NFL Free Agency 2018: Kirk Cousins, Jordy Nelson, Malcolm Butler and More

With some income liberated up, a Packers are believed to have reached an agreement with Jimmy Graham, a five-time Pro Bowler during parsimonious end, who had 57 catches for 520 yards and 10 touchdowns final deteriorate with a Seattle Seahawks. The 31-year-old was a favorite aim for Drew Brees in New Orleans, had a good rapport with Russell Wilson in Seattle, and will now get a possibility to locate passes from another top-shelf quarterback in Aaron Rodgers.


Former Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is in talks with a Minnesota Vikings.

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Kirk Cousins Could Be Vikings’ Franchise QB

Where he competence go: All signs are indicating toward Cousins, a 29-year-old quarterback, selecting a Minnesota Vikings as his new home. After 3 full seasons as a starter for a Washington Redskins he is a unicorn of sorts as a authorization quarterback in his 20s who can select to play wherever he’d like. As a result, his seeking cost is approaching to be unusually high.

What that means: The Vikings scarcely finished a Super Bowl with Keenum as their starting quarterback. Cousins, who has thrown for some-more than 13,000 yards and 81 touchdowns over a final 3 seasons, would paint a sincerely estimable upgrade. There are those who infer toward Cousins’s 26-30-1 career record as a starter as a intensity warning sign, though he has consistently played on a group with a subpar defense, and that will not be a problem in Minnesota. Cousins would also suffer a deeper ancillary expel on offense, with a span of star receivers in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, a stone plain parsimonious finish in Kyle Rudolph, and a intensity star in Dalvin Cook, a second-year using behind who had a good start to a 2017 deteriorate before blank a final 12 games of a deteriorate with a ripped maiden cruciate ligament.

Trumaine Johnson Chooses Jets

Where he competence go: The 28-year-old cornerback is walking divided from a Los Angeles Rams after 6 seasons and will be partial of a rebuilding routine with a Jets.

What that means: It is somewhat startling for one of a biggest prizes of a off-season to finish adult with a Jets, a group that had to overachieve to go 5-11 final season. But a Jets should positively advantage from adding a defensive behind precisely in his primary who has 18 career interceptions, 3 of that he returned for touchdowns. The doubt is if they can be a contending group while he is still during a tip of his game.

Case Keenum Out to Prove Himself With Broncos

Where he competence go: His unchanging deteriorate success, and a postseason touchdown chuck that will be remembered for decades, were not adequate to acquire him a full-time pursuit in Minnesota, so Keenum has reportedly concluded to terms with a Denver Broncos to take over as that team’s starting quarterback. The understanding can't be finished until Wednesday, though all indications are that he has found a permanent home.

What that means: The Broncos won a Super Bowl as recently as a 2015 season, though a retirement of Peyton Manning after his second Super Bowl pretension left a group though a arguable starting quarterback. That led to dual years blank a playoffs as a once-terrific invulnerability solemnly dry away. Enter Keenum, who had been hammered with a tag of journeyman backup until final season, though will now be asked to infer that his 11-2 record as a starter in 2017 was not a fluke. There is copiousness of statistical justification to uncover that Keenum warranted his success final season, though stepping divided from a talent-ridden Vikings could make him unexpected seem distant some-more pedestrian.


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Drew Brees Staying in New Orleans

What that means: The 17-year maestro lasted a few hours as a giveaway representative before a Saints did what everybody expected, bringing him behind on a two-year understanding that will many approaching safeguard that he finishes his career in New Orleans. While Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara both had illusory seasons, heading to most some-more farrago in a Saints offense, Brees was still a team’s engine, throwing for some-more than 4,000 flitting yards for a 12th uninterrupted season. His 23 touchdown passes were a fewest he had thrown given 2005, though a 39-year-old can still get a pursuit done.

The ‘Other’ Minnesota Quarterbacks Look for Homes

Where they competence go: Teddy Bridgewater was once an descending star who was approaching to lead a Vikings to a betrothed land and, when Bridgewater’s knee exploded before a 2016 season, Sam Bradford was a quarterback Minnesota traded dual breeze picks to acquire. Neither were on a margin for a team’s detriment to a Philadelphia Eagles in a N.F.C. Championship game, however, interjection to their injuries and Case Keenum’s stellar play. Unsatisfied with all 3 options, a Vikings let all 3 go. Bradford appears to be on his approach to a Arizona Cardinals while Bridgewater is approaching to try to reconstruct his career with a Jets.

What that means: Bradford, 30, has spasmodic shown signs of given he was a No. 1 altogether collect in a 2010 draft, though he has also dealt with sincerely critical injuries. He inherits a Cardinals group that was a contender with Carson Palmer on a margin over a final few years though sincerely bad though him. If Bradford can stay injury-free, there is a intensity for a good fit, though it will be an ascending stand in a rival N.F.C. West. The stakes are reduce for a 25-year-old Bridgewater, who has attempted only dual passes in a dual seasons given his harmful knee damage (both fell incomplete). He looked good in 2015, and has girl on his side, though a Jets are also bringing behind Josh McCown, and have adequate doubt outlines on a team’s register to palliate a vigour on Bridgewater’s comeback.


Andrew Norwell, who was named an All-Pro after a superb 2017 deteriorate for a Carolina Panthers, will now be opening holes for Leonard Fournette of a Jacksonville Jaguars to run through.

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Andrew Norwell Upgrades Jacksonville’s Line

Where he competence go: Several news media reports infer that Norwell, a guard, will pointer with a Jaguars on a largest agreement ever for a actor of his position. He is also approaching to mangle annals for normal income per deteriorate and guaranteed money.

What that means: The Carolina Panthers were reluctant to compensate income some-more typically compared with descent tackles to a guard, though a Jaguars saw a good fit for a first-team All-Pro player. He immediately upgrades Jacksonville’s line and should make life extremely easier for Leonard Fournette, a team’s rookie using behind who had 1,040 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns as a rookie notwithstanding unsuitable work from a team’s interior linemen.

Allen Robinson, on a Comeback Trail, Leaves Jaguars

Where he competence go: It is approaching that Robinson, a 24-year-old far-reaching receiver, will pointer a three-year understanding with a Bears, where he will try to assist in a expansion of a team’s immature quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky.

What that means: Robinson was good on his approach to being deliberate a top-flight receiver after he finished a 2015 deteriorate with 80 catches for 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns. He slowed down some in 2016, and missed all though one diversion in 2017 given of a ripped A.C.L., though he is still immature and, during 6 feet 3 inches and 220 pounds, he provides a large aim for Trubisky.


Sammy Watkins had 39 catches for 593 yards and 8 touchdowns final deteriorate with a Los Angeles Rams.

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Sammy Watkins Makes a Speedy Chiefs Even Faster

Where he competence go: All signs are indicating toward Watkins, a 24-year-old far-reaching receiver, signing with a Kansas City Chiefs after only one deteriorate with a Los Angeles Rams.


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What that means: He has not utterly lived adult to a hype generated by his sophomore deteriorate in 2015, though Watkins had bursts of prolongation for a Rams final season, and he gives a Chiefs another burner on offense alongside Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt. Kansas City’s offense competence be sincerely unsuitable as Patrick Mahomes gets used to a starting quarterback job, though a strong-armed Mahomes should not have to worry about overthrowing many players this year.

Danny Amendola Leaving Patriots

Where he competence go: The small 32-year-old far-reaching receiver is on a verge of signing with a Miami Dolphins, where he is approaching to be one of dual additions to a new-look offense along with Albert Wilson, before of a Chiefs.

What that means: Amendola was a fan favorite and a visit aim for Tom Brady in a flitting game, though a oft-injured receiver has never had prolongation that matched his turn of fame. Last deteriorate was only a third time in his 9 seasons that Amendola played in as many as 15 games, though he did good with that opportunity, throwing 61 passes for 659 yards. The prominence of his deteriorate was putting adult 152 receiving yards in New England’s detriment to Philadelphia in Super Bowl LII. The suspicion of a dermatitis deteriorate during this infer for a former Texas Tech star is a small unrealistic, though he can make a large play on occasion, that could infer useful for Miami. Wilson, during 25, has some-more intensity for career growth, though he is also most reduction of a certain thing.

Richard Sherman Joins 49ers

Where he went: As has been famous for a few days, Sherman, a 29-year aged cornerback who has starred for a Seattle Seahawks for a final 7 seasons, is headed to San Francisco to move a maestro participation to a childish team.

What that means: Sherman is operative his approach behind from a rip of his Achilles’ tendon, though a 49ers contingency have been assured that he can recover his explosiveness given they have concluded to compensate him $13 million in 2018. The agreement is structured to assistance a group if Sherman does not perform, though he will move comprehension and strut to a invulnerability that is still resolutely in rebuilding mode.

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