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|3/15/2018||Tyler Eifert, Cin, TE|
|The Bengals agreed to a one-year deal with Eifert on Thursday.
Analysis: Eifert has been hurt through much of his five-year career in Cincinnati. He was sidelined for half of the 2016 season because of an ankle injury and a problem with a disc in his back that required surgery. He aggravated his back early last season and went on an injury list after two games. Eifert has also had a dislocated elbow, a shoulder injury and a torn ankle ligament during his career.
|3/15/2018||Michael Crabtree, Bal, WR|
|The Oakland Raiders are shuffling wide receivers, signing free agent Jordy Nelson and releasing Crabtree.
Analysis: Crabtree's numbers went down in 2017. After having 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016, he slipped to 58 catches, 618 yards and eight scores last season.
|3/14/2018||AJ McCarron, Buf, QB|
|The Buffalo Bills took the first step in restocking their quarterback position by agreeing to a two-year contract with McCarron.
Analysis: The 27-year-old spent the past four seasons backing up Andy Dalton in Cincinnati, but appears he will get the chance to start in Buffalo. General manager Brandon Beane said he intended to add a veteran quarterback this offseason to provide experience. With two picks in each of the first three rounds of the draft, Buffalo also is expected to target one of the highly touted quarterback prospects.
|3/14/2018||Teddy Bridgewater, NYJ, QB|
|Bridgewater has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Jets.
Analysis: Bridgewater needs to get healthy before he can compete for a starting job with Josh McCown.
|3/14/2018||Chase Daniel, Chi, QB|
|Daniel indicated on Twitter that he is headed to Chicago, where he likely will be the backup to starter Mitch Trubisky.
Analysis: Daniel posted the team's logo with emojis of a bear and an arrow pointing down - as in "bear down." Daniel played for Kansas City when Bears coach Matt Nagy was a Chiefs assistant and has spent time with New Orleans and Philadelphia.
|3/14/2018||Mike Glennon, Ari, QB|
|Glennon was released Monday by the Bears.
Analysis: This was not a surprise since it was a dumb move for the team to sign him anyway last season. Talk is that Glennon could end up as a backup in Arizona.
|3/14/2018||Denico Autry, Ind, DE|
|A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Indianapolis Colts have agreed to terms on a three-year deal with Autry. The person requested anonymity because the deal, worth $17.8 million, has not yet been announced.
Analysis: The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Autry was a rotational player in Oakland. He had his most productive season in 2017, finishing with 36 tackles, five sacks and seven passes defensed - all career highs. In Indy, he could fill a need as an edge rusher. The Colts struggled to generate a consistent pass rush last season and wound up 31st in the league with 25 sacks.
|3/14/2018||Carlos Hyde, Cle, RB|
|The Browns are expected to sign Hyde to a three-year, $15 million deal.
Analysis: The 27-year-old Hyde, who played at Ohio State, spent the past four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He's rushed for 2,729 yards, averaged 4.2 yards per carry and scored 21 touchdowns. Hyde will offset the probable loss of Isaiah Crowell, who is expected to sign with the New York Jets.
|3/13/2018||Marqise Lee, Jax, WR|
|The Jaguars are re-signing Lee for four years and $38 million, $18 million of which is guaranteed.
Analysis: Lee has caught 119 passes over the past two seasons and despite totaling just six touchdowns in that span, he should see even more targets with Allen Robinson moving to Chicago.
|3/13/2018||Danny Amendola, Mia, WR|
|Amendola has signed with the Dolphins.
Analysis: That's a tough loss for Tom Brady, who had a great rapport with Amendola. You'd have to expect Amendola's numbers to take a small dip without Brady throwing him the ball.
|3/13/2018||Sam Bradford, Ari, QB|
|Bradford is expected to sign a one-year deal worth $20 million, $15 million of which is guaranteed, with the Cardinals.
Analysis: The Cardinals are taking a risk that Bradford is healthy, but if he is he should be a significant upgrade from anything they got out of the position last season.
|3/13/2018||Trey Burton, Chi, TE|
|Burton has agreed to a four-year, $32 million contract with the Bears.
Analysis: Burton threw out the first pitch before the Philadelphia Phillies played the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. He re-enacted his TD pass to Foles. The versatile Burton gets a chance to be the No. 1 tight end on the Bears after catching 23 passes for 248 yards and five TDs in Philadelphia's championship season.
|3/13/2018||Kirk Cousins, Min, QB|
|Cousins is expected to sign a three-year, fully guaranteed deal with the Vikings when free agency opens on Wednesday.
Analysis: The key words here are "fully guaranteed," a virtually unheard of term in the NFL world. Cousins is going to a great situation in Minnesota, where he'll be plugged into a team that came up just short of going to the Super Bowl and should be an upgrade over Case Keenum.
|3/13/2018||Star Lotulelei, Car, DT|
|Lotulelei has reached an agreement to sign a five-year contract with the Buffalo Bills.
Analysis: Lotulelei was a five-year starter with Carolina after being selected by the Panthers in the first round of the 2013 draft. He's listed at 6-foot-3 and 311 pounds and fills an immediate hole on Buffalo's defensive front.
|3/13/2018||Albert Wilson, Mia, WR|
|Wilson and the Dolphins are discussing a three-year, $24 million deal.
Analysis: He'll help replace three-time Pro Bowl receiver Jarvis Landry, whom the Dolphins have agreed to trade to the Cleveland Browns for two draft picks. In four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, Wilson caught 124 passes for 1,544 yards. That included 42 receptions for 554 yards last year.
|3/13/2018||Andrew Norwell, Jax, G|
|The Jaguars have agreed to sign Norwell to a five-year deal worth $66.5 million that includes $30 million guaranteed.
Analysis: This deal makes the former Panther the NFL's highest-paid guard last season, and he performed that way with Carolina in 2017. This should make an already effective Jacksonville running game even stronger while giving Blake Bortles some protection on the interior.
|3/13/2018||Drew Brees, NO, QB|
|Brees and the Saints have agreed to a two-year, $50 million deal that includes $27 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Analysis: Brees could have become a free agent on Wednesday, and while this deal was expected to get done all offseason, reports on Monday suggested the Vikings reached out to inquire about Brees' interest in heading to Minnesota. Instead, the 39-year-old will stay in New Orleans, where he's thrown an NFL-best 408 touchdown passes since signing there as a free agent in 2006.
|3/13/2018||Allen Robinson, Chi, WR|
|Robinson has agreed to sign with the Bears in what's expected to be a three-year deal worth $42 million - $25 million of which is guaranteed.
Analysis: Robinson caught 153 passes for nearly 2,300 yards combined between 2015 and 2016 before suffering a torn ACL just moments into last season. Assuming he's fully recovered, he'll immediately become Mitch Trubisky's No. 1 target in Chicago on what could be a great value for the Bears.
|3/13/2018||Sammy Watkins, KC, WR|
|Watkins has agreed to sign with the Chiefs in what's expected to be a three-year deal worth $48 million - $30 million of which is guaranteed.
Analysis: Staying healthy had been an issue for Watkins, but he played in 15 games during his lone season with the Rams, catching just 39 passes but hauling in eight TDs. He gives a Chiefs offense that's desperate for a receiving threat a player who's more than capable of stretching the field.
|3/13/2018||Case Keenum, Den, QB|
|Keenum will sign with the Broncos when free agency begins on Wednesday, ESPN reports.
Analysis: The 30-year-old Keenum is considered the second-best QB available on the open market. He guided Minnesota to the NFC championship game after replacing an injured Sam Bradford last season. Keenum went 11-3 with 3,547 yards passing, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 2017. He'll be an instant upgrade over Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch.
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