NFL Free Agency 3/17/20
Before the league year even officially started, we have already had some blockbuster moves. Between Tom Brady moving on from the patriots and Bill O’Brien making a shocking trade it is already set up to be an exciting year in free agency.
Ryan Tannehill got Paid
While many thought the Tennessee Titans would pursue Tom Brady in free agency they had other plans. After leading the Titans to the Divisional round Ryan Tannehill showed that he is still a good QB in the NFL. This was the first major announcement of free agency with the signing of a 4-year contract worth $118 million. It will be fun to see if Tannehill can continue to be successful in the coming years.
David Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins Trade
The first major trade that we saw during NFL Free Agency was David Johnson being sent to the Houston Texans in exchange for DeAndre Hopkins. From the Texans’ perspective this seems like a very questionable trade. This marks the 3rd RB trade in 8 months that Bill O’Brien has been involved in. While I think David Johnson still has potential in this league, DeAndre Hopkins has looked like the much better play in the past years. From a Cardinals perspective, this is a much-needed add at the WR spot. DeAndre Hopkins will help Kyler Murray continue to succeed in his sophomore season.
Cardinals get: WR DeAndre Hopkins and a 4th-round pick.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2020
Texans get: RB David Johnson, a second-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick.
The Cowboys sign Amari Cooper
The Cowboys were somehow able to resign Elliot, Prescott, and Cooper, but it will cost them. Not only are all three of these guys every high profile and expensive players but that top-level talent affects the entire team. Only time will tell if this was the right move for the Cowboys, but right now it appears that letting one of them go would have saved them a lot of money.
#Cowboys WR Amari Cooper has perhaps the simplest contract ever:— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 17, 2020
$10 million signing bonus
$10 million salary in 2020
$20 million salary each year 2021-24
$40M fully guaranteed at signing, with another $20M for injury until March 2022. So that's the trigger.
The Cowboys retained Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper but they have watched six starters leave in free agency: Byron Jones, Randall Cobb,— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) March 18, 2020
Robert Quinn, Jason Witten, Maliek Collins, and Jeff Heath.
They not a better team right now. But they have time rally. Will they?
Will Marcus Mariota be the Radiers Savior
While I believe that Derek Carr was not the future of the Raiders, I’m not sure that Marcus Mariota is the answer. This just seems like an odd pick up for a team that has been defending Derek Carr for years at this point. The Raiders seem like a team that is only a few pieces away from a championship and Mariota doesn’t seem like the player that will get them over the edge.
Teddy Bridgewater Stays in the NFC South
Just a few years ago Teddy Bridgewater was the franchise QB for the Vikings. After a bad knee injury in 2016 he struggled to get playing time until Drew Brees went down mid-season and he was called in. During this stretch of games, he was able to show that he still had what it takes it accel in the NFL. Next season he will get his chance to prove his worth as the starter for the Carolina Panthers.
The Panthers and Teddy Bridgewater are negotiating a 3-year contract in the $60 million range, per source. The deal is not done as they work out details but it is expected to be complete when new league year opens Wednesday.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 17, 2020
Carolina is giving former Saints' QB Teddy Bridgewater a three-year, $63 million deal, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2020
Teddy Bridgewater was the Vikings franchise QB when he suffered a terrifying knee injury in 2016 that nearly ended his career.— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) March 17, 2020
➖ Missed almost two years
➖ Jets backup
➖ Saints backup
➖ Went 5-0 without Brees in 2019
➖ Reportedly joining Panthers as starting QB
Philip Rivers is Packing up the Van
Throughout the season, it appeared that Philip rivers days were numbered in San Diego (aka Los Angles). Just a year ago Andrew Luck looked like he would have a long career with the Colts, but that came to an end when he retired in August. Now Philip Rivers and his 45 kids are headed to Indianapolis. The most important question regarding this signing is whether of not Philip Rivers complaining will follow him.
Tom Brady is Headed to Florida
In only day two of legal tampering Tom Brady is headed to Tampa. When he announced this morning that he would be leaving New England I was shocked. I personally thought that he was going to end up back in New England. With all that said if there is any coach that has had success with QB’s like Brady, it’s Bruce Arians. This pairing will truly show us whether or not Tom Brady really was the important piece in those championship teams.
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