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Rey Maualuga was released by the Bengals on Saturday.

Impact

Maualuga has been with the Bengals since they drafted him in 2009. He spent his first seven seasons as a starter before starting just six of 14 games in 2017. In hindsight, his reduced role last year could be seen as a foreshadowing of his eventual exit. The addition of free agent Kevin Minter likely sealed the deal. Both Minter and Vincent Rey figure to handle a majority of the middle linebacker duties heading into training camp.

Tony Romo (Q, Dal)

Tony Romo may be mulling offers to retire and take up a broadcasting career, Vince Langford of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Impact

Both FOX and CBS are said to be interested in having Romo become an analyst, and with his football future still in limbo while he remains property of the Cowboys, a less physically demanding job might be appealing for the 37-year-old. The Texans remain the most likely destination for Romo if he does keep playing, but for the moment, the Dallas and Houston front offices are locked in a game of chicken, with Jerry Jones unwilling to part with his long-time QB without some sort of compensation. If neither team blinks soon, Romo may take the decision out of their hands.

Byron Bell (ankle) signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys on Friday, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Impact

Bell last played in 2015, when he started 16 games for the Titans. A versatile offensive lineman who has lined up at left guard and both tackle positions at the professional level, Bell is expected to compete with Chaz Green for the Cowboys' starting right tackle job this summer in the wake of Doug Free's retirement.

Garrett Gilbert signed a one-year contract with the Panthers on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Impact

While they already have three quarterbacks on the roster, the Panthers were likely in need of another arm for training camp with Cam Newton (shoulder) on the shelf for the time being. While Gilbert hasn't thrown a regular-season pass in his career, he could theoretically push Joe Webb for the No. 3 job in advance of the 2017 season opener.

The Jets are unlikely to exercise Calvin Pryor's fifth-year option, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

Impact

A first-round pick in 2014, Pryor disappointed in 2016 after a promising 2015 campaign. While he's locked in as the team's starting strong safety for this upcoming season, the Jets can save $7 million by not picking up his fifth-year option for 2018. If that's what the team ultimately decides to do, 2017 will be a contract year for Pryor in which he'll need to step up his play to earn a big deal in free agency.

Michael Oher (concussion) remains under the concussion protocol but is progressing in his recovery, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Impact

Oher hasn't cleared the protocol since first reporting concussion symptoms prior to Week 4 – nearly six months ago. However, the 30-year-old offensive lineman has been working out as usual in the weight room five days a week and is moving in the right direction toward getting the thumbs-up. With the recent addition of Ryan Kalil, Oher's expected to slide over to right tackle ahead of the 2017 season opener. However, if he's unable to shake off the lingering effects of his head injury soon, the Panthers may need to begin making other arrangements.

Lance Dunbar (R, Dal)

Rams head coach Sean McVay envisions Lance Dunbar in a role that aligns with how the running back views himself, ESPN.com reports. "He had me going," Dunbar said. "He had me ready to play."

Impact

Dunbar's one-year contract is worth up to $3 million, suggesting the Rams expect him to be an important part of the offense in a complementary role to early-down workhorse Todd Gurley. McVay mentioned Washington's Chris Thompson when explaining the role he envisions for Dunbar, who displayed impressive pass-catching chops during his time in Dallas. It seems Dunbar has a clear path to the No. 2 running back job, though the Rams likely would utilize a committee if Gurley were to suffer an injury.

Josh McCown (Q, Cle)

Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan deferred to head coach Todd Bowles when asked whether Josh McCown will enter training camp as the starter, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.

Impact

McCown signed a one-year contract Monday, joining 2015 fourth-rounder Bryce Petty (shoulder) and 2016 second-rounder Christian Hackenberg in the Jets' quarterback room. The 37-year-old likely will enter training camp as the favorite for the starting gig, but there should at least be some form of competition to give the younger signal-callers a shot to win the job on a rebuilding team. Given his age and injury history as well as the nature of New York's roster, McCown is unlikely to make it through the season as the starter even if he wins the Week 1 job.

Gilbert has re-upped with the Bengals, ESPN's Jenna Laine reports.

Impact

Gilberry signed with the Lions last offseason after spending the previous five years in Cincinnati. Detroit placed him on injured reserve in October and released him shortly thereafter, allowing him to rejoin the Bengals for the second half of the year. The 32-year-old may have to compete for a roster spot at this point in his career, as he only has six sacks over the past three seasons.

Julius Thomas

Julius Thomas restructured his contract to eliminate $12.6 million, essentially turning it into a two-year, $12.2 million deal with $7.5 million guaranteed, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Impact

Thomas wouldn't have been traded if he wasn't willing to restructure the five-year, $46 million contract he signed with the Jaguars in March of 2015. He was still dealt for a pittance – a seventh-round pick – but the willingness to renegotiate at least helped him land with a team that looks like an excellent fit. In addition to having a clear need at tight end, the Dolphins are coached by Adam Gase, who was Thomas' offensive coordinator with the Broncos in 2013 and 2014. The 28-year-old tight end had 24 touchdowns in 27 games between those two seasons, highlighted by 788-yard, 12-touchdown performance over 14 games in 2013.

Adrian Peterson (R, Min)

Adrian Peterson (knee) remains unsigned in part because of his hefty contract demands, ESPN.com reports.

Impact

Peterson was reportedly asking for more than $8 million in the first year of a contract, which would be in line with the deals given to top running backs the past few years. Considering he's coming off a major injury and just turned 32 years old, he may have to settle for something closer to the deal Eddie Lacy recently signed with Seattle – a one-year contract worth up to $5.5 million. There are still some potential fits – namely, Oakland and Green Bay – but Peterson will first have to accept that teams aren't going to pay a premium for what he accomplished in the past. Other teams that may be in the market for an early-down runner include the Lions, Patriots, Buccaneers and Giants.

Scott Crichton (undisclosed) was released by the Vikings on Friday, the Star Tribune's Matt Vensel reports.

Impact

A 2014 third-round selection, Crichton has yet to record a sack in 21 regular-season appearances. He was waived with an injury designation at the end of last preseason, then got placed on injured reserve upon clearing waivers. The 25-year-old will merely be hoping for another chance to compete for a roster spot.

Josh Gordon (W, Cle)

Josh Gordon (suspension) expects to hear about the status of his reinstatement application by late April or early May, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.

Impact

Gordon applied for reinstatement in early March, eyeing a return to regular-season action for the first time since December 2014. He was conditionally reinstated last summer from an indefinite ban, needing to serve another four-game suspension before playing in a game. Gordon ultimately entered an inpatient rehab facility instead of returning after four weeks, thereby failing to meet the terms for reinstatement. The league may outline a similar condition this time around, but regardless, the Browns are expected to part ways with Gordon. Set to turn 26 in April, the talented wideout shouldn't have a hard time finding another team willing to give him a shot.

Jordan Poyer is fully healthy following a kidney injury that forced him out of the final 10 games last season, BuffaloBills.com reports.

Impact

The Bills signed Poyer – who spent the last three seasons in Cleveland – to rebuild a secondary that lost some key members this offseason. The way things look today, he'd be a starting safety alongside fellow newcomer Micah Hyde for new head coach Sean McDermott and coordinator Leslie Frazier.

Terence Garvin signed with the Seahawks on Friday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Impact

Garvin is the second linebacker the Seahawks have signed in as many days after the club agreed to terms with Michael Wilhoite on Thursday. The 26-year-old Garvin spent last season with the Redskins and was particularly strong on special teams, where he racked up 285 total snaps. Look for Garvin to have a similar role with the Seahawks this season, as Seattle's starting front seven appears to be set for the most part.

Malliciah Goodman signed with the Jaguars on Friday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

Impact

The 27-year-old defensive end bounced around between the Falcons and the Seahawks last season, and he hasn't appeared in more than four games in a single campaign since 2014. He adds some depth to the Jaguars' front, but the club has been so proactive in adding to its edge depth in recent years that it's difficult to imagine Goodman carving out a significant role next season.

Jake Butt (knee) announced at Michigan's pro day that he is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn ACL and could be ready to play by training camp, NFL Network's Andrew Groover reports.

Impact

The timing of Butt's knee injury was particularly unfortunate, as he was considered one of the top tight end prospects in his draft class before tearing his ACL in Michigan's Orange Bowl loss to Florida State. Playing in a pro-style offense at Michigan, Butt recorded 97 receptions for 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns over his final two seasons in Ann Arbor. Not only is he reliable as a pass catcher, he's also one of the more polished blocking tight ends in this year's class. It remains to be seen how much his knee injury will affect his stock, but it's encouraging nonetheless that he appears to be ahead of schedule.

Kelvin Benjamin (W, Car)

Kelvin Benjamin will have his fifth-year option picked up by the Panthers, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Impact

This comes as little surprise as Benjamin, when healthy, has been the team's best receiver since landing in Carolina in 2014. He hauled in 63 of 118 targets for 941 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016 and proved to be a reliable threat deep down the field with 10 receptions of 20 or more yards. According to Person, Benjamin's option figures to be in the $8 million range in 2018.

Arthur Jones (groin) was released by the Colts on Friday.

Impact

Jones was due to count over $7 million against the cap this season, which was unpalatable for someone that played in just 17 games over the past three seasons. The 30-year-old will now look to land elsewhere and get healthy ahead of the 2017 campaign.

Julio Jones (W, Atl)

Julio Jones (toe) seemed to be moving around pretty well during a Wednesday appearance at the Georgia State Capitol, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Impact

Recovering from March 6 surgery to address a bunion, Jones was wearing a boot but didn't need crutches to walk. He said his foot feels good, and while he'll still miss the Falcons' offseason program, the 28-year-old wideout remains on track for training camp. With no crucial offseason additions or losses, the 2017 Atlanta offense should look very similar to the 2016 iteration.