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Vikes, Peterson have had 'open dialogue'

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have been taking advantage of their opportunity to communicate with Adrian Peterson.

General manager Rick Spielman said Monday the organization has had "open dialogue" with the star running back since the NFL tabled his suspension and returned him to the special exempt list where he spent much of the 2014 season while the child abuse case he was involved in played out in court.

The league made that move Thursday after U.S. District Judge David Doty overruled the arbitrator who denied Peterson's appeal. Under his suspension, the Vikings weren't allowed to have direct contact. Now they're able to - for the time being. That's critical with the NFL's transactions period starting March 10.

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Report: Lions' Suh to become free agent

DETROIT (AP) Ndamukong Suh can test the open market when free agency begins March 10 after the Lions decided not to use the franchise tag on the star defensive tackle, according to a report on the team's website.

Monday is the deadline for teams to designate franchise or transition players. The Lions did not officially confirm the decision to let the deadline pass without franchising their 28-year-old All-Pro, but the report on the team's website said Detroit concluded that the franchise tag's price of around $27 million for Suh proved too daunting.

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KC gives All-Pro Houston franchise tag

(AP) -- The Kansas City Chiefs signaled they have no intention of parting ways with Justin Houston on Monday, moving swiftly to place the franchise tag on their All-Pro pass rusher.

The Chiefs made the decision to use the non-exclusive designation well ahead of the afternoon deadline, a person familiar with the move told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had yet to announce the move.

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Browns, QB McCown agree to 3-year deal

(AP) -- The Browns have yet another new quarterback, and this one has a familiar last name.

Josh McCown, who went 1-10 as Tampa Bay's starter last season, agreed to terms on a three-year contract with Cleveland on Friday. McCown's younger brother, Luke, played for the Browns in 2004 - one of 22 different starting quarterbacks the Browns have used since 1999.

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Cardinals cut 3-time Pro Bowl DT Dockett

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals released defensive tackle Darnell Dockett on Friday, allowing the three-time Pro Bowl lineman to test the free agency market.

The move gives the 33-year-old Dockett the chance to find out his fair market value before the free agency signing period begins March 10. He could well wind up re-signing with Arizona, the only team he's known in his 11 NFL seasons.

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Dolphins release WRs Hartline, Gibson

MIAMI (AP) The Miami Dolphins released two receivers Friday, and neither was Mike Wallace.

While the team continued to weigh its options regarding the disgruntled Wallace, they parted with Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson, who combined for 21 starts last year.

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Falcons cut Douglas, Blalock, Massaquoi

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons released wide receiver Harry Douglas, starting offensive guard Justin Blalock and defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi on Friday, a day after cutting running back Steven Jackson.

Douglas, a third-round pick in 2008, had career-high totals of 85 receptions for 1,067 yards in 2013, when he started in 11 of 16 games. Douglas, a third-round draft pick from Louisville in 2008, usually was the No. 3 receiver behind Julio Jones and Roddy White.

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Ravens cut DE Canty after 2 seasons

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Ravens have released defensive end Chris Canty, who played two seasons in Baltimore.

Canty was inactive for five games last season and had three games without a tackle. He finished with 33 tackles and a half-sack in 11 starts.

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Redskins release DE Bowen, DL Cofield

WASHINGTON (AP) The Redskins announced Friday that they have released defensive end Stephen Bowen and defensive lineman Barry Cofield, both of whom spent the last four years with Washington.

Cofield, 30, was limited by injuries to eight games last season, finishing with seven tackles and a sack, after starting every game his first three years in Washington. Overall, he totaled 100 tackles and nine sacks.

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Eagles release OL Herremans, save $2.8M

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have released offensive lineman Todd Herremans.

The 32-year-old Herremans started 132 games while playing his first 10 seasons in Philadelphia. The move announced Friday saves the Eagles $2.8 million under the 2015 salary cap.

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