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NFL free agency tracker: Wisconsin Badgers edition [UPDATE x3]

Corey Clement returns to the Eagles and the Steelers exercised TJ Watt’s fifth-year option.

UPDATE 4/29/20, 7:22 p.m. CT

  • Corey Clement, RB: The Eagles are bringing back Clement on a one-year, veteran minimum deal worth $825,000. The former Super Bowl hero was an unrestricted free agent, after Philly did not place a restricted tender on him back in March. He returns to an Eagles running back room that includes Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Elijah Holyfield, and undrafted rookies Adrian Killins and Michael Warren. Clement is great special teamer and should see snaps on some special teams units for the Eagles. The three year veteran could also earn a role in the backfield if Philly is hit with injuries at the position, and his familiarity with the offense is a plus for head coach and play caller Doug Pederson.
  • TJ Watt, LB, Steelers: Watt is not a free agent, but the Steelers did exercise the fifth-year option on his rookie contract on Tuesday. This move was a no-brainer for the Steelers, who have seen Watt blossom into an elite edge rusher and All-Pro. The youngest Watt brother had a career high 14.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions last season.

UPDATE 3/20/20, 3:34 p.m. CT

  • Melvin Gordon, RB: The former Pro Bowler agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with Broncos on Friday. The deal includes $13.5 million in guaranteed money. Along with Montee Ball and Ron Dayne, he is the third former Badger running back to play for the Broncos. Gordon joins a crowded backfield in Denver with third-year running backs Philip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. He will likely form a one-two punch with Lindsay who has rushed for 1,000+ yards in his first two seasons. Freeman, a third round pick back in 2018, has been outplayed by the undrafted Lindsay and is a candidate to be released or dealt soon. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Gordon is excited to be in the NFC West, where he’ll get to face off against his former team twice a year.

UPDATE 3/20/20, 2:00 p.m. CT

  • Beau Allen, DT: The six year veteran signed a two-year, $8 million dollar deal with the Patriots on Wednesday. After losing defensive tackle Danny Shelton to the Lions, the Pats were in desperate need of another body on the defensive front. Allen was primarily a backup nose tackle for the Bucs, but has been solid run stopper over the course of his career and will be a regular in the Pats’ defensive line rotation this season.

UPDATE 3/18/20, 8:23 p.m. CT:

  • Joe Schobert, ILB, Jaguars: Schobert is leaving the Browns and signing a five-year, $53.75 million deal with the Jaguars. The deal includes $22.5 million in guaranteed money. The former walk-on spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Browns, where he finished with 100+ tackles in each of the past three seasons and made the Pro Bowl in 2017. After losing veterans Calais Campbell and A.J. Bouye earlier this offseason, the Jaguars are counting on Schobert to be a leader and playmaker on their new-look defense this upcoming season.
  • Rick Wagner, OT, Packers: The seven year veteran is joining the Packers on a two-year deal worth $11 million. After spending four seasons with the Ravens and the past three with the Lions, the West Allis native returns to Wisconsin where he was a three-time Big Ten Champion for the Badgers. The former walk-on is the likely starter at right tackle for the Packers this season, after Bryan Bulaga agreed to a deal with the Chargers.
  • Derek Watt, FB, Steelers: Watt is joining his brother T.J. in Pittsburgh, after agreeing to a three-year $9.75 million dollar deal with the Steelers. He will serve as the team’s primary fullback and will also be a key contributor on special teams. He is one of the best special teams players in the NFL and led the league in special teams tackles (16) last season,
  • Vince Biegel, OLB: Biegel is a restricted free agent. The Dolphins gave him the $2.13 million tender offer, but a multi-year deal is still a possibility. Any team can offer Biegel a contract, but the Dolphins can match the offer or receive a fourth round pick if they let him leave.
  • Ryan Groy, OG: The six year veteran is an unrestricted free agent. The Chargers signed Groy in October after a slew of injuries left them thin at interior offensive line. Groy played in nine games for the Chargers, primarily on special teams.
  • Lance Kendricks, TE: Kendricks hits the open market after spending last season with the Chargers. The nine year veteran was signed in October after injuries to two of the Chargers’ tight ends and played sparingly in 12 games.