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6/16/2015 Clive Walford, Oak, TE
The Oakland Raiders have signed third-round pick tight end Clive Walford. The deal announced Tuesday leaves second-round defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. as the only unsigned player in Oakland's 10-player draft class.

Analysis: Walford was selected 68th overall out of Miami. He caught 121 passes for 1,753 yards and 14 touchdowns, becoming just the seventh tight end in Hurricanes history to surpass 1,000 career receiving yards. Walford is expected to compete for the starting job with the Raiders.
6/16/2015 Martellus Bennett, Chi, TE
Bennett is working out with the team for the first time under coach John Fox after staying away from optional offseason workouts while trying to get a new contract.

Analysis: Bennett finds the new offense within his grasp and both quarterback Jay Cutler and Fox were impressed by what they saw of him in Tuesday's first practice. Bennett initially said Tuesday he would be at training camp when it opens July 29, but then added, "There's always a possibility," referring to the chance of being a holdout.
6/16/2015 Devon Still, Cin, DT
Still is back in town for the Bengals' minicamp this week, relieved that his 5-year-old daughter seems to have turned the corner in her longstanding fight against cancer. Leah Still developed a liver condition from her latest bout of chemotherapy. After three weeks in the hospital, she finally started showing improvement on Monday.

Analysis: The defensive lineman was encouraged enough to return to Cincinnati for a three-day minicamp that opened on Tuesday. Still has been staying in shape in between spending time with his daughter at a hospital in Philadelphia. He wore his blue hospital identification band on his left wrist during practice. Still is trying to hold onto a job as part of Cincinnati's rotation on the defensive line.
6/16/2015 Andre Fluellen, Buf, DT
The Buffalo Bills have added depth to an already talented defensive front by signing veteran free agent tackle Andre Fluellen. The signing was announced Tuesday, when Buffalo opened a three-day mandatory minicamp. Fluellen will compete for a backup job on a defensive line that features three Pro Bowl selections in Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Mario Williams.

Analysis: Listed at 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds, Fluellen has seven years of NFL experience spent mostly with the Detroit Lions. He's a career backup, who had two sacks in eight games with the Lions last season. Overall, the 2008 third-round draft pick has 4-1/2 sacks, 12 quarterback hits and 10 tackles for a loss in 77 career games, including six starts.
6/16/2015 Jason Pierre-Paul, NYG, DE
Pierre-Paul is skipping the New York Giants' mandatory offseason minicamp after failing to sign the team's $14.8 million tender offer as its franchise player. The Giants have until July 15 to sign him to a long-term deal. If he does not sign, he can become a free agent after the season.

Analysis: Pierre-Paul, who led the Giants with 12 1/2 sacks last season, was not at the minicamp opening workout Tuesday. It wasn't a surprise. While the team is learning a new defensive system under coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, participating in the minicamp would expose him to injury and risk his chances of signing a long-term contract. Because the 26-year-old is not under contract, he also can't be fined.
6/16/2015 Da'Rick Rogers, KC, WR
The Kansas City Chiefs released Rogers before the start of their mandatory minicamp Tuesday.

Analysis: Rogers, once a college standout for Tennessee, was kicked off the team for disciplinary issues and transferred to Tennessee Tech. But he's been unable to make it in the NFL, catching just 14 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns while bouncing through three franchises. In May, Rogers spent one day in jail after pleading guilty in Indianapolis to drunken driving.
6/16/2015 Taylor Mays, Det, S
The Minnesota Vikings released safety Taylor Mays on Tuesday before starting their minicamp.

Analysis: The Vikings signed Mays in March. He was a second-round draft pick out of USC by San Francisco in 2010 and traded by the 49ers the following year to Cincinnati, where he played three of his four seasons with the Bengals under current Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer. The Vikings are still assessing the starting safety spot opposite Harrison Smith, with incumbent Robert Blanton, Antone Exum, Anthony Harris and Andrew Sendejo among the candidates.
6/16/2015 Dez Bryant, Dal, WR
As expected, Bryant is a no-show for the start of the Dallas Cowboys mandatory offseason minicamp.

Analysis: Bryant has not signed his franchise tag, and there is only a month before the deadline for the Pro Bowl receiver to work out a long-term deal with the Cowboys or play this season for $12.8 million. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday that Bryant is working hard on his own and that his absence isn't a unique situation for a player with the franchise tag.
6/16/2015 Shonn Greene, Ten, RB
The Tennessee Titans have released running back Shonn Greene before the start of a three-day mandatory minicamp. The team announced the move Tuesday. The Titans drafted running backs Bishop Sankey in the second round last year and David Cobb in the fifth round in May.

Analysis: Greene had not taken part in the team's offseason program and had one year left on the contract he signed in 2013. Greene ran for more than 1,000 yards in both 2011 and 2012 with the New York Jets. But injuries limited him to 11 games with Tennessee in 2013, and he ran for only 392 yards with two touchdowns in 13 games last season under coach Ken Whisenhunt. The six-year veteran has run for 4,110 yards in his career with 24 touchdowns.
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