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|3/7/2014||Mark Herzlich, LB||Herzlich has re-signed with the New York Giants. The Giants announced the signing of the fourth-year player Friday without releasing terms.
Analysis: In his first three years with the Giants, Herzlich played in 43 games with six starts. He has 57 tackles (44 solo) on defense and 33 special teams tackles.
|3/7/2014||Mackenzy Bernadeau, G||The Dallas Cowboys have released center Phil Costa and reworked guard Mackenzy Bernadeau's contract to get under the salary cap.
Analysis: Bernadeau started 10 games at right guard last season. He signed a four-year deal worth $11 million as a free agent in 2012.
|3/7/2014||Phil Costa, C||The Dallas Cowboys have released center Phil Costa. Costa's agent, George Mavrikes, said Friday his client would look to compete for a starting job elsewhere after rookie first-round pick Travis Frederick started all 16 games last year. Costa was the starter in 2011.
Analysis: The Costa move saves the Cowboys $1.5 million on the salary cap. They were slightly less than $1 million over the cap after restructuring the contracts of quarterback Tony Romo, linebacker Sean Lee and cornerback Orlando Scandrick earlier this week.
|3/7/2014||Jeron Johnson, S||The Seattle Seahawks have signed offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre and safety Jeron Johnson to one-year contract extensions. Terms of the deals were not announced on Friday. Jeanpierre and Johnson were restricted free agents.
Analysis: Johnson was an undrafted free agent out of Boise State who found a role as a backup with the Seahawks. He has played mostly on special teams in his time with the Seahawks while backing up starting strong safety Kam Chancellor.
|3/7/2014||Lemuel Jeanpierre, C||The Seattle Seahawks have signed offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre and safety Jeron Johnson to one-year contract extensions. Terms of the deals were not announced on Friday. Jeanpierre and Johnson were restricted free agents.
Analysis: Jeanpierre has proved a vital backup for the Seahawks with the flexibility to play both center and guard on the offensive line. Jeanpierre made three starts at center last season when Max Unger was out with injuries. He played in all 16 games during the regular season.
|3/6/2014||Michael Vick, QB||Two people familiar with the situation say Michael Vick and the Eagles haven't ruled out the quarterback returning to Philadelphia. Vick will become a free agent next week, and the four-time Pro Bowl pick has made it clear he'll look for an opportunity to be a starter. One person says that if Vick doesn't find the right fit elsewhere, he would consider staying in Philadelphia.
Analysis: Both people spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because they're not discussing contract negotiations publicly. Nick Foles replaced an injured Vick last year, led the Eagles to an NFC East title and was Pro Bowl MVP. Vick revived his career in Philadelphia, was the AP's 2010 Comeback Player of the Year and started in the Pro Bowl that season.
|3/6/2014||Samson Satele, C||The Indianapolis Colts released starting center Samson Satele on Thursday.
Analysis: Satele was one of the first free agents Indianapolis signed two years ago when they started rebuilding, but he was hobbled by injuries in both seasons. Indianapolis saves about $4 million under the $133 million salary cap.
|3/6/2014||Trevor Scott, DE||The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with defensive end Trevor Scott.
Analysis: The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Scott has appeared in 76 games with 18 starts over six seasons with Oakland (2008-11), New England (2012) and Tampa Bay (2013). Scott has 94 tackles, including 16 1/2 sacks, in his career.
|3/6/2014||Billy Cundiff, K||Kicker Billy Cundiff has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Browns. Cundiff was eligible to hit the free-agent market next week, but he'll stay with the Browns. Terms of the deal announced Thursday were not immediately available.
Analysis: Cundiff made 21 of 26 field-goal attempts and made 32 extra points in 16 games. Cundiff also set a Cleveland franchise record with 42 touchbacks.
|3/5/2014||Champ Bailey, CB||The Denver Broncos are expected to release perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made. A message was left with Bailey's agent.
Analysis: By releasing Bailey, the Broncos would open up cap space with the 12-time Pro Bowl player scheduled to make around $10 million next season. Bailey was sidelined most of the season by a nagging left foot sprain. The 35-year-old shutdown corner returned late in the season to help the Broncos advance to the Super Bowl, where they lost 43-8 to Seattle.
|3/5/2014||Devin Hester, WR||Hester says he will not be back with the Chicago Bears next season. Hester told the NFL Network on Wednesday that Chicago "wants to go a different route with me," and that they are "parting ways" with him.
Analysis: He will hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent and that an eight-year run with the Bears that produced no shortage of highlights is coming to an end.
|3/5/2014||Darrin Walls, CB||The New York Jets have agreed to terms with Walls.
Analysis: Walls, due to become a restricted free agent, played in all 16 games, including three starts, last season and recorded career highs with 24 tackles and five passes defensed.
|3/5/2014||Ellis Lankster, CB||The New York Jets have agreed to terms with Lankster.
Analysis: Lankster, who could have become an unrestricted free agent, has been a special teams standout in his three seasons with the Jets.
|3/5/2014||Johnny Patrick, CB||The New York Jets have claimed cornerback Johnny Patrick off waivers from the San Diego Chargers.
Analysis: Patrick, waived Tuesday by the Chargers, had a career-high 34 tackles with an interception and 1 1/2 sacks in 13 games, including four starts, last season. He was a third-round draft pick by New Orleans out of Louisville in the 2011 draft and played two seasons with the Saints.
|3/5/2014||Jeremiah Ratliff, DT||The Chicago Bears have agreed to a two-year contract with veteran defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff. The Bears announced the move Wednesday night.
Analysis: A four-time Pro Bowl pick, Ratliff started four of the five games he played in after signing with Chicago in November. He spent the first six weeks with Dallas on the physically unable to perform list before being released in mid-October, with the Cowboys saying he failed a physical. Ratliff missed the final six games in 2012 with a groin injury that required surgery.
|3/5/2014||Davone Bess, WR||The Cleveland Browns released troubled wide receiver Davone Bess on Wednesday, ending his stay in Cleveland after less than one year and following a pattern of bizarre behavior that included his arrest for assaulting a law enforcement officer.
Analysis: The 28-year-old Bess is still owed $3.06 million for 2014, but the Browns may try to recoup some of that money. A team spokesman would not say if Bess had broken any agreements on his contract. Bess finished with career lows in catches (42) and yards (362) last season, and he had several crucial drops that hurt the Browns.
|3/5/2014||Aaron Williams, S||The Buffalo Bills signed Aaron Williams to a four-year, $26 million contract extension Wednesday.
Analysis: The extension locks up Williams through 2018, and comes at a time when the Bills risk losing three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd, who is preparing to test free agency next week.
|3/5/2014||Adam Podlesh, P||The Chicago Bears have cut punter Adam Podlesh, parting ways with the veteran after three seasons.
Analysis: Podlesh joined the Bears in 2011 and had 238 punts for 10,065 yards (a 42.3 gross average) during his time in Chicago. He landed 82 punts inside the 20 with just 12 touchbacks, one blocked punt and a net average of 39.4.
|3/4/2014||Leroy Harris, G||The Detroit Lions have cut Harris.
Analysis: Harris played in only one game last season, the last one of the regular season against Minnesota. He was signed last year by the Lions to compete to start at right guard, a job that was won by rookie Larry Warford. Harris previously started 42 of 76 games for the Tennessee Titans.
|3/4/2014||Uche Nwaneri, G||The Jacksonville Jaguars have released Nwaneri, who started 63 of the team's last 64 games and didn't miss a snap last season.
Analysis: Nwaneri was due to make about $5.9 million in 2014, and cutting him will give the club another $3.7 million in salary-cap space. Jacksonville has roughly $60 million in cap space. Nwaneri, a fifth-round draft pick in 2007, played in 104 games and made 92 starts in Jacksonville. But his play deteriorated in recent years as nagging injuries mounted.
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