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Rams match Lions, re-sign Malcolm Brown

The Los Angeles Rams re-signed running back Malcolm Brown to a 2-year, $3.25 million contract.

What It Means:

The Detroit Lions signed Brown to an offer sheet earlier this week, but since he was a restricted free agent, the Rams had the right to match it. Brown averaged a career-best 4.9 yards per carry on limited opportunity last season before suffering a season-ending injury at the beginning of December. He turns 26 in May.

Brown totaled 264 yards and a touchdown on 48 touches last season.

Justin Houston signs with Colts for 2 years, $24 million

The Indianapolis Colts signed outside rusher Justin Houston, formerly of the Kansas City Chiefs, to a 2-year, $24 million contract, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

What It Means:

The Colts need help rushing the passer and Houston fits the bill. He's missed 21 games over the past four seasons, but has made up for it with 9.0-plus sacks in 2017 and 2018. Houston turned 30 in January.

Houston recorded 32 tackles (25 solo) with 9.0 sacks, 1 pass deflection, 1 interception, and 5 forced fumbles in 12 games last season.

Texans to sign quarterback A.J. McCarron

Quarterback A.J. McCarron has agreed to sign with the Houston Texans.

What It Means:

The former Raider will backup Deshaun Watson, following the departure of Brandon Weeden. McCarron has been in the league since 2014 but has only made three regular season starts.

McCarron has attempted 136 NFL passes, completing 64.0% of them while averaging 5.7 net yards per dropback. He has thrown 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

Clay Matthews joins the Rams

Edge rusher Clay Matthews has signed a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Rams.

What It Means:

The former Packer will be tasked with providing pass-rushing help for the Rams, though the 32-year-old is not the same player he was in his prime.

Matthews started all 16 games but had a career-low 3.5 sacks last season. It was the fourth straight season his sack total declined.

Vontaze Burfict signs with the Raiders

Linebacker Vontaze Burfict has signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders.

What It Means:

The former Bengal reunites with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, who coached him in Cincinnati.

He made 33 tackles and forced three fumbles in 7 games last season.

Randall Cobb signs with Cowboys for 1-year, $5 million

The Dallas Cowboys signed wide receiver Randall Cobb, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, to a 1-year, $5 million contract.

What It Means:

Cobb will likely replace Cole Beasley in the slot after an injury-ravaged 2018 campaign in Green Bay. Entering his age-29 season, Cobb hasn't averaged more than 46.9 yards per game in any of the past three years. He will likely be a third or fourth option in the Cowboys' conservative passing attack.

Cobb caught 38 passes for 383 yards and 2 touchdowns on 61 targets last season.

Blake Bortles inks a one-year deal with Los Angeles Rams

Former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles has signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams.

What It Means:

Bortles represents a significant upgrade at the backup quarterback spot frot eh Rams as they had just Sean Mannion behind Jared Goff last season. The one-year deal will allow Bortles to re-explore the free agency market in 2020.

Bortles threw for 2,718 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions on 2018 while adding 365 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground.

Bengals reportedly part with Vontaze Burfict

The Cincinnati Bengals released linebacker Vontaze Burfict, reports Dianna Russini of ESPN.

What It Means:

Burfict appeared in just 43-of-80 games over the last five seasons due to multiple concussions and suspensions. Entering what will be his age-29 campaign, Burfict is unlikely to return to the level of play that earned him a Pro Bowl bid in 2013.

Burfict recorded 33 tackles (16 solo) and 3 pass deflections in seven games last season.

Haloti Ngata announces retirement after 13 seasons

Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Haloti Ngata announced his retirement from the National Football League after 13 seasons.

What It Means:

Ngata was selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Baltimore Ravens. During his nine seasons in Baltimore, Ngata earned back-to-back First-Team All-Pro honors and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection, as well as a Super Bowl champion in 2012. He then went on to play three years with the Detroit Lions before closing things out with the Philadelphia Eagles last season. Ngata turned 35 in January.

Ngata recorded 489 tackles (165 solo) with 32.5 sacks, 37 pass deflections, 7 fumbles forced, 5 fumbles recovered, and 1 defensive touchdown over 180 games.

Ryan Fitzpatrick reportedly signs a two-year deal with the Dolphins on Sunday

The Miami Dolphins have reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

What It Means:

Fitzmagic will be heading to Miami after signing a contract that could reportedly be worth up to $20 million dollars with incentives. Expect the veteran signal caller to start for the Dolphins while they attempt to rebuild their franchise.

In eight games last season, Fitzpatrick completed 164 attempts for 2366 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Raiders release Donald Penn on Saturday

The Oakland Raiders have released offensive tackle Donald Penn on Saturday.

What It Means:

Penn will be a free agent after spending five seasons with Oakland. By releasing the 36-year old tackle, the Raiders will save $5.475 million in cap space.

Heading into he 2019 season, Oakland will start Trent Brown and Kolton Miller at the offensive tackle positions.

Source: Scott Bair

Bengals re-sign Tyler Eifert to a one-year deal on Saturday

The Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to a one-year contract with tight end Tyler Eifert on Saturday.

What It Means:

Eifert with remain a Bengal after signing a one-year deal for the second straight season. Expect the injury-riddled tight end to provide depth behind C.J. Uzomah.

In four games last season, Eifert produced 15 receptions for 179 receiving yards and one touchdown.

Jaguars sign receiver Chris Conley

Wide receiver Chris Conley has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

What It Means:

The former Chief will be tasked with replacing the departed Donte Moncrief.

Conley caught 32 of 52 targets for 334 yards and a career-high 5 touchdowns last season with Kansas City.

Titans release quaterback Blaine Gabbert on Friday

Quarterback Blaine Gabbert was released by the Tennessee Titans on Friday.

What It Means:

Gabbert was let go by the Titans after Tennessee filled their backup quarterback role by acquiring Ryan Tannehill. In tbree starts last season, the 29-year old went 2-1 and produced four touchdown passes.

In eight games as a Titan, Gabbert completed 61 attempts for 626 yards.

J.J. Nelson joins Raiders' revamped receiving group

The Oakland Raiders signed wide receiver J.J. Nelson, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals.

What It Means:

Nelson will join fellow newcomers Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams in the Raiders' overhauled receiving corps, which parted ways with Jordy Nelson on Thursday. He totaled 11 touchdowns for the Cardinals during his first three years in the league before falling victim to an offensive trainwreck last season. Turning 27 at the end of April, Nelson has the type of speed that can add another dimension on offense for Derek Carr and Jon Gruden.

Nelson caught had 64 scoreless yards on 7 receptions and 19 targets last season.

Jeff Heuerman re-signing with Broncos for $9 million over 2 years

The Denver Broncos are re-signing tight end Jeff Heuerman to a 2-year, $9 million contract.

What It Means:

Heuerman has appeared in just 37-of-64 games in his career due to injuries, never playing more than 14 in a season. He set career-highs in catches (31) and yards (281) last year before landing on injured reserve after Week 12 with broken ribs and a bruised lung. The 26-year-old is currently at the top of the Broncos' depth chart.

Heuerman caught 31 passes (48 targets) for 281 yards and 2 touchdowns last season.

Patriots part ways with Adrian Clayborn

The New England Patriots released defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn.

What It Means:

The move saves the Patriots over $3.9 million against the cap and $4 million in cash. Clayborn experienced some severe sack regression during his only season in New England, going from a career-best 9.5 quarterback takedowns with the Atlanta Falcons in 2017 to 2.5 over 14 games in 2018. He turns 31 in July.

Clayborn has 32.5 career sacks over 95 games.

Jets reportedly sign corner Brian Poole for slot duties

The New York Jets signed defensive back Brian Poole, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons, to a 1-year, $3.5 million contract, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

What It Means:

Poole will likely replace Buster Skrine as the Jets' slot corner. The 26-year-old had been in Atlanta since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2016.

Poole set career-highs with 3 interceptions and 3 sacks last season.

Alex Okafor, Chiefs agree on 3-year deal

The Kansas City Chiefs signed defensive lineman Alex Okafor, formerly of the New Orleans Saints, to a three-year contract.

What It Means:

The deal is reportedly worth between $18-24 million, depending on incentives. Okafor will help Kansas City replace Dee Ford, who was traded to the San Francisco 49ers earlier this week. He started all 16 games for the Saints last season after missing the final six games of 2017 with a torn Achilles. The 28-year-old recorded 9 sacks in 26 games during his two seasons in New Orleans.

Okafor finished 2018 with 35 tackles (25 solo), 4 sacks, and 1 pass deflection.

Titans acquire Ryan Tannehill from Dolphins, sign to 1-year deal

The Tennessee Titans acquired quarterback Ryan Tannehill from the Miami Dolphins and signed him to a 1-year deal.

What It Means:

The contract reportedly includes $7 million guaranteed and can climb up to $12 million with playing time and other incentives. Tannehill will take over as Marcus Mariota's backup in Tennessee, while Miami is left with Jake Rudock and Luke Falk as the only two quarterbacks currently on the roster. Tannehill turns 31 this summer.

Tannehill threw for 1,979 yards (7.2 per attempt) on a 64.2 completion percentage with 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions in 11 games last season.

Jordan Matthews signs with San Francisco

The San Francisco 49ers signed wide receiver Jordan Matthews, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles, to a 1-year contract.

What It Means:

Matthews has been hampered by lower-body injuries over the last two seasons, as they have cost the wideout 8 games and limited his effectiveness. Turning 27 in July, Matthews joins a roster without much proven pass-catching talent.

Matthews caught 20 passes (28 targets) for 300 yards and 2 touchdowns in 14 games last season.

Kevin White inks deal with Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals signed free agent wide receiver Kevin White, formerly of the Chicago Bears.

What It Means:

The 2015 7th overall pick has been one of the bigger top-10 busts in recent memory, appearing in just 14 games due to injuries over the past three seasons after completely missing his rookie year. Turning 27 this summer, White will attempt to get things going in Arizona. He caught 4 passes in nine games last season.

White has 25 career catches for 285 scoreless yards on 48 targets in 14 appearances.

Teddy Bridgewater officially re-signs with Saints over Dolphins

The New Orleans Saints and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater agreed to terms on a new contract.

What It Means:

The deal will reportedly be worth $7.25 million for one season and is fully guaranteed. Bridgewater would likely have been a Week 1 starter if he signed with the Miami Dolphins, but the 26-year-old decided to return to New Orleans as Drew Brees' backup and potential successor.

Bridgewater has completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 6,268 yards (7.2 per attempt) with 29 touchdowns and 23 interceptions over 35 career games. He's also rushed 105 times for 403 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Patriots reportedly pick up Maurice Harris on 1-year deal

The New England Patriots signed wide receiver Maurice Harris, formerly of the Washington Redskins, to a 1-year contract, reports Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

What It Means:

Harris could provide the Patriots with another option in the slot. He hauled in 28 of 40 career receptions in 12 games for Washington last season after not making much noise during his first two years in the league. New England is also reportedly bringing in slot man Bruce Ellington.

Harris finished with 304 scoreless yards on 47 targets in 2018.

Patriots reportedly sign Bruce Ellington for a season

The New England Patriots signed wide receiver Bruce Ellington, formerly of the Detroit Lions, to a 1-year contract, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

What It Means:

Ellington will likely compete for a role in the slot with Maurice Harris, who the Patriots also reportedly signed to a 1-year deal. There's not much pass-catching talent currently on New England's roster, so Ellington could wind up with a relevant role in the offense. He also may not even make the final roster. Ellington will be 28 in August.

Ellington caught 31 passes (42 targets) for 224 yards and 1 touchdown in seven games between the Lions and Houston Texans last season.

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