2016 NFL Free Agency Diary

  • Chiefs Agree To 3-Year Deal With Tamba Hali

    The Kansas City Chiefs have come to terms with free agent defensive end Tamba Hali in what is being reported as a three-year deal. 

    With the team already franchising safety Eric Berry, it was important to keep Hali in the fold as the 32-year old pass rusher was selected to his fifth Pro Bowl in 2015.  Hali and Justin Houston form one of the best pass rushing tandem's in the NFL.

    Look for the Chiefs to be outbid on the services of a few of their own defensive free agents.  Linebacker Derrick Johnson, cornerback Sean Smith and defensive tackle Jaye Howard will likely find more money elsewhere.
  • Report: Jaguars Come To Terms With Malik Jackson

    One of the biggest catches of free agency has apparently signed a deal with the team who has the most bait.

    The Jacksonville Jaguars have reportedly come to terms with former Denver Broncos defensive end Malik Jackson.

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    It was expected that the Broncos might lose Jackson when they couldn't come to terms with linebacker Von Miller and were forced to use the exclusive franchise tag on him.

    Jackson will reportedly become the fourth-highest paid defensive lineman in the NFL and he will help the Jaguars anemic pass rush immediately.

    He can line up outside on early downs and in obvious pass rush situations, Jackson can line up on the inside similar to how the Seattle Seahawks use Michael Bennett.

    The Jaguars had roughly $82.2 million worth of salary cap space entering free agency and no team could outbid them for anyone's services.

    This is probably a bigger gain for the Jaguars than it is a loss for the Broncos, as they still have pass rushers Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware in the fold.

    With Jackson and Dante Fowler added to the mix in 2016, the Jacksonville defense could take a major step forward.
  • Miami Dolphins Sign Mario Williams

    Update: The Miami Dolphins have agreed to a deal with former Bills and Texans defensive end Mario Williams.

     

    According to a report from Bleacher Report, the Miami Dolphins are close to a deal with free agent defensive end Mario Williams.

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    Assuming they come to terms, the Dolphins will have restructured their entire defensive line in the past few years as they made the biggest free agent splash last season signing defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

    The only problem with the line renovation is that the Dolphins defensive line was a team strength prior to the Suh signing, with Cameron Wake, Olivier Vernon and Jared Odrick.  Last season, the Miami offensive line significantly underperformed.

    If Miami decides to let go of Wake, there should be a significant market for his services, as well as for Olivier Vernon, who the Dolphins placed the franchise tag on.

    Mario Williams may have had the more productive career than Vernon up to this point, but he's four years older and it's usually not a wide move to get older at athletic positions.
  • Raiders Agree To Terms With Kelechi Osemele

    The Oakland Raiders have strengthened their interior offensive line as they have reportedly come to terms with former Baltimore Ravens guard Kelechi Osemele.  

    This move helps Oakland considerably as there's growing sentiment in the league that interior offensive and defensive linemen are becoming as important as offensive tackles due to how interior pressure affects the quarterback.

    The Raiders will still have to make a decision on free agent offensive tackle Donald Penn, who will be a hot commodity on the open market.

    The Ravens restructured quarterback Joe Flacco's contract in part to re-sign Osemele, but the Raiders offer which is rumored to be around $11 million per season was simply more than Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome was willing to play.

    Baltimore could next turn their focus toward Bills offensive guard Richie Incognito, who is turning into a hot commodity.

    Here is our list of the top available free agent offensive linemen.