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  NFL | Antrel Rolle has heard from teams    Mon Jun 27, 05:54 PM

Free-agent FS Antrel Rolle (Bears) said he has heard from a few teams this offseason, but he is waiting for the right situation before signing.

Footballguys view: Rolle had a disappointing season for the Bears in 2015. In seven games, he played 360 snaps and compiled 35 tackles with only one pass breakup. There's a possibility he ends up with the Dolphins, but Rolle may not find a new team until after training camp starts.

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  Bengals | Donte Whitner being recruited to CIN    Wed Jun 22, 01:11 PM

Free-agent SS Donte Whitner (Browns) is being recruited by Cincinnati Bengals LB Karlos Dansby to sign with the Bengals.

Footballguys view: Whitner was not brought back by the Browns, but he might stay in the division. The Bengals have an opening at safety that may come down to a battle between the inexperienced Shawn Williams, who did start four games last year and 2015 sixth round pick Derron Smith.

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  Chiefs | Eric Berry could land big deal    Tue Jun 21, 01:43 PM

Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry has a reasonable chance to become the highest-paid safety and top Minnesota Vikings FS Harrison Smith's $51.25 million deal.

Footballguys view: Things have been a bit quiet on the Berry front. The two sides have until July 15th to work out a new long-term deal. Berry fought back from cancer and can continue to be an impact player for the Chiefs. His deal should start where Smith's deal is at. We'll know more about the likelihood of a new deal for Berry when the deadline gets much closer.

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  Bills | Phillip Thomas reverts to IR    Mon Jun 20, 04:57 PM

Buffalo Bills FS Phillip Thomas (undisclosed) reverted to the Reserve/Injured list Monday, June 20, after being waived/injured Friday, June 17.

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  Saints | New Orleans makes two roster moves    Sat Jun 18, 01:57 PM

New Orleans Saints SS Jamarca Sanford (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, June 18. DL Lawrence Virgil was re-signed in a subsequent move.

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  Steelers | Mike Mitchell returns to practice    Fri Jun 17, 08:51 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers FS Mike Mitchell (shoulder) was able to practice during minicamp this week. He planned to sit out until training camp, but he decided to practice this week.

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  Texans | Houston safety job will be hot battle    Wed Jun 15, 10:48 PM

Houston Texans FS Antonio Allen, SS Quintin Demps and youngsters S Kurtis Drummond and K.J. Dillon are all expected to battle for the starting spot in the secondary opposite CB Andre Hal. It is expected to be one of training camp's most fierce battles.

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Antonio Allen player page


  Dolphins | Reshad Jones reporting to camp    Wed Jun 15, 08:26 AM

Miami Dolphins SS Reshad Jones will report to mandatory minicamp Wednesday, June 15.

Footballguys view: Both sides want a deal done. Jones being there might help grease the wheels with the new coaching staff.

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  Dolphins | Reshad Jones likely to skip camp    Mon Jun 13, 11:50 AM

Miami Dolphins SS Reshad Jones' holdout is expected to continue through mandatory minicamp, and he's subject to fines.

Footballguys view: Jones wants a raise, but he's on the books for two more years with about $14 million in earnings combined. Reports indicate he's looking for a contract that pays him near $10 million annually. Things could get ugly here, and free-agent safeties Louis Delmas (Dolphins) and Antrel Rolle (Bears) will be considered if Jones continues to hold out.

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  Dolphins | Miami to consider two safeties    Sun Jun 12, 01:54 PM

Free-agent FSs Louis Delmas (Dolphins) and Antrel Rolle (Bears) will be considered by the Miami Dolphins if SS Reshad Jones continues to hold out, or if there is an injury at the position.

Footballguys view: Jones isn't set to be a free agent until 2018, and he's got a cap number of $7.2 million this season. Reports indicate Jones is seeking a new deal that would pay him around $10 million a year. Good luck with that. Delmas and Rolle haven't received a ton of interest on the open market, but either one would work. The Dolphins chose not to re-sign Delmas this offseason as he tore his ACL last August and missed the entire 2015 season.

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Reshad Jones player page


  Chiefs | Eric Berry skips workouts    Fri Jun 10, 09:53 PM

Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry skipped the voluntary workouts that wrapped up Friday, June 10, and it is unknown if he will show up for the three-day minicamp that begins Tuesday, June 14.

Footballguys view: Berry and the Chiefs have until July 15th to work out a new contract. He has not yet signed his franchise tender and is trying to negotiate a long-term extension.

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  Cardinals | Tyrann Mathieu talks paused    Fri Jun 10, 08:24 AM

Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu's contract talks have been put on hold, but that doesn't mean a deal won't be reached before training camp, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. If a deal is reached, it's expected to be worth around $11 million per season, which would make him the highest-paid safety and put him among the highest-paid defensive backs.

Footballguys view: The Cardinals want to reward Mathieu with a new contract, but they need to be cautious with how the deal is structured due to his injury history. Talks are done right now, but they could strike up again as the regular season draws near.

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  Bills | Buffalo experimenting with three safeties    Thu Jun 9, 01:07 PM

The Buffalo Bills have used a three-safety look in practice this week, but FS Aaron Williams' (neck) health is the main key alongside CB Corey Graham. The Bills are looking for ways to get Ss Robert Blanton, Jonathan Meeks and Duke Williams on the field.

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  Patriots | Jordan Richards working up top    Wed Jun 8, 10:36 PM

New England Patriots S Jordan Richards has been seeing plenty of reps in the back end next to veterans FS Devin McCourty and SS Patrick Chung, taking advantage of the missing CB Duron Harmon.

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Devin McCourty player page
Duron Harmon player page
Jordan Richards player page


  Saints | Roman Harper signs    Tue Jun 7, 01:20 PM

Free-agent SS Roman Harper (Panthers) signed an undisclosed deal with the New Orleans Saints Tuesday, June 7.

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  Vikings | Harrison Smith signs rich deal    Mon Jun 6, 09:18 AM

Minnesota Vikings FS Harrison Smith signed a five-year, $51.25 million deal Monday, June 6, which makes him the highest-paid safety in the league. He received a $10 million signing bonus, $28.578 million guaranteed and a three-year average of $10.75 million.

Footballguys view: This deal now makes Smith the highest-paid safety in the league--and for good reason. He's a playmaker when it comes to run or pass defense. Smith arrives at the play with nasty intentions, and he has no problem playing close to the line of scrimmage to stuff the run. He also has the ability to make plays in coverage and can get his hands on an interception from time to time. This is a good deal for both sides.

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  49ers | Jimmie Ward to work at cornerback    Fri Jun 3, 10:10 PM

San Francisco 49ers SS Jimmie Ward is considered one of the top 11 best players by defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil, and the team feels Ward's best way to get onto the field as an every-down player is at cornerback.

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  49ers | Jaquiski Tartt competing for job    Fri Jun 3, 10:10 PM

San Francisco 49ers SS Jaquiski Tartt started eight games as a rookie last season once SS Antoine Bethea (pectoral) went down to a season-ending injury. Now, the two are competing for a starting job in organized team activities (OTAs), with the competition likely to spill over to training camp and the preseason.

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  49ers | Antoine Bethea back to health    Fri Jun 3, 10:09 PM

San Francisco 49ers SS Antoine Bethea (pectoral) is healthy and appears ready to pick up where he left off before suffering a season-ending torn pectoral muscle last season. He is trying to hold off SS Jaquiski Tartt for the starting strong safety job.

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  Saints | Jairus Byrd still sidelined    Thu Jun 2, 07:57 PM

New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) worked off to the side with trainers during practice Thursday, June 2.

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  Cardinals | Sign three players    Thu Jun 2, 04:14 PM

Free-agent OG Jake Bernstein (Chiefs) and undrafted free-agent WR Marquis Bundy (New Mexico State) signed with the Arizona Cardinals Thursday, June 2. S Tyrequek Zimmerman was re-signed.

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  Saints | Could sign Roman Harper    Wed Jun 1, 07:57 PM

Free-agent SS Roman Harper (Panthers) may be pursued by the New Orleans Saints. Harper played for the Saints from 2006 to 2013.

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  Steelers | Mike Mitchell will not rush back    Wed Jun 1, 08:34 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers SS Mike Mitchell (shoulder) said he hopes to be ready for the start of training camp but will not practice if he does not feel 100% healthy.

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  NFL | Walter Thurmond retiring    Tue May 31, 12:57 PM

Free-agent CB Walter Thurmond (Eagles) is retiring from the NFL Tuesday, May 31.

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  Dolphins | Reshad Jones, others absent    Fri May 27, 02:12 PM

Miami Dolphins SS Reshad Jones is not at organized team activities this week because of his unhappiness with his contract. DE Cameron Wake (Achilles') and LB Spencer Paysinger are also not in attendance. Paysinger is getting married this weekend. Head coach Adam Gase is confident Wake will be ready for the start of training camp.

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  Patriots | Multitude of Patriots miss practice    Thu May 26, 06:26 PM

New England Patriots CBs Malcolm Butler (knee), Logan Ryan (knee), Duron Harmon (knee) and Nate Ebner, LS Joe Cardona, OG Tre Jackson (knee), OL Josh Kline (biceps), OL Shaquille Mason (biceps), DE Frank Kearse (biceps) and OT Sebastian Vollmer (biceps) OT Nate Solder (biceps) and Alan Branch (undisclosed) did not participate in organized team activities Thursday, May 26. Cardona is currently with the Navy, while Ebner is out of country for the World Rugby Sevens Series.

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  Buccaneers | Sign two defensive backs    Thu May 26, 05:41 PM

Undrafted free-agent DB Javien Elliott (Florida State) signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday, May 26. S Kimario McFadden was re-signed.


  Saints | Jairus Byrd on the sidelines    Thu May 26, 01:46 PM

New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) was out of practice Thursday, May 26, and working on the side with trainers.

Footballguys view: Things were supposed to be different for Byrd when he signed with the Saints. Instead, this knee injury has slowed him down. He is rehabbing the same knee that has bothered him the last two years and should be ready for training camp.

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  Buccaneers | Johnny Lowdermilk retired    Tue May 24, 07:17 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Johnny Lowdermilk was placed on the Reserve/Retired list Tuesday, May 24.

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  Cardinals | Tyrann Mathieu may not be ready    Mon May 23, 02:17 PM

Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) said he doesn't necessarily want to play if he's only at 90% health when the regular season begins. Mathieu's goal was to return by the regular season opener Sept. 11, but he doesn't want to make the mistake of coming back too early, which he said he did when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament in 2013.

Footballguys view: We'll be watching this situation closely as it continues to unfold. Obviously Mathieu is a fine player but injuries have knocked his pro career off track. Mathieu did say his rehabilitation is going as planned so far, though, but he wants to come back properly.

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  Patriots | Vinnie Sunseri works out for Pats    Fri May 20, 09:30 AM

Free-agent FS Vinnie Sunseri (Saints) worked out for the New England Patriots last week. Sunseri is nine months removed from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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  Steelers | Mike Mitchell should be cleared    Thu May 19, 07:58 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers FS Mike Mitchell (shoulder) is expected to be cleared for training camp. Mitchell is four months removed from shoulder surgery and has begun working out.

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  NFL | James Ihedigbo wants contender    Thu May 19, 05:31 PM

Free-agent SS James Ihedigbo (Lions) isn't ready to retire from the NFL and wants to play for a team that is capable of winning right now.

Footballguys view: Well he didn't play well last season, starting just eight and doesn't add all that much to a secondary. Once camp starts he might find a home, but only as depth or a rotational player.

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  NFL | Dashon Goldson has contacted two teams    Wed May 18, 04:45 PM

Free-agent FS Dashon Goldson (Redskins) has reached out to the Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Rams, saying he wants to finish his career in the west. Goldson has already worked out for the Rams.

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  Bengals | Shawn Williams inks extension    Tue May 17, 09:55 AM

Cincinnati Bengals SS Shawn Williams signed a four-year extension Tuesday, May 17, through the 2020 season. Terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Williams' four-year extension is worth $19.5 million with $2 million in incentives. He's been a special teams standout for the Bengals, but now he's expected to start in Reggie Nelson's (Raiders) old spot.

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  Cardinals | Tyrann Mathieu near extension    Mon May 16, 08:29 AM

Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu is deep in negotiations for a contract extension Monday, May 16, that could make him the highest-paid safety in the league.

Footballguys view: It's a risky move to sign Mathieu to big long-term money. He's torn his ACL twice since 2013 and is somewhat injury prone dating back to his college days at LSU. If healthy, Mathieu can make plays as a slot corner or a safety. The Cardinals should be creative with the way they get this deal done.

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  Ravens | Marlon Brown among Ravens' cuts    Fri May 13, 02:19 PM

Baltimore Ravens WR Marlon Brown (failed physical), DB Jermaine Whitehead, S Nick X. Perry and DE Nordly Capi were released Friday, May 13.

Footballguys view: It was all downhill for Brown after his rookie season in 2013. That year, Brown had 49 catches for 524 yards and a whopping seven touchdowns. He failed to even match those numbers combined over the next two seasons. Brown may have trouble latching on with another team.

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  Rams | Dashon Goldson visiting Rams    Thu May 12, 02:47 PM

Free-agent FS Dashon Goldson (Redskins) is visiting the Los Angeles Rams Thursday, May 12, according to a source.

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  Buccaneers | Two more roster moves made    Wed May 11, 06:11 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Traveon Henry was cut Wednesday, May 11. WR Dez Stewart (undisclosed) was waived/injured.

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  Texans | K.J. Dillon signs rookie contract    Thu May 5, 07:29 PM

Houston Texans S K.J. Dillon - one of the team's two fifth-round picks - signed his rookie contract Thursday, May 5.

Footballguys view: Dillon is a hard-hitting safety who can play close to the line of scrimmage. He'll begin his pro career as a reserve safety and special teams player, but the upside of a starter is there.

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  Giants | Two Giants cut    Thu May 5, 10:21 AM

New York Giants TE Jerome Cunningham and S G.J. Kinne were waived Thursday, May 5.

Footballguys view: Both could latch on with other teams as camp bodies. Kinne could find a new home for a team that needs a camp arm.

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  Chiefs | Waive two players    Tue May 3, 05:10 PM

Kansas City Chiefs S Jimmy Wilson and LB Cameron Gordon were waived Tuesday, May 3.

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  Broncos | Two released    Mon May 2, 06:05 PM

Denver Broncos P Will X. Johnson and S Ryan Murphy were released Monday, May 2.

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  Eagles | Jerome Couplin released    Mon May 2, 02:57 PM

Philadelphia Eagles S Jerome Couplin III was released Monday, May 2.

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  Ravens | Matt Elam's option declined    Mon May 2, 02:46 PM

Baltimore Ravens FS Matt Elam's fifth-year option was not picked up by the Ravens Monday, May 2. He will be a free agent after the 2016 season.

Footballguys view: Zero surprise here given where Elam's pro career has gone...to the bench. The team benched him in 2014 and then he missed all of 2015 with a torn biceps. There's a chance that Elam doesn't make the Ravens final roster.

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  49ers | Eric Reid's option picked up    Mon May 2, 10:45 AM

San Francisco 49ers FS Eric Reid had his fifth-year option exercised Monday, May 2.

Footballguys view: Reid is a talented safety who can patrol a large area of the field. The 49ers may want to work out a new long-term deal with Reid in the near future. The option will pay $5.6 million in 2017.

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  Chiefs | Four sign with Chiefs    Mon May 2, 09:03 AM

Undrafted free-agents OG Jake Bernstein (Vanderbilt), CB Tre Jones (Mount Union), WR Mitch Matthews (BYU) and S Shakiel Randolph (Southern Methodist) signed undisclosed deals with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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  49ers | Niners add several UDFAs    Mon May 2, 02:42 AM

Undrafted free-agents LB Kevin X. Anderson (Stanford), LB Alex Balducci (Oregon), S Jered Bell (Colorado), DT Demetrius Cherry (Arizona), LB Lenny Jones (Nevada), DT Darren Lake (Alabama), OG Blake Muir (Baylor) and WR Bryce Treggs (California) agreed to terms with the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, May 1.

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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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  NFL | Several Florida State UDFAs find landing spots    Mon May 2, 01:31 AM

Several Florida State undrafted free-agents have found homes. DT Nile Lawrence-Stample signed with the Cleveland Browns, S Lamarcus Brutus signed with the Tennessee Titans, LB Reggie Northrup signed with the Washington Redskins and DB Javien Elliott will be in the rookie minicamp of the Pittsburgh Steelers on a tryout basis.

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