NFL Free Agency Rumors and Transactions

The start of the NFL free agency signing period is here. See who's going where and who's staying put.

Carolina Panthers G/C Geoff Hangartner has retired from the NFL, and free agent G/T Travelle Wharton could also retire.

After losing left tackle Jordan Gross to retirement as well, the Panthers offensive line is in a state of flux right now. Making matters worse is they don't have a lot of cap space to sign replacements.

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With the New England Patriots set to lose Brandon Spikes in free agency, they could look to Wesley Woodyard to be his replacement.

The Denver Broncos signed Woodyard as an undrafted free agent in 2008, and he's since become one of the best coverage linebackers in the game, something the Pats need to upgrade this offseason. The Dallas Cowboys are also looking at Woodyard.

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The Detroit Lions have re-signed RB Joique Bell to a two-year, $7 million contract.

Bell split carries with Reggi Bush in the Lions backfield last year, but still managed to gain 650 yards on 166 carries. Detroit essentially guaranteed Bell's return Tuesday by tendering the restricted free agent at the second-round level. That means Bell was set to earn $2.187 million in 2014.

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DE/OLB DeMarcus Ware has requested the Dallas Cowboys to decide his future by Tuesday's 4PM ET start of free agency.

Ware has been rumored to be on the chopping block this offseason, and he appears unwilling to take a paycut. the Cowboys would create $7.432 million in immediate cap space by cutting Ware now, but also $8.571 million in 2014 dead money. That number would fall to $3.25 million if Ware was designated as a post-June 1 cut.

Despite a down year in 2013, Ware would immediately be one of the most sought-after defenders on the open market now that Michael Johnson and Michael Bennett have new deals.

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NFL.com's Albert Breer reports the Indianapolis Colts have "been in talks" to re-sign free agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw.

The Colts could lose Donald Brown in free agency, so getting Bradshaw re-signed could be the team's answer to that. Bradshaw has chronic neck and foot conditions that caused him to miss the majority of the 2013 season.

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The Browns applied the transition tag to Pro Bowl center Alex Mack so they would have the right to match any deal he reaches with another team. Mack’s agent told Sports Illustrated’s Peter King he believes he can set up a contract that would be difficult for the Browns to match.

"I’m confident we can come up with a structure that would have a reasonable likelihood to not be matched by the Browns — and would be in full compliance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement,’’ Mack's agent said Monday.

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