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Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

With Aldon Smith agreeing to a contract, he is the fourth former first-round pick the Cowboys have added in free agency so far, joining Gerald McCoy (2010), Dontari Poe (2012)and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (2014). Smith was the seventh pick in the 2011 draft. The Cowboys are following philosophy they have held over years in bringing in players who at one time teams liked greatly. Smith is a risk but likely mitigated by the financial commitment.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cowboys have agreed to a deal with defensive end Aldon Smith, a source. Smith is in the middle of the reinstatement process and has not played in a game since 2015 because of legal and substance-abuse issues. He has 47.5 career sacks and had his best seasons in San Francisco under current Cowboys defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, including a 19.5-sack season in 2012. The Cowboys could also welcome back pass rusher Randy Gregory from suspension this season.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

The Seahawks have agreed to terms with defensive end Benson Mayowa, his agent, David Canter, announced. The deal is for one year, a source tells ESPN. The 28-year-old Mayowa recorded a career-high seven sacks on only 270 defensive snaps last year with the Raiders. He gives the Seahawks another complementary edge-rusher to go along with Bruce Irvin, but his addition doesn't mean they're done at that position. They still need a primary pass-rusher and Jadeveon Clowney remains available.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

No, the Jets aren't rushing out to pursue free-agent DE Jadeveon Clowney. No, GM Joe Douglas hasn't had multiple conversations with Clowney's agent. Asked about interest in Clowney, Douglas said today, "We're going to do our due diligence on everybody that's out there, especially at the edge-rushing position. I'm not going to get into the specifics or the details of the conversations we've had." Within the organization, he meant. So don't get your hopes up on Clowney to the Jets.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots have informed QB Cody Kessler that he is being released, a source confirms. Kessler was the No. 3 quarterback behind Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer, and the Patriots are expected to add a third, most likely in the draft later this month. The Patriots generally don't carry four quarterbacks, so this gives Kessler a chance to hook on elsewhere before the draft, and opens the door for the Patriots to bring in a rookie. NFL Network had the initial report.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton called himself a “big dummy” for suggesting on ESPN's Get Up on Tuesday morning that Drew Brees had announced this would be his “final season.” Payton said it's “not like a big secret that I let out of the bag.” He said he just had it in his mind that this offseason was unique since Brees spent so much time considering retirement before announcing he'd come back. “I honestly don't know if it's his last year,” Payton said. “Man, that thing blew up on me.”

Turron Davenport ESPN 

Titans GM Jon Robinson says they'd like to agree to a long-term deal with Derrick Henry. "He's an important part of our football team. I've spoken to his representatives after we've used the tag. And we want to continue to have those discussion and back and forths in hopes of reaching some kind of long term agreement. We will kick those conversations off again probably, certainly before training camp gets ramped up and going."