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FA OL Justin Pugh (back) medically cleared 03-09-2018
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Free agent OL Justin Pugh (back) has been medically cleared for football activities.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Pugh didn't need surgery and suffered no structural damage as he played through a back issue last season before finally being sent to I.R. in December. He's headed toward the open market next week and looks like a Plan B for the Giants if they miss out on Andrew Norwell. The Giants very well could have a completely new offensive line in 2018 with four or five new starters.
Browns trade 2017 2nd-rd QB Kizer to Packers 03-09-2018
DeShone Kizer QB GB
Packers acquired DeShone Kizer from the Browns in exchange for CB Damarious Randall.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Buy It All: Browns acquire Damarious Randall 03-09-2018
Damarious Randall CB CLE
Browns acquired CB Damarious Randall from the Packers.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Not Done: Browns trade for Tyrod Taylor 03-09-2018
Tyrod Taylor QB CLE
Browns acquired Tyrod Taylor from the Bills in exchange for the No. 65 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
This deal comes just hours after the Browns agreed to a trade which will bring Jarvis Landry to Cleveland. Coach Hue Jackson has said he does not want to start a rookie quarterback in Week 1, and this trade all but ensures he will not have to. It also means the Browns do not have to reach for a quarterback with one of their top five picks if they are not in love with the top options. As for Buffalo, the writing had been on the wall for Taylor, but now the only quarterback they have under contract is Nathan "Five Pick" Peterman. They are strong candidates to trade up for one of the top quarterbacks in the draft.
Cardinals tender four exclusive rights FAs 03-09-2018
Elijhaa Penny RB ARZ
Cardinals extended tender offers to ERFAs RB Elijhaa Penny, DL Olsen Pierre, OT John Wetzel, and CB C.J. Goodwin.

Mike Jurecki on Twitter
As exclusive rights free agents, the quartet has to either sign the tender or sit out 2018, meaning they will be back with the Cardinals. This is a surprisingly robust list of ERFAs. Penny gained 162 yards from scrimmage with two scores last season, Wetzel made 11 starts at right and left tackle, and Pierre played well in a rotational role on the defensive line. All three have a good shot to crack the final roster out of camp.
Landry could still play under tag w/Browns 03-09-2018
Jarvis Landry WR CLE
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Jarvis Landry might still play under the terms of the franchise tag with the Browns.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
The two sides did not work out a long-term deal before the trade went down, and RapSheet reports Landry could play out the one-year tender to get a feel for how he fits in Cleveland before signing a long-term deal. It also makes sense for Landry to wait if the Browns are not willing to guarantee him the value of the tag this year ($15.98 million) and a large chunk of what it would cost to tag him next season ($19.18 million). Cleveland almost certainly made this trade with the intent to sign Landry to an extension, but it does not sound like that is a given.
Report: Browns to acquire Jarvis Landry 03-09-2018
Jarvis Landry WR CLE
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Browns will acquire WR Jarvis Landry from the Dolphins in exchange for two draft picks.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Miami will acquire one pick in the upcoming draft and another in 2019. The Browns are also working on a new contract with Landry, who signed his one-year, $15.982 million franchise tender earlier this week. It looked like the Dolphins may have backed themselves into a corner by tagging a player they never actually wanted, but it all worked out in the end. Landry's salary was never an issue for the Browns, who boast over $100 million in cap space. It probably won't be enough to lure in Kirk Cousins, but the Browns do offer an intriguing receiving corps with Landry, Josh Gordon and former first-round pick Corey Coleman. As a high-volume slot receiver, Landry's fantasy stock shouldn't take too big a hit in Cleveland.
Panthers tender Damiere Byrd, three others 03-09-2018
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Panthers tendered ERFAs WR Damiere Byrd, C Tyler Larsen, TE Chris Manhertz and P Michael Palardy.
The Panthers did not extend a tender to OG Dan France, who was also an exclusive rights free agent. Injuries and Kelvin Benjamin's surprise trade to Buffalo forced Byrd into a larger than expected role last season. He really hit his stride late in the season with a pair of touchdowns in Week 15 but finished the year on I.R. with a knee injury. Byrd turned 25 in January.
Rams ink long-snapper McQuaide to extension 03-09-2018
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Rams signed LS Jake McQuaide to a three-year contract extension.

Los Angeles Rams on Twitter
What you need to know about McQuaide is that he makes his living snapping snaps that are longer than normal snaps. Turns out he's pretty good at it too as the 30-year-old has represented the Rams in each of the last two Pro Bowls.
Niners decline Elvis Dumervil's option 03-09-2018
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The 49ers will not exercise LB Elvis Dumervil's $2.75 million option for 2018.

Eric Branch on Twitter
Dumervil played well in a limited role last season, logging a team-high 6.5 sacks over 341 defensive snaps while also earning PFF's No. 12 pass-rushing grade among 3-4 outside linebackers. The 34-year-old isn't the dominant force he once was but still has plenty left in the tank. He shouldn't take long to resurface as a situational pass-rusher.
Mike Evans lands 5-year, $82.5M extension 03-09-2018
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Buccaneers signed WR Mike Evans to a five-year, $82.5 million contract extension.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
The deal includes $55 million guaranteed and keeps Evans under contract through 2023. In terms of annual salary, this makes Evans the second-highest-paid receiver in football behind future Hall of Famer Antonio Brown. Evans is coming off a down year in 2017, but still topped 1,000 yards receiving for the fourth time in as many seasons. Odell Beckham, who was drafted five picks after Evans in 2014, could use Evans' new deal as a starting point in long-term negotiations with the Giants.
Chris Johnson hoping to land with Tennessee? 03-09-2018
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Free agent Chris Johnson tweeted that he'd be interested in a reunion with the Titans.

Chris Johnson on Twitter
Johnson earned three Pro Bowl nods during his six-year stay with Tennessee including 2009 when he cracked the elusive 2,000-yard rushing plateau. The 32-year-old spent most of last season out of the league after being cut by Arizona, but sees an opening now that Tennessee has moved on from veteran DeMarco Murray. "I don't think back to Titans would be a bad idea," he tweeted on Friday. Even if Johnson were to end up in Tennessee, he'd be little more than a change-of-pace option behind workhorse Derrick Henry.
Raiders bring back Ellis on three-year deal 03-09-2018
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Raiders re-signed DT Justin Ellis to a three-year, $15 million contract.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the deal includes more than $6 million guaranteed. The 335-pound Ellis showed well against the run last season, earning PFF's No. 14 run-stopping grade out of 79 qualifiers at defensive tackle. He's been with the Raiders since arriving as a fourth-round pick in 2014.
Ravens hoping to bring back Campanaro 03-09-2018
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The Ravens are interested in re-signing WR/KR Michael Campanaro.

Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter
Campanaro was one of the better return men in football last year and also set a career-high with 19 catches on 27 targets. The Ravens would seem to have a good chance of re-signing him, though Campanaro may be tempted to play for a team that would allow him more reps at slot receiver.
Lions still undecided on Eric Ebron's future 03-09-2018
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The Lions met with Eric Ebron on Thursday.

Dianna Russini on Twitter
Per ESPN's Dianna Russini, team officials remain "open" to trading Ebron and gave the tight end no assurances that he'd be back next season. Ebron's $8.25 million team option for 2018 becomes guaranteed on Wednesday, so the Lions could be looking to strike a deal before that deadline. Drafted as the 10th overall pick in 2014, Ebron has never come close to meeting expectations in Detroit.
Steelers moving on from Mike Mitchell 03-09-2018
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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms the Steelers are expected to release FS Mike Mitchell next week.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Mitchell sent out a cryptic tweet reading, "It is what it is," suggesting his release is imminent. The Steelers don't have much cap space and can save $5 million by kicking Mitchell to the curb. The nine-year vet earned PFF's No. 64 grade out of 89 qualifiers at safety last season.
Bengals won't pick up Adam Jones' option 03-09-2018
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The Bengals will not pick up CB Adam Jones' $5.5 million option for 2018.

Geoff Hobson on Twitter
Despite this, Cincinnati remains open to bringing back Jones at a reduced cost. The Bengals are committed to Darqueze Dennard and Dre Kirkpatrick on the outside but could keep Pacman in the fold as a nickel-back/return specialist. The 34-year-old is recovering from sports hernia surgery but should be ready for OTAs.
Report: Raiders met with Doug Martin 03-09-2018
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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Raiders recently met with free agent RB Doug Martin.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Coach Jon Gruden had a sit-down with Martin and said he was impressed with him "as a person." Per Rapoport, the Raiders are expected to make a "strong push" for Martin in free agency. The 28-year-old has finished last in the league in yards per carry each of the last two seasons but could benefit from a change of scenery. Martin grew up in nearby Stockton, California, so this would be a homecoming of sorts. Oakland's interest in Martin would suggest Gruden isn't sold on Marshawn Lynch.
Kyle Rudolph (ankle) has cast removed 03-09-2018
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Kyle Rudolph (ankle) had his cast removed on Thursday.

Andrew Krammer on Twitter
Rudolph is two weeks removed from surgery on his right ankle. He's still in a walking boot but should be fully recovered by June. The 28-year-old tied Stefon Diggs for the team lead with eight receiving touchdowns last season.
Sherman says he'll be 'in contact' with SEA 03-09-2018
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Free agent Richard Sherman said he'll be "in contact" with the Seahawks.

Albert Breer on Twitter
The Seahawks released Sherman on Friday but apparently the team would be open to bringing him back at a reduced cost. "They wanted the financial flexibility going into free agency but expressed that they wanted me to return and will be in contact," told Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer. Even coming off a torn Achilles, Sherman should draw widespread interest on the open market. With the Seahawks strapped for cap space, reuniting with Sherman seems like a long shot.
Eagles swap Torrey Smith for Daryl Worley 03-09-2018
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Eagles acquired CB Daryl Worley in exchange for WR Torrey Smith.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
The Eagles did well to get something for Smith, who was likely to be released. Worley has shown flashes since arriving as a third-round pick in 2016 and gives the Eagles some much-needed depth behind starters Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills. Now that Worley is gone, the Panthers could be in the running for All-Pro Richard Sherman, who was let go by Seattle on Friday.
Panthers acquire deep threat Torrey Smith 03-09-2018
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Panthers acquired WR Torrey Smith from the Eagles in exchange for CB Daryl Worley.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
It's a coup for the Eagles, who were probably going to cut Smith anyway. The 29-year-old was productive early in his career but was mostly a non-factor last season, reeling in just 36-of-69 targets for 430 yards and two touchdowns. The Panthers sorely missed Ted Ginn's deep prowess last year but Smith, who is due a whopping $5 million in 2018, isn't the answer.
Seahawks continue purge by cutting Lane 03-09-2018
Jeremy Lane CB SEA
Seahawks released CB Jeremy Lane.

Adam Schefter on Twitter
Another one bites the dust. The move saves Seattle $4.75 million in cap space. The Seahawks were on the verge of trading Lane to the Texans last season but he stayed in Seattle after failing his physical. Lane was once a prominent member of the Seahawks' Legion of Boom secondary but has seen his play decline since suffering a torn ACL in Super Bowl XLIX. Seattle's defense is going to look a lot different next year without Lane, Michael Bennett and Richard Sherman.
Titans give Eric Weems the boot 03-09-2018
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Titans released WR Eric Weems.

Cameron Wolfe on Twitter
The veteran played just 14 snaps on offense last year. He'll look for special teams work elsewhere.
Titans save cap room by cutting Matt Cassel 03-09-2018
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Titans released QB Matt Cassel.

Cameron Wolfe on Twitter
The Titans also cut ties with WR Eric Weems and S Da'Norris Searcy. Cassel struggled in his lone start last year, throwing for just 141 yards in a Week 5 loss to Miami. The 35-year-old doesn't have much left in the tank but could land on his feet as a veteran backup/mentor. The Titans are well-positioned for free agency with over $60 million in available cap space.
End of era: Seahawks release Richard Sherman 03-09-2018
Richard Sherman CB SF
Seahawks released CB Richard Sherman. It's the end of an era in Seattle. The Legion of Boom is undergoing mass overhaul, losing another one of its key elements. Sherman turns 30 later this month and is coming off a torn Achilles' last season. He's not 100 percent yet and also had surgery to remove a bone spur from his other heel earlier this offseason. Sherman will undoubtedly draw plenty of interest on the open market, but he has his question marks. He's largely played zone defense in Seattle, is coming off a serious injury, and is turning 30. The Patriots reportedly poked around on Sherman in trade talks last offseason and likely will have interest again this year after missing out on Aqib Talib. The Seahawks save $11 million in cap space with this move but have a huge hole in the secondary.
Titans dump S Da'Norris Searcy, clear $3.85M 03-09-2018
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Titans released S Da'Norris Searcy.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter
The move saves $3.85 million against the cap. Searcy was signed away from Buffalo back in 2015 and started 33 games for the Titans before being benched in favor of All-Pro Kevin Byard and free-agent pickup Johnathan Cyprien last season. Searcy played just 365 snaps and turns 30 this year.
Patriots won't bring back Ricky Jean-Francois 03-09-2018
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Free agent DL Ricky Jean-Francois will not re-sign with the Patriots.
It sounds like New England wasn't interested in a reunion at Jean-Francois' price. The 31-year-old appeared in nine games for the Patriots last season after spending the first seven weeks in Green Bay. Jean-Francois received real strong marks from Pro Football Focus for his run defense and should be able to latch on elsewhere as long as the money is right.
Jets expected to have interest in CB Butler 03-09-2018
Malcolm Butler CB TEN
ESPN's Rich Cimini expects free agent CB Malcolm Butler to be on the Jets' "radar."
The Jets have been linked to top free agent CB Trumaine Johnson, but he's expected to have plenty of suitors, while Butler is flying more under the radar as a backup plan for teams that whiff on Johnson. Butler is extremely unlikely to go back to New England after the Super Bowl fiasco that didn't see him play on defense. Butler just turned 28 earlier this month.