Stunner: Texans dump Brock Osweiler on Browns, Broncos sign guard plus other free agency news

March 9, 2017 Updated: March 9, 2017 at 3:58 pm
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Here are some of the highlights from Thursday as NFL free agency opens:

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Update 3:53 p.m.

Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post is reporting that last year's starter at left tackle for the Broncos, Russell Okung, will sign with the San Diego Chargers for 4 years and $53 million with $25 million guaranteed.

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Update 3:10 p.m.

The Associated Press is reporting that the Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with tackle Matt Kalil from the Minnesota Vikings on a five-year deal worth $55.5 million.

Kalil, who spent five seasons in Minnesota after being selected fourth overall in 2012, will play with older brother Ryan Kalil, Carolina's two-time All-Pro center.

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Update 3:09 p.m.

The Buffalo Bills began addressing their needs at safety by signing free agents Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer, according to the Associated Press.

Hyde is the key addition and agreed to sign a five-year deal worth about $30 million, with about $14 million in guarantees.

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Update 2:45

The Denver Broncos officially announced the expected signing of guard Ron Leary.

“Ronald is a big, physical and athletic guard who plays with an attitude," Broncos General Manager John Elway said in a statement. "Upgrading the offensive line was a priority for us this offseason, and we’re excited to add Ronald to our team.”

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Update 2:12 p.m.

Cornerback AJ Bouye is getting 5-Years, $67.5M, $26M fully guaranteed from the Jaguars.

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Update 2:10 p.m.

Some offensive line news. Former Lions tackle Riley Reiff plans to sign with the Vikings, while Former Jaguars tackle Luke Joeckel is headed to Seattle. Both are former first rounders. Guard Chance Warmack is headed to the Eagles.

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Update 2:08 p.m.

Former Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery has signed a 1-year, $14 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Update 1:40 p.m.

The Houston Texans have traded quarterback Brock Osweiler and a second round pick to Cleveland for the Browns to take Osweiler's contract. 

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Update 1:20 p.m.

ESPN's Chris Mortenson is reporting that, despite an 11th-hour overture by the Denver Broncos, defensive lineman Calais Campbell will sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Update: 12:34 p.m.

Several media sources are reporting that the Dallas Cowboys now intend to trade quarterback Tony Romo rather than release him. The Denver Broncos and the Houston Texans are reported to be in negotiations.

Other rumors have the Broncos talking trade with the New York Jets about quarterback Trevor Siemian.

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ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter has tweeted that guard Ron Leary is planning on signing with the Denver Broncos. The deal is expected to be finalized shortly after the opening of the league's free agency period, which begins at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Since Schefter's tweet, multiple media sources have reported the same.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported the contract is expected to be for four-years and $36 million with $20 million guaranteed, per a source informed of the decision.

The 6-foot-3, 320-pounder started 12 games on the Dallas Cowboys' offensive line in 2016. He has made 47 starts over the past four seasons. He did not allow a sack.

Either Leary or Max Garcia, who was Denver's starting left guard last season, is expected to move to right guard.

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