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|3/6/2015||Ryan Davis, DE|
|The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed Davis.
Analysis: Davis had a career-high 6 1/2 sacks last season, proving to be the team's most versatile pass rusher. After signing as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2012, Davis has played in 24 games in Jacksonville, including all 16 last year. The former Bethune-Cookman standout has 22 tackles, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
|3/6/2015||Michael Oher, T|
|The Panthers have signed Oher to a two-year contract.
Analysis: Oher, the subject of the popular movie The Blind Side, gives the Panthers an experienced option at left tackle. Carolina has already informed last year's starting left tackle Byron Bell he will not be re-signed. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Oher is a veteran of six NFL seasons. He started 11 games last season for the Titans.
|3/6/2015||Tajh Boyd, QB|
|Boyd has landed a job with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Analysis: The Steelers added Boyd to their offseason roster on Friday. Boyd was taken by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2014 draft but was cut during training camp. The 24-year-old Boyd passed for 11,904 yards and 107 touchdowns in four seasons at Clemson. He ran for 1,165 yards and 26 touchdowns during his career with the Tigers.
|3/6/2015||Tyler Ott, TE|
|The former Harvard long-snapper has been re-signed by the New England Patriots.
Analysis: Ott was signed as a rookie free agent in May, 2014, but was released three months later before the Patriots' Super Bowl season. The 23-year-old Ott is 6-foot-3, 245 pounds. At Harvard, he also was a tight end who had 16 catches for 194 yards and four touchdowns.
|3/6/2015||Marques Colston, WR|
|Colston has agreed to contract changes and will remain with the Saints next season.
Analysis: Without restructuring, Colston would have cost New Orleans $9.7 million against the cap. No other contract details have been released. Colston has 9,239 yards receiving and 68 touchdowns in nine seasons, but saw a dip in production in 2014, when he had 902 yards and five TDs, his first season with under 1,000 yards while playing in 16 games.
|3/6/2015||Reggie Wayne, WR|
|The Colts have announced they will not re-sign Wayne.
Analysis: Indianapolis' longtime standout has been part of a club-record 143 wins and ranks second in franchise history in receptions (1,070), yards receiving (14,345) and touchdown catches (80). He was Indy's first-round draft pick in 2001 and has never played for another team. But after tearing the ACL in his right knee in October 2013 and injuring his left elbow in October 2014, Wayne didn't look the same.
|3/5/2015||Carson Palmer, QB|
|Palmer says he has restructured his contract to help with the team's salary cap status with the aim of making a good team better come the free agency period. Arizona was 6-0 with Palmer as the starter before he went down with the season-ending knee injury. He says he reworked his deal about a month ago.
Analysis: Palmer, recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL, says he "is doing great," throwing the ball five days a week, and hopes to be ready for OTAs this summer. Regardless, he says he will be "ready to rock 'n' roll" by training camp.
|3/5/2015||Greg Olsen, TE|
|The Panthers announced they have signed Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen to a three-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2018 season. The deal was announced on Thursday but terms were not immediately known.
Analysis: Olsen went to his first Pro Bowl in 2014 after catching 84 passes for 1.008 yards, both new franchise records for a tight end. He finished the regular season third among tight ends in receptions and had six touchdowns. He had three 100-yard receiving games last season, the most ever by a Carolina tight end. Olsen, 26, was acquired in a trade from Chicago in 2011 and has played in 126 consecutive regular season games, the second-longest active streak among tight ends.
|3/5/2015||LaMarr Woodley, DE|
|Woodley was released by the Oakland Raiders on Thursday.
Analysis: Woodley was paid more than $4.8 million last season but had no sacks in six games before being sidelined by a season-ending biceps injury.
|3/5/2015||Maurice Jones-Drew, RB|
|Jones-Drew announced his retirement Thursday.
Analysis: Jones-Drew was paid $2.5 million last season with Oakland but only rushed for 96 yards on 43 carries in 12 games. He ranked second in the NFL with 4,321 yards rushing in a three-year span from 2009-11 for Jacksonville. Jones-Drew, who will turn 30 on March 23, had 1,313 yards in his final three seasons. He finishes with 8,167 yards and 68 touchdowns in 126 games. Jones-Drew also caught 346 passes for 2,944 yards and 11 TDs.
|3/5/2015||D.J. Swearinger, S|
|Authorities say Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger drove off from a business without paying for nearly $20,0000 worth of customization work on his truck, though it could simply be a "misunderstanding."
Analysis: Swearinger couldn't immediately be reached for comment and the Texans had no comment. The incident was first reported by TMZ.
|3/5/2015||Rey Maualuga, LB|
|Maualuga agreed to a three-year deal Thursday, allowing the Cincinnati Bengals to keep one of their top linebackers.
Analysis: Cincinnati's defense slipped to 22nd in the NFL last season, when Maualuga and linebacker Vontaze Burfict missed significant time because of injuries. After Maualuga returned after missing four games with a pulled hamstring, the run defense improved measurably. Maualuga, a second-round pick in 2009, could have become an unrestricted free agent next week.
|3/5/2015||Jason Fox, T|
|Fox has signed a two-year contract to remain with the Miami Dolphins rather than become a free agent next week.
Analysis: Fox is going into his fifth NFL season and his second with the Dolphins, and he has five career starts. He played in nine games last year and started the final two games.
|3/5/2015||Greg Hardy, DE|
|Soon-to-be free agent Hardy will be allowed to sign a new contract even if he remains on the commissioner's exempt list.
Analysis: League spokesman Greg Aiello said Thursday in an email to The Associated Press, "There's nothing to prevent a player on the Exempt list without a contract from signing a new one." NFL free agency begins Tuesday. However, Hardy's playing status remains in limbo. He isn't allowed to actually play until removed from the exempt list, which could prevent teams from going after him in free agency.
|3/5/2015||Da'Norris Searcy, S|
|Searcy will test free agency next week to find out what he's worth after proving himself as a full-time starter last season. Searcy's decision does not come as a surprise after the fourth-year player took over the starting job in place of Jairus Byrd, who left Buffalo in free agency last spring.
Analysis: A person familiar with negotiations told The Associated Press of Searcy's plans on Thursday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because discussions between the Bills and the player have been private. The two sides haven't had contract talks since Buffalo made Searcy an offer two weeks ago, the person said.
|3/5/2015||Vince Wilfork, DT|
|The stalwart defensive tackle who won two Super Bowls with the Patriots says the front office told him it will not be picking up his option.
Analysis: Wilfork will become a free agent next week and says he has "lots of gas left in the tank." He adds that "New England has been and always will be my home." He was drafted out of Miami in 2004. He helped the Patriots to their third Super Bowl title in four years that season with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles and to another one over Seattle in February.
|3/5/2015||Darnell Dockett, DT|
|Dockett has signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that will keep him in the NFC West after playing all of his 10 NFL seasons with Arizona.
Analysis: The 33-year-old Dockett sat out all of 2014 with a season-ending knee injury suffered during training camp. He started every game for the Cardinals in 2013, finishing with 46 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks. Now, he will play for promoted defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, named 49ers head coach in January.
|3/4/2015||Teddy Bridgewater, QB|
|It's official - Bridgewater is now the man in Minnesota.
Analysis: The Vikings and the Buffalo Bills have agreed on a trade that will send quarterback Matt Cassel to the Bills next week and fetch the Vikings extra draft picks. With Christian Ponder becoming an unrestricted free agent, Bridgewater will be the only quarterback of significance on Minnesota's roster. It could be his time to shine.
|3/4/2015||Matt Cassel, QB|
|The Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills have agreed on a trade that will send quarterback Matt Cassel to the Bills next week and fetch the Vikings extra draft picks.
Analysis: Cassel spent two years with the Vikings, taking over in 2013 after Christian Ponder struggled to keep the job. Cassel's production was up and down, with a total of 14 touchdown passes and 14 turnovers in 12 games. Now he will unite with brash and outspoken Bills coach Rex Ryan. The Bills have expressed a desire to add at least two quarterbacks for 2015 so prospective fantasy owners should hold their horses.
|3/4/2015||Cam Newton, QB|
|Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department spokesman Rob Tufano says Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is not a person of interest following a weekend shooting at a Charlotte nightclub. According to the police report, two people sustained non-life-threatening injuries Saturday night after gunshots were fired at Label nightclub.
Analysis: WSOC-TV in Charlotte published photos and video Tuesday night that showed Newton on stage with Young Jeezy - one of the rappers scheduled to perform at the party - before gunshots sent people ducking to the ground and fleeing for the exits. The Panthers declined comment on the incident.
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