2017 NFL Free Agency: West Coast deals on Day One

NFL Free agency signings on the west coast like Robert Woods with the Los Angeles Rams
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What did the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, L.A. Chargers, Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders do on Day One of NFL Free Agency?

Here is the latest news for free agents’ negotiations on the West Coast, which officially opened for every franchise on March 9.

Los Angeles Rams

The Los Angeles Rams opened free agency by addressing some of their biggest roster needs. They signed tackle Andrew Whitworth and Robert Woods, on Thursday.

Whitworth, 35, made the Pro Bowl three times during his 11-year career with the Cincinnati Bengals. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Whitworth’s deal is for three-years and $36 million, with $15 million guaranteed. In Year 2, $2.5 million is guaranteed.

Meanwhile, Woods joins the Rams after previously playing with the Buffalo Bills. Woods is familiar with Los Angeles after playing at the Coliseum with USC during college.

Since being a second-round pick in 2013, Woods started 57 of 64 games with the Bills. He signed a contract for five years, with a maximum value of $39 million if all incentives are reached, per ESPN.

Otherwise, L.A. made some subtractions from their roster, per ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez. The moves freed up close to $16 million in cap space after Los Angeles’ earlier additions.

The Rams traded defensive end William Hayes and the No. 223 draft pick to the Miami Dolphins for the 206th selection in this year’s NFL Draft.

General manager Les Snead thanked Hayes for his passion on the field and service in the communities, via a statement.

Otherwise, the Rams cut three veteran players including tight end Lance Kendricks, defensive end Eugene Sims and center Tim Barnes.

Moreover, Gonzalez reports that free agent safety T.J. McDonald is not expected back next season. L.A. already lost free agent receiver Kenny Britt to the Cleveland Browns.

Britt was the Rams’ first 1,000 receiver in more than a decade. Cleveland inked Britt for four years and $32.5 million.

San Francisco 49ers

Free Agency began for the San Francisco 49ers with the addition of seven free agents.

They agreed to terms with receivers Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin, kicker Robbie Gould, quarterback Brian Hoyer, fullback Kyle Juszczyk, tight end Logan Paulsen and linebacker Malcolm Smith.

San Francisco came to terms with Garcon on a five-year deal, Goodwin on a two-year deal, Hoyer on a two-year deal, Juszczyk on a four-year deal, Paulsen on a one-year deal, and Gould on a two-year deal.

Smith, 27, is probably the highest profile name on that list. The former Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks linebacker agreed to a 5year deal worth $26.5 million, including $13 million guaranteed. The Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl 48 MVP registered 126 tackles over his past two seasons in Oakland. He joined the Raiders before the 2015 season.

Nonetheless, the 49ers were not done. They added receiver Aldrick Robinson and quarterback Matt Barkley later in the day.

Robinson signed a two-year deal after playing with the Atlanta Falcons. He played under current head coach Kyle Shanahan, who was the offensive coordinator for the Falcons.


As for Barkley. he went 1-5 in his first significant string of NFL starts for the Chicago Bears. He threw eight touchdowns with 14 interceptions last season.

Los Angeles Chargers

As for Los Angeles’ newest franchise, the Chargers kept most of their free agency focus internal. L.A. re-signed safety Jahleel Addae and long snapper Jahleel Addae to four-year contracts. They also retained backup quarterback Kellen Clemens on a one-year deal.

Addae, 27, returns for four years and $22 million. He registered 41 tackles and an interception in eight games last season.  Clemens returns on a deal for $1 million over one season.

Meanwhile, the Chargers’ biggest Day One splash came via an agreement with tackle Russell Okung. He and the Chargers reached a four-year, $53 million deal, per ESPN.

Okung played with the Denver Broncos last year, but they declined their team option on the tackle. Thus, he became a free agent for the second consecutive season. Okung joined the Broncos after leaving the Seahawks in free agency last year.

Otherwise, the Chargers also tendered eight players. They tendered restricted free agents Dontrelle Inman and linebacker Korey Toomer, plus six more Exclusive Rights free agents.

As for subtractions, former Chargers running back Danny Woodhead bolted for the Baltimore Ravens on a three-year deal.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks were not completely silent during the first official day of NFL Free Agency. They signed 2013 No. 2 overall draft pick Luke Joeckel from the Jacksonville Jaguars. He will go to Seattle on a reported one-year deal for $8 million

Joeckel has experience playing guard and tackle in the NFL. The former Jaguar played in only five games in 2016. Joeckel ended last season on Injured Reserve, after suffering a knee injury.

Other free agents connected to the Seahawks include running backs Jamaal Charles, Latavius Murray and Eddie Lacy. All of them were reported to have visits with Seattle this week, per USA Today.

It remains to be seen if the Seahawks will sign Charles, Murray or Lacey. Of that group, Murray registered the most rushing yards in 2016. He registered 788 rushing yards for the Raiders, while Lacy only had 350 rushing yards for Green Bay and Charles had 40 rushing yards with the Chiefs.

It should also be mentioned that the Seahawks lost kicker Steven Hauschka to the Buffalo Bills. He spent the last six seasons with Seattle.

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders basically sat out the first day of free agency. Besides not signing any unrestricted free agents when negotiations officially opened, the Raiders lost four contributors.

Smith bounced across the Bay. Special teams players Brynden Trawick and Daren Bates both signed with the Tennessee Titans.

Defensive Tackle Stacy McGee got a reported five-year, $25 million deal with Washington. McGee missed seven games with an ankle injury last season, but he was a solid pass rusher.

Moreover, other Raiders free agents like Murray, safety Nate Allen and tackle Menelik Watson are already amidst rumors from other teams. Allen is taking a visit with the Dolphins. Murray is visiting the Seahawks.

Plus, Watson is getting interest from the Denver Broncos despite Oakland trying to re-sign him.

Free agent receiver Andre Holmes has also got some interest on the open market. However, the Raiders could also re-sign him.

The Raiders other unrestricted free agents include corner D.J. Hayden, long snapper Jon Condo and others.

It was also reported that Oakland tendered four exclusive rights free agents. This includes receiver Seth Roberts, offensive lineman, Denver Kirkland, tight end Gabe Holmes and defensive back SaQwan Edwards.

Raiders insider Scott Bair expects all three to sign their tenders as they were all slam dunks.

NFL Free Agency negotiations are on-going since the league began their new year on Thursday. The Rams, 49ers, Raiders, Chargers, and Seahawks should all remain active. Stay tuned for more news on free agents that are leaving or coming to the West Coast.

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Pete D. Camarillo is currently a credentialed Lakers writer for SportsOutWest and co-host of the weekly Touchdowns and Tangents podcast. Pete enjoys creating content about music, life and West Coast Sports, specifically the NBA and NFL. He has published more than 1,000 articles across various publications including ClutchPoints, FullPressCoverage, TheSportsDaily, Fansided and Inquistr. Pete is also currently a full-time media relations professional for Business Wire and he is active in ONA, SPJ, NABJ and AAJA organizations in Los Angeles. The 2015 CSUN Journalism grad volunteers on his Journalism Alumni Association Board of Directors now. His background includes community relations with the L.A. Clippers during the 2014-15 season. studying sports management, football coaching and earning a fellowship for his entrepreneurship ventures. Follow him on Twitter @petecertified.


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