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Derrick Coleman signed a contract with the Falcons on Tuesday, Curtis Jackson of the team's official site reports.


Coleman last played for the Seahawks in 2015. Legal troubles prevented him from taking the field last season. He joins the Falcons alongside fullback Soma Vainuku, as the two will compete for a starting gig with the reigning NFC champions. In 31 games (seven starts) over three seasons with the Seahawks, Coleman recorded 11 receptions for 91 yards with two receiving touchdowns. He also rushed the ball 10 times for 35 yards.

Kiko Alonso (thumb) signed a four-year, $29 million contract extension with the Dolphins on Tuesday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.


Alonso agreed to a first-round tender with the team earlier in the month but it's no secret the two sides have been trying to reach a long-term deal throughout the offseason. The fifth-year linebacker, who led the Dolphins with 115 tackles last season while adding six tackles for loss, two interceptions and a forced fumble, will now be staying in South Beach through the 2020 season.

Damiere Byrd is undergoing knee surgery that will sideline him until training camp, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.


Byrd only played in one game for the the Panthers last season, recording one reception for 16 yards. While conditioning on his own this offseason, the 24-year-old injured his left knee. "We saw him for treatment, but he continued to experience pain and swelling," head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said. "An MRI revealed he has torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, and Dr. Connor will perform a scope on his left knee. We will modify our conditioning program, and he's projected to be ready to go later in the offseason." Look for more updates on the wideout's status to come as training camp nears.

Cam Newton (Q, Car)

Cam Newton is slated to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder on March 30, Max Hanson of the Panthers' official site reports.


Newton suffered a partial tear of his right rotator cuff in Week 14 of last season, after which his practice participation alternated between limited and full in preparation for the final three games. While he didn't miss an offensive snap down the stretch, he statistically posted the worst campaign of his six-year career, completing a miserable 53 percent of his throws for 3,509 yards with a 19:14 TD:INT ratio, while failing to reach 500 yards on the ground (359 yards, to be exact) for the first time. After the season, the Panthers placed a specific rehab schedule upon him. "We developed a plan for Cam to take a period of rest, a period of rehabilitation and treatment, and then start a gradual throwing program the first part of March," head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said. "Cam started his program, and the early parts of his rehab had been going well. However, as we worked to advance him into the next stage – the strengthening stage, the throwing stage – he started to have an increase in his pain level and started having pain while throwing. As a result, Dr. Pat Connor [head team physician] felt the most prudent procedure would be to arthroscopically repair the shoulder." Newton is expected to require 12 weeks before commencing "an early throwing program" and 16 weeks before throwing in a team setting. With attendance during the offseason program ruled out, he'll aim to be ready by the start of training camp in late July.

Charles Johnson (back) is undergoing surgery that will keep him out of action until training camp, Max Henson of the team's official site reports.


The 30-year-old, who recently signed a two-year extension, has been been dealing with back pain and will undergo a minor surgery to address the issue. "Following the surgery, we want Charles as active as possible while still taking the proper precautions," head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said. "He will be up and moving around the next day, and we will progressively bring him back." Johnson recorded 26 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and two pass deflections through 13 games last season and shows no signs of slowing down. Look for more updates on his status to come once training camp is underway.

Hugh Thornton signed a contract with the Falcons on Tuesday, Alex Marvez of SportingNews.com reports.


Thornton spent the entirety of last season on injured reserve due to an ankle injury. Although he's struggled with injuries throughout his professional career, the 25-year-old will look to secure a reserve spot on Atlanta's offensive line.

Sidney Jones had surgery Tuesday to repair his torn Achilles, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.


Jones sustained the ailment during the University of Washington's Pro Day on March 11, placing a cloud over his draft status and potential to be ready for the start of his first NFL regular season. However, he's expected to resume running by the end of July, and Jones relayed via his Twitter feed that he'll "for sure be playing this upcoming season," per his surgeon, Dr. Robert Anderson. Despite the setback, Jones is still expected to hear his name called by Day 2 of the NFL Draft.

The Steelers have signed Tyson Alualu, the team's official site reports.


Alualu, who the Jaguars made the 10th pick overall in the 2010 NFL draft, bolsters the Steelers' defensive line depth, with his ability to play both tackle and end an asset in that regard. In 14 games last season, the 6-foot-3, 304-pound Alualu – who turns 30 in May – recorded 37 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

Elijah Hood (5-foot-11, 230 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds at the North Carolina pro day Tuesday while posting a 113-inch broad jump and 31.5-inch vertical.


Given his recruiting pedigree and general flashes of talent on tape, the hope was that Hood would time closer to 4.50 and show better jumps. The absence of agility drills is also an issue, though it's fair to presume Hood wouldn't have done well with those, either. With injury concerns and disappointing workout metrics in his prospect profile, Hood is in danger of falling past the fourth round. He's still worth speculating on in dynasty rookie drafts, however, because it's hard to doubt his natural talent, and it wouldn't surprise if he stumbled into some starts in the upcoming years. Even with this disappointing pro day, Hood has almost identical workout metrics to Eddie Lacy.

Shaun Draughn has agreed to terms on a contract with the Giants, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.


Draughn entered last season as San Francisco's No. 2 running back, and while he proved to be a useful complement to Carlos Hyde on passing downs, the 29-year-old gained only 196 yards on 74 carries (2.6 YPC), dropping his career-long YPC to an ugly 3.2. This doesn't seem like a great fit, as the Giants already have a pair of solid pass-catching backs in Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen (triceps). Draughn could round out the depth chart while contributing on special teams, or he may be viewed as an insurance policy for Vereen. It's also possible Draughn will end up clawing for one of the final roster spots if the Giants add more talent in the backfield.

Manti Te'o (Achilles) has agreed to a two-year deal with the Saints, ESPN.com's Mike Triplett reports.


Looking to bounce back from a torn Achilles suffered in September, the 26-year-old linebacker will join a Saints defense that seemingly has bigger issues than its linebacking corps. While there appears to be ample competition at the position, the Saints don't have any proven standout performers, which means Te'o should at least have the opportunity to compete for a starting job. He started 34 of his 38 games during a four-year run in San Diego, with injuries limiting him to 13 or fewer appearances each season, though he still averaged 5.8 tackles per game.

Zach Brown is scheduled to visit with the Bills after he completes his visit with the Dolphins, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.


Brown changed agents during his trip to Miami, suggesting he's unhappy with how negotiations have panned out through the first two weeks of free agency. Coming off a 149-tackle, four-sack season in Buffalo, it's surprising to see Brown still available on the market. He's one of the top remaining free agents at any position and is only 27 years old. Regardless of where he ultimately lands, Brown should have a three-down role that allows for continued IDP excellence. He probably expected to be outside of Buffalo's price range, but that's seemingly no longer the case.

Benny Cunningham (R, LA)

Benny Cunningham (neck) is visiting with the Bears on Tuesday, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.


The 2013 undrafted free agent was effective but unspectacular in his role as a passing-down back and kickoff returner during his four-year tenure in St. Louis. The Rams' recent signing of fellow pass-catching back Lance Dunbar suggests the team doesn't plan to retain Cunningham, who could slide right into a similar role if he joins Jordan Howard in the Chicago backfield. Cunningham did miss the final four games of last season with a neck injury, which could complicate a possible deal.

Roberto Aguayo (K, TB)

Roberto Aguayo is facing a make-or-break training camp and preseason with the recent signing of Nick Folk, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.


The much-heralded 2016 second-round pick from Florida State had a rocky start to his NFL career, making just 71 percent of his 31 field-goal attempts, worst in the league in 2016. Aguayo's problems were largely centered on kicks of 40-plus yards, a distance from which he was only 4-for-10 despite his longest attempt on the season coming from just 43 yards away. It was a stark contrast to his storied college career, one that saw him win the Lou Groza Award and leave the Seminoles as the most accurate kicker in NCAA history. Aguayo certainly has the pedigree to right the ship, however, and also can look to two of the league's longest-tenured and most successful kickers, fellow FSU alumnus Sebastian Janikowski and Stephen Gostkowski, for inspiration. The former went 22-for-32 in his rookie season in 2000 after enduring even more pressure as a first-round pick, while the latter was successful on just 70 percent of his attempts in his first season as well. Folk certainly serves as formidable competition for Aguayo, though, considering his proven track record and the fact that he boasts success rates of between 81.3 and 91.7 percent on his attempts over the last four seasons.

Jay Cutler

The Texans are not believed to have interest in Jay Cutler (shoulder), who was scheduled to visit with the Jets until the team signed Josh McCown, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.


With New York and possibly Houston off the table, Cutler is running out of potential landing spots that would give him a clear path to a starting job. A return to Denver might be an option, but it seems more likely the Broncos will just move forward with their young quarterbacks – Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian – if they don't acquire Tony Romo. It probably wouldn't be hard for Cutler to find work as a well-compensated backup, but it's unclear if he'd be amenable to such a situation. Houston's lack of interest in Cutler may stem from a belief that the team will land Romo.

Mychal Rivera (W, Oak)

Mychal Rivera left his visit with the Jets without signing a deal and is scheduled to visit Indianapolis next, Peter Schrager of FOXSports.com reports.


Rivera might've had a real shot at the starting gig in New York, whereas he'd only be in the mix for No. 2 duties – behind Jack Doyle – if he were to sign with the Colts. A 2013 sixth-round selection, Rivera caught 38 passes as a rookie and 58 more in 2014, but he only had 32 and 18 receptions the past two seasons while ceding snaps to Clive Walford – whose own inconsistency contributed to Oakland's recent signing of Jared Cook. Rivera is a decent underneath target, but his lack of speed and ideal size will make it tough for him to re-emerge on the fantasy radar, regardless of where he ultimately signs.

Kamar Aiken (W, Bal)

Kamar Aiken is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Colts, Stephen Holder of The Indianapolis Star reports.


Aiken visited the Colts on Friday and also drew interest from Seattle, with his ability to contribute on special teams likely piquing the interest of a couple of franchises that already have solid weapons out wide. The 2011 undrafted free agent bounced around the league while mostly playing special teams until 2015, when he caught 75 passes for 944 yards after injuries pushed him to the top of Baltimore's depth chart. Aiken only caught 29 balls for a much healthier Ravens team last season, mostly serving as the No. 4 wide receiver. He's likely ticketed for a similar role in Indianapolis, though it's conceivable he could challenge disappointing 2015 first-rounder Phillip Dorsett for the No. 3 spot. Aiken is expected to sign a contract at some point Tuesday.

Keenan Robinson re-signed with the Giants on Monday, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com reports.


Robinson played a pivotal role solidifying the Giants' defense last season and ended up with 83 tackles, 54 of which were registered as solo tackles, after playing in all 16 regular-season games. At 27 years old, he's likely in store for a similar workload during the 2017 season.

Christian Hackenberg (Q, NYJ)

Christian Hackenberg may be a long shot to play in 2017 after the Jets signed veteran quarterback Josh McCown on Monday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.


The Jets' QB corps endured ineffectiveness or injuries last season, with all of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith (torn ACL), and Bryce Petty (shoulder) missing time due to a variety of concerns. Despite all that, Hackenberg wasn't active once, but with Fitzpatrick and Smith out of the picture, he and Petty were the only signal-callers on the roster until management opted to bring McCown into the fold. McCown can be considered a stop-gap option as Petty and Hackenberg develop, but the veteran is a good bet to add to his cluttered medical chart as the 2017 campaign wears on. If McCown yields the top job at some point, Petty would likely be given the first shot to fill in after making four starts (among six appearances) in 2016. There's also the possibility that the Jets draft a quarterback for the third consecutive offseason, thereby throwing another hat into the ring. Consequently, Hackenberg appears set for regular healthy scratches for the second straight year.

Bryce Petty

Despite the signing of Josh McCown on Monday, Bryce Petty (shoulder) is a good bet to start for the Jets during the 2017 season, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.


The addition of McCown indicates that the Jets are in rebuilding mode, as the veteran will enter next season as a certified 38-year-old graybeard. Further working in Petty's favor is McCown's inability to stay on the field. Over the past two campaigns, McCown has managed just 13 appearances (11 starts) due to two broken collarbones and multiple rib fractures. Furthermore, he's take the field more than 10 times in a given season just twice in 14 years as a professional. Given McCown's age and durability concerns, Petty and 2016 second-round pick Christian Hackenberg are candidates to direct the Jets' offense at some point in the fall. Petty is the more likely candidate to do so after making four starts among six games in 2016, during which he completed 75 of 133 passes (56.4 percent) for 809 yards, three touchdowns, and seven interceptions. However, a portion of his offseason may be consumed by his recovery from surgery on a torn labrum in his left shoulder.