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Bengals release oft-suspended LB Burfict

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The Bengals stuck with linebacker Vontaze Burfict through all his troubles, including a hit to Antonio Brown's head that led to a playoff loss. They finally released him on Monday after a season of below-average performance.

During seven seasons with Cincinnati, Burfict was repeatedly suspended by the NFL for egregious hits and violating its policy on performance-enhancers. He was fined regularly for hits that crossed the line, most notably the one to Brown's head that helped the Steelers rally for an 18-16 playoff win in the 2015 season.

Through it all, the Bengals stood solidly behind the linebacker and gave him contract extensions. His significant fall-off in performance last season led them to finally cut ties.


Gettleman: Beckham trade benefits Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) After a week of being beaten up in the media over the trade of popular star receiver Odell Beckham Jr., general manager Dave Gettleman went on the offensive, saying the trade was in the best interests of the New York Giants and was a deal the organization could not refuse.

Gettleman didn't stop there Monday, speaking for the first time since sending Beckham to the Cleveland Browns last week in return for first- and third-round draft picks this year and safety Jabrill Peppers.


5-time Pro Bowl DL Ngata retires

(AP) - Haloti Ngata found a unique way to announce his retirement from the NFL: from atop Mount Kilimanjaro.

The 35-year-old Ngata, who played with the Eagles last season following three years with the Lions, was at his best with Baltimore. He made two All-Pro teams and five Pro Bowls with the Ravens in nine seasons after being a first-round draft pick in 2006. He won a Super Bowl with them in February 2013.


Eagles bolster secondary with S Sendejo

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a one-year contract with safety Andrew Sendejo, who earlier this month was released by Minnesota.

A nine-year veteran, Sendejo has played in 99 career games, including playoffs, and has 432 tackles, seven interceptions and 31 passes defensed. He'll likely be part of a rotation in the secondary for Philadelphia.


Vikings retain RB Abdullah for 1 year

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed running back Ameer Abdullah to a one-year contract, solidifying a complement to Dalvin Cook after the departure of Latavius Murray via free agency.

Abdullah's deal was done Monday. He played in seven games for the Vikings last season, almost exclusively as a kickoff returner, after being picked up off waivers from the Detroit Lions.


Redskins sign OT Flowers for 1 year, $4M

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins have signed offensive tackle Ereck Flowers to a $4 million, one-year contract.

Flowers becomes Washington's new swing tackle behind Trent Williams and Morgan Moses after Ty Nsekhe left to sign with the Buffalo Bills. The team announced the deal with Flowers on Monday after agreeing to terms with receiver Brian Quick and finalizing a two-year contract with running back Adrian Peterson.


Raiders re-sign return specialist Harris

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders have re-signed free agent return specialist Dwayne Harris.

The team announced Monday that Harris will return after a strong debut season in Oakland.


Packers re-sign veteran TE Lewis

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers have re-signed veteran tight end Marcedes Lewis.

A 13-year veteran, Lewis played in all 16 games for the team last season, but had only three receptions for 39 yards. He was signed in 2018 to hep block in Green Bay's running game, but the Packers ranked 22nd in the league on the ground.


Dolphins sign former Jags OL Reed

MIAMI (AP) Guard-center Chris Reed has signed with the Miami Dolphins, who lost three offensive linemen at the start of free agency.

Reed spent the past four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he made eight starts and played in 25 games. He was undrafted out of Minnesota State.


Jets add OL Compton, re-sign LB Hewitt

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have signed former Vikings offensive lineman Tom Compton and re-signed linebacker Neville Hewitt.

Compton started 14 games at left guard last season for Minnesota and has also played right guard and right tackle during his NFL career. He was a sixth-round pick of Washington out of South Dakota in 2012 and played his first four seasons with the Redskins. He has also spent time with Atlanta and Chicago.