Where NFL free agent Badgers ended up this offseason

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With the wheeling and dealing of the NFL offseason winding to a close following the draft, several Badgers will be in new places this season.

Not all of the changes of scenery are due to free agency. Arguably the biggest news of the offseason involved longtime Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson being traded to the Denver Broncos. The former Badger is also reunited with legendary Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon III in the Mile High City.

Overall, there were a number of Badgers who either re-signed with their current teams or found new professional homes. Here is a look at where free agent Badgers ended up this offseason:

WR Alex Erickson: Washington Commanders

Oct 3, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Alex Erickson (13) against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Erickson heads to Washington after spending five seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and a lone year with the Carolina Panthers.

RB Melvin Gordon III: Denver Broncos

Dec 12, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III (25) celebrates after his touchdown carry in the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Gordon is back in the Mile High City and reunited with former Wisconsin Badger quarterback Russell Wilson. He signed a one-year deal worth up to $5 million.

QB Russell Wilson: Traded to Denver Broncos

Oct 17, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) walks the field before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t technically a free agent signing, but the blockbuster news of the offseason involved a Badger being traded to Denver.

FB Alec Ingold: Miami Dolphins

Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders fullback Alec Ingold (45) runs the ball against Baltimore Ravens linebacker Tyus Bowser (54) during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

After spending the beginning of his NFL career with the Las Vegas Raiders, Ingold is headed to Miami on a two-year, $7.5 million dollar contract.

RB Dare Ogunbawale: Houston Texans

Nov 8, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Dare Ogunbowale watches from the sidelines during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Ogunbowale joined Houston on a two-year, $3.3 million dollar deal this offseason.

RB James White: New England Patriots

Jan 3, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots running back James White (28) celebrates with tight end Devin Asiasi (86) after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The Super Bowl champion is back in New England. White re-signed with the Patriots on a two-year, $5 million dollar contract.

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