NFL Free Agency

By Benjamin Rodriguez

On Wednesday March 14 the NFL’s new league year began, which meant free agency officially started. Free agency is the period in which players who are not under contract with a team can sign with the team of their choice.

Coming into this class, the quarterbacks were highly sought after because many teams were in need of a quarterback.  The first off the market was Case Keenum coming after a season in which he lead the Vikings to the NFC Championship. Keenum signed with the Broncos on a two year deal worth $36 million. Kirk Cousins was the next quarterback off the board; he signed with the Vikings for three years and $84 million fully guaranteed. The next big name quarterback was Sam Bradford, who signed with the Arizona Cardinals on a two year deal worth $40 million. Former Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater also found a new home with the New York Jets on a one year deal that will pay him $5 million.


The defensive side of the ball market was filled with playmakers at all positions. The first major signing was former Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers for three years and $39 million. After being cut by the Arizona Cardinals, free safety Tyrann Mathieu signed with the Houston Texans on a one year $7 million deal.  Another player who was cut, defensive end Vinny Curry, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for $27 million over 3 years.

Check out other notable free agent signings below!

Player New Team Position Contract
Sam Bradford Arizona  Cardinals QB 2 years $40 million
Kirk Cousins Minnesota Vikings QB 3 years $84 million
Case Keenum Denver Broncos QB 2 years $36 million
Teddy Bridgewater New York Jets QB 1 year $5 million
A.J McCarron Buffalo Bills QB 2 years $10 million
Mike Glennon Arizona Cardinals QB 2 years $8 million
Allen Robinson Chicago Bears WR 3 years $42million
Taylor Gabriel Chicago Bears WR 4 years $26 million
Donte Moncrief Jacksonville Jaguars WR 1 year $7 million
Danny Amendola Miami Dolphins WR 2 years $12 million
Jerick McKinnon San Francisco 49ers RB 4 years $30 million
Dion Lewis Tennessee Titans RB 4 years $20 million
Carlos Hyde   Cleveland  Browns RB 3 years $15 million
LeGarette Blount Detroit Lions RB 1 year $4.5 million
Richard Sherman San Francisco 49ers CB 3 years $21.15 million
Trumaine Johnson New York Jets CB 5 years $72.5 million
Malcolm Butler Tenessee Titans CB 5 years $61.25 million
Tyrann Mathieu Houston Texans DB 1 year $7 million
Morgan Burnett Pittsburgh Steelers DB 3 years $14.5 million


Tahir Whitehead Oakland Raiders LB 3 years $18 million
Jeremiah Attaochu San Francisco 49ers LB 1 year $ 3million
Avery Williamson New York Jets LB 3 years $22.5 million
Anthony Hitchens Kansas City Chiefs LB 5 years $45 million
Muhammad Wilkerson Green Bay Packers DL 1 year $5 million
Star Loutlelei Buffalo Bills DL 5 years $50 million
Sheldon Richardson Minnesota Vikings DL 1 year $8 million
Adrian Clayborn New England Patriots DL 2 years $12 million
Dontari Poe Carolina Panthers DL 3 years $27 million


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