NFL free agency tracker: Patriots reportedly signing receiver Bruce Ellington, safety Terrence Brooks

Also: wide receivers Cole Beasley and Adam Humphries both said they were in talks with the Patriots before ultimately signing elsewhere.

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Former Lions wide receiver Bruce Ellington is joining the Patriots. The Associated Press

Here are the latest moves in NFL free agency:

Thursday’s news

 Safety Terrence Brooks signed a two-year deal with the Patriots, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Brooks was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round (No. 79) in 2014 out of Florida State. He played the last two seasons with the New York Jets.

 The Patriots signed wide receiver Bruce Ellington to a one-year deal, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Ellington, 27, had 31 catches in seven games last season split between the Detroit Lions and the Houston Texans. He was drafted in the fourth round by the San Francisco 49ers in 2014 out of South Carolina and has 79 receptions for 769 yards and five touchdowns.


 Wide receiver Golden Tate agreed to terms with the New York Giants, his agency announced. The deal is for four years, $37.5 million, according to NFL Network.

 The Patriots are signing former Broncos tight end Matt LaCosse and former Jets defensive lineman Mike Pennell, according to a league source. LaCosse has been in the NFL since 2015 and played for the Giants and Broncos but had his best season in 2018 in Denver, catching 24 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown. He is 6 feet 6 inches and 255 pounds. Pennell, 27, has a chance to be an impact player for the Patriots, who lost free agent defensive lineman Malcom Brown to the Saints Thursday. At 6-4 and 332 pounds, he can eat up space in the middle. He’s played 16 games for the Jets each of the past two seasons after spending his first three years in the league in Green Bay.

 Wide receiver Cole Beasley, who left the Dallas Cowboys to sign a four-year, $29 million deal with Bills, said at his introductory news conference that his decision came down to Buffalo and the Patriots.

 Wide receiver Adam Humphries said the Patriots made a push to sign him after he committed to the Tennessee Titans. Humphries, who spent the first four seasons of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, signed a four-year deal woth $36 million.


 Defensive lineman Malcom Brown is signing with the New Orleans Saints. The deal is for three years, $15 million.

Brown was drafted by the Patriots in the first round (No. 32) of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Texas. He had 8½ sacks in four seasons, but did not record one last year.

 Safety Ha Ha Clinton Dix is leaving the Redskins to sign a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears, according to NFL Network.

 Defensive end John Simon re-signed with the Patriots, according to his agency, Element Sports Group. Simon played 11 games in the 2018 regular season for the Patriots, tallying two sacks and 17 tackles.

The Patriots will host defensive end Allen Bailey for a visit Thursday. The free agent has spent his entire eight-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs who selected him in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft out of Miami.

Bailey, who will turn 30 on March 25, played in all 16 games for the Chiefs last season, making 13 starts. He had 38 tackles and a career-high six sacks in 2018.

They are also hosting wide receivers Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. Ellington had 31 catches in seven games last season split between the Detroit Lions and the Houston Texans. Harris had 28 reception for 304 yards for the Redskins.

Wednesday’s deals

 The Browns reached an agreement to sign linebacker Adarius Taylor to a two-year, $5 million contract. After one season with the Carolina Panthers, Taylor played the last four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

 Running back Adrian Peterson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he is returning to the Washington Redskins on a two-year deal.


 Wide receiver Tyrell Williams is leaving the Los Angeles Chargers and will sign with the Oakland Raiders, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

 Cornerback Pierre Desir has agreed to a three-year, $25 million deal to stay with the Indianapolis Colts. Earlier Wednesday, the Colts gave cornerback Chris Milton a one-year contract extension.

 The Chargers will sign Tyrod Taylor to a two-year contract to be Philip Rivers’ backup. Taylor has started 46 games during his eight-year career, including the first three games last season for Cleveland before suffering a concussion against the New York Jets. Baker Mayfield took over in Taylor’s absence and did not relinquish the job.

 Jason McCourty is returning to the Patriots on a two-year deal, according to multiple sources. Acquired in a trade with the Cleveland Browns one year ago, McCourty played in all 16 games last season, with 12 starts. He had 70 tackles and one interception as he helped to shore up the secondary.

 After spending one season with the Miami Dolphins, Brandon Bolden is returning to the Patriots, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The running back/special teams performer will sign a two-year deal.

Tuesday’s deals

 Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is leaving the Patriots and will sign a two-year deal with the Chicago Bears worth $5 million per year, according to reports.

 Four-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker C.J. Mosley is headed to the New York Jets after the Baltimore Ravens declined to match the Jets’ five-year, $85 million offer according to reports.

 Four-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Anthony Barr will re-sign with the Vikings on a five-year, $67.5 million contract with $33 million guaranteed and an additional $10 million available through incentives. Barr first had agreed to join the New York Jets, but changed his mind


 The Green Bay Packers agreed to deals with pass rushers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith, safety Adrian Amos and offensive lineman Billy Turner.

Za’Darius Smith’s agency, SportsTrust Advisors, announced his $66 million, four-year deal with $34.5 million in the first two years. Amos‘s deal will be for four years, $37 million.

The team also announced it is parting ways with veteran linebacker Nick Perry.

 Linebacker Thomas Davis is headed to the Chargers after 14 seasons with the Panthers.

 The Buffalo Bills have reached agreements to sign free agent receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley, according to the Associated Press. The Bills also announced signing cornerback Kevin Johnson to a one-year contract.

 The New York Giants have re-signed restricted free agent fullback Eli Penny. He worked mostly as a lead blocker for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Saquon Barkley in 2018.

 The New Orleans Saints will sign former Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray a four-year, $14.4 million deal, according to ESPN.

 Receiver DeVante Parker will sign a $13 million, two-year deal with the Miami Dolphins that replaces a $9.4 million fifth-year option on his original contract.

 Vikings tackle Sheldon Richardson agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with Cleveland.

Nick Foles agrees to deal with Jacksonville

As expected the Jacksonville Jaguars and quarterback Nick Foles agreed on a four-year, $88 million contract, the Associated Press reported on Monday.

The deal includes $50.125 million guaranteed and could be worth up to $102 million with incentives, the AP said.

Foles will replace the inconsistent Blake Bortles, Jacksonville’s top pick (third overall) in the 2014 draft.

Foles, 30, went 4-1 in the postseason and 6-2 in the regular season in place of Carson Wentz the last two years. He was the 2018 Super Bowl MVP in a stunning victory over the Patriots.


Philadelphia opted not to use the franchise tag on Foles, allowing him to hit the open market.

Trey Flowers joins Amendola in Detroit

Trey Flowers will sign a five-year deal with the Detroit Lions, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Lions’ leadership carries prominent ties to the Patriots. Both Detroit general manager Bob Quinn and head coach Matt Patricia spent over a decade in New England. However Patricia’s first season as a head coach ended in difficult circumstances, with the team posting a 6-10 record.

Trent Brown to the Raiders

After helping the Patriots win Super Bowl LIII, offensive tackle Trent Brown is expected to sign with the Oakland Raiders according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal is worth four years, $66 million, with $36.75 million guaranteed, making him highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history.

The Patriots acquired Brown in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers in April, 2018. The Patriots sent a third-round pick to San Francisco in exchange for Brown and a fifth-round pick. Brown would go on to replace Nick Solder, who left via free agency to join the New York Giants last offseason, at left tackle.

His ability to transition from right tackle, where he played in San Francisco, was all the more crucial when Isaiah Wynn, selected by the Patriots with the 23rd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, tore his Achilles’ tendon in the preseason and never played a snap.

 The Bills are interested in meeting with defensive end Trey Flowers, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson. The Dolphins, with former Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores as head coach, are also said to be interested in Flowers. ESPN reports that Flowers could get a “monster deal” in excess of $18 million per year after many of the top free-agent pass-rushers got franchised.


  Having already signed former Patriots tight end Dwayne Allen, the Miami Dolphins are apparently interested in wide receiver Phillip Dorset, according to the Miami Herald’s Adam H. Beasley.

 The San Francisco 49ers are signing linebacker Kwon Alexander to a four-year, $54 million deal, according to reports. Alexander played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, starting the first six games before tearing his ACL in Week 7 and missing the rest of the season.

Still no word on Gronk

Rob Gronkowski’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, made the media rounds on Monday and talked about the Patriots tight end.

“I spoke with him recently. He’s feeling good. He’s healthy,” Rosenhaus told The Rich Eisen Show. “He got banged up in the Super Bowl. He played through a quad injury. He’s one of a kind.

“I don’t know what he’s going to do. Last time I talked to him, he hadn’t made a decision yet. Not sure what that decision is going to be, but whatever he decides, obviously he’ll have my full support.

“I know that he’s been in touch with the organization, and they’re supporting him. They’re giving him the time that he needs to make this call. Hopefully Rob will be very comfortable with his decision. I just said to him, ‘Take your time man. Make the decision that’s best for you. Don’t rush into anything, and think it through, and then do what you think is best.’”

Amendola to the Lions

Former Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola was not a free agent for long. Released Friday by the Miami Dolphins, Amendola is signing with the Detroit Lions, the team announced on Monday.


Amendola’s agreement with Detroit is for one year, with $4.5 million in guaranteed money, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. The deal also includes incentives that could raise the figure to $5.75 million.

Amendola played five seasons with the Patriots through the 2017 season, totaling 230 receptions for 2,383 yards and 12 touchdowns. In 13 postseason games, he had 57 catches for 709 yards and six touchdowns.

  Defensive back Justin Coleman will sign a four-year deal with the Detroit Lions worth $36 million, according to multiple reports. Coleman played two seasons with the Patriots in 2015 and 2016.

  Defensive tackle Malik Jackson is headed to the Philadelphia Eagles, according to ESPN.. The deal is expected to be for three years, $10 million, according to Adam Schefter. Jackson played the last three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, but was released last week.

Contract extensions and trades

 Linebacker Dante Fowler has re-signed with the Los Angeles Rams, passing up a shot at unrestricted free agency to stay with the NFC champions. It’s a one-year, $14 million deal, according to Rapoport.

  The Eagles will hold on to offensive tackle Jason Peters, signing him to a one-year deal, according to reports.

  The Denver Broncos picked up the option for wide reciver Emmanuel Sanders, according to reports.

 Tight end Ben Braunecker, who played at Harvard, re-signed with the Chicago Bears for two years, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune.

 The Giants are signing restricted free agent center Spencer Pulley to a three-year, $9.6 million extension, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

 The Baltimore Ravens exercised the 2019 option on cornerback Brandon Carr.


 The Jets agreed Sunday to acquire two-time Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele from the Oakland Raiders. The deal includes the Jets sending their fifth-round draft pick to the Raiders for Oakland’s sixth-rounder, according to the Associated Press.

 The Raiders also agreed to a two-year deal with defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins.