Nothing in the NFL is Free, Especially the Players
Ndamukong Suh is expected to be the No. 1 free agent on the market in the off-season.
The Money Men.
The NFL offseason’s free agency period has been wild. Players are switching teams more often than a ‘THOT’ in a hotel lobby. Here’s a short list of the free-agent moves that got our attention. There will be several new NFL faces in new places in 2016.
Ndamukong Suh will sign with #Dolphins on Tuesday based off parameters around $114 million and $60 million guaranteed, per sources.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 8, 2015
Miami Dolphins, Ndamukong Suh (DT)
Suh will receive a six-year contract worth $114 million contract from the Miami Dolphins. $60 million of the contract is guaranteed, according to media reports.
Jacksonville Jaguars, Julius Thomas (TE)
Julius Thomas Signs 5-Year, $46 Million Deal With Jaguars: Jacksonville's top free agent target is the first to… http://t.co/mHudWz6gcS
— Northeast Denver (@NEDenver) March 11, 2015
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 11, 2015
Thomas’ contract terms are five years for $46 million. According to media reports, $24 million of his contract is guaranteed. We think Johnson will learn that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Jaguars’ QB Blake Bortles is not Peyton Manning. Thomas’ production and fantasy football rankings will suffer.
Denver Broncos, Owen Daniels (TE)
— NBC Sports Ravens (@NBCSRavens) March 10, 2015
Owen Daniels was a reliable tight end for the Baltimore Ravens and one of Joe Flaco’s favorite targets. Can Daniels be a productive replacement for Julius Thomas? For $12 million over three years, GM John Elway is taking a calculated risk and crossing his fingers.
Indianapolis Colts, Andre Johnson (WR)
Colts now announce they have signed WR Andre Johnson.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2015
It's official I'm a Colt https://t.co/DZg6dvH4TN
— andre johnson (@johnson80) March 11, 2015
The Colts read the Daniel Snyder book of free agents. Washington gave big money contracts to DE Bruce Smith, CB Deion Sanders, and QB Jeff George in 2000. Indy is stockpiling veteran stars past their prime. First was former five-time pro-bowl RB Frank Gore and now it’s the former Texans WR Andre Johnson. Is Johnson worth a three-year $21 million gamble? Plus, is he really an upgrade over Reggie Wayne? We don’t think so.
New York Jets, Darrelle Revis (CB)
— Schwartz & Feinsod (@schwartzfeinsod) March 11, 2015
— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) March 11, 2015
Revis Island has returned to New York. Gang Green and the free-agent CB agreed to a five-year, $70 million deal with $39 million fully guaranteed, per a source involved. Revis will get $16 million annually in the first three years of the deal. Revis was negotiating for $16 million in 2013 when the Jets traded him.
Philadelphia Eagles, Ryan Mathews (RB)
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 12, 2015
The Eagles are like that relative at a family dinner that goes for seconds before anyone else has finished eating. On a day when DeMarco Murray visited the Eagles complex to finalize a deal, the team confirmed that former Chargers RB Ryan Mathews had also officially signed. Per sources, Mathews’ deal is worth $11.5 million over three years. Can Mathews replace Shady McCoy? Head coach Chip Kelly better hope so.
For real-time updates on the latest signings, visit NFL.com’s free agency tracker.