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Chiefs | Jamaal Charles receives contract extension (Wed Jul 23, 04:42 PM)     [jump to this story]

Seahawks | Sidney Rice retires (Wed Jul 23, 03:52 PM)     [jump to this story]

49ers | Vernon Davis reports (Wed Jul 23, 12:03 PM)     [jump to this story]

Patriots | Rob Gronkowski cleared (Wed Jul 23, 08:51 AM)     [jump to this story]

Browns | Ben Tate, Terrance West might be great battle (Wed Jul 23, 01:02 AM)     [jump to this story]

Chiefs | Jamaal Charles to hold out (Tue Jul 22, 07:10 PM)     [jump to this story]


  Browns | Ben Tate, Terrance West might be great battle    Wed Jul 23, 01:02 AM

Cleveland Browns RBs Ben Tate and Terrance West will compete for the starting tailback job during training camp and the preseason, and it's a battle head coach Mike Pettine is looking forward to. 'And the best competition might be Ben Tate and our guy (Terrance West) from Towson, who I really like,' Pettine said Tuesday, July 22.

Footballguys view: Watch this competition unfold in training camp. Tate was added in free agency after spending the start of his pro career as a talented backup behind Arian Foster in Houston. West was a third-round pick this year, and the big back produced in college at Towson. The Browns also added talented UDFA Isaiah Crowell (Alabama State, Georgia transfer) after the draft. Running back talent is not a problem for Cleveland.

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  Browns | Backup TE job up for grabs    Wed Jul 23, 01:01 AM

Cleveland Browns TEs Gary Barnidge and Jim Dray will battle for the No. 2 tight end spot during training camp and the preseason.

Footballguys view: The TE2 in Cleveland won't get much work unless Jordan Cameron goes down with an injury. Even if they get more playing time, there's not much fantasy value in either player.

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  Browns | Two competing for inside LB job    Wed Jul 23, 01:00 AM

Cleveland Browns LBs Christian Kirksey and Craig Robertson will compete for an inside linebacker job during training camp, according to head coach Mike Pettine.

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  Browns | Two competing for starting CB job    Wed Jul 23, 01:00 AM

Cleveland Browns CBs Justin Gilbert and Buster Skrine will compete for the starting cornerback job opposite CB Joe Haden in training camp. 'We weren't going to hand Justin that spot,' head coach Mike Pettine said Tuesday, July 22.

Footballguys view: Gilbert is a talented rookie added in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft. He has a great size/speed combination and he plays with an aggressive style. We like Gilbert as an eventual starter--and nice fit--opposite Haden.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel to report Wednesday    Wed Jul 23, 12:59 AM

Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel will report to training camp Wednesday, July 23, with the rest of the rookies.

Footballguys view: Get ready NFL fans. Manziel is ready to take the league by storm. Expect a lot of coverage to be on Cleveland as Manziel competes with Brian Hoyer for the starting job.

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  Browns | John Greco favorite to start at RG    Wed Jul 23, 12:58 AM

Cleveland Browns OG John Greco is considered the favorite to start at right guard against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the regular season opener Sept. 7.

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  Browns | Joel Bitonio might start in Week 1    Wed Jul 23, 12:58 AM

Cleveland Browns OG Joel Bitonio (ankle) lined up with the first-team offense during organized team activities (OTAs), and he held the spot until he suffered a sprained ankle June 3. Bitonio expects to be ready for the start of training camp, and barring any setbacks he is considered likely to start at left guard in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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  Browns | Several jockeying for backup jobs    Wed Jul 23, 12:57 AM

Cleveland Browns OLs Garrett Gilkey, Paul McQuistan and Jason Pinkston are fighting for position in the pecking order at right guard, and one of them might even push OG John Greco for the starting job at right guard.

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  Giants | Eli Manning's ankle looks fine    Wed Jul 23, 12:13 AM

New York Giants QB Eli Manning (ankle) has shown no ill effects during camp from ankle surgery that sidelined him for earlier offseason activities.

Footballguys view: Good news for Manning here. Manning is looking for a bounce-back season in 2014. Playing under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo could help him do that. We like him as a low-end QB2 with upside for your fantasy team.

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  Giants | Andre Williams used as goal-line back    Tue Jul 22, 11:53 PM

New York Giants RB Andre Williams served as the team's goal-line back Tuesday, July 22.

Footballguys view: Keep this in mind when drafting players like Rashad Jennings or David Wilson in your fantasy draft. Williams is a two-down thumper with the ability to grind it out between the tackles. He has build-up speed, and we'll see how much playing time he can carve out for himself as a rookie.

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  Rams | Tavon Austin discusses learning the game    Tue Jul 22, 11:48 PM

St. Louis Rams WR Tavon Austin admitted that he was lost as a rookie in 2013, struggling to pick up the playbook. The No. 8 overall pick said it was like a foreign language to him but added that now he has a much better grasp of the system. 'I understand the plays, the depth, the routes, the splits and everything,' Austin said. 'I just feel good that I can make some plays. Definitely, the game's slowed down for me.'

Footballguys view: Austin is a talented player, but he failed to play up to his potential in 2013 as a rookie. We'll see if he can have a better season now that the game has slowed down for him. It will depend on his development, but it will also depend on whether or not OC Brian Schottenheimer is creative enough to use a talent like Austin correctly.

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  Giants | Tom Coughlin not happy with team's conditioning    Tue Jul 22, 11:44 PM

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was not happy that several players were forced to leave practice with dehydration issues Tuesday, July 22. 'It pisses me off,' Coughlin said. 'After all this [meaning the long off-season program]. Then all of a sudden we're going to have guys that can't stay on the field for more than an hour and a half?'

Footballguys view: There are no Werther's Original that are going to be handed out by Grandpa Coughlin until the team gets into better shape. His image has "softened" in recent years, but Coughlin is still an "old school" coach who gets fired up.

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  49ers | Stevie Johnson, Brandon Lloyd not locks to make roster    Tue Jul 22, 11:21 PM

San Francisco 49ers WR Stevie Johnson is the frontrunner for the No. 3 WR job, according to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, but he added that neither Johnson nor WR Brandon Lloyd is a lock to make the roster. Maiocco believes that Johnson's salary and the fact that Lloyd doesn't contribute on special teams would make them expendable if a younger receiver proves capable of filling the No. 3 WR role.

Footballguys view: We imagine that Johnson will make the final roster. However, Lloyd may have to go back to making direct-to-dvd zombie movies.

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  Eagles | Darren Sproles could be matchup problem for defenses    Tue Jul 22, 11:03 PM

Philadelphia Eagles RB Darren Sproles' ability to win one-on-one matchups in space is what head coach Chip Kelly plans to exploit this season. Kelly said opposing defenses played a lot of man-to-man coverage against his offense last year, and his goal was to find a way to exploit the coverage this year.

Footballguys view: We are incredibly excited by the idea of Sproles working under Eagles head coach Chip Kelly. Reports indicate that LeSean McCoy's workload will not decline this year. Sproles should be used mostly as a receiver out of the backfield. His current ADP is RB31 (7.01) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Bills | Thaddeus Lewis not on same page with Tori Gurley    Tue Jul 22, 10:52 PM

Buffalo Bills QB Thaddeus Lewis and WR Tori Gurley had miscommunications on three occasions Tuesday, July 22, resulting in two incomplete passes and an interception. Joe Buscaglia of WGR 550 Sports Radio believes that if Lewis doesn't show better command of the offense that QB Jeff Tuel will land the backup QB job.

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  Bills | Open competition for No. 2 QB job    Tue Jul 22, 10:45 PM

Buffalo Bills QB Thaddeus Lewis and QB Jeff Tuel are in an open competition for the backup quarterback job, head coach Doug Marrone said Tuesday, July 22.

Footballguys view: Lewis might be the player to watch here. He's a better athlete than Tuel, and Lewis has a stronger arm.

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  Cowboys | Henry Melton cleared in time for training camp    Tue Jul 22, 10:38 PM

Dallas Cowboys DT Henry Melton (knee) has been cleared for the first practice of training camp, as long as he passes a physical Wednesday, July 23, according to sources.

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  Bills | Brian Moorman makes case for punter job    Tue Jul 22, 10:38 PM

Buffalo Bills P Brian Moorman was more effective than P Jake Dombrowski on punts in terms of both average hang time and average distance Tuesday, July 22.

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  Buccaneers | Mark Barron healthy, ready for camp    Tue Jul 22, 10:37 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Mark Barron (undisclosed) is healthy and ready for training camp to open.

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  Buccaneers | Dashon Goldson expected to report to camp    Tue Jul 22, 10:34 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers FS Dashon Goldson (foot) is expected to participate in training camp, according to head coach Lovie Smith.

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  Giants | Ryan Nassib impresses in drills    Tue Jul 22, 10:30 PM

New York Giants QB Ryan Nassib showed good command of the second-team offense Tuesday, July 22. He has stood out in camp as one of the team's most improved players, according to Dan Salomone of Giants.com.

Footballguys view: Nassib has to beat out Curtis Painter as the primary backup behind Eli Manning if he wants to keep his job with the team. Reports indicate that the Giants are only going to carry two quarterbacks this year.

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  Buccaneers | Carl Nicks cleared to play    Tue Jul 22, 10:30 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) has been cleared to practice.

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  Giants | David Wilson looks sharp    Tue Jul 22, 10:23 PM

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) was making quick cuts and looked like one of the most athletic players on the field Tuesday, July 22, according to Dan Salomone of Giants.com.

Footballguys view: Talent was never a question with Wilson. He's quick, fast, agile and plays bigger than his size. Wilson led the NCAA in yards after contact during his final season at Virginia Tech. If healthy, he will compete with Rashad Jennings for touches at the running back position.

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  Giants | Weston Richburg sees time at guard    Tue Jul 22, 10:16 PM

New York Giants C Weston Richburg saw time at right guard Tuesday, July 22, after OT Brandon Mosley (illness) left practice early.

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  Giants | Cooper Taylor eyes expanded role    Tue Jul 22, 10:08 PM

New York Giants SS Cooper Taylor intercepted a pass off QB Curtis Painter in seven-on-seven drills Tuesday, July 22. Dan Salomone of Giants.com believes Cooper could become more than just a special teams player this year if he continues to play well.

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  Giants | David Wilson works with second-team    Tue Jul 22, 10:04 PM

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) worked with the second-team offense Tuesday, July 22, one day after being cleared to return following an offseason neck procedure.

Footballguys view: Wilson is working his way back from a serious neck injury. He'll have to compete behind Rashad Jennings until he's ready for a larger role. We should see him worked in as a change-of-pace back (at least) this year.

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  Chargers | Jason Verrett injury update    Tue Jul 22, 09:54 PM

Updating a previous report, San Diego Chargers CB Jason Verrett (shoulder) is not expected to return to practice until August, which means he will miss the beginning of training camp.

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  Giants | Hamstring still impacting Odell Backham Jr.?    Tue Jul 22, 09:48 PM

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring), pulled up on the ball while running a deep route Tuesday, July 22, according to head coach Tom Coughlin.

Footballguys view: The Giants will be cautious here. Beckham is going to be a big part of the offense this year if he's healthy. Hamstring injuries are known to linger if not treated properly.

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  NFL | Police and courts: Titus Young legal update    Tue Jul 22, 09:47 PM

Updating a previous story, free-agent WR Titus Young (Lions) was charged with felony battery with serious bodily injury from an alleged July 8 incident inside a Los Angeles-area hospital. The charges stemmed from Young reportedly punching his then-attorney Brian Hurwitz, 34, several times in the face, rendering him unconscious. The police report obtained by the Free Press stated Hurwitz complained of jaw and forehead pain, as well as suffering what he believed to have been a broken nose. According to the report, Young reacted to Hurwitz informing him that he wouldn't be released from the medical facility. The former NFL wide receiver had to be subdued with tranquilizers administered by hospital employees. In total, Young now faces 16 criminal charges in two Southern California counties.

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  Bills | DL starters kept fresh during practice    Tue Jul 22, 09:33 PM

Buffalo Bills DE Mario Williams, DT Marcell Dareus and DT Kyle D. Williams were all rotated out of the lineup at times during team drills Tuesday, July 22. LB Manny Lawson rotated in for Mario Williams, DT Stefan Charles spelled Kyle Williams, and DL Corbin Bryant stepped in for Dareus.

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  Chargers | Ryan Mathews entering last season with Chargers?    Tue Jul 22, 09:33 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews' rookie contract will expire after the 2014 season, which means this could be his final year with the organization, in the opinion of ESPN's Eric D. Williams. San Diego recently extended the contract of RB Danny Woodhead and added a player similar to Mathews in RB Donald Brown via a three-year pact earlier in the offseason.

Footballguys view: Mathews has a lot to play for this year. He finally played a full 16-game season last year, but he was injured in the playoff loss to the Broncos. If he produces this year, then the chances of him getting a rich free-agent contract will increase. If not, Mathews might find himself into a similar situation to what Knowshon Moreno was in earlier this year.

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  Bills | Preston Brown busy Tuesday    Tue Jul 22, 09:27 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Preston Brown saw time in the defense's nickel package and rotated in for LB Brandon Spikes at middle linebacker for the first-team Tuesday, July 22.

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  Bills | Pass rush dominating in camp    Tue Jul 22, 09:15 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Nigel Bradham was one of eight players to record sacks during team drills Tuesday, July 22. The team's pass rush has been consistent since camp began, according to Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com.

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  Bills | Taking it easy on Leodis McKelvin    Tue Jul 22, 09:11 PM

Buffalo Bills CB Leodis McKelvin (hip) was spelled by CB Corey Graham at left corner for certain series during practice Tuesday, July 22, in order to allow McKelvin to rest his surgically repaired hip.

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  Bills | Three see time at slot corner    Tue Jul 22, 09:08 PM

Buffalo Bills CB Nickell Robey was given the first chance at playing slot corner in the defense's nickel package Tuesday, July 22, with CB Ron Brooks and CB Ross Cockrell rotating in.

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  Bills | Passing attack not clicking yet    Tue Jul 22, 09:01 PM

Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel said that the passing game took positive steps Tuesday, July 22, but some offensive players said that the execution of the passing game needs to improve.

Footballguys view: The team has gone "all in" with quarterback E.J. Manuel. We'll see if he and Sammy Watkins can give the team a dangerous passing game in 2014.

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  Bills | Run game shines in practice    Tue Jul 22, 08:50 PM

Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson and RB Anthony Dixon both reached the second level on runs during team drills Tuesday, July 22, and the team's top four backs all had runs that would have gone for first down yardage.

Footballguys view: The Bills are stacked at the running back position. Dixon is the forgotten fourth-string back behind Jackson, C.J. Spiller and Bryce Brown. We'll see if they have to lean on Spiller and Jackson, or if they can jump start the passing game led by E.J. Manuel this year.

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  Chiefs | Jamaal Charles is 14th highest-paid back    Tue Jul 22, 08:44 PM

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is scheduled to earn $3.9 million this year, which ranks 14th among running backs. ESPN.com is reporting that Charles and the team are discussing a new contract.

Footballguys view: Adding in bonus money, Charles has a $5.2 million cap number in 2014. This actually makes him the 13th ranked RB in terms of average annual salary ($4.6 million).

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  Chiefs | Team believes Jamaal Charles will report    Tue Jul 22, 08:28 PM

Updating a previous report, the Kansas City Chiefs believe RB Jamaal Charles will report to training camp Wednesday, July 23, whether a contract extension has been reached or not, a source told Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star.

Footballguys view: This conflicts with an earlier report from a Kansas City TV station. Charles is looking to make more money, and he feels underpaid at his current average annual salary of $4.6 million. At this time, the Chiefs have around $9 million in cap space. They are looking to get a deal done with Justin Houston in addition to Charles. We'll see if they can do some salary-cap gymnastics to get both paid.

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  Jaguars | Ace Sanders update    Tue Jul 22, 07:44 PM

Updating a previous report, Jacksonville Jaguars WR Ace Sanders is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Footballguys view: Let's hope that Sanders gets the help he needs. Sanders will seek counseling and expects to be away from the team for the entirety of training camp.

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  49ers | Marcus Lattimore may practice soon    Tue Jul 22, 07:30 PM

San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) may be on the practice field sooner rather than later, according to a source. The team is being cautious with Lattimore, but he is reportedly fine.

Footballguys view: We need to see what Lattimore looks like in practice and the preseason before we get too excited about his chances to make an impact in 2014. Lattimore has incredible talent, but coming back from the knee injury (second one in college) suffered in 2012 may be difficult. He'll compete for a spot on the depth chart behind Frank Gore this year.

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  Ravens | Joe Flacco has high expectations    Tue Jul 22, 07:27 PM

Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco expects the team to operate at a high level despite learning a new offense. Flacco said the team needs to quickly correct the mistakes they make and keep them from occurring again.

Footballguys view: We're excited to see what the Ravens offense looks like this year. New offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak knows how to craft and effective offense featuring a solid ground game and play-action passing. Flacco has new weapons around him and could be more productive than some think. Fantasy owners in most leagues will see Flacco go undrafted as his current ADP is outside the top 23.

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  Chiefs | Jamaal Charles to hold out    Tue Jul 22, 07:10 PM

Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will not report to training camp, according to a source. Charles is reportedly holding out for more money.

Footballguys view: Huge news here. Charles is currently signed through 2015, and he has a $5.2 million cap number in 2014. He is the 13th ranked RB in terms of average annual salary ($4.6 million). Other sources are reporting that Charles is going to show up to camp on time, so we'll have to wait and see what actually happens here.

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  Jaguars | Ace Sanders suspended, will miss camp    Tue Jul 22, 06:52 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Ace Sanders (undisclosed) is facing a four-game suspension. He will miss training camp due to personal issues.

Footballguys view: Now we know why Sanders was put on the NFI list. Speculation indicates that Sanders is seeking help for substance-abuse problems. We'll see what kind of role he has when he comes back from the suspension. Rookie Allen Robinson will be the team's third-string receiver behind Cecil Shorts and Marqise Lee.

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  Bills | Marcell Dareus returns    Tue Jul 22, 06:44 PM

Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus returned to training camp Tuesday, July 22, after leaving Monday, July 21, for a court hearing.

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  Browns | Josh Gordon to practice    Tue Jul 22, 06:40 PM

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (hamstring) will practice when training camp starts, according to head coach Mike Pettine, despite his impending suspension.

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  Chargers | Danny Woodhead extended    Tue Jul 22, 06:34 PM

San Diego Chargers RB Danny Woodhead has signed a two-year contract extension. Financial terms were undisclosed.

Footballguys view: The Chargers wanted to wrap up their change-of-pace back, and that's what they did here. He should be in line for a similar level of production to what he had last year (around 75 catches, 100 carries) which makes him a high-end RB3 in PPR leagues. Woodhead has a current ADP of RB33 (7.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Giants | Jameel McClain X-Rays negative    Tue Jul 22, 06:31 PM

New York Giants LB Jameel McClain's (foot) X-Rays turned out negative after the linebacker was carted off the field Tuesday, July 22.

Footballguys view: Good news for McClain here. There are some speculating that an uncomfortable shoe caused the discomfort.

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  Chargers | Sign Adrian Hamilton    Tue Jul 22, 06:23 PM

The San Diego Chargers signed free-agent LB Adrian Hamilton (Ravens).

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  Buccaneers | Release D.J. Moore    Tue Jul 22, 06:17 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released CB D.J. Moore.

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