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We’re keeping track of all of the news and rumors about this year’s crop of free agents.

Free agency is almost upon us. That means it’s time to try to keep up with all of the rumors about where the best players are going to land this offseason.

Kirk Cousins is next in line to become the highest-paid player in NFL history. Teams will be lining up to outbid each other on the open market to land the hottest name in free agency this year.

Cousins is the main free agent people want to talk about. But he isn’t our No. 1 ranked free agent. That honor belongs to Le’Veon Bell, the best running back in the league and arguably the most versatile. He would’ve been at the top of many teams’ wish lists — alas, the Steelers are expected to give him the franchise tag for the second straight year.

The Seahawks could look a lot different next year. Michael Bennett was traded to the Eagles and now rumors are swirling about Richard Sherman.

The trade rumor mill is also heating up at this time of year. The Miami Dolphins waited less than a day to franchise tag receiver Jarvis Landry, but they could end up trading him instead.

The legal tampering period starts on March 12 and wraps up on March 14 at 4 p.m. ET. That’s when the 2018 league year starts and teams can start officially inking new deals with players.

As the free agency and trade rumors start to fly, we’ll keep track of everything you need to know right here.

Free agency rumors

March 9

March 8

March 7

  • After trading Michael Bennett, the Seahawks will soon part ways with Richard Sherman, letting him hit free agency. Seattle would be open to bringing him back on a cheaper deal, according to NFL Network’s Mike Silver.
  • The Patriots cut Martellus Bennett, giving tight end-needy teams another option in free agency.
  • While the Seahawks continue to remake their defense, free agent linebacker Brian Cushing is visiting Seattle.
  • The Bengals want to re-sign DE Chris Smith in free agency.
  • Don’t expect the Broncos to get into a bidding war for Kirk Cousins.
  • The Falcons are not expected to bring back DE Adrian Clayborn.
  • Free agent DT Chris Baker visited the Bengals, and the Bengals signed him.
  • The Bucs picked up the options for S Chris Conte, OT Demar Dotson, and DB Josh Robinson, keeping them off the FA market.

March 6

March 5

  • Former Packers cornerback Sam Shields is attempting a comeback and will start meeting with teams. One of those teams is the Browns.
  • If any team is looking for a kicker, it won’t be able to sign Matt Bryant. The 42-year-old re-upped with the Falcons for three years.
  • The Panthers will likely use their franchise tag on kicker Graham Gano if they can’t agree to a long-term deal.
  • The Rams are trying to decide whether to apply the franchise tag to Sammy Watkins or safety Lamarcus Joyner. That means that whichever player doesn’t get tagged will hit the market.
  • Jimmy Graham’s time in Seattle is probably done. One of the teams interested in him is his old team, the Saints.
  • Muhammad Wilkerson’s first visit is expected to be with the Packers.
  • The Bears are not expected to use the franchise tag on cornerback Kyle Fuller, though he wants to return to Chicago.
  • Trumaine Johnson is reportedly choosing between the Raiders and 49ers.
  • The Giants are eyeing cornerback Patrick Robinson.
  • The Jaguars are more likely to keep Marqise Lee than Allen Robinson.
  • The Steelers will likely give Le’Veon Bell the franchise tag before the March 6 deadline.
  • Hue Jackson still wants to bring AJ McCarron to the Browns (in addition to drafting a quarterback in the first round).
  • The Jaguars, Panthers, and Dolphins are all expected to be on the hunt for another quarterback in free agency.
  • Case Keenum could be the backup plan for whichever team misses out on Kirk Cousins.
  • The Eagles are set lose DT Beau Allen, LB Nigel Bradham and TE Trey Burton, but their chances are good for keeping DE Chris Long.
  • The Lions aren’t planning for center Travis Swanson to return.

March 4

  • It’s a busy day for Jets rumors. New York would like to hold on to Morris Claiborne, but they’re not close to a deal. The Jets also are one of what will surely be many teams that have an eye on pending free agent Malcolm Butler.
  • The Jets may not re-sign middle linebacker Demario Davis, who reportedly wants upwards of $8 million per year. They’re prepared to let him hit free agency if he doesn’t bring that price down, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini.
  • The Jets are worried that the Vikings will win the battle for Kirk Cousins. They can outbid the Vikings, but the team is concerned that Cousins just wants to play for the Vikings.

March 3

  • Adam Schefter reported that the four finalists for Kirk Cousins are the Broncos, Cardinals, Jets, and Vikings.
  • The Steelers are feeling good about their chances to re-sign Le’Veon Bell.
  • Center Weston Richburg has a very healthy market for his services.
  • Trey Burton is not expected to return to the Eagles. Luckily for the tight end, he has as many as 16 teams interested in him.
  • The Jets and Dolphins are coming after center Travis Swanson the hardest.
  • One free agent is already off the market. Former Panthers safety Kurt Coleman is staying in the NFC South, agreeing to a three-year deal with the Saints.

March 2

  • The Broncos are looking to sign a No. 3 cornerback, another sign that Aqib Talib will soon be out of Denver.
  • The Vikings want to bring back DT Tom Johnson but play him fewer snaps.
  • The Falcons have been linked to tight end Ed Dickson, who has spent the past four seasons in the NFC South with the Panthers.
  • If the Giants want to re-sign D.J. Fluker, they’ll have plenty of competition.
  • Marvin Lewis wants center Russell Bodine to re-sign with the Bengals.
  • The Patriots might try to bring Dion Lewis back, but they’d have to pony up. The running back will be highly sought-after once free agency begins.
  • Kurt Coleman met with the Bengals in Indianapolis.
  • Seahawks GM John Schneider said the team doesn’t plan to use the franchise tag on Sheldon Richardson, at least as of right now.
  • A new deal between the Saints and Drew Brees should be done soon.
  • Cornerback Patrick Robinson is drawing interest from the Raiders and Cardinals.
  • Frank Gore says he’s healthy and wants to play for a contender.
  • The Dolphins are looking at free agent center Travis Swanson.

March 1

  • A new report from Yahoo’s Charles Robinson says the Broncos are “all-in” on Kirk Cousins.
  • The Lions want to bring back RB Zach Zenner, just not with an RFA tender.
  • Dion Lewis will be a hot commodity for teams, like the Texans, Jets, and 49ers, looking for veteran RB help.
  • Cornerback Morris Claiborne will get lot of attention — as many as 10 teams could be after him — once free agency rolls around.
  • Days after he was released by the Panthers, Kurt Coleman dined with Saints officials. The Giants and Bills could also give the soon-to-be 30-year-old safety a look.
  • The Ravens have their eye on Frank Gore. The Browns could also be interested in the veteran RB.
  • The Saints are going to let safety Kenny Vaccaro walk.
  • Orleans Darkwa might not have to move. The Jets are showing interest in the Giants free agent RB.
  • The Bengals are keeping their options open for finding a backup QB to replace AJ McCarron.
  • Austin Seferian-Jenkins is reportedly looking for a $7 million payday. The tight end is expected to meet with the Jets soon.
  • The Bengals want to keep tight end Tyler Eifert around, but they know he’ll receive interest from other teams if he hits free agency.
  • Sean Payton isn’t worried about the Saints’ negotiations with Drew Brees. Like, at all.
  • Don’t expect Albert Wilson to re-sign with the Chiefs. When asked if the Chiefs planned to retain him, GM Brett Veach hinted that Wilson might land in Chicago with former Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy.
  • Anthony Lynn said the Chargers still have a role for veteran tight end Antonio Gates, if he decides to keep playing.
  • Nate Solder does not plan to retire. He hasn’t begun negotiating with the Patriots, but still may before free agency begins.
  • John Lynch says that contract talks with Carlos Hyde are “ongoing,” but that he “wouldn’t say anything is imminent there.”
  • Mike Zimmer says Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater, and Sam Bradford are all options at quarterback for the Vikings, though Zimmer doesn’t sound too sold on Keenum.
  • Kirk Cousins might be looking for a shorter deal — with a lot of guaranteed money.
  • The Giants could go after kicker Graham Gano in free agency, but the Panthers consider keeping him “a high priority.”
  • Danny Amendola said he wants to return to the Patriots, but they’ll have to give him a good offer.
  • T.J. Jones is coming off his best year with the Lions, but they won’t tender the wide receiver a restricted free agent offer.
  • Ron Rivera acknowledged that it won’t be easy for the Panthers to keep guard Andrew Norwell, who is set to earn a big payday on the free agent market.
  • Bills GM Brandon Beane said he thinks defensive tackle Kyle Williams plans to keep playing — and Buffalo wants him to return if he does.
  • The Packers have expressed interest in bringing back veteran tight end Richard Rodgers.
  • The Eagles and cornerback Patrick Robinson have talked about a long-term deal.

Feb. 28

Feb. 27

  • Teddy Bridgewater is expected to hit free agency, per Ian Rapoport. Meanwhile, the Kirk Cousins to the Vikings speculation heats up.
  • The Bills hosted free agent running back Chris Ivory, a few days after he was released by the Jaguars. Ivory followed that up with a visit to the Browns, according to Rapoport.
  • The Jets could be interested in former Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler — for the right price, according to Calvin Watkins of Newsday.

Feb. 26

  • Pending free agent Tyler Eifert underwent micro-disc surgery last year, and he’s been cleared to participate in OTAs and beyond, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
  • The Jaguars are planning to hold on to Allen Robinson now that they’ve cleared up some cap space by cutting Chris Ivory and extending Blake Bortles, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
  • This year’s draft class is light on blocking tight ends, which will make players like Darren Fells, Virgil Green, and Lee Smith hotter commodities in free agency, per Rapoport.
  • The Vikings aren’t expected to franchise tag Case Keenum, per Rapoport. That heats up the quarterback market and leaves the Vikings with the choice of either retaining Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Bradford or joining the free agency fray.
  • The Vikings will be in the running to land Kirk Cousins. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo insists that’s the team’s plan, and his colleague Ian Rapoport agrees.
  • The Bills signed free agent cornerback Vontae Davis, who also visited with the 49ers, Raiders, Dolphins, and Browns.

Feb. 23

  • Martellus Bennett could be cut by the Patriots before they have to pay him a $2 million roster bonus on March 14. Even though Bennett considered retirement last year, he wants to keep playing, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. So he’ll either stay with the Pats or end up on the free agent market.

Feb. 22

  • The Panthers aren’t likely to tag guard Andrew Norwell because of the cost, so he’ll hit free agency, according to Ian Rapoport. They could tag kicker Graham Gano instead.
  • The Seahawks want to keep Sheldon Richardson around, but they’re not planning to tag him, according to Rapoport.

Feb. 21

  • The Jaguars are not expected to re-sign cornerback Aaron Colvin and will let him hit free agency, according to Pro Football Talk’s Charean Williams.
  • Free agent cornerback Vontae Davis, who was cut by the Colts last season, has met with the Bills, Browns, 49ers, and Raiders. Up next is the Dolphins.

Feb. 20

  • The Jets are reportedly willing to take on a $60 million cap hit for Cousins in 2018 as part of a five-year, $150 million deal, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post.

Feb. 16

  • AJ McCarron won his grievance against the Bengals and will enter the league year as an unrestricted free agent.

Feb. 4

  • Washington is considering using the franchise tag on Cousins, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. If it does, the Washington Post’s Kimberley A. Martin says he is expected to file a grievance with the NFLPA on the grounds that Washington has no good faith intention of working out a long-term deal.

Trade rumors

March 8

  • The Broncos have talked to the Patriots and 49ers about dealing cornerback Aqib Talib.

March 7

March 6

March 5

  • The Seahawks are likely to trade Michael Bennett and keep Earl Thomas, according to Ian Rapoport.
  • The Bears and Ravens have reached out about Jarvis Landry, though a deal is not close.
  • Peter King says the Eagles have received a “respectable” offer for Nick Foles, but nothing is imminent.
  • ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported the Eagles have more than one offer for Foles, but it’ll take more than a first- and fourth-round pick to get a deal done.

March 4

  • Longtime Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is on the Atlanta Falcons’ radar, according to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure.
  • The Eagles are willing to deal Super Bowl 52 MVP Nick Foles, and the Vikings might be interested.
  • The Eagles also may be willing to deal DE Vinny Curry. They’re trying to restructure his deal, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. If they can’t work something out, he could be available for trade or cut outright.

March 3

  • There was a rumor that the Dolphins and Bears were talking about a trade involving Jarvis Landry and Jordan Howard, but Ian Rapoport shot it down.

March 2

March 1

  • The Seahawks are open to trading defensive end Michael Bennett.
  • Don’t expect Richard Sherman trade rumors this year. After his Achilles surgery this offseason, he wouldn’t be able to pass a physical for a while, according to Ian Rapoport.
  • The Dolphins gave Jarvis Landry permission to seek a trade, per Rapoport.

Feb. 28

Feb. 27

  • Stephen Jones said the Cowboys will probably either cut or trade cornerback Orlando Scandrick.
  • The Dolphins shouldn’t expect to get much in return for Jarvis Landry if they do trade him. They would be willing to accept a second- or third-round pick, or a “player,” according to the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero.

Feb. 20

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