As has been said many times, free agents tend to follow the leader. Once the top guy(s) is signed, the windfall begins. We’ve already seen it at positions like quarterback and wide receiver and now that appears to have begun at the cornerback position.
This, of course, isn’t counting the likes of Richard Sherman and Casey Hayward who weren’t set to hit free agency on Wednesday.
As I have noted a few times, the cornerback market is plentiful. There are many others out there such as Trumaine Johnson and Malcolm Butler — both of whom the Raiders have reported interest — as well as the likes of Prince Amukamara and Patrick Robinson.
With the market heating up now, hopefully the Raiders have a plan and a backup plan to get one of them before they’re gone.
UPDATE: One potential free agent cornerback won’t hit the market with the Rams holding onto Nickell Robey-Coleman.
#Rams nickel CB Nickell Robey-Coleman has agreed to terms on a 3-year deal worth more than $15.75M, sources say, with $8M guaranteed. More firepower for a revamped LA secondary.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2018
UPDATE: Malcolm Butler has agreed to terms with the Titans. And it’s a doozy of a deal. $12.2 million per season average. Wowza.
The #Titans are signing CB Malcolm Butler on a 5-year contract worth more than $61M with more than $30M guaranteed, source said. Wow.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2018