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4/23/2015 Tim Tebow, QB
Eagles personnel chief Ed Marynowitz says Tebow's passing skills have improved and he was signed to compete for a spot at quarterback.

Analysis: Philadelphia's new vice president of player personnel on Thursday was the first member of the organization to publicly discuss Tebow since the Eagles signed the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner to a one-year contract on Monday. Neither Tebow nor coach Chip Kelly has been available to the media.
4/23/2015 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB
Jones-Drew is returning to Jacksonville to retire as a member of the Jaguars. The Jaguars announced Thursday that MJD will sign a ceremonial, one-day contract Tuesday before officially retiring.

Analysis: Jones-Drew called it quits last month after nine NFL seasons. The former UCLA star was a second-round draft pick by Jacksonville in 2006. He scored 16 touchdowns as a rookie and became a household name long before he was a starter. He spent eight years in Jacksonville - he ranked second in the NFL with 4,321 yards rushing between 2009 and 2011 - before returning to his hometown Oakland Raiders last season.
4/23/2015 Greg Hardy, DE
The NFL suspended defensive end Hardy for 10 games without pay Wednesday for conduct detrimental to the league after concluding there was "credible evidence" he roughed up his former girlfriend nearly a year ago when he was a member of the Carolina Panthers.

Analysis: Hardy, who joined the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent on a one-year, incentive-laden deal, was notified Wednesday of the decision in a letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell. Hardy plans to appeal.
4/22/2015 Jacques McClendon, G
Veteran offensive linemen Jeff Linkenbach and Jacques McClendon have signed with the Miami Dolphins, giving the team some much-needed depth as well as flexibility. Both signed following visits Wednesday.

Analysis: McClendon has three career starts at guard and two at center. He was a fourth-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 2010 and spent the past two years with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
4/22/2015 Jeff Linkenbach, G
Veteran offensive linemen Jeff Linkenbach and Jacques McClendon have signed with the Miami Dolphins, giving the team some much-needed depth as well as flexibility. Both signed following visits Wednesday.

Analysis: Linkenbach has made 36 starts in his five-year career, including three last season - all at left guard - with the Kansas City Chiefs. He joined the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted rookie in 2010 and started all 16 games at tackle in 2011, but allowed 8 1/2 sacks and eventually was relegated to a reserve role. Linkenbach will likely compete with Dallas Thomas for a starting job at left guard.
4/22/2015 Byron Bell, T
The Titans have agreed to terms with Bell. The team announced the move Wednesday, but did not release details of the deal.

Analysis: Bell started 15 games at left tackle for the Carolina Panthers last season after playing right tackle his first three years in the league. He had spent his entire four-year NFL career with Carolina.
4/21/2015 Rodney Austin, G
The Detroit Lions released Austin on Tuesday.

Analysis: An undrafted rookie free agent out of Elon in 2012, Austin joined the Lions as a member of the practice squad. He appeared in two games during his three seasons in Detroit, including the team's NFC Wild Card game vs. Dallas last season.
4/21/2015 Chris Jones, P
The Cowboys have re-signed running back Lance Dunbar and Jones to one-year contracts worth $1.5 million. Both were restricted free agents.

Analysis: Jones has been with the Cowboys four seasons, the past two as the full-time punter. He had a career-best 45.4-yard average last season. His career net average is 39.5 yards.
4/21/2015 Lance Dunbar, RB
The Cowboys have re-signed Dunbar and punter Chris Jones to one-year contracts worth $1.5 million. Both were restricted free agents.

Analysis: Dunbar worked his way into a change-of-pace role out of the Dallas backfield as an undrafted free agent out of North Texas three years ago. He had 362 all-purpose yards last season, topped by 217 yards receiving.
4/20/2015 Adrian Peterson, RB
A person with knowledge Peterson's offseason workouts tells The Associated Press that star running back has decided not to attend Minnesota's spring strength and conditioning program. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation on Monday, the first day Vikings players gathered at team headquarters for supervised workouts.

Analysis: Peterson's absence was expected, of course, given his expressed disinterest in returning to the organization. Even in a normal year, Peterson's presence during the offseason has been rare. He spent some time in Minnesota last year to get acclimated to coach Mike Zimmer's staff, but Peterson's preference has been to prepare with his personal trainer at home in the Houston area.
4/20/2015 Marvin Jones, WR
Jones was fully recovered from ankle surgery as the Cincinnati Bengals opened their offseason workouts, a huge boost for an offense that spent most of last season without some of its top pass catchers.

Analysis: Jones said he still gets some soreness in his right ankle, but he's cleared to do everything without restriction. Jones has been running pass routes to get back into playing shape.
4/20/2015 Eli Manning, QB
Two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning has no problem heading into the upcoming season playing the final year of his contract with the New York Giants. Manning said his only concern was to get ready for a season in which Tom Coughlin's team looks to end a three-year playoff drought.

Analysis: Manning will earn $17 million this year under terms of a $97.5 million deal signed in 2010.
4/19/2015 Tim Tebow, QB
The Philadelphia Eagles have signed quarterback Tim Tebow to a one-year contract, giving the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner his first shot in the NFL since the Patriots cut him before the 2013 season. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

Analysis: The former Heisman Trophy winner was a first-round pick by Denver in 2010. He started 14 games for the Broncos and led them to a playoff victory in the 2011 season. Tebow joins quarterbacks Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley on Philadelphia's roster. The addition of Tebow would be the latest move in a stunning offseason for coach Chip Kelly. He traded Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy and allowed Jeremy Maclin to leave in free agency.
4/17/2015 Johnny Manziel, QB
Manziel did not address his teammates as a group following his release from rehab, but he's already shown them he's hoping to win back their trust.

Analysis: Manziel recently spent more than 70 days in treatment for an undisclosed issue. He reported to Cleveland's training facility on Monday for the start of the team's offseason program, and Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden said Manziel stayed three hours later than required.
4/16/2015 Paul Posluszny, LB
Posluszny has agreed to a one-year contract extension that restructures his salary.

Analysis: Posluszny's new deal will pay him $15 million over three seasons. The ninth-year pro was slated to earn about $7.5 million in 2015 and 2016 - what had been the final two years of a six-year, $42 million contract he signed in 2011.
4/16/2015 Adrian Peterson, RB
The NFL has reinstated Peterson, clearing the way for him to return after missing most of last season while facing child abuse charges in Texas.

Analysis: The league announced its decision on Thursday. Commissioner Roger Goodell sent Peterson a letter advising him of his reinstatement. Goodell wrote that Peterson will have to fulfill all the obligations of his plea deal with authorities after he reached a plea deal to reduce a felony charge to a misdemeanor.
4/16/2015 Kai Forbath, K
Forbath has re-signed with the Washington Redskins. The team announced the new deal Thursday.

Analysis: Forbath made 24 of 27 field-goal attempts last season for the Redskins, who went 4-12 and finished last in the NFC East for the sixth time in seven years.
4/15/2015 George Johnson, DE
The Detroit Lions traded defensive end George Johnson and a seventh-round draft pick to Tampa Bay on Wednesday in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the draft later this month.

Analysis: Johnson played in all 16 games for the Lions last season. He finished with 26 tackles (21 solo) and six sacks.
4/14/2015 Ike Taylor, CB
Taylor is retiring, ending a 12-year career in which he helped lead the team to two Super Bowl victories. The 34-year-old player announced the decision Tuesday.

Analysis: Taylor became a free agent last month and says he couldn't envision playing for another team. He finishes his career with 17 interceptions, including three in the playoffs. He is the latest member of a core group that led the team's resurgence over the past decade to leave.
4/13/2015 Zack Bowman, CB
Bowman has signed a contract with the Miami Dolphins, who are trying to fill the starting spot opposite Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes.

Analysis: Bowman is a seven-year veteran who started seven games for the Bears in 2013 and five games for the Giants last year. A fifth-round pick by the Bears in 2008, he has 28 starts and 12 interceptions. The Dolphins need to replace starting cornerback Cortland Finnegan, who retired. Veterans Jamar Taylor and Will Davis are also expected to compete for the job.
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