So yesterday came and went with the biggest piece of news being that one of the top rated tackles in this current free agent class has been taken off the board by Detroit:
The #Lions and OT Ricky Wagner have agreed in principle on a contract, source said. It will eclipse $9M per year, setting a new market.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2017
It’s okay. Really, I didn’t even want Ricky Wagner. Why would I take him when I could get the freshly cut D.J. Fluker?
Drastically diminishing FA RT options aside, we’ve only a few hours left until the tampering phase is done and free agency begins at 3:00 PM CT. Until then, why not stay awhile with us here in BRB as we keep you updated with all the latest reports, whether they concern the Texans or not?
UPDATE: A.J. Bouye seems to be readying to continue his career elsewhere.
UPDATE III: Some more big names (unrelated to the Texans) supposedly on the move today...
Former Vikings' OT Matt Kalil expected to sign with brother Ryan's Panthers if no snags in final talks, per sources. Kalil brother reunion.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2017
UPDATE IV: Mike Glennon should really tithe some portion of his new contract to Bob McNair for signing Brock Osweiler last year.
When Mike Glennon’s deal is finalized with #Bears, it’s expected to be 3 years for an average of $14.5M, source says. Will still draft a QB— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2017
UPDATE V: One of the other big name CBs comes off the market, as Stephon Gilmore will sign with the Patriots.
The expected price tag for free agent CB Stephon Gilmore for the #Patriots is slated to eclipse $14M per year, I’m told. Hefty but worth it— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2017
UPDATE VI: A very good offensive lineman is heading west.
Bengals OT Andrew Whitworth expected to sign with LA Rams.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2017
UPDATE VII: The AFC’s Defensive Player of the Month for December 2016 has decided to leave Houston. Fare thee well, Quintin Demps.
UPDATE VIII: The Kirk Cousins saga has a new chapter.
Kirk Cousins appealed personally to owner Dan Snyder for a trade but was basically told not to get his hopes up, per sources.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 9, 2017
UPDATE IX: Another former Texan is now looking for work.
As expected, Eagles announce they have released Connor Barwin— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 9, 2017
UPDATE X: Offensive linemen are getting paid in these free agent streets.
The #Browns extension for G Joel Bitonio is a 6-year new contract worth $51.2M in full. The total guarantee is $23.7M— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2017
UPDATE XI: A.J. Bouye will not be re-signing with the Texans. Worse, he may not be leaving the AFC South.
UPDATE XII: Another monster contract for an interior offensive lineman.
Broncos to sign G Ronald Leary to a four-year deal worth $35m with $20m gtd, source says. Big money for a guy once lost in the shuffle.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 9, 2017
UPDATE XII: The Patriots continue to make noise in free agency.
The #Patriots are signing DT Alan Branch back on a 2-year deal worth up to $12M, source says. They are finalizing it now.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2017
UPDATE XIII: This would be big for the Colts, but an offensive lineman or three would be far bigger.
UPDATE XIV: The A.J. Bouye sweepstakes is nearing an end.
A.J. Bouye is still making his decision on which team he'll sign with, field narrowed down to Jaguars, Titans, Bears, according to sources— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 9, 2017
UPDATE XV: Will the teams in the race to sign Tony Romo give Jay Cutler a look?
Bears are releasing QB Jay Cutler, per sources. Cutler asked for and was granted his release this morning. Now a free agent.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2017
UPDATE XVI: No way the Texans could have kept Bouye (except, you know, through the franchise tag).
If what I'm hearing on A.J. Bouye deal is legit, there's no chance Houston could've even come close to keeping him— Jeff Risdon (@JeffRisdon) March 9, 2017
UPDATE XVII: Now Chris Mortensen is saying the Cowboys expect to trade Tony Romo to Denver or Houston. He’s reporting this less than a day after Adam Schefter said Romo was getting released. INTRIGUE.
UPDATE XVIII: Left tackles getting paid a metric ton is no surprise. The much-maligned Matt Kalil getting a metric ton? That is a bit surprising.
#Panthers will sign left tackle Matt Kalil to a five-year, $55.5 million deal with $25 million guaranteed, source said.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 9, 2017
UPDATE XIX: If there’s one thing I’ll take away from this year’s free agency period, it’s that interior offensive linemen have broken through to another level when it comes to compensation.
The #Browns are signing guard Kevin Zeitler to a massive contract, more than $10M per year, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2017
Cleveland plans to give Kevin Zeitler a five-year, $60 million deal that includes $31.5 million guaranteed, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2017
UPDATE XX: The Jaguars aren’t trying to take it with them.
UPDATE XI: Johnathan Cyprien never really lived up to the hype in Jacksonville. Tennessee has money to burn, though.
Former Jags S Johnathan Cyprien is going to do a deal today after 4pm with the Titans, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2017