Patriots signed LS Tyler Ott
Tyler Ott | NE
(March 4, 2015 5:37 PM EST)
Patriots signed LS Tyler Ott.
With Danny Aiken a free agent, Ott should be the Patriots' long snapper this season.
Giants won't re-sign WLB Jacquian Williams
Jacquian Williams | NYG
(March 4, 2015 5:22 PM EST)
Free agent WLB Jacquian Williams will test the open market.
Williams was a full-time starter prior to landing on I.R. last season, recording 78 tackles over nine games. He should be limited to backup offers in free agency. The Giants will look to upgrade on Williams opposite SLB Devon Kennard.
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Jets visiting with DE Chris Canty
Chris Canty | FA
(March 4, 2015 5:04 PM EST)
Free agent DE Chris Canty will visit the Jets this weekend.
It's the first known interest in Canty since his release from Baltimore. Canty missed five games to injury in 2014 and had been considering retirement. He should only require a one-year deal.
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Jets sign DE Ronald Talley
Ronald Talley | NYJ
(March 4, 2015 4:49 PM EST)
Jets signed DE Ronald Talley.
Talley was out of the league last year after getting cut by the Bucs in training camp. He spent his first three seasons in Arizona, playing under Todd Bowles. Talley will compete for one of the Jets' final roster spots.
49ers have interest in DE/OLB Trent Cole
Trent Cole | FA
(March 4, 2015 4:38 PM EST)
The 49ers are expected to have interest in free agent OLB Trent Cole.
Cole is expected to draw interest from multiple teams now that he's been officially released. He was a 3-4 edge rusher with the Eagles last year, but is better suited as an end in 4-3 schemes. Cole has also been linked to the Jets.
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Victor Cruz (knee) on track for training camp
Victor Cruz | NYG
(March 4, 2015 4:24 PM EST)
Victor Cruz (patellar tendon) expects to be cleared for training camp.
Five months removed from knee surgery, Cruz has resumed a running program. His recovery has been setback-free, but Cruz should be considered questionable for the start of camp. Cruz's effectiveness in the slot coming off a major injury remains a concern going into the season. GM Jerry Reese has suggested Cruz won't be counted on for the same impact he made prior to 2014.
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Amid cap nightmare, Saints cut Pierre Thomas
Pierre Thomas | FA
(March 4, 2015 4:16 PM EST)
Saints released RB Pierre Thomas.
The Saints begin the difficult process of cutting veterans amid their salary-cap nightmare. Currently about $20 million over the cap, the Saints save just $1.735 million with this move. Thomas took a pay cut last offseason and went on to total 600 yards with three TDs on 90 touches. At age 30, he now joins a flooded running-back market. An obvious product of Sean Payton's system, Thomas would do well to command $2 million per year as a passing-game specialist. The Saints have an in-house replacement option in Travaris Cadet.
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Redskins re-sign S Duke Ihenacho
Duke Ihenacho | WAS
(March 4, 2015 3:47 PM EST)
Redskins re-signed exclusive rights free agent S Duke Ihenacho to a one-year, $660,000 contract.
Ihenacho, 26 in June, played five snaps last season before fracturing his heel in Week 3. A "box" safety, Ihenacho may be a candidate for a real role in 2015 with both FS Ryan Clark and SS Brandon Meriweather free agents.
Giants re-sign ERFA Larry Donnell for 2015
Larry Donnell | NYG
(March 4, 2015 3:38 PM EST)
Giants re-signed exclusive rights free agent TE Larry Donnell to a one-year, $585,000 contract.
He'll be a restricted free agent next spring. The Giants are reportedly super-high on Donnell for the future. He had a breakout 2014 in OC Ben McAdoo's quick-hitting passing game, posting a 63-623-6 receiving line. Going on age 27, Donnell would do well to improve on those stats in 2015 while battling Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle for complementary targets behind Odell Beckham.
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Report: Saints shopping MLB Curtis Lofton
Curtis Lofton | NO
(March 4, 2015 3:30 PM EST)
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Saints have made MLB Curtis Lofton available for trade.
The Saints have work to do to get under the cap by Tuesday. New Orleans is still about $22 million over the threshold and seems reluctant to make tough decisions on overpaid veterans. Lofton is the quarterback of the defense and has yet to miss a game in seven seasons, but the Saints can clear $4.25 million in cap room by moving him. PFF docked Lofton for 22 missed tackles in 2014 while giving him poor marks against the run and in coverage.
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