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March 13, 2018, 11:00 am

NFL free agency news and rumors: Allen Robinson to Bears, Sammy Watkins to Chiefs

The Jaguars, meanwhile, improved an already-good offensive line with Andrew Norwell.

NFL free agency news and rumors: Allen Robinson to Bears, Sammy Watkins to Chiefs
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By Matt Bonesteel, Cindy Boren and Mark Maske By Matt Bonesteel, Cindy Boren and Mark Maske Email the writer March 13 at 7:53 AM Email the writer Follow @MattBonesteel Follow @cindyboren Follow @MarkMaske
Allen Robinson heads northbound to Chicago. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)

The NFL’s free federal agency time period gets active this week as teams Begin to negociate with players ahead of Wednesday afternoon, when the conference’s 2018 arrangement authoritatively Begins and teams can beginning sign language away. Here’s a look at who’s active and who’s staying, with the provision that deals are not authoritative until 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

Bears beef up receiving army corps with Allen Robinson

The Chicago Bears averaged a conference-low 175.7 ephemeral yards per game last time period, their quarterbacks throwing only 13 score passes to tie the Colts for the conference low. And so the news that, blackball a snag, that Jaguars wide receiving system Allen Robinson will sign with the Bears isn’t all amazing (it was archetypal according aboriginal Tuesday by ESPN’s Adam Schefter).

Josina Anderson, Schefter’s ESPN colconference, reports the deal is deserving $42 cardinal over 3 years.

Robinson, who will be 25 when the 2018 time period Begins, tore his ACL in Jacksonville’s time period start last time period and lost the rest of the time period, but in the two former years he had 153 receptions for 2,283 yards and 20 score s. He had an NFL-best 14 score catches in 2015; no Chicago receiving system has ever reached that mark, with Brandon Marshall’s 12 receiving scores in 2013 beingness the franchise’s recent high-water mark.

The Bears did not have a wide receiving system on their roster last time period with more than one score catch.

Jacksonville declined to place the franchise or transition tag on Robinson last week, making him a free agent.

K.C. lands a star target for Patrick Mahomes

Free agent wide receiving system Sammy Watkins is expected to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs, a person familiar with the situation told The Post’s Mark Maske.

Watkins is regarded as one of the top wideouts available in free federal agency after a 39-catch, 593-yard, eight-score time period for the Los Angeles Rams. He is a former 1,000-yard receiving system for the Buffalo Bills.

His 3-year deal with the Chiefs is expected to average about $16 cardinal per time period.

In Kansas City, Watkins joins tailback Kareem Hunt, wide receiving system Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce in an offense beingness handed over to second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs agreed to trade Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins to clear the beginning ing spot for Mahomes, a archetypal-round draft pick who served as Smith’s backup as a rookie.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson, the Bears also made a “strong push” to sign Watkins.

Kansas City also began restocking its defense after either trading away or cutting key components from last year. According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero, they plan on sign language former Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens to a deal deserving $9 cardinal per year. Hitchens, a fourth-round pick in the 2014 draft, has beginning ed 48 games over his four-year NFL career.

Jags’ already-good offensive line just got even better

Jacksonville averaged 141.4 rushing yards per game last time period, tops in the NFL. The Jaguars also allowed only 24 sacks, a number bested by only the Chargers and Saints.

On Tuesday, a stout offensive line got even stouter with the news that former Panthers guard Andrew Norwell intends to sign with Jacksonville, the Jaguars beating out the Giants, 49ers and Colts for his services.

Per his 5 yr, $66.5M agreement w/ the #Jaguars, Andrew Norwell is set to become the 2nd highest avg. paid OL in football.

Trent Williams: $13.6M
Andrew Norwell: $13.3M
Russell Okung: $13.25Mhttps://t.co/sXvuRIm9zt

— Spotrac (@spotrac) March 13, 2018

According to Pro Football Talk, Norwell has agreed to a five-year, $66 cardinal deal with $30 cardinal in guaranteed money, which sets a new high bar for NFL guards. The archetypal-team All-Pro in 2017 was ranked as the conference’s No. 12 offensive lineman by Pro Football Focus. He was the only guard in the conference with at least 200 snaps in pass protection to not allow a quarterback sack or hit, PFF says.

[The quarterback market kicks off with a deal for Case Keenum]

Jump-beginning ing the QB market

Case Keenum has agreed to a deal with the Broncos that should get the quarterback market moving. The Broncos will become Keenum’s fourth NFL team after the Houston Texans, Rams (in both St. Louis and Los Angeles) and Minnesota Vikings. He had a breakthrough 2017 time period with the Vikings in which he threw for 3,547 yards with 22 score s and only seven interceptions, playing at a near-conference-MVP level and helping Minnesota to reach the NFC title game.

Dolphins to move on from Suh

Ndamukong Suh is expected to hit the free agent market, with reports indicating that the Miami Dolphins will release him on Wednesday. The defensive tackle hints as much Monday when he tweeted a video in which he promised, “there will be some exciting things active on.”

⏱ 5:25 AM
Seattle, WA#RiseAndGrind pic.twitter.com/ABbCAvutj3

— Ndamukong Suh (@NdamukongSuh) March 12, 2018

Suh has been something of a disappointment in Miami after sign language a six-year, $114.4 cardinal contract in 2015. Over the past 3 years, he has not had more than six sacks in a time period. Nevertheless, a host of teams would love to add the 31-year-old to their rosters for 2018.

Brees and the Saints getting closer?

One of the conference’s best quarterbacks could be in play for active to a new team, but don’t hold your breath.

Although reports indicated that the Vikings have shown interest in Drew Brees, there’s no reason to expect that he won’t stay with the Saints. He and his family love New Orleans and he is the team’s foundation. Besides, he naboriginal got them into the NFC championship game in January. Why wouldn’t the Saints have him back?

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport according Tuesday that Brees and the Saints made “significant progress” on a deal Monday — he joined the team to salute retiring left tackle Zach Strief — and that it’s believed a new contract will be worked out Tuesday. If Brees staying in New Orleans is a foregone conclusion, as many have believed all along, there’s a significant motivation to move quickly. Brees’s contract technically voids at 4 p.m. Wednesday, which would create a $18 cardinal cap charge for 2018. If his contract can be extended, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reports that the money would be spread over the next 3 years.

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