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5/4/2016 Michael Wilhoite, SF, LB
Wilhoite signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday, nearly two months after the restricted free agent was tendered a contract.

Analysis: The 29-year-old Wilhoite started all 12 games he played last season and 16 in 2014. He took on a greater role after five-time All-Pro Patrick Willis retired in March 2015 followed by fellow linebacker Chris Borland. Wilhoite had 85 tackles, an interception and a pass defensed last season for the 49ers, who went 5-11 and missed the playoffs for a second straight year.
5/4/2016 Keanu Neal, Atl, S
The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a four-year contract with Neal, the team's first-round pick from Florida. The Falcons' six draft picks and undrafted rookies will report on Thursday for a rookie mini-camp on Friday and Saturday. Neal is expected to contend for a starting job as a rookie.

Analysis: Neal, the No. 17 overall pick in last week's NFL draft, is the only first-round pick to agree to terms thus far. Terms of the deal, which includes an option for a fifth season, were not immediately available. Neal had 96 tackles and one interception as a junior in 2015. He had three interceptions in 2014.
5/3/2016 Cameron Gordon, KC, LB
The Chiefs waived safety Jimmy Wilson and Gordon on Tuesday as they massaged their roster following the NFL draft and the signing of undrafted free agents.

Analysis: Gordon signed a futures contract with the Chiefs in January. He entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Patriots two years ago.
5/3/2016 Jimmy Wilson, KC, S
The Chiefs waived Wilson and linebacker Cameron Gordon on Tuesday as they massaged their roster following the NFL draft and the signing of undrafted free agents.

Analysis: Wilson signed a $4.85 million, two-year contract with San Diego last year, but was cut in December after making just six starts. He was signed by Kansas City this offseason to provide depth at safety following the surprising retirement of Husain Abdullah.
5/3/2016 Terron Armstead, NO, T
Armstead has agreed to a five-year extension that runs through the 2021 season.

Analysis: Armstead, who was a third-round draft pick by the Saints out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 2013, has been a starter since late in his rookie season. His contract had been due to expire after the 2016 season.
5/3/2016 Cordy Glenn, Buf, T
The Buffalo Bills have agreed to a five-year contract extension with Glenn.

Analysis: The new contract replaces the $13.7 million franchise tag Glenn signed in March. The Bills placed the franchise designation on Glenn in March to retain his rights and prevent him from entering free agency. Glenn was selected in the second round of the 2012 draft out of Georgia, and has started 61 games for Buffalo. Last year, he was part of a line that helped Buffalo lead the league with 2,432 yards rushing.
5/2/2016 Bruce Gradkowski, Pit, QB
Pittsburgh announced Monday it re-signed Gradkowski to a one-year deal.

Analysis: Gradkowski missed all 2015 after injuring his right hand during the preseason, leading the Steelers to bring in Mike Vick. Pittsburgh made no attempt to bring back Vick and instead will have Gradkowski battle Landry Jones for the No. 2 spot behind Ben Roethlisberger.
5/2/2016 James Harrison, Pit, LB
The five-time Pro Bowl linebacker announced on his verified Instagram Monday that he plans on returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2016. Harrison posted a picture of his familiar No. 92 jersey emerging from a smoke-filled tunnel with a caption that read: "I'm back."

Analysis: Harrison finished with five sacks in 2015, but said after Pittsburgh's loss to Denver in the playoffs that he needed time to figure out if he wanted to come back for a 14th season. Harrison has one year left on his contract. As he typically does, Harrison has spent much of the offseason working out in Arizona.
5/2/2016 Jake Coker, Ari, QB
Coker is among 16 undrafted rookie free agents to agree to terms with the Arizona Cardinals.

Analysis: Coker was 14-0 as a starter for the Crimson Tide team that won the College Football Playoff championship game. He threw for a career-high 335 yards and two touchdowns in the championship win over Clemson.
5/2/2016 Sylvester Williams, Den, NT
The Broncos have declined the fifth-year option on Williams' contract.

Analysis: Though Williams has developed into a solid starting nose tackle, his $6.75 million option for 2017 was deemed a bit too expensive for a Broncos team without a great deal of future cap space.
5/2/2016 Eric Reid, SF, S
Reid has had his fifth-year contract option exercised by the San Francisco 49ers for the 2017 season. The team announced the expected move Monday.

Analysis: Reid was San Francisco's first-round draft pick selected 18th overall out of LSU in 2013. The 24-year-old defender has played and started all but one game since joining the Niners, making 189 tackles with seven interceptions, a sack and a forced fumble.
5/2/2016 Luke Joeckel, Jax, T
The Jaguars will not pick up the fifth-year option on Joeckel's contract.

Analysis: The No. 2 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Joeckel has been a colossal bust so far in the pros and would have earned close to $12 million in 2017 had Jacksonville exercised the option. He'll likely spend next season as a backup after the Jags signed Kelvin Beachum to a five-year contract in March.
5/2/2016 DJ Hayden, Oak, CB
The Raiders have declined their fifth-year contract option on Hayden.

Analysis: Hayden has mostly been either injured or ineffective since being taken by Oakland with the 12th overall pick of the 2013 draft, making this an easy decision. He lost his starting job to waiver-wire pickup David Amerson last season and the Raiders signed Sean Smith this offseason to start at the other cornerback spot.
5/2/2016 Khaled Holmes, Ind, C
Holmes was among four players waived by the Colts on Monday.

Analysis: A fourth-round pick in 2013, Holmes started 12 games at center for the Colts but became expendable when the team selected Alabama's Ryan Kelly with the No. 18 overall pick on Thursday. Indianapolis also released tight end Cameron Clear, long snapper Forrest Hill and offensive tackle Mitchell Van Dyk.
5/2/2016 Chris Culliver, Was, CB
The Redskins have released Culliver after just one season with the team.

Analysis: Culliver signed a four-year, $32 million contract with Washington in March of 2015, but his guaranteed salary for next season was voided after he received a one-game suspension in September for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Culliver ended last year on injured reserve after tearing the ACL and MCL in his right knee during a Thanksgiving Day practice, and the Redskins' recent signing of Josh Norman made him further expendable.
5/2/2016 Dee Milliner, NYJ, CB
The Jets have declined their fifth-year contract option on Milliner.

Analysis: The ninth overall pick of the 2013 draft, Milliner has missed 27 games over his first three seasons due to injuries. He played sparingly in five games this past season.
5/2/2016 Sheldon Richardson, NYJ, DE
The Jets announced Monday they have exercised their fifth-year option on Richardson's contract.

Analysis: The move was entirely expected despite Richardson facing potential league discipline for pleading guilty to resisting arrest in January. The 2013 first-round pick has been a difference-maker on the field, recording 16 1/2 sacks in three seasons and earning 2013 Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.
5/2/2016 Chance Warmack, Ten, G
The Tennessee Titans have declined to pick up the fifth-year option for guard Chance Warmack, giving the 10th overall draft pick in 2013 time to convince them he should stick around after this season. The Titans announced the decision Monday.

Analysis: Warmack has started 46 games since being drafted out of Alabama, but the Titans need to improve both their run blocking and pass protection after winning just five games the past two years combined. The Titans just drafted two offensive linemen.
5/2/2016 Ezekiel Ansah, Det, DE
As expected, the Lions have exercised their fifth-year option on Ansah.

Analysis: The decision was a no-brainer after Ansah racked up 14 1/2 sacks and earned second-team All-Pro honors last season. The No. 5 overall pick of the 2013 draft has 30 sacks over his first three NFL seasons.
5/2/2016 Eric Fisher, KC, T
The Kansas City Chiefs have exercised their fifth-year option on left tackle Eric Fisher, which means the former No. 1 overall draft pick is scheduled to make $11.9 million during the 2017 season. The Chiefs had until Monday to decide on the option, which becomes fully guaranteed next March.

Analysis: Fisher had a disappointing first two seasons in the NFL, and some were quick to label the Central Michigan product a bust. But the 6-foot-7, 305-pound lineman appeared to break through last season, even shutting down Texans star pass rusher J.J. Watt during their playoff game.
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