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3/13/2018 Dion Lewis, Ten, RB
The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a four-year contract with Lewis. A person familiar with the deal says the sides agreed to the contract on Tuesday.

Analysis: Lewis had his first season with New England in 2015 cut short by knee surgery after seven games. He played just seven games during his return in 2016, but he had a career season in 2017, leading New England with 896 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. He also had three receiving scores and was the Patriots' best kickoff returner, posting a 103-yard return for a touchdown against Denver.
3/13/2018 Jonathan Stewart, NYG, RB
The New York Giants have agreed to a contract with Stewart, who was released by the Carolina Panthers after 10 seasons.

Analysis: The 30-year-old Stewart is Carolina's all-time leading rusher with 7,318 yards, and his 51 rushing touchdowns rank second in team history. He immediately becomes the most accomplished running back on New York's roster. Orleans Darkwa, who led the Giants in rushing last season, is a free agent. Wayne Gallman and Paul Perkins are also on the roster.
3/13/2018 Marqise Lee, Jax, WR
The Jaguars are re-signing Lee for four years and $38 million, $18 million of which is guaranteed.

Analysis: Lee has caught 119 passes over the past two seasons and despite totaling just six touchdowns in that span, he should see even more targets with Allen Robinson moving to Chicago.
3/13/2018 Danny Amendola, Mia, WR
Amendola has signed with the Dolphins.

Analysis: That's a tough loss for Tom Brady, who had a great rapport with Amendola. You'd have to expect Amendola's numbers to take a small dip without Brady throwing him the ball.
3/13/2018 Sam Bradford, Ari, QB
Bradford is expected to sign a one-year deal worth $20 million, $15 million of which is guaranteed, with the Cardinals.

Analysis: The Cardinals are taking a risk that Bradford is healthy, but if he is he should be a significant upgrade from anything they got out of the position last season.
3/13/2018 Trey Burton, Chi, TE
Burton has agreed to a four-year, $32 million contract with the Bears.

Analysis: Burton threw out the first pitch before the Philadelphia Phillies played the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. He re-enacted his TD pass to Foles. The versatile Burton gets a chance to be the No. 1 tight end on the Bears after catching 23 passes for 248 yards and five TDs in Philadelphia's championship season.
3/13/2018 Kirk Cousins, Min, QB
Cousins is expected to sign a three-year, fully guaranteed deal with the Vikings when free agency opens on Wednesday.

Analysis: The key words here are "fully guaranteed," a virtually unheard of term in the NFL world. Cousins is going to a great situation in Minnesota, where he'll be plugged into a team that came up just short of going to the Super Bowl and should be an upgrade over Case Keenum.
3/13/2018 Star Lotulelei, Car, DT
Lotulelei has reached an agreement to sign a five-year contract with the Buffalo Bills.

Analysis: Lotulelei was a five-year starter with Carolina after being selected by the Panthers in the first round of the 2013 draft. He's listed at 6-foot-3 and 311 pounds and fills an immediate hole on Buffalo's defensive front.
3/12/2018 Bradley McDougald, Sea, S
The Seahawks signed McDougald to a three-year contract. Bringing back McDougald was important for the Seahawks after he showed his value last season with his ability to fill in at both strong safety and free safety. McDougald was able to fill in for Earl Thomas when he was injured and took over for Kam Chancellor after he was lost for the season to a neck injury.

Analysis: McDougald was set to become a free agent after playing last season on a one-year deal. reported McDougald's new deal is worth up to nearly $14 million. McDougald finished the 2017 season with 67 tackles and four passes defensed.
3/11/2018 Casey Hayward, LAC, CB
Hayward has agreed to a three-year, $36 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Analysis: Hayward has been selected for the Pro Bowl in each of his two seasons with the Chargers, who signed him as a free agent from Green Bay in 2016. The six-year pro has played in every game since joining the Chargers, with 11 total interceptions while drawing the toughest defensive assignments.
3/11/2018 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, NYG, CB
Rodgers-Cromartie has been released by the Giants after he and the team could not agree on a reworked contract.

Analysis: Rodgers-Cromartie was due to count $8.5 million against the salary cap, a steep number for a player who turns 32 in April and is coming off a disappointing season. The 10-year veteran should still draw interest on the market due to his excellent 2016 campaign, when he matched a career high with six interceptions along with 21 passes defensed.
3/10/2018 Richard Sherman, SF, CB
Sherman agreed to a three-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, one day after being released by the rival Seattle Seahawks.

Analysis: ESPN reported that Sherman's deal is worth up to $39.15 million. Sherman played an integral role in the fierce NFC West rivalry between Seattle and San Francisco earlier this decade. His deflection on a potential game-winning touchdown pass in the 2013 NFC championship game against the 49ers led to an interception that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, which they won.
3/10/2018 Danny Shelton, NE, NT
The Browns have traded Shelton to the Patriots for a conditional draft pick.

Analysis: Shelton hasn't always been the most productive player despite a frame for stopping the run, but he could be heading into an excellent situation in New England.
3/9/2018 Elvis Dumervil, SF, LB
Dumervil is headed for free agency after the 49ers declined a $2.75 million option on the veteran pass-rusher's contract.

Analysis: Dumervil is now 34 years old but still had a fairly productive 2017 season, leading the 49ers with 6.5 sacks to go along with 18 quarterback hurries. Finding an edge rusher will be among San Francisco's chief offseason priorities, and it's a position it could be targeting with the No. 9 overall pick.
3/9/2018 Daryl Worley, Phi, CB
The Eagles and Panthers have agreed to a trade that will sent Worley to Philadelphia for wide receiver Torrey Smith.

Analysis: A third-round pick of Carolina in 2016, Worley started 25 games over his two seasons with the Panthers and will give the Super Bowl champions another experienced option to go along with Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills. The Eagles also get some cap room with the move, as Smith was due a $5 million salary in 2018.
3/9/2018 Torrey Smith, Car, WR
The Panthers and Eagles have agreed to a trade that will send Smith to Carolina for cornerback Daryl Worley.

Analysis: Mostly a fourth option and situational deep threat during his lone season in Philadelphia, Smith should get more of an opportunity on a Carolina team in need of starting-caliber wideouts. The 29-year-old had some strong seasons with Baltimore way back when, recording 1,128 yards in 2013 and 11 touchdowns the following season. He hasn't been nearly as productive recently, having totaled 697 yards and five TDs on 56 catches over the past two seasons.
3/9/2018 Da'Norris Searcy, Ten, S
The Titans have informed Searcy that he will be released.

Analysis: Signed to a four-year, $24 million contract by the Titans in March of 2015, Searcy started 27 games over his first two seasons in Tennessee but was relegated to mostly a backup role in 2017. The emergence of Kevin Byard into one of the league's best playmaking safeties made Searcy further expendable.
3/9/2018 Matt Cassel, Ten, QB
The Titans informed Cassel that he will be released.

Analysis: Cassel made one start in place of an injured Marcus Mariota last season but was hardly impressive, managing just 141 yards on 32 passing attempts in a loss to Miami. This could be the end of the line for the veteran, who turns 36 in May.
3/9/2018 Richard Sherman, SF, CB
The Seahawks have informed Sherman of his release, ending the cornerback's seven-year tenure with the team in which he made four Pro Bowls and was twice named an All-Pro.

Analysis: Due an $11 million salary in 2018 and recovering from surgery on both of his Achilles tendons, Sherman's departure has been expected for weeks. The soon-to-be 30-year-old will still garner interest on the free agent market, though he's likely to settle for a short-term, "prove-it" deal due to his medical red flags.
3/9/2018 Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB, QB
Fitzpatrick will reprise his role as the Buccaneers' No. 2 quarterback after agreeing to terms on a one-year contract.

Analysis: The 35-year-old won two of three starts in place of an injured Jameis Winston last season and finished his 13th NFL campaign with 1,103 passing yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Fitzpatrick's days as a quality starter are behind him now, but he's still a capable backup.
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