New Faces in new places: A Wild NFL free agency recap


Stephen Bologna, Sports Editor

On March 17, the legal tampering period began for NFL teams to negotiate and offer contracts to free agents around the league. There was some stipulation as to if the legal tampering period would begin on the 17 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Nevertheless, the new league year was right on schedule and tons of big-money contracts were given out to some of the league’s brightest stars. So lets recap where the big names are moving to.

Franchised Tagged Players

Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers

Brandon Scherff, RG, Washington Redskins

Justin Simmons, S, Denver Broncos

Chris Jones, DT, Kansas City Chiefs

Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys

Bud Dupree, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Shaq Barrett, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Leonard Williams, DE, New York Giants

Matt Judon, DE, Baltimore Ravens

Yannick Ngagouke, DE, Jacksonville Jaguars

AJ Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Thuney, OG, New England Patriots

Anthony Harris, S, Minnesota Vikings

Free Agent Signings


Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2yr/$50M

Jack Conklin, OT, Cleveland Browns 3yr/$42M

Austin Hooper, TE, Cleveland Browns 4yr/$44M

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Carolina Panthers 3yr/$63M

Todd Gurley, RB, Atlanta Falcons 1yr/$8M

Melvin Gordon,RB, Denver Broncos 2yr/$16M

Philip Rivers,QB, Indanapiolis Colts 1yr/$25M

Amari Cooper,WR, Dallas Cowboys 5yr/$100M

Ryan Tannehill,QB,Tennesee Titans 4yr/$117M

Bryan Bulaga OT, Los Angeles Chargers 3yr/$30M

Emmanuel Sanders,WR, New Orleans Saints 2yr/$16M

Marcus Mariota,QB, Las Vegas Raiders 2yr/$18M


Byron Jones, CB, Miami Dolphins 5 yr/$82.5M

Chris Harris Jr, CB, Los Angeles Chargers 2yr/$20M

Cory Littleton, LB, Las Vegas Raiders 3yr/$36M

Arik Armstead, DT, San Fransisco 49ers 5yr/$85M

Dante Fowler Jr., DE, Atlanta Falcons 3yr/$48M

Javon Hargrave, DT, Philadelphia Eagles 3yr/$39M

James Bradberry, CB, New York Giants 3yr/$45M

Kendall Fuller, CB, Washington Redskins 4yr/$40M

DJ Reader, DT, Cincinatti Bengals 4yr/$53M

Joe Schobert, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars 5yr/$54M

Kyle Van Noy, LB, Miami Dolphins 4yr/$53M

Xavier Rhodes, CB, Indanapiolis Colts 1yr/$5M

Major Trades

Along with the unexpected free agent signings, major trades were made around the league involving some of the top players in our game.

The Houston Texans traded superstar WR Deandre Hopkins and a 2020 fourth-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for star RB David Johnson, a 2020 second-round pick, 2021 fourth-round pick. One unnamed NFL exectuive called the trade, “One of the worst trades in NFL History.” A major game changer for the blossoming Arizona Cardinals and a big hit to the Deshaun Watson led Texans Offense.

The Buffalo Bills acquired Vikings superstar WR Stefon Diggs and a 2020 seventh-round-pick in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick (No. 22 overall), a 2020 fifth-round pick, a 2020 sixth-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick. A much needed weapon outside for the young QB Josh Allen.

The Indianapolis Colts acquired all-pro pass rusher Deforest Bucker in exchange for the 13th overall pick in this years draft. The Colts immediatly signed Buckner to a 5 year extenstion that will pay him $21 million dollars a season. A much needed add to a now stout Colts front 7.