This is our annual open thread to discuss all the free agent movement, trades, cuts, and other news for the first few days of free agency, starting with the “legal tampering period” that begins at noon Eastern on March 16.
We’ll start with two deals with players that were cut in the past few days, so they are not subject to waiting for the official start of free agency on Wednesday.
Green Bay signs ILB Christian Kirksey.
Green Bay signs OT Ricky Wagner.
Minnesota signs a 2-year extension with Kirk Cousins worth $66 million.
UPDATE: MONDAY 1PM
Cleveland signs TE Austin Hooper (4 years, $44 million, $23 million guaranteed over the first two seasons).
Miami signs G Ereck Flowers (3 years, $30 million, $19.95 million guaranteed).
Houston trades WR DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth-round pick to Arizona for RB David Johnson, a second-round pick, and a 2021 fourth-round pick. To quote Dave Bernreuther on our internal channels, “Chris Ballard could trade T.Y. Hilton and a pick for Todd Gurley right now and it still wouldn’t be the worst move in the division in the last twenty minutes.”
UPDATE: MONDAY 3PM
Baltimore trades TE Hayden Hurst and a fourth-round pick to Atlanta for second- and fifth-round picks.
Miami signs DE Shaq Lawson (3 years, $30 million, $21 million guaranteed).
Pittsburgh G Ramon Foster retires.
San Francisco re-signs DE Arik Armstead (5 years, $85 million).
Tampa Bay re-signs DE Jason Pierre-Paul (2 years, $27 million).
San Francisco trades DT DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for the 13th overall pick in the draft. The Colts then extend Buckner to a deal that makes him the second-highest paid DL in football, behind Aaron Donald ($21 million a year, exact terms still pending)