NFL Free Agency Tracker 2020: All the Latest Trades and Major Signings

Sports across the world may have come to a standstill due to the coronavirus outbreak, but NFL free agency got underway as planned on Monday and it did so with a bang. Huge contract extensions, free agents hitting the open market and blockbuster trades. The first day of the legal tampering period had it all, aside from providing an answer over the question surrounding Tom Brady's future.

The six-time Super Bowl champion is yet to decide whether to remain with the New England Patriots or whether to sign with a different team for the first time since he entered the league two decades ago. That, however, should be decided over the coming days and it's worth remembering that free agency does not technically begin until Wednesday.

Here's a recap of the key events from Monday.

Blockbuster trades

Unfortunately for Houston Texans fans, there's only place to start. The Texans stunned the NFL world by trading star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth-round pick in the 2020 draft to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson and a 2020 second-round pick.

Since he began filling in as general manager, Texans coach Bill O'Brien has made a number of questionable decisions, but sending Hopkins to Arizona could be the worst yet, particularly given the relatively modest package he received in return. A four-time Pro Bowl selection, the wide receiver has racked up over 1,200 receiving yards in all but two of his seasons in the NFL since being drafted in 2013 and has missed just two games over that period.

Johnson, meanwhile, has missed a combined 22 games in the last three seasons and hasn't rushed for over 1,000 yards since 2016.

Arizona is now built for a tilt at the playoffs in the NFC West and Cardinals second-year quarterback Kyler Murray will relish the opportunity of linking up with Hopkins, while for his Texans counterpart Deshaun Watson the chances of winning a Super Bowl appear much slimmer than they did a week ago.

Hopkins wasn't the only star wide receiver to switch teams on Monday, with Stefon Diggs traded from the Minnesota Vikings to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a first-round, fifth-round and sixth-round pick in the 2020 draft and a fourth-round pick in next year's draft. Diggs, who hinted he could be on the move with a series of cryptic tweets on Monday, finished with 63 catches, 1,130 receiving yards and six touchdowns last season, following a career-best catches in 2018.

The wide receiver, who is in the second year of a five-year deal worth $72 million, was visibly frustrated last season, when he took unexcused leave from practices and team meetings after a loss against the Chicago Bears in Week 4.

Elsewhere, the Indianapolis Colts upgraded their defense after trading for San Francisco 49ers star defensive tackle DeForest Buckner in exchange for a the 13th overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft.

DeAndre Hopkins
DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Houston Texans celebrates after catching a pass for a touchdown during the second half of a game against the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium on November 21, 2019 in Houston, Texas. The Texans defeated the Colts 20-17. Wesley Hitt/Getty

Big signings

After using the franchise tag on Dak Prescott, the Dallas Cowboys managed to retain another two star free agents as they signed wide receiver Amari Cooper to a five year deal worth a total of $100 million with $60 million guaranteed, and tight end Blake Jarwin to a four-year deal worth $22 million.

Dallas waved goodbye to Byron Jones, who became the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history after penning a five-year deal worth $82.5 million with the Miami Dolphins, and wide receiver Randall Cobb, who agreed a three-year deal worth $27 million with the Houston Texans.

Elsewhere, the New York Giants added cornerback James Bradberry on a three-year deal worth $45 million in total, with $32 million guaranteed, after he parted ways with the Carolina Panthers and former Green Bay Packers linebacker Blake Martinez.

The Cleveland Browns were among the busiest teams on Monday, adding Case Keenum to their roster on a three-year deal worth $18 million, which should see the former Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings quarterback play the role of backup to Baker Mayfield. The Browns also signed former Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper to a four-year, $44 million deal and former Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Jack Conklin to a three-year deal worth $42 million.

Meanwhile the Las Vegas Raiders have a new quarterback, after singing Marcus Mariota to presumably play the role of back-up to Derek Carr. The Chicago Bears signed former Packers tight end Jimmy Graham to a two-year deal.

Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys
Amari Cooper #19 of the Dallas Cowboys runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Washington Redskins in the game at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. Ronald Martinez/Getty

Which players were franchise-tagged?

As expected, the Dallas Cowboys used the franchise tag on star quarterback Dak Prescott, while the Tennessee Titans used the tag on Derrick Henry, who led the NFL in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns last season.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed the tag on edge rusher Shaquil Barrett, who led the league in sacks last season, while the Washington Redskins tagged Brandon Scherff and the Cincinnati Bengals used the tag on wide receiver A.J. Green.

The Minnesota Vikings tagged safety Anthony Harris, while the Kansas City Chiefs used the tag on defensive tackle Chris Jones and the Jacksonville Jaguars used the tag on edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue.