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Jarryd Hayne - a former rugby star - was signed by the 49ers on Monday, CSN Bay Area reports.


Hayne is a two-time National Rugby League Most Valuable Player who is attempting to make the transition to the NFL as a running back. At 6-2, 226 Hayne has the frame to be a bruising tailback. He will join the 49ers' 90-man roster heading into training camp, but he will have to show significant development in order to have a shot at making the 53-man roster.

Andre Johnson has informed the Texans that he'd like to be traded or cut prior to next season, the Houston Chronicle reports.


The Texans have given Johnson's camp permission to seek a trade, and the general belief is that if they're unable to find a deal, the Texans would be willing to cut the 12-year veteran. The situation arose after Houston asked Johnson to take a reduced role next season, something the 34-year-old is not comfortable doing. If Johnson, who caught 85 passes for 936 yards and three scores last season, is not traded, cutting him would save the Texans over $8 million against the cap, giving them roughly $22 million in cap space to spend in free agency.

Bernard Pollard (Achilles) will be released by the Titans, Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports.


Pollard, who was limited to five games last season due to an Achilles' injury, will thus look to catch on elsewhere once his health is reestablished.

Dwight Freeney plans to play another season in 2015, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.


Scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next week, Freeney has just nine sacks in 34 games over the last three seasons. While not the gameplan-ruining monster he once was, he seemingly has enough left in the tank to keep contributing as a situational pass rusher. Now 35 years old, Freeney has long been out of the IDP conversation.

The Bucs have tendered Danny Lansanah an exclusive-rights free agent contract, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.


With the 29-year-old Lansanah coming off a breakout season, this was a non-decision for the Bucs. A 2008 UDFA, Lansanah bounced around the league for quite some time, before finally getting his big break in 2014. He's one of the better stories in the NFL, and while he'll almost certainly start in 2015, he won't necessarily have a three-down role. Lavonte David is locked in as an every-snap superstar, and the Bucs may end up retaining starting middle linebacker Mason Foster, who can soon become an unrestricted free agent.

Lance Moore was released by the Steelers on Monday, Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.


Moore dealt with a groin injury early in the season and never established any kind of consistent role in the Pittsburgh offense. Now heading into his age-32 campaign, the former Saint may need to compete for a roster spot wherever he lands, despite being just three years removed from a 1,000-yard season. New Orleans would be a logical landing spot, but even in that scenario, Moore probably wouldn't have a big role in the offense.

Dan Orlovsky signed a one-year deal with the Lions on Monday, the team's official website reports.


Once again forced to make some difficult personnel decisions, the Lions will go cheap at the backup quarterback spot, allowing for spending elsewhere. The team does seem to value Orlovsky to some extent, as it would be even cheaper to go with either Kellen Moore or a late-round pick in the upcoming draft. Still, Orlovsky has never impressed when given the chance, and he's probably one of the lesser backup quarterbacks in the league.

Brad Jones signed a two-year contract with the Eagles on Monday.


Recently released by the Packers, Jones struggled with both injuries and ineffective play in 2014, but he does have 36 career starts to his name. He's a candidate to start next to Mychal Kendricks in Philly's 3-4 defense, but Jones probably won't have a three-down role, even if he gets the job. So long as Kendricks stays healthy, Jones is unlikely to emerge as an IDP option.

Dez Bryant (W, Dal)

Dez Bryant officially received the franchise tag from the Cowboys on Monday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill reports.


Bryant and the Cowboys will now try to iron out a long-term contract. While the situation will certainly grab headlines, there's little question that he'll have a star on his helmet in 2015.

Cortland Finnegan was released by the Dolphins on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.


Finnegan started all 12 games he played in 2014, but he'll likely have trouble finding another starting job, in the wake of a lackluster season. Having recently turned 31, he has minimal upside for both real-life and IDP purposes.

The Dolphins have placed their transition tag on Charles Clay, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.


The transition tag gives Miami the right to match any contract that Clay signs with another team. It's somewhat cheaper than the franchise tag, with the number for tight ends approximately $7.07 million. The Dolphins hope to sign Clay to a long-term deal, but this does leave open the possibility that the tight end could end up elsewhere. However, it would likely take an overpay to pry him away from the Dolphins.

Stephen Gostkowski (K, NE)

The Patriots used their franchise tag on Stephen Gostkowski, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.


Excellent on both field goals and kickoffs, Gostkowski is unquestionably one of the top two or three kickers, both in real life and for fantasy. There was never much doubt he'd return to New England, and the team's use of the franchise tag all but ensures that fate.

Jason Pierre-Paul received the Giants' franchise tag for the 2015 season Monday, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.


Pierre-Paul was expected to receive the tag if the two sides couldn't reach a long-term contract extension prior to the deadline. Since the latter hasn't materialized, the former has. It's likely that Pierre-Paul won't sign the tag right away as the two sides continue to negotiate for a longer deal. If that doesn't occur, the 26-year-old would end up making $14.8 million in 2015. Pierre-Paul finished the 2014 campaign with 12.5 sacks, 77 tackles, and three forced fumbles, which was much improved over the 2013 season, when he was only able to take the field in 11 of 16 games and start six.

Demaryius Thomas (W, Den)

Demaryius Thomas will receive the franchise tag from the Broncos on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.


Thomas is projected to make nearly $13 million for the 2015 season as part of the tag. The move will likely allow tight end Julius Thomas to test the free agent market, while keeping the Broncos' top wideout under team control for another season. Demaryius snagged 111 passes for 1,619 yards, both career-highs, and added 11 receiving touchdowns in 2014.

Justin Houston will receive the Chiefs' franchise tag for the 2015 season, ESPN.com reports.


Per the report, the franchise tender for linebackers in 2015 is expected to be in the $13 million range. Houston recorded a league-leading 22 sacks in 2014, falling a half-sack short of Michael Strahan's single-season record of 22.5. While Houston's franchise tag from the Chiefs is now is place, ESPN's Adam Teicher notes that the linebacker's situation remains fluid, given that Houston is not obliged to sign the tender. Ideally, the two sides will eventually agree on a long-term deal, and they have until July 15 to do so.

Ndamukong Suh will not receive the Lions' Franchise tag for the 2015 season.


Tagging Suh would have cost the Lions $26.9 million for the 2015 season, but the club decided the price was too steep to warrant the move. Instead, Suh will likely become a free agent and will be allowed to test the market. He finished the 2014 season with 8.5 sacks, a career-high 21 tackles and 37 quarterback hurries, and will likely demand a large contract as the top defensive tackle in free agency.

Ndamukong Suh will not receive the Lions' franchise tag for the 2015 season.


Tagging Suh would have cost the Lions $26.9 million for the 2015 season, but the club decided the price was too steep to warrant the move. Instead, he'll likely become a free agent and be allowed to test the market. He finished the 2014 season with 8.5 sacks, a career-high 21 tackles for loss and 37 quarterback hurries, and will likely demand a substantial contract as the top defensive tackle in free agency.

Travis Kelce will likely take on a bigger role in the offense in the 2015 season, following the release of Anthony Fasano on Thursday, Adam Teicher of ESPN reports.


Kelsey led the Chiefs with 67 catches and 862 receiving yards in 2014, tacking on an additional five receiving touchdowns. Fasano's departure leaves Kelsey, Demetrius Harris and Richard Gordon as the Chief's current top three tight ends. Kelsey heavily outperformed Fasano in 2014, despite a limited snap count, and his expanded role in the offense should make him one of the better options at tight end heading into the 2015 season.

The Raiders will release LaMarr Woodley, ESPN.com reports.


A torn bicep cut Woodley's 2014 campaign short, with the DE, who signed a two-year, $12 million deal with Oakland last offseason, having recorded just five tackles in six games as a Raider.

Scott Chandler finished the 2014 season with 47 catches on 70 targets for 497 yards and three scores.


Former coach Doug Marrone and coordinator Nathaniel Hackett never really figured out how to use the big Chandler effectively in the red zone; he put up just five TD catches combined the last two seasons after having six each in 2011 and 2012. The Bills had a pretty poor offense in 2014, and there's talk about the team either drafting or picking up a more explosive tight end for new coach Rex Ryan and coordinator Greg Roman to go with rising wideout Sammy Watkins. We'll see if the Bills improve the position, but if they do it would mean Chandler's dull fantasy line would be primed to move farther off the radar.