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|4/24/2014||Aldon Smith, LB||The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has referred the airport arrest of Smith to the Los Angeles city attorney's office for misdemeanor consideration.
Analysis: The referral by county prosecutors was announced Thursday without elaboration. Smith was arrested April 13 at Los Angeles International Airport. Airport police say the 24-year-old player was randomly selected for a secondary screening and became uncooperative with the process, telling a TSA agent that he had a bomb.
|4/24/2014||Marcus Trufant, CB||Trufant officially retired from football after signing a one-day contract with the Seahawks on Thursday.
Analysis: Trufant spent his entire NFL career with the Seahawks, with the exception of the 2013 training camp when he was in the Jacksonville Jaguars' camp. Trufant was released at the end of training camp and remained out of football during the 2013 season. Trufant was a first-round pick by the Seahawks in 2003.
|4/24/2014||Caleb Hanie, QB||The Dallas Cowboys have added another quarterback with starting experience in Hanie.
Analysis: The signing of Hanie on Thursday gives the Cowboys three quarterbacks behind Tony Romo. Kyle Orton was Romo's backup last year, and Dallas signed Brandon Weeden last month. Hanie, who didn't play last year, spent four seasons with Chicago after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He started four games for the Bears, throwing for 679 yards with three touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
|4/23/2014||Marcus Trufant, CB||The Seattle Seahawks have signed former cornerback Marcus Trufant, who is expected to announce his retirement from football. Seattle announced the signing Wednesday and said Trufant was expected to announce his intentions during a news conference Thursday.
Analysis: Trufant spent nearly his entire NFL career with his hometown team. The native of Tacoma, Wash., and former star at Washington State was a first-round pick by the Seahawks in 2003. He played 10 seasons in Seattle, starting 125 of his 136 career games. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2007, but was slowed by injuries later in his career and went unsigned by Seattle after the 2012 season. Trufant signed with Jacksonville in 2013 but was cut at the end of training camp.
|4/23/2014||Shaun Draughn, RB||The Chicago Bears have agreed to a one-year contract with running back Shaun Draughn. The Bears announced the move on Wednesday.
Analysis: Draughn has appeared in 20 games over three seasons with Kansas City (2011-12) and Baltimore (2013), 235 yards and two touchdowns. He has 158 yards receiving to go with 590 yards on 25 kickoff returns. He also spent part of the 2013 season with Indianapolis but did not appear in a game for the Colts.
|4/23/2014||Mark Ingram, RB||Saints coach Sean Payton says the club has not decided whether to exercise a 2015 team option on Ingram's contract. New Orleans already has exercised a similar option on defensive end Cameron Jordan worth $6.97 million in base salary. The club has until May 3 to do so for Ingram, who like Jordan was a 2011 first-round draft choice.
Analysis: Ingram's option reportedly would cost the Saints $5.2 million, and the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner said this week he isn't sure what New Orleans will do. Hampered by a toe injury, Ingram rushed for 386 yards and one touchdown last season, averaging 4.9 yards per carry.
|4/23/2014||Daryl Washington, LB||A judge sentenced Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington on Wednesday to one year of supervised probation for assaulting a former girlfriend who is the mother of his daughter. Now Washington, one of the team's top defensive players, will wait to see what punishment he may face from the NFL under its personal conduct policy. Washington was suspended the first four games of last season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Analysis: The 27-year-old pleaded guilty nearly a month ago in Maricopa County Superior Court to aggravated assault arising out of a May 1 argument with the woman. Authorities said Washington choked the woman and caused a fall that broke her right collarbone. Washington was sentenced by Judge M. Scott McCoy. Possible punishments for Washington had ranged from probation to 18 months in jail, though his plea agreement with prosecutors called for probation.
|4/22/2014||Julio Jones, WR||Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith isn't sure when receiver Julio Jones will return to full speed. Smith said on Tuesday that Jones, whose 2013 season ended with a broken foot in Week 5, is "progressing well" following surgery last October.
Analysis: Jones led the NFL with 41 catches and ranked second in yards receiving through Atlanta's home loss to the New York Jets last Oct. 7.
|4/22/2014||EJ Manuel, QB||Raising his right leg for emphasis, Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel says both knees are fine, and his mind also feels refreshed. The next step is shedding the injuries and inconsistencies that limited the first-round draft pick's development during his rookie season last year.
Analysis: Manuel was blunt in assessing his up-and-down season, and acknowledged he has much room for improvement. He spoke Tuesday after joining his teammates for the start of the Bills' offseason voluntary conditioning program. Being healthy is a start. Manuel was sidelined three times last season because of injuries to both knees. He went 4-6 on a team that finished 6-10 and extended the NFL's longest active playoff drought to 14 seasons.
|4/22/2014||Rolando McClain, LB||The Baltimore Ravens have put middle linebacker Rolando McClain on the reserve-retired list for a second time. McClain retired last year, but recently announced his intent to return to the NFL. After being reinstated by the Ravens last week, McClain abruptly said he was retiring for good.
Analysis: The 6-foot-4, 250-pound McClain signed a one-year contract with Baltimore last year but never played a down with the Ravens, retiring after his arrest for disorderly conduct in Alabama. By putting McClain on the reserve-retired list, the Ravens retain his rights if he should again change his mind. McClain was the Oakland Raiders' first-round pick in 2010 after starring at Alabama. In three seasons with Oakland, McClain had 246 tackles and 6 1/2 sacks.
|4/22/2014||Cameron Heyward, DE||The Pittsburgh Steelers have picked up the 2015 option on defensive end Cam Heyward. The decision, announced Tuesday, means Heyward will have to wait two more years before becoming a free agent.
Analysis: Heyward is coming off a breakout season in which he finished with a career-high five sacks while making 13 starts. The 31st overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft is considered a cornerstone of Pittsburgh's 3-4 defense going forward. The team let Ziggy Hood walk in free agency and has not re-signed veteran Brett Keisel.
|4/22/2014||Will Hill, S||A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that New York Giants safety Will Hill is facing a possible third suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The person, who requested anonymity because the allegations have not been publicly disclosed, confirmed Monday that Hill failed another drug test. Teams and the league do not discuss such allegations because players have a right to privacy under the league's drug policy.
Analysis: Fox Sports and the Star-Ledger of Newark were the first to report that the talented but troubled 24-year-old Hill failed another drug test. Hill could face a suspension of six games to a year depending on what the tests showed. Hill was suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season for using a performance-enhancing drug, which he said was Adderall. He was suspended for the first four games last season for using marijuana, which he said was to relieve stress.
|4/22/2014||Russell Allen, LB||Former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Russell Allen is retiring after suffering a concussion and a stroke in a game last December. Allen tells MMQB.si.com that he has a dead spot - no bigger than a dime - on his cerebellum. The cerebellum controls motor movement and coordination. The Jaguars released Allen last week.
Analysis: In the months after Allen's initial stroke diagnosis, he saw three neurosurgeons. The last one advised Allen to quit playing football. Allen tells MMQB he has struggled to pick up and grip hand-held objects and will be on blood-thinning medication for the rest of his life.
|4/21/2014||Aaron Hester, CB||The Detroit Lions have signed free agent cornerbacks Aaron Hester and Nate Ness. The team announced the moves Monday.
Analysis: Hester spent time with the Denver Broncos last season. He was signed by the Broncos as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2013, but has not played in an NFL game.
|4/21/2014||Josh Gordy, CB||Gordy, a restricted free agent, signed his qualifying offer with Indianapolis on Monday.
Analysis: Last season, Gordy had nine tackles, three passes defensed and one interception in 12 games.
|4/21/2014||Phil Costa, C||Costa won't be the Indianapolis Colts' starting center this fall. The former Dallas Cowboy was placed on the reserve-retired list Monday. The move comes five weeks after Indy signed the 6-foot-3, 302-pound free agent.
Analysis: General manager Ryan Grigson says Costa thought it was in his best interest to retire.
|4/21/2014||A.J. Green, WR||The Bengals have exercised a 2015 contract option for receiver A.J. Green, letting them turn their focus to an extension for quarterback Andy Dalton.
Analysis: Green was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft and was entering the final season on his deal. The collective bargaining agreement allows teams to exercise a fifth-year option on players taken in the top 10 in the draft. They have to pay him the average of the top 10 receivers in the NFL.
|4/21/2014||Orlando Franklin, T||The Denver Broncos are shuffling their offensive line this offseason and Orlando Franklin provided some insight into their plans Monday by tweeting that he's moving from right tackle to left guard. "Left guard, excited to learn and improve this offseason. I will give it my all," Franklin wrote on Twitter. He'd replace Zane Beadles, who left for Jacksonville in free agency.
Analysis: That apparently means Manny Ramirez would stay at center and Chris Clark, who filled in at left tackle after All-Pro Ryan Clady went on IR with a foot injury in Week 2 last season, will switch sides and play right tackle. The Broncos' offensive line was dominated by Seattle in the Super Bowl and Peyton Manning was under constant pressure in Denver's 43-8 loss.
|4/21/2014||Alex Smith, QB||The Chiefs are speaking with representatives of quarterback Alex Smith about an extension that would keep him in Kansas City beyond next season. Smith said Monday that his agent, Tom Condon, has been talking with the team about a new contract. Smith is due to make $7.5 million in the final year of a contract signed in 2012, when he was still with the San Francisco 49ers.
Analysis: Chiefs general manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid have both expressed their desire to keep Smith in Kansas City, but his play last season underscored his value. Smith completed 66 percent of his passes with a career-best 23 touchdowns and only seven interceptions while leading a team that had been 2-14 to an 11-5 record and the playoffs.
|4/21/2014||Josh Freeman, QB||Freeman signed with the New York Giants on Monday to be a backup quarterback to Eli Manning. Freeman is the 15th veteran the Giants have added in free agency. He joins Manning, Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib as quarterbacks on the roster.
Analysis: Freeman was released by Tampa Bay early last season and spent the rest of 2013 with Minnesota. His one start for the Vikings was in a 23-7 loss to the Giants in which he struggled, going 20 of 53 for 190 yards with an interception. Tampa Bay cut Freeman in a messy split last year. He was the Buccaneers' first-round draft pick in 2009 out of Kansas State. He became a starter in November of that year and started 60 games for Tampa Bay.
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