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  Cowboys | Morris Claiborne ready for camp?    Sat Jun 27, 07:01 PM

Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne may be ready for the start of training camp. 'I think Claiborne has a real good chance to surprise,' owner Jerry Jones said recently, via the team's official website. Claiborne lost 30-40 pounds this offseason, after having surgery done on both of his knees.

Footballguys view: The Cowboys declined his fifth-year option, but Claiborne is due $2.6 million (fully guaranteed) in the final year of his rookie deal. They'll bring him back cautiously as he returns from this serious injury. Claiborne has been a huge disappointment as a pro, and this is likely his last season with the Cowboys.

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  NFL | Antoine Cason out for season    Thu Jun 25, 02:58 AM

Free-agent CB Antoine Cason (foot) will miss the 2015 season due to surgery he underwent on Tuesday, June 23. Cason (Ravens) did not specify what type of surgery he had, but an Instagram post showed his right foot was heavily bandaged.

Footballguys view: Cason was cut from the Ravens last season after the picked him up when the Carolina Panthers cut him. He has had multiple interceptions in every season he has played in the NFL, but struggled to produce otherwise.

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  Chargers | Brandon Flowers sat out    Tue Jun 23, 03:44 PM

San Diego Chargers CB Brandon Flowers (undisclosed) sat out of practices this month with a minor injury, but he said he'd be ready for training camp. Flowers signed a four-year deal with $20.5 million guaranteed this offseason.

Footballguys view: Flowers was a fine addition for the Chargers in 2014, and it's good they were able to keep him around for this season. They'll get him healthy and pair him opposite 2014 first-round pick Jason Verrett to make a dangerous starting cornerback duo.

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  Ravens | BAL interested in Tarell Brown    Sun Jun 21, 04:50 PM

The Baltimore Ravens have expressed interest in free-agent CB Tarell Brown (Raiders), although no deal appears imminent, according to multiple league sources.

Footballguys view: Earlier this year, Brown met with the New England Patriots. The Ravens have Jimmy Smith and Lardarius Webb both starting at corner, but injuries at the position could quickly mount like they did last season. Brown is still on the open market largely because of durability concerns. He started 14 games last year for the Raiders while playing with a broken foot.

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  Rams | STL interested in Aaron Ross    Sun Jun 21, 04:16 PM

Free-agent CB Aaron Ross (Ravens) worked out for the St. Louis Rams last week, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Ross spent last year on Injured Reserve because of an Achilles' injury, but now he's trying to generate some interest on the open market. If added, Ross would compete as a backup to make the final roster for the Rams.

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  Giants | Landon Collins signs    Fri Jun 19, 11:00 AM

New York Giants SS Landon Collins signed his rookie four-year deal Friday, June 19.

Footballguys view: Collins is decisive as a run-defender, and he arrives at the ball with natural violence. He's an intimidating presence who can star playing close to the line of scrimmage. Collins is a smart defender who puts himself in the right position as a coverage player, but he needs to make better plays on the ball.

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  Saints | Two Saints sitting out    Thu Jun 18, 12:10 PM

New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) and SS Kenny Vaccaro are sitting out of practice Thursday, June 18.

Footballguys view: At the end of minicamp, this is no real worry. Byrd struggled in 2014 before tearing his lateral meniscus, but he should be ready to go for camp. The Saints need him to play better though, considering how much they paid to acquire him last offseason.

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  Ravens | Lardarius Webb could return punts    Wed Jun 17, 09:36 PM

Baltimore Ravens CB Lardarius Webb would like to be the team's primary punt returner this season, in addition to being a starting cornerback. He has previous experience returning punts but has been used mainly in a fair-catch role since the 2011 season. He was spotted catching punts in practice this week along with CB Asa Jackson and WRs DeAndre Carter and Steve Smith, although Smith is unlikely to be used in the role due to his importance to the offense. WR Michael Campanaro (quadriceps) is also in the mix, although he will be sidelined until training camp.

Footballguys view: Webb can be quite dangerous as a return man. In college at Nicholls State, Webb was the first player in conference history to win Player of the Week awards on offense, defense and special teams in the same week. There's no problem with him shagging kicks/punts for the Ravens today.

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  Saints | Brandon Browner exits    Wed Jun 17, 02:25 PM

New Orleans Saints CB Brandon Browner (undisclosed) walked off the field with trainers Wednesday, June 17. It's unknown if he's cramping or injured.

Footballguys view: Stay tuned here. The Saints have re-worked their defense this offseason, and Browner brings a veteran presence to their defensive backfield.

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  Browns | Tashaun Gipson sitting out    Wed Jun 17, 12:09 PM

Cleveland Browns FS Tashaun Gipson (hamstring) is not participating in practice Wednesday, June 17, because of a hamstring injury.

Footballguys view: Gipson skipped voluntary workouts earlier this year after being upset with only a second-round tender as a restricted free agent. He ended up signing his one-year contract, but there are some Browns beat writers who think he'll get a long-term deal with the team in the near future. Either way, the Browns know he's got talent and they're not going to risk further injury by pushing him back with this hamstring injury.

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  Packers | Sign Damarious Randall    Tue Jun 16, 04:56 PM

Green Bay Packers first-round pick rookie CB Damarious Randall signed his four-year deal Tuesday, June 16. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The Arizona State standout is a bit of a 'tweener as he can play both cornerback and safety. He's a competitive player who works hard to break up passes. Randall does a good job of anticipating routes and has the foot quickness to get himself in place to make plays.

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  49ers | Jimmie Ward expects to be ready    Sun Jun 14, 09:50 AM

San Francisco 49ers SS Jimmie Ward (foot) said he should be ready for the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: Ward has missed all of OTAs recovering from foot surgery. A first-round pick in 2014, Ward has upside but he's got to stay healthy. He showed improvement as the season went on last year before this foot surgery knocked him out in Week 10. We'll see if he can get healthy and start to build on the experience he gained last year.

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  Browns | Tashaun Gipson signs tender    Fri Jun 12, 07:02 PM

Cleveland Browns restricted free-agent FS Tashaun Gipson signed his one-year tender offer Friday, June 12, and is expected to participate in the team's minicamp next week. He is scheduled to make $2.356 million this season.

Footballguys view: Gipson was skipping voluntary workouts, but he ended up signing his one-year tender anyway. The Browns put a second-round tender on him, and Gipson would have risked losing $1.7 million had he not signed by Monday's deadline. Some beat writers feel that Gipson will get a new long-term deal from the Browns, but that seems a tad outlandish at this time. If Gipson hits the open market, several teams should be interested in this elite cover safety with the ability to flip the field.

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  Cowboys | Byron Jones signs    Thu Jun 11, 05:56 PM

Dallas Cowboys CB Byron Jones signed his four-year rookie contract Thursday, June 11. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Jones is an instinctive cornerback with good size and adequate speed. He's also got the hands and instincts to ballhawk some passes. He'll push Morris Claiborne for time and could do so with starter Brandon Carr as well.

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  Saints | Brandon Browner sits out    Wed Jun 10, 02:20 PM

New Orleans Saints CB Brandon Browner (undisclosed) did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, June 10, because of an apparent injury.

Footballguys view: We'll see if something more is revealed here....stay tuned.

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  Seahawks | Richard Sherman's elbow feeling fine    Tue Jun 9, 09:42 PM

Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman (elbow) hasn't been wearing a brace or a sleeve on his left elbow. 'I'm out there naked. No, I'm not wearing anything,' Sherman said Tuesday, June 9.

Footballguys view: Sherman is ready to go after dealing with this nagging elbow injury. He's been rehabbing the injury over the past four months, and surgery was avoided.

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  Falcons | William Moore back in action    Tue Jun 9, 01:42 PM

Atlanta Falcons SS William Moore (shoulder) returned to practice for the first time Tuesday, June 9, since having major right shoulder surgery in the winter.

Footballguys view: Moore is an intimidating presence on the field, and getting him back will boost the defense. The Falcons have made a lot of moves to improve that side of the ball, and new head coach Dan Quinn will build a quality defense.

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  Lions | Darius Slay sits out practice    Thu Jun 4, 12:57 PM

Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay (hands) did not participate in organized team activities Thursday, June 4, because of bruised hands. Head coach Jim Caldwell said the injuries are not serious, and Slay should return in a few days.

Footballguys view: Slay should continue to anchor a solid secondary for the Lions--a must in the pass-heavy NFC North.

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  Vikings | Captain Munnerlyn in a boot    Thu Jun 4, 12:27 PM

Minnesota Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn (foot) is wearing a walking boot because of a right foot injury. Munnerlyn underwent an MRI on his foot but will not need surgery on the injury.

Footballguys view: Not needing surgery is great news for Munnerlyn and the Vikings. The team needs Munnerlyn to be ready to go at the start of the season as he will likely be in charge of the slot position, with Xavier Rhodes and Terence Newman working the edges.

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  Saints | Jairus Byrd getting close to return    Wed Jun 3, 07:11 PM

New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) is in good shape and working to get through his knee injury, according to head coach Sean Payton, Wednesday, June 3. Byrd still needs to do some maintenance on his knee, but he is nearing a return to organized team activities.

Footballguys view: The Saints added Byrd in free agency last year, paid him a ton of money (six-year, $54 million), and had high hopes for his future with the team. Byrd then suffered through one of the worst seasons he could possibly have, including this knee injury. We've see a steady decline in production since his best season 2011, and Byrd is a risky add for fantasy owners in IDP leagues.

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  Titans | Brandon Harris suffers serious injury    Tue Jun 2, 06:50 PM

Tennessee Titans CB Brandon Harris (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament Tuesday, June 2, during organized team activities. He is likely out for the season.

Footballguys view: The Titans decided to keep Harris around with a one-year contract he signed earlier this year. He played 112 snaps for the Titans in 2014, and if healthy he'll be able to make a final roster--wherever he ends up--in 2016.

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  Eagles | Four Eagles sitting out    Tue Jun 2, 12:29 PM

Philadelphia Eagles RB Kenjon Barner (undisclosed), LB DeMeco Ryans (Achilles'), LB Marcus Smith (leg) and SS Earl Wolff (knee) are out of practice Tuesday, June 2.

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  Ravens | Jimmy Smith ahead of schedule    Mon Jun 1, 08:24 AM

Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (foot) competed aggressively in organized team activities last week, and he looked ahead of schedule following season-ending foot surgery. 'He's not full speed, he's out there working hard,' head coach John Harbaugh said. 'He's probably ahead of schedule.'

Footballguys view: Smith underwent surgery last November, and it looks like he'll be ready to rock in training camp. The language of the NFL is money, so it's telling that the Ravens signed Smith to a four-year extension earlier in 2015. Smith's $41 million deal included a $13 million signing bonus, $20 million guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $10.2 million.

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  49ers | Tramaine Brock limited    Sun May 31, 09:46 AM

San Francisco 49ers CB Tramaine Brock (hamstring) has been limited during organized team activities because of what is believed to be a hamstring injury. Brock is expected to be one of the starting cornerbacks this upcoming season.

Footballguys view: Hamstring injuries are known to linger if not given enough time to heal. The 49ers will be careful with him as he works back from this injury.

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  Seahawks | Earl Thomas sitting out    Tue May 26, 10:22 PM

Seattle Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) did not participate in organized team activities Tuesday, May 26.

Footballguys view: Thomas is arguably the best free safety in the game, and there's no need for the Seahawks to rush him back. He might be limited during training camp but should be ready for the start of the regular season.

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  Seahawks | Two injured DBs take part in OTAs    Tue May 26, 10:16 PM

Seattle Seahawks CB Richard Sherman (elbow) and SS Kam Chancellor (knee) participated in organized team activities Tuesday, May 26.

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  Dolphins | Louis Delmas practices    Tue May 26, 08:26 PM

Miami Dolphins FS Louis Delmas (knee) participated in organized team activities Tuesday, May 26. Head coach Joe Philbin said Delmas moved around well during practice.

Footballguys view: A fantastic recovery here for the veteran safety. Delmas is less than six months removed from his knee injury, and now he's on track to be a full participant for training camp.

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  Jets | Dee Milliner competing for roster spot    Tue May 26, 12:37 AM

New York Jets CB Dee Milliner (heel) is still working his way back from an injury but will have a chance to compete for a roster spot, according to defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers.

Footballguys view: The Jets have completely re-worked their secondary this offseason. Milliner was atop the depth chart to begin last year, but this Achilles' injury has now clouded his future. He might be the fourth corner on the depth chart now behind Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine.

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  Jets | Marcus Gilchrist should be ready for camp    Sun May 24, 09:42 AM

New York Jets FS Marcus Gilchrist (shoulder) is not expected to participate in any of the offseason workouts because of his shoulder injury but should be ready for the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: The Jets grabbed Gilchrist in free agency with a four-year, $22 million deal with $8.5 million guaranteed. He'll be the team's centerfielder in 2015, and they'll ask him to roam the secondary looking to make plays on the ball. The shoulder scope is a minor surgery, and Gilchrist should be near 100 percent healthy when training camp rolls around.

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  Dolphins | Louis Delmas almost full go    Thu May 21, 07:49 PM

Miami Dolphins FS Louis Delmas (knee) is nearly 100% just 6 1/2 months after surgery on his torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to general manager Dennis Hickey.

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  Bills | Ronald Darby signs    Tue May 19, 05:26 PM

Buffalo Bills rookie CB Ronald Darby signed a four-year deal worth $4.6 million Tuesday, May 19, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Bills didn't have a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, but they promptly scooped up Darby in the second round. He's a speedy cover corner with the hip transition to play off the line of scrimmage. Darby has good click-and-close ability when the play unfolds in front of him. The rookie has starter's upside, but this season he'll compete to be the nickel corner behind Leodis McKelvin and Stephon Gilmore.

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  Falcons | William Moore hopes to be cleared soon    Mon May 18, 10:39 PM

Atlanta Falcons SS William Moore (shoulder) said he hopes to receive clearance to practice in a few weeks. He said he is still rehabbing his surgically repaired shoulder but his body feels good.

Footballguys view: Moore is expected to be one of the starting safeties in 2015 if he is healthy. Getting Moore back would boost the Falcons secondary. They'll also benefit from a better group of pass-rushers up front.

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  Chiefs | Marcus Peters signed    Fri May 15, 06:22 PM

Kansas City Chiefs CB Marcus Peters signed a four-year deal with the team Friday, May 15. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Peters had a falling out with coaches at Washington, but most stories about him pre-draft said he is a good teammate. Andy Reid has plenty of experience with different personalities and should help Peters fit in as a rookie. He's a massive upgrade to the Chiefs cornerback position long term.

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  Jets | Marcus Gilchrist had offseason scope    Thu May 14, 06:12 PM

New York Jets SS Marcus Gilchrist (shoulder) had a scope performed following the 2014 season. Gilchrist wouldn't confirm what the purpose of the scope was Thursday, May 14, but he said something 'needed to be fixed.' Gilchrist has been limited so far in camp.

Footballguys view: We'll see if he's still hampered when training camp comes along. The only other strong safety on the roster is Jaiquawn Jarrett, so getting Gilchrist back is a priority.

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  Ravens | Kyle Arrington may be a target    Wed May 13, 01:05 PM

Free-agent CB Kyle Arrington (Patriots) is receiving interest from the Baltimore Ravens.

Footballguys view: Arrington could return to the Patriots at a smaller salary, but there will be other teams out there (like Baltimore) willing to take a chance on the veteran. The need at corner is there for the Ravens...and not just as a slot corner behind Lardarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. Webb is coming off a disappointing 2014, and Smith is recovering from Lisfranc surgery. If he's added, there's a chance Arrington could end up playing significant snaps for the Ravens in 2015.

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  Lions | Glover Quin restructures    Wed May 13, 09:06 AM

Detroit Lions S Glover Quin restructured his contract Wednesday, May 13, to create $2.17 million of salary cap space. His $4 million base salary was slashed to $745,000 for 2015.

Footballguys view: Quin has emerged as one of the top safeties in the league during his two seasons with the Lions. He's got 10 interceptions over that period and is a valuable asset for their defense. This move gives the Lions some much-needed breathing room on the salary cap. They are paying out more than $17 million in dead money this season and have a total cap number over $151 million according to OverTheCap.com.

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  Buccaneers | D.J. Swearinger claimed    Tue May 12, 05:13 PM

Free-agent SS D.J. Swearinger was officially claimed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday, May 12.

Footballguys view: The Buccaneers sit at the top of the waiver wire priority list, and they've been looking to upgrade their secondary all offseason. Swearinger struggles in coverage and he sometimes takes bad angles as a run-defender, but he's a strong intimidator who can play close to the line of scrimmage. He'll compete with Bradley McDougald for the starting strong safety position.

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  Panthers | D.J. Swearinger on radar    Mon May 11, 10:29 PM

The Carolina Panthers are interested in SS D.J. Swearinger, waived by the Houston Texans Monday, May 11. Many teams would have to pass on him for the Panthers to get a claim off waivers.

Footballguys view: We're not sure Swearinger is going to get picked up via waivers. He's struggled covering and in run support. The Panthers are looking for secondary help, but Swearinger isn't the best answer.

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  Texans | D.J. Swearinger leaves Texans    Mon May 11, 11:52 AM

Houston Texans SS D.J. Swearinger announced on Instagram that he and the team parted ways Monday, May 11.

Footballguys view: Things change pretty quickly around here. Swearinger was a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft but he couldn't make a positive impression with the Texans. Swearinger failed to make plays against the run or the pass, and that's why no team was willing to trade for him. Now that he's on the open market, there might be a few teams interested in giving Swearinger a look.

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  Patriots | Kyle Arrington released    Mon May 11, 10:26 AM

New England Patriots CB Kyle Arrington was released Monday, May 11, according to a source. The team left the door open for him to return.

Footballguys view: The turnover in the secondary continues for the Patriots. They will now be without their top three cornerbacks from last year - Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and Arrington. We could see Logan Ryan as the slot corner behind starters Malcolm Butler and Bradley Fletcher, although Arrington could return at a lower salary.

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  Falcons | Jalen Collins signs first deal    Sun May 10, 02:25 AM

Atlanta Falcons CB Jalen Collins, the team's second-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, signed his rookie contract Saturday, May 9. Financial terms were not made available.

Footballguys view: Collins could have easily been a first-round pick in the draft. The Falcons crushed the draft in nearly every round, and Collins could develop into a fine starter for this team eventually.

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  Falcons | Jalen Collins will be ready for camp    Fri May 8, 04:40 PM

Atlanta Falcons CB Jalen Collins (foot) did not participate in practice Friday, May 8, for precautionary reasons but will be ready for training camp, according to head coach Dan Quinn.

Footballguys view: It's a good move for the Falcons to take it easy here. Collins can be eased into offseason installment with an eye on full participation at the start of training camp.

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  Packers | Damarious Randall misses practice    Fri May 8, 03:54 PM

Green Bay Packers CB Damarious Randall (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, May 8, because of a minor ankle injury.

Footballguys view: Randall was a bit of a surprising pick for the Packers near the end of the first round. He was a safety in college, but Randall will play cornerback for the Packers. Randall will get back out there once the ankle is better.

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  Falcons | Jalen Collins sitting out    Fri May 8, 02:05 PM

Atlanta Falcons CB Jalen Collins (foot) is not participating in drills Friday, May 8, since he underwent foot surgery earlier in the offseason. He expected to participate once the rookie minicamp began.

Footballguys view: The Falcons had arguably the greatest draft of any team in the NFL. There's no need to rush Collins back here. The Falcons should just ease him into action with a goal of having him near full strength by Week 1.

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  Texans | Kevin Johnson signs rookie deal    Fri May 8, 08:35 AM

Houston Texans CB Kevin Johnson signed his four-year, $10.049 million deal with a $5.5 million signing bonus Friday, May 8.

Footballguys view: Johnson is incredibly gifted athletically, and he can mirror wide receivers all over the field. He has the vision to understand the route as it unfolds, and he has the recovery speed to turn and burst in order to catch a receiver on a deep route. He could step in and contribute right away for the Texans.

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  Vikings | Trae Waynes signed    Thu May 7, 02:54 PM

Minnesota Vikings first-round draft choice CB Trae Waynes signed his four-year deal with the team Thursday, May 7, according to sources. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Waynes should be a great addition to an increasingly tough defense. He'll help shore up an already stout secondary (seventh against the pass per NFL.com) and make this a very dangerous group to face. We like pairing him up with Xavier Rhodes to give the team an athletic cornerback duo.

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  Cardinals | Alfonzo Dennard claimed    Thu May 7, 03:06 AM

New England Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard was picked up off waivers by the Arizona Cardinals on Wednesday, May 6.

Footballguys view: Dennard has battled injuries over the course of his pro career, hampering his development. He has shown some moments, especially in press coverage, so the Cardinals could find a larger than expected role for him. Of course, he needs to stay healthy in order to start playing up to his potential.

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  NFL | Ed Reed to announce retirement    Wed May 6, 08:43 PM

Free-agent SS Ed Reed will officially announce his retirement from the National Football LEague in a press conference Thursday, May 7.

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  Patriots | Alfonzo Dennard to be released    Tue May 5, 09:24 AM

New England Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard will be released Tuesday, May 5.

Footballguys view: A seventh-round pick in 2012, Dennard only started four games last season. He was inactive for nine games in 2014, and Dennard finished the season on Injured Reserve. The Patriots have now lost a combined 29 starts at cornerback this offseason with Darrelle Revis (16) and Brandon Browner (9) leaving via free agency and with Dennard (4) being released.

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  Vikings | Two options picked up    Mon May 4, 11:24 AM

Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil and FS Harrison Smith had their fifth-year options for 2016 exercised Monday, May 4.

Footballguys view: Kalil will continue to give the Vikings a strong presence on the offensive line with the extra year added to his deal. Smith has developed into a quality player for the Vikings and it's no surprise they didn't want him to hit free agency.

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