QRicardo Allen S ATL (8) 6 hours ago
Allen (Achilles) returned to the practice field Thursday for speed and agility drills, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Allen suffered a torn Achilles during Atlanta's Week 3 loss to New Orleans, forcing a premature conclusion to his fifth pro campaign, and spelling disaster for a Falcons' secondary that had already seen Keanu Neal (knee) go down for the year during the season opener. The 27-year-old Allen racked up 90 tackles and two interceptions during the magical Super Bowl run of 2016, but with him inactive for 13 games in 2018 the defense limped to a 27th-place finish against the pass. The front office has already jettisoned a couple of defensive backs from the 2018 cast -- including Robert Alford and Brian Poole -- but with the incipient return of Allen and Neal to the active lineup, plus a potential addition or two to the secondary via the draft, Atlanta remains optimistic that a vast improvement could be in store for this unit.
Curtis Riley CB FA 11 hours ago
Riley visited with the Bengals on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Some teams have shown interest in Riley, though the young safety has been weighing all of his options before deciding on a final free agency destination. He's coming off a 2018 season that saw him record 75 tackles and four interceptions while starting all 16 games for the Giants. If he does sign with the Bengals he'll likely slot in as one of the teams starting safeties.
Stephen Gostkowski K FA 11 hours ago
The Patriots and Gostkowski are making progress with negotiations on a new contract, Tom E. Curran of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Despite finishing in the top 10 in points scored 11 times in his 13 seasons, Gostkowski wasn't extended the franchise tag by the deadline like he was in 2015. The Patriots' decision left him free to explore all options once the new league year started March 13, but it appears as if he'll stick with the only organization he's ever known.
Bryan Cox DE CAR (4) 11 hours ago
Cox signed a contract with the Panthers on Thursday.
Cox has served as a backup defensive lineman for the Panthers through his first-two seasons, totaling 16 tackles and a fumble recovery across 18 games in that span. He'll figure to operate as a depth lineman and special teams player once again in 2019.
Marcus Sherels CB FA 11 hours ago
Sherels signed a one-year contract with the Saints on Thursday, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Sherels had spent his entire nine-year career with the Vikings prior to signing with the Saints. A backup for most of his career, he'll figure to provide the Saints secondary depth while also contributing on special teams.
Mike Hull LB MIA (11) 11 hours ago
Hull signed a contract with the Dolphins on Thursday, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports.
Hull joined the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and has been a backup linebacker for the team ever since. He missed the first eight games of 2018 due to a knee injury and was only able to record nine tackles (seven solo) in eight contests once he returned. He'll likely be a depth linebacker and special teams player once again in 2019.
Josh Tupou DT CIN (9) 12 hours ago
Tupou signed a one-year contract with Cincinnati on Thursday.
Tupou was tendered by the Bengals earlier in March and his signing was expected. He's coming off an injury shortened season that saw him record nine tackles (six solo) in six games. Healthy once again, he'll look to carve out a larger role for himself in 2019.
QJordan Devey OAK (7) 12 hours ago
Devey (pectoral) signed a contract with the Raiders on Thursday.
Devey joins the Raiders after spending the last-three seasons in Kansas City. He's been a backup lineman through his first-five seasons and likely will serve as a backup for Oakland in 2019.
James O'Shaughnessy TE JAC (9) 12 hours ago
O'shaughnessy signed a contract with Jacksonville on Thursday, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site reports.
O'Shaughnessy will be entering his fifth season in 2019 and his third with the Jaguars. He hasn't had much of a roll in the passing game thus far in his career. He recorded 214 yards on 24 catches, both career highs, while playing in 14 games last season. He'll likely operate as a blocker and backup tight end once again in 2019.
QRicky Seals-Jones TE ARI (9) 12 hours ago
Seals-Jones (neck) officially signed his one-year tender with the Cardinals on Thursday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
With just two accrued seasons, Seals-Jones was an exclusive rights free agent and didn't have any choice but to re-sign with the Cardinals. So far this offseason, management has exchanged one veteran tight end (Jermaine Gresham) for another (Charles Clay). Clay has a track record as a modest pass-catching option, but Seals-Jones has shown promise in his career, including 11.8 YPC and four touchdowns on his 46 career receptions.