NFL free agency tracker 2022: Live updates on news, rumors, signings and trades

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NFL free agency for the 2022 season is here, and if the week leading up to the event is any indication, things could get crazy quickly as the new league year begins.

In the week leading up to free agency, NFL teams agreed to four trades involving big-name players. Russell Wilson, Carson Wentz, Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper were traded in that order over a five-day span.

LIVE: Grades for every signing, trade during 2022 NFL free agency

The trade market has cooled off a bit since those deals were struck. However, quarterbacks like Deshaun Watson and Jimmy Garoppolo still available, so we will surely see some more trades as NFL free agency gets underway.

Of course, there’s also the free agent part of free agency. There isn’t a Tom Brady-type prize this offseason — well, there wasn’t until he came back, at least — but there are plenty of quality playmakers available at receiver, on defense and along the offensive line. JC Jackson, Von Miller, Allen Robinson and Tyrann Mathieu highlight the most recognizable names on the market, but there is plenty of talent among the top 50 available free agents.

MORE: Ranking the NFL’s top 50 free agents in 2022

The NFL’s so-called legal tampering period begins at noon ET on Monday, March 14. At that point, we will start to see deals come together as teams tackle the next phase in roster building.

Sporting News will be tracking all of the notable NFL free agent signings and trades during the 2022 NFL offseason.

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NFL free agency news, updates on signings and trades

(All times Eastern)

March 14

11:19 a.m. — Chandler Jones is the latest edge rusher tied to the Broncos. Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network reports that he will be a target of Denver’s. The Broncos have also been tied to Von Miller, who they traded away in advance of the 2021 NFL trade deadline.

10:56 a.m. — Deshaun Watson has permission from the Texans to speak to other NFL teams. He is expected to talk to the Saints and Panthers over the next 48 hours, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

10:35 a.m. — Another Packers release: offensive tackle/guard Billy Turner has been cut by the team, per NFL Network.

10:30 a.m. — The Packers extended Preston Smith but will be parting with Za’Darius Smith. The veteran edge rusher was due to have a $27.6 million cap hit in 2022, so he will look to play somewhere else while Preston Smith and Rashan Gary man the edge in Green Bay.

10:28 a.m. — The Falcons agreed to a restructured contract with Matt Ryan last week. Now, they have agreed to an extension with Jake Matthews to keep their long-time left tackle in place and open up cap space. The deal will pay up to $52.5 million over three seasons.

10:24 a.m. — Kicker Greg Joseph is staying with the Vikings. He has been tendered at a second-round level and will make $2.433 million in 2022, per NFL Network.

10:12 a.m. — The Bills cut guard/tackle Daryl Williams but they will be keeping their center Mitch Morse. He signed a two-year extension with the team worth up to $19.5 million, per NFL Network.

9:39 a.m. — JC Jackson is, arguably, the top free agent available on the market with Davante Adams having been hit with a franchise tag. The Dolphins are expected to be interested in Jackson, per Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

9:27 a.m. — Here’s a slight surprise: the Bills are cutting offensive lineman Daryl Williams, who has started every game over the last two seasons. NFL Network reports that the two sides could agree upon a re-worked deal eventually, but for now, Buffalo saves just over $8 million in cap space.

9:27 a.m. — The Packers have agreed to an extension with Preston Smith. He will make $52.5 million in new money over four years, per NFL Network.

8:51 a.m. — While Tom Brady is coming out of retirement, Buccaneers guard Ali Marpet is not expected to do the same. He will remain retired and will pursue his Master’s degree, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

7:58 a.m. — NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Packers WR Davante Adams will not play on the franchise tag. The two sides, which are “far apart” on a long-term deal, will have to bridge the gap to avoid a holdout.

7:20 a.m. — The Patriots have re-signed a couple of key, long-term members of their organization in QB Brian Hoyer and G/C James Ferentz, per Jim McBride of The Boston Globe.

March 13

11:44 p.m. — After Brady’s return, the Buccaneers moved quickly to lock up their center. Ryan Jensen is coming back to the Bucs on a three-year deal worth up to $39 million ($23 million guaranteed).

10:09 p.m. — Lions center Evan Brown won’t be a restricted free agent. He has agreed to terms on a one-year deal to rejoin the Lions, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

7:37 p.m. — Kirk Cousins has signed a one-year, $35 million extension with the Vikings, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The extension is fully guaranteed and will keep him in Minnesota through 2023.

7:13 p.m. — Well, that was fast! After just 40 days, Tom Brady has come out of retirement. He announced the decision on Twitter and confirmed that he would be returning to Tampa Bay.

7:03 p.m. — The Cowboys were deep in talks with Michael Gallup about a potential extension. That’s part of why they traded Amari Cooper. They officially signed Gallup to a five-year, $62.5 million deal on Sunday, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

6:50 p.m. — Dustin Hopkins is staying with the Chargers. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that the veteran kicker agreed to an extension with Los Angeles ahead of free agency.

6:05 p.m. — Devin McCourty, a mainstay of the Patriots’ defense, is returning to the team for another season. He agreed to a one-year, $9 million deal with the team.

6:04 p.m. — The Bills have agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with receiver Isaiah McKenzie, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

6:01 p.m. — The Cardinals are keeping Zach Ertz. They agreed to a three-year extension with the veteran tight end, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The Cardinals originally acquired Ertz ahead of the 2021 NFL trade deadline, and the deal is expected to be worth up to $31.6 million.

2:31 p.m. — The Patriots’ are tendering restricted free agent Jakobi Meyers at a second-round level. That means they will have the right of first refusal on any contract Meyers signs with another club. If no offers come, Meyers will be on a one-year, $2.4 million contract.

11:52 a.m. — The Texans are giving teams permission to speak with Deshaun Watson. Among the teams that are in pursuit and have made an offer for the quarterback are the Saints and the Panthers.

March 12

3:05 p.m. — After acquiring Amari Cooper, the Browns are going to let Jarvis Landry seek a trade, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

2 p.m. — The Cowboys agree to trade wide receiver Amari Cooper to the Browns, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The teams will exchange Day 3 draft picks in the deal.

MORE: Why the Cowboys traded Amari Cooper, explained

March 11

4:34 p.m. — A grand jury declines to indict Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson on nine criminal complaints of sexual assault and sexual misconduct. This may cause his trade market to heat up.

4:28 p.m. — The Raiders are keeping star pass rusher Maxx Crosby long-term. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that Las Vegas has signed him to a four-year, $95 million extension.

2:43 p.m. — The Cowboys are emerging as a potential suitor for Bobby Wagner, per ESPN’s Ed Werder. The veteran linebacker was a force for Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn when Quinn held the same position with the Seahawks.

1:43 p.m. — Jason Kelce, 34, agrees to a new, one-year deal with the Eagles that makes him the highest-paid center in the NFL. He has been an All-Pro first-teamer in four of the last five seasons.

9:01 a.m. — Who could be the next player traded? According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is drawing attention.

March 10

4:50 p.m. — Another day, another big trade for the NFL. This time, it involves Bears edge rusher Khalil Mack. The Chargers acquire him in exchange for two draft picks, including a second-round selection.

2:43 p.m. — There’s another player on the trade market generating interest. Cowboys tackle La’el Collins is available, and he will be a name to watch as the Cowboys look to clear some cap space.

1:27 p.m. — Trey Flowers, the biggest signing of the 2019 free-agent class, is being released by the Lions, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

11:06 a.m. — After trading for Carson Wentz, the Commanders release safety/linebacker Landon Collins. They failed to agree to another restructured contract and will save about $6.6 million in cap space by cutting him.

10:40 a.m. — Rodger Saffold will be looking for a new home. The Titans are releasing the 33-year-old, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

March 9

5:22 p.m. — The Seahawks officially released veteran linebacker Bobby Wagner, who had played in Seattle for a decade along with Russell Wilson.

2:09 p.m. — For the second straight day, a starting quarterback is traded. The Commanders agree to acquire Carson Wentz from the Colts in exchange for a couple of Day 2 picks and a second-round pick swap, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

March 8

8:57 p.m. — The Titans opted not to use the franchise tag on pass rusher Harold Landry. Why? Because they agreed to a five-year, $87.5 million deal with him just ahead of the franchise tag deadline.

4 p.m. — The following players were slapped with the franchise tag ahead of the league’s 4 p.m. ET deadline to apply the tag.

  • Bengals: S Jessie Bates
  • Browns: TE David Njoku
  • Buccaneers: WR Chris Godwin
  • Chiefs: OT Orlando Brown Jr.
  • Cowboys: TE Dalton Schultz
  • Dolphins: TE Mike Gesicki
  • Jaguars: OT Cam Robinson
  • Packers: WR Davante Adams

1:46 p.m. — Mike Williams and the Chargers agreed to a three-year contract extension worth $60 million, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Had Williams not been extended, the Chargers were planning to use the franchise tag on him.

1:41 p.m. — Rodgers’ extension wasn’t the only big quarterback deal on March 8. The Seahawks agreed to trade Russell Wilson to the Broncos for a massive package including three players and five draft picks, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The terms of the deals are as follows:

  • Broncos get: QB Russell Wilson, fourth-round pick.
  • Seahawks get: QB Drew Lock, DL Shelby Harris, TE Noah Fant, two first-round picks, 2022 second-round pick, 2023 second-round pick, fifth-round pick.

11:26 a.m. — The first major domino of the 2022 NFL offseason falls, as Aaron Rodgers agrees to an extension with the Packers. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports it will make Rodgers the highest paid player in the NFL based on average annual value.

NFL free agency rumors, trade rumors

Deshaun Watson to meet with Panthers, Saints, other “serious suitors”

Date: March 13

Source: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

Deshaun Watson’s trade market is heating up after a grand jury elected not to indict the embattled Texans quarterback on nine criminal complaints of sexual harassment and misconduct. The Panthers have been interested in Watson since he first became available while the Saints would have to clear a lot of cap space to afford him.

MORE: Ranking Deshaun Watson’s top landing spots

Bills considered a “top suitor” for Evan Engram

Date: March 10

Source: Dan Duggan, The Athletic

The Bills are in the market for a tight end to pair with Dawson Knox. Dan Duggan reports that they are a “top suitor” for Evan Engram, who has averaged 69 catches, 740 yards and four touchdowns per 17 games played during his career. And no quarterback he has played with is nearly as good as Josh Allen.

Patriots eying receivers including Allen Robinson, Robby Anderson

Date: March 9

Source: Mike Giardi, NFL Network

The Patriots have a couple of good receivers in Kendrick Bourne and Jakobi Meyers, but they need to add a true No. 1-type receiver and depth to their wide-out room. They are reportedly doing a lot of work on free-agent receivers including Allen Robinson. They also are considering a trade for Robby Anderson, which would make Nelson Agholor expendable.

Eric Fisher won’t re-sign with the Colts

Date: March 9

Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN

Eric Fisher was signed by the Colts during the 2021 offseason to replace Anthony Castonzo after their veteran offensive lineman retired. Now, the former Pro Bowler will move on to his third team in as many years while the Colts search for a replacement.

Bengals, 49ers interested in Patriots’ J.C. Jackson

Date: March 8

Source: Jordan Schultz

The Patriots aren’t expected to keep J.C. Jackson, who has 25 career interceptions in four years since going undrafted out of Maryland. The Bengals, who need an upgrade over Eli Apple, and 49ers, who need a true No. 1 corner, are among the teams interested in him along with the Dolphins and Chargers.

Von Miller has suitors including Rams, Broncos

Date: March 6

Source: Aaron Wilson, Pro Football Network

Von Miller is drawing plenty of interest during his first trip to the unrestricted free agent market. Miller is drawing interest from the Broncos, Rams and Packers, among others. The Chargers were reportedly interested in Miller as well, but they probably won’t pursue him after trading for Khalil Mack. 

Mitchell Trubisky “creating a lot of buzz” ahead of free agency

Date: March 3

Source: Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

The 2022 NFL quarterback market is fairly weak, and there are more QB-needy teams that there are viable starters out there. That’s part of why Trubisky is getting buzz, and per Pauline, teams are planning to sign Trubisky with “the expectation he’ll compete for a starting spot.” The Steelers, Colts and Giants have all been mentioned in connection with Trubisky.

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:

Quarterbacks

  1. Jameis Winston, Saints
  2. Marcus Mariota, Raiders
  3. Mitchell Trubisky, Bills
  4. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Commanders
  5. Teddy Bridgewater, Broncos
  6. Colt McCoy, Cardinals
  7. Tyrod Taylor, Texans
  8. Andy Dalton, Bears
  9. Jacoby Brissett, Dolphins
  10. Cam Newton, Panthers
  11. Joe Flacco, Jets

Running backs

  1. Leonard Fournette, Buccaneers
  2. James Conner, Cardinals
  3. Chase Edmonds, Cardinals
  4. Cordarrelle Patterson, Falcons
  5. Sony Michel, Rams
  6. Rashaad Penny, Seahawks
  7. Melvin Gordon, Broncos
  8. Duke Johnson Jr., Dolphins
  9. Darrel Williams, Chiefs
  10. Boston Scott, Eagles
  11. Ronald Jones II, Buccaneers
  12. Devonta Freeman, Ravens
  13. Latavius Murray, Ravens
  14. Justin Jackson, Chargers
  15. Damien Williams, Bears
  16. Devontae Booker, Giants
  17. David Johnson, Texans
  18. Jeff Wilson Jr., 49ers
  19. Phillip Lindsay, Dolphins
  20. Alex Collins, Seahawks

Wide receivers

  1. Davante Adams, Packers (franchise-tagged)
  2. Chris Godwin, Buccaneers (franchise-tagged)
  3. Mike Williams, Chargers (re-signed for 3 years, $60 million)
  4. Allen Robinson, Bears
  5. D.J. Chark, Jaguars
  6. Odell Beckham Jr., Rams
  7. Michael Gallup, Cowboys
  8. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers
  9. Christian Kirk, Cardinals
  10. Russell Gage, Falcons
  11. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers
  12. Cedrick Wilson, Cowboys
  13. Braxton Berrios, Jets
  14. TY. Hilton, Colts
  15. Jamison Crowder, Jets
  16. Sammy Watkins, Ravens
  17. Will Fuller, Dolphins
  18. Keelan Cole, Jets
  19. A.J. Green, Cardinals
  20. Emmanuel Sanders, Bills

Tight ends

  1. Mike Gesicki, Dolphins (franchise-tagged)
  2. Dalton Schultz, Cowboys (franchise-tagged)
  3. Rob Gronkowski, Buccaneers
  4. Zach Ertz, Cardinals
  5. Robert Tonyan, Packers
  6. Evan Engram, Giants
  7. Gerald Everett, Seahawks
  8. David Njoku, Browns (franchise-tagged)
  9. Maxx Williams, Cardinals
  10. O.J. Howard, Buccaneers

Offensive tackles

  1. Terron Armstead, Saints
  2. Orlando Brown Jr,. Chiefs (franchise-tagged)
  3. Duane Brown, Seahawks
  4. Eric Fisher, Colts
  5. Trent Brown, Patriots
  6. Morgan Moses, Jets
  7. Riley Reiff, Bengals
  8. Brandon Shell, Seahawks
  9. Bobby Massie, Broncos

Guards/centers

  1. Ryan Jensen, Buccaneers
  2. Brandon Scherff, Commanders
  3. Laken Tomlinson, 49ers
  4. James Daniels, Bears
  5. Andrew Norwell, Jaguars
  6. Ben Jones, Titans
  7. Connor Williams, Cowboys
  8. Austin Corbett, Rams
  9. Brian Allen, Rams
  10. Germain Ifedi, Bears
  11. Alex Cappa, Buccaneers
  12. Quinton Spain, Bengals
  13. Mike Glowinski, Colts

Edge rushers

  1. Von Miller, Rams
  2. Chandler Jones, Cardinals
  3. Emmanuel Ogbah, Dolphins
  4. Harold Landry, Titans
  5. Jadeveon Clowney, Browns
  6. Randy Gregory, Cowboys
  7. Melvin Ingram, Chiefs
  8. Haason Reddick, Panthers
  9. Derek Barnett, Eagles
  10. Justin Houston, Ravens
  11. Jerry Hughes, Bills
  12. Charles Harris, Lions
  13. Uchenna Nwosu, Chargers
  14. Jason Pierre-Paul, Buccaneers

Defensive tackles

  1. Akiem Hicks, Bears
  2. Calais Campbell, Ravens
  3. B.J. Hill, Bengals
  4. D.J. Jones, 49ers
  5. Folorunso Fatukasi, Jets
  6. Sebastian Joseph-Day, Rams
  7. Maliek Collins, Texans
  8. Linval Joseph, Chargers
  9. Tim Settle, Commanders
  10. Sheldon Richardson, Vikings

Linebackers

  1. De’Vondre Campbell, Packers
  2. Foyesade Oluokun, Falcons
  3. Dont’a Hightower, Patriots
  4. Leighton Vander Esch, Cowboys
  5. Josey Jewell, Broncos
  6. Alexander Johnson, Broncos
  7. Anthony Barr, Vikings
  8. Kyzir White, Chargers

Cornerbacks

  1. J.C. Jackson, Patriots
  2. Stephon Gilmore, Panthers
  3. Carlton Davis, Buccaneers
  4. Casey Hayward Jr., Raiders
  5. Tyrann Mathieu, Chiefs
  6. Darious Williams, Rams
  7. Chavarius Ward, Chiefs
  8. D.J. Reed, Seahawks
  9. Donte Jackson, Panthers
  10. Steven Nelson, Steelers
  11. Patrick Peterson, Vikings
  12. Bryce Callahan, Broncos
  13. Joe Haden, Steelers
  14. Robert Alford, Cardinals

Safeties

  1. Jessie Bates III, Bengals (franchise-tagged)
  2. Marcus Williams, Saints
  3. Quandre Diggs, Seahawks
  4. Marcus Maye, Jets
  5. Jordan Whitehead, Buccaneers
  6. Kareem Jackson, Broncos
  7. Justin Reid, Texans
  8. Devin McCourty, Patriots
  9. Jayron Kearse, Cowboys
  10. Xavier Woods, Vikings

Kickers

  1. Younghoe Koo, Falcons
  2. Matt Gay, Rams
  3. Dustin Hopkins, Chargers
  4. Zane Gonzalez, Cardinals
  5. Nick Folk, Patriots
  6. Randy Bullock, Titans
  7. Michael Badgley, Colts
  8. Joey Slay, Commanders
  9. Greg Joseph, Vikings

Punters

  1. Bryan Anger, Cowboys
  2. Kevin Huber, Bengals
  3. Pat O’Donnell, Bears
  4. Michael Palardy, Dolphins
  5. Andy Lee, Cardinals
  6. Corey Bojorquez, Packers
  7. Jordan Berry, Vikings
  8. Thomas Morstead, Falcons

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