Free agent defensive end Michael Bennett is returning to Seattle after agreeing to a multi-year deal with the Super Bowl champion Seahawks.
Analysis: Terms of the contract were not immediately available on Monday. Bennett was considered one of the top free agents in the NFL after a breakout season with the Seahawks where he led the team in sacks and proved a versatile option as a defensive end and defensive tackle.
The Associated Press is reporting the Pittsburgh Steelers will part ways with linebacker LaMarr Woodley. The 29-year-old Woodley will be designated a post-June 1 salary cap cut, but will be allowed to sign with another team when the new league year begins Tuesday afternoon.
Analysis: Woodley signed a six-year, $61 million contract in 2011, but has struggled to remain healthy. He missed at least three games in each of the last three seasons.
Reid faces misdemeanor charges following a fight at a strip club in Key West, Florida.
Analysis: Key West police say the fight broke out early Sunday at the Red Garter strip club when 21-year-old Edmond Mussa bumped into Reid. The two then exchanged words and 25-year-old Reid head-butted Mussa. Police say Reid continued attacking Mussa until he fell on the ground. He then began kicking Mussa. When a security guard tried to break up the fight, Reid punched him in the face.
Chicago announced Sunday it agreed to a one-year deal with Collins.
Analysis: Collins appeared in five games last season and made two starts before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He had a career-high 13 tackles. Collins is entering his fifth season in the NFL and third with the Bears.
Mendenhall is retiring from the NFL at the age of 26. Agent Mike McCartney confirmed via Twitter on Sunday that Mendenhall had decided to end his playing career after six NFL seasons, all but one of them with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Analysis: Mendenhall, the Steelers' first-round draft pick and 23rd overall selection out of Illinois in 2008, gained 4,326 career yards, averaging 3.9 yards per carry. After signing a free-agent contract with Arizona, he was hampered by a toe injury much of last season and was most effective down the stretch. Mendenhall finished with a team-high 687 yards in 217 carries. Mendenhall had consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons for the Steelers in 2009 and 2010. A knee injury limited him to six games with Pittsburgh in 2012.
Two people with direct knowledge of the deal tell The Associated Press that Minnesota defensive end Everson Griffen has agreed to terms on a five-year contract to stay with the team. The people spoke to the AP on Sunday on condition of anonymity because the Vikings haven't announced the deal.
Analysis: Griffen's contract is worth up to $42.5 million and he's guaranteed $20 million, the people with knowledge of the deal said.
The New York Jets have released cornerback Antonio Cromartie, a decision that saves the team millions of dollars under its salary cap. Cromartie was entering the final year of his four-year deal and was scheduled to cost the Jets' cap $14.98 million this season - including a $5 million roster bonus that would kick in later this month. There's a chance the Jets could bring back Cromartie at a lesser salary, unless the two-time Pro Bowl selection chooses to explore free agency.
Analysis: The 29-year-old Cromartie is coming off perhaps his worst season as he struggled with a hip ailment for most of the year while continuing to play as the Jets' No. 1 cornerback.
Shields has agreed to re-sign with the Packers, keeping one of the top free-agent cornerbacks this offseason off the market. Shields' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed the four-year NFL veteran agreed to a four-year, $39 million deal with a $12.5 million signing bonus.
Analysis: Undrafted out of Miami in 2010, Shields has emerged to combine with Tramon Williams to provide a solid corner tandem in Green Bay. He had 61 tackles with four interceptions and 16 passes defended last season. Pro Football Talk first reported the deal. This could be a busy offseason for the Packers, who are looking to add playmakers to a defense that slipped in the second half.
The Jacksonville Jaguars and free agent defensive tackle Red Bryant have reached agreement on a four-year contract. The deal Saturday will reunite Bryant with his former Seattle coordinator, Jaguars coach Gus Bradley.
Analysis: Jacksonville is looking to upgrade its talent along both lines of scrimmage, and getting the run-stuffing Bryant gives the team a strong start to free agency. Jacksonville already re-signed quarterback Chad Henne to a two-year, $8 million deal. Bryant turns 30 next month. He spent six years in Seattle, making 121 tackles. He began his career as a defensive tackle but moved to end in 2010. He missed one game over the past three seasons, recording 87 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and two interceptions in that time.
Stuckey and the San Diego Chargers have agreed to a new contract that keeps the safety and special teams standout from hitting the free-agent market. Stuckey tweeted that it was a four-year deal. The Chargers said only that it was a multiyear deal.
Analysis: Stuckey was special teams captain last season. He's the second potential unrestricted free agent to remain with the Chargers. Inside linebacker Donald Butler agreed on Feb. 28 to a deal that could be worth more than $51 million over seven years, with the final four years tied to a club option. In his tweet, Stuckey says, "The future is bright."
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released veteran guard Davin Joseph, a mainstay on their offensive line over the past eight seasons.
Analysis: The 30-year-old Joseph was a first-round draft pick out of Oklahoma in 2006, the 23rd overall selection. He started 99 of 100 games he appeared in with the Bucs, who are coming off a 4-12 finish in 2013. New general manager Jason Licht said in a statement it was not an easy decision to part with Joseph, a two-time Pro Bowl selection. The GM added every move the Bucs make leading up to the start of the free agency signing period will be made with "the intention of improving our roster and building towards becoming a championship team." Joseph was due to earn $6 million next season.
The New York Jets and tight end Jeff Cumberland have agreed to terms on a new contract. The Jets announced the move Saturday, but did not release terms. It's believed to be for three years, according to published reports.
Analysis: Cumberland, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent Tuesday, led the Jets last season with a career-high four touchdown receptions. He also had a career-best 398 yards receiving on 26 catches in his fourth NFL season. Cumberland, a former wide receiver at Illinois, signed with the Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He has developed into a key part of New York's offense while starting 24 games the past two seasons. Cumberland has 58 career catches for 795 yards and seven touchdowns.
Bryant says he's been medically cleared to play after a health scare.
Analysis: Bryant underwent an operation in December to correct an irregular heartbeat. His season ended with four games left because of a rapid heartbeat, a condition he has known about for several years and had been treated for in the past. On Friday, Bryant posted a message on his Twitter account, saying "the doctor gave me full clearance and I am currently preparing for a very successful 2014 season!"
The agent for defensive end Jared Allen says his client is looking forward to free agency, but he is not interested in a role as a situational pass rusher.
Analysis: Ken Harris tells The Associated Press that Allen has put together a list of priorities as the negotiating period is set to open Saturday. They include ability to contend for a championship in the next three to four years, a coaching staff that he meshes well with, and "a fair" contract. Harris declined to put a specific dollar figure on what Allen wants to make. Allen has spent the last six years with the Minnesota Vikings. He had 11 1/2 sacks last season and leads all defensive ends in sacks since he entered the league in 2004. Allen made $17 million in 2013.
A person familiar with the situation says Sproles has been informed that the Saints will release him if they are unable to trade him before free agency begins.
Analysis: The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the club's decision, first reported by NFL.com, has not been made public. New Orleans' decision to part with Sproles is the latest in a series of cost-cutting moves, including Friday's release of receiver Lance Moore.