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When NFL free agency officially begins with the start of the new league year at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 9, it will come after days of speculation and rumors about each player's landing spot.

A legal tampering period, introduced in 2013, allows teams a three-day period of reaching out to players to express interest and "submit a negotiating position," although no contract offer can officially be made. This led to some controversy during the 2015 offseason and an investigation into the Miami Dolphins' pursuit of defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, but the league found that the team didn't break any rules.

For some players, like former Los Angeles Rams defensive end Chris Long and New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie, free agency began immediately after being released. But for players with expiring contracts, they aren't officially on the market until the new league year ticks the last day off their contract.

The tampering period has created more whispers and rumors leading up to the beginning of free agency and then an explosion of news when teams can officially sign players. We'll be keeping track of all the whispering here.

For the free agent signings, we're keeping tabs on the top 100 free agents on the market. From the rumor mill:

April 4

The Bengals, who lost wide receivers Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency, will work out veteran WR Mike Williams on Tuesday, according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.

Safety Reggie Nelson, formerly of the Bengals, will meet with the Oakland Raiders, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

April 1

Greg Toler left Miami without a contract, but he is still on the team's "radar," according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Linebacker Bruce Carter has spent time with the Jets and Lions, and visited with the Bills on Friday, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

March 31

Stefen Wisniewski, the top offensive lineman on the market, recently visited the Steelers and was with the Eagles on Thursday, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

The Dolphins continued searching for running back help after Lamar Miller departed in free agency by working out Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

The Chiefs hosted safety Jeron Johnson on Wednesday, according to Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star.

March 30

Linebacker Bruce Carter is visiting the Jets on Wednesday, per NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. Carter played his first five seasons in Tampa Bay and Dallas.

The Steelers are bringing in defensive end Jack Crawford for a visit this week, looking to bolster their defensive line depth chart.

March 29

Right guard Geoff Schwartz visited with the Lions Tuesday, reports Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. This is just the latest visit for the former Giant, who has met with various other teams since being released.

Defensive tackle Terrance Knighton is in New England on Tuesday to visit the Patriots and then is set to meet with Washington on Wednesday, reports NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. Knighton signed a one-year contract with Washington prior to last season.

Wide receiver Anquan Boldin is visiting Washington on Tuesday, reports Mike Jones of the Washington Post. It's the first free-agent visit for the former 49ers wideout.

March 28

Running back Arian Foster is set to visit the Dolphins on Tuesday, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Foster could pass a physical at this point, but he still had a lot of rehab before he's ready to play, and Rapoport thinks Foster is unlikely to sign right away.

The Cowboys are still looking for help on the defensive line, and are set to host former Lions defensive end Jason Jones, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Nick Fairley signed with the Saints with an offer on the table from the Patriots, but the latter team knew Fairley was signing with New Orleans on Friday, which is why New England is hosting Terrance Knighton for a visit on Monday, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

March 27

Cornerback Brandon Boykin is scheduled to visit the Carolina Panthers and three other teams this week.

March 24

Former Browns LB Karlos Dansby is taking a trip down I-71 to meet with the Bengals.

Free agent guard Geoff Schwartz visited the Steelers on Thursday.

The Falcons hosted linebacker Courtney Upshaw and guard Ted Larsen.

March 23

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher told the NFL Network that they have "looked at the tape" of quarterback Robert Griffin III, and that he is someone "they have to consider" as a potential addition to the depth chart.

There is mutual interest between the Rams and free agent kicker Greg Zuerlein, reports ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner, but coach Fisher noted there will be a "real competition" regardless of who is brought in to camp.

The Dolphins are exploring every option in trying to add a running back this offseason. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that a veteran free agent, such as Arian Foster, is a possibility for Miami.

March 22

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in response to a question about Greg Hardy that they "are still leaving that open," according to the Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill.

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy confirmed to reporters on Tuesday that Green Bay's leading receiver from the 2015 season, James Jones, is not in the team's plans for next year.

Browns head coach Hue Jackson reiterated that offensive lineman Joe Thomas is "not going anywhere," according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, and called him the "best left tackle in the league."

The Ravens have an unofficial agreement in place to add running back Trent Richardson, as Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports, but want to see Richardson get in better physical condition before officially signing him.

Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis mentioned during his press conference on Tuesday that re-signing veteran safety Reggie Nelson is still on the table for the Bengals' offseason plans.

Tony Pauline of Walterfootball.com reports from Florida's pro day that the Jets are "shopping" defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson.

Broncos head coach noted to the media on Tuesday that the team has talked to free agent wide receiver Jordan Norwood and "would love to have him back" in Denver next season.

March 21

Less than a week after trading Martellus Bennett, the Bears hosted tight end Josh Hill, according to Adam Schefter. Hill previously met with the Jets.

The Seahawks have shown interest in veteran linebacker Karlos Dansby.

Nick Fairley is taking his time in free agency and is headed to Florida to meet with the New England Patriots at the owners meetings, according to ESPN's Nick Wagoner. Fairley says he met with the Saints already and is still in contact with the Rams.

March 18

The Jets' ultimate goal is to have Ryan Fitzpatrick under contract.

The Cowboys are set to bring in free agent running back Alfred Morris, according to Nick Eatman of the team's official website.

Dallas is also hoping to schedule a visit with free agent cornerback Patrick Robinson, according to Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News.

March 17

The Rams would like to bring back Nick Fairley, who visited with the Saints recently, but only at the right price, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Free agent wide receiver Anquan Boldin expects more action on the open market, and is "certainly not contemplating retirement," according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

Both the 49ers and Patriots could be in pursuit of Courtney Upshaw, according to Pro Football Talk.

March 16:

The Dolphins are back in the hunt for a running back after missing out on C.J. Anderson, and they have scheduled a visit with free agent Chris Johnson, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Offensive tackle Russell Okung is scheduled to visit with the Denver Broncos, per Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports.

Wide receiver Brandon LaFell will visit with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to Rand Getlin of NFL Network.

The Bills have visited with WR Deonte Thompson, and they are hosting visits with WR Jeremy Kerley, RB Joique Bell and TE Jim Dray, according to Buffalo Bills PR.

The Raiders will re-sign LT Donald Penn, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Penn had a visit scheduled with the New York Giants, but will remain in Oakland.

March 15:

The Arizona Cardinals met with offensive guard Evan Mathis, and offered him a two-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

The Packers hosted free agent tight end Jared Cook on a visit on Monday, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

The Steelers are no longer in the Russell Okung sweepstakes, according to Pro Football Talk.

The Dolphins are meeting with quarterback Matt Moore.

Former Bengals right tackle Andre Smith is deciding between the Vikings and Cardinals.

The Eagles are interested in Nick Fairley.

Raiders left tackle Donald Penn, who is locked in a contract stalemate with the team, is planning on visiting the Giants, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

Cornerback Leon Hall is meeting with the Cowboys, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

March 14:

The Los Angeles Rams will be the first of several team visits for former New York Giants WR Rueben Randle, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Russell Okung has offers on the table from the Lions, Steelers and Giants at present, and has no other visits scheduled with teams for the time being, according to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports.

Chris Long, who is visiting the Patriots on Monday, has three other visits scheduled this week, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Two of the teams remain unknown, but one is the Cowboys.

Wide receiver Mike Wallace is finally seeing some action, and is set to visit the Ravens on Monday evening and Tuesday, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Eric Weddle negotiations went on through the night and he has narrowed it down from four teams to three teams, according to Peter Schrager of FOX Sports.

Defensive end Quinton Coples is visiting the Rams on Monday, according to Rand Getlin of the NFL Network.

Steve McLendon, a former Steelers nose tackle, is visiting with the Jets on Monday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

March 13:

Chris Long is set to visit and work out with the Patriots on Monday, according to Trey Wingo of ESPN.

The Steelers have offered Russell Okung, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. But they still plan to meet with other free agent offensive tackles, including Ryan Harris, this week.

Panthers free agent guard Amini Silatolu is visiting the Cardinals, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

After taking a few visits during free agency, tight end Jermaine Gresham plans to re-sign with the Cardinals, according to Ian Rapoport.

Running back Lance Dunbar is visiting the Seahawks.

Former Falcons nose tackle Paul Soliai is keeping it in the NFC South with a visit to the Panthers.

The Seahawks are looking to add to their DL. Enter defensive tackle Sealver Siliga, who will meet with them in Seattle.

Robert Griffin III visited the Jets over the weekend, but left without a contract. Re-signing Ryan Fitzpatrick remains the team's top priority.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Broncos are interested in Ryan Fitzpatrick, but only if the price is right. As of now, Denver isn't ready to shell out the money that Fitzpatrick is seeking.

Tight end Zach Miller will reportedly visit the Rams Sunday. He caught 34 passes for the Bears last season.

Mike Wallace is scheduled to visit the Ravens Monday, according to Sports Illustrated's Don Banks. Baltimore is reportedly only interested in signing Wallace to a "low-budget deal."

March 12:

Seahawks offensive tackle Russell Okung is "high" on the Lions, but has a visit with the Steelers lined up. The Giants and 49ers are also in the mix, according to Mike Silver of NFL.com.

Running back LeGarrette Blount, who hasn't had much buzz, is 100 percent recovered, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum is traveling to visit the Jaguars on Monday, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN.

Former Raiders wide receiver Rod Streater is scheduled to visit with the team's AFC West rival, the Kansas City Chiefs, according to Adam Schefter.

Dallas has been a popular place to circle in pencil as Johnny Manziel's next stop, but the Dallas Morning News reports the Cowboys have no interest in the former Heisman winner.

Former Jaguars and Seahawks pass rusher Chris Clemons may have only a year or two left in him, but the Dolphins are bringing the veteran in for a visit, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network.

Dashon Goldson proved himself to be a leader in Washington, but was released as a cap casualty. Without much interest on the open market though, ESPN reports the safety could make a return to Washington in 2016.

March 11:

Eric Weddle, the top safety on the market, has offers from four different teams and plans to respond on Monday, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Linebacker Sean Spence is visiting with the Dolphins on Friday evening, according to Pro Football Talk.

Arian Foster, perhaps the top back still on the market, is taking a patient approach to free agency given his recovery from injury, according to Pro Football Talk.

Walter Thurmond hasn't received much buzz on the open market, but some "around the Eagles" think he could be retiring, according to Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News.

It sounds like it's a three-team race for safety Chris Conte, including the Buccaneers, Saints and Giants, according to Rand Getlin of the NFL Network.

Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham visited the Jets on Friday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Former Cowboys and Texans quarterback Brandon Weeden is taking a visit with the Dolphins, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Free agent quarterback Matt Moore has already visited with the Cowboys and will meet with the Colts on Monday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Patriots are showing interest in defensive end Chris Long, according to Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal.

Johnny Manziel is officially on the market after the Browns finally waived the 2014 first-round pick on Friday.

The 49ers are in the running for offensive tackle Russell Okung, according to Michael Silver, along with the Lions, Giants and Okung's former team, the Seahawks.

Seattle is coming through defensive tackle talent on Friday with both Al Woods and Cam Thomas in for visits, according to Ian Rapoport. Former Browns linebacker Craig Robertson is also reportedly headed for a visit with the Seahawks.

The Patriots are making a power move of their own, extending a three-year, $12 million offer sheet to wide receiver Chris Hogan that should be difficult for the Bills to match.

Former Chargers defensive lineman Kendall Reyes is expected to sign with Washington.

The Rams are a popularly speculated landing spot for free agents like Ryan Fitzpatrick and Robert Griffin III, but the team is "sitting tight" at quarterback and isn't expected to make roster moves at the position.

Former Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman is suddenly one of the most coveted free agents still on the market and is spending Friday visiting the Bears.

The Steelers don't spend in free agency often, but are said to be taking a long look at former Lions defensive end Jason Jones.

The Jets haven't been willing to meet Ryan Fitzpatrick's contract demands, but teams like the Rams and Browns aren't tripping over themselves to sign the veteran either and aren't very interested in his services.

Friday is expected to be the day that Johnny Manziel is finally released by the Browns, according to ESPN's Tony Grossi.

March 10:

The Broncos have been in touch with Ryan Fitzpatrick's agent, according to Mike Silver of the NFL Network. This is especially significant given the Broncos' reported interest in Colin Kaepernick.

Free agent linebacker Jerrell Freeman is one of the top guys available, and talks with the Colts "are not going well," according to Chris Hagan of FOX59 Sports.

Cornerback Prine Amukamara of the New York Giants will be taking a visit with the Jaguars, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

While the Bears seem to be trying to trade tight end Martellus Bennett, former Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham is on his way to visit Chicago, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Raiders may not be done yet -- another blockbuster signing in the form of Eric Weddle could be on the horizon, as the team is "working on" him, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.

The Patriots are taking visits from both tight tend Clay Harbor and running back James Starks, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.

Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon could reunite with the Falcons, who are also reportedly interested in bringing former Rams Chris Long and James Laurinaitis on board.

The Patriots hosted RB James Starks, WR Rod Streater and TE Clay Harbor, per Adam Schefter.

Former Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar is meeting with the 49ers.

Scratch that: Robert Ayers will visit the Jaguars instead of the Dolphins. He already met with the Bucs.

The Cowboys will host three veteran free agents on Thursday: QB Matt Moore, DL Cedric Thornton and CB Nolan Carroll.

Free agent right tackle Andre Smith will visit the Vikings and is also receiving interest from the Bucs.

DC native Vernon Davis is visiting with Washington.

Former Broncos offensive lineman Louis Vasquez is taking a visit to Tennessee where the Titans haven't been shy about spending money to improve the offense.

C.J. Anderson is visiting the Dolphins, but the Broncos would have five days to match any offer sheet extended to him by Miami.

Washington is a potential landing spot for former Bengals Pro Bowl safety Reggie Nelson.

Robert Ayers, who is suddenly the top pass rusher on the market, is going to visit the Buccaneers and Dolphins.

The Buccaneers and the Vikings are two teams in pursuit of former Bengals offensive tackle Andre Smith.

Linebacker Vincent Rey is re-signing with the Bengals.

Chris Long is visiting with the Falcons on Thursday.

The Jets are free agent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick are "no where close" to agreeing on a new contract.

The Broncos are interested in Colin Kaepernick, but aren't the only ones. The Jets and Browns are also interested. If Denver or New York doesn't land Kaepernick, Brian Hoyer is another potential quarterback to pursue.

March 9:

Backup quarterback Matt Moore will visit the Cowboysaccording to Adam Schefter.

Pro Football Talk reported that the Bears, Dolphins, Patriots and 49ers have interest in restricted free agent C.J. Anderson, who was tendered at the lowest level by the Broncos.

Defensive end Randy Ayers will visit the Bucs on Wednesday night, per Adam Caplan.

The Falcons are hosting Mohamed Sanu for a visit and will likely try and sign him, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL NetworkSanu told Josina Anderson that he planned to visit the Patriots after he meets with the Falcons.

The Dolphins rescinded their transition tag for Olivier Vernon and the "serious contenders" for his services include the Jaguars and Giantsaccording to Jeff Darlington of the NFL Network.

The Seahawks are making a push to keep OT Russell Okung, per Ian Rapoport.

Dianna Russini reported that the Falcons are the frontrunners to sign Mohamed Sanu, with a $7 million offer on the table.

The Patriots and Broncos are both showing interest in RB Bilal Powell, according to Brian Costello of the NY Post.

Mohamed Sanu might come with a high price tag of $5 million per year -- or $6 million, says Browns teammate Andrew Hawkins -- and the Patriots are interested in his services, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald.

Expect the Vikings and Buccaneers to come into play for Reggie Nelson if he makes it to the open market, and he's expected to, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo.

Guard Jeff Allen is being "heavily pursued" by both the Bears and the Falcons, among others, according to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports.

Ian Rapoport says the Jets and Dolphins have their eye on Matt Forte.

The Browns are confusing everyone by pulling OT Mitchell Schwartz's offer, according to Mike Silver.

With the Chargers re-signing Antonio Gates, fellow tight end Ladarius Green is headed to the Steelers.

The Falcons are "very close" to landing center Alex Mack, per Pro Football Talk.

The Broncos have "ramped up" negotiations with Brock Osweiler, according to Ian Rapoport. It's down to them and the Texans.

If Brock Osweiler doesn't re-sign with the Denver Broncos, their backup plan is apparently to acquire Colin Kaepernick from the San Francisco 49ers.

Five teams, including the Giants, are reportedly in the hunt for DE Olivier Vernon after the Dolphins removed the transition tag.

The Raiders want to sign Kansas City CB Sean Smith, but the Chiefs aren't out of the race for Smith yet, either.

The Texans have some competition in their pursuit of free agent RB Lamar MillerThe Cowboys are also reportedly interested in MillerHouston has also reportedly reached out to Doug Martin and Matt Forte.

March 8:

The Broncos are planning to sign former Chiefs OT Donald Stephenson.

Kicker Adam Vinatieri, the oldest player in the NFL, signed a contract extension with the Colts.

After being cut by the Panthers, DE Charles Johnson visited with the Giants and Buccaneers, and is reportedly looking to return to Carolina, per Adam Schefter.

The Falcons are interested in WRs Travis Benjamin and Marvin Jones.

The Cardinals are reportedly interested in LB Bruce Irvin at the right price.

Mario Williams agreed to a two-year deal with the Dolphins worth $8 million per year.

The Eagles announced a two-year deal with free agent corner Leodis McKelvin.

The Ravens have agreed in principle to a contract with tight end Ben Watson, reportedly a two year deal, $8 million.

Despite re-signing Sam Bradford, the Eagles have not closed the door on adding free agent quarterback Chase Daniel, per Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports.

The Texans have made a "strong push" to sign free agent running back Lamar Miller, according to Ian Rapoport.

Guard Richie Incognito has signed a three-year deal to remain with the Bills.

The Giants are bringing back defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul on a one-year deal worth up to $10.5 million. He reportedly had higher offers from elsewhere, including the Arizona Cardinals.

The Packers have expressed interest in former Bears running back Matt Forte, according to Adam Schefter.

The Chiefs have re-signed linebacker Tamba Hali to a three-year contract. The new deal should allow Hali to finish his career in Kansas City.

The Jaguars appear to have lured defensive end Malik Jackson out of Denver with a massive six-year, $90 million deal.

The Raiders are set to upgrade their offensive line with Kelechi Osemele, and NFL Network's Rand Getlin says they are now eyeing running back Doug Martin.

Former Panthers DE Charles Johnson is visiting with the Bucs.

The Texans are planning on making an offer to Broncos QB Brock Osweiler and are also interested in Travis Benjamin.

Broncos defensive end Malik Jackson is drawing interest from the Jaguars, Bears, Raiders along with the Broncos.

March 7:

The Browns are interested in pending Bengals free agent Adam Jones, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

The Buccaneers, Giants, Vikings and Falcons are all interested in Browns right tackle Mitchell Schwartz, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

The Bengals want to re-sign George Iloka, but there's a big market for the safety with the Falcons, Giants, Lions and Vikings all interested, according to Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy is expected to draw big interest on the open market with the Buccaneers, Falcons, Lions, Dolphins, Saints, 49ers, Jaguars, Bears and Jets all potential landing spots, according to NFL Network's Rand Getlin.

The Raiders are making "a strong push" to sign Chiefs cornerback Steve Smithaccording to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Adam Schefter reports a trade that would send Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell to the Dolphins is close to being completed.

The Eagles are willing to listen to trade offers for not only DeMarco Murray but Ryan Mathews as well, according to Rapoport.

Bruce Irvin looks set to leave the Seahawks and the Jaguars and Falcons are a pair of potential landing spots with former Seattle defensive coordinators. Ian Rapoport says the Cardinals could also be interested, though.

The 49ers have plenty of cap room and are considered using a chunk of it on Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith, according to a pair of reports.

Some new defensive backs are on the market as Washington released safety Jeron Johnson and two-time Pro Bowler Dashon Goldson on Monday, while the Dolphins are set to cut ties with Brent Grimesaccording to Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel.

The Rams cut Chris Long, but could lose his replacement too, as the Cardinals are interested in defensive end William Hayes, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.

The Steelers kept Darrius Heyward-Bey from reaching the open market, signing the wide receiver to a multi-year contract on Monday.

Mario Williams is free to sign whenever and says he will do so "right away" if given an offer of at least $10 million per season. Among the possible suitors are the Giants, Jaguars and Dolphins, according to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report.

Former Saints guard Jahri Evans is visiting Buffalo and the six-time Pro Bowler is free to sign whenever.

The Buccaneers are reportedly "intent" on keeping Doug Martin in Tampa Bay, but agreeing to a contract with the running back could still be tough.

Former Rams defensive end Chris Long will visit Washington on Tuesday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. As a player who was released, Long is free to sign whenever and doesn't have to wait for free agency to start on Wednesday.

Robert Griffin III will be released on Monday, per ESPN's Dianna Marie Russini.

The Giants have told Victor Cruz that he'll be released if he doesn't take a pay cut, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.

New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was very good for the team this past season, is expected to hit the free agent market, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Rapoport says that the two sides are "far apart" on a potential deal.

Green Bay defensive lineman/outside linebacker Julius Peppers has been trying to "recruit" free agent running back Matt Forte to the Packers, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.

The Texans are expected to contact Jimmy Sexton, Brock Osweiler's agent, early on in the tampering period on Monday, Mike Klis of 9News reported.

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March 6:

It doesn't look like Josh Norman and the Panthers are close to agreeing on a long-term deal, but the franchise tag will still likely ward off teams from attempting to pull him away from Carolina.

49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin is looking to play for a team that "can compete at the highest level" in 2016, which shouldn't come as a surprise to hear from the 35-year-old receiver.

Former Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis is visiting the Falcons on Monday, where he wouldn't be a permanent in Atlanta, he could likely be an upgrade over Paul Worrilow.

Peyton Manning is retiring, but it's "far from a certainty" that the Broncos will be able to re-sign Brock Osweiler and keep the quarterback depth chart from falling into disarray in Denver.

Former Colts wide receiver Andre Johnson isn't thinking about retirement and definitively told ESPN's Adam Schefter that there's "no question" he'll keep playing into 2016.

Not only did former Bills pass rusher Mario Williams visit the Dolphins on Saturday, he decided to spend the night and extend the visit into Sunday. Slumber parties usually mean good things in free agency, and the Dolphins freed up space by restructuring the deal of Ndamukong Suh and releasing Greg Jennings, among other moves.

March 4:

Former Rams defensive end Chris Long is 100 percent healthy, but reportedly will only sign with a Super Bowl contender at this stage of his career, according to Dianna Mari Russini.

Martellus Bennett's agent is reportedly working together with the Bears to find a team that would trade for the tight end. He turns 29 next week and is entering the last season of a four-year deal which is set to pay him just over $5 million in 2016.

The Dolphins are ready to splurge on interior offensive linemen, according to the Miami Herald. The team likes Kelechi Osemele, but the bidding may go too high; however, both Alex Boone and Geoff Schwartz are more affordable options who like the idea of playing in Miami.

March 3:

The 49ers are still trying to get things sorted out with Colin Kaepernick, but one potential back-up plan is to sign Robert Griffin III instead, according to ESPN's John Clayton.

March 1:

The Eagles have settled on their 2016 quarterback, signing Sam Bradford to a two-year deal worth $36 million with $26 million guaranteed. Ian Rapoport said that Philadelphia was waiting to see what Washington would do with Kirk Cousins (who got the non-exclusive franchise tag) before finalizing the Bradford deal.

The Bills have tagged left tackle Cordy Glenn and and released defensive end Mario Williams.

The Broncos are using the exclusive tag on Von Miller.

The Jets have officially tagged Muhammed Wilkerson. The New York Daily News reports that New York remains open to trading Wilkerson, but it will come at a steep price that teams may be unwilling to pay.

The Panthers plan on tagging Josh Norman.

The Rams slapped the franchise tag on cornerback Trumaine Johnson, all but assuring that fellow starter Janoris Jenkins will hit the open market

The Chiefs will keep safety Eric Berry for at least one more year, putting the tag on last season's Comeback Player of the Year.

Defensive end Olivier Vernon got the transition tag from the Dolphins. He's still free to negotiate with other teams and Miami has the option of matching any offer. The Dolphins put the transition tag on tight end Charles Clay last year, who ended up signing with Buffalo.

Feb. 29

Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was tagged by the Bears.

The Eagles are reportedly making a "real push" to sign Sam Bradford to a new contract ahead of the tag deadline March 1.

Free agent linebacker James Laurinaitis is scheduled to meet with the Saintsaccording to ESPN Adam Schefter. The team has shown interest since his release from the Rams.

It's a risky move, but Washington is reportedly leaning toward using the transition tag on quarterback Kirk Cousinsper NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

The Saints released wide receiver Marques Colston after 10 years with the team.

Feb. 28

The Colts are expected to move on from 40-year-old backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeckper Mike Silver of NFL Media. Josh Freeman will back up Andrew Luck next season.

The Eagles have reportedly upped their offer to keep quarterback Sam Bradford, who's a free agent this year. If they can't retain Bradford, former Chiefs backup Chase Daniel, who Doug Pederson coached in Kansas City, could be an option.

Free agent cornerback Antonio Cromartie is expected to visit with the Billsaccording to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. Rex Ryan is apparently intrigued by the possibility of a reunion.

The Bills are planning to franchise tackle Cordy Glenn if the two sides don't sign a long-term deal by Tuesday's deadline. The franchise tag for tackles this year is $13.7 million.

The Broncos and Von Miller are reportedly unlikely to agree to a long-term deal by Tuesday, in which case the star linebacker would almost certainly be franchised.

The Saints may be interested in picking up linebacker James Laurinaitis, who was released by the Rams last week. Laurinaitis, 29, started every single game in seven seasons with the Rams.

Feb. 26

The Eagles are listening to offers for disgruntled running back DeMarco Murray, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Cutting him outright won't be easy for the Eagles considering if would leave them with $13 million in dead cap space. Then again, the size of his contract won't make it an easier to trade him.

Josh Norman's reps met with the Panthers at the NFL Combine on Thursday night. There was no deal, but the talks were seen as a sign of progress between the two sides. He could also get the franchise tag.

Feb. 25

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick isn't a free agent, but he'd like to be. He's reportedly asked the team for permission to explore a trade.

Buccaneers running back Doug Martin is more likely to sign with another team on the first day of free agency than remain with the team, according to Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.

Multiple league sources have told NJ Advance Media's Jordan Raanan that the Dolphins are considering a deal where they would place the franchise tag on defensive end Olivier Vernon and then trade him to another team.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said offensive tackle Kelechi Osemele has been offered a "really aggressive deal," one that could make him the second-highest paid player on the team after quarterback Joe Flacco.

Harbaugh also confirmed that the Ravens are in talks to sign running back Trent Richardson, pending a physical.

Ian Rapoport reported that there's growing optimism the Broncos will reach a long-term deal with Von Miller that will pay the Super Bowl MVP quite handsomely.

Feb. 24

New Eagles coach Doug Pederson said they are negotiating with Sam Bradford and want him back in Philadelphia next season.

The Falcons and Chargers are reportedly showing interest in Travis Benjamin, who is set to hit the open market after contract talks broke down between the receiver and the Browns.

Washington coach Jay Gruden said he felt "pretty good" about Kirk Cousins remaining with the team in 2016. GM Scot McCloughan added that conversations are ongoing and that Cousins wants to stick around.

After a report that there was a "good chance" the Bucs would re-sign Doug Martin, GM Jason Licht said he was optimistic the two sides would get a deal done.

49ers GM Trent Baalke told reporters that he "absolutely" expects Colin Kaepernick to be on the roster on April 1, when his base salary kicks in.

Alshon Jeffery and the Bears are "aggressively" negotiating, and the franchise tag is still an option.

The Colts don't want Andre Johnson back this season. He's considering retirement. Cutting him could be a little pricey though, leaving the Colts with $7.5 million in dead money counting against their cap.

The Broncos reportedly offered Malik Jackson $50 million over five seasons, but he turned down the offer. The Jaguars are said to be very interested (and they have more than $70 million in cap room).

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