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NFL Free Agency Rumors Tracker: Legal tampering begins

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NFL free agency doesn't officially start until Tuesday, March 10, 4:00 p.m., but teams are allowed to talk to free agents starting today. They can't reach final agreements and sign contracts until the real start of free agency, but you'll see most of the big deals done over the next few days.

So to cover what's going on, what's rumored to be happening and where everyone's going, here's our free agency tracker.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven't been concretely connected with a lot of players, but they will be active in free agency. They have needs across the offensive line, and someone like Clint Boling, Orlando Franklin or Mike Iupati would make a lot of sense. Devin McCourty would be a good target, but he's likely to be targeted by a lot of NFL teams.

There have been a few reports that the Bucs would look at Ndamukong Suh, but I expect him to be much too expensive for the team to consider, given the fact that they're already paying Gerald McCoy and Clinton McDonald.

We'll add in more rumors and reports as they come in.

Monday, 6:51 p.m.: Mike Iupati to the Cardinals, per Schefter. Another one bites the dust.

Monday, 12:40 p.m.: The Bears are targeting Mason Foster, according to ESPNLarry Holder also sees the Saints as likely contenders for the middle linebacker. Foster is not coming back to Tampa.

Monday, 10:55 a.m.: Jermey Parnell is heading to Jacksonville, so the Bucs have to look elsewhere for offensive line help.

Monday, 10:14 a.m.: Patrick Willis is retiring, per Rand Getlin. The Buccaneers are after Jabaal Sheard and the Texans are signing Ryan Mallett to a very cheap deal, per Tania Ganguli.

Monday, 8:50 a.m.: Center Rodney Hudson is signing a ridiculous contract in Oakland, according to Jason La Canfora. Also worth noting: the Dolphins are cutting their punter due to his $3.5 million salary, unless he's willing to "restructure," per Omar Kelly. The Bucs need to find a replacement for Michael Koenen at that position.

Monday, 8:37 a.m.: And as had been reported earlier, the Chargers are signing offensive lineman Orlando Franklin, now per Adam Schefter.

Monday, 8:21 a.m.: Good morning! A few overnight reports. First, the Bucs are rumored to be going after Shaun Hill. They're also supposed to be looking into "top-tier" free agents at offensive line and defensive end. Unfortunately, those are quickly disappearing: Jerry Hughes re-signed with the Bills, per Vic Carucci. Finally, Trent Baalke explicitly denied reports that Colin Kaepernick is on the trade block, but Jayson Braddock is sticking with his report, even noting that the Bears and Eagles are talking to the 49ers.

Sunday, 10:51 p.m.: McCourty's staying in New England.

Sunday, 7:20 p.m.: The Eagles re-signed Mark Sanchez to a two-year, $16 million deal, per Adam Schefter. Doesn't sound like they think they can get Marcus Mariota.

Sunday, 5:17 p.m.: The Chargers have reportedly won the battle for Broncos tackle Orlando Franklin, per Jeff McLane. Scratch him off your lists, I guess. Cornerback Brandon Flowers stays with the Chargers, per Jason La Canfora. Frank Gore to the Eagles, according to Rand Getlin.

Sunday, 2:25 p.m.: Byron Maxwell will sign with the Eagles, per Jayson Braddock. A cornerback off the market, not that the Bucs would care.

Sunday, 1:51 p.m.: Suh is signing with the Dolphins for a ridiculous $20 million per year, which makes the Buccaneers look pretty awesome. Meanwhile, Jason Cole reports that Julius Thomas is set to sign with the Jacksonville Jaguars. And a final note, which I had skipped earlier: Randall Cobb re-signed in Green Bay at four years, $40 million.

Sunday 12:03 p.m.: Another guard bites the dust as Todd Herremans signs with the Colts, per Adam Caplan. Meanwhile, Charles Robinson notes that Suh is almost certainly heading to the Dolphins.

Sunday, 10:10 a.m.: A few more reports came in overnight. Most notably: the Buccaneers want some tackles. They're rumored to be interested in both Bryan Bulaga, and Jermey Parnell.

Saturday, 9:20 p.m.: A whole bunch of stuff happened. The Bucs re-signed three backups, ensuring they have some depth on defense and special teams. They're also rumored to be interested in strong safety/cornerback Ron Parker. Finally, the Titans have re-signed the best punter on the market in Brett Kern.

Saturday, 4:20 p.m.: The Bucs reportedly want to keep Da'Quan Bowers, but they face competition.

Saturday, 3:11 p.m.: Adrian Clayborn is drawing a lot of interest, according to Jeremy Fowler, but not from the Bucs.

Saturday, 3:07 p.m.: The Texans have re-signed tackle Derek Newton, per Adam Schefter. The tackle market looks fairly thin.

Saturday, 1:12 p.m.: The Chargers are also expected to make a run at Mike Iupati, per Michael Gehlken. It's not clear whether the Bucs actually want the top guard on the market, though it would make sense.

Saturday, 12:14 p.m.: The Chargers are going to make a run at Ndamukong Suh, per Ian Rapoport. The Dolphins have also been linked with him. His market will be huge. Don't expect the Bucs to be part of it.

Saturday, 12:08 p.m.: Doug Free re-signs with the Cowboys, per ESPN. That's one tackle off the market.

Saturday, 3:07 a.m.: The Bucs have re-signed Luke Stocker.