Jimmy Garoppolo and Tremaine Edmunds on the move as NFL free agency ramps up


The NFL’s offseason quarterback reshuffle continued Monday as the league’s trading period for free agents began. The biggest name to change teams is former 49ers signalman Jimmy Garoppolo, who is expected to sign with the Las Vegas Raiders, a person familiar with the negotiations has confirmed.

The deal can’t be official until Wednesday, when the free agent market officially opens. But Garoppolo is expected to leave San Francisco and reunite with Raiders coach Josh McDaniels, a former offensive coordinator with the New England Patriots.

Garoppolo’s contract with the Raiders, once formalized, would be worth approximately $67.5 million over three seasons. He will replace Derek Carr, who was previously released by the Raiders and signed with the New Orleans Saints.

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The Houston Texans had also been mentioned as candidates for the signing of Garoppolo, who has spent the past six seasons with the 49ers after three seasons with the Patriots. He helped the Niners reach the Super Bowl in the 2019 season.

He remained with the 49ers on a revised deal last season and inherited the starting job when Trey Lance suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 2. But Garoppolo, after making 10 starts, has had his season ended with a foot injury and was substituted. by rookie Brock Purdy, who injured his elbow in the 49ers’ loss in the NFC Championship Game in Philadelphia.

Many teams and players have started to put in place important agreements. Free agent linebacker Tremaine Edmunds has tentatively agreed to a four-year, $72 million contract with the Chicago Bears, a person familiar with the negotiations has confirmed.

Barring any last-minute hiccups, Edmunds will leave the Buffalo Bills when the deal can become official on Wednesday and will be part of the upgrades the Bears are making.

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Edmunds is a star who was selected for two Pro Bowls during his five seasons with the Bills. He has exceeded 100 tackles each season.

The Bears also reportedly signed free agent deals Monday with linebacker TJ Edwards and guard Nate Davis. It comes after they agreed to a trade with the Carolina Panthers on Friday that will send the first overall pick in next month’s NFL Draft to Carolina for a slew of draft picks and wide receiver DJ Moore.

General manager Ryan Poles continues to be active as he tries to improve a team that went 3-14 last season in Matt Eberflus’ first season as manager.

A top free agent remained in place, as center Jason Kelce opted to return for a 13th season with the Eagles.

Kelce announced Monday that he intends to play another season in the NFL. He’s unsigned at this point, but isn’t expected to look to move to another team in free agency after spending his entire career in Philadelphia. The Eagles can now sign a new contract with him.

He is coming off a season in which he was selected for the Pro Bowl for the sixth time, was named to the First Team Pro All-Star for the fifth time and faced his brother Travis, the tight end of the Kansas City Chiefs at the Super Bowl.

“I’ve been thinking a lot about whether it’s worth playing another season,” Jason Kelce wrote on Twitter. “After discussing it with my wife and many other friends and family members, I have decided to return for another year. Thank you to all my supporters and haters for fueling me, I have yet to. .. finished !”

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