NFL free agency is in high gear, even though most deals have already been made. There have been quarterback shifts and players getting tagged with franchise tags, but there’s still more to come. With the new salary cap, $182.5 million, being an issue, cuts and other deals are still possible.
Chiefs Make Big Moves
The Kansas City Chiefs are still feeling the sting from losing Super Bowl LV to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They’ll be looking for revenge in the upcoming season and have signed a few free agents to help them out. Joe Thuney is now on the roster, as is Kyle Long, returning to the NFL from retirement. Taco Charlton and Mike Remmers were re-signed by the Chiefs on one year-deals.
The New England Patriots are putting a lot of emphasis on Hunter Henry, signing him to a three-year, $37.5-million deal. But, they also picked up several other free agents, including Matthew Judon, Jonny Smith, Deatrich Wise, Jr., Jalen Mills, Davon Godchaux and Kendrick Bourne. In total, including the money spent on Henry, the Pats have spent $137.5 million on free agents.
The Denver Broncos haven’t spent as much as the Pats or other teams, but they’re ready to be an entirely new squad in the upcoming season. Kyle Fuller, Justin Simmons, Ronald Darby, Shelby Harris and Mike Boone will all be at Mile High Stadium this year. The Broncos are especially interested in seeing what Simmons can do, making him the highest-paid safety in the NFL with a four-year, $61-million contract.
Rams Try To Find Renewed Strength
10.5 sacks last year made Leonard Floyd a favorite of the LA Rams defense. He’s back, signing a four-year deal worth $64 million. That covers the defense, but the team needed help on offense and think it has found it in DeSean Jackson. The wide receiver leads the league in touchdowns of 60 yards or more and will likely become a primary target of quarterback Matthew Stafford. Tight end Johnny Mundt will be back with the Rams on a one-year deal and could see more action than he did last year.
The New York Giants are putting a lot of hope on Kenny Golladay. The former Detroit Lions wide receiver will be with the Giants on a four-year deal worth $72 million, but the move could be a gamble. Adoree’ Jackson will also be added to the roster, coming over from the Tennessee Titans on a three-year deal. His injuries last year could cause problems again this year. Mike Glennon will come in as a backup to Stafford, although the Giants are hoping the former Jacksonville Jaguars QB won’t need to be called up a whole lot. The Giants opened up the wallet in this free agency, signing over 12 new or repeat players to the team.
Andy Dalton is going to stick with the Chicago Bears. The QB signed a one-year contract worth $10 million last week, but isn’t expected to be a major player for the team. The Bears also signed cornerback Desmond Trufant, giving him one year to prove himself. He only played in six games last year, nine the year before that. At 30 years old, his days may be numbered.
Jets Hope For Major Improvement
The New York Jets, who once said they would never fire head coach Adam Gase, fired him late last season after a miserable start. Now, the team is desperately looking to turn things around under Robert Saleh, who is already making some moves. Carl Lawson is onboard on a three-year, $45-million contract, while Corey Davis was also signed for three years. Davis is one of two free agent wide receivers signed by the Jets, with the other being Keelan Cole. Also added to the roster were Sheldon Rankins, Lamarcus Joyner, Jarrad Davis, Dan Feeney, Justin Hardee and Tyler Kroft. All of these are suiting up as Jets for the first time and have a lot of work ahead.