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Date Player
4/1/2015 Ben Ijalana, T
The New York Jets have signed free agent linebacker Jamari Lattimore and re-signed offensive tackle Ben Ijalana.

Analysis: Ijalana spent the past two years with the Jets, and played in three games last season. He was a second-round pick of Indianapolis in 2011 out of Villanova.
4/1/2015 Jamari Lattimore, LB
The New York Jets have signed free agent linebacker Jamari Lattimore and re-signed offensive tackle Ben Ijalana.

Analysis: Lattimore spent four seasons with Green Bay after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Middle Tennessee State in 2011. He started a career-high five games last season. Lattimore has 66 tackles, two sacks and an interception in 49 games with the Packers as mostly a backup and special teams player.
4/1/2015 Jesse Williams, DT
The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed Williams, who has spent the last two seasons on injured reserve.

Analysis: The Seahawks selected Williams in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft out of Alabama but he's been plagued by knee injuries and is still awaiting his NFL debut.
4/1/2015 Will Tukuafu, RB
The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed versatile fullback Will Tukuafu.

Analysis: Tukuafu signed with the Seahawks on Oct. 29 and played in nine games (two starts) in the regular season and in all three playoff games. He played mostly at fullback but also filled in along the defensive line. Tukuafu, who spent his first four seasons in San Francisco, has played in 29 career games in five NFL seasons.
4/1/2015 Sherrick McManis, CB
The Chicago Bears agreed Wednesday to a one-year contract with McManis.

Analysis: McManis has played in 62 games through five seasons with the Houston Texans (2010-11) and Chicago Bears (2012-14). He is mainly a special teams contributor.
4/1/2015 Sam Acho, LB
The Chicago Bears agreed Wednesday to a one-year contract with Acho.

Analysis: A fourth-round draft pick by Arizona in 2011, Acho spent four seasons with the Cardinals. He had a career-high seven sacks as a rookie, but has just six since then. A broken left fibula limited Acho to three games in 2013. He appeared in 16 games last season and made four starts.
4/1/2015 Clifton Geathers, DE
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Wednesday they re-signed defensive end Clifton Geathers to a one-year deal. Terms were not disclosed.

Analysis: The 27-year-old Geathers originally signed with the Steelers last December after Brett Keisel was lost for the season with a triceps injury. Geathers did not appear in any of the final four games or Pittsburgh's loss to Baltimore in the wild-card round. Geathers has played in 37 games with one start in his five seasons with Miami, Dallas, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and Washington.
4/1/2015 Gino Gradkowski, C
The Denver Broncos continued addressing their needs along the offensive line by acquiring fourth-year center Gino Gradkowski from the Baltimore Ravens for 2016 draft considerations.

Analysis: Gradkowski started every game in Baltimore in 2013 but only saw action in eight games last year after the Ravens obtained Jeremy Zuttah from the Buccaneers. The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder appeared in every game during Baltimore's Super Bowl run his rookie season. Overall, he played in 40 regular season games and six playoff games with the Ravens, who selected him in the fourth round out of Delaware in the 2012 draft.
4/1/2015 Brandon Tate, WR
The Bengals signed receiver and kick returner Brandon Tate to a new deal on Wednesday, adding to their depth at the two spots.

Analysis: Tate became an unrestricted free agent when his contract expired last month. He's spent the last four year with Cincinnati and ranks third in franchise history with 127 kickoff returns and 126 punt returns. He averaged 9.7 yards on 18 punt returns and 22.1 yards on 18 kickoff returns last season. He also had 17 receptions for 193 yards and a touchdown. Adam "Pacman" Jones was their primary kickoff and punt returner.
4/1/2015 Tim Barnes, C
The St. Louis Rams have re-signed center Tim Barnes, adding depth to an offensive line in flux.

Analysis: Barnes has been with the Rams since 2011, used mainly on special teams, and had been an unrestricted free agent. In 2013, Barnes made four starts in place of injured Scott Wells.
4/1/2015 Kyle Wilson, CB
The Saints have signed Wilson to a one-year contract.

Analysis: Wilson has spent his first five seasons with the New York Jets, who made him a late first-round draft choice out of Boise State in 2010.
4/1/2015 Jahri Evans, G
The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a one-year contract extension with Evans.

Analysis: Evans has spent his entire NFL career with New Orleans, starting in 2006, when he was a fourth-round draft choice out of Division II Bloomsburg. He has been selected to six consecutive Pro Bowls, second all-time among Saints offensive linemen behind Hall-of-Fame left tackle Willie Roaf's seven selections.
4/1/2015 Greg Hardy, DE
Prosecutors in North Carolina have agreed to let the NFL see photographs from Hardy's domestic violence trial as the league considers whether to suspend the defensive end who signed with Dallas last month.

Analysis: An order filed Wednesday in a North Carolina court grants limited access to the NFL, the players association and attorneys for Hardy. The order says the photographs were provided by someone outside law enforcement. The NFL sued for access to them.
4/1/2015 Daniel Herron, RB
Herron has signed his one-year free-agent tender. He is expected to be joined in the backfield by the recently signed Frank Gore and Vick Ballard, who has missed most of the last two seasons with injuries.

Analysis: The former Bengals' practice squad player became Indy's starter in the playoffs, replacing Trent Richardson. After running 78 times for 351 yards with one touchdown and catching 21 passes for 173 yards in the regular season, Herron ran 45 times for 170 yards and two TDs in three playoff games. He also caught 23 passes for 128 yards, setting a postseason franchise record by a running back.
4/1/2015 Rolando McClain, LB
The Cowboys are bringing back McClain after the former top 10 pick revived his career with a solid season in Dallas.

Analysis: McClain had trouble staying on the field last year because of various injuries but still finished second on the team with 108 tackles.
3/31/2015 Antonio Smith, DT
The Oakland Raiders have released defensive tackle Antonio Smith after just one season with the team. The Raiders announced the move to cut Smith on Tuesday, one year after signing him to a two-year contract.

Analysis: Smith started 16 games for Oakland last season. He had three sacks and was an effective pass rusher from the inside but struggled against the run.
3/31/2015 Jason Trusnik, LB
The Carolina Panthers announced they've signed free agent linebacker and special teams contributor Jason Trusnik to a one-year contract. Financial terms and incentives were not released Tuesday.

Analysis: The 6-foot-4, 252-pound Trusnik is an eight-year NFL veteran who spent the last four seasons with the Dolphins. He played in all 16 games in 2014 with five starts. He had 39 tackles, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries on defense.
3/31/2015 Chandler Harnish, QB
The Arizona Cardinals have signed quarterback Chandler Harnish to a one-year contract. Terms were not disclosed.

Analysis: Harnish was a seventh-round draft pick out of Northern Illinois by Indianapolis in 2012,as he was Mr. Irrelevant that year. He split his rookie season between the active roster and practice squad with the Colts and was on the practice squad all of 2013.
3/31/2015 Matt Schaub, QB
The Baltimore Ravens have signed quarterback Matt Schaub to a one-year contract.

Analysis: The 33-year-old Schaub has 90 career starts but is expected to contend for backup to Joe Flacco. Tyrod Taylor served behind Flacco for four years before leaving for Buffalo as a free agent.
3/31/2015 Stevan Ridley, RB
Ridley is visiting the Miami Dolphins, who are in the market for a backup to Lamar Miller.

Analysis: Ridley is recovering from ACL knee surgery and was limited to six games last year with the Patriots. His best season was in 2012, when he ran for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Patriots took him in the third round of the 2011 draft.
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