West Coast Roundup: Teams start free agency splurges

With the new NFL league year just mere hours away, teams have used the legal tampering period (which started on Monday at 12pm ET) to get a head start on finding free agents and resigning those they deem necessary. Here are the moves so far.

On the resigning front, the Seattle Seahawks are bringing back defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin with a 3 year deal. Rubin joined the Seahawks last offseason and contributed 36 tackles to a superb defensive front. In addition to resigning Rubin, the Seahawks also cut defensive tackle Jesse Williams.

Over in San Diego, the team has resigned offensive tackle Joe Barksdale to a four year deal. The tackle started all 16 games for the Chargers last season and will be an integral part of the line going forward.

The San Francisco 49ers have followed the Chargers route by making in-house players their priority. The team announced on Tuesday that they have resigned linebackers Ray-Ray Armstrong and Michael Wilhoite, as well as offensive guard Jordan Devey. All three players’ contracts are one year deals, with Armstrong’s being an extension. 

The Raiders had a busy Tuesday as they were able to snag both guard Kelechi Osemele and linebacker Bruce Irvin. Osemele’s deal is reportedly for 5 years/$60 million, while Irvin‘s deal is not yet known. Irvin, who has played with Seattle since being drafted in 2012, was being linked to teams such as the Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons due to the familiarity, but it was Oakland who won out in the end.

The Los Angeles Rams have yet to make any moves, but when they do, expect them to make a push for cornerback Janoris Jenkins.


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