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Date Player
4/16/2018 C.J. Anderson, Den, RB
A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that running back C.J. Anderson has been released by the Denver Broncos.

Analysis: The move clears a combined $9 million off the books over the next two seasons for Denver and opens the way for Devontae Booker, DeAngelo Henderson or a pick in the upcoming draft to take over as the Broncos' featured back.
4/16/2018 Josh Gordon, Cle, WR
Gordon will make $790,000 next season after signing with the Browns as an exclusive rights free agent.

Analysis: Gordon returned to the Browns and played five games last season following an NFL suspension and a lengthy rehab stint. He led the league with 1,646 yards receiving in 2012 and was an All-Pro in 2013, but he's played just 10 games over the past four seasons. After being re-instated last season, Gordon caught 18 passes for 335 yards and one touchdown.
4/16/2018 James Harrison, NE, LB
Harrison announced on Instagram early Monday that he is stepping away from the game following a 15-year career. The five-time Pro Bowler and 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year who turns 40 next month, Harrison posted a collage of pictures of his two sons and noted he's "missed way too much for way too long ... and I'm done."

Analysis: Harrison played nearly his entire career with the Steelers and the 84.5 sacks he collected while wearing black-and-gold are a franchise record. He spent the 2013 season in Cincinnati and signed with New England late last season. This is the second time Harrison has called it quits. He retired briefly in September 2014 only to be lured back to the Steelers. He remained productive into his late 30s, registering at least five sacks from 2014-16.
4/9/2018 Kony Ealy, Dal, DE
The Cowboys have signed Ealy to a one-year deal, their latest attempt to add depth to the defensive line through bargains in free agency. Ealy signed Monday after spending last season with the New York Jets. He was drafted in the second round by Carolina in 2014 and spent three years with the Panthers.

Analysis: The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Ealy had one sack with the Jets to give him 15 in his four-year career. He had five sacks in each of his last two seasons with Carolina.
4/9/2018 Matt Cassel, Det, QB
The Detroit Lions signed Cassel on Monday.

Analysis: Cassel played sparingly the past two seasons in Tennessee. The 13-year veteran has also played for Dallas, Buffalo, Minnesota, Kansas City and New England. He started 15 games in 2008 with the Patriots when Lions GM Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia also worked for the franchise. Cassel has started 81 games in his career, completing 59 percent of his passes for 17,449 yards with 104 touchdowns and 81 interceptions. He will compete to be Matthew Stafford's backup.
4/7/2018 Thomas Davis, Car, LB
Davis said he has been suspended by the NFL and will miss the first four games of next season after testing positive for a banned substance. Davis posted a video on his Twitter account on Friday saying that he tested positive for an estrogen blocker.

Analysis: Davis was Carolina's first-round draft pick in 2005 and has spent his entire career with the Panthers. He's seventh in team history with 13 career interceptions and eighth with 28 sacks. Davis said earlier this offseason that the 2018 season would be his last in the NFL. But he left open the possibility of playing beyond 2018 on Friday, saying "who knows, maybe this isn't my last year."
4/6/2018 Jordan Matthews, NE, WR
The Patriots have signed Matthews as they continue jumbling their corps of targets for Tom Brady.

Analysis: Matthews, 25, has played four NFL seasons, three with the Eagles and last season with the Bills (2017). In 56 NFL games with 42 starts, he has 250 receptions for 2,955 yards and 20 touchdowns.
4/5/2018 William Gay, NYG, CB
The New York Giants signed Gay on Thursday.

Analysis: A Pittsburgh Steelers draft pick in 2007, Gay played in 176 consecutive regular-season and 15 postseason games through the end of the 2017 season. He spent 10 of those years with Pittsburgh, and the 2012 season with the Arizona Cardinals. Gay had 19 tackles, an interception, three passes defensed and two forced fumbles last season as a backup with the Steelers. He was released in March.
4/5/2018 David Johnson, Ari, RB
Johnson is back and, he says, better than ever. An All-Pro in 2016, Johnson missed last season after dislocating his left wrist in the opener. The wrist is healed and he is a full participant in the team's weight and conditioning program that began this week.

Analysis: Johnson led the league in yards from scrimmage and touchdowns in 2016, setting an NFL record by topping 100 yards from scrimmage in each of his first 15 days. He probably would have made it 16 had he not injured a knee in the season finale against the Rams. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound back rushed for 1,239 yards that season and caught 80 passes for 879 yards. The performance earned him All-Pro honors at the flex position.
4/5/2018 Stevan Ridley, Pit, RB
Ridley signed a one-year contract on Thursday to remain with the Steelers.

Analysis: Pittsburgh signed Ridley last December after losing James Conner to a knee injury late in the regular season. Ridley ran 26 times for 108 yards and a score in two games with Pittsburgh. Ridley's return also gives the Steelers some experienced depth in the backfield if All-Pro Le'Veon Bell opts to skip training camp or a portion of the regular season. Bell has yet to sign his franchise tender. He didn't sign his franchise tender last season until Labor Day.
4/5/2018 Marquette King, Den, P
King has signed a three-year, $7 million contract with the Broncos less than a week after his surprising release from the Raiders. King said he wasn't sure if his oft-flagged on-field antics, which included a bucking' bronco celebration, is what led Jon Gruden to release him. King also said signing with the Raiders' AFC West rival "was somewhat of a revenge factor, too" so that he can face his former team twice a season.

Analysis: The sixth-year pro was a Pro Bowl alternate last season and a second-team All Pro in 2016. He's the only punter in NFL history to post at least a 40-yard net average in each of his first five seasons. And King has averaged a whopping 50 yards a punt in his five games in Denver, where he'll replace Riley Dixon, who slumped last year after a solid rookie season.
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