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[April 07, 2014]  NFL player notes:

Buffalo Bills: Rivers, Keith

LB Keith Rivers was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Bills from the Giants March 15.

Buffalo Bills: Spikes, Brandon

LB Brandon Spikes was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Bills from the Patriots March 15.

Indianapolis Colts: Nicks, Hakeem

WR Hakeem Nicks was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Colts from the Giants March 15.

Kansas City Chiefs: Walker, Vance

DT Vance Walker was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Chiefs from the Raiders March 15.

Kansas City Chiefs: Zombo, Frank

LB Frank Zombo re-signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Chiefs March 15.

Miami Dolphins: Smith, Shelley

G Shelley Smith was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Dolphins from the Rams March 15.

New England Patriots: Browner, Brandon

CB Brandon Browner was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Patriots from the Seahawks March 15.


Oakland Raiders: Brown, Tarell

CB Tarell Brown was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Raiders from the 49ers March 15.

Oakland Raiders: McFadden, Darren

RB Darren McFadden was re-signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Raiders March 15.

Oakland Raiders: Smith, Antonio

DT Antonio Smith was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Raiders from the Texans March 15.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Thomas, Cam

DL Cam Thomas was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Steelers from the Chargers March 15.

San Diego Chargers: Ghee, Brandon

CB Brandon Ghee was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Chargers from the Bengals March 15.

San Francisco 49ers: Cook, Chris

CB Chris Cook was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the 49ers from the Vikings March 15.

Tennessee Titans: Oher, Michael

T Michael Oher was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Titans from the Ravens March 15.

Washington Redskins: Porter, Tracy

CB Tracy Porter was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Redskins from the Raiders March 15.

Cleveland Browns: Tate, Ben

RB Ben Tate was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Browns from the Texans March 15.

Denver Broncos: Sanders, Emmanuel

WR Emmanuel Sanders was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Broncos from the Steelers March 16.

New York Giants: Demps, Quintin

S Quintin Demps was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Giants from the Chiefs March 16.

New York Giants: Thurmond, Walter

CB Walter Thurmond was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Giants from the Seahawks March 16.

Carolina Panthers: Dockery, James

CB James Dockery was re-signed by the Browns March 17.


Green Bay Packers: Guion, Letroy

DL Letroy Guion was signed by the Packers March 17.

New England Patriots: Revis, Darrelle

CB Darrelle Revis was signed by the Patriots March 17.

New York Giants: Paysinger, Spencer

LB Spencer Paysinger signed his restricted free-agent tender with the Giants March 17.

Arizona Cardinals: McCann, Bryan

CB Bryan McCann re-signed as an unrestricted by the Cardinals March 17.

Baltimore Ravens: Smith, Daryl

LB Daryl Smith re-signed as an unrestricted with the Ravens March 17.

Carolina Panthers: Williams, Jason

LB Jason Williams re-signed as an unrestricted with the Panthers March 17.

Chicago Bears: Tillman, Charles

CB Charles Tillman re-signed as an unrestricted with the Bears March 17.

Cincinnati Bengals: Mays, Taylor

S Taylor Mays re-signed as an unrestricted with the Bengals March 17.

New England Patriots: LaFell, Brandon

WR Brandon LaFell was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Patriots from the Panthers March 17.

New Orleans Saints: Strief, Zach

T Zach Strief re-signed as an unrestricted with the Saints March 17.


Philadelphia Eagles: Allen, Nate

S Nate Allen re-signed as an unrestricted with the Eagles March 17.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Whimper, Guy

T Guy Whimper re-signed as an unrestricted with the Steelers March 17.

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San Diego Chargers: Ajirotutu, Seyi

WR Seyi Ajirotutu re-signed as an unrestricted with the Chargers March 17.

San Diego Chargers: Clemens, Kellen

QB Kellen Clemens was signed as an unrestricted by the Chargers from the Rams March 17.

San Diego Chargers: Marshall, Richard

CB Richard Marshall re-signed as an unrestricted with the Chargers March 17.

Seattle Seahawks: Hauschka, Steven

K Steven Hauschka re-signed as an unrestricted with the Seahawks March 17.

Philadelphia Eagles: Knott, Jake

LB Jake Knott, who made the roster last season as an undrafted free agent and played 12 games, has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2014 season.

In a statement released by the Eagles, Knott said, "Several weeks ago, I was shocked to learn that I tested positive for a stimulant that is banned by the NFL. I have never knowingly ingested a banned substance, but like most players, I take nutritional supplements. Unfortunately, I now know that supplements are not regulated and thus may contain things that are not listed on the label. The NFL policy is very strict, so I have chosen to take immediate responsibility.

"I look forward to participating in team workouts, training camp and the preseason with my team. During the suspension, I will work extremely hard to stay in top football shape and be ready to contribute immediately upon my return. I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, my family and fans for the impact of my mistake on the team."

New Orleans Saints: Bailey, Champ

CB Champ Bailey agreed to a two-year contract with the New Orleans Saints Friday (April 4).

Bailey, 35, has been named to the Pro Bowl 12 times, but the Denver Broncos released him after the 2013 season. A foot injury limit his effectiveness last season while he played in only five games. He started three games and played in all three playoff games, including one start.


"We are excited to be able to add a future Hall of Fame player with the addition of Champ Bailey," Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said in a statement. "His career accomplishments mirror that of his high character and he's a very prideful and competitive player who we believe will add to our defense. Having spent time with him recently and in our discussions with him, I know that he's thrilled to be joining the New Orleans Saints and starting a new chapter in his professional life."

Bailey has said he would be willing to play safety for another team, but the Saints need help at corner.

They signed Jairus Byrd for a safety spot alongside Kenny Vaccaro, but they were looking for a corner after releasing Jabari Greer.

Bailey said, "We're all on the same page and we all have the same goal in mind and that's to win a championship. The Saints are very close. You look at, coach Payton took a year off, came back and they got in the playoffs, and won a game. They're very close. I think any time you have a guy like Drew Brees calling the shots on offense, you're always going to have a shot. Then, you put a good defense in with that and you give yourself a better shot. They've got all the pieces, so hopefully I'm another piece to help them get to where we want to go."

Despite the fact he will be 36 in June, Bailey said, "I have a little more to my game, I believe, especially mentally. I can see things a lot easier, a lot of things come up that I've had experience with. That only helps your game."

Buffalo Bills: Williams, Mike

WR Mike Williams was traded by the Buccaneers to the Bills Friday (April 4) for a sixth-round pick in this year's draft.

Williams made at least 63 catches in each of his first three seasons in the NFL but a hamstring injury limited him to just 22 receptions for 216 yards in six games last year.

New coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht were concerned about a number of incidents off the field involving Williams during this offseason. He was arrested, sued by neighbors for his conduct at a house he rented, and his brother was charged with stabbing him in the leg during an attack.

"We thank Mike for his contributions to the Buccaneers over the last four seasons," Licht said in a statement. "At this time, we felt this was best for both sides and we wish Mike well going forward."


Williams, who is from the Buffalo area, is reunited with Bills coach Doug Marrone. Williams played for Marrone at Syracuse in 2009 and was a fourth-round draft pick of the Bucs in 2010.

Marrone kicked Williams off the team in 2010 after getting into a car accident after the team's curfew. He was also suspended for academic reasons in 2008.

"Mike Williams is a competitive, tough wide receiver who has the size and athleticism to add competition to our receiver position group," Marrone said in a statement.

"We feel Mike is a player who has the ability to help our team improve. With regard to our time at Syracuse, I feel that is in the past for both of us. Today, Mike has an opportunity to get a fresh start to his career here in his hometown and regain his form as a productive player in the National Football League. We look forward to getting Mike into the facility and start our work preparing for the 2014 season once the players are free to report on April 22."

In four NFL seasons, Williams has 215 catches for 2,947 yards with 25 touchdowns.

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