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|3/4/2015||Peyton Manning, QB|
|Manning is returning for an 18th NFL season.
Analysis: A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Manning will take a $4 million pay cut, from $19 million to $15 million, but that he can make it all back through performance incentives. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement of the deal.
|3/4/2015||Adrian Peterson, RB|
|The Minnesota Vikings have made their in-person pitch to Adrian Peterson.
Analysis: General manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer spent about four hours Wednesday afternoon at Peterson's home north of Houston. Photographers captured Spielman and Zimmer leaving together, dressed in sport coats and blue jeans. This was the first time meeting they've had with Peterson since the star running back was placed on the exempt list in mid-September following his indictment in a child abuse case involving his 4-year-old son.
|3/4/2015||Duke Ihenacho, S|
|The Washington Redskins have re-signed safety Duke Ihenacho.
Analysis: Ihenacho, who was claimed off waivers from the Denver Broncos on Aug. 31, played three games for the Redskins last season before breaking a bone in his left foot in Week 3. The 25-year-old was signed by the Broncos as a free agent out of San Jose State in May 2012. In 2013, he played in 15 games for Denver, starting 14, and finished with 89 tackles and nine passes defended.
|3/4/2015||Ronald Talley, DE|
|The New York Jets have signed former Arizona Cardinals defensive end Ronald Talley.
Analysis: The 29-year-old Talley has 14 tackles and one sack in his NFL career. He played in six games for Arizona in 2013 for current Jets coach Todd Bowles, who was then the Cardinals' defensive coordinator.
|3/4/2015||Trent Cole, LB|
|The Philadelphia Eagles have released Cole.
Analysis: A fifth-round draft choice of the Eagles in 2005 out of Cincinnati, the 32-year-old Cole ranks second in Eagles history with 85 1/2 sacks in 10 seasons, trailing only Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White. A two-time Pro Bowl selection (in 2007 and 2009) and an All-Pro pick in 2009, Cole appeared in 155 games with the Eagles. He had 795 tackles and 20 multi-sack games.
|3/4/2015||Cole Beasley, WR|
|The Cowboys have re-signed restricted free agent Cole Beasley after the diminutive receiver emerged as a threat in the slot last season for Tony Romo. Beasley signed a four-year contract Wednesday reportedly worth about $14 million, with $7 million guaranteed.
Analysis: The 5-foot-8 former SMU player had career highs with 420 yards and four touchdowns in his third season in 2014. The signing of Beasley came two days after Dallas put the franchise tag on All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant, who will make $12.8 million if he signs the one-year tender. The Cowboys have until July 15 to sign Bryant to a long-term deal. Beasley was third among Dallas receivers behind Bryant and Terrance Williams. He has 916 career yards.
|3/4/2015||Cole Beasley, WR|
|The Cowboys have re-signed restricted free agent Cole Beasley after the diminutive receiver emerged as a threat in the slot last season for Tony Romo.
Analysis: Beasley signed a four-year contract Wednesday reportedly worth about $14 million, with $7 million guaranteed. The 5-foot-8 former SMU player had career highs with 420 yards and four touchdowns in his third season in 2014.
|3/4/2015||Teddy Bridgewater, QB|
|It's official - Bridgewater is now the man in Minnesota.
Analysis: The Vikings and the Buffalo Bills have agreed on a trade that will send quarterback Matt Cassel to the Bills next week and fetch the Vikings extra draft picks. With Christian Ponder becoming an unrestricted free agent, Bridgewater will be the only quarterback of significance on Minnesota's roster. It could be his time to shine.
|3/4/2015||Matt Cassel, QB|
|The Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills have agreed on a trade that will send quarterback Matt Cassel to the Bills next week and fetch the Vikings extra draft picks.
Analysis: Cassel spent two years with the Vikings, taking over in 2013 after Christian Ponder struggled to keep the job. Cassel's production was up and down, with a total of 14 touchdown passes and 14 turnovers in 12 games. Now he will unite with brash and outspoken Bills coach Rex Ryan. The Bills have expressed a desire to add at least two quarterbacks for 2015 so prospective fantasy owners should hold their horses.
|3/4/2015||Cam Newton, QB|
|Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department spokesman Rob Tufano says Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is not a person of interest following a weekend shooting at a Charlotte nightclub. According to the police report, two people sustained non-life-threatening injuries Saturday night after gunshots were fired at Label nightclub.
Analysis: WSOC-TV in Charlotte published photos and video Tuesday night that showed Newton on stage with Young Jeezy - one of the rappers scheduled to perform at the party - before gunshots sent people ducking to the ground and fleeing for the exits. The Panthers declined comment on the incident.
|3/3/2015||Matt Overton, LB|
|The Colts have re-signed Overton, a move that will keep Indy's three Pro Bowl special teams players together at least one more season. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Analysis: Overton played in all 48 games over the past three seasons and played in the 2014 Pro Bowl. Punter Pat McAfee and kicker Adam Vinatieri were both selected to this year's Pro Bowl.
|3/3/2015||Kiko Alonso, LB|
|A person familiar with the deal says the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade star running back LeSean McCoy for Alonso.
Analysis: Alonso played college football in Oregon under Eagles coach Chip Kelly. The 2013 second-round draft pick was a contender for NFL defensive rookie of the year. He missed all of last season with a knee injury after while working out in Oregon in July. He is expected to fully recover in time for the 2015 season.
|3/3/2015||LeSean McCoy, RB|
|A person familiar with the deal says the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade McCoy for Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso. The person spoke under condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the teams had not announced the deal. ESPN first reported the trade.
Analysis: McCoy had an inconsistent season last year after leading the NFL with 1,607 yards rushing in 2013.
|3/3/2015||Greg Hardy, DE|
|A person familiar with the situation says Hardy will meet with NFL officials in New York on Wednesday to discuss his domestic violence case. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the meeting hasn't been publicly announced. Hardy, who as been on the commissioner's exempt list since September, becomes a free agent March 10.
Analysis: Hardy, 26, was convicted of assault on a female and communicating threats last summer, but charges were dismissed Feb. 9 during an appeal trial when his accuser failed to testify. Prosecutors say Hardy reached a civil suit agreement with the accuser. The NFL has said it is investigating Hardy's case.
|3/3/2015||Tyvon Branch, S|
|The Oakland Raiders have officially released Branch. The team told Branch last week of its plans to cut ties with him and announced the move on Tuesday.
Analysis: Branch joined Oakland as a fourth-round pick out of Connecticut in 2008. Branch immediately became an impact player and started 62 of 64 games from 2009-12. He was slowed by injuries the past two seasons and played only five games. He had one year remaining on his contract.
|3/3/2015||Jonathan Massaquoi, DE|
|The Titans claimed Massaquoi off waivers Tuesday.
Analysis: Massaquoi has played in 39 games in three seasons with Atlanta, and the fifth-round draft pick out of Troy has six sacks and 11 tackles for loss in his career.
|3/3/2015||Bernard Pollard, S|
|Tennessee announced Tuesday it has released Pollard.
Analysis: Pollard, Tennessee's leading tackler in 2013, had asked to be released so he can sign with a Super Bowl contender after an Achilles tendon injury ended his season early last year. He was due $3.1 million this season.
|3/3/2015||Earl Okine, DE|
|The Indianapolis Colts have signed Okine. The 6-foot-6, 284-pound Florida alum last played in the Fall Experimental Football League, helping the Brooklyn Bolts go 4-0 in 2014. Okine also played last year in the Arena Football League, where he finished with 28 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks for the Orlando Predators. Before that, he spent part of the 2013 season with the CFL's Calgary Stampeders.
Analysis: Okine originally signed with Houston as an undrafted rookie in May 2013 but was waived the Texans three months later.
|3/3/2015||Cary Williams, CB|
|The Philadelphia Eagles released Williams.
Analysis: Williams was signed by the Eagles as a free agent in 2013 and started all 32 games over the last two seasons. He had five interceptions.
|3/2/2015||Justin Houston, LB|
|The Kansas City Chiefs have placed the franchise tag on Houston.
Analysis: The move was widely expected given the relatively little progress that Kansas City has made with Houston and his representatives on a long-term deal. The two sides still have until July 15 to negotiate a contract, and it is not certain whether Houston will immediately sign his tender. As an outside linebacker, the one-year deal would earn him about $13.1 million for the upcoming season.
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