The cornerback market rallied late Monday with the Chargers signing JC Jackson (five years, $82.5 million max) and the Buccaneers re-signing Carlton Davis (three years, $45 million). ).
Cornerback-needy teams that missed out — like the Raiders, Patriots and Jets — must now choose whether to pursue Stephon Gilmore, Darious Williams or Casey Hayward at the helm of free agency. Or maybe one of those teams is more receptive to trading a mid-round draft pick for the Giants James Bradberry on his one-year salary of $13.4 million after missing out on Jackson and Davis.
Davis’ re-signing was the second step in retaining an internal free agent in the hours that followed Tom Brady retired and reinstalled the Buccaneers as Super Bowl favorites. The Buccaneers also retained center Ryan Jensen (three years, $39 million) after previously tagging franchise receiver Chris Godwin.
Guard Alex Cappa (four years, $40m) leaves the Bucs for the Bengals. He was the first free agent to settle with a new team — about a minute into the legal tampering period, which was the annual reminder that those negotiations begin weeks ahead of schedule.
Demarcus Lawrence agreed to a three-year extension with the Cowboys, becoming the first defensive end in NFL history to be fully guaranteed seven years of his contract, according to agent David Canter.
The rival Eagles signed their own pass rusher by reaching out to Camden, NJ native and former Temple star Haason Reddick in their backyard for a three-year, $45 million deal. Reddick left the Cardinals in a proof-it deal for the Panthers last year — and then proved it. He has 23.5 sacks over the past two seasons.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/14/nfl-free-agency-cornerback-options-slim-with-jackson-davis-signed/ Cornerback options slim with Jackson, Davis signed