NFL free agency in full swing, Brady joins Arians in Tampa Bay

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Ole Olafson, Reporter

With basically all of our college and professional sports either cancelled or postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Professional Wrestling the National Football League (NFL) are the only sports proceeding as scheduled.

On Mar. 18, at 4:00 p.m. ET, the new NFL season officially began and all 2019 player contracts expired.  This is when the free agency and trading period begins and teams can trade or cut players whose contracts have expired and who are not protected with a “franchise tag”, which keeps them from moving to another team.

Free agency is an opportunity for players to sign more lucrative deals or find a team that they feel is a better fit for them.  It also allows teams to add depth or improve their rosters.

Every season, a few big-name players get traded or change teams during this period and this year was no exception.

The website spotrac presents all the moves so far this season in an easy to read and understand list which is sortable in several ways.  Here’s a few of the biggest free-agent moves to this point, by position.

Quarterback:

Four-time Super Bowl MVP and one of the greatest players of all time, Tom Brady, left the team he’s been the face of for 20 years to join former Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians in Tampa Bay.  Brady signed up with the Buccaneers for $50 M over two years, ensuring he will play until at least age 45.

Another veteran QB, Philip Rivers, left the San Diego/L.A. Chargers behind after starting every game for the last 14 seasons.  Rivers, like Brady, will make $25 M per year, but only signed a one-year deal with Indianapolis.

Former Viking and now former Saint, Teddy Bridgewater signed a three year deal worth $63 M to replace Cam Newton in Carolina.

Running Back:

Speaking of the Chargers – Melvin Gordon wrapped up a career marred by injury and a high-profile contract dispute to sign with Denver for $16 M over two years.

Jordan Howard goes from Philadelphia to Miami and Todd Gurley only lasted one day after getting cut by the other L.A. football team before signing a one year deal with Atlanta for $6 M.

Wide Receiver:

Robby Anderson will now be catching passes from Bridgewater as he signed a two-year contract worth $20 M with Carolina.

Randall Cobb got paid $27 M over three years for moving from Dallas to Houston.

Emmanuel Sanders is on the move again.  After being traded from Denver to San Francisco last season, Sanders is now a Saint after signing with New Orleans for two years and $16 M.

It looks like Breshad Perriman will replace Anderson in New York as he signed a one year deal with the Jets for $8 M.

Tight End:

A few tight ends signed for wide receiver type money so for in free agency.

Former Falcon, Austin Hooper became a Cleveland Brown and gots paid $42 M over the next four years.

Jimmy Graham left the Packers to sign with division rival Chicago for $16 M over two years.

Tyler Eifert signed a $15.5 M contract for two years with Jacksonville.

13-year NFL veteran Greg Olson is now a Seahawk and Eric Ebron makes the move from Indy to Pittsburgh for $7 M and $6 M per year, respectively.