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5/2/2016 Chris Culliver, Was, CB
The Redskins have released Culliver after just one season with the team.

Analysis: Culliver signed a four-year, $32 million contract with Washington in March of 2015, but his guaranteed salary for next season was voided after he received a one-game suspension in September for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Culliver ended last year on injured reserve after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee during a Thanksgiving Day practice, and the Redskins' recent signing of Josh Norman made him further expendable.
5/2/2016 Dee Milliner, NYJ, CB
The Jets have declined their fifth-year contract option on Milliner.

Analysis: The ninth overall pick of the 2013 draft, Milliner has missed 27 games over his first three seasons due to injuries. He played sparingly in five games this past season.
5/2/2016 Sheldon Richardson, NYJ, DE
The Jets announced Monday they have exercised their fifth-year option on Richardson's contract.

Analysis: The move was entirely expected despite Richardson facing potential league discipline for pleading guilty to resisting arrest in January. The 2013 first-round pick has been a difference-maker on the field, recording 16 1/2 sacks in three seasons and earning 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.
5/2/2016 Chance Warmack, Ten, G
The Tennessee Titans have declined to pick up the fifth-year option for guard Chance Warmack, giving the 10th overall draft pick in 2013 time to convince them he should stick around after this season. The Titans announced the decision Monday.

Analysis: Warmack has started 46 games since being drafted out of Alabama, but the Titans need to improve both their run blocking and pass protection after winning just five games the past two years combined. The Titans just drafted two offensive linemen.
5/2/2016 Ezekiel Ansah, Det, DE
As expected, the Lions have exercised their fifth-year option on Ansah.

Analysis: The decision was a no-brainer after Ansah racked up 14 1/2 sacks and earned second-team All-Pro honors last season. The No. 5 overall pick of the 2013 draft has 30 sacks over his first three NFL seasons.
5/2/2016 Eric Fisher, KC, T
The Kansas City Chiefs have exercised their fifth-year option on left tackle Eric Fisher, which means the former No. 1 overall draft pick is scheduled to make $11.9 million during the 2017 season. The Chiefs had until Monday to decide on the option, which becomes fully guaranteed next March.

Analysis: Fisher had a disappointing first two seasons in the NFL, and some were quick to label the Central Michigan product a bust. But the 6-foot-7, 305-pound lineman appeared to break through last season, even shutting down Texans star pass rusher J.J. Watt during their playoff game.
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 Chris Jones, KC, DT
The Kansas City Chiefs chose Jones from Mississippi State with the sixth pick in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night.

Analysis: The Chiefs had traded their first-round choice to San Francisco on Thursday night for a package that included the No. 37 overall pick, plus selections in the fourth and sixth rounds. The 6-foot-6, 308-pound Jones provides depth along the defensive line after the retirement of veteran Mike DeVito this offseason. He also gives the Chiefs some bargaining leverage with defensive tackle Dontari Poe, whose contract expires after next season
4/29/2016 Jaylon Smith, Dal, LB
The Dallas Cowboys have taken Smith with the 34th overall pick in the second round of the NFL draft.

Analysis: Smith isn't expected to play in 2016 after tearing ligaments in his left knee in his final college game against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. He skipped his final season of eligibility despite the injury.
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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