Richard Sherman will join the San Francisco 49ers on a three-year contract, multiple media outlets reported Saturday. Sherman, released Friday by the NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks, began his first day as a free agent with a visit to the 49ers. Entering the visit, the two sides reportedly were expected to work quickly on a deal if Sherman's surgically repaired Achilles passed inspection.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden has sung the praises of Marshawn Lynch since he took over in Oakland, but that doesn’t mean he’s not looking for options. Martin was at one point one of the more productive backs in the league, but injuries and a suspension made it easier for the Bucs to part ways.
The best thing going for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers going forward is still the combination of quarterback Jameis Winston and receiver Mike Evans. Winston was presumably happy on Friday, because his top target won’t be going anywhere for a while. Evans will be happy because he became one of the richest receivers in the NFL.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Buccaneers are expected to re-sign 2017 backup Ryan Fitzpatrick before free agency opens next week. Fitzpatrick saw action in six games last season and started three times while Winston was dealing with shoulder trouble. The Buccaneers won two of the three games he started.
While NFL free agency doesn't officially begin until the league's new year starts on March 14, rumors and news are beginning to flow regarding some big names. The Seahawks parted with a three-time Pro Bowler and the Rams traded away a player they signed to a four-year contract extension just five months ago. It's a reminder that anything can happen in the NFL, and that virtually any player can be moved at any time.
Running back DeMarco Murray will be released by the Tennessee Titans after two seasons in Nashville. The Titans informed Murray of the decision on Thursday, a move that clears the way for third-year back Derrick Henry to step into a starting role under new head coach Mike Vrabel. Tennessee will save $6.5 million against the cap without incurring a dead-money charge.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is returning to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for his 14th NFL season. According to longtime Buccaneers' beat reporter Rick Stroud, Fitzpatrick agreed to a contract with the Buccaneers for 2018. The deal is expected to be completed before March 12, when Fitzpatrick would have been able to negotiate with other teams as an unrestricted free agent.