New York still needs help on the offensive line, and they’re now targeting a couple of lower-profile options along the interior. The Jets have “turned their attention” to guard/center Stefen Wisniewski and guard Greg Van Roten, sources told Connor Hughes of The Athletic. The Jets were also interested in guard Joe Thuney, before the Patriots shockingly franchise-tagged him this morning.
Both Wisniewski and Van Roten are longtime veterans with a lot of starting experience. Neither are elite players by any means, but they’re both respectable options. Wisniewski was a full-time starter with the Raiders and Jaguars his first five years in the league, then became a top reserve with the Eagles and started at least six games in each of his three years in Philly. He spent last year with the Chiefs and only started twice, his first season with less than six starts.
The Kansas City Chiefs were unable to reach a long-term deal with Chris Jones before Monday’s deadline to use the franchise tag, so they placed the non-exclusive tag on their star defensive lineman.
Tag numbers have not been released yet, but in announcing their decision, the Chiefs referred to Jones as a defensive tackle. Last season, defensive ends got $17.128 million and defensive tackles $15.209 million. Jones has played both positions.
Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said at the scouting combine last month that the Chiefs were open to using the franchise tag on Jones but that the reigning Super Bowl champions would have liked to work out a long-term deal with the Pro Bowl lineman.
The Kansas City Chiefs are hanging on to top running back Damien Williams.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday morning that K.C. plans to pick up the contract option for Williams, per a source informed of the decision. The team later confirmed the news.
The option will earn Williams $2.3 million in 2020.
He had the lasting image of Super Bowl LIV: a game-sealing interception of 49ers’ quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
And now it appears that will be Kendall Fuller’s final image as a Chief.
The NFL Network is reporting the free agent defensive back will sign a four-year deal worth around $40 million with the Redskins.
Of course, Fuller arrived in Kansas City two years ago from Washington in a trade with Alex Smith.
Fuller had three interceptions with the Chiefs in his two seasons in Kansas City.
The Chiefs will not tender WR Marcus Kemp, an ERFA, a source tells me. There's a scenario where he could still return but there is also interest from other teams.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 16, 2020
#Chiefs are planning to exercise a club option on LB Damien Wilson, according to a source. The option carries a base salary of $3.2 million in 2020.— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) March 16, 2020
Wilson finished the season second in tackles (81) on 714 defensive snaps.
The Chiefs have tendered a qualifying offer to ERFAs TE Deon Yelder & G Andrew Wylie, per a source.— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) March 16, 2020
Around the league
The Houston Texans made the Arizona Cardinals better on Monday.
Via Houston Chronicle reporter John McClain, the Texans are trading three-time All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona, where he’ll pair with Larry Fitzgerald.
Hopkins and a fourth-round pick are headed to the Cardinals, while the Texans will receive running back David Johnson, a second-round draft pick this year and a fourth-round pick next year.
It’s a stunning move for the Texans, even with their need for draft picks; before the trade, they didn’t have a pick in the first round this year or first two rounds next year.
The Indianapolis Colts have acquired defensive tackle DeForest Buckner from the San Francisco 49ers for the 13th overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Buckner already has agreed to a new contract with Indianapolis that will pay him $21 million per year, the source said. That will make him the second-highest-paid defensive tackle in the NFL, behind Aaron Donald of the Los Angeles Rams.
The Buffalo Bills have acquired wide receiver Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings for multiple draft choices, including a first-round pick, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Buffalo is sending four picks to Minnesota — a first, fifth and sixth in 2020 and a fourth in 2021 — while also getting a 2020 seventh-rounder back from the Vikings.
Diggs had 63 catches for 1,130 yards and six touchdowns in 2019, coming off a career-best 102 catches in 2018.
Diggs, 26, is in the second year of a five-year, $72 million contract.
The Cowboys and wide receiver Amari Cooper have reached an agreement in principle on a five-year, $100 million contract to stay with the Cowboys, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports. Rapoport adds that Cooper will receive $60 million in guarantees.
ESPN first reported the news of the Cooper deal.
The Cooper contract news comes roughly 12 hours after the Cowboys elected to place the exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Dak Prescott.
Cleveland has agreed to terms with tight end Austin Hooper, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Michael Silver reported. Rapoport reports Hooper’s deal is for four years and is worth $42 million — making him the highest-paid tight end in the NFL. Hooper also receives $23 million guaranteed over the first two years of the deal.
Just a few hours later, Cleveland bolstered its offense further, agreeing to terms with free-agent tackle Jack Conklin on a three-year, $42 million deal, Rapoport added. Conklin will get $30 million fully guaranteed and $20 million in 2020.
Marcus Mariota is headed west in the near future.
The Las Vegas Raiders have agreed to terms with the quarterback on a deal, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
This development essentially closes the book on Mariota’s career in Tennessee, which was headed for an end after Ryan Tannehill agreed to terms on a four-year, $118 million deal with the team Sunday.
The Dolphins agreed to a 5-year agreement with cornerback Byron Jones on Monday, in accordance to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Jones will generate $82.5 million with his new deal, for every ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal reportedly includes $57 million certain and $40 million in initial two years.
Jones was drafted by the Cowboys with the No. 27 decide in the 2015 NFL draft. The UConn solution has begun 73 games in the very last five yrs with Dallas, and Jones was named a Pro Bowler in 2018. He has 349 occupation tackles together with 3 pressured fumbles and two interceptions.
The Giants could not go into the 2020 season without an experienced starting cornerback to lead the way for all the youngsters at the position. They struck quickly Monday on the first day of free-agent negotiations, agreeing to terms with James Bradberry, one of the best corners on the open market.
Players in their prime at this position do not come cheaply and Bradberry certainly did not with a three-year deal worth $45 million, with $32 million in guaranteed money, according to various reports.
The Houston Texans have agreed to terms with slot receiver Randall Cobb on a three-year, $27 million contract that includes $18.75 million in guarantees, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Todd Archer on Monday.
The news was first reported by NFL Network.
Earlier in the day, the Texans traded away All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson and a second- and fourth-round pick. With Hopkins gone, Will Fuller, Kenny Stills and Cobb are the Texans’ top three wide receivers.
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We’ve seen tampering period deals fall through before. How many NFL GMs are on the horn with Houston right now offering a WAY better deal for DeAndre Hopkins? Nothing officially official until Wednesday afternoon...— Spotrac (@spotrac) March 16, 2020
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