (RFA)
ILB Donald Payne (RFA)
OLB James Onwualu (RFA)
ILB Austin Calitro (ERFA)
DE Yannick Ngakoue (placed the franchise tag)

Former Browns 2017 Pro Bowl LB Joe Schobert should be a welcome addition to the Jaguars defense. He has posted over 100 tackles in each of his last three seasons (seven forced fumbles). Schobert had four interceptions for the Browns in 2019.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded DL Calais Campbell to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick and QB Nick Foles to Chicago Bears for a 2020 fourth-round pick, placed the franchise tag on DE Yannick Ngakoue, placed second-round tender on WR Keelan Cole
  • Agreed to terms with LB Joe Schobert (Browns), DE Rodney Gunter (Cardinals), OLB Cassius Marsh (Cardinals), CB Rashaan Melvin (Lions), DT Al Woods (Seahawks), TE Tyler Eifert (Browns)
  • Re-signed G Tyler Shatley and LB Lerentee McCray
  • Lost LT Cedric Ogbuehi (Seahawks), TE Seth DeValve (Panthers), TE Nick O’Leary (Raiders)

Indianapolis Colts

Offensive free agents

WR Devin Funchess (agreed to terms with Packers)
TE Eric Ebron (agreed to terms with the Pittsburgh Steelers)
WR Chester Rogers
WR Dontrelle Inman
RT Le’Raven Clark (re-signed)
G Josh Andrews (agreed to terms with Jets)
RB Jonathan Williams
G Joe Haeg (agreed to terms with Buccaneers)
WR Marcus Johnson
WR Daurice Fountain (ERFA)

Defensive free agents

DE Jabaal Sheard
FS Clayton Geathers
FS Isaiah Johnson
S Briean Boddy-Calhoun
DT Trevon Coley (agreed to terms with Cardinals)
S Kai Nacua (ERFA)
S Rolan Milligan (re-signed)

Quarterback Philip Rivers has thrown for over 4,000 yards in 11 of his 16 NFL campaigns.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded the 13th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to the San Francisco 49ers for DT DeForest Buckner, making him second highest paid DT behing Aaron Donald
  • Re-signed S Rolan Milligan
  • Agreed to terms with QB Philip Rivers (Chargers), re-signed OT Anthony Castonzo to an extension, OT Le’Raven Clark, CB Xavier Rhodes (Vikings), DT Sheldon Day (49ers), CB Travis Carrie (Browns)
  • Lost TE Eric Ebron (Steelers), G Joe Haeg (Buccaneers), G Josh Andrews (Jets), QB Brian Hoyer (Patriots), WR Devin Funchess (Packers), DT Trevon Coley (Cardinals)
  • Released QB Brian Hoyer (agreed to terms with Patriots), CB Pierre Desir (agreed to terms with Jets)

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

Offensive free agents

WR Seth Roberts (agreed to terms with Panthers)
WR Chris Moore (re-signed)
G Parker Ehinger (ERFA)
C Hroniss Grasu C
C Matt Skura (Original-Round Tender)
RB Gus Edwards (ERFA)
G Randin Crecelius (ERFA)
RT Andre Smith (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

CB Jimmy Smith
SS Tony Jefferson
CB Brandon Carr
DT Michael Pierce (agreed to terms with Vikings)
ILB Patrick Onwuasor (agreed to terms with Jets)
SS Anthony Levine (r-signed)
OLB Pernell McPhee
DT Domata Peko
ILB Josh Bynes (agreed to terms with Bengals)
S Jordan Richards (re-signed)
SS Brynden Trawick
DT Justin Ellis (re-signed)
DT Jihad Ward (re-signed)
S Fish Smithson (ERFA)

New Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell (No. 93 pictured) has gotten better with age. In his last three seasons, Campbell has 30.5 of his 88 career quarterback sacks.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for DL Calais Campbell, DE Chris Wormley and a 2021 seventh-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2020 fifth-round pick
  • Traded TE Hayden Hurst and a 2020 fourth-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons for a 2020 second-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick
  • Re-signed DE Jihad Ward, DT Justin Ellis, RT Andre Smith, CB Jimmy Smith, SS Anthony Levine, WR Chris Moore
  • Placed the franchise tag on DE Matthew Judon and agreed to terms with DE Derek Wolfe (Broncos)
  • Lost DT Michael Pierce (Vikings), WR Seth Roberts (Panthers), ILB Josh Bynes (Bengals), ILB Patrick Onwuasor (Jets)
  • Released OL James Hurst

Cleveland Browns

Offensive free agents

TE Demetrius Harris (agreed to terms with Bears)
LT Greg Robinson
G Eric Kush (agreed to terms with Raiders)
QB Drew Stanton
WR Rashard Higgins
RB Kareem Hunt (placed a second-round tender)
G Justin McCray (agreed to terms with Falcons)
TE Ricky Seals-Jones
WR Khadarel Hodge
RB Dontrell Hilliard
TE Pharaoh Brown

Defensive free agents

ILB Christian Kirksey (agreed to terms with Packers)
CB Travis Carrie (agreed to terms wit Colts)
ILB Adarius Taylor
FS Damarious Randall (agreed to terms with Raiders)
ILB Joe Schobert (agreed to terms with Jaguars)
FS Eric Murray (agreed to terms with Texans)
CB Juston Burris (agreed to terms with Panthers)
DE Bryan Cox Jr (RFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with TE Austin Hooper (Falcons) on a four-year deal, OT Jack Conklin (Titans), ILB BJ Goodson (Packers), SS Karl Joseph (Raiders), QB Case Keenum (Redskins), DT Andrew Billings (Bengals), WR Jojo Natson (Rams), S Andrew Sendejo (Vikings), CB Kevin Johnson (Bills), CB Donovan Olumba (Cowboys), Adrian Clayborn (Falcons), C Evan Brown (Dolphins)
  • Placed a second-round tender on RB Kareem Hunt
  • Lost FS Eric Murray (Texans), ILB Christian Kirksey (Packers), ILB Joe Schobert (Jaguars), CB Juston Burris (Panthers), TE Demetrius Harris (Bears), G Eric Kush (Raiders), G Justin McCray (Falcons), CB Travis Carrie (Colts), FS Damarious Randall (Raiders)
  • Released FS Morgan Burnett

Cincinnati Bengals

Offensive free agents

WR A.J. Green (placed the franchise tag)
TE Tyler Eifert (agreed to terms with Jaguars)
G John Jerry
G Alex Redmond (RFA) (Original-Round Tender)
TE Cethan Carter (RFA) (Original-Round Tender)

Defensive free agents

CB Darqueze Dennard
DE Kerry Wynn
ILB LaRoy Reynolds (agreed to terms with Falcolns)
OLB Nick Vigil (agreed to terms with Chargers)
DT Andrew Billings (agreed to terms with Browns)
S Brandon Wilson (Original-Round Tender)
DT Josh Tupou (Original-Round Tender)
CB Tony McRae (agreed to terms with Lions)
CB Torry McTyer (re-signed)
CB Greg Mabin (re-signed)
ILB Hardy Nickerson, Jr.
S Clayton Fejedelem (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
DT Niles Scott

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed the franchise tag on WR A.J. Green, agreed to terms with DT DJ Reader (Texans) on a four-year deal, CB Trae Waynes (Vikings), CB Mackensie Alexander (Vikings), OG Xavier Su’a-Filo (Cowboys), WR Mike Thomas (Rams), ILB Josh Bynes (Ravens), SS Vonn Bell (Saints), CB LeShaun Sims (Titans)
  • Re-signed CB Torry McTyer, CB Greg Mabin
  • Lost S Clayton Fejedelem (Dolphins), DT Andrew Billings (Browns), CB Tony McRae (Lions), ILB LaRoy Reynolds (Falcons), TE Tyler Eifert (Jaguars), OLB Nick Vigil (Chargers)
  • Released OG John Miller and OT Cordy Glenn

Pittsburgh Steelers

Offensive free agents

TE Vance McDonald (CO)
G B.J. Finney (agreed to terms with Seahawks)
TE Nick Vannett (agreed to terms with Broncos)
RT Matt Feiler (RFA) (second-round tender)
OT Zach Banner

Defensive free agents

CB Artie Burns (agreed to terms with Bears)
OLB Bud Dupree (franchise tag)

FS Sean Davis (agreed to terms with Redskins)
DT Javon Hargrave (agreed to terms with Eagles)
CB Mike Hilton (RFA) (Second-Round Tender)
DT Leterrius Walton (RFA)
ILB Tyler Matakevich (agreed to terms with Bills)
FS Jordan Dangerfield (re-signed)
DE Lavon Hooks (ERFA)

New Pittsburgh Steelers tight end and 2018 Pro Bowler Eric Ebron has 27 career touchdown receptions.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens for DE Chris Wormley and a 2021 seventh-round pick, re-signed FS Jordan Dangerfield
  • Placed the franchise tag on OLB Bud Dupree, placed second-round tender on RT Matt Feiler, CB Mike Hilton
  • Agreed to terms with FB Derek Watt (Chargers), C Steven Wisniewski (Chiefs), TE Eric Ebron (Colts), DT Cavon Walker (XFL), DE Dewayne Hendrix (XFL), S Tyree Kinnel (XFL), LS Christian Kuntz (XFL)
  • Released DL Anthony Chickillo, LB Mark Barron, WR Johnny Holton, FB Roosevelt Nix
  • Lost DT Javon Hargrave (Eagles), ILB Tyler Matakevich (Bills), FS Sean Davis (Redskins), G BJ Finney (Seahawks), CB Artie Burns (Bears), TE Nick Vannett (Broncos)

AFC East

New England Patriots

Offensive free agents

QB Tom Brady (agreed to terms with Buccaneers)
WR Phillip Dorsett (agreed to terms with Seahawks)
RT Marshall Newhouse
TE Benjamin Watson
C James Ferentz
C Ted Karras
OL Joe Thuney (franchise tagged)

Defensive free agents

ILB Kyle Van Noy (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
FS Nate Ebner (agreed to terms with Giants)
OLB Jamie Collins (agreed to terms with Lions)
DT Danny Shelton (agreed to terms with Lions)
OLB Shilique Calhoun (re-signed)
OLB Elandon Roberts (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
DE Keionta Davis (RFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed the franchise tag on OL Joe Thuney
  • Agreed to terms with FS Adrian Phillips (Chargers), FB Dan Vitale (Packers), DE Brandon Copeland (Jets), QB Brian Hoyer (Colts)
  • Re-signed OLB Shilique Calhoun
  • Lost QB Tom Brady (Buccaneers), LB Kyle Van Noy (Dolphins), S Duron Harmon (Lions) , LB Jamie Collins (Lions),OL Ted Karras (Dolphins)
  • Lost DT Danny Shelton (Lions), OLB Elandon Roberts (Dolphins), FS Nate Ebner (Giants), WR Phillip Dorsett (Seahawks)
  • Released K Stephen Gostkowski

Buffalo Bills

Offensive free agents

RT LaAdrian Waddle
RB Frank Gore
RB Senorise Perry
WR Isaiah McKenzie (RFA) (re-signed)
G Isaac Asiata (RFA)

Defensive free agents

DT Jordan Phillips (agreed to terms with Cardinals)
OLB Lorenzo Alexander
CB Kevin Johnson (agreed to terms with Browns)
DE Shaq Lawson (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
OLB Julian Stanford
FS Kurt Coleman
DT Corey Liuget
SS Dean Marlowe (re-signed)

Buffalo Bills new defensive end Mario Addison (No. 97 pictured) has 55 career quarterback sacks.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded a 2020 first-round pick, 2020 fifth-round pick, 2020 sixth-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick for Minnesota Vikins WR Stefon Diggs and a 2020 seventh-round pick.
  • Agreed to terms with LB A.J. Klein (Saints) on a three-year deal, DE Mario Addison (Panthers) on a three-year deal, LB Tyler Matakevich (Steelers), CB Josh Norman (Redskins), DT Vernon Butler (Panthers), RB Taiwan Jones (Texans), DE Quinton Jefferson (Seahawks), RT Daryl Williams (Panthers)
  • Re-signed SS Dean Marlowe, WR Isaiah McKenzie
  • Lost DT Jordan Phillips (Cardinals), lost DE Shaq Lawson (Dolphins), CB Kevin Johnson (Browns)

Miami Dolphins

Offensive free agents

C Daniel Kilgore
G Evan Boehm
RT J’Marcus Webb
TE Clive Walford TE
WR Trevor Davis

Defensive free agents

CB Aqib Talib
FS Walt Aikens
DE John Jenkins
OLB Deon Lacey (RFA)
FS Adrian Colbert (ERFA) (re-signed)
OLB Chase Allen (RFA)
DT Kendrick Norton (ERFA)

Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback/safety Byron Jones has 43 passes defensed in his career.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with DE Emmanuel Ogbah (Chiefs) on a two-year deal, CB Byron Jones (Cowboys) on a five-year deal, OG Ereck Flowers on a three-year deal, LB Kyle Van Noy (Patriots) on a four-year deal and Shaq Lawson (Bills) on a three-year deal,
  • Agreed to terms with RB Jordan Howard (Eagles), S Clayton Fejedelem (Bengals) and OLB Kamu Grugier-Hill (Eagles), OG Ted Karras (Patriots), OLB Elandon Roberts (Patriots)
  • Re-signed FS Adrian Colbert

New York Jets

Offensive free agents

C Ryan Kalil
LT Kelvin Beachum
WR Robby Anderson (agreed to terms with Panthers)
WR Demaryius Thomas
QB Trevor Siemian
G Tom Compton (agreed to terms with 49ers)
RT Brent Qvale (agreed to terms with Texans)
RB Bilal Powell
RB Ty Montgomery
TE Daniel Brown
QB David Fales (re-signed)
G Alex Lewis (re-signed)
WR Josh Malone (RFA)
WR Jeff Smith (ERFA)
OT Brandon Shell (agreed to terms with Seattle)

Defensive free agents

CB Brian Poole (re-signed)
FS Rontez Miles
DE Brandon Copeland (agreed to terms with Patriots)
ILB Neville Hewitt (re-signed)

S Blake Countess
ILB Albert McClellan
OLB Paul Worrilow
OLB Jordan Jenkins (re-signed)
CB Maurice Canady (agreed to terms with Cowboys)
ILB James Burgess (re-signed)
CB Arthur Maulet (Resigned)
ILB B.J. Bello (RFA)
CB Bennett Jackson (re-signed)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with OT George Fant (Seahawks), OG Connor McGovern (Broncos), G Greg Van Roten (Panthers), G Josh Andrews (Colts), S Marqui Christian (Rams), CB Pierre Desir (Colts), WR Breshad Perriman (Buccaneers), ILB Patrick Onwuasor (Ravens)
  • Re-signed OG Alex Lewis, ILB Neville Hewitt, CB Arthur Maulet, CB Brian Poole, ILB James Burgess, CB Bennett Jackson, OLB Jordan Jenkins, QB David Fales
  • Lost CB Maurice Cannady (Cowboys), OT Brandon Shell (Seahawks), G Tom Compton (49ers), RT Brett Qvale (Texans), DE Brandon Copeland (Patriots), WR Robby Anderson (Panthers)

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs

Offensive free agents

QB Chad Henne (re-signed)
RB LeSean McCoy
QB Matt Moore
FB Anthony Sherman (re-signed)
C Stefen Wisniewski
(agreed to terms with Steelers)
TE Blake Bell (agreed to terms with Cowboys)
RB Spencer Ware
WR Demarcus Robinson (re-signed)
WR Marcus Kemp (ERFA)
TE Deon Yelder (ERFA)
TE David Wells (ERFA)

Defensive free agents

OLB Terrell Suggs
ILB Darron Lee
DT Xavier Williams
S Jordan Lucas (agreed to terms with Bears)
CB Morris Claiborne
CB Bashaud Breeland
DE Emmanuel Ogbah (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
ILB Reggie Ragland (agreed to terms with Lions)
CB Keith Reaser
DE Mike Pennel (re-signed)
CB Kendall Fuller (agreed to terms with Redskins)
DT Chris Jones (franchise tagged)

The Chiefs placed the franchise tag on DL Chris Jones (No. 95 pictured). Not only does Jones have 33.5 career quarterback sacks, but he has also has 20 passes defensed in just four seasons.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed the franchise tag on DL Chris Jones, agreed to terms with CB Antonio Hamilton (Giants)
  • Re-signed QB Chad Henne, FB Anthony Sherman, DE Mike Pennel, WR Demarcus Robinson
  • Agreed to terms with CB Antonio Hamilton (Giants), RT Mike Remmers (Giants), QB Jordan Ta’amu (XFL)
  • Lost CB Kendall Fuller (Redskins), lost DE Emmanuel Ogbah (Dolphins), C Steven Wisniewski (Steelers), S Jordan Lucas (Bears), TE Blake Bell (Cowboys), ILB Reggie Ragland (Lions)

Los Angeles Chargers

Offensive free agents

QB Philip Rivers (agreed to terms with Colts)
WR Travis Benjamin (agreed to terms with 49ers)
RB Melvin Gordon (agreed to terms with Broncos)
RB Austin Ekeler (re-signed)
G Michael Schofield
TE Lance Kendricks
WR Geremy Davis (agreed to terms with Lions)
G Ryan Groy
RB Troymaine Pope (RFA)
G Spencer Drango (RFA)
FB Derek Watt (agreed to terms with Steelers)
TE Sean Culkin (RFA)
G Trenton Scott (ERFA)
WR Dylan Cantrell (ERFA)
C Dillon DeBoer C (RFA)

Defensive free agents

DT Brandon Mebane
OLB Thomas Davis (agreed to terms with Redskins)
DT Damion Square
FS Adrian Phillips (agreed to terms with Patriots)
ILB Nick Dzubnar (agreed to term with Titans)
CB Jaylen Watkins (agreed to terms with Texans)
DT Sylvester Williams
DT Isaac Rochell (RFA) I
ILB Jatavis Brown (agreed to terms with Eagles)
CB Michael Davis (ERFA) (Second-Round Tender)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed second-round tender on CB Michael Davis
  • Re-signed RB Austin Ekeler
  • Agreed to terms with OT Bryan Bulaga (Packers), CB Chris Harris, Jr. (Broncos), DT Linval Joseph (Vikings), WR Darius Jennings (Titans), OLB Nick Vigil (Bengals)
  • Lost QB Philip Rivers (Colts), FB Derek Watt (Steelers), OLB Thomas Davis (Redskins), FS Adrian Phillips (Patriots), RB Melvin Gordon (Broncos), CB Jaylen Watkins (Texans) , ILB Jatavis Brown (Eagles), ILB Nick Dzubnar (Titans), WR Travis Benjamin (49ers), WR Geremy Davis (Lions)
  • Traded OT Russell Okung for OG Trai Turner (Panthers)

Denver Broncos

Offensive free agents

G Ron Leary (declined option)
RB Theo Riddick
RB Devontae Booker
C Connor McGovern (agreed to terms with Jets)
RT Elijah Wilkinson (placed a second-round tender)
QB Brandon Allen (RFA)
WR Tim Patrick (RFA)
WR Diontae Spencer (ERFA)

Defensive free agents

CB Chris Harris (agreed to terms with Chargers)
DE Derek Wolfe (agreed to terms with Ravens)
DT Shelby Harris (re-signed)
DE Adam Gotsis
DE Billy Winn
CB Cyrus Jones
OLB Jeremiah Attaochu (re-signed)
ILB Corey Nelson
CB DeVante Bausby (RFA) (re-signed)
OLB Joe Jones (RFA) (re-signed)
S Dymonte Thomas
DE Mike Purcell (RFA) (second-round tender)
S Will Parks (agreed to terms with Eagles)
CB Davontae Harris (ERFA)
S Trey Marshall (ERFA)
OLB Dadi Nicolas
DT Joel Heath (re-signed)
S Justin Simmons (placed the franchise tag)

New Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon (pictured scoring TD) has accounted for 4,240 yards rushing (4 YPC) and 36 touchdowns in five seasons. In addition, Gordon has caught 224 passes for 1,873 yards (8.4 YPR) and 11 touchdowns.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with OG Graham Glasgow (Lions) to a four-year deal, QB Jeff Driskel (Lions), RB Melvin Gordon (Chargers), TE Nick Vannett (Steelers), P Sam Martin (Lions)
  • Traded for CB A.J. Bouye (Jaguars), RB Andy Janovich to Cleveland Browns for a 2021 seventh-round pick, 2020 seventh-round pick to Titans for five-time Pro Bowl DT Jurrell Casey
  • Placed second-round tender on LT Elijah Wilkinson, DE Mike Purcell, re-signed CB DeVante Bausby, OLB Joe Jones,OLB Jeremiah Attaochu, DT Joel Heath, DT Shelby Harris
  • Lost OG Connor McGovern (Jets), CB Chris Harris Jr (Chargers), S Will Parks (Eagles), DE Derek Wolfe (Ravens)
  • Declined option on OG Ron Leary, released QB Joe Flacco

Las Vegas Raiders

Offensive free agents

QB Mike Glennon
WR Dwayne Harris
RB Isaiah Crowell
G Jordan Devey (re-signed)
RB Rod Smith (re-signed)

WR Keelan Doss (ERFA)
TE Eric Tomlinson (agreed to terms with Giants)
RB DeAndre Washington
QB Nathan Peterman (RFA) (original round tender)
G Cameron Hunt (ERFA)
G Richie Incognito
OT David Sharpe

Defensive free agents

OLB Tahir Whitehead (agreed to terms with Panthers)
CB Daryl Worley
SS Karl Joseph (agreed to terms with Browns)
OLB Vontaze Burfict
DE Benson Mayowa (agreed to terms with Seahawks)
DT Josh Mauro
OLB Kyle Wilber (re-signed)
FS Curtis Riley
ILB Will Compton
DE Olsen Pierre
ILB Ukeme Eligwe (RFA)
CB Makinton Dorleant (ERFA)
DE Jeremiah Valoaga (ERFA)
OLB Nicholas Morrow (RFA)
S Dallin Leavitt (ERFA)
CB D.J. Killings (ERFA)
DE Dion Jordan

Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has thrown 76 touchdown passes to 44 interceptions in his five-year NFL career.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with QB Marcus Mariota (Titans), TE Jason Witten (Cowboys), LB Cory Littleton (Rams), DE Carl Nassib (Buccaneers), LB Nick Kwiatkoski (Bears), G Eric Kush (Browns)
  • Agreed to terms with SS Jeff Heath (Cowboys), DT Maliek Collins (Cowboys), WR Nelson Agholor (Eagles), TE Nick O’Leary (Jaguars), DT Daniel Ross (Cowboys), FS Damarious Randall (Browns)
  • Re-signed RB Rod Smith, OLB Kyle Wilber, G Jordan Devey
  • Lost SS Karl Joseph (Browns), OLB Tahir Whitehead (Panthers), TE Eric Tomlinson (Giants), DE Benson Mayowa (Seahawks)

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2019 NFL Draft recap, pick-by-pick: NFC East

The New York Giants had the sixth overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft and selected former Duke quarterback Daniel Jones.  Their selection set off a series of events in what shapes up to be a very competitive division in 2019.  We take a look at every pick in the division made this past weekend.

NFC EAST

Hill (No. 9 pictured), the Dallas Cowboys second-round selection, actually starred as a 320-pound freshman defensive end under former defensive coordinator Erik Chinander.

Dallas Cowboys Notable picks: Hill may be the pick that the team looks back on eventually with a smile.  His immense athleticism could provide matchup problems from the inside in Year 1.  Pollard’s play speed varies, but his downhill running style gives the team options in the return game.
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2 (58) Trysten Hill UCF 74/2nd Round We talked to one anonymous offensive coordinator who stated that “Hill was the best defensive lineman they had seen.”  This same coordinator had also faced other top-notch Power 5 defenses.  It lays credence to the amount of talent that the 300-plus pound Hill possesses.
3 (90) Connor McGovern OG/Penn State 98/3rd Round The Cowboys had a revolving door at the left guard spot in 2018 and McGovern- a former U.S. Army All-American-got on the field early for the Nittany Lions, starting nine games as a freshman.  He is a bully on the football field who works better at guard than center.
4 (128) Tony Pollard All-Purpose/Memphis 161/3rd Round The NCAA’s all-time leading kickoff returner in terms of TD returns was also an effective dot running back and slot receiver.  He could be a steal in the fourth round.  Career Stats: 4,860 all-purpose yards-139 carries for 941 yards (6.8 YPC) and 9 TDs; 104 receptions for 1,292 yards (12.4 YPR) and 9 TDs; 87 KOR, 2,616 yards (30.1 yds/KR) and an NCAA-record 7 KR TDs
5 (158) Michael Jackson CB/Miami (Fla.) 149/3rd Round Jackson had a solid two-year run for the Hurricanes subsidized by an above average showing during 2019 East-West Shrine practices.  He is a very good challenger versus wide receivers, particularly bigger receiving targets. He is a cornerback that does better versus outside releases than inside releases in press-man.
5 (165) Joe Jackson DE/

Miami (Fla.)

180/3rd Round Jackson can be a bit unorthodox in his style, making it tough for offensive tackles to gauge his techniques.  Despite some stiffness, he posted 138 tackles, 24 QB sacks, 37.5 TFLs, 5 FFs, 2 FRs, INT and 5 PBUs in 39 games.
6 (213) Donovan Wilson S/Texas A&M 168/3rd Round Wilson came to Texas A&M with a reputation for turning the ball over and didn’t disappoint in school.  A long defender, his versatility extended to the nickel, cornerback and safety spots in school.
7 (218)

Acquired from Oakland

Mike Weber RB/Ohio State 347/5th Round The former U.S. Army All-American got off to a hot start in Columbus, but that has since cooled down after a rash of nagging lower extremity injuries lingered over a two-year period.
7 (241)

 

Jalen Jelks DE/Oregon 174/3rd Round Jelks, a former high school interior DL, can move around the defensive front with ease.  He is more athletic than his testing numbers suggest. 

New York Giants first-round draft pick Daniel Jones’ 85-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver T.J. Rahming in the 2018 Independence Bowl was one of five touchdown passes in a career-best performance.

 

New York Giants Notable picks: Although the Giants made several good selections, this entire draft will ultimately come down to how the team transitions from Eli Manning to Daniel Jones.  GM Dave Gettleman and his scouting department deserve credit for getting early-round value with Love, the Slaytons and Ballentine. For the second straight year, Gettleman decided to draft a player from Georgia’s defense (2018-Lorenzo Carter, third round).
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1 (6) Daniel Jones Duke 73/2nd Round The Giants believe that Jones can be an Eli Manning-clone, but perhaps with better athleticism.  Jones started 36 games in his career and finished it with six touchdowns in an MVP performance in the 2018 Independence Bowl.
1 (17)

Acquired from the Cleveland Browns in the Odell Beckham, Jr. and Olivier Vernon trade

Dexter Lawrence Clemson 9/1st Round After taking its heir apparent to Eli Manning early, the Giants decide to bet on the third Clemson DL to go off on the board.  Can Lawrence return to his 2016 ACC Rookie of the Year form?  It may not matter.  He will line up over the center in the team’s three-man fronts and occasionally line up over offensive guards in their four-man looks.
1 (30)

Acquired from the Seattle Seahawks

Deandre Baker Georgia 36/2nd Round Baker’s toughness will be a good fit for the Giants.  He has a chance to vie for a starting role in Year 1.  The big key for him will be finding a balance in transition during the move area for wide receivers (12-to-16 yards). 
3 (95) Oshane Ximines DE/Old Dominion 148/3rd Round Ximines (Troy Jefferson’s Player to Watch in our 2018 Old Dominion preview)  has plenty of the characteristics needed to produce as a 30-front outside linebacker.  While only an adequate bender, he uses a quick-footed nature to escape offensive tackles.   He seemed most comfortable rushing from the right side in the film viewed.
4 (108) Julian Love CB/Notre Dame 68/2nd Round Love’s gambling style resulted in a number of pick-six opportunities in 2017, and he finished on most of them.  The consensus All-American has outstanding instincts and quickness. 
5 (143) Ryan Connelly LB/Wisconsin 237/4th Round Connelly’s toughness shined through the entire 2018 season.  Despite playing through injury, he produced at nearly the exact level as he had in 2017. He is not a thumper but is capable of getting low to tackle.  Connelly ends up getting the draft call over partner and All-Big Ten linebacker T.J. Edwards.
5 (171) Darius Slayton WR/Auburn 127/3rd Round Speed is a big part of the equation whenever a receiver averages 20 yards per catch over a three-year period.  Slayton has no problems running by defensive backs.  He caught three passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns in the 2018 Music City Bowl. His body language gives away intermediate route concepts because he doesn’t come off the ball with consistent forward lean.
6 (180) Corey Ballentine CB/Washburn 50/2nd Round He has excellent feet, hip flexibility, toughness and return skills.  Working on staying lower in his backpedal will put yet another tool in his toolbox, but he already can close distances from a variety of angles.
7 (232)

Acquired from Minnesota

George Asafo-Adjei OL/Kentucky 583/6th Round Plus size.  Praised for his versatility within the program.  Heavy puncher. Although he started primarily at the right tackle spot, he can backup several positions.  His impressive Pro Day performance likely earned him a draft slot. 
7 (245)

Acquired from Los Angeles

Chris Slayton DL-Syracuse 123/3rd Round It could be argued that the 700-pound squatter has as much lower body strength as the team’s 17th overall pick in Lawrence. He is not an accomplished pass rusher but he finished his career with 32.5 tackles for losses. Despite the Orange winning 10 games in 2018, Slayton was the team’s only draft pick.

 

Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins passed for 4,831 yards (70%), 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2018.

Washington Redskins Notable picks: Haskins may carry a bit of a chip on his shoulder due to his slight fall simply because the Giants play in the same division.  It will be fun to track future Jones versus Haskins matchups.  He will pair up with his Buckeye teammate McLaurin in the third round, and we felt that he carried second-round value.  Harmon could become grand larceny in the sixth round, as could either Moreland or Brailford in the seventh.  Bruce Allen and Doug Williams put together a well-constructed draft designed to grab another pass rusher, a future quarterback and more competition at receiver.  Linebacker is still a question mark for the team entering 2019, especially after the release of Zach Brown.  There will be a lot of pressure on Reuben Foster to finally come into his own.
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1 (15) Dwayne Haskins Ohio State 27/2nd Round Haskins passed for 50 touchdowns in his only year as a starter at the collegiate level.  He provides insurance in case Alex Smith is unable to return from a catastrophic leg injury in 2018.  The All-Big Ten signal-caller will compete with former Broncos QB Case Keenum.
1 (26)

Acquired from Indianapolis

Montez Sweat Mississippi State 8/1st Round The Redskins needed to upgrade their pass rush and Sweat was likely the best player left on its board. Aside from dynamic testing numbers, the former Michigan State Spartan stood out over the last two years on the field for the Bulldogs with underrated effort.
3 (76) Terry McLaurin WR/Ohio State 30/2nd Round McLaurin caught 11 TD passes from Dwayne Haskins in 2018.   After a strong Senior Bowl week of practices which clearly defined him as the week’s best route runner, it leaves one to wonder what his production would have been like as its No. 1 featured receiver.  Aside from the ability to win off the line of scrimmage, he is one of the better gunners in this year’s draft.  He finished his career with 17 tackles.
4 (112) Bryce Love RB/Stanford 110/3rd Round Love went nearly exactly at his position on our Big Board, but he may have gone much higher if he had not suffered an ACL injury late in the year. Ankle issues were also a concern during his career. The fact that he carried the ball 97 less times as a senior may have saved him wear-and-tear in the minds of some entering this year’s draft.
4 (131) Wes Martin OG/Indiana N/A The Hoosiers team captain may have surprised some by going ahead of teammate Brandon Knight.  His ability to create forward movement in the run game may be underrated.  Martin did 38 reps at 225 pounds on his Pro Day.
5 (153) Ross Pierschbacher OC/Alabama 314/4th Round It is not often that a high profile offensive lineman from the state of Iowa gets out of the state.  Pierschbacher more than justified his national ranking as a prep level lineman.  He has solid initial quickness, positive on-field movement and decent overall awareness.  He will need some help if left on an island versus elite interior pass rushers.
5 (173) Cole Holcomb LB/UNC 272/4th Round Despite being a good overall athlete, the second-team All-ACC linebacker did not have one scholarship offer coming out of high school.  The former soccer player has good feet on the field.  He is a bit of a pumped up 230-plus pounds.  A workout warrior, he caught the attention of NFL scouts with his 4.46 speed, 6.77 3-cone and 4.15 20-yard short shuttle times in pre-draft workouts.  He also went 11-feet in the broad jump.
6 (206) Kelvin Harmon WR/NC State 108/3rd Round Harmon says he likes Michael Thomas (Saints) because their frames are similar. We think he plays the game at the right clip.  His play strength and 218-pound frame make it  tough for defensive backs to work through and around.  He is a grinder who could stick.
7 (227) Jimmy Moreland CB-Nickel/James Madison 164/3rd Round There is really not much more Moreland could have done while at James Madison.  He covered instinctively, was willing in run support and finished plays on the ball as well as any cornerback in the 2019 NFL Draft class. He finished his career with 18 interceptions (363 yards, 6 TDs), but he was knocked for his 73 1/4-inch wingspan.
7 (253) Jordan Brailford DE-OLB/Oklahoma State 171/3rd Round Brailford did exactly what he was supposed to do during the 2019 postseason.  At every turn he not only met expectations, but often exceeded them.  This was even evident when he showed up over 250 pounds at the 2019 NFL Combine.  On the field, he put up 28 tackles for losses the last two years with efficient work using roll moves, slithering gaps on line games and an occasional inside club.

 

 

Miller (No. 48 pictured), Penn State’s Co-MVP in 2018, posted 12.5 quarterbacks and 26 tackles for loss over the last two seasons.

 

Philadelphia Eagles Notable pick:  For a team that prides itself on pass rushers, the team’s fourth-round pick in Miller has a chance to be more than what many may bargain for.  While his statistics don’t represent it, he was always at his best versus the best competition. For the second straight year, the Eagles take a defensive end with upside in the fourth round (2018-Josh Sweat).
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1 (22)

Acquired from the Baltimore Ravens  in exchange for its 25th overall pick

Andre Dillard OT/Washington State 13/1st Round Dillard has the ability to pass protect at a high level and he will be tasked to become the team’s bookend opposite Lane Johnson. After being a serviceable Pac-12 tackle in a pass-happy offense, will his workout numbers translate to becoming a dominant force on the field? 
2 (53)

Acquired from Baltimore

Miles Sanders RB/Penn State 49/2nd Round Sanders came to Penn State ranked as the No. 1 running back in the entire country by several recruiting services.  He is adequate in blitz pick-up and -although largely unproven as a route runner- possesses soft hands.  As he moves on to the NFL, he will become more aware of his ball security.
2 (57) J.J. Arcega-Whiteside WR/Stanford 100/3rd Round Arcega-Whiteside, the 2014 South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year, and former high school basketball standout, brings a high-flying style to the field.  It will be important for the Eagles to move him around some, like they did at Stanford. 
4 (138) Shareef Miller DE/Penn State 138/4th Round Miller -a junior-entry who ranked 138th on our Big Board- could prove to be a better pro than collegian.  He is better with his hand in the dirt than out of a two-point stance and often translates speed-to-power on line games and stunts.  He bought into DL coach Sean Spencer’s various techniques the last two seasons.
5 (167)

Acquired from New England via Los Angeles via Kansas City

Clayton Thorson QB/Northwestern 178/3rd Round His moxie, arm strength, athleticism and overall pocket presence complement above average size. He won 35 of his 53 career games in school and was 3-1 as a starter in bowl games (didn’t finish the Music City Bowl).  He did, however, bring his team back from a 20-3 deficit in the 2018 Holiday Bowl. 

New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys, 9-16-18: In-game report

In a classic NFC East battle, the Dallas Cowboys (1-1) and the New York Giants (0-2) turned back the clock and played a style of football reminiscent of their 1990s encounters. The Cowboys prevailed 20-13.  DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson gives his impressions in this in-game report:

Cowboys defense

Giants quarterback Eli Manning completed 33-of-49 passes but averaged just 4.4 yards per attempt on Sunday night.

If it hasn’t already, the game ball should go to defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.  The Cowboys harassed the Giants offense all game, holding their division rival to 35 rushing yards and sacking Eli Manning six times.  Marinelli utilized  his traditional single high safety looks with a few twists.  Throughout the game, the fifth-year Cowboys defensive coordinator threw in some slot blitzes and twisting stunts along the defensive line.  Manning was forced to run off his spot and settle for checkdowns. Even when he had time, he “hopped” in the pocket and didn’t set his feet to throw.  A good example of this was in the second quarter on third down when Manning panicked and rushed a throw that went behind his intended receiver Odell Beckham, Jr.   The Giants addressed their skill positions in the offseason but Dallas took advantage of an offensive line and a quarterback that were out of sync.

Cowboys kicking game

Much to the dismay of Cowboys fans, Dan Bailey was released before the season. Bailey, who had an 88-percent field goal accuracy percentage over his seven-year career, was replaced with 28-year old rookie Brett Maher.  Maher missed his only field goal attempt from 47 yards against the Panthers in Week 1, but did go 2-of-2 against the Giants. The kicks were from 37 yards and 29 yards respectively.  Maher wasn’t tested in Week 2 with long range attempts but his progress over the season will be worth monitoring.  In a division which is so heavily balanced, special teams could decide who makes the playoffs and who doesn’t.

Saquon Barkley

The Giants second overall draft pick has showed through two games that he can contribute in multiple ways.  Dallas looked to stack the box against the run while also avoiding the home run ball to receivers Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard.  Despite rushing for just 28 yards, Barkley caught 14 passes for 80 yards. The rookie from Penn State has transferred his open field deceptiveness from college to the NFL.  On one play in the second quarter, Barkley caught the ball in the flat by beating the Cowboys linebackers to the outside and then used a spin move to avoid safety Kavon Frazier to gain a few extra yards.  Look for head coach Pat Shurmur to continue to tailor the playbook to get Barkley more quick touches in the open field, whether that be in the running or passing game.

 

2018 NFL Draft recap, pick-by-pick: NFC East

NFC EAST

 

Dallas Cowboys

Vander Esch hopes to bring championships to the Cowboys over the next few years.

Notable picks: Vander Esch may prove to be the difference-maker that the Cowboys envision with his versatility. Armstrong’s uneven pre-draft workouts are not at all an indication of his on-field burst and athleticism. Williams adds some swing backup insurance and could outplay his original draft position.

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1 (19) Leighton

Vander Esch

6’4 256

Boise State 36 (2nd Round) Athletic former basketball player has to become better in his stack-and-shed. Underrated range in coverage.
2 (50) Connor

Williams

6’5 296

Texas 3 (1st Round) Williams’ injury in 2017 following an inauspicious start to his junior campaign. When he’s on top of his game, the finish is in place.
3 (81) Michael

Gallup

WR-6’1 205

Colorado St. 145 (3rd Round) Gallup wins outside the numbers and plays with a physical style that is even stronger than his sturdy 205-pound nature suggests play-to-play.
3 (82) Tracy

Walker

DB-6’1 195

Louisiana-Lafayette 191 (4th Round) Walker has enough length that he could even get looks at a cornerback spot. A solid tackler, his best football may be ahead of him.
4 (116) Dorance

Armstrong, Jr.

OLB-6’4 257

Kansas 49 (2nd Round) Armstrong, Jr. has an 84-inch wingspan and produced 20 tackles for loss in 2016.
4 (140) Dalton Schultz

TE-6’4 249

Stanford 296 (4th Round) Schultz is an underrated route runner despite producing just 11 third down receptions in school.
5 (171) Mike

White

QB-6’4 223

Western Kentucky 155 (3rd Round) White has all of the tools of an NFL starting quarterback minus the mobility.
6 (208) Cedrick

Wilson

WR-6’3 194

Boise State 78 (3rd Round) Wilson produced like a first-round wideout in the MWC. Will his 4.55 speed translate to the perimeter or will he be relegated to the slot?
7 (236) Bo

Scarbrough

RB-6’1 228

Alabama 308 (5th Round) It may have been a long wait on draft day, but the bruising runner could be a change-of-pace power back if he can contribute on special teams.

 

 

 

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Hill (No. 98 pictured) ranked as one of DraftNasty’s Top 3-4 DEs/DTs available in the 2018 NFL Draft. The former Wolfpack star rushed for over 800 yards and 5 TDs as a senior at the prep level.

Notable picks: Hernandez is a mammoth blocker who wins on man blocks.   If he can win as an angle blocker, it will increase the diversity of the running game.  Hill and McIntosh both will add diversity to a defense that finished 27th against the run in 2017.

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1 (2) Saquon

Barkley

RB-6’0 233

Penn State 2 (1st Round) Barkley’s lateral agility is top-notch. How much will he contribute as a check down threat?   Based on his collegiate film, he should line up at a number of spots.
2 (34) Will

Hernandez

OG-6’2 327

UTEP 21 (2nd Round) A behemoth bar room brawler with mass and underrated quickness, Hernandez has to distribute his weight evenly to reach his immense potential.
3 (66) Lorenzo

Carter

OLB-6’5 250

Georgia 68 (3rd Round) Carter has some similarities to current Carolina Panthers DE Mario Addison. Can he create speed-to-power off the edge?
3 (69) B.J. Hill

DL-6’3 311

NC State 22 (2nd Round) Hill’s dependability is aided by an ability to play a bit longer than his 77-inch wingspan would suggest. Makes plays laterally in the run game.
4 (108) Kyle

Lauletta

QB-6’3 222

Richmond 154 (3rd Round) Lauletta –the 2017 CAA Offensive Player of the Year- maintains good posture in the pocket and excels on the hit-and-throw concepts. Posted a 4.07 time in the 20-yard short shuttle at the NFL Combine.
5 (139) RJ

McIntosh

DT-6’4 286

Miami (Fla.) 161 (3rd Round) McIntosh has the size to play either DE or DT.   His 83-inch wingspan complements a light-footed nature. He needs to anticipate snap counts with more consistency.

 

 

Philadelphia Eagles

Former Pittsburgh cornerback Avonte Maddox (No. 14 pictured) played WR, CB, PR KR and the nickel back spot for the Panthers. He will add versatility to the Super Bowl champions’ roster.

Notable pick: Maddox is a player who went undervalued due to size and slight durability concerns. His ability to cover the slot could increase some of the packages by DC Jim Schwartz. Schwartz typically likes to rush with four players and Maddox could increase coverage disguises.  The Eagles got three of our top 60 players with their first three selections.

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2 (49) Dallas

Goedert

6’4 260

South Dakota St. 56 (2nd Round) Goedert gives the Eagles two tight ends who can attack vertically in the seams of the field. And he weighs in the 260-pound range.
4 (125) Avonte

Maddox

CB-5’9 183

Pittsburgh 53 (2nd Round) Maddox’s 4.39 40-yard dash at the Combine was only outdone by his 6.51 time in the 3-cone drill. He’s even better on the field than in T-shirts and shorts.
4 (130) Josh

Sweat

DE-6’5 251

Florida St. 58 (2nd Round) Sweat fell due to lingering question marks about his knee.   When he’s feeling good, he can translate speed-to-power with one-hand posts and collapses the edge vs. tackles.
6 (206) Matthew

Pryor

OT-6’6 343

TCU 375 (5th Round) Pryor sits on run defenders with his mammoth size.   He often wins in the first phase of block. 11 ½-inch hands.
7 (233) Acquired from New England Patriots Jordan

Mailata

OL-6’8 346

Australia Rugby player N/A Mailata never played college football, but he ran in the 5.1-range for NFL scouts.

 

Washington Redskins

Settle (No. 4 pictured) posted 19.5 tackles for losses the last two seasons for the Hokies.

Notable picks: Christian will help alleviate the issues the Redskins had last year when injuries beset the offensive line. Can he swing to the center position to challenge incumbent Chase Roullier?  Settle is a player who was once thought of as a potential second-round pick before an uneven postseason.

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1 (13) De’Ron

Payne

DT-6’2 311

Alabama 30 (2nd Round) Payne will help to control the action as a fire-plugging two-gap specialist and occasional one-gap penetrator. Expect to see him aligned over the center in DC Greg Manusky’s three-man fronts.
2 (59) Derrius

Guice

RB-5’11 224

LSU 24 (2nd Round) Guice will have to balance his bullish running style to avoid the injury scrapes that took away time from him as a junior.
3 (74) Geron

Christian

OT-6’5 298

Louisville 79 (3rd Round) Christian’s versatility in school saw him move around during games. He was seen snapping the ball on his Pro Day and it could be a possible transition to a starting role.
4 (109) Troy

Apke

S-6’1 200

Penn State 147 (3rd Round) Apke didn’t make a number of plays off the hash, but he demonstrated range during the week of the 2018 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and versus Pittsburgh in 2017.
5 (163) Tim

Settle

DT-6’3 329

Virginia Tech 200 (4th Round) Settle’s quickness is aided by power. He will win versus guards or centers and could be a rotational piece on first and second down.
6 (197) Shaun

Dion Hamilton

LB-6’0 228

Alabama 231 (4th Round) Crimson Tide team captain has battled major lower extremity injuries, but he can locate, identify and close once he’s made his reads.
7 (241) Greg

Stroman

CB-5’11 174

Virginia Tech 381 (5th Round) With Stroman’s level of return ability, it is easy to forget that he also broke up 27 passes and picked off 9 passes in school.
7 (256) Trey Quinn

WR-5’11 203

SMU, LSU 227 (4th Round) Mr. Irrelevant caught 114 passes in 2017 after an unsettling stint at LSU. His savvy and quickness earn high marks.

Bryant’s Beehive: 3-for-3 into NFL Week 17

Is Dez Bryant worthy of carry the title of X-Factor? Is Drew Brees still the best QB in the NFC South? What challenges does Kansas City Chiefs rookie QB Patrick Mahomes face in his first career start? Read more to find out these answers and more in Bryant’s 3-for-3.

Dez Bryant: X-Factor or Not

There’s no question from a physical standpoint Dez Bryant is one of those Terrell Owens specimen-type athletes. However, Bryant’s mediocre productivity this season has only been a reflection of his previous two seasons in Dallas. The Cowboys need more from their big money receiver. Before the double coverage murmurs begin, teams have had to respect the veteran presence of Jason Witten, the consistency of Cole Beasley, and the speed of Terrance Williams. Even when comparing him with Hall of Fame WR Michael Irvin in his eighth-year in the NFL, Irvin had 111 catches for over 1,600 yards (1995). Despite a decline in his numbers and less games played the following season, Irvin went on to have back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons (1997-98). At this point, the projection of Bryant reaching his 2012-14 status is not looking so bright. In 2017, Bryant failed to have a 100-yard receiving game and according to Pro Football Focus, he ranks second in the NFL with nine drops. The bottom line is Bryant is underperforming his contract, as well as his lead position for the Cowboys organization. With the future at quarterback and running back, is it time for the Cowboys to seek a No. 1 WR in the 2018 NFL Draft?

‘Brees’-ing Through

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees continues to find the Fountain of Youth. Over the last few seasons, the NFC South has been graced with the athleticism of Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton, Atlanta Falcons 2016 MVP QB Matt Ryan, and the emerging Tampa Bay Buccaneers star Jameis Winston. However, the 38-year old veteran has led his team to its first winning record and playoff berth in four seasons. Perhaps these accomplishments are more fulfilling at this stage in his career than passing for 5,000 yards in a season (something he has accomplished four times). With one more game remaining on schedule, Brees has completed a career-high 71.9% of his passes and has managed to stay in the single digit column in interceptions (8). It has been eight years since Drew Brees has hoisted the Lombardi Trophy.  Does the ageless wonder have what it takes to bring another championship back to New Orleans?

Mahomes Debut

After locking up the AFC West for the second season in a row and clinching a spot in the playoffs, head coach Andy Reid is turning the keys over to rookie QB Patrick Mahomes for Sunday’s contest against the Denver Broncos. While this game may serve as a meaningless game for some, Mahomes will still be tested by a Broncos defense that ranks second in the league in total defense and fourth in the league against the pass.  Mahomes, the 10th overall pick in the 2017 draft, displayed great arm strength, strong hips through his release, and mobility coming out of Texas Tech. With a notable seasoned veteran and the potential contract discussions of Alex Smith at the end of the season, could we be getting a glimpse of the Chiefs new QB next season?

Ezekiel Elliott 6’0 225 RB Ohio State: 2016 NFL Draft Scouting Report

15 Ezekiel Elliott RB 6’0 225 Ohio State

Photo by: Al Bradley
Former Ohio State RB Ezekial Elliott, pictured, has rushed for over 2,600 yards and scored 25 touchdowns in two seasons for the Dallas Cowboys after getting selected fourth overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Photo by: Al Bradley  Instagram: www.instagram.com/1djsoul

What makes this player NASTY (Strengths): Athletic bloodlines. Prototype size. Muscular build. Big game player. Brings his best vs. the best competition. Finishing speed. Ball security.  Keeps the football high and tight to his frame. Holds his top-end speed and has rarely been caught from behind in the open field. Sticks his foot in the dirt and gets vertical on inside zones. Runs with forward lean. Delivers punishment to safeties, LBs and DBs (6-yard run, 1st quarter, Notre Dame ’16). Gets on top of safeties and LBs quickly at the second level due to acceleration. Excellent hand-eye coordination shows up as an outlet on swings and flat routes. Patience.  On counter-trey and counter-trap runs, he allows the puller to make contact in the hole before making a decision. Possesses the deft, subtle skips to bounce runs to his left (Penn State í14). Outstanding blocker. He will get all the way up the third level to block safeties. Heís also been a factor lead blocking on strong sweeps; where he’s made highlight film blocks vs. CBs (Notre Dame í16-Fiesta Bowl). Ability to cut block has led to scoring opportunities in the red area (Barnett, TD, Illinois í15).  Measures the thigh boards and ankles of moving targets. Identifies and ID’s the most dangerous pass rusher in blitz pick-up.

Weaknesses: Does not always get his hips aligned to strike vs. longer OLB-types even after correctly identifying the man in pass pro (Penn State ’14, Oregon ’15).  Suffered a broken thumb in the 2014 fall camp. He hasnít always made the last man miss in open field situations (Daniels, Oregon ’15-national title game). Muffed and lost a punt vs. Virginia Tech in 2015. Underwent surgery on a wrist injury in the fall of 2014 and then again in the winter of 2015 (February). Had an infection in his leg in preparation for the Michigan State game in 2015 and was forced to spend time in the hospital due to pain. Posted just a 32 1/2-inch VJ at the 2016 NFL Combine.

Other Notes:

  • Earned a four-star ranking from Scout.com after starring in three sports (football, basketball and track & field)
  • Won state championships in the 100-meter, 200-meter (22.05), 110-meter high hurdles (13.77) and 300-meter hurdles as a senior
  • Named the Missouri Gatorade State Track Athlete of the Year in 2013
  • Tallied 50 total touchdowns as a high school senior
  • Coached by former NFL QB Gus Frerotte at the prep level
  • Father, Stacy, and mother, Dawn, both graduated from the University of Missouri and were standouts on the football and track teams respectively
  • 2013: 30 carries for 287 yards (8.7 YPC) and 2 TDs; 3 catches and one TD
  • 20 carries for 220 yards and 2 TDs vs. Wisconsin in the 2014 Big Ten Championship game
  • (OFFENSIVE MVP, 2015 Sugar Bowl): 20 carries for 230 yards and 2 TDs vs. Alabama on 1/1/15
  • OFFENSIVE MVP, 2015 National Title Game: 36 rushes for 246 yards and 4 TDs vs. Oregon
  • 2014: 273 rushes for 1,878 yards (6.9 YPC) and 18 TDs; 28 catches for 220 yards (7.9 YPR)
  • 27 rushes for 149 yards and 4 TDs vs. Notre Dame in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl
  • 2015 (Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of Year, 1st team All-Big Ten, coaches): 289 rushes for 1,821 yards (6.3 YPC) and 23 TDs; 27 catches for 206 yards (7.6 YPR)
  • 15 straight 100-yard games from 2014-15
  • 22 career 100-yard games
  • Career Stats: 592 carries for 3,961 yards (6.7 YPC) and 43 TDs; 58 catches for 449 yards (7.7 YPR) and one TD
  • 2016 NFL Combine: 10 1/4″ hands, 31 1/4″ arms, 4.47 (40-yd), 32 1/2″ VJ, 9’10” BJ

Time to get Nasty…(Our Summary):  Elliott’s deceptive stride length and natural power provide a poor man’s version of former All-Pro running back LaDainian Tomlinson (Chargers, Jets). His light-footed skip steps set up blockers to seal the edge when bouncing runs or provide assistance for his blockers when running inside.  He has pop striking defenders in pass pro, but he could stand to match-up more square versus longer pass rush threats.  There are few questions regarding toughness, football intelligence or size.  Like Tomlinson, he’s very natural catching the football out of the backfield. Elliott projects as a starting running back in Year 1 and his style of play fits gap-schemed styles like the Carolina Panthers employ.

DraftNasty’s Grade: 6.605 (1st Round)

UPDATE: Elliott was picked fourth overall in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys.  In two seasons in the NFL, he has rushed for 2,614 yards (4.6 YPC) and 22 touchdowns.  The 2016 first-team All-Pro selection has also caught 58 passes for 632 yards and three touchdowns.