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Notable NFL free-agency deals, reaction

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Monday, March 21

Jeremy Kerley agrees to terms with Lions

The former Jets wide receiver, who also took a visit with the Buffalo Bills, will have a chance to resurrect his career in Detroit.


Friday, March 18

Cowboys sign Benson Mayowa to offer sheet

Dallas has signed the restricted free-agent defensive end to an offer sheet, according to sources, and now must wait to see if the Raiders match.


James Starks staying in Green Bay

The 30-year-old running back has been with the Packers his entire career and was the team's starting running back in Super Bowl XLV.

Demovsky: Starks returns, but Packers hope fumbling problems do not


Thursday, March 17

Daryl Smith headed to Tampa Bay

The Buccaneers have agreed to terms with the former Ravens linebacker, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

DiRocco: Smith's value to Bucs will be measured by more than tackles


Broncos agree with Russell Okung

Denver is finalizing a five-year contract with Okung, sources told ESPN's Josina Anderson and Adam Schefter.

Legwold: Okung's arrival probably spells end of Clady's time with Broncos
Kapadia: Okung's departure leaves Seahawks with hole at left tackle


Chris Johnson staying in Arizona

The veteran running back agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Cardinals.

Weinfuss: Cardinals boast NFL's most dangerous backfield


Andre Smith agrees to deal with Vikings

The former first-round pick by Cincinnati will get a one-year deal in Minnesota.

Goessling: Relationship with Mike Zimmer helped bring Smith to Minnesota


49ers add Zane Beadles

The recently released offensive lineman agreed to a three-year, $11.75 million contract, a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.

Gutierrez: 49ers' O-line crystallizing with signing of Beadles


Wednesday, March 16

Shea McClellin is latest Bear headed to Patriots

The former Chicago linebacker and New England have reached an agreement on a three-year contract, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Reiss: Can Patriots help McClellin tap potential that made him first-round pick?
Dickerson: Draft status doomed McClellin in Chicago


James Laurinaitis joining New Orleans

The longtime Rams linebacker is signing with the Saints, a source confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Triplett: Saints get 'quarterback' they wanted in Laurinaitis


Rahim Moore to sign with Browns

Cleveland is taking a one-year flier on the former Houston safety, according to a league source.

McManamon: Moore was part of Ravens' 'Mile High Miracle'


Andre Branch signs with Dolphins

The veteran defensive lineman is headed to Miami after four seasons in Jacksonville.


Evan Mathis lands one-year deal in Arizona

A day after trading their right guard, the Cardinals found his replacement, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.

Weinfuss: Cardinals GM Steve Keim lays out starting O-Line with Mathis addition


Jets land Steve McLendon

The veteran nose tackle will replace Damon Harrison, who signed a free-agent deal with the New York Giants.

Cimini: Jets replace Damon Harrison with light snack at nose tackle


Raiders retain Donald Penn

The offensive tackle's return assures that free-agent addition Kelechi Osemele will play guard in 2016.


Chris Hairston staying in San Diego

The versatile offensive lineman agreed to terms on a two-year deal, a source confirmed. The deal was first reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune.


Demario Davis leaving Jets for Browns

The linebacker has agreed to terms on a two-year deal for $8 million, a source confirmed to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

McManamon: Davis is a solid player who will not create distractions


Tuesday, March 15

Junior Galette will remain with Redskins

After missing the 2015 season because of a torn Achilles, Galette will return to Washington, a source told ESPN.


Chris Long gets one-year deal with Patriots

The former Rams defensive end is headed to New England, a source told ESPN's Trey Wingo.

Reiss: Addition of Long caps off intriguing day for Patriots


Jets expected to add Steve McLendon

The former Steelers nose tackle will sign a three-year deal with New York, a source told ESPN.


Kelvin Beachum agrees to deal with Jaguars

Beachum will earn $4.5 million in the first year and can earn up to $6 million if he reaches incentives, a source told Adam Schefter.

DiRocco: Jaguars adding Beachum to finally give Luke Joeckel some competition


Redskins pry David Bruton away from Broncos

The safety and special-teams stalwart signed a three-year deal.

Keim: Redskins' quest for safety help won't end with Bruton


Former Broncos OT Ryan Harris to join Steelers

The arrival of Harris likely spelled the end of Kelvin Beachum in Pittsburgh.

Fowler: Steelers using free agency to protect Ben Roethlisberger


Broncos to match Dolphins' offer sheet to C.J. Anderson

The 25-year-old running back will get a guaranteed $5.25 million signing bonus, and his base salary of $675,000 will also be guaranteed.

Legwold: Broncos tendered Anderson low, elected to pay him high


Mike Wallace heading to Baltimore

The veteran receiver brings much-needed speed to the Ravens, who averaged an NFL-worst 10.4 yards per reception last season.

Hensley: Wallace is exactly the kind of weapon Joe Flacco wanted


Terence Newman returning to Vikings

The veteran cornerback signed a one-year deal and will be back for his 14th NFL season.


Nolan Carroll staying with Eagles

The cornerback, who made a visit to Dallas last week, has agreed to a one-year contract with Philadelphia.


Raiders retain Andre Holmes

Holmes, Oakland's No. 3 receiver last season, has agreed to a one-year deal.

Monday, March 14

Panthers add Paul Soliai

The defensive tackle is signing a two-year, $7 million deal with Carolina after being released by Atlanta.


Bears retain Zach Miller

Chicago gives a two-year deal to the tight end, who had 34 catches and five touchdowns last season.


Rams agree to deal with Coty Sensabaugh

The former Tennessee cornerback is getting a three-year deal with Los Angeles.


Eric Weddle heads to Baltimore

The veteran safety was Kevin Seifert's best unsigned player entering the day.

Hensley: Ravens finally get it right at safety with Weddle
Williams: With Weddle gone, Dwight Lowery next man up for Chargers
Palazzolo: Addition of Weddle gives Ravens stout safety duo
Hensley: With Weddle in, who's out at safety for Baltimore


Phil Dawson sticks with 49ers

The one-year deal is reportedly worth $3.134 million.


Will Blackmon gets two-year deal with Redskins

He had two interceptions and three fumbles for Washington last season.

Keim: Blackmon's return provides Redskins with versatility, depth at corner


Chris Conte re-ups with the Bucs

The 27-year-old DB started 13 games for Tampa Bay last season.


Tim Wright re-signs with Lions

The four-year veteran is currently the fifth tight end on the Lions' roster.

Sunday, March 13

Akiem Hicks lands deal in Chicago

Hicks, who was traded to the Patriots in October, agreed to a two-year deal with the Bears.


Casey Hayward lands in San Diego

The former Packers cornerback told ESPN's Josina Anderson that he agreed to a three-year deal.

Demovsky: Draft success allowed the Packers to let Hayward walk
Williams: Signing Hayward gives Chargers flexibility in secondary


Jermaine Gresham staying with Cardinals

A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that the tight end turned down contracts for four years and up to $23 million to stay in Arizona on a one-year deal.


Eugene Sims re-signs with Rams

The 29-year-old defensive lineman got a three-year deal after starting nine games last season.

Saturday, March 12

Jerrell Freeman chooses Bears

The linebacker led the Colts in tackles in 2012 and 2013, his first two years with the team.

Wells: Colts don't have set starter to replace Freeman


Rod Streater lands with Chiefs

Kansas City looks to bolster its receiving corps by inking Streater to a one-year deal.


Rafael Bush picks Detroit

The former Saints safety and special teamer missed all but one game last season.

Friday, March 11

Robert Ayers heading to Buccaneers

The 30-year-old defensive end has agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan.


Morris Claiborne staying in Dallas

The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal to keep the No. 6 overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Archer: Cowboys give Claiborne another chance


Prince Amukamara leaving Giants for Jaguars

The cornerback and former first-round pick has signed a one-year deal.


Brent Grimes joining Buccaneers

The cornerback has agreed to a two-year deal worth $16.5 million, sources confirmed to ESPN.

DiRocco: Brent Grimes can bring stability to Bucs' struggling secondary


Johnny Manziel waived by Browns

The 22nd overall selection of the 2014 draft was brought down by off-the-field struggles and limited on-field success.

McManamon: Johnny Manziel's exit removes distraction, gives Browns chance to grow


Kendall Reyes agrees to one-year deal with Redskins

The 26-year-old led all San Diego defensive linemen in combined tackles (32) and quarterback hits (11) in 2015.

Keim: Reyes looking to rebound from rough couple seasons


Patriots sign Chris Hogan to offer sheet

The Bills have five days to match the $12 million deal for their wide receiver.

Reiss: How offer sheet to Chris Hogan affects Danny Amendola
Rodak: Run-first Bills shouldn't match Patriots' offer to Chris Hogan
Reiss: Creative contract structure helped Pats nab Hogan

Thursday, March 10

Seahawks to retain Jermaine Kearse

The wide receiver has reached a three-year deal with Seattle.

Kapadia: Kearse's new deal stabilizes Seahawks' passing game


Nick Perry staying in Green Bay

The former first-round pick will sign a one-year deal with the Packers.


Cedric Thornton going from Eagles to Cowboys

The 27-year-old defensive end has agreed to a four-year deal with Dallas.

Archer: Cowboys add size, athleticism with Thornton


49ers sign QB Thad Lewis

Speculation continues to mount about the future of Colin Kaepernick in San Fran.


Dolphins ink C.J. Anderson to offer sheet

The Broncos have five days to match the $18 million deal for their running back.

Legwold: Broncos dealing with a different kind of turnover in their offensive backfield


Mohamed Sanu gets five-year deal with Falcons

The former Bengals WR will bring a lot of versatility to Kyle Shanahan's offense.

McClure: Sanu is the perfect complement to Julio Jones


Bengals retain Vincent Rey

The linebacker becomes the third free-agent defender to re-sign with Cincinnati.

Harvey: Reggie Nelson might be the odd man out in Cincy after his best season


Bilal Powell agrees to new deal with Jets

Powell will pair with new addition Matt Forte in New York's new-look backfield.

CImini: Jets' new backfield short on breakaway speed but long on versatility


Nigel Bradham gets two-year deal from Eagles

The former Bills LB thrived under Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz in 2014.


Sean Smith headed to Oakland on four-year deal

The 28-year-old CB has $20 million in guaranteed money in the deal.

Gutierrez: Raiders accomplish two goals in getting Smith
Teicher: Losing Smith first big blow for Chiefs
Bowen: The Raiders are (finally) in win-now mode

Wednesday, March 9

Richard Matthews lands in Tennesse

The Titans get QB Marcus Mariota another weapon.

Kuharsky: Matthews signing marks rare Titans win over Patriots


Jeremy Lane gets new deal in Seattle

The Seahawks bolstered their secondary by agreeing to terms with Lane.

Kapadia: Continuity a big deal for Seattle's secondary


Adrian Clayborn sticks with Atlanta

The Falcons maintained all along that they wanted to bring Clayborn back, and they followed through with a two-year deal.


Victor Cruz agrees to reduced salary with Giants

The injury-riddled WR took a sizable pay cut to stay in New York.

Graziano: Cruz bought himself one more year with the Giants


J.R. Sweezy headed to the Bucs

The former Seahawks O-lineman nabs a five-year deal worth $32.5 million.


Derrick Johnson opts to stay in KC

The Chiefs continue to retain their talent on defense by giving the veteran Johnson a three-year, $21 million deal.

Teicher: The Chiefs and Johnson belong together


Tashaun Gipson inks $35.5 million deal with Jags

Jacksonville revamps its secondary with the play making safety.

DiRocco: Johnathan Cyprien benefits most from Gipson signing
McManamon: Losing four starters makes for a tough start to free agency for Cleveland
DiRocco: Gipson wants to win, so he leaves Cleveland for Jacksonville


Adam Jones re-signs with Bengals

Cincinnati retains one of its key cogs on defense.

Harvey: Bengals focus on defense on Day 1 of free agency


Coby Fleener heads to New Orleans

The former Colts TE gets $36 million to pair up with Drew Brees in the Big Easy.

Triplett: Fleener could breakout, but Saints have bigger needs
Wells: Fleener questions effort of some ex-Colts teammates


Mitchell Schwartz finalizing five-year deal with Chiefs

Kansas City gets a consistent, dependable interior lineman.


Brandon Mebane, Dwight Lowery headed to San Diego

The Chargers upgrade their defensive line (Mebane) and secondary (Lowery) .

Kapadia: Seahawks have options to replace Mebane


Olivier Vernon gets blockbuster deal from Giants

The Giants continued their overhaul on defense by signing one of the best pass-rushers on the open market.

Graziano: Giants cap crazy spending day by nabbing Vernon
DiRocco: Not landing Vernon hinders Jaguars' plans to improve D
PFF: High-upside Vernon is perfect fit for G-Men
Graziano: There's still more to do, but Giants have good foundation on D
Cimini: Jets' interest in Vernon doesn't bode well for Muhammad Wilkerson


Matt Cassel Tennessee-bound

The former Cowboys quarterback received a one-year deal.

Kuharsky: Cassel will compete with Zach Mettenberger for backup role


Tyvon Branch headed to Arizona

The Cardinals fill a need at safety by signing the eight-year veteran.

Weinfuss: Branch found right fit in Arizona's secondary


Danny Trevathan agrees to join Chicago

The three-down linebacker is leaving the Super Bowl champion Broncos for the Bears.

Dickerson: Trevathan gives Chicago another young piece to build around
PFF: Trevathan is answer to Bears' problems at linebacker
Legwold: Broncos follow Manning's retirement with rough start to free agency
Dickerson: Trevathan: 'I thought it was over' two seasons ago


Damon Harrison reaches agreement with Giants

"Big Snacks" will be playing his home games in the same stadium next season, but he'll be with the Giants instead of the Jets.

Graziano: Harrison costly but necessary for Giants
Cimini: Jets couldn't compete with Giants' offer


Rams reach deals with Mark Barron, William Hayes

Los Angeles was able to reach agreements with the converted linebacker and defensive end.

Wagoner: Re-signing Barron, Hayes keeps Rams' options open


Brandon Brooks to sign with Eagles

The offensive guard will get a five-year, $40 million deal with Philadelphia.

Sheridan: Eagles get a premier guard in Brooks


Lions bringing back Haloti Ngata

The enormous defensive tackle has reached an agreement on a two-year deal.

Rothstein: Re-signing Ngata shouldn't keep Lions from drafting DT


Lamar Miller joining Brock Osweiler in Houston

Miller, who rushed for 872 yards in Miami last season, adds to the Texans' offensive haul.

Ganguli: Texans' free-agency splurge gives offense much-needed facelift
Clay: What is Miller's fantasy ceiling in Houston's offense?
Miller wants a bigger role in Houston's offense


Brock Osweiler bolts for Houston

The former Broncos signal-caller is signing a four-year, $72 million deal with the Texans that includes $37 million in guaranteed money.

Ganguli: Osweiler instantly upgrades Texans, but he'll need help
Pro Football Focus: Osweiler should give Texans' offense needed stabilityInsider Legwold: Broncos now on the hunt for a viable starting QB
Sando: John Elway didn't fear letting Osweiler walk
Clay: Is Osweiler a viable fantasy option in Houston?
Ganguli: Texans weren't looking to draft a quarterback
Ganguli: Astronaut Scott Kelly is excited about Osweiler as he returns to Earth
Sheridan: Sam Bradford to Denver? Not as crazy as it sounds
Kapadia: Matt Flynn can't believe Osweiler's contract
Archer: How Osweiler could influence Cowboys' QB decision


Matt Forte will be a Jet

The longtime Bear has found a fit in New York after Chris Ivory left.

Cimini: Forte can still be productive as a dual threat for Jets
PFF: Forte isn't an instant upgrade for Jets offense
Demovsky: So much for Forte to the Packers
Clay: How long can Forte be an RB1?


Doug Martin staying put in Tampa Bay

Martin, who rushed for 1,402 yards last season, will sign a five-year deal worth more than $35 million.

DiRocco: Bucs wisely recognize re-signing Martin was best option


Alex Mack spurns Browns for Falcons

The three-team Pro Bowl center will reunite with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta.

McClure: Falcons address one big need in signing Mack
McManamon: Losing seasons had to affect Mack's decision


Rodney McLeod agrees with Eagles

The former Rams safety will sign a five-year, $37 million deal with Philadelphia.

Sheridan: McLeod helps Eagles rebuild secondary


Ladarius Green to replace Heath Miller in Pittsburgh

The former Chargers tight end adds depth and playmaking for the Steelers.

Fowler: Green joining Steelers' crowded stable of playmakers
Fowler: Steelers doing a good job finding value in free agency


Chase Daniel reunites with Doug Pederson

The Eagles' new head coach was Daniel's offensive coordinator in Kansas City. Daniel gets a multiyear deal to back up QB Sam Bradford.

Sheridan: Daniel, Pederson together again in Philadelphia
Teicher: Daniel almost had a perfect legacy in Kansas City
Sheridan: Daniel's deal expected but still surprising
Sheridan: Doug Pederson ends speculation: Sam Bradford still No. 1 QB


Alex Boone jumps to Vikings

The guard started all but one game he played for the 49ers the past four seasons.

Goessling: Boone gives Vikings' offensive line a touch of nastiness
Goessling: Coaching connections drive Vikings' early free-agent moves
Goessling: Boone: I wanted to play for 'Minnesota over everybody'


Chargers re-sign Antonio Gates, pick up Travis Benjamin

This increases the likelihood that Gates will retire as a Charger.

McManamon: Browns feeling free-agency pain by not retaining their own
Williams: Benjamin gives Philip Rivers another playmaker
Clay: How much can Rivers boost Benjamin's fantasy value?


Bengals retain George Iloka

Cincy shelled out $30 million over a five-year deal to keep one of the NFL's best coverage safeties.

Harvey: Iloka's re-signing perfect response to Marvin Jones' departure
Harvey: The numbers behind Iloka's new deal with Cincy


Rolando McClain re-ups with Cowboys

The linebacker will make $5 million on a one-year deal.

Archer: McClain knew Cowboys were the best fit


Mason Foster staying with Redskins

It's a two-year deal for the 27-year-old linebacker.

Keim: Redskins maintain certain culture by re-signing their free agents


Ian Williams sticks with San Francisco

The defensive tackle has agreed to return to the 49ers on a five-year deal.

Gutierrez: Can Williams maintain his ascent without Jim Tomsula?


Marvin Jones headed to Detroit

The Lions waste no time trying to fill the void left by Calvin Johnson's retirement.

Rothstein: Signing Jones is big for Lions' transition from Megatron
Clay: How high is Jones' fantasy ceiling with the Lions?
Rothstein: Jones: 'I'm not coming here trying to replace Calvin Johnson'


Janoris Jenkins cashes in with the Giants

One of the premier CBs on the open market will pocket $12 million per year.

Graziano: Giants prepared to make more splashes in free agency
Wagoner: Rams prepared to handle the loss of Jenkins
Graziano: Giants adding 'high risk/high reward' cornerback
Pro Football Focus: Giants add boom-or-bust player in JenkinsInsider Graziano: Jenkins' goal: 'Stop being lazy at the end of games'


Roman Foster sticking with Steelers

The offensive lineman will get a three-year deal.

Fowler: Steelers appear ready to keep O-line intact


Colt McCoy returning to D.C.

The QB will serve as Kirk Cousins' No. 2 with the Redskins.

Keim: McCoy's decision to re-sign is all about comfort

Tuesday, March 8

Kelechi Osemele to sign with Raiders

The offensive lineman will reportedly get a five-year deal worth a maximum $60 million.

Gutierrez: Is Osemele the Raiders' left tackle of the future?
Hensley: Ravens shouldn't be criticized for losing Kelechi Osemele to Raiders
Pro Football Focus: Osemele still an unknown at left tackleInsider


Malik Jackson headed to Jacksonville

Jackson's deal is expected to average $15 million per season and will be a five- or six-year contract.

DiRocco: Jaguars GM's aggressiveness pays off with Jackson agreement
Pro Football Focus: Jackson gives Jaguars' interior pass rush a big boostInsider


Jason Pierre-Paul returning to Giants

The defensive end is expected to sign a one-year deal for up to $10.5 million.

Graziano: Pierre-Paul, Giants still make sense for each other


Richie Incognito staying in Buffalo

Incognito will sign a three-year deal with the Bills.

Rodak: Incognito pact could keep Bills on free-agency sidelines
Rodak: Incognito's cap hit very affordable in 2016


Tamba Hali sticking with Chiefs

Hali has reached an agreement on a three-year deal that will allow him to finish his career in Kansas City.

Teicher: Chiefs take chance in re-signing Hali
Teicher: Hali deal says a lot about KC's confidence in Dee Ford
Teicher: Hali's role might diminish, but he says his impact won't


Benjamin Watson agrees to deal with Ravens

The 35-year-old tight end, who had a career year in 2015 with New Orleans, is headed to Baltimore.

Hensley: Ravens really, really wanted Watson
Triplett: Saints' offense will miss Watson but should still thrive


Leodis McKelvin headed to Philly

The cornerback, who was cut by the Bills last week, agreed to a two-year contract with the Eagles.

Sheridan: McKelvin happy to rejoin defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz


Mario Williams agrees to deal with Dolphins

The defensive end will sign a two-year deal with Miami after being released by Buffalo.

Walker: Are Dolphins taking on too many reclamation projects at once on D?
Yates: Miami's moves are keeping it in the cellar
Pro Football Focus: Dolphins counting on return to form from Williams
Walker: Williams signing likely spells the end for Vernon in Miami
Walker: Williams on joining Dolphins: 'I can't wait'


Charles Johnson staying in Carolina

After visiting with the Giants and Buccaneers, the defensive end plans to return to the Panthers.

Newton: Johnson shows big heart in re-signing with Panthers
Newton: Johnson's son happy he's back with Carolina


Adam Vinatieri signing extension in Indy

The 42-year-old kicker with four Super Bowl rings isn't going anywhere after agreeing to a new deal with the Colts.

Wells: Vinatieri could be NFL's all-time leading scorer by end of contract


Titans lure Ben Jones

The former Houston center/guard is headed to Tennessee on a four-year deal.

Kuharsky: Titans getting a versatile O-lineman and quirky guy


Raiders bolster pass rush with Bruce Irvin

Irvin is headed to Oakland to pair with Khalil Mack.

Gutierrez: Irvin gives Raiders bookend pass-rusher with All-Pro Mack
Kapadia: What is the Seahawks' plan for replacing Irvin?
Pro Football Focus: Versatile Irvin fills major need for RaidersInsider


Chris Ivory joining T.J. Yeldon in Jaguars' backfield

Ivory, who set career highs for carries and rushing yards last season with the Jets, is headed to Jacksonville.

DiRocco: Ivory addition puts status of other backs in jeopardy
Clay: Ivory signing limits his and Yeldon's fantasy value
Cimini: The Jets' free-agent exodus is underway


Donald Stephenson to sign with Broncos

The 27-year-old offensive tackle is leaving Kansas City for Denver.

Teicher: Chiefs have offensive line depth to withstand some losses