The March Madness of Free Agency

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

The long-anticipated trades and free agency frenzy has finally arrived. It began with a surge of trades throughout the league ignited by the Seattle Seahawks. A shock to the Seattle fans, defensive end Michael Bennett is traded to the Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles and a seventh round pick in exchange for a fifth round pick. But what seemed like a simple trade was the beginning of players released which included cornerback Richard Sherman and Jeremy Lane, tight end Jimmy Graham and wide receiver Paul Richardson. Seahawks did re-sign DB Bradley McDougald.

But the Bennett trade also ignited a trading bonanza by the Cleveland Browns as they gave up a 2018 4th rounder and a 2019 seventh-rounder for Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry, This was followed up by a trade of their top third-round pick for Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor. But before anyone could take a breath, the Browns swapped fourth and fifth round picks for Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall in exchange for QB DeShone Kizer.

The following day Browns sent defensive tackle Danny Shelton and a 2018 fifth-round pick to the New England Patriots for a 2019 third-round pick. Free agency Monday finally arrives, the floodgates to more transactions. The Browns managed to add defensive end Chris Smith of the Jacksonville Jaguars and offensive linemen Chris Hubbard of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The signing of RB Carlos Hyde not only shores up their running corps, but also begs a multitude of questions involving Saquon Barkley and the upcoming NFL Draft.

Keep in mind nothing is signed and sealed until Wednesday. However, there were other teams that made a splash in free agency:

Chicago Bears: WR Allen Robinson (Jaguars), TE Trey Burton (Eagles), K Cody Parkey (Dolphins) and slot WR Taylor Gabriel (Falcons), re-sign CB Prince Amukamara

Tennessee Titans: CB Malcom Butler (Patriots), Released DeMarco Murray,Matt Cassel, Da’Norris Searcy and Eric Weems, resign Josh Kline and WR Dion Lewis (Patriots)

-Buffalo Bills: RB Isaiah Crowell (Browns), RB Chris Ivory (Jets), S Rafael Bush (Saints), trade left tackle Cordy Glenn to Cincinnati Bengals, and swap first round picks, DT Star Lotulelei (Panthers) re-sign DT Kyle Williams

-Miami Dolphins: WR Danny Amendola (Patriots), released Ndamukong Suh, re-sign DB Walt Aikens, and WR Albert Wilson (Chiefs)

-New Orlean Saints: Resign QB Drew Brees

-New York Jets: Resign QB Josh McCown for 1-yr, QB Teddy Bridgewater (Vikings) for 1-yr, CB Trumaine Johnson (Rams), LB Avery Williamson (Titans), released DL Mo Wilkerson

-Washington Redskins: Release Kirk Cousins, sign WR Paul Richardson (Seahawks), re-sign K Dustin Hopkins

-San Francisco 49ers: CB Richard Sherman (Seahawks), C Weston Richburg (Giants), released DE Elvis Dumervil, extended WR Marquise Goodwin

-Minnesota Vikings: QB Kirk Cousins (Redskins), release QBs Sam Bradford, Teddy Bridgewater and Case Keenum

-Los Angeles Rams: Re-sign CB Nickell Robey-Coleman, CB Aqib Talib (via Broncos trade), CB Sam Shields (ex-Packers)

-Carolina Panthers:  CB Bashaud Breeland (Redskins), released RB Jonathan Stewart, Torrey Smith (via Eagles trade)

-Green Bay Packers: TE Jimmy Graham (Seahawks), release Jordy Nelson, DL Mo Wilkerson (Jets)

-Jacksonville Jaguars: Re-sign WR Marqise Lee 4-yr deal, release Allen Robinson, retires LB Paul Posluszny, WR Donte Moncrief (Colts), G Andrew Norwell (Panthers)

-Philadelphia Eagles: DT Michael Bennett (via trade from Seahawks), traded WR Torrey Smith to Panthers for CB Daryl Worley, DT Haloti Ngata (Lions), released TE Brent Celek

-Arizona Cardinals: QB Sam Bradford (Vikings) and Mike Glennon (Bears), released RB Adrian Peterson.

-Denver Broncos: QB Case Keenum, trade CB Aqib Talib to Rams for 2018 fifth-round pick.

-Oakland Raiders: TE Derek Carrier (Redskins), WR Griff Whalen (Ravens), released CB Sean Smith, extended DT Justin Ellis

-Kansas City Chiefs: WR Sammy Watkins (Rams), LB Anthony Hitchens (Cowboys), released OLB Tamba Hali and S Ron Parker, re-sign FB Anthony Sherman

-Detroit Lions: LB Christian Jones (Bears) and Devon Kennard (Giants), re-sign CB Devin Lawson and S Tavon Wilson

-Baltimore Ravens: Re-sign OL James Hurst, released RB Danny Woodhead, DB Lardarius Webb and OT Austin Howard, WR John Brown (Cardinals)

-Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Re-signs CB Brent Grimes and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and extended TE Cameron Brate and WR Mike Evans

-New York Giants: RB Jonathan Stewart (Panthers), released CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

-Houston Texans: CB Aaron Colvin (Jaguars)

-Los Angeles Chargers: Extend CB Casey Hayward to 3-yrs

-Cincinnati Bengals: Released CB Adam Jones, DT Chris Baker (Buccaneers)

Obviously there will be more to come, but for now, it is enough to get some teams excited and other teams scratching their heads. Stay tuned for more updates as they come.

 

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