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Date Player
3/24/2017 Ricky Jean Francois, GB, DE
The Packers have signed Jean-Francois to an undisclosed contract.

Analysis: The eight-year veteran could begin the season as a starter with Letroy Guion suspended the first four games. Jean-Francois spent the last two seasons with Washington, compiling 57 tackles and 3.5 sacks over 32 games mostly as a reserve.
3/24/2017 Michael Wilhoite, Sea, LB
The Seahawks have signed Wilhoite to a one-year contract.

Analysis: Wilhoite joins the Seahawks after spending his first five NFL seasons in the NFC West with San Francisco, where he started 36 games. The 30-year-old will likely serve as Bobby Wagner's backup at middle linebacker.
3/24/2017 Malliciah Goodman, Jax, DE
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed Goodman to back up newly signed veteran free agent Calais Campbell.

Analysis: Goodman has appeared in 37 career games with 11 starts, getting 29 tackles, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Goodman was originally selected by Atlanta in the fourth round of the 2013 draft. He spent his first three seasons (2013-15) with the Falcons. He appeared in one game for Seattle last season before returning to Atlanta and playing in two games for the Falcons.
3/23/2017 Cedric Peerman, Cin, RB
The Bengals retained their best special teams player on Wednesday, signing Peerman to a one-year deal.

Analysis: The eighth-year veteran was a Pro Bowl special teams pick in 2015. He was limited to six games last season because of a broken forearm. The running back has been with the Bengals since 2010. He has carried 70 times for 349 yards with Cincinnati.
3/23/2017 Aaron Murray, LAR, QB
The Los Angeles Rams signed Murray on Thursday. He is expected to be their third-string quarterback.

Analysis: Murray was a fifth-round pick by Kansas City in 2014, and he spent two seasons with the Chiefs before getting cut and finishing last season on Philadelphia's practice squad. Murray played collegiately at the University of Georgia, where he spent two seasons handing off to Rams running back Todd Gurley.
3/23/2017 Christine Michael, GB, RB
The Packers have re-signed Michael.

Analysis: Michael provided a change of pace for Ty Montgomery last season. The 26-year-old Michael had a 42-yard touchdown run against the Chicago Bears in Week 15 to highlight an otherwise pedestrian six-game stretch with Green Bay. Michael finished with 31 carries for 114 yards and a touchdown in 2016.
3/22/2017 Bradley McDougald, Sea, S
The Seahawks added depth in the secondary by signing McDougald.

Analysis: McDougald spent the past four seasons with Tampa Bay. He started 31 of 32 games played the past two seasons, primarily at free safety. Last season, McDougald started all 16 games, recording a career-high 91 tackles, 10 passes defensed and two interceptions.
3/22/2017 Mychal Rivera, Jax, TE
The Jaguars signed Rivera to a two-year contract on Wednesday.

Analysis: Rivera spent the first four years of his NFL career in Oakland, where he caught 146 passes for 1,413 yards and 10 touchdowns in 61 games. He is expected to compete for playing time with veteran Marcedes Lewis, Ben Koyack and Neal Sterling.
3/22/2017 Latavius Murray, Min, RB
Murray had successful ankle surgery Wednesday.

Analysis: The Vikings said in a statement that they were "aware of the required surgery prior to signing Latavius on March 16. Latavius is expected to fully recover and be available for training camp." Murray left the Raiders as a free agent and signed last week with Minnesota, getting $15 million over three years, with $8.55 million guaranteed.
3/21/2017 Benny Cunningham, Chi, RB
The Chicago Bears boosted their kickoff return game, signing Cunningham to a one-year contract.

Analysis: Cunningham ranked among the top kickoff returners in the NFL the past four years with the St. Louis and Los Angeles Rams. His 2,575 yards in that span rank fourth, and he had the league's third-highest return average at 27.2 yards last season. He also ran for 101 yards in 2016 and has rushed for 748 yards over four seasons.
3/21/2017 Tyson Alualu, Pit, DE
The Steelers have signed Alualu to a two-year deal.

Analysis: Alualu should have a chance to compete for a starting spot on a relatively thin Steelers defensive line.
3/20/2017 Brett Maher, Cle, K
Maher, who spent the past three seasons in the CFL, has signed with the Browns.

Analysis: The 27-year-old will compete with incumbent Cody Parkey for the starting job. Maher made 41 of 50 field goal attempts in CFL stints with Winnipeg, Ottawa and Hamilton and also spent the 2013 preseason with the Cowboys.
3/18/2017 Kevin Minter, Cin, LB
The Bengals have agreed to a one-year contract with Minter, according to multiple reports.

Analysis: A second-round pick of Arizona in 2013, Minter started all 16 games for the Cardinals in each of the past two seasons and recorded 81 tackles and a career-high 3.5 sacks in 2016. He's expected to replace Karlos Dansby, who signed with Arizona last week.
3/17/2017 Geno Smith, NYG, QB
Smith has agreed to terms with the New York Giants.

Analysis: The 26-year-old Smith was a second-round draft choice by the Jets in 2013, but his stint with them was marred by injuries and inconsistency. He also lost his starting job in 2015 after a teammate broke Smith's jaw with a punch during training camp.
3/17/2017 Jason Pierre-Paul, NYG, DE
The Giants and Pierre-Paul agreed to a four-year contract, according to multiple reports.

Analysis: The Giants used the non-exclusive franchise tag on Pierre-Paul last month for a one-year contract worth $16,934,000. The new deal for the star pass rusher reportedly will be worth around $17 million per year, with $54 million in guaranteed money.
3/17/2017 Josh McCown, NYJ, QB
The Jets have signed McCown to a one-year contract worth a reported $6 million in guaranteed money.

Analysis: The guaranteed sum makes McCown the favorite to begin the season as the Jets' starter, where he'll serve as a bridge to either Christian Hackenberg or a rookie. The 13-year veteran, who'll turn 38 on July 4, spent the last two seasons with Cleveland and made 11 starts for the Browns, throwing for 3,209 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 13 overall games.
3/16/2017 Brandon Carr, Bal, CB
The Baltimore Ravens and Carr reached an agreement on a four-year contract Thursday.

Analysis: The 30-year-old Carr played with Dallas from 2012-16 after starting his career in Kansas City. His run of 144 consecutive starts is the NFL's longest streak among cornerbacks. Carr had 61 tackles, an interception and knocked away nine passes in 2016. Over his career he has 15 interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, and 477 tackles.
3/16/2017 Darren McFadden, Dal, RB
The Cowboys re-signed McFadden to a one-year contract worth $980,000 on Thursday.

Analysis: McFadden rushed 24 times for 87 yards over the final three games last season after returning from an elbow injury he sustained prior to training camp. The 29-year-old McFadden, who rushed a career-high 239 times for 1,089 yards in 2015, will continue to serve as a backup to NFL leading rusher Ezekiel Elliott.
3/16/2017 Greg Zuerlein, LAR, K
Zuerlein got a three-year deal Thursday to stay with the Rams. He has been their kicker since 2012.

Analysis: Zuerlein was solid last season, hitting 19 of his 22 field goal attempts. He was perfect inside 39 yards.
3/16/2017 Latavius Murray, Min, RB
Murray signed with the Vikings late Wednesday.

Analysis: His arrival could signal the end of Adrian Peterson's time in Minnesota. Peterson is a free agent who visited last week with Seattle. Murray spent his first four NFL seasons with the Raiders. He ran for 788 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns last season. Murray was a sixth-round draft pick of the Raiders out of Central Florida in 2013. He has rushed for 2,278 yards and 20 touchdowns. Murray made his first Pro Bowl in 2015.
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