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|4/9/2015||Charles Tillman, CB|
|The Panthers signed free-agent cornerback Charles Tillman to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not announced Thursday.
Analysis: The 6-foot-2, 198-pound Tillman spent his previous 12 seasons in the league with the Chicago Bears, where he was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2011 and 2012. He has started 152 games during his career, but triceps injuries have limited him to 10 games the past two seasons. Tillman, 34, previously played under Panthers coach Ron Rivera and assistant head coach/secondary Steve Wilks in Chicago.
|4/9/2015||Cedric Peerman, RB|
|The Bengals signed running back Cedric Peerman to a new contract on Thursday, keeping one of their top special teams players. Peerman became an unrestricted free agent after leading the Bengals' special teams in tackles last season.
Analysis: The sixth-year veteran has rushed for 334 yards on 64 carries with one touchdown during his career. He also has been one of Cincinnati's top special teams players, averaging nearly a dozen tackles over the last four seasons.
|4/9/2015||Andrew Luck, QB|
|Indianapolis will use the team's fifth-year option to keep Andrew Luck in town through at least 2016. Colts officials made the expected announcement Thursday.
Analysis: Team owner Jim Irsay has repeatedly said that the Colts plan to make the superstar one of the highest-paid players in the league when his rookie contract expires.
|4/8/2015||Stevan Ridley, RB|
|The New York Jets further bolstered their offense by adding running back Stevan Ridley. The former Patriot agreed to a one-year deal with the team.
Analysis: Ridley played in only six games last year before tearing his right ACL. Ridley rushed for a career-high 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012. He had 340 yards rushing last season before getting hurt.
|4/8/2015||Amobi Okoye, DT|
|The Dallas Cowboys have released defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, who was drafted by Houston as a teenager and hasn't played since 2012 as he attempts to come back from a brain condition.
Analysis: The former top-10 pick was cleared to practice last August after spending a year recovering from anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, which causes brain swelling. But the 27-year-old Okoye never played for the Cowboys, spending last season on the non-football injury list before Wednesday's release. The Texans took Okoye with No. 10 overall pick in 2007 when he was 19, making him the youngest NFL draft choice since 1967. He spent four years with Houston and two with Chicago.
|4/8/2015||Leger Douzable, DE|
|The New York Jets re-signed veteran defensive lineman Leger Douzable to a one-year contract Wednesday.
Analysis: Douzable has been a valuable backup on the Jets' line the last two seasons after signing as a free agent in 2013. He had a career-high 2 1/2 sacks last season, along with 38 total tackles. Douzable, who turns 29 next month, has 95 career tackles and five sacks in 75 games in six seasons.
|4/8/2015||Emmanuel Lamur, LB|
|Lamur signed the Cincinnati Bengals' one-year tender offer for $2,356,000 on Wednesday, solidifying their depth at the position.
Analysis: The fourth-year player appeared in 14 games last season, when starters Rey Maualuga and Vontaze Burfict missed significant time because of injuries. He finished third on the team in tackles and had two interceptions. Lamur was a restricted free agent.
|4/8/2015||Erin Henderson, LB|
|The New York Jets have signed Henderson, who sat out last season after dealing with off-field issues.
Analysis: Henderson was released by Minnesota on Feb. 7, 2014, after being arrested twice in a six-week span on DUI charges. After three seasons as a backup, he became a starter and had his best year in 2013 with career highs of 112 total tackles, four sacks and two interceptions. He has 266 career tackles and 8 1/2 sacks.
|4/8/2015||Wes Welker, WR|
|Welker is the latest free agent receiver to visit the Miami Dolphins.
Analysis: The 33-year-old Welker, who played for Miami from 2004 to 2006, arrived at the team complex Wednesday. The five-time Pro Bowl player was with Denver last year and caught 49 passes for 464 yards and two scores, his least productive season since 2005.
|4/7/2015||James Ihedigbo, S|
|Ihedigbo's agent says the Detroit defensive back would like a new contract with the Lions and is prepared to skip voluntary offseason activities if he can't get a deal done.
Analysis: Detroit signed Ihedigbo to a $3.1 million, two-year deal before last season, and the veteran safety started 13 games and intercepted a career-high four passes. Agent Marc Lillibridge says Ihedigbo's potential absence wouldn't really be a holdout, since he'd be skipping voluntary activities.
|4/7/2015||Sean Richardson, S|
|The Oakland Raiders have signed Richardson to an offer sheet. The Green Bay Packers have five days to match the offer Richardson signed Tuesday or lose him to the Raiders. The Packers will not receive any compensation if they allow Richardson to leave.
Analysis: Richardson signed with Green Bay as an undrafted free agent out of Vanderbilt in 2012. He played 27 games with the Packers the past three seasons with 19 solo tackles on defense. Richardson has gotten the majority of his playing time on special teams.
|4/7/2015||Greg Jennings, WR|
|Jennings is visiting the Miami Dolphins, who are eager to shore up their corps of wideouts after several departures this offseason.
Analysis: The Minnesota Vikings released Jennings last month after acquiring receiver Mike Wallace from Miami in a trade. Jennings would have counted $11 million against the Vikings' salary cap this year. Jennings led the Vikings last season with 59 receptions for 742 yards and six touchdowns. He had three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons with Green Bay.
|4/6/2015||Denarius Moore, WR|
|The Bengals have added to their depth at receiver by signing Moore, an unrestricted free agent from Oakland.
Analysis: Moore was the Raiders' fifth-round pick in 2011. He played in 51 games and started 37 for Oakland, making 142 catches for 2,169 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also returned punts. Last season, Moore played in 10 games - two as a starter - but caught only 12 passes for 115 yards.
|4/6/2015||Muhammad Wilkerson, DE|
|Wilkerson has decided to not attend the start of the team's voluntary workouts while he waits for a potential new contract. The players reported for workouts Monday, but are not required to attend. It was uncertain whether Wilkerson would sit out the entire non-mandatory offseason program. CBSSports.com first reported Wilkerson's absence.
Analysis: Wilkerson is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and due to make $6.9 million this season. He acknowledged at the end of last season that he was surprised there had been no movement on contract talks.
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