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Apr 16 2014 - Chris Johnson, RB Chris Johnson signed a two-year deal with the New York Jets.
   Johnson, 28, was released by the Tennessee Titans after six 1,000-yard seasons in Nashville.
   The Jets envision Johnson as a big-play threat to pair with Chris Ivory when the offense slows to coach Rex Ryan's preferred "ground and pound" approach of relying on power running to move the chains and wear down opponents.
   The Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys were reportedly interested in signing Johnson, but he would have come in as part of a timeshare arrangement at running back.
   Johnson signed a four-year, $53 million contract with the Titans in 2011 that included a base salary of $8 million for the 2014 season. New coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Ruston Webster made it clear Johnson was not part of the long-term plans. Attempts to trade Johnson for draft pick compensation didn't materialize.
   Johnson might not be the same player he was in 2009, when he rushed for more than 2,000 yards, but he carried the ball 279 times in 2013 and could flourish as part of a rotation. With the Jets, Ivory and Bilal Powell figure into the workload.
   Johnson is also a solid short-range receiver with an average of 45 catches in Tennessee. That reliable outlet makes him the ideal check-down read for second-year quarterback Geno Smith, competing with Michael Vick to start for the Jets in 2014.
   After agreeing to terms, Johnson said, "I have a fresh start. Now I am going to go out there with a chip on my shoulder. I am very excited about that. It's a team on the rise and I want to make them better. ... I still have it."
   "I think I'm going to fit in pretty well.
   Johnson acknowledged that some have doubts about how much he has left, but he said, "I know a lot of people are doubting me. I want to prove everybody wrong who has doubts in me."

Apr 16 2014 - Josh Freeman, QB Josh Freeman agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Giants.
   The quarterback gives the team a second arm in offseason workouts, joining second-year backup Ryan Nassib. Starter Eli Manning is out for at least six weeks after undergoing ankle surgery.
   A first-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Freeman would be joining his third team in six months, which included a start for the Minnesota Vikings against the Giants last season.
   Freeman was claimed by the Vikings after his release from the Buccaneers. He completed 20 of 53 passes for 190 yards with an interception Oct. 21 against theGiants but did not play the rest of the season.
   When coach Leslie Frazier was fired at the end of the season, Freeman wasn't extended a contract offer as an unrestricted free agent.
   The Vikings held exclusive rights to negotiate with Freeman until March 8.

Apr 16 2014 - Malcom Floyd, WR Malcom Floyd will join the team for workouts after receiving medical clearance for the first time since a season-ending injury at Philadelphia in 2013.
   "There wasn't a day where I considered I wouldn't be able to come back," Floyd told the Chargers' official website. "There were definitely a number of tough times though ... There are a number of players in this league, and in this locker room, who persevered through tough injuries as well. They are guys who came back and played their hearts out, so they are all inspirations to me."
   Floyd, diagnosed with a spinal disc injury last September, was cleared for light workouts in March.
   He is owed $2.75 million in 2014 and could bring a needed secondary receiver to Keenan Allen, who emerged as a rookie as a legitimate lead receiver for quarterback Philip Rivers in the Chargers' pro-style offense.
   The 32-year-old said he has never been more excited to start a season.
   "I missed just being able to do what a normal human being does. But now that I'm feeling normal, I feel myself getting into beast mode. I'm ready for the season to start," he said.

Apr 15 2014 - Josh Samuda, OL Josh Samuda fractured and dislocated his ankle during Tuesday's voluntary workout, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. Surgery is scheduled for Wednesday.
   Samuda played for the Miami Dolphins in 2012 but did not play last season.

Apr 15 2014 - Allen Reisner, TE Allen Reisner rejoins the Vikings team after spending the final week of the 2012 season and the entire 2013 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
   Originally signed by the Vikings as a rookie free agent in 2011, Reisner joined the Jaguars after being signed off the Vikings' practice squad on Dec. 24, 2012.
   In 15 career appearances, Reisner has caught seven passes for 58 yards. Reisner has made three career starts, all coming during the 2013 season.

Apr 15 2014 - Cheta Ozougwu, DE Cheta Ozougwu was waived by the Bears Tuesday. Ozougwu appeared in nine games over two seasons (2012-13) with the Bears, recording four tackles including one sack and one tackle for a loss and one forced fumble. He added five special teams tackles.

Apr 15 2014 - Akeem Davis, S Akeem Davis was signed by the Redskins April 14.

Apr 15 2014 - Kourtnei Brown, DE Kourtnei Brown was assigned on waivers to the Lions April 11, one day after being waived by the Biills.

Apr 15 2014 - Brandon Carswell, WR Brandon Carswell was waived by the 49ers April 11.

Apr 15 2014 - Sederrick Cunningham, WR Sederrik Cunningham was waived by the Packers April 11.

Apr 15 2014 - R.J. Webb, WR R.J. Webb was waived by the Panthers April 11.

Apr 15 2014 - Damian Williams, WR Damian Williams signed a one-year contract with the Dolphins as an unrestricted free agent..
   "I would like to welcome Damian Williams to the Miami Dolphins," said Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey. "Damian is a proven NFL player who brings with him talent and experience, both on offense and special teams, which will enhance a very talented and competitive receiving corps."
   The 6-3, 193-pound Williams joins Miami after spending the past four seasons with the Tennessee Titans (2010-13). He appeared in 54 games with 17 starts.
   He has 106 catches for 1,313 yards and five touchdowns. Williams was originally selected by the Titans in the third round (77th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
   Williams began his collegiate career at the University of Arkansas (2006) prior to spending two seasons at the University of Southern California (2008-09). During his collegiate career with the Razorbacks and the Trojans he caught 147 passes for 2,114 yards and 17 touchdowns while appeared in 38 games with 25 starts.

Apr 15 2014 - Alex Mack, C Alex Mack had his offer sheet from the Jaguars matched by the Browns.
   Financial details were not disclosed, but ESPN reported that it is a five-year, $42 million offer that includes $26 million in guaranteed money.
   Mack would reportedly get $10 million this year and $8 million in each of the final four seasons of the deal. According to other reports, there is also a stipulation that the team cannot place the franchise tag on him after the 2015 season and a no-trade that runs through the first three years of the contract.
   The Browns' decision was not a surprise. Owner Jimmy Haslam said earlier the team would match any offer "in a second" and that Mack would be a core element in a rebuilt offense.
   "We have talked about keeping our own players and this is a positive for us," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement. "Alex is a quality person and player that truly brings to life what playing like a Brown means.
   "The ending is positive for everyone. Keeping our young, good nucleus of players is vital for clubs and specifically the Browns, and therefore is this a good step."
   The Browns placed the transition tag on Mack -- not the franchise tag -- giving the team the chance to match any offer sheet he signs. The transition tag guarantees Mack the average of the 10 highest-paid offensive linemen, or $10.039 million.
   The 6-foot-4, 311-pound Mack was drafted by the Browns in the first round in 2009. He has not missed one offensive play in five years, a run of 4,998 consecutive snaps.
   The Jaguars were looking at Mack to replace Brad Meester, who retired after 14 seasons with the Jaguars.

Apr 15 2014 - Alex Hall, DE Alex Hall is returning to the NFL from the Canadian Football League, signing with the Carolina Panthers on Friday.
   The 28-year-old Hall played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers the past two years and finished second in the CFL in sacks last season with 16. He had nine sacks in 2012.
   According to reports, Hall also worked out for the Tennessee Titans this week.
   The 6-foot-6, 256-pound Hall was drafted in the seventh round by the Cleveland Browns in 2008 and had three sacks as a rookie. Between 2008 and 2010, he was with the Browns and the New York Giants.
   With the Panthers, Hall will likely compete for a backup role.

Apr 15 2014 - Sam Montgomery, DE Sam Montgomery was signed by the Bengals.
   The 6-foot-3, 262-pound defensive end was taken in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft but was released by the Texans last October without seeing any playing time.
   There were reports that Montgomery smoked marijuana before a game. He denied the allegation and then signed in December with the Oakland Raiders. But Montgomery suffered a knee injury in his first practice with the Raiders and was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the 2013 season.
   The Bengals are hoping that the 23-year-old Montgomery can return to the form that he displayed at LSU. In college, Montgomery had 32 1/2 tackles for loss and 19 sacks in 31 games.
   Montgomery likely will compete with Bengals defensive ends Carlos Dunlap, Wallace Gilberry, Robert Geathers and Margus Hunt for a roster spot.

Apr 15 2014 - Chris Pressley, FB Chris Pressley signed a one-year deal with the Browns Monday.
   Pressley formerly started for the Cincinnati Bengals. At 5-foot-11 and 260 pounds, he is considered a strong lead blocker. The Browns' running game could be much improved after signing running back Ben Tate, an unrestricted free agent.
   Pressley, a six-year pro out of the University of Wisconsin, tore an ACL during the 2012 season and missed all of last year while recovering from the injury.
   Pressley has played 43 NFL games, including 20 starts. He has just one carry and six receptions.

Apr 15 2014 - Rashean Mathis, CB Rashean Mathis re-signed with the LionsMonday, agreeing to a one-year deal.
   Mathis joined the Lions after training camp concluded -- August 17, 2013 -- and became a valuable mentor to Detroit's young defensive backs. He started 13 games, led the team with 15 pass breakups and by the end of the 2013 season, he was the top cornerback on the roster.
   New head coach Jim Caldwell is intimately familiar with Mathis after gameplanning for him when they were AFC South rivals -- Mathis as the No. 1 cornerback for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003-2012 and Caldwell as QB coach and then head coach of the Indianapolis Colts (2002-2011).
   Mathis, 33, is also a candidate to play safety if the Lions add a cornerback in the draft.
   Darius Slay, a second-round pick in 2013, and Chris Houston are expected to be the starting cornerbacks.
   Mathis was a second-round pick in 2003 and turns 34 in August.

Apr 15 2014 - Kurt Coleman, S Kurt Coleman agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings, according to multiple reports Monday.
   Coleman started 27 games between 2011 and 2012 for the Philadelphia Eagles before losing his starting job last season. He played sparingly as a reserve in 2013, finishing with 14 tackles.
   According to NFL.com, Coleman visited the Vikings on Thursday. Coleman had additional visits with the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts before landing with Minnesota.
   Coleman, 25, was drafted by the Eagles in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL draft. He had four interceptions in 2011 and made a career-high 93 tackles in 2012.

Apr 15 2014 - Terrell Manning, LB Terrell Manning was waived by the Chargers Monday.
   Manning was claimed off waivers from the Green Bay Packers in 2013, but he played in just one game for the Chargers last season.
   Manning, who will turn 24 on Wednesday, was drafted by the Packers in the fifth round in 2012. He appeared in just five games on special teams.

Apr 15 2014 - Brandon Lloyd, WR Brandon Lloyd was lured out of retirement by the 49ers, who signed the former Pro Bowl wide receiver to a one-year contract. The 32-year-old wide receiver chose to pursue off-field interests last season, denying overtures from the 49ers, Patriots and other teams who wanted him to play in 2013.
   Lloyd played 10 NFL seasons with six teams, including the 49ers, who drafted him in the fourth-round out of Illinois in 2003.
   He was traded to the Washington Redskins in 2006 and made the Pro Bowl in 2010 with the Denver Broncos (77 receptions, 1,448 yards and 11 touchdowns). Lloyd was traded to the St. Louis Rams in 2011 and then signed with the New England Patriots as an unrestricted free agent.
   The 49ers were reportedly interested in DeSean Jackson and other slot receivers -- including Emmanuel Sanders, a free agent who left the Steelers to join the Broncos -- but made only one move at the position this offseason, re-signing Anquan Boldin.

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