NFL offseason tracker: Bills sign former Patriot OL LaAdrian Waddle
NFL free agency officially began Wednesday at 4 p.m., but teams and representatives for unrestricted free agents had been discussing and finalizing potential deals.
We’ll have updates on the latest moves on this page.
Patriots offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle signed a one-deal with Buffalo Bills, the team announced. Waddle was mostly a backup lineman for the Patriots in his four seasons with the team.
■ Safety Terrence Brooks signed a two-year deal with the Patriots, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Brooks was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round (No. 79) in 2014 out of Florida State. He played the last two seasons with the New York Jets.
■ The Patriots signed wide receivers Maurice Harris and Bruce Ellington, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Ellington, 27, had 31 catches in seven games last season split between the Detroit Lions and the Houston Texans. He was drafted in the fourth round by the San Francisco 49ers in 2014 out of South Carolina and has 79 receptions for 769 yards and five touchdowns.
Harris, 26, caught 28 passes for 304 yards for the Redskins last season, but Washington chose not to tender him as a restricted free agent. He becomes one of the taller receivers on the Patriots roster at 6 feet 3 inches and 200 pounds but has played plenty of snaps in the slot as well as outside.
■ The Patriots are signing former Broncos tight end Matt LaCosse and former Jets defensive lineman Mike Pennell, according to a league source. LaCosse has been in the NFL since 2015 and played for the Giants and Broncos but had his best season in 2018 in Denver, catching 24 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown. He is 6 feet 6 inches and 255 pounds. Pennell, 27, has a chance to be an impact player for the Patriots, who lost free agent defensive lineman Malcom Brown to the Saints Thursday. At 6-4 and 332 pounds, he can eat up space in the middle. He’s played 16 games for the Jets each of the past two seasons after spending his first three years in the league in Green Bay.
■ Wide receiver Cole Beasley, who left the Dallas Cowboys to sign a four-year, $29 million deal with Bills, said at his introductory news conference that his decision came down to Buffalo and the Patriots.
■ Wide receiver Adam Humphries said the Patriots made a push to sign him after he committed to the Tennessee Titans. Humphries, who spent the first four seasons of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, signed a four-year deal worth $36 million.
■ Defensive lineman Malcom Brown is signing with the New Orleans Saints. The deal is for three years, $15 million.
Brown was drafted by the Patriots in the first round (No. 32) of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Texas. He had 8½ sacks in four seasons, but did not record one last year.
■ Safety Ha Ha Clinton Dix is leaving the Redskins to sign a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears, according to NFL Network.
■ Defensive end John Simon re-signed with the Patriots, according to his agency, Element Sports Group. Simon played 11 games in the 2018 regular season for the Patriots, tallying two sacks and 17 tackles.
■ The Patriots will host defensive end Allen Bailey for a visit Thursday. The free agent has spent his entire eight-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs who selected him in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft out of Miami.
Bailey, who will turn 30 on March 25, played in all 16 games for the Chiefs last season, making 13 starts. He had 38 tackles and a career-high six sacks in 2018.
■ The Patriots re-signed wide receiver Phillip Dorsett to a one-year deal. Dorsett finished the 2018 regular season with 32 receptions, 290 yards and three touchdowns.
■ The Browns reached an agreement to sign linebacker Adarius Taylor to a two-year, $5 million contract. After one season with the Carolina Panthers, Taylor played the last four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
■ Running back Adrian Peterson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he is returning to the Washington Redskins on a two-year deal.
■ Wide receiver Tyrell Williams is leaving the Los Angeles Chargers and will sign with the Oakland Raiders, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
■ Cornerback Pierre Desir has agreed to a three-year, $25 million deal to stay with the Indianapolis Colts. Earlier Wednesday, the Colts gave cornerback Chris Milton a one-year contract extension.
■ The Chargers will sign Tyrod Taylor to a two-year contract to be Philip Rivers’ backup. Taylor has started 46 games during his eight-year career, including the first three games last season for Cleveland before suffering a concussion against the New York Jets. Baker Mayfield took over in Taylor’s absence and did not relinquish the job.
■ Jason McCourty is returning to the Patriots on a two-year deal. Acquired in a trade with the Cleveland Browns one year ago, McCourty played in all 16 games last season, with 12 starts. He had 70 tackles and one interception as he helped to shore up the secondary.
■ The Baltimore Ravens have signed running back Mark Ingram and safety Earl Thomas, according to multiple reports.
Ingram played eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints and Thomas arrives after a nine-year run with Seattle as part of the Legion of Boom.
■ The Seattle Seahawks will sign Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers to a four-year deal.
■ After spending one season with the Miami Dolphins, Brandon Bolden is returning to the Patriots. The running back/special teams performer will sign a two-year deal.
■ The New Orleans Saints announced that they agreed to terms on a five-year deal with kicker Wil Lutz.
■ The Browns and tight end Demetrius Harris have agreed to a two-year contract. Harris spent the first five years of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs, hauling in 57 receptions for 605 yards and six touchdowns while backing up Travis Kelce.
■ After sitting out the 2018 season, running back Le'Veon Bell agreed to a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the New York Jets.
■ Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is leaving the Patriots and will sign a two-year deal with the Chicago Bears worth $5 million per year, according to reports.
■ Four-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker C.J. Mosley is headed to the New York Jets after the Baltimore Ravens declined to match the Jets’ five-year, $85 million offer according to reports.
■ Four-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Anthony Barr will re-sign with the Vikings on a five-year, $67.5 million contract with $33 million guaranteed and an additional $10 million available through incentives. Barr first had agreed to join the New York Jets, but changed his mind
■ The Green Bay Packers agreed to deals with pass rushers Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith, safety Adrian Amos and offensive lineman Billy Turner.
Za'Darius Smith’s agency, SportsTrust Advisors, announced his $66 million, four-year deal with $34.5 million in the first two years. Amos‘s deal will be for four years, $37 million.
The team also announced it is parting ways with veteran linebacker Nick Perry.
■ Linebacker Thomas Davis is headed to the Chargers after 14 seasons with the Panthers.
■ The Buffalo Bills have reached agreements to sign free agent receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley, according to the Associated Press. The Bills also announced signing cornerback Kevin Johnson to a one-year contract.
■ The New York Giants have re-signed restricted free agent fullback Eli Penny. He worked mostly as a lead blocker for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley in 2018.
■ The New Orleans Saints will sign former Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray a four-year, $14.4 million deal, according to ESPN.
■ Receiver DeVante Parker will sign a $13 million, two-year deal with the Miami Dolphins that replaces a $9.4 million fifth-year option on his original contract.
■ Vikings tackle Sheldon Richardson agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with Cleveland.
Nick Foles agrees to deal with Jacksonville
As expected the Jacksonville Jaguars and quarterback Nick Foles agreed on a four-year, $88 million contract, the Associated Press reported on Monday.
The deal includes $50.125 million guaranteed and could be worth up to $102 million with incentives, the AP said.
Foles will replace the inconsistent Blake Bortles, Jacksonville’s top pick (third overall) in the 2014 draft.
Foles, 30, went 4-1 in the postseason and 6-2 in the regular season in place of Carson Wentz the last two years. He was the 2018 Super Bowl MVP in a stunning victory over the Patriots.
Philadelphia opted not to use the franchise tag on Foles, allowing him to hit the open market.
Trey Flowers to sign with Lions
Trey Flowers will sign a five-year deal with the Detroit Lions, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Flowers was considered to be one of the top free agents on the market after producing 57 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, and a career-high 7.5 sacks in 15 games in 2018.
The Lions’ leadership carries prominent ties to the Patriots. Both Detroit general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia spent more than a decade in New England. However Patricia’s first season as a head coach ended in difficult circumstances, with the team posting a 6-10 record.
Trent Brown to the Raiders
After helping the Patriots win Super Bowl LIII, offensive tackle Trent Brown is expected to sign with the Oakland Raiders according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal is for four years and $66 million, with $36.75 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history.
The Patriots acquired Brown in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers in April of 2018. The Patriots sent a third-round pick to San Francisco in exchange for Brown and a fifth-round pick. Brown would go on to replace Nick Solder, who left via free agency to join the New York Giants last offseason, at left tackle.
His ability to transition from right tackle, where he played in San Francisco, was all the more crucial when Isaiah Wynn, selected by the Patriots with the 23rd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, tore his Achilles’ tendon in the preseason and never played a snap.
■ The Titans agreed with Tampa Bay wide receiver Adam Humphries to a four-year contract worth approximately $36 million.
.■ The Chiefs agreed to a $42 million, three-year deal with safety Tyrann Mathieu, continuing what is expected to be an aggressive offseason overhaul of their leaky defense.
■ Terrell Suggs is leaving the Ravens after pursuing opposing quarterbacks and providing boisterous leadership on and off the field for 16 seasons.
The seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker told the Ravens that he won’t be coming back, people with direct knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press.
An unrestricted free agent, the 36-year-old Suggs said at the end of the 2018 season that he wanted to spend his entire career in Baltimore.
■ Safety Landon Collins will sign a six-year, $84 million deal with the Washington Redskins. Multiple reports indicate that $45 million will be guaranteed. Collins spent the first four years of his career with the NFC East rival New York Giants, registering 428 tackles.
■ Running back Frank Gore agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with the Buffalo Bills.
■ The New York Jets will sign former Redskins wide receiver Jamison Crowder. The deal is worth three years and $28.5 million, including $17 million guaranteed, according to multiple reports.
■ The San Francisco 49ers are signing linebacker Kwon Alexander to a four-year, $54 million deal, according to reports. Alexander played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, starting the first six games before tearing his ACL in Week 7 and missing the rest of the season.
■ One option for the Patriots to replace tight end Rob Gronkowski if he decides to retire became unavailable when the Lions agreed to a deal with former Pittsburgh tight end Jesse James, according to multiple reports.
■ Defensive back Justin Coleman will sign a four-year deal with the Lions worth $36 million, according to multiple reports. Coleman played two seasons with the Patriots in 2015 and 2016.
■ Defensive tackle Malik Jackson is headed to the Philadelphia Eagles, according to ESPN.. The deal is expected to be for three years, $10 million, according to Adam Schefter. Jackson played the last three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was released last week.
Still no word on Gronk
Rob Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, made the media rounds on Monday and talked about the Patriots tight end.
“I spoke with him recently. He’s feeling good. He’s healthy,” Rosenhaus told The Rich Eisen Show. “He got banged up in the Super Bowl. He played through a quad injury. He’s one of a kind.
“I don’t know what he’s going to do. Last time I talked to him, he hadn’t made a decision yet. Not sure what that decision is going to be, but whatever he decides, obviously he’ll have my full support.
“I know that he’s been in touch with the organization, and they’re supporting him. They’re giving him the time that he needs to make this call. Hopefully Rob will be very comfortable with his decision. I just said to him, ‘Take your time man. Make the decision that’s best for you. Don’t rush into anything, and think it through, and then do what you think is best.’”
Speculation and reports
■ Having already signed former Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen, the Miami Dolphins are apparently interested in wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, according to the Miami Herald’s Adam H. Beasley
Amendola to the Lions
Amendola’s agreement with Detroit is for one year, with $4.5 million in guaranteed money, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. The deal also includes incentives that could raise the figure to $5.75 million.
Amendola played five seasons with the Patriots through the 2017 season, totaling 230 receptions for 2,383 yards and 12 touchdowns. In 13 postseason games, he had 57 catches for 709 yards and six touchdowns.
Contract extensions and trades
■ The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trading wide receiver DeSean Jackson back to the Philadelphia Eagles.
■ Linebacker Dante Fowler has re-signed with the Los Angeles Rams, passing up a shot at unrestricted free agency to stay with the NFC champions. It’s a one-year, $14 million deal, according to Rapoport.
■ Safety Kenny Vaccaro is re-signing with the Tennessee Titans. The deal is for four years and $26 million, with $11.5 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network.
■ The Cincinnati Bengals re-signed offensive tackle Bobby Hart to a three-year, $21 million deal, according to ESPN.
■ The Eagles will hold on to offensive tackle Jason Peters, signing him to a one-year deal, according to reports.
■ The Denver Broncos picked up the option for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, according to reports.
■ Tight end Ben Braunecker, who played at Harvard, re-signed with the Chicago Bears for two years, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.
■ The New Orleans Saints announced that they have agreed to terms with safety Chris Banjo on a three-year contract extension. The club is also retaining linebacker Craig Robertson on a two-year deal worth north of $four million, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
■ The Giants are signing restricted free agent center Spencer Pulley to a three-year, $9.6 million extension, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
■ The Baltimore Ravens exercised the 2019 option on cornerback Brandon Carr.
■ The Jets agreed Sunday to acquire two-time Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele from the Oakland Raiders. The deal includes the Jets sending their fifth-round draft pick to the Raiders for Oakland’s sixth-rounder, according to the Associated Press.
■ The Raiders also agreed to a two-year deal with defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.