NFL free agency tracker 2023: Live updates on news, rumors, signings and trades

The 2023 edition of NFL free agency is here, and it looks like the NFL is going to have another wild offseason of movement.

The week leading up to free agency wasn’t quite as dramatic in 2023 as it was in 2022. There weren’t any big-time quarterback trades, though Derek Carr, Geno Smith and Daniel Jones all agreed to new contracts that further reset the NFL’s quarterback market.

That said, there were plenty of rumors about the futures of Aaron Rodgers and Lamar Jackson. Rodgers has yet to announce a decision about whether he will play in 2023, but he has been increasingly tied for the Jets.

As for Jackson, the Ravens slapped him with the franchise tag, but it was of the non-exclusive variety. That means that interested teams could sign Jackson to an offer sheet if they so desire. That means that there are at least two MVP quarterbacks available on the open market.

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While Rodgers and Jackson are the biggest prizes of the offseason, there are still plenty of quality free agents that NFL teams can target. There are a few notable offensive players who will interest fans, including Jakobi Meyers, Odell Beckham Jr. and Dalton Schultz. But there are also stalwart veterans like Kaleb McGary, Jason Kelce and Dalvin Tomlinson who are among the top 60 free agents that play less-heralded positions.

The NFL’s so-called legal tampering period begins at noon ET on Monday, March 13. At that point, we will start to see deals come together as teams tackle the next phase in roster building.

Sporting News will be tracking all of the notable NFL free agent signings and trades during the 2023 NFL offseason. Follow along with all the latest rumors and news below.

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NFL free agency news, updates on signings and trades

(All times Eastern.)

March 13

5:14 p.m. — According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the 49ers are signing QB Sam Darnold to a one-year deal. Interesting move as Brock Purdy rehabs a serious elbow injury and Trey Lance also recovering.

5:03 p.m. — The Buccaneers are surprisingly able to retain CB Jamel Dean, giving him a four-year, $52 million deal. Big loss for cornerback-needy teams elsewhere.

4:57 p.m. — Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, DE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo is signing a three-year deal with the Browns. Okoronkwo made eight starts for the Texans in 2022 and recorded five sacks over 17 games.

4:45 p.m. — ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Steelers are signing CB Patrick Peterson to a two-year deal. This follows Cameron Sutton’s exit from Pittsburgh earlier in the day.

4:42 p.m. — The Lions added to their defense earlier today with Cameron Sutton and now keep one of their own by re-signing Alex Anzalone. Anzalone worked with DC Aaron Glenn in New Orleans and has emerged as a major contributor for him in Detroit.

4:33 p.m. — NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that former Bengals standout safety Jessie Bates is headed to Atlanta on a four-year deal worth $16.005 million per season, making him the fourth-highest paid safety in NFL history.

4:22 p.m. — And even more information about the Jimmy Garoppolo deal, it would seem that the base value of the contract is about $72.5 million instead of the initial $67.5 million figure that was reported.

4:21 p.m. — Case Keenum’s contract with the Texans is a two-year deal worth up to $8.25 million including incentives, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

4:03 p.m. — The Bears are making another splash at linebacker, as they are signing Tremaine Edmunds to play linebacker next to T.J. Edwards. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the deal will be worth $72 million over four years with $50 million in guarantees.

3:56 p.m. — Some more information about the structure of Jimmy Garoppolo’s deal with the Raiders, via ESPN’s Field Yates.

3:55 p.m. — The Bears are adding another high-end offensive lineman to the mix. Nate Davis is leaving the Titans and joining the Bears on a three-year contract.

3:47 p.m. — Well, there are now “mounting indications” that Aaron Rodgers is going to the Jets, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. So, we may get a trade today after all.

3:40 p.m. — The 49ers signed Javon Hargrave earlier in the day, but now, they will lose a bit of their defensive tackle depth. Hassan Ridgeway is signing a one-year deal with the Texans worth up to $4 million.

3:31 p.m. — Vonn Bell’s time with the Bengals has come to an end. He will be signing with the Panthers, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

3:04 p.m. — NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is now refuting Wingo’s report, saying that nothing has changed in the Rodgers saga. So, the wait continues.

3:01 p.m. — Brace yourselves, folks. It sounds like Aaron Rodgers is going to be a Jet. Trey Wingo reports that the deal between the two sides is done; he broke the news about the Jets contingent visiting Rodgers in California, so it looks like Rodgers will follow the Brett Favre model as his career continues. Stay tuned for more info.

2:59 p.m. — The Vikings are adding another tight end to the mix. Josh Oliver has agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract with the team. He has just 26 career receptions for 230 yards and two touchdowns, but he is one of the best blocking tight ends in the league. Thus, the solid pay day.

2:53 p.m. — Germaine Pratt will remain a Bengal. The veteran linebacker, who has become a do-it-all threat for the team, has agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract extension to remain in Cincinnati.

Ironically, Pratt had been visibly upset after the Bengals’ AFC championship game loss to the Chiefs and appeared to say he was mad because it was his “last year” with the Bengals. But he was able to reach a deal to remain in Cincinnati.

2:43 p.m. — A couple more signings from Pelissero:

  • The Patriots are keeping linebacker Raekwon McMillan on a one-year deal worth up to $2.2 million (base value $1.6 million).
  • The Commanders are keeping cornerback Danny Johnson on a two-year deal worth $7 million with $2.75 million in guarantees.

2:42 p.m. — Minor update from earlier: the Chargers re-signed Easton Stick to serve as the team’s backup quarterback. He will make $1.8 million on a one-year deal, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

2:40 p.m. — Lots of punter news in the NFL today, as Bradley Pinion is re-signing with the Falcons on a three-year deal worth $8.65 million. Pinion averaged 45.9 yards per punt last season.

2:16 p.m. — The Chiefs are adding a new tackle to the mix after losing Andrew Wylie. Jaguars tackle Jawaan Taylor is signing an $80 million deal with Kansas City, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The 2019 second-round pick will make a whopping $60 million guaranteed.

2:07 p.m. — The Texans have made a couple of key signings for the 2023 NFL season. They added Chase Winovich to the defense while long-time sports reporter John McClain reports that Houston will bring back Case Keenum as a backup on a two-year deal. Keenum began his career with the Texans after starting at the University of Houston.

2:01 p.m. — The Commanders have a new starting right tackle. Andrew Wylie has signed a three-year deal worth up to $24 million to play in Washington. Eric Bieniemy coached him with the Chiefs and should know him well. It’s also noteworthy that Kansas City’s other free-agent tackle, Orlando Brown Jr., hasn’t yet signed anywhere.

1:59 p.m. — One of the available Connor McGoverns has signed in free agency. This McGovern plays for the Cowboys and was a top sub on the interior offensive line last year. He could be a starter with the Bills, who are giving him just under $8 million in AAV.

1:58 p.m. — Mike White has found a new home. He will be joining Mike McDaniel and the Dolphins as a backup to Tua Tagovailoa. McDaniel worked with former Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur in San Francisco, so this may have influenced his decision in signing the journeyman.

1:53 p.m. — Garoppolo’s deal with the Raiders is confirmed, per ESPN, and Adam Schefter reports that the veteran quarterback will make $67.5 million over three years. That’s good for an AAV of $22.5 million.

1:47 p.m. — Jimmy Garoppolo is, in fact, signing with the Raiders. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reporters that Garoppolo will sign a contract with Las Vegas to reunite with Josh McDaniels.

1:36 p.m. — The Saints have now lost two defensive tackles, as Shy Tuttle is going to be joining the Panthers, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. It will be a three-year deal worth $19.5 million for Tuttle, a former undrafted free agent out of Tennessee.

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1:31 p.m. — And now, the Lions are adding to their secondary, which needed some help at the cornerback position. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Steelers cornerback Cam Sutton will join the team on a three-year deal worth $22.5 million. Sutton recorded a career-high three picks and 15 pass defenses last season.

1:29 p.m. — The Commanders are on the board and are signing Giants offensive lineman Nick Gates to help their blocking unit. Gates is a valuable super-sub who has played every position during his NFL career. He could end up being the sixth offensive lineman for the Commanders.

1:22 p.m. — The Broncos are fixing their longstanding issues at right tackle. They are signing Mike McGlinchey away from the 49ers, per ESPN’s Dianna Russini. McGlinchey was PFF’s 35th-ranked tackle out of 81 eligible players at the position.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that McGlinchey’s deal with the Broncos will be worth $87.5 million over five seasons. He will also get $50 million in guarantees.


1:19 p.m. — Javon Hargrave is staying in the NFC, but he will no longer play for the Eagles. He agreed to a four-year, $84 million contract with the 49ers after he helped Philadelphia reach the Super Bowl in 2023. Hargrave had 11.5 sacks last year but turned 30 on eve of the Super Bowl.


1:16 p.m. — Speaking of the Buccaneers, they are not the only team pursuing Baker Mayfield. Pelissero reports that “several other teams” are expressing an interest in Mayfield. It will be interesting to see whether he can agree to a deal out of the chute or whether the likes of Jimmy Garoppolo et. al. will have to be signed first.

1:15 p.m. —  Shaq Mason’s time with the Buccaneers appears to be coming to an end. Tampa Bay plans to release the veteran if they can’t trade him, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Moving off Mason would save the team $8.5 million.

1:08 p.m. — The Broncos are adding another quarterback to the mix, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Former Raiders and Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham is joining Denver on a two-year deal worth $10 million. Rapoport reports that Stidham’s relationship with new Broncos quarterback coach Davis Webb is part of what convinced him to become Russell Wilson’s backup.

12:59 p.m. — The versatile Andrew Beck is leaving the Broncos and joining the Texans on a two-year deal worth up to $6.75 million. Beck initially signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2019, when Texans general manager Nick Caserio was running the show in New England.

12:58 p.m. — David Onyemata is joining the Falcons. The veteran defensive tackle will reunite with Ryan Nielsen, who is Atlanta’s defensive coordinator, after spending the first seven years of his career with the Saints.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Onyemata’s deal will be worth up to $35 million over three years and contains $24.5 million in guarantees.

12:56 p.m. — The Packers are making another non-Aaron-Rodgers-related move. They have signed All-Pro returner Keisean Nixon to a one-year deal worth up to $6 million. Nixon averaged 28.8 yards per kick return and led the league in total returns (35), total yards (1,009) and had a 105-yard touchdown on the season.

12:53 p.m. — Denver may continue to reshape its roster and supporting cast around Russell Wilson as free agency continues. ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports that the Broncos could trade one of Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy or KJ Hamler, though their asking price to do so is high.

12:44 p.m. — The Broncos are making one of their first big moves of the Sean Payton era, as they are preparing to sign former Ravens guard Ben Powers to a four-year deal. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports it will be worth $52 million over four years.

Powers graded as Pro Football Focus’ second-best pass-blocking guard during the 2022 NFL season behind only Joe Thuney.

12:41 p.m. — Jason Kelce was contemplating retirement after Super Bowl 57, but it looks like he is going to return for another season. He took to Twitter so say that he “ain’t f—ing done yet” with his NFL career. He did not say whether he would return to Philadelphia, but he has played his whole career with the Eagles.

12:38 p.m. — Well, hold on there on Campbell — the Ravens could actually bring him back if they get cap relief, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. However, that would involve moving Lamar Jackson in a trade or losing him to another team via an offer sheet.

12:37 p.m. — The Ravens have released 15-year veteran Calais Campbell, the team announced. He spent the last three seasons with the Ravens and has recorded 99 career sacks. He is expected to continue playing and will search for a place to earn his 100th sack.

12:27 p.m. — With Austin Ekeler requesting a trade, it’s important to note that he has just $6.25 million left on his contract, which expires after the 2023 season. The 27-year-old has exactly 1,200 career touches during the regular season.

12:23 p.m. — As Mike Garafolo notes, the Bears may be in on several former Eagles. Why? Because Chicago’s new assistant general manager, Ian Cunningham, used to be a member of Philadelphia’s front office. Specifically, Garafolo believes that the Eagles could target Isaac Seumalo to join T.J. Edwards.

12:17 p.m. — One of the NFL’s top linebackers is changing teams. T.J. Edwards, who was a part of Philadelphia’s Super Bowl defense, is joining the Bears on a three-year deal, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. It will be worth up to $18.5 million.

12:15 p.m. — Are Austin Ekeler’s days as a Charger numbered? ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that he is requesting permission to talk to other teams after contract extensions between himself and Los Angeles stalled.

12:12 p.m. — Jonathan Jones is going to remain with the Patriots. New England was able to sign the versatile cornerback to a two-year deal, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Jones had four interceptions last season and will keep together the Patriots’ trio of Jones’ — Jonathan, Marcus and Jack — at cornerback.

The deal will be worth $20 million total with $13 million in guarantees over the two seasons, per Rapoport.

Noon — The NFL’s free agency tampering window is now open. We’ll soon see how quickly deals can come to fruition before they can officially be signed on Wednesday.

11:57 a.m. — Here’s some more chatter about the Raiders and Jimmy Garoppolo, via NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. It would hardly be a surprise to see Las Vegas scoop him up quickly to ensure they have a solid starter in place for the 2023 NFL season.

11:42 a.m. — The Falcons are keeping one of their best linemen with just minutes to spare before free agency. Lindstrom has developed into a quality blocker since being a first-round pick out of Boston College. He was Pro Football. Focus’ top-graded guard for the 2023 NFL season. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the deal is worth $105 million over five years.

Lindstrom is now the NFL’s highest-paid interior offensive lineman. His $21 million in average annual value (AAV) surpasses Quenton Nelson’s record of $20 million per year., 

11:40 a.m. — The Seahawks appear ready to move on from one of the players involved in the Russell Wilson trade. Seattle will likely release Shelby Harris after attempting to trade him. Harris, 31, had 44 tackles and two sacks last season.

11:38 a.m. — Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to draw interest on the free-agent market, but his connection to the staff with the Texans and Raiders seems to be particularly strong. Those two teams will pursue Garoppolo, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, while the Jets could target him if they don’t land Aaron Rodgers.

11:34 a.m. — The Saints continue to find ways to save money against the cap. This time, they are restructuring Cam Jordan’s contract with the team to free up $10 million in cap space.

11:32 a.m. — The Chargers are not going to tender restricted free agent Donald Parham a contract. The 6-9 tight end totaled 40 catches for 479 yards and seven touchdowns in 33 games with Los Angeles over three seasons, but he had trouble staying healthy.

11:18 a.m. — We have a trade! The Patriots are sending tight end Jonnu Smith to the Falcons for a seventh-rounder. Smith never quite panned out in New England after being a big-time free-agent signing. He played second fiddle to Hunter Henry while with the Patriots but now will reunite with Arthur Smith, who was his offensive coordinator with the Titans.

11:08 a.m. — Aaron Rodgers hasn’t tipped his hand about whether he is going to play in 2023 to date. That hasn’t changed with one hour left until free agency, per ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.

11:04 a.m. — Just how much is Jimmy Garoppolo going to make in free agency? Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reports the 49ers quarterback is seeking at least $25 million annually on the open market. He is the best quarterback remaining unsigned, so it makes sense that he would have high-end demands. 

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11:01 a.m. — The Bengals have signed Michael Thomas to a one-year contract extension. No, not that Michael Thomas; this one is a backup safety and special teams standout. The 32-year-old has been with the Bengals since 2021 and is entering his 10th NFL season.

10:37 a.m. — The Bills continue to do a lot of pre-free-agency work. They re-signed special teams standout and backup linebacker Tyler Matakavich to a two-year deal that will actually void after the first year. Buffalo had previously extended Matt Milano, Sam Martin and reworked the contract of Nyheim Hines in the two days before free agency.

10:34 a.m. — Jamie Gillan isn’t the only punter to re-sign today. The Bills are bringing Sam Martin back on a three-year deal worth $7.5 million, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Buffalo originally picked up Martin after he was cut by the Broncos before the 2022 NFL season, and he averaged 47.7 yards per punt during the season.

10:27 a.m. — Patrick Peterson was asked about where he might like to land in free agency by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He listed the Bengals as one of his top options in addition to the Cowboys and Eagles.

9:33 a.m. — The Chargers have agreed to an extension with a quarterback, but it’s not Justin Herbert. Easton Stick will remain with the team and serve as Herbert’s backup. Stick was a fifth-round pick in 2019 out of North Dakota State and has completed one career pass for four yards.

9:13 a.m. — The Bills traded for Nyheim Hines ahead of the trade deadline, and they are going to keep him. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports that he is reworking his contract to provide the Bills with cap relief. He could now make more than he was scheduled to in 2023 thanks to some contract incentives.

9:03 a.m. — The Browns are making an important move ahead of free agency. They have restructured Deshaun Watson’s contract to free up a whopping $36 million in cap space, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. That will give Cleveland roughly $22 million in cap space ahead of free agency, per

7:28 a.m. — The Baker Mayfield to the Buccaneers rumors are starting to heat up. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Mayfield is at the top of Tampa Bay’s list as it looks for a cheap, veteran quarterback to compete with Kyle Trask.

6:31 a.m. — Just six hours ahead of the legal tampering window, the Giants agreed to an extension with punter Jamie Gillan. Gillan — who is affectionately known as “The Scottish Hammer” — will make up to $5 million over two seasons.

March 12

8:43 p.m. — The 49ers are bringing back Tashaun Gipson, who started all 17 games for them last season, on a one-year deal. He recorded 61 tackles and five interceptions in his first season with San Francisco.

6:11 p.m. — The Jets are keeping one of the Williams brothers around, as they have signed Quincy Williams to a three-year deal worth $18 million. Quinnen Williams will be due for an extension next.

5:39 p.m. — Sauce Gardner hinted that Aaron Rodgers may bring some talent with him if he comes to New York, and it appears Allen Lazard would consider following Rodgers to a new team. 

3:48 p.m. — It looks like Odell Beckham Jr. will be signed during 2023 free agency. Beckham missed the entire 2022 season while recovering from a torn ACL suffered during Super Bowl 56. But NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that Beckham performed well in a recent workout and should draw interest as free agency arrives.

3:13 p.m. — The Giants just can’t quit Sterling Shepard. He will be returning to New York for another season, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. It will be Shepard’s eighth season with the Giants. 

2:16 p.m. — The Rams and Dolphins have agreed to a big-time trade. The Rams will send cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Dolphins in exchange for a 2023 third-round pick and tight end Hunter Long.

1:18 p.m. — NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport points out that Lamar Jackson isn’t allowed to speak to teams until Wednesday. Why is that? It’s because he’s his own agent. Rapoport also doesn’t know whether any teams will sign Jackson to an offer sheet given this two-day delay.

12:50 p.m. — Matt Milano wasn’t going to be a free agent until the 2025 offseason, but the Bills wanted to make sure they would keep their top defensive star around. He signed a two-year extension with the team to open up $6 million in cap space, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

11:59 a.m. — Could Baker Mayfield join the Buccaneers? NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo report that Tampa Bay is interested in pursuing the former No. 1 pick to battle Kyle Trask for the starting job in the post-Tom Brady era.

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1:08 a.m. — Aaron Rodgers tells Brandon Marshall that he will soon make a decision on whether he will play in 2023 or retire.

“Stay tuned,” he says. “It won’t be long.”

March 11

8:16 p.m. — Shaq Thompson will remain with the Panthers. Carolina agreed to a reworked deal with him that will keep him on the team for two years.

6:01 p.m. — Juwan Johnson is staying with the Saints. The tight end was going to be a restricted free agent, but the Saints re-signed him to a two-year deal worth up to $12 million. He caught 42 passes for 508 yards and seven touchdowns in 2022.

2:23 p.m. — NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that the Jets and Packers have not agreed to the framework for a deal involving Aaron Rodgers. The Jets had previously talked to Rodgers with the Packers’ permission, but both sides are still waiting for Rodgers to announce his plans.

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March 10

8:22 p.m. — The Texans are adding another veteran to their receiving corps. Robert Woods will be joining the team on a two-year deal worth up to $17 million. Woods recorded 53 receptions for 527 yards and two touchdowns with the Titans in 2022. The 30-year-old accomplished that despite having suffered a torn ACL midway through the 2021 season.

6:02 p.m. — Not to be lost amid the blockbuster trade news, but the Cardinals released pass rusher Markus Golden ahead of free agency, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Golden has 47 career sacks and had an 11-sack season in 2021. He managed just 2.5 during the 2022 season.

5:32 p.m. — A blockbuster NFL trade has dropped. The Panthers are acquiring the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft from the Bears.  Going back to Chicago will be the No. 9 selection, a 2024 first-round pick, two second-round picks (one in 2024 and one in 2025) and wide receiver D.J. Moore. Carolina is expected to take a quarterback with the top overall selection.

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12:52 p.m. — The Saints are looking to restructure Jameis Winston’s contract. If he doesn’t accept by Wednesday, he’ll be released with the new league year.

March 9

7:43 p.m. — The Texans agree to bring back safety MJ Stewart on a two-year deal. He will be paid $7.5 million in total during the contract.

6:43 p.m. — Odell Beckham Jr. is a free agent during the 2023 offseason and will be looking to play for the first time since suffering a torn ACL in the 2022 Super Bowl. He is planning to show what he can do in a pre-free-agency workout because of his 13-month layoff.

6:10 p.m. — A couple of veteran pass rushers appear set to join the 2023 free agent class. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Titans will release Bud Dupree at the start of free agency while Za’Darius Smith said goodbye to the Vikings on his Twitter account.

12:46 p.m. — Like Thielen, Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David is considering a change of scenery for the first time in his career. David is set to be a free agent and will test the market, per Rapoport.

11:47 a.m. — The Adam Thielen era in Minnesota may be coming to an end. Schefter reports that there a “real possibility” that the two sides may part. Thielen originally signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2013 after a standout career at Minnesota State.

March 8

3:39 p.m. — If the Packers do trade Rodgers, they won’t necessarily be looking to get a “Godfather” offer for their long-time starter. Mike Garafolo reports that they are just looking for “fair compensation.”

8:05 a.m. — ESPN’s Kimberley A. Martin reports that the Jets are scheduled to meet with Aaron Rodgers in California after getting permission from the Packers to do so. This stokes speculation that the Jets may be the favorite to land Rodgers.

March 7

7:01 p.m. — Reports indicate that several quarterback-needy teams are not interested in negotiating with Lamar Jackson. This includes the Falcons, Dolphins, Raiders, Panthers and Commanders.

4:15 p.m. — The NFL announces that six teams officially used their franchise tag during the 2023 NFL offseason. They are as follows:

  • Saquon Barkley, RB, Giants
  • Evan Engram, TE, Jaguars
  • Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens
  • Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders
  • Daron Payne, DT, Commanders
  • Tony Pollard, RB, Cowboys

3:03 p.m. — The Ravens made one of the first big decisions of free agency when they opted to place the franchise tag on Lamar Jackson. That said, the tag was of the non-exclusive variety, so that will allow other NFL clubs to negotiate with Jackson.

March 6

6:09 p.m. — Another quarterback domino falls, as the Seahawks officially sign Geno Smith to an extension. Smith will be paid up to $105 million over three years for his services, but the deal’s base value is just $75 million and it only contains $40 million in guarantees.

1:06 p.m. — The Derek Carr sweepstakes come to an end, as the former Raiders quarterback joins the Saints. The move reunites him with Dennis Allen, his first coach with the Raiders, and will pay him up to $150 million over four years, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

NFL free agency rumors, trade rumors

Texans, Panthers, Raiders most likely landing spots for Jimmy Garoppolo

Date: March 8

Source: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

Rapoport reported that the Texans, Panthers and Raiders are all likely to have an interest in signing Garoppolo as he hits free agency.

Garoppolo has a history with Raiders coach Josh McDaniels from their time together in New England. He also worked with current Texans coach DeMeco Ryans during their time together in San Francisco, while Houston general manager Nick Caserio used to work for the Patriots.

The only team without an obvious connection to Garoppolo is the Panthers. Even still, he makes sense for them considering that the team would like to add a veteran upgrade at quarterback.

Eagles may lose Javon Hargrave, CJ Gardner-Johnson in free agency

Date: March 8

Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN

Schefter joined 97.5 The Fanatic to discuss some of the Eagles’ upcoming free agents. He seemed to think that Hargrave would get $20 million per season while Gardner-Johnson would get $13 million per year on the open market and indicated that Philadelphia will have trouble signing them as a result.

Packers not looking for “an offer they can’t refuse” in Aaron Rodgers talks

Date: March 8

Source: Mike Garafolo, NFL Network

According to Garafolo, the Packers are just looking for “fair compensation” in any deal involving Rodgers. Green Bay’s main goal is to give Jordan Love a chance to start, and that’s why the team is looking to move Rodgers.

Reports: Five teams won’t pursue Lamar Jackson after franchise tag

Date: March 7

Source: Multiple reports

The Ravens chose to place the non-exclusive franchise tag on Lamar Jackson in the hopes that it could spark the dormant contract negotiations between the two sides. However, several teams were quick to indicate that they would not pursue Jackson despite him being able to negotiate freely with other teams. Those include the Falcons, Raiders, Dolphins, Panthers and Commanders.

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:


  1. Lamar Jackson, Ravens (franchise-tagged; non-exclusive)
  2. Daniel Jones, Giants (re-signed for 4 years, $160 million)
  3. Derek Carr, Raiders (signed by Saints for 4 years)
  4. Geno Smith, Seahawks (re-signed for 3 years, $105 million)
  5. Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers
  6. Jacoby Brissett, Browns
  7. Sam Darnold, Panthers
  8. Baker Mayfield, Rams
  9. Taylor Heinicke, Commanders
  10. Andy Dalton, Saints
  11. Carson Wentz, Commanders
  12. Teddy Bridgewater, Dolphins
  13. Cooper Rush, Cowboys
  14. Mike White, Jets
  15. Drew Lock, Seahawks
  16. Mason Rudolph, Steelers
  17. Case Keenum, Bills
  18. Kyle Allen, Texans
  19. C.J. Beathard, Jaguars
  20. Chad Henne, Chiefs
  21. Blaine Gabbert, Buccaneers
  22. Nick Mullens, Vikings
  23. Brandon Allen, Bengals
  24. Chase Daniel, Chargers
  25. Joe Flacco, Jets

Running backs

  1. Josh Jacobs, Raiders (franchise-tagged)
  2. Saquon Barkley, Giants (franchise-tagged)
  3. Tony Pollard, Cowboys (franchise-tagged)
  4. Miles Sanders, Eagles
  5. David Montgomery, Bears
  6. Devin Singletary, Bills
  7. Damien Harris, Patriots
  8. D’Onta Foreman, Panthers
  9. Kareem Hunt, Browns
  10. Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers
  11. D’Ernest Johnson, Browns
  12. Rashaad Penny, Seahawks
  13. Jamaal Williams, Lions
  14. Alexander Mattison, Vikings
  15. Samaje Perine, Bengals
  16. Jeff Wilson Jr., Dolphins
  17. Raheem Mostert, Dolphins
  18. Boston Scott, Eagles
  19. Darrel Williams, Cardinals
  20. Kenyan Drake, Ravens
  21. Jerick McKinnon, Chiefs
  22. Matt Breida, Giants
  23. Dontrell Hilliard, Titans
  24. Ronald Jones II, Chiefs
  25. Royce Freeman, Texans
  26. Giovani Bernard, Buccaneers
  27. Latavius Murray, Broncos
  28. Jonathan Williams, Commanders
  29. Justin Jackson, Lions
  30. Marlon Mack, Broncos
  31. Mike Boone, Broncos
  32. Malcolm Brown, Rams
  33. David Johnson, Saints
  34. Mark Ingram, Saints
  35. Rex Burkhead, Texans
  36. Trenton Cannon, Titans
  37. Ameer Abdullah, Raiders

Wide receivers

  1. Jakobi Meyers, Patriots
  2. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chiefs
  3. Allen Lazard, Packers
  4. D.J. Chark, Lions
  5. Parris Campbell, Colts
  6. Mecole Hardman, Chiefs
  7. Richie James, Giants
  8. Julio Jones, Buccaneers
  9. Marvin Jones Jr., Jaguars
  10. Demarcus Robinson, Ravens
  11. DeAndre Carter, Chargers
  12. Jauan Jennings, 49ers
  13. Mack Hollins, Raiders
  14. Jarvis Landry, Saints
  15. Odell Beckham Jr., street
  16. Trent Sherfield, Dolphins
  17. Byron Pringle, Bears
  18. Chris Moore, Texans
  19. Nelson Agholor, Patriots
  20. Randall Cobb, Packers
  21. Marquise Goodwin, Seahawks
  22. Damiere Byrd, Falcons
  23. Sammy Watkins, Ravens
  24. Sterling Shepard, Giants
  25. T.Y. Hilton, Cowboys
  26. Jamison Crowder, Bills

Tight ends

  1. Dalton Schultz, Cowboys
  2. Evan Engram, Jaguars (franchise-tagged)
  3. Hayden Hurst, Bengals
  4. Mike Gesicki, Dolphins
  5. Robert Tonyan, Packers
  6. Irv Smith, Vikings
  7. Austin Hooper, Titans
  8. Dan Arnold, Jaguars
  9. MyCole Pruitt, Falcons
  10. Jordan Akins, Texans
  11. Geoff Swaim, Titans
  12. Drew Sample, Bengals
  13. Josh Oliver, Ravens
  14. Ross Dwelley, 49ers
  15. Marcedes Lewis, Packers
  16. Tyler Kroft, 49ers
  17. Eric Tomlinson, Broncos

Offensive tackles

  1. Kaleb McGary, Falcons
  2. Orlando Brown Jr., Chiefs
  3. Mike McGlinchey, 49ers
  4. George Fant, Jets
  5. Cameron Erving, Panthers
  6. Jermaine Eluemenor, Raiders
  7. Cameron Fleming, Broncos
  8. Ty Nsekhe, Rams
  9. Kelvin Beachum, Cardinals
  10. Josh Wells, Buccaneers
  11. Andrew Wyile, Chiefs
  12. Brandon Parker, Raiders
  13. Eric Fisher, Dolphins
  14. Andre Dillard, Eagles


  1. Isaac Seumalo, Eagles
  2. Elijah Wilkinson, Falcons
  3. Michael Schofield, Bears
  4. Evan Brown, Lions
  5. Max Scharping, Bengals
  6. Oday Aboushi, Rams
  7. Will Hernandez, Cardinals
  8. Dan Feeney, Jets
  9. Nick Gates, Giants
  10. Nick Leverett, Buccaneers


  1. Jason Kelce, Eagles
  2. Ethan Pocic, Browns
  3. Connor McGovern, Jets
  4. Garrett Bradbury, Vikings
  5. Bradley Bozeman, Panthers
  6. Jon Feliciano, Giants
  7. Austin Blythe, Seahawks
  8. Scott Quessenberry, Texans
  9. Will Clapp, Chargers
  10. Tyler Larsen, Commanders

Edge rushers

  1. Brandon Graham, Eagles
  2. Jadeveon Clowney, Browns
  3. Arden Key, Jaguars
  4. Marcus Davenport, Saints
  5. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Texans
  6. Samson Ebukam, 49ers
  7. DeMarcus Walker, Titans
  8. Justin Houston, Ravens
  9. Melvin ingram, Dolphins
  10. Dawuane Smoot, Jaguars
  11. Carl Nassib, Buccaneers
  12. Carlos Dunlap, Chiefs
  13. Dante Fowler Jr., Cowboys
  14. John Cominsky, Lions
  15. Lorenzo Carter, Falcons
  16. Charles Omenihu, 49ers

Defensive tackles

  1. Dalvin Tomlinson, Vikings
  2. Javon Hargrave, Eagles
  3. Daron Payne, Commanders (franchise-tagged)
  4. Dre’Mont Jones, Broncos
  5. Zach Allen, Cardinals
  6. Andrew Billings, Raiders
  7. Chris Wormley, Steelers
  8. Khyiris Tonga, Vikings
  9. Fletcher Cox, Eagles
  10. Sheldon Rankins, Jets
  11. David Oneymata, Saints
  12. Matt Ioannidis, Panthers
  13. Dean Lowry, Packers
  14. Shy Tuttle, Saints
  15. Taven Bryan, Browns
  16. Jarran Reed, Packers
  17. Akiem Hicks, Buccaneers
  18. Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Buccaneers
  19. Ndamukong Suh, Eagles
  20. Larry Ogunjobi, Steelers
  21. Derrick Nnadi, Chiefs


  1. Bobby Wagner, Rams
  2. Lavonte David, Buccaneers
  3. Tremaine Edmunds, Bills
  4. T.J. Edwards, Eagles
  5. Drue Tranquill, Chargers
  6. Leighton Vander Esch, Cowboys
  7. Alex Singleton, Broncos
  8. Kaden Elliss, Saints
  9. David Long, Titans
  10. Azeez Al-Shaair, 49ers
  11. Denzel Perryman, Raiders
  12. Sione Takitaki, Browns
  13. Bobby Okerke, Colts
  14. Kyzir White, Eagles
  15. Kwon Alexander, Jets
  16. Kyle Van Noy, Chargers
  17. Cory Littleton, Panthers
  18. Anthony Barr, Cowboys


  1. James Bradberry, Eagles
  2. Jamel Dean, Buccaneers
  3. Jonathan Jones, Patriots
  4. Isaiah Oliver, Falcons
  5. Patrick Peterson, Vikings
  6. Cameron Sutton, Steelers
  7. Byron Murphy, Cardinals
  8. Sean Murphy-Bunting, Buccaneers
  9. Tavierre Thomas, Texans
  10. Emmanuel Mosley, 49ers
  11. Anthony Brown, Cowboys
  12. Marcus Peters, Ravens
  13. Bryce Callahan, Chargers
  14. Antonio Hamilton, Cardinals
  15. Troy Hill, Rams
  16. Rock Ya-Sin, Raiders
  17. Chandon Sullivan, Vikings
  18. Mike Hughes, Lions
  19. Eli Apple, Bengals
  20. Tre Herndon, Jaguars
  21. Brandon Facyson, Colts


  1. Jessie Bates III, Bengals
  2. Jimmie Ward, 49ers
  3. Ryan Neal, Seahawks
  4. Vonn Bell, Bengals
  5. Juan Thornhill, Chiefs
  6. Taylor Rapp, Rams
  7. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Eagles
  8. Jordan Poyer, Bills
  9. Jabrill Peppers, Patriots
  10. Rodney McLeod, Saints
  11. Devin McCourty, Patriots
  12. Adrian Amos, Packers
  13. Julian Love, Giants
  14. Duron Harmon, Raiders
  15. Geno Stone, Ravens
  16. Terrell Edmunds, Steelers
  17. Deshon Elliott, Lions
  18. Andrew Adams, Titans
  19. Donovan Wilson, Cowboys
  20. Logan Ryan, Buccaneers


  1. Matt Gay, Rams
  2. Greg Joseph, Vikings
  3. Robbie Gould, 49ers
  4. Brett Maher, Cowboys
  5. Joey Slye, Commanders
  6. Mason Crosby, Packers
  7. Matt Prater, Cardinals
  8. Greg Zuerlein, Jets


  1. Sam Martin, Bills
  2. Riley Dixon, Rams
  3. J.K. Scott, Chargers
  4. Matt Haack, Colts
  5. Bradley Pinion, Falcons
  6. Andy Lee, Cardinals
  7. Thomas Morstead, Dolphins

Long snappers

  1. Matt Overton, Cowboys
  2. Carson Tinker, Seahawks
  3. J.J. Jansen, Panthers
  4. Morgan Cox, Titans
  5. Jon Weeks, Texans
  6. Patrick Scales, Bears

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