After a wild day in the NFL, free agent quarterback situation remains in flux

NFL free agency quarterbacks
Getty Images

It was a wild Monday in the NFL, with big moves happening all day and into the wee hours of Tuesday morning — except at the quarterback position.

The biggest free agent of all, Tom Brady, has had no news at all. And the same can be said for Drew Brees, Jameis Winston and Philip Rivers, all of whom are set to become unrestricted free agents when the new league year opens on Wednesday. The quarterback situation remains in flux.

But everywhere else, there was big news on the first day of the “legal tampering” period.

One of the best wide receivers in the NFL, DeAndre Hopkins, was traded to the Cardinals. Shockingly, the Cardinals didn’t even have to give up a first-round draft pick, instead sending a second-round pick as well as running back David Johnson, whose contract the Cardinals likely didn’t want anyway.

Another wide receiver, Stefon Diggs, did fetch a first-round pick, which the Bills sent to the Vikings to acquire him.

The Colts also gave up a first-round pick, No. 13 overall, to the 49ers to acquire defensive lineman DeForest Buckner, who got a lucrative new contract in the deal. The 49ers may have felt they couldn’t afford to keep Buckner while also giving defensive lineman Arik Armstead the five-year deal he signed Monday.

The top-ranked free agent to agree to a contract on the first day of the legal tampering period was Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper, who will stay in Dallas after spurning an offer from Washington.

The Cowboys also lost a top player, however, when cornerback Byron Jones signed a deal with the Dolphins that makes him the highest-paid cornerback in the league. Another expensive cornerback, James Bradberry, signed with the Giants.

The Browns bolstered their offensive line by adding right tackle Jack Conklin, and they also added a pricey tight end in Austin Hooper. After losing Hooper, the Falcons traded for tight end Hayden Hurst.

It was a busy day in the NFL, but many more busy days are coming. Especially when the quarterback dominoes start to fall.

5 responses to “After a wild day in the NFL, free agent quarterback situation remains in flux

  1. Just remember what Florio said yesterday everyone:

    WORST DECISION THE NFL HAS EVER MADE!

  2. Since NBC Sports can’t keep up to the minute on things the latest as of 8:44 on Tues. Mar. 17 is that Brady will be leaving the Pats as of a comment he put out on social media!
    Where he’s going wasn’t given but as of now it looks like there’s no chance of him returning to NE.

  3. Agree TB to the “LA” Chargers. They are not selling season tickets much less PSL’s at forecasted levels. They have little or no fan base as demonstrated by only a trickle at the soccer stadium. Problem is the Chargers have no OL. They can’t run block or pass block. Although Philip Rivers threw for an impressive 4,600 yards he was always throwing with a crowd of defenders flailing around him. Surprised the Chargers didn’t pick up any OL players on the market yesterday. If they sign Brady they should draft Justin Herbert to learn under the GOAT and spend the balance of draft choices on offensive linemen….but they’ll be rookies. Brady could be on his back most of the time.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.