NFL rumors: Latest news on teams and players before free agency – Sports Illustrated

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NFL free agency officially begins at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, but there is plenty of news to catch up on before players are allowed to start signing contracts.

The Philadelphia Eagles have already made a splash with a pair of trades and Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler is drawing interest in the wake of Peyton Manning’s retirement. But what about the rest of the league? Keep up with the latest buzz on which players could be headed where.

Check out the latest rumors and news from around the league below.

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Wednesday, March 9

2:30 p.m. ET

• The Buccaneers and Doug Martin have struck a five-year deal worth more than $35 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

• The Texans are frontrunners for running back Lamar Miller, according to’s Ian Rapoport.

• There are at least six teams in on wideout Mohamed Sanu, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report reports.

• The Jets are actively searching for an offensive lineman and have an eye on JR Sweezy, according to Manish Meta of the New York Daily News.

• The team is also interested in running back Matt Forte, ESPN’s Rich Cimini reports.

• New Raiders linebacker Bruce Irvin just followed free agent Sean Smith on Twitter.

The Bengals offered Reggie Nelson a two-year deal earlier this week, the Enquirer’s Jim Owczarski reports.

2:00 p.m. ET

• Punter Brad Nortman will sign a four-year deal with the Jaguars, according to Rich Eisen of NFL Network.

• The Vikings and Buccaneers would be in on safety Reggie Nelson if he were to hit free agency, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports.

• The Bears are trying to resign cornerback Tracy Porter,’s Ian Rapoport reports.

1:30 p.m. ET

• The Saints have tendered tight end Josh Hill, according to Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate.

• The Vikings will sign linebacker Travis Lewis, according to reports.

• Alex Mack will sign a five-year deal with the Falcons, Ian Rapoport reports.


1:00 p.m. ET

• Kenrick Ellis has re-signed with the Vikings, the team announced.

• The Bears and Falcons are going hard after guard Jeff Allen, according to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports.

• Free safety Rodney McLeod is headed to the Eagles on a five-year, $37 million deal according to multiple reports.

• Tight end Ladarius Green is expected to sign with the Steelers, according to Adam Schefter.

• Antonio Gates’s deal with the Chargers is for two years and $12 million, Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo reports.

12:30 p.m. ET

• The Falcons and center Alex Mack are nearing a deal, according to Adam Schefter.

• It’s unlikely that tackle Mitchell Schwartz will return to the Browns,’s Mike Silver reports.

• Quarterback Drew Stanton’s deal is worth $6.5 million over two years, with $4.5 million guaranteed according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

• The Broncos are accelerating their efforts to re-sign quarterback Brock Osweiler. It’s between them and the Texans, according to Ian Rapoport.

• Defensive lineman Cedric Thornton has drawn interest from the Cowboys and Seahawks, according to NFL Network’s Rand Getlin.

• The Bears are among the 12 teams are interested in defensive end Akiem Hicks, who is not expected to sign today, according to CBS Chicago’s Chris Emma.

• The Jets are reportedly interested in running back Bobby Rainey.

Noon ET

• Cornerback Janoris Jenkins’ deal with the Giants is worth $62.5 million over five years, with $29 million fully guaranteed in the first two years, according to Jason Cole.

• Quarterback Chase Daniel will sign a three-year deal with the Eagles, he announced on Twitter.

• Former Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemens will visit with Seattle, and could sign, according to’s Albert Breer.

11:50 a.m. ET

• The Texans have reached out to Lamar Miller, Doug Martin and Matt Forte as they try to fill their opening at running back, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

• The Raiders are now considered the “team to watch” for cornerback Sean Smith.

• Broncos tackle Ryan Clady expects to return to the team, according to Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post.

• The Chargers have agreed to terms with tight end Antonio Gates on a new deal, according to Ian Rapoport.

9:00 a.m. ET

• The Carolina Panthers have signed defensive end Charles Johnson, the team announced Wednesday.

• The Steelers are in the tight end market after the retirement of Heath Miller, Ian Rapoport reports that Ladarius Green, Coby Fleener and Jared Cook are names to watch. 

• Defensive end Chris Long will visit the Cowboys, after already having met with Washington, reports Adam Schefter. 

• WR Marvin Jones will sign with the Detroit Lions, reports Dianna Marie Russini of ESPN. The deal is expected to be about $8 million per year, Ian Rapoport reports

• The Miami Dolphins have pulled the transition tag on LB/DE Olivier Vernon, making him a free agent, Adam Schefter reports

• The Bengals are closing in on a deal to bring back safety George Iloka, Ian Rapoport reports

7:00 a.m. ET

• Former St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins is expected to sign with the New York Giants, reports Adam Schefter. The deal will e worth more than $12 million per year, reports Ian Rapoport. 

• Defensive tackle Ian Williams will return to the San Fancisco 49ers on a five-year deal, according to a report.

• The Washington Redskins have re-signed Colt McCoy as a backup quarterback to Kirk Cousins, Adam Schefter reports. The new deal is reportedly for three years. Washington released Robert Griffin III earlier this week.

• The Cleveland Browns are expected to release Johnny Manziel by Wednesday, as reported last month, but the decision could be delayed as the Browns wait to see if they can trade him instead, the Associated Press reports.

• The reported trade of Eagles linebacker Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell to the Dolphins is off, reports ESPN’s Ed Werder. The Dolphins were concerned over the health of Maxwell’s shoulder, reports Werder.

• The San Diego Chargers have emerged as the favrite to land wide receiver Travis Benjamin, Rapoport reports

• Tackle Bobby Massie as interest from the Bears and Giants, according to ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss.

Tuesday, March 8

7:30 p.m. ET

• The Miami Dolphins have agreed to a deal for two years and $17 million with Mario Williams, he confirmed Tuesday night.

• The Jacksonville Jaguars will sign running back Chris Ivory, reports Adam Schefter.

6:30 p.m. ET

• The Oakland Raiders will sign linebacker Bruce Irvin, reports Ian Rapoport.

4:35 p.m. ET

• Ian Rapoport expects the Dolphins to finalize their deal with Mario Williams some time today. The deal is expected to be worth about $8 million per year.

• Kicker Adam Vinatieri, the NFL’s oldest player at 43, signed an extension with the Colts, the team confirmed. Rapoport reports the deal is for two years and $6 million, plus $1 million in incentives.

3:15 p.m. ET

• Left tackle Donald Penn has not ruled out a return to the Oakland Raiders after the Kelechi Osmele signing, according to Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune/Bay Area Newspaper Group.

2:55 p.m. ET

• The New Orleans Saints are under the impression that tight end Ben Watson will head to the Baltimore Ravens, according to Rapoport.

NFL rumors: Latest news on teams and players before free agency – Sports Illustrated