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Adrian Peterson pleased with Vikings meeting, still has concerns


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(8:03 pm ET) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was appreciative of the Vikings front office's visit on Wednesday, he said in a statement to ESPN's Josina Anderson

However, Peterson also alluded to some issues that needed to be hashed out between both parties. 

"I appreciate [general manager] Rick [Spielman] and Coach [Mike] Zimmer coming down to see me today," Peterson said. "We had a great dialogue and they were able to understand where I was coming from and concerns my family and I still have. We respect each other and hopefully the situation can pan out so that everyone involved is content."

Peterson was moved back to the Commisioner's Exempt list after U.S. District Judge David Doty ruled an NFL arbitrator should not have upheld a suspension that would last until April 15. The NFL has appealed this ruling.

With Peterson on the Commisioner's Exempt list, the Vikings are able to have communication with him. 

The Vikings have publicly expressed a desire to have Peterson back in 2015. Peterson has had reservations about wanting to return to Minnesota. 

Peterson only played in one game during the 2014 season. Following a child abuse allegation, Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault on his son. 


Report: 49ers shopping linebacker Michael Wilhoite


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7:57 pm ET) The 49ers are looking to trade linebacker Michael Wilhoite, according to The Sacramento Bee. The team is looking to obtain a sixth- or seventh-round pick in exchange for the former undrafted free agent, per a league source.

Wilhoite, 28, filled in when starters Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman were sidelined with injuries last season. He started all 16 games for the first time in his career in 2014. He tallied career-highs with 87 total tackles, six passes defensed and two interceptions.


Report: Bills' Rex Ryan wanted to trade Kiko Alonso upon arrival


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7:28 pm ET) From his first day as the Bills head coach, Rex Ryan was looking to trade linebacker Kiko Alonso, according to a report from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. 

One of the first things Ryan wanted to do with the Bills, the report states, was trade Alonso. On Tuesday, CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora confirmed the Eagles and Bills had a plan in place to swap Alonso for running back LeSean McCoy. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the story. 

It's a strange revelation considering Alonso's stellar 2013 season as a rookie, when he totaled 159 tackles and four interceptions. However, he's coming off of an ACL tear that was sustained last offseason. 

Without Alonso in 2014, the Bills were still able to finish fourth in the NFL in yards allowed per game at 312.2 per game. 


Report: Giants LB Jacquian Williams to become free agent


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7:12 pm ET) Giants linebacker Jacquian Williams will become a free agent on March 10, according to a report from the New York Daily News

A concussion limited Williams to just nine games in 2014. In those games, he recorded 78 tackles and three pass deflections. 


Report: Cowboys sign LB Keith Rivers


(7:09 pm ET) The Cowboys signed linebacker Keith Rivers to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum Wednesday, DallasCowboys.com reports.

Rivers, 28, played three seasons with the Bengals after being selected ninth overall in the 2008 NFL Draft before missing the 2011 season with an injury. He went on to play for the Giants and the Bills, but spent just one year in Buffalo, making the Cowboys his third team in three seasons. He started a career-low three games during his one season with the Bills in 2014.


Report: Giants talks with Antrel Rolle not productive


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7:09 pm ET) It doesn't look like safety Antrel Rolle will be with the Giants next season. 

According to the New York Daily News, contract negotiations between the two parties haven't gone well. Rolle doesn't want to come back for much less than the $7 million he earned for each of the 2013 and 2014 seasons. 

It's also possible that Rolle winds up with the Dolphins, the report states. 

Rolle recorded 87 tackles and three interceptions in 2014. 


Report: WR Jerrel Jernigan won't return to Giants


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6:53 pm ET) The Giants have no interest in re-signing wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan, according to a report from the New York Daily News

Taken by the Giants in the third round of the 2011 NFL draft, Jernigan has had only one semi-productive season, which was when he caught 29 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns. In 2014, Jernigan only caught six passes for 40 yards. 

Jernigan will be a free agent when the new league year begins on March 10. 


Report: Free agent DE Chris Canty visiting with Jets this weekend


(5:36 pm ET) Free agent defensive end Chris Canty is scheduled to visit with the Jets on Friday and Saturday, a league source told The Baltimore Sun.

Canty was entering the final year of a three-year, $8 million contract before being released by the Ravens last week.

Canty, who previously played in New York for the Giants from 2009-12, is familiar with Jets coach Todd Bowles and defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers, as both coaches were on the Cowboys' coaching staff when Canty played in Dallas from 2005-08.


Giants re-sign TE Larry Donnell


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5:22 pm ET) The Giants re-signed tight end Larry Donnell, an exclusive rights free agent, to a one-year, $585,000 deal, reports the New York Daily News. The 26-year-old is coming off a breakout season in which he ranked third on the team with 63 catches and second with six receiving touchdowns.

Donnell, however, was a subpar blocker who lost four fumbles.

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Redskins re-sign safety Duke Ihenacho


(4:58 pm ET) Safety Duke Ihenacho was re-signed by the Redskins on Wednesday. Ihenacho missed all but three games last year due to a foot injury.

The fourth-year safety was an exclusive-rights free agent prior to re-signing. He was claimed off of waivers from the Broncos at the beginning of the 2014 season.


Report: Saints willing to trade linebacker Junior Galette


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4:47 pm ET) Along with Curtis Lofton, the Saints are also reportedly shopping linebacker Junior Galette, according to 95.7 The Game.

Galette played in 16 games during the 2014 season recorded 45 tackles and 10 sacks.


Eagles release outside linebacker Trent Cole


(4:36 pm ET) The Eagles announced Wednesday they released outside linebacker Trent Cole.

“We spoke with Trent and his agent and expressed a desire to have him back,” Chip Kelly said. “We have been talking for a couple of weeks. However, at this point, we think it’s best to let him explore other options.”

The 32-year-old Cole has played his entire 10-year career with the Eagles. He made the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2009.


Report: Saints release RB Pierre Thomas


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4:20 pm ET) The Saints released 30-year-old running back Pierre Thomas, reports The New Orleans Advocate. He had two years and $4.3 million left on his contract.

Thomas missed five games last season due to foot and rib injuries. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry in eight years with the Saints, catching 327 passes and scoring 40 total touchdowns.

With Mark Ingram headed to free agency, the Saints' top runners under contract are Khiry Robinson and Travaris Cadet.

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DE Greg Hardy meeting with NFL officials Wednesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4:03 pm ET) Defensive end Greg Hardy, who remains on the commissioner's exempt list, was in New York on Wednesday to meet with NFL officials, reports Pro Football Talk. The league is investigating Hardy's arrest last year on domestic violence charges and it's unclear if Hardy will be suspended.

He's scheduled to hit free agency next Tuesday. Hardy, 26, posted 26 sacks in 2012-13 for the Panthers before going on the exempt list after one game last season.

A judge convicted Hardy of assaulting and threatening his ex-girlfriend, but he asked for a jury trial and the case was dismissed when his accuser could not be located to testify.

PFT suggests Hardy's reps and the NFL "will try to strike a deal." One possibility is Hardy agreeing to a suspension while being given "a free and clear path to free agency," the report said. ESPN.com predicts the Bengals will pursue Hardy in free agency.

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Report: Saints are shopping linebacker Curtis Lofton


(3:59 pm ET) The Saints are looking to trade linebacker Curtis Lofton, according to NFL.com National Insider Ian Rapoport.

Lofton hasn't missed a regular season game since entering the league in 2008. He had a team-high 144 total tackles in 2014.


Saints S Jairus Byrd says he's been cleared for season


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3:39 pm ET) Saints free safety Jairus Byrd tweeted that he just got officially cleared for the 2015 season. Byrd underwent surgery last October to fix torn meniscus in his knee.

Byrd, 28, has missed 17 games over the past two seasons. He made the Pro Bowl in 2009, 2012 and 2013 with Buffalo before signing a six-year, $54 million deal with New Orleans.

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Broncos QB Peyton Manning ready to take a pay cut for 2015


(3:32 pm ET) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is ready to take a pay cut, according to ESPN NFL reporter Chris Mortensen. His salary for 2015 will drop from $19 million to $15 million. 

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter also reports the two sides are near an agreement. CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora later confirmed the report and added he can make the money back in incentives.


RB Roy Helu to test open market


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3:24 pm ET) The Redskins are interesting in bringing back running back Roy Helu, but he "absolutely" will test the free-agent market, reports ESPN 980, adding Helu is 50-50 at best to return to Washington.

Helu has averaged 4.4 yards per carry in four seasons with the Redskins while catching 129 passes and scoring 10 total touchdowns. He typically served as Washington's passing-down back.

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Reports: Texans release OL Chris Myers


(2:52 pm ET) The Texans released offensive lineman Chris Myers Wednesday, according to multiple reports. The team will save $6 million due to his release, according to spotrac.com. 

The two-time Pro Bowler, who spent seven seasons with the Texans, was voted first-team All-Pro in 2011 by Pro Football Focus.


Report: Wide receiver Jacoby Jones to visit Chargers Thursday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2:47 pm ET) Free agent wide receiver Jacoby Jones is scheduled to visit with the Chargers Thursday, according to U-T San Diego.

Jones, who was cut by the Ravens last week, has also visited with the Bengals and Titans. Jones had nine receptions for 131 yards and six first downs in 2014, but averaged 30 yards per kick return.


Giants working to restructure Jon Beason's contract


(2:40 pm ET) The Giants are working with Jon Beason to restructure his contract, per NJ.com.

Beason, who was acquired in a 2013 trade with the Panthers, is scheduled to be paid $5.9 million and count $7.4 million against the salary cap in 2015. The middle linebacker played in only four games last season due to toe and foot ailments.

"We've been back and forth trying to come to terms and they're doing the best they can to try and be fair under the situation," Beason said during a radio interview Wednesday. "As a so-called agent, I'm trying to do the best I can to make sure that I get the opportunity to earn some of that money back."


Report: C.J. Spiller turned out $4.5 million from Bills to return


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2:38 pm ET) Running back C.J. Spiller reportedly turned down $4.5 million per year from the Bills to return to the team in 2015, according to NBC4 in Washington D.C.

Spiller, who said Tuesday he would not return to the team after receiving the news of the trade to add LeSean McCoy, is looking for a different role as he hits free agency.

The 27-year-old is reportedly being pursued by the Jets, Dolphins, Cardinals and 49ers who played in nine games in 2014, rushing for 300 yards on 78 carries.


Bills expected to put on 'full-court press' for LB David Harris


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:13 pm ET) The Bills and new coach Rex Ryan are expected to put on a "full-court press" for inside linebacker David Harris, who thrived under Ryan with the Jets, reports the New York Daily News. Harris made at least 120 tackles each of the past three seasons.

"It's a no-brainer," the report said of Buffalo's interest.

Harris, 31, is an impending free agent who's played his entire eight-year career with the Jets.

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S Tyvon Branch meeting with Colts


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:39 pm ET) Released by the Raiders on Tuesday, safety Tyvon Branch is meeting with the Colts on Wednesday, reports ESPN.com.

Indy needs safety help: The team released LaRon Landry three weeks ago, and Mike Adams and Sergio Brown are headed to free agency. Branch can play both safety positions, the report said, but has been limited to five games the past two seasons due to injury.

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Giants WR Victor Cruz 'very confident' he can return to form


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:18 pm ET) Giants receiver Victor Cruz, who tore his patella tendon last October, told the New York Post his knee is "feeling better every day." He has begun running on a machine that allows him to use partial body weight, the paper said.

"I just want to get back out there and get back to 100 percent," Cruz said. "I’m very confident I can get back to where I was.”

Cruz said he understands GM Jerry Reese's recent comment that the team can't count on Cruz regaining his Pro Bowl form. He knows he has a lot to prove.

“I’m extremely anxious to run for real and make those cuts you need to make when you’re healthy,” Cruz said. “I’m a competitor and want to start that process now. I’ll be out there soon enough.”

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