Tracking moves on Day 2 of 2019 NFL free agency

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  • By Grant Gordon NFL.com
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Many prognosticated a change of scenery was coming the way of receiver DeVante Parker.

Instead, a fresh start under new coach Brian Flores will come to fruition as Parker has signed a contract extension through the 2020 season. Per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the deal has a base value of $11.1875 million and he'll receive $4.5 million guaranteed. The second-year of the contract is a team option, Rapoport adds.

Big and fast with prototypical size at 6-foot-3, 216 pounds, Parker was a first-round draft pick for the Dolphins in 2015, who took him 14th overall. However, he's never truly broken out.

Last season, Parker was plagued by injuries to his shoulder and finger as he played in only 11 games with just seven starts and one touchdown in 24 catches.

Some believe on the right team in the right system, Parker could still fulfill his lofty potential. He'll stay on the same team, but under a new regime.

Here are other transactions we're tracking on Tuesday:

1. When he's healed up, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will line up under a new center as center Matt Paradis has agreed to a three-year, $27.03 million offer to move on from the Broncos to the Panthers. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported $13.5 million is guaranteed.

Paradis will return after nine starts in a 2018 season shortened by a broken leg. Prior to that, Paradis hadn't missed a start in three straight seasons.

The Panthers also announced the signing of back-up quarterback Taylor Heinicke on Tuesday to a one-year contract.

Heinicke played in six games last season -- his second in the NFL and first with the Panthers -- with one start. In that Week 16 start, Heinicke injured his elbow and ended the year on injured reserve.

"I'm excited to be back with the team," Heinicke said via the team website. "It's a relief after the injury and a long offseason."

2. Just four days removed from receiving his release from the Arizona Cardinals, safety Antoine Bethea signed a two-year deal with the New York Giants, NFL Network's Reggie Wayne reported on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old defensive back was a Pro Bowler for the Colts and 49ers and played two seasons with Arizona, starting all 16 games a season ago. With a glaring hole in the defensive backfield left by the departure of Landon Collins, the Giants picked up some veteran experience and leadership.

3. The Arizona Cardinals are expected to sign former Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy to a two-year contract, Rapoport reported per a source. Sweezy's played five of his six seasons for the Seahawks and has started 14 or games in each of the last five years.

The Cardinals are also expected to sign quarterback Brett Hundley to a one-year deal worth $2 million with a max value of $3 million.

4. The Detroit Lions announced Tuesday that they agreed to a one-year contract extension with running back Zach Zenner. Zenner has played all five years of his NFL tenure in Motown.

Journeyman offensive lineman Oday Aboushi, who played for the Cardinals last season, will head to the Lions on a one-year, $2 million deal a source told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

5. The Los Angeles Rams placed a second-round tender on linebacker Cory Littleton on Tuesday. Littleton was L.A.'s starting middle linebacker on its run to the Super Bowl.

Original-round tenders were handed out to safety Blake Countess, running back Malcolm Brown and cornerback Troy Hill. Countess would garner a sixth-round selection, while Hill and Brown were undrafted free agents so the Rams only receive the right of first refusal.

Defensive end Morgan Fox, cornerback Kevin Peterson, receiver KhaDarel Hodge, cornerback Dominique Hatfield and returner JoJo Natson were tendered as exclusive-rights free agents.

6. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are bringing in a face familiar with new coach Bruce Arians. Deone Bucannon, a former strong safety/linebacker or "money linebacker," is expected to sign with Tampa Bay, Rapoport reported per a source. The move will reunite Bucannon with Arians, as Bucannon played the first five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, who drafted him in the first round in 2014 when Arians was at the helm.

The Bucs also announced Tuesday that they re-signed back-up quarterback Ryan Griffin to a two-year deal.

Tampa also bid farewell to punter punter Bryan Anger, Rapoport reported. He was due $3 million in 2019.

7. Amid a flurry of expected additions, the Green Bay Packers announced they will release linebacker Nick Perry. Perry started nine games last season for the Packers, who he played with for all seven seasons of his career thus far since the Pack drafted him in the 2012 first round.

8. The Cleveland Browns announced they have re-signed defensive lineman Carl Davis, who played in five games last season for Cleveland after it claimed Davis off waivers from Baltimore.

The Browns are re-signing linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong to a one-year, $2.25 million deal, sources told Garafolo.

9. The Buffalo Bills will add some depth to the offensive line as they are set to sign offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported per agent Vince Taylor. A five-year veteran, Nsekhe played his last four seasons with the Redskins, starting 16 of 54 games played. As Garafolo added, the Bills have now lined up additions to support quarterback Josh Allen in the form of standout center Mitch Morse, receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley, running back Frank Gore, tight end Tyler Kroft and offensive linemen Spencer Long and Nsekhe.

10. The Cincinnati Bengals are bringing back linebacker Preston Brown, as Pelissero reported Tuesday they will re-sign the inside backer who debuted in Cincy in 2018 after four years in Buffalo.

11. The Houston Texans haved signed free agent safety Tashaun Gipson, the team announced.

12. The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a deal with linebacker Damien Wilson, previously with the Cowboys, Rapoport reported.

13. The Steelers and free agent cornerback Steven Nelson have agreed to terms on a three-year deal for $25.5 million, per Rapoport. Linebacker Anthony Chickillo is going to re-sign with the Steelers on a two-year deal worth $8 million, a source told Rapoport.

14. The Tennessee Titans are re-signing offensive tackle Kevin Pamphile to a one-year deal, Pelissero reported.

15. The Jets are re-signing defensive lineman Henry Anderson on a 3-year deal worth $25.2 million, per Rapoport.

16. Former Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe is signing a one-year, $3.5 million max deal with the Dolphins, a source tells Rapoport.

17. The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms with guard Jamon Brown on a three-year, $18.75 million deal with $12.75 million guaranteed, while guard James Carpenter is signing for four years and $21 million, according to Rapoport.

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