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Casey Matthews agreed to terms with the Vikings on Tuesday, Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Impact

Matthews played 16 total games in each of his first four seasons in the league and racked up a career-best 53 combined tackles in 2014. He'll compete for a starting gig in an already-formidable group of Minnesota linebackers.

Letroy Guion will avoid criminal charges stemming from his Feb. 3 arrest, the Green Bay Press Gazette reports.

Impact

Guion's case originally included felony possession of marijuana charges, but these will be dropped following a no-contest plea agreement with local authorities. The defensive tackle remains unsigned for 2015, but should still see an opportunity to earn a role with a team, though a potential personal-conduct-policy suspension may hurt his chances. Signing with the Packers (who he played for in 2014) remains a possibility.

Mason Foster signed a one-year deal with the Bears on Tuesday, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Impact

Foster spent his first four seasons with the Buccaneers, where he accumulated a total of 343 combined tackles and six sacks. He was limited to just 10 games in 2014 due to an Achilles injury, which is primarily responsible for his career-low tackle totals. Foster, now presumably healthy, should make an immediate bid to earn a starting linebacker gig in Chicago.

Taylor Mays agreed to a one-year contract with Minnesota, ESPN 1500 AM Twin Cities reports.

Impact

Mays played for head coach Mike Zimmer when Zimmer was defensive coordinator of the Bengals from 2011 to 2013. He could start next to Harrison Smith at safety.

Colts head coach Chuck Pagano made comments indicating that the team expects Frank Gore to handle a heavy workload in 2015, CSN Bay Area reports. "He's a tough, hard-nosed, every-down back. He can play all three downs," Pagano said of Gore. "I don't think we would've gone after him and made the investment and made the decision to bring him in if we didn't feel that way."

Impact

While it's no secret that the Colts plan to use Gore as their primary back for early downs, it's somewhat less clear how the passing-down work will be split up. Gore has an excellent reputation as a pass blocker, but he didn't catch many balls over his final few seasons in San Francisco, while Dan Herron did nice work for the Colts in that department during the team's playoff run.

Dolphins general manager John Hickey said Louis Delmas (knee) may be ready for full participation by June minicamp, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Impact

Despite suffering a torn ACL in early December, Delmas received a one-year, $3.5 million contract from the Dolphins. The team is clearly confident that the veteran safety will be ready by Week 1, with that sentiment echoed by Delmas himself. Still, it's best not to assume he will be ready, given that he'll be just 10 months removed from the injury. If healthy, he figures to start at free safety again.

Akeem Dent re-signed with the Texans on Tuesday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Impact

While Dent has started 27 games over the last three years, he has never recorded more than 42 tackles or 1.5 sacks in a single season. He'll provide depth at inside linebacker but probably won't enter training camp as a projected starter.

Lavelle Hawkins signed with the British Columbia Lions of the CFL on Tuesday, Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports.

Impact

Hawkins was out of the NFL in 2014 after working mostly as a special teamer with the Chargers in 2013. He has 71 career receptions for just 771 yards and one touchdown, with most of that production coming for the Titans back in 2011. Now 28 years old, Hawkins is unlikely to resurface in the NFL.

Charles Clay said he will be an every-down player in 2015.

Impact

This borders on being too obvious to mention, as the Bills lack other attractive options at tight end, and they just gave Clay a five-year, $38 million contract. It's only worth passing along because Clay doesn't have a great reputation as a run blocker, which is a pretty important skill on a team that lacks talent at quarterback. That reputation is probably overblown, as it's pretty clear that the threat of Clay's receiving is more important than whatever additional blocking chops the team's backup tight ends would bring to the table on early downs. Clay will have a big role in the offense, but the Bills may struggle to move the ball while deploying lousy quarterbacks behind a shaky offensive line, despite having a skill-position group that features LeSean McCoy, Fred Jackson, Sammy Watkins, Percy Harvin and Robert Woods, in addition to Clay.

Ray McDonald has reached an agreement with the Bears, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports.

Impact

McDonald was released by the 49ers in November, a few months after being arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. He ultimately wasn't charged with anything, but the 49ers released a statement making it quite clear that off-field issues were to blame for his release. McDonald started 14 or more games in each of the past four seasons, averaging 28 tackles and 3.6 sacks. He probably won't be an IDP option, but based on talent alone, he should be able to earn a starting job in Chicago.

Stephen Bowen signed with the Jets on Tuesday, Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News reports.

Impact

The 30-year-old Bowen has started 56 games in his career, but with Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson entrenched as the Jets' starting defensive ends, Bowen will be limited to a reserve role in 2015. The veteran has not recorded a sack since 2012.

Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said the team needs to use Ladarius Green more in 2015, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Impact

Green was a popular breakout candidate in 2014, but he ended up catching just 19 passes for 226 yards and no touchdowns, while Antonio Gates had 69 receptions for 821 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Chargers may want to get Green more involved, but the team still has Gates, Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd, with Stevie Johnson replacing Eddie Royal. There are plenty of mouths to feed, and while Green obviously isn't lacking for athleticism, he's the least proven of the bunch.

Browns coach Mike Pettine said he expects Johnny Manziel to be with the team when offseason workouts begin Apr. 20, NFL.com's Marc Sessler reports.

Impact

Pettine also said that it isn't set in stone, so there's still some chance Manziel won't be ready for the start of workouts. Either way, Manziel should be ready long before the summer, and he'll likely get a chance to compete with Josh McCown at training camp. Manziel has been in a treatment center since early February.

Jets head coach Todd Bowles said Geno Smith will get the first-team reps at the start of training camp, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Impact

Bowles said it will be up to Smith to keep the job, which in this case means fending off Ryan Fitzpatrick (leg). Smith had a huge game against the Dolphins to close out the 2014 campaign, but Fitzpatrick had the better overall season, despite being benched by the Texans. The veteran should have plenty of time to recover from the fractured leg he suffered in December.

Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Marcus Mariota will be the immediate starter if he is drafted by Tennessee, USA Today's Jim Corbett reports.

Impact

The Titans have previously indicated that they're content to move forward with Zach Mettenberger, but if they do end up selecting Mariota, the rookie would likely jump right in as the starter. While the Titans have frequently been connected with USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams, it suits their interests to maintain the perception that they may draft Mariota.

Jarvis Jenkins agreed to a one-year contract with the Bears on Tuesday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Impact

A former second-round draft pick, Jenkins recorded 75 tackles and two sacks in three seasons with the Redskins. The Bears are still hurting for defensive talent, but Jenkins is unlikely to earn a starting job.

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday that Jadeveon Clowney's rehab from knee surgery hit a high point last week, Drew Dougherty of HoustonTexans.com reports.

Impact

The December procedure came with a nine-month timetable, leaving Clowney questionable to be ready for Week 1. He's still a candidate to break out in year two, as the serious nature of his knee issue goes a long way in explaining why his rookie season was so underwhelming.

Adrian Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said Monday that his client doesn't want to play for the Vikings. "I don't think it's in Adrian's best interest to play in Minnesota. Why would it be?" Ben Dogra told ESPN.

Impact

The Peterson drama takes another turn, but the overall dynamics haven't changed. Peterson is reluctant to return to the Vikings after he felt that some in the organization were not supporting him when the team worked with the NFL to put him on the commissioner's exempt list last September. However, the Vikings maintain they want him to play for the team in 2015 and will not release him. He could be trying to force a trade or obtain a contract extension. Peterson is under contract for $13 million in 2015 and doesn't have any guaranteed money beyond 2015. The Vikings may be playing coy in order to trade Peterson before the NFL Draft, so the drama could continue into April. Peterson remains on the restricted list from his suspension in November after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault for disciplining his child with a switch. His suspension was overturned by a federal judge in February who asked the NFL to rework his suspension to follow previous protocol for personal conduct punishment, but the NFL hasn't issued a new ruling. Peterson is eligible for reinstatement from his suspension on Apr. 15, but that deadline isn't an obstacle for the Vikings to make any transaction for him in the offseason.

J.J. Watt has agreed to a restructured contract, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Impact

Most of Watt's 2015 base salary will convert into a signing bonus, creating cap space for the Texans this season at the expense of cap space over the following few seasons. Watt should be in for another huge season, and he's a perpetual favorite for Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Deveron Carr signed with the Colts on Monday, Jenna Laine of FOX Sports reports.

Impact

Carr earned a spot on the roster after impressing the Colts during the inaugural Veteran's Combine. However, he is slated for an ancillary role during the 2015 season and is better left untouched as a result.