How NFL owners are pushing back against NFL’s new rules for free agency
By RYAN DOWD and RYANN MERCER Associated PressAssociated PressAssociated States: North Carolina State, Ohio State, Utah, Florida, Arizona, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Tennessee, Iowa, Kansas State, Texas A&M, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Michigan State, Michigan , Ohio State and Oklahoma are the first five teams to announce their 2016 free-agent signings.
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan is a major name in the new free-agency wave.
The Jets also announced a slew of other big names, including quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, running back Jamaal Charles, wide receiver Marqise Lee, defensive end Gerald McCoy and safety Devin McCourty.NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday that the league has “been working very closely with the players’ association and others to get the best deal for players across the league.”
In the coming days, we will continue to look at the best ways to ensure that players have access to the best possible talent for free and guaranteed.
We are in the midst of a process and we are committed to continuing to work with players and their associations in order to ensure we are able to do that for our fans and players in every market.
We will continue working with the NFLPA and all our stakeholders to make sure we get the most out of the players that are on the field, that the players are paid fairly, that players are afforded the opportunity to play their football, and that the game is played well for all of our fans.
“The NFLPA has long called for the league to expand its free-trade rules, which have been criticized by some owners.
The NFLPA is currently pursuing a collective bargaining agreement that would allow the league and players to negotiate deals on their behalf.
The players’ union is also working on a proposal that would increase the number of players eligible for the franchise tag.
The NFL has not released the number or length of contracts signed, but NFL Media’s Albert Breer reported Tuesday that four players signed multi-year deals worth $25 million or more with the Jaguars, Dolphins, Chiefs and Broncos.
The Jaguars, who are expected to add another defensive lineman in free agency, signed former Alabama star Chris Ivory, a former first-round draft pick who was traded to Jacksonville by the Jets.
The Dolphins also signed free-agents Mike Pouncey and Ja’Wuan James, both of whom were traded to Miami in the 2015 offseason.
The Broncos signed former Miami star DeMarcus Ware to a five-year, $50 million deal, as well as defensive end Derek Wolfe and linebacker Derrick Morgan.
The Browns have not announced the signings of former Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor and former Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson.
The Browns have already signed veteran running back LeSean McCoy, a free agent, to a three-year contract.
The Rams, Giants, Seahawks and Saints are among the teams to sign free agents.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday the Texans, Jaguars, Lions, Packers, Rams, Saints, Ravens and Titans signed players to four-year contracts.
The Redskins have announced they will sign defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins, a third-round pick of the Patriots in 2012.
The Texans have also announced that they will keep three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Robert Quinn.
The Seahawks signed defensive tackle Michael Bennett, who spent his first four years in Seattle as a restricted free agent.
The Patriots are expected the next to sign Bennett.
The Giants are expected next to add former Lions defensive tackle Tyson Jackson, who played four years with Detroit from 2009-12.
Jacksonson signed a three.5-year deal with the Patriots last season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Giants have previously signed former Ravens cornerback Joe Haden to a one-year agreement.
The Titans announced Tuesday that they are bringing back defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who was cut by the Saints last month.
The Ravens announced that cornerback Jimmy Smith will remain with the team for at least one more season, while cornerback Kyle Arrington will remain for at most one more.
The Ravens also announced they have signed cornerback A.J. Bouye.