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2022 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: AFC South

The AFC South’s free agency period started with Jacksonville getting one of the top offensive lineman available on the market. Needless to say, they weren’t done shopping. The Titans re-signed their top pass rush threat while letting some veterans go. There were a number of free agents who simply switched spots within the division. How is each team stacking up heading into the 2022 NFL Draft? Please come back day-to-day as we will provide live updates on each of your favorite teams.

AFC South

Tennessee Titans

Offensive free agents

  • WR Julio Jones (released)
  • TE Anthony Firkser (agreed to terms with the Falcons)
  • TE Geoff Swaim (re-signed)
  • WR Marcus Johnson
  • WR Chester Rogers
  • TE MyCole Pruitt
  • RB Dontrell Hilliard (re-signed)
  • RB D’Onta Foreman
  • FB Khari Blasingame (agreed to terms with the Bears)
  • WR Cameron Batson
  • RT David Quessenberry (agreed to terms with the Bills)
  • OG Rodger Saffold (released and then agreed to terms with the Bills)
  • WR Nick Westbrook-Ikhine
  • QB Logan Woodside
  • RB Jordan Wilkins (re-signed)
  • K Randy Bullock (re-signed)
  • K Sam Ficken
  • OC Ben Jones (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

  • LB Jayon Brown (agreed to terms with the Raiders)
  • LB Rashaan Evans (agreed to terms with the Falcons)
  • DE Harold Landry (re-signed)
  • S Matthias Farley
  • LB Nick Dzubnar
  • CB Buster Skrine (re-signed)
  • CB Janoris Jenkins (released)
  • DE Olasunkanmi Adeniyi (re-signed)
  • CB Greg Mabin
  • LB Dylan Cole (re-signed)
  • LB B.J. Bello
  • DL Kyle Peko (agreed to terms with the Raiders)
  • DL Trevon Coley
  • DL Teair Tart
  • S Dane Cruikshank (agreed to terms with the Bears)
  • DE Derick Roberson

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Released WR Julio Jones, OG Rodger Saffold (Bills), CB Janoris Jenkins
  • Agreed to terms with OT Jamarco Jones (Seahawks) on a two-year deal, RB Trenton Cannon (49ers), DB A.J. Moore (Texans) on a one-year deal, TE Austin Hooper (Browns),
  • Re-signed DE Harold Landry III to a five-year deal, OC Ben Jones to a two-year deal, TE Geoff Swaim to a one-year deal, DE Olasunkanmi Adeniyi, LB Dylan Cole, PK Randy Bullock
  • Traded a 2023 sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for WR Robert Woods
  • Lost LB Jayon Brown (Raiders), RB Khari Blasingame (Bears), LB Rashaan Evans (Falcons), TE Anthony Firkser (Falcons), S Dane Cruikshank (Bears)

Houston Texans

Offensive free agents

  • QB Tyrod Taylor (Agreed to terms with the Giants)
  • RB David Johnson
  • OL Justin Britt
  • WR Danny Amendola
  • WR Chris Conley
  • RB Rex Burkhead
  • TE Antony Auclair
  • WR Chris Moore
  • RB Royce Freeman (re-signed)
  • OT Geron Christian (agreed to terms with the Chiefs)

Defensive free agents

  • S Justin Reid (Agreed to terms with the Chiefs)
  • S Terrence Brooks (re-signed)
  • CB Terrence Mitchell (released and then signed with Patriots)
  • S Neville Hewitt (re-signed)
  • DB A.J. Moore (Agreed to terms with the Titans)
  • DT Vincent Taylor
  • DE DeMarcus Walker
  • LB Tae Davis (re-signed)
  • LB Hardy Nickerson, Jr.
  • DT Jaleel Johnson
  • DE-OLB Jacob Martin (agreed to terms with the Jets)
  • LS Jon Weeks (re-signed)
The Houston Texans signed former Jacksonville OG A.J. Cann to a two-year deal. Cann started 94 games in seven seasons for the Jaguars, but just four of those starts came a in 2021 due to injury.

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Promoted DC and former Chicago Bears HC Lovie Smith to fill its head coaching vacancy
  • Agreed to terms with OG AJ Cann (Jaguars), RB Dare Ogunbowale (Jaguars) on a two-year deal, S M.J. Stewart (Browns) on a one-year deal, OLB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (Rams) on a one-year deal, QB Kyle Allen (Commanders) on a one-year deal, C Scott Quessenberry (Chargers) on a one-year deal, CB Isaac Yiadom (Packers) on a one-year deal, RB Marlon Mack (Colts)
  • Re-signed S Terrence Brooks, RB Royce Freeman, LB Neville Hewitt
  • Lost S Justin Reid (Chiefs), QB Tyrod Taylor (Giants), DB A.J. Moore (Titans), OT Geron Christian (Chiefs)
  • Released CB Terrence Mitchell (signed with Patriots),

Jacksonville Jaguars

Offensive free agents

  • OG A.J. Cann (agreed to terms with the Texans)
  • OG Andrew Norwell (agreed to terms with the Commanders)
  • OT Cam Robinson
  • WR DJ Chark (Agreed to terms with the Lions)
  • OC Tyler Shatley
  • TE James O’Shaughnessy
  • WR Tavon Austin
  • TE Jacob Hollister (agreed to terms with the Raiders)
  • WR Laquon Treadwell (re-signed)
  • OT Will Richardson Jr. (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

  • DT Taven Bryan (agreed to terms with the Browns)
  • LB Damien Wilson
  • DE Jihad Ward (agreed to terms with the Giants)
  • CB Tre Herndon (re-signed)
  • CB Nevin Lawson
  • DE Adam Gotsis
  • DE Lerentee McCray
  • LB Tyrell Adams
  • LB Myles Jack (released and agreed to terms with the Steelers)

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Hired former Philadelphia Eagles HC Doug Pederson as its new head coach
  • Agreed to terms with the OG Brandon Scherff (Commanders) on a three-year deal, WR Christian Kirk (Cardinals) on a four-year deal, WR Zay Jones (Raiders) on a three-year deal, LB Foyesade Oluokun (Falcons) on a three-year deal, DT Foley Fatukasi (Jets) on a three-year deal, TE Evan Engram (Giants) on a one-year deal, CB Darious Williams (Rams) on a three-year deal, DE Arden Key on a one-year deal
  • Released LB Myles Jack (signed with Steelers), re-signed OT Will Richardson, Jr.
  • C Brandon Linder retired after eight seasons
  • Lost WR DJ Chark (Lions), OG AJ Cann (Texans), OG Andrew Norwell (Commanders) DT Taven Bryan (Browns), RB Dare Ogunbowale (Texans), DE Jihad Ward (Browns)

Indianapolis Colts

Offensive free agents

  • OT Julién Davenport
  • OT Eric Fisher
  • TE Mo Alie-Cox
  • K Michael Badgley
  • G Mark Glowinski (Agreed to terms with the Giants)
  • WR T.Y. Hilton
  • QB Brett Hundley
  • RB Marlon Mack (Agreed to terms with the Texans)
  • WR Zach Pascal (Agreed to terms with the Eagles)
  • OL Matt Pryor (re-signed)
  • G Chris Reed
  • OT Sam Tevi

Defensive free agents

  • LB Matthew Adams
  • S Jahleel Addae
  • CB T.J. Carrie
  • LB Zaire Franklin
  • DL Tyquan Lewis (re-signed)
  • OLB Al-Quadin Muhammad
  • S George Odum
  • CB Brian Poole
  • CB Xavier Rhodes
  • DE Isaac Rochell
  • S Andrew Sendejo
  • S D.J. Swearinger
  • DE-OLB Kemoko Turay
  • DT Antwaun Woods

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded QB Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders in exchange for third-round picks in 2022 and 2023. The 2023 third-round pick can become a second rounder based on Wentz’s playing time in Washington. The teams also traded positions in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft, as the team swapped its 47th overall position to move up five spots
  • Traded a 2022 third-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons for QB Matt Ryan
  • Lost OG Mark Glowinski (Giants), WR Zach Pascal (Eagles), RB Marlon Mack (Texans)
  • Re-signed OT Matt Pryor to a one-year deal, DL Tyquan Lewis to a one-year deal
  • Traded CB Rock Ya-Sin to the Las Vegas Raiders for DE Yannick Ngakoue
  • Agreed to terms with CB Brandon Facyson (Raiders), S Rodney McLeoad (Eagles), CB Stephon Gilmore (Panthers) on a two-year deal

Atlanta Falcons vs Cleveland Browns, 11-11-18: In-game report

In his second game as Cleveland’s head coach, Gregg Williams unleashed an aggressive defensive game plan that reminded people why he was a hot coaching commodity in the late 2000s.  The Browns defeated the Falcons, 28-16. DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson gives his impressions in this in game report:

Baker Mayfield 

Mayfield showed the Browns his potential in a near perfect game against the Falcons. The rookie out of Oklahoma completed 17-of-20 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns. 

“When I woke up this morning, I was feeling pretty dangerous,” Mayfield said during the post game press conference. “I just woke up feeling really dangerous.”

Former Oklahoma Sooners signal-caller Baker Mayfield was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday afternoon.

Offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens gave Mayfield his full trust and it was evident in his play calling.  After a successful goal line stand in the fourth quarter, Kitchens called a passing play for Mayfield despite being on the team’s own one-yard line. Mayfield, like he did all game, didn’t disappoint as he fired a pass on a comeback route to Antonio Callaway for a first down.  The rookie signal-caller completed all types of passes on Sunday: comeback routes, crossing routes over the middle across his body, check downs, play actions, etc.   He completed his first 13 passes to start the game while showcasing the skills to back up his confidence.  After watching the film from Sunday, he should continually be given the full playbook to work with. 

Browns defense

Gregg Williams is known for his aggressive 4-3 defense. Against the Falcons, his plan of attack was to make the Falcons one-dimensional. Not only did the Browns shut down the Falcons running game (71 rushing yards on 19 carries),  but they stopped Atlanta’s other receivers not named Julio Jones.  Jones caught seven passes for 107 yards and a touchdown but it took him 11 targets and he accounted for more than a third of the offense.  The Browns also forced two fumbles and had two sacks on Ryan.  The stats might not jump out at first glance, but the intensity was there for Cleveland’s defense, which routinely rallied to the football for gang tackles. 

Falcons inconsistency 

Atlanta is 4-5 for a reason.  In one week they’re playing well on both sides of the football and the next they can’t get anything going.  The Falcons had a three-game losing streak followed by a three-game winning streak and then went to Cleveland and laid an egg.  Dan Quinn is in his fourth season as the head coach but despite his experience at the helm, Cleveland looked like the more prepared and better coached team.  Defensively, the Falcons linebackers and safeties took bad angles to the football, which was apparent on Nick Chubb’s 92-yard touchdown run.  Offensively, the Falcons couldn’t run the football or pass to its second and third receivers. 

“I told the team I thought we took a step back,” Quinn said during the postgame press conference.  “That’s tough to see and tough to say. I also told them we must regroup. We’re trying to fight for consistency, and we certainly made improvement over the last three weeks, and we didn’t get the job done.”

As the playoff picture takes shape, the Falcons will have to find better balance if they want to compete in the NFC.