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  Cowboys | Zach Wood signed    Tue May 24, 06:23 PM

Undrafted free-agent DE Zach Wood (Southern Methodist) signed with the Dallas Cowboys Tuesday, May 24.

  Texans | J.J. Watt not practicing    Mon May 23, 03:48 PM

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (groin) did not practice for the first day of organized team activities Monday, May 23, as he continues to recover from offseason groin surgery.

Footballguys view: Watt's a pro's pro. He doesn't need every offseason rep, but we're sure that as soon as he's ready he's going to be out there on the field.

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  Saints | Cameron Jordan awaiting clearance    Sun May 22, 10:28 PM

New Orleans Saints DE Cameron Jordan (back) recently got back into shape following arthroscopic back surgery, but he is still awaiting full clearance to take part in organized team activities.

Footballguys view: The surgery was considered minor, and Jordan reportedly played through this injury late last season and in the Pro Bowl. After having 10 sacks last year, the Saints want to see what Jordan can do for an encore. We imagine he'll be limited (or out) of OTAs and minicamp with a target of returning at full strength for training camp later this summer.

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  Dolphins | Cameron Wake ahead of schedule     Fri May 20, 09:42 PM

Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake (Achilles') has exceeded expectations in terms of where doctors thought he would be at in his recovery, executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said Friday, May 20.

Footballguys view: Earlier this month, the Dolphins gave Wake a two-year, $15 million extension and that was a big sign of what they think of his recovery. He'll be a situational player for the Dolphins at this point of his career.

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  Falcons | Vic Beasley's shoulder a non-issue    Thu May 19, 01:05 PM

Atlanta Falcons LB Vic Beasley's (shoulder) torn labrum in his shoulder is a non-issue this offseason. He was able to take part in practice and received snaps in the regular season last year while playing through it. Beasley said his shoulder is now at full health, and he's also added some upper-body weight in the last few months with the help of a nutritionist.

Footballguys view: The Falcons could use Beasley at 100% this year, to build on his 20 tackle, four sack rookie season.

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  Colts | Arthur Jones could be ready by camp    Tue May 17, 02:34 PM

There is hope that Indianapolis Colts DT Arthur Jones (ankle) may be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.

Footballguys view: Getting Jones back is a good thing for the Colts defense. Jones missed all of last season with an ankle injury. Injuries have kept Jones off the field for all but nine games since he signed with the Colts back in 2014.

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  Jets | Muhammad Wilkerson not close to deal    Tue May 17, 11:10 AM

New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson isn't close to a new contract and hasn't signed his franchise tender. He may not report until training camp in July.

Footballguys view: The two sides have until July 15th to work out a new long-term contract. Wilkerson wants security for years, but the Jets only seem willing to pay him for one year. We could see Wilkerson play under the franchise tag this year, then move on in free agency in 2017.

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  Bears | Chicago to try out Marquis Jackson    Sun May 15, 03:00 AM

Free-agent DL Marquis Jackson, the brother of Jacksonville Jaguars DT Malik Jackson, is trying out with the Chicago Bears this weekend.

Footballguys view: Marquis Jackson played in the Arena League for the Portland Thunder. He gets off the line quickly and has the hustle to make plays as a pass-rusher. Like Malik, Marquis has a large wingspan that helps him make up ground quickly. He's a longshot, but Bears coach John Fox worked with Malik for years when the two were with the Denver Broncos. Fox will know if he can get the best out of Marquis.

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  Saints | Two free agents to work out    Sun May 15, 02:22 AM

Free-agent K Connor Barth (Buccaneers) and DL C.J. Wilson (Lions) will work out for the New Orleans Saints at rookie minicamp.

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  Dolphins | Miami to sign Jason Jones    Fri May 13, 07:22 PM

Free-agent DE Jason Jones (Lions) will sign with the Miami Dolphins, according to a source.

Footballguys view: New Dolphins DC Vance Joseph should use Jones as a rotational player at end behind Mario Williams and Cameron Wake. Jones could also be shifted inside to create interior pressure.

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  NFL | Greg Hardy devoid of suitors    Fri May 13, 12:09 PM

Free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Cowboys) is having trouble finding a team, and the prevailing opinion from general managers around the league is that no one wants him.

Footballguys view: This is not shocking news. Hardy may be able to rush the passer, but he's a PR nightmare off the field. We'd be surprised if someone picks him up to play in 2016.

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  Raiders | Sign Greg Townsend    Wed May 11, 06:34 PM

Undrafted free-agent DE Greg Townsend (Southern California) signed with the Oakland Raiders Wednesday, May 11.

  Cowboys | Charles Tapper could play immediately    Tue May 10, 01:09 AM

Dallas Cowboys DE Charles Tapper might get a chance to play more than most Day 3 draft picks, as DEs Randy Gregory and Demarcus Lawrence are facing penalties for off-field indiscretions.

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  Raiders | Damontre Moore signs    Mon May 9, 07:11 PM

Free-agent DE Damontre Moore (Dolphins) signed with the Oakland Raiders Monday, May 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Saints | Three players released    Mon May 9, 05:08 PM

New Orleans Saints RB Vick Ballard, DE Phillip Hunt and FB Toben Opurum were released Monday, May 9.

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  Falcons | Three UDFAs added    Sun May 8, 02:54 AM

The Atlanta Falcons signed Temple OL Shahbaz Ahmed, Oklahoma State WR David Glidden and Southern Illinois DE Brandon Williams as undrafted free agents on Saturday, May 7.

Footballguys view: Glidden was seen as an unsung hero for the OSU Cowboys as a senior. He had a team-high 57 receptions for 866 yards and three touchdowns. Glidden led the Cowboys with 40 receptions for first downs and 382 yards after catch.

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  Dolphins | Cameron Wake signs extension    Sat May 7, 07:53 PM

Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake signed a two-year, $15 million extension with $10 million guaranteed Saturday, May 7, according to a source.

Footballguys view: This move was done to lower Wake's cap number for 2016. He was on the books for $8.4 million in 2016, and now he'll have a lower number. This move also shows the team believes that Wake's Achilles' injury is going to recover properly. At 34-years old, Wake is set to be a part-time pass-rusher over the next two seasons.

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  Dolphins | Cameron Wake should be ready     Sat May 7, 01:18 PM

Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake (Achilles') is expected to be ready to play by Week 1, according to defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.

Footballguys view: Achilles' injuries aren't quite as devastating as they used to be. However, at age 34 we should see Wake limited to a part-time role as a pass-rusher for the Dolphins defense. There's a chance the veteran could be ready sometime during training camp.

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  Packers | Three rookies sign pacts with Pack    Fri May 6, 11:09 PM

The Green Bay Packers and LB Blake Martinez agreed to a four-year contract Friday, May 6. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft, No. 131 overall. The team also agreed to terms with DE Dean Lowry, a fourth-round pick, and OT Kyle Murphy, a sixth-round selection.

Footballguys view: Measuring in at 6'6" Lowry is a lunch-pail guy who plays with a lot of heart and hustle. Martinez is a physical defender who loves contact and arrives at the ball-carrier with nasty intentions.

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  Ravens | Five Ravens sign rookie deals    Fri May 6, 11:39 AM

Baltimore Ravens LB Kamalei Correa, OT Alex Lewis, WR Chris Moore, DT Willie Henry and DE Matt Judon signed their rookie deals Friday, May 6.

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  Lions | Ziggy Ansah's option will top $12 million    Tue May 3, 11:18 AM

Updating previous reports, Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah's fifth-year option in 2017 will be worth $12.374 million.

Footballguys view: It's an easy price to pay for a pass-rusher like Ansah. The Lions get him at a bargain price (for one year) before he gets a huge contract as a free agent.

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  Lions | Detroit add several UDFAs    Tue May 3, 02:59 AM

Undrafted free-agents CB Adairius Barnes (Louisiana Tech), WR Jace Billingsley (Eastern Oregon), WR Quinshad Davis (North Carolina), DL James DeLoach (Georgia), DE Deonte Gibson (Northwestern), WR Jay Lee (Baylor), CB Charles Washington (Fresno State), CB Ian Wells (Ohio), TE Cole Wick (Incarnate Word) and OL Andrew Zeller (Maryland) agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions Monday, May 2. WR Simms McElfresh (Appalachian State), LB Tyler Roberts (Troy) and DL Roger Stewart (Hillsdale) will also be with the team during rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.

Footballguys view: Lee is the player to highlight here. He's got long arms and can snare passes away from his frame regularly. His game is comparable to that of Chris Chambers, former Dolphins standout wide receiver. In super deep dynasty leagues, we'll be keeping an eye on Lee.

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  Bills | Jarius Wynn released    Mon May 2, 07:10 PM

Buffalo Bills DE Jarius Wynn was released Monday, May 2.

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  Dolphins | Waive Damontre Moore    Mon May 2, 04:03 PM

Miami Dolphins DE Damontre Moore was waived Monday, May 2.

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  Jets | Sheldon Richardson's option exercised    Mon May 2, 10:47 AM

New York Jets DE Sheldon Richardson had his fifth-year option exercised Monday, May 2.

Footballguys view: A great move for the Jets here. Richardson is one of the best at his position, and the fifth-year option pays him just over $8 million in 2017. The option is guaranteed for injury only.

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  Lions | Ziggy Ansah's option exercised    Mon May 2, 10:44 AM

Detroit Lions DE Ziggy Ansah had his fifth-year option exercised Monday, May 2.

Footballguys view: This was a no-brainer decision for the Lions. With 30.5 sacks over the last three seasons, Ansah is one of the league's best pass-rushers. The option pays him 12.7 million in 2017 which is an incredibly affordable price with the current market for players like him. We'll see if the Lions can lock him down with a long-term deal as reports indicate they have no plans of doing so.

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  Chargers | San Diego signs more UDFAs    Mon May 2, 01:57 AM

The San Diego Chargers agreed to terms with undrafted free-agents CB Terrell Chestnut (West Virginia), OL Sebastian Johansson (Marshall), LB Chris Landrum (Jacksonville State), OG Mike McQueen (Ohio), S Adrian McDonald (Houston), LB Tyler Marcordes (Georgia Tech), C Spencer Pulley (Vanderbilt), LB Shaq Petteway (West Virginia), OT Zeth Ramsay (Colorado Mesa), WR Deandre Reaves (Marshall), CB Larry Scott (Oregon State), RB Chris Swain (Navy) and DE Carlos Wray (Duke) Sunday, May 1.

Footballguys view: Swain is a big power back who should transition to fullback at the pro level. If he makes the team, he could help blast open holes for Melvin Gordon.

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  Saints | Several UDFAs added by New Orleans    Mon May 2, 12:16 AM

Undrafted free-agents C Jack Allen (Michigan State), S Michael Caputo (Wisconsin), OG Joseph Cheek (Texas A&M), CB Ken Crawley (Colorado), FS Trae Elston (Mississippi), CB De'Vante Harris (Texas A&M), C Marcus Henry (Boise State), FB Sione Houma (Michigan), LB Dillon Lee (Alabama), WR Tommylee Lewis (Northern Illinois), DE Mitchell Loewen (Arkansas), OL Ryker Mathews (Brigham Young), DL D.J. Pettway (Alabama), LB Jeff Schoettmer (North Carolina), LB Dominique Tovell (Louisiana-Lafayette), OG Landon Turner (North Carolina), WR Jordan Williams (Ball State) and OT Avery Young (Auburn) agreed to terms Sunday, May 1.

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  Redskins | Five UDFAs head to Washington    Mon May 2, 12:14 AM

Undrafted free-agents S Tevin Carter (Utah), DE Shiro Davis (Texas), OT Joe Gore (Clemson), OG Dominik Jackson (Alabama) and DB Geno Matias-Smith (Alabama) agreed to terms with the Washington Redskins Sunday, May 1.

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  Falcons | Atlanta agrees with several UDFAs    Mon May 2, 12:01 AM

The Atlanta Falcons agreed to terms with undrafted free-agents RB Brandon Wilds, PK Nick Rose, LB Will Ratelle, RB De'Andre Mann, CB Brian Poole, LB Ivan McLennan, DT Chris Mayes, TE Joshua Perkins, DE Brandon Q. Williams, OL Jordan Walsh, FB Adam Cox, OL William McGehee, WR David Richards, CB Trevor X. Williams, WR Daje Johnson, DE Josh Dawson, DL Owen Williams, DB Tarris Batiste and WR J.D. McKissic.

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  Bills | Buffalo adds UDFAs    Sun May 1, 10:04 PM

The Buffalo Bills agreed to terms with undrafted free-agents DE Bryson Albright (Miami), WR Davonte Allen (Marshall), WR Gary Chambers (Arizona State), C Robert Kulger (Purdue), OL Jamison Lalk (Iowa State), QB Joe Licata (Buffalo), PK Marshall Morgan (Georgia), LB Eric Striker (Oklahoma), CB Julian Whigham (Syracuse) and DL Justin Zimmer (Ferris State) Sunday, May 1.

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  49ers | Two UDFAs agree with Niners    Sat Apr 30, 11:52 PM

Undrafted free-agent DE Jason Fanaika (Utah) and PK John Lunsford (Liberty) agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal Saturday, April 30.

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  Texans | More UDFAs for Houston    Sat Apr 30, 11:00 PM

The Houston Texans signed undrafted free-agents WR Tevin Jones (Memphis), DE Ufomba Kamalu (Miami-Fla.), LB Shakeel Rashad (North Carolina), OT Arturo Uzdavinis (Tulane), FB Soma Vainuku (Southern California) and CB Cleveland Wallace (San Jose State) to undisclosed deals Saturday, April 30.

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  Colts | Ronald Thompson goes to Indy    Sat Apr 30, 10:04 PM

The Indianapolis Colts inked undrafted free-agent DE Ronald Thompson (Syracuse) to a deal Saturday, April 30, according to his agent.

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  Cowboys | Dallas closes door on Greg Hardy    Sat Apr 30, 11:39 AM

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the possibility of free-agent DE Greg Hardy (Cowboys) returning is off the table Friday, April 29.

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  Seahawks | Tavaris Barnes signs     Thu Apr 28, 03:41 PM

Free-agent DE Tavaris Barnes (Saints) signed an undisclosed deal with the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, April 28.

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  Falcons | Atlanta likes Clemons linemen     Wed Apr 27, 04:43 PM

Clemson Des Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd could be options for the Atlanta Falcons with their No. 17 overall pick. The consensus of pundits has the Falcons taking Ohio State LB Darron Lee with that pick, however.

Footballguys view: The Falcons will look defense in almost any scenario. Lee would add a lot of speed to their linebacking corps, while Lawson and Dodd would be instant additions of pass rush punch and stout run defense from the edge.

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  Jets | Muhammad Wilkerson trade unlikely    Wed Apr 27, 12:39 PM

New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson is unlikely to be traded after the team fielded calls and experienced little action.

Footballguys view: Wilkerson is an elite defensive lineman who can play multiple spots along the defensive line. While he'll have to be paid to market value for his services, it's hard to believe teams expect more from a first round pick, even at a discount. This could be to the Jets gain in the long run.

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  Dolphins | Cameron Wake able to practice    Wed Apr 27, 12:42 AM

Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake (Achilles') was able to practice Tuesday, April 26, just six months after tearing his Achilles' tendon. He worked on a limited basis, and didn't participate in team or 7-on-7 drills, but still impressive fellow DE Andre Branch. 'That's awesome. He's definitely a vet in his league. He's been playing at a high level for a long period of time. He leads by example. He's the type of player you follow,' Branch said. Head coach Adam Gase said the goal is to have Wake 100 percent when training camp arrives.

Footballguys view: Wake is in the last year of his contract, but the Dolphins only have Mario Williams at defensive end after him when looking for proven players at the position. This terrific recovery timeline for Wake could help his case to get a one or two-year extension from the team before free agency next year.

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  Giants | Jason Pierre-Paul confident for 2016    Tue Apr 26, 06:43 PM

New York Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul (hand) said he will be better than he was in 2015, adding that he is still the player he used to be. Pierre-Paul will wear a special glove on his injured hand in 2016 to help him rush better.

Footballguys view: The defensive end said he's recovered from his offseason surgery and has no limitations. Participating in minicamp will help him, too, he admitted, as he refused to participate in offseason workouts last year.

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  Saints | Tavaris Barnes released    Mon Apr 25, 05:25 PM

New Orleans Saints DE Tavaris Barnes was released Monday, April 25.

  Bengals | Michael Johnson was injured last year     Mon Apr 25, 03:15 PM

Cincinnati Bengals DE Michael Johnson (back) was hampered by a back issue much of last season. He's feeling healthy now, though.

Footballguys view: That explains a lot. Last year, Johnson entered the season with knee problems but it was this back issue that kept his production down. That's two years in a row with disappointing numbers. We'll see if a healthy Johnson can get back on track in 2016.

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  Dolphins | Still talking with Jason Jones    Fri Apr 22, 04:04 PM

Free-agent DE Jason Jones (Lions) is still talking with the Miami Dolphins about a possible contract.

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  Jets | Muhammad Wilkerson won't lose tag    Fri Apr 22, 01:29 PM

New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson won't have the franchise tag rescinded, according to general manager Mike Maccagnan.

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  Jets | Muhammad Wilkerson not being shopped    Fri Apr 22, 01:27 PM

New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson isn't being actively shopped, according to general manager Mike Maccagnan.'s Rich Cimini opined that the Jets are interested in moving Wilkerson.

Footballguys view: This goes against every report about Wilkerson since the franchise tag was put on him. The Jets may just be playing hard to get in this negotiation process.

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  49ers | Glenn Dorsey making progress    Wed Apr 20, 11:09 PM

San Francisco 49ers DT Glenn Dorsey (knee) is making 'great progress,' according to general manager Trent Baalke, as the defensive tackle makes his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. However, it is too soon to say if he'll be ready for the regular season opener. 'I'm never going to give a definitive because you don't know,' Baalke said. 'You could always have a setback, but right now he's made great progress. Looks good.'

Footballguys view: The Niners could use the help defensively, but they won't push him and risk setting him back. If he can do some work during camp, that will be a good sign, but we are guessing the Niners will plan not to have him for a chunk of the season, just in case.

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  Texans | J.J. Watt close to full health    Wed Apr 20, 04:53 PM

Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt (groin, abdomen) is close to completing his rehabilitation from groin and abdominal injuries that required surgery in January. Watt said he feels good and is close to 100% as he participates in the Texans' offseason conditioning program.

Footballguys view: The Texans would like to replicate the plan the Broncos won the Super Bowl with, winning with defense and a mediocre offense. They have the pieces for the offense, courtesy of signing Brock Osweiler, and Watt is a vital piece of the defense that has to do the heavy lifting.

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  Bills | Jarius Wynn moving to linebacker    Wed Apr 20, 12:41 AM

Buffalo Bills DE Jarius Wynn (knee) said in a radio interview Tuesday, April 19, that he has dropped 20 pounds and will play outside linebacker in 2016. He is making his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and he missed the 2015 season as a result. Wynn has been a career-long 3-4 defensive end and 4-3 defensive end.

Footballguys view: Rex Ryan finds value in guys who can do more than one thing and is adept at finding getting guys to play in positions and ways they normally don't. That said, we're not expecting a ton immediately from Wynn and continue to be concerned by the Bills defense coming into this year coached by an underwhelming Rob Ryan.

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  Bills | Four players sitting out    Mon Apr 18, 07:11 PM

Buffalo Bills WR Marcus Easley (knee), DT Kyle Williams (knee), LB Jerry Hughes (wrist) and CB Stephon Gilmore (shoulder) underwent surgeries this offseason and have not been cleared for offseason workouts.

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  Bills | Three cleared for workouts    Mon Apr 18, 07:06 PM

Buffalo Bills DE Jarius Wynn (knee), DT Marcell Dareus (foot) and CB Ronald Darby (hernia) each underwent surgery this offseason but have been cleared to participate in offseason workouts.

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