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Jets fire director of pro personnel

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets have fired director of pro personnel Brendan Prophett and five members of the scouting department.

Prophett was starting his 16th season with the team, and ninth as the Jets' director of pro personnel. New general manager Mike Maccagnan also parted ways with college scouts Rick Courtright, David Hinson, Cole Hufnagel, Chris Prescott and Seth Turner on Monday.

The moves come two days after the NFL draft was completed and are the latest shake-up to the front office since Maccagnan was hired. Maccagnan fired senior director of college scouting Terry Bradway and director of college scouting Jeff Bauer in January.

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Cowboys won't pick up Claiborne's option

IRVING, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys are not picking up the fifth-year option of Morris Claiborne's rookie contract, making the injury-plagued cornerback eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.

The sixth pick in the 2012 draft will not participate in offseason workouts and likely won't be ready for the start of training camp because of the torn patellar tendon in his left knee that kept him out of 12 games last season.

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Texans extend LB Mercilus for 4 years

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans signed outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus to a four-year contract extension on Monday.

A first-round draft pick in 2012, Mercilus has appeared in 47 games (33 starts) and has made 139 tackles, 18 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, forced four fumbles and had one fumble recovery. Last season, Mercilus had 50 tackles and five sacks.

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Bengals Ts Whitworth, Smith now in limbo

CINCINNATI (AP) As soon as the Bengals' draft picks were announced, team captain Andrew Whitworth started getting texts and tweets.

Concerned teammates wondered what was going on. So did many Bengals fans. Was Cincinnati drafting someone to replace him as the starting left tackle? Why did the club take offensive tackles with its first two picks in the draft?

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Bills sign free agent DL Carrington

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have signed free agent defensive lineman Alex Carrington.

Carrington returns to the team that selected him in the third round of the 2010 draft. Carrington played for the Bills from 2010-13 before joining the St. Louis Rams in 2014.

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Vikings exercise options on Smith, Kalil

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have exercised the fifth-year options on the contracts for safety Harrison Smith and left tackle Matt Kalil.

The Vikings announced the decisions Monday, ensuring that both first-round picks from the 2012 draft will remain under team control through 2016.

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Falcons sign former Titans FB Mooney

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons have signed fullback Collin Mooney, who started four games for the Tennessee Titans in 2013.

Mooney had six catches for 32 yards and no carries in 12 games for the Titans last season. He had five carries for 19 yards in two games in 2012. He was cut before the 2014 season.

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49ers FB Miller charged with vandalism

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller has been charged with misdemeanor vandalism after he was investigated in a domestic case stemming from an argument with his girlfriend that led to his arrest March 5.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office announced its findings Monday. The district attorney said that "while original reports indicated that Miller may have pushed his girlfriend from his parked car, an investigation into the alleged assault was inconclusive."

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Broncos release RT-TE Cornick

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos continued their offensive line makeover by waiving second-year tackle Paul Cornick, who started three games each at right tackle and tight end last season.

The Broncos also released wide receiver Jeremy Kelley, who signed a futures contract Dec. 29. The Broncos had to make room for the nine college free agents they signed Sunday after completing their nine-player draft.

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Raiders to cut ties with Jones, Burris

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Raiders are planning to release two starters from last year's team, cutting ties with receiver James Jones and linebacker Miles Burris.

Jones told CSN California that general manager Reggie McKenzie told him he was going to be cut and Burris announced on his Twitter account Monday that he was going to be released as well.

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