Brandon Scherff and Alex Cappa lead the NFL free agency market

It’s a good day to be a guard in the NFL.

Arguably the least conspicuous position on either side of the ball, it wasn’t overlooked on Monday when Alex Cappa, Brandon Scherff and Laken Tomlinson all reportedly conceded free hands within the first two hours.

Scherff reached an agreement (terms undisclosed) with the Jaguars, and Tomlinson agreed to a $40 million three-year deal with the Jets, where he will reunite with well-known coaches. The former Lions draft bust has resumed his pro bowling career with the 49ers, where Jets head coach Robert Saleh, offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur and offensive line coach John Benton all previously worked together.

Cappa had agreed a four-year, $40 million deal to leave the Buccaneers about a minute after the Bengals’ so-called legal tampering period began. It was the annual reminder that it’s foolish to think teams won’t negotiate deals with pending free agents for weeks before they’re allowed to. Players cannot officially sign any deals until Wednesday.

Alex Cappa with the Bucs in 2021
Alex Cappa with the Bucs in 2021
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And that’s just the beginning of a potential money windfall for guards. Next up are James Daniels, Austin Corbett, Connor Williams and Andrew Norwell. Add in Center – Ryan Jensen has re-signed with the Buccaneers to a three-year, $39million contract and Bradley Bozeman is expected to attract strong interest – and it’s clear that the depth the free hand lacks in offensive attacks (post the top option). Terron Armstead) helps the offensive linemen indoors.

Brandon Scherff with Washington in 2021
Brandon Scherff with Washington in 2021
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The terms of Scherff’s deal will be particularly interesting after he’s played on consecutive franchise tags and earned more than $33 million combined with Washington in 2020-21.

The five-time Pro Bowler was able to reset the top of the multi-year contract market led by Joe Thuney (Chiefs) and Joel Bitonio (Browns), both of whom average $16 million a year. Thuney’s $46.8 million guaranteed (signed in free agency last season) is the highest for guards. Brandon Scherff and Alex Cappa lead the NFL free agency market


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