NFL free agency, which officially kicks off the 2018 league year, begins Wednesday, March 14, at 4 p.m. ET. Before then, however, we are into the league’s legal tampering period, when the top unrestricted free agents can negotiate with any team on the open market.
Here is a position-by-position roundup of rumors regarding the most notable potential signings and deals, including the many trades that already are set to become official.
Solder showed signs of slowing down as Tom Brady’s athletic blindside pass protector this past season, and there were some thoughts that he might retire. If he plays, he can still be a solid starter at a tough position to find a worthy veteran.
With Brees and Garoppolo going nowhere, Bradford should be right behind Cousins and ahead of his replacement starting teammate, Case Keenum, as a desired veteran QB solution. Health is always the concern; otherwise, Bradford has proved he can be productive in different systems.
Chicago finished dead last in passing yards. The team’s leading receiver was Kendall Wright, the only player on the team to top 400 receiving yards by finishing with 614.
By supplying their second-year quarterback with a new group of receiving threats, the Bears are following the same exact plan that helped the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles make tremendous progress between 2016 and 2017.
When Philadelphia won Super Bowl 52 in February, Wentz watched from the sideline after suffering a season-ending knee injury in 2017. Had he not torn his ACL in December, Wentz stood a strong chance at being the NFL’s MVP.
Grade for Eagles: B+ The Eagles are one of the most aggressive trading teams in the league and built their Super Bowl success around a deep, dominant defensive line, so it’s no surprise that they acquired Michael Bennett from the Seahawks today.
Bennett will slot in as a replacement for Vinny Curry, and with three years and $22.1 million left on his deal, Bennett won’t break the bank as part of one of the league’s best defensive lines.