It was a relatively quiet day four of free agency as not a lot of transactions took place. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t a ripple of noise made. The hometown Bucs are looking to hold onto key players after nabbing DeSean Jackson. And there could be more heat added to one of the NFC North rivalries. Let’s get to it.
Detroit continue to bolster offensive line
The hottest signing on Sunday came from none other than the Motor City. For the second year in a row, the Green Bay Packers have lost a key cog of their offensive line. The Lions inked veteran guard T.J. Lang to a three-year deal, giving quarterback Matthew Stafford a little extra security.
— Pro Football Rumors (@pfrumors) March 12, 2017
Lang, who’s from the Detroit area, was also deciding between a return to the Packers, the Lions, and Seattle. The deal is estimated to be averaged around 9.5 million, with 19 million fully guaranteed (NFL.com)
Buffalo add Brown as new weapon on offense
The Bills have agreed to a one-year deal with former Panthers wideout Philly Brown. Buffalo, who ranked 30th in passing last season, is looking to bounce back from a disastrous 2016 campaign that saw head coach Rex Ryan and brother/defensive coordinator Rob Ryan be relieved of duty.
Philly Brown signs with Bills https://t.co/2W4zhaoUkl
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 12, 2017
Brown spent last season as the third and fourth receiver for Carolina. Over the last three seasons, he has amassed 79 catches for 1019 yards and seven touchdowns. Both sides will be searching for redemption in the aftermath of regressing seasons.
Tampa Bay holds onto special-teams gunner Robinson
The Buccaneers retained the services of cornerback/gunner Josh Robinson. Signed prior to the 2016 season, Robinson proved to be valuable on special teams. According to Mark E. Ortega, Josh recorded 12 tackles on kick coverage, while also downing several Bryan Anger punts inside the 20-yard line. The deal is said to be for two years.
There are still big names on the market that have yet to sign deals. Running back like Adrian Peterson, Eddie Lacy, and Jamaal Charles have potential suitors, while defensive players like DeMarcus Ware and Dont’a Hightower could be a valuable addition to up-and-coming contenders. Look for more signings in the coming days.
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