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Bills Claim Matt Simms, Release Jeff Tuel

May 30, 2015 12:46 PM

The Buffalo Bills cut Jeff Tuel in order to claim Matt Simms off waivers from the New York Jets.

Tuel was a favorite of former Bills' head coach Doug Marrone, while Simms spent the past two seasons under Ryan with the Jets.

Simms faces long odds of even making the Bills' roster as they have Matt Cassel, Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel competing for the starting quarterback spot.

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Cowboys To Sign A.J. Jenkins

May 26, 2015 12:52 PM

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to sign A.J. Jenkins.

Jenkins is a former first round pick of the San Francisco 49ers, but appeared in just three games as a rookie in 2012 before he was traded during the next offseason to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jenkins caught just 17 balls for 223 yards in 25 games for Kansas City.

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Orlando Scandrick Signs $9.5M Extension With Cowboys

May 22, 2015 1:21 PM

Orlando Scandrick has agreed to a one-year, $9.5 million extension with the Dallas Cowboys.

Scandrick is now under team control through 2019 for a total $20 million in salary.

The agreement ends a period of uncertainty around Scandrick, who sat out the team's first round of voluntary workouts while looking for a new deal. Scandrick had outplayed his existing contract, which pays him just $1.5 million in 2015 and $3 million in 2016 through 2018. He was one of the top players on Dallas' surprisingly solid defense last season, finishing 10th out of 108 qualified cornerbacks in Pro Football Focus' ratings.

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Brandon Spikes Returns To Patriots On One-Year Deal

May 18, 2015 11:28 AM

The New England Patriots have re-signed Brandon Spikes to a one-year deal.

Spikes played for the Patriots from 2010 to 2013 before signing a one-year deal with the Bills in 2014. His departure from New England included some fireworks, as he was placed on season-ending injured reserve in the playoffs and questioned the team's decision to do so.

ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen had reported that the Patriots and Spikes mutually agreed to the IR designation as opposed to an outright release after the linebacker was late to a team meeting that week. That essentially ended any chance Spikes would return in 2014, with the hard-hitting outspoken linebacker saying he was happy to move on to "somewhere you're wanted."

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Buccaneers Claim D.J. Swearinger

May 13, 2015 12:03 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have claimed D.J. Swearinger off waivers.

The Houston Texans released Swearinger after he struggled in 2014.

The 2013 second-round pick played in 32 games the past two seasons, with 22 starts. He totaled 140 tackles, 10 passes defensed and three interceptions with the Texans.

Swearinger will likely start alongside Chris Conte at safety.

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Jaguars Sign Dante Fowler To Full Guaranteed Contract Despite ACL Tear

May 12, 2015 1:25 PM

The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed Dante Fowler to a four-year, $23.5 million fully guaranteed contract.

Fowler tore his ACL in his first practice with the Jaguars.

Fowler was the third overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

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Patriots Sign Fred Davis

May 11, 2015 11:28 AM

Fred Davis has agreed upon a one-year deal with the New England Patriots.

Davis joined the Patriots on Monday, four days after being reinstated by the NFL from an indefinite suspension for a second violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

Davis, 29, played 72 games with the Redskins from 2008 to 2013. A second-round draft selection in 2008, Davis has 162 career receptions for 2,043 yards and 13 touchdowns.

The Patriots are well stocked at tight end, with Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler, Michael Hoomanawanui, Tim Wright and rookie AJ Derby.

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La'el Collins Signs Three-Year, $1.65M Deal With Cowboys

May 7, 2015 1:50 PM

The Dallas Cowboys have signed La'el Collins to a three-year deal worth $1.65 million.

The deal is fully guaranteed.

Collins was one of the top offensive tackles in the draft, but went undrafted following the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

The Cowboys began the draft with the 27th overall pick and now have three first round talents in Byron Jones, Randy Gregory and Collins.

Dallas considered drafting an offensive lineman in the first round to play guard and then take over for Doug Free in a year or two, which will be the role of Collins.

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Texans Sign Whitney Mercilus To Four-Year, $26M Extension

May 5, 2015 12:50 PM

The Houston Texans have signed Whitney Mercilus to a four-year, $26 million extension. The deal has $10.5 million in guaranteed money.

Mercilus has 18 sacks in three seasons, although he hasn't been a consistent pass rusher.

Mercilus was a first rounder in the 2012 NFL Draft.

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