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4/16/2014 Sidney Rice, WR The Seattle Seahawks and Rice have agreed to terms on a deal.

Analysis: Rice returns to Seattle after spending the last three seasons with the Seahawks. Rice was released by Seattle in February in a salary-driven move. Rice is coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in October against the St. Louis Rams.
4/16/2014 Dwayne Bowe, WR Bowe has pleaded guilty to amended charges of defective equipment and littering in connection with his November arrest for possessing marijuana.Bowe paid $610 in fines after his plea was entered Wednesday in Riverside's municipal court. City prosecutor Amy Ashefford says Bowe's amended charges are no different from what others get when charged with speeding and possessing pot for the first time.

Analysis: Bowe's attorney, Kevin Regan, says the case is closed and there is no admission of guilt for the marijuana charge, which was dismissed.
4/16/2014 Josh Freeman, QB A person familiar with the deal says quarterback Josh Freeman has agreed to terms with the New York Giants. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the team had not announced the move.

Analysis: Freeman was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in October after a messy split. He signed with Minnesota four days later, but played just one game for the Vikings. That happened to come against the Giants, when he went 20 for 53 for 190 yards and one interception in the ugly 23-7 Monday night loss. Freeman would compete to back up Eli Manning with the Giants.
4/16/2014 Chris Johnson, RB The New York Jets and former Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson have agreed to terms on a deal. Johnson met with the Jets all day Tuesday and stayed in town to watch the Knicks-Nets game in Brooklyn Tuesday night before signing Wednesday. The team announced the move, but didn't release terms.

Analysis: Johnson was officially released by the Titans on April 7, three days after being told by the team of its decision. The former 2,000-yard rusher will team with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell to give coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg a versatile and deep backfield. Johnson, who turns 29 in September, is only the sixth player to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons.
4/16/2014 T.J. Conley, P The Bengals signed punter T.J. Conley on Wednesday, though Kevin Huber is expected to make a full recovery from a neck injury and a broken jaw.

Analysis: Conley punted in 16 games for the Jets in 2011 and didn't play in the NFL either of the last two years. He was with the Jets in the 2012 preseason and with Cleveland in the preseason last year.
4/16/2014 Matt Flynn, QB The Packers have reached a deal to bring back backup quarterback Matt Flynn, who stabilized the position after starter Aaron Rodgers went down with a collarbone injury last season. Flynn's agent, Bill Johnson, confirmed the two sides had agreed to terms. Details were not announced.

Analysis: Flynn threw for 1,146 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions in five games in 2013 with Green Bay, including four starts. Flynn helped lead the Packers to two December victories following a five-game winless kid coinciding with Rodgers' injury.
4/15/2014 Chris Johnson, RB A person familiar with the situation says that Johnson is visiting the New York Jets, who are looking to add a playmaker to their backfield.

Analysis: Johnson was released by the Titans last Monday. The former 2,000-yard rusher is meeting with the team at its facility Tuesday, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Jets don't make player visits public. The Jets would like Johnson to team with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell to form a potentially potent trio. Johnson, who turns 29 in September, is only the sixth player to rush for 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons.
4/14/2014 Ndamukong Suh, DT The Detroit Lions have been negotiating with Suh in the hopes of signing him to a long-year deal before he potentially becomes a free agent next year.

Analysis: Lions president Tom Lewand told season-ticket holders on Monday night that talks were "civil and productive" with Suh. The defensive tackle has not been attending the team's voluntary workouts that began last week.
4/14/2014 Von Miller, LB Miller has shed 20 pounds as he works his way back from a torn right ACL and says his goal is to "play every game" in 2014.

Analysis: Miller bulked up to 270 pounds last season, 24 more than when he was the second overall pick out of Texas A+M in 2011. Miller is hoping to bounce back from a rough season that began with a six-game drug suspension and ended with a blown out knee on Dec. 22.
4/14/2014 Kurt Coleman, S The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on a contract with free agent safety Kurt Coleman. Coleman's agent, Blake Baratz, said Monday the deal was done. The Vikings have not yet made an announcement.

Analysis: Coleman visited the Vikings last Friday. The seventh-round draft pick in 2010 out of Ohio State played the last four seasons for Philadelphia, starting 29 games, though none of those came last year. Coleman's best season was 2011, when he had four interceptions, five passes defended and one forced fumble. Harrison Smith is entrenched as a starter at one safety spot, with Jamarca Sanford and Andrew Sendejo the leading returning candidates for the lineup at the other position.
4/14/2014 DeSean Jackson, WR Jackson has reported for the Washington Redskins' voluntary offseason workout program after skipping the first week to take a vacation. The Redskins tweeted a photo of their biggest offseason acquisition working out in the weight room Monday, and the three-time Pro Bowl receiver tweeted a photo of his No. 11 jersey in his locker.

Analysis: Jackson wore No. 10 with the Philadelphia Eagles and had said he would try to see if franchise player Robert Griffin III - the Redskins' current No. 10 - would be willing to switch. Griffin quickly nixed the idea. Jackson signed with Washington on April 2, less than a week after getting released by the Eagles. The Redskins started their workouts the following week, but Jackson went ahead with his vacation.
4/14/2014 Chris Pressley, RB The Browns have signed fullback Chris Pressley, a potential lead blocker to open holes for new running back Ben Tate. Cleveland's offense will have a different look this season under new coordinator Kyle Shanahan, and the Browns need someone to clear a path for Tate, who signed a two-year, $7 million free agent deal with them in March.

Analysis: Pressley missed all of last season with Cincinnati because of a knee injury. The 5-foot-10, 249-pounder has made 20 career starts in the NFL for the Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2012, he helped Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis lead the league by converting 14 of 15 times on 3rd-and-1 plays. The Browns did not have a traditional fullback on their roster last season, using Chris Ogbonnaya and some reserve tight ends. Pressley was a teammate of Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas at Wisconsin.
4/14/2014 Chris Culliver, CB Culliver has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor hit-and-run charges and felony possession of brass knuckles. His case is among a string of recent legal problems for 49ers players, including the arrest Sunday of linebacker Aldon Smith.

Analysis: Culliver was arrested on March 28 after San Jose police say he struck a bicyclist, then rammed a witness' vehicle that was blocking him from leaving until officers arrived. The San Jose Mercury News reports that he entered his plea on Friday in Santa Clara County Superior Court. In 2013, Culliver created controversy by expressing anti-gay sentiments in the lead-up to the Super Bowl. He has since undergone sensitivity training and done outreach work with an organization that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
4/14/2014 Alex Mack, C The confusing whirlwind of free agency behind him, Pro Bowl center Alex Mack says he's excited about staying with the Browns. Mack remained with Cleveland after the team quickly matched the five-year, $42 million offer sheet he signed from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday. The deal makes Mack the NFL's highest-paid center and allows him to test free agency again after two seasons.

Analysis: For now, though, Mack is with the Browns and he said Monday that's looking forward to helping turn around a franchise that has endured six straight seasons of at least 11 losses. Mack disputed reports that he wanted out of Cleveland, saying "there's a business side of football, it's positioning." Mack would like to see more stability with the Browns, who fired coach Rob Chudzinski after just one season. Mike Pettine will be Mack's fourth coach in six seasons.
4/14/2014 Kourtnei Brown, DE The Detroit Lions claimed Brown off waivers Monday.

Analysis: The defensive end was released by the Buffalo Bills last week. The former Clemson player was not drafted in 2012 and was cut last year by the Bills before the regular season. Buffalo re-signed Brown in January to a reserve-future contract.
4/13/2014 Aldon Smith, LB Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities said he became belligerent during a security screening and threatened that he had a bomb. With the arrest, Smith is involved in three pending criminal cases.

Analysis: Smith finished with 8 1/2 sacks and 34 tackles in 11 games last season, making eight starts. He missed the first five games of the season after taking a leave of absence to undergo treatment for substance abuse.
4/11/2014 Colin Kaepernick, QB Kaepernick put out a statement on his Twitter account Friday, a day after his name was linked to a Miami police report involving a woman who passed out in a hotel and later woke up in a hospital not knowing how she got there.

Analysis: Referring to some media reports on the situation, Kaepernick said: "I take great pride in who I am and what I do, but I guess sometimes you have to deal with someone who makes things up." He told fans their faith in him is not misplaced. Police say Kaepernick, teammate Quinton Patton and Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette were with the woman earlier this month at a Miami hotel where Lockette lives. The police say it's too early to determine whether a crime was committed.
4/11/2014 Damian Williams, WR Williams has signed an $800,000, one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins after spending the past four years with the Tennessee Titans.

Analysis: The addition of Williams on Friday provides more depth for the Dolphins at receiver, where Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson and Armon Binns are coming off knee injuries. Williams played in 54 games for the Titans, including 17 as a starter. He has 106 career catches for 1,313 yards and five touchdowns, and has experience as a punt and kick returner. Last year Williams made 15 catches for 178 yards. He was a third-round pick by the Titans in 2010.
4/11/2014 Alex Mack, C Cleveland Pro Bowl center Alex Mack signed an offer sheet with Jacksonville on Friday, the Jaguars said. The Browns have five days to match and are expected to do so. Cleveland secured that right after placing a $10 million transition tag on Mack before free agency opened. Based on reports, it's a five-year, $42 million offer.

Analysis: The team entered free agency with re-signing Mack as a top priority. On Tuesday night, owner Jimmy Haslam said he was optimistic "Alex Mack will be a Cleveland Brown for a long time." Mack has played 4,998 consecutive snaps since he was drafted by Cleveland in 2009. He made his second Pro Bowl last season.
4/11/2014 Thomas DeCoud, S The Carolina Panthers signed DeCoud to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not released Thursday.

Analysis: The 6-foot-2, 190-pound DeCoud spent the last six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and went to the Pro Bowl in 2012. He started 15 games in 2013 and had 83 tackles and returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown. Earlier Thursday, the team signed free-agent tight end Ed Dickson from the Baltimore Ravens.
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