Jimmy Garoppolo, Tremaine Edmunds on the move as NFL free agency revs up


The offseason reshuffle of NFL quarterbacks continued Monday as the negotiation phase for the free agents began. The biggest name to switch teams is former San Francisco 49ers signal caller Jimmy Garoppolo, who is expected to sign with the Las Vegas Raiders, a person familiar with the negotiations confirmed.

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

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

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The Houston Texans were also mentioned as a contender for the signing of Garoppolo, who spent the last six seasons with the 49ers after three seasons with the Patriots. He helped the Niners reach the Super Bowl in the 2019 season.

He stayed with the 49ers last season on a revised contract and inherited the starting job when Trey Lance suffered a season-ending Week 2 ankle injury. But Garoppolo ended his season after 10 starts with a foot injury and was replaced by rookie Brock Purdy, who sustained an elbow injury in the 49ers’ loss of the NFC Championship game in Philadelphia.

Many teams and players began making significant deals. Linebacker Tremaine Edmunds has tentatively agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal with the Chicago Bears, a person familiar with those negotiations confirmed.

Barring last-minute issues, Edmunds will leave the Buffalo Bills if the deal can go official on Wednesday and be part of the upgrades being made by the Bears.

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Edmunds is a standout player, having been selected to two Pro Bowls in his five seasons with the Bills. He surpassed 100 tackles each season.

The Bears also reportedly made free-agent deals Monday with linebacker TJ Edwards and guard Nate Davis. That comes after they agreed on a trade with the Carolina Panthers on Friday that sends the top pick in next month’s draft to Carolina for draft picks and wide receiver DJ Moore.

General manager Ryan Poles remains active, trying to improve on a team that won 3-14 in coach Matt Eberflus’ first season last season.

One prominent free agent stayed in place: center Jason Kelce opted for a 13th season with the Eagles.

Kelce announced Monday that he intends to play another NFL season. He is not signed at this time, but is not expected to seek a move to another team in free agency after spending his entire career with Philadelphia. The Eagles can now work out a new contract with him.

He comes off a season in which he was selected to the Pro Bowl for the sixth time, was named a first-team All-Pro for the fifth time, and faced his brother Travis, tight end of the Kansas City Chiefs, in the Super Bowl.

“I’ve been thinking a lot about whether it makes sense to play another season,” Jason Kelce wrote on Twitter. “After talking about it with my wife and many other friends and family, I have decided to return for another year. Thank you to all my supporters and critics for cheering me on, I’m not…done yet!”

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Ian Walker

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