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2021 NFL free agency: Thursday roundup of latest news, buzz

The Giants were forced to turn to Colt McCoy in a key stretch of games in 2020. If they have to break glass in case of emergency once again in 2021, it will be Mike Glennon.

New York is signing the journeyman quarterback, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

Glennon spent the 2020 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars -- his fifth team in as many years -- where he would initially serve as the backup to Gardner Minshew, but ended up making five starts. Glennon posted an 0-5 mark as a starter, yet he nearly led the lowly Jaguars to wins over Cleveland and Minnesota, bringing some excitement to the drab Jags and keeping himself in the consciousness of NFL teams looking for a backup quarterback.

In New York, he'll sit behind Daniel Jones, who enters a prove-it season with the Giants in 2021. At 31 years old, few are looking at Glennon as a potential franchise quarterback. It would be interesting, though, to see what might happen if the Giants are forced to look down the depth chart for an answer if Jones is again unavailable. At minimum, Glennon will at least have a few experiences to share with the youngster along the way.

The Giants announced the addition of another veteran in former Vikings tight end and two-time Pro Bowler Kyle Rudolph. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported the deal is expected to come in at two years and carry a max value around $14 million.

New York is signing former Chiefs starting linebacker Reggie Ragland to a one-year deal, Pelissero reported. Ragland played 2020 with the Lions and the middle linebacker had six starts and played in all 16 games.

Elsewhere in the NFL on Thursday:

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Chris Godwin signed his franchise tag tender, the team announced Thursday. Tampa Bay placed the tag on Godwin last week. The WR is set to earn $15.983 million in 2021.
  • The San Francisco 49ers are bringing 36-year-old quarterback Joe Flacco in for a visit, per Rapoport and Garafolo. Flacco, who spent 2020 with the Jets, played for 49ers QBs coach Rich Scangarello in Denver and has been long regarded by Kyle Shanahan as a good fit for his offense, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero noted. The team plans to add former Cardinals receiver Trent Sherfield on a one-year deal, Garafolo reported, per a source.
  • The Kansas City Chiefs have signed right tackle Mike Remmers to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million guaranteed with a max value of $7 million, Rapoport reported. Remmers notably struggled in Kansas City's Super Bowl loss to the Buccaneers, but is headed back to start for the reigning AFC champions.
  • It's official: The Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams completed the Matthew Stafford-Jared Goff trade on Thursday morning. The deal was agreed to on Jan. 30. Detroit acquired Goff, a 2021 third-round pick and first-round picks in 2022 and 2023 in exchange for Stafford. Pelissero reported, via a source, the deal was completed Thursday because Goff had a $2.5 million roster bonus due on the second day of the league year and the Rams agreed to pay it as part of the trade. As for Stafford, L.A. shared a first look at the QB in his new uniform (apparently backup John Wolford is in the market for a new number). Next to welcome the 12-year pro to town was L.A. Dodgers star pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who proudly displayed his buddy's new jersey.
  • In other Rams news, the team announced tight end Johnny Mundt has agreed to terms on a one-year deal.
  • In other Lions news, Detroit is signing Breshad Perriman to a one-year deal for $3 million, Rapoport reported. Perriman, ranked No. 96 in Gregg Rosenthal's Top 101 free agents, is heading to the franchise his father Brett once played for. Detroit is also finalizing a deal to sign former Bengals kicker Randy Bullock after losing Matt Prater to the Cardinals, Pelissero reported.
  • The Chicago Bears are releasing two-time Pro Bowl and one-time All-Pro cornerback Kyle Fuller, Rapoport reported. Rapoport noted it's the Bears' only cut due to cap space this offseason. Fuller was a 2014 first-round pick for the Bears who was a starter for all six seasons (he sat out 2016 on injured reserve) he played with Chicago. Fuller, 29, had a salary-cap hit of $20 million and will become one of the top free agents available. Bears WR Allen Robinson has accepted his franchise tag, Rapoport reported.
  • The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms on deals with ex-Bucs safety Andrew Adams and defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway. General manager Howie Roseman addressed a potential Zach Ertz trade while speaking with reporters: "For us to trade any player, it's gotta make sense for both sides. None of us had the year we wanted to have last year, but that doesn't define us. We know who he is on and off the field and we value that." Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Eagles gave Ertz permission to seek a trade.
  • The New York Jets have been having conversations with free-agent receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, Rapoport reported, per informed sources. Should a deal come to fruition, Smith-Schuster would form a nice WR tandem with the newly-signed Corey Davis. New York is signing former Jaguars receiver Keelan Cole to a one-year, $5.5 million deal, Rapoport reported. The team announced the signings of former Saints cornerback and special teams ace Justin Hardee and Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis. The Jets are expected to sign defensive back Lamarcus Joyner to a one-year, $4.5 million deal, Rapoport reported. Joyner will get the chance to play safety in Robert Saleh's defense which is what he wanted rather than playing nickel as he did with the Raiders last season.
  • The Buffalo Bills agreed to terms on a one-year deal with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky and a one-year contract with running back Taiwan Jones.
  • The L.A. Chargers are signing tight end Jared Cook, the team announced. The deal will be for one year, $6 million, per Rapoport.
  • The Houston Texans released tight end Darren Fells and punter Bryan Anger. Fells, 34, logged 55 receptions, 653 yards and 11 touchdowns in two seasons with the club. Houston will replace Fells with Ryan Izzo, whom the Texans acquired from the Patriots for a 2022 seventh-round pick, Pelissero reported Thursday. The Houston Texans are singing cornerback Desmond King to a one-year deal worth $3.5 million, Rapoport reported. King is No. 75 in Gregg Rosenthal's Top 101 free agents of 2021. Houston continues to bring in veterans and is signing wide receiver Donte Moncrief to a one-year deal, Pelissero reported. Also heading to Houston on a one-year deal is wide receiver Alex Erickson, Rapoport reported.
  • The New England Patriots released defensive lineman Beau Allen and receiver Marqise Lee. The Pats also announced that its acquisition of tackle Trent Brown from the Las Vegas Raiders and its trade of Marcus Cannon to the Houston Texans are official. Also moving on from the Patriots is safety Patrick Chung, who announced his retirement Thursday after 11 seasons in the NFL. Chung opted out of the 2020 campaign. The Pats are signing ex-Packers defensive tackle Montravius Adams to one-year deal worth $2.5 million max, Rapoport reported, per agent Drew Rosenhaus. New England is re-signing kicker Nick Folk to a one-year, $1.62 million deal with a max of $2.5 million, per Pelissero. Another familiar face is shipping back to Boston, as center David Andrews is resigning with the team, NFL Network's Kim Jones reported. The deal is expected to be for four years, Garafolo reported.
  • The Miami Dolphins are signing former Ravens center Matt Skura to a one-year deal, Garafolo reported, per Skura's agent. Speedy receiver Will Fuller is joining Miami on a one-year deal, per Rapoport and Pelissero. Also, the team announced the signings of former Washington WR Robert Foster and Bengals fullback Cethan Carter.
  • Phillip Lindsay and the Denver Broncos mutually agreed to part ways. Lindsay was slated to be a restricted free agent, but will now hit unrestricted free agency after three seasons in Denver.
  • The Atlanta Falcons are signing former Raiders safety Erik Harris to a one-year deal, Pelissero reported, per a source.
  • The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed fullback Nick Bellore, per Rapoport. Bellore was named to the Pro Bowl as a special teamer in 2020. Seattle is bringing back its starting center, as Ethan Pocic is signing a one-year, $3 million deal, Rapoport reported. Pocic started 14 games last season and 30 of the last 44 over his four-year career with the Seahawks.
  • The Las Vegas Raiders are signing running back Kenyan Drake to a two-year deal and tight end Derek Carrier to a one-year deal, per Rapoport. The team is engaged in ongoing discussions with quarterback Marcus Mariota after asking him to take a pay cut, Rapoport reported. The team is also re-signing running back Theo Riddick to a one-year, $1.175M deal, Pelissero reported. After trading away center Rodney Hudson to the Cardinals, the Raiders are signing former Texans starting center Nick Martin, Rapoport reported. Martin started 62 games over four seasons in Houston.
  • The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with former Colts defensive lineman Denico Autry, ex-Browns offensive lineman Kendall Lamm and former Pro Bowl Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox. Offensive lineman Ty Sambrailo, who made five starts for Tennessee last season, is re-signing with the club, Garafolo reported. Former Browns cornerback Kevin Johnson is signing a one-year deal with the Titans, Rapoport reported.
  • New Orleans Saints safety P.J. Williams is returning after agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.3M fully guaranteed, Rapoport reported, per a source.
  • The Cleveland Browns are signing former Rams cornerback Troy Hill to a four-year, $24 million contract, Rapoport reported.
  • The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with wide receiver David Moore the team announced. Pelissero reported it is a two-year deal worth $4.75 million with $1.25 million guaranteed.
  • The Washington Football Team announced Thursday it has signed former Panthers and Giants linebacker David Mayo and center Tyler Larsen.
  • The Dallas Cowboys are signing linebacker Tarell Basham, Basham's agents announced.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Cam Robinson has accepted his franchise tag, Rapoport reported. New Jags defensive tackle Roy Robertson-Harris' deal is for three years, $28.65 million with a $7 million signing bonus, $14 million guaranteed over the initial two years and the rest reached in incentives, Rapoport reported.

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