The 10 most important deals on day six of NFL free agency
AS USA's Gustavo García takes a look at the top deals done on Saturday, headlined by Matthew Stafford's contract extension at the Los Angeles Rams.
Having guided the Los Angeles Rams to their second Super Bowl championship in 2021, and set a single-season passing yards record, Stafford has been rewarded with a four-year contract extension worth $160m.
The Tennessee Titans have traded their sixth-round pick in the 2023 draft for Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Woods. In his last season with the Rams, he played nine games, registering 556 yards and four touchdowns before suffering a torn ACL.
Bullock had an 83.9% success rate from field goals and a 93.3% percentage on extra points, figures that were more than enough to persuade the Titans to offer him a new contract. Three of his field goals were game-winners: against the Seattle Seahawks, the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers.
Patterson was a versatile performer for the Atlanta Falcons in 2021, and the franchise has rewarded that with a two-year, $10.5m contract. The running back/wide receiver generated 618 rushing yards, 548 receiving yards and 11 total touchdowns.
After being cut by Philadelphia at the beginning of the free agency period, six-time Pro Bowler Cox was re-signed by the Eagles for the 2022 season, on a $14m salary. In 10 years with the franchise, the defensive tackle has amassed 443 tackles and 58 sacks.
The Carolina Panthers avoided Jackson becoming a free agent by handing him a three-year contract extension worth $35.1m. The cornerback allowed just 42 receptions for 478 yards in 2021.
Tonyan’s 2021 season ended prematurely due to a knee-ligament injury, but the Green Bay Packers have retained him for 2022. If he rediscovers his 2020 form (11 touchdowns and 586 yards), he’ll be Aaron Rodgers’ preferred target following Davante Adams’ departure.
The cornerback played for the Las Vegas Raiders, the Houston Texans, the Arizona Cardinals and the Packers in 2021, and finally earned a long-term Green Bay contract after registering 13 defended passes, five interceptions and two defensive touchdowns.
The exodus of quarterbacks from Cleveland began with Keenum’s departure for Buffalo. According to several reports, the Bills have given the Browns a seventh-round draft for the 34-year-old. The AFC East team needed cover after Mitch Trubisky signed for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The New England Patriots are looking for new targets for Mac Jones and have now signed Montgomery, a veteran of seven seasons who has played for the Packers, the Baltimore Ravens, the New York Jets and the New Orleans Saints.
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