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Date Player
4/27/2016 Von Miller, Den, LB
Miller says he's optimistic he'll soon have a long-term contract with the Denver Broncos.

Analysis: During an appearance at his charity event Wednesday night, Miller said, "I'm expecting a deal any day. That's just the mind-set I have." Earlier this week, general manager John Elway said there's only been one offer and one counter-offer with Miller's representatives. Elway placed the exclusive franchise tag on the star linebacker. Miller is skipping voluntary team workouts while awaiting a new contract.
4/26/2016 A.J. Hawk, Cin, LB
The Cincinnati Bengals have released linebacker A.J. Hawk.

Analysis: A native of southwest Ohio who starred at Ohio State, Hawk joined the Bengals as a free agent last spring after spending nine seasons with the Green Bay Packers and departing as that team's career leader in tackles.
4/25/2016 Saalim Hakim, Cle, WR
The Browns signed wide receiver Saalim Hakim after he had an impressive tryout last week in their voluntary minicamp.

Analysis: The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Hakim made several nice catches during a practice on Thursday, when he outjumped a defensive back to haul in a long pass from quarterback Austin Davis and earned immediate praise from new Browns coach Hue Jackson.
4/25/2016 Johnny Manziel, Cle, QB
Manziel was indicted by a grand jury on Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge stemming from a domestic violence complaint by his ex-girlfriend.

Analysis: The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner and Texas A&M star was accused by ex-girlfriend Colleen Crowley of hitting her and threatening to kill her during a night out on Jan. 30. Crowley said in court documents that Manziel struck her so hard that she temporarily lost hearing in one ear. The indictment accuses Manziel of striking Crowley and "forcing (her) into a vehicle and against a vehicle dashboard."
4/25/2016 Tom Brady, NE, QB
Brady must serve a four-game "Deflategate" suspension imposed by the NFL, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the players union. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday in New York.

Analysis: The decision by a three-judge panel may end the legal debate over the scandal that led to months of football fans arguing over air pressure and the reputation of one of the league's top teams. It is also likely to fuel a fresh round of debate over what role, if any, the quarterback and top NFL star played in using underinflated footballs at the AFC championship game in January 2015.
4/22/2016 Josh Norman, Was, CB
Norman has signed a five-year, $75 million contract with the Redskins, according to

Analysis: Two days after Carolina rescinded Norman's $13.9 million franchise tag, the All-Pro cornerback received the lucrative long-term deal he had been seeking. The four-year veteran is coming off his best season, in which he recorded four interceptions and 16 passes defensed for the NFC champion Panthers.
4/21/2016 Mitchell Van Dyk, Ind, T
The Indianapolis Colts signed offensive tackles Kevin Graf and Van Dyk on Wednesday.

Analysis: The 6-7, 299-pound Van Dyk spent all of last season on the Pittsburgh Steelers' injured reserve list. The Rams drafted Van Dyk in the seventh round of the 2014 draft, but was waived before the season began.
4/21/2016 Kevin Graf, Ind, T
The Indianapolis Colts signed offensive tackles Graf and Mitchell Van Dyk on Wednesday.

Analysis: Graf split time on the Philadelphia Eagles' active roster and practice squad in 2014 before he was waived last August. The 6-foot-6, 309-pound Southern California product was originally an undrafted free agent. He has never played in an NFL game.
4/20/2016 Luke Marquardt, NYJ, T
The New York Jets have signed Marquardt, adding depth to their front line.

Analysis: Marquardt was signed by San Francisco as an undrafted free agent out of Azusa Pacific in 2013, but has never appeared in an NFL regular-season game. He missed his senior season of college with a foot injury and then spent his rookie year with the 49ers on the non-football injury list. The 6-foot-8, 315-pound lineman was released by San Francisco in May 2014 after injuring his foot again.
4/20/2016 J.J. Watt, Hou, DE
Watt has almost completely recovered from offseason groin surgery.

Analysis: He says he doesn't have a timetable for when he expects to be back to where he was before the injury, but is working toward that goal.
4/20/2016 Josh Norman, Was, CB
Norman, one of the NFL's top cornerbacks, is now an unrestricted free agent after the Carolina Panthers surprisingly rescinded their non-exclusive franchise tag offer to the All-Pro. Norman did not sign the franchise tag offer from the Panthers which would have paid him $13.9 million in 2016.

Analysis: Norman had a career-high four interceptions in 2015. Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said in a release Wednesday that "after a number of conversations with Josh's agent we realized that a long-term deal was not attainable" and that the organization wishes him well.
4/20/2016 Colin Kaepernick, SF, QB
Trent Baalke is not ruling out the possibility of still striking a trade for Colin Kaepernick, though San Francisco's general manager is adamant he still hopes to see the quarterback working in new 49ers coach Chip Kelly's system.

Analysis: While Baalke has been in touch with Kaepernick, he said Wednesday they haven't spoken in person despite both being at team headquarters. Kaepernick is around rehabilitating from three surgeries and attending team meetings during the voluntary portion of the offseason program.
4/20/2016 Chris Chester, Atl, G
The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed guard Chris Chester.

Analysis: The 33-year-old Chester started all 16 games last season, his 10th in the NFL.
4/19/2016 Larry Donnell, NYG, TE
The New York Giants have re-signed Donnell.

Analysis: The Giants announced the signing Tuesday after Donnell received clearance from the team's medical staff to resume his career. Donnell suffered a neck injury on Nov. 1 in New Orleans and missed the rest of the season. He caught 29 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns, including a late game-winning one against San Francisco.
4/19/2016 Johnny Manziel, Cle, QB
Drew Rosenhaus has dropped Manziel as a client. Last week, Rosenhaus told the troubled quarterback to seek help or he will no longer represent him. On Tuesday, the powerful agent removed his name as Manziel's representative.

Analysis: Rosenhaus, whose clientele is among the largest in the NFL, represented Manziel for only a few weeks. Rosenhaus has been an agent for 27 years, and this is the first time he's terminated a contract with a player. In February, Manziel's first agent, Erik Burkhardt, said he severed his ties with the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner so Manziel could get help.
4/19/2016 Tony Steward, NE, LB
The Buffalo Bills have further depleted their depth at linebacker by cutting Steward.

Analysis: The Bills announced the move Tuesday, about an hour after Steward posted a note on Twitter revealing his departure. Steward wrote that he was grateful for the opportunity the Bills provided him and was looking forward to the next chapter. A sixth-round pick out of Clemson last year, Steward had difficulty getting any playing time as a rookie. He was used primarily in a special teams role.
4/19/2016 Johnny Manziel, Cle, QB
Dallas prosecutors say they will present the family violence case against Manziel to a grand jury this week.

Analysis: A spokeswoman for the Dallas County district attorney said the case will be presented Thursday, with a likely decision announced Monday. Manziel, a former Cleveland quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, is accused of hitting his ex-girlfriend during a night out in January. The ex-girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, said in court records that Manziel dragged her back into a car as she was trying to escape him, then hit her so hard that she temporarily lost hearing in one ear.
4/19/2016 Brian Hoyer, Hou, QB
The Houston Texans have cut quarterback Brian Hoyer.

Analysis: The Texans announced the move Tuesday, little more than a month after signing Brock Osweiler to a four-year, $72 million contract. Houston also released quarterback B.J. Daniels. Hoyer signed a two-year contract before last season, but his five-turnover debacle in a 30-0 playoff loss to Kansas City suggested his days in Houston were numbered.
4/18/2016 LeSean McCoy, Buf, RB
The Pennsylvania attorney general's office is reviewing a district attorney's decision not to charge Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy in a Philadelphia nightclub fight that left two off-duty police officers injured.

Analysis: Solicitor General Bruce Castor said Monday that he met last week with detectives after getting a written request from the president of the police union in Philadelphia. Castor says that despite spending decades as a prosecutor, he wasn't aware of the rarely used review procedure. It requires approval from a judge to transfer the case from county prosecutors to the attorney general.
4/18/2016 Zach Line, Min, RB
The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed fullback Zach Line.

Analysis: Undrafted out of SMU, Line has appeared in 20 games over the first three years of his career. He scored his first three NFL touchdowns last season, two rushing and one receiving, while serving as a key blocker for league rushing leader Adrian Peterson.
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