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The NFL had its initial rush of free agency deals Monday, but the first wave isn’t over.

The manipulation window featured a host of players and teams reaching deals before the contracts could become official on Wednesday at the start of a new league year. But there are still plenty of top free agents who remain uncommitted. Expect more action soon in the market, as well as the possibility of more trades joining.

Check back with USA TODAY Sports often throughout Tuesday and throughout the week for the latest news and rumors on the free agent market and what deals could materialize:

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver DJ Chark (17) runs with the ball while being chased by Arizona Cardinals defensive back Jalen Thompson (34) in the fourth quarter at TIAA Bank Field.

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Jaguars release starting LB Myles Jack

After adding a horde of new players on Monday, the Jacksonville Jaguars say goodbye to one on Tuesday.

Jack, 26, led the Jaguars with 108 tackles last season. He was set to count $13.15 million against the cap this season, the penultimate year of his contract, and his release saves the team $8.35 million.

The move further remakes the Jaguars’ linebacking corps after the team reached an agreement with Foye Oluokun on Monday.

-Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz

Patriots and Browns exchange defensive players in trade

The Cleveland Browns agreed Tuesday to trade linebacker Mack Wilson to the New England Patriots for defender Chase Winovich, a person familiar with the deal confirmed to the USA TODAY Network. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the move is not yet official.

NFL Network first reported the deal involving Wilson, a fifth-round pick in 2019, and Winovich, a third-round pick in the same draft.

The trade can’t be finalized until 4 p.m. Wednesday, when free agency officially kicks off with the new league year.

In three NFL seasons, Winovich has started nine of his 45 regular-season games and has amassed 85 tackles, including 11 sacks, 23 quarterback hits, one interception, two passes defensed and one forced fumble.

Wilson started 28 of the 43 games in which he appeared with the Browns and compiled 163 tackles, including a sack, nine passes defensed, a forced fumble, an interception and two quarterback hits.

-Nate Ulrich, Akron Beacon Newspaper

Lions add low-cost investment at wide receiver

In an exploding wide receiver market, the Detroit Lions took a measured approach to buying free agents at the position.

The Lions agreed to a one-year deal Tuesday with catcher DJ Chark of the Jacksonville Jaguars, a league source told the Free Press. The deal includes $10 million guaranteed and could be worth up to $12 million, according to ESPN.

Chark was considered in the second tier of available receivers, behind Detroit native Allen Robinson, but inflation has rattled the market in recent days.

The Los Angeles Chargers signed Mike Williams to a three-year, $60 million contract before the start of free agency. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used the franchise tag on Chris Godwin at a cost of about $19 million. The Cleveland Browns traded for Amari Cooper and her $20 million contract. And Christian Kirk agreed to a four-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Day 1 of free agency Monday that is worth a maximum of $84 million.

The Lions entered free agency determined to add an outside receiver to their offense who struggled to push the ball downfield at times last season.

The 6-foot-4 Chark ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash coming out of college and has the speed to threaten defenses vertically.

He missed most of last season with a broken ankle, catching just seven passes for 154 yards in four games, but had a career-high 73 receptions, 1,008 yards and eight touchdowns in 2019.

– Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press

Deshaun Watson will meet with the Browns

Having met with officials from the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints on Monday, Deshaun Watson will meet with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to disclose staff meetings.

Watson remains under contract with the Houston Texans. He has a no-trade clause in his contract and would have to waive that right, so the Texans can’t just trade him to whatever team they want.

The Texans would prefer to trade Watson to an NFC team, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to comment publicly. However, Watson could force his hand.

-Mike Jones

Chiefs find likely replacement for Tyrann Mathieu

Looking to try and replace All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu, the Kansas City Chiefs will sign Justin Reid, who was Mathieu’s teammate on the Houston Texans in 2018.

Reid is expected to sign a three-year, $31.5 million deal with the Chiefs, according to multiple reports.

Mathieu, who turns 30 in May, will be an unrestricted free agent on March 16. In Reid, the Chiefs sign a younger replacement (he just turned 25) for the secondary defense.

In four seasons with the Texans, Reid had seven interceptions, including a pick-six.

-Jim Reinking

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NFL Free Agency 2022: News, Rumors on All Tuesday’s Deals

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