Eagles add WRs Jeffery, Smith
Philly gets Wentz pair of big targets; Redskins fire GM.
Carson Wentz gets to throw to a pair of accomplished receivers next season.
The Philadelphia Eagles agreed on a one-year deal with wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, a few hours after giving wideout Torrey Smith a three-year deal on Thursday.
Jeffery was considered the top receiver available in free agency, but he couldn’t secure a long-term deal to remain in Chicago after getting the franchise tag last year. The 27-year-old Jeffery is coming off two down seasons in which he missed 11 games because of injury and suspension.
His last standout season came in 2014, when he had 85 catches for 1,133 yards receiving and 10 TDs. Jeffery went to the Pro Bowl in 2013 after catching 89 passes for 1,421 yards and seven TDs.
Smith, released by the 49ers last week, caught 53 passes for 930 yards and seven touchdowns in two seasons in San Francisco. The 28-year-old Smith never became the deep threat that he was with Baltimore, where he helped the Ravens beat San Francisco in the Super Bowl after the 2012 season.
Smith had just 20 catches for 267 yards last season before missing the final three games with a concussion.
The Eagles cleared cap space earlier in the day by releasing defensive end Connor Barwin, saving $7.75 million. They’ll likely make more cuts soon.
The Eagles also agreed on a one-year deal with guard Chance Warmack.
The 25-year-old Warmack was the 10th overall pick in the 2013 draft out of Alabama. He spent the first four years of his career with the Titans, starting 48 games.
Redskins: Fired general manager Scot McCloughan on the opening day of free agency, team president Bruce Allen announced.
McCloughan, 46, served as GM for the past two years and had a four-year contract. The day McCloughan was hired, Allen said the new GM would have full control over personnel decisions, but there were splits in the front office on a number of issues. McCloughan did not attend the scouting combine earlier this month, with a spokesman saying he was “taking care of some family matters.”
In the opening hours of free agency, Washington signed defensive tackle Terrell McClain and safety D.J. Swearinger to multiyear contracts. The Redskins lost receiver DeSean Jackson and defensive end Chris Baker to the Buccaneers and receiver Pierre Garcon to the 49ers.
After the Redskins extended coach Jay Gruden’s contract Monday, quarterback Kirk Cousins remains in limbo. They placed the franchise tag on Cousins for a second consecutive season while buzz circulates about a trade or a long-term contract. Bears: Officially have closed the book on the Jay Cutler era after an unfulfilling eight years at quarterback that included only one postseason appearance.
The Bears made cutting Cutler their first official move as the NFL free-agent market opened, while they were reportedly working toward finalizing an agreement to replace him with former Tampa Bay quarterback Mike Glennon.
Jaguars: Made another big splash in free agency, adding three starters expected to make a decent defense dynamic. The Jaguars agreed to terms with Houston cornerback A.J. Bouye, Arizona defensive end Calais Campbell and Dallas safety Barry Church on deals totaling more than $150 million.
The 25-year-old Bouye agreed to a five-year deal worth $67.5 million, the person said, with $26 million guaranteed. Campbell agreed to a four-year deal worth $60 million, with $30 million guaranteed. He chose Jacksonville over Denver. Church agreed to a four-year contract worth $26 million.
49ers: Agreed to contracts with seven free agents: quarterback Brian Hoyer (two years), receiver Pierre Garcon (five years), linebacker Malcolm Smith (five years), Pro Bowl fullback Kyle Juszczyk (four years), kicker Robbie Gould (two years), receiver Marquise Goodwin (two years) and blocking tight end Logan Paulsen (one year).
Hoyer made 13 starts for Cleveland in 2014 when Shanahan was offensive coordinator. Hoyer won seven of those starts and threw for a career-high 3,326 yards that season. Hoyer will reportedly get $10 million guaranteed in the two-year deal.
One of his prime targets will be Garcon, who got a contract worth $47.5 million with $20 million guaranteed and $16 million paid in the first year. Garcon set career highs in 2013 in Washington when Shanahan was his offensive coordinator with 113 catches for 1,346 yards.
Panthers: Agreed to terms with unrestricted free-agent left tackle Matt Kalil from the Vikings on a five-year deal worth $55.5 million, with $25 million guaranteed.
Kalil, who spent five seasons in Minnesota after being selected fourth overall in 2012, will play with older brother Ryan, Carolina’s twotime All-Pro center.
Bucs: Tampa Bay added a deep threat for Jameis Winston when it agreed to terms with wide receiver DeSean Jackson on a three-year contract. Jackson, a three-time Pro Bowler, spent the past three seasons with Washington. He will fit in a receiving corps that already has the prolific Mike Evans.
Ravens: Reached agreement with free-agent safety Tony Jefferson and running back Danny Woodhead.
Jefferson made 96 tackles for the Cardinals last season. The 25-year-old has two interceptions over four seasons but is known primarily as a sure tackler and should form a solid 1-2 punch with safety Eric Weddle.
Rams: Addressed their two biggest needs by agreeing to terms with offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth and receiver Robert Woods.
Whitworth got a threeyear deal to leave the Bengals, and USC product Woods got a five-year deal to return home to LA from Buffalo.
Broncos: Will sign former Cowboys guard Ronald Leary to a four-year, $35 million deal that includes $20 million guaranteed. Leary is expected to start at left guard with Max Garcia moving over to the right side.
Packers: Re-signed linebacker Nick Perry, bringing back an important piece to their defense. Perry had a breakout season in 2016, with a career-high 11 sacks.
Lions: Released DeAndre Levy, one of the league’s best linebackers two years ago before a series of hip and knee injuries. Dolphins: Re-signed safety Reshad Jones to a $60 million, five-year extension.
Former Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery — suspended four games by the NFL for a PED violation in 2016 — had to settle for a one-year contract in Philadelphia.