• Marc Shannep

Free Agency Madness


Lets preview the NFL free agency. Here are some of the different free agent terminology and timelines. For each position, you’ll also see cut candidates and restricted free agent statuses.


Important Free Agent Categories

  • Unrestricted Free Agent- the player is allowed to sign with any team.

  • Restricted Free Agent- the player can sign an offer sheet with any team, but his 2021 team can keep him on the roster by signing him to a restricted tender. Usually, the player was an UDFA.

  • Exclusive Rights Free Agent- the player will return to his 2021 team unless the team opts to make him an unrestricted free agent.

  • Cap Hit- not necessarily how much he’s paid in a given year, but how much he’ll count against a team’s salary cap during that season.

  • Dead money- the guaranteed money left on a player’s contract at the time he is let go or traded. That money will count against a team’s cap that next year. If a player is cut after June 1, the dead money is split over the next two seasons.


Important Free Agency Dates

  • Tuesday, March 8th at 4pm ET — Franchise Tag deadline

  • Monday, March 14th — Legal Tampering Period begins (Teams are permitted to enter contract negotiations)

  • Wednesday, March 16th — 2021 league year + FA begins (at 4:00 p.m ET)


Quarterbacks

Tom Brady (TB) - Will not retire and signed with Tampa Bay Buccaneers for one more year.

Aaron Rodgers (GB) - Re-signed with Green Bay Packers to a 3-year $150M deal.

Russell Wilson (DEN) - Traded to Denver Broncos for QB Drew Lock, TE Noah Fant, two 1st's, two 2nds & 5h round picks.

Deshaun Watson (CLE) - Traded to Cleveland Browns for three 1st's, 3rd & 4th round picks.

Matt Ryan (IND) - Traded to Indianapolis Colts for a 3rd round pick.

Carson Wentz (WAS) - Traded to Washington Commanders for a 2nd & 3rd round pick.

Kirk Cousins (MIN) - Signed an extension with Minnesota Vikings to a 2-year $35M deal.

Jameis Winston (NO) - Signed with New Orleans Saints to a 2-year $28M deal.

Mitchell Trubisky (PIT) - Signed with Pittsburgh Steelers to a 2-year $14.3M deal.

Teddy Bridgewater (MIA) - Signed with Miami Dolphins to a 1-year $6.5M deal.

Marcus Mariota (ATL) - Signed with Atlanta Falcons to a 2-year $18M deal.


QB Trade Candidates - Potential Landing Spots

Baker Mayfield (CLE) - Seattle

Jimmy Garoppolo (SF) - Cleveland




Runningbacks

Leonard Fournette (TB) - Signed with Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 3-year $21M deal.

James Conner (ARI) - Signed with Arizona Cardinals to a 3-year $21M deal.

Chase Edmonds (MIA) - Signed with Miami Dolphins to a 2-year $12.6M deal.

Sony Michel (MIA) - Signed with Miami Dolphins to a 1-year deal.

Melvin Gordon (DEN) - Signed with Denver Broncos to a 1-year deal.

Rashaad Penny (SEA) - Signed with Seattle Seahawks to a 1-year $5.7M deal.

JD McKissic (WAS) - Signed with Washington Commanders to a 2-year $7M deal.

Raheem Mostert (MIA) - Signed with Miami Dolphins to a 1-year $3.1M deal.




Wide Receivers

Davante Adams (LV) - Traded to Las Vegas Raiders for a 1st & 2nd round pick. Signed 5-year $148M deal.

Tyreek Hill (MIA) - Traded to Miami Dolphins for 5 picks.

Chris Gowdin (TB) - Signed with Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 3-year $60M deal.

Amari Cooper (CLE) - Traded to Cleveland Browns for a 5th round pick.

Mike Williams (LAC) - Signed with Los Angeles Chargers to a 3-year $60M deal.

Allen Robinson (LAR) - Signed with Los Angeles Rams to a 3-year $46.5M deal.

Jarvis Landry (NO) - Signed with New Orleans Saints to a 1-year deal.

Marquise Brown (ARI) - Traded to Arizona Cardinals for a 1st round pick.

AJ Brown (PHI) - Traded to Philadelphia Eagles for a 1st & 3rd round pick.

Robert Woods (TEN) - Traded to Tennessee Titans for a 6th round pick.

Michael Gallup (DAL) - Signed with Dallas Cowboys to a 5-year $62M deal.

Cordarrelle Patterson (ATL) - Signed with Atlanta Falcons to a 2-year $10M deal.

JuJu Smith-Schuster (KC) - Signed with Kansas City Chiefs to a 1-year $10M deal.

Christian Kirk (JAC) - Signed with Jacksonville Jaguars to a 4-year $84M deal.

Zay Jones (JAC) - Signed with Jacksonville Jaguars to a 3-year $30M deal.

DJ Chark (DET) - Signed with Detroit Lions to a 1-year $10M deal.

Cedrick Wilson (MIA) - Signed with Miami Dolphins to a 3-year $22.8M deal.

Russell Gage (TB) - Signed with Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 3-year deal $30M.

Sammy Watkins (GB) - Signed with Green Bay Packers to a 1-year deal.


Other WR Names

Will Fuller V (27)

Julio Jones (26)

Odell Beckham Jr (28)

Antonio Brown (25)




Tight-Ends

Mike Gesicki (MIA) - Signed with Miami Dolphins to a 1-year $10M deal.

Dalton Schultz (DAL) - Signed with Dallas Cowboys to a 1-year $10M deal.

David Njoku (CLE) - Franchise Tagged by Cleveland Browns.

Zach Ertz (ARI) - Signed with Arizona Cardinals to a 3-year $31M deal.

Evan Engram (JAC) - Signed with Jacksonville Jaguars to a 1-year $9M deal.

CJ Uzomah (NYJ) - Signed with New York Jets to a 3-year $24M deal.

OJ Howard (BUF) - Signed with Buffalo Bills to a 1-year $3.5M deal.

Austin Hooper (TEN) - Signed with Tennessee Titans to a 1-year $6M deal.

Gerald Everett (LAC) - Signed with Los Angeles Chargers to a 2-year $12M deal.

Hayden Hurst (CIN) - Signed with Cincinnati Bengals to a 1-year deal.


Other TE Names

Rob Gronkowski - Retired