Agent Leigh Steinberg sits down with Dave Birkett on radio row in Miami, the distance for Huge Bowl 54, to talk NFL draft and extra.

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1: 23 p.m.

Within the predominant “wow” transfer of the day, the Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans reportedly agreed to a monster address the Cardinals getting All-Reliable wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth-round elevate, and the Texans getting working support David Johnson and a 2d-round elevate, plus a fourth-round elevate in 2021.

Peter King first talked about the different of a Hopkins alternate early Monday morning, nonetheless or now no longer it’s peaceful shining to study one in all the correct receivers in soccer procure dealt, and with a draft so deep on the hassle. Johnson, in the intervening time, has been on the decline since injuring his wrist against the Lions to start out with of the 2017 season, but the Texans needed draft picks. They didn’t have confidence any of the predominant 56 picks earlier than Monday.

The Cardinals have confidence assembled a ravishing compatible team round young quarterback Kyler Murray (because the Lions will salvage out when they play for what appears to be like worship the 100th straight season this autumn). Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, Kenyan Drake, and now Hopkins.

The Texans, successfully, they peaceful attach now no longer desire a overall supervisor.

1: 01 p.m.

The free agent negotiating period has opened and Darius Assassinate is peaceful a Lion, which has led to some to wonder if Assassinate will seemingly be a Lion when the season starts, too (at any time when that is).

He may perhaps well well perhaps. It takes two tango or alternate, if you will. Nonetheless I peaceful mediate he’ll be playing in various locations subsequent one year.

The pinnacle free agent cornerback on the market is Byron Jones, with the Philadelphia Eagles even handed the entrance runner for his services and products. They are not the correct enthusiastic team, though, and completely about a of the Jones suitors that miss out on the soon-to-be ex-Dallas Cowboy will turn their attention in various locations.

That will perhaps well perhaps perhaps be to at least one other free agent worship James Bradberry or Chris Harris or Logan Ryan, or it may perhaps perhaps perhaps well perhaps perhaps be to the Lions and Assassinate, who needs a unique contract no matter what team he performs for subsequent season.

We have confidence seen a pair traditional trades in latest weeks that netted Day 3 draft picks (A.J. Bouye to the Denver Broncos for a four, and Calais Campbell to the Baltimore Ravens for a five), but I peaceful mediate the Lions pause up getting a Day 2 elevate for Assassinate.

The Lions are whine to transfer on from the three-time Reliable Bowler, and are in the marketplace for their very own free-agent addition (Ryan or a participant worship Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills assemble sense).

One repeat assemble certain: Joshua on Twitter requested if Assassinate would play under his contemporary contract for the Lions subsequent season. The reply to that, I reflect, is certain. The unique collective bargaining agreement makes it in roar that any participant who holds out may perhaps well well perhaps be hit with well-known fines. Assassinate is scheduled to assemble $10 million on the final one year of his deal subsequent season, and given the leverage the Lions and all teams have confidence under the unique CBA, I’d mediate a holdout may perhaps well well perhaps be subtle.


And we’re start. The NFL free agent negotiating period has officially started.

11: 38 a.m.

A frail Lion has found a unique home. Rick Wagner who started 40 of a likely 48 games at upright address over the final three seasons, has agreed to a two-one year contract with the Green Bay Packers. Wagner is from Wisconsin and peaceful retains a home there. Here is extra on his signing.

11: 32 a.m.

Three extra sign designations to account for

– The Recent England Patriots are placing the franchise sign on guard Joe Thuney. Offensive linemen are tagged at one salary, so Thuney will assemble address money in 2020 – unless the Patriots are ready to assemble an indication-and-alternate.

With Thuney and Brandon Scherff off the market, that must peaceful force the price up even extra for Lions offensive guard Graham Glasgow, who’s a virtual lock to signal in various locations in free company.

– The Arizona Cardinals moreover launched they positioned the transition sign on working support Kenyan Drake, who would were the cessation working support on the market. The Lions had been attracted to acquiring Drake on the alternate lower-off date final one year, when he used to be traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Cardinals.

– The Minnesota Vikings, with extra cap room on account of the Kirk Cousins’ extension, moreover positioned the franchise sign on Anthony Harris, keeping the cessation safety off the market.

10: 41 a.m. 

Here is a list of NFL avid gamers who’ve been field to the franchise sign by their team, successfully taking them off the market:

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (uncommon)

Pittsburgh Steelers LB Bud Dupree

Kansas City Chiefs DT Chris Jones

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Shaq Barrett

Recent York Giants DT Leonard Williams

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry

Los Angeles Chargers TE Hunter Henry

Baltimore Ravens OLB Matt Judon

Washington OG Brandon Scherff

Denver Broncos S Justin Simmons

Jacksonville Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green

10 a.m.

That is now no longer free agent news, essentially, but the Minnesota Vikings have confidence signed Kirk Cousins to a two-one year extension, Cousins’ agent, Mike McCartney tweeted. No numbers are at once available on the deal, but this can peaceful support the Vikings with their cap considerations. (They’d correct $13.5 million in efficient cap place heading into Monday, in accordance to, extra than correct seven various teams.)

Minnesota launched cornerback Xavier Rhodes and nose address Linval Joseph final week, and will lose one in all their finest defensive avid gamers, safety Anthony Harris, in free company.

9: 50 a.m.

We’re peaceful a pair hours from the initiating of the free agent negotiating period and already there is finger pointing happening. ESPN reported Sunday that the NFL did now no longer must mosey ahead with the 2020 league one year (scheduled to start out at 4 p.m. Wednesday) as deliberate, but that the NFL Avid gamers Association would now no longer provide consent to push things support.

Successfully, now NFLPA president DeMaurice Smith is disputing that file.

NFLPA head De Smith acknowledged on Secure Up that “NFL never sent a formal question to us to transfer the league one year.” Said PA wanting NFL to head ahead “factually incorrect.”

Said medical teams will meet this present day to method to a choice “what’s the correct direction”

Also acknowledged or now no longer it’s imperative avid gamers don’t journey

— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) March 16, 2020

Who knows the place things mosey from right here, but with two hours till the negotiating period begins – and extra than two days till the league one year opens – there is peaceful a number of time for things to alternate.

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