NFL Teams Get Ready For Free Agency

As Wednesdays Free Agency Period Approaches LockedIN Magazine looks At The Action

As Wednesday’s shotgun start to Free agency, first off let’s talk about what kinds of players are there. First off,Players are either “restricted free agents” or “unrestricted free agents.” A restricted free agent may be subject to a “qualifying offer.” A restricted or unrestricted free agent may be designated by his prior club as its franchise player or transition player.

The time table looks like this: For restricted free agents, from March 14 to April 20. For unrestricted free agents who have received the May 8 tender from their prior club, from March 14 to July 23 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later). For franchise players, from March 14 until the Tuesday following Week 10 of the regular season, November 13. For transition players, from March 14 until July 23. After July 23 and until 4 p.m. ET on the Tuesday following Week 10 of the regular season, November 13, the prior club has exclusive negotiating rights to unrestricted free agents and transition players. If the above-listed players do not sign by November 13, they must sit out the season.

At 4pm on Wednesday, the Official  start of the NFL Season all teams must be in complience with the salary cap, and this year that number is HUGE!  $177,200,000 per club! And some teams are using Monday and Tuesday to get Ready for Wednesday. Here is a Break down on what’s gone on so far….

On Monday, the Buccaneers agreed to terms with Cameron Brate on a six-year deal. The fourth-year tight end has developed from an undrafted free agent into one of the NFL’s best red zone threats and a key component in Tampa Bay’s passing attack. This comes days after the Bucs announced that they signed Mike Evans to a 5 year deal, and announced that they have exercised the one-year options remaining on the contracts for tackle Demar Dotson and safeties Chris Conte and Josh Robinson. And resigned Ryan Fitzpatrick to a 1 year deal.

As expected, the Jacksonville Jaguars tendered running back Corey Grant Monday afternoon. The team also announced that they place exclusive rights tenders on tight end Ben Koyack and offensive tackle Will Poehls. What remains to be seen is where will Allen Robinson wind up. In an interview on NFL Network, Robinson referred to Jacksonville as something that’s “behind him” and also alluded to part of his decision on where to play next on who the quarterback is!

On Monday, quarterback Kirk Cousins posted a farewell message to Washington. As to where Cousins may turn up, is all about the tagging. In his post Cousins tagged both the Vikings and the Jets.

The Dolphins traded Jarvis Landry, putting them in the market for a veteran receiver. And now, Miami has emerged as the front-runner for Chiefs receiver Albert Wilson.

Here are some other moves from Monday:

Baltimore Ravens resigned James Hurst and cut Lardarius Webb
Chicago Bears Bradley Sowell re-signed, Two-year contract (through 2019)
Dallas Cowboys Brian Price re-signed/excl. FA, Two-year contract (through 2019)
Green Bay Packers Donatello Brown re-signed/excl. FA, One-year tender (through 2018)
Green Bay Packers Justin McCray re-signed/excl. FA, One-year tender (through 2018)
Green Bay Packers Michael Clark re-signed/excl. FA, One-year tender (through 2018)
Kansas City Chiefs Anthony Sherman re-signed
Kansas City Chiefs Ron Parker cut
Kansas City Chiefs Tamba Hali cut
Los Angeles Chargers Geremy Davis re-signed/rest FA, One-year contract (through 2018)
Los Angeles Chargers Nick Dzubnar re-signed/rest FA, Two-year contract (through 2019)
Los Angeles Rams Malcolm Brown re-signed/excl. FA, One-year tender (through 2018)
Los Angeles Rams Troy Hill re-signed/excl. FA, One-year tender (through 2018)
Miami Dolphins Lawrence Timmons cut
Minnesota Vikings Anthony Harris re-signed/excl. FA, One-year tender (through 2018)
Minnesota Vikings Mack Brown re-signed/excl. FA, One-year tender (through 2018)
New Orleans Saints Zach Strief retired
New York Giants Jon Halapio re-signed/excl. FA, One-year tender (through 2018)
New York Giants Mark Herzlich re-signed
Oakland Raiders Griff Whalen signed
Oakland Raiders Justin Ellis re-signed, Three-year contract (through 2020)
Oakland Raiders Marshall Newhouse cut
Oakland Raiders Sean Smith cut
Oakland Raiders Shilique Calhoun re-signed/excl. FA, One-year tender (through 2018)
San Francisco 49ers Jeff Locke signed, One-year contract (through 2018)
San Francisco 49ers Raheem Mostert re-signed/excl. FA, One-year tender (through 2018)
Seattle Seahawks Bradley McDougald re-signed, Three-year contract (through 2020)
Seattle Seahawks DeShawn Shead cut
Washington Redskins Dustin Hopkins re-signed