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Feb 22 2018 - Dalton Crossan, RB Dalton Crossan signed with Tampa Bay. The 5-foot-11, 203-pound Crossan originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Indianapolis Colts in 2017, but was waived prior to the start of the regular season. Crossan played in the Colts' preseason opener against Cincinnati last August. He rushed three times for three yards, caught two passes for 11 yards and had a 23-yard kickoff return.

Feb 22 2018 - Gary Barnidge, TE Gary Barnidge, who played for the Browns in 2016, hopes to resurrect his career after sitting out the 2017 season. Barnidge told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday that he was "frustrated" by what he perceiving as low-ball offers to play last season, claiming teams were unwilling to shell out an equitable salary to a 32-year-old. "Teams view you like once you're an older guy, 'Oh, you're not worth as much. You can't succeed. You can't do that kind of stuff.' That's how they do it. That's not the truth," said Barnidge. "As I proved when I was 30, 31, I went to the Pro Bowl (in 2015) and put the two best years up in my career because I was given the opportunity to play."

Feb 22 2018 - Nick Folk, K Nick Folk was released by Tampa Bay, the team announced Thursday. Folk was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 9 with a minor knee injury four days after missing three field-goal attempts in Tampa Bay's 19-14 loss to the New England Patriots. The 33-year-old Folk got off to a rocky start in his first season with the Buccaneers, converting on just 6 of 11 field goals and 7 of 9 extra-point attempts in four games.

Feb 22 2018 - Lawrence Timmons, LB Lawrence Timmons reportedly will be released because Miami is over the projected salary cap. Timmons signed with Miami as a free agent in 2017, after spending 10 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Timmons went AWOL briefly before the season opener, but started all 14 games in which he played this past season. Waiving Timmons will save another $5.4 million in cap space.

Feb 22 2018 - Julius Thomas, TE Julius Thomas reportedly will be released because Miami is over the projected salary cap. Thomas spent just one season with the Dolphins after being acquired in a trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He had 41 receptions for 388 yards and three touchdowns for the Dolphins in 2017, but releasing him clears $6.6 million in cap space.

Feb 22 2018 - DeSean Jackson, WR DeSean Jackson was the owner of a car involved in a Christmas Eve crash, but the Tampa (Fla.) Police Department has stopped investigating it. Police declared the case "inactive" due to the fact no evidence or witnesses are available to place the driver behind at the wheel, the Tampa Bay Times reported. According to the police report, the driver was Therrian Fontenot, a former teammate of Jackson with the Philadelphia Eagles. Fontenot spent six months in jail in 2015 after pleading no contest to a burglary of a former teammate's home, the newspaper reported.

Feb 22 2018 - Sheldon Richardson, DL Sheldon Richardson is unlikely to have the franchise tag placed on him by the Seahawks, according to a published report. Richardson, acquired from the New York Jets just prior to the 2017 season, is coveted by the Seahawks, NFL.com reported, but not at the $14 million salary he would receive with the franchise tag.

Feb 22 2018 - Russell Wilson, QB Russell Wilson will trade his football helmet for a baseball cap on Monday when he joins the New York Yankees at their spring training camp in Tampa, Fla. Wilson, who played minor league ball with the Colorado Rockies in 2010-11, joined the Yankees organization on Feb. 7 following a trade from the Texas Rangers. With the start of baseball on the horizon, the Seahawks' four-time Pro Bowl selection donned a Yankees cap on Thursday and addressed outfielders Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton during a video post on Instagram.

Feb 22 2018 - Julian Edelman, WR Julian Edelman posted a video to Instagram detailing his progress from a torn right ACL injury. Edelman sustained the injury in a preseason game on Aug. 25, with his surgery coming just over four weeks later. The short video on Wednesday showed Edelman running with cords as Drake's song entitled "God's Plan" was heard in the background. He also posted the word "Determined" in the comments section.

Feb 22 2018 - Deontae Skinner, LB Deontae Skinner was waived by the New York Giants, the team announced Thursday. Skinner spent parts of the last two seasons on the Giants' active roster, with a brief stint on the Oakland Raiders' practice squad mixed in. He was signed to New York's practice squad in September 2016 and moved to the active roster for four games.

Feb 22 2018 - Adam Vinatieri, K Adam Vinatieri signed a contract extension to play in his 23rd NFL season, the team announced Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but multiple outlets reported that it was a one-year contract.

Feb 22 2018 - Drew Brees, QB Drew Brees' representatives and the New Orleans Saints are expected to meet at the NFL Scouting Combine in a bid to work out a deal, according to a report. The sides will "try to hammer out what is potentially a short-term deal," NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Wednesday. Brees signed a five-year contract extension worth an average of $24.5 million per season that can be voided on March 14, making the 39-year-old an unrestricted free agent as the team carries cap hit of $6 million and dead cap value to $18 million.

Feb 22 2018 - Andy Dalton, QB Andy Dalton has a fan in new quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt. Van Pelt, who formerly was the quarterbacks coach of the Green Bay Packers, saw plenty of positives after reviewing Dalton's play over the last two seasons. "I got a chance to come in and watch all the tape from the last two years," Van Pelt told the team's website. "I wasn't quite as in tune with Andy as I was when he came out in the draft. Obviously I evaluated him then and had a high opinion of him then. See the same exact things on tape. I think he's a very, very good quarterback and a playoff caliber quarterback. He does a lot of really, really good things. The more tape I watched, the more excited I got. I think this guy has potential to be an elite player in the league. It's our job to challenge him to get to that next level."

Feb 22 2018 - Carson Wentz, QB Carson Wentz would have led the Philadelphia Eagles to a victory in Super Bowl LII and been named the game's MVP had he not been injured, coach Doug Pederson said. "Listen, Carson Wentz was the MVP talk of the league last year," Pederson said on The Rich Eisen Show on Wednesday. "And I truly believe if he's healthy, I still feel strongly that we would probably (be) in the Super Bowl and win the Super Bowl with Carson, and he's the MVP. That's just the way he played last year. He's a big reason -- he's not the only reason -- but he's a big reason why we were, I believe, 11-2 at the time, playing the Rams, and won the NFC East. For me, being a former quarterback to have two guys and really three guys, you throw (Nate Sudfeld) in there, but you're talking about Nick (Foles) and Carson who you just don't bat an eye with either one of these guys. The way they prepare, the way they study, their demeanor on the field, their leadership styles. It's a blessing to have two veteran guys like that and now have a Super Bowl MVP as your backup."

Feb 21 2018 - Crockett Gillmore, TE Crockett Gillmore of the Baltimore Ravens, who is about to become a free agent, has gained almost 40 pounds and wants to play on the offensive or defensive line, according to the Baltimore Sun.
  The 26-year-old Gillmore, listed at 6-6 and 266 pounds, is up to 305 pounds and plans to keep getting bigger.

Feb 21 2018 - Josh Gordon, WR Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns will be an exclusive-rights free agent.
  Pro Football Report said the NFLPA initially stated on Wednesday that Gordon will be a restricted free agent. That would be because he completed his rookie contract, but has not completed four years of service under the NFL's labor deal.
  However, Gordon played in only five games during the 2017 season, so he did not play in enough games to have a third accrued season toward free agency. As a result, the NFLPA clarified its statement to say Gordon becomes an exclusive-rights free agent instead of a restricted free agent.
  As an exclusive-rights free agent, Gordon has few options. The Browns can offer him the second-year minimum salary for a player with two years of service. Gordon's only choice would be to sign with the Browns or not play at all.
  In 2013, Gordon led the league with 1,646 receiving yards in only 14 games.
  But Gordon didn't play in 2015 or 2016 due to suspensions under the league's substance-abuse policy. He was reinstated in 2017 and played five games for the Browns, all as a starter, and had 18 receptions for 335 yards and one touchdown.

Feb 21 2018 - Vontae Davis, CB Vontae Davis continued his trip of the Bay Area by meeting with the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday, one day after he visited the San Francisco 49ers. Davis' visit with the Raiders was reported by multiple media outlets on Wednesday. The Raiders could use depth at the position after cutting David Amerson, who since has latched on with the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs. Davis, who was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014 and 2015, became a free agent after the Indianapolis Colts released him during the 2017 season. The 29-year-old met with the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns last week.

Feb 21 2018 - John Greco, G John Greco re-signed with the New York Giants, the team announced Wednesday. The Giants' official Twitter account reported the news on Greco, noting that he will be with the team through at least the 2018 season. Greco played in six games with the Giants this past season after spending a month with the New Orleans Saints. He also spent the previous six years with the Cleveland Browns after entering the league in 2008 as a third-round selection of the then-St. Louis Rams.

Feb 21 2018 - Alshon Jeffery, WR Alshon Jeffery underwent surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff on Wednesday after playing in all 16 regular-season games and three playoff contests last season, according to a report. "WR Alshon Jeffery had successful surgery this morning on a torn rotator cuff, sources say," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported on Twitter. "He suffered it in training camp and played through it, somehow, on the way to a Super Bowl." Jeffery reeled in 57 receptions for 789 yards and nine touchdowns during the regular season. He added 12 catches for 219 yards and three scores in the playoffs as the Eagles went on to win their first Super Bowl title in franchise history.

Feb 21 2018 - Ryan Shazier, LB Ryan Shazier told Roosevelt Nix on his teammate's podcast that he is intent on resuming his football career and that he wants to be one of the best linebackers in the history of the NFL. The podcast marked Shazier's first interview since his serious spinal injury on Dec. 4. Shazier made it clear that he isn't giving up his football career. "I gotta get back, bro," Shazier told Nix, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Right now I'm reading a book and it's basically saying trust the process. I'm really trusting the process. I know the end goal. So I'm taking every step of the way, I'm giving everything I got. The therapists are like, 'Man this is crazy; I've never seen anyone work this hard.' They almost see progression every day. They say like some progressions they see week to week, they see from me day to day. I'm really trying to come back and still be a Pro Bowler."

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