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8/31/2014 Alex Boone, G A person with direct knowledge of the contract says holdout right guard Alex Boone has agreed to terms on a new $6 million, two-year contract that replaces the two years remaining on his previous deal.

Analysis: Boone, represented by the agency of Schwartz & Feinsod, is expected to join the 49ers as soon as Monday as they prepare for their Week 1 game at Dallas on Sunday. Boone's presence will be felt for an offensive line that has struggled to protect quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the preseason.
8/31/2014 Brandon Hartson, TE The Chicago Bears waived long snapper Brandon Hartson on Sunday.

Analysis: Hartson beat out former CFL player Chad Rempel in a preseason competition to replace the retired Patrick Mannelly, who played more years (16) and more games (245) with the Bears than any other player. Rempel was waived Aug. 18.
8/31/2014 Michael Cox, RB The New York Giants have added running back Michael Cox and six other players to their practice squad.

Analysis: Cox was the Giants' seventh-round draft pick last year. He played in 14 games as a rookie, including one start. He also led the team with 20 kickoff returns for 436 yards.
8/31/2014 Danieal Manning, S The Houston Texans are welcoming back safety Danieal Manning.

Analysis: Manning was a second-round pick by Chicago in 2006 and played his first five seasons with the Bears. He was signed along with cornerback Johnathan Joseph in 2011 to provide leadership to a secondary that was part of the league's worst pass defense the previous season. Manning made 124 tackles and intercepted four passes in his previous three seasons in Houston.
8/31/2014 Ryan Williams, RB The Dallas Cowboys will get to keep Ryan Williams on their practice squad after the fourth-year running back cleared waivers.

Analysis: The team's leading rusher in the preseason, Williams was among seven signed to the practice squad Sunday, a day after the roster had to be cut to 53 players.
8/31/2014 Case Keenum, QB The Houston Texans have released Case Keenum, part of a flurry of moves by the team on Sunday.

Analysis: Keenum, a record-setting quarterback at the University of Houston, had been competing with rookie Tom Savage for the backup role behind Ryan Fitzpatrick. He went 28 for 52 with two interceptions in the preseason, not enough to keep a roster spot despite eight starts in 2013.
8/31/2014 Alex Smith, QB Smith has agreed to a four-year, $68 million extension that includes $45 million in guaranteed money, a person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because the team had not announced the deal, which will keep Smith in Kansas City through the 2018 season.

Analysis: Smith and his representatives had been discussing an extension with the Chiefs for several months, and the veteran quarterback was hopeful a deal would be done before the regular season.
8/31/2014 Kyle Williams, WR Williams has landed on injured reserve.

Analysis: Williams is known best for his gaffes three seasons ago in fielding punts for the 49ers in a NFC title game loss to the Giants.
8/30/2014 Nate Burleson, WR The Browns released Burleson and running backs Dion Lewis and Chris Ogbonnaya to get to the 53-player roster limit.

Analysis: Burleson was slowed by a hamstring injury during training camp and missed three preseason games.
8/30/2014 Mario Manningham, WR Manningham isn't going to get a second chance with the New York Giants, and neither is backup quarterback Curtis Painter.

Analysis: The Giants on Saturday placed Manningham on injured reserve along with fellow receiver Trindon Holliday, and released Painter in reducing their roster to the NFL's 53-man limit.
8/30/2014 Robert Meachem, WR The New Orleans Saints have included 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey, Meachem and both kickers among their final preseason roster cuts.

Analysis: The Saints have trimmed 22 players from the roster since Friday to get down to the 53-player regular-season limit by Saturday's deadline.
8/30/2014 Champ Bailey, CB The New Orleans Saints have included Bailey, veteran receiver Robert Meachem and both kickers among their final preseason roster cuts.

Analysis: The Saints have trimmed 22 players from the roster since Friday to get down to the 53-player regular-season limit by Saturday's deadline.
8/30/2014 Michael Sam, DE The St. Louis Rams cut Sam on Saturday. He still can be picked up by another team or make the Rams' practice squad.

Analysis: The 7th-round draft pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and celebrities. In the end, the defensive end couldn't make a team stocked with pass-rushers. The Rams selected the SEC co-defensive player of the year at Missouri with the 249th overall pick out of 256 overall during May's draft. Sam came out as gay following his final season at Missouri.
8/30/2014 Dimitri Patterson, CB The New York Jets have released Patterson, ending a bizarre week that began when he left the team before its preseason game against the Giants on Aug. 22.

Analysis: The move Saturday came as the Jets got down to the mandatory 53-player roster limit. Patterson was suspended Tuesday for the rest of the preseason after he left the team, according to the Jets, and went missing before the preseason game without speaking to anyone in the organization.
8/30/2014 Kyle Orton, QB A person familiar with the deal has confirmed the Buffalo Bills have agreed to sign Orton to a one-year contract in addressing a key need behind starter EJ Manuel.

Analysis: The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Saturday because the Bills have not announced the deal. ESPN first reported the agreement Friday night.
8/30/2014 Stephen Hill, WR The New York Jets have waived Hill, parting ways with the 2012 second-round draft pick after two seasons marked by injuries and inconsistent play.

Analysis: Hill was among the Jets' final cuts Saturday as teams got down to the mandatory 53-player limit.
8/30/2014 Ronnie Hillman, RB Cornerback Kayvon Webster and Hillman didn't return with the Denver Broncos from their preseason finale in Dallas on Thursday night after falling ill. Both were taken to a hospital and Webster was kept overnight.

Analysis: The Denver Post first reported the story Saturday. The Broncos confirmed that neither player flew with the team back to Denver but didn't provide any information about the nature of their illnesses.
8/30/2014 Kayvon Webster, CB Webster and running back Ronnie Hillman didn't return with the Denver Broncos from their preseason finale in Dallas on Thursday night after falling ill. Both were taken to a hospital and Webster was kept overnight.

Analysis: The Denver Post first reported the story Saturday. The Broncos confirmed that neither player flew with the team back to Denver but didn't provide any information about the nature of their illnesses.
8/30/2014 Duke Ihenacho, S The Denver Broncos have released nine-year veteran defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson and Ihenacho, a starter last season who had nine tackles in the Super Bowl.

Analysis: The Broncos added plenty of depth following their Super Bowl loss to Seattle, and Vickerson and Inhenacho paid the price. Ihenacho was the odd man out in a crowded secondary that features free agent acquisition T.J. Ward at strong safety.
8/30/2014 Kevin Vickerson, DT The Denver Broncos have released Vickerson and third-year safety Duke Ihenacho, a starter last season who had nine tackles in the Super Bowl.

Analysis: The Broncos added plenty of depth following their Super Bowl loss to Seattle, and Vickerson and Inhenacho paid the price.
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