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The Panthers cut a pair of former contributors to last year’s No. 2-ranked defense as part of final cuts.
In addition to the previously reported guard Chris Scott, the Panthers also waived linebacker Denicos Allen, cornerback Carrington Byndom, guard Derek Dennis, cornerback James Dockery, linebacker Adarius Glanton, wide receiver Tavarres King, wide receiver Marcus Lucas, tackle Andrew McDonald, safety Tom Nelson, defensive tackle Drake Nevis, running back Darrin Reaves, defensive tackle Micanor Regis, linebacker D.J. Smith, defensive tackle Casey Walker, and fullback Michael Zordich.
Defensive end Frank Alexander is on reserve/suspended, and will miss the first four games because of a violaltion of the league’s PED policy.
A rare cut-day trade has helped the Colts get down to the NFL roster limit of 53 players.
Indianapolis sent cornerback Marcus Burley to Seattle in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. The 24-year-old Burley has never played in a regular-season game, and it’s a little surprising that the Seahawks were willing to give up a draft pick to acquire him — especially considering that Seattle isn’t exactly needy at cornerback. But the Seahawks evidently liked what they’ve seen of Burley and thought he was worth a late-rounder.
Indianapolis waived the following 17 players: DE-Gannon Conway, RB-David Fluellen, QB-Chandler Harnish, DE-Tyler Hoover, OLB-Phillip Hunt, ILB-Andrew Jackson, WR-Ryan Lankford, WR-Josh Lenz, C-FN Lutz, S-Dewey McDonald, DT-Nnamdi Obukwelu, CB-Sheldon Price, ILB-Rob Ruggiero, TE-Weslye Saunders, ILB-Kelvin Sheppard, TE-Erik Swoope and G-Josh Walker.
The Rams waived WR Emory Blake, G Travis Bond, DE Kourtnei Brown, S Christian Bryant, DT Matt Conrath, S Avery Cunningham, WR Austin Franklin, QB Garrett Gilbert, DT Deantre Harlan, LB Aaron Hill, T Sean Hooey, DB Greg Reid, LB Etienne Sabino, TE Brad Smelley, LB Phillip Steward, T Mitchell Van Dyk, WR Justin Veltung, OL Brandon Washington, LB Lawrence Wilson and CB Darren Woodard.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said this week that defensive end Anthony Spencer was going come off the PUP list before transitioning onto the regular season version and the team made it official on Saturday while cutting their roster to 53 players.
The news wasn’t so good for running back Ryan Williams. The former Cardinals second-round pick was looking good early in camp, but a groin injury hampered him as final cuts closed in and he didn’t make the team. It’s the latest bit of bad injury luck for Williams, who is joined on the cut list by veteran wide receiver Desmon Briscoe and guard Uche Nwaneri.
The Cowboys waived-injured linebacker Orie Lemon and defensive tackle Zach Minter. Running back D.J. Adams, tackle Josh Aladenoye, defensive end Kenneth Boatright, defensive tackle Dartwan Bush, wide receiver LaRon Byrd, guard Stephen Goodin, cornerback Terrance Mitchell, wide receiver Jamar Newsome, center Ronald Patrick, defensive end Caesar Rayford, linebacker Dontavis Sapp, linebacker Keith Smith, safety Ryan Smith, linebacker Will Smith, running back Phillip Tanner and tight end Asa Watson were waived outright.
The team also confirmed that they have acquired defensive end Lavar Edwards in a trade with the Titans, and placed cornerback Orlando Scandrick and safety Jakar Hamilton on the suspended list to start the season.
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be selected in the NFL draft, did not make the Rams’ 53-man roster.
The Rams cut Sam in one of their final moves today, the team has announced.
Sam arrived in St. Louis with great fanfare — but with long odds to make the regular-season roster because the Rams were already deep at Sam’s position, defensive end. But Sam played well enough in the preseason that there was increasingly talk in NFL circles that he had a good chance of making it.
Unfortunately for Sam, he was simply caught up in a numbers game, and the Rams decided that he wasn’t one of the top 53 players on their roster. He could still return to St. Louis on the practice squad, a decision that would come in the next couple of days.
But first Sam will go through waivers, which means every NFL team will have a chance to put in a claim for him. Considering how well Sam played in the preseason, there’s a good chance that some other team will take him, and that he’ll be on a 53-man roster when the season begins. But that 53-man roster will not be in St. Louis.
The Lions have reduced their roster to 53 players, the club announced on its website Saturday.
According to the club’s website, the Lions have released offensive lineman Rodney Austin, linebacker Shamari Benton, wide receiver Kris Durham, wide receiver Patrick Edwards, tight end Michael Egnew, defensive tackle Andre Fluellen, cornerback Chris Greenwood, linebacker Brandon Hepburn, running back Emil Igwenagu, running back Mikel Leshoure, offensive lineman Darren Keyton, safety Nate Ness, offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds, wide receiver Andrew Peacock, defensive tackle Jimmy Saddler-McQueen, defensive lineman Xavier Proctor, linebacker Julian Stanford, cornerback Mohammed Seisay, defensive end Darryl Tapp, tight end Jordan Thompson, offensive lineman Michael Williams and running back George Winn.
Of those moves, the release of Durham, a 13-game starter a season ago, was especially notable. The team also finally parted ways with Leshoure, who flashed talent early in his career before suffering an Achilles injury and falling out of favor.
Veteran cornerback Champ Bailey was obviously a shell of himself last year, and now the question will become whether his brilliant career is over.
A league source tells PFT that the Saints have released Bailey, perhaps one of the day’s biggest surprises.
They were clearly in need of someone to shore up the position, and gave him $500,000 guaranteed on a two-year deal. Figuring the 12-time Pro Bowler would add some legitimacy to a shaky secondary, it seemed like a reasonable investment.
Bailey will turn 36 in June, and it’s uncertain if anyone will give him an opportunity, considering how cornerback-needy the Saints were.
The Saints also terminated the contracts of veteran wide receiver Robert Meachem, linebacker Keyunta Dawson, kicker Shayne Graham and tackle Thomas Welch, while waiving center Matt Armstrong, Derrius Brooks, cornerback Brandon Coleman, linebacker Todd Davis, kicker Derek Dimke, cornerback Terrence Frederick, wide receiver Charles Hawkins, tight end Nic Jacobs, guard Marcel Jones, wide receiver Seantavious Jones, tackle Tavon Rooks, running back Derrick Strozier, Lawrence Virgil, cornerback Trevin Wade, safety Pierre Warren and guard Jason Weaver.
That leaves them with no kickers at the moment, but there are a number of viable veterans on the market.
As reported earlier on Saturday, the Chargers did not find room for wide receiver Vincent Brown on their initial 53-man roster.
Brown was one of 22 players dropped from the roster, although the team notes that he was waived-injured and would revert to their injured reserve if he makes it through waivers. The team also announced the previously reported cuts of tight end Mike Flacco and cornerback Crezdon Butler.
They added 19 more departures to those transactions. Among the notable names are tackle Mike Harris and 2014 seventh-round wide receiver Tevin Reese.
The team has also parted ways with linebacker Victor Aiyewa, defensive tackle Chas Alecxih, wide receiver Torrence Allen, safety Alden Darby, cornerback Greg Ducre, wide receiver Javontee Herndon, linebacker Thomas Keiser, defensive lineman Joe Kruger, linebacker Cordarro Law, safety Adrian Phillips, tackle Jeremiah Sirles, quarterback Brad Sorensen, linebacker Colton Underwood, guard Craig Watts, tackle Kenny Wiggins,center Khalil Wilkes and defensive end Doug Worthington.
San Diego kept five running backs on the roster, so there’s a good chance some roster shuffling will occur in the near future.
The Bengals cut veteran safety Daniel Manning and offensive lineman Will Svitek, and will go with two quarterbacks for at least the first six weeks of the season.
Rookie quarterback A.J. McCarron, their fifth-round pick, was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list. He can rehab with the team and go to meetings, and will have a window after Week 6 to begin practicing with the team.
The Bengals also placed guard Trey Hopkins on injured reserve, and placed cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris on reserve/suspended for the first two weeks, after he violated the league’s substance abuse policy.
They also waived the following 13 players to get to the limit: H-back Orson Charles, tackle Dan France, wide receiver Cobi Hamilton, cornerback Victor Hampton, defensive tackle David King, wide receiver Colin Lockett, cornerback Onterio McCalebb, defensive end Dontay Moch, defensive end Sam Montgomery, center Trevor Robinson, defensive tackle Devon Still, fullback Nikita Whitlock and running back James Wilder Jr.
Cornerback Dimitri Patterson’s short and rocky tenure with the Jets has come to an end.
PFT has learned that the Jets have cut Patterson on Saturday, a few days after he released a statement saying that the Jets were dishonest in saying that they didn’t know where he was when he failed to join the team for their preseason game against the Giants. Patterson was suspended as a result that absence, which was rumored to be due to dissatisfaction about the fact that he wasn’t in the starting lineup for that game.
Patterson denied that was the reason, but the Jets obviously didn’t feel that his reason was good enough to warrant keeping him around despite a weak crop of cornerbacks. Patterson was also bothered by leg injuries this summer, continuing a theme of health issues that’s been a constant in his career.
Patterson signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Jets as a free agent this offseason that included a $1 million signing bonus.
The Cowboys needed to drop 22 players from the roster to get from 75 to 53 by Saturday’s deadline.
Now they’ll need to make a 23rd move. Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com reports that the Cowboys have traded a conditional seventh-round pick to the Titans in exchange for defensive end Lavar Edwards.
Edwards was a fifth-round pick in 2013 and played in seven games while making one start as a rookie. He made nine tackles and knocked down a pass, which doesn’t make for the most extensive highlight reel but the Cowboys either saw something they liked or had good enough reports on Edwards coming out of LSU that they wanted to bring him on board.
He’ll join what’s regarded as one of the league’s weakest defensive lines, so there should be playing time to earn if Edwards can make a strong impression on defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.
The Bills will release of one of their regular receivers from a season ago.
The 25-year-old Graham made 17 starts in his first two seasons with Buffalo, hauling in 54 passes for 683 yards and three touchdowns. However, he had fallen down the depth chart this year after the additions of wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams.
The 5-foot-11, 188-yard Graham might be a fit for a club looking to add some speed at wide receiver. He has five catches of 40 yards or more in his professional career.
The Jaguars did most of their business yesterday, but cut four more players today to get to the 53-man roster limit.
Taylor started four games for the Jags last year, catching 22 passes for the year. But with some young receivers showing well, including rookie Allen Hurns, he became expendable.
Martin’s a former second-round pick of the Panthers, who could get a look elsewhere.
If the Browns now regret cutting receiver Greg Little, they can do something about it.
Little, claimed by the Raiders on waivers after he was cut by the Browns in May, has been released by Oakland. He’ll be exposed to the waivers process again, with all other teams getting a chance to claim his contract.
A second-round pick in 2011, Little played in every game for three seasons with the Browns. He started 12 as a rookie, 16 in 2012, and 13 in 2013.
The Browns actually could use him, given the Josh Gordon suspension. Then again, the Browns knew the suspension was coming when they cut Little.
The Steelers have announced 22 cuts to get down to the 53-man roster limit and two of the players dropped were members of their 2014 draft class.
Fifth-round cornerback Shaquille Richardson (pictured) and seventh-round tight end Rob Blanchflower were both waived on Saturday, leaving the Steelers with seven of their nine draft picks on their initial roster. Both players can be signed to the practice squad if they make it through waivers.
The Steelers also dropped 2011 fifth-round pick Chris Carter, who couldn’t navigate his way through the other linebackers on the roster. Carter played 29 games and made four starts for the Steelers.
The Steelers released veteran offensive lineman Guy Whimper and tight end David Paulson as well. Tight end Bryce Davis, defensive back Isaiah Green, defensive back Dayonne Nunley, defensive back Ross Ventrone, running back Josh Harris, running back Stephen Houston, defensive lineman Ethan Hemer, defensive lineman Josh Mauro, defensive lineman Roy Philon, defensive lineman Nick Williams, linebacker Howard Jones, linebacker Dan Molls, quarterback Brendon Kay, wide receiver Derek Moye, wide receiver Lanear Sampson, offensive lineman Graham Pocic and offensive lineman Will Simmons round out the team’s cuts.