Saints restructure contract for safety Jairus Byrd
New Orleans cleared $4.8 million of cap space by converting Byrd's $6 million roster bonus into a signing bonus. His cap number also dropped from $10.3 million to $5.5 million with the restructure.
Byrd, 28, signed a six-year, $54 million deal with the Saints in 2013, but has missed 17 games over the past two seasons. He announced Wednesday that he's officially cleared for the 2015 season, after having surgery last October to fix a torn meniscus in his knee.
Darnell Dockett to 49ers for reported two-year, $7.5 million deal
Dockett, 33, missed the 2014 season while recovering from a torn ACL. In the 10 previous seasons, all with the Cardinals, Dockett piled up 459 tackles, 40.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles and four interceptions.
Former Falcons WR Harry Douglas to visit the Titans
Douglas racked up 258 receptions, 3,130 yards and eight touchdowns during his stint with the Falcons. Last season, he turned 75 targets into 51 catches for 556 yards and two scores.
Patriots decline Vince Wilfork's team option; DT will become free agent
"One major injury -- lots of gas still left in the tank," Willfork said in a statement. "I will take my time to think things through..."
Wilfork posted 47 tackles and one interception in 2014. He has registered 516 combined tackles, 16 sacks, four forced fumbles, 12 fumble recoveries and three interceptions through 11 seasons with the Patriots.
Report: Falcons OL Gabe Carimi will head to free agency
Carimi appeared in all 16 regular-season games and made seven starts for the Falcons in 2014.
Report: Colts, Dolphins going after Ndamukong Suh in free agency
Suh will be the most sought-after free agent once the period begins. The report also states the Dolphins are currently in the lead, with the
Teams can begin negotiating with agents during a legal tampering period that begins Saturday.
In 2014, Suh recorded 53 total tackles and 8 1/2 sacks.
Colts sign long snapper Matt Overton to four-year deal
Overton tweeted on his personal account that he will be with the Colts for another four years. In three seasons with the Colts, Overton has appeared in 48 games and has made 22 special teams tackles.
He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2013.
Colts sign defensive lineman Earl Okine
Okine, 6-foot-6 and 284 pounds, played college football at Florida. He was previously in the Fall Experimental FootbalL League.
Police: Panthers' Cam Newton not person of interest in shooting
Newton was photographed at Label nightclub on stage with rapper Young Jeezy last weekend before gunshots were fired into a crowd. Two people sustained non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the gunfire.
In a video obtained by Charlotte's WSOC TV, Newton is spotted partying at the venue before he, along with the rest of the party's attendants, ducked when shots were fired.
Adrian Peterson pleased with Vikings meeting, still has concerns
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 Commissioner'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 Commissioner'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.
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