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Live updates as 2020 NFL free agency negotiation period continues into day 2

On Monday, the NFL kicked off what is often called the “legal tampering” period, and it was a busy day. We’re back tracking rumors, news, and transactions as they come in.

3:02 p.m. ET: Dante Fowler will sign with the Atlanta Falcons.


6:20 p.m. ET: The Chargers believe they are out of the running for Tom Brady. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to be the frontrunners.

5:16 p.m. ET: The Bengals continue to upgrade their defense in free agency, adding Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes.

4:44 p.m. ET: Cincinnati Bengals acquire free agent defensive lineman D.J. Reader.

4:03 p.m. ET Former Cowboys tight end Jason Witten and the Raiders have come to terms on a deal.

3:56 p.m. ET Philip Rivers and the Colts have reached an agreement on a one-year deal for the 2020 season.

3:12 p.m. ET: Joe Schobert is leaving the Browns to sign a five-year, $53.75 million deal with the Jaguars.

2:13 p.m. ET: Fox Sports Radio’s Colin Cowherd says Brady is heading to Tampa. We type this with an enormous grain of salt on our keyboards.

Also Jeff Darlington says we won’t hear anything today from TB12, and that it’s not necessarily about money. Which makes sense as he’s married to a billionaire...

12:33 p.m. ET: Teddy Bridgewater and the Carolina Panthers are close to agreement on a 3-year, $60 million deal. Bridgewater will be a big upgrade on Kyle Allen and should help the Panthers offensive skill players, especially Christian McCaffrey in the passing game.

12:31 p.m. ET: Linebacker Corey Littleton will join the Raiders, as they look to beef up their defensive side this off season.

12:28 p.m. ET: Jason La Canfora reports that Philip Rivers and the Colts are finalizing a deal and that the Panthers are close with Teddy Bridgewater.

12:10 p.m. ET: The Chicago Bears sign Robert Quinn with $30 million in guaranteed money. The Bears are spending, but still are without the quarterback they’re searching for.

11:11 a.m. ET: The Detroit Lions sign former Bears backup Chase Daniel.

11:04 a.m. ET: The Panthers have given Cam Newton permission to seek a trade, which pushes the Panthers into the depths of quarterback free agency. Teddy Bridgewater is high on their list according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini.

10:20 a.m. ET: As expected, Drew Brees re-ups with the New Orleans Saints. Under a two-year deal, Brees will end his career in New Orleans.

10:16 a.m. ET: The Cardinals continue to make moves, this time an addition to their defensive line, as they sign former Bills DT Jordan Phillips.

8:52 a.m.: Tom Brady is planning on leaving the Patriots. He announced the news on various social media. The Buccaneers and Chargers have made strong offers to Brady, per Ian Rapoport.

8:45 a.m.: The Giants landed linebacker Blake Martinez late Monday evening.

8:41 a.m.: The Texans are signing wide receiver Randall Cobb to a three-year $27 million deal, per beat writer Aaron Wilson. The deal comes following the team’s decision to trade DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals.

The 2020 NFL free agency negotiation period officially got underway Monday at 12 p.m. ET, and we’re back for day two. Free agents are allowed to negotiate contracts until 3:59 p.m. on Wednesday, and then players can officially sign on the dotted line at 4 p.m.

Day one was a busy with some big deals all but signed. Tight end Austin Hooper was the first to get a deal done, resetting the market for his position in agreeing to a four-year, $44 million deal with the Cleveland Browns. Other big name signings included cornerback Byron Jones signing with the Miami Dolphins, linebacker Jamie Collins signing with the Detroit Lions, and offensive tackle George Fant signing with the New York Jets.

The bigger news on day one involved some mammoth trades. The Arizona Cardinals traded running back David Johnson and two draft picks to the Houston Texans for wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and a pick. Then, the San Francisco 49ers traded defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for a first round pick. Finally, the Minnesota Vikings traded Stefon Diggs and a draft pick to the Buffalo Bills for picks.

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