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|2/27/2015||Don Muhlbach, C|
|The Detroit Lions have re-signed long snapper Don Muhlbach to a one-year contract. The Lions announced the deal Friday.
Analysis: Muhlbach has spent the past 11 seasons with the Lions. He was named to the NFC Pro Bowl team following the 2012 season. Last year, he played his 150th game with Detroit. He's now played 164, which is tied for 13th on the team's career list.
|2/27/2015||Darnell Dockett, DT|
|The Arizona Cardinals released Dockett on Friday, allowing the three-time Pro Bowl lineman to test the free agency market.
Analysis: The move gives the 33-year-old Dockett the chance to find out his fair market value before the free agency signing period begins March 10. He could well wind up re-signing with Arizona, the only team he's known in his 11 NFL seasons. Dockett missed all of last season after tearing his right MCL in training camp. Before the injury, he had missed only two games during his NFL career.
|2/27/2015||Barry Cofield Jr., NT|
|The Redskins announced Friday that they have released Cofield.
Analysis: Cofield, 30, was limited by injuries to eight games last season, finishing with seven tackles and a sack, after starting every game his first three years in Washington. Overall, he totaled 100 tackles and nine sacks.
|2/27/2015||Stephen Bowen, DE|
|The Redskins announced Friday that they have released Stephen Bowen.
Analysis: The 30-year-old Bowen was also limited to eight games due to injury in 2014, compiling 11 tackles. Bowen appeared in 50 games, starting 45, for Washington and compiled 96 tackles and seven sacks.
|2/27/2015||Charlie Johnson, G|
|The Minnesota Vikings have released Johnson after four seasons with the team.
Analysis: The move was made Friday, clearing $2.5 million from the team's salary cap. Johnson started 61 of 64 regular season games after joining the Vikings as a left tackle during training camp in 2011. Johnson moved to left guard, holding down that position for the next three years. The sixth-round draft pick from Oklahoma State played in two Super Bowls in his first five NFL seasons with Indianapolis.
|2/27/2015||Josh McCown, QB|
|The Browns have agreed to terms with McCown on a contract.
Analysis: McCown, who went 1-10 as Tampa Bay's starter last season, reached agreement with Cleveland on Friday. The 35-year-old had also been in contract talks with the Buffalo Bills. McCown's signing likely means the Browns will not re-sign Brian Hoyer, who won 10 games for them the past two seasons and is poised to become a free agent next month. Hoyer made 13 starts last season before he was benched in favor of rookie Johnny Manziel.
|2/27/2015||Greg Little, WR|
|The Bengals released Little.
Analysis: The Bengals signed Little as a free agent from Cleveland in October, when injuries depleted the group of receivers. He played in six games for Cincinnati, getting six catches for 69 yards. He didn't have a reception during the Bengals' playoff loss at Indianapolis.
|2/27/2015||Robert Geathers, DE|
|The Bengals released Geathers - one of Cincinnati's most tenured players.
Analysis: Geathers played 11 seasons with Cincinnati, a span of 152 career games that ranks third in franchise history for a defensive lineman. Only Tim Krumrie (188) and Eddie Edwards (170) have played in more games for the Bengals. Geathers, a fourth-round pick in 2004, had 21 tackles, one sack and one interception last season.
|2/27/2015||Todd Herremans, G|
|The Philadelphia Eagles have released Herremans.
Analysis: The 32-year-old Herremans started 132 games while playing his first 10 seasons in Philadelphia. The move announced Friday saves the Eagles $2.8 million under the 2015 salary cap. Coach Chip Kelly says Herremans was the "ultimate professional" and praised his toughness. Herremans tried to play through a torn biceps last year but had surgery and missed the last eight games.
|2/27/2015||Zach Miller, TE|
|The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract extension through 2015 with Miller.
Analysis: He spent last season on injured reserve with a foot injury after signing with the Bears. Miller played in 33 games with Jacksonville from 2009-11, catching 45 passes for 470 yards and four touchdowns.
|2/27/2015||Justin Blalock, G|
|Atlanta cut Blalock.
Analysis: Blalock, a second-round pick from Texas in 2007, started all 125 games in which he played, including 15 in 2014.
|2/27/2015||Harry Douglas, WR|
|The Atlanta Falcons have released Douglas, who was third on the team with 51 catches in 2014
Analysis: Douglas, a third-round pick in 2008, had career-high totals of 85 receptions for 1,067 yards in 2013, when he started in 11 of 16 games. Douglas, a third-round draft pick from Louisville in 2008, usually was the No. 3 receiver behind Julio Jones and Roddy White.
|2/27/2015||Chris Canty, DE|
|The Ravens have released Canty, who played two seasons in Baltimore.
Analysis: Canty was inactive for five games last season and had three games without a tackle. He finished with 33 tackles and a half-sack in 11 starts. The 32-year-old Canty intends to extend his 10-year NFL career. He says, "I am going to continue to prepare to play again and will explore other possibilities to play."
|2/27/2015||Brian Hartline, WR|
|Hartline has been released by the Miami Dolphins in the wake of a severe drop-off in productivity last season.
Analysis: Hartline was due to make $5.9 million in 2015, the third year of a $30.8 million, five-year deal he signed in 2013. He started every game last season but had only 39 catches for 474 yards and two scores. He has spent his entire six-year career with Miami was a 1,000-yard receiver in 2012 and 2013.
|2/26/2015||Bradley Sowell, T|
|The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed Sowell and signed free agent cornerback Damond Smith. Both are on one-year contracts.
Analysis: Sowell played in all 16 games last season on special teams and as a backup offensive lineman. The Cardinals claimed him off waivers in 2013 and he appeared in all 16 games, the last 11 as a starter, that year.
|2/26/2015||Justin Houston, LB|
|The Kansas City Chiefs waived veteran tight end Anthony Fasano on Thursday, freeing up about $2 million in salary cap space that they could use to keep Houston.
Analysis: The Chiefs have been unable to come to a long-term deal with Houston, making it likely that they will place the franchise tag on him. But the deadline for that designation is Monday, and the Chiefs needed to free up salary cap space to do it. If franchised, Houston would play next season on a one-year deal worth about $13 million.
|2/26/2015||Anthony Fasano, TE|
|The Kansas City Chiefs waived Fasano on Thursday, freeing up about $2 million in salary cap space that they could use to keep All-Pro linebacker Justin Houston.
Analysis: Fasano, who turns 31 this year, caught 25 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns last season. He had two years left on his four-year contract.
|2/26/2015||Will Blackmon, CB|
|The Jacksonville Jaguars have released the veteran cornerback, giving younger players more opportunity at the position.
Analysis: Blackmon played in eight games last season, starting three, before a finger injury that landed him on injured reserve. He finished with 28 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
|2/26/2015||Michael Roos, T|
|Roos is retiring from the NFL after playing 10 seasons and 148 games with the Titans.
Analysis: The left tackle wrote in an Instagram post that he thought long about this decision and is grateful to start the rest of his life fully healthy. Roos wrote he feels fortunate to have played so long after starting as a tight end, then defensive end and finally an offensive tackle out of Eastern Washington. A second-round draft pick in 2005, Roos started the first 119 games of his career and helped block for Chris Johnson's 2,006 yard rushing season in 2009.
|2/26/2015||Josh McCown, QB|
|McCown has at least two suitors in the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns.
Analysis: A person familiar with talks told The Associated Press on Thursday that McCown has had contract discussions with both teams. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the teams haven't confirmed the discussions. A second person, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said earlier that McCown was negotiating with Buffalo.
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