Notable NFL free-agency deals, reaction

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Thursday, March 10

Seahawks to retain Jermaine Kearse

The wide receiver has reached a three-year deal with Seattle.

Kapadia: Kearse's new deal stabilizes Seahawks' passing game


Nick Perry staying in Green Bay

The former first-round pick will sign a one-year deal with the Packers.


Cedric Thornton going from Eagles to Cowboys

The 27-year-old defensive end has agreed to a four-year deal with Dallas.

Archer: Cowboys add size, athleticism with Thornton


49ers sign QB Thad Lewis

Speculation continues to mount about the future of Colin Kaepernick in San Fran.


Dolphins ink C.J. Anderson to offer sheet

The Broncos have five days to match the $18 million deal for their running back.

Legwold:  Broncos dealing with a different kind of turnover in their offensive backfield


Mohamed Sanu gets five-year deal with Falcons

The former Bengals WR will bring a lot of versatility to Kyle Shanahan's offense.

McClure:  Sanu is the perfect complement to Julio Jones


Bengals retain Vincent Rey

The linebacker becomes the third free-agent defender to re-sign with Cincinnati.

Harvey:  Reggie Nelson might be the odd man out in Cincy after his best season


Bilal Powell agrees to new deal with Jets

Powell will pair with new addition Matt Forte in New York's new-look backfield.

CImini:  Jets' new backfield short on breakaway speed but long on versatility


Nigel Bradham gets two-year deal from Eagles

The former Bills LB thrived under Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz in 2014.


Sean Smith headed to Oakland on four-year deal

The 28-year-old CB has $20 million in guaranteed money in the deal.

Gutierrez: Raiders accomplish two goals in getting Smith
Teicher:  Losing Smith first big blow for Chiefs
Bowen: The Raiders are (finally) in win-now mode


Wednesday, March 9

Richard Matthews lands in Tennesse

The Titans get QB Marcus Mariota another weapon.

Kuharsky: Matthews signing marks rare Titans win over Patriots


Jeremy Lane gets new deal in Seattle

The Seahawks bolstered their secondary by agreeing to terms with Lane.

Kapadia: Continuity a big deal for Seattle's secondary


Adrian Clayborn sticks with Atlanta

The Falcons maintained all along that they wanted to bring Clayborn back, and they followed through with a two-year deal.


Victor Cruz agrees to reduced salary with Giants

The injury-riddled WR took a sizable pay cut to stay in New York.

Graziano:  Cruz bought himself one more year with the Giants


J.R. Sweezy headed to the Bucs

The former Seahawks O-lineman nabs a five-year deal worth $32.5 million.


Derrick Johnson opts to stay in KC

The Chiefs continue to retain their talent on defense by giving the veteran Johnson a three-year, $21 million deal.

Teicher:  The Chiefs and Johnson belong together


Tashaun Gipson inks $35.5 million deal with Jags

Jacksonville revamps its secondary with the play making safety.

DiRocco:  Johnathan Cyprien benefits most from Gipson signing
McManamon: Losing four starters makes for a tough start to free agency for Cleveland
DiRocco: Gipson wants to win, so he leaves Cleveland for Jacksonville


Adam Jones re-signs with Bengals

Cincinnati retains one of its key cogs on defense.

Harvey:  Bengals focus on defense on Day 1 of free agency


Coby Fleener heads to New Orleans

The former Colts TE gets $36 million to pair up with Drew Brees in the Big Easy.

Triplett:  Fleener could breakout, but Saints have bigger needs


Mitchell Schwartz finalizing five-year deal with Chiefs

Kansas City gets a consistent, dependable interior lineman.


Brandon Mebane, Dwight Lowery headed to San Diego

The Chargers upgrade their defensive line (Mebane) and secondary (Lowery) .

Kapadia:  Seahawks have options to replace Mebane


Olivier Vernon gets blockbuster deal from Giants

The Giants continued their overhaul on defense by signing one of the best pass-rushers on the open market.

Graziano:  Giants cap crazy spending day by nabbing Vernon
DiRocco: Not landing Vernon hinders Jaguars' plans to improve D
PFF: High-upside Vernon is perfect fit for G-Men
Graziano: There's still more to do, but Giants have good foundation on D
Cimini: Jets' interest in Vernon doesn't bode well for Muhammad Wilkerson


Matt Cassel Tennessee-bound

The former Cowboys quarterback received a one-year deal.

Kuharsky:  Cassel will compete with Zach Mettenberger for backup role


Tyvon Branch headed to Arizona

The Cardinals fill a need at safety by signing the eight-year veteran.

Weinfuss:  Branch found right fit in Arizona's secondary


Danny Trevathan agrees to join Chicago

The three-down linebacker is leaving the Super Bowl champion Broncos for the Bears.

Dickerson:  Trevathan gives Chicago another young piece to build around
PFF: Trevathan is answer to Bears' problems at linebacker
Legwold: Broncos follow Manning's retirement with rough start to free agency
Dickerson:  Trevathan: 'I thought it was over' two seasons ago


Damon Harrison reaches agreement with Giants

"Big Snacks" will be playing his home games in the same stadium next season, but he'll be with the Giants instead of the Jets.

Graziano: Harrison costly but necessary for Giants
Cimini:  Jets couldn't compete with Giants' offer


Rams reach deals with Mark Barron, William Hayes

Los Angeles was able to reach agreements with the converted linebacker and defensive end.

Wagoner:  Re-signing Barron, Hayes keeps Rams' options open


Brandon Brooks to sign with Eagles

The offensive guard will get a five-year, $40 million deal with Philadelphia.

Sheridan:  Eagles get a premier guard in Brooks


Lions bringing back Haloti Ngata

The enormous defensive tackle has reached an agreement on a two-year deal.

Rothstein:  Re-signing Ngata shouldn't keep Lions from drafting DT


Lamar Miller joining Brock Osweiler in Houston

Miller, who rushed for 872 yards in Miami last season, adds to the Texans' offensive haul.

Ganguli:  Texans' free-agency splurge gives offense much-needed facelift
Clay: What is Miller's fantasy ceiling in Houston's offense?


Brock Osweiler bolts for Houston

The former Broncos signal-caller is signing a four-year, $72 million deal with the Texans that includes $37 million in guaranteed money.

Ganguli: Osweiler instantly upgrades Texans, but he'll need help
Pro Football Focus: Osweiler should give Texans' offense needed stability Insider
Legwold:  Broncos now on the hunt for a viable starting QB
Sando: John Elway didn't fear letting Osweiler walk
Clay: Is Osweiler a viable fantasy option in Houston?
Ganguli: Texans weren't looking to draft a quarterback
Ganguli: Astronaut Scott Kelly is excited about Osweiler as he returns to Earth
Sheridan: Sam Bradford to Denver? Not as crazy as it sounds
Kapadia: Matt Flynn can't believe Osweiler's contract
Archer: How Osweiler could influence Cowboys' QB decision


Matt Forte will be a Jet

The longtime Bear has found a fit in New York after Chris Ivory left.

Cimini: Forte can still be productive as a dual threat for Jets
PFF: Forte isn't an instant upgrade for Jets offense
Demovsky:  So much for Forte to the Packers
Clay: How long can Forte be an RB1?


Doug Martin staying put in Tampa Bay

Martin, who rushed for 1,402 yards last season, will sign a five-year deal worth more than $35 million.

DiRocco: Bucs wisely recognize re-signing Martin was best option


Alex Mack spurns Browns for Falcons

The three-team Pro Bowl center will reunite with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta.

McClure: Falcons address one big need in signing Mack
McManamon: Losing seasons had to affect Mack's decision


Rodney McLeod agrees with Eagles

The former Rams safety will sign a five-year, $37 million deal with Philadelphia.

Sheridan: McLeod helps Eagles rebuild secondary


Ladarius Green to replace Heath Miller in Pittsburgh

The former Chargers tight end adds depth and playmaking for the Steelers.

Fowler: Green joining Steelers' crowded stable of playmakers
Fowler: Steelers doing a good job finding value in free agency


Chase Daniel reunites with Doug Pederson

The Eagles' new head coach was Daniel's offensive coordinator in Kansas City. Daniel gets a multiyear deal to back up QB Sam Bradford.

Sheridan: Daniel, Pederson together again in Philadelphia
Teicher: Daniel almost had a perfect legacy in Kansas City
Sheridan: Daniel's deal expected but still surprising
Sheridan: Doug Pederson ends speculation: Sam Bradford still No. 1 QB


Alex Boone jumps to Vikings

The guard started all but one game he played for the 49ers the past four seasons.

Goessling: Boone gives Vikings' offensive line a touch of nastiness
Goessling: Coaching connections drive Vikings' early free-agent moves
Goessling: Boone: I wanted to play for 'Minnesota over everybody'


Chargers re-sign Antonio Gates, pick up Travis Benjamin

This increases the likelihood that Gates will retire as a Charger.

McManamon:  Browns feeling free-agency pain by not retaining their own
Williams: Benjamin gives Philip Rivers another playmaker
Clay: How much can Rivers boost Benjamin's fantasy value?


Bengals retain George Iloka

Cincy shelled out $30 million over a five-year deal to keep one of the NFL's best coverage safeties.

Harvey: Iloka's re-signing perfect response to Marvin Jones' departure
Harvey: The numbers behind Iloka's new deal with Cincy


Rolando McClain re-ups with Cowboys

The linebacker will make $5 million on a one-year deal.

Archer:  McClain knew Cowboys were the best fit


Mason Foster staying with Redskins

It's a two-year deal for the 27-year-old linebacker.

Keim: Redskins maintain certain culture by re-signing their free agents


Ian Williams sticks with San Francisco

The defensive tackle has agreed to return to the 49ers on a five-year deal.

Gutierrez: Can Williams maintain his ascent without Jim Tomsula?


Marvin Jones headed to Detroit

The Lions waste no time trying to fill the void left by Calvin Johnson's retirement.

Rothstein:  Signing Jones is big for Lions' transition from Megatron
Clay: How high is Jones' fantasy ceiling with the Lions?
Rothstein: Jones: 'I'm not coming here trying to replace Calvin Johnson'


Janoris Jenkins cashes in with the Giants

One of the premier CBs on the open market will pocket $12 million per year.

Graziano:  Giants prepared to make more splashes in free agency
Wagoner: Rams prepared to handle the loss of Jenkins
Graziano: Giants adding 'high risk/high reward' cornerback
Pro Football Focus: Giants add boom-or-bust player in Jenkins Insider
Graziano: Jenkins' goal: 'Stop being lazy at the end of games'


Roman Foster sticking with Steelers

The offensive lineman will get a three-year deal.

Fowler: Steelers appear ready to keep O-line intact


Colt McCoy returning to D.C.

The QB will serve as Kirk Cousins' No. 2 with the Redskins.

Keim:  McCoy's decision to re-sign is all about comfort


Tuesday, March 8

Kelechi Osemele to sign with Raiders

The offensive lineman will reportedly get a five-year deal worth a maximum $60 million.

Gutierrez: Is Osemele the Raiders' left tackle of the future?
Hensley: Ravens shouldn't be criticized for losing Kelechi Osemele to Raiders
Pro Football Focus: Osemele still an unknown at left tackle Insider


Malik Jackson headed to Jacksonville

Jackson's deal is expected to average $15 million per season and will be a five- or six-year contract.

DiRocco: Jaguars GM's aggressiveness pays off with Jackson agreement
Pro Football Focus: Jackson gives Jaguars' interior pass rush a big boost Insider


Jason Pierre-Paul returning to Giants

The defensive end is expected to sign a one-year deal for up to $10.5 million.

Graziano: Pierre-Paul, Giants still make sense for each other


Richie Incognito staying in Buffalo

Incognito will sign a three-year deal with the Bills.

Rodak: Incognito pact could keep Bills on free-agency sidelines
Rodak: Incognito's cap hit very affordable in 2016


Tamba Hali sticking with Chiefs

Hali has reached an agreement on a three-year deal that will allow him to finish his career in Kansas City.

Teicher: Chiefs take chance in re-signing Hali
Teicher:  Hali deal says a lot about KC's confidence in Dee Ford
Teicher: Hali's role might diminish, but he says his impact won't


Benjamin Watson agrees to deal with Ravens

The 35-year-old tight end, who had a career year in 2015 with New Orleans, is headed to Baltimore.

Hensley: Ravens really, really wanted Watson
Triplett: Saints' offense will miss Watson but should still thrive


Leodis McKelvin headed to Philly

The cornerback, who was cut by the Bills last week, agreed to a two-year contract with the Eagles.

Sheridan: McKelvin happy to rejoin defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz


Mario Williams agrees to deal with Dolphins

The defensive end will sign a two-year deal with Miami after being released by Buffalo.

Walker: Are Dolphins taking on too many reclamation projects at once on D?
Yates: Miami's moves are keeping it in the cellar
Pro Football Focus: Dolphins counting on return to form from Williams
Walker: Williams signing likely spells the end for Vernon in Miami
Walker: Williams on joining Dolphins: 'I can't wait'


Charles Johnson staying in Carolina

After visiting with the Giants and Buccaneers, the defensive end plans to return to the Panthers.

Newton: Johnson shows big heart in re-signing with Panthers
Newton: Johnson's son happy he's back with Carolina


Adam Vinatieri signing extension in Indy

The 42-year-old kicker with four Super Bowl rings isn't going anywhere after agreeing to a new deal with the Colts.

Wells: Vinatieri could be NFL's all-time leading scorer by end of contract


Titans lure Ben Jones

The former Houston center/guard is headed to Tennessee on a four-year deal.

Kuharsky: Titans getting a versatile O-lineman and quirky guy


Raiders bolster pass rush with Bruce Irvin

Irvin is headed to Oakland to pair with Khalil Mack.

Gutierrez: Irvin gives Raiders bookend pass-rusher with All-Pro Mack
Kapadia: What is the Seahawks' plan for replacing Irvin?
Pro Football Focus: Versatile Irvin fills major need for Raiders Insider


Chris Ivory joining T.J. Yeldon in Jaguars' backfield

Ivory, who set career highs for carries and rushing yards last season with the Jets, is headed to Jacksonville.

DiRocco: Ivory addition puts status of other backs in jeopardy
Clay: Ivory signing limits his and Yeldon's fantasy value
Cimini: The Jets' free-agent exodus is underway


Donald Stephenson to sign with Broncos

The 27-year-old offensive tackle is leaving Kansas City for Denver.

Teicher: Chiefs have offensive line depth to withstand some losses