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|2/8/2016||William Moore, Atl, S|
|The Falcons have released Moore, ending the starting safety's seven-year tenure with the team.
Analysis: Moore has served as one of Atlanta's starting safeties since 2010 and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2012. He's played in just 18 games over the last two seasons, however, and ended 2015 on injured reserve. Moore had two years left on a five-year deal signed in March 2013.
|2/8/2016||Darryl Baldwin, Cin, T|
|Baldwin was signed by the Bengals on Monday.
Analysis: Baldwin didn't play in the NFL last season. Baldwin signed with Baltimore as a free agent from Ohio State last season. He played in one preseason game and was waived in the final preseason cuts. He also failed to get a contract from another team.
|2/8/2016||Chykie Brown, Cin, CB|
|Brown was signed by the Bengals on Monday.
Analysis: Brown didn't play in the NFL last season. Brown has played in 54 games with six starts with the Ravens and the Giants since 2011. He started two playoff games for Baltimore during its Super Bowl championship season in 2012.
|2/8/2016||Justin Durant, Atl, LB|
|The Falcons have released Durant.
Analysis: The veteran linebacker had two years left on the contract he signed with Atlanta last March, though most of the remaining money was not guaranteed. Durant recorded 82 tackles and one forced fumble while starting 12-of-13 games in his lone season with the Falcons.
|2/8/2016||Riley Cooper, Phi, WR|
|The Philadelphia Eagles say they have released Cooper after six seasons.
Analysis: Cooper's best season came in 2013, when he had 47 catches for 835 yards and eight touchdowns. He played in half his team's offensive snaps this past season. Cooper was perhaps best known for his troublesome training camp in 2013, when he left camp for three days to deal with fallout after a video surfaced of him using a racial slur at an African-American security guard at a Kenny Chesney concert.
|2/8/2016||LeSean McCoy, Buf, RB|
|McCoy is under investigation over the alleged assault of two off-duty police officers at a Philadelphia nightclub.
Analysis: Police say a fight broke out early Sunday over a bottle of champagne. They say four men punched, kicked and stomped an officer who was knocked to the ground. The second off-duty officer intervened with security guards. All were ejected from the club. Police say one officer had a broken nose, broken ribs and a sprained thumb. The second officer was hospitalized with a possible skull fracture.
|2/7/2016||C.J. Anderson, Den, RB|
|Anderson rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl.
Analysis: Anderson capped a strong playoffs after running for 72 yards in each of the previous two games.
|2/7/2016||Peyton Manning, Den, QB|
|Manning finished 13 for 23 for 141 yards in the Super Bowl, winning his second championship in possibly his final game.
Analysis: Manning would not say if he's decided to retire, although there's a strong possibility that he will go out on top.
|2/7/2016||Cam Newton, Car, QB|
|Newton finished 18 of 41 for 265 yards, threw an interception and was sacked six times in a loss to Denver in Super Bowl 50.
Analysis: The NFL MVP was neutralized by the vaunted Denver defense as Carolina scored a season-low 10 points.
|2/7/2016||Von Miller, Den, LB|
|Miller harassed Cam Newton from start to finish in the Super Bowl, forcing two fumbles, compiling 2 1/2 sacks and earning MVP honors while helping the Broncos beat the Panthers 24-10 in a showdown between a couple of shutdown defenses.
Analysis: Now comes the offseason and contract negotiations for Miller, someone the Broncos would probably love to lock up for the long term.
|2/7/2016||Corey Brown, Car, WR|
|Brown left the Super Bowl after potentially suffering a concussion.
Analysis: The Panthers said he wouldn't return.
|2/6/2016||J.J. Watt, Hou, DE|
|Watt has won The Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year award for the third time.
Analysis: It was not a unanimous selection for the Houston Texans defensive end, as it was last year - a first for the honor - but it was decisive. In tying Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor as the only players to take the award three times, Watt earned 37 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who regularly cover the NFL. Rams tackle Aaron Donald received seven votes.
|2/6/2016||Marcus Peters, KC, CB|
|Peters is the first cornerback in 17 years to win The Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
Analysis: Peters, a first-round selection (18th overall) out of Washington, was a key to the Chiefs' 11-game winning streak this season that helped them to the divisional playoff round. He tied Cincinnati's Reggie Nelson for the NFL lead with eight interceptions. Peters returned two for scores, one covering 90 yards. He also had a pick in the postseason. That performance earned Peters 45 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters.
|2/6/2016||Eric Berry, KC, S|
|Berry, who missed 10 games the previous season battling lymphoma, then returned to the Chiefs to become an All-Pro, has won The Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.
Analysis: Berry's inspirational story and superb performance on the field earned him 38 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who regularly cover the league. Berry was a mainstay on a Kansas City defense that sparked a 10-game winning streak during the regular season. He easily outdistanced Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer, who came back from knee surgery to lead the Cardinals to a 13-3 regular season. Palmer received six votes.
|2/6/2016||Todd Gurley, StL, RB|
|Gurley, who came off knee surgery in college to rush for 1,106 yards, has won The Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Analysis: Gurley missed the first two games of 2015, then went on a tear that included four straight 100-yard rushing performances: 146, 159, 128 and 133 yards. He finished the season third in league rushing and scored 10 touchdowns. The first-round draft pick (10th overall) earned 27 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who regularly cover the NFL. He beat out top overall draft selection quarterback Jameis Winston of Tampa Bay.
|2/6/2016||Cam Newton, Car, QB|
|Newton has won The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award in a landslide.
Analysis: The Carolina Panthers' All-Pro quarterback, who will lead his team in Sunday's Super Bowl against Denver, received 48 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who regularly cover the league. Fellow QBs Tom Brady, a two-time MVP, and Carson Palmer each got one vote. In his fifth pro season, Newton also earned Offensive Player of the Year. In 2011, he was the league's top offensive rookie.
|2/5/2016||Johnny Manziel, Cle, QB|
|Manziel's agent has dropped the quarterback following two police investigations in Texas last weekend. Meanwhile, his father fears for his son's safety. "I truly believe if they can't get him help, he won't live to see his 24th birthday," Paul Manziel told The Dallas Morning News.
Analysis: Erik Burkhardt released a statement to media outlets Friday saying "with deep regret" he has ended the business relationship. Manziel will be released by the Cleveland Browns next month. Burkhardt says he will remain supportive of the 23-year-old player. The agent adds that he and Manziel's family have gone to great lengths to outline steps to help him. Manziel's father said the family has made two unsuccessful attempts in the past week to get the player into rehab.
|2/4/2016||Johnny Manziel, Cle, QB|
|Manziel's ex-girlfriend told police the Cleveland Browns quarterback hit her during an argument last weekend in Texas and said he appeared to be on drugs.
Analysis: Fort Worth police released a report Thursday that provided the first details of the altercation Saturday night between Manziel and Colleen Crowley. Manziel is being investigated for a possible assault on Crowley. She told police he was "aggressive" toward her after they were out with friends at the Zaza Hotel in Dallas. She said he struck her, including once in the left ear before they drove back to her Fort Worth apartment. The Browns plan to release the bust.
|2/3/2016||Antonio Smith, Den, DE|
|Smith plans to play in Super Bowl 50 despite learning of his father's death on Wednesday.
Analysis: A Broncos team spokesman told the Associated Press that Smith has no plans to leave the team. The 12-year veteran will be appearing in his second Super Bowl, having previously been part of the Arizona Cardinals' 2008 NFC champion team.
|2/2/2016||Johnny Manziel, Cle, QB|
|The Browns are about to throw Johnny Football away. The team issued a strong statement Tuesday, condemning quarterback Johnny Manziel's actions and pointing to his release in March, a move that has seemed inevitable for months.
Analysis: The conduct by the 23-year-old player - rampant partying, two domestic incidents and a general lack of commitment - have been a major problem almost from the day Cleveland drafted the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner in the first round two years ago. Last weekend, Manziel was involved in a disturbance with his ex-girlfriend in Dallas that is being investigated by police and the NFL.
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