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Date Player
6/22/2018 Laken Tomlinson, SF, G
The 49ers have signed Tomlinson to a three-year extension through the 2021 season.

Analysis: Tomlinson, a former first-round pick of Detroit whom the Niners acquired from the Lions last summer, was entering the final year of his rookie deal. The 26-year-old started 15 games at left guard last season and should man that spot again in 2018.
6/15/2018 Greg Little, Ari, WR
The Arizona Cardinals have signed Little to a one-year contract after he participated in this week's minicamp on a tryout basis. Little hasn't played in an NFL game since 2014.

Analysis: Little was a second-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns out of North Carolina in 2011. In 54 career NFL games, 42 as a starter, he has caught 161 passes for 1,890 yards and eight touchdowns for the Browns (2011-13) and Cincinnati (2014). He was released by Buffalo at the end of the 2016 preseason.
6/15/2018 David Irving, Dal, DT
Irving has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, the second straight year the pass rusher is facing a ban to start the season. Irving's four-game suspension to start last season was for violating league policy on performance enhancers.

Analysis: After last season's suspension, Irving had seven sacks in eight games before sustaining a concussion that kept him out the remaining four games. He has 11 1/2 sacks in 35 games over three seasons for Dallas. The first game he is eligible is Oct. 7 at Houston.
6/14/2018 Courtney Upshaw, NYJ, DT
The New York Jets have signed Upshaw after a three-day tryout during minicamp.

Analysis: Upshaw spent the last two seasons with Atlanta after being a second-round draft pick by Baltimore out of Alabama in 2012. He has seven career sacks, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 215 tackles in six NFL seasons.
6/14/2018 Andy Lee, Ari, P
The Arizona Cardinals have signed Lee to a two-year contract extension through 2020. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed Thursday.

Analysis: The 35-year-old Lee averaged 47.3 yards last season, his first with Arizona, to break the franchise record and finish seventh in the NFL. Lee has a 46.4-yard average in 217 games in 14 seasons with San Francisco, Cleveland, Carolina and Arizona. He's a three-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection.
6/10/2018 Earl Thomas, Sea, S
Thomas says he will skip the Seahawks' mandatory minicamp as he angles for a new contract.

Analysis: Thomas, who's entering the final year of his current deal, issued a statement on social media stating he wants "certainty in regards to the upcoming years of his career." Whether the three-time All-Pro safety gets his wish remains to be seen, as the Seahawks reportedly had discussions - most notably with the Cowboys - over possibly trading him around the time of the draft. It's a situation that could very well linger into training camp.
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