What I’m Hearing: USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Jones on the teams looking to make big moves in NFL free agency and that have the cap space to do it.
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The start of NFL free agency is almost here.
While the league year doesn’t officially begin until Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, players with expiring contracts can begin discussing contracts with teams other than their current one starting at noon on Monday. And the market is already starting to take shape.
Stay with USA TODAY Sports to get the latest news and analysis on the day’s moves.
Signing: Former Patriots OT Trent Brown is set to agree to a four-year, $66 million contract with the Raiders (that also includes $36.75 million guaranteed), according to ESPN.
Analysis: Just one year after he was cast off by the San Francisco 49ers, Brown is now set to become the NFL’s highest-paid offensive tackle. The move will force second-year offensive tackle Kolton Miller to the right side, which might be the better fit for him after his struggles in pass protection as a rookie. For New England, Isaiah Wynn should slide into the starting role at left tackle after missing last season with a torn Achilles. – Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz
Signing: Former Jaguars DT Malik Jackson is set to join the Eagles on a three-year, $30 million deal, according to ESPN.
Analysis: Philadelphia had an opening at defensive tackle next to Fletcher Cox with Haloti Ngata set to hit free agency and Timmy Jernigan’s option not exercised, and Jackson could slide into a starting role nicely. Jackson had just 3 1/2 sacks last year, but he’s only one year removed from a Pro Bowl campaign and could see a resurgence working next to Cox in Jim Schwartz’s attacking scheme. He should see plenty of work, as Philadelphia also moved on from defensive end Michael Bennett, who would often crash inside. The move also could reshape the draft outlook in the first round for the Eagles, as they had been tied to several interior lineman at No. 25. – Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz