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|7/19/2016||David Amerson, Oak, CB|
|The Raiders have signed Amerson to a four-year extension through the 2020 season.
Analysis: Claimed off waivers from Washington in September, Amerson proved to be a steal after starting 12 games for the Raiders and setting a franchise record with 26 passes defensed. The three-year veteran added a career-high four interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown in the season finale at Kansas City.
|7/18/2016||Charles Tillman, Chi, CB|
|Tillman is retiring from the NFL after 13 seasons, he announced Monday on Twitter.
Analysis: Tillman, known for his "peanut punch" after forcing 44 career fumbles, spent his first 12 seasons with the Bears and went to two Pro Bowls. He started 12 games last season with the Panthers before suffering a season-ending knee injury and missing the team's run to the Super Bowl. Carolina didn't attempt to re-sign him.
|7/18/2016||Kawann Short, Car, DT|
|Short plans to report to training camp rather than holding out for a new contract. NFL Network reported Monday that Short, who is entering the final year of his four-year rookie deal, won't skip training camp in hopes of landing a lucrative extension in line with the $103 million contract signed by Philadelphia Eagles tackle Fletcher Cox this summer.
Analysis: Cox's deal includes $63 million guaranteed and Short could push for something similar if he repeats a breakout 2015 season that landed him in the Pro Bowl. He had 11 sacks last season, 1 1/2 more than Cox.
|7/18/2016||Dez Stewart, Was, WR|
|Stewart signed with the Redskins on Monday.
Analysis: Stewart played his college ball at Ohio Dominican where he recorded 1,397 all-purpose yards last season. In 40 college games, he compiled 3,193 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns. Tampa Bay signed Stewart as a free agent, but released him to open the door for the Redskins to sign the 6-foot-2, 200-pound wideout.
|7/18/2016||Arian Foster, Mia, RB|
|Foster agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Dolphins on Monday.
Analysis: Foster, who spent the past seven years with the Texans, is trying to come back from a torn Achilles tendon that ended his 2015 season in late October. The Dolphins were looking to add depth at running back after losing Lamar Miller to the Texans in free agency. Jay Ajayi is expected to start after rushing for 187 yards as a rookie last year.
|7/18/2016||Justin Durant, Dal, LB|
|The Cowboys bolstered their thin linebacking corps by signing Durant to a one-year deal Monday.
Analysis: With Rolando McClain facing a 10-game suspension, the Cowboys turned to Durant, who played for Dallas in 2012 and 2013. He appeared in 16 games during those two seasons and made 12 starts. He compiled 73 tackles and an interception. The Falcons lured him to Atlanta with a three-year contract in 2015. He started 12 games for the Falcons last season but was waived in February.
|7/18/2016||Nelson Agholor, Phi, WR|
|Philadelphia's top prosecutor says no charges will be filed against Agholor following an investigation into allegations of a sex assault at a strip club.
Analysis: District Attorney Seth Williams said Monday there was insufficient evidence to warrant any charges. Police had received an allegation that Agholor was involved in a sex assault June 9 at the Cheerleaders Gentlemen's Club. The 23-year-old Agholor played at Southern California and was a 2015 first-round draft pick for the Eagles.
|7/18/2016||Stedman Bailey, LA, WR|
|Bailey will join West Virginia's staff as a student assistant coach. He'll also enroll as a full-time student to complete his bachelor's degree in multidisciplinary studies.
Analysis: Bailey was shot twice in the head while sitting in a car with family in November back home in Miami. Last month the Los Angeles Rams placed him on the reserve non-football injury list. Bailey says while his playing career isn't over, the opportunity to return to WVU gives him more time to heal. Bailey played at West Virginia from 2010-12, compiling 3,218 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns.
|7/18/2016||Nate Ebner, NE, S|
|Patriots special teamer Ebner has been named to the USA rugby men's team for Rio.
Analysis: Ebner was kept under contract by the Patriots while training with the rugby squad at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. He was a sixth-round pick by New England out of Ohio State in 2012.
|7/15/2016||Trumaine Johnson, LA, CB|
|Johnson will play the 2016 season under the franchise tag after failing to come to terms with the Rams on a long-term deal Friday.
Analysis: Last season, Johnson started 13 games for the Rams, racking up seven interceptions, including one pick-six. He added 17 pass deflections.
|7/15/2016||Alshon Jeffery, Chi, WR|
|Jeffery will play under the franchise tag next season after he failed to agree on a long-term contract extension with the Bears by Friday's deadline.
Analysis: Jeffery missed seven games last season with injuries but still led the team with 54 catches and 807 receiving yards while scoring four touchdowns. His per-game average of 89.7 receiving yards was the seventh-best mark in the NFL.
|7/15/2016||Muhammad Wilkerson, NYJ, DE|
|The Jets signed Wilkerson to a five-year contract extension, beating Friday's deadline after which the Pro Bowl defensive end would have had to play this season under the franchise tag amount of $15.7 million.
Analysis: Wilkerson had a career-high 12 sacks last season and was selected for his first Pro Bowl, but was unable to play after breaking his right leg in the season finale at Buffalo.
|7/15/2016||Aaron Lynch, SF, LB|
|Lynch was suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's substance abuse policy, the 49ers announced Friday.
Analysis: Lynch was an effective pass-rusher for the 49ers in 2015, which was his second season in the league. He played in 14 games last season, including 13 starts, and had 6 1/2 sacks.
|7/15/2016||Justin Tucker, Bal, K|
|Tucker agreed to terms on a four-year contract with the Ravens on Friday after initially receiving the team's franchise tag.
Analysis: A Pro Bowl selection in 2013, Tucker is 130 for 148 from field-goal range during his career since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in the previous season. The 87.8 percent conversion rate trails only Dallas' Dan Bailey during that time period.
|7/15/2016||Eric Berry, KC, S|
|The Chiefs and Berry failed to reach an agreement on a long-term contract before Friday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, so the safety will play the 2016 season under the franchise tag, multiple media outlets reported.
Analysis: Last season, Berry made a comeback from Hodgkin's lymphoma, which kept him out of the 2014 season. He was named Comeback Player of the Year earlier this year after being named to the Pro Bowl for the fourth time.
|7/15/2016||Kirk Cousins, Was, QB|
|Cousins will play next season on the franchise tag after failing to agree with the Redskins on a long-term deal before Friday's 4 p.m. ET deadline for franchise players to sign new contracts.
Analysis: Cousins started all 16 regular-season games for the Redskins last season, throwing for 4,166 yards and 29 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. In 30 career NFL games, the 2012 fourth-round pick has thrown 47 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.
|7/15/2016||Von Miller, Den, LB|
|Miller signed a blockbuster $114.5 million contract with the Broncos on Friday that includes $70 million in guarantees and makes him the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history.
Analysis: The Super Bowl 50 MVP accepted the six-year offer two hours before Friday's deadline, tweeting a photo of himself with the caption "For Life."
|7/15/2016||Karlos Williams, Buf, RB|
|Williams was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Analysis: Bills officials say they're disappointed in Williams and will work to help him "in making better decisions moving forward." Williams had a solid 2015 rookie season with nine total touchdowns and 5.6 yards per carry, but this incident could mean a lot more touches for LeSean McCoy.
|7/14/2016||Maliek Collins, Dal, DT|
|The Cowboys signed Collins, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Wednesday.
Analysis: Collins, the No. 67 overall pick out of Nebraska, received a $881,152 signing bonus on his four-year rookie deal, per the Star-Telegram. He broke his right foot during the Cowboys' organized team activities in late May and was expected to miss 10 to 12 weeks. Collins is now expected back in time for the start of training camp, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett.
|7/14/2016||Jonathan Williams, Buf, RB|
|Williams was arrested early Thursday in northwest Arkansas on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated.
Analysis: A police report says Williams refused to take a blood-alcohol test, citing previous advice from his agent. Williams was booked in the Washington County jail and released two hours later. It's uncertain if this could affect whether Williams makes the roster.
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