2017 NFL free agency kicked off at 4 p.m. ET on March 9, and with it, the league remains open for official business for a new year.
All the rumored free-agent deals can now become new contracts, and all the players highest on the trading block are being moved, too.
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NFL free agency 2017: Top 17 unrestricted free agents
Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Patriots — re-signed at 4 years, $43.5 million
The division-rival Jets and AFC-rival Steelers expressed interest, but Hightower ultimately re-signed with New England after his best NFL season.
A.J. Bouye, CB, Texans — signed by Jaguars at 5 years, $67.5 million
Bouye cashed in on his breakout year, as he made a ton of big plays for Houston all over the field last season. Now his wares will greatly boost a rival's secondary, giving Jacksonville a strong duo with 2016 first-round pick Jalen Ramsey manning the other corner.
Kevin Zeitler, G, Bengals — signed by Browns at 5 years, $60 million
Zeitler, the best right guard in the NFL not named Zack Martin or Marshal Yanda, will be a big boost to Cleveland's interior run blocking. He stays in the AFC North and joins former OC Hue Jackson.
Brandon Williams, DT, Ravens — re-signed at 5 years, $54 million
Williams became the highest-paid nose tackle in the league. He will help maintain the strength of Baltimore's terrific run defense.
Stephon Gilmore, CB, Bills — signed by Patriots at 5 years, $65 million
Gilmore gives New England options at both corners, with Malcolm Butler in line for an expensive extension as a restricted free agent and Logan Ryan already unrestricted. If they stand pat, it would be quite a strong duo of Butler shutting down and Gilmore making big plays on the ball.
Calais Campbell, DE, Cardinals — signed by Jaguars at 5 years, $60 million
Campbell was a monstrous, 6-8 beast as a 3-4 end for Arizona, but he can translate well to remaining a big, nasty run stopper and pass rusher with pop in a 4-3. Jacksonville's front is starting to get scary.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears — signed by Eagles at 1 year, $14 million
Philadelphia wanted to make a big move at wideout to help Carson Wentz in Year 2, and it got a short-term deal to try out Jeffery as its clear-cut new No. 1. Chicago now needs to find some real help for its new starting QB, Mike Glennon.
Terrelle Pryor, WR, Browns — signed by Redskins at 1 year, $8 million
Washington lost two starting wideouts in free agency, and Cleveland got Pryor's replacement in Kenny Britt. It's surprising that Pryor didn't get longer-term, but he's a key pickup to help Kirk Cousins rebound with a big-play guy who can complement Jordan Reed and Jamison Crowder.
Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings — signed by Saints at 2 years, $7 million
He'll provide an extra early-down boost to New Orleans, spelling Mark Ingram.
Nick Perry, OLB, Packers — re-signed at 5 years, $60 million
Perry enjoyed a breakout season as an edge pass rusher after being a steady run stopper early in his career. He turns only 27 in April, so he's hitting his prime as a more complete defender who fits Green Bay's scheme too well to let go.
Dontari Poe, DT, Chiefs — signed by Falcons at 1 year, $8 million
The big guy gets a prove-it deal in Dan Quinn's base 4-3 defense where he'll be counted on to help plug against the run better.
Martellus Bennett, TE, Patriots — signed by Packers at 3 years, $20.25 million
Bennett lands back in the NFC North and stays on a playoff team, replacing Jared Cook. Aaron Rodgers will like throwing to him in scoring position.
T.J. Lang, G, Packers — signed by Lions at 3 years, $28.5 million
Lang leaves Green Bay to add to division rival Detroit's reworking of the offensive line, giving it a better right guard in every way over Larry Warford, who left for New Orleans.
Johnathan Hankins, DT, Giants — signed by Colts at 3 years, $30 million
Better late than never, Indianapolis gets a top-flight tackle to really boost its base run defense.
Logan Ryan, CB, Patriots — signed by Titans at 3 years, $10 million
New England lost one of its top corners hours after it signed Gilmore. Ryan's departure should make it easier for the Pats to keep restricted free agent Malcolm Butler. Tennessee desperately needed this kind of corner and got a good value on Ryan.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Redskins — signed by 49ers at 5 years, $47.5 million
San Francisco needed receivers of any kind after it moved on from Torrey Smith. Garcon is on the other side of 30, but he's a solid route-runner and blocker with good hands who'll be a good No. 2 glue guy for whoever the 49ers anoint as their true go-to, big-play guy outside.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Redskins — signed by Buccaneers at 3 years, $35 million
Tampa Bay needed a playmaker opposite Mike Evans who could stretch the field against one-on-one coverage with a knack for home runs. Jackson has lost some speed as he hit 30 last December, but not too much. Jameis Winston will want to show off his big arm.
Latavius Murray, RB, Raiders — signed by Vikings at 3 years, $15 million
Minnesota turns to Murray to replace Peterson as its feature back. Murray, 27, led the Raiders last season with 788 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns on 195 carries. In 2015, he rushed for 1,066 yards on 266 carries.
NFL free agency 2017: Traded players
Brandin Cooks, WR, Saints — traded to Patriots
This was a good deal for New Orleans to move a talented player who didn't quite mesh with its spread-it-around passing offense, getting New England's 2017 first- and third-round draft picks in return. The Saints' wideout corps remains strong, anchored by Michael Thomas and Willie Snead.
Meanwhile, Cooks gives the Patriots another versatile chess piece of speed and quickness with whom to create matchup problems.
Brock Osweiler, QB, Texans — traded to Browns
Cleveland also got a second-round pick in 2018 out of this deal. There's a good chance it cuts Osweiler, seeing it as a move to spend some major money under the salary cap to get another prospect. For Houston, it opens up a ton of cap space and creates quick relief from its bust of a 2016 signing. It opens the door to deal for Tony Romo.
Dwayne Allen, TE, Colts — traded to Patriots
With Martellus Bennett gone, New England gets its in-line/receiving insurance for Rob Gronkowski with an ideal, versatile player. Allen was expendable for Indianapolis after its breakout player at the position, Jack Doyle, was re-signed.
Kony Ealy, DE, Panthers — traded to Patriots
Carolina got Julius Peppers and re-signed both Charles Johnson and Mario Addison, making the disappointing second-rounder expendable. This is a mild swap of draft position in the second and third rounds, with New England betting it can more tap into Ealy's pass-rush potential.
NFL free agency 2017: Franchise-tagged players
Le'Veon Bell, RB, Steelers
He is too young and meant too much to their entire offense not to pay at the highest level at the position.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Redskins — signed 1-year tender at $23.94 million
Cousins will play out the season in Washington and look for a team as a true free agent (San Francisco?) next year.
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, Giants — signed at 4 years, $62 million
It's a bit expensive for JPP, but he did show signs of his old flashy, freaky self when healthy down the stretch.
Kawann Short, DT, Panthers — signed a 5 years, $80 million
Carolina rescinded the tag on CB Josh Norman (Redskins) last year in an effort not to lose its run-stopping and inside pass-rushing linchpin. It worked.
Melvin Ingram, OLB, Chargers
Ingram, shaking off old injury woes, had his breakout season as a first-rounder. The Chargers had to keep him around to wreak havoc along with Joey Bosa off the edges.
Chandler Jones, OLB, Cardinals — signed at 5 years, $83 million ($53 million guaranteed)
Arizona was thrilled with the return Jones gave it post-Patriots trade. He was a seamless fit as an edge pass rusher in the 3-4, an elite commodity that had to be kept.
Trumaine Johnson, CB, Rams — signed 1-year tender at $16.7 million
Johnson didn't have the greatest season playing under the tag in 2016, but he should improve in a different scheme and has some good size and all-around skills to bounce back. Los Angeles, however, hasn't totally ruled out trading him, with a corner-needy team such as the Browns being able to afford him.
NFL free agents 2017: Rest of top players by position
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jets
He's hoping to latch on as a backup somewhere to extend his career on yet another team.
Brian Hoyer, Bears — signed by 49ers at 2 years, $12 million
He won't be starting. San Francisco had no QBs under contract. It gets its backup, who has a good grasp of Kyle Shanahan's scheme from their combined Cleveland days.
Jay Cutler, Bears — joined Fox Sports as analyst
He got interest only from the Jets, per multiple reports, so he decided to go for a cushy TV gig in retirement.
Colin Kaepernick, 49ers
Kapeernick hasn't had much interest from anyone so far. He may need accept a lot less money and a backup role at this point to play somewhere in 2017. The Seahawks still make the most sense.
Mike Glennon, Buccaneers — signed by Bears at 3 years, $45 million
At the same time Chicago said goodbye to Cutler's hefty contract, it sunk considerable money into a still-unproven mostly backup. It's a head-shaking move, already a candidate to be the worst in 2017.
Geno Smith, Jets — signed by Giants at 1 year, $2 million
He stays in town to be Eli Manning's backup
Ryan Mallett, Ravens — re-signed
He looks the part of Joe Flacco's backup, and he will keep it.
Landry Jones, Steelers — re-signed
Pittsburgh made the easy move to keep Ben Roethlisberger's pure backup.
NIck Foles, Chiefs — signed by Eagles at 2 years, $11 million
Foles reunites with Doug Pederson in his return to Philadelphia as Carson Wentz's new top backup, with the team ready to move on from former Chief Chase Daniel, signed just last year.
Matt Schaub, Falcons — re-signed at 2 years, $9 million
He was the ideal backup for Matt Ryan and an easy decision to keep.
Robert Griffin III, Browns
With more durability issues and offensive struggles on his resume, it will be hard to find a good third shot. The Seahawks have had limited interest.
Chase Daniel, Eagles — signed by Saints at 1 year
Phladelphia's signing of Foles as a No. 2 made its former backup expendable. A return to New Orleans was a logical rebound.
Josh McCown, Browns — signed by Jets at 1 year, $6 million
He will replace Fitzpatrick as the Jets' latest stopgap, likely in front of a high-drafted rookie.
Darren McFadden, Cowboys — re-signed at 1 year, $980,000
He returns as Ezekiel Elliott's top backup.
Eddie Lacy, Packers — signed by Seahawks at 1 year, $5.5 million
Lacy's shot at a comeback season will come in Seattle, which signed him a day after hosting fellow free-agent back Peterson. The Seahawks reportedly still had interest in Jamaal Charles, too. He has a lot of Marshawn Lynch-like attributes, so it will be interesting to see if Lacy can reivent himself as second-wave Beast Mode.
Danny Woodhead, Chargers — signed by Ravens at 3 years, $8.8 million
Baltimore was disappointed in its passing game production from its back, namely Buck Allen. Woodhead's unique receiving skills also will help fill in for the loss of versatile fullback Kyle Juszczyk.
LeGarrette Blount, Patriots — signed by Eagles at 1 year
Blount takes over as Philadelphia's early-down power back, replacing Ryan Mathews..
Christine Michael, Packers
Michael initially re-signed with the team to complement Ty Montgomery, but was let go again. The Patriots had mild interest.
Rashad Jennings, Giants
His Dancing With The Stars indicates he's already looking at retirement.
Jamaal Charles, Chiefs — signed by Broncos at 1 year, $1 million
Charles had been on the Seahawks' radar, but they cooled once they got Lacy and had concerns about his knee. He's now cheap insurance for C.J. Anderson in Denver.
Kyle Juszczyk, Ravens — signed by 49ers at 4 years, $21 million
Kyle Shananan has made good use of versatile players at this position, most recently Patrick DiMarco in Atlanta. He's also a nice blocker to have.
James Devlin, Patriots — re-signed at 2 years
New England couldn't afford to let him go after his high level of play as a blocker last season.
Patrick DiMarco, Falcons — signed by Bills at 4 years, $8.5 million
This is a pretty critical position to flank LeSean McCoy in Buffalo's rushing attack. DiMarco can also be a good outlet for Tyrod Taylor in the passing game.
Mike Tolbert, Panthers — signed by Bills at 1 year, $1 million
The bowling ball reunites with ex-Carolina DC Sean McDermott to provide a little extra goal-line pop.
Kenny Stills, Dolphins — re-signed at 4 years, $32 million
Stills was drawing plenty of outside interest early in the process, so Miami must be thrilled to keep him intact with Jarvis Landry for Ryan Tannehill.
Robert Woods, Bills — signed by Rams at 5 years, $39 million
Woods, a USC product, goes back to L.A. to provide Jared Goff with a possession receiver.
Kenny Britt, Rams — signed by Browns at 4 years, $32.5 million
Britt had a decent season in Los Angeles, showing some of the flashes that made him a younger promising No. 1 in Tennessee. He can go up and get balls well, especially in the red zone, which will be helpful for Cleveland's next young franchise passer to be.
Anquan Boldin, Lions
Boldin has made his decision: He is ready for a 15th season of action for fifth NFL team. Detroit or Baltimore might be a repeat team.
Victor Cruz, Giants
Nothing materialized from his early visit to the Panthers or his late visit to the Jaguars. The Ravens and Bears have some interest.
Brandon Marshall, Jets — signed by Giants at 2 years, $12 million
Marshall, going crosstown to keep his television aspirations strong, considers himself a co-No. 2 with Sterling Shepard behind Odell Beckham Jr. His short route-running and solid hands are a good fit for Ben McAdoo and Eli Manning in their three-wide sets, especially in scoring position.
Michael Floyd, Patriots — signed by Vikings at 1 year, $1.5 million
He was signed to help Minnesota at a weak position on the cheap. He gets a shot with his hometown team.
Kendall Wright, Titans — signed by Bears at 1 year, $4 million
The Bears moved on from both Jeffery and slot guy Eddie Royal, so they needed Wright to put in between projected outside starters Cameron Meredith and Kevin White. It means they think of former Steeler Markus Wheaton as no more than a No. 4.
Brandon LaFell, Bengals — re-signed at 2 years, $10 million
LaFell was a good enough No. 2 opposite A.J Green to keep.
Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings — signed by Raiders
Oakland always has a need for speed and lands the Pro Bowl return man to fill a big void in its special teams. He won't give the Raiders much as a wideout, but he can be a huge difference-making weapon in the transition game to add to punter Marquette King and kicker Sebastian Janikowski.
Torrey Smith, 49ers — signed by Eagles at 3 years, $15 million
Smith will be the speed threat vs. single coverage opposite Jeffery.
Terrance Williams, Cowboys — re-signed at 4 years, $17 million
Dallas was lukewarm on keeping on its outside No. 2 after his quietest season, but it gets a cheap deal after Williams didn't get much interest. He's really fourth in their passing pecking order, just ahead of re-signed Brice Butler.
Stevie Johnson, Chargers
He's gotten little interest as a veteran slot receiver who turns 31 in July.
Markus Wheaton, Steelers — signed by Bears at 1 year, $6 million
Wheaton once had nice upside as a No. 2 in Pittsburgh, but he'll join a mixed bag trying to make up for the lost production of Jeffery.
Kamar Aiken, Ravens — signed by Colts
He'll be in the mix to be the No. 3 receiver vs. Phillip Dorsett.
Jack Doyle, Colts — re-signed at 3 years, $19 million
Doyle was very good as a receiver and blocker last season for Andrew Luck and gets rewarded in conjunction with trading away Dwayne Allen.
Luke Willson, Seahawks — re-signed
He'll remain around as Jimmy Grahaam's receiving backup
Ryan Griffin, Texans — re-signed at 3 years, $9 million
Houston keeps Griffin to complement its better in-line blocking and all-around tight end, C.J. Fiedorowicz.
Jacob Tamme, Falcons
Jared Cook, Packers — signed by Raiders at 2 years, $12.2 million
Oakland signed Cook to give quarterback Derek Carr another weapon at tight end in addition to Clive Walford.
Vernon Davis, Redskins — re-signed at 3 years, $15 million
Washington needed to keep its solid athletic veteran insurance for oft-injured Jordan Reed on the cheap.
Jermaine Gresham, Cardinals — re-signed at 4 years
Arizona's tight end is a blocking role, and Gresham was good for what Bruce Arians wanted.
Dion Sims, Dolphins — signed by Bears at 3 years, $18 million
Chicago needed some receiving help in the red zone at the position, and tap into a underrated performer in the offense of its former coordinator, Adam Gase.
Jordan Cameron, Dolphins — retired
Andrew Whitworth, T/G, Bengals — signed by Rams at 3 years, $36 million
Los Angeles gets its left tackle and savvy pass protector needed for Goff, allowing it move semi-bust Greg Robinson inside to guard.
Rick Wagner, T, Ravens — signed by Lions at 5 years, $47.5 million
Wagner will help Detroit replace Riley Reiff. He was strong on the right side in Baltimore.
Russell Okung, T, Broncos — signed by Chargers at 4 years, $53 million
San Diego needed a replacement for King Dunlap, who's facing off-field trouble. It doesn't hurt the team took him away from a AFC West rival.
Evan Mathis, G, Cardinals — retired
Larry Warford, G, Lions — signed by Saints at 4 years, $34 million
New Orleans had interior line and guard a high priority, and get a solid, nice-price upgrade in the former Detroit starter.
Riley Reiff, T, Lions — signed by Vikings
Minnesota lost first-round Matt Kalil in free agency, so it went out and got an NFC North's rival first-rounder to tab for its new left tackle.
Sebastian Vollmer, T, Patriots — retired
With lukewarm interest, Vollmer, who turns 33 in July, hung it up.
Kelvin Beachum, T, Jaguars — signed by Jets at 3 years, $24 million
Beachum struggled during his lone season in Jacksonville. New York needs tackles, and hopes he can tap into some of his old Pittsburgh promise.
Matt Kalil, T, Vikings — signed by Panthers at 5 years, $55.5 million
Kalil joins his brother Ryan, Carolina's long-time center. He will help at left tackle with Michael Oher's future cloudy.
J.C. Tretter, C/G, Packers — signed by Browns at 3 years, $16.75 milion
He'll start at center between newcomer Zeitler and extended Joel Bitonio as an upgrade over Cameron Erving.
D.J. Fluker, G/T, Chargers — signed by Giants at 1 year, $3 million
The Giants have Justin Pugh settled in well at left guard, so they take a cheap flyer on trying to fill right guard with Fluker, who didn't live up to his 2013 first-round status outside in San Diego.
Breno Giacomini, G, Jets — signed by Texans
Cut a while back, his interest dried up, with his former team, the Seahawks, not making a move. He'll settle for Houston reserve status.
Mike Remmers, T, Panthers — signed by Vikings at 5 years, $30 million
Remmers gives Minnesota more tackle help, and will likely start on the right side opposite Reiff. It's a much more comfortable position for him at that price.
Nick Mangold, C, Jets
He just turned 33, and it's unsure if he'll be eyed for a starting spot at the same position elsewhere. The Ravens are interested after trading Jeremy Zuttah to San Francisco.
Ronald Leary, G, Cowboys — signed by Broncos at 4 years, $35 million
Denver goes for the Dallas backup to provide some needed boost for its run blocking.
Menelik Watson, T, Raiders — signed by Broncos
Denver takes a chance on an athlete who fell out of favor with rival Oakland on the right side. It's hard to believe it will totally trust him on the left side.
Marshall Newhouse, T, Giants — signed by Raiders
Newhouse essentially replaces Watson as a backup swing tackle.
King Dunlap, T, Chargers
More of a backup quality, he was an easy release based on his age, fading skills, off-field woes and the addition of Okung.
Charles Johnson, DE, Panthers — re-signed at 2 years, $9.5 million
Mario Addison, DE, Panthers — re-signed at 3 years, $22.5 million
With those two moves, Carolina keeps its productive pass-rush rotation strong.
Jabaal Sheard, DE, Patriots — signed by Colts at 3 years, $25.5 million
Indianapolis will slide him to start at 3-4 outside linebacker with fellow newcomer John Simon.
Chris Baker, DE, Redskins — signed by Buccaneers at 3 years, $15.75 million
Tampa Bay kept William Gholston outside and now has a swing player to put in its tackle spot with stud Gerald McCoy.
Bennie Logan, DT, Eagles — signed with Chiefs at 1 year
Logan will help the team replace Donatri Poe at the nose.
Nick Fairley, DT, Saints — re--signed at 4 years, $28 million
He was fairly productive with New Orleans, finding some unexpected juice as a pass rusher. Short on punchy defenders up front, the Saints had to keep him.
Alan Branch, DT, Patriots — re-signed at 2 years, $8.45 million
Branch had a solid season stuffing the run for the Super Bowl champions.
Earl Mitchell, DT, Dolphins — signed by 49ers at 4 years, $16 million
Mitchell offers some experience and versatiity, but he's just a rotation type guy at this stage of his career.
William Gholston, DE, Buccaneers — re-signed at 5 years, $27.5 million
Gholston isn't anything flashy as a pass rusher, but he's one of the better pure outside run stoppers at the position.
Andre Branch, DE, Dolphins — re-signed at 3 years, $27 million
Branch gives Miami a little bit of everything up front, and that's still a pretty good value for him.
Mario Williams, DE, Dolphins
The No. 1 overall pick in the '06 draft, who just turned 32, may be at the end of the line.
Zach Kerr, DT, Colts — signed by Broncos at 2 years
Indianapolis didn't tender Kerr to keep him in the 3-4, so Denver goes cheap to further address its defensive line issues.
Zach Brown, ILB, Bills — signed by Redskins at 1 year, $4.65 million
He'll try to help Washington against the run in the middle.
James Harrison, OLB, Steelers — re-signed at 2 years, $3.5 million
Harrison kept plugging away well for Pittsburgh down the stretch. Pushing 40, he's in incredible shape to remain a valuable situational edge pass rsuher.
DeMarcus Ware, OLB, Broncos — retired
The 34-year-old hangs up it as a future Dallas and Denver Hall of Famer.
Datone Jones, OLB, Packers — signed by Vikings at 1 years $3.75 million
He'll go to Minnesota to be a swing tackle/end in a 4-3.
Lorenzo Alexander, OLB, Bills — resigned at 2 years, $9.1 million
He turns 34 in May, but it was hard for Buffalo not to keep the late-blooming pass rusher for its new defense at that price.
John Simon, OLB, Texans — signed by Colts at 3 years, $13.5 million
Simon stays in the AFC South in a relative bargain deal as a good run stopper in the 3-4.
Paul Worrilow, ILB, Falcons — signed by Lions at 1 year, $3 million
Worrilow isn't that great of an overall player, but he's a steady tackler with good work ethic.
Julius Peppers, OLB/DE, Packers — signed by Panthers
It's Jared Allen all over again, only with a very familiar former Panthers defensive end.
Lawrence Timmons, ILB, Steelers — signed by Dolphins at 2 years, $12 million
Timmons has been a steady performer in Pittsburgh's 3-4 over the years, but at 30, he is more of a hole filler than playmaker.
Manti Te'o, ILB, Chargers — signed by Saints
The former Notre Dame standout will try to plug holes better in New Orleans.
Morris Claiborne, Cowboys — signed by Jets at 1 year, $5 million
Claiborne is one solutioin for CB-needy New York, but it needs more after cutting Darrelle Revis. Brandon Carr, his lesser, older Dallas teammate, landed with the Ravens on a four-year deal worth $23 million.
Prince Amukamara, Jaguars — signed by Bears at 1 year
The Bears didn't go after Gilmore or Ryan, so they settle for an experienced middle-tier option. Jacksonville didn't need to keep Amukamara after spending big to get Bouye.
Dre Kirkpatrick, Bengals — re-signed at 5 years, $52.5 million
There's nothing super dominant or spectacular about his play, Kirkpatrick has good size and is durable. That was enough for Cincinnati to keep him around.
Captain Munnerlyn, Vikings — signed by Panthers at 4 years, $21 million.
Carolina brings back the Gamecock to be a valuable veteran slot cover man.
Sam Shields, Packers
Trying to recover from a concussion-riddled season, he has gotten little interest since his release with retirement looming.
Terence Newman, Vikings — re-signed a 1 year, $3.25 million
DeShawn Shead, Seahawks — re-signed at 1 year, $1.5 million
Shead returns on a cheap prove-it more deal.
Alterraun Verner, Buccaneers
Darrelle Revis, Jets
There's no legal concern with Revis — just the fact he can no longer be effective at either corner or safety.
Kayvon Webster, Broncos — signed by Rams at 2 years
Webster was a good dime back in Denver, good enough for Los Angeles to maybe look at him in a more regular role opposite Trumaine Johnson.
Eric Berry, Chiefs — re-signed at 6 years, $78 million
It was a no-brainer for Kansas City to keep its playmaking leader, the heart and soul of its defense.
Tony Jefferson, Cardinals — signed by Ravens
Jefferson lobbied to play in Baltimore, and gets his wish, as a nice complementary thumper at strong safety to the incredible Eric Weddle.
Barry Church, Cowboys — signed by Jaguars at 4 years, $26 million
Church is more solid than spectacular, but Jacksonville needed that after losing the player below to an AFC South rival.
Jonathan Cyprien, Jaguars — signed by Titans
Tennessee desperately needed safety help, so it taps into nearby Jacksonville to get a second-rounder who's rising as an all-around playmaker.
Micah Hyde, Packers — signed by Bills at 5 years, $30 million
Buffalo needed a swing player for safety and nickel back in their defense under new HC Sean McDermott. He's not meant to be exposed in coverage too much, so that role is fine, as well as helping as a return man and special teamer.
T.J. McDonald, Rams — signed by Dolphins at 1 year
McDonald will serve a suspension first for eight games, but Miami hopes he'll return with good upside.
Duron Harmon, Patriots — re-signed
Harmon is a key subpackage swing backup behind Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung. Given the latter is aging, Harmon in line to fill that starting spot in the near future.
Jahleel Addae, S, Chargers — re-signed at 4 years
San Diego is weak at the other safety, so it needed to make sure to take care of the young solid half of the equation.
D.J. Swearinger, Cardinals — signed by Redskins at 3 years, $13.5 million
Washington really needed a heavy-hitting extra linebacker-type to clean up in the secondary. Swearinger's slobberknocking reputation precedes him.
Bradley McDougald, Buccaneers — signed by Seahawks at 1 year
He'll be a swing backup behind starters Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.
Antoine Bethea, 49ers — signed by Cardinals at 3 years
He will replace Jefferson as a durable run-support safety that he was in San Francisco.
Steven Hauschka, K, Seahawks — signed by Bills at 4 years, $12.4 million
Buffalo got rid of Dan Carpente ans went for the steady Hauschka, who was replaced in Seattle by former Viking Blair Walsh.
Nick Novak, K, Texans — re-signed
He was a solid performer for them in replacing Randy Bullock.
Britton Colquitt, P, Browns — re-signed
One of its own free agents Cleveland could easily keep.
Phil Dawson, K, 49ers — signed by Cardinals
Arizona, tired of non-tendered Chandler Catanzaro's maddening inconsistency and whiffs on shorter kickers, go with a grand old man who delivered often for a divison rival.
Greg Zuerlein, K, Rams — re-signed at 3 years, $6.75 million
Young Geezy is one of the league's below-average kickers in terms of accuracy and consitency, but he's still Greg of the big leg.
Nick Folk, K, Jets — signed by Buccaneers
He'll have a chance to displace Roberto Aguayo.
Shane Lechler, P, Texans — re-signed
It was smart to keep their legs intact, getting his deal done at the same time as Novak's.
Robbie Gould, K, Giants — signed by 49ers
San Francisco lost Dawson to Arizona, so it was natural they gave gold to Gould, the former long-time Bears ace.
Chandler Catanzaro, K, Cardinals — signed by Jets
He'll replace Folk.
Jeff Locke, P, Vikings — signed by Colts
Indianapolis got its solid replacement for the retired Pat McAfee.