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Deion Jones portrayed Thursday that the Falcons defense will be eager to improve next season after a rocky 2018 campaign. "I think it's going to be a little bit different," Jones said of his expectations for the Atlanta defense in 2019. "(We) have a chip on (our) shoulder about what happened this year and guys coming back have a lot to prove. We've just got to put it all together and set our standard and get after it."

Melvin Gordon is confident he will reach a long-term agreement with the Chargers, but first he wants to see the contract Le'Veon Bell ends up signing, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.

Marqise Lee (knee) believes he's a bit ahead of schedule in his rehab, with the expectation to be ready for the start of the 2019 season, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official website reports.

Julius Peppers announced his retirement from football Friday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

Aaron Ripkowski signed a future/reserve contract with the Chiefs on Thursday according to the NFL's official transaction report.

Rodney McLeod (knee) signed a re-worked contract with Philadelphia for the 2019 season, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Coach Ron Rivera said Thursday that Cam Newton "has gotten a lot of range of motion back" in his right throwing shoulder, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

Dont'a Hightower was held out of Thursday's practice session due to illness.

Malcom Brown (calf) was a full participant in Thursday's walkthrough.

Malcom Brown (calf) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Patrick Peterson announced his commitment to the Cardinals for 2019 and beyond Wednesday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open Pro-Am, Kyle Odegard of the team's official site reports. "I just want to apologize to everybody for asking for that trade in the middle of the season," Peterson said. "I'm here to stay, baby."

Matt Ryan relayed Thursday that a left wrist issue which cropped up Week 17 led to him opting out of an opportunity to go to the Pro Bowl as an alternate, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Sharrod Neasman collected 44 combined tackles, two tackles for loss and four pass deflections in 12 appearances for the Falcons this season.

Malcom Brown (calf) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Paul Worrilow (knee) signed a one-year contract with the Eagles on Wednesday, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

Baker Mayfield is pleased with the Browns' decision to promote Freddie Kitchens to head coach, Pat McManamon of ESPN.com reports. "I kind of had that sense the whole time," Mayfield said Wednesday. "Seeing how [Kitchens] was, how he didn't change when he made the jump from running backs coach to offensive coordinator. Then just taking over and the difference that we had while he was calling plays."

San Francisco general manager John Lynch said Jerick McKinnon (knee) is six weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery process, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Jake Ryan (knee) may not re-sign with the Packers this offseason, Mike Spofford of the team's official site reports.

DeSean Jackson (Achilles) said he would like to play for the Rams, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Garrett Griffin is under contract with the Saints through 2020, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.