The NFL’s free agency and trade period is here for 2021 and the league’s new year goes into effect on Wednesday. change teams, either signing or being transferred to another team.
As the news unfolds, Sporting News will provide the latest analysis of the biggest moves in the NFL right here.
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Patriots sign TE Jonnu Smith for 4 years and $ 50 million
The Patriots are finally looking for a capable and experienced starter to help replace Rob Gronkowski with this strong former Titans blocker who also has a huge receiving advantage. Smith is entering his only 26-year season and should use his athleticism to be a key pass receiver throughout the red zone for Cam Newton and / or a rookie quarterback. Smith’s versatility also fits in well with Josh McDaniels and Bill Belichick. The only concern is durability for such a high price.
Buccaneers renew EDGE Shaquil Barrett for 4 years, $ 72 million
The Buccaneers continue to dominate the salary cap to make sure all the key pieces and top priorities in free agency remain from their time in Super Bowl 55. Barrett also took a slight “home discount” to stay, and will continue to wreak havoc. in front of Jason Pierre-Paul.
Lions renew DE Romeo Okwara for 3 years, $ 39 million
It was a bright spot in a disappointing season ending for Matt Patricia’s defense with a 10-sack season. The Lions may have paid a bit more for a limited sample size, but they are desperate for a young point guard for the Dan Campbell era.
49ers renew FB Kyle Juszczyk for 5 years, $ 27 million
His name is difficult to spell and his role is difficult to define, but with his blocking and catching passes, he is an invaluable and versatile cog in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.
Ravens sign G Kevin Zeitler for 3 years and $ 22 million
The Giants had to say goodbye to their services but the Ravens, wounded on the inside without Marshal Yanda, find their solid replacement right guard.
Packers re-sign running back Aaron Jones to 4 years and $ 48 million
The Packers avoided wearing the franchise tag on him and gave him a reasonable deal tied to his prime as a strong and versatile running back. He will form a good coup with AJ Dillon going forward to continue supporting Aaron Rodgers.
Colts trade for Eagles QB Carson Wentz
The Colts made a calculated move for a young quarterback with a reduced contract for them, hoping Wentz will regain his grove with Frank Reich and an overall better support system.
MORE: Complete Carson Wentz Business Analysis
Rams trade for QB Matthew Stafford
The Rams gave up a lot of things in the hopes of getting a big improvement at the position, but Stafford isn’t exactly that and he’s a senior quarterback with major recent durability issues and a remarkable track record of not winning (or reaching) games. playoffs.
Lions trade for QB Jared Goff
Goff is a pretty decent bridge QB for a promising new offense with Anthony Lynn with some talented young players. Plus, the Lions are also in great shape with two additional first-round players out of the deal and maybe they didn’t go down that low with the possibility of Goff bouncing back with a scene change.
MORE: Complete Stafford Business Analysis for Goff
Cardinals sign DE JJ Watt for 2 years and $ 28 million
The Cardinals got the Texans legend for a pretty good market value after another solid season. He fits perfectly in a 3-4 front that desperately needed a player like him.
Cowboys renew Dak Prescott for 4 years and $ 160 million
Prescott got the big money he needed now and the opportunity to break the bank relative to the market not long after. The Cowboys also won by getting big-cap relief and locked up their elite young quarterback for the long haul.
Buccaneers renew LB Lavonte David for 2 years, $ 25 million
The Buccaneers not only kept their best disruptive pass rusher on, but they also made sure their defensive leader and second-tier glue didn’t go anywhere.
Players with franchise tag
Chris Godwin, WR, Buccaneers (1-year tendered, $ 15.9 million)
The Buccaneers weren’t about to let a key Tom Brady target, possibly their real new man to turn to, walk around in his quest to repeat.
Allen Robinson, WR, Bears (1-year tendered, $ 18 million)
The Bears urgently need to retain Robinson, but it doesn’t seem like he’s thrilled to stick around unless the quarterback situation improves. They also scale on their own without a real QB solution.
Taylor Moton, RT, Panthers (1-year tendered, $ 13.75 million, re-signed)
This rebuilding team with a promising offense needed to maintain a robust, young and versatile blocker for whoever the next starting quarterback is. This was a no-brainer for the price.
Justin Simmons, S, Broncos (1-year tendered, $ 13.7 million)
Safety still has a favorable value for tagging Simmons again, much needed for Denver due to other major side issues.
Cam Robinson, LT, Jaguars (1-year tendered, $ 13.75 million)
Robinson isn’t considered an elite pass protector on the blind side, but the Jaguars had a lot under the cap and needed to keep the edges intact for Trevor Lawrence.
Leonard Williams, DE, Giants (1-year tendered, $ 19.35 million)
The Giants got a great inside passing racing season from Williams, the former Jet, and needed it for the base of an improved defense. However, the price can be a bit high.
Brandon Scherff, G, Washington (1-year tendered, $ 18 million)
Washington needed to keep some pieces of the offensive line as it tries to improve the tackle for its next starting QB.
Marcus Maye, S, Jets (1-year tendered, $ 10.6 million)
Maye is an average player right now, but the Jets showed some desperation here, still feeling the emptiness of Jamal Adams.
Marcus Williams, S, Saints (1-year tendered, $ 10.6 million)
Williams was a big part of the Saints’ secondary, now in transition as a cornerback, so working hard to maintain a key playmaker was huge.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.