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2/27/2017 Wes Horton, Car, DE
The Panthers are trying their best to keep their defensive line intact, re-signing Horton to a two-year contract.

Analysis: The 27-year-old Horton started 10 games last season and had 11 tackles with 2 1/2 sacks. Horton has started 27 games since joining the Panthers in 2013 as an undrafted rookie and has 8 1/2 career sacks.
2/27/2017 Andrew Hawkins, Cle, WR
The Cleveland Browns have released Hawkins after three seasons.

Analysis: Hawkins had 33 catches for 324 yards and three touchdowns last season for the 1-15 Browns.
2/27/2017 Alshon Jeffery, Chi, WR
The Chicago Bears are not expected to use the franchise tag again on Jeffery, meaning he'll likely sign with another team once free agency begins.

Analysis: In 2016, Jeffery finished with 52 passes catches for 821 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games as he dealt with a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He missed 11 games the past two seasons. Jeffery, 27, earned $14.599 million under the tag last season. If the Bears utilized the tag on Jeffery again, it would cost them $17.5 million.
2/26/2017 Mario Addison, Car, DE
Addison will return to the Panthers after agreeing to terms on a three-year contract.

Analysis: The 29-year-old cashes in off a career year in which he led Carolina with 9 1/2 sacks despite starting just one game. Addison, who's compiled 22 sacks over the past three seasons, will maintain his role as a situational pass-rusher for one of the NFL's better defenses.
2/26/2017 Matt Elam, Bal, S
Elam was arrested on multiple drug charges early Sunday morning in Miami.

Analysis: Elam, 25, was booked at 3:45 a.m. on charges of possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana, possession with intent to sell or deliver, and possession of a controlled substance. He also was charged with reckless driving. Elam will become an unrestricted free agent on March 9 after the Ravens declined to pick up his fifth-year option last year. "We are aware of the arrest of Matt Elam. Matt is not in our plans for the 2017 Ravens," the Ravens said in a statement.
2/25/2017 Nick Mangold, NYJ, C
The Jets have released Mangold after 11 seasons with the team in a cost-saving move.

Analysis: The 33-year-old Mangold, who doesn't plan to retire, is a seven-time Pro Bowler who was heading into the final year of his contract and was slated to take up $9.075 million in salary cap.
2/24/2017 Earl Mitchell, SF, DT
The 49ers and Mitchell have agreed to a four-year contract worth a reported $16 million.

Analysis: The seven-year veteran has a new home just over a week after being released by the Dolphins for salary cap reasons. Mitchell, who was limited to nine games last season by a calf injury, should help bolster a San Francisco defense that allowed a league-high 165.9 yards per game in 2016.
2/24/2017 Jamaal Charles, KC, RB
Charles is likely to be cut by the Chiefs in a cost-saving move.

Analysis: The Chiefs would owe Charles more than $6 million this season, a big price tag for a running back who missed most of last year to knee surgery. They would not incur a salary cap hit by letting him go and it is possible Charles could re-sign for less money.
2/24/2017 C.J. Spiller, KC, RB
The Chiefs have signed Spiller, providing depth behind Spencer Ware in a move that could mean Jamaal Charles will be cut in a cost-saving move.

Analysis: Spiller only carried six times in stints with the Jets and Seahawks last season. The former first-round pick signed a four-year, $16 million deal with the Saints in 2015 but only played in 13 games before he was released.
2/23/2017 Danny Shelton, Cle, NT
Shelton took to Twitter and revealed he had he is ready for a big season after undergoing minor wrist surgery.

Analysis: "I'm all good. Just had my wrist cleaned up so I can kill it this season," the 23-year-old Shelton posted on Twitter. Shelton recorded 1.5 sacks and 59 tackles in his second season with the club. A first-round pick of the 2015 draft, Shelton has collected 95 tackles in his career with Cleveland.
2/22/2017 Le'Veon Bell, Pit, RB
Bell, who was forced out of the AFC championship game because of a groin injury, is not expected to need surgery, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported Wednesday.

Analysis: Bell rushed just six times for 20 yards during the Steelers' 36-17 loss in the AFC title game to the Patriots. After the game, Bell admitted to reporters that he managed the groin injury for "a couple weeks" and aggravated it against the Patriots.
2/21/2017 Tyler Shatley, Jax, G
The Jacksonville Jaguars re-signed Shatley on Tuesday.

Analysis: Shatley has appeared in 30 career games with four starts.
2/21/2017 Paul Soliai, Car, DT
The Panthers released Soliai on Tuesday.

Analysis: Soliai, a 10-year veteran, played in 10 games for the Panthers with one start last season. He had five tackles, two quarterback pressures and one fumble recovery.
2/21/2017 Mike Tolbert, Car, RB
The Panthers released Tolbert on Tuesday.

Analysis: The three-time Pro Bowl fullback was utilized as a blocker, runner and receiver during his five seasons in Carolina, but the 31-year-old's production dropped off last season. The Panthers have ranked among the NFL leaders in rushing in each of Tolbert's five seasons, but he saw less action last season, carrying 35 times for 114 yards with no touchdowns.
2/20/2017 Jared Odrick, Jax, DT
The Jacksonville Jaguars released Odrick on Monday after just two seasons to free up salary cap space.

Analysis: Odrick compiled 6.5 sacks and 41 tackles in 22 games over the two seasons but missed the final 10 games in 2016 with elbow and shoulder injuries. He led the Jaguars with 5.5 sacks in 2015.
2/18/2017 Cameron Wake, Mia, DE
The Dolphins signed Wake to a two-year contract extension Saturday that runs through the 2018 season.

Analysis: The 35-year-old Wake is coming off a Pro Bowl season, one year removed from an Achilles injury. He had 11.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and one interception this past season, helping the Dolphins reach the playoffs.
2/16/2017 Charley Hughlett, Cle, C
The Browns signed Hughlett to a six-year contract extension Thursday. Hughlett has been with the team since 2014, when he joined Cleveland's practice squad and was eventually signed to the active roster.

Analysis: Hughlett had been scheduled to become an exclusive rights free agent this offseason before signing through 2022. Hughlett is entering his third NFL season out of Central Florida. He was originally signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2012.
2/16/2017 Branden Albert, Mia, T
The Miami Dolphins are expected to release two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert, according to multiple reports on Thursday.

Analysis: Albert will not be the lone big-name casualty as the Dolphins are expected to part ways with veteran defensive end Mario Williams and defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, the Miami Herald reported.
2/15/2017 Ryan Clady, NYJ, T
New York Jets have released Clady after just one season in which he played only nine games because of a shoulder injury.

Analysis: Clady was due $10 million next season - with a $1 million roster bonus due Wednesday - that made his return to New York under that contract unlikely. Clady, acquired last offseason from Denver to replace the retired D'Brickashaw Ferguson, suffered a torn rotator cuff in Week 3 at Kansas City and played through it for a few weeks before being placed on injured reserve.
2/15/2017 Bene Benwikere, Cin, CB
The Bengals signed Benwikere on Wednesday.

Analysis: The 6-foot cornerback was Carolina's fifth-round draft pick in 2014. He started 14 games in three seasons with Carolina, including four last year before he was released. He finished the season on the practice squads of Miami and Green Bay. Benwikere has two interceptions, three fumble recoveries and one sack in his career.
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