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|4/1/2015||Greg Hardy, DE|
|Prosecutors in North Carolina have agreed to let the NFL see photographs from Hardy's domestic violence trial as the league considers whether to suspend the defensive end who signed with Dallas last month.
Analysis: An order filed Wednesday in a North Carolina court grants limited access to the NFL, the players association and attorneys for Hardy. The order says the photographs were provided by someone outside law enforcement. The NFL sued for access to them.
|4/1/2015||Daniel Herron, RB|
|Herron has signed his one-year free-agent tender. He is expected to be joined in the backfield by the recently signed Frank Gore and Vick Ballard, who has missed most of the last two seasons with injuries.
Analysis: The former Bengals' practice squad player became Indy's starter in the playoffs, replacing Trent Richardson. After running 78 times for 351 yards with one touchdown and catching 21 passes for 173 yards in the regular season, Herron ran 45 times for 170 yards and two TDs in three playoff games. He also caught 23 passes for 128 yards, setting a postseason franchise record by a running back.
|4/1/2015||Rolando McClain, LB|
|The Cowboys are bringing back McClain after the former top 10 pick revived his career with a solid season in Dallas.
Analysis: McClain had trouble staying on the field last year because of various injuries but still finished second on the team with 108 tackles.
|3/31/2015||Vincent Brown, WR|
|The Colts have signed free agent receiver Vincent Brown. Terms of the deal were not available.
Analysis: San Diego took Brown in the third round of the 2011 draft. He played in 37 games with the Chargers and Oakland Raiders, making 16 starts and catching 72 passes for 919 yards with three TDs. Brown missed all of 2012 with an ankle injury.
|3/31/2015||Desmond Bishop, LB|
|The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed linebacker Desmond Bishop to a one-year contract.
Analysis: Bishop joined the Niners last December and played two games. He had two tackles on special teams and one on defense. San Francisco had been seeking help at linebacker after the recent retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland. Bishop has appeared in 75 games with Green Bay, Minnesota and San Francisco since entering the league as a sixth-round pick by the Packers in 2007 out of California.
|3/31/2015||Miles Austin, WR|
|Austin is joining the Philadelphia Eagles on a 1-year contract.
Analysis: The undrafted receiver spent eight seasons with the Cowboys before playing for the Browns last season, putting up 568 yards and scoring two touchdowns in Cleveland's struggling offense. Austin, 30, had a breakout season in 2009, when he scored 11 touchdowns and had 1,320 yards.
|3/31/2015||Jacquizz Rodgers, RB|
|The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with running back Jacquizz Rodgers.
Analysis: Rodgers has 1,116 yards rushing and 1,104 receiving in four seasons with Atlanta. He ran for 217 yards and had 173 receiving yards last season.
|3/31/2015||Antonio Smith, DT|
|The Oakland Raiders have released defensive tackle Antonio Smith after just one season with the team. The Raiders announced the move to cut Smith on Tuesday, one year after signing him to a two-year contract.
Analysis: Smith started 16 games for Oakland last season. He had three sacks and was an effective pass rusher from the inside but struggled against the run.
|3/31/2015||Jason Trusnik, LB|
|The Carolina Panthers announced they've signed free agent linebacker and special teams contributor Jason Trusnik to a one-year contract. Financial terms and incentives were not released Tuesday.
Analysis: The 6-foot-4, 252-pound Trusnik is an eight-year NFL veteran who spent the last four seasons with the Dolphins. He played in all 16 games in 2014 with five starts. He had 39 tackles, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries on defense.
|3/31/2015||Chandler Harnish, QB|
|The Arizona Cardinals have signed quarterback Chandler Harnish to a one-year contract. Terms were not disclosed.
Analysis: Harnish was a seventh-round draft pick out of Northern Illinois by Indianapolis in 2012,as he was Mr. Irrelevant that year. He split his rookie season between the active roster and practice squad with the Colts and was on the practice squad all of 2013.
|3/31/2015||Matt Schaub, QB|
|The Baltimore Ravens have signed quarterback Matt Schaub to a one-year contract.
Analysis: The 33-year-old Schaub has 90 career starts but is expected to contend for backup to Joe Flacco. Tyrod Taylor served behind Flacco for four years before leaving for Buffalo as a free agent.
|3/31/2015||Stevan Ridley, RB|
|Ridley is visiting the Miami Dolphins, who are in the market for a backup to Lamar Miller.
Analysis: Ridley is recovering from ACL knee surgery and was limited to six games last year with the Patriots. His best season was in 2012, when he ran for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Patriots took him in the third round of the 2011 draft.
|3/30/2015||C.J. Wilson, DT|
|The Oakland Raiders have re-signed free agent defensive lineman C.J. Wilson.
Analysis: Wilson joined Oakland last offseason and became a part of the team's defensive line rotation. He started seven games and recorded 22 solo tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble.
|3/30/2015||Demaryius Thomas, WR|
|Thomas says he'll skip the Denver Broncos' offseason workouts until the sides agree on a long-term contract.
Analysis: The star receiver also said he'll bypass Peyton Manning's annual passing camp next week at Duke, where the five-time MVP QB works on his timing with his wide receivers. Thomas said if a long-term deal isn't reached, he'd sign the Broncos' $12.823 million franchise tender by the July 15 deadline.
|3/30/2015||Jordan Todman, RB|
|The Panthers announced they've signed free agent running back/kick returner Jordan Todman from the Jacksonville Jaguars to a one-year contract.
Analysis: Todman, 25, has spent the last three seasons with the Jaguars. He played in all 16 games in 2014, carrying 32 times for 186 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown. He also caught 25 passes for 198 yards with a 23-yard score. He could contribute on special teams, too.
|3/27/2015||Jonathan Martin, T|
|The Panthers have claimed offensive tackle Jonathan Martin off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers. The move was announced Friday.
Analysis: The 6-foot-5, 315 Martin was the primary victim in the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal involving Richie Incognito in 2013. Martin, a former second-round pick by Miami in 2012, started 32 of 38 games in three NFL seasons with Miami (2012-13) and San Francisco (2014). He played left and right tackle.
|3/27/2015||Jarrett Boykin, WR|
|The Carolina Panthers have signed free agent wide receiver Jarrett Boykin from the Green Bay Packers to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not released Friday.
Analysis: Boykin has appeared in 39 games with 11 starts in three seasons for the Packers, recording 57 catches for 731 yards and three touchdowns. His best season came in 2013 when he had 49 receptions for 681 yards and three TDs.
|3/27/2015||Brandon Harris, CB|
|The Tennessee Titans have signed cornerback Brandon Harris to a one-year contract.
Analysis: The Titans claimed Harris off waivers from the Houston Texans last year. He played 11 games for the Titans and had nine tackles, three passes defensed and two special-teams stops.
|3/27/2015||Terence Newman, CB|
|The Minnesota Vikings and veteran cornerback Terence Newman have agreed to terms on a one-year contract, reuniting him with coach Mike Zimmer. The Vikings announced the deal Friday.
Analysis: Newman will play again for Zimmer, who was his defensive coordinator for four seasons in Dallas and two in Cincinnati. Newman played the last three years for the Bengals after nine with the Cowboys, who drafted him with the fifth overall pick out of Kansas State in 2003.
|3/26/2015||Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR|
|The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Analysis: The 28-year-old Heyward-Bey served primarily on special teams for the Steelers in 2014 after coming over from Indianapolis. Heyward-Bey caught three passes for 33 yards last season, including a 17-yard third-down conversion against Houston on Oct. 20 that helped the Steelers pick up valuable field position in a win that helped propel Pittsburgh to an AFC North title.
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