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2019 NFL free agency tracker: Patriots rumors, news, signings, instant analysis

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Make sure to stay up-to-date with all of New England’s transactions and rumors.

On March 13, the NFL’s new league year will officially begin and with it the 2019 free agency period. The New England Patriots project to be rather busy given a) their lengthy list of players headed for the open market and, b) the ever-present need to infuse youth and talent into a roster that won the Super Bowl just last month. Expect quite a lot to be going on the next few days as reports will start to come in.

Especially after the legal tampering window opens on Monday, March 11, things will start to heat up around the league — and in order to not get lost, we have created this tracker to keep you up-to-date on all the latest developments, rumors and news.

Patriots unrestricted free agents

P Ryan Allen: Profile | Status: Re-signed by Patriots (1-year, $1.6MM)

DT Malcom Brown: Profile | Status: Signed by Saints (3-year, $15MM)

OT Trent Brown: Profile | Status: Signed by Raiders (4-year, $66MM)

WR Phillip Dorsett: Profile | Status: Re-signed by Patriots (1-year, $2.6MM)

DE Trey Flowers: Profile | Status: Signed by Lions (5-year, $90MM)

K Stephen Gostkowski: Profile | Status: Re-signed by Patriots (2-year, $8.5MM)

RB Jeremy Hill: Profile | Status: TBD

WR Chris Hogan: Profile | Status: Signed by Panthers (1-year, $1.45MM)

LB Ramon Humber: Profile | Status: TBD

OT Ulrick John: Profile | Status: TBD

LB Albert McClellan: Profile | Status: TBD

CB Jason McCourty: Profile | Status: Re-signed by Patriots (2-year, $10MM)

WR Cordarrelle Patterson: Profile | Status: Signed by Bears (2-year, $10MM)

CB Eric Rowe: Profile | Status: Signed by Dolphins (1-year, $3.5MM)

DT Danny Shelton: Profile | Status: TBD

DE John Simon: Profile | Status: Re-signed by Patriots (2-year, $7.2MM)

OT LaAdrian Waddle: Profile | Status: Signed by Bills (1-year, $2.0MM)


Patriots restricted free agents

CB Jonathan Jones: Profile | Status: Tendered by Patriots (2nd-round level, $3.095MM)

WR Josh Gordon: suspended | Status: Tendered by Patriots (original-round level, $2.025MM)


Patriots exclusive rights free agents

WR Cody Hollister: Profile | Status: Not tendered by Patriots


Patriots acquisitions

DE Michael Bennett: via trade from Eagles

RB Brandon Bolden: Signed to free agency contract (2-year, $4.7MM)

WR Bruce Ellington: Signed to free agency contract (1-year, $895K)

FS Terrence Brooks: Signed to free agency contract (2-year, $4MM)

WR Maurice Harris: Signed to free agency contract (1-year, $1MM)

DT Mike Pennel: Signed to free agency contract (2-year, $5MM)

TE Matt LaCosse: Signed to free agency contract (2-year, $4.8MM)

OT Cedrick Lang: Signed to free agency contract (1-year, $500k)

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins: Signed to free agency contract (1-year, $895k)

WR Demaryius Thomas: Signed to free agency contract (1-year, $2.9MM)

DE Nick Thurman: Signed to free agency contract

DE Shilique Calhoun: Signed to free agency contract


News and rumors

February 13

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION Patriots re-sign offensive lineman Brian Schwenke to a one-year, $895,000 contract. (link)

February 18

Trent Brown would “love” to return to the Patriots. (link)

February 27

Free agent wide receiver Golden Tate “would love” to catch passes from Tom Brady. (link)

March 1

The Miami Dolphins are reportedly the front runners to get Trey Flowers. (link)

Phillip Dorsett reportedly had talks with Patriots, but will test free agency. (link)

Chris Hogan is projected to generate a “decent” market; Patriots in talks with him. (link)

The Brandon Graham extension is excellent news for Trey Flowers. (link)

The Patriots defensive tackles should test free agency. (link)

March 2

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION Patriots release tight end Dwayne Allen. (link)

March 4

Trey Flowers has minor surgery; rumored to “get $14-17M” in free agency. (link)

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION Patriots release wide receiver Darren Andrews. (link)

Five defenders get the franchise tag; Trey Flowers not among them. (link)

March 5

Trey Flowers is among 17 Patriots to enter free agency after the club doesn’t use the franchise tag. (link)

March 6

An Antonio Brown trade could happen this week, but don’t count on the Patriots’ involvement. (link)

Dwayne Allen generates plenty of interest in free agency; a return to the Patriots is not off the table. (link)

The Cleveland Browns release Jamie Collins, but don’t get your hopes up for a Patriots reunion. (link)

March 8

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION The Patriots acquire Eagles defensive edge Michel Bennett via trade. (link)

Ex-Patriot Martellus Bennett wants to come out of retirement to be reunited with his brother in New England. (link)

The Dolphins release former Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola. (link)

March 9

The Dolphins sign former Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen. (link)

March 10

The Antonio Brown saga is over: the Steelers traded him to the Oakland Raiders. (link)

The Kansas City Chiefs release edge defender Justin Houston; could the Patriots be interested in him? (link)

March 11

There is mutual interest in a reunion between the Patriots and Danny Amendola. (link)

Danny Amendola is expected to sign with the Detroit Lions. (link)

Trent Brown “should go off the board quickly” as one of the top free agents on the market. (link)

Trey Flowers might get up $18 million per year on the open market. (link)

The Patriots have been in talks with John Simon, but he could get “too pricey” an option. (link)

Trent Brown is one of the Oakland Raiders’ free agency priorities. (link)

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION Trent Brown will sign a four-year, $66.0 million contract with the Raiders. (link)

The Buffalo Bills have had discussions with Trey Flowers. (link)

Rob Gronkowski hasn’t told his agent if he’s going to play in 2019. (link)

Former Patriots defensive back Justin Coleman signs a massive 4-year, $36 million contract with the Detroit Lions as the highest-paid nickelback in the NFL. (link)

Washington re-sets the safety market by inking former New York Giants S Landon Collins to a 6-year, $84 million contract ($14mm APY). (link)

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION Trey Flowers intends to sign with the Detroit Lions. (link)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded WR DeSean Jackson back to the Philadelphia Eagles, removing another potential receiver off the board. (link)

Potential Patriots target Adam Humphries will join the Tennessee Titans, meaning that another top wide receiver is no longer available. They reportedly were in the race all day, but Humphries ultimately decided to go to Tennessee. (link)

The Chiefs picked up safety Tyrann Mathieu on a three-year, $42 million contract. (link)

Another wide receiver is off the market: the Indianapolis Colts are signing Devin Funchess on a one-year, $13 million contract — a massive deal for a player of his caliber. (link)

March 12

Michael Bennett doesn’t see his brother coming out of retirement to join him in New England. (link)

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION New England places the second-round tender on restricted free agent cornerback Jonathan Jones. (link)

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION New England places the original-round tender on restricted free agent wide receiver Josh Gordon. When he comes out of his suspension, a team acquiring the wideout would have to pay the Patriots a second-round pick if an incoming offer was not matched. (link)

The New York Jets are signing the top free agent linebacker on the market, and bring C.J. Mosley in on a five-year, $85 million contract. (link)

Danny Shelton has two visits scheduled for this week. (link)

Another free agent wide receiver is off the market, as John Brown signs a 3-year, $27 million deal with the Bills. (link)

And another wide receiver is gone: the Bills sign Cole Beasley to a 4-year, $29 million contract. (link)

The Patriots stay involved in talks with Phillip Dorsett about a potential return. (link)

The five-year deals the Lions gave Trey Flowers is worth a total of $90 million with $40 million guaranteed at signing. (link)

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION Cordarrelle Patterson signs a two-year, $10 million deal with the Chicago Bears. (link)

March 13

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION Eric Rowe signs a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Miami Dolphins. (link)

The Patriots have maintained a “level of interest” in bringing Jason McCourty back. (link)

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION The Patriots will re-sign John Simon on a two-year contract. (link)

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION New England signs running back Brandon Bolden. (link)

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION New England re-signs cornerback Jason McCourty on a two-year deal. (link)

New England had conversations with Steelers defender Anthony Chickillo but he opted to stay in Pittsburgh. (link)

The Patriots are reportedly interested in tight end Jared Cook. (link)

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION New England does not tender exclusive rights free agent Cody Hollister, making him a free agent.

New England inquires about free agent defensive edge Brandon Copeland. (link)

Miami had discussions about LaAdrian Waddle but nothing came from them. (link)

Jared Cook’s first free agency visit will not be with New England but with the New Orleans Saints. (link)

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION New England picks up Matthew Slater’s $400,000 contract option, keeping him around for 2019. (link)

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION New England re-signs wide receiver Phillip Dorsett. (link)

March 14

Ex-Chiefs defensive tackle Allen Bailey is visiting the Patriots today. (link)

Ex-Broncos tight end Matt LaCosse is visiting the Patriots today. (link)

Patriots free agent wide receiver Chris Hogan is visiting the New York Giants today. The Giants just traded away Odell Beckham Jr. and have no depth at the position, while Hogan’s wife is a doctor on Long Island. Hogan would commute between Foxborough and Long Island on a regular basis, so signing with the Giants would make a lot of sense from a work-life balance standpoint. Hogan is expected to only be interested in teams in a certain radius of Long Island. (link)

Ex-Washington wide receiver Maurice Harris is visiting the Patriots today. The 6’3, 200-pound Harris had 28 catches for 304 yards as a slot receiver in 2018. He was scheduled to be a restricted free agent, but Washington declined to tender Harris, which means that he would not count against the Patriots’ compensatory draft picks in 2020. (link)

Ex-Lions wide receiver Bruce Ellington is also visiting with the Patriots today. Ellington was released by the Lions and would not count against any compensatory calculations. (link)

New England is reportedly among the team interested in Golden Tate, whose market is expected to pick up in the upcoming days. (link)

Patriots are interested in bringing back free agent tackle LaAdrian Waddle. (link)

New England is among teams showing interest in Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Darius Philon. (link)

New Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley says that the Patriots were one of the three finalists for his services, with his former team (the Dallas Cowboys) as the third franchise. New England is really trying to sign a slot receiver. (link)

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION The Saints sign Patriots free agent Malcom Brown to a three-year, $15 million contract. (link)

With Brown going to New Orleans, the Patriots are interested in bringing back defensive tackle Danny Shelton. (link)

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION New England signs wide receiver Bruce Ellington, who was previously in town for a visit. (link)

New England will not pick up free agent wide receiver Golden Tate, who signed a four-year deal with the Giants. (link)

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION New England signs special teams safety Terrence Brooks to a two-year deal. (link)

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION New England signs wide receiver Maurice Harris to a contract. (link)

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION New England signs defensive tackle Mike Pennel to a contract. (link)

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION New England signs tight end Matt Lacosse to a contract. (link)

The Patriots worked out defensive tackle Bennie Logan. (link)

March 15

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION The Patriots have released defensive end Adrian Clayborn. (link)

Danny Shelton will visit the Cincinnati Bengals — his role as a run-stuffing defensive tackle in New England’s defense might have been taken over by free agency acquisition Mike Pennel. (link)

March 16

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION The Buffalo Bills have signed offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle to a one-year deal. (link)

March 18

Patriots are showing interest in former Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jordy Nelson. (link)

March 19

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION The Patriots re-sign punter Ryan Allen. (link)

March 24

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION Rob Gronkowski announces his retirement from the NFL. (link)

April 1

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION The Patriots sign free agent offensive tackle Cedrick Lang. (link)

April 9

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION The Patriots re-sign kicker Stephen Gostkowski. (link)

April 10

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION The Patriots sign free agent tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. (link)

April 12

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION The Panthers sign Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan to a one-year, $1.45 million contract. (link)

April 17

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION The Panthers sign former Broncos and Texans wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to a one-year, $2.9 million contract. (link)

April 5

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION The Patriots sign free agent defensive edge Nick Thurman. (link)

PATRIOTS TRANSACTION The Patriots sign free agent defensive edge/linebacker Shilique Calhoun. (link)


Patriots salary cap space

$14,537,247 (per Miguel Benzan)