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  Falcons | Charles Godfrey retires    Thu Jul 28, 07:38 PM

Atlanta Falcons FS Charles Godfrey was placed on the Reserve/Retired list Thursday, July 28.

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  Cardinals | Timetable for Tyrann Mathieu    Thu Jul 28, 05:06 PM

Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) believes he's about three weeks away from practicing. He is able to participate in all parts of practice, but he's going to take it slow.

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  Bengals | Cincinnati adds Jimmy Wilson    Thu Jul 28, 04:17 PM

Free-agent SS Jimmy Wilson (Chiefs) signed with the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday, July 28. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Packers | Morgan Burnett doing new things    Thu Jul 28, 10:32 AM

Green Bay Packers FS Morgan Burnett was used as a hybrid linebacker in the box in nickel packages Thursday, July 28.

Footballguys view: This is just a standardizing of something the Packers did off and on for some time, though not necessarily with Burnett. A lot of teams use a hybrid safety-linebacker in their schemes.

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  Chiefs | Eric Berry planning lengthy holdout    Wed Jul 27, 09:59 PM

Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry appears ready to holdout through the preseason, as he is displeased with the team's inability to reach a long-term contract agreement with him this summer. Veterans are expected to report to training camp Friday, July 29, and head coach Andy Reid said Tuesday, July 26, that he has communicated with Berry via text this summer but was uncertain of Berry's plans.

Footballguys view: Veteran skip camp, so this is no worry. Berry knows the defense, he's likely in great shape and he can step in during the preseason and be fine. We do think it's crazy he isn't signed to a long-term deal yet, but that may be coming. On the field, missing some practices won't hurt the savvy veteran.

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  Saints | Jairus Byrd passes physical    Wed Jul 27, 07:01 PM

New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) was able to pass his physical when he reported for training camp, according to head coach Sean Payton.

Footballguys view: That's a good sign for Byrd..and for the Saints. His time with New Orleans has been marred by this knee problem, and Byrd has appeared in only 17 of a possible 32 contests with the Saints. The 29-year old needs to stay healthy and start producing like he did years ago when he was with the Bills.

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  Panthers | Kurt Coleman terms    Wed Jul 27, 12:04 PM

Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers SS Kurt Coleman's three-year deal is worth $17 million with $7 million guaranteed. He will receive $6 million up front.

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  Giants | Darian Thompson impressed in spring    Wed Jul 27, 01:49 AM

New York Giants FS Darian Thompson impressed the coaching staff during the spring, and he is in the mix to start with SS Landon Collins. Safeties Nat Berhe, Cooper Taylor and Mykkele Thompson are also in the competition.

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  Colts | Clayton Geathers on NFI list    Tue Jul 26, 10:48 PM

Indianapolis Colts S Clayton Geathers (foot) is on the non-football injury list (NFI) due to a broken bone in his foot, according to a source. The team is hopeful he'll be back by the regular season opener.

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  Panthers | Kurt Coleman agrees to extension    Tue Jul 26, 07:52 PM

Carolina Panthers SS Kurt Coleman agreed to a three-year contract extension Tuesday, July 26, according to a source. He is expected to sign the extension Wednesday, July 27. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Coleman was a great find for the Panthers. Last year, the veteran safety had a career-best seven interceptions and was making plays all over the field. This year, we don't think he'll match those seven picks but he could still be a steady force in a secondary that is going to have a different look in 2016.

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  Cardinals | Four Cardinals placed on PUP list    Tue Jul 26, 03:29 PM

Arizona Cardinals CB Justin Bethel (foot), FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee), DT Frostee Rucker and LB Zack Wagenmann (foot) were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, July 26.

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Tyrann Mathieu player page
Justin Bethel player page


  Colts | Indy makes four roster moves    Tue Jul 26, 03:22 PM

Indianapolis Colts DT Henry Anderson (knee) and TE Darion Griswold (undisclosed) were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, July 26. S Clayton Geathers (undisclosed) and TE Mike Miller (undisclosed) were placed on the Non-Football Injury list.

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  Chiefs | Eric Berry not reporting to camp    Tue Jul 26, 03:13 PM

Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry is not planning to report for the start of training camp. He has not signed his franchise tender offer at this point, so he will not be fined for missing camp.

Footballguys view: The Chiefs weren't able to sign Berry to a new long-term contract before the July 15th deadline, and now he's showing a bit of disapproval. The two sides can't work on a new deal until 2017, so Berry will have to sign his one-year franchise tender to play in 2016.

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  Patriots | No contact for Duron Harmon    Tue Jul 26, 02:22 PM

New England Patriots S Duron Harmon (undisclosed) has been wearing a red non-contact jersey in practice this week. He also missed organized team activities and training camp because of the injury.

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  Bengals | Cincinnati could re-sign Taylor Mays    Mon Jul 25, 04:41 PM

Free-agent FS Taylor Mays (Bengals) could still be re-signed by the Cincinnati Bengals despite having to serve an eight-game suspension.

Footballguys view: Mays is bounced for two months by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Perhaps when he's cleared to play, the Bengals will have interest in bringing him back.

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  Jets | Marcus Gilchrist should start    Mon Jul 25, 02:47 PM

New York Jets FS Marcus Gilchrist is slated to start at free safety opposite SS Calvin Pryor, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini.

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  Patriots | Vinnie Sunseri signed by NE    Sun Jul 24, 06:23 PM

Free-agent DB Vinnie Sunseri (Saints) was signed by the New England Patriots on Sunday, July 24.

Footballguys view: The Saints released Sunseri back in April...largely due to injuries that have plagued his career ever since his final season in college at Alabama. If healthy, Sunseri can contribute on special teams.

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  Raiders | Karl Joseph will be ready    Sun Jul 24, 01:21 PM

Oakland Raiders rookie SS Karl Joseph (knee) will be ready to participate in training camp, according to head coach Jack Del Rio. Joseph is expected to start opposite FS Reggie Nelson.

Footballguys view: The Raiders already have one of the best rising defensive stars in the NFL in Khalil Mack. The addition of Nelson and Bob Sanders-esque talent Joseph in the back of the defense should help them create more interceptions when Mack and company get after the quarterback.

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  Bengals | Cincinnati releases Taylor Mays    Sat Jul 23, 06:33 PM

The Cincinnati Bengals released S Taylor Mays on Saturday, July 23.

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  Broncos | Justin Simmons should have role    Fri Jul 22, 07:31 PM

Denver Broncos FS Justin Simmons is expected to be the No. 3 safety this season and should have a role in the dime defense.

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  Bears | Harold Jones-Quartey could start in 2016    Fri Jul 22, 06:47 PM

Chicago Bears S Harold Jones-Quartey is expected to receive the first chance to win the starting safety job opposite S Adrian Amos during training camp. S Deon Bush will also be a candidate for the starting job.

Footballguys view: The uncertainty at the position doesn't reflect depth or quality on the roster. The Bears secondary is the weakness of the defense, with the front seven starting to come into shape. Look for them to be one of the best matchups to exploit for passing games unless Pernell McPhee, Lamarr Houston, Willie Young, and first-round pick Leonard Floyd can generate enough pass rush to mask the deficiencies.

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  Bears | Omar Bolden could return to Chicago    Fri Jul 22, 05:27 PM

Free-agent S Omar Bolden (Bears) could re-sign with the Chicago Bears before the start of training camp.

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  Bears | Omar Bolden released    Fri Jul 22, 04:30 PM

Chicago Bears FS Omar Bolden was released Friday, July 22.

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  Rams | Two safeties battling to start    Wed Jul 20, 10:28 PM

The Los Angeles Rams plan to look at FS Cody Davis and S Christian Bryant as replacements for FS Rodney McLeod (Eagles). The duo rotated with the first-team defense during organized team activities (OTAs). The team might also have interest in free-agents FS Dashon Goldson (Redskins) and SS Donte Whitner (Bills) if Bryant and Davis do not pan out.

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Cody Davis player page


  Cardinals | Two new starting safeties in Arizona?    Wed Jul 20, 10:26 PM

Arizona Cardinals SS Tyvon Branch is likely to serve as a starter for the regular season opener. He is expected to replace the departed Rashad Johnson (Titans). FS Tony Jefferson is likely to start with FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) targeting the Week 1 opener, but anything but a certainty.

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Tony Jefferson player page


  Cardinals | Tyrann Mathieu targeting Week 1    Wed Jul 20, 10:25 PM

Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) enters training camp on the mend for the second time in three years. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in Week 15 last year. He has surgery and is targeting a Week 1 return. He may not see any contact until then, and the team likely will be very careful with him to get the type of impact this season he had last season.

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  Saints | Jairus Byrd should be healthy for camp    Wed Jul 20, 07:21 PM

New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) should be able to participate in most of training camp and the preseason games. He missed a majority of the offseason workouts because of his injury.

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  Cowboys | J.J. Wilcox could be on bubble    Wed Jul 20, 06:50 PM

Dallas Cowboys FS J.J. Wilcox is coming off a disappointing 2015 season and could be pushed by S Byron Jones and SS Barry Church for playing time this season. Wilcox is scheduled to count $1.8 million against the salary cap, which may be too expensive for the team.

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  Cardinals | Chris Clemons could be in legal trouble    Wed Jul 20, 06:09 PM

Arizona Cardinals SS Chris D. Clemons may be facing assault charges after the Scottsdale Police Department recommended to the city's prosecutors that he be charged. Clemons allegedly punched a woman outside a Scottsdale nightclub in May.

Footballguys view: There could be a lot of trouble brewing for Clemons. The investigators will find out what exactly happened then make any decision about potential charges. After that, the league should step in with discipline.

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  Steelers | Sean Davis has chance to start    Wed Jul 20, 04:53 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers SS Sean Davis performed well during offseason workouts and should have a good chance to win the starting strong safety job during training camp. Davis will have to compete with FS Robert Golden and SS Shamarko Thomas for the job.

Footballguys view: The Steelers needed help at the position, and that's why they added Davis in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft. He's not great in coverage, but he can play close to the line of scrimmage as a patrolman against the run.

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Sean Davis player page


  Cardinals | Some Arizona players may be on PUP list    Wed Jul 20, 03:15 PM

Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee), DT Frostee Rucker (ankle) and LB Zack Wagenmann (foot) appear to be candidates to start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. General manager Steve Keim said three or four players likely will be placed on the PUP list.

Footballguys view: The PUP list to start training camp is not a big deal. Players on the list can be activated at any time.

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Tyrann Mathieu player page


  Saints | Erik Harris turning heads in NOLA    Tue Jul 19, 10:03 PM

New Orleans Saints S Erik Harris was working in a potato chip factory four years ago, but after landing a job with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League he met Saints CB Delvin Breaux. The latter talked up Harris to everyone in the organization, and the team liked what they saw enough to sign Harris. Now, he has played both safety spots while rotating in with the first-team defense during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp. 'He's been a pleasant surprise,' head coach Sean Payton said.

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  Buccaneers | Johnny Lowdermilk waived    Tue Jul 19, 05:50 PM

Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Johnny Lowdermilk was waived from the Reserve/Retired Tuesday, July 19.


  Jaguars | Josh Evans may be on bubble    Sat Jul 16, 09:58 AM

Jacksonville Jaguars FS Josh Evans likely will need a strong training camp if he wants to make the 53-man roster.

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  Jaguars | Johnathan Cyprien expected to start    Sat Jul 16, 09:50 AM

Jacksonville Jaguars SS Johnathan Cyprien is considered the favorite for the starting strong safety job but will have to compete with S James Sample for the job during training camp.

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James Sample player page


  Chiefs | Kansas City still wants Eric Berry     Sat Jul 16, 12:49 AM

Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry will play this season on a one-year deal, but general manager John Dorsey is hopeful that an extension beyond 2017 can be reached sometime next season.

Footballguys view: We're all Berry fans...no matter the team affiliation. He beat cancer, and Berry is an inspiration to all. It's a bit of a surprise that the Chiefs didn't find a way to get something done. We'll see if the two sides can work something out during the year.

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  Raiders | Karl Joseph making most of downtime    Fri Jul 15, 09:56 PM

Oakland Raiders SS Karl Joseph (knee) said he is eager to be back on the field but has been using the downtime to learn the playbook and work on the mental aspect of his game.

Footballguys view: Joseph was one of our favorite rookies in this class. He plays with little regard for his personal safety. The best pro comparison for Joseph's game is that he plays a little like a combination of Broncos' safeties T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart. Joseph is a physical player who can be intimidating close to the line of scrimmage, but he also has the ability to turn and cover down the field.

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  Redskins | DeAngelo Hall excited for new gig    Fri Jul 15, 09:15 PM

Washington Redskins S DeAngelo Hall said he is looking forward to his move to full-time safety in 2016 and believes he will 'put a little fear' in opposing quarterbacks because of his ability to create turnovers.

Footballguys view: Hall has the experience to roam the field and monitor where QBs are going with the ball. The starter opposite of him is going to be worked out in training camp, but don't be surprised if free agent addition David Bruton wins the job.

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  Bills | Nickell Robey top option for nickel back    Fri Jul 15, 05:37 PM

Buffalo Bills CB Nickell Robey is considered the favorite for the nickel back job this season but will have to compete with CBs Sterling Moore and Corey White for the job.

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  Chiefs | No deal for Eric Berry    Fri Jul 15, 03:11 PM

Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry will not agree to a long-term deal before the deadline Friday, July 15, according to a source.

Footballguys view: For the last week, we've seen reports that indicated nothing was going to get done. Berry is a player we can all cheer for since he beat cancer. The team just didn't have the cap space to make it happen, so Berry will play under the $10.8 million franchise tender in 2016.

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  Chiefs | Little progress made with Eric Berry    Fri Jul 15, 08:26 AM

Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry made very little progress in contract talks Thursday, July 14, and it's unlikely a long-term deal gets done Friday, July 15.

Footballguys view: We're a bit surprised more hasn't been done here. Berry will have to play on the one-year franchise tender, and he'll have a price tag in 2016 of $10.8 million in 2016.

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  Chiefs | Eric Berry still far apart in talks    Thu Jul 14, 11:12 AM

Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry isn't close in contract talks with the Chiefs, Thursday, July 14, but a deal hasn't been ruled out.

Footballguys view: Harrison Smith made a ton of cash in his last contract with the Vikings, and it would make sense that Berry - with more experience and a better track record - should see the same money. That said, nobody is more cash strapped than the Chiefs (with just over $200,000 left in cap space). If they rescinded Berry's tag, they would have $10.8 million to work with but Berry would be a free agent.

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  Chiefs | Eric Berry may not receive new deal    Wed Jul 13, 05:35 PM

Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry likely will not receive a long-term deal before Friday, July 15, unless there is major progress in contract talks between Berry and the Chiefs.

Footballguys view: It's been quiet on the Berry front, but many felt something would get done between the two sides. With time winding down to sign a new long-term deal, the parties involved may just be too far apart. Berry could be seeking a contract that makes him the highest-paid safety in the league. Currently, Jarius Byrd (Saints) has the largest contract ($54 million) for a safety. Earlier this year, Harrison Smith (Vikings) signed a five-year, $51 million deal with $28.5 million guaranteed.

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  Bills | Aaron Williams participated in workouts    Tue Jul 12, 08:13 PM

Buffalo Bills FS Aaron Williams (neck) fully participated in offseason workouts and has recovered from the neck surgery he had last season.

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  Chiefs | Eric Berry hopes for long-term deal    Sat Jul 9, 10:01 AM

Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry said he wants to sign a long-term deal with the Chiefs but is surprised by how slow contract talks have gone to this point. The Chiefs have until July 15 to sign Berry to a long-term deal.

Footballguys view: We're surprised there's no been more movement here with Berry. He wants a deal that makes him the highest-paid safety in the league, and the Chiefs may (should?) oblige. Berry has the highest average for a safety in 2016 if he plays on the one-year franchise tender of $10.8 million. The veteran may be looking for a deal larger than what Harrison Smith (Vikings) got earlier this year, five-year, $51.5 million with $28.5 million guaranteed and an average annual salary of $10.2 million.

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  Panthers | Kurt Coleman had offseason surgery    Tue Jul 5, 06:30 PM

Carolina Panthers SS Kurt Coleman (finger) underwent surgery on one of his fingers earlier in the offseason but was able to participate in offseason workouts.

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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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