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|5/29/2015||Christian Yount, Cle, LB|
|The Browns waived Yount. The 26-year-old Yount had been with Cleveland since replacing Ryan Pontbriand in 2011. One of the NFL's steadiest snappers, Yount struggled last season, forcing the Browns to sign Charley Hughlett off Kansas City's practice squad a few days before the finale in Baltimore.
Analysis: Yount appeared in 53 games with the Browns, who signed him to a five-year, $4.2 million contract extension in 2013. His problems last season began when he snapped high on a missed extra-point attempt in a win against New Orleans. He also had two bad snaps in a two-point loss to Baltimore.
|5/29/2015||Jeff Tuel, Buf, QB|
|The Bills have waived Tuel.
Analysis: Tuel's two-year tenure is over in Buffalo. He made the Bills as an undrafted rookie in 2013, and struggled in two appearances, including a start in a 23-13 loss to Kansas City. Tuel spent last season on the practice squad.
|5/29/2015||Matt Simms, Buf, QB|
|The Buffalo Bills have shuffled their depth at quarterback by claiming Simms and waiving Jeff Tuel. The Bills were awarded Simms on Friday, a day after he was cut by the New York Jets. He spent two seasons in New York and is reunited with former coach Rex Ryan in Buffalo.
Analysis: The 26-year-old had 195 yards passing with one touchdown and an interception in four appearances, including one last season.
|5/29/2015||Trey Watts, StL, RB|
|Watts has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. Watts, a two-year veteran, will be eligible to return to the active roster Oct. 5. He is eligible to participate in offseason and preseason practices and games.
Analysis: The 24-year-old Watts appeared in 14 games last year and had seven carries for 30 yards and three receptions for 18 yards.
|5/29/2015||Prince Shembo, Atl, LB|
|Police have charged Shembo with aggravated animal cruelty after his girlfriend's dog died from blunt force trauma. Gwinnett County police said in a news release that they obtained a warrant Friday for the NFL player's arrest.
Analysis: Police say Shembo's girlfriend called police on April 19 and said she had taken her Yorkie, Dior, to Shembo's apartment on April 15. At some point, she left the dog alone with Shembo and when she later found the dog, he was unresponsive. She took the dog to an animal hospital, where he died a short time later. Shembo told her the next day he had kicked the dog.
|5/29/2015||Ryan Harris, Den, T|
|The Denver Broncos have signed veteran offensive lineman Ryan Harris a day after losing perennial Pro Bowler Ryan Clady to a torn knee ligament.
Analysis: Harris was set to join the Broncos at practice Friday, the final day of this week's on-field work. Harris, who spent his first four NFL seasons in Denver, started 15 games last season for Kansas City. Before that, he spent two years in Houston with current Broncos coach Gary Kubiak.
|5/29/2015||Josh Mitchell, Ind, CB|
|Mitchell was placed on IR with an undisclosed injury.
Analysis: He didn't have any fantasy value.
|5/29/2015||Chris Boyd, Dal, WR|
|Boyd was placed on the injured reserve with an undisclosed injury.
Analysis: He was not going to have any fantasy value.
|5/28/2015||Adrian Peterson, Min, RB|
|Peterson took to Twitter on Thursday to express his frustration over criticism he is receiving while staying away from the voluntary portion of the Minnesota Vikings offseason. Peterson has come under fire after saying he wanted a long-term commitment from the team after missing most of last season while addressing a child abuse charge. He has three years and $46 million left on his deal, but none of that is guaranteed.
Analysis: Peterson says he knows "hundreds of players" that wished the team would have honored their contracts as he is being asked to do. Coach Mike Zimmer said on Wednesday that Peterson has two choices: he can either play for the Vikings next season or not play at all.
|5/28/2015||Matt Simms, Buf, QB|
|The New York Jets have released quarterback Matt Simms, who backed up starter Geno Smith the past two seasons. Simms became expendable when the Jets drafted Baylor's Bryce Petty in the fourth round earlier this month. With Smith and Ryan Fitzpatrick ahead of him and the team high on Petty, Simms was a long shot to make the roster this season.
Analysis: The son of former Giants star Phil Simms is 19 of 39 for 195 yards and a touchdown and one interception in four NFL games, with no starts. He was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee in 2012 and was one of the Jets' final cuts that summer, but was signed to a reserve/future deal that December. Simms made the active roster the past two seasons.
|5/28/2015||Ryan Clady, Den, T|
|Clady has torn his left ACL and will likely miss the season, leaving Denver to search for someone to protect Peyton Manning's blind side. The injury happened Wednesday during offseason training activities. This isn't the first time Clady has blown out his left knee: He hurt it in a pickup basketball game in April 2010, only to return and still start every game that season.
Analysis: Clady also injured his left foot in the second week of 2013 and missed the rest of the season, not long after signing a five-year, $52.5 million contract. He returned last season and started every game as he made his fourth Pro Bowl squad. With Clady sidelined, the Broncos may slide over Chris Clark, who filled in for Clady in 2013.
|5/27/2015||Tracy Porter, Was, CB|
|The Washington Redskins have released Porter.
Analysis: Porter, 28, signed with Washington in 2014 but played in just three games because of shoulder and hamstring injuries. He was absent because of flight complications according to coach Jay Gruden.
|5/27/2015||Chris Chester, Was, G|
|The Washington Redskins have released Chester.
Analysis: Chester, 32, signed with Washington in 2011. He had worked with the starters during Tuesday's first practice of organized team activities.
|5/27/2015||Geno Smith, NYJ, QB|
|Coach Todd Bowles says Wednesday that Geno Smith will head into training camp as the starter, and says it's the third-year's quarterback's job to lose.
Analysis: Bowles insists there will be competition at the position this summer - even if Ryan Fitzpatrick doesn't necessarily split snaps with Smith running the first-team offense.
|5/27/2015||Phillip Dorsett, Ind, WR|
|The Colts have signed their top draft pick, receiver Phillip Dorsett of Miami.
Analysis: Dorsett's four-year deal should fit between the $8.7 million deal signed by Baltimore's Breshad Perriman and New Orleans' Stephone Anthony, who signed a deal for $7.7 million.
|5/27/2015||Malcom Brown, NE, DT|
|Brown was introduced Wednesday at a ceremony by disgraced Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Analysis: Kraft and team president Jonathan Kraft stood on a platform on either side of the defensive tackle from Texas in the middle of Gillette Stadium. Brown said he hasn't received advice in dealing with the media.
|5/27/2015||Marcell Dareus, Buf, DT|
|Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley tells The Associated Press he's had preliminary talks with Marcell Dareus in a bid to re-sign the two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle before the start of training camp next month.
Analysis: Whaley calls re-signing Dareus the team's top priority. He also intends to meet with Bills chief negotiator Jim Overdorf later Wednesday in an effort to speed up talks
|5/27/2015||Adrian Peterson, Min, RB|
|Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says Adrian Peterson has two choices: He can either play for the Vikings or he cannot play at all.
Analysis: The star running back has missed the first two days of optional team practices and is not expected to attend any of the optional workouts this summer. He has been upset with the team for a perceived lack of support while he faced a child abuse charge last season and his representatives have said he should play elsewhere next season.
|5/27/2015||DeAngelo Williams, Pit, RB|
|Williams is ready to begin the second act of his NFL career in Pittsburgh.
Analysis: The longtime Carolina Panthers running back signed a two-year deal to join the Steelers in March. While the 32-year-old Williams is Carolina's all-time leading rusher he understands he will serve as a backup to All-Pro Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh.
|5/27/2015||Antonio Smith, Den, DE|
|Smith is absent from the Denver Broncos' organized team activities while prosecutors in Texas investigate a criminal sexual complaint against him.
Analysis: Smith met with general manager John Elway, team president and CEO Joe Ellis and coach Gary Kubiak and they all agreed it was best for Smith to skip the voluntary workouts that began Wednesday. Smith, 33, has not been arrested and no charges have been filed in the case.
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