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: