The Seahawks have put less priority on retaining their own players so far this offseason, preferring to replace them with cheaper alternatives.
Fluker's deal is for one year, according to the source.
It's not clear where the 27-year-old Fluker will fit along Seattle's offensive line. He played right guard for the past three seasons after beginning his career at tackle. Ethan Pocic finished his rookie season in 2017 as Seattle's starting right guard but has also played left guard and right tackle. Luke Joeckel, Seattle's starter at left guard for much of last season, is an unrestricted free agent.
The agreement was first reported by the NFL Network and CBSSports.com. The financial terms of the deal weren't immediately available.
Fluker spent last season with the New York Giants, appearing in nine games with six starts, after beginning his career with the Chargers, who drafted him 11th overall out of Alabama in 2013. In Seattle, he'll reunite with offensive line coach Mike Solari, who was hired by the Seahawks this offseason after spending the past two seasons in the same capacity with the Giants.
The Giants signed Fluker on the cheap last offseason to a one-year, $3 million deal. He began the 2017 season on the bench before working his way into the Week 4 starting lineup at right guard, where he was a difference-maker in the run game when healthy.
Welcome to the NFL's annual scramble for top talent.
Less than two months remain before the 2018 draft (April 26-28), when teams will jockey for the prospects who will make up the majority of the league's rosters in the coming years. Free agency, of course, is a supplementary exercise.
What follows is a subjective ranking of the high-end players still available, and the ones who have already agreed to terms.
Note: Players no longer on the market will be marked with asterisks. Top-tier players have also been added to the original ranking following their releases.
1. Kirk Cousins, QB*
Headed to: Minnesota Vikings | Age heading into 2018 season: 30
- News: Cousins plans to sign with Vikings
- Cronin: Cousins' expected signing raises Super Bowl hopes
- Insiders: Does Cousins make Vikings the new NFC favorite?
After two years under the franchise tag with combined earnings of nearly $44 million, Cousins will experience a rarity for upper-level quarterbacks: a true bidding war for his services. The Redskins have moved on to Alex Smith, whose acquisition will become official when the new league year begins March 14. Cousins could set a new bar for NFL contracts, perhaps in excess of $30 million annually.
2. Drew Brees, QB*
Re-signing with: New Orleans Saints | Age: 39
- News: Brees to re-sign with Saints on two-year, $50M deal
- Triplett: Breaking down Brees, all Saints signings
It's difficult to imagine Brees and the Saints parting ways, especially with the team again competitive and without his heir on the roster. Brees himself has said he doesn't anticipate testing the open market, but it'll be a little tricky. Brees' contract did not allow the Saints to use the franchise tag, so they'll have to meet his price for a standard contract before a March 14 deadline that would accelerate $18 million in salary-cap space. The situation provides an opening for Brees to test the market if he changes his mind.
3. Case Keenum, QB*
Headed to: Denver Broncos | Age: 30
With a new offensive coordinator, and a decidedly muted public stance from coach Mike Zimmer, it's clear that Keenum's return is far from guaranteed. Would the Vikings move on from a quarterback who finished the season with the NFL's second-highest Total QBR (69.5) and led them to the NFC Championship Game? At the very least, the Vikings don't value Keenum enough to lock him down with a franchise tag.
4. Andrew Norwell, G*
Headed to: Jacksonville Jaguars | Age: 26
- News: Jags make Norwell highest-paid guard
- DiRocco: Norwell deal shows Jaguars prioritized run game over Allen Robinson
Norwell picked a pretty good year to earn his first All-Pro honors. When you look at the five-year, $60 million deal the Browns gave to Kevin Zeitler (who has never made All-Pro or even the Pro Bowl) in 2017, you understand the value Norwell would find on the open market.
5. Jimmy Graham, TE*
Headed to: Green Bay Packers | Age: 31
- News: Packers to sign Graham to three-year deal
- Demovsky: Graham needs Jordy Nelson-like connection with Aaron Rodgers
Although he never matched his early-career production after the 2015 trade to the Seahawks -- in part because of a serious patellar tendon injury that season -- Graham remains a major weapon in the red zone. His 10 touchdown receptions (on only 95 targets) in 2017 were tied for second in the league. Someone will see major value there.
6. Ndamukong Suh, DT
2017 team: Miami Dolphins | Age: 31
Suh can still be an elite-level interior player, even if he doesn't produce eye-popping sack numbers. He keeps himself in excellent shape and, when invested, requires the attention of multiple blockers. Any honest appraisal of him must note his inconsistent effort level, but overall, he is one of the few potential difference-makers available on the market.
7. Sheldon Richardson, DT*
Headed to: Minnesota Vikings | Age: 27
A preseason trade from the Jets to Seattle, if nothing else, gave Richardson tape in both the 4-3 and 3-4 defenses. The Seahawks, who gave up a second-round pick and receiver Jermaine Kearse to get Richardson, might want him as a younger replacement for Michael Bennett. Richardson made a few splashy plays in Seattle, but he probably wasn't dominant enough to spark a frenzied bidding war.
8. Tyrann Mathieu, S*
Headed to: Houston Texans | Age: 26
Although he has been slowed at times by knee injuries, Mathieu started all 16 games last season and is as young as anyone on the free agent market. Safeties are critical to current defensive schemes and he should find many suitors.
9. Nate Solder, OT*
Headed to: New York Giants | Age: 30
- News: Giants expected to sign Solder to four-year, $60M deal
- Raanan: Giants nab Solder, solidifying offensive line
Solder finished the regular season on a strong note but is undeniably an inconsistent player who would have never been a candidate to hit the open market if his play had smoothed out. With that said, it's rare for even a capable left tackle to reach free agency. Solder would be a popular target.
10. Trumaine Johnson, CB*
Headed to: New York Jets | Age: 28
Johnson earned $30.7 million while playing under the Rams' franchise tag over the past two seasons. He was a reliable starter, but he didn't approach his seven-interception performance of 2015 -- he had just one in 2016 and two in 2017 -- and has yet to make a Pro Bowl.
11. Star Lotulelei, DT*
Headed to: Buffalo Bills | Age: 28
- News: Lotulelei to sign five-year deal with Buffalo
- Rodak: Breaking down Lotulelei, all Bills signings
After five years of anchoring the middle of the Carolina defense, Lotulelei could be ready to test the market. The Panthers would have to decide whether to add another significant contract to a defensive line that already includes Kawann Short's monster deal ($16.1 million annual average).
12. Allen Robinson, WR*
Headed to: Chicago Bears | Age: 25
- News: Robinson will be signing with Bears
- Dickerson: Robinson a worthwhile gamble despite coming off ACL injury
A torn ACL limited Robinson to one catch in 2017, but it occurred early enough for him to be fully recovered in time for training camp this summer. Giving significant money to a player returning from a serious injury is tricky, but Robinson will generate a ton of interest. Catching 201 passes from Blake Bortles in three seasons (2014-16) is impressive.
13. Sammy Watkins, WR*
Headed to: Kansas City Chiefs | Age: 25
After a 1,047-yard season for the Bills in 2015, Watkins combined for 1,023 receiving yards over the next two years for the Bills and Rams. In other words, his career arc moved in the wrong direction as free agency approached. But his size (6-foot-1, 211 pounds) and efficiency (eight touchdowns on 39 receptions last season) will intrigue some shoppers.
14. Dontari Poe, DT*
Headed to: Carolina Panthers | Age: 28
- News: Dontari Poe leaves Falcons, reaches deal with Panthers
- Newton: Space-eater Poe replaces Star Lotulelei
Poe proved reliable, if nothing else, after signing a one-year deal with the Falcons. He was on the field for 745 snaps, the second most on the Falcons' defensive line, and started all 16 games.
15. Sam Bradford, QB*
Headed to: Arizona Cardinals | Age: 30
- News: Bradford to sign with the Cardinals
- Weinfuss: A healthy Bradford is what Cardinals are counting on
Bradford demonstrated in Week 1 what he can do when healthy, carving up the Saints for 346 yards and three touchdowns. But after a long history of knee injuries caught up to him, forcing surgery and limiting him to two starts this season, it's fair to wonder how a team could commit to him for anything more than an incentive-laden flier. Mike Zimmer has painted a discouraging picture recently by saying that Bradford's knee condition is "degenerative."
16. Bashaud Breeland, CB
2017 team: Washington Redskins | Age: 26
The Redskins might not be able, or willing, to squeeze in the market-level contract Breeland has earned as a four-year starter. They're already paying fellow cornerback Josh Norman an average of $15 million per year, and they have several young players who could step in. That could make Breeland one of the more desirable defensive players available.
17. Aaron Colvin, CB*
Headed to: Houston Texans | Age: 26
- News: Colvin to sign four-year deal with Texans
- Barshop: Colvin acquisition a step in right direction for Houston defense
Colvin has been an excellent nickelback for the Jaguars but won't be a starter as long as Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye are on the roster. Does that mean Colvin could be looking to play elsewhere, for more money and playing time? It's something to consider.
18. Kyle Fuller, CB*
Re-signing with: Chicago Bears | Age: 26
The Bears declined Fuller's fifth-year option for 2018 based on his 2016 knee injury, but on Tuesday they decided to use the transition tag to maintain some control over his movement. The Bears can match any offer he might receive. The tag itself is worth $12.97 million. This is all based on Fuller's successful return in 2017 to start all 16 games.
19. Trey Burton, TE*
Headed to: Chicago Bears | Age: 26
The understudy to starter Zach Ertz has enough versatility as a blocker and as a receiver -- he has caught 60 passes in the past two seasons -- to merit a starting job elsewhere. During the 2017 regular season, one out of every five of his receptions went for a touchdown. He also threw a pretty cool touchdown pass in Super Bowl LII.
20. Eric Reid, S
2017 team: San Francisco 49ers | Age: 26
Reid will provide another test case for the ongoing impact of NFL player protests during the national anthem, as Reid was one of the organizing partners of the initial movement. We all know what happened to his friend, colleague and former teammate Colin Kaepernick. Reid would be a prized target, but even he understands the potential limits on the market for him.
Free-agent wide receiver Jaron Brown, who is coming off a career season, has agreed to terms with the Seattle Seahawks, a source confirmed to ESPN.
Brown, 28, returned from a torn ACL injury in 2016 to catch 31 passes for 477 yards and four touchdowns for the Arizona Cardinals in 2017 -- all career highs.
The NFL Network was first to report the agreement.
The Seahawks reinforced a position of some need following Paul Richardson's departure in free agency. Brown, who is listed at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds and is considered to have good speed at that size, could push 2017 third-round pick Amara Darboh for the No. 3 role behind Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett.
Brown, who was undrafted, set his career high for yards in a game with 105 in Week 4 last season. He started eight of the 16 games he played in 2017.
In five seasons with the Cardinals, Brown has caught 86 passes for 1,177 yards and nine touchdowns.
ESPN's Josh Weinfuss and Brady Henderson contributed to this report.
Terms weren't announced but it is a three-year contract that is worth up to $14 million, a source told ESPN's Josina Anderson. Year 1 of the deal is "fully guaranteed," the source said.
Dickson, 30, was used primarily as a blocker in two-tight end sets during his first three seasons with the Panthers, but that changed in 2017 after three-time Pro Bowl selection Greg Olsen suffered a broken foot in Week 2 and missed nine games.
Dickson finished the season with 30 receptions for 437 yards and a touchdown, including a career-best 175 yards on five catches in a Week 5 win against the Detroit Lions. In his first three seasons with the Panthers, he totaled 37 catches for 370 yards and 4 touchdowns.
The star cornerback -- who signed with NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers this week -- said on the Uninterrupted's "The Thomahawk Show" that coach Pete Carroll's message had become stale with some of the team's longer-tenured players and suggested that it's not the type of thing that would happen in college, where rosters turn over regularly.
"I think it was kind of philosophical on his part," Sherman said of Carroll, a former USC coach, on a podcast hosted by former Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas and retired receiver Andrew Hawkins. "A lot of us have been there six, seven, eight years, and his philosophy is more built for college. Four years, guys rotate in, rotate out, and so we had kind of heard all his stories, we had kind of heard every story, every funny anecdote that he had. And honestly because he just recycles them. And they're cool stories, they're great for team chemistry and building, etcetera, etcetera. But we had literally heard them all. We could recite them before he even started to say them."
The Seahawks cut Sherman last week and traded defensive lineman Michael Bennett
It's a one-year deal worth $3.5 million that could go to $6.5 million with playtime incentives, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Seahawks released Shead on March 12, keeping their word to the cornerback that he would be an unrestricted free agent.
Despite releasing Shead, the Seahawks still had hoped to re-sign him.
Shead's free-agent status had been in question after he spent all but two games of this past season on the physically unable to perform list while working his way back from a torn ACL in his left knee. Per the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, that would technically require Shead's contract to toll, or to roll over to 2018 on the same terms.
The tolling rule applies to players who, in the final season of their contract, remain on the PUP list as of their team's sixth regular-season game. As in Shead's case, that includes players on one-year deals. A restricted free agent last offseason, Shead signed a one-year deal worth $1.2 million. So if his contract were to toll, he would be signed for 2018 at the same amount.
Letting Graham and Richardson walk were understandable decisions -- arguably the correct ones, even -- given what it would have cost to keep them.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Aaron Rodgers will have to find a new favorite target because the Green Bay Packers have released Jordy Nelson. They are also adding tight end Jimmy Graham on a three-year deal worth roughly $30 million, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Graham has been one of the most prolific tight ends of his era, catching 69 touchdown passes since he entered the league with the New Orleans Saints as a third-round pick in 2010. That total ranks second among tight ends and third among all pass-catchers during that span, behind Rob Gronkowski (76) and Dez Bryant (73).
Graham had 10 receiving touchdowns last season, most among tight ends and tied for second most leaguewide.
Nelson and Rodgers hold the Packers' record for most touchdowns by a quarterback-receiver duo with 65. They broke Brett Favre and Antonio Freeman's record of 58 during the 2016 season.
Rodgers wrote on his Instagram account that Nelson's departure represented "a sad day and the toughest part of this business."
Nelson, 32, was scheduled to make $10.25 million in salary and bonuses in the final season of a four-year, $39 million contract. By cutting Nelson, the Packers save $10,218,750 in salary-cap space.
It's the first major roster cut by new general manager Brian Gutekunst, who replaced Ted Thompson in January.
The Washington Redskins will sign receiver Paul Richardson once free agency begins to a deal worth up to $40 million, a source confirmed. Richardson has agreed to a five-year deal with a $10 million signing bonus and $20 million guaranteed.
Washington had targeted Richardson because of his speed on the outside. It was a top priority entering free agency as the Redskins sought to duplicate what they had with DeSean Jackson before he left for Tampa Bay last offseason. Richardson would start opposite Josh Doctson, with Jamison Crowder serving as the slot receiver.
The news was first reported by NFL Network.
Richardson hit free agency after the most productive of his four seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. He supplanted Tyler Lockett as Seattle's No. 2 receiver behind Doug Baldwin in 2017 and caught 44 passes for 703 yards and six touchdowns -- all career highs by a wide margin.
Known for his speed and his ability to outleap defenders for passes, Richardson averaged 16 yards per reception in 2017, the highest figure among Seahawks with at least 10 catches.
Plagued by injuries during his first two seasons, Richardson -- who turns 26 on April 13 -- has mostly stayed healthy the past two years, missing one game in 2016 and none in 2017.