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2/26/2015 Kendall Langford, DT
The St. Louis Rams have released Langford, who lost his starting spot to rookie Aaron Donald last season. The move frees up $6 million in salary cap space heading into free agency.

Analysis: The 29-year-old Langford had been entering the final season of a four-year, $22 million free agent deal. He's a former third-round draft pick by Miami.
2/26/2015 Damond Smith, CB
The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed tackle Bradley Sowell and signed Smith. Both are on one-year contracts.

Analysis: Smith was among Kansas City's final roster cuts before the start of last season. In 2013, he was on the practice squad of the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League.
2/26/2015 Bradley Sowell, T
The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed Sowell and signed free agent cornerback Damond Smith. Both are on one-year contracts.

Analysis: Sowell played in all 16 games last season on special teams and as a backup offensive lineman. The Cardinals claimed him off waivers in 2013 and he appeared in all 16 games, the last 11 as a starter, that year.
2/26/2015 Justin Houston, LB
The Kansas City Chiefs waived veteran tight end Anthony Fasano on Thursday, freeing up about $2 million in salary cap space that they could use to keep Houston.

Analysis: The Chiefs have been unable to come to a long-term deal with Houston, making it likely that they will place the franchise tag on him. But the deadline for that designation is Monday, and the Chiefs needed to free up salary cap space to do it. If franchised, Houston would play next season on a one-year deal worth about $13 million.
2/26/2015 Anthony Fasano, TE
The Kansas City Chiefs waived Fasano on Thursday, freeing up about $2 million in salary cap space that they could use to keep All-Pro linebacker Justin Houston.

Analysis: Fasano, who turns 31 this year, caught 25 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns last season. He had two years left on his four-year contract.
2/26/2015 Will Blackmon, CB
The Jacksonville Jaguars have released the veteran cornerback, giving younger players more opportunity at the position.

Analysis: Blackmon played in eight games last season, starting three, before a finger injury that landed him on injured reserve. He finished with 28 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
2/26/2015 Michael Roos, T
Roos is retiring from the NFL after playing 10 seasons and 148 games with the Titans.

Analysis: The left tackle wrote in an Instagram post that he thought long about this decision and is grateful to start the rest of his life fully healthy. Roos wrote he feels fortunate to have played so long after starting as a tight end, then defensive end and finally an offensive tackle out of Eastern Washington. A second-round draft pick in 2005, Roos started the first 119 games of his career and helped block for Chris Johnson's 2,006 yard rushing season in 2009.
2/26/2015 Josh McCown, QB
A person familiar with talks has told The Associated Press that the Buffalo Bills are in negotiations to sign McCown.

Analysis: In Buffalo, McCown would have an opportunity to compete for the starting job with EJ Manuel. He is a 12-year NFL veteran with a 17-32 career record split among six teams.
2/25/2015 Reggie Bush, RB
The Detroit Lions have released running back Reggie Bush.

Analysis: After joining the team as an unrestricted free agent from Miami in 2013, Bush started 23 of 25 games and had 299 carries for 1,303 yards and six touchdowns. He also had 94 catches for 759 yards and three touchdowns.
2/25/2015 A.J. Hawk, LB
The Green Bay Packers have released inside linebacker A.J. Hawk, cutting ties with the nine-year veteran and respected locker room presence.

Analysis: Hawk leaves Green Bay with 1,118 tackles, tops in the franchise since 1975. He appeared in 142 out of a 144 possible regular-season games with 136 starts since being drafted in the first round in 2006.
2/25/2015 Jacoby Jones, WR
Jones has been cut by the Baltimore Ravens. The kick returner and wide receiver was a major contributor to the Ravens' drive to a Super Bowl championship.

Analysis: The 30-year-old Jones played three seasons with Baltimore after a five-year run with the Houston Texans. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said of Wednesday's move: "Releasing him now allows him a better opportunity to land with another team."
2/25/2015 Peyton Hillis, RB
The New York Giants have released Hillis.

Analysis: A seven-year veteran, Hillis' contract was worth $945,000 against the cap this season. He joined the Giants in October 2013 after David Wilson suffered a season-ending neck injury. He played in the Giants' first nine games in 2014 before suffering a season-ending concussion. He rushed for 115 yards and caught 10 passes.
2/25/2015 Josh McCown, QB
A person familiar with the visit says McCown is meeting for a second day with the QB-deficient Browns.

Analysis: McCown was released last week by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NFL draft. The Browns have made finding a starting a quarterback a priority this offseason. Brian Hoyer will likely hit free agency and Johnny Manziel checked into a rehab facility last month.
2/24/2015 Giorgio Tavecchio, K
The Oakland Raiders have signed free-agent kicker Giorgio Tavecchio. The move, which the team announced Tuesday, will give Oakland an offseason backup to Sebastian Janikowski.

Analysis: Tavecchio played one preseason game for the Raiders last summer, kicking a pair of 47-yard field goals against Seattle. He has also spent time in training camps with San Francisco, Green Bay and Detroit. His finished his college career at California with 256 points, ranking fifth on the school's all-time scoring list. He converted 48 of 64 field goal attempts and 112 of 120 extra points.
2/24/2015 Nick Williams, WR
The Atlanta Falcons have signed Williams.

Analysis: Williams appeared in five games as an undrafted rookie with Washington in 2013. He had a brief stint on the Redskins' practice squad last season.
2/24/2015 Cliff Matthews, DE
The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed Matthews.

Analysis: Matthews could have signed with another team as an unrestricted free agent. Matthews, a sixth-round pick in 2011, had six tackles in seven games last season. He has no career starts and has played primarily on special teams.
2/24/2015 Patrick DiMarco, RB
The Atlanta Falcons have signed DiMarco and defensive end Cliff Matthews to contract extensions.

Analysis: DiMarco has played in 30 games with 14 starts with Atlanta. He has 17 catches for 111 yards and one touchdown and has no career carries.
2/24/2015 Mathias Kiwanuka, DE
The New York Giants have released Kiwanuka in a move that clears about $4.8 million of space under the NFL salary cap.

Analysis: The NFL Players Association estimates the new salary cap will rise to $143 million. Cutting Kiwanuka's contract, which had a year to run at $4.775 million, increased the Giants' cap space to nearly $23 million. A big chunk of the total will likely go to either signing unrestricted defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to a long-term deal or placing the nearly $15 million franchise tag on him.
2/24/2015 Byron Bell, T
The Carolina Panthers have informed Bell that he will not be re-signed.

Analysis: Bell will become an unrestricted free agent in March. Bell has started 56 games over the past four seasons for Carolina, including 15 in 2014 - his first year at left tackle following the retirement of Jordan Gross. Prior to last year Bell had been the starting right tackle.
2/22/2015 James Harrison, LB
Harrison isn't preparing for a second retirement ceremony. The 36-year-old Harrison posted an Instagram photo on Sunday night saying he was heading to Arizona to train, as he does during the winter. Harrison will become a free agent next month after spending 2014 with the Pittsburgh Steelers following a brief 18-day retirement.

Analysis: The five-time Pro Bowler spent a month getting in shape before showing flashes of his former brilliance. Harrison finished with 5 1/2 sacks in 11 games for the Steelers, who went 11-5 and won the AFC North title. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said earlier this month the team wasn't ruling out a return by Harrison. Pittsburgh will be searching for depth at outside linebacker. Jarvis Jones is the only experienced outside linebacker under contract for next season.
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