Recapping Day 4 of NFL Free Agency

New York Giants WR Darius Slayton
New York Giants WR Darius Slayton
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NFL Offseason - As NFL free agency rolls on, check in all afternoon for the latest on signings, cuts, trades, and other headlines.

7:30 p.m. EST: Chicago Bears Sign Panthers RB D'Onta Foreman

The Chicago Bears have signed former Carolina Panthers running back D'Onta Foreman on a one-year deal worth $3 million, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Foreman's year with the Carolina Panthers saw career highs in volume. On 203 carries, he posted 914 rushing yards and five touchdowns, leading Carolina in both categories.  Foreman finished 28th among running backs in DYAR and 27th in DVOA. 

7:17 p.m. EST: Philadelphia Eagles Extend CB Darius Slay After Speculation on Release

The Philadelphia Eagles and cornerback Darius Slay have reached an agreement on a two-year extension that will keep Slay in Philadelphia through 2025, according to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Slay's deal is for $42 million with $23 million in guarantees, per Rapoport.

The news comes a day after Slay was reportedly released. While the release was planned, it was never officially filed. Slay and the Eagles were able to reach an agreement to keep him with the team.

5:44 p.m. EST: Indianapolis Colts Sign Former Eagles QB Gardner Minshew

The Indianapolis Colts have secured their backup quarterback in former Philadelphia Eagle Gardner Minshew, according to a report from NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Minshew appeared in five games for the Eagles, starting two. He finished 44-for-76 for 663 yards and three touchdowns, good for a 133 DYAR and 17.0% DVOA. 

5:03 p.m. EST: Chicago Bears, New England Patriots Release QBs

According to ESPN's Field Yates, two teams have moved on from backup quarterbacks. The Chicago Bears have released Trevor Siemian, and the New England Patriots released Brian Hoyer.

4:48 p.m. EST: New York Giants Re-Sign WR Darius Slayton

The New York Giants have reached an agreement to bring back wide receiver Darius Slayton, according to a report from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. The deal is two years with a base value of $12 million and a maximum value of $16.5 million, per Garafolo.

The Giants drafted Slayton in the fifth round of 2019. In 2022, Slayton led the Giants with 724 receiving yards. He finished the season with 148 receiving DYAR and 13.5% DVOA, 26th and 16th respectively. Both ranks are the highest of Slayton's career thus far.

3:02 p.m. EST: Seattle Seahawks Sign Lions C/G Evan Brown

The Seattle Seahawks are signing former Detroit Lions interior offensive lineman Evan Brown, according to a report from NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Brown has started 24 games in the last two seasons for the Lions. Over that span, he posted a 2.2% blown block rate. In 2022, Brown allowed just one sack, according to Sports Info Solutions.

2:55 p.m. EST: Chicago Bears Sign DT Andrew Billings

The Chicago Bears and former Las Vegas Raiders defensive tackle Andrew Billings have agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract, according to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Billings spent one season with the Raiders, starting 14 games for Las Vegas in 2022. Billings accrued 40 tackles, five tackles for loss, and 1.0 sack during the 2022 season. 

1:30 p.m. EST: New York Giants Sign Colts WR Parris Campbell

The New York Giants have agreed to a one-year deal with former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Parris Campbell, according to a report from The Score's Jordan Schultz. Additional Reporting from New York Daily News' Pat Leonard noted Campbell's deal is worth up to $6.7 million with $1.5 million in guarantees.

The Colts drafted Campbell in the second round of 2019, not becoming a full-time starting receiver until 2022. Last year, Campbell caught 63 passes on 91 targets for 623 yards and three touchdowns, leading all qualifying Colts receivers in DYAR and DVOA. However, his 31 DYAR ranked 62nd among 85 receivers, while his minus-8.4% DVOA ranked 65th.

12:48 p.m. Miami Dolphins Sign Jets WR Braxton Berrios

The Miami Dolphins have signed former New York Jets wide receiver and special teamer Braxton Berrios to a one-year contract, according to a report from The Athletic's Jeff Howe.

Berrios spent the last four seasons with the Jets, appearing in 65 games. In 2022, Berrios caught 18 passes on 32 targets for 145 yards. He also served as the team's main returner, fielding 21 punt returns and 26 kick returns in 2022. 

11:17 a.m. EST: Pittsburgh Steelers Cut LB Myles Jack

The Pittsburgh Steelers are releasing linebacker Myles Jack, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Jack spent one year with the Steelers, accruing 104 tackles and three tackles for loss over 15 games.

10:58 a.m. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sign Broncos RB Chase Edmonds

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed former Denver Broncos running back Chase Edmonds, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Broncos traded for Edmonds mid-season as part of a deal sending Bradley Chubb to the Miami Dolphins. Across the Dolphins and Broncos, Edmonds rushed for 245 yards on 68 attempts, caught 16 receptions on 24 targets for 157 yards, and scored three combined touchdowns. 

10:31 a.m. EST: New England Patriots Sign LB Mack Wilson

The New England Patriots have agreed to a deal with linebacker Mack Wilson, according to a report from OBR's Brad Stainbrook.

The Patriots acquired Wilson from the Cleveland Browns in a trade for defensive end Chase Winovich. Wilson appeared in all 17 games for New England last year, accruing 36 tackles and 1.5 sacks. 


4 comments, Last at 19 Mar 2023, 1:26pm

#4 by Theo // Mar 19, 2023 - 1:24pm

I remember asking the FO podcast how the Steelers were going to fix their LB problem bc obviously Bush wasnt the answer. 

The respinse was some schmuck laughter "ha the steelers record of drafting linebackers is so good bla bla bla ..."

And now the Steelers losing both ILB Jack and Bush this year bc both arent worth resigning. 

Bush was horrible for 3 years. Absolutely terrible. But Steelers. 



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#2 by serutan // Mar 17, 2023 - 3:20pm

So is Menshew the backup or Plan B for starter?  Especially since Ballard's QB assessment talents are in play here.

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#3 by ImNewAroundThe… // Mar 17, 2023 - 7:33pm

Either way the cap hits for their QB room will be:

  • Matt Ryan: $18m dead
  • Gardner Minshew: $3.5m
  • Nick Foles: $3.6m ($2.1m dead if cut)
  • Sam Ehlinger: $972,677 ($65,343 dead if cut/traded)
  • Jack Coan: $3,334 dead

And that's not including their projected 4th overall pick that we assume is a QB ($6,659,369 year 1 cap hit)! Lol. 

But to go back to your question, uh, both? Maybe? I don't think they actually have a plan. Feels like they signed him just to sign him (need someone younger than Foles? Ehlinger is already there. Need someone with more experience? Foles is already there).


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#1 by Lost Ti-Cats Fan // Mar 16, 2023 - 10:06pm

How close are Hoyer and NE to setting the record for the most times a single player has been released by the same team, I wonder?

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