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    NFL 2024 free agency: Latest news, signings, reports as legal tampering window opens

    NFL free agency is here! Stay updated with Yahoo Sports and learn everything you need to know right here.

    Fantasy reaction to NFL free agency

    What do all the moves mean from a fantasy perspective? Find out from Yahoo Sports’ fantasy experts with their live reactions right here.

    When does the ‘legal tampering’ period begin?

    The NFL’s “legal tampering” period begins today at noon ET and ends at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 13. During this 52-hour window, teams are allowed to contact and negotiate contracts with the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents in the new league year.

    Players not represented by an NFLPA certified contract advisor are permitted to communicate with teams’ front office officials regarding contract negotiations, but not the head coach or other members of the coaching staff.

    When does NFL free agency begin?

    NFL free agency begins Wednesday, March 13 at 4 p.m. ET, which is also the start of the NFL’s new league year.

    No contracts are allowed to be signed until after free agency officially begins.

    Who are the top free agents?

    Check out Yahoo Sports NFL writer Frank Schwab’s top 25 NFL free agents here.

    Check out Schwab’s top five free agents at each position here.

    What is the NFL salary cap this season?

    The salary cap is $255.4 million, a $30 million increase from 2023. Here’s Yahoo Sports’ Jori Epstein with an overarching look at the jump.

    How much cap space does each team have, and what are their needs?

    Check out our team-by-team NFL offseason primers, which hits on every franchise’s cap situation and where they need to spend the money.

    Which players received the NFL franchise tag?

    Eight players received the non-exclusive franchise tag, including: Tee Higgins, Cincinnati Bengals WR; L’Jarius Sneed, Kansas City Chiefs CB; Brian Burns, Carolina Panthers EDGE; Justin Madubuike, Baltimore Ravens DT; Antoine Winfield, Tampa Bay Buccaneers S; Josh Allen, Jacksonville Jaguars EDGE; Jaylon Johnson, Chicago Bears CB; and Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts WR

    Live15 updates

    • Report: Eagles circling pair of Giants free agents, including Saquon Barkley

    • Raiders RB Josh Jacobs appears headed for open market

      Josh Jacobs appears set to become a free agent despite the Raiders’ attempts to re-sign him, per ESPN.

    • Eagles, G Landon Dickerson agree to four-year contract extension

      The deal is worth $84M base, including $50M guaranteed, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

    • The Bengals franchise-tagged Tee Higgins last month, which prevented him from hitting free agency. He’s expected to earn $21.8 million this season on the tag.

      Higgins, 25, has 3,684 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns in 58 career games with the Bengals. They drafted him in the second round out of Clemson in 2020, and since then he’s formed a great connection with quarterback Joe Burrow and fellow wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase.

      However, Higgins’ 2023 season wasn’t his best. He missed five games due to injury, which limited him to 42 receptions for 656 yards and 5 touchdowns — a steep drop from his first three seasons, which were extremely productive. (For example, Higgins had 74 catches for 1,029 yards and seven touchdowns in 2022.)

      Read more

    • When the Denver Broncos and Russell Wilson publicized their divorce last week, speculation ran wild on where the aging nine-time Pro Bowl quarterback would land.

      The Las Vegas Raiders headlined a Yahoo Sports poll of quarterback agents and league executives’ predictions.

      But the one quarterback agent, who overachieved and ranked three top guesses, waited to mention the Raiders until third.

      The agent slotted the Atlanta Falcons second.

      And the Pittsburgh Steelers, in what now seems prescient, ranked first.

      “Obvious need and a playoff team,” the agent texted six days before Wilson and the NFL tweeted apparent confirmations. “This is his best shot to start and have [a] competitive team.”

      Read more here

    • Bucs agree to terms with K Chase McLaughlin

    • Kirk Cousins watch begins

      Kirk Cousins, the top QB on the free-agent market, will start discussions with the Falcons as soon as the legal tampering window opens, according to The Athletic’s Dianna Russini.

    • Report: Legatron returning to Jets on a 2-year deal

      Greg Zuerlein is re-signing with the Jets for $8.4 million according to NFL Network:

    • Report: Bengals WR Tee Higgins requests trade

      Tee Higgins received the franchise tag from the Bengals, but is now reportedly requesting a trade:

    • C Mike Morse reportedly signs two-year deal with Jaguars

      The Jacksonville Jaguars are reportedly signing center Mike Morse to a two-year, $10.5 million contract.

    • Colts, LB Zaire Franklin reportedly agree to 3-year extension

      Bright and early Monday morning, the Indianapolis Colts and linebacker Zaire Franklin reportedly agreed to a three-year, $31.26 extension.

    • Incredible artwork as always from our graphics team 💪

    • Free agency rankings, featuring Russell Wilson and other big names

      Russell Wilson was one of the biggest names in free agency, and now he’s off the board.

      Check out where he ranked in Yahoo Sports NFL writer Frank Schwab’s free-agent rankings, including:

      Top 25 NFL free agents overall

      Top 5 free-agent quarterbacks

      NFL 2024 free-agent rankings hub

      Russell Wilson is Pittsburgh-bound. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

      Russell Wilson is Pittsburgh-bound. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

    • Russell Wilson’s first NFL stop was phenomenal, as he played at a near Hall of Fame level for the Seattle Seahawks. Then Wilson’s two seasons with the Denver Broncos went so poorly, it will go down among the worst trades and contracts in NFL history.

      We’ll see what the third act brings.

      Read more here

    • Russell Wilson announces he’s signing with Steelers

      Have we got a whopper for you to open our NFL free agency tracker

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