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3/22/2017 Bradley McDougald, Sea, S
The Seahawks added depth in the secondary by signing McDougald.

Analysis: McDougald spent the past four seasons with Tampa Bay. He started 31 of 32 games played the past two seasons, primarily at free safety. Last season, McDougald started all 16 games, recording a career-high 91 tackles, 10 passes defensed and two interceptions.
3/22/2017 Mychal Rivera, Jax, TE
The Jaguars signed Rivera to a two-year contract on Wednesday.

Analysis: Rivera spent the first four years of his NFL career in Oakland, where he caught 146 passes for 1,413 yards and 10 touchdowns in 61 games. He is expected to compete for playing time with veteran Marcedes Lewis, Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling.
3/22/2017 Latavius Murray, Min, RB
Murray had successful ankle surgery Wednesday.

Analysis: The Vikings said in a statement that they were "aware of the required surgery prior to signing Latavius on March 16. Latavius is expected to fully recover and be available for training camp." Murray left the Raiders as a free agent and signed last week with Minnesota, getting $15 million over three years, with $8.55 million guaranteed.
3/21/2017 Benny Cunningham, Chi, RB
The Chicago Bears boosted their kickoff return game, signing Cunningham to a one-year contract.

Analysis: Cunningham ranked among the top kickoff returners in the NFL the past four years with the St. Louis and Los Angeles Rams. His 2,575 yards in that span rank fourth, and he had the league's third-highest return average at 27.2 yards last season. He also ran for 101 yards in 2016 and has rushed for 748 yards over four seasons.
3/21/2017 Tyson Alualu, Pit, DE
The Steelers have signed Alualu to a two-year deal.

Analysis: Alualu should have a chance to compete for a starting spot on a relatively thin Steelers defensive line.
3/20/2017 Brett Maher, Cle, K
Maher, who spent the past three seasons in the CFL, has signed with the Browns.

Analysis: The 27-year-old will compete with incumbent Cody Parkey for the starting job. Maher made 41 of 50 field goal attempts in CFL stints with Winnipeg, Ottawa and Hamilton and also spent the 2013 preseason with the Cowboys.
3/18/2017 Kevin Minter, Cin, LB
The Bengals have agreed to a one-year contract with Minter, according to multiple reports.

Analysis: A second-round pick of Arizona in 2013, Minter started all 16 games for the Cardinals in each of the past two seasons and recorded 81 tackles and a career-high 3.5 sacks in 2016. He's expected to replace Karlos Dansby, who signed with Arizona last week.
3/17/2017 Geno Smith, NYG, QB
Smith has agreed to terms with the New York Giants.

Analysis: The 26-year-old Smith was a second-round draft choice by the Jets in 2013, but his stint with them was marred by injuries and inconsistency. He also lost his starting job in 2015 after a teammate broke Smith's jaw with a punch during training camp.
3/17/2017 Jason Pierre-Paul, NYG, DE
The Giants and Pierre-Paul agreed to a four-year contract, according to multiple reports.

Analysis: The Giants used the non-exclusive franchise tag on Pierre-Paul last month for a one-year contract worth $16,934,000. The new deal for the star pass rusher reportedly will be worth around $17 million per year, with $54 million in guaranteed money.
3/17/2017 Josh McCown, NYJ, QB
The Jets have signed McCown to a one-year contract worth a reported $6 million in guaranteed money.

Analysis: The guaranteed sum makes McCown the favorite to begin the season as the Jets' starter, where he'll serve as a bridge to either Christian Hackenberg or a rookie. The 13-year veteran, who'll turn 38 on July 4, spent the last two seasons with Cleveland and made 11 starts for the Browns, throwing for 3,209 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 13 overall games.
3/16/2017 Connor Barwin, LAR, LB
The Los Angeles Rams have signed Barwin, one week after he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Analysis: Barwin is an eight-year veteran who spent his first four seasons with the Houston Texans. He played two years there under Wade Phillips, the Rams' new defensive coordinator. He spent the past four seasons with the Eagles, starting all 64 regular-season games. He made the 2014 Pro Bowl after recording 14 1/2 sacks.
3/16/2017 Jared Cook, Oak, TE
The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a deal with Cook. A person familiar with the deal said Thursday that Cook will sign with the Raiders after visiting the team facility this week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because a contract hasn't been signed. NFL Network first reported the deal and says it is worth $12.2 million over two years with $5 million guaranteed in the first year.

Analysis: Cook had 30 catches for 377 yards and a TD in 10 games with the Packers last season.
3/16/2017 Adrian Peterson, Min, RB
Peterson's time with the Vikings is over. Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman confirmed so on Thursday.

Analysis: The Vikings signed former Oakland running back Latavius Murray early Thursday after a long night of negotiations. Then Spielman acknowledged in the afternoon he had spoken with Peterson to wish him well, clarifying that the franchise's all-time leading rusher will be playing elsewhere in 2017. The Vikings declined their $18 million option on his contract for 2017 to make him a free agent.
3/16/2017 Brandon Carr, Bal, CB
The Baltimore Ravens and Carr reached an agreement on a four-year contract Thursday.

Analysis: The 30-year-old Carr played with Dallas from 2012-16 after starting his career in Kansas City. His run of 144 consecutive starts is the NFL's longest streak among cornerbacks. Carr had 61 tackles, an interception and knocked away nine passes in 2016. Over his career he has 15 interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, and 477 tackles.
3/16/2017 Darren McFadden, Dal, RB
The Cowboys re-signed McFadden to a one-year contract worth $980,000 on Thursday.

Analysis: McFadden rushed 24 times for 87 yards over the final three games last season after returning from an elbow injury he sustained prior to training camp. The 29-year-old McFadden, who rushed a career-high 239 times for 1,089 yards in 2015, will continue to serve as a backup to NFL leading rusher Ezekiel Elliott.
3/16/2017 Greg Zuerlein, LAR, K
Zuerlein got a three-year deal Thursday to stay with the Rams. He has been their kicker since 2012.

Analysis: Zuerlein was solid last season, hitting 19 of his 22 field goal attempts. He was perfect inside 39 yards.
3/16/2017 Latavius Murray, Min, RB
Murray signed with the Vikings late Wednesday.

Analysis: His arrival could signal the end of Adrian Peterson's time in Minnesota. Peterson is a free agent who visited last week with Seattle. Murray spent his first four NFL seasons with the Raiders. He ran for 788 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns last season. Murray was a sixth-round draft pick of the Raiders out of Central Florida in 2013. He has rushed for 2,278 yards and 20 touchdowns. Murray made his first Pro Bowl in 2015.
3/15/2017 Justin Hunter, Pit, WR
The Pittsburgh Steelers added depth to their receiving corps by agreeing to a one-year contract with Hunter, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

Analysis: Hunter saw four of his 10 catches go for touchdowns and had 189 receiving yards in 12 games with the Buffalo Bills last season. He has 78 career receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns since being selected by the Tennessee Titans with a second-round pick in the 2013 draft.
3/15/2017 Darrelle Revis, NYJ, CB
A Pittsburgh judge dropped all charges against Revis stemming from an alleged aggravated assault incident last month. Revis faced five criminal charges - four of them felonies - in relation to a street altercation in Pittsburgh on Feb. 12 that also left him injured.

Analysis: Revis is a free agent after the Jets opted not to re-sign him. His $15.3 million salary-cap number already put him at risk of being released prior to the alleged incident. The Jets still owe Revis $6 million.
3/15/2017 Dont'a Hightower, NE, LB
Hightower agreed to a four-year, $43.5 million deal, his agent announced Wednesday. The contract also includes $19 million in guaranteed money, Hightower's agency, Sports Trust Advisors, posted on Twitter.

Analysis: Hightower was being coveted during free agency by multiple other teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets, before the Patriots picked up the fifth-year option of the five-year contract he had signed as a rookie. The 27-year-old Hightower, who was named a captain for New England in 2016, made $7.751 million during his fifth NFL season.
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