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Cardinals TE John Carlson announces his retirement.

In a seven year career, Carlson caught 210 passes for 2,256 yards and 15 touchdowns. He played for three different organizations: the Seahawks, Vikings and most recently, the Arizona Cardinals. He retired at the age of 30 and Troy Niklas seems to be the team's tight end this year with Carlson's retirement. Analysis: Colby Conway

Philip Rivers says trade talk didn’t come from his side.

This whole situation has been much to do about nothing. Rivers said he planned to play out his contract which expires after 2015 instead of sign an extension which caused rumors to swirl. "A lot of moving parts and lots to think about. Location, family, team … All I can say at this point regarding an extension is I’m willing to listen to anything. I’m also willing to play it out. I’m just fired up to be the Chargers QB in 2015," Rivers said. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Browns head coach Mike Pettine said on a radio interview "it’s fair to say" Josh McCown is the favorite to start entering training camp.

Whether it's McCown or Johnny Manziel is probably irrelevant as this team is still in shambles no matter who plays the part of the rudder. Obviously the team's goal is to have Manziel be their quarterback of the future, but he obviously still has much to learn. McCown is more than capable of driving this team to a last-place finish and with such a limited group of offensive weapons, won't be a useful asset, not even in two-quarterback leagues. Analysis: Howard Bender

Alabama prosecutors are dismissing charges against NFL linebacker Rolando McClain stemming from his arrest in a park in his hometown in 2013.

McClain was convicted on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in city court last year and appealed to state court for another trial. The case was set for trial May 18 when prosecutors asked the court to dismiss the charges. No reason is given in court documents. Perhaps teams will take some interest in the free agent now. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Patriots are releasing CB Alfonzo Dennard.

Dennard played a limited amount in the Patriots' secondary, making only 15 tackles and being placed on IR before the playoffs started. With Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner leaving New England, Dennard figured for an increase in time, but apparently the Pats have different thoughts. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Colts WR Kadron Boone was waived on Monday.

Boone was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent last season. He was released by the Eagles and then later signed by the Rams to their practice. After signing with the Colts, he spent the rest of the playoff run on the team's practice squad. He will likely latch on another team's practice squad. Analysis: Colby Conway

Colts DE Gannon Conway was waived on Monday.

Conway was signed by the Dolphins as undrafted free agent in 2014. He will likely be a regular practice squad player for the team who signs him, therefore, he gathers no fantasy value in even the deepest of IDP leagues. Analysis: Colby Conway

Colts T Matt Hall was waived on Monday.

Hall latched on with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent last year. After being by the Vikings in July, the Colts signed him and the injured reserve became his home. He will be looking to latch on with another team this season, but he is nothing more than depth on the offensive line. Analysis: Colby Conway

Bengals T Cedric Ogbuehi (knee) could start the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

The Bengals' first round pick suffered a torn right ACL in the Liberty Bowl. His rehab from the surgery is ongoing, and while he might not start out the season on the active roster, things could change depending on his rate of healing. If he is on the PUP list to begin the season, he would not be able to play until after the sixth game of the season, so a quicker rehab would be ideal for the Bengals and their offensive line. Analysis: Ivar G. Anderson

Texans have agreed to a four-year deal with outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus.

When taken in the first round of the 2012 draft, the Texans expected more sack production out of Mercilus, but similarly to what happened with the Cowboys and Anthony Spencer years ago, they found out that he has some serious value in the run stuffing department. Solid deal for a player who seems to still be getting better at the ripe age of 24.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

49ers placed ILB Chris Borland on the reserve/retired list.

Borland retired early in this offseason, so he logically would make the transition to this "list". It has also been reported that he will pay back most of his signing bonus.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Packers have released C Joe Madsen.

Madsen isn't a very athletic center and in today's NFL, it appears that is the direction that the position is beginning to head. The Packers said good riddance, but there is nothing saying that there won't be at least a couple of teams looking to give Madsen a training camp invite. Analysis: Dom Murtha

49ers waive OLB Chase Thomas on Monday.

After serving his brief career as a special teams player, Thomas has been waived by the 49ers, as he was expected to start the season on the PUP list. There is no clear market for Thomas unless a team desperately needs some LB depth, but even so, there are plenty of other options out there.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

Buccaneers claimed OT Reid Fragel off waivers from the Falcons.

Fragel towers at a massive 6'8" tall and sports an athletic 308 lbs for his frame. But still, after two years in the league, Fragel remains a bit of a raw talent and project player at offensive tackle. He will not be expect to start, but should be an interesting player to watch come training camp as he competes for a spot on the 53-man roster.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

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