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3/26/2015 Pat Sims, DT
The Bengals brought back Sims on Thursday, signing him as an unrestricted free agent from Oakland.

Analysis: Sims was Cincinnati's third-round pick in 2008 and spent five seasons with the Bengals before leaving as a free agent. He spent the last two seasons with the Raiders, playing in 32 games with a total of 85 tackles. He has seven career sacks and one interception.
3/26/2015 Jonathan Martin, T
The 49ers waived Martin, announcing the move Thursday. The Niners acquired Martin last March in a deal with Miami. Martin had left the Dolphins in October 2013 after accusing teammate Richie Incognito of bullying. An NFL investigation determined Incognito and two other Dolphins offensive linemen engaged in persistent harassment of Martin.

Analysis: Martin started seven games at right tackle last season in place of injured Anthony Davis. He struggled in that role and allowed 7 1/2 sacks, according to STATS.
3/26/2015 Jordan McCray, G
Minnesota waived McCray on Thursday.

Analysis: McCray, who played college ball at UCF, has never appeared in an NFL game.
3/25/2015 Kellen Davis, TE
The Jets have signed Davis, adding a big blocker to their offense.

Analysis: The 6-foot-7, 265-pound Davis signed with the Giants last offseason, but was cut during the summer. He was signed by the Lions in October, released and then re-signed and played in six games, mostly as a blocker.
3/25/2015 Jordy Nelson, WR
Nelson has had offseason surgery on his hip. A person with knowledge of Nelson's surgery told The Associated Press it was the hip. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Packers coach Mike McCarthy did not specify what part of the body was operated on.

Analysis: McCarthy said Wednesday the recovery period could take six to eight weeks. Nelson had a career-high 98 catches and 1,519 yards receiving to go with 13 touchdowns as the top target for Aaron Rodgers during the quarterback's MVP campaign.
3/25/2015 Greg Hardy, DE
Dallas coach Jason Garrett Hardy must "do the right things from the beginning" to be part of the Cowboys. Hardy signed a one-year, $13 million free agent contract with the Cowboys, with only $1 million guaranteed. The rest of the money is tied to incentives.

Analysis: Garrett said the team talked to people going all the way back to Hardy's high school days in determining whether to sign him. The talented but troubled defensive end was convicted in North Carolina last July of assaulting a female and communicating harassment, but the case was dismissed after Hardy reached a settlement with the victim.
3/24/2015 Taylor Mays, S
The Vikings have agreed to terms on a contract with Mays.

Analysis: Mays was a second-round draft pick out of USC by San Francisco in 2010 and traded by the 49ers the following year to the Cincinnati Bengals, where he played three seasons under defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. Zimmer has started his second year as coach of the Vikings. Mays will likely compete with incumbent Robert Blanton for a starting spot next to Harrison Smith.
3/24/2015 Casey Matthews, LB
The Vikings have agreed to terms on a contract with Matthews.

Analysis: Matthews played the past four seasons with Philadelphia, starting 15 of 65 games for the Eagles. The former fourth-round draft pick from Oregon had a career-high 62 tackles last season. He's the younger brother of Green Bay Packers standout Clay Matthews.
3/24/2015 Ray McDonald, DE
The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with former San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald.

Analysis: Bringing in McDonald, who played under new Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio in San Francisco, could be controversial for Chicago given his issues with the law. The 49ers cut McDonald in December after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her following a night of drinking in which she injured her head in a fall by his swimming pool.
3/24/2015 Johnny Manziel, QB
Browns coach Mike Pettine expects quarterback Johnny Manziel to take part in the team's practices next month after leaving rehab.

Analysis: Pettine said the team has received "good" feedback about Manziel, who entered a treatment facility on Jan. 28 for an undisclosed problem. A first-round draft pick in 2014, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M backed up Brian Hoyer before playing poorly in two starts. Following the season, Manziel acknowledged he should have taken his job more seriously.
3/24/2015 Stephen Bowen, DE
The New York Jets have signed defensive end Stephen Bowen and offensive tackle Corey Hilliard, adding veteran depth to their lines.

Analysis: Bowen, 30, spent the last four seasons with Washington after playing his first five years in Dallas. He signed as an undrafted free agent out of Hofstra in 2006. Bowen played in eight games after spending the first half of last season on the physically unable to perform list while recovering from a knee injury that cut short his 2013 season.
3/24/2015 Corey Hilliard, T
The New York Jets have signed defensive end Stephen Bowen and offensive tackle Corey Hilliard, adding veteran depth to their lines.

Analysis: Hilliard, 29, spent the last six seasons with Detroit. He suffered a season-ending foot injury in last year's opener.
3/24/2015 Charles Clay, TE
The Buffalo Bills' courtship of Charles Clay lasted more than a week before they finally lured the tight end from Miami.

Analysis: Clay identified the Bills as a team on the rise before the free agency period began, and is excited to finally join Buffalo's revamped offense. The Bills made Clay one of their top free-agent targets. He traveled to Buffalo by private jet on March 10, the first day of the league's signing period, and spent several days in the area before signing a five-year, $38 million contract on March 17.
3/23/2015 Nathan Slaughter, WR
The NFL's experiment with a veterans combine has worked immediately for at least one player. Slaughter is the first success story from Sunday's session, signing with the Arizona Cardinals on Monday. Slaughter ran an unofficial 4.55 in the 40-yard dash, the fastest time.

Analysis: Slaughter, 22, also could find a role on special teams. Slaughter played four seasons at Division II West Texas A&M, where he caught 74 passes for 1,978 yards and 14 touchdowns, along with three kickoff return TDs.
3/22/2015 James Harrison, LB
The Steelers have re-signed Harrison to a two-year deal, bringing back the 36-year-old who had 5 1/2 sacks last year. The team announced the deal on Sunday, and Harrison shared a picture of himself signing the contract on Instagram and Twitter.

Analysis: The five-time Pro Bowler will be entering his 13th NFL season after spending the winter training in Arizona. This offseason, there were no questions about whether Harrison wanted to return. He came back to the Steelers in 2014 after a brief 18-day retirement. Harrison played in 11 games last season.
3/20/2015 Adrian Peterson, RB
One day after Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said in an interview on Tuesday that he believes a return to Minnesota this season is not in the "best interest" of the standout running back, coach Mike Zimmer said he "fully expects" Peterson to be with the team for the 2015 season, adding Wednesday there are "no plans" to trade the star.

Analysis: Peterson has not yet been reinstated by the NFL from his suspension under the personal conduct policy. Peterson has balked at returning to the team, questioning the Minnesota organization's support of him after he was suspended for disciplining his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. The case was resolved in court with a plea bargain. Peterson's contract has three years remaining, with a $12.75 million salary for 2015.
3/20/2015 Matt Moore, QB
Moore has signed a contract to remain the Miami Dolphins' backup quarterback behind Ryan Tannehill.

Analysis: Moore has been with the Dolphins since 2011, when he replaced an injured Chad Henne, started 12 games and was voted the team's most valuable player. But he hasn't started since then, and threw only four passes in two games last year.
3/20/2015 Louis Delmas, S
The Miami Dolphins are bringing back safety Louis Delmas, who signed a one-year deal Friday to return to the club.

Analysis: Delmas tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in December, but the team is hopeful he will be ready for training camp this summer.
3/20/2015 Nate Irving, LB
The Indianapolis Colts said Friday they have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent linebacker Nate Irving.

Analysis: Irving spent the past four seasons with the Denver Broncos, where he had 104 tackles, two sacks and 22 special teams stops in 54 regular season games, including 12 starts. In six playoff games, he added nine more tackles. Irving started the first eight games last season and posted a career-high 44 tackles along with a sack before being placed on injured reserve Nov. 13.
3/20/2015 George Selvie, DE
The New York Giants have signed Selvie, a college teammate of Jason Pierre-Paul, to help strengthen their defensive line. The Giants announced the signing on Friday. Contract terms were not immediately available.

Analysis: Selvie and Pierre-Paul were together at South Florida and it's conceivable they could go into the season as the Giants' starting defensive ends in September. Selvie has played in 68 regular-season games with 29 starts in five seasons for St. Louis, Carolina, Jacksonville and Dallas. His career totals include 126 tackles, 13 sacks, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
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