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Josh Gordon's indefinite suspension was lifted, while Peanut Tillman, Eugene Monroe, and a handful of veterans announced their retirements this week.

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Retirement seemed to be the theme this week in transactions. Former Pro-Bowlers Charles "Peanut" Tillman, Greg Jennings, and Darnell Dockett all announced their retirements this week, along with starting offensive tackles Phil Loadholt and Eugene Monroe. Monroe added himself to the list of players under 30 to retire due to concerns over the long-term effects of concussions. The NFL announced on Monday that Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon's indefinite suspension had been lifted. Despite being cleared, Gordon will have to serve a four game suspension to start the season. The Dolphins made a low-risk/high-reward move this week with the signing of former All-Pro running back Arian Foster. Elsewhere across the league, several teams made acquisitions in final preparations for their training camp rosters.

Here is a look at the moves that were made this week, as well as my thoughts down below.

NFC West

Arizona Cardinals

Signings/Waivers/Options:

- Signed DB Mike Jenkins.

Released/Waived:

- Cut DB Carrington Byndom.

San Francisco 49ers

Retirements:

- DL Darnell Dockett announced his retirement.

NFC North

Chicago Bears

Signings/Waivers/Options:

- Signed OG Amini Silatolu.

Released/Waived:

- Cut QB Dalyn Williams.
- Cut DB Omar Bolden.

Retirements:

- CB Charles "Peanut" Tillman announced his retirement.
- OT Nate Chandler announced his retirement.

Detroit Lions

Signings/Waivers/Options:

- Signed DE Quanterus Smith.
- Signed OT Luke Marquardt.

Green Bay Packers

Signings/Waivers/Options:

- Signed DB Warren Gatewood.

Minnesota Vikings

Retirements:

- OT Phil Loadholt announced his retirement.

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons

Released/Waived:

- Cut C James Stone.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Signings/Waivers/Options:

- Signed WR Jonathan Krause on waivers from Philadelphia.

Released/Waived:

- Cut OT Dominique Robertson.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

Signings/Waivers/Options:

- Signed LB Justin Durant.

Released/Waived:

- Cut DT Casey Walker.

Philadelphia Eagles

Signings/Waivers/Options:

- Signed LB Don Cherry.
- Signed DB Nick Perry.
- Signed QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson.

Released/Waived:

- Cut WR Jonathan Krause.

Washington Redskins

Signings/Waivers/Options:

- Signed WR Dez Stewart.

Released/Waived:

- Cut OLB Adam Hayward.

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

Retirements:

- OT Eugene Monroe announced his retirement.

Cincinnati Bengals

Released/Waived:

- Cut CB Corey Tindal.
- Cut S Taylor Mays.

Cleveland Browns

Signings/Waivers/Options:

- Signed DT Nick Hayden.

Suspensions:

- WR Josh Gordon's indefinite suspension lifted, will be suspended first four games of the season.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Signings/Waivers/Options:

- Signed TE Mandel Dixon.

Released/Waived:

- Cut LB Tyriq McCord.
- Cut TE Matt Spaeth.

AFC South

Houston Texans

Signings/Waivers/Options:

- Signed DT Ra'Zahn Howard.

Indianapolis Colts

Signings/Waivers/Options:

- Signed TE Emil Igwenagu.

Released/Waived:

- Cut QB Josh Woodrum.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Signings/Waivers/Options:

- Signed K Sam Ficken.

AFC East

Miami Dolphins

Signings/Waivers/Options:

- Signed RB Arian Foster.

Retirements:

- WR Greg Jennings announced his retirement.

New England Patriots

Signings/Waivers/Options:

- Signed DB Vinnie Sunseri.
- Signed OT Kyler Kerbyson.

Released/Waived:

- Cut ILB C.J. Johnson.
- Cut LS Christian Yount.

My Thoughts

- Monroe's retirement adds more credence to the trend of young players deciding to retire because of concerns for their health as they age. Chris Borland and more recently Calvin Johnson have also cited concussions as a factor in their decision to retire early. I think that players retiring early due to fear of concussions is here to stay in the modern NFL. With all of the issues CTE poses retirements like Monroe's will become the norm in the next 3-5 years.

- Peanut Tillman, Greg Jennings, and Darnell Dockett were all some of the best players in the NFL during their primes. Tillman was an amazing lockdown corner with a penchant for interceptions. Jennings was one of the best receivers of the late 2000's and a true number one receiver during that period. Dockett was a dominant force on the Cardinals defense that made it to the Super Bowl in 2009. He was durable and a hassle for the Seahawks to face twice a year. All three had great career and I hope they enjoy their retirement.

- Arian Foster may not be the same player he was in the early 2010's, but I feel the Dolphins made a great move. They're young in the backfield with Jay Ajayi and rookie Kenyan Drake, so a veteran and All-Pro presence like Foster will be a great addition to the team. If Foster can stay the capable receiving back he's been his entire career and allow Miami to utilize their young guys in the running game, they'll be able to maximize Foster's effectiveness while also minimizing his risk for injury.