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Craig Stevens, TE, TEN

Craig Stevens

Report: Titans, TE Craig Stevens agree to restructured contract

News: The Titans and tight end Craig Stevens agreed to a restructured contract Wednesday, The Tennessean reports.

Stevens had been scheduled to make $3.5 million in 2015, but he'll make a similar amount to his $1.6-million salary from 2014. He was placed on injured reserve after five games last season due to a thigh injury.

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4/1/2015

Caesar Rayford, LB, DAL

Caesar Rayford

Vikings sign defensive end Caesar Rayford

News: The Vikings signed defensive end Caesar Rayford on Wednesday, Rayford's representation, the Willis & Woy Sports group announced.

Rayford attended the NFL veterans combine, which gave him another look for NFL teams. Rayford was last in the CFL and the Arena League. He was last in the NFL in 2013 when he was with the Cowboys. 

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4/1/2015

Reggie Walker, LB, DEN

Reggie Walker

Broncos LB Reggie Walker said he'll add versatility to position

News: Linebacker Reggie Walker is all right with doing whatever the Broncos coaching staff asks of him. 

Walker, in an interview with DenverBroncos.com, said one of his biggest assets as a football player is the ability to play multiple positions as a linebacker. However, his primary position is at inside linebacker. 

"I’ve had to play in multiple positions throughout my football career; I can do a lot," Walker said. "I think I can do a lot very well. Hopefully I can come out here and show that and I’m going to be ready to compete."

Walker will earn his pay check on special teams. That was a role he played with the Chargers and one the Broncos will rely on him for as well. 

"Special teams is all a mindset," Walker said. "It’s all just about who’s willing to work harder and I’m going to work as hard as I can so I’ll be great at it."

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4/1/2015

Randy Starks, DT, CLE

Randy Starks

Browns' Randy Starks wants to 'take care of the defensive line'

News: One attribute that defensive lineman Randy Starks is looking to bring to the Browns is leadership. 

Coming from Miami, Starks is hoping to be an outspoken leader to the younger members on the defensive line. Starks added that he doesn't necessarily want to try and assert his authority over the whole defense. 

“I’m not trying to come here and take over the whole defense," Starks said on Sirius XM radio, via ClevelandBrowns.com. "I’m just trying to take care of the defensive line, and that will help take care of the defense itself. Because we have (Karlos) Dansby and Joe Haden to take care of their respective positions.”

Starks recorded 28 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks in 15 games in 2014. In 11 seasons, Starks has only been to the playoffs twice. He's hoping that changes with the Browns. 

“That’s the same thing I told (coach Mike Pettine): I’m trying to win games," Starks said. "I’m trying to get to the playoffs. And we’re on the same page.”

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4/1/2015

Kareem Martin, DE, ARI

Kareem Martin

Cardinals' Kareem Martin could move from DE to OLB

News: Cardinals pass-rusher Kareem Martin could be going from having his hand in the dirt to standing up with the intent of rushing the passer. 

Martin, who spent his rookie season at defensive end, is being considered for a move to outside linebacker, coach Bruce Arians told the team's website

"With his length, I wouldn't say he's (San Francisco’s) Aldon Smith at this point in his career, but he's got that body style and he's shown some stuff off the edge,” Arians said. “So we are going to look at him to see if he can play in space at all. That might be a spot where he can find his niche as a pass rusher.”

Martin actually spent one day during his rookie year in the outside linebackers meeting room before making the move to defensive end. When Martin worked with the scout team, he would occasionally work as an outside linebacker.

“Being on the edge won’t be so foreign to me,” Martin said. “I’m ready for it.” 

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4/1/2015

Haloti Ngata, DT, DET

Haloti Ngata

Ravens' Steve Bisciotti: Haloti Ngata could return in 2016

News: In a conference call with PSL ticket holders, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti didn't rule out the possibility of defensive tackle Haloti Ngata returning to the organization in 2016. 

The Ravens tried to restructure Ngata's contract but were unable to, and thus traded him to the Lions. Ngata is in the final year of a four-year, $48.5 million contract he signed after the 2011 season started. 

Ngata was drafted by the Ravens in the first round in 2006. In his nine-year career, he's totaled 445 tackles and 25.5 sacks. 

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4/1/2015

Marshal Yanda, G, BAL

Marshal Yanda

Ravens working on contract extension with G Marshal Yanda

News: The Ravens are working on a contract extension with right guard Marshal Yanda, owner Steve Bisciotti said on a conference call with PSL ticket holders. 

Yanda is slated to earn a $5.5 million base salary and carry an $8.45 million cap number heading into 2015, the final year of his contract. Yanda's regarded as one of the top interior linemen in the NFL, making him a prime candidate for the Ravens to work a new deal out with. 

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4/1/2015

Ben Ijalana, T, NYJ

Ben Ijalana

Jets re-sign offensive tackle Ben Ijalana

News: The Jets announced on Wednesday that they have re-signed offensive tackle Ben Ijalana

Ijalana has been with the Jets the previous two seasons after the organization claimed him of of waivers from the Colts prior to the beginning of the 2013 regular season. The Colts selected Ijalana in the second round of the 2011 draft. 

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4/1/2015

Stefen Wisniewski, C, OAK

Stefen Wisniewski

Reports: Stefan Wisniewski visited Jaguars, Patriots

News: The Jaguars hosted free-agent center Stefen Wisniewski on a visit on Wednesday, according to a report from the Florida Times-Union.

Wisniewski also recently visited the Patriots, according to NFL.com, with both New England and Jacksonville in need of interior offensive linemen. Wisniewski spent the past four years with the Raiders, appearing in 61 games. 

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4/1/2015

Jamari Lattimore, ILB, GB

Jamari Lattimore

Jets sign linebacker Jamari Lattimore

News: The Jets announced on Wednesday that they have signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Jamari Lattimore

Lattimore spent the previous four seasons with the Packers. Lattimore signed with the Packers in 2011 as an undrafted free agent out of Middle Tennessee State. He's played inside linebacker and special teams for Green Bay. 

In 2014, Lattimore started five games and totaled 35 tackles. 

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4/1/2015

Mike Kafka, QB, TB

Mike Kafka

Vikings sign backup quarterback Mike Kafka

News: The Vikings have signed free-agent quarterback Mike Kafka , according to his agent Mike McCartney

Kafka recently threw at the first-ever NFL veterans combine. He's been a career backup since being selected in the fourth round of the 2010 draft by the Eagles. Kafka has only appeared in four career games, going 11 of 16 for 107 yards and two interceptions. 

Kafka has also had stints with the Patriots, Jaguars and Buccaneers. 

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4/1/2015

Rob Housler, TE, ARI

Rob Housler

Report: Tight end Rob Housler visiting the Bengals

News: Free-agent tight end Rob Housler has a visit scheduled with the Bengals, according to a report from ESPN.com. 

Housler has spent the previous four seasons with the Cardinals. His role in the passing game was reduced drastically in 2014 as he only caught nine passes for 129 yards. His time in Arizona ended with a total of 1,133 yards and one touchdown. 

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4/1/2015

Will Tukuafu, FB, SEA

Will Tukuafu

Seahawks re-sign DT Jesse Williams, FB Will Tukuafu

News: The Seahawks brought back two familiar faces on Wednesday. 

According to the NFL's transaction wire, the Seahawks re-signed defensive tackle Jesse Williams and fullback Will Tukuafu. Williams was waived in early March but said, via ESPN.com, that he was going to re-sign on a restructured contract. 

Tukuafu was signed to the Seahawks in 2014 after the 49ers released him. He played in nine games for Seattle. 

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4/1/2015

Sherrick McManis, CB, CHI

Sherrick McManis

Browns re-sign cornerback Sherrick McManis

News: The Bears announced on Wednesday that they have re-signed cornerback and special teams standout Sherrick McManis

McManis is being brought back on a one-year contract. 

McManis is a reserve corner but a dependable cover guy on special teams. A season ago, he recorded a career-best 10 tackles. 

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4/1/2015

Nate Washington, WR, TEN

Nate Washington

Texans sign receiver Nate Washington

News: The Texans signed veteran wide receiver Nate Washington on Wednesday, the organization announced

Washington has been in the league since 2005 and is entering his 11th season. His best season came in 2011 with the Titans when he went for 1,023 yards and seven touchdowns. That was the only season Washington has gone over 1,000 yards. 

Washington signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Tiffin in 2005. He was a part of both Steelers Super Bowl winning seasons (2005, 2008) before signing with the Titans. 

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4/1/2015

Gino Gradkowski, C, BAL

Gino Gradkowski

Ravens trade center Gino Gradkowski to Broncos

News: The Ravens have parted ways with a former 2012 draft pick. 

On Wednesday, the Ravens traded Gino Gradkowski to the Broncos, both teams announced. Gradkowski was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 draft out of Delaware.

After Matt Birk retired following Baltimore's Super Bowl victory, Gradkowski stepped into the starting role at center. He did not have a good season and was replaced in 2014 by Jeremy Zuttah following a trade with Tampa Bay.

The Ravens and Broncos will also swap 2016 draft picks as part of the deal. It's assumed the Ravens will receive the higher pick in the trade. 

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4/1/2015

Derek Dennis, G, CAR

Derek Dennis

Panthers waive G Derek Dennis, LB Horace Miller

News: The Panthers announced on Wednesday that they have waived offensive guard Derek Dennis and linebacker Horace Miller

Both Dennis and Miller spent the majority of the 2014 season on the practice squad. Miller was on the 53-man roster for one week but inactive. Dennis entered the league in 2012 and spent time during his first two seasons on the Bears' practice squad. 

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4/1/2015

Andre Johnson, WR, IND

Andre Johnson

Colts' Chuck Pagano said Andre Johnson will be matchup problem

News: Colts coach Chuck Pagano seems excited to have receiver Andre Johnson at his disposal for the coming season. 

Via ESPN.com, Pagano gushed over Johnson's ability as a pass-catcher. Though he may not have many years left to play at an NFL level, Pagano certainly believes the 6-3, 230-pound wideout can be extremely successful in his offense. 

"He's got a big catch radius," Pagano said. "But again, the contested catches that you see on tape. It's very difficult to match up. There are few corners in the league that have length and size to match up but most are aren't on that size and they get pushed around a little bit."

Johnson's addition to Indianapolis comes after recording 13,597 yards and 64 touchdowns during his time with the Texans. Since being taken third overall in the 2003 draft, Johnson, 33, has spent in his entire career with Houston, reaching the postseason only twice.

Now, in the later stage of his career, he joins a team fresh off of an AFC Championship appearance. And if teams want to roll coverages to T.Y. Hilton, then Johnson will make them pay, Pagano said. 

"Certainly somebody (who's) an opponent can't just line up and say, 'Don't worry about Andre Johnson.' They're still going to have to tend to him if you will," Pagano said. "If they choose to double (Hilton) and take him out of the game, you have another guy on the other side, along with the rest of the guys on the roster who can still stretch the defense. He's a big, possession type guy. He makes contested catches in traffic."

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4/1/2015

Clifton Geathers, DT, PIT

Clifton Geathers

Steelers re-sign DE Clifton Geathers

News: The Steelers have announced they have re-signed defensive end Clifton Geathers, per Adam Caplan of ESPN on Wednesday. Geathers, 27, played three of his nine games last season with the Steelers. He totaled four tackles in 2014.
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4/1/2015

Brandon Tate, WR, CIN

Brandon Tate

Report: Bengals re-sign WR Brandon Tate

News: The Bengals have re-signed wide receiver Brandon Tate on Wednesday, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Tate, who visited the Chiefs on Monday, registered 17 catches for 193 yards and a touchdown for the Bengals in 2014. He also had a combined 571 yards in kick and punt returns.

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4/1/2015

Greg Hardy, DL, DAL

Greg Hardy

NFL receives permission for photos in Greg Hardy investigation

News: The NFL has obtained permission to access photos submitted into evidence for Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy's domestic violence case, according to ESPN.com.

A judge in North Carolina signed off on all parties, including the NFL and NFLPA, involved in the case to have access to photos of alleged assault against Hardy's former girlfriend, without the district attorney giving up custody of the images. 

A decision from the NFL in Hardy's case has yet to be handed down, but is expected to be announced soon, according to ESPN's Ed Werder. The images in the assault case will help the league determine punishment to be handed down on Hardy, who signed a one-year deal with Dallas this offseason.

"We are trying to get as many facts as we possibly can to make the most informed decision we can so that we can uphold standards that we put forward in our personal conduct policy," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said last week at the owners meeting. "So I expect that that will conclude sometime in the near future and we'll make a decision shortly after."

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4/1/2015

Matt Schaub, QB, OAK

Matt Schaub

Ravens' Matt Schaub: 'I've got a lot more football left in me'

News: Newly acquired Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub told reporters during a phone conference that his elbow is "fine" and that he has plenty of football left in him, per the Baltimore Sun.

"I had a rough year. I learned from it. I've got a lot more football left in me," Schaub said. "I know what I'm capable of. It's just a matter of finding the right opportunity."

Schaub, 33, registered only 10 pass attempts last season for the Raiders. The veteran, however, has completed 63.9 percent of his passes in his career while racking up 130 touchdowns and 86 interceptions. He won 40 games in a five-year stretch (2008-12) with the Texans.

Schaub will serve as a backup to starter Joe Flacco next season.

"In this role as a backup, you still have to mentally and physically get yourself ready to play. You never know," Schaub said.

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4/1/2015

Sam Acho, OLB, ARI

Sam Acho

Bears sign linebacker Sam Acho to one-year contract

News: The Bears have signed linebacker Sam Acho to a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday. 

Acho spent the last  four seasons with the Cardinals, totaling 124 tackles with 13 sacks and three interceptions in 51 games. Acho played every game for Arizona in three of the four seasons.

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4/1/2015

Stevan Ridley, RB, NE

Stevan Ridley

Report: Stevan Ridley meeting with the Jets on Wednesday

News: Former Patriots running back Stevan Ridley visited another AFC East team on Wednesday -- the Jets, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Ridley, a free agent, visited the Dolphins a day before his visit with the Jets.

Ridely tore his ACL in the sixth game last season and finished with 340 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He has rushed for 2,817 yards and 22 touchdowns in his four-year career with the Patriots.

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4/1/2015

Tony Romo, QB, DAL

Tony Romo

Report: Romo restructures deal, saves Cowboys $13M in cap space

News: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has restructured his contract, according to Yahoo Sports. He will save the Cowboys $13 million in salary cap space.

Romo indicated in a radio interview Tuesday he was going to restructure his contract and also said he was willing to take a pay cut so the team could re-sign running back DeMarco Murray, who eventually signed with the Eagles.

"DeMarco ended up asking me, 'Why don't you take a pay cut?' I said, 'I will. I would take a pay cut to go do this,'" Romo said. "I was like, 'They're going to restructure me.' That's the same thing in some ways, just for the salary cap purposes. He was like, 'OK, now we're back to being friends again.' I would take $5 million less if it meant getting him back.

"He knew that. It was just funny how he was literally worried about that part of it for a week. I'm like, 'That's not the reason.' I'm like, 'Obviously I'll restructure. I would even take a pay cut.' He was like, 'OK, we can be friends again.' It's amazing what you think about in those moments."

Romo's restructuring does clear up enough cap space for the Cowboys to potentially make a run at trading for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who is slated to make $12.75 million in base salary in 2015, per ProFootballTalk.com.

Peterson's name has been linked to the Cowboys in the past, including Peterson's dad -- Nelson Peterson -- mentioning in late February he's heard rumors of Peterson being potentially traded to the Cowboys, Cardinals or Colts.

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