Pro Football RumorsTransactions – Pro Football Rumors https://www.profootballrumors.com NFL Rumors: Trades, Free Agency, Draft Mon, 19 Apr 2021 14:35:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.12 Minor NFL Transactions: 4/19/21 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/minor-nfl-transactions-41921 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/minor-nfl-transactions-41921#respond Mon, 19 Apr 2021 14:35:58 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=212391 Today’s minor moves:

New York Giants

  • Re-signed: RB Sandro Platzgummer

New York Jets

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Colts To Re-Sign CB T.J. Carrie https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/colts-to-re-sign-cb-t-j-carrie https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/colts-to-re-sign-cb-t-j-carrie#respond Sat, 17 Apr 2021 22:05:22 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=212270 After two visits elsewhere, T.J. Carrie will opt to stay in Indianapolis. The Colts are re-signing the veteran cornerback, according to the Indianapolis Star’s Joel Erickson (on Twitter). It’s a one-year deal worth more than $2MM, according to ESPN.com’s Jeremy Fowler (on Twitter).

Carrie, who initially signed with the Colts last year, visited the Saints and Bills over the past three weeks. Carrie’s Buffalo trip occurred this week, and Fowler adds the Bills made a push to sign Carrie. Rather than joining a fourth team, however, Carrie will follow Xavier Rhodes in re-signing with the Colts.

[RELATED: Colts Re-Sign CB Xavier Rhodes]

While Carrie played in 15 games last season, he saw a reduced snap rate. After playing more than 60% of his team’s snaps from 2017-19, the former seventh-round pick saw action on just 38% of Indianapolis’ defensive plays in 2020. The Colts stand to bring back their top four corners from last season, with Rhodes and Carrie pledging to stay on one-year accords, slot corner Kenny Moore signed long-term and Rock Ya-Sin still on his rookie deal.

Originally a Raiders draftee in 2014, Carrie spent the 2018 and ’19 seasons with the Browns. While he saw more time in Cleveland, Carrie intercepted a career-high two passes with the Colts and took one back for a touchdown. Pro Football Focus graded Carrie as a top-40 corner and was incredibly high on the seven-year vet’s run-game presence. PFF graded Carrie as the league’s top run-defending corner.

The 30-year-old defender will reprise his role in an experienced cornerback corps, though with both Carrie and Rhodes north of 30, the Colts still profile as a team that could add at this spot early in the draft.

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Bears Sign WR Marquise Goodwin https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/bears-sign-wr-marquise-goodwin https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/bears-sign-wr-marquise-goodwin#comments Fri, 16 Apr 2021 23:19:07 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=212152 Marquise Goodwin will be affiliated with a third team this offseason. After seeing his rights sent from the Eagles back to the 49ers, the veteran wide receiver became a free agent. The Bears will end that stay.

The former Olympian agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Bears on Friday. Goodwin has not played since the 2019 season, having opted out in 2020.

While Goodwin was part of San Francisco’s Super Bowl LIV-qualifying squad, he did not hold a regular role. The 49ers reduced his offensive responsibilities before placing him on IR then traded him to the Eagles during the 2020 draft.

The 49ers gave Goodwin a three-year, $20.3MM deal in March 2018 but ended up regretting the pact. The Eagles sent the 49ers to the Eagles in a pick-swap trade involving 2020 sixth-rounders. When Goodwin reverted back to the 49ers in March, San Francisco sent a 2021 seventh-rounder back to Philly. After spending a month in free agency, the 30-year-old wideout will join the Bears’ Allen Robinson-led receiving corps.

Months after qualifying for the London Games in the long jump, the 5-foot-9 wideout blazed to a 4.27-second 40-yard dash time at the 2013 Combine. He went to the Bills in the third round. The ex-Texas Longhorn has shown flashes as a receiver, most notably during a 962-yard 2017 slate that did not involve Jimmy Garoppolo until late in the season, and has some experience as a kick returner. Despite Goodwin’s speed, however, he has not returned a kick since the 2015 season.

This move comes nearly a year after the Bears signed Ted Ginn, a fellow speedster with 49ers experience. Ginn, however, did not play a big role on Chicago’s offense and did not last the season in the Windy City. The Bears have Robinson, Darnell Mooney and Anthony Miller positioned as their top three wideouts. However, Miller may still be on the trade block.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 4/16/21 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/minor-nfl-transactions-41621 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/minor-nfl-transactions-41621#respond Fri, 16 Apr 2021 22:13:39 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=212077 Today’s minor moves:

Jacksonville Jaguars

New England Patriots

  • Waived: C Dustin Woodard

Washington Football Team

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Browns Release DT Sheldon Richardson https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/browns-release-dt-sheldon-richardson https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/browns-release-dt-sheldon-richardson#comments Fri, 16 Apr 2021 19:18:35 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=212093 Active in adding defensive starters this offseason, the Browns subtracted one on Friday. They released Sheldon Richardson.

The former first-round defensive lineman had started for Cleveland over the past two seasons. The Browns will save $11MM by making this move, one that comes a month after free agency’s outset, while also leaving a void in the middle of their defensive front.

With Larry Ogunjobi having signed with the Bengals, the Browns now no longer employ either of their starting D-tackles from the past two seasons. On a three-year, $37MM deal agreed to in 2019, Richardson was due a $10.9MM base salary in 2021. This move comes two days after the Browns agreed to terms with Jadeveon Clowney. While Richardson and Clowney do not play the same position, the Browns committed to sign the edge rusher for one year and $8MM.

This move will send Richardson into free agency at an inopportune time — following the most significant cap reduction in the cap era and four-plus weeks after the market opened. The Browns did add veteran defensive tackle Malik Jackson — on a one-year, $3.75MM contract — and have Andrew Billings, who opted out in 2020. But the team now figures to be on the hunt for interior D-line help.

The former Defensive Rookie of the Year, Richardson has played with four teams in his eight seasons. The Jets traded him to the Seahawks in 2017, and Richardson signed a one-year deal with the Vikings in 2018. After signing with the then-John Dorsey-run Browns a year later, Richardson accumulated 7.5 sacks and 16 quarterback hits during his two Browns seasons. Richardson did not miss a game during his Cleveland stay.

Pro Football Focus graded the Mizzou product as a top-30 interior defensive lineman in 2019 and slotted him just inside the top 50 at the position last season. While now 30, Richardson will surely generate interest and should have a path to a starting lineup in 2021.

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Patriots’ J.C. Jackson Signs Offer Sheet https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/patriots-j-c-jackson-signs-offer-sheet https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/patriots-j-c-jackson-signs-offer-sheet#comments Fri, 16 Apr 2021 16:31:36 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=212078 Patriots cornerback J.C. Jackson has signed his second-round tender (Twitter link via Jeff Howe of The Athletic). The second-round tender will keep Jackson in the fold for 2021 at a salary of $3.4MM. 

The Patriots waited until the last minute to cuff Jackson, opting for the second-round tender instead of the pricier $4.8MM first-round tender. The gamble seems to have paid off, as Jackson did not sign an offer sheet elsewhere. Jackson’s decision to sign does not necessarily mean he’ll be in New England this fall, however — the Pats could still flip him, as they did with Malcolm Butler a few years ago.

Jackson performed as one of the league’s better corners in 2020. Playing on 84 percent of the Patriots’ snaps, he intercepted a whopping nine passes, good for No. 2 in the NFL. He also notched 14 passes defensed with three fumble recoveries. Not bad for a former UDFA. His ballhawking skills were also on display in 2018 and 2019, as he notched a combined five interceptions.

Even after the Patriots’ spending spree, there could be room to lock up Jackson for the long term. But, if they don’t, the Maryland product could fetch a sizable haul via trade.

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Bills’ Trey Adams Retires https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/bills-trey-adams-retires https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/bills-trey-adams-retires#comments Fri, 16 Apr 2021 16:24:24 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=212075 Bills tackle Trey Adams has retired from the NFL, per a post on his Instagram page. Once a highly-touted prospect, Adams has spent more time on the trainer’s table than the football field.

Thank you football for everything,” Adams wrote. “I have put much thought into this decision and it is time for me to retire from the game that has given me so much…I will always be a [University of Washington] dawg! And thank you to the Buffalo Bills for believing in me. And to every teammate I’ve had, Thank you for being my brothers and I will never forget the long practices, conditioning and locker room talk. Love you boys.

The UW product suffered a torn ACL in 2017 and missed much of 2018 with back trouble. Before that, Adams earned a first-team All-Pac-12 nod and second-team All-American honors in 2016. When he turned pro last year, the 6’7″, 304-pound blocker went undrafted and landed on the Bills’ practice squad.

The Bills won’t have Adams in camp, but they will have a few new blockers to consider for their Week 1 roster, including former Chargers lineman Forrest Lamp.

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Texans Sign DL DeMarcus Walker https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/texans-sign-dl-demarcus-walker https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/texans-sign-dl-demarcus-walker#comments Fri, 16 Apr 2021 14:03:01 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=212052 Defensive lineman DeMarcus Walker took to Instagram to announce that he has signed with the Texans. The former second round pick will fight for an uptick in playing time after spending the last four years as a rotational player for the Broncos.

[RELATED: Texans Add Lane Taylor]

Walker has spent some time at outside linebacker, but he’s done his best work as a 3-4 defensive end. Last year, he notched 4.5 sacks, giving him 8.5 combined over the past two seasons. He saw time on 35% of the Broncos’ snaps last year, but the Broncos chose to replace him with former Viking Shamar Stephen this offseason. Meanwhile, Shelby Harris has been re-upped to reprise his role on the line.

Walker will be joined by ex-Broncos teammate Phillip Lindsay in Houston, plus a host of other defensive newcomers like Derek Rivers and Maliek Collins. For his career, Walker has appeared in 36 games (five starts), notching 51 tackles, 10.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

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Raiders Cut Arden Key, Maurice Hurst https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/raiders-cut-de-arden-key-dt-maurice-hurst https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/raiders-cut-de-arden-key-dt-maurice-hurst#comments Thu, 15 Apr 2021 20:37:52 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=211994 The Raiders are making some big cuts on their defensive line. Las Vegas has waived defensive end Arden Key and defensive tackle Maurice Hurst, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (Twitter link).

The Raiders have already added free agents like Yannick Ngakoue and Quinton Jefferson this offseason, making these guys more expendable. Both Key and Hurst were drafted by the Raiders in 2018, Key in the third-round and Hurst in the fifth. Hurst was initially viewed as a much better prospect, and potentially a first-rounder, until a heart condition was discovered just before the combine.

That heart issue was initially feared to be career-threatening, but fortunately Hurst was able to be cleared to play. He fell to 140th overall though, costing him a lot of money in the process. In the end, neither player made it to the end of their rookie deals.

Key started 10 games as a rookie but was used as a rotational player this past year. Despite playing around 40 percent of the defensive snaps, he finished with no sacks. The LSU product was the 87th pick in 2018 and is still only 24, so he should get scooped up before too long.

Hurst, who will turn 26 next month, was fairly productive his first two years in the league. From 2018-19, he had 7.5 sacks, six passes defended, an interception, and a couple of fumble recoveries. He was limited to 11 games this past year, finishing with 27 tackles, a half sack, and one pass defended.

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Falcons Release Ito Smith https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/falcons-release-ito-smith https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/falcons-release-ito-smith#comments Thu, 15 Apr 2021 17:46:31 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=211976 The Falcons have released running back Ito Smith, per a club announcement. It’s a surprising move, given the Falcons’ so-so collection of RBs. 

[RELATED: Falcons To Sign Cordarrelle Patterson]

Smith, a 2018 fourth-round pick, has spent all three of his NFL seasons to date with the Falcons. In total, he’s logged 175 carries for 689 yards and 55 catches for 314 yards with six all-purpose touchdowns. His penchant for game-changing plays put him on the radar as a rookie and he had considerable buzz after averaging 6.4 yards per tote on a limited sample. Then, an early-season injury slowed his momentum in 2019. He returned last year to take 63 carries for 268 yards (4.3 ypc) and one rushing TD, plus 17 grabs for 75 yards and three receiving TDs.

Despite his solid work as a reserve, new head coach Arthur Smith has other plans in mind. Recent signee Mike Davis figures to take on a leading role in the backfield with support from Qadree OllisonTony Brooks-James, and fullback Keith Smith. There’s still work to be done in that area, so the Falcons will likely target zone scheme-friendly running backs early in the draft.

Releasing Smith will save the Falcons $920K against the cap with $155K in dead money.

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Texans To Sign Lane Taylor https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/texans-to-sign-lane-taylor https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/texans-to-sign-lane-taylor#respond Thu, 15 Apr 2021 16:59:09 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=211970 Former Packers guard Lane Taylor will join the Texans on a one-year deal (Twitter link via NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport). Taylor will reunite with his old offensive line coach in Green Bay James Campen as he works his way back from a torn ACL. 

[RELATED: Latest On Deshaun Watson]

Taylor, 31, has missed 29 games over the past two seasons due to bicep tears and knee trouble. He’s now seven months removed from ACL surgery though, and RapSheet hears that he should be ready in time for training camp this summer. The 49ers, who hosted Taylor in March, and Texans are looking into his status late in the rehab process.

Before all of that, Taylor became the Packers’ starting left guard, following the release of Josh Sitton. In 2016, he grading out as the league’s No. 41 guard out of 72 qualifiers. Then, in the fall of 2017, the Packers rewarded him with a three-year, $16.5MM extension.

Taylor will take the roster spot of offensive lineman Beau Benzschawel, who was dropped earlier this week and quickly claimed by the Washington Football Team.

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Falcons Sign Duron Harmon https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/falcons-sign-duron-harmon https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/falcons-sign-duron-harmon#comments Thu, 15 Apr 2021 16:27:56 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=211964 The Falcons have officially signed safety Duron Harmon to a one-year deal, per a club announcement. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. In related news, the Falcons also confirmed their signing of veteran wide receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson

[RELATED: Falcons To Sign Cordarrelle Patterson]

Harmon, 30, spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Patriots, providing reliable play with near-perfect attendance. Last year, old friend Matt Patricia brought him to Detroit in an exchange of late-round picks. Harmon went on to start in all 16 of the Falcons’ games, tallying 73 tackles, two interceptions, and five passes defensed along the way. Last year, Harmon earned a base salary of $3.5MM – this time around, he’ll likely earn less with the Falcons.

Harmon may not be an All-Pro, but he is a durable defender who can give the Falcons some badly needed depth at safety. Unless the Falcons score an impact rookie in the draft, he may be tapped to start at free safety opposite of Erik Harris.

For his career, the Rutgers product has 248 tackles, two tackles for loss, 19 interceptions, and 33 passes defensed to his credit. He’s also a three-time Super Bowl champion (including Super Bowl LI).

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Minor NFL Transactions: 4/15/21 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/minor-nfl-transactions-41521 https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/minor-nfl-transactions-41521#respond Thu, 15 Apr 2021 16:04:54 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=211979 Today’s minor moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Cleveland Browns

Jacksonville Jaguars

Las Vegas Raiders

  • Cut: QB Kyle Sloter

New Orleans Saints

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Falcons To Sign Cordarrelle Patterson https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/falcons-to-sign-cordarrelle-patterson https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/falcons-to-sign-cordarrelle-patterson#comments Thu, 15 Apr 2021 16:01:23 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=211960 The Falcons have agreed to terms with Cordarrelle Patterson (Twitter link via NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo). The veteran wide receiver/kick returner will head to Atlanta on a one-year, $3MM deal. 

Patterson, 30, entered the league as a first-round round pick of the Vikings in 2013. Expectations were sky-high — especially since mock drafts had the Tennessee product going much higher than No. 29 overall. Unfortunately, Patterson never developed into the superstar receiver he was made out to be. By 2015, the 6’2″ athlete barely factored into the Vikings’ offense, playing in 16 games and gaining just 25 yards from scrimmage.

However, he did earn first-team All-Pro honors in 2013, ’16, ’19, and ’20 on the strength of his kick returns. The Vikings didn’t get everything they hoped for, but the Raiders, Patriots, and Bears were mostly happy with the human highlight reel.

Over the last two seasons with the Bears, Patterson turned two kickoffs into touchdowns for Chicago with an overall average of 29.2 yards per return. He also logged 32 catches for 215 yards, plus 81 carries out of the backfield for 335 yards and a touchdown.

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Seahawks To Sign Aldon Smith https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/seahawks-to-sign-aldon-smith https://www.profootballrumors.com/2021/04/seahawks-to-sign-aldon-smith#comments Thu, 15 Apr 2021 15:40:29 +0000 https://www.profootballrumors.com/?p=211959 The Seahawks have agreed to a one-year deal with Aldon Smith (Twitter link via NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport). The deal came together pretty quickly, following the edge rusher’s Wednesday visit. 

[RELATED: Lockett Wants To Finish Career With Seahawks]

Smith’s multitude of suspensions and off-the-field incidents kept him out of the league for years. He was pretty much off of everyone’s radar, up until last year when the Cowboys signed him to a low-cost one-year deal. Smith managed to shake off the rust, tallying five sacks, two fumble recoveries, and 14 quarterback hits on 73% of Dallas’ defensive snaps.

All of Smith’s sacks came in the first half of the season. Around that time, the Seahawks took notice and tried to pry the veteran away from the Cowboys just before the deadline. Even though they were rebuffed, they managed to get their man a few months later.

After recording 46 sacks last year to finish seventh in the league, the Seahawks have done their best to keep the band together. Carlos Dunlap — the Seahawks’ Plan B when the Smith talks fell through — was re-signed to a two-year deal in late March. Smith will be joined up front by Benson Mayowa, who has a fresh one-year contract, and fellow newcomer Kerry Hyder, who joined on a three-year, $16.5MM accord.

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