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|4/17/2015||Johnny Manziel, QB|
|Manziel has apologized to the team and its fans and asked for privacy during his recovery from an undisclosed substance problem.
Analysis: He thanked doctors and staff at Caron, a Pennsylvania facility which specializes in the treatment of drugs and alcohol. Manziel was discharged last week following a 2 1/2-month stay. Manziel says he takes "full responsibility for my actions" and he intends to "work very hard to regain everyone's trust and respect."
|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||Aaron Morgan, LB|
|The Indianapolis Colts have put Morgan on the reserve-retired list. A shoulder injury forced the 26-year-old to miss all of last season. The team did not say why Morgan was retiring in its release Monday.
Analysis: Morgan was originally signed to a futures contract on Dec. 31, 2013, after spending three seasons in Jacksonville and Tampa Bay. In 18 career games, he had eight career tackles -- two on special teams.
|4/13/2015||George Johnson, DE|
|A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Detroit Lions have disputed Tampa Bay's offer sheet to Johnson. The person confirmed Detroit's objection on condition of anonymity Monday because the NFL is not commenting on the matter. The 27-year-old Johnson is coming off a productive season as a backup for the Lions. He had six sacks, the third-most on the team.
Analysis: According to the collective bargaining agreement, a dispute over an offer sheet is to be resolved by an arbitrator, who identifies what terms would have to be matched by the player's current team. Johnson played for Tampa Bay in 2011 and 2012, and he also played for Minnesota in late 2012. The Lions signed him a year ago.
|4/13/2015||Joe Mays, LB|
|The Jets have signed Mays.
Analysis: Mays has 211 defensive tackles and 29 more on special teams in seven NFL seasons. He played for Kansas City last year, and has also been with Philadelphia, Denver and Houston.
|4/13/2015||Stevan Ridley, RB|
|The New York Jets have signed Ridley and linebacker Joe Mays. Ridley, who spent his first four seasons with New England, agreed to terms on a one-year contract last week and the Jets made the signing official Monday. Ridley played in six games last year before tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament.
Analysis: He has 2,817 yards rushing and 23 receptions for 146 yards. Ridley's best season came in 2012, when he ran for 1,263 yards and had 12 touchdowns. He adds depth to a running back group that includes Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Daryl Richardson.
|4/13/2015||John Kuhn, RB|
|Kuhn's agent, Kevin Gold, said the veteran signed a one-year deal with Green Bay on Monday for the minimum salary of $870,000. The contract includes a workout and Pro Bowl bonuses. A fan favorite at Lambeau Field, Kuhn is used primarily as a blocker for lead running back Eddie Lacy.
Analysis: Kuhn ran for 92 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in 2014, including the postseason. He has 17 rushing touchdowns in nine NFL seasons.
|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.
|4/11/2015||James Casey, TE|
|Casey agreed to a one-year deal with the Denver Broncos on Saturday.
Analysis: Casey played for coach Gary Kubiak in Houston from 2009-12 and spent his last two seasons in Philadelphia, where he worked primarily as a run-blocker in Chip Kelly's offense and made his mark on special teams. He led the league in 2014 with 439 special teams snaps, collecting 13 tackles and blocking two punts. Casey was more of a target under Kubiak, catching a career-best 34 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns in their last year together.
|4/11/2015||Johnny Manziel, QB|
|Manziel has been released from a rehab facility.
Analysis: Manziel entered the undisclosed clinic Jan. 28 for treatment of an unspecified problem. The person said he was discharged Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because of privacy issues.The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner had been allowed to leave for short periods over the past month. The Browns expect Manziel to participate in their offseason program, which begins April 20.
|4/10/2015||Mike Pouncey, C|
|The Miami Dolphins and Pouncey have agreed to terms on a $52.2 million, five-year contract extension that makes him the NFL's highest-paid center.
Analysis: The deal averages $10.4 million per year. Pouncey, who is going into his fifth season with the Dolphins, had been due to earn $7.4 million in 2015, the final year of his original contract. Pouncey was involved in the Dolphins' bullying scandal in 2013 but is a two-time Pro Bowl player. He missed the first four games of the 2014 season following hip surgery, yet still made the Pro Bowl as a guard.
|4/10/2015||Anthony Spencer, LB|
|New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has signed Spencer to a one-year contract.
Analysis: Spencer, a first-round draft choice by the Cowboys in 2007, has played linebacker and defensive end during eight NFL seasons. Last season, Spencer played defensive end as he returned from a knee injury that sidelined him for most of 2013. He was credited with 25 tackles, half a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown. In 2012, Spencer was a Pro Bowl linebacker after recording career highs of 106 tackles and 11 sacks.
|4/10/2015||Victor Butler, LB|
|The NFL has suspended New York Giants linebacker Victor Butler without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances. Butler is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
Analysis: Butler played two games with Indianapolis last season and signed a reserve future contract with the Giants in January. He started his career in Dallas in 2009 and played in 63 games in his first four seasons. He did not play in 2013.
|4/10/2015||Troy Polamalu, S|
|The eight-time Pro Bowler and 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year is retiring after 12 seasons.
Analysis: Taken with the 16th overall pick in the 2003 NFL draft out of USC, Polamalu's frenetic style and preternatural instincts allowed him to thrive in Hall of Fame defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau's 3-4 defense. At his peak, Polamalu was arguably the most disruptive player in the league.
|4/9/2015||Rob Housler, TE|
|The Browns have signed free agent tight end Rob Housler. Housler, who spent the past four seasons with Arizona, at least temporarily fills the void left when former Pro Bowler Jordan Cameron signed with Miami.
Analysis: The 27-year-old Housler caught 105 passes for 1,133 yards and a touchdown in four years with the Cardinals. Last season, the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder had nine receptions for 129 yards.
|4/9/2015||Le'Veon Bell, RB|
|Bell is facing a three-game suspension following his arrest on DUI and marijuana charges last August.
Analysis: Bell was arrested last August following a traffic stop along with then-teammate LeGarrette Blount. The 23-year-old All-Pro ended up pleading no contest and was sentenced to 15 months of probation and entered into a diversion program. Bell flourished in his second season with the Steelers in 2014. His 2,115 yards from scrimmage were a team record. His 83 receptions were the most ever by a Pittsburgh running back.
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