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    • Fri, Apr 20, 10:36am

      Gates remains unsigned, making it unclear if he plans to continue his career, Dan Woike of The Los Angeles Times reports.

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      Analysis: Gates indicated at the end of last season that he intended to return for another year, presumably planning to re-sign with the only team he's ever played for. Rather than immediately re-signing Gates at the start of the free agency period, the Chargers lured blocking specialist Virgil Green away from Denver. The team may be preparing to give Hunter Henry (abdomen) a typical starter's workload, after watching the 2016 second-round pick haul in 81 of 115 targets for 1,057 yards (9.2 per target) and 12 touchdowns in 29 games the past two years. Gates caught 83 of 144 targets for 864 yards (6.0 per target) and 10 scores in 30 games over that same period, proving to be far less efficient than his young teammate. He'll turn 38 in June and likely would have his role scaled back even further if he were to re-sign with the Chargers.

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    • Fri, Apr 20, 7:58am

      Snead, a restricted free agent, is signing a two-year offer sheet with the Ravens, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

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      Analysis: The contract is worth up to $10.4 million, though it may be back-loaded or heavy on incentives. Regardless, the Saints are unlikely to match the offer, considering they recently signed Cameron Meredith away from the Bears on a similar contract and then re-signed Brandon Coleman, per ESPN.com's Mike Triplett. Snead would fill a clear need in the slot in Baltimore, where Michael Crabtree and John Brown -- primarily perimeter receivers -- have already been signed to replace offseason departures Mike Wallace (Eagles), Jeremy Maclin (unsigned) and Michael Campanaro (Titans). Snead entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2014 and caught 141 passes for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns in 30 games between the 2015 and 2016 seasons, thriving alongside Drew Brees while primarily working the slot. The 25-year-old never reintegrated into the New Orleans offense after starting last season with a DUI suspension and then a hamstring injury, catching eight passes in 11 games. The Saints won't receive any compensation if they decline to match the contract, as they used an original-round tender on Snead. That in itself was a clear sign the team considered him expendable, as a second-round tender would've likely prevented offer sheets and only cost about $1 million more. The Saints have five days to make their decision official.

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    • Fri, Apr 20, 7:49am

      Cardinals coach Steve Wilks suggested that Reddick will play strong-side linebacker in the Cardinals' base defense, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

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      Analysis: Selected 13th overall in last year's draft, Reddick split time between inside and outside linebacker as a rookie in Arizona's 3-4 scheme, notching 36 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles across 445 defensive snaps (27.8 per game). He said in early April that he expected to play inside linebacker as the Cardinals transition to a 4-3 base defense, but it now seems Josh Bynes is ticketed for that role. While Reddick's versatility should come in handy for the Arizona defense, it won't necessarily lend itself to a three-down role or a plethora of pass-rushing opportunities. Chandler Jones and Markus Golden (knee) figure to serve as the primary edge rushers, assuming the latter recovers from a torn ACL in time for Week 1. Reddick should have a clear spot in the base defense, but he may need to compete with Golden or Bynes to earn snaps when the Cardinals deploy nickel formations.

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    • Fri, Apr 20, 7:10am

      Cohen said he added muscle in the offseason and is up to 190 pounds, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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      Analysis: Cohen checked in at 179 pounds ahead of last year's draft -- where he was a fourth-round pick -- and was listed at 181 for the regular season. Given that he's only 5-foot-6, his current weight likely falls in the upper range of where he can comfortably play without sacrificing too much speed. Cohen came out of the gate fast with at least four catches and 48 scrimmage yards in each of his first four games, but he ultimately finished the year with only 87 carries for 370 yards and two touchdowns and 53 catches for 353 yards and another score. New head coach Matt Nagy confirmed Jordan Howard's status as the lead back, but Cohen nonetheless figures to be a big part of the offense as the Bears look to open up their passing attack for Mitchell Trubisky's second season. In addition to competing with Benny Cunningham for playing time on passing downs, Cohen likely will push Howard for early-down work. Howard has been remarkably unreliable as a receiving option, dropping 12 of 82 targets (14.6 percent) in two NFL seasons.

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    • Thu, Apr 19, 5:13pm

      Jones is not partaking in the first week of Atlanta's voluntary offseason program while he attends the grand opening of his car dealership in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

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      Analysis: Jones missed the entirety of the team's 2017 offseason program due to foot surgery, so head coach Dan Quinn's announcement in March indicating that Jones would participate in this year's workouts was news well-received by every tier of the Falcons' organization. Quinn reported that there is no cause for concern regarding Jones being absent in the early going. "It's not mandatory," Quinn said this week from the team facility, "but we knew (he wasn't) going to be here." Jones' prompt return to workouts is expected, as he aims to continue building rapport with Matt Ryan and the rest of the receiving corps.

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    • Thu, Apr 19, 3:51pm

      McKay was released by the Bears on Thursday.

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      Analysis: McKay spent part of the 2017 season on the Bears' practice squad but never appeared in a regular season game. He'll look to make an opening day roster with another team in 2018.

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    • Thu, Apr 19, 3:41pm

      Brown signed a contract with the Bears on Thursday, Patrick Finley of The Chicago Sun Times reports.

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      Analysis: Brown didn't play in 2017 after being waived by Denver before the start of the regular season. He last saw regular season action while with the Ravens in 2015, recording 112 yards on 14 catches in 10 games. He'll be looking to get a spot near the bottom of the Bears' receiver depth chart in 2018.

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    • Thu, Apr 19, 3:19pm

      Freeney is officially retiring from the NFL and will do so as a Colt, Andrew Walker of the Colts' official site reports.

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      Analysis: Freeney played with the Colts from 2002 to 2012, recording 107.5 sacks in his 11 years with the team. In all, Freeney recorded 332 tackles, including 125.5 sacks in his 16 year NFL career. He spent the last five seasons bouncing between the Chargers, Cardinals, Falcons, Seahawks, and finally the Lions.

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    • Thu, Apr 19, 2:45pm

      Barnes was waived by the Lions on Thursday, Kyle Meinke of MLive reports.

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      Analysis: Barnes signed with the Loins as an undrafted free agent in 2016, logging seven games and six tackles in his career. Detroit brought in cornerbacks Deshawn Shead and Raysean Pringle -- and re-signed Nevin Lawson -- this offseason, so Barnes doesn't appear to be part of the Lions' plans moving forward. The 23-year-old will go through the league's waiver process, and become a free agent if he goes unclaimed.

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    • Thu, Apr 19, 2:19pm

      Williams signed a one-year contract with the Cardinals on Thursday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

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      Analysis: Williams played 15 games in 2017 -- five with the Jets and 10 with the Texans -- logging 18 tackles and one interception. The 27-year-old veteran will spend the offseason working to earn a rotational role with the Cardinals, who are in need of cornerback help across from Pro Bowler Patrick Peterson.

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