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NFL Free Agency tracker: news, updates for March 21

9180a71e-055a-4f58-953f-5a3bf328c8f5-Screen_Shot_2020-03-17_at_12.24.41_AMThe NFL offseason is in full swing, and free agency is heating up quickly. Keep up with the latest news and updates in NFL Free Agency.

Reports: Raiders to sign WR Agholor

Wide receiver Nelson Agholor is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Las Vegas Raiders, multiple media outlets reported Saturday.

Financial terms were not disclosed for Agholor, who spent five NFL seasons with Philadelphia after being selected by the Eagles with the 20th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Agholor recorded just 39 receptions for 363 yards with three touchdowns in 11 games in 2019. His 9.3 yards per catch was a career low.

The 26-year-old posted career-best totals in receiving yards (768), touchdowns catches (eight) and yards per reception (12.4) in 2017. He capped that performance with a nine-catch, 84-yard showing in Philadelphia’s 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4, 2018.

Agholor potentially could make an impact for a Raiders team in need of production from its wideouts. Tight end Darren Waller led the team with 1,145 yards last season.

–Field Level Media

Report: CB Burns agrees to deal with Bears

Free-agent cornerback Artie Burns, a former first-round pick, agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears, ESPN reported Saturday.

Burns was the No. 25 overall pick in 2016 out of Miami by the Pittsburgh Steelers but didn’t live up to the billing in his four seasons with the club.

Burns established career highs as a rookie with 65 tackles and three interceptions in 16 games (nine starts). He had just one interception while starting all 16 games the following year while playing 99 percent of the defensive snaps.

He was primarily a reserve the past two seasons and the defensive coaches lost confidence in him as he played in just six percent of the defensive snaps in 2019. Burns, who turns 25 in May, had eight tackles in 10 games (one start).

Overall, Burns had 149 tackles, four interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble in 58 games (32 starts) with Pittsburgh.

–Field Level Media

Colts announce signing of QB Rivers

The Indianapolis Colts officially announced the signing of quarterback Philip Rivers on Saturday, handing the keys of the franchise to the 16-year veteran.

Terms of the deal were not released, but multiple reports peg it as a one-year, $25 million pact.

“Philip is one of the most decorated quarterbacks in the NFL and we are fortunate to add an experienced player of his caliber to our organization,” Colts general manager Chris Ballard said in a team statement. “His familiarity with our coaching staff and offensive system in addition to his experience were attractive qualities during our evaluation process. Philip is a fierce competitor and his veteran leadership will be crucial in the continued development of our young roster.”

Rivers, 38, spent all 16 seasons with the Chargers, where he worked with head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni in the 2013-15 seasons.

An eight-time Pro Bowl selection, Rivers is sixth all-time in career passing yards (59,271) and touchdowns (397). With the Chargers, he completed 64.7 percent of his 7,591 pass attempts.

Rivers was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, shipped to the Chargers for No. 1 pick Eli Manning, who said he wouldn’t play in San Diego. He left the Chargers as the holder of more than 30 franchise records.

The Chargers opted not to re-sign him.

With the Colts, he is set to replace Jacoby Brissett, who became the starter after the abrupt retirement of Andrew Luck before the start of the 2019 season.

Brissett was 7-8 as a starter in 2019, throwing for 2,942 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Report: Seahawks wait for Clowney, could pursue Griffen

The Seattle Seahawks are awaiting an answer from free-agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney on their contract offer but reportedly are thinking about Plan B.

The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash., reported Saturday that the Seahwaks have offered Clowney $18.5 million per season, lower than the $20 million-plus per season he wants.

As he mulls the offer, the Seahawks are looking into the possibility of signing Everson Griffen, a four-time Pro Bowl defensive end who spent 10 seasons in Minnesota, the News Tribune reported. He played for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at Southern California.

Clowney, the former No. 1 overall draft pick and a three-time Pro Bowl selection, spent his first five NFL seasons with the Houston Texans, who traded him to Seattle in August. The Seahawks agreed not to put the franchise or transition tag on him, allowing him to explore free agency. He played much of the season through a core-muscle injury sustained in Week 10.

Clowney played on a one-year, $15 million deal with Seattle. He appeared in 13 games and made 31 tackles and had three sacks, regular-season lows since his rookie season in 2014, when he played in just four games.

Griffen, at 32, would be a less-expensive option for the Seahawks. He had 41 tackles, eight sacks and 24 quarterback hits in 15 games in 2019. In his Vikings career, he has 74.5 sacks and 10 forced fumbles.

The News Tribune reported the Seahawks might be interested in signing both players, if possible. Seattle finished the 2019 season with 28 sacks. Only the Miami Dolphins had a lower total with 23. The Pittsburgh Steelers led the league with 54.

–Field Level Media

QB Winston says goodbye to Buccaneers

Jameis Winston said his farewell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday morning, a day after Tom Brady signed on to become the franchise’s new quarterback.

“It’s been a great 5 seasons as a Buccaneer. All love and respect, I love Tampa and I look forward to seeing y’all again in February,” Winston wrote on Twitter.

Tampa will host Super Bowl LV in February, and the Bucs brought in Brady in hopes he’ll get them to the big game. Winston’s tweet implies he plans to be there as part of another team.

As a free agent, Winston can look for that next team.

The Buccaneers selected him as the No. 1 pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, but his arrival failed to turn around a franchise that hasn’t been to the playoffs since the 2007 season. Only the Cleveland Browns have a longer NFL playoff drought.

Winston led the NFL with 5,109 passing yards in 2019 and became the first player in league history to throw for at least 30 touchdowns (33) and 30 interceptions.

He threw for 19,737 yards, 121 touchdowns and 88 interceptions in 72 career games with the Buccaneers. He has a record of 28-42-0 in 70 games as a starter.

–Field Level Media

RB Drake signs tender offer with Cardinals

Running back Kenyan Drake officially accepted his tender offer from the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday.

Arizona had applied the transition tag on Monday to the 26-year-old Drake, who is set to earn approximately $8.5 million in 2020.

The Cardinals acquired Drake in a trade with the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 28, 2019, sending what turned out to be a fifth-round 2020 draft pick to the Dolphins.

Drake rushed for 643 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games with Arizona, adding 28 receptions for 171 yards.

“We’d love to have (Drake) back, he’s a perfect fit for our offense,” coach Kliff Kingsbury said at last month’s NFL Scouting Combine.

Drafted in the third round out of Alabama by Miami in 2016, Drake has rushed for 2,175 yards and 17 touchdowns and added 144 catches for 1,107 yards and six scores in 62 games.

Drake is in position for a larger role in the Arizona offense in 2020 after the Cardinals traded veteran running back David Johnson to the Houston Texans on Monday for star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

–Field Level Media

Colts cut CB Desir

The Indianapolis Colts announced the release of cornerback Pierre Desir on Saturday.

The Colts are set to save $6.85 million in salary cap space with the move, according to multiple reports.

Just one year ago, Desir signed a three-year, $22.5 million contract extension and he started 11 games last season. He finished with 50 tackles, 11 passes defensed and a career-high three interceptions.

Desir, 29, spent three seasons with the Colts and appeared in 37 games (29 starts). He totaled 161 tackles (119 solo), three tackles for loss, 26 passes defensed, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Desir was claimed by the Colts off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks in 2017 following two seasons with the Cleveland Browns (2014-15) and one with the San Diego Chargers (2016).

A fourth-round pick by the Browns in the 2014 draft, Desir has 210 career tackles (161 solo), 34 passes defensed, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

–Field Level Media

Redskins sign CB Fuller, G Schweitzer

Cornerback Kendall Fuller is returning to the Washington Redskins after earning a Super Bowl ring with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Redskins officially announced the signings of Fuller and guard Wes Schweitzer on Saturday.

Fuller reportedly received a four-year, $40 million deal to return to the team. He spent his first two NFL seasons with the Redskins before being traded to the Chiefs in the deal that brought quarterback Alex Smith to Washington in March 2018.

The 25-year-old Fuller has six career interceptions, four coming in 2017 with the Redskins. He was a third-round pick in 2016 out of Virginia Tech.

Schweitzer, 26, reportedly received a three-year, $13.5 million deal. He started 36 of 46 games for the Atlanta Falcons since being a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft out of San Jose State.

Schweitzer played in 15 games last season, starting seven.

–Field Level Media

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