Cowboys' Byron Bell: Heading to Dallas
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(4:27 pm ET) Bell (ankle) signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys on Friday, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Bell last played in 2015 when he started 16 games for the Titans. He's a versatile offensive lineman who has lined up at left guard and both tackle positions at the professional level and is expected to compete with Chaz Green for the Cowboys' starting right tackle job this summer in the wake of Doug Free's retirement.

Panthers' Garrett Gilbert: Joins Panthers on one-year deal
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(4:17 pm ET) Gilbert signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

While they already have three quarterbacks on the roster, the Panthers likely are in need of another arm for training camp with Cam Newton (shoulder) on the shelf for the time being. While Gilbert hasn't thrown a regular season pass in his career, he could theoretically push Joe Webb for the No. 3 job in advance of the 2017 season opener.

Jets' Calvin Pryor: Jets unlikely to exercise fifth-year option
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(3:40 pm ET) The Jets are unlikely to exercise Pryor's fifth-year option, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

Pryor, the Jets' first-rounder from 2014, disappointed in 2016 after coming off a promising 2015 campaign. While he's locked in as the team's starting strong safety for this upcoming season, the Jets can save $7 million by not picking up his fifth-year option for 2018. If that's what the team ultimately decides to do, Pryor looks to be entering a contract year in which he'll need to step up his play so he can position himself well for his impending free agency.

Rams' Lance Dunbar: Ready for change-of-pace role
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(2:32 pm ET) Rams head coach Sean McVay envisions Dunbar in a role that aligns with how the running back views himself, reports. "He had me going," Dunbar said. "He had me ready to play."

Dunbar's one-year contract is worth up to $3 million, suggesting the Rams expect him to be an important part of the offense in a complementary role to early-down workhorse Todd Gurley. McVay mentioned Washington's Chris Thompson when explaining the role he envisions for Dunbar, who displayed impressive pass-catching chops during his time in Dallas. It seems as if Dunbar has a clear path to the No. 2 running back job, though the Rams likely would utilize a committee if Gurley were to suffer an injury.

Jets' Josh McCown: GM won't comment on starting job
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(2:23 pm ET) Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan deferred to head coach Todd Bowles when asked if McCown will enter training camp as the starter, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

McCown signed a one-year contract Monday, joining 2015 fourth-rounder Bryce Petty (shoulder) and 2016 second-rounder Christian Hackenberg in the Jets' quarterback room. The 37-year-old likely will enter training camp as the favorite for the starting gig, but there should at least be some form of competition to give the younger signal-callers a shot to win the job on a rebuilding team. Given his age, injury history and the nature of his team's current roster, McCown is unlikely to make it through the season as the starter even if he wins the Week 1 job.

Wallace Gilberry: Agrees to re-sign with Bengals
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(2:06 pm ET) Gilberry has agreed to re-sign with the Bengals, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports.

Gilberry signed with the Lions last offseason after spending the previous five years in Cincinnati. Detroit placed him on injured reserve in October and released him shortly thereafter, allowing him to rejoin the Bengals for the second half of the year. The 32-year-old may have to compete for a roster spot at this point in his career, as he only has six sacks over the past three seasons.

Dolphins' Julius Thomas: Accepts smaller contract with new team
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(1:59 pm ET) Thomas restructured his contract to eliminate $12.6 million, essentially turning it into a two-year, $12.2 million deal with $7.5 million guaranteed, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Thomas wouldn't have been traded if he wasn't willing to restructure the five-year, $46 million contract he signed with the Jaguars in March of 2015. He was still dealt for a pittance -- a seventh-round pick -- but the willingness to renegotiate at least helped him land with a team that looks like an excellent fit. In addition to having a clear need at tight end, the Dolphins are coached by Adam Gase, who was Thomas' offensive coordinator with the Broncos in 2013 and 2014. The 28-year-old tight end had 24 touchdowns in 27 games between those two seasons, highlighted by a 65-788-12 receiving line in 2013 (14 games)

Adrian Peterson: May need to reduce contract demands
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(1:45 pm ET) Peterson (knee) remains unsigned in part because of his hefty contract demands, reports.

Peterson was reportedly asking for more than $8 million in the first year of a contract, which would be in line with the deals given to top running backs the past few years. Considering he's coming off a major injury and just turned 32 years old, he may have to settle for something closer to the deal Eddie Lacy recently signed with Seattle -- a one-year contract worth up to $5.5 million. There are still some potential fits, namely Oakland and Green Bay, but Peterson will first have to accept that teams aren't going to pay him a premium for what he accomplished in the past. Other teams that may be in the market for an early-down runner include the Lions, Patriots, Buccaneers and Giants.

Scott Crichton: Released by Minnesota on Friday
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(1:11 pm ET) Crichton (undisclosed) was released by the Vikings on Friday, the Star Tribune's Matt Vensel reports.

A 2014 third-round selection, Crichton has yet to record a sack in 21 regular-season appearances. He was waived with an injury designation at the end of last preseason, and then placed on injured reserve upon clearing waivers. The 25-year-old will merely be hoping for another chance to compete for a roster spot.

Browns' Josh Gordon: Expected to hear about reinstatement by early May
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(12:47 pm ET) Gordon (suspension) is expected to hear about the status of his reinstatement application by late April or early May, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.

Gordon applied for reinstatement in early March, eyeing a return to regular-season action for the first time since December 2014. He was conditionally reinstated last summer from an indefinite ban, needing to serve another four-game suspension before playing in a game. He ultimately entered an in-patient rehab facility instead of returning after four weeks -- thereby failing to meet the terms for reinstatement. The league may outline a similar condition this time around, but even if it doesn't, the Browns are expected to part ways with Gordon. Set to turn 26 in April, the talented wideout shouldn't have a hard time finding another team that's willing to give him a shot.

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