2015 NFL Free Agency Diary

  • Report: Bears To Sign Pass Rusher Pernell McPhee

    The Chicago Bears desperately need to improve their pass rush in 2015, and it looks like they'll be using a hefty chunk of free agency change to do so, according to BearReport's Aaron Leming. The former Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker is likely to play multiple positions for the Bears at both linebacker and defensive end.

    via Aaron Leming of BearReport.com
  • NFL Investigating Legal Tampering Period Conduct?

    Multiple outlets are reporting that the NFL circulated a league-wide memo on Monday morning, expressing the league office's displeasure on team conduct during the new legal tampering window.

    While the time period is meant to allow teams and players to begin negotiations, the league clearly feels that deals are being agreed upon before the actual start to the league year.

    via Adam Schefter on Twitter
  • Jaguars Adding Pieces To Their Offense

    The Jacksonville Jaguars entered the "legal tampering" part of free agency with the most money to spend of any team in the NFL.

    They are reportedly doing what they can to improve one of the league's worst offenses as they reportedly have agreements with former Denver Broncos Pro Bowl tight end Julius Thomas as well as former Dallas Cowboys swing lineman Jermey Parnell.

    Thomas will be the first legitimate mismatch the Jaguars have enjoyed on offense since the days of wide receiver Jimmy Smith. Thomas will likely play in the slot and is too fast for linebackers and too big to be covered by safeties.

    Parnell will step in and start, likely at right tackle for the Jaguars. Jacksonville had a revolving door there last year with undrafted veteran Austin Pasztor getting most of the snaps.

    Although the team had aspirations of landing high-profile, high-dollar free agents such as Ndamukong Suh and Randall Cobb, the Jaguars have bettered their offense and still have plenty of money to spend… all before free agency officially begins.
  • Dolphins Fighting Fire With Water

    Although the New England Patriots have clearly dominated all things AFC East for a decade and a half, the Miami Dolphins might finally have what it takes to be a legitimate contender (without benefiting from a season ending injury to Tom Brady).

    With Miami reportedly about to sign the jewel of this year's free agency class, Ndamukong Suh, they will now boast quite possibly the best defensive line in all of football.

    Suh joins stud pass rushers Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon, and even if Jared Odrick doesn't return, the Dolphins could have the most disruptive line in the NFL.

    Couple this with an improving offense under quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and you might think twice before filling out your playoff bracket in marker with New England coming out of the AFC East.
  • Report: A.J. Hawk Visiting the Cincinnati Bengals

    Former Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk is visiting the Cincinnati Bengals today, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

    The 31-year-old linebacker was a durable and productive member of the Packers defense, but never came close to living up to his status as the fifth overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft. He grew up in Centerville, OH, which is a mere hour drive from the Bengals' complex.

    via Adam Schefter of ESPN
  • Report: Patrick Willis Planning to Retire at Age 30

    San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis planning to retire, according to a report by Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports.

    The five-time All Pro has dealt with lingering injury issues and missed most of 2014, but his retirement comes as a shock to the NFL world at large and is another blow for a San Francisco 49ers team under transition in the post-Jim Harbaugh era.

    via Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports
  • Bears agree to $40 million deal with OLB McPhee

    Outside linebacker Pernell McPhee and the Chicago Bears agreed to a five-year, $40 million deal with $16 million guaranteed. The contract can be finalized Monday when NFL free agency officially begins.

    McPhee was one of the top outside linebackers available and the Bears, under the direction of first-year coordinator Vic Fangio, plan to transition to a 3-4 scheme as head coach John Fox makes over a porous defense.

    Fox said shoring up the front seven was a priority that helps everything else fall into place.

    In Carolina, he was able to draft Julius Peppers and in Denver, Fox nabbed Von Miller in the draft and prior to 2014 signed DeMarcus Ware.

    Chicago is well short of that kind of impact edge rusher but not for lack of trying. Just last season the Bears dipped into the pool of free agent pass rushers to hook LaMarr Houston and Jared Allen.

    McPhee, 26, was used as a versatile chess piece in Baltimore. The Ravens used him at outside linebacker and defensive end and even inside at tackle on occasion.

    Chicago traded wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Jets for a fifth-round pick -- the deal can be announced Tuesday -- but the Bears remain silent on the status of quarterback Jay Cutler, whose 2015 salary is guaranteed if he remains on the roster Thursday.