The pipeline from New England to Detroit remains open.
Former Patriots free-agent defensive lineman Danny Shelton is signing a two-year contract worth $8 million, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, per agent Drew Rosenhaus.
Shelton spent the past two seasons in New England. The 26-year-old played at a higher level in 2019, earning three sacks with 61 tackles. He joins fellow ex-Patriot Jamie Collins leaving New England to join Matt Patricia in Detroit.
Shelton's time with the Patriots didn't overlap with Patricia, but it's clear the ex-New England staff in Detroit seeks the same type of defenders. Shelton, a former Cleveland Browns first-round pick, also comes cheaper than some other DTs who have agreed to deals this offseason, as Lions GM Bob Quinn attempts to revamp his defensive line.
Elsewhere in the NFL on Wednesday:
As NFL Network's Tom Pelissero noted, Jacksonville paid $30.5 million for one season of Foles, who started four games and leaves behind $18.75 million in dead money on the salary cap.
»*Philip Rivers* wasn't the Colts' lone consideration at quarterback. Garafolo reported that before reaching an agreement with the 38-year-old Pro Bowler, Indianapolis was looking into multiple QB options, including a potential trade for Foles.
"Brady was always kind of an outlier," Garafolo said on Free Agency Frenzy. "It was just, Tom Brady's available. We've got the potential to bring him as we're moving into this new stadium, to have him come out here and be part of our organization. Maybe he doesn't fit what we want to do offensively, but don't worry, we'll make it work. That's more or less what this was. ... Taylor] can do some of the things that you want to do off of your running game, the ability to boot and those things that [Philip Rivers couldn't do. And now you're running the ball more effectively, that was part of the reason that they traded for Trai Turner."
»Green Bay Packers tight end Marcedes Lewis has signed a one-year deal worth $2.25 million, including more than $1 million guarantee, to remain with the team, per Rapoport via an informed source.
New England is signing former Buccaneers defensive tackle Beau Allen to a two-year deal for up to $8 million.
»Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Caseyis being traded from the Titans to the Broncos in exchange for a seventh-round pick. Acquiring one big contract might mean unloading another. Rapoport reported Denver will likely release veteran QB Joe Flacco after just one season, per a source. That situation is expected to be resolved later today.
The Broncos put a second-round tender on defensive lineman Mike Purcell, Pelissero reported per Purcell's agent.
Denver has also tendered exclusive rights free-agent offensive tackle Jake Rodgers.
Starting free safety Tedric Thompson has been given permission by Seattle to seek a trade, per Rapoport via an informed source. He added that it would likely be for a late-round draft pick.
The Falcons announced they released starting cornerback Desmond Trufant with a post-June 1 designation.
Dallas has agreed to terms with veteran defensive lineman Gerald McCoyon a three-year deal, per Rapoport.
Rapoport added the Cowboys they are re-signing kicker Kai Forbath, who made all 10 of his field-goal attempts with Dallas last year.
Offensive lineman Joe Looney is headed back to Dallas on a one-year deal, per Garafolo.
Cornerback Anthony Brown joins the list of re-signed Dallas players, inking a three-year deal worth $15.5M, per Rapoport via an informed source.
»The Los Angeles Rams agreed to a one-year deal with offensive lineman Austin Blythe. He played right guard and center last year as Los Angeles surrendered an NFL-low 22 sacks.
Los Angeles is re-signing veteran offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth to a three-year contract worth more than $10 million a year, Pelissero reported per his agents.
»The Saints are reuniting with veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins after signing him to a four-year, $32M deal with $16.25M guaranteed and a max of $35M, Rapoport reported. The Eagles recently parted ways with the former first-round pick, whom New Orleans drafted in 2009.
»The Bengals released cornerback B.W. Webb, who started 12 games last year. He tallied 37 tackles, one interception and seven passes defensed in his one season with Cincinnati.
»The Kansas City Chiefs have converted $5 million of defensive end Frank Clark's base salary into a signing bonus to give the team more cap flexibility, per Garafolo.
»The San Francisco 49ers are re-signing center Ben Garland on a 1-year deal worth $2.25 million, Rapoport reported.
»The New York Jets are re-signing cornerback Brian Poole to a one-year deal for $5 million guaranteed, Rapoport reported per Poole's agent.
»The Buffalo Bills are signing reserve running back Taiwan Jones to a one-year deal, Garafolo reported.
»The Pittsburgh Steelers have tendered offers to restricted free-agent offensive tackle Matt Feiler and cornerback Mike Hilton.
They also signed long snapper Kameron Canaday to a two-year contract and released fullback Roosevelt Nix.
»The Arizona Cardinals are giving linebacker Devon Kennard a three-year, $20 million deal that includes $12.25 million guaranteed, Garafolo reported.
»The New York Giants announced they will not exercise veteran safety Antoine Bethea's contract option.