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|3/24/2015||Taylor Mays, S|
|The Vikings have agreed to terms on a contract with Mays.
Analysis: Mays was a second-round draft pick out of USC by San Francisco in 2010 and traded by the 49ers the following year to the Cincinnati Bengals, where he played three seasons under defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. Zimmer has started his second year as coach of the Vikings. Mays will likely compete with incumbent Robert Blanton for a starting spot next to Harrison Smith.
|3/23/2015||Nathan Slaughter, WR|
|The NFL's experiment with a veterans combine has worked immediately for at least one player. Slaughter is the first success story from Sunday's session, signing with the Arizona Cardinals on Monday. Slaughter ran an unofficial 4.55 in the 40-yard dash, the fastest time.
Analysis: Slaughter, 22, also could find a role on special teams. Slaughter played four seasons at Division II West Texas A&M, where he caught 74 passes for 1,978 yards and 14 touchdowns, along with three kickoff return TDs.
|3/22/2015||James Harrison, LB|
|The Steelers have re-signed Harrison to a two-year deal, bringing back the 36-year-old who had 5 1/2 sacks last year. The team announced the deal on Sunday, and Harrison shared a picture of himself signing the contract on Instagram and Twitter.
Analysis: The five-time Pro Bowler will be entering his 13th NFL season after spending the winter training in Arizona. This offseason, there were no questions about whether Harrison wanted to return. He came back to the Steelers in 2014 after a brief 18-day retirement. Harrison played in 11 games last season.
|3/20/2015||Bryce Harris, T|
|The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms with Harris on a one-year contract.
Analysis: Harris, 6-6, 300 pounds, has appeared in 34 career games with four starts in three seasons, two at left tackle and two at right tackle. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Atlanta Falcons in 2012 out of Fresno State, Harris was added to New Orleans' active roster off the Falcons practice squad in Week one of his rookie campaign.
|3/20/2015||Kevin Vickerson, DE|
|The New York Jets and Vickerson have agreed to a one-year contract.
Analysis: Vickerson, 32, had 12 tackles in 15 games for the Kansas City Chiefs last season. He is expected to give the Jets depth on the defensive line after Kenrick Ellis signed with the Giants as a free agent. Vickerson also has been with Miami, Tennessee, Seattle and Denver during his 10-year career. He has 165 career tackles, 6 1/2 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.
|3/20/2015||Clint Gresham, C|
|The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed long snapper Gresham to a new contract.
Analysis: It's a three-year contract worth $2.7 million total and a $300,000 signing bonus. Gresham has been with the Seahawks since the 2010 season, appearing in every game during that time. Seattle has kept all of its specialists together for the past four seasons with Gresham, punter Jon Ryan and kicker Steven Hauschka.
|3/20/2015||Adrian Peterson, RB|
|One day after Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said in an interview on Tuesday that he believes a return to Minnesota this season is not in the "best interest" of the standout running back, coach Mike Zimmer said he "fully expects" Peterson to be with the team for the 2015 season, adding Wednesday there are "no plans" to trade the star.
Analysis: Peterson has not yet been reinstated by the NFL from his suspension under the personal conduct policy. Peterson has balked at returning to the team, questioning the Minnesota organization's support of him after he was suspended for disciplining his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. The case was resolved in court with a plea bargain. Peterson's contract has three years remaining, with a $12.75 million salary for 2015.
|3/20/2015||Matt Moore, QB|
|Moore has signed a contract to remain the Miami Dolphins' backup quarterback behind Ryan Tannehill.
Analysis: Moore has been with the Dolphins since 2011, when he replaced an injured Chad Henne, started 12 games and was voted the team's most valuable player. But he hasn't started since then, and threw only four passes in two games last year.
|3/20/2015||Louis Delmas, S|
|The Miami Dolphins are bringing back safety Louis Delmas, who signed a one-year deal Friday to return to the club.
Analysis: Delmas tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in December, but the team is hopeful he will be ready for training camp this summer.
|3/20/2015||Nate Irving, LB|
|The Indianapolis Colts said Friday they have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent linebacker Nate Irving.
Analysis: Irving spent the past four seasons with the Denver Broncos, where he had 104 tackles, two sacks and 22 special teams stops in 54 regular season games, including 12 starts. In six playoff games, he added nine more tackles. Irving started the first eight games last season and posted a career-high 44 tackles along with a sack before being placed on injured reserve Nov. 13.
|3/20/2015||George Selvie, DE|
|The New York Giants have signed Selvie, a college teammate of Jason Pierre-Paul, to help strengthen their defensive line. The Giants announced the signing on Friday. Contract terms were not immediately available.
Analysis: Selvie and Pierre-Paul were together at South Florida and it's conceivable they could go into the season as the Giants' starting defensive ends in September. Selvie has played in 68 regular-season games with 29 starts in five seasons for St. Louis, Carolina, Jacksonville and Dallas. His career totals include 126 tackles, 13 sacks, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
|3/19/2015||James Brewer, T|
|The New York Jets have signed former Giants offensive lineman James Brewer to a one-year contract. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound Brewer signed Thursday, a day after visiting with the Jets. He was a fourth-round draft pick by the Giants out of Indiana in 2011.
Analysis: Brewer played in 26 career games, including eight starts, with the Giants. He was inactive for the Giants' first 10 games last season before playing in Weeks 12 and 13 - his only game action.
|3/19/2015||DuJuan Harris, RB|
|Minnesota signed Harris on Thursday.
Analysis: Harris missed all of the 2013 season with a knee injury and appeared in 15 games for the Packers last season. He carried the ball 16 times for 64 yards and could give the Vikings depth at the position if they part with Adrian Peterson.
|3/19/2015||Colt McCoy, QB|
|The Washington Redskins have re-signed McCoy, who started four games for the team last season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Analysis: McCoy, 28, appeared in five games overall in his first season with the Redskins, completing 91 of 128 passes (71.7 percent) for 1,057 yards, with four touchdown passes, three interceptions and a team-high passer rating of 96.4. The McCoy signing means, at least for now, the trio of quarterbacks who started games for last year's 4-12 club will return, including 2012 first-round draft pick Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins.
|3/19/2015||Bernard Pierce, RB|
|The Jacksonville Jaguars have claimed Bernard Pierce off waivers, one day after the running back's drunken driving charge led to his release by the Baltimore Ravens.
Analysis: The 23-year-old Pierce has rushed for 1,334 yards and five touchdowns in 45 career games with the Ravens, including three starts. He was a third-round draft pick in 2012. He had 366 yards rushing and touchdowns last season.
|3/19/2015||Byron Stingily, T|
|The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with offensive tackle Byron Stingily on a multi-year contract. The Titans announced the deal Thursday. Financial terms of the contract weren't disclosed.
Analysis: Stingily, 26, played 10 games and made five starts for the Titans last season to establish career highs in both categories. He has played 20 games with nine starts in four seasons with the Titans.
|3/19/2015||Demarco Cox, T|
|The Indianapolis Colts have signed undrafted free agent tackle Demarco Cox, a former basketball player at Ole Miss.
Analysis: The 6-foot-8 Cox played four years of basketball for the Rebels before transferring to Georgia Tech. He started all but one game for the Yellow Jackets and was the team's third-leading scorer (8.8 points per game) and rebounder (6.0).
|3/19/2015||Daniel Fells, TE|
|Fells has re-signed with the New York Giants. The eight-year veteran shared the position with Larry Donnell last season, playing in all 16 games. He had 16 receptions for 188 yards and a career-high four touchdowns.
Analysis: Fells did not play in 2013, and said his return last year was "a big blessing. I wanted to be able to come back and prove I can still play this game." He played his first three NFL seasons with the Rams, mostly as a backup. In 2011, Fells started 15 games for Denver. He joined New England the next year, but made only four catches.
|3/19/2015||Dwayne Bowe, WR|
|Bowe, who spent the past eight seasons with Kansas City, has agreed to contract terms with the Cleveland Browns.
Analysis: With Cleveland, Bowe will become a No. 1 receiver and fill the void created when former Pro Bowler Josh Gordon was suspended for one year for multiple violations of the NFL's drug policy. A big, athletic receiver, Bowe had 60 catches for 754 yards last season but no touchdowns. Bowe led the league with 15 TDs in 2010 and has averaged 66 catches per season.
|3/19/2015||Jacob Tamme, TE|
|The Atlanta Falcons have signed Tamme, looking for help at tight end one year after the retirement of Tony Gonzalez.
Analysis: Tamme had 14 catches for 109 and two touchdowns with the Denver Broncos last season. He set career highs with 67 catches for 631 yards and four touchdowns with quarterback Peyton Manning and the Colts in 2010. He then followed Manning to Denver, where he played the last three seasons. Levine Toilolo had 31 catches for 238 yards and two touchdowns as the Falcons' starting tight end last season.
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