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|5/27/2015||Ray McDonald, Chi, DE|
|McDonald has been arrested for the second time in a week. The Santa Clara Police Department says the former San Francisco defensive end violated a restraining order by being at a residence in Santa Clara.
Analysis: The restraining order was issued after an earlier domestic violence incident in Santa Clara on Memorial Day. In that incident, he allegedly broke down a bedroom door to get to his ex-fiancee and their infant. He was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment, but was free on bail. The Chicago Bears released the lineman Monday following that arrest.
|5/27/2015||Matt Forte, Chi, RB|
|Forte says he will not hold out for a contract extension.
Analysis: A two-time Pro Bowl pick, he says he will report to training camp on time despite the team's refusal to extend his deal. Forte is entering the final season of a four-year contract he signed in 2012.
|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.
|5/26/2015||Ndamukong Suh, Mia, DT|
|Suh drew attention for his absence from offseason training sessions in recent weeks, but he was on the field with the rest of his new teammates Tuesday for the Dolphins' first organized team activity.
Analysis: Like the training sessions, attendance at OTAs is voluntary but strongly encouraged by coaches. Taking part in the OTA was an easy decision, Suh said, but he declined to discuss why he missed the training sessions. Suh's attendance record is being monitored more closely in the wake of his new six-year contract. He looked fit and active in his first practice with the Dolphins, making his way into the backfield several times.
|5/26/2015||Chris Clemons, Jax, DE|
|Clemons skipped the first day of the team's organized team activities. Clemons was the only player missing from Jacksonville's 90-man roster Tuesday. Jaguars coach Gus Bradley spoke to Clemons in recent days and expressed his desire to have everyone in attendance for the voluntary workouts. But Clemons didn't show.
Analysis: Since the workouts are voluntary, Clemons is under no obligation to attend. The 12-year veteran skipped voluntary OTAs last year in Jacksonville and previously with Seattle. Bradley said: "We want everybody here and he knows that. That's a choice he makes. ... I have faith in Chris Clemons. I know that he'll come back. He's never not come back ready to go, but I don't want to assume that. I would like to see him back here, but we'll work through it."
|5/26/2015||Chris Boyd, Dal, WR|
|Dallas waived Boyd on Tuesday.
Analysis: Boyd doesn't have a catch in his career.
|5/26/2015||A.J. Jenkins, Dal, WR|
|Dallas has signed Jenkins after working him out last week.
Analysis: Jenkins, the 30th overall pick by San Francisco in 2012, didn't catch a pass in three regular-season and two playoff games as a rookie for the 49ers. He was traded to Kansas City during training camp in 2013, then had 17 catches for 223 yards and started only three of the 28 regular-season games he played the past two seasons.
|5/26/2015||Antonio Brown, Pit, WR|
|Brown insists the only number on his mind is 2015, not his salary. The Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wide receiver was on the field with the rest of his teammates when the Steelers began organized team activities on Tuesday. Brown brushed aside questions about whether he planned to sit out the activities and minicamp in search of a new deal.
Analysis: Brown led the NFL with a team-record 129 receptions in 2014. He downplayed the idea he was unhappy with the six-year $43-million contract he signed in 2012. The 26-year-old Brown promised he will be at Saint Vincent College when the Steelers begin training camp in July and that any contract issues are for agent Drew Rosenhaus to figure out.
|5/25/2015||Tom Brady, NE, QB|
|Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal won't be heard by Wednesday's 10-day deadline.
Analysis: Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because no date for the appeal has been set. The collective bargaining agreement calls for it to be heard within 10 days. However, the league and the players' union can agree on delaying the hearing. The two sides don't agree on much else.
|5/25/2015||Ray McDonald, Chi, DE|
|The Bears have released McDonald following a domestic violence arrest in Northern California that police say stemmed from him assaulting a woman who was holding a baby.
Analysis: Bears General Manager Ryan Pace released a statement saying McDonald did not meet the expectations set out for him when he was signed. In December, the 49ers released McDonald. Last year, McDonald was accused in a separate domestic violence incident during August birthday party at his Northern California home. A different woman has also accused McDonald of rape. Charges have not been filed.
|5/24/2015||Adrian Peterson, Min, RB|
|A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Peterson has informed Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer that he will not be attending the team's optional practices that start on Tuesday. Peterson is not required to attend any team functions until a mandatory minicamp next month.
Analysis: Peterson has been unhappy with the Vikings for a perceived lack of support from within the organization while he addressed child abuse charges last season. The person spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the issue. The Vikings have said they have no plans to trade Peterson, who could lose out on a $250,000 workout bonus by skipping the practices this week.
|5/22/2015||Orlando Scandrick, Dal, CB|
|Scandrick signed a one-year contract extension Friday, adding $9.5 million to what's now a five-year deal worth $20 million through 2019.
Analysis: It's the second time in three years the Cowboys have reworked contract terms for Scandrick, who missed the first two weeks of voluntary offseason workouts in hopes of getting more money. He reported this week. The 28-year-old Scandrick was Dallas' best cornerback last year but was set to make just $1.5 million this season. Now he'll get $4 million, half of what Brandon Carr will make without a pay cut after his first season without an interception.
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