LaMarr Woodley
Raiders part ways with LaMarr Woodley after one season
LaMarr Woodley, DE, OAK
5:18 PM
News: As expected, the Raiders have released defensive end LaMarr Woodley on Thursday, per the team's official website.

Woodley, 30, spent his first seven seasons in Pittsburgh before he signed a two-year contract with the Raiders last offseason. He had just five tackles last season with the Raiders, and 304 tackles (57 sacks) through eight seasons in the league. He was scheduled to make $3.85 million with a salary cap hit of $5.1875 million.  

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Carson Palmer
Cardinals Carson Palmer talks rehab, possible contract restructure
Carson Palmer, QB, ARI
4:34 PM
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Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer told the media that rehab is going well and that he'll be ready for training camp at a press conference on Thursday.  He is still recovering from a torn ACL that cut short his 2014 season after only six games. 

The 12-year veteran also said that he spoke with the team a month ago about restructuring his contract.  Although it has yet to happen, he is willing to do so to free up cap space for the Cardinals.

The 35-year-old quarterback is going into his 13th season in the NFL.

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Lance Briggs
Report: Bears will not bring Lance Briggs back in 2015
Lance Briggs, OLB, CHI
4:11 PM
News: The Bears are not planning on re-signing linebacker Lance Briggs, sources told CSNChicago.

Briggs has spent his entire 12-year career with the Bears. He'll become a free agent March 10. In eight games during the 2014 season, Briggs totaled 34 tackles and one interception.

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Rey Maualuga
Bengals re-sign Rey Maualuga to three-year deal
Rey Maualuga, MLB, CIN
4:01 PM
News: The Bengals signed linebacker Rey Maualuga to a three-year deal Thursday, the team announced.

Maualuga has spent his entire six-year career with the Bengals. In 2014, he produced 59 tackles and one interception over 12 games.

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Mike Jenkins
Bucs re-sign Jenkins, Lansanah, McDougald on Thursday
Mike Jenkins, CB, TB
3:34 PM
News: The Buccaneers announced Thursday they re-signed cornerback Mike Jenkins and extended qualifying offers to exclusive rights free agents Danny Lansanah and Bradley McDougald.

By extending qualifying offers to Lansanah and McDougald, the team ensures the two will be back in 2015. When they sign their offers, they will essentially be signing one-year deals. Jenkins signed a one-year contract.

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Tyvon Branch
Report: Tyvon Branch scheduled to meet with Redskins
Tyvon Branch, SS, OAK
1:55 PM
News: Free agent safety Tyvon Branch is scheduled to visit the Redskins, reports FOX Sports NFL Insider Mike Garafolo.  

The 28-year-old Branch has played seven seasons in the NFL -- all with the Raiders. However, due to injuries, he has only played in five games the last two seasons.

Branch has totaled 476 tackles, 20 passes defensed and four interceptions in his career.

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Stephen Tulloch
Lions LB Stephen Tulloch: I will be back in Detroit in 2015
Stephen Tulloch, MLB, DET
1:18 PM
News: Linebacker Stephen Tulloch took to Instagram on Thursday to announce his intentions of returning to the Lions' roster in 2015, which will mark his 10th season in the NFL.

"Lets put all the questions and speculations to rest. I will be back in Detroit for my 10th season this year," Tulloch wrote. "I appreciate the Lions organization for believing in me and having the confidence that I'll be back to the player that I've always been. Trust and know I grind hard everyday and will hit the field running when its time to suit up."

Tulloch spent five years with the Titans prior to joining the Lions in 2011. He played in only three games last year after tearing his ACL while celebrating a sack of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

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Brandon Marshall
Report: Bears seeking to trade WR Brandon Marshall
Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
11:29 AM
News: The Bears are exploring options to trade wide receiver Brandon Marshall, a source told the Chicago Tribune.

It is not known what the Bears are seeking in return, but the team could reportedly move him for a mid-round pick. The Bears would save $7.7 million if they were to release Marshall.

Marshall, 30, grabbed 61 receptions for 721 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games during the 2014 season.

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Jairus Byrd
Saints restructure contract for safety Jairus Byrd
Jairus Byrd, FS, NO
10:03 AM
News: The Saints have restructured the contract for safety Jairus Byrd, as they move closer to getting under the 2015 salary cap, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

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.

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Darnell Dockett
Darnell Dockett to 49ers for reported two-year, $7.5 million deal
Darnell Dockett, DE, ARI
9:57 AM
News: Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett chose to stay in the NFC West, signing a two-year deal, worth $7.5 million with $2 million guaranteed with the 49ers, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus on Thursday. According to Pro Football Talk, the Cardinals offered a max deal of $4 million in 2015 to Dockett, but San Francisco offered a base deal of $4 million with half guaranteed.

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.

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