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3/29/2017 Harrison Smith, Min, S
Smith underwent offseason surgery on an ankle that caused him to miss two games at the end of the 2016 campaign, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Analysis: Smith initially sustained the injury in Minnesota's 17-15 loss to Dallas on Dec. 1 and missed the next two contests. The 28-year-old returned to play the Vikings' final two games of the season and was credited with five tackles while participating in his second Pro Bowl on Jan. 30. The procedure is expected to "clean up" the ankle and allow Smith to head into the 2017 season without any lingering issues.
3/29/2017 Chase Daniel, NO, QB
The New Orleans Saints agreed to a deal with Daniel, who will return to the team as the backup to Drew Brees.

Analysis: Daniel, 30, served as the primary backup to Brees from 2010-12 before joining the Kansas City Chiefs as a backup for Alex Smith from 2013-15. For his career, Daniel has completed 51 of his 78 career pass attempts for 480 yards with one touchdown and an interception.
3/29/2017 Andre Ellington, Ari, RB
Ellington is moving to receiver, according to coach Bruce Arians.

Analysis: Signed to a one-year deal earlier this month, Ellington has proven to be better in the passing game during his four seasons in Arizona and struggled in his lone campaign as the team's featured back. The 5-foot-9, 199-pound Ellington saw his carries dwindle from 201 in 2014 to a total of 79 over the last two seasons, including 34 for just 96 yards in 2016.
3/29/2017 Scott Crichton, Min, DE
The Buffalo Bills have waived Crichton for failing his physical.

Analysis: The move was announced on Wednesday, two days since the Bills claimed Crichton after he had been placed on waivers by the Minnesota Vikings. Crichton was Minnesota's third-round pick in the 2014 draft, but played sparingly in 21 games during his first two seasons with the Vikings. He missed all of last season because of an injury.
3/29/2017 Tony Romo, Dal, QB
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he plans to make a decision about the future of quarterback Romo "before training camp."

Analysis: Romo's status with the team has been in limbo since free agency began three weeks ago. The Cowboys have been seeking a trade partner for the 36-year-old veteran, but thus far no team has been willing to take on Romo's contract for the 2017 season. If no trade is made, the Cowboys intend to release Romo.
3/28/2017 Jamie Meder, Cle, DT
The Cleveland Browns have re-signed Meder, who blocked a late field goal to give the team its only win last season. Meder was an exclusive-rights free agent, a player with two or fewer seasons whose contract has expired. The 6-foot-3, 308-pounder had a strong third season with Cleveland, recording 48 tackles and a sack in 15 starts.

Analysis: His biggest play came Dec. 24 against San Diego when he deflected a fourth-quarter field goal to help the Browns finally win, ending a 14-game losing streak and avoiding an 0-16 season. Meder was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance.
3/28/2017 Jason Witten, Dal, TE
Witten has signed a four-year contract extension that virtually guarantees the 14-year veteran will spend his entire career with the Cowboys. Witten, who turns 35 in May, is one of two tight ends in NFL history with at least 1,000 catches and 10,000 yards receiving. The other is Tony Gonzalez, who retired in 2013 after 17 seasons.

Analysis: The deal Witten signed Tuesday runs through 2021 and leaves the final year of the two-time All Pro's current contract intact. The extension has a maximum value of $29 million with no new guaranteed money and gives the Cowboys the flexibility to restructure and create about $4 million in salary cap space.
3/28/2017 Chris Long, Phi, DE
The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Long, who won a Super Bowl last season with New England.

Analysis: Long has 342 tackles, 58 1/2 sacks, nine forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries in 130 games. He had four sacks and 10 quarterback hits in 16 games for New England and was an integral part of a defense that allowed an NFL-low 250 points.
3/27/2017 DuJuan Harris, SF, RB
Harris' agent, Andy Simms, tweeted Monday that Harris will re-sign with San Francisco after the team did not tender him a restricted free agent contract earlier this month.

Analysis: Harris played 10 games for the 49ers last season. He ran for 138 yards on 38 carries and also caught eight passes for 115 yards.
3/27/2017 Trevone Boykin, Sea, QB
Boykin has been arrested in Dallas after police say he was in a vehicle that hit seven people on a sidewalk near a bar.

Analysis: Jail records show Boykin, a former TCU quarterback, was booked early Monday on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and possession of marijuana. Bond was $500. Dallas police say a vehicle backed onto a sidewalk and struck seven pedestrians, plus the bar, slightly injuring a bartender. All suffered non-life threatening injuries. The woman driving was arrested for felony intoxication assault with a vehicle.
3/26/2017 Makinton Dorleant, GB, CB
Dorleant was arrested in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Saturday and cited for interference after police officers arrived at a local bar to break up a fight.

Analysis: According to the police report, Dorleant approached the police "in a threatening manner" after his former Northern Iowa teammate, Chicago Bears cornerback Deiondre Hall, was tasered and placed in the squad car after spitting at the officers. The 24-year-old appeared in four games as a rookie with Green Bay last season after making the team as an undrafted free agent.
3/26/2017 Deiondre' Hall, Chi, CB
Hall was arrested in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Saturday after reportedly spitting in police officers' faces following a disturbance at a local bar. The second-year cornerback was charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication and interference with official acts.

Analysis: According to the police report, officers were called to the establishment to break up a fight and received resistance from Hall and Packers cornerback Makinton Dorleant, both of whom played at Northern Iowa. Hall needed to be tasered before being placed in the squad car. A fourth-round pick of Chicago in last year's draft, Hall played in eight games as a rookie.
3/24/2017 Ricky Jean Francois, GB, DE
The Packers have signed Jean-Francois to an undisclosed contract.

Analysis: The eight-year veteran could begin the season as a starter with Letroy Guion suspended the first four games. Jean-Francois spent the last two seasons with Washington, compiling 57 tackles and 3.5 sacks over 32 games mostly as a reserve.
3/24/2017 Michael Wilhoite, Sea, LB
The Seahawks have signed Wilhoite to a one-year contract.

Analysis: Wilhoite joins the Seahawks after spending his first five NFL seasons in the NFC West with San Francisco, where he started 36 games. The 30-year-old will likely serve as Bobby Wagner's backup at middle linebacker.
3/24/2017 Malliciah Goodman, Jax, DE
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed Goodman to back up newly signed veteran free agent Calais Campbell.

Analysis: Goodman has appeared in 37 career games with 11 starts, getting 29 tackles, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Goodman was originally selected by Atlanta in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. He spent his first three seasons (2013-15) with the Falcons. He appeared in one game for Seattle last season before returning to Atlanta and playing in two games for the Falcons.
3/23/2017 Cedric Peerman, Cin, RB
The Bengals retained their best special teams player on Wednesday, signing Peerman to a one-year deal.

Analysis: The eighth-year veteran was a Pro Bowl special teams pick in 2015. He was limited to six games last season because of a broken forearm. The running back has been with the Bengals since 2010. He has carried 70 times for 349 yards with Cincinnati.
3/23/2017 Aaron Murray, LAR, QB
The Los Angeles Rams signed Murray on Thursday. He is expected to be their third-string quarterback.

Analysis: Murray was a fifth-round pick by Kansas City in 2014, and he spent two seasons with the Chiefs before getting cut and finishing last season on Philadelphia's practice squad. Murray played collegiately at the University of Georgia, where he spent two seasons handing off to Rams running back Todd Gurley.
3/23/2017 Christine Michael, GB, RB
The Packers have re-signed Michael.

Analysis: Michael provided a change of pace for Ty Montgomery last season. The 26-year-old Michael had a 42-yard touchdown run against the Chicago Bears in Week 15 to highlight an otherwise pedestrian six-game stretch with Green Bay. Michael finished with 31 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown in 2016.
3/22/2017 Mychal Rivera, Jax, TE
The Jaguars signed Rivera to a two-year contract on Wednesday.

Analysis: Rivera spent the first four years of his NFL career in Oakland, where he caught 146 passes for 1,413 yards and 10 touchdowns in 61 games. He is expected to compete for playing time with veteran Marcedes Lewis, Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling.
3/22/2017 Latavius Murray, Min, RB
Murray had successful ankle surgery Wednesday.

Analysis: The Vikings said in a statement that they were "aware of the required surgery prior to signing Latavius on March 16. Latavius is expected to fully recover and be available for training camp." Murray left the Raiders as a free agent and signed last week with Minnesota, getting $15 million over three years, with $8.55 million guaranteed.
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