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Date Player
5/22/2015 Michael Sam, Dal, DE
Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, signed a two-year contract Friday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football league.

Analysis: Sam came out before last year's NFL draft. He was selected in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams and cut in training camp. The Dallas Cowboys signed him to their practice squad but released him in October. Sam then made another unsuccessful attempt at an NFL job at this year's veterans combine. The 25-year-old defensive end will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday in Montreal. The regular season opens June 25 when Montreal hosts Ottawa.
5/22/2015 Orlando Scandrick, Dal, CB
Scandrick signed a one-year contract extension Friday, adding $9.5 million to what's now a five-year deal worth $20 million through 2019.

Analysis: It's the second time in three years the Cowboys have reworked contract terms for Scandrick, who missed the first two weeks of voluntary offseason workouts in hopes of getting more money. He reported this week. The 28-year-old Scandrick was Dallas' best cornerback last year but was set to make just $1.5 million this season. Now he'll get $4 million, half of what Brandon Carr will make without a pay cut after his first season without an interception.
5/21/2015 Neiron Ball, Oak, LB
The Raiders have signed Ball, announcing the deal Thursday.

Analysis: Ball was selected 161st overall by the Raiders. He played four seasons at Florida, starting 16 of his 45 games over his career. He had 94 tackles, three sacks, one interception, four passes defensed, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
5/21/2015 Antonio Smith, Den, DE
Smith is under investigation in Texas over a criminal allegation the local sheriff describes as "sexual in nature."

Analysis: Smith has not been arrested and no charges have been filed. TMZ first reported the investigation on Thursday.
5/21/2015 Marcell Dareus, Buf, DT
Dareus will miss the season opener after being suspended without pay by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Analysis: The NFL announced the suspension on Thursday. The suspension means the two-time Pro Bowl selection will miss Buffalo's home game against Indianapolis on Sept. 13. The punishment stems from Dareus being arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia after being stopped by Alabama State Police on May 5.
5/21/2015 Ray Rice, Bal, RB
A judge in New Jersey has dismissed domestic violence charges against Rice, who was captured by a surveillance camera knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in a hotel elevator.

Analysis: Judge Michael Donio dismissed the charges Thursday after the Atlantic County prosecutor told him the former Baltimore Ravens running back had completed the terms of his pretrial intervention.
5/20/2015 Will Beatty, NYG, T
Beatty is going to be sidelined up to six months after tearing a pectoral muscle.

Analysis: Beatty has started at left tackle for the Giants since the 2011 season. He started all 16 games last season despite sustaining a broken leg late in the 2013 season.
5/20/2015 Geno Smith, NYJ, QB
Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey says Wednesday that Geno Smith is the team's starter "right now," and the Jets expect it to be that way heading into the season opener in September.

Analysis: Gailey says it "wasn't a thought" to hold a competition in camp because of the talent they've seen on film from Smith, who has mostly struggled in his first two seasons.
5/19/2015 Shayne Graham, NO, K
The New Orleans Saints have cut veteran kicker Shayne Graham.

Analysis: The 37-year-old Graham, a 15-year NFL veteran out of Virginia Tech, has played for nine clubs and joined the Saints late in the 2013 regular season. He spent all of 2014 New Orleans, hitting 19 of 22 field goals.
5/19/2015 Carson Palmer, Ari, QB
Palmer says he has rehabbed from his knee injury with an intensity driven by the knowledge that his days as an NFL quarterback are drawing to a close. Palmer turned 35 last December.

Analysis: Palmer tore the ACL in his left knee against the St. Louis Rams last Nov. 9, ending what had been perhaps the most promising season of his long career. The Cardinals were 6-0 with him as starter, 5-5 without him.
5/18/2015 Tyler Clutts, Dal, RB
The Cowboys have re-signed Clutts.

Analysis: Clutts played all 16 games last season, with one start. He also had his first career touchdown in the playoffs, a 1-yard catch in the divisional round loss to Green Bay.
5/18/2015 Ryan Tannehill, Mia, QB
Tannehill signed a $77.7 million, four-year extension with the Miami Dolphins that keeps him under contract through 2020.

Analysis: He's the first quarterback to receive an extension from the 2012 draft class that also included the Colts' Andrew Luck, the Redskins' Robert Griffin III and the Seahawks' Russell Wilson. Last season he threw for 4,045 yards with 27 touchdowns, and his passer rating was 92.8. All of those figures were career highs.
5/18/2015 Tony Steward, Buf, LB
The Buffalo Bills have signed rookie sixth-round draft pick Steward.

Analysis: Steward was chosen 188th overall earlier this month with the first of Buffalo's two sixth-round selections. He spent four seasons at Clemson, where he appeared in 43 games, including 12 starts. Steward was a highly regarded prospect entering Clemson, but had his career slowed by injuries to both knees.
5/18/2015 Jesse Williams, Sea, DT
Williams will undergo kidney surgery after being diagnosed with cancer.

Analysis: The team announced Williams' diagnosis of papillary type 2 cancer Monday but did not provide details. In a statement, Williams says he is going to focus on his health and, 'fighting this battle with a return to football as my ultimate goal.' Williams was taken by Seattle in the fifth round of the 2013 draft out of Alabama but he's been plagued by knee injuries and is still awaiting his NFL debut.
5/18/2015 Josh Morgan, NO, WR
The New Orleans Saints have signed Morgan and four others who were given tryouts during last weekend's rookie camp.

Analysis: The roster additions, announced Monday by general manager Mickey Loomis, include linebacker Henry Coley, kicker Zach Hocker, offensive lineman Antonio Johnson and receiver Kyle Prater. Morgan was drafted by San Francisco in 2008. He played four seasons with the 49ers, two seasons with Washington and with Chicago last season. He has 209 career receptions for 2,558 yards and 12 touchdowns.
5/18/2015 Rashad Greene, Jax, WR
Greene, a fifth-round draft pick from Florida State, has signed his rookie contract.

Analysis: Greene played four seasons at Florida State, totaling 270 receptions for 3,830 yards and 29 touchdowns. He left college as the school's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards. As a senior last season, Greene set FSU's single-season record with 99 receptions. His 1,365 receiving yards were second most in school history.
5/18/2015 Deshon Foxx, Sea, WR
The Seattle Seahawks have signed Foxx after he participated in the team's rookie minicamp as a tryout player.

Analysis: Foxx started 23 of 38 games in his college career at Connecticut and caught 73 passes for 918 yards and three touchdowns. He was also a threat as a runner, carrying the ball 40 times for 277 yards and one TD.
5/18/2015 Justin Smith, SF, DT
San Francisco 49ers star defensive lineman Justin Smith is retiring.

Analysis: Smith played 14 seasons in the NFL after being drafted in the first round by Cincinnati in 2001. After seven seasons with the Bengals, he signed as a free agent in San Francisco and had his best success in seven years with the 49ers. He was a defensive stalwart on a team that made three straight NFC championship games and played in one Super Bowl. Smith is a two-time All-Pro and a five-time Pro Bowler.
5/15/2015 Marcus Peters, KC, CB
The Chiefs signed their three remaining draft picks on Friday, including Peters, bringing all nine under contract before rookie minicamp.

Analysis: Along with Peters, a cornerback taken No. 18 overall, the Chiefs signed third-round picks Chris Conley, a wide receiver out of Georgia, and Steven Nelson, a cornerback from Oregon State. Peters was kicked off the Washington Huskies after run-ins with coaches last year.
5/14/2015 Danny McCray, Dal, S
The Cowboys are bringing back McCray after losing Dwayne Harris to the New York Giants in free agency.

Analysis: McCray, who signed a one-year deal Thursday, spent his first four years in Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played in Chicago last season.
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