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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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  Jaguars | Sen'Derrick Marks may not be ready for opener    Sat May 23, 02:45 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars DT Sen'Derrick Marks (knee) may not be ready for Week 1 as he recovers from surgery on his torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to ESPN.com's Mike DiRocco.

Footballguys view: The Jaguars defense could sure use Marks' pass-rushing ability (8.5 sacks last year), especially after losing rookie Dante Fowler to a knee injury. Marks would be nine months removed from the ACL tear when the regular season begins. Putting him on the PUP list to start the season is a distinct possibility. If he's available at the start of the season (big if), then the Jaguars would be wise to ease him in as a part-time player.

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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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  Browns | Phil Taylor should be ready for camp    Sat May 16, 10:45 AM

Cleveland Browns DT Phil Taylor (knee) said he expects to be ready for the start of training camp. Taylor said he should be able to do some things during the upcoming minicamp.

Footballguys view: We've always had an appreciation for the player Taylor is and could be....but injuries have taken his career off track. The Browns gave themselves fantastic depth (and a potential star) at the position when they selected Danny Shelton (Washington) in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft.

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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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Brandon Boykin player page
Mychal Kendricks player page


  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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Mychal Kendricks player page


  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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  Jets | Damon Harrison signs tender    Wed Apr 29, 05:20 PM

New York Jets restricted free-agent DT Damon Harrison signed his tender Wednesday, April 29.

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  Packers | Two players waived    Wed Apr 29, 05:10 PM

Green Bay Packers TE Travis Dekker was waived from the Reserve/Military list and DL Aleric Mullins was waived from the Reserve/Did Not Report list Wednesday, April 29.

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  Jets | Damon Harrison signs tender    Wed Apr 29, 01:02 PM

New York Jets restricted free-agent DT Damon Harrison signed his one-year tender Wednesday, April 29. He is scheduled to make $2.356 million in 2015.

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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 | Three UConn players work out    Sat Apr 25, 02:39 AM

Connecticut CB Byron Jones, WR Geremy Davis and DT B.J. McBryde all worked out for the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, April 24.

Footballguys view: Jones is the player to watch here, and he could certainly be an option for the Eagles with the 20th-overall pick in the first round. He has great size for the position, measuring in at 6'1" 200 pounds. Jones is instinctive and has the ability to break up passes consistently. He's not an elite athlete, leading some to think that a switch to free safety might be in his future. Either way, Jones can make plays and will likely be a top-40 pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

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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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Sam Bradford player page
Fletcher Cox player page
Mychal Kendricks player page


  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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  Chiefs | Pick up Dontari Poe's option    Fri Apr 24, 04:29 PM

Kansas City Chiefs DT Dontari Poe's fifth-year option in his contract has been picked up by the team, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Poe had a bit of a down year in 2014, though he had a career high six sacks. The Chiefs will probably try and work out a long-term deal over the next year as Poe has become one of the best nose tackles in the NFL.

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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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  NFL | Darius Kilgo meets with two teams    Mon Apr 20, 07:02 AM

Maryland DT Darius Kilgo met with the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills in recent days, according to sources. Earlier in the visitation perios Kilgo also met with the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots.

Footballguys view: Kilgo is an absolute beast in the middle of the defensive line with two years experience playing nose tackle for the Terrapins. He's got outstanding strength, and this helps him get interior push as a pass-rusher from time to time. Kilgo should be a priority free agent picked up after the draft.

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  Broncos | Angelo Blackson visits    Sat Apr 18, 03:00 AM

Auburn DT Angelo Blackson visited with the Denver Broncos in advance of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: At 6'4" 318 pounds, Blackson can eat up space in the middle of the line at nose tackle. He's not an explosive athlete, and Blackson offers little push against the quarterback. We should see Blackson as a late-round pick in the draft.

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  Eagles | Joe Okafor visits    Fri Apr 17, 03:09 AM

Lamar DT Joe Okafor met with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, April 16.

Footballguys view: A former Oklahoma State Cowboy, Okafor transferred to Lamar a couple of years ago. He had an impressive pro day, and Okafor could be a good five technique on the defensive line as a rotational player. He's a late-round pick or priority free agent.

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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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  CFL | Two headed to Winnipeg    Mon Apr 13, 10:06 AM

Free-agent RB Da'Rel Scott (Giants) and DT Nate Collins (Bears) signed undisclosed deals with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Monday, April 13.

Footballguys view: Scott was a speedy player coming out of college, but he never did much during his time with the Giants. We'll now see what he can do up in Canada.

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DaRel Scott player page


  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 | Looking long term on Haloti Ngata    Wed Apr 8, 10:57 PM

Detroit Lions NT Haloti Ngata is entering the final year of his deal, and both he and the Lions have said they would like to work out something long term.

Footballguys view: The Lions have $17.4 million of their payroll tied up in dead money this year, an amount good for sixth-most in the league. They were prepared to give Ndamukong Suh a deal worth over $100 million. The Lions can take some of the money they were going to spend on Suh and distribute that to other players like Ngata.

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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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  Cowboys | Amobi Okoye released    Wed Apr 8, 04:48 PM

Dallas Cowboys DT Amobi Okoye was released Wednesday, April 8.

Footballguys view: Okoye and the Cowboys gave it a shot, but in the end he just couldn't make it back. Okoye was trying to return from a life-threatening disease that put him in a coma at one point. Okoye joined the Cowboys last May, but he never made it past just being on the roster. He spent the 2014 season on the non-football injury list.

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  Jets | Leger Douzable re-signing    Wed Apr 8, 02:26 PM

Free-agent DE Leger Douzable (Jets) is re-signing an undisclosed deal with the New York Jets Wednesday, April 8.

Footballguys view: The Jets are strong up front on the defensive line. Douzable is just a backup-level player, but a valuable one due to his experience and skill set.

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  Lions | Angelo Blackson in for visit    Wed Apr 8, 02:33 AM

Auburn DT Angelo Blackson was in to visit the Detroit Lions on Tuesday, April 7.

Footballguys view: Blackson is already a mountain of a man, measuring in at 6'4" 318 pounds...and he has room to add more weight to his frame. He's a two-down run-stuffer in the middle of the defense who can free up the linebackers behind him. Blackson won't add much as a pass-rusher and he's likely to be a priority free agent after the draft.

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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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  49ers | Tony Jerod-Eddie retained    Tue Apr 7, 06:07 PM

San Francisco 49ers DE Tony Jerod-Eddie signed his exclusive-rights tender Tuesday, April 7. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: The team originally tendered him a month ago, and Jerod-Eddie is now signed through the 2015 season. Over his pro career, Jerod-Eddie has started four games (including two last year). He'll have the opportunity for a larger role on the 49ers defense this year with so much turnover and question marks on the defensive side of the ball.

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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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  Patriots | Sealver Siliga retained    Thu Apr 2, 06:27 PM

New England Patriots exclusive rights free-agent DT Sealver Siliga had his rights retained Thursday, April 2.

Footballguys view: Siliga is still in a walking boot after undergoing foot surgery last year. He's one of the top options at defensive tackle with Vince Wilfork moving on to the Texans.

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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).


  Seahawks | Jesse Williams re-signs    Wed Apr 1, 05:15 PM

Seattle Seahawks DT Jesse Williams re-signed Wednesday, April 1.

Footballguys view: It's no surprise that after two season spent on Injured Reserve due to knee injuries, Williams did not get any takers on the open market. The Seahawks let him go about a month ago, but they've decided to bring him back and see if he can stay healthy and make the team.

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  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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