NFL Transaction Wire Blog (6/21-6/27)

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The rookie signings are continuing to pick up while veterans are being released around the NFL. Last Updated: Sunday at 2:43 PM ET.

Arizona Cardinals

Monday: WR Ed Gant suspended for the first four regular season games by the NFL for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs.

Comments: Gant is competing for the fourth receiver job, so this suspension won't help his cause.


Atlanta Falcons


Baltimore Ravens

Monday: Signed fifth-round pick DT Arthur Jones.

Tuesday: Signed S Ken Hamlin.

Wednesday: Agreed to terms on a one-year deal with QB Marc Bulger.

Thursday: Agreed to terms on a one-year deal with CB Walt Harris, agreed to contract terms with fifth-round pick WR David Reed.

Comments: Jones will likely play DE in Baltimore's 3-4 scheme. Hamlin will give the team insurance should starting FS Ed Reed have any issues with his lingering neck problem from previous seasons.

Bulger will assume the No. 2 job. Look for Troy Smith or John Beck to be traded or released possibly as early as before camps start. Harris should get a chance to compete for the nickel job in training camp. Reed figures to compete for the No. 5 WR job.


Buffalo Bills


Friday: Waived UDFA S Brett Johnson.


Carolina Panthers

Tuesday: Signed sixth-round pick QB Tony Pike.

Wednesday: Signed fourth-round pick LB Eric Norwood.

Comments: Pike likely compete for the No. 3 job against Hunter Cantwell.

Norwood projects best at SLB in Carolina's 4-3 defensive scheme or as a situational pass rusher.


Chicago Bears


Cincinnati Bengals

Tuesday: Waived WR Chris Davis.

Friday: Signed sixth-round pick WR Dezmond Briscoe.

Comments: Briscoe figures to challenge for the fourth or fifth receiver job in training camp.


Cleveland Browns


Dallas Cowboys

Tuesday: Waived K Connor Hughes, waived CB Marquis Floyd, waived UDFAs WR Rashaun Greer, TE Nick Tow-Arnett.


Denver Broncos


Detroit Lions

Tuesday: Claimed UDFA LB Lee Campbell off waivers from the New York Giants, waived UDFA LS Sam Scroggins.

Friday: Waived WR Marko Mitchell, signed fourth-round pick OT Jason Fox.

Comments: Campbell will likely compete for a job in back of second-year MLB DeAndre Levy. Fox should wind up getting a chance to eventually supplant long-time starting LT Jeff Backus.


Green Bay Packers

Wednesday: Signed fifth-round pick OL Marshall Newhouse, signed sixth-round pick RB James Starks, signed seventh-round pick DE E.J. Wilson,

Comments: Newhouse, if he makes the final roster coming out of the preseason, figures to give the team some badly needed depth at guard. Starks, although he didn't play in 2009, has a lot of upside and talent, and could seriously challenge for the No. 2 job against Brandon Jackson. Wilson figures to challenge for the fourth DE job in training camp.


Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs


Miami Dolphins

Thursday: Signed fourth-round pick LB A.J. Edds.

Friday: Signed fifth-round pick CB Nolan Carroll, signed seventh-round pick LB Austin Spitler.

Comments: Edds, who is capable of playing inside or outside, was seeing time at ILB during recent OTA practices. Carroll figures to challenge for the fourth or fifth cornerback job in training camp. Spitler should get a shot to compete for the No. 4 ILB job.


Minnesota Vikings


New England Patriots

Wednesday: Re-signed exclusive rights LB Gary Guyton.

Thursday: Waived UDFA RB Pat Paschall.


New Orleans Saints

Monday: Released DE Bobby McCray, waived CB Glenn Sharpe, released WR Roy Hall from IR with an injury settlement.

Friday: Signed WR Joe Horn.

Comments: McCray was slated to be a backup and was due $3.25 million in total compensation (base salary and roster bonus), so his job became expendable.

Horn signed a ceremonial one-day contract and will eventually go to the team's reserve/retirement list.


New York Giants

Monday: Waived P Jy Bond, waived TE Carson Butler, waived UDFA LBs Lee Campbell and Micah Johnson.

Tuesday: Signed fourth-round pick LB Phillip Dillard, signed sixth-round pick LB Adrian Tracy.

Wednesday: Signed fifth-round pick G Mitch Petrus, signed seventh-round pick P Matt Dodge, claimed WR Chris Davis off waivers from the Cincinnati Bengals.

Thursday: Waived UDFA QB Riley Skinner.

Comments: Dillard, who signed a four-year, $2.28 million deal with just shy of $493,000 guaranteed, should get a true shot to compete for the starting MLB job in training camp.

Tracy, who signed a four-year deal worth just over $1.89 million with roughly $105,000 guaranteed, figures to compete for playing time at SLB.

Petrus, who signed a four-year deal worth roughly $1.98 million with just over $191,000 guaranteed, because of depth issues, has an excellent chance to make the team coming out of the preseason.

Dodge,who signed a four-year deal worth $1.85 million with just over $59,000 guaranteed, is expected to handle the punting duties this season. Veteran P Jeff Feagles retired recently and P Jy Bond was waived, paving the way for Dodge to take over.

A source said no other teams put in a waiver claim for Davis. He could wind up challenging for a role as a kickoff or punt returner.


New York Jets

Tuesday: Signed fourth-round pick RB Joe McKnight.

Comments: Look for him to be used in a similar fashion to how the coaches used RB Leon Washington in recent seasons. That's out of the backfield in space.


Oakland Raiders

Philadelphia Eagles

Pittsburgh Steelers


San Diego Chargers

Monday: Waived UDFAs FB Cory Jackson and FB Cory Jackson, waived S Kevin Ellison, released DT Ian Scott.

Thursday: Signed fourth-round pick S Darrell Stuckey, signed seventh-round pick TE Dedrick Epps.

Comments: Ellison's release likely is tied to an off-the-field incident from last month. Stuckey will get a chance to compete for the starting strong safety job which was vacated when Ellison was waived. Epps is a long-shot to make the 53-man roster coming out of training camp because the team is deep at tight end.


San Francisco 49ers


Seattle Seahawks

Tuesday: Claimed S Kevin Ellison off waivers from the San Diego Chargers, waived UDFA DE Will Tukuafu.

Thursday: Waived S Kevin Ellison (failed physical), waived UDFA DT Barrett Moen, signed DT Jonathan Lewis.

Comments: It's not known what the injury was that wound up failing Ellison, but it's apparent that the Seahawks are looking for help at strong safety.


St. Louis Rams

Monday: Re-signed exclusive rights free agents: OT Ryan Mckee, WR Jordan Kent, LB Larry Grant.

Tuesday: Re-signed exclusive rights free agents: DE C.J. Ah You, S David Roach.

Wednesday: Re-signed S O.J. Atogwe.

Friday: Placed WR Isaac Bruce on the reserve/retirement list.

Comments: Atogwe, who signed a multi-year deal, didn't receive much interest in free agency because of his age and because of the seriousness of his shoulder injury.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Wednesday: Signed C Donovan Raiola, waived C Jeff Tow-Arnett.


Tennessee Titans


Washington Redskins


Monday: Waived/injured WR Marques Hagans.

Tuesday: Placed WR Marques Hagans on IR.

Friday: Waived WR Marques Hagans from IR with an injury settlement.


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