The Oakland Raiders traded for star wide receiver Antonio Brown. (Ben Margot)

NFL free agency officially got underway Wednesday afternoon, but big signings and trades began to be reported as early as Monday. Here is a roundup of the biggest deals through Thursday, in addition to some smaller agreements worth keeping tabs on.

Biggest moves:

  • In a blockbuster move, the New York Giants traded wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. The Giants received a first-round pick, a third-round pick and safety Jabrill Peppers. Beckham, who was signed to a five-year deal ahead of the 2018 season and totaled 5,476 receiving yards and 44 touchdowns in five seasons in New York, gives quarterback Baker Mayfield an elite target in the passing game. The Browns also traded for Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon in exchange for offensive lineman Kevin Zeitler. “It’s a reflection of the direction the organization is headed,” General Manager John Dorsey said in a statement on the team’s website. “Each of them respectively are very good football players who will come in here and help us achieve our goal, and that’s to be competitive year in and year out in the AFC North.” The Giants agreed to a deal with wide receiver Golden Tate to help offset the loss of Beckham.
  • Running back Le’Veon Bell agreed to a contract with the New York Jets that is worth about $52.5 million over four years. Bell sat out all of this past season in a stare-down with the Pittsburgh Steelers, passing up the $14.5 million salary that he would have received under his franchise deal. Bell, 27, topped 1,200 rushing yards in three of his five seasons with the Steelers. The Jets also landed linebacker C.J. Mosley from the Baltimore Ravens, with a five-year, $85 million deal worth $51 million guaranteed, and former Redskins slot receiver Jamison Crowder. They will not be joined on the Jets by linebacker Anthony Barr, who instead chose to remain with the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Quarterback Nick Foles landed in Jacksonville on a $22-million-per-season deal that will extend over four years. The Super Bowl LII MVP gets about $50.1 million in guaranteed money, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Eagles had declined to use their franchise player tag to retain him.
  • The Washington Redskins agreed to sign former New York Giants safety Landon Collins, filling a major hole in the team’s secondary with a player who has been to three Pro Bowls in his four NFL seasons. The deal is for six years and $84 million, with $45 million of guaranteed money.
  • The Steelers ended the misery of disgruntled wide receiver Antonio Brown over the weekend, agreeing to trade the seven-time Pro Bowler to the Raiders for third- and fifth-round picks in the 2019 NFL draft. With the deal, Brown will receive the new contract he had been seeking, a three-year deal that will pay him a maximum of about $54 million and includes $30.125 million in guaranteed money. The Raiders also agreed with former Patriots left tackle Trent Brown on a four-year, $66 million deal, signed wide receiver Tyrell Williams as a deep threat to play opposite Antonio Brown, and added safety Lamarcus Joyner on a four-year, $42 million pact.
  • Wide receiver DeSean Jackson was traded to the Eagles. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reportedly are getting back a sixth-round draft pick while also giving a seventh-rounder with Jackson, while Philadelphia is not only getting a player who spent his first six seasons with the team but an 11-year veteran who can still get open deep.
  • The San Francisco 49ers made a big bet on the pass-rushing upside of Dee Ford, giving up a 2020 second-round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for the 27-year-old defensive end. Ford will reportedly be welcomed to the Bay Area with a five-year contract extension worth approximately $87.5 million. They also added linebacker Kwon Alexander and running back Tevin Coleman.
  • Safety Tyrann Mathieu is heading to the Kansas City Chiefs on a three-year, $42 million deal, per multiple reports Monday. After spending his first five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, Mathieu enjoyed a bounce-back season in 2018 with the Houston Texans, where he emerged as a leader on the field and in the locker room. With his arrival, the team cut Eric Berry.
  • The Baltimore Ravens made two significant moves Wednesday, agreeing to terms with safety Earl Thomas and running back Mark Ingram. Thomas, the safety who was part of Seattle’s Legion of Boom, will join the defense that was tops in the NFL last season, agreeing to a four-year deal worth $55 million, with $32 million guaranteed at signing and $22 million over the first nine months. Ingram leaves the New Orleans Saints for a three-year, $15 million deal with the Ravens’ run-heavy offense.
  • Another former Patriot is cashing in. Free agent pass rusher Trey Flowers agreed to a five-year deal worth $90 million with the Detroit Lions, according to a person familiar with the situation. He will provide an edge rusher for Lions Coach Matt Patricia, who was Flowers’s defensive coordinator in New England.

News tracker:

  • March 14: The Oakland Raiders released wide receiver Jordy Nelson.
  • March 14: The Chicago Bears confirmed that they’d signed safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to a one-year contract.
  • March 14: The New Orleans Saints have reached an agreement on a three-yard contract with defensive tackle Malcom Brown, according to reports, and also re-signed quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to back up Drew Brees for a second season.
  • March 13: Linebacker K.J. Wright will return to the Seattle Seahawks, agreeing to a deal with the team Wednesday night.
  • March 13: Cornerback Kevin Johnson joined the Bills with a one-year, $3 million deal that reunites him with John Butler, the team’s new defensive backs coach. Johnson, the 16th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, and Butler were together in Houston.
  • March 13: Moving on from Antonio Brown, the Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly reached agreement with wide receiver Donte Moncrief on a two-year deal, according to ESPN.
  • March 13: The Jaguars released quarterback Blake Bortles, after having signed Nick Foles to a four-year, $88 million contract to replace the former No. 3 overall pick.
  • March 13: In one of the less surprising moves of the week, cornerback Jason McCourty will return to the New England Patriots, rejoining his twin brother Devin, on a two-year deal.
  • March 13: The San Diego Chargers will sign quarterback Tyrod Taylor to a two-year deal backing up Philip Rivers.
  • March 12: Cameron Wake, the former Miami Dolphins defensive end, has agreed to a three-year, $23-million deal with the Tennessee Titans.
  • March 12: Former Patriots wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is planning to sign a two-year, $10 million deal with the Chicago Bears, per Adam Schefter. Chicago has also agreed to a two-year deal with running back Mike Davis worth $6 million
  • March 12: Guard Rodger Saffold is leaving the Los Angeles Rams, the defending NFC champs, for the Tennessee Titans. He has lined up a four-year, $44 million deal in Tennessee.
  • March 12: Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, formerly of the Vikings, and the Cleveland Browns have agreed on a three-year deal. Myles Garrett, Larry Ogunjobi, Olivier Vernon and Richardson will give the Browns a strong front four.
  • March 12: The Green Bay Packers, focused on improving their defense, have agreements in place with former Chicago Bears safety Adrian Amos, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Za’Darius Smith, and former Washington Redskins linebacker Preston Smith.
  • March 12: The New Orleans Saints have reportedly agreed to a four-year deal for former Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray.
  • March 12: The Bills have reportedly reached agreements with a pair of wide receivers: former Cowboys slot receiver Cole Beasley and former Ravens deep threat John Brown.
  • March 12: Former Broncos center Matt Paradis is planning to sign a three-year contract with the Carolina Panthers, according to multiple reports.
  • March 11: The Broncos have reached an agreement with former Dolphins tackle Ja’Wuan James on a four-year, $52 million deal that includes $32 million guaranteed, according to multiple reports.
  • March 11: The Colts will sign former Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess to a one-year deal, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports.
  • March 11: Former Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson agreed to join the Denver Broncos for a reported $33 million over three years.
  • March 11: The Bills have agreed to a sign Frank Gore a one-year, $2 million deal, according to multiple reports.
  • March 11: The Cardinals are expected to sign former Ravens’ pass rusher Terrell Suggs, who had spent his entire 13-year career in Baltimore, but will return to the Phoenix area where he played college ball at Arizona State.
  • March 11: The Titans and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Adam Humphries have come to an agreement on what is expected to be a four-year, $36 million-plus deal. Tennessee also agreed to a deal to re-sign safety Kenny Vaccaro on a four-year, $26 million deal.
  • March 11: The Lions plan to sign receiver Danny Amendola to a one-year deal, according to ESPN.
  • March 11: The Eagles will keep left tackle Jason Peters on a one-year, reworked deal and add defensive tackle Malik Jackson on a reported three-year, $30 million contract.
  • March 10: The Rams announced a one-year deal to retain edge rusher Dante Fowler Jr., a key contributor during last season’s Super Bowl run.
  • March 10: The Raiders reached an agreement on a trade that would send offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele to the Jets for a fifth-round pick, according to ESPN.
  • March 9: With Kareem Hunt and Spencer Ware gone, the Chiefs picked up running back Carlos Hyde on a one-year deal.
  • March 8: Safety Eric Weddle landed with the Rams on a two-year deal after his release by the Ravens.
  • March 8: The Patriots acquired defensive end Michael Bennett and a 2020 seventh-round draft pick from the Eagles in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick.
  • March 7: The Redskins acquired quarterback Case Keenum from the Broncos for a swap of late-round picks.
  • March 5: The Buccaneers avoided using a franchise on offensive tackle Donovan Smith, agreeing to a three-year deal with him.
  • March 1: The Eagles kept defensive end Brandon Graham, a key part of Jim Schwartz’s defense, with a three-year deal.

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