News, rumors on all of Wednesday’s deals

NFL free agency is officially beginning.

The deals, of course, have been coming through since Monday, when the NFL’s legal tampering window opened. But Wednesday marks the start of a new league year and, as of 4 p.m. ET, the first day that contracts and trades can officially be processed. And while a number of the top free agents already have chosen their destinations, many more have yet to make up their minds.

Check back with USA TODAY Sports often throughout Wednesday and the entire week for all the latest news and buzz on the free-agent market and what deals could be materializing:

Chris Godwin will be returning to the Buccaneers after receiving the franchise tag for the second straight year.

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Buccaneers, Chris Godwin agree to deal

Chris Godwin, who had the franchise tag applied to him for the second straight year, agreed to a new contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The deal is for three years and $60 million, according to multiple reports.

Godwin was having a stellar 2021 season – having already tallied a career-high 98 receptions – before a torn ACL ended his campaign after 14 games. He was a vital part of the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl-winning team in 2020, and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2019 after posting 86 receptions for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns. 

The Buccaneers also added former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage to the receiving corps for Brady, who came out of a brief retirement on Sunday.

— Jim Reineking

Dolphins add speedster to backfield

The Miami Dolphins continue to be an active participant in the NFL free-agent frenzy.

The team is expected to sign running back Raheem Mostert, the player’s agent confirmed.

Mostert, who was also a

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