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NFL Free Agency 2020 Rumors Tracker: XFL Star Getting NFL Interest

Brad Gagnon

As we close out the wildest work of the NFL offseason, there’s still plenty of work to be done.

Hundreds of players remain on the free-agent market, and the trade market should continue to be active as well, with a second wave likely on the horizon.

As free agency continues, we're here to track rumors as they emerge. 

Three Teams Reportedly Interested in XFL Star P.J. Walker

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Last week, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported the XFL will release players from their contracts in the event they receive a "credible contractual offer" from an NFL or CFL team. And on Friday morning, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported the NFL will soon allow teams to sign XFL players. 

One XFL player who appears likely to land "a credible contractual offer" is quarterback P.J. Walker, who won all five of his starts and posted 15 touchdown passes to four interceptions with the Houston Roughnecks this winter. 

Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston reported Thursday night that the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos have contacted the Roughnecks and inquired about the 25-year-old Temple product.

So while the XFL season may have ended abruptly as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, it may have helped at least one aspiring NFL player take a step closer to his dream. 

The Cowboys Reportedly Aren't Pursuing Jadeveon Clowney

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Jadeveon Clowney is arguably the highest-profile defensive player remaining on the free-agent market. And while there's still no strong indication where the three-time Pro Bowler will wind up, it looks as though we can rule out America's Team. 

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Dallas Cowboys are not among the teams pursuing Clowney. 

OK, so we've got it down to 31. 

On Wednesday, ESPN's Dianna Russini reported Clowney wants about $20 million per year, while NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported that the versatile edge defender "hasn't found the market he expected."

Everson Griffen Says Goodbye to Vikings

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Veteran edge defender Everson Griffen remains available on the free-agent market, but it appears the four-time Pro Bowler will play for somebody other than the Minnesota Vikings in 2020. 

"While it is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye," Griffen wrote on Instagram on Friday, "I leave Minnesota in the best physical and mental shape I have ever been and have many Pro Bowl seasons to come! Wherever my next stop is, I will always be grateful to and cheering for the Vikings."

This isn't too surprising considering Minnesota's cap crunch, but the Vikes made a multitude of moves to raise money earlier this month, and until Friday there was no indication they weren't in on bringing Griffen back. 

Now, though, it might be a waiting game for Griffen. We're all standing by to see where Jadeveon Clowney will land.

Buccaneers "Could Focus in On" Breshad Perriman

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There's been talk that Antonio Brown could join up with Tom Brady on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster, but the Bucs already have two star receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. 

In 2019, they also had Breshad Perriman, who slipped under the radar with 645 yards and six touchdowns. The 26-year-old former first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens compiled 506 of those yards and scored five of those touchdowns in the month of December and finished with three consecutive 100-yard outings. 

He could be on the verge of finally living up to expectations, but he hit free agency this week and remains on the market. 

Will the Bucs try to bring him back?

"Before the Tom Brady signing, the Bucs were focused on re-signing their own players, including Breshad Perriman," tweeted ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler Friday morning. "They could focus in on Perriman as a downfield threat for Brady."

Other potential options for the Bucs, outside of Brown and Perriman, including Emmanuel Sanders, Robby Anderson and Taylor Gabriel. 

Emmanuel Sanders Hoping to Return to 49ers, Looking for "Best Fit"

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Several established wide receivers remain on the open market, including two-time Pro Bowler Emmanuel Sanders. But the 33-year-old appears to favor a return to the San Francisco 49ers. 

"Hopefully we can run it back, but we’ll see," Sanders said recently on Facebook Live, per Brian Witt of NBCSportsBayArea.com. "The hardest thing about free agency," Sanders added, "is sometimes you want it right away but you have to wait and see what happens. I'm trying not to rush the process, because I know what I want out of a team and I know what my goals are. I’m trying to find the best fit."

Sanders might have to wait for a domino or two to fall, though, because the younger Robby Anderson and Breshad Perriman remain available. 

Teams that would make sense for Sanders, outside of San Francisco, include the Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos (if no bridges were burned).

Joe Flacco Reportedly Isn't Done Playing

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Veteran quarterback Joe Flacco's short tenure with the Denver Broncos was suboptimal, but the recently released 35-year-old isn't done with the NFL. 

On Thursday, The Athletic's Nicki Jhabvala reported that Flacco "still wants to play."

If Flacco does play for his third team in as many seasons, he'll almost certainly be a backup. Would the New England Patriots give him a shot?

Other logical potential landing spots include Cincinnati (where he could mentor presumptive No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow if the Bengals trade Andy Dalton), New York (where he could help Sam Darnold with the Jets), Dallas (where he'd be an upgrade over Cooper Rush behind Dak Prescott) or Los Angeles (where he could back up Jared Goff with the Rams or push Tyrod Taylor with the Chargers).

Panthers 'Having a Hard Time Trying to Trade' Cam Newton

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It's been more than 48 hours since news broke that the Carolina Panthers would allow quarterback Cam Newton to seek a trade, and there's no going back now that Carolina has signed Teddy Bridgewater to replace Newton. 

Considering that those circumstances indicate the Panthers will eventually have to release Newton if they don't find a trade partner, it's not surprising that a shallow trade pool hasn't led to a deal. 

In fact, according to The Athletic's Jourdan Rodrigue, the team and Newton's camp "are having a hard time trying to trade the former MVP." Rodrigue added that "multiple sources expect he's going to be released very soon."

In other words, the quarterback free-agent market might soon become a lot more robust.

Logan Ryan Reportedly Won't Take Less Than $10 Million a Year

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Veteran cornerback Logan Ryan remains on the market, but the versatile 29-year-old doesn't appear ready to accept a discounted offer. 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Ryan "won't take less than" $10 million per year, which was his average annual salary with the Tennessee Titans over the past three seasons.

The slot specialist intercepted four passes as a steady but penalty-happy 16-game starter last season. So it's easy to see why Ryan figures he's worth as much if not more now that the salary cap has shot up again.

But he only has one season left before he's on the wrong side of 30, so the seven-year veteran might have to accept a shorter-term deal to hit eight figures annually going forward.

No Yannick Ngakoue Trade Buzz

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Prior to the start of free agency, star pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue said he was no longer interested in signing a long-term contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. That made him a prime tag-and-trade candidate

The Jaguars did franchise-tag the 24-year-old, but they have yet to trade him. And now, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports (via NFL.com's Kevin Patra) that nothing is close in that regard. 

Ngakoue has racked up at least eight sacks in each of his four NFL seasons. The 2017 Pro Bowler has also forced 14 fumbles in 63 career games, which is the league's fourth-highest total during that span.

He'll likely make some team very happy in 2020, but it might take some time to determine where that will be.



Melvin Gordon's Market Might Be Soft, but the Bills Could Be Interested

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Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon III held out early last season in an attempt to land a new long-term contract. The Bolts called his bluff, and he eventually returned to complete the final year of his existing pact. 

Gordon is now working the free-agent market in search of a new deal. However, he averaged only 3.8 yards per carry while fumbling four times in 12 games last season, which could explain why he has yet to sign anywhere.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo said Thursday (h/t Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith) that Gordon hasn't received "anything remotely close" to what the Chargers offered him last year, which Garafolo pegged at around $10 million per season. 

But regardless of the final number, Gordon will eventually land another NFL gig. Could that be with the Buffalo Bills? 

Matt Parrino of NYup.com reports that "Gordon's representatives have spoken to the Bills about the 26-year-old running back joining forces with Devin Singletary in the Buffalo backfield."

'An Unexpected High Number of Players' Want to Join Brady in Tampa

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Although new Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady isn't in his prime anymore, a lot of NFL players still want to team up with the most decorated signal-caller in league history. 

"Since word surfaced that Tom Brady is expected to land in Tampa," ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted Thursday morning, "an unexpected high number of players have reached out to the Buccaneers to let them know they want to join the former Patriots' QB there, per league sources."

According to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, teams interested in Brady "were [under the impression] that he wanted controversial wide receiver Antonio Brown to join him in 2020. The Bucs are already stacked at wide receiver with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, but they could use help at offensive tackle, running back and in the secondary. 

Luckily, they still have plenty of salary-cap space, according to Spotrac.

We'll have to see whether the expected Brady signing generates a boon beyond the presence of No. 12 himself. 

Don't Expect Jameis to Land in Washington

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The quarterback carousel is beginning to slow down. The proverbial game of musical chairs has few open seats remaining. And the one belonging to the Washington Redskins likely won't become available to 2019 passing-yardage leader Jameis Winston

ESPN.com's John Keim tweeted Thursday morning that "there is no chance" the Redskins will sign Winston.

However, that doesn't necessarily mean 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins is safe. NFL Network's Michael Silver reported late last month that under new head coach Ron Rivera, there's "a very real possibility" that the team will select a quarterback with the No. 2 overall selection in next month's draft. 

Still, don't expect a Haskins-Winston battle this summer in D.C.

Brandin Cooks Is Available?

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Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports that the Los Angeles Rams have "made Brandin Cooks available in a trade as they attempt to trim salary and restock their draft picks."

But what will Cooks' market look like? The Rams aren't exactly selling high. The 26-year-old is coming off the worst statistical season of his six-year career, and a pre-June 1 trade would cost the team even more than it would to keep him, according to Over the Cap

Some team might be willing to absorb some or all of Cooks' $16.8 million 2020 cap hit, but Robby Anderson, Emmanuel Sanders and Breshad Perriman remain available in free agency, and this year's draft is loaded with intriguing wide receiver prospects. 

   
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