NFL free agency tracker 2021: Live updates on news, rumors, signings and trades

New faces in new places, 2021 NFL free agency is here.

While there’s no Tom Brady to be had this offseason, the total bloodletting of NFL veterans due to NFL’s diminished cap space could land some impact players elsewhere this offseason. So far, we’ve seen Mitchell Schwartz, Eric Fisher, Janoris Jenkins, Kenny Vaccaro, Malcolm Butler and Emmanuel Sanders all hit the market, with more releases expected as teams work out their cap situations heading into Wednesday.

NFL FREE AGENCY 2021: Ranking the top 50 players available

Monday marks the start of the NFL’s “legal tampering” period, meaning over the next three days until the official start of NFL free agency, there will be reported deals struck, but nothing official until Wednesday at 4 p.m., the start of the new league year. Franchise tags have already been placed, with the deadlines last Wednesday; some notable names include Jets safety Marcus Maye, Saints DB Marcus Williams and wide receiver Allen Robinson.

Still, a deep free agent class is unfolding: Offensive lineman Joe Thuney, wide receivers Kenny Golladay and JuJu Smith-Schuster and tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith are all going to make some teams very, very happy this offseason.

Sporting News will be tracking all the latest rumored signings, trades and more below as the ball drops on the new league year this week.

MORE: SN’s latest mock draft | Big board of top 50 prospects

NFL free agency news, updates on signings and trades

(All times Eastern)

March 17

7:15 p.m.: The Cardinals stay busy by signing kicker Matt Prater to a two-year contract. Prater, 36, is coming off a subpar season the Lions; he made just 21 of 28 field goal attempts (75 percent) in 2020, the second-lowest full-season success rate in his 14-year NFL career. He also missed three extra point kicks and managed just seven touchbacks in 18 kickoffs.

6:45 p.m.: Kyle Long is coming back to the NFL with the AFC champion Chiefs. The 32-year-old guard gets a one-year contract that could be worth up to $5 million (per ESPN). Long retired after the 2019 season, only to have a change of heart. 

6:30 p.m.: Defensive lineman Solomon Thomas is headed to the Raiders on a one-year deal that could max out at $5 million (per NFL Network). Thomas is mostly known for being the player the 49ers selected third overall in 2017 after trading down with the Bears, who chose Mitchell Trubisky No. 2 overall.   

6:10 p.m.: The Panthers make another addition on defense with pass-rushing linebacker Haason Reddick, who agrees to a one-year contract with $6 million in guaranteed money and incentives that could push the deal’s value to $8 million (per NFL Network).  

4:12 p.m.: Running back Marlon Mack and the Colts are getting back together (per NFL Network).

4:08 p.m.: Former Chargers linebacker Denzel Perryman is heading way, way east, signing with the Panthers on a two-year deal (per ESPN).

4 p.m.: Happy new league year: 4 p.m. ET marks the official start of the new league year, and all deals prior to 4 p.m. can now become official.

3:52 p.m.: The Raiders didn’t cut Rodney Hudson after all, instead opting to trade him to the Cardinals for a pick swap (per NFL Network).

3:21 p.m.: Linebacker Jayon Brown is returning to the Titans on a one-year deal worth $5.25 million (per NFL Network).

2:55 p.m.: The Raiders continue work on the offensive line, bringing back Denzelle Good on a two-year deal (per ESPN).

1:29 p.m.: Wide receiver A.J. Green is on the move, heading to the Cardinals on a one-year contract (per NFL Network).

12:04 p.m.: Defensive tackle Adam Butler is staying in division, heading to the Dolphins on a two-year deal worth up to $9.5 million (per NFL Network).

11:58 a.m.: The Patriots are reuniting with offensive lineman Ted Karras on a one-year, $4 million deal (per The Athletic).

10:40 a.m.: The Rams continue working on their cap situation, shipping defensive lineman Michael Brockers to the Lions in exchange for a seventh-round pick (per NFL Network).

9:27 a.m.: The Raiders continue their offseason makeover, adding wide receiver John Brown on a one-year deal worth up to $5.5 million.

7:01 a.m.: Trent Williams, the top tackle and arguably best overall free agent, has re-signed with the 49ers for six years, $138.06 million, a league record for an offensive lineman (per ESPN)

March 16

10:10 p.m.: William Jackson III, one of the top cornerbacks on the market, is joining the Washington Football Team on a three-year, $42 million deal with $26 million guaranteed (per ESPN and NFL Network).

​5:30 p.m.: The Dolphins and Jacoby Brissett reach an agreement on a one-year deal (per ESPN).

READ  Saints vs. Buccaneers live score, updates, highlights from NFL 'Sunday Night Football' game

​5:15 p.m.: Marvin Jones is heading to the Jaguars on a two-year, $14.5 million deal with $9.2 million fully guaranteed (per ESPN).

5:10 p.m.: Another QB finds a home. The Texans sign Tyrod Taylor to a one-year, $12.5 million deal (per ESPN).

5:05 p.m.: The Bears add a quarterback. (No, this is not a Russell Wilson trade alert.) Chicago and Andy Dalton agree to a one-year, $10 million deal (per ESPN).

3:35 p.m.: The Giants take care of some more business, signing wide receiver John Ross to a one-year deal worth up to $2.5 million (per NFL Network).

3:28 p.m.: The standoff is over: the Giants and DL Leonard Williams have agreed on a three-year, $63 million contract extension (per NFL Network).

3:08 p.m.: The Browns are bringing in DE Takk McKinley on a one-year, $4 million deal (per CBS Sports).

2:55 p.m.: Not a signing, but a surprise: The Raiders have released center Rodney Hudson. Las Vegas continues its offensive line teardown (per NFL Network).

2:47 p.m.: The Bengals are adding to their secondary, bringing in DB Mike Hilton (per ESPN). 

12:55 p.m.: The Jaguars are shoring up the secondary, adding Shaquill Griffin on a three-year deal worth up to $45 million (per NFL Network).

11:38 a.m.: The Jaguars adding to a reworked offensive line, bringing in Jihad Ward (per NFL Network).

10:03 a.m.: The Patriots just keep adding, this time bringing in tight end Hunter Henry on a three-year, $37.5 million deal with $25 million guaranteed (per ESPN). 

9:41 a.m.: The Broncos are keeping Von Miller around after all: Denver is picking up Miller’s option for 2021, keeping the pass rusher in the Mile High City for another year (per Mike Klis, 9News).

March 15

11:05 p.m.: Fitzmagic is jumping from the AFC East to the NFC East. The Washington Football Team and Ryan Fitzpatrick agree to a one-year deal. The contract is worth $10 million but could grow to $12 million with incentives (per ESPN).

10:50 p.m.: Here are the financials on Dalvin Tomlinson’s contract with the Vikings (per NFL Network): two years for $22 million with $20 million total guaranteed, $16 million fully guaranteed, a $15 million signing bonus and $16 million in the first year.

10:15 p.m.: The Bengals replace Carl Lawson with Trey Hendrickson, who is joining Cincinnati on a four-year, $60 million deal (per NFL Network).

9 p.m.: With Drew Brees gone, Jameis Winston will look to be the Saints’ starting quarterback in 2021 after signing a one-year deal worth up to $12 million (per The Athletic and ESPN).

8:55 p.m.: The Jets follow up their Corey Davis signing by snagging edge rusher Carl Lawson on a three-year, $45 million deal with $30 million guaranteed (per NFL Network).

8:45 p.m.: The Titans land a premier pass rusher, signing Bud Dupree to a multi-year deal worth $16.5 million annually (per NFL Network).

8:40 p.m.: More protection for Justin Herbert, as the Chargers and offensive lineman Matt Feiler agree to a three-year, $21 million contract (per ESPN).

8:30 p.m.: Another Patriots signing. New England brings in defensive lineman Henry Anderson on a two-year, $7 million deal with a maximum value of $11 million (per NFL Network).

7:50 p.m.: One of the top wide receivers is off the board. The Jets and Corey Davis reach an agreement on a three-year, $37.5 million contract with $27 million guaranteed (per ESPN).

7:30 p.m.: The Titans and Denico Autry agree to a three-year, $21.5 million contract with $9 million guaranteed (per NFL Network).

7:10 p.m.: Carlos Hyde is heading to the Jaguars on a two-year, $6 million deal (per NFL Network).

6:50 p.m.: The Patriots add another wide receiver, signing Kendrick Bourne to a three-year, $22.5 million deal (per NFL Network).

6:45 p.m.: The Broncos are signing cornerback Ronald Darby to a three-year, $30 million contract with $19.5 million fully guaranteed (per NFL Network).

6:40 p.m.: Gronk back. Tight end Rob Gronkowski returns to the Buccaneers on a one-year, $10 million deal (per ESPN).

6:35 p.m.: Linebacker Leonard Floyd won’t be leaving the Rams. Floyd is re-signing with Los Angeles on a four-year, $64 million deal (per ESPN). 

6:30 p.m.: The Patriots’ spending spree continues. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor agrees to a two-year, $26 million contract with New England (per ESPN).

6:25 p.m.: The Raiders land one of the top edge rushers on the market, signing Yannick Ngakoue to a two-year, $26 million deal (per ESPN).

4:39 p.m.: The Chargers are doing their best to protect Justin Herbert, signing All-Pro center Corey Linsley (per NFL Network). 

4:19 p.m.: The Browns are bringing in safety John Johnson on a three-year, $33.75 million contract with $24 million guaranteed (per NFL Network). 

READ  How many trophies has Jurgen Klopp won? How many finals has he lost at Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund?

4:09 p.m.: One of the top OL prizes of free agency, Joe Thuney has signed with the Chiefs on a five-year, $80 million deal.

3:16 p.m.: The Patriots are adding to their pass rush attack, signing Matthew Judon to a four-year, $56 million contract (per NFL Network).

3:05 p.m.: New England stays busy, as the Patriots and DB Jalen Mills come to terms on a four-year, $24 million deal (per ESPN).

3:04 p.m.: The Jaguars and DT Roy Robertson-Harris agree to a three-year, $24.4 million deal (per NFL Network).

2:34 p.m.: Cornerback Jason Verrett and the 49ers are continuing their partnership, with Verrett signing a one-year extension to stay in San Francisco (per Josina Anderson).

2:30 p.m.: Someone willingly is joining the Texans, with WR/KR Andre Roberts signing a two-year deal with the team (per NFL Network).

1:03 p.m.: The Patriots are making a big addition to their tight end room, signing Jonnu Smith to a four-year, $50 million deal with $31.25 million guaranteed (per ESPN).

12:14 p.m.: Pass rusher Romeo Okwara and the Lions are sticking together, agreeing to a three-year, $39 million pact (per NFL Network).

12:10 p.m.: The Cardinals announce they are re-signing Markus Golden to a two-year deal.

12:09 p.m.: Shaq Barrett says he’s returning to Tampa Bay (per Josina Anderson). His deal includes $36 million guaranteed over four years, $72 million total.

7 a.m.: The Ravens signed guard Kevin Zeitler to a three-year, $22.5 million contract (per ESPN).

March 14

10 p.m.: The 49ers re-signed fullback Kyle Juszczyk to a five-year, $27 million contract (per ESPN).

4:30 p.m.: The Packers and Aaron Jones agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Jones was expected to hit the open market as the top free-agent running back available, but will instead return to Green Bay’s backfield with second-year riser A.J. Dillon.

NFL free agency rumors

Titans in for a secondary makeover

Date: March 10

Source: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

It’s more rough news for NFL veterans, as vet defensive backs Kenny Vaccaro and Malcolm Butler both are hitting free agency, per Rapoport. With the salary cap down roughly $16 million heading into 2021, expect more veteran players with big checks to hit the market.

Saints clearing cap space, planning to release notable names

Date: March 10

Source: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

The Saints, who are $31 million over the cap, have released a pair of notable names, with linebacker Kwon Alexander and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders both heading towards free agency. Alexander is recovering from an Achilles injury, while Sanders is entering the twilight of his NFL career. Sanders did have over 700 yards receiving in 2020.

Allen Robinson gets second franchise tag

Date: March 9

Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN

Bears standout wideout Allen Robinson catches the franchise tag for the second consecutive season, abruptly ending any talk of him hitting free agency. The idea of a tag-and-trade could still be in the works, but Chicago figures to want to keep Robinson in a Bears uniform long-term.

Kenny Golladay is free agency bound

Date: March 9

Source: Tom Pelissero, NFL Network

In something of a surprise, Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay seems to be hitting the market, per Pelissero. Golladay is coming off an injury-shortened 2020 season, but has 1,000-yard seasons in both 2018 and 2019.

Bud Dupree may have a new team in 2021

Date: March 9

Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN

Coming off a 8 1/2 sack season, Dupree played out the franchise tag and won’t be getting it again come 2021, per Schefter. Dupree is one of the preeminent pass rushers to hit free agency this year.

Chris Godwin gets the tag

Date: March 9

Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN

Arguably the best receiver who was scheduled to hit the market in 2021, Buccaneers wideout Chris Godwin will be getting the franchise tag, per Schefter. Godwin is one of the trio of key free agents for the Bucs this offseason, with defenders Shaq Barrett and Lavonte David both hitting the market, as well.

READ  Nets injury updates: Will Kevin Durant, James Harden play vs. Pelicans?

Dak Prescott isn’t going anywhere

Date: March 8

Source: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

Months of Dallas brass telling the world that Dak Prescott will be the Cowboys quarterback in 2021 seems to be closer to reality, with the franchise tag going to be placed on Prescott. The two sides will have until July 15 to get a long-term deal done.

Washington considering franchise tag on Scherff

Date: March 8

Source: Tom Pelissero, NFL Network (NFL Now)

Washington is considering placing the franchise tag on guard Brandon Scherff once again, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Scherff is scheduled to be one of the top two guards available on the free agent market, alongside Patriots guard Joe Thuney.

Lions getting calls for backup QB

Date: March 7

Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN

The Lions are receiving calls on backup quarterback  Chase Daniel, per reports. Daniel could be considered for a mentorship-type role for a new team. Detroit is waiting to make their trade for QB Jared Goff official.

Best NFL free agents by position

Here’s a list of the top NFL free agents still available, as ranked by SN’s Vinnie Iyer:


  1. Jameis Winston, Saints
  2. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Dolphins
  3. Mitchell Trubisky, Bears
  4. Andy Dalton, Cowboys
  5. Alex Smith, Washington
  6. Tyrod Taylor, Chargers
  7. Jacoby Brissett, Colts

Running backs

  1. Kenyan Drake, Cardinals
  2. Chris Carson, Seahawks
  3. Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers
  4. Phillip Lindsay, Broncos
  5. James Conner, Steelers
  6. Mike Davis, Panthers
  7. James White, Patriots
  8. Le’Veon Bell, Chiefs
  9. Todd Gurley, Falcons
  10. Tevin Coleman, 49ers
  11. Duke Johnson, Texans

Wide receivers

  1. Kenny Golladay, Lions
  2. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
  3. Will Fuller, Texans
  4. Corey Davis, Titans
  5. Marvin Jones Jr., Lions
  6. Curtis Samuel, Panthers
  7. Nelson Agholor, Raiders
  8. Antonio Brown, Buccaneers
  9. T.Y. Hilton, Colts
  10. A.J. Green, Bengals
  11. Sammy Watkins, Chiefs
  12. Keelan Cole, Jaguars
  13. Adam Humphries, Titans
  14. Danny Amendola, Lions
  15. Breshad Perriman, Jets
  16. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
  17. Golden Tate, Giants
  18. DeSean Jackson, Eagles

Tight ends

  1. Hunter Henry, Chargers
  2. Jonnu Smith, Titans
  3. Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers
  4. Gerald Everett, Rams
  5. Jared Cook, Saints
  6. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings
  7. Tyler Eifert, Jaguars
  8. Josh Hill, Saints

Offensive tackles

  1. Trent Williams, 49ers
  2. Alejandro Villanueva, Steelers
  3. Russell Okung, Panthers
  4. Eric Fisher, Chiefs
  5. Mitchell Schwartz, Chiefs
  6. Cameron Fleming, Giants
  7. Bobby Massie, Bears
  8. Kelvin Beachum, Cardinals
  9. Matt Feiler, Steelers


  1. Joe Thuney, Patriots
  2. Lane Taylor, Packers
  3. Gabe Jackson, Raiders
  4. James Carpenter, Falcons
  5. Richie Incognito, Raiders


  1. Corey Linsley, Packers
  2. David Andrews, Patriots
  3. Austin Reiter, Chiefs
  4. Alex Mack, Falcons
  5. Nick Martin, Texans

Defensive tackles

  1. Shelby Harris, Broncos
  2. Dalvin Tomlinson, Giants
  3. Sheldon Rankins, Saints
  4. Ndamukong Suh, Buccaneers
  5. Tyrone Crawford, Cowboys
  6. Jurrell Casey, Broncos
  7. Henry Anderson, Jets

Edge rushers 

  1. Shaquil Barrett, Buccaneers
  2. Melvin Ingram, Chargers
  3. Bud Dupree, Steelers
  4. Matthew Judon, Ravens
  5. Yannick Ngakuoe, Ravens
  6. Jadeveon Clowney, Titans
  7. Carl Lawson, Bengals
  8. Leonard Floyd, Rams
  9. Trey Hendrickson, Saints
  10. Haason Reddick, Cardinals
  11. Justin Houston, Colts
  12. Aldon Smith, Cowboys
  13. Romeo Okwara, Lions
  14. Carlos Dunlap, Seahawks
  15. Takk McKinley, Falcons
  16. Adrian Clayborn, Browns


  1. Jayon Brown, Titans
  2. Denzel Perryman, Chargers
  3. K.J. Wright, Seahawks


  1. Richard Sherman, 49ers
  2. Troy Hill, Rams
  3. William Jackson III, Bengals
  4. Desmond King II, Titans
  5. Mike Hilton, Steelers
  6. Patrick Peterson, Cardinals
  7. Shaquill Griffin, Seahawks
  8. Quinton Dunbar, Seahawks
  9. Xavier Rhodes, Colts
  10. Ronald Darby, Washington
  11. Jason Verrett, 49ers
  12. Mackensie Alexander, Bengals
  13. Brian Poole, Jets
  14. Chidobe Awuzie, Cowboys
  15. Nickell Robey-Coleman, Eagles
  16. Breshaud Breeland, Chiefs
  17. Cameron Sutton, Steelers
  18. K’Waun Williams, 49ers
  19. Gareon Conley, Texans
  20. A.J. Bouye, Broncos
  21. Buster Skrine, Bears
  22. Justin Coleman, Lions


  1. Anthony Harris, Vikings
  2. John Johnson III, Rams
  3. Malik Hooker, Colts
  4. Keanu Neal, Falcons
  5. Jaquiski Tartt, 49ers
  6. Xavier Woods, Cowboys
  7. Ricardo Allen, Falcons
  8. Tre Boston, Panthers
  9. Lamarcus Joyner, Raiders


  1. Zane Gonzalez, Cardinals
  2. Ryan Succop, Buccaneers
  3. Matt Prater, Lions
  4. Dustin Hopkins, Washington
  5. Stephen Gostkowski, Titans
  6. Cody Parkey, Browns
  7. Randy Bullock, Bengals
  8. Nick Folk, Patriots
  9. Dan Bailey, Vikings


  1. Kevin Huber, Bengals
  2. Pat O’Donnell, Bears
  3. Jordan Berry, Steelers
  4. Andy Lee, Cardinals
  5. Matt Haack, Dolphins
  6. Thomas Morstead, Saints