The Latest: Source: Adrian Peterson to return to Redskins

The Latest on NFL free agency Wednesday (all times EDT):

9:15 p.m.

A person with knowledge of the move says the Washington Redskins
have agreed to terms on an $8 million, two-year deal with running
back Adrian Peterson.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity
Wednesday because the deal had not been announced.

Peterson, who turns 34 next week, signed with the Redskins on a
veteran minimum deal before last season. He rushed for 1,042 yards
and seven touchdowns in 16 games.

-Reporting by Stephen Whyno in Ashburn,Virginia

9:05 p.m.

The Jacksonville Jaguars released quarterback Blake Bortles four
hours after officially agreeing to terms with Nick Foles on
Wednesday, the official start of free agency and two days after the
sides settled on contract terms.

The Jags parted ways with the third overall pick in the 2014 draft
just 13 months after handing him a three-year, $58 million contract.

Bortles was arguably the most ridiculed quarterback in the league
in recent years. A number of players ripped him publicly, including
Tennessee defensive end Jurrell Casey, Houston defensive end
Jadeveon Clowney, Seattle safety Earl Thomas and Cincinnati
linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

Jacksonville will save $4.5 million against the salary cap by
cutting Bortles. He still will count $16.5 million against the cap
in 2019.

– Reporting by Mark Long in Jacksonville, Florida

8:25 p.m.

The Seattle Seahawks are bringing back linebacker Mychal Kendricks
on a one-year deal despite his uncertain legal situation.

Kendricks and the Seahawks reached agreement on the deal on
Wednesday, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The
person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity
because the team had not announced the move. The deal is worth up
to $5.5 million.

Kendricks is still facing possible jail time after pleading guilty
to insider trading charges last year. Kendricks started last season
in Cleveland, but he was released in late August after he was
charged. Seattle signed him before Week 2 and he played in three
games prior to receiving an eight-game suspension from the NFL. He
returned late in the season but suffered a broken leg against
Minnesota and missed the rest of the season.

Kendricks’ sentencing is set for early April.

-Reporting by Tim Booth in Seattle

8:15 p.m.

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms keeping cornerback Tye
Smith on a one-year contract.

The Titans announced the deal Wednesday night.

They signed Smith to a futures contract in January 2017 and the
cornerback started one of the 15 games he played in, notching 11
tackles and an interception. He spent 2018 on injured reserve after
being hurt during training camp. He has 19 career games in the NFL
having started with Seattle.

-Reporting by Teresa Walker in Nashville, Tennessee.

7:45 p.m.

The Dallas Cowboys are keeping offensive tackle Cameron Fleming and
fullback Jamize Olawale, agreeing to terms Wednesday on new deals
with the unrestricted free agents.

Fleming, the primary backup for starting offensive tackles Tyron
Smith and La’el Collins, agreed to a two-year deal. Fleming spent
the first four seasons of his NFL career with the New England
Patriots before signing a one-year deal with the Cowboys last

Olawale is getting a one-year deal. Primarily a lead blocker, he
played in all 16 games last season after being acquired in a trade
from the Oakland Raiders. He also led the team with 13 special
teams tackles.

The Cowboys on Monday signed tight end Codey McElroy to a
reserves-futures contract.

-Reporting by Stephen Hawkins in Frisco, Texas

7:40 p.m.

The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a trade to acquire Kansas
City franchise pass rusher Dee Ford and are signing free agent
running back Tevin Coleman.

A person familiar with the moves confirmed them Wednesday. The
person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deals have not
been announced.

The person says the 49ers will send a 2020 second-round pick to the
Chiefs for Ford and give him a new contract. ESPN reported the deal
will be worth $87.5 million over five years.

Coleman will sign a two-year deal that ESPN reported will be worth
$10 million.Another person familiar with the deal says the team is
re-signing defensive back Jimmie Ward to a one-year deal worth up
to $5 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because
the signing hasn’t been announced.

-Reporting by Josh Dubow in Santa Clara, California

7:10 p.m.

A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers
have agreed to a one-year, $6 million contract with offensive
tackle Daryl Williams.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity
Wednesday because the team hasn’t announced the signing.

Williams was rated as one of the better offensive tackles in 2017,
starting 16 games at right tackle and being named second-team
All-Pro. However, he missed 15 games last season after re-injuring
his knee in the season opener.

The one-year deal gives Williams a chance to prove he’s healed and
deserves a long-term contract.

Reporting by Steve Reed

7:05 p.m.

The Chicago Bears have agreed to a two-year contract with two-time
Pro Bowl kickoff returner Cordarrelle Patterson.

The 27-year-old Patterson has 5,276 kick return yards on 176
attempts over six seasons with Minnesota (2013-16), Oakland (2017)
and New England (2018). He has an NFL-leading six kickoff returns
for touchdowns since his debut and made Pro Bowls in 2013 and 2016.
Patterson has 1,872 yards receiving and 682 rushing in his career.

The Bears released embattled kicker Cody Parkey as expected after
one rough season while agreeing to contracts with running back Mike
Davis (two years), Buster Skrine (three years) and offensive
lineman Ted Larsen (one year).

Parkey made 23 of 30 field goals during the regular season for the
third-lowest conversion rate in the NFL. He was 42 of 45 on extra
points. Six of his misses, counting the playoffs, hit uprights,
including a 43-yard attempt in the closing seconds of the Bears’
wild-card loss to Philadelphia at Soldier Field that also
ricocheted off the crossbar after being tipped by an Eagles player.

Chicago also placed exclusive-rights tenders on offensive lineman
Rashaad Coward, linebacker Isaiah Irving and defensive end Roy

-Reporting by Andrew Seligman

6:50 p.m.

Tight end Clive Walford has agreed to terms on a one-year contract
with the Miami Dolphins.

Walford, a Florida native who played for the Miami Hurricanes, had
61 catches and six scores in his first two NFL seasons with Oakland
in 2015-16. But he played in only one game last year with the New
York Jets.

He joins four other tight ends on the Miami roster.

-Reporting by Steven Wine

6:47 p.m.

The Arizona Cardinals have acquired tackle Marcus Gilbert from
Pittsburgh for a 2019 sixth-round draft pick.

The Cardinals also released tight end Jermaine Gresham.

The 31-year-old Gilbert started 87 of his 88 games at right tackle
the past eight seasons with the Steelers.

Gilbert is expected to start on Arizona’s rebuilt offensive line
next season.

-Reporting by John Marshall

6:45 p.m.

Shamar Stephen has returned to the Minnesota Vikings to fill the
defensive tackle spot opened by the departure of Sheldon Richardson
for Cleveland.

Stephen agreed to terms with the Vikings on a three-year contract
valued at $12.45 million, including $6 million guaranteed. After
being drafted in the seventh round by the Vikings in 2014,
primarily as a backup, Stephen played last season for Seattle. He
had 25 tackles, three quarterback hits and two sacks in a largely
run-stopping role.

The Vikings also confirmed their agreement with linebacker Anthony
Barr to stay with the team on a five-year deal valued at $67.5
million with $33 million guaranteed. The cap-strapped Vikings have
let Richardson and running back Latavius Murray leave as free
agents this week.

– Reporting by Dave Campbell

6:15 p.m.

Linebacker Deone Bucannon and receiver Breshad Perriman have agreed
to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on one-year deals.

Punter Bradley Pinion also is set to sign with the Bucs, who also
released defensive tackle Mitch Unrein to provide some relief under
the salary cap on Wednesday.

Bucannon spent the first five years of his career with Arizona. The
decision to join the Bucs reunites him with former Cardinals coach
Bruce Arians and one-time Arizona defensive coordinator Todd Bowles.

Perriman had 16 receptions for 340 yards and two touchdowns for
Cleveland last season. He agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract
with Tampa Bay after the Browns made a deal to acquire Odell
Beckham Jr.

-Reporting by Fred Goodall

5:40 p.m.

The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a deal with free-agent receiver
Tyrell Williams.

A person familiar with the deal said on condition of anonymity that
the Raiders will sign the former deep threat for the Los Angeles
Chargers. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the
signing hadn’t been announced. ESPN first reported the deal.

Williams is the second big-time addition at receiver already this
offseason for Oakland. The team previously agreed to acquire
Antonio Brown in a trade with Pittsburgh and give him a new
three-year contract.

Williams had 41 catches for 643 yards and five touchdowns last
season. He averages 16.3 yards per catch for his career, the
fifth-highest mark among players with at least 100 catches since he
entered as an undrafted free agent out of Western Oregon in 2015.

-Reporting by Josh Dubow

5:30 p.m.

Free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is meeting with the Miami
Dolphins to discuss a possible offer to play for his hometown team.

A contract agreement would pave the way for the anticipated
departure of Ryan Tannehill, who has been with the Dolphins since

Bridgewater, a Miami native, was the backup last season to New
Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, and they’re hoping to
re-sign him. But a deal with the Dolphins would give him a chance
to start as they rebuild under new coach Brian Flores.

Bridgewater was a first-round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings
in 2014. He went 17-11 as a starter in his first two NFL seasons
but has started only one game since suffering a serious knee injury
in August 2016.

-Reporting by Steven Wine

5:25 p.m.

The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with veteran
offensive lineman Ted Larsen.

The 6-foot-3, 323-pound Larsen has made 86 starts and played in 125
games over nine seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2010-13),
Arizona Cardinals (2014-15), Bears (2016) and Miami Dolphins
(2017-18). He made eight starts at right guard for Chicago in 2016
and was part of a line that helped Jordan Howard run for 1,313
yards as a rookie.

Larsen played in 15 games for the Dolphins last season and made 13
starts at left guard.

-Reporting by Andrew Seligman

5:20 p.m.

The Los Angeles Chargers have re-signed defensive tackle Brandon
Mebane to a two-year contract.

Mebane will be going into his 13th season in the NFL and fourth
with the Chargers. His 57 tackles for loss are the highest among
active nose tackles.

Mebane started 12 games this season with 53 tackles, three tackles
for loss and one sack. He missed four games to help care for his
newborn daughter, who died at seven weeks due to a defective heart

-Reporting by Joe Reedy

5 p.m.

The Patriots have extended qualifying offers to restricted free
agent receiver Josh Gordon and defensive back Jonathan Jones.

They placed second-round tenders on both, meaning any team that
signed them would have to send back a second-round compensatory
draft pick to New England.

In Gordon’s case it keeps alive the possibility that he could
rejoin New England if he’s reinstated from his latest suspension
for violating an agreement that allowed him to play after multiple
drug suspensions.

Gordon returned to the reserve/commissioner suspended list
indefinitely in December for breaking the terms of his
reinstatement under the NFL substance abuse policy.

He has been suspended several times by the NFL for violations of
its drug policies since being drafted by the Browns in 2012. He
missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Gordon’s outlook improved with New England last season, where he
landed in September in a trade after the Browns felt it was time to
cut ties with him. He had 40 receptions for 720 yards and three
touchdowns with the Patriots, five years removed from an All-Pro
season in 2013 with 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.

-Reporting by Kyle Hightower

4:45 p.m.

The Kansas City Chiefs Chiefs have released safety Eric Berry, who
missed nearly all of last season with a mysterious heel injury that
cropped up early in training camp.

The five-time Pro Bowl safety would have been guaranteed $7.25
million of his salary if he was on the roster Friday.

Berry was a first-round pick of the Chiefs in the 2010 draft and
was a legitimate star when he was healthy, though that became
increasingly uncommon. He missed most of one season with a torn
knee ligament and most of another with a torn Achilles’ tendon. He
also missed part of a season while he was undergoing treatment for
cancer, which not only further endeared him to the Kansas City fan
base but also to the NFL community at large.

The Chiefs have already moved on from several high-priced veterans,
cutting Justin Houston and trading fellow linebacker Dee Ford to
San Francisco. They also have agreed to a three-year contract with
former Texans safety Tyrann Mathieu.

-Reporting by Dave Skretta.

4 p.m.

The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms with free-agent running
back Latavius Murray on a four-year contract.

Murray played for the last two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings
following four seasons with the Raiders. He was a sixth-round draft
pick by Oakland in 2013.

Murray ran for 578 yards with six touchdowns in 16 games, including
six starts, for the Vikings in 2018. His 26 rushing touchdowns
since 2016 rank fourth in the NFL.

The 29-year-old Murray was a Pro Bowl pick with the Raiders in
2015, when he ran for 1,066 yards and caught 41 passes for 232
yards. It was his only 1,000-yard season.

-Reporting by Charles Odum.

3:50 p.m.

Four-time Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton has been released by the Miami
Dolphins, a decision that was expected as part of the team’s youth

Sitton, 32, joined Miami last season and suffered a season-ending
torn rotator cuff in Week 1. He last made the Pro Bowl in 2016 with
the Chicago Bears.

The release of Sitton adds $5 million to Miami’s salary cap space.

-Reporting by Steven Wine

3:40 p.m.

Cornerback Pierre Desir has agreed to a three-year, $25 million
deal to stay with the Indianapolis Colts, a person with knowledge
of the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Indy had not yet
made an official statement.

Desir started 12 of 16 games last season and finished with 79
tackles, two forced fumbles and one interception.

He is the second cornerback to re-sign with Indy. Earlier
Wednesday, the Colts gave cornerback Chris Milton a one-year
contract extension.

Indy also is expected to sign receiver Devin Funchess shortly after
the official opening of free agency. Funchess spent his first four
seasons in the league with Carolina.

-Reporting by Mike Marot

3:15 p.m.

The Browns may have filled a hole at linebacker, reaching agreement
with free agent Adarius Taylor on a two-year, $5 million contract,
a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

Taylor, who spent the past four seasons with Tampa Bay, could move
into the starting spot opened when Cleveland released Jamie
Collins. The person who spoke on condition of anonymity because
teams can’t announce deals until 4 p.m.

The 28-year-old Taylor made a career-high 10 starts last season and
had 60 tackles with an interception and sack. The 6-foot-1,
230-pound Taylor could move into the lineup along with Joe Schobert
and Christian Kirksey.

-Reporting by Tom Withers

3:10 p.m.

The Atlanta Falcons have released former starting right tackle Ryan
Schraeder, saving the team about $3.5 million in cap space.
Schraeder’s agent, Joel Turner, confirmed the release to The
Associated Press.

Schraeder lost his starting job to Ty Sambrailo late last season.
Sambrailo was signed to a three-year extension last month.

Schraeder’s release on Wednesday is part of an offensive line
makeover that includes the signings of free agent guards James
Carpenter and Jamon Brown.

The Falcons also released kicker Matt Bryant, cornerback Robert
Alford and defensive end Brooks Reed this offseason.

-Reporting by Charles Odum

2:50 p.m.

The New England Patriots’ twin combination in the secondary will
remain intact for another season.

A person familiar with the move says cornerback Jason McCourty has
agreed to a two-year deal to remain with the Super Bowl champions.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity to The Associated
Press because teams are not permitted to announce any moves until
later in the day.

A second person familiar with a separate deal says defensive back
Eric Rowe will sign a one-year contract worth $4.5 million to join
the Miami Dolphins. Rowe appeared in four games with the Patriots
last season (two starts) before being placed on season-ending
injured reserve with a groin injury.

For McCourty, who was signed to a one-year deal by the Patriots
prior to last season, it means continuing playing alongside his
twin brother and safety Devin McCourty. It also helps keep some
continuity in New England’s starting secondary, which features the
McCourty brothers, safety Patrick Chung and cornerback Stephon

Jason McCourty appeared in all 16 games during the 2018 season,
including 12 starts at left cornerback. He finished with one
interception and 10 passes defensed.

-Reporting by Kyle Hightower

2:30 p.m.

The Los Angeles Chargers are signing Tyrod Taylor to a two-year
contract to be Philip Rivers’ backup, according to a person with
knowledge of the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of
anonymity on Wednesday because the deal had not been formally
announced. NFL Network first reported the signing.

Taylor has started 46 games during his eight-year career. He
started the first three games last season for Cleveland before
suffering a concussion and back injury against the New York Jets.
Taylor was not able to regain his starting job due to the emergence
of Baker Mayfield.

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn was Taylor’s offensive coordinator in
Buffalo in 2016.

-Reporting by Joe Reedy

2:20 p.m.

According to a person with knowledge of the deal, the Seattle
Seahawks have agreed to sign Pro Bowl kicker Jason Myers to a
four-year deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of
anonymity because the deal had not been formally announced.

Myers was in a summer battle with veteran Sebastian Janikowski
during Seattle’s training camp last year. Janikowski won the job
but Myers had the better season after being signed by the New York

Myers was 33 of 36 on field-goal attempts last year in New York.

-Reporting by Tim Booth

2 p.m.

Guard A.J. Cann has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with
the Jacksonville Jaguars just hours before he would have become a
free agent.

Cann is expected to sign the new deal either later Wednesday or
Thursday. NFL Network reported that it’s worth $15 million.

A third-round draft pick from South Carolina in 2015, Cann started
59 of 64 games over four seasons for the Jaguars. He should provide
some continuity and stability up front for new quarterback Nick
Foles, who is expected to formally agree to a four-year, $88
million contract with the Jags when free agency officially opens.

Cann, left tackle Cam Robinson, left guard Andrew Norwell and
center Brandon Linder will be returning starters for a team that
plans to have a run-first mentality.

1:20 p.m.

The Baltimore Ravens finally made their move during the NFL’s free
agent frenzy this week.

A person with knowledge of the situation says the Ravens have
signed running back Mark Ingram and safety Earl Thomas.

Ingram played eight years with the New Orleans Saints and Thomas
arrives after a nine-year run with Seattle.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL’s new
year does not officially begin until 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old Ingram scored 50 touchdowns with the Saints and
upgrades a Baltimore backfield that last year ended up counting
heavily on rookie Gus Edwards.

Thomas is expected to replace free safety Eric Weddle, who was
released last week and signed with the Rams.

Baltimore lost linebackers C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs and Za’darius
Smith to free agency, a blow to the NFL’s No. 1 defense in 2018.

-Reporting by David Ginsburg

12:20 p.m.

The Washington Redskins are making salary-cap room by releasing
linebacker Zach Brown and defensive lineman Stacy McGee.

A person with knowledge of the decision says the team informed
Brown he was being released. A second person says the team informed
McGee he was being released. The people spoke to The Associated
Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the team hadn’t
announced the moves.

Cutting Brown and McGee clears more than $8 million of salary-cap

Brown, 29, had two seasons left on a $21 million, three-year
contract he signed with Washington last spring. But he said in
December he saw ”the writing on the wall” about his future, and
the Redskins released Brown after being unable to trade him.

An injury limited McGee, 29, to eight games last season.

-Reporting by Stephen Whyno

12:20 p.m.

The Tennessee Titans are keeping another of their pending free
agents off the market.

The Titans announced they have agreed to terms with offensive
lineman Kevin Pamphile on a one-year contract.

Pamphile joined the Titans in 2018 and started at left tackle in
Week 2 against Houston and at right tackle in Week 3 in a win at
Jacksonville before a season-ending injury. He has started 35 of 56
games in his career with starts at left guard, left tackle, right
tackle and three games at tight end in his five seasons in the NFL.

12:10 p.m.

Linebacker Preston Brown got a three-year extension from the
Bengals, who signed him last year from Buffalo.

He was durable during his time with the Bills, but hurt his right
ankle in the season opener with Cincinnati and missed the next two
games. Brown returned and played in six more before a knee injury
ended his season.

The Bengals have re-signed two of their potential free agents:
Brown and right tackle Bobby Hart.

11:30 a.m.

The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms on a new five-year
contract with kicker Wil Lutz.

Lutz made 28 of 30 field goal attempts and 52 of 53 extra points in
2018, his third year with the Saints.

Lutz’s 93.3 percent field-goal accuracy ranked fifth in the NFL
last season. He made a club-record 26 consecutive attempts. His
streak of 36 games in a row with a field goal, the second-longest
string in NFL history, ended when he didn’t have an attempt in the
final regular-season game.

Lutz ranked third in the league with 64 touchbacks on kickoffs.

11:15 a.m.

A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press
the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms with guards James
Carpenter and Jamon Brown.

Carpenter’s four-year deal is worth $21 million. Brown’s three-year
deal is worth $18.75 million.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Wednesday morning
because the signings won’t be official until the NFL’s new year
begins at 4 p.m. EDT.

On Tuesday, quarterback Matt Ryan agreed to restructure his
contract to clear salary cap room. With $8.75 million of his 2019
base salary to be paid as a signing bonus, the team cleared $7
million in cap space, more than doubling available funds for free
agency and the NFL draft.

Guard was the Falcons’ most glaring need. Carpenter and Brown may
move into starting jobs at left guard and right guard,
respectively. The Falcons lost Andy Levitre, Ben Garland and Zane
Beadles to free agency.

Brown, whose 26th birthday is Friday, was released by the Rams last
season before signing with the Giants, where he was an immediate
starter. Carpenter was limited by a shoulder injury to 10 games
with the Jets last season.

-Reporting by Charles Odum

11:05 a.m.

With the NFL’s ”legal tampering” period ending at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, the flurry of agreements reached the last two days will
become official.

That includes megatrades involving star receivers Antonio Brown and
Odell Beckham Jr., and signings of free agents who have become very
rich men.

Aside from the laudatory words that will flow like the dollars
heading to the players, here’s what fans will hear when things
become official:

-Oakland has acquired Brown from Pittsburgh for third- and
fifth-round draft picks.

-Cleveland gets Beckham from the New York Giants for first- and
second-round draft picks and safety Jabrill Peppers. The Browns
also obtain edge rusher Olivier Vernon from New York for guard
Kevin Zeitler.

-Running back Le’Veon Bell, who sat out last season in a contract
dispute with the Steelers, joins the New York Jets. Also heading to
the Jets are linebacker C.J. Mosley and receivers Jamison Crowder
and Josh Bellamy.

-2018 Super Bowl-winning quarterback Nick Foles leaves Philadelphia
for Jacksonville.

-The Raiders also add left tackle Trent Brown, who leaves the Super
Bowl champion Patriots, and safety Lamarcus Joyner.

-Safety Landon Collins stays within the NFC East, moving from the
Giants to the Redskins.

-Green Bay, not usually a major player in free agency, signs edge
rusher Za’Darius Smith, linebacker Preston Smith, safety Adrian
Amos and offensive lineman Billy Turner.

-Tennessee gets edge rusher Cameron Wake, late of Miami, and guard
Rodger Saffold, who leaves the Rams.

-The Texans bolster their secondary with safety Tashaun Gipson.

– Seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Terrell Suggs leaves Baltimore for

-WR DeSean Jackson returns to Philadelphia, leaving Tampa Bay.

10:25 a.m.

A person familiar with the deal says the Cleveland Browns and free
agent tight end Demetrius Harris have agreed to a two-year contract.

Harris, who backed up Pro Bowler Travis Kelce in Kansas City, will
be added to the roster when the NFL free agency signing period
begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday, said the person who spoke on condition
of anonymity to The Associated Press because teams are not
permitted to announce any moves until later.

In Cleveland, Harris will be reunited with Browns general manager
John Dorsey, who signed him in 2013 with the Chiefs.

The 27-year-old Harris didn’t play football in college and began
his pro career on the practice squad.

Harris has 57 career catches for 605 yards in four seasons. He had
13 receptions for 164 yards and three touchdowns last season.

The Browns had an opening at tight end after releasing Darren Fells
on Monday.

-Reporting by Tom Withers

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