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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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  Cowboys | Sign Efe Obada    Wed Apr 1, 05:41 PM

Street free-agent DE Efe Obada signed with the Dallas Cowboys Wednesday, April 1.

Footballguys view: At 6'6" 255 pounds, Obada is an intriguing longshot for the Cowboys to pick up. The defensive end appeared in just five games in 2014 for the London Warriors of the British American Football Association National Leagues (BAFANL).


  Steelers | Clifton Geathers re-signs    Wed Apr 1, 02:57 PM

Free-agent DE Clifton Geathers (Steelers) was re-signed to a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday, April 1. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

Footballguys view: Steelers fans didn't get to see anything from Geathers last year. He was signed in December, but he didn't play a snap for the team. This season, Geathers will compete for a backup job behind Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt.

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  Raiders | Antonio Smith to be released    Tue Mar 31, 04:07 PM

Oakland Raiders DE Antonio Smith will be released, according to a source informed on the move.

Footballguys view: The Raiders will save $3.2 million with the move. A 16-game starter last year, Smith failed to make much of an impact. Now on the open market, the Houston Texans may show interest in Smith since he played from 2009-13 with Texans DC Romeo Crennel. A tackle for the Raiders, Smith would play end for the Texans.

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  Chiefs | Derrick Johnson likely to stay    Tue Mar 31, 02:37 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson (Achilles') and DE Mike DeVito (Achilles') are both pushing each other in their rehabs from torn Achilles' tendons. Both players also have a year left on their contracts. DeVito agreed to a pay cut that dropped his salary to $2.9 million. Johnson has a salary cap number of $5.2 million, and the Chiefs are only around $2.85 million under the 2015 cap. Kansas City could create more room by releasing Johnson, but the Chiefs are expected to hang onto him.

Footballguys view: Johnson can clean up as a run-stuffer if healthy. The Chiefs would be wise to keep him around even though his cap number is a bit higher than they perhaps would like it to be.

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  Patriots | Chandler Jones had surgery    Mon Mar 30, 08:49 AM

New England Patriots DE Chandler Jones (undisclosed) has been at Gillette Stadium for much of the offseason rehabbing from an undisclosed surgery. He has been walking with the aid of crutches.

Footballguys view: Jones missed six games last year due to a hip injury that did not require surgery. Nobody knows what he went under the knife for, but expect the Patriots to bring him back slowly as he recovers.

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  Dolphins | Derrick Shelby signs tender    Thu Mar 26, 11:46 AM

Miami Dolphins restricted free-agent DE Derrick Shelby signed his tender offer Wednesday, March 26. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Shelby is strictly a rotational guy, but a vital one. He's young, does a good job getting to the quarterback and has a lot of upside.

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  Saints | Anthony Spencer visited team    Thu Mar 26, 07:46 AM

Free-agent DE Anthony Spencer (Cowboys) visited the New Orleans Saints this week, but Saints head coach Sean Payton told reporters there have been no contract talks with Spencer.

Footballguys view: Spencer has underachieved for a long time, but even so it's surprising how little interest there seems to be. Perhaps his asking price is high. More than likely he finds a home where he will rotate in on the edge, rather than a full time position.

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  Raiders | C.J. Wilson back with Oakland    Wed Mar 25, 11:48 PM

The Oakland Raiders re-signed free-agent DT C.J. Wilson to a two-year contract Wednesday. March 25. His deal is for two years and $4.6 million.

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  Bears | Ray McDonald signing    Tue Mar 24, 01:53 PM

Free-agent DE Ray McDonald (49ers) is signing an undisclosed deal with the Chicago Bears Tuesday, March 24.

Footballguys view: McDonald comes to Chicago with his fair share of baggage. On the field, he should start at defensive end for the Bears and he can slide inside to tackle when the team goes with a four-man front. Off the field, McDonald has to prove that he can make better decisions and avoid the trouble that circled him last year.

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  Jets | Stephen Bowen signing    Tue Mar 24, 01:23 PM

Free-agent DE Stephen Bowen (Redskins) is signing an undisclosed deal with the New York Jets Tuesday, March 24.

Footballguys view: Bowen gives the team valuable veteran depth at the position. He'll work as a reserve player up front.

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  Texans | J.J. Watt restructures    Tue Mar 24, 09:12 AM

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt restructured his contract Tuesday, March 24, to create $8 million in salary cap space for 2015. His $10 million roster bonus was turned into a signing bonus, according to a source.

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  NFL | Jamaal Anderson healthy    Mon Mar 23, 05:21 PM

Free-agent DE Jamaal Anderson (knee) said he's fully recovered from a knee injury after taking part in the veteran combine this past weekend. 'I feel outstanding, not just physically but mentally, and I think it definitely humbled me to sit back and realize that I'm not entitled as a first-rounder to be on a roster. I think I'm going to cherish more of the journey now,' Anderson said.

Footballguys view: Anderson was the 8th overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft to the Atlanta Falcons. He's struggled to stay healthy and play effectively, so now Anderson is looking for another chance. At 6'6" 280 pounds, Anderson could get some attention from his performance at the veteran combine.

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  NFL | Adam Carriker fine physically    Mon Mar 23, 05:18 PM

Free-agent DE Adam Carriker (quadriceps) said he has been physically cleared by Dr. James Andrews, and Carriker said he's feeling great physically. Carriker is expected to draw interest from the 50 scouts that were in attendance at last weekend's veteran combine.

Footballguys view: Carriker was out of the league last season after Washington released him a year ago. He's 30-years old and two years removed from a devastating knee injury. We'll see if Carriker can draw interest now after his performance at the veteran combine.

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  NFL | Rakim Cox impresses    Mon Mar 23, 05:18 PM

Free-agent DE Rakim Cox (Dolphins) impressed at the veteran combine this past weekend.

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  NFL | Adam Carriker participates in veteran's combine    Mon Mar 23, 01:51 PM

Free-agent DE Adam Carriker (Redskins) took part in the NFL's first veteran combine this weekend.

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  Cowboys | Anthony Spencer not expected back    Sun Mar 22, 11:12 AM

Free-agent DE Anthony Spencer (Cowboys) is not expected to re-sign with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason.

Footballguys view: The signing of Greg Hardy means the Cowboys are likely to let Spencer go. He could work well for a team as a part-time pass-rusher. Spencer has failed to impress since undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee in 2013.

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  Seahawks | C.J. Wilson to visit Seattle    Sat Mar 21, 07:19 PM

Free-agent DE C.J. Wilson (Raiders) will visit the Seattle Seahawks this week, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Wilson is a run-stuffer on the edge. He also has the ability to build pressure from the outside, but he's not known as a pass-rusher.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater working with teammates    Fri Mar 20, 01:23 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is working out in California with Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph, RB Jerick McKinnon, WR Charles Johnson and TE Brandon Bostick. McKinnon and Rudolph are rooming together at Rudolph's Newport Beach, Calif., home and are taking a no-nonsense approach to their training. Rudolph organized the group event.

Footballguys view: It's no mystery, we love Bridgewater. He's smart, accurate and known as a football junkie. Why he wasn't a top-5 pick last year is completely baffling. Moving on from that, his upside is that of a top-12 fantasy QB. We'll see if he can make a big jump in year two.

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  Giants | George Selvie agrees with Giants    Fri Mar 20, 10:36 AM

Free-agent DE George Selvie (Cowboys) agreed to a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the New York Giants Friday, March 20. The deal includes a $200,000 signing bonus.

Footballguys view: Selvie will be reunited with former USF teammate Jason Pierre-Paul. The veteran defensive end started 29 of 32 games for the Dallas Cowboys over the last two years. His career really took off in Dallas, and he compiled 10 sacks during his time in Dallas. The Giants are hopeful he can continue to work well as a part-time pass-rusher.

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  Seahawks | Ahtyba Rubin signing    Thu Mar 19, 06:16 PM

Free-agent DT Ahtyba Rubin (Browns) is signing an undisclosed deal with the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, March 19, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Rubin is a big run-stuffer who can plug up the middle. The Browns weren't hot and heavy to bring him back after finishing 32nd against the run in 2014. We'll see if a change of scenery helps Rubin play better.

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  Jets | No official visit for Osi Umenyiora    Thu Mar 19, 02:33 PM

Free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora (Falcons) didn't have an official visit with the New York Jets Wednesday, March 18, according to general manager Mike Maccagnan. Umenyiora was only visiting to say hi to new head coach Todd Bowles.

Footballguys view: Jets fans were hoping for a little schadenfreude if they stole a Giants player, even one who the team didn't keep last off-season. Alas, that seems as if it won't happen this time.

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  Giants | George Selvie visiting    Thu Mar 19, 12:41 PM

Free-agent DE George Selvie (Cowboys) is expected to meet with the New York Giants Thursday, March 19.

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  Buccaneers | Looking at George Selvie    Thu Mar 19, 02:37 AM

Free-agent DE George Selvie (Cowboys) is drawing some attention from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as a source says Tampa Bay is 'very much in the mix.'

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  NFL | Rakim Cox invited to combine    Thu Mar 19, 02:27 AM

Free-agent DE Rakim Cox (Dolphins) has been invited to the upcoming veterans combine.

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  Jets | Osi Umenyiora visits    Wed Mar 18, 07:50 PM

Free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora (Falcons) made a visit to the New York Jets Wednesday, March 18.

Footballguys view: Umenyiora is no longer the player he used to be, and his last double-digit sack season was 2010. He's played the last two years for the Falcons, and Umenyiora only had 2.5 sacks in 2014. If the Jets add him, Umenyiora would likely only be a part-time pass-rusher.

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  Cowboys | Greg Hardy agrees to terms    Wed Mar 18, 03:52 PM

Free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Panthers) has agreed to terms with the Dallas Cowboys Wednesday, March 18, on a one-year deal worth as much as $13.1 million.

Footballguys view: It's a strong move for the Cowboys with a potentially high price tag. Hardy may be suspended the first six games of the season, but that didn't keep the Cowboys from offering him big money. He's a fantastic pass-rusher who should make an immediate impact for Dallas--when he's eligible to play.

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  Cowboys | No deal with Greg Hardy yet    Wed Mar 18, 02:42 PM

Free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Panthers) continues to negotiate a contract with the Dallas Cowboys, but the two sides have not agreed to a contract at this point.

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  Buccaneers | Lose interest in Greg Hardy    Wed Mar 18, 01:35 PM

Free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Panthers) does not appear to be an option for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers anymore since the team has lost interest in him.

Footballguys view: "Lose interest" means "his price got too high" in coachspeak...or is it GMspeak? Either way, it looks like Hardy is going to play for the Cowboys in 2015.

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  NFL | Greg Hardy demanding a lot    Wed Mar 18, 01:30 PM

Free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Panthers) is reportedly seeking a one-year deal worth more than $6 million.

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  Cowboys | Greg Hardy may be too expensive    Wed Mar 18, 12:15 PM

Free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Panthers) is still negotiating with the Dallas Cowboys, but his asking price may be out of the team's price range.

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  Ravens | Chris Canty re-signed    Wed Mar 18, 12:10 PM

Free-agent DE Chris Canty (Ravens) has agreed to terms Wednesday, March 18, with the Baltimore Ravens on a two-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Canty was entering the third year of his deal with the Ravens when he was released earlier this year. That transaction saved the Ravens $2.66 million against the salary cap. Canty cancelled a visit with the Seattle Seahawks so he could stay in Baltimore. He missed five games in 2014, including four after undergoing surgery for a staph infection in his wrist and thumb. Canty had 33 tackles, a half-sack and a forced fumble in 11 starts.

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  Seahawks | Ahtyba Rubin visiting    Wed Mar 18, 11:29 AM

Free-agent DL Ahtyba Rubin (Browns) will visit the Seattle Seahawks Wednesday, March 18, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Rubin would give the Seahawks a big body in the middle of the line. He's spent his entire career with the Browns, but they're not clamoring to bring him back after they finished 32nd against the run in 2014.

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  NFL | Greg Hardy down to two teams    Wed Mar 18, 11:22 AM

Free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Panthers) has narrowed down the list of prospective landing spots to two teams, the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus.

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  Cowboys | Dallas, Greg Hardy near agreement?    Tue Mar 17, 11:47 PM

Free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Panthers) and the Dallas Cowboys might finalize a deal by Wednesday, March 18, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Hardy may be facing a six-game suspension this year, but that isn't stopping teams from having interest. He's a talented pass-rusher who would be able to help out any team that adds him. It sounds like the Cowboys have to be considered the frontrunners here.

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  Cowboys | Greg Hardy negotiating    Tue Mar 17, 12:19 PM

Free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Panthers) is engaged in ongoing negotiations with the Dallas Cowboys, but the two sides haven't reached an agreement, according to a source. Hardy will visit with Dallas Tuesday, March 17.

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  Buccaneers | Greg Hardy to visit    Tue Mar 17, 12:05 PM

Free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Panthers) is scheduled to visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Footballguys view: Hardy will be a dangerous pass-rusher for any team that's interested. The Buccaneers have been trying to rebuild their defense, and Hardy would be a fine asset--even though he may be suspended the first six games of the season.

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