The 2016 NFL free agent period has arrived. Unrestricted free agents are signing with teams, including several deals with huge implications for playoff contenders.
Several trades have occurred, including the Howie Roseman trying to purge every Chip Kelly player on the Eagles roster (besides Sam Bradford). Nine NFL teams placed their franchise player designation on stars, including Von Miller, Alshon Jeffrey, Josh Norman, and Kirk Cousins.
2016 NFL Player Moves
Below is a complete scorecard of the 2016 NFL offseason player moves. The scorecard includes sections for free agent signings, trades, players who resigned with their own teams, those who were given the franchise tag, and the remaining list of unrestricted free agents (of note).
As the 2016 NFL offseason continues to develop, I’ll update the lists below.
Players Who Moved in NFL Free Agency
Besides a couple of interesting trades, not much has happened this offseason in the player movement department. Malik Jackson should be a nice addition for the Jaguars, who continue to build a defense opposite the Blake Bortles experience. Pairing Jackson with Daunte Fowler should create an intriguing new defensive front in Jacksonville.
- Brock Osweiler – The former backup to Peyton Manning received a four year and $72 million contract. $37 million was guaranteed.
- Lamar Miller – The Dolphins running back received a 4-year, $26 million contract from the Houston Texans.
- Olivier Vernon – The former Dolphins defensive end gets 5 years and $85 million, including $54 million guaranteed. That’s in the range of JJ Watt numbers.
- Malik Jackson – Denver’s defensive tackle signed a 6-year, $90 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- Kelechi Osemele – Baltimore’s offensive lineman signed a 5-year, $50 million deal with the Oakland Raiders.
- Mario Williams – The Bills defensive end signed a 2-year, $17 million deal with the Miami Dolphins. This might end the Cameron Wake era in Miami, but certainly helps out with Oliver Vernon moving on.
- Marvin Jones – Cincinnati wide receiver went to the Detroit Lions. He could be a starter, given the retirement of Calvin Johnson.
- Travis Benjamin – Cleveland wide receiver went to the San Diego Chargers, giving Philip Rivers another target.
- Bruce Irvin – Seattle outside linebacker goes to the Raiders. He and Khalil Mack could give the Raiders a Von Miller/Demarcus Ware type tandem.
- Janoris Jenkins – Rams cornerback goes to the New York Giants.
- Danny Trevathan – The Broncos’ outside linebacker moved to the New York Giants.
- Matt Forte – The Bears’ stalwart running back goes to the New York Jets, replacing Chris Ivory and giving the team the best receiving back in the NFL.
- Jeff Allen – The Chiefs’ guard/tackle received a four-year, $28 million deal with the Houston Texans.
- Chris Ivory – The Jets bruising (and oft-injured) running back goes to the Jaguars.
NFL Players Who Resigned with Their Teams
Far more players have signed deals to remain with their original teams. Sam Bradford, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Charles Johnson each signed short term deals, hoping to prove they [still] have it.
- Sam Bradford – Bradford continues to amaze fans with his ability to command top dollars with a 2-year, $36 million contract. Wow.
- Jason Pierre-Paul – JPP signed an incentive-laden 1-year deal with the Giants which could garner him up to $10.5 million.
- Richie Incognito – The far-from-anonymous center signed a nice 3-year, $15.75 million contract to remain in Buffalo.
- Doug Martin – One year after being on the trading block, the 27-year old Doug Martin signed a Demarco Murray-like deal to stay with the Buccaneers.
- Charles Johnson – Charles Johnson signed an undisclosed 1 year contract to remain with the Carolina Panthers.
- Ian Williams – After a nice fantasy year in his breakout season, Ian Williams signed a 5-year deal with the Niners. Terms still are undisclosed.
- Rolando McClain – The former Crimson Tide star signed a 1-year, $5 million contract with the Cowboys, casting doubt on the idea they’ll draft Myles Jack.
- Tamba Hali – The Chiefs’ OLB and DE now owns a 3-year, $22 million deal.
- Joe Barksdale – The Chargers retained a much-needed offensive tackle with a 4-year, $22.2 million signing.
- Adam Vinatieri – The immortal Adam Vinatieri signed a 2-year, $6 million deal to remain with the Indianapolis Colts.
- Dwayne Allen – Dwayne Allen signed for 4 years and $29 million, perhaps ending Coby Fleener’s time in Indianapolis.
NFL Players Who Received the Franchise Tag
- Von Miller – Denver retains its Super Bowl MVP pass rusher.
- Eric Berry – Chiefs retained their safety.
- Mohammed Wilkerson – Jets kept their defensive end.
- Josh Norman – Panthers kept the best cornerback in the NFL.
- Alshon Jeffrey – The Bears retained their young star receiver.
- Cordy Glenn – Buffalo kept an offensive tackle.
- Trumaine Johnson – The Rams retained their former 1st round cornerback.
- Kirk Cousins – The Redskins kept their starting quarterback, after calling an end to contract talks.
- Justin Tucker – Yes, the Ravens tagged their field goal kicker.
Plenty of other players are still on the open market. Below is a short list of the most highly-touted or better known unrestricted free agents on the 2016 NFL free agent market. A wider list exists, but I wanted to give readers an idea of what is available for their local team in the way of players who can help next year.
A few interesting free agents exist at each positions. It’s interesting to see players like Doug Martin, who was rumored to be signing with Tampa Bay at the end of the year, still on the free agent list. The same thing can be said of Brock Osweiler, who signed with the Houston Texans, while the Broncos scramble to fill the gap left by Peyton Manning.
Early opinions on Osweiler’s move to Houston said Brock did not like his treatment in Denver or he didn’t want to follow Peyton Manning, but plain and simple, the Texans offered him $27 million more. That represented a 36% increase in salary. Just about anyone of us would have left, under the same circumstances.
Free Agent Quarterbacks
- Ryan Fitzpatrick – QB – NYJ
- Robert Griffin III – QB – WAS
- Chase Daniel – QB – KC
Free Agent Running Backs
- Ronnie Hillman – RB – DEN
- Alfred Morris – RB – WAS
- Mike Tolbert – FB – CAR
Free Agent Wide Receivers
- Mohamed Sanu – WR – CIN
- Anquan Boldin – WR – SF
- Rishard Matthews – WR – MIA
- Jermaine Kearse – WR – SEA
- Roddy White – WR – ATL
Free Agent Tight Ends
- Antonio Gates – TE – SD
- Ladarius Green – TE – SD
- Zach Miller – TE – CHI
- Coby Fleener – TE – IND
Free Agent Offensive Linemen
- Mitchell Schwartz – OT – CLE
- Russell Okung – OT – SEA
- Donald Penn – OT – OAK
- Andre Smith – OT – CIN
- Mike Harris – OT – MIN
- Kelvin Beachum – OT – PIT
- Evan Mathis – OG – DEN
- Ramon Foster – OG – PIT
- Jeff Allen – OG – KC
- Alex Boone – OG – SF
- Brandon Brooks – OG – HOU
- Manuel Ramirez – C/G – DET
- Alex Mack – C – CLE
- Stefen Wisniewski – C – JAX
FA Defensive Linemen
- Greg Hardy – DE – DAL
- Mike DeVito – DE – KC
- J. Raji – DT – GB
- Jeremy Mincey – DE – DAL
- Jason Jones – DE – DET
- Derrick Shelby – DE – MIA
- William Hayes – DE – LA
- Chris Long – DE – LA
- Terrance Knighton – DT – WAS
- Jaye Howard – DT – KC
- Nick Fairley – DT – LA
- Brandon Mebane – DT – SEA
- Robert Ayers – DE – NYG
- Haloti Ngata – DT – DET
- Damon Harrison – NT – NYJ
Free Agent Linebackers
- James Laurinaitis – MLB – LA
- Tahir Whitehead – OLB – DET
- Nick Perry – OLB – GB
- Brandon Marshall – ILB – DEN
- Derrick Johnson – ILB – KC
- Jerrell Freeman – ILB – IND
Free Agent Defensive Backs
- Eric Weddle – S – SD
- Tashaun Gipson – S – CLE
- George Iloka – S – CIN
- Reggie Nelson – S – CIN
- Walter Thurmond – S – PHI
- Husain Abdullah – S – KC
- Rodney McLeod – S – LA
- Isa Abdul-Quddus – S – DET
- Mark Barron – S/LB – LA
- Sean Smith – CB – KC
- Casey Hayward – CB – GB
- Adam “Pac-Man” Jones – CB – CIN
- Leon Hall – CB – CIN
- Prince Amukamara – CB – NYG
- Brandon Boykin – CB – PIT
- Patrick Robinson – CB – SD
NFL Players Who Retired in 2016
Meanwhile, a number of star players have retired. Peyton Manning, Calvin Johnson, Marshawn Lynch, Heath Miller, and Logan Mankins all announced their retirements.
Also, when the 2016 NFL regular season begins, players like LeSean McCoy (?), Vontaze Burfict (3), and Randy Gregory (4) face likely suspensions. As the old joke goes, the National Football League could stand for “Not For Long”, because of the ever-evolving situations. Keep checking in with SportsClash to see what the latest offseason NFL developments are.