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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Jack Conklin (78) blocks Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen (41) during the first half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla. Free agent Conklin has agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract with the Cleveland Browns, his agent Drew Rosenhaus told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Right fit: Tackle Conklin gives Browns stability up front

Mar. 20, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

Jack Conklin helped make Derrick Henry a rushing champion in Tennessee. The Browns wouldn't mind if he made running back Nick Chubb the next one. One of the NFL's top right tackles, Conklin signed with Cleveland on Friday as the Browns finally announced part of a free-agency haul aimed at plugging some major...

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Los Angeles. The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a one-year deal with three-time Pro Bowl running back Todd Gurley, one day after he was cut by the Los Angeles Rams. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press about the agreement on Friday, March 20, 2020, on condition of anonymity because the deal will not be official until Gurley passes a physical. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

AP source: Falcons agree to 1-year deal with Todd Gurley

Mar. 20, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Todd Gurley didn't wait long to find his new NFL home. The Atlanta Falcons didn't wait long to celebrate the deal. “WE GOT HIM,” the Falcons exclaimed on their Twitter account early Friday, soon after news emerged of Gurley's $6 million, one-year deal with the Falcons. The...

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 file photo, Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Andrew Billings, left, sacks Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in the second half of an NFL football game in Baltimore. Cleveland added depth to its line by agreeing to a one-year deal contract with former Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andrew Billings, Thursday, March 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

Browns stay busy, agree to contracts with 3 more free agents

Mar. 19, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns stayed inside their division — and state borders — to add some defensive line help. Cleveland beefed up its front by agreeing to a one-year contract with free agent Andrew Billings, who spent the past three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. His agency,...

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, Tennessee Titans offensive tackle Jack Conklin (78) blocks Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen (41) during the first half of an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla. Free agent Conklin has agreed to a three-year, $42 million contract with the Cleveland Browns, his agent Drew Rosenhaus told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Browns get defensive, agree to terms with linebacker, safety

Mar. 18, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

After adding some key offensive pieces when NFL free agency opened, new Browns general manager Andrew Berry got defensive on Wednesday. Berry continued to be aggressive and addressed two major needs by striking deals with linebacker B.J. Goodson and safety Karl Joseph, a person familiar with the negotiations told...

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2019, file photo, Baltimore Ravens tight end Hayden Hurst (81) runs with the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Baltimore. The Atlanta Falcons are expected to announce a trade with Baltimore for tight end Hayden Hurst. The Falcons, who are cutting running back Devonta Freeman and cornerback Desmond Trufant, among others, in cost-cutting moves, are hoping Hurst will replace Austin Hooper, who signed with Cleveland as a free agent. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

AP source: Falcons agree to deal with OLB Dante Fowler

Mar. 18, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons and Dante Fowler have agreed to a $48 million, three-year contract, reuniting the outside linebacker with one of his coaches in college. A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press about the move on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because most teams...

Falcons must find way to bolster pass rush in free agency

Mar. 17, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA FALCONS (7-9) UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: DE Vic Beasley Jr., TE Austin Hooper, OLB DeVondre Campbell, SS Kemal Ishmael, DT Jack Crawford, DT Michael Bennett, P Matt Bosher, DE Adrian Clayborn, DE Ra'Shede Hageman, WR Justin Hardy, S Sharrod Neasman, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, FS J.J. Wilcox, RB Kenjon Barner,...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo, Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins celebrates with fans after an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Buffalo Bills in Houston. The Arizona Cardinals have acquired three-time All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins in a trade that will send running back David Johnson and draft picks to the Houston Texans, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday, March 16, 2020, because the trade hasn't been officially announced. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

NFL bars player and team personnel travel in free agency

Mar. 17, 2020 2:45 AM EDT

The NFL has barred in-person interviews with free agents and is requiring local physical examinations for them rather than team-conducted exams. In a memo sent to the 32 franchises on Monday, the league also banned travel by team personnel to meet with free agents as well as those players traveling to team...

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt reacts during an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Cleveland. The Browns opened a unique free agency period by placing a second-round tender on running back Kareem Hunt, who played eight games last season after returning from an NFL suspension. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)

Offensive: Browns strike free agent deals to address needs

Mar. 16, 2020 8:24 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns were a major disappointment last season. They're determined not to be one again. As the NFL's free agency period kicked off under an unprecedented backdrop due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Cleveland addressed several major needs on Monday while agreeing to player contracts worth...

The Latest: Browns agree to deal with tackle Jack Conklin

Mar. 16, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

The Latest on NFL's free agency. Teams were required to use franchise tags on players by noon EDT Monday. Teams can negotiate with representatives of free agents for the next two days but cannot finalize any agreements. (all times EDT): ___ 5:40 p.m. Free agent tackle Jack Conklin has agreed to a three-year, $42...

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) runs against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of an NFL football game in Atlanta. The Atlanta Falcons will dramatically boost their financial flexibility by releasing three high-priced veterans _ running back Devonta Freeman, cornerback Desmond Trufant and offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo. The Falcons announced the Sambrailo move on Monday, March 16, 2020. The team is finalizing the moves with Freeman and Trufant, former Pro Bowl players who had been considered foundation players for the franchise. Financial constraints made the moves necessary. The cuts will clear $12.15 million in salary cap space before Wednesday's start of free agency. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Falcons cut veterans Freeman, Trufant to clear cap space

Mar. 16, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons will dramatically boost their financial flexibility by releasing two former Pro Bowl players, running back Devonta Freeman and cornerback Desmond Trufant, plus two more veterans. The Falcons announced on Monday the release of offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo and tight end...