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|5/6/2015||Alfonzo Dennard, Ari, CB|
|The Arizona Cardinals received Dennard from the New England Patriots on Wednesday on a waiver claim.
Analysis: The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Dennard made 20 starts and played in 29 games in three seasons with New England, finishing with 92 tackles, five interceptions, 17 passes defensed, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.
|5/6/2015||Kevin White, Chi, WR|
|The Chicago Bears have agreed to a four-year contract with White, the seventh overall pick in the draft.
Analysis: The Bears entered the draft with big needs on defense coming off a 5-11 season but took a play-making receiver to replace the traded Brandon Marshall with their top pick. For White, it was the next step on a meteoric rise from Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, to West Virginia and a founding franchise in the NFL.
|5/6/2015||Tom Brady, NE, QB|
|An NFL investigation has found that New England Patriots employees likely deflated footballs and that Brady was "at least generally aware" of the rules violations.
Analysis: The NFL began the investigation after the Patriots won the AFC Championship game in January, when the Indianapolis Colts complained that several footballs were under inflated.
|5/5/2015||John Carlson, Ari, TE|
|Carlson has announced his retirement from football, a week shy of his 31st birthday. In a statement released by the team, Carlson said that after "much thought and consideration," he and his wife Danielle decided this was the best decision.
Analysis: The 6-foot-5, 248-pound Carlson played seven NFL seasons with Seattle, Minnesota and Arizona. He had a history of concussions before signing with the Cardinals last offseason. With Arizona, Carlson played in 16 games, 12 as a starter, catching 33 passes for 350 yards and a touchdown. A second-round draft pick by the Seahawks out of Notre Dame in 2008, Carlson played in 90 games, with 210 catches for 2,256 yards and 15 touchdowns.
|5/5/2015||Terrelle Pryor, KC, QB|
|The Chiefs placed four players on waivers Tuesday, including Pryor, who had been signed in the offseason and was trying to earn a backup job.
Analysis: Pryor was 3-7 as a starter over three seasons in Oakland. He has not played since 2013.
|5/5/2015||Alfonzo Dennard, Ari, CB|
|The New England Patriots have released Dennard after using him in just six games last season. In 29 games with the Patriots, he had five interceptions.
Analysis: Dennard started seven games as a rookie in 2012 and nine in his second season. He started four of the first seven games last season but played in only two more and went on injured reserve with a hamstring injury before the last game of the regular season.
|5/5/2015||Nate Solder, NE, T|
|Solder says he feels fine at the team's voluntary offseason activities. He missed them last year after being diagnosed with testicular cancer and undergoing surgery.
Analysis: Solder played in every game and helped protect Tom Brady's left side on the way to a Super Bowl championship.
|5/5/2015||Tyler Eifert, Cin, TE|
|Eifert is still recovering from shoulder surgery and can't participate in the team's offseason workouts. He's expecting a full recovery by the time training camp opens.
Analysis: Eifert severely injured his right elbow during the season opener last year. The Bengals had hoped he'd recover by the second half of the season, but that didn't happen. Instead, he wound up having surgery on his left shoulder to repair an older injury.
|5/4/2015||Miles Burris, Oak, LB|
|The Oakland Raiders are planning to release two starters from last year's team, cutting ties with Burris and receiver James Jones.
Analysis: Burris announced on his Twitter account Monday that he was going to be released, and Jones told CSN California that general manager Reggie McKenzie told him he was going to be cut. The moves came after the Raiders selected potential replacements in last week's draft. Oakland used its first-round pick on receiver Amari Cooper and then drafted linebackers Ben Heeney of Kansas and Neiron Bell of Florida in the fifth round.
|5/4/2015||James Jones, Oak, WR|
|The Oakland Raiders are planning to release two starters from last year's team, cutting ties with Jones and linebacker Miles Burris.
Analysis: Jones told CSN California that general manager Reggie McKenzie told him he was going to be cut and Burris announced on his Twitter account Monday that he was going to be released as well. The moves came after the Raiders selected potential replacements in last week's draft. Oakland used its first-round pick on receiver Amari Cooper and then drafted linebackers Ben Heeney of Kansas and Neiron Bell of Florida in the fifth round.
|5/4/2015||Whitney Mercilus, Hou, LB|
|The Houston Texans signed Mercilus to a four-year contract extension on Monday.
Analysis: A first-round draft pick in 2012, Mercilus has appeared in 47 games (33 starts) and has made 139 tackles, 18 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, forced four fumbles and had one fumble recovery. Last season, Mercilus had 50 tackles and five sacks. Playing on the opposite side from NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt, Mercilus was set to make $1.43 million this year under his rookie contract. The Texans chose to rework the contract with the extension.
|5/4/2015||Bruce Miller, SF, RB|
|Miller has been charged with misdemeanor vandalism after he was investigated in a domestic case stemming from an argument with his girlfriend that led to his arrest March 5. The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office announced its findings Monday. The district attorney says that "while original reports indicated that Miller may have pushed his girlfriend from his parked car, an investigation into the alleged assault was inconclusive."
Analysis: Miller, 27, has been away from the 49ers during the offseason workout program at team headquarters in Santa Clara. He received a three-year contract extension last year, and had been engaged to be married. A key run-blocker, Miller had 18 catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns last season for the 49ers, who went 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the first time in four years.
|5/4/2015||Paul Cornick, Chi, T|
|The Denver Broncos continued their offensive line makeover by waiving second-year tackle Paul Cornick, who started three games each at right tackle and tight end last season.
Analysis: Among the Broncos' draft picks was second-rounder Ty Sambrailo of Colorado State, who will compete with Michael Schofield and Chris Clark at right tackle. That made Cornick, who missed the last three games last season with a toe injury, expendable.
|4/30/2015||Jameis Winston, TB, QB|
|Winston was selected with the first overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday night, instantly becoming the face of a franchise that missed the playoffs the past seven seasons and hasn't won a postseason game since the club's Super Bowl run in 2002.
Analysis: Coach Lovie Smith and Jason Licht made the call, concluding after months of interviews and exhaustive research that Winston not only can be the answer to team's offensive woes, but that the 21-year-old has learned from off-the-field mistakes that threatened to undermine his stock in the draft. Winston was not in Chicago for the NFL draft, he was in his hometown of Bessemer, Alabama, with family and friends.
|4/30/2015||Malcolm Bronson, Chi, S|
|The Chicago Bears have agreed to a two-year contract with Bronson. The deal was announced Thursday. Bronson tried out with the Bears at this week's voluntary minicamp.
Analysis: An undrafted free agent out of McNeese State, Bronson entered the NFL in 2013 and spent that season on Kansas City's practice squad. He was released before the 2014 regular season. Bronson played in 40 games in college and had 230 tackles, 10 interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
|4/30/2015||Ryan Tannehill, Mia, QB|
|The Miami Dolphins have exercised their fifth-year, $16.2 million option on quarterback Ryan Tannehill's rookie contract for 2016.
Analysis: He has started every game in his first three NFL seasons and improved each year. Last season he threw for 4,045 yards with 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, and his passer rating was 92.8.
|4/30/2015||Troy Kropog, NYG, T|
|The Giants put Kropog on the reserve/physically unable to perform list Wednesday.
Analysis: Kropog was placed on season-ending injured reserve last August due to a foot injury and is still recovering.
|4/29/2015||Michael Floyd, Ari, WR|
|The Arizona Cardinals have exercised their fifth-year option to keep Floyd under contract through the 2016 season. If the team had not made the move, Floyd would have become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the coming season. The 13th overall pick in the 2012 draft, Floyd is to earn about $7.3 million in 2016 with the salary guaranteed for injury.
Analysis: Floyd had a breakout 2013 season, catching 65 passes for 1,041 yards. But last year, partly because of the Cardinals' quarterback woes, he dropped to 47 catches for 841 yards.
|4/28/2015||Kendall Wright, Ten, WR|
|The Tennessee Titans have picked up the fifth-year option on Wright in what the general manager says was an easy decision. General manager Ruston Webster announced the move Tuesday.
Analysis: Webster says Wright has been very competitive through his first three seasons as the 20th pick overall in 2012 out of Baylor. Wright had a team-high 94 catches for 1,079 yards in 2013 and 57 catches for 715 yards last season.
|4/28/2015||Quanterus Smith, Den, DE|
|The Denver Broncos have waived talented but oft-injured outside linebacker Quanterus Smith as they begin their first minicamp under coach Gary Kubiak.
Analysis: Smith is a third-year pro who appeared in all but one game last season after spending his rookie year on IR while recovering from a knee injury he suffered his senior season at Western Kentucky.
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