In reality, NFL free agency doesn’t officially open until Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, but since the somewhat-silly “legal tampering” period opened on Monday, there have been numerous contracts agreed to, and many players and fans celebrating.
There have been a flurry of moves since Tuesday night, so we thought we’d round them all up in one place, in case you missed any:
OT Nate Solder agrees with New York Giants: On Wednesday morning came reports that the Giants have lured Solder away from the New England Patriots with a massive deal. Solder has agreed to a four-year, $62 million contract that includes $35 million guaranteed. The 17th overall pick in 2011, Solder is now the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL;
LB Nigel Bradham signs five-year deal to remain with Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles made sure one of their defensive leaders didn’t head elsewhere, locking him up to the tune of $40 million over the life of the contract. Bradham began his career in Buffalo, but has spent the last two years with Philadelphia;
RB Jerick McKinnon leaves Minnesota for San Francisco: Running backs aren’t held in the same esteem they once were, but the 49ers wanted McKinnon – he’s agreed to a four-year, $30 million contract. The 25-year old had a career-high 991 yards from scrimmage last season, with the dual-threat gaining 570 yards rushing and 421 as a receiver;
RB Carlos Hyde set to be a Brown: Hyde agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with Cleveland, which is part of the reason why the 49ers pursued McKinnon. Hyde totaled 2,439 yards from scrimmage over the last two seasons;
CB Terrance Mitchell headed to Cleveland: The 25-year old, who had a solid performance with the Chiefs last year, has agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal with the Browns;
OT Michael Schofield stays with Chargers: Los Angeles announced it had agreed to a two-year extension with Schofield, who might be better known as the fiance of gold-medal winning U.S. hockey player Kendall Coyne;
G Josh Kline will remain with Titans: Tennessee isn’t just spending to bring in new players, it spent well on a familiar face too, agreeing on a four-year, $26 million extension ($12 million guaranteed) with Kline, who started all 16 games at right guard last year;
CB Prince Amukamara stays in Chicago: On Tuesday night came news that the Bears had agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with $18 million guaranteed to keep Amukamara, who had signed a one-year contract with Chicago in 2017;
DT Muhammad Wilkerson heads to Green Bay: The Packers and Wilkerson agreed to terms on a one-year, $5 million pact, with an additional $3 million in incentives;
CB Aaron Colvin agrees with Texans: Houston poached Colvin from their AFC South rivals in Jacksonville, agreeing to a four-year, $34 million contract ($18 million guaranteed) with the young slot cornerback
WR Donte Moncrief leaves Colts for Jaguars: Moncrief has agreed to a one-year deal worth around $7 million, with an additional $2.6 million in incentives;
QB Chase Daniel agrees with Bears to backup Trubisky: Daniel joins his fourth team in the last four years, coming to terms with Chicago on a two-year, $10 million deal with $7 million guaranteed. He has just three pass attempts in the last three seasons.
We think that’s all of the big moves – it’s been a busy few days for NFL front offices, and there are still more moves to be made, particularly with some talented players, like Ndamukong Suh, Sheldon Richardson and Kyle Fuller without contracts.
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