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Patriots re-signed OT LaAdrian Waddle to a one-year contract.

Waddle, 26, made five starts at right tackle for last year's Patriots, struggling mightily as a pass blocker and eventually losing his job to Cameron Fleming after Marcus Cannon's year-ending ankle injury. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport called Waddle an "option" to replace Nate Solder as the Patriots' starting left tackle. New England would be smart to add competition in April's draft.
Mar 22 - 4:03 PM

Dolphins signed RB Frank Gore to a one-year contract.

The Dolphins' strange offseason moves and stockpiling of aging veterans are reportedly aimed at "changing the culture" inside their locker room. Gore, who turns 35 in May, played his college ball at the University of Miami and reportedly wanted to finish his career back home. Gore has averaged below 4.0 yards per carry in three straight seasons and is no longer a passing-game threat. If this is the Dolphins' final running back addition, it will be good news for Kenyan Drake's fantasy value. Drake is a much more explosive option and flashed feature back capability by averaging 119 total yards per game in Weeks 13-17 last year.
Mar 22 - 3:39 PM

Cardiologists at Harvard and the University of Michigan have cleared Michigan DT Maurice Hurst to resume playing football.

Hurst was diagnosed with a heart condition at the NFL Combine, which prevented him from participating in on-field drills. After he was cleared by two sets of heart doctors, Hurst will perform a full workout in front of NFL teams at Michigan's Pro Day on Friday. On game tape, Hurst is arguably a top-ten prospect in this draft. He is a poor man's Aaron Donald at 6-foot-1, 292.
Mar 22 - 2:39 PM

Steelers re-signed NT Daniel McCullers to a one-year contract.

McCullers, 25, was a lightly used reserve for last year's Steelers, playing limited snaps in just five appearances. He is a massive man at 6-foot-7, 352. McCullers will compete for playing time behind starting NT Javon Hargrave.
Mar 22 - 2:30 PM

Chiefs will sign RB Damien Williams, formerly of the Dolphins.

Williams, 26, spent his first four NFL seasons in Miami after going undrafted out of Oklahoma, managing 3.6 career yards per carry but showing passing-down chops with 85 receptions. In Kansas City, Williams figures to battle Charcandrick West for one roster spot behind Kareem Hunt and Spencer Ware.
Mar 22 - 2:17 PM

Performing at the University of San Diego's Pro Day on Thursday, free agent Johnny Manziel completed 36-of-38 passes and reportedly had a "strong day" in front of representatives from 12 NFL teams.

Manziel looked to be in good shape and generated positive reviews despite throwing in "light rain." Manziel said he has an offer from a CFL team and is well aware he still must prove himself before returning to the big leagues. Still only 25 years old, Manziel has sounded humbled after partying himself out of the pros. He recently appeared on Andrew Hawkins and Joe Thomas' podcast and apologized to both ex-Browns for blowing his first opportunity and wasting their time.
Mar 22 - 2:11 PM

Falcons re-signed DE Derrick Shelby to a one-year contract.

Released by Atlanta in early March, Shelby returns for less money after brief flirtations with the Seahawks and Browns. A 29-year-old rotational defensive end, Shelby made 14 starts last season but was pulled on obvious passing downs. He will likely play a lesser role for the Falcons this year.
Mar 22 - 1:54 PM

Free agent CB E.J. Gaines is scheduled to visit the Jets on Thursday and Browns on Friday.

He already met with the Cardinals. The top young free agent cornerback left on the market, 26-year-old Gaines has primarily played zone coverage to this point. He spent time with Browns DC Gregg Williams in St. Louis and flourished as the Bills' No. 2 corner under Sean McDermott last season.
Mar 22 - 1:07 PM

Free agent CB Robert McClain is visiting the Cardinals on Thursday.

McClain did not have the best season with the Bucs last year, but he would offer Arizona an option both outside and in the slot. He also has a history with new Cardinals coach Steve Wilks.
Source: ESPN
Mar 22 - 12:50 PM

Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, formerly of the Bills, to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

He will get a $1 million signing bonus. Thompson showed surprisingly well last season with the Bills, catching 27 passes for 430 yards and a score in 11 games. As it stands, he should slot in as the No. 4 receiver in Dallas.
Mar 22 - 12:04 PM

Free agent Brock Osweiler is visiting the Dolphins on Thursday.

This connection makes some sense. Osweiler worked with coach Adam Gase in Denver, and Miami is in the market for a backup quarterback. That said, the Dolphins would be better served looking to the draft for a viable long-term option behind Ryan Tannehill.
Mar 22 - 11:53 AM

Vikings signed OL Tom Compton, formerly of the Bears.

Compton started five games at guard last season for the Bears, and he has also made starts at tackle in his career. He should compete for a swing role in Minnesota.
Mar 22 - 11:44 AM

Eagles restructured DE Chris Long's contract.

Philly guaranteed Long a $2.5 million base salary, up from the $1 million he was owed, and eliminated $1.5 million in roster bonuses and incentives. Long is reportedly considering retirement, but guaranteeing his salary could convince him to return for another season.
Mar 22 - 11:19 AM

Bills LG Richie Incognito agreed to a pay cut.

Incognito agreed to cut his base salary from $6.325 million to $3.65 million, but he got back a $1 million bonus. The cut saves the Bills $1.675 million against the cap. With LT Cordy Glenn and C Eric Wood gone, the Bills need Incognito to anchor the left side of the line.
Mar 22 - 11:17 AM

Bucs acquired Jason Pierre-Paul and a fourth-round pick from the Giants in exchange for a third-round pick and a fourth-round pick.

It is a stunning move both because of the paltry compensation and because it only saves the Giants $2.5 million against the cap this season while opening a massive hole on the depth chart. It does get JPP's contract off the books moving forward, however, and the defensive end may not have been a good fit with new DC James Bettcher. This move could signify the Giants are looking at NC State's Bradley Chubb with the No. 2 overall pick. As for Tampa, they needed to rebuild their pass rush, and that is exactly what they have done by trading for Pierre-Paul and signing Vinny Curry. With Gerald McCoy on the inside, the pass rush should be much more dangerous this season.
Mar 22 - 10:11 AM

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