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March 14, 2022 at 5:04 p.m. EDT

JC Jackson at the Chargers

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March 14, 2022 at 4:56 p.m. EDT

Teddy Bridgewater is expected to land in Miami

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March 14, 2022 at 4:49 p.m. EDT

Jets add ‘stud’ guard Laken Tomlinson in big move to help protect Zach Wilson

The Jets want to surround young Zach Wilson with protection and playmakers. Their first free agent contract of 2022 addresses the former in a big way.

Guard Laken Tomlinson is heading to New York, sources confirm to The Athletic. It’s a three-year deal for the 30-year-old worth up to $41.2 million, with $27 million guaranteed. Contract details – payment structure, outputs, etc. – will not be available until the contract is entered into the NFLPA database.

Either way, it’s an important catch for general manager Joe Douglas as he works to solidify one of his team’s biggest weaknesses. Tomlinson was No. 20 on Sheil Kapadia’s ranking of the top 150 free agents.

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March 14, 2022 at 4:47 p.m. EDT

Colt McCoy stays in Arizona

Colt McCoy performed well when needed as a backup quarterback at Arizona last year.

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March 14, 2022 at 4:45 p.m. EDT

More Seahawks moves

Seattle continues to move today also keeping Will Dissly.

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March 14, 2022 at 4:42 p.m. EDT

Jimmy G watch

With every quarterback move in the league, the potential compensation the 49ers can get for QB Jimmy Garoppolo likely drops. A reduction in landing points for the San Francisco starter, who is expected to be traded, should mean less of a bidding war for his services. Could that make the Colts take a deal more seriously?

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Stephen Holder

Stephen Holder·

Senior Writer, National

March 14, 2022 at 4:17 p.m. EDT

Packers re-sign De’Vondre Campbell

According to Sports Illustrated’s Bill Huber, co-host of our “Head of the Pack” podcast, the Packers are re-signing first-team All-Pro inside linebacker De’Vondre Campbell to a $50 million deal on five years. Campbell came out of nowhere as a one-year, $2 million summer signing to become one of the best linebackers in football. The Packers continue their busy day by locking up a massive defensive play.

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Personal Writer, Packers

March 14, 2022 at 3:56 p.m. EDT

Smiles all around

Many receivers are happy with the deal with Christian Kirk.

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March 14, 2022 at 3:43 p.m. EDT

Seal of approval

Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs is happy for new Steelers QB Mitchell Trubisky.

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March 14, 2022 at 3:39 p.m. EDT

Saints tender Deonte Harty

The Saints place a second-round bid on Deonte Harty, per source. The price – 3.986 million dollars.

Catherine Terrell

Catherine Terrell·

Personal Writer, Saints

March 14, 2022 at 3:34 p.m. EDT

Christian Kirk gets paid

Christian Kirk’s new contract with the Jaguars will be worth up to $84 million in total, which puts him third in the league. It’s ahead of Stefon Diggs ($72m), DeAndre Hopkins ($54.5m) and Mike Evans ($82.5m) and trails only Michael Thomas ($96.25m) and Amari Cooper ($100 million).

Kirk’s annual average can reach $21 million, which is more than Davante Adams ($20.145 million).

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March 14, 2022 at 3:24 p.m. EDT

How Mitchell Trubisky fits in and what it means for Mason Rudolph

The Steelers agreed to terms with a former No. 2 pick, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, on a two-year contract on Monday. No financial terms of the deal were immediately known.

Trubisky was the Bills replacement a year ago after spending his first four seasons with the Bears. His arrival, as the first free agent quarterback since the legal tampering window opened on Monday, changes Pittsburgh’s outlook behind center.

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March 14, 2022 at 3:21 p.m. EDT

Seahawks keep Quandre Diggs in the fold, retaining valuable defensive leader and priority free agent

The Seahawks and free safety Quandre Diggs agreed to a three-year contract worth $40 million on Monday, league sources confirmed to The Athletic. The deal puts Diggs, 29, among the top 10 highest-paid players in his position by average annual salary, according to Over the Cap. Diggs was No. 22 on Sheil Kapadia’s ranking of the top 150 free agents.

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Seahawks keep Quandre Diggs in the fold, retaining valuable defensive leader and priority free agent

March 14, 2022 at 3:07 p.m. EDT

Bengals keep BJ Hill

AthleticismBengals writers Paul Dehner Jr. and Jay Morrison explain they need to move to keep impending free agent BJ Hill.

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March 14, 2022 at 3:01 p.m. EDT

titans adds

A source has confirmed the Titans have re-signed free agent center Ben Jones and added Seattle OT Jamarco Jones, both on two-year contracts. Ian Rapoport first reported the Ben Jones deal, Adam Schefter the Jamarco Jones deal. It’s a big deal to have continuity in the middle, and Jamarco Jones could be the starting RT. If so, Dillon Radunz should be the first to replace Rodger Saffold at LG.

Joe Rexrod

Joe Rexrod·

Senior Writer, Tennessee

March 14, 2022 at 2:59 p.m. EDT

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March 14, 2022 at 2:57 p.m. EDT

Matthew Slater stays with the Patriots

The Patriots are signing Matthew Slater to a one-year, $2.62 million contract, according to multiple reports. He has played for a team in New England since 2008 and is a 10-time Pro Bowler.

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March 14, 2022 at 2:52 p.m. EDT

Roger Saffold in Buffalo

The Bills have signed guard Rodger Saffold, according to a league source. Saffold will likely occupy one of two starting guard positions. The team released goaltender Daryl Williams this morning.

Joe Buscaglia

Joe Buscaglia·

Personal Writer, Invoices

March 14, 2022 at 2:50 p.m. EDT

The last time Jacksonville spent a lot of money on free agency

Terms and numbers are still being confirmed, but here’s a refresher on when the Jaguars last led the league in free agency spending.

They spent $178,800,000 on free agents and improved by seven wins with an appearance in an AFC Championship Game in 2017.

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