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Date Player
6/29/2015 John Moffitt, Phi, G
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed guard John Moffitt to a one-year contract and released guard Cole Manhart.

Analysis: The 6-foot-4, 319-pound Moffitt was drafted by Seattle in the third round in 2011 and last played in the NFL two years ago with Denver. Moffitt started 15 games for Seattle in 2011-12, played in two games for the Broncos in 2013 and spent last season out of football. The Eagles released starting guards Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans in the offseason.
6/25/2015 Malcolm Butler, NE, CB
The NFL Players Association has complained to the league about whether the Patriots improperly disciplined cornerback Malcolm Butler during voluntary workouts. NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said Thursday that the union has a responsibility to pursue all violations of the collective bargaining agreement consistently.

Analysis: The Patriots are accused of holding Butler out of voluntary workouts because he was late for the first of the team activities. The Patriots and Butler have not publicly acknowledged the discipline, though Butler did tell reporters when he turned up at workouts that he had to deal with someone taking something away from him. Butler became a Super Bowl hero last season when he intercepted Russell Wilson on the goal-line in the final minute.
6/22/2015 Taylor Mays, Det, S
The Detroit Lions have signed free agent safety Taylor Mays. The team announced the move Monday.

Analysis: Mays is entering his sixth NFL season after stints with San Francisco in 2010 and Cincinnati from 2011-14. He played in all 16 games for the Bengals last season, primarily as a special teams contributor.
6/22/2015 Terrelle Pryor, Cle, WR
The Browns have been awarded quarterback Terrelle Pryor on waivers from Cincinnati and will give him a chance to make their roster as a wide receiver.

Analysis: The former Ohio State star was recently released by the Bengals. The 6-foot-4, 233-pounder has appeared in 15 NFL games and made 10 career starts at quarterback. Pryor went 31-4 in three years as a starter for the Buckeyes. A superb athlete, he'll get to show what he can do as a pass catcher with the Browns.
6/19/2015 Malcom Brown, NE, DT
The New England Patriots have signed Brown from Texas. The Patriots chose Brown with the 32nd pick after his three-year college career in which he had 8 1/2 sacks, two fumble recoveries and 165 tackles in 39 games, 26 of them starts.

Analysis: It was the second straight year in which the Patriots took a defensive lineman in the first round. Last year, they chose Dominique Easley from Florida. He played in a backup role and finished the season on injured reserve.
6/19/2015 Jeremiah Poutasi, Ten, G
The Tennessee Titans have signed rookie offensive tackle Jeremiah Poutasi of Utah. The Titans announced Poutasi's signing Friday.

Analysis: The 6-foot-5, 335-pound Poutasi was the 66th selection overall when the Titans drafted him in the third round. Poutasi started 35 of his 36 games at Utah, spending his first season at right tackle as a true freshman before playing left tackle his final two seasons.
6/19/2015 Odell Beckham Jr., NYG, WR
Bothered again by a hamstring injury, Beckham did little in minicamp with the New York Giants.

Analysis: Beckham's injury is a concern. He missed the first four games of his rookie season after hurting his hamstring in early training camp, and now there is a second hamstring injury. Coach Tom Coughlin is worried. He thought Beckham would be ready for minicamp and he wasn't. The plan is now for Beckham to be ready when the team reports for training camp July 30.
6/18/2015 Johnathan Joseph, Hou, CB
Joseph has signed a contract extension with the Houston Texans. The two-time Pro Bowler was entering the final year of the contract he signed when he signed as a free agent in 2011. The new deal will keep him in Houston for the next three years.

Analysis: The 31-year-old Joseph started each game for the Texans last season and had a career-high 75 tackles and two interceptions. In his four years in Houston he has 240 tackles, 11 interceptions and has defended 52 passes. He also has returned two interceptions for touchdowns, forced three fumbles and recovered two. His 11 interceptions with the Texans are tied for second in franchise history.
6/18/2015 Terrelle Pryor, Cle, WR
The Bengals waived quarterback Terrelle Pryor at the conclusion of their minicamp on Thursday, leaving one less candidate for the job of backing up Andy Dalton.

Analysis: The former Ohio State quarterback signed with the Bengals on May 10 following a tryout during rookie camp. He was competing with AJ McCarron and Josh Johnson for the backup job.
6/18/2015 Tony Romo, Dal, QB
Romo walked off the field after the Dallas Cowboys finished their final minicamp practice without stopping to speak with reporters.

Analysis: The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback said plenty by taking part in every organized offseason workout for the first time in three years. Romo was the NFL's top-rated passer last season, when he completed 70 percent of his passes (304 of 435) for 3,705 yards with 34 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
6/18/2015 Taylor Thompson, Ten, TE
The Tennessee Titans have waived tight end Taylor Thompson after wrapping up their three-day mandatory minicamp. The Titans announced the move Thursday.

Analysis: Thompson was a fifth-round draft pick by Tennessee in 2012 out of Southern Methodist where he played defensive line. The Titans switched him back to the tight end position he played in high school, and he played 35 games over the past three seasons catching 11 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown.
6/18/2015 Ereck Flowers, NYG, T
Flowers, the New York Giants' top draft pick this year, has signed a multiyear contract with the team.

Analysis: Flowers negotiated the deal himself, which the Giants announced Thursday at the end of their minicamp. It would be worth around $13 million over four years, based on what last year's No. 9 overall selection, Minnesota linebacker Anthony Barr, received from the Vikings. New York expects Flowers to move into the starting lineup at left tackle; incumbent Will Beatty is sidelined with a pectoral injury.
6/18/2015 Bill Bentley, Det, CB
The Detroit Lions have released Bentley.

Analysis: A third-round pick in the 2012 draft, Bentley has flopped as he has played only 18 games for the Lions. He went on injured reserve after last year's season opener with an injury to his anterior cruciate ligament.
6/18/2015 Daniel Thomas, Chi, RB
Thomas has signed a one-year contract with Chicago.

Analysis: Thomas played in 52 games for Miami from 2011-14 and ran for 1,480 yards on 409 attempts. He appeared in 12 games last season.
6/18/2015 Sherrod Martin, Chi, S
Martin has signed a one-year contract with Chicago.

Analysis: Martin has appeared in 72 games with 38 starts over six seasons for Carolina (2009-13) and Jacksonville (2014). He has 195 tackles, eight interceptions, 22 pass breakups, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He played in 13 games for the Jaguars last season and had one interception, two pass breakups and one forced fumble.
6/18/2015 Dez Bryant, Dal, WR
Bryant is with his Dallas Cowboys teammates for the last day of their minicamp. Bryant didn't practice Thursday since he still has not signed his franchise tender that would guarantee him $12.8 million this season.

Analysis: The All-Pro receiver sat with teammates in the stands at the Cowboys' stadium when coach Jason Garrett addressed the team before the final organized workout until training camp in California next month. He later tossed a football on the sideline.
6/17/2015 Zach Sudfeld, NYJ, TE
The New York Jets have placed tight end Zach Sudfeld on season-ending injured reserve after he cleared waivers.

Analysis: The move Wednesday comes after Sudfeld was waived/injured earlier in the week because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered during minicamp practice last week. He was helped off the field after he went down when safety Calvin Pryor shoved him in the shoulder during non-contact drills.
6/17/2015 Junior Galette, NO, LB
Galette says he expects to meet with NFL officials within a month to discuss his offseason arrest stemming from a domestic disturbance at his New Orleans-area home. Prosecutors have dropped the case against Galette and his female accuser's attorney has withdrawn from a related civil lawsuit, leaving the Saints' 2014 sack leader optimistic his meeting with the league will go well.

Analysis: Under the NFL's personal conduct policy, a player arrested for domestic violence could receive a six-game suspension for a first offense. Galette says he'd like to apologize to fans who were unhappy with his off-the-field conduct and that he owes it to the Saints to respond well to adversity. Galette is rehabilitating a pectoral injury and says he hopes to be ready by the preseason.
6/17/2015 Kelvin Benjamin, Car, WR
Benjamin is back on the sideline with more hamstring problems. The second-year wide receiver missed minicamp practice on Wednesday with a strained right hamstring. A left hamstring injury kept last season's 1,000-yard receiver out of most of Carolina's OTAs in previous weeks. Benjamin says he won't practice Thursday, but will be ready to go when the Panthers report to training camp next month.

Analysis: Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Benjamin reported to offseason workouts slightly overweight, which may have contributed to his hamstring problems. He says the team's trainers are looking into Benjamin's history with hamstring issues. "We're going to look at every avenue to make sure it's not a chronic issue with him. He's too good of a football player to have on the sideline," Rivera said.
6/17/2015 A.J. Cann, Jax, G
The Jacksonville Jaguars have their entire rookie class under contract after signing third-round pick A.J. Cann to a four-year deal Wednesday. Under the NFL's rookie slotting system, Cann's deal was projected to be worth a little more than $3 million and include a signing bonus worth around $800,000.

Analysis: The Jaguars drafted the 313-pound guard from South Carolina in hopes of upgrading an offensive line that allowed a franchise-record 71 sacks last season. Jacksonville also added right tackle Jermey Parnell and veteran center Stefen Wisniewski in free agency. Cann started 51 games in four years with the Gamecocks and is vying with veteran Zane Beadles at left guard.
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