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|5/20/2016||Rico Gathers, Dal, TE|
|The Cowboys signed Gathers on Friday.
Analysis: Gathers, their sixth-round pick, hasn't played football since he was 13. The 6-foot-8, 275-pound Gathers projects as a tight end after deciding against pursuing a career in the NBA.
|5/19/2016||Darrelle Revis, NYJ, CB|
|Revis, one of the NFL's highest-paid players among non-quarterbacks the past several years, has fired his longtime agents.
Analysis: ESPN first reported Thursday that Revis had parted ways with Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod, the cornerback's agents since his rookie year in 2008. Schwartz and Feinsod negotiated a few huge deals for Revis, who has made $101 million in his career, according to Spotrac.com. He is due to make $17 million in guaranteed money this season.
|5/19/2016||Jalen Ramsey, Jax, CB|
|The Jags said Thursday that Ramsey, the fifth overall selection in the NFL draft, sustained a "small tear to the meniscus" in his right knee during an on-field workout earlier this week. The former Florida State standout will get a second opinion next week before deciding the next course of action.
Analysis: Ramsey started all 41 games in three years in college, finishing with 180 tackles, 23 passes defended, five sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. He played cornerback and safety for the Seminoles, and also ran track.
|5/18/2016||William Jackson III, Cin, CB|
|The Bengals have two draft picks left unsigned _ including Jackson.
Analysis: It's uncertain where the team is on the negotiations.
|5/18/2016||David Onyemata, NO, DT|
|The New Orleans Saints signed Onyemata to a four-year contract Wednesday.
Analysis: The Saints selected Onyemata in the fourth round of the draft with the 120th overall pick. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Nigerian played in Canada at the University of Manitoba. In 37 career games, Onyemata had 166 tackles, 9 1/2 sacks, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Last season, he had 50 tackles, five sacks, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery over nine starts.
|5/18/2016||Ezekiel Elliott, Dal, RB|
|Elliott has signed a four-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys that includes a $16 million signing bonus and is worth nearly $25 million overall for the Ohio State running back who was the fourth overall draft pick.
Analysis: Elliott is only the third running back the Cowboys have taken with a top-20 pick in franchise history. The other two are Hall of Famers Tony Dorsett and Emmitt Smith, the NFL's career rushing leader.
|5/17/2016||David Johnson, Pit, TE|
|The Pittsburgh Steelers bolstered their tight end depth on Tuesday, signing veteran David Johnson to a one-year deal.
Analysis: The signing is a homecoming for Johnson, taken by the Steelers in the seventh round of the 2009 draft. Johnson spent five years with Pittsburgh before signing with San Diego in 2014. Used primarily as a blocker, Johnson has 24 receptions for 224 yards and a touchdown in his career.
|5/17/2016||Andre Roberts, Was, WR|
|The Redskins have released Roberts, saving approximately $4 million in cap space for next season.
Analysis: Washington signed Roberts to a four-year, $16 million contract in March 2014, but he started just four games and recorded 47 catches for 588 yards and two touchdowns over two seasons. He became further expendable with Washington's selection of TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson in the first round of last month's draft.
|5/16/2016||Christian French, Sea, DE|
|The Seattle Seahawks waived French on Monday due to an injury.
Analysis: French, an undrafted free agent out of Oregon signed with Seattle following the NFL draft. He appeared to suffer an injury on the final day of rookie minicamp.
|5/16/2016||Khairi Fortt, Sea, LB|
|The Seattle Seahawks signed Fortt on Monday after waiving linebacker Christian French due to an injury.
Analysis: Fortt was a fourth-round pick of the Saints in the 2014 draft out of California, but was released midway through the season. He spent time with Cincinnati and Jacksonville later in the 2014 season, but was cut by the Jaguars during training camp before the start of the 2015 season.
|5/16/2016||Sammy Watkins, Buf, WR|
|Buffalo Bills officials say Watkins had an operation for one of his feet. A person familiar with Watkins' injury said Monday it is a small stress fracture. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Bills did not reveal details of Watkins' injury.
Analysis: Watkins is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in July.
|5/16/2016||Shaq Lawson, Buf, DE|
|Buffalo Bills officials say first-round draft pick Shaq Lawson will have surgery on his right shoulder.
Analysis: The Bills say Lawson, the 19th pick in last month's NFL draft, tweaked the shoulder last week and would undergo a procedure on Tuesday. Lawson, a defensive end with Clemson who plans to move to linebacker, insisted after the draft he wouldn't need surgery to fix a problem he's played with for years.
|5/16/2016||Mark Sanchez, Den, QB|
|Sanchez donned a black wrap on his surgically repaired left thumb and got in plenty of work Tuesday, defying the odds and enjoying some cachet among his teammates.
Analysis: Sanchez tore a thumb ligament on his non-throwing hand on May 13 and underwent surgery 48 hours later. He was originally expected to miss the start of organized team activities this week, which might have stalled his quest to win the starting job ahead of first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch and second-year pro Trevor Siemian. Instead, he led the way during individual and 7-on-7 drills before giving way to Lynch and Siemian during the team periods.
|5/16/2016||Sheldon Day, Jax, DT|
|The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed Day, their fourth-round draft pick.
Analysis: The defensive tackle agreed to a four-year deal worth about $2.95 million Monday. It included a $600,000 signing bonus. The 293-pounder started 32 of 48 games during his four years at Notre Dame. As a senior, he had 45 tackles and four sacks.
|5/16/2016||Brandon Boykin, Car, CB|
|The Carolina Panthers didn't even wait to see Boykin in practice, cutting him before the official start of OTAs.
Analysis: The Panthers signed Boykin as a free agent earlier this offseason prior to drafting three cornerbacks. They won't have to pay Boykin's base salary, but will have to account for his $80,000 signing bonus under this year's salary cap.
|5/16/2016||Dekoda Watson, Den, LB|
|The Denver Broncos signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Dekoda Watson on Monday, adding a special teams ace who's been in the NFL for six seasons.
Analysis: Watson played for the Patriots last season and also has played for Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and Dallas. In 73 games, he's had 82 tackles on defense and 39 on special teams. Last season, Watson played in three regular-season games and both of New England's playoff games, including its loss at Denver in the AFC championship.
|5/16/2016||Jason Jones, Mia, DE|
|Jones has signed with the Miami Dolphins, adding depth and flexibility to a front four that should be formidable next season. The deal Monday was confirmed by agent Michael McCarthney.
Analysis: Jones is expected to back up another Miami newcomer, Mario Williams, and Cameron Wake, who is coming off Achilles tendon surgery. The Dolphins also added veteran defensive end Andre Branch this offseason. Jones, who can also play tackle, started 31 games the past two seasons for the Lions. He'll be reunited in Miami with tackle Ndamukong Suh, a former Detroit teammate.
|5/16/2016||Zach Mettenberger, SD, QB|
|The Titans have waived Mettenberger, ending the quarterback's two-year tenure with the team.
Analysis: A sixth-round pick of Tennessee in 2014, Mettenberger started six games as a rookie and four in place of an injured Marcus Mariota last season. The Titans went 0-10 in his starts, however, and signed Matt Cassel in March to serve as Mariota's new backup.
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