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|3/4/2014||John Carlson, TE||A person with knowledge of the decision has confirmed that the Minnesota Vikings have decided to release veteran tight end John Carlson.
Analysis: The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet finalized the move. The Vikings had no announcement. The news was first reported by FoxSports.com.
|3/4/2014||Jason Snelling, RB||Falcons running back Jason Snelling has retired, ending his seven-year career.
Analysis: Snelling was a seventh-round pick from Virginia in 2007 and spent his full career with the Falcons. Most of his playing time came as a backup - both at fullback and running back. He also was a strong receiver.
|3/4/2014||Sav Rocca, P||The Washington Redskins have cut defensive lineman Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca.
Analysis: Rocca, a 40-year-old former Australian Rules Football star in his native country, had a disappointing year in his third season with the Redskins. His 33.8-yard net average ranked last in the NFL.
|3/4/2014||Adam Carriker, DE||The Washington Redskins have cut defensive lineman Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca.
Analysis: Carriker tore the quad tendon in his right knee in the second game of the 2012 season and hasn't played since. He's had three surgeries on the knee and has been aiming for a comeback in 2014. Carriker was a first-round draft pick by the St. Louis Rams in 2007.
|3/4/2014||Le'Ron McClain, RB||The San Diego Chargers have released cornerbacks Derek Cox and Johnny Patrick and fullback Le'Ron McClain.
Analysis: McClain played in 34 games for the Chargers the last two seasons, with 25 carries for 74 yards and 10 catches for 22 yards.
|3/3/2014||Cedric Thornton, DE||The Philadelphia Eagles have signed Thornton to a one-year contract.
Analysis: Thornton emerged as one of the league's best defensive ends against the run in 2013. The former undrafted free agent from Division II Southern Arkansas led Philadelphia's linemen with 78 tackles and had one sack. The 25-year-old Thornton would have been an exclusive rights free agent so he signed for the third-year player minimum.
|3/3/2014||Bernard Pollard, S||The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a multiyear contract with Pollard that keeps their top tackler off the free-agent market.
Analysis: Pollard started all 16 games last season and led Tennessee with 142 tackles, including 93 solo stops. He also had three interceptions. Pollard was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent March 11.
|3/3/2014||Jason Worilds, LB||The Pittsburgh Steelers have designated linebacker Jason Worilds as the team's transition player for 2014.
Analysis: Worilds was set to become a free agent next week, but now the Steelers will have five days to match any offer he receives. Free agency begins March 11.
|3/3/2014||Alex Mack, C||The Browns have locked free-agent center Alex Mack into a one-year, $10.039 million contract.
Analysis: By using the transition tag, Cleveland will have five days to match any offer to Mack by other teams. If the Browns had used their franchise tag on Mack, he would have made $11.654 million next season.
|3/3/2014||Jairus Byrd, S||The Buffalo Bills have chosen not to use the franchise tag to retain safety Jairus Byrd, a decision that allows the three-time Pro Bowl player to become an unrestricted free agent.
Analysis: The decision was announced by the team shortly before the NFL deadline to apply the tag arrived Monday And it came after the two sides were unable to negotiate a long-term contract.
|3/3/2014||Anquan Boldin, WR||Boldin says he will be back with the San Francisco 49ers next season.
Analysis: Boldin wrote on his Twitter page Monday that he's "returning to San Francisco." The post was accompanied by a photo of him running through the tunnel at Candlestick Park in a 49ers jersey. Boldin led San Francisco with 85 catches for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns last season and was set to become a free agent.
|3/3/2014||Brian Orakpo, LB||The Washington Redskins have used their franchise tag on Orakpo, all but ensuring he will remain with the team next season.
Analysis: The Redskins used the non-exclusive tag Monday on Orakpo. He remains eligible to become a free agent later this month, but Washington will have the right to match any offer by another team and could receive two first-round draft picks as compensation if he signs elsewhere.
|3/3/2014||Peyton Manning, QB||Manning has passed his physical on his surgically repaired neck, clearing the way for him to play in 2014.
Analysis: In what was considered the final formality for his return, Manning passed the exam as required by his contract that will pay him $20 million next season. He won his fifth MVP award in 2013, when he set single-season records by passing for 5,547 yards and 55 TDs while guiding the Broncos to their first Super Bowl in 15 seasons.
|3/3/2014||Brent Grimes, CB||Grimes has signed a four-year contract to remain with the Miami Dolphins.
Analysis: With the deal announced Monday, the Dolphins achieved one of their biggest offseason priorities by avoiding the loss of Grimes in free agency. The 30-year-old Grimes had four interceptions and played in all 16 games for the Dolphins last year after they signed him to a one-year contract. He spent six years with the Atlanta Falcons and missed almost all of the 2012 season with an Achilles tendon injury.
|3/1/2014||Richie Incognito, G||A person familiar with the situation says Incognito is receiving treatment in the wake of the team's bullying scandal.
Analysis: The person commented to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because Incognito hasn't discussed the situation publicly. The person said the NFL Players Association is supporting Incognito's treatment. Another person familiar with Incognito's situation said the veteran lineman is exhausted after being "dragged through the mud" in recent months.
|3/1/2014||Alfonzo Dennard, CB||Dennard has reported to a Lincoln jail to begin his 60-day term for a 2012 assault on a police officer.
Analysis: The 24-year-old former Nebraska football standout will have to serve at least 35 days.
|2/28/2014||Steve Gregory, S||The New England Patriots have released safety Steve Gregory.
Analysis: The 31-year-old Gregory has played eight seasons, including the past two with the Patriots. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder joined the Patriots as an unrestricted free agent on March 16, 2012, after six seasons with the San Diego Chargers.
|2/28/2014||Kelvin Hayden, CB||The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with Hayden.
Analysis: Hayden injured his hamstring in training camp last year with Chicago and sat out the season. In 2012, he tied for the NFL lead with four opponent fumble recoveries for the Bears.
|2/28/2014||Dennis Pitta, TE||The Baltimore Ravens and Pitta reached an agreement on a five-year contract Friday.
Analysis: He was set to be an unrestricted free agent. Pitta, Baltimore's fourth-round pick in 2010, has become a favorite option of quarterback Joe Flacco in recent seasons. Pitta missed most of 2013 while recovering from a dislocated and fractured hip, but he returned to catch 20 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown in the final four games.
|2/28/2014||Graham Gano, K||The Carolina Panthers say they have re-signed Gano to a four-year contract.
Analysis: The 26-year-old Gano joined the Panthers last season and converted 24 of 27 field goal attempts in helping Carolina win the NFC South. He set a franchise record and tied for the NFL lead with six made field goals from 50 yards or more.
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