NFL Free-Agency Notes: Cox Almost A Jet; Lazard, Thielen Nearly Broncos; Hargrave Finalist For Browns

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The NFL free agency period is slowing down after a couple of wild weeks, after teams across the league made moves to bolster their rosters ahead of the upcoming season. Here are some notable free-agency notes from around the league:

The New York Jets thought they had secured the services of Pro-Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, only to see him return to the Philadelphia Eagles. According to SNYtv, the Jets had offered Cox a free-agent contract they believed he would accept. However, the Eagles were able to convince him to return to Philadelphia, where he has spent his entire career to this point.

The Denver Broncos were reportedly interested in wide receiver Allen Lazard, who ultimately signed a four-year deal with the Jets. They were also in contact with representatives for Adam Thielen, who ultimately signed a three-year deal with the Carolina Panthers, according to ESPN. It remains to be seen how the Broncos will juggle their wide receiver position this offseason, with rumors that both Jerry Jeudy and Courtland Sutton might be traded.

The Cleveland Browns were one of two finalists for defensive tackle Javon Hargrave, who ultimately signed a massive four-year, $84 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers, according to The Plain Dealer. Hargrave will now be tasked with anchoring the 49ers’ defensive line, while the Browns will have to look elsewhere to fill their defensive needs.

The offseason isn’t nearly over and teams across the league will continue to make moves in the coming weeks and months as they look to build the best possible rosters for the 2023 season.