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|3/5/2014||Champ Bailey, CB||The Denver Broncos are expected to release perennial Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made. A message was left with Bailey's agent.
Analysis: By releasing Bailey, the Broncos would open up cap space with the 12-time Pro Bowl player scheduled to make around $10 million next season. Bailey was sidelined most of the season by a nagging left foot sprain. The 35-year-old shutdown corner returned late in the season to help the Broncos advance to the Super Bowl, where they lost 43-8 to Seattle.
|3/5/2014||Devin Hester, WR||Hester says he will not be back with the Chicago Bears next season. Hester told the NFL Network on Wednesday that Chicago "wants to go a different route with me," and that they are "parting ways" with him.
Analysis: He will hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent and that an eight-year run with the Bears that produced no shortage of highlights is coming to an end.
|3/4/2014||John Carlson, TE||A person with knowledge of the decision has confirmed that the Minnesota Vikings have decided to release veteran tight end John Carlson.
Analysis: The person spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet finalized the move. The Vikings had no announcement. The news was first reported by FoxSports.com.
|3/4/2014||Jason Snelling, RB||Falcons running back Jason Snelling has retired, ending his seven-year career.
Analysis: Snelling was a seventh-round pick from Virginia in 2007 and spent his full career with the Falcons. Most of his playing time came as a backup - both at fullback and running back. He also was a strong receiver.
|3/4/2014||Sav Rocca, P||The Washington Redskins have cut defensive lineman Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca.
Analysis: Rocca, a 40-year-old former Australian Rules Football star in his native country, had a disappointing year in his third season with the Redskins. His 33.8-yard net average ranked last in the NFL.
|3/4/2014||Adam Carriker, DE||The Washington Redskins have cut defensive lineman Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca.
Analysis: Carriker tore the quad tendon in his right knee in the second game of the 2012 season and hasn't played since. He's had three surgeries on the knee and has been aiming for a comeback in 2014. Carriker was a first-round draft pick by the St. Louis Rams in 2007.
|3/4/2014||Le'Ron McClain, RB||The San Diego Chargers have released cornerbacks Derek Cox and Johnny Patrick and fullback Le'Ron McClain.
Analysis: McClain played in 34 games for the Chargers the last two seasons, with 25 carries for 74 yards and 10 catches for 22 yards.
|3/4/2014||Johnny Patrick, CB||The San Diego Chargers have released cornerbacks Derek Cox and Johnny Patrick and fullback Le'Ron McClain.
Analysis: Patrick started four of the 13 games he played in 2013, recording 36 tackles and an interception. He ended the season on injured reserve with an ankle injury.
|3/4/2014||Derek Cox, CB||The San Diego Chargers have released cornerbacks Derek Cox and Johnny Patrick and fullback Le'Ron McClain.
Analysis: Cox was one of San Diego's big free-agent acquisitions a year ago, signing a four-year contract for about $20 million, with about $10 million guaranteed. But he struggled and was benched three times in four games.
|3/4/2014||Corey Peters, DT||The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed Corey Peters, one of the team's three defensive tackles who were unrestricted free agents, to a one-year contract.
Analysis: The Falcons' other free-agent defensive tackles are Jonathan Babineaux and Peria Jerry. Peters, a third-round pick in 2010, had his 2013 season end with a right Achilles injury on Dec. 23 that required surgery.
|3/4/2014||Jason Avant, WR||The Philadelphia Eagles have released wide receiver Jason Avant.
Analysis: The Eagles cut ties with Avant on Tuesday. He played his first eight NFL seasons in Philadelphia and ranks 11th in team history with 297 receptions for 3,646 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was drafted in the fourth round in 2006 from the University of Michigan.
|3/4/2014||Corvey Irvin, DT||The Detroit Lions signed Irvin.
Analysis: Irvin played in six games as a reserve last season in Dallas. He has played in 24 career games, all as a backup, for the Cowboys, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville and Carolina. The Panthers selected him in the third round of the 2009 NFL draft out of Georgia.
|3/4/2014||Leroy Harris, G||The Detroit Lions have cut Harris.
Analysis: Harris played in only one game last season, the last one of the regular season against Minnesota. He was signed last year by the Lions to compete to start at right guard, a job that was won by rookie Larry Warford. Harris previously started 42 of 76 games for the Tennessee Titans.
|3/4/2014||Uche Nwaneri, G||The Jacksonville Jaguars have released Nwaneri, who started 63 of the team's last 64 games and didn't miss a snap last season.
Analysis: Nwaneri was due to make about $5.9 million in 2014, and cutting him will give the club another $3.7 million in salary-cap space. Jacksonville has roughly $60 million in cap space. Nwaneri, a fifth-round draft pick in 2007, played in 104 games and made 92 starts in Jacksonville. But his play deteriorated in recent years as nagging injuries mounted.
|3/3/2014||Alex Mack, C||The Browns have locked free-agent center Alex Mack into a one-year, $10.039 million contract.
Analysis: By using the transition tag, Cleveland will have five days to match any offer to Mack by other teams. If the Browns had used their franchise tag on Mack, he would have made $11.654 million next season.
|3/3/2014||Jairus Byrd, S||The Buffalo Bills have chosen not to use the franchise tag to retain safety Jairus Byrd, a decision that allows the three-time Pro Bowl player to become an unrestricted free agent.
Analysis: The decision was announced by the team shortly before the NFL deadline to apply the tag arrived Monday And it came after the two sides were unable to negotiate a long-term contract.
|3/3/2014||Anquan Boldin, WR||Boldin says he will be back with the San Francisco 49ers next season.
Analysis: Boldin wrote on his Twitter page Monday that he's "returning to San Francisco." The post was accompanied by a photo of him running through the tunnel at Candlestick Park in a 49ers jersey. Boldin led San Francisco with 85 catches for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns last season and was set to become a free agent.
|3/3/2014||Brian Orakpo, LB||The Washington Redskins have used their franchise tag on Orakpo, all but ensuring he will remain with the team next season.
Analysis: The Redskins used the non-exclusive tag Monday on Orakpo. He remains eligible to become a free agent later this month, but Washington will have the right to match any offer by another team and could receive two first-round draft picks as compensation if he signs elsewhere.
|3/3/2014||Peyton Manning, QB||Manning has passed his physical on his surgically repaired neck, clearing the way for him to play in 2014.
Analysis: In what was considered the final formality for his return, Manning passed the exam as required by his contract that will pay him $20 million next season. He won his fifth MVP award in 2013, when he set single-season records by passing for 5,547 yards and 55 TDs while guiding the Broncos to their first Super Bowl in 15 seasons.
|3/3/2014||Brent Grimes, CB||Grimes has signed a four-year contract to remain with the Miami Dolphins.
Analysis: With the deal announced Monday, the Dolphins achieved one of their biggest offseason priorities by avoiding the loss of Grimes in free agency. The 30-year-old Grimes had four interceptions and played in all 16 games for the Dolphins last year after they signed him to a one-year contract. He spent six years with the Atlanta Falcons and missed almost all of the 2012 season with an Achilles tendon injury.
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