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5/5/2016 Brandon Allen, Jax, QB
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed both of their sixth-round draft picks, quarterback Brandon Allen and defensive end Tyrone Holmes. The players signed their deals Thursday, after rookies reported for a three-day orientation.

Analysis: Allen was the 201st overall pick in last week's draft. He threw for 7,463 yards in four years at Arkansas. As a senior in n 2015, he led the Southeastern Conference in passer rating and yards per attempt. He is expected to compete with Chad Henne for the backup job to starter Blake Bortles.
5/5/2016 Tyrone Holmes, Jax, DE
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed both of their sixth-round draft picks, quarterback Brandon Allen and defensive end Tyrone Holmes. The players signed their deals Thursday, after rookies reported for a three-day orientation.

Analysis: Holmes was the 181st overall choice. The Montana standout recorded 87 tackles as a senior, including 21 1/2 tackles for loss and 18 sacks, which led the Football Championship Subdivision. He is expected to vie for playing time behind 2015 first-round pick Dante Fowler Jr.
5/5/2016 Chris Jones, KC, DT
A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the Kansas City Chiefs and second-round draft pick Chris Jones have agreed to terms on a contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the team had not announced the deal.

Analysis: The Chiefs traded away their first-round pick last weekend, so Jones was their first selection with the No. 37 overall pick. The 6-foot-6, 308-pound defensive tackle out of Mississippi State is the first of their eight picks to sign, though most should be in the fold by this weekend. The Chiefs begin a three-day rookie minicamp on Saturday.
5/5/2016 Andre Caldwell, Det, WR
The Lions have signed Caldwell to an undisclosed contract.

Analysis: The veteran receiver spent the past four seasons with Denver and caught 10 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown last season. Primarily a special teamer, Caldwell had just 32 catches during his tenure with the Broncos.
5/5/2016 Jordan Reed, Was, TE
Reed has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Redskins.

Analysis: The deal, which begins in 2017, is worth up to $50 million and contains $22 million in guaranteed money. After battling injuries his first two seasons, Reed emerged as one of the NFL's elite tight ends in 2015. His 87 catches, 952 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns were all team highs.
5/5/2016 Mike Adams, Pit, T
The Steelers released Adams on Thursday, citing that he failed a physical.

Analysis: Adams missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. The 2012 second-round pick mostly disappointed during his previous three seasons, logging just 20 starts.
5/4/2016 Michael Wilhoite, SF, LB
Wilhoite signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday, nearly two months after the restricted free agent was tendered a contract.

Analysis: The 29-year-old Wilhoite started all 12 games he played last season and 16 in 2014. He took on a greater role after five-time All-Pro Patrick Willis retired in March 2015 followed by fellow linebacker Chris Borland. Wilhoite had 85 tackles, an interception and a pass defensed last season for the 49ers, who went 5-11 and missed the playoffs for a second straight year.
5/4/2016 Keanu Neal, Atl, S
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a four-year contract with Neal, the team's first-round pick from Florida. The Falcons' six draft picks and undrafted rookies will report on Thursday for a rookie mini-camp on Friday and Saturday. Neal is expected to contend for a starting job as a rookie.

Analysis: Neal, the No. 17 overall pick in last week's NFL draft, is the only first-round pick to agree to terms thus far. Terms of the deal, which includes an option for a fifth season, were not immediately available. Neal had 96 tackles and one interception as a junior in 2015. He had three interceptions in 2014.
5/3/2016 Cameron Gordon, KC, LB
The Chiefs waived safety Jimmy Wilson and Gordon on Tuesday as they massaged their roster following the NFL draft and the signing of undrafted free agents.

Analysis: Gordon signed a futures contract with the Chiefs in January. He entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Patriots two years ago.
5/3/2016 Jimmy Wilson, KC, S
The Chiefs waived Wilson and linebacker Cameron Gordon on Tuesday as they massaged their roster following the NFL draft and the signing of undrafted free agents.

Analysis: Wilson signed a $4.85 million, two-year contract with San Diego last year, but was cut in December after making just six starts. He was signed by Kansas City this offseason to provide depth at safety following the surprising retirement of Husain Abdullah.
5/3/2016 Terron Armstead, NO, T
Armstead has agreed to a five-year extension that runs through the 2021 season.

Analysis: Armstead, who was a third-round draft pick by the Saints out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 2013, has been a starter since late in his rookie season. His contract had been due to expire after the 2016 season.
5/3/2016 Cordy Glenn, Buf, T
The Buffalo Bills have agreed to a five-year contract extension with Glenn.

Analysis: The new contract replaces the $13.7 million franchise tag Glenn signed in March. The Bills placed the franchise designation on Glenn in March to retain his rights and prevent him from entering free agency. Glenn was selected in the second round of the 2012 draft out of Georgia, and has started 61 games for Buffalo. Last year, he was part of a line that helped Buffalo lead the league with 2,432 yards rushing.
5/2/2016 DJ Hayden, Oak, CB
The Raiders have declined their fifth-year contract option on Hayden.

Analysis: Hayden has mostly been either injured or ineffective since being taken by Oakland with the 12th overall pick of the 2013 draft, making this an easy decision. He lost his starting job to waiver-wire pickup David Amerson last season and the Raiders signed Sean Smith this offseason to start at the other cornerback spot.
5/2/2016 Khaled Holmes, Ind, C
Holmes was among four players waived by the Colts on Monday.

Analysis: A fourth-round pick in 2013, Holmes started 12 games at center for the Colts but became expendable when the team selected Alabama's Ryan Kelly with the No. 18 overall pick on Thursday. Indianapolis also released tight end Cameron Clear, long snapper Forrest Hill and offensive tackle Mitchell Van Dyk.
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.
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