NFL 2024 free agency: Justin Fields traded to Steelers, and more news, updates

By | March 17, 2024

NFL Free Agency is here! Stay tuned to Yahoo Sports and learn everything you need to know here.

Fantasy response to NFL Free Agency

What do all the moves mean from a fantasy perspective? Discover Yahoo Sports’ fantasy experts with their live reactions here.

When does the period of ‘legal tampering’ begin?

The NFL’s “legal tampering” period began at noon ET on Monday and ended at 4pm ET on Wednesday. During that 52-hour period, teams were allowed to contact and negotiate contracts with the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents in the new league year.

Players who are not represented by an NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor may communicate with the team’s front office officials regarding contract negotiations, but not the head coach or other members of the technical staff.

When Did NFL Free Agency Start?

NFL Free Agency began Wednesday at 4:00 PM ET, which also marks the start of the NFL’s new league year.

No contracts may be signed until free agency has officially begun.

Who are the best free agents?

Check out Yahoo Sports NFL writer Frank Schwab’s 25 best NFL free agents here.

See Schwab’s top five free agents at each position here.

What is the NFL salary cap this season?

The salary cap is $255.4 million, up $30 million from 2023. Here’s Yahoo Sports’ Jori Epstein with an overarching look at the jump.

How much salary cap space does each team have and what are their needs?

Check out our team-by-team NFL offseason primers, which discuss each franchise’s cap situation and where they should spend the money.

Live311 updates

  • Russell Wilson will start for the Steelers, according to reports

    That takes that question out of the way.

  • Interesting Steelers QB room

    Russell Wilson and Justin Fields are about to be the only two QBs on the Steelers roster. Will they compete for the starting job?

  • The Bears didn’t get much in return in the deal…

  • Justin Fields is reportedly being traded to the Steelers

  • Seahawks sign LB Jerome Baker

    Seattle needed linebacker help after losing both Bobby Wagner and Jordyn Brooks to free agency.

  • Here are the details of Derrick Henry’s two-year contract with the Ravens.

  • Who’s chasing WR Mike Williams? Looks like Carolina, who recently traded for Diontae Johnson in an effort to get Bryce Young broader help.

  • Reports: Tyron Smith joins Jets

  • Jimmy Garoppolo joins Rams on one-year deal

    According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Jimmy Garoppolo will enter the 2024 season as Matthew Stafford’s backup after signing a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams.

  • Tampa Bay reportedly agrees to terms with QB John Wolford

  • Cowboys release WR Michael Gallup, per report

    Gallup will reportedly be released as a post-June 1 title, saving the Cowboys $9.5 million under the salary cap. Had Gallup remained on the roster through Saturday, $4 million of his $8.5 million base salary would have been guaranteed.

    He was reportedly cleared to seek a trade but was unable to find a match.

  • Bills make Curtis Samuel’s signing official

  • The Steelers will pay a league minimum ($1.21 million) to Russell Wilson on his one-year contract. Pittsburgh could trade for Fields with the intention of activating the fifth-year option and view it as a two-year sunk cost of approximately $30 million (good for both Russ and Fields) for a starting QB in 2024-2025.

    In this scenario, Fields would undoubtedly compete with Russ for the Steelers’ starting job. This setup is now the most sensible path for the Bears to give Justin Fields to his next team.

  • The Eagles addressed their need for a veteran backup trade for Kenny Pickett. It leaves a hole in the #Steelers QB depth chart.

    Russell Wilson is on a one-year contract without a backup. Steelers were one of the teams that had #Bears Justin Fields in high regard.

    The math is math.

  • Steelers QB Kenny Pickett went to Eagles, per report

    Pittsburgh signed Russell Wilson at the veteran minimum, and they followed up by sending their 2022 first-round pick to the Eagles in a pick swap.

    According to ESPN Adam Schefter Pittsburgh will get pick No. 98 and two picks in the 2025 7th round. The Eagles will reportedly pick No. 120.

    It’s similar to the exchange we saw yesterday when Washington sent Sam Howell to the Seahawks.

  • TE Chris Manhertz reportedly signs with Giants

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