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5/2/2016 Cordarrelle Patterson, Min, WR
The Vikings declined to pick up the fifth-year option on Patterson's rookie contract, casting his future with the team into doubt.

Analysis: Patterson was an All-Pro kick returner as a rookie and has continued to be a threat in that spot in his first three seasons in the league. But his development as a receiver has been much slower to come. He only caught two passes last season and was used as a decoy or blocker in the few offensive snaps he did get.
5/2/2016 Bruce Gradkowski, Pit, QB
Pittsburgh announced Monday it re-signed Gradkowski to a one-year deal.

Analysis: Gradkowski missed all 2015 after injuring his right hand during the preseason, leading the Steelers to bring in Mike Vick. Pittsburgh made no attempt to bring back Vick and instead will have Gradkowski battle Landry Jones for the No. 2 spot behind Ben Roethlisberger.
5/2/2016 James Harrison, Pit, LB
The five-time Pro Bowl linebacker announced on his verified Instagram Monday that he plans on returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2016. Harrison posted a picture of his familiar No. 92 jersey emerging from a smoke-filled tunnel with a caption that read: "I'm back."

Analysis: Harrison finished with five sacks in 2015, but said after Pittsburgh's loss to Denver in the playoffs that he needed time to figure out if he wanted to come back for a 14th season. Harrison has one year left on his contract. As he typically does, Harrison has spent much of the offseason working out in Arizona.
5/2/2016 Jake Coker, Ari, QB
Coker is among 16 undrafted rookie free agents to agree to terms with the Arizona Cardinals.

Analysis: Coker was 14-0 as a starter for the Crimson Tide team that won the College Football Playoff championship game. He threw for a career-high 335 yards and two touchdowns in the championship win over Clemson.
5/2/2016 Sylvester Williams, Den, NT
The Broncos have declined the fifth-year option on Williams' contract.

Analysis: Though Williams has developed into a solid starting nose tackle, his $6.75 million option for 2017 was deemed a bit too expensive for a Broncos team without a great deal of future cap space.
5/2/2016 Eric Reid, SF, S
Reid has had his fifth-year contract option exercised by the San Francisco 49ers for the 2017 season. The team announced the expected move Monday.

Analysis: Reid was San Francisco's first-round draft pick selected 18th overall out of LSU in 2013. The 24-year-old defender has played and started all but one game since joining the Niners, making 189 tackles with seven interceptions, a sack and a forced fumble.
5/2/2016 Luke Joeckel, Jax, T
The Jaguars will not pick up the fifth-year option on Joeckel's contract.

Analysis: The No. 2 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Joeckel has been a colossal bust so far in the pros and would have earned close to $12 million in 2017 had Jacksonville exercised the option. He'll likely spend next season as a backup after the Jags signed Kelvin Beachum to a five-year contract in March.
5/2/2016 DJ Hayden, Oak, CB
The Raiders have declined their fifth-year contract option on Hayden.

Analysis: Hayden has mostly been either injured or ineffective since being taken by Oakland with the 12th overall pick of the 2013 draft, making this an easy decision. He lost his starting job to waiver-wire pickup David Amerson last season and the Raiders signed Sean Smith this offseason to start at the other cornerback spot.
5/1/2016 Matt Slauson, Chi, G
The Bears released safety Antrel Rolle and Slauson on Sunday after sending strong signals in the draft that the veterans' days with the team were numbered.

Analysis: Slauson, who made 12 starts at left guard and four at center last season, is out after three years in Chicago. He has appeared in 88 games with 85 starts over seven seasons with the New York Jets (2009-12) and Bears (2013-15).
5/1/2016 Antrel Rolle, Chi, S
The Chicago Bears have parted ways with Rolle. The veteran safety said Sunday on Twitter that he appreciated the opportunity the Bears gave him and that he is "looking forward to what is next." The move comes after the Bears drafted two safeties - Deon Bush of Miami in the fourth round and William & Mary's DeAndre Houston-Carson in the sixth.

Analysis: Rolle, a three-time Pro Bowl pick, appeared in just seven games for Chicago last season after signing a three-year deal. He had one pass breakup and no interceptions before being placed on injured reserve in December because of a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee. Rolle had 26 interceptions over 10 seasons with the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants before joining the Bears.
4/30/2016 Brian Hoyer, Chi, QB
The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with Hoyer, giving them a veteran backup to Jay Cutler.

Analysis: Hoyer was released nearly two weeks ago - a little more than a month after Houston signed Brock Osweiler to a four-year, $72 million contract.
4/30/2016 Rico Gathers, Dal, TE
Gathers, a former basketball star at Baylor, has been selected by the Cowboys in the sixth round of the NFL Draft.

Analysis: The 6-foot-8, 275-pound Gathers will attempt to carve out an NFL career as a tight end. He reportedly drew 24 NFL teams to a personal pro day just prior to the draft. Gathers' size and athleticism give him a legitimate shot to make the league, though his career may begin on the practice squad.
4/30/2016 Jamar Taylor, Cle, CB
The Browns acquired Taylor from the Dolphins during Saturday's final day of the draft.

Analysis: The teams swapped seventh-round picks as part of the deal, with the Dolphins moving up from the 250th overall selection to No. 223. Taylor, a second-round pick of Miami in 2013, started six games last season and recorded 48 tackles and four passes defensed.
4/30/2016 Keenan Reynolds, Bal, WR
The Ravens took Reynolds in the sixth round of the NFL Draft, listing the former Navy quarterback as a wide receiver.

Analysis: Reynolds rushed for 4,559 yards and an FBS-record 88 touchdowns during his prolific career at the Naval Academy and finished fifth in the 2015 Heisman Trophy race. He's too small to play quarterback at the next level and scouts don't think he'll hold up as a running back due to his slight build, so he'll remain in Maryland with a chance to transition to a receiver.
4/30/2016 Cardale Jones, Buf, QB
The Bills chose Jones with the final pick of the fourth round (139th overall) of the NFL Draft.

Analysis: Jones possesses excellent size and tremendous arm strength but a limited track record, starting only 11 games at Ohio State and losing the No. 1 job to J.T. Barrett midway through last season. His skill set makes him worth a flier for a Buffalo team that could lose Tyrod Taylor to free agency following this season.
4/30/2016 Devontae Booker, Den, RB
Booker was selected by the Broncos in the fourth round (136th overall) of the NFL Draft.

Analysis: Booker rushed for 2,773 yards and 21 touchdowns in two seasons as Utah's featured back, though his age (will be 24 in May) and a torn meniscus late in his senior year caused his stock to fall some. He joins a crowded Denver backfield that retained C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman during the offseason.
4/30/2016 Dak Prescott, Dal, QB
The Cowboys selected Prescott with the 135th overall pick of the NFL Draft.

Analysis: Arguably the best player in Mississippi State history, Prescott is one of four players in FBS history to throw for 70 touchdowns and rush for 40. He's an intriguing dual-threat prospect who'll get a chance to become Tony Romo's eventual successor.
4/30/2016 Connor Cook, Oak, QB
The Raiders selected Cook with the second pick of the fourth round (No. 100 overall) of the NFL Draft.

Analysis: Cook had been considered a potential first-round pick after compiling a 34-5 record in three seasons as Michigan State's starting quarterback, but fell due to questions about his accuracy and leadership skills. He'll battle Matt McGloin for Oakland's No. 2 job behind Derek Carr as a rookie.
4/30/2016 Cody Kessler, Cle, QB
After trading out the No. 2 overall pick and a chance to take Carson Wentz last week, the Browns waited until the No. 93 pick to nab Kessler, who threw 88 touchdown passes during three seasons for USC.

Analysis: The Browns have spent their entire expansion era looking for a franchise quarterback, and while Robert Griffin III is expected to start next season, Jackson sees Kessler as a major part of his team's future.
4/29/2016 Laremy Tunsil, Mia, T
Tunsil was a no-show at the Miami Dolphins' news conferences Friday to present him as their first-round pick.

Analysis: Tunsil was absent due to an allergic reaction, the team said. "Unfortunately, Laremy had an allergic reaction this afternoon, so right now he's with our medical staff and hopefully it's just a quick, short-term thing," Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said. Wags on Twitter diagnosed the problem as Tunsilitis.
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