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Free Agency Updates (Plus other Moves)

Some of our favorite teams have made moves!  Other teams have not!  Here’s information!

NFC North

Chicago Bears

The List:

  • 2/20 — Declined option on G Josh Sitton’s contact
  • 2/20 — Released LB Jerrell Freeman
  • 2/26 — Released LB Pernell McPhee
  • 2/26 — Released S Quintin Demps
  • 2/28 — Released LB Willie Young
  • 2/28 — Released QB Mike Glennon
  • 3/6 — Offered CB Kyle Fuller one-year transition tag
  • 3/12 — Signed OL Bradley Sewell to two-year contract extension
  • 3/12 — Signed WR Josh Bellamy to one-year contract
  • 3/12 — Signed WR Cameron Meredith to one-year contract
  • 3/12 — Signed CB Bryce Callahan to one-year contract
  • 3/13 — Agreed to three-year conract with WR Allen Robinson
  • 3/13 — Agreed to four-year contract with TE Trey Burton
  • 3/13 — Agreed to contract with K Cody Parkey
  • ​3/13 — Agreed to four-year contract with WR Taylor Gabriel
  • 3/13 — Agreed to three-year contract with CB Prince Amukamara
  • 3/14 — Signed LB Sam Acho to two-year contract
  • 3/14 — Signed QB Chase Daniel to two-year contract
  • 3/14 — Released WR Marcus Wheaton
  • 3/14 — Released DB Marcus Cooper

Brief Commentary just for you Bears Fans:

The Josh Sitton era officially ends, as the Bears admit that signing him was a terrible decision and that the Packers are always right.  The Bears landed a Bigly Good free agent in Allen Robinson, a receiver with top ten potential.  Paired with other receiving options, including signing Tight End Trey Burton, the team’s passing game is poised to step forward next year if the quarterback can, in fact, turn left.

Detroit Lions

The List:

  • 3/10 — Signed DE Kerry Hyder to one-year contract extension
  • 3/13 — Re-signed S Tavon Wilson to two-year, $7 million contract extension
  • 3/13 — Agreed to one-year contract with LB Christian Jones
  • 3/13 — Agreed to three-year contract with LB Devon Kennard
  • 3/13 — Agreed to two-year contract with CB Nevin Lawson
  • 3/14 — Signed LB Nick Bellore
  • 3/14 — Released TE Eric Ebron
  • ​3/14 — Signed CB DeShawn Shead to one-year contract

Brief Commentary just for you Lions Fans (what is wrong with you?):

The Lions have had a quiet few weeks, making small moves in hopes of improving a decent roster.  Only one story deserves much merit: the dropping of former top ten pick Eric Ebron, a move reportedly made after the Lions could not find a single trade partner for the tight end.  Like, not one team would offer even a 7th round pick, apparently.





Green Bay Packers

The List:

Green Bay Packers

  • 3/9 — Traded CB Damarious Randall, 2018 fourth-round pick and 2018 fifth-round pick to Cleveland for QB DeShone Kizer, 2018 fourth-round pick and 2018 fifth-round pick
  • 3/12 — Signed G Justin McCray
  • 3/12 — Signed CB Donatello Brown
  • 3/12 — Signed WR Michael Clark
  • 3/12 — Tendered OL Adam Pankey as an exclusive rights free agent
  • 3/13 — Agreed to three-year contract with TE Jimmy Graham
  • 3/13 — Released WR Jordy Nelson
  • 3/13 — Agreed to one-year contract with DE Muhammad Wilkerson
  • 3/14 — Tendered WR Geronimo Allison as exclusive rights free agent

Brief Commentary just for you Packer Fans:

So this is what it feels like, eh?  Weird.  I dunno, I feel like some things are good, some things are bad, probably we will just have to wait and see… what’s this?  A live look at Glove?

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Minnesota Vikings

The List:

  • 3/8 — Signed S Anthony Harris to one-year contract
  • 3/8 — Signed RB Mack Brown
  • 3/12 — Signed C Nick Easton to one-year contract
  • 3/13 — Agreed to three-year contract with QB Kirk Cousins
  • 3/14 — Traded 2019 pick to Denver for QB Trevor Siemian and 2018 late-round pick

Brief Commentary just for you Viking Fans:

Huh, just five bullet points.  Not much going on.  Too bad you guys couldn’t make a real splash.  Maybe next year.

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons

The List:

  • 3/2 — Released TE Levine Toilolo
  • 3/5 — Re-signed K Matt Bryant to three-year extension
  • 3/12 — Placed second round tender on S Ricardo Allen
  • 3/12 — Signed G Ben Garland to one-year contract
  • 3/13 — Re-signed OT Austin Pasztor to contract extension
  • 3/13 — Re-signed CB Leon McFadden to contract extension
  • 3/14 — Signed G Brandon Fusco to three-year contract

Brief Commentary just for you Atlanta Fans:

Welcome to Packerstan.

Carolina Panthers

The List:

  • 2/26 — Released S Kurt Coleman
  • 2/26 — Released DE Charles Johnson
  • 2/28 — Released RB Jonathan Stewart
  • 3/6 — Re-signed K Graham Gano to four-year contract extension
  • 3/7 — Released CB Teddy Williams
  • 3/9 — Re-signed C Tyler Larsen to one-year contract extension
  • 3/9 — Traded CB Daryl Worley to Philadelphia for WR Torrey Smith
  • 3/10 — Signed WR Damiere Byrd to one-year contract extension
  • 3/13 — Agreed to three-year contract with CB Bashaud Breeland
  • 3/14 — Re-signed DE Julius Peppers to one-year contract extension

Brief Commentary just for you Panther Fans:

This all seems fine but like it doesn’t really matter.  So let’s take a moment to appreciate Julius Peppers, the immortal one.  He and his ears have nabbed  154.5 sacks, just 5.5 shy of Kevin Greene in third place all time.  At the spry age of 37, Peppers recorded 11 sacks last season back in his beloved Carolina home, and at the 4-3 defensive end spot where he spent the majority of his career.  The gap from Greene to Reggie White and Bruce Smith is likely insurmountable, and it is tempting to blame his detour to Green Bay and time spent as an outside linebacker.  But Peppers was to be reckoned with even with that position change, averaging over 8 sacks a season in Green Bay on limited snaps.

New Orleans Saints

The List:

  • 2/27 — Claimed OT John Theus off waivers
  • 3/3 — Signed S Kurt Coleman to three-year contract
  • 3/7 — Re-signed DE George Johnson to one-year contract extension
  • 3/12 — OT Zach Strief retired
  • 3/13 — Agreed to two-year contract with QB Drew Brees
  • 3/13 — Agreed to one-year contract with WR Willie Snead
  • 3/14 — Signed CB Patrick Robinson to four-year contract
  • 3/14 — Signed LB Demario Davis to three-year contract
  • 3/14 — Signed QB Tom Savage

Brief Commentary just for you Saints Fans:

Tom Savage.  Niiiiiiiice.  Unfortunately for the Saints, however, they struck out on their chance to bring back future hall of famer Jimmy Graham, a man indubitably on the verge of a season in which he will nab 35 touchdown passes (28, minimum).  Oh well.  You can’t win them all.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The List:

  • 2/20 — Released RB Doug Martin
  • 2/10 — Released DT Chris Baker
  • 2/26 — Released C Joe Hawley
  • 3/8 — Re-signed QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to one-year contract extension
  • 3/9 — Re-signed WR Mike Evans to five-year contract extension
  • 3/12 — Re-signed TE Cameron Brate to six-year contract extension
  • 3/12 — Signed CB Brent Grimes to one-year contract
  • 3/12 — Signed LB Adarius Glanton to one-year contract
  • 3/12 — Signed WR Adam Humphries to one-year contract
  • 3/13 — Signed RB Peyton Barber to one-year contract
  • 3/14 — Signed DT Beau Allen
  • 3/14 — Signed K Chandler Catanzaro
  • 3/14 — Signed DE Mitch Unrein

Brief Commentary just for you Bucs Fans:

The biggest move for Tampa Bay on paper would seem to be extending Mike Evans, a receiver who is good at receiving.  But don’t sleep on the addition of Brent Grimes, a once quite good, now very ok-like, cornerback.  With Mr. Grimes comes Ms. Grimes, Miko.  Known for her active use of social media and possible anti-Semitic views, Ms. Grimes acts as a stabilizing force wherever she may roam.  I am sure it will be no different with Tamp Bay.

Finally, Member Doug Martin?  I member.  What a guy.