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NFL Free Agency is underway



‘NFL Free Agency Frenzy’ Live on NFL Network Sunday, March 10 – Thursday, March 14​

Three-Hour Editions of ‘NFL Total Access’ Monday, March 11 – Wednesday, March 13 at 7:00 PM ET

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NFL Media is the go-to destination for the most comprehensive coverage and analysis of the 2019 NFL free agency period, with players such as running back Le’Veon Bell, safeties Earl ThomasLandon Collins and Tyrann Mathieu, quarterback Nick Foles and more, ready to hit the open market.

NFL Network’s NFL Free Agency Frenzy begins Sunday, March 10 and continues through Thursday, March 14 with 33 on-air analysts, hosts and reporters providing the latest news and expert analysis of every roster move and transaction. Free Agency Frenzy airs at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday, and at 10:00 AM ET Monday-Thursday.

NFL Free Agency Frenzy on Wednesday, March 13 also features live coverage of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Kyler Murray’s Pro Day at the University of Oklahoma.

Digitally, is the go-to destination for the latest news reports from around the NFL, which includes a list of the Top 101 free agents available from Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling, a running list of who has signed where, and best team fits for free agents. Additional written content on includes daily free agency debriefs from Gregg RosenthalElliot Harrison’s 11 best free agent signings from 2018, Adam Rank’s Unpopular Opinions, Cynthia Frelund’s three best analytical free agent signings and three head-scratchers, and more.

NFL Network’s NFL Free Agency Frenzy coverage features analysts Brian BillickDavid CarrCharley CasserlyMichael Irvin, Maurice Jones-DrewWillie McGinest and Steve Smith Sr., NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, NFL Media analytics expert Cynthia Frelund, reporters Judy BattistaMike GarafoloTom PelisseroMichael SilverJim Trotter and Steve Wyche, fantasy expert Michael Fabiano, and hosts Rich EisenRhett LewisAndrew SicilianoAmber Theoharis and Cole Wright.

Additionally, NFL Network reporters MJ AcostaTiffany BlackmonPatrick ClaybonMike GiardiKimberly JonesAditi KinkhabwalaRandy MossJames PalmerOmar Ruiz and Jane Slater will be stationed at various team facilities around the league providing the latest news reports.

Also joining NFL Network’s extensive NFL Free Agency Frenzy coverage are former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and former New York Giants Vice President of Player Personnel Marc Ross.

Live streaming of NFL Network’s NFL Free Agency Frenzy coverage is available across devices (smartphone, PC, tablet and connected TVs) through the NFL app, TuneIn or for subscribers of participating NFL Network providers.

NFL Total Access airs each night at 7:00 PM ET recapping the day’s action and providing the latest news reports, with hosts Scott Hanson and Lindsay Rhodes, analysts Shaun O’Hara and Joe Thomas, and reporter Steve Wyche. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s editions of NFL Total Access expand to three hours of live coverage.

Good Morning Football kicks off NFL Network’s coverage each day at 7:00 AM ET, with Kay AdamsNate BurlesonPeter Schrager and Kyle Brandt.



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NFL teams name Franchise Players




Franchise and transition player designations were announced today for the 2019 NFL free agency signing period, which begins at 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 13.

A club can designate one “franchise” player or one “transition” player among its veteran free agents.

The salary offer by a player’s club determines whether the franchise player designation is exclusive or non-exclusive.

An “exclusive” franchise player – not free to sign with another club – is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position for the current year as of the end of the restricted free agent signing period on April 19; or (ii) the amount of the required tender for a “non-exclusive” franchise player, as explained below.

Article 10, Section 2(a)(i) of the CBA sets forth the methodology, known as the “Cap Percentage Average,” for calculating the required tender for such a player:​

The Nonexclusive Franchise Tender shall be a one year NFL Player Contract for (A) the average of the five largest Prior Year Salaries for players at the position . . . at which the Franchise Player participated in the most plays during the prior League Year, which average shall be calculated by: (1) summing the amounts of the Franchise Tags for players at that position for the five preceding League Years; (2) dividing the resulting amount by the sum of the Salary Caps for the five preceding League Years . . . ; and (3) multiplying the resulting percentage by the Salary Cap for the upcoming League Year . . . (the “Cap Percentage Average”) . . . ; or (B) 120% of his Prior Year Salary, whichever is greater . . . .


If a club extends a required tender to a non-exclusive franchise player pursuant to this section, the player shall be permitted to negotiate a player contract with any club, except that draft choice compensation of two first-round draft selections shall be made in the event he signs with a new club.

The signing period for franchise players begins at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on March 13 and ends on the Tuesday following the 10th week of the season (November 12).

This year, six players were designated as non-exclusive franchise players.


Club Player Position
Atlanta Falcons Grady Jarrett DT
Dallas Cowboys Demarcus Lawrence DE
Houston Texans Jadeveon Clowney LB
Kansas City Chiefs Dee Ford LB
San Francisco 49ers Robbie Gould K
Seattle Seahawks Frank Clark DE


A transition player is offered the greater of (i) the average of the top 10 prior year salaries at the player’s position, which average is calculated using the same methodology used for non-exclusive franchise players (the Cap Percentage Average); or (ii) 120% of his prior year salary.

If a club extends a required tender to a transition player, the player shall be permitted to negotiate a contract with any club subject to his prior club’s right of first refusal, except that no draft choice compensation shall be made with respect to such player if his prior club declines to exercise its right of first refusal.

The signing period for transition players begins at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on March 13 and ends on July 22.  After July 22 and until 4:00p.m. (ET) on the Tuesday following the 10th week of the season (November 12), the prior club has exclusive negotiating rights.

This year, no player was designated as a transition player.

The Salary Cap for the 2019 league year has been set at $188,200,000 per club. The resulting 2019 Cap Percentage Average (“CPA”) tenders for non-exclusive franchise players and transition players are as follows:


Position Tender Amount
Quarterback $ 24,865,000
Running Back $ 11,214,000
Wide Receiver $ 16,787,000
Tight End $ 10,387,000
Offensive Linemen $ 14,067,000
Defensive End $ 17,128,000
Defensive Tackle $ 15,209,000
Linebacker $ 15,443,000
Cornerback $ 16,022,000
Safety $ 11,150,000
Kicker/Punter $   4,971,000



Position Tender Amount
Quarterback $ 22,783,000
Running Back $   9,099,000
Wide Receiver $ 14,794,000
Tight End $   8,815,000
Offensive Linemen $ 12,866,000
Defensive End $ 14,360,000
Defensive Tackle $ 12,378,000
Linebacker $ 13,222,000
Cornerback $ 13,703,000
Safety $   9,531,000
Kicker/Punter $   4,537,000


NFL announces Compensatory Draft Choices for teams




A total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2019 NFL Draft have been awarded to 15 teams, the NFL announced today.  ​

Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents (“CFA”) than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.

The compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through seventh rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors.  The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council.  Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula.  No club may receive more than four compensatory picks in any one year.  If a club qualifies for more than four compensatory picks after offsetting each CFA lost by each CFA gained of an equal or higher value, the four highest remaining selections will be awarded to the club.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement limits the number of compensatory selections to the number of clubs then in the League (32).  This year, six clubs: the Baltimore Ravens, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Indianapolis Colts, the Los Angeles Rams, the New York Giants, and the San Francisco 49ers qualified for compensatory selections under the net loss formula but will not receive those picks because the final numerical values of the CFAs who were lost by those clubs ranked 33rd through 39th among the final numerical values of all compensatory selections.  Each of those six clubs will receive compensatory selections for other CFAs lost whose final numerical values ranked within the top 32.

The following 2019 compensatory draft picks have been determined by the NFL Management Council for the 2019 NFL Draft, which will be held on April 25-27 in Nashville:

Round Round Choice/

Overall Selection

3 33-96 Washington
3 34-97 New England
3 35-98 Los Angeles Rams
3 36-99 Los Angeles Rams
3 37-100 Carolina
3 38-101 New England
3 39-102 Baltimore
4 33-135 Indianapolis
4 34-136 Dallas
4 35-137 Atlanta
4 36-138 Philadelphia
5 33-171 New York Giants
5 34-172 Atlanta
5 35-173 Washington
6 33-205 New England
6 34-206 Washington
6 35-207 Arizona
6 36-208 Philadelphia
6 37-209 Minnesota
6 38-210 Cincinnati
6 39-211 Cincinnati
6 40-212 San Francisco
6 41-213 Cincinnati
6 42-214 Kansas City
7 33-247 Minnesota
7 34-248 Arizona
7 35-249 Arizona
7 36-250 Minnesota
7 37-251 Los Angeles Rams
7 38-252 New England
7 39-253 Washington
7 40-254 Arizona

The compensatory free agents lost and gained in 2018 by the clubs that will receive compensatory picks in the 2019 Draft:

ARIZONA Lost: Brown, Jaron; Brown, John; Gabbert, Blaine; Martin, Kareem; Stanton, Drew; Williams, Tramon
Gained: Pugh, Justin; Smith, Andre
ATLANTA Lost: Clayborn, Adrian; Gabriel, Taylor; Poe, Dontari; Roberts, Andre
Gained: Fusco, Brandon; Paulsen, Logan
BALTIMORE Lost: Jensen, Ryan; Wallace, Mike; Watson, Benjamin
Gained: Brown, John
CAROLINA Lost: Dickson, Ed; Lotulelei, Star; Norwell, Andrew
Gained: Cockrell, Ross; Poe, Dontari
CINCINNATI Lost: Bodine, Russell; Hill, Jeremy; McCarron, A.J.; Smith, Andre; Smith, Chris
Gained: Brown, Preston
DALLAS Lost: Hitchens, Anthony; Wilber, Kyle
Gained: Fleming, Cameron
INDIANAPOLIS Lost: Bostic, Jon; Gore, Frank; Melvin, Rashaan; Mingo, Barkevious; Moncrief, Donte
Gained: Autry, Denico; Grant, Ryan; Slauson, Matt
KANSAS CITY Lost: Fulton, Zach; Logan, Bennie; Mitchell, Terrance; Pierre-Louis, Kevin; Wilson, Albert
Gained: Henne, Chad; Hitchens, Anthony; Watkins, Sammy; Williams, Damien
LOS ANGELES RAMS Lost: Carrier, Derek; Davis, Cody; Johnson, Trumaine; Watkins, Sammy
MINNESOTA Lost: Bridgewater, Teddy; Brock, Tramaine; Keenum, Case; McKinnon, Jerick; Stephen, Shamar
Gained: Cousins, Kirk; Richardson, Sheldon
NEW ENGLAND Lost: Amendola, Danny; Bademosi, Johnson; Butler, Malcolm; Fleming, Cameron; Lewis, Dion; Solder, Nate
Gained: Clayborn, Adrian; Hill, Jeremy
NEW YORK GIANTS Lost: Cockrell, Ross; Fluker, D.J.; Kennard, Devon; Pugh, Justin; Richburg, Weston; Smith, Geno
Gained: Latimer, Cody; Martin, Kareem; Solder, Nate; Thomas, Michael
PHILADELPHIA Lost: Allen, Beau; Blount, LeGarrette; Burton, Trey; Robinson, Patrick
Gained: Ngata, Haloti; Wallace, Mike
SAN FRANCISCO Lost: Fusco, Brandon; Hall, Leon; Hyde, Carlos; Lynch, Aaron; Paulsen, Logan
Gained: McKinnon, Jerick; Richburg, Weston
WASHINGTON Lost: Compton, Will; Cousins, Kirk; Grant, Ryan; Long, Spencer; Murphy, Trent; Paul, Niles
​​ Gained: Richardson, Paul​


Arizona 4
New England 4
Washington 4
Cincinnati 3
Los Angeles Rams 3
Minnesota 3
Atlanta 2
Philadelphia 2
Baltimore 1
Carolina 1
Dallas 1
Indianapolis 1
Kansas City 1
New York Giants 1
San Francisco 1


Baltimore 50
Dallas 42
Green Bay 42
New England 39
Los Angeles Rams 36
Cincinnati 35
Philadelphia 32
Pittsburgh 32
San Francisco 31
Tennessee 30
Seattle 29
Buffalo 28
Arizona 26
Kansas City 25
New York Giants 25
Indianapolis 23
Minnesota 22
Atlanta 21
Denver 21
Detroit 21
Oakland 21
Los Angeles Chargers 20
Miami 20
Jacksonville 19
Tampa Bay 19
Carolina 18
Chicago 17
Washington 16
Houston 15
New York Jets 14
Cleveland 13
New Orleans 10


MLB announces plans to investigate allegations against Seattle Mariners




Major League Baseball statement on independent investigation regarding the Seattle Mariners


On November 13, 2018, Major League Baseball announced that it would investigate allegations made by Dr. Lorena Martin, a former employee of the Seattle Mariners, regarding her treatment by the organization and her claims that senior Club officials made derogatory and inappropriate comments. The investigation was conducted by Epstein Becker Green, a national law firm specializing in labor and employment matters, whose attorneys interviewed seventeen potential witnesses, including Dr. Martin.

The firm did not uncover credible evidence that the Mariners, or any of its employees, violated Major League Baseball’s Workplace Code of Conduct, or applicable anti-discrimination law, in the treatment of Dr. Martin or the termination of her employment. The investigation also concluded that there is no credible evidence to support Dr. Martin’s claim that Mariners’ employees, including Jerry Dipoto, Scott Servais, or Andy McKay, made any of the comments attributed to them in her public statement or subsequent lawsuit.

Because of the ongoing litigation, MLB will have no further comment on this matter.



NFL upcoming important dates

Dates courtesy of the NFL




Important Dates

  • NFL clubs may begin to sign players whose 2019 CFL contracts have expired.
  • First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
  • Combine Timing and Testing, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.


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