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  Patriots | Two other players go on NFI list    Wed Jul 29, 06:49 PM

New England Patriots DT Alan Branch (undisclosed) and OT Caylin Hauptmann (undisclosed) were placed on the Non-Football Injury list Wednesday, July 29.

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  Jets | Two more players on PUP list    Wed Jul 29, 06:18 PM

New York Jets OG Willie Colon (knee) and DL Kevin Vickerson (hamstring) were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday, July 29.

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  Chiefs | Dontari Poe had surgery    Tue Jul 28, 05:58 PM

Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs DT Dontari Poe (back) underwent surgery on his herniated disk July 15.

Footballguys view: Head coach Andy Reid said there's a chance Poe is able to return in the early part of the season depending on how he recovers. We'd say that's quite optimistic. Earlier reports indicated Poe could begin the season on the PUP list, forcing him out of the first six weeks of the year.

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  Saints | Brodrick Bunkley released    Tue Jul 28, 05:36 PM

New Orleans Saints DT Brodrick Bunkley (undisclosed) was released with a failed physical designation Tuesday, July 28.

Footballguys view: Bunkley tore his quad late last year, and he's still recovering from that injury. Once healthy, the 31-year old run-stuffer should get some interest.

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  Chiefs | Dontari Poe has back injury    Tue Jul 28, 04:47 PM

Kansas City Chiefs DT Dontari Poe (back) is dealing with a herniated disk in his back and has had two epidurals. The extent of and timetable for the injury were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Bad news for the Chiefs here. Poe is likely to start the regular season on the PUP list, thus missing the first six week. We'll see if he's ready to return from this back injury after that. Jaye Howard will fill in for however long Poe is out.

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  Jaguars | Roster moves made    Tue Jul 28, 03:18 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars DT Sen'Derrick Marks (knee) and S James Sample (arm) were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, July 28. DE Nordly Capi (undisclosed) was placed on the Non-Football Injury list.

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  Patriots | Several players placed on PUP list    Mon Jul 27, 05:24 PM

New England Patriots DT Dominique Easley (knee), LB Dane Fletcher (undisclosed), DT Chris D. Jones (calf), WR Matthew Slater (undisclosed), DT Vince Taylor (undisclosed), C Ryan Wendell (shoulder) and LB Chris White (undisclosed) were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 27.

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  Packers | Letroy Guion suspended    Thu Jul 23, 11:55 AM

Green Bay Packers DT Letroy Guion has been suspended three games Thursday, July 23, for his Feb. 3 arrest.

Footballguys view: Guion was suspended three games by the NFL after an offseason arrest where police seized more than $190,000 in cash, 357 grams of marijuana and an unloaded handgun in his truck. He paid a $5,000 fine on this charge in hopes of avoiding a suspension by the league. This report indicates that Guion plans to appeal the decision.

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  Steelers | Two could compete for NT job    Sun Jul 19, 09:48 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers DT Daniel McCullers could push DT Steve McLendon for the starting nose tackle job during training camp.

Footballguys view: McLendon has started at nose tackle for the Steelers over the last two years. A sixth-round pick out of Tennessee in the 2014 NFL draft, we'll see if McCullers can challenge Mclendon for the starting job in training camp and the preseason.

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  Browns | Phil Taylor expects to be full participant    Mon Jul 13, 06:36 PM

Cleveland Browns DT Phil Taylor (knee) said he will be able to fully participate once training camp begins. Taylor is coming off a major knee surgery he had last season.

Footballguys view: Taylor is a talented defensive tackle when healthy, but staying healthy has been a problem for him. Over the last three years, Taylor has not played a full 16-game season. He was limited to five games in 2014.

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  Jaguars | Sen'Derrick Marks may be ready for season    Fri Jul 10, 03:09 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars DT Sen'Derrick Marks (knee) said he believes he has a good chance to play in the regular season opener.

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  Ravens | Chris Canty leading candidate to start    Wed Jul 8, 12:15 PM

Baltimore Ravens DE Chris Canty is considered the favorite for one of the starting defensive end jobs this season but will be pushed by DEs Brent Urban, Kapron Lewis-Moore, Lawrence Guy and Carl Davis during training camp.

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  Browns | Phil Taylor misses minicamp    Sun Jun 21, 02:51 PM

Cleveland Browns DT Phil Taylor (knee) did not participate during the team's minicamp last week, but the team believes he will be ready for the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: Taylor is a talented and disruptive player in the middle of the defensive line when healthy. The problem is he hasn't been able to stay healthy in recent years. Over the last three seasons, Taylor has missed a total of 20 games. He's due over $5 million this year, but none of that is guaranteed. Taylor could get cut if he doesn't impress in training camp.

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  Raiders | Mario Edwards Jr. signed    Fri Jun 19, 06:28 PM

Oakland Raiders second-round pick DE Mario Edwards Jr. signed his four-year rookie contract Friday, June 19. Financial terms were undisclosed.

Footballguys view: Edwards isn't much of a pass-rusher, but he does have a powerful base to stand strong as a run-stuffer. In college at Florida State, Edwards didn't ever truly play up to his potential...and that potentially sky-high level remains untapped.

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  Patriots | Malcom Brown signs deal    Fri Jun 19, 12:48 PM

New England Patriots DT Malcom Brown signed his rookie four-year deal Friday, June 19.

Footballguys view: Brown does a good job of quickly getting off the line of scrimmage after the snap. He has the ability to push blockers back into the quarterback. Brown can control his man at the point of attack, and he does a good job of finding the running back in the backfield.

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  Buccaneers | Jameis Winston following advice    Thu Jun 18, 11:19 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston said he appreciates the advice he has received from DT Gerald McCoy and believes it is helping him earn the respect of the veterans on the team.

Footballguys view: It's a wise move for the rookie here. Winston needs a roadmap to be a professional, and it's good for him to listen to quality veteran players like McCoy.

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  Saints | Kevin Williams inks deal with Saints    Thu Jun 18, 09:38 AM

Free-agent DT Kevin Williams (Vikings) signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the New Orleans Saints Thursday, June 18. He received a $500,000 signing bonus, which is his only guarantee in the deal. He has another $1.6 million in playing time incentives.

Footballguys view: The Saints continue to add to the defense in the hopes that it continues to improve from last season. Williams adds some help in run-stopping but is aging and no more than a rotational player.

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  Panthers | Tyronne Green out for season    Wed Jun 17, 05:43 PM

Carolina Panthers OG Tyronne Green (Achilles') is out for the year with a torn Achilles' tendon he suffered Tuesday, June 16.

Footballguys view: Green was competing for a roster spot with the Panthers, and this news isn't overly devastating. He hasn't played in the NFL since he started about a dozen games for the San Diego Chargers in 2012.

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  Dolphins | C.J. Mosley signed    Wed Jun 10, 01:49 PM

Free-agent DT C.J. M. Mosley (Dolphins) signed a one-year deal with the Miami Dolphins Wednesday, June 10, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Mosley is reunited with former Lions teammate Ndamukong Suh in Miami. Playing next to Suh last year in 15 games (eight starts), Mosley recorded 26 tackles and 2.5 sacks while helping the Lions be the best run defense in the league.

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  Bengals | Geno Atkins impressing    Wed Jun 10, 10:55 AM

Cincinnati Bengals DT Geno Atkins (knee) looks 'scary' in organized team activities, according to defensive line coach Jay Hayes. 'It's scary how fast and explosive he is right now,' Hayes said. 'I think he has the confidence that he has his legs under him. He feels like he did.'

Footballguys view: A scary Atkins is going to be a concern for opponents this season. Atkins can stuff the run, but he also can generate middle pressure against the quarterback. It sounds like Atkins should rebound from a disappointing 2014 where he looked tentative returning from his ACL injury.

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  Chiefs | Dontari Poe expected to be fine    Sun Jun 7, 10:29 AM

Kansas City Chiefs DT Dontari Poe (back) is expected to be fine even though he missed some practice last week, according to head coach Andy Reid.

Footballguys view: Poe is a mountain of a man who can plug up the middle of the line. For a big man, Poe can also create interior pressure on the quarterback. The team will be cautious with him moving forward so this minor injury doesn't get aggravated.

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  Steelers | Steve McLendon had offseason surgery    Sun Jun 7, 10:21 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers DT Steve McLendon said he underwent shoulder surgery earlier this offseason but has completely recovered from the surgery. McLendon said he regained strength in his shoulder and has full range of motion.

Footballguys view: Good news for the Steelers here. McLendon was basically playing with one arm when the Steelers lost to the Ravens in the playoffs last year. This shoulder injury forced McLendon to miss four games in October and November, but he returned to play in the last four games of the regular season and for 26 snaps in the playoff game. McLendon is entering the final year of his contract, and he's looking to impress so he can land a third deal with the Steelers.

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  Chiefs | Dontari Poe misses practice    Wed Jun 3, 02:12 PM

Kansas City Chiefs DT Dontari Poe (back) did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, June 3. Poe's back injury does not appear to be serious.

Footballguys view: The Chiefs are wise to let Poe rest here. The injury is considered minor at this time, and they don't want it to worsen because of some extra reps in OTAs. Poe is a dominant force in the middle of the defensive line who can regularly eat up double teams and stuff the run.

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  Bills | Marcell Dareus absent Wednesday    Wed Jun 3, 12:39 PM

Buffalo Bills DT Marcell Dareus did not participate in organized team activities Wednesday, June 3. Head coach Rex Ryan said Dareus' absence was not injured-related.

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  Chiefs | Two defenders miss workout    Tue Jun 2, 06:15 PM

Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson (knee) and DT Dontari Poe (back) missed organized team activities Tuesday, June 2. Johnson sat with knee inflammation while Poe sat with back pain.

Footballguys view: These key veterans don't need every snap in the offseason. Johnson is a leader the team looks to at the linebacker position. Poe is a mountain of a man who opponents find nearly impossible to move. They'll be back when these minor injuries have cleared up.

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  Packers | B.J. Raji is full go    Thu May 28, 07:33 PM

Green Bay Packers DT B.J. Raji (biceps) said he is back to full strength after suffering a torn biceps last season.

Footballguys view: Raji is in a make-or-break season for the Packers. He missed all of the 2014 season after coming off a disappointing 2013 season where he played defensive end. We'll see if Raji can get back on track this season.

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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'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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  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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  Packers | B.J. Raji offered deal    Mon Mar 30, 01:29 PM

Free-agent DT B.J. Raji (Packers) was offered a one-year deal for less than $2 million by the Green Bay Packers, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

Footballguys view: Raji hasn't looked good in some time, and that's why the market has been so cool for his services.

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  Packers | Letroy Guion agrees to return    Mon Mar 30, 09:14 AM

Free-agent DT Letroy Guion agreed to re-sign with the Green Bay Packers Monday, March 30. Guion agreed to a one-year deal that should be finalized Tuesday, April 1.

Footballguys view: This was the Packers plan all along. A delay was likely caused by Guion's drug arrest earlier this year. Charges were dropped, and Guion only had to pay a fine. A visit to the Seahawks likely prompted the Packers to make a move to keep Guion around for 2015.

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  Patriots | Sealver Siliga had surgery    Fri Mar 27, 07:52 PM

New England Patriots DT Sealver Siliga (undisclosed) is in a walking boot after having undisclosed offseason surgery.

Footballguys view: Siliga was put on IR/Designated to Return last year with a foot injury. When he returned, Siliga was in the starting lineup next to Vince Wilfork. With Wilfork gone, Siliga could have a larger role this year. The team will ease him back in as he recovers.

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  Seahawks | Letroy Guion visits    Fri Mar 27, 05:39 PM

Free-agent DT Letroy Guion (Packers) met with the Seattle Seahawks Friday, March 27, according to a source.

Footballguys view: His firearm and marijuana case closed last week (with him only paying a fine), and now Guion is getting some interest on the open market. The Packers would like to bring him back, but joining a defense like Seattle's has to be tempting.

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  Bengals | Pat Sims contract update    Fri Mar 27, 02:12 AM

Cincinnati Bengals DT Pat Sims has signed a one-year, minimum salary benefit deal with the team. Because he has played seven seasons, Sims' deal will be worth $870,000.

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  Cowboys | Nick Hayden re-signs    Thu Mar 26, 05:39 PM

Dallas Cowboys DT Nick Hayden re-signed to an undisclosed deal Thursday, March 26.

Footballguys view: A 16-game starter for the Cowboys last year, Hayden made 38 stops (17 solo). He'll be a regular on the defense this season as well.

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