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Pierre Thomas    RB   Free Agent
 
The Saints have released Thomas, NFL.com reports.

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Carson Palmer    QB   Arizona Cardinals
 
Coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that Palmer is "about a month ahead of schedule" in his recovery from a torn ACL in his left knee, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

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Peyton Manning    QB   Denver Broncos
 
Manning is reportedly nearing an agreement to take a $4 million pay cut this coming season, ESPN.com reports.

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Jeff Tuel    QB   Buffalo Bills
 
Matt Cassel (foot) has been traded to the Bills from the Vikings. The teams have also exchanged undisclosed draft choices as part of the deal, which will become official next week. EJ Manuel, Cassel, and Tuel are currently the team's three quarterbacks ahead of free agency.

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EJ Manuel    QB   Buffalo Bills
 
Matt Cassel (foot) has been traded to the Bills from the Vikings. The teams have also exchanged undisclosed draft choices as part of the deal, which will become official next week. Cassel, Manuel, and Jeff Tuel are currently the team's three quarterbacks ahead of free agency.

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Matt Cassel    QB   Buffalo Bills
 
Cassel (foot) has been traded to the Bills from the Vikings. The teams have also exchanged undisclosed draft choices as part of the deal,(reportedly, the Vikings are getting the first of Buffalo's 2015 fifth-rounders as well as a 2016 seventh-round pick, while the Bills get Minnesota's 2015 sixth-rounder), which will become official next week.

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Well, if there's one team that's making headlines ahead of free agency it's been the Bills, who made a big splash Tuesday with a trade for LeSean McCoy. The Bills lost out on Josh McCown, so apparently they'll go with Cassel (and maybe one other still undetermined guy) to create some competition with an unproven EJ Manuel in camp this summer. Cassel, who missed most of last season with a broken foot after winning the starting job for the Vikings, heads to his fourth NFL team.
Andre Johnson    WR   Houston Texans
 
Johnson's agent Kennard McGuire relayed Wednesday that he has asked the Texans to release the veteran wideout, ESPN.com reports.

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C.J. Spiller    RB   Buffalo Bills
 
Spiller, about to become a free agent, appeared on the NFL Network on Tuesday and said he won't be returning to Buffalo. He also said the Bills called him and thanked him for his service following the reported LeSean McCoy trade, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.

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Kiko Alonso    LB   Philadelphia Eagles
 
Alonso has been traded to the Eagles in exchange for running back LeSean McCoy, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

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Alonso missed the entire 2014 NFL season after suffering a torn ACL in July, but the 24-year-old linebacker expects to be a full participant in training camp. The move -- which is slated to become official next week -- will reunite Alonso with his former college coach, Chip Kelly, and will also bolster an Eagles defense that finished in the bottom third of the league in total points allowed in 2014. Philadelphia also finished in the middle of the pack in terms of rushing yards allowed per game last season (119.9), but the addition of Alonso should help immensely in this area as well. The IDP outlook of Alonso doesn't change drastically, provided he retains his health throughout the duration of training camp.
LeSean McCoy    RB   Buffalo Bills
 
McCoy has been traded to Buffalo in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

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McCoy would have represented nearly a $12 million cap hit for the Eagles in 2015, but they'll instead ship him out of town in a move (which is slated to become official next week) that significantly bolsters their defense. The 26-year-old back was one of the top players taken in standard fantasy drafts in 2014, but he didn't really live up to that ADP, rushing for 1,319 yards and recording just five combined touchdowns. His projected fantasy value takes a bit of a hit in Buffalo, where a slower-paced team will mean fewer opportunities for touches. On the bright side, C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson are both on expiring contracts, so McCoy may be able to earn the elusive title of "feature" back. He'll still have to hold off Anthony Dixon and former teammate Bryce Brown for touches, however.
Jameis Winston    QB   Free Agent
 
Winston has an all-day meeting with Tampa Bay on Tuesday, ESPN.com reports.

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Brian Hartline    WR   Free Agent
 
Hartline is slated to visit the Browns on Tuesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

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Cole Beasley    WR   Dallas Cowboys
 
The Cowboys and Beasley have come to terms on a four-year, $13.6 million contract, the Dallas Morning News reports.

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

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

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

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

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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.