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|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||Peyton Manning, QB|
|Manning is returning for an 18th NFL season.
Analysis: A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Manning will take a $4 million pay cut, from $19 million to $15 million, but that he can make it all back through performance incentives. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement of the deal.
|3/4/2015||Adrian Peterson, RB|
|The Minnesota Vikings have made their in-person pitch to Adrian Peterson.
Analysis: General manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer spent about four hours Wednesday afternoon at Peterson's home north of Houston. Photographers captured Spielman and Zimmer leaving together, dressed in sport coats and blue jeans. This was the first time meeting they've had with Peterson since the star running back was placed on the exempt list in mid-September following his indictment in a child abuse case involving his 4-year-old son.
|3/4/2015||Duke Ihenacho, S|
|The Washington Redskins have re-signed safety Duke Ihenacho.
Analysis: Ihenacho, who was claimed off waivers from the Denver Broncos on Aug. 31, played three games for the Redskins last season before breaking a bone in his left foot in Week 3. The 25-year-old was signed by the Broncos as a free agent out of San Jose State in May 2012. In 2013, he played in 15 games for Denver, starting 14, and finished with 89 tackles and nine passes defended.
|3/4/2015||Ronald Talley, DE|
|The New York Jets have signed former Arizona Cardinals defensive end Ronald Talley.
Analysis: The 29-year-old Talley has 14 tackles and one sack in his NFL career. He played in six games for Arizona in 2013 for current Jets coach Todd Bowles, who was then the Cardinals' defensive coordinator.
|3/4/2015||Trent Cole, LB|
|The Philadelphia Eagles have released Cole.
Analysis: A fifth-round draft choice of the Eagles in 2005 out of Cincinnati, the 32-year-old Cole ranks second in Eagles history with 85 1/2 sacks in 10 seasons, trailing only Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White. A two-time Pro Bowl selection (in 2007 and 2009) and an All-Pro pick in 2009, Cole appeared in 155 games with the Eagles. He had 795 tackles and 20 multi-sack games.
|3/4/2015||Cole Beasley, WR|
|The Cowboys have re-signed restricted free agent Cole Beasley after the diminutive receiver emerged as a threat in the slot last season for Tony Romo.
Analysis: Beasley signed a four-year contract Wednesday reportedly worth about $14 million, with $7 million guaranteed. The 5-foot-8 former SMU player had career highs with 420 yards and four touchdowns in his third season in 2014.
|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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