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2022 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: AFC East

The AFC East’s 2022 free agency period began with the Patriots losing one big play defender but keeping another. The Dolphins added a quarterback while the Bills beefed up its defensive front with the addition of former Super Bowl MVP Von Miller. We chart some of the latest transactions.

AFC East

New England Patriots

Offensive free agents

  • OT Trent Brown (re-signed)
  • OG Ted Karras
  • RB Brandon Bolden (Agreed to terms with Raiders)
  • QB Brian Hoyer (re-signed)
  • K Nick Folk (re-signed)
  • ST-WR Matthew Slater (re-signed)
  • RB James White (re-signed)
  • FB Jakob Johnson (Agreed to terms with the Raiders)

Defensive free agents

  • S Devin McCourty (re-signed)
  • CB JC Jackson (Agreed to terms with the Chargers)
  • S Brandon King
  • LB Jamie Collins
  • LB Harvey Langi
  • LB Ja’whaun Bentley (re-signed)
  • LB Dont’a Hightower
  • LB Kyle Van Noy
The Patriots re-signed S Devin McCourty to a one-year deal. The 34-year old veteran was solid in coverage last season once again for the team, totaling three interceptions and 10 passes defensed in 17 starts.

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with CB Terrance Mitchell (Texans) on a one-year deal, CB Malcolm Butler (Cardinals) on a two-year deal, RB Ty Montgomery (Saints)
  • Lost OG Ted Karras (Bengals), CB JC Jackson (Chargers), FB Jakob Johnson (Raiders), RB Brandon Bolden (Raiders)
  • Traded OLB Chase Winovich to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for LB Mack Wilson
  • Traded OG Shaq Mason to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 2022 fifth-round pick
  • Traded a 2023 third-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for WR DeVante Parker and a 2022 fifth-round pick
  • Re-signed S Devin McCourty, OT Trent Brown to a two-year deal, QB Brian Hoyer to a two-year deal, re-signed LB Ja’whaun Bentley, RB James White on a two-year deal, PK Nick Folk on a two-year deal, OL James Ferentz, WR-ST Matthew Slater

Buffalo Bills

Offensive free agents

  • OG Ike Boettger
  • RB Matt Breida (Agreed to terms with the Giants)
  • RB-Ret Taiwan Jones (re-signed)
  • WR-Ret Isaiah McKenzie
  • WR Emmanuel Sanders
  • WR Cole Beasley (released)
  • QB Mitchell Trubisky (Agreed to terms with the Steelers)
  • WR Jake Kumerow
  • OG Jon Feliciano (Agreed to terms with the Giants)
  • OT Darryl Williams
  • OT Bobby Hart

Defensive free agents

  • DE Mario Addison
  • DT Vernon Butler
  • DT Star Lotulelei (released)
  • DE-OLB Jerry Hughes
  • DE Efe Obada (Agreed to terms with the Commanders)
  • DE Bryan Cox, Jr.
  • S Siran Neal
  • DT Harrison Phillips (Agreed to terms with the Vikings)
  • CB Levi Wallace (Agreed to terms with the Steelers)
  • DT Justin Zimmer
  • LB A.J. Klein

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with OLB Von Miller (Rams) on a six-year deal, DT Tim Settle (Commanders) on a two-year deal, DT DaQuan Jones (Panthers) on a two-year deal, OG Rodger Saffold (Titans) on a one-year deal, LB Marquel Lee (Raiders), RB Duke Johnson (Dolphins), DE Shaq Lawson (Jets), TE O.J. Howard (Buccaneers), C Greg Mancz (Dolphins), QB Matt Barkley (Falcons), WR Jamison Crowder (Jets)
  • Placed a RFA tender on OL Ryan Bates
  • Re-signed Taiwan Jones
  • Lost DT Harrison Phillips (Vikings), OG Jon Feliciano (Giants), CB Levi Wallace (Steelers), DE Efe Obada (Commanders), RB Matt Breida (Giants)
  • Released DT Star Lotulelei, WR Cole Beasley
  • Traded a 2022 seventh-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for QB Case Keenum

Miami Dolphins

Offensive free agents

  • RB Malcolm Brown
  • QB Jacoby Brissett
  • WR Isaiah Ford
  • WR Will Fuller
  • WR Allen Hurns (released)
  • TE Mike Gesicki (franchised)
  • WR Mack Hollins (Agreed to terms with the Raiders)
  • RB Duke Johnson (Agreed to terms with the Bills)
  • RB Phillip Lindsay
  • OC Greg Mancz (Agreed to terms with the Bills)
  • TE Durham Smythe (re-signed)
  • WR Albert Wilson

Defensive free agents

  • LB Vince Biegel
  • CB Justin Coleman (Agreed to terms with the Seahawks)
  • DT John Jenkins
  • S Jason McCourty
  • DE-OLB Emmanuel Ogbah (re-signed)
  • LB Duke Riley
  • LB Elandon Roberts
  • LB Brennan Scarlett (re-signed)
  • P Michael Palardy
Chase Edmonds RB Miami Dolphins
New Miami Dolphins RB Chase Edmonds set career-highs in rushing yards and yards per carry for the Cardinals in 2021.

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Hired former San Francisco 49ers OC Mike McDaniel as its new head coach
  • Agreed to terms with OT Terron Armstead (Saints) on a five-year deal, QB Teddy Bridgewater (Broncos) on a one-year deal, WR Cedrick Wilson (Cowboys) on a three-year deal, RB Chase Edmonds (Cardinals) on a two-year deal, RB Raheem Mostert (49ers) on a one-year deal, OG Connor Williams (Cowboys) on a two-year deal, CB Keion Crossen (Giants) on a two-year deal, WR Trent Sherfield (Dolphins), FB Alec Ingold (Raiders)
  • Re-signed DE-OLB Emmanuel Ogbah to a five-year deal, gave a five-year extension to CB Xavien Howard, signed RFA WR Preston Williams to a one-year deal, signed S Sheldrick Redwine
  • Placed the franchise tag on TE Mike Gesicki
  • Traded a 2022 first-round pick, 2022 second-round pick and 2022 fourth-round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for WR Tyreek Hill. They also traded away a 2023 fourth-round pick and 2023 sixth-round pick to the Chiefs for Hill
  • Traded WR DeVante Parker and a 2022 fifth-round pick to the New England Patriots for a 2023 third-round pick
  • Released OG Jesse Davis
  • Lost WR Mack Hollins (Raiders), RB Duke Johnson (Bills), DB Justin Coleman (Seahawks)

New York Jets

Offensive free agents

  • FB Nick Bawden (re-signed)
  • WR Braxton Berrios (re-signed)
  • WR Keelan Cole 
  • RB Tevin Coleman (re-signed)
  • WR Jamison Crowder (Agreed to terms with the Bills)
  • OG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
  • OG Dan Feeney (re-signed)
  • OL Alex Lewis
  • QB Joe Flacco (re-signed)
  • QB Mike White (re-signed)
  • TE Tyler Kroft
  • OL Conor McDermott (re-signed)
  • OT Morgan Moses (Agreed to terms with the Ravens)
  • OT Greg Senat
  • PK Eddy Pineiro

Defensive free agents

  • DT Nathan Shepherd
  • LB Jarrad Davis (Agreed to terms with the Lions)
  • DT Folorunso Fatukasi (Agreed to terms with the Jaguars)
  • S Lamarcus Joyner
  • S Marcus Maye (Agreed to terms with the Saints)
  • S Will Parks
  • DE Shaq Lawson (released)

2022 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with OG Laken Tomlinson (49ers) on a three-year deal, TE CJ Uzomah (Bengals) on a two-year deal, TE Tyler Conklin (Vikings) on a three-year deal, DB DJ Reed (Seahawks) on a two-year deal, S Jordan Whitehead (Buccaneers) on a two-year deal, K Greg Zuerlein (Cowboys), DE Jacob Martin (Texans), DL Solomon Thomas (Raiders)
  • Lost OT Morgan Moses (Ravens), S Marcus Maye (Saints), DT Foley Fatukasi (Jaguars), WR Jamison Crowder (Bills), LB Jarrad Davis (Lions)
  • Traded LB Blake Cashman to the Houston Texans for a 2022 sixth-round pick
  • Placed a RFA tender on PK Eddy Pineiro
  • Released TE Ryan Griffin
  • Re-signed QB Joe Flacco to a one-year deal, QB Mike White to a one-year deal, OL Conor McDermott to a one-year deal, FB Nick Bawden, OG Dan Feeney, RB Tevin Coleman, WR Braxton Berrios

New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings, 10-28-18: In-game report

In a rematch of last year’s NFC Divisional Playoff matchup, Minnesota and New Orleans put on a less entertaining showing on Sunday Night Football.  New Orleans took advantage of two costly Vikings turnovers to win 30-20.  DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson gives his impressions in this in game report:

Saints Quarterbacks 

Saints backup quarterback Taysom Hill (pictured at BYU in 2016) has been a jack of all trades for the team.

Sean Payton is one of the most innovative play callers in the NFL and he lived up to the hype on Sunday night against the Vikings, who came into the game ranked No. 10 in  total defense. The former quarterback, turned head coach, used backup quarterback Taysom Hill in Wildcat formations and empty sets and even lined him up at wide receiver while Drew Brees was under center. Hill is 6’2, 220 pounds and can run in-between the tackles and throw the football. His ability forces opposing defenses to have to game plan for something else while still preparing for Brees, the NFL’s all-time leader in passing yards.  On one possession in the red zone, Payton even put Hill in shotgun and lined quarterbacks Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Brees out wide.  Hill ran up the middle for no gain but it goes to show Payton isn’t afraid to experiment with some new alignments and he may have used the wacky formation to get something on film for a later use.  Hill finished with one completion for 44 yards and three rushing attempts for -2 yards.  The former BYU quarterback has run for 123 yards and one touchdown so far this season. 

Vikings Receivers 

The Minnesota Vikings have two number one receivers in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.   Against New Orleans, Thielen caught seven passes for 103 yards and set the record for most consecutive 100-yard receiving games to start the season with his eighth straight.  He ranks first in the NFL in receiving yards and receptions. On the other side, Diggs caught 10 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown.  Most impressive is that the two combined for 17 receptions on 18 targets. Not only are Diggs and Thielen productive, but they make sure to catch anything and everything that comes their way. The Vikings made an effort to attack Saints cornerback P.J. Williams instead of testing Pro Bowler, Marshon Lattimore. Minnesota has two number one level receivers which allows them to pick on cornerbacks, who they deem more of a liability.  Both players made critical mistakes that resulted in big plays for the Saints defense.  With the Vikings up 13-10 and driving in for a score at the Saints’ 18-yard line with 1:11 left in the second quarter, Thielen fumbled after a hit by linebacker Alex Anzalone.  The fumble was recovered by Lattimore and took potential points off the board.  Then, in the third quarter (5:58), Diggs failed to continue to run across the field on a crossing pattern while being covered by Saints cornerback P.J. Williams.  Williams ended up picking off the crossing pattern by Kirk Cousins and returned it for a 45-yard touchdown.  It put the Saints up by 14 and stymied the Vikings attempt to tie the game.  Despite the mishaps, the Vikings will continue to be a force in the passing game behind the production of Diggs and Thielen. 

Saints defense 

Davenport has four sacks for the Saints thus far in his rookie campaign.

Earlier in the week, New Orleans acquired Eli Apple from the Giants for a fourth round draft pick.  Apple led the team in tackles on Sunday night but a lot of those tackles came after he had given up catches.  Apple, who started the game, should form cohesion with the Saints secondary in time as he is accompanied by fellow former Ohio State Buckeyes Marshon Lattimore and Vonn Bell. With the emergence of defensive end Marcus Davenport (two sacks against Minnesota) alongside Pro Bowler Cam Jordan, New Orleans has the makings of a solid defense.  If defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, who served as the secondary coach during the Saints championship season, can get the secondary on the same page then New Orleans could match a strong offense with an equally strong defense. 

Update: Davenport was recently reported to have a toe injury that could keep him out for an extended period of time.

New York Jets vs. Washington Redskins, 8-16-18: In-game report

A few position battles took shape as the Jets and Redskins traded field goals in Thursday night’s preseason game at FedEx Field. Draftnasty’s Troy Jefferson gives you his takeaways from the Redskins 15-13 victory.

Redskins running back search 

Second-round pick Derrius Guice was lost for the season last weekend against the Patriots.  Washington came into the game with Samaje Perine, Robert Kelley and Byron Marshall fighting for the starting role.  However, Perine and Marshall both went down to injuries in the first half after combining for just three carries.  Kelley, while he didn’t get injured, didn’t fare much better.  He finished with 17 yards on seven touches, which isn’t all his fault. The Redskins offensive line didn’t include Pro Bowl OT Trent Williams and struggled all game to create any meaningful gaps for the Washington tailbacks.   Martez Carter enjoyed the best game out of the bunch, totaling 45 yards on seven carries.  Carter showed tremendous vision and quick feet as he used cutbacks to find holes behind the Redskins offensive line.

Bibbs (No. 35 pictured) caught 14 passes for 128 yards (9.1 YPR) and one TD for the Redskins in 2017.

Kapri Bibbs also flashed potential as a receiving option out of the backfield, catching seven passes for 47 yards.  One thing is for certain: Washington still has a lot of evaluating left to do before they find a new starting running back.

Update: The Redskins recently signed seven-time Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson to a one-year deal. 

Jets quarterback race 

Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold (No. 14 pictured under center) has impressed the team’s brass through the first two preseason games.

Rookie first round pick Sam Darnold started the game and like last week showed a command of the offense early on. The Jets gave Darnold a steady diet of short passes and handoffs. However, on his final drive of the night, Darnold threw an interception on 4th and 1 after a ball was batted by a Redskins cornerback and picked off by rookie safety Troy Apke. The rookie from USC finished 8-of-11 for 62 yards and the interception. Teddy Bridgewater played the second half and showed his elusiveness in the pocket.  On his first attempt, Bridgewater fled the pocket and found his receiver for a first down after the play broke down.  On the following plays, Bridgewater completed a pass off a bootleg, sidestepped a free rusher for a first down over the middle and then threw a touchdown in the corner of the end zone.

Teddy Bridgewater, pictured, has completed 73.9-percent of his passes through two preseason games.

However on the next drive, Bridgewater underthrew a pass to the inside shoulder of one his receivers and it was intercepted.  Bridgewater finished 10-of-15 for 127 yards and threw one touchdown and one interception. Both quarterbacks had their bright moments on Thursday night.  As of right now Darnold may have a slight edge but the competition is far from over.

Redskins secondary 

The Redskins released veteran cornerback Orlando Scandrick earlier in the week, which was a signal Jay Gruden believed in his young defensive backs.  Against the Jets, the defensive backs looked solid.

Dunbar (No. 23 pictured) has started eight games for the Redskins over the last three seasons.

Cornerback Quinton Dunbar, a converted wide receiver, was rarely tested and showed fluid hips and tight coverage throughout his outing.  Both the first team and second team defenses also held up in coverage for several seconds; allowing Washington to force two coverage sacks.  Cornerback Deshazor Everett tipped Sam Darnold’s pass, which was later intercepted by safety Troy Apke. Cornerback Prince Charles Iworah also came down with an interception on a ball that was underthrown by Bridgewater.  The Redskins should be encouraged by several defensive backs who contributed against the Jets.