The first stage of NFL free agency doesn’t kick off until noon ET — that’s when teams can begin discussing contract terms with the agents of players on the market — but teams are already re-signing players and making trades after last week’s franchise tag deadline came and went. Once the the new league year opens on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, deals can be made official.
Among the moves made so far: The Dallas Cowboys came to terms with quarterback Dak Prescott on a four-year extension; the New England Patriots re-signed quarterback Cam Newton to a one-year deal; running back Aaron Jones took a discounted deal to return to the Green Bay Packers; and the Buffalo Bills brought back three key players in linebacker Matt Milano and offensive linemen Daryl Williams and Jon Feliciano.
National NFL reporters Jeremy Fowler, Dan Graziano and Kevin Seifert are grading every big free-agent signing and trade for the next week, using our top 100 rankings as a guide. They’ll grade each move from the team’s perspective, using the contract terms, money numbers, player value and age, and history to assess the deal. Because the specific structure of contracts isn’t always known when a deal is announced, they might delay grading a move until they know more about the guaranteed money.
We’ll start with six moves, with the most recent grades at the top. This piece will continue to be updated.
Monday, March 14
Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers
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