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Joe Thomas, an exclusive-rights free agent, signed his contract tender with the Packers on Monday, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports.


Thomas led the Packers' inside linebacker corps in playing time last season due to injuries to Jake Ryan (shoulder) and Blake Martinez. However, he is the odd man out when all three are healthy and figures to open the 2017 season in a backup role.

Geremy Davis, an exclusive-rights free agent, signed his contract tender with the Chargers on Monday, Richy Henne of the team's official site reports.


Davis appeared in three games for the Chargers last season but received just two total targets and caught neither of them. He initially slots in as nothing more than the No. 7 wide receiver on the depth chart and will need to fight for a roster spot in training camp this summer.

Josh McCown (Q, Cle)

Josh McCown agreed to a one-year contract with the Jets on Monday, his agent, Mike McCartney, reports.


After visiting with the team over the weekend, McCown officially put pen to paper Monday on a deal that will bring him to New York City to play for the Jets. He's made previous stops in Cleveland, Tampa Bay and Chicago over the past five years and has proven to be a valuable backup quarterback as well as a solid fill-in starter when called upon. However, the 37-year-old offers little upside at this point in his career and, while he initially slots in at No. 1 on the depth chart, is not the long-term solution at quarterback. His signing shouldn't prevent New York from considering a signal-caller in the early rounds of this year's draft.

Kenjon Barner

The Chargers and Kenjon Barner (hamstring) agreed to terms of a contract Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.


Seeking some stability behind Melvin Gordon (knee) following the departure of Danny Woodhead (knee), the Chargers have added Barner to a backfield that includes holdover Kenneth Farrow (shoulder). Barner is less experienced in a lead role than Farrow, who earned two starts down the stretch last season when Gordon was lost for the season with a sprained PCL and hip strain. At the very least, though, Barner's kick-return chops will be valuable after averaging 30.8 yards on his nine attempts with the Eagles during the 2016 campaign.

C.J. Wilson re-signed with the Bears on a one-year contract Monday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.


Wilson appeared in six games for the Bears last season, starting one of them and tallying 13 tackles along the way. He isn't guaranteed a roster spot and will need to compete for a rotational role at defensive end ahead of the 2017 campaign.

Chris Prosinski re-signed with the Bears on a one-year contract Monday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.


Prosinski is a special teams stalwart, having racked up 56 tackles for the Bears the last two seasons. However, the soon-to-be 30-year-old slots in at the bottom of the depth chart at safety and isn't guaranteed a spot on the team.

Ty Nsekhe signed a contract with the Redskins on Monday.


Nsekhe, an exclusive-rights free agent, was tendered by Washington on Feb. 28 so he didn't have any leeway to sign elsewhere. No matter, the Texas State product operated as the Redskins' top backup lineman last season and figures to retain said role in 2017.

John Lunsford has been released by the Buccaneers, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.


His release comes after the Bucs recently signed veteran Nick Folk to compete with the much-maligned Roberto Aguayo, thus making Lunsford expendable as the team's third kicker.

Mark Herzlich re-signed with the Giants on Monday, the team's official site reports.


Herzlich has served as a reserve linebacker and special teams contributor for the Giants since entering the league in 2011. Although his production has fallen off since his 52-tackle peak in 2014, his familiarity with the team should continue to make him valuable in New York.

Tyler Gaffney was waived by the Patriots on Monday, ESPN's Field Yates reports.


Gaffney's rights will now be subject to waivers, and if he's not claimed, he'll become an unrestricted free agent. A sixth-round pick of the Panthers in 2014, Gaffney has yet to make a regular season appearance since entering the league.

Keenan Allen

Keenan Allen (knee) won't be a full participant when the Chargers begin team activities on April 3, Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times reports.


This shouldn't come as much of a surprise given Allen is less than a year removed from tearing his ACL. However, the 25-year-old did state he is almost able to do "everything," including running and cutting, which would indicate Allen should be ready to go for training camp. Should Allen stay healthy, he figures to be a major force in an offense that loves to chuck the ball.

Brett Maher signed with the Browns on Monday.


Maher has spent the last three years kicking in the CFL, most recently with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, for whom he converted 41 of 50 field-goal attempts en route to 161 total points this past season. After that success, he'll compete with Cody Parkey for Cleveland's kicking gig this season.

Valentino Blake signed with the Giants on Monday.


Blake started all 16 games in 2015 for the Steelers, compiling 76 tackles and two interceptions, but was relegated to a more suitable reserve role with the Titans last year, when he finished with 42 stops. In joining the Giants, Blake figures to provide experienced depth to the team's secondary and special teams units.

Jelani Jenkins signed a contract with the Raiders on Monday, Scott Bair of CSN California reports.


Jenkins had just 29 tackles and one pass defensed with the Dolphins in 2016 while also missing seven games due to a knee injury. When healthy, he's a starting caliber linebacker, but he'll likely compete with Tyrell Adams for the Raiders' starting weakside linebacker position in 2017.

Coty Sensabaugh (ankle) signed a two-year contract with the Steelers on Monday.


Sensabaugh averaged about 42 tackles while making 27 starts for the Titans over his first four seasons, but then split time between the Rams and Giants last year. In joining the Steelers, the 28-year-old Sensabaugh figures to compete for the team's nickel cornerback job.

Brandon Tate (W, Buf)

Brandon Tate re-signed with the Bills on Monday, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.


The Bills have brought in a whole host of depth wideouts over the last week, but Tate has better special teams skills than all of them, which will likely be his ticket to making the final roster. Tate had the NFL's sixth-best kickoff return average among qualifiers in 2016 with 22.83 yards per return and was fifth best in punt returns at 11.58, so it's not hard to figure out where his value lies. Even with a new coaching staff in town, the team didn't want to let him get away.

Brandon Williams (concussion) signed with the Colts on Monday.


Williams arrives in Indianapolis after the team traded tight end Dwayne Allen earlier this offseason. With only Jack Doyle and Erik Swoope remaining at the position, Williams adds depth to the Colts' options, even though his four-year totals of six receptions for 80 yards are rather uninspiring.

Geno Smith

Geno Smith (knee) made his one-year deal with the Giants official after passing a physical Monday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.


Smith is coming off a torn ACL suffered in Week 7 of last season, but after medical testing revealed no red flags with his condition, the former Jets quarterback has now officially switched his colors. According to Smith, he expects be ready by the time training camp rolls around, which bodes well for his chances of securing the Giants' No. 2 gig behind starter Eli Manning, who is yet to miss a single start in his 13-year career due to injury.

Knile Davis (R, KC)

Knile Davis signed with the Steelers on Monday.


Davis joins Pittsburgh after a season in which he was traded from the Chiefs to the Packers, then rejoined Kansas City after being waived by both Green Bay and the Jets. A third-round pick in 2013, Davis has long drawn intrigue for his combination of size and speed, but his career average of 3.2 yards per rush on 250 carries tells the real story of his ability. Although DeAngelo Williams' status as a free agent leaves an opening behind Le'Veon Bell (groin) in the Steelers' high-powered offense, Davis' lack of recent production is something fantasy owners shouldn't overlook.

E.J. Manuel (Q, Buf)

EJ Manuel signed a contract with the Raiders on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.


Manuel's signing comes as no surprise after he was reportedly in talks with Oakland over the past few days. The former first-round pick has had a shaky career to this point and will figure to be the Raiders' backup quarterback behind Derek Carr, bumping last season's backup, Connor Cook, to the third-stringer slot. Don't expect to see much from Manuel this season unless Carr gets injured again.