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|2/27/2015||Don Muhlbach, C|
|The Detroit Lions have re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach to a one-year contract. The Lions announced the deal Friday.
Analysis: Muhlbach has spent the past 11 seasons with the Lions. He was named to the NFC Pro Bowl team following the 2012 season. Last year, he played his 150th game with Detroit. He's now played 164, which is tied for 13th on the team's career list.
|2/27/2015||Darnell Dockett, DT|
|The Arizona Cardinals released Dockett on Friday, allowing the three-time Pro Bowl lineman to test the free agency market.
Analysis: The move gives the 33-year-old Dockett the chance to find out his fair market value before the free agency signing period begins March 10. He could well wind up re-signing with Arizona, the only team he's known in his 11 NFL seasons. Dockett missed all of last season after tearing his right MCL in training camp. Before the injury, he had missed only two games during his NFL career.
|2/27/2015||Barry Cofield Jr., NT|
|The Redskins announced Friday that they have released Cofield.
Analysis: Cofield, 30, was limited by injuries to eight games last season, finishing with seven tackles and a sack, after starting every game his first three years in Washington. Overall, he totaled 100 tackles and nine sacks.
|2/27/2015||Stephen Bowen, DE|
|The Redskins announced Friday that they have released Stephen Bowen.
Analysis: The 30-year-old Bowen was also limited to eight games due to injury in 2014, compiling 11 tackles. Bowen appeared in 50 games, starting 45, for Washington and compiled 96 tackles and seven sacks.
|2/27/2015||Charlie Johnson, G|
|The Minnesota Vikings have released Johnson after four seasons with the team.
Analysis: The move was made Friday, clearing $2.5 million from the team's salary cap. Johnson started 61 of 64 regular season games after joining the Vikings as a left tackle during training camp in 2011. Johnson moved to left guard, holding down that position for the next three years. The sixth-round draft pick from Oklahoma State played in two Super Bowls in his first five NFL seasons with Indianapolis.
|2/26/2015||Tyvon Branch, S|
|The Oakland Raiders will release Branch before the start of the new league year next month. The team told Branch of the plans Thursday to cut ties with one of Oakland's longest-tenured non-specialists.
Analysis: Branch joined Oakland as a fourth-round pick out of Connecticut in 2008. Branch immediately became an impact player and started 62 of 64 games from 2009-12. He was slowed by injuries the past two seasons and played only five games. He had one year remaining on his contract. "It was a blessing to play for the Raiders (and) wearing that shield was special to me," Branch wrote on his Twitter account. "Thanks to the Davis family for giving me a chance!"
|2/26/2015||Ricky Jean Francois, DT|
|Jean-Francois' agent says the defensive tackle has agreed to a $9 million, three-year contract with the Washington Redskins. The agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirms Thursday night that the deal includes $4 million in guaranteed money.
Analysis: Jean-Francois was released this week by the Indianapolis Colts in a cost-cutting move. The Colts had signed him to a $22 million, four-year contract in 2013, but the club decided to take salary-cap savings of nearly $5 million by cutting ties Monday. He had three sacks and made 13 starts for the Colts last season.
|2/26/2015||Sam Bradford, QB|
|Chris Weinke is looking forward to working with Bradford. Weinke, the former Florida State star, is the St. Louis Rams new quarterback coach.
Analysis: Weinke and Bradford bonded for 3 1/2 hours over dinner during the NFL combine that was part of the interview process, with new offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti also at the table. Weinke's bottom line about Bradford: "Love him, love him."
|2/26/2015||Matt Hasselbeck, QB|
|Hasselbeck agreed Thursday to a one-year contract extension to back up Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
Analysis: A 16-year NFL veteran, Hasselbeck originally signed with the Colts as a free agent two years ago. In the past two seasons, he played in seven games, completing 37 of 56 passes for 431 yards, two touchdowns and one interception for a 93.7 passer rating.
|2/26/2015||Steven Jackson, RB|
|The Atlanta Falcons have released Jackson, who in two seasons with the team couldn't recapture his 1,000-yard form that made him one of the league's top backs with the Rams.
Analysis: Thursday's release of the 31-year-old Jackson was not a surprise. He led the team with 707 yards rushing and six touchdowns in 2014, but averaged only 3.7 yards per carry. In 2013, his first season with the Falcons, he had 543 yards rushing in 12 games.
|2/26/2015||Kendall Langford, DT|
|The St. Louis Rams have released Langford, who lost his starting spot to rookie Aaron Donald last season. The move frees up $6 million in salary cap space heading into free agency.
Analysis: The 29-year-old Langford had been entering the final season of a four-year, $22 million free agent deal. He's a former third-round draft pick by Miami.
|2/26/2015||Damond Smith, CB|
|The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed tackle Bradley Sowell and signed Smith. Both are on one-year contracts.
Analysis: Smith was among Kansas City's final roster cuts before the start of last season. In 2013, he was on the practice squad of the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League.
|2/26/2015||Bradley Sowell, T|
|The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed Sowell and signed free agent cornerback Damond Smith. Both are on one-year contracts.
Analysis: Sowell played in all 16 games last season on special teams and as a backup offensive lineman. The Cardinals claimed him off waivers in 2013 and he appeared in all 16 games, the last 11 as a starter, that year.
|2/26/2015||Justin Houston, LB|
|The Kansas City Chiefs waived veteran tight end Anthony Fasano on Thursday, freeing up about $2 million in salary cap space that they could use to keep Houston.
Analysis: The Chiefs have been unable to come to a long-term deal with Houston, making it likely that they will place the franchise tag on him. But the deadline for that designation is Monday, and the Chiefs needed to free up salary cap space to do it. If franchised, Houston would play next season on a one-year deal worth about $13 million.
|2/26/2015||Anthony Fasano, TE|
|The Kansas City Chiefs waived Fasano on Thursday, freeing up about $2 million in salary cap space that they could use to keep All-Pro linebacker Justin Houston.
Analysis: Fasano, who turns 31 this year, caught 25 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns last season. He had two years left on his four-year contract.
|2/26/2015||Will Blackmon, CB|
|The Jacksonville Jaguars have released the veteran cornerback, giving younger players more opportunity at the position.
Analysis: Blackmon played in eight games last season, starting three, before a finger injury that landed him on injured reserve. He finished with 28 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
|2/26/2015||Michael Roos, T|
|Roos is retiring from the NFL after playing 10 seasons and 148 games with the Titans.
Analysis: The left tackle wrote in an Instagram post that he thought long about this decision and is grateful to start the rest of his life fully healthy. Roos wrote he feels fortunate to have played so long after starting as a tight end, then defensive end and finally an offensive tackle out of Eastern Washington. A second-round draft pick in 2005, Roos started the first 119 games of his career and helped block for Chris Johnson's 2,006 yard rushing season in 2009.
|2/26/2015||Josh McCown, QB|
|McCown has at least two suitors in the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns.
Analysis: A person familiar with talks told The Associated Press on Thursday that McCown has had contract discussions with both teams. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the teams haven't confirmed the discussions. A second person, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said earlier that McCown was negotiating with Buffalo.
|2/25/2015||Peyton Hillis, RB|
|The New York Giants have released Hillis.
Analysis: A seven-year veteran, Hillis' contract was worth $945,000 against the cap this season. He joined the Giants in October 2013 after David Wilson suffered a season-ending neck injury. He played in the Giants' first nine games in 2014 before suffering a season-ending concussion. He rushed for 115 yards and caught 10 passes.
|2/25/2015||Josh McCown, QB|
|A person familiar with the visit says McCown is meeting for a second day with the QB-deficient Browns.
Analysis: McCown was released last week by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL draft. The Browns have made finding a starting a quarterback a priority this offseason. Brian Hoyer will likely hit free agency and Johnny Manziel checked into a rehab facility last month.
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