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|5/17/2013||Chris Kluwe, P||The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent punter Chris Kluwe as a possible replacement for the departed Shane Lechler. General manager Reggie McKenzie announced the deal with the eight-year veteran on Friday.
Analysis: Kluwe played in 127 games for the Minnesota Vikings with a 44.4 yard career average. He ranks second all-time in Minnesota history with a 37.3 net average. Kluwe has been one of the most outspoken players in the NFL, taking up very public fights for gay marriage and against drunken driving this past season so he fits in well in the progressive East Bay.
|5/17/2013||Brian Hoyer, QB||The Browns have signed Hoyer to a two-year contract, adding more veteran depth to a troublesome position. Hoyer, who starred at a Cleveland area high school, finalized his deal Friday after agreeing to terms with the Browns one day earlier. Hoyer was released earlier this week by Arizona.
Analysis: Hoyer will compete for a backup job with the Browns, who expect Brandon Weeden to beat out Jason Campbell to be the starter. Hoyer was signed by New England as an undrafted free agent in 2009 and spent three seasons backing up Tom Brady.
|5/17/2013||Doug Free, T||The Dallas Cowboys have significantly reduced Free's salary after a difficult season that ended with him as a part-time player. The Cowboys reworked the final two years of Free's contract, and will he make $3.5 million in 2013 instead of $7 million. Dallas probably would have cut Free if the five-year veteran had rejected a salary cut.
Analysis: Free is now set to make another $3.5 million in 2014, but that money isn't guaranteed. He originally had $15 million left on the four-year, $32 million deal he signed in 2011. Free struggled last year and ended up splitting time with Jermey Parnell over the final four games.
|5/17/2013||Zeke Motta, S||The Atlanta Falcons have signed Motta.
Analysis: Motta was a seventh-round pick. Motta had two interceptions in 29 career starts at Notre Dame.
|5/17/2013||Kemal Ishmael, S||The Atlanta Falcons have signed Ishmael.
Analysis: Ishmael was a seventh-round pick. Ishmael had six interceptions at Central Florida.
|5/16/2013||Titus Young, WR||According to Riverside County court documents, the mother of Young's son, Marjani Maldonado, filed for a permanent restraining order against him on Thursday, citing a threat of domestic violence. Maldonado first requested a restraining order May 8, three days after Young was arrested twice in one day.
Analysis: On May 5, Young was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, and then arrested again the same day for trying to take his car from a tow yard in Moreno Valley. The 23-year-old was arrested a third time on May 12, for allegedly breaking into a San Clemente home.
|5/16/2013||Brian Hoyer, QB||The Browns have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with former Arizona quarterback Brian Hoyer.
Analysis: Hoyer, cut earlier this week by the Cardinals, is expected to compete for a backup job behind either Brandon Weeden or Jason Campbell. The Browns also have third-stringer Thaddeus Lewis on their roster.
|5/16/2013||Spencer Ware, RB||The Seattle Seahawks have signed fullback Spencer Ware to a multi-year contract, leaving the team with just three unsigned draft picks. Seattle announced the signing of its sixth-round pick on Thursday. Terms of Ware's deal were not announced.
Analysis: Ware is being moved from running back, his position at LSU, to fullback. He received praise from coach Pete Carroll during last weekend's rookie minicamp for his versatility as a runner. Ware's signing leaves just running back Christine Michael (second round), cornerback Tharold Simon (fifth round) and offensive tackle Michael Bowie (seventh round) as Seattle's unsigned draft picks.
|5/16/2013||Isaako Aaitui,||The New Orleans Saints signed defensive tackle Isaako Aaitui to a two-year deal Thursday.
Analysis: The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Aaitui is entering his third year as a pro out of UNLV. He was on the Miami Dolphins' practice squad for part of the 2011 season, then spent the 2012 preseason with Miami and the New York Jets. Aaitui was two-year starter at UNLV, where as a senior in 2010 he played in 13 games, starting 12, and ranked second on the Rebels in tackles for losses with five.
|5/16/2013||Brandon Jackson, RB||The Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with free agent running back Brandon Jackson on a one-year contract. The Browns had high hopes for the 27-year-old when they signed him in 2011. But he sustained a toe injury in the second preseason game and was placed on injured reserve. The previous season, Jackson set career highs in rushing, touchdowns, receptions and receiving yards for Green Bay.
Analysis: Jackson played in just two games for Cleveland last season. In the finale against Pittsburgh, he rushed for 54 yards on eight carries. Jackson was inactive for 13 games. The 5-10, 216-pound Jackson is not expected to sign his new deal with the Browns until Monday. The team has to make another move to clear a roster spot before his deal can be finalized.
|5/16/2013||Anthony Hargrove, DE||Hargrove signed with the Cowboys after sitting out the 2012 season with a suspension as part of thew New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.
Analysis: Hargrove, who signed a one-year deal Thursday, got an eight-game ban from Commissioner Roger Goodell after the NFL said the Saints ran a program that paid defensive players improper cash bonuses for hits that injured opponents from 2009 through 2011.
|5/16/2013||Kyle Love, DT||Love was claimed by the Jaguars off waivers from the Patriots.
Analysis: The Patriots released Love on Wednesday after he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Love had lost about 20 pounds before receiving the diagnosis about two weeks ago. He has since gained about half of it back.
|5/16/2013||Shamarko Thomas, S||Thomas agreed to a four-year contract with the Steelers.
Analysis: The Steelers selected Thomas with the 111th overall pick in last month's NFL draft, trading a third-round pick in 2014 to the Cleveland Browns to move up and take Thomas. Thomas is expected to be the primary backup at safety after veterans Ryan Mundy and Will Allen left via free agency in the offseason. Thomas was a first-team All-Big East selection last year at Syracuse after making a career-high 88 tackles for the Orange.
|5/16/2013||Jawan Jamison, RB||Jamison signed with the Redskins.
Analysis: Jamison, a running back selected 228th overall in last month's draft after leaving Rutgers as a redshirt sophomore, ran for 1,075 yards last season.
|5/16/2013||Joe McKnight, RB||McKnight smacked down speculation that he could be the odd man out in the New York Jets' crowded backfield, saying they'd have to "kill me" to take his spot.
Analysis: The running back, entering his fourth season, says Thursday that he doesn't care who the Jets bring in at the position and he's going to "prove" he belongs. New York, which allowed Shonn Greene to leave as a free agent, has McKnight, Chris Ivory, Mike Goodson, Bilal Powell and John Griffin as running backs on the roster.
|5/16/2013||Montell Owens, RB||Owens was released by the Jaguars after seven seasons.
Analysis: The two-time Pro Bowler is the latest veteran to exit the rebuilding Jaguars, joining a list that includes cornerback Rashean Mathis, linebacker Daryl Smith and fullback Greg Jones. Owens made the team as an undrafted rookie in 2006. He played in 104 games and owns the franchise record for special teams tackles (118).
|5/15/2013||Kiko Alonso, LB||The Buffalo Bills have signed Alonso.
Analysis: Selected 46th overall, the 6-foot-3 and 238-pound Alonso was a hard-hitting tackler during three seasons at Oregon. He had 143 tackles, six interceptions and 3 1/2 sacks in 36 career games, including 17 starts. He was the 2012 Rose Bowl defensive player after having an interception and 1 1/2 sacks in a 45-38 win over Wisconsin.
|5/15/2013||Lance Lewis, WR||The Washington Redskins have signed fifth-round draft pick Chris Thompson and Lewis.
Analysis: Lewis, who went to East Carolina, spent training camp with the Redskins before last season but was released in August.
|5/15/2013||Chris Thompson, RB||The Washington Redskins have signed Thompson and free-agent receiver Lance Lewis.
Analysis: Thompson is a running back who was injured for much of his college career at Florida State. He broke two vertebrae during the 2011 season and tore the ACL in his left knee last year. He's the third drafted player signed by the Redskins this week, joining linebacker Brandon Jenkins and safety Bacarri Rambo.
|5/15/2013||Rolando McClain, LB||The Ravens say McClain is retiring from the NFL.
Analysis: Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome Newsome said Wednesday, "Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL." Newsome says the 23-year-old McClain has been placed on the reserve/retired list. McClain signed with the Ravens as a free agent on April 12. Ten days later, he was arrested in Alabama and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
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