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Live updates as 2020 NFL free agency negotiation period opens

On Monday, the NFL kicks off what is often called the “legal tampering” period before the new league year starts on Wednesday. We will be tracking rumors, news, and transactions as they come in.

11:04 p.m.: The NFL closed out Monday night in a big way. The Vikings are trading Stefon Diggs to the Bills and the Cowboys are re-signing Amari Cooper to a five-year, $100 million contract.

9:40 p.m. Jamie Collins is signing a three-year, $30 million deal with the Lions. The deal includes $18 million in guaranteed money.

9:14 p.m. The Jets are signing offensive tackle George Fant to a three-year, $30 million deal.

8:54 p.m. The Raiders are looking to finalize a deal with Marcus Mariota.

8:12 p.m. ET Jimmy Graham is leaving the Green Bay Packers to sign a two-year, $16 million deal with the Bears.

7:04 p.m. ET It appears like Byron Jones is prepared to sign a market-setting contract with the Dolphins, making him the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback.

6:47 p.m. ET: Former Panthers cornerback James Bradberry will be signing a three-year, $45 million deal with the Giants.

5:45 p.m. ET: The Cleveland Browns sign Case Keenum to backup Baker Mayfield. Keenum is one of the best backups in the game and had his best season with Browns coach Kevin Stefanski in Minnesota.

5:41 p.m. ET: Offensive lineman Halapoulivaati Vaitai heads to the Detroit Lions for $50m over five years. Jack Conklin looks like a value signing right now.

5:07 p.m. ET: The Cleveland Browns have signed Titans offensive lineman Jack Conklin. The Browns are once again making a big splash in free agency, but there’s no doubt a good offensive lineman was a big need for the team.

4:18 p.m. ET: San Francisco has dealt DeForest Buckner to Indianapolis in exchange for a first-round pick.

4:00 p.m. ET: The Rams could be preparing to part with Todd Gurley. His name has begun to surface in trade talks around the league.

3:18 p.m. ET: Jason Pierre-Paul will return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a two-year deal.

3:00 p.m. ET: The Raiders have emerged as a potential candidate to land Tom Brady.

2:54 p.m. ET: The Bears are reportedly interested in trading for the Jacksonville JaguarsNick Foles after his 2019 was hindered by a broken clavicle.

2:29 p.m. ET: The Ravens have traded tight end Hayden Hurst and a 2020 fourth round pick to the Falcons for a second and a fifth in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Falcons lost tight end Austin Hooper in free agency, and Hurst now moves into a prime opportunity.

2:19 p.m. ET: The Colts look to be fully in on Philip Rivers and are having talks. Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport have both tweeted about their interest, so a deal could be getting close.

2:18 p.m. ET: Blake Jarwin receives a three-year extension worth $24.25 million and $9.25 million in guaranteed money. He’s now the no-doubt starting tight end for the Cowboys.

1:20 p.m. ET: The Cardinals are not messing around. The team is trading for Texans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. It’s not entirely clear why Houston felt the need to deal one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, but this is huge for Kyler Murray and the Cardinals offense. Per John McClain, the deal is Hopkins and a fourth to the Cardinals for David Johnson, a second this year, and a fourth next week.

1:16 p.m. ET: Patriots receiver Phillip Dorsett has plenty of free agency suitors, as the Jets, Seahawks, Chargers, 49ers and Raiders have all shown interest.

1:13 p.m. ET: The Chicago Bears are working on a deal to bring Teddy Bridgewater to the team. Mitch Trubisky had a lackluster 2019 and Bridgewater will likely compete for the starting job, but how much the team invests in him could tip their hand as to who they want to lead the way.

1:08 p.m. ET: The Cardinals are trading running back David Johnson to the Texans. Johnson’s 2019 was a disaster as injuries slowed him down and Kenyan Drake outplayed him, but he should now get a chance under Bill O’Brien to be the lead back this season.

12:50 p.m. ET: The first big free agency domino appears to have fallen. Tight end Austin Hooper is signing with the Cleveland Browns, according to NFL Network. Last season, Ricky Seals-Jones was Cleveland’s top tight end with 14 receptions for 229 yards and four touchdowns.

12:40 p.m. ET: The Browns are not messing around in their attempts to get tight end Austin Hooper signed. He would be a huge upgrade for Baker Mayfield and the Browns offense.

12:20 p.m. ET: After giving Kenyan Drake the transition tag, the Cardinals will try to trade RB David Johnson. The Texans are one team in on the back, while three others are also interested according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

12:17 p.m. ET: Cornerback Byron Jones will have plenty of suitors, with the Dolphins, Jets, Raiders and Eagles all in on his services at the start of free agency.

12:16 p.m. ET: The Colts are likely to pursue free agent Philip Rivers, as well as other options. Jacoby Brissett probably didn’t do enough last season to give them confidence in him as their only option.

12:01 p.m. ET: The Packers, Browns, and Washington are all in play for tight end Austin Hooper. The Falcons free agent is the best tight end on the market as free agency opens.

The 2020 NFL free agency negotiation period officially gets underway at 12 p.m. ET today! We have already heard rumors, and tampering has likely been going on since the Combine, at least. But, today, teams can technically begin the negotiating process. We will be providing updates throughout the day, and into next week and beyond in what will be yet another crazy free agency process.

The next two days of negotiating do not allow for contracts to be formally executed. A player cannot put pen to paper until 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday when the new league year gets underway. Some of the bigger name deals will be effectively completed by then, but the formal signing will not have happened at that point.

The NFL franchise tag deadline has already removed or at least partially removed some players from the market. Most notably, the Dallas Cowboys used the exclusive tag on quarterback Dak Prescott, which means no other team can even negotiate with him. The Arizona Cardinals surprised us by using the transition tag on running back Kenyan Drake. He can negotiate elsewhere and the Cardinals get right of first refusal, but if Drake leaves, Arizona gets no compensation.

We’ll be tracking all the updates as the negotiating period begins, so follow along until the new league year starts at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.