NFL Free Agency Has Begun

NFL Free Agency Has Begun
NFL Free Agency Has Begun

The annual quarterback carousel is underway in the NFL.

The league’s free agency period officially started on Wednesday after the two day tampering period finished on Tuesday. There were several free agent quarterbacks in particular who have found new homes for the 2021 season already. After Washington released their veteran Alex Smith, they signed Fitzpatrick to a one year deal worth $10M. Fitz is coming off of a wild season in Miami where he mentored rookie Tua Tagovailoa.

Other names included in the quarterback mix so far are Mitchell Trubisky, Andy Dalton and Jacoby Brissett. Trubisky was signed by the Buffalo Bills for 1 year/$2.5M to backup Josh Allen. As a result of this, the Bears picked up Dalton to replace their former 2017 first round pick with a 1 year contract for $10M. Brissett signed with the Dolphins as their backup spot was void with Fitzpatrick leaving for Washington.

The biggest signings so far included offensive lineman Trent Williams, who re-signed with the 49ers for a whopping 6 year/$138M contract. The other big name free agent that stayed put was Shaquil Barrett, who signed a 4 year/$68M contract to stay in south Florida with the Buccaneers. Linebacker Bud Dupree left Pittsburgh for Tennessee on a 5 year/$82M contract and offensive lineman Joe Thuney left the Patriots to sign with the Chiefs for 5 years/$80M.

The teams with the most cap space going into free agency were the Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets. The Jaguars have made quite a few moves so far. Their top three free agent signings include defensive tackle Roy Robertson-Harris for 3 years/$23M from Chicago, safety Rayshawn Jenkins for 4 years/$35M from the LA Chargers and cornerback Shaquil Griffin from the Seahawks for 3 years/$40M. Their signings have been in the middle to top tier range.

For the Colts and Jets, they have not signed as many marquee names yet. The Colts have only made two signings which were both 1 year contracts for less than $3M each in Isaac Rochell and Marlon Mack. The Jets have splashed twice, signing former Titans receiver Corey Davis for 3 years/$37.5M and former Bengals defensive end Carl Lawson for 3 years/$45M.

The biggest free agents that remain in the main offensive positions are Alex Smith at quarterback, Kenny Golladay at wide receiver and James Conner at running back.