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  Giants | Jason Pierre-Paul denying visitors?    Tue Jul 7, 08:16 PM

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) supposedly does not want team officials visiting him at this time. Pierre-Paul is still hospitalized and is believed to have had surgery on the hand he injured in a fireworks accident Saturday, July 4.

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  Giants | Jason Pierre-Paul had surgery?    Tue Jul 7, 06:39 PM

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) may have undergone surgery on his injured hand. Pierre-Paul injured his hand in a fireworks accident Saturday, July 4. Team officials have still not been able to meet with him.

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  Giants | Jason Pierre-Paul will delay signing    Tue Jul 7, 06:07 PM

Updating previous reports, New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) will not sign his franchise tag until he is ready to play. Pierre-Paul cannot be placed on the Non-Football Injury list until he signs. It is still a possibility that he could play Week 1, however.

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  Giants | Jason Pierre-Paul to start on NFI list?    Tue Jul 7, 02:57 PM

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) could begin the season on the Non-Football Injury list. Pierre-Paul injured his hand in a fireworks accident over the holiday weekend.

Footballguys view: Pierre-Paul would not get paid for the time he would miss on the NFL list, which would be at least six games, similar to the PUP list. The Giants would then have three weeks to decide whether to activate Pierre-Paul. The league will have to approve this status since Pierre-Paul was not technically under contract when the injury happened, and Pierre-Paul may wait to sign his franchise tender until he can play to avoid losing salary in this scenario.

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  Giants | Jason Pierre-Paul update    Tue Jul 7, 12:45 PM

Updating previous items, New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul's (hands) injuries from a fireworks accident are not life-threatening, according to sources. Both of his hands were injured in the accident, and he suffered burns on the palm of one hand and the tips of three fingers. His finger is being tested for nerve damage. Doctors don't think there will be any permanent damage to his hands or disfigurement. The Giants are fine with Pierre-Paul playing out the 2015 season on his $14.8 million franchise tag and entering free agency next year. He had a career year in 2014, starting all 16 games and recording 12.5 sacks and forcing three fumbles.

Footballguys view: This all sounds somewhat minor for injuries that have kept Pierre-Paul in the hospital for days. Reports on the condition of his hands have varied wildly, so let's wait to close the book on this until we get reports from the Giants or Pierre-Paul's people.

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  Giants | Jason Pierre-Paul won't get new offer    Tue Jul 7, 08:44 AM

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) won't receive a long-term contract offer from the team this year after injuring his hand in a fireworks accident, according to a team source. His only option will be to sign the one-year, $14.813 franchise tender, which the team is not considering rescinding.

Footballguys view: Pierre-Paul's story is showing the downside of trying to win long-term deal negotiations at the margin. Of course, there might have been a clause that voided the contract if Pierre-Paul had a serious injury in a prohibited activity, but this will still be a very costly incident for him. That the Giants haven't pulled the unsigned franchise tag offer is a good sign for Pierre-Paul's availability this year.

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  Giants | Jason Pierre-Paul could miss Week 1    Mon Jul 6, 06:00 PM

Updating previous reports, New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) could miss training camp and the start of the regular season, according to a source. Pierre-Paul injured his hand in a fireworks accident and remains hospitalized.

Footballguys view: Owa Odighizuwa was a first-round pick on some boards and might have fallen in the draft more because of long-time worries about a hip issue than his level of play. He could be put on the spot earlier than the team planned on.

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  Giants | New York pulls Jason Pierre-Paul offer    Mon Jul 6, 01:19 PM

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul's (hand) fireworks incident has led to the Giants withdrawing their long-term offer to Pierre-Paul which would have paid him $60 million, according to sources.

Footballguys view: This only makes sense until the team learns more about his condition. They haven't pulled his franchise tag offer, even though Pierre-Paul hasn't signed it, which is a good sign that they don't believe his status is in danger this year.

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  Giants | Jason Pierre-Paul remains in hospital    Mon Jul 6, 01:08 PM

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) is still in a Miami hospital after suffering injuries to his hand from a fireworks accident.

Footballguys view: Some reports have made the injury seem more grim than simply something that could endanger the start of the season, and the Giants have reportedly pulled their long-term offer to Pierre-Paul. Adam Schefter has reported that there is only nerve damage in one finger and he won't lose any of them, so that's the most positive account we have right now.

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  Giants | Jason Pierre-Paul injures hand    Sun Jul 5, 07:05 PM

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) injured his hands in a fireworks accident, according to multiple sources. He was still meeting with doctors after being hospitalized for his injuries, and the extent of the injuries is unknown. The injuries are not believed to be career threatening, according to sources.

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  Packers | Datone Jones to sit a game    Thu Jul 2, 03:54 PM

Green Bay Packers DE Datone Jones has been suspended one game by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Footballguys view: Jones hasn't really panned out since being a first-round pick in 2013. He's just a rotational player for the defensive line at this point and his absence shouldn't affect the Week 1 matchup with the Bears.

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  Jets | Sheldon Richardson suspended four games    Thu Jul 2, 02:22 PM

New York Jets DT Sheldon Richardson has been suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league's policy on substances of abuse.

Footballguys view: Richardson has been a force on the Jets defensive line, and he would be more missed in September if the team didn't have Leonard Williams fall to them at #6. The Cleveland, Philadelphia, Miami, and Indianapolis offensive lines will still have their hands full in the first four weeks of the season.

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  Lions | Jason Jones missed minicamp    Wed Jun 24, 06:36 PM

Detroit Lions DE Jason Jones (undisclosed) did not participate in the team's minicamp because of an undisclosed injury.

Footballguys view: Reports from other Lions beat writers indicate that Jones is recovering from offseason knee surgery. This may have been a clean-up procedure after Jones had to come back from a torn patellar tendon he suffered in 2013. He started all 17 games last year for the Lions, was a strong run-defender and finished with a career-high five sacks in 2014.

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  Patriots | Several could be PUP candidates    Wed Jun 24, 06:12 PM

New England Patriots OT Sebastian Vollmer (shoulder), DE Chandler Jones (hip), LB Jerod Mayo (knee) and LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) are all candidates to start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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  Rams | Chris Long almost 100 percent    Sat Jun 13, 09:10 PM

St. Louis Rams DE Chris Long (ankle) has been encouraged by his progress during organized team activities (OTAs), and he feels like he is almost back to his old self after missing 10 games due to a unique ankle injury in 2014. Long said he is almost back to 100 percent healthy.

Footballguys view: Long missed most of last season, but he did return for the final five games of 2014. He only had one sack last year as he didn't look like his old self. Long has a $12.5 million cap number this year, so getting him back to full strength (and full production) is a must for the Rams.

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  49ers | Darnell Dockett to be ready for opener    Tue Jun 9, 03:24 PM

San Francisco 49ers DT Darnell Dockett (knee) said he is ahead of schedule in his recovery and will be ready for the regular season opener. Dockett is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Footballguys view: Dockett could be a nice starter for the 49ers defense if healthy. He continues to recover in mandatory minicamp and may even begin training camp on the PUP list.

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  Bears | Lamarr Houston week-to-week    Wed Jun 3, 09:15 PM

Chicago Bears DL Lamarr Houston (knee) is considered week-to-week in his rehab from an ACL injury.

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  Cowboys | Greg Hardy sits out Wednesday    Wed Jun 3, 01:04 PM

Dallas Cowboys DE Greg Hardy (illness) did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, June 3, because of an illness.

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  Saints | Cameron Jordan extended    Tue Jun 2, 10:40 AM

New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan signed a five-year, $60 million extension through the 2020 season Tuesday, June 2. He'll receive $33.6 million in guaranteed money, and $27 million of it will come in the next two years.

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  NFL | Ray McDonald arrested    Thu May 28, 02:34 PM

Free-agent DE Ray McDonald (Bears) was arrested Wednesday, May 27, for the second time in three days, this time for violating terms of his restraining order. He was arrested Monday, May 25, for physical assault on a female.

Footballguys view: McDonald claimed that he had no idea there was a restraining order and was never served. If his career wasn't already done, it is now.

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  Bears | Ray McDonald released    Mon May 25, 04:34 PM

Updating previous reports, Chicago Bears DE Ray McDonald has been released Monday, May 25, just hours after being arrested for alleged domestic violence and child endangerment.

Footballguys view: The Bears weren't going to waste any time in this situation. McDonald had been arrested three times in the last nine months. This time, he allegedly assaulted a woman while she was holding a baby. We think the NFL drops the hammer on McDonald with a penalty that could end his NFL career.

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  Cowboys | Randy Gregory signs rookie deal    Wed May 20, 01:59 PM

Dallas Cowboys DE Randy Gregory signed his four-year rookie deal Wednesday, May 20. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Gregory was the team's second-round draft pick.

Footballguys view: Gregory is a talented pass-rusher, but he fell in the 2015 NFL draft after a positive drug test (marijuana) at the scouting combine. He's got the length and the burst to get after the quarterback from the edge, but his technique and diagnostic skills could use some work.

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  Cowboys | Demarcus Lawrence to rush more    Wed May 13, 11:42 PM

Dallas Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence will be counted upon in the pass rush more this season, and the team is banking on him making great strides in his second year.

Footballguys view: The Cowboys defense is going to be one to watch for fantasy owners. They've added pass-rushing talent this offseason through the draft and free agency. Plus, it sounds like they want to turn Lawrence loose this year. He is up to 260 pounds, a weight he wants to stay for the season, and he likes the way he gets off on his left side with his right hand down.

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  Lions | Corey Wootton visits Allen Park    Mon May 11, 10:28 PM

The Detroit Lions worked out free-agent DT Corey Wootton (Vikings) Monday, May 11, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Wootton is coming off a down season, but he's gotten interest from a few teams this offseason. He should sign with a team before training camp.

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  Eagles | Philly made big push for Marcus Mariota    Fri May 1, 12:51 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles offered the Tennessee Titans two first-round picks, one third-round pick, DT Fletcher Cox, CB Brandon Boykin, LB Mychal Kendricks and QB Sam Bradford in exchange for the 2nd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Chip Kelly tried as hard as he could, but it's difficult to move up from the 20th spot to 2nd overall. We'll see how Mariota works out with the Titans as he seems to be a bit of an odd fit. In Philadelphia, we would have been much more excited about Mariota's pro prospects.

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  Eagles | Making big offer for No. 1 or No. 2    Thu Apr 30, 08:06 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles are willing to trade two first-round picks, a third-round pick, DT Fletcher Cox, CB Brandon Boykin, LB Mychal Kendricks and possibly other things in order to acquire the first or second overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: It wasn't enough. It seems insane that the Titans didn't pull the trigger on that trade, but they took Marcus Mariota. He's a great prospect so you can't blame him but that's a lot of talent left on the table.

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  Bills | Jerry Hughes impressing his coach    Thu Apr 30, 06:51 PM

Buffalo Bills DE Jerry Hughes was pulled from practice Wednesday, April 29, by head coach Rex Ryan, in order for the offense to get some work in. Ryan said Hughes had five or six sacks before being pulled. 'This just in: I am really happy we signed Jerry Hughes back,' Ryan said Wednesday. 'It's rare that you have to pull a guy from practice because he's ruining your practice. I had to pull him today.'

Footballguys view: Hughes is good but remember Bills fans - this is how Rex Ryan operates. He pumps his players way up. The thing you should be concerned with is, how bad is the offensive line if he was getting tons of sacks? Of course, this is all non-contact anyway so again, take it with a grain of salt.

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  Falcons | Adam Carriker not offered contract    Wed Apr 29, 07:03 PM

Free-agent DE Adam Carriker (Redskins) was not immediately offered a contract by the Atlanta Falcons following veteran's minicamp Wednesday, April 29. The Falcons want to wait until after the draft.

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  Falcons | Adam Carriker trying out    Wed Apr 29, 03:17 AM

Free-agent DE Adam Carriker (Redskins) is trying out for the Atlanta Falcons during the team's minicamp this week.

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  Broncos | Quanterus Smith failed physical    Tue Apr 28, 01:16 PM

Updating a previous item, Denver Broncos DE Quanterus Smith (knee) was waived Tuesday, April 28, after a failed physical on his left knee. Smith played in 15 games last year and had 11 tackles and zero sacks.

Footballguys view: Smith's knee problems date back to 2012 when he was leading the NCAA in sacks before his injury. Those problems lingered through his entire career with the Broncos, and it will prevent other teams from having a ton of interest in the pass-rusher.

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  Dolphins | Dion Jordan suspended for the year    Tue Apr 28, 01:05 PM

Miami Dolphins DE Dion Jordan will be suspended for the entire 2015 season for another substance abuse policy violation, according to league sources. Jordan will not appeal the suspension.

Footballguys view: Word is the Eagles and the Dolphins were working on a trade that would have reunited Jordan with Chip Kelly. Now, it looks like he's going to miss the entire season. The number three pick in the 2013 NFL draft is looking like a colossal bust.

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  Broncos | Quanterus Smith waived    Tue Apr 28, 10:27 AM

Denver Broncos DE Quanterus Smith was waived Tuesday, April 28, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Smith just couldn't stay healthy during his brief time with the Broncos. A fifth-round pick in 2013, Smith was an interesting developmental prospect. He led the NCAA in sacks during his 2012 season at Western Kentucky, but a knee injury cut his season short. That knee injury kept him out of action in 2013 as a rookie with the Broncos, and it slowed him down in 2014 as well.

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  Eagles | Philly pursuing Marcus Mariota?    Fri Apr 24, 05:54 PM

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota could be selected by the Philadelphia Eagles if the team could make trades with the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans, according to one draft rumor.

Footballguys view: Of course they're looking to add Mariota. The rumor states the Eagles would trade QB Sam Bradford to the Browns for the 19th overall pick, then the Eagles would trade DT Fletcher Cox, LB Mychal Kendricks, the 19th overall pick and the 20th overall pick to the Titans for the second overall pick where they would select Mariota.

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  Dolphins | No vote of confidence for Dion Jordan    Fri Apr 24, 05:27 PM

Miami Dolphins DE Dion Jordan did not receive a vote of confidence from any of the front office people during their pre-draft press conference Friday, April 24. Jordan did not participate in voluntary workouts earlier in the week.

Footballguys view: Jordan has yet to fulfill the promise which had the Miami Dolphins trade up for him. In his defense, he hasn't always been used all that well, but injuries are also an issue. We'll see if he stays with the Dolphins in even a minor role.

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  Lions | Two draft prospects visit    Wed Apr 22, 02:54 AM

Virginia S Anthony Harris and Michigan State DE Marcus Rush visited the Detroit Lions on Tuesday, April 21.

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  Chiefs | Mike DeVito will participate in workouts    Mon Apr 20, 02:03 PM

Kansas City Chiefs DE Mike DeVito (Achilles') will be able to participate in offseason workouts, according to head coach Andy Reid.

Footballguys view: Achilles' injuries just aren't are serious as they used to be. The Chiefs should take it easy on DeVito as he continues to recover.

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  Saints | Corey Wootton leaves without deal    Wed Apr 15, 10:52 PM

Free-agent DT Corey Wootton (Vikings) met with the New Orleans Saints Wednesday, April 15, but he left without receiving a contract offer, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Saints want to improve their defensive line, and they could add Wooton at a later date. A part-time player with the Vikings last year, Wooton's best season came in 2012 when he had 27 tackles and seven sacks.

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  Giants | Waive two players    Wed Apr 15, 05:27 PM

New York Giants LB Paul Hazel and CB Josh Victorian were placed on no-recall waivers Wednesday, April 15.

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  Lions | George Johnson trade update    Wed Apr 15, 02:35 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions DE George Johnson and a seventh-round draft choice were traded by the Lions to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a fifth-round draft choice.

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  Buccaneers | George Johnson trade update    Wed Apr 15, 02:34 PM

Updating a previous report, Detroit Lions DE George Johnson and a seventh-round draft choice have been acquired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a fifth-round draft choice.

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  Buccaneers | George Johnson acquired    Wed Apr 15, 08:29 AM

Detroit Lions DE George Johnson was acquired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, April 15. Tampa signed Johnson to an offer sheet that was disputed by Detroit, but the sides swapped undisclosed draft picks to settle it.

Footballguys view: Johnson was a journeyman pass-rusher his first four years in the league. Last season he had a career-high six sacks with the Lions...the first six sacks of his career. Now, he's going to be with the Buccaneers. Expect the NFLPA to look into this snafu and trade.

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  Eagles | Cedric Thornton re-signs    Mon Apr 13, 04:34 PM

Philadelphia Eagles restricted free-agent DE Cedric Thornton re-signed to a one-year contract Monday, April 13. Financial terms were undisclosed.

Footballguys view: Thornton has been a starter for the Eagles over the last two years. He'll continue to be one of their best run-stuffers in the trenches this season.

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  Colts | Aaron Morgan to Reserve/Retired list    Mon Apr 13, 12:09 PM

Indianapolis Colts LB Aaron Morgan was placed on the Reserve/Retired list Monday, April 13.

Footballguys view: Morgan was placed on season-ending injured reserve last year just a few days into training camp. The pass-rusher didn't play a game for the Colts, but has appeared in 18 games for the Buccaneers and Jaguars.

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  Saints | Anthony Spencer signs    Fri Apr 10, 01:09 PM

Free-agent DE Anthony Spencer (Cowboys) signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints Friday, April 10. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Spencer knows defensive coordinator Rob Ryan from their time together in Dallas and he could provide some pass rush punch if he is over 2013 microfracture surgery.

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  Lions | Ziggy Ansah could get new dea    Wed Apr 8, 10:55 PM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah is nearing the end of his rookie contract, and team president Tom Lewand mentioned Ansah as a possible candidate for an extension.

Footballguys view: Ansah has compiled 16 sacks over the last two years. If he continues to develop as a pass-rusher on the outside, the team is going to have to reward him with a big pay day in the near future. They could try to extend him now in order to potentially save some money later.

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  Raiders | Sign exclusive rights free agents    Wed Apr 8, 05:19 PM

Oakland Raiders DE Denico Autry, TE Brian Leonhardt, OT Matt McCants, RB Jamize Olawale and DB Neiko Thorpe were all signed as exclusive rights free agents Wednesday, April 8.

Footballguys view: Leonhardt is a player we'd like to highlight here for fantasy owners in super deep dynasty leagues. He was signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2013 after playing college football at Bemidji State. Olawale was a converted wide receiver and fullback who the Raiders signed off the Cowboys practice squad in 2012. The former North Texas standout is only a fullback and special teams player with little (almost non-existent) fantasy value.

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  Buccaneers | George Johnson signed to offer sheet    Tue Apr 7, 10:20 PM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed restricted free-agent DE George Johnson (Lions) to a three-year offer sheet Tuesday, April 7. Financial terms are undisclosed.

Footballguys view: The Lions have five days to match the offer. If they don't, the team will receive no compensation for losing Johnson.

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  Jaguars | Corey Wootton works out    Fri Apr 3, 04:34 PM

Free-agent DE Corey Wootton (Vikings) worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars Thursday, April 2.

Footballguys view: Wootton has worked out for the Titans as well. He appeared in 15 games last year, but played less than 300 snaps. Wootton struggles to stop the run, and he did not generate any pressure as a pass-rusher in 2014.

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  Broncos | Antonio Smith signed    Thu Apr 2, 02:44 PM

Free-agent DE Antonio Smith (Raiders) signed a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos Thursday, April 2, worth $2 million.

Footballguys view: Smith didn't do much with the Raiders, and will likely be limited to a rotational and situational pass-rushing role. He was miscast as a defensive tackle last year, but with the Broncos he'll likely play defensive end.

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  Seahawks | Will Tukuafu re-signs    Wed Apr 1, 06:30 PM

The Seattle Seahawks re-signed FB Will Tukuafu to an undisclosed deal Wednesday, April 1.

Footballguys view: Tukuafu can play both fullback and defensive lineman for the Seahawks. He'll compete at both spots once again this season.

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