NFL free agency officially starts today at 4:00 pm ET (the start of the new league year), but teams have been taking advantage of the two-day free agency negotiating window that opened on Tuesday. Several players have already agreed to contracts with new teams during that window, while many others are still available. Here is all the latest news & rumors you need to know:
Cousins wants out of Washington
Washington's front office upheaval that has resulted in the ousting of general manager Scot McCloughan may have actual on-field effects. According to multiple reports, quarterback Kirk Cousins wants to be traded because of the discord in the front office, with the San Francisco 49ers being his preferred destination.
"Cousins has made it clear he does not want to be there. He wants to get to San Francisco and play for Kyle Shanahan." @wyche89 on Cousins— NFL Media (@NFLMedia) March 8, 2017
No matter what anyone thinks of Cousins' ability, he is a person of principle. Unless he changes, not enough money in world to want this.— Jason Reid (@JReidESPN) March 9, 2017
The 49ers and Redskins have reportedly already had talks about a possible Cousins trade, but several things - including Redskins owner Dan Snyder's distain for new 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, who he fired in 2013 - have kept it from happening.
Kirk Cousins appealed personally to owner Dan Snyder for a trade but was basically told not to get his hopes up, per sources.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 9, 2017
Cousins has spent the last two season as Washington's starter, and set new franchise records for passing yards each year. In 2016, Cousins passed for 4,917 yards with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Report: Romo will sign with Broncos
The Cowboys will release quarterback Tony Romo today with several teams figuring to be bidding on his services. The Denver Broncos are currently the favorite to land him, and that is where Romo will eventually sign, according to Vic Lombardi via ProFootballTalk:
Appearing on Thursday’s PFT Live, Vic Lombardi of Altitude Sports Network predicted that Romo will end up in Denver — but only after G.M. John Elway plays a “slow dance” that culminates in a deal that works for the Broncos.
“Ultimately he’ll become a Denver Bronco,” Lombardi said. “They’ll hit him with an incentive-laden contract. They’ll give him enough now to make it worth his while. And if he stay’s healthy and he’s playing games, he’ll make it up.”
Romo played just one drive this past season, completing 3/4 passes for 29 yards and a touchdown. In his last full season in 2014, Romo threw for 3,705 yards with 34 touchdowns and just nine interceptions.
Patriots to sign Gilmore, trading Butler to Saints for Cooks?
New England will sign cornerback Stephon Gilmore to a five-year deal, giving them another top-tier cornerback. However, the Gilmore signing may allow them to trade away Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler. According to ESPN's Dianna Russini, the Patriots are considering trading Butler to the Saints for wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
The New England Patriots are considering trading Malcolm Butler to the New Orleans Saints for Brandin Cooks per sources— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 9, 2017
New England had previously offered a package centered around the No. 32 overall pick in the draft for Cooks, but New Orleans turned that offer down. The Saints are looking to upgrade their secondary and are very interested in Butler, who may now be expendable with Gilmore on the roster.
Gilmore going to the Patriots is one of a handful of notable deals that have been agreed to this morning. Here are all the latest: