At the end of the 2021 season we return to our weekly quote on the offseason of NFL teams with some certainty and some market indiscretions “picked up” around. This week there is so much news to report that we had to split the article into two partshere are the top sixteen teams in alphabetical order.
Three-year deal for TE Zach Ertz with the Arizona franchise for a good $31 million. Renewals for LB Dennis Gardeck, DL Michael Dogbe and QB Colts McCoy. RB James Conner signed for a total of three years at 21 million. G Justin Pugh took the pay cut. WR DeAndre Hopkins’ contract restructured to create 7 million slots. Renewed TE Max Williams, released DT Jordan Phillips and signed CB Jeff Gardney.
QB Matt Ryan’s contract was restructured creating a $12 million cap space. LT Jake Matthews contract renewed for three years. The tender was placed on the WR Olamide Zaccheaus. The Falcons have emerged as a possible candidate for QB Deshaun Watson. Extended for five years for a total of 24 million the K Younghoe Koo. DT Tyeler Davison released. All eyes on WR Jarvis Landry.
The Baltimore Ravens
Nice blow for the Ravens who take home the S Marcus Williams with a five-year contract for 70 million. DT Eddie Goldman was received at the scene. He signed OT Morgan Moses to a three-year deal for $15 million. DL Derek Wolfe may be considering retiring. OLB Za’Darius Smith was given a four-year, $35 million contract.
WR Jake Kumerow’s contract renewed. Q Matt Haack took the pay cut. WR Isaiah McKenzie was signed while T Daryl Williams was released. Renewal for two seasons for C Mitch Morse. The bid was made for OL Ryan Bates while veteran G Rodger Saffold was signed. Dt DaQuan Jones and Tim Settle have been signed. Mike Shula will be the new senior offensive assistant while Eric Washington is promoted to coach from the injured list. RB JD McKissic was signed but then there was a turnaround to return to the Commanders. TE OJ Howard has signed with the Bills, as has Von Miller, who is arguably one of the free-agent rookies with his $120 million contract over six years, 51 of which are guaranteed.
Restructured OL Pat Elflein’s contract. The Panthers are one of the teams most interested in QB Deshaun Watson. DE Morgan Fox was cut. CB AJ Boye was released. S Xavier Woods was signed on a three-year contract worth 15 million. DB Sean Chandler’s contract was renewed as well as DE Marquis Haynes’. RB D’Onta Foreman was signed. Renewal for WR Brandon Zylstra while WR Rashard Higgins has been signed.
The Bears got rid of a very heavy contract like EDGE Khalil Mack by giving him to the Chargers in exchange for a 2022 second-round pick and a 2023 sixth-round pick. Accident-designated RB Tarik Cohen was released. DT Eddie Goldman released. He claimed RB Darrynton Evans from the Titans pitches. DT Laarry Ogunjobi was signed for three years for a total of 40 million. LB Nicholas Morrow was signed, as was OL Lucas Patrick. LB Danny Trevathan released.
Renewal for LB Joe Bachie. Place the original offer on OL Fred Johnson. The Bengals have incredibly decided to invest in the OL by acquiring G Alex Cappa from the Bucs on a four-year deal for $40 million and a brief trade to OL Ted Karras for three years for $18 million as well. Renewal of DT BJ Hill for three years, also renewal of DB Michael Thomas.
WR Amari Cooper was acquired from the Cowboys. Dallas received a fifth and sixth round pick in the 2022 draft, while Cleveland received a sixth-round pick with Cooper. The Browns thought of betraying their QB Baker Mayfield but it seems that the situation has returned. DT Taven Bryan signed for one year. Trade with the Patriots with LB Mack Wilson flying to New England while LB Chase Winovich arrives in Cleveland. The C JC Tretter was released. WR/KR Jakeem Grant was signed. The TE Austin Hooper will be released after June 1. Renewals for LB Anthony Walker and OL Chris Hubbard.
AT La’el Collins has been given permission to seek an exchange. WR Amari Cooper was traded along with a 2022 sixth-round draft pick to the Browns for a 2022 fifth- and sixth-round draft pick. WR Michael Gallup was signed to a five-year deal for $62.5 million. An agreement had been reached with DE Randy Gregory for the renewal, so much so that he announced it on official channels, but then came the turnaround of the player who instead married the Broncos. Fully guaranteed three-year renewal for DE DeMarcus Lawrence. Renewal of S Malik Hooker for a total of 8 million. One year renewal for TE Jeremy Sprinkle. RB Patrick Peterson could be an interesting option.
Renewal for TE Andrew Beck and T Calvin Anderson. Another blowout was expected after Wilson and it came with the signing of DE Randy Gregory stormed into the hands of the full-fledged Cowboys. Wilson himself is reportedly trying to convince Bobby Wagner to join him in Denver, but he doesn’t seem to fit into the Broncos’ new defensive scheme. Signed OL Ben Braden. Another interesting blow was the signing of DT DJ Jones for three years at 30 million. Two-year renewal for LB Josey Jewell while the original round tender was placed on OLB Malik Reed. He signed TE tackler Eric Tomlinson.
One-year renewal for CB CJ Moore while also found a renewal deal with OL Evan Brown. Renewals also for QB Tim Boyle and LB Alex Anzalone. S Tracy Walker signed a three-year contract. There is interest in WR Allen Robinson. He hired WR DJ Chark for a year. Renewal for two years in exchange for DE Cbarles Harris. Another renewal was that of WR Kalif Raymond for two years while TE Charlie Taumoepeau was released.
Green Bay Packers
The bomb of the week is without a doubt the communication with which WR Davante Adams informed the Packers that he has no intention of playing under the franchise tag. Renewal for OLB Preston Smith for four years at $52 million while OLB Za’Darius Smith is released. T Billy Turner was also released while LB DÈVondre Campbell’s contract was renewed for five years. WR Randall Cobb reportedly took a pay cut to return to the Packers.
One-year renewals for WR Chris Conley as well as TE Antony Auclair. The renewal of S Terrence Brooks as CB Reggie Robinson was called for by the Cowboys’ releases. OT Marcus Cannon was released while C Justin Britt’s contract was renewed for two years, at the same time OL AJ Cann was signed. Signed the S MJ Stewart, renewal instead of two years for the dT Maliek Collins. Signed OLB Ogbo Okorokwo. Renew for TE Pharaoh Brown and DB Desmond King. Watson’s situation, which seems to be close to the NFC South, always occupies the bench at the Texans’ home. LT Laremy Tunsil should remain with the Texans despite numerous requests also due to the restructuring carried out which amounts to a good 8 million. Quarterback Kyle Allen signed. LB Blake Cashman was purchased from the Jets for a 2022 sixth-round pick. Two-year renewal for RB Dare Ogunbowale and renewal for S Eric Murray.
Having to get off the trail of QB Deshaun Watson that the Texans are unlikely to start in the division, the Colts seem on a path to get QB Gardner Minshew out of the Eagles. Three-year contract for TE Mo Alie-Cox. Renewal for three years also for LB Zaire Franklin. One-year renewal of OT Matt Pryor while CB Brandon Facyson is acquired. Renewal of De Tyquan Lewis for one year. Trade with the Raiders with the double-edged sword DE Tannick Ngakoue who comes to Indy in exchange for CB Rock Ya-Sin who goes the other way.
In Jacksonville they were spenders but apparently they did it wrong. The original tender was placed on the S Andrew Wingard. G Brandon Scherff was signed for three years at 49.5 million. DL Foley Fatukasi also signed for three years for 30 million. Also coming is LB Foyesade Oluokun for three years at $45 million, WR Christian Kirk for four years at more than $84 million, TE Evand Engram for one year at $9 million guaranteed. Signed WR Zay Jones. Surprise because for all the purchases made there was the surprise release of the LB Myles Jack. WR Terry Godwin’s contract is extended. CB Darious Williams signed for three years for 30 million. Renewal for OL Will Richardson.
Kansas City Chiefs
Renewal for one year for FB Michael Burton. S Justin Reed signed for three years for 31 million. An agreement was reached with De Frank Clark for a new two-year contract worth 29 million. Renewals for QB Chad Henne and OL Andrew Wylle.