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Date Player
3/17/2017 Geno Smith, NYG, QB
Smith has agreed to terms with the New York Giants.

Analysis: The 26-year-old Smith was a second-round draft choice by the Jets in 2013, but his stint with them was marred by injuries and inconsistency. He also lost his starting job in 2015 after a teammate broke Smith's jaw with a punch during training camp.
3/17/2017 Jason Pierre-Paul, NYG, DE
The Giants and Pierre-Paul agreed to a four-year contract, according to multiple reports.

Analysis: The Giants used the non-exclusive franchise tag on Pierre-Paul last month for a one-year contract worth $16,934,000. The new deal for the star pass rusher reportedly will be worth around $17 million per year, with $54 million in guaranteed money.
3/17/2017 Josh McCown, NYJ, QB
The Jets have signed McCown to a one-year contract worth a reported $6 million in guaranteed money.

Analysis: The guaranteed sum makes McCown the favorite to begin the season as the Jets' starter, where he'll serve as a bridge to either Christian Hackenberg or a rookie. The 13-year veteran, who'll turn 38 on July 4, spent the last two seasons with Cleveland and made 11 starts for the Browns, throwing for 3,209 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 13 overall games.
3/16/2017 Connor Barwin, LAR, LB
The Los Angeles Rams have signed Barwin, one week after he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Analysis: Barwin is an eight-year veteran who spent his first four seasons with the Houston Texans. He played two years there under Wade Phillips, the Rams' new defensive coordinator. He spent the past four seasons with the Eagles, starting all 64 regular-season games. He made the 2014 Pro Bowl after recording 14 1/2 sacks.
3/16/2017 Jared Cook, Oak, TE
The Oakland Raiders have agreed to a deal with Cook. A person familiar with the deal said Thursday that Cook will sign with the Raiders after visiting the team facility this week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because a contract hasn't been signed. NFL Network first reported the deal and says it is worth $12.2 million over two years with $5 million guaranteed in the first year.

Analysis: Cook had 30 catches for 377 yards and a TD in 10 games with the Packers last season.
3/16/2017 Adrian Peterson, Min, RB
Peterson's time with the Vikings is over. Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman confirmed so on Thursday.

Analysis: The Vikings signed former Oakland running back Latavius Murray early Thursday after a long night of negotiations. Then Spielman acknowledged in the afternoon he had spoken with Peterson to wish him well, clarifying that the franchise's all-time leading rusher will be playing elsewhere in 2017. The Vikings declined their $18 million option on his contract for 2017 to make him a free agent.
3/16/2017 Brandon Carr, Bal, CB
The Baltimore Ravens and Carr reached an agreement on a four-year contract Thursday.

Analysis: The 30-year-old Carr played with Dallas from 2012-16 after starting his career in Kansas City. His run of 144 consecutive starts is the NFL's longest streak among cornerbacks. Carr had 61 tackles, an interception and knocked away nine passes in 2016. Over his career he has 15 interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, and 477 tackles.
3/16/2017 Darren McFadden, Dal, RB
The Cowboys re-signed McFadden to a one-year contract worth $980,000 on Thursday.

Analysis: McFadden rushed 24 times for 87 yards over the final three games last season after returning from an elbow injury he sustained prior to training camp. The 29-year-old McFadden, who rushed a career-high 239 times for 1,089 yards in 2015, will continue to serve as a backup to NFL leading rusher Ezekiel Elliott.
3/16/2017 Greg Zuerlein, LAR, K
Zuerlein got a three-year deal Thursday to stay with the Rams. He has been their kicker since 2012.

Analysis: Zuerlein was solid last season, hitting 19 of his 22 field goal attempts. He was perfect inside 39 yards.
3/16/2017 Latavius Murray, Min, RB
Murray signed with the Vikings late Wednesday.

Analysis: His arrival could signal the end of Adrian Peterson's time in Minnesota. Peterson is a free agent who visited last week with Seattle. Murray spent his first four NFL seasons with the Raiders. He ran for 788 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns last season. Murray was a sixth-round draft pick of the Raiders out of Central Florida in 2013. He has rushed for 2,278 yards and 20 touchdowns. Murray made his first Pro Bowl in 2015.
3/15/2017 Ziggy Hood, Was, DE
The Redskins re-signed Hood.

Analysis: Hood, 30, had 17 tackles and one assist in his only season in Washington.
3/15/2017 Ricky Jean Francois, GB, DE
The Redskins released Francois,

Analysis: The 30-year-old had 32 tackles and 1.5 sacks last season.
3/15/2017 Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ, TE
Seferian-Jenkins has been suspended two games by the league on Wednesday for violating its substance abuse policy. The move stems from Seferian-Jenkins' DUI arrest in September while he was playing for Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers promptly cut him and he was claimed on waivers by the Jets.

Analysis: Seferian-Jenkins reeled in 10 receptions for 110 yards while playing in seven games with the Jets last season. He has 55 catches for 713 yards and seven touchdowns in 25 career contests since being selected by the Buccaneers with a second-round pick in the 2014 draft.
3/15/2017 Jeremy Zuttah, SF, G
The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to acquire Zuttah from the Baltimore Ravens for an exchange of draft picks. The Ravens will move up 12 spots in the sixth round in the deal announced Wednesday. Baltimore will now select with the 186th pick, while San Francisco will have the 198th selection. Zuttah must pass a physical to make the deal official.

Analysis: Zuttah has started 117 games in nine seasons, including all 16 last season when he was picked for the Pro Bowl.
3/15/2017 Adam Thielen, Min, WR
The Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms with Thielen on Wednesday. Minnesota initially gave Thielen a second-round tender as a restricted free agent to increase its chances of holding onto him in the offseason. The Vikings elected to give him a three-year contract, multiple outlets reported.

Analysis: Thielen enjoyed a breakout season in 2016, reeling in 69 receptions for a team-leading 967 yards and five touchdowns. The 26-year-old Minnesota native made just $600,000 last season after collecting 20 catches in his previous two years with the club.
3/15/2017 Joe Hawley, TB, C
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to terms with Hawley on a two-year contract Wednesday.

Analysis: Hawley started 15 games in 2016 and 29 of the 30 he played in two seasons with the Buccaneers. He played in 57 games over five seasons with Atlanta after being selected by the Falcons in the fourth round of the 2010 draft out of UNLV.
3/15/2017 Justin Hunter, Pit, WR
The Pittsburgh Steelers added depth to their receiving corps by agreeing to a one-year contract with Hunter, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

Analysis: Hunter saw four of his 10 catches go for touchdowns and had 189 receiving yards in 12 games with the Buffalo Bills last season. He has 78 career receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns since being selected by the Tennessee Titans with a second-round pick in the 2013 draft.
3/15/2017 Darrelle Revis, NYJ, CB
A Pittsburgh judge dropped all charges against Revis stemming from an alleged aggravated assault incident last month. Revis faced five criminal charges - four of them felonies - in relation to a street altercation in Pittsburgh on Feb. 12 that also left him injured.

Analysis: Revis is a free agent after the Jets opted not to re-sign him. His $15.3 million salary-cap number already put him at risk of being released prior to the alleged incident. The Jets still owe Revis $6 million.
3/15/2017 Dont'a Hightower, NE, LB
Hightower agreed to a four-year, $43.5 million deal, his agent announced Wednesday. The contract also includes $19 million in guaranteed money, Hightower's agency, Sports Trust Advisors, posted on Twitter.

Analysis: Hightower was being coveted during free agency by multiple other teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets, before the Patriots picked up the fifth-year option of the five-year contract he had signed as a rookie. The 27-year-old Hightower, who was named a captain for New England in 2016, made $7.751 million during his fifth NFL season.
3/14/2017 Rex Burkhead, NE, RB
The Patriots signed Burkhead on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed. Burkhead, 26, comes from Cincinnati, where he has spent all four years of his NFL career since being drafted in the sixth round out of Nebraska in 2013.

Analysis: Burkhead appeared in all 16 regular-season games each of the past two seasons. He rushed for 344 yards and two touchdowns for the Bengals in 2016. He also has 27 special teams tackles in his career, including consecutive 10-plus tackle seasons with 11 in 2015 and 12 in 2016. Burkhead is expected to be used primarily on special teams for the Patriots and could be a replacement for Brandon Bolden, who is an unrestricted free agent.
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