2021 NFL free agency: Wednesday roundup of latest news, buzz nfl.com – NFL.com

Ryan Kerrigan’s free-agent market is starting to heat up.

The four-time Pro Bowler will take a visit to the Cincinnati Bengals today, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the situation.

Washington is also interested in retaining Kerrigan on its deep defensive line, Rapoport added.

The 32-year-old pass rusher has spent his entire 10-year career in Washington and owns the club’s all-time sack record with 95.5.

After averaging 10.6 sacks per season over his first eight years, Kerrigan has seen his playing time dip. He was a rotational player in 2020, starting just one of 16 games played. Despite playing just 476 snaps (down from 859 in 2018), the veteran was still productive, earning 5.5 sacks.

The Bengals are revamping their defensive line and could use a veteran presence like Kerrigan to be a locker room leader who could do damage opposite newly signed Trey Hendrickson.

Cincy continued its secondary revamp Tuesday with the signing of former Falcons safety Ricardo Allen, Rapoport reported, per agent Drew Rosenhaus. Allen agreed to terms on a one-year deal.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Bengals re-signed running back Samaje Perine to a two-year deal. Perine logged 74 touches for 367 yards and three scores for Cincinnati in 2020.

Elsewhere in the NFL on Wednesday:

  • The San Francisco 49ers are expected to re-sign cornerback K’Waun Williams to a one-year deal, per Rapoport. Williams recently visited the Chiefs but will return to San Francisco, where he’s spent the past four seasons. He was ranked No. 60 in Gregg Rosenthal’s Top 101 NFL free agents of 2021. The Niners re-signed defensive end Jordan Willis.
  • The New York Jets announced hey have signed defensive end Vinny Curry. Rapoport reported it’s a one-year deal worth $1.3 million in base salary, with $1.075 million fully guaranteed and $700,000 in incentives. The veteran lineman recorded three sacks and 10 quarterback hits while appearing in 11 games with the Eagles last year, mostly as a reserve. The Jets are also finalizing a deal with former 49ers running back Tevin Coleman, per Rapoport. The veteran figures to play in an offense similar to the one he came from, given offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur also making the jump from San Francisco to New York. Coleman contributed to a Super Bowl run in 2019 before injuries and ineffectiveness limited him to just 28 carries last year.
  • The Packers are re-signing tight end Marcedes Lewis to a two-year, $8 million deal that includes $2.1 million guaranteed, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. Lewis, who’s spent the past three years in Green Bay, caught just 10 passes but three touchdowns in his 15th season. The Packers signed long snapper Joe Fortunato.
  • The Cleveland Browns are hosting free-agent pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney on a visit, Rapoport reported via the wire.
  • Free-agent pass rusher Melvin Ingram and the Chiefs could not come to terms on a deal following his visit, per Rapoport.
  • The Chicago Bears agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former Chiefs running back Damien Williams, per Rapoport. The team also signed linebacker Christian Jones.

After he signed a one-year deal to sign Chicago, quarterback Andy Dalton said in his first news conference with the team that “they told me I was the starter.” It seems as if the team, or at least its social media department is backing up that statement, having posted an image of Dalton simply captioned “QB1” on Wednesday.

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