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The Hottest Early 2024 NFL Free Agency Signings

QBs, Elite RBs, and Defensive Weapons: These Are the Major Moves of the NFL Market

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The first NFL games won’t kick off for another six months, but Monday began the legal tampering NFL free agency period, however, the official signings will have to wait until Wednesday. Below we list the most important front office moves and review which of those could change the balance of power.

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The Hottest Early 2024 NFL Free Agency Signings
Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants | Dustin Satloff/Getty Images/AFP

Saquon Barkley: Philadelphia Eagles

The Deal: Three years, $37.75 million with $26 million fully guaranteed.

Saquon Barkley will replace D’Andre Swift in the backfield for the Eagles and at age 27 he could very well provide Philadelphia with three prime years to bolster an offense led by Jalen Hurts under center, and another trip to the Super Bowl.

D’Andre Swift: Chicago Bears

The Deal: Three years, $24.5 million with $15.3 million guaranteed.

D’Andre Swift leaves Philadelphia after only one season but he will bring his scat-back attack to the Windy City where he will be tasked with leading the Bears’ ground attack. Swift will also serve as an additional receiver coming out of the backfield.

Kirk Cousins: Atlanta Falcons

The Deal: Four years, $180 million with $90 million fully guaranteed.

The Atlanta Falcons have been searching for a top-tier quarterback since cutting ties with longtime fan favorite, Matt Ryan. They may have very well found him in 35-year-old Kirk Cousins who leaves Minnesota after six seasons, the last of which was cut short by an Achilles injury.

Austin Ekeler: Washington Commanders

The Deal: Two years, up to $11 million.

After seven seasons in the Los Angeles Chargers backfield, Austin Ekeler found a change of scenery after a disappointing 2023 campaign. The Washington Commanders inked the 28-year-old running back to a two-year deal at a modest price.

Josh Jacobs: Green Bay Packers

The Deal: Four years, $48 million with $12.5 million guaranteed.

The Raiders elected not to exercise their fifth-year option on their first-round pick in 2019 which allowed the Green Bay Packers to make NFL news and sign the 2x Pro Bowler after a 2023 season marred by lingering injuries and decreased production. The Packers released Aaron Jones to make room for Jacobs in the tailback room.

Xavier McKinney: Green Bay Packers

The Deal: Four years, $68 million.

Xavier McKinney will leave the New York Giants after his first four seasons in the league and will sign with the Green Bay Packers, who now have an upper-echelon safety to patrol their defensive backfield. McKinney brings durability by the boatload as he and teammate Bobby Okereke were the only two defensive players not to miss a snap last season.

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Robert Hunt: Carolina Panthers

The Deal: Five years, $100 million with $63 million guaranteed.

The Carolina Panthers desperately needed an upgrade to their offensive line as rookie No. 1 overall pick, quarterback Bryce Young, was routinely menaced by a steady onslaught of blitz packages last season.

To address this weakness, Robert Hunt, who spent his first four years in Miami, was deemed worthy of being paid like one of the best guards in the league and given an eye-popping $100 million over five years with $63 million guaranteed.

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Christian Wilkins: Las Vegas Raiders

The Deal: Four years, $110 million with $84.75 million guaranteed.

Defensive tackle, Christian Wilkins, spent his first five seasons in Miami as the team’s first-round pick in 2019. Known primarily as an imposing presence in stopping the run, the defensive scheme in Miami changed and it allowed Wilkins more opportunities to get to the passer and he took full advantage, ending with a career-best nine sacks.

Russell Wilson: Pittsburgh Steelers

The Deal: One year, $1.2 million.

Russell Wilson signed a mega-contract extension in 2022, $245 million over five years, after being traded from Seattle to Denver. But after being named to the Pro Bowl in nine of his 10 seasons with the Seahawks, his first two seasons as a member of the Broncos were disappointing.

On March 7th, Wilson was told he would be released and the Steelers quickly swooped in to give the veteran quarterback a fresh start. The Steelers will pay Wilson the veteran minimum while Denver will pay the additional $38 million to be rid of his contract. Wilson is reported to be viewed as the starter over Pittsburgh’s 2022 first-round pick, Kenny Pickett.

Tampa Bay Bucs: Baker Mayfield & Mike Evans

The Deal: Mayfield – Three years, $100 million with $50 in total guarantees.

The Deal: Evans – Two years, up to $52 million, with $35 million guaranteed

NFL rumors were percolating that Baker Mayfield would be playing for another team after a 2023 season that saw his stock skyrocket after a middling career since being picked as the first-overall pick in the 2018 draft by the Cleveland Browns.

However, when the Bucs re-signed speed merchant Mike Evans, the writing was on the wall that Mayfield would be brought back to reunite with this top target. The veteran pair will have an opportunity to rekindle the chemistry that made the two a lethal pass/catch combo last season.

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