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  Jets | Marcus Gilchrist should be ready for camp    Sun May 24, 09:42 AM

New York Jets FS Marcus Gilchrist (shoulder) is not expected to participate in any of the offseason workouts because of his shoulder injury but should be ready for the start of training camp.

Footballguys view: The Jets grabbed Gilchrist in free agency with a four-year, $22 million deal with $8.5 million guaranteed. He'll be the team's centerfielder in 2015, and they'll ask him to roam the secondary looking to make plays on the ball. The shoulder scope is a minor surgery, and Gilchrist should be near 100 percent healthy when training camp rolls around.

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  Dolphins | Louis Delmas almost full go    Thu May 21, 07:49 PM

Miami Dolphins FS Louis Delmas (knee) is nearly 100% just 6 1/2 months after surgery on his torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to general manager Dennis Hickey.

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  Falcons | William Moore hopes to be cleared soon    Mon May 18, 10:39 PM

Atlanta Falcons SS William Moore (shoulder) said he hopes to receive clearance to practice in a few weeks. He said he is still rehabbing his surgically repaired shoulder but his body feels good.

Footballguys view: Moore is expected to be one of the starting safeties in 2015 if he is healthy. Getting Moore back would boost the Falcons secondary. They'll also benefit from a better group of pass-rushers up front.

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  Jets | Marcus Gilchrist had offseason scope    Thu May 14, 06:12 PM

New York Jets SS Marcus Gilchrist (shoulder) had a scope performed following the 2014 season. Gilchrist wouldn't confirm what the purpose of the scope was Thursday, May 14, but he said something 'needed to be fixed.' Gilchrist has been limited so far in camp.

Footballguys view: We'll see if he's still hampered when training camp comes along. The only other strong safety on the roster is Jaiquawn Jarrett, so getting Gilchrist back is a priority.

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  Lions | Glover Quin restructures    Wed May 13, 09:06 AM

Detroit Lions S Glover Quin restructured his contract Wednesday, May 13, to create $2.17 million of salary cap space. His $4 million base salary was slashed to $745,000 for 2015.

Footballguys view: Quin has emerged as one of the top safeties in the league during his two seasons with the Lions. He's got 10 interceptions over that period and is a valuable asset for their defense. This move gives the Lions some much-needed breathing room on the salary cap. They are paying out more than $17 million in dead money this season and have a total cap number over $151 million according to OverTheCap.com.

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  Buccaneers | D.J. Swearinger claimed    Tue May 12, 05:13 PM

Free-agent SS D.J. Swearinger was officially claimed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tuesday, May 12.

Footballguys view: The Buccaneers sit at the top of the waiver wire priority list, and they've been looking to upgrade their secondary all offseason. Swearinger struggles in coverage and he sometimes takes bad angles as a run-defender, but he's a strong intimidator who can play close to the line of scrimmage. He'll compete with Bradley McDougald for the starting strong safety position.

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  Panthers | D.J. Swearinger on radar    Mon May 11, 10:29 PM

The Carolina Panthers are interested in SS D.J. Swearinger, waived by the Houston Texans Monday, May 11. Many teams would have to pass on him for the Panthers to get a claim off waivers.

Footballguys view: We're not sure Swearinger is going to get picked up via waivers. He's struggled covering and in run support. The Panthers are looking for secondary help, but Swearinger isn't the best answer.

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  Texans | D.J. Swearinger leaves Texans    Mon May 11, 11:52 AM

Houston Texans SS D.J. Swearinger announced on Instagram that he and the team parted ways Monday, May 11.

Footballguys view: Things change pretty quickly around here. Swearinger was a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft but he couldn't make a positive impression with the Texans. Swearinger failed to make plays against the run or the pass, and that's why no team was willing to trade for him. Now that he's on the open market, there might be a few teams interested in giving Swearinger a look.

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  NFL | Ed Reed to announce retirement    Wed May 6, 08:43 PM

Free-agent SS Ed Reed will officially announce his retirement from the National Football LEague in a press conference Thursday, May 7.

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  Vikings | Two options picked up    Mon May 4, 11:24 AM

Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil and FS Harrison Smith had their fifth-year options for 2016 exercised Monday, May 4.

Footballguys view: Kalil will continue to give the Vikings a strong presence on the offensive line with the extra year added to his deal. Smith has developed into a quality player for the Vikings and it's no surprise they didn't want him to hit free agency.

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  Packers | Damarious Randall selected 30th overall    Thu Apr 30, 11:19 PM

Arizona State S Damarious Randall was selected 30th overall by the Green Bay Packers in the 2015 NFL Draft Thursday, April 30.

Footballguys view: Randall has the mindset of an in-the-box strong safety, and he is a tough player who isn't afraid to mix it up as a run-defender. He has the body of a small free safety or corner which allows him to shine in coverage. Randall will get out of position biting on pump fakes, so he'll need to improve his discipline as a pro.


  Jets | Jaiquawn Jarrett signs tender    Fri Apr 24, 04:41 PM

New York Jets restricted free-agent SS Jaiquawn Jarrett signed his tender offer Friday, April 24. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Jarrett was decent in pass coverage but a liability against the run. Depending on how Calvin Pryor does in his second season, as well as how the Jets' rebooted secondary looks, he may only be depth.

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  Texans | Stevie Brown visits    Wed Apr 22, 12:45 PM

Free-agent FS Stevie Brown (Giants) met with the Houston Texans Tuesday, April 21, according to a source.

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  Giants | Stevie Brown coming back?    Tue Apr 21, 07:24 AM

Free-agent FS Stevie Brown (Giants) may be returning to the New York Giants shortly.

Footballguys view: This was kind of the feeling all along. Brown wanted to return to New York but also wanted to test the market to see if he could get a long-term deal.

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  NFL | Adrian Wilson retires    Mon Apr 20, 04:58 PM

Updating a previous item, free-agent SS Adrian Wilson (Bears) signed a contract to officially retire with the Arizona Cardinals.

Footballguys view: The move was expected, and that's mainly because Wilson is now expected to join the Cardinals staff as a coach in some capacity.

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  Cardinals | Adrian Wilson to retire and coach?     Mon Apr 20, 07:17 AM

Free-agent SS Adrian Wilson (Bears) is expected to retire Monday, April 20, and join the Arizona Cardinals coaching staff. The Cardinals, the team Wilson played for from 2001-2012, have announced a press conference.

Footballguys view: Wilson hasn't played in the NFL since 2012 after his failed comeback attempt with the Bears last year. He'll likely retire a member of the Cardinals and then join their staff in some capacity.

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  Titans | No offer to Stevie Brown    Mon Apr 20, 07:07 AM

Free-agent FS Stevie Brown (Giants) has not received a contract offer from the Tennessee Titans, but the team remains interested in him.

Footballguys view: Brown wants to prove he can bounce back after a disappointing season in 2014. He tore his ACL in 2013, but Brown was a good starter for the Giants in 2012..and he wants to get back to that level of play.

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  Ravens | Adrian Amos invited to pro day    Sun Apr 19, 02:54 AM

Penn State S Adrian Amos has been invited to the Baltimore Ravens local prospect day.

Footballguys view: Athletic and rangy, Amos can turn and stay with receivers on downfield routes. In addition to playing safety, Amos can also line up as a slot corner. He's a liability in run defense, and that keeps him playing outside the box.

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  Ravens | Four ERFAs re-sign    Fri Apr 17, 04:52 PM

Baltimore Ravens exclusive rights free-agent TE Phillip Supernaw, SS Brynden Trawick, CB Rashaan Melvin and OT Ryan Jensen re-signed with the team Friday, April 17. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

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  NFL | Damarious Randall could play corner    Sat Apr 11, 10:45 PM

Arizona State FS Damarious Randall played safety in college, but some NFL teams are viewing him as a nickel corner because of his size.

Footballguys view: Randall is considered to be undersized at the safety position. He likes to play close to the line of scrimmage, and his hip swivel needs to improve on longer routes in coverage. He's a third- or fourth-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

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  Steelers | Will Allen re-signed    Fri Apr 10, 05:44 PM

Free-agent SS Will Allen (Steelers) re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers Friday, April 10. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Buccaneers | Damarious Randall visiting Tampa Bay    Thu Apr 9, 11:00 PM

Arizona State SS Damarious Randall is visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, April 12.

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  Raiders | Financials for Larry Asante    Tue Apr 7, 11:23 PM

Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders FS Larry Asante signed his one-year tender Tuesday, April 7, which is worth $1.542 million, according to a league source.

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  Jets | Marcus Gilchrist nursing shoulder injury    Tue Apr 7, 11:20 PM

New York Jets FS Marcus Gilchrist (shoulder) is dealing with a shoulder injury which will prevent him from fully participating in the team's offseason program, according to a source. He will not be a full go until training camp.

Footballguys view: Gilchrist will get plenty of time to heal up before the start of camp. Even then, we'd expect the Jets to ease him back into action.

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  Raiders | Larry Asante signs tender    Tue Apr 7, 04:14 PM

Oakland Raiders FS Larry Asante signed his restricted free-agent tender Tuesday, April 7.

Footballguys view: Asante was a restricted free agent who joined the Raiders last October, playing 170 snaps for them in 2014. He'll compete for a reserve role on the roster.

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  Bills | Dawan Landry visiting    Tue Apr 7, 01:14 PM

Free-agent SS Dawan Landry (Jets) is visiting with the Buffalo Bills Tuesday, April 7.

Footballguys view: Head coach Rex Ryan likes Landry dating back to their days together with the Baltimore Ravens. He's an in-the-box safety who can stuff the run, but he struggles in coverage.

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  NFL | Damien Parms to visit two teams    Tue Apr 7, 06:37 AM

Florida Atlantic SS Damien Parms will visit the Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals in the weeks leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Parms is an in-the-box safety who arrives at the ball-carrier with natural violence. He struggles to cover and his play is a bit robotic and lacks instincts. Parms should be a late-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

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  Bills | Several players recovering from surgery    Mon Apr 6, 06:35 PM

Buffalo Bills RB Anthony Dixon (undisclosed), WR Chris Hogan (undisclosed), TE Chris Gragg (undisclosed), OG Chris Williams (undisclosed), CB Stephon Gilmore (undisclosed), CB Leodis McKelvin (undisclosed) and FS Aaron Williams (undisclosed) underwent surgery this offseason and have not been cleared for full practice participation. All of the players are expected to be ready for training camp.

Footballguys view: The Bills are banged up right now. These players will be monitored closely as they recover from these various injuries.

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  Buccaneers | Adrian Amos works out    Mon Apr 6, 06:31 AM

Penn State S Adrian Amos recently worked out for Tampa Bay Buccaneers safeties coach Mikal Smith in advance of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Amos is a smart player who does a good job of recognizing routes as they unfold in front of him. Athletic and rangy, Amos can cover deep and can be utilized as a slot corner if needed. He struggles in run defense, and Amos should be a fifth- or sixth-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

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  Redskins | Dashon Goldson acquired by Washington    Fri Apr 3, 09:58 AM

The Washington Redskins acquired FS Dashon Goldson and a seventh-round pick from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a sixth-round pick Friday, April 3.

Footballguys view: We're surprised that Washington would take on Goldson's $8 million cap hit. That's what happens when you're desperate for help at the safety position. We're also shocked that Tampa was able to get anything for Goldson as he's been a bust during his time with the Buccaneers.

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  Bears | Alan Ball joins team    Fri Mar 27, 02:53 PM

Free-agent CB Alan Ball (Jaguars) signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears Friday, March 27. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Ball, a seventh-round draft pick by the Cowboys in 2007, has started 22 of his 43 career starts over the last two years. He can excel in press-man coverage, and Ball will compete for playing time in the Bears new revamped defense.

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  Packers | Kyle Sebetic signs    Wed Mar 25, 04:38 PM

Free-agent S Kyle Sebetic (Giants) signed an undisclosed deal with the Green Bay Packers.

Footballguys view: Sebetic was a rookie last year who spent a little bit of time on the Giants practice squad last season. At the University of Dayton, Sebetic was a four-year starter at cornerback, recording five interceptions, 18 pass breakups, and a forced fumble. He competed at the veteran combine last week, and the Packers must've liked what they saw.

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  Vikings | Taylor Mays signs    Tue Mar 24, 05:59 PM

Minnesota Vikings SS Taylor Mays re-signed to a one-year deal Tuesday, March 24. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Mays is reunited with Mike Zimmer here. During their time together with the Bengals, Zimmer used Mays as a hybrid linebacker/safety on defense. Mays brings an attitude to the Vikings defense as an "in the box" player.

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  Saints | Jairus Byrd fully healthy    Mon Mar 23, 01:22 PM

New Orleans Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee) is fully recovered from a torn meniscus in his knee that caused him to sit out most of 2014, according to general manager Mickey Loomis.

Footballguys view: This news has to make the Saints happy. They paid a hefty price for him last offseason, then he was out for almost the entire year. Their defense will be immediately better with Byrd at full strength.

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  Vikings | Taylor Mays leaves without deal    Sat Mar 21, 02:33 AM

Free-agent SS Taylor Mays (Bengals) left his visit with the Minnesota Vikings without a contract. Mays was scheduled to have dinner with team officials and check out the facilities.

Footballguys view: Mays is an in-the-box safety who has a nose for the ball. If added, Mays would help give the Vikings defense more swagger--but just don't ask him to cover.

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  Panthers | Alan Ball has not agreed to terms     Fri Mar 20, 03:08 PM

Free-agent CB Alan Ball (Jaguars) has not agreed to terms with the Carolina Panthers at this point, but is not ruling it out, according to sources.

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  Dolphins | Louis Delmas says he'll be ready    Fri Mar 20, 02:15 PM

Miami Dolphins FS Louis Delmas (knee) said he'll definitely be ready for the start of the 2015 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee last year.

Footballguys view: Delmas is a talented player, but man alive is he banged up a lot. The team would be wise to take it easy on the veteran as he comes back from yet another injury.

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  Dolphins | Louis Delmas re-signing    Fri Mar 20, 01:17 PM

Free-agent FS Louis Delmas (Dolphins) is re-signing with the Miami Dolphins on an undisclosed deal Friday, March 20, according to a source.

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  Panthers | Alan Ball signs with Carolina    Thu Mar 19, 11:00 AM

Free-agent CB Alan Ball (Jaguars) signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Carolina Panthers Thursday, March 19. The deal includes a $1 million signing bonus, a $950,000 salary, a $50,000 workout bonus and up to $500,000 in playing time incentives, according to a source.

Footballguys view: While it wasn't the biggest need for Carolina, it will help the defense keep things close over the next season and for a reasonable price.

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  Vikings | Taylor Mays to visit    Wed Mar 18, 04:18 PM

Free-agent SS Taylor Mays (Bengals) is scheduled to have dinner with executives from the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, March 18, and will visit with the team Thursday, March 19.

Footballguys view: Mays is an in-the-box safety who arrives at the ball-carrier with natural violence. The Vikings are looking for some more attitude on defense, and Mays would give them just that.

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  Redskins | Still interested in Taylor Mays    Tue Mar 17, 02:28 AM

Free-agent SS Taylor Mays (Bengals) has interest in the Washington Redskins, and the Redskins are trying to work out a visit in the coming days.

Footballguys view: Mays is an in-the-box safety who arrives at the ball-carrier with natural violence. Don't ask him to cover, but if used the right way he can be an effective player.

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  Redskins | Jeron Johnson agrees to terms    Mon Mar 16, 01:04 PM

Free-agent SS Jeron Johnson (Seahawks) has agreed to terms with the Washington Redskins on a two-year deal worth $4 million, according to a source.

Footballguys view: Johnson is an in-the-box safety who can work well as a run-defender. He was a backup in Seattle behind Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, but Washington might count on him as a starter.

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  Panthers | Kurt Coleman signs with Carolina    Mon Mar 16, 11:26 AM

Updating an earlier report, free-agent SS Kurt Coleman (Chiefs) signed a two-year deal with the Carolina Panthers Monday, March 16.

Footballguys view: A smart move for the Panthers here. Coleman has familiarity with Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott from their time together with the Eagles. Capable of playing both safety spots, Coleman is a valuable reserve with starter's upside.

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  Ravens | Kendrick Lewis signs with Baltimore    Sat Mar 14, 04:37 PM

Free-agent FS Kendrick Lewis (Texans) signed a three-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens Saturday, March 14.

Footballguys view: Lewis got his career back on track last season for the Texans. He'll be able to compete with Matt Elam for the starting strong safety job with the Ravens.

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  Chargers | Jimmy Wilson signs    Fri Mar 13, 07:36 PM

Free-agent SS Jimmy Wilson (Dolphins) has signed a two-year deal with the San Diego Chargers. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Broncos | Darian Stewart agrees to terms    Fri Mar 13, 03:43 PM

Free-agent FS Darian Stewart (Ravens) has agreed to terms with the Denver Broncos on a two-year deal, according to sources. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Stewart will be the player who replaces Rahim Moore (Texans). He's a decent player who will benefit from playing in a secondary full of superstars like Aqib Talib, Chris Harris and T.J. Ward.

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  Redskins | Visit with Jeron Johnson    Fri Mar 13, 12:57 PM

Free-agent SS Jeron Johnson (Seahawks) is visiting the Washington Redskins Friday, March 13.

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  Falcons | Darian Stewart to visit    Fri Mar 13, 11:57 AM

Free-agent FS Darian Stewart (Ravens) is expected to visit the Atlanta Falcons.

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  Jets | Jets close to signing Marcus Gilchrist    Thu Mar 12, 11:15 PM

Free-agent FS Marcus Gilchrist (Chargers) is finalizing a four-year deal with the New York Jets, and he is expected to sign Friday, March 13, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Jets have done an "extreme" makeover to their secondary this offseason. Gilchrist joins Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine as players added to the position. Gilchrist played over 900 defensive snaps in 2014 at multiple positions. He finished the season with 76 tackles, 1 interception, 1 sack and 2 forced fumbles. Gilchrist played 401 of those snaps in the slot, 306 at strong safety and 201 at free safety, and his position versatility will come in handy for the Jets.

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  Texans | Rahim Moore signs    Thu Mar 12, 04:39 PM

Free-agent FS Rahim Moore (Broncos) agreed to a three-year deal worth $12 million with the Houston Texans Thursday, March 12.

Footballguys view: That should help the Texans secondary a little, and though Moore isn't much help against the run he's pretty solid in coverage.

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