The top deals done on NFL free agency day nine: Fournette, Smith, Reed...
AS USA's Gustavo García looks at the most important deals done on Tuesday, day nine of the NFL free agency period.
After a quick visit to the New England Patriots, Fournette decided to stay with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers until 2024. The LSU product is fresh from leading the way for the Bucs in yards (812) and rushing touchdowns (eight).
The Smith saga has come to an end. After a deal with the Baltimore Ravens fell through, the linebacker returns to NFC North, joining the Minnesota Vikings. The two-time Pro Bowler has agreed a three-year, $42m deal.
This one isn’t actually a new contract. Rather, the terms of running back McCaffrey’s present deal with the Panthers have been modified, allowing Carolina to free up $5.5m of salary space.
Patterson was one of the major surprise packages at the Falcons in 2021, finishing up as Atlanta’s most productive running back (618 yards, six touchdowns). The wide receiver-turned-RB has been rewarded with a two-year, $10.5m contract.
The Miami Dolphins have given Tua Tagovailoa some elite protection in the shape of three-time Pro Bowler Armstead. The offensive tackle has signed a five-year agreement worth $75m.
The Las Vegas Raiders are loading Derek Carr up with targets to aim at. After the signing of Green Bay Packers star Davante Adams, the Raiders have now also added Robinson, who joins from divisional rivals the Kansas City Chiefs.
Tom Brady’s return to the Buccaneers continues to boost the business being done at Raymond James Stadium. As well as Fournette, Tampa Bay have also managed to keep hold of Gholston, who registered a personal-best 4.5 sacks in 2021.
The Packers have added another element to their front seven. Reed arrives after being a starter for the Chiefs in 2021. The terms of the deal are yet to be divulged.
As if the recruitment of Chandler Jones wasn’t enough, the Raiders have added another option to their defensive line. Butler will play in Las Vegas on a one-year contract.