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|6/19/2013||Michael Adams, CB||The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed Adams. The team announced the move Wednesday, adding the seventh-year pro to the roster and waiving guard Jeremy Lewis.
Analysis: Adams started seven of 74 games he's appeared in with the Arizona Cardinals over the past six seasons. He has three career interceptions, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries.
|6/19/2013||Justin Smith, DT||The San Francisco 49ers have signed Smith to a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2015 season.
Analysis: The 33-year-old Smith was sidelined the final 2 1/2 games of the regular season, ending his streak of 185 consecutive starts. He returned in the playoffs to help the 49ers reach the Super Bowl, where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens. Smith has made the Pro Bowl four straight seasons.
|6/18/2013||Aaron Hernandez, TE||State and local police spent hours at the home of Hernandez on Tuesday night as another group of officers searched an industrial park about a mile away where a body was discovered the day before.
Analysis: Police at the scene and prosecutors would not comment on the actions while Sports Illustrated, citing an unidentified source, reported that Hernandez was not believed to be a suspect in what was being treated as a possible homicide. The magazine says police have spoken with Hernandez.
|6/18/2013||Desmond Bishop, LB||The Minnesota Vikings are playing coy about their interest in Bishop.
Analysis: Vikings coach Leslie Frazier declined after minicamp practice Tuesday to confirm that Bishop was visiting with the team. After Bishop was released by the rival Green Bay Packers on Monday, the seventh-year veteran told several Wisconsin media outlets he planned to speak with the Vikings in Minnesota. Frazier said he didn't want to "verify any reports" and that any free agents brought in for workouts are "no reflection on our team."
|6/18/2013||Rob Gronkowski, TE||Gronkowski has undergone back surgery.
Analysis: The operation was performed on Tuesday by Dr. Robert Watkins and was successful, said Drew Rosenhaus, Gronkowski's agent. On May 20, Gronkowski had his fourth surgery on the left forearm that he broke on Nov. 18 while blocking for an extra point in a 59-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts. He broke it again in the Patriots' first playoff game, a 41-28 win over the Houston Texans. Rosenhaus said the fourth surgery was expected to be the last on his forearm.
|6/18/2013||Dwayne Gratz, CB||Gratz signed a contract Tuesday.
Analysis: Gratz, the 64th overall selection, finished his college career with 189 tackles, 30 passes defensed and eight interceptions at Connecticut. He returned two of his eight picks for touchdowns. He also is a projected starter, working the entire offseason opposite Alan Ball.
|6/18/2013||Johnathan Cyprien, S||Cyprien inked a contract Tuesday.
Analysis: Cyprien, the 33rd overall pick in April's draft, had 365 tackles, six forced fumbles and seven interceptions in four years at Florida International. He led the team with 93 tackles and four interceptions last season. He is expected to start as a rookie alongside veteran Dwight Lowery.
|6/18/2013||Tony Gonzalez, TE||Gonzalez has won the 2013 Good Guy Award from the Professional Football Writers of America.
Analysis: Gonzalez, who recently announced he will play one more season after originally planning to retire, has been honored for his professionalism in helping pro football writers do their jobs. Gonzalez had one of his best seasons at age 36 as the Falcons went 13-3 and won the NFC South. One of the NFL's most popular players, Gonzalez caught a team-high 93 passes for 930 yards and eight touchdowns, earning his 13th Pro Bowl appearance.
|6/17/2013||Dominique Curry, TE||The Lions released Curry on Monday.
Analysis: In his place, they signed former North Dakota State tight end Matt Veldman.
|6/17/2013||Matt Veldman, TE||The Lions announced the signing of Veldman on Monday.
Analysis: Veldman was cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. The former North Dakota State standout signed with the Jaguars a year ago, but didn't play because he tore a knee ligament in August and was put on injured reserve.
|6/17/2013||Desmond Bishop, LB||The Green Bay Packers have released linebacker Desmond Bishop.
Analysis: Bishop and the team couldn't agree on a restructured contract. Bishop was due to make $3.464 million this season after missing all of last year with a hamstring injury.
|6/14/2013||Kellen Winslow, TE||The New York Jets have signed tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. to a one-year deal after a solid performance during the team's three-day minicamp.
Analysis: Winslow was brought in on a tryout basis and impressed coach Rex Ryan, who said Thursday that the former Pro Bowl tight end's "athleticism and his ability to catch the football, it certainly jumps out."
|6/14/2013||Victor Cruz, WR||Cruz has signed his $2.879 million tender with the New York Giants. Two people familiar with the contract told The Associated Press on Friday that the restricted free agent with three years in the NFL had signed the tender while he works on a long-term deal with the Giants.
Analysis: The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the signing has not been announced publicly. Had the 26-year-old Cruz not signed before Monday, the Giants' offer could have been reduced to $630,000 for the 2013 season. The Giants could have matched any offers Cruz received from other teams.
|6/13/2013||Landry Jones, QB||The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed fourth-round draft pick Jones to a four-year deal. The former Oklahoma quarterback is the ninth and final Pittsburgh draft pick to come to terms.
Analysis: Pittsburgh selected Jones with the 115th overall pick in the draft and is the highest draft pick the Steelers have used on a quarterback since taking Ben Roethlisberger in the first round of the 2004 draft.
|6/13/2013||Matt Barkley, QB||Barkley and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed on a four-year contract.
Analysis: Barkley was selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft after a standout career at Southern California. The move announced Thursday leaves only one draft pick unsigned. Barkley rewrote the conference record book during a USC-record 47 starts over four seasons, becoming the Pac-12's leader in touchdown passes, yards passing, completions and total offense.
|6/13/2013||Derek Hagan, WR||The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed Hagan. The eighth-year pro has appeared in 83 games, mostly as a reserve, during his NFL career.
Analysis: He has 129 career receptions for 1,480 yards and six touchdowns with the Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders. Hagan had 20 catches for 259 yards for the Raiders last season. To make room on the roster Thursday, the Bucs waived rookie receiver Jheranie Boyd.
|6/13/2013||Reggie Bush, RB||Bush says his role will be similar to the one he had in New Orleans and not much like his job description was with the Miami Dolphins.
Analysis: The Lions plan to put Bush in the backfield and out wide at receiver, trying to take advantage of his speed. Detroit hope Bush becomes the big-play running back it hasn't had since concussions took Jahvid Best off the field. Bush signed a $16 million, four-year contract with the Lions in March. Bush says he could've re-signed in Miami or played for Arizona, Seattle or Atlanta.
|6/13/2013||Willis McGahee, RB||The Denver Broncos have released McGahee, their leading rusher last year. The 31-year-old running back is the NFL's active leader with 33 100-yard games. McGahee is coming off a right knee injury that sidelined him for the final two months last season. The 11-year veteran was set to make $2.5 million in 2013.
Analysis: McGahee skipped all of the team's 10 voluntary workouts but returned to Dove Valley for their three-day mandatory minicamp that ends Thursday.
|6/13/2013||Austen Lane, DE||The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived Lane after three seasons and undrafted rookie cornerback Trey Wilson. The team made the moves before its final practice of the offseason.
Analysis: Lane, a fifth-round draft pick from Murray State in 2010, played in 28 games with 16 starts. He had 103 tackles and three sacks. He became expendable with the emergence of second-year player Andre Branch and the move of defensive tackle Tyson Alualu to end.
|6/12/2013||Mark Sanchez, QB||Sanchez and Geno Smith are locked in a tight quarterback competition, with neither one pulling away so far.
Analysis: Rex Ryan and the New York Jets might not know who their starting quarterback is until sometime during training camp in August - and the coach is willing to be patient. Quarterbacks coach David Lee says Wednesday that "we'll know when we know" that the Jets have their starter.
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