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|3/15/2017||Ziggy Hood, Was, DE|
|The Redskins re-signed Hood.
Analysis: Hood, 30, had 17 tackles and one assist in his only season in Washington.
|3/15/2017||Ricky Jean Francois, GB, DE|
|The Redskins released Francois,
Analysis: The 30-year-old had 32 tackles and 1.5 sacks last season.
|3/15/2017||Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ, TE|
|Seferian-Jenkins has been suspended two games by the league on Wednesday for violating its substance abuse policy. The move stems from Seferian-Jenkins' DUI arrest in September while he was playing for Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers promptly cut him and he was claimed on waivers by the Jets.
Analysis: Seferian-Jenkins reeled in 10 receptions for 110 yards while playing in seven games with the Jets last season. He has 55 catches for 713 yards and seven touchdowns in 25 career contests since being selected by the Buccaneers with a second-round pick in the 2014 draft.
|3/15/2017||Jeremy Zuttah, SF, G|
|The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to acquire Zuttah from the Baltimore Ravens for an exchange of draft picks. The Ravens will move up 12 spots in the sixth round in the deal announced Wednesday. Baltimore will now select with the 186th pick, while San Francisco will have the 198th selection. Zuttah must pass a physical to make the deal official.
Analysis: Zuttah has started 117 games in nine seasons, including all 16 last season when he was picked for the Pro Bowl.
|3/15/2017||Adam Thielen, Min, WR|
|The Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms with Thielen on Wednesday. Minnesota initially gave Thielen a second-round tender as a restricted free agent to increase its chances of holding onto him in the offseason. The Vikings elected to give him a three-year contract, multiple outlets reported.
Analysis: Thielen enjoyed a breakout season in 2016, reeling in 69 receptions for a team-leading 967 yards and five touchdowns. The 26-year-old Minnesota native made just $600,000 last season after collecting 20 catches in his previous two years with the club.
|3/15/2017||Joe Hawley, TB, C|
|The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to terms with Hawley on a two-year contract Wednesday.
Analysis: Hawley started 15 games in 2016 and 29 of the 30 he played in two seasons with the Buccaneers. He played in 57 games over five seasons with Atlanta after being selected by the Falcons in the fourth round of the 2010 draft out of UNLV.
|3/15/2017||Justin Hunter, Pit, WR|
|The Pittsburgh Steelers added depth to their receiving corps by agreeing to a one-year contract with Hunter, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.
Analysis: Hunter saw four of his 10 catches go for touchdowns and had 189 receiving yards in 12 games with the Buffalo Bills last season. He has 78 career receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns since being selected by the Tennessee Titans with a second-round pick in the 2013 draft.
|3/15/2017||Darrelle Revis, NYJ, CB|
|A Pittsburgh judge dropped all charges against Revis stemming from an alleged aggravated assault incident last month. Revis faced five criminal charges - four of them felonies - in relation to a street altercation in Pittsburgh on Feb. 12 that also left him injured.
Analysis: Revis is a free agent after the Jets opted not to re-sign him. His $15.3 million salary-cap number already put him at risk of being released prior to the alleged incident. The Jets still owe Revis $6 million.
|3/15/2017||Dont'a Hightower, NE, LB|
|Hightower agreed to a four-year, $43.5 million deal, his agent announced Wednesday. The contract also includes $19 million in guaranteed money, Hightower's agency, Sports Trust Advisors, posted on Twitter.
Analysis: Hightower was being coveted during free agency by multiple other teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets, before the Patriots picked up the fifth-year option of the five-year contract he had signed as a rookie. The 27-year-old Hightower, who was named a captain for New England in 2016, made $7.751 million during his fifth NFL season.
|3/14/2017||Percy Harvin, Buf, WR|
|Harvin, who came out of retirement to appear in two games for the Buffalo Bills last season, is retiring again. "He's done," Harvin's agent, Greg Barnett, told ESPN on Tuesday.
Analysis: Harvin, 28, originally announced his retirement last spring following an injury-plagued 2015 season. He came back in November to make two catches for 6 yards in two appearances (one start) before migraine headaches led to the Bills placing him on the non-football illness list. In 2015, Harvin started five games for Buffalo and made 19 catches for 218 yards and a touchdown. However, his season was hampered by hip and knee injuries.
|3/14/2017||Dont'a Hightower, NE, LB|
|Hightower met with the Steelers Tuesday on the latest stop of his free-agent tour, though he left the facility without a deal in place.
Analysis: Hightower visited the Jets on Monday, and the Patriots appear to still be in the mix to re-sign the versatile linebacker. The Steelers are looking for help at inside linebacker after veteran Lawrence Timmons signed with the Dolphins last week.
|3/14/2017||Jarvis Jones, Ari, LB|
|The Arizona Cardinals signed Jones to a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.
Analysis: Jones spent his first four years in the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers after being selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft out of Georgia. He played in 50 games, including 35 starts, with the Steelers and totaled 125 tackles, six sacks, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Last season, Jones tied his career high with 42 tackles and had one sack and one interception in 14 games, including nine starts.
|3/14/2017||Connor Barth, Chi, K|
|The Chicago Bears announced Tuesday that Barth will return next season with a one-year contract. The deal will pay Barth $980,000 and $155,000 in guaranteed money, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Analysis: Barth was signed by the Bears on Sept. 5, one day after Robbie Gould, who had been the Bears kicker since 2005, was told he would be released. Barth missed a 31-yard field-goal in his very first attempt for the Bears. However, Barth made 18 of his 23 field goal attempts in 2016, which included a long of 49 yards. He missed one of his 32 extra-point attempts.
|3/14/2017||Rex Burkhead, NE, RB|
|The Patriots signed Burkhead on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed. Burkhead, 26, comes from Cincinnati, where he has spent all four years of his NFL career since being drafted in the sixth round out of Nebraska in 2013.
Analysis: Burkhead appeared in all 16 regular-season games each of the past two seasons. He rushed for 344 yards and two touchdowns for the Bengals in 2016. He also has 27 special teams tackles in his career, including consecutive 10-plus tackle seasons with 11 in 2015 and 12 in 2016. Burkhead is expected to be used primarily on special teams for the Patriots and could be a replacement for Brandon Bolden, who is an unrestricted free agent.
|3/14/2017||Eddie Lacy, Sea, RB|
|Lacy's agent says the former Green Bay running back is joining the Seattle Seahawks.
Analysis: Lacy's management group, Sports Trust Advisors, said Tuesday on Twitter that the four-year veteran has agreed to terms with the Seahawks. Seattle has been plagued by injuries at the position in recent years. Lacy was the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2013, when he rushed for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also ran for more than 1,100 yards in 2014, but has since been slowed by injuries and lost favor with Packers coach Mike McCarthy at times.
|3/13/2017||Cordarrelle Patterson, Oak, WR|
|The Raiders have signed Patterson, an All-Pro selection as a kick returner last season.
Analysis: One of the league's premier return men, Patterson's career average of 30.4 yards per kickoff return is the second-highest in the NFL since 1941. The former Viking, who's scored five touchdowns on kick returns in four seasons, also had a career-high 52 catches in 2016, though he's likely to see limited snaps as a wide receiver in Oakland.
|3/13/2017||John Jerry, NYG, G|
|Jerry will return to the Giants after agreeing to a reported three-year, $10 million deal.
Analysis: The seven-year veteran has started 40 games with New York over the last three seasons, including all 16 at right guard in 2016. Jerry could return to that spot in 2017, though he'll have competition from recent addition D.J. Fluker.
|3/11/2017||Doug Free, Dal, T|
|Multiple media outlets reported Saturday that Free told the Cowboys he is retiring.
Analysis: Free, 33, has been an ironman for the Cowboys, starting all 16 games in six of the last seven seasons. A fourth-round selection by Dallas in the 2007 draft, the Northern Illinois product appeared in all 16 games in the 2009 season, making seven starts. He sat out five games during the 2014 campaign, the only ones he missed since moving into the starting lineup in 2010.
|3/11/2017||Daniel Sorensen, KC, S|
|The Kansas Chiefs and Sorensen agreed to a four-year contract extension, according to multiple reports Saturday. The deal is worth $16 million and includes almost $8 million guaranteed and a little more than $2 million in incentives, according to the Kansas City Star. The total agreement is worth $18.4 million and pending a physical.
Analysis: Sorensen, a restricted free agent who was given a second-round tender earlier this week, was set to play the 2017 season for $2.746 million without a contract extension. Sorensen recorded career highs with 63 tackles, six pass deflections, three interceptions and two forced fumbles in 16 games last season. He is also a key special teams player.
|3/11/2017||DJ Hayden, Det, CB|
|The Detroit Lions signed Hayden on Saturday. The one-year deal is worth up to $5.25 million, according to ESPN.
Analysis: Hayden, the 12th overall selection by the Raiders in 2013, appeared in 45 career games (25 starts). His career totals include 178 tackles, one sack, three interceptions, 26 pass defenses and three forced fumbles. The Raiders did not pick up Hayden's fifth-year option after injuries kept him off of the field for stretches during his time in Oakland.
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