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2020 NFL Free Agency & Trades - Free Agency Set to get underway March 16-18

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2020 NFL Key Dates

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March 16-18: Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2019 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 18.

March 18: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2020 on all players who have option clauses in their 2019 contracts.

March 18: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.

March 18: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a minimum salary tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2019 contracts who have fewer than three accrued seasons of free agency credit.

March 18: Top 51 Rule begins. All clubs must be under the 2020 Salary Cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 18: All 2019 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

March 18: The 2020 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

The first day of the 2020 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 18. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 18.

 

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I don't ever recall the QB landscape being so much in flux

Brees, Brady, Rivers, Cam, Trubisky, Winston, Bridgewater, what does Miami do? Tannehill back in Tenn? The Colts? I could go on and on.....

 

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3 hours ago, bicycle_seat_sniffer said:

I don't ever recall the QB landscape being so much in flux

Brees, Brady, Rivers, Cam, Trubisky, Winston, Bridgewater, what does Miami do? Tannehill back in Tenn? The Colts? I could go on and on.....

 

If you're not first, you're last (or at least you should be trying to be)

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The Colts don't usually bother with high end free agents, preferring to build from the draft, but this year they should make an exception.  They should go after Amari Cooper, use the #13 pick on defense should one of the better QB prospects not fall to them, and then use the #34 pick on BPA.

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11 hours ago, JohnnyU said:

The Colts don't usually bother with high end free agents, preferring to build from the draft, but this year they should make an exception.  They should go after Amari Cooper, use the #13 pick on defense should one of the better QB prospects not fall to them, and then use the #34 pick on BPA.

I tend to agree.  A lot of talent on that team, I can see a couple more pieces getting them into the mix.

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22 hours ago, babydemon90 said:

There's no way the Cowboys let Cooper hit FA though, is there?

If I'm J Jones, I would make Dak and Jones the priority.  Cooper disappears some games.   

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The Chargers announced Philip Rivers will enter free agency.

"I've said before that Philip can still compete at a top-starter level and, in a perfect world, number 17 is your quarterback forever," GM Tom Telesco stated in his press release. "Obviously, we live in an imperfect world where the only constant is change." The Chargers have a lot of moving pieces to address this offseason, but Rivers was always expected to be on his way out given the circumstances. The veteran closes his 16-year tenure with the organization as the franchise's all-time leader in completions (4,908), passing yards (59,271), and passing touchdowns (397), having started every game for the Chargers since 2006. The Buccaneers and Colts have both popped up as potential landing spots for the 38-year-old signal-caller this offseason.

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I'm sure there are logistical reasons for the order, but I've always thought the NFL offseason was somewhat ### backwards. Why not have the draft first so everyone can get "the best players available".  Then to fill the remaining positional holes have the FA period follow it up. 

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11 minutes ago, Leroy Hoard said:

I'm sure there are logistical reasons for the order, but I've always thought the NFL offseason was somewhat ### backwards. Why not have the draft first so everyone can get "the best players available".  Then to fill the remaining positional holes have the FA period follow it up. 

Not sure the players union would like that strategy. Current players get first opportunity to get new contracts with teams more likely to react with the uncertainty of the draft looming. Otherwise teams could potentially “shore-up” needs with the draft and have a more complacent take on free agents. Just a guess.

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Will Browns Target Anthony Harris in Free Agency? Difficult to Imagine They Won't

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When introduced as the team's general manager, Andrew Berry said the Cleveland Browns would be aggressive acquiring talent. Without being specific in terms of how that will take shape, the Browns may not be throwing a ton of money around in free agency, but they will certainly pick their spots and try to add players that can help them. One player that could fit the mold perfectly is pending free agent safety Anthony Harris from the Minnesota Vikings. ...

Go to the link for the full read.

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From the FBG  news wire:

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 Browns | Cleveland likely to consider Jack Conklin    Thu Feb 20, 03:29 PM

Tennessee Titans impending free-agent OT Jack Conklin will likely receive interest from the Cleveland Browns in free agency, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jake Trotter.

 

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Jeremy Fowler@JFowlerESPN

Browns will not be re-signing Greg Robinson. Their first call in free agency should be to Jack Conklin, one of the most captivating free agents in the eyes of NFL sources. Time to adequately protect Baker.

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Fowler is making a suggestion and doesn't really understand the Browns are going to incorporate a brand new outside-zone blocking scheme.  Greg Robinson was not a fit and neither is Conklin.

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Brent Sobleski@brentsobleski

Signing Jack Conklin to a MASSIVE deal--which he'll demand on the open market because he's 1) 25 years old and 2) the best of a bad crop--then playing him in a scheme he's not particularly suited for doesn't seem like a good idea.

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