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NFL free agency tracker 2021: Live updates on news, rumors, signings and trades

New faces in new places, 2021 NFL free agency is here.

While there’s no Tom Brady to be had this offseason, the total bloodletting of NFL veterans due to NFL’s diminished cap space could land some impact players elsewhere this offseason. So far, we’ve seen Mitchell Schwartz, Eric Fisher, Janoris Jenkins, Kenny Vaccaro, Malcolm Butler and Emmanuel Sanders all hit the market, with more releases expected as teams work out their cap situations heading into Wednesday.

NFL FREE AGENCY 2021: Ranking the top 50 players available

Monday marks the start of the NFL’s “legal tampering” period, meaning over the next three days until the official start of NFL free agency, there will be reported deals struck, but nothing official until Wednesday at 4 p.m., the start of the new league year. Franchise tags have already been placed, with the deadlines last Wednesday; some notable names include Jets safety Marcus Maye, Saints DB Marcus Williams and wide receiver Allen Robinson.

Still, a deep free agent class is unfolding: Offensive lineman Joe Thuney, wide receivers Kenny Golladay and JuJu Smith-Schuster and tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith are all going to make some teams very, very happy this offseason.

Sporting News will be tracking all the latest rumored signings, trades and more below as the ball drops on the new league year this week.

MORE: SN’s latest mock draft | Big board of top 50 prospects

NFL free agency news, updates on signings and trades

(All times Eastern)

March 17

6:45 p.m.: Kyle Long is coming back to the NFL with the AFC champion Chiefs. The 32-year-old guard gets a one-year contract that could be worth up to $5 million (per ESPN). Long retired after the 2019 season, only to have a change of heart. 

6:30 p.m.: Defensive lineman Solomon Thomas is headed to the Raiders on a one-year deal that could max out at $5 million (per NFL Network). Thomas is mostly known for being the player the 49ers selected third overall in 2017 after trading down with the Bears, who chose Mitchell Trubisky No. 2 overall.   

6:10 p.m.: The Panthers make another addition on defense with linebacker Haason Reddick, who agrees to a one-year contract with $6 million in guaranteed money and incentives that could push the deal’s value to $8 million (per NFL Network).  

4:12 p.m.: Running back Marlon Mack and the Colts are getting back together (per NFL Network).

4:08 p.m.: Former Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman is heading way, way east, signing with the Panthers on a two-year deal (per ESPN).

4:00 p.m.: Happy new league year: 4 p.m. ET marks the official start of the new league year, and all deals prior to 4 p.m. can now become official.

3:52 p.m.: The Raiders didn’t cut Rodney Hudson after all, instead opting to trade him to the Cardinals for a pick swap (per NFL Network).

3:21 p.m.: Linebacker Jayon Brown is returning to the Titans on a one-year deal worth $5.25 million (per NFL Network).

2:55 p.m.: The Raiders continue work on the offensive line, bringing back Denzelle Good on a two-year deal (per ESPN).

1:29 p.m.: Wide receiver A.J. Green is on the move, heading to the Cardinals on a one-year contract (per NFL Network).

12:04 p.m.: Defensive tackle Adam Butler is staying in division, heading to the Dolphins on a two-year deal worth up to $9.5 million (per NFL Network).

11:58 a.m.: The Patriots are reuniting with offensive lineman Ted Karras on a one-year, $4 million deal (per The Athletic).

10:40 a.m.: The Rams continue working on their cap situation, shipping defensive lineman Michael Brockers to the Lions in exchange for a seventh-round pick (per NFL Network).

9:27 a.m.: The Raiders continue their offseason makeover, adding wide receiver John Brown on a one-year deal worth up to $5.5 million.

7:01 a.m.: Trent Williams, the top tackle and arguably best overall free agent, has re-signed with the 49ers for six years, $138.06 million, a league record for an offensive lineman (per ESPN)

March 16

10:10 p.m.: William Jackson III, one of the top cornerbacks on the market, is joining the Washington Football Team on a three-year, $42 million deal with $26 million guaranteed (per ESPN and NFL Network).

​5:30 p.m.: The Dolphins and Jacoby Brissett reach an agreement on a one-year deal (per ESPN).

​5:15 p.m.: Marvin Jones is heading to the Jaguars on a two-year, $14.5 million deal with $9.2 million fully guaranteed (per ESPN).

5:10 p.m.: Another QB finds a home. The Texans sign Tyrod Taylor to a one-year, $12.5 million deal (per ESPN).

5:05 p.m.: The Bears add a quarterback. (No, this is not a Russell Wilson trade alert.) Chicago and Andy Dalton agree to a one-year, $10 million deal (per ESPN).

3:35 p.m.: The Giants take care of some more business, signing wide receiver John Ross to a one-year deal worth up to $2.5 million (per NFL Network).

3:28 p.m.: The standoff is over: the Giants and DL Leonard Williams have agreed on a three-year, $63 million contract extension (per NFL Network).

3:08 p.m.: The Browns are bringing in DE Takk McKinley on a one-year, $4 million deal (per CBS Sports).

2:55 p.m.: Not a signing, but a surprise: The Raiders have released center Rodney Hudson. Las Vegas continues its offensive line teardown (per NFL Network).

2:47 p.m.: The Bengals are adding to their secondary, bringing in DB Mike Hilton (per ESPN). 

12:55 p.m.: The Jaguars are shoring up the secondary, adding Shaquill Griffin on a three-year deal worth up to $45 million (per NFL Network).

11:38 a.m.: The Jaguars adding to a reworked offensive line, bringing in Jihad Ward (per NFL Network).

10:03 a.m.: The Patriots just keep adding, this time bringing in tight end Hunter Henry on a three-year, $37.5 million deal with $25 million guaranteed (per ESPN). 

9:41 a.m.: The Broncos are keeping Von Miller around after all: Denver is picking up Miller’s option for 2021, keeping the pass rusher in the Mile High City for another year (per Mike Klis, 9News).

March 15

11:05 p.m.: Fitzmagic is jumping from the AFC East to the NFC East. The Washington Football Team and Ryan Fitzpatrick agree to a one-year deal. The contract is worth $10 million but could grow to $12 million with incentives (per ESPN).

10:50 p.m.: Here are the financials on Dalvin Tomlinson’s contract with the Vikings (per NFL Network): two years for $22 million with $20 million total guaranteed, $16 million fully guaranteed, a $15 million signing bonus and $16 million in the first year.

10:15 p.m.: The Bengals replace Carl Lawson with Trey Hendrickson, who is joining Cincinnati on a four-year, $60 million deal (per NFL Network).

9 p.m.: With Drew Brees gone, Jameis Winston will look to be the Saints’ starting quarterback in 2021 after signing a one-year deal worth up to $12 million (per The Athletic and ESPN).

8:55 p.m.: The Jets follow up their Corey Davis signing by snagging edge rusher Carl Lawson on a three-year, $45 million deal with $30 million guaranteed (per NFL Network).

8:45 p.m.: The Titans land a premier pass rusher, signing Bud Dupree to a multi-year deal worth $16.5 million annually (per NFL Network).

8:40 p.m.: More protection for Justin Herbert, as the Chargers and offensive lineman Matt Feiler agree to a three-year, $21 million contract (per ESPN).

8:30 p.m.: Another Patriots signing. New England brings in defensive lineman Henry Anderson on a two-year, $7 million deal with a maximum value of $11 million (per NFL Network).

7:50 p.m.: One of the top wide receivers is off the board. The Jets and Corey Davis reach an agreement on a three-year, $37.5 million contract with $27 million guaranteed (per ESPN).

7:30 p.m.: The Titans and Denico Autry agree to a three-year, $21.5 million contract with $9 million guaranteed (per NFL Network).

7:10 p.m.: Carlos Hyde is heading to the Jaguars on a two-year, $6 million deal (per NFL Network).

6:50 p.m.: The Patriots add another wide receiver, signing Kendrick Bourne to a three-year, $22.5 million deal (per NFL Network).

6:45 p.m.: The Broncos are signing cornerback Ronald Darby to a three-year, $30 million contract with $19.5 million fully guaranteed (per NFL Network).

6:40 p.m.: Gronk back. Tight end Rob Gronkowski returns to the Buccaneers on a one-year, $10 million deal (per ESPN).

6:35 p.m.: Linebacker Leonard Floyd won’t be leaving the Rams. Floyd is re-signing with Los Angeles on a four-year, $64 million deal (per ESPN). 

6:30 p.m.: The Patriots’ spending spree continues. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor agrees to a two-year, $26 million contract with New England (per ESPN).

6:25 p.m.: The Raiders land one of the top edge rushers on the market, signing Yannick Ngakoue to a two-year, $26 million deal (per ESPN).

4:39 p.m.: The Chargers are doing their best to protect Justin Herbert, signing All-Pro center Corey Linsley (per NFL Network). 

4:19 p.m.: The Browns are bringing in safety John Johnson on a three-year, $33.75 million contract with $24 million guaranteed (per NFL Network). 

4:09 p.m.: One of the top OL prizes of free agency, Joe Thuney has signed with the Chiefs on a five-year, $80 million deal.

3:16 p.m.: The Patriots are adding to their pass rush attack, signing Matthew Judon to a four-year, $56 million contract (per NFL Network).

3:05 p.m.: New England stays busy, as the Patriots and DB Jalen Mills come to terms on a four-year, $24 million deal (per ESPN).

3:04 p.m.: The Jaguars and DT Roy Robertson-Harris agree to a three-year, $24.4 million deal (per NFL Network).

2:34 p.m.: Cornerback Jason Verrett and the 49ers are continuing their partnership, with Verrett signing a one-year extension to stay in San Francisco (per Josina Anderson).

2:30 p.m.: Someone willingly is joining the Texans, with WR/KR Andre Roberts signing a two-year deal with the team (per NFL Network).

1:03 p.m.: The Patriots are making a big addition to their tight end room, signing Jonnu Smith to a four-year, $50 million deal with $31.25 million guaranteed (per ESPN).

12:14 p.m.: Pass rusher Romeo Okwara and the Lions are sticking together, agreeing to a three-year, $39 million pact (per NFL Network).

12:10 p.m.: The Cardinals announce they are re-signing Markus Golden to a two-year deal.

12:09 p.m.: Shaq Barrett says he’s returning to Tampa Bay (per Josina Anderson). His deal includes $36 million guaranteed over four years, $72 million total.

7 a.m.: The Ravens signed guard Kevin Zeitler to a three-year, $22.5 million contract (per ESPN).

March 14

10 p.m.: The 49ers re-signed fullback Kyle Juszczyk to a five-year, $27 million contract (per ESPN).

4:30 p.m.: The Packers and Aaron Jones agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Jones was expected to hit the open market as the top free-agent running back available, but will instead return to Green Bay’s backfield with second-year riser A.J. Dillon.

“Aaron would have signed for more in free agency but wanted to stay in Green Bay,” Drew Rosenhaus said about Jones re-signing with the Packers.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2021

NFL free agency rumors

Titans in for a secondary makeover

Date: March 10

Source: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

It’s more rough news for NFL veterans, as vet defensive backs Kenny Vaccaro and Malcolm Butler both are hitting free agency, per Rapoport. With the salary cap down roughly $16 million heading into 2021, expect more veteran players with big checks to hit the market.

Saints clearing cap space, planning to release notable names

Date: March 10

Source: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

The Saints, who are $31 million over the cap, have released a pair of notable names, with linebacker Kwon Alexander and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders both heading towards free agency. Alexander is recovering from an Achilles injury, while Sanders is entering the twilight of his NFL career. Sanders did have over 700 yards receiving in 2020.

Allen Robinson gets second franchise tag

Date: March 9

Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN

Bears placed franchise tag on WR Allen Robinson, per source.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2021

Bears standout wideout Allen Robinson catches the franchise tag for the second consecutive season, abruptly ending any talk of him hitting free agency. The idea of a tag-and-trade could still be in the works, but Chicago figures to want to keep Robinson in a Bears uniform long-term.

Kenny Golladay is free agency bound

Date: March 9

Source: Tom Pelissero, NFL Network

The #Lions don’t plan to tag WR Kenny Golladay, per source.

No final decision on whether Detroit may use a tag on someone else, but it appears Golladay is headed to the market.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 9, 2021

In something of a surprise, Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay seems to be hitting the market, per Pelissero. Golladay is coming off an injury-shortened 2020 season, but has 1,000-yard seasons in both 2018 and 2019.

Bud Dupree may have a new team in 2021

Date: March 9

Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN

LB Bud Dupree, Pittsburgh’s franchise player last year, has been informed that he will not be franchised again this year, per league source. Dupree is headed to free agency.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2021

Coming off a 8 1/2 sack season, Dupree played out the franchise tag and won’t be getting it again come 2021, per Schefter. Dupree is one of the preeminent pass rushers to hit free agency this year.

Chris Godwin gets the tag

Date: March 9

Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN

Buccaneers informed WR Chris Godwin he is being franchise tagged, per source.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2021

Arguably the best receiver who was scheduled to hit the market in 2021, Buccaneers wideout Chris Godwin will be getting the franchise tag, per Schefter. Godwin is one of the trio of key free agents for the Bucs this offseason, with defenders Shaq Barrett and Lavonte David both hitting the market, as well.

Dak Prescott isn’t going anywhere

Date: March 8

Source: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

From NFL Now: Amid the waiting on the cap number, there is some positivity surrounding #Cowboys QB Dak Prescott’s potential deal even if it doesn’t get done by Tuesday.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2021

Months of Dallas brass telling the world that Dak Prescott will be the Cowboys quarterback in 2021 seems to be closer to reality, with the franchise tag going to be placed on Prescott. The two sides will have until July 15 to get a long-term deal done.

Washington considering franchise tag on Scherff

Date: March 8

Source: Tom Pelissero, NFL Network (NFL Now)

Washington is considering placing the franchise tag on guard Brandon Scherff once again, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Scherff is scheduled to be one of the top two guards available on the free agent market, alongside Patriots guard Joe Thuney.

Lions getting calls for backup QB

Date: March 7

Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN

Lions have had trade discussions with other teams regarding their backup QB Chase Daniel, per sources. Daniel has been considered an ideal mentor for young QBs, something he learned from Drew Brees during their time together in New Orleans.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2021

The Lions are receiving calls on backup quarterback  Chase Daniel, per reports. Daniel could be considered for a mentorship-type role for a new team. Detroit is waiting to make their trade for QB Jared Goff official.

Best NFL free agents by position

Here’s a list of the top NFL free agents still available, as ranked by SN’s Vinnie Iyer:


Jameis Winston, SaintsRyan Fitzpatrick, DolphinsMitchell Trubisky, BearsAndy Dalton, CowboysAlex Smith, WashingtonTyrod Taylor, ChargersJacoby Brissett, Colts

Running backs

Kenyan Drake, CardinalsChris Carson, SeahawksLeonard Fournette, BuccaneersPhillip Lindsay, BroncosJames Conner, SteelersMike Davis, PanthersJames White, PatriotsLe’Veon Bell, ChiefsTodd Gurley, FalconsTevin Coleman, 49ersDuke Johnson, Texans

Wide receivers

Kenny Golladay, LionsJuJu Smith-Schuster, SteelersWill Fuller, TexansCorey Davis, TitansMarvin Jones Jr., LionsCurtis Samuel, PanthersNelson Agholor, RaidersAntonio Brown, BuccaneersT.Y. Hilton, ColtsA.J. Green, BengalsSammy Watkins, ChiefsKeelan Cole, JaguarsAdam Humphries, TitansDanny Amendola, LionsBreshad Perriman, JetsLarry Fitzgerald, CardinalsGolden Tate, GiantsDeSean Jackson, Eagles

Tight ends

Hunter Henry, ChargersJonnu Smith, TitansRob Gronkowski, BuccaneersGerald Everett, RamsJared Cook, SaintsKyle Rudolph, VikingsTyler Eifert, JaguarsJosh Hill, Saints

Offensive tackles

Trent Williams, 49ersAlejandro Villanueva, SteelersRussell Okung, PanthersEric Fisher, ChiefsMitchell Schwartz, ChiefsCameron Fleming, GiantsBobby Massie, BearsKelvin Beachum, CardinalsMatt Feiler, Steelers


Joe Thuney, PatriotsLane Taylor, PackersGabe Jackson, RaidersJames Carpenter, FalconsRichie Incognito, Raiders


Corey Linsley, PackersDavid Andrews, PatriotsAustin Reiter, ChiefsAlex Mack, FalconsNick Martin, Texans

Defensive tackles

Shelby Harris, BroncosDalvin Tomlinson, GiantsSheldon Rankins, SaintsNdamukong Suh, BuccaneersTyrone Crawford, CowboysJurrell Casey, BroncosHenry Anderson, Jets

Edge rushers 

Shaquil Barrett, BuccaneersMelvin Ingram, ChargersBud Dupree, SteelersMatthew Judon, RavensYannick Ngakuoe, RavensJadeveon Clowney, TitansCarl Lawson, BengalsLeonard Floyd, RamsTrey Hendrickson, SaintsHaason Reddick, CardinalsJustin Houston, ColtsAldon Smith, CowboysRomeo Okwara, LionsCarlos Dunlap, SeahawksTakk McKinley, FalconsAdrian Clayborn, Browns


Jayon Brown, TitansDenzel Perryman, ChargersK.J. Wright, Seahawks


Richard Sherman, 49ersTroy Hill, RamsWilliam Jackson III, BengalsDesmond King II, TitansMike Hilton, SteelersPatrick Peterson, CardinalsShaquill Griffin, SeahawksQuinton Dunbar, SeahawksXavier Rhodes, ColtsRonald Darby, WashingtonJason Verrett, 49ersMackensie Alexander, BengalsBrian Poole, JetsChidobe Awuzie, CowboysNickell Robey-Coleman, EaglesBreshaud Breeland, ChiefsCameron Sutton, SteelersK’Waun Williams, 49ersGareon Conley, TexansA.J. Bouye, BroncosBuster Skrine, BearsJustin Coleman, Lions


Anthony Harris, VikingsJohn Johnson III, RamsMalik Hooker, ColtsKeanu Neal, FalconsJaquiski Tartt, 49ersXavier Woods, CowboysRicardo Allen, FalconsTre Boston, PanthersLamarcus Joyner, Raiders


Zane Gonzalez, CardinalsRyan Succop, BuccaneersMatt Prater, LionsDustin Hopkins, WashingtonStephen Gostkowski, TitansCody Parkey, BrownsRandy Bullock, BengalsNick Folk, PatriotsDan Bailey, Vikings


Kevin Huber, BengalsPat O’Donnell, BearsJordan Berry, SteelersAndy Lee, CardinalsMatt Haack, DolphinsThomas Morstead, Saints

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