What I’m Hearing: USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Jones on the teams looking to make big moves in NFL free agency and that have the cap space to do it.
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The Oakland Raiders’ rebuild continues with another sizable move.
Left tackle Trent Brown is set to sign with the team on a four-year, $66 million deal that would make him the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Contracts can’t become official until the start of the new league year on Wednesday, but impending free agents were allowed to begin negotiations with new teams starting Monday.
Brown’s $16.5 million annual average salary would outpace that of Tennessee Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan, who previously held the high mark for offensive lineman. Brown’s deal also includes $36.75 million guaranteed, according to Schefter.
After being traded to New England prior to last season from the San Francisco 49ers, the 6-8, 380-pound Brown enjoyed a solid campaign as Tom Brady’s blindside protector.
For coach Jon Gruden and first-year general manager Mike Mayock, the signing is the latest step in what should be a significant offseason reshaping. The Raiders also agreed to a trade this weekend for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.
The Patriots will be making a change at their starting left tackle for the second consecutive year after Nate Solder joined the New York Giants last season. Isaiah Wynn, a first-round pick in 2018 who missed all of last season with a torn Achilles, is likely to step into the role this year.
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