A few hours ahead of the calendar flip, it's already been a busy morning for the Jets. As expected, the team will release Percy Harvin sometime today; to finalize their stunning October acquisition of the wideout, they'll send the Seahawks their 2015 sixth-rounder.
But another former Seattle player will be coming the Jets' way, as they've reportedly agreed to terms with guard James Carpenter, who some had suggested might be a fit for the Broncos. New Jersey will retain running back Bilal Powell, is widely expected to try to bring Darrelle Revis back from New England, and may acquire Houston backup passer Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Kansas City has signed former Oakland safety Tyvon Branch on what Jason La Canfora reports is a one-year deal worth $2M, plus another $2M in playing time incentives. Branch was the Raiders' franchise player a few years ago, but injuries have limited him to just five games over the past two seasons. Oakland cut him last month.
The Chiefs had been thin at the position, with Eric Berry battling lymphoma and Ron Parker likely headed elsewhere via free agency.
With the 2015 league year set to commence on Tuesday afternoon, teams continued clearing their decks on Monday, with several big names beyond Darrelle Revis becoming available.
Expectedly, Houston cut franchise recordholding wideout Andre Johnson after 12 seasons. The Texans are likely to sign Brian Hoyer as their next QB, although they reportedly have competition there from the Jets. They've already re-signed Ryan Mallett, and figure to cut Ryan Fitzpatrick, who might end up the Jets' consolation prize.
On Sunday night, Niners GM Trent Baalke felt the need to shoot down rumors that he'd been shopping quarterback Colin Kaepernick. On Monday, things only got worse for the Niners.
New England won the Super Bowl with a new pair of starting corners last year. They may have to defend that championship with another new set of bookends.
The Pats have declined their prohibitive $20M option on Darrelle Revis, who will now become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday when the league calendar flips. Once that happens, it's expected that the Pats and Jets will compete to sign Revis.
The Broncos hired Ray Jackson as their director of player development; he takes over for Jerry Butler, who followed John Fox to Chicago. Jackson has held similar positions with the Browns (2002-04) and Steelers (2005-14) for the past 13 seasons.
A graduate of Denver's Montbello High School and Colorado State University, Jackson played corner for six NFL seasons, three each in Buffalo and Cleveland.
In a turnabout, the Broncos have tendered restricted free agent Tony Carter at the $1.542M right of first refusal* level. The low level tender gives Denver an opportunity to match an offer sheet signed by Carter with another team.
According to Aaron Wilson, "several teams" showed interest in signing Carter over the weekend, which presumably prompted the Broncos' decision. By tendering Carter at the lowest level, Denver retains the ability to sign Carter and trade him to an interested team.
As expected, the Chiefs have agreed to a reworked contract with Tamba Hali, according to ESPN; the linebacker had been due to draw a $6.75M salary and count for nearly $12M against the team's cap.
Despite severe cap limitations, KC has franchised Justin Houston and is expected to sign wideout Jeremy Maclin on Tuesday. They've already cut Joe Mays, Vance Walker, Anthony Fasano, Donnie Avery, and A.J. Jenkins, and are expected to release Dwayne Bowe as well.
Some interpreted the LeSean McCoy-for-Kiko Alonso deal as a continuation of the devaluation of running backs in today's NFL. However, the Bills have given McCoy a new contract that speaks strongly to the contrary.
Although already under contract, McCoy was able to extract a new five-year deal out of Buffalo; it's worth a reported $40M with $26.5M guaranteed, probably with $16M fully guaranteed. Those are big numbers for a running back, especially one who already has 1,761 career touches.
Earlier today, we discussed the cornerback market as it relates to the Broncos' December extension of Chris Harris. Since then, news has emerged of two more cornerback contracts. Soon-to-be former Seattle corner Byron Maxwell will reportedly get $63M over six years from Philly, with as much as $25M guaranteed (probably not fully). Brandon Flowers has reportedly agreed to a new four-year, $36M deal to remain in San Diego.
There's no word yet on what Flowers will get in guarantees, but given the state of the market and his willingness to sign before the league calendar flips, we're guessing the figure dwarfs the $10M Chris Harris got from Denver.