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|3/7/2014||Mark Herzlich, LB||Herzlich has re-signed with the New York Giants. The Giants announced the signing of the fourth-year player Friday without releasing terms.
Analysis: In his first three years with the Giants, Herzlich played in 43 games with six starts. He has 57 tackles (44 solo) on defense and 33 special teams tackles.
|3/7/2014||Mackenzy Bernadeau, G||The Dallas Cowboys have released center Phil Costa and reworked guard Mackenzy Bernadeau's contract to get under the salary cap.
Analysis: Bernadeau started 10 games at right guard last season. He signed a four-year deal worth $11 million as a free agent in 2012.
|3/7/2014||Phil Costa, C||The Dallas Cowboys have released center Phil Costa. Costa's agent, George Mavrikes, said Friday his client would look to compete for a starting job elsewhere after rookie first-round pick Travis Frederick started all 16 games last year. Costa was the starter in 2011.
Analysis: The Costa move saves the Cowboys $1.5 million on the salary cap. They were slightly less than $1 million over the cap after restructuring the contracts of quarterback Tony Romo, linebacker Sean Lee and cornerback Orlando Scandrick earlier this week.
|3/7/2014||Jeron Johnson, S||The Seattle Seahawks have signed offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre and safety Jeron Johnson to one-year contract extensions. Terms of the deals were not announced on Friday. Jeanpierre and Johnson were restricted free agents.
Analysis: Johnson was an undrafted free agent out of Boise State who found a role as a backup with the Seahawks. He has played mostly on special teams in his time with the Seahawks while backing up starting strong safety Kam Chancellor.
|3/7/2014||Lemuel Jeanpierre, C||The Seattle Seahawks have signed offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre and safety Jeron Johnson to one-year contract extensions. Terms of the deals were not announced on Friday. Jeanpierre and Johnson were restricted free agents.
Analysis: Jeanpierre has proved a vital backup for the Seahawks with the flexibility to play both center and guard on the offensive line. Jeanpierre made three starts at center last season when Max Unger was out with injuries. He played in all 16 games during the regular season.
|3/7/2014||Chad Henne, QB||The Jacksonville Jaguars are bringing back quarterback Chad Henne. Henne and the team agreed to a two-year contract worth $8 million Friday, keeping the starter from hitting the free-agent market. Henne's deal includes $4.5 million guaranteed in the first year and comes four days before the beginning of free agency and one day before Henne could have started negotiating with other teams.
Analysis: Henne signed a two-year deal worth $6.75 million with Jacksonville in 2012. He started 13 games last season and threw for 3,421 yards, with 13 touchdowns with 14 interceptions, after replacing benched starter Blaine Gabbert. His return could mean the end of Gabbert's tenure in Jacksonville. The Jaguars are expected to draft a quarterback in May. Henne is 5-14 as a starter in two seasons in Jacksonville.
|3/7/2014||Marcus Sherels, CB||The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed punt returner and cornerback Marcus Sherels. The team made the announcement Friday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Analysis: Sherels is a native of Rochester, Minn., and played in college at the University of Minnesota. He made the Vikings after a tryout in 2010 and has solidified himself as one of the league's top punt returners while also helping the Vikings pass defense, primarily in nickel situations. Last season Sherels set a team record with a 15.2-yard per return average on punts, which also ranked second in the NFL. He has returned two punts for touchdowns, including once against the Giants last season. He also intercepted the first pass of his career last season in a game against the Ravens.
|3/7/2014||Lance Moore, WR||A person familiar with the decision says the New Orleans Saints are releasing veteran receiver Lance Moore. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the transaction, first reported by ESPN, was not official.
Analysis: Moore, who entered the NFL with Cleveland as an undrafted free agent in 2005, joined the Saints' practice squad that same season. In 2008, Moore was New Orleans' leading receiver with 79 catches for 928 yards and 10 touchdowns. Last season, he had 37 catches for 457 yards and two TDs. Moore was due $3.1 million in base salary in 2014, so releasing him provides New Orleans more flexibility under the NFL's salary cap as the club seeks to re-sign star free-agent tight end Jimmy Graham to a long-term extension.
|3/7/2014||Pat McAfee, P||The Colts agreed to terms for a five-year deal with McAfee on Friday, keeping him off the free-agent market just four days before he could have signed with another team. McAfee announced the five-year deal on his Twitter page. Terms of the deal weren't immediately available.
Analysis: McAfee was Indy's seventh-round pick in 2009 and has never played for another team. Last year, the Colts tagged him as their franchise player. He responded by averaging 46.0 yards on 76 punts, including a net average of 38.5, and set a franchise record by pinning 27 punts inside the 20-yard line. He also recorded touchbacks on 41 of 86 kickoffs. McAfee holds franchise career records for kickoffs, touchbacks and gross punting average.
|3/7/2014||Ropati Pitoitua, DE||Tennessee Titans defensive end Ropati Pitoitua has agreed to terms on a multiyear contract to remain with the team.
Analysis: Pitoitua had 91 tackles and four sacks last season to set career highs in both categories. He led Titans defensive linemen in tackles. Pitoitua, who turns 29 next month, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday. Titans general manager Ruston Webster says in a team release that "Ropati came in last year and filled an important role for us. He has been productive, and with the new coaching staff, we see him filling that same role for us moving forward."
|3/6/2014||Michael Vick, QB||Two people familiar with the situation say Michael Vick and the Eagles haven't ruled out the quarterback returning to Philadelphia. Vick will become a free agent next week, and the four-time Pro Bowl pick has made it clear he'll look for an opportunity to be a starter. One person says that if Vick doesn't find the right fit elsewhere, he would consider staying in Philadelphia.
Analysis: Both people spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because they're not discussing contract negotiations publicly. Nick Foles replaced an injured Vick last year, led the Eagles to an NFC East title and was Pro Bowl MVP. Vick revived his career in Philadelphia, was the AP's 2010 Comeback Player of the Year and started in the Pro Bowl that season.
|3/6/2014||Samson Satele, C||The Indianapolis Colts released starting center Samson Satele on Thursday.
Analysis: Satele was one of the first free agents Indianapolis signed two years ago when they started rebuilding, but he was hobbled by injuries in both seasons. Indianapolis saves about $4 million under the $133 million salary cap.
|3/6/2014||Trevor Scott, DE||The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with defensive end Trevor Scott.
Analysis: The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Scott has appeared in 76 games with 18 starts over six seasons with Oakland (2008-11), New England (2012) and Tampa Bay (2013). Scott has 94 tackles, including 16 1/2 sacks, in his career.
|3/6/2014||Billy Cundiff, K||Kicker Billy Cundiff has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Browns. Cundiff was eligible to hit the free-agent market next week, but he'll stay with the Browns. Terms of the deal announced Thursday were not immediately available.
Analysis: Cundiff made 21 of 26 field-goal attempts and made 32 extra points in 16 games. Cundiff also set a Cleveland franchise record with 42 touchbacks.
|3/5/2014||Ellis Lankster, CB||The New York Jets have agreed to terms with Lankster.
Analysis: Lankster, who could have become an unrestricted free agent, has been a special teams standout in his three seasons with the Jets.
|3/5/2014||Johnny Patrick, CB||The New York Jets have claimed cornerback Johnny Patrick off waivers from the San Diego Chargers.
Analysis: Patrick, waived Tuesday by the Chargers, had a career-high 34 tackles with an interception and 1 1/2 sacks in 13 games, including four starts, last season. He was a third-round draft pick by New Orleans out of Louisville in the 2011 draft and played two seasons with the Saints.
|3/5/2014||Jeremiah Ratliff, DT||The Chicago Bears have agreed to a two-year contract with veteran defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff. The Bears announced the move Wednesday night.
Analysis: A four-time Pro Bowl pick, Ratliff started four of the five games he played in after signing with Chicago in November. He spent the first six weeks with Dallas on the physically unable to perform list before being released in mid-October, with the Cowboys saying he failed a physical. Ratliff missed the final six games in 2012 with a groin injury that required surgery.
|3/5/2014||Davone Bess, WR||The Cleveland Browns released troubled wide receiver Davone Bess on Wednesday, ending his stay in Cleveland after less than one year and following a pattern of bizarre behavior that included his arrest for assaulting a law enforcement officer.
Analysis: The 28-year-old Bess is still owed $3.06 million for 2014, but the Browns may try to recoup some of that money. A team spokesman would not say if Bess had broken any agreements on his contract. Bess finished with career lows in catches (42) and yards (362) last season, and he had several crucial drops that hurt the Browns.
|3/5/2014||Aaron Williams, S||The Buffalo Bills signed Aaron Williams to a four-year, $26 million contract extension Wednesday.
Analysis: The extension locks up Williams through 2018, and comes at a time when the Bills risk losing three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd, who is preparing to test free agency next week.
|3/5/2014||Adam Podlesh, P||The Chicago Bears have cut punter Adam Podlesh, parting ways with the veteran after three seasons.
Analysis: Podlesh joined the Bears in 2011 and had 238 punts for 10,065 yards (a 42.3 gross average) during his time in Chicago. He landed 82 punts inside the 20 with just 12 touchbacks, one blocked punt and a net average of 39.4.
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